Saturday, April 21, 2018

Seize the Birthday - Bright Colors

The new challenge at Seize the Birthday is a birthday card (of course) and the optional topping is bright colors.  Since I am a lover of bright colors, this was not hard for me to do. 



I started with a die cut base of Bristol Smooth card stock.  I also again added color to my background using a favorite method of squishing.  I put the ink (a light pink from Gina K) on work surface, spritzed with water and then dipped the background in it to give it a little color.

I stamped the sentiment down in the lower left corner so I knew where to place my large floral stamp.

The stamp is a Penny Black brushstroke stamp.  I first stamped the leaves and vine in two shades of green.  The flower was stamped in a brighter pink ink than what I used for the background.  I had to do several stampings to get good coverage.  Thank goodness we now have stamping platforms.

After I was done stamping, I watered down some of the bright pink and splattered it across the card front.  A few sequins were glued to the card front.  Yesterday when shopping, I bought a pink assortment of sequins so I had more choices.


I also made some turquoise cards with this stamp.  I do want to try distress oxide inks and then for the final stamp do a light mist of water on the stamp and then stamp over the image to have the water blend the ink.

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Sending Love

Hand making a card and mailing it to someone is a very special way of sending love.  A wonderful touch of kindness to show someone that you care.  We not only receive the creative pleasure of making the card but also knowing that the recipient will enjoy receiving some special mail. 

This card will go to my 92 year old aunt who now lives in a nursing home.  She did something special for me so I wanted her to know how much I appreciate it.

Freshly Made Sketches has a wonderful sketch this week.  You can do so many things with it. 

 I had some pieces of watercolor paper hanging out on my desk so I die cut two circles.  The fancy circle was a new die I just bought.  I love the little detail on it.

All the paper was colored using the squish method.  I put Gina K ink on my mat and sprayed water on it.  I then dipped the paper into the inky water and added color to everything.  I had two shades of the same color family so used the darker color on the bigger circle and to color the butterfly.

The butterfly (Gina K Designs) was stamped with black VersaFine ink and clear embossing powder added to it.  The sentiment (Gina K Designs) was done the same way.

I cut my card base to fit my large watercolor panel.



Please make a card and send it to someone to brighten their day.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sympathy Cards

I normally like to make my sympathy cards when I need them so they can be more personal, unfortunately, most of the time, you just can't make them.  I have decided to try and keep a supply of masculine and feminine sympathy cards on hand. 

This is my female version for a sympathy card.  I was using a die cut for the first time.  The background with the scallops is the die I had never used.  I bought it as Christmas.  I had not used the floral spray many times either.



I am entering this in a new challenge blog I found.  It is a monthly challenge blog called Creative With Stamps.  


I have kitted a few of these to assemble when I am dog sitting.  I will be prepared the next time I need a sympathy card.

If you want to see how I used the floral die cut - check it out at this link.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Playing With Distress Oxide Inks

I love to play with the distress oxide inks.  It can be so fun to just play with the inks and make beautiful backgrounds.  If you are going to get messy, you should make many backgrounds at one time.  No one will turn out the same and that is the fun of doing it.

This background was made with different shades of blue.  I also used a pink in the background.  It is just peeking out around the card front. 

The sentiment is from Fun Stampers Journey.  A wonderful encouragement card for someone - a greeting to pick you up when you need it or have accomplished something that deserves recognition.

I stamped it in VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.


Have a wonderful day. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

I found the remains of several pieces of coordinating paper and I was able to make these two cards.  I love the colors and the birds that were in the design.



Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

CAS(E) This Sketch Card

I am working on some more cards for a military box.  I am trying to get some masculine cards made.  It seems they are the hardest to make for many people.

I decided to try the weekly challenge at CAS(E) This Sketch


The papers come from a 6 x 6 pad I picked up at Tuesday morning.  It has a camping theme to the papers although you can't tell that from the papers I used.  I liked the bright colors.  I also love Hello stamps.  They are so versatile.


Thank you much for stopping by. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Freshly Made Sketch Challenge

 I am trying to make more CAS cards so try to do the weekly challenge at Freshly Made Sketches.


The lighthouse stamp is from Gina K Designs and the paper is from an Authetique 6 x 6 winter themed pad.  I thought the colors worked great for a lighthouse card.  The sentiment is from Altenew.



I have a couple more of these to assemble for a military box.

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