Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Goldfish Thank You card

Hello everyone!  It has been a busy month with little time for cardmaking and blogging.  We were able to go away for a week, and I needed a card to thank the person watching our pets.  What a huge help that is!  Anyone with pets, I am sure, agrees!


I used a goldfish stamp that was given to me as a RAK.  It is marked, "Bizzaro, Providence, RI." Is anyone familiar with this company?  I wonder if they are still in business.  I then just used some dies and patterned paper to fit the sketch I was using.  The fish stamp didn't fit right into the oval dies I have, so I had to substitute a circle.


Supplies: Bizzaro Fish stamp, Gina K Designs Lipstick ink, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing - Tangarine 6x6 Paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitiched circle dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Thank you die, American Crafts ribbon

I would love to play along with the Dies R Us Anything Goes with Dies challenge and the Tuesday Morning Sketches #417 challenge.


How are you spending the end of summer?  We are trying to relax until school starts. Luckily, we don't have very much back to school shopping to do.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fern Botanical

A while back, I made a few Polished Stone alcohol ink backgrounds.  Today I have a quick share of a card I made using one.


I used Just for Fun's Botanical Fern stamp.  I made a simple background with an embossing folder and framed with a green cardstock.  


Thanks so much for stopping by during this busy summer season!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Forget-Me-Not Heart Card

Hello stamping friends!  I can already tell that August is going to be a low production card-making month for me.  There is so much to do outside and we need to make the most of the end of summer.  On the flip side, I also am low on cards to send!  Maybe I will be able to prove myself wrong.  Is this a slow period for you too?


I made this card using a mix of a digi image and a clear stamp.  I colored the image with a few alcohol markers, then just added a die cut frame and some colored cardstocks to bring out the flowers.  I love forget-me-nots and wish I had some in my garden. They are so cheery.



Supplies: Power Poppy Forget Me Not Heart digi, Sunny Harvest stamp set, Versafine black ink, Gina Marie Loopy rectangle die, cardstocks all from my scrap box.

I would love to play with Power Poppy's Mix and Match challenge, and Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I know your time is important and appreciate your visit and comments!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Distress Oxide Technique - Stenciling on Colored Cardstocks

Hello! I would like to share some cards I made with backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks.  I think most everyone knows, by now, that they are excellent for ink-blending.  They also have been marketed for use on dark cardstocks.  Mostly, I have seen people using them with black and kraft, but I wanted to see how they would work on other colors.  And that is when I just fell in love with stenciling with these.  They just look amazing over colored cardstocks.


The first card uses Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick over regular (cheap) yellow cardstock.  I blended the colors and then did spritz water over top with the stencil still in place to get the slightly oxidized look.


The stamp was heat embossed first with neon orange embossing powder, and then while still hot, I added sparkle embossing powder and heated again.  To match, I sponged yellow Oxide ink on my die cut flowers.


The second card uses Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks over Gina K Jelly Bean Green cardstock, using the same technique as above.  I colored the stamp with alcohol markers.  I adore this color combo - it is bright and beautiful!


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted Sheet, Stamptangle Chickadee, Sentiment set 3, Distress Oxide inks (colors above), American Crafts Neon Orange embossing powder, Recollections Sparkle Embossing powder, Memento black ink, Copic markers, Heidi Swapp Stencils, other supplies from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Did you take the plunge to get these new inks?  I am glad I did!  I am still waiting for my order with the new colors...

(All my Distress Oxide project posts are sorted out here.)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August is Hot, Hot, Hot!

I have a fun summery card to share and an announcement about Just for Fun's August Challenge.


The theme is Hot, Hot, Hot! and you can see that this can be interpreted in many ways.  I really hope you will play along.  You do not need to use Just for Fun stamps, but you could win a gift certificate for some!


I made a summery, beach card. I stamped the palm tree with three colors of Distress Oxide ink onto the back side of a piece of cardstock that I had embossed.  I learned this technique from fellow JFF Design Team member, Stampwilly.  The background was stamped twice, once with light blue Distress ink and once with a medium blue.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Beach Unmounted sheet, Striped background stamp, Sentiment Sheet 1, Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Distress ink (regular) Tumbled Glass, Broken China, cardstock from my stash.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!