Friday, March 17, 2017

Bear Hug Cards

Whenever I don't have a story, I google some element of my cards and go from there. Today it's bear cliches such as baby bear, mama bear, and Yogi Bear, who is better than the average bear. I can be hungry as a bear, wonder if bears poop in the woods, or read Goldilocks and the Three Bears. My cards depict the best ones though–– bear hugs and teddy bears!

Sentiment by Simon Says Stamp is heat embossed in black.
The bear is an older stamp from Stampin' Up colored with Prismacolor pencils.
Background stamp by Local King Rubber Stamp.

One thing you won't find in my blog is bare naked cards. Oops, wrong bear. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Stamped Cards

Coming up with a title each week with the word "Card" or "Cards" if fun for me. It narrows my creative focus, plus I think I am terribly clever. One could question that this week, so please read on. The real commonality between these cards is the 30 Day Coloring Challenge with Kathy Racoosin at The Daily Marker. I have participated in her challenges before and every time I am exactly that - challenged! That's why I used small stamps this week! 

The flower is by Unity Stamp Co and I colored it with Prismacolor pencils.
The flower embossing folder is by Darice. 
Happy Mail and envelope are by Honey Bee Stamps.
The cancelled postage is thanks to my in-laws. I am lucky to benefit
from their hobbies of stamp collecting and collage making.

I am so glad a little bit of coloring goes a long way – kinda like postage stamps on Happy Mail. 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Izzy's Mom's Card

Here is good question for all Moms: What is better than one of your children asking you to make something special for them? One of THEIR FRIENDS asking you to make something!! I am on the crafter's equivalent of cloud nine! YEP! My daughter's friend asked me to make a card for her to give her mother on her 50th birthday. I am so very flattered and happy to do it for her. She looked over my IG account, told me the color and style ideas she liked, and this is the end result. 

I actually do not own a stamp that says Mom, so I printed the sentiment from the computer. I used a gold leafing pen to outline the nesting die cuts. The stamps are by Stampin' Up. I used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder to heat emboss the flowers on the turquoise paper. 

Three important question are raised here, but only one can I answer with certainty: 1) How much longer before I own a "mom" stamp? 2) What is really the equivalent of cloud nine for a stamper? 3) Will Izzy's Mom like her birthday card? Of course, she will. It was her daughter's idea!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Single Layer Cards

Single layer cards are a fun challenge and (for me) so is coloring. After the first card, both of these techniques became my goal this week. I even pulled out stamps I haven't used in a while. I could almost hear those brain synapses firing away while I worked. Actually, I had some smooth jazz playing in the background, and I enjoyed being lost in the process. 
Dragonfly by Great Impressions; colored with Prismacolor pencils
and covered with clear Wink-of-Stella; sentiment by Hampton Arts.
Adobe by Stamp A Mania; colored with Prismacolor pencils;
background and sentiment by Impression Obsession.
This would have been a true single layer card if I hadn't blurred
the sentiment the first time I stamped it. #tricksofthetrade :-)
Strawberry by Art Impressions; sentiment by Impression Obsession;
washi tape grass on the bottom of the card. 

What else is smooth like jazz? Flat ironed hair; a crisp dollar bill; warm creme brûlée; and single layer cards! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Beautiful Cards

Bonito. Schön. Bell. Mooi. Beau. Falleg. Bellissimo. Hermosa. Kaunis. Smukke. Álainn. Frumoasa. 
Stamps and sentiment by Simon Says Stamp;
heat embossed on watercolor paper and
colored with LuminArte paints.
"Be-You-tiful" die by Ellen Hutson;
background stamps and layered dies by Stampin' Up;
I used a gold leafing pen on the edges of the card.
Sentiment by W Plus 9 stamps;
sun by Stampin' Up is heat embossed in gold. 
No matter how you say it, it's true. You're BEAUTIFUL.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Family Birthday Cards

Today is my husband's birthday and I am sharing the cards I made for the girls and me to give him. Birthday cards to the family are not always my best cards artistically, but they are by far the most fun to create, because each design has that person in mind. 

Look over the cards and see what you can discover about my husband's favorite things? Daughter number one gets a kick out of Dad when his eyes tear up after he takes a big bite of wasabi, and daughter number two chose the motif for the next card, because she is baffled by his fondness for all things "pumpkin spice" (as in pumpkin spice peanut butter???). And, the last card, to be honest is described like this: "Oh, look! Stamped images are left over from my father-in-law's birthday card, and I need to start dinner, and these colors go together....done!" 

"Dad" by Avery Elle stamps; sushi set by Lawn Fawn.
Coffee mug by Impression Obsession; Happy Birthday by Stampin' Up;
Dad by Avery Elle; border die by Pretty Pink Posh.
Birthday sentiment by Rubbernecker Stamps;
fishing real by Deep Red Stamps; large fish by Fred B. Mullett

Family birthday cards and my hobby go together like sushi and wasabi, or pumpkin and spice, or rubber and ink. I just love my hobby and my hubby! 

Friday, February 3, 2017

Washi Paper Cards

My dilemma with making cards with washi paper is this: All I really want to do is adhere this regal rectangle on color coordinating cardstock and say, "Viola!" (or the Japanese equivalent). That's a funny thing for a card maker to say, but I would rather let the paper speak for itself. 

The Rare Orchid has a tantalizing array of washi papers and tapes, and I mean to compliment them in my cards with as little intrusion as possible. I couldn't even bring myself to cut a second piece of paper this week to show off another of their designs. However, I do think the different background colors with this washi paper give each card a unique tone.

Cotton Candy Dreams is the name of this paper.
The sentiment is by Honey Bee Stamps in the Beautiful Life set.
Courage sentiment is by Unity Stamp Co.
Oh, and speaking of letting the paper speak for itself; it is not just washi paper. It's "Fine Japanese Hand-Silkscreened Chiyogami Yuzen Washi Paper".