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Concord & 9th November Release // Bundled Up

Popping in quickly today to share a  card for week 3 as a Concord & 9th guest designer for the November release! This week I used the Bundled Up stamp and die sets.

I started the card by stamping the cute kids in the set on some scrap paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored them with copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.

I then used circle dies to cut a few circles in a panel. I used the panel as a stencil for a backing that would go behind the panel, and then used distress inks to color the area that would be behind each circle.

I stamped  a sentiment from the Bundled Up stamp set on my backing and then situated my little kiddos the way I wanted them, popping them up on the backing with foam tape and letting them pop out of the circles on the panel a bit. After adhering the panel to the backing, I mounted everything onto a card base.

I added a few sequins as a finishing touch!

Hope everyone is enjoying this holiday time! Is anyone doing any Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping this weekend? I’m hoping to pick up a few last minute things for the nursery!

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Sympathy Card // Prayers are with you

Prayers Are With You

I’m back into the swing of things after taking last week off for some much needed R & R. I really need to do that more often, I think!

Today I’m sharing a sympathy card that was inspired by this one, made by May Park. Just as she did, I stamped some floral images (using the Autumn Leaves stamp set) and embossed them with gold embossing powder. I then blended on some Shaded Lilac, Milled Lavender, and Seedless Preserves distress ink.

Prayers are with you

I added some spatters of water to give the panel a bit more interest. I kept the main sentiment white and embossed the rest onto some slate gray card stock. The stamp & die set I used for the sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Prayers Are With You

As usual, these kinds of cards are not my favorite to make, but this one turned out pretty (and would be a fabulous design for many other types of cards, too!).

What are you guys making this week?

kimberly

 

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Happy Holidays

One week until Christmas Day! How is everyone doing so far? I’m trying my best not to get swept up into the stress of it all – so far so good. Every year I make a little something for friends and coworkers so I’ve been working on that, and I did a wee bit of decorating a few weeks ago, too!

Happy Holidays card

I can say that I have been lacking a bit in the Christmas card-making department, but at least I’ve made a couple!

Happy Holidays card

This one has a bit of everything thrown in – some distress ink blending over a chevron stencil, a die cut sentiment and heat embossed secondary sentiment, some string, clear droplets and some die cut flora for a little extra kick.

Happy Holidays card

I hope you like the card! And I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!

Happy Holidays card

kimberly

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First Birthday Party Invitations

Last week, I was commissioned to make some first birthday party invitations for a co-worker. Here’s how they turned out:

First birthday invitations

I started by creating a design on the computer (I don’t get too complicated and just use some free fonts and the full extent of my Microsoft Word savvy for this). I added all of the text for my design, leaving room for my little ink splatter design in the middle. I was able to put 3 invitations on one 8.5″ x 11″ sheet to print them out more efficiently. Here’s an example of the word file (with silly details added so I’m not giving away anyone’s real address or phone number!).

invite

After printing these out on some heavyweight card stock and cutting them (a little smaller than 4.25″ x 5.5″), I started on the rest of the design. This involved creating a mask for the number 1 from my Number It die set and aligning it in the middle of the empty space on the invitation.

First birthday invitations

Then, I used a Splatter Stencil and ink blended some Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers distress ink over the top.

First birthday invitations

First birthday invitations

I like how these turned out! Soon, customize-able versions of these will be available in the Shop!

First birthday invitations

kimberly

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Happy 21st Birthday!

21st birthday card

I’m really excited to share this card with you today, because I’m so happy with how it turned out! First, I should give credit where credit is due, and tell you that this card is almost a carbon copy of this one, which I stumbled upon after doing some google searching for a good 21st birthday card idea.

21st birthday cardThis card uses one of my favorite techniques, die cut masking (see here, here, and here!), and was made for my cousin’s 21st birthday (for which I got to tag along for the evening’s events!).

21st birthday card

You can read the “how to” on the post for the inspiration card, but I’ll tell you what I did here, too. Firstly, I cut a bunch of numbers using the Number It die from Mama Elephant and some inkadinkadoo masking paper. I arranged them onto my card panel in a way that I liked, and stuck them down accordingly. I then used distress inks and an ink blending tool to blend ink onto the panel and around the masks. The distress ink colors I used were: Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Abandoned Coral and Seedless Preserves. Then, I removed the masks and lightly blended some more ink over the masked areas to soften up the design. Lastly, I added a few droplets of water onto the panel to activate the distress ink and then lifted the water away with a paper towel. You can’t really tell in the photos, but it gave the panel a bit more interest and texture –  I didn’t want to go crazy with it, though!

21st birthday card

For the sentiment, I stamped happy birthday (with enough room to fit my numbers in between) onto the panel using VersaFine Onyx Black Ink. Then, I cut more numbers using the Number It dies, stacked them on top of each other and glued them to the panel between Happy and Birthday.

21st birthday card

I added a few clear droplets as a finishing touch and she was finished!

I think I might make one of these in every color!

Kim and Kam
Happy 21st Birthday…Kam! :)

(Did I mention we could be twins?)

kimberly

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A Birthday Card for Jake

Happy Birthday distress inkIt’s turning into a bit of a tradition that every year my godson Jake and I spend the day together to celebrate his birthday. Because I can rarely get my act together on time (and because he has a busy social calendar) this day usually takes place about a month after his actual birthday, but it happens! This past weekend, we went out to lunch, played with my kittens, and saw a movie together (we saw Sing, which was really cute).

Happy Birthday distress ink card

Each year the card I make him incorporates some blues and greens, since that seems to be the easiest way for me to end up with a boy-suitable card. I stayed in my comfort zone for this one, too: geometric shapes and bold sentiments. An 8 year old’s birthday might have been a good time for me to bring out the cutesy critter stamps and dies. Maybe next time!

Happy Birthday distress ink

I stamped my abstract triangles stamp in VersaMark ink on a piece of Bristol paper, and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and my heat tool. I then did some ink blending with a combination of Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio and Twisted Citron distress inks. I added some water droplets and some white and black watercolor paint splatters as well. Once I was happy with that, I put a piece of printer paper on top of the panel and pressed a hot iron on top to remove the embossing powder, just to give the card a flat look. I then cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle die.

Happy Birthday distress ink card

Then got to work on my sentiment. I used Winnie & Walter’s Happy Cutaway die and cut that from some white card stock several times and stacked it up to give it a chip board quality. Like I always do, I rooted around through my stash for a simple “birthday” sentiment and then heat embossed that in white on a strip of black card stock. I positioned that under, around and through the happy and attached it to the bristol paper with some tiny staples. Lastly, I mounted the panel onto a piece of teal card stock cut to about 4.25″ x  5.5″  and then onto a card base of the same size.

Happy Birthday distress ink

I think Jake liked the card! There was a gasp and a “you made this?!” when I told him it was handmade, so I was feeling pretty good about myself for the rest of the afternoon. :)

I also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge (SSSflickrchallenge#65). You can read more about that, here.

Happy Birthday distress ink card

kimberly

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Throwback Thursday // A Baby Shower Card

Baby Shower Card & Tag

I just posted a photo of this card and tag set on instagram and it occurred to me that I never actually blogged about it! I made it a few years ago, so it works perfectly for a #throwbackthursday post, don’t you think?

Baby shower card and tag

I made this card for a baby shower nearly two years ago, and I really liked how it came out, so I’m not sure why I forgot to share it here. I made it gender neutral, because we didn’t know the sex of the baby at the time (it was a boy!). I used a combination of Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant products for this card, as well as some distress ink and copic markers for the coloring.

Baby shower card and tag

For the card: I started with a 5.25″ x 4″ piece of watercolor paper that I “painted” using distress ink (Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean).  I say “painted” because what I actually did was press each ink pad down onto my craft mat, spritzed each color with water, picked them up onto a piece of acetate and then stamped the acetate onto my paper until I achieved the look I wanted. There are good tutorials for this technique on youtube. In fact, here’s a recent video where the technique is shown.

After the panel was dry, I cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and added a stamped and die cut (and copic-colored) stork from the Plus One Lawn Fawn stamp set. I added some polka dots to the stork’s satchel with a white gel pen.

The sentiment is from the Mama Elephant Surprise Sentiments stamp set. I stamped it with VersaMark ink onto a strip of vellum and heat embossed it with some white embossing powder. I layered the vellum piece on top of a black strip of card stock cut to the same size. I also added a bit of washi tape behind the sentiment to give it a pop, and affixed it to the card with a tiny attacher/mini stapler.

Baby shower card and tag

For the tag: I cut the tag shape out using the Lawn Fawn Tag, You’re It die set and added the stitched border using the coordinating Birthday Tags stamp set. For the sentiment, I used another from the Mama Elephant Surprise Sentiments set, and I then added a little rattle from the Plus One stamp set. I added glossy accents to the rattle..and then didn’t wait long enough for it to dry before taking the photos, so the rattle looks a little cloudy here. Once the glossy accents dried, it looked perfectly clear and shiny.

#tbt baby shower card, tag and gift

I found some tissue paper, ribbon and a simple brown gift bag at Target that seemed to match the theme I was going for. Inside the bag were some gender neutral onesies and a zebra stuffed animal if I do recall (it helps when the zebra is peeking out of the bag). :)

Baby shower card and tag

Happy Throwback Thursday (which means it’s almost Friday)!

kimberly