Thursday, April 27, 2017

Have a Great Birthday with The Stamps of Life


Just wanted to quickly share a card today. This week both of my daughters are in the school play so my craft time is very limited!!

I began by stamping and die cutting the lion from Lion2stamp set from The Stamps of Life. I colored it with Copics.

I cut the base of my flip-it card using black card stock.  The patterned paper was cut and added next. I adhered the lion and cut and stamped a yellow circle with the Birthday greeting, also from the same set.

I finished by adding some green ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Have a Fabulous Day with Hero Arts


I wanted to share a card today I created using the Hero Arts Butterflies Stamp and Cut Set.

I began by watercoloring a piece of card stock using greens and blues. After it dried I added it to a piece of green shimmer paper and put that on a base of Winter Wisteria from Papertrey Ink.

I stamped a butterfly with orange ink and the body in Crushed Curry ink. I die cut these pieces and glued together.

The sentiment is also in this stamp set. I die cut a piece of yellow card stock using HA Number It Stamp and Cut. I ran a small line of deco foil adhesive and applied Gold foil.

I am entering this card in the following:

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Papertreyink April Blog Hop


Today is the PTI April Blog Hop.

Photo from Megan Carter

I wasn't really sure about this color palette. This couldn't be further from my comfort zone!

This is the beauty of the challenges and why I participate, they push me to do something different.

I didn't have any idea what to create until I pulled out the stencils from the newest Make It mini - Lovely Lace.

I pulled out three Distress Stains - Weathered Wood, Squeezed Lemonade and Carved pumpkin and starting dabbing the colors over the stencils in the kit. 

Next I used Transfer Gel from Thermoweb to create some bases for foiling. I spread the Gel over various pieces of white card stock.

Here are the pieces after the Gel dries clear:

I cut up foil pieces (gold, pewter and copper) and ran the paper through my laminator. 

Here is what I got:

These are two cards I created:

 MIM Garden Gild kit, embossed with copper EP

I will be able to make several more card with the remaining bases. : )

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in SSS Wednesday Showers and or Flowers.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #282 Stenciled Watercolor Backgrounds


Today I wanted to share a card I made for this week's PTI Make It Monday #282 Stenciled Watercolor Backgrounds.

Betsy has a video this week showcasing card using a stencil and watercolor. This technique is quite easy but boy, does it make a beautiful background!

I have been cleaning my craft room up and moving things around and rediscovered my Tim Holtz Distress Stains. I decided these would be perfect to help me make the background. I think of this product as liquid watercolor with dabber tops.

I taped down my stencil (Bold Floral Stencil) on watercolor paper and started dabbing around ink. I dried off the stencil between colors.

After the paper was dry, I tied Winter Wisteria ribbon on.

I wanted a something soft for my tag so I decided to cut a flower in pink.

Hello was stamped on using SU Pacific Point. This stamp comes from PTI What the Doodle Feather Set.

I added clear 4mm sequins and adhered the paper onto a base of Winter Wisteria.

Supplies used:
Distress Stains - Twisted citron, Shaded Lilac, Tattered Rose, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean
PTI - What the Doodle Feather Stamp set, Winter Wisteria Card stock and Ribbon, Sweet Blush CS
Stampin' Up - Flower Die
Pretty Pink Posh - 4mm Clear Sequins
Hero Arts - Bold Floral Stencil

Thanks for stopping by!

Sweet Birthday with The Stamps of Life


I am sharing a card I created using TSOL Sweet Sentiments Stamp and Die Set.

I die cut the shape out of the red star pattern paper and filled it back in with a white shadow and the light blue word, Sweet.

I added the red and ice cream paper onto a white base and tied yellow ribbon where the two papers met.

This set also includes a cute stamp set that works with the sentiment. I stamped Have A and Day on colored card stock and added to the red paper. I really like the size of this new die set and look forward to the monthly releases of these in the future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Happy Birthday with The Stamps of Life


I wanted to share a card I made using the Sizzix Half Card Panels Die set and TSOL Happy Birthday Circle Dies.

I placed the heart half panel on a piece of yellow card stock and ran it through my Big Shot machine. This "dropped in" the image.

Behind that panel I cut a piece of red foil card stock from a DCWV paper stack. You can see the shine in this picture:

The balloon paper was glued on and a strip of green striped paper was added beside the balloons.

A white and blue circle were cut next using the Happy Birthday circle dies. On the white circle I stamped a random pattern using a tiny stamp that came in another TSOL card club kit.

The red circle was cut from the same DCWV foil paper and added to the white and blue shapes.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Blessed card


Today I have a card to share I made for the MFT Sketch Challenge #329.

These challenges are so great because I am in need of a spark of creativity this week and this is just what I needed!

All the paper I used is from The Stamps of Life April Card Kit Club paper pack, called the Darling Collection.

I cut all the paper to size and starting gluing layers down. The bright pink banner was cut from MFT Blueprints 8.

The flower was stamped and die cut using the TSOL Newport Flower set. A pearl was added to the middle.

Also included in the same card kit are wooden word pieces. I used glue dots to add the "Blessed" to the bottom.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday #281 Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows


The card I am sharing today was made for this week's PTI Make It Monday #281 Patterns Behind Die Cut Windows.

Dawn has a great video on creating your own pattern or using pattern paper behind a die cut window.

I began with New Leaf card stock base and cut a circle out of the middle. I then cut a piece of patterned paper and adhered inside. This paper is from Vintage Linens.

Next, I die cut several "Flowers" using the Scribbles Die set in shades of pink.

I added these to the bottom of the circle area and paper pieced the flowers together. I didn't end up loving the flowers, but since I spent a fair amount of time on them I pressed on.

I die cut Wish Big in Cocoa Bean and stamped a banner in New leaf adding that to the bottom of the card.

I tied on some ribbon and added three clear drops to finish off the card.

Have a Succulent Birthday with The Stamps of Life


I wanted to share a card I created using The Stamps of Life Succulents2stamp and die set.

This was a club set a little while ago and it has become a favorite. I have always liked succulent themed items and now they are so popular!

I began by adding Sizzix adhesive to several pieces of green card stock from The Stamps of Life.

Then I started die cutting several of the shapes in each color. This gave me a nice selection of succulents whenever I needed them.

After this, I die cut a piece of artichoke card stock using Sizzix Flip-Its Large Circle die set. I used patterned paper to create the top layer and glued them down.

I cut out a flower pot in rust colored paper and stamped the image with brown ink. Before gluing down I added a piece of Gingersnap twine.

A large cactus was added to the pot and adhered to the front circle.

The sentiment was stamped on the back in SU Old Olive ink.

Finally, I added die cut succulents all over. They are so cute!

This is the front of the card:

Here is the card when it is "flipped" open!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the WAW Challenge 278-279 Anything Goes

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Happy Birthday with My Favorite Things


Today I wanted to share a card I created using the My Favorite Things Blueprints 26.

These blueprints are fun because:

You get lots of dies that work together

MFT gives you a template you can download so you always have an idea to make card, especially in a hurry!

I began this card by choosing black as my card base. I use the largest die to cut the balloon - although it is just the bottom of it. The gold foil striped paper is from DCWV.

The happy was cut from gold foil stock and the Birthday was cut using DCWV Glimmer Paper.

A little gold string was tied onto the balloon and all of it was mounted on the base.

This die set would allow you to mass produce these cards. I can see making these in different colors and creating a gift set for a friend.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Friends Card with The Stamps of Life


Today, I felt like working on my blending technique so I pulled out a piece of Bristol card stock and some Distress inks and made this background:

I am not the strongest blender but I have found better success overall with Bristol Vellum paper. It seems that the ink takes a second to sink into the paper so I have the opportunity to move the ink around before it makes the dreaded circle in the middle of your paper! Has that ever happened to anyone else???

I wasn't too concerned about it being perfect either because I ended up using it for a die cut.

I used the Sizzix Friends Background Dies and my precision base plate to cut it out.

I mounted it onto Harvest Gold paper from Papertreyink.

Guava seam binding was added to the side and 3 acrylic flowers were added onto top of the die cut flowers.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the SSS Monday Challenge Splash It On and SSS Wednesday Blog Challenge Showers and/or Flowers.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hello with Tulips and the Stamps of Life


Today I put together a card with a blended panel. I did some ink blending over the weekend and this was left over.

I made it using Distress inks and Bristol Vellum paper. I find that this paper helps me blend a little easier instead of just regular white card stock.

I stamped some tulips at the bottom using Garden Green ink and Certainly Celery from Stampin' Up.
The tulips are Candy and Cranberry ink from The Stamps of Life.

Next, I cut the hello word and shadow from white and Candy card stock.

I ended up cutting the two layers with the Sizzix Dotted Rectangle Dies and mounting them at an angle on the Kraft base.

A little Gingersnap twine was tied on before gluing it all down.

After the Hello was added, I colored it with Clear Wink of Stella for a little shimmer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 17, 2017

A Tweet Bird-day with The Stamps of Life


I wanted to share a card I created today using TSOL Birdcage2Stamp set and dies.

The base of this card began with a piece of Seaglass card stock from TSOL. I added to this a pink piece that was cut using the Sizzix Half Card Panels die set.

This set allows you to either "drop in" the image (it will stay in the card when you die cut it) or you can add the included frame around the die and it will give you a die cut that you can use on a project.

To see more information on this click HERE. The video on this page is Stephanie explaining how this works. It lets you have even more versatility with your dies.

After gluing down the pink piece I cut a piece of patterned paper. I placed a piece of coordinating yellow and white striped ribbon over the two panels and added it on top of the card.

I have the stamp and die set that match this patterned paper so I die cut the bird cage using white for the base and sea glass for the top. I earlier stamped and die cut some birds and glued them all down.

Finally, I added the stamped sentiment that was also die cut and stamped using Seaglass ink and paper.

This bird set is so sweet.

All supplies are from The Stamps of Life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Easter Blessings with Avery Elle


Just stopping by for a moment to share a card I created using Avery Elle Easter Blessings Stamp set.

I began by embossing the image and sentiment onto watercolor paper using Stampin' Up Classy Copper Embossing powder.

I colored the image and let it dry. In the meantime, I die cut two pieces of PTI Amethyst Allure using the Sizzix Mini Half Card die. This allows you to create a gate fold card. I could have die cut a shape that comes in the kit but I decided to use my watercolor panel on the front and glued down one side to allow it to open.

I tied a gold ribbon around it to keep it closed.

I will add a piece of white card stock inside to write the sentiment as I will be giving this card to one of my daughters tomorrow on Easter.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the SSS Monday Challenge Hip Hop and WAW #278-279 Anything Goes.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hello card with My Favorite Things


Today I have a card to share I made based on the Card Challenges Sketch #328.

I began with a new card stock pad from DCWV. This pad is all rose gold. Some with glitter, some embossed, some just rose colored, etc. It includes a beautiful selection.

I die cut the embossed paper using the MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames. I glued both the inside and out frame pieces down.

I cut a diagonal strip on rose glitter paper and added it on top of the frame.

The sunflower was created using Tim Holtz distress markers. I stamped the image with two shades of yellow and brown was added for the center.

The stem was stamped with Crushed Olive. I used a watercolor brush to color in the flower using the ink already on the paper.

Rose gold sequins were added to the center.

The banner was cut using Blueprints 8 in yellow card stock.

Hello was cut from brown paper and added on top of the banner. Clear Wink of Stella was added as well.

Here is the finished card:

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Happy Bloomin' Birthday


I am sharing a card I created using PTI Make It Mini Bloom & Grow kit that I made for Create Along with Us edition.

Papertrey Ink encourages us to "Create Along with Us" during their Release week.

This was the card that jumped out at me on Release Day 1 that Nichole made:

I used a Kraft card stock base and then cut out the largest frame in Kraft from the PTI Mix and Mat: Flourishes dies set.

I mounted this and added a die cut flower and pot. Before adding it though, I did stamp a Happy Birthday sentiment.

This is a very simple card but I hope it will be a lovely happy birthday wish to someone!

Thanks Nichole for the inspiration!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

SSS Blog Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday