Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Obsessed With Distress Oxides- CDD Creative Challenge

Hello there!
Happy you stopped by for today's post....
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I will be showcasing the set Leafy Background

You can do pretty much anything with this stamp!!!!
One of my favorite craft must haves is coordinating paper!!!
If I don't have any on hand....color some up with distress oxide ink!!!
First Card

1.Select your color cardstock.  I chose light pink.
2. I die cut two tags and set them aside.
3. Than I heat embossed the leafy background stamp onto the colored cardstock.
5. Select your ink. I chose worn lipstick distress oxide ink.
6. Ink up the embossed cardstock. 
7. Use a die to cut any shape.
Finish the card: I added some splatters of gold paint, added my sentiment, adhered my tags with a twine bow, and scattered some sequins.
Tip: I made sure to fade the ink on the top and bottom for an ombre effect.

Card Two
Same technique, same steps.
I used peeled paint distress oxide ink.
Tip: Always test the ink on cardstock first to see if you like the desired color. 
Have fun mixing and matching cardstock and ink...the possibilities
are endless!!!

Card Three
This is a very popular tecknique. Choose two complimenting distress oxide inks.
Heat emboss the image.
Ink up the top and bottom portions of the embossed paper. 
Keep it darker at the edges and lighter toward the center.
I added s few splatters of white paint and 
finished my card off with sentiments, gold thread and sequins.

Card Four
I heat embossed this card onto watercolor cardstock.
Lightly wet the cardstock.
Add my distress oxides with a paintbrush and some water.
I used colors: peacock feathers, picked raspberry, and carved pumpkin.
I trimmed up the bottom part of the watercolored leaves so they 
appear cascading.
Tip: Deposit saturated color at the base of the leaf... add very little water to the brush and pull the 
color to the tip of the leaf. 

Thanks for stopping by!!!!
Hope you give any of these techniques a try and don't forget to show us!!!!!
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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Craftin' Desert Divas August Blog Hop

Hello there Diva fans!!!
Happy you are joining us for Day 2 of the
Craftin' Desert Divas Blog Hop!!!
If you missed Day 1...check it out HERE. The full release reveal is displayed on the blog.

When you shop today through Sunday 8/19, you'll get 5% off your ENTIRE order (including new releases!) when you use the code AUGUST2018. 

I want to share with you a few cards I created...
This is the new set Dam Shame
I made it an interactive card by using a slider to allow the beaver home to 
move across the lake.

For both cards I used the new Hill Scene 2 Stencil , for the clouds, lake,
hill, large and small stones.

 For the next  twocards I used Critter Punnies...they are just the cutest critters!!!

 I used the same stencil as above, Hill Scene 2 Stencil

This trio of cards I used the new Leafy Background Stamp...amazing!!!
I heat embossed all three cards,  but colored them differently.  
The above card with Copic Markers... to me it resembles a peacock.
The card below I used distress oxides to watercolor. 
This reminds me of stained glass.
For this last card I simply heat embossed on vellum. Than I trimmed the leaves and
 placed them as shown.

Hop along with the Designers for some fun and fabulous creations!!!

Michelle: you are here

Thanks for stopping by!!!!


Friday, August 17, 2018

Paper Sweeties 6th Anniversay Blog Hop

Hello there!
I'm so excited to be part of Paper Sweeties 6th Birthday Celebration!!!

Congratulations Debbie!!!! 
Thank you for inviting me!!!
To help celebrate this wonderful milestone, Paper Sweeties has some great things planned all month long!
I created my own watercolored striped background using distress oxide inks
in shades picked raspberry and peacock feathers.
I stamped the wreath trwice from the set Kindness Matters and colored them with 
Copic Markers in shades RV63, RV66, BG45, YR24, E35. I trimmed up the wreath to seperate the leaves and flowers.
I embossed the sentiment stamp, Wish, with gold embossing powder.
 I trimmed up the sentiment. 
I die cut Sweet Cuts Circle Scallop Frame and decorated it with the stamped flowers and leaves, sequins and Nuvo Drops.

Play along with the Sweeties DT and guest DT for a chance to win $100 shopping spree @PaperSweeties! Click the link and upload your new project!!!
Hope you are following along the Blog Hop and having fun! 

August 1st - Planner Design Team Posts
August 2nd - Amy Tsuruta
August 10th - Annette Witherspoon
August 13th - Jill Norwood
August 14th - Release Design Team Posts
August 15th - Release Design Team Posts
August 16th - Release Design Team Posts
August 17th - Michelle Bala

August 19th - Karen Letchworth
August 20th - Tracey McNeely
August 21st - Pattie Goldman
August 25th - Michele Henderson
August 27th - Lori Hairston
August 28th - Kathy Schweinfurth
August 29th - Lori Turner
August 30th - Nancy Salkeld

Thanks for stopping by for a peek!!!


Monday, August 13, 2018

CDD August Release Sneak Peek- Day 2

Hello there!!!!
I'm so excited to share some sneak peeks of today's stamp set from 

Grateful Trolls....such a fun set!!! I paied the card up with some new dies Inside Scalloped Oval Dies, Mushroom Boader Die, and Hill Scene 2 Stencil...they are AMAZING!!!

I inked up the sky background with the new stencil and some broken china 
distress oxide ink.
For the fall leaves and acorns, I inked up some watercolored paper with distress oxides 
in shades candied apple, carved pumpkin, peeled paint and gathered twigs.
I added some splashes of water than die cut. I added some glitter and white accents with a gel pen!
For a finishing touch I added a twine bow and some Nuvo Jewel Drops
in orange marmalade.

I created the background using the same technique as above.
I inked up some watercolored paper with more distress oxide inks
For the leaves I used evergreen bough, peeled paint and bundled sage.
For the mushroom border, I used abandoned coral, tattered rose, gathered twigs, 
evergreen bough, and peeled paint.
I colored up my cutie troll with some Copic Markers in shades 
R24, R27; Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17, Y35 
E0000, E95, E04
E15, E29, E39
YG25, YG67; RV10.
I added some white accents with a gel pen and scattered some sequins.

I'm adding this to 
Thanks for stopping by!!!

Hope you are enjoying the new Craftin' Desert Divas release!!!!


Saturday, August 11, 2018

Party Animal

Hello there!
Just popping in to share a card I created using a few challenges.
I love the color challenge going on at 

I paired it up with SSS Wednesday Challenge

I inked up the rays using abandoned coral and tattered rose distress oxide inks. 
I colored the images using copic Markers in shades C3, C5, C7; E21, E33; R20, R22.

Thanks for taking a peek!


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

CDD- Smiles Across the Miles

Stopping by to share a card with you I made for a little cutie who just loves getting "happy mail"!!!
I LOVE to get a cheerful card...especially when it's unexpected!
What person, or little person, in your life would love a surprise hug in the mail?
This adorable stamp set, Monster Carnival, is so much fun to color up and bring to life!

Here are the steps I used to create this card:
Ink up some cardstock and die cut the panel.
I used squeezed lemon distress oxide ink and 

Select your images, stamp, color and fussy cut.

I stamped the cotton candy stand twice and used the extra image to add dimension
to the canopy and wheel.

Stamp your sentiment. Arrange and adhere your colored images.
Adhere your panel to your card base!

*** Candy Cart with dimension***
Embellish with sequins!!!

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