I won the cutest set of stamps from Debbie Corbari, a designer for Gina K Designs, by going on a blog hop. I never win anything so I was extremely excited to win this set. They are so stinkin' cute, I had to sit right down and make a card or three.
Anyway, here are a couple of cards from the set Fleece Navibaa....
See how cute they are? More Christmas cards to add to my stash.
Well, it's that time of year again. Although I've been diligently working on Christmas cards all year long, I've come down to crunch time and need to get them finished up.
I recently purchased some stamp sets from Gina K Designs that were designed by Melanie Muenchinger. There are 3 sets that are designed to use together: Fabulous Frames, Fabulous Frame Fillers, and Fabulous Holiday Fillers. I love these stamps and use them often. However, I don't quite use them as they were designed. There is a small learning curve and I'm not quite there. However, I have used them to paper piece cards quite nicely, thank you very much. Below are some examples of cards I have made with these sets.
The poinsettia stamp is from The Angel Company, and is also a favorite of mine. I used up some of my Christmas patterned paper and scraps, which is always a good thing. The poinsettia is stamped on white cardstock, colored with Spectrum Noir markers and attached with pop dots.
I know, I can't believe I bought more stamps. Especially when I own a stamp company. But what are you going to do? I can't be expected to have every single stamp I like. I just bought myself an early Christmas present, that's all. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
It's time to dig out all my Halloween stamps. I love making Halloween cards. This year I bought an embossing folder that I really like, but I don't like the fact that it's all one color when you are through running it through your machine. So....
I chose white cardstock, and ran it though the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder. Then the fun began.
I colored the stockings with bright purple and yellow Spectrum Noir markers. The shoes I colored with black, and gold for the buckle. Then I put glitter on everything! When it was all dry, I cut them out and put them on background patterned paper.
Here are two more examples. I changed the colors of the shoes and the stockings. Still has the Halloween feel though. You can click the images for a larger view.
I bought a fall embossing folder, but didn't really like the fact that it was all one color when you embossed your paper. So, I dug out my sprays and my twinkling H2O's and went to work on it.
First I sprayed the white cardstock with Tsukineko Walnut Ink Sprays. I let it dry, then ran it through the Cuttlebug using the embossing folder.
Using autumn colors, I painted all the embossed parts with the Twinkling H2O's. Then I stamped the "Autumn" on a piece of coordinating cardstock and used a Spellbinders die to cut it out. I attached it with pop dots. It's so shiny and sparkly and I didn't even have to use glitter on it. :-)
I recently bought some of those little $1.00 clear stamps. I usually don't like them, because they are usually pretty crappy to stamp with, but I found a set I like, so I thought I'd share the card I made with them.
This is a very simple card. I colored the image using Spectrum Noir markers. The little "Autumn" saying I stamped, cut out with Spellbinders dies, then attached with pop dots.
I see Facebook posts from people who live up north that it is finally starting to cool down and some of the leaves are starting to fall. Well, here in Florida, I'm seeing some of the leaves fall off my trees, but it's still in the high 80's and low 90's temperature wise. It should start to get a little cooler now, I hope. I do love the cooler temperatures of fall, and only wish it would get here earlier. I love to open the windows and let the cool air through the house, and I love sleeping with the windows open at night.
To get myself in the mood for autumn I have started stamping a few autumn cards. Today I will share with you "fall is best of all".
I love the simplicity of this card. One stamp and a little masking and you have a gorgeous card. The leaf stamp and the saying is from The Angel Company, and are some of my favorite stamps. I loved their stamps and was sorry to see them go out of business.
Anyway, I stamped the leaf multiple times on a piece of 4 x 5-1/4 white cardstock, using a mask so they stayed connected. I colored them using Spectrum Noir markers, then cut them out, leaving the connected parts together. I could have stamped another to the left of the bottom leaf, but chose not to. Then I adhered them to the layering paper, which was then layered onto kraft cardstock. Another option is to pop the leaves up with pop dots.
This card would also look good using flowers as the border.
I hope you are enjoying the weather where you live.
I bought some new thread, so I decided to make a couple of spirelli ATC's.
The sunflower stamp is from My Paper Moon and is item #180H-05. The colors of the sunflower are wonky, so I don't know if it was the scan, or what, but it is really more subtle in real life. The oval the sunflower sits on is made from glossy cardstock colored with reinkers.
On this ATC, the sunflower sits on a round cut-out made from the same cardstock as the background. It's a bronze shimmery cardstock and is quite heavy.
I like the way they turned out, and can either use them as is (as Artist Trading Cards), or I can mat them and put them on a card.
Today I want to share a card I made using only an embossing folder and a punch and some markers.
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I smeared some blue ink on glossy cardstock to simulate the sky. Then I ran the cardstock through the Cuttlebug using tree embossing folder. Then I colored the image using Bic markers. I liked how it turned out, but I really wanted it to have a little more oomph to it, so I punched out some little flowers using some yellow scrap cardstock, then added orange glitter to the centers. I adhered these to the tree randomly, then added some green glitter to the leaves. That was just what it needed.
Good morning! I think I've mentioned this before, but May is the month for birthdays in our family. I didn't bore you with my hubby's birthday card, nor some of the others, but today I want to share my youngest granddaughter's birthday card. Her birthday is today.
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Emilie is growing up and this is her last year in elementary school. Next year she will be attending the middle school. It's hard to imagine that the girls are growing up. Em was born on my birthday, and what a birthday gift she was. Over 10 lbs. and a beauty.
Emilie likes to sing, so I used a music note for a background.
I used a digital image for the main image, and colored her with Copics and other markers. There is a lot of subtle glitter and some shimmer on the wings, and glitter on the dress and flowers. About the only thing not glittered is the skin and hair. :-)
I made some paper with the same colors using my gelli plate, and die cut that, then some polka dotted paper with the same colors, then I cut out my fairy image and pop dotted her so she would stand out. I used the same paper on the inside of the card and stamped Happy Birthday.
Emilie also got a kitten, so she got pretty much the same cat paraphernalia that Rachel got, and I'm also sticking some money in her card so she can go shopping. She likes to shop. :-)
Today I want to post a card I made using 2 embossing folders and lots of glitter.
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I ran the top of the cardstock through a small dotted embossing folder. Remove from the embossing folder and leave an area to stamp the image, then put the other end in a different embossing folder (I used a larger dotted folder) and run through the machine (I used a Cuttlebug) again.
I stamped and colored the image (from My Paper Moon stamps), then I put glitter on all the dots on the bottom of the cardstock and selected dots on the top of the card stock.
I used a green marker to draw a line to differentiate the areas.
Today I want to share the double embossed technique with you.
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The card front is made on a single piece of cardstock. I put the top piece of cardstock in an embossing folder and ran through the Cuttlebug. I turned the cardstock around and ran the bottom part through a different embossing folder (leaving some space in the middle to stamp).
I stamped the image 3 times on the cardstock and colored with markers. Then I stamped the image 2 more times on a scrap of white cardstock, colored the centers and cut out. I adhered to the card using pop dots.
It's a very dimensional card, and you can use contrasting embossing folders and make it even more so.
I stamped the image on the back of water color paper. Then I used a paper piercer to pierce the outline. I turned the water color paper over, and watercolored the pierced image. You will need to use an image that doesn't have a lot of detail, and this sunflower image from My Paper Moon worked well. The sentiment was stamped on gold foil paper (which shows up brown in the scan) and cut out using a die, then attached to the card with ribbon. An easy card to make, but looks nice.
Hello! Today I want to post a picture of a birthday card I made for my granddaughter's 17th birthday, which is today.
I wanted to use bright, vibrant colors. I colored the image, which is a digital image, with Copic markers. For the inside of the card, I made some psychedelic background papers using my gelli plate, and stamped Happy Birthday on it.
She recently got a kitten, and when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday, she said "cat litter". So I got her a bag full of cat toys, kitten food, a play area for the kitten, and a bag of cat litter. I will also tuck some money into the card for her to buy something for herself.
Just a quick post today. I wanted to share with you some tag flowers I made with a Quickutz die of some tiny tags.
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I don't remember the name of the die, but there are 3 tiny tags on it, so I used all 3 to show you the flowers that can be made. I apologize for the picture, the colors really don't do it justice. I punched all 3 tags then ran them through an embossing folder to give them texture. I was able to fit them all in 1 folder with room left over, but you could use 3 different folders for contrast. I especially like the one made from the oval tag. If you wanted a larger flower you could use a larger tag or die.
I can finally post again! There was a glitch with my Norton software and it was blocking this and one other site. It also wouldn't let our 3 computers "talk". But our computer guy got it all straightened out, and for now we are good to go. Until it happens again. We have no idea what happened, how it happened, or why it happened, so it could happen again.
While I've been off sky-larking I made a few cards. I'll post them eventually, but I'm not real good at posting every day, as you well know.
Here is the first:
I'm pretty happy with the card, but I'm not sure about the reflection of the seagull. It was an easy card to make, with a little masking, and is supposed to represent a sunset. I will do another variation this weekend and let you decide which you like best.
Hello! I've been busier than a one armed paper hanger!
First there was Christmas and the holidays, and my chickens, and then there was getting ready to go to the Alafia River Rendezvous, which is the southeast's largest pre-1840's historical re-enactment settlement (photos from 2013 here). Hubby and I made our outfits, and it was a lot of fun. There were a few other glitches along the way, but I'm here today to share my prototype valentine.
As you know, I get bored making the same card over and over, so I have made some variations. Here are the cards:
I really like the textures created for these cards. I used an embossing folder on a section of the card, along with gesso, acrylic paint, glitter, and stamping. I punched out the hearts and used puffy stickers for the smaller vertical hearts on the side.
This one also uses 3 hearts as accents, but horizontal this time.
And last but not least, this one has a gold heart (which doesn't scan well) with a puffy sticker heart on top. I love the flower, which are a lot of different sized flowers that I punched and layered. I think my girls will like them.