Posts Tagged ‘Sizzix’

Bling & Blossoms Blog Hop

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Happy Blog Hop Day!

You are in for a treat this weekend, as our design team shares their makes featuring lots of bling and beautiful blossoms!  We will be giving away another $50 gift certificate to one special person who leaves comments along the way and since it’s also Mother’s Day weekend, each of you can go ahead and pamper yourself with 20% off your purchase in the SNS online store (use promo code Pamper).

My card today was going to be a Mother’s Day card… but when I went to my dies to find some alphas to use, I noticed the ‘miss you’ sentiment and decided it was perfect for my mom, who I really miss since she’s so far away!

I’m featuring a card with the gorgeous Brushstroke Flowers #1 (numbers 2 & 3 are also gorgeous, I just don’t have them yet!) and a fab ‘miss you’ die by MFT.  (It’s out of stock right now, but there’s several other fab ones, like this one by Penny Black!).

I cut a heart shape out of some corrugated paper that I had previously used as a backdrop for some paint I was spraying… it has layers of color, but ended up a really pretty green that I think looks lovely with the die cut flower!  I added a bit of crocheted lace around it for extra texture.

I chose to finish off my card with a non-traditional sort of bling, Quote Flair by Tim Holtz.  Since it doesn’t actually sparkle, I also added a few gems and misted some Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls on the die cut words and the corrugated heart. (I used the mist, but you can make your own by mixing some with water in a spray bottle or mini mister!)

I tied a sloppy bow with some thin crinkle ribbon that I had previously inked in shades of yellow and nested the quote flair in the middle of it.  It adds a bit of softness next to the gloss of the quote flair.

Once the individual pieces were assembled, this card went together fairly easily and without much fuss… just the way I like it!

I imagine, like me, you are looking forward to seeing the rest of the makes from the team.  Next up is Deborah, and it’s sure to be sparkly and fabulous!

Here’s the full hop order:

Happy Hopping!  Don’t forget to leave comments along the way for your chance to win 🙂
Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 289} Wonderful Pink

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!   Today I’ve got another card featuring the engraved 3D embossing folder, but I’m pairing it with a feathered friend decked out in PINK!

Yes, that’s right… I finally got my hands on the new Kitsch Flamingo Distress Ink Bundle!  I’ve paired it up here with some Picked Raspberry and a bit of Abandoned Coral.  The brighter colors did tend to sorta take over the color profile here, but you still see that pretty kitsch flamingo in the lighter areas.

For my background, I embossed on Brushed Silver Alcohol Ink Cardstock, then added some black soot Distress Paint over it and finally a bit of Black Archival Ink to really darken the edges.

It’s a pretty simple card, but the details in the dies & embossing folders really stand out!  I hope you like it!  I’ll be playing with my new Kitsch Flamingo some more and can’t wait to see what other colors I can make it work with!

Inky hugs,


Tuesday with Tara {take 288} Kindness Engraved

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

Happy Tuesday!  Today’s word for our ‘Random Acts of Cardness’ Challenge is ENGRAVED, inspired by the Tim Holtz 3D Embossing folder I’m using on my card.  I’ve seen it used several times in stunning metallic varieties, and I was ready to do that for my card.  Once I actually embossed it I started to think that it would look amazing as carved wood instead.  So I’ll save my metal for another day and I’m sharing a card with a more rustic affect.

I realize that I covered up most of my background… but once I started with my design I couldn’t help it!  I hope enough of the engraved effects show through so you can appreciate it.  Using a foam applicator, I added some black Distress Paint to the front side of the embossing folder before inserting my brown card stock and running it through my Big Shot.  Once I trimmed it down to size, (I find the 3D folders tend to warp the size a bit so often require a second trimming) I used the same applicator to add paint along the edges of the paper.

I wanted to use some more of my prepared Brushstroke flowers around a sentiment on my card and I decided on this one by Taylored Expressions, stamped simply in black on a Kraft tag, which I tore along the bottom.  I arranged the flowers and found some ribbon to match.  Once everything was assembled, I added a few bits of shimmer accents with a Nuvo glitter pen.

Once I had all the pieces, assembling the card went together fairly quickly.  I like to snap a quick picture on my phone of the layout I decide on before I start adding glue so I can refer to it when I’m finishing up.  What did we do before we had smart phones, anyways?

In a world where you can be anything, Be Kind.

Inky hugs,