Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Birthday Card

Hello stamping friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours felt busy with sports and other events, but it was lovely weather with a bit of time to relax too.  I made a card yesterday afternoon that I think will work well for my mom's fall birthday.


I kept it very clean and simple. I colored the image with pencils.  After experimenting with different colors for the word die, it worked out well to just layer the green happy over a black happy.  A few Nuvo glitter drops finished off the front.


I do not often share the inside of a card, but I especially like this one. I used the second generation stamping of the wreath.  The happy die I have is part of a combo stamp set, so I was able to stamp that on the inside along with the word, "birthday."  It was easy and it goes perfectly.


Supplies:  Power Poppy Sunny Harvest stamps set, Hero Arts Happy stamp n cut set, Versafine Onyx black ink, Prismacolor pencils, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies, Nuvo glitter drops in Copper

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

I am happy to enter these challenges: SimonSaysStamp Wednesday - Clean and Simple, Tuesday Throwdown - Happy Birthday, The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Eggplant, Green & Gold

Hello!  Yesterday, I decided to do some heat embossing.  Although I love the look, it is not my favorite technique to do.  BUT, totallly worth the effort at times. I am going for FALL colors, maybe a strange color combination, but I love the look.


The heat embossing is done on eggplant cardstock.  It is very dark, but is a nice alternative to black.  I then cut an oval out of it with a die.  I originally heat embossed the sentiment, but it did not show up as well as I would have liked on the green, so I got out my matching eggplant ink and used that.  

The butterflies are stickers.  I did stick the big one onto green cardstock, trimmed it out and put gold stickles inside.  

Supplies:  Hero Arts? Flower background, Verve Stamps Brighter Days set, Versamark Ink, Gina K Edible Eggplant cardstock and ink, Recollections cardstock from an old autumn mix, Spellbinders Oval die, other items from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I am happy to enter these challenges!

ModSquad Challenge Blog - The Heat is On
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You are a Rare Bird Card

Update 9/14/17: I was so thrilled to see that my card was chosen as an Honorable Mention at Art Impressions' Off Kilter Challenge!  Thanks so much!

Hello cardmaking friends!  I originally was going to make this another teacher thank-you card, but at the last minute, I remembered this fun sentiment I have in my stash, and used it instead.

The owl was colored with alcohol markers and then trimmed out.  The woodgrain is a stamped panel I had in my scrap box.  I altered that with distress ink.  The rest of the card came together with the help of a sketch.  I am just starting to feel ready for fall crafting.  


I had really wanted to pop that owl up with one of those Action Wobbles, but I absolutely cannot find the little package of them!  I hope by posting this, that they will somehow magically show up. I have only truly lost one crafting item ever (it was a doily die) and everything else was just misplaced.  I think I accidentally threw out that die.  

Supplies: Art Impressions (with Hampton Art) Stamp and Die Fright Night set, Great Impressions Rare Bird sentiment stamp, Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp, Memento and Versafine black inks, Distress ink Tea Dye, My Mind's Eye Darling Dear paper pad, Gina K Honey Mustard Cardstock, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Gina Marie X Stitched circles dies, other products from my stash.

I would love to play along in these challenges:
Art Impressions Off-Kilter Challenge
Cute Card Thursday - Autumn

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Teacher Card

I sortof missed the back-to-school crafting (and I am really not quite ready for the fall holidays) BUT I am using this period to get excited about making some teacher thank-yous for later use.  I combined several challenges to make this card.

I colored the image with alcohol markers and then cut the cardstock with a tag die.  I also cut a scrap of red cardstock with the same die and trimmed it out to create a sort of border.  


The papers are all scraps and I was able to get just enough to follow a sketch.  In the end, I tilted the tag a bit, just because it felt right at the time.  

Supplies: Stampendous School for Changito stamp set, Versafine and Memento Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Tim Holtz tag dies, My Mind's Eye Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad, other cardstocks from my stash.

I would love to enter these challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #419
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge
Word Art Wednesday  - Anything Goes
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It


I truly appreciate your visit today and especially to those of you that follow my blog and/or left a comment today.  Thank you for your time!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

At River's Edge - Anniversary Card

Hello and thank you for taking time to visit my blog today.  My kids are back in school now and I am planning on getting in a lot for crafty time this fall.



I am sharing a card today made with lots of patterned paper.  I stamped this romantic silhouette stamp onto patterned paper.  It looks like I made a watercolor background, but the paper did all the work for me.  I did sponge dark blue ink around the image and matted it in black to give it a finished look.


The floral paper is from the same pack and I also stamped the sentiment right on a scrap from the paper pack, anchoring that in place with a heart rhinestone.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Couple At the River's Edge, Sentiment Set 1, LoveNicole Aquarelle 6x6 Patterned paper pack, Distress Oxide ink Black Soot, Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire

Have a great day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sketch Challenge Announcement!

I would love to announce the Just for Fun Rubber Stamps September Challenge.  This month, we have a fun sketch challenge!  The design team was very creative this month, I hope you will check it out, and hopefully enter, too!


Here is the card I came up with for the sketch.  I used another one of my floating alcohol ink backgrounds and stamped over it.  The main background panel isn't splattering, it is a splatter background stamp.  I found that much simpler (and tidier) to do than using a paint brush!


Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Rainy Walk in the Wildflowers, Spatter Background, Sentiment 1 Unmounted Sheet, Ranger Archival Ink, Distress Ink Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass,   Adirondack Alcohol inks, Ribbon from American Crafts, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangles die

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!  I would love to hear from you in the comments or have you follow my blog (if you don't already).  I hope you have time for creativity today!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Vintage Sports Theme Birthday Cards

When I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my design team post for CraftyHazenut's Patterned Paper challenge, I decided to browse through my paper pads. I found a couple 8x8 pads in a drawer that I had nearly forgotten about.


This particular Graphic 45 pad, I won on a blog contest years ago.  I shouldn't have put it in the drawer because I don't think I had used it at all yet!  So, I decided to combine this with a couple sports stamp sets I have to make a few cards!


The vintage looking sports cards were all from a border from one of the stamp sheets.  I then stamped various balls, the Allstar saying, the football field and the cleats and cut them out.  I needed to color those and distress them with Antique Linen distress ink.  


I am really happy with these cards as I know I will soon have uses for them for male family birthdays.  On the inside, I added the sentiment, "Have a Ball, It's Your day!

Supplies: Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport paper pad, Unity Stamps Making the Team, Prima Stamps Allstar, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Olympia Green, Red and Toffee inks, Distress Wild Honey and Antique Linen

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