Manic Monday Video Series - Distress Crayons First Impressions

Hi there stampers!  I got some of the new Tim Holtz Distress Crayons in the mail and decided to video my first impressions right out of the package.  I am not a distress expert by any means as my first love is all things Stampin Up! so I have slowly ventured out of my comfort zone and embraced new products.  I was excited to try these crayons as I have nothing like these in my craft room and wasn't really sure what to do with them.  I recently got some of the distress inks and have been enjoying working with those.  I decided to video my first impressions of this medium for those distress virgins.  :)  I had not opened the package at all before making this video so it is truly my initial experience with this medium.  Hopefully you find it helpful in making the decision to purchase these for yourself.



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Party with Cake Quick and Easy Card

Happy Hump Day!  Hope you are having a great week.  We are under a tornado watch here so the weather is a bit dreary but at least it's a warmer day.

For today's card I created a quick and easy birthday card with bright cheerful colors.  I started with a piece of watercolor paper and used 3 colors of distress inks to create a watercolor wash background.  I added some water and ink "flicks" to give the splatters to the background.


I then heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set Party with Cake (from the SU Occasions Catalog) onto a piece of vellum.  I then added a few sequins to give the card a little more pizzazz.  This was then layered using foam adhesive onto a card base made from bermuda bay cardstock.


Super simple and easy card today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stamping!

Finally back stamping - What I Love Hello Card

Hi there stampers!  Well, have you been wondering why I haven't blogged in a while?  Well I have been super sick...like on my death bed sick for the past week and a half.  It was just awful and I couldn't do anything other than lay in bed wondering when I'd get better.  I am super happy to be back in my craft room stamping and creating.

For today's card, I went bold with the colors and like how it turned out.  I tested a few other background colors - calypso coral and blushing bride, but didn't like how the blues looked on them.  The delightful dijon knocked my socks off and I really like how the boldness of the card turned out.


I used the Sale-a-bration stamp set What I Love to create the layers on the flowers.  I used a white craft ink base then stamped the two blue colors on top - island indigo and night of navy.  The white background makes the other colors really pop against the delightful dijon cardstock.  


I cut out the hello sentiment from the Hello You Thinlits in island indigo cardstock and used a sponge dauber to add night of navy ink to just the bottom to create an ombre look.  I added dimension to the die cut by layering this onto a piece of craft foam cut with the same die.  A heavy coating of Wink of Stella gives it that awesome sparkle.

The final piece was layered onto an A2 card base made of night of navy cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment "sunshine" from the Crazy About You stamp set onto some vellum and added this below the die cut hello.


It's great to be back creating.  I am getting some artist grade watercolors today and can't wait to try some of the things I've learned taking the Watercolor for Cardmakers: Intermediate Techniques class over at Online Card Classes.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!



Manic Monday Episode #3 - No adhesive treat pouch

Hi there stampers!  The mood in the Velasquez house is pretty glum since our Panthers lost the Super Bowl last night.  It was an exiting game and Denver's defense was unstoppable.  I am hoping for another great season come September but until then, there is stamping!  :)

For today's Manic Monday video series, I am showing you how to create a super easy treat pouch that stays together with no adhesive needed.  Yup, you heard me right, no adhesive needed.  It stays together with just folding the paper.


How cute are these?!?!  They are so easy to make you are not going to believe it and will make a ton of them like I did.  If you haven't already made all your kiddo's Valentine's Day treats for their class, well have no fear as this project might save the day.  Watch the video below to learn seriously how easy these are to make:




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Bloomin' Heart Inlay Diecut Card

Hi there stampers!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend and are getting ready for the big game on Sunday!  I am counting down the minutes until I get to watch the Panthers beat the Broncos....fingers crossed.  :)

For today's card I used the technique of inlay die cutting to create this Valentine's Day card.  I cut out the large intricate heart using the die from the thinlit set called Bloomin' Heart featured in the 2016 SU Occasions Catalog.  I cut out the heart from a piece of blushing bride and also from the piece of DSP that will be my card front.  The DSP is from the Love Blossoms paper stack which is also from the SU Occasions Catalog.


After cutting the hearts from both pieces, I inlaid the blushing bride heart into the negative space of the DSP.  I also cut out the matching flower dies that come in the thinlit set from rose red cardstock and glued those to the die cut heart.  I added pearls to the center of each flower.


I placed a piece of acetate behind the die cut and glued the die cut onto the acetate to keep it in place.  This was layered onto a card base of garden green with foam adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set Bloomin' Love that coordinates with the die and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  This was layered onto a piece of garden green and I popped up a small heart to add some interest to the sentiment.


Have a great weekend and Go Panthers!!  Happy stamping!



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Botanical Blooms Hello Card

Happy Friday Stampers!  For today's card I finally got to play with the Botanical Blooms stamp set and coordinating Botanical Builder Framelits dies from the SU 2016 Occasions Catalog.  This bundle is incredible!  The framelits have so many different shapes to create beautiful florals.


I cut out a bunch of shapes using wild wasabi, marina mist, hello honey, and elegant eggplant cardstock from the Botanical Builder Framelits.  I stamped some of the floral images from the Botanical Blooms stamp set onto a piece of whisper white cardstock in the upper left hand corner.  I then layered the die cuts together using glue dots and dimensionals.  


I then flicked some marina mist and elegant eggplant ink and added the hello sentiment.  Are you wondering how I got the Hello thinlit cutout to be so small?!?  It's top secret!  No, actually I cut out the sentiment from a piece of white craft foam sheet and then heated it to shrink the cutout.  I pushed the shrunken cutout into my hello honey ink pad.  Do take note it takes a long time for the ink to dry on the cutout so you might want to dab some of the ink off with a paper towel.


I added a few rhinestones to the flowers and scattered around the hello.  I then layered this on a piece of elegant eggplant which was layered onto a card base cut from thick whisper white cardstock.

I am sad to announce that no one comments on my blog post from Monday, so that means there is no one to send the giveaway prize too.  That won't discourage me from continuing to post and do videos.  It takes time so thank you to everyone who stops by and reads my posts.  I do love comments so please drop me a comment if you have the time.

Happy stamping!




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Watercolor Heart Background Valentine's Day Card

Hi there stampers!  For today's card I made my own background with the smallest heart die from the SU Heart Framelits Collection.  I traced with a pencil the heart die randomly all over a piece of watercolor paper then watercolored the hearts with distress inks - seedless preserves and barn door.



After watercoloring all the hearts, I added ink splatters of the same colors to the piece.  I then applied the same ink colors to the flowered heart image from the stamp set Bloomin' Love from the Occasions Catalog and spritzed this with some water before stamping onto a scrap of watercolor paper.  I fussy cut the heart out and adhered it to the gold metallic foil doily.  I then stamped the banner and XOXO sentiment in versamark ink and heat embossed in gold.  I used the coordinating die from the Large Numbers Framelits to cut out the banner and adhered this using foam adhesive.

To achieve the seedless preserves mat, I did the direct ink pad to paper technique around the edges of a piece of whisper white.  This was all adhered to a card base of the thick whisper white to finish up the card.

In case you missed it, Monday I released another video in my Manic Monday series and have a giveaway!  Head over to my blog post here for into on the giveaway and to watch the video.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!


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Manic Monday Video #2 along with a GIVEAWAY!!

Hi there strangers!  I am back from my trip to Italy and excited to release my second video in my YouTube video series.  Thank you for your patience and understanding the past couple weeks that I was not able to upload any videos or blog posts.

For today's project, we are doing some simple watercoloring using one of the new stamp sets from the Occasions Catalog called Rose Wonder.  The big rose in this stamp set is perfect for watercoloring.


By heat embossing the rose image, this makes the watercoloring process super easy so don't be intimated to give it a try!  To learn how easy this card is to make, watch my YouTube video below:



So now for the giveaway!  For your chance to win some blog candy, be sure to do all the following steps below to be entered into the random drawing:

1.  Leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favorite item from the new SU Occasions Catalog 
2.  Become a subscriber to my YouTube Channel
3.  Leave a comment on YouTube for the video featured in this post

I will randomly draw one winner and send a package of goodies.  Sorry, only US addresses only.  Be sure to complete all of the above to be eligible by Wednesday, February 4th at 9pm EST.  I will announce the winner Thursday morning.  You will have 48 hours to respond once the winner is announced to provide me with your mailing address.


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