Sunday, November 26, 2017

Persian Motifs Many Blessing Birthday Card

My favorite stamp set for watercoloring is Altenew's Persian Motifs Stamp Set.  I revisit this set often. You really can't go wrong with it and the results are truly amazing, even for a novice like myself.  Here's the card I made today:

First I used Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to blend around the edges of a watercolor paper measuring 4 x 5 1/4 inches.  Then I stamped the large and small flower images from the Persian Motifs Stamp Set with VersaMark Ink and embossed it with Wow White Pearl Embossing Powder.  Next I used a sentiment from the Scripted Stamp Set and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  I heat dried it because this ink tends to take a while to dry and I didn't want any smudging.  I used various colors from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set to watercolor the flowers.  I layered the watercolor paper on top of a 4 1/8 x 5 3/8 Sweet Blush cardstock and then placed it on a Classic Crest Cover Solar White card base.  Hope you enjoy this card today.

Thanks for stopping by!


Card Supplies:
Persian Motifs Stamp Set
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
VersaMark Ink
Wow White Pearl Embossing Powder
Scripted Stamp Set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set
Sweet Blush Cardstock
Classic Crest Cover Solar White Card Base

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Make It Monday #304 Photo Ornaments

It 's Make It Monday time over at Papertrey Ink.  I love how they've been making all their Make It Monday challenges around the holiday theme.  In this week's challenge, Lexi Daly shows us how to make photo ornaments.  It's a great idea to make your own ornaments and add that personal touch with photos.

Here are Lexi's photo ornaments:
Here are mines:

I couldn't just make one ornament since I have three children, so I made three ornaments- one for my each of them. I used the oval tag base from the Make It Market: Wonderland Kit to create my ornaments.
I used my children's school photos for the ornaments.  I have so many wallet sized photos of their school pictures. Don't you always have a ton left over and don't know what to do with them?  Well, now's a perfect time to pull them out and make some ornaments with them.

For my daughter's ornament, I die cut three of the oval tag base from red card stock and also die cut my daughter's photo with it.  (The photo was narrower than the oval tag base die but it didn't matter because I only needed the inside stitched oval part, not the whole base with the scallop.)  After die cutting all the pieces, I cut the photo down by just cutting on the stitching all the way around (basically cutting off the scallop edge).  Then taking two of the red die cuts, cut the middle out by cutting right inside, next to the stitching.  For this,  you are basically making the frame, so you want only the scallop and stitching edge and not the middle part of the die cut.  I made two of these because I wanted to make the frame a little thicker.  After cutting out the two red frames, I glued them together.  For the assembly of my ornament, I adhered the photo inside the third red die cut, placing it right in the middle.  Then, I added the red frames on top.  I punched a hole on the top of the ornament, added red and white twine as well as some silver thread.  Then I added a silver sequin and placed a pearl inside the sequin.  I also added tiny pearls around the scallop edge.

My other two ornaments were created the same way, except I skipped the scallop edged pearls and used different papers for the frames.  For one of them, I used the Birch wrapping paper from Pier 1.  For my last ornament, I used the pattern paper that came with the Wonderland Kit.  I think they came out really cute and can't wait to hang them on our tree this year, as soon as I can get it up.  Thanks for stopping in everyone!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Sun & Moon Cards

Hi there!  So today I got to play with the Sun & Moon Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink. Can I tell you how pretty this stamp set is!  It's a gorgeous set and not too expensive either.  My first thought was definitely to watercolor.  I have two beautiful, twinkling cards for you today.

1st card:

2nd Card:

The background paper is watercolor paper and I wanted to create different shades of blue for the background so I used some blue shades from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set to watercolor it.  For the 1st card, I also splattered some yellow gold watercolor from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Set.  I stamped the moon and sun images with Versamark Ink on watercolor paper and embossed it in Wow Opaque White Embossing Powder. I used watercolors from both sets to watercolor the images.  I also stamped and embossed the sentiment in gold embossing powder on vellum.  I placed everything on the watercolored background and added a few die cut stars.  For the die cut stars, all I did was watercolor yellow gold on water color paper and used the Hero Arts Star Confetti Die to die cut the various stars.  For the 2nd card, I also used the same process as the first card in watercoloring the images and using the die cut stars on the background.  I stamped the sentiment with black ink on white cardstock and die cut some gold stars with the Small Sketched Stars Die to put on the sentiment.

