Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy Camper!!

One thing I think would be really fun to try is to take a road trip in a camper.  Well, I am not sure I would feel comfortable driving it, but I love nature, hikes, walks, boating, so a camper trip sounds 
great!  Have you tried it?

I colored this camper with alcohol markers, then paired it with some fun patterned paper and a super cute sentiment.

Supplies:  Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Square Camper, Happy Camper sentiment, Memento black ink, My Mind's Eye Happy Camper 6x6 paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangles dies, other cardstocks from my scrapbox

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Partial Stamping

In my stamping group, we were trying out this technique for partial stamping of your background stamp.  You can see another card on my friend, Connie's blog.

I used a slightly neglected background stamp for this and two colors of teal ink.  It was very easy and took no time to try it out.

The flower was stamped on green vellum and heat embossed.  I added a sentiment from another slightly neglected set. I believe I used up all my thank you cards last week, so it will be a priority to build up a new stash.  

Supplies:  Hero Arts Four Leaf Grid stamp, Hero Arts CL325 Paris stamps set, Gina K Designs Heart Blooms stamp, Hero Arts Mint Julep & Tide Pool inks, Versafine black ink, Versamark ink, White detail embossing powder, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies

I would love to participate in these challenges:
A Blog Named Hero Florals
Flower Challenge - Embossing (Heat or Dry)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Christmas in July - Part Four - Sentimental

I am continuing making Christmas cards this month!  For this one, I used a sketch and an older stamp.  I inked it up with red ink and then went over certain parts of it with a green marker.

Supplies: Inkadinkado A Very Merry Christmas stamp, Hero Arts Red Royal ink, Tombow green marker, American Crafts Wish List paper pad (I did choose from the scraps), Doodlebug twine

I would love to play along with these challenges:
CASEthisSketch #230
ModSquad Challenge Blog - Sentiment as Focal Point

Friday, July 14, 2017

Christmas in July - Part Three - Snowy Friends

Hello stamping friends!  Today I have two Christmas cards to share using the same image & sentiment, but two different sketches.

I colored the images with alcohol markers and then cut and embossed with a square die.  I used plaid patterned paper here.

Happy Little Stamper Christmas in July
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Use Plaid

For the second card I got to use up even more patterned paper.  

Happy Little Stampers Christmas in July

Supplies:  Deep Red Stamps Polar Friends, Memento Black ink, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love patterned paper, American Crafts Let it Snow pattenred paper, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sentiments 3, Versafine Onyx black ink

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Card Drive - One Layer Distress Oxide Floral

Hello stamping friends!  Today I am asking for your help with a card drive organized by my blogging friend, Carole from My Carolina Home.  You will want to visit her blog to see her amazing quilting projects, tablescapes and cards.  She has a need for encouragement cards AND monetary sponsors to complete care packages for women in a domestic abuse shelter.  

Here is the link to her blog post with all the details.  There will be a really great prize for one lucky donor and donations are needed by August 1st.

Here is a card I created and will send in.

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It is a one-layer card on a light blue cardstock with a tiny bit of speckles.  I inked up my stamp with Distress Oxide inks, adding a touch of darker pink and green marker to portions.  Then I sprayed the stamp with water and stamped onto my blue card base.  I love the variation of color where the ink oxidized and then other areas where you can see the marker.  Finally, I added Nuvo drops for embellishment.

I used an uplifting sentiment and then matted that with navy cardstock.  I will write a little note inside.  Carole asked that we not write anything religious because we won't know who our recipient is.  When I have trouble figuring out the right words to write inside, I often do a little internet search. There are lots of ideas out there that are simple or complex, depending on what you are going for.

