Isn't that a wonderful wish for the holidays in these troubled times.
I am back to my blues again which I love when making snowflake cards. I took a piece of white cardstock and stamped the snowflake from Hero Arts. I inked the stamp with my 2 most favourite colours of blue Distress inks; Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean, sprayed with water and stamped.
When that was nice and dry, I added some little white dots using my Signo pen then cut away the panel on either side of the stamped snowflake. The card front was too plain, so I placed my paper into a Swiss Dots embossing folder, got out my trusty rubber mallet and hit it for some randomly placed embossing. I added 2 scored lines under the snowflake for interest.
I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts then mounted the card front using pop dots over the sentiment.
Good Morning. Are you feeling ready for Christmas yet? Such a busy time. I don't particularly like going grocery shopping but I do love walking into the grocery store and seeing the colourful, wonderful display of all the poinsettia plants. They have such a presence and a beauty like no other.
So, meet today's card made using the Christmas Pridestamp from Penny Black. Simply stamped the flower twice with Versamark ink then heat embossed with white Embossing powder. I took my Fired Brick and Picked Raspberry Distress ink pads and rubbed the ink directly from the pad onto the paper till all the white areas were covered up. I then sprayed with water to blend. I let that dry a bit then wiped over to remove the ink that was sitting on top of the white embossed outline. I stamped the flower twice so I could cut it out and layer it with pop dots and mount it to my card front.
I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black then added some red splatters to tie the whole card together.
The black pearls and the silver twine were the finishing touches.
The big day is almost here and Santa is all ready to go.
Today, I am playing along with the Clean and Simple challenge at Splitcoast - Holiday Sparkle.
I began by printing off the Santa digital from Birdie Brown. (He is not available as a digi anymore but is offered in a stamp set from MFT.) I cut Santa out and coloured him using Copic markers. I added some sparkle with the cute little pom-pom. The die-cut was left in the die and sponged with Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters Distress inks then splattered with water to represent snow.
For my card front I partially embossed my background and added scoring lines to define the embossed area.
Shining lights everywhere, it must be Christmas Time.
Here is a fun card I made doing some random embossing on my card front with a rubber mallet.
I decided to use two different folders this time to get a variation of textures and design onto the cardstock and I was very pleased at how it turned out.
Here is what I did:
First, I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black in the bottom corner of my white cardstock. By doing that, I would know where I wanted to place the random embossing. I placed that into a Cuttlebug Embossing folder (Swiss Dots) then hit it with a rubber mallet. I took it out then placed it into a different folder and hit it some more to give a pattern within a pattern.
Next, came the lights. It is a fun, new die-cut from Penny Black calledSparkle String.
I die-cut the string in black then die-cut the lights in different colours. I glued it all together then added Glossy Accents over the lights to give them some sparkle and shine.
Happy Saturday. I am being inspired this am by the challenge at Splitcoast and the Pendleton Site. I saw a houndstooth jacket and so my card was born.
I began by stamping the houndstooth with Grey Memento ink and added it to my card front. The wreath is a digital image from Delicious Doodles. I printed it off, coloured it with Copic markers then added Glossy Accents to the red berries....they just shine IRL and have such a great texture.
I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts onto a piece of vellum so the houndstooth could still be seen behind. That's it. Pretty quick and easy.
Bringing you a little smile today. I still can't seem to stop making Christmas cards. At this rate, I will have some cards ready for next year! LOL
I saw this sweet little digi snowman from Digi Stamp Boutique and just had to have him. I love his joyous smile. Then, I saw this challenge at Splitcoast- Get to Work, use something from an office. I decided I would place this little guy onto a postage stamp background. Do they even use postage stamps in an office anymore? Oh well, went with that anyways.
So, I began by printing off the snowman, coloured him with Copics markers, added some sparkle with my Stella Winks pen to the white areas and cut him out. The postage stamp die-cut is from Spellbinders. I sponged it with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress ink while still in the die. By doing that, it leaves such a nice white border. I splattered on some plain water then some water mixed with Perfect Pearls for some shimmer.
Got out my rubber mallet again and did some random embossing on my card front (sorry it is hard to see from the photo) I really like the look. For those of you that have not read about that before, I place my cardstock into an embossing folder and hit it with a rubber mallet. You can add the embossing to just the areas you want instead of having an all over embossed look.
Morning. Today I wanted to make a nature card to send to a friend who lives out in a rural area surrounded by beautiful woods. This is what I came up with.
The main panel (blue bkg.) is a piece of leftover inked paper that I made by rubbing Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress inks onto my acrylic block, sprayed with water then pressed onto my paper.
(I always keep my leftover mistakes or pieces I am not sure what to do with...no wonder my kids call me a hoarder although I usually find a use for them sometime in the future! LOL)
Next, I stamped the Memory Box trees and die-cut them. The deer is also a Memory Box die that was added over the white panel and then on top of the blue.
The base of my card was embossed part way down in an embossing folder. By leaving the bottom unembossed (is that a word??) it is easy to add a sentiment and this one is from Hero Arts. To give a crisp edge the area where the embossing ends, I scored 2 lines. It gives it a more finished look.
Happy Saturday. I just have not used my vintage image stamps enough this year so decided to get one out and finally use it today. I was inspired by the challenge at Splitcoast and the Papyrus card site. Such wonderfully inspiring cards there.
So, a few years ago, I won a Stampin Up Jumbo Wheel and have never used it. It is one of those large wheels that you snap into a handle and roll onto your paper. I inked it up with Versamark and rolled it across the top and the bottom of my paper. I then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I sponged the whole card front with Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress inks and splattered some water over the ink to add to the snowy feel.
Next, I masked the bottom and top then stamped the image of the children with black Memento ink. I added scoring lines on either side of the image to define the center area. The silver twine and the pearl were the finishing touches.
I don't do well with sketches. I don't know why but I hit a mental block when I try to make a card based on a sketch. So today I surprised myself. At Splitcoast the challenge on Wednesdays is a sketch. I did it...I made this card based on the sketch.
This is a simple one to create. First, I inked up the evergreen stamp from Rubbernecker with Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters Distress inks, sprayed with water and stamped. I stamped the sentiment touching the image to it tie it all together. I then cut away the piece behind the image to create a panel. After embossing a piece of dark green paper in a Cuttlebug EB folder, I added it to show under the cut away panel. The addition of the little red pearls was the finishing touch.
As the big day quickly approaches, I find I can't stop making more cards for Christmas. I guess that is a good thing as I need some more for giving and sending.
Today's card is a super simple one inspired by this cute little Santa from Birdie Brown. It is a digi that I got last year when she was selling on Etsy. It is no longer available as she is designing for MFT and they now have a set with this Santa in it. Check it out...super cute!
So, Santa was printed, coloured with Copics and cut out. I mounted him onto some Christmas paper with the cutest font that I have hoarded in my stash for years. I then did some random embossing on white cardstock, stamped the sentiment from Kaiser and added it over the Santa with pop dots. The finishing touch was to add a sparkly pom-pom to the top of his hat.
Step away from the snowflake!! LOL I told myself that today when I came up with this card playing along with the CAS Challenge at Splitcoast.
I made the woodgrain paper....seriously it couldn't be EASIER!! You need to try it!
Here is what I did.
First, I applied lines of Elmer's School Glue to my cardstock. Then, when it was dry, I rubbed Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs and Vintage Photo Distress, Black Soot ink pads directly over the glue lines and sprayed with water to blend the colours. You will need to give that a few minutes to dry as well.
I then scored the lines and stamped the trees with Stazon ink.
HINT: when stamping over a painted or distressed surface, use Stazon ink for a better impression
I love the look of the woodgrain. Keeping the natural feel of it all, a twine bow was the finishing touch and the sentiment from Hero Arts.
Some cards are just impossible to photograph. You either loose the detail or the colour. This card was one of those until I got out the black backgrounds. So here it is in all it's white purity.
I began by placing my dies from Simon Says and Lawn Fawn onto my cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug with a rubber mat under that. What the rubber mat is designed to do is to let you emboss with a die and not cut through your paper. I made sure to leave an area plain so I could stamp my sentiment from PTI and embossed it with silver. That was the first embossing.
I then took out my embossing folder from Cuttlebug, place my the cardstock that was embossed with the snowflakes into it and embossed it again. You can see how it added the circles and lines onto the paper. I think it looks pretty cool. Lastly, I did some scoring and then die-cut the snowflake and covered it with glitter and added a jewel to the center.
I sure hope you aren't getting tired of seeing Christmas card but this year, I have been so inspired and into making them I just can't seem to stop!
This card went in a totally different direction then the card I pictured in my head. My original plan was to glue the extra snowflakes sitting on my desk onto my card front. Well I did that then this card took on a life of it's own.
So, let's start at the beginning. I had die cut snowflakes (my new obsession this year!) using Lawn Fawn and Simon Says snowflake dies. I tried to cut extras to have on had and ready to go. I glued them onto my card front then put that into a Cuttlebug Embossing folder (Swiss Dots I think) and embossed it. By doing the dry embossing, it helped secure my glued snowflakes to the cardstock. It still looked plain to me so I grabbed my Versamark pad and randomly rubbed it over the front. I sprinkled on some silver embossing powder and heat set it. I really like the random, kind of grunged look the powder added. I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches and then mounted it onto a strip that I had pierced holes into.
So happy you could stop in and take a look...thank-you! Supplies: stamps- Paper Smooches/ dies- Lawn Fawn, SSS/ piercing tool/ Cuttlebug/ silver embossing powder/ EB folder/ silver twine/ Glossy Accents
Happy Saturday. This morning, I am playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast inspired from the site Sur La Table and these lovely candlesticks.
As most of you know, I love making my own background papers and this one was really fun to make. There is a tutorial on Splitcoast called Faux Barnboard. I did a modified version of that technique. I also added some scoring lines to make it look more authentic. When it was all dry, it was too light for me so I took my Gathered Twigs Distress ink pad and rubbed it over the front. To help the Distress ink stick over the acrylic paint, I embossed it with clear embossing powder. It gave it a wonderful crackled appearance. I was so pleased with how it turned out that I want to try making an even simpler version.
Kept it super simple by just adding this fantastic die-cut from Penny Black called SNOW WISHES.
TGIF!! I am waking up to frosty windows this a.m. and ready to play along with the challenge at Splitcoast; use embellishments you have lots of. Well, I have a jar of these little shiny stars that I never use so today was the day!
I began by creating the snowflake panel. I inked up my Hero Arts snowflake stamp with Goosebumps and stamped the panel.
(For those of you that are not familiar with this medium, go HERE to read about it)
When dry, I rubbed my Distress ink pads in Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers directly over the stamped area and sprayed with water to blend. I just love how it turned out!
I mounted that panel with pop dots between a row of pierced dots, added the sentiment and the stars.
First......Happy Thanksgiving Wishes to all my friends in the U.S. I hope you enjoy a lovely day with family and friends.
Here is today's card inspired by the challenge atSplitcoastthis a.m. The challenge was to create a simple holiday card that could be easily mass produced. Well this one sure fits the bill.
I began by printed out the digi snowman from Bugaboo and simply coloured him with Copics and cut him out. I scored three lines on the diagonal then stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches. I mounted the snowman with pop dots then added the enamel dots on either side of the sentiment. The finishing touch was to add some Glossy Accents to the carrot nose.
Good Morning. In an effort to use up some of the inked background papers I have had in a box for ages, I found this shaving cream piece that I made years ago....that became my card front. For those of you that have never done this shaving cream technique, there is a great tutorial over at Splitcoast you can watch to see how it is done; super easy.
While looking through that box, I found a piece of cardstock that I had stamped and embossed with white embossing powder and never used. I used it to die-cut my poinsettia from Spellbinders. While the paper was still in the die, I sponged it with Faded Jeans Distress ink. I love the results...it gave the flower a frosted look as the embossing resisted the ink. I mounted the flower onto a strip of white cardstock with a small strip of silver paper under that. The button and the silver twine finish off the center of the flower.
As most of you know, I love playing with my Distress inks and getting inky. I tend to save all those leftover pieces for future use of some kind. Often they are good for cutting into tags but today, I decided to use the pieces for my card front.
I was inspired when I saw the challenge this am atSplitcoast; to make a layered die-cut. Easy right?
So for a break down of this card front: far left piece was stencilled and then splattered with water; the top right piece was sponged then stamped with water and the bottom right was done with an embossing folder inked and sprayed with water. These leftovers work well together as I used the same colours of Distress inks; Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers.
I die-cut the snowflake from Simon Says 3 times then glued them together. I added it to my card front along with some sequins to add a more festive look to my card. There really was not good place to add a sentiment so I will add a big Merry Christmas to the inside of my card.
It's all the die's fault. I am having so much fun with this snowflake from Lawn Fawn and it just keeps showing up on my cards. I was pleased with the results of this one.
I began my card front by masking and sponging on Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers and just a hint of Dusty Concord Distress inks in the center. I then splattered some water over that to give a snowflake background. The sentiment from an old Stampin Up set was stamped with black Memento ink.
I was just going to mount the white snowflake on my card front and then thought it looked too plain so grabbed my stamp set from Simon Says and stamped it onto the snowflake using Salty Ocean. Mounted it with pop dots and added the gem in the center.
Happy Saturday my fellow crafters. I am taking a break from all the Christmas cards today, to share with you a card I made using stamps from Penny Black. I was inspired by the challenge today at Splitcoast from theResurrect Antiquessite. They showed some interesting rolls of burlap ribbon and that got me thinking. I have had a piece of burlap sitting on my messy desk for so long that I decided to experiment with it for stamping.
I had a piece of white cardstock that I had rubbed off the tip of my Goosebumps bottle onto. For those of you that don't know what Goosebumps is, it is a glue-like medium, that when applied onto your paper, acts like a resist.
(You can see another card I made using Goosebumps and a link to the product HERE)
When that was dry, I adhered a piece of burlap to my acrylic block then inked with Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Faded Jeans Distress ink and stamped away. I think it gave such a warm, textured look to my background against a crisp winter sky. Next, I inked up the new Etched Branchesstamp from Penny Black and stamped it across the bottom of my card front. I then stamped the sentiment from the Gratitude stamp set in the upper corner to finish off my card.
I think this would make a great masculine card don't you?
Happy Friday. Another simple Christmas card today using a digi I got from Bugaboo.
I was inspired by the Grab and Go Challenge atSplitcoast this am.....grab something you bought and have been meaning to use. This little image was just calling out to come to life.
I cut an oval mask using a Spellbinders oval die and sponged with Mowed Lawn Distress ink. I then stamped over that with a background stamp then removed the mask so I could stamp the sentiment from Hero Arts. I printed off the gingerbread man, then coloured him with Copic markers and cut it out.
I added some Glossy Accents to the heart cheeks for dimension and sparkle to the candy cane with my Stella Wink pen and pop dotted it over the oval area.
I love this stamp from Serendipity. I have had it for years and it makes a great card especially for Christmas. I began by embossing the oval on my card front using a Spellbinder oval die. I placed the die onto my cardstock and ran it through my Cuttlebug using a rubber mat under the die. By using the mat, it prevents the die from cutting through the paper and leaves an embossed design instead. I cut a mask using the same oval die to use as a mask, positioned it over my embossed area then stamped the home image with black Memento ink. I coloured the image with my watercolour pencils. I scored the two lines on the bottom for interest then stamped the sentiment from PTI.
Meet today's card. It is totally a non-traditional card for Christmas but I loved how the background turned out so I decided to go with it and make a holiday card. I am also playing along with the Colour Challenge atSplitcoastwhich I seldom have time to do. Look at these wonderful colours:
I began my background with a piece of watercolour paper. I applied Distress inks (Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint) to my acrylic block, sprayed with water and painted it onto my paper. After my paper was covered with ink, I sprinkled on some coarse sea salt and sprayed it with some additional water. I found that the salt works best in lifting the colour off the paper when it is wet.
TIP: I tape my paper to a small cutting board that I bought at the Dollar Store. By taping it down, it won't warp so badly and it is easy to move out of the way to dry.
When the salted background was dry, I inked up the Berry Merry Christmasstamp from Penny Black with Stazon ink and stamped it across the top and side of my card front. TIP: When stamping on a painted or heavily embossed background, it is best to use Stazon ink for a better, dark impression.
To add to the depth that the colours lend to my card, I stamped the Letter Background from PB along the one side of the card front using grey Memento ink then stamped the sentiment from the Christmas Cheerset.
I am snowflake obsessed this year so here is another holiday card with a snowflake on it!
An easy one for sure, also a great one for getting out your frustrations with a rubber mallet LOL.
As you may have read in some of my past posts, I love using a rubber mallet to create random embossing on my card fronts. Just place your cardstock into an embossing folder and hit it with a rubber mallet. I love doing this as you can add embossing to just the areas you want.
Next, I die-cut the snowflake from Simon Says and stamped the sentiment from Kaiser Stamp.
Morning. Back to making some more Christmas cards today and playing along with the challenge at Splitcoast. Isn't this little guy just so cute! He is a digital stamp from Bugaboo that I won.
I began my simple card by printing off the snowman two times. Once onto my card front, then again onto another piece of cardstock. I did that so I could cut out the head after I coloured it with Copics and pop dotted it onto my card front to add dimension. I added Glossy Accents to the carrot nose and covered him using my Stella wink pen for sparkle. The sentiment from Mama Elephant is stamped using black Memento ink.
A slight departure from making Christmas cards this am as I needed a birthday card. This card would easily translate into a Thanksgiving card or even a Christmas card by replacing the leaves with snowflakes...mmm...may have to try that! All stamps used on my simple card are fromPenny Black.
I began by masking off an area at the bottom of my card and sponged on Antique Linen Distress ink. I then stamped over that with the script called Letter Background. It gives another level of depth to the bkg. especially if you use the same colour of ink.
I inked up the leaves from the Lush and Lavishset using Distress inks (Fired Brick, Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge, Ripe Persimmon, Dried Marigold), sprayed with water and stamped.
Welcome to the weekend. Every year, I plan to make some special tags for my gifts but then run out of time. So this year, I have tried to get a start on them early. I am feeling inspired by the challenge at Splitocoast this am from theHarry and David Gourmetsite. Wow...beautiful gifts and lots of yummy food. I saw this peppermint bark and hence my tag was born.
I began by cutting my tag from heavy white cardstock using a tag die from MFT. I stamped the Nordic pattern from Simon Says Stamp down one side of my tag using Fired Brick Distress ink. Love that crisp and clean pattern. Reminds me of a cozy warm winter sweater. The snowflake is from Lawn Fawn which I die-cut and stamped with the same Nordic pattern.
I had a piece of old sheet music that I distressed with ink then cut to make into a bow and attached using a button. Stamped the sentiment from PTI and done.
There is Christmas music playing on the radio. I can't believe how quick it is coming. Phew...better get going and make some more tags.