Monday, June 27, 2016

Daffodil Birthday Cards

It may be a little late for Daffodils to be blooming in the garden, but as one of these two birthday cards is a belated card, I think they will work just fine!

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I colored this *most beautiful* stamp with alcohol markers.  I first did in in traditional colors, but then I wanted to try to represent a version of a white and pink daffodil I have.  (I only have one or two, they were more expensive bulbs.)

I don't have many alcohol markers yet, but the pinkish one from the flesh tones set worked for my flowers and it turned out pretty.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Sending Love and Happy Birthday to You stamp sets, Memento Jet black ink (for alcohol ink coloring), Versafine Onyx Black ink (for sentiments), Spectrum Noir markers, Spellbinders oval dies, Gina K cardstock Wild Dandelion and Ocean mist, other items from my stash

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Masculine Car Themed Birthday Card

Hello and welcome!  When I saw that Just for Fun Stamps challenge for this month was a 50's theme, I immediately thought of using these car stamps, along with a paper pack that has some polka dots and retro patterns. I originally was going to do this for Father's Day cards, but I missed that boat and now I need birthday cards!

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I made two versions of the card. I bet cardmakers who read blogs will like the CAS one, but I am going to use the more busy one to give to the Birthday Boy, because I have noticed a lot of people who aren't online really don't follow trends and do like patterned paper too!  What do you think?

I did add glossy accents to the headlights and windshields.

This is how I stamped the insides of the cards.  I used generation stamping on the flags.  I think it finishes off the card in a fun way and you have to love that font!

Supplies: Crafty Secrets Car Classics stamp set, Memento black ink, alcohol markers, My Mind's Eye Hootenanny paper pad, Glossy accents, Darice embossing folder.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome! I am jumping on the tail end of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!  At first I was perplexed at the idea of a summery coffee card, but then I thought about how I could make a patriotic cup for a coffee lover I know with a July birthday.

I have this fun star paper I knew would be just the ticket for this card.  In the same pack was the ledger paper, which I really like and helps add to the masculine look.  (Also goes with my ongoing theme of using a lot of patterned paper with masculine cards.). Such an easy card to make once I found a sketch that would work so well for this.  I stamped Happy Birthday inside the card.

Supplies: Lil Inkers Designs Coffee Cozies stamp set, Versafine black ink, American Crafts Everyday paper pad

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
CASethisSketch 178

Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gingerbread Christmas House

Hello and I hope you are having a nice day!  It is officially summer, and we have been having a nice time around here.  We have walked on new trails, went geocaching, caught up on dentist visits and overall enjoyed the more relaxed pace of summer.

On that note, let's switch gears to a Christmas card!  I am still attempting to get the hang of coloring with alcohol markers, and I was able to blend some colors in my small collection to try to get some good, fun colors for this gingerbread house.  

I also added loose glitter and glossy accents to different details which I think looks cute on this type of image.

Supplies:  Gina K Designs Holiday Cheer stamps, Studio G sentiment, Memento ink, Versafine Ink.  Spectrum Noir and Bic alcohol markers, Recollections glitter, Glossy accents, Crate Paper Peppermint 6x6 paper pad, DieNamics Pierced Square Dies

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Patterned Paper
ModSquad Challenge - All that Glitters
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge - Add Some Shimmer

Friday, June 17, 2016

Hello Friend!

Hello!  I am glad you visited today. I have a pretty, summery card to share.  I made this last night when we were watching the Copa America Soccer Match.  

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I used my small collection of alcohol markers to color the flower and leaves and then I fussy cut them.  This paper pad is one of my favorites since I just love orange, especially for summery cards.  I only have a few sheets left.  (Which is rather amazing considering how many of those 6x6 paper pads I have!)

I used a sketch from Splitcoast for this card.  It is a wonderful sketch, I am sure I will use it again!

Supplies: Gina K Designs Hello Friend stamp set, Memento Jet Black (for alcohol markers), Versafine Onyx Black (for sentiment), My Mind's Eye Tangerine paper pad, Spellbinders Circle and Scalloped Circle dies

Thanks so much for coming by my blog today.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rose with Pillowtop Background


Today, I finished up a card using another one of my Rose stamps.  When you get a large enough collection of stamps, it is easy to forget about your older stamps, and so this month I have been trying to go through all my stamps and find all the Roses and use them on a project.  

For this card I first inked up the bud with distress ink, spritzed it with water and then stamped it onto regular cardstock.  There was still a lot of water on the paper, so I blotted it off after a few seconds.  Then, I inked my stamp again, and stamped over top of the watercolor area.  

The stamp set has separate stems and leaves, so I used a stamp positioner to get those right.  

The background was made using the Pillow Top method.  Here is a link to a video by Gina K that will tell you how to do it.  I would recommend using a sturdy piece of acetate if you try it.  I used a more flimsy one first and did not get good results.

The butterfly was leftover from another project that I shared here.

Supplies:  Stampin Up Watercolor Garden stamp set,  Gina K Whimsical Spring stamp set, Distress Ink Worn Lipstick and Pine Needles, Versfine Onyx Black Ink.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
Tuesday Throwdown: Watercolor

Thank you for visiting today! I hope I will see you again soon.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Butterfly CASE


Today I have a CASED card.  Here is a direct link to the card I CASED from my long-time stamping friend, Stampwilly.  

Here is my rendition.

I just really loved her layout and overall design elements.  I used materials and stamps I had on hand.  (Most of the items I have had a long time! In fact, I think the butterfly/moth? is part of a wood mount stamp  set that was one of my first stamp purchases ever .)  I think it turned out so pretty and traditional!

Supplies:  Butterfly stamp is an old one from my stash, no manufacturer mark, QuicKutz Dainty Doily Die, DCWV Linen Closet paper pad, Memento Ink, Spectrum Noir markers

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Vintage Watercolor Floral

Hello and I hope you are having a nice weekend!  Today I had a fun time doing the Vintage Watercolor look a la Heather Telford's technique.  You can find her tutorial here on her blog and look further, because this past week she shared a lot more projects along the same lines.

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This technique was a lot easier than I thought it would be by just sortof trying some of the things I saw in the video.  I think stamp selection makes it easier.  I used Distress Ink in Tea Dye to stamp with and lots of sponging, and various brown and black water-based markers to accent (I used more than one only because I found several of mine had dried up.). I also used one pink watercolor pencil.  

All of the stamped lines were just brushed out with water using a waterbrush and then pink color was added where I wanted it.  The other colors came from the brown and black markers.  When you add water, the colors just separate out. If you want to learn a little science, here is a link about paper chromatography.  I used to teach this to kids as part of a science program.  

Supplies: Gina K Designs Sending Love and Art from the Heart Stamp sets, Distress Tea Dye ink, Versfine Smokey Grey inkpad, GKD Innocent Pink cardstock, Spellbinders Fancy Frame Labels Two, Waterbrush, Watercolor Pencil

Friday, June 10, 2016

Rose for Father's Day

Hello!   I have often wondered why florals are for women only. I think men like flowers just as much, and that is why sometimes I use my flower stamps for masculine cards.

I recently have gotten a few sets of the Spectrum Noir markers and that is what I used to color this rose. I am not very good at this type of coloring, but it is pretty fast!  (The yellow isn't quite as bright in real life, I often have that issue photographing yellow, does anyone know why?) I added score lines around the image to frame it.

Supplies:  Gina K Stately Flowers 6, Memento Jet Black ink, alcohol markers and patterned paper from my stash

I would love to participate in the following challenges:

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ladybug Birthday

Hello and welcome.  I hope you are having a good week!  I need a few kid birthday cards soon, and this one I made especially for a little girl who is going to have a ladybug party.  It was so easy to use simple stamping and a card sketch to quickly make this card.  

I was going to add glossy accents on the bugs, but I decided that they were just as cute without the long drying time.  Maybe I will try that on another card.

Supplies:  Ladybug stamp unknown, Lawn Fawn Year Two stamps, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Gina K Red Hot card stock, Spellbiners circle die

I would love to participate in the following challenges:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Rose Frame Thank You card

Hello and welcome to my blog.  I hope you enjoy your visit here!

It has been busy around here!  School is not yet finished and we have been doing household projects and organizing.  It feels good to get these projects done and feel more ready for summer activities!

Today I stamped out this simple card, but I think it is very pretty!  

I used just three stamps, including the sentiment.  The pink roses were fussy cut and are popped up with dimensional foam adhesive.  This would be an easy design to do a card set.  

Supplies: Gina K Designs Made with Love stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Gina K Lipstick ink.  

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