Penny’s Paper-Crafty Guest Designer “Sealed With Love”

Hello friends and happy Wednesday!  We seem to be rolling well into this month of March and my thoughts are turning to Spring and being able to get outdoors again after the cold winter months get put behind us!  I’m seeing a couple of buds on my daffodils…yay!

Pennys Challenge Blog BadgeI’m super excited to be sharing a card with you today that I’ve made for Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog as a guest designer for their #517 challenge!  Last month, I had won a top pick for a prize as well as a future guest design spot with my calendar cards that I had entered.  The challenge is always “Anything Goes using Paper“, so I hope you will take the time to join in the fun with us for this challenge!  Here’s what I’ve created:

Isn’t this fella so cute?!  I was given a few choices of images from the challenge sponsor(s) to use for my creation and I picked out this adorable image from Pattie’s Creations called, of course, “Snail Mail“.  You can click on the name to get him in the store!  Who doesn’t love a good snail mail especially with that adorable smile!🐌  I colored him up with my Copic markers adding a few dotted details with my white gel pen.  He was fussy cut with scissors and popped up with foam tape.

So I thought it would be fun to create a background for him using the Taylored Expressions Sealed With Love background stamp.  I used the heart stamp to give color and then colored the one envelope underneath the snail.  I also used the sentiment in the clear set that comes with it and white heat embossed it over a strip of cardstock that was later added to the design.

I cut the background in half diagonally and used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloud Portrait Backdrop die and then sponged some blue ink over top of it.  I used the top portion of it for my card front and cut this piece as well as the bottom stamped piece with the Lawn Fawn Small Cross-Stitch Rectangle Stackables die.  To break up the section of where these two pieces meet on the front, I took some dark brown cardstock and cut a strip with a My Favorite Things border die.  I layered this onto a piece of cardstock that was used for the sentiment and that’s where the ends of the scallop border was cut off.  I then attached all of the layers onto an A2 sized white top folding card base.

I decided to die cut some hearts out with the same colored cardstock (as the sentiment piece) to place above the snail’s head.  I added some sparkle over them with some Stickles “Star Dust” glitter.  I used it for the snails antennas and underneath his body where he’s sliding across to deliver his envelope.

I do hope that you’ve enjoyed my creation today for Penny’s challenge and will think about popping over there to see the wonderful inspiration from the design team!  I sure had fun playing along too!

Thanks for dropping by and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Love to Scrap – March Anything Goes
  2. The Male Room – Animals3. March
  3. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes with coloring
  4. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  5. My Time to Craft – Animal theme
  6. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2211 Anything Goes

Cheerful Sketches Guest Designer “Gnomie”

Hello friends!  I think we’re getting closer and closer to Spring!  I sure am ready for it, how about you?  Let’s welcome the warmer weather and pretty flowers to come!

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I had previously made a winner/top 3 for a challenge I had entered which was exciting to have also won a place to be a future guest designer for one of the challenges too.

So this month, I’m very excited to be joining my friends over at the Cheerful Sketches challenge blog as a guest and they always have a beautiful sketch along with lots of inspiration for it each month!  So please be sure to check them out and play along if you can!  Here’s the lovely sketch they’ve provided for me to work with this month:

This is a very nice sketch and open to lots of different interpretations as well, so I had fun playing with it along with an image that was provided to me from a current sponsor for the challenge and here’s what I came up with:

Everyone loves the gnomes and this one is too cute riding his snail friend!  I’m using the “Grumblebonce Rides Again” from Dr. Digi’s House of Stamps for my card today.  I’ve colored him up with Copic markers, added details with gel pens, glitter under the snail and glossy accents on the snail’s eyeballs.  I die cut the image with a stitched circle die and ink blended around the edges before attached to another loopy circle die cut from brown cardstock.

I found some fun papers fitting for the image with red plaids and a strip of mushrooms that I’ve attached over another loopy die cut strip I’ve had in my stash forever.  I wrapped some gold ribbon around it and attached to the red plaid papers that are attached to a 5″ square top folding brown card base.  Before attaching the red plaid papers, I used a distress tool to rough up the edges.  I’ve popped up the image with foam tape and added 3 gold enamel dots in the upper right corner.

With the card now laying flat, you can better see some of the shine from the sentiment at the bottom.  I found these fun gnome style sentiments that can be foiled.  So I used some gold foil and ran the strip through my Minc Machine.  I sponged some blue and brown inks over it and then added some die cut mushrooms behind it and layered a piece of brown cardstock to layer behind it.  

I placed the mushroom sentiment at the bottom with a portion of it with foam tape and the other parts just glued to the circle sentiment panel.  I think it turned out pretty cute and I had fun coloring it up!

So please be sure to check out the challenge and come play along!

Thanks so much for dropping in and I’ll see you soon!

You Are Not Alone Ukraine

Hello friends! Welcome to the weekend and hoping it’s a good one for you.

So as I’m sure you’ve been seeing lots of card makers pulling together in making some beautiful inspiration with the Ukraine flag colors and Sunflowers in support.  I’m seeing where there is some sort of card auction going on over at Instagram too, but I’m not on there to see anything.  It has moved and inspired me, so I would still like to help support in some way as a card maker to share some inspiration and hope for peace in the world too.

So my first thought was to turn to one of my favorite sunflower stamps which comes from the Taylored Expressions Wheatfield Dreams and I thought they would be appropriate for me to pull out some of my Karin Brush markers to watercolor.  I’ve also used the coordinating die for the set to die cut the flowers.

For the background, I’ve used some watercolor paper and some Ranger Blue Ribbon Oxide ink for the background by smooshing the ink pad onto my glass mat, spritzing with water and smooshing it over again with layers of water, smooshing, drying, spritzing, etc.  I also used the Taylored Expressions Heart to Heart stencil with the same ink and foam tool to go over top of it.

I prepped the background with an anti-static tool and white heat embossed the sentiment from the Taylored Expressions Beautiful Soul stamp set.  I cut down the sides of the watercolor paper and added some strips of yellow cardstock to the edges and attached it over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I then glued down the die cut sunflowers except for the one in front where I used some foam tape to pop it up.

I took a white gel pen and added a few light dots in the center of each flower for some highlights and then took a glitter brush pen for some shimmer to the petals, but it’s so hard to see in the photo.  I decided to water down some white paint to add a few splatters.

Lastly, I’ve taken some heart shaped clear dew drops and attached a few to the background.

I’m pleased with how the card turned out and hope you’ve been inspired in some way too.  Thanks for stopping in and sharing your wonderful inspiration and lovely thoughts my friends.  Take care of yourself and one another.

Challenges:

  1. Festive Friday – ###0104 Choose 3 from list: I chose Flowers/Plants, Encouragement & Stencils Festive-Friday-0104challenge-card

2.  Freshly Made Sketches – FMS525FMS Final 525-001

3.  Happy Little Stampers Watercolor – March Anything Goes Watercolorchallenge badge

February AJ Page-Explore

Hello friends!  Hope that you are doing well and staying warm and safe out there.  It’s been a few minutes since my last post, but that’s because I’ve been working very hard making wedding invites!  They’re coming together and almost done!  At some point I will share those, but today I have an AJ page to share with you!  It was nice to be able to take a break from creating invites to turning my mind on making a page.

**My crafty friend Carol is joining along with me each month to help inspire us both as well as others and I’m so thrilled to be doing this with her, so please click on her name and check out her page too!  We’re coming together as I think we both have an issue with “too much stash”…who doesn’t?!🙄  So I’ve come up with some ‘AJ prompts’ to help us both “Smash Our Stash” to start using it up for our own creative outlets and have some FUN!  The month of February gives us the prompt: ribbon/fibers/twine/thread

If you do any Art Journaling, then you know that sometimes when you have something in mind to do, it doesn’t always turn out like you think it will in your head!  This is the case with this one!  I like how it turned out and really enjoyed the process of it along with feeling good about using up some ribbon and twine overflowing in my stash!

