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Monday, September 15, 2014

House of Cards Colour Palette - Every Day Moments

Some days I feel as if I am having a lot of 'moments'...senior moments, life lesson moments, practice patience you know what I mean?!

These last couple of weeks have been hectic with school starting back up, fall sports, work, etc. Getting back into the routine of life with kids - school time.

Thank Goodness for the creative challenges! This month at the House of Cards challenge we have a colour palette!

This definitely says, "Autumn!" I pulled a few colours for this card: gray, red, the oranges...especially for the embossed, spritzed, lightly distressed background. I'm not sure I'm lovin' the ribbon. It feels like it needs a little something more. Keepin' it real here. This card may need a makeover.

Have you ever designed a card you just don't love?

The dragonfly is embossed and the buttons were punched from cork.

Not a lot of chit chat today. There's a lot on the to-do list! Grab a cuppa and take a look at the other designs for this challenge - you'll be inspired!

Inky hugs,

Playing along with the following challenges:
Deconstructed Sketch #168

Creative Moments #51 - ATG/Fall Colours
Little Red Wagon #254 - Cork (buttons)
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background

Friday, September 12, 2014

Globecraft & PIccolo - Halloween "Believe" Pendant & Earrings

T.G.I.F. (Thank Goodness It's Fun day!)

The holiday season is coming up fast...before you know it Halloween will be here and we will be working our way through to Christmas and New Year's! 

Today I have a FUN jewelry set using a package of Piccolo Accents and a few Embossing Enamel Powders.

To make the earrings and pendant, you will need a few items from the G&P shop:
enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid
3D Enamel Gel: Mars Black
Glastique, Gloss

scrap of paper, copy/patterned/plain - your choice

The key to this project is to be patient when building the layers. You don't want finger prints or peaks in your melted enamels!

Begin by covering the peacock feathers with the Starry Sky. When cool, use a small paintbrush to to coat just the 'eye' portion of the feather. Using a small scoop (slushee straws work great for this!) add the Royal Sterling just to the middle. When cool, attach earring hoops and rings to connect the feathers.

The pendant was made by building several layers of Starry Sky (I did 3 layers.) Now add the Royal Sterling randomly, covering a majority of the circle. Don't worry if the Royal Sterling seems too solid after it melts. Just stick with me! Do NOT clip off the hanging circle, yet. It comes in handy as a handle when you are melting the powders and adding things. Clip it AFTER you are finished with the enamel powders. You're welcome.

When you add the Ultra Thick Clear, the magic will start to move the other colors around as you heat the powders. Keep repeating the layers until you are happy with the results.

When you are finished, write (or stamp) the sentiment on sticker paper, scrap of patterned paper, copy paper...whatever you prefer. Heat up the pendant and when it's warm, use the side of the tip of the tweezers to very gently push the sentiment into the melted enamel.  I LOVE how the paper turned transulcent.

Just for fun I used the Mars Black on the tiny bat (click on the picture for a better look!)

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to follow and 'like' the G&P Facebook page to stay up to date with new releases and design team inspiration!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - You Belong Art Journal Page

Happy Friday!
This week I had the chance to work with a few fabulous stencils from our sister company, Sweet Stamps. Pair those stencils up with Globecraft & Piccolo 3D gels, embossing enamels and accents we get an awesome art journal page!

(my page is inspired in part by Wildflowers by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.)

We know we can't have it all at one time, so use what you have and order G&P items when you can. The G&P embossing enamels and 3D gels go a long way. We know you'll love the products, too!

To make this page, you'll need a few items from the G&P shop:
Embossing Enamel Powder: Copper Kettle
Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid
3D Enamel Gels: Mars BlackSatin GoldTurquoise
Accents: LA117 Fancy Labels & RosesLA120 Dragonflies
Glastique, gloss

Stencils (from Sweet Stamps): AS46010 Aztec SunAS46015 Circle Pavers

Other Supplies:
various spray inks (Tattered Angels Glimmermist, Dylusions, Tim Holtz Adirondack Color Washes)
modeling paste
stamps: flowers, alphabet

Layer the spray inks. Be sure to not waste the ink! ;) After you spray through the stencil, flip it over and use the excess ink in the negative (like a stamp). Refer to the project picture above.

Use the 3D Gels on this project by adding small amounts of water to get the consistency you need: more water to use the gels like ink and less to paint and stamp with.

The picture above shows the drips of Satin Gold over the Aztec Sun stencil.

I stamped the 'dots' below using the gels and a cut up flip flop. seriously!

Copper Kettle is a gorgeous copper powder with bits of copper glitter. LOVE the texture and shine!

So many possibilities with these Fancy Labels and Dragonflies...

I used the Circle Pavers stencil with embossing paste and then stamped over it with the gel. I can't stop looking at the colors on top and under the paste!

That's it! Hope your weekend is fabulous and full of creating!

Inky hugs,

Playing along with the following challenges:
The Mirror Crack'd (brand spankin' new mixed media challenge!) - Anything Goes

Friday, August 29, 2014

Globecraft & Piccolo - Double Shot Coffee Cards

Hi, Everyone! Today I have a fun pair of cards using Globecraft & Piccolo's Accents and Embossing Enamels.

Most days I design singular projects, but sometimes I find a layout or design I really like and I make a set of cards that coordinate, but aren't exact these cards!

To make these cards, you'll need a few items from the G&P shop:

other supplies:
patterned papers: Amy Tangerine - Sketchbook
stamps: Stampin' Up! Perfect Blend, Gorgeous Grunge
cardstock: Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
foam tape

I kept the basic design the same on both cards. I varied the patterned papers, cardstock colors, embossing enamels and accent placement.

The coffee cup on each card is embossed in Micro Black. I stamped the cup three times - once fully for the base, partially for each lid and partially for each wrap (on scraps of patterned paper). After fussy cutting, I adhered the wrap directly to the cup base and the lids were adhered using foam tape.

I had to include close ups of the accents...see how clean the edges are?! I love the natural color, but you can use markers, paint, 3D Gels, glitter glue...whatever you want to use to match them to your projects! (Sometimes there are tiny bits on the edges, but you can use an emery board/fine sand paper to smooth them away.)

The flourishes on the second card are 2 of the flourishes, one flipped over, glued close together. (These flourishes also make GORGEOUS hearts!)

Inky hugs,

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sentimental Sundays #221 - Everything is Awesome!

Welcome to another Sentimental Sundays Challenge!

This week's Sponsor is:

This week's challenge is:
Shaker Cards
(plus a sentiment)

I love interactive cards - shakers, spinners, special folds, designing this card was a lot of fun! 

We LOVE The Lego Movie in our house! I just had to use Good Cop to make this shaker card for my nephew. 

The window was created using the STAR shaker card cutting file. I used eCal with my eClips and the star svg file. 

Basically, I layered 2 of the stars, turning one, to make the window shape. I used the inner and outer shadow options to create the red frame.

Thanks to my son, I was able to include tiny legos in the shaker bits. He's the best!

To include the legos, I had to use 3 layers of foam tape. I used hot glue to put my layers together.

The sentiment inside had to be AWESOME, of course! bwahaha!

Join in the fun and link up to our challenge. Hope to see you there!

Inky hugs,


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