Elephant card for my Alabama niece

Here’s a quick card I created for my niece who turns 21 today. She’s a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan, so I had to go for an elephant theme.

A birthday card for an Alabama fan.

A birthday card for an Alabama fan.

The stamp is a cling one called African Elephant from Deep Red. I heat embossed it on white card stock using Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder in Fired Brick. The happy birthday sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Happy set, also embossed.

Although it’s not an exact replica of Alabama’s elephant mascot, I think it’s close enough. I love all the detail, and of course I had to use the Alabama colors of white and crimson.

The final touch was rounding the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper and adding a red rhinestone in the upper right hand corner. A clean and simple card. Easy peasy!

Happy birthday to my wonderful niece Jessica!


Birthday card: Floral Doodle Stamp and Punch

Recently I needed to create a quick birthday card, and I was looking for something that looked harder to make than it actually was. LOL!

Kraft card stock and pink images for a feminine birthday card.

Kraft card stock and pink images for a feminine birthday card.

This EK Tools stamp and punch set, Floral Doodle, came to the rescue. I picked this up at Michael’s awhile ago. It consists of several foam stamps of flowery doodles and sentiments. The stamps coordinate and can be layered over one another. It also includes a punch of the main flower image.

The box contains several photo examples, and I mimicked one in my time crunch. I used Neenah Desert Storm for the card base and the main flower that’s popped up with foam adhesive in the center. To keep some feminine flair, I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Bubblegum to stamp the images in a bright pink shade.

I used three stamps in the set: the squared-off doodle on the card base itself; the bigger flower that I stamped and punched out on another layer; and the smaller flower that I stamped and fussy-cut for the flower center.

To create a little more depth, I edged the main flower with the same pink ink, using the edge of the ink pad directly to the paper. I added an organza pink ribbon and some pink rhinestones as accents.

The final touch was to add the happy birthday sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper.

It ended up being an unusual size as I got a little messy with my ink and had to trim off the mistake. Oh, well. I think it still works!

Please let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!

Masculine Card: Blueprint Cupcake

Here’s a birthday card that’s appropriate for a guy, featuring Tim Holtz paper and blueprint stamps:

A masculine card for my nephew.

A masculine card for my nephew.

In this case, it’s my nephew’s birthday today. He’s 23 years old now. Makes me feel old!

I used my Hero Arts Envelope Line wood stamp to create the background on the card, using Distress Ink in Forest Moss on Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I used that same stamp to create the center focal panel on off-white card stock, using Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade for subtle texture.

I adhered the card front made from a Tim Holtz paper pad featuring typeset letters. To that I adhered the focal piece, along with two thin strips of card stock painted green using Distress Paint in Peeled Paint. I stamped the Tim Holtz blueprint cupcake stamp and the sentiment from another Tim Holtz set, “Wishing You All You Are Wishing For…”

I borrowed the idea for the paper-pieced cupcake from the Watercooler Love blog. I stamped the cupcake stamp three more times on white card stock to which I had applied three shades of Distress Paints in Vintage Photo, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed. I had dried the paint swatches with my heat tool and used Staz On ink in brown to stamp the image.

Then I cut out the individual pieces, with the green for the cupcake wrapper and candle, the brown for the chocolate icing and the yellow for the candle flame. I pasted these over the original cupcake image, using foam tape for dimension.

The final touch was to wrap a piece of brown embroidery twine around the center panel.

What do you think? Is it masculine enough?

I think my nephew will like it. Thanks for looking!

OCC Summer Camp 2: Multi-colored Embossing Birthday Card

Catching up on my Online Card Classes Summer Camp 2 assignments, I decided to try this multi-colored embossing technique on a birthday card.

I used three colors of embossing powders on this birthday card.

I used three colors of embossing powders on this birthday card.

It’s definitely a clean and simple look, but maybe a little too simple for my tastes. The technique is to stamp your image (here, a birthday sentiment from Simon Says Stamp) with clear embossing ink. Then you carefully shake an embossing color in one color on the top third of the image, a second color embossing powder on the middle part of the image, and a third color on the bottom part of the image. It’s okay to have them mix a little. Next you heat it with your heat tool to melt the powder into a cohesive look.

I like the effect, but I don’t think the top two-thirds of my stamp was as well-inked as the bottom portion, so the coverage is not even. Plus, I didn’t realize that stray embossing specks would leave dots around the image. I should have left them alone, but I took a craft knife and then a white gel pen to try to cover them up. In artificial light it looks okay, but in natural light you can see the corrections.