I do hope you will consider sending a card or supporting this drive monetarily!  I am so glad Carole asked me to be a part of this drive, it feels good to do good.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: Inkadinkado Flower Blossom by Brenda Walton, Gina K Designs Inspiration Mosaic stamp set (sentiment), Distress Oxide ink Worn Lipstick and Peeled Paint, Tombow markers, Versafine Onyx Black ink, cardstock from my stash, Nuvo Crystal drops

I would love to enter this challenge:
Tuesday Throwdown - One Layer

Monday, July 10, 2017

Christmas in July - Two (Candy Canes)

Here is my second card for my Christmas in July series. I don't have a specific goal of how many I want to get done this month, just want to get lots done!

I had this candy cane digi stamped leftover from last Christmas so I colored it up with pencils.  I was inspired by a decorated cookie tin project from Allison Cope and changed it to be a card design.

Supplies: Power Poppy Candy Cane digistamp, Hero Arts Joyful Christmas Season stamps, Versafine Ink, Prismacolor pencils, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love paper pad, EK Success tag punch, Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies, Gina K cardstocks

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Power Poppy On the Case
Happy Little Stampers Christmas in July

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Christmas in July 2017 - One

My mom was really surprised to hear I was working on Christmas cards. I told her that if you wait till November and do them all at once, it is a chore.  If you do them a bit at a time (I do make them all year long) they are fun!  The traditional "Christmas in July" gives me a bit of a push to get a bunch done.

This is a new stamp I recently acquired. I simply colored it with pencils and die cut it with a cross stitch die.  Super cute, I do love the crafty looking stamps!

Believe it or not, the kraft card base with the patterned paper already on it has been sitting in my "half done" pile for nearly 2 years.  I can't even remember what I originally was going to use it for!

These embellishments are actually soft to the touch so I think they will mail well. I stocked up on Christmas embellishments at Michaels after the holiday.

Supplies: Deep Red Stamps Snowman with Birds, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sentiments 3, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor pencils, Gina Marie X Stitched circles, patterned paper was My Mind's Eye unknown pad, Recollections stickers

I would love to play along in the Happy Little Stampers Christmas in July challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Thank your lucky stars!

Hello!  It is a super dreary day here, but that gives me a good excuse to stay inside and make some cards.  I used a fun sketch for this one.

The stars were cut from some panels I made a while back with dendritic painting.  They weren't large enough for a full card panel so I was glad to use them here.  I used iridescent pearl paint, which I think you can see better in the second photo.  I had a scrap of patterned paper that had all the colors in it and finished it off with a fun sentiment.  Some stars were part of the sentiment stamp and the others I used versamark ink.

Supplies: Hero Arts CL582 stamp set, Darice star dies, My Mind's Eye Hootenanny patterned paper, Versafine Lagoon ink, Versamark Ink, score board, Golden Iridescent Pearl acrylic paint

I would love to play along with:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #410 (something extra this month, check it out)
Splitcoast Stampers  You're a Star

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Beachy Collage - Masking Background stamps

Hello! I hope my US stamping friends had a lovely 4th of July!  It is certainly up there with Christmas for my favorite holiday!  I have a beachy card to share with you today.

I made a mask with a sheet of copy paper and tore a random looking shape to create the "net" in my collage.

I stamped and fussy cut the shell and colored it with irridescent chalks.  They are an oldie but a goodie for coloring - they blend really easily and I thought it added to the beachy look.  I stamped more images on the background, added a sentiment, and finally added some Nuvo Pearl drops.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted Sheet, Voice of the Sea sentiment, Tattered Screen background stamp, Hero Arts Soft Sand Ink, Versafine Vintage Sepia and Toffee inks, Pebbles Irridescent Chalks, Nuvo Drops in Pearl

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate it very much!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Patriotic Birthday Card

The 4th of July is one of my very favorite holidays and while there are lots of family birthdays near to it.

I started with a card idea from Rubber Stamp Tapestry's facebook page (link here, not sure if it is a public or private photo) and decided to take my own spin on it using supplies I already had.

Supplies: Rubber Stamp Tapestry A Spot of Tea and Holiday Stockings stamp sets, Avery Elle Pigment inks, Darice star die, My Mind's Eye Summer Fresh paper pad, Hero Arts Happy Stamp n Cut die and stamp set

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Curtain Call Red, White and Blue
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge Red White and/or Blue
Cards In Envy Patriotic Please

Thanks for stopping by! I hope my cardmaking friends in the USA have a wonderful Independence Day!  Come back again soon!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

What a Wonderful World

Hello!  I am sharing another shiny card today, very hard to photograph.  I used a printed acetate sheet with a silver dots on it.  I adhered that to my card base on the left side and then covered that adhesive with patterned paper.  

The card design came about by mistake. I kept changing my mind about how large my black circle mat would be.  It I cut it down 2 or 3 times, thus I had these scraps left.  I decided to use one of them to create this offset circle. I like it!  

Supplies: Our Daily Bread Designs The Earth stamp set, Versafine black ink, Gina K Innocent Pink ink, WeRMemoryKeepers acetate pad, Spellbinders circle dies

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Color challenge
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown Creative Borders

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Wedding Card Challenge

The challenge theme for the Just for Fun Rubber Stamps June challenge is... 

What a perfect time to stock up on these special cards.  I made two with heat embossing over some Distress Oxide backgrounds I had made.  The first card was just pink and orange Distress Oxide layered in the background and then I used ivory cardstock and pearls for the accents.  

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The second background was made with pink and orange Distress Oxides and then added Pickled Raspberry Distress ink because I really wanted something brighter. (I am really hoping that Ranger is going to add this color when they expand the line later this summer.  I have a whole wish list including black and blueprint sketch.). I used white for this card base and an older vellum butterfly for my embellishment.

There is a random prize draw for JFF's monthly challenge (and you should know that while you are encouraged to use JFF stamps if you have them, it is certainly not a requirement) so I do hope you will play along!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Flora and Fauna sheet, Sentiment sheet 1, Versamark ink, Recollections White detail embossing powder, Distress Oxide inks Orange Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Distress Ink Pickled Raspberry, Gina Marie Loopy Rectangle die set, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangle dies (banner)

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Patterned Paper Challenge!!

I am so happy to share that I was asked to be part of the Design Team for Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge!  This is a wonderful monthly challenge -- it is always Anything Goes -- so long as you use patterned paper!  Who doesn't have some of that and need a small push to get you using your stash!

I definitely do!  The patterned paper I used for my sample this month is one of my newest pads, Aquarelle by LoveNicole.  It is such a pretty pad with lovely watercolory motifs.

I used a pretty color layering hibiscus stamp for my focal image.  I found so many pretty color combinations for this flower.  I found inspiration from the Tuesday Morning Sketches #407.  

Supplies: Hero Arts Hibiscus stamp layering set, Gina K Designs Birthday Go-Round stamp set, Gina K Designs Innocent Pink and Lipstick inks, Hero Arts Butter Bar, Green Hills, Field Greens, Fresh Peach, Raspberry Jam inks, Love Nicole Aquarelle 6x6 paper pad, Gina Marie X-stitched circles dies, Spellbinders Flourish die, Nuvo Drops Glitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I appreciate your visit and hope you will come again soon.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Rudolph Days

Hello!  I am getting down to the wire for the Rudolph Days challenge.  I was on a roll with coffee and tea themes, so I decided that Coffee Makes Everything Better...Especially Christmas mornings!

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Supplies: Lil Inker Designs Coffee Cozies stamp set, All Night Media snowflake background stamp, Just for Fun Rubber stamps Coffee Unmounted stamp set, Hero Arts Soft Sand shadow ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Momenta 6x6 paper pad, Gina Marie designs X Stitched Rectangles stamp set, Stickles glitter glue

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I have something exciting to post 6/30/17 at 7pm EST!  And a new challenge announcement for Just for Fun on July 1st.  So I hope you will come back and visit again soon!

June Bug and Tea Challenges

Hello!  I have a quick share of a card I made for some fun challenges.

I watercolored the stamped image and trimmed it out.  The background is all from an older patterned paper pack.  

Supplies: Power Poppy Short Stacks stamp set, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sentiment set 1, Versafine Onyx Black ink, watercolor paper, My Mind's Eye Be Amazing 6x6 paper pack

I would love to play along with these challenges:
Power Poppy June Bug challenge (I had to include my bug in the patterned paper!)
2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Coffee - Take it One Sip at a Time

Hello stamping friends!  I had a need to make an encouragement card for a man, but I wanted to combine this with the coffee blog hop and a new to me Distress Oxide technique.  This is what I came up with.

The background was made with the Swipe Your Credit Card technique. I used Faded Jeans, Broken China and Fired Brick Distress Oxides because I originally wanted a sortof patriotic look.  However, Distress Oxides do have a mind of their own and the Fired Brick turned orange.  No problem!  It still looks summery like madras plaid, to me.  I also used perfect pearls in my water, so there is the slightest shimmer in the stripes.

I used snippets of patterned paper and the orange cardstock from my scrap box.  The card was a bit plain, so I colored up some coffee beans and used them to embellish.

Supplies: Lil Inker Designs Coffee Cozies stamp set, Just for Fun Rubber stamps Coffee Unmounted stamp set, Versafine and Memento black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, My Mind's Eye Happy Camper 6x6 paper pad, Distress Oxide inks Faded Jeans, Broken China and Fired Brick, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangle dies

I would love to participate in these challenge:
Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Snippets Challenge 287 and 288
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I would love to visit you if you have a blog, so I hope you will leave a comment with a way to find you!  Have a great day!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Space Card

Hello! I just got back from a week trip and have been going through my blogger reading list.  Wow, it is super long!

I would like to share a fun space card I made for a young boy.  Unfortunately, the photos don't do it justice, it is brighter and more lively in real life.  If only photographing your cards was as fun as making the cards!
I stamped the images and colored them with alcohol markers.  The background is silver metallic ink over navy cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment with white ink - the silver just didn't show up well enough.  The moon was made by embossing a piece of ivory cardstock and die cutting it with an oval.  I then applied the silver ink right over top - direct to paper.  I think it turned out fun!

Supplies: Stamp set is unknown, Brilliance Platinun Planet ink, Avery Elle white pigment ink, Spectrum Noir and Copic markers, Cuttlebug Mosaic embossing folder

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I really appreciate your visit and hope to be back to normal blog visiting soon!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Joys from Nature card

Hello! I have a quick share today of a card I made quickly for a male recipient.  

I have had this image for a longer than  I would like to admit, but I just inked it up and colored it loosely with alcohol markers.  It is a large image, so I just trimmed it as small as I thought I could get away with, and mounted it over top of some camping patterned paper.  

Supplies: I Brake For Stamps scene, Memento black ink, Copic and Spectrum Noir markers, My Mind's Eye Happy Camper 6x6 Paper pad

Thanks so much for taking a look at my blog today! I hope you will have a chance to leave a comment so that I know you were here.  Have a great day!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nautical Father's Day

I want to wish all the dads a very Happy Father's Day!

My card for the occasion is nautical.  I stamped the two seahorses in grey ink and filled them in with a light blue marker.  I sponged the edges of the patterned paper with ink and added a navy mat.

I stamped and fussy cut a shell on more patterned paper to use as an embellishment, along with a brad and some enamel dots.  

The striped paper in the background was altered to add the ship wheel stamping.  I really especially like that detail, subtle as it is.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted sheet, Happy Father's Day, Versafine Smokey Grey ink, Distress ink Tumbled Glass, Tombow water-based markers, My Mind's Eye brad and enamel dots, various patterned paper scraps (probably all My Mind's Eye)

Thanks so much for spending some time with me today!  Hope you have time for creativity today!