Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Glittering Mandala

Hello everyone!  Betsy here on the blog today sharing a beautiful glimmering mandala card in blue and gold!  I am using For the Love of Stamps - Precious Jewels:

This is such a beautiful stamp with so many color way possibilities!  I decided to use blue on black and started by cutting a black panel 4" x 5 1/4" and heat embossing the mandala image with gold embossing powder.  I left room for a sentiment but later decided not to use one.

For coloring I used Primacolor Premier Color Pencils.  They really show up well on dark card stock and the colors just pop!  I used:

I started in the middle and worked my way outward.  Blending the colors.  Only one or two areas have the full 6-color blend.  Most are 2-5 colors.  There are 2 places where I didn't color at all.  I always keep my pencils nice and sharp when using them, sharpening often with a hand held sharpener.  A sharp point helps get into the tiny spaces. 

I added a small round gold sticker in the center and then placed a blue jewel on top of that for some added sparkle - because...more sparkle!

I covered an A2 size white card base with blue shimmer paper.  I cut 2 very narrow strips of that same shimmer paper and adhered them across the bottom of the black colored panel with a narrow gold strip in-between.  And that finished my card!

Topflight Stamps products used:

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Monday, October 21, 2019

Spooky Halloween Pocket Notebook!

Happy Monday y'all, Lisa Hoel here! Cool stamps and products from Topflight Stamps and Eileen Hull's new Pocket Notebook Die are a match made in heaven! Perfectly spooky, this journal is full of the Halloween vibe:

The IndigoBlu stamp set Autumn Nights is fabulous. That owl!

I love the owl stamp! (Did I already mention that?)

This journal can be made in variable spine widths. For this one, I made it so it could hold five signatures:

More cool stamps for the inside covers!

...and I used Gel Press mono prints for the bases of
the inside and outside covers.
Head on over to my blog post for a tutorial on how I created this journal!

Topflight Stamps Products:

IndigoBlu stamp set - Autumn Nights

Crafty Individuals stamp set - The Crow Plate

Visible Image - Scripted Streets

Seth Apter Baked Texture Embossing Powder - Chunky Rust

PaperArtsy Fresco Paint - MahoganyChalkSmoked Paprika

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Hum of Bees

Happy Friday! I hope you are all doing well and have some fun plans this weekend. Ericka here with a bee card using this beautiful set called Bee Friendly from Hobby Arts.

This set is so pretty and the sentiments are unique and there are so many ways to combine these images.


I used some distress oxides around the edges and stamped the honeycomb in the background.

For more details on how I created my card, feel free to stop by Strangely Creative. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Feeling Sheepish!

Hi there! It's Kathi here with two cards featuring the Baa Humbug Clear Polymer Stamp Set from Hobby Art! You might think that this stamp set's name would indicate that it's only for Christmas, but you'd be mistaken. It comes with three sheep, several accessories. and two sentiments which not only makes this set a great value, but very versatile as well!

For Halloween!
I decided that this sheep would be dressed as a proper gentleman for Halloween with a bowler hat and a monocle, plus the appropriate "Boo" and "Baa" sentiments.

For Christmas!
A Santa hat transforms this sheep into Santa, albeit a grumpy one.

Topflight Products used to create these cards

For both cards I first stamped the bowler and Santa hats from the Baa Humbug Clear Polymer Stamp Set onto white cardstock, then onto masking paper. The masking paper versions were fussy-cut and placed atop their counterparts. Using a stamp positioner, I stamped the sheep in place, then stamped the monocle. For the Christmas card. I used Onyx Black VersaFine ink to stamp the sentiment. The lights were stamped with Memento ink and a stamp positioner.

The masks were removed and I colored the sheep and hats with Copic markers. Several layers of Clear Glaze pen were added to the monocle and the lights to add dimension and shine.

For the Halloween card, the image panel was matted with orange cardstock and patterned paper, edged with Distress ink, and adhered to coordinating patterned paper, then matted again with orange cardstock. Orange cardstock was cut with speech bubble and nameplate dies. Rub-ons from two different sets were added to the speech bubble die-cut to read "Boo" and "Baa". Onyx Black VersaFine ink was used to stamp the sentiment onto the nameplate die-cut. A thin strip of patterned paper was adhered to the card front as shown, then the speech bubble and sentiment were added. Two blue brads were added to the sentiment, the card front was edged with Distress ink, and the card front was adhered to an orange card.

For the Christmas card, the image panel was cut with a rounded rectangle die and matted with red cardstock that had been die-cut with a slightly larger rounded rectangle die. Patterned paper was cut, edged with Distress ink, matted on Kraft cardstock, then onto a red A2 card. Red cardstock was cut with a scalloped border die and a thin strip of coordinating patterned paper was adhered to it. The border die was adhered across the patterned paper panel as shown to finish the card.

Please visit my blog for a complete product list and detailed instructions.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Sweet Piggies

Hello, Topflight fans!  Toni here sharing a cute holiday card using Hobby Art Pigs in Blankets.

I had to do a bit of research on this one. I think of pigs in blankets as football game food but in other countries like the UK, it's something served during the holidays. Who knew?!

I sponged the piggies using Versafine Onyx Black then sponged around them using Distress Oxides. I spattered a bit of water for snow.

I masked the Magenta Holiday Text sentiment and stamped it with Prism Ink French Navy.

Last I sponged Pronty A5 Pretty and Cool Stars and colored up the  Hobby Art Pigs in Blankets with Zig Real Brush Watercolor Pens.

If you'd like to check out my other creations, you can visit my blog, Frankie Helps Craft, my Instagram, or my Pinterest Board

Monday, October 14, 2019

Mixed Media Monday Making Tags!

Karen Bearse here for Mixed Media Monday & we are making tags! I had so much fun playing with inky products and lots of nummy stamps. There is a tutorial on my blog, a 3 step way to make quick & fun tags. You can check it out here. 

Lot's of great products were used to create these pretties, like stamps:

Autumn Nights by Indigo Blu, Gothic Crow by Crafty Individuals, Live Life Now by Visible Image. 

Shine Bright by Indigo Blu
Inks by Prism in colors like Fire Coral, Cinnamon Swirl, Ocean Spray, Canary Yellow, French Navy, & Blue Lagoon, Slate Grey & Thundercloud.

Premier Stamping Press by Hunkydory. 

Seth Apter embossing powder by Emerald Creek in Lime and Crimson. These can also be bought in kits.

 Diamond Sparkles by Hunkydory in Festive .

These tags were so much fun to make I hope you get the chance to make some! You can also use these techniques to make cards, ATC's or Art Journal pages. Thanks so much for joining me today!!!

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