Celebrate – Clean and simple card

Hello everyone! Today I have another card to share. I took the class “Clean & Simple Boutique Cards” on Altenew Academy, where the class teaches how to create quick and simple cards that gives a ‘wow’ factor.

I was inspired by one of the tutorials where Jennifer Rzasa (the instructor) used metallic accents to create a luxury feel to the card.

Celebrate card with gold embossing

First, I blended some yellow ink (Mango Smoothie) onto the centre my card for some background colour. I stamped the flower from Altenew Garden Treasure using the outline stamp on pink vellum paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Then I stamped some leaves, the solid image stamp with green ink (Frayed Leaf).Then I heat embossed the outline stamp of the leaves with gold embossing powder. Then I added the sentiment ‘Celebrate’ (from Altenew Label Love stamp set) and heat embossed in gold as well.

After that. I fussy cut  the flowers and leaves and adhered it to my card. For the vellum flowers, I added foam tape on the ‘centre of the flower’ where it would be least obvious due to the embossing powder.

Celebrate card with gold embossing

I just love the shine of this card. So simple and easy to make and can be used for any occasion. The hardest part was probably fussy cutting but it is something  I do enjoy doing when I make my cards.

A short post today sharing this card! Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

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Crafting Again with Altenew Stamps

Hello everyone! I have been taking a long break from the crafting world for about 6 months now if you noticed my last post was in June 2017! A lot has happened during this time and I have to say it had been quite A journey for me. If you are wondering why I had been missing, I had a baby! I gave birth to a baby girl in July and she is now 6 months. Time really do fly by and I have to say I am learning lots on motherhood. It has been amazing but mainly, it’s really tiring! (lol who knew one can survive on so little sleep) I will share more layouts of my little one in the future.

Today’s post as the first post for 2018, I am super excited to announce that I am aAltenew Educator Certification Program Badge

I am so honoured to be a part of this program. You can find out more about the program here. I have been taking lots of classes on the Altenew Academy for this program. I have to say, I am learning so much and getting mountains of inspiration. (I don’t think inspiration can be measured by mountains, but you get the idea lol)

These few days, I will be sharing some of the cards I made inspired by the classes I take at the Academy. Today’s post is a longer post as I share four cards that I made.

The first two cards are inspired from the All about Layering 1 & 2 classes. These two classes are free, so do check them out. The classes go over about how to use the layering stamps and Nicole (the instructor) gives such clear instructions, tips and demonstration on how to use the stamps. Although I have made many cards using layering stamps, I always refer back to her tutorials.

  1. All about Layering 1: Vintage Flowers

Altenew Vintage Flowers I Love you card

This was my first layering stamp set so I decided to use it as the starting point for my card and “comeback” to the crafting world. I stamped the floral and leaves on white cardstock and then fussy cut them. I liked that I can assemble the clusters as I see fit since I tend to change my mind often and also to add dimension in certain areas. For the smaller flowers, I coloured them in with colour pencils.

I adhered the cluster of roses on top of the background that I diecut from Tim Holtz mixed media die. It gives a romantic, lovey feeling so I added the sentiment “I love you” on the card. I don’t have that sentiment so I made my own. I took the “love” sentiment from another stamp set and stamped it on my card. Then I cut apart the sentiment “I Miss You” and used the “I” and the “You” from the Painted Butterflies stamp set. I added some gold sequins and coloured the heart with a red metallic gel pen for the finishing touch.

Close up picture of the card:Altenew Vintage Flowers I Love you card closeupColour combo: Flowers – Frosty pink, Coral berry, Ruby red. Leaves: Green Hills (Hero Arts), Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades

2. All about layering 2: Garden Treasure

Altenew Educator Program card 2: using floral stamps to create the focal point with a silver polaroid frame and thread for interest.

I was inspired by the strip of scrap patterned paper I had leftover from another project. The patterned paper is from ‘Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit’. I love the colours so I created a card incorporating the colours. I stamped the floral and leaves images and again fussy cut them out and adhered them with foam tape for some dimension. I stamped the outlines of the images with black ink and I stamped them last because I like the outlines of the images to pop out more. If I stamp the outlines first, it tend to fade a little.

I added the silver polaroid frame and silver thread behind the images to create some interest and texture to my card. Again I coloured in the smaller flowers with colour pencils and also added some fine lines with metallic gel pens for the extra shine. The black cardstock was also spritz with shimmer to tie in all that shine. The sentiment “Just saying hello” is from the Painted Butterflies set.

Close up of the card:Altenew Garden Treasure stamp
Altenew Garden Treasure stampColour combo: Floral: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Jet Black. Leaves: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Jet Black

The third and fourth card is somewhat similar yet different using different techniques inspired by the classes ‘Let it shine’ and ‘Easy Die Cutting Techniques’.

3. Let it shine

Garden Treasure Let it shineFor this class, it all about how to add sparkle to your projects and I am all about the shine in my projects.

For this card, as usual, I stamped all the images on a white cardstock and fussy cut them out. The yellow flower, I added some fine lines and details with my metallic gel pen. Then I heat embossed the solid image of the flower from the Garden Treasure stamp set with black and gold glitter embossing powder for a subtle background shadow of the flower image. I adhered the flower on top with foam tape and offset it slightly. I added the “Hello” sentiment from Label love in black to tie in with the black shiny floral shadow.

Garden Treasure Let it shineWhen the card is turned to reflect the light, you can see the fine lines I made with the metallic gel pens and the shiny floral shadow. I embossed the background with an embossing folder for more interest and texture and also added a strip of gold glittered paper with gold sequins.

Garden Treasure Let it shineClose up of the black&gold embossed solid floral image.
Garden Treasure Let it shineColor combo: Floral: Butter Bar (Hero Arts), Cotton Candy, Dark Chocolate. Leaves: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Dark Chocolate.

4. Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Majestic bloom And Easy Diecutting classColor combo: Flower: Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Soft Cantaloupe (Hero Arts). Leaves: Soft Olive (Hero Arts), Forest  Glades, Dark Chocolate

For this card I was inspired by creating the background with embossing the background with a die. It’s so pretty and I got so much more use out of the die. I also diecut a heart window out of the background so I can add the textured paper window and adhered my focal image on it. I used the same technique previously by stamping the flower and leaves from the Majestic Bloom stamp set and adding details with metallic gel pen. Then I diecut the sentiment “Thank you” from the coordinating die set.

Majestic bloom And Easy Diecutting classThe shine of the flower on card when turned towards the light.
Majestic bloom And Easy Diecutting classclose up of the varied dimensions of the card.

Helpful notes on how I use my layering stamps:

  • Print the layering guide for referral.
  • Write down the preferred color combos in a notebook with the inks I have so I can use them again.
  • Stamp positioner for a more accurate layering

That’s all for today. Thank you for reading till the end and Thank you for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Thank you card for Sketch N Scrap card sketch #100

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a card inspired by Sketch N Scrap card sketch #100.  This is the sketch designed by Lisa:

june20th card sketch #100

I was just so inspired by the flowers so I had to make another floral themed card with my layering stamps. I created a clean and simple thank you card. I seemed to need ‘thank you cards’ more than anything so it’s good to keep a few in my stash.

Thank you card for Sketch N Scrap card sketch #100

I stamped the images and then cut them out with my scissors and adhered them onto the card. I did stamped the sentiment directly onto the peach textured cardstock.

Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration from the design team members. We hope you will join us with our sketch challenges! We would love to see your creations. This post will be my last post as part of the design team for Sketch N Scrap. It had been a wonderful journey being part of Sketch N Scrap. Thank you so much!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #97

Hello! Today I want to share two cards with you. The first card was inspired by Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #97 designed by Heather.

SNS 97 May 5th 2017

I created this card:

Floral themed cards for birthday

I embossed the background of the card panel with an embossing folder by Martha Stewart Crafts. It was meant for embossing metal but I used it to emboss paper and made it work with my Cuttlebug.

The flower was stamped from Altenew Majestic Bloom stamp set. I stamped a lot of these flowers from my previous project and had some leftover, so I made cards with it. So I guess it’s a good idea, to stamp a bunch of images and get them all ready when you need them for a project. Then I added the birthday sentiment also from Altenew, the Label Love stamp set. I added some metallic red thread behind the flower image for more interest and texture and finished it off with some clear sequins.

From the first card, I was inspired to create another card since I had another piece of flower image.

Majestic bloom stamp set for wedding card

I created a wedding card with the flower image. The composition of this card is similar to the first card. I just love how both of these cards turned out. Maybe because they are in my favorite colors – pinks and reds! 🙂

Floral themed cards for birthday and wedding card

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5th birthday SNS

Come back tomorrow as we celebrate National Scrapbook Day on May 6th 2017! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

“Love” Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone! Sketch N Scrap 5th Birthday Bash Crop is happening this month, so crop with us all month long on the blog.  Today I want to share a layout with you that is inspired with the first exclusive birthday bash sketch layout designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap.

May2nd SNS birthday 1

I created a mixed media wedding layout. I really just scrapbook for fun and enjoying different techniques as I create. The background was inspired by videos I saw on youtube and it was really fun.

Love (with altenew stamps) Wedding Scrapbook Layout

I first created the background with gesso and thread. The thread will be adhered with the gesso so there is no glue needed. Then I dripped some Magenta Liquitex ink  after it  dried. Then I sprayed some DIY yellow mist on it as well. I just love the texture and the effect of the background.

Mixed media background

Then I diecut the wreath which was a free cutfile from Paper Issues with a white cardstock. I inked it lightly with Antique Linen distress ink for a subtle look. Then I went on a stamping and fussy cutting frenzy with the layering stamps from Altenew. (Painted Butterflies and Vintage Flowers) After I was done doing that, I adhered them along the wreath and added my photo and title and my stickers.

The process of this layout was actually very gratifying – ink dripping and mist spraying, the stamping and fussy cutting; lol it did take forever with the stamping and fussy cutting but that’s what a crafter does with her time right!

I scrapbook the photo of our wedding rings, and I love the intertwined thread behind it. It’s like our lives are joined/twisted together lol (don’t mind my abstract/logical thinking behind the layout)

Here are some close up:

Thanks for stopping by and hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more design team inspiration. Come join us for our Birthday Bash Crop all month long. We will be posting FIVE exclusive birthday bash sketches and one exclusive NSD sketch as challenges this month. Crop starts on May 2nd and goes until June 2nd, so plenty of time to get your entries in!

5th birthday SNS

Floral Birthday Card

Hello! I created a floral theme scrapbook layout in my last post, using layering stamps and I loved it. So today, I thought I share a floral themed birthday card that I made.

Birthday card using Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted butterflies stamp set

I created the background stripes using distress inks (Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) I masked off the stripes using washi tape and placed them in different widths for interest. Then I diecut the panel and the frame of patterned paper using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

I stamped the flowers and butterflies from Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies. It gives a very artsy look to the card. The butterflies were stamped in Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool ink and outlined with Altenew Jet Black ink. The flowers were stamped with Altenew Mango Smoothie and Peach Perfect ink and outlined with Altenew Jet Black ink. I colored the leaves with my Prismacolors color pencils. (PC 989 and PC 1005). I stamped a lot of the flowers and three of the butterflies and then fussy cut them out with scissors. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” from Waffleflower lotus stamp set with the same Jet Black ink.

My card was inspired by Altenew April Inspiration Challenge. I just love the color scheme!

Altenew_2017_April_Inspiration-Challenge_Graphic

Here is a close up – I did add a lot of foam dots to add dimension to the flowers and butterflies.

Birthday card using Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted butterflies stamp set

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Stamping and scrapbooking

Hello and Happy Easter! Today I have another scrapbook layout to share with you, it’s a wedding layout. I used a floral layering stamp set to create flowers on this layout; it’s a lot fun and the effect was pretty cool.

Stamping and scrapbooking

My layout was inspired by Altenew Sketch Challenge #1 and its color scheme.

Altenew-2017-March-Sketch-Challenge-Ashley

I used Altenew Majestic Bloom stamp and die set to create the flowers and leaves. I love how layering stamps makes the image so realistic and pretty. For the leaves, I only used two of the layers and skipped the solid leaf stamp.

For the flowers, I stamped with Altenew inks – Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry and the outline image with Ruby Red. I started stamping with the solid image first then the layers and stamped the outline stamp last because I wanted the flowers to have more definition. For the leaves, I stamped with Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades.

Then I die cut all the flowers and leaves and adhered them like the arrangement of the circles in the sketch. I added two doilies as the starting point of my layout. I added some gold thread behind the flowers and gold strip to frame the layout for extra interest and texture. I used some sentiments from the Label Love stamp set for my title and added some Tim Holtz word stickers as well. Then I finished off with some gold sequins. I love the elegance of the gold.

Some close up pic:

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

This was really a fun layout to make. I love how stamps can be used to make the focal point or embellishments for a project. That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping and Happy crafting!

Thank you cards using embossing techniques

Hello my crafty friends! I want to share some cards with you today using a technique I haven’t use in a long time!

Today’s challenge on Scrapbook Challenges is to create a Thank You card using any of the three layout sketches.

Card Recycle It May 18th

Such a fun challenge! I chose the middle sketch, the one with the sunburst/rays as my inspiration and created my card.

