Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Beloved Daisies with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing two cards I created for the Scrapbook Nerd Design Team that features the gorgeous Beloved Daisy stamp and die set by Altenew.

This layering stamp set contains 3 blooms, 3 leaves plus a stem that you can ink up in a variety of colours. I love all the different ways you can use them on a card or even on your scrapbook pages.

The flowers and leaves on both my cards were inked with the following Altenew mini ink cube sets:

  • Golden Sunset
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Tea Party
  • Green Meadows

My background panel was inked up with Altenew Iceberg Ink and I applied a thin layer of Vicki Boutin Iridescent Glitter Texture Paste to give it that gorgeous shine.

I then took another white panel and debossed it using the Altenew Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die. From that, I die cut an oval using the Gina K Small Oval Double Stitch die. I then adhered my stems and leaves to the background. I added foam tape to the back of the debossed panel and adhered it to the background with the stems and leaves. Then I popped up the flowers with foam dots.

I embossed a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Wavy Sayings stamp set onto their Spring Fling 6x6 paper pack and cut it out with their Fancy Wavy Banners die and adhered it to the front of the card. A few Cornflower Jewels from Pretty Pink Posh finishes off the card.

My next card is a bit more simple. I took a white panel and inked it up in the middle area using Altenew Chamomile ink and a life changing brush.

I then black heat embossed The Best Thing sentiment stamp by Altenew. I glued the leaves and the stem and popped up the daisy with foam dots. I mounted the panel onto an A2 sized cardbase from Gina K Sweet Mango cardstock. As a finishing touch, I added Studio Katia Onyx Crystals.

Thank you so much for stopping by! As always if you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.

And be sure to check out the Scrapbook Nerd shop where all these products are available for purchase.

Have a wonderful day! :)

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Welcome Card for Twin Baby Girls

Hi friends!

Today I'm sharing a cute card and tag I created for the birth of twin baby girls. Baby cards are so much fun to create and this one came together really quickly.

I used the Simon Says Stamp Oh Baby stamp and die set. It has the most adorable little images; a stork, the sack, bibs, tiny little socks, undershirts, a clothes line to hang the babies clothes on and more. So cute!

To create my background panel, I used Ranger Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry and the My Favorite Things Cloud Stencil. I love how the clouds look so fluffy! I then used the largest of the Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies by Lawn Fawn to cut the panel out slightly smaller than the white A2 sized cardbase and set it aside to dry.

Next, I stamped out the adorable images from the stamp set (the stork and two of everything else for the twins). I coloured them in using Copic Markers, added white highlights with a Gelly Roll pen and then die cut them using the coordinating dies. I fiddled around with the placement of the images and once I knew where I wanted them to go, I stamped out the "Welcome Little One" sentiment. I had to slightly modify the sentiment by adding the letter "s" with a fine black marker. Can you tell that it was written in by hand? :)

I adhered all my images onto the panel with foam dots and adhered the panel to fun foam. I glued the panel down to my card base and added some Simon Says Stamp Girl's Best Friend Sequins. I used Wink of Stella on all the stamped images. For a little more bling, I die cut two hearts from pink glitter cardstock and glued them to the sacks.

For my tag, I used a Silhouette cut file. I cut it from pink Bazzill cardstock, the pink gingham paper is from Simple Stories and the cloud was die cut from the Puffy Cloud borders by Lawn Fawn. I added two of those cute little undershirts to the clothes line. The stamp set even has tiny clothes pins you can stamp out. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set and finished off the tag with some sequins and a little ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Whether you came here from my Instagram account or Facebook page, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my projects.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.

Have a fantastic day! :)

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Colour Challenge Week with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

Summer is in full swing and man I've been busy. I've been revamping my craftroom with some new furniture, fresh paint and lots of purging and organizing. I'll be posting photos of my new and improved space soon. :)

In the meantime, over on the Scrapbook Nerd Facebook Friends page, the Design Team was tasked with creating projects based on the following colour scheme:

I created three cards using Ranger Alcohol Inks and Ranger Alcohol Ink Silver Sparkle Cardstock. This is my first time using alcohol inks so to help me get started, I watched this video by Jennifer McGuire.

First I'll show you my finished card projects along with details on the products I used. Then I'll have a step-by-step alcohol ink process down below.

I used the following Alcohol Ink colours on all my panels: Sunset Orange, Mermaid, Wild Plum and Sunshine Yellow. I also used Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution and of course the Silver Sparkle Cardstock mentioned above.

Each of my cards feature sentiments from the Pinkfresh Studio Classic Word Dies as well as clear drops from Studio Katia, although once they were glued down they weren't clear anymore lol. They took on the colour of the alcohol ink, which I think looks kind of cool! :)

On the "Love" card, I die cut the Altenew Fine Bouquet die three times on white cardstock and stacked them together to create dimension. I also die cut a frame from the Altenew Fine Frames Cover Die in silver glitter cardstock to match the sentiment. I layered the sentiment on top of the matching shadow die and adhered it to the card with 3D foam tape. I glued fun foam to the back of the panel and mounted it onto an A2 sized white cardbase.

On my "Thank You" card, I die cut the alcohol ink panel using the Pinkfresh Studio Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die. I love the finished edge the die creates. I also die cut a frame from the Altenew Fine Frames Cover Die using Tonic Mirror Card in Gold Pearl to match the sentiment.

I adhered fun foam to the back of the panel and mounted it onto an A2 sized cardbase from Neenah 100 lb. Smooth Desert Storm cardstock.

For my "Happy Birthday" card, I die cut the sentiment from gold glitter cardstock. I then die cut the sentiment from black cardstock. I glued the two together slightly offset so some of the black would appear. I then die cut the shadow die out of vellum and adhered them together.

The alcohol ink panel was die cut from the smallest of the two Pinkfresh Studio Braided Oval dies. I then die cut the larger oval die and layered the two together. I then glued the ovals to an A2 sized teal cardbase.

Here is a quick tutorial on the alcohol ink process. First and foremost, protect your workspace with a craft mat! Grab lots of paper towels and baby wipes and I highly recommend wearing gloves. Trust me, this is a very messy process! :)

Step 1: Add some droplets of blending solution to the silver sparkle cardstock. The blending solution will help the alcohol inks "move".

Step 2: Add droplets of various colours of alcohol inks sporadically. The inks will move on their own. Try to use colours that won't look muddy when they mix together.

Step 3: Add a little blending solution to your craft mat. Using a paint brush, pick up a bit of the blending solution and start blending the ink until you're happy with the result.

Step 4: Let the panel dry. You can speed up the drying process by using your heat tool. Once the panel is fully dry, the sparkle will come through beautifully. Note: The panel in this photo had not fully dried yet, that's why it still looks a little dull.

Step 5: Have fun creating more panels! Use different ink colours and try moving the paint brush differently. Think of it as abstract art. You will get a different and fun result every time!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. If you have any questions about my projects, please write to me below.

All the products I used today can be found in the Scrapbook Nerd shop.

Have a wonderful day! :)

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sketch Week with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends,

It's sketch week over at Scrapbook Nerd and I was inspired to create three cards using Concord & 9th products. I just discovered Concord & 9th earlier this year and I think their products are really unique and innovative (i.e. turnabout stamps). I look forward to adding more to my collection and using them on future projects.

Here is the June sketch:

All three of my cards use the Concord & 9th Gingham Background StampConcord & 9th Floral Print Silhouette Stamp and Floral Print Silhouette Die Set.

I don't know about you but I love gingham! Gingham tablecloths, napkins, dresses, you name it! So I was excited to try this stamp set. This stamp is really neat because you can stamp it two ways; with or without the stitching. I think it looks gorgeous both ways as you will see below.

The Floral Silhouette stamps are a 3-step layering stamp which is fun because you can choose all sorts of colour combos and get a fresh look every time. Here is my first card.

I stamped the gingham with Lawn Fawn Peach Fuzz ink. The florals are stamped with Lawn Fawn Hippo, Fake Tan and Peacock inks.

I white heat embossed the sentiment onto matching blue cardstock using Versamark ink and Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder and added some Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Caribbean Ocean for the finishing touch.

My next card uses Distress Ink Bundled Sage for the gingham background. The florals are stamped with Lawn Fawn Sugar Plum, Lawn Fawn Cilantro and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.

I heat embossed the sentiments using Versafine Onyx Black ink and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder. I added Violet Galaxy Nuvo Drops and some green twine to complete the card.

My final card for today uses Lawn Fawn Mermaid ink for the background. I used Lawn Fawn Peacock ink to stamp the stitching. The florals were stamped with Lawn Fawn Peacock, Mermaid and Lobster inks. The house was die cut from the florals.

I white heat embossed the sentiment onto red cardstock, trimmed a little flag on the end and foam mounted it under the house. I added a die cut heart above the chimney and Studio Katia Canadian Rocks jewels.

And those are my completed projects for today. I hope you will be inspired by today's sketch and create your own card using the supplies you own.

If you are interested in any of the products I used today, please visit the Scrapbook Nerd store.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Birthday Bouquet Coloured 3-Ways with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

Summer hasn't officially arrived yet but my calendar is already starting to fill up with backyard bbq get-togethers and other outdoor activities. Despite being busy in the summer, I always make time for crafting! It keeps my sanity in check!

This week for the Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team, I created three birthday themed cards that feature the lovely Avery Elle Spring Bouquet stamp and die set and the Avery Elle Oval Burst die. This stamp set features my favourite flower, the Lily, and in each of my card designs I used a different method of colouring.

For my first card, I stamped the lily bouquet onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I coloured them with Copic alcohol markers and once they were dry, I sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Spritz spray to give them a very shimmery look.

Next I die cut the Avery Elle Oval Burst die, added foam tape to the back and adhered it to a panel of Gina K Designs Green Grass cardstock. I then adhered it to an A2 sized white cardbase.

I added foam tape to the back of the bouquet and adhered it in the middle of the oval. I then stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock using Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe Alabaster White embossing powder. I adhered the sentiment with foam tape across the stems of the bouquet. I added some Pretty Pink Posh Berry Splash Mix jewels for the finishing touch.

On my second card, I stamped the flowers in the same way except this time I used double sided coloured pencils by Chameleon to colour the bouquet. I recently purchased these pencils after watching this Yana Smakula video. She made it look so easy so I just had to try them for myself. This was my first attempt at using pencils on a card and I really like the way it turned out. I'm certainly no expert on using this colouring medium but I hope to get better at it with more practice.

Next, I stamped a vase from the Altenew Versatile Vases stamp set onto a panel of Neenah Solar White 80 lb cardstock. Using a light blue colour pencil, I shaded in the vase to make it look like it's filled with water.

I applied foam tape to the back of the bouquet and added some gold DMC Metallic thread behind that and then adhered the bouquet on top of the vase. Next, I gold heat embossed the sentiment onto the card panel using Versamark Ink and Lawn Fawn Gold Embossing Powder. I adhered the panel to a Lawn Fawn Sugarplum A2 cardbase and finished it off by adding a few iridescent sequins from Simon Says Stamp called Girl's Best Friend.

Here's a peek at the inside of the card. I gold heat embossed a few of the lilies and stamped a sentiment from the Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages stamp set.

On my final card, I stamped the single flower images using Versamark Ink and heat embossed them with Brutus Monroe White Alabaster embossing powder. I watercoloured the flowers using Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers #082 Purple, #025 Pink and #044 Deep Green.

For my watercolouring, I wasn't going for perfection here. I wanted more of a free-flowing, messy kind of watercolour look which I think I achieved.

I die cut the Avery Elle Oval Burst die using Lawn Fawn Fog cardstock and adhered it to a white A2 sized cardbase. I then added foam tape to the flowers and adhered them to the oval frame. I die cut the "Oh Happy Day" sentiment that comes with the Oval Burst die set four times from Lawn Fawn Storm Cloud cardstock and adhered the words together to create dimension. I then adhered the sentiment to the center of the oval. A few Silver Lining Sequins by Simon Says Stamp finishes off the card nicely. I kept this one pretty simple.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope my card projects will inspire you to try different colouring mediums and to let go of the notion that your colouring has to be perfect. I used to compare my colouring skills to others and sometimes it would discourage me from even trying because I didn't think I could measure up. I soon realized that it wasn't about striving for perfection but rather about enjoying the process and knowing that the recipient of my card would appreciate the meaning of the card and not whether my colouring was perfect.

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used in these cards, please stop by the Scrapbook Nerd store.

And if you have any questions or would just like to say hey, leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks again and have a wonderful day! :)

Monday, June 03, 2019

All About the Boys with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

Hope you're all enjoying the nice weather we've been having lately. I don't know about you but I love these temperatures we are having here in Southern Ontario. I'd honestly be fine with Spring all year round!

This week the Scrapbook Nerd Creative Team was asked to create projects with a masculine theme in mind. Since Father's Day is around the corner, I created two cards in the same theme but they couldn't be more different from each other.

My first project is a card I plan to give to my dad on Father's Day. It features the new My Favorite Things All Lined Up Background Cling Stamp. I stamped it on Neenah 100 lb Desert Storm Smooth Cardstock using Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Next, I used one of the Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies to trim the panel and then adhered it to Ground Coffee cardstock by Lawn Fawn.

The stamp set I used is an older one by Altenew called Best Dad. I stamped the images using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and coloured them using Copic markers. All the images shown in the toolbox are individual stamps. Using my exacto knife, I cut a slit in the toolbox and tucked the images inside it. I don't have the dies for this stamp set, so all the images were fussy cut by hand.

I stamped the sentiment onto blue cardstock using Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe White Alabaster embossing powder. I cut it into a rectangle and adhered it across the card.

My next card features one of my favourite Lawn Fawn stamp sets called Toadally Awesome as well as the interactive Reveal Wheel die.

To create my scene, I used a Picket Fence Life Changing Brush and blended Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks for the sky, and Mermaid Lagoon for the pond. I splattered some water on them and blotted it with a paper towel.

Next, I die cut the Lawn Fawn Bayou Backdrop and Grassy Border. I stamped and coloured my images using Copic markers.

I cut out the panel using the Reveal Wheel die and the opening for the sentiments. Using the Reveal Wheel templates as a guide, I stamped the various sentiments from the Reveal Wheel Spring Sentiments stamp set.

I assembled the Reveal Wheel by following the instructions found in this Lawn Fawn tutorial video. I then adhered my stamped images to the front of the card and foam mounted the panel onto one of the patterned papers from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Scallops 6x6 paper pack.

Here's a video showing how the different sentiments are revealed when you turn the wheel.

And those are my completed cards for this week. I really enjoyed this week's theme as it's not often that I create masculine cards and they're so fun to make!

Many of the products I used on my cards today can be found in the Scrapbook Nerd shop.

If you have any questions, please leave me a comment below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! :D

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Look Ma...No Stamps! Sketch Week with Scrapbook Nerd

Hi friends!

It's sketch week over at Scrapbook Nerd and I was inspired to create three cards using nothing but dies. I love using stamps on my cards but trust me, you can achieve equally beautiful results with just dies. The dies I am featuring today are the lovely Fancy Hello Die and the Hibiscus Garden 3D Die Set by Altenew. 

Altenew has some of the most beautiful standalone dies I've ever worked with. Yes, dies typically come at a higher price point than most stamps, but I can't say enough about their quality and how very versatile they are. When investing in standalone dies, always choose ones that will give you the most bang for your buck. I can honestly say that the dies I used in my card projects today are ones that I have reached for over and over. 

Here is the May card sketch:

All the flowers on my cards were coloured using Copic markers. For this card, I used BG10, BG45, BG18, B39 and Y38. The card panel is an Altenew die called Pegboard Canvas Cover Die which I backed onto some teal blue cardstock. I wanted to control the amount of blue that peeked through so I chose not to poke all the holes out.  

Here's a close-up of the Fancy Hello Die. I die cut it 5 times from black cardstock and glued them together to create this dimensional look. I added Wink of Stella for some subtle shimmer.

The leaves were die cut from Bazzill textured cardstock. I sprayed Sheer Shimmer Spritz Spray in Frost onto all my flowers to give them some shimmery shine. As a finishing touch, I added Studio Katia Clear Drops.

My next card features pink hibiscus! My favourite floral colour! The Fancy Hello Die was die cut from grey Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Cardstock and black fun foam. I spritzed shimmer spray onto the fun foam and then once it was dry, I adhered the woodgrain die cut on top of the fun foam slightly offset so that some of that shimmer could peek through. 

The Copics I used to colour the flowers are RV69, RV17, RV04, RV02. The white panel is cut from Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Cardstock and mounted onto Lawn Fawn Fog cardstock. The Watermelon Jewels are from Pretty Pink Posh.

In this next close-up, you can see the black fun foam behind the grey woodgrain cardstock. I think fun foam is a great way to stack your sentiments. It's quicker than die cutting and gluing multiple cardstock pieces together and it's a cheap way to achieve beautiful dimension on your card. I buy all my fun foam at my local dollar store.

My final card for today features a card panel cut from an Altenew die called Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die. This die is unique because instead of cutting the design, it debosses the pattern into your cardstock leaving behind this gorgeous subtle texture.

The Fancy Hello sentiment was die cut from cardstock and fun foam. I adhered the two together and applied Glossy Accents to create a clear glossy dimensional look.

The Copic markers I used were Y38, Y17, Y35 and Y32. I applied Bundled Sage Distress Ink using a sponge dauber to the leaves just to give them some texture and interest. The yellow card base is Wild Dandelion by Gina K Designs. I added Iridescent Bubbles by Studio Katia for the final touch.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I've inspired you to try something new in your card or scrapbook projects. 

And great news!! Scrapbook Nerd is having a 10-20% off sale on all in-stock Altenew products until May 31st! Click here to check it out.

As always, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment down below. 

Thanks again and have a great day! :)