Happy Birthday Loye

A sweet friend at church has a birthday this week. Loye reminds me so much of my mother, although she is about ten years younger. I wanted to create a special birthday card for her, so I called her daughter and asked what her favorite colors were and used them to create this card for her.

I stamped the image with a light gray memento ink first, leaving the stamp in place in the MISTI, and colored it with Copic Markers. I love the way the light peach flowers turned out. I wasn’t sure I had the right colors for a pale peach, but they turned out lovely and beautiful contrast to the darker peach flower. Sage green is Loye’s favorite color and I tried to pick markers that wouldn’t be too dark for the flowers and still have that hue.

Once the coloring was complete I stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder. I always use this double stamping method with coloring with Copic Markers because the embossing powder can ruin your nibs. Once the embossing was cool I fussy cut the image with scissors.

I wanted to add some visual interest behind the flower bouquet and decided to emboss a background die. I pulled out Crafter’s Companion Grande Swirls and embossed a rectangle that had been sized with the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Stackable Rectangle, which cover the entire front of an A2 cardbase. I adhered it to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue.

Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape was added to the back of the bouquet, the protective paper removed and then it was adhered to the card front.

For the sentiment I colored a scrap of white cardstock with the same green Copic Markers as the leaves and stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was cut down using a Honey Bee Sentiment Banner, leaving the right side long enough that the flag could be cut off. Foam tape was added to the back and it was adhered to the lower right of the card.

The final embellishment was to scatter a few Pretty Pink Posh Gold Metallic Sequins around the bouquet.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Delightful Blooms
  • My Favorite Things Balloon Bundle
  • Copic Markers: R22, R32, R02, R35, R14; R02, R01, R00; Y26, Y23, Y21; G24, G21, G20, YG01
  • Crafter’s Companion Grande Swirls Background Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Memento Gray Flannel Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape
  • Honey Bee Stamps Sentiment Banner
  • Pretty Pink Posh Gold Metallic Sequins

Thinking of You Allison

My sweet niece has been battling ovarian cancer. I wanted to send her a thinking of you card and these beautiful flowers from Altenew make a lovely arrangement. I paired it with the beautiful background die from Crafter’s Companion and a die cut sentiment.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Perfectly Perfect
  • Crafter’s Companion Grande Swirls
  • Penny Black Wishes Die
  • Copic Markers: V28, V25, V22, V20; G46, G43, G24; YR24, YR21
  • Ink On 3 Fade Out Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Paper Accents Brush Gold Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Sending Hugs and Prayers

My baby sister has been in the hospital twice in the last month. They are not sure what is her problem, but she is contracting sepsis and they don’t know the cause. This time her blood pressure got to an extreme low of 56/30 before they started on medication to bring it up. She is doing better, but we are still waiting to see if they can determine the cause. We are definitely sending lots of prayers.

Garden Pick Sending Prayers

When I was at Hobby Lobby recently they had this pretty Crafters Companion Grand Swirls Die on 40% off and so I decided to get it. It makes a beautiful card. I had some light gray and white patterned paper that I used behind the swirls, used silver mirror and light gray cardstock for the sentiment, and then decided to add a pop of red with some flowers from Altenew’s Garden Pick 3D Dies. Love, Love, Love this card.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Garden Pick 3-D Dies
  • Crafters Companion Grand Swirls Die
  • Hero Arts Prayers Stamp and Die
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle
  • Altenew Inks: Ruby Red and Crimson
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Cherry Red and Red Velvet
  • Copic Markers: G46, G24, G21
  • Paper Studio Silver Wedding Texture Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Light Grey Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
  • Crystal Stickles
  • Clear Rhinestones from Stash

Opulent Swirl Thinking of You

I was purging some of my dies and came across this Crafter’s Companion Opulent Swirls that I decided to give away, but then I realized I had never used it and thought I should at least make one card with it before getting rid of it. I liked it so much that it’s still in my collection. I love the way it looks with a large die cut sentiment.

Products Used:

  • Altenew Thinking of You Die
  • Crafter’s Companion Opulent Swirl Edges
  • Copic Markers: BG15, BG13, BG11, BG10
  • Gina K. Designs Turquoise Sea Base Weight Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Organza Ribbon from Stash
  • Pearls from Stash
  • Darcie Sticky Back Foam

You Are Amazing Thank You

So a friend of mine brought my attention to this stamp and die from Crafter’s Companion. It has two edge dies to cut the border of the stamped image. I decided to add some gold foil striped paper to the bottom of the card and one die cut the one edge of the flowers. Love the way it turned out.

Products Used:

  • Crafter’s Companion Peony Stamp and Die
  • Hero Arts Thanks
  • Karen Burniston Thank You Die
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Craft Smith Gold Foil 12 x 12 Paper Pad
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Darcie Sticky Back Foam
  • Copic Markers: V09, V06, V04, V01; YG67, YG63, YG21; G46, G43, YG03
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Memento London Fog Ink

Butterfly Garden Remake

This is another of those cards that I just did not like the outcome, so I decided to see what I could do to spice it up. I ink blended the edges of the die and the center of the butterflies and added white pearls for the butterfly bodies. I scattered some additional white butterflies around the card. And the final touch was to add some white dash lines with a white gel pen. Finally was happy with the result.

Products Used:

  • Crafter’s Companion Butterfly Garden Die
  • Sizzix Celebrate Dies
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio Punch
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch
  • Simon Says Stamp White Glitter Cardstock
  • Craft Smith Blush Glam 12 x 12 Paper Pad
  • Pink Cardstock from Scraps
  • Paper Accents Pearls
  • Uniball White Pigment Pen
  • Gina K. Designs Innocent Pink Ink
  • Stick It Double Sided Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Laromni Makeup Brush
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen

Repurposed Chantilly Lace Gatefold Birthday Card

So the original card that I created with this die I hated. It sat in my Birthday Card box and I kept passing it up because I didn’t want to give it out to anyone. One day I decided to repurpose the card. I used some pretty patterned paper and distressed the chantilly lace die with some Distress Antique Linen. Finally liked the result.

Products Used:

  • Crafter’s Companion Chantilly Lace Die
  • KB Riley Happy Birthday Die
  • Patterned Paper from Scraps
  • Purple and Gray Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White
  • Distress Antique Linen Ink
  • Laromni Makeup Brush
  • Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio Punch
  • Paper Accents Pearls
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac Ink