Hang in There

My niece Alannah had some pretty significant surgery yesterday and I wanted to send her a card to make her smile and encourage her to hang in there during her long convalescence. I thought the cute images from Clearly Besotted’s Cheeky Monkey would be perfect.

00138aI stamped the monkey images and 3 branches with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Gina K. Designs 80# White cardstock. Since I planned to color them with Copic Markers, cut them with their matching dies, and attached them to the card, bleed through wouldn’t be a problem as it would be with a one-layer card. The markers used were:

  • Sky: BG0000, BG10
  • Leaves & Vine: G28, G99, G94, G24
  • Branches: E29, E39, E35
  • Monkey Body: E57, E23, E33
  • Monkey Belly and Face: E55, E43, E42
  • Cheeks and Tongue: R20, R22

I cut a panel of the same white cardstock using the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Stackable Rectangles.  At first I used Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs to stamp a “Hang in There” sentiment at the bottom of the page, but I didn’t like how it looked.  The card seems to be top heavy and it got lost amidst the monkeys. So, I cut a strip of leftover brown cardstock, stamped the sentiment “hang in there” from Poppy Stamps Into the Words three times with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Recollections Snow Detail Embossing Powder.  I glued the strip over the first attempt and liked that much better.

I have been collecting patterned and colored paper for years, long ago when I was doing scrapbooking.  My husband says that I have my own store, and that is probably true.  I have no idea which company a lot of them came from, and they probably wouldn’t be available today. I selected a pretty lime green cardstock for the card base, cutting it to 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored it with my Scor-Buddy at 5 1/2″.  I then found a loose leafy patterned paper and cut it using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangles and adhered it directly to the card base with Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  I used 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape on the back of the cute monkey images and the branch two of them were sitting on for dimension and placed them on the white panel.  I used the leaves from the other two branches to balance the images, gluing them directly to the paper.  I mounted the white image panel to the card base using a generous amount of foam tape and thought I was done, but it looked too stark white.  So I added BG0000 and BG10 to the background for a blue sky and was satisfied.



Happy Birthday Air Boy

My brother-in-law Dan has his birthday on the same day as my wedding anniversary, so it’s easy to remember.  He and my sister live in the San Diego area and a couple of years ago we visited the U.S.S. Midway with them.  Dan and my husband, Michael, had a great day looking at all the details of the ship, where they stored the airplanes when not in use, how precarious it was to take off and land on such a short runway, etc.  They had a grand time.  So, this year I decided to make a birthday card for Dan with Penny Black’s Air Boy.


I wanted to try my hand at a little no line watercoloring.  I stamped the image on Strathmore 140 lb. Cold Press Watercolor paper with Distress Antique Linen ink and colored the image with the following Distress inks.

  • Cap and Bomber Jacket: Gathered Twigs and Ground Espresso / Collar: Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs / Ear Flaps: Tea Dye
  • Goggles: Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Tea Dye
  • Scarf: Faded Jeans
  • Shoes: Faded Jeans and Weathered Wood
  • Slacks: Brushed Corduroy
  • Airplane: Weathered Wood and Candied Apple
  • Face: Tea Dye and Abandoned Coral
  • Grass: Mowed Lawn
  • Sky: Tumbled Glass

I sized the image using the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and stamped the greeting from C. C. Designs Amy R Winged Greetings Sentiments using my MISTI with Hero Hues India Black ink.  I adhered the watercolored panel to a top fold card base from blue cardstock I’ve had in my my stash using 3M 1/2″ Foam Tape for a little dimension and ensuring it would lay flat. On the inside of the card I stamped the image again on white cardstock with Antique Linen  and the “Happy Birthday to You” greeting from the same stamp set and the card was done.00133aw

Love Me Do Wedding Card

My nephew Brandon is getting married this weekend. He and his bride to be, Olivia, selected Navy Blue, Cream, and Taupe for their wedding colors. Whimsey Stamps has a cute image of a bride and groom.  I stamped the image with Memento Paris Dusk on Gina K. Designs Ivory cardstock and colored it with Copic markers.

Brandon & Olivia
Brandon & Olivia

I used the following Copic colors.

  • Suit and Flowers: B93, B95, B97, B99
  • Dress: W0, W1
  • Groom’s Hair: YR20, YR21, YR23, E35
  • Bride’s Hair: E50, E51, E53
  • Bouquet Leaves: G20, G82, G85
  • Skin: E000, E00, E11
  • Cheeks: R20

I created a plaid pattern on the vest for variation and to break up all the blue.  In the center of the flowers I squeezed a little platinum Stickles.  I sized the image using the second Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and cut the taupe background with the largest Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle, but felt it was too large for the look I was going for, so I ran it through the Bigshot again, placing it so it was about 1/8″ smaller with an overall size of 4 3/4″ x 3 9/16″.  I added 3M 1/2 Foam Tape to the back of the image and the taupe background and adhered them to a Gina K. Design 120 lb. ivory card base.

The sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and You cutaways in Gina K. Designs 120 lb. Navy cardstock, layered three times with Zig 2 Way Glue Pen for depth and dimension and adhered it to the front of the card with Zig 2 Way Glue Pen and the card was done.


Graduation Card

My niece Shaniah will be graduating from high school on May 27, 2016.  I wanted to do a special card that was tailored just for her.  I love the little people from La-La Land Crafts and pulled out Graduation Marci.

Shaniah GraduationSince I planned to color it with Copic Markers I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black on Gina K. Designs 80 lbs. white card stock.  Her school colors are red, white, and blue and she will be wearing a navy blue gown, so I colored the image using the following Copic markers.

  • Cap and Gown: B95, B97, B99
  • Tassel: Y23, YR23, YR24
  • Dress, Shoes and Ribbon: R22, R35, R37 / Y23, YR23, YR24
  • Certificate: E00, E11
  • Hair: YR20, YR21, YR23, E57
  • Skin: E000, E00, E11
  • Blush: R20
  • Lips: R22

Once I was done coloring I fussy cut the image, eliminating the longer hair since Shaniah has shoulder length hair.  I used the Memento Tuxedo Black marker to go around the edges, giving them a more finished look.

For the front panel of the card I used a piece of 120 lbs Gina K. Design White Cardstock and embossed it with the WeR Memory Keepers Stripes Sunburst.  I love the look of stitched edges so I used the largest Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Stackable Rectangle and ran the embossed background through my Sizzix Bigshot and adhered it with Elmer’s Dot Runner Adhesive to a Gina K. Design navy card base.

I used 3M 1/2″ foam tape to give some dimension to the image and adhered it to the center of the starburst background, a little closer to the top to allow for a sentiment.  I took Michael’s red glitter cardstock and added some Be Creative tape to the back before cutting the “congrats” from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and You cutaways and adhered it to the bottom of the front panel.  I scattered multi-sized red rhinestones from my stash that I have had for years.  I cut the Simon Says Stamp Mini Hearts Outline die from leftover red glitter cardstock and adhered a few of those to the front panel as well and the card was done.

It’s a Launch

I fell in love with cardmaking a couple of years ago and since then I have been watching amazing videos from leaders in the industry.  They have taught me so much and my skills have grown by leaps and bounds.  

I have often thought about starting my own blog spot to share the joy of this creative outlet, but was intimidated by learning how to create and update a blog.  Sounds crazy from a professional administrative assistance, but things have changed a great deal since I was a website administrator, and this endeavor required starting from the ground up.  But I’ve finally taken the plunge.

I hope that in some small measure I can inspire others to learn something new, to share God given talents with others, to do something every day that makes your heart sing.

Happy Crafting