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.

Snowflakes & Ornament Card

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I made this card intending to submit it to Merry Monday Challenge #223. I had part of it made and knew what I was going to do but waited to finish on Sunday morning. Well every time I think that is going to happen I get up take my time, fix breakfast etc and forget to do it by 12 my time. So I still got a card done but it didn’t get submitted.

The theme for Merry Monday Challenge #223 was light blue, dark blue and pink. At first I thought I was going to struggle some. I really like the way my card turned out and love the color combination. If you would like to check out Merry Monday you can find their challenges here.

For the background on my card I used a Darice Snowflake embossing folder. I then sprayed the light blue paper with Perfect Pearls. The ornament is cut from patterned paper with a die from the Hero Arts set Joyful Tidings by Lia (DC167). The snowflakes are stamped with a stamp from Hero Arts set Swirl Christmas (CL469) with silver pigment ink. The sentiment was die cut from pink patterned paper with a die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix set of Christmas sentiments (660058). The bow was some silver ribbon/twine I saved to use on cards.

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A slightly different version of the card above. The differences are the snowflakes are heat embossed with silver powder and a little silver bling in the middle of the snowflakes. A different sentiment with a gemstone to dot the i.

Hero Arts Scramble 138

For Scramble 138 I was the host and my theme was Solids and Outlines. So.. create a card with solid stamps and outline stamps.

My husband got me the card pictured below which was my inspiration. The minute I saw it I knew I wanted to make one like it.

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Here are my examples for the Scramble.

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Flower Card: The solid flowers were stamped with Hero Arts set Color Me Flowers (CG133). I stamped them on watercolor paper and colored them with Zig Clean Color pens. The butterfly and dragonfly are from the March 2016 My Monthly Hero set. They are embossed with PXS Detail Brass powder. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Luscious Frames (CL509) and embossed with the same brass powder.

Leaf Card: For the background I stamped the solid leaves with Hero Arts stamp Lisa’s Painted Maple Leaf on watercolor paper with Hero Arts Ombre ink Lime to Forever Green. The outline leaves are from Hero Arts stamp Hand Pressed Leaf (G5417) and the set Butterfly (CL750) stamped with Delicata gold ink.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts set It’s Your Day (CL661) and embossed with brown powder.

Feathers in Blue

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This card was created for a male’s birthday.

The feathers are from WPlus9 set called Fanciful Feathers. There are a couple different sizes of feathers and 4 different patterns in the set and a couple tiny ones. I really like the set but sometimes I can’t quite figure out what to do with the feathers. For this I used my Misti if I recall it right. There is something to be said for writing up and posting not long after you make your card. As you can see I just altered the direction and colors of ink stamping the feathers on gray paper. The greeting is on dark blue paper and embossed with silver.

Coffee Thank You Card

My hubs family runs a coffee business. They buy green coffee beans and roast them. They sell at a few Farmers Markets and have some of their coffee at cafes. It is a family affair. My hubs brother-in-law does have a full time job but he loves the coffee business and works at it too. Their coffee is Zolo Coffee Roasters. So what does that have to do with me?? They are very kind to give us green coffee beans. I roast them in a small home roaster. They have a blend they call Farmhouse French which is the best. It is a little side hobby for me just roasting for our use. So.. I made this card for our nephew to thank him for the beans.

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Front of Card
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Inside of Card

My card was inspired by this card from The Ton.

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For the front of my card I stamped the top of the coffee cups and embossed with white embossing powder. The stamps for the coffee cup and latte art are from The Ton set Hug in a Mug. I colored in the coffee and handle with Gansai Tambi watercolor paint which I love using. When that was dry I stamped the latte art using Hero Arts white pigment ink. For the center coffee cup I stamped the sentiment using brown embossing powder. The sentiment is from an Avery Elle set called All Squared Up. I also created a second center cup and popped that up with foam tape. I did some shadowing kind of with watercolor. I have not tried that much at all. It is a bit heavy in the left lower corner but that is where the coffee spilled. Then I splattered a bit after masking off the cups.

For the inside I used a a cup from a The Ton set called Tea Party. I customized the cup by embossing Zolo. Considering I only had one o letter and couldn’t really see the letters I stamped first with Versamark it came out pretty good. The cup is painted with watercolors and the steam coming out is from a Stampin Up set from many years ago.

 

 

County Fair Cards

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My son mentioned quite awhile back that I should enter some cards at our local county fair. He brought it up again recently since our fair is coming up next month. I decided why not try it out. So I registered for the birthday category and the holiday category. This would be my first time doing this. The floral card I made for entering at the fair specifically. The Christmas card I made recently for Merry Monday and for just making Christmas cards ahead of time. It was some pressure for me since I think I need to make the perfect card. I had plenty of time but I am particular about what I make for something like that. So I finally got it done and got it turned in with plenty of time to spare (not last minute like usual).  We will see how I do when I actually go to the fair.

