Fun, Frilly Valentines

These Valentines are a bit of a departure for me. They started because I love the paper (from Basic Grey’s Out of Print collection) and was eager to use it.

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Because these are two-sided papers, I cut a piece about a quarter of an inch larger than the normal front of my A2 card. I scored the top, then attached the small scored part to the back of a flat card. The hearts (Hero Arts) were embossed with American Crafts’ Zing Blush, Ranger Antique Claret, Ranger Antique Verdigris. Sentiment from Inkadinkado. Because the ribbon is so sheer I ran it through my Baby Xyron for adhesive.

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Paper, sentiment, ribbon all from the vendors above. The chipboard butterfly is from my stash. I rubbed it Viva Décor Inca Gold (I love these creamy colorants) in Rose Quartz and Inca Gold (the only two colors I have. I think I need more.) I stamped the butterfly with a text background (Hero Arts) and added a few pearls. It’s a little hard to see, but I dotted the centers of the lace flowers with Viva Silver Pearl Pen.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane….

Amazing what we find hidden deep in our closets…

A friend recently gave me a box of her old … and we’re talking practically prehistoric … stamping supplies. Check out these ancient ink pads:

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Here’s the amazing part: some of these pads are still inky!

Anyone old enough to remember when we had to use office ink pads? And colors were pretty much limited to black and red. Ugh. Here’s a pad I once used to stamp cute images on envelopes and to stamp my return address:

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We didn’t have the internet back in the day, so we relied on little booklets like these for inspiration:
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And check out this old time stamper:

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Ah…. memories….

Oh, Baby!

It’s been a while since I’ve made a baby card…. so this was fun!

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I love the bright colors in this card that I sent to a former co-worker on the birth of her first child. From Close to My Heart we have the coordinating papers (Baby Cakes collection), the stamped letters (framework alphabet E1027), the ink.
The letters were filled in with Art Glitter’s Designer Dries Clear glue (I love this for glitter — I love the thin tip and the consistency) and covered with Stampendous! Sunflower and Orange micro glitters. (Yes, I missed a few spots. But it’s still pretty glittery!) The “congrats” is from an old Inkadinkado set and the scallop punch is from Stampin’ Up!

Here’s another baby card that came together by accident:
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The pretty leafy background is a lovely Spellbinder’s die that I have had for a while. I played with it when I first got it and made the pretty background. I got so far as to stick it to a card front. And then it sat. And sat. And sat some more. Along comes this cute Little Sprout stamp from Art Impressions. The sprout image seemed like the perfect time to play with another new acquisition — these cool Irojiten colored pencils from Tombow. I love the way the colors blend (and now I want all the other sets, of course.) Now I just need to add a cute sentiment and find another baby.

Moroccan Medly

Maybe it’s the summer heat, maybe it’s just hearing about my friends’ vacations … whatever it is, I have the travel bug. I’m craving adventure in exotic lands. Maybe that’s why I was drawn to the Mosaic Madness set from Stampin’ Up! It makes me think of Morocco (no, I’ve never been there. But I love the food! And the architecture.)

We all know how impatient I am, so as soon as the stamps arrived I immediately began randomly stamping images using yummy new pigment inks from Colorbox and embossing them in clear powder.

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But here’s the BEST part — I didn’t have to cut them out individually! I used the matching punch! So cool. So easy. So fast.

I had so much fun just stamping, embossing and punching, but I finally put together a card:

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(sentiment from Inkadinkado.)

Then I heard my neon inks (all Hero Arts) screaming out, “stamp me! stamp me!” So I did.

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Now I need to go back and do more thoughtful stamping using these images.

What are your travel plans?

Get the Sunglasses…More Neon

Remember when I said I wasn’t all that into neon colors when they first came out? Can you say … now happily addicted?

Here are some more neon samples (see my post from last Friday for more). All neon inks are from Hero Arts.

This one was so fast and easy I’m almost embarrassed:

All the stamps are from Close to My Heart. I love this set! (You can’t see it very well, but there are shadow images behind the outline,  giving a bit of depth to the leaves and the flowers.) The frame was embossed in Zing! Neon Green powder from American Crafts.

This tag was cut using my Cricut; the neon  butterflies are from Prima and Layers of Color; the neon dragonfly and the white embossed butterfly are from Inkadinkado.

And here’s one that almost didn’t work out:

The beautiful image is from Stampendous! and was black embossed. Then I tried to use one of my favorite inking tricks to color in the flowers — smooshing the ink pad directly on my Ranger Craft Sheet, then picking up the color with my water brush pen. For some reason, this didn’t work very well. The ink just stained my brush and wouldn’t brush on nicely. So I wound up using neon highlighter pens to color in the flowers!

Thansk for sticking around! And don’t be surprised if there are more….

One More Post About Stamping Gear

Can you stand one more post about Inkadinkado’s Stamping Gear? I want to show that you don’t have to use the stamps only with the paddle and the cog.

For these, I just stamped a repetitive pattern:

Not a great photo… oh, well. The butterfly and sentiment, both embossed in white, are from Paper Source.

A variation. The flower and sentiment are also from Paper Source.

And the last… Another random background. The enjoy image (Hero Arts) was heat embossed using a blue pigment ink and pearl embossing powder. It has a great shimmer. Here’s a tip: While I was stamping and embossing the circles from the Hero Arts Set  (Untitled Word Shadow AC005) I embossed about a dozen in various colors of powder. Now I have a stash to use when I’m in a rush!)

I’m not thrilled with the ribbon… it’s too thick. I wanted the shiney satin look, but all I had was a 1″ ribbon. So I folded it in half, gluing the sides together using a tape runner. Then I tied the bow. But the bow looks too thick and clunky to me. Impatient, Imperfect AND lazy!!!

And one more… the last, I promise!

(Tiny flower from the Paper Source. Can’t see it well, but there’s Stickles in the flower centers.)

Thanks for coming back. Next week, something new and bright!

Stamping Gear Part 2

In my last post, I showed some of the fun things to make with the Inkadinkado Stamping Gear. I was able to run amok using the bigger surface of file folders (I’m going to give a set of these as a gift! What fun!). But I wasn’t sure about scaling them down for cards. So I just started playing … which is the best way to learn about tools and techniques!

Here are a few of my efforts:

The blue Hey You sentiment (from Technique Tuesday) circle shows up a deeper blue than I had intended! Being the Impatient and Imperfect Stamper, I didn’t want to stop to fix it. The back cardstock is from  Stampin’ Up.   Not sure if you can see the dots of Stickles Waterfall glitter at the points.

The sentiment here is from Close To My Heart, embossed in white. The orange gem stones at the points are from Hero Arts. See that bright orange bit in the upper left hand corner? I used one of the images from the Stamping Gear set just as I would a regular stamp. I used it to cover up an oopsie! (Remember, I am often an Imperfect Stamper!)  While edging the card with an orange neon marker I slipped and got an orange line in that corner. Would you have noticed or did I disguise it enough? Grin.

One more for today:

The flower (CG290 Four Flowers) and the sentiment (CG276 Things) are from Hero Arts. Can you see the glimmer of Stickles up by the flower? The flower was embossed with clear powder. I wanted the sentiment to pop a bit, but I didn’t have any gray paper. So I used the same Hero Arts Wet Cement color that I used to stamp and, using a Tsuikneko Dauber, inked the edges of a white scrap piece. Like so:

If you can stand a few more, I’ll add them to my next post. Thanks for stopping by!

Boo!!! It’s Halloween!

I’m not normally a big fan of making Halloween cards. Not sure why — maybe t’s just not my favorite color scheme.

But this year I got some cool new stamps from Artistic Outpost* and somehow, I was scaring up a storm of cards!

(The punched border is actually this lattice border from EK Success. See how I cut the top? Is it scarier this way? Grin.) (Here’s another way I used the lattice chain punch)

(same set, but the sentiment is from Hero Arts. This is for a friend whose birthday is on Halloween!)

Another one:

(The background for the house was made using alcohol inks on glossy card stock.)

And one more,  just because I love this image! The main image is from Inkadinkado.

Happy haunting!

*Disclaimer: The Halloween set was a gift from Artistic Outpost.

Vintage Cards from Crafts ‘n things

Happy Friday!

Time to catch up on some card making. In this post  I mentioned the article I wrote for the October issue of Crafts ‘n things (on the newstands now!)

Three of my cards were featured and a few people asked me about the stamps or techniques I used for these cards. So, with permission from my editor, here is the 411:

“Road Trip”

Doesn’t this image remind you of road trips with the family? (“Mom, he’s touching me….” “I’m thirsty…” “Do I have to turn this car around?”) All images are from Artistic Outpost. The focal image (the car) was stamped first, then masked. Then the map was stamped in brown Distress ink. The edge of the card was distressed, inked, then slipped into photo corners.

“Old Friends”

The background image for “Friends” is from Alpha Stamps, the “sisters” image is from The Stampsmith, the fun film strip felt is from Creative Imaginations, the saying from Hero Arts, and the buttons are just random. The plain and scalloped circles are cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities.

“Bathing Beauty”

I’ve had this bathing beauty (A Tin Can Mail stamp from Inkadinkado) in my collection for ages — love her, but hardly ever use her. Until now! This was such a fun card to put together. She was stamped first on white scrap stock then cut out and painted using watercolor pencils. The “sand” is a piece of textured card stock from Core’dinations. Don’t you just love the darker “core” color peeking through? The paper was lightly sanded to bring out even more texture. The blue sky is also from Core’dinations, run through a Cuttlebug embossing folder (on my good ol’ Sizzix Big Kick) and sanded to bring out the other shade. The ribbon is from Maya Road. Yum.

And while the gal was hangin’ at the beach, I made another card. So here’s a bonus card that did not appear in the magazine:

“Blue Beauty”

The flower background (dotted with Perfect Pearls)  is from Hero Arts, the damask image (stamped in white on blue) is from Judikins and the ribbony thing is from Making Memories.

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Into the Scrap Pile!

Once again, I have dipped into my scrap pile, determined to clean out my stash.

I pulled out two L-shaped scraps of paper, leftovers from a 12×12 piece of scrapbook paper used for another project.

My only rule:  I had to use it all. (And toss anything under 1 inch!)

I pulled out some white cardstock and just started cutting and glueing the paper to the card, with no plan, no clue as to what I would do next.  Which may have been a mistake.

I got down to a piece about 2 inches square, too small for much… except for punches! So here we go:

(It’s a little blurry….) I was pleased to use this ribbon from Creative Imaginations, which had been hanging from my ribbon rack for ages.  Hearts and sentiment from Hero Arts. And I used red scaps — yay, more scraps gone!

Well, I was so pleased with myself that I continued in the theme, using almost all the ribbon and the rest of the red scrap paper:

(More Hero Arts stamps. Flowers and sentiment are black embossed.)

Now I’m feeling cocky. I pulled out a piano image I had stamped a long time ago at a friend’s house (sorry, I don’t know the company), stamped a background (that came out less than perfect) and added a border, sentiment and pearls. Not my favorite, but here goes:

I think I redeemed myself with a tag and finished the day with a post card using those circles:

(The flower is from Kodomo)

(Cute saying by Inkadinkado; daisy punch EK Success; butterfly punch Martha Stewart; background stamp Hero Arts; dots inside daisy made with Ranger’s new Enamel paint. Blurry photo, my fault.)  

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