Love At Christmas

I realize that I'm a little ahead of the season in making Christmas cards right now.  I'm hoping to be attending a craft fair as a seller early this Fall with my husband(and his beautiful silver jewelry) so it would be good if I included some holiday cards.  This card is sort of an experiment.  I have created some pretty Brusho backgrounds and am trying to embed some seasonal die cuts...making a nice flat card.  I had to be very careful not to lose the tiny background pieces for the snowflakes and ornament strings.  I can't believe I actually found all of them as I originally was missing three teeny bits.  I didn't put any wording on the front and I'm still not sure if I will or won't.  I added Ranger Glossy Accents to the heart after coating it with Zig Wink of Stella.  I added a fine tip to the Glossy Accents bottle which has really helped with air bubbles.  I got zero of them. I think for future versions I would make the heart a solid color.

Card Size:   A2  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Stamps:   Hero Arts- Joy To The World

Ink/Color:   Brusho watercolor crystals,  Zig Wink of Stella- clear, Ranger Glossy Accents

Dies:   Memory Box- Snowflake Love Pendant


Thanks So Much

I love this French Kissed image "Arm Script".  She really has the look that I wanted for a thank you card.  It's always fun going through my bits and pieces to find interesting things to go with my card theme.  Sometimes when my card making mojo is off I pre-make embellishments and/or experiment with techniques.  This leaves me with lots of odd parts to use in future cards. 

The dress form was cut from thin cardboard packing material.  I lightly rubbed Distress Ink over it, spritzed with water and dried with a heat tool.  Then I rubbed VersaMark over the top and added a couple layers of Wow Clear Matte Dull embossing powder.  It actually turned out shiny so I don't know what happened there.  It was far from the "rusty" look I originally was going for.  The spool was cut from Grunge Board which is flexible.  I used the same embossing powder over Distress Ink and then crackled it by bending and twisting. 

I created the photo frame from watercolor paper that I had water colored using a vintage palette with Distress Inks.  A funny thing about my background papers is that this collection is a pet/dog collection.  Aren't the vintage patterns I pulled out of that collection awesome?  I really like the color combo.  It set the mood for the card.  I also really like the Santoro London paper which comes in a variety of finishes and styles.  The piece I chose felt like canvas.

Card Size:  A7   7"x 5"

Stamps:   Hero Arts- Heartfelt Messages

Specialty Paper:   Authentique- Devoted,  Santoro London-Mix

Ink/Color:   Archival Jet Black,  Distress Inks,  

Dies:   Sizzix Alterations- Sewing Room,  Sizzlet Vintage Lace,  Penny Black- Many Thanks,  Poppy Stamps- Classic Ribbons,  MFT- Rectangle Frame

Embellishments:   Basic Grey- Metal Studs Stars,  My Minds Eye "Follow Your Heart" twine



Today I have gone right from a taste of fall to winter.  I'm just in love with this new Mo Manning digital image called "Giggling Snowman".  I printed him quite large so I could feature him as a focal point on this A6 card.  He was fun to color with Copics plus very easy to cut out and pop-up against the star background. Isn't his hat adorable?

Card Size:   A6  6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Essentials by Ellen-Cozy Christmas     

Specialty Paper:   BoBunny- Boardwalk 12 x 12"(stars),  Chickaniddy- Collection Pad(snow),  DCWV-Glitter Stack 12 x 12"

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, Uniball Signo White gel pen,  Elizabeth Craft Designs- Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter,  Archival Jet Black

Embellishment:   German Glass Glitter-Silver,  Recollections- Silver Pearls asst.


Hey There

I know I have had an issue with teeny tiny baby animals that are presented on teeny tiny cards but this little guy is not so little.  This sweet fox image is about 3 1/2" tall by 3" wide.  He's bringing in a little bit of fall which is right around the corner. I water-colored him using Distress Ink Rusty Hinge.  I first brushed on one light even layer(wet on wet) and then once dry added darker accents of more intense color.  I have been using a lot of acrylic dots for corner embellishments lately because I have way too many of them "in stock".  I'm just trying to get some things used up.  ;)

Card Size:   A2  4 1/4"  x  5 1/2"

Stamps:   Wild Rose Studio- Fox on a Branch,  Verve- Brighter Days,  

Specialty Paper:   Carta Bella- Fall Blessings 6x6

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   MFT- Postage frame and Stitched Rectangle Stax

Embellishment:   Queen & Co Candy Shoppe Jellies


You Make Me Happy

When I started making this card I was simply trying to make a "guy card".  But as with many of my cards there is usually some of my self in there.  I would give this card to my husband as an anniversary card.  We have been married for over 41 years.  Of course it is the good times that we hold dear but really it's surviving the "storms" that I cherish the most.  I'm happy to  say that my own "umbrella man" has been there for me unconditionally...even when the raindrops are this big :) 

I made a background using gray or black Brusho.  Brusho contains bits of other colors until you blend them together.  Once well blended you will achieve one color. By doing a quick spritz of water you get to keep all of those colorful confetti bits.  I use all of the watercolor crystals...Brusho, Bister and now the new Color Bursts.  They each have special qualities that I enjoy.

 Card Size:  A6  6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Designs by Ryn- Sideways Droplets and Raindrops,  Casual Fridays- Sunbeams(front words),  MFT- Blue Skies Ahead(inside)

Specialty Paper:  Ranger Distress Watercolor

Ink/Color:   Brusho Watercolor Crystals,  Archival Jet Black,  Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz Sparkle

Dies:   Sizzix Tim Holtz- Umbrella Man


Mermaid Tale

This card features a simple background.  Using Distress Inks I added just two colors to a wet background.  The colors were left to dry naturally so that they flowed and combined with each other. To use up the green I then took an old gift card and stamped into the watered down color and applied it to the bottom of the card to resemble sea grass.  All of the other images were stamped after everything dried completely. I ended up using some epoxy colored bubbles to cover up some stamping boo-boos.  When I stamped the little clear bubbles on the bottom I didn't notice that I was inking a little more of that stamp than I wanted.  The full stamp is very large I was just using one bubble on the tip of the design. I had a little "ghost" stamping to cover up.  I used the MISTI tool to get the silhouette images as dark as possible by stamping more than once.

Card Size:   A2  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Lavinia -Silhouette Mermaid, Zen Single Grass and Willow,  Designs by Ryn- Rising Bubbles,  Justrite- Grand Birthday Sentiments

Specialty Paper:   Ranger Distress Water Color paper

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks- Cracked Pistachio and Peeled Paint,  Archival Olive and Jet Black inks,  Acrylic Paint

Dies:   MFT- Stitched Stax Square(inside)

Embellishment:   Doodlebug Design Sprinkles- Winter Asst. ,  Recollections- Pastel epoxy dots


One of a Kind

I don't know why but lately I have been loving whimsical houses and city scenes.  I just very simply water-colored these cute stitched houses using Distress ink pads pressed to a flat palette. Once the first layer was dry I added shading.  I hand drew the border around the houses.  First I measured and drew a light pencil line.  After drawing the border I erased the pencil line and voila!

Card Size:  A6   6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Stampotique- Janet Klein Stitched Houses,  Wplus9- Hand-lettered  Thanks set

Specialty Paper:   Taylored Expressions- Build-a-Scene Collection 6x6

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks, Archival Jet Black, Hero Arts- White Embossing Powder

Dies:   WPlus9- Hand-Lettered set Thank You "you" die


Chasing Dreams

I love the vintage style mash-ups from Character Constructions. There are many designs you can create on your own with different body parts, clothing, heads etc.  I especially love the designs that are already "created".  This awesome hybrid lady/flower has a matching die.  Now it is so easy for me to cut the design out and add it to a card.  I water-colored this piece after stamping with Archival Jet Black on Ranger water color card stock which is a nice heavy weight. I had no trouble using the die to cut it out.

Card Size:   A6  6 1/4"  x  4 1/2"

Stamps:   Character Construction- Timekeeper's Garden #6,  MFT-Banner Vertical Greetings #2

Specialty Paper:   BoBunny-  Penny Emporium

Dies:   Character Construction(matching die), MFT-Vertical Greetings

Embellishment:   Tim Holtz-Idea-ology- Big Chat Stickers

Ink/Color:   Distress Inks,  Archival Jet Black


Pixie Bouquet

This card features a Copic color technique called "pointillism".  I have to say after this first try at it that the process itself was probably more fun for me than the finished look.  I used three or four Copic colors in each color group to get a shaded effect.  The technique worked well for this design as there are big open areas to fill in.  The design itself is a digital offering from Tiddly Inks and is called "Poppy Pixie". 

Card Size:  A2  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Alley Way- Jibber Jabber     digi:  Tiddly Inks-Poppy Pixie

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers, Archival Jet Black

Embellishment:   DoodleBug Sprinkles- Lily White Glitter Assortment


A-w-w Shucks

I just love this time of the year.  It's time for the sweet corn harvest here in Minnesota.  There is nothing better than sweet corn lathered in butter or roasted on the grill until it caramelizes.  Another yummy thing to do is to dry sweet corn outside under the summer sun.  You need to give it a quick cook/chill and remove the kernels with a spoon to keep them as whole as possible. I put them on cookie sheets or clean white flour cloths with a fine screen on top to keep flying buggies away and then just add sunshine.  Once dry you save the dried kernels in a jar. Tradition has it that on the first snow day you add some dried sweet corn to a batch of delicious homemade beef and garden vegetable soup.

  Card Size:   A2  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Penny Black- Sprinkles & Smiles set,  Digi:  Mo Manning "Shucks"

Specialty Paper:   Studio Calico-Lemon Crush,  BoBunny-Enchanted Garden

Ink/Color:   Copic Markers,  Archival Jet Black

Embellishments:   DoodleBug Design Sprinkles- Lilac


Relax & Restore

August is usually a lazy time for my card-making.  Keeping myself busy with the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges at Splitcoast Stampers has been specially fun this year.  I'm thinking I may want to bring out my Christmas and winter stamps soon since I'm in such a stamping mode.  My husband is a silversmith in his retired life.  He finally has enough pieces completed for us to do a local fall craft show.  I may sell my cards at the show too.  Both of us worry about whether people will actually buy our stuff.  It's sort of the judgement of all judgements.  But forget all that ...today is a Zen day and we are going to "relax and restore". 

Card Size:  A2   5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Catherine Scanlon- Floral teacup(available at Ellen Hutson),  Power Poppy-Good Thinking: Renewal(words)

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink

Specialty Paper:   Cosmo Cricket- Delovely,  BoBunny- Double Dot Soft Shades

Embellishment:   Queen & Co- Candy Shoppe Jellies Black

Dies:   MFT- Stacked Fishtail Banners


My Gift

I wonder when Tim Holtz realized that he had a such a huge hit on his hands with these crazy birds.  I didn't jump on the band wagon at first.  When I buy stamps I have to "see" them being made into actual cards that I would give people.  What finally drew me in was the whimsy of the cards people were making with these guys and the adorable personality that each bird showed on his "face".  Even though there are new accessory stamps to help "dress" the birds I still love looking for more stuff to add to them. 

The Dare to Get Dirty challenges continue on for the balance of the week at Splitcoast Stampers.  This card is for one of the challenges.  I wonder what the theme is?  :)

Card Size:   A2  5 1/2"  x  4 1/4"

Stamps:   Stamper's Anonymous- Bird Crazy,  Penny Black- Smile All Day,  Verve- Brighter Days(inside)

Specialty Paper:   Echo Park- Jack & Jill 6x6,  Hero Arts- Sunshine Design Papers 8 1/2" x 11

Ink/Color:   Distress Ink Pads,  Archival Jet Black

Dies:   Sizzix- Crazy Birds ,  Memory Box-Cross Stitched Frame Borders,  Waltzing Mouse-Scalloped Stitched Layers,  Lawn Fawn-Grassy Border,  Impression Obsession-Sunglasses

Embellishment:   Swarovski Crystals-Blue(on glasses)


Shabby Heart

I made this card for a Dare to Get Dirty Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers.  It's a simple shabby collage of sorts.  It's been ages since I distressed paper edges.  The background is one from my stash that featured a watercolor look.  I sponged a lined background image with a variety of watered down Distress paints.  Once I stamped that on the water color paper I added enough water on the top edge to get the lines to run into drips. 

The heart is made using the "Ceiling Tile" technique. I started with a matte black card stock. I embossed the heart design using a clear embossing powder that had a light sheen of gold interference powder.  I painted a dusty pink chalk paint over the embossing and allowed it to dry just a bit.  Then I used a damp sponge to remove paint from the raised/ embossed areas. I hand tore around the edges of the heart. When I had the card complete I lightly spritzed the whole card front with Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkle to add some subtle "sugar".

Card Size:   A6  6 1/4 x 4 1/2"

Stamps:   Stampington & Company- Scroll Heart, Impression Obsession-Just for You Text(on background), Stamper's Anonymous- Crazy Talk(I love you)

Ink/Color:   Distress Paint, Acrylic Chalk Paint, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder,  Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkle, Archival Jet Black ink

Dies:   La-La Land- Wings

Embellishment:   Martha Stewart-White Mini Pearls,  American Crafts- DIY Chalkboard