Celebrating Twins

Made for the ModSquad challenge to use patterned paper and also for a friend whose daughter has had twins. I cut out a large heart for the background and then using a Spellbinder die called Layered Happy Birthday, I cut out some balloons from other PP and added them to the heart. Using an unbranded double stitch rectangular die I cut the main panel and added a small scrap of marbled paper on top. I fussy cut two matching little bears from another small piece of PP, after stamping them and colouring in certain parts. I popped them up onto this and added a small fussy cut fairy above. Stamped the sentiment which I also fussy cut out. Added a few small gems here and there. Stamps and card stock all from Gina K. Designs my main go to place for ideas and purchases.

Heart Bloom – My sentiments Exactly challenge.

Used another of my gifted stencils to create this one. First brushed colour in circles using distress oxides. Sprinkled a bit of water and let dry. Using Mowed lawn I sponged through stencil to get design. When dry I added nuvo glimmer paste through stencil. I used a versamark pen and ruler to draw a line around edge of card stock and then added an old glitter embossing powder on top. heat embossed to give the shine at edge. Added sentiment to a piece of vellum and heat embossed in black. Two black gems added to each end. added entire piece to turquoise sea card stock.

A new beginning

I’ve been thinking about creating a blog for over a year now and am finally getting around to actually doing it. In order to showcase some of my cards I needed a place to upload them and display them for others to see so here is my first card for the year.

This card has been created for the monthly challenge at Gina K. Designs. We have to showcase a sentiment and cannot use others stamps on the card.

I stenciled Distress Oxides in several pinks using a lovely hand made heart stencil given to me by a great on line friend. I first masked off the area where the sentiment heart is. I stenciled the butterflies using another stencil from the same friend. I stamped the sentiment onto the die cut heart and traced over it with a gelly roll pen to add a bit of sparkle. I popped it up slightly offset over a black heart which I then glued in the masked off space. Added a few tiny bling gems in places. I added main panel to a black piece of card stock and then adhered it to the card front.

Embossed Floral

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Right now I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or even whether I should be posting this card plus the other one I’ve done. Glaring mistake here and I did the same error on the other one. And I pride myself on my language skills … LOL!

Upon thinking about it, I’ve decided to go ahead so you can laugh too and I’m even entering it into the JUGs challenge which called for an embossing folder, and is why I made it in the first place.

I started with a piece of turquoise card stock and using an older 3D folder from Spellbinders I ran it through my Big Shot. Then I went over the raised parts with some white ink and set it to dry. Using a favorite frame die from PaperRose I die cut the stitched frame and ran it through a folder from Sizzix called Stitched Sequins. I added a bit of ink to the raised bits here as well. In retrospect perhaps I should have left them white. Anyway I glued the two parts together and then added them to the card front. Using a die from SSS that includes an outline to the letters I die cut the word and tried using a Jennifer McGuire trick to get them straight before adding glue to the backs. The result isn’t bad but I definitely need practice in using the technique she showed on her video. After adding the word underneath the main panel I added a few pearls to the floral part and some other gems at the sides of the frame. I set out to do the photograph and realized my huge mistake. Can’t believe I did this not only once but twice! Maybe my eye surgery has made my brain wonky, haha.

Here is the 2nd card with the same error as the previous one. I’ve been thinking about this while cooking the evening meal and have decided to fix the mistakes before I send them to anyone. As peeling the letters off will damage the base card I will probably cover it up with another piece of CS but I’m not sure yet. As well I’m not 100% sure I really like the results of either card. I really wanted to give the ideas that J. McGuire did in her recent tutorial a try, but mine certainly don’t have a wow factor that others I’ve seen do. Oh well – it is good to try and neither card is bin worthy. I’m sure I can redeem them before mailing, but perhaps not until after I’ve moved. For now I’m sharing to give others a laugh.

Big Squeeze

Week 615 🦋 A stamped image

http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/ The challenge is to use a stamped image and mine is a new set from MFT called Hug it Out. Not having a lot of crafting time meant that I haven’t been able to use some of my new purchases and it felt good to use this particular stamp. The hearts and the sentiment come from the same set. The background behind the die cut sun rays is a vellum piece I made a long time ago for my hubby. As he no longer needs it I took it back to use and I cut a piece for this card to put behind the sun rays. The sun die is from Simon Says. Once it was cut I swiped fossilized amber distress ink and a small amount of squeezed lemonade over it. I was able to glue the vellum and the rays easily without the glue showing through. I coloured the image using a combination of Inktense pencils, Prisma colour pencils and my Sakura glaze pens. I tried to make the bear have a furry look but I’m not sure I achieved it. I quite like how the card turned out and my hubby really liked it too. The sentiment and image are perfect for the current times we live in when real hugging isn’t allowed. Can’t wait for that to change.

Swirly Fun

Color Hues #13- Yellow and Blue

Having seen a few of this design recently, I really wanted to try for myself and this is my version. It seemed to me that the challenge colours at Color Hues were perfect for doing a card of this type. I chose a few different blue CS scraps and the same for the yellow and using my Hero Arts Infinity circle dies I cut the various sizes. The nice thing about this design is that you get 2 cards from one design so it is worth the work. After playing around with the placement of each colour circle I had one set of yellow hues and one of the blue. I then glued each set together and once dry cut the result in half ending up with 4 half circles. I already had the Navy card front ready and after dry embossing some white CS with a Darice Swirly vine folder I cut it slightly smaller and glued onto the card front. Then I took 2 halves of each colour set and played with placement on top. Before I glued them into place I cut another small strip of the navy CS and heat embossed the sentiment in white. I also flagged the ends and taking a thin strip of foam tape I added it to the back in the center. I stuck this into place just between the 2 halves and then I glued each half underneath butting up the edges to the thin piece of foam. I did the other half of the sentiment on a piece of white CS this time heat embossing in black and added it as you see in the photo. The sentiment is from a GKD set called Grand Greetings. I am really happy with how this turned out and it wasn’t hard to do, but did require a bit of thought to get right. There is a lot going on so I chose to keep it as is rather than add any bling. It’s a good design for a masculine card.

Bestest Friend

Global Design Project #282 | Sketch Challenge & A Theme Challenge from Claire

The sketch challenge at Global Design helped me to remember that last week while on the island I had been coloring some digital images and fussy cutting one specifically. I pulled it out and decided it would work well for the sketch and because it also reminds me of spring felt that it could be a 2nd entry to the Paper Players theme challenge too. After going through some of my PP stash I found a small piece of PP from GKD so I cut and glued it to make the side strip on the card front. The PP follows the flower theme in that it has hibiscus flowers. I used a combination of Inktense pencils and Sakura Glaze pens to color the digital image and it is very vibrant in real life. The tiny sentiment comes from a Divinity Design set I got last year and the word die Love is from MFT. I love the script and when I cut it from white card stock it didn’t stand out enough so I used the black glaze pen over the top. It now shines and pops from the rest of the card. Since my eye surgery last Thursday, I’ve been a bit limited in what I am allowed to do. Can’t do any packing or lifting and on the weekend the eye was too sore to do much anyway. Being able to do a bit of card making today makes me feel somewhat productive and I’m happy to get one or two done. With the right eye to be done on Thursday I guess I’m going to lose another few days of productivity while it heals. I’m making hay while the sun shines right now.

Spring Hugs

A Theme Challenge from Claire

Perhaps roses are not quite spring flowers, but pink seems to remind me of spring and even Easter too. I started with an unnamed brand die cut done in white CS which I glued immediately to a piece of pink CS. Then I took several shades of Distress Inks in pinks and sponged colour over it all. I wasn’t completely happy with it so I used some spray inks and some Perfect Pearl shimmer to add more colour and spatter. All I wanted was for the background die cut to add texture initially. After adhering this panel to a card front I proceeded to stamp the flowers using a small stamp set from Hot off the Press, a tiny sentiment from the same set and I also die cut 2 hugs in both black and white. Those I glued together slightly offsetting the white over the black. I coloured the roses using Sakura glaze pens and fussy cut them out. Adding some foam tape to the back I placed them on the card front with the stems appearing to grow out of the word hugs. I added the tiny Just Rosy sentiment above the die cut word and underneath the leaves of the roses. I quite like the result and hope others do too.

