Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter featuring The Stamps of Life

Hi there!

Easter is tomorrow so I wanted to create a few cards for my daughters. Here is one:

How I made this card:

- Create card base (Seaglass card stock)

- Cut patterned paper to 4 1/8 x 5 1/4 (Papertrey Ink Bitty Big Paper)

- Die cut the wreath from Kraft card stock (Hero Arts Fancy Branch Wreath). 

- TIP: Before cutting it I added Sizzix adhesive to the back. I can just pop out any pieces and quickly adhere this intricate die down.

- Die cut Easter in Seaglass (TSOL Easter Sentiments and Dies)

- Die cut banner in white and stamped in Seaglass ink

The eggs were created from the TSOL Blessings Die set. It includes two adorable eggs dies that fit the Blessings Patterned Paper Pad. One sheet of paper includes all these preprinted eggs large and small so that is how I created these. Also, I used a piece of Glitter Paper for the large pink egg.

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I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Friday, March 30, 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge #378 Oh Joy and Happy Birthday

Hi there!

Here is a card I made for the MFT Sketch Challenge # 378:

How I made this card:

- Cut card base (Bubblegum)
- Cut patterned paper to size ( I used Friends Background Die)
- Die cut sentiment (Oh Joy from TSOL Card Kit)
- Cut three scalloped squares (Bubblegum, Lemonade and patterned Paper)

I added some clear Wink of Stella on the Oh joy sentiment. It comes with the shadow as well as the words. What I love is that the Oh and Joy are two pieces so they are easy to use two colors or separate for another project.

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I am entering this card in these challenges:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Papertrey Ink Make It Monday # 316: Stenciled Edges

Hi there!

I created two cards today for the PTI Make It Monday #316 Stenciled Edges challenge.

Lizzie Jones had a great video this week showing us how to use stencils on the edges of your card to add some interest.

It is Spring Break at my house this week so I had some time to play around with this technique.  I took a while to stamp and die cut a lot of flowers and stems from Gran's Garden. 

On this card, I did a little sponging around the edges with a light blue and then added a large die cut and a diagonal strip of paper to be a base for my flowers.

On my second card, I added some more detail by using Transfer Gel and Deco Foil from Thermoweb.

Using a Papertrey stencil, I added a thin layer on the edges of a piece of white card stock. This gel goes on white, but after you let it dry it turns clear:

Then you place a piece of Decofoil on top and run it through your laminator (this picture is gold that I used for another project):

You end up with this below. You can make it perfect if you want by taking your time. I intentionally left it a little distressed by not filling in every part of the stencil. The Deco Foil sticks to where you have gel:

I wanted to soften the card some so I cut a circle of vellum as the base for my bouquet of flowers.

Then I stamped the sentiment using Archival Black ink (while saying a prayer I didn't smudge it too much - can I get an Amen??).

The sentiment was last and took me FOREVER to figure out. Haha! Everything was flowing until then... I die cut the Kindness word several times until I chose the mirrored silver card stock. However, it didn't fit quite right so I need to give it a base to sit on. I chose to cut a piece of Amethyst Allure. I thought it needed a little something so I quickly sponged Pale Plum ink using a stencil. 

The sentiment was added and that was it! You can see a little of the purple shade of the foil in this picture bit it is hard to capture:

I had so much fun doing this challenge, thanks Lizzie!

Have a great day.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Tic Tac Toe Challenge # 041 - I am doing the far right column top to bottom

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Shine Bright with The Stamps of Life

Hi all!

I have a new card to share today:

This card features the newest background die from Stephanie Barnard - made by Sizzix.  You can see it HERE. I also used the coordinating Dotted Stars, also a new release.

I am really pretty fond of stars so these needed to come to my house! 

How I made this:

I diecut the patterned paper using the background and the coordinating frame around it. 
This is a "drop-in" die. What that means is if you just run the background die without the frame, it will drop-in the star background. Here is a great video from Stephanie that explains this a little better: Flower Power Background die video.

To create the shine bright star, I ran that die with a coordinating star die outline through my machine and then layered it onto an Ocean solid star.

I added a few yellow epoxy stars (look closely to find them!) They fit perfectly in this die cut. These epoxy stars are from a previous Stamps of Life Card Club Kit.

I tied on some sky ribbon before putting it on my Lemonade card base.

Clear Wink of Stella

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I am entering this card in:

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Paper Clippings Thank you So much Die with Papertrey Ink

Hi there!

I wanted to share a card I created today:

I began by embossing the Kraft card base with a chicken wire pattern. Too cute! Then I die cut the image from watercolor card stock. The next step was to paint it with watercolor. I admit it, I just can't get enough of watercolor. 

This was a quick card that could be made many times and look completely different! Just chose another card stock color, change the paint colors, etc.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Papertrey Ink March 2018 Blog Hop

Hi there!

Here is the inspiration picture:

I made this card for the Papertrey Ink March 2018 Blog Hop.

I die cut the white Quatrefoil Cover Plate and mounted to a white card stock base. I used the largest Tag Sale die for the purple dotted tag. Next, I spent some time stamping the Daffodils using Altenew ink. I added several to the tag and then die cut the Grateful sentiment 3 times from Vintage Jadeite and layered them together. 

I finished up by adding purple ribbon, sequins and a gold embossed sentiment. 

Tag Sale Die #7 (Largest Die)
PTI Purple Ribbon
Gold Embossing Powder
Clear Sequins
Sunny Studio Daffodil Stamps and Dies
Altenew ink
Clear Wink of Stella

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I am entering this card I the following challenges:
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Floral Frenzy
WAW #326-327 Anything Goes

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Watercolor Cards with The Stamps of Life


I recently read this blog post by Sandy Allnock and was greatly inspired by it so I created some cards:

If you aren't familiar with Sandy and her work, I highly encourage you to bookmark her page and watch her videos when you are able. She is such a talented artist but more importantly she truly is a great teacher! I have learned so much from her. 

I began by doing some very basic watercoloring. I am really into watercolor these days. I know that it has been very popular in the past year but I just can't get enough of it. I hope to learn even more about  it this year (one of my Crafty Goals!)

In Sandy's video she die cut an image and backed the paper with white. I did the same thing. 

I pulled out an order stamp and die set (sorry, it is retired - Sizzix swirls) and ran each piece through the Big Shot. I used the larger die on one piece, and the smaller on the other. It left a beautiful die cut that I can use on something else.

I finished off the cards with a Thanks die cut using Glitter paper:

On the second card I stamped Happy Birthday in Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!) and popped up the yellow piece for some dimension. The last thing I added was a blue flower.

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I am entering these cards in the following challenges:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Coffee4two and Zig Zag Bag with The Stamps of Life


I got a little crafting time in this week and I made a gift card holder:

Inside the Zig Zag Gift bag you will find the treat!

Here is the "coffee cup" opened:

I used a band of Banana patterned paper for the outside of my Zig Zag bag. I stamped "my friend" in Ocean ink. The balloon is from the Sizzix Triplits Balloon set from blue and green glitter paper.

I made the cup from the die that comes in the set. I folded my Gingersnap card stock in half and left a small area at the top above the cut line so I would end up with a folded card.

I then cut the patterned coffee paper again and glued it onto top of the card. I cut the coffee cup one more time in gingersnap and trimmed the top to fit the card. 

Happy Birthday was stamped at the top with Chocolate ink.

The gift card is a little larger than the bottom of the "coffee cup" but I think it still turns into a cute gift package!

I die cut and stamped the front of the card using Banana card stock and Chocolate ink. 

I had to add the little coffee cup on the back along with my stamp:

Thanks for stopping by!

Card stock:
Gingersnap and YAY paper pad

I am entering this gift card in the WAW #326-327 Anything Goes challenge.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Butterfly2stamp with The Stamps of Life


Today I have a card to share featuring the monthly Stamp set from The Stamps of Life:

I had so much fun making this card! I decided to use a masking technique. I began by die cutting the butterfly shape with several sticky notes. 

I stamped the first butterfly in the bottom middle. After that one, I put a mask on that butterfly and continued stamping them all around, carefully covering each previous butterfly.

I intentionally left three of the butterfly empty in the center of each one. When everything was stamped, I added Glow in the Dark embossing powder from Lawn Fawn! Yes, Glow in the dark!

See this photo for the results:

The center of the butterflies and the word on the tag Glow!

Here is the finished card with ribbon and a tag I made that also features the word GLOW.

Here is the inside of the card that tells the recipient the card glows:

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the SSS Monday Challenge Easter/Spring Inspiration challenge and WAW #324-325 Anything Goes.