Saturday, September 4, 2021
Wow, I cannot believe it's September already! Is is just me or does it seem like this year is just flying by? For our challenge this month over at the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog we are creating cute fall/Halloween cards for kids. I have two precious granddaughters that I love the send Halloween cards to. This adorable creation will be going to one of those little dolls. To create my card I started by layering some gorgeous fall plaid patterned paper from the Paper Rose Autumn Plaid 6x6 paper pad onto an A2 crumb cake cardstock card base. I then die cut a stitched edge panel using Paper Rose's stitched rectangle dies and some white cardstock. Using a My Favorite Things cloud stencil and Tim Holtz distress ink in faded jeans I created a fall sky background on the focal panel. Using dies and stamps from My Favorite Things Harvest Mouse I created my mice, pumpkins, and leaves and colored them using my Copic markers. I adhered them directly onto the panel using some precious glue from Jackie's Craft Table. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set directly onto the panel using my mini Misti and Versafine onyx black ink for a nice crisp look over the distress ink. To finish off my card I popped the focal panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape and added some fun highlights on the images using my Gelly Roll white gel pen. I can't wait to see how everyone else was inspired by this challenge. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Hello and happy Sunday! Welcome to the August collaboration of Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb. This month Deb thought it would be fun to create a birthday card. I was pretty happy about that since these are the cards I send the most. This month's card was a Pinterest inspired card. I have seen numerous washi tape candle cards on the site, but have never made one. I have a large collection of washi tapes but admit to rarely using them for anything other than sealing my envelopes. So, I cut a panel down to 4 x 5.25 and adhered several pretty washi tapes to it cutting them at various angles at the top. I trimmed the bottoms off and then added a hand-drawn wick to each candle using my dual tip Memento tuxedo black marker. Using my Copic markers I added flames to each one. I die cut a sentiment using black cardstock and adhered it directly the panel over the candles. I added a black A2 panel to my white card base and then popped the panel up using 3M foam tape for some dimension. To finish my card off I added clear Wink of Stella to the flames and then topped them off with Glossy Accents for some pretty shine and dimension. I love how this turned out. Will have to try this with more masculine washi tapes.
For my coffee this month I opted for a nice chilled Matcha. Our little cool streak we had last week is gone and we are back to steamy hot, humid days here in Southeast Missouri. This beverage hit the spot while I was out doing my obligatory errands! Now, be sure to pop over to Deb's site and see what fun she created this month for our birthday collaboration.
Monday, August 16, 2021
Hello and happy Monday! We are experiencing some cooler temps and lower humidity here in the Midwest and it reminds me of fall. So, it seemed fitting when I saw the latest challenge over at The Sisterhood of Crafters. Why not create a fall leaf card, right? To create my card I started by layering a piece of crumbcake cardstock onto my A2 white card base and then adding a white cardstock panel that I had dry embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder by Darice to the bottom of the card. I then die cut some fall leaves using stitched leaves dies from Jillian Vance and solid cardstock and patterned papers from Paper Rose's Autumn Plaid 6x6 paper pad. I adhered the leaves directly to the card at the cardstock break staggering the solids with plaids. I then stamped the sentiment using Memento cocoa ink and a stamp I had picked up last season at the Target dollar spot. To finish off my card I added some brown and white bakers twine from Stampin' UP above the leaves and a few cocoa colored 6mm sequins from The Ton. I love this card and may have to mass produce it for Thanksgiving. Thank you for stopping by my blog and, if you like my card be sure to leave a comment. I read and appreciate them all.
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Hello, happy Thursday! I don't know what the weather is like where you live but here in SE Missouri Mother Nature is being quite rude! It's just too hot to do anything comfortably outside. So, after getting off work early today I opted for air conditioning and crafting. I created this fun and pretty Christmas card for the latest Watercooler Wednesday card challenge. To create my card I started by die cutting an A2 using patterned paper from Fancy Pants MeOlogy Painterly 12x12 paper and a die from Pink & Main. I adhered it directly to my white A2 card base. I then stamped the mantle, wreath, candles, vase, and stockings onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock using the Concord & 9th Merry Mantle stamp set and Memento tuxedo black ink. I colored the images and fussy cut them out. I popped all of the elements up off of the card using 3M foam tape and adhered them onto my card creating a nice mantle scene. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto some Stampin' UP basic black cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Ranger's detail gold embossing powder. I cut the sentiment down into a thin strip and adhered it to the wreath using snail glue and foam tape. To finish my card off I added some 6mm clear sparkling sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Thank you for stopping by today and, if you like my card, be sure to leave a comment.
