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Wishing You Only the Best

A dear coworker of mine moved on to bigger and better things last week, and it was so sad to see her go! Naturally, I had to make her a going away card for all of us to sign.

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I started by stamping the Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Madison stamp on a watercolor panel and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. Then I did a purple watercolor wash over the top. I love how embossing powder resists watercolor. I’ve been creating tons of these panels lately.

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I used the Wishing die from SSS for part of the sentiment – cutting it out from 80lb Neenah solar white card stock and also from some fun foam. I glued the cardstock die cut on top of the fun foam to give that part of the sentiment some dimension.

Wishing you only the best

The rest of the sentiment I stamped (with the Sending and Wishing stamp set) on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed in white. I used a tiny attacher to staple it onto my card front after slipping some vellum underneath. I love those teeny-tiny staples!

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I mounted my panel on top of a piece of vellum and a piece of doll pink cardstock cut slightly bigger than the panel and offset just a bit. I finished everything off with my favorite clear droplets!

Wishing you only the best

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

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More Die Cut Masking

I’ve been making a lot of cards using the die-cut masking technique I talked about in my previous post. I thought I’d share a few more of those cards with you today.

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Instead of using my copic airbrush for this card, I decided to do some ink blending with distress inks. You have to be a bit more gentle with this technique, however, because all of the blending can cause you to accidentally pull up one (or more) of your masks – ask me how I know. For the most part it works just fine.

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For this card I used the Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamp and die set for the stamps and masks. Once I finished ink blending, I added some water droplets onto the card and quickly soaked them up with a dry paper towel – that’s what gives the nice bleached out effect in some areas; One of the many reasons why I love distress inks. I popped up the sentiment on a circle die cut and added a little embossing around the edges and a circle of vellum behind. lastly, I added a stitched rectangle frame for a bit of added interest, before adhering everything onto a 4bar-sized card base.

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I wasn’t quite finished with my copic airbrush system yet, though, so I also made some 4bar get well soon cards using the same masking technique but changed it up a bit with some patterned paper and a little gathering of thread behind the sentiment. I used the Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon stamps and dies for these.  Did I mention that I first got the idea for this technique from Dawn of Wplus9? She has a great YouTube tutorial on her channel that you can check out here!

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Charmed // Thanks Again

Popping in today to share two more thank you cards. I made these two cuties using the Mama Elephant Charmed stamp set with coordinating dies, and my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!

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I’ve found that I like using the Zig markers with water to create a water-colored effect. I just lay down some color with the marker and use a paintbrush to pull the color around and do some shading. I only have the six color set, but it’s easy to blend colors and/or use varying amounts of water to achieve different color values. For the wreath around the fox I used a combination of blue, green and yellow in various places.

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Since these cards are pretty clean and simple I used some foam tape to attach my critters and sentiments to give it some dimension. I also used my Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die  and some patterned paper for the panel to finish up this card. Then I did a little dance because this stamp set is just too cute!

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Merci Times Three// I’m back from the dead

It’s time to resurrect this blog. I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! No excuses, really. I got busy doing home improvement work (and I do plan to share some before and after photos soon), and then days turned into weeks turned into months. Going forward, I’m going to do my best to post weekly, and get back into the swing of things. I’ve even got a (mostly) functional craft room now, and having a space for creative work really makes a difference.

About a month ago, we had a housewarming party. It was great! Lots of friends and family came by to celebrate our new house with us and it was so nice to fill our new home with people we love. After the party, I got busy making thank you cards (lots of which have appeared on my instagram feed).

IMG_7987 This set of cards was relatively quick and easy. For two of the cards, I used the Brush Strokes stamp set from Mama Elephant, and an assortment of Mama Elephant pigment inks before stamping the Merci sentiment (from another Mama Elephant stamp set) on top of the brush strokes. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the sentiments.

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I also had a water colored panel lying around so I slapped a Merci sentiment on that, mounted it on a card base and called it a day.

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Phew. It feels good to get a blog post written! For those of you who are still following along with me Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for sticking it out!

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You Lift Me Up // Another Vellum Shaker Card

SC You Lift Me UpPhew, it’s been a while since my last post. It’s also been a while since I’ve made a card. I’m having serious withdrawals. Right now, about 99% of my time (outside of work) is taken up with prepping our new house. We’ve removed all kinds of wallpaper, and have added a layer of drywall to all of the to-be-painted rooms, and now we’re in the sanding and painting phase. Things are coming along. Slowly but surely. Otherwise, I’ve had no time to be creative and it’s making me a bit sad. Soon, I hope.

You Lift Me Up CardTo cure the longing, at least temporarily, I’m sharing a card I made several months ago using the Studio Calico Cirque Card Kit, some vellum, embossing powder, a Mama Elephant Lots of Stars die, a sewing machine.  I’m a little obsessed with using a sewing machine and thread to make shaker cards. I love how the vellum creates a soft look and allows you to make a shaker card with a lot less bulk (so it’s easier to send through the mail). I left little tails of thread hanging off of each side of the card because it somehow reminded me of hot balloons, or balloons in general, and added a little more whimsy.

Happy Wednesday!

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Sending Prayers & Love // A Sympathy Card

Sending Prayers & LoveWell, my husband and I bought a house! And just a few days after closing on our house, my husband’s mother passed away rather suddenly. Needless to say, we have a lot going on at the moment, and I”m not sure I”m ready to blog about much of it yet, but I do plan to share some info on our house projects soon!

Today, (perhaps ironically), I want to share this card. It’s a sympathy card that I made for a friend a few months ago using the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set, some vellum and my trusty sewing machine! I stamped and heat embossed the sending sentiment on a piece of vellum that I had cut to fit over he 4.24″ X 5″ card base. I then stamped envelopes in various colors on the card base, die cut some hearts (I used washi tape on card stock in colors that coordinated with the inks I used), and assembled the shaker by sewing the vellum panel onto the card base.

Sending Happy Thoughts Sympathy CardIt’s always hard to lose a loved one. I hope this bright and cheery card helped to ease some of my friend’s pain.

Stamps: Sending Happy Thoughts (SSS)

Inks: Wplus9 Dye Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black

Dies: Lawn Fawn Joy to the Woods (the tiny heart die)

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Vellum

Other: Clear embossing powder, Glossy accents, 3m foam tape, Scotch washi tape, sewing machine

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Tiny Heroes

Mama Elephant Tiny Superheros CardHow can you not love a card with a tiny super hero and her super hero cat on it?!

I think you're super duper cardFor this card, I simply die-cut a circle window into a card panel. Then, I stamped my super-girl onto another panel, masked her off and used distress inks to color a yellow and orange background (I even added a few water droplets to the distress ink because..why not?). It ended up looking like the little lady is flying a bit too close to the sun!

Mama Elephant Tiny HeroesI colored the little kitty to match, mounted him (her?) on the front of the panel next to the sentiment, and then stamped a few stars here and there to add a little oomph.

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