Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Cling Wrap Stamping Technique & Video

I am really going out on a limb to try new things (and am very nervous) today to give YouTube a try.  This is all new to me, but you've got to start somewhere!

  I recently had an idea for a stamping technique to create a cool, distressed look with any of your silhouette stamps.  I am loving how it turns out, and how much fun I have when I do this technique, so I wanted to share it with everyone.  It is really fast, easy and best of all, does not involve any special supplies.  I call it Cling Wrap Stamping.

(Watch here or in HD at Youtube.)

Notes about this technique:
  • I was able to get good results using every ink I tried (chalk, dye, pigment, oxide, etc),  so chances are, you have an inkpad that will work.
  • If you are worried your ink may dry out on your stamps before you get it stamped, just huff on it (breathe hot air) to re-wet the ink, and then stamp.
  • I got great results with both rubber and clear stamps!
  • Your results will look a little different every time and that is part of the fun!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Haunted House Silhouette, Witch with Broom Silhouette, Sentiment set 1, Just Flyin By sentiment, Distress Ink Black Soot, Kaleidacolor Berry Blaze Ink, Gina Marie Designs square dies, MFT Pierced Square dies, DCWV Citrus Stack papers, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch 6x6 paper pad, Gina K Designs Made with Love 6x6 paper pad

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Little Birdie Told me...

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog. I mixed and matched stamp manufacturers today to make a fun birdie card.  I stamped the hat first and then masked it off before stamping the bird.  I then colored those with pencils and added a shadow at the bottom.

The sentiment starts with, "A Little Birdie told me..." and then on the inside, I found stamps that said, "It's Your Special Day! Happy Birthday to You!"

Supplies: Purple Onion Designs Hat, Ranger Scribbly Birds, Hero Arts Clear Design June stamp set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor Pencils, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangles dies, My Mind's Eye Hootenanny 6x6 Paper pad, gems from my stash

I hope you enjoyed your visit!  I am working on something a little bit special today for my JFF post tomorrow.  Wish me luck!  Have a great day!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall Leaves

Happy Weekend!  Are you crafting this weekend?  I have been itching to get out some of my peg stamps.  I decided it would be fun to get working on Thanksgiving Theme cards.  This is what I came up with, I hope you like it!

Supplies:  Gina K Designs Painted Autumn stamp set (sentiment), Rubber Stamp Tapestry Seasonal Splendor stamp set, Avery Elle Pigment inks in Mimosa, Papaya, Kraft, Celery, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder

I would love to enter this into ModSquads Fall Fest Challenge and Cards in Envy's Blowing in the Wind Challenge.  Thank you so much for your visit today!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Give Thanks with Tiny Fall Flowers

Happy Friday!  Today I have a Give Thanks card using fall colors and lots of small stamps.  I am entering this into ModSquad's Fall Fest challenge and StampTV's Framed Out Greeting Challenge.

Supplies:  Gina K Designs Folk Filigree and Painted Autumn stamps sets, Avery Elle Pigment inks in  Mimosa, Papaya, Jungle and Truffle, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die, cardstocks from my stash

Thanks for coming by!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Puppy Love Card

Hello!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.  I pulled together this card quickly last night for my niece, who reportedly recently became enamored (possibly obsessed) with puppies.  I would have given her a puppy for her birthday if I thought it would have been even remotely okay with her parents!  Second best, a puppy card!

I already had this Purple Onion doggy colored with watercolor pencils from a while ago.  I cut him out with a die.  I used a new background stamp from Hero Arts to stamp the background and then dug through my scraps box.  I found this piece of embossed pink paper already in there!  I finished off the card with my favorite sentiment for kids, from Lawn Fawn, because it is a nice, bold (and most importantly) PRINTED sentiment.  

Supplies:  Purple Onion Designs Puddles dog stamp, Hero Arts Amore Background stamp, Lawn Fawn Year Two stamp set, Darice Heart Embossing Folder, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Hero Arts Raspberry Ink, Derwent Watercolor pencils, EK Success scalloped edge punch, Gina Marie X Stitched circle dies.

I would love to play along with A Blog Named Hero's  Calling All Critters challenge, as well as Word Art Wednesday's Anything Goes and Pixie's Snippets Playground - Weeks 301 - 302.

