Monday, October 6, 2014

Gold Wedding Card

Hello crafty friends!

The gold wedding card that I mentioned in my Creative Blog Hop post is now finished. I think it's gorgeous, and it has five different gold elements!

Gold Wedding Card with DIY Glitter Enamel Hearts | Small T Creations

To make the gold background, I first used this gold spray on Papertrey Ink's Rustic Cream Cardstock and later stamped the flourishes from this Hero Arts stamp set in this gorgeous gold ink.

I used the same gold ink with this beautiful script background from Hero Arts to make the second layer.

Gold Wedding Card with DIY Glitter Enamel Hearts | Small T Creations

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink (love that font!) and is heat embossed with this gold embossing powder. To frame the sentiment, I added a layer under it with gold glitter.

Lastly, I embellished the card with gold glitter enamel hearts that I made myself. My next post will be a tutorial on how you can make these hearts yourself, so stay tuned!

DIY Glitter Enamel Hearts Tutorial - Coming Soon! | Small T Creations
DIY Glitter Enamel Hearts Tutorial - Coming Soon

Thank you for joining me today!

Hugs,
Tone

Challenges: Simon Says Monday Challenge: Falling in love with (gold), Virginia's View Challenge #8: Clean & Simple, Ett Trykk Trykkpressa Oktober: Hjerter, Studio Calico WCMD Challenge #9: Gold

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

Today I am participating in the Creative Blog Hop. I was very honored when Leni of Between Paper and Nature asked me to continue the hop after her.

When reading Leni's post, I was so surprised to learn that we discovered stamps in exactly the same place! Just like Leni, I was hooked after visiting the Posthumus stamp shop. It's a lovely little shop, and if you ever visit Amsterdam, you should go by!
The shop is just a 5 minute walk down the street from where I used to work, so I have spent many of my lunch breaks browsing through stamps there. ;-)

My stamping and card making journey started in 2010. For my boyfriend's birthday that year I gave him a trip. As I didn't have a physical gift for him, I thought a very large card would be fun. Although I didn't use any stamps for that card, I did buy my first Hero Arts stamps at the Posthumus shop shortly afterwards. These were love themed, and you can see the first card I ever stamped here. Even though it's pink, it was for my boyfriend, and it's still hanging on our fridge today. :-)

Now, let's get on to the questions.

1. What am I working on now?
I've been working on an order for a wedding card where the request was lots of gold. I had so much fun making this card featuring five different gold elements.

Gold Wedding Card | Small T Creations

In the picture above you can see some gold glitter enamel hearts. I'm working on a tutorial on how you can make these yourself and will be sharing this with you soon as well.

DIY Glitter Enamel Hearts Tutorial - Coming Soon! | Small T Creations

2. How does my work differ from others?
I always use stamps. If possible, I want to stamp every element on my card. :-) Therefore I rarely use patterned paper.

Also, my style is quite clean. Often clean and simple. I can also have multiple layers or distress inking on my cards, yet I think they always have a clean look.

I just made this card* and showed it to my mom. Her response was: "This is SO you! I love it!" Hehe, so I guess this card shows my style quite well.

Clean & Simple Congratulations Card | Small T Creations

3. Why do I create what I do?
I just love stamping and making cards! Love it! :-) It really is my passion. And stamping is a way for me to relax and to express myself creatively.

My cards are my art. When I talk about my hobby, people often tell me that I light up. I love to create something beautiful, and I hope to spread the joy I felt while creating the card when I give it to someone else.

4. How does my creative process work?
When I have a specific person in mind for a card, I think of what that person likes and see if I have stamps and ink colors that fit. Very often I get ideas from the stamps themselves. And of course I get inspiration from Pinterest and other card makers. There's so much talent in the card making community, and I love seeing what you all make!

I love the creative process of designing the card, stamping, trying out new techniques etc, so my cards usually take quite a while to make. Typically, a card takes between one hour to a whole day to make. I put a lot of my heart and soul into each card.

Another reason why my cards take so long, is that I am quite meticulous. If something is one millimeter off, it bothers me.. ;-) But I have learned to (sometimes) say to myself that nobody else will ever notice and that I need to move on. It's good enough. It's not perfect (in my eyes), but good enough. Can you relate?

I also come up with card designs when I cannot sleep at night. It relaxes me.

Who's next?
I'm very happy and honored that Sarah of My Impressions will be following me up next week! She is a very talented lady, and you should definitely check out her blog.

I would also like to invite all of you to participate in the Creative Blog Hop. And if you do, please leave me a link to your post in the comments. I'd love to get to know you better!

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Love,
Tone

*I'm entering this card into the following challenges: Simon Says Monday Challenge: Finishing Tough, Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Addicted to Stamps Challenge #114: CAS
Stamps: Hero Arts Looped Flower Pattern and Hero Arts Say It All
Card stock: Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Flower Card

Hello and Happy Monday!

Today's card was inspired by a tag that Laura Bassen made on Day 6 of Stretch Your Stamps 2 using outline stamps.

Flower Card with Distress Ink Background | Small T Creations

To make sure that the ink of my stamped flower would not smudge when making the Distress Ink background, I first inked the flower with Versamark and then with Hero Arts Navy ink before I stamped and clear embossed it.
This worked perfectly, as I would not have been able to heat emboss the Hero Arts ink by itself.

For the background I used Milled Lavender and Bundled Sage Distress Ink. I also sprayed some of this fantastic mist for a lovely shine. The shine doesn't show up very well in the pictures, but it is lovely in real life.

