Die cut sentiment

This new card-making journey for me is all about creativity which I love, but at the same time it kinda brings frustration when the things you imagine don’t come to life as you expected. This card wasn’t at all what I had initially planned. In fact, I had to start from scratch because the first card I made was just full of mistakes or things that didn’t go as expected. 

I wanted to submit some entries on the My favorite things super star design challenge but I just felt too much pressure from all the things your card had to have to be a winner card. None of the cards I thought about were winners (in my mind). So I decided that I would get some experience first and then I would participate. But I ended up with a card anyway. 

So for this card I made a little ink blending with the clarity stencil brushes for the background. I used festive berries and scattered straw. Then I adhered the chunky chevron panel I die cut from some gold sparkle cardstock I bought from MFT. I also made a second piece with the same colors and die cut the sentiment from there. I then adhered the sentiment to a fish tail banner I cut myself and sprayed everything with the shimmer mist that I’m loving right now to dress the card up and add that little extra shimmer it needed to be complete. To embellish it, i added a couple of sequins and I also added some glossy accents to the sentiment.

It sort of feels like a monochromatic card because I stuck to those two colors as the main focus of the card. Apart from the gold. Pretty simple but I like the result. Here are some pictures: 


I sort of caught some of the shimmer on that last one, so you can imagine what it looks like in real life. 

Until next time, 

Karla

Celebrating with Concord & 9th

It’s hard to believe that a company with so many awesome designs as Concord & 9th is only a year old. They have easily become one of my favorite stamp companies because of the super smart products and the awesome people behind it. I recently watched a “Crafty chat”  from Online card classes with Greg and Angie, the founders of Concord & 9th and it was such a great chat that as soon as it was finished, I wanted to go to their website and buy one of everything they had. But I couldn’t do it at the time, so I waited and was able to buy on their flash sale for hitting 9K on Instagram. It was great because I was able to get more stamps and dies. So there’s going to be many projects using C9 stamps and dies in the near future šŸ™‚ 

Now for today’s card, I decided to play along with the “Where creativity meets C9” challenge #1: Celebration (http://www.wherecreativitymeetsc9.com). So of course, I made a birthday card. I happen to love the leaves from the “Give thanks” stamp set and I am seriously obsessed with heat embossing everything, so I first started by mixing and smoshing 4 different colors of distress inks for the background. Then I heat embossed the solid leave from the set three times in white and the tips in gold so it would look like gold dipped feathers. 


For the sentiment I used the sophisticated script and uppercase to spell out “Happy birthday” and  since I wanted to use velum for the sentiment, I  cut a piece of velum and tried to heat emboss the whole “Happy birthday” sentiment on it but failed like 3 times. So I ended up heat embossing the two words in two separate pieces of velum and fussy cutting the edges to glue it on to the card front. I then put some Ranger multi medium matte to glue the sentiment and sprayed the whole panel with a shimmer mist for some sparkle. I also added a few clear sequins to embellish it. And that’s pretty much it. I really like how it turned out. Here are some other pictures where I tried to catch the shimmer mist: 

How awesome are the sophisticated script stamp sets? I’ll tell ya, they’re SUPER awesome! 

I am linking this card/post to the C9 #1 challenge. Looking forward to participate in the challenge every month. Happy birthday Concord and 9th! 
Until next time, 

Karla 

It’s a beautiful lifeĀ 

Is that a powerful statement or what? I love that words have the power to lift us up or to bring us down. And I love that we can remind ourselves how blessed we are by simply saying something powerful to ourselves once in a while. Or as many times as necessary in one day. So when I saw the “Beautiful life” stamp set by Honeybee stamps (honeybeestamps.com), I knew I had to get it. I just thought about how many people could probably have a better day if only they had a reminder about how loved they are, or how wonderful, beautiful and fabulous they are. So I decided to make two cards out of this stamp set. I actually want to make more because I really love the messages on it but for now here are the two I made. One of them happens to be for a dear friend of mine who is pregnant with her first baby girl and is about to enter the motherhood world, so I decided to make it a little girlish by using colors that straight out scream “girl” šŸ™‚ and well since I am obsessed with heat embossing I added some gold accents to the card and heat embossed the sentiment as well on some velum. I gotta say, that sentiment took me the longest to do. I don’t know why it just took me a little time to get it right without having bubbles on the letters or warping the velum. But man was the the wait and effort worth it! I stamped the solid hearts from the stamp set in a variation of pink-purple colors and then some confetti using a purple ink. All the inks are from Simon Says Stamp (simonsaysstamp.com). I believe the colors I used were Hot Mama, Hollyhock, Teeny bikini and Wisteria for the confetti. I also used some Hot Mama to put a little color to the borders of the card base to place the card front on top. Then I heat embossed the sentiment and used the outline of the big heart to heat emboss some gold details as well. And to embellish it I, of course, used some gold sequins. I totally love the outcome on this one! 

Now for the second card, I decided I wanted to use the awesome words on the set: “Beautiful, wonderful, fabulous”. And remind someone that they are loved and that they are all of those things. So I stamped the three words in different states colors of ink to make the background (I used a whole bunch of colors from SSS), then heat embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder from Hero arts on a scalloped circle and added some patterned paper for the back of the background and some wink of Stella shimmer on each of the words in the background. I also like the outcome šŸ™‚ I tried really hard to capture just how sparkly the wink of Stella is… I gotta say the camera doesn’t do it justice but I hope you can capture a glimpse of the beauty of that pen. 



And that would be all for now. I’ll be making some other cards with this stamp set, for sure, so stay tuned šŸ™‚ 

Thank you for your visit, have a great day!

Two cards, one stamp set

Helo there! I hope you are having a great day. I really gave it a thought to share today’s cards because I’m not totally proud of them but then again I want to share this new journey completely, so I thought I should share these. I recently purchased the “Pinapple pop art” stamp set from Concord & 9th and thought that every new stamp set I would make at least 3 cards. I initially wanted to make 5, hopefully I’ll make it there eventually. But for this stamp set I only made two, for now, because I really love this stamp set and this company and I think you can do many things with their products. They are all wonderful! 

So for the first card I wanted to have some black pineapples against a teal background, so I heat embossed 3 pineapples in black and then added some contrast with pink accents and to embellish it I used Heidi Swapp pink glitter paper and that was it. I like the color combinations and how the glitter paper makes it look elegant. 


For the second card, I made a background with the two small flower stamps on the set, heat embossed them with clear powder and then did some color blending with distress inks. Then I thought that a red pineapple would be really cool on that background so I heat embossed a pineapple with red tinsel powder from Ranger and fussy cut it without borders to attach it next I to the sentiment. This card is for a Spanish-speaking person so I heat embossed my own “Gracias!” Sentiment with the “Hand lettered alpha” stamp set from Honey Bee Stamps, which happens to be another of my favorite stamp companies. 

I have some work to do to fine tune the techniques I used on these cards but like I said, I want to share the complete journey. And then again, one can always learn from mistakes right? 

Until next time,

Charlie

Quick and easy birthday cardĀ 

I think the most type of cards I often find myself doing or looking for are birthday cards. And it might be because I somehow attend about 3 or 4 birthdays every month and I think that number is going to go up because I have to add kids birthday parties now because of my son. Today is one of those days. It’s not a super big celebration but the birthday girl is special to me so I decided to make her a card along with a handmade gift bag for her gift. Time was against me today because it’s a holiday in the city I live in so that means I was home with lots of house stuff on hold because I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my baby. So when his nap came, I decided to make the birthday card. I initially had done a background and liked the outcome but I ruined it by using some stamps with a pigment ink šŸ˜” boo I know. So I decided to make her a card using good ol patterned paper. It was the easiest and fastest card I could think of. I simply cut a  front card panel that was about 4 x 5 1/2 inches out of some dotted patterned paper I had, which happens to be from a heidiswapp.com paper pad. And heat embossed the sentiment using the big greetings stamp set by AveryElle. Then I cut two strips of a pink patterned paper (from Heidi Swapp as well) and attached it to the sides of the front panel. Added some pink sequins that I had and that was it. I gotta say I like the outcome but it would have looked better with another color of embossing powder. Perhaps white or gold? Hmm, guess I’m going to have to make another one to find out. 

Here are the pictures of the card:

Heat wave day 3Ā 

Last day was really good. I still have to try other techniques from that but for now, here’s the card I made using the iron-off technique:


I actually used a light yellow powder instead of white then water colored it and did the iron off technique.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment and mixed up two of my embossing powders to come up with a different look for it. I gotta say I like the outcome even though it can be improved. I definitely want to take the watercolor class now. 

By the way the water coloring on here was done with distress inks because it’s what I have at the moment. But I’m looking forward to getting some new water colors to use. 

Like I said, I wanted to try other techniques but I couldn’t find the time to make more. 

So there you have another day in my journey of becoming a card maker. I have no experience whatsoever making handmade cards. These are the first cards I have ever made. So than you for bearing with my cards. And hey practice makes perfect right? 

‘Til next time!

Oh and Ps. I promise to take better quality pictures next time. 

Heat wave day 2Ā 

Oh man, where to start? I have probably never felt more challenged in my life. Let’s just stick to “trial and error” and the process in between. I made two cards for this lesson’s homework. One doing an emboss resist technique and the other doing the multicolor powder background with a stencil. And can I just say I almost ruined my stencil because I was going to emboss on it? haha I hope it happens to the best of crafters out there. If not, I am doomed. 

The emboss resist was probably the hardest. I have yet to take a watercolor class because I just went blank and started adding colors as I went. I really thought about throwing it away but I kept going. Good thing these are my trial cards…


So that’s my first. That center piece was something a I had to come up with because I don’t have any dies nor stamps for nice sentiments, yet. I know you can see the stroke from the blending tool when I applied the ink but the panel was already there and then I thought it was kind of a cool effect so I decided to leave it there. 

The next one was probably one of my favorites (minus the fact that I almost burned my stencil jaja)


I used the different colors of embossing powder I had. I gotta say these powders may not be the best to use. They take a little longer to melt than the liquid platinum from Ranger. But overall I like the technique. Oh and I also got some powder on my versamark pad *insert embarrassed emoji* 

So those are my two cards for day 2 of the Heat Wave class. Please tell me someone out there has gone through similar things? Or am I alone in this? 

Until next time!

First handmade card, day 1 of Heat Wave

As I had shared before, I signed up for an online card class over at www.onlinecardclasses.com to learn about heat embossing. Well, here are two cards for my first day’s homework. On the first one I just did some simple stamping and heat embossed a frame and then a sentiment. I gotta say that it sort of looks easier than it is to make, but then again I don’t have all my supplies yet so I kinda did what I could with what I had. I am looking forward to getting the supplies I have ordered from different sources like Ellen Hutson (www.ellenhutson.com) and Simon Says Stamp (www.simonsaysstamp.com). Being an international customer, I have found that both of these stores are customer friendly and won’t block my orders because of a fraud alert or something. I have also ordered from scrapbook.com and have had no problem with them either. 

Anyway, getting back to how I made these cards, I figured I would use the patterned paper I have but turns out I messed up both first attempts ja! I kept telling myself that it was all about trial and error. Otherwise I would have gone crazy. All in all I was able to make two cards, one using a simple heat embossing technique and the other using heat embossing on velum to apply two of the techniques that Kristina, Jennifer and Yana shared with us on the first day of class. 


