Thursday, June 21, 2018

Trillium Hand-Stamped Card

 I’m glad you stopped by today, because I made a card with one of my very favorite flowers - Trillium!  These remind me of walks in the woods with my grandmother.  She knows what all the wildflowers are called!

I colored the image with alcohol markers.  White flowers can be tricky. I decided to add light grey shading to the interior just along the lines, yellow on the stamens, and left the rest uncolored.  Since there are so many leaves and I added sky, it looks complete to me.

Although I think it would be unlikely that there would be a butterfly by a Trillium in early spring, when they bloom, it is so pretty and gives me an opportunity to add a pop of color.

Supply list:  I Brake for Stamps Trillium, Memento black ink, spectrum noir and copic alcohol markers, My Mind’s Eye 6x6 paper pad, cardstock from my stash.

I would love to enter the Double D Butterfly challenge and the Daily Marker’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Spring by the Lake Silhouette Sympathy Cards

Thanks so much for visiting today.  I have two similar Sympathy cards to share today.  The first was stamped on a watercolor background.  I can’t remember what that technique is called, but you just paint and then throw salt on the paper before it dries.  So easy and so pretty.

The second card was stamped over patterned paper.  I think it was important for both these cards to have a nice black frame.  It adds a lot to a clean and simple card.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Spring By the Lake Silhouette, Sentiment Sheet 3, Versafine Black ink, Love Nicole Aquarelle 6x6 patterned paper pad

I would like to enter this in Word Art Wednesday’s current challenge - Anything Goes.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Happy Bee-day Card

Hello!  Hope you are doing well.  I never seem to have enough birthday cards that are good for kids, so I have been trying to make an effort to build up a stash of them.  

I mixed a couple sets here to get the sentiment, just carefully inking up the words I needed.  I did color this with alcohol markers and added just a little detail with a glitter gel pen.  

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Bee Mine and Year Two stamps sets, Memento and Versafine Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura stardust glitter pen, Recollections Backyard Table 6x6 paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitched circles die

Showing glitter details.  Click to enlarge.
I would love to enter this project in the Lawn Fanatics Flower, Floral and Foliage challenge and the Daily Marker’s 30 day coloring challenge. 

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

June Flower of the Month - Stamp Layering Rose

Hello! I have a second post for June’s Flower of the Month series. I have a stamp layering Rose set I had to get out when I realized I hadn’t done any of this style stamp in the series.

If you are new to my blog, you might not know that the Flower of the Month series is a self-imposed challenge I am doing all year.  I want to use stamp I already have to create at least one card a month using the birth flower.  

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This stamp set, Old Country Roses, comes to you from Gina K Designs and is designed by Claire Brennan who ran Waltzing Mouse stamps for a long time.  She closed her business and now just illustrates for Gina K. I am a fan of Claire’s style.  

Supplies: GKD Old Country Roses, Pink inks:  Gina K Innocent Pink, Passionate Pink, Hero Arts Raspberry, Green inks: Gina K Applemint, Hero Arts Green Hills and Forever Green, Gina Marie X Stitched Circles and Rectangles dies, Spellbinders D Lites flourish die, Recollections Backyard Table 6x6 patterned paper pad.

I would like to enter Dragonfly Journey’s Rose Garden challenge.  I also used a sketch for this project and turned it on it’s side.  

Hey, I hear the patterned paper pad I used here is on sale 70% off at Michaels.  Maybe it is on sale near you too?

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Clean & Simple Snowdrops - Two Cards

Hello!  I am glad you visited today because I have two very pretty Clean & Simple cards to share with you.  I have had a lot of fun stamping this last week, but just have gotten around to photographing the cards I made.  

For my first card, I stamped the snowdrops, colored them with markers, then masked it off with thin copy paper.  I stamped over top with the bubble wrap image in light pool ink.  I finished the card off by framing the image in dark grey and adding score lines to my card base.

The second card was a lot of fun to stamp!  I used a light green ink called applemint. I stamped the flower for the background in the second generation repeatedly to get a very light, clean look. I added the heat embossed sentiment and fussy cut snowdrop image to complete the look.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Bubble Wrap, Lattice and Flowers Sheet, Gina K Applemint ink, Hero Arts Soft Pool ink, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Versamark Ink and white detail embossing powder, Applemint cardstock.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Father’s Day Card with Gold Tweed background

Hello!  I am slowly photographing the pile of cards I made in the last week so I can share them with you.  This masculine card is pretty simple, but the background technique is really fun and easy, and would be fun with many styles of stamps.

First, I stamped the Tweed background stamp over Chocolate Brown cardstock and clear embossed it.    I know it is hard to tell it is brown in the photo.  I then rubbed my gold metallic inkpad all over the background.  I built up color by letting it dry and applying it again.  The brown part is shiny from the embossing, and it resists the gold ink for a crisp look.

I then kept the focal image pretty simple by just paper piecing the shirt with blue cardstock.  I would love to enter this in the Back to Basics Heat Embossing Challenge.

Supplies: Hero Arts Tweed Background stamp, Studio G shirt stamp, Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday Sentiment set, Versamark clear embossing ink and Recollections Clear detail powder, Gina K Designs Dark Chocolate ink and cardstock, Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink, MFT Die Namics Pierced Square die

As I was finishing this card, I realized that all the supplies I used were pretty old. I would say at least 5 years old - but the Brilliance ink I have had for at least 8.  It was one of the first ink lines I bought when I started stamping more seriously.  Most of the supplies are also still available, which is cool!

This card will be for my husband for Father’s Day.  He is very supportive of my hobby, but luckily, rarely reads my blog.

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Flower of the Month - June Rose (a coupon & something new!)

Welcome to my Flower-of-the-Month post for June!  You may have already known that the birth flower is the Rose.  My grandfather is fantastic at growing roses, but I am just an adequate gardener, so I haven’t even tried!

This series is my personal challenge to use stamps I already own to make at least one card using the birth flower for that month.  You can find all the cards in the series here.

I colored my image with alcohol markers and I intended them to be more subdued, vintage colors.  That is why I outlined the image in my very lightest yellow.  I was super lucky that I had this scrap of patterned paper already cut to size!  I matted the whole thing with black to finish it off and to tie in the sentiment I heat embossed in gold.  I would love to enter this project in the Daily Marker’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamp June’s Rose, Bubble Wrap Lattice and Flowers set (sentiment), My Mind’s Eye Bramble Rose 6x6 patterned paper pad, Recollections Platinum embossing powder, Memento Black ink, Versamark embossing ink, Gina Marie designs X Stitched Circle die

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