So for the birthday card I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called divine swirl. The purple strip is watercolor painted on watercolor paper using Gansai Tambi paint. It took me a few times and colors to get it looking how I wanted. The flowers are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called Small Striped Flower (CG256) and embossed with Ranger Queen’s Gold powder, which seems to be the gold I use the most. I colored the flowers with Copics. The centers of the flowers is done with Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dandelion Yellow. The greeting is embossed with the same gold powder and is from a Hero Arts set Many Everyday Messages (CL954).

For details on the Christmas card see this post.

Merry Monday Challenge 204 Card 2

Merry Monday Challenge 204

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I really liked the theme for this week so I decided to make another card. For the background I used an Impression Obsession stamp called Wooden Plank. The ornament was cut out with a Hero Arts die from the Joyful Tidings set (DC167). I really like the ornaments Hero Arts has and I need to get some more of them. They have some that are for other sentiments and times other than Christmas. I stamped the greeting from Hero Arts set Season’s Greetings (CG223) with a “kraft” colored pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. The hanger and bow are upcycled ribbon from a pack of glow sticks.

Merry Monday Challenge 204 Card 1

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Merry Monday’s Challenge #204

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For my card I used kraft paper and a Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder for the wood grain background . I went over the embossing with Quick Quotes inks Mocha Mama and Amaretto. For the ornaments I used a Hero Arts set called Decorate Your Holidays and embossed with white powder on the same kraft paper. For the hangers I upcycled some white ribbon that was from a glow stick package. The sentiment is from a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die set.

 

Online Card Classes – Backgrounds

I am finally getting back to one of the OCC classes called Backgrounds. They are always really good classes and you can access them forever. I don’t finish most of them so I am trying to go back and learn and do the projects. Here are  some backgrounds I just did.

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The first panel on the left was an interesting one. You take patterned paper and stamp an image (the flowers) and emboss with clear embossing powder. You then go over the whole piece with dark ink which in this case is dark blue. You then wipe the ink off the embossed areas and this is what you have. I like it! I need to get a few more background stamps with bigger stamped areas. Ok maybe that is just an excuse to buy more stamps. The flowers are a The Ton background stamp called Rose Terrace and Hero Arts ink Navy.

The middle panel is inking with Distress ink medium to light. Then you clear emboss over that. Then you ink again and wipe the ink off the embossing so the lighter ink from the first inking shows under the clear embossing. I still kind of struggle to blend Distress Inks. The background stamp is a Stampin Up stamp. The ink is Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn Distress inks.

The panel on the right is stamped very light with a background stamp.  Then you repeat stamp with several different colors of in to end up with a ombre look. The misti was very helpful for this card. It kept the panel in one place and it was a must for lining up all that text. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set YAY! (CL752). I used Hero Arts purple inks and maybe one from another company.

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These two are the same technique. You stamp in white pigment first and then stamp over that with dye ink moving the stamp over just a bit on the second layer. It looks pretty cool when you get the right paper. I really like the hearts panel. On the arrows panel it is hard to see the white. The hearts are an Inkadinkadoo set Hearts (97637). The white ink is Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and the red is a Hero Arts red from a My Monthly Hero set. The arrows I am not sure what company they are from.

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These are all the same technique and the opposite of the panels above. You stamp the first layer with dye ink and then stamp over it with white pigment ink. The doilies are from a Papertrey Ink set Delightful Doilies. The shapes on the second panel are from a Hero Arts set Not Perfect (CL698). For all the blues I used Hero Arts inks and the white is most likely Hero Arts Unicorn. I like the way the two gray panels turned out but I am not to crazy about the kraft panel. I don’t think the kraft panel is the right color for this or I should have used different inks.

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I found two more panels I forgot. That’s what happens when you clean off your desk. The one on the right is ink blending over pattern. Laura Bassen did ink blending over plaid but I did not have stamps like she used so I did ink over another pattern which is from Avery Elle set All Squared Up.  I used a gray colored ink to stamp the pattern and then used Distress Ink over that. The background on the left is one I just came up with after using that Avery Elle pattern stamp. I am not sure of the inks I used for it.

All of these were fun to try!

Sympathy Flower

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This sympathy card is very similar to a card I created recently. This flower is from The Ton from a set called Large Peony. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set Everyday Sayings (CL342).

  • I stamped the flower with Memento ink Danube Blue on watercolor paper. I colored it in with Gansai Tambi watercolor paints.
  • The leaves I did similar stamping them with Memento ink Bamboo Leaves.
  • I covered the watercolor panel with vellum and stamped over the flower with Versamark ink and embossed with white.
  • The greeting is from Hero Arts and stamped with the Danube Blue ink.
  • The flower panel is raised with foam tape.

I entered this in the April monthly challenge at A Blog Named Hero here. The theme this month is Clean & Simple.