Butterfly thinking of You CAS card

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Hi y’all! I’m back with a guest designer for my favorite challenge, Color Hues! I won their Chocolate and Mint challenge. So, I get to join them for this one! Brown and Yellow. I’ll be honest, I did struggle a bit with creating something unique for this challenge. I don’t really have much brown or yellow in my day-to-day life. After hours going into trying different versions, I came up with a CAS design. I would’ve saved a lot of time if I knew that in the beginning! Lol.

I haven’t touched my foil machine in quite some time. I decided to put it to use with some butterflies from Spellbinders. I found a copper foil in my stash and knew that it’s what I wanted to use with it. I feel like it’s brown tinted with a little bit of yellow. I colored in yellow in the wings with a detailing brush and yellow ink. To give it more depth with the brown, I used distress ink and pops of color. I sprayed the brown ink with a little bit of water and mixed it with the clear glitter pop. It allowed for the brown to have a little bit of dimension on the butterfly.

I wanted the butterfly to have more dimension. Therefore, I sprayed glimmer spray on a piece of brown construction paper and used an embossing mat to emboss the butterflies onto the paper. I then die cut it out which helped flatten it out. I stamped the thinking of you sentiment in yellow on a white cardstock. I glued the embossed brown paper butterfly to the right bottom corner facing the I turned the edges of the foiled and colored butterfly upward and glued the center of the butterfly down to the brown paper butterfly.

How would you do a brown and yellow card?? I’d love for you to join along in the challenge! Thanks for reading!


Glimmering Butterflies Glitter Foil Plates & Die set
Glimmer Hot Foil Machine
Glimmer Hot Foil Roll – Copper
Thinking of You Stamp & Cut

Roaring First Birthday Invite

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My cousin asked me to do her son’s first birthday party invites and wanted something dino themed. I came across 2 different stamp sets that I wanted to use and then let the card take over and this what I came up with! I really love it! Want to see all the card making in action? Watch the video.

Color Combos (Altenew inks) used:
Dinosaur #1 (top right):
Dew Drops Crisp Dye Ink
Crisp Dye Persian Blue
Dinosaur #2 (bottom right):
Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink
Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink
Dinosaur #3 (top left):
Crisp Dye Citrus Burst
Crisp Dye Rouge
Dinosaur #4 (bottom left):
Polar Bear Crisp Dye Ink
Sunray Crisp Dye Ink
Leaf Accents:
Sweet Leaf Crisp Dye Ink
Footprints and dots:
Rocky Shore Crisp Dye Ink

Brutus Monroe – Prehistoric Party
Pretty Pink Posh Layered Dinosaur Stencil

Waffle Flower Crafts – Stencil Mat
Stay Organized 12 Ink Blending Tools & Stackable Storage Bundle
Crafter’s Essential Cutting and Alignment Mat
Bearly Art Glue
Concord & 9th Parsley ink and cardstock
MISTI Stamping Tool

Earthy Sympathy Card + HUGE Sale

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Hey y’all, whenever I started this card, my goal was to celebrate the awesome Altenew warehouse sale going on and do a giveaway. However, I wanted to edit my video before posting this post but, my littles are both sick right now and their asthma is flared up. Mommying takes priority over crafting. Plus, this card turned into a sympathy card and those are very draining to me. I just pour my heart and soul into them. Hence, I try not to make them too often because it’s hard to. I’m an empath. So today, here’s a little bit of the creative process and how I just let myself loose and let the card take me wherever it wanted to. If you want to check out that sale great and I’ll be doing that giveaway shortly and uploading that video at a later date, promise.

I decided to ink up my Wood pallet stamp with distress ink because I felt like it might hold onto some embossing powder, which would give the wood more texture. I quickly learned it only holds on to a little bit. It probably would’ve held onto more if I had moved faster or used oxide instead. I think it still gave it a unique look though because wood isn’t perfectly smooth and it’s definitely not all one color. It gave it a white look in some places, darker spots in other, raised in some. It made it look more realistic. Then, I used 3 different shades of brown to bring the wood to life with some ink blending brushes.

I felt like one of the most freeing processes is watercolor. Mind you nothing I did was “correct technique.” However, my goal was something earthy and masculine. So, it needed to freeing not perfect. I used several different ink refills to create a green background. I wanted is background to end up being leaves and leaves are not just green in nature. So, I mixed blues, green, gray, and orange throughout the process. Daring but, it worked out. It took me longer than I hoped but, it worked out! I did use my heat gun in between coats of paint to let the color really show through. If you don’t let the paint dry before adding your next coat, they will just bleed together and/or become muted. A good tip is to check with the back of your hand to see if your painting is cold. If it is, it’s actually still cold. I don’t know that I would use the heat gun on a detailed watercolor painting. However, this was just a background. So, it didn’t matter if the heat gun moved the colors a bit.

Now we have this green background and I love it. Then, I stamped green leaves in different shades of green on this background. I diecut them out and put them aside. Now, I told you this card was draining. I took my wood background I created a stamped a sentiment on it. Well, I accidentally put it right where the wood texture covered it. So, I tried embossing it to cover it up. I was okay with how it turned out and finished the card. I got out my sticky mat, taped my card to the back and arranged my leaves on top of the sticky mat. After I was happy with placement, I used tape that is supposed to be lower tack but, it’s not that low. In order to use it, I apply it to my shirt a few times to take away the stickiness. I then, put it on top of the pieces. Flip it over and apply glue. Then, I transfer the leaves to the wood paper. I personally am that most perfect gluer. I use my adhesive remover frequently. So, if you are like me, I recommend taking the tape off ASAP. Just be careful and push down on the pieces as you are doing it. The reason why I do it this way is because when I’ve left it on in the past, my glue has seeped out slightly and attached to the tape. Whenever, I take the tape off, the paper comes with. Ugh. However, if you are a precise gluer and have low tack tape leaving the tape on until it’s dry might be easier for you!

Now, I thought I had finished my card but, as I was taking photos of it. I was NOT happy with it. And after the amount of time I put into this card, I needed to be happy with it. I decided to grab a strip of paper, direct ink it with a blue, and stamp my sentiment on with the same gray I used for the wood texture. I used the heat gun in between both of those steps and after because pigment ink and distress ink stay wet longer than dye ink (especially pigment ink) and the last thing you want after hours of work is for your ink to be smeared. Been there and hope to not do it again. I then cut the piece down to fit, lifted the leaf up, glued the sentiment strip down, and reglued the leaf on top of it.

So that’s my sympathy card! I love the way it’s kind of like take me away Mother Nature. It’s soothing to me. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it and if you need some new Altenew goodies, check out their sale and be sure to go through my link, it’s until 11:59 PM tonight! Have a blessed week y’all!

Altenew Build a flower: Columbine
Altenew Craft Your Life Project Kit: Garden Rose
Wood Pallet Background Stamp Set
Coffee Break Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Set – used Espresso, Mocha, and Rocky Dunes
Sweet Leaf Crisp Dye Ink – used for leaf outlines
Forest Glades Crisp Dye Ink – used for leaf outlines
Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Ink – used for leaf outlines
Bamboo Dye Ink Re-Inker – used for watercolor background
Distress Ink Pad – Hickory Smoke
Bearly Art Glue
Scoring Board
My Sweet Petunia – Misti

Through The Craft Room Door (ttcrd.blogspot.com)
Addicted to Stamps and More! (addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.com)
The Paper Funday Challenges

Celebrate Card + 2 FREEBIES

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I’m back today with a card with some goodies I received from Scrapbook.com. So, thank you again for those! I wanted to do a card for the Seize your Birthday but, the challenge was no stamping! A hard one for me! Also, Hero Arts was all about squares. Yet again, something outside my comfort zone. However, I embraced it, and it turned out nicely.

First, I blocked off one square at a time with tape and ink blended with distress oxide. Then, I used the Yay stencil on top of the square. I made sure to rotate it so that it was like a diamond (another form of a square) of yays. Then, I did 2 layers of celebrate with white cardstock and 1 last year with green and silver.

Onto the Freebies! Scrapbook.com currently has FREE Light & Fluffy Modeling Paste and FREE with Purchase of $25 or More: Pinkfresh Coverplate Die Mosaic. How fun is that?!

Box 1: Distress Oxides Ink Pads – Stormy Sky
Altenew Crisp Dye Citrus Burst
Box 2: Distress Oxide Ink Pads – Salvaged Patina
Altenew Crisp Dye Rouge
Box 3: Distress Oxide Festive Berries
Altenew Crisp Dye Persian Blue
Box 4: Distress Oxide Saltwater Taffy
Altenew Crisp Dye Sweet Leaf

Scrapbook.com Yay Stencil
Scrapbook.com Card Maker Block Words
Bearly Art Glue
Scoring Board
Neenah Crest 110 lb Solar White paper

Seize the Birthday Challenge
Stay Crafty with A Blog Named Hero