Coming up Roses – birthday card!

Alright, so you always need birthday cards because quite frankly there’s always a birthday right around the corner. I made this card, using a stamp set I’ve been DYING to use and thought it was perfect for a family member’s birthday. After seeing the finished product I’ll definitely be revisiting this for Mother’s Day and potentially making a lovely card set out of this as well. 



I started off by prepping an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock as I was planning to heat emboss on this card. 


I grabbed My Favorite Thing’s All Roses Background Stamp and I used a MISTI for this card as I wanted to make sure I could get a great impression of this stamp as it’s quite large. Make sure to remove the sponge insert out of your MISTI when using Red Rubber stamps as they usually already have foam attached. I placed my panel in the MISTI using a bit of removable tape runner on the back to keep it from shifting, then lined up my background stamp and close the door to pick it up.

I inked up the stamp using Versamark Ink (any watermark ink will work for this). 

Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embosssing powder and my WOW Dual speed Heat tool to heat emboss the panel. BOOM….A panel of gold embossed roses….LOVE!

Then I used my Pickett Fences Life Changing Blender brushes and Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields and Deep Iris to create a blended panel. I started off with Soft Lilac on the bottom, then moved to Lavender Fields in the middle and then Deep Iris on the top portion of the panel. I made sure to go back down in reverse order to help the colours blend smoothly.

Then I grabbed a large circle punch and punched out a circle of Vellum, then head embossed “Happy Birthday” from, Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set, and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on the vellum. Then I used a bit of clear adhesive behind the embossed words and adhered it down to the blended panel.

I trimmed down the panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered it to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I inked up the All Roses background stamp again, but this time I used Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment ink and stamped it down on the flap of a coordinating envelope. I used the gold ink of the envelope to better match the gold heat embossing on the card. 

I really love the way the gold pigment ink turned out and maybe i’ll try that on a card soon for a slightly different look. Either way, this card is complete!



Stamps:

My Favorite Things’ Roses All Over Stamp set

– Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks – Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

— Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger Multi Medium Matte

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– The Stamp Market Blending Brushes

– Picket Fences Life Changing Blender Brushes

– Anti Static Bag

 

Welcome Baby – Squirrel Style!

A friend of mine wanted a ‘Welcome Baby’ card to give to someone, but his request was that it feature a Squirrel. Yes…a squirrel. Well….I accepted that challenge!

I started with Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends‘ stamp set…which isn’t specifically for babies, but it’s got a couple of really cute Squirrels in there 🙂

I started off stamping a parent squirrel and a baby squirrel, slightly above the bottom of the panel and closer to the left side as I was planning to put the sentiment on the upper right side. I used Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink as it’s watercolor and alcohol marker safe and I wanted to make sure the outlines didn’t smudge as I applied water.

I started off with the parent squirrel and added a mix of brown and grey, then blended it out with some water.

I repeated the same with the baby squirrel as well. Then I mixed a green and blue and used a larger brush to “wash” the colour across the base on the panel to create a ground for the squirrels.

I added a rattle to the baby squirrel’s hand from Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’ stamp set to add a little more ‘baby’ theme in there. Then I used a sentiment from that same stamp set and head embossed it in the upper right side of the panel using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink.

To finish off the watercolor panel, I added some “sky” using a blue coloured wash across the top portion of the panel…then for a little kick…I added a bit of a sun in the upper left corner of the panel. Then I let everything dry for a bit to make sure that there was enough firmness in the panel before proceeding.

To add a bit of definition to the ground I stamped a grass detail using Frayed Leaf ink. I also painted the baby’s rattle. I then trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75x 5 inches and adhered it to a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent white Cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. I added everything to an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and the card is complete!

I also stamped the envelope to make sure it corresponded with the card. I stamped the flap with a detailed stamp from the Mama Elephant stamp set and Frayed Leaf ink. Then I used some of the little baby objects and stamped the bottom left corner of the front of the envelope using Crimson, Snapdragon, Warm Sunshine and Frayed Leaf.

And I’m done. Is it my best work? probably not, but I pushed myself to try something outside of my wheelhouse, and I do think it came out really cute.

Stamps:

– Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’

Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends’ (SSS)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Frayed Leaf

Crimson

Snapdragon

Warm Sunshine

Other Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Altenew’s Watercolor Pan Set

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Simple Anniversary Card

I thought this would be a cute anniversary card. I absolutely love The Colorado Craft Company’s Lovely Legs Stamp’s… AMAZING! I Wanted to add a little more to it. So I opted to do a light heart stencil.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Heart Layers’ Stencil, The Stamp Market’s Blending Brush and Altenew’s Heart Beat Crisp Dye Ink for the stenciling. I taped down the stencil to a panel of a neenah Solar white cardstock using some purple tape. The stencil wasn’t big enough to cover my entire panel, so I had to shift the stencil a couple of times to get full coverage but this stencil is extremely easy to line up.

After finishing with the stencil, I let it dry for a minute and then usedmy anti-static powder bag and covered the panel. I took the The Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Lovely Legs – Happy Valentine’s day’ stamp set and Versamark Ink and stamped unto the panel. Then I uwed Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and heat embossed the image.

I stamped the inside of an A2 card base using the same Colorado Craft Company’s Happy Valentine’s Day stamp set and Simon Says Stamp’s Intense Black Dye Ink.

I wanted a bit more colour, so I took a couple stripes of Gina K Designs Cardstock in Red Hot and adhered them to either side of the panel. Then I adhered my stamped panel. T the fro t of the card base.. Finishing the card.

To add a little colour to the envelope I added two strips of heart washi tape.

I cut the edges off of the washi tape that hung over the sides of the envelope and voila!

Stamps/Stencils:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Heart Layers’ Stencil

– Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Lovely Legs – Happy Valentine’s day’ stamp set

Inks:

– Simon Says Stamp’s Intense Black Dye Ink

– Altenew’s Heart Beat Crisp Dye Ink

-Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Tools:

– The Stamp Market’s Blending Brush

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

Hello Baby Girls…

Two week old Twin girls need a warm welcome into the world. Although they shared the same womb that doesn’t mean they need to share the same card!

Card #1:

Using Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set, I stamped the tiny footprints and a beautiful sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed it all using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder on Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Cotton Pink. I used a heart edge border punch to decorate the edge.

I adhered this onto a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent White cardstock measuring approximately 4.25×5 inches. I applied a panel of craft foam to the panel and attached everything to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches… Done!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set

Supplies:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Pink

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

– Heart Border Punch

Card #2:

I absolutely LOVE this stamp. Sooo sweet. It could be used as both a welcome or sympathy card. But this one is definitely for a happy welcome!

I stamped the both the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder. For the sentiment I stamped in Catherine Pooler Dye Inks in ‘It’s a Girl’ and heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s ‘Fairy Dust’ embossing powder.

I then used an EK Success edge punch to decorate the trim of the main panel and adhered it to a panel of pink glitter cardstock measuring approximately 4 x5.25 inches. I backed it with craft foam and attached it to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches… Card #2 complete!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Art Stamp/Carabelle Studio’s ‘Hello Baby’ stamp set

Inks:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder

Tools:

– EK Success Border Punch

BOTH CARDS:

Other Supplies:

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

Happy Canada Day!

Feeling a bit patriotic today… Happy Canada Day to everyone celebrating. For those south of the border July 4th is right around the corner so enjoy!

I’m celebrating this year with a couple of simple cards.

The first card is reminiscent of the Canadian flag, just a little more on the artsy side.

I prepped a 4.25″x5.5″ (A2 size) panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock with an anti-static powder bag. Then I centered the Maple Leaf stamp from Simon Says Stamp’s (SSS) Fractile leaf stamp set. I stamped the image twice using Versamark Ink in my MISTI Stamping tool and heat embossed using Recollections’ Ruby embossing powder.

Once the paper cooled, I used the medium sized brush stroke in the SSS’s ‘Brush Stroke Messages’ stamp set. Using Catherine Pooler’s Rockin Red dye ink, I stamped the image twice on either side of embossed Maple Leaf.

I trimmed the panel down slightly and voila!

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Fractile Leaves’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Brush Stroke Messages’ stamp set

-Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Recollections’ ‘Ruby’ Tinsel Embossing powder

Another quick and simple card to celebrate Canada Day… In reverse. Pretty much all of the colours are in reversed.

This time I used Flora and Fauna’s ‘Texture 7’ stamp set. I stamped using SSS ‘Schoolhouse Red’ Dye Ink and then again below. I did need to uae my MISTI to stamp about 3 times to get the coverage I was looking for.

I prepped my card panel using my anti-static bag and heat embossed the maple leaf image with Brutus Monroe’s ‘Alabaster White’ Embossing powder.

I trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75″x5″ and adherrd it to a panel of SSS Schoolhouse Red cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25″ to allow for a small border of red. I then attached everything to a card base.. Overall card measures 4.25×5.5″…and I’m done!

Featuring:

– Flora and Fauna’s ‘Texture 7 Set’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Fractile Leaves’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye Inks

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Alabaster White’ Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Baby Boom!

So there are a few people i know having babies this year, so i though I’d give some baby cards a try.

Featuring:

– Stampin Up’s ‘First Steps’ stamp set

– Stampin Up’s ‘Little Elephant’ stamp set

– Spellbinders’ ‘Venise Lace’ die set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Versamark Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Stampin Up’s – Pineapple Punch’ Grosgrain Ribbon

Featuring:

– Stampin Up’s ‘First Steps’ stamp set

– Celebrate It Tempo White Grosgrain Ribbon

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Avery Elle’s ‘Quilted Frame Die’ (D-08-05)

Featuring:

– Stampin Up’s ‘Little Elephant’ stamp set and punch

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Glossy Accents

– Nuvo Glitter Drops

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Bazzil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

EK Success ‘Bubbles’ Edge Punch

More Wedding Bliss…

A couple more Wedding cards…After all wedding season has begun!

Featuring:

– ‘Bloomin Heart’ Die by Sizzix for Stampin Up

-Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Quilted Hearts’ Background stamp

– Gina K Designs Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Gilded’ embossing powder

– Versamark Ink

Featuring:

– Kaisercraft’s ‘Damask’ Embossing folder

– Layering Oval Framelits by Sizzix for Stampin Up

– Altenew’s ‘Cake Love’ stamp set

– Paper Smooches’ ‘Noteworthy’ stamp set

– Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen