Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Christmas Cards! Stamping two ways!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  I have been away from stamping and blogging for much of the past month, but I am back today with  Christmas cards!  I really loved making them and it feels good to have them in the stash early!

The first card was made by first stamping the Christmas music in very light ink for the background.  I then stamped the pine trees over top with green ink.  I had the bell colored with alcohol markers, so I fussy cut it out and created this vintage look.

You can see that I had so much fun making this that I made two cards while my supplies were out.

For the second card, I heat embossed that music stamp with silver.  Nothing says Christmas like metallics, and I like this look a lot too.  The same bell was colored in more traditional colors as the focal image.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Bells and Holly stamp, Glorious Song Background stamp, Silhouette Pines stamp.

I feel like I see a lot more blogging cardmakers getting their Christmas cards made throughout the year.  Are you one of them?  

Just for Fun Rubber Stamp’s May Challenge is to use multiple stamps on your card.  Won’t you join in?  I would also like to add my card to Merry Monday’s Add a Bell challenge.

I hope you get some time this week for crafting! 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Run for the Roses - Kentucky Derby Inspired

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  I was challenged to come up with a card with a Kentucky Derby theme as a sample for this week’s Free for All Challenge, which begins today.  Well, I don’t have any horse images, and not many to represent the stylish clothes or hats.  So I went off in search of what else goes with the derby.  Beverages would have been a good choice, but I was inspired by the Kentucky Derby logo and flag.

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They have a stylized red rose and many of them had a sort of harlequin design diamonds on them.

I stamped the diamonds in the background and created a flag using a die cut.  My roses were stamped, quickly colored and then fussy cut and arranged on my flag.  I used matting in black and red, which were both colors I saw in a lot of the derby images.  

Supplies: Gina K Better with You stamps set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Gina K Innocent Pink and Applemint ink, Hero Arts Harlequin Pattern stamp, Spellbinders Labels  Four dies, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Using Multiple Stamps with Just for Fun’s May Challenge

Hello and thanks for coming to my blog.

The challenge theme for May at Just for Fun Rubber Stamps is to use multiple stamps.  It is fun to do a lot of stamping on a card, and I do hope you will participate in the challenge this month.  There are not a lot of rules, so it is a great challenge to play along with.

The background of my stamp was made with a piece of normal cardstock that I had coated with gesso.  I really love the result I get when I use this to smoosh into my distress oxide inks.  It creates a softer, lighter look as the ink doesn’t soak into the paper very quickly.   I used some pink, tan and green inks for this, drying in between.  THEN, I inked up my background stamp with the green Oxide ink, spritzed it with a tiny bit of water, and stamped it.  The stamping does take longer to dry on this surface, and that just adds to the texture.

I matched this with the pretty vase, stamped onto an ivory flecked paper and colored with alcohol markers.  I do like to sponge regular distress ink on the sides to add dimension.  I then just added the sentiment to the main panel with Versafine ink.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Bamboo Background, Asian Vase with Blossoms, Helen Keller  sentiment stamp, Distress Oxide inks Peeled Paint, Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, Distress Ink Antique Linen, Versafine Onyx black, cardstock from my stash.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Many Thanks Stamped Card - Using Up Patterned Paper

Thanks for visiting me today!  I think there are three main reasons it is satisfying to use your 6x6 patterned paper pads.  #1) Using your stash makes all your cardmaking supply purchases feel justified.  #2) When you use a bunch, you can go shopping for more patterned paper! #3) To play along with CraftyHazelnut’s May Patterned Paper challenge!  Can you think of any more??

All the blue in this card project is older patterned paper that I am trying to use up.  Formerly, I had been hoarding some of the papers that I really love, but now I am trying to use them!

This card has layers of patterned paper, and it also the stamping has been done on patterned paper, and I paper-pieced the flowers from scraps.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps High Wheeler Bicycle Motif and Old Time Bicycle Motif stamps, Sentiment Sheet 1, Versafine Onyx Black ink, My Mind’s Eye older 6x6 paper pads (multiple scraps), Die’sire Edgeables Rococo

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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Christmas Card without a Christmas Stamp

Hello and thank you for visiting!  I have a quick share for a Christmas card, but my house stamps are not Christmassy.  I just paper pieced with the scraps of an older Christmas paper pad.  

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stampes Collaged Row Houses, Sentiment Sheet 1, Snowflake block, Versafine Black ink, various paper scraps, Stickles Glitter glue.  

I would love to play along with these challenges:
Pixie’s Crafty Workshop Snippets Challenge  #324
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge - Anything Goes

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Monday, April 23, 2018

April Flower of the Month Card - Part Two - Sweet Peas

Hello and hope you are having a good day.  I have been quite busy recently and it is harder to get cards not only made, but then photographed and blogged.  I am also in the process of moving my craft space to another room (I currently craft in an old computer armoire, and will be moving to a larger desk soon - stay tuned...).   

