Christmas Card: Stamping Bella’s Three Amigas

As one of three girls, I was immediately drawn to Stamping Bella’s Three Amigas stamp featuring three fashionistas celebrating the holidays.

Three Christmas Card versions of Stamping Bella's Three Amigas fashionistas.

Three Christmas Card versions of Stamping Bella’s Three Amigas fashionistas.

I’m always on the look-out for stamps, cards and other items featuring three of anything – cats, dogs, babies – to give my mother. When we were little kids, she used to recite the “three little kittens” rhyme to us all the time. Now it’s a running joke to see what “three little kitten” item I will give her each year.

Of course, I had to create three versions of the same card, one for my mom and one each for my two sisters. I stamped them on watercolor paper and used Distress Markers to color them. Then I paper-pieced the outfits and switched them out for each version. One version uses Stampendous’ embossing powder in a sparkly blue around the edges and for the snow while another uses the pink version. The third one uses a clear sparkly embossing powder, so I lightly watercolored the background in blue to make it stand out.

I think they’re really cute, and I’m hopeful my family will love them.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Cards with Penny Black Fashion Stamps

I challenged myself to send out only handmade Christmas cards this year, and I completed it! My list wasn’t quite as long, and I took a few shortcuts, but overall I am pleased with the results.

I love the Christmas fashion stamps by Penny Black. I’ll update soon with the stamp set names.

I stamped in black and clear-embossed the images on Bristol paper. I used my Distress Markers in shades of red, pink and green to color them with a water brush. Some of the cards have a dry-embossed layer from a Spellbinders Christmas ornament design, while others I adhered directly onto a preprinted card base. I added a touch of bling with rhinestones, and then I was done!

Merry Christmas Eve!

Valentine’s Cards: Fashion Box of Chocolates

In my final Valentine’s Day card post, here are a couple of cards that I created with a “fashion” twist.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine's Day box of chocolates.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.

It’s another simple design with a focus on this adorable stamp from Stamping Bella, Uptown Girl Catherine Nibbling Chocolate. I think it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day–and my two fashionable nieces, Jessica and Hayley.

For both, I stamped the image in black Versafine ink on white Bristol paper so I could use a little bit of watercolor but keep it bright. I used a combination of Distress Ink markers and gelatos with my water pen. Then I mounted the images with foam tape for a little dimension.

Hayley loves purple, so I colored her girl’s dress with a purple distress marker, accented with a sparkly gold gelato. I like the untraditional color combination, mounted on a purple card base from Bazzill.

For Jessica, I went with a more conventional color combination of pink and red. It might be hard to see, but the pink gelato on her dress leaves a slight glittery sheen, which is really pretty in real life. I went with a simple white card base, though I think it would look cute with a pink card base, too.

I didn’t bother with a sentiment, since I will write a Valentine’s Day message inside. I wanted to keep the attention on the adorable girl with her yummy box of chocolates. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and my dad would bring home heart-shaped chocolate boxes for his three little girls. We were so excited!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day–and your own delicious goodies to eat. Thanks for looking!

Valentine Card: Love Ya Heart Stamps

Here’s another Valentine’s Day card that uses some Martha Stewart heart stamps that I’ve been meaning to use for a long time.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

I based this design on an Online Card Classes lesson from Kristina Werner. I like incorporating both patterned paper and my stamps in different ink colors.

I used a vertical white card base and rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper. I adhered a square piece of heart patterned paper from K & Company, Valentine Sweetheart. I used an EK Success punch on the right edge to punch a row of small scalloped hearts.

The focal point is a vertical white strip of card stock stamped in various shades of red, pink and purple inks. The large, intricate hearts are from a Martha Stewart clear stamp set (sorry, it’s an old one and I don’t have the name). The smaller hearts are from a Simon Says Stamp clear set.  The Love Ya sentiment is from the same set.

I rounded the bottom corners of the vertical strip and adhered a small strip of lavender pattern paper from the same paper pad. The final touch was to adhere a small rhinestone heart for a little dimension.

What do you think? It’s definitely a girly card. Maybe I’ll give it to one of my sisters?

Thanks for looking. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine Card: Cloud Talk Bubbles

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I made a quick card that can be easily adjusted with different pattern papers to send to different loved ones.

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A clean and simple Valentine’s Day card.

I borrowed this idea from a Debby Hughes lesson in a previous Online Card Classes Class, Pattern Play. It’s a clean and simple style that uses a die cut in the middle of the card, surrounded by the same die cut in different colors and the sentiment heat-embossed in white.

Here I used a Simon Says Stamp stamp set and coordinating die, Talk Bubbles 2. The pattern paper comes from a Paper Studios 6 x 6 paper pad from Hobby Lobby, Love You. I adhered one square of the heart paper to the back of the white panel with dimensional tape and then used more tape to adhere the entire panel to the white card front.

To finish it off, I scattered some red rhinestones along with a clear heart-shaped rhinestone in the middle heart.

Very simple, but I like it! Please tell me what you think. Thanks for looking!

Easy Christmas Cards

Hi again. I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. It’s been a real challenge to keep up with my crafting, plus the blogging!

Oh well, I managed to squeeze in a few quick Christmas cards using Mambi patterned card bases plus some Martha Stewart Christmas papers and embellishments.

A Christmas card with a cute Martha Stewart apron.

A Christmas card with a cute Martha Stewart apron.

As you can see, I tried to stick to a red theme and coordinate the embellishments with the paper. I’ve got everything from pine cones and Christmas stockings to holiday presents and Christmas cookies.

I tried to add a little pizzazz by adding a vellum layer with a heat-embossed greeting on top. It allows you to still see the patterned paper underneath. For most of the cards, I purposely left one of the vellum edges open so the recipient can lift it up to see more details. Add a little bling or ribbon, and you’re done!

I’m hoping to get an earlier start on my Christmas cards next year so I can really take some time with my stamping to create more customized designs. Believe it or not, I am taking some craft items with me to my Mom’s house to make some cards there. I’m hoping my 12-year-old niece will join in to help me.

Christmas Cards

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family!

Thanksgiving Cards: Cat in the Hat and Fall Leaves

Just in time for Thanksgiving, I created these two simple cards to send to family.

Thanksgiving cards

Simple cards for Thanksgiving.

On both cards I used a wood grain embossing folder to create some natural texture.

The first card is extra clean and simple with a tone-on-tone cream card base and layer. On a separate piece of kraft card stock, I stamped the cat from Lawn Fawn’s Critters in in the Burbs stamp set. I used a Distress marker in Vintage Photo to add some quick  stripes. I also stamped on white card stock the pilgrim hat from Lawn Fawn’s Hats Off to You stamp set. I colored it with Distress markers and a little bit of  water in a water brush.

I cut both out, edged them with a black marker, and adhered them to the bottom corner with dimensional tape. Ta-da, a Thanksgiving kitty! The final touch was a brown piece of twine wrapped vertically, and on the inside, a Happy Thanksgiving sentiment in brown ink from the Hats Off to You stamp set.

For the second card, I was inspired by Lawn Fawn’s recent blog post that used die-cut fall leaves on a simple card. I used my Spellbinders leaves die set to cut out these leaves in a variety of shapes using textured paper in yellow, green and red. I used a sponge dauber in Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add an aged look.

I adhered these to a card base from Neenah Desert Storm, with the front panel embossed in wood grain. For the sentiment, I stamped the Happy Thanksgiving greeting in brown Staz On ink on a strip of vellum. I adhered the sides with tape, which I covered with two brown buttons to hide the adhesive. I also created faux stitch lines around the card using my Distress Marker in Vintage Photo.

What do you think? Which card do you like better? I think the cat one is my favorite – so cute with the hat that is slightly too big and askew!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Halloween Card: Trick or Treat Cat

Happy Halloween! For my last Halloween card this year, here’s an ode to spooky black cats (on a broom, no less!).

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

I borrowed this idea from a Lime Doodle blog post. I heat embossed in fine black embossing powder this awesome stamp of a cat flying away on a broom. (It’s a wooden stamp given to me as a gift by another crafty friend.)

Then I created an easy circle mask, using my Martha Stewart circle cutter on a sheet of Eclipse masking paper (it has a sticky back so that you are basically creating a big sticker that you cut out in the desired shape and size). I sized the circle to be slightly larger than my image. Then I placed the entire sheet, minus the circle, over a white card stock layer sized at 4″ x 5.25″.

Using a sponge blending tool, I shaded the now-exposed circle with three shades of orange and purple Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord. I left the center mostly white as a highlight. When you remove the mask, you have a cool circle in the colors of your choice. Plus, the inks resist the embossed image,

For the sentiment, I heat embossed in white embossing powder on black piece of card stock the words, “Trick or treat,” from a Recollections Halloween stamp set. I die cut the sentiment using a banner die from Simon Says Stamps and used foam adhesive to raise the banner center.

The finishing touches include adding purple enamel dots from Hero Arts, rounding the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper, and adhering it to a purple card base from Bazzill.

What do you think? Enjoy your Halloween. Hope you get lots of treats, not tricks!

Thanks for looking.

Halloween Card: Cat Woman

Here’s another relatively quick Halloween card that features a “cat woman” costume.

This card features my timeless cat woman Halloween costume.

This card features my timeless cat woman Halloween costume.

All the images are from a Penny Black stamp set, Cat Spell. This appealed to me especially because I am known for throwing on some cat ears, painting some cat whiskers on my face, and calling it my cat woman Halloween costume. It’s timeless!

I stamped the images in Versafine black onyx ink on watercolor paper and colored them with a water brush and both Distress Markers and Inktense pencils in various shades of black, orange and purple. I like the vibrancy of the orange with the Inktense pencils, but the skin tones from the Distress Markers.

After cutting out the images, I adhered them to patterned papers from a 6″ x 6″ Pebbles paper pad, Tricks and Treats. I rounded the corners of the Happy Halloween sentiment with my Corner Chomper and used foam squares to pop up the cat woman figure. The orange card base is from Bazzill.

As a final touch, I used my Sakura Stardust pen to add a little sparkle to all the pumpkins.

What do you think? Is the cat woman costume a keeper?

Thanks for visiting!

Halloween Card: Lots of Washi Tape!

Hello again! Sorry for the long time in between posts – I recently took a wonderful trip to Paris and am still getting back into the groove of things. I will create a Paris-themed card and post later; for now, here’s a quick Halloween card.

A quick and easy Halloween card using Washi tape.

A quick and easy Halloween card using Washi tape.

I borrowed this idea from Michaels and used Halloween-themed Washi tape in a variety of patterns to create this background. Even better, my local Michaels had them on clearance, so I picked up quite a few!

As you can see, it’s really easy to make an interesting background by layering the tapes at different angles. Since it’s tape, you don’t have to worry about adhering them; plus you can tear the ends and fold them under the black card stock layer.

Keeping it even easier, I found these cute Martha Stewart Halloween embellishments from last year’s stash. I adhered everything to an orange card base from Bazzill.

You can’t see it here, but on the inside I pinned an adorable mini flair button that says, “Candy Monster,” in the lower corner. I think my niece in Memphis will like it!

What do you think? What are you making for Halloween?

Thanks for looking!