Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sweet Pea 70th Birthday Card

Hello everyone!  I hope you are doing well.  We had our first really muggy, summer day yesterday.  I have got to get used to that!  I have a lot of summer birthdays in my family and not enough birthday cards in my stash, so today I am sharing this one for a special aunt with one of the big birthdays!  

I colored the sweet pea image with a base layer of marker, and then added subtle shading with colored pencils.  The pencils also come in handy for those thin stems!  I cut this out with a die and then looked through my scrap box (it is really full right now) to find the other elements of the card.  I know my aunt is going to like this!

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps April Sweet Peas, Memento black ink,  Gina K Fresh Asparagus paper, Hero Arts Numbers Frame Cuts, Spellbinders circle dies, Spellbinders Fancy Edge Rectangle dies, other items from my stash.  
(Save 10% on this stamp and your entire order at the I Brake for Stamps store with my code SAVE10HEIDI )

I would love to enter Die Cut Diva’s Birthday Challenge, Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets Challenge, The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring challenge, and WordArtWednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge.

I want to thank you for your kind comments and visits!  Have a crafty day!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Eagle Scout Congratulations Card

Hello everyone!  I’m thinking that it is full-on summer for most of us!  I have seen far less people blogging and commenting.  I think you are having fun in the sun, but I hope you also have some time for fun in the craft room.

Today I would like to share I card I made to congratulate a new Eagle Scout.  There is a lot of time and effort put into this, and I wanted our family to give an appropriate card.

 I remembered a card that JFF DT Member, Roni, made last year for our Red, White and Blue challenge.  You can see her card in this post.  

I changed up the design to make it my own.  I stamped one of the Patriotic Block stamps 3 times, using a stamp positioner, to make the flag banner.  

Then, I stamped and colored my Bald Eagle stamp, and carefully fussy cut out the image.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on navy cardstock.  I then arranged all my elements over an embossed piece of kraft cardstock.  I was very pleased how this turned out!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Eagle After PreyPatriotic Block Stamp set, Congratulations  in Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Versamark ink and White Detail embossing powder, Darice Embossing Folder.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I will be around visiting you soon!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sailboat Father’s Day Card - Stamp Kissing Technique

Hello everyone! Today, I’d like to do a quick share.

I have a solid sailboat stamp that I inked up with light blue ink.  I then inked up a tweed background stamp with navy ink.  I kissed the sailboat onto the tweed background to pick up the navy ink, and then stamped it down onto my card panel.  I was really pleased with how this turned out!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sailboat Silhouette, Father’s Day, Hero Arts Tweed Background Stamps, Hero Arts Shadow inks in Cornflower and Navy, Versamark Embossing ink and White detail embossing powder, The Paper Studio embossing folder

I’d love to enter this into the ModSquad Challenge Nautical Masculine challenge and CASology’s CALM challenge.

Thanks for your visit!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Garden Shelf Notecard

Hello!  Hope you are doing well.  I am sharing an everyday-type card with you today.  There is a bird’s nest right outside my window, and in the back of the house, my hydrangea is just starting to bloom, so I thought this stamp would be a timely one to color.  

I colored Garden Shelf #2 with alcohol markers.  I picked some analogous colors, that is, colors that are next to one another on the color wheel and then a neutral.  So those were Green, Blue, Purple + Brown as my neutral.  I tried to stick to those colors so that the finished product looked harmonious. 

I added a little sentiment from Bubble Wrap, Lattice and Flowers Sheet, to finish off the card. 

(You can always save 10% on these, and all the stamps at the I Brake for Stamps store using my code SAVE10HEIDI)

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today!
Have a great day!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Ice Cream Cards - CTMH Balanced Diet stamp set

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We have had really nice, mild summer weather!  I think it is supposed to start raining during the start of the week, but at this point, we probably need it.  

Today I would like to share another card I designed to make with friends who are beginners.  I thought the ice cream theme was fun, and suitable for all ages.  This card involves no coloring, and I went ahead and cut the card bases and did the die cutting of the circle element ahead.

The background was a lot of stamping for a beginner, and although I could do one in just a couple minutes, it took much longer than I thought for my friend.  The two-step stamping of the ice cream cone was a good lesson for a beginner, but the fussy cutting of the ice cream scoops is a bit time-consuming for someone not used to it!  

So, this card might have been just a touch too long for beginners, but it was doable.  I went with the matching sentiment for the inside (ombré stamping done with two inkpads, as I don’t have the multicolor ones), but my friend chose a simpler thank you sentiment in a single color.  

I did make a second card in pink and yellow!  This card was already given out to a little girl I know with a gift card to Dairy Queen enclosed.  

Supplies: Close to My Heart A Balanced Diet and Wordfetti stamp sets, Hero Arts Shadow inks and Gina K Designs inks in various colors, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Gina Marie X Stitched Circles dies, other items from my stash.

I would like to enter these projects into Crafting By Designs Anything Goes, Cute Card Thursday Anything Goes and WordArtWednesday Anything Goes. 

If you are on Instagram, you may be interested the SimonSaysStamp is now doing specific instagram challenges, and this month it is Summer Fun!  My instagram can be found here.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Cardmaking with beginners

Hello everyone!  Last weekend, I had planned a cardmaking session with a few of my close friends.  None of them do papercraft, so I had to think about what projects to set up.  I think it is a good idea to have specific projects ready that you can change the sentiment on easily, so they can use the card for what they need.  

For one of the cards, I chose for us to CASE (copy and steal everything) this card I saw on Pinterest.  I have the stamp set for this, and it has a few options for sentiments.  I did not have the die, but it was easy enough to cut around it.  

To prepare, I had all the card bases cut, the square panel and mat cut, and had a few paper pads and embossing folders to choose from, and a navy inkpad ready.  I think it is better to limit the number of options, as I have found that people can spend more time looking through your stash and then don’t get their card done.

Here is the card I made.  I omitted that button so that I could easily send it.  My friend’s was a lovely Father’s Day card, and she definitely put her own creative spin on it!

Supplies: Technique Tuesday Swanky Sentiments stamp set, Carta Bella It’s a Celebration 6x6 paper pad, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Versafine Magestic Blue ink

Do you plan cardmaking get-togethers with your non-cardmaking friends? I’d love to hear about it?  I’ll be back soon with another card we made, that maybe didn’t work out as well as this one...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wedding Bouquet Card

ETA 6/18/18:  I was so surprised to be chosen as one of the TOP 3 at Double D Challenges!  Thank You!!!

Hello!  I don’t know why, but I have such a hard time making wedding cards when I am under time pressure.  (I guess it seems like such an important occasion, and that adds to the pressure.). So since it is June, a major month for weddings, I thought I would make one for the stash, even though I am not invited to a wedding this month.  

I colored this Rose Bouquet with alcohol markers.  I applied some Art Glitter Glue with the fine tip nozzle to portions of the roses to adhere some white glitter.  After this dried, I fussy cut out my image.  

I adhered it with foam adhesive  over top of an embossed piece of cardstock where I had stamped the greeting at the bottom.  I think this turned out really pretty!

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps (Rose Bouquet and On Your Wedding) or as part of the Wedding Sheet stamp set. (As always, use code SAVE10HEIDI to save 10% on your order at IBFS.) Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Recollections Glitter, Darice Embossing Folder, Gina K Grass Green cardstock.

I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge Wedding or Anniversray, Double D Challenges - Rose Garden, and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes.

Thank you for visiting the blog today!  Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

JFF’s June Challenge - Use a Stencil

Hello! I am happy to announce that Just for Fun’s Blog challenge this month is to incorporate a stencil into your stamped design.  I really enjoy using stencils, so I was happy to play along this month.

My background was created by applying ink directly to a stencil with Distress Oxide ink in Antique Linen.  Then I spritzed the stencil with water and pressed it to watercolor paper to make a monoprint.  I was tickled to see that the tan ink separated out into both tan and a light green.  Brown inks are always fun when they separate.  

Then, I used my stamping platform to stamp my fern in green oxide ink, and then I just added brown oxide ink to a few parts of the fern and stamped it again.  I liked the way it turned out.  My Father’s Day greeting was stamped directly to my ivory card base using a dye ink.  

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna sheet, Happy Father’s Day, Creative Expressions Autumn stencil, Distress oxide inks in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint, watercolor paper, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Forever Green, Gina K Designs Dark Sage cardstock, Michaels 110 pound ivory card stock.

Hope you will join in the challenge this month!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

A Cool Drink - Stamping on the Gelli Plate

I have a couple cards made with Just for Fun’s Cool Drink stamp and with a background made with a gel press and stamps. 

I am pretty new to the gel press (or gelli plate) but I found this stamping technique easy.  The backgrounds not only work for patterned paper, but since you are printing them with paint, they also have a nice texture.  

First the background.  I brayered craft paint onto my gelli plate, and then I used the citrus slice stamp to pick up the paint.  I stamped the paint off onto another piece of paper, and then repeated until I had filled the gel press with this negative image.  Then I placed a piece of cardstock over the gelli plate and rubbed all over to transfer the paint.  

Then I stamped and colored the Cool Drink stamp. I used Wink of Stella to add glitter over the glass. The two sentiments I used are A Vacation Is... and Happy Birthday from Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.

Now I am in the mood for some lemonade, how about you?

I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Friday, May 31, 2019

W Card Fold Tutorial - Get Well Soon Scandanavian Folk Art Card

Hello everyone! I have a card to share with a fancy fold called the W-Fold.  I saw this card fold, in landscape format, here.  I preferred to make it as a standard upright card, so I will share those measurements below.  The card front is kept super simple, as the fun is all in the fold.  

I used some cute Scandanavian stamps and simple stamping, but in a favorite color combo!  I feel this is bright and cheery, and good for a Get Well card.


1) Decorate the card front of a standard A2 card, cut from colored cardstock (4.25 inches by 5.5 inches)

2) Line the inside of your card with white cardstock (4 inches by 5.25 inches)

3) Cut a strip of coordinating colored cardstock.  (8.5 inches by 1.5 inches) This can be a little thinner if you prefer, and are using a good, sturdy cardstock.

4) Score the strip at 2 1/8, 4 1/4, 6 3/8 inches.  Fold into a W shape.

5) Cut 4 squares of white cardstock with either a die or paper cutter.  My squares are 1 7/8 inches.  
(The absolute maximum would be 2 inches square, but you could go smaller).  

6) Apply your strip to the inside of card as pictured.  Apply glue, or heavy duty double-sided adhesive, only to the outer part of the fold.  
You may notice that I prefer not to place the strip all the edge of the card base, instead leaving a little gap.  I find this allows the card to stay folded more neatly.  

7) Add your decorated squares to the strip.  

Supplies: Club Scrap Scandinavia Jumbo Unmounted Stamp set, Scandinavia Greetings stamp set, Gina K Assorted Greetings Stamp set, Versafine Satin Red and Onyx Black inks, MFT Die Namics Pierced Squares dies.

I’d like to enter this card in SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes, and Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you might try this card fold sometime!  Let me know if you have any questions!

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pride of Africa card, and a bonus card!

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well today. Didn’t the month of May just fly by!  I am back from my trip and am going to need the whole day to get myself together!

I have a two cards that are a bit outside my typical style, but I really ended up liking them!  I usually choose stamps that I just like (which is a lot of flowers and birds!) but sometimes I like to send cards that are different, and these projects fit the bill.  

I created my background by swiping Distress Oxide inks onto watercolor paper, and then giving a light spray of water.  When dry, I stamped the Pride of Africa stamp right over top.  

I also stamped a background stamp called Tribal Blanket, using tan ink, onto kraft cardstock, to create a subtle tone on tone look.  I really love that it is patterned, but doesn’t compete with the main image.  It was no problem to stamp my greeting, Thank You, on this panel.

Now, onto a “bonus” card!  

So, I just loved that background stamp, and wanted to use it a little more. I had a plain white Hello die cut sitting on my desk, so I decided to dress it up by stamping on it with both green and orange inks (also still on my desk from the other project.). I then colored over the rest of the white by pressing it directly to my yellow inkpad.  

I then stamped my Large Oak Tree with brown ink onto some white kraft cardstock and put the die cut directly over.  This turned out to be a great, everyday masculine card.  

(Don’t forget you can always save 10% off your entire order at the I Brake for Stamps store, using my coupon code, SAVE10HEIDI) 

I hope you will be inspired to choose some stamps outside of your ordinary with your next purchase! Thanks for stopping by and have a good day!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Swan Thank You Card

Hello cardmakers!  I hope you are having a nice weekend.  For those of you in the USA, I hope you are able to visit family and friends during this holiday weekend.  We are going to be busy with family obligations all weekend, so this post is actually pre-scheduled.  (Right now, I am probably making a pasta salad for a family cook-out.)

I made this card a couple weeks ago, and haven’t had a chance to share it yet.  I used a sketch and this very pretty stamp set from Hero Arts.  I think they have a stamp artist who does lovely storybook style  drawings, and I would like to own many more of these! I actually wish they would tell us who the stamp artist was for all the stamps. I know some companies do and some don’t, and I’m not sure why and why not.

I stamped, colored and die cut out a bunch of these images.  I then created the main sketch using embossed cardstock and patterned paper.  Over top of the elements, I created my scene.  I am hoping to make a bunch more cards with this set! 

Supplies: Hero Arts Swans and Cattails stamps and dies, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Bo Bunny Early Bird 6x6 patterned paper, EK Success square punch, Elizabeth Crafts Embossing folder.  

Thanks for your visit today!  I will be so happy to read each and every comment, and visit all your blogs when I am finished with the family obligations!  Have a great day!

Friday, May 24, 2019

Quick Share: Sunshine on a Rainy Day

Hello everyone!  Just a quick share of a card that I did for SplitCoast’s Free4All Challenge and Word Art Wednesday today!

Supplies: Gina K Warm Spring Wishes, Elizabeth Crafts CS061 Little Words that Mean A Lot, Hampton Arts IC0164 stamp set, Versafine Black ink, Mimosa and Daisy Avery Elle Pigment inks, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die, Bicycle die unknown.  Distress Oxide inks for background in Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Broken China, Sakura stardust gel pen for accent on sun.

Thanks for your visit today!!!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Hummingbird Sympathy Card

Hello stamping friends! I hope you are doing well today.  I am sharing a sympathy card.  I do try to refill my sympathy card stash whenever a stamp is pulling me in that direction.

I started by coloring the Hummingbird with Flower stamp and I completely fussy cut it out.  I die cut a window in my card front.  Behind the panel, I put a piece of a background I made using the Cuttlebug Embossed Waxed Paper technique (tutorial is here). 

Then I simply stamped the Memories Comfort You sentiment and framed out the entire card with green and yellow card stocks.

Don’t forget that you can save 10% on these stamps, and your entire order at I Brake for Stamps, with my coupon code, SAVE10HEIDI.

I’d love to enter this card into CASology’s Summer challenge and WordArtWednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Lighthouse Card

Hello!  Hope you are having a good weekend. It has gotten on the slightly hot side for us, hard to get used to after all the Spring Sweater-Weather we had previously. For the card I am sharing today, I was thinking slightly ahead to Father’s Day, although lighthouses are well loved by all people, I think.  

I colored this stamp with alcohol markers.  For the sky, I used pointillism to add interest.  I die cut out the panel and arranged it over some nautical patterned papers.  I thought the sentiment panel would stand out nicely if I put it at the top on an angle.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps  Striped Lighthouse ,  Calm Seas sentiment, Memento black ink, Hero Arts Navy ink, Carta Bella Ahoy There 6x6 Paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitched rectangle dies.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Hope to see you again soon. In the meanwhile, hope you have time for stamping!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Peg Stamp Card - Hummingbird Anniversary Card

ETA 6/2/19: I’d like to thank Cupcake Inspirations for choosing my card as one of the Sweet Selects for their challenge!

Hello!  Many of you have been so busy lately with your cardmaking!  I sat down to go through my blog list last evening, and thought it wouldn’t be long as I only missed a day or two.  Well, wasn’t I wrong!  Everyone is being so creative!

Well, we finally have the sun again around here, so I was able to finish and photograph a card.  I had this anniversary stamp set out on my desk still from making this card last week.  Looking at the little hummingbirds on it, and knowing I will soon need a card for my parents, I came up with this idea, adding peg stamps!

I used the peg stamps to create the border along the top.  After that was finished, I added some Nuvo glitter drops here and there. I think you can see them in the photo. I thought they added some festivity to this card, as they really sparkle in the light.

The bird and sentiment were simply stamped with black ink.  I think it turned out cute!

Supplies: Rubber Stamp Tapestry Cherry Blossom stamp set, Penny Black You and Me Stamp set, Avery Elle inks in Kraft, Celery, Raspberry and Pixie, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus cardstock.  

I would love to play along with these challenges!
Library Challenge - All Creatures Great and Small (these ones are very small!)

Cupcake Inspirations - Pink, Lime and White

Thank you so much for visiting today!  Your comments are always a big encouragement to me!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Birdhouse Mother’s Day Cards

Hello stamping friends!  I would like to share these cards which I recently made for Mother’s Day.  This stamp is large, measuring almost 6 inches by 3.5 inches.  It would be great for 5x7 cards, but today I cropped it to fit a standard A2 card. 

I colored the image with alcohol markers, adding some detail with a white gel pen. I decided to color the birds as a family of Eastern Bluebirds, as these are my Grandma’s favorite.  I colored a second image and framed it out slightly differently to suit my mom’s tastes.

Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Large Summer Time BirdhouseDahlia Quarter Sheet and Bird Sheet 141A, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Gina Marie x stitched rectangle dies, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. 
(You can always save 10% on your entire purchase at I Brake for Stamps using my code SAVE10HEIDI)

Thanks for visiting today! Hope you have time for stamping and creativity today!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Pineapple Themed Cards

ETA 6/2/19:  I wanted to thank Tuesday Morning Sketches for choosing my card as a Top Pick for their challenge!

Hello!  I just want to give you all a big thanks for all the lovely comments you have left lately. They really do lift the spirits!  Today I have a couple cards to share.  I saw a pineapple themed card kit in a Close to My Heart catalog that I really liked, but I knew I didn’t need the stamp set, as I already have a pineapple stamp.  (I think this kit sold out, but you could contact a CTMH consultant if you were interested.)

So, I did use that layout for inspiration.  For the top of the pineapple I used rock n roll stamping technique.  The inside of the card I used the second generation stamping, and stamped a verse over top.  

I decided to make a second, more clean and simple card.  I always think of pineapples as a traditional sign of hospitality, so I used that type of sentiment on this card.  

Supplies: Reverse Confetti Pineapples A Plenty stamp set, Frame is from Close To My Heart ‘Tis the Season Cardmaking set, Sentiments from Our Daily Bread Designs Home Sweet Home, Peaches and Power Poppy Natural Beauties, Hero Arts Butter Bar, Green Hills and Field Greens ink pads, Versafine Onyx Black ink pad, Echo Park A Perfect Summer 6x6 paper pad, Gina K Designs cardstock in Wild Dandelion, Jelly Bean Green and Grass Green, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangle die set, Spellbinders Fancy Edge rectangle dies, Tim Holtz/Sizzix tag die set, American Crafts Twine.

I’d love to enter in Cute Card Thursday’s Tie a Bow Challenge, and in Tuesday Throwndown’s Frame It challenge. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Tea Themed Friendship Card

Hello everyone!  Today is the last day of the Coffee Lover’s Blog hop.  I have made 6 projects for the hop; a really nice addition to my stash, which was a little depleted recently.  

This last card was quick and simple, but fun to make. I used a sketch and some very sweet paper from my most recent patterned paper pack.  I have found Tuesday Morning is a great place to find varieties of patterned paper. 

Supplies:  Close to My Heart Just Treats stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Avery Elle Kraft Pigment ink, Hero Arts Butter Bar and Soft Pool ink, Gina K Innocent Pink ink, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangle die, Bo Bunny Early Bird 6x6 paper pad, Enamel heart is Heidi Swapp, Twine is American Crafts, Tombow Markers to color in the letters.

I would love to enter Tuesday Morning Sketches this week!

Thank you for visiting!  I appreciate all the comments and especially subscribers, old and new!  I look forward to visiting your blogs, too!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Retro Coffee Lady

Hello everyone!  It is not that cold today, but I am freezing!  Just can’t warm up.  So as I was going through my blog feed, I got a third cup of coffee warmed up. I almost NEVER drink 3 cups. It is usually 2 cups, with the second one unfinished.  

I am having fun with the Coffee Lover’s Blog hop.  I do want to thank everyone for their kind comments and encouragements.  There are a few of you on platforms I do not have a login, so although I have been viewing your lovely cards, I haven’t been able to comment.  

I am back with a second card from this same set from Monday’s card. I do love the retro feel of it.  

Don’t forget I have a coupon code for I Brake for Stamps.  SAVE10HEIDI gets you 10% off your entire order.  Not just this stamp set.

 Coffee Rubber sheet 

I paired the images with primary colors, kraft paper, and polka dots.  (The papers are all scraps from packs I am nearly finished with).  I did add a touch of red glitter glue to the heart on the sentiment, just to jazz it up. I plan to send a little Starbucks gift certificate to a teacher inside this card.  It is Teacher Appreciation Week!  

I would also like to join in the Kat’s Scrappiness Coffee with Mom challenge.

Hope you have a wonderful day!