Sunday, April 11, 2021
April is National Letter Writing Month, so in honor of that Deb and I decided to create a card honoring snail mail. I love this idea. As card makers, we all still love and respect the idea of actually sending happy mail to the people we love.
I wanted to keep my card simple so I stamped the image and sentiment from The Unity Stamp Company's Sending My Love stamp set onto some white 110lb cardstock in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored the image using my Copic markers. I stamped one of the envelopes from the same stamp set, colored it, fussy cut it out, cut a slit in the mailbox, and adhered it directly to the card panel. I added some white gel pen to the images and then adhered the whole panel to the A2 white card base.
I was out running around doing errands today, so I popped into the Starbucks at our local Target and got myself a very tasty almond milk cold brew latte! Now, be sure to pop on over to Deb's blog to see how she was inspired.
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Hello, happy Saturday! Today's card was created for this month's Send A Smile 4 Kids, where our challenge was to create a card for a child to give to a mother/grandmother. To create my card I started by stamping the adorable birds and sentiment from Hero Arts Mother's Day stamp set using Memento tuxedo black ink and some 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored the images in with my alcohol markers and die cut the image into a focal panel using a x-stitch circle die from Gina Marie Designs. Then I picked some plain blue paper from the Echo Park Spring Fling 6x6 paper pad and stamped the Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Lines background stamp onto it using Gina K ink in ocean mist. I cut the panel to fit my A2 card base and adhered it directly to the front. Using the scrap that was left over from the 6x6 blue paper I stamped the same background stamp and cut it down to a smaller strip. I then die cut the scalloped and stitched rectangle panel out using another Gina Marie Designs die and then adhered more of the patterned paper from the same paper pad in the center for some contrast. I adhered the small strip across the center and popped the circle panel up directly in the center using 3M foam tape. That finished up my cute Mother's Day card. Be sure to pop over to the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see what the rest of the design team created this month and be sure to play along. I always enjoy seeing how everyone is inspired!
Monday, March 22, 2021
Hello and happy Monday! Today's card was created for the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop. I belong to a coffee lover's group and we swap cards every month. Sometimes we include little treats for one another to enjoy. The darling little stacked teacup die cut and sentiment were included in my card this last month from one of the members. I decided to pair it with some pretty patterned paper from the Basic Grey Out Of Print 6x6 paper pad, some sequins from The Ton, and a scalloped edge strip that I cut using a Fiskar's punch. I assembled the card by adhering the die cut image onto some deep aqua blue cardstock I had in my stash using Jackie's Craft Table archival glue. I then attached a piece of the Basic Grey patterned paper directly to the cardstock. Using a Pink & Main A2 rectangle die I die cut the panel down. I punched the scalloped edge border using the Fiskar's punch and adhered it the panel at the border to help delineate the cardstock and the patterned paper. Using a Jillian Vance fishtail banner I die cut the sentiment, layered it onto more of the deep aqua cardstock and cut it down to match the fishtail using my detail scissors. I popped it up off of the card using 3M foam tape, added some color to the tea cups using my Copic markers, and finished the card by adding some coordinating sequins. I like how it turned out!
Sunday, March 21, 2021
Today's card was created for the 2021 Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop. I created my card using the fun patterned papers from the Echo Park Coffee 6x6 paper pad that I found at my local Tuesday Morning. I paired all of that with some basic black cardstock from Stampin' Up, a buffalo plaid embossing folder from Sunny Studios, and some gorgeous black 6mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to create this fun spring time coffee card. Thank you for stopping by my blog today and, if you like my card, be sure to leave a comment. I read and appreciate them all! Happy hopping!
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Today's card was created for the latest Less Is More and Addicted to CAS card challenges. I must admit that I struggle with clean and simple card. I love layers and patterned papers but this one came together fairly easy with the assistance of a some new masking stencils I recently purchased. To create my card I started by layering some basic black cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my white A2 card base. I then cut down a smaller panel using some 110lb cardstock from Staples. I taped my new Pink & Main Mask It In-Line mask to the panel and stamped the critters from the Close To My Heart In The Wild stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink. I then used the residue on the stamps to create masks and applied them to the animals. I then reapplied the circle stencil mask back over the images and applied Tim Holtz distress ink in salty ocean over the top. I removed the stencil and the masks from the critters and added some faux stitched lines around the edges to try and mask some of the imperfections in my stamping. I then stamped the sentiment from Stampin' UP's Curly Cute stamp set using more Versafine onyx black ink and adhered the panel the card using some 3M foam tape for some added dimension. I love how clean and simple this card turned out.
Hello and happy first day of spring! It's still a little cool here in Southeast Missouri but things are definitely starting to bloom here and I suspect I will have to start mowing my lawn in the next few weeks. I created this fun springtime card for the latest Addicted To Stamps And More card challenge. To create my card I layered some beautiful springtime patterned papers from Echo Park's Spring Fling 6x6 paper pad onto my white A2 card base. I added some black lines around the outer edge of the blue paper for a bit more visual interest and contrast. The focal image is a digital stamp from Angie Blom that I was gifted from a friend on a recent card swap. She shipped it to me uncolored so I colored it using my Copic markers to matc the colors in the plaid patterned paper and die cut it into a focal panel using a Gina Marie stitched rectangle die. I popped the panel up using 3M foam tape and adhered it to the card at a wonky angle. To finish it off I added some clear sparkling 6mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Thank you for stopping off at my blog today and enjoy your weekend!
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Spring is right around the corner and St. Patrick's Day is just three days away. I typically don't sent St. Patty's Day cards but like the colors and the whole shamrock image, so I thought it would be fun to create a card that had all of the elements without actually referencing the holiday. This card will be entered in the Inspired By and CASology challenges. To create my card I started by die cutting the tshirt using some Paper Studio green patterned paper and the MFT Girly Graphic T-Shirt die. I stamped the shamrock and sentiment from the coordinating stamp set. I then layered some basic black cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my white A2 card base and then layered some more of the Paper Studio patterned paper and some specialty paper that I had in my stash onto the card using layers to delinate between the patterns. I die cut an oval from white cardstock from Staples and a pierced edge oval die from MFT. I stamped the shamrock again using Tim Holtz distress ink in peeled paint all over the background of that panel and adhered that to a slightly larger oval that I die cut using more black cardstock and a Spellbinders oval die. I added a few pastel green 6mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to add a bit more bling and that finished my card. Thank you for stopping off at my blog today!
Hello and happy Sunday! In celebration of spring coming right around the corner Deb and I decided to create pretty springtime cards for this month's collaboration. Deb picked this beautiful inspiration photo to help inspire us both. I happened upon the gorgeous Echo Park Flower Market 6x6 paper pad at my local Tuesday Morning and couldn't resist picking it up and using it for this month's card. There was absolutely no stamping on this card...it's all patterned papers and the cut apart is included in the paper pad! This card took me all of 10 minutes to assemble and turned out gorgeous! The only finishing touch I had to add were a few sequins from The Ton and Pretty Pink Posh and a little bit of glitter pen to the flowers on the cut apart. I also figured out how to add transparency to my stamped logo I include on the back of my cards and I decided to add it to my photo. Now I just need to figure out how to add it to cards with dark backgrounds, which I'm sure will take me months. LOL
I opted for a medium Dunkin Donuts Charli's foamy cold brew this month. It was full of cinnamon and very tasty! Now be sure to head over to Deb's blog and see how she was fun she created with our inspiration photo!
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Hello and happy Saturday! My card today was created for this month's Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge. Our challenge this month is to create a card for boys. I started by stamping the adorable images from the Neat & Tangled Prehistoric stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored them using my alcohol markers. I fussy cut the images leaving a small white border all around. I die cut a focal panel using more white cardstock and a pierced edge oval die from My Favorite Things. Using my Tim Holtz distress inks I ink blended a background and spritzed it with some water to create some fun texture. I matted that panel onto another larger oval I created with some early espresso cardstock from Stampin' UP and an oval die from Spellbinders. I popped the adorable boy and his dino up off of the panel using some 3M foam tape. I then created the background my layering some patterned paper from the Basic Grey Archaic 6x6 paper pad and some seafoam green cardstock from Hobby Lobby that I added some detail to using the Altenew Scales Debossing cover plate. I layered all of that onto more early espresso cardstock and then adhered it all to my white A2 card base to complete my card. Now be sure to pop over the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog to see what the rest of the designers created to inspire you this month!
Monday, March 1, 2021
Hello and happy Monday! Today's card was created for the latest The Paper Players card challenge. To create my card I started by layering one of the Simon Says Stamp A2 masks onto my A2 card and stamping the A Faithful Letter background from Unity Stamp Company onto the card using Versamark ink. I heat set the text background using white embossing powder from Ranger and then inked the background using Tim Holts salty ocean distress ink. I stamped the globe and the sentiment from the Jillibean Soup shaker globe stamp set onto white cardstock from Staples. I die cut the globe using the matching die from the set and colored the globe portion using more blue distress ink. The sentiment was die cut using a die from Verve Stamp company. I wanted to keep the card fairly clean and simple but I did mount the globe and sentiment panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape.