Today’s card is a little 1920’s inspired Thank You card. Because we all know someone that is “Swell.” The color combination on this card was inspired by an episode of Cupcake Wars. yes, I know a little odd but hear me out. Someone made a lavender scented cupcake with lemon frosting. Super creative and fun and the moment I heard the flavors I had it in my mind to create something with those colors.
All the stamps are from the Art Deco and Putting on the Ritz sets by Waltzing Mouse Stamps. To begin I stamped the background using Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Next, I applied Shaded Lilac, Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord on the bottom half of the card and then Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed on the top. This background stamp was just perfect for this technique.
Next, I cut a circle out of white cardstock and stamped the circle and sentiment using Dusty Concord. Then I stamped the embellishment below that using Shaded Lilac. I then mounted that to a piece of dark purple cardstock. I then added a little stickles to the image. I used Lavender and Yellow Stickles of this. I also added a little on the lower embellishment.
I then cut a belly band in bright yellow and dark purple and added that to the background. I mounted my circle using pop dots. Last step was to add the purple gems from Hero Arts.
For me this was a pretty simple card and it is a new color combination for me. It was fun to create.
Stamps: Putting on the Ritz & Art Deco Background – Waltzing Mouse Stamps
I cannot believe that tomorrow is already Friday! Where did this week go? It has just been non-stop here. My card today is a fun Congratulations Card. It features eight handmade roses and I used Glimmer Mists to create the background and color the roses. This isn’t really “for” anything but I am sure that something will come up. I had a commission that I made last weekend that I will share once the recipient has the card in hand. (Don’t want to spoil the surprise).
So for this card, I started with the background. I took a stencil from Heidi Swapp and spritzed it with Dragonfly, Apple, Pomegranate and Autumn Night Glimmer Mists. I really like the way that these colors blend together. They create some beautiful shades. Once that was dry I stamped the script image using Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. This stamp is La Lettre from Hero Arts. I found that the Chipped Sapphire was a good match for the Autumn Night Glimmer Mist.
I trimmed my background panel down once I had the script stamped. Next came the large roses. The two teal/green once were spritzed with Apple and Dragonfly Glimmer Mist. The more green one had the Apple spritzed first and then a little Dragonfly. The more teal rose was the other way around. I created the more green rose with McGill Paper Blossom Punches.
The burgundy rose on the lower right-hand side with Pomegranate Glimmer Mist. The top burgundy rose was sprayed with Silver Sugar first and then Pomegranate Glimmer Mists. To made these, I punch or die cut out the petal shapes in white cardstock and then I spray with mist and then flip over and repeat. Sometimes I also rub the petals in mist puddles. Then they get transferred to a paper towel where I allow them to dry. The large petals are created with individual petals and the smaller roses are whole layers at a time. You can see my rose creation video here . When I work with mists or sprays I always work on my Ranger craft mat.
Once all the petals were dry I shaped and assembled them using hot glue and my McGill Tools. Then I created the four small roses. The white ones were pretty much left alone, just a tiny bit of Antique Linen on the edges. The teal/green were colored with Dragonfly and Apple Glimmer Mist. Again, everything was allowed to dry and then I shaped and assembled them using hot glue.
Next, I die cut the Branch die from QuicKutz and the Fancy Tag from Spellbinders. They were distressed using Crushed Olive Distress Ink. This was a pretty close match to the Apple Glimmer Mist.
I stamped the sentiment on the label using Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. This stamp is from Stampabilities. I inked the “berries” on the branch with Seedless Preserves and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks. To assemble the card I added two pieces of cardstock as mats. Then I mounted my sentiment using foam tape and glued down the large roses. Next, I cut apart my branches and glued those down. Last came the small roses. I then added glitter glue on the “berries” and then added a few rhinestones. These were left over from another project. I then mounted everything to a piece of white cardstock. This card ended up d up being about 5 1/4″ x 6 1/2.”
I am very happy with how this card turned out. The roses have a lot of depth and I was pretty happy with how they came together. Now I have a fun Congratulations Card on hand. I will be sharing this on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Anything Goes.
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Leapfrog – Bazzill, Purple – ?
Stencil: Lattice – Heidi Swapp
Stamps: La Lettre – Hero Arts, Congratulations – Stampabilities
We’ve been hitting a ton of kid birthday parties recently, in fact we have another this coming weekend. I was totally going to go the easy route and buy a card for the last party but I went to the store and I was shocked! I could not believe how much simple basic cards cost. Clearly it has been awhile since I danced down that aisle at the store but seriously, $5 for some boring basic card? The really nice ones were well upwards of that and nothing that would really work for a 6 year old. So much for a shortcut, but I was happy to create a quick card for the birthday girl.
Enter The Greeting Farm’s Creepin – Creeper Crew Collection 1 and a little gem called Harlow. Harlow is my favorite Greeting Farm stamp. She is just perfect. I stamped her with Memento in Tuxedo Black on a piece of Solar White cardstock and colored her with Copics.
I used the following colors to color.
Jacket: V04, V06
Hair: Y11, Y13, Y15
Pants: B01, B04
Hat: RV02, RV04
Skin: E31, E33, E50
Goggles: B01, B02, E15. E17
Color Shadow: B000
I also added just a tiny bit of Wink of Stella to her eyelids and goggles. Once I was done coloring I mounted the colored panel to a piece of bright pink cardstock and added that to my card base. The sentiment is from the awesome Mega Mixed Messages stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I stamped it in Picked Raspberry.
My last step was to add the gems, these are from Me and My Big Ideas and they were just perfect. I think that she is just perfect for a birthday card. She was also super fun to color.
We have another party this weekend so I will have to come up with something fun for this one. The theme is Barbie so I may try something with pink and a vintage Barbie silhouette.
Stamps: Creepin – Creeper Crew Collection 1 – The Greeting Farm, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink
I hope that you are all having a safe and relaxing Sunday. I am sharing a watercolor shark card today. I made a quick and high speed video of the process. I think that sometimes it is just nice to watch the process without a ton of other detail.
Really this was a very easy card with very minimal supplies. I started with a piece of watercolor paper and stamped my sharks with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I used my Zig Clean Color Markers and Aqua Painter to watercolor the sharks. I used Mid Gray and Light Gray on the sharks and then Persian Blue on the water. I painted the gills and eyes with Black.
Once I had painted I stamped the little bubbles with Broken China Distress Ink.
To created the sentiment I stamped the “Make a Splash” with Broken China and then mounted that to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. I added the sentiment to the watercolored panel and then add that to another piece of Night of Navy cardstock. While it did take me a while to paint the sharks this card was really pretty quick and easy.
There are a lot of different ways to create a watercolor look and these Zig markers are really fun. In traditional watercolor you get your whole paper wet and then work on wet. Since I used Distress Ink to create my outline I was not able to really do this so I just tried to use a lot or water when I was painting.
The sharks are from The Alley Way Stamps, which I just learned is going out of business. It is sad to lose them, I just feel like I only just discovered them. They are selling off their remaining stock so if there was something you had your eyes on you should jump on it.
Paper: Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up, Neenah Solar White
Stamps: Something’s Fishy – The Alley Way Stamps
Ink: Broken China & Antique Linen Distress Ink – Ranger
Zig Clean Color Markers: Mid Gray, Light Gray, Black & Persian Blue
I am going to be ready for Saint Patrick’s Day this year. I have created a really fun and easy card that features the Irish flag and shamrock! Now if I can only remember to actually get it in the mail. Saint Patrick’s day is a very special holiday in my family, not just because we are Irish but my senior year of college I went to Ireland with my mom and we spent Saint Patrick’s Day in Limerick. It was a really fun and memorable trip. I hope that one day I will be able to travel with my daughter. It was a big adventure! So, every Saint Patrick’s Day I remember that special trip and wonderful place. I also created a video for this one.
This is really a pretty easy card to create. I started with three strips of cardstock, one in green, one in white and a third in orange. I then distressed each with Distress Ink and ink blending tools. I used Spiced Marmalade, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain on the orange strip. Then Pine Needles and Walnut Stain on the green strip. Lastly, I used Antique Linen and Vintage Photo on the white strip. Once these were how I wanted them I adhered them to a piece of white cardstock that I trimmed down. I then mounted that to a piece of Smokey Shadow (PTI) cardstock.
I then cut out my shamrock using my Silhouette Cameo from the same green cardstock. I inked the edges with Pine Needles Distress Ink and then I applied Rock Candy Distress Stickles. Since this was a large shape I used my fingers to spread the glitter around. Once this was dry I applied a coat Glossy Accents. It is always difficult for me to really give this enough time to dry so I have to just walk away from it. Once it was completely dry I added five small pop dots to the back and added it to my Irish flag.
This is a pretty easy and quick card but I really like it and I am looking forward to sending out a few of these.
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Only Orange & Glorious green – Stampin’ Up, Smokey Shadow – Papertrey Ink
So you know how you sit down to write a blog post but get distracted by Prince’s perfect passport photo? No, okay maybe that is just me. I was finally able to tear myself away so I could share my Glamping Camper Card with you today. When I was a kid we did a lot of camping and outdoorsy activities. We even had a cute little camper. I have so many great memories around that camper. One year we spent our Easter at the Carlsbad Caverns and did our egg hunt just steps from our camper. Just in case you need photographic evidence; see exhibit “A” below. Note the awesome green pickup.
