[8.30.15] paper smooches SPARKS challenge

Paper Smooches SPARKS

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There is an extra Sunday in this month, so that means we get to squeeze in one more fun Anything Goes SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  Let your creativity go wild.

Anything Goes PSS

dahlhouse designs | 8.30.2015 birthday blooms

I just love these Dainty Flowers.  The sweet little die cuts are just too much, I can’t handle it.  I smooshed some Dylusions Inks onto that little Paper die cut from watercolor paper.  It was a little too bright (you can’t say that Dylusions Inks aren’t bold) for what I was going for.  I sewed a square of vellum over top to tone it down a smidge.  Perfect.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
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Lisa
Heather
Katie
Larissa
Lori
Lynn
Savannah
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[8.23.15] paper smooches SPARKS challenge

Paper Smooches SPARKS

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Check out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  We are playing with a designer draft sketch this week.  One of my favorite challenges to play.  Sketches always stretch my creativity.

dahlhouse designs | 8.23.2015 celebrate

Ok, so, I seriously shrunk down that sketch!  Ha.  I actually used it as my main element instead of the entire card.  Is that allowed?  I’m not sure, but that totally happened.

I was so excited when Best Buds arrived.  I couldn’t wait to ink that pretty banner stamp up.  I colored it with Copic markers, added a little white gel pen and then popped it up with some little paper ribbons hanging down.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Audrey
Lisa
Erin
Heather
Savannah
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[8.18.2015] Unity Tuesday

Unity Tuesday

Let’s kick off this night with some Unity love.  All the action starts on the Unity blog.  THIS week, we have our first NEW {be inspired} challenge starting too.  Woo hoo.  Take a look at this AMAZING fall inspiration.

And a brand new sentiment kit designed by yours truly.

Everything comes full turn

These sentiments will fit some of the previous Everything series stamp labels too.

dahlhouse designs | 8.2015 greatest birthday

These sentiment beauties are perfect for foiling.  I foiled it in gold on the vellum and then sewed the die cut onto my card based after filling it with some teal and red hearts. Super simple, super pretty.  The stamps do all the work for you and really do shine.

I also have a card to share  from last month’s KOM – Halo Dirty.

Halo Dirty

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This is a SUPER easy way to add that watercolor look without thinking about it.  All you need is some Distress Inks, a spray bottle of water and a slick surface.  So easy to create a set of cards for your stash or to giveaway.

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Watch this Assemble This! video on how easy it is to create that lovely watercolor background.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
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We’ll be giving away 2 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Here are all the girls hopping today…  just click on the next pretty girl in line.

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[8.11.15] Happy Hour with Unity

Unity Happy Hour

Whoa, that is right, TUESDAY.  We are changing things up around here.  First, we are moving the weekly Thursday hops to TUESDAY at 7pm central time.  And, we are doing some chatting on Facebook tonight as well to kick off the fun.  Come join us at 7pm central in the EVENT page for some prizes & chatting!!!  Whoo hoo.  We have a HUGE release of new stamps for this fun change and all the deets are at the Unity blog.

There are a TON of amazing new stamps being released this week.  OH so many, I had a hard time picking which ones to play with.  I have three cards to share with you today.

dahlhouse designs | 8.2015 merry kiss-mass

There are a bunch of really cute dollar stamps out this week and these little hedgehogs just needed to be a card.  I foiled them with gold and green.  They are so pretty in real life, but again, my camera has failed me.  If anyone has tips on how to capture the foil affect, I would really appreciate it.

dahlhouse designs | 8.2015 today amazing

I’m foiling again, but this time in silver and teal.  I started to think this would make for one amazing wedding card.  So, I stuck with the elegant theme, added the vellum and strip background with some rhinestones and ink splatters.

dahlhouse designs | 8.2015 new dawn

Last up is this vintage rooster.  I’m not usually into the vintage/country style, but this little rooster begs to be in a country yard.  I didn’t have the perfect patterned paper to stamp him on, so I created my own antiqued background.  Turned out pretty perfect.

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I have an Assemble This! video sharing how I created the antique background for your viewing pleasure.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
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We’ll be giving away 2 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Here are all the girls hopping today…  just click on the next pretty girl in line.

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[8.2.2015] paper smooches SPARKS challenge

Paper Smooches SPARKS

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Why hello August, how nice of you to sneak up on me!!!  Eeek.  How did that happen?  Well, let’s kick this sneaky month off with a bang… ANYTHING goes this week at the SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  Break out your stamps and dies and hop to it.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with this week.

Anything Goes PSS

dahlhouse designs | 8.2.2015 birthday butterfly

I’m feeling giddy… with Giddy Bugs that is.  I think this was one of my first ever PS stamp sets and I still LOVE to stamp these little bugs.  They are just to darn adorable and perfect for kid cards.  This sweet butterfly is colored with Copics and some Wink of Stella sparkle on her wings (I promise, it is there.  The camera just didn’t pick it up).  I paired it with that amazing happy birthday words die and some fun splatters too.  All set to be mailed off to on of our littles.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Audrey
Lisa
Erin
Heather
Savannah
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[7.23.2015] Unity Thursday

Unity Thursday

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

I have a few cards to share today, let’s start with one using the current kit of the month – Halo Dirty.

dahlhouse designs | 7.2015 29 again

Ink smooshing is BRILLIANT.  You can still get that watercolor look without watercolors or Distress inks.  I used regular ink pads and some water to create the background for my dress form label tag.  Super easy and I love that you can use supplies you probably already own using the ink smooching technique.

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I have an Assemble This! video so you can see the tag was created with ink smooshing.

I have some SOTW cards to share with you as well.  This time, I’m using Distress inks and a water brush for watercoloring.

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That is all from me today.

** COMMENT PRIZE **
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Perfect Day and Friends cards


[7.19.2015] paper smooches sparks

Paper Smooches SPARKS!

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Yay, time to play.  ANYTHING goes this week at the SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  Let the games begin….

Anything Goes PSS

dahlhouse designs | 7.2015 butterfly friend

Well, I’ve done a twist on my one of my previous SPARKS cards.  I’ve basically used the same sentiment, instead it is a mix of silver embossing powder and the word friend die cut from white cardstock.  Totally love playing around like this.  I’ve been trying to make two cards at once, sometimes related and sometimes not.  But it is a great way to use creativity when it flows.  Lots of die cuts in this little card.  Can you find them all?  Don’t worry, I have them linked in my supply list below.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Audrey
Lisa
Erin
Heather
Savannah
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[7.12.2015] paper smooches sparks

SPARKS time

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Ready or not, the BRAND new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches is out.  It is a fun inspiration photo this week.  LOTS of ways to to use this photo.

Fun, right?  I asked myself, what is the one thing that stands out to you in this photo?  The line of objects across the page.  So, that is what I decided to mimic.  I’ve had my Bitty Bungalows stamp set waiting to be inked up, so that little cutie was put to good use.

dahlhouse designs | 7.2015 love from our home

I woke up at 7am on a Saturday to make this card.  Yup.  My husband had a morning meeting, so I took the time to get all crafty in my PJs.  I also watched Vampire Academy as I stamped. I admit it, I like these cheesy vamp movies or tv shows.  I’m a huge Buffy and Angel fan, HUGE.  I still watch ’em on TNT.  I can’t help it.  Ha.  But I digress.

I stamped all these little houses, colored them with Copics and fussy cut them.  You could also use the prefect matching dies to cut them out.

I stamped and colored the trees and heart on the background and then remembered I wanted to use Distress Inks to color in the grass and sky.  Oops.  So, I used rubber cement as a masking fluid.  It really works quite well.  I have a video showing this technique on a different card.  It really works well.  Then, I added all my little homes and stamped a few birds… just because they are so cute.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Audrey
Lisa
Erin
Heather
Savannah
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[7.9.2105] unity thursday time

Unity Thursday

Time for some more THURSDAY fun with the Unity design team.  If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.

 

I have two cards to share this week.  First up, this lovely from the newest stamp of the week.

Rosey Thoughts

dahlhouse designs | 7.2015 good thoughts

So, there is this rose called the Judy Garland.  It is my favorite.  It is a mix of pinks, yellow and peach.  I did not do it justice in this card, but it was my inspiration for colors.    I used some Distress Inks to watercolor (also my favorite method of coloring at the moment).

There is also a brand new Be Inspired Challenge starting today.  You really should come play along… $150 worth of stamps up for grabs.  All you have to do is Be Inspired by one of these challenges and use your Unity stamps.

Plus, I have a new sentiment kit releasing today for the challenge as well.

butterflies and sunbeams

dahlhouse designs | 7.2015 heartfelt

I’m using my Distress Inks again for coloring.  Check out the quickie video for tips on how I watercolored this image.
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** COMMENT PRIZE **
Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog today.
We’ll be giving away 2 prizes from comments left on the participating blogs.

Here are all the girls hopping today…  just click on the next pretty girl in line.

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Heartfelt Condolences


[6.28.2015] paper smooches sparks

Paper Smooches Sparks

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Let’s ROCK the sketch this week with the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  It is a great one.

dahlhouse designs | 6.2015 for you friend

Have I mentioned my gold fetish lately?  I’m still obsessed.  This time I’ve embossed the word friend in a lovely gold.  It shines.  I like shiny things.  Lol.  I also embossed the for you in white (it doesn’t shine so much).

I simplified the sketch and basically mimicked the lines with the patterned paper, ribbon and sentiment panel.  I’m loving using vellum.  I think I’ve had the same pack of vellum for YEARS and have used it the most in the last few months.  As they say, what is old becomes new again.

Link up your project at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog by Saturday, 11:59pm PST.

Check out the other girls sharing their SPARKS cards this week.
Audrey
Lisa
Erin
Jenny
Savannah
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