Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tropical Birthday Drinks

I had a lot of fun with this challenging card which I was commissioned to make for a masculine birthday with a drink and tropical theme.


Stamps: Mixed Drinks, Crazy About You, Pop of Paradise
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Basic Black
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories: Fine-Tip Glue Pen, Brayer, Sponges, Hello You Thinlits

First, I found a recent fabulous card by Michelle Zindorf which I used as a starting reference for my sunset card.  I did not have her tutorial for it so I used the image to create my own attempt!  I will try to give an explanation here:

-Use a scratch piece of paper to mask the center, using the brayer start by layering the So Saffron ink.  Then I applied Peekabook peach keeping a center area mostly still only in So Saffron ink.  This will be your sun reflection area.  Covering even less area, once again brayer in from the sides, using Watermelon Wonder ink.

-Reverse the edge of your scratch paper covering the sky area.  Apply with the brayer Watermelon Wonder ink only along the horizon edge of the water line.

-Reverse the scratch paper once again to cover the water.

-Create a circle mask for your Sun, first sponging inside the cut out shape like a stencil for the sun. Use the cut out shape to mask the sun as you brayer your sky.

-Once again, use the brayer to ink the sky, keeping a pale edge along the horizon. Layer Peekaboo peach and Watermelon Wonder a little further up.  I wanted my sky to look a bit darker than the water.

-Using Black ink I stamped the Banana Leaves and Philodendron Leaves.  I used my MISTI to re-ink the stamp multiple times to get enough coverage of the black ink.  I used a sponge to sponge around the base and around the leaves a bit.

-Stamped the drinks separately, cut out by hand.  TIP: I used the fine-tip glue pen to add a bit of glossy texture to the drink glasses.  Since this is a masculine card I wanted minimal bling.

-Used Basic Black Scraps of cardstock for the table and table leg.  The drinks are glued flat to appear sitting on top of the table.

-The "Happy" die cut cut in Peekaboo Peach, the Birthday To You stamped in Watermelon Wonder.

Layered with Basic Black and Peekaboo Peach for the card base.  The card measures 5.5 x 8.5 in.

I think there was some sort of indentation on the cardstock when creating my sun.  Its like a little sunspot.  It gives the card character.

I am truly happy with this card, thanks for taking the time to visit my blog!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Here for You Floral Boutique

A card for a terminally ill friend, using items from my first order in the new catalog!


Stamps: Here For You
Paper: Floral Boutique DSP, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Layering Squares Framelits, Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine

Isn't this paper gorgeous?  And since I found out my friend was sick, I have been wanting to make her a card using this set.  It is perfect for when you just feel like nothing you can say could make it better.  But you want them to know you care.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Birthday Marlin

I thought I would give my From Land to Sea set a little love today.  I wanted to color this Marlin image. And Swirly Scribbles dies are perfect once again.  Great for ocean style cards!


Stamps: From Land to Sea, Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Basic Gray, Pacific Point, Night of Navy, So Saffron, Smoky Slate, Pool Party
Paper: Pool Party, Shimmer White
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits dies, Metallics Sequins, Aquapainter

Stamped the marlin onto Shimmer White cardstock using Basic Gray ink.  I used mainly markers, drawing directly overtop stamp lines to get the shading.  I used the aquapainter to go overtop the lines, blending some of the colors.  Pacific Point is the lighter blue shading, I used Night of Navy along the darker areas.  So Saffron is the yellowish strip down the center, and I used smoky slate ink with the aquabrush to add just a bit of shading along the underside.  I cut the fish out by hand, then used a Pool Party marker around the white edges of the fish.  This way you have a little more paper to work with when cutting out, and you can match the cardbase color so as to diminish the cut out line visibility.

Just a couple cut out scribbles for the water lines adhered to the cardbase, stamping the sentiment between them.  Adhered the marlin, as well as some clear sequins for bubbles!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sitting Here with No Words

My dear friend lost her best friend...her beloved kitty.  This card is for her.  I even colored the cat to match her "Mau-Mau".  I decided it was time for another couch made with the Decorative Label punch.  By far my most used and versatile punch!


Stamps: Sitting Here, Rose Wonder
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Peekaboo Peach, Tip Top Taupe, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder, Raven Black Lace Trim, Glue Dots, Dimensionals.

I first stamped all three pillows and the cat in black ink.  Using markers I colored in the images. A little time consuming especially for the rectangular and square pillows.

I used pictures of my friend's cat to color this sweet cat to look similar.  The new Peekaboo peach is a surprisingly good match for a calico coloring.  What I didn't include in the "ingredients" is that I cut out a teeny tiny circle of blushing bride paper (1/16" circle punch) to adhere on the nose, then had to use a black marker to draw around the nose shape.  Her cat had an adorably pink nose, I had to make it so. Fussy cut around all the small stamped images.

The couch is made pretty easily using pieces punched with the Decorative Label punch.  A partial piece longways for the back of the couch (which is mostly hidden), a rectangular piece with the decorative label punched into it for the base and feet, and a small corner of the label punched for each arm. A strip of black for the couch cushion. Then it looked a little clunky so I used a Basic Black marker to color trim and edging.  Glued the pillows along the back of the couch, used dimensionals to adhere the cat to the front of the couch.

Stamped the sentiment which was perfect in my opinion, cutting again with decorative label.  Tied the black raven lace trim underneath the stamped sentiment, adhered the label behind the couch.

Once it was glued the other side of my card was empty so I made a lamp using the 1" circle punch, trimmed with the black lace.

Adhered the embossed background and the floor, then the couch resting on it.

I hope the card is something that makes her smile and makes her think of her dear one who crossed the rainbow bridge today.  HUGS.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flirty Flamingo Swirly Paradise

Playing with more new goodies!  Featuring the Pop of Paradise Stamp set, Swirly Scribbles dies, and new In Colors!


Stamps: Pop of Paradise
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Basic Black
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Metallics Sequins, Gold Cord

Inked the flamingo in Flirty Flamingo ink, using a Basic Black marker to color the beak and eye portion before stamping.  Stamp and cut out.  Stamped the leaves in Emerald Envy, cut out.

Adhere the swirls cut with the die set, adhere the leaves and the flamingo, using dimensionals on the flamingo.  Use two-way glue to adhere sequins.

Adhere cut out swirls to the card base in tone-on-tone.

I added gold cord trim, it needed a little extra something.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sitting Here Thinking of You Scenery

Just playing with this new stamp set, Sitting Here, for the first time today.  I spent a lot of time on this one, as the images are finely detailed and I wanted to give it the attention it deserved.  SO much fun!  I think I especially love the pillows!


Stamps: Sitting Here, Hardwood, Sheltering Tree
Ink: Basic Black, Cucumber Crush, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate,Cajun Craze
Paper: Cucumber Crush, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Accessories: Post-It Notes, Dimensionals, Brayer, Sponges, Blender Pens

Started with a 1/4 sheet of whisper white, trimmed down to 4 x 5 1/4.  Stamped the swing image in Basic Black. I used blender pens to color in the image with ink, markers to highlight some of the darker areas and small lines.

Using a large post it note, I stamped the swing image and hand cut it out and used as a mask for doing the background.  Masking the swing image, I then used another post it note to mask along the base to stamp the hardwood floor in Soft Suede.  Keeping the masks in place, used a sponge to sponge in Soft Suede all along the stamped floor area, swirling the sponge to coat evenly.

Reversed the floor mask to cover up the hardwood floor, making sure to keep the swing mask in place, used a sponge and sponged Crushed Cucumber above the floor to make grass. Once you remove the mask for the swing and floor, use markers and blender pens to add color behind the slats in the swing and any open white areas missed because of the mask.  It helps blend the edges too!

Using a brayer, add Soft Sky ink along the remaining top of the card.  I used a sponge to blend the remaining edges near the grass.

Using Sheltering Tree stamped leafy branches along the top of the card above the swing ropes, using Cucumber Crush.  I added some Flirty Flamingo flowers.  I decided it needed a branch or a panel to hang the swing on so I added a Hardwood stamped strip of Soft Suede.  Stamped some Crushed Curry Flowers along the grass top too.

Stamped the bird, cat, flower pot, and pillow, and used markers to color the images.  On the pillow and cat I used a touch of a Versamark marker around the edges after to give it a bit more 3D dimension.  Cut them out by hand and adhered with dimensionals.  For the flower pot, since it was difficult to cut out, I used Cucumber Crush to fill in between the flowers to make it look more realistic.

Stamped the banner strip in Dapper Denim onto Soft Sky, adhered with dimensionals.  Adhered card front to Cucumber Crush.

So much fun, I love how it turned out.  Thanks for looking today!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Amazing Dapper Denim!

Well, here is a little fun card made using some new products, including this wonderful new color, Dapper Denim, and a new stamp set and punch!

Stamps: Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Dapper Denim
Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Accessories: Duet Banner Punch, Banner Framelits, Star Confetti Punch, Metallic Sequins, Dimensionals, Fine-Tip Glue Pen

The pattern stamped on the Banner is actually the solid rectangle from the stamp set, which I stamped in a sort of brick style pattern.  The rest I think is pretty self explanatory.  Dimensionals under the banners, fine-tip glue pen for the stars.