Happy BDay 2U

I recently purchased Tim Holtz’ Distress Micro Glaze to use with Distress Oxide Inks on photo paper.  When Distress Oxide Inks are combined with water they turn very cloudy, but you can keep layering colors as long as you want, as long as you dry the layers in between.  I almost through away this ink blended background.  It was an ugly, cloudy mess, but I pulled it out of the trash and decided to experiment and see what it would look like after adding the micro glaze and low and behold it turned out to be a gorgeous, vibrant green.

I was able to get two cards from one panel of 4″ x 6″ photo paper.  For the first card I die cut ballo0ns using both Avery Elle Balloons and Lawn Fawn Party Balloons from the micro glaze paper.  I used My Favorite Things Little Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Dies to cut the sentiment in the balloons.  A panel of cardstock from Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6″ x 6″ Cardstock was die cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered to the front of an A2 top folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The balloons and they were adhered to the patterned paper using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  Sequins were scattered around the balloons and the card was done.

For the second card a rectangle of green cardstock was cut with the MFT Stitched Rectangle and adhered to a top folding cardbase.  Balloon were cut from DCWV Floral Fair Stack 12″ x 12″ Paper using the same dies.  The letters that had been die cut from the micro glaze paper were adhered to the front of the balloons with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  3M 1/2″ Foam Tape was added to the back of the balloons and they were adhered to the front of the cardbase.  Sequins were scatter around the balloons and a second card was created.  Love when that happens.

Products Used:

  • Avery Elle Balloons Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons Dies
  • My Favorite Things Little Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Dies
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Peeled Paint, Bundles Sage, Lucky Clover
  • Ranger Distress Micro Glaze
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangles
  • Canson 4” x 6” Glossy Photo Paper
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Doodlebug Designs Kraft in Color 6” x 6” Cardstock or
  • DCWV Floral Fair Stack 12” x 12” Paper
  • Green Cardstock from Scraps
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Pretty Pink Posh Seattle Spirit Mix and Fresh Mint Sequins
  • Doodlebug Designs Limeade Sequins

Color Burst Strips Happy Day

I had made several cards using watercolor background created with Ken Oliver Color Burst Watercolor Powder.   I cut those background down with some rectangle dies and had a lot of strips of watercolor remaining.  This is the second card where I decided to tape the strips together to create another background.   This time the color combination was blues and purples.

I used some Post-it Tape to hold the strips of watercolor paper together and then die cut it using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Since this color combination is more feminine to me I decided to add the rectangle to Gina Marie Designs’ Blossom Lace Die.

The background is so colorful I wanted to keep the rest of the elements on the card pretty simple. I love the way white die cuts look against a really bright and colorful background so I decided to use Simon Says Stamp’s Balloon Bouquet and Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy dies. I cut them three times from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and glued them together using Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive and then glued it to the watercolor strips rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the watercolor panel and adhered it to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock and the card was done.

Easy to create, but really beautiful because of that pretty watercolor background.

Products Used:

  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet Die
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Ken Oliver Color Burst Fuchsia, Turquoise, Violet
  • Canson XL Watercolor 140# Cold Press Paper
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle
  • Gina Marie Designs Blossom Lace Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder

MFT Summer School Primary Colors HB2U Balloons

I decided to try Distress Oxide Inks to create  a ink blended background with primary colors.  You have to be very careful when doing this because you need to overlap a little for a smooth blended background, but of course they can turn into different colors where they meet.  I was able to cover up the little big of green that was created when the yellow and blue met with the My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup Die.

I added Darice Sticky Back Foam to a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and die cut the coverup die.  I love the way the white chevron coverup really lets the primary colors pop and the foam backing adds some dimension.

For a sentiment I decided to use My Favorite Things Party Balloons.  You can stamp the balloons with some sentiments, but I wanted to have ink blended balloons to match the background.  So, I decided to die cut my sentiment from My Favorite Things Little Upper Case from Neena Classic Crest and adhered them to the balloons with Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  For balloon strings I used Lawn Fawns Party Balloons and My Favorite Things Balloon Shaker Window.

