Friday, December 18, 2020

Oh Dear, What a Year!

 Hello all!  You might have seen these deer images a few times before. When I got this stamp set, I just stamped out and colored a whole sheet worth of images. It was a good way to get a lot of use out of a stamp set, and also to break up the work.

I also used up some scraps of pretty paper here.  

And I used a new stamp set from Close to My Heart for the inside sentiments.  There are a bunch of funny ones, but this one is my favorite for 2020.  

I am not sure if I will be posting again this year.  I want who wish everyone Happy Holidays, of course a very Merry Christmas, and a much happier New Year!



Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Scrappy Christmas

 If you saw my post the other day, you saw I used patterned paper to make Christmas cards with barely any stamping. Well, when those cards were complete, I had a few scraps on my desk. I decided to use up every bit of those scraps for these three cards.

Thanks for visiting again!  

Monday, December 14, 2020

Patterned Paper Christmas Cards

Thanks for visiting!

 It happens to me most years. I am making out my Christmas cards and I don’t have enough. To the rescue is almost always some super quick cards made with 6x6 patterned paper packs. I love using those odd sheets with large images for my focal points. 

These were made with Recollections Holiday Homestead paper pack, which is really certifiably pretty paper!  I used just cardstock scraps for matting and an odd half done project piece or brad here and there.  There is a pretty stamped sentiment inside but I didn’t photograph it.

These are not difficult, but I share them anyhow just to show we don’t always have to craft the hard way!

Hope your week will have a great start!  It is raining here but we expect snow this week too.  

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Reindeer and Birds Christmas Cards

 Hello!  If you are here, I want to thank you for the time you are taking!  This is such a busy time.  We are back to virtual school temporarily for the surge and that really takes a lot of time, energy and mostly patience.  I don’t fault anyone for this extra burden, it is what it is, and I am confident the kids will catch back up and be more resilient.  

Anyhow, I did have a little time to finish up these two Christmas cards.  I had stamped, colored and cut out a bunch of images from Elizabeth Crafts Reindeer and Birds set previously and I have almost used them all now.

The first card I just love because the reindeer looks so funny and I love this plaid paper from Modascrap.  I added some stamped holly and red rhinestones to finish it off. (I am REALLY low on red rhinestones and need to remember to buy more!)

The second card uses another of my gelli plate prints.  I used some die cut snow hills. You can’t see it but I used my Sakura glitter pen to add sparkle to the edges of the hills.  The sentiment is Power Poppy.

Thank you for visiting! I should have some time later tonight and tomorrow to look at what you have been sharing on your blogs! Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Christmas Cute Birdies Cards

 Hello everyone!  I hope you are doing well.  I am continuing to work on Christmas cards and here are two more, with my favorite subject, birds!

I had previously stamped, colored and cut out the birds, so I just needed to figure out how to use them.  I decided they looked nice in a circle, and with this patterned paper.

The second card, I changed it up and cut a circle in the patterned paper, and then put glitter paper behind it.  I left the piece large enough so that the glitter paper would also be the matting.  I think they are both pretty cards, but I do like the glitz of glitter for a Christmas card (and it looks really neat in real life.)

The stamps are mostly Elizabeth Crafts Reindeer & Birds, but one sentiment is from Power Poppy.  The paper is Moda Scrap.

Thank you for visiting today!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Christmas Card Set - Reindeer Crossing

 Hello!  I recently got a new Christmas stamp set and I used it for this set of cards.  There are a couple stamps that from other sets.

The stamp is Close to My Heart Reindeer Crossing, the Tree and sentiment on the deer card are from Inkadinkado and Power Poppy.  Most of the papers are actually from Close to My Heart also.  It is unusual for me to stick to one brand for the entire card!

I did search Pinterest before making these cards so I have a few links of cards that I used as inspiration.  I did make a double of one of these cards so in total, I made 6 cards in an afternoon, I was very pleased with that!

Ideas from:

I would love to enter these challenges!

Ruldoph Days November Challenge, Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes, SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Anything Goes, The Card Concept’s Holiday Home. (I was inspired by the check pattern. Clean and Layered style.)


Christmas Card Count: 45

Goal: 55. I’m getting there!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Foil Mirror Paper - EASY Christmas Cards

Hello!  I made a bunch of cards over the weekend. I just photographed these so I could share them. 

I recently was at Michael’s and bought some of the foil mirror cardstock they had on sale.  This design was such an EASY way to make a flashy Christmas card.  I just glued a piece of the foil cardstock on a piece of white, and then embossed the whole thing.

The stamps were all a mix of old and new sets.  If you are interested in a particular stamp, let me know and I will label it.  I did decorate the insides but did not photograph them.  

Thanks for visiting. I will be back with more Christmas cards soon!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cat Christmas Card

 Hello everyone!  I hope you are well.  I am so totally behind in my Christmas card goal that I am not reporting the numbers today.  I just need to get more done!

I made a couple of this card.  The main stamp from Technique Junkies was stamped over a Brusho background.  I then stamped the background paper from some tiny holiday light stamps from a Kitchen Sink Stamps set.  

It was a simple process, but resulted in what I think is a super fun card. I also have some more cards using this stamp in process. I love it because my cats totally could be pictured here. I am a bit scared to put up the tree this year, because last year they had the excuse of being kittens.  This year, they just may have bad behavior!  Lol.

Have a great day!

(I am entering this in SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Christmas challenge.)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Sunflower Fall Friendship Card

  Hello!  I am feeling a fall vibe today and wanted to make a card using sunflowers. 

I stamped out the sunflower from Bubble Wrap, Lattice and Flowers sheet onto yellow cardstock. I did sponge some brown around the edge after I fussy cut it out.  

My background is made with Brusho powder in Sandstone. I stamped my sentiment from Inspirational Plate #2 and then added some copper colored Nuvo drops to finish it off. 

Thank you so much for visiting today! I know from personal experience that time is hard to come by right now, so I appreciate that you spend a few minutes here today. And double thanks if you left a comment. I will be swinging by blogs later this afternoon.

I’m off to rake some leaves!  Stay well!

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

December Narcissus

  Hello and don’t mind the title of this post too much. Happy November!  But since Halloween has now passed, it is high time for me to get moving on Christmas cards.  This stamp is called December Narcissus.

I colored this simply with markers, then die cut it out.  I layered it over some Christmas papers and added a sentiment from the large Inspirations Phrases set.  I did use a little corner punch on that sentiment strip and I think that turned out cute.  (As always, I am able to offer my coupon code SAVE10HEIDI for 10% off your order at the I Brake for Stamps store.)

Have a wonderful day and keep on stamping!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Christmas Cards with Gelli Plate Prints

 Hello again!  I decided to use another of my gelli plate backgrounds for Christmas cards. I am definitely behind my goal still, so if anything looks remotely Christmassy, I need to use it for Christmas!

It is SO dreary and rainy here today, so my photo setup by a window wouldn’t work, so these photos are a little off, but the best I could do today.  How is the weather for you?  

I used some stamps from Elizabeth Crafts that I colored with pencils and die cut.  I also added some glitter glue to stamps and the hill, but I’m not sure you can see it in the photo.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Gelli Plate!

 Hello everyone!  Last week, on zoom, my craft group got together and April from Stampwilly Designs taught us some techniques using our gelli plates.  I have to say, this was a little tricky and I wasn’t sure about my results at first, but the next day when I looked through them, I wanted to keep almost all of the prints to use for cards!  

I wanted to find some bold, but pretty stamps to use over top.  The stamps in the I Brake for Stamps Old and New set were perfect for this!

Thanks for visiting and keep on stamping!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Coffee Is My Blood Type

Hello All!  Long time, no see!  I have been feeling very low-energy lately, so I decided to make a card with one of my favorite, most energizing themes.  Coffee!

I started with a background created with Colorburst powders.  This background is really pretty in person.  It is gloomy today so my camera just didn’t capture the depth of the colors.  I stamped over the background with dark brown Versafine ink with the coffee cup image.  

The focal image is one of my favorite stamps.  It just makes me laugh.  This was stamped on a kraft cardstock with brown ink, and then I sponged color around the edge of my oval die.  

These stamps are part of I Brake for Stamps Coffee Rubber Sheet.

Thanks for visiting and keep on stamping!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Aster Friendship Card

Hello and Happy Wednesday!  We are having lovely fall weather here.  How about you? I have a friendship card to share with you today.  

I first colored the September Aster stamp with markers.  I cut it out with scissors.  I put this over top of a pastel vellum circle and then popped it up over the card front.  The background paper is actually one I made using the Faux Linen technique.  It is hard to see the texture in the photo, but you first sand glossy paper in both directions and then just add ink over top.  

On the inside, I stamped the same image again in light tan ink, and stamped my message from Inspirational Plate #2 over top.  I know just the friend I want to send this to! (As always, save 10% off your order at the I Brake for Stamps store by using my code SAVE10HEIDI.)

Thanks for visiting today and keep on stamping!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Halloween Sky

 Hello!  Happy October!  I am not very into Halloween, but I do like to give out candy to trick or treaters. I don’t feel as safe doing that this year, so I wanted to send out cards and maybe a little candy money to some of the special kids in my life.  

I used an all-purpose Trees Background stamp here and made it Halloween by using those colors in the sky.  I first punched a circle from masking paper, then sponged my inks on the paper till I got the blend I wanted.  I removed that mask to reveal a moon, and then stamped over top with the Tree stamp.  The sentiment was created with dies.  

I have previously used this stamp with blues to create a wintery sky.  As always, save 10% on your entire order at the I Brake for Stamps store using my code SAVE10HEIDI.

Thanks for visiting and keep on stamping!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Clean and Simple Fall

 Hello!  I feel like I am mostly making clean and simple cards recently, and I think that is the time crunch I am constantly feeling.  It’s funny because other times I have really struggle if I tried to make one C&S.

 I am enjoying the lovely season of Autumn!  The weather is so nice this year.  

This card was created by first using gold texture paste through a stencil. I just eyeballed that it was a rough circle.  

Then I heat embossed my Stamptangle leaf from Just for Fun onto watercolor paper. I used water based markers to randomly add fall colors, then I used a water brush to blend.  I fussy cut this out and popped it up over the embossing.

I would love to enter this in ModSquad Autumn Foliage Challenge, Retro Rubber’s Anything Goes challenge (this stamp is a couple years old, and the company is out of business), and WordArtWednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thank you for visiting today!  

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Outdoorsy Dog Scene Card

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well this week!  We are having such wonderful fall weather!

I have been making a bit of an effort to collect more masculine stamps.  This stamp is called Asleep on the Deck.  I have several recipients in mind who are going to love this scene!  

I made a bit of an abstract background for this scene.  I used glossy paper and swiped my inkpads randomly across the paper.  When you wipe the excess ink off, it blends them just so.  You can always repeat the process if you want to add a little more here or there.  Then I stamped right over top with black Memento ink.  

I am not sure what occasion I am sending this for, so I left the sentiment off for now. I do think I it could work well for a dog sympathy card.  

Thanks for visiting!  Keep on stamping!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sympathy Cards

 Hello!  It is a lovely Sunday morning here, a bit chilly, but I kind of like it that way! I created a couple Sympathy cards with my glossy cardstock backgrounds.  

I kept them Clean and Simple, and I like how both turned out.  

Supplies: Gina K Painted Autumn and Wild Flowers stamp sets, Unity Life Touches stamp set, Tim Holtz die cuts. 

I would love to enter Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.

Have a great day!

Friday, September 18, 2020

Wine card series - Part 2 - Rainbow Wine

 Hello!  I am sharing a card that will be part of a gift set that is all wine themed. I thought it would be fun to do one that did not look traditional for wine.  I did a rainbow!

I did not do anything fancy here, I just winged it for the spacing and luckily it turned out well enough!  The wine bottle is Just for Fun, which is out of business, and I think the sentiment is from an Art Impressions set.  I chose it because I thought it could be used for a birthday or any type of congratulations card, or just a fun hello.  

I would love to enter this in SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Frame it.

If you would like to see my other wine themed cards, click here.

I think I have mostly caught up with my blog visiting.  If I haven’t visited you, please let me know and I will be over soon!  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Safari Scene Card

 Hello everyone! I feel really behind with blogging.  I am keeping busy supervising virtual school and we have a home project going on too. I am missing blogs and crafting, but I do have a bunch of cards ready to share, and will be visiting you all, too!

I just love this wonderful Safari stamp. I have used it before on the blog and it just is such a great illustration.

This time, I created a background on glossy paper.  I used my mini dye ink cubes, and pressed them directly onto the paper and twisted them so I didn’t get harsh edges. I wiped the excess ink from the paper and then stamped over top with memento ink.  

I finished the card as a Clean and Simple look, by matting with black cardstock and adding a sentiment underneath.  

The stamps I used are Pride of Africa and sentiment from Inspirational Phrases. Check them out at the I Brake for Stamps store where you can use my code SAVE10HEIDI to save 10% off your entire order.

I hope you are doing well and would love to hear in the comments what you are up to, or if there is a recent post I missed on your blog.  Have a good day!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Gelli Plate with Background Stamps

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well today!

I would like to show you the results of a simple stamping technique using a gelli plate.  I will first just tell you my process. I applied Distress Oxide ink in a few colors of pink and orange to a gelli plate. I used a brayer, just to even out the ink.  

Then, I pressed this large background (5x7 inches) stamp over the gelli plate and removed it.  I made a print of what was left on the gelli plate (center), and then also stamped what remained on the stamp to make another print (right).

This is really fun and fast to do!  The gelli plate not only allows you to make two prints with every stamp, but it also adds a lot of texture you wouldn’t get if you just stamped the traditional way. I also like how you can stamp easily with multiple colors of ink.

So, I made a bunch of prints and then made several cards out of them.  Some of the prints I didn’t like as well, so I either cut them down and used the area I liked.  Or, I stamped flowers over the print and cut them out like it was patterned paper. 

The background stamp I used is Huge Floral Background, but you could use any of the great background stamps the I Brake for Stamps carries. The sentiments all came from Inspirational Plate #2.  The flowers are from Floral Half Sheet. (As always, save 10% off your entire order at I Brake for Stamps using my code SAVE10HEIDI.)

I really enjoyed trying something new.  Have you tried any new techniques lately?  

Monday, September 7, 2020

House Mouse Back to School Cards

 Hello! I wanted to share the rest of the back to school cards I made.  

These are all done with Stampendous Masked Mice and then several different school stamp sets I have, both from Stampendous and Close to My Heart. I colored all these images with markers and then die cut them, sponging blue ink inside the die.

I did decorate all the insides of the cards too. Here is an example of what I did, although they are all different. I hope these have all made it to the intended students by now, as most kids will go back by tomorrow at the latest.  

I would love to enter Dies R Us Back to School challenge, Cute Card Thursday’s Anything Goes and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.

Thanks for visiting!  

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Birthday for an Outdoorsman

 I hope you are doing well.  September snuck up on me and I need to get a card out for my brother’s birthday.  He is an outdoor enthusiast, and I found this wonderful stamp that I know he will love!

I first masked off part of my card front. I then sponged green and brown distress oxide ink over the area.  I added some blue to the top to get another color of green. I spritzed this with water to get marks and then stamped over top.  

I could have done this in landscape, the stamp is big enough to cover a card that direction too.  

I then used a Happy Birthday stamp from another sets and a couple enamel dots to finish this off.  Clean and simple works well for masculine cards.

The stamps I used today can be purchased at the I Brake for Stamps store. Use my code SAVE10HEIDI to save 10% on your entire order. Outdoorsmen Collection , Sentiment from Florals Sheet .

Thank you for visiting today!  What are you working on?