Inspired by childhood memories I created a fun Glamping Camper card. The shape is one I purchased from the Silhouette Design Store.
I kept the shape pretty much as it was designed. It didn’t need any changes. The only thing that I did was create the card base. To do this I simply merged the wheel and trailer tongue shapes to the trailer body and then mirrored the image above and then merged these together. I dug very deep for the pattern paper. The copyright was 2003. It is from Stampin’ Up and is long retired but I thought that my glamping camper needed just this pattern. All of the colored cardstock is from Stampin’ Up’s Bold Card Stock.
The flower details were cut right out of the DP. I just fussy cut out the flowers I wanted and adhered them on the paper. I did add a little pink and blue ink around the edges of the camper and DP.
Above you can see the side view so you can see that the whole card is in the shape of the camper.
Really this was a very quick but fun card! It will be motoring out to someone very special soon. May all your camping adventures be glamourous!
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White, DP – Stampin’ Up, Basic Black, Only Orange, Pink Passion, & Brocade Blue – Stampin’ Up, Grey Cardstock – Bazzil
Ink: Pixie Pink, Brocade Blue & Pink Passion Ink – Stampin’ Up
Okay, I have a confession, I almost forgot to post this! Seriously my brain is running about two steps ahead and I totally forgot that I hadn’t shared this. Yikes – but crisis averted and I will share the presentation box I made for the 40th Birthday Card I posted the other day.
I really love making cards with large roses or flowers on them but that always creates this issue, how to protect them and keep the flowers from getting crushed – enter the presentation box. These boxes are really simple to create and you can create them in any size. This totally opens up the card size options, you do not have to create cards that fit in standard envelopes, of course you can but you just don’t have to!
Anyway, to get started on creating your presentation box you need to measure your card. In my case, the card was 5″x6″ and my roses were just under 1″ tall. I needed to make my box just a tiny bit larger then my card, in this case I went with 5.25″x6.25″ and it will be 1″ deep. To create this, I cut a piece of cardstock 6.25″x7.25″ and score 1″ from the edge. Next, I cut down one score line and adhere the box together. This is vey similar to creating the envelope that I shared here. I then created a base that was just a tiny bit smaller. I mean really just a teeny tiny bit smaller. I just wanted to be sure that the box top could slip over the base.
Next, I created the background in the same manner as the card and added the sentiment with an old stamp from Stampin’ Up called Sincere Salutations in Walnut Stain and a little flourish from Inkadinkado’s Southern Belle stamp set in Vintage Photo. The center label and off-white band were inked with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.
I created the tiny roses using the McGill Paper Blossom Punches . I made the orange roses by punching out my shapes in white cardstock and then inking them with Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold Distress Inks. The teal roses were punched out of Forest Foliage cardstock. I assembled the roses using hot glue and the McGill Paper Shaper Tools. I added the labels to the front of my card using pop-dots. As you can see, this made the perfect box for my card. Volia!
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Basic Brown & Forest Foliage – Stampin’ Up
My card today is a very special 40th Birthday Card for a life-long friend. I really wanted to make something with orange and teal and this was the result. This has been a very involved card, but I think that the results more then make up for it. I know that for a lot of people growing older can be sad but I think that it is just one more step in our journey, and as such I wanted my card to be happy and cheerful.
To start this card is 5″x6″ and features all handmade roses. I used a collection of punches and digital cutting to create the flowers. This card has a little bit of everything, while there is no kitchen sink here I think that I used just about all the other supplies at my disposal. This card actually started with the creation of the large orange rose. I punched out 12 large petals and then 10 small petals using my McGill Paper Blossom Punches. I then sprayed my petals with Dreamsicle Glimmer Mist and Mustard ColorShine on the petals. I let these dry and then add more ink with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks. Once I had my petals as I wanted them I shaped them and formed the rose. So, at this point I was walking around with a completed rose and really nothing else. Just a hope for inspiration.
Once I had thought about this flower for awhile I finally sat down to create the background. I inked the large background stamp, Classic Fabric Design from Hero Arts using Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks. I then applies clear embossing powder and heat set. I then inked another background stamp; this time Linen from Stampin’ Up in Peacock Feathers and stamped over my damask image. Now I added Crushed Pistachio, Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to color my background. I added the brown and then dark teal cardstock. At this point I seriously considered stopping but then I would have nothing for the party!
