Colorful Roses Thanks

Colorful Roses Thanks

This card started with the watercolor panel after I watched and read Jennifer McGuire’s post about block watercolor stamping. The technique in case you don’t know is putting some ink on a acrylic block and then misting and putting that down on watercolor paper. Jennifer’s tip is you leave the block on top of the paper for 5 minutes. Yes folks that is the magic number.

I am not sure but I think I put some Distress Oxide inks on the block and made several panels during that session. I then cut out the pretty result with a Spellbinders die called Large Deckled Rectangles (S4-202). I cut a mat for that panel with the next size up die. The roses are part of a Heidi Swapp panel that I cut apart. I have had that rose panel quite awhile and really wanted to use it so there it is. I went over it with a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. The thanks is a die from Altenew. It is also sparklized with a Spectrum Noir pen. I usually don’t work with fairly bright colors but I love the coloring on this one.

Special Creative Young Man

I would just like to talk about a very special and creative young guy that I ran across yesterday. This guy designs greeting cards and sells them to raise money for Stanford’s Children’s Hospital.

I went to the Farmers Market just like I do many Saturdays in a town next to mine. When I saw greeting cards on a table I had to check it out since I love making cards. This young man told how he designed all of his cards. They appear to be drawn and water colored or pen colored. He does reproduce them by scanning them and printing them out but they are all his designs. He explained how he had collected some money from his cards to donate and he wanted to help kids that were ill. Many places he called said just send the money to us. Stanford Children’s Hospital said come on down and visit us. That is so nice of them to be personally involved. So after he saw the kids he decided that was where he wanted all of his donations to go. I was so impressed by him and it is super cool that he keeps doing this to help these kids. He has a goal for money to raise during the summer and money to raise by the time he gets done with high school which is four years from now.

I hope that I have the story details correct but you can check this out on his website. You can order cards from him on his website or locals can go to the San Ramon Farmer Market and get cards there on Saturday until about 1 pm.

Owls on a Branch

Owls Thank You

Another one of my many thank you cards I made recently. I had a lot of fun making another card recently putting layers of ink on watercolor paper from a craft mat. I made this a few weeks ago so I don’t remember all the colors of ink that I used. It looks like probably Spiced Marmalade, and Peeled Paint and Fossilized Amber Oxides. I did a couple of layers of putting the ink down on a craft mat and spritzing with water and dipping the paper in it. I used a couple different stencils with brown and white ink over the background. The white streaks are wood grain.  There is a couple of leaves in there somewhere also. The leaves are from a SSS set called Summer Garden.

I colored the owls with Prisma pencils. They are from Hero Arts called Owl Trio (LP167). The owls were stamped on the background and also stamped on white paper, colored and then were cut out.

The branch is also Hero Arts and I cut some of the leaves off to make room for the owls to stand on the branch which is called Spring Branch (DI087).

The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Many Everyday Messages (CL954) and heat embossed with brown powder.

Glittery & Plaid Thank You’s

Plaid Thank You's

So this is kind of the start of making a whole bunch of thank you cards. I was trying things that I saw online, trying new things I had and trying to use up the bunches of stuff I have set aside. For these cards I got a Sizzix die recently called Thank You Drop-ins designed by Stephanie Barnard. The two pink cards were for my friends who walked with me to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Most of my thank you’s are going to people who donated for the fundraiser.

Here is our outfits for the walk. The theme was Pearls of Wisdom so we decided to dress like Minnie Pearl. The deal with this walk is everyone wears a decorated bra on the outside of their clothes. The first year my friends and I felt weird doing that but quickly realized everyone does and we were the weird ones for not having one.

So back to the cards. With this die you cut out the back of the card and a front panel that folds all at once. You have to get two die pieces lined up really well so that you have a fold and things are looking ok. Hard to explain but it takes some lining up. The next layer you cut is the hearts and a panel that goes on top of the base. I liked the idea of having different colored components for the different parts of the card. On the right and left card I also glued a colored piece of paper on the back piece which is not part of the die but when I looked at cards online most did that and I liked that look. The purple base does not have that added piece.

Left card – I cut the heart panel out of some pink glitter paper. I cut some hearts from pink paper and inlaid those. A few hearts have glossy accents or clear Nuvo on them. The thank you is part of the die set and cut from a glittery pink plaid which is kind of hard to see in the photo.

Middle card – Pretty straight forward. No hearts inlaid. I used plaid paper from a Lawn Fawn pad to cut out that heart panel.

Right card – I made a plaid piece of paper by using Oxide ink and a stencil by Carta Bella. I then cut out that heart panel. I cut some hearts and the thank you from glitter paper. The hearts got inlaid as you can see. A funny thing happened though. I did not notice at first that the two glitter papers did not match. They were supposed to be the same paper but I didn’t pay close attention. Ooops! I just went with it anyway.


Floral Thank You Card

Floral Thank You

I made this background panel some time ago and decided to finally use it. You know you have your pile and finally get one out and use it. I happen to have a rather large collection of panels to use as backgrounds or whatever. So what I think I did was use Color Shine sprays to create the background. I then white heat embossed the flowers which is done with Hero Arts stamp Everything Flowers (CG513). The sentiment is die cut with a Poppystamps die called Vintage Thank You.

Distress Oxide Silhouettes

Distress Oxides Silhouette

For this card I pretty much made the same card I saw on the Ranger blog. I don’t usually copy so closely but I really liked the cards and I thought it would be fun to follow along and do the fun steps. It was fun!

