Melle Papillon Wishing You Lots of Happy Card

Here’s a sweet card for a girl or teen. Actually I made this one for my grown sister, as this image reminds me of her when she was little girl.

A sweet little girl card.

A sweet little girl card.

I just love this wood stamp from Penny Black, Melle Papillon. The little girl seems to capture the innocence of childhood, and the tiny butterflies add a touch of whimsy.

I stamped the image in Versafine Black Onyx onto a piece of watercolor paper. Using a water brush and Tim Holtz Distress Markers, I colored the image in a variety of shades, using more or less water as needed. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but I also used Glossy Accents over the butterflies to make them shiny.

Then I used my Spellbinders scalloped edge label die to cut the image out. Later on I decided to make the background blue, so I placed the die frame back around the image, and sponged two colors of Distress Ink in Broken China and Peacock Feathers around the edges. When you remove the die, it leaves a nice white border.

So that the sentiment wouldn’t distract from the pretty little girl, I created it on vellum paper, using Versamark embossing ink and white detail embossing powder. I added a pink sequin for a pop of color. The sentiment, Wishing You Lots of Happy, is from a Simon Says Stamp set.

To play off the colors in the image, I layered a piece of pink card stock (with rounded edges) and adhered that to a card base in yellow from Bazzill.

My sister said she loved it. What do you think?

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!

Halloween Card: Glittery Jack O’Lantern

I love this time of year in Florida. Though it’s still humid, the start of fall signals the promise of cooler weather. And, of course, pumpkin spice coffee (my favorite)!

To get in the mood for fall, I’m making Halloween cards. My first one is a clean and simple design, one that I think will appeal to my fashion-forward friends.

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A glittery Jack O’Lantern to celebrate Halloween.

I bought this EK Success Jack O’Lantern punch on clearance last Halloween. It was a thrill to pull it out of my almost-forgotten Halloween stash. Almost like getting a surprise Halloween gift!

I punched out the smiling pattern on some orange glitter paper from a 12″ x 12″ Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween-themed paper pad, Carnival. I rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper and adhered it to a black card stock base from Bazzill using foam squares. I like how the raised orange panel creates dimension and shadow for the Jack O’Lantern face.

Figuring out the right sentiment was a challenge. Originally I had created a banner sentiment from white paper and various Halloween-themed Distress Inks, but it looked too vintage against the glitter.

Finally, I found in my stash these rhinestone alphabet letters from the Paper Studio. I used a ruler and a pencil to line the three letters up evenly to spell, “Boo.”

And I’m not done yet! Normally I don’t do a lot on the inside of my cards, but I thought this was a perfect time to use my mini Jack O’Lantern punch. I think it’s also from EK Success.

This time I punched it out of the same orange glitter paper, and adhered it with Tombow Mono Multi Glue to the bottom right corner of white card stock. I rounded the corners once again and adhered it to the inside.

The inside hides its own mini Jack O'Lantern.

The inside hides its own mini Jack O’Lantern.

Cute, huh?

Please tell me what you think. What are you making for Halloween this year?

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!

La Soiree Celebration Card

Sometimes you need a simple, stylish card for a happy occasion, whether a birthday, anniversary or other celebration. I think this card fits the bill.

A clean, simple and fashionable card for any celebration.

A clean, simple and fashionable card for any celebration.

I was thrilled to get this Penny Black La Soiree wood stamp in the mail. I found a great deal at an Etsy shop that carries lots of Penny Black stamps.  I just wanted to see how it stamped, and before you know it, I had a card.

To elevate the design, I went for an embossed image, using Versamark clear embossing ink and black superfine embossing powder by Ranger. Because I wanted to add watercolor but still wanted a bright white background, I chose Bristol paper. Though it’s not as conducive to watercoloring as watercolor paper, it can still hold up against pilling if you don’t use too much water.

I matched my teal Bazzill Candy Shop card stock with a similar teal Inktense pencil. Using just a little water from my water brush, I colored in various shades of the tint at the shoes, the bow on the bag, her dress and some balloons. Especially with the balloons, I varied the amount of water and even colored in a couple balloons twice after the first layer dried. I used a heat tool to speed up the process, but it’s not necessary if you have enough time.

As finishing touches, I rounded the bottom corners of the image with my Corner Chomper and added a clear rhinestone in the upper corner.

In addition to having a clean and simple look, it really is pretty easy and fast to make. That’s not always the case with simple cards; I find sometimes they take me twice as long to get them just right!

I am very happy with the outcome. I think this design will appeal to a lot of my women friends, especially if I create them in a variety of colors. Actually, I think I might create a set in different shades to give as a gift.

I would love to hear what you think about the card. Do you like it?

Thanks for looking!

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.

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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!