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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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to give these cards a try on your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

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.

Dimensions

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to make this fun spooky Halloween card. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Halloween

Halloween Cards Day #4

Happy Friday everyone! Halloween is just about 4 weeks away! Have you picked out your costumes yet?!? What will you be for Halloween???

This card cute Halloween card uses old and knew Halloween supplies from various companies. The adorable black cat and his hat come from an older Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Halloween Paper Collection. I punched him out using a coordinating punch.

To begin this card, I die cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangles, which measures to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″. Next, I die cut a circle 1-1/4″ from some Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper and added it to the black panel where my moon will be.

Starting from the bottom up, I used Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink, Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink, Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink, and Black Soot Distress Ink. I left the bottom 1/4 of the page blank since it will be hidden so I started with Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink towards the bottom, blended in Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink above that color, and then Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink above Faded Jeans. Then I added some Black Soot Distress Ink towards the top and all the edges to distress it a bit. I let that dry a bit and then used Scattered Straw Distress Ink to ink blend the moon. I started in the center and faded out.

Once all the ink was dry, I prepped the whole thing with an anti-static bag and heat embossed the spider web from the Spider Web Background Stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder in the top left corner of the panel.

I die cut the fence from the Lawn Fawn Spooky Fence Border from Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. And cut a piece of striped Halloween paper from Spooky Night Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up!, measuring approximately 1-3/4″ x 6 and then die cut it with Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangles. The final piece measures 1-3/4 x 5-1/2″. I adhered the Spooky Fence to the back of that striped piece and adhered both to the sky panel. I then added some Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of the pattern piece. I added a piece of 1/4″ grosgrain orange ribbon under the fence and adhered the whole panel to a card base measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″ from Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock.

I stamped the HAPPY HALLOWEEN sentiment from the Everything but the Broom by Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp Set in Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs onto a scrap of cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and fussy cut it out. I stamped the little spider from the stampset as well with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and die cut it with the coordinating die.

I punched out one of the black cats from the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper by Stampin’ Up! using the Stampin’ Up!’s Cat Punch and the witch hat from another sheet of the same DSP. I adhered the cat, sentiment and the spider to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals. I finished it off by adding some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Violet Galaxy and Ranger Stickles in Orange Peel and adding some sparkle with the Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen.

For the inside of the card, I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ a piece of the striped paper to 3/4 x 4″ and adhered it to the bottom of the white piece. I added some Black Soot Distress Ink around the edges of the piece and adhered it to the inside of the card base. I stamped the spider and 31 from the Everything but the Broom by Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp Set and some of the smaller text from the Spooky Hollow by Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs.

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to go make some Halloween cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Christmas, Holidays 2019

Christmas is Coming! Oh no I’m Not Ready!!!

September is coming to a close very soon and you may be starting to panic if you don’t have enough or any Christmas cards made yet. I’ve been there so I know the feeling. Much as we try to keep to schedule and timelines sometimes life gets in the way.

Well I’m here to help. Beginning my Christmas card series today and hopefully will give you lots of ideas for cards. I rarely mass produce cards for Christmas (unless I run out of time) but some of the cards I will be making can be easily mass produced. I will do my best to give you as many options as possible.

Non Traditional Christmas Card

Going to kick this off with this cute card featuring fish from the Lawn Fawn Christmas Fishes Clear Stampset. While this card is a little involved (lots of coloring), the results are worth the effort. For this one I wanted to try not to use 100% traditional Christmas colors since this stampset is not your traditional Christmas one. Fish with santa hats and an underwater Christmas tree?!? What a brilliant idea! And as always Lawn Fawn sea creatures are super cute. Ok, I digress…

I started by cutting down 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″, another piece to 4 x 5-1/4″, and lastly I cut a piece to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″ using the largest of the Lawn Fawn SMALL STITCHED RECTANGLE STACKABLES and Lawn Fawn LARGE STITCHED RECTANGLE STACKABLES, creating a 1/4-inch stitched border.

Using my MISTI, I stamped all the images onto the 4 x 5-1/4″ white panel. Originally I was going to make this card flat but in the end I decided to pop things up. So I stamped all the images as well as additional presents, a fish and the tree and plants onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I also stamped 2 additional images of the fish tank and 1 of the tree onto Super Sticky Post-It Notes to use as a mask. I fussycut the masks out and placed them on my card. Time to get inky…

I taped off the bottom portion of my panel with some 2-inch Post-It Tape. Using Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry (in that order from the bottom) I created a gradient. Distress Oxides are awesome because you don’t have to blend them super well to get a smooth transition in color. I sprayed some water droplets using my Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer by Ranger. Then I splattered some pearlescent acrylic paint onto the panel using Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Pearl Acrylic Craft Paint. Once that was dry, I removed the Post-It Tape from the bottom and placed it just above the edge of the background. Using Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs, I inked up the bottom of the card.

Once the ink was all dry, I colored all the images using COPIC markers and diecut them using the coordinating dies. I added some highlights to the images with Uni-Ball White Signo Broad Point Gel Pen. I added Stampin’ Dimensionals to pop up the images in the front. Then I stamped the greeting onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and fussycut it out.

I glued the top panel to the card base and then added the white stitched border with some Simon Says Stamp Foam Tape. I added the sentiment strip to the card with Foam Tape as well. To finish off the front of the card, I added some Nuvo Drops in Morning Dew to the water bubbles.

I kept the inside of the card very simple and just stamped another sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and some water bubbles.

Lastly, I stamped the little crab and some water bubbles onto a white envelope with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink .

Dimensions

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to start making Christmas cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Halloween

Halloween Cards Day #3

Happy Friday friends! Coming to you today with a fun and easy Halloween card featuring the Spooky Hollow by Catherine Pooler Designs and Everything but the Broom by Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp Sets. I love, love, love these two stampsets! The whole Halloween collection which was released last year is great fun but these two stampsets are my fave! If you don’t like to color images this is the card for you! Let’s get started…

I began with a card base made from Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock, measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″ and a piece cut to 4 x 5-1/4″. Using the Spider Web Background Stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs and my MISTI, I stamped spider web with Versamark Clear Emboss Ink and heat embossed with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer Embossing Glitter. Then with the Stampin’ Up! Layering Circles Dies, I diecut three 1″ circles windows out of the card panel and a 2-1/8″ circle from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ for the sentiment.

I added some Foam Tape to the back of the panel and adhered the three words behind each window, then adhered it to the card base. For the three words that go inside the windows I just cut them into squares before adhering them.

Next I did some stamping. I stamped the sentiment from Everything but the Broom by Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp Set in Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs and three tiny words from the Spooky Hollow by Catherine Pooler Designs onto scraps of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock, using Versamark Clear Emboss Ink and heat embossed with Wow white embossing powder. I also stamped the little spider from Everything but the Broom by Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp Set 2x onto Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and the witch hat onto a piece of purple pattern paper the Queen & Co Halloween Hooplah 6 x 6 mat Stack with Ranger Archival Ink – Jet Black. I colored the band on the witch hat with two purple COPIC markers to give it some interest and diecut all three images with their coordinating dies.

I adhered the sentiment circle and the hat with some Stampin’ Dimensionals to the card as well as the spider. I added some White Cotton Embroidery Floss (which I’ve had in my stash for ages BTW) for the spider’s string. I finished it off with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Violet Galaxy and Ripened Pumpkin.

For 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 stamped the spiderweb with Spider Web Background Stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs and some Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate Ink. I stamped a HAPPY HALLOWEEN sentiment from Everything but the Broom by Catherine Pooler Designs with Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs over the spiderweb and adhered the second spider I stamped and added a “string” above it with my Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen: Black, 0.7 millimeters.

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Thanks for reading this post and I hope I’ve inspired you to go make some Halloween cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Halloween

Halloween Cards Day #2

Hello friends. Today’s card features some adorable crafty little squirrels from Lawn Fawn’s Pick of the Patch Stampset. This stamp set can be for both Fall and Halloween but it can also be used in combination with other cute Lawn Fawn stamps to create other occasion cards. It also pairs well with the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Die and Pick of the Patch Reveal Wheel Add-ons.

While this card looks very time consuming, it really isn’t. The most time consuming part was the coloring. I started by diecutting the tree using the Lawn Fawn Landscape Leafy Tree Backdrop from some Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. Then starting with a piece of Old Olive Cardstock measuring approximately 3 x 4-1/4″, I diecut the grass using the Lawn Fawn Simple Grassy Hillsides Dies. Next I cut out a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4-1/4 x 5-1/2″. I used Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks to create a night sky. I started with Seedless Preserves, then blended Chipped Sapphire above that and Faded Jeans above that. Once all was blended, i added some Black Soot Distress Ink at the very top portion, over the blues to darken it up a bit.

While the inks dried, I stamped the all the pumpkins, the squirrels and the carving tools and added faces to the pumpkins from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I will be coloring these with Copics later. I set those aside to dry and added some Peeled Paint Distress Ink to the bottom 2/3 of the grassy hillside.

