Wednesday, October 26, 2016

First Anniversary

Yikes, it's been a long time since I've posted a card.  I've been stamping, but usually had to keep the card secret because I didn't want the recipient to see it before they got it!  I have quite a few cards that I can now post...hooray!!  

I made this card to send to my son and daughter-in-law for their first anniversary!  It's hard to believe that a year has already passed.  We are so proud of them both and all they've accomplished in just one year!! 

On this card I used the adorable Magical Dragons stamp set from My Favorite Things.  The little prince and princess make the perfect couple!  The colorful backdrop was made with dye inks and Clarity stencil brushes.  Oh my goodness, I love these brushes!!  They give better blends than anything I've ever used in all my years of stamping!  The "congratulations" was made using a Papertrey Ink stamp and die set called Swooshes.  It was a little tricky to position the stamped word onto the die cut word, but using the Misti it wasn't bad at all. Here is a picture of the front of the card...

I used black Staz-On ink to stamp the sword and crown onto mirror card stock and cut and pasted them on to add a little shine.  The crown needed a jewel, too!  The tiny hearts floating above the prince and princess were made with MFT Blueprints Tag Builder 5.  I also added some sequins here and there.  

Inside the card, I used my computer for the sentiment. The castle is from a retired Stampin' Up set called Dreams and Dragons.  I checked and the set or the castle as a single item are available on ebay in case you need it! I colored the castle with Copics and added glitter to make it magical!

Here is a close-up of the castle.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope my card makes you want to get your stamps out and create!


Friday, July 22, 2016

Fishing in an Acetate Pond

Julie Ebersole is one of the people who always seem to inspire me, and she did that just recently when she used acetate in  different way!  She did a video for Ellen Hutson in which she used acetate, an embossing folder and Copic markers!  You can see the!  She did a rainbow background, so pretty and unusual with the clearness of the acetate.  Looking at it made me think of water and of my Pure Innocence little fishing girl! I'm sorry to tell you that I just looked on the MFT website to get a link and found out that she's been retired :(  

I stamped and colored the little girl and the dock and cut them out then I stamped her shirt and pants on patterned paper, cut them out and paper pieced them on so she could wear a cute little outfit!  I cut a hole in the front of the card and cut a piece of acetate to fit into the hole and then embossed the acetate with a swirly watery looking embossing folder.  Next I added stripes on the back of the acetate with watery colored Copics!  Here is my card so you can get an idea what I'm talking about...

I glued the girl onto the front of the card and added a heart to the end of her fishing line.  A Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frame from MFT finished off my little scene!  I attached the acetate with Score Tape onto the inside of the card and die cut a little frame to hide the edges of the acetate.  I did run into one little problem,  I couldn't put the sentiment where I normally do because it would show in the "water" so I cut another MFT Scalloped Frame to coordinate with the front added it to my sentiment and put it just above the water line!  I punched another heart to cover the back of the one on the front of the card.

I really like the transparency and color...when you open the card, you see a splash of watery color from the light shining through the card!  I just love that!

This was a fun card to make...quick and easy! Thanks so much for stopping by!  Keep stamping!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

MFT Camp Create - Delightful Die Cutting

I was very grateful to MFT because their Camp Create helped me to come up with an idea for a sympathy card that I needed to make.  It was an especially difficult one because it was for the loss of a child and I had no clue what to make.  After watching Stephanie's video on partial die cutting, I had an idea and if it worked,  I knew what I was going to do.

I used MFT's Sweet Forest Friends dies for the partial die cutting and then stamped the tree and the animals.  I used a black Sharpie to color them in so they would look like silhouettes against the sky.  I wasn't sure about the white edge but it looked like a moon glow around the objects so it worked really well.  Here is my card...

This is such a happy little stamp set, but in silhouette the animals worked very well to convey the tone that I was looking for.  

To make the sky, I used a piece of watercolor paper and reinkers.  The stars are made with white acrylic paint.  I used a small stylus and a toothpick to dot them on and then I painted the glow lines with a tiny round paintbrush.

I used a Hero Arts stamp and die set for the sentiment on the front of my card.  I die cut "prayers" out of black adhesive backed fun foam making sure that the adhesive would be on the front side of the word.  I removed the protective paper and then pressed some silver Deco Foil onto the adhesive.  When I lifted the foil sheet off, the foil had transferred and the word had a beautiful luster. The fun foam added a textural quality to the foil.  Here's a close-up so you can see for yourself. 

If you haven't watched any of the Camp Create videos, I think you would like them.  You can find them on the MFT Blog.  Just scroll down a bit and you will find them :)
Thanks for visiting!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock:  110# White Cougar Opaque, Strathmore Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Stamps: MFT Sweet Forest Friends, Hero Arts Prayers
Dies:  MFT Sweet Forest Friends
Copic: YR17
Vivid Reinkers: Ultramarine, Inky Blue, Purple, Orchid
Miscellaneous: Americana white acrylic paint, black Sharpie, clear Wink of Stella

Friday, June 17, 2016

MFT Camp Create - Glitzy Glitter

I had some time to play along with MFT Camp Create today.  It's a summer camp for stampers and has 5 days of challenges!  It started on Monday so I am late, but it looked like so much fun that I'm going to try to complete the challenges before the deadline on June 23rd.

The first challenge is Glitzy Glitter.  I just got the Beautiful Girl stamp set from MFT and thought that would be a great image to add glitter to, so I used the sweet little girl to make some cards.  Here is the first card, I used an Action Wobble so she really cute!  

The scalloped circle behind her is Stitched Mini-Scallop Circle STAX from MFT.  I wanted a green edge so I die cut one in purple and one in green and then trimmed along the stitch line of the green one and glued it on!  I really like how this looks!  I also tried some really simple no-line coloring on this card.  I used it to make the flowery background.  It looks like patterned paper, doesn't it? The last layer was stamped with Versamark and the Simply Circles background stamp.  Here's a close-up...

Glitter is so difficult to photograph, but I got lucky with this shot.  Ohhh, ahhh...look at that glitz!!

I always color two of an image when I'm making a card.  That way, if I mess up on the first one, I can correct my mistakes on the second one and still end up with something that I can use.  This time I was lucky and they both were usable! is the 2nd card.  I used MFT's new Blueprints 29 for this it...a lot!  

I used a piece of MFT's Sweet Sunshine 6x6 Paper Pack as a background.  It coordinated perfectly with my color scheme!  I wasn't sure about the curly-cues on the top of her head.  On the first card I colored them like flower vines but on this one, I colored them like curls of her hair...I like them both!  Here's the close-up view...

While trying to come up with a way to show how sparkly the glitter looks, I took this photo.  It didn't really catch the glitter like I wanted it to, but I liked it so much that I needed to include it.  

I know time is short, but I hope my cards made you think about going to MFT's summer camp!  They've come up with some fun ideas...and the videos are great!  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a good weekend :)

Products Used:
Stamps:  MFT Beautiful Girl, Simply Circles Background, Grid Background
Dies: Beautiful Girl, Blueprints, 20 & 29, Stitched Mini-Scallop Circle STAX and Oval STAX 2 
Cardstock: MFT Sweet Sunshine 6x6 Paper Pack
Copics: YR61 & 65, V01 &12, G21
Miscellaneous: Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm clear sequins 


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Using Acrylic Paint with Stamping

Hello, my post today is a card that I made a while ago.  It combines two things that I love, card making and Tole Painting.  Before I became a card maker, I spent my free time painting on wood.  I learned how to float color with a flat brush to add shadows and highlights.  I was pleased when I tried the same techniques on paper and found that it worked just as well!! For this card, I used a pansy stamp from Stacy Stamps.  Scroll down on this page and you will find it.  It is sold with a pansy corner stamp.  The flower is painted with Americana acrylic paint. You can get it at Micheal's.  The finished effect has a matte, chalk like finish.  Here is my card.

If you've done Tole Painting, this will be easy for you to understand but I'll try to explain it so that even those of you who have never done it might be able to give it a try.  First stamp the flower in a light color a little darker than the color you've decided to paint the flower.  Next base coat the flower by wetting your brush and then picking up some paint.  The water will help the paint to flow over the card stock and will make it a bit more transparent so the stamped lines will show through.  Next put in the shadows.  You will need a flat brush, I used a 10 flat.  Side load the brush with a darker pink.  You can see how to side load your brush and how to float the paint here.  You will need to put shadows behind the two middle petals and then on both sides of the petal that lays on top of them.  I also put a little shadow on the outside edge of the petal that is behind all the others.  The arrows in the picture below show where the shadows go.  

Next you do the same thing with white paint to add the highlights.  Side load your flat brush with white and float highlights on the top edges of the middle two petals and all around the petal that lays on top of the others.

After the shading and highlighting are completed and dried, take some purple paint and add water to it until you get an inky consistency.  Use a liner brush to make the thin lines that form the colorful center of the pansy.  The final step is to paint in the center of the flower with a butterscotch color and float on a little brown to make it look rounded.  Here is a close-up of the flower.

This technique is a lot quicker than you would think and it is really pretty when it's done.  I've used lots of colors and they all look great!  

Thanks for visiting,


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Graduation Pull Up Card

Here is the graduation card that I made for my niece.  She is graduating from UMass Lowell's School of Nursing and we are very proud of her accomplishments!  I am not sure about the name of this kind of card, but I saw it somewhere and made a template so I used that.  Sorry that I don't have a link for you.  When you open the flap at the top of the card, the sentiment part of the card pulls up to reveal what it says.  Black and blue are her school colors so I used them for this card.  Here is how the card looks before opening...

The stamps are from Art Impressions.  I've used them so many times!  The graduation cap and sentiment were too big for the space so I stamped them together and then resized them  on the printer.  This is how the card looks opened...

When you open the flap, a little "for you" folder appears where you can tuck a gift card or a check!!  The little pixie stamp is from Memory Box.  I colored her with Copics and paper pieced her dress and hood.  She is holding a magic wand that is star shaped, but I put a little school logo to make it more personal.  Here's a close up...

The sentiment inside the card was made on my computer.  As you lift the flap, the message part of the card moves up with it.  Here is a side view so you can see how the moving part of the card works

If you know the name of this kind of card,I'd really appreciate it if you would leave a comment telling me what it is.  Thanks for stopping by.  


Friday, April 29, 2016

Watercolor Painting with Coffee

My friend, Mary, told me about some portraits she'd seen that were painted with espresso!  She said they were striking and looked like sepia photos!!  She knows me and knew that I'd be challenged to give it a try!  Thanks, Mary!!  The most difficult part was brewing the coffee so I could get lots of different shades of brown to use.  I drink very weak coffee so the palest shade was easy.  The darker shades were much harder to achieve.  I felt like a mad scientist brewing espresso double strength multiple times, but that gave me the medium color, then I took some of that and added a few spoonfuls of instant coffee to get the darkest color.  Once I had the medium and dark color, I added some water to each to get shades in between.  Altogether I had 5 colors to paint with ranging from dark to light!

When I started painting, I was hooked!  The coffee behaved exactly like other watercolors and smelled delicious!!  I enjoyed it so much that I didn't want to stop so I have 3 cards to share with you.  On the first one, I used a flower from Tim Holtz Flower Garden stamp set.

After I finished painting with the coffee, I masked the flowers and added some interest to the background with stencils from My Favorite Things and Tim Holtz.  I used Distress ink and a blending tool for this.  The swirl at the top is from a Stampin' Up set called Baroque Motifs and the sentiment and "beautiful" die are from Concord & 9th.

I wanted to see how coffee painting would look on a more whimsical image, so I painted one of the cute little boy stamps from Lilli of the Valley.  I was very pleased with how it came out!  The browns fit perfectly with the old-timey look of the image!

For the extras on this card I used MFT's double stitched rectangle STAX and Picket Fence dies

On the last card I have to show you, I embossed Altenew's Persian Motif stamps with white embossing powder.  I was worried that the coffee might stain the white embossing, but it didn't.  I liked the simplicity of this card and thought it would make a good sympathy card.

The frame around the sentiment on this card is from MFT.  It is called Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames and the sentiment is part of Hero Arts Prayers stamps and die set.

This was a really fun experiment.  I hope you enjoyed looking and that maybe you might give painting with coffee/espresso a try!  Thanks so much for visiting!