Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mother’s Day Loveliness

Hello Bloggy Friends!
Mother’s Day is coming on the horizon and I’m thinking about how to make my mom cry. She had a good deal of that go on in my youth - but these days I try to make her cry for much different reason . Hehe!


So when I got my hands on the Visible Image Mother Definition stamp, I just fell in love because I knew for sure I could make my momma cry.

When I was thinking about the card, the bone china with the bright blue patterns sprang right to mind and I wanted to re-create that feel.


I took the Fabonacci background stamp and inked it up with some bright blue Distress Inks on my Misti. I spritzed it with water from a small bottle, and then stamped.


As you can see, it created this perfectly imperfect background, which I mounted on dark blue cardstock to base it, and then sponged around the outside edges with some brown Distress Oxides.


It's been awhile since I used paper flowers to create a cohesive design, but in this case, I knew it was just the thing.


After I embossed the sentiment, I added different layers of flowers and gold leaves, sprinkling everything with a layer of Distress Spray Stains.


In the end, I completely adored the card and know it will make some woman very special and happy.

With Warmth,

Friday, April 13, 2018

Little Acres + Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happiest of Fridays! I don't know about all of you, but I needed some super-sized caffeinated beverages to get me to the end of this week. I'm so excited for the weekend because I'm heading to two concerts & the Minnesota Craft Beer Festival! Woot! 


But before I hop off to have some fun, let me tell you about a different kind of hop - a super awesome blog hop that members of the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Design Team are doing in collaboration with Little Acres Creations.


They have a big birthday celebration going on over at their place and this adorable, newly released stamp set that will definitely make you melt into a puddle of awwwwwwww (at least if you have any sort of heart at all). 

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I fell in love with the little mouse sitting atop a big ol' coffee mug and staring into the distance. So he was the first thing I inked up. 

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I colored in the focal image using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and added a little bit of highlighting with a white gel pen. 

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I splattered my card base with some Distress Spray Stain to tie in the color of my focal image. 

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I added some metallic texture paste stars to both the base and focal panel for a little dimension and shimmery goodness. 

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Lastly, I stamped a dreamy image into the bottom righthand corner and used some mounting foam to raise up my focal panel. Sigh* this card just makes me wistful and all googley eyed. 

Well, that's my design and I hope you liked it! Now hop off to all the other great inspiration because there are some awesome prizes up for grabs that you don't wanna miss! 

Becca Cruger <--- YOU ARE HERE


Thanks for popping by! Enjoy the hop! 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Magical Unicorn Card

You. Guys. 
I can now die happy. Why? Because I created my very first ever unicorn card! 


I never knew how much I needed a unicorn stamp in my life until I got the Visible Image Believe in Unicorns set. The second I got this in the mail, I immediately went off to my craft room to ink it up. It's just so beautiful. 


I inked up a sheet of heavy weight white card stock using the Distress Ink double dipping technique. Colors here are Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon, and Cracked Pistachio. 


Next, I used swathed some metallic shimmer white embossing paste through the Fibres stencil to create some shine and texture. 


Just look at all that shimmer! Oooooohhhh



I embossed and fussy cut my prancing unicorn. 


I put it all together and what did I got? An amazing magical unicorn who's taking center stage in a shimmery, color-filled design. I completed my look with a scrawly sentiment from the Go To Words set. 


So majestic. I hope you all enjoyed this design! :) 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Typographia Motivate - Gorgeous Handmade Cards

I am always looking for inspirational cards to hand out to people. I love positive and uplifting sayings and that's why I was SOOOOOOO thrilled when STAMPlorations announced a new lineup of Typographia Motivate stamp releases.


Designed with Too Much Happy

These sayings are big, bold and beautiful and make cranking out gorgeous, awe-inspiring designs a real breeze. 


Designed with Never Give Up

I love how uplifting the sayings are, and they really take center stage in all of the cards you can make. I can totally see myself stockpiling up on these and sending out TONS of happy mail.


Designed with No Mistakes
There's a whole release of these amazing designs up on the STAMPlorations blog and you're definitely going to want to go check out what the other designers have made. Leave a couple of comments along the way, because one lucky commenter will win a $25 gift certificate to the STAMPstore!
PSSSTTT... If you put a couple of these in your shopping cart, be sure to use the code STAMPGIRLBECCA at checkout for 20% off your entire order.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Autism Awareness Blog Hop

An amazing bloggy friend (here's looking at you, Tenia) asked me to participate in a blog hop to raise in honor of Autism Awareness Day - recognized internationally on April 2.


Of course I said a resounding yes. I've been blessed to have individuals with autism in my life. One of my first ever jobs was working with an autistic man, helping him succeed in his job and it was one of the most rewarding things. People with autism might find themselves facing challenges with non-verbal communication and some social interactions.

You might have heard about the spectrum within autism and that's because it's really what it is - no two people with autism will present with the same symptoms. Today is a day to celebrate individuals with autism, and I'm proud to be a part of this hop.


The color for autism awareness is blue, so I started with a watercolored blue background made with Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks.


I added to the blue with some mandalas, stamped with Distress Inks.


Next, I used a butterfly  mask from STAMPlorations and painted over it with gesso.


I outlined the butterflies, created with the negative space of my mask, using a Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen, then used Scribble Sticks and water to create a hazy blue cloud around my butterflies.


I embossed a sentiment, super appropriate for this blog hop from STAMPlorations and added a little embossed butterfly.

 So there's my happy blue card. I hope you'll all participate in this awesome hop and check out the rest of the talented designers. Check them out! 


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Glimmer of Light Mixed Media Canvas

***Warning*** Photo heavy post ahead so get your eyeballs ready for some visual happiness. 

 I had some messy fun in my studio and I can't wait to share the results with you all!



I've had this bright red canvas staring at me for quite some time. I've always thought it's just been too obnoxiously vibrant, but tonight I decided to conquer it. 


What better way to tone down the red than to cover it up? haha
I used a sheet of old, old music given to me by a bloggy friend and cut it into a face shape. 



I LOVE how easy it is to make emotive faces with the Face It! stamp set from Visible Image.  I stamped the closed eyes onto the sheet music. 


I used some Dina Wakely Scribble Sticks to add some colors to shading. 


Even though Scribble Sticks might not look like much when you scribble them on, as soon as water is added to them, they activate and make all kinds of gorgeousness. Around the edges of my face, I used some Faber Castell Gelatos to add depth and dimension.  I also stamped my background with some numbers from the Somewhere in Time stamp set to grunge it up a bit. 


I took some metal gears and transformed them with some Inka Gold metallic paste. 


I embossed a sentiment from the Glimmer of Light set. 

 I glued down the gears to the top of my gal's head, along with some turquoise gemstones and then sprinkled the whole dealio with some Picket Fence Distress Spray Stains. 

 
Pretty much in love with the way this turned out and no longer intimidated by all that red. 


I had to add the stripeys to the side to complete the whole shebang. 

Thanks for tuning in and have a very happy Saturday!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sunshine on a Rainy Day Stamped Card

March in North Dakota usually means blustery snow and cold. But this week, right before we got walloped by a blizzard, there was a thunderstorm and tons of rain! Mother nature acted a little bipolar. 



In honor of our rainstorm, I busted out the Sparkle in the Rain stamp set by Visible Image and let my inner optimist shine with this card design.

I began by embossing the umbrella girl in black and then scribbled over her with shades of yellow gelatos. 


I blended the gelatos with my fingers and then used a damp paper towel to wipe off the excess gelato from the embossed image. 


I masked over my image and most of the yellow portions of my card and then stamped some raindrops using blue Distress Inks. 


I thought the card paired perfectly with this big ol' happy sentiment from the Express Yourself set. 

I embossed it on black paper and then painted in the sunshine with a bit of yellow Distress Oxides, followed by a healthy does of Spectrum Noir sparkle markers - because who doesn't love all things GLITTER!?


A little background of patterned paper and viola! My design was complete!

I'm going to play along in a few challenges: 
Just Add Ink - Just Add Water
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes plus a sentiment
TIME OUT Challenges - Bold (I used lots of bold colors)

Thanks for popping by, my friends and be sure to head over to the Visible Image blog to check out some awesome inspiration!
 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Shine Bright

Hello Friendly Friends!
Let's talk about glitter. Basically, it's my favorite thing in the world, and my least favorite thing all in one. There is nothing that makes a card sing more than some open sprinkles of shimmer... but it gets EVERYWHERE.


I am fairly certain my vacuum cleaner is the sparkliest and fanciest sucking machine around.


I started my design with some black cardstock and nice layer of Fossilized Amber Distress Oxides. I spritzed it with a little bit o' water to create some dimension.


Next, I used some gold texture paste through the Strobes stencil and then pressed some loose glitter into it.


I used my heat tool gun to make the texture paste dry. I also love the way it makes the paste crack and bubble.


I stamped and embossed a lightbulb from the Shining Bright stamp set on a piece of heavyweight vellum.


I love how inspirational this set is! 


I cut out the lightbulb and applied a thin layer of glue to the back, then busted out the glitter for real, pressing it into the glue. 


I put all the pieces together, along with a sentiment from the same Shining Bright stamp set.
This card really shines in the sunlight! I can't wait to give it to someone! 

Thanks for popping by!