“I want to be under the sea, in an Octopus’ garden in the shade.” This card is inspired by a Beatles song that my husband sings around the house ALL THE TIME. 🙂
I used the Sunsational Stamps super adorable digi set Ocean Critters 1 and 2 to make this shaker card. I colored these cute little ocean critters with my alcohol markers. For the background and frame I sponged on Mermaid Lagoon, Faded Jeans and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink onto watercolor paper and then spritzing it with water. I let the water sit on it for about a minute before I pressed a paper towel onto the paper to dry. I like the bubbly spots this technique leaves.
I used a rectangle die to cut the center out, I adhered a piece of acetate to the backside of the frame and added foam tape around backside of frame. I adhered the solid rectangle to the card base and added the shaker elements. I colored very small versions of the starfish, shells and turtles to add as additional shaker elements along with the beads and sequins. I placed the acetate layer on top, added the ocean critter on top of the acetate and the ‘Fishing You’ are from my Doodlebug Teeny Type stickers.
I stamped the inside with a Raisin Boat sentiment and added one more turtle, because he is my VERY favorite!
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Hello, today I had to make cards for a couple of friends that are struggling with difficult life issues. The style of the cards I created lend themselves to really any occasion. They can easily be adapted for birthday, congrats or sympathy, just by changing up the sentiment and color choice. I did not want these cards to be maudlin, I wanted them to lift the spirits without being silly or too light-hearted.
This first card I used Raisin Boat Growing Love stamp set that I stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and Pacifica Blue ink from CTMH for the berries and graphic blooms. I stamped twice so I could get two shades of blue and I LOVE the lighter version, it is so pretty. I added Nuvo Crystal Drops by Tonic Studios in Navy to add dimension and interest to a few of the blooms. The HI die cut is from MFT, I got it free with a promotion, and you all know I love promos! I cut it several times in Beetle Black cardstock by Doodlebug, glued all the layers together and topped it off with clear Wink of Stella, and dotted my “I” with an enamel dot. I finished the top layer off with a piece of ribbon from my stash (that looks like it was made just for this card) and added that layer to the card base.
For the inside of that card I used Lawn Fawn‘s Scripty Sayings and added a little butterfly stamp from a CTMH set, layered that on black and called it done!
My Floral Hugs card was created using one of the blooms from the same Raisin Boat set Growing Love. I stamped the flower in Terra Cotta ink from CTMH and then re-stamped it using Versamark ink. I then sprinkled clear embossing powder on the images and hit it with the heat tool. I ran the paper with the images through my eBosser using a CTMH confetti embossing folder. I fussy cut out the flowers and set aside. I then cut a piece of Amy Tangerine paper I have had FOR…EVER on a bit of an angle and adhered it to the card base. I added the flowers to cover up the seam and stamped Big HUG in Terra Cotta ink from my CTMH Big Hugs stamp set.
For the inside I stamped off that same flower in the Terra Cotta to make a much lighter version and then stamped Thinking of You from the CTMH Seaside Greetings stamp set (also in Terra Cotta). I layered that panel onto the Amy Tangerine patterned paper, added it to the inside of the card and Voila!
Hi all, a quick card to wrap up this Mother’s Day. I used the Zen Floral stamps and dies from Honey Bee Stamps. I am IN LOVE with this set. #honeybeestamps
I made another box card, this time I went with black and white heat embossing these fabulous little images and then coloring the ones on the inside and the back panel with my ZIG Clean Color Water Brush markers.
Hi there, I know Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but I am already working on Father’s Day cards, so I would like to share this one with you featuring a couple of the Sunsational Stamps digi sets; King of the Grill and Love Bear (male)
I started out by stamping a denim patterned background onto the apron in Memento Ink so that I could color over it with alcohol markers. I used a dark blue, medium red and a cool grey. Then I colored the bear with E37 and used a paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol to dab the bear to create “fur”. I cut the bear apart, so I could put the apron on him. I popped up his head and added the arms. The grilling tools were added and the bottom of each tool was popped up to give it a little dimension.
Also, there still is time to join Sunsational Stamps’ Ocean/Beach themed challenge. Follow this Link for all the fun! There is some great inspiration there as well as PRIZES!
Greetings and salutations! Today I needed a graduation card for a customer of mine that has a niece graduating from Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) This card took a long time to assemble because all the gold, black and yellow are inlaid…so it was tedious, but I had a blast making it. I used all Bazzill paper, the label and frames are Elizabeth Craft Design and the Wow Moment was a die I got in a goodie bag from a Scrapbook Expo crop, so the company is unknown to me. The gold die cut numbers and the letters in the name are from Honey Bee Stamps Color Me Alpha set. I use these ALL the time!
Greetings fellow paper crafters! Today I wanted to get a head start on my Mother’s Day cards, so I started by making a card for my mom, from her grandchild. I am in love with the You Take The Cake digi set from Sunsational Stamps. You can find the set Here.
I started by printing the teapot and the teacup on patterned paper by Authentique, they have such pretty papers. I also printed a series of the flower blossom on the papers as well. I used my one inch Fiskars circle punch to pop out the flowers and fussy cut the teapot and cup. I alternated the two patterns of the flowers along the left side, for a border.
I cut out the cute double frame using the Fitted Frames 3 Curvy Rectangles by Elizabeth Craft Design. I popped up the cup and pot overlapping the frame, added a heart from a Raisin Boat set. I made the ‘Nana’ banner with some alpha stickers in my stash, mounted the whole kit-n-kaboodle on a salmon pink cardstock base and called it done!
Just a quick hello, wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter and share this Easter card with you.
Howdy-doo! We have Easter right around the corner, but in my family that means we have several birthdays too! Today I had to take a break from my Easter projects and concentrate on Birthday cards. I used my City Critters digi set from Sunsational Stamps and used the adorable pup. I printed it both the way it is intended and I also flipped the image so I would have two pups facing one another. When I colored them with my alcohol markers, I used my pup and my “grand” pup as the inspiration. 😉
I used my Elizabeth Craft Design‘s balloon and party hat stamps and dies from her Happy Bird-day set to turn these two little cuties into party animals.
I created the background using a stencil I created (that I use ALL the time) one end is a hilly edge and the other is a cloudy edge. I used Peeled Paint Distress ink and Tumbled Glass Distress ink (they are my landscape Go-To colors) and sponged them over the stencil. It is quick and easy and adds a subtle background.
The Happy Birthday sentiment was die cut using Tim Holtz Thinlits Celebration Words dies. First I backed a piece of cardstock with a sheet of double-faced tape, then I cut the words out exactly how I wanted them on the card. In the picture below you will see how I place the letters to keep them perfectly spaced and even.
I held the negative space down with a couple of pieces of Washi tape on the card exactly where I wanted the words. Then I proceeded to, one by one, remove the backing to expose the sticky side then placed the letter back in its spot. Press the letters down and remove the negative space. Voila! Perfectly placed letters.
I added the party hats and balloons to my pups. I hand drew the balloon string and bows. I matted the front of the card onto more of the teal cardstock that I cut the letters out with. Finally I attached this to the card base and called it done!
Please click Here to get to the City Critters Digi set, and while you are there look around the store, there are so many adorable sets to choose from. Sunsational carries both digi and clear stamps for all your crafting needs.
I hope you have been inspired by today’s card. Please stop by often and see the fabulous creations from all the Design Team Members!
Hello, today I created a wedding card for a friend/customer who needed a wedding card in grays and pearl white. I had a copy of the invitation, so I incorporated some elements from it into the card.
I used one of my new Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and peel off gems. I used various flower dies and cut a combination of large and small flowers using Bazzill silver cardstock, vellum that has a beautiful tiny floral white on white pattern and a pearly embossed cardstock. I mixed and matched them and used little brads to hold the pieces together. I cut the leaves out of the silver cardstock using a Sizzix die I got on clearance for $1 🙂 Can you say “Awesomesauce”?!
The card base is medium gray American Crafts heavyweight cardstock, and the patterned paper on the base is Carta Bella from the Paris Girl line…not sure if that is retired or not, I have had it for a while, and I LOVE every pattern in this collection, so I use it sparingly. Needless to say, I am quite frugal with my supplies.
I did mat the patterned paper with black cardstock before mounting it on the card base. Finally I stamped a piece of the pearlized paper (which was also used for the ECD Entwined Circles) with a sentiment from Taylored Expressions, Lifetime of Love set. I scored this adorable set for just $5. I think it is still for sale on Taylor’s website for that price. I cut the monogram out with Kwik Kutz Eliza letter set that my wonderful daughter got me (brand new) from a garage sale. This episode is all about good deals. HA!
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