Saturday, October 1, 2022

Happy Meow-lloween-SAS4Kids October 2022

Hello, and happy October! Fall is here and I am so very happy. This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating Holiday cards, and I just couldn't help myself. With Halloween coming up later this month I had to create another Halloween card. I created my card by layering a piece of orange and white polka-dot paper from the American Crafts Haunted 6x6 paper pad onto my A2 card base. I then took a piece of basic black cardstock from Stampin' UP and die cut 3 circles using my Spellbinders stacking circle dies. I adhered that panel on top of the patterned paper and added white dashed lines around the outer edges and around each circle for added contrast. I stamped the sentiment from C.C. Designs Meow-lloween stamp set using Versamark ink and white detail embossing powder from Ranger. I stamped the images from the same stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock and colored them using my alcohol markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and placed them around my card panel to create a pleasing Halloween scene. I finished my card by adding some orange enamel dots from Hobby Lobby around the card for some added interest. Now, be sure to pop over to the SAS4Kids blog and see what the rest of the design team  created for us this month!
 

Warm Winter Wishes

 



Hello! I was invited to guest design for the October Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge! This month's challenge is sponsored by Miss Ink Stamps, and they were kind enough to send me some goodies for the challenge. To create my card I started by die cutting the focal panel from a Gina Marie Designs scalloped rectangle die and some real red cardstock from Stampin' UP. I then cut down a smaller panel and using the Miss Ink Stamps Diagonal Lines stencil and Tim Holts distress inks in Shabby Shutters and Fired Brick I created the inked plaid background. To create more interest I freehand drew in some white lines with my white gel pen and added some tiny black dots at each intersecting line. I mounted that panel onto some plain white cardstock and die cut an oval window using a My Favorite Things oval die. I then die cut a smaller oval window into the red scalloped panel using a Spellbinders oval die. I adhered all of the panels together and mounted them up off of the card using 3M foam tape. I stamped the gnome from Miss Ink Stamps Big Mugs stamp set, colored it using my Copic markers, fussy cut the image out, and mounted it in the oval window with more foam tape. I stamped the sentiment from Miss Ink Stamps Season's Greetings stamp set onto white cardstock using Versafine onyx black ink and cut it down to a small sentiment strip. I mounted more red cardstock behind it and adhered it to the card. I finished the whole thing off with some cute little black gem stickers from Honey Bee Stamp's Fresh Brewed collection. 



Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Happy Fall

 


Hello, happy Wednesday! Today's card was created for the latest Freshly Made Sketches. I started with a white A2 card base that I embossed with the Richard Garay sweater embossing folder. I then cut down a piece of plaid patterned paper from The Paper Rose Autumn Plaid 6x6 paper pad and matted it with some early espresso cardstock from Stampin' UP. I inked up some white cardstock using Tim Holtz distress inks in fall colors and then die cut the leaves using Jillian Vance Leaves & Petals die set. I glued the leaves to some plain kraft cardstock I got at Hobby Lobby and die cut it into a panel using The Paper Rose stacking stitched rectangle die. I matted it onto early espresso cardstock and then arranged both panels onto the card following the sketch. I die cut more early espresso cardstock using My Favorite Things Essential Alphabet dies to spell out Fall. I layered three of each together for dimension and glued them to the focal panel. I stamped and heat embossed the word Happy from The Greetery Pretext Sentiments stamp set and cut it down to small strip. I mounted that on some mini foam dimensionals from Stampin' UP and placed it above the alpha die sentiment. It's still in the high 90's here in Southeast Missouri but I'm holding out hope that fall is right around the corner. This card is me secretly hoping!



Friday, September 16, 2022

May Your Days Be Filled With Sunshine & Seashells


Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. I had placed an order with Honey Bee Stamps over the Labor Day weekend and included in my order was a postcard with this image on the back. I decided to color it with my Copic markers for this challenge and add the flip flops from the Flippin' Fabulous stamp and die set to bottom lower corner for some additional interest. I added some pretty aqua gems from Honey Bee Stamps Harvest Festival gem sticker collection and some white gel pen details to the flip flops and the shells for a finishing touch. This card could not have been any easier! 



 

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Coffee & Friends-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb



Hello! Welcome to the September Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb collaboration. Debra found this amazing inspiration photo for us to use, and I was so excited to play with some fall themed stamps! To create my card I started by layering some early espresso cardstock from Stampin' UP onto my white A2 card base. I then layered a gorgeous piece of plaid patterned paper from the Paper Rose Autumn Plaid 6x6 paper pad on top. I stamped the images from Simon Says Stamp's Pumpkin Spice Sentiments stamp set onto some white Copic-friendly cardstock. I colored them using my alcohol markers in tones complimenting the plaid paper. I die cut the panel using a Gina Marie Designs wonky stitch edge rectangle stacking die. I popped the panel up off of my card using 3M foam tape. I die cut two of the stitched autumn leaves from Jillian Vance Designs using some coordinating-colored cardstock and added them to the upper right corner. To finish up my card I added some natural twine from American Crafts to the leaves and some white gel pen details to the pumpkins and the scarf. 
For my coffee this month I chose an iced pumpkin spice latte from McDonald's. I don't usually go there but it was handy and on my way home. Now, be sure to stop by Debra's blog and see what fun, crafty goodness she created! 





 

 

Saturday, September 3, 2022

You're Boo-Tastic!-Send A Smile 4 Kids

 

Hello! This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating fun Halloween cards for kids. I picked up a few gently used stamp sets on a destash and just had to use one of them for this challenge. To create my card I started by stamping the spider web background stamp (maker unknown) onto white cardstock using Memento tuxedo black ink and inked it up using Tim Holtz distress inks in Villainous Potion and Black Soot. I then spritzed it with water and cut the panel down using a Pink & Main stacked rectangle die. I layered it onto my card and then cut down a strip of basic black cardstock and die cut three holes in it. I popped the panel up using foam tape and adhered it to my card panel. I then stamped all of the fun Halloween images from Mama Elephant's Bootastic stamp set. I colored them in fun Halloween colors using my Copic markers, fussy cut them out and adhered them to the card in the die cut holes. I stamped a few of the spiders from the same stamp set, fussy cut them out, and adhered them directly to the spider web panel. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and was stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink and die cut using a small fishtail banner from Jillian Vance Designs. I completed my card by adding some white gel pen details around the characters. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Be sure to pop over to the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see how the rest of the design team was inspired by this month's challenge.  

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Coffee & Friends-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb


Hello, and welcome to the August Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb collaboration! This month we chose to create coffee themed cards. I have had this Memory Box Stacked Teacups die cut sitting on my desk since last fall. It was given to me by a fellow coffee loving card maker in a card swap. I thought it was time to finally use it. I opted to keep this card fairly clean and simple. Using patterned paper from Echo Park's Flower Market 6x6 paper pad, I selectively pieced paper behind the cups, and popped the image up using Stampin' UP foam dimensionals. I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Coffee Love stamp set next the die cut using Gina K Design basic black ink. I rounded the two lower corners using my We R Memory Keepers corner chomper. 

For my coffee, I am drinking Seattle's Best Post Alley dark roast in a fun mug by daughter got me for this past Christmas. I am a huge fan of the show Schitt's Creek and this mug makes me giggle every time I use it! Now, be sure to stop by Debra's blog and see what she created for us this month. 




 

Friday, August 19, 2022

We're The Perfect Pair

I have an old Army mom friend who has her 45th wedding anniversary coming up next month, and she reached out to me to have me create a fun, unique card that she could give her husband. She told me that he loves squirrels and wanted there to be 7 acorns on the card...two for their children and 5 for their grandchildren. I have had the Darcie's Heart & Home Busy Beaver stamp set for years and knew it would be perfect for this card since it had all of the elements she asked for. I stamped the squirrel twice and then the acorns, tree trunk, mushroom, and flowers all from the same stamp set onto white Copic-friendly paper using Memento tuxedo black ink. I colored all of the images using my alcohol markers, fussy cut each image out, and edged them with my Memento dual tip marker in black. I then layered some pretty fall patterned papers from the American Crafts Autumn Crisp 6x6 paper pad onto my white A2 card base. I die cut a white panel using a stitched edge A2 layering rectangle die from Paper Roses. I die cut another small piece of white paper using a Lawn Fawn grass border die and colored it green using an alcohol marker. I used the bottom of the Paper Roses rectangle die to cut it to match my main focal panel. Using the My Favorite Things mini cloud stencil I created a background of fluffy clouds and then adhered the grassy strip to the bottom. I stamped the fun sentiment from Amy R Stamps Wedding Sentimens II using Versafine onyx black ink and then popped the whole panel up off of the card for some dimension. I added my squirrels, tree trunk, acorns, and other accessories directly onto the panel. I love how adorably sweet this card turned out. Happy Anniversary to Colleen and Marv! Thank you for stopping by my blog today. 

 

Monday, August 8, 2022

Merry Everything

 


Today's card was created for the latest Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge. I created my card by stamping the adorable bear from My Favorite Things Cool Day stamp set and coloring him in using my Copic markers. I then cut some frames using my paper trimmer and cherry cobbler cardstock from Stampin' UP and black and white striped paper from the American Crafts Christmas 6x6 paper pad and layered them on top of my focal panel in a wonky fashion. I stamped and hand cut the sentiment banner using My Favorite Things Jingle All The Way stamp set and Versafine onyx black ink. I popped the whole panel up off of the card using 3M foam tape for some fun dimension. I die cut some snowflakes using white cardstock and a die from Simon Says Stamp and layered them around the focal image. I topped them off with some glittery white gems from Honey Bee Stamps Fresh Brewed gem stickers. To finish off my card I added some white gel pen detail to the bear's cheeks. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!


Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sending Hugs

 


Hello, and happy Sunday! Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. To create my card I started by stamping the elements from Stampin' UP's Kinda Eclectic onto a white card base using inks from Gina K Designs that matched the color challenge. I cut the panel down to be slightly smaller than my A2 card base and attached it using 3M foam tape for some dimension. I then stamped the butterflies from the same stamp set using more Gina K Designs inks and fussy cut them out. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Friendship Messages stamp set using black ink and die cut the panel down using a fish tail banner die from Jillian Vance Designs. I adhered the banner and layered butterfly onto the card panel using mini Stampin' UP foam dimensions. To finish off the card I added some gem stickers from Honey Bee Stamps Freshly Brewed collection. I love how pretty this card turned out and think it would make a lovely note card set by adding different sentiments. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your weekend!