Saturday, August 7, 2021
Hello and happy August! This year is really flying by. This month's challenge over at Send A Smile 4 Kids is to create a card for a child to give to a staff member/special person. To create my card I started by die cutting some stars using dies from My Favorite Things and patterned papers from the Simple Stories 6x8 Sunkissed paper pad. I then stamped the sentiment from the Hero Arts OWH Year Round Sentiments stamp set onto some heavy weight cardstock using Gina K Designs navy ink. I cut the sentiment down to a strip and mounted it onto some navy blue cardstock from Hobby Lobby. I punched a few tiny stars using a mini punch from Studio G and glued them on either side of the sentiment. I then adhered another piece of navy cardstock directly onto my white A2 card base and then adhered a smaller white panel that I had embossed using a Spellbinders plaid embossing folder. I adhered it to the card, popped the stars up using foam tape, adhered the sentiment strip below it, and embellished the card with enamel dots from the My Mind's Eye Now & Then collection and some clear Rhinestones from Recollections. I love that this card can be either masculine or feminine. Thank you for stopping by today and be sure to check out what the rest of the Send A Smile design team created for this month's challenge!
Sunday, August 1, 2021
My second card today was created for the latest Freshly Made Sketches card challenge. Following the sketch I cut down some panels of patterned paper from the Heartland Farm 6x6 patterned paper from American Crafts and popped them up off of the card using 3M foam tape for some added interest. I then stamped the sentiment and the focal character onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock using Memento tuxedo black ink and the Art Impressions Spring Chicken stamp set. I colored the focal image using my alcohol markers and fussy cut her out. I then free handed a speech bubble for the sentiment and mounted them both onto the card using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. Love how cute this turned out!
Hello and happy Sunday! Today's card was created for the latest The Paper Players card challenge. To create my card I started by cutting down a panel of cold press water color paper. Using my Tim Holtz distress inks I water colored a beach scene. Using Gina K Designs black ink and the Stampin' UP Wetlands stamp set I stamped the birds and the sentiment. I wrapped some ivory twine from American Crafts at the bottom of the panel and popped it up using some 3M foam tape. I mounted it onto a slightly larger piece of white cardstock for an additional border and then adhered the whole panel onto an A2 cardbase made out of Stampin' UP crumb cake cardstock. Love this clean and simple masculine card. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
Sunday, July 18, 2021
Hello and welcome to another Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb! This month we are celebrating Christmas in July! I recently picked up the Unity Stamp Company's Planner Girl Cold Outside stamp set from a fellow crafter on a destash thought this would be the perfect opportunity to ink it up for the first time. I stamped the image and sentiment out onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and then die cut the image with a wonky stitch rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs. I colored the image using my alcohol markers and then wrapped some white twine and created a bow from Stampin' UP around the left side of the panel and adhered a small black button on top using a glue dot. Using some pretty patterned papers from My Mind's Eye's Oh What Fun 6x6 paper pad I layered a panel directly onto my white A2 card base, covering the entire front of the card. I popped the focal panel up off of the card using some 3M foam tape. I then die cut a fishtail banner using a Jillian Vance fishtail die and some more of the coordinating patterned paper. I cut the fishtail banner down to a small banner and adhered it directly to the focal panel. To finish my card off I added some Stickles in white blizzard to the hat, scarf, and snowflakes. This card turned out so sweet that I may have to duplicate it using different patterned papers and colors.
For my coffee selection this month I popped into the Starbucks at my local Target and got myself a tasty caramel ribbon crunch Frappuccino! Now be sure to head over to Debra's blog and see what gorgeousness she created for our Christmas in July collaboration.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Today's card was created for the latest AAA Cards clean and simple challenge. I will be the first to admit that I struggle with clean and simple cards. I love layers and lots of elements on a card, but I wanted to challenge myself and do something outside of my comfort zone. I just picked up the Concord & 9th Merry Mantle stamp set during a 4th of July sale and thought the wreath in that set would be perfect for this challenge. I stamped it onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock, colored it using my alcohol markers, fussy cut the image, and then edged it with my Memento dual tip marker for nice clean lines. I then die cut a stitched rectangle using Paper Rose stackable dies. I stamped the sentiment from the same Concord & 9th stamp set onto the panel and then popped it up off of my card using 3M foam tape. I then added more foam tape behind my wreath and popped it up over the sentiment. To finish my card off I added some red Stickles around the wreath to mimic berries. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Hello, and welcome to the July Send A Smile 4 Kids card challenge! This month we are celebrating Christmas in July. The challenge is to create a Christmas card to give to a child. To create my card I started by stamping the adorable Santa image from Inkadinkado's Christmas Characters stamp set onto some 110lb white cardstock using Memento tuxedo black ink. I did some simple coloring on the image using my alcohol markers and then die cut the image into a circle focal panel using a Gina Marie Designs double pierced edge circle die. I die cut a larger circle out of real red cardstock from Stampin' UP using a Spellbinders circle die and then layered the two panels together. I then embossed the background panel using a Provocraft 25 Days Of Christmas embossing folder and adhered it directly to my white A2 card. I cut down some panels from the My Mind's Eye Oh What Fun 6x6 paper pad, framed them out using more real red cardstock and adhered them directly to the card panel. I stamped the sentiment from the same Inkadinkado stamp set using Memento tuxedo black ink, cut it down into a small sentiment panel, and backed it against more real red cardstock. To finish the card off I popped both the sentiment and the focal panel up off the card using some 3M foam tape. I can't wait to see what everyone else on the design team came up with this month! Thank you for stopping by and have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!