Honey, I love you

I had hoped to spend the weekend making cards for challenges, or just make cards in general, but we’ve been busy dealing with the aftermath of a couple of really crazy storms. For the last couple of days, the only thing you could hear in our neighborhood was wood chippers and chainsaws. And thunder. Lots and lots of thunder. We escaped with very minor damage; our neighbors were not so lucky. One lost their garage to an uprooted tree. Another had damage to their roof from the same tree. You couldn’t even see a house up the street because it was under another uprooted tree. By the way, we have big, old, beautiful trees. We will have to replace the gutters on our garage, but they needed replacing anyway. Other than that, we just had to replace the contents of our refrigerator from the extended power outage.

This is all to say that I’ll be sharing a card from the Pile To Be Blogged instead of playing with new stamps and being inspired by all the fun challenges. There’s always next week🙂

For this card, I blended two stamp sets to make a sweet one layer card: The Buzz set from Reverse Confetti and the Love You. Mean It set from Concord & 9th. They go together quite well, no?

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I first traced a circle onto watercolor paper in pencil and then stamped the images along the line. Then I loosely watercolored, keeping the color palette pretty simple. Then I cut the panel down using a wonky stitch rectangle die and tied some matching twine across. Then I adhered the panel to the card base with a piece of craft foam.

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This card makes me think of summers in the country. A breeze blowing through open windows, walking through a field, afternoon naps, cicadas buzzing, and lemonade. Not severe thunderstorms.

Hope you all enjoy the last few weeks of summer! Thanks for stopping by!

Grateful

I really enjoy making thank you cards. It’s probably my favorite kind of card to make. And since I just celebrated a birthday last month, I had many opportunities to say thank you to my dear friends and family who celebrated with me.

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I made this card to say thank you to my CFF’s (Craft Friend Forever) mom, who made me the most wonderful birthday cake. Once again, I used the Grateful die (and stamp) from My Favorite Things, along with the Sketched Blooms set.

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For this one-layer card, I first die cut the grateful and then stamped the flowers around it. Then I traced the grateful in pencil through the die cut, like a stencil, to guide my stamp placement on the inside of the card.

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It was a bit tricky, and it’s not quite perfect, but probably as close as I’ll ever get! Then, also on the inside, I stamped the rest of the sentiment.

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I really liked how it turned out! And if it gets me more cake, I’ll gladly make many, many more of these!

 

SSS Card Kit: Handwritten Floral Greetings

Those cards that are piling up? Here’s one I made last month using the July card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kit is unfortunately sold out, so here’s a link to the stamp set, Handwritten Floral Greetings. This was one of my favorite card kits since I started subscribing last spring. I’m such a sucker for florals.
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To make this card, I first stamped and embossed the flowers and leaves in white, and then filled in with some of the other smaller floral stamps using clear embossing powder. I love tonal embossing like this. Then I embossed the “grateful” (from My Favorite Things) onto velum, trimmed it and attached it to the gray cardstock. I layered that onto a yellow patterned paper from the kit using a piece of craft foam.

I’m hoping to make more cards with this kit soon. It’s perfect for thank you notes, and I actually have a “thank you” note war going on with my mom. This stamp set will have to make an appearance soon, I think.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

 

The Ton Stamps: Loose Peonies

Hi friends, long time no blog! My crafty mojo has waxed and waned this summer, as I’m sure it has for lots of you. Gotta get out there and enjoy the warm days before they disappear! But I do have a bunch of card photos piling up, waiting to be edited and shared, so.

Today, I have the finished version of a card panel I posted on Instagram awhile ago. It features the Loose Peonies set from The Ton Stamps.

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To create the cluster, I stamped the peony in Versamark on watercolor paper, heat embossed it, then stamped the second peony, applied the embossing powder and carefully brushed away the overlap before heat setting it. Lather, rinse, repeat for the third peony. I mixed Hibiscus Burst and Melon Berry inks from Papertrey Ink, loosened the inks with a spritz of water, and painted the peonies. I started very light and built up the layers of color to add shadow and depth. Peonies for days, y’all.

I finished the panel with a stamped sentiment from the same set and some leftover yarn that just happened to match the card perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!

 

Obsessed: C9’s You’re My Person

It’s Friday night and I’m writing this while my husband flips between the NHL draft and the Blue Jays game. It’s all sportsball to me, so let’s talk about cards.

I have been making cards with Concord & 9th’s You’re My Person set all week. I don’t think I’ve made so many cards with a single set before. But it’s been really fun to think of different ways to use that pretty bouquet of wildflowers.

I tried to use different techniques for each card, instead of defaulting to my beloved watercolor. For the first card, it’s all stamping. I filled the panel by stamping the bouquet four times. Then I filled each flower or leaf with the solid stamps, which I seriously can’t believe I managed to line those up properly each time. Took an entire morning! I used the companion Thinking of You die from the bundle for the sentiment, cutting it on both black and white cardstock and then layering them slightly offset to make it stand out.

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For the next card, I decided to emboss the bouquet with silver  powder onto black cardstock and color it with Prismacolor pencils. I love how they look on black paper, especially that turquoise. I love the sentiment on this one too.

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For the third card, I embossed with gold powder onto watercolor paper. At first, I thought I would paint a soft background and then fill in the flowers in a monochromatic fashion. But as I was painting, I decided to just paint the background, so I kept adding layers to make those flowers pop. I struggled with what to do next. I had cut the fishtail and immediately regretted that decision (all that work!). What to do, what to do, nothing looked right. And then I though, oh use the larger wildflowers to make a coordinating background! It’s not exactly what I envisioned, but I like it.

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For the last card I decided to just use the solid stamps to make a more CAS card. I layered it with a watercolor striped background I made earlier.

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I want to make, like, a million more cards with this set. I just love it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Flourish / Friend Like You

Hi everyone! I have two cards to share with you today, using the Flourish stamp set and Friend Like You die, both from Concord & 9th.

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For the first card, I stamped the various elements of the Flourish set in light colors onto watercolor paper and then painted over them with gouache paints, building layers to add dimension. Then I die cut into the panel using the Friend Like You die. I mounted the panel on black cardstock and then to my card base. I like the look of adding the negative pieces of the “R”s, “O”s, and “D”s rather than letting the black show through.

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I really, really love the letterpress look of this layout. Every variation that I’ve seen so far is just awesome and makes me want to make a million more of these.

For the second card, I used the die again on a solid cardstock panel. Then I took all the letters and frame leftover from the first card and placed them inside the die-cut space. Then I lightly blended some white pigment ink over the panel. I trimmed the panel and mounted it on a piece of coordinating scalloped cardstock, and then onto the card base.

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That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

Inspired by…#20

Happy Sunday, friends! I hope your weekend has been going well. I am currently covered in blackberry juice from making ice cream. Totally worth it.

Today I have a card for the latest Inspired by All the Little Things challenge. I love the inspiration photo because I LOVE vintage cameras and I LOVE turquoise! ibalt20

So here is what I came up with:

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The stamps are from the Moment Captured set by Studio Calico. This was a birthday gift last year and, ahem, this is the first time I’ve used it.

I’m falling back on my favorite technique of all-over stamped backgrounds. I stamped the cameras and then filled in the white space with the funky chevrons, also from the Moment Captured set, and small swirls from the Love You. Mean It set from Concord & 9th. I colored the cameras and chevrons with Zig Clean Color Real Brush watercolor markers and a waterbrush. I’ve been using my Zig markers a lot more lately and I really love them.

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The sentiment is from the Happy and Smile stamp set from Simon Says Stamp, with some more funky chevrons just for the fun of it. I added a bit of Wink of Stella to the camera flashes and to the Smile. I didn’t like how the Wink of Stella dulled the flashes, so I went back over them with a Gelly Roll pen. The turquoise trim is just scrap watercolor paper “painted” with the same blue and green Zig markers I used on the cameras.

That’s it for today. Time to churn some ice cream! Thanks for stopping by!🙂