Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Crackled and Glittery

Hi there!

I hope your week has started off well! I've been feeling a bit out of sorts lately. I suppose with everything that has happened in the last week or so, and having hubby home everyday, has put a bit of a wrench in my normal schedule. It's been difficult trying to find enough time to comment on Flickr and your blogs, and even more so to create any cards. I miss it all so much, but at the same time I am so grateful Dietz is okay. ♥

Before he went to the hospital, I had been playing with the Hero Arts Palm Die. I love this die and had so much fun using a combination of products to create this pretty effect.


I first used some Distress Inks mixed with water on my craft sheet, dipping the palm die-cut into the mix, drying it, then dipping again.

Then I added a layer of Wendy Vecchi's Crackled Texture Paste and let that dry. The effect is awesome! I didn't want to stop there, so I added some Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi-Medium Matte along with some Ranger Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter. Here's a close-up:


So, my crackled, glittery die-cut sat on my desk for over a week before I finally added it to a card today. The sentiment is also Hero Arts - from their, Say it All clear set. The subtle striped paper is from a 6x6 pad called, Lost and Found from My Mind's Eye. 

I'm entering this into the Hero Arts Birthday challenge - Rainbow of Color category and also into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is all about paste this week.

That's it from me today. I'm hoping to get back to a normal schedule soon, stopping by my favorite blogs and leaving you all some comments - I really do miss that! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! ♥ 


38 comments:

donna mikasa said...

Saw this on IG and couldn't wait to tell you how gorgeous it turned out! I think it was waiting for the perfect moment to be put on a card and you found it! Good luck with the challenge!

Lynn Mangan said...

Barb, Make sure you're taking time for yourself my friend. Your card is beautiful and I continue to keep you and Dietz in my prayers.

Gabi MeWi said...

Very unique and very beautiful.

Dawn Turley said...

beautiful Barb. I had missed the post about your hubby. So pleased he's home and recovering well. What a huge scary thing to happen. Sending him big wishes for getting better quickly.

maria f. said...

Those are so lovely, Barb. Take care of yourself (yourselves).

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Lovely. Hope life gets back to normal soon!

Kim Hall said...

Barb, I hope you hubby is doing well, please take care, your card is so pretty I love the effect you have achieved with all those pretty colours and crackle!!

CinnamonSally said...

Hi Barb, so pleased to hear hubby is on the mend, take it easy yourself and I hope your life gets back to normal soon!!

Love your pretty card.

Nancy said...

I LOVE this sparkly card, Barb! So glad to hear your DH is feeling better. One day at a time!

joy said...

This is a WOW card, Barb! Love the sparkle and crackle!

Your own well being and your husband's recovery should be top priority right now. I'm glad he's doing better and hope you have more time each day to do the things you love. Praying for the both of you!!

Cindy C. said...

It's AMAZING!!! What else could I say?!!! ;)

How is your hubby doing Barb? Hope everything is going the right direction!

Sue McRae said...

Love the pretty soft colours and all the shimmery goodness!

Sandy said...

Not only are you enjoying life but I can tell you enjoyed making this card too! Pretty!!
sandy xx

Jacqueline said...

Sorry to hear that Barb, but happy that your DH is recuperating, what an upset that must have been. I can imagine how you feel and you must give yourself time and space to heal inside too!

Loly Borda-Towery said...

Love the crackled effect and just the right amount of glitter, beautiful card. Glad to know your DH is getting better. TFS

Barb Ghig said...

Such a stunning card, Barb! I'm amazed at the effects of the crackle paste and all that yummy glitter ~ WOW! Gorgeous inking, too!

Please don't stress about visiting our blogs, etc... What matters right now is your hubby's health and that you're taking care of yourself! I'm so glad you're taking time to create, too!

I'm keeping you in my prayers...Hugs!

Richell Martin said...

Love the palm branch and its gorgeous colors!!! Glad your husband is doing well!

Cat Craig said...

Oh so pleased your hubs is on the road to recovery, and that you have some time and will to craft. This is a stunning piece, Barb. Love the addition of the crackle and the glitter. So beautiful.

shirley-bee said...

Stunning results with this technique!

Tracey McNeely said...

Barb sending you and hubby the best wishes and healing thoughts and prayers. So glad that he is home and under your care. A beautiful card today, love this technique!

Deepti said...

Glad to know that ur husband is back at home:) I wish him am early recovery :) ur card as always is amazing , loved the technique :)

judkajudi said...

So good to see you took some time to create, Barb! that palm frond is stunning. Looks good enough to eat!! Be kind to yourself; it's been a lot to deal with. Takes a while to get back to "normal". Lots of hugs!!

Judy1223 said...

Hi Barb, I was shocked to see this in your post today...I'm so sorry to hear about your DH! I am glad he is OK and recovering at home. I'm sure it has changed your daily routine...but I'm glad to see you were able to find some time to make a card. Don't worry about visiting blogs, commenting, etc....just glad to know that you are both OK. Family first...always!

Robin K. said...

What a beautiful result! I'm glad you're taking some time to do something you love- gotta take care of you so you can be there for hubby:)

Linda J said...

Glad that your husband continues a good recovery! This is a beautiful card, and I suspect the whole process of being able to create brings you a sense of peace after a stressful week. Continued prayers for you and your DH.

Martha said...

OH, what a BEAUTY this is, Barb! I love it!

Take care!
Sending you lots of HUGS! ♥

barbarayaya62 said...

Beautiful card! Love the rainbow and the texture is perfect! Thanks for joining us on Simon SAys Stamp Monday Challenge! BArbarayaya

Laura B. said...

Holy smokes! This card is gorgeous...those leaves look good enough to eat! I hope hubby is doing better each day...hope you are hanging in there, too, mama♥

Meihsia Liu said...

Hi, Barb, wow.. I love the gorgeous crackled and glittered effect on the die cut palm. Such a fabulous card. Hope everything will go well. Love & hugs. :)

Kathy (krolski) said...

Wowzers, this is gorgeous Barb! Love what you did with the palm die! I hope things get back to normal for you soon. Big hugs!

Mariana Grigsby said...

Barb, I love the crackled effect of your card! I am sure you had a lot of fun creating this beauty!

Donna B. said...

It just gorgeous Barb! I hope your husband is doing better.

Petti said...

great work! love the shimmer and the colour of the palm.
just a question does this die coordinate with the stamp? thx!

alexandra s.m. said...

what a magical mix Barb!
Love it!!

Greta said...

That is a wonderful die & totally love how you made it crackly & glittery! Beautiful card, Barb!

Mona Pendleton said...

Gorgeous card Barb! Love all the shimmery goodness! Thanks for joining along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

Brenda said...

Hi Barb, I've been out of the loop so need to go back a bit to catch up, but I hope your hubby is doing better! I totally love this card, you put so much work into that Fern die, it looks totally amazing! Please also take care of yourself!

Anna-Karin said...

This is gorgeous Barb! Love the multi-coloured and textured palm leaves. What a great idea! I hope your DH is feeling better soon. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!