Hope you have a great day!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Lakeside Cabin Watercolor

Hello stamping friends!  It is a rainy Monday, but pleasantly warm -- and we really need the rain.  I hope you are having a good day today.

I have a pretty little watercolored scene to share with you today using my Art Impressions stamps.  After I did the scene, it took me quite a while to finish the card.  That happens to me a lot, I'm afraid!  

Supplies:  Art Impressions Cottage by the Beach, Foliage and Flowers, Trees stamps sets, Tombow Water based markers, Watercolor paper, Pebbles Family Ties paper pad, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Gina Marie designs X Stitched Circle dies. 

I would love to enter the. SimonSaysStamp World Cardmaking day challenge..

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fun with Googly Eyes & Halloween Cards

Hello!  I recently took a trip to the craft store and bought some googly eyes!  I got the ones that do not have adhesive on them because they were so much cheaper!  I had an idea on how to use them for Halloween cards.  Are they creepy?  Cute?  Both?

I used a couple of jar stamps and filled them up.  I had also gotten a pack of spider stickers and just used a ruler to draw a straight line down to depict his web.  The first card was so fun to make that I went ahead and did another!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Canning Jar, large and small, Canning Jar Lid, Sentiment set 1,   Archival Black ink, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch 6x6 Paper pad, Googly eyes, Sandy Lion Essentials Stickers, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Decorative Tiles embossing folders, card stock from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!  I truly appreciate every visit, comment and follower! I hope you have time for crafting today!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween Challenge

You might have guessed it - Just for Fun's October Challenge is all about Halloween!  Just a reminder that you do NOT need to used JFF stamps to enter, so I hope to see your creations linked up!  There is a random draw for a prize!

I used a stamp from the new release that I think is super cute.  As I was coloring it, I was having fun with color combinations, so I made two cards.

I added accents with glitter glue, I hope you can see some of the shine in the photos, but of course, they do look so sparkley in person.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Witches Magic, Sentiment Sheet 1, Versafine Onyx Black ink, American Crafts Pumpkin Patch 6x6 paper pad, EK Success Postage edge punch, stickles glitter glue gold and white, Prismacolor pencils

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope to see you again soon!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pretty Patterned Paper

Hello!  I would love to share with you a happy card that I made for CraftyHazelnut's October Patterned Paper challenge!  Anything Goes with patterned paper, so here is your chance to start working through your stash.

I used a pretty silhouette stamp as my focal image. I feel that that solid image helps ground all my patterned papers and keeps this from being too busy.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Girl with Umbrella and Sentiments 1 stamp sets, Hero Arts Navy Inkpad, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die set, My Mind's Eye Stella &Rose - Hattie papers.

Thanks for stopping by!  I will be back again tomorrow with another post!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Watercolor Birdhouse Card

Edited to add: I was so happy to be chosen as the TOP SPOT at Art Impressions Flowers and Foliage challenge.  Thanks so much!

Hello and happy Saturday!  I hope you are doing well today.  Last night, I got out my Art Impressions watercolor stamps and got working.  It usually takes me a little practice to get back into the technique, but it does not take a long time, and luckily, watercolor paper is very forgiving because you can stamp on both sides.

I used stamps from several sets, and then added two straight lines to make the pole for the birdhouse to sit on.  I like to use dry embossing, using my scoreboard, to create a frame on my mats.

I am including a little photo of my practice attempts, too.  I wanted to share a tip and tell you how I went wrong in these.  First off, I was adding too much marker and too much water.  I learned  to be careful with the marker (or stamp off once) and to really keep the brush dry.  My tip is to use a fine liner brush when working with the little animals. (You can see how many times I practiced the bird to get it right!) That way, you do not lose the detail.  Also, I used a black marker to emphasize the bird's eye.  It makes a difference.

If you have some AI stamps and have any trouble at all, I hope these tips might help.  But definitely watch their YouTube channel and then go practice!  

Supplies:  Art Impressions Bird Bath set, Flowers and Foliage set, Tombow water-based markers, Pebbles Family Ties 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders Labels 4 dies

I would love to play along with the Art Impressions Flowers and Foliage challenge and The Flower Challenge Tic Tac Toe Challenge (I used embossing, watercolor and blue).  

