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!


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Smile Three Times // Second Generation Stamping

Three happy cards seem like a good recovery from last week’s sympathy card post, don’t you think?

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I have been making lots of card sets lately (see here, and here…and here) and this Punny Produce: Pear set from Wplus9 was so cute and simple I couldn’t stop with just one card, so I made three! I started by stamping the pear outline in a medium-tone brown ink onto three different scallop-edge card panels. Next, I chose three colors of ink and stamped the solid image inside each outline.  I did something a little different for the stamping this time, though! I used second generation stamping for each solid filler image. So, I’d stamp off once (using varying amounts of pressure) onto some scrap paper before stamping the image onto my project. This created a nice effect along with some variation of tone on each image, which I really like.The ink colors I used were: Appletini, Old Gold and Cranberry Crush, all of which are dye inks from Wplus9.

Smile Wplus9 Perfect Pear

The stamp set also includes a solid image to fill in the stem and leaf outline, but I decided to skip it for this design.

Smile Wplus9 Punny Produce

I kept the sentiment fairly simple, using only the Smile Circle wafer die and some vellum (cut into a circle using this die set). I cut the die twice for each card, and sandwiched the circle of vellum between each smile die cut with some Multi Medium Matte glue before adhering it to my panel with the same adhesive.

Smile card set

I mounted each panel onto an A2-sized card base made of Neenah Desert Storm card stock and then added a few sequins in coordinating colors to finish each card!


Cas(e) This Sketch #211 Guest Designer

Sending love card
I’m so excited to announce that I’m a guest designer for this week’s Cas(e) This Sketch challenge! If you’ve never participated in the challenge before, it’s great fun! Every week there is a new sketch to inspire your creativity. Here is this week’s sketch:
For my card, I decided to stamp a few images from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set with Versa Mark Ink and then emboss them with white embossing powder. I then added several layers of a watercolor wash in some blue and green tones, letting each layer dry in-between.  Sending love floral watercolor

Once my panel was dry, I embellished the edges using a stitched rectangle die. I then die-cut a sentiment using a Sending die and some slate gray card stock. Before I adhered the sentiment, I stamped the word love from a Wplus9 Hand Lettered Hello stamp set with Versa Fine Onyx Black ink. I popped the Sending part of the sentiment on using multi matte medium glue. That stuff never does me wrong.

I added a few clear droplets to finish everything off.

Sending love SSS altenew

I can’t wait to see what everyone creates for the challenge this week!


Sending Lots of Love

Sending lots of love

Hello again! Today I’m sharing a card that is very similar to one I created a few weeks ago

Sending lots of love

I started with an A2-sized card base and masked off about 1 and a half inches at the bottom, and then began stamping various floral images from the Altenew Hello Sunshine stamp set. I used SSS Intense Black Ink for this, because I knew I’d be coloring the images in with my Copic markers after I finished all the stamping.

Sending lots of love

I colored everything with a combination of Copic colors and I really ended up loving the color scheme. I then outlined each image with a gray marker (N2) to make everything stand out a bit more. After that, I added a line of liquid platinum embossing powder across the bottom of the card to delineate the space between where the white space and the stamped part of the card met.

Sending lots of love

For the sentiment, I die cut the SSS Sending wafer die from some dark gray card stock several times and stacked them up (using spray adhesive to stick them together). I stamped the lots of love part of the sentiment on the panel before adhering my Sending die cut just above it.

Sending lots of love

I also entered this card into the current Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge. You can read more about the challenge (and enter a card!) by clicking here.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!


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.


Coffee Love Card Set

Coffee card set

Are any of you big coffee drinkers? I will say that I’m not a big lover of the caffeinated beverage, but I do indulge in some coffee every once in a while – as long as it has a lot of cream and sugar in it! Even though I’m not an every day coffee drinker, I love the illustrated/line drawing quality of this stamp set, so I made sure to order it a few weeks ago!

Coffee cards

And for this small set of 4.25″x4.25″ cards, I did what I generally like to do – stamp a few images and add a watercolor wash. I find it’s a good way for me to “break in” a new stamp set lately. So, I cut my watercolor panels (I like Canson watercolor paper) and stamped a few different images and sentiments on each panel from the Coffee Love stamp set. I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink for this, because it’s waterproof.

Love you more than coffee

I used my Gansai Tambi Watercolor set and various cool and warm brown tones to create different colored washes on each panel. Once they were all dry, I used a stitched square die to cut each panel a bit smaller, and then mounted each onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. Altenew coffee card set

I added some clear sequins to each panel to finish everything off!

Make it a great week! :)


Hello Sunshine // Air Plant Love

My love affair with air plants continues. So much so that I fashioned an air plant out of an image from the LLD Sweet Succulents stamp set for this card!

Hello Sunshine mft sweet succulents

To start, I stamped one of the succulents from the stamp set, colored it with my copics and cut it out using it’s coordinating die.  I then separated some twine into very thin strands and affixed three strands to the back of the succulent image with some tape. I made it so that two of the strands came down around the bottom of the succulent and could then be pulled up so that they laid on top of the image. The third strand stayed at the back. This way, when I collected the three strands together it looked as if the succulent was hanging in the air, supported by the strings.

Hello Sunshine

I got out some of my scalloped-edge paper from Paper Source and stamped the Hello Sunshine sentiment (from the Altenew Hello Sunshine set) in my favorite VersaFine Black Onyx ink.I then affixed the succulent to the card with some foam tape and gathered up the strings. I tied a knot toward the top, just for a little added interest, and affixed the rest of the twine onto the back of the card with some tape. I tied a bit of extra string around where the knot was so that some loose ends of string hung down.

MFT sweet succulents hello sunshine card

I mounted the scalloped panel onto a card base cut from Neenah Desert Storm card stock. I decided it looked a little to plain, so I added a bunch of random dots here and there using a Pico Embellisher in Tuxedo Black. I contemplated adding sequins, but I figured I should leave well enough alone!

Hello Sunshine mft sweet succulentskimberly