Friday, March 16, 2018

*Gnome Thanks*

I have seen so many cards using the adorable gnomes from MFT that I just had to buy the set.  I thought this little guy with the potted flowers would be great on a thank you card.

These two cards are pretty much the same... just different colours.  I used a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder on the fronts of the coloured layers.  I stamped the gnomes and coloured them with my Copics (I am very slow at colouring so I don't do it very often) and then cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut.  I stamped the greeting on the white strips and coloured in the many with a Copic colour to match the background.  I put the white layer on a scrap of the coloured layer and used my Perfect Layers Tools to create the border.  I popped up the gnome with pop dots and put it all on to a white side fold card.

I've been using Copics for a lot of years, but have never really invested a lot of time to practicing or taking my time in the colouring... I have to tell you how proud I am of the green hat on the one gnome... I just love how it turned out!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

*A Quick Thanks*

I need a few thank you cards to send out to some people who have been there during my shitstorm these last 9 months (almost 10!)....  I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest for this one. 

The floral background is by CASual Fridays and I stamped it with VersaFine ink on Stampin' Up Whisper White cardstock.  It took a bit to dry so I set it aside while I got out my computer and Silhouette to create the "thanks" which I cut out of white cardstock and layered together 3 for dimension.  I then used three Distress Inks and blended them on the word and set it aside.  I attached the stamped panel to a blue piece of cardstock and used my Perfect Layers Tool to create a perfect 1/16" border around the stamped panel.  I put it on to a white top fold card, added the thanks to the front of the card and a few Dew Drops to the stamped panel for colour.

Friday, March 09, 2018

*Big Smile*

A quick and easy card for you... a white card base, a black layer and white dry embossed layer (using this great double sided embossing folder from Spellbinders!) and the die cut of SMILE.  I put it all together and realized that it needed something, so I added some glitter along the edge of the black panel to give it some bling!

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

*Strips of Patterned Paper*

More patterned paper love from that day that Bonnie was here.  I used what was left after I cut the original sheets on the angle and cut them in to 1/4" strips and layered them together on to a white card front.  I added a blue layer and put it on to a white card.  I die cut the happy out of blue cardstock 3 times and layered it together and then added some white "stitching" lines to help make it stand out.  I finished it off by stamping the word birthday in black Versa Fine ink.

Funny story.... I had every intention of making this a horizontal card but then adhered the card front to the card and got to finishing it off before I realized what I'd done.  It's not that I don't like it, but I had a different thought in my head.

Friday, March 02, 2018

*Patterned Paper Angles*

I decided to play with some more patterned paper when Bonnie was here to play a few weeks ago...  I don't think that the blue button really "goes" with the birthday card, but it was as close as I could get... and I knew that the card needed *something*

For the smile card, I used a MFT die and cut it out of black paper three times to give it some dimension.  For the birthday card I just stamped the sentiment and added some iridescent sequins.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

*Hello Sunshine*

This card came together slowly, but it came together. 

I used my Misti with a border stamp and Catherine Pooler inks to create the background, one line at a time.  I wasn't sure I liked it so I set it aside for a bit.

So I picked it up again a while later and trimmed the panel down and then and added the black layer using my Perfect Layers Tool.  And I put it aside again.

So a while later I picked it up again... put it on a white side fold card and thought "now what"?  So I used the hello dies from Concord & 9th, the fatter one out of black and the thinner one out of a very sparkly My Favorite Things silver.  I adhered it to the front of the card and stamped the word "SUNSHINE" underneath the die with VersaFine black ink.  I used my Misti so I could stamp it several times to make sure it was good and dark.

And I don't hate it...

*Revisiting Patterned Paper*

I used to use a lot of patterned paper in my cards.  So I have a lot of patterned paper in my stash from my days of working at the scrapbook store.  But for the most part, I ignore it.

The other day I decided to pull out a neglected piece and play...  and this is what I came up with.

It's still clean and simple, it was so quick to put together, and I think I like it!

Friday, February 23, 2018


I decided to share these two cards together since they are pretty much the same card, with different dies.  I saw a card on Pinterest and decided to make it in to an every day card instead of a Christmas card...
I'm not sure which one I like better....

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

*Same Stamp*

I made another card with Bonnie's stamp...  this time stamped in pink ink on a white card front....  I added a chocolate brown layer and then a pink layer before putting it all on to a white card base.  I added a Paper Trey Ink sentiment stamped in the chocolate brown.

Friday, February 16, 2018

*Just Wow*

Bonnie brought over this Stampin' Up Sale aBration stamp set when she came to play a few weeks ago...  I will admit, just looking at the stamp, it doesn't look like much... but I am shocked at the detail you can get on regular cardstock with dye based ink.

I stamped it in a dark purple ink and cut that layer and the striped layer with the MFT stitched rectangles.  I added it all to a white card and stamped the sentiment in black VersaFine ink.

So very quick and easy!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

*A Valentine*

I can't tell you the last time I made a Valentine.  Over the Christmas holidays I won a prize from Scrap n Stamp and I was excited to see it was hearts since I have *nothing* with hearts.  I was inspired by a card that my friend Bonnie made and decided to try it myself.

The heart die and little heart stamp are by Lawn Fawn.  I cut them out of white cardstock and stamped the little heart on them and then dragged a grey ink pad along the edges.  I used some Ken Oliver Color Burst powder with a water pen to create the scribble background and once it was dry I covered it with some clear Wink of Stella.  I used pop dots to attach the hearts to the card, added a Catherine Pooler sentiment and used my Perfect Layers tools to create the black matte.

It's funny... when I had just the scribble background, I didn't like it at all.  I placed the hearts and still didn't like it.  I took the hearts off and added the black matte and the Wink of Stella and suddenly I liked it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

*Geometric Embossing Folder*

I was playing around with a new embossing folder, seeing how it looked when I embossed it on coloured cardstock and decided to make a card out of it.  I really wasn't sure about this card as I put together each piece, but in the end, I really like it.

I used some of those great (and old) Michael's Bridal flowers and I coloured them with some Copics and added a little black pearl to the centre of each flower.  I used a Spellbinders die to create the white circle and stamped a Penny Black sentiment in black Versafine ink.  I adhered the flowers to the white circle and then added it all to the purple panel before placing it all on to a white card.
In other news... yesterday was my last day of chemo pills....  I am *really* looking forward to the next 6-8 weeks as these drugs leave my system and I start to feel "normal" again... it could have been so much worse, but I'm tired of the constant exhaustion, of not tasting food and of just not feeling well, day after day. 

Friday, February 09, 2018

*Simplicity Inspired*

I saw a card very much like this on the Simplicity By Lateblossom blog and on a day I wanted to create but had no flowing mojo, I decided to CASE it.  She does such an amazing job embracing the white space and rocking the clean and simple look.

I used the MFT stitched rectangle dies, a stamp set by My Favorite Things and some Catherine Pooler inks to create this simple card.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

*Thank you Cathy Zielske!*

I love some of the stamps that Cathy Zielske has designed... some of them are completely inappropriate and so totally me.  I added some other stamps to her "beyotch" stamp to create the sentiment on this card.  I added some images stamped with Catherine Pooler inks, a 1/16th blue layer and a few Dew Drops to give some sparkle...  Now to figure out who I can send this to without offending them LOL!

Friday, February 02, 2018

*CASe This Sketch #238*

It has been a long time since I've used a sketch and come up with an idea to go with it...  For this card I used the flourish from Stampin' Ups Baroque Motifs.  I coloured up some white shimmer flowers (from Michael's several years ago) with Copics and added a Penny Black sentiment in black VersaFine ink.  I used my Perfect Layers Tools to create the green layer and then popped it all on to a white card.