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.

Friendship Blooms Sympathy for Alane

We found out last week that our friend Alane died suddenly. She was ten years younger than me and our hearts go out to Don and his family. Alane was an artist. She created beautiful paintings. I still have some lovely cards with her painting on them. They were too beautiful to used them all up. I wanted something that would reflect her artistic talent and decided to use this beautiful large flower arrangement from Gina K. Designs and Hero Arts call Friendship Blooms.

It is such a large flower that I decided to make my first slimline card. I had recently ordered some slimline dies from Kat Scrappiness and selected the pretty scalloped edge and adhered it to the card front for visual interest.

On many of her paintings Alane had beautiful pink flowers and so that was the color I decided to use for this card. I stamped it with a light colored ink and used Copic Markers to color the image. I then stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was cut out using the coordinating die and foam tape was added to the back for dimension.

The image was laid on the card front to determine where to stamp lovely sentiment from Penny Black. It too was heat embossed with gold embossing powder and then the floral arrangements was adhered using liquid glue.

A beautiful clean and simple card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Friendship Blooms
  • Penny Black Heartfelt
  • Copic Markers: R59, RV29, R35, RV21; G99, G94, YG05; V09
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Kat Scrappiness Slimline Stitched Scalloped
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape

Majestic Peony Sympathy for Olivia

My dear friend Olivia died suddenly from a brain aneurism, she was only seven years older than I am. It really makes you take stock of your life and ask some hard questions about the choices you are making and if they are leading you closer to returning home to that God who made us all.

Olivia had a flashy, bright, happy countenance. She made everyone feel special and loved and enriched all of our lives. I decided to color these beautiful peonies with bright and happy colors.

This is a large image. I stamped it with a light ink first and colored it with Copic Markers then stamped again and heat embossed gold. The sentiment was stamped in the perfect opening in the lower left of the flowers.

The image is so beautiful I decided to keep the card front simple and cut it down with a stitched rectangle and adhered it to the front of a side folding card with sticky back foam and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina K. Designs Majestic Peony
  • Hero Arts Remember
  • Memento London Fog
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R21 Y38, Y35, Y32; BG18, BG15; G94, YG67, YG03
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Clear Wink of Stella
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120 White Cardstock
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Vintage Bicycle Enjoy Your Day

I was tired of using the same stamps that I brought with me and so I went to Michael’s to see what new stamps were available. There wasn’t much available. I did find this vintage bicycle stamp in the clearance section. I think it turned out nice.

I stamped the image on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and heat set it with my embossing tool. I then used some Post-it Tape to block off the top and bottom parts of the stamp to ink blend the backgrounds.

The image was then colored using Copic Markers. It was cut down using a stitched rectangle die. In keeping with the vintage feel I decided to use kraft cardstock for the card base. I also cut a rectangle from kraft and embossed it using the Cuttlebug Oxford folder, which gives a woven look, much like the flower basket in the image.

The sentiment was stamped on the lower right of the card with Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink and everything was adhered together using liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Inkadinkado Vintage Bicycle
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Altenew Silver Lake, Ocean Mist
  • Copic Markers: BG18, BG15, BG13; YG67, YG17, YG05, YG03; E29, E27, E25, E23; RV25, RV23; C8, C7, C6, C5, C4, C3, C2; E53, E51, E50
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Kraft Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Foam Sheet

Bouquet Ballet Hello Gorgeous

We are in Texas with our oldest daughter and her family. My granddaughter Emma is quite the artist. She had never used Copic Markers because they are just too expensive for her budget, so I thought it would be fun to bring over my markers and let her experiment. She had a great time and so did I.

While Emma was coloring I stamped this pretty bouquet from Penny Black and colored it with Copic Markers. I love the contrast of yellow and purple together.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts birthday stamp set, but it is perfect for other occasions as well.

Once the coloring was completed a cut down the image using the Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle Die. It add just the right amount of visual interest to a clean and simple design. I added a sheet of foam, cut just smaller than the focal image panel and adhered it to a top folding cardbase.

The final embellishment was to add tiny smokey gray rhinestones to the center of the purple flowers and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Recollections Friendship
  • Penny Black Swirly Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers: B000, B0000; Y18, Y15, Y13; V17, V15, V12; E29, E27, E23; YG67, YG17, YG03; G46, G29, YG03
  • Darice White Foam Sheet
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue
  • Recollections Assorted Jewels
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink

Back On Your Feet

I was in need of some get well cards and decided to use this digi stamp from Bird’s Card called Back On Your Feet. It comes with the sentiment surrounding the cute turtle image. I pulled the image into my Silhouette Cameo and added registration marks so I could cut around the image after I printed it with my laser printer, which allows you to color an image with Copic Markers and not have the ink bleed. I also traced around the turtle only and cut it as well. Once everything was colored I popped up the turtle using foam tape.

I went through my paper I had on hand and pulled out this create wood patterned paper from K & Company. Since the image was a circle I wanted to add some visual interest on the bottom of the card and scored a few lines in the wood paper before adhering it to a top folding A2 cardbase. A quick and easy card.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Bird’s Cards Back On Your Feet Turtle
  • Copic Markers: B01, B00, B000, B0000; YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91; YG67, YG17, YG03; Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21
  • K & Company Wood Flat Patterned Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Silhouette Cameo

I created the card again, but this time I added a woodgrain texture with a background die and cut it down with a stitched rectangle. I ink blended over the wood background to pull grain in the die cut. A thin mat of dark brown cardstock was added to the back of the woodgrain rectangle. Hemp cording was wrapped around the bottom of the rectangle and everything was adhered to a top folding ivory cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Bird’s Cards Back On Your Feet Digi
  • Copic Markers: G28, G24, G21; G46, G43, G40; YG17, YG05, YG03; B01, B00, B000; Y26, Y23, Y21
  • Gina K. Designs Kraft Ink
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Gina K. Designs Layering Weight Ivory Cardstock
  • Brown Cardstock from Scraps
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Hero Arts Woodgrain Fancy Background Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Hemp Cord from Stash

Janae You Are An Amazing Doctor

After four years of med school, three years of residency in pediatrics, one year as chief resident, and three years of fellowship in pediatric intensive card Janae is finally done with her medical training and is off to a great job at San Antonio Methodist Hospital in Pediatric Intensive Care.  She is an amazing doctor and we reap the benefits of her medical knowledge all the time as aging parents.  We are so very proud of her and her determination and dedication to be the best doctor she can be.  I wanted to create a special congratulations card for her and found this cute image by La-La Land Crafts.

I printed the image onto Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with my laser printer and the Silhouette Cameo software using registration marks so I could have the machine cut out the image.    This ensures that the lines will not blead when coloring the image with Copic Markers.  Janae’s favorite color is teal/aqua and so that is the color I used for the dress.  She usually wears scrubs in intensive care, but I’m sure she will appreciate the doctor’s coat as a symbol of her profession.  I shaded it with light gray markers to keep it white in color. 

I die cut a rectangle from Gina K. Designs Tranquil Teal Cardstock using a stitched rectangle and then embossed it with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder which would be a great background to the image and sentiment.

I originally thought I would have a die cut sentiment block, but the amount of text I wanted to use in the space available just didn’t give a great cut, so I printed a message onto the same size block and cut it with the Silhouette.  There are five layers of the block for dimension so that the focal image, which was adhered with foam tape, could overlap and rest on the word block.  I also cut the Hero Arts Congrats from gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam twice so that it would be the same height as the sentiment block.  I cut away a little of the foam behind the letters that were resting on the image and word block. 

As a final embellishment I scattered gold confetti around the panel and adhered it to a top folding white cardbase. 

PRODUCTS USED:

  • La-La Land Crafts Doctor Marci
  • Hero Arts Congrats
  • Computer Generated Sentiment with Andy and Arial Fonts Cut with Silhouette
  • Copic Markers: E11, E01, E00, R20; R21, R22; BG49, BG15, BG13; E35, E53, E50; C6, C4, C3, C2, C1, C00
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Confetti
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Tranquil Teal Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Grayscale Fantasy Floral Hello

I recently purchased Hero Arts Woodgrain Fancy Background die and decided to use it on a card. I cut the woodgrain background from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock, but didn’t like the edges, so I cut it down using a stitched rectangle. It was then ink blended with Distress and Distress Oxide Weathered Wood Inks.

For the focal image I decided to create flowers in grayscale colors and pulled out three different shades of gray from my scraps and die cut Altenew’s Fantasy Floral 3D dies. I layered two flowers differently. One with the dark on the bottom and the other with the light on the bottom layer. The leaves were cut from the darkest gray.

In keeping with the gray color scheme the sentiment was cut from silver mirror cardstock. The sentiment was placed in the lower right of the panel and then the flowers and leaves were adhered around it. Black enamel dots were scattered around the focal image.

The woodgrain focal image panel was adhered to a top folding black cardbase and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Fantasy Floral 3D
  • Simon Says Stamp Painted Hello
  • Hero Arts Woodgrain Fancy
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • 3 Shades of Gray Cardstock from Scraps
  • Distress Oxide and Distress Weathered Wood Inks
  • Doodlebug Designs Black Enamel Drops
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Wink of Stella Clear Sparkle Pen

Spring Card Camp 2 Easy Watercolor Washes Flower and Butterfly Hello

For day 16 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 Ashlea Cornell was the guest designer and her technique was watercolor washes, creating beautiful, vibrant background with different mediums.

For this watercolor background I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Makers. They worked almost as good as the Tombo Watercolor Pens. I decided on pinks and purples for this watercolor wash. I also watercolor a small craft with the same colors to create the flowers and butterfly used as focal images.

I like this frame that was purchased online from a company in Hong Kong, no name given. It is a little shorter than the dimension of a standard A2 card so I ran the stitched rectangle through a second time, cutting off about 1/4″ from the length of the rectangle for an even border of background. I had to do the same for the cardbase, but it turns out pretty.

The frame was cut three times from 110# cardstock and adhered together with spray adhesive. Liquid glue was used to adhere it to the watercolor background, since it is a rough medium.

I decided to pull out the flowers and leaves for Hero Arts January 2020 Monthly Hero Kit. I love the stitched details on the flowers and butterfly. I arranged them in the lower left of the oval in the middle of the frame and selected a small “hello” stamp to nestle in the small opening on the right of the flowers. To keep the flower at the front supported low loft foam tape was added to the lower part of the flower that was not resting on the upper flower. The butterfly was also adhered using this foam tape.

For a little bit of bling Ranger Gold Stickles was added to the center of a couple of flowers, as well as the butterfly.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts January 2020 Monthly Hero Kit
  • Hero Arts Color Layering Peacock
  • Hong Kong Lace Net Frame
  • ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 029 Geranium Red, 27 Dark Pink, 025 Pink, 026 Light Pink, 083 Lilac, 084 Deep Violet, 048 Emerald Green
  • Gold Stickles
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive
  • 3M .125” Low Loft Foam Tape

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 14 Easy Watercolor Designs Down by the Sea

I watercolored a quarter piece of watercolor paper with greens, yellows, and a little orange. I wasn’t going to use it but as I looked at it I thought that it looked like green grass and a yellow sunshiny day. I remembered that I had this image from Inkadinkado and thought it might work well with the panel. The image was stamped with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink since stamping a solid image on watercolor paper can be difficult. It had to be stamped several times, but eventually a good image was achieved.

The background was cut down with a stitched rectangle and then the sentiment was stamped with the same ink. A black mat was added behind the watercolor panel. Sticky back foam was added to the back of the rectangle and then it was adhered to the cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Birthday Messages
  • Inkadinkado Down by the Sea
  • Altenew 36 Pan Watercolors
  • Canson XL 140# Watercolor Paper
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive