Friday, December 30, 2011

Almost end of the year!

Hello! The end of the year is upon us and I am definitively  ready to start a new adventurest crafting year! I have been doing a lot of blog hopping the past few weeks and you are going to start seeing me using different mediums,  folds and more than just cards. Plus, I joined a new design team which I will reveal on New Years Day!

 One of my favorite sites is  Stamp TV with Gina K. for she has a video for lots of fantastic techniques you would like to learn! Her stamps lines are so versatile and they stamp gorgeously on all kinds of paper and what I like the best is they come already pre-cut on cling cushion that you can use on acrylic stamping blocks.  She has her own line of paper. The Pure Luxury 120lb Heavy Base Weight Card Stock is great to use for the base of your cards or projects. It is thick but bends without the paper becoming jagged and tearing along the edge.

 I purchased the Natures Greetings Card Kit which has your paper, brads, ribbon and a DVD on how to make six different cards using various techniques.  It was so nice just following directions instead of trying to come up with ideas and you learn at the same time!! Hours of blissful fun and this is one of the cards I created with it.

TIP OF THE DAY:  How the butterflies were created by following Gina K's DVD. I stamped the butterfly several times on cranberry card stock with VersaMark watermark stamp pad and embossed it with black embossing powder. Using a small paint brush, I colored the butterflies with Clorox bleach and heat set it.  Isn't that a cool effect!!  Easy as 1-2-3!  Look at the different shades I got and it was a "no thinker!" You have to be very careful not to let the bleach reach outside of the embossed lines. Yeppers, I learned that on my own!  The design paper is included in the kit!

Happy New Years and my wish is you have a new year filled with peace, love, joy, and esp. good health!

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jimlynn said...

VERY cool and just beautiful!

Patricia St Martin said...

Great job! Love the way your card turned out. Great technique, one I have not done in years. Wonderful job with the cranberry card stock. The colors turned out so nice. I want to wish you and your family a Wonderful New Year with all kinds of ctafting.
Hugs, Pat

Sharon Jones said...

Wonderful job on this! I love the look of that bleach technique...I just gotta try it! Beautiful card, Colleen!

Jo said...

Great card Colleen! I love the butterflies.

Lorraine said...

Your card is beautiful, Colleen! How cool to use bleach to design! I love StampTV too. and what is the secret news? which DT? i can keep a secret, lol. Wishing you & yours a very Happy & Blessed 2012, girlfriend!

Carla S. said...

Gorgeous card, Colleen! I love the techniques you used and how the butterflies just pop off the page! Many happy wishes for the new year! Thanks for all your support and inspiration! Hugs!

Donalda said...

Oh hon I love this it is just gorgeous. Have a Happy and Safe New Year dear. Hugs

Trina said...

I like it! Congrats on the new team!

mani said...

Its nice the colors are attractive and the theme is also good.
Plastic Gift Cards
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Céline said...

gorgeous card, love the papers
thanks for playing with us at little miss muffet this week
céline GDT member
best wishes for 2012

Cat's sCrap said...

Hi Collen,

Simple and clean card. Beautiful papers. Good work. Congratulations !

Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz this week.

Merry New Year’s Eve !
Hugs from France.

Catherine said...

This is such a gorgeous card Colleen ! Love what you done with the butterflies, it's stunning ! Great colours too ! With lots of hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Colleen, the butterflies are beautiful. Wishing you a Very Happy and Healthy New Year.
Kevin xx

Teresa Arsenault said...

Your butterflies are fabulous, Colleen.
Have a wonderful New Year's,

PS - I have a blog candy giveaway all January.

Michelle B. said...

Fab card, love the colors! Thanks for playing with us Aud Sentiments!

Ann said...

So many beautiful projects Colleen! Love them all...your Christmas cards with scenes are amazing!


Love your butterfly card!!! Thanks for joining us at LMM Challenge, Hugs! Leah Ann

deesdesigns said...

Fabulous card - something we all need after the holidays. I want to wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and thank you for sharing your creativity with us at Aud Sentiments and our Anything Goes challenge. I hope you'll join us for our next challenge too!

Lins said...

Hi sweetie,

it's been such a long time but I haven't forgotten you. I want to wish you and your family a sweet, yummy, healthy, lucky 2012 with tons of creativity! Your card is gorgeous, thanks for the tips, your sweet visits and your friendship!


Lins xxx

Tamie said...

Loving the butterflies. Thank you so much for sharing your something new with us at 4 Crafty Chicks.

PinkAngelCrafts said...

Ohhhh i love butterflies! Love the colour scheme and the simplicity of it :)

Thanks for joining us this week at Charisma Cardz,best of luck!

Leah the Orange said...

oooh, the BLEACH! fabby technique, and what a great effect on your project! love this card - thanks so much for sharing it with the Charisma Galz! :)

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