Sunday, September 27, 2015
I love this sketch layout because it really gives you a lot of space to add a pretty large sentiment or image. I decided to crack out a stamp set I've not used in well over a year that I had purchased from a fellow crafter on a destash. I used the Jump For Joy stamp set by Elzybells who, unfortunately, is no longer in business. I stamped the fence first onto my white cardstock and then masked it off so I could stamp the sheep behind the fence. I punched a few small clouds using a Fiskars punch and adhered them onto to panel using some removable snail. Once the main images were Copic colored I used my BG10 to create the sky using small dots and then YG63 to create the grass using the same technique. I mounted the panel onto some sunflower yellow cardstock from Hobby Lobby and popped it up using foam dimensionals from Stampin' UP. I used some Pebbles Hello journaling cards to create the layers on my card. These journaling cards have journaling tags on one side and beautiful patterned paper on the other side. They are perfect for whipping up a quick and easy card! Once they papers were all layered onto my white card base I adhered some random yellow buttons with some dark blue American Crafts jute twine onto the card using Aleene's Tacky Dot singles. They hold buttons on really well and will even hold up to through the mail. I love this adorable little card and I hope you will too!
My second holiday card today was created for the Christmas Card Challenge, the Less Is More Challenge, and the Case This Sketch Challenge. For my card I opted for some some pretty metallic red sequins from Simon Says Stamp and some sparkly enchanted gold embossing powder by Ranger mixed with some claret Antiquities embossing powder by Ranger. I tried to stay fairly close to the CAS sketch with a few tweaks. I added a small strip of red and gold paper from the We R Memory Keepers Silver & Gold 6x6 paper pad to match my embossed images. I alternated the gold and red embossing on my mittens, strings, and hearts and kept the sentiment red so it would pop off of the page. It's a pretty simple card and I think I might have to mass produce this one this year for Christmas.
When I saw the new challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges I knew I had to break out my Purple Onion Snowman Trio stamp. I always have so much fun coloring and fussy cutting this stamp set. I layered the snowmen onto a piece of patterned kraft snowflake paper from the American Crafts Noel 6x6 paper collection and then mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of smooth white cardstock. I added a small side panel of green on green striped patterned paper from the same AC paper pad and layered it all onto a kraft cardbase from American Crafts. I chose to leave the from plain with no sentiment and would add that to the inside. A bit of clear Wink of Stella on the snowmen's noses, scarves, and bands of their hats was all the dressing up this simple card needed.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
For my third and probably final card for the hop I decided to use a stamp set that Ann Custer sent me as a winning prize from the last Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I'm not much of a tea drinker but I love this beautiful image and thought it would make a lovely thank you card. I stamped the image using Memento tuxedo black ink. I colored the image using Copic markers in shades of warm grey, pink, and light green. I added some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the teapot, cup, and spoon for some beautiful shimmer. I then added some pink Stickles onto the roses for some dimension and additional glittery shine. I cut my panel out using a Nestibilities circle die and matted it onto a piece of chocolate chip brown cardstock that I felt wasn't dark enough so I colored it darker with my Copic E49 marker. That gave it that dark espresso color I was looking for. I cut that piece of cardstock out using an MFT pierced circle die and matted the two together and added some dashed lines using a Zig writer pen in chocolate. I layered some gorgeous pink patterned papers from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Madison Avenue 6x6 paper collection. I cut the fish tail banner using a Jillian Vance banner die. I added a few espresso sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and that completes my final card for the hop. Enjoy!
I got home from work yesterday evening and found some happy mail waiting for me from Blitsy. It was the awesome Harvest Mouse stamp and die set from MFT. While I was trolling through the awesome cards on the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop I recalled a video I had recently seen where Jennifer Maguire had altered this very stamp set so that the mice were carrying things other than pumpkins and apples. I was inspired to alter one of the mice to make it look like he was carrying some coffee on a brisk autumn day. It was tough to do with the dies because I had to do some selective die cutting and some cutting and piecing in with my cutting blade but I managed it. I started by die cutting all of my shapes and stamping the mice, leaves, and pumpkin out some Memento rich cocoa ink. I Copic colored my images and added some clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to the sweaters, leaves, and pumpkins. I then stamped the mug from the Technique Tuesday Eat Chocolate stamp set and Copic colored the chevron stripes to match my mice. I put down a strip of patterned paper from the American Crafts Autumn Crisp 6x6 patterned paper and added a piece of white cardstock above it that I had blended some Hero Arts soft pool shadow ink using a Stampin' UP sponge to give it a mottled look with some variation that you would see in the sky. I mounted my images straight onto the card using snail adhesive and sprinkled a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh around. I then stamped the sentiment from the same MFT stamp set using some Gina K charcoal brown ink for a nice crisp look. I hope you like it!
Friday, September 25, 2015
I'm so excited because this will be the third Coffee Lovers Bloghop that I've participated in but the first one that I've participated in on my blog. I had always used Flickr and I know that not everyone has a Flickr account so my post will exclude no one from commenting! I plan on posting several creations but this is my first one this week. I started with the beautiful patterned papers from Simple Stories Take A Hike 6x6 paper pack. I layered them onto my white card base using some Stampin' UP chocolate chip cardstock. I stamped the to-go coffee cup from My Style Stamps Coffee Lovers stamp set onto some of the patterned papers and fussy cut them out. I went around the edges of each piece with my Memento tuxedo black dual tip marker to make them look like they were perfectly cut. I glued each peice together using snail adhesive and then popped them up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I used a Nestibilites postage edge rectangle die to cut the center panel and mounted it onto some more chocolate chip cardstock and stamped the adorable sentiment from Reverse Confetti's I Like You stamp set in charcoal brown ink by Gina K. I just how sweet this card is and plan on making several of these to give out to my coffee loving friends!
Sunday, September 20, 2015
I have several stamp sets by Taylored Expressions but have never joined one of their challenges. Not sure why but today I decided to give it a go! This week's challenge is a Sketch and Tic Tac Toe. I followed the sketch pretty closely and opted for the center line, top to bottom...sequins, twin, and embossing. I started with plain white card base and added a layer of pretty patterned paper from the Studio Calico Story Time 6x6 paper pad. I embossed a piece of plain white cardstock using the Spots & Dots embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I die cut a few nesting circles using the same paper pad and a smaller circle die from Nestibilities and a larger pierced edge one from My Favorite Things. I stamped the adorable onesie from the Taylored Expressions Onesie Twosie stamp set and fussy cut it out and the trim in an alternating paper just for some additional interest. I edged the images with a Memento tuxedo black dual tip marker to make it look clean around the edges. I popped it up using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and adhered that onto the card base over the embossed panel. I die cut an oval from the same paper pad using a My Favorite Things pierced edge die and stamped the congrats sentiment from the same stamp set. I die cut the banners using the same papers and the County Fair dies from The Cat's Pajamas , stamped the word baby using the stamps from the same stamp set, popped them up using foam dimensionals, and created some bows using some white cross stitch thread. Once everything was adhered to the card base I added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and some pink Stickles in the center of the sequins, over the banner sentiment, and in all of the circles on the embossed panel. I hope you like it!