To finish off the card, I added a navy blue mat around the stamped panel.

The color scheme was inspired by Color Throwdown #306 (CTD306). I think these colors look really pretty together, and it's a combination that I would not have thought of myself.


Thank you so much for visiting! :-)

Love,
Tone

Challenges: Color Throwdown #306 (CTD306),  Addicted to Stamps & More #109: CAS 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Graphic Ombre Birthday Cards

Hi there!

On Day 8 of Stretch Your Stamps 2, Kelly Rasmussen made some beautiful cards using graphic stamps to create a border. Her cards inspired me to pull out this great border set from Simon Says Stamp. I made three variations of the same card.

Graphic Ombre Birthday Card | Small T Creations

This version is my favorite. I think the sentiment first perfectly to the design, and I like the ombre stamping on this card the best. This was actually the last one I made, so it took me some tries before I got it the way I wanted it. :-) The sentiment is from this fabulous set from WPlus9

Graphic Ombre Birthday Card | Small T Creations

I was planning for this card to be portrait instead of landscape, but after stamping the border, I couldn't find a sentiment that I thought fit. So then I made it a landscape card instead. :-) The sentiment is from an oldie but goodie Hero Arts set.

Graphic Ombre Birthday Card | Small T Creations

For all three cards I've used the same inks: Hero Arts Mint Julep, Tide Pool and Soft Granite, as well as Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue.

I'd love to know which version you like the best! :-)

Hugs,
Tone

Challenges: Simon Monday Challenge: Anything Goes, Addicted to CAS: # 45 Geometric, A Blog Named Hero Challenge #50: Ombre, Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday July 2014: Blue, Addicted to Stamps & More #109: CAS 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Retro Birthday Card

Hi!

On Day 8 of  Stretch Your Stamps 2Nichol Magouirk made a card using graphic stamps that inspired me to finally ink up this great stamp set from Papertrey Ink.

Retro Birthday Card | Small T Creations

This card was a bit of a challenge for me. I always love the cards that other people make with graphic stamps, but somehow I don't tend to choose these stamps myself when I sit down to make a card.

If I would make this card again, I would probably change out the light yellow color. I still think the card looks cute as it is in real life, but you can barely see the yellow outline shapes in the picture.

I stamped all the shapes in three summery colors of Hero Arts shadow inks (Mint Julep, Passion Flower and Soft Yellow). The Hero Arts inks are by far my favorite inks! I stamped the birthday with Versamark Ink and heat embossed using this amazing embossing powder.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Hugs,
Tone

Challenges: Simon Monday Challenge: Anything Goes, Simon Wednesday Challenge: Summer, Addicted to CAS: # 45 GeometricCure For The Monday Blues Challenge #27 (colors on the vases), One-Layer Simplicity Challenge #8: Shades of Summer (Shades of Summer #5)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Feminine Love Card with Ombre Background

Hey you!

In yesterday's post I shared a masculine love card featuring this fabulous heart background from Hero Arts, and today I have a feminine card with the same stamp.

I actually made this card for myself, haha! ;-) Like I mentioned yesterday, my boyfriend and I just had our 5 year anniversary, and my boyfriend asked me to make a card that he could give to me. He doesn't want to buy a card, because he says that no store-bought card will ever be as nice as the cards I make myself. Isn’t he sweet? :-)

Feminine Love Card with Ombre Background | Small T Creations

For this card I was inspired by a card that Laura Sterckx made during Day 2 of Stretch Your Stamps 2 (I'm absolutely loving this class!!). I used the same design and the same colors of Distress Ink for my ombre background as she did.

Laura used a die cut for her sentiment, but since I don't have a die cut machine, I used a punch again. I was so happy to discover that this cute sentiment from Simon Says Stamp fits perfectly within the punched shape.

To attach the vellum piece, I used some clear dimensional adhesive from Kool Tak. The adhesive was showing through the vellum a little, but I positioned the tiny squares just behind the letters so you hardly notice them.

Feminine Love Card with Ombre Background | Small T Creations

If you have any questions about this card, let me know in the comments!

Are you taking the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class?

Hugs,
Tone

Challenge:  A Blog Named Hero Challenge #49: Die A Little

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Masculine Love Card - Metallic On Black

Hei hei!

I was so lucky to win a spot in the Stretch Your Stamps 2 Online Card Class, and I have really been enjoying it!

Jennifer McGuire made a card on Day 2 where she used perfect pearls on black cardstock. I needed a card for my boyfriend for our 5 year anniversary, so I thought this technique would be perfect for this card.

Masculine Love Card - Metallic On Black | Small T Creations

I used a combination of mint and white perfect pearls for the heart background.

Jennifer used dies to cut out a sentiment and a window on her card. I don't have a die cut machine, so I used a circle punch instead and heat embossed my sentiment on a vellum strip so that my sentiment also could float over the circle window.

Masculine Love Card - Metallic On Black | Small T Creations

I'm so happy with how this card turned out! And my boyfriend also thought the card was really nice. One of my best, he though. Always nice to hear! :-)

As I'm stretching my stamps these days, I also made a feminine card using the same background stamp. I will share this card with you tomorrow.

Have a great day!

Love,
Tone

Challenges: Simon Wednesday Challenge: Make It Sparkle, Addicted to Stamps: Make Your Mark, Crazy for CAS #50, A Blog Named Hero: Die A Little, Fusion Card Challenge: The Beach House 


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