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.

A Woodland Wedding Card

Recently a good friend asked me to make her a non - traditional wedding card for a friend who is an outdoor enthusiast who loves hiking.  I tried to incorporate "outdoorsy" elements - ferns diecut from handmade paper and real birch wood.  For the background I used a piece of white handmade paper with waves that reminded me of a river.  And I added a few white sequins and silver heat embossed the sentiment.  Really pretty!

Thanks so much for visiting.

Apr 21, 2017

Over the Hill Card

Today I have a card to share made for a friend who is celebrating one of those "really big" birthdays.

Here is the front of the card - very simple, a green die cut "hill" on a cloudy sky.

And here is the card inside:

Thanks so much for visiting!

Apr 16, 2017

Art Impressions, Front and Back

Happy Easter!

Today I have two cute cards to share, made using Art Impressions Mini Front and Back Bunny and Duck Stamp Set.

Here are the front of the cards:

And here are the inside of the cards:

Thanks for visiting and have a nice day!

Apr 15, 2017

Rubbernecker Easter Bunny

Lately I've been super busy, so today I'm sharing a very cute and fun Easter card giving to me by Jan, a friend and fellow card maker.  The bunny is so sparkly - thanks to Wink of Stella - but hard to photograph.  I love this bunny stamp so much, and may just have to use it on my Easter cards next year.

Supplies used include:  Taylored Expressions Burlap Embossing Folder, Rubbernecker Stamps Bunny with Bow, Hero Arts Best Wishes (for the flower bouquet), Simon Says Stamp Tilted Banners Die, Simon Says Stamp Jellybean Ink, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Distress Ink in Tattered Rose, Wink of Stella, and handmade paper from Blick Art Supplies

Thanks so much Jan for the card and the letting me share it on my blog.

Mar 28, 2017

Happy Bee-lated Birthday

Today I have a bee-lated birthday card to share - going out to someone's birthday I missed - I hardly ever do that.

The image was stamped on watercolor paper using a hero arts wood block stamp, quickly colored with zig clean color real brush markers (two colors of green and two of yellow), and cut out using a hexagon die, then layered onto a background made using an embossing folder and die cut with a stitched rectangle die.  Wink of Stella was added to the bee's wings, although you can't really see it in the photo.  I LOVE the way this card came out, especially having the hexagon slightly larger than the background.

Thanks for visiting.

Mar 21, 2017

S'More Thanks

Today's card was made for my sister-in-law who shares the love of s'mores with me.  She and her family recently visited and drove a very long way to help celebrate my son's marriage, so this card was to thank her for coming.  When I bought this stamp set I thought the critters were deer.  I thought I'd be "clever" and use a sentiment such as "you're such a deer!".  But - they are moose - so my card has no sentiment.

Supplies used include: Open Studio Moose Buddies Stamps, Sizzix Borders Dies, Papertrey Ink 2009 Bitty Dot Basics Patterned Paper, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks for visiting!

Mar 19, 2017

A Birthday Card with a Story

So, first the story.

A few weeks ago at a card making day with friends we were playing around with the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer Tool.  The first piece we did really was "a mess", not the look we were aiming for.  But I jokingly said "well I can use that in a card".  And they laughed!  So I took it as a challenge to myself to do just that- make a card using it.

So, now the card.

The stitched square in the middle was that "messy" piece. It looked a bit like confetti, lots and lots of confetti.   I layered it over some cool patterned paper from Photoplay (using fun foam for dimension), added a strip of pink holographic tape and some wrapped gold threads and popped a very old dimensional cupcake sticker (from Sticko) on top.  You can see the sparkle of the tape better in this next photo.

So, there's today's card. Not all of our cards will be perfect, or even our favorites.  But, they will make someone happy.  And isn't that the point of card making, to make others happy by sending our cards.

So, enjoy your day, and make someone happy- send them a card.

Mar 17, 2017

Simple, But Meaningful

Today's card is simple, but has very special meaning, and was made for my son and his new wife.  I saved bits and pieces from their marriage celebration and put them together to make this card.  The ribbon was saved from my corsage, the silver square was part of the lantern table favors, and the background paper was wrapping from a gift they gave us.  And the blue - that was one of their "colors".

Supplies used were minimal - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square and Rectangle Dies, Silver Vellum and Silver Thread.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Mar 14, 2017

Linked Hearts

Today's card is simple yet very beautiful.  The photograph doesn't show well, but in real life it had lots of nice texture.  The papers were handmade paper from Blick Art Supplies.  It was made for my son and his new wife's wedding celebration so I thought the die used was very fitting - Paper Smooches Linked Hearts.  I am so happy for both of them. They are perfect for each other.

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Mar 12, 2017

Sad Pug Card

First, I apologize for the "break".  Life just got in the way.  But I hope to be back to regular posts now, at least for awhile.  So, onto today's card.  A Pug Rescue of Florida volunteer, and one of the most caring people you will meet, has had some very serious health issues recently.  This card was sent just to tell her we are all thinking about her, and wish her a very speedy recovery.

Supplies used include: Newton's Nook Pug Hugs Stamps, Dare 2B Artzy Ruff Day Stamps (for the sentiment), Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle and Flat Bottom Cloud Dies, Wink of Stella, Lawn Fawn Grassy Border Die and Pink Lemonade Fruit Punch Patterned Paper, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your day!

Feb 9, 2017

I Love It, Thanks!

Today's card uses the scraps from some cards I made last week.  I simply stamped the sentiment and added a stamped, colored and fussy cut kitty in a box.

Supplies used include:  My Favorite Things I Knead You Stamps, Clearly Besotted Bah Hum-Pug Stamps (for sentiment), PaperTrey Ink Fill in the Blank dies (for the frame), Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Thanks so much for visiting.

Feb 7, 2017

Bulldog Love

Today I have some bulldog love for you.  Isn't he adorable with his basket of bones!  This card, along with many other dog love cards are available in my Etsy shop (link at top right).

Supplies used include: Paper Smooches Love Word 2 Die, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Dies, My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles Dies, Wplus9 Friends for All Seasons:Summer Stamps, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Feb 5, 2017

Happy Birthday Splits

Today I have a masculine birthday card to share made for my son, one of the two best things I've done in my life (my daughter being the other).

The background was made recently at a card making day with friends.  We were playing around with a friends  new Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Watercolor Set.  Using a couple of the different gold colors we painted a faint background, then broad lines, then splattered tiny dots. The gold is very beautiful but was a bit difficult to photograph.  I stamped the Papertrey Ink Splits Happy Birthday (just the top and bottom) on top of the background and heat embossed in black.  I then used a bit of red distress ink and a waterbrush and added a few accent lines.  The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped and embossed in red on vellum and added before mounting on a red mat and onto a card made from Neenah Desert Storm 110 lb cardstock.  A few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh finished it off.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Jan 29, 2017

Puppy Love, Two Ways

Today I'm sharing two versions of the same card - using the same stamp - Puppy Love by Reverse Confetti.  I also used the same frame die from Papertrey Ink for both cards.  All the dogs were stamped on watercolor paper and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Jan 26, 2017

Another Pug Valentine, Sugar Pea Style

I have one more pug valentine to share, using a Sugar Pea Stamp.

Supplies used include: Sugar Pea Designs Caring Critters Stamp Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Dies, My Favorite Things Double Stitched Rectangles, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Pebbles Be Mine Patterned Paper, Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock

Thanks for visiting!

Jan 24, 2017

Paper Source Cats

Today I have three cards, all made using some cool cat paper from the Paper Source.  They have incredibly beautiful paper.  All three cards are very simple so as to showcase this paper.  For each card (in a set of 6) I made sure to use a different section of the paper (it comes in a very large sheet) so each card had different cats on it. 

Supplies used include:  Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles, Circles, Squares and Painted Hello and Thanks Dies, Bazzill Vellum,  Neenah Desert Storm and Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstocks, Nuvo Drops

Thanks so much for visiting today!