Thanks to Our Roadside Angels

While we were traveling between Sioux Falls and Rapid City, South Dakota we had a tire blow out on on our 5th wheel trailer. We were in the middle of nowhere without good cell phone coverage, trying to contact roadside assistance when two angles arrived. Chris and Christine Elwell were from Kalamazoo, Michigan on their way to Mount Rushmore. Chris, a journeyman mechanic, had all the tools and the willing heart and hands to help us change our tire. I wanted to create a thank you card for them that would be waiting when they got home, so I pulled out my limited supplies and created this card.

While guys aren’t really into flowers, it’s what I had on hand. I kept the color scheme without any pinks or purples. I would have used blue, since most guys really like that color, but alas there aren’t many blue flowers.

I first stamped the image in a light ink in the MISTI onto some 80# Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock, leaving the stamp in place. I used Copic Markers to color the image and put it back into the Misti and stamped it again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It was then die cut using the coordinating die. I used the coordinating die to cut some sticky back foam and trimmed it down with my scissors and added it behind the flower image.

A stitched rectangle was used to cut a quarter sheet of cardstock and then embossed it with Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to add visual interest behind the flower bouquet. The sentiment was cut from some gold mirror cardstock. The bouquet and sentiment were adhered to the embossed panel using liquid glue and then the panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Simon Says Stamp Bold Thanks Die
  • Copic Markers: R27, R24, R22, R21; Y38, Y35, Y32, V09, V06,V01; YR18, YR16, YR14; YG97, YG93; YG67, YG63, Y05; G46, G43, G20
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock

Bouquet Ballet Hello

I think this is my favorite of all the ink smooshing cards I made lately. I love the variation in colors with the red, orange, yellow, and green. You have to be very careful when using both orange/red and green to ensure it doesn’t turn into a brown.

Once the smooshed background was dry I cut it using the largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs. I then stamped Penny Black’s Bouquet Ballet into the center with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. I then used the same distress inks used in the background to color the image, adding some more oranges and a brown. I think it turned out so pretty.

I kept it pretty simple and merely added a die cut sentiment in gold mirror cardstock and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Penny Black Bouquet Ballet
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Distress Inks: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Dried Marigold, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed (Background)
  • Distress Inks: Barn Door, Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Ground Espresso, Twisted Citron (Bouquet)
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Darice Foam Sheet
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder

Everything Wonderful Watercolor Birthday

It is amazing how different a card looks depending on the type of embossing you use. For this card I used white embossing powder, which gives a soft look to the image.

The image was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto watercolor cardstock and heat embossed. It was colored using the Karin Brushmarkers, this time using pink colors, with accents of yellow and purple. Once it was dry it was die cut using the coordinating die.

I die cut a a decorative rectangle using the Memory Box Matinee Rectangle and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive.

For this card I decided to turn the image I wondered what the flower bouquet would look like if I adhered it in portrait format and really liked it. I laid it on the card front to determine where to stamp the sentiment, then adhered the flowers using foam squares.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Penny Black Carefree Wishes
  • Versa Mark Ink
  • Ranger White Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 375 Cerise, 170 Magenta Red, 358 Red Lilac, 247 Pale Violet, 264 Artic Blue, 253 Grass, 210 Apple, 166 Canary, 357 Pale Orange
  • Gina K. Designs Amalgam Ink
  • Memory Box Matinee Rectangle
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

Everything Wonderful Watercolor Hello

I love this flower spray from Honey Bee. It makes gorgeous cards. I stamped it on Canson XL Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it gold. It looks lovely against the orange and red colors of the flowers. I colored the image with Karin Brushmarkers. Once the watercolor was dry the image was die cut using the coordinating dies.

For some visual interest behind the flower I die cut a panel of Neena Classic Crest 80# Cardstock with a stitched rectangle die and then dry embossed it with the Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder. It was adhered a side folding cardbase with dotliner adhesive. The flower bouquet was adhered using foam squares for dimension.

The sentiment is Honey Bee’s Hello. It was die cut from gold mirror cardstock and sticky back foam. The two were adhered together. I find it much easier to line things up if I leave the foam die cut in place, remove the backing, and place the gold die cut on top. I cut away the foam from the places of the sentiment that would rest on the flower arrangement and then adhered it with liquid glue.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Honey Bee Stamps Everything Wonderful
  • Honey Bee Hello Die
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • Karin Brushmarkers: 092 Fire Red, 195 Amber; 170 Magenta Red, 209 Red/ 197 Plum, 105 Henna; 357 Pale Orange, 283 Gold; 281 Olive Green, 071 Lime Green
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Cuttlebug Oxford Embossing Folder
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Canson XL 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive

A Camellia Hello

I purchased this beautiful flower from Altenew and received just before leaving on our trip. I also purchased the beautiful purple ink in the Enchanted Garden Mini Cube Set. I decided to use both on this card.

I love Altenew’s layering flowers. They add such beautiful dimension and shadows. The stamp was pretty easy to line up and was stamped with the three lightest colors. I also used Limeade, Fresh Leaf, and Lime on the leaves and then cut them out using the coordinating dies. I cut the flower again from fun foam and trimmed it down to be slightly smaller and adhered it to the back to add dimension.

I used a stitched rectangle to create a panel for the card front. I laid the flower where I wanted it and added the leaves directly to the panel with liquid glue. The flower was adhered using the same liquid glue on the foam backed flower.

I pulled out Honey Bee’s beautiful hello die and cut it from gold mirror cardstock and fun foam. I cut away the foam where the sentiment would overlap the flower and adhered it to the lower right of the panel.

The entire panel was added to a side folding cardbase with liquid glue. If I were at home I would have added a few sequins to the card front, but I didn’t have any on hand and so the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Camellia Build-a-Flower
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello
  • Altenew Inks: Limeade, Fresh Leaf, Lime, Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Silver Mirror Cardstock
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Simply Bloom Background Hello

When I was taking the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 and saw this beautiful die from Pink Fresh Studio and immediately went and purchased it. It makes a stunning card.

I die cut the flower background die three times from heavy weight cardstock and adhered them together with spray adhesive. I cut a rectangle of cardstock the same size as the die from 80# Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and ink blended it with Gina K. Designs Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, and Jelly Bean Green in strategic locations. The background was then sprayed with Blick Pearl Simmer to add some shine. The flower die was then glued over the background, but it was just blah. So, I pulled out some Copic Markers and added color to the flower and leaves, but this caused overlap onto the white of the flower die, so I cut another one and adhered it over the top.

I pulled out some green enamel dots for the center of the flowers. For the sentiment I ink blended a scrap of cardstock with the Jelly Bean Green ink and die cut the Honey Bee Hello Die and then background from white and adhered the two together with liquid glue. It was glued over the top of the flower die in the lower right and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Pink Fresh Studio Simply Bloom Background Die
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hello Die
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Peach Bellini, Tomato Soup, Jelly Bean Green
  • Copic Markers: R24, R22, R02; YG17, YG05, YG01
  • Green Enamel Dots from Stash
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# and #110 Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
  • Blick Pearl Simmer

Statement Flower Hello

The Altenew Statement Flower Bundle was finally available again and purchased and received a couple of days ago. I wanted to give it a try. It is such a large beautiful flower and leaves image.

I stamped the image onto a quarter sheet of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink since I planned to color it with Copic Markers. I decided to color the flowers pink. Copic Markers used are listed below.

Once the coloring was complete I used the coordinating die to cut out the image. I also cut out the image from sticky back foam and then trimmed around it, removed the backing, and adhered it to the back of the image.

I decided to add some visual interest behind the card with dry embossing. I cut a rectangle with a stitched rectangle and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder. It is one of my favorites with a subtle linen look. The rectangle was adhered to a top folding cardbase and then the flower image was adhered in place with liquid glue.

I had recently purchased Honey Bee’s Hello die. It come with two different shadow dies as well. I cut the smallest shadow from black cardstock and the die from gold mirror cardstock and adhered the two together with liquid glue. A little bit of foam tap was added to the portion of the sentiment that hung over the flowers and the rest was adhered over the flowers with liquid glue. The final embellishment was to scatter gold sequins around the image.

It is a lovely flower image and I’m sure I will use it on a lot of cards.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Statement Flowers
  • Honey Bee Hello Die
  • Copic Markers: RV04, RV23, RV02, RV000; YG67, YG17, YG03; YR27, YR24, YR23, YR20
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Stampin’ Up Subtle Embossing Folder

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 17 Die Cut Pieces Highlight

For Day 17 of the Online Card Class Spring Card Camp 2 May Park and Lea Lawson were the guest designers and their technique was to highlight background die pieces. May ink blended a background, added foam behind it and then die cut a star background from it. The background was once again cut from white cardstock and adhered to a top folding cardbase. The ink blended shapes were then added to areas of the white background creating a lovely colorful card front. She die cut a large sentiment from glitter cardstock and added a secondary black and white sentiment strip. Lea Lawson took a background die and removed the negative die cut,leaving only the positive pieces on the card.

For this set of cards I ink blended three quarter sheets of white cardstock with yellow inks. The first with lighter yellow Altenew inks and the next two with darker color Gina K. Design inks. I added sticky back foam to the back of the lighter yellow ink blended background and die cut one of the Honey Bee hexagon background dies. Liquid glue was added to the back of each hexagon piece and then it was adhered to one of the darker yellow ink blended background. It was left it place for a few minutes giving the glue time to dry and set and then the positive of the background die was carefully removed.

I looked okay, but it needed a little something to give it some visual interest, so I die cut the background die from gold glitter cardstock and adhered them to some of the hexagon cutouts. I liked this much better.

My crafty friend knew I was working on this card and while she was shopping she saw a stamp with a large bumble bee image and bought it for me. I fussy cut it to use as a focal image for the card. I didn’t have any stamps with sentiments to use for a bee so I went to my Silhouette and created one. I decided on a couple of sentiment strips and a die cut word and outline. All elements were adhered to the lower part of the card with liquid glue and the first card was done.

For the second card I used the negative die cut, adhering it to the second darker yellow ink blended background. I added some glitter hexagons to a few placed in the negative spaces on the die.

I found a digital stamp online that had a cut bee and beehive. I pulled them into my Silhouette software to print and die cut. At the same time I created another couple of sentiment strips and a die cut word. They were all adhered to the card front with liquid glue and the second card was done. Below is the image using the positive die cut panel.

My Cute Lobster Design Bees

PRODUCTS USED:

  • American Crafts Vicki Boutin Wildflower
  • Silhouette Sentiment Print and Cut
  • Honey Bee Hexagon Middle Layer
  • Altenew Inks: Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Honey Mustard, Prickly Pear, Wild Dandelion, Sweet Corn
  • Copic Markers: Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21; Y15, Y13,Y11; B00, B000, B0000, C10
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Glitter Cardstock
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Silhouette Print and Cut
  • Ranger Crystal Stickles
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Happy Mother’s Day

Sadly, my sweet mother passed away in September of 2017. I miss her every day and Mother’s Day is when I miss her the most. I miss making cards for her.

This year we were going to my son’s house for Mother’s Day and I decided to make a card for his wife who gave birth to our two wonderful grandchildren residing in Washington state.

I Stamped the flowers and leaves from Altenew’s Wallpaper Art with a light ink and colored them with Copic Markers, After the coloring was complete I stamped the flowers again with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed them gold.

I die cut a rectangle with a scalloped die to add some pretty visual interest behind the flower and leaves. Whenever I am using white on white for a card I like us an embossing folder to add detail to the background. This time I sued the Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder.

I arranged the leaves and flowers on this scalloped rectangle, adhering the yellow flower and leaves directly to the panel with liquid glue and adding foam tape behind the top orange flower.

For the sentiment I pulled out Honey Bee Stamp’s Best Parents and die cut the word “mother’s” from gold mirror cardstock. The shadow was cut from black and the two were adhered with liquid glue. The secondary sentiment were stamped onto thin strips of black cardstock and adhered to the top and bottom of the larger sentiment.

I think this card turned out pretty. I love the flowers in this Altenew stamp set.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Wallpaper Art
  • Honey Bee Stamps Best Parents
  • Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Birthday
  • Copic Markers: Y19, Y18, Y17, Y15, Y13, Y21; Y08, Y06, Y04, Y02, Y28, Y26, Y23, Y21; YR16, YR15, YR14, YR12 E37, E35, E33; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG01
  • Altenew Lime Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Champagne Embossing Powder
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle
  • Darice Basketweave Embossing Folder
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Base Weight Onyx Black Cardstock

Spring Card Camp 2 Day 4 Bold Sentiments

Jenn Shurkus was the second guest designer for day four of the Online Line Card Class Spring Card Camp 2. Her technique was to use big, bold sentiments on a card. I don’t have a lot of really big sentiments, but I finally decided to use Honey Bee Stamp’s Hooray die.

I was actually behind in the classes and the next days taught about shading stencils, so I kind of combined these two techniques. I ink blended a quarter sheet of 80# cardstock Hero Arts Circle and Squares Stencil with blue inks from Gina K. Designs. I then took a mini blending tool and added dark blue to the dots in each of the diamonds. I think it turned out very eye catching. I cut it down using a stitched rectangle.

The “hooray” die from Honey Bee has three different layers. I used white for the largest stitched background layer since the background is pretty busy. I then ink blended some white cardstock with the light and darker inks used on the stencil for each of the other layers of the sentiment,using the second darkest ink for the top layer. I used the second layer to cut some sticky back fun foam to add behind the sentiment, giving is dimension on the busy panel. For the secondary sentiment I ink blended a scrap of cardstock with the darkest blue used on for the dots the stencil and dried it using my heat tool. I then stamped the sentiment with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed it white. Foam tape was added to the back for dimension.

I decided to add a small focal image to the card front and pulled out the Birthday Press Designs Party Balloons and ink blended some cardstock in a light and mid blue to cut the balloons from. I added white die cut balloon strings, adhered to the two balloons together with liquid glue, and added foam tape to the back for dimension.

It was now time to assemble the card. The stenciled panel was adhered to a side folding A2 cardbase with dotliner adhesive. I laid the bold sentiment on the card front to determine where to adhere the balloons. The strings were adhered with liquid glue, but the balloons were adhered with foam tape. The bold sentiment was then adhered with the foam tape that had been added and liquid glue. The secondary sentiment was adhered below the bold sentiment die cut.

As a final embellishment, Ranger Glossy Accents were added to the balloons.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Circle and Squares Stencil
  • Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Die
  • My Favorite Things You Wow Me
  • Gina K. Designs Inks: Powder Blue, Blue Denim, In the Navy
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Birch Press Designs Party Balloon Dies
  • Penny Black Uplifting Balloons
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive