Saturday, February 4, 2023

Happy Easter-Send A Smile 4 Kids

 



Hello, and happy February! This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating Spring/Easter cards. To create my card I started by stamping the adorable bunny from The Alley Way stamps Spring Has Sprung stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored the image using my alcohol markers, and fussy cut the image out. I chose fun patterned papers from the American Crafts Sunny Side 6x6 paper pad and chose a fun layout to utilize as much of the patterns as I could. I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto more of the patterned paper using Memento tuxedo black ink and punched the image out using a 1.5" Stampin' UP punch. I popped the bunny and the sentiment up off of the card using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals for a little more interest. 

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Between The Pages Of A Book-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

 


Happy Sunday! This month Debra and I decided to use this lovely photo as our inspiration celebrating books and warm beverages. To create my card I started by layering some pretty patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Lost & Found Market Street 6x6 paper pad onto some royal blue cardstock from Hobby Lobby. I rounded the outer corners on both the patterned paper and the cardstock before adhering them together and mounting directly to my ivory A2 card base. Using more of the patterned papers from the same paper pad I printed images from the Gracielle Designs Vintage Tea Cup-Stacked Books digital stamp set and paper pieced the images together. I fussy cut the entire peice out, edged it with my Memento tuxedo black dual tip marker and adhered the image directly onto the focal panel. I printed the sentiment from the same digital stamp set onto more patterned paper from the same paper pad, cut it down into a strip, bordered it with more royal blue cardstock, and adhered it below the focal image. To finish the card off I added some royal blue 4mm sequins from Pretty Pink Posh around the card. Love how big and beautiful these images are and think it would be fun to create a whole card set to give as a gift! 
I got a beautiful new stoneware set from my boyfriend this Christmas and thought I'd drink my coffee from one of the mugs this morning. Isn't the finish on this set just so pretty? 
Now be sure to head over to Deb's blog and see how she was inspired by this month's photo. 




Saturday, January 7, 2023

Pizza My Heart-Send A Smile 4 Kids

Hello, and happy new year! This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating Valentine's Day cards for kids. To create my card I started by stamping the cute pizza image and the pizza cutter from the Lawn Fawn Pizza My Heart stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored them with my alcohol markers and then die cut them with the coordinating dies. I took a piece of crumb cake cardstock from Stampin' UP and stamped it with the My Favorite Things Touch Of Texture background stamp and some Sahara Sand ink from Stampin' Up. I cut a small piece of patterned paper from the My Mind's Eye Good Vibes 6x6 paper pad and adhered it to the bottom of the panel. Using a stitched rectangle nesting die from Paper Roses I die cut the panel down and adhered some plain white twine from my stash between the two papers and tied a bow. I mounted that panel onto a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP and then popped that up with some 3M foam tape and adhered the whole thing to my card. I adhered the adorable pizza images to the panel and then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink. To add a few touches I stamped the steam and some red hearts around the images for a little visual interest. I hope you like my card and are inspired to create a fun Valentine card for a child too! Be sure to hop on over the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see how the rest of the design team was inspired by this month's challenge. 

 

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Sending You Love And Joy-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb


Happy Sunday! This adorable image is the inspiration for this month's Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb. To create my card I started by layering some cherry cobbler cardstock onto my white A2 card base. Then using some patterned papers from Heidi Swapp's Noel 6x6 paper pad I created a main panel that I cut down using a stitched rectangle die from Paper Roses. I popped that panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape. I stamped the adorable image and sentiment from Penny Black's Cup Of Joy mini stamp set. I colored them using my Copic markers and fussy cut the images and sentiment banner out. Using the steam images from Paper Smooches Need To Venti stamp set I stamped them onto a white stitched rectangle panel using a smaller die from Paper Roses and Versafine onyx black ink. I popped the images up using Stampin' UP's foam dimensionals and centered them on the panel under the steam. For a finishing touch I added some black gems around the panel for a little sparkle. 
I was out finishing up the last of my Christmas shopping, so I snagged a Starbucks peppermint mocha latte. Now, be sure to pop on over to Debra's blog and see what fun she created for our collaboration this month! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I wish all of you and your family's a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year!





 

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Christmas Hugs-Send A Smile 4 Kids

We are rapidly approaching the end of 2022, and this is our last challenge of the year at Send A Smile 4 Kids. This month we are creating winter cards for kids. I am still in Christmas card-making mode, so I had to make a Christmas card. I created this card by stamping the adorable little images from Mama Elephant's Hot Cocoa stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock and coloring them using my alcohol markers. I fussy cut the images out leaving a small white border around them. I then embossed a plain white piece of cardstock using the Spellbinders plaid embossing folder and mounted the panel directly onto my white A2 card base. I then added a panel of wonky plaid patterned paper from the American Crafts Very Merry 6x6 paper pad onto my card at an angle. Then using a Fiskars scalloped edge punch and some olive cardstock I created a small, scalloped border using some which I attached under the patterned paper to create some interest between it and the white embossed panel. Then using Spellbinders scalloped circle and nesting circle dies I created the focal panel. I popped the adorable little images up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I then stamped the sentiment from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa mini stamp set onto more olive cardstock using Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Ranger detail embossing powder in white. I cut that down into a small sentiment strip and mounted it under the focal panel using more foam dimensionals. I die cut the Hugs sentiment using more olive cardstock and My Favorite Things Essential Elements Alphabet dies. I glued the sentiment directly onto the card base, and finished the card with some white gel pen detail and some light green enamel dots from Simple Stories. Now, be sure to head over to Send A Smile 4 Kids and see how the rest of the design team was inspired by this month's challenge. 
 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

But First, Coffee-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb



Hello, and welcome to the November Cards and Coffee with Celeste and Deb. We decided to use this beautiful photo as our inspiration for this month's collaboration. I love all the deep, rich Autumn colors and wanted to use as many of them as I could for my card. I started by stamping the Tricia Girl by Unity Stamp Company onto some white cardstock and colored her skin, hair, and coffee cup using my Copic markers. Then using papers from the Best Occasions Quick Page 12x12 paper pack I stamped and paper-pieced her coat, scarf, shirt, skirt, purse, boot warmers, and her boots. I added some early espresso cardstock by Stampin' Up onto my white A2 card base. I then cut down a pretty piece of patterned paper from the same 12x12 pad and added it to the side and then added a decorative edge that I created with more early espresso cardstock using a decorative edge die. I cut down more paper from the paper pack and glued the decorative edge piece to it. Using a rectangle die from Paper Roses I cut the panel down and adhered it to my card panel. I stamped the Tricia Girl image again onto the panel, fussy cut the paper-pieced image, and glued the two together for a seamless look. I stamped the sentiment from Stampabilities Coffee stamp set and die cut it down using a pierced circle die from My Favorite Things. I then die cut a larger panel of early espresso using a Spellbinders die, and mounted the two together.  I took a dark brown Copic marker and colored some clear rhinestones to match the colors on the card and adhered them around the focal image and the sentiment for a nice finishing touch.

For my coffee, I opted for my standard dark roast Seattle's Best Post Alley served in a fun new mug my daughter got me for my birthday last month. Now, be sure to stop by Debra's blog and see how she was inspired by this month's photo. 




 

Sunday, November 13, 2022

Give Thanks-CLBH Fall/Winter 2022



Hello, I hope you are enjoying your Sunday. This card was created for the fall/winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop 2022. I stamped and colored images from CTMH Pumpkin Treats, Reverse Confetti's In All Things, and Hero Arts Grateful Pumpkin bundle sets. I die cut the images using coordinating dies and set them aside to work on my background. I started by layering a piece of sage blue/green cardstock paper from Hobby Lobby onto the card base. I then cut down a small panel of patterned paper from the American Crafts Autumn Crisp paper pad and added a small decorative border with navy cardstock from Hobby Lobby at the edge. I stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti's In All Things stamp set using Stampin' UP's night of navy ink onto more of the sage blue/green cardstock and fussy cut the image out. I adhered it and the colored images onto the card using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I finished the card off by adding a few details to the images with a white gel pen. Thank you for stopping by my blog today! 


 

Saturday, November 5, 2022

Friendship Warms The Heart-Send A Smile 4 Kids

 

Hello, and a very happy November to you! This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating Holiday cards for kids. I recently picked up this adorable stamp set on a de-stash from a fellow crafter and couldn't wait to use it. I layered some cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my white A2 card base. I then added a piece of plain white cardstock as a frame and then added a pretty piece of snowflake patterned paper from the Simple Stories Cozy Christmas 6x6 paper pad. Using a scalloped edge die from Papertrey Ink I created a large scalloped border using more paper from the same paper pad. I stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things PI Merry Kissmas stamp set using Versafine onyx black ink and trimmed it down into a narrow border. I mounted it on more of the cherry cobbler cardstock and adhered it to the scalloped border. I stamped the adorable image from the same My Favorite Things stamp set with Memento tuxedo black ink directly onto a round circle panel I created using a Spellbinders circle stacking die. I also paper pieced the girl's sweater and hat and the snowman's scarf and hat using more patterned paper from the same paper pad. I adhered them directly onto the images on the focal panel and colored everything using my Copic markers. I adhered the entire panel to another piece of cherry cobbler cardstock using a Spellbinders scalloped edge circle stacking die. I adhered the panel to the card using some 3M foam tape. For a nice finishing touch, I covered the pom poms on the girl's hat and the snowbank with liquid glue and poured over some Wow! glitter in white for some sparkle and shine and added some white gel pen to the characters. Be sure to stop over at the SendASmile4Kids blog and see what the rest of the design team created this month. 

Friday, October 28, 2022

Boo!

 


This fun little Halloween card was created for the There's A Stamp For That Challenge. To create this card I started with a panel of white cardstock that I blended on Tim Holtz distress inks in shaded lilac, villainous potion, and black soot. I took a distress sprayer and spritzed it with water and blotted off the excess for a nice, distressed look. I adhered an American Crafts Halloween spider web doily straight onto the panel using some liquid glue. I die cut the panel down using a stitched stacking rectangle die from MFT and popped the panel up off of my white A2 card base using 3M foam tape. I then stamped, colored, and die cut all of the images from MFT's Witch Way To The Candy stamp and die set. I adhered all of the images to the card using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. For a finishing touch I added highlights to the individual images using a white gel pen. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!!



Sunday, October 23, 2022

Ah, Autumn-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

 


Hello, and welcome to the October Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb. This month we chose to use pumpkins as our inspiration. I kept my card pretty simple. Using only papers and cut aparts from the Echo Park Reflections Fall 12x12 paper pad I created a scene of pumpkins on a hilly autumn scape with house, trees, and lots of pumpkins. The pumpkins were created with Lawn Fawn's So Thankful stamps and Gina K Designs charcoal brown ink. I added a little dimension to them by coloring over the patterned paper with my Copic markers. The leaves were created with a mini Recollections punch and more of the patterned paper from the collection. I couldn't make up my mind on this card and created a second card using all of the same elements from the Lawn Fawn stamp set, the patterned papers, and the Recollections punch. You'll have to tell me which one you liked better. 

I usually go buy a fancy specialty coffee for my collaborations with Deb but this week I kept it simple. The coffee is my standard Seattle's Best dark market street dark roast served in a simple mug that sums up my life...Thankful! Now, be sure to hop on over to Debra's blog and see how she was inspired by this month's pumpkin inspiration!