Sunday, August 30, 2015

Angels Among Us

Hello, crafty friends! Today I have a sympathy card that I made recently using my Zig clean color real brush markers. My friend and colleague who was battling cancer does not have to fight anymore. It was a sad day but at least we now know she is one of the many angels among us.

This is the pin that inspired my card. The image is from the Mama Elephant love from above stamp set and the greeting is from the SSS sending happy thoughts set.

Here is a close-up:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered:
Speedy Fox & Friends #277: Sympathy Cards
Addicted to CAS #71: Blue

Note: To make it easier for you to find the supplies I used on this project, I have provided affiliate links below for the products that are near and dear to my heart. That means if you decide to purchase a product using my link, I will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hello Card with Watercolored Flowers

Hello, crafty friends! As promised, here is the second card I created this past weekend using my Zig markers. You can see my first card here.

I started out stamping the flowers from Verve's doodled occasions stamp set in Versamark on a thin strip of watercolor paper and then heat embossed them in white. I colored the flowers using pink, light pink, violet, light violet, bright yellow, and orange Zig markers with my water brush.

I needed a sentiment for the front of my card that enhanced the colorful tag so I ended up using Mama Elephant's scripty hello die, cut four times and then stacked to create dimension. The top layer was cut from a scrap of watercolor paper colored in bright yellow. A dose of glossy accents also gives it a nice shine!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenge Entry:

MarkerPop #76: Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations Aug 2015: Anything Goes w/ Stamp & Die
SSS Wednesday Challenge #19: Anything Goes

Supplies (these are affiliate links):

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sunshine for My Soul

 Hi everyone!! I had another productive weekend making a few cards while my mom had a fun playdate with the grandkids - yippee! This is one of two cards that I made with my Zig markers and coincidentally, it's the perfect layout for the current Less is More #16 sketch.

The negative from my Mama Elephant hello script die cut was actually a scrap piece that I could use from another card that I will share very soon. The bright yellow watercolor reminded me of sunshine so I masked off an area on the top and bottom of the card and heat embossed the sun and sentiment (from Verve's Doodled Occasions stamp set) in white using Versamark ink. Then I inked up those same areas with tumbled glass and peacock feathers distress inks using the emboss resist technique. I intentionally left some white areas on top to give the impression of clouds in the sky.

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out - a simple, almost one layer card that will lie perfectly flat for mailing when the time comes. Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenge Entry:

Less Is More #16 Sketch



Friday, August 21, 2015

Let's Celebrate with SSS Citrus with a Twist

Hello! Today, I have a fun birthday card to share using a surprise gift of goodies from Simon Says Stamp for being a featured designer in their August 2015 edition of "Spotted". This is a limited edition set called Stamptember and designed by Paper Smooches. Let me just say, I'm still blown away with all of the goodies I received - SSS is very generous indeed!!

This card will be entered in their SSS Monday Challenge: Citrus with a Twist. Don't you just love those cool citrus colors (minus the blue, of course!)?

I made this card for our pastor, Stu Hodges, because he recently celebrated his 40th Birthday. We are new members of Waters Edge Church and his message last week was all about getting old and included four of his most important life lessons. He is a phenomenal pastor and Waters Edge has definitely changed the way we think about church. I grew up going to church but haven't been very good about attending as an adult. Some of our neighbors invited us to attend Waters Edge and we have been committed to attending each week ever since. It's been a great experience so far for the entire family!!

So now back to my card... the balloons are inked up with Simon Says Stamp dye ink (jellybean, starkist, and blue jay) from their Color of Fun release. The striped stencil backdrop was lightly inked with jellybean ink as well. The orange strip of cardstock from Stampin' Up is popped up with foam tape and the sentiment is heat embossed in white.

I was first inspired by this card on Pinterest. Hopefully, Pastor Stu will be surprised to receive this card and enjoy another opportunity to celebrate his milestone birthday!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Yo Matey - Paper Smooches Sparks

Hello, crafty friends!! Today I have a card to share for the current Paper Smooches Sparks Anything Goes challenge this week. I was first inspired by this card by Kay Miller to try out my Ahoy Me Hearty stamp set and coordinating Ahoy Icons dies for the first time.

I used mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, and picked raspberry distress inks to watercolor the background on Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock. The parrot is colored with Copics. I partially die cut the parrot using the Ahoy Icons Dies so he would remain as one piece with the stitched circle die cut.


A few coordinating stamps from the set with the sentiment and a few clear sequins finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by!!



Friday, August 14, 2015

Life Is Better In Flip Flops - Tiddly Inks DT Call

Hello, crafty friends! What are you waiting for? You need to grab your favorite Tiddly Inks image and put your name in the hat for the current Tiddly Inks design team call.

Today I am excited to share a card using Beach Babe from the Wryn Beach Bonanza digital set. Doesn't she just make you want to run down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina before summer comes to a screeching halt? Hmm... maybe not such a bad idea after all!!

I feel like you get a lot of bang for your buck with this set because it also comes with several accessories (like the umbrella, crabby sand bucket and much more) to create a fabulous beach scene. I created the dune grass and strip of "water" at the bottom using antique linen, scattered straw, tea dye, stormy sky, and chipped sapphire distress inks. The reeds are stamped second generation with Stampin' Up baked brown sugar dye ink.

To coordinate everything together, I dyed white seam binding with stormy sky, chipped sapphire, and tea dye distress inks and added some linen thread for texture. A dab of glossy accents on the crab and hair clip finishes off the card.


Hair - E-31/25/29

I do hope you will join me in applying for the Tiddly Inks Design Team. I was fortunate to have an opportunity to be part of the team last August for a few months and it was awesome!! Christy certainly knows how to pick a fabulous group of ladies as well as provide amazing opportunities to grow professionally in the world of paper crafting. 

If interested, you can view some of my previous design team samples here and here. Thanks so much, Christy, for giving all of us Tiddly Inks fans another opportunity to try out for the team!

Challenge Entries

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

OMG! I've Been Spotted!!

Hey, crafty friends! It is a fabulous morning indeed! Simon Says Stamp featured my card in their Spotted! August 2015 edition! What a wonderful surprise to be included with the others!

You can also see the coordinating box I made so that the card wouldn't get crushed during shipping.

I am blown away! Thanks so much for making my day today!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Butterfly Card Box for Sending Prayers

Hi, everyone! Is anyone else glad it's the weekend? I have another crafty weekend ahead since the kids will be spending the night at Pop-Pop's house... and my cousin who also likes all things paper crafting is coming down to join me tomorrow afternoon for a full afternoon of crafty goodness. Yay!

So last weekend as you know, I created this lovely sympathy card for a friend of the family. I didn't want it to get crushed up in the mail so I decided to create a box for it instead of slipping it into an envelope.

I used many of the same supplies so it would match. The box with attached lid is created from a single sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 cardstock - check out the video tutorial here

I shipped the butterfly box inside a small USPS priority mail box and stuffed it with a sheet of butterfly tissue paper so that the box would not slide around and get damaged during transit.

When I designed the card, I didn't think about mailing it. What lengths would you go to to make sure your handmade card gets there in one piece?

Thanks for stopping by!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

SSS: Summer Vacation Kids Challenge

My seven-year-old daughter is entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge. She inked Cryogen White cardstock with various distress inks and then stamped the butterflies in a slightly darker color before punching them out with a coordinating punch.

The flowers are cut using the Simon Says Stamp partial cut flowers dies. The butterflies are secured to the flowers and card front with micro glue dots and the wings are folded back to add dimension. The patterned paper is from the June card kit.

This is such a bright and cheery card!

Distress Inks Used:
Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves

SSS Inks Used:

Stampin' Up Inks Used:
Cherry Cobbler, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pacific Point, and Rich Razzleberry

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Spreadin' a Little Love

Hello, fellow crafters! Today's card features the masking technique. I haven't done much masking up until now. Laura Bassen had a great video explaining how she does it so I finally gave it a try. The background layers are inked with distress inks and the little girls from Mama Elephant's In My Heart stamp set are colored with Copics. I also masked the sentiment from the Everyday Greetings stamp set.

Here's a close-up of the girls:

Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered:

MarkerPop Challenge #74: Anything Goes

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sending Prayers

Hello everyone!! Today was simply fabulous! My hubby took the kids to Busch Gardens so I could have the entire afternoon for crafting! I took advantage of the peace and quiet and made two cards before the kiddos came home. Here is the first card I created...

I was inspired by the design and layout of this pin. I thought it would make a nice sympathy card for a friend of the family. The butterflies are inked with squeezed lemonade and picked raspberry distress inks and then stamped with Melon Mambo dye ink.

The patterned paper comes from an Echo Park Christmas pad. The Italian Flourish Doily is cut from a platinum vellum. To create the focal point, I started with a stitched rectangle and then partially cut the stitched scalloped border along the bottom. I die cut "sending" three times and then secured the word to the banner sentiment from the Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set.

Here you can see the many layers:

I popped up the layers and embellishments with dimensionals and foam tape and also applied glossy accents to the word die. I love how shiny it looks!!

 Thanks for stopping by!!

Challenges Entered:

Crafting with Dragonflies: Card with Butterflies
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #42: Lots of Layers
Fussy & Fancy Challenge #144: Things with Wings
SSS Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes