May 24, 2017

Wedding Card Inspiration + Giveaway

Hello friends and welcome! Wedding season is upon us and with that in mind (and several weddings on my calendar), I was inspired to create a card using the adorable Happy Owls Stamp Set and Happy Owls Die Set by Pretty Pink Posh. If you are looking for some wedding card inspiration, you have come to the right place! Along with the card I'm sharing, I'm also having a little giveaway. At the end of this post, you can check out all the details on how you can win the Pretty Pink Posh Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set.

Wedding Card Inspiration - Shaker Card


Wedding Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set by Pretty Pink Posh

The background was created by repeatedly die cutting a piece of watercolor paper using the Scallop Border Dies 2 Set. I then added Distress Ink in Salty Ocean to the bottom edge of each piece with a foam blending tool. After the inking was complete, I positioned each of the die cut pieces back together and adhered them on the back side with some double sided tape. Next, I positioned the large Scallop Circle Tags Die Set in the center of the panel and ran it through my Big Shot to create an opening.

Wedding Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set by Pretty Pink Posh

For this card, I chose to create a faux shaker and use some Pretty Pink Posh Sequins. This is a quick and easy way to create a shaker without all the layers or added bulk. To create the shaker, I adhered a circle of acetate to the back side of the opening on the front panel. I then sprinkled some Mini Sparkling Clear Flower Sequins and Spring Meadow Sequin Mix onto the center of a piece of white cardstock. I added some adhesive around the outside edge of where the opening would be and then adhered the front panel to create the shaker.

Wedding Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set by Pretty Pink Posh

To decorate the card, I colored the cute images from the Happy Owls Stamp Set with Prismacolor colored pencils. I then used the coordinating Happy Owl Dies Set to die cut the owls, their accessories and the sentiment. I adhered these to the card front using some double sided foam tape on some of the pieces to give them a little dimension. The final touch was black organza bow!

Wedding Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set by Pretty Pink Posh

As I mentioned above, along with sharing some wedding card inspiration with you today, I'm also hosting a giveaway! I ended up with an extra Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set so I'm giving it away to one lucky person! For your chance to win, leave a comment here on my blog. If you would like to have your name in the hat twice, head over to my Instagram, locate the image below and enter for another chance to win. You'll have until Friday, May 26 at 12PM EST to enter.

Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set by Pretty Pink Posh

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Supplies Used


Are you interested in the supplies I used to create this card? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you and I've linked to them because I use them and love them! Click on the image below each picture to go to your favorite store: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp and Therm O Web.





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May 22, 2017

Gina K Designs Foil Mates Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome to the Gina K Designs Foil Mates Blog Hop! Gina K Designs recently partnered with Therm O Web to release an amazing line of products perfect for card making, paper crafting and more. This lines includes Fancy Foils, Foil Mates and more and makes adding a touch of shine to your projects super easy. Even better is that all of the products coordinate with some of the most popular Gina K Designs cardstock and ink. We recently had a Foil Mates blog hop featuring this new line of products and because of all the wonderful feedback we decided to host another blog hop to share even more inspiration with you! As you continue along the hop, you will enjoy some wonderful inspiration from the Gina K Design Team. You will also have the chance to win a $50 Gina K Designs gift certificate just by leaving a comment on each blog.

Tips for Creating Cards with Gina K Designs Foil Mates and Fancy Foils


When working with Foil Mates and Fancy Foils, you will need a laminator to adhere the foil to the preprinted cards. Always turn on your laminator and allow it to warm up for at least 30 minutes before you start to use it.

To eliminate wrinkling, pay attention to the direction the grain or lines are running on the back side (silver side) of the foil. Place the foil into the laminator so that the lines are running horizontal to the opening of the laminator.

Flowers Bloom Hope Card


This card uses the Foil Mates Swirls and Flourishes Backgrounds and True Friend Sentiments. I foiled the designs using Fancy Foils in Passionate Pink, Grass Green and Gold Sequins.

(All the supplies I used are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you.)

Flowers Bloom Hope Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K Designs Foil Mates by Therm O Web

I created the flower accent on this card using Therm O Web Deco Foil White Foam Adhesive. The great thing about this product is that it does not require the use of a laminator to adhere the foil. The final touch was the addition of some Fancy Ribbon in White and Gold.

Flowers Bloom Hope Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K Designs Foil Mates by Therm O Web

The flowers and leaves were die cut from the Foam using these shapes from the Nested Square Single Stitch Wafer Thin Dies and the Nested Square Double Stitch Wafer Thin Dies. After die cutting the shapes, peel off the top protective layer and lay the foam sticky side down onto the back side of the foam. Gently burnish the foil onto the foam and then peel off the transfer sheet to reveal the foiled shape. I used a glittered brad as the center for the flower and then adhered the image over the floral design on the sentiment from the Foil Mates True Friend set.

Flowers Bloom Hope Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K Designs Foil Mates by Therm O Web

Wedding Card

For my second card I used the Foil Mates Backgrounds Elegant Damasks Backgrounds, Stars & Stripes Backgrounds and Wedding & Anniversary Sentiments.

Wedding Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K Designs Foil Mates by Therm O Web

I foiled the designs using Silver Sequins and Wild Lilac Fancy Foils. For a touch rustic, I added a a piece of burlap ribbon and jute twine.

Wedding Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K Designs Foil Mates by Therm O Web

I love how all of these products can be mixed and matched to create a wide variety of beautiful cards. I also love how the foils coordinate perfectly with some of the most popular colors from Gina K Designs cardstock and ink.

Wedding Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Gina K Designs Foil Mates by Therm O Web

Now it's time to get hopping and to see more amazing inspiration from the Gina K Design Team! And don't forget to leave a comment on each blog for your chance to win a $50 gift certificate!


Just a reminder, all of the new products are now available in the Foil Mates Collection section of the Gina K Designs Store!

Supplies used:

Do you want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below.  Affiliate links are used at no additional cost to you and I've linked to them because I use them and love them! Click on the image below each picture to go to a favorite store: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Therm O Web or Gina K Designs.




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May 17, 2017

3 Ways to Create Cloudy Sky Backgrounds using Dies

Hello friends! Today I'm going to be sharing 3 ways to Create Cloudy Sky Backgrounds using dies. The dies I'm using are the Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Die Set. This set includes a cloud and a scallop die.

Die Cut Layered Cardstock

The first technique is called Die Cut Layered Cardstock. This is a quick and easy method to create a cloudy sky background. All you have to do is use the cloud die with 2 shades of blue cardstock and then layer them to create your background.

Die Cut Layered Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Scoots By Stamp Set

I love that the Sky Border Dies are just long enough to be able to offset the cut image when creating A2 size cards.

Die Cut Layered Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Scoots By Stamp Set


Die Cut Masking

For the second cloudy sky background method you begin by die cutting the clouds from a scrap of white cardstock and use it as a mask. I used the Die Cut Masking technique recently on a Father's Day Card featuring Winston's Tee Time from the recent May Release. You can check out a tutorial on this technique in this post.

Die Cut Masking Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Dreams of Italy Stamp Set

I also used the Die Cut Masking technique to create the water and waves background.

Die Cut Masking Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Newton Dreams of Italy Stamp Set

Inlaid Die Cut

The third and final method for creating a cloudy sky background is the Inlaid Die Cut Method. There are two ways you can use this technique. For the first option, you can simply die cut the same piece of cardstock into pieces. I used this method in these Welcome Baby Cards I created featuring the Lovable Laundry Stamp Set.

For the second option, you can add some Distress Ink to each layer as I did in this Happy Birthday Card featuring Winston Takes Flight Stamp Set. For a full tutorial on the Inlaid Die Cut technique check out this post.

Inlaid Die Cut Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Winston's Tee Time Stamp Set

Watercolor paper is my favorite paper to use when I'm working with Distress Inks. It blends so easily and adds a touch of softness to the design.

Inlaid Die Cut Cloudy Sky Background by Juliana Michaels featuring Newton's Nook Designs Sky Border Dies and Winston's Tee Time Stamp Set

I hope you've enjoyed learning 3 Ways to Create Cloudy Sky Background using dies. Will you be trying one of these techniques on your next card?

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Supplies Used (I use Affiliate Links when available for products I love! If you click on these links, I will receive a small commission to help me keep up with the cost of running my blog. This will all be at no extra expense to you and I will be most grateful for you support!)

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May 12, 2017

Pretty Pink Posh May Blog Hop

Hello friends and welcome! I'm so very excited to be sharing with you today as one of the special guests for the Pretty Pink Posh May Product Release Blog Hop! (I'm seriously still pinching myself!) For those of you hopping along, you may have arrived here from Jeanne Jachna's blog, but if not, you can find the full list of participants below and join in all the fun!


Congrats Wedding Card | Happy Owls Stamp & Die Set


For my first card, I used the Happy Owls Stamp Set and Happy Owls Die Set to create a sweet little wedding card. I stamped and die cut all of the images and then colored in the cute little owls and their accessories using Prismacolor colored pencils.

Congrats Wedding Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Pretty Pink Posh Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set

I used the new Scallop Circle Tags Die Set and put together my little scene as the focal point of the card. I then dressed it up with a bow and of course some fabulous Pretty Pink Posh 6mm Navy Sequins and Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Navy Sequins.

The final touch I added to the card was to die cut one of the layers using the new Scallop Borders 2 Die Set. These borders are so fun to create with and are perfect for adding the special touch to any card.

Congrats Wedding Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Pretty Pink Posh Happy Owls Stamp and Die Set

Thinking of You Card | Bee Friends Stamp & Die Set


For my second card I'm featuring the adorable Bee Friends Stamp Set and Bee Friends Die Set. I again used the Scallop Circle Tags Die Set, however this time I altered it a bit as you can see. I used a plain circle die to cut an opening in the center of the tag. I then flipped the scallop circle tag upside down in the die, lined up the scallops and cut off the tag top to give me a plain scalloped circle. I always love when I can stretch my supplies, don't you?

Thinking Of You Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Pretty Pink Posh Bee Friends Stamp and Die Set

I created the background by placing a hexagon stencil on a piece of yellow cardstock. I then applied Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Ink with an ink blending tool. After completion of the background, I adhered the scallop circle die cut and stamped the sentiment. Next I adhered the adorable bees with double sided foam adhesive. 

I have to admit, that part of me wanted to add more to this card. However, the simplicity of the design really spoke to me, so I choose to leave it as is. I do know though that I'll be making a similar card in the near future with a bit more embellishment to it and I can't wait to share it with you!

Thinking Of You Card by Juliana Michaels featuring Pretty Pink Posh Bee Friends Stamp and Die Set

Now that I've shared a little inspiration with you, let me share a bit more about the Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop. Two winners will be selected each day of the hop to win a $25 Pretty Pink Posh gift certificates. That's a total of 4 winners! For your chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment on each blog hop along the way. Winners will be picked randomly from among all the blogs. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 5/17/2017 and the winners will be announced on the Pretty Pink Posh blog. 



Affiliate Links for Supplies Used (If you click on these links, I will receive a small commission to help me keep up with the cost of running my blog. This will all be at no extra expense to you and I will be most grateful for you support!)

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