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.

Image credit: derbygifts.com

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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