Thursday, August 31, 2017

Vintage Sports Theme Birthday Cards

When I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my design team post for CraftyHazenut's Patterned Paper challenge, I decided to browse through my paper pads. I found a couple 8x8 pads in a drawer that I had nearly forgotten about.

This particular Graphic 45 pad, I won on a blog contest years ago.  I shouldn't have put it in the drawer because I don't think I had used it at all yet!  So, I decided to combine this with a couple sports stamp sets I have to make a few cards!

The vintage looking sports cards were all from a border from one of the stamp sheets.  I then stamped various balls, the Allstar saying, the football field and the cleats and cut them out.  I needed to color those and distress them with Antique Linen distress ink.  

I am really happy with these cards as I know I will soon have uses for them for male family birthdays.  On the inside, I added the sentiment, "Have a Ball, It's Your day!

Supplies: Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport paper pad, Unity Stamps Making the Team, Prima Stamps Allstar, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Olympia Green, Red and Toffee inks, Distress Wild Honey and Antique Linen

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 25, 2017


Hello! I want to quickly share a summery card today!  

I created the background using the Floating Alcohol Ink technique, shown in this YouTube Video.  It is easy and fast to do! You just have to account for drying time.  Then I just stamped my Turtle Seascape over top, framed it and I was about done.

I thought about sea turtles and how they have a long journey across the ocean to reach their nesting sites, and that is why I used the sentiment, Life is a Journey.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sea Turtle Seascape, Sentiments three, Archival Black ink, regular cardstocks, Adirondack alcohol inks in blue and green.

Thanks for stopping by!

(Just for Fun Rubber Stamps will be in Hamburg, NY this weekend, August 26 and 27 at the Stamp, Scrap, Art Tour.  If you are nearby, check the event out here.)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Goldfish Thank You card

Hello everyone!  It has been a busy month with little time for cardmaking and blogging.  We were able to go away for a week, and I needed a card to thank the person watching our pets.  What a huge help that is!  Anyone with pets, I am sure, agrees!

I used a goldfish stamp that was given to me as a RAK.  It is marked, "Bizzaro, Providence, RI." Is anyone familiar with this company?  I wonder if they are still in business.  I then just used some dies and patterned paper to fit the sketch I was using.  The fish stamp didn't fit right into the oval dies I have, so I had to substitute a circle.

Supplies: Bizzaro Fish stamp, Gina K Designs Lipstick ink, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing - Tangarine 6x6 Paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitiched circle dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Thank you die, American Crafts ribbon

I would love to play along with the Dies R Us Anything Goes with Dies challenge and the Tuesday Morning Sketches #417 challenge.

How are you spending the end of summer?  We are trying to relax until school starts. Luckily, we don't have very much back to school shopping to do.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fern Botanical

A while back, I made a few Polished Stone alcohol ink backgrounds.  Today I have a quick share of a card I made using one.

I used Just for Fun's Botanical Fern stamp.  I made a simple background with an embossing folder and framed with a green cardstock.  

Thanks so much for stopping by during this busy summer season!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Forget-Me-Not Heart Card

Hello stamping friends!  I can already tell that August is going to be a low production card-making month for me.  There is so much to do outside and we need to make the most of the end of summer.  On the flip side, I also am low on cards to send!  Maybe I will be able to prove myself wrong.  Is this a slow period for you too?

I made this card using a mix of a digi image and a clear stamp.  I colored the image with a few alcohol markers, then just added a die cut frame and some colored cardstocks to bring out the flowers.  I love forget-me-nots and wish I had some in my garden. They are so cheery.

Supplies: Power Poppy Forget Me Not Heart digi, Sunny Harvest stamp set, Versafine black ink, Gina Marie Loopy rectangle die, cardstocks all from my scrap box.

I would love to play with Power Poppy's Mix and Match challenge, and Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I know your time is important and appreciate your visit and comments!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Distress Oxide Technique - Stenciling on Colored Cardstocks

Hello! I would like to share some cards I made with backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks.  I think most everyone knows, by now, that they are excellent for ink-blending.  They also have been marketed for use on dark cardstocks.  Mostly, I have seen people using them with black and kraft, but I wanted to see how they would work on other colors.  And that is when I just fell in love with stenciling with these.  They just look amazing over colored cardstocks.

The first card uses Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick over regular (cheap) yellow cardstock.  I blended the colors and then did spritz water over top with the stencil still in place to get the slightly oxidized look.

The stamp was heat embossed first with neon orange embossing powder, and then while still hot, I added sparkle embossing powder and heated again.  To match, I sponged yellow Oxide ink on my die cut flowers.

The second card uses Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks over Gina K Jelly Bean Green cardstock, using the same technique as above.  I colored the stamp with alcohol markers.  I adore this color combo - it is bright and beautiful!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted Sheet, Stamptangle Chickadee, Sentiment set 3, Distress Oxide inks (colors above), American Crafts Neon Orange embossing powder, Recollections Sparkle Embossing powder, Memento black ink, Copic markers, Heidi Swapp Stencils, other supplies from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Did you take the plunge to get these new inks?  I am glad I did!  I am still waiting for my order with the new colors...

(All my Distress Oxide project posts are sorted out here.)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August is Hot, Hot, Hot!

I have a fun summery card to share and an announcement about Just for Fun's August Challenge.

The theme is Hot, Hot, Hot! and you can see that this can be interpreted in many ways.  I really hope you will play along.  You do not need to use Just for Fun stamps, but you could win a gift certificate for some!

I made a summery, beach card. I stamped the palm tree with three colors of Distress Oxide ink onto the back side of a piece of cardstock that I had embossed.  I learned this technique from fellow JFF Design Team member, Stampwilly.  The background was stamped twice, once with light blue Distress ink and once with a medium blue.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Beach Unmounted sheet, Striped background stamp, Sentiment Sheet 1, Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Distress ink (regular) Tumbled Glass, Broken China, cardstock from my stash.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!