Friday, September 18, 2015

Itty Bitty Baby Girl

With some Stampin' Up goodies I created this sweet baby card. First I took the stamp set Work of Art and Memento Angel Pink ink and stamped the background brush strokes layer. Next I took out the Stamp Set Six-Sided Sampler and stamped two different stamps from the set with Simon Says Stamp dye ink in HollyHock and three with Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Pink Gumball. One of these latter only made a hexagon edge. In the blank middle I stamped the little baby and the bow from the set Itty Bitty Baby. I then cut out the hexagons and pasted them onto the brush strokes background. I created depth by pasting some directly onto the background and the rest were added with various thicknesses of foam tape. I really like this technique and I would like to enter this card for the Love This Technique challenge at the SSS Monday Challenge Blog.

The sentiments were stamped onto the card with stamps from the Itty Bitty Baby set and some Stazon Cherry Pink ink. The little rows of hearts are also from the same stamp set and were stamped with Pink Gumball and Hollyhock. I finished the card by adhering the white cardstock onto a dark pink base card and by adding some enamel dots and sequins. 

I hope you like my little creation. This card is entered into the 'Love this Technique' challenge at the SSS Monday Challenge Blog.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Enjoy your day - busy bee

Today I have a very colorful card to show. I have been wanting to make this one for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. They have a fun one this week: make it colorful! And so I did! The challenge closes within half an hour, so I am rushing to get this posted.

I started with a piece of white cardstock that I stamped with black Archival ink and the Cover-a-Card stamp Fishscales by Impression Obsession. Next I colored it with pencils. It has been quite a while since I used those! I had to trim the cardstock a bit because one end had no stamping on it and I wanted to keep it a rectangle, so I trimmed two sides. This left me with a strip of colored and stamped cardstock that I thought would be fun to use on the card. I turned it on its side and placed it on some black cardstock. I pasted the whole onto a black base card and took another strip of black to stamp the sentiment on with Unicorn white pigment ink from Hero Arts and some white emboss powder. I decided it needed a tiny something to finish the card and took the tiny bee stamp from the Lawn Fawn set Let's Play, where I also took the sentiment from. I stamped this one with Memento Tuxedo Black on white cardstock, colored him yellow with one of my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and fussy cut it.

Hope you guy like my card! I want to enter it in the SSS Wednesday challenge - Make it Colorful

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Get well soon

The idea for this card has been in my head ever since I saw the new challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge blog last Monday. Today I finally had some time to actually sit down and create it. The theme this week is 'Trio of colors'. I used three SSS inks to create the background, namely Sunkist, Duckling and Wisteria. 

First I cut a square piece of white cardstock and with one of the SSS Stitched Squares dies cut another square in the middle of it. Then I applied the three colors of ink.

Next I stamped the cardstock with Black Color Box pigment ink and the Cover-a-Card Ornate Flower stamp from Impression Obsession and heat embossed it with clear powder.

Because I applied the black ink by smearing the ink pad over the stamp instead of dabbing it, the impression got a slightly grungy feel to it.

With the Craftables Tiny's Lily (CR1306) from Marianne Design I die-cut a piece of white cardstock. After embossing I left the paper in the die and took the Sunkist and Duckling inks and some water to color the embossed parts. After taking the paper from the die I continued by coloring the rest of the paper slightly lighter with these inks and the Green Apple ink from Simon.

On a bigger square of white cardstock I smudged some more Sunkised to create a mat to place behind the stamped layer.  

The card was finished by pasting the Sunkised colored layer onto a white base card and attaching the stamped layer with foam tape on top of it. On the piece of white cardstock that was cut from the middle of the stamped layer I stamped the sentiment with the Get Well Soon stamp (CS0895) from Marianne Design. I pasted this onto the card. To finish it I pasted the flowers onto the card and took some enamel dots and transparent sequins.

I hope you like what I created! With this card I want to enter the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge "Trio of Colors"
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge "Make it Colorful"

Sunday, August 30, 2015

You're Awesome!

At the Simon Says Stamp monday challenges the theme is 'Ticket, please'. This is the card I created. I took a piece of white cardstock and die-cut it using Stitched Squares by SSS. Next I stamped the 'You're' from the Lawn Fawn set Fintastic Friends with Soft Navy ink from SSS and the 'Awesome' ticket is from the Kaisercraft set Off the Wall and stamped with Surf Blue from SSS. To make it pop I used a blue fineliner to draw around the edges. I also stamped some stars in the corner with the Lots of Stars set from SSS and Soft Navy ink. I then cut out a square of Design Paper from the Arctic Winter pad from Marianne Design. Next I took some light blue cardstock and cut a slightly bigger square from that. I stuck it all onto a white base card. As a finishing touch I added some stars that I had die-cut from self-adhesive cork from Marianne Design. The die is also from MD, Craftables Punch Die - Stars.


With this card I would like to participate in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

I also would like to participate in the SSS Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Have an awesome b-day

 Some cards seem to come naturally and others can be a real struggle. This next one did NOT come easy! I had this idea of creating a watercolor stamped image. To do this I wanted to watercolor a piece of cardstock and then stamp on top of this with Versamark and clear heat emboss it to create a resist for the dark ink I wanted to sponge over it. Sounds like a solid plan, right? What followed was quite a bit of trial and error.

I started off quite happily and used the 'awesome' stamp from the Off the Wall stamp set from Kaisercraft, but soon found out that the light blue watercolor paint showed through the Soft Navy ink from Simon Says Stamp. I went ahead and stamped the word 'have' with Unicorn white pigment ink from Hero Arts using the Back to Basics Alphabet from Stampin' Up. Next I heat embossed it with white embossing powder, but I forgot to first use my EK powder tool, so the white powder ended up pretty much everywhere. I figured it was time to start over. I now laid the stamp on the paper where I wanted it and traced the outline with a pencil. Next I masked this area off to only get the watercolor paint on this area. Soon I found out that I'm a messy painter and I splattered all over the top and bottom of my cardstock. *sigh* Time for a third try. The photo's below show the results of my first two attempts.

Okay, so below is the watercoloring of my third attempt. So far so good. Next I went about stamping and heat embossing the 'Awesome' stamp and sponging the Soft Navy over it as before.

Next up were the white letters. When I got to the first 'A' I was distracted (little sleep and newborn baby around are a bad mix) and I mistook the 'V' for an 'A'. Noooo!!! ...or maybe it looks alright? I decided I did not want to start over again at this point and went ahead with the rest of the text. The rest of the text 'have an' went alright, though I still got some white embossing powder on the wrong place. I think I need to be more generous with the EK powder tool. When I got to the 'B day' text things went pretty bad again. I took the 'V' stamp to get the 'A' in place but I didn't stamp it upside down, leaving me with the word 'B dvy'. *cries* I tried wiping the ink off and I sponged some extra Soft Navy ink over it, which caused I nice dark circle that would not go away. At this point I was so frustrated with this card that I just wanted to finish it and quit. So I just went ahead and stamped the 'B day' text again and heat embossed it. I added some stars with the Lots of Stars stamp set from Simon Says Stamp (this is absolutely my new favorite!) and finished it off with some sequins and enamel dots. I stuck the whole onto a navy blue double fold base card.

Here is a closer look at the mess I made! Maybe when the frustration this card caused has worn off some I will try this technique again, because I do like how the 'Awesome' sentiment came out!

This card is entered in this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which requires the use of a Simon Says Stamp brand product.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The party is right here

We used to have a birthday calendar in the smallest room of our house, but ever since my husband repainted the walls and ceiling two months ago it has been missing. And without it I have been missing all birthdays! Thanks to Facebook I have been on time to send a text to congratulate the birthday boys and girls, but I was not on time to send out cards. This afternoon I decided to create a digital birthday list and saw that my brother-in-law has his birthday tomorrow! So I created this card real quick to be on time to post it.

First I took a white double fold card and a sheet of design paper from the 6x6 'Glistening' pad by Authentique. I cut this to fit the front of the card and then randomly cut two pieces of the left side and pasted it onto the base. Then I added some slim washi tape to the left side of the design paper to create some contrast. I die cut some white cardstock with the Super Geotag Die from Simon Says Stamp. In the middle of the inner circle I stamped the 'right here' stamp from the 'Right here flair' set by Technique Tuesday with StazOn Teal Blue. Next I took my Coastal Cabana Stampin' Write marker from Stampin' Up and wrote 'the party is' above and below the flair stamp. To separate the sentences I stamped two little stars from the 'Lots of Stars' set by Simon Says stamp. To finish it of I added some enamel dots.

With this card I would like to enter this weeks Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Cheers to love!

With the old Stampin' Up catalog retiring there re also quite a lot of products that will no longer be available once the new catalog is released. Many of them are now on sale, so I grabbed my chance to get a few nice things for a reduced price. Once I got them I went right ahead to create the following card.

I started with a white double fold base card and some slightly smaller white cardstock. I used my Raw Umber Pan Pastel to color the cardstock, then I stamped it with the Hardwood background stamp from Stampin' Up and Potting Soil Archival Ink. I then tied a piece of Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine around the bottom and pasted the cardstock onto the base card.Next I grabbed another piece of white cardstock and die cut the bottom with the Speech Bubble Border by Lawn Fawn. I used Crisp Cantaloupe Stampin' Up ink to stamp the sentiment, which is also by Stampin' Up and is part of the Cheers to Love set, which is retiring soon. To finish the card I added some sticky-back pearls.

Here is a closer look. I hope you like my card.