Tag Archives: Die cuts

Sparkly doggie birthday card

8.2014doggiebdayI wanted to practice some watercolor techniques so I stamped this cute doggie a bunch of times on Strathmore watercolor paper. I colored them in with distress markers. I used a ruler and a pencil to make equal lines and then just erased the lines after I stamped the dogs. I didn’t want them to be perfectly straight but I just wanted them to be in a general line.

 

I cut out the stars with my Sizzix dies from sparkly Recollections paper.  I stamped the sentiment with an Avery elle stamp set. I embossed it with Wow! metallic platinum sparkle powder.

You can’t help but smile at these party-ready pooches!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Watercolor “Thank you” Card

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I was inspired by this post by Kristina Werner.  I don’t have all the colors of Distress Inks, but I worked with what I had. I have done lots of these watercolor backgrounds, but I borrowed her color palette to create this “Thank you”  card.

20140809_201248I just spread these three inks down on my craft sheet in stripes and then spritzed it with water. I used my  heat tool to dry out the paper (I used Strathmore 300 series) between layers. I laid down some more color on my craft sheet to get a darker color. In order to get the dots, I did what she suggested with a slight twist. I cupped my hand above where I wanted to be, and then I sprayed water in my hand one spray at a time until it just dropped a single drop down. I tried spritzing a bunch of water in my cupped hand a head of time but I had a bunch run out of my hand and I had to re-do a section of my watercolor background.  I then let it sit a bit and used a dry rag to blot up some color.

This is a picture of what it looked like before I used the water droplets.

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At first I adhered the whole sheet down on a notecard, but wanted to break it up a bit and I liked the dramatic black background so I cut off  a little bit on either side and then left some of the black notecard show through. I cut out four thank you’s with my Circut (Alphalicious font 2 3/4″). I glued them together with Tombow Mono Multi Glue and then glued them to the watercolor piece. I added some sequins and punched hearts to the left side for a little more texture and interest.

I liked the card, but felt I could up the interest a little bit more, so I took my Gelly Roll white pen and drew some little dots on various places on the letters and the black space in the middle to tie it together. I really like the effect. I had no rhyme or reason to how I did it, I just started placing dots.  I didn’t want to overdo it, so I would place a few dots and then let it sit a second and then come back to it. I waited to see where my eye would go on the card and notice any spaces that seemed to need those white dots.

I used the watercolor pieces that I cut off on the front to glue inside the card as well.

20140810_122708I love how this turned out. It is much more dramatic than my usual.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

 

Crabby sandcastle card–Jane’s Doodles and SSS Wednesday Challenge

8.2014crabsandcastlecloseI found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!

I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

8.1014crabsandcastlecloserHere is a close up of this cute file.  I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error.  Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.

I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.

I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.

I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily.  I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.

The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s.  I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.

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QUICK TIP:  I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!”  I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Shiny girl birthday card

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I decided to make another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes! It is fun to just create whatever I want sometimes and I figured I would take advantage of this week’s theme.

I was in the mood for some coloring so I got out my Penny Black Big Wish Set and colored in this cute little girl. I experimented with watercolor pencils (Regular Derwent and Inktense) and some Distress Markers. I found that making sure the image was dry before I added dimension helped keep it from looking muddy. She is such a sweet girl! I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her dress and some glossy accents to the dots on the cake and the flames.  I used the sponge applicators that I used on my last card to add some Milled Lavender distress ink to the background of the birthday girl.

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I used a pre-made square kraft note card from Paper Studio. I cut out a square pink foil cardstock and embossed with a dot pattern.  I also cut out the little girl with Banner die from Lawn Fawn. I accidentally cut off part of the banner so I just cut off a bit more and put it on the card like I mean to do that! Most mistakes can be rescued.

I cut out a flower shape from my Sizzix die and then embossed it with Metallic sparkle WOW embossing powder. I tied a bow with the ribbon  and attached the pink foil paper embellishment with some foam dots.

I added the  “Oh Happy Day!” sentiment from Stampabilities and embossed it with some American Crafts Copper embossing powder.

I love this card and hope you are inspired to find some flashy cardstock to add to your cards!

I am going to submit this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes  as well!

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Nautical card–Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

8.2014nautigalSince it is summer and I am not even remotely ready for fall yet, I wanted to use some nautical colors, stamps, and my favorite stamp set, Paper Smooches –Chit Chat. I am entering this card in their current Sparks Challenge.

I can’t afford to buy new products with every release, so I am always looking for stamp sets that I can use in MANY different ways. The Paper Smooches–Chit Chat set is one of those. I love the variety of sentiments, fonts, sizes, and styles in this one set.  I am so happy I spent my money on it.

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So, for this card, I used a pre made notecard that I had from Michael’s, as the base. I cut up some white cardstock, and stamped anchors across it with a variety of Hero Arts inks. I first lightly drew some diagonal lines with a pencil on the cardstock so I could line up the anchors relatively straight.

20140804_163043After I had the anchors completed I inked up some white cardstock with my Navy blue hero arts ink to match the ink on the anchors. the anchors came from a little set from Prima at Hobby Lobby.  I then used some twine I found in the garden section at Wal-mart to make some circles that I adhered with glue dots.  The garden twine at Wal-Mart comes in a big roll and you can separate it into three sections so you can use thinner or thicker pieces depending on what you want for your project.  I think making a cute nautical knot would have been a cute option too.

20140804_162808Before I adhered the twine to the sentiment flag, I created the sentiment flag using words from the Paper Smooches–Chit Chat Set. I used Limeade Recollections Detail Embossing powder from Michael’s and the Butter Bar Hero Arts Shadow Ink. I found these cute little dot sponge applicators at Wal-mart and used them to sponge on the color. They make a circle  with a bit of splatter around it. I loved the effect and the sponge applicator were only a couple of dollars at most.

20140804_16295420140804_163010I then cut out the flag shape at one end of the sentiment and cut out a little heart with an old heart punch. I made flags from my We R Memory Keepers Washi tape and glued those behind the sentiment.

For the finishing touch, I sponged dots onto a white piece of cardstock with Orange Soda Hero Arts Ink, and  I cut out three hearts from my Sizzix Framelits dies. I added glossy accents for some shine and dimension and used foam dots to adhere them to the notecard. I used foam adhesive to keep the anchor/sentiment embellishment popped up off the card.

Check out the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge here! I really love their cute little critters sets too!

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Thanks for stopping by! I am happy to hear all your comments!

–Lisa

 

 

 

 

Watercolor Hello Card

8.2014flowerhelloIt is nice to have some general cards on hand that could be used for birthdays, thank yous, or just  thinking of you cards. I am going to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challlenge—Anything Goes!

I started with the idea of wanting a soft watercolor flower look. I used my Dusty Concord and Peeled Paint Distress Markers to color in the flower image (from Doodlebug). I then stamped the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper and it left a soft imprint with some blank spaces. I then took my paint brush and added some water and scribbled a bit of each color on my craft sheet to lightly fill in some of the image, but being careful to leave some white space. I think that is the biggest challenge for me when it comes to watercolor is embracing the white space!  I think it is the leftover childhood refrain of color everything in that still rings in my head.  With watercolors, though the white space it what makes the creation.

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I added some white dots (ala Nichol Magouirk) on the leaves for some interest. I glued a purple sequin into the center of each flower since this stamp and die cut it leaves that area perfectly blank.

I dry embossed the image on some tan cardstock with the Cricut Cuttlebug Birds and swirls embossing folder.  Opps!  I forgot to include it in my supply shot!

I added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Chit Chat Stamp set with the banner die from the same Doodlebug set. I used vellum for the sentiment. The vellum added some more softness that went well with the softness of the watercolor. I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Copper Embossing Powder. I just bought this and I LOVE it. The copper color is really great.  I used foam dots to pop the flowers  up off the card a bit and glued the sentiment down carefully by adding some Ranger Multi Medium Matte so it would not show.

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I tied some purple bakers twine from Paper Studio around the tan embossed piece and adhered it to my notecard. Before I attached the notecard, however, I added little white dots with my Gelly Roll white marker to break up all that tan and tie back into the dots on the flowers. I used some Hero Arts Lime Green Shadow Ink to make an outline on my notecard to break up the more  neutral palette of this card.  Finally,  I added some white lines around the lime green edge of the notecard.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Heart Die Cut Birthday Card–Avery Elle Challenge

8.2014everyellebdaycloseupI’m back!  Whew. It has been a busy couple of weeks. We went to the OBX with my in-laws and then as soon as we got home it was our son’s 17th birthday and then my mother came to visit for a week.  It has been a whirlwind of plans, celebrations, and visiting.  It has been wonderful, but it has kept me away from my crafting!  I have enjoyed seeing all the creations on Instagram, but I was itching to create my own things!

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I am getting back into the groove with an Avery Elle Challenge. I love the Cake and Candles stamp set I have and wanted to use it with their die cut challenge.

I had the idea of the hearts as a design on my notecard at first.  I am in love with all things chevron right now and had this paper from a sale pack of Recollections paper from Michael’s. I had not plan where I was going and once I put the hearts on the notecard I was stuck.  I decided to keep it simple, but sparkly!  I embossed the sentiment with Hero Arts Silver Embossing powder and took a Elmer’s Silver Paint Marker to make the silver dots on the front of the card.

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I had some leftover peach Bazzill cardstock that I layered behind my sentiment (also on Bazzill cardstock) and popped it up with foam dots for added dimension. It is a simple card but incorporates a few different techniques.

Hope you enjoyed!  As always I love to hear your comments.

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Embossed birthday card


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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

 

 

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