Saturday, June 23, 2018

Golden Anniversary

I needed a quick anniversary card for my Aunt & Uncle's 50th wedding celebration.  I pulled out an oldie but goodie!  I used an embossing folder for the white layer (in quilting this pattern is called the double wedding ring) so it was the perfect compliment for the card.  I stamped with VersaMark ink and used gold embossing powder.  The sentiment on the envelope is a wood mount stamp from Hero Arts.
Impression Obsession - Anniversary
Friday, June 22, 2018

Crafty Friend

I have enjoyed coloring on my cards lately.  Laura sent me a card using this stamp a while back & I had to add her to my collection.  Martha Girl by Unity Stamps makes a fun card for your crafty friends!  I stamped the image on pinstripe paper with Onyx Versafine ink and clear embossing powder.  After that I pulled out the Copics & it was time to color!
I feel like my desk looks like this a lot lately - full of everything and no space to work!   I don't, however, have three drinks on my desk!  ha!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer City Lady

More die cutting happening...  

I'm just having a blast with the Ellen Hutson City Lady stamp & die set.  I saw this card design online HERE.  This time she is wearing her sunglasses.  I did trim the white space around the sunglasses after I die cut them out.  The glasses fit her face nicely and it's a fun look!  The sentiment came from Stamping Bella Summer Sentiment Set.  
Monday, June 18, 2018

Cosmo Flower Frame

This card design came from Laura Bassen - totally love the whole look!  The Simon Says Cosmo Flower Frame die is a beauty!  I blended oxide inks on the background of each card.  For the card above, I used Spiced Marmalade & Squeezed Lemonade.  For the card below, I used Cracked Pistachio & Peacock Feathers.  For the orange/yellow card, I added a few water flicks and then blotted with a paper towel.  For the blue/green card I added a few flicks of the Peacock Feathers ink with a paint brush dipped in a bit of water.
I did have some trouble getting a clean cut with this intricate die.  I had the best luck with 80# card stock.  I had to pull out my Big Shot and also use a metal shim.  I had good results with this combination.  
Sunday, June 17, 2018

City Lady in the House

Up to now, I hadn't purchased any of the Ellen Hutson Leading Lady stamp sets but City Lady was calling to me!  Maybe it was the lace top or the cute handbags & cone flower accessories - who knows but I had to have her!  I started out by stamping the images using my Misti and then die cutting the pieces so they are ready for coloring.  I love doing this :)  
I colored the die cuts with Copic markers & played with some different hair colors.  I think I found a pretty good mix of brunette, black, blonde and red head.  This set is just so much fun - it's like playing with paper dolls.  I used the Pattern Play set & stamped a pattern on her slacks & the handbags.  
I CASE'd this card from Carissa Wiley at Sprinkled With Glitter.  I love everything about it and I think this design was what put City Lady in my shopping cart!  

Stamps:  Ellen Hutson City Lady, Ellen Hutson Pattern Play, Mama Elephant Hello Friend Wishes (sentiment)
Card stock:  Amuse Studio Sugar, Black scrap, Vellum
Ink:  Onyx Versafine, Versamark
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Clear Embossing Powder, City Lady Die set, Amuse Studio Stitched Circle Dies, Amuse Studio Micro Twinkles

Copic Markers:  Skin E00 E21  Top R22  Peach Shopping Bag R20 R21 
Green Handbag G00 G0000  Newspaper C1  Hair/Shoes  E33 E35
Flowers  R20 R21 Y15 Leaves G21 G24  Glasses Gold Uniball  Coffee G00

This was another CASE'd card from A Blog Called Wanda, she had me at the striped top!  It was a simple bit of paper piecing and I just love the look with her denim jeans. I'm still working on a few more cards using this set.  I have a Fall City Lady on my desk now...more of her coming soon!
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Happy 80th Dad!

Big News!  I used my Cameo!  Even though I don't use my Silhouette Cameo that often it sure does come in handy for some things!  Recently I was working on decorations for my Dad's 80th birthday.  Since the party was over Memorial Day we thought red, white & blue would be the perfect theme.  The mason jars ended up working out great for the table decorations.  I put red, white & blue shreds in 13 jars and added the Happy Birthday 80 for the jar topper.  Then I added flags to the jars.  
We put white paper tablecloths on all the tables and then added red & blue wrapping paper for the table runners.  The jars were the perfect addition without taking up too much room on the tables.  
I ordered the Newspaper Headline on Etsy.  I just had to provide the photo and a few details about the birthday boy.  We had a great celebration and thank you to everyone that was able to attend the party.  It was great to see so many relatives, we need to do this more often!  
Friday, May 11, 2018

A set of cards...

I made these cards several months ago and forgot to post them on my blog.  I plan to include these cards in my Mom's Mother's Day gift bag!  

The floral is called You Are Enough by Concord & 9th.  I used all Catherine Pooler inks.  The sentiment set is from MFT. 
Friday, May 4, 2018

Many Thanks

This card was inspired by Impress Rubber Stamps.  I saw a card they made & I recreated it with the stamps that I had in my collection.  I went old school and used wood floral stamps!  I stamped the background stripe with a stamp from the Papertrey Ink Ombre Builders stamp set.  I did order the Savvy Many Thanks die from Impress...which I love!  

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Graphic Graduate

A couple of quick & simple Graduation cards.  I saw this idea on the Taylored Expressions website.  I happened to already own the Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Graduate stamp.  I stamped it with Onyx Versafine ink on white card stock.  I used the Amuse Studio Stitched Tag Die to cut out the wording.  I used the Taylored Expressions Lots of Stars embossing folder for another layer.  Finally I added the graduation caps - they were Jolee's Boutique stickers that I picked up from Hobby Lobby.  

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mother's Day Cards

I am ready with my Mother's Day cards!  These cards were both in my stash from a while ago.  I added a sentiment to the mason jar card because it reminded of my Mother-in-Law.  She likes to can vegetables from her garden!  

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wreath Builder

I finally had time to play with this kit from Gina K. Designs.  This popular kit contains the Wreath Builder stamp sets along with two Wreath Builder templates.  You use the plastic templates with the Wreath Builder stamps to create beautiful wreath designs.  Here is a link to the StampTV video so you can see the magic for yourself!  

Here is what is included in the Wreath Builder kit.  There is another option with the stamps & templates only.

I created this card with the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder stamps & template.  It is super easy and fun to create with this kit.  I have lots of stamps in my collection that I could use with this technique.  The Birthday Wishes sentiment is from the Altenew Floral Frame stamp set.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lesson Learned...

This card & photo was totally inspired by Cathy Z.  I CASE'd her card big time and even copied her photo layout!  I don't think she would mind, she seems like the type of gal that I would be friends with.  I love her sense of humor on her Insta-stories and You Tube videos. Anyway, I saw a card on her blog and even though I didn't have the exact same floral stamp, this set Avery Elle Mother's Day worked just great!  Sometimes when you see a card you get all crazy and start filling an online shopping cart and then you realize you have something that would work just as well.  One of the things that I can't do without now that I have it all set up is my stamp binders.  Read my post about my stamp binders HERE.  I have every stamp that I own in these binders by category so that if I'm looking for a sentiment or a specific size or type of stamp, I can page thru one of the three binders.  It was a TON of work and took me hours upon hours to complete, but now that I have it, I use it all.the.time!  I highly recommend doing it - do you remember all the sentiments that you have in every stamp set that you own?  Neither do I, but I can easily go thru my binders and find things that I didn't even realize that I had in my collection.  It's been a wonderful reference tool in my ever growing collection!

I stamped on the rough side of the Tim Holtz water color paper with Onyx Versafine ink & clear embossed the image.  I used the same Zig Marker colors that Cathy used - Mid Green, Light Carmine & Carmine Red along with a water brush.  I did color a few leaves with Copics YG01 & YG03 since there was more greenery on this stamp than the one she used I thought I needed a little variation in the leaf colors.  

This Happy Birthday die was tucked away in a container in my stamp room.  When my friend, Doreen visited last Fall she brought the die with her & I die cut several of them to use later.  It was the perfect size and I love the look of the stacked birthday greeting.  I did add one leaf & a few berries from another stamp set (Avery Elle Holiday Bouquet) that I tucked in under the main floral image.  Just like Cathy did on her card.  I added Wink of Stella to the flowers and berries but the picture doesn't really show the shimmery shine!  I love this card and thank you to Cathy Z. for the inspiration.  Her clean & simple designs are right up my alley!  
Monday, April 23, 2018

Retirement card

A quick one layer card.  I used the Hero Arts Spiral stencil with Oxide Ink. The sentiment is from the Taylored Expressions Shade Tree sentiments.   
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Happy Happy

There are a couple of stamp sets that I have been wanting to use.  I decided to pull out my Catherine Pooler inks for a fun variety of colors.  The two stamp sets I used are Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy with Dies & the Concord & 9th Background Blocks.  
I really love the look of the happy dies that coordinate with the stamped happy words.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cosmo Bella

I colored these Cosmo Bellas a while back & thought I should take the next step and make them into cards!  I had a couple of patterned paper pads that a sweet friend sent me for my birthday and they just seemed to be perfectly matched with my Bellas that I already had colored.  Don't you love it when that happens?  
I used a super simple layout and a fun sentiment!  

Yes, please to that cocktail!