Friday, November 27, 2015

Frosty Papillon | Sweet Stamps

Hello there crafty people!

I'm here today to bring you a shimmery masterpiece featuring Sweet Stamps' Starflake Medallion stamp, Large Butterfly Accent Piccolo, and Embossing Powders and Enamels!

Let's get started!
First, I took the Starflake stamp and stamped it twice on my background, once on the top right and once on the bottom left, in versamark ink.  I used white detail embossing powder to heat emboss the images.  Next, I used several colors of glimmer mist and sprayed over the embossed stamped images to create the shimmery background color.

Next, I used the same stamp and stamped it onto periwinkle cardstock, heat embossed it with the same white embossing powder, and sprayed it with clear, shimmer glimmer mist.  I cut out the shape, leaving a bit of room around the edge and attached it to the background with foam adhesive. (See below how shimmery it is?!)

Lastly I took one of the Large Butterfly Accent Piccolos and covered it with Embossing Fluid and used the same white embossing powder all over the front.  After that layer had dried I used layers of Embossing Fluid and Aged Pink Piccolo Embossing Enamel on the edges of the butterfly to create the look the the butterfly had begun to build up frost on its wings!

Lastly, I attached a gem from my stash to the middle of the butterfly and it was done!

Thank you so much for spending a little of your holiday weekend with me!  
Have a good weekend - Later queenies!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pretty Tree Card | Piccolo by Sweet Stamps

Good Morning crafty peeps!!

I'm here today bringing you a pretty little shaker card using a beautiful range of products from Sweet Stamps called Piccolo!

When I first saw this pretty floral tree image I knew I wanted to use the Piccolo Enamel Powders to add color and dimension to the shape.

I used the Piccolo Embossing Powder Adhesive and covered the entire outside edge and several of the flowers with the adhesive liquid.  I applied Shamrock Dreams Enamel Powder and heat set it.  I repeated that method with Mardi Gras Enamel Powder and Copper Kettle Enamel Powder to cover the rest of the tree.  I finished the tree with dots of metallic pearl paint around the edges - and set it aside to dry.

I die cut an A2 sized frame out of brown glitter cardstock and layered in on top of the soft brown snowflake paper.  After the tree was completely dry, I used it to trace a window in the middle of the snowflake paper, cut it out and fit the tree into the window.

I attached clear transparency to the back of the piece, making sure to cover all the little openings in the tree, and then used foam adhesive to create a well for my shaker.  

I filled the shaker with brown seed beads from my stash and Sugar Beads from the Sweet Stamps store.  (I wish I had used a few sequins or confetti to make the shaker a little more obvious, but there's always next time!)  Lastly, I adhered the whole front piece to an A2 cardbase!

I had SUCH fun working with these products and I can't wait to break out my Piccolos again!  Take a look at the Sweet Stamps store for tons of pretty and intricate shapes like this!

Have a wonderful weekend queenies!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mistletoe Kisses | Sweet Stamps

Hello there! Britt Bass here to share a sweet little Christmas card that I created!

I am really looking forward to the holiday season this year and I LOVE Christmas cards!  I plan on putting aside a whole day to make and mail my cards this year!

I like to make a few simple cards, a few elaborate ones. some elegant, some traditional and some cartoonish and cute!  This one definitely falls in the CUTE category!

I stamped this adorable little reindeer and holly berries with ribbon from the Reindeer Friends Stamp set and colored them with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I cut my images out and set them aside.

I used a little pattern to create the background of the card and I wanted to share it with you!  This is an excellent way to mass-produce cards for the holidays because you get 2 to 3 cards worth depending on how many papers you cut at once.  Feel free to save this to your computer to use as a reference! (it is NOT sized to any exact measurements - this is just a reference sheet).

After layering my cut pieces of paper and adding a small sentiment sticker from my stash I attached my focal reindeer image and the holly and berries.  Lastly, I tied a satin ribbon around the top of my card and I was done!

Thanks for stopping by queenies!
Later gators!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Season's Greetings Shaker! | Sweet Stamps

Hello sweet people!

I'm so excited to bring you my first official post as a DT sweetie for Sweet Stamps!

I saw these little pair of Snow People and just KNEW it would make an excellent "snow globe" shaker card!

First I stamped Mr. & Mrs. Snow DUO with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.  I used Distress Ink in Stormy Skies to add a winter-y blue sky above the happy couple and then added stars, highlights and fun details with a white gel pen.

I die cut a large circle in a 6x6 sheet of Christmas tree paper (from my stash) with a Circle Die and then used the same die and a slightly larger scallop circle die to create a frame with green cardstock.

