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!

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!

Thanksgiving Cards: Cat in the Hat and Fall Leaves

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

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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!

Paris Card: Glittery Eiffel Tower

Roughly one month ago I was in the City of Lights, fulfilling my lifelong dream of visiting Paris. It was so worth it! I only wish I had done it sooner.

In celebration of that visit, I’ve created this Paris-themed card as a thank-you to my friend and traveling companion Tracy who helped navigate the charming, cobblestone streets of the world’s most visited city.

A clean and simple card paying homage to the Eiffel Tower.

A clean and simple card paying homage to the Eiffel Tower.

It is a very simple card with a focus on Paris’ most iconic tourist draw: the Eiffel Tower. As always with simple cards, I end up spending more time deciding what NOT to include. It can be a challenge to edit yourself!

Here I focused on a hot pink card base from Bazzill. I layered a black piece of textured card stock; I even experimented with a dry embossed version of the black layer but found that I liked the plain version better.

To that I added a die-cut image of the Eiffel Tower, cut from a My Favorite Things die on heavy white cardstock. I ran the piece through my Xyron to coat it in adhesive. Then I dipped it in extra fine silver glitter from Recollections. I burnished it with my finger, rubbing the excess glitter away.

I popped it up in the corner using foam squares and added a single clear rhinestone in the opposite corner for a touch of bling. On the inside I stamped in black Versafine ink a “Merci” sentiment from Penny Black.

I think my friend will like this memento of our Paris trip. Fortunately, we were able to visit the Eiffel Tower both day and night to experience all of its lovely views. Of course, during the day you can see all of Paris and its most recognizable sights, like the Louvre and the Notre Dame Cathedral. But at night, you also can see the tower in all its glittery glory. Every hour it sparkles in timed unison, like the lights on a Christmas tree.

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Paris Eiffel Tower at night October 2013I am already missing that gorgeous city and wishing I could go back soon. But then again, I guess “we’ll always have Paris,” right? At least in photos–and homemade cards!

Please let me know what you think. Thank you, merci, for looking!

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!

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: 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!

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!

Sunny Days Challenge Card

Continuing my summer theme, I was inspired to create a fun card as part of Lil’ Inker Designs’ Sunny Days Challenge.

Lil Inker Designs Sunny Days Challenge

In the inspiration photo, I love the bright blue sky and the contrasting burst of yellow in the coffee cup. I think both perfectly illustrate a beautiful summer day.

And who can resist pinwheels (and flip flops)? They are a great reminder to take time to play.

I used the happy color scheme and imagery to create a sunny birthday card for a friend who will celebrate her birthday this month. A summer card for a summer baby!

I decided to turn my pinwheel into a beautiful flower. Lil’Inker’s Mini Pinwheel Die makes it really easy to create cute pinwheels for a variety of projects. I used double-sided patterned paper from Heidi Grace’s Sunshowers 6×6 paper pad. For the flower center, I wove some yellow and white baker’s twine on a white button. The flower stem is a piece of a wooden coffee stirrer, tinted green with the Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Peeled Paint.Sunshine and Pinwheel flower card lo res

With yellow patterned paper from the same paper pad, I used the small Sunshine die from Lil’Inker to create my own bright sun in a blue sky. I love how the die includes stitching details on the sun and sunshine rays for extra interest. I folded some of the rays upward to add some dimension.

The grass was created using a punch from Fiskars; the Happy Birthday sentiment is from Stampendous. I adhered everything to a top-folding card of heavy white cardstock and rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper.

What do you think? Does it make you want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine?

I hope so. I am so inspired, I think I am going to the beach! Have fun!