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Thanks a latte…Simon Says Stamp October card kit

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I received my October Card Kit (my first one!) from Simon Says Stamp this week and unfortunately with working this week, I had to wait until today to play with it.

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I chose the bigger coffee cup stamp and stamped it on the Basic Grey patterned papers that came in the kit. I fussy cut them out and then used a Sharpie to color the edges to get rid of the white raw edges from my cutting it out.

I used a piece of Bazzill brown (not sure the exact color) and then made a top folding card (4 1/4 X 11″ and scored at 5 1/2″) using the cream colored cardstock that came in the kit to adhere the brown piece onto it.  I stamped and embossed the greeting using white Zing embossing powder. I cut a small strip from the patterned paper to add a bit of interest to the left side.

I then used foam dots to add dimension to the coffee cups. I filled in the “coffee” with a Distress Marker. I then used foam tape to pop the whole card front up off the card base.  Finally I added a heart (from Doodlebug) using the Khaki Ink from Simon Says Stamp that came in the kit. I stamped it twice to get a totally filled in heart.

The inside of the card is stamped with the sentiment (You’re the Best!” that came in this stamp set.

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Hope you enjoyed! I am looking forward to trying out new combinations with this kit soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lisa

 

Copper Embossed Halloween Card

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I finally am ready to start THINKING about fall. Although I do hate to see summer go, this cute Halloween set caught my eye today.  I decided to make a background stamp of almost the whole collection of stamps in this set. I placed them on my card the way I wanted them and then took my large acrylic block and set them over the stamps so I could keep my arrangement.

20140913_111559I then inked up the stamps with my Versarmark ink and embossed them with my new favorite embossing powder—American Crafts Zing brand Copper. I LOVE the way this looks.

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I added some fall flower sequins and a strip of purple cardstock (leftover from my first Halloween card).  I corner chomped the corners of the notecard and that is it!  It is a tad simple, but I think the copper embossing powder helps to give it more interest.

If I were to do this again, I think I would stamp this background on a piece of cardstock and then add it to a notecard with a banner sentiment across the card front. It would add some dimension and make it a bit more detailed, since I think it has a bit too much black showing.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Love to hear any questions or comments you have!

–Lisa

 

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

 

 

Birch tree birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge–Anything goes!

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I am finally back at my craft desk! School started this week and between getting three kiddos off to three different schools and teaching full-time my brain was fried. I need to get back into the swing of things and find a balance again with crafting and work and home.

Lucky for me Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  Check it out here!

My hubby’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to create something elegant and masculine. I just received this My Craft Box birch tree stencil from Dick Blick and knew I wanted to use it.  I wanted to create a warm sunset feel to the card.  The inspiration came to me this morning while I was brushing my teeth.  Creative ideas always come to me at strange times.

20140830_133433I used these colors to create my background.

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I used painter’s tape to tape down my stencil on my craft sheet. I used a Tim Holtz sponge tool to dab on the color. It was just trial and error. I love distress inks because it gives me such versatility and the ability to play around with the inks. It is very rare that I have to scrap a piece when I used distress ink. I can ink it, add water, dab water off, and it always manages to work.
20140830_134507This is what it looked like when I was finished. I trimmed it down, and added it to a black 5X7 notecard.

20140830_143053I added a Computer font greeting (Nokie Brush MK) and gold embossed hearts (the heart is from the love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set). I knew I wanted that greeting and I thought it went nice with the background trees setting. It reminds me of happy memories of our vacations up north Wisconsin at sunset.  I also added some gold Wink of Stella marker lines (also new from Dick Blick) to the black card. They are a little hard to see in the picture, but they show up nicely in person. I punched out some hearts to break up the black notecard.

This card turned out exactly how I had hoped it would. Thanks for stopping by!

-Lisa

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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

 

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

 

 

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