The coverup background was adhered to a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  The blue balloon was adhered directly to the coverup with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and the sentiment balloons were adhered using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.  Ranger Multi Medium Matte was used to adhered the balloon strings.  The oxide inks must not have been completely dry and so there were a few small smudges of color on the white chevron background, so I pulled out Simon Says Stamp Moonstone Sequins and strategically placed them to cover them up and the card was done.

Products Used:

  • My Favorite Things Little Upper Case Dies
  • My Favorite Things Party Balloons Dies
  • My Favorite Things Chevron Coverup
  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons Dies
  • My Favorite Things Shaker Balloon Die
  • Distress Oxide Inks: Wild Honey, Broken China, Candied Apple
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Moonstone Sequins
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam

Flower Bouquet Cutout Happy Birthday

I recently purchased the In Out Daisy Bouquet die from Gina Marie Designs.  It makes a really pretty card.  I like the way you can cut around the flower, as well as just cut them the center of a panel.  For this card I used both the border and flower die.

I cut the bouquet from a rectangle of Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock which had been die cut with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  I then cut the bouquet an additional four time so that I could stack the flowers and add dimension to the card.

I found some pretty pink cardstock in my stash and cut a rectangle 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ so that it would cover the entire front of a top folding A2 cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  It was adhered using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long.  This created a beautiful background color for the flowers in the bouquet.  I inlaid the bouquet into the cutout with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and love the way it popped on the page.

For the sentiment I die cut the Lawn Fawn Birthday Border from the same pink cardstock, using only the words “happy birthday” and adhered it under the bouquet with the same liquid glue.  The secondary sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday and was stamped with Hero Hues India Ink Black just below the die cut sentiment and the card was done.

A clean and simple card that was easy to create.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Gina Marie Designs In/Out Daisy Bouquet
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Birthday Border
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Neena Classic Crest 110# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Pink Cardstock from Stash
  • Pearls from Stash
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black

Let’s Party

Michael and I decided to invite fourteen of the single women in our church over for a backyard barbecue.  Since I would need to make so many invitations I wanted something that would be fairly quick and easy.  I decided to use patterned paper and Lawn Fawns Party Balloons dies.

I pulled mint green and white cardstock, with a hint of gold accents from The Paper Studio Mint to Be Fab 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad and Fancy Pants Trend Setter 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad.  While it doesn’t show well in the photograph, a few of the triangles on one of the papers are gold foil and so I decided to die cut the word “party” from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold, and Party stamp and die set from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock.

To add visual interest a rectangle was cut from Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock using a Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle.  For the balloon strings I pulled out the Honey Bee Celebration Box stamp set.  I laid the balloons on the scalloped rectangle to determine where to stamp the strings and then placed it into my MISTI.  This allowed me to have a production mode of stamping all fourteen panels with the strings, which were stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink.  In my Mini MISTI I placed the secondary sentiment from Winnie & Walter’s The Big, The Bold, and Party and stamped it with Hero Hues India Ink Black.

Now it was time to assemble the invitations.  I added adhesive to the back of the balloons using the Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive Long and placed them on the card front.  The gold mirror sentiment was adhered using Tombo Mono Multi Glue.

Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut 1/8″ smaller than the scalloped rectangle and it was adhered to a top folding A2 card base made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.

It went pretty quick and I love the way it turned out.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Lawn Fawn Party Balloons
  • Honey Bee Celebration Box
  • Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold, and Party
  • Fancy Pants Trend Setter 12” x 12” Paper Pad
  • The Paper Studio Mint to be Fab 12” x 12” Paper Pad
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangles
  • Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Be Creative Tape
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive
  • Tombo Mono Multi Glue

You Are a Fabulous, Amazing, Super Dad

I’m a little late posting this Father’s Day card I made for my husband because we went to Texas for a couple of weeks before the holiday and I didn’t get time to post it before we left.  I have the most amazing husband.  He is kind, generous, hard working, honey, supportive, and every other wonderful adjective you can think of.  I am truly blessed.  So, I decided to use the new Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Sentiments Stamp and Die to create his card because I could use some of the adjectives that describe him.

I decided to use a tropical theme because recently Michael had to throw out his beloved Hawaiian shirt, so I bought him a couple of new ones for Father’s Day.  His favorite color is blue and I added a little yellow accents as well.  The parrot is from the Hero Arts Color Layering Parrot stamp set.  I used Altenew inks (listed below).  The branch is from the Altenew Vintage Floral stamp set.

Once the stamping was complete the parrot was cut with the matching die and the background leaves and branch was cut using Lawn Fawns Reveal Wheel dies.  The reveal wheel designs was easy to assemble and I love the way it turned out.

I pulled some blue cardstock from my stash for the card base.  The reveal wheel panel was adhered to the front using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape.   Once I had everything in place I felt the background was too stark of a white and so I carefully ink blended the background using Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China inks.  The final embellishment was to add some Pretty Pink Post Clear Droplets with Ranger Multi Medium Matte and the card was done.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Hero Arts Color Layering Parrot
  • Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Sentiments
  • Altenew Vintage Floral
  • Altenew Inks: Citrus Burst, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Forrest Glade, Evergreen
  • Gina K. Designs Grass Ink and Dark Chocolate
  • Distress Tumbled Glass Ink and Broken China
  • Hero Hues India Ink Black
  • Ranger Round Ink Blending Tool
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Blue Cardstock from Stash
  • Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplet
  • Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  • 3M ½” Foam Tape
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive

Striped Alcohol Ink Background Birthday Balloon Bouquet

This is the second card I created using a more controlled application of Ranger Alcohol Inks.  This is done by using  a Ranger Felt Pad, loading it with the alcohol inks and blending solution and dragging across the Yupo Paper in a diagonal.  They are so striking that a simple die cut really make a lovely card.

Yupo Paper is usually 5″ x 7″ in size, which give you a little room to select the best section of the background to use for your card. Once it was dry it was run through the Big Shop with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle. Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and the two were adhered together using Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock. Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the background for dimension and adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloon Die was cut from Mirror Cardstock and adhered directly to the alcohol inked background with Ranger Collage Medium.

The word “happy” from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy stamp and die and again three times from white cardstock. They were adhered together using Ranger Collage Medium. The secondary sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder directly below the “happy” die cut.

A simple card design, but with that beautiful background it is really striking.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Simon Says Stamp Balloon Bouquet Die
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Sunshine Yellow, Gold Mixative
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Golden Yellow and Coral Cardstock from Stash
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX

Striped Alcohol Background Birthday Cupcake

I have really loved experimenting with Alcohol Inks.  They make such interest and beautiful backgrounds.  Sometimes they can be more controlled by using a Ranger Felt Pad, loading it with the alcohol inks and blending solution and dragging across the Yupo Paper in a diagonal.

Yupo Paper is usually 5″ x 7″ in size, which give you a little room to select the best section of the background to use for your card.  Once it was dry it was run through the Big Shop with a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle.  Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock was cut 1/8″ larger and the two were adhered together using Be Creative Tape.

A top folding A2 cardbase was made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back of the background for dimension and adhered to the cardbase with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

The die only from the Altenew Layered Cupcake was use to cut the shape from Mirror Cardstock.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was cut in the same shape, trimmed just a little smaller and added to the back.

The word “happy” from the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy stamp and die and again three times from white cardstock.  They were adhered together using Ranger Collage Medium.  The secondary sentiment was stamped on a scrap of golden yellow cardstock with VersaMark Ink and heat embossed with Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  It was cut into a thin strip and narrow strip of foam was added to the back for dimension.

All elements were adhered to the card front with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.  Pretty Pink Post Metallic Gold Sequins were scatter around the cupcake and adhered with Ranger Collage Medium.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Altenew Layered Cupcake
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy Die
  • Winnie & Walter Sentiment Birthday
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks: Cranberry, Sunshine Yellow, Gold Mixative
  • Ranger Yupo Paper
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Golden Yellow and Coral Cardstock from Stash
  • Ranger Collage Medium
  • Ranger Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Golden Yellow and Coral Cardstock from Stash
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Pretty Pink Posh Metallic Gold Sequins

Sweet Happy Birthday

Who doesn’t like sweet treats on your birthday.  I found this image on Pinterest from Mom Junction and really like the way it turned out.

The image was printed on Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock with a laser printer.  This ensures that the line do not bleed when colored with Copic Markers.  Colors used are: R89, R59, R37; RV14, RV13, RV11, RV10; R39, R37, R35; R46, R29, R24; YR07, YR04, YR00; Y35, Y32, R22, R21, R20; BG15, BG13, BG11; BG18, BG72, 0; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG01; BV17, BV13, BV11; V09, V06, V04, V01; Y26, Y23, Y21; YR23, Y19; YR24, YR23, YR21; YR18, YR16, YR15, YR14, YR12, G99, G94, G24; Y08, Y06, Y04, Y02.

When coloring was complete the image was cut using the Silhouette Cameo with the PIXScan Mat.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added to the back by tracing the image with pencil and fussy cutting with scissors.

To compliment the colors used in the focal image a rectangle of Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow cardstock was cut to 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ and adhered to the front of an A2 side folding cardbase made from Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock.  A rectangle of white cardstock was cut using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle and adhered to the patterned paper using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.

The focal image was place on the white rectangle to determine where to place the sentiment.  One of the “happy” words from Lawn Fawns Happy Happy Happy stamp and die from Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock and adhered in the upper right of the rectangle.  The secondary sentiment was stamped with Distress Oxide Candied Apple Ink.  The focal image was then adhered to the rectangle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

For embellishment and enhance the sweet treat images Nuvo Crystal Drops in Carnation Pink, Red Berry, Dandelion Yellow, Ripened Pumpkin, Crushed Grape, Caribbean Ocean were added strategically.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Cupcakes Mom Junction Digi Stamp (Pinterest)
  • Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy
  • Winnie & Walter Sentimental Birthday
  • Copic Markers: R89, R59, R37; RV14, RV13, RV11, RV10; R39, R37, R35; R46, R29, R24; YR07, YR04, YR00; Y35, Y32, R22, R21, R20; BG15, BG13, BG11; BG18, BG72, 0; YG67, YG17, YG03, YG01; BV17, BV13, BV11; V09, V06, V04, V01; Y26, Y23, Y21; YR23, Y19; YR24, YR23, YR21; YR18, YR16, YR15, YR14, YR12, G99, G94, G24; Y08, Y06, Y04, Y02
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops: Carnation Pink, Red Berry, Dandelion Yellow, Ripened Pumpkin, Crushed Grape, Caribbean Ocean
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6” x 6” Paper Pad
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Paper Accents Gold Mirror Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs Bubblegum Pink Ink
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive

Hooray! It’s Your Birthday

This is another image from Art Impressions that makes a great masculine card.  I used it this time for a birthday card, but I’ve used it for an invitation for a backyard barbecue that was really cute as well.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto some Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock and colored it with Copic Markers (E19, E08, E07; YG97, YG95, YG93; E35, E33, E31; E49, E47; W9, W7, W5; C2, C1, C0).

To create the scene I die cut two rectangles using a My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle, once for the sky background, and another to create the grass, which was created using a Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border.  Fluffy clouds were cut using Avery Elle’s Pierced Clouds dies.

The sky rectangle was ink blended using Distress Inks Tumbled Glass and Broken China using a Ranger Mini Blending Tool.  The grass was ink blended with Distress Inks Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint.  The two were adhered together using Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  To add more interest, little tufts of grass were added with Copic Markers.

The sentiment was stamped with VersaMark Ink onto the grass and heat embossed using Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder.  Before doing this ensure that the ink has completely dried so the embossing powder only sticks to the sentiment.

The focal image was die cut using the PIXScan Mat and the Silhouette Cameo.  Darice Sticky Back Foam was added by tracing around the image with a pencil and fussy cutting it with scissors.  The clouds were adhered to the sky portion of the rectangle, one with 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape and the other directly to the rectangle with Kokuyo Dotliner Adhesive.  The focal image was adhered using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

PRODUCTS USED:

  • Art Impression Grill Father
  • My Favorite Things Birthday Greetings
  • Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  • VersaMark Ink
  • Gina K. Designs Detail White Embossing Powder
  • Copic Markers: E19, E08, E07; YG97, YG95, YG93; E35, E33, E31; E49, E47; W9, W7, W5; C2, C1, C0
  • Neena Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
  • Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
  • Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Peeled Paint, and Mini Ink Blending Tool Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border Die
  • Lawn Fawn Simple Stitched Hillside Border Die
  • My Favorite Things A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX
  • Avery Elle Pierced Clouds Die
  • Darice Sticky Back Foam
  • Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive