Sunday, May 22, 2022

Stashbuster Patterned Paper Challenge - Part 5 - Nine more cards!

 Hello everyone!  I have NINE more cards to share from my Stashbuster challenge.  This is the 5th post in my series to finish up this OLD patterned paper pack.  

I would say one of the most rewarding things about this project is not just using up things, but also being able to choose old and new stamps from all throughout my stash to go with the papers.  It feels great to use lots of things!

Here is a list of the stamps I used:

Gina K Designs Stenciled Spring

Unity Stamps Butterfly Birthday Cake

Stampin Up Birds & Branches

Gina K Designs Birthday Go-Round

Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings

Unknown Altenew flower stamp?

Hero Arts Happy Stamp n Cut set

Tim Holtz Wildflower and Stems thinlets

Unity Unknown coneflower and circle frame stamp (got these in a grab bag once)

Gina K Designs Happy Birthday To You

I Brake for Stamps Hummingbird

Studio G Shirt Stamp

This brings me to 21 cards!  But I have one more post coming up to use up the bigger scraps.  There really isn’t much left.  Many of these will be donated so I am super happy to have made a lot of cards quickly!  They won’t go to waste!

Thanks for stopping by!  What is the next thing in your stash you want to use?

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Fishing Birthday Card

 Hello!  It is boiling hot weather today!  A quick share to cool off!

This cards was made with an alcohol ink background and the Hero Arts July 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit.  It was super fun to make!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

My Private Zoo - Non Traditional Anniversary Card

 I would like to share this card that I am going to give to my husband for our anniversary.  I LOVE the image, so beautifully drawn!  But one of the sentiments in this set, “Our Private Zoo” struck me as a funny way to describe the often crazy times that a couple goes through with marriage and parenting and even pets.  I think DH is going to get a kick out if it! (As an aside, he always gets me a super sappy card, but knows that I have a weird sense of humor!)

The background was easily accomplished with a Multi color Kaleidacolor Inkpad in Creole Spice brayered over glossy cardstock.  I love the way glossy cardstock looks but every time I forget that it is harder to photograph!  I think I got it okay this time.  I stamped the GORGEOUS safari scene over top with Archival Ink and then just added the sentiment.  There was no need to overdo this card, I think it is perfect in its simple form.

This stamp set is called Wildlife Rubber Stamp set and it can be found in the Blank Page Muse store.  You can always use my affiliate code BPMHeidi to save 15% off your order there and at the I Brake for Stamps store!

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Graduation Cards with Alcohol Inks on Yupo

 Hello!  My son is graduating from high school this year, so I made a couple cards since I know he will be attending some graduation parties of his friends.  

I made this alcohol ink background on yupo. I do not write down the colors, but I know I used at least one ink with shimmers.  Unfortunately, these were extremely hard to capture well on camera, so use your imagination!  They really look good!

I then used a NBUS die and NBUS stamp set, and an old glitter cardstock. In fact, I had to purchase these supplies because I really didn’t have anything for a graduation card!

I’m so pleased how these turned out.

Here are the supplies I used:

Impression Obsession DIE296-T - Grads Tossing

Taylor Ed Expressions stamp set - Grad Grumplings (sentiments)

DCWV Twinkle Glints stack paper pad

I would love to enter the SimonSaysStamp’s Monday Challenge - Alcohol, Drink or Ink.

And also entering the NBUS Challenge!

Thanks so much for visiting and for your kind comments!  I have now posted more blog posts in 2022 than I did in the entire year of 2021.  It looks like 2021 was not kind for many blogs, as I was just going through all the challenge blogs I used to keep track of and there are so many that aren’t operating anymore.  

Also, I hope to keep asking this, but if you have an Instagram, can you comment with your IG Handle, or find me heidi_mylittlestampingblog so I can follow you back!  I feel like missing most of 2021 made me miss a lot of people changing to IG.  Thanks!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Patterned Paper Stashbuster Challenge - Part 4 - Bee Birthday Edition

 Hello!  More cards using up patterned paper!  The 4 cards in this post bring me to 12 cards from the remnants of OLD 6x6 patterned papers.  I do have more paper left, although the pile is much smaller, and more scraps.  At the end I can give you a sneak peek of how I am working with them!

I realized that there was this paper in the set that was too pretty to cut previously and would work well for a Bee theme!  So I went through my stamps and pulled out anything that would go with a Bee!

The yellow on my last two cards looks like plain cardstock but it is actually a watercolored background from my stash.  It does look more watery in real life!

Here is a list of the stamps used on my cards:

Our Daily Bread Designs Honeycomb Mini and Mini Bugs set (not sure if that is the real name)

Our Daily Bread Designs Rose Bouquet stamp set (Happy Birthday Sentiment)

Gina K Designs Happy Birthday to You stamp set

Gina K Designs Birthday Go-Round stamp set

Close to My Heart Cute as a Bug stamp set

I would like to enter the last two cards in the Inkspirational Challenge - Free or Gifted.  The bee and honeycomb stamp sets from Our Daily Bread were gifted to me from Cheryl Scrivens YEARS ago. I have made good use out of them as that bee is super cute (and there are some other bugs in the set as well).  

And here is a sneak peek of the setup for my next batch of cards using this same patterned paper.  Do you ever set things up like this? I don’t always stick with the plan, but I find this helps me pick and choose what papers will go together and also what stamps will fit in the space I have for a focal point, etc.  I’d love to know your process too!

Thanks for reading and commenting today!  Have a good day!

Friday, May 13, 2022

Ink Pad Thumping and a Fancy Fold

 Hello everyone! Happy Friday! It is actually a little rainy here today, but the temperature seems nice.  I had my zoom meeting this week with the Artsy Inker craft group and April taught us Gina K’s technique called Ink Pad Thumping. It is basically Marker Thumping, but you use your small ink cubes instead of markers.  We stamped on glossy cardstock, which always gives a pretty look!

I did several images, but the one I liked the best is this floral from Just for Fun (JFF since closed down and I don’t know the name of the image).  The chevron Tweed Background was also made with the technique.    I made two cards.  April also had this idea for an easy Fancy Fold. I think you can see in the photos how it works.  

Here are the stamps I used:

Just for Fun Unknown Floral

Hero Arts Tweed Background

Close to My Heart It’s Your Day to Sparkle (Sentiment and banner)

Gina K Designs Birthday Blessings (butterfly)

Stampendous Birthday Wish (Inside sentiment)

I would like to enter in the Retro Rubber Challenge -  Flower Power.  All of my stamps here are much older than two years old!  

I would also like to participate in Word Art Wednesday -Anything Goes!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Patterned Paper Stashbuster Challenge - Part 3 - More Birthday Cards

 Hello!  I am back with more cards I made using up my pack of OLD patterned paper.  I have three more cards to share.

I did a little coloring, a little paper piecing (which is a great way to use up scraps and I think I may do a lot of it for this challenge!) and some simple stamping too.  All these are simple layouts but I like how they turned out.

Here is a list of the stamps I used:

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Birthday (THMB012)

Unity Stamps Life’s Short…Eat cake! Stamp set

Close to My Heart It’s Your Day to Sparkle Stamp set

I would like to link these to Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge.

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Crocus in Pink with Spotlight Embossing

 I would love to share with you this pretty crocus!  I colored this in a shade that is not found in nature, because I just liked the color.  That is one of the things about papercrafting that I like, I get to choose the colors!

Let me first talk about how I did the background.  This is a technique called Spotlight Embossing.  Basically you can stencil any shape you like, I did a basic circle.  Then, just emboss your entire panel.  Afterwards, take a sandpaper block, and sand the top off to get white accents.  This technique is super easy with really lovely results.

I then just stamped and colored the flower with alcohol markers, fussy cut it and added my sentiment.  

The stamps I used can be found in the Blank Page Muse Shop. Use my affiliate code to save 15% on your order.  BPMHeidi

Flower and Bird Sketches Stamp Sheet

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Friday, May 6, 2022

New Home Card with Peg Stamps and Alcohol Inks

 Hello everyone!  This will be my first post for a blog challenge in AGES!  I mentally haven’t been able to keep up with all the challenges, but I am feeling a lot more organized in the past couple weeks and am ready to start creating for challenges again.  

I also needed to make a new home card for a stamping friend!  It was important to me that I use alcohol inks on this card, as she is a big fan of them and I know she will enjoy them.

I used NBUS items on this card.  The alcohol ink cardstock for the background is the brushed silver variety, and I had not tried that before.  That did give a fun look and it is kindof a matte finish, which is neat!  

I also used some old and some NBUS peg stamps.  

Rubber Stamp Tapestry Robin’s Nest

Rubber Stamp Tapestry Strawberry Delight (NBUS)

Close to My Heart Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings

I would love to enter the following challenges:

NBUS May 2022

Double D Challenge - Birds Nests Birdcages

SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Feminine

THANK YOU FOR VISITING!  Please leave a comment so I know you were here!

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Patterned Paper Stashbuster Challenge - Post Two - Birthday cards

 Hello everyone. I am continuing to make good headway using up a pack of patterned paper.  

Let me back up a second.  I have a lot of 6x6 paper pads.  I had three that were similar colors, but all nearly used up so I had been keeping them together in one quart size ziplock bag.  So I basically took all of these and cut A2 cardfronts from any full pieces, and kept all the scraps, as well.  I am working on using up the entire thing as quickly as I can.  (If I ever figure out what the names of these pads are, I will add the info.  Two were from My Mind’s eye and one was Crate Paper??)

Why?  Just as a motivator as I love buying new paper, so it is good to clear some out.  The other thing I noticed is that I often keep the pieces I like best (because they are too pretty to cut up) and that is just silly!  

I am especially trying to rebuilt my birthday card stash!  When I have enough, I will be donating many to a local nursing home.  

This first card is pure silliness on my end. I had the images totally stamped and colored, even that strip of patterned paper was already attached. I just needed to add the sentiment and finish up the card.  

The second and third cards are fairly simple.  I went through my stamps and pulled out ones that I thought might possibly look nice with the paper.  It was a fun way to give new life to stamps I might not have used yet or hadn’t seen love in a long time!

I have more cards coming!  I bet I can make at least 15 cards from this paper.  With the two Mother’s Day cards I recently posted, and these, that makes 5 so far!  What are you working on lately? 

Here is a list of stamps I used:
I Brake for Stamps Mostly Mice (as always you can use my affiliate code BPMHeidi to save 15%)
Gina K Designs Birthday GoRound
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Birthday set (THMB012)
Unity Stamps Life’s Short Eat Cake! set

Thank you for visiting and have a good day!

Monday, May 2, 2022

Mother’s Day Bear Hug Card - Using Up Patterned Paper Packs - Stashbuster

 Hello and Happy May!  I can’t believe how fast April flew by!  

Today I am sharing these cute Mother’s Day cards.  I am pretty sure I have used this image before, but I always thought it looked cute for Mother’s Day or a baby card.  I need to get these sent out ASAP!

I just today decided that I was going to make a concerted effort to use up some of my old 6x6 paper pads.  I got out two of my oldest My Mind’s Eye pads (they were both similar color schemes) and I cut up all the papers into card fronts.  I kept the scraps and am going to just push through them and make as many cards as I can.  There is a local birthday card charity that I can donate to so I may do a lot of birthday cards.  

I usually design a card around a stamp, but I thought it would be interesting to see what I come up with focusing on the paper!  

So fair warning, you will be seeing a bunch of cards with similar paper this month. I hope to get them all done quickly but we will see.  

Stamps sets used: Close to My Heart Bear Hug, and Close to My Heart For You Darling.  

Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments!  Are you doing any sort of craft personal challenge right now?

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Musical Penguin Quick Share!

 Hello everyone! I’d like to do a quick share of this card I made for the Split Coast Stampers Free for All Challenge this week, which is a music theme.  I used this super cute penguin from Pink and Main Freezin Season, and paired that with a music background from Blank Page Muse.  I think it turned out cute!

The backgrounds are a gelli print and then one made with an embossing folder (stamping on an inked background with water). Basically all this stuff was out on my desk still so I threw it together.  

Hope you are having a nice weekend!

Monday, April 18, 2022

Petals and Flowers

 I love this stamp set with what my mom would call the “pieces-parts” of flowers.  They are so fun to mix and match.  I have to tell you, I sat down to make a spring garden-style card, but what I ended up making was a sortof rich fall color medallion!  Oh well, that is how creativity seems to work!

My background was made with distress oxide inks for the base shade, and then I pulled a print from my gelli plate over an old stencil.  

Over top, I stamped directly with the large flower outline, and then used foam tape to built up the flower center.  I kindof went crazy with the glitter glue in gold and iridescent glitters.  I don’t use glitter often but I do like glitter glue since it stays put!

The stamps can be found in the Blank Page Muse or I Brake for Stamps stores.  I will link them below.

Petals and Flowers designed by Michelle Fray Cummings

Sentiment is from Florals Sheet in the IBFS store.

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Happy Easter!

 I have a quick share of a fun peg stamp card for Easter.  

Rubber Stamp Tapestry Robin’s Nest

Stampin Up Fable Friends (sentiment)

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Monday, March 28, 2022

Masquerade Ephemera cards!

Hello everyone!  I have several cards ready to post that I am going to get ready soon, but first a design team post I hope you will like. 

I would love to share with you some cards I made with the *new* Masquerade Ephemera Pack and 6x6 Patterned paper pack.  I actually made these a while back, literally as soon as I opened my design team package, and within an hour.  I had not really ever used Ephemera before, but I kindof fell in love it it for quick cards!  Everything goes together perfectly.  

I did use a die and a stamp, just for finishing touches, but there are simply so many combinations to play with with the Ephemera and patterned paper.  It was so fun to make these no-stress cards!

The background for this next cards is stamped in Versamark with perfect pearls over top.  An oldie but goodie technique!

You can find these at the Blank Page Muse store.  
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Friday, March 18, 2022

Have a Purr-fect Day!

 Hello everyone! I was feeling chilly the day I made this card.  

I first made a background with Distress Oxide inks, water and an embossing folder. I inked up my white cardstock with a brown and green inks.  I then spritzed the embossing folder with some water and closed it over the inked paper so the water would transfer to the paper. You don’t run it through your machine, just open it back up and let the water evaporate so you get the pattern on the paper.  It is a subtle pattern, but very pretty.  The same sweater embossing folder is the background of the card. You can find this old technique  explained in photos here

I stamped over the background with my quilt stamp and cut it out.  

Then, I stamped my cat on kraft cardstock.  I applied nail polish to parts of it with a metal tool.  I did two layers because the first layer sinks in a little.  I then fussy cut the cat out.  

I really like how this turned out!

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Heart Quilt from the I Brake for Stamps shop

Edgar Cat set from the Blank Page Muse shop

Other supplies used:

Fun Stampers Journey Embossing folder

Versafine Sepia ink

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Nesting Birds Card

 It’s almost time for nesting season! As an avid birder, I am so excited about this. As soon as the days began getting longer, the birds have started singing their spring songs.  

Anyhow, here is a card to celebrate nesting season using a stamp from I Brake for Stamps.  I stamped in brown dye ink over a glossy cardstock that I brayered with a Kaleidacolor inkpad.  This background went so well with the Cyan Consortium paper pack.  However, I wanted to bring in more brown, so I sponged Tea Dye distress ink around all of the pieces. 

Please consider using my affiliate code BPMHeidi to save 15% off your order at both the I Brake for Stamps and Blank Page Muse stores.  There is a lot of variety to tempt you, including these items:

Pam Bray Designs Cyan Consortium papers

Stampinback Sheet 141B Bird Nests

Other items used today:

Spellbinders Fancy Edge Rectangle Dies

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Thursday, February 24, 2022

Cheaper than Therapy?

 Hello!  I am playing around with more new supplies!  And this one has a super funny sentiment, I think you will agree!

The background is glossy cardstock that I brayered over with a new Kaleidacolor inkpad. I heard that these are not being made anymore, so I bought 3 more!  They are so fun.  I then stamped over top of it with the chevron stamp (this stamp is very old, I think it was from A.C. Moore).  

I then stamped, die cut and colored all these little crafty supplies.  These were also new.  I think this illustration style is so cute.  

I couldn’t resist photographing the card over all the supplies I used on the project, listed below:

Pink and Main Crafty Stamp set and dies

Kaleidacolor Spectrum Inkpad

Hot Fudge Studio (Cam and Chloe) Stamp PS0888 Chevron

Thanks for visiting!  I appreciate your visit and comments so much!