Sunday, October 5, 2014

World Card Making Day: The Results!

Hello!  I was super motivated in the card making department yesterday, so I hope you have a beverage and free time!  There are a lot of pictures coming!  :) 

For this first card, I decided to do bold with a pop of color.  I used a fun new stencil that looks like basket weaving, along with white and black accents.  I made this one for a challenge, so I'll blog more about it at a later date.  Here's a close up:

I used the above Cardmaps sketch to create this card.  I used Echo Park's Hear and Now collection, as well as Paper Smooches feather dies.  To get the fun finish on the feathers, first I masked off the bottom portion and then blended on some deep pink ink.  While it was still masked, I applied Versamark and clear embossing powder over it.  (As it turns out, my clear powder also has flecks of white in it, so it added a bit more character to the feathers.)  Once that was dry, I masked off the next section and used silver embossing powder this time.  I used the same silver powder for the sentiment and finished everything off with silver glitter enamel dots.  My new favorite things!  Here's a close up of the details:

For this next card, I started by masking off the square in the center, then applied the confetti stamp using Versamark.  I covered it with clear powder and then applied distress ink in Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers, blending in the center to get the fun purpley color.  I cut the Winnie and Walter sentiment out of glitter cardstock using my Cameo.  That's it!  Here is a close up of the details: 

I made this next card for my hubby's bday (and you can see that I took the picture after I had already written in it.  :/)  First I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and used clear embossing powder over it.  I masked off the top area of watercolor paper and then got it really wet with my thick paintbrush.  Then I pressed two colors of ink onto a large stamp block and spritzed them with water.  I took a smaller brush and started to dab the ink on in a somewhat random pattern.  Usually I'm not very good at this, but I really love how this one turned out.  Once everything was dry, I used my clothing iron and a paper towel to take off the embossing powder, making this a completely flat front with no dimension.  I backed the paper with matching blue paper and that's it!

I wanted to make a cute fall card, so I grabbed some fall-colored distress inks (Crushed Olive and Peacock Feathers - because teal) and blended them over a stencil I made with my Cameo.  Then I stamped the fox from Sweet Stamp Shop with a brown ink and covered the parts I wanted to stay white with rubber cement.  I then blended Spiced Marmelade over it.  When I took off the rubber cement, some of the color from the top of it smeared on to the image, so I ended up blending it all with a clean blending pad.  I like how it turned out.  I used two different patterns of woodgrain washi to mimic logs that the little guy might be sitting next to and then added a coordinating button with white buralp twine.  Here is a close up of the details:

For this card, I started by stamping two rows of this fun border stamp from Avery Elle on the bottom of the kraft card base.  Then I adhered the speech bubble at the top, which was cut using a Lawn Fawn die.  I stamped some pretty Peonies from WPlus9, added the Simon Says Stamp sentiment, then threw on some enamel dots.  I love how it turned out.  Actually, when I caught this out of the corner of my eye, I thought the bottom of the card looked like burlap, which made me love the result even more.  Here's a close up of the details:

Next up, I have a couple Christmas cards.  For this first one, I stamped a wreath from Simon Says Stamp four times, rotating the stamp as I went.  Then I made a bow using red burlap twine and added some red sequins.  I added the Paper Smooches sentiment with Versamark and silver embossing powder.  It was SO quick and easy to do.  I think I know what I'm doing for our Christmas cards this year!

This is a card I started on WCMD-eve.  I stamped the Paper Smooches images and then masked them so I could use a stencil and apply transparent embossing paste over it.  Once the paste was dry, I masked the snowmen again and then used Broken China distress ink to blend over the falling snow and under the snowmen.  I did some paper piecing and some coloring with colored pencils to color everything else in.  Here is a close up of the details:

Well that is it for me!  I hope you enjoyed seeing what I made yesterday and I hope you made time for yourself to make some cards as well!  Until next time...
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop (a couple days late)!

Hey, all!  I stumbled upon one of the most amazing blog hops this past Monday...a coffee lovers' blog hop!  I start my day with my version of a mocha (coffee, sugar free chocolate, stevia and coconut milk) and my family knows not to talk to me until I've had some in the morning.  :)  I just knew I had to play along.  :)  I originally posted this card to my instagram page because the hubs was on the computer after I made this and just couldn't understand my immediate need to use the computer.  Silly boy.  :)

Here is the card I made:

I don't have a dedicated "coffee lover" stamp set, so I pulled the coffee cup from the Paper Smooches Warm Hearts set and stamped it with some creamy brown chalk ink.  Then I filled in one of the hearts with a colored pencil and covered the entire cup with glossy accents.  Unfortunately my glossy accents is old, so it dried kind of yellow, but you get the point.  I put a tiny strip of coordinating pink cardstock onto the kraft cardstock base, then adhered the front to the card.  Simple and to the point.  And coffee.  My favorite things.  :)

That's all for today!  Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Until next time...
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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

(Insert Witty Post Title Here)

Hello!  Forgive my lack of a title for this post.  I've had a long day and have a headache...the brain doesn't want me to be witty, I guess.  :(  I'm here to post another card I made using this week's Cutting Edge and CAS(E) this challenges. 

For a refresher, here they are:

And here is the card I made:

Terrible lighting bueno!
I used a set I just got from CAS-ual Fridays.  Isn't it fun?  I stamped the circles' stamp with Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers distress ink, using the second generation of the ink so it wouldn't over power the sentiment (yep, this is the second draft of this only make those mistakes once).  I kept it pretty simple, adding only a couple strips of pink paper at the top and bottom. 

That's all for today!  I'll be back tomorrow with a card I made for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop that was held yesterday (Monday, Sept 29th). 

Thanks for stopping by!  Until next time...
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Sunday, September 28, 2014


Happy Sunday, everyone!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  Today I am playing along with this week's Cutting Edge and CAS(E) this Sketch challenges.  Here is what I was working with:

How could I NOT play along with the Cutting Edge's my colors!  :)  Here is the card I made:

I started by masking off a stencil I made a while back using my Silhouette.  Then I used Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberry distress inks to fill in the background.  After that was finished, I flicked on some Graphite Glimmer Mist (since I didn't have any black).  I cut out the Winnie and Walter sentiment with my Silhouette twice.  Once with black cardstock and once with black glitter cardstock.  I adhered the two together and to the card using Glossy Accents.  I added the pink cardstock strip and I was done!  I love how it turned out!  Here is a close up of the details:

That is all I have for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

CAS(E) this Sketch #93

Now that it is officially Fall, I was in the mood to pull out my Sweet Stamp Shop Foxy set and make a cute card with it. I used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch to guide me along.

Here is the sketch:

And here is the card I made:

I used the washi tape from My Mind's Eye's Cut and Paste Charm collection for this card.  I lined a bunch up on a piece of scrap cardstock, then cut out the outside frame with a die.  Then I cut a similar-sized square in the front of the card.  Before I adhered the frame, I put the washi tape border on and the washi pennant on the side (which was backed on cardstock to make it more sturdy).  I then marked on the inside where the open area would be on the card, and got stamping!

I colored the fox using my water pen and the same ink color that I stamped it in.  I masked off the fox and then stamped the grass in two contrasting greens.  I think he turned out so cute!

I put the sentiment in the speech bubble using complementing ink colors, then cut it out and adhered it to the frame.  Then I used some Charm enamel dots to finish everything off.  Don't you just love when something looks exactly like you pictured it in your head?

That is all I have for today.  Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time...
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Monday, September 22, 2014

More Peonies...

I love when a new stamp set can just make you want to create, create, create!  I am back with another card that I made using Wplus9's Pretty Peonies set. 

I wanted to use elements from the Fresh Cut Florals set for this card.  Here is what I made:

I added the blue flowers and brownish stick-looking things (yep, that's a technical term), from the Fresh Cut Florals.  For the sentiment, I used my favorite silver embossing powder...because I can't seem to get enough of it.  :)  I layered the top piece on top of a blue cardstock that matches the darker blue ink color that I used on the card.  I love how it just seems to make the pinks pop more.

That is all for today!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

Until next time...
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pretty, More Like GORGEOUS, Peonies

Guys.  I'm in love.  Have you seen Wplus9's new set called Pretty Peonies?  It. Is. Gorgeous!!  I really love their Fresh Cut Florals set, too.  They just make the BEST layering stamps. I recently got some pretty new pink ink pads that I was dying to try out with these stamps. 

I was completely inspired by this card by Joni Andaya:

I loved the grouping of the flowers on one side and the sentiment on the other.  This is what I came up with:

My flowers aren't as full and interesting as Joni's but I still think they turned out SO beautifully.  I stamped the base of the flowers in a very light pink, then second-generation stamped the details with a darker pink color.  (The sentiment is first generation of the same color, to give you an idea of the difference between the first/second generations.) 

I finished the card off with some pink sequins from Avery Elle and some crystal clear sequins from Neat and Tangled.  For my first time playing with this set, I couldn't be more thrilled with the way the card turned out!

That's all for today!  I'll be back soon!

Until then...
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