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Fall Sympathy Card—SSS Wednesday Challenge

9.2014flowerfallsympathytwineUnfortunately I needed a sympathy card for an extended member of the family this week. I am reluctantly heading into the fall pallette of colors and wanted something simple. Sympathy cards are tough sometimes, because I want to cheer the person up, but don’t want the card to be blingy or colorful.

For this card, I used a pre-made kraft cardstock notecard from Michael’s. I embossed it with the big dots embossing folder from Lifestyle crafts.

20140907_143653I stamped the flower stamp (Savvycrafts) using red orange, yellow, and green distress inks on watercolor paper. After I stamped all the images, I used my paintbrush to fill in the petals of the flowers. It has a watercolor effect but it is not too splotchy, since the distress inks don’t have complete coverage on the paper when I stamped them.  If you don’t have a flower stamp like this one, you could use hearts, leaves, or any other medium shape that would work.  I made sure to be careful to wipe my brush clean between flowers so that the ink wouldn’t bleed into each other and get a muddy effect.

I used two sentiments. On the front, I embossed “sorry for your loss” from Hero Arts, and then stamped “Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you”  from Recollections on the inside with black Ranger archival ink. The newsprint vellum is from K&Company. I had it in my stash. I adhered the vellum to the watercolor piece and then used foam tape to pop the whole thing off the notecard.

I added white hearts in the middle of my flowers with my gelly roll white gel pen, and the used Forest moss distress ink to color in around the flowers. I smooshed the ink pad on my craft sheet and then sprayed it with a lot of water. I took my paintbrush and then painted the background of the  flowers. I made sure that my flowers were dry before I did this so the ink wouldn’t run.

Finally, I added some Paper Studio(Hobby Lobby) bakers twine around the top of the sentiment.

I am going to enter this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Check it out and all the other fantastic posts for STAMPTEMBER!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you have any comments or questions, I would love to hear them!

–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

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

 

Color Challenge Birthday Card

7.2014chevroncolor challengeI created a Color Throwdown Challenge card. This was the pallette:

swatch+299 (1)I decided to use my Pale Tomato Hero Arts ink pad for the strawberry slush, Broken China Distress Ink for the Tempting Turquoise, and the flowers for the Very Vanilla.

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I took my chevron stencil and used round spongers to  blot and blend the ink onto my cardstock. I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker over the colored chevron for some sparkle.

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I added some Recollections and Making Memories paper flowers for a corner accent and brought in more of the red color with Doodlebug acrylic letter tiles. They spell out “luv”.

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The card looked a little too simple and so I added some silver foil paper from the Michael’s Recollection brand. If you don’t have silver foil paper, you could easily use plain paper and use silver embossing powder to create those strips of paper. I used my Xyron and some Tombow Mono Multi Glue to adhere the silver strips, and I preferred the Xyron strips. The Tombow didn’t work as good for this application in my opinion.

I stamped a happy birthday sentiment with my Avery Elle Cake and Candles stamp set onto some scrap vellum I had in my stash. I cut the banner shape and used glue dots to dug the sentiment banner under the flowers.

I used my Cropadile 1/2″ corner chomper to round the corners. I like the way the banner stands out a bit, and this pale red color and the turquoise offset each other nicely.

This one had me stumped at first, so I enjoyed the color combination since I wanted to use it for something other than a patriotic theme. I  have a glitter chevron  that I rejected for this challenge that I think I will finish up and post soon.

Thanks Color Throwdown for the inspiration!

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Thanks for visiting!

–Lisa

 

Watercolor seashells card

6.2014 shell thanksI am loving the watercolor look right now. It is just such a pretty addition to cards.  It definitely steps up an ordinary card.

So for this one, I am always needing more masculine card ideas. I have TONS of girly feminine ideas but the masculine cards always seem harder since they are usually more simple and sometimes simple can translate into BORING.  I hate boring!

Here are the supplies I used…

20140630_192536I used $1 stamps from Michael’s, Hero Arts Everyday Sayings StampsVersafine Onyx Black InkTim Holtz Distress Ink in Salty Ocean, Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper,Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Marker,We R memory keepers washi tape, a Fiskars 2″ circle punch (not pictured), and an adorable paper pad collection from Michael’s. You could easily find a similar pattern in your own stash I am sure.

QUICK TIP: I like to stock up on my basics like notecards and watercolor paper when my local craft store has their 40% or 50% off and sometimes like this week, Michael’s is having an additional 15% off all items. That way I am never run out of my go-to supplies when I feel the creative urge.

I started with punching out three circles with my Fiskars circle punch. You could use any circle punch you have, or just trace around a circular item and cut out.  I am using a standard A2 notecard (also from Michael’s). I then stamped all three seashells in Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I spritzed the stamped images with just a few squirts of water and then with my fingers I spread the ink around until it looked the way I liked it. There will be a faint trace image of the seashell. I then used my tweezers and held onto the stamped images and then used my heat gun to dry the stamped watercolor images. After I was sure it was dry I stamped the same seashells with Versamark Black ink. I stamped them a bit offset.

20140627_133728I really liked the ghost blue image and the darker black image. You could use any color combo that speaks to you. It looks like the image got stuck in the rain and left a great watercolor background I added some Wink of Stella glitter marker to the seashells for a bit of sparkle. Guys can appreciate some sparkle too!

I then just cut  my patterned paper to fit the note card and used some brown We R Memory Keepers washi tape (that I found at Costco of all places!) as a border. It added enough extra interest, but because it was brown like the background it doesn’t take away from the seashell circles.

I then used my Hero Arts Everyday Sayings Stamp Set to add a variety of “thanks”. I only inked up part of one of sentiments to add just the word and not the original entire phrase. I love how versatile this set is for cardmaking!  I could easily add a happy birthday sentiment and change this to a masculine birthday card as well.  I really like the technique that I used here and I will definitely be trying it out again.

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Experiment with some watercolor stamping today. The great thing is that it is very forgiving and you can experiment away without too much worrying. Too much water?  Just use  a dry cloth to blot it up. Not enough water?  Just spritz some more.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Sparkly Flowers Card

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Summer makes me think of flowers and brilliant colors.  I made a sparkly flower card for Mother’s Day, but this card could easily be transformed into a thank you, birthday, or just a general hello card with a switch of the sentiment.

Die cutting and glitter are really popular right now, and I found another way to achieve those looks, especially if you are in a hurry.  I found some gorgeous glittery paper from Michael’s, and I used my Martha Stewart flower punch to create a glittery die cut look without sprinkling any glitter. I also used my Spellbenders floral ovals dies to help create the sentiment.

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The glitter stays put and you get a dramatic statement for your card. The nice thing about using glitter is that the rest of your card can be pretty simple since the main attraction is that glittery element.

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Last, but not least, I used silver embossing to create the sentiment and the hearts. I die cute the hearts using my Big Shot, and then double embossed the hearts using Hero Arts Silver embossing powder. I just used my tweezers and embossed the heart once and the let it cool and them embossed it again to get a more textured raised look to the cardstock heart.  You could also temporarily adhere the hearts to cardboard and emboss that way so the hearts don’t move on you. I couldn’t resist adding a bit more bling and adhered two jewels to the hearts.

QUICK TIP: When double embossing make sure the embossing has time to dry. If you touch it too soon you will smudge and crease the embossed area and it will ruin the nice smooth image.  This was part of the reason why I added the jewels.  I learned this the hard way. Although I will say it was a happy accident.  🙂

I used a pre-made 5X& notecard, but you could easily use any notecard or create your own notecard using cardstock and the Martha Stewart Score board.  4005002msscoreI love using floral designs in my cards  and they add a touch of elegance to any project.  Give it a try!

–Lisa

Sizzix framelits Rainbow heart card

 

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This card is perfect for the cloudy day outside today.  This one is pretty versatile since you could use it for a birthday card, thank you card, or even just a thinking of you card.20140323_164052

I used the Sizzix heart dies to create my rainbow hearts along the edge. I used the smallest size and as you probably can tell I used some washi tape to adhere the heart die to the cardstock so it wouldn’t move as I put it through my die cut machine. I have a BigKick (Big shot) machine that I bought with a 40% off coupon before Christmas at Michael’s.

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I used cardstock from Michael’s.  Their store brand Recollections paper packs go on sale for around $3 pretty often, and I like to pick up a variety of colors to choose from.  It is 80lb cardstock so while I don’t think I would use it for card bases, it does work out well for diecutting images to place on cards.

I embossed my standard size notecard (any notecard will do) with the small dots from the Lifestyle Crafts embossing folders.  After I die cut the hearts, I stamped the sentiment on some leftover black cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts Gold embossing powder.  I used foam dots to give the hearts some 3-dimensional interest and added some Wink of Stella clear glitter (forgot to add it to my materials picture) to them for shine and sparkle.

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I ended up giving this card to my husband for Valentine’s Day but it is a super versatile card and could be used for many different applications.

Happy Crafting!  Hope this card bring a little color into your day.

 

 

 

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers Watercolor Card

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I have been in love with watercolor effects lately. They have such an elegant lovely look to them. For this card I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink markers. I used the brush tip abd scribbled Worn Lipstick, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, and Pine Needles on my Ranger craft sheet. I spritzed the craft sheet with some water and then laid my watercolor paper into the pools of watercolor ink.

I waited for the watercolor paper to dry and then I stamped my Her Arts flower image onto the watercolor paper with Versamark Ink in frost.

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I enbossed the image with Hero Arts white embossing powder. At first my watercolor image was a bit muted against the white embossed flower image, so I decided to add some more color. I used the same color markers and the same technique of scribbling on the craft paper, adding a bit of water and then pressing the image into the watercolor pools of ink. I was careful not to spread it around too much so that it wouldn’t create a muddy effect. It really is just trial and error to get the look that you want for your card.

I used a piece of Bazzill 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock and cut it in half for the card base (4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″). After I scored the card I scored lines down the entire card for a raised embossed look to add dimension to the card.

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I added bling and a birthday wishes greeting to finish it off. I got the stamp at the dollar section at Michaels. I wanted the watercolor image to speak for itself so I only inked the greeting part of the stamp with Versamark Black Onyx Ink. The bling I bought at Michael’s too when it was on sale. It is their Recollections store brand.

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I adhered the water color image onto a scrap piece of black cardstock (also from Michael’s) then added foam tape to the back of the water color image to have it pop off the card with more dimension.

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This card is a lovely way to bring spring into your cards!

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Here are the supplies I used. If you have any questions on what I used, please leave a comment.

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Have fun creating a little Spring for your cards!

 

Princess Card

princess xardPicsArt_1395602929033I have a certain princess who will be turning 8 soon and while I have been making cards for other people for years, I very rarely make a home-made card for my own family. I want it to be just right for them so I often get stuck by trying to make it perfect. This year my girls begged me to make THEM cards for their birthdays, so I figured I needed to get over my creative block and just do it.

I used a card base from Michael’s.  It was just one of their 5X7 notecards. I had some heart patterned paper from Michael’s as well.  I used the Hero Arts “Magical Castle” Stamp set, and I really like the images in this set.  They stamp nice and clear.

I used Hero Arts Silver Embossing Powder and Versamark Ink to stamp and emboss the images before I colored them in.  I used Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils (http://www.pencils.co.uk/product.aspx?mid=718) to color in the image. I used pink and green scraps to cut out the heart and scalloped edge.  I had a small $1 punch from Michael’s and the scalloped edge is from an old decorative scissors that I haven’t used in ages.

My inspiration came from the Hero Arts website: http://shop.heroarts.com/p/magical-castle