Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Kittens — A Card and an Update

Hello everyone! Thanks for being here today.  You may, or may not have, noticed that I have not been around the blogosphere so much lately. I haven’t been at my craft desk much either.  My family adopted two baby kittens and while they are completely adorable and loving, it definitely takes time to raise them.  

We lost our sweet 17 year old cat last summer, who we had raised by hand after he and his brother were abandoned by his overwhelmed feral mom outside our workplace.  Now, that was more work than the ones we have now, as we had to wake in the night and come home at lunch to feed them with bottles. I have had cats and kittens my whole life, so after a year of mourning, it was time to get some new babies.  I always like to have two cats, since they are quite social, and many are happier as a bonded pair.  And, at the kitten stage, it is more appropriate for them to tackle each other rather than tackling people!

So, I made this kitten card to celebrate the occasion, plus it will work great for any female cat lover, of any age!  I got to use up some patterned paper scraps too.

Supplies: I Brake for Stamps Kitty in a Can, Florals Sheet, Memento and Versafine Black ink, Gina K  Double Stitched Rectangle dies, all other items are scraps from my stash.  Save 10% on these stamp at I Brake for Stamps with my code SAVE10HEIDI.

I would love to enter Tuesday Throwdown’s Furry Friends challenge, Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets Challenge, Word Art Wedneday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Also, in case you were curious, here are our babies.  

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Christmas Wishes In July

Hello everyone! Hope you are well. I have been so busy this month outside of cardmaking.  However, I am still working on my goal of making Christmas cards this month.  Here is one more.  

The background was stamped with white pigment ink onto kraft paper.  I then used some sparkle embossing powder over top.  I stamped, colored and cut out the image.  I added loose glitter to the wings and white flocking to the hat.  This card was hard to photograph so I hope you can imagine how sweet it looks!  

The frame for the heart was hand cut since that was the biggest heart die I have.  It is imperfect but I just went with it since it really looked like it needed a frame.  I don’t think a non-cardmaker will notice too much. 

Supplies: Stamps are Gina K Christmas Magic and Inkadinkado Warm Holiday Wishes, Avery Elle Pigment ink and Versafine and Memento Black inks,  Cuttlebug embossing folder, other items from my stash

I’d love to play along Mod Squad’s Christmas in July challenge. 

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Ocean Engagement Card

My very good friend just recently got engaged, and he asked her at the beach!  Her happy place.  So, naturally, I wanted to make a themed engagement card to congratulate the happy couple. 

I stamped my shells in different neutral colors of Versafine ink, cut them out,  and colored them with sponges and distress inks.  Before that distress ink dried all the way, I brushed on some different colors of Perfect Pearls.  Then I set the Perfect Pearls by spritzing them with water.  

You can see that the background was made by tearing papers and then layering them to look like the sea and the sand.  The sand is kraft paper that I stamped with a mesh background stamp. The water is a double-sided blue cardstock I had in my scrap box.

Since I was hand delivering this card, I added lots of bling. I thought the gems and pearls looks very bridal and pretty.  

On the inside of the card, I stamped a shell, and then my sentiment over top in navy.  

Don’t forget that JFF’s Monthly Challenge is By the Water!  I hope you will share a card with us, and there is a gift certificate up for grabs!   The linkup is here.

I would also like to enter this in the Library Challenge - The Gift of the Sea

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Splash of Love - MMH July 2019 Card

So, I did need one more card to send to my son at camp, and luckily, the My Monthly Hero kit from Hero Arts for this month arrived in time.  

I did a fairly simple scene using mostly items from the kit.  It even included 5 inks, so I used most of them on this card too.  The one big addition was an alcohol ink background I had sitting around.  This I used for the water.  I hope my son is having lots of fun at camp! I wonder if they have a dock like this there.

I would like to enter this card into Crafting By Designs Summer Fun, and SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge Make Your Own Background.

Thanks for looking!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Summer Floral Thank You

Hello!  I hope those of you in this heat wave can stay cool.  I tried to take a walk this morning before it was too hot, but honestly, I think there was no chance of it not being too hot!  I am cooled off now after lots of water.  Might as well spend the afternoon inside with my stamp supplies!

 I am sharing a pretty Thank You card made with some flowers from this great set called Florals Sheet.  I realize I should know what this flower is, but I can’t think of it.  Does anyone know?

I used the flowers as a two step stamp. I stamped the solid portion in pinks, and then used an old fashioned stamp positioner to get perfect placement of the outlines.  I added a couple accents using a marker and a white gel pen.  I trimmed these out and placed them over my die cut.  

I am entering this in the current Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge.

I hope you have some time for stamping this summer!  


Monday, July 15, 2019

A Christmas Hug - Snowflake Card

Hello again!  Still trying to get in the Christmas spirit! It is going to be one of the hottest weeks all year, so might as well make some snowflakes to cool down.  It is hard to see in the photo, but I added some Nuvo Glitter drops on the snowflake.  

Supplies: Dies and Stamps are SimonSaysStamp Peaceful Christmas, Inks are Hero Arts Cornflower and Soft  Sky, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink, Versafine Onyx Black. 

I did start with this sketch from CASEthisSketch.

Thanks for visiting!  

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Tea for Two

A quick share today! Just felt like making something pretty and a bit girly.  

Supplies: Cardmaking and Papercraft Magazine freebee stamp and embossing folder, Memento and Versafine black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, vellum, Gina Marie X Stitched circle dies, Recollections Backyard Table 6x6 patterned paper pad.

I am playing with Tuesday Morning Sketches!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Summertime Fruit Thank you card

Hello!  Yesterday, I had a lot of fun playing with this cute fruit stamp set.  We have been eating wonderful cherries and watermelons, so it seems like the perfect time of year for this card.  

I colored the Fun Fruits, set of 4, with alcohol markers.  I did want to mention how I choose colors.  I colored just the fruits first and kept the markers that I was using out on my desk.  

Then, when I went to color the rest of the frames, I tried to pick only markers I already had out.  This is the easiest way, for me, to keep my cards harmonious and not too busy.  I think I only used 8 markers total.

The sentiment is from Florals Sheet. (As always, you can save 10% on these stamps using my code SAVE10HEIDI)

I’d love to enter the 30 Day Coloring Challenge,  Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets Challenge (the yellow card was from my scrap box) and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Have a great day!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Christmas in July

Hello All!  Well, it is July now and I haven’t done my usual number of cards per month for the last (at least) 2 months.  So I am going to try to get in the spirit of “Christmas in July” to make up for it!

My first card is done as a CASE of a card at the ModSquad challenge.  I did was change the flowers into snowflakes, but otherwise it is really along the same lines.  The background is patterned paper (easy peasy) and the snowman was simply colored with markers with a little glitter pen added.

I’d also like to enter this in Cute Card Thursday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Supplies: Gina K Christmas Magic stamp and die set, Bo Bunny Altitude 6x6 patterned paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitched circle dies, Sentiment from Hero Arts CL887 Layering Tree stamp set, Memento and Versafine Black inks, Close to My Heart gems.

So wish me luck in making a dent in the Christmas cards this month!  I know some of you like to make them early, but plenty would prefer to wait till late fall.  

Thanks for your visit today!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Sailing - By the Water card

Hello!  A quick share today.  I have a second card made with the rest of the Alcohol ink background I shared last week.  

I simply stamped my sailboat over the background, and voila!  A very pretty masculine card!

This card is part of JFF’s By the Water challenge that I am hosting this month!  Hope you will play along!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Tropical Card

Hello everyone!  This is my first post since I got back from vacation.  I have gone through the blog list and returned comments, but I was itching to actually get back in the craft room, so that is what I did!

I had these flowers already stamped and die cut out.  I did that one time at my craft group. I used Distress Oxide inks, but did not keep a record of what colors.  I paired this with a purple scrap from my scrap box, embossed with a new embossing folder, and then sanded down.  I celebrated my birthday fairly recently, so I added a sentiment that I could use for thank you cards.  

Supplies: Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus, Distress Oxide Inks, Versafine Black ink, Close to My Heart Wordfetti sentiment set, Gina Marie X stitched Circle dies, Darice Embossing folder.

I would love to enter some challenges!
Double D Challenge - Tropical
Inspirational Challenge - 3 or 5 of something (3 flowers)
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything Goes
WordArtWednesday - Anything Goes

Thank you for your kind comments!  It means so much to me that you take time to visit and encourage me!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Monster Humor

Hello!  Today I am using my favorite Carmen Medlin monster stamp, from the Clueless set.  This time I paired it with a funny saying called Blessed Are They(A friendly reminder that you can always save 10% at the I Brake for Stamps store using my code SAVE10HEIDI)

I colored the monster using alcohol markers.  I then used Art Glitter Glue and applied some loose glitter to parts of the monster.  When that was dry, I fussy cut him out.  

I used some scraps of matching patterned paper to create my layout.  I already have the perfect person in mind to send this card to!  They will really get a chuckle out of it! I also have some plans to use this sentiment in a scrapbook.

Thank you for your recent blog visits and comments!  My posts this last week were pre-scheduled since I was traveling with family and knew I would have sketchy internet access.  I hope to be back visiting as normal within the next day or so!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

By The Water - JFF’s July Challenge

Hello!  This month, I am the blog host for JFF’s July Challenge!  The theme I picked is “By the Water.”  July is a big vacation month; and a vacation, for me, is somewhere by the water.  My first choice would be a lake where I could do some boating (skiing, fishing) but your card could be at the beach, by a river, etc.  

My card was started as an alcohol ink background, which I did, this time, on yupo paper. I think I prefer yupo over glossy paper for AI techniques, but they both work wonderfully.   I stamped my fishing father and child stamp over top of the background.  I then stamped, colored and cut out the fish and applied it to the bottom as a title.  The black card scrap was cut to look like a Polaroid frame.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Father & Child Fishing stamp, Fishing title stamp, Ranger alcohol inks and Yupo paper, Sizzix swirl embossing folder, MFT DieNamics Pierced Square dies.

Please check out the JFF blog for the link up for this challenge, AND to see the artwork that the rest of the design team made for this challenge!  I really hope you will play along!  There will be a random drawing for a gift card.  

Thanks for your visit and kind comments!  They are such an encouragement to me!