Friday, September 23, 2022

forgotten but not gone (4)

I've been sharing cards this month that seem to have been forgotten in my photo file. Oops.

Today I'm sharing two Autumn-y creations in case you're in the mood...

First a wine-themed birthday card. It's harvest time ya know? Gave the wine a Merlot-y inked tone and added a mist of perfect pearls for fun. See the sparkle in the closeup?


Klartext sentiment stamp

And then lovely falling leaves (a bit early I know). I love to make these pocket shakers (idea from Kristina W.) using recycled cellophane packaging. First stamp (and heat emboss) your images on vellum.


Add your fillers and stitch up the pocket. See how I added a sentiment?


You've got yourself an attractive, interactive card.

STAMPlorations stamps
vellum, embossing powder, sequins, sewing machine

Enjoy your weekend!

  

Friday, September 16, 2022

forgotten but not gone (3)

 A few more cards that seem to have been forgotten in my photo file...

Today I'm sharing two techniques you might want to revisit. The first is one of my faves learned from the oh-so-talented Yana S. - random stamping. And while you're at it, make a whole sheet and turn it into four cards. I shared a spotlight tutorial on this over at STAMPlorations if you're interested.


First stamp all over keeping in mind where the four card panels will be.


Cut and adhere your panels.


Add sentiments and you've got a set.

floral stamps

Speaking of sets. Here's one made with a solid stamp image using selective inking and spritzing to achieve a truly watercolored look.

Altenew Super Script sentiment stamp
Distress Inks


Happy weekend!  

Friday, September 9, 2022

forgotten but not gone (2)

I've got a few cards to share this month that seem to have been forgotten in my photo file. Oops.

Let's continue with pink, shall we? "Hello"I think I made this for a publication call way back when. I like the use of the repetitive negative die cut on the right. And can you say "brad"?!!!

Mama Elephant Hello stamp
cloth brad, sequins

And hey. I can't rememeber what this one was for either :) Test driving some new product I think. Along with using up some scraps. Love the preppy pink and green combo. Takes me right back to my college days ;)

circle and triangle dies
floral stamp
glitter gold washi
Happy weekend!  

Friday, September 2, 2022

forgotten but not gone (1)

Continuing with my summer programming even though it's September ;) I've got a few cards to share this month that seem to have been forgotten in my photo file. Oops.

Let's start with purple, shall we?


A closeup of that golden die cut cuz it's just so pretty combined with the splatters of gold ink.

STAMPlorations coffee stamp and sentiment die
Distress Inks

Zig watercolor brushes
sewing machine, pearls

Happy weekend! 

Friday, August 26, 2022

letting my scraps inspire me

Continuing with my summer programming...

Still on a roll using up scraps , I let the scraps inspire my card design for these cards.

This first one... pretty funny. Those darn raffia strips were another too-fun-to-toss-but-constantly-being-moved-from-left-to-right-and-back. The lantern halves were leftover pieces from a rainbow die cut many moons ago. I was finally inspired to combine the two, just needed a stenciled BG to pull them together.

STAMPlorations stencil
Studio Calico sentiment die
MFT Magical Rainbow die (negative pieces)

More die cut scrap next. Why not put it over some scrap paper from an inking session and then dress it up a little with washi and Nuvo drops?!?

Ellen Hutson Many Thanks die
Nuvo drops, washi

Another piece of scrap paper from an ink smooshing session ended up peeking out of the slats of a cover plate die cut and topped with a stylistic bloom from my scrap bowl.

MFT Dienamics Stripes cover die

Happy weekend! Have you had a go at your scrap pile yet?

Friday, August 19, 2022

using scraps for occasion cards

Continuing with my summer programming.

So I was still on a roll using up scraps for cards. Sometimes I get sick of moving piles of scraps from left to right and back again, ya know? I decided to just trim some PP strips into little banners and adorn the side of a card with them. For DD's birthday card this year.

STAMPlorations rose stencil, bird die, number plate die

The cardbase had the negative image of the rose stencil already on it (after inking through a stencil I usually spritz the stencil with water and stamp it off on scrap paper. Sometimes onto a cardbase like here) so I went with pinks and even found the bird in my scraps. Just cut the numbers I needed.

Distress Oxides and The Stamp Market inks

This intricate Easter egg die and the ink blended egg had been in my scrap bowl for so long. So I stamped a cardbase with some delicate blooms and voila! 

Happy weekend! Maybe you'll find time to give your scraps a go!

Friday, August 12, 2022

using scraps for mixed media cards

Continuing with my summer programming.

So I was on a roll using up scraps for mixed media cards after discovering Laura's fabulous feed over on IG. After watercoloring various swatches, these cards happened. (I actually used some swatches in these cards a while back too.)




watercolor paper, watercolors
Heidi Swapp sentiment stickers
Happy weekend!


Friday, August 5, 2022

commissioned cards

And yet more commissioned cards. 

Requested for a policeman getting his third star ...



And I loved this one. Got the request for a "Traufe" card - Trauung + Taufe (marriage + baptism) card. And the couple loves Dumbo. OMG. That stumped me for awhile. Nothing against Dumbo, but for the life of me I could not get a wedding card and Dumbo combined in one design idea that I felt comfortable with.

I searched all my supplies (for two hours) trying to find inspiration and these Top Dog Die elephants did the trick. An elegant elephant wedding card - whoddathunk? The white and gold did the trick. And pleased my customer.


STAMPlorations cover plate
Top Dog elephant die

Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

commissioned birthday cards

And today's summer programming, more commissioned birthday cards. 

Requested for a brother whose car is his pride and joy. I made three to choose from...

TAWS car stamp
Artemio cityscape stamp
Winnie and Walter sentiment stamp

Right at Home Holidays are on the Way die
washi tape

Renke die
Inkystamp sentiment
alcohol ink background, embossing powder

And for a butcher ;)

Neat and Tangled Hot Dog stamp
Inkadinkado sentiment

Have a great week!

Friday, July 22, 2022

commissioned milestone birthday cards

Next up in my summer programming - commissioned milestone birthday cards. 

Can you guess the recipient of this first card? A teacher! How'd I do?


Action Deutschland banner dies
Simply Graphic frame dies
Memory Box number dies
embossing pen to write sentiment
white embossing powder
star sequins

And this one was a challenge.  A Covid theme for a gal turning 40. Had to get creative with clip art and a hole punch!


Memory Box alpha dies
MFT number die

Have a great day! 

Friday, July 8, 2022

more milestone birthday cards

Summer programming coming your way the next few weeks...

First up some milestone birthday cards. 

Can you tell we have quite a few friends who are winemakers?!?


Have a great weekend! 


Friday, July 1, 2022

milestone birthday cards for him

Summer programming coming your way the next few weeks...

First up some milestone birthday cards. 

For a friend who's not so keen on ending his 60s...


and a friend looking forward to more biking in his 50s. Don't ya love the gold helium balloons trailing off the bike?!?


Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 27, 2022

update on STAMPlorations (4)

Howdy friends! 

As I mentioned in my last post, even in my less prolific days you could still count on me for my weekly inspiration posts using STAMPlorations products. I've been blessed to support Shery and the store since the beginning. Things were quiet around here lately. For the following reason.

You may or may not have seen the post over at STAMP regarding Shery's hiatus. "The energizer bunny," as I've always lovingly called her, has been forced to slow down. She has cancer and is going into battle to kick its butt. 

Basically, the store is closed for the time being since Shery needs all her energy for herself and her family. But she wouldn't be Shery without keeping a couple options open. Afterall, the store provides a portion of her family's income. 

First, digi stamps are still available since they require little physical effort to send to customers. Second, Shery has, as energy allows, created some product bundles at fabulous prices which she can pack up when she's feeling up to it and then just pop in the mail when people buy them. And third, she's offering mystery bundles at an amazing discount. If you'd like to check it out, here's a link to the store and the bundles.

I posted projects using digi stamps from the STAMPlorations store last week if you want to check them out.

Today I will share projects using some of the great products included in the Birthday Bundle #1 which Shery has put together at a price that is 50% off!

Using the birthday cake cover plate and selectively coloring the die cut with markers. See this post.


Or use the cover plate to dry emboss a background.


Or cut it from craft foam to make your own stamp and use it to stamp and heat emboss the design before ink blending the background. Check out my original post for deets.


Here's a card using the phrase die included in the bundle.


 Thanks for looking and maybe even supporting Shery and the store :) 

Friday, June 24, 2022

update on STAMPlorations (3)

Howdy friends! 

As I mentioned in my last post, even in my less prolific days you could still count on me for my weekly inspiration posts using STAMPlorations products. I've been blessed to support Shery and the store since the beginning. Things were quiet around here lately. For the following reason.

You may or may not have seen the post over at STAMP regarding Shery's hiatus. "The energizer bunny," as I've always lovingly called her, has been forced to slow down. She has cancer and is going into battle to kick its butt. 

Basically, the store is closed for the time being since Shery needs all her energy for herself and her family. But she wouldn't be Shery without keeping a couple options open. Afterall, the store provides a portion of her family's income. 

First, digi stamps are still available since they require little physical effort to send to customers. Second, Shery has, as energy allows, created some product bundles at fabulous prices which she can pack up when she's feeling up to it and then just pop in the mail when people buy them. And third, she's offering mystery bundles at an amazing discount. If you'd like to check it out, here's a link to the store and the bundles.

I'm going to revisit a few projects from the past in case they might inspire you to pick up a couple digi stamps from STAMPlorations.

How about more florals - if you're not into coloring them, use gilding flakes! I used Love Card FrontsHere's my post.


Or print them on patterned paper! For details check out my original blog post using Cupful of Blooms.



Next I'll revisit some of the birthday products included in the Bundle #1. Thanks for looking and maybe supporting Shery and the store. 

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