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!


Happy Birthday Present Card

I just got some Penny Black stamps and decided to make this colorful birthday card for a friend.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

Penny Black fashion stamps from Fashion Tweet and Reflection sets.

I created the orange card base from Bazzill Card Shoppe 100# card stock, folded from the top. The striped background layer comes from a 6 x 6 paper pad from Little Azalea called Embellish by Dena. I used my corner chomper to round the quarters one-quarter inch. I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Penny Black’s Reflection set directly onto the bottom portion of the paper.

Next I made a tag out of watercolor paper using a Sizzix die and my Big Shot die cutting machine. The stamp of the cute female holding the present comes from the Penny Black set called Fashion Tweet. Using my water brush and the seasonal Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers, I colored the image using a bright combination of pink, orange and blue, with a little bit of yellow. I also edged the tag using the pink raspberry marker.

I tied an orange organza ribbon to the top of the tag and adhered it at an angle using foam tape. The final touch was three clear rhinestones right about the sentiment (conveniently covering up an ink mistake, LOL).

I think it will be a fun birthday card for a friend. Please let me know what you think.

Thanks for looking!

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!

Valentine’s Cards: Fashion Box of Chocolates

In my final Valentine’s Day card post, here are a couple of cards that I created with a “fashion” twist.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine's Day box of chocolates.

A fashionable Uptown Girl with her Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.

It’s another simple design with a focus on this adorable stamp from Stamping Bella, Uptown Girl Catherine Nibbling Chocolate. I think it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day–and my two fashionable nieces, Jessica and Hayley.

For both, I stamped the image in black Versafine ink on white Bristol paper so I could use a little bit of watercolor but keep it bright. I used a combination of Distress Ink markers and gelatos with my water pen. Then I mounted the images with foam tape for a little dimension.

Hayley loves purple, so I colored her girl’s dress with a purple distress marker, accented with a sparkly gold gelato. I like the untraditional color combination, mounted on a purple card base from Bazzill.

For Jessica, I went with a more conventional color combination of pink and red. It might be hard to see, but the pink gelato on her dress leaves a slight glittery sheen, which is really pretty in real life. I went with a simple white card base, though I think it would look cute with a pink card base, too.

I didn’t bother with a sentiment, since I will write a Valentine’s Day message inside. I wanted to keep the attention on the adorable girl with her yummy box of chocolates. It reminds me of when I was a little girl and my dad would bring home heart-shaped chocolate boxes for his three little girls. We were so excited!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day–and your own delicious goodies to eat. Thanks for looking!

Halloween Card: Cat Woman

Here’s another relatively quick Halloween card that features a “cat woman” costume.

This card features my timeless cat woman Halloween costume.

This card features my timeless cat woman Halloween costume.

All the images are from a Penny Black stamp set, Cat Spell. This appealed to me especially because I am known for throwing on some cat ears, painting some cat whiskers on my face, and calling it my cat woman Halloween costume. It’s timeless!

I stamped the images in Versafine black onyx ink on watercolor paper and colored them with a water brush and both Distress Markers and Inktense pencils in various shades of black, orange and purple. I like the vibrancy of the orange with the Inktense pencils, but the skin tones from the Distress Markers.

After cutting out the images, I adhered them to patterned papers from a 6″ x 6″ Pebbles paper pad, Tricks and Treats. I rounded the corners of the Happy Halloween sentiment with my Corner Chomper and used foam squares to pop up the cat woman figure. The orange card base is from Bazzill.

As a final touch, I used my Sakura Stardust pen to add a little sparkle to all the pumpkins.

What do you think? Is the cat woman costume a keeper?

Thanks for visiting!

Melle Papillon Wishing You Lots of Happy Card

Here’s a sweet card for a girl or teen. Actually I made this one for my grown sister, as this image reminds me of her when she was little girl.

A sweet little girl card.

A sweet little girl card.

I just love this wood stamp from Penny Black, Melle Papillon. The little girl seems to capture the innocence of childhood, and the tiny butterflies add a touch of whimsy.

I stamped the image in Versafine Black Onyx onto a piece of watercolor paper. Using a water brush and Tim Holtz Distress Markers, I colored the image in a variety of shades, using more or less water as needed. It’s hard to tell from the photo, but I also used Glossy Accents over the butterflies to make them shiny.

Then I used my Spellbinders scalloped edge label die to cut the image out. Later on I decided to make the background blue, so I placed the die frame back around the image, and sponged two colors of Distress Ink in Broken China and Peacock Feathers around the edges. When you remove the die, it leaves a nice white border.

So that the sentiment wouldn’t distract from the pretty little girl, I created it on vellum paper, using Versamark embossing ink and white detail embossing powder. I added a pink sequin for a pop of color. The sentiment, Wishing You Lots of Happy, is from a Simon Says Stamp set.

To play off the colors in the image, I layered a piece of pink card stock (with rounded edges) and adhered that to a card base in yellow from Bazzill.

My sister said she loved it. What do you think?

Thanks 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!

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!

Purple Flower Birthday Card

In this month of many birthdays, I am on a birthday card kick! This one is for my friend Becky, who gave me a beautiful stamp with the flower in the bottle. It’s a wood stamp from Inkadinkado, Vintage Bottle Flower.

A purple flower for a June birthday.

A purple flower for a June birthday.

As always when I watercolor, I stamped my image in waterproof Versafine Black Onyx ink. Her favorite color is purple so I colored the flower a vibrant purple using my Inktense pencil and a water brush on watercolor paper. I also used some pink to add depth to the flower. I colored the stems and leaves with various shades of green and the bottle with light blue tones.  I used a gray tint to add shadow to the bottom and right side of the bottle. I added a tiny bit of glimmer to the center of the flower with my stardust pen from Sakura.

The image was looking a little stark, so I took my ink blending tool from Ranger and added Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint to the edges for some green shading.

I didn’t have a particular design in mind, but once I started playing with some paper swatches, I decided to try a picture frame effect. Though the colors don’t match perfectly, I like the complementary tones in the 4.5″ x 6.5″ paper pad from the Paper Studio’s So-So-Sweet line (from Hobby Lobby). I found that I liked having two solid colors and two patterned papers, all in different widths.

The final touch was the birthday sentiment from Fiskars and a few clear rhinestones scattered here and there.

What do you think? Will she like it for her birthday?

Thanks for looking!

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!