Saturday, December 9, 2017

A Very Merry Christmas Card 2017

Today I FINALLY decided to share a card after a very long break from my blog.
Today I wanted to share the Christmas card(s) I made for family and friends this year. I made a cute card using a fabulous Tim Holtz stamp set created especially for Simon Says Stamp Stamptember 2017 collection. When I saw this set I just had to have it. The SSS designers made cards using this set and I just loved them ALL.  I CAS'ed a card that I thought would be easier to mass produce (45+) that was made by Cathie Cowles. There where three dies used, an embossing folder and at least three layers as the base. Each year I say to myself "this year I'm going to make a quick and easy card... " but you know how it goes. Here is a link to the Stamptempber 2017 cards made by the designers showcasing this wonderful set:
I hope this wonderful Christmas Season brings you much joy and love to you and your loved ones.
Happy Stamping.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Tim Holtz collection "Stamptember 2017"
Oval Dies: Spellbinders.
Dimensional Banners-My Favorite Things Die-namics
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders M-Bossabilities EL-014
Designer Paper: PhotoPlay Mad 4 Plaid Christmas 6x6 paper pad
Soloar White Neenah 80 lb paper
Bazzil Rainforest 5-5104 (Green)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thanksgiving cards to share

Just wanted to share a couple of Thanksgiving cards. I made them kind of last minute, so I'm hoping they make it to my family members in time. (I'm such a terrible procrastinator and didn't get them finished until today, just threes days before Thanksgiving! I do hate that about myself. But alas, it's the thought that counts right?)

I just picked up a fabulous fall/Thanksgiving 6x6 paper pad that I fell in love with at Fond Memories in Walnut Grove, MN. LOVE that designer paper in both 12x12 sheets and a 6x6 pad size! It's called Fall Blessings by Carta Bella. I paired it with some cute Fawn Lawn Stitched Leaves die cuts. Aren't those stitched leaves so cute? Lately they have become a favorite die set for me. I switched things up a bit and made half the cards with a kraft card stock base, and half with cream linen cardstock.

I hope you and your family have a safe, blessed, and wonderful Thanksgiving. 

Supplies used:  Cream Linen card stock / Kraft card stock from Paper Trey Ink / Designer Paper: Fall Blessings by Carta Bella / Lost Lagoon ink and card stock, more mustard card stock, pumpkin pie card stock from Stampin Up! / Gratitude sentiment from "Day of Gratitude" stamp set (retired) from Stampin Up! / brown and red ink drops from Studio Calico (Mr. Huey's Mists) / Vintage Photo Distress Ink and distress ink tool from Tim Holtz/Ranger / Stitched Leaves (dies) from Fawn Lawn.

Monday, November 16, 2015

A happy birthday card for a special golden birthday girl!

Today is my granddaughter's golden 12th birthday, so I made her this pretty, girly, birthday card. Since she likes butterflies, I had to add a couple butterflies using a spellbinder die and a stamping up punch for the smaller one.

Happy golden 12th birthday Alexis! We love you so much! 

Suplies used
Riding Hood Red cardstock and small butterfly punch: Stampin Up! / Kraft, Creme cardstock and happy birthday sentiment from "bigger blooms" stamp set: Paper Trey Ink / tan twine: MFT stamps / black crystals / designer paper: plaid design from Cosmo Cricket 6"x6" mini deck "Cubierta Miniature", and butterflies cut out of Authentique "Uncommon" 6"x6" paper pad / Flower stencil is a Studio 490 Wendy Vechi "Little Bits" stencil / Inks used: Black Archival ink from Ranger and Vintage Distress Ink from Tim Holtz/Ranger / crochet strip is from Joanne's fabric store.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A few sympathy cards to share

Last week I made a few sympathy cards for my sister. Thought I'd share them with you. 

This last one I found on Pnterest, and just had to try and re-create.. I just love the large Hero Arts flourishes stamp. You can make any kind of card with it,  so elegant. Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 30, 2015

A Tim Holtz tag to share...

Hello! Today I have a few tags I created for my nieces. I just loved Tim Holtz's April 2015 tag post. I mean I fell in love with that tag and a few others he created for his blog this year! So I bought some of the stamps and dies he designed to created some of my own tags.

You can find all the instructions on how to create a tag like this HERE on Tim's blog. He is so talented! And I love the wonderful stamps, dies and line of distress inks he has created with Ranger, Sizzix and Stamper's Anonymous. My two nieces are big fans of his as well! I truly enjoyed making these tags. There is watercoloring and spiriting, distressing and die cutting, then the sewing. Totally therapeutic. I love creating things, it just makes me happy!
I mailed out these tags to my niece's Stacy and Melissa today. I hope they enjoy them as much as I had creating them! Thanks for stopping by.

