CRAFTY SALE! Technique Tuesday Happy Virtual Birthday Sale

Hello, crafty friends!  I wanted to quickly drop by and share a great sale with you from Technique Tuesday!

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Today, everyone at Technique Tuesday wants to wish you a Happy Virtual Birthday!  Since they don't know when your actual birthday is, they celebrate everyone's special day in late March with a once-a-year special offer. 

To get 20% off your entire order, go to TechniqueTuesday.com.

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Enter coupon code HB2U when you check out.  

Hurry!  This offer ends on Sunday, 3/24 at midnight PDT.

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They have a lot of cute stamp and die sets, so check it out at your own convenience! (Affiliate links used.)

Have a lovely weekend!

Rachel

Botanical Backdrop Die - Sunny Studio Stamps

Hello friends!  I am sharing two cards today that feature the gorgeous Botanical Backdrop Die from Sunny Studio Stamps.


For my first card, I created a fun shaker card and combined the Botanical Backdrop Die with the cute Magical Mermaids Stamp Set.  I thought that the leafy frame could pass as some ocean foliage and nicely frame a little underwater scene.  I colored all of my images with Copic Sketch Markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.


For the underwater background, I blended some Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Wilted Violet, and Dusty Concord) onto a sheet of Ranger White Watercolor Paper.  I then spritzed this panel lightly with water, blotted it dry with a paper towel and then set it aside to completely dry.


Once my background was ready, I added some 3D Foam Adhesive Tape around the edges and added my embellishments.  I heat embossed my sentiment with Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder onto a sheet of Heat Resistant Acetate.  Once I attached the acetate, I then glued the final frame onto the outside of the card.


 For my second card, I didn't do any stamping at all.  I simply diecut my images and lightly blended them with some ink.  I used the Colorbox Ocean Ink for the green/blue tint and the Colorbox Lemonade Ink for the small yellow flowers.


I added a sheet of the Gingham Pastels Paper Pack to the background and then adhered a 3D version of the sentiment "Hello" by diecutting it 5 times.




Thanks so much for dropping by!  If you liked these cards and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a lovely day!

♥ Rachel

MFT March Birthday Project Challenge - ROYGBIV

Hello, friends!  This month's Birthday Project Challenge from MFT Stamps is all about adding rainbows or rainbow colors to your birthday cards.  I have two cards to share with you today.


I created some fun rainbow backgrounds that go perfectly with the BB Magical Unicorns Stamp Set.


For my first card, I started by blending some Distress Inks (Worn Lipstick, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, and Dusty Concord) onto a sheet of Distress Watercolor Paper.  I then spritzed this panel lightly with water and blotted it dry.  I also added some splatters of Opaque White Paint for some added interest.


I used the A2 Rectangle Frames and Shaker Pouches to create a full A2 panel shaker card.


As I mentioned in a previous post, if you are using the A2 Shaker Pouches, make sure to add your embellishments to the center of the card prior to gluing on the pouch so that none of the embellishment impede the pouch from sticking to your card base.


I stamped all of my images with Copic friendly Black Ink and colored them with Copic Sketch Markers.


I love how easily my embellishments shake and sparkle with these amazing A2 Shaker Pouch Windows.


I did my second card similarly but blended my rainbow in a diagonal pattern instead of vertical as in the previous card.


I used the LJD Jumbo Peek-a-Boo Circle Windows Die-namics to add a beautiful stitched circle to the center of my panel.  Prior to adhering anything, I stamped my sentiment with Black Ink, using my MISTI.


I added my unicorn into the center of this circle using some 3D Foam Adhesive Squares to allow it some extra dimension without being too bulky.

Come play along with us this month for a chance to win!  Head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog for all the details and to see what the rest of the participating DT Members have come up with.

Thank you all so much for dropping by!

If you liked these cards and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day and happy card making!

♥ Rachel

Birthday Fishes - MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #429

Hello, friends!  It's time for a new Wednesday Sketch Challenge from MFT Stamps!  This week is a really fun sketch!



I don't usually use a lot of triangles on my cards, so this week's challenge was a bit out of my comfort zone.  That being said, I'm really happy that I pushed myself and was happy with how it turned out.  That's the whole point of the challenge, to get out of your crafting comfort zone and try something new!


I started by blending some Distress Inks (Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, and Chipped Sapphire) onto a sheet of Distress Watercolor Paper.  I then spritzed this panel with water and patted it dry with a paper towel.  I love the look that this technique gives to your ink blending.


I used the Triangle STAX Die-namics to cut out my triangle shapes from my ink-blended panel.


I then glued them to the base of my card, following the pattern of the sketch.  Once finished, I stamped my sentiment with Black Ink.  All of my images from the BB Gill Friends Stamp Set were stamped with Copic friendly Black Ink, colored with Copic Sketch Markers and cut out using their coordinating dies.


Lastly, I added some clear drops for some added interest.


I encourage you to come play along with this week's sketch!  Head on over to the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog to get some more inspiration from the rest of the team.  Every entry that you submit earns you the chance to win a randomly selected $50 MFT Gift Voucher!


Thanks for stopping by today!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a happy Wednesday!

♥ Rachel

How to Create a Rainy Day Shaker Card - March Release Tips & Tricks

Hello, friends!  I hope your week has been off to a good start!  I have a fun shaker card to share with you today featuring three awesome new products from the MFT March release.  


How many of you have found it difficult to make a large window shaker card in the past?  Maybe the shaker embellishment is too bulky to fit behind the acetate window or you have trouble creating the needed 3D frame (whether using foam tape or stacked diecuts).  


I may have the answer for you!  The new A2 Rectangle Shaker Pouches make creating full-panel shaker cards soooooo easy!!


They actually fit almost the entire area of a standard A2 sized card (4.25" x 5.5").  Once you add the coordinating frame, (using the largest die from the A2 Rectangle Frame Die-namics), the entire panel will then be covered, creating a large and gorgeous shaker card.


Today, I'm sharing what I did to create a rainy background with "rain" inside the window panel.  To start, I first blended some Distress Inks (Milled Lavender, Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, and Chipped Sapphire) onto a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper.  I then splattered some water on top of it to give the ink blending some more interest.



Once this panel was dry, I then used the new Mini Staggered Raindrops Stencil and spread some Faber Castel Texture Luxe Paste in Pearl on top.


I love how the raindrops look using texture paste!  They are slightly 3D which really adds a cool look to your rainy backdrops.


Once I had everything ready, I simply glued my images (colored with Copics) and grass to the rainy panel which I had attached to an A2 sized card base.



I then poured my embellishments loosely near the center of the card.  I was careful not to let the shaker embellishments near the edges of the card so that they wouldn't impede with the shaker frame when I glued it into place.


Once my window was glued on top of my card panel, I simply added the frame with some more liquid adhesive.  No fuss and no mess.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  Make sure to head on over to the MFT Blog to see what Tips & Tricks the rest of the participating team members have to share with you today!


If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day and happy card making!

♥ Rachel


Make a Wish! - Sunny Studio Stamps

Hello everyone!  I'd love to share a cute 2"x3" stamp set today called Make a Wish from Sunny Studio Stamps.


I adore the fun little cake that comes with this set!  It's the perfect addition to almost any birthday card.  I paired this set with the Turtley Awesome Stamp Set.


I colored all of my images with Copic Sketch Markers and used the coordinating dies to cut them out.

Colors Used:

Cake: E50, Y21, Y23, E31, E33
Frosting: E71, E74, E77, E79, E29
Blues: B0000, B000, B00, B02, B05
Greens: YG01, YG06, YG17, YG99

 
For the base of my card, I used a small piece of yellow patterned paper from the Gingham Pastels Paper Pack and dry embossed the bottom portion of white card stock with the gorgeous Quilted Hearts Embossing Folder.


Lastly, I heat embossed my sentiment with Fine Detail White Embossing Powder onto a strip of black card stock and I adhered my images to the front of my card with some 3D Foam Adhesive Squares.

Sunny Studio Stamps

Thanks for dropping by!  If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and happy card making!

♥ Rachel

You Make Every Day Purrfect - MFT Stamps Color Challenge #113

Hello, friends!  It's time for another Color Challenge from MFT Stamps!  The challenge colors for this round are Blueberry, Natural, Limelight, and Jellybean Green.  You don't have to use the exact colors listed but rather use colors that inspire you based on the ones on the color palette.


I used the newly released Purrfect Friends Stamp Set for my card today.  All of my images were stamped with Copic friendly black ink, colored with Copic Sketch Markers and cut out with their coordinating dies.


Copic Colors Used:

Browns: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47
White: 0, C00, C0, C1, C2, C4
Yellow: Y04, Y13, Y15, E43
Purples: V000, V01, V06, V09


I used the Grassy Fields Die-namics to cut long strips of grass which I then blended with Crushed Olive, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.


My final card size is 8.5" x 3.5".  This is the perfect sized card for a #8 envelope.  I stamped my sentiment with Black Ink prior to adhering the grass to the card.  Lastly, I attached my images with some 3D Foam Squares.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I encourage you to come and play along for a chance to win a $50 MFT Gift Voucher!  Stop by the MFT Challenge & Inspiration Blog for more details and crafty inspiration.

If you liked this card and want some more crafty inspiration, don't forget to check out my INSTAGRAM feed!

Wishing you all a wonderful day and happy card making!

♥ Rachel