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Nuvo Mousse Sea (Sparkle & Shine: Day 5)

I couldn’t resist this Seagull stamp set from MFT Stamps. So I thought it would be the perfect time to try them out with a Nuvo Mousse sea made with a stencil!

I learned about Nuvo Mousse and how to use it from Online Card Classes: Sparkle & Shine. I had already purchased some in Sea Foam green and was waiting for just the right time to use it. Enter Day 5: Paste & Mousse.

Here is my card. The Nuvo Mousse has a little shiny sheen to it when you hold it in the right light. And look closely, because I added a little “glitter foam” to the top of the waves for even more sparkle! (Can you ever have too much sparkle?) I did this using a VersaMark Pen, then sticky embossing powder, then distress glitter in Clear Rock Candy. Can you believe I have never used sticky embossing powder before this class? It’s a tragedy! I love this stuff!

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I love Seagulls. They are great for coloring…so easy! I just added a little gray and some yellow/orange for the beaks. The sentiment makes me smile, too. I imagine the seagulls fighting over the fish…saying “mine, mine, mine, mine!” Lol.

I wish you could see the shimmer better. But real life is always more glittery, I guess. :)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Glitter Paste Background (Sparkle & Shine: Day 5)

Kristina Werner inspired me in her class on Glitter paste in the Online Card Classes: Sparkle & Shine. I loved how she made the transition in colors of glitter pastes. So I thought I’d give it a try.

Lucky for me, I already had 3 colors of glitter paste by Bo Bunny. Here’s the background I came up with using a stencil:

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Since it was just Mother’s Day, I thought I’d make it into a card for Mom. I like how the transition of color turned out. This card is sure sparkly in real life! That glitter paste is something special. The flower die is from Penny Black, the letters are from Lawn Fawn, and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

I’m really enjoying this class and I wish it could go on longer! Hope you enjoy my card.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Perfect Pearls Background (Sparkle & Shine: Day 4)

Confession: This is the first time I have ever used Perfect Pearls. I got a couple colors to try out just for this Online Card Class, Sparkle & Shine.

I used a stencil to cover the paper, then added VersaMark ink. Then I applied Perfect Pearls with a paintbrush. Wow! The background turned out so pearlized and shiny.

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The butterfly (from Waffle Flower’s new Summer Release) is such a fun one…each part is separate so you can stamp with different colors of ink. So I used three different colors of distress ink, and spread the color using a water brush. Then I stamped over the entire image with VersaMark, added sticky embossing powder, and then glitter. Wow again! This glitter tile over the top of an image was from another technique taught by Julie Ebersole.

So much fun. I’m looking forward to re-visiting these techniques again and again.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Adding Liquid Sunshine/Rain (Sparkle & Shine: Day 3)

In Day 3 Online Card Classes: Sparkle & Shine, we learned more about liquid applications. One of the classes taught us about making rain and raindrops on our project. I was intrigued by adding colored pencil to the raindrop, then adding glossy accents to the rain. I tried that technique on my project here:

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I colored in the bottom of each raindrop with a bright blue colored pencil, and added some gray too. Then I topped them all off with glossy accents. It is dimensional and glossy in real life, and looks like great rain!

I’m looking forward to finding some Pico Embellisher to making long raindrops on a card…that will be my next challenge.

Another great day of classes! Thank you, Jennifer & Kristina!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Adding Foil to a Sentiment (Sparkle & Shine: Day 2)

I love the idea of adding foil to my cards! So when I saw that Day 2 was all about foiling I was very excited! But then I found that, while I had a lot of foil in my collection, I didn’t have a lot of WAYS to add my foil to my projects. But I did have Scor-Tape and that will work for now.

Here’s my card, where I added foil to my sentiment and to some of the polka dots.

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I used sparkle embossing powder on the stamps…it’s a fun look in real life, but tough to photograph! The stamps and dies are from Essentials by Ellen Hutson. I hope you enjoy.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Adding shadows to Glitter Paper (Sparkle & Shine: Day 1)

Another technique from the Online Card Class, Sparkle & Shine is to add color to pre-made glitter paper. I tried adding a gray shadow to silver glitter paper. I thought it looked really pretty, but so subtle in real life. So I kept adding more & more gray. In this picture it looks a lot more noticeable than it does in real life. But I still love the way it turned out!

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I used distress inks to make a simple background for this beautiful Magical Flower Die (from Waffle Flower). Another sentiment for the way I feel about this new technique! Lol.

 

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Homemade Glitter Paper (Sparkle & Shine: Day 1)

I just cannot miss an Online Card Class, and this Sparkle & Shine class was no exception! I love adding a little sparkle to my cards and I was excited to learn some additional ways to make my projects shine!

On Day 1, we learned quite a bit about glitter. Well, I don’t like glitter (but I DO like glitter paper!) because it gets all over the place. And I still don’t have Swiffer cloths in my craft room. BUT, I jumped right in and made my own glitter paper using clear Distress Glitter, then colored it with alcohol markers.

Here’s my card:

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It was so fun, but glitter got EVERYWHERE! And I got some glitter on my markers (I hope it doesn’t hurt them). This Waffle Flower die “Magical Flower Border” was the perfect choice for my project. I added a sentiment to describe the way I felt about this colored glitter paper. You can’t tell in this picture, but that sentiment is actually bronze glitter…I thought it looked great with the colored glitter paper.

I’m loving this class so far! Thanks for all the fun!

There’s tons more to learn and try from just day 1, and you can bet I’ll go back and try a few more techniques. :)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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You are Loved

I’m so excited to finally get to play with my new Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I thought I’d join along with the Concord & 9th Floral Challenge, and here is my take on the challenge:

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I love how these watercolor makers work on the Bristol Smooth paper using a water brush. I also used some new to me embossing powder called “Watering Can” from Ranger for the sentiment. Turns out, my striped paper matched the background color beautifully!

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Hope you enjoyed my card. See you next time!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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You are Totally Fabulous

The Ellen Hutson January Pinsights challenge (here) inspired me to make this card.

I loved the black and gold and turquoise colors from the inspiration board and it translated into this card:

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I first die cut the sentiment out of gold glitter paper. Then I adhered that to a black strip of paper. I stamped the flowers and leaves in black pigment ink, and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I used Peacock Feathers distress ink on the top portion of the card.

I hope you like it!

Joining in the Ellen Hutson January Challenge.

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Love You Penguin

This little penguin is so cute. I have always loved the critters from Paper Smooches!

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I stamped the penguin and the sentiment in black pigment ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. It adds a fun glossy look. Then I painted some watercolor paper with a color I mixed with Gansai Tambi Watercolors. (This color reminded me of the inspiration photo for the current Paper Smooches challenge). I cut some hearts out of that blue-green watercolored paper. Then added some watercolor dots of the same color to the card.

Doesn’t he look so happy and cozy? He’s ready with a hug!

Entering the Paper Smooches Challenge here.

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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