I’m continuing on with making my own AJ book, so I’ve got the holes ready at the top of my 6″ x 9″ 140# watercolor page.  I like to use something really thick as I think it helps to hold all of the wet media/paint without it warping too badly.  

I’ve started by using a Tonic Studios “Falling Diamonds” stencil with embossing paste towards the bottom and not going all the way up to the top of the page.  I then used Salvaged Patina and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Sprays over top letting colors mix and run.  Once dried, I added some sponged white paint over a Tim Holtz stencil.  I then took some Ranger Ground Espresso paint and added some paint splatters over it, set aside to dry.  Then came my first introduction of the prompt onto my page.  I took some left over pieces of lace (in fact this was the last of this piece from my stash…why I kept it?  Who knows!!!) and glued it randomly onto the background.  Once dried, I added some water-downed Ground Espresso paint over those areas, sprayed with water and let run.  I also took the same paint and sponged around the edges to darken them up.  After it dried, I took some Art Alchemy “Old Silver” wax and rubbed over the raised areas of the paste and lace with my fingers until it showed up as I wanted it to.

I decided at this point, that I wasn’t going to do what I had planned in my head as I thought the background was going to turn out much lighter and brighter.  It turned out more antique/grunge, but I was still happy with it and just changed the plan a bit.  I don’t know what these are called, but I named them “Twine Twirls“.  I took a double-sided adhesive sheet and covered a piece of cardstock with one side, die cut a couple of different sized circles, took the backing off the other side of the adhesive and used some twine in my stash to continue to swirl around the center of the adhesive circle until reaching the edges.  (Do you ever get twine wrapped around one of your craft orders and save it?  That’s what all of this twine is from…can you believe I saved them and got plenty more to use?!!)  I then took a piece of VERY old ribbon from my stash and attached to the back of each “Twine Twirl”.  I laid these over the page where I wanted it and added an adhesive strip at the top of the page right below the holes to secure them as well as glued the back of the circles.  You can also see that I’ve attached some bows above 3 of the “Twine Twirls” too.  I used some Stickles glitter glue and brushed over top of each “Twine Twirl” and set aside to dry.

I also fussy cut out one of the Tim Holtz paper dolls to glue over one of the “Twine Twirls” and then used some foam tape to pop him up over the page as needed once the glitter had dried.

For the top of the page where I’ve added the “Twine Twirl” ribbons, I took another piece of lace that matched that ribbon and covered it over top of the ends.  Since it’s lace, you can see through it, so I layered on another piece of brown taupe ribbon in the center of that. (I’ve used scissors to cut the ends off the page.)

For the lettering, I used some of the items I used for the background page onto a piece of blank cardstock and then cut the letters out using the Taylored Expressions Cap It Off Alpha taking off the frame around the letters.  I glued the letters over top of the ribbon and then covered each letter with glossy accents.

The phrases come from a Tim Holtz “Clippings” sticker book and then I took a brown pen to outline around it.  I finished the page by adding some of the Tim Holtz stars adornments in random areas.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed our AJ pages today or have been inspired in some way!  Be sure to join us next month too!  Thank you so much for dropping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Art Journal Journey – What’s Your Style? (I love using stencils most of the time, but enjoy “exploring” different medias too!  Not sure about a specific style…I like them ALL!)
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Art Journal
  3. Try It On Tuesday – Add Some Texture
  4. Creative Artiste – #79 Anything Mixed Media Goes
  5. Mixed Media Lovers – #10 Anything Mixed Media
  6. Arty Divas – Anything Goes
  7. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

An Electric Connection and Happy Mail Love For Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day friends!  Today is the day all about hearts and love!  Although I’ve already sent out my Valentine cards, I have a couple of lovely individuals who take a peek at my blog from time to time…so I have to wait until they’ve received their cards before I share them here!😉  It’s somewhat hard to “hide” my crafting since hubby’s now retired! LOL  So here’s the cards I made:

I just KNEW the minute I saw this Taylored Expressions Love Lights Stamps & Stencil Combo set that it was something perfect for making cards for my retired electrician hubby!  This set also coordinates with other products and so I started by foiling the TE Foil It-Love Lights panel and then ink blending with the stencil set.  I had to use blue as this is hubby’s favorite color.  So I’ve used the TE Sprinkles and Potato Chip inks.  The cardstock is TE Sprinkles. (I used softer tones for the Valentine feel.)  I also used the coordinating TE Mini Strips-Watt’s Up sentiment set that was silver heat embossed over the TE Sprinkles cardstock and cut out with the TE Mini Strips-Asymmetrical Die.  I just love the punny sentiments that go with this set!

