Guest Designing for CropStop – Heartfelt Creations Daffodils-from-Orchids Card

Hooray! Today is the day I finally get to share with you the exciting secret I’ve been busting to tell you… I was invited to be a guest designer of a project for the CropStop blog! If you happen to be coming from there… WELCOME!!

I was totally surprised and nervous as all get-out for my first ever privilege of being a guest designer! I hope you like my first project… I happen to think it’s one of my best cards. I’d be tickled pink if you would pop over to the CropStop blog and leave some love! Here’s a TINY sneaky peak to pique your interest:

I know you’re going to want to see the details close up… you can click the link HERE to get to the CropStop Blog. Meanwhile, I’ll sit here and twiddle my thumbs while you go check it out!  When you’re done, please come on back here and I’ll share some extra details and tips with you, ok?!

Are you still here? I wish I knew how to embed music into my post, but since I dont, let me send you on your way by humming the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey for dramatic effect while you click on the link HERE to go check out the project…. duuuum, DuuuuuM, DUUUUUUMMMM, TaDUUUMMM!….

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So, what’d’ya think?! I hope you liked it as much as I did! Of course you know things always look better in real life… wish you could see it for real!

Here’s some of the extra details that I didn’t want to overwhelm the folks at the CropStop blog. I played around with different ways to color the flowers… The first ones I stamped with Versamark ink and then watercolored with Distress inks by putting the ink on some plastic and picking it up with a water brush.

Note: For those of you who don’t have a MISTI or other stamping device, I highly recommend using the red 11×17 Rubber Stamping Mat under your paper to help get a nice evenly stamped image.

Also, if you don’t have a palette made specifically for watercoloring, you can use any hard plastic, like an old cd, a cd cover, or the packaging from your stamps, like I did.

You can see I wasn’t worried about staying in the lines as the die would cut away the excess. I did want to go OVER the lines to get a little extra dark coloring where the Versamark stamped image was.

For the second set of flowers I colored directly with the markers.

And, for the final set of flowers, I stamped with a light gray ink instead of Versamark and colored directly with the markers again. I also colored the back sides of each flower.

These are the Heartfelt Creations Botanical ORCHID stamps. Emma Lou of Heartfelt Creations has a nice video showing how to use these to make the DAFFODILS HERE.

Here are the finished flowers in the order I made them:

If you want a softer color, the watercolor works, but for brighter colors, coloring direct on the page works better. You will loose some color with the wetting required to shape the flowers. (Note, I also tried this with Color Bursts, but they washed out too much. FYI, you would have to start out with a really dark color to allow for the loss of color in the wetting and shaping process.)

I used the Twist & Style Sizzix so kindly sent me a while back to make the stamens out of beads and wire stems. It makes quick work of wire twisting!!

Another thing I learned… The Beadalon 7 strand .015″ wire was a little too flimsy for the stems. The 26 gauge copper wire worked MUCH better. If I wanted them to stand up in a bouquet, I’d use an even heavier wire.

Here’s a close-up of the finished flowers. I took one of each different kind and put them in a bunch for variety and affixed them with Glubers.  Oh, and FYI, the butterfly got its fabulous shine from Stickles (Firefly and Tropical Tangerine).

For the card base I wanted to have it embossed with the Couture Creations Serenity Collection: Chiaro 5×7 embossing folder that I won from CropStop back in January AND I wanted a nice cutout shape. This led to another learning experience…

The die cut card was so delicate that the pass through the embossing machine ‘broke’ the paper apart in several places. It worked out much better to run the paper through the embossing folder first, THEN die cut it. In the process of die cutting it, it did flatten some of the embossing, leaving a much softer look and keeping the edges in tact.

Tip: Can’t find faux adhesive pearls to match your project? Use a Copic Marker to color plain ones!

You will find the list of all the supplies used on the CropStop Blog. You can click HERE to go back and check it out again. Thank you, CropStop, for the privilege of guest designing for your blog!

Well, as Paul Harvey used to say, “And now you know the REST OF THE STORY!”

I am also playing along with the following challenges… click on any one of them for more information on how you can join the fun:

You can also feel free to join in with the Cropstop March Challenge Linky Party #26: Anything Goes… It’s always fun to see the many lovely projects and you have the chance to win a nice prize or, perhaps, even be a guest designer!

Please stop back by Next Friday, March 24, for another guest designer post for the CropStop blog… this time a MUCH simpler pair of cards using some fun cut-and-fold dies… I’ll look forward to seeing you then!

This has been D.Ann reporting…. “Good day!” : )

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Dandelion Wishes – Cat Lovers Hop

Popping back in with…. you guessed it! Another kitty card! >^.^<

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This Wild Rose Studio stamp is just TOO cute, don’t you think? I love how those Crystal Ice Ice Stickles shine!! Of course I know an aunt of mine who would not be happy if she had dandelions that big in her yard! (I know you’re reading this and giggling, Aunt M! wink-wink)

I had one small problem when I went to put it on the card… the die was a smidge too big! So I snipped off the ‘finials’ and put some pearls on and if I hadn’t’ve told you, you probably wouldn’t’ve noticed, would you? : )

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Those Wild Rose Studios stamps often remind me of the cute Anri wood carvings like the one of the sweet girl with her kitty:

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Materials used:

  • Wild Rose Studio Emily with Dandelion stamp
  • Spellbinders Gold Labels 4
  • Copic Markers: BV00; C1; E000,00,02,11; R20,22,24,29; YG17,61,63,67; Y13,17; YR02,21,24
  • Pebbles, Inc. Chalks
  • Ranger Ink Ice Stickles – Crystal Ice
  • My Mind’s Eye Vintage card
  • Queen & Co Sunflower gold pearls

I’m participating in the following hops and challenges:

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Are there any more funnies? If you follow Janis’ blog, you know they’re endless as she always has a new one! I thought this one went well with this card:

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And this one is purrfect for today:

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Thanks for stopping by again today! Hold on to your cats because tomorrow is the last day of the hop and I’m sure we’ll go out with a bang! >^.^<

-D.Ann

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Bonus giggles for making it through yet another post:

This week of fur therapy has certainly been fun! Speaking of things that cheer us up…

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Classy All-Occasion Cards

Today I’d like to show you a couple of cards that look classy, but were quick and easy to get together:

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This technique is SO easy: just heat emboss the stamped image – I was tickled to pull out a stamp that I hadn’t used yet. Next, spread some red, yellow and orange Gelatos over the embossed area and wipe with a baby wipe to mix the colors on the paper.

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Then cut out  with a pretty Spellbinders die that embosses and de-bosses at the same time. I love using the handy Bow-it-All to make easy and pretty bows. Really Reasonable Ribbon has some great tutorial videos (HERE) showing how to use it (you could easily make your own apparatus to do this).

Ignoring the crooked ribbon on the second card, which do you like better, the black or the gold embossing? I’m still undecided, but leaning toward the gold.

Materials used:

  • Tim Holtz stamp: Flutter
  • Versamark ink
  • Recollections detail embossing powders: gold & ebony
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos: Red, oranges and yellows
  • Spellbinders Gold labels 4
  • DCWV Bella Armoire cards
  • Misc. ribbon and adhesives

These cards were inspired by several challenges that I’ll be entering:

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Thanks for stopping by – I always appreciate you visitors and followers and your kind comments!

-D.Ann

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