Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Popsicle Cards

Thank you for visiting today!  I have been having a lot of fun with this popsicle stamp this summer.  It is easy to color and I like that I can color it in any color I feel like.


I loved adding some stickles glitter glue to the popsicles, but in the second card, I took it a step further and covered the whole thing with glossy accents.  It takes a long time to dry, but it really makes an impact.


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Ice Cream Pop, Sweet Birthday Wishes and You’re So Sweet stamps, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Carta Bella Beach Day 6x6 paper pad, Stickles glitter glue, glossy accents, Gina Marie X Stitched circles dies.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fish Cards with Paint Bubble Backgrounds Tutorial

I recently made a bunch of cards using a painted bubble background.  It was loads of fun, and I haven’t seen it done often in cardmaking, so I thought I would share a simple tutorial.

(This card is also is being entered into Tuesday Throwdown’s Stitching Challenge)

You will need acrylic paint, dish soap, water, a container to mix in, and a straw.  I used this pie dish, but you might want to try a disposable cup or bowl, or maybe a take-out container.



I mixed about 1 part paint to 5 parts water. I added a few drops of dish soap.  I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it.  Your mileage will vary here depending on how pigmented your paint is.



Mix it together with the straw and then blow the bubbles till you have tons of bubbles.  I didn’t want to waste too much paint, so I tipped the pie pan to the side and pool the liquid in one spot before blowing the bubbles.



Place your cardstock right down into the bubbles.  Some have found that scooping the bubbles up with the paper, and popping them yourself, is another way to do it.



Here is one of my backgrounds!  Let me know if you give it a try!


For this background, I had tried using a disposable cup.  I got an outline of the cup, too, which is a fun look.

Tips:
1)  Don’t have acrylic paints, try any of your reinkers.  
2) Want a lighter color, add water.  Want a darker color, add more paint.  
3) This can be messy!  Don’t work around your beautiful, completed card projects!  Don’t wear your favorite shirt!  I worked in the kitchen.  
4) Be sure to only blow through the straw, resist sucking in at all costs!
5) These don’t just have to be blue water, I am going to be doing black for Halloween cards.  Layer different colors, too.

Supplies:  Inkadinkado Fish and Bizzaro Stamps fish, Hero Arts (with Basic Grey) Awesome sentiment stamps, Versafine Black ink, K&Co patterned papers, DCWV Citrus Stack, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles, Spellbinders Fancy Edged Rectangles dies




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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wander Where the WiFi Is Weak - Camping Card

Every year, I need several cards to send to my son at camp.  I am, therefore, a sucker for any camping themed stamps and supplies.  Although I love the outdoors, I have never been camping myself.  Anyhow, here is one that I will send this year.


I used a stencil over yellow cardstock and sponged through a stencil Distress Oxide inks in Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain and Fired Brick.  I then stamped the word, “Wander” with Versafine ink.  The die as cut from a patterned paper and was popped up on the card front.

I decorated the inside of the card with a scrap of the patterned paper, the sentiment and a little image from a related stamp set.


Supplies:  Plaid Fabric Creations stencil duo #98812, Distress Oxide inks Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain and Fired Brick, Versafine Ink Vintage Sepia and Toffee, Elizabeth Crafts Summer Sentiments and Camping Out Clear stamp sets, Pink Paislee Outfitters 6x6 Paper pad, Momenta Happy Camper die set


I used the sketch at CASE this Sketch for my project today! I would also like to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Summer Fun & Snippet’s Crafty Playground #330.


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Tropical with Distress Oxide inks

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I wanted to share a card I made using a technique I learned from my friend April.  Check out her blog here.  

For the background, I stamped in three Distress Oxide colors.  Each stamping, you will ink up your stamp, spritz it with water before stamping. You will move your stamp slightly with each stamping.  I used my stamping platform to make this a little easier, but it certainly isn’t needed.  First was Antique Linen, then Twisted Citron, and finally my darkest color was last, that was Peeled Paint.  It’s a fun technique and can be done with lots of different background stamps.  


The hibiscus is a stamp layering set.  I also used all Distress Oxides for this, spritzing the stamp with water before stamping.  So pretty and a great finish for the card without covering up too much of my background.  Clear Nuvo drops were added for decoration.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber stamps Bamboo background stamp, Hero Arts Layering Hibiscus stamp and dies, Distress Oxide inks (pink flower) Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, (orange flower) Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Black Soot for flower centers, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron and Antique Linen, scrap cardstock, Gina K Sentiment with Versafine black ink, Clear Nuvo Drops.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Baseball Handmade Card

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by!  My card today combines a sketch challenge with the Free For All Challenge at SplitCoastStampers.  I really just went with the the baseball theme and followed the sketch exactly.  I am happy with the card, so this taught me that sometimes you just go all-in on a theme and don’t over think it!  This will make a great birthday card for one of those really sporty boys in the family. (I got a couple comments on this so I am adding that I am thinking of specific boys in my family.  The sporty girls in my family aren’t interested in baseball.)


I did just ink up a portion of a Unity Stamp for the sentiment.  That stamp is combined with some basketballs, so I used a black marker to just get the words.  Simple stamping was in order for the other stamps from Prima, then fussy cut them.  

Supplies: Unity Stamps Making the Team, Prima All Star cling stamps, Versafine Black and Crimson Red inkpads, Memento Black marker, Spellbinders Oval dies, MAMBI Champs 8x8 patterned paper pack, other supplies from my stash. 



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Thursday, July 12, 2018

More Beautiful Birds

Hello!  Hoping you have had time for stamping lately.  I have actually made a stack of cards and am just getting around to photographing them.  We are having hot, but mostly not too humid weather.  Summer is in full swing.  A busy time of year when you have kids, but a lot of fun making memories.

I have another gorgeous bird card this week, if I do say so myself.  This stamp is so detailed, it was really very quick to color.  


I used a coordinating patterned paper to stamp the sentiment on.  I think this is a cute saying to send to a good friend who really gets you.  


Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Sheet 141A Birds, Memento Dye ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, MFT Dienamics Pierced Square dies, DCWV Linen Closet patterned paper.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tall Ships Nautical Handmade Card

Hello!  Thank you for visiting my blog.  I’d like to share a Nautical card with you today.


The background was stamped and heat embossed with white.  I then made a sort of watercolor paint using my blue Distress Ink reinkers and a little water and applied this to the paper.  I simply stamped the Tall Ship with navy blue ink.  I think the red frame really finishes off the card well.


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Tall ShipOld Sea Map Background stamps, Veramark Ink, Hero Arts Navy Ink, Recollections detail white embossing powder, Distress Reinkers in all the blues, Gina Marie X stitched circle dies, other supplies from my stash

This fits Just for Fun’s July Challenge, as well as SimonSaysStamps Wednesday challenge - Both Red White and Blue!

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Free for All challenge!

Hello and Happy Friday!  I just wanted to let you know that my Cling Wrap Stamping Technique is the challenge at Split Coast Stamper’s Free for All Challenge this week.  Find the challenge post HERE.  

It would be so fun if you played along!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

I Brake for Birds...

 This is a fun post because I really do brake for birds.  I am a bit of a birder (aka birdwatcher) so I naturally am drawn to wonderful bird stamps like this.

I colored my birds with alcohol markers to resemble an American Robin.  These birds strike me as being fledglings about to leave the nest for good.


I was listening to a birding podcast the other day and they said that there are really only a few weeks of summer for birds.  The entire breeding season is their Spring and then migration starts in late July for some birds, so they don’t get much rest!


I stamped the branch ink light beige ink onto vanilla cardstock for the background.  After die cutting, I added the sentiment tag on with a brad and popped the center panel up on fun foam.  

Supply list: I Brake for Stamps Sheet 141A Birds, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Hero Arts Soft Sand, cardstock from my stash, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangle dies, My Mind’s Eye brad.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July - 90th Birthday Card (Cling Wrap Stamping)

Hello and Happy Independence Day to all of my American readers!  My card today is not only a 4th of July card, but also a 90th birthday card for my Grandpa.



The background was done with my Cling Wrap stamping technique.  (Find the tutorial with video HERE.) This tweed stamp usually gives a nice, crisp image.  But with the technique, I get a distressed, grunge look.


The star balloons were die cut with star dies, then cutting the number die into it. I layered it over a white die cut star to make sure you could read the numbers easily.  The bit of bakers twine finished them off nicely.  The inside was decorated with stars and sweet sentiments.


Supplies: Hero Arts Tweed background stamps, Our Daily Bread Designs Shine on and Patriotic Pennants stamp sets, Darice Star dies, Hero Arts Classic Numbers dies, Carta Bella It’s a Celebration 6x6 paper pad, Hero Arts Red Royal and Navy inks.

I would love to enter this in Cards In Envy’s Twinkle Little Stars Challenge, and SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge Red White and Blue and Crafty Hazelnut’s July Patterned Paper Challenge.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Just for Fun Color Challenge!

Just for Fun Rubber Stamps monthly challenge is Red, White and Blue!  I hope you will play along!


I colored my ice cream popsicles in these colors!  I wanted to use it for a birthday card for my nephew, so I kept is clean and simple, but I did add some glitter glue to the one of the pops to make it more festive.


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Ice cream bar, Ice cream push pop, Ice pop and Sweet Birthday Wishes stamps.  Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, other items from my stash.



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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Christmas Wishes

A quickshare today for Rudolph Days Challenge!  I did add flocking to the hats and Wink of Stella glitter to the wings!  Thanks for looking!



Supplies:  Gina K Designs Christmas Magic Stamp and die sets, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Alcohol markers, Wink of Stella Marker, Recollections Flocking, Pebbles Home for Christmas 6x6 Paper pad, MFT DieNamics Peek A Boo die.  

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Happy Floral Card

Hello!  I have a happy card to share with you today with lots of patterned paper, but also plenty of stamping.  


I’ve used this set quite a bit lately.  I first stamped with the lattice stamp using navy ink right onto some green patterned paper.  I then used the rock n roll method to stamp the flowers.  If you don’t know this technique, you just first ink up your stamp first with the lighter color, then roll just the outside of the stamp onto the darker color.  It’s a fun and easy way to get a color gradient.


I die cut the happy word in both navy blue and white glued them together.  I think this is a happy card!  I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Supplies: I Brake for stamps Bubble Wrap, Lattice and Flowers set, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink and Dusty Rose, Hero Arts Navy Ink, Gina K Navy cardstock, Hero Arts Happy Die, Recollections Backyard Table 6x6 paper pad

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Monday, June 25, 2018

50th Anniversary Handmade Card

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog!  I have a card to share today that I agonized over a little bit!  I wanted this 50th Anniversary card to be special, and I rejected a number of designs before I came up with this one.  Since I used gold, I needed to take several photos to show the shine!


In the end, I heat embossed my wreath stamp over top of a very old piece of patterned paper.  I colored in the flowers with a pink marker.  I went with gold and pink since the bridesmaid dresses in the wedding were pink.



I die cut the numbers out of some foil paper and added a frame of the same paper.  The card was finished by adding four score lines to the card base to represent the couple’s four children.


Supplies:  Hero Arts Flower Wreath stamp, Versamark ink, Recollections Gold detail embossing powder, Anna Griffin patterned paper, Hero Arts Classic Numbers Frame cuts dies, Target dollar spot Valentine foil paper pack.

I would love to enter this in Word Art Wednesdays Anything Goes challenge an the Library Challenge - The Rose Garden.

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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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