Hot Pink My Best Friend Happy Birthday

It is amazing to me how different colors and layouts can make the same image look different. I had used this stamp set on another card. On this card I pulled out a favorite background die that has horizontal lines and a great circle opening that is a perfect placement for a sentiment.

I cut the die from white cardstock. To add dimension and visual interest foam tape was cut down to add behind each of the horizontal lines. If you remove the paper backing to the foam it can be easily shaped and adhered around the circle opening. The horizontal stripes were then adhered to a top folding cardbase.

This card uses pink flower clusters and mint green leaves. The flowers were placed onto the top right and bottom left of the circle. Foam tape was placed under the flowers to support them where needed so that they were level with the horizontal background.

For the sentiment a My Favorite Things “happy” die was cut from gold mirror cardstock and again from sticky back foam and adhered together. The same pink ink used on the flowers was applied to a small piece of white cardstock, which give you a perfect color match for the secondary sentiment, which was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. This sentiment was die cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip. Foam tape was added to the back of this strip. Both the die cut sentiment and the sentiment strip were added to the center of the circle with liquid glue.

Ranger Gold Stickles were added to the center of the flowers. This ties in the gold die cut word and enhances the overall design.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Clearly Besotted My Best Friend
  • My Favorite Things Cause to Celebrate
  • CZ Designs Birthday Palooza
  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes Background Die
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • Altenew Inks: Baby Pink, Fuchsia, Magenta, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon
  • Polychromos Pencil 134 Crimson and 133 Magenta
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Darice Thin Strips Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock

You Are So Special to Me

This is the final card I made using the Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose. My crafting friend wanted to make a purple rose, but she didn’t like the way it turned out, so I gave it a try. I think the challenge on creating these roses is to have variations in color, but ensure the tones of the colors used go well together.

I pulled out a watercolor cardstock from Paper Studio that had a beautiful corner of purple shades in light and darker. These were my base and first layer of the flowers. I then went through my scraps of purple to find two more colors that coordinated. This time I only used two layers for the leaves.

For this card I decided to pull out Avery Elle’s Horizontal Stripes background die. It has a lovely circle opening where I could nest the flowers and leaves. I cut it from white cardstock and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase.

The flowers and leaves were adhered around the circle opening with liquid glue and the sentiment was stamped in purple ink on one of the stripes.

For a final embellishment Clear Wink of Stella was added to the flowers and purple sequins were scattered around the flowers, with the centers being filled with Gold Stickles.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
  • Simon Says Stamp Delicate Flowers
  • Avery Elle Horizontal Stripes
  • Altenew Deep Iris Ink
  • Copic Markers YG67
  • Purple Cardstocks from Scraps
  • The Paper Studio Watercolor Multi
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Pretty Pink Posh Enchanted Garden Sequin Mix
  • Ranger Gold Stickles

Village Die Welcome to Your New Home

I make a lot of welcome cards for people who move into the boundaries of our church, so when I saw this new die from Hero Arts I thought it could make some good welcome cards.

I first die cut the image and tried to color them with Copic Markers, but I did not like the way it turned out. There isn’t a defined edge to the bottom of the house and it just didn’t look good. I saw Nicole Spohr do this, but she added a glitter snowbank on each of the layers near the bottom of the houses. I didn’t want a winter scene, so that didn’t work out for me.

The first time I cut the rows of house they were a little angled, so this time I made sure that the roof tops were straight so they didn’t look like they were going to fall over in a stiff breeze. I decided to die cut the different levels with different color cardstock. I used Copic Markers to only color the roof and around the doors and windows and liked this much better. I did color one house in the center of the first layer of homes to signify their new home, adding the tree , windows, and door.

I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home to the front layers of houses with a dark gray ink. I ink blended the front of a top folding cardbase by masking off the top of using Distress Oxide Inks. I cut some white fluffy clouds with the Avery Elle Pierced Clouds Die.

To assemble the card I added Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape behind the first and second layer of homes. The tallest, back layer of homes was adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue and then the other layers were adhered with the foam tape. The clouds were adhered with liquid glue and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Tri-Fold Edge Village Fancy Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Copic Markers: YG17, YG05; B06, B04, B02, B01; Y08, Y04; R24, R22; C4, C7; E31, E57
  • Gina K. Designs Stormy Sky Ink
  • Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass and Broken China
  • Blue, Yellow, Green Cardstock from Stash
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape

Thankful for You Fall Leaves

I found a great stencil by Carta Bella called Hello Autumn which creates a beautiful, colorful fall background. This is the time of year that I think about all the wonderful people in my life and want to send them cards letting them know who grateful I am they are part of my life. I decided to use this background stencil to create those cards.

I ink blended the background onto Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using some pretty fall colored inks from Gina K. Designs. Once that was done I cut down the panel using a stitched rectangle and matted it with green cardstock.

I pulled out some leaf dies and cut several from white cardstock and link blended them to match the colors used in the background. I bundled them together, added a gold and cream baker’s twine bow and adhered them to the lower left corner of the card.

For a sentiment I stamped Gina K. Designs “Thankful” from her Stitched Leaves stamp set and cut it out using the coordinating shadow die and adhered it to the top of the card. A secondary greeting was stamp on to ivory cardstock and cut with a sentiment label and adhered with Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape. The first attempt is shown below.

For the second attempt I decided to try and mute the background by adding a layer of vellum. I also pulled out a larger maple leaf for the base of the leaf cluster, but I felt the vellum muted the pretty background too much.

For the third attempt I pulled out a larger maple leaf die and used it for the base of the leaf cluster. The sentiment was stamped on orange cardstock with gold and people I showed it to thought the sentiment was hard to see.

With the fourth attempt I finally got a card that I liked all the elements and made eight more cards to send to family and friends.

Gold Blossoms in Bloom Sympathy

This is the second card I made with these dies. This time I wanted to do a inlay die cut of the flowers.

I found some soft pink cardstock in my stash to use for the card front. I cut it down using an A2 Stitched Rectangle and then used the same die to some sticky back foam to add to the back. I then cut the back layer of the flowers in the center of the pink rectangle. I used Copic Markers G02 and R21 to color the flowers and leaves. Liquid glue to the back of the negative space rectangle and adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase. The back layer of the flowers were then and inlaid into the negative space with liquid glue.

The top layer of the flowers was cut from brush gold mirror cardstock. I made sure to leave the flower centers in place. It was adhered it to the front of the background die cut using a spray adhesive. It made a beautiful card.

The sentiment was stamped on a scrap of ivory cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was cut using a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip and adhered directly to the card front with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Copic Markers: G02, R21
  • Blush Cardstock From Stash
  • Gina K. Designs Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Brushed Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adheisve
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Pink & Main Sentiment Strip

Blossoms in Bloom So Sorry Sympathy

I love the double dies that create this beautiful floral image. I saw a lovely card made by Kayla McCreadie where she used vellum for the back layer and white for the top outline. She placed her die cuts on a beautiful blue cardstock. I used the same design, but used purple cardstock for the card front.

I cut down the purple cardstock with Penny Black’s Swirly Stitched Rectangle die. It think it goes well with a floral image. It was adhered to a top folding white cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

The back layer of the flowers was cut from some patterned vellum and the top layer was cut from white cardstock and adhered using spray adhesive. The purple rectangle was ink blended with Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet, but it is really hard to see. The flower arrangement was laid on the purple background to determine where to stamp the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat emboss white. A secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of the purple cardstock and cut with a Pink & Main Sentiment Strip and adhered just below main sentiment with a thin strip of foam tape.

Silver Stickles was added to the center of the flowers and once it was dry small pieces of foam tape was added to each flower center to add a little dimension when placed on the card front.

This was a pretty quick and easy easy card to create, but it is really striking with the dark purple background to the love flower die cut.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Stampin’ Up Blossoms in Bloom
  • Penny Black Sympathy Sentiments
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Distress Oxide Inks Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Purple Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Studio Pebbled Vellum
  • Ranger Silver Stickles
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Sorry for Your Loss Corner Flowers

This is the last card I made with Pink Fresh Studio’s Celebrate Our Differences stamp. This time I decided to adhered the flower arrangement directly to the card front. However, I wanted to add some dimension and visual interest, so I cut a scalloped rectangle from white cardstock and then dry embossed it using Stampin’ Up’s Tasteful Textures.

I went through my stash of papers to find a blue that matched the flowers and adhered the scalloped, embossed rectangle to the front of the card with liquid glue. I find liquid glue works best when adhering something that has texture. The flowers were adhered to the corners of the scalloped rectangle, also with liquid glue.

I decided to make this a sympathy card. Unfortunately, I have been in need of quite a few lately. I die cut the word “sorry” three times from leftover blue cardstock and adhered them together with liquid glue and then adhered to the middle of the card with the same glue. The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of green cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed gold. It was adhered using Darice Thin Strip Foam Tape.

The final embellishment was to add Ranger Gold Stickles to the center of the flowers. I liked this card. The colors are lovely, but I think I like it best when the flowers are adhered with foam tape to add some dimension to the flowers.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pink Fresh Studio Celebrate Our Differences
  • Honey Bee Stamps With Sympathy
  • Avery Elle With Sympathy
  • Silhouette Cameo Cut File
  • Altenew Inks: Eastern Sky, Ultramarine, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades
  • Stampin’ Up Tasteful Textile
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Paper Studio 5 Color Blue Paper Stack
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Thin Strip Foam

Wishing You Nothing Bundt the Best

Several months ago during the first Spring Card Camp for Online Classes Julie Ebersole showed how to take a coordinating die and use it to create a focal image that would show both on the front and inside of card. I decided to use that design trick for this card.

I stamped the image on a rectangle of Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black. The sentiment was stamped just below using Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink. It was colored with Copic Markers and then using the coordinating die it was cut from the rectangle. I wanted to add some additional texture and visual interest and cut down the rectangle using a stitched die and then ran it through the big shot with an argyle embossing folder.

The embossed rectangle was placed on a top folding card base and the opening for the bundt cake was traced so it could be cut again from the cardbase. Once that was complete the embossed rectangle was adhered to the cardbase with liquid glue.

I used scissors to fussy cut around the die cut image so that it was right on the lines. This would make it easier for opening and closing the card once the image was in place. Foam tape was added to the back of the image and then adhered through the opening to the inside of the card. Now the image can be seen from both the front and inside of the card as seen below.

The final embellishment was to add some blue Nuvo Crystal Drops to the cake frosting and around the sentiment.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Darice Argyle Embossing Folder
  • Copic Markers: B26, B24, B23; E49, E47, E57; E43, E42, E41
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Wedgewood Blue
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

You Finally Hit the Jackpot Wade – Happy Birthday

We have a wonderful couple that lives down the street from us. We were visiting with them last Sunday and found out that Wade will be turning 91 on this Sunday. Wade has some dementia at this stage in his life and he must of told us four times that he was going to work at beating the slots. So I searched online and found this image from 123rf.com. Merilyn said that his favorite color is yellow, so that is the color scheme I used.

I sized and printed the image on 80# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock using the Silhouette, which allows me to cut out the image when using registration marks. I added a couple of sentiments before printing. I searched through my stamps and found a small cherry in the Avery Elle Bring on the Cake that would work perfecting in the symbol display area and stamped them with Memento Tuxedo Black. Everything was colored with Copic Markers. However, in researching areas of the slot machine to write about it on my web site I discovered that the biggest payout is when you align three stars. So I printed that area of the slot machine and stamp solid stars with Delicata Gold Glitz ink and covered the small window areas with Ranger Glossy Accents. I like the color of the cherries, but I’m sure Wade will know that he has the biggest jackpot with the stars.

In the body of the slot machine I added the number “91” cut from gold glitter cardstock.

I wanted a background for the image. My first thought was to use the Concord & 9th Birthday Basics Turnaround, but it was just too busy. So I pulled out their Sprinkles Turnabout and that worked great. I cut down the panel with a stitched rectangle and then added a panel of gold glitter cardstock behind it to create a thin border. It was adhered to a top folding cardbase. To match the gold glitter used on the design Rangers Gold Stickles were added to a few of the confetti.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the slot machine. I like to trace about the image on the paper side of the foam and then fussy cut it a little smaller. It works great to pop up an image. Hopefully Wade enjoys his card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • 123rf.Com Slot Machine Icon
  • Avery Elle Bring on the Cake
  • Hero Arts Little One
  • Concord & 9th Sprinkles Turnabout
  • My Favorite Things Little Upper Case
  • Copic Markers: Y38, Y35, Y32, Y04, Y02, Y00, Y23; R29, R24, Y22
  • American Crafts Metallic Gold Marker
  • Ranger Gold Stickles
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen
This is the card with the cherries.

Welcome to the Neighborhood


I recently purchased this Home Sweet Home stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. I make a lot of welcome cards for people moving into our congregation at church and thought it would make some great cards to send. This is the second card I created with this stamp. The Hawks moved in to a house four houses down from us. We gave them a cake from Desserts by Kelly, the best bakery in the area.

I stamped the image and then used the Silhouette PixScan Mat to cut it out. I’ve had a few issues with the Silhouette not cutting correctly since I got my new iPhone 11, so I cut the outline first and then used Jennifer McGuire’s tip of keeping the negative and placing some repositional to hold it in place in the Misti and then put the positive cut out in place and then stamp. It worked great.

I colored the images with Copic Markers and then needed to create my scene. I cut a slimline rectangle with a Pink Fresh Studio Stitched Rectangle. I stamped a yellow sun in the upper left of the card and I then masked off the top portion of the card with Post-it Tape and ink blended the grass with Distress Oxide Mowed Lawn. I turned the Post-it Tape and then ink blended the sky with a couple of blue Oxide inks.

I pulled out my Avery Elle Pierced Clouds and decided to use the cloud boder for this card. I cut it from white cardstock and added foam tape to the back for dimension. For this card I decided to use the cut airplane pulling a banner. The banners in the stamp set weren’t the sentiment I wanted to use, so I created it in Microsoft Word, ink blended it, and die cut it with a sentiment banner. I used some platinum embroidery thread for the string on the banner and adhered it flying across the clouds. It turned out cute.

I decided to back the focal image panel with some blue cardstock from my stash so that it had a thin border. It was then adhered to a slimline cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Home Sweet Home
  • Copic Markers: G85, G82, G43; G29, G24; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG17, YG03; C9, C7, C6, C5, C3, C2, C1, C00; R27, R24, R22; E79, E77, E74; E19, E17, E15, E13; E33, E31, E30; E00, E000; B21; B01; Y02
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, Mustard Seed
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Wonky Rectangle
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds
  • Honey Bee Sentiment Banners
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • 3M ½ Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • DMC Mouline Embroidery Floss Platinum