Saturday, July 28, 2018

Mad Hatter Tea Party Card

All the best people are bonkers! I've never identified with a Disney phrase more than I have that one, which was spouted by the Mad Hatter in Alice and Wonderland. 

Visible Image just unveiled a whole new Wonderland stamp line featuring Alice in Wonderland characters and they're all so much fun. 

I got to have a play with The Mad Hatter set and, as you can see, added some googly eyes for the full crazy effect. 

I stamped and masked Mr. Hatter so that I could add some of the crazy laughter to the background. 

Ensue laughter stamps. And more laughter stamps. I went a little overboard haha! 

Next, I used some Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color in my image and smudged up my outside edges with black Faber Castell Gelatos. 

I added a sentiment phrase using the same set, and some pretty patterned paper to match - glued on the googly eyes and viola! One crazy mad hatter. 

Thanks for popping by! Make sure to go check out the full Wonderland release and prepare to be amazed! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

STAMPlorations + Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop!

Did someone say fancy prizes?! If not, they really should have because the Coffee Loving Cardmakers are teaming up with STAMPlorations for a brand new release of their new Zen Coffee 2 Cover Plate Die.

You should have come here from Amy's lovely blog


This die is all sorts of beautiful and I decided to embark on what turned out to be my most ambitious project ever. 

Isn't it beeeeauuuutiful?!?! 

It was also 5 1/2 hours of work. 

But never mind that. 

Isn't it beeeeauuuutiful?!?!

I decided to do an inlaid die cut technique, and to individually handpaint every single piece. 

So yeah... I am stupid. Fully admit it... but the end outcome make it totally worth it.

If you're wondering how I got those pieces so shiny, that would be the magic of InkaGold - which might be my favorite product of all time ever.

I think it looks like a stained glass window piece!

In the end, I opted to frame this baby and hang it in my dining room where I can oooh and aaaah over it every morning while drinking my morning cuppa. 

So here's some other things you need to know: 

You should continue the hop at Dana Warren's blog because STAMPlorations is giving away a $25 gift card for you to pick out any product you want.

Also - if you're a coffee lover like I am (or a tea lover like I am not) STAMPlorations is having a sale all during the hop - 25% off any stamp in their coffee/tea category.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Fun Stampers Journey + Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop

Today the Coffee Loving Cardmakers team is pairing up with Fun Stampers Journey for a super fun and inspirational blog hop. You should have come here from Lori Turner's blog.

I absolutely love, love, love the quality of FSJ products. Their stamps are sooooo fleepin' cute and I can't wait to show you what I made with thier die cuts, too!

I inked up the Coffee Helps stamp set using some Walnut Stain Distress Inks. 

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I painted in the plate using some gold Distress Paint to give it a pop o' elegance and then I splashed the same gold paint on a Hello Word Bubble wooden embellishment. 

A little stamping in the background with the coffee stain stamp, and then some more gold paint and viola! I a clean and simple mixed media card with a whole lotta personality. 

Since clean and simple cards are the complete opposite of my normal style, I had to go back to layering it up and my next card is a shabby chic creation. 

Layers and layers and burlap and twine and lace and die cuts - oh my!!! 

I used the Coffee Helps die set and some pretty paper from Bo Bunny to create my coffee mug.

Fun Stampers Journey is giving away a $25 gift card to a lucky hopper! So hop along, comment on all the blogs, and get some inspiration! Comments close on July 27.

Next up is Dana Gong's blog

Happy Hopping!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Just Be Happy Card

Happy Saturday to all my UK friends and Friday to all my US friends! 

I am jumping up and down with excitement to show off this latest design... Well more like the stamps that I used are jumping up and down. ha! 

It's been a great week filled with tons of community happiness and fun here in Grand Forks, North Dakota. So as I was rifling through my stamps to find the best one to use in a design, I stopped dead in my tracks at Tomorrow Doesn't Exist. It's so full of movement and life! 

To echo those sentiments, I wanted to create a colorfol and vibrant background. 

I used some Ken Oliver Color Burst powders on a sheet of white paper and spritzed them with water to get them good and inky. 

I topped my sheet with the Fibres stencil and sprinkled on some Black Soot Distress Spray Stain, followed by a healthy dose of Spiced Marmalade and Barn Door Distress Spray Stain. 

Ooooo color. :) 

I embossed a big ol' happy sentiment from the Tomorrow Doesn't Exist set, and also embossed some of the gears from the Somewhere In Time stamp set. 

Add a healthy layer of glue to the mix and viola! 

One super fly, happy, vibrant, cheery design. :) 

Thanks for popping by. Now go check out all those fun stamps in the Visible Image shop!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Celebrate! STAMPlorations turns 5!

5 years.
We're celebrating 5 years of one of the most generous, lovely, and amazing stamp companies out there - STAMPlorations is turning 5!!

And what would be a celebration without a little bit of a party?! This month, the STAMPlorations is offering up some pretty sweet swag if you party along with us

In honor of the shindig, we're all sharing our favorite creations we've made for STAMP along the way. 

