Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dive Into Adventure

Hi Crafty Friends,

My card today is for a challenge I do with a couple of friends of mine. Each month we challenge each other to create something using supplies we all own.

For our challenge this month we are playing with alcohol inks.

For both cards I used the same four colors of alcohol inks ... Aqua; Pool; Mermaid; Aquamarine onto Yupo paper.

After adding the color to my paper I die cut a square using the Dashing Squares die set.

I then stamped the images onto my card using black ink. The hardest part of this card was the stamping, my black archival ink pad is old and was dry and when I first tried it wasn't very successful even after re-inking. I did try others even purchasing another black ink but none of those gave a clean crisp image on alcohol ink. So I tried my archival again and it worked finally ... the ink must have finally soaked in, although I did have to ink each image more than once to get a decent image. Thank goodness for the MISTI.

On the inside I added a few more stamped images from two of the stamp sets I was using for these card which are from Hunkydory.

For my second card I decided to play with a new freebie die I received from a magazine I purchased .... Enjoy Today Flip Flop Die Set by Tonic Studios. 

I like how easy this was to turn from a flip flop card to a stand up card.

Here is a look at the who panel on the card base. The "Sea You Soon" sentiment is embossed using white embossing powder onto black cardstock and is from a Lawn Fawn stamp set.



Stamps - Dive In; You're a Treasure; Forever a Mermaid - Hunkydory
Cardstock - Teal
Foam Tape

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

You're Awesome #nofilterneeded

Hi Crafty Friends,

During the Thanksgiving sales last year I purchased this Essentials by Ellen Leading Ladies - Photo Lady stamp set. I finally found some time to play with it!

I added a couple of dies to my collection recently .... Lawn Fawn's Mini Picture Frames and Penny Black's Wood Floors die set. I thought these two dies would work perfectly with this Photo Lady stamp set.

I die cut the wood floors die set from white cardstock and then colored it using my copic markers. I adhered this to the bottom of a patterned paper panel.

I stamped the lady, two cameras, bag and camera strap onto white cardstock, colored and cut them out using my Scan N Cut and then adhered them to my scene.

I die cut the square mini picture frame from teal cardstock, stamped a sentiment onto white cardstock and layered it behind the frame. I added this to the top left hand side of my card.

For the inside of the card I added a couple of sentiments from some Lawn Fawn stamp sets, and the "Give it your best shot" from the Essentials by Ellen stamp set. To finish off the inside of the card I stamped a few cameras around the sentiment using teal ink.


Leading Ladies Photo Lady - Essentials by Ellen
Teal Cardstock
Foam Tape
Copic Markers

Monday, April 23, 2018

Cosmos Mother's Day Easel Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created recently using a few more things I received for my birthday.

This is an Easel Card which I created using Crafter's Companion Floral Create-A-Card Easel Card. This die set has decorative overlays you can use to create your card, but for my card today I decorated the card using stamps.

The background on the main panel is Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Background. I have been wanting this for some time and a friend gave it to me for my birthday 😀. I stamped the background onto watercolor paper and embossed using black ink and clear embossing powder. I then watercolored the image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I stamped two more of the lower flowers on another piece of watercolor paper, cut them out and layered over the main panel.

As Mother's Day is only a few weeks away I decided to turn this into a Mother's Day card. I always need to make a few Mother's Day cards so my daughters have enough for their needs.

To embellish my card I added some clear and pink transparent crystals to the card.

Here is a look at my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.


Stamps: Cosmos Background - Simon Says Stamp; The Sweetest - Penny Black; Just for Mother's Day - Print Blocks
Paper: Watercolor Paper; Purple; Pink
Dies: Floral Easel Create-A-Card - Crafters Companion; Tall Rectangles; Tall Scallop Rectangles - Spellbinders
Other: Black VersaFine Ink; Studio Katia Cupid's Kiss Crystals Mix; Dark Pink Crystals;  Foam Tape

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Bean Meaning to Say

Hi Crafty Friends,

Apparently today is Jelly Bean Day and seeing I have Lawn Fawn's How You Bean stamp set, which I have had for some time and hadn't played with. I decided it was a good excuse as any to pull out the stamp set and play.

I had a couple of ideas using this stamp set so the easiest way to decide which one to use was to do both ... creating a pop up card so I could include one idea on the inside of the card.

For the scene on the front of the card I created the sky by sponging on Catherine Pooler It's a Boy ink over white cardstock. I also created the grass using Lawn Fawn's Cloudy Hillside Pop-Up Add-On and sponging it with Garden Party ink pad.

I thought it would be fun to have the bear rolling on the ground as the jelly beans were falling out of the jar.

For the inside of the card I created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up Card die set. This time around I stamped the bear so it appeared to be inside of the jar, this required a little creative masking.

I added clouds and grass using the Cloudy Hillside Pop-up Add-on and added jelly beans randomly around the card.


Stamps: Rolling Bear - Lindy's Stamp Gang; Peeking Bear - Darcies
Paper: White; Black; Blue
Inks: Garden Party; It's a Boy - Catherine Pooler
Other: Black Glaze Pen; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Birthday Wishes

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Maryann Einam our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Being the third Saturday of the month it is time for a sketch challenge.

For my card I used Concord & 9th's Posie Fill-Ins Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies to created the patterned panel on the left hand side. I stamped an additional flower and leaves and popped it up (the one on the top left).

For the striped panel I used Altenew's Classy Stripes stencil to sponge peach ink over the cardstock.

To finish off the card I added a birthday sentiment.

To decorate the inside of my card I again used the Posie Fill-In stamp set and the Classy Stripes stencil to decorate.

To create a pop-up for my sentiment, I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-up die set. 

Here is another look at the inside of my card taken at a different angle so you can see the pop up piece a little better.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.

Kelly Santi (April Guest Designer)



Stamps: Birthday Messages 3 x 4 - Simon Says Stamp
Paper: White; Black; Peach
Dies: Stitched Scallop Basic Edge - MFT Stamps; Wonderful Words Birthday - PTI
Catherine Pooler Inks: Bellini; Polished; Seafoam; Eucalyptus; Aquatini; Midnight
Other: Foam Tape

Friday, April 20, 2018

Celebrate Black Eyed Susan

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created using some dies from the Susan's Garden collection available from Elizabeth Craft designs.

I have been wanting to create a card using the Black Eyed Susan die set for a while. For this card I also used the Gathering Basket, Maidenhair Fern and Leafy Berry Branch 1 die sets. For instructions on how to create the Black Eyed Susan flower check out Susan Tierney-Cockburn's Facebook Live Video here. The details for the flower is near the end of the video.

For the berries on the Leafy Berry Branch, I added Nuvo Drops to the berry area, covering the berries on both sides of the branch so when you see the back of the berries when you move the card you see berries on both sides.

For the basket I die cut from White Soft Finish Cardstock and then colored with Copics. I then rubbed on some brown Metallic rub ons over the basket which brought out the texture on the basket.

For the background of my card I die cut a square using the largest square from the Dashing Squares die set. I then used Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance Stencil to emboss texture paste through it. I have been wanting this stencil for some time and I received it for my birthday from a friend :). I mixed a few drops of Antique Linen Distress ink to the paste to give it an off white color.

I added a sentiment from the A Way With Words Happy Birthday Collection Clear Stamp set to the lower right hand corner of the card.

For the inside of the card, I added another flower and a sentiment from the A Way With Words Happy Birthday Collection Clear Stamp set.



Cardstock - Black; Brown; Yellow; Green; Dark Brown
Foam Tape

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wheely Great Friend

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Lois Bak our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Apparently today is Bicycle Day. Put a bicycle on your card. If you don’t have a bicycle, use anything with wheels.

For my card today I decided to pull out Lawn Fawn's Bicycle for You and Waffle Flower's Pull Tab die set to create a pull tab card.

Here is a short video to see my card in action.

To create the hillside the little girl is riding on I used Lawn Fawns Stitched Hillside Borders and Little Picket Fence Border die sets. I colored the hillside using Catherine Pooler inks.

For the sentiments I used stamps from The Stamps of Life Bicycle2stamp Clear Stamp set.

Because the bike is a fairly long image, I cut two tabs into the sliding tab part of the card so that each wheel could be attached. This was fairly simple to do by just placing the cutting plate just short of the end of the die when I die cut the second tab.

As I had some images left over, I created another scene on the inside of my card and added two more sentiments.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Stamps: Bicycle2stamp - The Stamps of Life
Paper: White
Inks: Garden Party; Grass Skirt; It's A Boy; Rockin' Red - Catherine Pooler; 
Other: Foam Tape; Copics

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Elizabeth Craft Designs April Designer Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for our April Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designers created for the challenge. 

Our challenge this month is .....
Scissor Spring Mechanism - Spring has sprung and to celebrate we are adding some spring to our projects this month in a slightly different way! By adding the Scissor Spring Mechanism to our stamped or die cut images, it gives the effect of springing or bouncing and can  be lots of fun!  Add some spring/bounce to your card, Scrapbook layout, etc., by including the Scissor Spring Mechanism to your project.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Giveaway Blog Post or the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use with the Scissor Spring Mechanism die set to create a card, scrapbook layout of home decor item?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and our Facebook page.

For my card today I used the Scissor Spring Mechanism with the hot air balloons from the Vintage Balloon Race die set to pop up them up. It's lots of fun to play with the hot air balloons and watch them bounce around.

You can see the Scissor Spring Mechanism under the hot air balloons in the photo above.

Check out the video above to see how easy it is to assemble the Scissor Spring Mechanism.

I added the sentiment from the A Way With Words - Soar Collection Clear Stamp set. The sentiment is actually one long line which didn't fit on my card, so I masked the sentiment to enable me to create a two line sentiment and omit the word "soar" from the end.

On the bottom left hand corner I completed the sentiment by adding the A Way With Words - Soar sentiment die.

For the inside of my card, I added a sentiment from the Plant, Bloom & Grow Clear Stamp set and added the smallest hot air balloon from the Vintage Balloon Race die set.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Smile Like It's Always Spring

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a floral card using a new stamp set I received as an Easter present as I didn't want chocolates. This stamp set is from a Aussie company called Uniquely Creative.

Seeing I have finally found a watercolor cardstock that will work well with Zig Clear Color Real Brush Markers, I pulled out my zigs to color the images .... much better results and they were easy to use with this cardstock. If you are interested the Canson XL Cold Press Watercolor paper.

I wanted to use one of the sentiments from the stamp set, so I die cut the word "Smile" from both black & pink cardstock, layered the sentiments together offsetting slightly so you get a black shadow. I stamped the sentiment onto black cardstock and embossed in white and cut off the "smile" which is also on the sentiment.

To finish off the card I used clear and pink transparent crystals randomly over the card.

For the inside of the card I added a sentiment using Avery Elle's Sentimental Too Clear Stamp set and added another flower.



Stamps: Spring Bouquet - Uniquely Creative
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper; Pink; Dark Pink; Black
Other: Studio Katia Cupid's Kiss Crystal Mix; Foam Tape