Friday, August 17, 2018

Back to School Wise Owl

Hello!  Today, I am playing with the Free for All Challenge FFA443 at SplitCoastStampers which is a Back to School theme.    I love this owl stamp and colored him in colors I thought would go in an old university library.


I mix and matched some patterned papers from different sets and tore the edge of that accent paper.  A brad and some fun foam to pop up the image, and my card was done. 


Supplies: Stampendous Literay Owl stamp, Memento black ink, spectrum noir alcohol markers, My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper and World Traveler 6x6 patterned paper packs, other items from my stash.  

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Serene Canoe Scene

Hi and thanks for stopping by today!  I am adding this to my stash of camping cards.  I like this pretty scene stamp that would be good for anyone who loves boating or the outdoors.  


I colored the stamp with alcohol markers.  I added some glitter pen horizontally to some parts of the water to make it shine.  I added a detail photo where you might be able to see it, but in real life, it is very pretty!  I have this fun canoe paper to pair my image with, as well as wood-grain embossed card and wooden arrow shape.


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I even finished the inside of this card with a verse, there is still room to sign it, too.


Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps Canoe Scene, Rising of the Sun text stamp, Memento Black Ink, Pink Paislee Outfitters 6x6 paper pad, wooden embellishment from my stash, Copic and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura stardust glitter pen

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Watercolored Cosmos

I recently joined a local papercraft group.  I had never really traveled with my stamping supplies before, so I had some trouble figuring out what to bring without bringing too much.  The last meeting, I decided to bring watercolor paper, a few water-based markers and my stamping platform.


I then was able to try the stamping technique that Tim Holtz showed when he released his stamping platform.  Basically, it allows you to color your stamp in just one area with a marker -  stamp - then color another area, etc.  I spritzed with water in between and slowly built up color till I got the depth I wanted.  I originally thought that this stamp was poppies, so that is why I chose these colors, however, I looked it up and it is supposed to be cosmos.  Oh well, still turned out pretty!


When I was satisfied, I let it dry and then stamped a sentiment over top. This is where I really like having a stamping platform, because when stamping on watercolor paper, it took three times to get good coverage with the sentiment.  

Supplies:  Impression Obsession Cosmos, Hero Arts CL325 Paris stamp set, Versafine Black ink, Tombow water-based markers, Crate Paper DIY shop 6x6 paper pad, Elizabeth Crafts embossing folder, Nuvo glitter drops, other items from my stash.


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Pretty Pansies

We have had such a wet summer this year and I noticed that my pansy pot I planted in spring has just now faded.  This year, I got the mixed colors, as I really like the unusual ones.  While my first thought for pansy is always purple, today I colored the Three Pansies stamp in yellow and pink. 



I finished the card with patterned paper scraps from a couple different packs and a lattice embossing folder.  The die is from Gina Marie designs.



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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

A Hot Day, A Cool Drink!

If your weather is anything like mine (hot, muggy, dog-days of summer...), you will be ready for a cool drink, or three!  That is the theme of my card today.


I created three kinds of lemonade.  I even decided what flavors they are, but I won’t go into that!  These were really fun and easy to color.  I also used some citrus slice stamps on the yellow paper to create a subtle background for my drinks.


Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Cold Drink, Citrus Slice & Citrus Slices stamps, Sentiment set, Memento Black ink, Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. 

I’d like to enter this in Tuesday Throwdown’s Anything Goes challenge & Cute Card Thursday’s Anything Goes challenge, and Time Out Challenges Food and Drink!  Thanks for hosting these!

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Christmas Stockings

It is hot and muggy outside, but my card today is cool.  I am continuing to try to get these Christmas cards done early.  One day, I will actually count how many I have to know if I am making good progress or not!


I paper pieced my stockings with scraps of patterned paper.  I colored the ribbon and holly leaves with pencils.  All that was left was to stamp the sentiment and add it all to the embossed background. I used a sketch so the design came together quickly!




Supplies:  Kaisercraft Stocking Mini Stamp, Tim Holtz Holiday Magic stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Darcie Snowflake embossing folder, papers are scraps from my stash.  

I would love to play along with these challenges.  Thanks for helping inspire us to create!


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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Little Birdie Thank You Notes

Hello! I don’t know about you, but my most-needed card type is Thank Yous!


