Valentine Card: Love Ya Heart Stamps

Here’s another Valentine’s Day card that uses some Martha Stewart heart stamps that I’ve been meaning to use for a long time.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

Lots of hearts for this Valentine card.

I based this design on an Online Card Classes lesson from Kristina Werner. I like incorporating both patterned paper and my stamps in different ink colors.

I used a vertical white card base and rounded the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper. I adhered a square piece of heart patterned paper from K & Company, Valentine Sweetheart. I used an EK Success punch on the right edge to punch a row of small scalloped hearts.

The focal point is a vertical white strip of card stock stamped in various shades of red, pink and purple inks. The large, intricate hearts are from a Martha Stewart clear stamp set (sorry, it’s an old one and I don’t have the name). The smaller hearts are from a Simon Says Stamp clear set.  The Love Ya sentiment is from the same set.

I rounded the bottom corners of the vertical strip and adhered a small strip of lavender pattern paper from the same paper pad. The final touch was to adhere a small rhinestone heart for a little dimension.

What do you think? It’s definitely a girly card. Maybe I’ll give it to one of my sisters?

Thanks for looking. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Easy Christmas Cards

Hi again. I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. It’s been a real challenge to keep up with my crafting, plus the blogging!

Oh well, I managed to squeeze in a few quick Christmas cards using Mambi patterned card bases plus some Martha Stewart Christmas papers and embellishments.

A Christmas card with a cute Martha Stewart apron.

A Christmas card with a cute Martha Stewart apron.

As you can see, I tried to stick to a red theme and coordinate the embellishments with the paper. I’ve got everything from pine cones and Christmas stockings to holiday presents and Christmas cookies.

I tried to add a little pizzazz by adding a vellum layer with a heat-embossed greeting on top. It allows you to still see the patterned paper underneath. For most of the cards, I purposely left one of the vellum edges open so the recipient can lift it up to see more details. Add a little bling or ribbon, and you’re done!

I’m hoping to get an earlier start on my Christmas cards next year so I can really take some time with my stamping to create more customized designs. Believe it or not, I am taking some craft items with me to my Mom’s house to make some cards there. I’m hoping my 12-year-old niece will join in to help me.

Christmas Cards

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your friends and family!

Halloween Card: Trick or Treat Cat

Happy Halloween! For my last Halloween card this year, here’s an ode to spooky black cats (on a broom, no less!).

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

A spooky black cat flying on a broom.

I borrowed this idea from a Lime Doodle blog post. I heat embossed in fine black embossing powder this awesome stamp of a cat flying away on a broom. (It’s a wooden stamp given to me as a gift by another crafty friend.)

Then I created an easy circle mask, using my Martha Stewart circle cutter on a sheet of Eclipse masking paper (it has a sticky back so that you are basically creating a big sticker that you cut out in the desired shape and size). I sized the circle to be slightly larger than my image. Then I placed the entire sheet, minus the circle, over a white card stock layer sized at 4″ x 5.25″.

Using a sponge blending tool, I shaded the now-exposed circle with three shades of orange and purple Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord. I left the center mostly white as a highlight. When you remove the mask, you have a cool circle in the colors of your choice. Plus, the inks resist the embossed image,

For the sentiment, I heat embossed in white embossing powder on black piece of card stock the words, “Trick or treat,” from a Recollections Halloween stamp set. I die cut the sentiment using a banner die from Simon Says Stamps and used foam adhesive to raise the banner center.

The finishing touches include adding purple enamel dots from Hero Arts, rounding the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper, and adhering it to a purple card base from Bazzill.

What do you think? Enjoy your Halloween. Hope you get lots of treats, not tricks!

Thanks for looking.

Halloween Card: Lots of Washi Tape!

Hello again! Sorry for the long time in between posts – I recently took a wonderful trip to Paris and am still getting back into the groove of things. I will create a Paris-themed card and post later; for now, here’s a quick Halloween card.

A quick and easy Halloween card using Washi tape.

A quick and easy Halloween card using Washi tape.

I borrowed this idea from Michaels and used Halloween-themed Washi tape in a variety of patterns to create this background. Even better, my local Michaels had them on clearance, so I picked up quite a few!

As you can see, it’s really easy to make an interesting background by layering the tapes at different angles. Since it’s tape, you don’t have to worry about adhering them; plus you can tear the ends and fold them under the black card stock layer.

Keeping it even easier, I found these cute Martha Stewart Halloween embellishments from last year’s stash. I adhered everything to an orange card base from Bazzill.

You can’t see it here, but on the inside I pinned an adorable mini flair button that says, “Candy Monster,” in the lower corner. I think my niece in Memphis will like it!

What do you think? What are you making for Halloween?

Thanks for looking!

Halloween Card: Spooky Jack O’Lantern

Here’s an inverse of my earlier Halloween card featuring the orange Jack O’Lantern. Meet its brother, the black Spooky Jack O’Lantern!

The orange glitter paper mimics a glowing candle on the inside.

The orange glitter paper mimics a glowing candle on the inside.

I used the same design as the previous Halloween card. Only this time I cut the smiling Jack O’Lantern face out of black card stock (Bazzill) instead of orange. I used the same EK Success punch and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper.

I added the Spooky sentiment with the Paper Studio gemstone letters. Here’s a hint in case you run out of O letters: Use a craft knife to remove the extra gemstone from a Q letter.

For sparkle, I used the same Martha Stewart orange glitter paper. Only this time I cut out a small square and adhered it to the inside card flap using foam adhesive. Now it looks as if the Jack O’Lantern is glowing from the inside.

To obscure the back side of the orange paper, I adhered a fun pumpkin patterned paper from the same Martha Stewart Halloween paper pack. I also added an off-white paper to the other side so I can write a handwritten message later.

What do you think? Which Halloween card do you like better, Boo or Spooky?

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!

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!

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: Hello Butterflies

I guess I am on a butterfly roll! I wasn’t intending to use butterflies again for my third Online Card Class Summer Card Class 2 assignment, but somehow the Martha Stewart butterfly punches chose me.

Blue watercolor butterflies against a green backdrop.

Blue watercolor butterflies against a green backdrop.

This week’s assignments should use at least four of the five chosen colors, which are two shades of green, a lighter blue, brown and cream. We also have a choice of three sketches. I chose one that used six circles of various sizes in one corner of the card. Once again, instead of circles, I chose butterflies.

Here I used a light green card base from Bazzill. I inked up a Hero Arts Envelope Pattern stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in a darker green, Peeled Paint, for a subtle background. Then I took a white gel pen and drew dashes along the edges. I heat embossed the “hello” sentiment using Versamark ink and Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder in Vintage Photo. The sentiment stamp is from Stampendous.

I punched the butterflies out of textured cream-colored card stock. Then I took the brush tip of a Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Broken China and lightly drew around the edges of each butterfly. Next I took my water brush over the inked edges to blend in the blue in. I tried to get different effects by varying the amount of water. Since the paper isn’t watercolor, I had to be careful not to use too much water in case the paper tore. I let them dry overnight and attached them the next day with Tombow Mono Glue. I pinched the wings upward with my fingers for added dimension.

I think I like it. What about you?

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!