Feb 17, 2017

I'm So {LUCKY} You're Mine


I had some of these cardstock colors sitting on my desk from a different project, and when I saw the current My Favorite Things sketch challenge image (linked below), I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I used a faux washi tape die from a Blueprints set to cut out six coordinating cardstock colors.  I used an MFT flower die set for the layered flower, which I heat embossed along the petal edges with gold embossing powder.  I used the same gold powder to emboss the sentiment and the green button.


I stamped a striped background image in Shabby Shutters green Distress Ink going vertically, to make the final image look woven or plaid.  I flicked on some green/gold Glimmer Mist spray to finish it off.


I'm linking up to the following fun challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP WENDESDAY} - Fantastic Florals
{MFT CARD CHALLENGES} - Sketch 320

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Feb 14, 2017

A Mixed-Media Valentine {LOVE STORY}


I had so much fun making this mixed media Valentine.  I love how a bunch of random crafty items can come together to create something that makes me happy!


This hanging Valentine story started with a chipboard-backed canvas piece, originally from a mini-album.  I gathered some other items that I wanted to use with it and got to work:

I started by heat embossing some random stamping onto the canvas in white embossing powder. Once it was heat set, I sprayed the canvas with a few different colors of Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and quick dried it with my heat tool.  I then used some white modeling paste to add a clock pattern with a stencil, this didn't end up being visible in the end, but I know it's there. lol. 


I then took the thin wood hearts and covered them in old book page print, inked around the edges with pink Distress Ink, and stamped the word LOVE onto one heart, and the word HAPPY on the other.  I then inked around the edges of the hearts and the canvas piece with walnut stain Distress Ink.


I colored with key with Ranger Alcohol Ink and heat set it with the heat gun.  I used two small playing cards.. the KING and QUEEN of hearts, naturally... and a STORY word ticket.  I inked around those edges in pink and brown Distress Ink as well.  I also inked up some seam binding ribbon with the matching Glimmer Mist sprays.  I then started layering all of my items and a bunch of flowers from I Am Roses and glued them on wherever they seemed to look best!


Once everything was glued into place, I added some thin white gesso paint around all of the bits and the ribbon to tie it all together, and it was complete. A happy, hanging Valentine love story to enjoy all year.  :)

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I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{FRILLY and FUNKIE} - Be My Valentine
{SIMON SAYS STAMP MONDAY} - Favorite Tool (heat gun)

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Feb 7, 2017

{HELLO} - A Card Trio



I am loving this card set!  I used the 'Better Together' stamp and die set, the 'Heart Of Gold' stamp and matching die, and the 'Sunburst' stamp from NEAT & TANGLED.  These images are just so cute!

I stamped the images onto watercolor cardstock and painted them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I then used the matching die set to cut them out.


I stamped the Starburst background image onto watercolor paper using dye ink.  I cut two shades of each color with the Heart Of Gold die and layered them together. Then I assembled each card the same way to make a cute matching set:





I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP WEDNESDAY} - Color Of Love Theme

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Feb 2, 2017

{I LOVE YOU} a Pastel Valentine

As much as I love brightly colored Valentine colors, I also love the soft look of pastels.  I wanted to create a warm, Spring-like card for this Valentine, since it's currently pretty dang cold at my house and I'm SO ready for Spring!


This card features the "BEST BUDS" stamp set and matching Icon dies, and the "TAG SCALLOP" die from Paper Smooches.  I created my background by stamping one of the little rosebud images multiple times onto a die-cut watercolor paper panel.  I also stamped the matching floral banner image and watercolored everything with Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.

I then die cut the Tag Scallop from a few different papers and layers them onto one cardstock base.  I tied the tag with a length of soft, white lace, and popped up the tag in the center of the card.  I backed it onto a kraft cardstock base and finished it off with a few iridescent sequins.


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{CURTAIN CALL} - February XOXO
{PAPER SMOOCHES} - February LOVE


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Jan 30, 2017

{HUGS}


I love Valentine's Day cards! These colors just make me happy.

I dug out my long-adored, but rarely-used "CUDDLE ANYA" stamp from The Greeting Farm for this one.  She's long since retired, but pops up every now and then.  I stamped her onto watercolor paper and watercolored her with my Distress Ink markers, water, and a paintbrush.  I paper-pieced her hat and added some Distress Ink shading to make it blend with the image.


I followed a color challenge and decided to use the colors as they were shown, in a vertical line, and it looks super cool!  I also used an inspiration photo that led me to use a strip of this woven jute ribbon and a big read heart.

For the HUGS sentiment, I used a die cut alphabet from My Favorite Things and cut the letters from white cardstock that had a strip of pink on the bottom.  I then heat embossed the top sections in gold to make them sparkly.  The tiny gold embossed hearts are from Neat & Tangled's "My Favorite Nut" stamp set.


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{THE GREETING FARM} - January Anything Goes
{MARKER POP} - #113 Color Challenge

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Jan 27, 2017

{HELLO YOU}


This little gal is from My Favorite Stamp's Pure Innocence line of stamps, she comes with the "Being Cute Is What I Do" stamp set, and she definitely has the cuteness perfected!

I stamped her onto a die cut watercolor paper panel and painted her with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers.  I added some highlights and details with a white ink gel pen.


I used the colors from the current MFT Color Challenge to color the stamped image, as well as to create the starry watercolored background.  I also flicked on some gold Glimmer Mist spray and dotted some white ink circles to make it more spacey.  The sentiment stamps are from the MFT Label Maker Sentiment set. The rest of the card is embellished with some die cut stars and a few iridescent sequins.


I'm linking up to the following challenges:

{MARKER POP} - #112 Twinkle Twinkle
{MFT CARD CHALLENGES} - #62 Color Challenge


Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Jan 25, 2017

{LOVE YOU} A Sign-Language Valentine

** Mom, if you're reading this, look away now! **


Each year, my step-dad asks me to buy or make a card for him to give to my mom on Valentine's day, and other holidays throughout the year.  He is deaf and blind which makes picking out greeting cards difficult (as well as everything else in life) but he trusts me to find or create something my mom will love and appreciate... and who would turn down a request to get crafty?  I love making these cards for him.


This year's valentine card combines my love of crafting with my step-dad's language of love:  American Sign Language (ASL).  The "I LOVE YOU" sign is a combination of the ASL finger-spelled letters 'I' (pinky up), 'L' (pointer finger and thumb out), and 'Y' (thumb and pinky finger out).  

When I bought the Paper Smooches {POLISHED} die set, I knew I wanted to use the hand for this exact reason.

I created my background by blending some dye inks onto a die-cut paper panel, then flicked on some drops of water and quickly blotted them up with a paper towel.  I then layered on more dies from Paper Smooches (frame, love word), added a few letter stickers, some diamond Stickles, and a handful of white sequins to finish it off.  The heart is actually a dark pink, but with the stickles on top, the camera made it look red. At least it still works!


I think it turned out pretty cute, and it has some 3D elements that my step-dad will be able to feel with his fingers to get a better idea of what the card looks like.  I hope they'll both enjoy it!


I'm linking up this card to following fun challenges:

{COLOR THROWDOWN} - ctd #427
{FRESHLY MADE SKETCHES} - #272 (flipped)


Thanks so much for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Jan 24, 2017

{HAPPY} - a Mixed Media Mish Mash Card


I only had about 30 minutes to sit down and make a card tonight but my hands were itching to get crafty and I just HAD to make something!  I didn't have a plan or an idea in mind, so I grabbed my stash of leftover die cuts and decided to make something with those.

Does everyone have a stash like this?  A sort of "I better save this tiny die cut heart because I just know I'll use it later" stash?  I usually forget all about it, but this card came together so quickly and was so much fun!  I've gotta keep this stash close by from now on. 


Once I decided on a layout, I grabbed a kraft card base and messily painted it with white gesso and some red and aqua Glimmer Mists.  I also flicked on some brown/gold Glimmer Mist spray. 

I used the same gold Glimmer Mist spray to ink up and distress the brown paper packaging piece that I tore from a kraft vintage newspaper print bag that my crafty order from {TUPELO DESIGNS LLC} came in (as they always do!)  I have so many of these bags now from all of my orders (shhh...) so I'll be using them often, I'm sure!


I then adhered my layered random bits on top.  I made the pleated white rosette background from a tiny paper cupcake/candy liner.  I inked all of the edges in Distress Ink to tie it all together.  The orange-ish colored paper button is actually a pink/peach color and matches the card much better in person. Heh.


I've never made a card so quickly that I actually love! I've got plans to duplicate this card in a few different colors, so watch for those soon.  I'm linking this card up to the following challenge:

{SIMON SAYS STAMP MONDAY} - Spread Your Wings

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose

Jan 19, 2017

{I Choose You VALENTINE} - a Fuse Shaker Tag


I've had my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool for quite a while now, but this was the first time using it to make a shaker tag... it won't be the last!  It was too much fun and I'm in love with it!

I used the cutest squirrels-hugging-in-a-giant-acorn stamp from the My Favorite Nut stamp set by {Neat & Tangled}.  I stamped the image onto watercolor cardstock and painted the squirrels.  I then stamped it a second time onto patterned paper, added a few watercolor highlights around the edges, fussy-cut it out, and paper-pieced it onto the die-cut acorn.


I then added it to the tag shape.  I used the Fuse tool around the edges of the tag die onto a cut plastic page protector, slipped in the paper tag, added some sequins and seed beads from my stash, then Fused around the top to seal it off.  I punched a hole for the ribbons and flower, and it was finished.


I'm linking up to these fun challenges:

{N&T LITTLE TANGLES} - #76 Anything Goes
{COLOR THROWDOWN} - ctd426 Red, Gray, Kraft
{SIMON SAYS WEDNESDAY} - Anything But A Card

Thanks for visiting!
Luvs,
Annie Rose