Friday, May 31, 2013

Cards for Maddy

Maddy Justice is a teenage girl struggling with a form of leukemia at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis.  You can find her story here:

She is really struggling after having a stem cell transplant that did not work for very long.  She loves to get cards and plays a game showing where everyone's cards come from.

Please take a minute to send a card to Maddy at the address shown in the link above.  She has a Caring Bridge website where she updates her status frequently.  She is such a beautiful girl; after reading her journal on Caring Bridge, you will see what an inspiration she is.

This is the card I am sending to Maddy.   I hope you can all take a minute to send her one as well.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Dry embossed card

The flowers on this card are actually punched using the Stampin' Up Boho Blossom punch then adhered to the card and run through the Cuttlebug using the Stampin' Up embossing folder called Square Lattice.  By embossing the entire card after everything is adhered to it makes it look like the flowers were stamped on the card.  Background paper is from Hobby Lobby.

Stampin' Up Summer Solstice flower cards

The flower that is part of Stampin' Up's Summer Solstice stamp set  is so detailed with all the fine lines that it really comes out nicely when stamped on light colored paper.  The leaves are also from the same set.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Stampin' Up Summer Solstice butterflies

A simple card made using the butterfly from SU Summer Solstice set.  The smaller butterfly is an acrylic stamp that I had that was part of a $1 set from JoAnn Fabric years ago.

After everything was stamped, I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug using the Houndstooth embossing folder to give it some dimension.


The image was stamped in black distress ink, once on white paper and then again on pink and purple paper so I could cut out the flowers and adhere them back on (since I am not good with using Copics to color things other than greenery).  After everything was adhered back in place, I ran the paper through the Cuttlebug with the embossing folder from Stampin' Up.  The flower centers are tiny pearl daisies that I found on ebay.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fifth Avenue Floral lily cards

Two very simple looking cards using the lily stamp in the Stampin' Up Fifth  Avenue Floral set.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Stargazer Lilies in Jar

Another card using the lily from Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set from Stampin' Up.  The mason jar stamp is from Michaels; I stamped it with Stazon on acetate then cut it out and layered it on top of a white mason jar although it doesn't look this way in the photo.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bearded Iris cards

I bought this stamp from a person who took some of my classes at Hobby Lobby as I was looking for flower stamps and she had some to get rid of.  I didn't know how to use this stamp when I first got it but then I realized, since I'm not good with coloring stamps in with Copics, that if I stamp it twice and cut out the flowers then color them with distress inks and then put them back over the image with dimensionals, it might work out.  I used yellow Stickles in the centers.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Stargazer Lily

I saw this card on Pinterest and knew I had to try making it.  My flowers came out darker than the one on the original card, but I still think it looks okay.  Stargazer lilies are my favorite lily.  I just wish I had purchased this stamp, which is part of the SU Fifth Avenue Floral set, earlier as it would have made a nice Mother's day card.  I sent my mother some StarGazer lily bulbs to plant in her garden.

The flowers are heat embossed in white on pink paper, then I used regal rose classic ink from SU to slightly watercolor onto the petals using a small brush and adding water to the ink pad that was swiped on a craft sheet.  Then I used a SU rose red marker to put dots on the petals.  The leaves are a SU Sizzix die and the background is a SU embossing folder.  The flower button is also from SU.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

SU Fifth Avenue Floral cards

These cards were made using the retired Stampin' Up stamp called Fifth Avenue Floral for the rose and Autumn Splendor for the leaves.

I started off using white glossy paper for the roses and followed the watercolor splash technique you can find on most Stampin' Up demonstrator websites, but then I found the paper got soggy with so much water on it and decided to switch paper to heavy watercolor paper.  I also found that if you just use distress ink pads and swipe one on your craft mat, spritz it with water slightly, then use a brush and paint over your entire rose with it, it works much better than the splash technique, for me anyways.  To get the darker color, I just used distress ink on the craft mat without spritzing it with water, and brushed it on with a very fine paint brush.  The rose is heat embossed with white powder.

I haven't stamped greetings on the cards yet; I usually wait until I need a card for a certain occasion then stamp it appropriately.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Distress Ink background cards III

A good place to find retired stamps by Stampin' Up is  I found the two stamp sets used below on Etsy, and even though the stamps were both used, they were in excellent condition and a lot less than buying them on Ebay.

SU Fifth Avenue Floral stamp -- retired and Autumn Splendor stamp for the leaf embossed in gold, also retired

Autumn Splendor embossed in bronze

Still needs a greeting stamped on it, but Autumn Splendor embossed in white

Distress Watercolor butterfly cards

The butterflies are stamped with  Stazon ink on acetate then colored in on the back side with Copic markers. I then painted in some of the areas with Stickles using a very thin paint brush.

The backgrounds are made the same way as my previous posts, using Distress Ink right on your craft mat, spritz with a little water, then rub your watercolor cardstock right through the ink.  After that is dry, I stamped the French Script stamp from Rubbernecker stamps on it with more distress inks.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Distress Ink Watercolor Background cards

These cards are my favorite type of card to make as your creativity can flow and you have endless possibilities as to what your cards will come out looking like.  No two are ever the same.

Rub your distress ink pad on your craft mat then spritz it with water.  Then drag your watercolor paper through the ink, dry with a heatgun.  Put your next color of distress ink on the craft mat and do the same until you like the way the card looks.  Once you are satisfied with the way the background looks, stamp a silhouette image on the card using black ink (I use Versafine ink but you can also use stazon or archival ink).

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Distress Ink background cards

When you purchase cling mounted stamps, sometimes they come on a sheet of red rubber and you have to punch out the precut stamps from the red rubber.  I cut a 1/2" strip of the leftover rubber and mounted it on an acrylic block, then stamped it in various colors of Distress Ink to give the background a modern look.

Papertrey Ink Beautiful Blooms II, #1

The flower die used on this card is a 3 sized die set from Papertrey Ink called Beautiful Blooms II, #1 die collection.  I cut it out  on red and white dotted paper from Michaels and put a Stampin' Up foam dimensional in between each layer.  I also used my tweezers to pinch each petal to give it dimension.  The background paper is also from Michaels.  The card base is more Hero Arts "punch" colored layering paper.

Hero Arts Blossom Art Flower card

This background paper and ribbon is from Michaels.  I heat embossed the flower with white embossing powder then cut it out, and heat embossed the leaves with clear embossing powder.  The card base is Hero Arts layering paper from Simon Says Stamp;  I believe the color is called Punch and is from the Blush package.  The flower stamp is from a Hero Arts set called Blossom Art.

More Stampin' Up Open Sea cards

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Stampin Up Open Sea cards

If you look on Pinterest and do a search for SU Open Sea, you will get a lot of inspiration from other people's cards.   Even though the background paper Nautical Expedition from Stampin Up which goes well with the Open Sea stamp set has been discontinued in it's hard copy form, it is still available in the Stampin Up digital store.   You get an  immediate download once you pay and then just print the paper yourself.  The good thing about the digital papers is you can print them off as many times as you want them; you will always have a supply as long as you don't lose your digital download.  I have learned the hard way to store copies of all my digital images on a second hard drive or memory stick.

Here are the cards I've recently made:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Butterfly Sympathy Cards

I never have sympathy cards ready for when I need them, so that's what I worked on today, besides mowing the grass for almost 3 hours.  Thank goodness the previous owners of this house we bought left us a riding lawn tractor.

Here are the cards.  On the first two, I used an embossing powder from Queen's Ink called JudiKins metallic bronze.  In the jar it looks like a mix of silver and copper but when you heat it up, it is so beautiful.  It has become my favorite embossing powder.

The butterfly stamp is a Rubbernecker Stamp

This butterfly is part of the Inkadinkadoo butterfly set where you also get one huge butterfly stamp

Thanks for looking!