Using Nuvo Shimmer Powders & A Stencil

Hello my fellow creators! This week I chose to play with more items from my stash. I used Nuvo Shimmer Powders and the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stencil to create several cards. I posted a picture of the first card I made on my Instagram account a week or so ago and got some requests to do a video on the process so here it is.

I grabbed some Masters Touch Water Color Paper from my stash to make these cards. I began by spraying some Pixie Spray on the stencil to make sure it stayed secure on the water color paper. Once the stencil was secure, I added some of the shimmer powders to different areas of the stencil. I then sprayed the powders using some water mixed with Perfect Pearls powder. This activated the Nuvo Shimmer Powder. I cleaned up some of the overspray using a rag and then removed the stencil. Each of the panels turned out so differently depending on how much shimmer powder I used, how much water I sprayed and what I used to soak up the excess. I think each of the panels turned out beautifully. Once the panels were dry, I stamped the “Hello Friend” sentiment from the “Freestyle Flowers” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. I then used foam tape on the back of the panel (to give it some dimension) and added it to a black mat and then to the card base. Water colors are always so unpredictable, but so pretty. I’m glad I decided to play with these items from my stash. I think I may start to use water colors a bit more.

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Spring/Easter Cards

Hello my fellow creators! It is hard to believe that Spring is here and Easter is just around the corner. I look forward to each and every holiday because of all the fun I have with my kids and grandkids. I always make sure the Easter Bunny makes a trip to my house for some extra fun and goodies. This year, I made some small 3×3 cards to add to the Easter goodies for my grandchildren (I have eight). I used small scraps of Doodlebug Spring and Easter themed papers.

Using up my paper pads and scraps of paper is one of my crafty goals for 2021, so I am constantly pulling out partially used paper pads in order to meet that goal while crafting. This week, I was able to use up most of the tiny strips of paper and that makes me smile. I like that I can create some cute cards that will bring smiles to others. I hope you are all able to enjoy Spring and Easter (if you celebrate).

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School Themed Cards Using Doodlebug Papers

Hello my fellow creators! This was a very busy week. I had four videos to get recorded and edited as I am participating in three different hops this week. I have to admit, although I had fun making the cards and the videos, it was a lot of work to get four done in one weekend.

For my weekly video I decided to pull out some more Doodlebug paper from my huge stash of Doodlebug cuteness. I thought I should make some school themed cards in preparation for Day of the Teacher in May. I was able to make five cards using up what I had left of the “School Days” paper pad as well as the coordinating “Odds & Ends” and “Chit Chat” ephemera. I used up most of the paper but have lots of ephemera left. I’m sure I will find a way to use it up though.

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Colorful Birthday Cards

Hello my fellow creators! Thank you for coming back to see what I created this week. Today I am pulled out some patterned paper I had in my stash (Honey Bee Stamps – Over the Rainbow).

I used up all the paper from this paper pad and was able to create nine cards to add to my stash. I pulled in the Sweet Birthday stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. I stamped multiple images and heat embossed them using Simon Say Stamp Fine Detail Embossing Powder. I then colored several of the images using my Zig Brush Markers.

I also pulled in some Doodlebug stickers I had in my stash. The colorful papers really made these cards bright and cheery. They are perfect for my grandchildren (I have eight now).

Thank you for continuing to support me and help me grow as I continue my creative journey. I am constantly inspired by so many other creators and am grateful to them for continuing to inspire and motivate me.

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Summer Cards

Hello my fellow creators! I am so glad you have stopped by to take a look at what I created this week. Today I am playing with new to me Gina K Designs dies (Master Layouts 1 & 2). I made three summer themed cards using the dies and some colorful “Fun in the Sun” Doodlebug paper from my stash.

For my first card, I chose paper that had cacti as the background image. I used dies from both Master Layout 1 and Master Layout 2. I die cut the paper using my Gemini and a new self healing mat I purchased on Amazon (it actually worked great with a metal shim). Once I had my papers cut, I stamped and colored an image from the “Cuddly Cacti” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. I also used a sentiment from this stamp set. The plan was to make one card for this week’s video, but once I finished the first one, I decided to make a couple more.

For my second and third cards, I did the die cutting off camera and assembled them on camera in order to avoid making the video too long. As usual, Doodlebug papers and stickers make any card simply adorable. I really enjoyed making these cards and hope you enjoyed watching my process.

