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 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.

I Brake for Stamps has allowed me to offer my readers a coupon code that will give you 10% off your order at their store.  


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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

Announcement and a Coupon Code!
I was asked to join the I Brake for Stamps Design Team and I gratefully accepted the offer. I have been a long time fan and collector of their red rubber stamps.  Because of this, I am able to offer my readers a coupon code for you to get 10% off your purchase at the IBFS store!


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Father’s Day - Surf’s Up Card

I have noticed that a lot of paper pads have these sheets of paper that are just words.  At first, I thought they would likely just be useful for scrapbooking, but then I thought of my silhouette stamps.

I think this is a lovely and sentimental scene, and the words in the paper add to it.  A non-traditional, but very cool Father’s Day card.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubbers stamps Surf’s Up, Sentiment sheet 1, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Versamark ink and detail white embossing powder, Pebbles Family Ties 6x6 paper pad

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Bird Baby Card

I have several baby birds in my yard right now.  I have seen the baby Downy Woodpecker, a young House Finch, and I am fairly sure the two Carolina Chickadees are going in and of the birdhouse so often because there is a nest full of babies to feed!  We are anxiously awaiting the day they will fledge.

Anyhow!  I do not have a bird quite like this one!  None of the birds seem to be taking care of a cute little mouse, but wouldn’t it be sweet if they did?  DH suggested I color the bird to look similar to an Oriole, so I made up a species here.  I will be using this card as a baby card.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Bird with Mouse stamp, Hero Arts CL342 Sentiment set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose 6x6 Patterned paper pad, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

I would love to participate in the Daily Marker’s 30 Day coloring challenge and SimonSaysStamp’s Anything Goes challenge.  Thank you for inspiring us to create!

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Shaped Cards Challenge - Beachy!

Hello!  It is time for a new challenge at Just for Fun Rubber stamps and this month we have a fun theme — Shaped Cards!  This is not something I normally do, but it was so fun!  Hope you will play along too!

I stamped my beachy scene and colored it with alcohol markers, then I cut it in a circle.  The scalloped circle was cut from a folded card base, leaving just a little, tiny bit of the fold intact.  Fun, fun, fun!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Relaxing in the Sand, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle dies.

I appreciate your visit today!  I hope you have many crafty moments this June!

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Father’s Day Nautical Cards - One Sheet Wonder

Hello!  I am doing something a bit “old school” today. I am making four Father’s Day Cards by using a One Sheet Wonder Template.  This is a great way to kick-start your cardmaking!

My anchor paper is the one-sheet and I did choose other patterned papers from the pack to fill out the rest of the sketches.


All of the stamps I used today were older stamps, and all with a nautical theme to go with my paper.  

I am saddened to say that this will be my last design team post for CraftyHazelnut’s Patterned Paper challenge as I am stepping down at the end of the June.  I am such a fan of this challenge as it seems we all have patterned we are hoarding instead of using!  I enjoy being part of this team and will be commenting all month long on the June entries!  I have had a great time on this team, and thank Hazel for the opportunity.  There is a design team call out for the challenge blog right now, if you are interested.

Supplies: Carta Bella Ahoy There 6x6 Paper pad, Inkadinkado 97105 Sailboat, Non branded Lighthouse image (purchased at AC Moore),  Gina K Designs By the Sea and Follow Your Dreams Stamp sets, Hero Arts Navy Ink,  Gina Marie Designs X Stitched circle dies, Sizzix Stephanie Barnard Dotted Recangle dies

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A Quick Christmas Card

For the stash, a quick Christmas card!

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Alcohol markers, Pebbles Home for Christmas 6x6 paper pad, cardstock from my stash

I would love to play with Merry Monday’s Penguin challenge and the May Rudolph Days Christmas challenge.  Thanks for providing incentive for us to get our cards done early!

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A Cheery Hello - Robin Card

I was so pleased to have some time to craft the other day, and one of the things I did was color this lovely bird image.  Isn’t he so cute!?  The stamp is named Robin, so I colored him as such, but I have a lot of other ideas of birds that this image more closely resembles, so I hope to try those ideas out soon!

I thought this patterned paper went well with the colors of the bird, but the yellow piece and kraft were from small snippets in my scrap box.  It really worked out well.

Supplies: Elizabeth Crafts Robin 2 stamp, Power Poppy Potted Primroses (sentiment), Memento and Versfine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Echo Park Happy Camper 6x6 paper pad, Gina Marie Designs X stitched circle dies

I would love to play along with the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity - Tweet This Challenge , Pixie’s Craft Workshop -Snippets Challenge #327, and SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.  I encourage you to check out this challenge blogs, and thank them for providing inspiration for cardmakers.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Thinking Happy Thoughts - Rain Background

Hello!  A bit of a quick share today.  I created this rainy background using a technique with Distress Oxides.  I saw something similar on Karen’s blog.  

You smoosh the Distress Oxides on your craft sheet and wet them with a spritz or two of water.  Then use the edge of a piece of acetate packaging (or a small strip of acetate would work too) pick up the inky water and apply to your cardstock.  It controls the application a little so you can keep your card a little more clean and simple.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Girl with Umbrella Silhouette, Sentiment sheet 1, Distress Oxide Black Soot, Faded Jeans and Broken China, Versafine Black ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies

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Friday, May 25, 2018

May Flower of the Month - Lily of the Valley

I’m back with this month’s Flower of the Month post!  This is my self-imposed challenge to make at least one card a month using birth flowers and stamps I already have.  

You can find all my Flower of the Month posts HERE!

This month’s flower is Lily of the Valley and it is a favorite flower of mine. I love the scent, and the sweet little blossoms.  My patch is currently in bloom, but is just fading. 

I colored this sweet little image with alcohol markers.  I had an idea on how to create some texture in the sky. I first colored all around the flower with light blue, then I went over the area with my colorless blender marker. It looks almost like watercoloring, and I love it!

Supplies: Power Poppy Natural Beauties stamp set, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped Oval dies, Recollections Backyard Table 6x6 paper pad, Scrap of light green vellum

I would love to play along with Snippets #326 (the floral paper and the vellum are scraps).

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Christmas Cards! Stamping two ways!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I have been away from stamping and blogging for much of the past month, but I am back today with  Christmas cards!  I really loved making them and it feels good to have them in the stash early!

The first card was made by first stamping the Christmas music in very light ink for the background.  I then stamped the pine trees over top with green ink.  I had the bell colored with alcohol markers, so I fussy cut it out and created this vintage look.

You can see that I had so much fun making this that I made two cards while my supplies were out.

For the second card, I heat embossed that music stamp with silver.  Nothing says Christmas like metallics, and I like this look a lot too.  The same bell was colored in more traditional colors as the focal image.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Bells and Holly stamp, Glorious Song Background stamp, Silhouette Pines stamp.

I feel like I see a lot more blogging cardmakers getting their Christmas cards made throughout the year.  Are you one of them?  

Just for Fun Rubber Stamp’s May Challenge is to use multiple stamps on your card.  Won’t you join in?  I would also like to add my card to Merry Monday’s Add a Bell challenge.

I hope you get some time this week for crafting! 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Run for the Roses - Kentucky Derby Inspired

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  I was challenged to come up with a card with a Kentucky Derby theme as a sample for this week’s Free for All Challenge, which begins today.  Well, I don’t have any horse images, and not many to represent the stylish clothes or hats.  So I went off in search of what else goes with the derby.  Beverages would have been a good choice, but I was inspired by the Kentucky Derby logo and flag.

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They have a stylized red rose and many of them had a sort of harlequin design diamonds on them.

I stamped the diamonds in the background and created a flag using a die cut.  My roses were stamped, quickly colored and then fussy cut and arranged on my flag.  I used matting in black and red, which were both colors I saw in a lot of the derby images.  

Supplies: Gina K Better with You stamps set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Gina K Innocent Pink and Applemint ink, Hero Arts Harlequin Pattern stamp, Spellbinders Labels  Four dies, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Using Multiple Stamps with Just for Fun’s May Challenge

Hello and thanks for coming to my blog.

The challenge theme for May at Just for Fun Rubber Stamps is to use multiple stamps.  It is fun to do a lot of stamping on a card, and I do hope you will participate in the challenge this month.  There are not a lot of rules, so it is a great challenge to play along with.

The background of my stamp was made with a piece of normal cardstock that I had coated with gesso.  I really love the result I get when I use this to smoosh into my distress oxide inks.  It creates a softer, lighter look as the ink doesn’t soak into the paper very quickly.   I used some pink, tan and green inks for this, drying in between.  THEN, I inked up my background stamp with the green Oxide ink, spritzed it with a tiny bit of water, and stamped it.  The stamping does take longer to dry on this surface, and that just adds to the texture.

I matched this with the pretty vase, stamped onto an ivory flecked paper and colored with alcohol markers.  I do like to sponge regular distress ink on the sides to add dimension.  I then just added the sentiment to the main panel with Versafine ink.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Bamboo Background, Asian Vase with Blossoms, Helen Keller  sentiment stamp, Distress Oxide inks Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, Distress Ink Antique Linen, Versafine Onyx black, cardstock from my stash.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Many Thanks Stamped Card - Using Up Patterned Paper

Thanks for visiting me today!  I think there are three main reasons it is satisfying to use your 6x6 patterned paper pads.  #1) Using your stash makes all your cardmaking supply purchases feel justified.  #2) When you use a bunch, you can go shopping for more patterned paper! #3) To play along with CraftyHazelnut’s May Patterned Paper challenge!  Can you think of any more??

All the blue in this card project is older patterned paper that I am trying to use up.  Formerly, I had been hoarding some of the papers that I really love, but now I am trying to use them!

This card has layers of patterned paper, and it also the stamping has been done on patterned paper, and I paper-pieced the flowers from scraps.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps High Wheeler Bicycle Motif and Old Time Bicycle Motif stamps, Sentiment Sheet 1, Versafine Onyx Black ink, My Mind’s Eye older 6x6 paper pads (multiple scraps), Die’sire Edgeables Rococo

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Christmas Card without a Christmas Stamp

Hello and thank you for visiting!  I have a quick share for a Christmas card, but my house stamps are not Christmassy.  I just paper pieced with the scraps of an older Christmas paper pad.  

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stampes Collaged Row Houses, Sentiment Sheet 1, Snowflake block, Versafine Black ink, various paper scraps, Stickles Glitter glue.  

I would love to play along with these challenges:
Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Snippets Challenge  #324
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes

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Monday, April 23, 2018

April Flower of the Month Card - Part Two - Sweet Peas

Hello and hope you are having a good day.  I have been quite busy recently and it is harder to get cards not only made, but then photographed and blogged.  I am also in the process of moving my craft space to another room (I currently craft in an old computer armoire, and will be moving to a larger desk soon - stay tuned...).   

However, I was able to get a second card made for the April Edition of my Flower of the Month Series!  The first flower for April was Daisy, and the second is the Sweet Pea!  They won’t bloom where I live till around June, but they are so pretty.  I have this framed stamp from Stacy Stamps’ Framed Flowers line, which I found out was another flower of the month stamp line!  I didn’t even realize it!  Peruse all of them here.

I started coloring this stamp with alcohol markers one evening, and when it came time to work on the frame, I blanked.  I set it aside.  The next morning right before I woke up, I dreamed that I was paper piecing that frame.  Not kidding!  That was the perfect idea, and that is what I ended up doing.  The rest of the card is clean - just added a pretty sentiment from Just for Fun.

Supplies: Stacy Stamps April Sweet Pea stamp, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Prima Nature Garden 6x6 Paper pad, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Unmounted Sentiments 1, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles die, speckled paper and cardstocks from my stash.

I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge Flower Power.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Flower of the Month Card Series - April Daisies

Hello! I’m back with another post for my Flower of the Month series.  This is where I am trying to use more of my flowers stamps by making as many cards each month as I can with the stamps I already have.  The second flower for April is the Daisy!  This is a fun and versatile flower to stamp with, so today I have a card using my stamp two ways!

My first card is very clean and simple, using bright colors, a bold design and heat embossing.  

My second card is more organic, I created this daisy chain out of colored and fussy cut flowers and put it over a tattered screen background stamp.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna sheet, Tattered screen background, Sentiment Word Block, Memento and Versafine black inks, Hero Arts Soft Sand ink, Versamark ink, White detail embossing powder, all cardstock was in my scrap box, Cuttlebug Daisy embossing folder

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Birthday Card set for kids of all ages

We are having the most lovely warm weather the last couple days, and I am enjoying it as a cold front will come through this evening.  I know areas are still getting snow, so I am really counting my blessings today!

I have a card set to share today.  I got out a couple of the Lawn Fawn stamp sets and colored some images, then finished off a pad of birthday paper to make them into cards.  I am so glad to have this basic type of card in my stash, as they would be good for anyone!

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Year Two, Year Four and Bannerific, Memento and Versafine Black inks, My Mind’s Eye Hootenanny 6x6 paper pad, MFT Peek A Boo window die, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles

I would love to enter the Lawn Fanatics Card Set Challenge and two of these qualify for the Cards in Envy Get Negative challenge. Thank you for hosting these challenges!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Clean and Simple Spring Card & Project Safelight Reminder

Hello and happy Tuesday!  We had snowflakes again last night, but I am assured that it will be warm later this week!  I purchased some pansies last week, but kept them in the garage. I think I will pot them up today!  I don’t see any further freezing temperatures in the forecast, but what a strange spring!

I am sharing two cards today.  I used the same sketch (I was too late to link it to that challenge!) for both but made one more simple.  I fussy cut my images after coloring and added a touch of glitter to the centers.  I only took a quick photo of the pink card because it needed to get in the mail immediately.

Supplies:  Gina K Designs Whimsical Spring stamp set, Gina K Inspiration Mosaic (just the sentiment), Memento and Versafine Black inks, KI Memories Doilies 6x6 paper pad, My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Mabel 6x6 paper pad, Nuvo glitter drops, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

I would love to enter the ModSquad Simply Clean Challenge and since my floral patterned paper was a scrap, also Snippets Playground #323 challenge.  Thanks to our wonderful hosts for holding these challenges!

Please don’t forget to send your encouragement cards to the Project Safelight card drive, they are due April 30th.  Details (including prize drawing) at From My Carolina Home.

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