The back panel was dry by this point so I added some stars from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset using Versamark Clear Emboss Ink and Wow White Embossing Powder. I made sure to prep the surface with an Anti-Static Powder before embossing the area. Lastly I added some splashes with white acrylic paint (any white acrylic paint will do).

It was time to color. I like to do this usually while watching some videos on my Ipad. Just relax and color. Sometimes when I don’t feel inspired to create, I will stamp out images from stampsets I may have sitting on my desk waiting to be used and just sit and color them while watching TV.

I used Copic Markers to color everything (all the colors are listed at the end of this post. I diecut those images out with the coordinating dies. I also added some highlights with my Uni-Ball Signo White Gel Pen.

I stamped the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset using Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs onto a scrap of cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″. I made sure it was at least 5-1/2″ wide. Then cut it down to 5/8 x 5-1/2″. I find it easier to start with a larger piece of paper than needed because even using my MISTI I can’t seem to center it correctly all the time. LOL. Anyone else have this problem???

Ok, it’s time to assemble this card. I adhered the grassy hillside to the tree backdrop panel first. Trimmed off any excess cardstock and added some Foam Tape behind all of the grass and tree backdrop. I left the top of the grass without Foam Tape so I can tuck some pumpkins behind it. I aligned the sky panel behind the tree backdrop and stuck those together. I laid out my images where I wanted and adhered them onto the panel, tucking two pumpkins behind the grass, one in front of it but all adhered flat. I then adhered the carved pumpkin towards the bottom and popped up the squirrels and carving tools with some Stampin Up! Dimensionals.

At this point I was looking at my card and decided I needed to add some leaves because the grass had too much dead space so I used Eucalyptus Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs and stamped the leaf from the Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch stampset all over the grass.

I adhered the sentiment strip to the top 1/3 of the card over the tree. I added this completed panel to a card base created from Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock and measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4-1/4″. Last but not least, I added some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard to the sky to add some sparkle and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Bottle Green on each side of the sentiment strip.

I generally don’t like to leave the inside of my cards (especially holiday cards) empty inside so I stamped the HAPPY HALLOWEEN sentiment from the stampset in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and the pumpkins in Orange Twist Ink by Catherine Pooler Designs and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″, cut to 4 x 5-1/4″.


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Copic Colors Used

  • Pumpkins: YR04, YR12 and YR27 ; Stems: YG13 and YG25; Guts: Y13 and YR04
  • Squirrels: W1, W5 and W7; Cheeks: R20
  • Pumpkin scooper: YG13 and G94
  • Knife handle: BV11 and BV17; Knife blade: C00 and C3

Supplies

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Thanks for reading this very long post and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some Halloween cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Halloween, Uncategorized

Halloween Cards Day #1

Halloween is just 7 weeks away but who’s counting?!? Umm. Me! I love Halloween even if I don’t get to dressed up anymore. It’s still sooo much fun!!!!

So I’m kicking off my Halloween series with an easy card. Black cardstock, stamps, embossing powder and some colored pencils is all you really need. So grab your favorite Halloween stamps and let’s begin!

I started with a panel of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock cut to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″. When your whole image is going to be heat embossed, it’s a good idea to start with a piece of paper/cardstock that is slightly larger than you will need. This gives room for errors. God knows I need it! LOL.

I pulled out one my new favorite Halloween stampsets, the Spooky Hollow by Catherine Pooler Designs then using my MISTI, I laid out the stamps I needed and mapped out my scene.

I prepped the surface with an anti-static bag (especially important on dark cardstocks) and stamped the house, the tree, one bat and the moon first, using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. Next, I reapplied some more anti-static powder and stamped and heat embossed the second bat and the fence which I had to stamp 3-4 times to get a continuous fence. Then stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment onto a scrap of Simon Says Stamp Black Cardstock. Before I diecut this panel out, I added some white dots with my Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point White Gel Pen to the sky. This can also be done with paint splatters. I just wasn’t in the mood for the mess that day.

Once all the stamping was done, I diecut the panel using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Dies which measures 3-3/4 x 5″.

Time to color the house… You can certainty leave it uncolored but I wanted it to stand out and I was curious to see how my Prismacolor Pencils looked on the black cardstock.

I used two greens for the roof and door, two purples for the house, two greys for the porch floor, a yellow for the window shutters and a yellow orange for the inside of the window, and finally two reddish browns for the wood boards. Prismacolor Pencils have a rich pigment so they show up on dark cardstock nicely. Then I fussycut the sentiment and adhered it using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I diecut a panel of some very old Halloween pattern paper from my stash using the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangles which measures to 5-1/2 x 4-1/4″. I distressed it a bit using Ranger Black Soot Distress Ink. Then adhered the black panel onto it and that to a card base (Simon Says Stamp Blue Violet 100lb Cardstock) measuring 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″and scored at 4 1/4″.