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Show Us Your Sheetload – March 2021

Hello to my fellow creators! I have decided to follow along with Alicia of Call me Crafty Al each month and do a video/blog post using her monthly Sheetload of Cards sketches. I used this month’s sketch to make more Christmas cards for my annual donation. I pulled in some paper from a Michael’s hot buy paper pad (Name here) I had in my stash. I used some embossed brown card stock (Recollections) for the mat and some cream heavy card stock for the bases. Once I had my papers selected, I went ahead and cut and sorted all the paper. I used some cut-aparts from the paper pad as my sentiment/images on the cards. I didn’t follow the sketch exactly. I went ahead and added a mat layer using the same paper I used for the strip (I did not use a scalloped edge). I also omitted the embellishment next to the sentiment/image. As you can tell, I used a square sentiment/image instead of the circle. I took a lot of liberties with this month’s sketch, but I like how the cards turned out. This took me a little over an hour to complete, which is perfect for getting a lot of cards done quickly.

Alicia’s monthly sketches are available for download to her subscribers so go over to her channel (https://www.youtube.com/callmecraftyal) and subscribe for some creative fun.

#suysmar2021 #showusyoursheetload

Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I continue my creative (and fun) journey. Thank you Alicia for always making such wonderful sketches that are super easy to follow. Thank you to all the other creators who continue to inspire and motivate me.

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Ink Blending & Silhouette Stamping

Hello to my fellow creators! It has been a difficult week for me. I am so glad you have stopped by to take a look at what I created this week. I have been very busy trying to meet my goals this month, all while trying to recover from this horrible virus. I have only been able to craft for a few minutes at a time, so meeting my goals has been a challenge, but I have done it. I’m kind of a type A personality, so when I set a goal for myself, I do my best to meet that goal.

In this week’s video I decided to play with ink blending and silhouette stamping. I started by doing some ink blending on white card stock (Recollections). I used Distress Oxide Inks (Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, and Abandoned Coral) and blended them using my blending brushes. While I set my panel aside to dry, I die cut the main sentiment “Believe” (Simon Says Stamp). I die cut it three times to layer the sentiment and give it more stability and depth. I then put my ink blended panel in my Misti and stamped the image from the “Meadow Life” stamp (Creative Expressions). Once the image was stamped, I added the ink blended panel to a black mat. I then added the die cut sentiment to the panel. I thought the sentiment could use a little sparkle so I used Onyx Black Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen on the sentiment. I then added the secondary sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp “together” stamp set. With the panel complete, I added it to a card base and added the card to my stash. I really enjoyed making these cards and hope you enjoyed watching my process.

Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I continue my creative journey. I am constantly inspired by so many other creators and am grateful to them for continuing to inspire and motivate me.

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Smash That 6×6 Honey Bee Paper Pad

Hello to my fellow creators! It has been a difficult week for me. I have been trying to recover from this horrid virus and it has not been easy. I did manage to record this video though. I am still trying to smash my stash of 6×6 paper so I pulled out some Honey Bee papers and made these cards to add to my stash of cards. I used some cardboard stickers I had in my stash as well and they coordinated with the colors of the papers quite well. I hope you enjoy this quick video of me using up another paper pad.

Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I continue my creative journey. I am constantly inspired by so many other creators and am grateful to them for continuing to inspire and motivate me.

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Show Us Your Sheetload – February 2021

Hello to my fellow creators! I have decided to follow along with Alicia of Call me Crafty Al each month and do a video/blog post using her monthly Sheetload of Cards sketches. I used this month’s sketch to make some general thinking of you cards. I pulled in some paper from a Michael’s hot buy paper pad (Sophisticated Neutrals by Park Lane) I had in my stash. I used some embossed ivory card stock (from Joann’s) for the layers and a sheet of white card stock for the sentiments. Once I had my papers selected, I went ahead and cut and sorted all the paper. I used the free downloadable sentiment sheets that Alicia provided last month. I used some small pearl embellishments I had in my stash. I’m not sure where they are from as I’ve had them for many, many years.

Alicia’s monthly sketches are available for download to her subscribers so go over to her channel (https://www.youtube.com/callmecraftyal) and subscribe for some creative fun.

#suysfeb2021 #showusyoursheetload

Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I continue my creative (and fun) journey. Thank you Alicia for always making such wonderful sketches that are super easy to follow. Thank you to all the other creators who continue to inspire and motivate me.

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Sympathy Cards

This week I chose to make a few sympathy cards to add to my stash. It is never easy to create a sympathy card on demand so I thought I should make a few to have handy. Sure enough, the day after I made these cards, I needed to use one. I used some 6×6 paper from my stash. This is helping me to use up my stash of 6×6 papers. I cut out some scallop circles and plain circles using my Brother Scan ‘N Cut. This made cutting circles quick and easy. For the sentiments, I used the Simon Says Stamp”Sympathy Greetings Mix” and stamped the sentiments using Versafine Claire ink. I need to learn to be more patient in letting the ink dry because I smeared a couple of the sentiments.

I used all of the paper and varying sentiments to make a total of 11 cards. I hope you enjoy the video.

Thank you for supporting me and helping me grow as I continue my creative (and fun) journey. Thank you to all the other creators who continue to inspire and motivate me.

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