Yesterday I went to a Shoe Box Swap. Do you know what that is? A group of demonstrators get together and everyone brings the materials in a box to make a card. We each get to make each others cards.* Always a fun time. We all used some products from the Holiday Catalog. I used the Sugarplum Dreams stamp set and a few other goodies.
Design Notes for Sugarplum Dreams Card:
As soon as I saw this stamp set in the Holiday Catalog, I knew I had to have it. The images are so delightful, right from the Nutcracker Ballet. Is there anything that says “Holiday” more than the Nutcracker? I think not. I started by stamping the nutcracker on card stock with Black Archival ink. Next I colored him in with our Watercolor Pencils and then blended the colors with one of my Blender Pens. We do love to color. The Stitched Shapes framelits just seemed to be the right touch here with the gold oval giving the regal look. The frame on the Real Red card stock is made with a Framelit from the Card Front Builder Framelits. That’s also something new and wonderful in the Holiday catalog.
I thought the Nutcrackers headpiece needed a little special attention. O.K., I might have gone overboard, but I do love me some bling. In this case, Metallic Enamel Shapes.
Supply List for Sugarplum Dreams Card:
Hope you are all safe and having a good day.
- I know there were some of you out there wondering if we swapped shoe boxes.
My mother used to say, “Life is short, celebrate everything”. I love to make cards, especially for happy occasions. One of my favorites is to make new home cards. It’s such a significant time, the beginning of so many memories. So, I was pleased to be able to make a card for a lovely friend who is buying a new home. I know that she and her family will make many great memories there.
This was my first official creation with this At Home With You stamp set and Framelits. I love it. I can see Thanksgiving cards and Chtismas cards created with this as well.
Design Notes for New House Card:
My newest favorite technique is using Embossing Paste. I took a little paste and dyed it with some Crumb Cake Ink Refill for the bricks. One of the masks in the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set worked perfectly for that. The front door was a little trickier. I stamped the door image with Cajun Craze ink and quickly added some Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder. That made it easier to paint in the sections of the door with an Aqua Painter and some Cajun Craze ink. The darker sections I colored with the Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil and then blended with a Blender Pen. My desk was full of tools by the time I finished!
I even did a little something on the inside. Don’t you love that little basket of flowers?
Supply List for New House Card:
Remember that you save 10% when you buy a bundle like the At Home With You Bundle.
I hope you are having a great day in your home. Remember, there is always something to celebrate!
Don’t you just love the stamp set, Bella & Friends? The images of puppy Bella elicit an “awww” from just about everyone. I’m participating in Kylie’s International Blog Review again this month and the theme was encouragement. The Bella set just called out to me.
If you have a minute, would you go to Kylie’s blog and vote for my card? Just go to my card, find the heart on the upper right hand corner of the card and click. You should get a message saying that you have 4 votes left. (You can only vote for my card one time!) Thanks!
Design Notes for Bella & Friends Card:
I once again, have been playing with the Embossing Paste. It is just so much fun. I used the clouds mask from Pattern Party Decorative Masks. Before I applied the paste, I did a little sponging on the piece of Soft Sky card stock. When I applied the paste, I tried to make it a little blotchy so that the clouds would have a some texture. Bella and her friend were colored in with Watercolor Pencils and then I softened the color with a Blender Pen.
Supply List for Bella & Friend Card:
Remember, for each $50 you spend in July, you will receive a coupon for $5 to spend in August. If you were to buy the Bella & Friends stamp set, the Embossing Paste, masks and tools and the Watercolor Pencils you would have spent enough to qualify for the coupon.
Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you will go over to Kylie’s blog post and vote for my card.
Whenever the Retirement List comes out, there are always some stamp sets on the list that cause me to be just a little sad. Wetlands is one of these sets. I like to use it for birthday cards for men or a nice, beach themed “Thank you” or “Thinking of you” card for just about anyone. Here’s a birthday card I made for a friend.
This card was also inspired by the challenge for this week over at Global Design Project. Here’s the logo and link for this challenge.
Design Notes for Wetlands Card:
I love the image of the goose on the grass. I thought just some soft color would be appropriate. Since I knew I would color the image with Blender Pens, I stamped in Basic Gray Archival Ink. I use gray when I am going to color an image so that the emphasis is on the colors and not just the outline. I also wanted to use Archival ink so that it would not bleed when I used the Blender Pen. Here’s the image with just the Watercolor Pencils
Here’s the image after I went over the colors with the Blender Pen. I also rounded the corners with the Project Life Corner Punch. Can you see the difference? The colors just become a bit more vibrant, but still soft. I really like the effect.
Supply List for Wetlands Card:
Notice that the Wetlands stamp set is retiring. The Scenic Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack is also retiring. So sad.
I’m adding a link again for the retirement list. It is accurate to last night at about 10PM. Please call or email me or order directly using my link. Most items are available only while supplies last. Stamps will be produced until May 22.
I am re-instituting Stamp Club. This one will be exclusively birthday cards. Don’t we always need them! But this Club will be even better than before. If you live locally, great – come on over. However, if you are not local or can’t make the dates I schedule, you can do the class on-line. I’ll give you more details soon! We will begin in May.
I How could I have missed it? Apparently, yesterday was National Puppy Day! Can there be any cuter stamp set with a puppy than Bella and Friends? i just love this set! Here’s my tribute to national Puppy Day. (March 23 is the annual observation of National Puppy Day. Just so you know)
I think looking at Bella would make anyone want to get a puppy. Well, almost anyone.
Design Notes for Bella and Friends Card:
Well, when you start with the Bella and Friends stamp set you know the card can only be cute. I stamped the image with Basic Gray ink then colored in with the Watercolor Pencils. I like to use Basic Gray ink when I color things since it draws the attention more to the colors rather than the outline. After coloring, I used the Blender pen to smooth out the colors. then I added the cloud for a little color and to tie the sentiment part with the Designer Paper. The paper is from the Carried Away Designer Series Paper. And guess what… I got it for FREE. Carried Away is one of the choices for Sale-A-Bration.
Supply List for Bella and Friends Card:
Do you notice that I’ve listed Bella and Friends stamp set twice? That’s because you can buy it as a clear mount stamp set. Just put the rubber stamps on clear blocks when you are ready to use them. They also come in wood mount. Mount them on wood blocks when you get them and they are always ready to go.
Sale-A-Bration is winding down. Did you like the Designer paper I used, Carried Away? Here’s a better look at the package. I think it is so cute!
Just place an order for $50 or more and you can select this for FREE.
Hope you are having a nice day. Be sure to say “Hi” to all the cute puppies, and grown up puppies, in your life.