Friday, September 20, 2019

Go Cowboys! Featuring The Stamp Market Letter Board Dies

Football season in finally here! Some of you probably won't care to read about why I made football cards, so let me tell you what I used to make them and then if you want to keep reading, please do. These cards were super quick and easy.  I used patterned paper to make the background and the Stamp Market Letterboard die set to make the signs.  Simple, but effective for a masculine card.

Now, why I made these cards. I am an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. My dad was born in Texas and I was raised watching the Cowboys play on Sundays with him. When I was 6 I had pajamas that said "Future Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader ", and while that dream was not realized I like to think of myself as one.

I love the Cowboys, win or lose and the connection it has with my dad. My sister is also a fan, so "GO COWBOYS" is almost a greeting in our family this time of year.

My man is a Cleveland Browns fan (I don't understand it), but he is and I love him anyway.

I thought I would like to make cards for my Dad and sweetheart to celebrate the beginning of what I hope will a winning season for the two teams and many more memories of the time and fun teasing we will have this year.


I'm going to link these cards up to the Simon Says Stamp The Stamp Market linky party.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Peace in Our Hearts - Some Early Christmas Cards Featuring a Concord & 9th Background

When I saw the Concord and 9th Woven Plaid background stamp, I knew I needed it to make a card with a similar design.  My mom's favorite colors are navy and pink and I wanted to make a card close to a Navy flair.  This card is the result using my Papertrey Ink Beautiful Berries - Winter stamp set as accents.  The Shape Shifters Circle 4 die is also Papertrey Ink.  Easy to make with my MISTI, I was able to put together a baker's dozen pretty quickly.

I'm going to link this up to the Simon Says Stamp link party for Concord & 9th.  Check it out.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rainbow Wishes - A Concord and 9th Tribute Set of Cards

In preparation for the 10th anniversary of Stamptember, Andie and I decided we would make cards to recognize some of our favorite stamp manufacturers. I have really fallen in love with Concord & 9th and so I selected the Rainbow Wishes stamps and dies for my first effort. I have been challenging myself to use Fabriano's black mixed media or the new Stonehenge black watercolor paper in projects over the last few weeks and thought the  would be a great option. I love the stamps, but ultimately, rainbows on black paper just seems to fall short. Even using Distress Oxides to stamp the images, it just isn't working for me. I tried to brighten the background with some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink, but I was still not feeling it.  What do you think about using black cardstock or watercolor paper?

I decided to use the stamps and dies in a more traditional way.  The rainbow just pops more using the white cardstock. I used the Distress Archival inks for these and I have to tell you the colors are beautiful.  I hope Ranger makes more Distress Archival colors soon.  Ultimately, with the exception of one all of these cards are going to a local card drive. Hopefully,  the recipients will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.

I'm going to link this up to the Simon Says Stamp Concord & 9th link party  Check it out.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

A Simple Notecard Featuring Mama Elephant's Hogs and Kisses Stamp Set

I needed to make a simple notecard for my sweetheart, and since he is a fan of the pig, I couldn't resist these little pigs in Mama Elephant's Hogs and Kisses stamp set.

The cards are simple and use some tried and true techniques and products.  The images were stamped and masked on Bristol Smooth cardstock and the background is a simple layer of Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Ink.

The images were colored using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens.  The circular shape of the cards came from Spellbinders and Pretty Pink Posh dies that I have had for years now, but they are classics.

I simply cut a second piece and scored about 1/2 inch down then glued the two pieces together.

I think my favorite is the brown and gray pair.

I'm going to link this up to the Simon Says Stamp Mama Elephant linky party.  Check it out.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Let It Snow! Winter Seasonal Cards Featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Living in the Arizona desert makes it very challenging to think about snow or even winter when it is still 110 degrees outside. But, I thought I have already finished my Christmas cards for this year and I decided to make some cards with more general winter sentiments for my friends that celebrate in other ways during the holiday season.

I used the Honey Bee Jingle All The Way stamp set to make these quick and easy winter themed cards.  Some Distress Oxide blending with Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China made the backgrounds so pretty.  I used Ranger's Halographic and Silver Tinsel embossing powders for the sentiment and snowflakes.

I wish you could see how shiny these are.

What time if year is most challenging for your creativity?

I'm going to link this up to the Simon Says Stamp Honey Bee Stamps linky party.  Check it out.