Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Pretty Pink Posh Helpers Cards

 Pretty Pink Posh has a lot of new releases this summer that are perfect for the darling kiddos in your life! Today I'm sharing a dump truck themed card AND a firetruck themed card. As a preschool teacher for almost 14 years... I think every single child has an obsession with these things for a good portion of their young life :)

I love this little firefighting doggo! This card uses every fire-themed stamp in the Helper Vehicle Stamp Set, which I colored with Copic Markers and die cut from the Helper Vehicle Coordinating Dies. I backed the images on the Eyelet Oval Die.

The background uses the new Brick Background Stencil. I first blended over the stencil with a light layer of Pale Tomato ink. Then, I swiped my blending brush from the right side to the left only with Cherry ink. This helped add some subtle dimension to the stencil. 

This card is actually a recreation of a card I sent to a very sweet boy who is obsessed with garbage trucks (he gave me a kind gift for Teacher Appreciation Week). I sent him the card and never took a photo (whoops!) so here's the improved version. And yes, I know it's not technically a garbage truck but it's close enough... and he loved it!

The card features the Big Dump Truck Dies, which I cut from Concord and 9th cardstock. I picked colors that would closely match the garbage trucks in our neighborhood :) The 'thanks' sentiment is stamped from the Balloon Alphabet Stamp and fussy cut. I wanted to add them in a way that looked like they're being poured out of the truck.

The background uses a new PPP stencil called Layered Street Signs. I inked up the first layer with Dusty Blue Ink. The second layer is covered in Gold Wax. I love how the colors resemble the blue sky... and gold, of course!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Pretty Pink Posh June Release Blog Hop

 I'm excited to be a Guest Designer again for the June Pretty Pink Posh release! Make sure you leave comments along the blog hop for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Pretty Pink Posh. 

My cards today feature some of the adorable new outer space themed stamps, dies, and stencils. 

I simply could NOT resist this Rocketship Shaker Die. I gave it a touch of neon with the cardstock colors, too :) The inside is filled with the Starry Galaxy Clay Confetti bits which... Glow in the Dark!! 

 The background uses the new Layered Shooting Stars Stencil paired with  my favorite Glitter Paste. I also die cut some Stitched Stars from vellum to add around the sky.

This card starts with the Layered Shooting Stars Stencil. I did the first layer in modeling paste with bronze iridescent embossing powder. The second layer of the stencils with Gold Paste. Love the look over the black cardstock! I die cut the panel with the PPP Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies.

I stamped the cute images from the PPP Outer Space Stamp Set and colored them with Copic markers. I used the coordinating die set to cut out the images. Some were placed on the card with foam adhesive to help them pop.

I love this Saturn shaker card! I used the Layered Shooting Star Stencil again, this time with Butter Bar and Papaya Ink blended on top. I also ink blended the edges with some Granite ink to shade it. I added some Stitched Stars cut with vellum to the background, and more little stars stamped and cut from the PPP Outer Space Stamp Set and Dies

I love this Planet Shaker Die! It was very easy to turn into a shaker, too (bonus!). I added silver glitter paper for the rings, and filled the inside with the Construction Zone Shaker Beads - they were the perfect color match to my card!

Enjoy the rest of the hop! Be sure to leave your comments along the way for a chance to win a gift certificate.

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Monday, June 10, 2024

Bold and Bright Art Deco Card

 Hero Arts has really been knocking it out of the park with their latest art deco inspired releases. We don't typically think of NEON when we think of art deco - so I'm here to change that :)

This card features the new Color Layering Tile Stencil. Truly, the color combination options are endless... I'll definitely be making multiple card sets with this single stencil set! 

I used the following inks in order of the layered stencil (the stencils are numbered when you get them):

1. Key Lime Fizz

2. Blue Hawaii

3. Pool Party

4. Berry Smoothie

5. Redid the stencil layer 2 with Glitter Paste on top (you know I need that Glitter Paste).

Since the stencil openings are pretty large, I used my XL Blending Brushes for this one. I also used my Palette Knife for spreading the glitter paste. Once the paste was dry, I die cut the panel from Rounded Rectangles Infinity Dies.

Just like my last stencil themed post - I couldn't dare cover up too much of the beautiful background. I opted for a simple 'thanks' stamped in Berry Smoothie from the Geometric Frames stamp set. The vellum diamond is from the Geometric Frames Coordinating Dies. Finally, the panel is paired with the neon Ultra Pink cardstock base. Neon, baby!

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Saturday, June 8, 2024

Santorini Inspired Stenciled Card

 It is officially summer as far as I'm concerned - school's out! My brain is in vacation mode and the card I'm sharing today had very specific inspiration - the blue and white buildings in Santorini. The design of the Decorative Tile Pattern Stencil also reminded me of old-world designs.

I couldn't pick from all the gorgeous shades of blue ink, so I went ombre with it. I used my magnets to hold my stencil in place on top of Smooth White Cardstock. I inked over the stencil using my Medium  Blending Brush and Reactive Inks in Splash, Blue Hawaii, and Pool Party.

I couldn't dare cover up the gorgeous stenciling, so I used an inlay technique for the sentiment. I die cut the large 'friend' die from Smile Friend Stamp and Cut XL right into the center of the panel (the stamped sentiment is also from this set). I also die cut the banner shape below it, from Essential Messages Stamp and Cut XL. I then added foam adhesive and put the pieces right back in place! 

To finish it all off, I glued the panel onto gorgeous Peacock cardstock.

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Monday, June 3, 2024

June Hero Arts Studio Blog Hop!

 Happy June! This month, Hero Arts is launching a brand new way to subscribe to their amazing kits. You can still subscribe to the incredible monthly kit that you loved - and now there are new options like dies, background stamps, and stencils! Make sure to leave comments along the hop for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Hero Arts!

My first card features the June Card Kit of the Month. I'm calling this card Sunset City :) The large stamp set included in the set is like a mini Hero Scape (my fave!) I stamped the first set of clouds in Dandelion and Cotton Candy. I then stamped the second cloud layer in Butter Bar and Azalea. This created the perfect cotton candy sunset sky!

The bottom portion of the card using those cool city skyline stencils. I inked the open portion in Granite ink. The city lights were inked with Butter Bar, and then I spread Glitter Paste on top to make them sparkle. The sentiment and birdies were stamped with Charcoal ink.

My second card features the June Cling Stamp of the Month, Circling Texture. This stamp instantly reminded me of tree rings, so I wanted to pair it with something outdoorsy. 

I heat embossed the Circling Texture stamp on Sand Cardstock with Gold Embossing Powder. I then inked the edges of the panel with Cup o Joe ink to add dimension. Now to find my Looking Glass Forest and Mountain dies! I knew this was what I wanted, but it took me a solid 20 minutes to find the dang things - so yes, I literally dug through my stash for them! Worth it.

I die cut each window frame also from Sand cardstock and inked up the different layers. The inks used are Forever Green, Pine, and Green hills for the forest, Sand ink for the mountains, Periwinkle for the sky, Unicorn for the snowy mountain tops, and Summer Sky for the river. I also added some Sparkle Clear Lacquer Pen to the snow and the river.

The card panel is backed with some beautiful Pesto Cardstock. The sentiment is from the Art Journal Message stamp set.

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Friday, May 31, 2024

Unofficial Start of Summer!

 It's the very last day of May, so it's time to gear up for summer! Most schools are already out (ours is out in one week!) and it's time for everything to be outdoors and coated in sunshine. I have two summery red, white, and blue cards to share today. Both feature new products from Pretty Pink Posh.

Have you ever seen a cuter row of ants?! This fun card features the Big Celebration Cupcake from Pretty Pink Posh. I love how this cupcake turned strawberry basket turned out. 

The blue cardstock is Periwinkle, shaded with Cornflower ink.

The red cardstock is Coral, shaded with Cherry ink.

The green cardstock is Meadow, shaded with Moss ink.

The grey cardstock is Charcoal, shaded with Charcoal ink.

I'm a bit proud of my background here, too! The star background is actually the very last layer stencil from PPP's Layered Party Hats Stencil. It's just one of the four stencils in the set. I inked it first with Cornflower ink, then rotated the stencil and inked again in Cherry. I diecut that with the PPP Wonky Stitched Rectangles. The 'summer greetings' sentiment was pulled from an older set: PPP Sumer Wreath.

My second card is a fun red, white, and blue shaker!

This card uses the additional stars, banners, and fireworks dies from the same PPP Big Celebration Cupcake set. I cut all the pieces from white cardstock and colored them with Copics. The main element was created by diecutting a window with the PPP Wonky Stitched Rectangles, which I filled with PPP Patriotic Stars shaker elements

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Monday, May 27, 2024

Tropical Bird Cards

 I've had the Disneyland 'Tiki Room' song stuck in my head for three days... I have good reason, promise...

Don't these adorable tropical birds make you want to enjoy a Dole Whip while watching 60 year old animatronics sing Tiki Room at you? I might just need to buy my Disneyland tickets now!

I gave in and subscribed to the Spellbinders Small Die of the Month Club. I really couldn't let these guys slip away. I spent three days piecing together endless color combinations of parrots and toucans. All colored cardstock for these cards is from the Concord and 9th variety pack.

The background uses a Simon Says Stamp Plate called Whirl Diamond. The sentiment is also a foiled plate from Spellbinders that I used with gold foil and my Glimmer Machine.

I did my best to make this parrot look like a classic macaw. I settled him in a circle die cut window with his little branches and leaves. All he's missing is his Dole Whip!

The background was embossed with the Criss Cross Floral embossing folder from SSS. 

I know this won't be the last you'll see of these birdies! Put a bird on it.

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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Stencil fun - Congrats Card

 New card day! I was having fun playing with all my old stencils, and that's how this card was born. 

The focus is on the Floral Garden Stencil. For the Pitch Black card background, I inked up the stencil with Dove White ink and then ran the stencil on top of the Pitch Black cardstock through my die cutting machine. This imprinted the ink and left a raised look to the background.

Next, I used Glitter Paste over the stencil onto Watercolor Cardstock. Do you know how much you need Glitter Paste? Because you need Glitter Paste. Once the paste was dried, I painted the panel with Reactive Inks in Pool Party, Key Lime Fizz, and Taffy.

I then die cut four pieces of the watercolored panel from the Rounded Jewel Infinity Dies. I glued the four pieces onto the black panel. Next I die cut the "Congrats" sentiment, which came from the May 2024 My Monthly Hero Kit. I die cut those from the Pitch Black cardstock and the white glitter cardstock.

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Monday, May 20, 2024

Father's Day Cactus Card with Distress Pencils

 Time for some messy watercolor! This weekend I took Jenn Shurkus's Distress Watercolor Pencil technique class. I have so many great backgrounds from the class, and turned one of them into a succulent themed Father's Day card.

The card started with this background from the class. I used a Tim Holtz stencil Measured with Hero Arts Paste. I then watercolored it with Distress pencils in Vintage Photo and Salvaged Patina.

The succulents are from Hero Arts Cactus Fancy Die set. Each piece was cut from watercolor cardstock and also painted with Distress Pencils. 

I backed the succulents on some Vellum so they wouldn't get lost in the cool background. The sentiment was stamped in Espresso Ink and is from a Lawn Fawn set called Dad and Me.

Wishing you a crafty week ahead! Thanks for stopping by :)

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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Pretty Pink Posh Baby Cards + Instagram Hop

 I have more Pretty Pink Posh cards to share! Today is my hop day on Instagram (make sure to visit @rwkrafts to comment). I'm sharing three new baby cards featuring Pretty Pink Posh new releases for May.

You'll see that I created a blue, pink, and a yellow baby card. Each card starts with a background that features the PPP Baby Words stencil. The yellow card uses Pearl Paste by Hero Arts. I also die cut two Eyelet Square dies to frame the baby images.

The super cute stamps are from the PPP Baby Basics set along with the matching dies. All of the images are colored with Copic markers. The yellow cardstock is Canary from Hero Arts.

The Peony card uses the Baby Words Stencil with Hero Arts Glitter Paste. Three of the smallest Eyelet Squares were die cut from white cardstock to frame the images. These stamps are also from the Baby Basics set with matching dies; all colored with Copics.

The cute little stamps were adhered with foam tape to give them a little pop.

Of course there had to be a shaker card made! The blue card uses the adorable PPP Baby Rattle die, which I've turned into a shaker card using the Spring Breeze shaker beads. I again framed the rattle on an Eyelet Square die that was cut from vellum paper. All the cardstock used is from Hero Arts

Be sure to visit the Instagram hop to leave comments! There is a $30 Pretty Pink Posh gift card up for grabs for each hop day!

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Friday, May 10, 2024

Pretty Pink Posh May Release Hop!

 I am so excited to share that I am a Pretty Pink Posh guest designer for the entire month of May! There are some super cute releases this month and I had a blast creating with these unique products.

This is day 3 of the blog hop fun! Be sure to leave comments on the blogs (from all three days!) for a chance to win one of three $30 gift certificates to the Pretty Pink Posh store. Woohoo! So be sure to comment by 11:59pm on May 15th for a chance to win.

I'll be sharing two cards that feature some of the great new products released for May. My first card is a shaker card! It's been literal yeeeaaarrrs since I've made a shaker. They are so much fun and I'm glad I had an excuse to create one!

The card features the Champagne Flute Shaker Dies with the darling Celebration Shaker Beads inside. I cut the champagne flute, then cut out the center. I needed two layers of clear sheets to sandwich the shaker beads in the middle of the flute. I love how it looks! I lightly shaded the champagne glass with Antique Ivory Ink as well. 

The CHEERS sentiment is stamped and die cut using the Balloon Alphabet Stamp Set and the coordinating Balloon Alphabet Dies. I colored them with light BG Copic markers.

Lastly, I used the Fancy Lattice Stencil with Mist and Arctic ink blended on top. This background pairs perfectly with the colors in the Cheers sentiment. I also wanted the champagne glasses to stand out a bit against the background, so I created a white border with the new Eyelet Squares dies.

My second card uses some of the cute new baby themed releases! I started by stamping the background using the Decorative Hexagons stamp set. I stamped a variety of sizes of the solid stamps using Hero Arts Arctic ink. I then stamped the coordinating pattern stamps on top with Bermuda ink. I die cut that entire background panel using Pretty Pink Posh Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die

Aren't those baby blocks are adorable!? The blocks, the sentiment, and the rattles are all from the PPP Baby Basics stamp set and cut with the coordinating dies

Thanks so much for joining me in the hop! Be sure to continue the hop and leave comments for a chance to win a $30 gift card!

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