Jul 2, 2020

Be Happy

Can't get enough of the Mondo flowers designed by Julie Ebersole. I only have 3 of them, but it's clear I need more! (I think I saw on IG that a Mondo Violet ?? is coming out in July. If so, I want it!). 

1. Sprayed water on watercolor paper and added reinkers. Sprayed again and let dry.
2. Stamped Mondo Gerbera Daisy with Versamark and embossed with Hero Arts white embossing powder (my favorite).
3. Hand cut the flower and trimmed to fit card.
4. Made an A2 Kraft card and stenciled Hero Arts Unicorn ink, using a stencil from Altenew.
5. Added black dots/splatters.
6. Trimmed a preprinted sentiment (the original says Always Be Happy) from Simon Says Stamp.
7. Adhered the sentiment and the daisy with foam tape. 


I have what seems like a minor problem with my eye and that has kept me from stamping and blogging, but hopefully it will heal soon. (We don't know exactly what the problem is because I'm not inclined to go to the doc unless I have no choice. So the doctor is guessing at this point!).  

Hope you are having a good week! 

Jun 29, 2020

Sparkle & Shine

There's a lot of sparkle & shine on this card, but unless you are holding it in your hand, you might miss it. So -- 

1. Stamped balloons from Everyday Doodles. Designed by Julie Ebersole, and since she is a fun stamper, it makes sense that this is such a fun set.

2. Paid attention to some design rules here -- color sets are in triangle pattern and there is an odd number of balloons. 

3. Covered the balloons with Tonic Nuvo Crystal Glaze, which DOES NOT CLOG.  100% recommend this product. Let it dry.

4. Added a sentiment from Label Love, from Altenew. 

5. Adhered a bunch of teeny tiny stars (not sure who makes them but I bought them on Amazon a long time ago).  I dotted the card with glue and then threw a bunch of stars on the card and waited to see what stuck! 

MOOD WHEN DONE: Can't Remember!  Made this a few months ago! 

I think I would like this card better if I hadn't trimmed the balloon panel and popped it up on gray cardstock. But it's still a fun card.

Well, Dallas is a dumpster fire now with respect to Covid-19, but never fear -- my fingers can still do online shopping! Hope you are all well.

Jun 26, 2020

Repeating Hearts

The little heart die is from the Essentials by Ellen Folk Hearts die collection that I used in yesterday's card.
  1. Took a few ink cubes in a variety of warm colors and ran them across Neenah Solar white cardstock, overlapping the colors. I wanted some of the white to peek through. 
  2. Let it dry (this takes a while). 
  3. Made the sentiment and adhered it first.
  4. Die cut, popped up the hearts with foam tape, added some colored gems, and trimmed and popped up on pale gray cardstock. 
Thought trimming the panel on the top and bottom would be a good idea, but now I think it makes the card look too wide. But I still like it and it will go in the mail.

MOOD WHEN DONE:  So happy I have this hobby!! 

Jun 25, 2020

Merry June 25th!

Since it's the 25th of the month, I decided to start posting Christmas cards on the 25th of June - November (and probably other dates as the holiday gets closer). I want to build a stash this year and not freak out on Thanksgiving.

This set is Honey Bee's Christ is Born and it's a keeper. It's versatile -- embossing, Copics, watercoloring -- lots of choices. I also have the accompanying die that I will use at a later date.

I stamped and embossed the entire image a piece of dark red cardstock with Hero Arts gold embossing powder (I've found that Hero Arts' embossing powders work best for me). Then I colored in the robes that Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus are wearing with a dark red Copic - R89. It added a little contrast.

I made quite a few cards with the entire scene (I'll post those another time), but at the last minute I decided to use the 2nd largest die from Folk Hearts. If you are looking to get some basic dies, I highly recommend this set of hearts. I love the longer heart shape and have used these many times.

Added the sentiment and few gold gems, and popped up the heart on a white base.

MOOD WHEN DONE: Happy. Glad to get Christmas cards started and I love how this turned out.

Thinking about starting your holiday cards?  Already finished?

Jun 24, 2020

More Friendship Blooms

Trimmed a panel of cardstock and stroked ink cubes to form the design you see. I tried out different combinations of ink pads and cardstocks, and decided that one inch ink cubes on white cardstock worked best for me. These are a combination of Hero Arts and Altenew inks. I found very juicy or dark colors didn't work well.

When the panel is dry (wait!), stamp an outline image. In this case I used the beautiful Friendship Blooms set, by Hero Arts and Gina K. Looked through my stash and found this "hi" from an older Stamp Market set and decided it was the right size. Embossed in white on black and die cut.

Added some clear gems and adhered the panel with foam tape.


I like how this came out.

I've been making Christmas cards and hope to post a few soon. Also I'm practicing using my Hot Foil system and hope to share some cards and thoughts next week.  In the meantime, stay safe!