The panel is a couple of passes on putting down Distress Oxide inks on my craft mat and spraying with water and putting the mixed media paper on it and then letting it dry. I dropped some water drops on it too. The inks I used were Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade. I spritzed a stencil with water and put that down on the Oxide ink. I used a couple stencils to ink through here and there. The stencils were Tim Holtz Gothic, Latticework and Speckles. I think I also dripped a bit of  Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I also stamped over the panel with a Heidi Swapp stamp called Script with Sepia Archival Ink. Around the edges and some of the stenciling was done with Vintage Photo Oxide ink.

The silhouette plants are cut with dies from Memory Box – Strewsbury Stem. I cut this apart. I also used Hero Arts Spring Branch die and Memory Box Eva Stem.

The butterfly was cut with a punch from EK Success from a similar panel to the background. I did not have enough background left so I created a little piece just to cut out butterflies. The butterfly has foam tape under each wing.

The part I really struggled on was the strip with the thanks cut out. My dies were to big to use the die cut word or the negative space plus I was having trouble getting to a color that I liked for the strip of paper. I finally cut the thanks out with my cameo and inked the paper with Distress Oxide inks.

What I really like about this card is I got to use several Distress Oxide inks. Ok I liked a lot of things. Like I said it was fun and I am very happy how it turned out. I learned that you don’t have to use a whole image either from a stencil or stamp and you don’t have to clearly see each thing stamped or stenciled but all the layers look nice. My brain just doesn’t think this way but when I follow along and see how it goes then it clicks with me. Thanks to Ranger and Richele for a great tutorial.

Holiday Polar Bear

Holiday Polar Bear

I was inspired by the theme last week over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge. I made the card but not in time to post to the link up. At least I got another Christmas card done. The theme was use a bear.

I did not have any bear stamps so I took a look at the Silhouette images. I have not really done to much paper piecing so it was fun to do. On a couple of the pieces I had to think a bit since I’m not used to using all the layers. Anyway it was something different and fun. I added some super fine glitter to the hat to add a little something. The background and red on the bear are from some random Christmas pad of paper that I had. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Family and Friends (CL803).

Hubby’s Father’s Day Card

My Hubby's Father's Day Card

I made this background some time ago for something where it did not work but I really like it for the background on this. I embossed with a Sizzix folder called Woodgrain I think. I think I thinned out some ink and painted it over the embossing. Like I said it was awhile ago so I can’t quite remember all the steps. For the wreath I used a die from the Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero set and one from an Impression Obsession set (DIE023-X). The guitar and the sentiment are some random stamps I have. I hand cut the guitars. My hub plays the guitar so that is where I was coming from. He has been a great step-dad to my son and a great dog dad.

Our first dog Charlotte. We lost her last year and still miss her a lot.
My hub with Lucy and Aspen that we adopted in November. A bite of bagel for them.
Aspen and Lucy with hedgy and piggie stuffed toys. The hedgy is Aspen’s favorite and Lucy usually has a ball near her ready to play fetch.
My Dad and my son. We surprised my Dad by flying my son to LA for Father’s Day.

Hero Arts Scramble 155

Arlene hosted our 24 hour Scramble starting yesterday morning. We have 90 minutes to create a card and post it in Flickr. The theme for Scramble 155 was pop up something on your card and die cut/punch out something.

Hero Arts Scramble 155

I started the background by putting down Oxide ink on my craft mat. I used Faded Jeans, Cracked Pistachio, and Broken China. I sprayed water on the inks and put watercolor paper down on it. I did this a couple of times drying each layer with my heat gun. I was trying to stamp the seaweed and coral at the bottom with just water but that wasn’t working. So I used the same Oxide inks to stamp them which I like. They are there but on the subtle side. I stamped the big seahorse with Avery Elle inks Fizz and Mimosa and Versa Magic ink Red Brick.  I have a book where I stamped pretty much all my inks and it really helps to look at that to pick out the inks for a project. I hand cut out the seahorse. The seahorse became the die cut element because I forgot about that important part. The seahorse is raised as you can see. The smaller seahorses are stamped with Avery Elle inks. The bubbles are stamped with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and then filled in with Nuvo Clear Drops. The sentiment is from Altenew set Painted Greetings and stamped with the Chipped Sapphire ink. This is the first time I used the Color Layering Seahorse set. I am just going to say this is not my favorite card. It needs something so I may alter it some or maybe just move on.
Hero Arts sets used – Color Layering Seahorse (CL956), Set Sail BG (CL842), July 2016 My Monthly Hero kit. It’s nice because all of these have a sea theme you can use together.

Right Place Right Time

Right Place Right Time

Not the greatest photo but I think this stamp is going to be a good one. I forgot my battery charger at my Dad’s while visiting so all I have to take photos at the moment is my phone.

I was at Joann’s the other day looking through the clearance area. The Hero Arts Wave background cling stamp was in there. It was not on clearance but someone who ordered online returned it to the store. They don’t sell very many HA stamps in the store. So it was $12.99 and I had a coupon so I got it for $8.50 and didn’t have to pay shipping. I almost left it there to come back to but I am glad I did not.

I was playing around with it as you can see.

I stamped first on a blue green piece of paper with Versamark. That is a nice subtle background.

The top panel is a third generation stamp I think. I spread the spray around with my finger and picked some up off my craft mat and then spritzed with water. I stamped on Neenah paper.

The second panel is the one I really like. This is stamped on watercolor paper right after I sprayed the stamp with Distress Spray Stain Mermaid Lagoon color. I like how some spots are more dense where the ink kind of ran on the stamp or had a lot of ink in that area. It is hard to see but there is also some kind of darker blue spots here and there. Where it didn’t stamp to well I can put something over that.

I stamped another watercolor panel also which looks pretty nice too.

I like making backgrounds and could probably do that all day. Sometimes I don’t quite know what to do with them so let’s just say I have a box of them.