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!


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!

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!

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!

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!

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!


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!

His & Hers: Mother’s Day Card

Our fourth assignment in the Online Card Classes His & Hers focused on Mother’s and Father’s Day cards. Here is my Mother’s Day version:

My Mother's Day card in hot pink and soft apricot.

My Mother’s Day card in hot pink and soft apricot.

I was a little hesitant to pair such bold colors together, but I am really liking it!

This card is a little different in that the recipient untucks the smaller hot pink paper (with the sentiment on it) from under the little white heart. Then the damask card opens up for a personal message. The card itself is attached to the larger piece of hot pink paper.

I am already anticipating having to give my mother instructions on how to open it. LOL! She’s always been a little goofy, and no joke, I had to tell her how to open up her Elvis double-set of CDs the other day. It will be fun to see what she thinks of this card!

The hot pink paper is from a 12 x 12 DCWV “A Type of Art” cardstock pad (that I got on clearance, even better!). The card was made from white cardstock stamped in Hero Arts Shadow Ink Soft Apricot on a Stampabilities Tapestry Pattern wood stamp. I embossed the sentiment (from the Simon Says Stamp “You” set) in white, and then adhered with Tombow Mono Glue the MOM letters. They are from Tim Holtz’ grunge board, and I painted them with a silver Ranger paint dauber. The silver paint matched perfectly with a scrap of silver paper from the same paper pad, which I punched with my EK Success scallop punch.

The heart is actually four pieces of white card stock punched with a mini EK Success heart punch, adhered together with glue, and then covered with white Enamel Accents.

The only thing I’m not happy with is the white edging around the card. My first couple of dashes were okay, and then my white gel pen started drying up. Then I tried another white gel pen. Also dried up. By that point I already had a few lines that couldn’t be erased or covered. Finally, my Tim Holtz Distress Marker in white came to the rescue, but the liners are thicker and fuzzier than I would like. Next time, I will double-check that my pens have enough wet ink to cover my entire project!

Normally for this class I make both a feminine and masculine version of the same card. The class has some beautiful examples of Father’s Day cards. Unfortunately, my dad passed away last year, and I am just not up to making a Father’s Day card, even for practice. He is definitely in my heart.

I hope you enjoy this Mother’s Day card. Please let me know what you think!

His & Hers: Sympathy Cards

In this third assignment from the Online Card Classes His and Hers segment, we focused on sympathy cards. I chose to work with the same colors but different imagery and fonts to appeal to different genders.

Simple sympathy cards for both genders.

Simple sympathy cards for both genders.

Although these look like simple cards, it took me several tries to get them right! That’s the challenge with simple cards that rely only on stamps – it’s easy to make an error with getting a stamp positioned correctly or smudging the ink.

I started with the masculine card. The class example used a really cool herringbone stamp, but I couldn’t find anything that read both masculine and neutral enough for a sympathy card.  You don’t want to be cutesy when it comes to expressing your condolences. So I went with a leaf stamp that had enough length to it to use it sideways.

Once again, I went with an ivory card base (next time I will have to create a masculine card using a white base!). I used two shades of ink, VersaMagic Spanish Olive and Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Butter Bar, to stamp the leaves in a staggered pattern. I used large sticky notes to tape off the edge and my Eclipse masking sheet to mask the green leaf so that it appeared that the yellow one was behind it. I also purposely left a little green ink on the stamp so some of it showed through the yellow.

I used Versafine Vintage Sepia to stamp the sentiment and the vertical border. The sentiment is from my old stand-by, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings, and the border is from Simon Says Stamp Happy Every Day. I used foam adhesive to adhere the layer on the ivory card base.

For the feminine version, I used the same inks, but this time with a flower stamp from Impression Obsession, G5561. The image comes as one stamp, so I carefully inked it up used both inks, with a little overlap at the base of the yellow flower. Although the green flower didn’t stamp evenly, I decided to leave it as I think it adds to the imagery of the flowers being in the sun. That, and I didn’t want to start over again!

The thin double border came from the same stamp set as above, while the cursive sentiment comes from Stampendous’ Orchid Greetings set. This time I used white card stock, adhering the white layer with foam squares on a white card base.

Both are very simple, but I think that’s best when it comes to sympathy cards.

Thanks for visiting!

His & Hers Cards: Happy Birthday

In this second assignment from Online Card Classes: His and Hers, we focused on creating birthday cards with masculine and feminine twists. I loved all the examples from class, but I especially loved the clean and simple look of working with strips of colored vellum.

Bright colors for my girly card, and natural colors for my manly card.

Bright colors for my girly card, and natural colors for my manly card.

My “Her” card followed the class assignment pretty closely. I used a white card base and white card stock for the layer, around which I wrapped four thin strips of vellum. Although the instructor used various shades of Copic markers to color her vellum strips, I don’t have any (they are too expensive!). Instead, I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers in feminine colors of pink and blue. Since they are like watercolor markers, I ended up rubbing each strip with a paper towel right after I colored it to help blend it in. You can still see some streaks, but I am okay with that!

I used my Simon Says Stamp die-cut, “Oh Happy Day,” to add the word “Happy” in light blue glittered paper. I tucked it behind the top strip, and then stamped the pink diagonal strip with a birthday stamp from Stampabilities. Then I added iridescent sequins randomly. I loved the instructor’s tip of sticking each sequin on a glue dot and then adhering the glue dot to the paper. Much easier than using wet glue or glue tape!

For the “His” card, I used the same technique but with more manly colors. I started with an ivory card base and a layer of tan textured paper. This time I colored the four vellum strips in shades of brown, yellow and green. I used the same birthday stamp on the green vellum. Then I stamped “Happy” above the strips in Versafine Onyx Black using a rustic-looking stamp from a Fiskars set. Instead of sequins, I found some bronze brads in my stash, which I think adds to the outdoorsy feel. By the way, with both cards, I stamped the “birthday” sentiment using StazOn black ink, since I figured that would be better on vellum.

I really like using the vellum strips to custom-color my cards. Please let me know what you think!