Friday, December 15, 2017

Day 8: Trios of trees

We're up to Day 8 of my 12 Days of Christmas series, and I'm going to share one last card design featuring the Christmas Quilt bundle. Here is a colorful trio of trees:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Christmas Quilt
Paper: Whisper White note cards and envelopes; Whisper White, Pool Party card stock; Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Quilt Builder Framelits dies, white baker's twine, Quilt Top embossing folder, pearls, Mono Multi liquid glue, Dimensionals

Instead of focusing on the stamps for this card design, I used the Quilt Builder Framelits dies to cut out triangles from one of the Quilted Christmas DSP patterns. (I did use one of the stamps to create the tree trunks, which I cut out by hand and glued to the backs of the triangles.) For a simple background, I embossed a piece of Pool Party card stock with the Quilt Top embossing folder, tied a piece of white baker's twine around it and adhered it to a Whisper White note card. I added a few small pearls around one of the trees, which reminds me of snowflakes.

To make the trees, I actually used two dies: one die cut out the triangle, and the other added the "stitching." Since I made several cards with this layout, and I had to die cut each tree individually, I wanted to speed up the process a bit. Rather than having to position both dies before each cut, I taped the dies to each other so I could position them together.

First I arranged the two dies over one of the triangles on the DSP. I used two small pieces of washi tape to secure the dies together and to the DSP. I ran the paper and dies through my Big Shot to cut out the triangle, removed the cut-out piece from the dies, and then carefully pulled the dies off the remaining DSP, being sure to leave the washi tape on the dies so they stayed together. Then it was easy to place the dies over the next triangle, cut out that tree, and so on.



Once all the trees were cut out, I arranged them into groups of three and assembled the cards. Here is another version with a different color combo:


Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Day 7: Christmas star

I had a lot of fun playing with the Christmas Quilt bundle, so here is another quilt-themed card design for my 12 Days of Christmas series:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Christmas Quilt
Paper: Whisper White note cards and envelopes, Whisper White card stock, Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Garden Green
Accessories: Quilt Builder Framelits dies, red button (Making Memories), white baker's twine, Dimensionals

I had to do a quick online search, but I think this style of quilt block is called the Lone Star. I stamped and die cut the star, added a button in the middle and used Dimensionals to attach it to a 3" x 3" square of Real Red DSP. I struggled a bit with the rest of the layout, but I finally decided to adhere the block to the middle of the card front and add a strip of contrasting DSP on either side. I like that the star shape is repeated in the DSP, and the color helps bring out the Garden Green "stitches" on the focal image.

I have one more "quilty" card to share in my next post. Thanks for stopping by!



Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Day 6: Quilted Christmas flower

For the next few posts in my 12 Days of Christmas series, I'm going to focus on the Christmas Quilt stamp set and Quilt Builder Framelits from Stampin' Up!

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Christmas Quilt

Paper: Whisper White note cards and envelopes; Whisper White, Garden Green card stock; Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Real Red, Garden Green
Accessories: Quilt Builder, Stitched Shapes, Layering Squares Framelits dies; Quilt Top embossing folder; pearls; Dimensionals

I really didn't think I would like Lemon Lime Twist when it was introduced as one of the 2017 - 19 In Colors. But it's definitely grown on me. And I love it here with Real Red and Garden Green; that bright green flower adds a punch of energy to a classic Christmas color combo.

I also had fun playing with the various quilting-themed supplies: stamps, dies, DSP and embossing folder. It's a little hard to see the embossing on the DSP because of the "stitching" in the pattern, but I like the subtle texture.

We're halfway through the 12 Days of Christmas series. I hope you're enjoying it and finding something to inspire your holiday crafting this year or to tuck away for next year. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Day 5: Stocking mouse

For Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas series, I'm going to share a card that I made during my October craft weekend.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Jolly Friends (Penny Black), Christmas Pines, spirals (Block Wallah)
Paper: Whisper White, thick Whisper White, Poppy Parade card stock; gold foil paper (Paper Pumpkin kit leftover)
Ink: Cucumber Crush, Memento Tuxedo Black, alcohol markers (Stampin' Up!, Copic)
Accessories: Layering Ovals dies, gold sequins (Craft Medley), white baker's twine, gel printing plate (Gelli Arts), acrylic paint (various), Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

I honestly can't remember the specific details of how I made the green background piece. I was experimenting with my gel printing plate, acrylic paints, and a cool wood block spiral stamp. Some of the pieces "worked," and some didn't. This piece seemed like the perfect background for a Christmas card.

For the focal image, I chose this adorable mouse snoozing in a Christmas stocking and colored it with alcohol markers. I cut it out with an oval die and mounted it on a red scalloped oval. I adhered the image to the middle of the background piece, which I trimmed down a bit, and added a white bow and a few gold sequins. I also used a strip of gold foil paper leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit as a border between the background and the stamped sentiment.

I dressed up the inside of the card just a little. I glued the piece I trimmed off the green background along the bottom of the card and added a strip of red card stock just above it. It's not terribly fancy, but I like how it ties in the front of the card.

I can't believe Christmas is just over two weeks away. There is so much left to do! Someday I will have everything done early so I can enjoy all the fun holiday things like going to Christmas concerts, getting together with friends and maybe even making cookies.





I hope your holiday preparations are going smoothly! Thanks for stopping by!



Friday, December 8, 2017

Day 4: A deer in winter

I have another animal card to share for Day 4 in my 12 Days of Christmas series:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Modern Deer (Altenew)
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso card stock; red foil paper
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Early Espresso
Accessories: Woodland embossing folder, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits dies, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), 4mm and 6mm sparkling clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

I love the realistic look of this deer image, and it was so easy to stamp, too: the main body of the deer was one stamp, and all the little accents (hooves, eyes, etc.) were together on a second stamp. It was pretty painless to cut her out by hand, too.

For the background, I embossed a piece of white card stock with the Woodland embossing folder, rounded the upper right and lower left corners, and adhered the panel to an Early Espresso card base. I used Dimensionals to attach the deer and added a few sparkling sequins to look like snowflakes.

I loved the clean and elegant look of this layout, but I felt like it needed a little touch of color. My first idea was to add a small cardinal on one of the tree branches, but I didn't have a stamp or die that was the right size. So instead, I used one of the accent dies from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set to cut a small heart out of red foil, which I placed in the upper left corner. I think that finished everything off nicely.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day 3: Beary Christmas

If you've been around my blog for awhile, you probably know that I like to make cards with cute animal images. So it shouldn't surprise you that this card design in my 12 Days of Christmas series may be my favorite this year:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Jack - Cardmaking (Close to My Heart), Holiday Wishes (Altenew)
Paper: Whisper White note cards and envelopes; Chocolate Chip, Whisper White card stock; Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack
Ink: Basic Gray, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Accessories: Pinewood Planks embossing folder, Snowflake Confetti (Taylored Expressions), linen thread, Dimensionals, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

Isn't he adorable? This card just makes my heart happy.

I stamped, cut out and assembled the pieces for the bear, using a Dimensional to add the heart with a small linen thread bow. He needed the perfect background -- a red and white plaid pattern from the Quilted Christmas DSP Stack. To break up all that color and ground the bear, I embossed a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder and cut apart the piece along the lines of the "planks."

A sentiment stamped along the bottom of the card and a few small snowflake shapes finish off this cute card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Day 2: Merry wreath

For the second post in my 12 Days of Christmas series, I'm sharing a card that's a twist on a very non-holiday card kit.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Many Happy Birthdays (Paper Pumpkin)
Paper: Real Red, gold foil card stock
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit, Cherry Cobbler embossing powder, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, Christmas Greetings Thinlits dies, linen thread, Dimensionals

Do you recognize the kit? It's the Hello Friend Heat Embossing Project Kit. I really like all three card designs in the kit, but I wanted a little more variety, so I turned one of the card designs into a Christmas card.

To make the pre-printed wreath more festive, I pulled out another non-holiday item: the Many Happy Birthdays stamp set from a former Paper Pumpkin kit. Using the image that is a row of dots, I repeatedly inked up just one of the dots with VersaMark ink, stamped it around the wreath and then embossed the dots with Cherry Cobbler embossing powder to turn them into berries. I added a gold die-cut "merry" and a linen bow to the wreath and then layered the Crumb Cake panel on a piece of Real Red card stock.

The Tranquil Tide card base needed a little interest, so I embossed it with the Pinewood Planks embossing folder. Then I used Dimensionals to adhere the focal panel to the card base. The completed design reminds me a bit of a wreath hanging on a wooden door.

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, December 1, 2017

Day 1: Starry peace

For the first card in my 12 Days of Christmas series, I decided to share a wish for peace on earth. I love the sentiment as focal point, especially the mixed fonts. The stamps are from a set I bought this year, but one that I'm sure I will use for many years: Brushstroke Christmas by Essentials by Ellen.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Brushstroke Christmas (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper: Lost Lagoon card stock, All Is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP)
Ink: VersaMark
Accessories: Gold detail embossing powder, Year of Cheer specialty washi tape, sequins (Oct. 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit), gold/white twine (kit leftover), Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

I originally designed this card with a watercolor wash background. I made a few backgrounds that I really liked, but I couldn't get the embossing to work on the watercolor paper; it just looked really flat and dull.

After several unsuccessful attempts, I gave up and decided to use patterned paper instead. I went with the muted colors of the All Is Calm DSP so the gold embossed words and stars would really stand out. I also added a few extra touches of gold with the Year of Cheer washi tape and some gold and white twine. This is a simple card, but it looks a bit more impressive in person, especially when the gold catches the light.



Thanks for stopping by!

12 Days of Christmas

This month I will be sharing my holiday-themed projects in a 12 Days of Christmas blog series. But even if you don't celebrate Christmas, I hope you will find something to inspire you. I don't typically make religious cards for the holidays (I won't go into the long-winded explanation of why right now), so many of the card designs would be great for season's greetings or winter wishes.

There probably will be a day or two in between posts during the series, but I'll do my best to share everything before Christmas. This post will serve as a table of contents or one-stop shop, so after each post is done, I will add a link to the post here.

12 Days of Christmas
Day 1: Starry peace
Day 2: Marry wreath
Day 3: Beary Christmas
Day 4: A deer in winter
Day 5: Stocking mouse
Day 6: Quilted Christmas flower
Day 7: Christmas star
Day 8: Trios of trees

Thanks for stopping by and happy holiday crafting!

Monday, November 27, 2017

A couple of party pals

The Party Pals stamp set and die combo was one of the items I received in my prize package from Taylored Expressions back in September. I've only had a chance to make one card with it so far, but I think it's a pretty cute card:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Party Pals stamp and die combo (Taylored Expressions), Birthday Balloons (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White card stock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Bermuda Bay, watercolor pencils
Accessories: Washi tape (Paper Pumpkin kit), clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, Word Bubbles Framelits dies, Dimensionals

What do you think? I colored the characters with watercolor pencils, adding Wink of Stella for a little sparkle, and used a strip of washi tape to ground them and give them a place to "stand." The sentiment fit perfectly in the word bubble die, and the tone-on-tone stars add a festive detail without distracting from the focal images.

I had to play around for awhile before I settled on this layout, but I love how the card ultimately came together. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Let's be mermaids!

A few months ago I "discovered" the Essentials by Ellen products on ellenhutson.com. So far I've only purchased stamps and dies from the product line, but I've really enjoyed using them. I think my favorite is the Mermaid's Tail stamp set. It has a large detailed mermaid tail image that you can use for a variety of different techniques, as well as some really great sentiments. I used that set to make a couple of fun mermaid cards during my birthday craft retreat.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Mermaid's Tail (Essentials by Ellen)
Paper: Thick Whisper White card stock
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Mermaid Mix sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

This card has a really clean, one-layer design and uses limited supplies, but I absolutely love the way it turned out. To create the multicolored mermaid tails, I carefully tapped my Bermuda Bay ink pad on just the fin part of the stamp, Pool Party on the lower part of the tail and Lemon Lime Twist on the top part of the tail. I stamped the image in the upper left corner of the card, re-applied the ink, rotated the block and stamped the image again in the bottom right corner.

I stamped the sentiment (which I love and heartily agree with!) using Bermuda Bay ink and scattered a few sequins around the mermaid tails. I wanted to add a little more sparkle, so I used my clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to paint over the fins scallop shapes on the tails. It's hard to see when you look at the card straight on, but it has all kinds of sparkle when you tilt the card to catch the light.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless noted):
Stamps: Mermaid's Tail, Otter Ware (both Essentials by Ellen)
Paper: Thick Whisper White card stock
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Claypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, Stardust Gelly Roll pen (Sakura)
Accessories: 4mm and 6mm sparkling clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Aqua Painter, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter), Dimensionals

For this card I used just one color for the mermaid tail stamp: Bermuda Bay. I stamped the image at the top of a panel of white card stock, and to add more color to the card, I stamped some seaweed and a seashell along the bottom of the panel using Lemon Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide and Calypso Coral. (The inner parts of the Calypso Coral images were colored with an Aqua Painter brush.)

Naturally, the card needed some sparkle, so I added three clear sequins. I also gave some shine to the mermaid's tail, this time with a Gelly Roll pen. It has a bit more of a silvery look than the Wink of Stella, but it still adds a fun detail and finishing touch.




