Tag Archives: cardmaking

Snowflake for the Holidays

  • Die – Sizzix/Tim Holtz – Flurry #2
  • Stamp – Lawn Fawn – Simply Winter Sentiments
  • Watercolors – Windsor & Newton
  • Silver mirror cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I created this card based on inspiration from Day 2 of Online Card Classes Clean & Simply Holiday class. You need to take the class to get all of the steps, but it was fun to get back with my watercolors again and a technique I learned long ago in college. I layered the watercolored panel onto a shiny piece of silver cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment for a bit of gloss and sheen. Thanks for stopping by.


Go forth and eat cake!

  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas – Forget About the Cake
  • Patterned paper – Prima Marketing – Julie Nutting – Blush
  • Twine – Doodlebug Designs
  • Felt button – Hero Arts Fancy Felt flower
  • Cardstock – Paper Arts and Bazzill
  • Rhinestones – Mark Richards Ltd. – 3mm pink
  • Copic markers

I created this card for a friend. I love the sentiment–eating cake is important on one’s birthday! I colored the stamped image with Copic markers and layered it up using the sketch listed below as a reference. I was really pleased with the way it turned out and that I was able to use everything from my stash. I’ve had most of the supplies for years! That makes a card even better! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge – Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 – Sketch #149:


Double-pleat fold birthday card

  • Dies – Spellbinders Swirl Happy Birthday Frame
  • Patterned paper – Graphic 45
  • Rhinestones
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling

I created this card using a folding technique I had never tried before. This is called a double-pleat fold. I belong to a cardmaking group online and periodically we propose challenges to the group. During our fifth anniversary celebration recently, someone had a challenge to create a card featuring a fancy fold. This is the fold I chose. At first I thought it would be really difficult, but once I read through the instructions, I was able to create it without problem. I adhered the frame die-cut down onto the card base and then added the pleated piece. Having double-sided paper for the pleated piece made it finished very nicely. Once that was all adhered, I topped it off with the sentiment die-cut, which is really striking. I love this die set from Spellbinders! I added a few rhinestones on points on the die-cuts to add a little sparkle. I really enjoyed this fold and will definitely make some more cards using it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge: Always Happy Birthday – November Challenge

 


Halloween + Cute Creatures

Today I’ve got a two-fer! I’ve made two Halloween cards with Lawn Fawn products featuring a number of cute creatures!

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn – Spooktacular
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn – Spooktacular, Stitched Windy Backdrop, Stitched Hillside Borders, Spooky Fence Border, and Trick or Treat Border
    • My Favorite Things – Inside & Out Stitched Rounded Square
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock (Autumn)
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs

I created a spooky scene with some cute stamped images and a lot of dies! I colored the creatures with Copic markers. I cut the spooky fence from Lawn Fawn sparkle cardstock (Autumn collection). It provided nice contrast among the matte black cardstock layers. The sequins provided a bit more sparkle to spice up the card.

 

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn – Pick of the Patch, Spooktacular and Some Bunny
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn – Pick of the Patch, Spooktacular and Some Bunny
    • Tim Holtz/Sizzix – Swirling Stars
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks -Seedless Preserves, Black Soot and Peeled Paint
  • Patterned paper – Authentique Nightfall Five
  • Cardstock – Paper Arts gold metallic mirror paper and Bazzill
  • Ribbon – Offray

I began this card by making a Ranger Distress Oxide ink background and then die-cut it so that the shiny gold below peeks through the star openings. I colored the bunny, pumpkin and squirrels with Copic markers. I created this card with a bunny witch for a swap. The recipient is a fan of rabbits, so I wanted to be sure to incorporate one into the scene. It is always fun to combine several sets to build the perfect scene and I did that for both of these cards.

Thanks for visiting today and Happy Halloween!

Challenge: Lawnfawnatics – Bling it Out

 


Trick or Treat

  • Stamps – Inkadinkado – Trick or Treat
  • Patterned paper – Echo Park – Bat Festival
  • Inks – Ranger Distress Oxides: Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Black Soot
  • Stickers – Jolee’s – Trick or Treat Bags
  • Sentiment – DCWV – The Midnight Stroll

I created the background with several Distress Oxide inks and then stamped the Inkadinkado image in black onto it. I layered the patterned paper and the stamped image onto the card base. I cut the Trick or Treat sentiment from a piece of printed cardstock. I distressed the edges of the image and sentiment just by running scissors over the edge of the paper until it got a bit ragged. I adhered the stickers that really look like candy along the right hand side of the card (it must have flown out of the trick or treat bags!).

Challenge – Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog – Halloween/Spooky


Free to Fly

 

 

  • Stamp – Stamper’s Anonymous/Tim Holtz Collection – Mini Blueprints – CMS 136 (bat)
  • Stencil – Stamper’s Anonymous/Tim Holtz Collection – Shatter – THS 014
  • Patterned paper – Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Kraft Stock 8 X 8″ pad – Halloween – TH93609
  • Twine – Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Jute String – Halloween – TH93315
  • Inks –
    • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot, Dusty Concord, and Shaded Lilac
    • Ranger/Tim Holtz Distress: Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire
  • Metallic Sticker – Tim Holtz Idea-ology – Quotations – TH93559

I started out creating backgrounds with no other plan but to make some Distress Oxide backgrounds using Halloween-y colors. The background for this card started out with Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot and Dusty Concord and lots of water and leaving some white space. I then applied Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide ink through the Shatter stencil. I edged it with Black Soot and added a little more water splatters to the blended inks.

Meanwhile, I stamped the bat in black Archival ink on white cardstock and trimmed away the labeling on the image. I colored it by blending Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire (regular) Distress ink to color the bat. I then adhered it to the background with dimensional adhesive. I added the “Free to Fly” sticker to the scene. I assembled the card by adhering the patterned paper to a card base, tying the twine around the top of the bat scene and adhering it all onto the card.

This was a fun one! Thanks for stopping by. For a closer look:

Challenge:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Halloween/Spooky

That’s Crafty – Spookalicious Challenge

 


Piles of pumpkins and kitties

  • Stamps – Newton’s Nook – Newton’s Pumpkin Patch
  • Patterned paper – Authentique – Nightfall Seven
  • Embossing powder – Ranger Wendy Vecchi – Orange Blossom
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Copic markers
  • Ranger Distress inks: Carved Pumpkin, Peeled Paint and Hickory Smoke

This is a pretty adorable image of the kitties among the pumpkins by Newton’s Nook. Their animal designs are some of my favorites! I colored the image with Copic markers and trimmed it out so no white was showing. I inked the edges with a black Sharpie to cover any white paper edges. The sentiment is heat embossed, adding a little shine to the words. I trimmed the sentiment flag-style. Before I adhered the foreground, I applied some Distress inks to the patterned paper, beginning with Hickory Smoke and then adding Peeled Paint ink for a colorful shadow beneath the image. I popped up the image with dimensional adhesive and then edged the panel with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge:

Mod Squad Challenge Blog – Pumpkins and Gourds