Monday, February 23, 2015

Lots of Hellos

Sometimes you need a card handy and ready to send out in a hurry.  It's nice to create a stack all at one time.  They are still special cards but more simple in design.  I came across a stamp from Taylored Expressions that says Hello.  I decided to make it the focus of the cards creating a banner strip.


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I chose both white and ivory scraps and cut them all the same size, 5" x 1 1/2".  I stamped them all in with gold ink and used clear embossing powder to heat set.  All ready to go now.


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Some white cardstock, pretty pattern paper and a coordinating color panel and the card is complete.  I added some lines around the border with a marker.  The possibilities are endless with different colors and patterns.  This is a good way to use up scraps and make something beautiful at the same time.


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Here are some examples of paper combinations for my cards.


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Glad you stopped by today.  Thanks!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Florida Flamingos

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This card came together as I was creating.  I used 3 different stamp sets, a fancy embellishment, a clear heart epoxy and several sequins.  Even though the sentiments came from different stamps I love how they coordinate so well.


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Also, the tree with the cute heart leaves works with the flamingos kissing, creating a heart.  I also like the color combination of black, gray and bright pink.  So happy and fun!


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Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Friendly Butterfly

The biggest reason I make cards is to celebrate my friends and enjoy special moments with them.  Today's card is certainly one of those cards I created for a special friend.


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I used watercolor paper and stamped the Swallowtail Butterfly with Versamark ink.  It's a clear, sticky ink and when you add embossing powder on top, the design is revealed.


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My special friend loves blue so I used my pretty watercolors and mixed a couple of colors.  I painted over the white embossing and ended up with this fantastic panel.  For the background I used a white pearl paint and added a touch of light tan to contrast with the body of the butterfly.


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I stamped the Love sentiment and mounted the panel on some navy cardstock.


Love you, my friend!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Woven Hearts

It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I LOVE hearts.  Of course, this month I'm seeing hearts everywhere so its all inspired me to create some cards.


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I found this cool die at Simon Says Stamp.  It's called Danish Hearts and comes in three different sizes.  I hand colored small sections of white cardstock with Distress Inks.  Then I used the dies to cut out the two pieces of each heart.  You have to take your time to get the paper all woven together but the results are fantastic.


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Beautiful, right?  I also die cut the word Sending three times and glued one on top of another to create a bold scripty word.  Of course I had to add some pretty sequins and tiny silver hearts.


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I realized while I was putting the card together that I had a need for an anniversary card, so with the right sentiment, it worked.  I even die cut an envelope liner with some pretty matching paper.


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Even though the weaving was a bit tricky I think the card is so unique that I'm sure I'll be making more.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bathing Beauties

This may seem like an unusual title for a blog post but I got your attention, right?  I do want to talk about the bathing beauties card I made though.


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This is a stamp from Hampton Art and they have several that are this style.  It was pretty easy to color up these girly girls.  The stamp set includes another image and several sentiments.


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I thought my post today would give all my northern friends a big laugh, or at least a smile, since they can't smile about the weather.  So my friends, and you know who you are, isn't it true?  It's so exhausting being fabulous!!!


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Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Resist Embossed Butterfly

Here's a card using a new technique I learned in my watercolor class.  It's called resist embossing.  Basically, you emboss an image and then watercolor on top.  The paint "resists" the area that is embossed.  I decided to go bold and use the beautiful image from Stampin' Up! called Swallowtail.  I inked it up with Versamark.  It's a sticky ink and stamps clear.  I added snow white embossing powder and heat set it.  Then the fun painting begins.


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Isn't it striking!  I probably got a little crazy with the intensity of the paint colors but in the end I like it.


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It's easy to see the white melted raised powder outline of the image when the color stands out.  I mixed and blended yellow, orange and red to create this artistic look.


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It reminds me of the abundant sunshine colors we are having in sunny Florida.  Sorry, my friends who are in the cold and snow.  Hey, it's only 46 days until spring!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Cool Snowflakes

I made a couple of pretty winter snowflake cards to show you today.  I used some paper from Stampin' Up! called All Is Calm.  It has soft tones of aqua, white and gray.


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I used a cloud die and made a partial paper cut so I could extend it farther down the card front.  I love the look of this and how easy it is to use your dies for more than one technique.


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A few snowflake dies from Simon Says Stamp, some sequins and a simple sentiment complete the easy card.


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The second card I used Soft Sky as a card base and added the cloud die strip to the front.  I stamped some snowflakes from Northern Hearts stamp set.


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This time I cut the snowflakes from both white and Soft Sky paper and added a matching pearl to the center.


Really cool snowflakes, for sure.