Elephant card for my Alabama niece

Here’s a quick card I created for my niece who turns 21 today. She’s a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan, so I had to go for an elephant theme.

A birthday card for an Alabama fan.

A birthday card for an Alabama fan.

The stamp is a cling one called African Elephant from Deep Red. I heat embossed it on white card stock using Tim Holtz Distress embossing powder in Fired Brick. The happy birthday sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Happy set, also embossed.

Although it’s not an exact replica of Alabama’s elephant mascot, I think it’s close enough. I love all the detail, and of course I had to use the Alabama colors of white and crimson.

The final touch was rounding the bottom corners with my Corner Chomper and adding a red rhinestone in the upper right hand corner. A clean and simple card. Easy peasy!

Happy birthday to my wonderful niece Jessica!


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!

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!

Summer Card: Fireflies in the Sky

Here’s another summer-themed greeting card, this time using Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm stamps.

Catching fireflies with Lawn Fawn's Summertime Charm stamp set and dies.

Catching fireflies with Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm stamp set and dies.

This is another new favorite stamp set. It totally brings me back to camping in the summer and catching fireflies to watch them light up the sky. Of course, my sisters and I called them lightning bugs instead, just to rile up my mother. She is phobic about lightning and thunder to this day!

I used vellum for the jar and the fireflies inside, which I colored with my Tim Holtz Distress Markers. I cut them out with the corresponding Summertime Charm dies. The escapee firefly was stamped on white paper and popped up using adhesive foam. I added some Diamond Stickles to his backside to give him an extra glow. Fly away, lightning bug, fly away!

The background was made using an ink tool and various Tim Holtz Distress Inks in blue shades. I was going for a twilight look. The stars were made from my Martha Stewart punch that has lots of little star shapes; I use that punch a lot, as stars add a fun bonus to a lot of cards, especially masculine ones.

I used my Fiskars grass punch on green patterned paper to make the grass and then wrapped that a couple of times with yellow and white twine. For the final touch, I stamped the “You brighten my day” sentiment, which comes in the same stamp set, in black ink. I adhered that layer to a background paper from DCWV’s Citrus Matstack with thin foam adhesive and a white card base.

I gave this card to my younger sister when I visited recently. She immediately laughed and talked about how much fun we had trying to catch these fireflies. Funny, we rarely succeeded; those fireflies are fast! Good for them!

Please let me know what you think. Happy summer time–and firefly catching–to you!

Beach Day Card

I’m on a watercolor roll! Here’s a fun card to kick off the summer season.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

A lovely summer day at the beach.

I absolutely love this Beach Day stamp set from Penny Black. The little girl so reminds me of my little niece on the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, resolutely making sand castles and bossing her older cousins when they waded too far into the surf. Makes you ready for summer vacation, doesn’t it?

Once again I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a water brush to color the images. It’s funny, I was so “in the zone” when I colored this, I automatically colored the toy horse’s head brown, without realizing the rest of the inner tube was blue. Oh well, my horse inner tube is two-toned! Makes it unique! LOL.

To mimic the sand and blue skies, I used extra water with the tan and blue markers to lightly paint the background. I added Diamond Stickles to the sun to make it sparkle.

The paper is from the DCWV Citrus Matstack. The final touch was a yellow and white Doodlebug twine wrapped at the top.

Please let me know what you think. I hope you have a wonderful summer vacation, hopefully with at least a little time at a beach, river or lake!

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Card

Here’s a card that’s pretty different from my last posts. Lately I’ve discovered “fashion” stamps that are perfect for some of my friends, and I am having a lot of fun playing with them.

This one is called “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun:”

A card to inspire a fun weekend with the girls.

A card to inspire a fun weekend with the girls.

The stamp is from Stamping Bella. It is the first product I’ve bought  from them. I am impressed with the quality, and I love the designs! Check out the inside of the card with the coordinating sentiment, courtesy of the ever-ageless Cyndi Lauper. Even the font is fun too!

Gotta love a Cyndi Lauper sentiment!

Gotta love a Cyndi Lauper sentiment!

As you can see, I kept the design really simple. I stamped the image in Versafine Black Onyx ink on watercolor paper and colored it in with various Tim Holtz Distress Markers and my water brush. The only thing I don’t like is that it looks kind of fuzzy around the edges of the purple dress. Oh well, I figure my wine-drinking girl is wearing an angora dress. LOL!

After rounding the corners with my Corner Chomper, I adhered it to a similarly colored card base with some thin foam tape to give subtle dimension.

I say let’s follow the girls’ example and have some fun this weekend!


Pattern Play: Thinking of You

For my fourth homework assignment in the Online Card Classes Pattern Play course, I decided to play it safe and stick within the same color family for this card:

Thinking of you...in various shades of blue.

Thinking of you…in various shades of blue.

I like it. I think it’s serene and pretty. Maybe a little safe, but I can always try bolder colors and patterns later when I’m feeling a little more confident in my card making skills!

The A2 card base is made from Canvas Corp 80-lb. white cardstock, folded at the top. All the patterned papers come from the Authentique 6 x 6 paper pad #BBL002. Per the instructor’s example, I scored the blue background paper vertically and horizontally at different widths using my Martha Stewart score board. Then I used my Tim Holtz sanding block on the score lines to gently sand away the paper to reveal the white core underneath.

I used dimensional adhesive to pop up the other pattern papers, which I edged in Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China. I added a sentiment in Versafine Black Onynx ink from the Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp set.

As a final touch, I adhered three clear gemstone accents from Heidi Grace in various sizes.

I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for looking!

Configuration Box: Black and White

Now for something different…

Lots of options for creativity with the Tim Holtz configuration box.

Lots of options for creativity with the Tim Holtz configuration box.

This is the first Configuration Box I’ve created. I actually created it a few months ago and keep it on my desk for inspiration. I used my favorite color combination, black and white, plus some embellishments that have meaning to me: seahorses, butterflies, birdcages, cats, chandeliers. I also have a few Parisian references such as the Eiffel Tower (kind of hidden from the angle of the photo) and a fleur de lis, since I am planning a trip to France later this year.

The green frog prince is a gift from a friend. Since the top half of the frog lifts open to place a little suprise, I keep him unsecured so I can remove him as needed.

I also created a Christmas configuration box, which I will show later as it gets closer to the holidays. I plan to create more configuration boxes as gifts. I collected quite a few when Michael’s had them on clearance last year. They’re by the Tim Holtz line and can be rearranged and decorated pretty much any way you want. Lots of options for creativity!

Please let me know what you think!

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!

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!