Thank you card

How I made my card:

  1. For my background: I took an embossing folder (Sizzix Tim Holtz Rays), and rub on Distress Inks ( Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral and Festive Berries) on the debossed side of the embossing folder. I spritzed 2 spritzes of water and put my cardstock on it and closed the embossing folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug.
  2. After it’s dry, the embossed “rays” are slightly white, and I blended the same distress inks lightly. Then I diecut it with my largest stitched rectangles (Simon Says Stamp)
  3. I used my Cameo and diecut “Thank you”. I layered it 4 times so that it has that dimensional look. I adhered it in the middle of the right corner.
  4. Then I took my all time favourite Thanks stamp set (Hero Arts Stamp & Cut) and actually stamped all the sentiments with Versamark onto black cardstock and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder. Then I cut them into little strips like black label stickers.
  5. I adhered each label onto the rays like a sunburst effect. I adhered the panel onto black card base. Then I spritzed DIY perfect pearl mist on the card for extra shimmer effect!

Thank you card

It was a lot of fun so I made similar ones.

Thank you cardFor this card, I think I spritzed more water so the colors are more saturated.

Thank you cardThank you card

Thank you card

Then I decided make another one for a friend – which is more like a ‘hello’/encouragement card.Live Simply CardLive Simply Card

For this card, I use Wilna Furstenberg free cutfile and Tim Holtz small talks stickers. Pretty fun!

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Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #72: You are the best

Hello everyone! This month I created a few summer-themed scrapbook layouts so I created a summer-themed card today. I just had tons of scraps leftover from the layouts. I realised the best way to use up scraps is to make a card straightaway after a layout is completed. That way I won’t forget the papers I have and the scrap pile will not build up. (well not really, my scrap pile is still mountain high, but at least I am trying lol)

Today on Sketch N Scrap is a card sketch designed by Heather. Such a fun sketch to work with.

I created a summer-themed card for an everyday occasion card inspired by this sketch.

#youarethebest cardSupplies:  Cardstock: American Crafts Textured, Recollections     Patterned Paper: Pressed Petal     Tools: Silhouette Cameo, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles   Stamp: Heidi Swapp     Ink: Ranger Archival     Art supply: Liquitex Iridescent Antique Gold paint marker, DIY Perfect pearl mist
  1. I diecut a black cardstock with my stitched rectangle die.  I spritzed some perfect pearl mist to make it shiny. Once it’s dry I adhered it to my white card panel. Then I added a strip of diagonal striped patterned paper onto the top of the card.
  2. I cut the banner with white cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo. I left the triangles (banner) white but colored the string with gold paint pen marker.
  3. I had a piece of patterned paper with different border patterns on it that is about 2inches by 12 inches. I just cut them up and use them separately as embellishments usually.
  4. I fussy cut the blue polka dot pennants from the patterned paper and layered it on top of the triangles for added interest.
  5. Then I just cut out some tickets from the same patterned and added the different strips of patterned paper from my stash.
  6. I finished the card as I stamped the sentiment “#youarethebest” for my card. This card I think can be used for an everyday occasion card with a summer theme.

I hope you will make a card with this sketch and join us on Sketch N Scrap for more sketch challenges.We would love to see what you have created. Hop over to Sketch N Scrap and check out what the other design team members had created!

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Sketch N Scrap Throwback Thursday : Wild Bloom Scrapbook layout

Hello everyone! Today is the last sketch layout of the month on Sketch N Scrap Throwback Thursday. I hope you had lots of fun with Sketch N Scrap sketch celebration month and enjoyed the inspiration shared from the design team members.

Today’s sketch layout was chosen by Brandy, designed by Kelly back in 2013.

March 31st

I just love the simplicity of the sketch and also the fun diagonal strip  border.

Wild bloom summer scrapbook layout

I created this summery layout since spring just arrived and nothing around me is in bloom yet. These are photos from my summer hiking pictures last year. The wild flowers along the trail to the waterfall were just so beautiful.

It did cross my mind to add some circle stitching, but opted for circles with the fun summer themed patterned paper with my circle punch instead. Then I added some flower-shaped sequins for the finishing touches to the layout.

Wild bloom summer scrapbook layoutSupplies:  Patterned Paper: Pressed Petal, Crate Paper    Stickers: American Crafts Thickers Amy Tan – Taffy      Stamp: My Mind’s Eye He said    Ink: Ranger Archival Jet Black     Tools: American Crafts Knockouts Border Punch, Recollections Circle Punch

Hope you will join us in our sketch challenges and hope you will stop by the Sketch N Scrap blog and check out what the other design team members had created!

Thanks for stopping by and  Happy crafting!