Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mix it Up #41 {You are wonderful}

I'm here today sharing my design for the current Mix it Up Challenge going on this month! As usual, I couldn't help myself by playing with BOTH sides of the challenge! I think I mentioned last time that if I pick only one side, it isn't as much as a challenge for me!
While our thoughts are turning to flowers, sunshine, and fresh air, this photo, though snowy, provides a lot of springtime inspiration! I think we've all been inspired by these gorgeous pastel Northern Lights! I knew that Distress Oxide inks would provide just the look I was hoping for! We've been having grey, wet, rain and snow, so my photos look a little muddy, but Oxide inks can do that and give me fits! LOL! They're so fun to play with,though, so it's all worth it!

I chose to heat emboss the Mandala image onto a sheet of smooth Bristol paper using white powder. I then chose an assortment of Distress Oxide inks and got to work blending in all of the colors that I wanted represented as per the inspiration photo. After it was all blended, I used a generic square to die cut the square portion out. I adhered it to a piece of white cardstock and then replaced all of the squares using foam squares.

The "you" sentiment is from the Sweet Sentiments: You stamp set. I heat embossed it in silver onto a strip of very thin vellum. I didn't want to block any of the Mandala image from shining through.The "are wonderful" portion, which is also from the You set, is also heat emobssed but onto a strip of white cardstock which I adhered under the vellum piece.

Before I added the vellum piece, I spritzed it with some water for some oxidation to happen as well as a generous spritzing of Shimmer Spray.
The entire thing is adhered to an A2 card base using foam squares. I hope you'll get a chance to play along! Remember, there is a chance to win a $50 gift code to the SugarPea Designs store! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Reverse Confetti Spring Fling Blog Hop

 Happy Spring, friends and thanks for joining me for the Reverse Confetti Spring Fling Blog Hop as we team up with My Sweet Petunia....maker of the amazing MISTI tool! I will show you later on in my post how I used it for today's design! You can check out the Reverse Confetti Blog for more information as well! Make sure to hop along to all of the other designers blogs to see what they have come up with!  Also, before I begin... we will choose two lucky commenters from the hop to win one of two prizes: a $60 shopping spree at and a $60 shopping spree at you must leave your comments no later than Sunday, March 25th, at 11:59 PM Central time and winners will be announced on Tuesday March 27th, on the Reverse Confetti and My Sweet Petunia blogs. Isn't that amazing???? 

               Amy Tsuruta
The Fun Times 6 by 6 paper pad was the starting point for my card and paper badket and the Dashed Line Tag Confetti Cut was the starting point for my layout. I had been wanting to try arranging the tags like this during the release week, but didn't get the opportunity! To begin, I die cut the tags twice, once out of Premier Polar White cardstock and once out of each of the 4 patterns that I chose for this design. I glued them together for stability. I knew this card would have a lot of layers and I needed the tags to have the added weight that the cardstock gave them.

I used the Stitched Rays Cover Plate Confetti Cut to create a backdrop for the tags. I blended some Lilac Distress Ink Oxide around the edges for some contrast and dimension. Once that was done, I was able to arrange the tags using foam squares.

I used my MISTI to arrange all 4 of the Tall Blooms images onto the paper. Once they were arranged properly, I was able to stamp them all at once, which is such a time saver, and of course with precision.

The awesome thing about the MISTI is that I was able to get them double stamped for a crisp, saturated image with complete precision. I can't say enough about the genius of the MISTI. 

I also used it for perfect placement of the "a happy hello" sentiment onto my strip. It is often hard to stamp a cursive or loopy sentiment straight just by eyeballing it, so the MISTI helped me to only have to stamp it once. I used Versamark ink and then heat embossed it using Rose Gold embossing powder. I wanted to bring in some warmth, but still have the same tones as my card.

I used the coordinating Tall Blooms Confetti Cuts once they were all stamped and colored using Copic Markers. I adhered them onto the tags and then used my sharp trimmer to chop off the extra pieces. I added some gold Nuvo drops around the sentiment and a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the leaves of the loopy green stem and the centers of the lavender flower.
I used the same techniques and supplies to create a coordinating paper basket. It's the perfect size to tuck in a treat or gift card.

I had so much fun on these projects!! Thanks for fluttering by!

Tuesday Ideas {never give up} bag and tag

Hello! I'm over on the Precious Remembrance Shop blog today sharing this tag/bag duo. I made it to coordinate with THIS card I made two weeks ago. I wanted some quick packaging to add a little "pick me up" of the chocolate variety. I stamped the Flat Kraft Bag using the DIY stamp set and the Daily Thoughts stamp set.

I always like making a coordinating tag to jazz things up. It also gave me another opportunity to pull in some of the elements from the card.

If you'd like to read more about how I made this project you can read about it over on the Precious Remembrance Shop Blog. Thanks for fluttering by!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Merry Monday #282 {Silent Night, Holy Night}

The weeks are just flying by way too fast! How is it already Monday again? I need time to SSSSSSSLLLLLLOOOOOWWWW down! Well, regardless, it IS Monday, so that means I have a new card for the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge!

This week Linda has asked us to make a card using this photo as inspiration! I'm realizing that I definitely need to get a candle image. I have needed/wanted one for a few challenges now and have just had to go in a different direction! Anyway, this photo is chock full of inspiration, regardless of the candle. I decided to use a lot of red, greenery and a few other touches that I will explain in my post.

To begin, I dry embossed a piece of Pure Poppy cardstock using a quatrefoil embossing folder by The Paper Studio that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. If you look closely at the ribbon in the photo, it also has this pattern so I thought that was a good starting point. Whenever I do dry embossing, I feel the need to simplify my card to let the embossing shine.
I also really liked all of the gold in the photo, so I decided to heat emboss one of the sentiments from the Happiest of Holidays stamp set in Antique Gold embossing powder. I matted the sentiment piece onto a piece of Kraft cardstock. I liked how that set off the gold in the sentiment, so I also mounted the dry embossed red piece onto an A2 Kraft base for continuity.

I loved the sprigs of greenery framing the candle so I made some of my own using the Pinecone Greetings stamp set. It has a great mix of greens and pinecones that work perfectly for this challenge. I stamped them and then die cut them using the coordinating Pinecone Greetings Sugar Cuts. I arranged them above the sentiment. It felt a little naked to me, and even though I was covering up the dry embossing, I decided to add a strip of pattern paper for some added texture and warmth. The finishing touch is a few Bright Gold Nuvo Drops around the greenery. Thanks for fluttering by!

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Inspired by all the little things #82 {You've been on my mind}

I'm back today sharing my card I created for the new Inspired by all the little things challenge! I had so much fun working on  this bright and cheerful spring card! 
Isn't this photo so beautiful and full of amazing inspiration? It makes me want to jump right and in and sit a spell! I decided use a new to me stamp set from Papertrey Ink. It's been around a while, and I bought it a few months ago, but this is the first time I got it inky! I just love the different possibilities with this Friendly Flowers stamp set and I can't wait to experiment with it some more!
To begin, I die cut a piece of white cardstock using the Mix and Mat: Pretty Brackets die; my favorite white cardstock is Stamper's Select White cardstock. How about you? What is your favorite? I'm actually planning on doing a comparison of white cardstocks if anyone is interested. Leave a comment and I will work on putting something together. 
After it was die cut, I ran it through my Cuttlebug again using the Hexagon Coverplate die, but I used the tan embossing mat with it so it just embossed it rather than die cut it. I ran a second piece of scrap paper through my Cuttlebug, but this time I omitted the brown mat and let it cut it as it was intended for. I wanted to create a few of the actual hexagon images using the Happy Hexagons mini stamp set to add to the card.

I took all of my color cues from the photo and stamped an assortment of hexagons. I added them to the embossed pretty bracket piece using foam squares. I was trying to achieve the look of one of the gorgeous quilts that have scalloped binding. Once I got all of the pieces arranged, I adhered it to a 4 by 5 1/4 inch piece of white cardstock that I had scored at 1/4 inch intervals lengthwise. If you look closely at the tablecloth in the photo, it has stripes just like this. I really like the extra detail it gives the card.

Once that was done, I got to work creating a bunch of different flowers. I wasn't quite sure how everything worked together since this was the first time I used this set, but I liked the combinations that I came up with. I used A LOT of foam squares putting this card together~ LOL! I thought button centers would be super sweet for this design, so I added three little white ones to the center of each flower. The sentiment is heat embossed in white onto a strip of Smokey Shadow cardstock. I liked how the black and white placecard photo looked, so I wanted to add some dark and light contrast as well. I added a few sparkling clear sequins and then added the entire focal panel to an A2 Spring Moss cardbase. I hope you'll join us for this challenge! Thanks for fluttering by!

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Friday, March 16, 2018

SugarPea Designs {Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop}

***If you're here for my SFYTT post, please scroll down!*****
Welcome to the SugarPea Designs Sweet 2 Repeat Blog Hop! This is a time where we get to show you some new fabulous designs made with the newest release! I don't know about you, but I am LOVING all of these fabulous new stamps! Would you like to WIN a $20 gift certificate to spend on some SugarPea Designs of your own?  Please visit with each of our design team members listed below and leave a comment for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on Saturday, March 24th.


For my card today, I chose to use a classic spring look; Navy and Pink! I absolutely adore this combination! I've been using it a ton lately, but it just screams spring to me! I had so much fun during the release coming up with lots of different ways to use the Card Front Element Builder SugarCuts, and I couldn't wait to use them again! I chose to use them in a vertical way for today's card, rather than horizontal like I did during the release. You can see what I mean when looking at THIS and THIS card.I really liked the idea of turning this curvy one on it's side for a narrow panel.

After I had done all of my die cutting, I got to work stamping the two smallest blooms in the Pretty Peonies stamp set as well as a few leaves. I colored them with Copic markers. I also couldn't resist embossing the tips of the Hello SugarCut with gold powder like I did during the release! I love the effect it gives and it brought in more of the gold from the sentiment on the pink strip of cardstock.

The striped paper is from the Spots and Sripes paper pad. I added a few sequins for some shine. I also added some Wink of Stella to the blooms, leaves and "Hello" die cut. I was so thrilled to find a Wink of Stella brush pen at Hobby Lobby! Thanks for fluttering by!

SFYTT #58 {Make a Splash!}

Hello friends! I'm super excited to be participating in my first SFYTT as an official Reverse Confetti Design Team member! I love this month's sketch, partly because when I saw it, I  knew it would be a perfect fit for this adorable new Sealiously stamp set and coordinating Sealiously Confetti Cuts! Aren't they just the cutest? I knew that an alcoholic ink background executed with the right technique, would really "make a splash"! LOL! I shared how I created this background further in the post.

To begin, I stamped the adorable seal, splashes and puddle image and got to work coloring them using Copic markers. I used an assortment of cool greys for the seal and blues, of course, for the puddle and drops. Once they were colored, I die cut them and then added some Wink of Stella all over. I also added some Nuvo crystal glaze to each piece. I just love how it makes the seal look; so shiny and slippery wet!

The circle is die cut using a piece of the new Fun Times 6 by 6 paper pad. I love how versatile it is, but I think I may have mentioned that about a bajillion times during the release! Ha Ha! The "make a splash" sentiment strip is from the same pad. I also added a strip of Midnight cardstock above it as per the sketch.

To begin, I set my work space up so that I wouldn't make a mess. I used a piece of Yupo paper and an assortment of alcohol inks and silver metallic mixative. The photo shows gold, as well, but I ended up by only using silver. Also, I have my blender tool with a piece of felt attached, but I didn't end up by needing this for the effect I was trying to achieve.

I added drops of the assorted inks in a circle because I wanted to keep that look for the sketch. I added the silver mixative in here and there as well. After that was done, I dropped some Alcohol blending solution over the top and then used a straw to blow it away from the center of the page so that it would create a "splash" feeling. I kept adding and blowing it until I was satisfied with the result. 

I set it aside to dry and got to work assembling all of the pieces.

A few drops of Nuvo crystal glaze are added here and there around the splash images and a trio of black Nuvo drops completes this design. Once it was dry, I added it to an A2 Iced Aqua card base. I had too much fun creating this! I hope you'll play along! There is a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the store! Thanks for fluttering by!