Monday, April 23, 2018

By the Beautiful Sea

Since making the castle bridge card back in February, bridge cards have become one of my favorites!  They are so versatile and you can make lots of different things with them, especially when you add hidden insert tabs like those used in a shadow box card!!  The inspiration for this card was a card I saw on Pinterest made by Monica Maier.  I made a beach scene using the Life is Good stamp set from Lawn Fawn.  It is a cheery little set that is fun to use and to color.  Who doesn't love a day at the beach?!

Before starting assembly I stamped the background with a tiny honeycomb pattern in a color close to the card stock I used.  I stamped some seagulls from the Life is Good set in black ink, too.  I cut some waves using a retired wave die from MFT.  They have this one now and it would look just as good!  I put some insert tabs spaced evenly into the U shape of the bridge card onto which I attached the waves. Next I cut some hills using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Borders out of a camel colored card stock for the sand and glued them on to form the bridge card.  I just love how the stitching detail looks on my beach!!  I just found Scrapbook Pal for ordering stamping supplies.  They are great!  They have discounted prices, they ship quickly and they offer free shipping on orders over $25!

Next I cut out two little sailboats using the sailboat die from Impression Obsession (IO).  I cut them out of white card stock and used Copics to color the bottom of the boats.  The last step was to stamp and color the cute little beachy elements from the Life is Good set.  I stamped them onto Papertrey Ink's Select White card stock.  It is heavy weight so it's good for die cutting and works well for blending with Copics.  Here is a close up...

I hope  you liked seeing my card today.  Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a happy heart and a happy day!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Seaside Seagulls

I have a quick post for you today.  It's kind of a continuation of yesterday's post.  I made another master board using the same technique and materials except I used the Seaside Seagulls stamps from MFT!  They are so adorable and they made great guy cards!  

I stamped the seagulls using Momento Tuxedo Black ink randomly all over the watercolor sheet.  Then I used Copics to shade and color the seagulls and wooden perches.  I used Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean Distress inks to watercolor the background.  For more details and specific sizes and products used, please see yesterday's post.  I put the Nuvo Jewel Drops all around the seagulls on this one!   

Here is a pic of the inside of my card!

Thanks for stopping by, try to stamp as often as you can.  It's good for you!


Roses For You

I like to have cards on hand to send when I need a quick thank you card or I hear someone is having a bad time.  I used the master board idea to make these.  Here are two of the thank you cards that came out of the effort.  I ended up getting 12 cards from one master board.

The process was pretty simple and I really liked the outcome.  I started out stamping the rose, leaves and little circles from Simon Says Stamp's Roses for You set all over a piece of 9 x12 sheet of white watercolor paper.   I used Canson 90 lb. watercolor paper from Micheal's,  Versafine ink and white embossing powder.  

Next I took out my Ranger Distress Inks and smooched them onto my craft mat.  I added a little water to each color to make them softer.  Then I put the color on randomly using a water brush.  The colors I used were Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough.  Once the background was finished, I painted in the roses and leaves using the same colors but didn't water them down as much so the colors would be more vibrant.  I added Festive Berries, Wild Honey and Mowed Lawn to the color palette to change the flowers/leaves up a bit. It didn't take a lot of time to do this and I found it very relaxing and fun!  Here is how the master board looked when it was finished.

Here is a close up, I avoided painting in the little circles so there would be pops of white throughout.

I then cut the master board into 12 pieces 2"x 4 1/2".  I cut a mat out of white card stock using the Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangular Stax from My Favorite Things.  I used my cutter to cut a 1 1/4 x 4" rectangular opening in the mat 5/8" from the right side and from the top. I stamped random sentiments in black and then attached the layers using foam tape.  To finish the card off I added little translucent drops using Nuvo Jewel Drops.  I like the way they catch the light.  

And here is the inside...  

I hope you like my cards today.  I have another version of the same design that I will share tomorrow.

Have a happy creative week!

Friday, March 23, 2018

More Baby Cards!

Yikes there are lots of new babies lately!  So many of my friends are becoming the happy grandparents of little ones!  That means I've been busy making baby cards!  My favorite stamps and dies for making baby cards right now are still the Bundle of Baby Clothes dies and the Welcome Baby stamp set from MFT!  The first card I have to show you was for a family who had twin boys.  When I was looking for good paper to use, I realized that the Doodlebug 6x6 pads had miniature designs that were perfect for my little clothes!  The pad I used for this card is called Hip, Hip, Hooray. The tiny robots, monsters, plaid and stars and the bright colors made this card!  

To add some interest to the background I stenciled on some puffy clouds using the cloud stencil  from MFT. Next I cut out and assembled all of the clothes, and cut the clothesline and the clothespins.  After deciding on placement, I glued the clothes to the line using glue at the top of each item and a piece of foam tape at the bottom of each. The word congrats finished off the front of the card.  It comes from the More Essential Sentiments stamp set from MFT.  For the inside of the card I added two bibs and this adorable sentiment.

For my second baby card I used the robot paper for a onesie, I used the same little monster outfit as on the first card and then used the stars papers for a t-shirt and bib,  I used the same cloud stencil for the background but added grass and bows to the clothesline. 

On the inside of this card, I used the stencil to make a cloud background and added the sentiment.  There are some really adorable messages in the Welcome Baby stamp set!

Here are a couple of close ups...

I hope you enjoyed seeing my cards.  If you are using the Bundle of Baby Clothes dies and are looking for smaller scale patterns, check out the 6x6 pads from Doodlebug.  There are lots of really good designs for both boys and girls!

Thanks for stopping by, have a good weekend and stamp as often as you's good for you!!


Saturday, March 3, 2018

Card for Sweet Baby Girl

I like making baby cards!  They just make me happy!  A friend's daughter is having a little girl very soon and I was invited to the baby shower.  It was fun, fancy and very feminine!!  Some of the gifts were a lace teepee, a soft fluffy swan shaped rocking seat and a baby version of the little black adorable!!  Here is the card I made using the Bundle of Baby Clothes die from MFT! .  This die set has lots of little clothes and embellishments.  I cut the little dress from a flower patterned paper. I like that the 6x6 pads have smaller patterns, they work really well for baby clothes.

I made a dotted swiss frame using one of the Stitched Mini Scallop Square STAX  and I cut the hole for the shaker with the Peek-a-Boo Circle Window both from MFT.  Make sure to do the cutting first and the embossing second!!  Don't ask why I'm telling you this!!  Inside the shaker I used the softest colored shaker items I had in my stash.  I love the little iridescent pink hearts and tiny yellow stars. I got them in an assortment from Micheals.

I know the new mom likes pretty little girly things so I wanted the inside of the card to be pretty, too. I used the scalloped square dies again, some girly papers in pink and yellow and cute little flowery bibs.  The Bundle of Baby Clothes dies are a lot of fun to play with.  Whenever I use them, I find myself making lots of different outfits, mixing and matching different colors and patterns. The good news is I have lots of outfits ready made when I need a quick baby card!  

Aren't the flowery bibs adorable?  I really like the sentiment, too!  It comes from the Welcome Baby stamp set from MFT.

The enamel hearts on the front and inside the card are from Doodlebug.  These are the tiny hearts. They are perfect for adding a touch of color and shine just where you need it!  There are larger ones, too!

Thanks for stopping by!  Make time for stamping every day, it's good for you!!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

MFT 2018 Creative Olympics - Event 1 Stamping Slalom

It has been a very long time since I posted anything here!  Thanks to MFT for inspiring me to get back into the groove!  Their Creative Olympics challenge got me back!  The first event was to create one card that includes at least three separate stamp sets!  That really got me thinking!  I've been making a lot of bridge cards lately and I thought a royal birthday party card might work for this challenge!   I made the castle using MFT's Die-namics Castle. The combo of a bridge card and the castle dies makes a wonderful 3D castle!!

I needed a king and queen for the castle so I used the ones in the Magical Dragon stamp set from MFT.  Of course, I had to use a dragon, too!  

The second MFT stamp set that I used was Birthday Bears. This set has a lot of party accessories that fit well and looked great with all of the characters on the card!! I used the balloon, gift packages, party hat and sentiment from this set.

I needed some little party goers for the right side of the door, so I used the chick from The Whole Herd stamp set.  I added the tiny package from Birthday Bears so they would fit in with the party theme!   The owl from the Friends in the Forest set looks so cute in his party hat, it looks like it was made just for him!

The amazing thing about bridge cards is that although they look big, they can be folded flat to fit into an envelope!  I used my envelope maker and 12 x 12 paper to make a square envelope for this card.

If you have a minute you should take a look at the MFT Blog.  There are lots and lots of really fun and inspirational cards for each of the four Olympic events.  Also, the MFT Design Team just posted some amazing Chibitronics cards!  You can find their blog here.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a good week!!


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Halloween Zombie Bunny

I've seen a lot of cards using normal images that were turned into something else by adding small details and then coloring in unexpected colors.  They are such fun that I wanted to try one for my Halloween card!  I used one of the cute little bunnies from the MFT stamp set called Somebunny.  It was so much fun to zombify her!  I inked the background with Distress Inks and splattered some water on it.  I cut the moon using MFT circle STAX then stamped the spatters on it with Versamark Ink using MFT's Distress Patterns stamps.  The tree is an edgelit die from Stampin' Up called Halloween Scenes.  I'm not sure who makes the pumpkin and jack-o-lantern stamps.  They were in my halloween stamp box but didn't have a name on them.  

Here is a photo of the inside of the card...

I hope you enjoyed seeing my zombie bunny card!  Thanks for visiting.  Have a nice Halloween!