Friday, March 16, 2018

Superstitious Handmade Card - And a trimmer question

I hope everyone has a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day this weekend!  And stay safe!  Our local police has sent out safety warnings similar to New Year’s Eve, hoping that everyone will celebrate responsibly.

Supplies: Deep Red Stamps Superstitious, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor colored pencils, Crate Paper Party Day 6x6 paper pad, Gina K Designs In the Navy cardstock.

I would love to enter the Cards in Envy Green Things challenge!

If you love your paper trimmer, I would love to know which one you have and why you picked it! I have been having a lot of frayed edges with mine, even when I change the blade.  

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Camping Themed Card

I was so happy to have gotten to go to the stamp show last weekend.  I had never even been to a real stamp store, so to be able to be in a room with 17 stamping vendors was really neat.  I also bought a few things, including the stamp set I am using today.  It is a new stamping brand to me, and they had so many tempting sets.

But, there is nothing like a camping set with cute sayings!  I am a sucker for these because I send lots of cards to my son when he is at summer camp, and there are plently of other outdoorsy types in my family to whom I can send these cards.

I definitely recommend sending funny cards if you send them to kids at camp because you want them to be encouraged to have fun at camp and not be homesick.  These sayings would also be good if you send to hospitalized kids.  

Card details:  I did some masking for a little scene and colored with markers.  It took me a couple tries to get the fox color right.  Then I just grabbed my campy paper and scraps in my scrap box.

Supplies: Darcie’s LLC Forest Be with You stamp set, Memento and Versfine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper 6x6 paper pad, other supplies from my stash

I would love to enter this into the Library Challenge: The Hobbit.  I was inspired by the fox in the book and the muted colors in the cover.  

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Daffodils and more - Flower of the Month 2018

Hello!  Hope your day is going well.  I am using this flower garden as double duty - Daffodils for my Flower of the Month theme, as well as a fun challenge from Power Poppy to get inspiration from fabric.  I was not sure if I should go upstairs and dig around to use fabric on my card, but I ended up playing it safe and grabbed colors from the fabric shown in their inspiration pinterest board HERE.

 Last week, I got a surprise package in the mail from Cat! She sent me a bunch of die cuts since she knew my Cuttlebug was broken! How sweet of her. I used the sentiment die cut here, colored it yellow with a marker and then added stickles glitter to help it stand out.

Supplies: Power Poppy Natural Beauties Stamps set, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir markers, KI Memories 6x6 paper pad, thanks die and Stickles glitter glue

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Flower of the Month Card Series - Daffodil

Hello!  Welcome back to my Flower of the Month Series.  I am trying to make one or more cards each month using stamps I already have that are the birth flower for the month.  This month, the flower is daffodils, which is fun since my daffodils are working their way up in the garden.  Some of them have buds, but no blooms yet.

I often stamp my image twice if I am going to color it.  It gives me room to mess up.  But when I don’t mess up the coloring, that gives me the option to color another way and make two cards!  

For the first card, I used some yellow Distress Oxides and a stencil in the background.  The second card, I used patterned papers.  

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps March Daffodil, Memento Black ink, Just for Fun Happy Easter Sentiment, Versafine black ink, Distress Oxide Mustard Seed ink, Heidi Swapp stencil, DCWV Citrus Stack papers

I would love to play along with the Flower Challenge’s March Anything Goes theme!

Thanks for your visit today!  I appreciate it!  I have more daffodil stamps so I hope to have a couple more posts for the Flower of the Month in March.  Find all the Flower of the Month themed posts HERE.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Quick Share Easter Sheep Card

Here is a quick share for your today!  I was given this stamped image and don’t know who makes it.  Do you?  I did, however, have such a fun time coloring it!  The sentiment is Just for Fun.

 I would like to enter this card into the Pixie’s Crafty Workshop - Snippets #321 Challenge since the purple and pink papers were from my scrap box.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Easter Egg Tree Cards & A Stamp Show

Hello everyone!  Hope you are having a good Wednesday!  We are getting snow today, but Easter is still on it’s way!  And I am hoping to go to a stamp show this weekend!

 I am coloring the Easter Egg Tree stamp with colored pencils today.  I colored it once on white cardstock, and again on green!  Since colored pencils give really good coverage on dark cardstock, so the colors do still pop.  I added glitter Nuvo drops on the white version, and then Glossy Accents to the Green. (Just a note, I first tried the clear Nuvo drops for this, but they cracked as they dried, so I re-did the stamping and found Glossy Accents works better.)  I like each version equally, but I like to mix things up.

I had fun pairing this image with springy patterned papers and cute sentiments.  As you may know, I don’t have a die cutter at the moment, so I did what I could with just a paper cutter.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Easter Egg Tree, Happy Easter Sentiment, Do I Smell Jelly Beans sentiment, Versafine Black Ink, American Crafts Everyday 6x6 paper pad, other items from my stash.

Have you ever been to a stamp show and sale?  I have never seen one that seemed close enough to me to attend.  BUT there is one this weekend in Oaks, PA, the Stamp, Scrap and Art Tour. JFF and other vendors will be there, and I hope to attend.  Anyone else going to be there? Details can be found here.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Peacock Card with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello!  TGIF!  It is so rainy here, but I am looking forward to the break of the weekend.  I would like to share a card I made for a mix of challenges, including a brand new one!  Scroll down for more information.

I used my stamp positioner to first stamp the peacock image in the three tones of blue Distress Oxide ink.  Then, I inked just the edges of the stamp in black Distress Oxide (which, of course, is actually grey, given that it oxidizes a little) and stamped again.  I really loved the rich look of this.  I added Nuvo Glitter drops to the tail.

Supplies: Hero Arts Peacock stamp, Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Black Soot, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Thanks sentiment, Nuvo Crystal Drops in Clear Glitter, other items from my stash.

I was inspired by these challenges:
The Library challenge - Pride and Prejudice **brand new. I was inspired by the cover of the book
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesdays 324-325 Anything Goes

I hope you will have a wonderful day!  Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

“Add a Die Cut” Challenge for March!

Happy March!  Spring has really sprung here, and Just for Fun’s theme for their Monthly challenge is to Add a Die cut!  Hope you will play along!

Sadly, my Cuttlebug made a huge popping sound last week, and it no longer cuts or embosses!  It was an original version that I have had for at least 5 years (and I had bought it used for only $25) so I did get my money’s worth, but I am not able to get another right away.

Happily, I had a couple die cut pieces in my scrap box, so I was able to play along with this challenge.  I added a lovely Asian vase stamp with springy cherry blossoms on it.  I colored this with markers and then added shading on either sides using light blue distress ink.  I ❤️ coloring this way!  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Asian Vase with Blossoms, Sentiment Sheet 3, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Anna Griffin patterned paper, Sizzix Dotted Rectangles dies, American Crafts ribbon

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate your visit, and hope you visit your blog soon!

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Springtime Happy Wishes Card

Get out your patterned paper - it’s time for the new March Challenge at CraftyHazelnut’s Patterned Paper challenge.  I got out what may be my oldest patterned paper pack - DCWV Citrus Stack!  Remember them, they were glittered.  I still enjoy these pretty colors!

I used an old sketch from Cardabilities.

Supplies: Power Poppy Simply Camellias stamp set, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir and Copic alcohol markers, DCWV Citrus stack, Fiskars Scalloped Edge punch.

Thanks for stopping by!  I wonder if you remember what your oldest patterned paper pack is? Do you still have it?

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Snowy Cute Card

It may be starting to look like spring, but these hedgehogs are ready for winter!

I colored this image with my alcohol markers and then added white gel pen and wink of stella to portions.  I enjoyed using the bright colors of the background papers to make a cherry winter/Christmas card.

Supplies: Penny Black Jolly Friends stamp set, Just for Fun rubber Stamps sentiment, Versafine and Memento inks, Spectrum noir markers, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love paper, Darice snowflake embossing folder, other supplies from my stash.

I was inspired by these challenges:
Rudolph Days Anything Christmas Challenge February
ModSquad Challenge Animal Fun

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Flower of the Month - February Violet Bouquet (Two Ways)

Hello and hope you are having a great day.  I am continuing with my flower-of-the-month theme.  I have this lovely bouquet stamp that contains violets.  I decided to color it in two different colors, and then also change the orientation of them when I made the cards.

The first card uses pinky-purple toned violets and muted tones.  I kept the card very clean with white embossing.

The second card is a more traditional blue-violet with brighter tones.  I paired this with a custom marker colored sentiment banner and pretty patterned paper.

Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Woodland Bouquet, Memento black ink. Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, white gel pen, Recollections Coastal Village 6x6 Paper pad, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Gina K Designs Assorted Greetings Stamp set, Versafine Black ink

I would love to enter this in Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes 322-323 challenge!

Thank you so much for your kind visit and comments!

You can see all my Flower of the Month Posts here.

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Bunny with Recycled Cardboard

I was asked to provide a sample card today for the SplitCoastStampers Free for All Challenge.  The theme is Recycling!  Well, I apparently have no imagination because the first thing I did was go to the recycling bin and pull out the first thing I saw - a box!  I tore it up so I could die cut it.

My bunny was colored with alcohol markers.  The card is an OLD (like, really old) prefolded notecard.  I matted the bunny in dark purple to bring out the color in the flowers.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Wild Bunny stamp, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Happy Easter, Anna Griffin Notecard, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Spellbinders Foliage dies

I would love to enter this project into Cute Card Thursday’s Cute Critters challenge!

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dolphin Silhouette card

Another quick shout out for Just for Fun’s Silhouette challenge this month!  I created this card with Distress Oxides (all the blues) and simply stamped over top with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink with this beachy scene.  Easy peasy!  I hope you will join in the challenge!

Thanks for your visit!  Have a great day!

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Folksy Bluebird card

Hello!  It feels like spring here, and I have been seeing bluebirds regularly.

I simply colored this stamp with my markers and found a piece of bird themed patterned paper to pair it with.  The sentiment banner was colored with markers to match, exactly.  I think it feels just as springy as this first warm, sunny day of the year.

Supplies: Power Poppy Folk Heart and Natural Beauties stamps set, Memento black ink, KI Memories Doilies 6x6 patterned paper, Avery Elle Wonky stitched rectangles dies

I would love to enter these challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge - Add a Die Cut
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes 322-323

Thanks so much for your visit today!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Flower of the Month - February Violet Card with Envelope

Hello!  We woke up to a gorgeous blanket of snow!  It is very pretty and didn’t cause any problem with the roads, and I know it won’t last long. I have to say, I am predicting an early spring, but we shall see!

Back to my Flower of the Month theme.  Each month, I am going to make at least one card using my floral stamps that correspond to birth flowers.  For February, I didn’t even need to look up what the flower is.  The violet is the favorite flower of both my mother and grandmother.  I colored these a traditional purple, but my favorites are the more rare yellow ones.

For this card, I colored with a base of purple marker, then used pencils to add the detail.  It was much easier to combine mediums to get the look I wanted.  I also made an envelope, but colored this more simply and just with pencils.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Stately Flowers 1 and Assorted Greetings stamp sets, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir markers, Prismacolor pencils, Recollections Coastal Village 6x6 paper pad, Nuvo Crystal drops, MFT Pierced Squares dies

I would love to play along with these challenges:
StampTV February Challenge - Add the Envelope, please
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Add a Die Cut
WordArtWednesday Anything Goes 322-323

This is kind of a bold card for the delicate violet!  Not everyone’s style, but I do like to mix it up.  I do have other violet stamps, so I may have more than one card this month.  Do you have any?  Let me know if you use the flower of the month and I will link you in my next post.  

Thanks for stopping by!

All of my Flower of the Month posts can be found here.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Birdie Love

Happy Friday!  As you will see from my photos, it has been dreary today!  However, it is warm.   How is your weather?

I have been continuing to color away!  I was lucky to win the prize in Power Poppy’s challenge for January, and let me tell you, it didn’t take me long to place my order! (And they came fast, too!)  I almost always feel like their stamps are easy to color.  So I did enjoy myself coloring this sweet little bird.  

I used more of my new marker colors.  I liked this look and paired it with this Hero Arts background that looks similar to the little berries in the wreath.  I added sparkle to the berries and shine with these cute butterfly stickers that a stamping friend gave me.  

I did have the aid of a sketch for this card!  I can be indecisive about arranging cards, so using a sketch saves loads of time.  

Supplies: Power Poppy Folk Heart and Natural Beauties stamp sets, Hero Arts Berries background stamp, Memento Black Ink, Gina K Designs Applemint ink, spectrum noir alcohol markers.

I would love to play along with these challenges that helped inspire this card.
Power Poppy February Love to Sparkle challenge
Freshly Made Sketches #324

Thanks so much for your visit! Have a great day!

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Literary Owl - Thank You Card

Updated 2/25/18: I was delighted to find out my card was featured at City Crafter for their Book Smart Challenge! Thank you!

Hello everyone.  I got a very generous gift of more spectrum noir alcohol markers for Valentine’s Day, so I found time for coloring this morning.  I got the Vintage and Nature sets, which both have some lovely muted colors, and I was excited to have a wider range to work with.  

I thought these colors would look great with this Literary Owl.  Isn’t he handsome!  I then used a sketch to finish off the card. I am happy to be working through a lot of my older patterned paper.

Supplies: Stampendous Literary Owl Stamp,  Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found Sunshine 6x6 paper pad, Hero Arts CL582 stamp set for sentiment, Versafine black ink.

I was inspired by these challenges:
City Crafter 399 Book Smart

Thanks for your visit and kind comments!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Stamped Artwork for Framing - Ancestors

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day!  Today, I have a very different project to share with you.  In my stamping group, we were challenged to make artwork for framing.  I decided to make this project honoring my ancestors.  

Last year, one of my kids had to do a project on ancestry.  We learned so much about the people who came before us and how they lived.  If you have never looked into your family history, I do recommend it!

Anyhow, I started by stamping my sentiment (don’t you love it?) onto muted yellow cardstock.  I stamped my frames out on scraps from my scrapbox.  I arranged them without gluing down quite yet.  Then, I knew how I wanted to arrange my floral peg stamping so that your eye flows around the piece.

Supplies:  Unity Roots & Wings Stamp set, Recollections Cameo Frames stamp set, Versafine Ink, Rubber Stamp Tapestry Cherry Blossom stamp set, Avery Elle pigment ink in Kraft, Strawberry, Jungle, Cherry, Mimosa.

I would love to enter in Pixie’s Snippets Playground #319!

One of my boys has been hit by the flu, so not sure how much stamping I will get done.  However, since we are sort of stuck at home for the duration, I may get more done.  (If the rest of us don’t get it, that is.). He is exhausted, but not doing too badly, considering how bad the flue season has been for many.  Have a good day and thanks for your kind comments and subscribes.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Mass-Produced Valentines - You Warm My Heart

Hello!  Yesterday, I posted an in-progress photo on my facebook page.  I was mass-producing (if 8 can be called en masse) Valentines so that I could get them sent out by today!

For the first time ever, I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform for it’s intended purpose, as this set has lot of little pieces-parts to stamp.  I then colored them all at once, die cut them all at once, and glued them.  It did save a lot of time and I got all 8 cards done in less than two hours, and no two are exactly the same!

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Snow Day stamp set, Hero Arts black marker-safe black ink, Versafine Black ink, Spectrum Noir markers, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Most patterned paper is from Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 Paper pad, but a few are Recollections, Sakura Stardust gel pen for adding glitter to snowflakes

I would love to participate in these challenges!
Cute Card Thursday - Love
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Love is in the Air
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - It Must be Love
WordArtWednesday -  Anything Goes

I ended up using all these cards, and then had to sift through my stash and found quite a few floral cards that had non-specific sentiments and used those for the older people in my life that enjoy cards.  I really dropped the ball on Valentine creating this year. I either need to start making them throughout the year, or start right after Christmas next year!  Hope you have a good day!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Jar of Sweet Treats Valentine

Hello! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  I am getting there.  I would like to share this sweet canning jar full of candy hearts.  Although I colored and trimmed out all the hearts before arranging them in the acetate jar, that portion really only took about 10 minutes.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Canning Jar Large, Sentiment Hearts mini cube, Sentiment Unmounted sheet 1, Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad, ribbons recycled from gifts, Memento and Versafine black inks.

I would love to participate in these challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Love is in the Air

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Are you near New Port Richey, Fl or Columbia, SC?  Just for Fun Rubber stamps will be at stamping shows in your area the next two weekends.  Stamp Show Information found here.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Kitty Valentine Card (and a facebook link)

Hello! I noticed that many people are finding it easier for them to follow blogs via facebook.  I decided to set up a facebook page for my blog here, for those of you who like to see cardmaking blogs in your facebook feed!  I hope this can be a good thing!  I hope you will “Like” it!

I am finally getting to my Valentines!  I am feeling very late with these!  I enjoyed coloring these cute kitties and then matching up some of the specialty pieces from a patterned paper pack to this sketch.

Supplies: Newton’s Nook Newtons Antics stamp set, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, other items from my stash.

Special thanks to these challenges that really helped inspire this card!
Inky Paws Challenge - 64 Sketch Challenge
ModSquadChallenge - Valentine with Red
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - 515 Anything Goes

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Silhouette Challenge - Heron At Sunset Card

I recently had some time to make some inky backgrounds with Distress Oxides.  This is one that I made with Abandoned Coral, Fosilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and a touch of Salty Ocean.  I have been stamping over oxide backgrounds with oxide ink, so I stamped my Great Heron Silhouette in the Black Soot.  It is a very dark grey, but it looks black and does the job nicely.

Please play along with Just for Fun’s Silhouette challenge this month!  They are so fun to play with!  There is a prize up for grabs, as always, and you do not need to use a particular brand of stamps to be in the running.

Thanks for stopping by!