Watercolor Poinsettia

I usually procrastinate in making Christmas cards in a timely manner, but my friend Barb challenged an online group of us to make a card with a poinsettia and I thought I should join in! I was sort of surprised that with all of the stamps I own, this set is the only one I found that had poinsettias, and it had two different ones.

Supplies used:

~ Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Yuletide Gatherings CMS390 (poinsettia) and Modern Christmas CMS388 (sentiment)

~ Authentique Magical Collection – Magical Five

~ Karin Brushmarker Pro markers

~ Metallic gold watercolor and gold twine

I have been wanting to test out the Karin Brushmarkers direct to the rubber stamp and this one was a great candidate. These markers are great for watercolor and have a brush tip, so they are perfect for applying color to a rubber stamp. For this one, I didn’t spritz the stamp with water before or after, and the image came out very nice and crisp. I was able to get three more impressions after this by adding water to the stamp. Here is how they looked:

So depending on the look you’d like to achieve, you can get a lot of impressions from one ink application, which is potentially a big time saver. As a result of this experiment, I have several images to work with for more cards. Always a plus!

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenges:

Christmas Flowers (November) – Moving Along with the Times Blog

Challenge #83 – Anything Christmas Goes – The Holly and Ivy Christmas


2020 Halloween Greetings

This is my most elaborate Halloween card this year. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but time got away from me and I just didn’t make many. I created this one for a swap that I participated in. We were to make a Halloween card that was a fun fold that the recipient could use for a decoration.

I had fun putting together several different Lawn Fawn stamp/die sets and patterned papers from different companies for a spooky night-time scene. I decided on a Z-fold card, and the beauty of this design is that it can stand up on its own but it folds up to easily fit into an envelope.

Supplies:

Lawn Fawn stamps and dies – Spooktacular, Hoppy Halloween, and Fox Costumes Before ‘n Afters and the Spooky Fence Border die

Papers – Authentique – Mysterious and Twilight collections, and Echo Park Bewitched collection (for the starry sky)

I colored the critters with Copic markers and backed the card with and cut the fence border from black cardstock.

This was very fun and quite easy to make. Have a Happy Halloween!

Entering this card in: Inkspirational Challenge #225 – Night


Sending Holiday Cheer, Penguin Style!

I created a clean and simple card with an adorable penguin designed by Stacey Yacula who is one of my favorite critter illustrators of all time! To find out more about her, please visit her site at http://www.staceyyacula.com/. This penguin, the sentiment and star cluster stamps all come from a My Favorite Things set from 2018, called Sweet Holiday Penguins. I used a card sketch from the latest My Favorite Things challenge: Wednesday Sketch Challenge #510. Here’s the sketch:

I used patterned paper from the Bella Blvd Merry Christmas collection. It seemed to be a perfect choice to me because the small white polka dots are not perfectly round and look like snowballs. I colored the penguin with Copic markers, keeping it simple and added a little bit of bling off his flipper to represent him sending the holiday cheer (or snow. or pixie dust).

Another holiday card completed! Hurray! I think this makes two, maybe three! Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #510.


World Cardmaking Day 2020

In my constant endeavor to find something positive in this highly unusual (okay, CRAZY!) year, at least we have a day dedicated to making cards! Right? So I spent today making a few gel plate prints and then I made three cards with some of them. Here’s what I did.

Above you can see the prints I made, using leaves from plants growing in my yard. Nothing exotic, to be sure! The difference in this gel printing experiment is that I used mini Distress Ink cubes direct to the gel plate to create kind of a geometric pattern. I didn’t brayer the ink out, but left it for a more distinct pattern.

I then placed the leaves on top of the inked plate and then pressed the paper over. Then I removed the paper and the leaves and replaced the paper, lining the paper onto the plate as it was before. This partially defined the leaves with remaining ink.

Here are the cards I made from the prints seen above.

I used sentiment dies respectively, from Sizzix, Elizabeth Craft Designs, and My Favorite Things. I layered the prints with cardstock and added some sequins. The center card also has ribbon and a border made with an EK Success “Fleur de Lis” border punch. I definitely shopped my stash with these cards!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy World Cardmaking Day!


You’re the Cream to my Coffee

Yesterday was National Coffee Day, but I wasn’t quick enough to post the card I made to celebrate coffee. It was fun to make a little scene with multiple stamp sets, and of course, to include lots of critters. I pulled mice from three different sets (and there are more!).

