Saturday, March 17, 2018

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady: The Supporting Actress

Hello, hello!  I hope you are having an amazing start to your weekend, we are up in Cleveland visiting family and celebrating my youngest's Birthday with family.  But thanks to technology this post has been scheduled and set to go for a few days :).  Today my post is titled "The Supporting Actress".  So often we as cardmakers want to bring something to the front of a card that takes the spotlight, and really makes our projects shine.  But, what about that background that sometimes we work hard on and it just seems to fade away?  Or we spend so much time on our spotlight image, and we don't do anything with our background.

Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE cards like that and sometimes the background just isn't what we are wanting our recipients to pay much attention to, or we just want a clean and simple card that doesn't need a background.  For today, however, I wanted to shine the spotlight on the backgrounds of my cards and give them the lead. (You might want to get your sunglasses on too, lol)

Now you see why I mentioned sunglasses? lol  And I have to admit I might be a little obsessed with the script love die that comes in the In A Word: Love Coordinating Cutaways, as I've already used it three times this month.  For this fun rainbow card I started by cutting strips of DCWV Shimmer Cardstock and adhering them to a white panel. Next, I diecut the scalloped heart from the True Dotty Heart Cutaways from the center of my rainbow. I then diecut the regular heart from this same set out of the center of the scalloped heart that I had cut out.  This sounds more confusing than it actually is... really it's just diecutting the center of a diecut (does that sound any less confusing?).  This left me with a negative scalloped cut in my rainbow strips, then I filled it in with the regular heart cut.  Maybe this should be called inlaid diecutting within a negative cut... or something like that.  Any who, I love the results!  I finished it off my diecutting the xoxo strip along the bottom and keeping it intact, and adding the script love die across my hearts.  The rainbow background though, is definitely the star of it all.

For my next card I used diecutting again to help my background shine.  This time I created my own paper lace of sorts by diecutting the same floral strip from the Georgette Border Cutaways repeatedly.

I wanted the design to really pop, so I chose contrasting colors to really draw the eyes in.  Since I was going for a more natural look I didn't measure my cuts out, and rather just moved it around to from strip to strip.  I then added the In a Word: Happy Cutaway that was sprinkled with glitter, and I finished the card with a few rhinestones.  By keeping the sentiment simple, and using clear rhinestones I was able to keep the focus on the lacy background.

For my final project I've used stamping to create a fun and eclectic background with the Dotty About You with Lydia Evans Set...

By randomly stamping the various images in this set in different colors you could create an entire set of cards.  Vellum also comes in handy with this card as it allows the background to be seen behind the sentiment.  I also added a few hand drawn wavy lines to frame the stamped panel in and to keep the eyes moving inward.

I hope that today's post has inspired you to maybe take a second look at your backgrounds, and maybe make them the star of an upcoming project.  After all the supporting actress/actor can really make a scene shine that much brighter.  Thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope to see you over on my blog as well!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Final CAS-ual Friday Stamps Reveal Day

Woo hoo!  You've made through a whole week of new awesomeness by CAS-ual Friday Stamps!  Today we are ending the week with the Little Birdies Stamp set that has some of the cutest little chicks that will brighten anyone's day...

Now in the stamp set itself there are three little birds stacked onto of each other, but I wanted to do something a little different, so after I stamped and colored I hand cut the ones I wanted out.  I then propped them up with some fun patterned paper, and added a little sentiment from the same set.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you would like to see more samples using this new set head over to the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Blog, and if you already need these cuties for yourself you can pick them up in the store now!  Don't forget this...

Happy Crafting!

Sparkling on the Crafty Doodle Chick Blog

Hi!!!  I'm getting my sparkle on over on the Crafty Doodle Chick Blog today.  Stop by and say hi, and  check out how my card came together...

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

CASual Friday Stamps Reveal Day 4

Hello!  We are back with day 4 of the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Release, and today we are showcasing the unique Pretty Passover Stamp Set and Fri-dies.  Michele is known for providing beautiful stamp sets for various Jewish holidays and this one is no different...

As you will notice I've used the Star of David Fri-dies as the focus on the front of my card.  I started by drawing wavy stripes with my Spectrum Noir Glitter Pens, then I die cut the Star of David out of more color cardstock and added it back into the negative space.

And here is a look at the inside of the card...

Head over to the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Blog for more inspiration and peeks at this new set!  Also, all new products are available now for purchase so don't forget to use my code to save a little while you are shopping...

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

CASual Friday Stamps Reveal Day 3

Today is my daughter's 7th Birthday, and it is oh so appropriate that CAS-ual Friday Stamps  is revealing their Serendipi-tea stamp set and Fri-dies as we had a Tea party Theme for her parties this year!

To create my card I started by stamping, coloring and cutting my tea cup.  I then stamped my sentiment on a strip of white cardstock.  I wanted to give my card an elegant/antique look so I used various papers from an older Crate Paper Pad.  I love the little hearts found in the sentiments of this set.

Hop over to the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Blog for more details and inspiration on the new Serendipi-tea stamp set...

And don't forget to use my code when you go to check out!

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

More Cowbell CAS-ual Friday Stamps Reveal Day 2

And we are back... with a whole lot of fun from today's new stamp set by CAS-ual Friday Stamps...

Wait for it... wait for it...

bwahahaha!  And there it is folks!  This classic SNL kit has now been immortalized with this super fun Cowbell Stamp Set and Fri-Die.  And this fun cowbell on the inside also wobbles.  Love it!

Stop by the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Blog for more peeks and inspiration from my fellow Girl Fri-days, and Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 12, 2018

CAS-ual Friday's Release Week Day 1

Hello!!!!  It is release week over on the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Blog, and there are so many fun new goodies to share with you!  Today we are showing a peek at the new stamp and die set (yes! She is adding dies to her stamps now!) called Somebunny and Bunnies Fri-die...

Aren't they so sweet?!  I decided to create some fun bookmarks for my two kiddos, as we are a huge book reading family, and this set was perfect!  I started by adding a mix of distress oxide inks to my backgrounds.  I knew the minute I saw this set, which bunny was going to be with which kid as my son and I have always said "Love you to the moon and back"since he was little, and my daughter is celebrating her 7th Birthday this week!  Perfect I tell ya!  After my backgrounds were inked I stamped the sentiments and a few hearts and stars.  Finally, I stamped, colored and cut the bunnies out.

Make sure you stop by the CAS-ual Friday Stamps Blog for more peeks at this new set and to see what the rest of the tea has created.

I also have a coupon code to save you 15% off of your total CAS-ual Friday Purchase, woot woot!

Thanks so much for visiting me and Happy Crafting!