Birthday Hugs

Challenge #77 “Layer It On” partnering with The Crafter’s Cafe & Just Us Girls #571- Trend Week & Global Design Project #279 | Theme Challenge & https://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/2021/02/260-challenge-lacepearls.html

This card combines the negative pieces from a previous project along with a new die from MFT and an image from my new stamp set from MFT. The card is a small slimline 3 and 3/4″ by 6 and 1/2″. I glued the two negative Hug pieces together and added some shimmer over the top then set them aside. Taking a left over piece of the wild Lilac CS I die cut the birthday circle and adhered it to the card front. Then I added the hug piece underneath. After stamping the image, I coloured it with pencils and a copic marker before die cutting it. I die cut 2 more to add some dimension once they were glued together. I made a small bow and added this at the bottom and then added a few tiny pearls to finish it. The card fits 3 challenges so I have entered it into Just us Girls, Global Design theme challenge and Double Trouble Paper Crafting.

More Hugs

SOS 438: Love is in the air!

This is a 2nd card for a new (to me) challenge Shopping our Stash and it is basically made from using some scraps. I’ve had the Peach Bellini die cut square in a small tray since last year along with the heat embossed piece behind it. The stamp used for the heat embossed piece is a GKD background stamp. The wooden heart came in one of my MFT orders and I added the small red heart on top to hide the words engraved on it. The word Hugs is die cut from another of my new MFT dies and I double cut them and stacked to give some dimension. I also used a glitter pen to make them sparkle. Taking a StampinUp folder I embossed the card front and layered the rest on top. Another simple and quick card and I now feel I’ve been very productive – lol.

Love is in the Air

SOS 438: Love is in the air!

The previous post shows the negative die cut and this post shows how I used the positive piece. I used the same die set from Memory Box as mentioned in another post today. I also used a StampinUp EF on the white layer before adding the heart to that. Added these layers to the card front. Then I used another of my new MFT dies to cut out the word hugs and added that on top of the rest. There is a touch of shimmer to the word that can’t be seen here. Considering how much time I had available yesterday I think I used it very well completing 4 cards by keeping them fairly simple so I could do them quickly.

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love ♥️ 

Like so many of us, I had a lot of small strip scraps leftover at Christmas. Rather than lose them I glued a bunch of them onto some paper for use at a later time. The striped background you see here is a negative die cut of one of those panels. I layered it onto the plum background piece which in turn was layered onto the pink piece and then onto the white card front. Using another of my new MFT dies I cut out the word love and added to across the heart. I added a few plum coloured pearls and also a bit of glitter to the word. I’m quite happy at the way this one turned out and it fits the Cut it Up challenge so am entering it there.

Friend

Challenge #232 – Hearts

I have been wanting to use my new MFT die received a few weeks ago, but have been so short on time lately that it has been a challenge. Yesterday I finally had a bit of extra time and hurried into my craft room to use it wisely. This is one of the creations I came up with. Quite a simple card really as the die is what really shines here. After cutting it I layered it with foam strips onto the lighter lavender CS. Then using a scrap piece of the same CS I die cut the small hearts using a set by Memory Box called Stacked Hearts. I added some shimmer to the hearts and glued them. The I took a small stamp from a Divinity Designs set I purchased last year and stamped it. The card needed something so I decided to use the little bird stamp from a CTMH set and I stamped it as you can see. I stamped it again on some red CS and fussy cut just the body of the bird and popped it on top of the stamped one. I added a bit of shimmer to the wing and also to the letters of the word friend but the camera doesn’t pick it up at all. I thought about adding a bit of bling, but decided it was good enough to stand on its own by keeping it really simple.