Polka Dot Thank You Card

Hi Stampers!  Today's card is a quick and easy thank you card.  I loved the polka dot pattern in this paper from the Schoolhouse DSP and wanted to create a card with it. 

I layered the piece of DSP onto a layer of pool party cardstock to highlight the pool party dots.  I colored the white dots with the wink of stella glitter brush to add some more bling. The thanks sentiment was cut out using the Hello You Thinlits in both gold foil and fun foam.  The fun foam adds dimension to die cuts and is great for sentiments that are hard to cut out tiny pieces of dimensionals.

The tiny hearts are from the Mini Treat Box Thinlits and I also colored those using the wink of stella pen.  

I hope you all have a Happy New Year!  

Altenew Beautiful Day Watercolor Birthday Card

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features one of the watercolor pieces I did while at the beach over Christmas.  

I used the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew to stamp the flower outline image several times on a piece of watercolor paper using Versamark ink.  I then heat embossed the flower images with white embossing powder.  I colored in the images using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  This watercolor set is just amazing.  The colors are rich and creamy which makes beautiful results.

I heat embossed the birthday sentiment on some vellum cardstock and layered that on top of the watercolor piece.  I did not want to take away from all the watercolor work I put into this card so thought vellum would be perfect.  I then layered the watercolor piece on a card base made from crumb cake and added 1/8 inch strips of wisteria wonder cardstock on each side of the watercolor piece.  I love how this card turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Happy Birthday Balloon Card

Hi Stampers!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you all the crafting goodies on your list.  We had a lovely time at the beach just relaxing and enjoying the warm weather. It was nice to get away and clear the mind to get ready for a new year.  I did some watercoloring while at the beach and hope to finish up the cards to put on my blog over the next few days.

I had to get right to creating cards once we got back since we have another birthday this week.  My father in law and husband have the same birthdays and we usually go out to dinner together to celebrate.  I created my husband's card before we left for the beach but had to get another made for my father in law quickly since we are having dinner tomorrow evening.

It is my father in law's 85th birthday so I wanted to create something that was a little extra special.  In the upcoming SU Occasions catalog that will be live next week, there are some adorable honeycomb embellishments that gave me the idea for the balloon on the card.  

To create the 3D balloon, I cut out 4 balloons from retired In Color DSP using the balloon framelits.  I folded each balloon in half and glued one half of one balloon to the next using all 4 cutouts.  The cloud DSP I used as my background is another wonderful piece of retired paper.  I hoard paper and sometimes you just have to use it.

I layered the cloud DSP onto some hello honey cardstock which coordinates with the hello honey In Color DSP that I used for the balloon.  The card base is made from crumb cake.  I stamped the sentiment and balloon basket in our basic black archival ink.  I just love that ink!  The sentiment was fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.

Be sure to keep checking back to my blog as I finally placed my pre-order for the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs and hope to get my order soon.  I plan to do a video showing all the goodies I ordered...which was A LOT!

If you would like a copy of the new catalogs, send me an email and I'll get one out to you.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Winter masculine birthday card

Do you ever hoard paper?  I sure do!  I have been hoarding this designer vellum pack from the holiday catalog called Winter Wonderland and finally decided to get it out to play with.  All the vellums in this pack are just gorgeous and it makes me not want to cut them up.  I needed to get started on some birthday cards for a couple special men in my life that have birthdays right before New Year's.  

The antler design on this vellum just screamed winter and I immediately wanted to pair it with silver accents.  This being a masculine card, I made sure to add plenty of black elements to keep the card manly but not enough to take away from the pops of metal.

I layered the vellum onto a piece of whisper white cardstock by placing tiny dots of glue from the fine-tip glue pen onto the black antlers in the design so the glue would be hidden.  I then layered this onto a top folding piece of smokey slate cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  

Do you recognize that silver doilie?  Did you guess the spider web doilies from the holiday catalog?  Winner winner!!  I cut the center of one of the doilies and then covered it with versamark ink that I heat embossed in silver.  LOVE it!  I then used some silver thread to add more pop of silver.

The happy is cut out of basic black using our Hello You Thinlits and then layered on a foam sheet that was cut using the same die to add dimension.  This is a quick way to add dimension to die cuts instead of using tons of dimensionals cut into impossibly small pieces that you struggle to stick on the back.

I hope to get another project up before we head to the beach for the holidays.  I will be taking some watercolor supplies with me to practice my watercoloring skills while we relax during the quick break from work.  I can't be without something crafty for too long!

Happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

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Quick and easy sympathy card with Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set

Happy Monday stampers!  I can't believe Christmas is just a few days away.  It saddens me that I had to make a sympathy card during this time of year as these are always hard cards to make, but especially knowing someone will be without their loved one this Christmas.  My aunt lost her mother-in-law a couple weeks ago and I wanted to send a card to let them know I was thinking about them.  They were not having a big funeral and did not want flowers sent so the least I could do was send a card.

I started the card with a piece of crumb cake cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4 and stamped the leaf image from the stamp set Remarkable You in crumb cake ink randomly.  I then used a uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to draw accents on the stamp leaf images.  The crumb cake piece was layered on a A2 card base made of thick whisper white cardstock.  

The sentiment was stamped in versamark and embossed with white embossing powder on a piece of vellum.  This was layered on a piece of blushing bride cardstock and popped up on the front of the card using dimensionals.  The ribbon is retired but I've always loved that cotton ribbons we had in the in colors that year.

I hope everyone is getting ready for Santa and have been good this year so you don't get coal in your stocking.  We are headed to the beach for a few days and lucky us, the weather is going to be warm!

Happy stamping!

Tree spinner card using Perfect Pines Framelits

I saw this super cute card on Dawn Griffith's website and I just had to CASE it!  I changed a few things with my card but the design is the same.  I thought these would be harder to make but once I made the first one to get a feel for how it would look, I breezed through the others.

My husband wanted a handful of extra special holiday cards to send to some of his customers and of course he did not give me much time to make them.  CASEing cards can be a quick and easy way to come up with a design when you are short on time.  

The tree was cut out twice using the largest die from the Perfect Pines Framelits and then glued together with fast fuse to the string.  Pearl embellishments make the perfect ornaments on trees.  The gold foil sheets are amazing and jazz up any project.

The DSP used is from the holiday catalog called Season of Cheer.  I layered that on some mossy meadow cardstock.  Because the tree is the center focus on the front of the card, it makes it difficult to put your greeting inside.  I did not photograph it but there is a greeting stamped on the inside that is hidden under the tree.  I used the back of the card for the main greeting and where we will sign our names.

I really just loved how these turned out!  I wish I would have seen this card earlier and I just might have gotten Christmas cards made to send to family and friends.  I have been pretty slack this holiday season and will not get cards out. We also opted out of putting up a tree and now that the weather has gotten cooler, it feels more like Christmas and I'm wishing we had put one up.

Happy Friday!

Christmas watercolor background with Flurry of Wishes

Happy Friday Stampers!

I have been trying to finish this card since yesterday and finally put the final touches on it.  I created this watercolor background using the "smooshing" technique with cherry cobbler and old olive inks. After I made the background, I really struggled with how to finish the card.  Here's a close up of the background so you can see the watercolor effect:

After playing with several options, I decided on the heat embossed snowflake images stamped on vellum from the stamp set Flurry of Wishes.  I heat embossed the snowflakes in white and gold to pick up the gold paint flecks in the background.  

I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and added the white embossed sentiment on old olive cardstock to complete the card.

Hope everyone is ready for the weekend!  What are your plans?  We are attending my company's holiday party tomorrow in Charlotte and then to the Panthers football game on Sunday!  So excited to see if my team can make it to 13-0!  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Fussy cutting Joyful Season stamp set for Christmas cards

Hello crafters!

After a few days of trying to come up with a Christmas card design for my cards this year, I finally created a card that I thought would be perfect.  I just love this stamp set Joyful Season and wanted to use this on my cards.  I first tried just stamping the cardinal with the branch on whisper white cardstock but it didn't pop like i wanted it to.  I also couldn't figure out how to attach it to the card front in a pleasing way.  I decided to try fussy cutting out both images and that gave me the wow factor I was looking for.

For the embossed background, I used the whisper white craft stamp pad to add some dimension to the embossed image.  I applied the ink directly onto the embossing folder before running it through the big shot with my crumb cake piece of cardstock.  Good news is that this embossing folder will carry over to the annual catalog next year!!  Yippee!!  I love the Woodland embossing folder as it gives the most beautiful embossed image.

Now who wants to help me fussy cut all these images for the large number of Christmas cards I need to make?!?!?!  I might have to come up with design #2 and send a variety of cards out this year.  I am pretty sure I'll be sick of cutting out birds and branches after a while.

How many Christmas cards do you send out?  Do you make your own or use store bought?  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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Watercolor wash background holiday card

Hi there stampers!  I feel like I am on a roll with making two holiday cards this week.  I am really getting into the holiday spirt, now to break out the decorations and get a tree.

For today's card I created a watercolor background using real red, mint macaron, and pear pizzazz inks.  I just love this non-traditional color combo for Christmas.  The mint macaron adds an extra something.

The tree is from the stamp set Peaceful Pines and was heat embossed with gold powder.  I used the coordinating framelits Perfect Pines to cut the tree out.  The word "joyful" is from the Joyful Season stamp set and I used the same color combo on the sentiment to mimic the background colors.  I fussy cut out the sentiment and layered these on top of some gold baker's twine.

I need to keep practicing getting a nice watercolor background.  This turned out decent but not exactly like I'd hoped it would.  Adding some flecks of gold gives the background something extra that it needed.

Thanks for stopping by and get your weekend started!  It's Friday!

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Peaceful Pines and Vellum

Hey stampers!  For today's project I combined the super cute stamp set Peaceful Pines with vellum to create a winter backdrop for my card.  It might not feel much like winter here in NC but with all the Christmas decorations everywhere I decided it was time to embrace the season to create some holiday inspired projects.  

My inspiration came from a card I saw on Nicol Spohr Magouirk's blog and decided to try doing something similar with the supplies I had.  To create the winter scene, I stamped 6 trees from the Peaceful Pines stamp set and cut those out using the coordinating Perfect Pines framelits.  I cut out some snowing hills by first drawing the layout with a pencil and then cutting them out using my paper snips.  I layered the hills with dimensionals and added an embossed vellum layer.  

Can you see the background trees behind the piece of vellum?  There are also some snowy hills in the background cut out of whisper white cardstock.  The two presents were stamped in cherry cobbler ink and cut out with the Perfect Pines framelits.  There are so many cute stamps and framelits in this set.  

I am thinking about doing a video to show how to make this card.  What do you think? 

Also, if you look closely you can get a sneak peek from an upcoming product in the Occasions catalog.  Do you see the sparkle on the hills?  Are you wondering how that got there?  I used a Wink of Stella glitter pen that will be available to you in the Occasions catalog the beginning of January.  It comes in gold and clear glitter color.  I LOVE this pen!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!