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chinese Lanterns

A couple years ago, we had some Chinese Lanterns growing in the garden as weeds.  That was a fun surprise, although they have not come back again.  

I used colored pencils on this beautiful stamp.  It was such a lovely day yesterday, I was able to sit outside with a few pencils to color.  How is the weather where you are?

Supplies:  Power Poppy Sunny Day stamp set, Sentiment is from Simply Camellias, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Prismacolor pencils , My Mind's Eye Stella and Rose 6x6 Paper pad.

Thanks for stopping by today!

I am happy to participate in the Power Poppy Power and Spark Cozy Crafty Coloring challenge and The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Peacock Feather notecard

Hello!  Thank you for visiting today.  I am not sure if my blog reader is working correctly, there haven't been as many posts as usual and I feel like I might be missing some.  If I haven't come to visit you lately, leave me a comment.  Hopefully that will clear up soon!

I have a very clean and simple card today.  I used three colors of Distress Oxide - Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers -  today to stamp this pretty peacock feather.  I knew that these would look great on colored cardstock.  I know that Tim Holtz recommended not contaminating the inkpads this way, but I have not had any problem with it. If another color gets on the inkpad, I just wipe it right off with a baby wipe.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber stamps Peacock Feather, Just a Note wordblock, Distress Oxide Ink Wilted Violet, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Versafine black ink, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles die, cardstock and embellishments from my stash.

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Birthday Card

Hello stamping friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  Ours felt busy with sports and other events, but it was lovely weather with a bit of time to relax too.  I made a card yesterday afternoon that I think will work well for my mom's fall birthday.

I kept it very clean and simple. I colored the image with pencils.  After experimenting with different colors for the word die, it worked out well to just layer the green happy over a black happy.  A few Nuvo glitter drops finished off the front.

I do not often share the inside of a card, but I especially like this one. I used the second generation stamping of the wreath.  The happy die I have is part of a combo stamp set, so I was able to stamp that on the inside along with the word, "birthday."  It was easy and it goes perfectly.

Supplies:  Power Poppy Sunny Harvest stamps set, Hero Arts Happy stamp n cut set, Versafine Onyx black ink, Prismacolor pencils, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched rectangles dies, Nuvo glitter drops in Copper

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!

I am happy to enter these challenges: SimonSaysStamp Wednesday - Clean and Simple, Tuesday Throwdown - Happy Birthday, The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Eggplant, Green & Gold

Hello!  Yesterday, I decided to do some heat embossing.  Although I love the look, it is not my favorite technique to do.  BUT, totallly worth the effort at times. I am going for FALL colors, maybe a strange color combination, but I love the look.

The heat embossing is done on eggplant cardstock.  It is very dark, but is a nice alternative to black.  I then cut an oval out of it with a die.  I originally heat embossed the sentiment, but it did not show up as well as I would have liked on the green, so I got out my matching eggplant ink and used that.  

The butterflies are stickers.  I did stick the big one onto green cardstock, trimmed it out and put gold stickles inside.  

Supplies:  Hero Arts? Flower background, Verve Stamps Brighter Days set, Versamark Ink, Gina K Edible Eggplant cardstock and ink, Recollections cardstock from an old autumn mix, Spellbinders Oval die, other items from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I am happy to enter these challenges!

ModSquad Challenge Blog - The Heat is On
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You are a Rare Bird Card

Update 9/14/17: I was so thrilled to see that my card was chosen as an Honorable Mention at Art Impressions' Off Kilter Challenge!  Thanks so much!

Hello cardmaking friends!  I originally was going to make this another teacher thank-you card, but at the last minute, I remembered this fun sentiment I have in my stash, and used it instead.

The owl was colored with alcohol markers and then trimmed out.  The woodgrain is a stamped panel I had in my scrap box.  I altered that with distress ink.  The rest of the card came together with the help of a sketch.  I am just starting to feel ready for fall crafting.  

I had really wanted to pop that owl up with one of those Action Wobbles, but I absolutely cannot find the little package of them!  I hope by posting this, that they will somehow magically show up. I have only truly lost one crafting item ever (it was a doily die) and everything else was just misplaced.  I think I accidentally threw out that die.  

Supplies: Art Impressions (with Hampton Art) Stamp and Die Fright Night set, Great Impressions Rare Bird sentiment stamp, Hero Arts Woodgrain background stamp, Memento and Versafine black inks, Distress ink Tea Dye, My Mind's Eye Darling Dear paper pad, Gina K Honey Mustard Cardstock, Avery Elle Wonky Stitched Rectangles dies, Gina Marie X Stitched circles dies, other products from my stash.

I would love to play along in these challenges:
Art Impressions Off-Kilter Challenge
Cute Card Thursday - Autumn

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Teacher Card

I sortof missed the back-to-school crafting (and I am really not quite ready for the fall holidays) BUT I am using this period to get excited about making some teacher thank-yous for later use.  I combined several challenges to make this card.

I colored the image with alcohol markers and then cut the cardstock with a tag die.  I also cut a scrap of red cardstock with the same die and trimmed it out to create a sort of border.  

The papers are all scraps and I was able to get just enough to follow a sketch.  In the end, I tilted the tag a bit, just because it felt right at the time.  

Supplies: Stampendous School for Changito stamp set, Versafine and Memento Black inks, Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Tim Holtz tag dies, My Mind's Eye Summer Fresh 6x6 paper pad, other cardstocks from my stash.

I would love to enter these challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #419
The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge
Word Art Wednesday  - Anything Goes
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge - Stamp It

I truly appreciate your visit today and especially to those of you that follow my blog and/or left a comment today.  Thank you for your time!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

At River's Edge - Anniversary Card

Hello and thank you for taking time to visit my blog today.  My kids are back in school now and I am planning on getting in a lot for crafty time this fall.

I am sharing a card today made with lots of patterned paper.  I stamped this romantic silhouette stamp onto patterned paper.  It looks like I made a watercolor background, but the paper did all the work for me.  I did sponge dark blue ink around the image and matted it in black to give it a finished look.

The floral paper is from the same pack and I also stamped the sentiment right on a scrap from the paper pack, anchoring that in place with a heart rhinestone.  

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Couple At the River's Edge, Sentiment Set 1, LoveNicole Aquarelle 6x6 Patterned paper pack, Distress Oxide ink Black Soot, Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire

Have a great day!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sketch Challenge Announcement!

I would love to announce the Just for Fun Rubber Stamps September Challenge.  This month, we have a fun sketch challenge!  The design team was very creative this month, I hope you will check it out, and hopefully enter, too!

Here is the card I came up with for the sketch.  I used another one of my floating alcohol ink backgrounds and stamped over it.  The main background panel isn't splattering, it is a splatter background stamp.  I found that much simpler (and tidier) to do than using a paint brush!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Rainy Walk in the Wildflowers, Spatter Background, Sentiment 1 Unmounted Sheet, Ranger Archival Ink, Distress Ink Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass,   Adirondack Alcohol inks, Ribbon from American Crafts, Gina Marie X Stitched Rectangles die

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!  I would love to hear from you in the comments or have you follow my blog (if you don't already).  I hope you have time for creativity today!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Vintage Sports Theme Birthday Cards

When I was thinking about what I wanted to do for my design team post for CraftyHazenut's Patterned Paper challenge, I decided to browse through my paper pads. I found a couple 8x8 pads in a drawer that I had nearly forgotten about.

This particular Graphic 45 pad, I won on a blog contest years ago.  I shouldn't have put it in the drawer because I don't think I had used it at all yet!  So, I decided to combine this with a couple sports stamp sets I have to make a few cards!

The vintage looking sports cards were all from a border from one of the stamp sheets.  I then stamped various balls, the Allstar saying, the football field and the cleats and cut them out.  I needed to color those and distress them with Antique Linen distress ink.  

I am really happy with these cards as I know I will soon have uses for them for male family birthdays.  On the inside, I added the sentiment, "Have a Ball, It's Your day!

Supplies: Graphic 45 Good Ol' Sport paper pad, Unity Stamps Making the Team, Prima Stamps Allstar, Versafine Vintage Sepia, Olympia Green, Red and Toffee inks, Distress Wild Honey and Antique Linen

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 25, 2017


Hello! I want to quickly share a summery card today!  

I created the background using the Floating Alcohol Ink technique, shown in this YouTube Video.  It is easy and fast to do! You just have to account for drying time.  Then I just stamped my Turtle Seascape over top, framed it and I was about done.

I thought about sea turtles and how they have a long journey across the ocean to reach their nesting sites, and that is why I used the sentiment, Life is a Journey.

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Sea Turtle Seascape, Sentiments three, Archival Black ink, regular cardstocks, Adirondack alcohol inks in blue and green.

Thanks for stopping by!

(Just for Fun Rubber Stamps will be in Hamburg, NY this weekend, August 26 and 27 at the Stamp, Scrap, Art Tour.  If you are nearby, check the event out here.)

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Goldfish Thank You card

Hello everyone!  It has been a busy month with little time for cardmaking and blogging.  We were able to go away for a week, and I needed a card to thank the person watching our pets.  What a huge help that is!  Anyone with pets, I am sure, agrees!

I used a goldfish stamp that was given to me as a RAK.  It is marked, "Bizzaro, Providence, RI." Is anyone familiar with this company?  I wonder if they are still in business.  I then just used some dies and patterned paper to fit the sketch I was using.  The fish stamp didn't fit right into the oval dies I have, so I had to substitute a circle.

Supplies: Bizzaro Fish stamp, Gina K Designs Lipstick ink, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing - Tangarine 6x6 Paper pad, Gina Marie X Stitiched circle dies, Cheery Lynn Designs Thank you die, American Crafts ribbon

I would love to play along with the Dies R Us Anything Goes with Dies challenge and the Tuesday Morning Sketches #417 challenge.

How are you spending the end of summer?  We are trying to relax until school starts. Luckily, we don't have very much back to school shopping to do.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fern Botanical

A while back, I made a few Polished Stone alcohol ink backgrounds.  Today I have a quick share of a card I made using one.

I used Just for Fun's Botanical Fern stamp.  I made a simple background with an embossing folder and framed with a green cardstock.  

Thanks so much for stopping by during this busy summer season!  Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Forget-Me-Not Heart Card

Hello stamping friends!  I can already tell that August is going to be a low production card-making month for me.  There is so much to do outside and we need to make the most of the end of summer.  On the flip side, I also am low on cards to send!  Maybe I will be able to prove myself wrong.  Is this a slow period for you too?

I made this card using a mix of a digi image and a clear stamp.  I colored the image with a few alcohol markers, then just added a die cut frame and some colored cardstocks to bring out the flowers.  I love forget-me-nots and wish I had some in my garden. They are so cheery.

Supplies: Power Poppy Forget Me Not Heart digi, Sunny Harvest stamp set, Versafine black ink, Gina Marie Loopy rectangle die, cardstocks all from my scrap box.

I would love to play with Power Poppy's Mix and Match challenge, and Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Thanks for visiting my blog!  I know your time is important and appreciate your visit and comments!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Distress Oxide Technique - Stenciling on Colored Cardstocks

Hello! I would like to share some cards I made with backgrounds using Distress Oxide inks.  I think most everyone knows, by now, that they are excellent for ink-blending.  They also have been marketed for use on dark cardstocks.  Mostly, I have seen people using them with black and kraft, but I wanted to see how they would work on other colors.  And that is when I just fell in love with stenciling with these.  They just look amazing over colored cardstocks.

The first card uses Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick over regular (cheap) yellow cardstock.  I blended the colors and then did spritz water over top with the stencil still in place to get the slightly oxidized look.

The stamp was heat embossed first with neon orange embossing powder, and then while still hot, I added sparkle embossing powder and heated again.  To match, I sponged yellow Oxide ink on my die cut flowers.

The second card uses Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide inks over Gina K Jelly Bean Green cardstock, using the same technique as above.  I colored the stamp with alcohol markers.  I adore this color combo - it is bright and beautiful!

Supplies: Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Beach Unmounted Sheet, Stamptangle Chickadee, Sentiment set 3, Distress Oxide inks (colors above), American Crafts Neon Orange embossing powder, Recollections Sparkle Embossing powder, Memento black ink, Copic markers, Heidi Swapp Stencils, other supplies from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Did you take the plunge to get these new inks?  I am glad I did!  I am still waiting for my order with the new colors...

(All my Distress Oxide project posts are sorted out here.)