Last week we got a bit of snow here in central Massachusetts. Fourteen and a half inches, to be exact. It was quite a lot of snow for one storm, especially in March, and especially when you have a long driveway and are armed only with a shovel!
Thankfully, many of my neighbors have snow blowers, and during this last storm, several of them were kind enough to help me out by snow-blowing parts of my sidewalk and driveway. You know that dreaded area at the end of the driveway where the snow is super high because the plow has pushed all of that extra snow into it? That’s always the worst place to shovel, and I’m so glad we didn’t have to shovel it this time, because a snow-blowin’ neighbor helped with that! So, I whipped up some thank you cards to drop in their mailboxes.
This card was fairly simple and straight forward. I started by stamping several floral images from the Hello Sunshine stamp set, using Intense Black ink on to Canson watercolor paper that I had but to about 4.5″ x 6″ or so. I then painted a watercolor wash over the top and cut out a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel using a stitched rectangle die. I used the Hand Lettered Thanks die by Wplus9 for the sentiment, along with a secondary sentiment from the coordinating stamp set (which I stamped with embossing ink on black paper and heat embossed in white).
After arranging everything on the panel, I decided the sentiment needed a bit more separation from the panel itself, so I die-cut a circle of vellum and then embossed the edge with some white embossing powder, and added it underneath my sentiment arrangement. A few sequins and I was finished!
In related news, I’m asking for a snow blower for my birthday.
I’ve said it once (probably more than once, actually) and I’ll say it again: you can never have too many birthday cards layin’ around. This one features the Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday wafer die.
First, I stamped the Abstract Triangles background stamp in Versamark ink onto a watercolor panel and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then added a watercolor wash in various shades of purple over the top. You should all know by now how much I love a good emboss-resist watercolor background!
Once the panel was dry, I was about ready to place the Happy Birthday die cuts on top but I felt like they were getting a little bit lost in the lines of the background stamp. To fix that problem I decided to add a square of vellum between the words and the background layer. I added a little heat embossing (in Liquid Platinum) around the edge of the vellum to give it a bit more separation, and adhered all my layers. A few clear sequins here and there finished it all off!
Happy Hump Day!
Phew, 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.
To 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.
Well, 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.
It’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
Wedding season is fast approaching, so today I’m sharing a recent bridal shower card.
Since I don’t yet have any wedding- or bridal shower-specific stamps in my stash, I used all kinds of items that I already had to create something delicate and pretty – appropriate for a bridal shower. The card’s got a lot going on – dry embossed roses on the paper (using an embossing folder), a strip of black ribbon, enamel dots, a die cut sentiment, washi tape, vellum, a wood veneer heart, sequins. All kinds of stuff.
It’s official. I can’t stop making cards.
This one is one of my favorites, and I let a piece of patterned paper do most of the work! I used my Wishing die once again and layered several of the die cuts to make that part of the sentiment really stand out (I also added a small piece of vellum behind the word to give it some extra pop. For the panel, I cut down a 6×6 piece of patterned paper (I love those irregular pink ombre dots) to the size of my card, but then chopped it apart toward the bottom to create some blank space inside of which I stamped my sentiment. I mounted everything on an A2 size card base, and added a little enamel dot to the left of the sentiment to finish it off.
These two cards are my very first shaker cards! Essentially, they are made with a panel full of sequins that move around when you shake the card. I’ve noticed that many shaker cards are made with an acetate or clear panel on the front, so you can see right through to the sequins, but since I didn’t have any acetate on hand, I decided to use vellum and I love the translucent, soft effect it gives. I love how colorful this first card turned out. I used the Small Stitched Rectangle dies from Lawn Fawn to create the window panel and to cut the vellum to the correct size. I then stamped and heat embossed the Sparkle and Shine sentiment with Liquid Platinum embossing powder (both of which came in my December Simon Says Stamp Monthly Kit). To put the shaker panel together, I added two layers of double sided foam tape all around the window and dropped a multitude of gem-colored sequins (i may have gone a little overboard here) onto the back panel of the card. I also glued some sequins directly to the back panel of the window, just so they’d always stay put when all the other sequins fall to the bottom of the card. I then adhered the window down to the back pannel. The sequins I used are a combination of Moonshine Sequins from Simon Says Stamp and an assortment of gem tone sequins I got from Michaels, – can’t remember the brand :( After the shaker panel was put together, I mounted it onto a piece of patterned paper, and then onto a 4.25″ x 5″ card base.
This second card is a bit more…subtle? it was pretty difficult to photograph because I used white embossing powder on the vellum this time (and because I really need to get my lighting situation figured out). The process of putting the card together was pretty much the same, although I used the stitched rectangle dies from Simon Says Stamp for this one, and made the window a bit more interesting by inlaying a small window of purple patterned paper inside the larger window.
I also stamped some stars and asterisks on the back panel of the window, behind the vellum, with white ink covered with Grape Fizz Perfect Pearls. The stamps, white ink pad, Perfect Pearls and patterned paper all came from the January SSS card kit (I love those things). For the “shakers” I used moonshine sequins and used a little more restraint this time :)
I also stamped a few stars and an asterisk on the inside of the card, and embellished them with some perfect pearls – just to add a little somethin’ somethin.’