Welcome

Hello and welcome to my blog of card crafts. I am happy that you stopped by for a visit. I hope you can visit often. Have a wonderful and blessed day! "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and my soul knows right well." Psalm 139:14

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summertime

Hi Everyone! I hope you are keeping cool. I love summer, but like to stay inside with the air on on these very hot days. What I like about summer are pretty flowers, butterflies and daylight savings time! The white on my card reminds me of the extra hour of daylight! While making this card I was reminded of the old tune, "In the Good Old Summer Time." So here is my summer card using punches, pearls and dies!




I used the Flower Cheery Lynn die and cut from white glitter paper for the background of the image. The butterfly is also a Cheery Lynn die and my favorite! I made the square frame using a Martha Stewart corner and border punch. Here is a close up where you can see the sparkle better on the flower die.





TIP:  I love making white on white cards and to make the details show more I use pop dots to lift some layers. This adds depth and dimension. 


Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!

Challenges entered:

Cheery Lynn:  Anything Goes
Frilly and Funkie:  It's Summer
Paper Take Weekly: Trio - Tastic ( punches, pearls, dies )
Penny Black: White on White
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: Name That Tune













Monday, June 22, 2015

Enjoy Life .....

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my blog. I want to show another card I had fun making using this picture from The Shabby Tea Room as my inspiration.





I have several teapot stamps and here is one that I really love but it has no name of the company on the stamp! I also love this saying by Sparkle N Sprinkle.





I used the Floral Flourishes dies by Spellbinders to add some flair to the lace bow and flower. The border was made by using a Martha Stewart punch, once for each color and layering one on top of the other.




Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Oldies Technique # 11 -- Emossing and Coloring on Vellum

Hi Everyone! It is time for another Oldies technique. With June being a big wedding month I thought I would use one of my favorite Oldies technique -- using vellum on a wedding card. Vellum makes cards look so lovely I think.






Supplies needed:

vellum ( I used a heavy vellum and cut out a shape from it )
open stamp to color
bright markers 
Versa Mark or white pigment ink
white embossing powder
embossing buddy
heat tool


Swipe the embossing buddy over the vellum so that the embossing powder will not stick to areas you do not want it!




Ink up the stamp with Versa Mark or white pigment ink, sprinkle on white embossing powder and heat set it.


Turn the vellum piece over and color the image using your markers. 





Here is how it looks when you turn it back over to the front.





Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a great day!  Hugs!


Challenges entered:  


Artistic Stamper: Summer is on its Way ( June weddings and flowers!)
Paper Take Weekly:  Ohh So Pretty
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Favorite Technique/Product






Monday, June 15, 2015

Up and Away

Hi Everyone! I hope you are enjoying your day. It is very hot and humid outside today so I am staying in where it is cool! I want to show you a tag I made using a hot air balloon. If you have never been up in one you need to try it sometime. It is an awesome experience. I went on a fall day and we were cruising right along over the beautiful treetops!

I made the background by dropping reinkers on a hard sponge and swiping the sponge on the tag vertically and horizontally. I then spritzed the background with water a little to make the colors run.




I used a Tim Holtz script rub on and another design rub on and adhered an Idea-ology gear to it. The balloon was stamped on a Spellbinders die using Distress Faded Jeans ink. I used a water brush to move the color around a little.




Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful day!

Challenge entered: 12 Tags of 2015 -- June


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tea Party

Hi Everyone! Welcome to my blog. I hope you are enjoying your day. I want to share a card I made using one of my teapot stamps. I love tea parties, teapots and teacups. I got the inspiration for my card from this beautiful photo from The Shabby Tea Room. Wouldn't this teapot make a lovely table centerpiece?






I stamped  my teapot with pink ink, fussy cut it and covered it with Glossy Accents to make it look like porcelain. TIP: When fussy cutting it helps to cut away large pieces of paper to give you room to cut better. I also turn my paper as I cut to help the "flow" of the scissors. The leaves were cut from the Memory box die - Fresh Foliage.





I added Stickles Icicles glitter glue to all the flowers.





The bow is made from seam binding that I dyed by using Distress Tumbled Glass ink.





Thank you so much for stopping by.  I hope you have a great day!


Challenges entered:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: For the Love of Plants
Top Tip Tuesday: Cut it Out






Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Garden Birthday

Hi and welcome to my blog. I want to share a birthday card I made. I am always in need of birthday cards it seems. I had fun working with flowers, bows and the Gilded Gate die from Spellbinders.





                               This is the card with the gate opened.







Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed day!


Challenges entered:


Mod Squad Challenge: Happy Birthday
Scrapy Land: Anything Goes/Die
The Shabby Tea Room:  In My Garden

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Oldies Technique #10 -- Shadow Stamping

Hi and welcome to my blog. It is time for another Oldies technique. Today I am showing how to do shadow stamping. I have not used this technique in years and had nearly forgotten about it! I like this because it is so simple yet really neat looking.




Here are the supplies you will need:

shadow stamp
any lighter color ink ( I used a tan pigment ink )
light card stock
several stamps to stamp over the shadow
dark ink ( I used Distress Faded Jeans )


Here are some examples of a shadow stamp. It is any stamp that is pretty large and solid so that you can stamp something over top of it. Here I have an oval and rectangle shape. 





I am working with the oval shaped shadow stamp. I have stamped it with the lighter color ink. I like using pigment ink on the shadow stamp because it seems to go on more evenly and stamp more evenly, but you can use dye inks as well. 




Here is the result after I have stamped it on the card stock.




Now you can take your other stamps and stamp over the top of this shadow using your darker ink.




That's all there is to it! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. I hope you have a fun time working with this technique.


Challenges entered:


Penny's Paper Crafty:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge;  Make It Masculine
Stamp & Create:  Summer Fun