Sunday, April 15, 2018

Thanks a Bunch featuring The Stamps of Life


Things have been a bit busy at our house as of late, I am getting a craft room! So I have been tied up with that and work but I did find some time to stamp:

I definitely wanted to play with textures on this card. I recently bought some crepe paper sheets at Michaels as those are super popular right now. They are cut to 6x6 so are a great size for card making.

I added some Stick it adhesive to the back of two pink sheets of paper and ran them through my die cut machine to make the flowers. I then carefully trimmed the light pink flowers and added them on top of the darker pink. This was very easy! I also added some pink epoxy centers.

For my next bit of texture, I die cut a cloud border in white card stock and used that as a stencil to create my clouds.

I added "grass" at the bottom and then began adding the rest of my scene - a cute wheelbarrow that you can fill with different things.

Thanks for stopping by!

The Stamps of Life:
Kraft Card stock
Patterned Paper
Green Apple, Kiwi Card stock
Chocolate, Green Apple Ink

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday Add Some Texture
4Craftychicks #398 ATG
WAW #330-331 Anything Goes

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Thinking of You featuring Hero Arts

Hi there!

I created this card for the Blog Named Hero Challenge: Use Your Favorite Hero Arts Product:

First, I love Hero Arts so it is impossible for me to choose ONE product from them. But I did try! 

I am a big fan of their My Monthly Hero Kits. I have been getting them since the beginning and have almost all of them. They are beautifully made and filled with lots of fun extras -embossing powder, specialty papers, twine, ribbon, etc. 

This flower is from the April 2016 kit. I have been watercoloring a lot this year and this flower is perfect for it. I chose to use Jane Davenport's Mermaid Markers to color it in.  The pink marker I used is full of sparkle which makes me happy!

You can see the sparkle in this picture (better in person!):

I stamped the flower in Fuchsia Ranger Archival Ink and the stems in Library Green. 
The center was colored with a little yellow watercolor.

I mounted the panel on a piece of pink patterned paper from My Favorite Things and added this to a New Leaf card stock base (Papertrey Ink).

The sentiment was stamped in black on a piece of yellow card stock. The die cut comes from the March 2018 Hero Arts MMH kit. That is popped up with foam dots. 

I added three Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets to finish it off.

Hero Arts April 2016 My Monthly Hero Stamp
Hero Arts March 2018 My Monthly Hero Die
Watercolor Paper
Ranger Archival ink: Library Green Fuchsia
Jane Davenport's Mermaid Marker
My Favorite Things Patterned Paper
Papertrey ink New Leaf card stock
Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets

Thanks for stopping by!

Make It Monday # 317 Using Outline Images

Today I wanted to share two cards I made for this week's PTI Make It Monday #317 Using Outline Images challenge:
Stephanie Gold had a great video this week sharing this technique. 

I made these cards by stamping my outline images in Archival Black Ink. I used stamps from Winnie and Walter stamp sets. Then I went back and stamped the solid colors using images from Altenew.

Since I was stamping I decided to make two in warm and cool colors. 

I decided to keep these cards pretty simply by stamping on the card and then adding ribbon to one card:

I think these would be perfect to make multiples for a gift - I might make a set of these to give to my daughter's teacher at the end of the year.

Thanks Stephanie for the inspiration!

Stampin' Up Inks: Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Lemon Lime Twist
Ranger Archival Black Ink
Winnie & Walter: Elsa's Floral, Addie's Garden
Altenew Vintage Flowers
PTI Card stock: Bright Buttercup, Lovely Lady, Green Parakeet, New Leaf, Hawaiian Shore

Have a great day!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Monday, April 2, 2018

Floating by with Hot4Balloons from The Stamps of Life


I have a card to share I made using The Stamps of Life Hot4Balloons stamp and die set.

How I made this card:

- Sponge background on Bristol smooth card stock (Tim Holtz Distress Blues)
- Stamp small hot air balloons and die cut (Ocean, Midnight and Pumpkin inks)
- Die cut two pieces of the "stitched clouds" in white (TSOL Border Dies) - pop up with foam tape
- Mount to piece of patterned paper (I used the trees paper from TSOL Kindness Paper Pad)
- Card base is Midnight paper
- Add seam binding 
- Die cut rectangle in white and stamp with Ocean and midnight ink, I added orange epoxy stars

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter featuring The Stamps of Life

Hi there!

Easter is tomorrow so I wanted to create a few cards for my daughters. Here is one:

How I made this card:

- Create card base (Seaglass card stock)

- Cut patterned paper to 4 1/8 x 5 1/4 (Papertrey Ink Bitty Big Paper)

- Die cut the wreath from Kraft card stock (Hero Arts Fancy Branch Wreath). 

- TIP: Before cutting it I added Sizzix adhesive to the back. I can just pop out any pieces and quickly adhere this intricate die down.

- Die cut Easter in Seaglass (TSOL Easter Sentiments and Dies)

- Die cut banner in white and stamped in Seaglass ink

The eggs were created from the TSOL Blessings Die set. It includes two adorable eggs dies that fit the Blessings Patterned Paper Pad. One sheet of paper includes all these preprinted eggs large and small so that is how I created these. Also, I used a piece of Glitter Paper for the large pink egg.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Friday, March 30, 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge #378 Oh Joy and Happy Birthday

Hi there!

Here is a card I made for the MFT Sketch Challenge # 378:

How I made this card:

- Cut card base (Bubblegum)
- Cut patterned paper to size ( I used Friends Background Die)
- Die cut sentiment (Oh Joy from TSOL Card Kit)
- Cut three scalloped squares (Bubblegum, Lemonade and patterned Paper)

I added some clear Wink of Stella on the Oh joy sentiment. It comes with the shadow as well as the words. What I love is that the Oh and Joy are two pieces so they are easy to use two colors or separate for another project.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in these challenges:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday # 316: Stenciled Edges

Hi there!

I created two cards today for the PTI Make It Monday #316 Stenciled Edges challenge.

Lizzie Jones had a great video this week showing us how to use stencils on the edges of your card to add some interest.

It is Spring Break at my house this week so I had some time to play around with this technique.  I took a while to stamp and die cut a lot of flowers and stems from Gran's Garden. 

On this card, I did a little sponging around the edges with a light blue and then added a large die cut and a diagonal strip of paper to be a base for my flowers.

On my second card, I added some more detail by using Transfer Gel and Deco Foil from Thermoweb.

Using a Papertrey stencil, I added a thin layer on the edges of a piece of white card stock. This gel goes on white, but after you let it dry it turns clear:

Then you place a piece of Decofoil on top and run it through your laminator (this picture is gold that I used for another project):

You end up with this below. You can make it perfect if you want by taking your time. I intentionally left it a little distressed by not filling in every part of the stencil. The Deco Foil sticks to where you have gel:

I wanted to soften the card some so I cut a circle of vellum as the base for my bouquet of flowers.

Then I stamped the sentiment using Archival Black ink (while saying a prayer I didn't smudge it too much - can I get an Amen??).

The sentiment was last and took me FOREVER to figure out. Haha! Everything was flowing until then... I die cut the Kindness word several times until I chose the mirrored silver card stock. However, it didn't fit quite right so I need to give it a base to sit on. I chose to cut a piece of Amethyst Allure. I thought it needed a little something so I quickly sponged Pale Plum ink using a stencil. 

The sentiment was added and that was it! You can see a little of the purple shade of the foil in this picture bit it is hard to capture:

I had so much fun doing this challenge, thanks Lizzie!

Have a great day.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Tic Tac Toe Challenge # 041 - I am doing the far right column top to bottom