Hope you enjoyed the cards today.  Thanks for stopping in!


Card Supplies:
Sun & Moon Stamp Set
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry Colors Set
Versamark Ink
Wow Opaque White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts Star Confetti Die
Small Sketched Stars Die

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Create Along With Us- November Release Week Challenge

Hi there!  Over at Papertrey Ink, they are having a release week challenge to create a card using one of the cards the team created during the release as inspiration. I love the window dies released this month.  The talented Michelle Leon created a  beautiful card using one of the window works dies. I used her card as inspiration.

Here's Michelle's card:

Here's my card:

I don't have the window dies yet, but decided to create my own window die with a scallop and a circle die.  First, I cut a piece of 4 x 5 1/4 water color paper.  I did a light wash with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and heat dried it with my heat gun.  Then I pulled out the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set and used No. 32 (Red), No. 36 (Wine Red), No. 51 (May Green), No. 55 (Green), and No. 91 (Blush Gold) to splatter some colors.  I did one color at a time and heat dried each color before moving on to the next. For my window creation,  I used my Scallop Circle die and the rubber pads to emboss the scallop die onto the water color paper. Then I used a Circle Die to cut a circle within the embossed scallop to make a window.  On a seperate watercolor cardstock with the same paper measurements, I traced the circle cut out from the first watercolor paper onto the second watercolor paper to determine where I was going to stamp.  I used the small poinsettia from Year Of the Flowers: Poinsettia Stamp Set and stamped it into the drawn circle with Versamark Ink and then embossed it with Zing! Gold Metallic Embossing Powder.  (This is my favorite gold embossing powder.  The gold looks rich and bright, perfect for the holidays.)  I water colored the poinsettia, gold embossed the sentiment "Peace & Joy" from the Beautiful Berries: Winter Stamp Set, and did a light wash with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Using Altenew's Golden Garden Stamp Set, I stamped, water colored, and die cut several images.  I placed these around the poinsettia and the traced watercolor paper with the image.  I used double sided foam tape to adhere both watercolor papers, layered it onto a gold card stock, and then placed it on a Pinefeather card base.  I added a lot more things than the original inspiration card but I like the way it turned out. Hope you enjoyed my card for today.

Thanks for stopping in!


Card Supplies:

Friday, November 17, 2017

Stitched Christmas Cards

Hi everyone!  In a previous post, I featured a stitched card and mentioned that I would post more as I made them.  Stitching takes time and although I've been stitching whenever I can find free time, I haven't been as successful in completing them as quickly as I intend to.  Today I have two cards for you.

1st Card:

2nd Card:

For the 1st card, I used Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die to die cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White. (I mentioned in an earlier post, I prefer to use the heavier weight cardstock for this so the paper is more sturdy for stitching, with 110lb weight.) I die cut it large enough to fit a 4 x 5 1/4 white cardstock, leaving the bottom with some white space for the greeting.  I created a pattern and stitched the paper with Christmas color floss: green, red, white. Then I die cut the word "Christmas" from the Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday Die three times in black cardstock.  I glued the three pieces together for thickness.  I also stamped the words "Joy & Love" from the Wonderful Words Holiday Stamp Set on the bottom before adhering the word "Christmas" on top of it. I placed all of it on a red cardstock base and finished off the card with some red and green jewels, which I applied with Ranger Multi Medium Matte liquid adhesive.

For the 2nd card, I again used the Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die to die cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White cardstock, but I only die cut the middle of the white cardstock, a much smaller space than the first card.  I again used Christmas colored floss to stitch a pattern.  I stamped the poinsettia image from the Year of the Flowers: Poinsettias Stamp Set in Versamark ink and embossed it in gold embossing powder and then water colored the image with some water color paints from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set. Then I hand cut the image.  I also stamped the sentiment "Happy Holidays" from the Vintage Ornaments II Stamp Set on vellum and heat embossed it in white opaque embossing powder before cutting it.  I added the poinsettia and the sentiment on the stitched cardstock and adhered it to a Pure Poppy pattern paper.  Everything was placed on a Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White cardbase.

Thanks for stopping in! I hope you enjoy my stitched cards today.  If you're interested in purchasing some cards, please visit my Etsy Shop:


Card Supplies (1st Card):
Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die
Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White
Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Holiday Die
Wonderful Words Holiday Stamp Set
Ranger Multi Medium Matte

Card Supplies (2nd Card):
Paper Smooches Cross Stitch Die
Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White
Year of the Flowers: Poinsettias Stamp Set
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set
Vintage Ornaments II Stamp Set
Altenew Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What the Doodle Christmas Card

Hi there!  Today I opened up a new stamp for me, but I believe it was a set from last year during the holiday season. I didn't purchase it last year, but it looked like such a fun stamp set so I got it in a recent order from Papertrey Ink.  It's the What the Doodle Ornament stamp set and it's only $5.00! I would suggest getting the What the Doodle Ornament die too.  It actually cuts very beautifully. I made two cards today with it.  I had too much fun water coloring the ornaments.

1st Card:

2nd Card:

I stamped the ornaments and vines with Versamark ink onto water color paper and heat embossed them with Altenew Rose Gold Embossing Powder.  Then I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry & Pearl Colors Sets to watercolor the images.  I want to say the water colored ornaments are so much shinier and prettier in person. After water coloring, I die cut the ornaments and vines.  I also used To the Point Edgers II dies to cut a white shimmer cardstock with the pointed edger and a gold cardstock with the scallop edger.  I layered the white shimmer cardstock on top of the gold scallop one and then stamped the sentiment, "Merry Christmas to You and Yours" on the bottom right side with Versamark Ink and also heat embossed it with Altenew Rose Gold Embossing Powder. The sentiment is from the Vintage Ornaments II stamp set.  I assembled all the pieces together.  I added the vines on the top of the white shimmer cardstock.  I threaded each ornament with gold thread and placed them on top and under the vines with the threads hanging down the back. On a white cardstock base, I applied double sided Scor-Tape on the top and added Martha Stewart Yellow Gold Glitter which adhered perfectly to the Scor-Tape. Then I placed the assembled cardstock onto the white card base. I still can't believe the beautiful ornament stamp set was only $5.00.  The ornaments are perfect for water coloring. I hope you enjoyed my cards for today.  Stop by again!


Card Supplies:
Martha Stewart Yellow Gold Glitter

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Vintage Linens Happy Birthday Card

Hi there!  With all the new releases from Papertrey Ink, Altenew, and Hero Arts, I've been purchasing quite a few new sets that I still have yet to play with!  When they all came in, it was quite overwhelming, especially trying to figure out where to start first so I decided to hold off for a bit.  So today I went into my already owned stash of stamps. I pulled out an old set I have from Papertrey Ink.   Once in a while, I like to revisit the wonderful sets I already own.  Today I'm playing with Vintage Linens Stamp Set.  I love the beautiful flowers in the set and the leaves are gorgeous.

My card for today:

I used a Soft Stone cardstock measuring 4 1/8 x 5 3/8.  I cut a piece of pattern paper from My Mind's Eye paper pad and adhered that in the middle of the cardstock. Then I used the Doily Details Die B to die cut a piece of white cardstock and blended it with Stampin' Up Rose Red ink.  I stamped the sentiment, "Happy Birthday" from Stampin' Up Well Scripted Stamp Set on white cardstock.  This is one of my favorite sentiment stamp sets because I love the elegance of the curly letters.  I used my 1 3/4 circle punch to punch out the sentiment and then blended the edges with Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilized Amber. I adhered it to the middle of the doily.  This was placed in the middle of the pattern paper.  The flowers were stamped in different colored inks with the edges in a darker color than the center. I die cut them and heat embossed them in clear embossing powder. I stamped several leaf images in Going Gray ink  and die cut them as well.  Next I assembled flowers and leaves onto the Soft Stone cardstock, placing them around the doily and sentiment.  When done, I placed it onto a white card stock base. I love the colors on this card.

Card Supplies:
Vintage Linens Stamp Set
Vintage Linens Die
Soft Stone Cardstock
Doily Details Die B
Distress Oxide Ink in Fossilized Amber

Friday, November 10, 2017

We Love Dawn Blog Hop

So I've been following Papertrey Ink's blog for quite some time now. They have a wonderful design team and one of my favorite designers is Dawn McVey.  She features beautiful cards on her blog and is always so cheerful.  She's been struggling with health issues for a few years and recently had a small intestine transplant.  She's now recovering from that surgery and over at Nichole's blog, they're having a blog hop in Dawn's honor.

I made this card for the blog hop:

Although it doesn't feature any of Dawn's stamp sets, I just wanted to make a pretty card to cheer her up and let her know my thoughts are with her. For my card, I used a frame from the Pretty Peonies stamp set which was the 2012 anniversary set, one of my favorite anniversary sets.  Dawn featured this set on her blog here.  I stamped the frame in gray ink and die cut it.  Although the stamp set is no longer available, you can still purchase the Pretty Peonies die collection. I used a sentiment from the Sending You stamp set and unfortunately, this one's no longer available either. I blended some Abandon Coral Distress Oxide Ink around the edges of the sentiment to match the color of some of the flowers and placed this inside of the gray frame. I stamped some flowers and leaves from the Altenew Winter Rose stamp set and hand cut them. I added a piece of pattern paper from an old My Mind's Eye paper pad that I had in my stash on a white cardstock base. For my white cardstock bases, I always use Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White 110 lb cardstock. It's heavy cardstock and a lot more sturdier.  Then I placed the sentiment frame in the middle and assembled the flowers and leaves around the sentiment with some double sided foam tape.  Love how it turned out and I hope Dawn will like it too!  Check out all the other cards from talented stampers on the blog hop.  I had a great time making this card. Thanks for stopping in!


Card Supplies:
Pretty Peonies Stamp Set (2012 Anniversary set)
Pretty Peonies Die Collection
Sending You Stamp Set
Abandon Coral Distress Oxide Ink
Winter Rose Stamp Set
Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White

Berry Boughs Winter Cutaway Cards

Today while my kids were at school, I had some quiet hours to myself to create and play without being interrupted every five minutes with "Mommy" questions.  It's always nice to have some uninterrupted time in my craft room.  I got to play with the Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs die and the Cutaway Tags: Winter stamp set.  I made a couple of cards to share with you today.

1st Card:

2nd Card:

I made the same card twice but just changed the sentiment.  I used the Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs Die  to die cut a piece of white cardstock.  I colored the leaves and berries on the mat with some Copic markers.  Then I die cut another piece of white cardstock with the Cutaway Tags: Winter Die.   I used the Cutaway Tags: Winter stamp set to stamp the die and cut a piece of cardstock to stamp the sentiment and layered it on top.  I had some old Pure Poppy pattern paper from Papertrey Ink and used that as the background and adhered it to a Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White card base.  I tried to find the pattern paper online but I think it's been discontinued.  There is another Pure Poppy packet that would work great as well: Bitty Big Pure Poppy Color Collection.  I placed the Mix & Mat die on top of the pattern paper, then added the cutaway die on top of the mat.  To finish up the card, I added a red velvet bow on top of the cutaway die.

Card Supplies:
Mix & Mat: Berry Boughs Die
Cutaway Tags: Winter Die
Cutaway Tags: Winter stamp set
Bitty Big Pure Poppy Color Collection
Neenah Classic Crest Cover Solar White