Saturday, October 20, 2018

October Flower-of-the-Month Calendula (Plus a note about my comments)

Hello, hope you are well this weekend!  First of all, especially if I seemed not to have commented on your blog recently, please see my note at the bottom of this post.

I am continuing with October’s Birth Flower series - my second card this month.  You can see all my cards for the year HERE.  I have this lovely stamped image of a calendula that is from Blockhead stamps, a company that is now out of business.

I colored this in pinks and lighter green.  As I often do, if a card isn’t needed for anything else, and it looks right, I often will add a Sympathy sentiment.  You all know that it is hard to make these only when you need them, so I try to stash them away ahead of time. 

Supplies: Blockhead stamps Calendula, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Gina K Assorted Greetings stamp set, Versamark Ink, Recollections White detail embossing powder, Gina K Dark Sage cardstock

A note on my comments:  I recently noticed that many of the comments I have been leaving on all your blogs have not gone through!  I was so sad, as I really enjoy visiting other blogs and seeing what you are making! 

Basically, I had thought a lot of people were moderating comments, but later happened to see that they never showed up.  For the one kind of comment box, when I hit submit, it apparently logs me out of my google account instead of submitting the comment.  I haven’t found an easy fix, but I will keep working on it.  So very very sorry if you read my blog, but thought I was not visiting yours!  I think this has been going on for weeks. :(

 I always appreciate every comment, and always try to visit your blog, too, if you leave a way for me to do so.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Add One More Flower...

Hello!  I would like to share a card today using a combination of stamps from different sets.  I started out knowing that I wanted to make a card using a dark card base and I knew what basic layout I was going to use.

I first stamped the lattice stamp from the Bubble Wrap, Lattice and Flowers sheet on kraft cardstock and used gold embossing powder.  This stamp is about ATC sized, so it is a nice starting point for a card layout.  I then stamped and colored flowers from the Floral Half Sheet set.  I started with two, and then kept stamping “just one more” and adding it to the card until I had five flowers total.  I added a few little sequins to add some extra shine to the card.  The Hello sentiment was also heat embossed in gold.

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Thanks for visiting today!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Halloween Witch with Floating Alcohol Ink Technique

Hello!  I have a spooky Halloween card today.  I had done some backgrounds using the Floating Alcohol Ink technique, and because of my color choices, they work well for a crazy Halloween sky.  Here is a link to a video that shows you how to do this technique.  It is an odd one for alcohol inks, because you use regular cardstock, but it is a fun and different way to use them.

Couldn’t have been simpler to finish this card once I had that background done.  I stamped right over my background, then stamped a second time on yellow paper, and paper pieced the moon.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Moonlit Witch Silhouette,  Sentiment set 1, Versafine Black ink, Adirondack Alcohol inks (didn’t mark down what colors I used), sequins, other items from my stash.

I’d like to enter this in City Crafter’s Halloween Challenge.

Thanks for visiting today, and always a double thanks to those who take time to comment and follow. Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Thank You Card - Stencil Monopring with Distress Oxides

Hi everyone!  Hope you are doing well.  I have been trying to do more challenges lately and this is one inspired by SplitCoastStampers Clean and Simple challenge, to use stenciling and NO STAMPED OR DIE CUT IMAGE!!  Yikes!  (Sentiments are allowed.)

I decided to do a stencil monoprint by applying Distress Oxide inks to my stencil, spritzing it and then placing it in a clean area of my craft sheet where I could apply it to my paper.  It took me a few tries to get a color combination I liked.  I tried adding the color randomly at first, but I much prefer this ombré look.  

Supplies:  Hero Arts CL748 You’re So Kind, Versafine Black ink, Distress Oxide Fosilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Picked Raspberry inks, Plaid Folk Art stencil Ditsy Floral, Gina Marie X Stitched Circle dies, sequins from my stash, Gina K Designs Passionate Pink cardstock.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Monday, October 15, 2018

Halloween Candy Card

Hello!  I generally like Halloween for giving out candy, not too scary for me, so I liked making this candy themed Halloween card.  

I stamped the candy wrappers first to get them mostly even in the background, filled in with the little stars, then I used three colors of Distress Oxide ink to do the centers.  I don’t think you can see in in the photos, but I added Wink of Stella to the candy wrappers, and it really looks good!!

I also used Distress Oxides for the colored border on the green tag, lining it with thin pieces of black cardstock scraps.  The ribbon is left over from a gift I received.  It is going a long way as I used it on a card last week as well, with plenty leftover.

Supplies: Close to My Heart September Just Treats Stamp set, Versafine Black ink, Distress Oxide Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron and Wilted Violet inks, Gina K Jelly Bean Green cardstock, Tim Holtz tag dies, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, other supplies from my stash.  

I would love to enter this card into Cute Card Thursday’s Halloween Challenge, Stampendous 31 Days of Halloween Challenge and Pixie’s Snippets Playgroud #337 -Anything Goes with Scraps. Thank you for inspiring us with your blog challenges!

And thank YOU for your kind visit today.  I’d love to hear from you and visit your blog too. Leave me a comment with a link!  Have a good day!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

October Flower-of-the-Month - Calendula!

Hello, I am continuing with my self-imposed Flower-of-the-Month challenge. I am using stamps in my stash that go along with the traditional Birth Flowers.  October’s flower is the Calendula, also known as the English Marigold.  It comes in yellows, oranges and peach.  It really is a pretty flower for fall colors. (Click HERE to see all my Flower of the Month posts for 2018.)

I colored my stamp with alcohol markers and fussy cut it out.  I popped it up over my die cut, added a ribbon. I had that sentiment already sitting on my desk from a previous project idea.  I found this fabulous plaid paper that I think looks perfect.

Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps October Calendula, Sentiment stamp set, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Gina Marie x stitched rectangles, Carta Bella Beach Day 6x6 paper pad, Kraft cardstock from Hobby Lobby, other items from my stash.
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I do have another Calendula image, so I hope to have a second card for my series this month. I just need to find it! 

Thanks for visiting today and for your kind comments.  I appreciate each comment and follower! Have a crafty day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Owl Soccer card for a Girl

Hello!  The sun is shining and I have so many errands to run today, but I wanted to get this card posted first.  I needed to make a soccer card for a little girl, so I hunted through my stamps to see what might work.  This scene is what I came up with.

Most of the stamps are from Purple Onion designs.  I thought the owl was cute and it almost looks like she is kicking with her little feet!  I masked a birthday hat onto the owl and colored her with a pink shirt with white stripes, thanks to my white gel pen.  

The soccer ball was covered with a thick layer of glossy accents.  It needed to dry overnight.  I did stamp the ball on the panel, but then used an action wobble to pop up the glossy ball.  When you touch it, it boings a little bit, but it does push down flat in your envelope.  You can buy the action wobbles at Art Impressions or Amazon.  I needed the Mini size for the soccer ball but there is a larger size too.

I did decorate the inside of the card, but totally forgot to photograph it!

Supplies:  Purple Onion designs stamps Ruby (owl), grass, Party Hat, Happy Birthday, Unity Stamps Making the Team stamp set, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, MAMBI Champs 8x8 patterned paper pad, Gina K Passionate Pink cardstock, glossy accents, action wobble.

I would love to enter Tuesday Throwdown’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks, as always, for your kind comments and for all my followers. I hope to be back around to visit y’all later today. Have a great day!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

World Cardmaking Day - More Florals!

Yesterday was World Cardmaking Day! I hope you were able to do some crafting!  Luckily, the challenge goes through today, so if you are a touch late, like me, you still have time.  We were doing stuff around the house, and by the time I got to blogging last night, Blogger was really acting up for me, so I went to bed!

If I only ever made cards for myself, I think they would all be florals!  This is a lovely retired stamp I have used before by Heartfelt Creations. I heat embossed it and added watercolors, then wink of Stella glittery over the whole thing.  When I added it to the panel, I just popped up portions of it and glued down others.  I kind of like it that way!

Supplies:  Heartfelt Creations Flirty Fleurs stamp set, Versafine black ink, Recollections Clear embossing powder, watercolor paper, My Mind’s Eye Bramble Rose 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders Fancy Edge Rectangles dies, Our Daily Bread Designs sentiment, Tim Holtz tag dies, other items from my stash

I would love to play in SimonSaysStamp’s WCMD challenge, the Flower Challenge - Add Some Sparkle and Die R Us Anything Goes (with brands they carry)

Thank you for your visit today!  I appreciate it so much when you have time to leave a comment or follow my blog.  Hope to be visiting your blogs soon, too!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Potted Florals Card

Hello! Happy Thursday!  I know that soon I will need to bring in my potted plants that I have out on my back deck.  I think I need to do that before night time temperatures are 45 degrees or lower.  Right now it is milder again, so for now they are happy out there getting extra sun.   Most of mine are cacti and succulents, but I would like to have some pretty florals like I stamped on my card today.

I did do some simple masking over the smaller stamp before I stamped the tulip pot.  I then colored it in with alcohol markers before composing this layout with patterned papers. I’m not 100% sure what the smaller flower is, do you think it might be a amaryllis?  That is what I was thinking of when I picked the color.

 I used one of my older edge punches for the little yellow border. I find that my edge punches still work well and are worth keeping around.  Do you still have punches?

Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Floral Half Sheet, Memento ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Echo Park Homegrown 6x6 paper pad, Recollections Enamel dots, EK Success edge punch, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies.

(As always, Save 10% on your order at I Brake for Stamps using my code, SAVE10HEIDI)

Thanks for visiting today!  And double thanks for the encouragement that comes with both your comments and following my blog.  Have a crafty day!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Gingerbread Ornament Christmas Card

Hi Everyone!!  I am fitting in more Christmas cards this month, making sure I will have plenty in my stash when the time comes. 

I colored the image with alcohol markers, adding Wink of Stella glitter to the snowy portions. (You can probably see this in the detail photo.)  I then stamped out the little peppermint candy in pink and mint, hand cut them out and arranged them at the bottom of the image panel.  This layout idea came from Tuesday Morning Sketches #473.

I’m thinking of adding a bow to the top of the ornament, what do you think?

Supplies: Just for Fun Gingerbread House Ornament, Peppermint Candy 1, Sentiments 1 Unmounted sheet, Memento Black ink, Avery Elle pigment ink Mint to Be and Raspberry, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, American Crafts WishList 6x6 paper pad

Thanks for visiting!  If you have time, please consider leaving a comment or following my blog, so I know you were here.  Have a crafty day!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Just for Fun’s October Halloween Challenge!

Hi everyone!  It’s time for another really fun Halloween challenge!  Get out your stamps and make a card to share in Just for Fun’s monthly challenge.

My card uses a classic layout and a fun little focal point with a Distress Oxide background.  I stamped the witch hat twice, sponged two colors of ink on the first, and then colored the hat with markers.  I trimmed that out and popped it up to create dimension. 

I hope you will play along!

I thank you for your visit today!  And double thanks to those of you who follow my blog or leave comments!  You are the best!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Fall Sunflower Card

Hello and Happy Friday!  I’m glad you are here for a visit!  I have a fall-inspired card to share today.

I first used a gold texture paste and put that through a stencil onto orange cardstock.  After that dried, I die cut the panel.  I colored my sunflower image, then carefully fussy cut it out. I popped it up over the stenciling and added Nuvo drops to add texture.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Thankful for You, Painted Autumn stamp sets, Memento and Versafine black inks, Heidi Swapp Gold Texture paste, Recollections stencil, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies, Gina K Tomato Soup cardstock, Nuvo Blizzard glitter drops.

I would love to enter Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge and Cute Card Thursday’s Autumn Challenge

Thanks so much for your visit!  I invite you to leave a comment to let me know you were here, and also consider following my blog.  Have a crafty day!

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Stunning Lion Face Masculine Birthday Card

Hello! Thanks for visiting.  This card is not a super typical card for me, but I have been searching for some stamps that are really different and will make cards for different recipients easier to make.  

I first made a loose watercolor background.  I stamped the lion right over it and hand cut it out.  I had this cool paper from a camping patterned paper pack that it happened to coordinate perfectly.  I thought this sentiment circle, from this sentiment set, looked like something that might be stamped onto a box for your safari trip - so that worked out great, too.  

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Lion Face, Sentiment set, Versafine Black ink, Pink Paislee Outfitters 6x6 paper pad, Recollections grey kraft cardstock  (As always, save 10% on your stamp order at I Brake for Stamps with my code, SAVE10HEIDI)

I’d like to enter this card into Lost Coast Portal To Creativitiy’s Follow the Yellow Brick Road challenge and SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

Thanks for your visit today!!  I’d love it if you had time to leave a comment or follow my blog!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

One-Sheet Wonder Christmas Cards - Alternate Layouts

Hi everyone! I know I’m like 10 years behind, but I recently became interested in some of the one-sheet wonder layouts.  There are only a few for 6x6 pads, but I found this one that I liked pretty well. If you click the link, there is a download for the cuts of patterned paper.  My one-sheet is the pretty poinsettia paper.

However, I like to use up a lot of patterned paper, and don’t usually create very simple cards, so I added more papers to each, added black mats and altered the layouts for more variety.  There was one layout that I didn’t prefer, so I just made a second card with one of the others.

I added simple accents to the stamped sentiments with markers. 

 (If you are very detail-oriented, you will notice that I must have had scraps leftover.  I did, but my patterned paper was a bit of a larger print, so when I cut those 1x1 inch squares, not all of them worked.)

This is the card I made a duplicate.  The stamping on this one was fun!

For this card, I stamped two poinsettias in red and green, then layered them and added Nuvo glitter drop to the center. 
Supply list: Close to My Heart Mistletoe Wishes, ‘Tis The Season Cardmaking and Just Treats Stamp sets, Versafine black ink, red and green Water-based markers to color in certain parts, Hero Arts Red Royal shadow ink, Gina K green ink, Nuvo glitter drops Blizzard, Gina Marie X stitched circle dies, Spellbinders circle dies

I would love to enter in the September Rudolph Days and CraftyHazelnut’s September Patterned Paper Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you will consider subscribing to my blog and leaving a comment.  Have a crafty day!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Camping Themed Thank You card (Purple Onion Designs)

Hello again!  Glad you are here!

I needed to make a thank you card, and it had to be camping-themed.  So I got out some of the Purple Onion stamps I have been collecting and made this scene.  I did use my trusty stampamajig AND masking, but it was pretty straightforward.

I then colored the image with markers, using some stippling to get texture.  I did color the sky, but was unhappy with it (it was my first attempt at a night sky) so I trimmed out the scene and placed it over this background that was in my stash.  (It was made with light blue cardstock, mopping up some excess distress and distress oxide inks from my work surface.) This worked out well!  I just had to paper piece on the moon.

Supplies:  Purple Onion Designs stamps from the A Sweet Summer collection, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, other items from my stash.

I would love to enter this card into Back to Basics Inky Backgrounds challenge.  

Thanks so much for visiting, and a big double thanks to those of you who comment and subscribe!  

Friday, September 21, 2018

Hot Air Balloon!

Hello! I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.  We should have clear skies for at least a day!  

I have a clean and simple card to share today.  This card was worked up for several challenges, and I like how it turned out.

I first stamped the balloon on white cardstock, colored it, and embossed it with the cloud embossing folder.  I then paper-pieced the balloon. I was concerned it wouldn’t lay flat over the embossing, but it worked just fine!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Hot Air Balloon, Hero Arts sentiment, Versafine black ink and Versamark ink, White detail embossing powder, Darcie Cloud embossing folder, Gina K Navy cardstock.

I would love to enter this in SimonSayStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Bling it On, Tuesday Throwdown - Add Some Texture, Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes and SplitCoastStampers Free4All Balloon Challenge.

Thanks so much for your visit!!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

September Flower of the Month Card - Morning Glory

I’ve been excited about the September Flower of the Month for a while now.  It is Morning Glories! I love this flower and didn’t get my seeds planted in time this year so I don’t have any in my garden!  But I do have a card.

In case you are new, this is my self-imposed challenge to use my flower stamps.  Each month has one or two flowers that are traditionally birth flowers for that month.  And you might be surprised that you have many of them in your stash already! (You can see all my flower-of-the-month posts HERE.)

I colored my flowers with alcohol markers and added glitter Nuvo drops to the centers.  I think in this second photo, they may show up.  They are pretty!  I hand cut the panel out to create a bottom and a top, and then glued it down over my sentiment panel.  I really like this color of blue!  It was in a cardstock pack from Hobby Lobby.

I would like to enter this in the Flower Challenge - Anything Goes!

Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Morning Glories Border, Rising of the Sun text stamp, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Nuvo Drops Blizzard, Hobby Lobby blue cardstock.
(You can always save 10% on your order at I Brake for Stamps by using my code, SAVE10HEIDI)

Thanks for visiting today!  I’ll be back tomorrow!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Heron Silhouette Sunset Card

Hello!  I have a serene Thank You card to share with you today.  It still feels like summer, and even if it were not, I guess we could travel south with the birds to see this little scene!

 I made the background by doing a watercolor wash on watercolor paper.  When the paint is still quite wet, you throw grains of salt on it to get this pretty effect.  It is an old technique, but it never *feels* old to me!

I stamped right over the dried background with the Great Heron Silhouette stamp and framed it with black cardstock.  So pretty!  I added a scripty “thanks” to finish the card.

I would love to enter this into the Back to Basics Inky Backgrounds Challenge. Thanks for hosting!

Thanks for visiting today!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Christmas Snowmen and Using up Scraps

Hello everyone!  How have you been lately? I am hoping all of you that were in the path of the hurricane weathered the storm okay.  We just got a little rain from it, no big deal.

I have been busy making a lot of cards, and will be sharing them probably over the next two weeks.  Hopefully I can keep up on this pace of cardmaking - I am enjoying myself!

You might have seen the cute monster card I posted last week.  Well, when I was doing that background, I also started with this Christmas background in the same design.  I added a cute snowman to it, adding white flocking to parts of the image how I like to.

Well, then I happened to see Art Impressions new challenge which is circle elements.  Well, as my little snowman is from their company, I thought why not try a similar card with scraps, but punch circles.  (This is what I really love about card challenges!) This next card is what I came up with.

I was happy to use up so many paper scraps. I knew I was saving them for a reason! LOL!
I’d also like to add this to Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets challenge #335.

Supplies:  Art Impressions Christmas Snowman SC0738 stamp and die set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, various patterned paper scraps, EK Success 1.25 inch square punch and 1 inch circle punch, Inkadinkado white flocking.

Thank you so much for your visit today, and double thanks if you had time to leave a comment. If there is a link through your comment to your blog, I always like to visit you and see what you are making, too.  Have a great day!