I knew exactly which stamp set to use when I saw the challenge over at the Card Concept today! I bought this adorable Stampendous Friendship stamp set marked down to $3.99 at Tuesday Morning last year and have gotten so much mileage out of it! Gotta love when you find a good deal, right? I started with a plain white cardstock card base and added a layer of yellow and white swiss dot patterned paper from the Pebbles Journaling Cards Hello pack. One side has journaling cards and the other side has pretty patterned paper. I don't journal but I love the papers and got them on sale at Hobby Lobby. I them cut a smaller piece of plain 110 lb white cardstock and stamped the daisies using some Memento tuxedo black ink so I could color them in using my Copic markers. Once colored I added a bit of shimmer to the centers using some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen and some Stickles yellow glitter glue for some nice shimmer and shine! I stamped the tag and sentiment using the same Memento ink and colored the tag yellow using a Copic marker. I punched a hole in the tag so I could run some yellow American Crafts hemp twine through it and around the focal panel. I added some stitched lines using a Paper Smooches die around the outer edge, added a few pretty yellow 6mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Once those were adhered I added a bit more Stickles to the centers. I then popped the center panel up off of the card base using some Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares. This card was easy and inexpensive to make. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Today's card was designed for the new challenge over at Retro Sketches. I have to admit, this is a different card for me. I have a few friends who are into darker and grungier themes and this card was created for one of those friends. She loves paintings by Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Toon Hertz and a lot of the stamps from Stampotique have that same style and grunge to them. So, I started with the Karin stamp by Stampotique and colored her using Copic markers in various shades of purple and pink and then fussy cut her out and edged the image using a black Memento dual tip marker to give her a nice clean look. I started my card base with some pretty black and cream floral paper from the Prima Romance Novel 6x6 paper pack. I inked the edges of it with some Tim Holtz black soot distress ink to tone the color down a bit. I then took some beige patterned grid paper from the 7 Gypsies Postale 8x8 paper pack and stamped the Julie Nutting Floral & Script background stamp onto it using some Tim Holtz victorial velvet distress ink. I dabbed a bit of both that and the black soot onto an acrylic block and using a watercolor brush I flicked some splatter onto the paper to grunge it up even more. I then tore a small scrap of the word print from the same Prima paper pack and edged it with the black soot. I stamped one of the balloons from the Hero Arts Wish Big stamp set and colored it using Copic markers in pinks. I popped popped the girl image and the balloon up onto the panel using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and ran some black American Crafts twine under the balloon and adhered under the girl's hand using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte so it would stay put. I popped the inner panel up off of the card using some foam tape, adhered some beautiful sequins from The Ton's sweetheart mix, and ran some clear Wink of Stella over her hair, the dress, the stockings, and the balloon for some shimmer. I stamped the sentiment from the same Hero Arts stamp set using some Versafine onyx black ink. I hope you like it...I know my friend will!
I love both of these challenges from Just Us Girls and The Paper Players because I could incorporate my love of all things autumn into them both! I started with some Chocolate Chip cardstock from Stampin' UP and layered some plain white cardstock over it. I stamped the plain tree image from the Avocado Arts Perfectly Perfect Day in some Gina K charcoal brown ink so it would be nice and dark. I took one of the multi leaf stamps and using Memento Dew Drop inks in Dandelion, Tangelo, and Lady Bug I stamped the leaves multiple times to create a beautiful fall foliage tree. I inked a few of the leaves individually to create a slight blowing cascade of them caught in the wind. I repeated the same process onto a smaller piece of cardstock, cut it down, framed it out with the same brown cardstock, and popped it up off of the card using some Scrapbook Adhesive foam squares. I stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Petals & Blooms stamp set. It's a simple but pretty card and I love the way it turned out. I hope you do too!
I knew as soon as I saw the challenge over at The Paper Players today that I would have to create a Halloween card. I love everything about fall...the pumpkins, the foliage, the cool, crisp air, and I especially loved trick or treating as a kid. As soon as the cool air would hit I knew I had to start thinking about a costume. Well, the characters in the Darcie's Bootiful Halloween stamp set have the most adorable costumes and decided to stamp all three of them to create a sweet little nighttime scene. I stamped each character out using Memento tuxedo black ink, colored them using Copic markers, fussy cut them out and edged them all with a black Memento dual tip marker so they would have nice clean edges. I stamped the trick or treat bag as well and adhered that onto one of the characters. I stamped the smallest pumpkin from Lawn Fawn's So Thankful stamp set, colored it with Copics, and fussy cut it as well. I die cut the trees from both of the tree dies from Paper Smooches in Stampin' UP black cardstock, and die cut the grass from a Paper Smooches die and colored it using Copic markers as well. I cut a white cardstock panel 1/4" smaller than my card base and used distress inks in black soot, faded jeans, and concord and then sprayed the whole thing with a mini mister to add some distressing. Once it dried I splattered some white ink on using Distress spray stain in picket fence. I die cut the moon from a Nestibilities round die, Copic colored it, and then stamped one of the adorable sentiments from the Darcie's stamp set. It turned out so cute!
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Today's card was created for the CTS #141 card sketch. I started with a white card base and layered some pretty orange and cream striped Fancy Pants paper from the 12x12 Me-Ology collection. I them stamped the My Favorite Things Linen background stamp onto some plain white cardstock using some Stampin' UP sahara sand ink. I stamped the two smaller size floral stamps from the Avery Elle Petals & Stems stamp set using some Memento Inks and Gina K inks in various shades of blue, yellow, orange, and green. I then stamped the sentiment from the Avery Elle Oh Happy Day stamp set in Versafine onyx black ink in the center of the card and glued the leaves down around it in a semi-circle to create a wreath. I mounted the flowers up off of the card with some foam dimensionals from Stampin' UP and them stamped a trio of small dots in blue ink around them for some additional interest. Love how it turned out and I hope you like it too!
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
My second card today was created for the Just Us Girls and the Blog Named Hero challenges. I started with a white card base and layered on some pretty striped paper from the Doodlebug Happy Harvest 6x6 paper pad. Using some white cardstock I die cut the He Said, She Said speech bubble die from The Cat's Pajamas. Using a small stitched border die I impressed the stitched border around the outer edges of that speech bubble so it would match the stitching on the bottom of the panel. I then die cut the Birthday Balloons dies using the same Doodlebug paper and them popped them up using some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. Using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte I adhered small pieces of orange and white Doodlebug bakers twine and then tied a bow at the bottom. I stamped the sock monkey, hat, and cupcake using The Cat's Pajamas Show Me The Monkey stamp set and colored them in using Copic markers. I fussy cut the images out and mounted them onto the card using some more foam dimensionals. The word Happy is from the Stamps of Life Large Greetings Stamp set and I colored it in using an orange Memento dual tip marker. I added a bit of clear Wink of Stella to the images for a bit of extra glimmer. I hope you like it!
My first card today was created for a friend who has thyroid cancer and will be receiving radiation therapy this week. She quoted the lyrics from Radioactive by Imagine Dragons and I had to giggle at that. I decided to make her a card to brighten her week while she's in isolation. I started with some pink cardstock from the Color Crush Ki 6x6 paper pad from Hampton Arts and embossed it using the Spots & Dots embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I took some cute retro circle washi tape from Recollections and edged the card with it and a small strip of black cardstock from Stampin' UP. I die cut the sunglass frames from the Paper Smooches Incognito stamp and die set using the same pink cardstock and then cut the lenses from the same black cardstock. I used some black Wink of Stella glitter pen on the lenses to add some cool shimmer to them and then glued them into place using some Tombow Mono adhesive. I stamped the "you're" and "cool" from the same Paper Smooches stamp set and then added the word "beyond" using Lawn Fawn's Claire's ABC's alpha stamp set. The black triangles are from The Cat's Pajamas County Fair die set and were mounted up using foam dimensionals from Stampin' UP. A few scattered rhinestones from The Paper Studio and some dashed lines around the focal panel complete this card I created for my fellow crafty friend. The interior of the card reads "You're radioactive!" I'm sure she will get a kick out of it!
Today's card was created for the Merry Monday #171 Christmas Card Challenge. The challenge is to create a Christmas card in which the sentiment is the main focal point of the card. I knew immediately that I had to use my new Elizabeth Craft Quietfire Season's Greetings die that I picked up on sale at Blitsy last month. I started my card with a white card base and layered on some cocoa brown glitter paper from a Paper Studio 4.5x6.5" paper pack. I layered on a piece of patterned paper from the American Crafts Noel 6x6 paper pack. I die cut the sentiment using the same glitter paper and glued it onto the music sheet at an angle and then die cut some snowflakes using one of the smaller snowflake dies from Let It Snowflake by My Favorite Things. I added a few 6mm sparkling clear sequins and then layered on some 4mm espresso sequins, both from Pretty Pink Posh, using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte adhesive. I like the simplicity of this card and think it would be pretty easy to mass produce. I hope you like it!
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
My card today was created for the #261 theme challenge over at The Paper Players blog. The theme was to make a sweet lunchbox notecard for a kid. I started with the Lawn Fawn My Silly Valentine stamp set. I picked this set up on a recent destash from a crafty friend and knew I had to use it on this card. It has the most adorable stamps and they are all whimsical and punny...so perfect for a kid. I chose the pie stamp and stamped it out three times using some pretty red gingham from the Pebbles American 6x6 paper pad collection. I fussy cut the pie top out and then stamped the full image again three times onto my white card base. I inked the edges of the pie tops with a Memento tuxedo black dual tip marker and then adhered them onto the stamped images using a Zig 2-way glue pen. I cut three strips of the plaid paper from the same paper pack and created borders between the pies, the stamped sentiment, and the bottom gingham panel. Once those were adhered I stamped out the sentiment using Versafine onyx black ink and stamped the heart from the LF stamp set onto the same plaid paper and fussy cut those out. I adhered them onto either side of the sentiment for some added detail. I tied a simple bow with some black and white baker's twine and adhered it to the card using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte glue. For a finishing touch I added some clear Wink of Stella glitter pen to the pie tops and the hearts and then glued down some small googly eyes to make the pies even more whimsical. I plan on giving this card to my 6-year old granddaughter Journey. I know she's going to love it and I hope you do too! Thank you for stopping by!
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Today's card was created for the Retro Sketches #180 sketch challenge. I had so many ideas for this card but ultimately I knew I wanted to use these adorable wood veneer butterflies from American Crafts. I used some VersaMagic chalk ink in pink grapefruit to lightly ink the edges and then added some pink Stickles by Ranger over it to add a bit of pretty glitter and shine. I wrapped a bit of Doodlebug black and white bakers twine around them to create their bodies and antenna's. I decided to try and create a card without any stamping so I took one of the sentiment tags from the GCD Splendor 8x8 paper pack and fussy cut it and mounted it onto some Stampin' UP and fussy cut that too to mimic the shape of the sentiment tag. I took a scrap of pretty floral patterned paper from the same paper pack and bordered it top and bottom with small strips of the same black cardstock. I cut a white doily that I found at Hobby Lobby in the bakery department, cut it in half, and adhered it to the bottom of my strip of patterned paper. I mounted all of that onto an American Crafts A2 kraft card base, popped the butterflies up using some foam dimensionals from Stampin' UP and a few black sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. To add a bit more glitter to the card I added some more of that gorgeous pink Stickles to the sentiment. I hope you like it!
My card today was designed specifically for my best friend Alana's birthday but thought it would be perfect for the Casology Cue Card challenge. My bestie absolutely loves Halloween and all things witch-related. I knew immediately when I found this fantastic witch image on Pinterest that I would have to color her and create a fun birthday card worthy of my friend. I started with a white card base and then created the background by stamping the Altenew Moon stamp in Colorbox grey chalk ink and then the solid moon image over it using VersaMark ink and heat embossed in with clear embossing powder. Love how that allowed the grey to slightly show through to make the moon look like it had craters and dark spots on it. The night sky was created with some Tim Holtz distress inks and a smooshing technique. I spritzed some water over it and then dropped a bit of white distress paint onto an acrylic block and used a wet watercolor brush to flick light splatter over it add a nice mottled look. After I colored the witch with Copic markers I fussy cut her out and mounted her onto some Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and added her to the card. A bit of clear Wink of Stella on her hat, bodice, and stockings added a bit of glimmer, printed the sentiment on my Windows word program using a free font I'd found online and I called this card done. My bestie loved it and I hope you will too!
Saturday, September 5, 2015
When I saw this color combo over at Color Throwdown I knew I wanted to try something different with it. I know I added an extra color with the spring green but I wanted all of my papers to coordinate and the green tied in the leaves on the blue floral paper. I started my card by stamping the adorable C.C. Designs Rainy Day Emma stamp out onto some 110 lb white cardstock. I colored her in using Copic markers and then stamped the raindrops from the Fresh Squeezed Stamps Weather Through stamp set in light blue Colorbox chalk ink. I then die cut the image out using MFT pierced oval dies. I them stamped the sentiment using Stampin' UP's See Ya Later stamp set and then covered up the cloud and rain image from the stamp with some pretty patterned paper from the backside of the Pebbles Hello journaling cards. I then stamped the Prima Marketing Floral & Script background stamp onto the smooth side of some watercolor paper using Versamark ink and heat embossed the image using some Recollections white ultrafine detail powder. I then watercolored the background using a dark yellow shade. I dried the panel with my heat tool and added some dashed lines in black using a Memento tuxedo black dual tip marker. I mounted the panel onto the spring green polka paper from the same journaling paper from Pebbles and added a few sequins in yellow from Pretty Pink Posh. I little clear Wink of Stella glitter pen on the little girl's raincoat and boots topped it all off!
My second card today is for the Just Us Girls Word Week #309 card challenge. The challenge was to use apples or an apple on your card. I knew immediately that the perfect stamp set for this would be my Fresh Squeezed Stamps The Sweet Life. It has the most adorable stitched apple stamp and a basket to match. I stamped my apples out using some adorable patterned papers from the Crate Paper Paper Heart 6x6 paper pad. The colors are beautiful and it seemed like the perfect match for the stamps. Once all of the apples were stamped I fussy cut them out and edged them with my Memento tuxedo black dual edged marker to make them look perfectly die cut. I took my Copic R24 marker and went around the outer stitched edge of each of the apples to darken them up and make the inside patterned paper look lighter. I stamped the basket on some of the same patterned papers and fussy cut the basket's edge from some contrasting paper for added interest. I colored the heart in with the same Copic marker. I added my patterned paper panels to the card base and then glued the apples down using some Tombo Mono liquid glue. I chose to pop the basket and one of the apples up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals and then stamped the stems and leaves from the stamp set and colored them in using Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment with an extra leaf, which I colored, and then added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to complete my card. I hope you like it!
Today's card was created for the Freshly Made Sketches #202 card challenge. I started with a pretty sunflower yellow cardstock from Hobby Lobby and layered a piece of white cardstock over it that I had embossed using a Darice woodgrain embossing folder. I took a piece of crumbcake cardstock from Stampin' UP and stamped the linen background stamp from MFT using the same colored ink. I die cut a fishtail banner using a die from Jillian Vance Designs. I die cut some leaves from the sunflower cardstock and some adorable fall patterned paper from the Doodlebug Happy Harvest 6x6 paper collection using an EK Success leaf punch. I layered it up with some paper buttons from MFT dies and then topped it off with some brown bakers twine from Pretty Pink Posh. Using a piece of wood grain paper from the same Doodlebug paper pad I die cut a smaller fishtail banner and heat embossed the sentiment in white using some Recollections detail powder. Love how nicely it turned out. Perfect for a fall dinner party!
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Today's card was created for the Merry Monday Christmas challenge #170. The challenge was to use holly and I knew I had to crack out my Simon Says Stamp Ugly Sweater stamp set. It has the most adorable holly leaf cluster in it. I started with a base of leaf green cardstock from the Ki bright cardstock 6x6 paper pack and then layered on some red cardstock from the same paper pack. I added a panel of holly leaf patterned paper from the American Crafts Noel 6x6 patterned paper pack and a small strip of the striped paper from the same pack for contrast. I stamped the sweater onto some 110 lb white card stock using Memento tuxedo black ink and then stamped the holly leaf cluster all over the sweater to create a nice background and colored it in using Copic markers. I then stamped the wreath image and colored it separately. I fussy cut both images out and popped them up with Stamping Up foam dimensionals. I then stamped the hanger image from Simon Says Stamps Like Your Style stamp set, fussy cut it out and positioned it under the sweater to make it look like it was hanging on a sweater. I stamped the sentiment using My Favorite Things Sweater Weather stamp set with Versafine onyx black ink and then heat embossed it using some American Crafts Zing clear embossing powder to give it some extra shine. I stamped, colored, and fussy cut four more of the holly leaf clusters and adhered them around the sentiment for some additional interest. Love the way this card turned out!