Fabulous Finds Friday — Double Whammy!

I have two Fabulous Finds today, and they complement each other like stamps and ink. The inks made it easy to create some quick cards.

First, I am in love with the images from Altenew stamps — they are so fresh and different. (I’ll soon be showing off some more of theirs stamps, including a nifty vintage rose stamp that makes me swoon.)

The second great find won’t really be a surprise to anyone who follows Hero Arts, but this is the first chance I’ve had to play with the new Ombre ink pads.

Let’s start with this adorable Halftone Hello set from Altenew. I wanted to make some fast and easy one layer cards, and pairing the hello stamps and the ombre inks was a natural fit. (I really love the half-tone hello.)

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OK, I admit it, it was a little TOO flat and boring, even with rounded corners. So I added some Doodlebug Sprinkles to give it a little zing.

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Much better.

But …. could layering improve it? Always!

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So, two simple and fast cards. The inks I used were Hero Arts ombre pink to red, butter to orange, mint to green and grey to black (I used VersaFine black for the first card because I wanted the Hello to stand out.)

Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for more Altenew news.

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Fabulous Finds Friday — Hearts on Parade

Yowzas, I love this new die from Simon Says! It’s Heart Parade and playing with it makes me want to march with a band! What a Fabulous Find!

Here’s the first card I made:

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Easy peasy. I first cut out the whole thing, which gave me the frame (the outline of the hearts) and the “inner” hearts (which I saved for other projects.) Using some scraps, I cut it a few more times to get different patterns for the inside, then re-inserted the cut pieces in the heart outline. (Don’t throw out those partial frames, though! You’ll see how I used them.)

The sentiment is from Inkadinkado’s Occasions clear set (a set I use VERY often). The base paper is from WorldWin. I glued the small pieces down with Elmer’s fine line glue pen.

**Tip: After cutting the die, save the unused pieces in the same envelope as the die. Then when you want to mix it up a bit, you already have some cut pieces.**

My next card was bolder:
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I love the blue pearlized paper (WorldWin)! I cut the pearlized paper using Spellbinders’ A2 Curved Matting Basics A S5-171. I stamped the white base card using Hero Arts’ envelope Pattern S5507 inked with Imagine Craft’s Platinum Planet Brilliance. The sequins, from Doodlebug Designs, were attached using Glue Dots’ micro dots — perfectly mini sized for these sequins! And no messy liquid!

I stamped a scrap piece of white with the same envelope pattern, then added the sentiment (Hero Arts) in VersaFine black. I wanted more bling, so added a piece of silver glitter tape (Close To My Heart).

This next one didn’t turn out as I expected, but it worked.

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I tried to cut the die on a thicker piece of cardstock and it didn’t cut all the way through. I started to painstakingly cut out the pieces with my Xacto knife, when I smacked myself on the head and said, “Just leave the pieces in there, doofus.” (I often call myself names.) The large heart popped out easily, so I switched it out with a patterned piece, but left the others in plae. I rounded the corners, stamped a sentiment (Hero Arts) and stick a fork in me, I’m done.

One last trick before I go…. When you keep cutting out the heart to get different insides, you get several outlines, too.

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Naturally, I save them, stashing them with the die. I trim what I need and use these smaller pieces for tags:
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Whew! This is a loooong post! But as you can see, I’m crazy about this die.

Thanks for indulging me.

Boo! Scarin’ Up Some Halloween Cards

Yay! It’s almost Halloween!

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I love this orange dotted paper from Close to My Heart (you’ll see it a lot on my Fall cards!). Everything here is from CTMH’s Charmed set. The main scene was black embossed on a scrap piece I colored with Ranger Distress Inks (spiced marmalade, wild honey and a touch of crushed olive.) I mounted the panel on a black scrap and trimmed it … but I goofed. I cut too close to the image and it looked odd. So I hung a punched spider web border (EK Success) on the top to cover my mistake. Then I added the orange Prima flower to cover another mistake. Sheesh. The center dot is a Doodlebug Sprinkle (I love these!)
The sentiment was stamped on scrap paper and rubbed with Distress wild honey and spiced marmalade. The diamond background was stamped in Hero Arts Wet Cement.

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I don’t use a lot of cute animals, but I could NOT resist this House Mouse image from Stampendous! There’s that CTMH dotted paper again, broken up by a punched strip (EK Success). The sentiment is also CTMH. The mouse was colored with water color pencils and after everything was dry I added some yellow and orange Ranger Stickles. Mousie was popped up with Glue Dots. Fast and easy.

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This is not my favorite, but embracing my failings as the Imperfect Stamper I’m including it anyway. It feels too fussy and overdone. I had a strong urge to use navy with orange and I gave in to that urge. (Which is why sometimes urges need to be held in check.) All images from Close to My Heart. The scene and the sentiment are embossed in white; the edge was rubbed with navy pigment ink and sprinkled with Psychedelic embossing powder from Judikins.

If you’re not tired of Halloween cards, check out these oldies or these.

Enjoy!