Our July Leading Lady, Jessica Lin is back for her triumphant third performance! If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational performance with an awesome custom background CLICK HERE. Today is a magical card to get ...

 

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July Leading Lady Jessica Lin | Take Three

Our July Leading Lady, Jessica Lin is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational performance with an awesome custom background CLICK HERE.   Today is a magical card to get you in the mood for the holidays!

Without further ado, Jessica....




Hello and welcome! I am back with another Leading Lady project and I'm so excited to share this one with you! Most of the cards I send out are birthday and Christmas cards. Although I definitely send out more Christmas cards because I'm not that good at remembering other people's birthdays... (who else relies on Facebook reminders?!?) Anyways, I'm glad to start working on my Christmas card stash early this year. I really enjoyed creating this card, and I hope it will inspire you, too! 

I started off by creating the night sky background. I used the Essentials: Lana Cutaways to die cut the background panel from watercolor cardstock. Next I sponged and smooshed Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire distress inks. I also added a touch of Black Soot to the borders for some contrast. To add more interest to the background, I spritzed some water droplets to create the faded look. Then I stenciled white embossing paste over the Scenery: Big Bang Circle Creative Screenings. I also applied a thin coat of embossing paste to bottom portion of the panel to keep my critters grounded, and that completes the falling snow scene. 

I then watercolored these adorable images from Season's Tweetings with Evelin T. Designs with ZIG clean color real brush markers, and die cut them out with their coordinating dies

Finally, I gold heat embossed "warm winter wishes" on vellum for the sentiment banner. I decided to add "sending you" from Sentimental: Love stamp set as well because I think it ties back to the postage stamp shaped background. #happymail :)


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Shay has generously provided me with a $30 gift certificate that I can giveaway. If you enjoyed this card, please comment on both W&W and my blog for a chance to win! I will be posting for the remaining Saturdays of this month, so if you comment on each post you will have 4 chances to win this wonderful prize. That is all from me today. I hope you will join me next Saturday but until then, have a wonderful week! 


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Celebrate Your Day with Lydia

Hello everyone and happy Friday! Where, oh where are these days going???? This year seems to be flying by! Today I have something quite different for me... a boy's birthday card!

 

I started by stamping some of the borders from Scenery: Stripes 2. I stamped a few different borders in yellows, greys and blues, I do like this colour combos for boys cards.... and they don't seem to complain ;) I also added some extra chevron elements using Scenery: V for Chevron and stars using Scenery: Big Bang Confetti.

 

To finish I used Sketchy Thoughts stamps and dies to create a speech bubble sentiment. I just love how cool and edgy this looks! Prefect for a 'guys' card!

 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!

Hugs, Lydia xxx


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Birthday Wishes with Kelly


Hi folks! I am still over the moon with the adorable critters in the new Party On with Evelin T Designs stamp set. They are the kinds of stamps I always wished I had ... cute for little kids, but not cutesy, if you know what I mean. They are a very respectable kind of cute! I really wanted to use them all on a card, so I created my own patterned paper by stamping each animal in a few spots, alternating directions, and filling in where needed with music notes. 


This is the first version of the card, and I just couldn't send it off to Shay for this post since it didn't turn out like I had thought in my head. The idea was to only color one of the critters and put the sentiment underneath it, which I did, but it ended up looking unfinished. And then I stared at it for a ridiculous amount of time.


I decided that perhaps it wasn't making me happy because my eye was wandering all over the card, so then I inked the edges to help give focus in the center around my little drummer bear. Better.
Then I added a little more ink and ended up happier with the card. What do you think? Is there a different way you would have changed the first version of the card? It was really stumping me this morning!

Thanks so much for looking!
-Kelly


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Celebrate Your Day with Laura

Hello, friends. It's Laura here and thanks for joining me today! I'm excited to be sharing a cute shaker card featuring some products from the July 2017 Release including the Big Balloon Cutaways and the Happy Dance with Evelin T Designs set along with the Sketchy Thoughts set from a previous release. 

 

I had a lot of watercoloring fun with this card. I did some freestyle watercoloring with Distress Inks to create a blue sky and a grassy hill. I also watercolor the bunny from the Happy Dance with Evelin T Designsset with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers. These markers are a dream to color with! They blend so easily, there's only one color needed for shading and they are so forgiving. 

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When I received the Big Balloon Cutaways, I instantly knew I wanted to create a shaker! I created my shaker with clear acetate, foam sheets and liquid glue. There are many ways to create a shaker - such as the Fuse Tool, but lately I keep coming back to this traditional way of making a shaker. It just makes the sequins move freely.

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I filled up my shaker with pretty sequins in shades of blue, silver and clear. I also adhered the bunny image inside the shaker with the same foam sheets. I didn't use self adhesive foam squares to prevent the sequins from sticking to the edges. That's just something to keep in mind when making a shaker. :) Finally, I finished off my card with a sentiment from the Sketchy Thoughts set and some extra sequins here and there.

I hope you enjoyed my card and video. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions! :) Thanks for stopping by.


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July Leading Lady Jessica Lin | Take Two

Our July Leading Lady, Jessica Lin is back for her sensational second performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE.   Today she brings you another duet with an awesome custom background!

Ladies and gentlemen, Jessica....



Good morning crafty friends! I'm back with some more Leading Lady projects. This week I decided to focus on a favorite product of mine: the Typecast: Cary stamp set. 


I needed to make some cards for my cousins, Sarah and Sophia, to thank them for planning our New York trip last month. And I wanted to customize them to make these thank you cards extra special... Did you see what I did? Yes! I spelled out their names with the Typecast: Cary alphabets and stamped them with VersaMark ink to create a personalized background. It's fairly subtle but I hope it'll put a smile on their faces when they notice it. :) 



For the focal point of the card, I used the In a Word: Thanks Cutaway (I think the font matches so nicely with the Typecast: Cary set!) and die cut it from lime green glitter cardstock and white cardstock. Next I layered them together and mounted them with foam. Then I stamped the small "MANY" (from Sentimental: Birthday set) on a tiny banner and adhered it to the card with foam tape. I embellished the card with silver thread and some enamel dots and that finishes off the card!


For Sophia's card, I used the From the Bottom of My Heart stamp set. I tried embossing it with Ranger's Enchanted Gold embossing powder but for some reason I didn't get good coverage even with two layers of embossing. (left photo) So I tried stamping with Hero Arts Soft Vanilla shadow ink first before embossing, and got a much better result. (right photo)


I also embellished this card with silver thread and enamel dots to complete the design. I really love how versatile these alphabet stamps are; you can also stamp "THANK YOU" for the background and I think it'll be fun to stamp "XMAS" or "XOXO" for other occasions cards. Really, the sky is the limit! I really enjoyed creating these cards, and I hope you liked them, too. 


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Thank you so much for leaving your sweet and kind comments on last week's posts. They make my heart sing <3
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Shay has generously provided me with a $30 gift certificate that I can giveaway. If you enjoyed these cards, please comment on both W&W and my blog for a chance to win! I will be posting for the remaining Saturdays of this month, so if you comment on each post you will have 4 chances to win this wonderful prize. That is all from me today. I hope you will join me next Saturday but until then, have a wonderful week!


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