I assembled my shaker with a piece of acetate and filled it with a mixture of Sugar Sand, Clear Glass Micro Beads, and some blue micro beads (from my stash).  I didn't add any sequins or larger pieces because I wanted it to look like a snow bank the swishes from side to side as it shakes!  I finished the card with a layered sticker from my stash!

Take a look at the Sweet Stamps store - lots of awesome stuff to be had there!

Thanks for taking a look!
Later queenies!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sweet Stamps Challenge!

Hello people!

I'm so happy to announce that I am part of the Sweet Stamps Sweeties DT for the next several months!

Today I'm just dropping by to let you know that there is a new challenge up on the Sweet Stamps blog and the theme is ANYTHING GOES!

Click HERE to go join the challenge!

I created a little sample for this challenge and I am in LOVE with this focal image!


Other: Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, Queen & Co Sequins, Studio Calico Mr. Huey's, Stampin' Up! Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today!!
Later queenies!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Paper Smooches SPARKS

Happy Monday people!!

It has been a happy, productive weekend in my craftroom.  Yesterday I decided to break out two stamp sets from Paper Smooches and participate in the SPARKS  challenge this week!

This week's challenge was anything goes - yay!!!

In my last post (HERE) I talked about my new-found love for Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers so I decided to do one card coloring using ONLY Spectrum Noir Markers and the other using ONLY my Copic Markers.  Let's see the results!

First up is the card using ONLY Spectrum Noir markers.  I took my Paper Smooches' "FOLKal Points" set and stamped out my house, chicken, chick, lamb, and sun on my Neenah Bright White 120lb cardstock and cut them out with my Silhouette Cameo, using my new PixScan mat (more on this later!).

I LOVE the way this card turned out!  I think the ink blending using the Spectrum Noir markers is awesome!  I created a background for my card using mini Distress ink and a blending tool and then I used Kristina Werner's technique of dropping water on the inked piece and blotting it with a towel to create texture.

(Here's a tip! Interested in creating a scene like the one above, but you don't have any of those fancy scene-creating dies?  I didn't either!  I used the largest die in some of my older Spellbinders' label dies and just layered them over each other to create hills for my scene!)

The second card for the SPARKS challenge is this sweet baby card that I made using the "Pip Squeeks" set and ONLY my Copic Markers.  Obviously, these markers also blend perfectly and I love them, but, because of the expense, I don't have as many of these markers and I often have a bit less variety in my color choices.  I DID use a good blending technique if you want REALLY soft blending, but don't have many of the pastel colors.  I lay down a layer of the colorless blender all over the whole image and then take my slightly darker color and use a flicking motion to blend the darker color out to white. You can go back in that flick the colorless blender back the opposite way to remove any unwanted color from the highlighted side. (Hopefully that wasn't TOO confusing!)

This set is GREAT for creating a background and it came together REALLY quickly.  I went ahead and stamped the focal images on the background - just so I would have plenty of room to add those images when I color and cut them out later.

Join in the SPARKS anything goes challenge with me this week!  If you do, good luck!

Later queenies!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Spectrum Noir Markers - First Projects!

Hello there!  I know, TWO posts in one week after being gone for so long!?   Who am I and what have I done with Britt!?

Well, I spent much of today playing with some new tools!  One of my favorites of these new things is my new set of Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers by Crafter's Companion.

I have purchased the small sets of markers that are available at Joann's (With coupons of course!) in the greens, browns, reds, purples, essentials, greys, and yellows.  I was really interested in filling in some of the color holes that I find I have in my Copic collection (I stopped buying them as much because they are SO expensive).

Guess what!? I LOVE these!  The results are amazing for the price and I KNOW I will need them all eventually!

I signed up for the email list on the Spectrum Noir website and found out that they have a monthly challenge, so I decided to enter a few cards to this month's challenge..which is EMBOSSING.  Let's get to the pretties, shall we?

Am I the only one who still has a few Tilda images?  Every once in a while I like to pull out one or more of my Magnolia stamps and ink them up!  Here I used one of my (NEW!) favorite color combos for orange. Spetrum Noir: OR1 and me, it is perfect.

I'm also in love with these Heidi Swapp word dies that I just got as well.  They aren't that new, but they have been a bit hard to come by until they were restocked at my Joann.  In the background I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder and inked it up to create a letterpress effect.

I have a new-found love for Paper Smooches stamps and so I couldn't wait to ink up this adorable set called "Market Fresh".  I used MANY of the Spectrum Noir markers on this card, but my favorite combo to come out of this card is that bottle green color. Spectrum Noir: DG2 and DG3.

I LOVE this Tim Holtz embossing folder!  I ran the folder through my Grand Calibur and then inked over it with some black ink. It came out better than I could have hoped!

Thanks so much for stopping by and check out the Spectrum Noir challenge for September!

Later queenies!