However, I was able to get a second card made for the April Edition of my Flower of the Month Series!  The first flower for April was Daisy, and the second is the Sweet Pea!  They won’t bloom where I live till around June, but they are so pretty.  I have this framed stamp from Stacy Stamps’ Framed Flowers line, which I found out was another flower of the month stamp line!  I didn’t even realize it!  Peruse all of them here.

I started coloring this stamp with alcohol markers one evening, and when it came time to work on the frame, I blanked.  I set it aside.  The next morning right before I woke up, I dreamed that I was paper piecing that frame.  Not kidding!  That was the perfect idea, and that is what I ended up doing.  The rest of the card is clean - just added a pretty sentiment from Just for Fun.

Supplies: Stacy Stamps April Sweet Pea stamp, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Prima Nature Garden 6x6 Paper pad, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Unmounted Sentiments 1, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles die, speckled paper and cardstocks from my stash.

I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge Flower Power.

Thank you SO MUCH for your visit! I hope you will have time to comment or subscribe to my blog.  

You can find all my flower of the month posts HERE!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Flower of the Month Card Series - April Daisies

Hello! I’m back with another post for my Flower of the Month series.  This is where I am trying to use more of my flowers stamps by making as many cards each month as I can with the stamps I already have.  The second flower for April is the Daisy!  This is a fun and versatile flower to stamp with, so today I have a card using my stamp two ways!

My first card is very clean and simple, using bright colors, a bold design and heat embossing.  

My second card is more organic, I created this daisy chain out of colored and fussy cut flowers and put it over a tattered screen background stamp.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna sheet, Tattered screen background, Sentiment Word Block, Memento and Versafine black inks, Hero Arts Soft Sand ink, Versamark ink, White detail embossing powder, all cardstock was in my scrap box, Cuttlebug Daisy embossing folder

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You can find all my flower of the month posts HERE!

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Birthday Card set for kids of all ages

We are having the most lovely warm weather the last couple days, and I am enjoying it as a cold front will come through this evening.  I know areas are still getting snow, so I am really counting my blessings today!

I have a card set to share today.  I got out a couple of the Lawn Fawn stamp sets and colored some images, then finished off a pad of birthday paper to make them into cards.  I am so glad to have this basic type of card in my stash, as they would be good for anyone!

Supplies: Lawn Fawn Year Two, Year Four and Bannerific, Memento and Versafine Black inks, My Mind’s Eye Hootenanny 6x6 paper pad, MFT Peek A Boo window die, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles

I would love to enter the Lawn Fanatics Card Set Challenge and two of these qualify for the Cards in Envy Get Negative challenge. Thank you for hosting these challenges!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Clean and Simple Spring Card & Project Safelight Reminder

Hello and happy Tuesday!  We had snowflakes again last night, but I am assured that it will be warm later this week!  I purchased some pansies last week, but kept them in the garage. I think I will pot them up today!  I don’t see any further freezing temperatures in the forecast, but what a strange spring!

I am sharing two cards today.  I used the same sketch (I was too late to link it to that challenge!) for both but made one more simple.  I fussy cut my images after coloring and added a touch of glitter to the centers.  I only took a quick photo of the pink card because it needed to get in the mail immediately.

Supplies:  Gina K Designs Whimsical Spring stamp set, Gina K Inspiration Mosaic (just the sentiment), Memento and Versafine Black inks, KI Memories Doilies 6x6 paper pad, My Mind’s Eye Stella & Rose Mabel 6x6 paper pad, Nuvo glitter drops, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers

I would love to enter the ModSquad Simply Clean Challenge and since my floral patterned paper was a scrap, also Snippets Playground #323 challenge.  Thanks to our wonderful hosts for holding these challenges!

Please don’t forget to send your encouragement cards to the Project Safelight card drive, they are due April 30th.  Details (including prize drawing) at From My Carolina Home.

Thank you for being here!  Have a good day!

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Blue Floral Frame Card - Versafine Clair

Hello!  I am playing with some challenges today.  When I saw the inspiration card at the bottom of this post, the first thing I thought of was this older stamp set I have and my new Versafine Clair inkpad that I purchased just in the color Paradise.

It is a lovely ink, and it is more slick than expected!  I did smear an image at first, but it was not really a problem after I got a feel for it.  It stamp so solidly! (I also want to note that it is a touch more aqua, in real life, than pictured.)  I have all the ink cubes for regular Versafine, but I will be putting more of the Clair inkpads on my wish list as they have really great colors.  

I popped up my sentiment on fun foam, and then fussy cut out two flowers in black and popped them up too.  I like this look a lot!  It is a little bit traditional and fussy, but still has lots of white space.  I added three little dots of black Nuvo drops to finish off the card.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Made with Love stamp set, Versafine Clair Paradise ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Spellbinders circle die, Cuttlebug Decorative frames embossing folder, Nuvo drops black.

I would love to play along with City Crafter’s 406 Birthday Celebration with the below inspiration card!  Also, I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday!

I know your time can be used in many ways so I am glad you chose to visit me for a bit today! 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Spring Flowers Teacup Cards

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  I want to share two cards I made with analogous color schemes.  I go into more detail about what this is at my design team post today at Just for Fun.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Floral Teacup, Thank you sentiment, Feel better Soon sentiment from Unmounted Sheet 1, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, American Crafts Everyday 6x6 paper pad, Sizzix Embossing folder

Hey, remember when I broke my cuttlebug back in February?  Well, this stamped image is the one that broke it!  I had to step away from these for a bit before making them into cards!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Charitable Cardmaking - Beach Cards for Domestic Abuse Survivors

Today, I am spotlighting a special project that cardmakers can help with.   Carole at From My Carolina Home is creating Summer Themed Gift bags for residents at her local domestic abuse shelter, Project Safelight.  She is accepting monetary donations, donated sewn goods and handmade cards!  See her detailed blog post HERE.  (Note that Carole has arranged for some random prizes for this project!)

Since there are special considerations regarding the sentiments for these cards (all contained in the blog post link above) I decided on this sentiment from Gina K Designs set I have.  I was formerly inclined to use it only with sympathy cards, but after emailing Carole about it, we both decided that it would work well for the people in the shelter.  

Plus, I had really wanted to do beachy cards to go with the summer theme, so the sentiment works great with these silhouette stamps from Just for Fun.  I went ahead and made some backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks on plain cardstock.  To get some control over the color placement, I picked the color up on a piece of acetate and then applied it to my card.

I used Distress Oxide Black soot to stamp out the images.  I find this always works perfectly for me with the solid stamps, so I am sticking with it!  The sentiments were stamped with Versafine.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Dolphins-Palm Silhouette, Pier Silhouette stamp, Tiny Flying Birds stamp, Gina K Designs Inspiration Mosaic set, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Oxide inks Abandoned Coral, Fosilized Amber, Salty Ocean, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Black Soot, cardstocks from my stash, Cuttlebug Decorative Frames embossing folder.

If you have time, I hope you will send some cards, or a monetary donation to support this charitable drive!  Remember to sign them on the inside and send an envelope!  Cards are due April 30, 2018

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Spring Flowers Challenge - Violet Botanical

Hello and Happy Easter!  Today I have a card to share for Just for Fun’s April challenge.  The theme is Spring Flowers!

In the spring, I start to think about gardening, and I especially like the flowers that grow all on their own in my yard, like these little violets.  The image was stamped in dark brown and colored with pencils.  The ivory panel was also stamped with flowers in a light beige ink.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Violet Botanical, Flora and Fauna unmounted sheet, Thank You stamp, Gina K Dark Chocolate ink, Hero Arts Soft Sand Ink, cardstock from my stash.

I hope you will hop on over to the JFF blog to participate this month!  You can play along, and be eligible to win a gift certificate to the JFF store, even if you don’t use JFF stamps!  

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

“You Light up my World” Camping card

Hello!  I have a card to share for Crafty Hazelnut’s April Patterned Paper challenge!  The theme is always Anything Goes as long as you use some patterned paper.

I masked my stamps to create a little scene, colored with alcohol markers and then paired with some fun patterned paper. 

Supplies: Darcie’s LLC Forest Be with You stamp set, Memento and Versfine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, My Mind’s Eye Happy Camper 6x6 paper pad, other supplies from my stash

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I’ll see you again tomorrow!

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Happy Easter Bunny!

Hello!  Hope you are ready for Easter!  I am not!  I did already send out card earlier this week, so the two I made today will go in the stash for next year.  Which is good because I didn’t have nearly enough this year.

I made this first card for the Library Challenge for Watership Down.  I haven’t read it, but apparently, it is about bunnies and I was inspired by the colors on the cover.  The bunny is stamped in dark green, I think it works even if most will assume it is black.  

The second card was made for ModSquad’s Ready for Spring Challenge and SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.  I used some pretty blues for a very springy look!

Supplies:  Craft Smart (Michaels) 125531 Bunny stamp, Versafine Olympia Green ink, Hero Arts Shadow ink Pool, Recollections Backyard Table 6x6 paper pad, My Mind’s Eye The Sweetest Thing 6x6 Paper pad, Cuttlebug Decorative Tiles embossing folder, Die-Namics Pierced Squares die, other items from my stash

Hey!  You might have noticed that I have embossed and die cut things on this card!  I was recently able to replace my Cuttlebug!  It is the Version 3 and I have to say I like the improvements on it.  You can bypass the C plate altogether, by using their new grey embossing mat in the sandwich. I like it!

Also, I replaced the blade on my trimmer with a titanium one, and it is acceptable, for now!  I do still want to replace it and it sounds like a lot of you like the Tonic one, but gladly, that can wait for a while!

Thanks for stopping by!  See you again soon!

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Christmas Cardinal for Rudolph Days

I feel a little odd posting a Christmas card just days before Easter, but I did want to get in on this month’s Rudolph Challenge, Double D’s Just Wing It Challenge, and to get another card put in the stash.

I colored my image with alcohol markers. I muddied the eye up a little bit, so I added a touch of black Nuvo drops, then when that dried, I added a dot with my white gel pen.  I think that may have saved the card.

Supplies: Elizabeth Crafts Cardinal stamp, Inkadinkado Sentiment, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Crate Paper Peppermint 6x6 paper pad, other items from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!  I have been making a lot of cards lately, so I will be back soon to share.  

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Simple Stamping - Daffodils Sympathy Card

When is the last time you just stamped and image and left it as is?  The StampTV challenge this month is to use black and white and just a pop of color (and you must add a bow), so I decided this pretty stamp could stand on its own.  I think it works well with this arrangment as a sympathy card.  

Supplies: Gina K Designs Sending Love stamp set, scalloped die cut from bristol paper was given to me, Memento black ink, Versafine black ink, other supplies from my stash

I would love to enter Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Floral Frenzy Challenge and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for taking a look!

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Crazy Cat Birthday Card

Hello!  We were part of that big spring snowstorm yesterday.  I haven’t seen the official reports, but I am thinking we got close to a foot of snow.  It is a very pretty scene out there!  A very odd March!

Today I have a card to share with this crazy cat!  I really like that I can color these in any color I wish!  I found this one already stamped on bristol paper, and I was unsure what ink I had used, so I colored it with pencils.

The background is blue distress oxide ink stamped over a lavender cardstock. I did spritz the stamp with water to get a distressed look.  I plan on giving this to a man, so I wanted to some masculine details.

I added sentiments from a Power Poppy set that I think go along with it!  And I even made an inside panel.  I would love to enter this in the Cards In Envy No Patterned Paper Challenge.

Supplies: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamp set, Power Poppy Short Stacks stamp set, Hero Arts Tweed background stamp, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Distress Oxide broken China ink,  Prismacolor pencils, other items from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I appreciate your time and comments!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Ducklings Easter Card - EASY and cute

Hello!  Easter is just around the corner?  Are you sending cards this year?  Here are two easy card designs I want to share with limited supplies - stamps, ink, paper, a paper cutter and glue.

I stamped the ducks onto light yellow cardstock and staggered the stamp as I created rows of ducks.   For the first card, I used a bold striped patterned paper for my background, and framed out my ducks in the center. The sentiment was added on white cardstock.

For the second card, I used the entire stamped card panel, and just added the leftover strip of the striped paper on the side.  I added a very old brad from my stash near the sentiment to draw your eye right to the greeting. 

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Duck and Ducklings, Happy Easter sentiment, Hero Arts Butter Bar ink, Versafine Black ink, 1 sheet of paper from the American Crafts Everyday 6x6 paper pad, yellow and white cardstock from my stash, My Mind’s Eye Tangerine brad.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring Tulips Easter Card

Hello and Happy Monday!  It is sunny and a little warmer here.  I just took a nice, long walk.  I have a springy card to share today using some older stamps that have been favorites of mine.

I stamped the background stamp using three colors of ink.  I added the tulips in black right over top and then trimmed it out.

On the inside of the card, I used the same three colors of ink to stamp the eggs. I thought the polka dots there mimicked the dots in the berries on the card front.

Supplies:  Hero Art Newspaper Tulips, Berry Background Stamp, Clear Design April Stamp set, Hero Arts shadow inks in Green Hills, Mint Julep and Tide Pool, Versafine Onyx Black ink, My Mind’s Eye enamel dots, background die cut was a gifted item, Gina K Designs Jelly Bean green cardstock.

I would love to play along with A Blog Named Hero’s Use Your Favorite Hero Arts items, and SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge which is Easter Inspired!  Also, I would like to play with Card In Envy’s No Patterned Paper challenge!  Thanks for running this challenges to help inspire us to use our stamps and paper!

Thank you for your visit today!  I hope you will leave a comment with your blog information in it so that I can come visit you too! 

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