The tiny light bulb for the accent I used actually came from a TE ‘freebie’ with one of my orders, so I die cut the light bulb with white glitter cardstock and lightly sponged some yellow ink in the center.  I die cut the center and bottom of the bulb with silver brushed cardstock and glued it onto the light bulb.  I die cut a circle from some vellum and also sponged this with yellow ink and glued the light bulb on top of it and attached it to the side of the card nestled with the sentiment strips that were popped up with foam tape.  He will have gotten this one this morning.

And here’s another card that I sent to someone very special!  It’s a simple card, but wow it was so much fun to create with using the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition Happy Mail Love card kit! (Looks like it’s still available at the time I’m writing up this post, but not sure how long it will stay available.)  I so love those CUTE Doodlebug products and there are so many of them including the stamp set that goes together in this kit!  I wanted to play some more with it, but I have so many other things to focus on so I’ll have to come back to it later! LOL

I’ve used the Doodlebug background papers from the kit and cut it out with a Lawn Fawn Cross-Stitch die and also cut a strip of ‘grass’ with green cardstock at the bottom using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die.  The heart papers were attached over a red piece of cardstock from the kit and layered onto a top folding A2 white card base.  The grass border was attached over the red cardstock and heart background papers.  This gave me the room to take the CUTE Doodlebug LOTS OF LOVE Odds and Ends Ephemera die cut shapes to create my scene with!  This pack came in the kit and there are SO many pieces!  I’m sure you could go on and on making cards!  The bird and bunny die cuts were popped up with foam tape.  It’s hard to see in the photo, but I’ve taken my glitter brush pen to all of the hearts on the images and the cheeks on the cloud.

I think these cards did what was intended which was to create smiles during this cold winter season!  Sure hope that it has done the same for you as well!😉  Wishing you a happy Valentine’s Day with all of my heart!❤  Thanks for stopping in and I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Moving Along With the Times – Love/Anniversary/Wedding
  2. Creative Inspirations – With Love
  3. The Paper Funday – Anything Goes optional ‘Hugs & Kisses’
  4. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes optional ‘Whimsical Valentine’
  5. Everybody Art – Love and/or Heart
  6. Try It On Tuesday – ‘All Loved Up’
  7. Cardz 4 Guys – ‘Love’ cards
  8. Little Red Wagon – Be My Love/Valentines

Huge thank you to those that keep the challenge blogs going!

Donut You Want a Sweet Birthday!?🍩

Hello friends and happy Friday!  Wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead as we head into Valentine’s Day on Monday!  With this holiday, I’m always reminded by the sweet treats and memories of my children passing out their Valentines, making special boxes to hold them in and classroom parties with lots of goodies!  I thought it would be fun to incorporate those thoughts into a fun birthday set and a small treat with NO ‘REAL’ SUGAR ADDED!

I can never turn down a good donut, how about you?  I had so much fun creating this set with the Taylored Expressions Donut Days Cling & Clear Combo and decorating them!  This was created with the February #TEMakerChallenge color combo and theme in mind when putting the set together.  I’ve used both the TE Spearmint & Peaches ‘N Cream ink and cardstock for these.  I’ve added some Chocolate Truffle, Toffee and White EP as well.

To create the “donut box” on the card, I’ve stamped the TE Argyle stamp only without using the stencils and then I’ve cut it out with the TE Box Top Stacklets die to give the frame look for the donuts to be placed in!  (Note the small treat container was decorated on the front with the left over middle piece from the frame…so save everything!)  I then took the stamped frame and ran the TE Pierced Lattice Cutting Plate over it for an added design.  To assemble the box of donuts, I took a piece of tissue paper, crumpled it up and glued the decorated donuts together over it.  The back of the frame with foam tape was then centered over the donuts so it was popped up.  I ripped the excess tissue paper and attached the card together.  I used some of the TE Peaches ‘N Cream cardstock and white heat embossed the TE Mini Strips Donut Worry and cut them out with the TE Mini Strips die.

FOR THE TREAT HOLDER – 

I found this really fun video tutorial for a Hand Sanitizer PocketBac box container using my envelope punch board.  (CLICK NAME FOR THE TUTORIAL!)  I always love finding new ways to use a tool I have especially in a totally different way than what it was intended for!   I didn’t wrap decorative paper around mine like she did, but like I mentioned above, I saved the center of the cut out frame and cut it down to size to decorate the front.  I took one of the sentiments and donuts left over from the card, wrapped some twine around it and tied it so the bow is centered inside the donut hole.

I do love me a good pun…so please feel free to pun away my friends!!😅  Maybe you can come up with a “hole in one”! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my birthday sweet treats today and thanks so much for stopping in! 

Challenges:

  1. Penny’s Paper Crafty – Anything Goes using paper
  2. Watercooler Wednesday – Helen’s “All About Occasions” 
  3. Creative Fingers – Anything Goes
  4. River of Creativity – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes

Thank you to all of the wonderful challenge blogs and keeping them going!

One Layer Challenge and More Riley Fun!

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far!  I have a few cards to share with you today that I’ve made over the weekend having some fun.

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I love the cute little grin this goat has! This goat along with all of the images used are from the same stamp set by Inky Stamper. This month, the Inky Stamper FB group challenged us to create a ONE-LAYER only card…not even ribbon/twine, etc could be used! I haven’t made one of these CAS or one-layer cards for quite some time, but I enjoyed the play with it.

So I’ve used masking paper to create this by stamping the goat over masking paper, stamping the goat over the front of the card and then placing the cut out masked goat to cover him up.  I then die cut a circle over another piece of masking paper and placed the left over piece on top of my card where I masked my goat image.  All that was left was the circle opening and this is where I ink blended the opening with distress inks.  I also stamped the small line of grass with green ink.

I took off the circle mask along with the goat mask.  I colored up the goat with Copic markers and then I stamped the triangle image from the same stamp set along with the sentiment.  I then added 3 black gems and colored the inside triangles with a glitter brush pen.  I also used my corner chomper to round the two bottom corners.

This last weekend there was another OOAK event and there was another fun card kit from Riley and Co.  I didn’t attend the entire event, but joined in to see what the new release was about while I was making my cards from the kit.  I’m pretty sure that there are no more of these kits left as they sold out of the first batch and had to make more.

The critters are so fun to color and I really loved these papers from the kit as they have me anxiously awaiting Spring to get here!  I’m bundled up, drinking hot liquids and trying to stay warm, but nothing beats a warm Spring day!😁

To get a better look at each one of these cards up close along with what’s going on for the insides, check out the gallery below.  If you’re directly on my blog website, you can click on each photo below to enlarge it:

Just wanted to share my recent makes as I’m still trying to work at finishing up some Valentine cards along with getting going on the wedding invites.  Sure enjoy seeing the wonderful inspiration from everyone and hope that you’re all staying safe and warm friends!  Thanks for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges (Top Goat card ONLY):

  1. Challenge Up Your Life – Triangles
  2. Happy Little Stampers CAS – “Inky”
  3. CAS on Friday – Male
  4. Krafty Chicks – Stamp Act
  5. Just Add Ink – Minimalist 

Stinky Love and TS Card Hero Auction

Hello friends!  Happy Friday and I hope that your having a great week so far!  I’ve been having some fun creating a couple of Valentine’s Day cards with a fun/snarky inside greeting.  Plus, I wanted to share something going on starting today for a worth-while cause! (Scroll through post for details!)

So I absolutely fell in love with these STINKIN’ CUTE skunks from Lawn Fawn!  A few weeks ago, I caught a live on FB and enjoyed the crafty products shown with these Lawn Fawn Scent with Love stamps!  I wanted to play with them and decided to order it!  I didn’t have them on hand during the video, but I decided to do my own spin from their cards once mine showed up in the mail.

I didn’t use the heart stencil they had as I decided to use my TE Heart of Hearts Layering Stencil on both of these cards.  I’ve used some clear glitter paste over the first layer without using the largest heart, let it dry and then used some red ink for the second layer.  The red strip was embossed with a 3D heart folder.  I’ve used the Lawn Fawn Scripty Love die that was ink blended faded with the red ink and layered over another die cut sentiment with glitter cardstock.  All of the images were colored with Copic markers and die cut with coordinating dies. I’ve used some black glaze and white gel pens for accents.  I just glued all of the pieces down with the exception of the skunk that was popped up with foam tape.

OK, I had share the inside of the card that the recipient will be receiving as I thought they would get a kick out it. 😆  I’ve used the SSS Sassy Insides stamp set for the inside of both of these cards.  I finished with the Valentine sentiment and the tiny hearts from the Lawn Fawn set.

And so this is also a “spin off” from the second card they did on the live, but I decided not to add another layer to it; instead, I used the large heart within my stencil to center these darling hugging skunks.  I did about the same thing that I did on the card above with different colored inks.  The only thing popped up is the skunks over the sentiment banner that I cut out using the MFT Stamps banner dies.  I think this turned out so cute for a one layer simple card.

And then here’s what the inside of the card looks like with another sentiment from the same SSS stamp set that I’ve used on the above card! 😆  I think this one was so appropriate for using with the skunks!

So I’m thinking that these cards would be something fun for the recipients to receive in the mail.  It’s a great time of year to get something to chuckle about especially if it’s unexpected!  I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing them too!

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Today starts the “Turner Syndrome Card Hero Auction” over on Instagram! (I’m not on Instagram, but I wanted to share the information for those of you that are and would like to participate.  I donated some cards to Lori to help with her fund raising efforts for her daughter with Turner Syndrome.)  CLICK PHOTO BELOW FOR DIRECT LINK TO AUCTION DETIALS:

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All of the money raised will go directly to the Turner Syndrome Foundation that helps to provide the help and support needed for families like Lori and her daughter.  This foundation depends solely on donations, so please think about contributing your support in any way you can as it’s very much appreciated.  Thank you!

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Thank you so much for stopping in today!  I wish you a happy and wonderful weekend ahead!!  See you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Lawn Fawnatics – Lots of Heart
  2. Make the Cards – Valentine card
  3. Unicorn – Red (top card only)
  4. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes with animal
  5. Pearly Sparkles – Anything Goes
  6. NBUS – #35 NEW SKUNK STAMPS! YAY!
  7. Critter Crazy – Anything Goes with animal
  8. Double D – Hearts
  9. Aud Sentiments – Love Sentiment

Vintage Anniversary and Commissioned Ones Too!

Hello friends and happy February!  I feel like we just started a new year and it’s already into the second month!  I will need to get going on a couple of Valentine cards really soon!  Today, I wanted to share a card I had made for my parent’s 57th wedding anniversary along with a few other anniversary cards I was commissioned to make that I had forgotten to share until I made my parent’s card! LOL!

I really like how this one turned out for my parent’s anniversary card!  If this looks familiar to you, then you may recognize it from a past Simon Says Stamp card kit. (This one came from a Valentine 2020 kit.)  I thought that the papers in the kit looked “Vintage” and I really liked that, so I thought I’d try to go for that style in my card.

I used the heart rose stamp image from the kit and colored it with Copics and fussy cut it out.  I also copper heat embossed the leaves from the stamp set included in the kit over some green cardstock and fussy cut those out as well.  The sentiment was also from the same set as the leaves and I copper heat embossed that for the bottom right corner of the card.  It’s hard to see from the shine, but it says: “Happily ever together” and was fussy cut as well.

I started with the Vintage looking papers and cut a piece down to size and inked up along the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink and layered it over a side folding A2 white card base.  I pulled out a piece of shimmer vellum that I ran through a Sizzix 3D heart embossing folder and layered it over top of the background.  I also took some of the ephemera from the kit and added those to parts of the background after sponging the edges of that too.  (see the “ticket” in the top left.) 

Finally, I arranged the heat embossed leaves along with the heart shaped rose over top.  I glued the leaves and then popped up the rose with foam tape along with the heat embossed sentiment.  I added some shimmer to the leaves with a shimmer brush pen and then took some sequins from the kit to attach over the card and filled with Stickles glitter.

I think this would be a special Valentine card as well for someone!😉

At the end of last year, I was also commissioned to make a 50th wedding anniversary card for someone.  I was just given the detail that the wedding photos were shown with the colors black and white…so I based my card using that idea.

I always think that wedding/anniversary style cards look especially elegant with die cuts and embossing, so I dig through my die cut and embossing folder stash.  I’m sure you can imagine me sitting on the floor with things everywhere! LOL!!  Do you do this too when you’re not sure what you want to do and/or what all you have?

So I found this really pretty Memory Box die cut with the heart in the center that I wanted to use and thought some glitter paper behind it would be so pretty.  This is why my card is a square shaped design.  Since it was celebrating 50 years, I thought it would be appropriate to add some gold in there too and die cut the numbers for the center of the heart as well at the border pieces on the top and bottom of the heart.  (Not sure where that die came from as it’s old. The number dies are really old too!)

I layered this onto the glitter paper and gold foil paper.  I stamped a sentiment (Taylored Expressions-The Inside Scoop Anniversary used both inside and out of card.) and die cut it out with a banner die and popped it up under the heart with foam tape.  I layered this onto a white 3D embossed background that was layered over a black top folding square card base.  I attached a gold ribbon bow over top.

I stamped a sentiment for the inside of the card and you can see that I’ve decorated the inside of the card using the same die cut border with gold foil cardstock.  The papers I’ve used for the borders on the inside were also used to create a custom envelope for this card.  Sometimes if I don’t have the envelope on hand, I make my own envelope.  Sometimes I prefer to do this for special cards anyway.

And this is another card that I had been commissioned to do for someone that wanted a card for an anniversary on Christmas Eve.  I was given the detail about them spending time at Disney World and seem to be a fan of Disney along with it being their 25th anniversary…so my card was based on those details.

I have no Disney character type stamps/products at all.  My thought was to create something with a “winter/Fairytale” theme which is why I turned to my Cricut machine for help.  I was lucky enough to find the carriage and horse image that I cut out using brushed metallic silver and silver glitter cardstock for the different pieces.  I also found a castle image that I cut from the brushed metallic silver as well.  I used black cardstock for the base and insides of the cut out images.  After I cut out the castle, I ran it through a brick embossing folder to give it that brick castle look.  I also die cut the numbers from Taylored Expressions Cap It Off Numbers dies.  I attached the numbers in the center of the castle and attached a silver ribbon bow over top of the numbers.

Since I had my main cut out images for my card, I was able to create my scene and size based on those.  My finished card measures approx. 7″ x 5″ which is not a regular size for me, but I thought it was fitting given the type of card it was along with the cut out images.  I started with a piece of blue cardstock and generously sprayed it with some Pearlescent Cosmic Shimmer previously received from a class I took.  It gives a really stunning look and the shimmer doesn’t show very well from the photo either.  Once dried, I die cut both the snowflakes and snow border at the bottom from some white glitter cardstock.  Both dies used for them come from Lawn Fawn.  The trees behind the bottom snow border were cut from some pearl white paper with an older Stampin’ Up! die set in my stash.  

I attached the sprayed blue background over a piece of silver metallic cardstock after wrapping a silver ribbon around the center.  I then attached the trees and added the snow border at the bottom.  I added the castle and snowflakes next being careful that everything was showing the way I wanted and then I popped up the carriage with foam tape.

This whole scene was placed over a white 7 x 5 top folding card base. I also took some silver glitter to add to the little flag ends on the castle.  I thought with all of the glitter and shimmer it didn’t need any more embellishment!  I was happy with how it turned out because I wasn’t quite sure it would!

There was a custom envelope that was also made for this card using some pretty silver pattern paper from my stash.

Everyone seemed to be pretty pleased with how the cards turned out for them and I was very happy to have had the privilege of being apart of someone’s special day too!

Speaking of wedding anniversaries, I’ve been given the honor to create wedding invites for my son’s wedding coming up this Summer and I know I’ll be getting really busy putting those together as well!  So that will be coming up really fast and I hope I can keep up with things! LOL

Thanks so much for stopping in today!  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my creations or been inspired in some way!  See you soon!

Challenges (TOP CARD ONLY)

  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  2. Krafty Chicks – All Occasions
  3. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes with optional add flowers
  4. Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes with coloring (Copics used for heart rose image)
  5. Creatalicious – Anything Goes with optional love
  6. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Use embossing folder (3D heart folder over vellum piece)

Facing Fear With Art Journaling

Happy weekend!  Hope you’re weekend is going great!  I’ve been wanting to start doing some art journaling again because I used to do lots of it years ago on a previous blog I had before this one.  The only one I had recently done was in 2020 on THIS POST.  For me, creating AJ pages gives the freedom to “explore” different media, use more of my stash or even TRY things that I would never do otherwise.  I’m always inspired with other people’s AJ pages, but just need to start doing it again!  It’s nothing that I would ever give away, it’s just something for me personally to create.  I find it’s a HUGE stress reliever too!

I’ve decided to play along with a couple of challenges.  (shown below post)  *One was about “adding a face” to your AJ page and something that I decided to do was to actually trace half of a face over some vellum paper. (I used a micro pen for tracing)  I don’t draw anything at all…which is why I love stamps!  So I had a go at “facing fear” to start this year with an AJ page!

As you can see, I’m making my own AJ book and there are actually 7 other finished pages underneath this one. These are the pages I had previously done and hadn’t kept up on my book.  The size is 6″ x 9″ and I always punch the holes at the top before I get started putting anything on it. (I’ve used heavy weight watercolor paper)  I wanted the face tracing to “show through” what was underneath, so I took ripped up strips from left over collage pieces I had previously made, I also added some text print and acrylic paint colors over it.  I’ve used DecoArt media fluid acrylics to blend colors and DecoArt media shimmer mister for some splatters.  I’ve also taken a stencil with some Taylored Expressions purple glitter Happy Medium gel paste in certain areas.  Once I’ve gotten the background build up a bit, I layered over the face tracing.  I wasn’t real happy with the crackling of the vellum, but it added some fun texture.

I also took one of those ripped collage pieces and stamped the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt with Archival Black ink and layered next to the vellum face with matte medium.  And since I’ve used matte medium to attach all of my elements, I took out my Faber-Castell Pitt big brush markers to add some color to the vellum tracing, around the edges of it and around the edges of the ripped stamped sentiment.  I took some foiled cardstock and die cut the “face fear” letters from an Altenew die set I had in my stash.  I also added some shading with my markers under the letters too.

In the close-up photo, you can see the bits of sparkle and shimmer on it a bit more!

Some of the words in the quote were doodled around using a micro pen.  I had a rub-on clock face in my stash, so I rubbed half of it on one place, moved it and rubbed the other half in another spot so as not to waste it.  I thought I needed to add a bit more shimmer, so I took some Art Alchemy Sparks acrylic paint and brushed it on randomly in places.  I love the pretty shimmer of this paint!  (You can really see it around the edges in the top photo)

Something a bit different from me today, but hope you’ve enjoyed it or been inspired in some way!  I’m hoping to try to create a page each month.  Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great rest of your weekend!

Challenges:

  1. *Art Journal Journey – Let’s Face It!
  2. Country View – A Year to Sparkle & Shine
  3. Mixed Media Lovers – Anything Goes Mixed Media
  4. Try it On Tuesday – Add a Quote