I added the two ribbons across the background and adhered them. I then created the label. I used the Spellbinder Label 2 to create the label by cutting one in teal and one in vanilla. I distressed the vanilla using Antique Linen and Vintage Photo. Next, I created “40” by cutting the numbers from orange cardstock using the Mary Jane alphabet from QuicKutz. I didn’t have a small font that would match the Mary Jane font but since I have a Silhouette I found a comparable font; Times New Roman. Of all things, a font that can be found on any computer! At least it wasn’t one I had to pay for, so I cut the “th” out using my font found everywhere.
I adhered my “40” and added Rock Candy Distress Stickles. Once that was mostly dry (you know me) I glued down the “th” and then added the distress eyelets to the label. Next, came the rose making. I cut the petals for the yellow and light teal roses using my Silhouette Cameo. I inked the yellow rose with Dried Marigold and Spiced Marmalade. The teal rose was inked with Crushed Pistachio and Peacock Feathers. The small white roses were also cut using the Silhouette and the dark teal roses were punched using McGill Paper Blossom Punches. The vine flourish was cut using the Silhouette Cameo and colored using Evergreen Bough Distress Stain.
Now, everything was glued together and mounted to a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock to create the base. I then created the presentation box, which I will share with you later this week.
I actually have another milestone birthday card to create this week. Hopefully it will be done and out the door by Tuesday. That one goes with the cowl I shared with you before, which has been done for a bit and is just waiting to be sent to its new home.
So I know that you are here for craftiness and not football but I just have to say we had an awesome night last night. The Broncos were amazing and we had a great time and it was so much fun to watch our team win. This morning I needed a little extra coffee so today’s card is well timed.
I had been waiting to get the new Fresh Brewed die from Tim Holtz and finally broke down and picked one up. It is a cute! I started this card by creating the coffee cup. I cut the shapes out using my Epic 6 and watercolor paper. I inked the cup with Ground Espresso and the band with Lucky Clover. I then ran the band through my Epic 6 and embossed it with an Embossing Folder. I then gave it a light spritz with Perfect Pearls mist. The circle was inked with Antique Linen and I stamped the heart with Ground Espresso.
I covered the heart with glue and applied Rock Candy Glitter. The lid was lightly inked with Antique Linen and I then added the Rock Candy Glitter. I inked the straw with Lucky Lover. I assembled my coffee and started work on the background.
To begin, I stamped the coffee beans in Ground Espresso on a piece of white cardstock and then inked the paper with Antique Linen and applied Ground Espresso on the edges. Next, I created the background band by inking a piece of white cardstock with Lucky Clover and then one with Ground Espresso. I adhered everything together and added Gathered Twigs Distress Stickles to the brown band.
I punched a tiny hole in the coffee cup and added the tag. The cup and tag were mounted to the background using pop dots. The sentiment was stamped with Ground Espresso and I also inked the edge with the ink as well. The eyelet is from Making Memories and the Baker’s Twine is from Target. You just never know what you are going to find in the Dollar Bins at Target.
Stamps: Like it a Latte
Die: Fresh Brewed – Tim Holts for Sizzix
Embossing Folder: Flourishes Texture Fade by Tim Holtz – Sizzix
Paper: Watercolor – Strathmore, Neenah Solar White, Brown – Unknown
As two life-long Colorado residents and big Broncos fans we will be pulling for our team today. It would be nice for Peyton Manning to go out with a Super Bowl win. So, it is a big GO BRONCOS from our house!
In that spirit I whipped up a quick little card for our game day hosts. I created the image in my Silhouette Software and just used some cardstock I had on hand. It was really easy to create and I think that I see more of these in my future.
To create the card I created my shape and separated it into layers. I cut the navy background first in Night of Navy cardstock, then the main horse image in white and then I used a scrap of orange for the main. I glued everything together using Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and then added that to my card base using pop dots. The largemat of color on the background is Night of Navy and then the white is my go to white cardstock; Neenah Solar White. For the eye, I just colored it in with an Only Orange marker from Stampin’ Up. The Cameo is pretty amazing with what it can cut but that might have been too small. I think that it looks fine colored in.
It was really pretty quick and if I had more time I might have added the team name.
When I showed this to my daughter she said that it “needs glitter.” I cannot disagree with her but this one will stay un-glittered for now.
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up & unknown Orange
Other: Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, Scotch ATG, Pop Dots – Recollections, Only Orange Marker – Stampin’ Up
I hope that you enjoy the game or the commercials or the half-time show or if you aren’t into the game enjoy whatever it is you do today. Have a wonderful day and stay safe!
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