That’s a match

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This month, I worked with “Perfect Match,” a fun set featuring our Kindred folk as tennis players. I used various different techniques to create a collection of cards.

For the first card I created a rainbow strip using color burst powders and stamped it with the tennis ball from the set. The tennis player was colored with Copics. The sentiment is from “Slam Dunk” which is a basketball set.

Next I tried a design with no coloring. I saw this blend of colors for the background by Debbie Hughes and had to try it. I tried to let the round tennis ball be a theme. This was an experimental card and I was really happy with how it turned out. I stamped the tennis balls on the background with white ink but they didn’t show up as bright as I’d hoped so I went over them with a white gel pen and added the stitches with the white also. The tennis players were heat embossed and then die cut. I added the clay tennis balls for a pop of color.

I decided to switch it up a bit and make a slim line card. This card uses Comic Dots stencil from Kindred. I used the bottom half of the stencil and matched it up to get repeat the pattern across the card. I used Contour Ink to no-line color these cuties. The shaker is filled with clay tennis balls now available at Kindred.

Lastly, I made a birthday card. I used the “Love word die” and “Hugs and Kisses” Shaker Pack.

If you’r ready to serve up some fun, grab “Perfect Match” today!


Freshly Squeezed

Who doesn’t love an ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day? Well, we aren’t quite to summer yet, but you can start early with the new “Lemonade” Sparkle Blends from Doodle Paper Playground’s April 2021 release. Want a cold glass of citrus bliss? This blend has it all – from lemons to ice cubes and a lot of shimmer.

To capture this summer sensation, I created a lemony background by spraying different shades of yellow Distress Oxide Inks and some pearl shimmer spray from Brutus Monroe. Then I embossed it with a lemon embossing folder. I added some more shimmer with a Midas Touch Aqua Pen from Nuvo.

The stamp set is “Freshly Squeezed” from Kindred stamps. I used my favorite new Copic hair and skin tones on the lemony little lady. Her hair is W7, W5 and W4 and her skin is E25, E13 and E11.

Pour yourself some of these citrusy sweet blends by heading over to the shop and grabbing yours!


Making waves

Hey Sparkle Blends fans! Today I am introducing you to “Ocean Beauties Sparkle Blends” from Doodles Paper Playground. This gorgeous blend is part of the April 2021 Release. This is another instance where the blend inspired the creation of the card. The color palette is one of my favorites.

I started by coloring the mermaid from Whimsy Stamps. I laid the Sparkle Blends on my Copic chart so I could match colors as best as possible. This is where I really started to notice all the different shapes and colors in this blend. There are varying sizes of narwals, seashells, square and circle sequins in a variety of colors, sparkles and transparencies. But again, I was led by the gorgeous color palette.

Next I went to work on the background. I found inspiration from Sara Sherlock. She created a stunning underwater background that looked like light shining through the surface of the ocean. I tried to mimic this using similar colors.

I added a layer of purple swirls using the Flowing Swirl stencil from Sassy & Crafty. I splashed Pearl Aqua Pigment from Brutus Monroe after the entire panel was inked. And then built up layers of coral using the Ocean Scene die cut from Kindred Stamps. I stamped a sentiment from Lovely Legs – Be A Mermaid from Colorado Craft Company using Aquatini ink from Catherine Pooler.

After all these elements were finished I constructed the card. I cut several frames out of the blue paper to build up the double pane shaker window. I glued some of the sequins onto the acetate so they would look like they were floating when the card is standing and everything falls to the bottom. I adhered it to a 6″ X 12′ card base. The background was adhered onto another 6″ X 12″ card base that opened from the left. I placed it on top of the inside panel of the shaker card base to create a trifold. I wanted the shaker to lay on top of the mermaid to make it look like she was under water.

This was a really fun card to make. It was a process but I enjoyed creating each of the elements over a few days. It’s been a while since I had an ongoing project that I didn’t create in just one sitting. It definitely gave me a chance to enjoy the process and find different ways to make the Ocean Beauties Sparkle Blends shine. Don’t forget to head over to the shop to grab yours.


The sun will come out tomorrow

But in the meantime, let “April Showers” Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground brighten your day. With all the different adorable elements, there are many reasons to make you smile.

This cheery blend from the April 2021 release includes clouds, umbrellas, rain drops and lots of sunshine! It gave this dreary card the bright balance it needed.

I created my cloudy background by layering different techniques. First I blended various Distress Inks in different blues, then I splattered water. Next I stamped the clouds with Alabaster ink from Brutus Monroe. I stamped the blue raindrops and puddles at the bottom in Chipped Sapphire Oxide Ink. Lastly, I pulled some elements from the “April Showers” Blend to add more shimmering rain. For this shaker, I used and exacto knife and hand cut out the cloud. The boots, colored with Prismacolors, are from Brutus Monroe. The sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up set.

The cheery colors and elements really brightened up this card. You can get “April Shower” and many other awesome Sparkle Blends at the shop. Then you know the sun will come out because when your package arrives, it will shine!


Sparkle Blends are never Sus

On the contrary, Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground can liven up any project, no matter theme, colors or age there is something for every one and every project. On this card, I used the brand new “Oh, Hollo” from the April 2021 Sparkle Blends Release. This mesmerizing blend is full of shiny, sparkly, holographic elements.

I created the galaxy background with Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry and Black Soot. I started by randomly blending blotches of color onto the paper then filling it all in with Black Soot. Next I splattered water and blotted with a cloth. After that I splattered Pearl Aqua Pigments from Brutus Monroe.

I used two different size square dies to cut the windows. The images from the stamp set (which is from Kindred Stamps) were colored with Copics.

If you take a close look at the Sparkle Blends, you can see the how when the light hits these holographic pieces, you get many different colors and the sparkle and shine is awesome.

“Oh, Hollo” is a perfect blend to add shimmer and shine and give that ethereal feel. It really brings your project to life. You can purchase yours with all the other amazing Sparkle Blends at the Doodles Paper Playground Etsy shop.


Sparkle Blends always bee-long

I bet Doodles Paper Playground has a Sparkle Blend for everything. I found the perfect mix to go with this card. I’m all in with the “bee” trend. I love the hexagons, the vibrant yellows and the punny sentiments. When I looked back in my stash and found the “Bee Creative” Sparkle Blends, I had to play with them. Since I had a perfect stamp set to coordinate that hadn’t been used yet, I was ready to create.

I started by inking the background with a hexagon stencil from Brutus Monroe. I used Distress Oxides in “Fossilized Amber” and “Mustard Seed,” blending them with the mini ergonomic blending brush from Pink & Main. I used “Rusty Hinge” on the edges in attempt to give the background some depth. This layer got adhered onto a black card base.

Next I used Copics to color the flower circle and bees from the “Bee You” stamp set by Brutus Monroe. I used an exacto knife to cut it out, then created my shaker window and mounted it directly onto the card panel. I wanted to see the hexagon pattern through the window.

If you take a close look, there are some really unique details in the “Bee Creative” Sparkle Blends. The gold hexagons are my favorite but there are also bees, flowers, patterns and all those beautiful yellow tones that I love.

Next I cut the sentiment from a set of Conversation Clippings also from Brutus Monroe. I decided to adhere it flat against my panel since I knew there would be many other raised elements. Next I adhered the bees with foam adhesive after I colored them with Copics. I added Nuvo Dream Drops on the wings to make them look iridescent. The last thing I did was drip Brutus Monroe Dew Drops along the top of the card. This was a fun accent to add some interest and stay with the theme.

“Bee Creative” Sparkle Blends are available in the shop as well as many other gorgeous mixes. Grab yours today and “bee” creative with them.


Down the Rabbit Hole

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It was certainly easy to go down the card making rabbit hole with the new “Time for Tea” set. I started with the caterpillar and knew I wanted to make a trippy background that gave the smokey feel of that scene. I created a background with alcohol inks then stamped the mushrooms over it. The caterpillar was colored with copics and set atop a rainbow shimmer butterfly die. The sentiment was heat embossed with white glitter embossing powder.

Since I adored the mushroom paper from the new Time for Tea paper pack, I also created this tag. The background was made with distress sprays. The caterpillar was colored with PrismaColor colored pencils. The sentiment was stamped with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink.

Next I created the Rabbit card using more paper from the Time for Tea paper pack for the background. The swirl circle was made with the Swirly Bits stencil. This is one of my favorite Kindred stencils. I used the card builder die for the background paper and circles. The rabbit, cookie and bottle were all colored with copics. The sentiment was stamped with Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink.
Lastly, I made a card using the new Deck of Cards stencil. To create the background, I used the stencil with Deco Foil Transfer Gel Duo and red foil. I colored the characters with copics and created a gatefold to open into the sentiment which is atop more paper from the new coordinating paper pack. The sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set “Curioser and Curioser.”

If you liked what you saw here, head on over to Kindred and grab some of these products that are sure to take you down a crafting rabbit hole! They won’t last long.


Some bunny loves Sparkle Blends

Who says Sparkle Blends are just for shakers? Not this girl! With so many colors and themes, the possibilities of Doodles Paper Playground’s Sparkle Blends are endless.

I wanted to create three different color shakers for the peeps but had very specific color tones in mind. So I used “Clearly In Love” and with different color papers. This blend is the perfect way to make anything shimmer and feature any color you want.

Since I was originally looking for blends in each of the colors of the shaker, that led me to thinking of a way to put “Easter Grass” on the card. I grabbed “So Matcha Fun” and used all the elements in it except the bubbles. It was perfect. The shades of green and different elements gave me the look of the grass just as I had hoped.

Sparkle Blends are a perfect way to add different elements to a cards as well as make amazing shakers. Head over to the shop and check out the variety of sequin mixes. I promise you’ll find something to suit your needs!


Saved by the bell

I love reminiscing about my childhood school days. I always get a kick out of shocking my kids with the idea of growing up without a tablet and on demand television. It’s horrendous to them, however comforting to me. This adorable card reminds me of those days.

The stamp set from Brutus Monroe, called “Back to School Bash” is a perfect set for a throwback. I stamped and embossed the locker and used an exacto knife to cut three sides so the locker door could open and close the shaker. Then I embossed some of the the various elements to make a school-like background pattern. I filled my shaker with Pawsome Pets Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground. This blend has the perfect mix of colors to compliment the flashback color palette of this card. And what makes it even better is the adorable cats and pawprints in the mix. The glitter sequins were just what was needed to bring this card to life.

The cat, schoolbag and skate board were all colored with Copics. I added glossy accents to the cat’s eyes. I loved how they were complimented by the shine of the Sparkle Blends when the locker door is open. To grab Pawsome Pets along with some other awesome Sparkle Blends head over to the shop to see what’s in store.


Bright Lights

Swoosh! Right in the net! The Sparkle Blends from Doodles Paper Playground in this card are a slam dunk. This adorable shaker card pairs the Simon Hurley stamp set “Slam Dunk” with the fabulous Sparkle Blends “Lights in the Forest.”

I always like to do a little something for my son’s coaches at the end of the season, especially a season like this one. Since it was a special season for many reasons, I decided to have a little fun with it. Why not a sports themed shaker card? Initially I was having trouble figuring out where to put the shaker element or what it could be. So, I went to my collection of Sparkle Blends and started by finding a blend in the school colors which are blue and gold. “Lights in the Forest” was the perfect choice because it had the blue and gold, but included some other accent colors and some other fun elements.

I knew I was going to make the basketball player (my son) and use the net, so I just had to figure out how to use this awesome blend. As I was thinking about the elements of the layout, I thought of the bleachers filled with people, something we obviously didn’t have the season. So what better way to pay homage…

The rest of the card came together simply. I colored the player and net with copics and created the floor with copics as well. I was attempting to get the look of the school gym floor. The sentiment was stamped and embossed with white embossing powder. Since I really wanted to keep this fun and lighthearted, I decided to make a decorate envelope as well. I used the punch board to create the envelope and liner and stamped the basketball with Catherine Pooler.

The “crowd” I created with “Lights in the Forest” ties everything in for a consistent look. Take a close look at the colors and elements of this blend. It really brings pieces to life with the contrast of colors and black and white on the dotted blend. Head over the Sparkle Blends shop to add this to your collection today!