Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rudolph Days - Snowman

Thanks for stopping by! I got lots of Christmas cards done in July.  Since it is the very last day of August, I made a priority to get at least one done!

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This was a super easy card, I lightly colored the snowman and sentiment with just 3 water-based markers.  I also stamped the snowflakes with one of those markers. A  couple sheets of patterned paper finished this card right off.

Supplies: Inkadinkado Snowman stamp, Studio G Holiday greeting stamp, Unknown snowflake stamp, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Heidi Swapp Marquee Love paper pad, DieNamics Pierced Square dies.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Thankful Fall Card

I am thankful that you stopped by today to visit my blog.  I am not quite ready for Fall, but I did manage to make an autumn themed card.

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The background paper is stamped.   I am such a fan of tiny stamps!  I also used a sketch from here.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Autumn Blessings and Grateful Heart stamps sets, Gina K Grateful Heart patterned paper, Gina K Sweet Corn cardstock, vellum and Kraft cardstock from my stash, American Crafts bakers twine, Gina K ink in Dark Sage and Dark Chocolate, Hero Arts Red Royal Shadow Ink.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
ModSquad Challenge Blog Teacher's Pet

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Square Floral Card

Although stamp companies have been putting out their fall releases, I have still been enjoying flowers and the colors of summer.  Here is a card I made to combine some challenges.

Supplies: Gina K Designs Folk Filigree, Avery Elle Pigment inks White, Mermaid, Aquamarine, Ocean Mist, Mint to Be, Sea Glass, Versafine Onyx black,  Spellbinders circle dies, cardstock from my scraps bin.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday Hip to Be Square
CAS This Sketch #187 (adapted for a square card)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I really appreciate your visit and kind comments.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Daisy Sympathy Card

Update (10/13/16) I was so pleased to see that Our Daily Bread Designs featured this card as the Customer Card of the day!  Thank you so much for this honor!

Thanks for coming by today.  I have a very pretty Sympathy card to share, but this could easily be a wedding or friendship card with a change in the sentiment.

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I colored my image with alcohol markers to make it a daisy.  This flower would look pretty in so many colors.  

Supplies: Our Daily Bread Designs Black Eyed Susan (Daisy) stamp and Carried to Heaven stamp set, Memento ink, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, Spellbinders Ovals and Fancy Framed Tags two.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
NBUS #7 (All the stamps were not used before)

Monday, August 22, 2016

CASE-ing with Power Poppy

Power Poppy's blog challenge this month is to find a card and CASE it.  I found the perfect one!

Here is my version:

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You can see that I used the same images and layout, but when it came to the patterned paper, I did change that up.  Also, I do not have brown alcohol markers yet, so I had to use a mixture of flesh tones and greens to get the brown I need.

Supplies: Power Poppy Sunny Harvest stamp set, Memento Jet Black ink, Spectrum Noir markers, My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Mabel 6x6 paper pad, adhesive pearls from my stash, Fiskars scalloped edge punch.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pretty Flip Flops

Hello!  Today I have a Clean and Simple summery card to share!

This was easy to put together. The ribbon is actually my Just for Fun ribbon stamp. I stamped it in purple dye ink, colored over with alcohol markers and then added little dots everywhere with my white gel pen.

Supplies: Flip flops unknown, Just For Fun Rubber stamps Ribbons and Rick-Rack, Hero Arts sentiment, Memento Black ink, Gina K Designs Wild Lilac ink, Spectrum noir alcohol markers, Gina K Sending Love patterned paper, Gina K Lovely Lavender cardstock, white gel pen, heart gems

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - Sand in our Toes
CAS This Sketch #186
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Summer Fun

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

An Irish Blessing card

Hello and I hope you are having a good weekend.  Our family just got back from hiking a trail.  It was a bit harder than expected, but we feel *mostly* invigorated.  And since it is International Geocaching day, we found a geocache while we were out.  

I have had a productive week making cards, so I already had one ready to share today.  I just LOVE this Irish Blessing!

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This was super simple to make.  I used a couple dies and a sketch and some older patterned paper.  I have to say, I am getting so much satisfaction using up some of my patterned paper stash!

Supplies:  Our Daily Bread Designs Sheltering Angel stamp, Versafine Black Ink, Our Daily Bread Designs Angel Wings dies, Spellbinders Lacey Circles dies, DCWV Citrus mat stack.

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Mojo Monday Sketch #461
ModSquad Challenge - The Die's the Thing

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bees with Shimmer

Hello and happy Friday!  I am looking forward to a weekend that is not quite as hot as it has been.  We hope to visit a park and do some easy hiking.  

I had so much fun making the card I am sharing today!  I used a little bit of shimmer.

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I stamped the honeycomb with Versafine black pigment ink and then used Shimmer embossing powder.  You can see the shine in just the right light.  

I also colored the bees with water-based markers, and then added a touch of Sakura Stardust gel pen to the wings.  They look super sweet!

Supplies: Our Daily Bread Designs Honeycomb mini and Home Sweet Home stamps, Butterfly and Bugs stamp and die set, Versafine Onyx Black, Recollections Sparkle embossing powder, My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be Amazing paper pad, EK Success corner punch

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so appreciative of your visit and your kind comments.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Reach for the Stars! - Encouragement Card

Thanks for coming by today! I have an encouragement card suitable for a young person today. I think it could be for back to school, or for a first game of the season, or anytime you wanted to help them feel confident.

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Easy stamping on this card, I did need to use generation stamping for some of the colors, but I let the sentiment take center stage.  I found bits and pieces of papers in my scrap box.

Supplies:  Our Daily Bread Designs Reach for the Stars and Shine On stamps sets, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Gina K Applemint ink, Hero Arts shadow inks in Soft Pool, Red Royal (second generation) and Orange Soda (second generation), Cuttlebug Swiss dots.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Back to School Encouragement card

It is back to school time, or nearly, in most parts of the USA.   This brings up many happy memories of freshly sharpened pencils, but is also a time of great angst and worry for many kids. School is much more stressful for my kids than it was for me, so I thought this sentiment would work well to encourage kids going off to school.

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Supplies: Gina K Designs Art from the Heart and You're My Favorite stamp sets, Memento ink, Alcohol markers, My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart paper pad

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
Cards In Envy - Hip to be Square

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sunflower "Thankful for You" card

Thank you for stopping by!  I have this clean and simple cards to share today that uses one of my favorite sentiments.  I really like this pretty font.

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I followed a sketch for this card, pretty much to the t.  I used alcohol markers to color my image, matted the image and then popped that up with foam adhesive.  

Supplies:  Gina K Thankful for you stamp set, Memento black ink, Spectrum Noir markers, Gina K Grass green? cardstock, Gina K Sending Love patterned paper pack.

Hope you have a  great day!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Cheerful Flowers card

I had a lot of fun this morning putting together this card with a new to me stamp and an old patterned paper pack.  It is a little fussy, but sometimes fussy is fun!

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I colored the image with alcohol markers. My first thought is that this is a cornflower, but I wanted it to be sunny and yellow.  This stamp is part of a RAK I received from Cheryl, who is so generous with her encouragement, too!

Supplies:  Our Daily Bread Designs Don't Worry and Home Sweet Home stamp sets, Memento black ink, alcohol markers, Spellbinders circles and scalloped circles dies, DCWV Citrus mat stack, Fiskars scalloped border punch, EK Success corner punch, Fiskars tag punch, bakers twine

I would love to participate in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs Sketch Challenge
Inkspirational #115 - Patterned Paper

Thank you so much for stopping by today! 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Crazy Cat Birthday Love

I have had this idea for a while about how to use my crazy cat stamp with a certain sentiment for a card that is a little wild, but funny if you have a certain sense of humor.  I plan to use this card as a birthday card for my brother. I think (I hope) he will think it is really funny.

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I colored the cat with alcohol markers and then added some glossy accents to the eyes.  I really loved the idea of using a black background with the fishy stamp to create the scene for the funny sentiment.

As a last addition, this morning I thought to add a few heart gems.  I think they add the perfect touch of color to the card, and are funny with the overall scene and sentiment.

Supplies:  Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamp set, Hero Art CL342 sentiment set, Memento Jet Black ink, spectrum noir markers, glossy accents, Versamark ink, Recollections White Embossing powder, Tim Holtz by Sizzix tag dies, gems from my stash.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
SimonSaysStamp Wednesday challenge - Let's Go Wild

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

More Bordered Sentiments

Update (8/16/16):  I was really very tickled that my card was closed to be "In the Mailbox" over at Cards In Envy challenge blog.  This is a fun challenge for mailable cards, and I have really been enjoying it!  Thank you!

Update (8/10/16): I was so pleased that my card was chosen to be part of the TOP THREE at the ModSquad Challenge blog this week!  Thank you!

Hi everyone! I have had a busy week with many doctor visits with my kids and little to no cardmaking.  Luckily, everyone is well again, and hopefully we will be all back to normal.

When I saw that the ModSquad challenge was going to be Bordered Sentiments, and since I just did some cards with this technique last week, I decided to change the technique up a little bit.

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All I did was use my Tim Holtz ruler and paper piercer to add piercing lines inside the border. I think it is a fun addition to a CAS card!

Supplies: Gina K Made with Love and Whimsical Spring stamp sets, Memento Jet black inkpad and marker, ruler, piercing tool, alcohol markers, white gel pen.

I would love to participate in the following challenge:
ModSquad Challenge Blog - Bordered Sentiments
Cards In Envy - Wings

Monday, August 1, 2016

Gold Leaf with metallic embossing powders

Last week, at SplitCoastStampers, there was a challenge to create a faux gold leaf with gold embossing powder on tin foil. I decided to try it using both gold and copper embossing powders.

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This is how you do it.

1.  Crumple up some aluminum foil lightly to get some texture and then open it back up. 
2.  Die cut the foil.
3.  Apply Versamark ink to the foil pieces and the cover in metallic embossing powder.
4. Heat to melt the powder.  Repeat process if necessary to cover die cut.

I found that you could also get the job done by just using paper or cardstock.  Can you tell which one is paper in my finished card?

I found that the paper was much less fragile and a little easier to die cut.  With the foil, in the really recessed areas, you can see the foil peeking out, and that is a nice look.  But overall, I think you get a very similar result either way.

(PS. the copper leaf is paper.)

Supplies:  Spellbinders Shapeablilities Foliage, Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp, Gina K Birthday Blessings (Bird stamp and die), Gina K Sending Love set (flower), GKD Dark Chocolate Ink, patterned paper from my stash, Frayed Burlap distress ink, Gold and Copper Embossing powders from Recollections

I would love to participate in the following challenges: