Aug 20, 2017

Purple Onion Pot-a-Flower

Today I have two very bright and cheery cards using a stamp set by Purple Onion called Pot-a-Flower.

For both cards I stamped the flowers, colored with Zigs and fussy cut the images, then layered them on some older Basic Grey patterned paper (Lauderdale Grass Stain).

For my first card I used both sides of the paper inlaying one into the other.  It's hard to see but the inner rectangle was cut using a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle by My Favorite Things.  I thought that those little triangle cuts mirrored the triangles in the patterned paper.  Unfortunately they are so hard to see I'm the only one who will know they're there.  It's a little detail, but for me the little details matter.

For the second card I used a Simon Says Stamp Thanks Scallop Border Die and layered over a piece of light blue paper so that tiny bits of blue peaked out of the dots.  I had cut the blue piece at 4 by 5.25 inches so that there would be a light blue mat all around.  Unfortunately I glued my pieces down crooked and tried to trim it even  - a little on each side.  What happened was I made it more and more crooked so I just trimmed all the blue off and added a light grey mat.

I also added wink of stella to the flowers on both cards.  I think these flower images would be pretty to color in oranges and browns and layer over some fall print paper.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Aug 16, 2017

New Home Congrats

Today I have another simple card - a new home congrats card.

I love using this older Simon Says Stamp Congratulations Circle die (I don't think it's still available)  because there are so many ways to vary it.  The die comes with two parts, one is the house, the other is a circle with the words  "congratulations).  In the past I've used both parts together, but today I used only the house.

Because I inlaid the house and the sentiment this card is flat and would be easy to mail.

Whenever possible I will try to personalize my cards, for example make the house and door the color of the persons "new house".  In this case I didn't know the colors so went with a neutral grey with a pop of red.  The background is the reverse side of paper by BoBunny (Garden Party) which is very neutral but looks like it has dimension.  The sentiment dies are Impression Obsession Congrats Words. 

You can also use just the congratulations circle for many other kinds of cards - someone getting a new job, new baby, new pet, or even graduation.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Aug 14, 2017

A Super Simple Congrats Card

The card I have to share today is super simple.  In fact, it's so simple I almost didn't post it.  But I thought not all cards need to be fancy or complex.  I needed a masculine card for my nephew who is going back to grad school after being out of school for a number of years.  And this scrap of patterned paper seemed perfect.


 I added two die cut "congrats" on a strip of yellow vellum (so the sentiment wouldn't get lost on the paper) and a couple enamel dots.  That's it - I did say it was super simple! 

Aug 12, 2017

Gilding Flakes, Take Two

I have one more card to share using gilding flakes.  Of the three cards I made this one is my favorite, by far!  I just love the way it came out.  It's simple and elegant.  Yet it has so much shine.  It's masculine, but it could be used for anyone.  And it would be perfect as a Christmas thank you.  It's really HOT out, so it's hard to think about Christmas.  But we all know it will be here before we know it.  Enough thinking about Christmas, here's my card.

I started by covering a piece of cardstock with evenly spaced diagonal stripes using scor-tape.  This was easy to do using the grid lines of my work mat as a guide.  It really didn't take long at all.  This was then covered with gilding flakes.  I found the flakes stuck to the tape so well and after burnishing with a piece of a swiffer cloth it was super shiny.  That step is so important.  Until you burnish the gilding it looks ok.  But after the burnishing it looks amazing!  You can see all that shine better in this photo.

This background was SO beautiful I didn't want to cover it up.  I added a thanks diecut (Papertrey Ink) on top and several layers of mats (Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Avery Elle Sweet Scallops Die).  I think the gold and very dark green (Simon Says Stamp Midnight Green) look beautiful with the gilded background, but you could easily use red and silver or even a dark blue or purple.

The Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn Gilding Flakes are so versatile and fun.  Because they are so multi colored they pair well with just about anything. And I can't believe I am saying this, but the mess is definitely worth it for all that amazing shine.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Aug 11, 2017

Gilding Flakes, A Beautiful Mess!

Gilding flakes have been around for awhile but seem to have become very popular again.  I have never tried them before - until now.  A couple of card making friends and I get together about once a month to make cards and try out each others new supplies.  Last weekend we tried gilding flakes.  The end result was really nice, but they do make a MESS!  They go EVERYWHERE.  We tried the tips and tricks that Jennifer McGuire suggested in her recent video to help contain the mess.  These are very important and did help.  But they are still messy.  They seem lighter than air and just floated around everywhere.  I did enjoy trying them out - but only because it wasn't at my house.  I do like the shiny result which is unlike embossing or metallic paper and you can stamp with them, use them with double sided adhesive tape, or many other things.  Just be ready to see little bits of shiny metallic flakes all over.  Thanks so much Jan for buying them - the Cosmic Shimmer Persian Dawn color choice was perfect.  It is a combination of golds, silvers, reds a bit of greens, just beautiful.  But more importantly thank you for letting us play with these at YOUR house!

So, do you want to see some cards?

For my first card we stamped a solid tree with versamark, added Ranger Sticky Embossing Powder, heat set and then added the gilding flakes.

I diecut a window )My Favorite Things Peek a Boo Window die) from some Simon Says Stamp Kona Coffee cardstock - this is a really nice dark brown cardstock with bits of texture - it almost looks like handmade paper.  I also diecut the window from the front of my card so I could layer them together.  And I added a tiny thanks (Impression Obsession Thanks So Much on a Line die) from a strip of cardstock that was also gilded.

The card opens to show the paper on which the tree was stamped.

For my second card I did something very different. I had stamped several solid oak leaves and acorns with versamark, but forgot to use my powder bag.  I ended up with small bits of the gilding stuck all over.  I still wanted to use the piece, so I scraped off the extra bits and then covered it with vellum (using stick it double sided sheets).  It gave this really cool effect where you can see all the different colors from the gilding flakes but not the shine.

I used a very shiny metallic orange-copper cardstock for the hello and a double stitched rectangle.  You can see the shine better in this photo.


I added some metallic copper thread (Coats), another layer of vellum (Bazzill), and a piece of patterned paper (Simple Stores Hello Fall).

I really liked the way this card came out.

I made one more card.  Thanks for visiting today and come back tomorrow to see my last and favorite gilding flakes card.

Aug 9, 2017

One More Sunflower

I have one more sunflower card to share today.  Are you tired of seeing sunflower cards yet?

I really love to see how many different ways I can use the same stamp.  Because this stamp is fairly large it's a little more challenging to come up with different ways to use it.

A couple weeks ago I shared a card where the sunflower was stamped on different solid color papers and then paper pieced.  Also a card where the sunflower was colored with Zigs and layered over a bold patterned paper.

Today I stamped the sunflower in black on light kraft colored cardstock.
I added a thin black mat and a strip of vellum.  I usually like to use Bazzill vellum because it is a heavier quality vellum and is very white.  That is usually a good thing. But in this case when I put it next to the kraft cardstock it looked too harsh, so I used cheap vellum from Michaels - yes a bit more "yellowed" looking but worked well here.  I also added several coats of Wink of Stella to the sunflower.  So shimmery - but hard to photograph.  You can see a little better in this close up picture.

I used a really pretty Cornflower Simon Says Stamp cardstock for both a stitched rectangle and the card itself.

I do love the way this card came out, but hopefully it is the last sunflower card for awhile.  Thanks for visiting!

Jul 28, 2017

Good Luck, Alphabet Blocks

Today I'm sharing a good luck card made for someone moving on to new career opportunities.

This card is pretty straight forward, just lining up the letter blocks, but making it did take longer than I wanted it to.  My first attempt I did not include the exclamation point and it just was too symmetrical and balanced since each line had four letters in it.  I kept looking at it and wasn't happy.  It wasn't until after I added the exclamation point (making one banner of letters longer than the others) that I felt the card "worked".  I felt it needed to be off balance..

Supplies used include:
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Alphabet Blocks and Stitched Rectangles, My Favorite Things Stitched Fish Tale Flags
Paper - My Minds Eye Xmas on Market Street (reverse side)
Other - Recollections Enamel Dots

Thanks for visiting today!

Jul 26, 2017

Quilt Block Retirement

Today's card was made for someone who loves to quilt and is soon retiring.

This card was super easy to make because all the pieces for the quilt block were leftovers.  I had months ago made a set of cards for a friend all with quilt blocks on them.  I had saved my left over die cut pieces and this was the perfect opportunity to use them up.  All the pieces were inlaid into the frame and layered with matching colors, and the sentiment stamped.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Papertrey Ink Keep It Simple Retirement
Dies - W Plus 9 Quilt Cuts 2, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles

Thanks for visiting today.

Jul 23, 2017

Papertrey Ink Sunflower, Take 2

Today's card uses the same stamp that I used yesterday but for a different look.

Today I heat embossed the sunflower, then colored with Zig markers, and layered over a bold sunflower patterned paper.  I really like the way both cards I made using this stamp came out.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks
Dies - My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Other - DMC Silver Thread, Ranger Liquid Platinum embossing powder
Paper - Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Enchanted Garden

Thanks so much for visiting!

Jul 22, 2017

Papertrey Ink Sunflower, Take 1

Today I'm sharing a card made using a beautiful Papertrey Ink stamp, again borrowed from my friend Jan.

I stamped the sunflower on four different colored paper, then fussy cut and paper pieced them together.  Since this image was so beautiful I wanted it to take center stage, so simply mounted it on a very neutral background.  A couple of enamel dots finish it off.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Papertrey Ink Botanical Blocks
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Paper - Neenah Desert Storm
Other - Simple Stories enamel dots, fun foam

Tomorrow I hope to share another card made using this same stamp.
Thanks so much for visiting!

Jul 15, 2017

Fingerprint Doodle Flamingos

Today I'm sharing a card made with the Simon Says Stamp Fingerprint Doodles stamp set.  Thanks Jan for letting me "play" with some of your stamps and dies.

This stamp set comes with so many different animals, so I'm sure I'll have more fingerprint cards in the future. It really is fun!  I chose to stamp repeatedly the flamingo, then make fingerprints using my own finger and 5 different pink inks.  This was layered over some cool striped paper, a couple of thin mats and this card was done.  Super easy.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp Fingerprint Doodles
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Paper - Recollections Tropical Life 6x6 pad

Thanks for visiting today!

Jul 12, 2017

Stained Glass Butterfly

Rarely do I make a card that I would like to keep for myself.  But, today's card is one of those.  I just love the way it came out.  It has no stamping, only diecutting and coloring - lots and lots of coloring.

I first cut the die (borrowed from a friend) from black cardstock, then used the same die to impress the design onto watercolor paper.  I used that impression to guide me in my coloring.  It was a bit tricky to make sure my colors didn't overlap into other areas.  After finishing coloring I glued the black diecut on top, then layered onto a yellow mat and red card.  I do love the intensity of the colors.  Thanks so much Jan for letting me use your die.

Supplies used include:
Dies - Creative Expressions Butterfly Stained Glass, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Avery Elle Sweet Scallops
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks for visiting today!

Jul 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Here's my final 4th of July card.

Again, this card wasn't my original design. I was looking on pinterest and there were many cards with a jar with stars instead of flowers.  This was a combination of what I saw.  I wanted a card with lots of sparkle (way more sparkly in real life, hard to photograph) - I used 3 different foil cardstock for the stars, silver glittery cardstock for the stems and Silver embossing for the vellum jar.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy, borrowed Jar stamp (not sure manufacturer, but thanks Dee)
Dies - My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Paper - PaperTrey Ink

Hope you have a great holiday!

Jul 2, 2017

4th of July, Card 2

Here's my second card for the 4th of July holiday.  The card was colored to hopefully look like the young man it was being sent to.  I hope he liked the card.

And here's the card inside.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Paper Smooches Great Chemistry, Impression Obsession Fireworks Cling Background
Dies - My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks for visiting!

Jun 30, 2017

4th of July Card 1

Over the next few days I have several 4th of July cards to share.  Here's the first.

This card was a CASE of a card made my Nancy Krueger that was on Lawn Fawn' blog.  Here's a link to that card.  I was having a hard time creating a 4th of July card for a young girl and Nancy's card was perfect. Check out her blog Happy Heart Handmade for some amazing cards. My card was made using the supplies I had on hand.  The sentiment was computer generated.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Avery Elle Storybook, Impression Obsession Fireworks Cling Background
Dies - Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Speech Bubbles, Lawn Fawn Grassy Borders, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Distress Ink
Other - Wow Metallic Silver Sparkle Embossing Glitter

Jun 26, 2017

A Sinking Feeling ...

Today's card was made for my brother's birthday (it was a REALLY big birthday). He is notorious for sending cards with sailboats on them, to everyone, for every occasion.  So, I just HAD to make him a sailboat card.

And here is the card inside

After die cutting a whole bunch of tiny sailboats I used the We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to enclose them in plastic and create a flat and easy to mail shaker card. I've always loved shaker cards, but since I mail most of my cards I haven't made all that many.  This tool sure changes that. They don't "shake" as much as traditional shaker cards.  But that is a well-worth tradeoff for making mail friendly cards.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - My Favorite Things Stamps Things With Wings
Dies - Impression Obsession Tiny Sailboats, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Circles
Paper - BoBunny Make a Splash Sandcastle
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
The Sentiment was computer generated so I could make it exactly what I wanted.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Jun 24, 2017

Super Succulents, Part Two

Today I have a two more cards using Papertrey Inks Super Succulents patterned paper pack.  Both cards use a dollar wood stamp from Michael's.

And I made a little tag to tie onto the pack of cards.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Winnie and Walter Kindness (for the tag)
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Circles, Reverse Confetti Topped Off Tag
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Other - Yellow Stickles

Thanks for visiting!

Jun 21, 2017

Super Succulents

Recently I made a set of cards to give as a gift, all featuring succulents.  Today I'm sharing some of these.  Back around the beginning of the year Papertrey Ink had a super sale with all their patterned papers for $1.  The price was unbelievable and they did sell out incredibly fast, but I was able to purchase some.  I had never tried their papers before, but since I love their stamps and dies I thought I'd give their papers a try.  I am in love with their patterned papers.  They are great quality and the colors in each pack all coordinate together.  They make card making so easy.  These cards were all made using the Super Succulents pack.

For this second card I used the cut out piece from the first, and added several coats of Wink of Stella for a lot of shimmer (hard to see in the pic).

Supplies used include:
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Postage Stamp Edge Frame, Birthday Wishes, and Painted Hello, Avery Elle With Sympathy, and My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles

Thanks for stopping by today and hopefully tomorrow I'll share a couple more super succulent cards.

Jun 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Today I'm sharing a father's day card.  I tried doing a technique that Jennifer McGuire showed recently (here)  using saran wrap to give texture to watercolors.  I tried this technique twice but didn't feel like I was totally successful either time.  I think maybe my downfall was that I used very inexpensive watercolors, and therefore didn't have enough pigment on the paper.

And here's the inside of the card.

Thanks so much for visiting and hope all the fathers had a great day.

Jun 15, 2017

New Home Congrats

My husband's niece and her husband (so would she be my niece too?) recently bought a new home so today's card was made to wish them congrats.  I apologize for the picture being a bit fuzzy.  The card was already in the mail so I couldn't "reshoot" the photo.

This card was super simple and involved no stamping, just die cutting.  I did diecut the house out of two colors and inlaid the door and windows.

Supplies used include:
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Congratulations Circle, My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles
Paper - Doodlebug Puppy Love Patterned Paper

Thanks for visiting today.

Jun 13, 2017

Feline Friend, Take Two

Today's card is just a second take on the card shared yesterday.  Actually, my husband colored this image.  He sees me color "all the time", and I think he was curious what it was all about.  But really, I think he was just getting bored with all the rain we had while staying at our family cottage.  Since he put so much time into the coloring I wanted to turn it into a card.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Stampendous Laurel Birch Feline Friend
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles and Rectangles
Patterned Paper from Papertrey Ink
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Jun 12, 2017

Feline Friend

Today I'm sharing a card made last month while we were at our family's lake cottage.  It rained for two weeks, nearly all the time.  I know the saying is "April showers bring May flowers", but we saw April flowers and May showers, and showers, and more showers.  Needless to say I did a lot of card making, mostly cards for Pug Rescue of Florida's fundraiser in the fall, but I did squeeze in a few non-pug cards.  Here is one.

Isn't this cat so cool?  He was stamped, colored, cut out and layered onto a white stitched rectangle. To keep the focal point right on that cat but add a bit of texture I used bazzill white ribbed paper, added a few colored cardstock strips and then mounted the cat with thin 3D Foam Squares.  I really did love the way this card came out.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Stampendous Laurel Birch Cling Feline Friend
Dies - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Coloring - Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks for visiting today.

Jun 10, 2017

Cat in a Box, Happy Purrthday!

Today's card was made recently for a good friend's birthday.  She helps us out so much - keeping an eye on our house while we travel and helping with our dog. But she is definitely a cat person, so I love making her cards with cats on them.  I did make a couple extras so this card will also be available in my Etsy shop soon.

I stamped the cat and box on both watercolor paper and neenah desert storm.  After coloring the cat I trimmed each piece very close to the stamped edge, ran a black marker along all edges and then paper pieced them together to make it appear he really is popping out of a cardboard box.

Supplies used include:
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp Furry Cat and Box
Dies - Pretty Pink Posh Speech Bubbles, My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Coloring -Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Paper - Moxie Just a Girl Patterned Paper

Thanks for visiting today!

Jun 8, 2017

Toadily Wish You a Happy Birthday

Today I have a very cute card to share.  I confess - I didn't make this card.  It was made by my good friend and fellow card maker Dee and sent to my husband for his birthday.  It was just so cute I had to share it.

Supplies used include the Penny Black Toadily Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Birthday Tags Stamps, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamps, Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Dies, Echo Park Enamel Dots, and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks so much Dee for letting me share this card, and thanks for visiting today!

Jun 2, 2017

Pop Up Die-Cutting

Today I have a card to share that I made for my husband's birthday, using a technique that Jennifer McGuire called "pop up die-cutting".

I stamped the balloons on watercolor paper, used Zig Clean Color real brush markers to color, then die cut "happy birthday to you".  I propped each of the letters up with tiny strips of foam tape.  While I had my Misti out I stamped the same balloons and left them uncolored for the inside of my card.

Supplies used include: Papertrey Ink Dressed Up Dolls Birthday stamp set, My Favorite Things Happy Birthday To You Die

Thanks so much for visiting today.

May 18, 2017

Hoppy Cards, Part Three

And today I have a final frog card to share along with a gift tag.

I promise - no more frog cards tomorrow.  Thanks for visiting!

May 16, 2017

Hoppy Cards, Part Two

Today I have two more frog cards to share.

Thanks again for visiting.

May 13, 2017

Hoppy Cards

Today I have a couple cards to share that were made as part of a set for my sister-in-law's birthday. She loves frogs, so I think these are perfect for her.

Hope you have a nice day, and thanks for visiting!

May 10, 2017

Happy Birthday, Inlaid Wood

Today's card features a cool Papertrey Ink birthday die and inlaid wood.   I love using real wood for this technique.  And I love the simplicity of this card.  Happy Birthday Dee - I hope you have a great day.

Thanks for visiting today.

May 8, 2017

Bulldog Gift Tag

Today I have a gift tag to share featuring a couple of cute bulldog puppies.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit today!  I appreciate it.

May 6, 2017

Distress Oxide Inks

I have been playing around a little with the new Distress Oxide Inks.  Here are two cards made with just two colors of these inks and watercolor paper and using the ink smooshing technique.  One of the unique characteristics of these inks are you can layer one color upon another without any "muddying" of the colors.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

May 5, 2017

Papertrey Ink, Cornered Die

Today I have a card to share that uses the Papertrey Ink Cornered Birthday Die.

I cut the die from two colored cardstocks, inlaid the letters from one into the other, layered over some birthday patterned paper, and added a bit of Wink of Stella to the balloons.  That's all.

Thanks for visiting today.