Love Never Fails–Add Shimmer

Most of us like shimmer.  Sometimes glitter is too messy for me, but I find that using some shimmer is a fantastic option because it still allows me to have some shine but saves me the mess.  Yay! 

Today, I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Add Some Shimmer.  I made this card this week, but felt like it was missing something.  Duh….a bit of shimmer!  I wanted to keep it controlled and subtle, so I used my Wink of Stella clear brush and just whacked it on my hand a few times to get some droplets.  Nice.

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Supplies:  Reverse Confetti stamp, Lawn Fawn Wildrose ink, Versamark, Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder, vellum, Avery Elle die, Wink of Stella clear, Hammermill Digital Color Cover

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Brewin’ Up

I’ve been trying to grow my skills but still remain close to my style.  I like consistency.  The skill I’ve been trying to grow recently is my coloring abilities.  I don’t have an artistic eye (I have a hard time distinguishing minute color variations), and I don’t have a still hand.  Add to that, that I’m a cheapskate and I’ve always set myself up for failure when it comes to coloring.  Lately, however, I’ve learned that having good tools can be very beneficial.  I’ve learned that for me, it’s better to have just a few of really good things than a lot of crummy things.  I have finally invested in some Copic markers and wow, they really are better!  I don’t have a still enough hand to color really detailed images (yet), so I’m trying to stick to larger/plainer images.  For today, I decided to use this sketch for Reverse Confetti.

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Using my MISTI, I stamped the four coffee cups on a piece of scrap paper and then colored them.  However, as I learned, scrap paper isn’t always the best thing to grab!  This paper wasn’t too copic friendsly and I had to do a lot of touch up with my white gel pen as it bled a lot.  It, however, was good practice anyway.

I kept the card fairly simple hoping I could use it as a masculine card if I wanted.  In the artificial light as I was making the card, it looked more red.  In daylight, it looks a bit more pink.

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Supplies:
Reverse Confetti – stamp
Lawn Fawn – paper
Copics
Simple Stories – enamel dots
Staz-On ink
Papertrey Ink – vellum

Love You Always

At Christmas, I bought a box of 4-bar card bases because I wanted to do a project.  I have found I really like the size!  It’s a bit different, and when I want to make something that is small appear bigger on the canvas, it’s a great alternative to an A2 card.

Today’s card is for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Have A Heart, featuring Reverse Confetti.  Fortunately, I happen to like both hearts and Reverse Confetti!  And what better use than a Valentine’s card with this sentiment.

I used a Memory Box die to create a mask and blended Hollyhock, Hot Mama, and Twirling Tutu (all Simon Says Stamp) inks.

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Supplies:
Memory Box – die
Simon Says Stamp – ink (Hollyhock, Hot Mama, Twirling Tutu), sequin, small heart dies
American Crafts (glitter tape & Maggie Holmes craft & foil tape
Uniball gold pen
Clearbags – 4-bar card base
Reverse Confetti – stamp