Sunday, March 29, 2015

Embossed Swallowtail Butterfly

I'm in a mood to make butterfly cards! The Swallowtail butterfly is a beautiful stamp that is very versatile for trying new techniques.
When I found this sketch challenge on
 Freshly Made Sketches I decided to use it for my card.
The image was stamped with VersaMark ink on white card stock.  Then I heat embossed it with Melon Mambo EP (retired).
I took some Champagne Mist metallic ink (also retired) and applied it over the butterfly with an Aqua Painter, then heat set it with my heat tool.The rest of the card is easy to figure out.
I love the Melon Mambo color with this pretty dsp.

The small stamp inside is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Birthday Gift Bag

Have you seen the cute gift bag for treats?  It also works for a gift card holder!
The card with the birthday greeting is below the decorated gift bag.
I love the accessories that come with this framelit package.  You can see the "enjoy" sentiment and the  star on the bag.  The tiny row of stars is shown on the bottom of the insert.

This photo shows the card insert for a gift certificate or cash.  I designed it to fit inside the bag.  It has a narrow belly band to hold it closed, and a baker's twine handle is at the top.

I wrote a personal message on the back of the stamped card that will also be inserted in the gift bag.

I love how this project turned out.  Hope you will give a  treat bag a try.

Stampin' Up supplies are shown below,  Additional items include the Happy Birthday greeting from Bring on the Cake stamp set (retired) as well as items from my personal stash, which include the number stamps and the patterned paper used for the bag.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

More Poppies!

I love the bright colors on this  card.
The panel was stamped in black ink and colored with InColor Markers.  Background was sponged with daubers.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pleasant Poppies with masking

I've been experimenting with this technique and I like the results!
First I masked off a frame around the edges of the card with low tack tape.  Next, I stamped and colored the image, then applied a VersaMark pen over the flowers and  added clear EP.  After heat embossing I sponged the background colors over everything, rubbed excess off with a tissue, and then removed the tape that created the frame. The clear EP keeps the colors of the flowers true and permits the background inks to be added without spoiling the image.

I'll be trying some other techniques with this stamp set in the next few days.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ornamental Pine #1

I am having fun playing with this lovely stamp set.

The pine needles were inked with Island Indigo, and then the branch and pine cone were colored with Chocolate Chip marker before stamping on the Whisper White card stock.
A glimmer of glitter was applied to the pine cone.
The Apothecary Accents framelit was used to cut out the shape in the Soft Sky card stock, and was then embossed with the Norrthern Flurry TIEF.
A bow was tied with 1/8" silver ribbon and a tiny tag was attached with the word Joy (retired stamp).
The card base is Island Indigo.
I am happy with the results!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bombs Away Birthday

I love the cute sayings from this stamp set. Don't you?

This stamp set makes a great masculine card that is fun for any adult who might be embarrassed when being sung to for a birthday!

Stamps: Bombs Away Photopolymer stamp set   #133411  $13.95
Gorgeous Grunge stamp set  (#130517 - clear $17.95)   (#130514 - wood $24.95)
Accessories:Retired Standard Wheel - Music Notes
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Inks: Black, Smoky Slate

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Open Heart

I seem to be drawn to bird stamps, especially when they look realistic.  I guess that's why I enjoy making cards with birds.  Now I'm not saying I have them colored correctly!  That is purely a matter of interpretation.  So, with that being said, I hope you enjoy this one!

Stamp sets are An Open Heart and  Gorgeous Grunge.
I've used shades of Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Always  Artichoke inks, coloring with my Aqua Painter to achieve contrast in colors. Tangelo Twist was used for the berries.
The ground has been sponged with a sponge dauber.  The sky was also sponged with Pear Pizzazz ink and Soft Sky ink.
The card stock is Tangelo Twist, Soft Suede, Basic Black, Always Artichoke, and Very Vanilla.
A Framelit from the Labels Collection was used to frame the top edge of the stamped image.