Here’s what I used:

– Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Dandy Day, Thanks A Latte, Crazy Antics and Really High Five

– Lawn Fawn die sets: Outside In Stitched Mug, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Simple Wavy Banners, Dandy Day, Crazy Antics and Really High Five

– Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection stamp set – Fragments

– Distress Inks: Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Tattered Rose

– Copic Markers

– Lawn Fawn Patterned Paper

– Cardstock

I colored each mouse with Copic markers and used Distress Inks to color the mug and sentiment background. I lightly inked the Tim Holtz stamp and spritzed it with water to stamp a light pattern onto the mug (see below).

I had lots of fun with this and I appreciate your stopping by to take a look.


Hexagonal Gel Print Cards

Recently I took advantage of the nice weather (pre-wildfire smoke) and wandered around in my yard to get some leaves to use for gel printing. Leaves are probably my favorite texture to add to paint of ink to create botanical prints. So I used Distress Oxide inks and brayered them onto my hexagon gel plate, then added leaves that I’d collected. Some time later, I added stamped or die-cut sentiments and a few insects and sequins and made some lovely, simple cards.

Here is a closer look at a few of them.

I associate leaves with Fall cards, so I imagine I’ll be doing some more of this! Thanks for visiting today.


Let’s Go Nuts!

I couldn’t wait to make this birthday card for my son! He turned 22 on Friday, but he still likes cute animals! Plus he will forever be known as “Chipmunk” from his YMCA camp counselor days, so all things squirrely seem appropriate!

The fun thing about this card is the way that by using this die to cut the trees, you can hide surprises behind the flaps (in this case, more squirrels!), to make it interactive.

I used the Lawn Fawn Let’s Go Nuts stamp and die sets and the Lift the Flap Tree Backdrop die.

I did some simple ink blending with Distress inks for the background prior to adhering the trees. I used Broken China for the top of the sky and then blended Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy and Broken China at the bottom. The sentiment is Squeezed Lemonade and Fired Brick.

I blended some Ground Espresso ink on the trees on the backdrop to make some subtle shadows. I colored the squirrels, wagon and acorn with Copic markers and created my scene by adhering everybody in the nooks and crannies and around the trees.

Thanks for visiting.


Life’s A Picnic with You

  • Stamp and die sets –
    • Lawn Fawn “Crazy Antics” and “Dandy Day”
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn “Large Slimline with Sliders,” “Slimline Stitched Hillside Borders,” and “Simple Puffy Cloud Frames”
  • Twine – Lawn Fawn Trimmings – Unicorn Tail
  • Cardstock

I had some fun with Lawn Fawn products today! All of the mice in their stamp designs are irresistible! I combined two different mouse-centric sets and three additional die sets as I put together this happy summer scene. And with a slimline card, you have lots of room to build! I colored all of the elements with Copic markers. Maybe today is a good day for a picnic, what do you think?

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Shopping our Stash Challenge #427 – Pile It On


I’m So Glad We’re Friends

  • Stamps –
    • Gina K. Designs – Autumn Wreath Builder
    • Newton’s Nook – Newton’s Birdhouse (sentiment)
  • Template – Gina K. Designs – Mini Wreath Builder Template
  • Inks – Altenew
  • Twine
  • Cardstock

There is something therapeutic about using the wreath builder template and stamps to create a wreath. There is a lot of repetition and the wreath slowly grows as you stamp. I stamped each of the stamps in a different color of Alenew ink until it built up the final wreath.

Thanks for visiting.


Relaxing on the beach card

This is my third card using the Cape Cod stamp set created by Jenn Shurkus. For more information on this versatile stamp set, see the photo and explanation below.

For this card, I created a little scene on the beach. The chairs, umbrella, footprints and sentiment are all from the Cape Code stamp set. I made the sand by adhering a tea bag to white card stock with gel medium to create a little texture and a pretty accurate sand color. I stamped the footprints ever so lightly on the sand since they should only indicate an impression. But they’re so light they are hard to detect in the photo! I had a scrap of the wave patterned paper left from a previous card that I though made a good ocean backdrop.

Supplies

  • Stamps – Cape Cod clear stamp set – Jenn Shurkus, Lawn Fawn – Wild for You (sentiment)
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn – Simple Puffy Cloud Frames and Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables; Simon Says Stamp – Stitched Rectangles
  • Tea bag
  • Dina Wakley Gel Medium
  • Copic markers
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay – Beach Huts

About the Cape Cod stamp set

Jenn Shurkus, who is a creative card maker and instructor, lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. For each set sold between June 15th- July 1st, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s website. She also has more samples of lovely cards she has made using this stamp set.

Love Live Local is an organization that has supported small businesses and artists on Cape Cod for a number of years now. They are the ones organizing the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. The Cape Cod Resilience Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer some relief from the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read more about them and the fund here: https://lovelivelocal.com/resilience/.

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