Tag Archives: my mind’s eye

Sending Smiles

  • Stamps –
    • Beaver: Avery Elle “Wood You?”
    • Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts “Brave (OWH)”
  • Dies – Avery Elle “Wood You?”
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye “29th Street Market – Carefree ‘Graceful’ Pattern Petite”
  • Ranger Distress Oxide inks – Broken China, Worn Lipstick and Wilted Violet
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I’m continuing to play around with Distress Oxide ink backgrounds. I applied the colors listed above to a craft sheet and spritzed with water, layering them and drying between applications. This is becoming a favorite background technique, but I can’t have just one favorite! I could create nothing but backgrounds and be perfectly happy!

I colored the beaver and flower bouquet with Copics and popped them up with dimensional adhesive. This is a nice little surprise with a couple of goodies in my son’s suitcase as he heads out on a fun trip tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

Challenges:

Incy Wincy “So So Cute” Challenge

Lost Coast Portal to Creativity “Favorite Background Technique” Challenge


June Garden – Thinking of You

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  • Stamp – Hero Arts K4897 “CardArt Flower Tapestry”
  • Patterned papers – Creative Imaginations “Bojo” and My Mind’s Eye “Indie Chic” (6″ X 6″ pads)
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Zig Clean Color watercolor markers
  • Watercolor paper – Strathmore 140# cold press

I created this card in less than 90 minutes for a challenge at the Hero Arts Flickr Group. I’m mentioning this mainly because the time period is quite a big challenge for me, since I am pretty methodical when I’m designing a card. Periodically we (in this Flickr group) have a timed card making challenge called a Scramble (we have to make the card and post it to the group within that time frame) and this morning we had one with a theme of Summer Fun. Since gardening goes hand-in-hand with summer here in the Pacific Northwest, I selected this older wood-mount stamp from my Hero Arts stash. This card is also fitting for the Simon Says Stamp Blog Monday Challenge: Summer Garden. Thanks for stopping by.


Anniversary Kitty

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  • Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas, “Raining Cats” and “Simply Said”
  • Dies –
    • The Cat’s Pajamas, “Stitched Clouds” and “Easy Stitched Bow” Cut-ups
    • Spellbinders Nestabilities, “Deckled Rectangles Large”
  • Patterned Paper –
    • My Mind’s Eye – “Remarkable” 6 X 6″ paper pad
    • Echo Park – “A Perfect Summer – Chevron Lines”
  • Epoxy dots – Doodlebug Designs – “Sprinkles Spring Assortment”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

This card features a stamp I’ve had for quite a while. The wood-mount stamp is dated 2006. My how that 10 years flew by! I layered some patterned papers to give the kitty a festive environment, and even used a tiny bit to paper piece the umbrella Miss Kitty is holding. There are some Spring heart showers descending from the cloud, appropriate for the TCP Tuesday Challenge #309: Spring. I stamped the cloud with my sentiment (also from TCP) and adhered it with some dimensional adhesive. As a finishing touch, I added the die-cut bow which turns out so great when you fold it! It also repeats the stitching seen on the cloud to help tie the elements together. Finally, I popped on three little epoxy dots and it was done. Thanks for stopping by.


Thank You with Leaves

Hero_Scramble_7-28-2015Hero Arts Stamps:

CL738 – Messages with Flourish
CL834 – Stamp Your Own Plant
CG613 – Simple Leaf Background

Hero Arts Frame Cuts:

D1004 – Rectangle Frame

Twine – My Mind’s Eye “Chalk Studio”
Cardstock – Bazzill and Worldwin
Ranger Distress Inks

I created this card as part of a personal challenge on the Hero Arts Flickr group, where we challenged ourselves to create a card with at least one Hero Arts product within a 90 minute timeframe. I made it (barely!) within that amount of time. I’m very slow and methodical, so any timed challenge is really tough for me! The background was something I made after taking the first day of Online Card Classes “Background Check” class. I used Distress inks and water, plus a lovely Hero Arts background stamp to make the background. A very fun technique! Thanks for visiting today.


Birthday Snail Wishes

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  • Stamps – from The Cat’s Pajamas “Hearts and Flowers,” “Flying By” and “Smells Like Cake” sets
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye “Happy Day” 6 X 6″ paper pad
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Copic Markers

I created this birthday card with items from my stash, and I am entering it in two different challenges. First, I used Sketch #168 from Freshly Made Sketches; the inspiration is from The Cat’s Pajamas (TCP) TCPTUES281 Inspiration Challenge. I stamped the snail and sunflower TCP image and then masked it to stamp in the clouds from another TCP set. I colored the stamped images with Copic markers and then I layered the patterned papers to tie in the colors of the image. I used an orange card base for some contrast. I added the sequins for a little sparkle and to unify the color scheme. All in all, it is a pretty simple card. Thanks for visiting.


CFC135 – Thanks with Felt & Sequins

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  • Dies –
    • Sizzix – Tim Holtz Alterations “Chevron”
    • Simon Says Stamp – “Stamptember Thanks”
  • Patterned papers – My Mind’s Eye – “Confetti: Celebrate Boy ‘Dots,’ ‘Harlequin’ and ‘Yellow Green’
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Felt

For this challenge, the CAS-ual Friday Challenge #135, I was to use felt and sequins. It is really fun to cut felt with dies–at least when you’ve got good felt. I hadn’t tried it with this Tim Holtz chevron die, but it worked well. I then used the same die to cut some polka dot paper and fit the inner pieces into the felt openings for a pretty interesting combination. The polka dot paper coordinates with the harlequin paper in the background. Then I adhered some well-matched sequins from my stash to add some interest. I chose another die cut for the sentiment, making it in a contrasting color so that it would stand out enough to be legible! Lots of angles! Thanks for visiting.


So Long, Bruce!

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  • Stamps –
    • Hero Arts “Let’s Get Away”
    • from Simon Says Stamp “Sending Happy Thoughts” set
  • Patterned paper –
    • My Mind’s Eye “Collectable” collection: “Remarkable ‘Authentic'”
    • Ella & Viv Paper Company “Watercolor paradise #11”
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

One of my oldest work friends retired as of today, so sadly I had to say goodbye–but not without making him a card! Bruce was our mail clerk at the Oregon State Capitol, and provided the best customer service to legislators, governors, treasurers, secretaries of state and many, many staff for over 35 years. So I was ever-so-pleased to be able to use some of my postage related stamps to create his card! The background stamp from Hero Arts was a perfect starting point. I popped up the sentiment flag with dimensional adhesive and then popped up the little envelope yet again. So long, Bruce! You had a great run!