I added iridescent gemstones for just a touch of bling and mounted the layer with foam squares to a hot pink card base from Bazzill.

It’s not my favorite card, but it is a technique I will definitely try again. What do you think?

Happy crafting!

OCC Summer Camp 2: Happy Birthday Polaroid Card

I can’t believe the Online Card Class Summer Camp 2 is almost over. It’s been a full three weeks with lots of wonderful assignments and inspiration. Unfortunately, I have been traveling and not able to devote as much time to participating as I would like. I will catch up eventually!

This assignment is from Week 3, Day 1. We had to choose at least four colors from a palette of tan, brown, light purple, a brighter purple and a turquoise. Per the instructor’s example, I created a background layer using two sheets cut at an angle. To create a honeycomb design, I stamped a sheet of light blue card stock with purple ink and a Lawn Fawn Interlocking Backdrops stamp. I attached this to another a light purple sheet of card stock that I had dry embossed with a larger honeycomb pattern. I covered up the seam between the two papers with a narrow strip of brown paper.

Say cheese! A birthday card with a Polaroid focus.

Say cheese! A birthday card with a Polaroid focus.

For the focal point, I used my new Polaroid die from Lawn Fawn. I cut it out of craft paper and stamped the birthday sentiment in Versafine brown ink. Then I die cut three sheets of bright purple card stock, adhered together to make a thick layer, with a Simon Says Stamp die cut, Oh Happy Day. I adhered the Happy portion with Tombow Mono Multi Glue across the midpoint of the frame.

For a bit of sparkle, I punched two flowers with my Martha Stewart punch in a glitter card stock in coordinating shades of purple and blue. In the center I adhered a turquoise rhinestone.

The entire layer was attached with foam squares to a card base from Neenah Desert Storm craft paper.

I don’t think I would have put this color combination together on my own, but I think I like the juxtaposition of the brighter pastel colors with the neutral shades of tan and brown. What do you think? Thank s for looking!

OCC Summer Camp 2: Hoping You Have An Amazing Birthday Card

In my second assignment for the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2, I’ve worked with the same palette of bright colors.

A bright birthday theme on a chevron background.

A bright birthday theme on a chevron background.

The technique I learned here was using tape to mask certain portions of the stamp so that I could stamp it in multiple colors.You take a piece of tape and cover up most of the stamp, except the portion you want in one particular color. You ink that portion up, remove the tape, and then stamp it. Since the other portion was obscured, the inked part is the only portion that shows. You continue that process for the rest of the stamp, moving the tape in the areas as needed and using different inks. Per the class example, I used a stamp positioner to ensure that I stamped in the same place each time.

Here I used a Simon Says Stamp sentiment, Hoping You Have An Amazing Birthday. It is from the Happy Every Day set. The top and bottom inks are Hero Arts Shadow Inks in  Soft Apricot and Butter Bar, respectively. The blue color is VersaMagic Sea Breeze, and the pink color is Memento Rose Bud. You can see that I had to stamp some of the colors multiple times to get even coverage. It’s not perfect, but it will do!

I used the same hot pink ink to color the sides of the underlying paper to match. The background stamp is a chevron Cover-A-Card stamp from Impression Obsession, stamped in the same Butter Bar ink on a piece of yellow Bazzill card stock. It is scored on the left for a side-folding card.

The final touch was to add some turquoise rhinestones and round the top right corner with my Corner Chomper.

I like how bright it is and think it will make a nice addition to my birthday card stash.

What do you think? Thanks for looking!

Fashion Birthday Card

Here’s yet another take on a birthday card. This one is fashion-themed for my friend Tracy’s upcoming birthday. She loves pink so I used a corally pink card base from Bazzill.

A simple and girly birthday card for my friend.

A simple and girly birthday card for my friend.

I love this girly stamp from the Penny Black “A Little Bird” stamp set. I used black onyx ink from Versafine on watercolor paper. I took my Tim Holtz Distress Markers in a variety of colors, along with my waterbrush, to color her in. I find that the Tattered Rose shade makes for a lovely skin color.

To make sure the focus was on the image, I took a cue from a recent Online Card Class, His & Hers, to create the sentiment. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment, from Stampendous, with Versamark embossing ink on a narrow strip of vellum. Then I heat embossed it with my heat gun and white embossing powder. The vellum is secured on the back sides with a little adhesive. I’m not sure if the full effect is clear through the photo, but I really like how the image can be seen through the sentiment.

For the finishing touches, I used my Sakura Jelly Roll pen to add a tiny bit of shimmer to the birthday candles and bow on the present. Then I added three rhinestones and rounded all four corners of both the image and the card base with my Corner Chomper.

Now I just need to add a personal note on the inside. I think Tracy will love it!

What do you think? Thanks for looking!


OCC Summer Card Camp 2: Prechallenge Birthday Card

I am signed up for another Online Card Class, which I love! This time it’s Summer Card Camp 2, which is three weeks long. I’ve never taken an online class for that length of time, so it will be interesting to see what we learn–and if I can keep up in posting my assignments here!

In advance of the class, we have a pre-class challenge to design a card based on a sketch. It’s a pretty simple sketch focusing on three circles and a banner. Here’s my version:

A colorful card for my birthday card stash. Always good to have on hand!

A colorful card for my birthday card stash. Always good to have on hand!

As you can see, I didn’t do a lot of stamping, except for the Fiskars birthday sentiment. I am loving this 6 x 6 paper pack from Kathy Davis GCD Studios, Hello Sunshine. It’s filled with bright colors and fun images that are perfect for birthdays. All the papers on the card come from this same pack. And yes, the circles are supposed to be “wonky.” There are whole pages filled with the circular images, so I decided to cut out three for my card.

I tied a purple and white piece of twine at the top and rounded the card corners for the final touch.

Please let me know what you think. Thanks for looking!

Purple Flower Birthday Card

In this month of many birthdays, I am on a birthday card kick! This one is for my friend Becky, who gave me a beautiful stamp with the flower in the bottle. It’s a wood stamp from Inkadinkado, Vintage Bottle Flower.

A purple flower for a June birthday.

A purple flower for a June birthday.

As always when I watercolor, I stamped my image in waterproof Versafine Black Onyx ink. Her favorite color is purple so I colored the flower a vibrant purple using my Inktense pencil and a water brush on watercolor paper. I also used some pink to add depth to the flower. I colored the stems and leaves with various shades of green and the bottle with light blue tones.  I used a gray tint to add shadow to the bottom and right side of the bottle. I added a tiny bit of glimmer to the center of the flower with my stardust pen from Sakura.

The image was looking a little stark, so I took my ink blending tool from Ranger and added Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint to the edges for some green shading.

I didn’t have a particular design in mind, but once I started playing with some paper swatches, I decided to try a picture frame effect. Though the colors don’t match perfectly, I like the complementary tones in the 4.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad from the Paper Studio’s So-So-Sweet line (from Hobby Lobby). I found that I liked having two solid colors and two patterned papers, all in different widths.

The final touch was the birthday sentiment from Fiskars and a few clear rhinestones scattered here and there.

What do you think? Will she like it for her birthday?

Thanks for looking!

My Party Dress Card

This summer is a busy one for birthdays, at least for me! One of my longtime friends will celebrate a milestone birthday this month by throwing a fabulous fashion-themed party. So this is a perfect time to experiment with my dress form stamps and dies.

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A fun collage of patterns for this fashion-themed birthday card.

This design is loosely based on a Shari Carroll design from an Online Card Class, His and Hers. I trimmed an inch off the right side of the card and adhered two different patterned papers from my go-to feminine paper pad, All About Girls from DCWV. I love how the different patterns coordinate with similar colors.

All the other papers come from the same pad, with the exception of the yellow stripe. The dress is a die-cut from Spellbinders Decorative Dress Forms dies, popped up with foam squares. Isn’t it cute? I also used the matching Cindy Echtinaw Designs All Dolled Up stamp set to stamp the dress form base in Staz On brown ink and the “My Party Dress” sentiment on a horizontal banner, which I cut by snipping a triangle from the right end. I made the little flower with a Martha Stewart punch and a turquoise enamel dot from My Mind’s Eye in the center.

The final touch? A tiny wire hanger from 7 Gypsies, adhered with Glossy Accents, and four rounded corners with my Corner Chomper. You can’t see it here, but I added a happy birthday sentiment on the inside.

So, is this card ready to grace the pages of Vogue? I’m not sure Anna Wintour would agree, but I think my fashion-forward friend will like it.

Please tell me what you think. Thanks for looking!