Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Christmas Quilt Square Cards

 Hello!  I like to try to make several Christmas cards each month of the year.  This decreases stress for me around the holidays, and I enjoy making each card more if I keep up with it.  

I decided to use a paper quilt for the backgrounds of these cards (made with scraps of patterned papers), and it was just a perfect spot to add a little scene form these Snow Balls stamps.  I stamped everything out in navy ink, but made each card different.

I Brake for Stamps Snowballs stamp set is HERE and the sentiment I used is from Christmas Tree Collage sheet. (Save 10% off your order using my code SAVE10HEIDI).

I’d like to enter Rudolph Days Challenge for June.

Thank you for visiting today!  

Christmas Cards Goal to Date: 30
Christmas Cards Completed to Date: 22

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Thank You Cards

Hello all!  I hope you’ve had a good weekend.  We were able to safely visit some family, using social distancing, and then also get a lot of stuff done around the house.  

I have two Thank You cards to share today.  I colored the focal images for these, but the colored matting is part of some Distress Stencil backgrounds that I made a while back. These were the ones that didn’t work well, but I was still able to cut them down to use part of them.  

Stamps are from Power Poppy. 

I would love to enter Cute Card Thursday’s Flower Challenge and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes challenge.  Also, Pixie’s Crafty Workshops Snippets challenge.

Thank you and have a great day!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Rainbow Panda Birthday Card

Hello everyone!  It is hot where you are? I enjoyed our long spring, but as soon as the first day of summer hit, it did feel quite hot and summery!

I recently finished off this birthday card. I had done the rainbow background a couple weeks ago, and then decided to use these pandas as the main focal point. I tried to add colors to their paw pads and hats to go with the background.  

And then I finished off the inside with lots of colorful stamping.  That was fun and always feels great to use a lot of your supplies on a card.  

Stamps: Hero Arts Stitched Flowers background stamp, Art Impressions Panda-Tastic stamp set.

I’d love to enter Tuesday Throwdown’s Anything Goes challenge, Word Art Wednesday’s Anything goes challenge, Art Impressions Make Me Laugh challenge and SimonSaysStamp’s Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thank you so much for visiting today! I hope you have a super day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

June Rose Shabby Chic!

Hello stamping friends!  I have a shabby chic card to share today.  I love to make at least one rose card in June, as it is the birth flower.  When I got this pretty rose stamp that is part of I Brake for Stamps set Half Sheet 137a, I knew it would be fantastic for making your own patterned paper.

And it is!  It is very forgiving too.  I didn’t have any trouble lining it up or anything, I just stamped away in a general pattern using brown ink. I then distressed the entire panel with tea dye distress ink and a sponge applicator.  I also splattered some ink lightly to get some more aging to the panel.

Finally, I added color to the roses and leaves with chalks.  I really am so happy with this background and can’t wait to try it with other colors!

I layered a sentiment from Inspirational Phrases set with some fancy die cuts.  I put this over some lace that was in my stash and put my very last adhesive pearls underneath.  I can’t believe that those are my last pearls, sometimes it seems like you will never use all your embellishments!

Save 10% on your order at the I Brake for Stamps store using my code SAVE10HEIDI.

I hope you have a wonderful day and keep on stamping!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Rainbow Card Backgrounds

Hello!  Today I’d like to share a couple cards made with some rainbow backgrounds.  First, I heat embossed my very old Hero Arts stamp on watercolor paper.  I then applied distress inks to just a thin portion of a long acrylic block, and spritzed this with water. I applied this to the paper starting at the top, and changing colors as I went down. I made sure that the ink was watery enough to blend between colors.  

I finished off one card with a simple sentiment from Power Poppy, and the other with some images from a Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit.  I think these are super fun, and my teenage son told me that I could give them to girls or boys, so that felt like a really big win!

I’d like to enter A Blog Named Hero’s Old and New challenge, and Word Art Wednesday’s Anything Goes Challenge.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Bird Father’s Day card with Distress Stencil Technique

Hello all!  I have a card to share that will be a special Father’s Day card for my grandpa.  He loves birds and spends many hours each day attending to his bird feeders.  They bring him so much enjoyment.

The background is made with the Distress Stencil Technique that you can find at this link.  I used Frayed Burlap Distress ink and a feather stencil.  (Watch out for another post soon with some tips for this technique.  Not all my backgrounds worked out until I tried a few things.)

I stamped this bird in brown and then colored it simply with alcohol markers. I decided this stamp looked most like an Ovenbird, which is a type of warbler.  I die cut it, then with the die in place, sponged some light blue ink around it.  I then stamped the sentiment and die cut it the same way. 

The stamp sets I used are Sheet 141B Bird Nests stamp sheet and Inspirational Phrases stamp sheet.  Please check these out in the I Brake for Stamp store and save 10% using my coupon code SAVE10HEIDI.

Thanks for visiting today!  I hope you have a great day!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Flamingo with Brushos!

Hello all!  I am trying out the new blogger platform.  Let’s see if I can publish a post.  I can see it is going to take some time to get used to!  (Also, it caused my browser to crashed several times while trying to write a simple post. I sure hope they get it fixed!)

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I created this flamingo card last night.  I had made several Brusho backgrounds and I just loved how the colbalt turned out.  So I decided to simply stamp over top with the flamingos and then paper piece them with a scrap of patterned paper. I used an orange marker to color their legs.  

Stamps: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps, sentiment Power Poppy Sunny Days.  

I would like to enter WordArtWednesday’s Anything Goes challenge, and Pixie’s Crafty Workshop’s Snippets Challenge.

Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a really good weekend. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Polar Pals Christmas Cards

I am really far behind in Christmas card goals this year.  Now that it is summer, I think I will have more time to catch up.  I will start catching up with these two cards.

The first background was made with heat embossing on watercolor paper. I then used a square acrylic block to apply distress inks (spritzed with water) to specific areas.  I ended up liking the controlled, but not totally controlled look of this!

The second background was a technique I tried with stencil resist.  It didn’t work, but I liked the background anyhow.

Thanks for visiting!

Christmas Card Goal to Date: 30
Christmas Cards completed to Date: 18

Monday, June 8, 2020

Bird House - Housewarming Card

My friend is moving to a new apartment soon and I wanted to make her a card for her housewarming gift.  I decided to work with this bird set, which includes this cute “Home Tweet Home” sentiment.

I simply stamped, colored and cut out the bird house and the little bird.  I popped the bird up over top, and they layered it over some scraps of pretty patterned paper I had.  I cut a die cut banner for the sentiment and added some cute enamel dots to the card.  

Here is a link to the stamp set I used - Bird Nests Sheet 141B.  (Save 10% on your order using my code SAVE10HEIDI).  The dies are Avery Elle and Gina Marie, both Wonky Stitched borders.  The pack is an older Recollections one called Backyard Table.  

Thanks for visiting today and keep on stamping!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Double Background Stamp Background

Hello!  In my stamping group, we were challenged to use the following technique to create a background with two background stamps.  I dug deep into my older stamps to find these two - they have to be at least 5 years old, if not 10.

I first stamped my Hero Arts tweed stamp with Versamark ink.  I then applied chalks all over this. Then, I inked up my Hero Arts Stitched Floral stamp with navy ink and stamped over top.  I thought this looked summery and girly.  

So I decided to simply finish it with a fun brushstroke sentiment from Power Poppy.  

I would love to enter WordArtWednesday - Anything Goes, Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes, SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Create Your Own Background and RetroRubber Challenge - Summer.

I hope you are having a nice weekend. It is pretty hot and humid here.

Take care!


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Distress Oxide Grunge

Hello!  I hope you are well!  I want to thank all of your for your lovely comments on my last posts.  You are all so sweet and encouraging!  

We had the craziest storm today and I feel very lucky that we have power, I know a lot of people do not.  School is winding down for my kids, and I think we will all welcome the break, although I am going to need to be creative to keep the kids occupied.  There will be no camps or jobs this summer to keep them occupied and I don’t want their brains to get fried from screen time.  


I have a card to share today using the Old and New Stamp Sheet.  I like the sayings in this set, and I also like the grunge font.  (as always save 10% on your order using my  SAVE10HEIDI)

I first masked off an area on my white cardstock and sponged over with Distress Oxide inks.  I stamped my saying, and then I stamped the flower and restamped (without reinking) get a second impression.  I used Distress Oxide black ink for my stamping. I like the chalky look it gives me, but if you want crisper stamping, I would use Versafine.  

I think this is a fun look and saying for a card for a teen.  

Thanks for visiting!


Monday, June 1, 2020

Watercolor Stormy Skies

Hello!  I am continuing to work on my watercoloring.  Although we have had a few absolutely gorgeous sunny days, I worked on my stormy skies.

I know the second one is prettier because the sun is coming out, but I am really proud of both skies. I love how they look like clouds.  

Stamps are from Stampendous Sunrise Sunset stamp set and Close to My Hearts Wordfetti.  

Thanks for stopping by!