Merry Monday #284

For this weeks Merry Monday Challenge #284 the theme was use just red and white.

The inspiration photo.

Merry Monday Challenge #284

Here is my take on the theme. This time I made this on Sunday morning and got it posted without skidding in at the last moment. Yeah me!

All the papers except the base card are from a Pink Paislee Christmas paper pad called Yuletide.

The ornament is cut with a die from Hero Arts – Joyful Tidings Tag Set by Lia (DI167). The circle I cut out to back the ornament is a die from Spellbinders (S4-114). That white circle actually has a bit of a pattern on it which is probably impossible to see in the photo.

The sentiment is from the same tag set by Hero Arts. It is heat embossed with Hero Arts white powder. A little oops on the embossing…. I made an ornament and backing circle and was doing the heat embossing when I realized I forgot to powder first. The first round the powder got all over. So I wiped it off and started over. The re-stamping was close but the embossing didn’t look that great. So I cut out another ornament and circle. And what do I do with the heat embossing process again? Ha no powder. So it is a bit messy because the stamping left a bit of extra Versamark in a place it shouldn’t be and the powder flies around as we all know. I wasn’t going to try the re-stamp thing again so it is what it is.


Oxide Floral Birthday Cards

Oxide Floral Birthday

I had a lot of fun making this using a technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog. I created two cards using this technique she calls Distress Oxide water painting. And there is also just the fact that you use Oxide Distress ink which is enough to catch my attention right out of the shoot.

First I stamped the flowers and leaves and heat embossed them with white powder.

Next I ink blended three Oxide Distress inks on the panel.

Then you wipe the ink off the embossing.

After that I took a water brush and “painted” over the flowers and immediately dab them with a cloth. This removes some of the ink and puts the Oxide ink to work to get the oxide look. I did the leaves also but it is hard to see because of all the embossing.

I die cut the sentiment once out of 110 pound Neenah paper and glued a 80 pound Neenah layer over that to give some dimension. I love the look of layered up thicker die cut sentiments but sometimes it is a bit tedious to get them lined up and stuck together especially if they are small.

I went over the flowers with a sparkle pen also and dabbed it off with a cloth. It still leaves plenty of sparkle.

Flowers & Leaves Stamp – Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalde, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Entered both in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge 94, with a theme of ink blending, located here.

I also entered this orange/pink card in the Love! Handmade Cards April challenge in Flickr with the theme of Spring.

Here is another card using the same water painting technique. I actually made this one first.

Oxide Dragonfly Floral Birthday

So I ink blended on this one too. This also has a layered sentiment. The dragonfly wings and the sentiment are colored over with the sparkle pen.

Flowers & Dragonflies – Hero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2016
Embossing Powder – Hero Arts white
Oxide Distress Inks – Wilted Violet, Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry
Sentiment – Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday die
Sparkle Pen – Spectrum Noir
Water Pen – Kuretake – small brush

Easter Bunnies

Here we go with some Easter cards.. A few close ups and then the group of them.

White Bunny Easter

Brown Bunny Easter

Easter Cards 2018

I love this image, obviously. I made all of my Easter cards using this one stamp for the main image. I usually don’t make so many so similar but I really enjoyed coloring this image. I made one more card that I did not photograph and I am going to make my hubby and my son a tag thing with this image for their Easter treats.

The bunny stamp is by PSX (G-1946). I couldn’t remember where I got it but it made me very happy to see I found it at a thrift store recently and it is getting lot’s of use. It is in great condition. I keep notes on a spreadsheet for my stamps and many other crafting supplies. Mostly so I can keep track of what I have and look things up while writing up a description of how I made a card. I colored the image with Copics. I used a glaze pen on one of the cards for the center of the purple flowers but it didn’t show up that well. I also added a little sparkle to the eggs with a Gelly Roll pen which you probably cannot see in the photos. I cut all the images and the mats out with Spellbinders dies.

All the backgrounds are the fab Lawn Fawn plaids. Ok not all.. The upper two on the right in the group photo I used a piece of Authentique paper.

I rounded many of the corners but not all of them. On two of them I cut fun foam to pop up the image and it’s mat.

The sentiments – The bigger Happy Easter is a Hero Arts stamp from the Celebrate Everyday set (CL498). I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink which always leaves a nice sharp image. For the smaller Happy Easter greeting I used a wood mount stamp from savvystamps. The greeting is a bit crooked and not glued on tight so I had to keep adjusting it. I am tempted to just take it off the wood. I think the first time I stamped with black ink with the smaller greeting I used black ink and clear powder and heat embossed but then decided just straight stamping would work better.

Peace Birthday

Peace Birthday

Just a real quick post on this one. I bought two of these with a couple of people in mind. One being my sister and the other her friend. I found out about her friends birthday and got this all colored up and sent off for a belated birthday.

I have to say this was fun to do and not very many of these things get all the way colored. It’s nice to just think about the colors to use and nothing else. I used Prismacolor pencils. I love the way it turned out.

Blue Bird Birthday

Blue Bird Birthday

This card is made with a fun stamp and die from Local King Rubber Stamp. The number for this set is 2017A1Combo. If you have not seen a demo by them or their stamps check them out at a show sometime. What I like is they are just a bit different. They have really great images for starters. But.. they work a lot on glossy paper and color their images with water based pens. They sell some pens that are nice sturdy pens for coloring on red rubber stamps. Obviously you can use the stamps any way you want but their technique is pretty cool. The owner does a ton of videos for ideas so you can also check those out.

Now on to my card. I colored the stamp with the Local King pens. I stamped on regular paper (Neenah). I then put the die over the stamped image and embossed instead of cutting out the image. It is hard to see in the photo but it came out pretty good.

The greeting is from Hero Arts from the Many Brithday Messages (CL611) set. I heat embossed with some sparkly clear powder.

Guitar Birthday

I made this card for my brother for his birthday in January.

My Brothers Birthday Card

To see the details and creator of this card check out her blog.

For my card I inked up the background with Distress Ink. I stamped the notes with a little wood mount note stamp I have. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Many Birthday Messages (CL611). The musical notes are cut out with a die from Memory Box called Fancy Music Border. The guitar I cut out with my Cameo once using black paper and once using white paper. I really like how it turned out.

Merry Monday #274

The theme for Merry Monday Challenge #274 was Let it Snow.

The inspiration photo.

Merry Monday #274

I am very slowly catching up on posting my cards that I have already posted in Flickr. I was way behind.

The image was stamped using a Stampendous stamp called Christmas Cottage. I colored it with colored pencils. I went over the snow on the fence and on top of the house with a white glaze pen. I cut it out with a Spellbinders die Curved Rectangles. The background is some Christmas paper I had around. I am not real pleased with the image just on top of the patterned paper but I was struggling and just went with it.

Shimmery Peonies

Shimmery Peonies

I am really liking how this card turned out. Somewhat different for me mainly because of the background. The main background piece is a watercolor piece I had laying around. The next part is a die cut from a Richard Garay die. I like the diagonal stripes and it adds some interest to the background. The flowers are my favorite part. I also had them done quite some time ago. You know that pile of stuff you are going to use some day. The two sets I used for the flowers and leaves is The Ton Large Peony and WPlus9 Modern Peonies. These two go together so nicely.  I heat embossed the flowers and leaves using white powder.  If I remember correctly I colored these with Zig Clean Color or maybe Copics. I don’t have the card anymore to look at. What I do know is the flowers and leaves have a lot of shimmer on them from Sheer Shimmer Spritz the Sparkle one.

Merry Monday #275

Merry Monday #275

Woo Hoo I got one done for Merry Monday and it is not very last minute. Ha! You can find Merry Monday here. 

This turned out pretty good I think since I am not to much of a pastel fan. I was kind of struggling to come up with some image that could work in pastel colors.

The stamp – Stampendous Snow Sled colored with Copics. I did some accenting with Nuvo drops and either Wink of Stella or a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen. I am guessing it’s the Spectrum Noir because they are a bit more shimmery.

I cut the ovals with the Hero Arts Oval die set.

For the background I used a snowflake embossing folder.


Thrift Store Fun

Thrift Store Find

I enjoy going to our local thrift store Savers to look for stamps. I have so many already but it is such fun to find some good ones for a good price. This week I got a bag of several very little or not used Hero Arts stamps for $9. Score! All of them are from 2009. And.. I will take the senior discount of 30%. Sometimes I don’t like to admit I’m there but sometimes I take the discount. Some places have what I call a younger age for seniors such as Savers. I am a few years from 60.