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Watercolor Wash Backgrounds & Big Foiled Butterflies + This month’s Winner

A few weeks ago I tried out new watercolors -those that come in tubes-. I was surprised to learn how pigmented they are and how much they allowed me to play with the colors, blending them to create beautiful washes. Well, that is exactly how today’s cards started off!

This month’s release at the shop was very special to me, because it is my birthday month and we had a special bonus stamp release (Pray Digital Stamp Set). I have been so technique driven this month that I based my stamp choice for today purely on how I wanted to finish off these backgrounds. I used 3 colors for this watercolored wash: Ultramarine, Rose and Purple Pale.

These stunning butterflies are from a set called Persevere -available now on Etsy-. I printed the butterflies on vellum at around 3.5 and 2.5 inches (using Microsoft Word to resize and arrange my print), using a laser printer. I then foiled them at low temperature with a Silver Deco Foil Transfer Sheet. I fussy cut each butterfly and attached them to the background.

We have lots of inspiration for you today -as always-, so make sure you leave each of these talented ladies some love!

Shylaa Shree
Barbara Thompson
María Pilar
Agnieszka Wolnicka-Pawlik
Ginny Maxam
Arjita Sepaha Singh

Guest Designer:
Maria Luisa

Winners

This month’s winner of a $10 Gift Card + Our Special Release Set Pray is: Kathy the Teawife Congratulations! Please send me an email through the contact form so I can send you your prize!

We also have another winner! We never got an email from our Westcott Brand Scissors’ winner so we had to draw a new one! The new winner is: CherylQuilts

Once you finish the blog hop I hope you do come visit us at our Etsy shop! There are so many sets for your crafty projects there! I know you will find something perfect for your cardmaking style! 

Thanks for visiting today! Until next time.

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Flutter & Fly – Our Daily Bread Designs

This week the challenge at Our Daily Bread Designs is Fluttering and Flying with ODBD stamps and here is the card I made inspired in this theme!

ODBD Stamps used: Belle Vignes / ODBD Dies used: Fancy Fritillary, Fancy Foliage / ODBD Paper used: Soulful Stitches

I really enjoyed using the new background stamp together with the new butterfly die cuts. I went for a fuscia color to contrast with the neutral background. Love how well the flourishes look also! This was such a nice card to create. I folded one of the butterflies to create a different look for this gorgeous die cut… It´s a really simple trick that I like to use with butterflies sometimes. I skipped adding a sentiment to the front of the card this time but I will be adding something nice inside! I finished this clean and layered design with gross grain ribbon, pearls and rhinestones.

To see all the projects created for ODBDSLC240 or to join the challenge click here. You have until May 31, 2015 at 8:00pm EDT to join us. By participating in the challenge, you have a chance to win a $15 ODBD Gift Certificate good towards the purchase of stamps in the “stamps column” on the ODBD website, or to be spotlighted on the ODBD Blog at our next challenge. The random prize winner will be posted on our next challenge post.

I invite you to visit my teammates and check out what they designed this week:

Hope you can join us this week! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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A Shabby Chic Spring Card – House of Cards

Today I’m sharing a shabby chic card I created for House of Cards. This month’s challenge is to use butterflies and/or colors from the inspiration photo. I went for the butterfly theme only, without knowing where to start and after a few handmade flowers and stamped butterflies I hit it off. I am so happy with how the design turned out!

The butterflies were stamped with my set Parisian Postcard released by Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps, fussy cut and added to the card around the sentiment’s label and handmade flowers. Since I used blue for the flowers, and followed by brown for the butterflies and sentiment, I decided that my patterned paper from the recently released Floral Frames Paper Pack (available on Etsy here) would go together perfectly. I accentuated the color scheme with a light green. I used a few die cuts to add even more texture, layering and depth to the design, after all it is a shabby chic card!

I stenciled the patterned paper with crackle embossing paste, using my friend’s Sue Kracker’s custom stencils that I happen to love (click here to check them out)! I sprayed ink and perfect pearls, applied paint, added ribbon, pearls, gauze and distressed the edges of the patterned layer to give this creation all the final touches a proper European style shabby chic card should have. I am in love with the results.

Make sure you visit House of Cards to join this month’s challenge and find some extraordinarily beautiful samples that will inspire you bunches! The design team is an inspiration to me always!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you stop by on May 1st for a new challenge at House of Cards and also for my Birthday Giveaway! 

I’m also sharing my card with:
Frilly & Funky – Spring Time Die Cuts
Mod Squad Challenge – Butterfly Focal
RRR Challenge – Things with Wings
Mixed Media Card Challenge – Flowers
SSS Monday Challenge – In the Middle
Dream it Up! – Showers of Showers
(used Dreamweaver Crackle Paste)
Card Mania – April Challenge


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Butterfly Canvases with Cottonwood Arts

This month Sin City Stamps partnered with Cottonwood Arts. I love CA’s canvases and I’ve enjoyed making projects with them during the last months. Let’s take a look at a set of butterfly canvases I presented separately, but that were designed to go together as a set.

I used a stamp set called Love of Butterflies on both projects. It’s a plate of rubber you can find on Sin City Stamps store!

There are step by step tutorials available for both canvases. Visit my snapguide page or Sin City Stamps blog to check them out!

Hope you are inspired to get some Cottonwood Arts canvases or journals to try out some mixed media projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Delicate Birthday Butterflies – House of Cards

It’s been just a few days since my last post for House of Cards Challenge. Things have changed a bit for the better! Now all of us, the designers from all the different style teams, are going to share our projects for the challenge every 1st of the month on our blogs. We are also going to be adding our creations to the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along, visit each blog, and hopefully be inspired!

Our challenge this month is a sketch! Remember you can rotate the sketch and use it as you wish, only let us know your interpretation on your blog post or online gallery.

My card follows the sketch almost literally, except for the sentiment label, which I interpreted as a banner.  

I decided to make a shabby chic card in soft tones of lilac and blue. I used some pretty filigree dies starting with the frame, which I cut with ODBD Vintage Flourish die. I layered two elegant oval die cuts too. I wanted to add some shimmer to the card so I used metallic cardstocks for the frame and the blue oval, and I stamped and heat embossed in silver the butterflies with a newsprint stamp. The dies I used for the butterflies are very old, that set was called Butterflies Two by Spellbinders. After I heat embossed the butterflies I sponged them with Memento inks in Angel Pink and Lavender, and I gathered their center to give them some dimension.

I stamped and heat embossed in silver a Happy Birthday sentiment in Spanish, on vellum. I distressed the vellum’s edges also. Of course a shabby chic card would not be complete without lace and ribbon so I finished the design adding some of that and some baby rhinestones.


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I hope you feel inspired and that you will join us this month with a card, box, layout, or whatever project your little creative heart desires. For more inspiration click HERE to check out what my teammates made. You’ll find our projects on the challenge inlinkz so you can hop along and get to know each designer. By the way, I can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Shabby Chic Canvas

Hello and welcome to a new post for Sin City Stamps! This month Sin City Stamps has partnered with Gelli Arts! What a great combination of products! I’ve had a great time creating personalized backgrounds with Gelli Arts’ Gel Plate, and adding details with SCS stamps. It’s almost therapeutic the way the projects come together, and how we have no precise control of the resulting background using the Gel Plate (a truly spontaneous artistic process).

Today I want to show you a 6″x 6″ pink, gold, and silver canvas I made.

Main Supplies
Sin City Stamps:
Butterfly Mask
Chicken Wire with Butterflies Mask
Love of Butterflies Plate of Rubber
Gelli Arts 5″x 7″ Gel Plate
Cotton Wood Arts 6″x 6″ canvas (to be released)
Other
Crackle Embossing Paste
Palette knife
Brush
Baby wipes
Paints: Poster paint in pink and metallic acrylic paints in gold and silver
Embellishments: 2″ lace, 3/8″ gross grain ribbon, gold vintage buttons, Fused string pearl beads, pearls, crystals
Adhesives: Uhu all purpose adhesive, Bazic two sided tape

The background was created with Gelli Arts Gel Plate. I also stenciled with crackle paint, which adds to the shabby chic design. I layered many butterflies that I stamped, heat embossed and fuzzy cut to create a 3D effect.

Tutorial
Come check a step by step tutorial I prepared for you! Click here and start the guide to learn how I made this canvas.

I hope you like my project and tutorial! For more about the products used, click on the links added to the supply list. If you have any questions feel free to leave me a comment.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I’d like to submit my project to:
October Challenge – Sparkle ‘n Sprinkle

(used Gold Detail embossing powder)
Challenge #48 – Add a Little Dazzle

Halloween or Not – Rhedd’s Creative Spirit 
October Challenge – The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge
Layer It – Craft Hoarders Anonymous
Think Pink Blog Hop – Die-Versions Blog 
Newsprint / Wording / Sentiment / Quotation – The Sailing Pineapple (see butterflies)

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Faux window blossom card

Hello there! First of all I want to thank everyone who gave me direction on my Grand Calibur issue. You were all very encouraging, positive and helpful. Thanks so much! I ended up being replied by customer service through email, and Karen Haas, who has helped me with any questions about purchases before, told me they would send me a new handle free of charge. That’s right! You girls helped me keep it together!

Now let’s talk about cardmaking. The card for today is a 2 or 3 year old project (yep!) that I found through my stash of stuff. It is a valentine’s card in unconventional colors. It’s refreshing even for me, because I’ve been using the same palette lately. Here it is:

Materials
Shery K Designs Paper: Honey Bee, Antoinette
Spellbinders:
– Scalloped Square Small

– A2 Matting Basics
– Classic Label Four
– Rose Creations
– Grand Calibur die cutting machine 
Marvy Uchida Butterfly Punch
Ranger Distress ink in Old Paper
Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black
Stampendous Stamps: Spanish Messages
Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Bazic: two sided tape, mounting tape
Merletto Stickers
Other generic Materials
3/8″ gross grain ribbon in Cream
Heavy weight white paper
Linen white paper
Fused string pearl beads

Do you like it? Never thought I would rescue an old card and like it in the present. Because usually we develop a ‘better’ style through the years and end up not liking our older cards. But this one I like a lot. 

Because of the weather here (hell summer forever) the layers had to be reinforced, the glue of the two sided tape seems to dry because of the temperature. But overall it is so well preserved, and I did not keep this older cards in a special box or so. They are true survivors! LOL I guess I can say a good thing came out from the breaking of my machine’s handle…

Let me know what you think. And would you rescue an old project of yours?

This card is participating in:
Our Daily Bread
Vintage Chic
Craft Hoarders Challenge Blog
The Inspired Challenges Blog
Crafty Mojo Blog

Ladybug Crafts Blog

Jo’s Scrap Shack Blog
Fairies Challenges
Digi Designs Challenge Blog
JellyPark Challenge Blog
Kitty Bee Designs Blog
Nice
Naughty or Nice Blog
Melonheadz Friends Blog
Mema’s Crafts Blog

Challenge #100 – Bingo
2nd Vertical Row
Two word sentiment (“Con Cariño”)
3D items (flower and butterflies) 
Something shiny (crystal stickers) 
Aud Sentiments