Monday, June 29, 2015

Love To My Friends

I made this simple card to tell all my friends that I love them.  I used a sketch from Reserve Confetti.  They have a different one each month and I'm just getting in under the wire.


It's not necessary to stay perfectly true to the sketch and I didn't.


I am happy with the final result though and isn't that what creative license is all about?  I used the cute Heart Love Confetti Cut die twice, once with Delightful Daffodil cardstock and once with Blackberry Bliss cardstock.  I then inlaid the love word into the heart frame.  I also used the stamp set Love Blooms and matching dies to create the flower and leaves at the bottom of the card.  The beautiful sentiment is also part of the Love Blooms set.



I'm not sure where this saying originated from but it's one that's used a lot when talking about relationships.  It seemed very appropriate for this "lovely" card.


Much LOVE to all my friends!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Working in Pairs

I love to work in a clean space.  But I'm messy when I'm creating.  Shock, I know.  But it's true.  I have drawers open, paper strewn everywhere, buttons, glue, ribbon, stamps and ink all over my desk.  Sometimes I can't find my scissors.  It would be heaven if the craft fairy would come in when I leave my desk and do the dirty work but alas it's not to be.

Sometimes when I get out all my supplies I decide it's just as easy to make two cards as it is one.  That's the case today in the cards I have to show you.



I used the same sketch for both and even the same cardstock for the base.  I chose complimentary papers and then got to work on all the flowers.  It's been quite some time since I've used these flower dies and I must admit I need to get them out more.  It's easy to layer them, which I did using vellum along with the 2 colors.



I added some pearls to the center and stamped a sentiment on the main panel.  I added a scallop border edge and some matching ribbon and bow.  So here's to being messy to create something beautiful.  Now, any volunteers for clean up duty?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Vellum Challenge

The cards I made today I am going to enter in a challenge to use vellum.  A couple of posts back I featured some cards where I stamped and then colored on the back of the vellum.  These cards I used the vellum to soften the background.


Both of these black and white papers are pretty busy and the vellum is just the right amount of softness to set off the flowers and make them the focal point of the card.


On this card I cut the vellum larger than the white frame.


And on this card I made the frame bigger and cut the vellum to the exact size to fit behind.  I like both styles.  These flowers from Altenew called Lacy Scrolls look good no matter what color ink you use so this would make nice all occasion cards.  They also come with matching dies.  So easy to quickly put together.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Coloring Is Fun

Have you heard about what's all the rage?  Adult coloring books!  Yes, it's true.  Amazon cannot keep them in stock.  I found a couple at Books A Million and have been coloring up a storm.


 I have these fancy watercolor markers.  I wish you could see how the paint just flows out.  They have a real brush tip, not a marker tip, so it's like real painting.  You can blend the colors with water to get a more muted look or use them full strength to get a vibrant color.  So, without further ado, here is the page I colored.


I love all the bright pretty colors I used.  It took a couple of days to complete the page.  I'm thinking of framing of it.



Here's a page in the book that is waiting for color.


So if you don't see a blog post for awhile, you'll know I'm coloring.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hello Sweet Friend


This is a special card for my special friend.  There's a lot more to it than it seems on the surface.  The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper and then embossed with white powder.  I used some watercolor paints to get the variation of colors on each flower and leaf.


The paint runs smoothly over the embossed ink so the design remains true.  So pretty!  After drying, I used matching dies to cut out the flowers and leaves.  Because I used watercolor paper it resulted in a more sturdy embellishment.  I popped them up with foam dots in a pleasing arrangement.

Watercolor Flowers 3

I covered all the flowers and leaves with a clear Wink of Stella glitter pen for a subtle but surprising shimmer.  No one would ever know how much work went into making this card, but I know.  It's the same thing with friends.  You have to put work into the relationship, but it is so totally worth the beauty of a special friend as a result.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello There

I put together some Hello cards that turned out way nicer than I originally intended.  Actually, I had a whole different direction I was going with the design and struggled and struggled with it.  I set the cards aside for a few days and finally got back to working on them.  What do you think?



I found these pattern papers in a pack I've had for a long time.  I really like them but have always felt they didn't go with any card design I could think of.  It was pretty easy to make the paper the focal point and I used it for 2/3 of the card front.  I then chose a coordinating paper for the bottom portion and covered the seam with a matching ribbon.



I die cut the hello word 6 times, 3 for each card from white paper and then sponged ink on 2 of them in colors to match the paper.  I stacked all three "hello" words on top of each other, gluing each.  I'm definitely going to keep this card design as one of my sketches or templates so that I can make more like it.



Thanks for dropping by to say hello!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sparkle and Shine Challenge

I found a fun website that features cards with Pretty Pink Posh sequins.  I have been a lover of these sequins since I discovered this company.  Their products are high quality and the woman who owns it is pretty special too.  The blog where you can find all the information about this and other challenges is found HERE.  The rules are really easy and I've been wanting to enter.  By the way, I am supposed to display the challenge badge but I can't get it copy and paste.  Hope that doesn't disqualify me.  A card sketch is provided for your card project.  Here is the card I created.


I used Lawn Fawn stamps and dies.  I think this little critter is the cutest.  I started with cardstock in a new color from Stampin' Up!  It's called Tip Top Taupe.  It's pretty and works well as a neutral for brighter colors.  I chose a orangey red polka dot paper as the background and used the same ink color to stamp the hearts and speech bubble.  The wood grain stamp is also from Lawn Fawn and goes perfectly with the woodland critter.


I used Metallic Gold, Metallic Bronze and Pumpkin sequins.  You really must check out the Pretty Pink Posh store.  Sequins, sequins, in every color you can imagine!


The big prize for the challenge is a $25 gift card to Winnie & Walter.  I don't have any of their stamps.  Mercy!  Must do something about that.  He, he.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Celebrating A Milestone

This is the season for lots of events.  I recently got to participate in honoring a young man as he moves forward in his education.  He graduated to a school of higher learning.  But the celebration was also for another milestone in his life.  He was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.  This is a very important step in the life of a Christian and not to be taken lightly.  A careful study of the Bible is required before baptism.  A person must have a personal relationship with our Creator, Jehovah.  You must also have faith that God is going to follow through on all the promises for the future.  One very important requirement is that you must dedicate your life to Jehovah.  That means you agree to give him your exclusive devotion forever.  This may sound hard but it's really easy because when you know and love God, you are moved to serve him without holding anything back or setting any limits in worshiping him.

His parents hosted a nice party and we all had a wonderful time.  Here's the card I made him.


I kept it pretty simple.  I love the color combo though and all the geometric lines.


The outside reflects the graduation aspect of the celebration and I wrote a personal message on the inside.  Noah, I am very proud of you and the progress you have made as a young person.  You can go as far as you want and reach as high as the stars.  You are a great asset to our congregation, your parents and Jehovah.  That is certainly reason to celebrate.  Congratulations!


Friday, June 19, 2015

Coloring on Vellum

Today I'm showing you a technique that I've never tried before.  It's called coloring on vellum.  It's not difficult and it gives a wonderful effect to the image.  I used this on 2 anniversary cards because the technique is soft and romantic.


A good quality vellum is best for this technique.  It comes in different weights and the heavier the better.  You stamp the image and sentiment on the front of the vellum.  You must use a non-smearing ink like Staz On permanent ink and you must let it dry completely.  Then you use markers to color on the BACK of the stamped image.  This gives it that dreamy effect and allows the colors to look soft.  Just so you know.  The sentiment is not smeared.  I used a light gray marker on the back so that it would show up better on the front and not make the sentiment seem like it was floating out there all by itself.


I mounted the vellum on a white panel to make it look like it's framed and then attached it to another white panel before finally finishing it off on a peachy card base.  I added some clear sequins and shiny silver hearts.


The second card I used the same technique but used a different stamp image.  This card was for a nice young couple so I thought a slight cutesy image was ok.


I think this turned out adorable.  There are no panda bears in Florida but I couldn't resist using this stamp.  It's not easy to attach vellum without any adhesive showing through to the front but with strategic placement behind certain colored areas it can be done.  Another thing with vellum is that the edges can get a little wrinkled but that's just the nature of the paper.  Also, it adds to the homemade feel of the card.


Again, I swiped a red marker on the back side of the sentiment and added some hearts and sequins.


Isn't it fun to celebrate love!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thanks A Lot

Lately I've gone through most of my thank you cards.  It seems to creep up that I'm using my stash and all of a sudden I need one and boom!  Not there.  I decided I should replenish my supply so I got busy in an assembly line fashion.  I've been trying to use up some of my older cardstock so I started with red, turquoise and yellow green.  An odd combination I know but somehow it worked.  I got all the card bases ready and also cut the white front panels.  I used a fun new stamp called You've Got This.  One of the images is a crosshatch design.  I used a Taupe ink and stamped it off once on scratch paper and then stamped the front panel.  This keeps the image light and remains more of the background.  A pretty flower image is also included in the set so I stamped that in black ink on top of the taupe.


I colored in the stem with a grass green marker.  I then began to stamp the flower image again with black ink on several different pattern papers that weren't too busy.  I cut out each flower and popped it up with foam dots over the plain stamped flower.  I used a thanks sentiment from Simply Wonderful.  I chose it because I could color in the thanks word with markers that matched the card base.  I added a small twine bow and viola'.  Instant card!


I had the routine down and I was on a roll.  When I ran out of one pattern paper, I chose another based on the cardstock base.  I could stamp the crosshatch on all the white panels.  Then stamp the flower on top the crosshatch.  Color in the stems and leaves.  Stamp the flower only on all the pattern paper.  Stamp the sentiment on all the panels.  Then it was just a matter of putting them all together.


Love this bright red one with the dots of red in the pattern paper.


Notice the color of the thanks word matches the card base.  This time I colored the leaves and stem with an aqua color, pulling it from the pattern paper.


The same turquoise color but a different paper for the flower.


The most striking one yet, right K?  I hope I never run out of these papers so I can make lots more!

So, thanks so very much for stopping in and seeing what I've been up to.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Grateful For My Friends

Recently I hosted a card party for 8 friends.  We all had a blast.  I had everyone bring their favorite snack or munchies and then we got down to business.  At first it was sort of a free for all project.  They could pick their cardstock color, stamp, embellishments, ribbons, etc.  It was hard at times to keep up with all the requests for help as there were different levels of expertise but it was fast paced and fun.

Then we all worked on a card that I designed.  I had done a lot of the preparation beforehand so it was easy for them to all follow along at the same time.  Here's the card we put together.


The colors are Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand and Marina Mist.  They got to emboss the white front panel with a flower pattern which gives the cardstock some texture.  They also stamped each of the flowers and cut them with a punch.  I had the tags and other paper strips ready to go.


You can see the embossing in this close up.  A tiny ribbon was folded and attached to the tag before adhering the punched flowers.


A pretty design was stamped in Blushing Bride and then cut with a label die.  They also stamped the sentiment and then used an oval punch for a quick addition to the top of the label.  We have layers and layers on this card.


A few finishing touches, like the pearls in the center of the flowers, a strip of ribbon at the bottom to tie all the colors together, and we were done.  I had a wonderful time showing my friends all the fun things you can create with paper and ink.  And, I'm very grateful for the friends I have, near and far!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Love My Megan Doll

I'm very excited to show you the art journal page I put together for March using one of the Julie Nutting doll stamps.  Her name is Megan and I decided to design a spring theme page around her.  I'm making each page 6" x 9" and using canvas paper as the base layer.  I always start with the background.  I rummaged through my stash of pattern papers and ran across a piece that was perfect.  It is a blue green pattern with white clouds and bright kites flying in the air.  What could be more spring like?  I adhered a blue harlequin strip on the top and bottom to sort of enclose the scene.  I angled the bottom strip to resemble small hills and stamped a design.


Now I was ready to get Megan dressed.  These doll stamps do not have defined faces so I think it's fun to use paper with tiny text for her whole body.  I used some Copic markers to highlight her skin a bit more and also colored her hair.  I found some papers with some of the background colors and stamped the doll again on each separate paper.  I cut out the stamped dress pieces and glued them on top the stamped plain doll.


I have a kite die cut and made the base from the text paper.  I then cut out more pieces of the kite using the same papers as her dress.  I had some navy ribbon that I cut in half and attached it to the kite for a tail, adding bows, and winding it around her arm.  She doesn't have a care in the world as her kite is flying high and she is so pretty.


I also paper pieced her boots.  I didn't choose the sentiment until I finished the page.  I was looking at my options and when I ran across this one, I knew it was perfect.


I think I say this every time but Megan is my new favorite doll page.



The pressure is on.  I must get busy and work on my April and May doll pages.  Sigh!  If only I didn't have to do laundry, make dinner, clean the house, etc.  Any volunteers?