Sunshine and Fireworks Card

I’ve been wanting to make a summer card and play up the idea of Florida sunshine. Though my intention was for this card to mimic the sun and its rays, I think it could also work as a Fourth of July fireworks card.

Sunshine or fireworks? You choose!

Sunshine or fireworks? You choose!

The design is another variation of my Valentine’s Day card that used a cloud bubble die cut. The original idea came from an Online Card Classes lesson from Debby Hughes using a die cut in a clean and simple design. This one uses the sun die from Lil Inkers Design. I like the tiny dashes in the design.

I used 80# white card stock for both the card base and the first layer, which is trimmed a quarter inch from the edge and popped up with foam tape. In the middle I ran the sunshine die cut and layered a small piece of orange patterned paper as the background. Using the same die and various patterned papers in yellow from the Paper Studio’s A Day at the Beach pad, I created two more suns to flank the negative die cut on the diagonal.

It was a challenge to find an appropriate sentiment that was small enough to fit in the sun’s center. I ended up using one of the “be” sentiments from Simon Says Stamp “Be” set and the “happy” sentiment from Simon’s Absolutely on the Edge set.

The final touch was scattering some enamel dots in warm shades around the card.

What do you think? Does it look more like a sun or fireworks?

Either way, I think it’s a fun, happy card for a friend or family member. Have a great summer — and a Happy Fourth of July!


Fashion and wine card: May your glass always be half full

For both my fashion and wine loving friends, I created a quick greeting card using watercolor paper and this fun stamp from Stamping Bella called Uptown Girl, Opal the Optimist.

A fashion and wine greeting card: May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

A fashion and wine greeting card: May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

It’s a top-folding card created from Bazzill Card Shoppe heavy weight card stock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink on the image and Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers and a water brush to color the image in shades of green and pink.

As a special touch, I used Glossy Accents on the wine bottle and wine glass to make it shine like the real thing. After rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper, I adhered a clear rhinestone in the corner for a little sparkle. Then I attached it with foam tape for some dimension.

What do you think? I love the sentiment: May your glass always be half full. I’m thinking it can be used as an all-occasion card, whether for a birthday or a simple hello.

Thanks for looking!

Gelatos Card: Wishing You a Perfect Day

This is my first attempt at using gelatos (or gel sticks) on cards. I refuse to buy expensive Copic markers, so I decided to explore my options when it comes to watercoloring. I took the plunge at my local craft store and bought this Faber Castell set of 10 gelato colors that includes a foam stamp, stencil and other accessories.

Two shades of pink gelatos make up this card background.

Two shades of pink gelatos make up this card background.

Using the floral stamp in the set, I spritzed it with water and applied the lighter shade of pink gelato that comes in the kit. I stamped it multiple times on a piece of Neenah Desert Storm craft card stock, Then I applied the brighter shade of pink to the stamp, sprayed it with water, and applied it slightly offset from the light pink image. I let it dry and then cut it down to roughly 4 inches by 5.25 inches vertically.

The colors definitely stayed bright! To tone it down a bit, I adhered a smaller rectangle of vellum to the front. I heat embossed in gold a small flower and the sentiment, “Wishing You a Perfect Day,” from the Hero Arts Perfect Day stamp set. The vellum warped a bit from the heat tool, so I decided to leave the bottom loose. I adhered the top part of the vellum under a strip of the same card stock that I colored with the bright pink gelato.

The finishing touch? A few pink sequins to jazz it up.

I like the contrast of the bright pink against the neutral background. I had fun playing with the gelatos and found them easy to work with. I am thinking they will work best to quickly color backgrounds for cards and mixed media projects. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for working with gelatos?

Thanks for looking!

Cards for Dog and Cat Lovers

Are you a dog lover? Or do you prefer cats? Or both?

I think most of us fall into one of these three camps. So you can never go wrong having a stash of dog and cat greeting cards. Recently I wanted to thank a couple of co-workers who helped me with a project. Of course, one is a dog lover, and the other is a cat lover. So I created two similar cards using different dog and cat stamps.

A "purrfect" card for a cat lover.

A “purrfect” card for a cat lover.


A "woof" card for a dog lover.

A “woof” card for a dog lover.

I created the cat card first. Aren’t those cat stamps from Paper Smooches too cute? I love the variety! I stamped the different cats a various angles using a stamp press and Versafine brown ink. Then I stamped the solid cat on a piece of dark brown card stock in Versamark clear embossing ink.

I embossed it with my heat tool and fine white embossing powder from Recollections. I used the same paper and embossing powder to create the sentiment, “Have a purrrfect day,” and added the little fish bone at the end. I adhered everything to Neenah Desert Storm craft card stock, popping up the embossed kitty with foam squares. The final touch was adding two silver metal dots.

For the dog card, I used a similar technique featuring stamps from Hero Arts set. Don’t you love the different dog breeds? I’m not good with all the breed names, but I think I see a Dachschund, a Boxer and a Terrier.

This time I used the Versmark embossing ink by itself to create a darker watermark effect on the craft paper. Make sure you let it dry before proceeding. Then I embossed the cute dog (is that a Terrier?) and the woof talk bubble on white card stock using Ranger Superfine Embossing Powder in black. I popped those up using foam squares and added a black and white piece of twine at the top.

What do you think? Which do you prefer?

Thanks for looking!

P.S. I love animals of all kinds. Right now I share my home with two very sweet feline siblings, Bella and Beau.

Fun in the Sun Beach Card

On this Labor Day holiday, I figured it’s appropriate to post a day-at-the-beach card to celebrate hard work–and a relaxing day off.

An invitation to relax on the beach in your flip-flops.

An invitation to relax on the beach in your flip-flops.

In Florida, most of us live in flip-flops practically year-round. Ironically, I prefer to go the beach during the non-summer months when there’s less chance of rain. But I love the idea of sitting by the waves on a sunny beach!

And I love these dies from Lil’ Inker Designs. Aren’t the flip-flops adorable? I accented them with little pink rhinestones, but the dies come with decorative hearts and flowers that you can add to them as well. I popped them up using foam adhesive.

The sun also comes from a Lil’ Inker Designs die. I die-cut it from a yellow patterned piece of paper, then ran it through my Xyron to coat the front part in adhesive. Then to make it sparkle, I sprinkled Recollections fine glitter in a shimmering golden yellow on top. I burnished it with my fingertip, really rubbing it in. After shaking off the excess, it actually feels more like velvet than glitter. To add a little more interest, I snipped off the sun rays at various links (and because I adhered it too close to the card edge, LOL.)

All the patterned papers come from a 6″ x 6″ paper pad from Heidi Grace, Sunshowers. I took two different teal patterns to create the waves with my Fiskars waves punch. On top of that I layered a textured piece of off-white paper to create the sandy beach. I used craft scissors to create an uneven shoreline, then lightly edged it with a foam blending tool and Distress Ink in Antique Linen.

All of these items I adhered to a Bazzill card stock base in pale blue. I rounded all four corners with my Corner Chomper and stamped a Fun in the Sun sentiment from a Penny Black clear stamp set of the same name. Lastly, I added two pink rhinestones to flank the message.

What do you think? Does this card encourage you to enjoy a fun vacation by the beach?

I hope so. Thanks for stopping by!

A Little Bird Told Me Card

Recently I met a couple of former colleagues for breakfast, and they asked me to mail them a card so I could show off my new hobby. The previous post was for Amy, a grant writer. This card is for Andrea, a stay-at-home mom who keeps active with a couple of local organizations.

Yes, my bird managed to escape his cage!

Yes, my bird managed to escape his cage!

I thought the sentiment, “A little bird told me,” was perfect as Andrea is wonderful at keeping in touch with a variety of people. She’s also an excellent event organizer!

The design is inspired by my recent Online Card Class Summer Camp 2, though it doesn’t follow the example exactly. The card base is from Neenah Desert Storm. I chose a pastel green layer that I dry embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I used the stub end of my Corner Chomper to notch the corners.

The focal point is a bird and birdcage die cut from My Favorite Things. Isn’t it cute? I adhered the cage with a tape runner and popped up the bird with foam squares. I decided to place the bird just outside the cage as I couldn’t stand to see him locked up. LOL!

For a little interest, I added a cover for the cage using pink patterned paper from a 6″ x 6″ paper pad. I stamped the sentiment (from a Penny Black stamp set of the same name) over a subtle and complementary patterned paper across the center of the bird cage.

As my finishing touches, I added three rhinestones (including one as the bird’s eye) and tied a Doodlebug pink and white piece of twine into a hanging bow over the cage.

I am pretty happy with it, and I think Andrea will like it. Please tell me what you like!

Thanks for looking!

OCC Summer Camp 2: Nicest Thoughts Typewriter Card

Just one more day to post assignments to Online Card Classes Summer Camp 2 Class! This card turned out a little differently than what I had planned, but I like it.

This card features a gold typewriter for my grant writing friend.

This card features a gold typewriter for my grant writing friend.

I used stamps from three different sets. The background “hello” talk bubble stamp is from Pink Paislee’s Portfolio set in a pink pigment ink from Martha Stewart. Per the instructor’s example, I created a 4″ x 3″ mask from scratch paper over the card front. I stamped “hello” multiple times, being sure to overlap and vary the positioning. When I removed the mask, it left a nice white border around the edges.

On a separate piece of white card stock, I stamped a typewriter from Mama Elephant’s Type it set in Gold Delicata pigment ink. I cut it out and used foam squares to adhere it over the pink stamps.

Toward the bottom of the card, I adhered two strips of subtly patterned pink paper from American Craft’s Hip Hip Hooray pad. I cut the smaller strip into a banner end and stamped a Hero Arts sentiment, “You’re One of My Nicest Thoughts,” in Versafine brown ink.

As a final touch, I heat embossed a small wood heart from Studio Calico with Versamark embossing ink and Recollections gold glitter embossing powder. To ensure good coverage, I embossed it three times, dipping each layer back into the embossing ink and powder after using my heating tool.

I love the feminine combination of pink and gold. This card will go to a former colleague who is a grant writer for a non-profit organization. I think she will enjoy the gold typewriter; after all, her carefully chosen words can bring riches for a wonderful cause!

Please tell me what you think. I appreciate your feedback!

OCC Summer Card Camp 2: Thanks for Being My Friend Card

In yet another Online Card Classes Summer Camp 2 assignment, I tried a technique that’s new to me: creating circles out of folded patterned paper.

Bright colors and patterns for a friendship card.

Bright colors and patterns for a friendship card.

Per the instructor’s example, I punched eight circles (two of each pattern) roughly 1.75″ in diameter. I folded over each circle first in half and then in half again, slightly offset. I used Tombow Mono Multiglue to adhere the layers together. Then I formed two circles out of the folded squares and adhered them to a white piece of rectangular card stock that was slightly larger.

Next I adhered a different, lighter colored patterned paper to the front of a white card stock base, 4.25″ x 5.5″. To that I adhered the white rectangle with the circles, slightly off-center at an angle. Then I chose another patterned paper for the ends of the card front; I adhered those to the sides and trimmed the edges with scissors. All my patterned paper came from a 6″ x 6″ paper pad from My Mind’s Eye, Happy Day. I love the bright colors!

I stamped two sentiments from Hero Arts, “Friends” and “thanks for being my friend,” above and below the white rectangle. As a final touch, I covered three small wood hearts from Studio Calico with white enamel accents from Ranger. I placed two in the center of the circles and the larger one in the bottom corner.

It’s a lot of patterns on one card, but I think it’s fun, perfect for a friend. What do you think?

Happy crafting!

OCC Summer Camp 2: Vellum Butterfly

Still catching up on my class assignments! Here is a take on the instructor’s example, using patterned and vellum papers for the butterfly focus.


The papers are from Authentique. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm.  The butterfly comes from a Sizzix die cut.

This one is for my mother, who used to love to play bingo. She used to actually win too!

Please tell me what you think.  Do you think she’ll like it?

Thanks for looking!

OCC Summer Camp 2: Always Thinking of You Die Cut Card

Here’s another assignment from my recent Online Card Classes Summer Camp 2 class. This one I created very closely along the instructor’s example.

The scroll die-cut is adhered back into the negative space.

The scroll die-cut is adhered back into the negative space.

The side-folding card base is from Bazzill card stock. To that I adhered a piece of white card stock that I had stamped with a Hero Arts sentiment, “Always Thinking of You.” I used my Sizzlet die to die cut the scroll design from the left side. Then I colored the scroll with various shades of Inktense green pencils and a water brush.

It might be hard to tell from the photo, but I adhered the scroll die cut back within the negative space in the original white card stock. I used Tombox Monoglue dotted along the scrolls. It looks pretty cool in person, especially when you feel the die cut with your fingers.

I used a Martha Stewart punch to create the butterfly, which I colored with two shades of Inktense red and pink pencils and a water brush. I added four gemstones to the center and folded the wings for some dimension.

That’s it! One other note: As you can see, there is a slight indentation around the scroll design from the Sizzlet die. I’m not sure if there’s a way I could have avoided that, so I decided to work with it as if I planned it that way. Ha ha!

I like to keep these kinds of general cards on hand for a variety of occasions. This one will go to my sister who recently moved.

What do you think? Thanks for stopping by!