I'll start with a brand new card, created just for this celebration.

We're also sharing our top 3 cards we've ever made while on the design team. 
I'll start with this card.

First of all - look at that great photography. (haha, I'm joking of course). 
But this card is the one that started it all. Nearly 3 years ago, Shery Russ, the owner of STAMPlorations, took a chance on little ol' me and added me to her design team. The card above is the one I submitted for my call and it will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart. Right now, it sits on a shelf in my studio, reminding me daily just how fortunate and blessed I am. 

Next up? 

This little number, created with a stamp set I designed just for STAMPlorations called Wonderful Life. I love the happiness embedded into the bright colors, and this picture is actually my facebook cover photo, too!

Lastly, I chose this one. 

I've learned a LOT from Shery over the past couple of years, like how to layer on stencils in a background to create a rich design with tons of depth. This card above is the perfect example of her influence!

 So now - it's time to party!! Hop on over to the blog for all the celebration details.

$500 in prizes! You read that right. 50% off flash sales. FREEBIES, PEOPLE!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Unicorns and Gelatos and Circles - Oh My!

Magic was in the air of my craft studio - mostly because I broke out the mythical creatures (namely in the form of a glorious unicorn from the Visible Image Believe in Unicorns stamp set).

Just look at that majesticness!

 To make this shimmering creation, I started with a good base of black and grunged it up a bit using the Fibonacci background stamp. This stamp has quickly become one of my faves because it is so big and covers the whole background of a design perfectly. 

Next, I created my own patterned panel using a sheet of white cardstock and the Universal stamp set, which has all these scribbly circles.

I used three colors of extra bright gelatos to add a pop of color to my creation. 

I love working with Gelatos - there are so many ways to use them. If you haven't tried them, they're a sort of gel-like crayon that is water soluble. So you can use them as crayons, or mix them with water for unique watercolor effects.

 For this technique, I applied a thick layer and let the colors overlap as I was scribbling, then I used my fingers to blend the colors together.

I put everything all together, and created a my unicorn focal circle, then added a sentiment from the Go To Words stamp set. 

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Thank you all for popping by!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Coffee Collaboration Hop - Lil Inker Designs

You guys. This stamp set is just so stinkin' cute and I am so excited to show it off to you. The Coffee Loving Cardmakers crew is collaborating with Lil Inkers for the release of their Super Coffee stamp & die set. 

This set is all full of charm and humor and BONUS! You all get the chance to win it! 

★Let’s do a little giveaway, shall we? Leave a comment on the Coffee Loving Cardmaker's blog and all participating blogs for a chance to win one of two Super Coffee Die & Stamp Bundles★ 


How generous is that!?!? 

Here's my design - as someone who absolutely believes coffee is better than superman, I had a ton of fun figuring out how to make the coffee superstar POP. So I literally used pop dots. :) 

I added in some bling and die cut the coffee mug and voila! super coffee to the rescue.

You KNOW you all want to win this set, so be sure to go hop along with the rest of the crew! 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Coffee Lover's Blog Hop - Summer Edition

What time is it?! It's the Coffee Loving Papercrafter's blog hop time: Summer edition!

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If you've never played along in the Coffee Lovers Bloghop, here's what you need to know: There's TONS of prize, TONS of inspiration, and TONS of opportunities to chat with other talented designers. 

I was searching for inspiration for my card and came across this little number from Time Out Challenges


Check out that retro awesomeness. AND! I came across some paper that looked just like the wallpaper. 

I used it for the background of my card and pulled out my Dark Coffee set from STAMPlorations. 


I love the hilarious snarky humor of this set's sentiments and it has the perfect retro vibe to stand up to that busy background.

Check it out! It definitely makes me grin. 

PS STAMPlorations has some pretty sweet discounts going on for the duration of the challenge. They're offering 25% off all stamps in the coffe/tea category AND you can get an additional 10% off by using code STAMPGIRLBECCA at checkout. 

Now what are you waiting for? Go hop along, right meow! Link up your spring or summer coffee themed card for a chance to win some sweet sponsored swag.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Friends are Angels Stamped Card

I am in LOOOOOOOVE with the new releases at Visible Image.

One of my favorite new sets is So Much Stronger, which has all of these gorgeous sentiments that are bold and powerful (like the one I'm using in my card).

I have been hoarding erm... carefully saving some Tim Holtz angel wings and as soon as I got my hands on this gorgeous set, I finally had the perfect card to use them on. 

I'd chosen some teal and warm brown papers to use on my card, so I wanted my silver wings to match. InkaGold to the rescue! 

InkaGold is perfect for altering chipboard, paper flowers, and metal pieces. It can be used as a paste, or mixed with water to create watercolors. 

After I smudged with teal, I added a second layer of light gold. OOooooo shiny!

I used the same gold around on a die cut piece that would be my focal panel for my sentiment.

Sponged around the edges with some brown Distress Inks to give it a vintage vibe. 

I added a ribbon, and embossed the lovely sentiment and I have one stunner of a final design!