Embossed birthday card


7.2014embossbdayHello!

Today I created a card for theSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and the Color Throwdown Challenge.

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I started with a piece of white cardstock and embossed Happy Birthday using my Cricut Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder. I trimmed it down a bit to fit my A2 notecard.  I then used Hero Arts Shadow Inks Raspberry Jam, Butter Bar, and Tide Pool to create the right color combination I needed for the Color Throwdown Challenge. I rubbed the inks onto white cardstock and then used a small round circle punch to make the confetti.  I glued the confetti onto the card using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

I used ink colored white cardstock for the stars too. I die cute the stars using the Sizzix Framelits star die. I used the second smallest star.  I had two of each color. I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to each of the stars. At first I was only going to use one set of stars, but the color changed a bit on my Tide Pool star after I applied the wink of stella/glossy accents. It actually was a happy accident, because I ended up using those initial stars as a background for the other set of starts.

I then stamped each sentiment (Michael’s brand stamp = Eat Cake, Penny Black Big Wish set = Wish Big, and Paper Smooches Chit Chat Set = God Bless) with black Versamark ink and then used White Tinsel embossing powder from Recollections.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire! She is always coming up with great ideas.  For the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge I used dry embossing with the happy birthday embossing folder, and I used embossing powder for the sentiment!

I am on the look out for a good clear glittery embossing powder, since I am almost out of this one. Any suggestions?

I actually made another mistake when I got a smudge of black ink on the corner of one of the stars. I actually ended up doing that TWICE!!  I was getting frustrated, but then I realized I could just add a little bling and I had another element to my card!

I wrapped some Paper Studio black baker’s twin around the embossed section before I adhered it to my card base. I used foam dots to pop up the embossed part on the notecard, and used more foam dots to pop up the stars on the embossed section. I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to attach the one set of stars to the other ones.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown Challenge. There are some great projects, and I would love to see yours there too!

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–Lisa

 

 

Out of town visitor

Hello!

My mom is in town this week so posting will be a bit light this week. We have had two straight weeks of vacation with family and although we love seeing them it is cramping my creative mojo.

I have a bunch of fun ideas and will post as much as, I can.

Lisa

Birthday fishes

7.2014fishesbdayI have been really inspired by the cute summer cards that I have seen on Instagram lately. Since my family just spent a week in the OBX, summer and beach is  definitely on my mind.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge fit in perfectly with a summer theme.  I have this adorable stamp set from Recollections that features lots of sea creatures. I stamped a whole bunch of them on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, and got to coloring!  I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create these vibrant fish. I practiced a lot of different color combinations and  finally settled on a rainbow scheme with charcoal grey. I liked the cohesiveness of the fish using that color combination.  I have a bunch of other fish that I colored in other combinations that I can use on other cards.

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QUICK TIP: To keep the fish looking neat and the color staying in the lines, I drew in the colored sections of the fish first, and then let them dry before I colored in the grey parts. Since this stamp is pretty small, I was finding that the color was bleeding into the other areas of the fish if I tried coloring the whole fish at one time. I know the point of watercolor is a soft flowing look, but I just found the effect too messy for this project.

After I colored in the fish, I added glossy accents to make them look wet and shiny. I forgot to add the Wink of Stella to the fish, and that bums me out since I think that would have looked really cute.

I made the background with Strathmore watercolor paper and all the Distress Ink blues that I own. I layered the color so that the lightest blue would be at the “top” of the ocean with progressively darker colors of blue as you would go deeper down.

I cut waves out of vellum, and attached them to the background with Multi Medium Matte. I put a navy piece of cardstock behind the water scene to give it a little more dimension. I added sequins for a bit more shine and sparkle. I stamped the bubbles and colored them in with a distress marker and added glossy accents to make them look like water.

