Farewell! Congrats!

Farewell card

I said goodbye to a coworker last week, so a farewell card was in order. There’s something I like a lot about big red letters on a craft background (especially for masculine cards) so I went with that here.

First, for the panel, I used VersaMark ink to stamp out a few wonky circles from the Sparkle and Shine stamp set. I also stamped a few “congrats” from a Mini Messages stamp set (I cut this sentiment apart to only use one of the three congrats messages). I then cut the panel down a bit using a stitched rectangle die.

Farewell card

I cut FAREWELL out of red card stock several times using Jounaling Alpha dies and stacked them up several letters high to give the sentiment some dimension. The congrats was stamped with VersaMark onto black cardstock and heat embossed with some white embossing powder. I then adhered that little sentiment strip to the card with some foam tape.

Farewell card

To finish the card, I adhered the panel onto an A2-sized card base cut from some more craft cardstock. No extra frills because it is a masculine card, but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out otherwise!

kimberly

Tags on Tags, on Tags

Recently, I feel like I’ve entered a very creative period when it comes to crafting and card making. It feels great! Especially after going through some stints there where I found it tough to be creative whatsoever. I’ve just been letting the ideas flow, and I’m excited to share some of them with you in the coming weeks. This week – tags! I’ve been making them like a crazy person.

Gift tags

I think when you’re in a creative rut, the best place to start is somewhere simple. And that’s what I did here. I had recently gifted two coworkers with some soap, and I  wanted to personalize the bars I gave them, so I grabbed a piece of scrap watercolor paper that I had previously painted (but had no idea what to do with), and just started cutting tags out of it. I used a die that seems to no longer be available from Simon Says Stamp (womp), but I really liked the simplicity of the whole thing. I also added some initials to the tags to personalize them.  So, that got the wheels turning. I painted more panels in the same striped fashion and started cutting tags from them.

Gift tags

After that I just couldn’t stop! :)  I started painting some watercolor paper with  really loose and haphazard washes of color, and made more tags in a rainbow of colors. Now, I have no shortage of cute embellishments for packages, and I’m also selling them in packs of 10 in my Etsy shop.

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

Gift tags

kimberly

You Are…

Hello Friends! The summer seems to be winding down here, which means the summer staffers who’ve worked for me this summer are headed back to school in a few weeks. It’s always tough to say goodbye to them, but so great to have been a part of their summer job experience. Lately, every year, I’ve made cards for the two summer staffers, and we have a nice BBQ celebration to mark the end of a busy summer and to celebrate their efforts. This year is no different, and I’m really looking forward to some burgers and hot dogs on the grill!

Appreciation cards

These two are pretty match-y, but are obviously different colors with different sentiments. I heat embossed the Mini Scenery: Madison stamp in white onto each panel, and created watercolor washes over top, as ya’ll know I love to do.

Appreciation cards

The YOU part of the sentiment was cut using Journaling Alphas dies, and the sub sentiments, embossed in white on black cardstock strips, came from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set.

Appreciation cards

A few sequins on each to finish them off (and some confetti tossed around) and they were finished!

kimberly

Negative Die Cut Thank You Cards

I’ve been focusing a lot of energy on my Etsy shop lately, and things seem to be going well there which means I’ve been making a lot of quick thank you cards that I slip into orders. I made these two recently, and I thought I’d share them here.

CAS thank you card

Both cards came together pretty quickly. And the best part was that I was able to use up some “scraps” to put them together. I started by die-cutting the word thanks into a panel (one rectangular and one round) using Journaling Alphas dies. I then put a scrap piece of already-painted watercolor paper (I have a lot of practice panels lying around) behind the cut outs, propping the die cut panel up with some foam tape before adhering the two pieces together.

CAS thank you cardI then found a scrap of black cardstock (lots of that lying around, too) and stamped out sub-sentiment from the Hand Lettered Thanks stamp set, heat embossed in white.Then I added everything to a card base.

The process was much the same for the circular card.

Circle thank you card

You can see that with the second card I didn’t bother with adhering that little center portion of the “A” because I learned after the first card that ain’t nobody got time for that… :)

Oh! I also added a bit of Wink of Stella glitter to the watercolor panel pieces before adding them behind the die-cut panels. The glitter doesn’t show up well in the photos, but it added a little bit of shimmer to the card, which was nice.

Circle thank you card

That’s it!

kimberly

Floral Happy Birthday Card

It’s amazing how the weather in  New England can fluctuate so much from day to day. Two days ago I was sweating to death in my not-air-conditioned house and today I’m wishing I wore a sweater and looking forward to hot soup for dinner! Though some of my flowers and veggies are doing really well, this fluctuating weather seems to have also taken a toll on my garden this year. So for now I’ll have to settle for lots of floral cards in bright colors to get me by!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I created this one by stamping several floral images from the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set onto a watercolor paper panel. I used VersaMark ink and white embossing powder to stamp and then emboss the images. Over all of that, I painted two layers of watercolor washes in pink and purple-toned shades.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

The die-cut sentiment comes from the Painted Happy Birthday die. The rest of the sentiment was stamped on black paper and heat embossed in white, then mounted to the front of the panel with some foam tape.

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

You can just barely see it in the photos, but I also added a bit of string just behind the sentiment for added interest. I wrapped some string around my fingers in a circle, then placed it on the panel, pulling at it here and there to create a less perfect look. Some light pink sequins scattered around the panel finished the whole thing off!

Happy birthday floral emboss resist

I’ve also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge #76!

kimberly

this post contains some affiliate links.

Making Cold Process Soap for the First Time

About a month ago, I finally tried something I’ve been wanting to try for ages: making cold process soap! I think I’ve been drawn to soap making not only because of how beautiful artisan soaps can be, but also because they contain simple, real ingredients (and I’ve been known to have several mysterious skin allergies crop up from time-to-time).

Cold process soap making kit

So, I bought myself a beginner soap making kit from Bramble Berry. The kit came with everything you need to make your first batch of soap, including a recipe. The kit did not come with any colorants, however, so I purchased some of those separately to try (go big or go home, right?). The box the kit comes in even doubles as a soap mold, though if and when I do this again, I’ll purchase a proper silicone mold.

Other than the oils, lye, fragrance and other basic ingredients that come in the kit, you’ll have to supply a few things on your own like bowls, a stick blender or other mixing tool, gloves, eye protection, etc. Bowls and gloves I bought at the dollar store on the cheap, and they worked just fine!

Since I’ve been dying to try this and because this was my first time, I made sure to do a bit of research before diving in. I found some soap makers I like on social media and learned what I could from them. Bramble Berry’s blog is a great source for this kind of thing. Their youtube channel, Soap Queen TV, has a lot of great info and tutorials. I am also in love with just about every soap made by Tania of Soapish, and she’s got a great youtube channel and an even better instagram account.

Cold process soap

So, feeling mostly well informed, I got started (and soon learned that soap making is more about trial and error and less about feeling well informed from the get-go)… I mixed all my ingredients and then portioned things out into several bowls and mixed in my fragrance oil and mica colorants (Caribbean Blue and Aqua Pearl) – one bowl had fragrance oil but no colorant.

Cold process soap

I had to work pretty quickly because I got a little overzealous and I think over mixed my soap a bit. So, not much time for process photos here! But I did what I think is called a drop swirl, adding my base soap and then the colored soaps as well. I let the batch cure for about 24 hours and then cut up my bars with a sharp knife before letting them continue to cure for several weeks.

Cold process soap

Obviously there’s some room for improvement here, but I feel really good about the results of my first attempt. And the Cranberry Fig fragrance smells so delicious (though next time I think I’ll find some colors that “match” the fragrance a little better)! The soap lathers really nicely and has a smooth, creamy feel. I definitely see more soap making in my future.

kimberly

This post is not sponsored and there are no affiliate links here – I just wanted to share my thoughts and experience :)