YAY! Happy Birthday! – AAA Birthday Challenge

Happy Monday! Hello friends today I am sharing an Inspiration team card I made for the AAA Birthday Challenge! Our theme this month is dots and/or stripes. I would love to see you play along!!

For this card I mostly used Concord and 9th goodies and the birthday stamp from The Stamping Village.

Stay safe and craft along! Thank you!!

Do Not Worry – Gracielle Design

Happy Sunday! Have you seen the new release from Gracielle Design??? The cute little songbird and the pretty floral branch is simply adorable.

For my card today I started by editing the images on the procreate app in my iPad. First I created a frame by arranging the floral elements all around the card panel and foiled it using dark blue Deco foil. I also printed the bird on the branch snd sentiment and foiled that with dark blue foil as well. I cut out that image using my scan and cut machine and colored it using Copic markers.

I blended distress oxides around the foiled panel starting with a dark edge and going lighter towards the center. I used a dottef stencil for added interest in the middle where I’m going to place the bird. I adhered my colored bird on the branch in the middle of the panel and placed the trimmed sentiment right below it.

I adhered my panel on to a dark blue card base coordinating with my songbirds color. This completes my card for today. I hope you liked it and don’t forget to check out the deals that Gracie is offering at Gracielle design.

Happy Hydrangea – New Release from Rachel Vass Designs

Hello and welcome back!! I am so excited to be sharing 2 cards using the brand new release called Happy Hydrangea frim Rachel Vass Designs. This huge hydrangea truly makes me happy amd the sentiments are so uplifting!!. I took full advantage of the fact that digis can be resized, yey!!

I first resized the hydrangeas and printed them on Neenah 80lb using my laser printer. I cut them out using my scan n cut machine and proceeded to color them.

For the big hydrangea, I pulled out every shade of BV and V in my copic collection and colored away to create a variation and some depth. I did not blend in the colors completely, so it has some texture too.

I then blended some distress oxide through a Gina K stencil directly on to an A2 card base. I adhered my flower and popped my sentiment using foam tape.

It took me so long to color the first flower, so for the 2nd one a cheated a bit. I quickly ink blended light pink all over the flower. Then I added some details using copicsand then Prisma color pencils. I added texture paate through an Altenew stencil and ink blended over it. I popped my flower and sentiment with foam tape. I finished off with some black Nuvo drops.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend.

Florals for Kindness – Instagram Hop

Happy Friday!!! I am super excited to welcome you to an Instagram hop celebrating our love for all things floral and ink blending! This came form a collaboration between a few crafty friends who share one thing in common… a love of flowers and spreading kindness through our art! Not only will you be inspired along the way, there are prizes on each stop along the hop! I have have 2 gift cards of $5 value each to Graciellie Design so generously sponsored by Gracie! One for the winner and one for the tagged friend. So here’s the card I made using the gorgeous Peony Hugs stamp set designed by Graciellie Design! You can also get the red rubber stamp version from Unity Stamp Co.

For this Insta-hop we chose to use floral images combined with ink blending and maybe a stencil to go with it. I started by printing the digi stamp on hot pressed watercolor paper and then fussy cut it. I used Daniel Smith watercolors for some vibrant yellow peonies.

Next, I did some Distress Oxide blending on Bristol Smooth cardstock using Seedless Preserves, Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar. I die cut it using the largest stackable postal stamo die set from Hero Arts. Since it was bigger than a regular A4 card front, I trimmed an A7 card base a little length wise to accomodate this panel.

Then I placed a stencil by The crafters workshop over this panel and sprayed water over it. I patted gently with a paper towel and removed the stencil. The oxidised inks added subtle interest to the background without distracting too much from the focal flowers. Finally I stamped a sentiment from the Pines together set from PinkFresh Studios in black and assembled the card. I added some iridescent sequins as a final touch.

To play along and win prized head to my Instagram – @sanjuscreations_craft

  •  Link️ this post in Instagram
  • Follow each hopper.
  •  Then share the love by tagging your friends in separate comments.
  • (Optional) Create a floral card and share with #sharefloralkindness 

Leave comments along the way, as the giveaway winners will be selected from each stop in the hop! You have until April 10 to leave a comment, winners will be announced on April 12 and contacted directly by the crafter. Here’s a list of my friends that made this fun hop possible!

@handmadebytasha13 – Tasha’s blog
@amandacardsandgalore
@cardsncraftsnyc – Jyoti’s blog
@irishrosecreations – Colleen’s blog
@rightbrainart
@natashavacca02 – Natasha’s blog

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

Happy Birthday – March Die of the Month – Brutus Monroe

Hello everybody! I hope everyone has been able to adapt to the social distancing life. Here’s a birthday card to cheer up everyone that is celebrating their birthday in these difficult times. I used the Brutus Monroe Die of the month – March – Stained Glass Die for a cut out card front. You can sign up to receive the dies every month by subscribing to the Die of the Month Club.

I used the gorgeous die of the month from Brutus Monroe to cut out some yellow cardstock multiple times and stacked them together. Then I used the BM Circle foundation die to cut out 2 yellow circles and then 2 white circles, one size smaller than the yellow ones.

I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Brutus Monroe Super Sentimental stamp set using Navy ink on the white circle and popped it over the yellow circle with fun foam. I saved the 2nd white circle to write my little note and sign to add inside the card when I am ready to send it out!

For my card base, I scored a 4.25″X5.75″ piece of white cardstock at 0.25″ and folded it so that I had an A2 card base with just a tiny flap folding over. I used strong double sided adhesive to adhere my prepared die cut panel on the tiny folded over flap. Then I cut out another white panel using the die and adhered it from the inner side of the flap, so that the tiny strip is not seen when the card is opened. Finally I added the yellow circle with the sentiment on top and the 2nd plain yellow circle from the inisde of the card front. I finished off with a some yellow and navy gems on the top.

I am also entering this card for the SSS Wednesday Challenge – Happy Birthday! If you or someone you know is celebrating their birthday is April, let me know! I would love to send them a surprise card in the mail to cheer them up. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Foiling with March Stencil of the Month – Brutus Monroe

Hi friends and welcome back! Today I am sharing some Design Team inspiration using the March Stencil of the Month from Brutus Monroe. I made two cards I made by foiling and using the negative of the foil. If you would like to receive a fun stencil like this one every month, go ahead and check out the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the Month Club. The April Stencil is here already and is gorgeous!!! Stay tuned for more inspiration using that.

I started by applying Deco Foil transfer gel through the stencil on to a card panel. I let it dry over night and foiled it with platinum foil by passing through a laminator. Next, I layered it over a piece of light brown cardstock art an angle and trimmed off the sides. I adhered this on an A2 card base leaving some white space visible.

For the sentiment, I added alphabet stickers form my stash and embellished with a few wooden hearts. I couldn’t discard the foiled negative, so I played a little more to make the 2nd card. First, I picked my sentiment from the Brutus Monroe Love You Floral Stamp set, and heat embossed it on a piece of cardstock using the foil reactive embossing powder also from Brutus Monroe. I foiled it with the same platinum foil. The sentiment didn’t stand out against the negative foil, so I decided to use the negative of the foiled sentiment too.

On a piece of white cardstock, I applied a thin layer of Tombow 2-way glue. This glue gets tacky and acts as a temporary glue once it dries. After the glue dried, I first placed the negative foil of the sentiment, and then the wood slices over that. I burnished with a cloth over it and slowly and carefully peeled off the foil. It was like magic! Remember, the glue has to dry completely before you apply foil, or it will rip out your cardstock when you peel off the foil. Next, I cut out some strips form the foiled panel and adhered them down on a dark brown A2 card base. I finished off with some matching sequins.

I hope you liked my cards today and if you do plan on shopping Brutus Monroe, do consider supporting me by using my affiliate link – bit.ly/ShopBrutusMonroe. Thank you and have a great day!

Focus on the Good – Brutus Monroe

Hi friends! Welcome to a quick post. This card was created out of pure experimentation.

I started by stamping and heat embossing the Brutus Monroe Love You Floral stamp on watercolor paper using Alabaster Embossing powder. Then I had fun ink smooshing, followed by some distress oxide blending, shimmer ink spraying and ink lifting till I loved the result.

Next, I ripped the edges of the paper panel. I wrapped jute twine around the panel and adhered it to an A2 size kraft card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Brutus Monroe Vintage floral background stamp set on a strip of kraft cardstock and added it to the card. This completes my card for today! Affiliate links used wherever possible, thank you for the support!!

2 Cards 1 Stencil – Brutus Monroe

Happy Saturday! Welcome back dear friends. We are into the 3rd week of social distancing and boy how I restless I feel these days! If it weren’t for crafting, I am certain I would have gone loopy already! Anyways today I am sharing 2 cards I made using the gorgeous Aster – Brutus Monroe stencil.

I started by adding Nuvo glitter gel- Garnet and the lemon Nuvo mousse through the stencil on to Neenah 80lb white A2 card panels. I let these dry overnight and then made cards out of them.

For the first card, I stamped the good luck sentiment from the Super Sentimental Brutus Monroe stamp set on a strip of vellum and heat embossed with Raven embossing powder. I wrapped the sentiment around the panel and adhered the panel to an A2 card base. I didn’t embellish further as I wanted the focus to remain on the glittery stenciled flowers. I am entering this card for the March Clever Dexter Challenge.

For the second card, I heat embossed the sentiment in gold on to vellum and repeated same process. This time, I trimmed the panel to be a bit thinner than the A2 card base to reveal a bit of the yellow card base.

This completes my cards for today! I hope you will give these a try. Brutus Monroe has free shipping over the weekend if you use the code – SPRINGFLING at checkout. Hit link below to shop!!

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Trust the Wait – Unity Stamp Co

Hello and welcome back! I know we can’t wait for this crisis to be over soon and we don’t even know if things will ever be back to how it was before. But today I remind myself and you my dear friends, that there better times awaiting us on the other side of these difficult times. On that note, I am sharing 2 cards I created using the gorgeous Like a Lotus stamp set from Unity Stamp Co. The sentiments in the set are beautiful, and great for encouragement cards. Also, this set was supposed to be on sale price till today, the 24th of March but Unity has been very kind and agreed to extend the sale through this week upon my request. So if you would like to purchase this set, along with other Unity stamps, please do consider using my affiliate link.

The cards I made are pretty simple and easy to make. I stamped the lotus image on watercolor paper and kraft paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I just took my time and relaxed as I colored the images thinking about all the blessings in my life. I used watercolors for one and color pencils for the kraft. I used very similar colors, but achieved 2 very different looking cards.

For the watercolored card, I die cut the panel using a die form Gina Marie Designs and matted it with green cardstock. I stamped my sentiment and attached the panel to an A2 card base.

For the kraft card, I stamped the sentiment, ripped around the image carefully and matted it with black. This time, I tied some jute cord around the panel and used foam tape to adhere the panel to an A2 card base.

I then added some dots around the image using the Deco Foil adhesive pen and added gold foil over it. This is a beautiful accent when the image catches the light. I hope you are able to stay creative and safe. Sending hugs and prayers. Bye for now.