For the sentiment,  I printed it out on my computer using the font Wacky Action BTN 22pt. I used grays, going from lighter to darker to mimic the gradually descent into the deep parts of the ocean. I used foam dots for the sentiment and the fish. I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk, who made up her own sentiments. Since I didn’t have any ocean related sentiment stamps, this was a good solution. Inside the card, I have another fish, and the sentiment says “…and hoping you have oceans of fun on your birthday!”

I love this card, and I am going to make a few more like this, since the little fish is so cute! This is a 5X7 notecard, but I think I will make a few A2 size.

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  It is full of great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear any comments or questions you may have.

–Lisa

 

 

More kitty birthday wishes….spots and dots SSS challenge

7.2014kittybannerinsta   I couldn’t resist another attempt at the cute Penny Black kitty stamp. I don’t have a supplies picture this time but I did use a Paper Source note card ( from Michael’s), We R Memory Keepers washi tape ( from Costco), twine ( from the garden section at Walmart), and the birthday sentiment is from the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp set. The sentiment was stamped on the circle I punched out for my previous card. I added some glossy accents and some Wink of Stella to the kitty’s party hat. I used  Hero arts soft granite and tide pool shadow inks for the sentiment.

I used my Cricut for the “best wishes”. This card was easy to create and it would be easy to replicate.

I am joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge…Spots and Dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

Kitty Happy Birthday

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I had another bit of inspiration for the Virignia’s View Challenge featuring Die cuts!

I colored in this adorable kitty from the Penny Black Big Wish Stamp Set a few days ago with my Derwent Watercolour pencils and was  thinking of a way to make him into a card. I added some Glossy Accents to his party hat to make it appear shiny.  I also added a little Wink of Stella to the kitty to make him sparkle. I have found that there seems to always be a reason to use a little Wink of Stella.

I have an 8-year-old daughter and it is always wise to have a few kiddo birthday cards ready to go for birthday party invites.

I forgot to add the Sizzix Circle Framelit dies that I used to cut the circles with my Big Shot in the Materials picture!  Opps!

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I started by die cutting a circle into a square pre made notecard from Michael’s. I added some SEI patterned paper on the inside and attached my birthday kitty on some foam tape so it would pop up out of the circle. I played on a black and turquoise theme for this one.  I love that color combo and the cute kitty and bright turquoise work great to offset the small splashes of black that I have so it keeps it looking like a kid’s card. Although I could see this as a cute woman’s card too actually.

I kept this pretty simple by adding some sequins (found at Hobby Lobby) and a simple sentiment from the Chit Chat Paper Smooches Stamp Set. I used a border stamp from my Stampabilities Mixed Border Stamp Set(another Hobby Lobby find).  I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Zing Black Embossing Powder. I added some Sakura Black Micron 005 Marker to the outline of the sentiment and border because for some reason I didn’t get a crisp enough outline like I wanted. I am wondering if I might need some more Versamark.

I spaced out my sequins to make sure they looked good to my eye and then I one by one glued them down with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I love this sweet little cat and I can see myself using this stamp over and over again. This card would be easy to reproduce but yet is still so cute!

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I am entering this into the Virginia’s View Challenge–Die cuts! I am loving Die cuts right now, so this challenge has been great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

One layer card

7.2014heroartsonelayerblogI think one layer cards are challenging.  It is really hard to build interest without a variety of things added to the card. I wanted to make a true one layer card with nor further embellishments, except embossing.

The Hero Arts blog has a One Layer Challenge  this week, so I got out my super cute Everyday Messages Hero Arts Stamp Set for the sentiments.  I combined a few of the sentiments from the set on my acrylic block to fit into the space I had left for the sentiment.  This is a much-used set of mine. I love the variety of the sayings, the different font styles and it is easy to put a bunch of them together. The size is perfect for card making.  I love Hero Arts and am so grateful that they are one of the few brands that my local craft store (Michael’s) carries. I finally bought some of their shadow inks and I ADORE them!

