Category Archives: General Cards

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/.

Thanks for visiting.


Pivot Pop-up Mice

Card front
  • Stamps and Dies:
    • Lawn Fawn: Dandy Lion, Wavy Sayings, Simple Wavy Banners, Super Star, Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables, and Pivot Pop-Up
  • Patterned papers: Lawn Fawn
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock
Looks like a surprise inside!

I had never made a card with this clever pivot pop-up mechanism that I cut out with the Lawn Fawn die so-named. Not only do the mice provide a major cuteness factor, the way the inside of the card pops-out is a really fun surprise! I colored all of the critters and dandelions with Copic markers.

The inside of this card, fully deployed!

It pops out with such dimension, but it folds very flat so it is easy to pop in an envelope and mail! And so I did. I made this for a card exchange and sent it off to an online friend in Ontario, Canada.

Wishing you a happy day, full of smiles and surprises! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: The Mod Squad – Get Your Happy On Challenge


Happy Day Floral

  • Stamps –
    • Ranger – Dina Wakley Media “Always Flowers”
    • Inky Antics “Little Greeting”
  • Patterned papers –
    • Lawn Fawn “Spiffy Speckles – Strawberry Frosting” and “Spring Fling-Debbie”
    • BoBunny “Serendipity”
  • Dies – Art Impressions “Banner Double Stitched Dies
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Raffia – May Arts
  • Inks –
    • Versafine Clair – Twilight
    • Ranger – Tim Holtz Distress – Twisted Citron

This was a fun card to make. I am a huge fan of Dina Wakley and her lovely floral stamps. I designed this card for a recent class I taught at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem. I hadn’t done any paper piecing in a long time, but it worked quite well with this stamp. I stamped the flower onto the patterned papers in black ink and fussy-cut the flower from the pink and the stem and leaves from the green. I edged all of the pieces, including the die-cut banners, in Twisted Citron Distress Ink to bring out the same color as the leaves. Then I layered all of the pieces together and tied a bow around the top of the (top folding) card with pink raffia. Thanks for visiting.

 

 

 


I am a cat person!

 

  • Stamps – Dreamerland Crafts:
    • D19011 I am a cat person
    • M18310 Tree trunks & small leaves
    • M18307 Flower beds
    • M18305 Clouds
  • Die – Whimsy Stamps – Notched Squares Die Set
  • Die – Spellbinders – Hello Expressions
  • Copic markers
  • StazOn Pigment ink pad – Snowflake
  • Ranger Distress ink – Broken China
  • Gina K ink pads
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Sequins

I created this card using a variety of stamps from a company that is new to me. Christy and I were thrilled to meet Dreamerland Crafts owners at Creativation in January. They are delightful and we really enjoyed talking to them and getting acquainted with their stamps. I used four different sets to create the scene on this card. I colored the girl, cat, and ground with Copic markers, and the tree and flower bed is created with Gina K ink pads. The clouds were stamped with white StazOn ink with just a smidge of Broken China ink to give an indication of clouds in the sky. Thanks for visiting.


Hello! Stenciled card

 

  • Die and stamp set – Spellbinders – Hello Expressions
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop – TCW829 Heartful Flower by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
  • Ink – StazOn Pigment – Snowflake
  • Posca paint markers
  • Cardstock – black and turquoise

Surprise! I’m finally posting!

I created this card as a sample for a demo I’m doing. I will be creating cards from stenciled backgrounds at Runaway Art and Craft Studio during a demonstration at First Wednesday on May 1st. First Wednesday, sponsored by Salem Main Street Association, is a monthly celebration in downtown Salem during which businesses open their doors to celebrate with the community. While I am stenciling and making cards, Christy is art journaling and Robin will be sharing her illustrated coloring posters.

I began this card by applying white ink through a stencil onto black cardstock to create the base design. I then added color by drawing dots around the stenciled design with Posca acrylic paint markers. I layered the die-cuts and popped it up with dimensional adhesive above the stamped sentiment and then adhered the whole card front onto a turquoise card base.

Thanks for stopping by.

 


Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • PaperArtsy – JOFY 62
    • Hero Arts – CM335 – Hero Greetings Sending Smiles
  • Stencil – PaperArtsy PS130 (Design by JOFY)
  • Acrylic Paints – PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylics: Sherbet, Bougainvillea, Vanilla, Antarctic, Glacier Ice
  • Watercolors – Prima Tropicals set
  • Embossing Powder – Stampendous Detail White
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Brad – Lasting Impressions
  • Posca pens (black and white)

I created this mixed media card in phases. First I stamped out the flower stamps onto watercolor paper with Archival ink and added color with some watercolors. Once dry, I colored in areas with black and white Posca pens and added a few doodles of my own. After fussy-cutting the flowers out, I began working on the background. I made a number of gel plate prints using PaperArtsy Fresco paints and the JOFY stencil that matched the flower stamps. I selected one that I made with a small plate that framed the flowers nicely, then doodled around the perimeter and trimmed it out. I layered the flowers together and attached them in the center with a brad. I finished the card by adhering the flower to the background and adding a sentiment that I heat embossed. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey – Put Your Stamp On It Challenge


Today is a new day!

  • Stamp – Art Gone Wild / Catherine Scanlon Designs – Say It
  • Washi tape -Queen & Company
  • Patterned cardstock – BoBunny
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Embossing powder – Stampendous – Detail White

I really like the strong lines in this card design and really had fun interpreting the sketch. The sketch is the current sketch at the Case This Sketch site. I created the bold lines with washi tape using the dotted cardstock as a base. I then heat embossed the sentiment so that it would match the black and white of many of the elements. Very simple, but I was pleased with the outcome. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Case This Sketch #304

 


You’re special to me

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box – Flicker Hearts
    • Spellbinders – Romantic Rectangles
  • Stamp – Technique Tuesday – Dogwood
  • Patterned paper – Prima Marketing / Julie Nutting – Blush
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m still embracing creating cards that are different from the Christmas cards that I concentrated on during the last month or two. It is fun to pull out some different supplies! For this I pulled some scraps together and used some pretty dies in my stash to create a simple card. This will be added to the box I’m putting together with cardmaking friends to send to a military unit (for the soldiers to send home to their friends and families). Thanks for stopping by.

By the way, my new friend pictured to the right of my card was a Christmas gift. Is he cute or what?! He is such a good model that he may appear in more upcoming photos! Thanks, Rene’!

Challenge: Your Next Stamp – Fun Friday Challenge #104 Anything Goes

 


Shoot for the Moon

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas – Constellation Prize
  • Dies – Spellbinders – Curvy Labels
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park – Fine and Dandy
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Happy New Year! I created this card for a challenge I was hosting today for an online cardmaking group. It was my first card of 2019. It had been a while since I created a card using patterned papers, especially one that wasn’t for the holidays! So it was fun to put this together. I colored the cute penguin image with Copic markers and layered the patterned papers. Very simple, but bright and cheery! Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful 2019.

Challenge – Two Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #22 – Anything Goes

 


Celebrate with a parade

  • Stamps –
    • Paper Parachute “Parade #2”
    • Technique Tuesday “Amaryllis” (Celebrate sentiment)
  • Stencils – Stampendous/Tim Holtz: Feather, Hearts, Thatched, Countdown
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks – Picked Raspberries, Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, Antique Linen
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs

I created this card from experiments done after reviewing the March 2018 issue of Craft Stamper Magazine. I created the background by applying several colors of Distress Oxide inks with a foam applicator, radiating from the center. I then stenciled over the inked sections with more Distress Oxide inks, sometimes just concentrating more ink over the same color and sometimes with a contrasting color. I then splattered a bit of water onto the background, illustrating the beauty of Oxide inks. Once it was dry, I stamped the main image onto the background with black Versafine ink, added the sentiment with dimensional adhesive, and scattered a few sequins around the cast of characters. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Just Add Ink Challenge #420 (Inspiration)

Block Quick Quotes Friday Challenge #90 – Add A Creature