Saturday, April 6, 2024

Celebrate Your Day-Send A Smile 4 Kids

This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are celebrating the moms/special women in our lives. To create my card, I started by layering some olive cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white A2 card base. Using the Stampin' UP Framed Tulip embossing folder and some 110lb cardstock to create by background panel. Using some A2 nesting dies from Pink and Main I die cut the inner panel and the border panel. I stamped the floral images from Stampin' UP's Thoughts & Prayers stamp set using Gina K Designs Fresh Asparagus ink. I stamped the birthday sentiment in the right upper corner using Versafine onyx black ink and Verve Stamp's Poppy Birthday stamp set. Using a paint chip from Lowe's that matched the cardstock, I die cut the butterfly using Stampin' UP's Beautiful Wings Embosslit. I layered the top panel onto the card using some low profile foam tape, added the butterfly with some glue dots, and finished the card off with some clear sparkling gems from The Paper Studios. This was a pretty clean and simple card and think it would make a gorgeous set if done in different colors. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. Please be sure to leave a comment and stop by the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see how everyone else was inspired by this month's theme. 

 

Friday, March 29, 2024

Birthday Wishes

 


Hello, and happy Friday! Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. I started by layering some light pink and medium brown cardstock from Hobby Lobby onto my white A2 card base. Using a shaped nesting die from Spellbinders, I cut down some pink striped patterned paper from Echo Park's Flower Market 6x6 paper pad and attached it to a white panel I created using the same shaped die. I added some brown grosgrain ribbon from American Crafts to bridge the gap between the papers. I stamped the sentiment in charcoal brown ink from Gina K Designs using a wooden block stamp from a Momenta birthday set. I die cut the flower and leaves using more patterned paper from the Echo Park paper pad, brown cardstock, and Little B's Bouquet floral die set. I popped the focal panel up off of the card using foam tape and added some white gel pen details to the florals and the stripes. I added some brown dashed lines around the top of the focal panel to add a bit more visual interest. This card is a throwback to my earlier cardmaking style. Very simple, but I love it. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend!



Sunday, March 17, 2024

Have A Warm And Cozy Holiday-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

 

I apologize for this post being later than normal for my monthly collaboration with Deb. I just got back from Florida and found myself woefully prepared for my post. I had to scramble to get this card put together and post it to my blog. This month Deb and I were inspired by all things green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I also wanted to participate in the Caffeinated Christmas Card Challenge, so my card is Christmas themed. I kept my card pretty simple. I started by layering some green cardstock from American Crafts 6x6 Christmas pad onto my A2 white card base. I then layered a pretty piece of green snowflake paper from Authentique's Solitude 6x6 Christmas paper pad on top. I die cut a large stitched circle using My Favorite Things stacking stitched circle dies, white cardstock, and striped paper from the same Authentique paper pad. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Inside Holiday Greetings stamp set using black ink. I popped the circle panel up off of the card using foam tape. I then stamped the travel coffee mug from My Style Stamps Coffee Lovers stamp set onto more of the green cardstock, as well as white cardstock from the same American Crafts Christmas pad. I stamped the sleeve from the stamp set onto more Authentique patterned paper. I fussy cut them all out and glued them all together. I adhered them to the left of the sentiment on the circle panel. To finish off the card I die cut a simple snowflake from more white cardstock using a My Favorite Things snowflake die. I adhered it to the sleeve and adhered a small clear gem to the center. 

My beverage this month is a spicy Thai tea. Now, be sure and head over to Debra's blog and see what she created using this month's inspiration! 





Friday, March 8, 2024

Praying For You

 


I don't have to send very many sympathy cards, but had to this week, unfortunately. I started by doing some light water-coloring onto some Strathmore smooth watercolor paper using Gina K inks in sweet mango and fresh asparagus. I dried the ink and then stamped the tree and sentiment from Stampin' UP's Thoughts & Prayers stamp set onto the panel using versfine onyx black ink and heat setting them with Zing clear embossing powder. I cut the panel down using a stitched stacking rectangle die from Paper Rose, and matted it onto some plain black cardstock. I adhered the panel to my A2 sized card base and added a few black gems in the corners for a finishing touch. I will be submitting this card in this week's Color Throwdown card challenge. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I wish you all a wonderful weekend!



Saturday, March 2, 2024

Happy Birthday-Send A Smile 4 Kids

This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are creating cards for boys. I die cut a focal panel using white cardstock and a stitched rectangle die from Paper Rose. I die cut a large circle in upper center of the panel and attached a piece of patterned paper from the Studio Calico Here & There 6x6 paper pad below the circle. I die cut some stars using the same paper pad and stitched star dies from Jillian Vance Designs. Because the patterned paper was so thin, I backed them with cardstock and popped them up off of the card using 3M foam tape. I stamped the sentiment at the bottom right of the panel using Stampin' UP's Curly Cute sentiment stamp set and Gina K sweet mango ink. I added some silver star confetti from my stash, some orange enamel dots from Recollections, and black dashed lines around the focal circle to finish this masculine card. 

 

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Sending You Lots Of Love-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

 

Hello, welcome to the February Coffee and Cards with Celeste and Deb collaboration. This month, Deb and I decided to create cards that honor snail mail. We thought it was perfect. As card makers, we love creating cards for those we care about. We also love receiving a hand-written note card too! My card was created with gorgeous patterned paper from 7Gypsies Postale 8x8 paper pad, distress inks, Unity Stamp Company banner dies, and Altenew's Postal Heroes and My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp sets. All of the images were colored with my Copic alcohol markers and fussy cut. I plan to give this card to my daughter, who is a postal carrier. I know she will love it. 
My coffee this month is Kahlua's Espresso Martini served in one of my gorgeous Miss Etoile Espresso cups and matching saucer. 
Now, be sure and stop off at Deb's blog and see what fun she created this month with our snail mail theme. And thank you for stopping by and checking out my latest creation. I appreciate you! 




Sunday, February 18, 2024

You Make Me Happy


Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. To create my card, I die cut a white card panel using a scalloped edge rectangle die from Gina Marie Designs and popped it up off my kraft A2 card base using some low-profile foam tape. I then die cut a kraft panel using a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things. I stamped the subtle background using Stampin' UP's crumb cake ink and Unity Stamp Company's Faithful Letter red rubber background stamp. I then stamped the poppies from Altenew's Painted Poppy stamp set directly onto the kraft panel. I stamped the Happy sentiment from the same stamp set directly onto the panel using Versafine onyx black ink. On separate white cardstock I stamped the leaf using Altenew's moss green ink and the poppy's in Gina K Designs red hot ink. I fussy cut the poppy's and the leaf out and popped them up off of the card using more foam tape. I stamped the additional sentiment onto black cardstock using Versamark clear ink and heat embossed it using Ranger's detail white embossing powder. I cut the sentiment down into little strips and adhered them around the word happy. To finish off my card I die cut a few butterflies in more black cardstock using Stampin' UP's Beautiful Wings embosslit. I adhered those around the card, and added some white gel pen details. I love how this turned out!





 

Saturday, February 3, 2024

Happy Easter-Send A Smile 4 Kids

This month at Send A Smile 4 Kids we are celebrating Spring/Easter!
I have two adorable granddaughters that I always send Easter cards to, and thought this would be such a cute one to send to the youngest one. To create my card I started by die cutting the focal panel using Waffle Flower's Window Trio 1 die to cut the squares into my patterned paper from Echo Park's Spring Fling 6x6 paper pad. I then layered a piece of pink solid patterned paper from the same paper pad underneath. Using a 1" square paper punch from EK Success, I cut the smaller squares. I stamped the adorable images from Darcie's Feathers and Fur stamp set onto white Copic-friendly cardstock, colored them using my alcohol markers, and fussy cut them out. I popped the whole panel up off of my white A2 card using 3M foam tape, leaving a nice 1/4" border around the edges. I adhered all of the critters into their little "windows" using liquid glue and more 3M foam tape. I finished off this adorable card by adding some sparkly pink sequins that I picked up at my local craft store. Thank you for stopping by today. Be sure to head over to the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and see what the rest of the team has created!
 

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Hello Sweet Friend

It's been entirely too cold here in Southeast Missouri to get out and do anything productive in single digit temps. So, I decided to make cards this afternoon. I created this card by die cutting a scalloped edge stitched rectangle panel using Gina Marie Designs dies and white cardstock. I layered a piece of light blue gingham from Echo Park's Spring Fling 6x6 paper pad that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die from MFT. I die cut some fish tail banners from solid pink cardstock from the same Echo Park collection using Unity Stamp's Scallops & Banners die set. I mounted them on plain white cardstock and cut them out leaving a small border. I stamped the sentiment and the adorable little bird from Technique Tuesday's Hello Chickadee stamp set on both banners. I stamped an extra bird onto plain white cardstock using Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it using my Copic markers. Using my Crop-a-dile, I punched some small holes at the top of the banners. I popped them up off of the card using 3M foam tape and ran some white baker's twine from Stampin' UP through the holes and adhered them directly behind the focal panel. To finish of this sweet card I added a bow with more of the white twine and a few blush sequins around the banners. I will be linking this up at the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. Thank you for stopping by my blog today!



 

Happy Birthday-Coffee And Cards With Celeste And Deb

Hello! This month Debra and I have the very talented Maria Batan joining us for our Coffee and Cards collaboration. I met Maria many years ago at a Copic Coloring class in St. Louis and have kept in touch with her ever since. This month, we are using this old Mojo Monday sketch as our inspiration. I adore layers and patterned papers, and this sketch just spoke to me. I started by layering a base focal panel of white cardstock that I die cut using an MFT stitched stacking rectangle die directly onto my white A2 card base. I then cut down patterned paper from Pink Paislee's Flight Pattern 12x12 papers, following the dimensions of the sketch exactly. I did add an additional layer of turquoise blue cardstock from Hobby Lobby to break up the patterns. I stamped the gnome image and balloon from Spellbinders Gnomie Birthday stamp set onto white alcohol-friendly paper, and colored them using my Copic markers. I fussy cut the image out. I die cut a small stitched circle using another MFT die and adhered it to the card. I added the gnome on top. I stamped the sentiment in the lower right hand corner of the card using Memento tuxedo black ink. I finished off this adorable little gnome card by added some white gel accents and pretty gem stickers from Honey Bee Stamps. 

For my coffee this month, I am enjoying a cup of Harry & David's butterscotch caramel coffee in a fabulous mug my daughter gave me for Christmas last year. I am a huge fan of Schitt's Creek! Now, be sure to head over the Debra and Maria's blogs and see how they were inspired by this month's challenge. 



 

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Sending Love Your Way-Send A Smile 4 Kids


Hello, and a very happy New Year! Our first Send A Smile 4 Kids post for 2024 is celebrating Love/Valentine's Day. I created my clean and simple card by die cutting a white card panel using Paper Roses stacking A2 stitched rectangle dies. I stamped the mailbox image and the sentiment on the focal panel using Unity Stamp Company's Sending My Love stamp set. I stamped the hearts from the Cat's Pajamas Sock It To Me stamp set. I colored all of the images using my Copic markers. I finished the card off by adding some white gel pen detail to the images and some Nuvo glitter drops in white blizzard. Be sure to head over the Send A Smile 4 Kids blog and check out how the rest of the team was inspired by this challenge. 

 

Friday, January 5, 2024

Happiness Is A Warm Cup Of Coffee

 


Hello, and Happy New Year! Today's card was created for the latest Color Throwdown card challenge. To create my card I started by die cutting a piece of dark olive cardstock using Gina Marie Designs nesting scalloped rectangle dies. I adhered that directly onto my white A2 card base. I then die cut a piece of watercolor paper using Paper Rose nesting stitched rectangle dies. I stamped the image from Unity Stamp Company's Pure And Simple stamp set using Versafine ink. I stamped the happiness sentiment from the same stamp set right below it. Using Papertrey Ink's Simple Alphabet, I stamped the rest of the sentiment. Using Unity Stamp Company's Scallops & Banners die set I die but a few fishtail banners using more of the olive cardstock and a piece of patterned paper from Authentique's Remembrance 6x6 paper pad. Using Tim Holtz distress inks and some watercolor brushes I picked up from Hobby Lobby, I water colored the image to match the colors of the card challenge. To finish of the card I added Nuvo glitter drops in white blizzard to the snow around the image. Thank you for visiting my blog today. If you like my card, please be sure to leave a kind word. I read, and appreciate, them all!