Thursday, 22 June 2017

Joyful Greetings

No, you're not seeing things.  I had so much fun creating with the Joyous Elf digital stamp from Rick St. Dennis, one of the generous sponsors for our latest challenge at the Crafty Gals Corner that I had to make a second card... and think I'll be making even more!
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Don't forget, you can learn all about my 1st card (Holiday Cheer) and
Challenge #128 - Any Holiday with the Crafty Gals Corner 
HERE
or you can click on the card below.


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Here is my Joyous Elf Joyful Greetings card.


I hope it makes you smile :)

My card is a 6x6" top fold.

This card uses the Joyous Elf digital stamp from Rick St. Dennis.
I printed the image on X-Press It blending card, heat set then coloured with Copic markers in a solid bright cheery colour combo, with lots of shading and rosy cheeks on his face.  I trimmed the panel down to 3 1/2" square, matted with green cardstock.  I matted the card base with green and white textured cardstock then adhered four panels of pretty patterned paper, topping it off with the matted image panel.

The sentiment and bow are die cuts by Paper Smooches.

I finished off the card with a touch of Wink Of Stella sparkle on each of the bells.



Here are the Holiday Cheer and Joyful Greetings cards together.
It's difficult to see, but the Holiday Cheer card has two extra black matting layers.
Which one do you prefer?

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Rick St. Dennis - digital stamp - Joyous Elf
X-Press It - A5 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-11 R01
Copic markers - eyes - B06
Copic markers - clothes - BG53 YG03
Copic markers - candy cane - R27
Copic markers - bells - Y17
Wink Of Stella clear glitter brush - bells
Paper Smooches - Bows Dies
Paper Smooches - Christmas Words Dies
Kaisercraft - 12x12" patterned paper - Mint Twist Collection - Trimmings

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Don't forget, you can learn all about my 1st card (Holiday Cheer) and
Challenge #128 - Any Holiday with the Crafty Gals Corner 
HERE
or you can click on the card below.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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ABC Christmas Challenge - L and M are for?  L is for Love and M is for More
My Joyous Elf has more than one sparkling bell
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #182 - Bingo + A Sentiment
                
I have used patterned paper + a digital stamp + fave colour (green & blue)
I have also used die cuts and markers
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge #75 - Inspired By A Song / Nursery Rhyme
I was inspired by the song "The Happy Elf" ... crooned by Harry Connick Jr.
Colour Crazy Challenge - Week 24 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC Challenge #338
- Anything Goes
 ... as long as it's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - CHNC Extra for June 2017
- Anything Goes
 ... as long as it's Christmas
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - WK 24 Anything Goes
Ike's World Challenges - Challenge #91 - Anything Goes with optional theme
"Blue Christmas"
Incy Wincy Designs - Sparkle or Shine
The bells on my elf sparkle and shine
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - PIP Challenge #1725 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #248 - Quilting/Stitching Real/Faux / Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Use Patterned Paper
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge #77 - Non-Traditional Colours
My non-traditional colours are blue and green
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Challenge June 20 - June 26


Wednesday, 21 June 2017

HO HO HO ... Holiday Cheer!

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #128 - Any Holiday
I have chosen Christmas and look forward to seeing what holiday you choose.

The sponsors for this challenge are:

           Rick St. Dennis              Lemon Shortbread
                               
      Prize: 2 Digital Images                        Prize: 3 Digital Images

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The challenge is "Any Holiday" and today I have used the Joyous Elf digital stamp from Rick St. Dennis, one of our generous sponsors this week, to make a cute and cheery Christmas card.



My card is a 6x6" top fold.
I printed the image on X-Press It blending card, heat set then coloured with Copic markers.  I coloured a couple of images with lots of shading then decided that this little elf needed solid bright colours.  I trimmed the panel down to 3 1/2" square, matted with black then green cardstock.  I matted the card base with green, black and white textured cardstock then adhered four panels of pretty patterned paper, topping it off with the matted image panel.

The sentiment and bow are die cuts by Paper Smooches.

I finished off the card with a touch of Wink Of Stella sparkle on each of the bells.


I had so much fun with this little cutie that I made two cards.
You can learn more about my second card HERE.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Rick St. Dennis - digital stamp - Joyous Elf
X-Press It - A5 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-11 R01
Copic markers - eyes - B06
Copic markers - clothes - BG53 YG03
Copic markers - candy cane - R27
Copic markers - bells - Y17
Wink Of Stella clear glitter brush - bells
Paper Smooches - Bows Dies
Paper Smooches - Christmas Words Dies
Kaisercraft - 12x12" patterned paper - Mint Twist Collection - Trimmings

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Sending a big Thank You to Rick St. Dennis for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for  being a sponsor for Challenge #128 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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ABC Christmas Challenge - L and M are for?  L is for Love and M is for More
My Joyous Elf has more than one sparkling bell
Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Challenge #182 - Bingo + A Sentiment
                
I have used patterned paper + a digital stamp + fave colour (green & blue)
I have also used die cuts and markers
CCC Digi Creations - Challenge #75 - Inspired By A Song / Nursery Rhyme
I was inspired by the song "The Happy Elf" ... crooned by Harry Connick Jr.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Challenge #420 - Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC Challenge #338
- Anything Goes
 ... as long as it's Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - CHNC Extra for June 2017
- Anything Goes
 ... as long as it's Christmas
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - WK 24 Anything Goes
Ike's World Challenges - Challenge #91 - Anything Goes with optional theme
"Blue Christmas"
Incy Wincy Designs - Sparkle or Shine
The bells on my elf sparkle and shine
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - PIP Challenge #1725 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #248 - Quilting/Stitching Real/Faux / Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #119 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Use Patterned Paper
Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Challenge #77 - Non-Traditional Colours
My non-traditional colours are blue and green
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Challenge June 20 - June 26


Sunday, 18 June 2017

Some more quirky cuteness . . . with wings

You might remember my exciting news from a couple of weeks ago ...
I am Guest Designer on the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog for the month of June.

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This is my 2nd project to share and this time my Quirky Thing With Wings is the adorable Mini Bird Mummy digital stamp from Limited Runs Digital Stamps (one of the generous sponsors this month) to make an action wobbler card
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It makes for a quirky mix of cuteness, spookiness and interactive fun.


I printed the image on X-Press It blending card, heat set, coloured with Copic markers, fussy cut then went around the edges with a Memento marker.  I added a luscious coating of Glossy Accents to the eyes, using my piercing tool to drag it out to all the corners and edges, then left it to dry overnight.

 The "BOO" sentiment was cut from black cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo and the "untitled" font.  These were coated with a thick layer of Glossy Accents and left to dry overnight.

I added a panel of embossed patterned paper to a 6 1/2" tall x 6" wide card base.  The spooky trees add great texture and the shine catches the light.

I placed pairs of spooky eyes in to the gaps, peeking out from between the branches.

I took an Action Wobbler mechanism and placed it under my bird, working out where it balanced evenly, then removed the backing tape and adhered the top of the mechanism to the back of the bird.  I peeled of the backing from the bottom of the mechanism and adhered the wobbling bird to the front of the card, pushing it down firmly.  This pic shows the dimension of the mechanism.


   

Here is a short video showing the cool wobbler action of my quirky thing with wings.

video

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Limited Runs Digital Stamps - digital stamp - Mini Bird Mummy
X-Press It - A5 blending card
Copic markers - wing -Y11 Y13 Y15
Copic markers - beak - Y17 YR23
Copic markers - foot - YR23 YR24 YR27
Copic markers - bandages - W00 W1 W3 W5
Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Tip marker (edges of fussy cut image)
Action Wobbler mechanism
Doodlebug Designs - eerie eyes sprinkles shapes
Helmar 450 Quick Dry (to adhere the patterned paper to the card base)
Tombow Mono Multi liquid adhesive (to adhere the sentiment )
BOO sentiment - "untitled" font - cut using Silhouette Cameo
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" patterned paper pad - 13th Hour collection
American Crafts - 12x12" - black textured cardstock

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Sending a big Thank You to Cazzy and the team at Quirky Crafts
for inviting me to be Guest Designer this month.

Sending a big Thank You to Limited Runs Digital Stamps for supplying
the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for the
Quirky Things With Wings challenge on the Quirky Crafts Challenge Blog too.
    
I hope you have been inspired by my card and look forward to seeing your projects shared in the Quirky Crafts - Quirky Things With Wings challenge gallery.

PS - you can read all about my first Guest Designer post and BOO shaker HERE

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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QKR Stampede - Challenge #248 - Quilting/Stitching Real/Faux / Anything Goes
Sasayaki Glitter - June Challenge - Colour Grey
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog - Simon Says: Touchy Feely
The mummy bird is calling out to be touched so that it can do a little dance, the texture of the spooky trees and eyes in the background feel great too!
The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Challenge #112 - All Creatures Great And Small

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Sticky Business with Team Lou at the Southern Girls

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge

Challenge #162 - Sticky Business with Team Lou
This fortnight we are all about sticky things!
We want to see things stuck on your projects,
things like Washi Tape, Sequins and Enamel Dots and more.



Our generous sponsors for this challenge are

KC   Ppinkydolls

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Today I have used the super cute Unicorn Besty digital stamp by Ppinkydolls, one of our generous sponsors this fortnight.


I printed the image on X-Press It blending card, heat set then started colouring with Copic markers.  I spent some time learning more about unicorns before the colouring began, with some fun blending lessons.  Copic markers with the same saturation number (1st number after the colour letter/s) or the same brightness number (the 2nd number after the colour letter/s) blend well together and make for interesting new colours.  My unicorn's mane is a combination of E00-BV00-B00, with a touch of E11 to add a richness to the darkest portions created with E00.

On a side note, I did have a little experiment before I finished colouring and thought I would share another couple of blending combos using some smaller image panels.
BG01-YG01-R01              BG00-YR12-YG13

Back to my birthday card.  After the colouring was completed I trimmed the image panel down and matted with black cardstock, trimming it to a 1/16" border with my Perfect Layers ruler (a very cool tool).  I made a huge square top folding card base (... dare I confess that it's 8x8"?!), matted it with black cardstock in readiness for some sparkle.  I cut two panels of heavy glitter cardstock (it's from Kaisercraft, so much sparkle, a pleasure to cut and no, I repeat NO, loose glitter).  I made a glitter tape rainbow along the side of the darker blue panel, looping the strips around the back to keep them securely in place.  I adhered the glitter panels to the card base, then the image panel.  I cut three clouds from crystal glitter cardstock and covered them with sequins in a variety of sizes.  The clouds were overlapped and popped in place with foam squares of different thicknesses.  I went a bit sequin crazy when I started adding the "sparkling rain" ... warning, sparkling clear sequins are addictive and fun!  The sentiment panel was a combination of fonts, printed on the same cardstock as the image panel (so that the whites matched) with the black matting trimmed down to 1/16".  I popped the sentiment panel with foam squares.


   

Here a pic to show the dimension of the clouds and sentiment panel.

I can't resist another couple of pics, the image and sparkle of this card are so magical and happy together ... 
   

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Ppinkydolls - digital stamp - Unicorn Besty
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-11
Copic markers - hair - E31-33-35-37
Copic markers - eyes - YG03-17-67
Copic markers - clothes - G20-21-24 R81-83-85
Copic markers - boots - T0-1-3-5-7-9
Copic markers - unicorn body - R81-83-85
Copic markers - unicorn mane - E11 E00 BV00 B00
Copic markers - horn - C0-1 + clear Wink Of Stella glitter brush
Copic markers - ground -  E40-41-42-43-44
X-Press It - Glitter Deco Tape
 Wink Of Stella Clear Glitter Brush - sparkle added to horn
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the sequins
foam squares to adhere the clouds and sentiment panel
Perfect Layers Ruler - 1/16" matted layers

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Sending a big Thank You to Ppinkydolls for sponsoring
Challenge #162 - Sticky Business with Team Lou with us at the Southern Girls.

I hope I have inspired you to create a project filled with sticky elements and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Vintage style ... with us at the Crafty Gals Corner

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #127 - Vintage

The sponsor for this challenge is:
Faery Ink
Faery Ink
Prize: 3 Digital Images

Today I have used the beautiful Gabbie Holiday Belle digital stamp from Faery Ink, our generous sponsor this week.



I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card and heat set.  I printed another copy of the image on copy paper, covered it with X-Press It Mask It then fussy cut.
I overlaid the mask over the image panel then inked the background with Old Paper Distress Ink.  I heat set the inked panel then coloured with Copic Markers.

The droplets in the background were bleached with water then given some sparkle with a light touch of clear Wink Of Stella glitter brush.  The snow at the bottom of the image was also given a touch of sparkle.

The card base is an A5 top fold, covered with patterned paper.

I matted the image panel with Olive cardstock, then made a Forest panel to offset it, adding a luscious coating of Old Paper Distress Ink to make the colour richer and the same tone as the image panel.

A cluster of poinsettia flowers were adhered in place to finish off this vintage card.


Notes about the Copic markers:
I used a different combo for the rich, dark hair - E57-47-79
I used a different red combo for her dress - R35-37-39
I tried a different green combo for the foliage - BG90-93-96-99  ... athough these greens look lovely and blend well together, this shade of green gets a little "lost" against her hair, so I will need to be more careful next time.

*** INGREDIENTS ***
Faery Ink - digital stamp - Gabbie Holiday Belle
X-Press It - A5 blending card
X-Press It - Mask It
Mini Distress Ink - Old Paper
Mini Ink Blending Tool
Ink Dauber
Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-11
Copic markers - hair - E57-47-79
Copic markers - eyebrow - E00-57 (tip-to-tip)
Copic markers - eyes - YG03-17-67 (tip-to-tip)
Copic markers - lips - E11 + R35
Copic markers - dress - R35-37-39
Copic markers - fur trim - E30-50
Copic markers - bell - C1-3-5-7-9
Copic markers - street lamp - C1-3-5-7-9 + Y000-11-13
Copic markers - foliage - BG90-93-96-99
Copic markers - berries - R35-37
Wink Of Stella -- clear glitter brush
A5 top folding card base
Ultimate Crafts - 12x12" patterned paper - Season's Greetings Collection
Kaisercraft - weave cardstock - Olive
Kaisercraft - weave cardstock - Forest
Ultimate Crafts - Season's Greetings - large mixed poinsettias
Ultimate Crafts - Season's Greetings - small mixed poinsettias

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Sending a big Thank You to Faery Ink for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being our sponsor for Challenge #127 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge #6 - Anything Goes
ABC Christmas Challenge - L and M are for?  L is for Love and M is for More
I have more than one layer and more than one flower
Addicted To Stamps Challenge - Challenge #150 - Flowers
Colour Crazy Challenge - WK 22 - Anything Goes
Colour It! Create It!  Show It Off! - June Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude - Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - #42 - June is full of Sparkle and Sprinkle
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC Challenge #337 - Anything Goes
with optional theme Non-Traditional Christmas Colours 
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - CHNC Extra June 2017 - Anything Goes
Creative Ladybirds Creations Challenge Blog - Challenge #27 - Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Challenge #120 - Anything Goes + optional twist "Flag Day"
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Week 24 - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Challenge #355 - Vintage
Incy Wincy Designs - 5th June Challenge - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges - PIP Challenge 1724 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #118 - Anything Goes option Father's Day
SheepSki Designs Challenges - Challenge #3 - Girlz Rule
The 12 Months Of Christmas Link Up - Challenge #30 - Anything Goes
with optional theme Fur, Fluff, Feathers or Fins - there are fur trims on her dress
Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes for June 13-20

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

You don't look a day over FABULOUS

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #126 - Emboss It

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Prize: 2 Images DT Used

Star Stampz

Prize: 3 Digital Images

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Today I have used the absolutely fabulous Birthday Girl digital stamp from Lia Stampz, one of our generous sponsors this week.



I printed the image on A5 X-Press It blending card, zapped it with my heat gun then coloured with Copic markers.  We have lots of red-heads in our family and on seeing this image I was reminded of two of our nieces, so this is my first time going for red hair.  This red combo used E13 E15 E18.  I have some darker marker combos ready to try for even richer hair and darker little black dress so that both nieces can get their glamorous birthday wishes just a day apart.  Yes, I know the skin is fair, but these sisters have very fair skin to go with their very red hair.
I used a white gel pen to give the pearls in her necklace
some extra dimension and an ultra white finish.



The sentiment is a combination of fonts (Bradley Hand ITC and LW Sweetie Pie).  After I printed the sentiment panel, I swiped it with my powder tool, went over the letters with a Versamarker pen, smoothered it with clear embossing powder and melted it with my heat tool.  I gave the "fabulous" a double coat to make the letters even more luscious.



This card is quite large at 8x8".  I made a top folding card base by scoring the top of the back panel and adhered it to the front panel.  The base is matted with textured cardstock then layered with luscious glitter cardstock.  I matted the image panel and sentiment panel with the same textured black cardstock, keeping a perfect 1/8" border by using a Perfect Layers ruler.  It is usually a challenge to keep layers securely in place when using glittered cardstock but it's not a problem with my go-to glue, Helmar 450 Quick Dry.  It's like using a hot glue gun without the "hot".  I finished off the design by die cutting a bow, using the handle of a fine brush to give a smooth curve to the loops and tails.


If you have visited before, you will know that I can't resist sharing extra pics,
so here a couple more, taken in brighter natural light.




*** INGREDIENTS ***
Lia Stampz - digital stamp - Birthday Girl
X-Press It - A5 blending card
Copic markers - skin - E0000 E000 E00 E21 E11
Copic markers - lips - R85
Copic markers - hair - E13 E15 E18
Copic markers - dress & feather - BV20 BV 23 BV25 BV29
Copic markers - shoes - BV25 BV29

Copic markers - cake - E30 E31 E23 E25
Copic markers - icing & bows - R91 R83 R85 R89
Copic markers - candle - 0 C00 C1
Copic markers - flame - Y11 Y13
Signo uni-ball broad pigment ink white gel pen - pearl necklace
Versamark Versamarker - to heat emboss sentiment
WOW! Embossing Powder - Clear Gloss Super Fine
heat tool
Kaisercraft - glitter cardstock - flamingo
Kaisercraft - glitter cardstock - candy
Winnie & Walter - Take A Bow Cutaways
Perfect Layers ruler - 1/8" border for matted layers
Helmar 450 Quick Dry liquid adhesive

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Sending a big Thank You to Lia Stampz for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #126 - Emboss It with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
    
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I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):
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A Perfect Time To Craft - Challenge #6 - Anything Goes Aurora Wings Challenge Blog - Challenge #51 - Celebration
Colour Crazy Challenge - WK 22 - Anything Goes
Colour It! Create It!  Show It Off! - June Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting With An Attitude - Challenge #28 - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - #42 - June is full of Sparkle and Sprinkle
Creative Ladybirds Creations Challenge Blog - Challenge #27 - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Week 23 - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs Challenge - Birthdays Challenge
Ike's World Challenges - Challenge #90 - Anything Goes with optional twist
inspiration photo - I'm inspired by the pop of pink in the photo
In The Pink - Challenge #120 - Embossing
Making Memories Crafting Challenge Blog - Challenge #6
- Anything Goes / Bingo Board

My card has a die cut bow, gel pen pearls and a fun & fabulous sentiment
with embossing powder or WOW! product
I have used WOW! Clear Gloss Super Fine Embossing Powder