Friday, June 28, 2019

Patriotic Card - Every Day is a Gift!

Hello everyone!  I hope you are well!  Today, I am sharing this Patriotic card.  

I stamped the star border a bunch of times to create the background.  I then stamped the Statue of Liberty over top of it.  The stars were colored in with markers and then I die cut out the panel.  The glitter star is a foam sticker, but I think it looks fun with the themed card.  

Stamps: All from Just for Fun Rubber Stamps, Memento Black ink, Spellbinders Fancy Edge rectangle dies, other items from my stash.

I would love to enter this in SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Stars and Stripes, SplitCoastStampers Free4All Stars and/Or Stripes

Thanks for your visit and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Camping Cards

I got a late start with my camping cards this year.  I always make special cards to send my son while he is away at camp in the summer.  Here is the first one.

I just recently used this background stamp in a different way (African and Tree cards in this post).  I was looking at the Tribal Blanket stamp again, and this time I saw what could be a little scene.

I colored onto the stamp with water-based markers, spritzed it with a mist of water and stamped it onto watercolor paper.  I then added the die cut tent to complete the scene.

The stamps I used today can be purchased in the I Brake for Stamps store with my discount code SAVE10HEIDI:  Tribal BlanketHome Sweet Tent (Also check out the Overstock section, it has a bunch of great items in it right now!)

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Sweet Pea 70th Birthday Card

Hello everyone!  I hope you are doing well.  We had our first really muggy, summer day yesterday.  I have got to get used to that!  I have a lot of summer birthdays in my family and not enough birthday cards in my stash, so today I am sharing this one for a special aunt with one of the big birthdays!  

I colored the sweet pea image with a base layer of marker, and then added subtle shading with colored pencils.  The pencils also come in handy for those thin stems!  I cut this out with a die and then looked through my scrap box (it is really full right now) to find the other elements of the card.  I know my aunt is going to like this!

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps April Sweet Peas, Memento black ink,  Gina K Fresh Asparagus paper, Hero Arts Numbers Frame Cuts, Spellbinders circle dies, Spellbinders Fancy Edge Rectangle dies, other items from my stash.  
(Save 10% on this stamp and your entire order at the I Brake for Stamps store with my code SAVE10HEIDI )

I would love to enter Die Cut Diva’s Birthday Challenge, Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets Challenge, The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring challenge, and WordArtWednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge.

I want to thank you for your kind comments and visits!  Have a crafty day!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Eagle Scout Congratulations Card

Hello everyone!  I’m thinking that it is full-on summer for most of us!  I have seen far less people blogging and commenting.  I think you are having fun in the sun, but I hope you also have some time for fun in the craft room.

Today I would like to share I card I made to congratulate a new Eagle Scout.  There is a lot of time and effort put into this, and I wanted our family to give an appropriate card.

 I remembered a card that JFF DT Member, Roni, made last year for our Red, White and Blue challenge.  You can see her card in this post.  

I changed up the design to make it my own.  I stamped one of the Patriotic Block stamps 3 times, using a stamp positioner, to make the flag banner.  

Then, I stamped and colored my Bald Eagle stamp, and carefully fussy cut out the image.  I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on navy cardstock.  I then arranged all my elements over an embossed piece of kraft cardstock.  I was very pleased how this turned out!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Eagle After PreyPatriotic Block Stamp set, Congratulations  in Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet, Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Versamark ink and White Detail embossing powder, Darice Embossing Folder.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  I will be around visiting you soon!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sailboat Father’s Day Card - Stamp Kissing Technique

Hello everyone! Today, I’d like to do a quick share.

I have a solid sailboat stamp that I inked up with light blue ink.  I then inked up a tweed background stamp with navy ink.  I kissed the sailboat onto the tweed background to pick up the navy ink, and then stamped it down onto my card panel.  I was really pleased with how this turned out!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sailboat Silhouette, Father’s Day, Hero Arts Tweed Background Stamps, Hero Arts Shadow inks in Cornflower and Navy, Versamark Embossing ink and White detail embossing powder, The Paper Studio embossing folder

I’d love to enter this into the ModSquad Challenge Nautical Masculine challenge and CASology’s CALM challenge.

Thanks for your visit!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Garden Shelf Notecard

Hello!  Hope you are doing well.  I am sharing an everyday-type card with you today.  There is a bird’s nest right outside my window, and in the back of the house, my hydrangea is just starting to bloom, so I thought this stamp would be a timely one to color.  

I colored Garden Shelf #2 with alcohol markers.  I picked some analogous colors, that is, colors that are next to one another on the color wheel and then a neutral.  So those were Green, Blue, Purple + Brown as my neutral.  I tried to stick to those colors so that the finished product looked harmonious. 

I added a little sentiment from Bubble Wrap, Lattice and Flowers Sheet, to finish off the card. 

(You can always save 10% on these, and all the stamps at the I Brake for Stamps store using my code SAVE10HEIDI)

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog today!
Have a great day!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Ice Cream Cards - CTMH Balanced Diet stamp set

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We have had really nice, mild summer weather!  I think it is supposed to start raining during the start of the week, but at this point, we probably need it.  

Today I would like to share another card I designed to make with friends who are beginners.  I thought the ice cream theme was fun, and suitable for all ages.  This card involves no coloring, and I went ahead and cut the card bases and did the die cutting of the circle element ahead.

The background was a lot of stamping for a beginner, and although I could do one in just a couple minutes, it took much longer than I thought for my friend.  The two-step stamping of the ice cream cone was a good lesson for a beginner, but the fussy cutting of the ice cream scoops is a bit time-consuming for someone not used to it!  

So, this card might have been just a touch too long for beginners, but it was doable.  I went with the matching sentiment for the inside (ombré stamping done with two inkpads, as I don’t have the multicolor ones), but my friend chose a simpler thank you sentiment in a single color.  

I did make a second card in pink and yellow!  This card was already given out to a little girl I know with a gift card to Dairy Queen enclosed.  

Supplies: Close to My Heart A Balanced Diet and Wordfetti stamp sets, Hero Arts Shadow inks and Gina K Designs inks in various colors, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Gina Marie X Stitched Circles dies, other items from my stash.

I would like to enter these projects into Crafting By Designs Anything Goes, Cute Card Thursday Anything Goes and WordArtWednesday Anything Goes. 

If you are on Instagram, you may be interested the SimonSaysStamp is now doing specific instagram challenges, and this month it is Summer Fun!  My instagram can be found here.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Cardmaking with beginners

Hello everyone!  Last weekend, I had planned a cardmaking session with a few of my close friends.  None of them do papercraft, so I had to think about what projects to set up.  I think it is a good idea to have specific projects ready that you can change the sentiment on easily, so they can use the card for what they need.  

For one of the cards, I chose for us to CASE (copy and steal everything) this card I saw on Pinterest.  I have the stamp set for this, and it has a few options for sentiments.  I did not have the die, but it was easy enough to cut around it.  

To prepare, I had all the card bases cut, the square panel and mat cut, and had a few paper pads and embossing folders to choose from, and a navy inkpad ready.  I think it is better to limit the number of options, as I have found that people can spend more time looking through your stash and then don’t get their card done.

Here is the card I made.  I omitted that button so that I could easily send it.  My friend’s was a lovely Father’s Day card, and she definitely put her own creative spin on it!

Supplies: Technique Tuesday Swanky Sentiments stamp set, Carta Bella It’s a Celebration 6x6 paper pad, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Versafine Magestic Blue ink

Do you plan cardmaking get-togethers with your non-cardmaking friends? I’d love to hear about it?  I’ll be back soon with another card we made, that maybe didn’t work out as well as this one...

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Wedding Bouquet Card

ETA 6/18/18:  I was so surprised to be chosen as one of the TOP 3 at Double D Challenges!  Thank You!!!

Hello!  I don’t know why, but I have such a hard time making wedding cards when I am under time pressure.  (I guess it seems like such an important occasion, and that adds to the pressure.). So since it is June, a major month for weddings, I thought I would make one for the stash, even though I am not invited to a wedding this month.  

I colored this Rose Bouquet with alcohol markers.  I applied some Art Glitter Glue with the fine tip nozzle to portions of the roses to adhere some white glitter.  After this dried, I fussy cut out my image.  

I adhered it with foam adhesive  over top of an embossed piece of cardstock where I had stamped the greeting at the bottom.  I think this turned out really pretty!

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps (Rose Bouquet and On Your Wedding) or as part of the Wedding Sheet stamp set. (As always, use code SAVE10HEIDI to save 10% on your order at IBFS.) Memento Black ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Recollections Glitter, Darice Embossing Folder, Gina K Grass Green cardstock.

I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge Wedding or Anniversray, Double D Challenges - Rose Garden, and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes.

Thank you for visiting the blog today!  Hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

JFF’s June Challenge - Use a Stencil

Hello! I am happy to announce that Just for Fun’s Blog challenge this month is to incorporate a stencil into your stamped design.  I really enjoy using stencils, so I was happy to play along this month.

My background was created by applying ink directly to a stencil with Distress Oxide ink in Antique Linen.  Then I spritzed the stencil with water and pressed it to watercolor paper to make a monoprint.  I was tickled to see that the tan ink separated out into both tan and a light green.  Brown inks are always fun when they separate.  

Then, I used my stamping platform to stamp my fern in green oxide ink, and then I just added brown oxide ink to a few parts of the fern and stamped it again.  I liked the way it turned out.  My Father’s Day greeting was stamped directly to my ivory card base using a dye ink.  

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Flora and Fauna sheet, Happy Father’s Day, Creative Expressions Autumn stencil, Distress oxide inks in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint, watercolor paper, Hero Arts Shadow Ink Forever Green, Gina K Designs Dark Sage cardstock, Michaels 110 pound ivory card stock.

Hope you will join in the challenge this month!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

A Cool Drink - Stamping on the Gelli Plate

I have a couple cards made with Just for Fun’s Cool Drink stamp and with a background made with a gel press and stamps. 

I am pretty new to the gel press (or gelli plate) but I found this stamping technique easy.  The backgrounds not only work for patterned paper, but since you are printing them with paint, they also have a nice texture.  

First the background.  I brayered craft paint onto my gelli plate, and then I used the citrus slice stamp to pick up the paint.  I stamped the paint off onto another piece of paper, and then repeated until I had filled the gel press with this negative image.  Then I placed a piece of cardstock over the gelli plate and rubbed all over to transfer the paint.  

Then I stamped and colored the Cool Drink stamp. I used Wink of Stella to add glitter over the glass. The two sentiments I used are A Vacation Is... and Happy Birthday from Sentiments 1 Unmounted Sheet.

Now I am in the mood for some lemonade, how about you?

I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!