Friday, February 16, 2018

Cards Using Art Impressions Rustic Cabins and Fir Trees Stamp Set

So, I picked up the Art Impressions Rustic Cabins stamp set at one of the craft shows last fall.  They sat around unused for a bit.  I can't explain why because I simply love them.  I can only say that I've been distracted by shiny new stamps and left these to languish.

This tiny cabin is my favorite.  A little tough to get the brush strokes right, but when I did the result was fantastic.  Ultimately, I "painted" a set of four cards for my SIL who actually owns a cabin in the woods in Eastern Arizona.  Her cabin is nicer than these, but I hope she'll still put them to good use.

I used my Distress Inks for the watercoloring.  If you haven't tried out out the watercolor stamps from Art Impressions, my suggestion is that you do.  They are easy to use, forgiving for a hack like me and create a wonderful scene.  Some of the most relaxing times spent crafting are with my Art Impressions watercolor stamps.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

A couple of girlfriends saw this post and asked if they could come one night and make some Valentine's for their work chums.  I, of course, said yes and promptly began some die cutting using my Honey Bee Coffee Cup card die and Papertrey Ink You Have My Heart die so that we would have plenty of pieces to put together.

I used various leftover pieces from paper packs that have coordinating solid and patterned paper and then we stamped the heart and valentine sentiment to coordinate with the shade or pink in the card.  Sorry for the photo quality - I had to snap these in artificial light because my friends took them home to hand out. 

We find ourselves celebrating the day of love again.  I hope those in your life shower you with love and attention today!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Wedding Shower Card Using Concord and 9th Blooms Fill-in

My nephew is getting married in South Carolina in a few weeks and I, delightfully, was invited to the bride's wedding shower.  Sadly, I could not make it, but collaborated with my SIL's to combine for a very nice shower gift from the 5 families and offered to make the card for the shower. 

Kelsey's shower was billed as a tea party and I couldn't resist pulling out my Papertrey Ink Tea for Two stamp set to coordinate with my Concord and 9th Blooms Fill-in stamp and die set.  The invitation was a combination of pink, lime green and grey/black.  I think we did a halfway good job mimicking the style...

On the inside, a simple sentiment that leaves room for a nice note from all of us who cannot attend, but send our love.  This was super fun and I'm now thinking through the wedding celebration card for a similar set up - we're going together again to get one of the nicer gifts on the registry and I get the pleasure of "representing" by making the card by hand.  Ooooh, I've ideas...

Friday, February 9, 2018

Pink Blooming Bunch Birthday Card

I'm back to share a pink version of the card I made earlier this week using my Studio Katia Blooming Bunch stamp set.  Same basic design - so I can add this card to the stash and use it in the weeks to come.  Colored with Zig Clean Color Brush markers on Bristol cardstock and finished with some Studio Katia crystals this time.  There is no way to show off the shine these delicate little crystals add.  My photography just isn't that good!

Hope your week is ending on a strong and satisfying note.  This card sure fit the bill for me.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Would a Cupcake Help???

So, I picked up these two stamps at a local Rubber Stamp show from Stamps By Judith and Heather.  They have sat languishing in the stash low these many months and I decided to campaign their use for a set of cards.

I was just so tickled by the sentiment - many of their stamps have clever or witty sayings and this seemed to cover a multitude of uses.  They are rubber stamps, something I try hard not to buy because storage is such an issue.  However, they stamp perfectly.

Ultimately, I decided to stamp with Archival black ink onto some white cardstock A2 top folding cards to create this one layer design.  I used my Zig Clean Color Brush markers to shade and color, topping with a glitter brush marker.

This last didn't quite turn out, but I left it in so you can always know that I'm not perfect :)

These were a delightful departure from my usual and now I have a set of cards to send for an open ended occasion.  Perfect!

What supplies do you have that you need to put to good use?