I stamped my sentiment and die cut it out.  I then stamped my little tiny chickadee all over the background with a grey-brown pigment ink.  I also colored a bird and cut him out to perch right there on the sentiment.  

When making one card, why not make two?  I used patterned paper, more stamps from the bird set and the same basic layout and now I have two cards for my stash. I’m sure they won’t last long since I was very short on Thank Yous.  


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Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Bird Sheet 141A, Thank You Flourish stamps, Versafine Black and Brown inks, Avery Elle Grey pigment ink, My Mind’s Eye paper, Gina Marie x stitched rectangles dies. 


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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Stamp Kissing & Stripes Challenge

Hello and Happy August!  July really flew by for me. I was much busier than usual, but I looked at how many cards I blogged, and it was maybe a little more than usual.  I do think that cardmakers and stampers are spending more time doing summery things, but here is a fun challenge to get your cardmaking going strong!


I used striped paper for my card.  I am still working on using up older paper pads, and this counts for that!  The stamped image was inked with light green ink, then I inked up my bamboo background stamp with navy ink and kissed it to the silhouette.  Finally, when that is stamped out, this is the result.  Love this stamp kissing technique!  I used navy cardstock to frame everything and to stamp my sentiment on. (It looks more black in the photo!  OH well!)


I hope you don’t wait too long to send out a card.  Use the Happy Whatever sentiment and just send it out to a friend!  They will appreciate it!


Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber stamps Bamboo Background, Girl with Umbrella Silhouette, Hero Arts Navy Ink, Gina K Applemint Ink, Crate Paper Party Day 6x6 Patterned Paper pack, Gina Marie x stitched rectangle dies, Versamark Ink and Detail White Embossing powder

I would also like to enter Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge for August.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

July Flower of the Month Card

The flower of the month for July is the Larkspur!  This card is part of my personal challenge to make at least one card using stamps for the flower of the month.  I did not have a stamp of a larkspur before!  My challenge did include the stipulation that I should be using stamps I already have, however, it is my birthday this month, so I am giving myself leniency for using this stamp that was new to me!  See all my other flower of the month cards HERE.


 I colored the flowers in purples and blues, and added white gel pen to the centers.  My background was made by stenciling Distress Oxide inks over lavender lumiere paper.  The oxide inks remain matte so just the covered portion has the sheen from the lumiere paper.


Supplies:  I Brake for Stamps July Larkspur stamp, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch, Heidi Swapp lattice stencil, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangle dies, brad from My Mind’s Eye.

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I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Christmas in July - Snowman Card set

Hello!  I am working on some Christmas cards, trying to get ahead for Christmas in July.  I recently bought some Heidi Swapp Texture paste and created some backgrounds with stencils.  I really love the way it looks on the light blue cardstock.


I colored all my snowmen with alcohol markers and then added Wink of Stella glitter to the snowy parts.  I mixed several stamp companies to create these cards. I do want to mention that the one Stampendous set has multiple bodies that you can mix and match with the heads, and that is a fun way to create “same, but different” cards!




Supplies:  Stampendous SSC1249 Winter Stack stamp set, Purple Onion designs Yule stamp (snowman with lantern), Elizabeth Crafts Holiday Cheer sentiment set, Lawn Fawn Bannerifci stamp set, Memento and Versafine black inks, Heidi Swapp White Metallic texture paste, stencils from The Crafters Workshop and Memory Box, EK Success large snowflake stamp and snowflake border (for little snowflakes), other items from my stash.

I would like to enter ModSquad Challenge’s Christmas in July challenge.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Joy Comes from Simple Things....

Hello!  I hope you are having a great day. I am going on with my theme of cards appropriate to send a camper.


I love the quote in this scene stamp.  You can’t see it in the photos, but I did add some glitter gel pen to the water in places to make it look like the sun (or moon) was shining down on it.  I kept this masculine-friendly card simple, just adding a frame to the stamped image and putting it over some understated paper.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Joy Comes from, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sakura Stardust gel pen, DCWV Linen Closet patterned paper.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Popsicle Cards

Thank you for visiting today!  I have been having a lot of fun with this popsicle stamp this summer.  It is easy to color and I like that I can color it in any color I feel like.


I loved adding some stickles glitter glue to the popsicles, but in the second card, I took it a step further and covered the whole thing with glossy accents.  It takes a long time to dry, but it really makes an impact.


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Ice Cream Pop, Sweet Birthday Wishes and You’re So Sweet stamps, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Carta Bella Beach Day 6x6 paper pad, Stickles glitter glue, glossy accents, Gina Marie X Stitched circles dies.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Fish Cards with Paint Bubble Backgrounds Tutorial

I recently made a bunch of cards using a painted bubble background.  It was loads of fun, and I haven’t seen it done often in cardmaking, so I thought I would share a simple tutorial.

(This card is also is being entered into Tuesday Throwdown’s Stitching Challenge)

You will need acrylic paint, dish soap, water, a container to mix in, and a straw.  I used this pie dish, but you might want to try a disposable cup or bowl, or maybe a take-out container.



I mixed about 1 part paint to 5 parts water. I added a few drops of dish soap.  I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it.  Your mileage will vary here depending on how pigmented your paint is.



Mix it together with the straw and then blow the bubbles till you have tons of bubbles.  I didn’t want to waste too much paint, so I tipped the pie pan to the side and pool the liquid in one spot before blowing the bubbles.



Place your cardstock right down into the bubbles.  Some have found that scooping the bubbles up with the paper, and popping them yourself, is another way to do it.



Here is one of my backgrounds!  Let me know if you give it a try!


For this background, I had tried using a disposable cup.  I got an outline of the cup, too, which is a fun look.

Tips:
1)  Don’t have acrylic paints, try any of your reinkers.  
2) Want a lighter color, add water.  Want a darker color, add more paint.  
3) This can be messy!  Don’t work around your beautiful, completed card projects!  Don’t wear your favorite shirt!  I worked in the kitchen.  
4) Be sure to only blow through the straw, resist sucking in at all costs!
5) These don’t just have to be blue water, I am going to be doing black for Halloween cards.  Layer different colors, too.

Supplies:  Inkadinkado Fish and Bizzaro Stamps fish, Hero Arts (with Basic Grey) Awesome sentiment stamps, Versafine Black ink, K&Co patterned papers, DCWV Citrus Stack, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles, Spellbinders Fancy Edged Rectangles dies




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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Wander Where the WiFi Is Weak - Camping Card

ETA 7/25/18: I was very pleased that my card was chosen to be an honorable mention at Case this Sketch!  Thanks!

Every year, I need several cards to send to my son at camp.  I am, therefore, a sucker for any camping themed stamps and supplies.  Although I love the outdoors, I have never been camping myself.  Anyhow, here is one that I will send this year.


I used a stencil over yellow cardstock and sponged through a stencil Distress Oxide inks in Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain and Fired Brick.  I then stamped the word, “Wander” with Versafine ink.  The die as cut from a patterned paper and was popped up on the card front.

I decorated the inside of the card with a scrap of the patterned paper, the sentiment and a little image from a related stamp set.


Supplies:  Plaid Fabric Creations stencil duo #98812, Distress Oxide inks Faded Jeans, Walnut Stain and Fired Brick, Versafine Ink Vintage Sepia and Toffee, Elizabeth Crafts Summer Sentiments and Camping Out Clear stamp sets, Pink Paislee Outfitters 6x6 Paper pad, Momenta Happy Camper die set


I used the sketch at CASE this Sketch for my project today! I would also like to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Summer Fun & Snippet’s Crafty Playground #330.


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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Tropical with Distress Oxide inks

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by today.  I wanted to share a card I made using a technique I learned from my friend April.  Check out her blog here.  

For the background, I stamped in three Distress Oxide colors.  Each stamping, you will ink up your stamp, spritz it with water before stamping. You will move your stamp slightly with each stamping.  I used my stamping platform to make this a little easier, but it certainly isn’t needed.  First was Antique Linen, then Twisted Citron, and finally my darkest color was last, that was Peeled Paint.  It’s a fun technique and can be done with lots of different background stamps.  


The hibiscus is a stamp layering set.  I also used all Distress Oxides for this, spritzing the stamp with water before stamping.  So pretty and a great finish for the card without covering up too much of my background.  Clear Nuvo drops were added for decoration.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber stamps Bamboo background stamp, Hero Arts Layering Hibiscus stamp and dies, Distress Oxide inks (pink flower) Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, (orange flower) Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Black Soot for flower centers, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron and Antique Linen, scrap cardstock, Gina K Sentiment with Versafine black ink, Clear Nuvo Drops.

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