Category Archives: Cards

Mother’s Day Cards

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! I’ve been working on some fun cards for the occasion. I’m trying to offer as much as I can right now in my Etsy shop – and I also have been eager to use some fun dies that I purchased from Simon Says Stamp. These cards gave me the chance to do just that.

This first one I created using some Simple Stories “Hello Baby” paper. Really love the colors from all their lines.

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These next few cards are a variation on this card by the amazing Laura Bassen. I used an old Martha Stewart Butterfly Punhch that I have had forever. Just love this punch and how simple, yet elegant these cards are:

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Thanks for looking! I will be back soon with more greeting cards…gotta start thinking of ideas for Father’s Day! :)

Some fun Paper Smooches cards

Today I am sharing some fun greeting cards made with the Paper Smooches Clear Stamps Free Spirits stamp set coordinating dies. How fun are these cards to give as something different? Love the stamp images in this set.

Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

The background on this card was stamped with the Interlocking Borders stamp set from Lawn Fawn. – love the options for backgrounds with this stamp set – they are modern and funky!
Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card
I colored all the images with my Copics. I even used my colorless blender to create some “bubbles” in this mixed drink. I added glossy accents for shine, too. I think this card would be perfect to give to a friend or co-worker.
Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

This last one is my favorite – the saying cracks me up! Ha! Again, I colored with Copics and added some glossy accents to make these look like real glasses of red wine. YUMMM :)

Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

Paper Smooches Free Spirits Card

Thanks for checking these out! You can find them (and other cards!) for sale in my Etsy shop :)

Teacher Thank You Cards

Shifting things up a bit, sharing some cards today!
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It’s time to start thinking about Teacher Appreciation or even end-of-the-year gifts for all those Teachers in your life. I decided to pull together some cards and offer them for sale in my Etsy shop. I’ve been having some fun with new supplies to make these. First up was some fun paper from the Simple Stories Smarty Pants collection, combined with some awesome “Teacher” wafer dies from Simon Says Stamp. I love the intricate cuts of these dies. I made a bunch using this adorable pencil patterned paper…

Teacher Thank You Card

Teacher Thank You Card

I added some wood veneer stars onto these to add just a little element of dimension. I love the look they add. They are a mix of wood veneer from Studio Calico and also Michaels Recollections brand.

Teacher Thank You Card

For this card I simply used one of the cute globe 3″ x 4″ cards from the collection and embellished around it. I stamped a sentiment from an Ali Edwards stamp set and I realized just how awesome that set is to use on Teacher gifts!

Teacher Thank You Card

Teacher Thank You Card

And here is another one using the other style die cut from the SSS Teacher dies:

Teacher Thank You Card

Teacher Thank You Card

My last card that I am sharing is probably my most favorite. I had so much fun putting it together! I just love the apples – which I simply trimmed from the Simple Stories designer paper. I stamped the border along the bottom with a stamp set that I believe is a Hero Arts/Studio Calico set. Just love the way it turned out!

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If you are interested in purchasing any of these cards, please check them out in my Etsy shop. I am hoping to stock more of my greeting cards in the shop, too. Thanks so much!

Watercoloring with Distress Markers

Lately I’ve had a bit of crafty mojo for coloring. I’m not sure why – but it’s made me want to watercolor ALL the things. I’ve invested in some Tim Holtz Distress Markers (thanks to some coupons at Michaels & Hobby Lobby) and I’ve been having fun using them. They definitely make water coloring much easier, that is for sure.

Here are a few recent cards I’ve created using these markers. On this first image, I simply stamped with black Staz-On ink. I found that keeping the color in the lines was more challenging this way. I notice that the best way to control the spread of color is to heat set as you go. The heat will lock the color in place.

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This next card I stamped and used some white embossing powder to create a raised image. This made keeping the color in between the lines a little easier, but also heat setting was key. It’s a bit messy as I’m still playing around – but I think the imperfect coloring adds to the look of watercoloring. I especially like the look of the blue background.

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Lastly, not a card – but a background stamp I was ambitious about. I decided to color this in with distress markers and it was pretty fun! Here it is in progress – I think this will make a great card.

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thanks for looking! Have you all tried watercoloring lately? What are your favorite products or techniques?

I’m FOIL crazed!

Have you all seen the most amazing video ever (about foil), by the lovely Jennifer McGuire? If you haven’t you NEED to go and watch this first video, and then quickly watch this amazing second video. Jennifer does a wonderful job explaining all the uses for foil and cardmaking. However, the last technique that she focuses on (and the entire video #2) is the one that BLEW.ME.AWAY. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to RUN to my nearest craft store and find the Deco Foil by Thermoweb. My local Michaels was a bust, so that weekend I schlepped my entire family 45 minutes away to Hobby Lobby, and lo and behold…

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FOIL. DECO FOIL. ON CLEARANCE!! ::heavens singing::

I also found this lovely website – and I ordered several yards (it seemed to be a better deal considering the amount of foil you get for the price). But this here Thermoweb foil was good to hold me over until my other order shipped. I went home and played with this technique and I’m in LOVE! The possibilities are endless! Look at the foily goodness I was able to make. EEEEEEEEP!!

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Deco Foil cards

The way this works: you find some digital art and print it out in black on any laserjet printer. (It has to be laserjet, as the toner reacts with the foil when you run it through the laminator). For my digital art, I simply opened up my Silhouette Design Studio software and chose some of my favorite designs. I filled the designs with the color black and printed them right out onto my laserjet printer. So easy!!

Deco Foil cards

Just think of the Christmas card possibilities with this gorgeous foil. I attempted a few here…

Deco Foil cards

Deco Foil cards

Note that you can use any digital art that you find, and you can even print from Word or Photoshop – whichever you prefer. Jennifer does a good job explaining in her video. I’m so excited to work more with this. I think it’s going to be fun to create cards with a different look. The result is so impressive and smooth. I’m excited about this fun new technique. Note that I am not being compensated for this post in any way, shape or form (although that would be cool, LOL). I just think this product is cool! :)

Using up some Project Life cards: Greeting Cards

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if you’re anything like me, and got sucked into buying at least ONE of the Project Life core kits…but DON’T ACTUALLY do Project Life…then you may or may not own an ABSURD amount of 3″x4″ cards. Thankfully, I only own one core kit – but sweet Jesus are there a lot of cards in there! I’ve done a few pocket style pages and have been using them where I can, but I would prefer to find other ways to use these cards, too.

The other day I sat down and decided to make as many greeting cards as I could, using almost all Project Life cards. Here’s what I came up with.

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If you are wondering, the core kit I own is called “Honey Edition”. I do like the bright colors in the kit. I am just not a fan of how repetitive the cards are. There is no way I will ever use all of them! I am going to try and incorporate them more into my regular layouts, too!