Thursday, February 7, 2019

Farmhouse Inspired Card

I was flipping through YouTube and came across a WPlus9 video.  Dawn was demonstrating how to mimic faux shiplap, which was pretty neat I thought and easy! AND I didn't have to buy extra supplies.  A lot of YouTube videos are designed to encourage you to purchase new product and my resolution this year was to try to use what I have. 

The Stamps of Life released the new club set which turns out to be perfect for this technique.  Yeah I'm not giving up my club subscription with that resolution.  I tried backing out of the die part of the club and it lasted one month.  Seriously, her dies are best.  Most stamped images I can cut out with my Scan N Cut, but hers are special with the added embossing and ability to paper piece.

Here is my card:

Seriously it was the easiest card ever.  I simply used Tim Holtz stencil for the brick back ground using Oxide inks.  The faux shiplap was easy peasy.  Just take a piece of card stock, score at desired width (I chose 1/2") and ink up with desired ink.  For this project I used The Stamp of Life's Cloud ink.  I just cut a couple of strips of paper and stamped with a wood grain stamp I had, added some brads and created the little wood shelf.   The stamp set is the February 2019 club release called "wreath2stamp."

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Gift Card for Cash or Checks

I was asked for these instructions and before I share with the internet world I want to stress that I am NOT the originator of this idea.  Unfortunately, I do not remember where I first came across these instruction.  Probably on YouTube or Pinterest.  :)  So with the disclaimer out of the way here is how I make a gift cards for cash or check.  

  1.   Start with a sheet of card stock 8 1/4" x 7".  Score at 3" and 6" down from the 8 1/4" top as shown:
  2. Using the Envelope Punch board, line the 7" side up to the 3 1/2" marker and punch.
  3. Using whatever cutting tool you have, cut a straight line from the notch out to the end of the paper. 
  4. Round corners if you choose.
  5. Finally fold along the score lines and adhere the sides of the pocket that will hold the cash or check.  I use double sided tape. 
  6. For the front of the card I cut two sheets of paper.  2 1/2" x 6 1/2" for the top layer and 2 5/8" x 6 5/8" for the second or mat layer.
  7. The envelope need for this is a 3" x 7" size.
Here are some examples of finished cards I have created.  All stamps and die cuts can be found at The Stamps of Life.

Thank you for stopping by. :)


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Cards as Gifts

I love to make cards and time spent in my craft room is so therapeutic.  I'm currently in a Bible Study that will end in approximately 12 weeks.  I thought it would be nice to make all the women a card gift set.  Each set would contain five standard A2 size card.  I completed the first set today.  I decided to use one pattern paper pad for each set.  I plan on making all five cards about the same for each set, so this first completed bunch will be my standard or guide for the remaining six sets.

I used a pattern paper pad from The Stamps of Life called "Hooray".   Most of the products are from The Stamps of Life.

I decided to include one "Happy Birthday" card since those are always needed.  I have indicated the stamp set used and any other information, if you are interested in the product. 

jar2stamp.  I added slight shading on the jar using my Prisma Color Pencils. 

phone4you.  The scallop decorative circle is a Spellbinders die. 


 happymail2stamp.  The oval scallop is a cut design from the Silhouette store.  I resized it to work with the dotted oval dies.  The drops are Nuvo drops.  All coloring was done with my Prisma Color Pencils and Gamsol.

 Sheep Pudgie.  Again Prisma Colored Pencils. 

Now that I have laided down the ground work, I will repeat these card layouts with different papers and tweak as I go to keep it interesting.

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy Sweet BEE day

Today I completed a birthday card for a relative.  I thought this honey bee jar is so cute and was so happy to be able to pick it up on a clearance discount at Honey Bee Stamps.

Coloring was done with various mediums.  I used my new Arteza brush markers for the jar on Bristol smooth paper.   They work fine but all the marker points end with this one long brush hair that actually makes it difficut to get in corners.  I'm thinking of snipping them.  I don't have this problem with the Zig Real Brush markers.   I used Copic for the flowers and a little distress Stickles to add a bit of shine.   I liked the distress-y (not a word) look of the card so I added a hand painted strip border strip.  Honey Bee Stamps also sells a pattern stamp which I used to stamp the cloth cover to the lid.  I fuzzy cut all the parts.  I'm not even sure if a die is available for this set, but it doesn't need it.  The cutting went fast and I like to go over the cut edges with a black marker to cover any not so pretty cutting.  :)  

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

An Owl-ly Valentine

Such a cute stamp-set from Newton's Nook Designs.  My son gave me a gift card to Newton's for Christmas and as a thanks I return my purchase as a Valentine's Card.  :)

I inked the background with Oxide inks in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry and Candied Apple.   I have better luck blending with Oxide Inks versus the original Distress Inks.   Using a nested heart die from Little B, I cut three openings on the patterned paper from The Stamps of Life.  The owls are colored using Copic and shadowed using Polychromos colored pencils.  The "You are and Loved" are from a stamp set from The Stamps of Life called "flowerpower2fill."  Newton's Nook Design stamp is called "Love Owl-ways" 

If you made it to my humble blog I thank you.  


Thursday, May 31, 2018

My Final Entry for Spring/Summer Coffee Lover Blog Hop

Tomorrow morning is the cut off, so this will be my last entry to the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover Blog Hop of 2018.   I really enjoyed playing along and hope to play again when they do this later this year.  I believe they will have another one in the fall/winter. 

This stamp set if from Ellen Hutson.   The strings on the balloons are from a balloon die set from Lawn Fawn.   The sentiment is from The Stamps of Life.  

Thank you,

Iced Latte

My fourth entry to the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's blog hop.   Here in Texas where the temps are hitting 90 degrees, an Iced Latte sound wonderful.

All stamps and dies are from The Stamps of Life.  

Thank you!