Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Classic Clean and Simple Snowman Card

Hello! I hope you are feeling the joy of the season.  I am sharing what is probably my last Christmas card this year.  Although I may copy it if I need to make any last minute cards.   This clean and simple card design would be easy to duplicate if you still need to make a few more cards this year. If not, why not use this idea for next year’s card?

  I make Christmas cards all year so I don’t get into such a time crunch, but even when I am done sending out cards, I will still make more in December when I am feeling that Holiday Spirit!

I stamped the Framed Snowflake with pool colored ink.  I then quickly outlined the snowflake with a glitter gel pen.   I then stamped and cut out the super cute Classic Snowman and added a little color here and there with water based markers and more glitter pen.  Since the snowman stamp already has a sentiment, that also saved time!

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Classic Snowman and Framed Snowflake, Hero Arts Pool Shadow ink, Versafine Black ink, Tombow Water-based markers, Sakura Glitter gel pen, Gina K Ocean Mist cardstock

I’d love to enter this card in the Library Challenge’s The Snowman, and WordArtWedneday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for your visit today!!!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Santa’s Hat - Crayon Resist Card

Hello!  Hope you’re doing well this December.  I am not making quite as much this month, but I do have a few things left to share this year.  

A stamping friend challenged our group to make backgrounds with Crayon, and this card using one of those backgrounds. I scribbled Red, Green and White crayons on white cardstock, then applied black dye ink over top and the crayon resisted the black ink.  It may not use fancy products but, gosh, these are fun to make!   

I die cut a portion of the background, and then used a birthday hat die to cut a Santa hat, adding flocking to the white portions.  Not much stamping on this card, but it was really fun to make!

Supplies:  Hero Arts Party Hats die set, Echo Park Cheers stamps set, Hero Arts Red Royal ink, Black Soot Distress ink, Crayola crayons, Darice embossing folder, paper scraps from my stash, Gina Marie designs X Stitched Circle dies, EK Success Flocking.

I’d love to play along with SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Christmas challenge and Snippets Challenge at Pixie’s Crafty Workshop.

Thank you for all the kind comments left lately!  It really is an encouragement, and have been especially happy to visit the blogs of some newer commenters!  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Winter Birds

Hello!  I am sharing a Christmas card that I made using a non-Christmas stamp set.  I love this bird,  although I do not know which species it is supposed to be. It looks so fluffed up, like the birds at my feeders look in winter, trying to stay warm.

I first stamped the bird and branch in brown in and colored it with pencils.  I was thinking of a House Finch when I was coloring this bird, as it is a frequent visitor to my feeders.  I die cut the branch and fussy cut the bird.  I decided to add Christmas colors using scraps of cardstock in my layout and then perched the bird on the branch. I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops just for a touch of sparkle.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Bird Sheet 141A, Gina K Dark Chocolate ink, Prismacolor pencils, Gina Marie X Stitched Circle dies, cardstock from my stash, Sizzix Poinsettia Embossing Folder, Nuvo Crystal Drops Blizzard
You can save 10% on every order at I Brake for Stamps with my code SAVE10HEIDI. 

I’d love to enter these challenges.  Thank you for hosting!
SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Embossing
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes

Thank you for your kind visit today!  I really appreciate every encouraging comment on my blog and look forward to visiting your blog soon!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Flower of the Month - December Card

Hello stamping friends!  Welcome to my last card for my Flower of the Month series for 2018.  I have had a lot of fun rummaging through my stamps to see what I could use for these cards.  

There are two “flowers” listed for December.  The first is narcissus, which I think is a nod to the paperwhites that people plant inside in December.  Well, I didn’t have any of these in my stash.  The other is a little odd, it is Holly!  Well, Holly isn’t really a flower, is it?  I looked it up and these bushes DO flower, but definitely not in December.

I used an old stamp from Gina K for this card, this would be from one of my first online stamp purchases many years ago.  I colored it with alcohol markers and added gel pens to accent certain parts of the image.  I had this cute sentiment in a cut-a-part page in a patterned paper pack!  

Supplies: Gina K Designs Holiday Cheer stamp set, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Spellbinders Oval and Label dies, American Crafts Let it Snow 6x6 paper pad, Cuttlebug embossing folder, other items from my stash

I’d love to enter this card In SimonSaysStamp’s Christmas Card Day challenge, Tuesday Throwdown’s Anything Goes challenge and Kay Scrappiness’s Blog Hop for The Coffee Oasis.

Now that my personal challenge for making cards using stamps that go with that’s months birth flower is over, I will have to think about what to do next year.  Any suggestions?  Will you challenge yourself next year?

Thanks for your visit and kind comments.  I always make an effort to visit your blogs too if you leave me a way to find you!  Have a great day!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Elf Christmas Card

Hello!  I am really surprised how many cards I am making in December. I have a cute elf card to share with you today that uses one of those Action Wobbles.  

I stamped and colored the main image and then there is a separate image in the set that is just the present.  I stamped the latter onto patterned paper.  I added white flocking to portions of the images and also some wink of Stella glitter pen.  I don’t think you can really see the impact of the dimension popping the gift up in the photo, so I added a couple more photos from other angles.  It really looks like the elf is reaching out and giving you the present.  The wobbly effect is an extra fun thing.

Supplies: Art Impressions Elf Shaker set and action wobblers, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Wink of Stella glitter pen, Inkadinkado white flocking, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles die, other items from my stash.  

I would love to enter this in Art Impressions Anything Goes challenge!

 I know the season is getting busy so I especially appreciate all the time to you take to visit and comment.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Snowflake Wreath Coffee Card

Updated:  Thank you to the ModSquad Challenge for choosing this card to be one of the top 3!

Hello and TGIF!  The weeks are just flying by.  In a way, I am so happy it is Friday, but in another way, I am concerned how fast time gets away from me!  Oh well. I am back with another coffee card, combining a couple challenges.

I just got the wreath builder stencils on a Black Friday deal and this is my first attempt.  (My second and third attempts have already been trashed!) I used some older stamps on this card and three colors of blue ink.  I added accents of Silver and Glitter gel pens.

Supplies: Hero Arts Designer Snowflake stamp set, Hero Arts Cornflower and Pool Shadow inks, Versafine Majestic Blue ink, Gina K Designs Wreath Builder stencil, Lil Inkers Designs Coffee Cozy stamp set, cardstock from my stash, Uniball Silver gel pen, Sakura stardust glitter pen.

I would love to enter into the Coffee Lover’s Bloghop, the ModSquad Build a Wreath Challenge, and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge.

Thank you for coming today and for all your kind comments!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Coffee Lover’s Bloghop #3

Hello stamping friends!  I am back again today to enter a third card into the Coffee Lover’s Bloghop. I have a friend in mind for this card.  She recently told me that she was getting her holiday shopping done early to enjoy December, for once.  I thought this card might be a reminder of her promise to herself to relax a little this holiday season.

I used a stamp set that a received in a RAK from another blogger.  This is a quick card with lots of stamping.  I added a tiny snowflake from another set. 

Supplies:  Technique Tuesday Eat Chocolate stamp set, Gina K Mini Wreath Builder stamp set, Hero Art Navy and Soft Sky inks, Gina Marie designs X Stitched circles die, other items from my stash.  

Thanks for looking today!  I appreciate your comments, too.  

Snowball Glittered Christmas Card

Hello stamping friends.  I would love to share some Christmas Wishes with you today.

 I stamped these “snowball” stamps using the Rock N Roll technique with Distress Oxide Inks.  I then used my favorite embossing powder (as is quite obvious as it is the only one that is nearly empty) Sparkle!  

I fussy cut the images out and arranged them over some patterned paper, popping up the center snowmen on foam tape. sentiment, I stamped the sentiment directly on the patterned paper.

Supplies:   I Brake for Stamps Bold Christmas Wishes,  Snowball set of 4 stamps, Distress Oxide inks Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Recollections Sparkle Embossing Powder, Bo Bunny Altitude 6x6 Paper pad.
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I would like to enter this card in Cute Card Thursday’s Anything Goes Challenge and Inkspirational Anything Goes Christmas challenge.

I hope you are having a lovely December.  Take some time to stamp and relax!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Cards

Hello again! I have been playing with a Christmas work background stamp and wanted to share two cards I made with it. The first one I decided to use a Tea cup stamp with it to go along with the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop.

I die cut a circle first and stamped on it with white pigment ink.  I then colored my coffee cup tower and fussy cut it to lay over the die cut.  

For my second card, I used Distress Oxide to stamp on green cardstock.  These inks really show up nicely over colored papers and I like this color combo with the Fired Brick over Gina K green cardstock.  I stamped out a couple of the poinsettia stamps from Just for Fun onto patterned paper scraps, then cut them out and layered them to make my own embellishment.  A bit of embossed cardstock with gold inked over top finished off the card.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Holiday Sentiments Background, Stamptangle Stacked Tea Cups, Poinsettia Flower, Poinsettia Line Flower, Versafine and Memento Black inks, Distress Oxide Fired Brick ink, Avery Elle White Pigment ink, Galaxy Gold pigment ink, Gina Marie Designs X Stitched Circle dies. Sticklers Gold glitter glue

I would also like to enter this in Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Snippets Challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and for all your encouraging comments!  If you are new, please consider following my blog.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop - #1

Hello everyone! I always look forward to the Coffee Lover’s Blog Hops.  I love coffee, tea and cocoa, and all the variety of wonderful stamps available for themed cards is fun to see.  So I will be participating a few times, hopefully for this Fall & Winter Hop!

This card was made with a new patterned paper pack I got recently at Tuesday Morning. I was just completely drawn to these wonderful colors. I stamped the coffee cups on the patterned paper, then stamped with brown pigment ink for the little fill-in stamp for the cocoa. I stamped it several times so it would show up over the colored paper.  I trimmed out the cups and the whipped cream and glued them together.  

Supplies: Close to My Heart Just Treats stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black in, Avery Elle Kraft Pigment ink, Tombow Water based markers, Sakura Glitter pen, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Bo Bunny Altitude 6x6 paper pad

I combined this challenge with Tuesday Morning Sketches #482.  I rotated the sketch and then used that background paper to mimic the striped portion of th sketch.

Thanks for your visit and kind comments!  If you are new, please consider subscribing to my blog. I love to return blog visits and comments and get to know other cardmakers!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Flower of the Month - November Chrysanthemum

Hello everyone!  I nearly didn’t finish my Flower of the Month card in time!  The flower for November is the Chrysanthemum.  I am using this Asian style stamp today.  I like it a lot AND the shape of this flower reminds me of some of the flowers that were in the arrangements at my wedding, so lovely memories there too.

I colored the stamp with pencils, then trimmed it out with scissors. I did this at my stamp group the other day and believe it or not, I had forgotten my scissors again. I borrowed some from one of the other ladies.  It is funny, it felt weird to be using another brand and I was not as fast as usual.

Anyhow....  When I got home I used some Versamark ink to stamp the bamboo background over green cardstock and die cut that out.  I hemmed and hawed a lot about adding a sentiment, but I decided I would rather use the room to add lots of embellishments with the ribbon and gems.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Asian Spider Mum and Bamboo background stamps, Versafine Black ink, Versamark ink, Gina K Dark Sage cardstock, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies, other items from my stash.

Thanks so much for visiting.  
All my Flower of the Month cards can be found HERE.

Bandana Card

Howdy, stamping friends!  Today, I created a card as a sample for the Free for All Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers - A Western Cowboy/Cowgirl theme.  My very first thought for Cowboy was a bandana, and I have the perfect stamp for this. 

Everything here is stamped, no patterned paper or embellishments.  I stamped the bandana over red cardstock and added details with my white gel pen.  I planned to cut it up and create a layout with this, but I just couldn’t cut it up!  So, instead, I matted it, added my sentiment and a little stamped flower.  

Supplies:  Stampendous Bandana background stamp, Power Poppy Folk Heart stamp set (sentiment and flower), Versamark black ink, Memento Black ink, alcohol markers, Signo white gel pen, other items from my stash.

Thank you for your visit and all your kind comments.  I really enjoy reading each one!  See you soon!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Snowman with Friends Christmas Card

Hello!  I hope you are well!  I have a cute snowman card I would like to share today.

This card was created with a few layers, all starting from plain cardstock and watercolor paper.  First, the blue background is a watercolor wash.  I stamped the image on this bottom layer first.  Then I stamped it again on plain white cardstock, colored the image and fussy cut out a portion of the image to paper-piece over the blue watercolor wash.  I added Wink of Stella glitter all over the snowy hill.

The frame is watercolor paper with distress inks (blues, purple, black) sponged on and then perfect pearls + water flicked onto it.  I die cut the frame.  

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Snowman and Friends, Memento black ink, alcohol markers, Wink of Stella, Distress inks in Tumbled Glass, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot, Dusty Concord, Perfect Pearls, Watercolor paper, Koi Pan watercolors, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangle dies.  

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I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Anything Goes challenge, ModSquad Challenge blog’s Critter Christmas challenge, and Lost Coast Portal to Creativitiy’s Cute challenge
Thank you so much for your visit today and all your kind comments.  You all are such an encouragement to me.  

Monday, November 26, 2018

Mistletoe Wishes Christmas Cards

Hello!  Hope you had a lovely holiday weekend.  Ours was relaxing in one way, but also we did some painting (so much more to do of that!) and put up the Christmas tree and lights, and all sorts of things we don’t typically have time for.  I am so glad we didn’t have to travel this year.  

I am sharing a couple cards I made from a kit!  This is the first card kit I have ever done, and I am happy with the results.  Each of these cards was done 6 times, for a total of 12 cards.  I also used some of the stamps from the set for other cards I have already shared.  

Supplies: Close to My Heart Mistletoe Wishes Card kit, Versafine Black ink, Avery Elle Cherry pigment ink, Versamark ink, Ranger Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder, Spellbinders circle dies.

I would love to share these with the Rudolph Days November Challenge. I am so pleased to have been able to participate in this challenge each month this year!

Thanks for your visit and all your kind comments!!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Autumn Bounty Card

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American readers. I know that my Canadian readers already celebrated.  This year my family is not traveling, we are volunteering for the very large church charity dinner.  I baked ahead for it, and we will be serving members of our community.  I have many memories of Happy Thanksgivings and hope to help others also have a good memory this year. 

I wonder if your kitchen looks something like this today?  I love this image showcasing Autumn Bounty.  I added color with pencils, then matted it in black.  I found some neutral patterned paper to create a simple layout, then added a die cut sentiment in black.  I lost the little dot for the i, so I added that in the form of a Nuvo dot.  

(Just a reminder, you can use my code SAVE10HEIDI to get 10% off your order at I Brake for Stamps anytime.)

Hope you have a wonderful day and have time to unwind and do some stamping during this busy holiday season!  Thanks for your visit and I am hoping to unwind later on by visit your blogs!  Leave me a comment to let me know you were here. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Card

Hello everyone!  I have been very busy baking up a storm today.  I am baking for the charity dinner as well as for my family.  However, the real star of the show is the turkey. 

I colored the *new* Wild Turkey stamp with pencils. It was fun to decide what colors and patterns to use in the feathers.  I then layered some die cuts over my pumpkin patterned paper and added the sentiment and a few gems.

Hope you have time for stamping during this busy holiday season!  

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Christmas Birds Handmade Card

Hello!  Hope you are having a good Sunday.  The card I am sharing today was finished in stages. I stamped it last Saturday, colored it at my Tuesday craft group, then die cut and finished it up yesterday.  

I am using a sketch for this card, but I did substitute the main shape for my most similar die.  

Supplies: Purple Onion Designs stamps, various, Versafine black ink, Prismacolor pencils, Glitter and  Silver gel pens, Spellbinders Labels 18 dies, American Crafts Wishlist 6x6 paper pad, Close to My Heart Glitter gems, Echo Park Cheers Stamp set for sentiment, Versamark ink, Recollections White detail embossing powder.

I would love to enter Tuesday Morning Sketches #479 Challenge

Thanks for visiting me today!  It sure is a busy time of year, but I hope to be back soon with another card!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Northern Lights Background

Hello everyone! Hope you’re doing well today!  It is supposed to snow a little bit here today, so these polar bears will feel right at home.

I heat embossed the trees onto watercolor paper with white embossing powder. I wanted the sky to mimic the aurora borealis, or Northern Lights.  I used sponges to add Distress inks in mint green, purple and dark blue.  I sprayed the panel with water to allow the colors to blend.  Once dry, I used a glitter gel pen to add some stars, and gems just to be festive.

I simply stamped the Polar bears, added a few shadows with a grey copic marker and trimmed them out to add under the sky.  I think they are enjoying the view!

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Trees Background stamp, Mama and Baby Polar Bears stamp, Versamark ink, Recollections White detail embossing powder, Memento Black ink, Distress ink in Chipped Sapphire and Dusty Concord, Distress Oxide ink Cracked Pistachio, Sakura glitter pen, other items from my stash
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I would love to enter Cute Card Thursday’s Stars challenge

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sweater Weather - A Wintery Card using Distress Inks

Hello everyone!  It is another bright, sunny day here, but there is a chill in the air.  I have a wintery card to share today.

I first created a background with Distress inks which I smooshed on my craft mat and added water. I used Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves and Faded Jeans and I smooshed my paper into the pool of ink, drying in between layers. I had a scrap of card in my pile, which I think was mixed media paper, so it gave a different look than I would have gotten with watercolor paper.  

I then stamped the Trees Background stamp over this with black Versafine Ink.  Finally, I cut a strip of white vellum and added a glitter sticker sentiment over top.

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I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background.

Thanks so much for your visit today, and as always, double thanks to those who left a comment and follow my blog.  I appreciate each as an encouragement to me!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Clean & Simple Stamptangle Oak Leaf

Hello!  Hope you are all well today.  The sun is finally shining again and I can better appreciate the gorgeous fall color.  Our autumn color is a few weeks late this year, so it is really colorful outside, although I fear that when all the leaves fall and it is time to rake, it will be very cold.  We shall see!

I have a clean and simple design to share today. I heat embossed my Stamptangle Leaf in gold, and then sponged over Distress inks.  I first tried Distress Oxides, but the color was not bright enough with the oxidation clouding over it, so I went with regular Distress Inks.  

I used a wood grain embossing folder on my white card and then cut a circle in some textured brown cardstock in my stash.  The greeting (which is so cute, don’t you think?) and a little twine bow and my card was done.  This design was one of my quicker cards to make!  Bonus!

I’d love to enter Cute Card Thursday’s Anything Goes challenge as well as Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Stamptangle Oak leaf, Happy Autumn, Versamark ink, Recollections Gold Detail Embossing powder, Distress Inks in Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint, Versafine Vintage Sepia (for sentiment), Darice Woodgrain embossing folder, circle die and other items from my stash.

Thank you for your visit today! Special thanks to those of you that comment and follow my blog. I have a sick kid at home, but hope to be around to visit you all later on today.  

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Color Challenge - Brown, Orange and Red

In November, Just for Fun has a color challenge - use Brown, Orange and Red on your card.  I wanted to use a make a Thanksgiving card, so I used this cornstalk image with some fun glitter stickers I couldn’t pass up!

The image was colored with pencils, using a blender pencils to smooth out the color a little. 

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Harvest Bundle, Sentiment Set, Prismacolor pencils, Hobby Lobby Stickers, Love Nicole Autumn Splendor 6x6 paper pad, Gina Marie x stitched rectangles dies, other items from my stash.

A note: All stamps at the Just for Fun store are on sale for 30% off through November 5th!!!  

Hope you have a great day!