[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.

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[6.25.2015] Unity Thursday

Happy 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.

There are bunches of pretty new releases today, you MUST check out the website to see all of them.  I’m using two of my new releases from this month full of cuteness.

let’s flamingle

dahlhouse designs | 6.2015 flamingle

Flamingos… there is just something about these goofy pink birds that make me smile. I’m going to save this one for one of my littles.  I have 4 little girls between nieces and friend’s kids who would LOVE this one.  Especially since they all live in Florida.  I’ve combined some digital paper with Copic coloring and a little glitter pen (of course).

bringing booty back

dahlhouse designs | 6.2015 shake it shake it

This little chickie can shake it, shake it.  I used some Distress Mini Inks to watercolor him and the background.  Super quick and easy.  I’m finding I have more control over shading with watercolor.  It is quite forgiving.  Just let it dry and layer for darker shadows and if you do something not quite right, just wipe it away with paper towel real quick while it is wet.

This cutie could be combined with a ton of sentiments released already.  Especially many of the monthly sentiment kits.

I have a quickie video to show how to use rubber cement as a masking fluid.  If you find the glue is staying too sticky, just dab it with some baby powder and proceed.

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[6.11.2015] unity thursday

Video Day for 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.
We start a brand new {Be Inspired} Challenge today and it is a beauty.

smile it’s your day

dahlhouse designs | 6.2015 smile its your day

I used the brand new Smile It’s Your Day stamp kit with the colors from the challenge.  I stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with Distress Inks.  It was super easy using a waterbrush.  I added some glitter glue to the flowers, but the camera didn’t quite pick up the shine.

I also have some videos and cards to share from the past.  Trying to catch up.

dahlhousedesigns | 6.2015 fathers day

This is my dad’s Father’s Day card.  We celebrated it early, so I am safe to share.   :)  Here is a quickie video showing how this all came together.

 

frankly said

dahlhouse designs | 6.2015 awesome giftcard

When I designed Frankly Said, I had this idea in mind.  I’m always giving gift cards… always.  There are thousands of ways to dress up a gift card holder and now I have the prefect stamp to help me out.

I have a quickie video for this as well.  I love how water interacts with Distress Inks.  So pretty.

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[ 6.7.2015] paper smooches sparks

Anything Goes.

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Check out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  Brand new challenge for June and we are kickin’ it off with an ANYTHING GOES challenge.

Woo hoo.

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dahlhouse designs | 6.2015 celebrate feathers

I had some Dylusion Ink sprays arrive and I’ve been “dye-ing” to try them.  Ha.  So bad, I know.  For the feathers, I used some watercolor paper sprayed with water and then I sprayed three different inks randomly.  Then hit it with some more water to help them blend just a little.  I used a tissue to blot up any pooling water, I didn’t want them to mix so much they turned brown.  After the paper was completely dry, I die cut some feathers.

For the background, I did some smooshing with the spray inks onto some more watercolor paper.  I layered a vellum die cut over the watercolor background which served as the perfect backdrop for the feathers and sentiment.

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

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[5.31.2015] paper smooches sparks

Last Day of May.

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And the FIRST day of the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  An extra week in the month means we get to play with Anything Goes again.  Woo hoo.

Anything Goes PSS

dahlhouse designs | 5.2015 hello

I’m bringing back foiled flowers this week.  Jennifer McGuire shared one of my favorite foiling techniques in THIS VIDEO.  Then, she shared a different technique using embossing powder HERE.  I’ve done the laser printer before, so I thought I would try the embossing powder trick this time.  I’m pleased to say it worked quite well.  In comparison, the laser printer produces a much smoother effect.  The embossing powder has a little more texture and slightly raised, but certainly not enough to turn me off this technique.  It is much faster than scanning my stamped images into my computer and printing them off again.

I stamped the flowers from Botanicals 1 onto my die cut tag from Gift Tags 2.  Hit it with some clear embossing powder and then ran it through my laminator with gold foil.  It is quite the stunning effect in real life, I’m still having such a hard time capturing it on film.  I stamped the lovely “hello” from Bold Buzzwords in a yummy mint color.  Last, I added a little butterfly and some twine before popping it up on my 6×3 inch card base.

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

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[5.28.2015] unity thursday round-up

Unity Thursday

WOW, where da heck did May go?  I can’t believe June is right around the corner.  It is THURSDAY, so that means some crafty 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 made quite a few projects this month for Unity that never made it to my blog.  So, I’m calling today my May Unity round-up.  Lol.

love. just love. regardless.

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These are both done with watercolor pencils.  I haven’t used my colored pencils in ages, so it was fun to do a combo of pencils and water.  Since I’m so obsessed with watercolor lately.

change is never easy

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I love polka dots.  I could have polka dot layers forever.  I colored the butterflies with Copics and then added some distress inks around the edges.  I sprinkled on some orange-yellow spray ink as the end for a pop of color.

for all your help birdies

 

dahlhouse designs | 5.2015 thanks for your help

Last, we have this happy little card.  Just some simple Copic coloring and happy patterned paper.  One quick card.

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[5.17.2015] paper smooches sparks

Oh boy… technology.

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My post did not go live when it should have and LIFE just now allowed me to find that out.  I completely forgot to make sure my post went live on Sunday.  My older fur baby dislocated her hip two weeks ago and we are just now getting back to semi-normal.  It has been a long road.  Unfortunately, after the first attempt to put her hip back into place, it dislocated again.  So, we are on to week two and it seems to be going much better.  Here is my Ella with her fancy “sling.”

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her sister brought her a toy

So, I’m sure you have already checked out the new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches.  So this will be a great mid-week reminder to get all crafty if you haven’t played along already.

Anything Goes PSS

It is another round of anything goes, whoop, whoop.  I love it when you can just play with all your stamps and dies to see where they take you.

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I ended up with a pair of cards.  I was playing around with some Distress Inks watercolor backgrounds for that fabulous happy birthday word die.  I love how quickly they came together and easy to mass produce some cards for my stash.  I always need a last minute card.

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

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[5.14.15] unity thursday

Happy 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.

And since it is the SECOND Thursday of the month, that means we have a new Unity {Be Inspired} Challenge.

And of course a new Sentiment Kit to kick off the new challenge.  This one is full of one of a kind type sentiments.  I’m using my fave today.

dahlhouse designs | 5.2015 awesome boobs

Hee hee, this one really makes me giggle.  I found the PERFECT image to pair it with from the March KOM.  Do you ever have a great boob day?  Some days, they just sit all perfect and look darn awesome.  My girlfriends and I joke about it a lot.  Not to mention that they still look awesome for our age.  Ha ha.  So this card is for one of my girls for their birthday.

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[5.10.2015] paper smooches sparks

Let’s get this SPARKS party started.

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Here we go… the brand new SPARKS challenge from Paper Smooches has begun.  Let’s take a peek at the photo inspiration.

There are LOTS of things to be inspired by in this fun little photo.  The flowers, wood table and teacup (or maybe it is a bowl, not sure now, but I thought it was a teacup) popped out at me right away.  You’ll see all of these elements in my card today.

dahlhouse designs | 5.2015 cheers tea cup

Do you ever fall in love with a card when you are done?  Well, I did with this one.  That little teacup did it.  I used the cup from Hot Concoctions and dressed it up with the lovely bloom from Blossoming Buds.  Darling right?  Then, I added those blooms and a glittery butterfly.  Just a sweet little trio.  My darling grandmother just celebrated her birthday at the end of April.  This card, that I love, went to her, whom I love.

I have also fallen in love with a new watercolor medium… spray inks.  How the heck did I not know about this?!?  All this watercolor smooshing going around gave me the idea. Hey silly girl, why don’t you just add water and it is instant watercolor.  So vibrant and fun.  So, I tried it out with one of my Color Shine spray inks.  Extra bonus, these spray inks have sparkle built-in.  I’m pleased to report, it worked swimmingly.  I can’t wait to play around some more.

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[4.30.2015] Unity Thursday

happy birthday Unity

It’s a BIG. BIRTHDAY. BASH. Unity THURSDAY.  Unity turns 7 years old and since we’ve had so much fun celebrating, we are extending the party another week.  If you are kickin’ yourself for not getting the stamps you wanted, you have a second chance NOW.  Woo hoo.  Happy Birthday to Unity and YOU.  PLUS, we have a whole bunch of new stamps released for this week too.

If you haven’t been hopping along, all the action starts on the Unity blog.  There’s always fun stuff going on.  I have quite a few cards to share using the new releases from this amazing Birthday.Bash.

Within Beauty

dahlhouse designs | 4.2015 beauty

Maria

dahlhouse designs | 4.2015 angel

First Friend, Best Friend, Forever

dahlhouse designs | 4.2015 mother

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