Category Archives: General Cards

Cerebral Squirrels: Thinking of You

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box “Busy Squirrels” and “Playful Squirrels”
    • Simon Says Stamp “Maple Leaf Corner”
    • Creative Expressions Craft Dies “Atlantic Ocean Collection – Cape Verde”
  • Stamp – Inkadinkado Personal Expressions “Expressions”
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I enjoy making Fall cards. When October begins, I think of leaves changing colors, my birthday (hee hee), pumpkins, and squirrels scampering. So I decided to make a card featuring squirrels scampering among the Fall leaves. I’ll probably send this to my son at college, who enjoys all things squirrel.

For this card, I die cut all of the Memory Box pieces from white cardstock and then used Distress Inks to color them. I cut the maple leaf die in the corner twice so I could inlay the contrasting color in some of the leaves. All of the supplies I used for this card have been in my stash for a long time, particularly the sentiment stamp that appears to be made in 2006! Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says Thinking of You (featuring Memory Box)

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group – Challenge #82 Fall is in the Air

 

 

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Watercolor Butterflies – Hello

  • Stamps – Penny Black “Butterfly Trio”
  • Die – Technique Tuesday “Crocus” set
  • Enamel dots – Teresa Collins Designs
  • Zig Clean Color markers
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock

After stamping the butterflies onto watercolor paper, I began watercoloring the background for this card using ink from the Zig Clean Color markers and a waterbrush. I added layers of color until I was happy with the look. Then I colored the butterflies with the markers and waterbrush  as well, and added the die-cut and dots. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers October Watercolour Challenge

 

 


Smiling Laurel Burch Cat

  • Stamps –
    • Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
    • Justrite Papercraft, Inc. “Winged Vintage Labels Two & Three”
  • Stencil – from Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats” set
  • Dies – Stampendous Laurel Burch “Indigo Cats”
  • Ranger Texture paste – transparent matte
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans, Broken China
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica ink spray – Buttercup
  • Copic markers
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Bristol and Cardstock

This is a card I entered in the Oregon State Fair Paper Arts competition and it won a first place in the mixed media category. Yay, me! I spent a lot of time layering the Distress Oxide inks and texture paste. The stamp set comes with a stencil that I used, that matches the geometric shapes in the cat stamps. I added the mica spray ink for some shine and contrast.  I colored the cat and butterflies with Copic markers, attached them to the background and finished if off with sequins to repeat the yellow from the spray. I really enjoyed making this card and playing with such a variety of media. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Crafty Awesomeness Challenge September 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 


Eclipse Day: Sunny Wishes

  • Stamps – Darcie’s set JCS165
  • Dies –
    • My Favorite Things Die-namics #466 – “Sun, Moon & Stars”
    • Little B “Circles”
    • Spellbinders Edgeabilities “Classic Ric Rac”
  • Patterned papers
    • Echo Park “A Perfect Summer: Chevrons”
    • KaiserCraft Ubud Dreams (from 6-1/2″ paper pad)
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents

In honor of the solar eclipse we experienced here in the path of totality, I made a card featuring the sun! I used a stamp set I’ve had for a number of years by Darcie’s. It was fun to repeat the sun’s rays with the die-cut from My Favorite Things and repeat the chevron from the paper with the die-cut made with the Spellbinder’s Ric Rac die. The sequins are an iridescent yellow, but they look pretty orange in the photo. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers – August Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

 

 


Give Me Coffee…

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Big Cups”
  • Dies – The Cat’s Pajamas “Scalloped Duo Dies”
  • Stencil – Stencil Girl Products S319 – “Scribble Blooms”
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxide inks: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, and Worn Lipstick. Ranger Distress Inks: Mustard Seed and Dried Marigold
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill
  • Copic markers

I created the handmade background using Distress Oxide inks through a stencil and repeated the Summer colors with papers and Distress inks. The penguin was colored with Copic markers and popped up to add dimension. The sentiment stamp and the penguin are from the same set from The Cat’s Pajamas–I always like the sentiments! I am pleased to participate in the 2017 Summer Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop. Thanks for stopping by.


Graduating Penguins

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Jump for Joy” set
  • Die – Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations “Celebrate” set
  • Patterned paper – Simple Stories “Graduation Day”
  • Embossing folder – cArt-Us “Roses”
  • Hot Off the Press Dazzles – Black Jewel Borders
  • Little B Washi tape
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Paper Accents
  • Copic markers

My son graduated  from high school this year, so I found myself making a number of graduation cards for him and his friends. One of the symbols from their school was the rose, so I was pleased to pull out the rose embossing folder to incorporate into the design. I also had the penguin graduate stamp set already. I colored the penguins and their accessories with Copics and played around with placement of the papers to make these two cards. I used touches of the school colors, blue and red, in the layers. Thanks for visiting.

Challenges:

Cutie Pie Challenge #112 – All Creatures Great and Small

Color Inspiration Monthly Link-up 23 – Anything goes with a hand-colored image

 

Crafting from the Heart Challenge #165 – Anything goes


A bit of fragrance

  • Stamps – Ranger – Dina Wakley Media “Scribbly Flowers” (flower and sentiment)
  • Paint – Dina Wakley Media acrylic paints
  • Dina Wakley Media scribble sticks
  • Dina Wakley Media Tape
  • Washi tape
  • Hampton Art KI Memories Yellow gems
  • Handmade paper – Teal
  • Cardstock – Black – Bazzill

I created this brightly colored,  mixed media card by brushing on acrylic paints in the background, and accenting the stamped image with Scribble Sticks. I stamped the quote on Dina’s Media Tape, which is sort of like homemade Washi tape (I scribbled on it also). I added a thin strip of patterned Washi tape I had in my stash as well. I’m entering this card in the Creative Artiste’s Challenge #26, which is to create using mixed media. Thanks for visiting.