Patterned papers – Echo Park “Bewitched” and “Halloween Magic” collections
Die – Little B – Circles
Sequins – Hero Arts
Cardstock – Bazzill
I stamped several Newton’s Nook images out recently for Halloween cards. The images are so cute! I colored this one with Copic markers and fussy-cut it out. I have so many fun Halloween papers, I just got some out and started playing with ideas. I decided on the plaid background and then I wanted some dots for contrast. I like repeating the dots/circles, so I added a circle die-cut and round sequins for some more interest. I kind of like the design I ended up with, so I may need to remember it for future cards!
I love creating monotype prints with leaves on my gel plate! The leaves in all shapes and sizes are calling me during these Autumn months. These are vine maple leaves that are turning at this time of year. I was able to capture some lovely color on a recent trip and immediately printed with some of the leaves..
I used some Distress Oxide inks and acrylic paints to make some leaf prints right after I collected these maple leaves. We traveled to central Oregon recently, which is a fall tradition for us, and it is fun to print botanical immediately after I gather them! It was a little cool, so I didn’t set up my gel plate outside like I do sometimes, but it was still very pleasant. I decided to quickly make a card with one of the prints.
Often when I make cards from gel prints, it is hard for me to cover up the print with a lot of stuff. With this, the leaves (the right-hand leaf) are really the focal point and a simple die-cut sentiment really keeps the card simple and elegant. I added a little ribbon across the top to visually balance out the sentiment, repeated the black with a mat around the print and adhered it all to a navy card base. I added a smattering of epoxy dots I had in my stash and called it done!
I attended a virtual card-making retreat recently and learned how to make this card. All of the classes were online and it gave me the opportunity to attend something that I would not have been able to do in person, so it was very nice.
The instructor for this card (and some others I haven’t made yet) was Gina Krupsky (aka Gina K) and we used Gina K Designs stamps, masking paper, inks and dies to create the card. Masking areas with their Masking Magic kept each ink color discrete, each quadrant clean and made the entire card come together seamlessly.
The stamps and dies we used have not been released yet, so I do not have the names of the sets.
Dies – My Favorite Things – Heart Air Balloon, Huge Love; Lawn Fawn – Grassy Hillsides Borders
Stamps – My Favorite Things – Mini Meows
Ink – Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China
Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
Well, I’m very late in posting my Valentines. We had an ice storm here in the Willamette Valley on February 12th (freezing rain that accumulated to over an inch on everything) that caused lots of tree and power line damage. Our power was out for almost 8 days and I had very spotty internet access, so I didn’t even try to post anything during that time. I’m still catching up on things and adjusting to being able to turn on real lights! We were very fortunate here compared to many across the country who had much worse circumstances. But we did enjoy Valentine’s Day under different conditions with a grilled dinner!
So now on to the card. I have always loved hot air balloons and as soon as I saw this die set at our local store, I had to have it! I inked the background with Distress ink and inked some additional paper a little darker to use to die cut the LOVE sentiment. The little clouds were part of the Heart Air Balloon die set, so I cut some of those for the sky. Once I assembled the balloon and inserted cat 😉 I popped it up so it would look like it was floating. I colored the kitties with Copic markers in the colors of our two cats (Max in the balloon and Sissy on the ground). They are not exactly in love in real life, but we’ll just go for that effect for purposes of the Valentine! I really had fun making and giving this card (I made one for my husband and one for my son). Thanks for stopping by. Better late than never!
I’m jumping ahead to Spring for a short visit! We’ve had rain, hail and sunshine this first week of February here in the Willamette Valley (and the Groundhog did not see his shadow). So here is a cheerful birdhouse made completely with Lawn Fawn dies. I decided to die cut all of these pieces in lots of happy colors and do some mixing and matching. This card had absolutely no stamping either. That doesn’t happen very often.
Dies – Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Birdhouse Add-On, Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames and Outside In Stitched Bubbles (for the “hi.”)
Cardstock in a variety of colors, plus Kraft for the card base
I plan to make more of these with some other color combinations and also to make a version with the Magic Iris die in the birdhouse opening for a little interactive fun. Thanks for stopping by.
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!
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
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.
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.
Lawn Fawn “Large Slimline with Sliders,” “Slimline Stitched Hillside Borders,” and “Simple Puffy Cloud Frames”
Twine – Lawn Fawn Trimmings – Unicorn Tail
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?
These little mouse is so cute, trying to stay aloft among the balloons!
Stamps and Dies – Lawn Fawn – Really High Five
Patterned paper – Lawn Fawn – Yellow Brick Road
Enamel Dots – Hero Arts – Hero Hues Aquas
I created this card for a class I’m teaching at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem, Oregon. This mouse is so cute and I loved making it the star of this card! It was fun to color the balloons to match the colors on the rainbow stripes of the paper. All of the balloons and the mouse are colored with Copic markers. I cut the rainbow paper in a narrow strip, halved it and adhered it to both sides of the card base. It gave it a really different look. I added the enamel dots by the sentiment, stamped at a jaunty angle, to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by!