Monday, October 25, 2021

Cat Lover’s Blog Hop: Have a Purrfect Day!

 Hello everyone!

First things first, I want to say I used nail polish on this card, and I loved it and will be doing this again!

Today is the start of the Cat Lover’s Blog Hop!  I am definitely a cat lover.  I have two right now, Misty and Simba.  If they are awake, they are misbehaving, and they are afraid of almost everything, but not the vacuum.  But I still love them, they are very sweet!

ANYHOW!  This is a hop about cardmaking too, so I do have a card. 

Note:  Blank Page Muse is a sponsor for this hop!  I am on the DT for BPM, and just to let you know, I have a coupon code for you to save 15% off your order at either the Blank Page Muse OR I Brake for Stamps stores! (This is an affiliate code.)  Both stores have some fun cat stamps, and many other stamps too!


For my card I am using Fleur the Cat and then the sentiment from Edgar Cat.  

I stamped Fleur on a watercolored background and fussy cut him out.  I then used NAIL POLISH, using a dotting tool to apply, to color in the flower in his back.  I really like the look of this and will totally be using nail polish on my cards again!

The rest of my card is using a brand new SNEAK PEEK of a 6x6 double-sided paper pack that BPM will be releasing later this week in their online store.  It is called Cyan Consortium by Pam Bray Designs. I adore the colors in this pack. (I put a few of them in the background of the next photo.) The scalloped die cut is also a piece of watercolor paper that I painted a coordinating green.

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you around the hop!  If you aren’t already subscribed, I would love it if you did so! Please leave a comment if you have time!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Butterflies and Dragonflies!

 Hello everyone!  A quick share tonight of two cards.  

I made the backgrounds for a challenge in my stamping group.  We were to used alcohol inks and then dot lines and blending solution down them to get a different blended look.  I used yellow, orange and pink inks.  I also used Yupo paper, which I do really like for alcohol inks.  I tried to transfer some foil to the ink, but it didn’t work out very well for me.  You might be able to see a bit of it.

I always have trouble covering up these kind of backgrounds, so I heat embossed my stamps from Close to My Heart over top of vellum and then cut them out to go over top.  I will add sentiments as I send them out.  

Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Happy Happy Birthday!

 Hello again!  Today, I have this bright birthday card!  I already sent this one out.  October has a lot of birthdays in my family!

The background was an idea from my stamping group.  You stencil on glossy cardstock and then stamp a background over top. I can’t tell you how fun it is to stencil on glossy.  It makes such an impact!

I finished it off simply, and those stars?  I think they are from one of those packs of adhesive foam shapes for kid crafts.  They work really well on cards though. I only have a few left.  

Supplies: Hero Arts Number Pattern Background stamp, Hero Arts You’re So Kind set, Balzar Designs Mini Chevron Stencil

Thank you so much for visiting today!

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Teen Music Themed Card

 Hello everyone. Recently, the I Brake for Stamps store was purchased by the owners of Blank Page Muse!  This is such great news because it means that all the wonderful IBFS images are still available! Phew!  It would have been such a shame to lose access to these 4000 stamp designs.

Kim, from Blank Page Muse, asked me to become part of their design team.  I was really happy to say YES!  She seems super nice and there is a big and diverse group of ladies on the team with me.  

So this is my first design team post for the sister stores IBFS/BPM!  Woo!  The stores are keeping their own websites, so you can shop the same way you always did.

And to sweeten the deal, Kim has given me a coupon code that anyone can use to get 15% off, it works at both stores! Know that it is an affiliate code.


Okay, now my card.  This card is one I am proud of, if only because it is often hard to make cards for teen boys!

PLUS, I really think this card design will work for all skill levels of card-makers.  You can make a slightly fancy background like mine, a much fancier one, or just use patterned paper.  All the stamping on the outside of the card is basic stamping in black ink.  And I fussy cut and didn’t use any dies, so this really doesn’t use that many supplies. 

For the outside I used Jennifer McGuire’s technique where you mask off an area, use distress inks to blend, then brush some perfect pearls over top. Finally, you dry emboss the whole panel.  It looks pretty in any combination!  I added some glitter glue to accent the tiny stars in the sentiment stamp.

I did decorate the inside of the card with the drum stamp in a light blue ink. Although these stamps are intentionally distressed, I did want to add even more texture by swiping my inkpad across the stamp.  That texture shows up better in person than it does in the photo.  

The stamps I used on this card are all from the I Brake for Stamps store:

Music Sheet, Sentiment Circle Quad Thinking, Happy, Get Well, Thanks, Inspirational Phrases

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The Blank Page Muse Shop