I initially wanted to make a background with the patterned paper that I made the banner with, but I also don’t have too many inks and the one ink I used was very similar to the greenish color of the paper so it looked really bad. That’s why I had to start all over and opted to make a different background. The sentiment doesn’t quite look the way I wanted it but it was my first card ever so I just went with it. Here’s the second card: 


I really like the floral paper and the combination with the liquid platinum powder from Ranger. I wanted to add some embellishments to cover the glue I used to stick the velum panel on to the card. I tried some tape but it didn’t look good so I stuck to enamel dots. I think the sentiment really combined with the whole feel of the card though. I might like this one better than the first. 

So there you have it. A little of what I went through using the minimal supplies I have to make two cards. I made a lot of mistakes but learned from it. 

Until next time, 

Charlie 

My first crafty haul

Hello! 

So there was one thing that always caught my eye in the crafting world and that was and still is “Foiling”. Of course I didn’t know there was an actual term for it, but I did love the metallic look of it and the awesome things you can do with it. So I went ahead and researched all about foiling and one wonderful afternoon, I came across one of the most awesome tool for foiling, that is of course the Minc Machine. So I had to have one. But beyond owning a Minc, I started watching videos on how to use and such and came across Heidi Swapp’s videos and I remember thinking she was really cool. I love how creative she is and how she comes up with these great products for us crafty nerds. Therefore, I went ahead and bought my Minc Machine. I got the full size because I not only wanted to cards but I also want to do foiled prints in the future for home/office decor. That’s not something we have available so easy in my country so I want to be able to have that option for other people who appreciate that kind of stuff. But I just couldn’t stop at the Minc, and that’s why I decided to make this, my first crafty haul post. 

Here’s what I bought on this haul: 


Let it be noted that I also own a full size Minc Machine and some color shine, because well, I just couldn’t resist not buying some:


The glitter just came as an added bonus lol (I’m a glitter addict so I just couldn’t help myself). I have been anxiously waiting for the time to craft using these. And now I’ll be sharing what I make here so maybe you’ll be inspired too.  

I gotta say Heidi is one of the people I look after in the industry. She’s like a female version of Tim Holtz ha! 

Anyway, there’s that. I went a little crazy with all things Minc and foil but then again, can you blame me? lol

You can find more of Heidi Swapp’s products on her website www.heidiswapp.com

Have a great day!

Magic Heat

So, since falling for cardmaking, I noticed how “easy” it was to do magic with heat embossing and so I’ve watched many videos where they use heat embossing because I think it’s like magic, like many people say. But I hadn’t gotten any of the tools I needed to do some heat embossing myself…

Well, last night I was actually able to try it out and man am I hooked! I know it may not look like a lot but I think it’ll look great on a final card that I’ll post later on.

Therefore, without further adieu…

CraftyCharlieFirstHeatEmbossing

Tadaaaa! My first heat embossed sentiment! I cannot stress enough how much I LOVE this!!! I feel like a little 3-year old with a new toy!

(Sorry for the poor quality picture, I actually took this with my iPhone with very poor lighting).

Anyway, I know I got some static and that’s why you can see some of the embossing powder on the bottom there but hey it’s my first one. Also, I don’t have my powder tool yet but I shall have it soon.

I am also taking a class over atĀ onlinecardclasses.comĀ called HEAT WAVE that starts on June 11th I believe and I am really looking forward to leaning more aboutĀ the magical heat *insert teeth smiling emoji* (you can find my proudly-worn badge at the end of this post for the class.

By the way, the powder I used for this first heat embossing attempt is from Ranger and it’s called Liquid Platinum. I have been following Jennifer McGuire’s (jennifermcguireink.com) posts lately and this is one of the powders she uses often and thought I’d give it try.

I also got myself a Heidi Swapp (heidiswapp.com) heat tool which is really pretty just because its white and gold but it’s also a good heat tool. The paper is also from one her paperpads.

I love following both of these ladies’ work for inspiration and techniques, but I’ll leave that for another post on who I look up to for inspiration.

So that’s that. Just wanted to share the excitement for heat embossing and how it has changed my crafty world forever jaja (cheesy but true). What do you think of heat embossing? Do you use it often in your projects?

Until next time,

-Charlie