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I used Distress Inks (Picked Preserves, Spun Sugar, and Broken China) to create the watercolor background on just a plain Michael’s notecard. I let it dry and then flicked some more color onto the note card with my paintbrush. I used a more concentrated color on the color splotches so they would show up better. I swiped more ink and used less water and swirled it around with my paintbrush. I tapped the brush onto my  hand to get the ink to splatter onto the card.

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I used the Sweet Roses set from My Favorite Things for the Roses. I also used Recollections tinsel embossing powder in complimenting colors.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Check out the Hero Arts One Layer Challenge and see where your creativity can go!

–Lisa

 

Glittery Star Birthday card….make your own STICKER!

7.2014glitterstarI had started this card last week, but once I had the glittery stars I wasn’t sure where to take it.  I wanted to highlight them, but the card just looked too plain.  I definitely am on the side of  more clean and simple designs naturally, but even my simple eye knew it needed something.

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Let’s start with the stars though!  I decided to make my own stickers with double-sided sticky sheets from Jo-Ann Fabrics. You could use any double-sided sticky sheets you  have. Those were just what I could find easily. I die cut the stars using my Sizzix Framelitsr Die Cuts. ( I forgot to include those in my supply picture!).  I positioned them on sticky sheet so that I could also find a use for the negative space created by the star cut outs.  I  haven’t decided what I want to do with this negative space yet though. Once I stuck my stars down on my card base, I added some Martha Stewart fine glitter to the shapes. I only took off the release paper on one of the stars at a time so that the colors would not get trapped into the other stars, although that could be a cute look too! I used the release paper and a bone folder to press the glitter into the star shapes. That way the glitter does not keep flaking off the card. I had seen Jennifer  McGuire do this and I can attest it works great!

20140708_151625I liked the dark navy cardstock ( I used a piece from the Recollections cardstock packs that go on sale for like $3.33 for a pack). I embossed some small dots on the bottom with my Lifestyle Crafts Polka Dot Embossing Folder.  I added some flourishes and stars with the Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink and someWow Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder .  The star and flourishes are part of the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp Set that I used for the sentiment inside.

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I had various bling from my Recollections collection and embossed the sentiment from the same Avery Elle stamp set with Recollections White sparkle embossing powder.

The metal tag I had lying in my stash for years!  I found some stickers that I got free in the mail from a scrapbook club that sent them out and added blue swiss dot ribbon, and some bakers twine to jazz it up.

I am entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge—Start from Scratch!

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If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them!

Thanks for stopping by,

Lisa

 

 

Little Girl Birthday Card

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I started with this cute little birthday girl from the Penny Black Big Wish stamp set.  I bought it so I could practice my coloring techniques. I used watercolor pencil (Derwent Inktense and regular Watercolor) and a little Sakura Micron Pen (for her bows) to color her in. I usually use a Tim Holtz waterbrush, but decided to break out my real watercolor brushes (DaVinci) to try this time.

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I added a bit of Elmer’s White Paint Marker for the dots on her hat and dress. I wasn’t terribly fond of the dots, so I added some tiny bling to the flowers and some glossy accents to the balloon and the dots on her hat.

I embossed some little hearts from another set onto the notecard because it was looking a little plain.  I used Recollections White tinsel embossing powder.  It embossed clear with some glitter.  I embossed the sentiment that also comes with the set,  with some Recollections Purple Detail embossing powder. I used the Sizzix Framelits Flower Dies to create the background behind the little girl. I used the 2nd to largest for the image, and the largest for the two background papers. I used that same foil paper and striped paper I mentioned in other posts from Recollections as well.

It felt like it was missing some more dimension/texture, so I added a washi tape banner. The washi tape is from We R Memory Keepers (bought from Costco) and I had some embroidery floss lying around that I used as the string for the banner. I used a ready-made note card again, and am pretty happy with how this turned out.

I am thrilled to enter this creation into Virginia’s View Challenge.  This week is die cuts!]

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I hope you enjoy ! Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa