Oh, happy day.

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Here is a card that I made for my grandmother-in-law’s birthday this year. In fact, today is her actual birthday, so here’s wishing you a happy birthday, Great Gran!

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First I stamped a newly acquired Hero Arts floral panel stamp onto a piece of watercolor paper using Versamark ink. I heat embossed using Recollections embossing powder in Snow. The embossing acted as a resist, and I was able to watercolor paint over the stamp, creating this lovely, soft floral background.

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I measured and then cut the panel in half at an angle so that I could stamp my sentiment “Oh happy day” in between.  I raised the panel up on adhesive squares. Surprisingly, it fit into its pre-made envelope perfectly, thus not requiring any extra postage.

I love the soft and colorful look of this summer birthday card.

Supplies used: Paper – Recollections cards/envelopes in white. Canson watercolor paper. Stamps – Hero Arts Clings in Everything Flower. Avery Elle in Oh Happy Day. Ink – Versamark watermark. Ranger Archival in Jet Black. Watercolor paint. Adhesive – Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D foam squares.

Card size: 4 x 5.5″

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Time for a post! Watercolored Father’s Day Card

Wow! I actually have a moment to sit down and write…let’s get to it!…

Here is the Father’s Day Card that I made for my dad-in-law this year:

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I hand painted the background using Crayola washable watercolor paint onto watercolor paper. I lightly brushed on three colors of paint using a square-tipped brush.

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Secondly, I stamped the sentiment using Ranger Archival Ink and added some hand-drawn lines.  I used some excess painted watercolor paper to create some faux enamel dots using two different sized hole punches and some Glossy Accents medium.

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Finally I added a coordinating card color for the inside stamped sentiment.  I also added some hand-drawn lines here for consistency.  I have really been interested in stepping up my game in regards to the ‘inside’ design of my cards…so often I get caught up in designing the outside of the card that I put off creating an inside greeting! Please leave a comment below and let me know how you go about designing the inside space of your cards, or if you just leave them blank and/or write your own sentiment…I would love to know!

Supplies used: Paper – Canson watercolor paper. Recollections card. Stamps – Hero Arts CL498 and CL342. Le Pen in black.

 

The Riddle of the Inks…

My eyes have been spinning wildly with googly spirals. My mind has been saying “Whoa” over and over again like Joey from ‘Blossom.’ Oh, stamping ink…thy properties are confusing and overwhelming.

Inks…thou art confusing.

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I have gone over my Pinterest pins with the detail of a research scientist and have compiled a list of projects capable of being made with various types of ink and other application materials. I am in great need of acquiring new inking supplies for some card making projects, so I thought I would share the results of my research efforts with you, my beloved blog readers. I have made a handy dandy chart for your (and my) convenience.

Check out the PDF here: Riddle of the Inks

The good news is that with a little “pin” organization on my part, the whole process of deciphering which inks should be used for certain projects is not as complicated as it seems. (I just needed to come up with some evidence to wrap my head around!) Thus, in this blogger’s most humble opinion, the “Riddle of the Inks” has been solved! :> Just kidding. This list is by no means exhaustive. I’m sure I will be adding to as new products emerge, new application techniques are formulated, etc.

If interested, you can also check out my Pinterest Cards and Ink boards here!

If this little chart is helpful to you at all, please let me know in the comments – I would love to know…and if stamping ink is really as confusing to anyone else as it is to me! :\

Watercolor + Embossed Thank You cards

After taking a longer break than I would have liked from the blog due to illness, computer issues, other projects…(is March really already half over?!)…I am back today with some watercolor Thank You’s:

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I was inspired by Dawn McVey’s post and video here and her use of a single paint color to make a beautiful card.

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I heat embossed the sentiment onto watercolor paper first, then painted over with watercolor paint.  Any paint that collected onto the embossing I was able to easily wipe away with a wet Q-tip.  After fully drying, I added a stitched border and some stamped flowers to both cards.  I love how the large, bold ‘Thank You’ sentiment pops on the watercolor background.

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Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cards/envelopes in White. Canson watercolor paper.
Ink – ColorBox in Frost White. Studio G in gray, light brown, orange, lime green. Delta Rubber Stampede in Purple.
Stamps – Stampendous Happy Messages. Hero Arts Everyday Sayings. Avery Elle Oh Happy Day.
Adhesive – Tombow Permanent Tape Runner. Zots dots in Small.
Other – Crayola watercolors. White thread. Recollections embossing powder in Snow.

Card sizes: Blue – 4.5×5″ Pink – 5×6.5″

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Mmmm…sequins, glitter, watercolor yumminess.  Pink, orange, aqua, and green happiness.  I had such a great time making this card!

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I have become so enamored by cards from the likes of Aga and others that I just had to try and replicate their dreamy, glistening wonderful-ness that I admire. I don’t think I’m there yet, but I’ve really been working at stretching my creative muscles as of late, and I think that’s a good place to be!

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I began with the inspiration image from this week’s Fusion Card Challenge:

I love the pale pink background paired with the the brightly colored butterflies.

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The base layer of the card is painted with a combination of pink and orange pastel watercolors. I die cut some arrows using my Cameo….heat embossed some stamped splotches….painted some glossy accents medium and covered with glitter….and glued on some sequins.

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The sentiment….is a font! Yep. Just typed, printed and cut. I know. Are you loving it as much as I am?!

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Whoomp! There it is. Did I mention that I loooved making this card?… I am entering it into Fusion Card Challenge #4.

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections cardstock in White, Orange, Light Blue, Light Turquoise, Light/Dark Coral Pink, Olive Green, Recollections Vellum, Canson watercolor paper.
Stamps – Hero Arts Brush Strokes.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Negative space from Triangle Flags
Font – Impact Label
Other – Crayola Washable Watercolors. Recollections embossing powder in Snow. Martha Steward glitter in Sugar Cube. Glossy Accents medium. Sequins.

Card size: 5″ x 6″

I am a CTS Guest Designer this week!

I am so happy to announce that I am *Guest Designer* this week over at Case This Sketch! Weeee!!! I’d like to offer a BIG shout out to Chrissy from CTS who invited me – this is my VERY first guest designer spot and I couldn’t be more excited!

Here is my card:

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I started my design with the criss-cross of the arrows. I knew I wanted to incorporate a heart and/or a Valentine’s sentiment since this Friday is, after all, the big day of love!

I used two slightly different shades of embroidery floss to stitch the arrows onto the die cut heart, vellum overlay, and card.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to lay out the sentiment, and then used the fill feature to create a yummy pink and orange blend to the text.

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Finally I glued some gold sequins for a little bling and also for the fact that I am really loving the pink/orange/gold color combination in projects that I’m seeing out there right now.

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So head on over to Case This Sketch and check out my Guest Designer feature AND this week’s challenge! Have fun! And have a Happy Valentine’s Day – I plan on taking my little prince on a “date” to Build-A-Bear (as long as the weather is cooperative!)

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cardstock in White and Dark Coral. Recollections Paper Pad, 12″x12″ in Neapolitan Inspiration.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Heart from You Are My Happy
Font – Amatic SC
Other – Embroidery floss. Gold sequins.

Card size: 5″x5″

Hot Air Balloon ‘Hello’

The color purple + a lovely sketch = a very fun card!

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I cut the hot air balloon shape using my Silhouette Cameo, and wanted to leave a lot of open space in between to try and keep it ‘Clean And Simple.’

The banner is a store-bought embellishment that I trimmed to size, and the sentiment ‘Hello’ is stamped and embossed on the bottom panel.

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The cloud die cuts were purchased in the same “shape” as the hot air balloon, and the cloud stamp was a freebie from Ellen Hutson that I received as a ‘Thank You’ for a Black Friday purchase (Score!)

The die cut clouds are heat embossed and the background cloud is stamped with purple ink.

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One thing I can say for sure about this card is it has some serious DIMENSION. I popped out the second layer background card along with the hot air balloon pieces and the clouds.  The foam adhesive was definitely calling my name on this one…

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I had a ball making this card! (Such a challenge in the beginning on how to use that purple…) But I really like how it ultimately all came together!

I am so excited to be playing over at CASology Week 80 and Freshly Made Sketches 121!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! It’s my husband’s birthday on Sunday, and we are planning on partying for the Super Bowl, too! (However, I have to admit it – I’m not a huge football fan and I really only like watching for the commercials!)

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in White, Kraft, Light Purple, and Dark Purple.
Ink – Delta Rubber Stampede Pigment in Purple.
Stamps – Stampendous! Happy Messages Perfectly Clear Stamps SSC109. Cloud stamp from Ellen Hutson.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Hot air balloon.
Adhesive – Recollections Foam Adhesive Squares. Scrapbook Adhesives Crafty Foam Tape. Tombow Permanent Adhesive Tape Runner.
Other – Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad. Recollections Embossing Powder in Snow. Adhesive border from K&Company Brenda Walton Olivia Rose collection.

Brighter days are ahead

Hopefully the card for today will inspire thoughts of Springtime and warmer temperatures on this bitterly cold, 11-degree day here in Central Massachusetts! At least, that’s my hope!

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I used my Silhouette Cameo’s print and cut feature to lay out the text and colorize it. I have never tried to use the color fill feature for text in the Silhouette software, but in this case I’m so glad that I did – with just a few clicks, I was able to create a shaded watercolor look which is just what I was going for!

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Based on her own tip, I used Kerri Bradford’s Friday Freebie/Funky Leaf digital download shape to create a tree, and watercolored a paper backing that I glued behind it.  I hole punched some color coordinating dots and “enameled” them using Glossy Accents medium.  Finally I popped out the top layer card and tree on some foam squares and rounded two of the four corners.

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The design of this card was inspired by the tree shape and sentiment sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #61:

and by the soft taupe, pink, and light green colors from the Cure For The Monday Blues Challenge #2:

I am entering this card into both of these challenges.

Here’s hoping for brighter days, indeed! And soon!!!

Supplied used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections cardstock in Light Taupe, Dark Taupe, Light Coral and Dark Coral. Canson watercolor paper.
Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – Kerri Bradford’s Friday Freebie/Funky Leaf digital download shape
Font – Karl Whitefoot
Other – Crayola watercolors.

A lovely ‘Hello’ *Updated*

UPDATE: I am SO excited to announce that this card was chosen as this week’s winner over at CASE(E) this Sketch (hence the new sidebar button)!!!  There were so many lovely cards in this challenge, and I am truly honored to have been selected!!! Also, I neglected to include a list of supplies in my original post, so I have now included that at the end.

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Entering this one into CASE(E) this Sketch #60.

Have a great day!

Supplies used:
Paper – Recollections Cards, 5″x6.5″ in White. Recollections Cardstock in White, Kraft. Basicgrey 6×6 paper pad in Serenade.
Stamp – From stash.
Cutting tools – Silhouette Cameo/Shapes – hello hey hi. We R Memory Keepers Seweasy Stitch Piercer.
Other – Recollections Embossing Powder in Snow. Coats & Clark thread in Taupe. Jute twine.

A few faves….

Taking a little break from cardmaking today to share a few trendy items that have been in the forefront of my mind lately…

1. Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid

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Essie Nail Polish in Play Date

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This color has really started to play up in my thought processes, and my first and foremost thought has been, “How can I get this color on my nails?” I had to look no further than the fabulously wonderful line of Essie nail polishes. This color has, of course, been sold out for weeks at my local Target, but when and if I ever find it, I’ll be snagging a bottle of this beautiful shade for a dose of much needed springtime color.

2. Crabtree and Evelyn Soaps

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Okay, so trendy this is not, but a relaxing, luxurious, heavenly-scented indulgence?…Yes, please! I plan on ordering a personally curated set for myself to get through the brutally cold days ahead.

3. Handwritten Digital Die Cuts

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I am crushing on those imperfectly perfect ‘Hello’ die cuts for cardmaking. I just purchased the Hello hey hi shape from the Silhouette store.  I also love Scripty hello from Silhouette.

What are some of your favorite things of interest right now? Leave a comment and do tell! I would love to know.