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!


OCC Summer Camp 2: Wishing You Lots of Happy

Here’s a quick post for my first Online Card Classes Summer Camp 2 assignment. This week we’re working with three sketches and need to work with at least four of the five chosen colors.

My first Online Card Class Summer Camp 2 assignment.

My first Online Card Class Summer Camp 2 assignment

The turquoise banner was cut from Bazzill cardstock, popped up with dimensional squares. The top-folding card base is white stamped with Hero Arts Butter Bar Shadow Ink with an Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card background stamp, Medallion.

The sketch showed three circles, but I used three butterflies using my Martha Stewart butterfly punch instead. They were punched from a 6 x 6 Crate Paper Story Teller pad. I added rhinestones for a little glitter.

The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp “happy” set. I embossed it using white embossing powder and my heat tool.

It looks pretty simple, but it took me several tries to get it right. I started out trying a solid background with a stamp banner, but I like this look better.

Please let me know what you think!

Cat-itude Card

I decided to keep this card simple to highlight my new “Cattus Librum” stamp from Stampendous. Don’t you just love the cat looking down the glasses on his nose?


Yes, as a cat lover, I am biased. I just couldn’t resist buying this stamp when I saw it. I stamped the image in Versafine black onyx ink on white card stock.

Then I adhered it to a panel of black and grey patterned paper from DCWV’s 6 x 6 Bohemian stack. The black and white layer beneath it is from the same paper pad. I cut it a little narrow on the edges so just a little of the white card stock underneath would show on the sides.

The Cat-itude sentiment is from Impression Obsession, which I stamped on a white banner die-cut from Simon Says Stamp. That’s popped up using dimensional tape.

I was tempted to add a black rhinestone or two, but ultimately decided I wanted to keep the focus on the studious kitty with the “cat-itude.”

What do you think? Thanks for looking!

Absolutely So Happy for You Card

You never know where inspiration will strike. Believe it or not, I was inspired to create this card based on a design from my Shop Kick application on my smart phone!

I am happy with this "so happy for you" card!

I am happy with this “so happy for you” card!

I’ve been wanting to play with my Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card chevron background for awhile, and this was the perfect opportunity. I stamped three Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers on to the stamp and lightly spritzed it with water. I love the bright colors!

I cut out a black circle measuring four and a quarter inches with my Martha Stewart circle cutter. Then I used my new Absolutely stamp and die set from Simon Says Stamp. I cut out “Absolutely” on white card stock using my Sizzix Big Shot. This is an “on the edge” die, so it includes the bottom portion of the letters still attached to the card stock, which you can cut to your desired height and width.

Next I embossed the coordinating stamp in “So Happy for You” in white below the die cut area. Then I adhered the die cut above it, trimmed it to match the circle diameter, and added three clear rhinestones for a little sparkle. I adhered the finished black circle with foam tape and then the entire background to a black card stock background cut down to five and three quarters inches.

The final step was adhering a piece of white card stock to the inside for a place to write my message.

My friend recently started a new job, so I’ll give this card to her when I see her to celebrate.

Happy crafting!

Dylusions “Magic” Project

Recently I’ve really gotten into Dyan Reaveley’s Dylusions line. Especially her playful people stamps and sentiments. I started out with the intention of making a card, but I like the sentiment so much that I’ve decided to keep it as a mini “canvas” instead.

My playful reminder to take a risk.

My playful reminder to take a risk.

The background stamp is from Impression Obsession. Once I stamped it in grey on light grey cardstock, it reminded me of rain. I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Faded Jeans to make it look a little more stormy around the edges. One of my Dylusions stamp sets featured some fun umbrellas, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to play with both.

I like the sentiment in and of itself (also from Dylusions), and I think it reinforces the idea of standing in the rain with your umbrella closed so you don’t miss the “magic” of rainfall. I stamped it on white paper, fussy cut the pieces and edged them with a black Sharpie marker. It’s hard to see in the photo, but I also used my glitter pen to trace around the word, “magic.”

Funny, a friend had teased me that I truly must be a cat person since I hate getting caught in the rain (she js a dog person, of course!). Yes, I prefer cats, but I like dogs too. And I don’t mind getting wet if I don’t have somewhere to go!

I stamped my girl twice, once on green patterned paper for the jacket, and once on watercolor paper for the rest. I used my Inktense pencils with a water brush to color the rest of the body, plus her head, which I cut out separately. I adhered the jacket to the body for some paper piecing and then used 3-D dots to adhere the body and her face to the card. I stamped the umbrella on that same green patterned paper for the umbrella and adhered it to the card.

Since I want to keep it on display, I used my tape runner to adhere the whole thing to a piece of chipboard. I think I will keep it by my front door as a gentle reminder that sometimes it’s better to take a risk (and put away the umbrella) …


Clean & Simple Card Making 2 Day 6: More Sketches

Well, I just realized that I skipped Day 6 by mistake!

This lesson focused on using sketches to plan your card design. I stuck pretty closely to the first example in using a tone-on-tone look for my Valentine’s Day card.

Tone-on-tone Valentine's Day card.

Tone-on-tone Valentine’s Day card.

I’m fairly happy with this card, but I still struggle with getting a clean, crisp embossed sentiment when using white embossing powder. When you look closely, you can see little flecks of white around the sentiment. It doesn’t look that bad until you use your heat gun, and then it’s just about impossible to remove!

I do like the spare look of the white, grey and red. I used my Impression Obsession brick background stamp along with Recollections white embossing powder to heat-set the background on some taupe-grey card stock. I used a darker grey cardstock and the same embossing powder for the sentiment, which comes from a Hero Arts stamp set. I used my Martha Stewart embossed heart punch on the rose patterned paper, which comes from Hobby Lobby’s Paper Studio line called Love You (I think it’s exclusive for Valentine’s Day). I adhered the heart with 3-D foam circles and then wrapped a red and white Doodle Twine around the bottom.

Hope you like it!