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Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations, Spring

Gnome Birthday Card

Happy Sunday friends! Hope you are safe and having a good weekend. Today I am bringing you this card featuring the very cute gnomes from Simon Says Stamp Lil Gnome Wafer Dies. This die was included in the December 2019 card kit and but is great for Spring, Easter or any occassion cards! I paired them with some cute Lawn Fawn border dies to create a fun little Spring cards. This card is mostly ink blending and diecutting so if you don’t like stamping or coloring, this card is for you!

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″, one piece to 4 x 5-1/4” and two pieces of Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Card Stock 100# 8.5 x 11″ to 4 x 2 3/4″ and 4 x 1 7/8″. I diecut the edges of the Apple Green Cardstock pieces with the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border.

Card front

I used the My Favorite Things Mini Cloud Edges Mix-ables Stencil and Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Ink and Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Oxide Ink with my ink blenders to add clouds to the top 2/3 of the panel. Then I used Tim Holtz Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink to add color to the grassy areas. Next I diecut two strips of Lawn Fawn Straight Flower Border Die from Simon Says Stamp Green Apple Card Stock 100# 8.5 x 11″ and the flowers from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ (retired), as well as some yellow scraps from my stash for the flower centers. I adhered the flowers to the flower border strips and those to the back of the grassy border pieces.

I diecut two gnomes with the Simon Says Stamp Lil Gnome Wafer Dies. I used pink plaid paper from Lawn Fawn 6×6 Perfectly Plaid Spring Petite Paper Pack and the purple pattern paper from the Really Rainbow Petite Paper Pack for the bodies, Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ for the nose, beard and background and pink scrap and Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ (retired) for the hats.

I assembled the two gnomes and moved on to assembling the card. I adhered the sky background to the card base and the added the back grassy border to the card with glue and the front grassy border with 3M Foam Tape. I added the gnomes to the card, adhering one with glue and one with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! stampset with Versamark Ink onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! Elegant Eggplant Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ (retired) and added WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White. I trimmed it down to 1/2 x 2-1/2″ and adhered it to the card front with 3M Foam Tape. To finish it off, I added Tonic White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another greeting from the Lawn Fawn Oh Gnome! stampset in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and added some tulips that were left over from the front of the card. And that completes this card.

Card inside

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Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations, Spring

Happy Birthday Watercolor Card Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Stronger Together March Card Kit

Happy Hump Day friends! Here’s another quick card using the Simon Says Stamp’s Stronger Together March Card Kit. I’ve been having fun watercoloring with the pencils included in the kit. The quality of the pencils is not bad. You have more control with pencils than you do with traditional watercolors so it’s definitely a great option for folks (like me) who are not great at watercoloring. My colors tend to run into each other. Anyone else have this issue??

Card front

This kit includes:
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bold Hello wafer thin die
ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack
24 piece watercolor pencil pack
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
3 Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards
Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 inch glitter paper 
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Lavender envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint envelope
Simon Says Stamp White envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock

I started by cutting a piece Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for the card base. I then used the 24 piece watercolor pencil pack and watercolor brushes to color one of the Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards. Once everything was dry, I cut the panel down to 4 x 5-1/4″ and adhered it to the card base with Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue. For the sentiment I diecut “happy” using the Donut Worry Honey Cuts Dies from Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK and stamped “birthday” from Lawn Fawn’s happy happy happy stampset onto a piece Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and cut it down to 1-5/16″ x 3/16″. I adhered it to the card panel with 3M Foam Tape to pop it up.

I finished off this card by adding some sparkle to the flower petals with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Fine Glitter Brush Pen and added Nuvo LIMONCELLO Jewel Drops to the flower centers and SIMPLY GLOSS WHITE Nuvo Crystal Drops around the card.

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Cards, Easter, Easter, Hello, Just Because, Love & Friendship, Spring

Watercolor Hello Featuring Simon Says Stamp’s Stronger Together March Card Kit

Spring is officially here friends! And when I think of Spring, I think of beautiful flowers in bloom and soft pastel colors. And this Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp is perfect for spring cards, as well as Easter cards and even Mother’s Day cards! And can we talk about the purple glitter paper included in this kit?!? OMG, just gorgeous.

Card front

The kit includes:
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set
Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bold Hello wafer thin die
ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack
24 piece watercolor pencil pack
Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue
3 Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards
Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 inch glitter paper
Simon Says Stamp Metallic Lavender envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint envelope
Simon Says Stamp White envelope
Simon Says Stamp Mint 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Cornflower Blue 8.5×11 cardstock
Simon Says Stamp White 120# 8.5×11 cardstock

I started by cutting the Simon Says Stamp Lavender 8.5×11 cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for the card base, a piece of one of the pattern papers in the ModaScrap Spring Flowers 6 x 6 paper pack to 4 x 5-1/4”, and another piece of pattern paper to 3-3/4 x 5”. I adhered the three together with Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue.

I then used the 24 piece watercolor pencil pack and watercolor brushes to color one of the Suzy Plantamura custom floral watercolor cards. I love these preprinted watercolor cards. They are fun and relaxing to watercolor and they make great quick and easy cards too. Once everything was dry, I fussycut the flowers out and adhered it to the card with some Simon Says Stamp Craft Tacky Glue. For the sentiment I diecut “hello” using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bold Hello wafer thin die and Simon Says Stamp 6 x 6 inch glitter paper and adhered it to the card. I finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops Tonic VIOLET GALAXY.

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Cards, Encouragement

Good Vibes Card

Hello friends. I think it’s time for a fun and cheerful card. In this uncertain and scary times, it’s nice to send others a little cheer in the form of a card. Also the creative outlet relieves stress; it’s a win win. So if you are finding yourself stressed and worried right now, do something fun, make something, draw something, or just talk to someone. Distractions and connections are super important right now.

This cute card features Simon Says Stamp Good Vibes Stampset which is unfortunately no longer available and was released during Simon Says Stamp’s Stamptember release.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ for the card base and a piece of Canson Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, 18 X 24 in, Natural White to 4 x 5-1/4″ for the card front. Then used Distress Oxide Inks to create a background. I used Candied Apple Tim Holtz Distress Oxides Ink, Squeezed Lemonade Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink, Salty Ocean Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink, and Seedless Preserves Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink. I sprayed some water with the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer and dried it with some paper towel.

Next, I prepped my card panel with Ranger Ink – Anti-Static Pouch. I stamped the peace sign with all over the background with Versamark Ink and added WOW Opaque Bright White Super Fine Embossing Powder and heat set that with my heat gun. I rounded the bottom corners of the card base and card panel with my We R Memory Keepers – Crop-A-Dile – Corner Chomper Tool and adhered the panel to the card base.

I stamped the cute character with outstretched arms and the greeting “Today Is the Greatest” onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I added a little bit of shadowing and some pink cheeks with copic markers. I fussycut it out and added it to the card panel with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss Simply White.

Card Inside

On the inside of the card, I stamped ” Be Happy” with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink as well as the peace sign with Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Tiara Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Orange Twist Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Lime Rickey Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs All That Jazz Ink, Catherine Pooler Designs Suede Shoes Ink, and Catherine Pooler Designs Royal Treatment Ink. And that completes this card.

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Birthdays, Cards, Celebrations

Rainbow Birthday Card featuring Simon Says Stamp Trio Window Die.

Hi friends. This fun and colorful card was made using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window Wafer Die and Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set included in the Simon Says Stamp February 2020 Card Kit. All the items from the kit are sold seperately so no need to fret if you don’t have the kit.

I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create a card base. Then I cut another piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” to create top panel.

I diecut the trio window using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window Wafer Die from the top panel, offsetting it from the center slightly.

I stamped the balloon border from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set around the windows and also some extra balloons with the additional balloon and string stamp included in the stampset using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. To stamp balloons that look like they are behind the balloons around the windows, I stamped the balloon border on to Masking Paper, fussycut it out, and placed it over the balloon border image before stamping additional balloons. I stamped some of the confetti pieces around the card to fill up the white space. I wanted this card to look like a party on paper!

I also stamped some balloons in the inside of the windows so it looks like balloons continue on the inside. To do this, I just lined up the stamp on the card panel using my Tim Holtz Tonic Craft Travel Stamp Platform, removed the top panel, and stamped in the card base. I also stamped additional balloons onto scraps of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, which I will pop up later with foam squares.

Before I started coloring all the images, I stamped some of the tiny sentiments in between the windows using the same Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (COPIC-friendly ink). I used COPICS in R17 and R27, R81 and R85, YR12 and YR16, Y06 and Y18, G07 and G14, BG000 and BG01, B95 and B37, and V06 and V09. Not gonna lie, this took a long time to color but I usually just watch a movie or Youtube videos while doing it so it makes it more fun. Once colored I all the images, I adhered the panel to the card base with 3M Foam Tape and used Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhered some of the additional balloons.

Closeup

Lastly, I stamped the “happy birthday” sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set onto a scrap of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and fussycut it out, separating the two words. I also used white alphabet stickers from my stash for the “50”. Since they were white I colored them with a black marker and addded them to the card in the middle window. If you have black Alphabet stickers that you like and fit inside the window, you can use those. I finished off the card by adding some highlights with my White Uni-Ball UM 153 Signo Broad Point Gel Pen and some splatters with Craft Smart Acrylic Paint in Black. And of course, no card is complete without some Nuvo Drops. I used Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. It’s now a fun and colorful rainbow card. Doesn’t it just scream “HAPPY BIRTHDAY!?!”

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Multimedia Canvas: Found Objects

Hi friends. Today I am posting something a bit different than my usual card making blogs. I thought I’d try my hand at creating a multimedia canvas. I haven’t tried making a multimedia project in many years (mostly because I didn’t have the space to work or let the piece dry. But now that I have space to work, it’s time to get back to it.

Like many people I was hesitant to start this project or even post it but I figured I’d play and see what happens and if I don’t hate it I’ll post it for you guys. It may inspire someone else get over their fear of doing multimedia.

I was inspired by a Youtuber I came across in my feed, Marta Lapkowska, who makes amazing art journal and multimedia projects. She likes to use stuff around her house as well as things she buys to make her art. Check her out on YouTube at Maremi’s Small Art. Her shop also has cool stuff you can use on your projects. I just got my order and I love all the papers, chipboards, etc I purchased.

In keeping with my pledge to use what I have in my craftroom stash and not overspend this year, I looked through all my chipboard, diecuts, tissue paper, fabrics, and stamps to see what has been under utilized. I also used some cardboard (from an Amazon box) to add to my project. I saw Marta do this in one of her videos and I thought it was a cool idea.

I started with a pre-gessoed canvas, measuring 12 x 16 from Artist’s Loft. I used Matte Gel Medium and added some torn pieces of tissue paper from Tim Holtz® Idea-ology® Melange Tissue Wrap Paper and Ranger 10 Printed/10 Plain Dina Wakley Media Tissue Pack 7.5″X10″ 20/Pkg. You can use any tissue paper in your stash. You can also stamp on your tissue paper before adding it to your project.

I let that dry and then used my Hot Glue Gun to add cardboard from my Amazon box, fabric scraps, Doilies, Burlap Ribbon, Coffee Filters (I always have these in my craftroom for applying glitter and embossing powder), Wood Buttons and Mini Thread Spools, Mini Natural Wood Clothespins and Regular Sized Natural Wood Clothespins, and Planner Discs (yes I said Happy Planner discs) to the canvas. I just placed everything randomly on the canvas, clustering some items to create some interest.

Once I was happy with the composition, I added Gesso over everything. I added two coats of Gesso, allowing to dry in between coats.

Once that was dry, I started adding paint. I used Martha Stewart Acrylic Paints in Surf, Summer Haze, Pool, and Vanilla Bean, plus a Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint, 2 oz, Black and DecoArt Crafters Acrylic, 8-Ounce, White from my stash to add layers of color. This took a while and once I was happy with the background I let it dry. I was trying to create an aged look but I still wanted pops of color which is why I used the three aqua colors. My advice to any of you out there who are afraid to screw up your piece once you add paint, is not to worry. The good thing about acrylics is you can add layers on top of layers (let the paint dry before adding more) or add Gesso over it and start over with the paint. No mistakes are bad and have fun!

I added more texture by using a piece of the burlap ribbon as a stencil with the Vanilla Bean and some Martha Stewart Acrylic Paints in Copper.

While my paints dried, I stamped two of the images from the Stampers Anonymous Creative Collage Stampset onto a piece of Canson Montval Acid-Free Cold Press Watercolor Paper, 140 lb with Ranger Black Archival Ink. Using a stamping platform is very useful here to be able to stamp multiple times over the image. I cut those out and distressed them by adding some Antique Linen Distress Oxide, Broken China Distress Oxide, Ground Espresso Distress Oxide, and Black Soot Distress Ink. I was not happy with the edges being so clean so I took my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz 370 Paper Distresser to rip the edges. Then added more Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges. And to make it look even older I added black acrylic paint around the edges. Next I used Vanilla Bean and Copper to paint the edges of some old chipboard pieces I had as well as added some DecoArt Crafters Acrylic, 8-Ounce, White acrylic to distress it a bit. I used medium and small chipboard shapes. Not sure where these came from as they are extremely old. Again trying to use what I own an don’t buy more stuff. Dig through your drawers people! You are bound to find treasures! 🙂

I also took some white paper flowers in various sizes and painted them with Pool, Vanilla Bean, Craft Smart® Acrylic Paint, 2 oz, Black and Copper. I adhered the stamped images, flowers and chipboard pieces to the canvas using my Hot Glue Gun. I stacked two flowers together and added some Wood Buttons to them which I painted with the acrylic paints also. Lastly, I diecut the word “CREATE” from Simon Says Stamp BLACK Card Stock 100# with the Honey Bee BEE BOLD ALPHABET Dies an adhered it with Matte Gel Medium to my canvass.

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to give try creating some multimedia projects yourself. I challenge you to check out your supplies and use it to make some art. Have fun and enjoy! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Cards, Love & Friendship, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day

Quick & Easy Valentine’s Day Shaker Card featuring Simon Says Stamp February 2020 Card Kit

This Valentine’s Day shaker card came together quickly with the help of the Simon Says Stamp February Card Kit. This kit includes:

While the kit is no longer available the individual items are available for purchase separately. The stampset is great for all occasions; there are several sentiments for love, thank yous and birthdays.

Card Front

I began by cutting the 8.5×11 inch Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Schoolhouse Red Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ to create the card base and a panel of the Polkadoodles Timeless Rose 6×6 Patterned Paper collection to 4 x 5-1/4”. I diecut the 3 windows using the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Trio Window wafer die and adhered the Square Shaker Trio Pouch from My Favorite Things behind the panel using the 0.125 inch Scor-Tape that came in the kit.

I stamped the ‘big hugs’ sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, using Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red Ink. I added some Buttons Galore and More SPRINKLETZ SWEETHEARTS Embellishments to the the top and bottom of the 3 shakers and adhered the sentiment panel and two other white panels behind the shaker windows. I then adhered the front panel onto the card base.

I chose a lighter pattern paper from the Polkadoodles Timeless Rose 6×6 Patterned Paper collection and stamped the hearts border using Versamark Ink and Wow Embossing Powder Bright White Super Fine. I fussycut the hearts border out and adhered it to the card around the windows. I finished it off by adding some of the confetti hearts from Buttons Galore and More SPRINKLETZ SWEETHEARTS Embellishments.

Card Inside

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” and adhered a strip of the same hearts pattern paper I used on the front of the card, measuring 3/4 x 4” to the bottom of the panel. Then adhered it inside the card. I stamped a few hearts from the Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Inch Window Frames clear stamp set using Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red Ink. And that completes the card.

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Birthdays, Celebrations, Spring

Getting the Most From Your Dies, Featuring Simon Says Stamp Dies

Hi friends. Today I’m bringing you two cards featuring the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle and Blooming Circle Dies. One card uses the dies in the way they were intended but the second card uses it in a different way — using the positive diecuts to create a background. This is an easy way to create a background.

Traditional Use of Die

For the first card I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. Then I cut a piece of green gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel) to 4 x 5-1/4” and diecut the wreath in the top center of the panel using the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle Die (no longer available as it was part of the Stamptember release). I added some 3M Foam Tape to the back of the panel and adhered a square piece of Stampin’ Up! Granny Apple Green 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock on the card base behind the wreath. The easiest way to do this is to add the foam tape to the wreath panel and then attaching the green square piece behind that and then adhering it to the card base.

I diecut a bunch of flowers from 6 different colored scraps of cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies and adhered them to the wreath using Tombow Mono Multi-liquid Glue.

For the sentiment, I diecut ‘Celebrate’ from the Sentiment Stacker Dies #1 with some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ for the sentiment and pink glitter foam from Queen & Company’s Glitter Fun Foam – Rainbow for the shadow. I finished it off the by adding some Love from Lizi Peel-offs in Clear Iridescent Pink Glitter and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White.

On the inside of the card, I cut a strip of Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel) to 1 x 4-1/4″. I stamped a greeting from the Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Young at Heart Collection stampset (I don’t think this is available in her shop anymore) in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Catherine Pooler Party Dress Ink. I finished it off by adding some additional flowers.

Dimensions

  • Card Base = 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″
  • Top Panel = 4 x 5-1/4” Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel)
  • Inside Strip = 1 x 4-1/4″ Green Gingham paper (from the Birthday paper pack included in the Crafty Parcel)

Creating a Background Using Just Dies

For the second card I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and a piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4”. I diecut the several leaves from Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Dazzling Circle Die (no longer available as it was part of the Stamptember release). I think I diecut about 3 wreaths with the die. I diecut flowers from 6 different colored scraps of cardstock using the Simon Says Stamp Blooming Circle Wafer Dies.

Card Front

I adhered the leaves and flowers to the front panel using Tombow Mono Multi-liquid Glue, creating a pattern. I coated it with Matte Gel Medium to seal it because the images are so small they might come unglued without it. Next I stamped a sentiment from the Newton’s Nook Designs Newton Loves Cake with Catherine Pooler Designs Royal Treatment Ink Pad onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and diecut it using a Studio Katia Stitched Square Nested Die set. I used the smaller square in the set. I adhered it to a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock and fussycut around it, creating a mat layer. I popped it up on my card with some 3M Foam Tape. I added a small bow made from 1/4” Lavender Double-Faced Satin Ribbon from my stash and a little flower to the sentiment area. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Ivory Seashell to the centers of the larger flowers.

On the inside of the card, I just added some flowers. And that completes this card.

Card Inside

Dimensions

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Cards, Holidays 2020, Love & Friendship, Valentine's Day, Valentines Day

Cute Valentine’s Day Card Featuring Waffle Flower Stamps

Hello friends. This cute little card features musical bugs from the Waffle Flower Rock On Stampset as well as Simon Says Stamp Grid Play Alphas Set (no longer available) and cute Valentine’s Day pattern paper (all which came in the Crafty Parcel I purchased from Simon Says Stamp). If you haven’t tried the crafty parcel from Simon, you should give it a try once. I received lots of unexpected supplies I wouldn’t normally purchase for myself but was happy to try.

Front view

For this card I began by cutting a piece of Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″. Then cut a piece of the hearts pattern paper (from Valentine’s Day paper included in the Crafty Parcel) to 3-5/8H x 4”W (left side) and 2”H x 4”W (right side), creating a diagonal cut and grid pattern paper (from the same paper pad) to 1-7/16 x 4” (left side) and 3-5/16 x 4” (right side) and adhered them to the card panel using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Then added some Love From Lizi Red Glitter Peel-offs where the two pieces meet.

I stamped 3 of the musical bugs from the Waffle Flower Rock On Stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored them using COPIC markers. I used the following colors:

  • Bugs = C3 and C7
  • Accordian = E000 and E40; E37 and E29
  • Wings = BG000 and Blender 0
  • Horn = Y13 and Y18
  • Drum = R17 and R27; R81 and R85

I fussycut the images out and then moved onto the sentiment. I stamped the letters L-O-V-E from the Simon Says Stamp Grid Play Alphas Set (no longer available) onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Catherine Pooler Rockin’ Red Ink and fussycut the letters. Then I stamped “you are my #1 pick” from Waffle Flower Rock On Stampset onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK using Versamark Ink and White Embossing Powder. I cut it down to 1/2 x 2″.

Closeup

I adhered the little bugs onto the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue for the middle one and Stampin’ Dimensionals for the two others. I adhered the LOVE sentiment towards the top of the card using 3M Foam Tape and the sentiment strip directly to the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I finished it off by adding some of the musical notes from the Waffle Flower Rock On Stampset with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

On the inside of the card I cut a piece of Neenah 80lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” and added a strip of the hearts pattern paper, measuring 3/4 x 4-1/4″, to the bottom of the panel and adhered that panel to the inside of the card. I stamped the “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment from the How you bean? conversation heart add-on and some little hearts from the Waffle Flower Rock On Stampset using Catherine Pooler Rockin’ Red Ink as well as some music notes from the same stampset. And that completes the card.

Inside

Dimensions

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Cards, Holidays 2020, Love & Friendship, Valentine's Day, Valentine's Day

Use What You Have: A Valentine’s Day Card

Hello friends. For 2020, I want to try to be aware of the supplies I have in my stash and use them. I find that I have a lot of stamps that I purchase for a season or holiday or that comes in a kit and I use it once. And that’s just wasteful! Give your craft supplies some extra love this year!

For this card I featured Simon Says Stamp I Chews You Stampset. It’s a 6 x 8 stampset with tons of cute images and sentiments. It was included in the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2018 I Chews You Limited Edition card kit (no longer available). I haven’t had too much opportunity to use it since I bought it, so it was time. And the food characters are friggin’ adorable so I just had to, you know what I mean?!? Food brings people joy and love so a card with cute food on it is just perfect for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think?

Ok, so I started by cutting a piece of Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″ for the card base, a piece of Valentine’s Day pattern paper (this came in the Crafty Parcel I purchased from Simon Says Stamp) to 4 x 5-1/4”, and a piece of Montval Acid Free Coldpress Watercolor Paper to 3-3/4 x 5”. Then, I used Ranger Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon and my waterbrush (any brush will do) and created a background. I applied a few layers, letting each layer dry (use a heat gun if you are inpatient like me), until I got the color I wanted. It was my first time using the Distress Crayons and I was not expecting to like them but they are actually pretty cool and work well.

While that panel dried, I stamped a bunch of the food characters from the Simon Says Stamp I Chews You Stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. It was so hard to choose which ones too use. I love them all soo much!!! I colored them with COPIC markers. I used Y00 and Y13 for the pizza crust, E40, E53 and YR09 for the top of the pizza, and YR09 for the pepperoni and G99 for the peppers. I used E53 and E57 for the cinnabun and pretzel; R17 and R29 for the gumball machine, BG00 and 0 for the glass on it, C1, C5, and C7 for the metal parts, and R81, R83, R17, R29, C00 and 0 for the gumballs; G43 and G99 for the pickle; Y13, Y15, and Y18 for the taco shell, G42 and G99 for the lettuce and YR09 and R17 for the tomato. And BG000 and BG01 for the cupcake wrapper, R81, R83, and R85 for the cupcake and R29 and G43 for the sprinkles.

Once the watercolor panel was dry, I used Wendy Vecchi WHITE Embossing Paste and American Crafts Heidi Swapp Stencil 6 X6 Polka Dot and applied it in some places on the panel. Then I sprinkled Ruby Red Martha Stewart Glitter on top of it. Once the paste was all dry I shook off the excess glitter. Unfortunately, most of the glitter shook off so I rubbed some Ranger Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry Distress Crayon to the raised areas.

I adhered the hearts pattern paper to the card base and the watercolor panel to that paper. Then proceeded to fussycut the images and adhered them to the bottom of the card using Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I popped up a couple of the images with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also added a shadow under the images using COPIC markers C3, C5 and the blender.

I stamped “Hugs & Kisses” onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK with Versamark Ink and WOW Embossing Powder Opaque Bright White Super Fine. The sentiment is from an old stampset but I don’t where it came from because when I started crafting I didn’t save the backing or note the company 🙁 I cut the piece down to 1 x 3-1/2″, cut the right side into a banner edge and adhered to the panel using. I finished it off by punching some tiny hearts from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock using the Stampin’ Up! Owl Builder Punch (retired). You can use any tiny heart dies you may have.

For the inside for the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4” and a piece of the pattern paper to 1 x 5-1/4”. I stamped Happy Valentine’s Day from the Lawn Fawn happy happy happy Add-on stampset with Black Memento Ink and added some more of the little hearts to complete the inside of this card.

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to give this card a try or make some Valentine’s Day cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

DIY Projects

Paper Mache Jewelry Box

Hello friends and Happy New Year! My first post of 2020 is this cute distressed jewelry box. I made something similar from paper years ago but it was time for a new sturdier box since the original is falling apart from so much use. This jewelry box will just hold some watches and rings and I wear daily but like to remove before bed. This way they can be safely tucked away out of reach of the kitties. Sometimes the kitties are naughty an play with things they should not so it’s my responsibility to make sure they don’t have access to those things.

Anyway let me show you how easy it was to make this box. I kept my box simple by just using some paper, paint, ribbon but you can add all kinds of embellishments. You can add fabric, flowers, jewels, brads, etc.

Supplies

I began by choosing a paper mache box. I bought a pack of 5 hexagon-shaped boxes from Amazon (Art Alternatives MVPM06224 Paper-Mache Hexagon Box Set 5/Pkg). I chose the largest box in the set.

Art Alternatives MVPM06224 Paper-Mache Hexagon Box Set 5/Pkg

Next, I used Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Sea Lavender (I think this color is discontinued) to paint the box inside and out. I applied 2-3 thin coats. I cannot stress this enough…when painting paper mache products, even smooth surfaces, it is best to apply thin layers, letting each layer dry between applications. I let each layer dry about 10-15 minutes.

While the last layer was drying, I chose some pattern papers from the Stamperia Double-Sided 12 X 12″ Paper Pad – Music and some Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack. Since these papers are 12 x 12, I adhered the paper as one piece, making slits along the sides as I glued each side down. I started by gluing the bottom of the box first, using Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue (16-Ounce) CS11302 Matte Finish, 16 oz. I did the same for the lid and the box.

Stamperia Double-Sided 12 X 12″ Paper Pad – Music and
Canvas Tissuestock Printed French Script, 12-Inch by 12-Inch, Ivory, 10-Pack

Tip: When using Modge Podge to glue down paper work in small areas so you can smooth out the surface and hold it down for a few seconds so it holds properly. otherwise you can get bubbles or areas that just are not glued down.

I added ripped strips of the tissue paper to both parts of the box, adhering each time with the Modge Podge. With thin papers like tissue paper you need to add glue to both the underside and over top.

Once everything was dry, I decided it was too plain and added some acrylic paint and distress stains to age it a bit. First, I applied Martha Stewart Crafts Multi Surface Satin Acrylic Paint in Sea Lavender and Surf, mostly around the edges of the box. I let that and added some Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint, 1-Ounce, Antique Bronze and Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains, 1.9oz Bottles-Walnut Stain.

Once I was happy with the aged look, I let it dry completely and then added a coat of Modge Podge to seal in all the paint and papers. Let that all dry a good while and then I added the 5/8″ Brown Double Satin Ribbon around the lid edge and some white felt inside the box. I used Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish for Fabric (8-Ounce) to adhere both.

Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to give this project a try. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email.

Birthdays, Cards, Christmas

3 Techniques Using 1 Stamp

Hello friends. Today I’m focusing on using distress markers, ink and watercolors to create different looks using one stamp. I bought this Tim Holtz Wood Mount Iced Coffee Sketch Stamp several months ago and was saving it for the holidays because I don’t know about you but I’m all about specialty coffees during the holidays. These are available in my shop for purchase If you’re interested.

For the first card, I stamped the coffee cup image onto a piece of Montval Acid Free Coldpress Watercolor Paper, measuring 3-3/4 x 5” with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and colored the image with Distress Markers. I love distress markers and don’t use them enough! I used Pumice Stone and Picket Fence for the whipped cream, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint for the straw, Antique Linen and Ground Espresso for the coffee cup, Candied Apple and Fired Brick for the sleeve and Tumbled Glass for the background.

I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8 1/2 x 11” Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″ to make a card base. I cut a piece of red and white striped pattern paper from my stash to 4 x 5-1/4” and adhered it to the card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Simply Winter Sentiments with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink to the top and adhered it to the card. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bottle Green.

On the inside of the card, I added a strip of the same red and white striped pattern paper, measuring 1 x 5-1/4” and stamped another greeting in Peeled Paint Distress Oxide Ink from the same stampset.

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For the second card, I stamped the coffee cup image onto a piece of Montval Acid Free Coldpress Watercolor Paper, measuring 3-3/4 x 5” with Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink and colored the image with my Kuretake Gansai Tanbi 36 Watercolor Set. I taped the image panel down to my glass mat with some Blue Painters Tape and I used 20, 10, 64 and 95 for the whipped cream, 63 and 10 for the lid, 30 and 36 for the straw, 43, 47 and 10 for the coffee cup, 51 and 54 for the sleeve, and 50, 64, and 10 for the background. I added splashes with some of the gold watercolor from the set.

I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″ to make a card base. I cut a piece of Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” and adhered it to the card base. While the watercolor panel dried, I stamped a sentiment from the Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset, fussycut it and adhered it to the panel, then adhered it to the card base. I stamped the coffee bean from the Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it and adhered to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Metallic Bright Gold.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a birthday greeting in from Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy stampset with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink.

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For the third card, I stamped the coffee cup image onto a piece of Montval Acid Free Coldpress Watercolor Paper, measuring 4 x 5-1/4” with WOW Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder and Versamark Clear Embossing Ink. I used distress Inks and daubers to color the image. I used Pumice Stone for the whipped cream, Tumbled Glass for the lid, Mowed Lawn for the straw and Iced Coffee sign, Antique Linen and Walnut Stain for the coffee cup, and 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 Apple, Fired Brick for the sleeve, and Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Salty Ocean for the background. I sprayed water on the background to create spots.

With a black permanent marker, I colored in the middle section of the sleeve and added tiny square I fussycut from Tim Holtz Idea-ology 8 x 8 Paper Stash METALLIC KRAFT STOCK and adhered it to the sleeve.

I then created a snowy hill from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ by cutting a curve by hand along one edge, then used Tumbled Glass to color the snow. I adhered it to the panel with some 3M Foam Tape.

I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″ to make a card base. I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Cardstock WHITE GLITTER Paper to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2” and adhered it to the card base. I adhered the card panel and hillside to the glitter paper with Tombow Mono adhesive. I stamped OH from Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset upside down to create HO HO HO with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it out and adhered it with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I stamped 3 coffee beans from the Honeybee Stamps Shake-It Off Stampset with Ground Espresso Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut them and adhered them to the snow. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard.

On the inside of the card, I stamped a holiday greeting in from Lawn Fawn Simply Winter Sentiments with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink.

Dimensions

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Christmas, DIY Projects, Holidays 2019, Wreaths

DIY: Super Easy Christmas Wreaths

Hello friends. This weekend I made some very cute mini Christmas wreaths for some new decorations. I love to decorate with wreaths and I especially enjoy adding mini ones to doors Inside my home. They enhance your decor without being too in your face. They are also easy to store when you have limited space.

These were super easy to make and inexpensive. The supplies I used are mini wreaths, 25-30mm Ornaments, 5/8” Red Satin Ribbon, Hot Glue Gun and Gorilla Glue Hot Glue Sticks. These little wreaths would make great gifts as well or can be used around a candle for a festive centerpiece.

Supplies

I bought three mini wreaths from Target and hot glued red, green, and gold ornaments to it, scattering them around the wreath. The pale gold, glitter gold, and red and green glitter ornaments are ones I used from my stash.

I added a 5/8” Red Satin Ribbon to each wreath to hang them. That’s all! I told you it was super easy. You can add more items, like ribbon or candies, etc to your if you like.

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Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Holidays 2019

Lawn Fawn Build-A-House Die: Gingerbread Houses

Hello friends. I’m back today with cards featuring an adorable die from Lawn Fawn. It’s the Build-A-House Die and the Build-A-House Christmas Add-On Dies. I decided to make Gingerbread Houses using the Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset. This little house can be used on a card or as a standalone card as I will show you in this post. These cards are available in my shop NOW! Go check out my Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals!

I love decorating gingerbread houses. It’s so much fun and they just look so cute. Do you like making gingerbread houses for Christmas? What holiday traditions do you and your family have?

I made four gingerbread houses with this die. I was able to create several different looks using the Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset. Here’s how these came together…

I started by diecutting all the house bases from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock. I also diecut two roofs from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock and two from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, four square and four arch windows from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ the back pieces for the windows in Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, four chimneys from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock, and the doors, one in each of Lawn Fawn Paper Bag 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock, Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, Simon Says Stamp Green Apple 100lb Card Stock, and Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock. I also diecut three wreaths from the Build-A-House Christmas Add-On Dies in Simon Says Stamp Green Apple 100lb Card Stock and three bows from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8.5 x 11″ Cardstock.

Next I inked the edges of all the pieces cut from Lawn Fawn Paper Bag Cardstock and the red and green doors with Tim Holtz Distress® Ink Pad Gathered Twigs to make them look more like gingerbread cookies since the real ones would probably have a little browned edge to them.

I assembled all the houses, but left the window off since I wanted to color the backgrounds and add images inside the windows. I turned one house into a card by tracing one of the house bases and fussycutting it out. I did it this way instead of using the die so that the window hole at the top of the house isn’t present. I scored the top edge of that piece and adhered it to one of the houses. It’s best to adhere the card back before adhering the chimney or the roof. I set those aside and moved onto the stamping…

I stamped several of each of the images from Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I stamped many, many more of the candy images than the trees and the gingerbread people since I knew I was going to use them to decorate my houses. After all what is a gingerbread house without lots of candy?!? I colored the images using COPIC markers. All the gingerbread people were colored using E33 and E37, C3 and the blender (0) for the white trim. I used R5 and R17 for the bow tie. I used YG13 and G94 for the trees as well as E37 and E29 for the trunk. For the candy canes and peppermint sticks I used R5 and R17. The rest of the candy and gumdrops were colored with R5 and R17, YG13 and G94, BG000 and BG01, R81 and R85, BV00 and BV11. I also colored all the window backgrounds with Y00 and Y13.

I added highlights to the images with a Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Pen – White. I added Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White in for the gingerbread people’s buttons and Autumn Red for the ornaments on the trees. Then I diecut them all with their respective dies. This is the most time consuming part of these cards — the coloring and diecutting. So keep that in mind if you want to make these cards, especially in multiples as I have done here. If you don’t like coloring these might not be the cards for you. But you can also just do basic coloring, no shading, with any markers.

Time to create the individual cards. I created 3 card bases using Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, cut to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″.

For the first card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN to create a sky. I sprayed some water using my Tim Holtz 4oz. DISTRESS SPRAYER, let it sit for a few seconds and dabbed it with a paper towel, then added splatters with some Delta Creative Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in White and a small paintbrush.

I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with 3M Foam Tape. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a tiny gingerbread man to the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing some foam tape just behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies. I also added a tiny peppermint candy to the door and a larger gingerbread man to the roof of the house. And added two trees in the background and some candies as well.

I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″, measuring 3-3/4 x 1/2″, with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and adhered it using some 3M Foam Tape. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red to the door for a doorknob, Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the chimney, roof, windows and the edges to simulate frosting, and WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter Drops to the background and the edge of the snowy hillside.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and added peppermint candies scattered.

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For the second card, I cut a piece of blue plaid paper from Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Spring 6 x 6 Paper (retired) to 4 x 5-1/4″ and ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS to create a sky.

I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added a tree and a yellow background to the square window and a gingerbread man peeking from the arch window and a yellow background and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing a piece of scrap cardstock behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with peppermint sticks and peppermint candies and added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door. I created a fence with the candy canes on the hillside. I added a gingerbread family, lollipops, and peppermint candies as well.

I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it out and adhered it flat using some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the chimney, roof, windows and the edges to simulate frosting, the sky and the door knob and WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter Drops to the edge of the snowy hillside.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and added candy canes at the bottom edge.

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For the third card, I cut a piece of grey and white plaid paper from Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Winter 6 x 6 Paper (retired) to 4 x 5-1/4″ and ink blended Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN to create a sky.

I diecut a hillside from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock using Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders Die and inked around the bottom edge with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad TUMBLED GLASS. I adhered the sky panel and the snowy hillside to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I added a gingerbread man and a yellow background to the square window and just a yellow background to the arch window and added those to the house. I adhered the house to the card, placing a piece of scrap cardstock behind the top half of the house to even it out on the card. I decorated the house with gumdrops and lollipops. I also added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door.

I stamped a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Merry Messages onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink, fussycut it out and adhered it flat using some Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the chimney, roof, windows and the bottom of the house to simulate frosting, the sky and the door knob.

On the inside of the card, I stamped another sentiment from Lawn Fawn Merry Messages with Candied Apple Distress Oxide Ink and added Lollipops at the bottom edge.

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For the fourth card, I added a large peppermint candy to the top window and a tree and a and a yellow background to the square window and added those to the house. I added a tiny wreath and bow (from the build-A-House Christmas Add-on set) to the door and candy canes on either side of the door. I added peppermint sticks to the roof and peppermint candies to the bottom of the house and finished it off by adding some Nuvo Drops in Gloss Simply White to the roof and chimney.

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Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Seasons, Winter

Using Sketches and Ephemera to Create Quick Christmas / Winter Cards

While I don’t often use sketches, I had these two packs of winter ephemera from Echo Park laying around for months and decided to finally make some cards with them. I also bought coordinating 6 x 6 and 12 x 12 paper pads. I used some pre-designed card sketches to take some guesswork out of the process. These cards will also be available in my shop on November 10th.

For the first card, I used Sunday Sketches SS023. For the card base, I cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Night Of Navy 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. Then cut all the pieces of pattern paper for the background from the Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad as per the sketch measurements. I matted all the pattern layers with Night Of Navy 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock; I made those layers 1/8-inch larger.

I adhered the largest panel (4 x 5-1/4″) to the card base and then the other two pieces of pattern paper. I trimmed those with some Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers in Red Mirror. I used a large snowman gift tag from the Echo Park’s A Perfect Winter Frames & Tags Ephemera. I matted that with the same Stampin’ Up! Night Of Navy 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock. I added a Lawn Fawn’s Peppermint Twine to the tag and added it to the card with 3M Foam Tape to pop it up. I finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red.

On the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and added a strip of the blue plaid pattern paper measuring 1-1/2 x 5-1/4″. I stamped a greeting from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages in Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.

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For the second card, I used Queen & Company’s sketch for inspiration. I did a portrait version and altered it a bit. For the card base, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. Then cut the two pieces of pattern paper for the background from the Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad as per the sketch measurements. I added Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers in Red Mirror to the strip in the background. I rounded the corners on all the pieces and adhered them to the card.

I matted the tag with the little girl with some Stampin’ Up!’s Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and the sentiment block from Echo Park’s I Love Winter Ephemera Die Cuts with a plaid pattern paper from the Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad. I adhered both to the card flat and added a bow with 1/4″ satin red ribbon. I finished it off with some WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter Drops.

On the inside of the card, I added a strip of the mitten pattern paper measuring 1 x 5-1/2″ to the right side of the card. I stamped a greeting from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages in Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.

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For the third card, I used paper Play Sketch 53. For the card base, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. I cut a piece of Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock, 6 by 6-Inch, White Pearl to 4 x 5-1/4″. Then cut two pieces of pattern paper from the Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad to 3/4 x 4″ and 1/2 x 4″. I adhered the two pattern pieces together, leaving about 1/4″ of the blue plaid paper exposed. I trimmed those off with Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers in Red Glitter.

I adhered the Snow banner from Echo Park’s I Love Winter Ephemera Die Cuts to the card towards the bottom and then adhered the two strips above that. I trimmed down the sentiment block from one of the cut-apart pages of the Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad and adhered it on an angle to the right side of the card. Trimmed the excess off the edge. I fussycut the snowman from one of the tags from Echo Park’s A Perfect Winter Frames & Tags Ephemera and popped him onto the card using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off the card by adding some WHITE BLIZZARD Nuvo Glitter Drops.

On the inside of the card, I added a strip of the striped pattern paper measuring 3/4 x 4-1/4″ to the right side of the card. I stamped a greeting from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages in Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.

Dimensions


For the fourth card, I used Queen & Company’s sketch for inspiration. For the card base, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. I cut a piece of Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad to 4 x 5-1/4″ and a strip in another pattern to to 1 x 5-1/4″. I adhered the two pattern pieces to the card and added some Love From Lizi Sway Peel-Off Stickers in Silver Mirror.

I took the little white bear tag from Echo Park’s A Perfect Winter Frames & Tags Ephemera and adhered him to a piece of Stampin’ Up!’s Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock which I diecut using a scallop rectangle from the Queen & Company’s Foundation Dies #2. I adhered that to the card and matted the sentiment strip from the same ephemera pack with Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″. I popped up the sentiment using some 3M Foam Tape.

I stamped and diecut 4 snowflakes from the Catherine Pooler Joyful Flakes Stamp Set , 2 using Stampin’ Up!’s Night Of Navy Classic Ink and 2 using Versamark Ink and Simon Says Stamp Silver Embossing Ink onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″. I layered two of them together and adhered all the snowflakes to the card, popping up two of them using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished off the card with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust.

On the inside of the card, I stamped 3 snowflakes from Catherine Pooler Joyful Flakes Stamp Set with Stampin’ Up!’s Night Of Navy Classic Ink and a greeting from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages in Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.

Dimensions


For the fifth card, I used Sunday Sketches SS022. For the card base, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. I cut a piece of snowman paper from Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad to 3 x 5-1/4″ and matted it with Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and another piece of beige fabric weave texture pattern paper to 2 x 4″, matted it with Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and adhered both to the card front.

I cut a banner from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 1/2 x 3-1/2″. I added the banner and circle sentiment diecut from the Echo Park’s A Perfect Winter Frames & Tags Ephemera to the card. I popped up the circle using Stampin’ Dimensionals and fussycut two of the little snowman from the pattern paper and pooped them up as well. I finished off the card with some clear, red and aqua sequins.

On the inside of the card, I cut a strip of the beige fabric weave texture pattern paper to 1″ x 4-1/4″ and the snowman paper 3/4 x 4-1/4″ and adhered them to the bottom of the inside of the card. I stamped a greeting from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages in Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.

Dimensions


For the sixth card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. I cut a piece of blue plaid paper from Echo Park – Celebrate Winter Collection 6 x 6 Paper Pad to 3 x 5-1/4″, a piece of the red tree pattern paper to 2-1/4 x 4″, and a piece of the stripe paper to 3/4 x 4″ and matted that strip with Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″. I added some Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers in Red Glitter to the striped paper and adhered all the pattern paper to the front of the card.

I chose a snowman tag from Echo Park’s A Perfect Winter Frames & Tags Ephemera and Echo Park – I Love Winter Ephemera Die Cuts, matted them with Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and adhered them to the card. I found some chipboard snowflakes in my stash and heat embossed them with Versamark Ink and Wow Opaque Bright White Embossing Powder and adhered them to the card. I finished off the card by adding Nuvo – Jewel Drops – Sea Breeze and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red

On the inside of the card, I cut a strip of the blue plaid pattern paper to 1″ x 4-1/4″ and adhered them to the bottom of the inside of the card. I stamped a greeting from Lawn Fawn’s Merry Messages in Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink.

Dimensions


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Cards, Fall, Holidays 2019, Thanksgiving

3 Cards Using Happy Harvest Kit from Queen & Company

Hello friends. Well November is upon us and Thanksgiving fast approaches. I don’t know about you, but I like to send out cards to friends and family for all the fall and winter holidays during September through December. These cute shaker cards were made using the Queen & Company Happy Harvest Kit and are primarily Thanksgiving cards. Their shaker dies and kits make it super easy to create adorable shaker cards in a shorter amount of time than if you have to create them from scratch.

For this first card, I cut down a piece of Lawn Fawn 100lb Paper Bag Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make a card base. Then cut a piece of the pattern paper to 4 x 5-1/4″ Happy Harvest Paper Pad (may be unavailable) from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit (may be unavailable) for the top panel.

Using two of the pattern papers and dies included in the kit, I diecut the acorns and created the shaker element with the acetate, self-adhesive foam shapes and pearl toppings in 3 colors. I diecut a stitched circle from Queen & Company Foundation Dies #1 with some more of the pattern papers, a scallop circle from Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, and 3 banners with the Queen & Company Foundation Dies #2.

I adhered the circles on the bottom 2/3rds of the card over to the left side of the front panel and trimmed any excess. Then adhered the banners and stamped a sentiment from the stampset (not sold seperately) included in the kit using Catherine Pooler Orange Twist Ink.

I added some Ashland™ Natural Jute Twine from my stash to the bottom of the card panel and adhered the shaker element and extra acorn image. I adhered the card panel to the card base and embellished it with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dark Walnut.

On the inside I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and added a piece of Happy Harvest Paper Pad from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit, measuring 1-3/8 x 4” to the bottom. I stamped a “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” sentiment from the kit with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Ink.

Dimensions

For the second card, I cut down a piece of Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make a card base. Then cut a piece of the pattern paper to 4 x 5-1/4″ Happy Harvest Paper Pad (may be unavailable) from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit (may be unavailable) for the top panel.

I diecut the large banner from the Queen & Company Foundation Dies #2 set in a pattern paper from the kit and backed it with a piece of Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ and trimmed around the banner leaving an 1/8″ border. I also diecut a smaller banner from the same die set, a stitched circle from the Queen & Company Foundation Dies #1 from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and a scallop circle from the same set with the green glitter paper included in the kit. I adhered the banners and the circles to the card panel and stamped a sentiment from the Happy Harvest stampset included in the kit onto the white circle with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Ink.

I created the turkey shaker using the dies and shaker elements included in the kit. I added some toppings in aqua light and dark browns. I finished off the card by adding some Love From Lizi Pin-stripe Peel-offs in Gold Mirror Moondust and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ripened Pumpkin and Caribbean Ocean.

On the inside I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and added a piece of Happy Harvest Paper Pad from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit, measuring 1-1/4 x 4” to the bottom. I stamped a “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” sentiment from the kit with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Ink.

Dimensions

For the third card, I cut down a piece of Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make a card base. Then cut a piece of the pattern paper to 4 x 5-1/4″ Happy Harvest Paper Pad (may be unavailable) from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit (may be unavailable) for the top panel and adhered it to the card base.

Next, I created a double shaker element using the sunflower dies and shaker pieces using some of the Happy harvest pattern paper in the kit. I added some of the toppings in brown to the center and yellow ones to the sunflower portion.

I diecut leaves from the Catherine Pooler Fallen Leaves Dies from some of the green glitter paper included. I adhered the sunflower shaker to the card panel and then I diecut several of the sunflower frame the same striped pattern paper as the background and placed them on the paper, matching the stripes so that it appears as it is embossed. I adhered the stem and leaves.

I stamped the “Harvest Blessings” onto a piece of a brown polka dot using Versamark Ink and Wow White Opaque Embossing Powder, making sure to prep the surface with anti-static powder beforehand. I popped it up onto the card with some 3M Foam Tape and finished off the card with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Orange Soda.

On the inside I stamped a “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” sentiment from the kit with Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake Ink. And that completes this card.

Dimensions

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Cards, Christmas, Holidays 2019, Inlay diecutting technique

Stretching Your Dies: How to Make an Embossed Background

It’s always fun to find new ways to use your dies and this is one of my favorite techniques to stretch my dies. It’s a faux embossing technique; no embossing folder needed.

I started this card by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and a card base measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. Then diecut several pieces with the Simon Says Stamp Candy Canes Wafer Die and one from Stampin’ Up! Sparkle Glimmer Paper and Real Red Glimmer Paper. This die was included in the Simon Says Stamp December 2018 Card Kit but is available seperately. I diecut the bow using the same die with Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock.

I adhered the white candy cane diecuts randomly around the card, creating a pattern and a faux embossed look. This is a quick way to add dimension to your backgrounds. I made one of the candy canes the focal point by inlaying the red and white glitter paper pieces inside the candy cane outlines. Then added the bow from the same die. Don’t get rid of the leftover glitter diecut candy cane pieces, you can use them on the inside of the card.

I adhered the front panel to the card base and then stamped a sentiment from Merry Messages Stampset by Lawn Fawn onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ using Festive Berries Distress Oxide Ink. I cut down the sentiment piece to 7/8 x 3-1/8” and then adhered it to a piece of Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock and cut that down to 1-1/8 x 3-1/4”. I added the sentiment strip to the card using 3M Foam Tape.

On the inside of the card,I stamped another sentiment from the Merry Messages Stampset by Lawn Fawn with Festive Berries Distress Oxide and adhered the leftover red glitter candy cane diecut and Inlayed some of the interior stripe pieces. And that completes this card. Pretty easy and quick to make.

Dimensions

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Cards, Christmas, Uncategorized

New Items in Shop!

New Christmas items will be available in my shop on November 1st. I will be (hopefully) adding more Christmas stock during November. Check back often for new items.

Any questions about any product feel free to email me directly or message me through Etsy.

Cards, Halloween, Holidays 2019

Halloween Cards Day #6

Happy almost Halloween everyone!! Halloween is just around the corner so here is one last card to wrap up this series. Hope you’ve enjoyed and got some inspiration. So I’m rounding off this series with some more Lawn Fawny goodness. I’m sure by now you’ve figured out that I love Lawn Fawn stamps.😀😀

This one features the Lawn Fawn’s Happy Haunting and Pick of the Patch stampsets. I began by cutting a piece of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″ to create a card base and a piece to 4 x 5-1/4″ for the top panel.

I stamped and heat embossed the house, tree, moon, bats from the Lawn Fawn Happy Haunting stampset with Versamark and Wow White Embossing Powder onto the black panel and colored the windows of the house with a yellow Prismacolor Pencil. I stamped several of the pumpkins from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch and the small and medium ghosts from the Lawn Fawn Happy Haunting stampsets with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″. I colored the pumpkins with Copics in YR04, YR09, YG25, G94 and R81 (for cheeks) and the ghosts with C1, R20 and colorless I diecut them with their coordinating dies and then added some highlights with a Uni-ball Signo white Gel Pen.

I used some white acrylic paint to add some splatters to the black panel to give the sky some dimension. I diecut the Spooky Fence Border from Lawn Fawn from some black DCWV Glitzy Glitter Cardstock and the “grassy” area I used Stampin’ Up! Brights Designer Series Paper 12 x 12 (discontinued) and cut it down to 1-1/2 x 5-1/4”.

I adhered the green polka dot cardstock to the bottom portion of the card panel and then the spooky fence right above that. I adhered the ghost flat on to the card and some of the pumpkins are adhered flat and a couple I popped up with Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I stamped the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset with Catherine Pooler Orange Twist Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and cut it down to 3/8 x 4-3/4. I adhered it to a piece of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock and trimmed it down to 1 x 4-13/16”. I popped up the sentiment using some 3M Foam Tape. To complete the card front I added some sparkle to the pumpkins with a Spectrum Noir Shimmer Pen.

For the inside of the card (I can’t leave it blank, of course!), I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″. I stamped the medium ghost from the Lawn Fawn Happy Haunting stampset in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset with Catherine Pooler Orange Twist Ink to match the sentiment on the front of the card. And that completed this card.

This was a super fun and as always cute card with Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. All supplies are listed and linked below as well.

Dimensions

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Cards, Christmas, Holidays 2019

Christmas Coffee Cup Gift Holder

The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends but sometimes we want to give them a gift to show our appreciation of them. Or maybe as a thank you for a teacher or coworker?? These adorable Coffee Take-out Cup-shaped cards are a fun way to do just that. They have a gift card slot in the inside and fit into an A2 size envelope. Don’t have a gift card? Not to worry. Tuck some money in the slot or a cute message. If you prefer to purchase these, they will be available in my shop November 1.

This card was very easy to make with the help of this Coffee Card Gift Holder Die from Honeybee Stamps and they fit into an A2 sized envelope. I started by die cutting all the pieces I needed for the 3 cards. I diecut the card base, the cup and lid from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and the sleeves from Stampin’ Up! Real Red 8-1/2 x 11” Cardstock and Lawn Fawn – 8.5 x 11 Cardstock – Paper Bag.


I stamped the cup with Tim Holtz Holiday Knits Cling Mount Stamp and Stampin’ Up! Real Red Ink and Catherine Pooler Designs Stone Blue Ink. I used both the background stamps with the red ink. Then I ran the stamped pieces through my die cutting machine with Stampin’ Up!’s Cable Knit Dynamic Impressions Embossing Folder.
Next I diecut the gift card slits onto the inside of the front of the card base using Lawn Fawn’s Simple Gift Card Slots Die. Make sure to do this before adhering the front panel onto the card base or you risk cutting through the stamped panel.

I adhered the front panel to the card bases with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Make sure not to glue the openings. And also use a strong (preferably liquid) adhesive when adhering embossed pr textured paper to another surface. A tape runner will not hold onto the textured paper. I adhered the lid onto the card base as well.

I added some Love From Lizi Pin Stripe Peel-offs in Red Mirror on the Paper Bag sleeve and Love From Lizi Gold Mirror Moondust for the red sleeves. I added some tags from the Echo Park I Love Winter and My Favorite Winter ephemera packs (discontinued) to the outside of the sleeve. Then I stamped a “Happy Holidays” sentiment inside the card to complete this card.

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Cards, Christmas, Holidays 2019

Clean and Simple Christmas Cards

Hello friends. Today I will teach you how to use one stamped background to make two cards. These cards can be easily massed produced. Using a variety of different colored inks as well as embossing powder helps turn these cards into something that looks like it took you hours to make but it didn’t. Shh! I won’t tell. 😀 These will also available in my shop November 1.

I started by stamping the Holiday Knits Background stamp from Tim Holtz onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ using Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive and then onto a piece of Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist Cardstock (Discontinued) with Versamark Ink and Simon Says Stamp Silver Embossing Powder. I trimmed those 3 pieces to 4 x 5-1/4”.

I figured out which section of the pattern I wanted to use for my first card and cut that out of each panel, varying the pattern selection for all 3. I reserved the rest of the pieces to make a second card for each. I will end up with 6 cards. Cutting up your background patterns once stamped is a great way to make multiple cards at once.

I cut 2 card bases from Stampin’ Up!Midnight Muse (discontinued) and 4 from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″. From the same Neenah cardstock I also cut 6 panels measuring 4 x 5-1/4”.

I stamped 2 poinsettias from the Catherine Pooler Designs ‘Tis the Season stampset onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ using Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red for the flower and Catherine Pooler Designs Rose Petals for the inside of the flower, 2 berry sprigs in rose petal, and 1 leaf sprig in Catherine Pooler Designs Eucalyptus and 1 in Stampin’ Up! Old Olive. Then stamped and diecut 2 snowflakes from the Catherine Pooler Designs Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set, 1 in Catherine Pooler Designs Stone Blue Ink and 1 I heat embossed using Simon Says Stamp Silver Embossing Powder.

I adhered each of the Holiday Knits pattern strips (about 1-1/8″ x 5-1/4″) to the bottom 1/3 of the white card panel. Then stamped the sentiments from the Lawn Fawn Offset Sayings Christmas stampset in the same color ink as the Holiday Knits pattern above and below the pattern strip. I added some Love From Lizi peel-offs in Red Mirror and Clear Iridescent Pink Glitter to the green and red cards only. I adhered the leaves and berries to the card panelS and popped up the poinsettias with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added the Snowflakes to the blue card as well with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the second set of cards using the left over pieces, I stamped the sentiments in Catherine Pooler Designs Rockin Red, Catherine Pooler Designs Stone Blue Ink, and Stampin’ Up! Old Olive. Then stamped the presents from Lawn Fawn’s Simply Celebrate Winter with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″

I colored the little presents for the blue card with Copics R17, R29, B12, B34, C1, C3 and C5 and the ones for the red and green ones in R81, R85, R29, R59, G94, and G99.

I diecut them with their coordinating dies and adhered them partially behind the longer piece of the pattern paper. Then I added 3M Foam Tape to the back of the two pieces of patterned paper and adhered it to the white panel I previously cut and adhered that whole piece to the card base. I repeated this for all three cards. And that completes these 6 simple and quick cards.

Dimensions

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Cards, Emboss Resist Technique, Halloween, Halloween, Holidays 2019

Halloween Cards Day #5: Emboss Resist Background

This card came together fairly quick with the use of a distress resist technique. I began by cutting a card base to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″ from Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. Then I cut a panel of Canson XL Coldpress Watercolor Paper to 4 x 5-1/4″.

I stamped the Halloween word background from the Halloween Silhouettes Tim Holtz Cling Mount in Archival Jet Black Ink. I prepped the surface of the watercolor panel with the Ranger ANTI STATIC POUCH and heat embossed using the same background stamp, Versamark Ink and Clear Embossing Powder.

Next I took Distress Oxide Inks in Seedless Preserves, Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Black Soot Distress Ink and applied it over the embossed background. I added some white acrylic paint splatters and set it aside to dry. Using Versamark Ink, I heat embossed the spiderweb from the Trick-or-Treat Tim Holtz Cling Mount and the skeleton from the Halloween Silhouettes Tim Holtz Cling Mount with WOW OPAQUE BRIGHT WHITE Embossing Powder SUPER FINE

I adhered that completed panel to the card base using liquid glue. I stamped the “31” from the Halloween Silhouettes Tim Holtz Cling Mount in Ranger Archival Ink Pad BRIGHT TANGELO and added it in the same spot it appears on the background stamp. I popped it up with some Stampin’ Dimensionals. I added some glossy accents over the numbers and some Nuvo drops in Ripened Pumpkin and Purple Rain onto the card to complete it.

On the inside of the card I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″. I stamped the spiderweb from the Trick-or-Treat Tim Holtz Cling Mount stamp in Ranger Wendy Vecchi Watering Can Archival Ink and the sentiment from the Halloween Silhouettes Tim Holtz Cling Mount in Ranger Archival Ink Pad BRIGHT TANGELO. I paired this card with a black envelope and it is complete.