Its been a while! I didn’t realize how long it had been since I had posted on the blog. Life has been busy and I haven’t had a lot of time to make any cards. I did make a few yesterday and I’ve also started working on some wooden decor for Halloween!
Here’s one of the cards I made yesterday:
I used the stamp set “Space Explorer” from MFT. I stamped the images and colored them with copic markers.
For the background I used distress oxide inks and then I splattered it with water, then white paint and perfect pearls. I then adhered the images on to the background. I matted it with black cardstock and glued it to a white card base.
I then stamped the sentiment on some white paper and then added some distress ink to it to help it blend in more.
Today I decided to make a clean and simple card. I usually love to layer patterned paper but I wanted to challenge myself to do something a little more simple. I love how it turned out.
I used a die from Simon Says Stamp called “Sunflower Frame” and cut it from white cardstock 3 times. I then adhered those layers together. I then used some distress oxide inks and colored a piece of white cardstock and then cut the die again.
I used some patterned paper for the background and glued the flower on to that. Then I paper pieced the petals. I glued it on to a white panel and then on to a white cardbase. I was so tempted to add more patterned paper to the background but I liked how elegant it looked with just the white.
I stamped “Always here for you” on some black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I then adhered it to the card.
Some of the supplies I used for this card are listed here:
Despite all that is going on in the world and the challenges we all face in our daily lives, there are always things to be thankful for. This is something I have needed to be reminded of a lot lately as we are facing a lot of trials. So I made this simple card today.
I started with a white card base and then added a layer of kraft cardstock. I then embossed some white cardstock.
I cut out “thank you” in white card stock and then its shadow in kraft cardstock and layered those together.
I adhered everything together and that finished the card. I really like its simplicity and I love kraft and white together.
I hope those of you celebrating Fathers Day have a wonderful time. My husband is taking a well deserved break from work today and we will be having a barbecue tonight. I really appreciate how hard he works and looks after our family. I’m also thinking of my dad today. He has been gone for a long time. He was a good man and I still miss him.
Today I am sharing a card that I made using a new stamp set from MFT called “Best Fins”. There are so many cute images in this set that I decided to make a slimline card so I would have the room to use more of the images.
First of all I stamped my images and then colored them with copic markers. I then cut them out with the matching dies. I used a die from Trinity stamps for the front window and then I used distress oxide inks to color it. I splashed it with water and also some perfect pearls for some shine. I used foam tape behind the window panel to give it some dimension and then I framed it out in some navy cardstock.
For the background paper I used some from Mermaid tales by Echo Park. I framed it with navy cardstock. For the background of the “windows”, I used an embossing folder from Echo Park and shaded the edges with some faded jeans distress oxide ink.
I stamped the sentiment “Sending oceans of love” with Simon Says Stamp soft navy ink and then I glued all of the images onto the card.
Here are some links to some of the products I used for this card.
On Friday it was our first 100 degree day this year. By yesteday it was 45 degrees! Welcome to Utah!! Its still cold and cloudy today but it should be warming up again later in the week.
One of the best ways for me to spend a rainy afternoon is in my craftroom making a card. I didn’t really think about it when I chose which stamp set I was going to use, but I guess I was missing the sunshine!
This card was made using the “Every day is a picnic” stamp set from MFT. I also used their “Spring Whimsy” 6×6 paper pad.
I started by stamping the images on Neenah 80lb cardstock and colored them with copic markers. I cut the images with the coordinating dies. I then cut a heart using recollections heart die set. I also cut a 2″ strip of white cardstock and stamped the sentiment on that.
I then layered the papers and sentiment strip and then adhered the images using art glitter glue. I glued it all to an A2 sized card base and we were done.
Here is a list of some of the items I used in making this card.
I’ve had a busy few days so haven’t had too much time for cardmaking. Yesterday I went to Michaels as I heard they had some copic ciao markers on clearance. I managed to get 49 of them. They are normally $5.99 each but these were on clearance for .97 cents! Such a great deal. I don’t have too many copic markers as they are so expensive, so this was a nice way to add to my collection.
As we left Michaels and were driving home, we noticed all of these wild poppies growing by the side of the road, so we had to stop and take a picture or two. I love poppies. Our last dog was called Poppy. I’ve never seen Poppies growing wild before so it was a treat.
Once I got home, I got some happy mail from Taylored Expressions. I was so excited to get some of their new patriotic release.
I was not born in America, but I love to make patriotic things! So thats the card I will be sharing today.
Basically I just layered patterned paper with a patriotic theme using a sketch from Mojo Monday #532. For the center panel I used the layering stencils from Taylored Expression to make the fireworks background. I just love how it looks. The sentiment is from Taylored Expression also and I stamped that with Simon Says Stamp soft navy ink and cut it with the matching dies. I added a ribbon on top and some die cut stars and that was it!
Here is a list of some of the items I used for the card.
I went shopping today and picked up some new stamp sets…not that I needed any more but you know how it is! I bought a few stamps and dies from Photoplay and I made a card with them today.
I’m not a big joke person…and I don’t think I’m very funny, but I love a good pun! My brothers and my daughters all got the funny gene. These stamps are quite small but there are a lot of them in the set and it was nice to make a clean and simple card.
I started by stamping the image in memento tuxedo black ink and then colored it with copic markers. I used the matching dies to cut it out. I then used some Gina K. dye ink and brushed on some color to the center of the panel. I propped up the image with some foam pads and then stamped the sentiment which reads “I’m your biggest fan”.
I added some navy cardstock to frame the panel with and then adhered it all to an A2 cardbase.
We are a dog family. I didn’t have dogs growing up but when I got married and moved to Utah, we went through 7 years of infertility and I was so desperate for something to love, so into our lives came our first dog, Misty. She was a toy poodle and she became my best friend. When she was 18 months old, we adopted our first daughter. Misty was not happy. She didn’t like kids until they got to be around 8 or 9 years old, then she would tolerate them. She had to go through it all again when we adopted our 2nd daughter when Misty was almost 6. The girls learned to just stay away from her and then when they were old enough, Misty would let them throw a ball for her. Misty lived until she was almost 15 years old.
After Misty passed we were devastated and couldn’t stand being in a home without a dog, so along came Poppy a few months later. Poppy was another toy poodle. She loved the kids, who were older then of course. She was not healthy and we almost lost her at a few months old until we learned that she was allergic to dog food. So I had to cook her special meals every day. She also had a collapsing trachea and couldn’t run and play without choking. She was the reason we bought our RV as we didn’t ever want to leave her home when we wanted to go on vacation. She didn’t like traveling but liked to be with us. Since I was home all day, she quickly became my shadow and was my constant companion no matter what I was doing. Unfortunately, we only had her for 5 years as she caught double pnuemonia and despite lots of vet care, she passed. This was so devasting as she was so young and should have had so much more life to live.
It took us over 2 years before we felt we were ready for another dog, then along came Maggie. Our sassy little Schmaltese or Malshi – a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. She is 16lbs of fun and fiestyness (is that even a word?!). She will be 2 this year and I hope we have her for many years. She has also become my best buddy and follows me everywhere. She loves everyone though…she loves to snuggle on the couch.
I got thinking about our dogs today as I was making a sympathy card for the loss of a dog. Here is the card:
The card was made using items from Taylored Expressions. I created the heart using their heart masking stencils and used gold ink to color it. I then stamped the paw prints with black ink. I used the paw prints stamp set which also includes the sentiment. I also used one of their small dog breed die set and added the silhoutte of the dog. I framed it in a gold/orange cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.
Losing a dog or any beloved pet is such a hard thing but the love we have from then while they are with us makes it all worthwhile.
We are having another beautiful day today. I pulled out my patio set on the deck and its been nice to sit out in the sun, even though its not super warm yet. The trees are starting to bloom and the birds are chirping so loudly! Even our resident woodpecker is back, pecking holes in the beams on our deck! We’ve had ducks in our yard and the snakes have even been seen a couple of times, though its still kind of cold for them. We have a canal that runs behind our yard and so we get lots of ducks and birds that like to be around there. There is also a walking trail along side the canal so we see people jogging or walking frequently. Our little dog likes to run from one side of the yard to the other, checking everyone out.
So Mother’s Day is coming up next month. I decided its time to work on some cards for my shop. I found a few cute digital stamps on Etsy that I will be using over the next few days.
This one is adorable. A little girl holding a bouquet of flowers for her mom.
I downloaded the stamp and printed it out on some Neenah bright white 65lb cardstock. I just use my inkjet printer and I haven’t had any issues using alcohol markers with the ink or the paper. I colored the image with alcohol markers and then stamped the sentiment in the top left corner. I die cut the image and then used some adhesive backed foam sheets to give it some dimension. For the backing I used some paper from Bo Bunny and framed that with some purple cardstock. I added a paper doily to add some interest. I used some distress oxide ink to shade the panel the image is on and adhered all of it together. I then added a couple of enamel hearts from Doodle Bug.