Lastly I finished off the card with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard. But I couldn’t leave the inside empty so cut a panel of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ and adhered a piece of the same Halloween pattern paper, measuring 3/4 x 5-1/4″ to the bottom edge, which I also distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink.

But I didn’t stop there. I was having too much fun with this card so I used the fence stamps from Spooky Hollow by Catherine Pooler Designs and white heat embossed it along the bottom edge of a black Euroflap Envelope.

Dimensions

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to start making your Halloween cards. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Christmas, Christmas, Uncategorized

Christmas in July

Hello friends. Another Monday is upon us and July is almost over. I don’t know when the whole Christmas in July phenomenon started but I look forward to it every year now. The Hallmark Channel shows Christmas movies all month long, which I just love; those cheesy Christmas movies are the best! There are crafty sales and giveaways and crafters share cute Holiday cards and crafts. What could be better? It’s also a great time to get a jump start on your holiday cards. Before we know it will be December and time to send out cards!

And since I love a good Christmas card just as much as the next gal, I had to join in the fun before July was over. I kept things simple with this card. First I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2″ and scored it at 4 1/4″ for my card base. Next I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100lb Lipstick Red to 4 x 5 1/4″, grabbed my Stampers Anonymous – Tim Holtz – Holiday Script Stencil and some Therm O Web TRANSFER GEL iCraft Deco Foil and began the foiling process. It’s super easy but requires patience and drying time.

I taped the red cardstock to my work surface using some Post-it Tape and then taped in place the stencil where I wanted it. Since this stencil is narrower than the cardstock panel, if you want to cover the whole background you will have to do these steps twice. I did not have to do this however since I will be covering the left side. I used a palette knife to spread the deco foil transfer gel over the stencil, making sure to spread it evenly and thinly. You don’t want a thick uneven layer or the foil will not stick correctly. I set that aside to dry (it took a couple of hours) and took cut a piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock to 1 1/8 x 5 1/4″ and ran it through my diecut machine using the Darice Diagonal Stripe Embossing Folder.

Still waiting for the first half of the deco foil gel to dry, I proceeded to diecut my snowflakes. I cut 3 snowflakes using the Delicate Snowflake Die by Catherine Pooler Designs from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and adhered them together to create a dimensional snowflake.

Several hours later…

The transfer gel will look shiny once it is dried. I placed a piece of the Therm O Web Gina K Designs RADIANT RED Fancy Foils Deco Foil over the red panel, sandwiched it inside a folded piece of parchment paper and ran it through my laminator (make sure it is good and hot). It comes out so pretty! I took the embossed piece of Stampin’ Up! Old Olive Cardstock and adhered it to the left side of the red foiled panel, added a strip of the wider Pin Stripe Peel-Off Stickers – Gold Mirror Moondust from Love From Lizi and then adhered that all to my card base, leaving a 1/8″ border all around the card.

Time to add the snowflake. I adhered that 3D white snowflake roughly in the center of the card, added some Tonic PALE GOLD Nuvo Crystal Drops to the center of the snowflake, the top and bottom of the card panel. And the card is finished! Oh wait! we need a sentiment!

I added the “Merry & Bright” sentiment from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs to the inside of the card using my Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad by Stampin’ Up! as well as a large snowflake from Peaceful Flakes Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs in Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad | Stampin’ Up! to the bottom right corner. Ok now this card I complete!!!!

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Cards, Celebrations, Encouragement, Just Because, Mother’s Day

Stampin’ Up! So Hoppy Together Stampset

Hello friends, I’m coming at you today with this cute and simple froggy card using Stampin’ Up!’s SO HOPPY TOGETHER Stamp Set. I’ve had this stampset for awhile and just got around to making some cards. It was part of the Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration 2019 catalog so unfortunately is no longer available but I still wanted to present some inspiration for those of you who have this stampset. And if you don’t have the stampset you can easily substitute another critter for the frogs. And if you want to own any of these cards they are both available for sale in my Etsy shop.

Celebrate Your Awesomeness Card

For this card I kept things simple. I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and scored it at 4 1/4”. Then cut and adhered a panel measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2” and a Strip to 1 3/4 x 5 1/2” from Queen and Company Flirty Florals Paper Pad to the card base. Using a paper pad is a great way to ensure that all your pattern papers coordinate. No guessing necessary.

I stamped the frog images onto Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock using Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored them with Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends Markers, Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends Markers, Highland Heather Stampin’ Blends Markers, Pool Party Stampin’ Blends Markers and Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Markers.

I fussycut all the images out then diecut the circles with the Queen and Company Foundation Dies #1. Using the Company Sentiment Stacker Dies, I diecut the ‘Celebrate’ word from Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and the shadow from Stampin’ Up! Vellum. I adhered those two pieces together then proceeded to stamp and heat emboss the sentiment strip onto black cardstock using Versamark clear embossing ink and Wow white embossing powder. That was then cut out using the Company Foundation Dies #2.

I figured out the placement of all the images and sentiments on the card and adhered. Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Purple Rain and Sea Breeze. I also stamped the froggy image on a white envelope.

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Hoppy For You

This card is my favorite of the two. Also quite easy to make. This time the pattern paper is just an accent or enhancement.

I cut a card base to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2” and a panel to 4 x 5 1/4” from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. Then cut a strip of Catherine Pooler Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper to 1 3/16 x 5 1/4” and Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock to 1 3/8 x 5 1/4″. I adhered those two pieces together and then to the card panel. Then adhered the white card panel to the card base.

I had already stamped and colored the images prior to starting this card. If I know I’m making multiple cards using the same stamp set, I like to stamp and color all the images I need (or just a bunch of I’m not sure what I want to use) before I create my cards. I will fussycut them just before I begin the cardmaking process. Onto the next step then…

I used some Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock and used the direct-to-paper method to color with Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink. This method is a great way to match your cardstock to your project. If you want to see this technique in action check out this video from Catherine Pooler.

Next I diecut the word “HOPPY” with the Honey Bee Bee Bold Alphabet Dies. I also cut two additional sets of the word from Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I stacked the two white sets together and adhered, followed by the colored set of letters on top of those.

I stamped the sentiment with the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Sentiments using Versamark clear embossing ink onto Simon Says Stamp Black Card stock and heat embossed with Wow white embossing powder. I cut it down to a strip measuring 1/2 x 1 3/4”. Time to adhere the sentiments and the little froggy on his unicycle as well as his fluttering friends. He’s just so cute, don’t you think?!? Finished it off with some Nuvo drops in Key Lime, Sea Breeze, and Rosewater. Lastly I stamped a little frog on a white envelope in Catherine Pooler Fiesta Blue Ink.

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Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to make some adorable critter cards of your own. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Mother’s Day

Easy Mother’s Day Card

Hello friends. Coming to you today with a quick and easy Mother’s Day card. If you haven’t found the perfect card for mom yet, you will want to give this one a try. Only one type of paper is required. And the addition of a stencil, ink and a die makes it super easy to create a card with texture. It can also be for any other occasion–just change out the sentiment.

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I started by cutting down a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock to 4 x 5-1/4″. Then created a pattern in the background using Catherine Pooler Designs Rose Petals and Catherine Pooler Designs Pattern of Rings Creative Screening.

I set that aside to dry and stamped the teapot in Catherine Pooler Designs Polished and Catherine Pooler Designs Green Tea with Catherine Pooler Designs Cuppa Tea Stamp Set. I stamped the teacup and plate in Catherine Pooler Designs Green Tea and Catherine Pooler Designs Icing-on-the-Cake and the little embellishment in Catherine Pooler Designs Polished. Lastly I stamped the flower for the teapot in both Catherine Pooler Designs Green Tea and Catherine Pooler Designs Rose Petals. I diecut all the images with the coordinating dies, Cuppa Tea Dies.


Catherine Pooler Designs Cuppa Tea Stamp Set

I added a sentiment from the Lawn Fawn HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Clear Stamps. I stamped the HAPPY in Catherine Pooler Designs Green Tea onto the card panel at the top left and the MOTHER’S DAY in Catherine Pooler Designs Polished on a scrap of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock. I diecut that sentiment using the banner from Queen and Company Foundation Dies #2.

I glued that banner down to a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock after using the direct-to-paper method to color it with Catherine Pooler Designs Polished. I added 3M foam tape to the back of the teacup, plate and teapot and adhered it to the card.

Mother’s Day Card

I cut down a piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock to 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ to create a card base. I then cut a piece Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ and again used the direct-to-paper method to color it with Catherine Pooler Designs Green Tea. I adhered that Green Tea panel to the card base and the completed card panel with images onto that piece.

I finished off the card by adding some Tonic Nuvo drops in Carnation Pink and Tonic Nuvo Jewel Drops in Rosewater.

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Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this process post. Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.