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Monday, May 22, 2017

A Season of Graduation Cards





Here's another entry in the plethora of graduation cards that I've made.  I was inspired by this pin and found the making of this card simple and quick.  I used my Impression Obsession Hollyhocks die to cut the flowers out of white cardstock.  The rest is just bits and pieces from the stash.



On the inside, a simple sentiment from a wooden stamp from the stash.  Trying to keep things simple - because the occasion warrants and because I need to make a bunch more of these.  I hope your month is going well - mine is going quickly as we race towards the end of high school for my daughter.  Enjoy!








Saturday, May 20, 2017

Flying High Graduation Card


Since my daughter is graduating from high school this year, we have quite a few young ladies who we know that are graduating too.  This is a good occasion to send a card and so I have lots of different designs in mind and am busy making those cards.

This creation is using a very old stamp set that I won online over five years ago.  I clear embossed the balloons with a brown ink basket onto some Bristol paper.  I then used my Zig markers to color the images. The background was dry embossed with a Swiss dot pattern and colored with some Salty Ocean Distress Ink.

A simple sentiment inside with a black card base - unusual for me, but fitting the ceremony of the card.

This card didn't turn out quite the way that I wanted so I'm going back to the drawing board to give it another go.  I've this new design in mind for the card for my daughter, so mums the word!





Thursday, May 18, 2017

Graduation Party Invitations


So, my youngest graduates high school later this year.  I can't actually believe that she is old enough, but you can trust me - she's old enough!  It is that time when you fear losing them and eagerly anticipate them leaving - a very odd mixture of emotion.

Either way, I couldn't resist making the invitations for her graduation party.  I asked her to Pinterest something that she liked and we'd use that as a theme.  I actually got these made before I realized the stripes and color combination are all very Kate Spade.  A huge thank you out to Kate Spade, I guess.

The stripes were stamped from homemade strips of fun foam cut into stripes and temporarily adhered to my MISTI.  I had to stamp multiple times to get those solid black lines, but I did it - 45 times!  The flowers are made using my Peony Bouquet stamp and dies - they are really lovely, don't you think?!


There will be more party stuff, I just need to get a few other activities out of my way.  I'll hope to post those projects soon.

I'm going to enter this card into the May Photo Inspiration challenge over at Altenew's blog and into Word Art Wednesday's challenge week 282/283: Anything Goes.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

An Out of This World Birthday Card


I'm stopping in to share a card totally perfect for those young men in your life.  This is a departure from the fru-fru mother's day cards that I've been sharing and comes to you from Brandy's handiwork.  The background is a watercolor night sky using this technique.  Perfectly paired with the stamped planets, this card has so much to look at.  Can you tell that Brandy used actual images of the planets as inspiration in order to get realistic colors and styling?

So wonderful, please join me in a round of applause for Brandy's handiwork.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Textured Cards


This is the last in the series of Mother's Day cards being brought to you on this Mother's Day.  I used an old Stampin' Up stamp for the sentiment frame onto Bristol and colored with my Zig Clean Color brushes.  Simple textured backgrounds set off the focal point keeping the design simple.  I didn't get a photo, but I printed out common card sayings on the inside for this set - giving the sender something pre-printed to say.


As you can see, I toyed a bit on background colors, etc. just to have a bit of fun.

Happy Mother's Day to you and all the mothers in your life.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day Cards


I'm shaking up the flower theme of Mother's Day cards and went with a new-to-me Sizzix butterfly die cut to keep the watercolor background of this card the highlight.  I used my MISTI Creative Corners set to stamp the sentiment on the card front at an angle.  The triangle from the Creative Corners made stamping accurately easy and quick.

The watercolors were made using my Mission Gold watercolors which give a vibrant finish, one that I can't stop oogling over.  Super fun, super simple and some more to add to the stash being sold at the fundraiser.


This card front was made using my Zig Starry Colors glitter watercolors.  The picture doesn't do it justice, this is sparkle heaven!




Another simple sentiment on the inside leaving the sender a place to write a heartfelt note.  How is your card making coming?  Are you celebrating the big day?  I'm stopping by some of your blogs to check it out!









Tuesday, May 9, 2017

National Scrapbook Day


Saturday was National Scrapbook Day. Brandy was so kind she invited me to her house for a scrapbook party - mind you not a card making party which is what I now mostly do.  A scrapbook party.  Brandy and I met through scrapbooking - attending a CK Scrapbook Convention 13 years ago this spring together.  At the time, I really wasn't into papercrafting at all.  Scrapbooking with Brandy became a hobby and turned into card making as my kids grew older and I fell in love with stamping.

Brandy didn't miss the opportunity to be kind (she's just like that!) so she had this small gift set out for me with the pretty little gift card - handmade by Brandy.  Boy, did I feel special!


So, I decided to jump right in and use those supplies.  They didn't fit the scrapbook pages I was working on so Imade this card.  The gold edges are made using that fantastic teal and gold tape.  White embossed sentiment on black cardstock makes this card a graphic delight.  Well out of my normal style, which is a nice departure.  I'm so grateful to Brandy for her gift and her friendship.  I've some Mother's Day cards to post, but I'll promise to eventually photograph and post pictures of my pages made at our scrapbook party.

What have you done lately to celebrate your craft?


Sunday, May 7, 2017

More on the Mother's Day Theme


Oh how I love my Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp and dies.  Of all my layering flower stamp sets, this set is the easiest to use and get the best results.  This card turned out exactly as I visioned it.  The background die was cut using my Heartfelt Creations Raindrops on Roses die - now retired.  I used the faux metal technique, which has become a go-to, too create the shiny gold die cut.  I added gold glitter watercolor splatters using my Zig Starry Colors.

Some gold sequins finish off this card,  Of all the cards, this was my favorite to make - because the stamp set is so fun, because I always love the watercolor and because gold and a rose pink is really working on me recently.

Here's hoping your mother's day card making endeavors are going well!

Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 280/281 Anything Goes


Simon Says Stamp's Simon Says A Hint of Pink


Friday, May 5, 2017

Yours Truly for Mother's Day





I had some sparkly mint paper left over from another project and decided to be inspired by the rose pink and mint combination.  I had seen a Pinterest Pin with a similar layout, but different pieces and thought that my Papertrey Ink Fresh Floral Wrap Ups stamp and dies would work well.  I'm really pleased with how this card set turned out.




On the inside - a sentiment stamped in matching ink. Keeping the sentiments simple, I think encourages the giver write a sentimental note and/or leave less said if your relationship with your mom is a bit strained or difficult.  Since I meant to include these in the cards for the fundraiser sale, I followed this consideration.

They look so yummy all together.  I really enjoyed making these cards and have a few more to share with you.  I'm struggling to find time to edit photos and get them posted.  I'll keep focused and hopefully be back soon.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge - Week 360 - You Can Do It
Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 280/281 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp's Simon Says A Hint of Pink



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Popping Up to Wish a Happy Mother's Day


I picked up one of the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Card Pop-Up die because Nicole Spohr is so very inspiring.  I thought the first best use would be to make some Mother's day cards and here's my effort.


I used my Simon Says Stamp's Spring Flowers stamp.  I white heat embossed the flowers on some watercolor paper and used my Mission Gold watercolors to color them before fussy cutting them out.   The sentiment is a combination of stamps and my SSS Tilted Banners die.


The dies make it so easy to put these cards together.  I look forward to making more cards from this die set and then filling them with various different themed die cuts.  So fun.

I added these to those cards for the card sale and imagine the purchaser's excitement and the recipient's joy.

I'm linking up to the following challenges:

For a Special Lady
Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 280/281 Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp's Simon Says A Hint of Pink


Monday, May 1, 2017

Just for the Sheer Joy of It Card


Sharing this card that Brandy made just for the fun of it.  She related a story about a trip to Michael's recently.  A package of washi tape made her happy and she just knew that for $10 with a 60% off coupon you cannot leave that kind of happiness behind.

The idea for this card was instant and since it made her so happy, she sent it off to the receipient because she also wanted them to be happy!  The card was made using the "ink smooshing" technique with Distress in for the background.  There is some Zig Starry Colors gold glitter watercolor splattered on the background if you look close enough.

Inspired!



Saturday, April 29, 2017

You are So Beautiful - A Card Set


Last year at the place I worked, there was a Mother's Day card sale that I made cards for.  It was a fundraiser and I don't just mean that the money went to a good charity!  I am so blessed, they asked me to join again this year!  You'll probably get tired of seeing flowery mother's day cards, but I'm determined to share all of them with you.

This card was made using my Altenew Oriental Orchids stamp set.  I was inspired by my real life orchids that are currently blooming.  I had 8 (yes 8!) blooms on my plant and so I went for the same on this card.  I used Hero Arts inks on Bristol paper and then watercolored some for the background colors.  A delicate die cut to create a frame for my flowers and some sequins finish the card off.






On the inside, a simple sentiment to leave room for a heartfelt note - in coordinating pink no less.  I decided to play a little bit on the background watercoloring and matching different colors behind the die cuts.  All in all, a full set was sent for the sale.






Isn't it interesting how different the card looks by just changing up the background color?  Makes the flowers just a bit more vibrant.  You might be able to pick up on the sparkle - I covered all flowers using my Spectrum Noir glitter pen.  They look great in public, but these pictures don't really do it justice.

I'm entering these cards in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday's Challenge 280/281: Anything Goes

Come join the fun.