Supplies used:
Kraft cardstock to make tag: Paper Trey Ink / 1/4" hole punch and Black cardstock: Stamin Up!  / Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress watercolor cardstock / Sizzix and Tim Holtz Alterations "Adventure" #660224 AND #660212 Thinlits dies- (**note there are 2 different sets used on my tag) / Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection "Flower Garden" CMS215 stamp set / Distress markers used for watercoloring and spritzing: black soot, pumice stone, vintage photo, evergreen bough, iced spruce, wild honey, squeezed lemonade, crushed olive / Vintagae Photo Distress ink and distress tool / Stampin Up! marker spritzer (Tim Holtz also now sells one) / Tim Holtz Idea-ology mirrored stars / blue Tim Holtz and Ranger alcohol ink / glue / black thread and sewing machine / cream seam binding / mixed ribbon/threads from my stash.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Card

Happy 45th Birthday to me sweet niece Stacy! I made her this poppy watercolor card using a Tim Holtz flower stamp set. I totally fell in love with his tag that he made on his blog for his April 2015 tag post. I knew I had to have that stamp set and buy some assorted distress markers to try out the technique he used. For this card, I first stamped my image on watercolor card stock and let it dry, then sprayed some plain water with a fine mist sprayer onto the stamped card stock. Then I immediately sprayed on some broken china blue distress ink stain spray, then sprayed some more plain water onto that while it was still wet. Then I took some paper towels and picked up the excess water. Let the card stock dry completely before coloring the poppy and stems with distress markers. Then after I put a few lines of color in the flower image, I used a water color brush to move the distress marker ink around and give the image a watercolor effect.
You can see Tim's tutorial on watercoloring here. I love his technique and the tag he created! My niece Stacy who I made this birthday card for,  absolutely loves everything Tim Holtz and is a fellow artist, so I had to make her a card using Tim's products. My card is 5-1/2" x5-1/2".

Here are the distress items I used to make the birthday card. 

Here are a list of all the products I used to make this card:
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz collection Flower Garden CMS215 stamp set / Black Archival Ink Pad / Taylored Expressions 4.5 x 5.75" Dotted Lattice embossing folder / Neenah Solar White cardstock / watercolor cardstock / Stampin Up! Real Red cardstock / black and white chevron designer paper / Broken China Spray Stain /  Distress markers: Abandoned Coral, Worn Lipstick, Crushed Olive, Black Soot / Vintage Photo distress ink pad and distress ink sponge / fine mist spray bottle filled with water / My Favorite Things Dynamic Sentiment Strip Dies / Hero Arts Happy Birthday stamp / Black crystal jewels.

Hope you enjoyed this creation. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Art Impressions Design Team Reunion Blog Hop!

Hello Ai friends, and welcome to the Ai Design Team Reunion Blog Hop and New Holiday 2015 Spinners release! You should of arrived from here Soili-Maria Seppala.

If at any time you run into a broken link, just go back to the Art Impressions blog here.

I am so honored to be a part of the past Art Impressions design team. I am beyond excited about all the NEW Holiday 2015 Ai Spinners and dies!

They are so much fun! I absolutely LOVE that they have coordinating dies! No fussy cutting these images out! And it's an absolute dream the way the front and back images MATCH UP PERFECTLY! Now that is a cardmakers dream come true I tell you! 
I was amazed at how easy it was to make a spinner card with the spinners Ai stamps and dies!

The size of my card is 5-1/2" x 5-1/2". I am showcasing the delightful Ai Robe Spinner stamp set and Ai Robe Spinner dies. This image makes me just smile! She is so cute with her robe, slippers and hair in curlers. 

I didn't have a scallop die, so I used my silhouette cameo machine to cut a scallop circle out that fit inside my spellbinder die on the front of my card. I picked out some pretty designer paper from an older Basic Grey paper 6"x6" pad (the Kioshi collection). I used copic markers to color my stamped image.

Here is what the back of the Robe Spinner looks like.

And a close up. I love the "Hello Friday" sentiment that comes with this set.

The copic colors I used to color the image in: 
E57, Y38, YR23, RV34, R85, RV13, B63, BV13, E00, E02.

Products used to make my card: 
Art Impressions 4677 Robe Spinner die set, Stampin Up! Black and Purple card stock, Neenah Solar White card stock, Basic Grey Kioshi 6"x6" designer paper pad, Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Vintage Photo distress ink and distress ink sponge tool, My Favorite Things Dynamic Sentiment Strip dies, Silhouette Cameo machine/scallop nesting circle cut, Spellbinders large circle die, white twine, copic markers (colors listed above).

Want to win a free Ai Spinners from Art Impressions?

The next person on the blog hop is Tracy Gray. If you get lost just return to the Ai blog
Thanks for stopping by and joining  us for this fun blog hop! 

Here are the blog links & hop order: