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!

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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?

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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!

Pattern Play: For You Dahlia Card

For my second Online Card Class Pattern Play homework assignment, I’ve created a card using a jumbo Stampendous stamp in Dahlia:

A pretty Dahlia for you...

A pretty Dahlia for you…

I like the simplicity of the card and the bold flower. Truthfully, though, I didn’t realize how big the flower would be in comparison to the card until I had already prepared it. I stamped it three times in Versafine Black ink onto the red patterned paper. It’s a really subtle pattern with small white writing in the background. These are loose sheets I have in my stash, but I believe they are from 7 Gypsies.

Then I fussy-cut around the petals to create three layers: the large flower in its entirety, the second layer in, and finally the center. I edged all layers with a black Sharpie marker to get ride of the white outlines. I popped up the small two layers using foam dots and then the entire flower to the card front with my tape runner.

I found a scrap of the black paper with a soft pattern and stamped in Versmark the “for you” sentiment; I heat embossed it in white. Then I stamped the same sentiment in black along the edge of the card. It looks okay when the card is vertical, but when you turn it horizontally, you can see that the sentiment is uneven. Though I may recreate the card later with a straight sentiment, I gave up at this point and went forward with it. Next time I will use a pencial with a ruler to get it straight!

With the flower hanging off the side, this card is too big for a standard envelope, so I either will create one using my Martha Stewart score board or maybe I will hand-deliver it to a special someone with an envelope.

Happy crafting!

With Sympathy Card

This is the first sympathy card I’ve made.

I tried to keep this simple and understated.

I tried to keep this simple and understated.

I wanted to keep this simple and understated. I used a dark blue card base made from Bazzill paper. The orchid and sentiment come from Stampendous’ Orchid Greetings stamp set. I heat embossed both using Versamark Ink and Recollections detail embossing powder in Snow. I also scored the edges at one quarter inch all the way around with my Martha Stewart mini scoring board.

I adhered a white piece of paper to the inside to write my message.

Of course, it’s never fun to give a sympathy card, but unfortunately my co-worker lost her father last week. I hope this card brings her a little peace.

Peacock Feather Card: This Moment is Your Life

My friend Becky gave me this lovely peacock feather stamp for Christmas. I’ve been meaning to use it for a long time, and finally, I have! I’ll pop it in the mail this weekend as a thank-you to her. I think she will appreciate it!

My friend bought this peacock stamp for me, so it's only fitting that I make a card with it for her!

My friend bought this peacock stamp for me, so it’s only fitting that I make a card with it for her!

I used a 5″ x 6.5″ kraft cardstock base and Versamark Ink to create a subtle watermark background with the Peacock Feather stamp, which is a wooden one from Stampendous.

I used the stamp on watercolor paper in Versafine black ink and colored it in with my Inktense pencils in various shades of blue and green. Then I took my water brush and lightly painted over it to blend the colors. Finally, I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tea Dye to shade the edges to better complement the kraft paper.

I adhered the colored feather image to a slightly larger piece of peacock feather paper from Graphic 45. I matted that with a dark brown paper and adhered to the lower right corner of the card.

I had planned to stamp the sentiment directly to the inside of the card, but somehow I smeared black ink on the inside! So instead I stamped it on ivory card stock and adhered that to the inside of the card, with just a little of the kraft paper peeking out on the sides. The sentiment is on a wooden stamp from Ditto.

I like this sentiment.

I like this sentiment.

As a lover of peacocks, I think I’m pretty happy with it! Enjoy!