Cards

Best Wishes on Your Retirement

For some reason, it’s been slow goings on the card making front for me lately. I’m not sure what that’s about. I think there are just too many other things calling my name – like gardening and yard work. I have some tulips in my yard that were just blooming this morning, so I feel the need to fiddle around and get the rest of the yard looking just as pretty as the one spot where the tulips are!  At any rate, this cheery (and flowery) retirement card fits the mood, I think.

Retirement card

I used one of my favorite floral sets to embellish this card – Painted Flowers by Altenew. The images are just so pretty, and the flowers are just the right size for creating nice focal points. I also used several yellow ink colors from the Summer Afternoon mini ink cube set to ink up the flowers which I wanted to be yellow to match my yellow watercolor-wash background.

Retirement card

You’ll also notice that this card is not the normal size (which meant I also had to fashion a custom envelope). It measured about 8″ long by 4.25″ tall. I had to make it so long to accommodate the word “retirement” across the front (for which I used Neat & Tangled’s Journaling Alpha dies). I cut out the letters several times and stacked all the R’s E’s T’s, etc. on top of each other to give the letters some dimension. I used Multi Medium Matte glue for this.

Retirement card

The rest of the sentiment, the “best wishes on your” part, is just some good old fashioned handwriting. I couldn’t find a sentiment in my stash that seemed right, so I used a pencil and took a very (very) long time to draw out the letters the way I liked them. I looked at several different calligraphy fonts for reference. Once it looked halfway decent, I drew over the pencil with a copic multiliner pen. With the sentiment was taken care of, I arranged my paper flowers here and there, and affixed them with Multi Medium Matte and finally added a few clear droplets. Finished!

Retirement card

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly

Cards

Two Baby Shower Cards

Hello! I am just back from a nice, relaxing vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which is why I haven’t posted in a little bit. Hopefully I’ll be back into the swing of things in the next few days (I still haven’t unpacked everything yet…).
Baby shower cards

Today I thought I’d share two baby shower themed cards that I made recently. I used a Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints Baby stamp set for the cards.

Baby shower card

The first card I created by lining up three stamps from the set. in my Mini Misti tool and stamping them out in a straight line across the 4.25″x5.5″ panel (that I added some interest to with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die). I used Versafine black ink for the stamping. For the sentiment (which says Congrats and is not showing up well in the photos…), I stamped a sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set in Buttercup pigment ink. It’s such a great yellow color.

Baby shower cardFor the second card, cut the back panel with another stitched rectangle die, and then cut two stitched circles, the larger one in yellow, the other, using a SSS stitched circle die.  I stamped the onesie image (so cute) onto the white stitched circle shape and colored it with my copic markers. I popped several layers of the card up with some foam tape to give the card a bit of dimension.

Baby shower cards

Now, time to unpack from last week’s vacation…

kimberly

Cards

Cheers!

Cheers

Lately I’m loving a big, bold sentiment on a card. I’ve been playing around with several Winnie & Walter dies and they do not disappoint!

Cheers Winnie & Walter

For this card, I first stamped the Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See stamp with versamark ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder onto a panel (I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die to give the edges some interest). I choose to watercolor the panel with a nice cheery (ha) yellow. Then, I die cut several of In a Word: Cheers Cutaway sentiments and stacked them on top of each other to give the word some dimension. I adhered it to my watercolor panel and mounted the whole thing onto a card base.

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I hope everyone is having a cheerful week!

kimberly

Nails

Midweek Manicure // Yellow Lines

Spring is officially here, although you might not know it if you live in New England. Right now it feels like a balmy 32 degrees outside. But, I am defying the weather by wearing bright pink pants and colorful nail art. This week I’m sharing an easy-to-do  colorful yellow and white(ish) Spring mani:

Yellow Lines Nail Art

I used:

Milani Yellow and Essie Mashmallow

I started with two coats of marshmallow and then when that was dry just started painting lines with the yellow in various directions across my nails.

Yellow Lines Nail Art How-To

(this is the kind of nail design that will warrant a little bit of clean-up at the end. Just use a nail brush (or a small paintbrush from Michaels – that’s what I use), dip it in nail polish remover and run it it around the edges of your nail – anywhere you’ve gotten polish where it isn’t supposed to be!

Yellow Lines Nail Art

And there you have it! I’d love to see some other early spring-inspired nail art. Feel free to share!

kimberly