Be You Card (DCC Hop Featuring Rinea)

I am super excited about today because it is the wonderful Rinea hop with my designer friends from the Designer Craft Connection Blog. This hop is personal because I am not only a design team member on the Rinea team, it also it the company that pulled me back into the industry. The designers in this hop are some of the best in the industry and I actually know a few of them in real life! Needless to say, this hop is special to me.

What is Rinea Foiled Paper?

Rinea Foiled Paper founder grew up in Germany in which she learned how to make a traditional German star using foiled paper. Upon returning to the United States she had a hard time finding the correct paper to pass on the tradition to her family, so she decided to find a manufacturer and bring it here. The name is the first two letters of her children followed by the initial of their last name. Since bringing it to the United States the company has grown into carrying many colors, sizes and tools that can be used with the foiled paper.

My Project

One of the things I am most impressed about Rinea Foiled Paper is how well it cuts delicate dies! For this card I die cute the butterfly and the mandala. I like to die cut two at a time. By cutting it in pairs it allows all the little bits to release from the die easier. I used the Starstruck in Blush to matte the focal point. To distress it I crumpled it up, ran some ink over it and flattened it out. I really like how it flattens back out while keeping the crumpled look. For the dog I cut the hat and cape out of Starstruck Lavender.

I like to mix the foiled paper with regular cardstock on projects otherwise the shine can be overwhelming. By using the foiled paper in place of cardstock in areas it really takes your project to another level.

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Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

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Happy Harvest!

I have a small confession to make. I absolutely love old trucks! This vintage truck stamp set, though almost vintage itself, is still one of my all time favorites! I appreciate how I can switch out what is in the back of the truck depending on who I am giving it to or the season. Even though the entire set is wood mounted it is surprisingly easy to line up.

 After I colored it in with distress markers, I cut it out and pop dotted it on the card front.

I want to create an entire card set with different objects in the back for each season of phase of life. I think it would make a perfect gift!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Giving Thanks for the Simple Things

I pulled out a wooden mounted Stampin’ Up set to create these two cards. I used distress markers on the images to give them a watercolor look. I tend to not ever have enough Thanksgiving cards on hand to mail out even though they are some of my favorite to make! 

 For the edge of the tag I embossed it in Penny and stamped leaves the same color.

 I inked the edges of the stamped sentiment and used pop dots to give it a little more dimension.

 For this card I stamped directly on a kraft tag and colored it in with distress markers that I went over with a water loaded paint brush.

 I added a few Nuvo drops…..

 The Fall epoxy is actually a clip for a planner that I decided would be perfect for this card.

When using distress markers try scribbling on a glass mat and picking up the color with a wet paint brush to color with. The results are quite lovely and it stretches how to use them.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Old School Halloween

One of the very first Halloween stamp sets I ever purchased was from Stampin’ Up over ten years ago. I remember debating with myself on if I really wanted it because at  the time we really did not celebrate Halloween in a scary way. I am fairly certain that this stamp set purchase it what pushed me over to the dark side of Halloween. I created two cards with this stamp set for this year.

 For this card, I used Tim Holtz Halloween paper pad I bought last year on clearance with his washi tape (also last year and on clearance). I stamped three images, fussy cut them out and pop dotted them on the card. I added three black gems to create balance.

 This stamp is actually the reason I bought the set. I just love it and still do to this day!

 I only added a pop of yellow to the “31” and covered it in clear glaze.

 To finish off the card I added three gems to the bottom corner.

These cards were not only fun to make, but a great walk down memory lane! I think shopping in my stash has been more rewarding than shopping at the store.
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!