Sunday, March 18, 2018

Watercolor Cards with The Stamps of Life


I recently read this blog post by Sandy Allnock and was greatly inspired by it so I created some cards:

If you aren't familiar with Sandy and her work, I highly encourage you to bookmark her page and watch her videos when you are able. She is such a talented artist but more importantly she truly is a great teacher! I have learned so much from her. 

I began by doing some very basic watercoloring. I am really into watercolor these days. I know that it has been very popular in the past year but I just can't get enough of it. I hope to learn even more about  it this year (one of my Crafty Goals!)

In Sandy's video she die cut an image and backed the paper with white. I did the same thing. 

I pulled out an order stamp and die set (sorry, it is retired - Sizzix swirls) and ran each piece through the Big Shot. I used the larger die on one piece, and the smaller on the other. It left a beautiful die cut that I can use on something else.

I finished off the cards with a Thanks die cut using Glitter paper:

On the second card I stamped Happy Birthday in Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!) and popped up the yellow piece for some dimension. The last thing I added was a blue flower.

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering these cards in the following challenges:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Coffee4two and Zig Zag Bag with The Stamps of Life


I got a little crafting time in this week and I made a gift card holder:

Inside the Zig Zag Gift bag you will find the treat!

Here is the "coffee cup" opened:

I used a band of Banana patterned paper for the outside of my Zig Zag bag. I stamped "my friend" in Ocean ink. The balloon is from the Sizzix Triplits Balloon set from blue and green glitter paper.

I made the cup from the die that comes in the set. I folded my Gingersnap card stock in half and left a small area at the top above the cut line so I would end up with a folded card.

I then cut the patterned coffee paper again and glued it onto top of the card. I cut the coffee cup one more time in gingersnap and trimmed the top to fit the card. 

Happy Birthday was stamped at the top with Chocolate ink.

The gift card is a little larger than the bottom of the "coffee cup" but I think it still turns into a cute gift package!

I die cut and stamped the front of the card using Banana card stock and Chocolate ink. 

I had to add the little coffee cup on the back along with my stamp:

Thanks for stopping by!

Card stock:
Gingersnap and YAY paper pad

I am entering this gift card in the WAW #326-327 Anything Goes challenge.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Butterfly2stamp with The Stamps of Life


Today I have a card to share featuring the monthly Stamp set from The Stamps of Life:

I had so much fun making this card! I decided to use a masking technique. I began by die cutting the butterfly shape with several sticky notes. 

I stamped the first butterfly in the bottom middle. After that one, I put a mask on that butterfly and continued stamping them all around, carefully covering each previous butterfly.

I intentionally left three of the butterfly empty in the center of each one. When everything was stamped, I added Glow in the Dark embossing powder from Lawn Fawn! Yes, Glow in the dark!

See this photo for the results:

The center of the butterflies and the word on the tag Glow!

Here is the finished card with ribbon and a tag I made that also features the word GLOW.

Here is the inside of the card that tells the recipient the card glows:

Thanks for stopping by!

I am entering this card in the SSS Monday Challenge Easter/Spring Inspiration challenge and WAW #324-325 Anything Goes.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hello card - Papertrey Ink Make It Monday # 314 Color Wheel Card

Hi there!

We have begun an addition to our house (that will include a craft room yay!) so time has been tight this past week.

I was able to quickly make a card for PTI Make It Monday #315 Color Wheel Card challenge.

Lexi featured a great video this week! Check it out.

I immediately thought Brushed off would be a good set to make a color wheel:

After stamping the "wheel" I added a white circle stamped with a birthday sentiment. The large Hello was cut from a piece of Luxe Gold Adhesive Sheet. I love this gold paper. It is my favorite gold paper EVER. 

You can see a little of the shine here:

I added several sequins because I got the tiniest but of ink at the top (of course!) There is alway peril using white card stock! Haha. 

I mounted the white on True Black and a Fine Linen card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Brushed off stamp set
Stampin' Ink pads
White Linen Card stock
Fine Linen Card stock
True Black Card Stock
Luxe Gold Adhesive Sheets
Small Clear Sequins

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Tickets2stamp with The Stamps of Life


I wanted to share a card I created today using a stamp set called Tickets2stamps from the Stamps of Life.

I began by using my Misti to stamp the tickets in black. After that, I went back with an assortment of colors - Strawberry, Tangerine, Ocean, Kiwi and Grape to fill the spaces.

You will notice in this picture there are no tickets yet in the middle. 

I decided to die cut a string of three tickets in Tangerine card stock. I stamped those with some small images from a couple of Stamps of Life mini sets. 

Here is what the card will look like when the person opens it:

Here is the interactive part of this card:

Just a fun little twist! I mounted to white card stock to a piece of black and white polka dot paper and added the Tangerine seam binding. 

I finished by adding it all to an Ocean card base.

SUPPLIES USED (stamps of life)
Powdered sugar card stock
Licorice, Tangerine, Ocean, Kiwi, Strawberry and Grape ink
Tickets2stamp stamps and dies
Tangerine Seam Binding

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I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

"Happy Pearday" with The Stamps of Life and Pear2stamp

Hi there!

Today I played with some with alcohol inks:

I began by adding three alcohol inks to Yupo Paper. Yupo is a synthetic paper that works well with this medium. I added drops in random spots on the paper and spread it out by using my Tim Holtz marker spritzer. It works really well! I saw the idea of using this tool over on Stephanie's blog. She also mentioned that if you lay on the alcohol ink fairly thick it will be sticky afterwards. 

I remember the stickiness from the time I made homemade Easter eggs. When I finished creating this background, I laid a piece of Decofoil on top and a little of it stuck to the card stock leaving a little sparkle behind! (Also Stephanie's idea!)

After creating this, I trimmed it down to fit an A2 card base of Kiwi card stock. 

I pulled out my Pear2stamp set and stamped and die cut one pear. I added it to the background but added a strip of Strawberry card stock to break it up a little. I stamped the sentiment on a white label and thought it was too plain so I added some decofoil glue around the edges and once it dried for about 30 seconds, I laid the piece of foil on top. It left behind a little rustic border of shine!

You have to look closely - but you can see it! This was hard to photograph- 

I tied on some strawberry gingham ribbon to finish.

SUPPLIES USED (The Stamps of Life)
Yupo Paper
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks (Dandelion, Coral and Pistachio - Key West trio)
Pear2stamp stamp and die set
Kiwi ink
Deco Foil
Kiwi Card stock
Green Apple Card stock
Clear Wink of Stella 
Strawberry Gingham ribbon

Thank you for stopping by!!!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Succulents2Stamp with The Stamps of Life

Hi there!

Today I wanted to share a card using the Succulents2stamp from The Stamps of Life:

This card began with some ink blending on a piece of Bristol card stock. I prefer this card stock for blending because it takes the ink really well and allows you some time to work with it before it soaks all the way in to the paper. I have had more success with this paper than regular card stock.

I used mostly purples and a little blue. I wanted a darker shade to represent more of a twilight scene. 

I used the wave die from Sailboat Dies to cut the brown base and I inserted several cacti behind it. I added a piece of artichoke ribbon and another succulent. The "ouch" sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set.

The final thing I added was a trio of matte brown epoxy dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

Artichoke Card stock
Green Apple Card Stock
Kiwi Card Stock
Bristol Card stock
Distress inks

I am entering this card in the following challenges: