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Layered Flower Card October 17, 2015

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Hope everybody is having a wonderful weekend!

I really like how this layered card came out, so I wanted to share it with you.


For this card, I started out with Neenah Solar White cardstock for both the base of the card and for the colored areas.  I stamped the card using some flowers from Unity’s Best Wishes & Blooms stamp set in Archival ink, and coloring the images with Crayola colored pencils before blending the colors out with baby oil.  This was my first try using baby oil to blend, and I didn’t particularly care for it so I will be going back to using Gamsol to blend my colored pencils in the future because I feel I get a much smoother blend.  I thought it was worth a try though since Gamsol is toxic.  I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Card Creator Sets A and B to create the different layers. I felt the bright flowers needed an equally bright layer between them, so I chose to use Lemon Yellow from the Treasures line.  It gives the card a little additional texture along with the pop of color.  I wanted to add a sentiment as well, so I used the “hello” stamp from Unity’s Jar of Mixed Sentiments stamp set.

Birthday Bunny September 5, 2015

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Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone.  Hope that you are able to enjoy it!  Today I am sharing a birthday card.


For this card, I started out using the adorable bunny on a cake stamp from Unity Stamp Company’s eat ALL the cake stamp set.  I loved the look on the bunny’s face as he tries to peek over his big belly.  The image is stamped using Ranger’s Archival ink onto 135 lb Richeson watercolor paper, and then colored in using Rose Art markers (yes, the super inexpensive kids’ markers) and water.  This is a quick technique for using inexpensive markers to color cards and get a different look.  Scribble the color onto an acrylic block and then use a paint brush and water to “paint” the image and get somewhat of a watercolor look.  The sentiment is from the same kit.  I stamped it on Cryogen Iridescent 89# cardstock.  The background stamp is done in Bahama Blue Memento ink, and then I blended the ink color onto the cardstock.  Both the background stamp and die are by My Favorite Things and are made to look like washi tape.  I matted the image using the Spellbinders Card Creator dies on Cappuccino Sorbet Text, and again onto the card base of Neenah Desert Storm.  The photo doesn’t really pick it up, but I did go around the white space where the “sparkles” are, and I added some clear Wink of Stella so that in real life, the card does have some sparkle to it.

Mini Album Insert August 10, 2015

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Well, this is something a little bit off the beaten path for me.  I have been working on a recycled mini album, and while I was looking for ideas to add to some of the pages, a Be Inspired Challenge email from Unity Stamps appeared in my inbox and I decided to give their scrapbook layout a try.

It is miniaturized somewhat since this is not a full 12×12 sized layout, but I think it works out!


The album itself is a somewhat distressed album, so that’s what I tried to do for the inserts as well.  The base layer is a manila file folder that I cut down to approximately 4×6.”  The edges are distressed using Vintage Photo distress ink, and I sprayed it with a homemade watercolor spray ink.  I got the idea to create the spray ink from Lindsay Weirich’s post here.  However, instead of using liquid watercolor, I used some semi-moist Prang watercolors from the pan.  They were difficult to get out of the pan but the brown dissolved well into the water, and I added some of the mica eyeshadow from the Dollar Tree to get the shimmer.

Over the background, I stamped the tattered chicken wire stamp with Vintage Photo distress ink, and the Itty Bitty within beauty stamp in Jet Black Archival Ink.  The butterfly is colored using the Ripe Persimmon distress marker.   For the photo mats, I used a Die-Versions mini doily die called Lucky Scallop.  It is cut from brown cardstock from my stash.

Alphabet Stamps August 17, 2014

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Here’s my latest card for the Stretch Your Stamps 2 class.  For this one, I used a clear alphabet stamp set that I have had for years and never used.  I’m not huge on using alphabet stamps because I have a difficult time lining them up and stamping with them.  Another downside to having just the letters of a single alphabet set means that I have to either choose words with no repeating letters or I have to stamp them individually.  Although I really liked the way the skinny letters in the class looked, I chose to use the alphabet stamps that I own.  I actually like the way this card turned out – yep, I’m surprised.

20140817_161620_resizedFor this card, I started out using Archival Ink in Jet Black on Bazzill cardstock.  I used Archival Ink because I thought I would watercolor on top of the ink like in class.  However, I didn’t have any lighter inks that are waterproof, so I wound up stamping the grey letters using Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  Obviously, that meant I couldn’t use watercolors on this card!  So instead, I used Salty Ocean, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks to get a similar gradation of colors.  The original piece of cardstock was almost the same size as an A2 sized card, and the bottom portion faded to white, but I decided that I wanted to mount it at an angle, similar to the card done for class.  When I cut the piece of paper down, I lost that fade to white, but I’m still happy with how the card itself came out.


It’s Your Day May 31, 2014

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For today’s Paper Temptress project, I am sharing a one layer card using bright flowers.


I started with a card base of Heavenly White 100# cardstock.  With scrap paper, I created a mask using two Spellbinders dies from the A2 Matting Basics A Card Creator set, layered one inside the other.  You could use any shape you have.  I chose to use two rectangles.  Then, I taped down the outside and the middle section, leaving the part that you see with the design showing.  I spritzed it with the Tim Holtz marker spritzer and a yellow Sharpie marker.  Next, I used a variety of flower stamps from Lawn Fawn’s Penelope Blossoms stamp set in various colors of Distress inks.  After stamping the background, I removed both of the mask pieces and stamped the sentiment using Jet Black Archival Ink.