Thanks for stopping by -- and let's be mermaids!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I had every intention of having at least one or two blog posts already done by this point in the week. But with work, a couple of evening plans and general exhaustion - yesterday I was so tired I dozed off in the early evening and didn’t wake up until 10 to eat dinner - I obviously haven’t accomplished that goal. But today I want to share my heartfelt wishes for a very happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all of my blog readers and crafty friends, and however you are spending the day - traveling, feasting, working or relaxing - I wish for you an abundance of blessings and many opportunities to share them with others. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Playing with Distress Oxide inks, Part II

As promised in my last post, here are the rest of the cards I made after my first play session with Distress Oxide inks. While the last batch had a birthday theme, most of these cards focus on elements of nature.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Under the Sea (Heartfelt Creations)
Paper: Mint Macaron card stock, copper foil, 110-lb white card stock (Recollections)
Ink: VersaMark, Distress Oxides: Walnut Stain, Broken China, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint (Ranger)
Accessories: Under the Sea dies (Heartfelt Creations), clear detail embossing posder, Go Green sequins (Craft Medley), Tide embossing folder (Lifestyle Crafts), iridescent sequin assortment, copper trim, Dimensionals, water spritzer

The Broken China (blue) and Fossilized Amber (yellow) colors of Distress Oxide inks combined to make a minty color on parts of the background for this card, so I used a Mint Macaron card base embossed with a wave patter. To pick up the brown tones I used copper foil to mat the panel and to make the focal image. (I stamped on the foil with VersaMark, embossed it with clear powder and then die cut the image.) I wrapped a piece of copper trim -- stretched out to give it a nautical feel -- around the panel and added a few sequins to look like water drops.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Soft Sky, Lemon Lime Twist, vellum card stock; 110-lb white card stock (Recollections)
Ink: Soft Sky, Distress Oxides: Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Broken China (Ranger)
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits dies, Bold Butterfly Framelits dies, Large Scallop Edgelit die small butterfly punch, burlap trim, 4mm clear droplets (Pretty Pink Posh), Go Green and Rhythm 'n Blues sequins (Craft Medley), Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz), Glue Dots, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

For this card I used Framelits to cut and punch basic butterfly shapes out of the Distress Oxide panel. Then I cut the detailed pieces out of vellum for the two larger butterflies and layered them together.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Inside and Out Birthday (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Dapper Denim card stock; white 110-lb card stock (Recollections)
Ink: Dapper Denim, Distress Oxides: Faded Jeans, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber (Ranger)
Accessories: Pansy punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Flower Fair Framelits dies, White Perfect Accents, clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, burlap ribbon, Tiny Attacher (Tim Holtz), Dimensionals, water spritzer

For the flowers on this card, I punched out two shapes from each color for each flower. I bent up the petals a bit on one flower of each color and then layered it on the same color flower so the petals overlapped. It's hard to see in this photo, but I also used my clear Wink of Stella pen to add a touch of glitter to the the Crumb Cake center of each flower as well as the edges of the petals.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black card stock; 110-lb white card stock (Recollections)
Ink: Journaling pen, Distress Oxides: Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Faded Jeans (Amber)
Accessories: Up and Away Thinlits dies, Iridescent Sequin Assortment, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter), Dimensionals

So I know a hot air balloon isn't really a natural element, but the clouds in the background are, right? The multi-colored Distress Oxide background works great here behind the detailed hot air balloon die cut. I didn't want to detract from the balloon, so I kept the rest of the card simple: a few die-cut clouds, sequins and a hand-drawn border.

All in all, I had a lot of fun experimenting with my Distress Oxide inks. I did have to work on letting go of perfection. (I am not good at practicing. If I can't do something perfectly right away, I often convince myself that I can't do it and just give up. It's silly, but my mind seems to work like that sometimes.) But once I got the hang of it, I really enjoyed it.

When I made these cards I only had six colors of the Distress Oxide inks. Since then I've bought a couple more, and I think I'll keep adding to my collection! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Playing with Distress Oxide inks, Part I

OK, I know my blogging has been sporadic for the past month or so. October was crazy busy, and I kept waiting for things to quiet down a bit. I told myself that November would be better. Well, it has been a little quieter in terms of commitments and activities, but now I've got loads of crafting to do to get ready for the holidays. Soooo ... maybe it will be quieter in January? At any rate, I have a mess of projects to share, so I just need to start cranking out some blog posts. They may be shorter than usual, but at least they'll be out there. And if you ever have questions about something I don't explain, just leave me a comment.

Now, in my post about my Second Official October Craft Weekend, I mentioned that I had cards to share from my first play session with Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide inks. I didn't specify that said session was back in July. July, people. It's almost the middle of November, and I'm finally getting to these cards. Sigh. But I digress. I actually ended up with seven cards, so I'm going to share three today and four in my next post.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Whole Lotta' Happy (WPlus9 Design Studio)
Paper: Ballet Blue card stock, white 110-lb card stock (Recollections)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Distress Oxide: Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Faded Jeans (Ranger)
Accessories: Streamers embossing folder (Taylored Expressions), Balloon punch, clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen, white crochet thread (DMC), Dimensionals

Since this was my first time playing with Distress Oxide inks, I used scraps of cheaper white card stock for my experimentation. I'm not going to attempt to explain what exactly I did -- it's a combination of ink, water and a heat gun -- but I found some helpful videos online. My results were mixed: Some of the pieces I really liked, and some were pretty ugly. But even with some of the pieces I didn't really care for, I was able to punch and die cut various shapes. That's what I did for this card to make the balloons. Then I just added strings and a sentiment banner and adhered everything to an embossed card base.

I applied Wink of Stella clear glitter to some of the embossed streamers to add a little sparkle. An easy peasy -- but still fun and festive -- birthday card.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Tempting Turquoise, Ballet Blue card stock; 110-lb white card stock (Recollections)
Ink: Distress Oxide: Peeled Paint, Faded Jeans, Broken China (Ranger); white gel pen
Accessories: Balloon punch, Arrows embossing folder, white crochet thread (DMC), Go Green sequins (Craft Medley), Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Here's another balloon card, but with the "fancy" piece as the background. I did a little blue color blocking with the Distress Oxide inks, so I used similar card stock colors for the balloons but with opposite shades (light balloons on the darker background and dark balloon on the lighter background). I layered the panel on blue card stock, added a bow and a few sequins and used Dimensionals to attach the piece to an embossed card base.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Birthday Balloons (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Poppy Parade, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight card stock; 110-lb white card stock (Recollections)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Poppy Parade; Distress Oxide: Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Broken China (Ranger)
Accessories: Stars, Banner Framelits dies; Merry Minis punch pack; clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen; Mini Dimensionals; Mono Multi liquid glue

I think this is my favorite card of this bunch. I love all the stars and the bright colors. (Tempting Turquoise is a hard color for me to use, but I think it's perfect here with Poppy Parade and Daffodil Delight.) I was also really pleased with how the background piece turned out for this card.

The stars did need a little twinkle, so I broke out my trusty Wink of Stella glitter brush pen.

I painted all the die-cut and punched stars with a few coats of glitter to give them some good sparkle. I love a little sparkle!

Funny side story: For my birthday, one of my good friends gave me a dishtowel that says, "Dip it in glitter. It will be fine." I love it! I don't use loose glitter too often, because it can get messy, especially with two cats around, but controlled glitter, like glitter glue or pens, is fab.

That's it for Part I of my first experimentation with Distress Oxide inks. Stayed tuned for the next four cards. Thanks for stopping by!



Thursday, November 9, 2017

Last two card sets

I've been sharing the card sets I made as prizes for my cousin's baby shower, and I have two sets left. Unlike the other sets, these cards included stamped greetings, so each set has four different cards.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Jar of Love
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach card stock; Neutrals Designer Series Paper (DSP) stack
Ink: Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Everyday Jars Framelits dies; Pool Party thick baker's twine; yellow and peach floss (past Paper Pumpkin kits); Brights, Subtles, In Color enamel shapes; clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen; Dimensionals; Mono Multi liquid glue; Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch; Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

I started by choosing an image to use with each sentiment and then stamping, die cutting and assembling the jars using the color combo of Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Peekaboo Peach. I had a hard time deciding on a card layout that worked with each of the jars, so I settled on something simple: I used a neutral Smoky Slate card base with a strip of Smoky Slate text-printed DSP. Behind the bottom edge of the DSP on each card I adhered a strip of scalloped card stock in the same color as the twine tied to the jar. I rounded the corners of the card bases, placed an enamel dot in the upper right corner and added a bit of sparkle by applying clear Wink of Stella glitter on the stamped images.

The second card set is a little more bright and bold. I also ended up with a "bonus" card that I used as a birthday card for my stash.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Sincere Salutations, Sprinkles and Smiles (Penny Black)
Paper: Thick Whisper White card stock, Fiesta Forever card stock stack (DCWV)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Ray of Sunshine cutting plate (Taylored Expressions), Starburst and 2" circle punches, gold sequin trim, iridescent sequins (unknown), Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter), gold/white twine

I bought the Ray of Sunshine die at the stamp expo last summer, and this was my first chance to try it out. I used the die to cut five pieces of bright card stock with tone-on-tone patterns. I mixed and matched the pieces and adhered each background to a white card base.

For the focal point, I stamped four sentiments on white card stock and punched them out with a 2" circle punch. I layered each white circle on a starburst punch that matches the "frame" of the background. I added a length of sequin trim behind the sentiment and three individual sequins around the sentiment.

Here is the fifth card. For this one I decided to skip the sequin trim and instead added a gold bow to the focal layer and three sequins on the patterned paper. (I think I like this layout a bit better.)

I also painted clear Wink of Stella glitter over the yellow segments to add some fun shine:















Whew! Now that I've shared all those card sets, I can move onto other projects. And I actually have quite a few that I've been saving. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Cheery yellow coneflowers

I'm back to share the third card design I used for the card sets for my cousin's shower. This set of four (all the same design) features a simple yellow coneflower.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Art Definition, Beth's Coneflower (both Endless Creations), Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White card stock
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crushed CUrry, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Daffodil Delight double-stitched ribbon, Stardust clear Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), 4mm and 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Simply Scored board, Dimensionals, Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter)

I've looked at this coneflower stamp at several of the past rubber stamp shows I've attended, and I finally decided to buy it last summer. I also bought the definition background stamp, and I think they work so well together. I love this image stamped in yellow; yellow flowers always look so cheery.

For this card I stamped the definition on Whisper White card stock with Crumb Cake ink. I wanted to add some shading to the flower, so I inked the petals with Daffodil Delight and then lightly applied Crushed Curry along the edges of the petals. I did the same with the stem and leaves using Pear Pizzazz and Old Olive. (The center of the flower is Early Espresso.) Unfortunately, the two yellows were too similar, and I couldn't see the shading. So I accented parts of the flowers with a glitter pen:

I added three clear sequins around the stamped image and tore off the edges of the card stock to add a bit of a rustic look.

For the rest of the card I scored a border around the edges of a Crumb Cake card base. I used a splatter-type image to add a subtle background. I adhered a piece of Daffodil Delight ribbon just below the middle of the card front and used Dimensionals to attach the focal layer over the ribbon.

I was having so much fun playing with this stamp that I decided to make another design that I turned into a birthday card:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):
Stamps: Beth's Coneflower (Endless Creations)
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White card stock
Ink: Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, white gel pen
Accessories: Layering Ovals Framelits dies, washi tape (Stampin' Up! and Eyeloet Outlet), Crushed Curry baker's twine, Dazzling Metallics sequins (Craft Medley), paper-piercing tool, Stardust clear Gelly Roll pen (Sakura), Art Glitter Glue (Art Institute Glitter), Dimensionals

I stamped the flower using the same technique as with the previous card. This time I die cut the flower with an oval die and added a scalloped Early Espresso oval behind the flower. I pierced a hole in each scallop to add an extra detail and then glued a bow to the flower stem.

For the card front, I placed three pieces of washi tape across a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. I adhered the focal piece over the washi tape and added three gold sequins. The background seemed a little plain, so I doodled a double border around the edges of the Crumb Cake card stock and then adhered the whole panel to an Early Espresso card base.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

My own Painted Harvest DSP

Last week I posted one of the card designs I used for the card sets I made for my cousin's baby shower. Today I want to share another:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Painted Harvest
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede card stock
Ink: Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green
Accessories: Leaf punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, polka dot Soft Suede ribbon, Dimensionals, mini Dimensionals

As with the previous card, I made four cards of this same design for one of the sets. I stamped a full sheet of Whisper White card stock with the sunflower, leaf and acorn images -- sort of like making my own Designer Series Paper (DSP) -- and then cut it into four 4" x 5-1/4" pieces. I adhered a piece of polka dot ribbon across each piece of "DSP" and then adhered them to Soft Suede card bases.

For the focal image on each card, I stamped a sunflower on white card stock and cut it out with a stitched circle die. I used Dimensionals to attach the circle over the ribbon and added two stamped and punched leaf clusters.

The cards seemed a bit unfinished to me, so I used a Soft Suede marker to doodle a border around the outside edges of the stamped layer. I think it works well with the rustic look of these images.

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