Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Just Flyin' By to Say Hi

Hello cardmaking friends! I have quick share this morning of a card I made with a sketch!

I had the bird already colored up from when I made this previous card.  I simply picked some pretty paper and textured cardstock to go with it.  I love the look of the neutral print!  I added a bit of shiny washi to the bottom to ground the image and some embellies up top to draw your eye up to the sentiment.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Fashion Warbler, small, and Sentiments 3, Memento  black ink, Versafine Vintage Sepia ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die,  DCWV Linen Closet paper pad.

I would love to participate in this challenge and I hope you will check it out, too!
CASeThisSketch #206

I really appreciate your visit today! Have a great day and I hope you have time to stamp!

Sunday, January 29, 2017


I got the guts to try coloring up this stamp with alcohol markers yesterday after I perused images of Camellias on google.  They are just gorgeous flowers, in so many pretty colors!  I do not think they would grow outside in my area, but I wonder if you can grow them inside...

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I decided pink would be the easiest color to try first.  This die was the only one in my collection that seemed to fit the flowers well.  

One item I had not used before was the small tag die with the little heart.  I wanted this to be a Valentine, so I thought this little tag would be perfect.  

Supplies: Power Poppy Simply Camellias stamps set, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir markers CR1, CR2, PP3, LG1, CG4, BT2, Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles, Spellbinders Labels 18, Avery Elle Stitched Rectangles (the small tag die), My Mind's Eye Bramble Rose paper pad, Fiskars corner punch.

I drew inspiration from all three of these great challenges!  I hope you will check them out!
Power Poppy Winter Blooms
ModSquad Challenge Show Your Love
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #9 (I did not use the prompt this time, but did use NBUS item.)

After I publish this post, I am going to work on trying to change my email address associated 
with this blog (we switched internet to save money).  I tried earlier today but it was getting tricky, so wish me luck!  And thank you SO MUCH for visiting and especially for the really kind comments!  I am really encouraged by YOU!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Thanks Sew Much "Quilt" Card

In my stamping group, there was a challenge to make a quilt square card, and this is what I came up with.

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I used a 1.25 inch square punch on some scraps of paper and then arranged them how it looked like it should from other examples of this style.  It really was pretty easy to do.  Then I placed my square over a die cut square of ivory card and embossed the entire thing with a folder I thought might look a bit like a stitching pattern.  

I did rub a little distress ink over top of the embossing just to cover any areas that might have looked a bit white.  Boy, oh boy! I really enjoy fun ways to use up scraps!  The result definitely made me smile, too.

The sewing notions were stamped and fussy cut from more scraps.  Fun!

Supplies: Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine freebie Sew Pretty stamp set, Versafine Ink, My Mind's Eye Stella&Rose Tangerine paper pad and matching brad, MFT Die-namics Pierced Square die, Antique Linen distress ink.

I would LOVE to participate in the following challenges -- they are worth checking out!
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes!
Cute Card Thursday - Something FUN
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 265 and 266

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pink and Grey Christmas card

Thank you for stopping by.  This is the first Christmas card I have made in 2017.  I took a month off of Christmas theme and now I am ready to try to make a few each month and be ready for the holiday  when it comes!

I colored my sweet penguin image with alcohol markers and framed him with a cute heart die using a dark grey cardstock.  I thought about punching a heart for the penguin to hold, and turning this into a Valentine, but I already felt committed to doing a Christmas theme.  

Textured paper was embossed with snowflakes and then I used a pale pink paper for the background. Nuvo Crystal Glitter drops were used as a subtle embellishment.  

Supplies:  Purple Onion Designs Frost stamp, Elle Studio Sentiment set, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol makers, Spellbinders Heart Circles die, Martha Stewart Snowflake Embossing folder, Crate Paper Peppermint 6x6 paper pad.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Rudolph Days - January
Cards in Envy - Pink and Grey
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday - Anything Goes

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Shabby Chic Floral Card

This was a very fun card to make with a lot of stamps and products!  First, I worked on the background.  I sponged pink, green and brown distress inks over a stencil, then immediately I applied whipped spackle over top.  It looks white at first, but then the distress inks mix in and the spackle becomes more opaque and it is pretty when it dries.

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The pink flower was kissed with a script stamp, then I masked that flower and stamped over top with the fern.  I thought that was such a pretty combo.  I did sponge ink on the oval die cut to make it look more shabby.

I finished off the card with some pretty lace and a vellum butterfly. This card is a bit unusual for me, but I really like it and had fun making it.

Supplies: Purple Onion Blossoms Stem, Hero Arts Italian Poetry, Rubber Stampede Fern, I Brake for Stamps sentiment, Avery Elle inks Pixie, Truffle, Mint to Be, Kraft, Distress inks Bundled Sage, Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye, Heidi Swapp stencil, Spellbinders Oval and Scalloped oval die, Faber Castell Whipped Spackle, ribbons and butterfly from my stash.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Spread Your Wings
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
Inkspirational - Flutter

Friday, January 20, 2017

Fun Dragon Kid's Card

I recently was lucky enough to win some digi stamps from Bugaboo.  I haven't used a lot of digi stamps in the past, but I took the opportunity to get some that would be great for kids, since I really think they excel at those types of images.  

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I printed this guy out on some kraft paper and colored him with inktense pencils.  I recently got a few new colors of pencils so I have more to work with.  I did blend out with a tiny bit of water, but I am not sure how much that did on kraft paper.  I definitely could use more practice with my pencils, but I liked how it turned out.   I used a stamp from a clear set for the sentiment.

Supplies: Bugaboo Clyde birthday digi, Casual Fridays In the Cards stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Crate Paper Party Day 6x6 paper pad, Avery Elle Wonky Rectangles die set, Derwent Inktense pencils

I would love to participate in these challenges:
Darnell's NBUS Challenge
Tuesday Morning Sketches #386
Bugaboo Birthday Bash - make a card for a kiddo

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Birdie Love Valentine Card

Hello and thanks for stopping in!  Today, I used a sketch to make a Valentine from everyday stamps.

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I colored my bird with alcohol markers and then covered him in a thick coat of glossy accents.  When it was dry, I trimmed him out.

I used a Valentine paper pad and some hot pink cardstock to make the card look the part!  The little hearts were confetti from a party that I saved.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Fashion Warbler, small, Unmounted Sentiment Sheet 3, Memento Jet Black, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Ranger Glossy Accents, Gina K Passionate Pink cardstock, Pebbles Yours Truly 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders circle dies, Avery Elle Wonky Rectangles die.

I would love to play along with the following challenges:
CAS(E)thisSketch #204

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Cute Turtle Card

I have used this sweet turtle stamp before, but today I just wanted to do something different and use just a portion of the stack of turtles.  So I inked it up with a marker and just stamped the one.

I then just colored him up, mixed in some patterned paper and called it a card.

Supplies: Art Impressions Turtle Stackers stamps, Water-based markers from Tombow and Marvy, Strathmore mixed media paper, Theresa Collins World Traveler paper pack, Hero Arts sentiment, Versafine Onyx black ink, MFT Die-namics pierced squares dies, other materials from my stash.

I would love to play along with the following challenges:
Art Impressions Card Resolutions
Cute Card Thursday Buttons

I really appreciate your visit today!  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Spring Florals card

Something fun occurred while I was making this card. I was finishing it up and started to put my supplies away.  That is when I happened to find a clear sentiment stamp that was missing since June!  Back when I noticed the stamp had vanished, I had to laugh, since the sentiment is, "I miss you."  

It was stuck to the back of a patterned paper pack and I realize now that it must have stuck there when I was making this card.  That is the same paper pack as I used today and I think I originally was going to make that a miss you card instead of hello friend.

Good times!

I based my card on a sketch from this old blog.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Made With Love and Assorted Greetings stamp sets, Hero Arts Butter Bar, Fresh Peach and Soft Canteloupe inks, Versafine Smokey Grey ink, My Mind's Eye the Sweetest Thing Tangerine 6x6 paper pack, Spellbinders Foliage dies, Distress ink Bundled Sage, Nuvo Drops Pearl, Darice textured cardstock, other cardstocks from my stash.

I would love to play along with this challenge:
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - January 2017
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Watercolor markers two ways

Hello, I am glad you are here!  I have two cards to share today, both using watercolor markers to color the image, all the same color markers too.  The difference is that one I blended out with water and the other I did not.  It was fun to see what kind of difference that made.

I started by stamping on mixed media paper with archival ink.  Here is the version where I blended with water.

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I fussy cut the image (not so easy with the thick paper) and applied it to some textured cardstock.  The background was some light blue textured cardstock that I embossed.

Here is the second card - you can see the deeper colors.  I colored the darker hue of marker to an area first and then blended it out with the lighter marker.  I really find that the mixed media paper works well for watercolor markers.  Some other cardstocks absorb the marker too quickly and you get more streaks and less blend.

I added white gel pen to the image to accent the details and to break up the colors a little. The same accent patterned paper was used on this card, but I used a smooth cardstock for the base with some tone on tone stamping.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today.  Which is your preference?

(I thought I would like the lighter colors better, but I really found myself loving the chartreuse in the deeper colors!)

Supplies:  Power Poppy Short Stacks stamp set, Archival Ink, Hero Arts Leafy Vines, Hero Arts Soft Pool shadow ink, Tombow water based markers, Elizabeth Crafts Embossing folder, K&Co Susan Winget matstack, Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, Darice white textured cardstock, other cardstocks from my stash, self-adhesive gems, Spellbinders Labels 4, white gel pen.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
ModSquad Challenge blog - Sequins, Rhinestones and Glitter

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

You're a Big Deal Card

I always like making quick cards that are good for guys!  I enjoyed using a new stamp set and die.  I plan on making more projects in the future. We like playing card games in my family so I know my relatives will love the fun stamps and sentiments in this set!

I think this is mostly self explanatory on the how-to's, so I will keep this post short and just list the supplies.

Supplies:  Casual Fridays In the Cards stamp set and Shuffle Die set, Versafine Onyx Black and Satin Red Inks, Crate Paper DIY Shop paper pad, grey and red cardstocks from my stash, grey distress ink for edging.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday New Something
Cute Card Thuday  What's New
Dies R Us Dies R Us Anything Goes with Dies

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

All Occasion Cards Needed!

I send out a bunch of cards this week and realized that my card stash is just about lower than it has ever been before!  That is great that I am sending them out, but I felt I needed to get some made, and especially ones that can be used for all occasions.
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The image is from Power Poppy, one I had stamped in my travel sketch pad to color on the go.  I did this because I had never used this image on a card, although I have used all the others in the set.  I colored this with pencils and added touches of glitter gel pen that you can sortof see in the close-up below.

I used a sketch for this card. It just happened that this piece of alcohol ink background I made previously looked nice with the colors.  This is current, slate, cranberry and bottle alcohol inks.

The butterfly might be from Maya Road, but I have long since lost the packaging.  I love the vellum!

Supplies: Power Poppy Short Stacks stamp set, Archival Ink, Strathmore sketch paper, Derwent Coloursoft pencils, Gelly Roll stardust glitter pen, craft foam to pop up image, cardstock and embellishments from my stash, Spellbinders circle die.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
Mojo Monday #478
ModSquad Challenge Blog - Anything but Christmas

Thank you for stopping by!  I am starting to feel a lot better after a bad cold, so if I have missed visiting you at your blog, know that I mean to make it up real soon!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Hot Tea Month - Get Well Card

Hello!  You might have seen a post I wrote planning for some of the obscure holidays this month.  It is Hot Tea Month, and since I needed a get well card for a family member, I decided to combine those.

I colored my teacups with alcohol markers and added accents with gold and glitter gel pens.  The embellishments are sticky gems over top of sequins.

When I was coloring, I had a patterned paper pad in mind and then I used a sketch to arrange the papers.

On the inside of my card, I stamped the image again with light blue ink and stamped my sentiment right on top.  I usually write my message over the image, but you can still see it.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Stamptangle Stacked Tea Cups, Sentiments 3 Unmounted Sheet, Memento ink, Spectrum Noir markers, Gelly Roll Stardust gel pen, Uniball Gold gel pen, DCWV Linen Closet matstack, embellishments from my stash

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Sketch Saturday #444
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge Start Afresh (stamp is new)
ModSquad Challenge Anything But Christmas

Thank you for visiting today!!  D

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year - Ballerina Best Wishes Card (and a sale!)

🎈 Happy New Year!🎈 

Welcome 2017 and I have the pleasure of announcing the new theme for the Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Janaury Challenge!  
(Also, read till the end of the post for a big sale announcement!)

I think you are going to love that is is a "Free For All."  Even better, there is a gift certificate up for grabs and while you get an extra entry if you use JFF stamps, you do NOT have to use them to enter the prize drawing.  I really hope you will hop on over and enter the challenge!

Here is my inspiration project for this challenge.

I truly love this image. I have colored her up a bunch of times in my sketchbook and I think you will be seeing her in future projects too.  This time, I stamped the ballerina on watercolor cardstock and colored with watercolor pencils and blended.  I wanted more texture and more intense color, so I added regular colored pencil over top.

The background is two simple steps.  Just sponge color on, put a stencil over top and sponge a different color on. It always turns out pretty.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Degas Fluffing the Tutu, Just a Note Word Block, Versafine Onyx black ink, Dewent watercolor and Coloursoft pencils, Heidi Swapp stencil, Distress inks Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass

Remember I said there was a sale announcement? Here it is, a really big sale! No code needed! JFFstamps.com