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!

Fashion and wine card: May your glass always be half full

For both my fashion and wine loving friends, I created a quick greeting card using watercolor paper and this fun stamp from Stamping Bella called Uptown Girl, Opal the Optimist.

A fashion and wine greeting card: May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

A fashion and wine greeting card: May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

It’s a top-folding card created from Bazzill Card Shoppe heavy weight card stock. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink on the image and Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers and a water brush to color the image in shades of green and pink.

As a special touch, I used Glossy Accents on the wine bottle and wine glass to make it shine like the real thing. After rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper, I adhered a clear rhinestone in the corner for a little sparkle. Then I attached it with foam tape for some dimension.

What do you think? I love the sentiment: May your glass always be half full. I’m thinking it can be used as an all-occasion card, whether for a birthday or a simple hello.

Thanks for looking!

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!

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!

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!

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!

Thanksgiving Cards: Cat in the Hat and Fall Leaves

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

Thanksgiving cards

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!

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!

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.

Paris Eiffel Tower Lisa October 2013

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!

Gelatos Card: Wishing You a Perfect Day

This is my first attempt at using gelatos (or gel sticks) on cards. I refuse to buy expensive Copic markers, so I decided to explore my options when it comes to watercoloring. I took the plunge at my local craft store and bought this Faber Castell set of 10 gelato colors that includes a foam stamp, stencil and other accessories.

Two shades of pink gelatos make up this card background.

Two shades of pink gelatos make up this card background.

Using the floral stamp in the set, I spritzed it with water and applied the lighter shade of pink gelato that comes in the kit. I stamped it multiple times on a piece of Neenah Desert Storm craft card stock, Then I applied the brighter shade of pink to the stamp, sprayed it with water, and applied it slightly offset from the light pink image. I let it dry and then cut it down to roughly 4 inches by 5.25 inches vertically.

The colors definitely stayed bright! To tone it down a bit, I adhered a smaller rectangle of vellum to the front. I heat embossed in gold a small flower and the sentiment, “Wishing You a Perfect Day,” from the Hero Arts Perfect Day stamp set. The vellum warped a bit from the heat tool, so I decided to leave the bottom loose. I adhered the top part of the vellum under a strip of the same card stock that I colored with the bright pink gelato.

The finishing touch? A few pink sequins to jazz it up.

I like the contrast of the bright pink against the neutral background. I had fun playing with the gelatos and found them easy to work with. I am thinking they will work best to quickly color backgrounds for cards and mixed media projects. Do you have any ideas or suggestions for working with gelatos?

Thanks for looking!