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

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 25, 2017


Hello! I want to quickly share a summery card today!  

I created the background using the Floating Alcohol Ink technique, shown in this YouTube Video.  It is easy and fast to do! You just have to account for drying time.  Then I just stamped my Turtle Seascape over top, framed it and I was about done.

I thought about sea turtles and how they have a long journey across the ocean to reach their nesting sites, and that is why I used the sentiment, Life is a Journey.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sea Turtle Seascape, Sentiments three, Archival Black ink, regular cardstocks, Adirondack alcohol inks in blue and green.

Thanks for stopping by!

(Just for Fun Rubber Stamps will be in Hamburg, NY this weekend, August 26 and 27 at the Stamp, Scrap, Art Tour.  If you are nearby, check the event out here.)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Goldfish Thank You card

Hello everyone!  It has been a busy month with little time for cardmaking and blogging.  We were able to go away for a week, and I needed a card to thank the person watching our pets.  What a huge help that is!  Anyone with pets, I am sure, agrees!

I used a goldfish stamp that was given to me as a RAK.  It is marked, "Bizzaro, Providence, RI." Is anyone familiar with this company?  I wonder if they are still in business.  I then just used some dies and patterned paper to fit the sketch I was using.  The fish stamp didn't fit right into the oval dies I have, so I had to substitute a circle.

Supplies: Bizzaro Fish stamp, Gina K Designs Lipstick ink, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing - Tangarine 6x6 Paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitiched circle dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Thank you die, American Crafts ribbon

I would love to play along with the Dies R Us Anything Goes with Dies challenge and the Tuesday Morning Sketches #417 challenge.

How are you spending the end of summer?  We are trying to relax until school starts. Luckily, we don't have very much back to school shopping to do.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fern Botanical

A while back, I made a few Polished Stone alcohol ink backgrounds.  Today I have a quick share of a card I made using one.

I used Just for Fun's Botanical Fern stamp.  I made a simple background with an embossing folder and framed with a green cardstock.  

Thanks so much for stopping by during this busy summer season!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Forget-Me-Not Heart Card

Hello stamping friends!  I can already tell that August is going to be a low production card-making month for me.  There is so much to do outside and we need to make the most of the end of summer.  On the flip side, I also am low on cards to send!  Maybe I will be able to prove myself wrong.  Is this a slow period for you too?

I made this card using a mix of a digi image and a clear stamp.  I colored the image with a few alcohol markers, then just added a die cut frame and some colored cardstocks to bring out the flowers.  I love forget-me-nots and wish I had some in my garden. They are so cheery.

Supplies: Power Poppy Forget Me Not Heart digi, Sunny Harvest stamp set, Versafine black ink, Gina Marie Loopy rectangle die, cardstocks all from my scrap box.

I would love to play with Power Poppy's Mix and Match challenge, and Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I know your time is important and appreciate your visit and comments!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Distress Oxide Technique - Stenciling on Colored Cardstocks

Hello! I would like to share some cards I made with backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks.  I think most everyone knows, by now, that they are excellent for ink-blending.  They also have been marketed for use on dark cardstocks.  Mostly, I have seen people using them with black and kraft, but I wanted to see how they would work on other colors.  And that is when I just fell in love with stenciling with these.  They just look amazing over colored cardstocks.

The first card uses Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick over regular (cheap) yellow cardstock.  I blended the colors and then did spritz water over top with the stencil still in place to get the slightly oxidized look.

The stamp was heat embossed first with neon orange embossing powder, and then while still hot, I added sparkle embossing powder and heated again.  To match, I sponged yellow Oxide ink on my die cut flowers.

The second card uses Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks over Gina K Jelly Bean Green cardstock, using the same technique as above.  I colored the stamp with alcohol markers.  I adore this color combo - it is bright and beautiful!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted Sheet, Stamptangle Chickadee, Sentiment set 3, Distress Oxide inks (colors above), American Crafts Neon Orange embossing powder, Recollections Sparkle Embossing powder, Memento black ink, Copic markers, Heidi Swapp Stencils, other supplies from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Did you take the plunge to get these new inks?  I am glad I did!  I am still waiting for my order with the new colors...

(All my Distress Oxide project posts are sorted out here.)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August is Hot, Hot, Hot!

I have a fun summery card to share and an announcement about Just for Fun's August Challenge.

The theme is Hot, Hot, Hot! and you can see that this can be interpreted in many ways.  I really hope you will play along.  You do not need to use Just for Fun stamps, but you could win a gift certificate for some!

I made a summery, beach card. I stamped the palm tree with three colors of Distress Oxide ink onto the back side of a piece of cardstock that I had embossed.  I learned this technique from fellow JFF Design Team member, Stampwilly.  The background was stamped twice, once with light blue Distress ink and once with a medium blue.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Beach Unmounted sheet, Striped background stamp, Sentiment Sheet 1, Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Distress ink (regular) Tumbled Glass, Broken China, cardstock from my stash.

Thanks for visiting my blog today! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

August Patterned Paper Challenge - Bird Thank you note set

I am happy to share this card set with you as part of CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge for August which starts right now :)  July went by so fast!

I stamped my bird stamp four times, each onto a different subtly-patterned paper from Prima.  I then cut them out, mixed and matched to get 4 cards.  Each background was made a touch differently, and then I added the sentiments.

Supplies: Crafty Individuals Four Little Song Birds stamp, Archival ink, Prima Nature Garden 6x6 paper pad, cardstocks from my stash, Cuttlebug and Elizabeth Crafts Embossing folders.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see your entries into this challenge.
I will be back again tomorrow with another card!

Stenciled Spring

I have a quick share today with a stamp from a retired set from Gina K.- Stenciled Spring.  This was one of my first online stamp purchases ever, and I still really like the set.

I created the background by first sponging 2 colors of Distress ink and then using a stencil to go over it with a third color.  I used a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, but didn't get it submitted in time.

Thanks for stopping by!  I will be hopping around to visit people today and then back later on with another post.  Have a great day!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Oops! Belated Birthday Balloons

I always hate to say it, as a cardmaker, that I miss too many birthdays.  That is why I like to have a couple belated cards ready.

The background was made with the Cuttlebug Wax Paper technique and Peacock Feathers distress ink.  Then I stamped the balloons and colored them with markers and stamped the Oops stamp with the distress ink.  I used grey for my neutral contrast because I wanted this to be a little cleaner of a look.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Happy Birthday To You stamp set, Memento and Versafine black inks, Distress Ink Peacock Feathers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Grey Kraft Recollections cardstock.

I would love to play along with the CASology 5-Year Celebration Balloon challenge and StampTV's Inspired by a Video challenge.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Christmas in July - Part Six - Let Earth Receive her King!

Welcome to my Christmas in July series! I just realized that I had not yet shared this card!  It is non traditional, and, in fact, the map stamp in the background is not a Christmas stamp at all.  

The sentiment panel is one that I had prepped for last Christmas (glitter and all) and then didn't use.  I liked the way it looks here and am glad I found a place for I it!  I would like to share this with SimonSaysStamp's Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!

Supplies: Stampendous Tin Can Mail map stamp (old wood block stamp), Our Daily Bread Designs Earth Verses, Black inks, stickles glitter glue, My Mind's Eye All is Bright 6x6 paper pad. 

I would love to enter the July Rudolph Days challenge!

Thanks for taking a look today!  Boy, July is going fast!  I was hoping to get one more Christmas card done, but we will wait and see!  Have. A great day!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tweet Tweet

Welcome to my blog. I have a quick share of an all purpose card I made this morning.  I just LOVE this sweet image and was happy to color it up.

Supplies: Purple Onion stamp, Just for Fun Rubber Stamps sentiment, Memento black ink, alcohol markers, My Mind's Eye Summer Fresh paper pad, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Spellbinders Circle and Lacy Circles dies.

I would love to play with Tuesday Morning Sketches 412 and CuteCard Thursday Summer Colours.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Christmas in July - Part Five - Peace on Earth

Hello!  A quick share with a couple more Christmas cards for the stash.   My card box is definitely fuller!

I made two cards using the same stamp and layout.  I am always trying to use up patterned paper, so I used some non-traditional paper here, adding sponging with distress inks, stickles and sparkley embellishments.

The grey background was made with an embossing folder and grey pigment ink with the letterpress technique.

Supplies: Stampendous Classic Peace stamp, Versafine Onyx black ink, Stickles, Distress Ink Peacock Feathers and Tumbled Glass, My Mind's Eye All is Bright 6x6 paper pad, Creatology Foam snowflakes, Martha Stewart snowflake embossing folder, Cuttlebug embossing folder.

I would love to enter SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge We're Seeing Stars !

Thanks for stopping by!  

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!