Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Birdie Love Valentine Card

Hello and thanks for stopping in!  Today, I used a sketch to make a Valentine from everyday stamps.

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I colored my bird with alcohol markers and then covered him in a thick coat of glossy accents.  When it was dry, I trimmed him out.


I used a Valentine paper pad and some hot pink cardstock to make the card look the part!  The little hearts were confetti from a party that I saved.


Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Fashion Warbler, small, Unmounted Sentiment Sheet 3, Memento Jet Black, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Ranger Glossy Accents, Gina K Passionate Pink cardstock, Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders circle dies, Avery Elle Wonky Rectangles die.

I would love to play along with the following challenges:
CAS(E)thisSketch #204


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cute Turtle Card

I have used this sweet turtle stamp before, but today I just wanted to do something different and use just a portion of the stack of turtles.  So I inked it up with a marker and just stamped the one.


I then just colored him up, mixed in some patterned paper and called it a card.



Supplies: Art Impressions Turtle Stackers stamps, Water-based markers from Tombow and Marvy, Strathmore mixed media paper, Theresa Collins World Traveler paper pack, Hero Arts sentiment, Versafine Onyx black ink, MFT Die-namics pierced squares dies, other materials from my stash.

I would love to play along with the following challenges:
Art Impressions Card Resolutions
Cute Card Thursday Buttons

I really appreciate your visit today!  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spring Florals card

Something fun occurred while I was making this card. I was finishing it up and started to put my supplies away.  That is when I happened to find a clear sentiment stamp that was missing since June!  Back when I noticed the stamp had vanished, I had to laugh, since the sentiment is, "I miss you."  

It was stuck to the back of a patterned paper pack and I realize now that it must have stuck there when I was making this card.  That is the same paper pack as I used today and I think I originally was going to make that a miss you card instead of hello friend.

Good times!


I based my card on a sketch from this old blog.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Made With Love and Assorted Greetings stamp sets, Hero Arts Butter Bar, Fresh Peach and Soft Canteloupe inks, Versafine Smokey Grey ink, My Mind's Eye the Sweetest Thing Tangerine 6x6 paper pack, Spellbinders Foliage dies, Distress ink Bundled Sage, Nuvo Drops Pearl, Darice textured cardstock, other cardstocks from my stash.

I would love to play along with this challenge:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - January 2017
Thank you so much for stopping by!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Watercolor markers two ways

Hello, I am glad you are here!  I have two cards to share today, both using watercolor markers to color the image, all the same color markers too.  The difference is that one I blended out with water and the other I did not.  It was fun to see what kind of difference that made.

I started by stamping on mixed media paper with archival ink.  Here is the version where I blended with water.

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I fussy cut the image (not so easy with the thick paper) and applied it to some textured cardstock.  The background was some light blue textured cardstock that I embossed.


Here is the second card - you can see the deeper colors.  I colored the darker hue of marker to an area first and then blended it out with the lighter marker.  I really find that the mixed media paper works well for watercolor markers.  Some other cardstocks absorb the marker too quickly and you get more streaks and less blend.


I added white gel pen to the image to accent the details and to break up the colors a little. The same accent patterned paper was used on this card, but I used a smooth cardstock for the base with some tone on tone stamping.



I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  Which is your preference?


(I thought I would like the lighter colors better, but I really found myself loving the chartreuse in the deeper colors!)

Supplies:  Power Poppy Short Stacks stamp set, Archival Ink, Hero Arts Leafy Vines, Hero Arts Soft Pool shadow ink, Tombow water based markers, Elizabeth Crafts Embossing folder, K&Co Susan Winget matstack, Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, Darice white textured cardstock, other cardstocks from my stash, self-adhesive gems, Spellbinders Labels 4, white gel pen.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
ModSquad Challenge blog - Sequins, Rhinestones and Glitter

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You're a Big Deal Card

I always like making quick cards that are good for guys!  I enjoyed using a new stamp set and die.  I plan on making more projects in the future. We like playing card games in my family so I know my relatives will love the fun stamps and sentiments in this set!


I think this is mostly self explanatory on the how-to's, so I will keep this post short and just list the supplies.

Supplies:  Casual Fridays In the Cards stamp set and Shuffle Die set, Versafine Onyx Black and Satin Red Inks, Crate Paper DIY Shop paper pad, grey and red cardstocks from my stash, grey distress ink for edging.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday New Something
Cute Card Thuday  What's New
Dies R Us Dies R Us Anything Goes with Dies

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

All Occasion Cards Needed!

I send out a bunch of cards this week and realized that my card stash is just about lower than it has ever been before!  That is great that I am sending them out, but I felt I needed to get some made, and especially ones that can be used for all occasions.
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The image is from Power Poppy, one I had stamped in my travel sketch pad to color on the go.  I did this because I had never used this image on a card, although I have used all the others in the set.  I colored this with pencils and added touches of glitter gel pen that you can sortof see in the close-up below.


I used a sketch for this card. It just happened that this piece of alcohol ink background I made previously looked nice with the colors.  This is current, slate, cranberry and bottle alcohol inks.


The butterfly might be from Maya Road, but I have long since lost the packaging.  I love the vellum!

Supplies: Power Poppy Short Stacks stamp set, Archival Ink, Strathmore sketch paper, Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Gelly Roll stardust glitter pen, craft foam to pop up image, cardstock and embellishments from my stash, Spellbinders circle die.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
Mojo Monday #478
ModSquad Challenge Blog - Anything but Christmas


Thank you for stopping by!  I am starting to feel a lot better after a bad cold, so if I have missed visiting you at your blog, know that I mean to make it up real soon!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hot Tea Month - Get Well Card

Hello!  You might have seen a post I wrote planning for some of the obscure holidays this month.  It is Hot Tea Month, and since I needed a get well card for a family member, I decided to combine those.


I colored my teacups with alcohol markers and added accents with gold and glitter gel pens.  The embellishments are sticky gems over top of sequins.


When I was coloring, I had a patterned paper pad in mind and then I used a sketch to arrange the papers.


On the inside of my card, I stamped the image again with light blue ink and stamped my sentiment right on top.  I usually write my message over the image, but you can still see it.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Stamptangle Stacked Tea Cups, Sentiments 3 Unmounted Sheet, Memento ink, Spectrum Noir markers, Gelly Roll Stardust gel pen, Uniball Gold gel pen, DCWV Linen Closet matstack, embellishments from my stash



I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday #444
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge Start Afresh (stamp is new)
ModSquad Challenge Anything But Christmas

Thank you for visiting today!!  D