Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lucky to Have You ...

Good morning! I'm over on the GI Blog today sharing a friendship card featuring the J123 Heart Flowers and E828 Lucky to Have You Sentiment available at Great Impressions Stamps.


With Valentine's Day over I chose to create a St. Patrick's Day card using part of the lovely J123 Heart Flowers. Using a Marvy #72 Pine Green Watercolor Pen I inked up the bottom portion of the stamp, stamped it on watercolor paper, did a bit of water coloring, and used my circle dies to cut the image out. Next I created my background, added the E828 Lucky to Have You Sentiment, added my 4-Leaf Clover and some enamel dots. 

My design was inspired by the Crazy 4 Challenge #C4C324, as shown below.

If you haven't heard of Great Impressions Stamps make sure you hop on over to the Store to check them out. There are so many AWESOME stamps to play with, and all of the Accessories you need to create your projects with!!! I hope you'll check out our Monthly Challenge, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps make sure you also link up to our Customer Gallery.

Challenges entered ...
 - Crazy 4 Challenge #C4C324
 - HIMCR #239 ~ CAS

Until next week ... Enjoy!







Products not listed above ...
 - AMS White & Gingham Cardstock, Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Studio Calico Enamel Dots

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Gracie with Bunny ...

Good morning! I'm over on the GI Blog today sharing a Birthday card featuring the adorable H252 Gracie with Bunny and B247 Birthday Sentiment available at Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card was created for my great-niece whose birthday is coming up next month, and this lovely little girl holding her bunny is perfect for her. She was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored up with my Copic Markers. Once done, I trimmed the panel, added the sentiment and popped it on my cardbase with 3D Foam Tape with a pop of pink on the side.

My design was inspired by the Freshly Made Sketch #224, as shown below.

Here's a closer look at the adorable Gracie with Bunny ...

If you haven't heard of Great Impressions Stamps make sure you hop on over to the Store to check them out. There are so many AWESOME stamps to play with, and all of the Accessories you need to create your projects with!!! I hope you'll check out our Monthly Challenge, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps make sure you also link up to our Customer Gallery.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Water Color Note Cards ...

Good morning! Yesterday I shared my last project with you as a CutCardStock Designer. The last 6-months have flown by so quickly so I had to try my hand at using the Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint Set I picked up, and decided to make a set of Note Cards.

I wasn't sure which cardstock I had in-house would work the best for water coloring so I stamped several different images using Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink onto my cardstock. The first two cards feature a Lakeside Scene, and was stamped on the Esse White Pearl Cardstock (left) and on Basis Natural Cardstock (right).


I used the same colors for both cardstock to see how different the effect would be while water coloring. Both cards look awesome from my first try at water coloring with the Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint. I found that the Esse White Pearl Cardstock (left) doesn't absorb the water as quickly as the Basis Natural Cardstock (right). It requires more time for drying but I preferred the Esse White Pearl Cardstock, and chose to use that cardstock for the rest of my cards.

I went with flowers for the other cards I created with the Esse White Pearl Cardstock.



Once I finished the water coloring, I matted each of the images on the Moroccan Cocoa cardstock, and layered them onto the Brown Bag Invitations, and I added a layer of the Moroccan Cocoa and the Natural White cardstock on the inside of each card. I also stamped part of the images on the Brown Bag Kraft Envelope to create a matched set.

After I finished making my Note Cards I discovered that the Savory 100% Cotton Card Stock is the preferred cardstock by other designers for water coloring. Looks like I'll be picking some up so that I can continue to practice water coloring with the Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint Set.

In closing, I want to thank both Amber and Cindy for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing Design Team and to expand my knowledge of CutCardStock.

All of the items listed above can be found at CutCardStock.

Until next time ... Enjoy!

Product not listed above ...
 - Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black, Penny Black Friendship Flowers, Stampscapes Lakeside Cove (Lrg) 049G

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine's Day Card ...

Good morning! I'm over on the GI Blog today sharing a Valentines Day card featuring the adorable C494 Heart Filled Puppy and F626 Swirly Valentines stamp available at Great Impressions Stamps.


Today's card was created for my grandson's second Valentine's Day. He loves his puppy and I thought this cute puppy would be perfect for him. Copic Markers were used to color the image, and I popped him inside the Sketchy Rings Die once the DP background was complete.

I continued the design inside and added the sentiment.


If you haven't heard of Great Impressions Stamps make sure you hop on over to the Store to check them out. There are so many AWESOME stamps to play with, and all of the Accessories you need to create your projects with!!! I hope you'll check out our Monthly Challenge, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps make sure you also link up to our Customer Gallery.


Until next week ... Enjoy!







Products used ...
 - Cardstock: CutCardStock Cougar White Invitations, MFT Wild Cherry, MME Cupid's Arrow No. 14 DP
 - Other: Memory Box Sketchy Rings Die

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Great Impressions February Challenge ...


Good morning! We have a new Challenge starting today over at the Great Impressions BlogThis month our challenge is called "Let's Celebrate (Any Celebration)". The perfect theme as we Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday here in the US.


I created a Birthday Card for this month's challenge. My family is not only Celebrating Super Bowl Sunday here in the US, but we are also Celebrating my Father-in-Law's 80th Birthday today. This is the card I made for him. 


My card features the adorable Seashore Buddies G488 and Happy Birthday Sentiment (B247). I had an awesome time coloring up the Seashore Buddies with my Copic Markers, and did a bit of paper-piecing to add dimension to the stamped image. A bit of distress ink was applied behind the seagull which adds a bit more dimension to my stamped design. 


Make sure you head on over to the Great Impressions Challenge Blog to see what the other Designer's created, and for all of the details on how you can WIN this lovely collection of Great Impressions Stamps! If you use our Great Impressions Stamps remember to link them up in our Customer Gallery.

Challenges entered ...
 - Southern Girls Anything Goes Challenge
 - Alphabet Challenge ~ Y for Your Choose
 - Moving Along with the Times Challenge #13 ~ Things w/Wings (Pelican)
 - Seize the Birthday Challenge ~ Sketch/Anything Goes Birthday
 - Crafty Friends Challenge #24 ~ Animals/Birds (Pelican)

I appreciate you stopping by today, and enjoy reading your lovely comments. Hope you have a fabulous week!

Until next time ... Enjoy!







Products not listed above ...
 - Cardstock: Papertry Ink Soft Stone, Whimsy Stamps By the Sea DP, CutCardStock Basis Navy
 - Other: AMS Navy Twine, Xyron Sticker Maker

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine Matchbook's ...

Good morning! I'm over on the GI Blog today sharing some Valentine Matchbook's featuring the F626 Swirly Valentines stamp available at Great Impressions Stamps.


I love making Valentine's for my daughter to hand out to her peers, and these Valentine Matchbook's are perfect and so easy to make.  All you need to do is measure the length of your candy treat, double the length and add room for the bottom and fold on top, then add about 1/4" to the width of the treat, fold and presto you are done. Not really. :-D

I then used my Tim Holtz Tiny Stapler to staple the bottom part of the treat into the Matchbook. Make sure if you try this idea out that you staple close to the bottom edge so you can tuck the flap into the Matchbook.


Since I used red cardstock for the base, I added a white strip for my sentiment and some washi-tape along the bottom to cover the staples.

Here is a picture of the inside treat ...


and then a side view ...

If you haven't heard of Great Impressions Stamps make sure you hop on over to the Store to check them out. There are so many AWESOME stamps to play with, and all of the Accessories you need to create your projects with!!! I hope you'll check out our Monthly Challenge, and if you use Great Impressions Stamps make sure you also link up to our Customer Gallery.

Challenges entered ...

Until next week ... Enjoy!







Products used ...
 - Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# Smooth, MFT Wild Cherry

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Photo Album Home Decor ...

Good morning! Today I'm sharing how to turn an Envelope Photo Album into Home Decor that I created for CutCardStock using Royal Linen Eclipse Black Cardstock, Brown Bag Kraft Envelopes, Brown Bag Invitations, Basic Grey Magnetic Discs, and 4/8" Navy Sheer Organza Ribbon.


I love checking out YouTube video's for inspiration, and today's project was inspired by an Envelope Mini-Book. The following photo's contain the instruction I created, based on the video, to create my Photo Album / Centerpiece.


Envelope Mini-Book







I loved creating today's project, and think it would be cool to make one for each of the Seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall) so you can display some of your favorite photo's through out the year. Adding the magnets to the album makes it close for easy storage. 

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial, and that you give this technique a try!
All of the items listed above, except for the Design Paper that I picked up on sale at Michael's, can be found at CutCardStock, and make sure you check out the Classic Crest and Classic Linen Cardstock which is currently on Sale.

Until next time ... Enjoy!


Product not listed above ...
 - Craft Smith Natural Luxury 12x12 Paper Pad, EKS Bracket Edge Punch, 1/4" Scor-Tape

Monday, February 1, 2016

Onesies Baby Shower card ...

Good morning! It's the first of the month, and that means it's time for a New Challenge over at the House of CardsThis month's Challenge is a Word Challenge ... Shape Up.



I made a couple of Onesies Baby Shower cards to share with you today.


Knowing that my husband's cousin is going to be a grandfather soon, I couldn't resist picking up the MFT Baby Onesies Die and the MFT LJD Beautiful Baby stamp set for the occasion.


The first card opens at the top. The base of the card is made with Papertry Ink Vintage Cream cardstock with AMS Pistachio as the onesie.  I stamped one of the elephants from the stamp set with Memento Bamboo Leaves, added the sentiment and some Zva Pearls for the snaps.


The second card opens from the side. I used the same cardstock for the base and onesie, but added a layer of CCS Navy Basis cardstock in between. For the cover I used a Heidi Swap stencil and Memento Summer Sky ink with a dauber, then added the sentiment in Memento Danube Blue, and used Royal Blue Liquid Pearls for the snaps. On the inside I used both of the star stamps from the set to continue to design from the cover.

These were so fun to make, and now I'm ahead of the game for the Baby Shower later this month. One card to go with my gift and one for my daughter's gift.

Make sure you hop on over to the House of Cards Challenge Blog for all of the details for entering our Monthly Challenge. I can't wait to see what inspires you this month!

Challenges entered ...
 - Brown Sugar Challenge 183 ~ Anything Goes
 - The Stamping Boutique Challenge ~ Die Cuts, Punches, Etc.
 - Crafty Calendar Challenge ~ Something New (stamps/die)
 - Crafty Friends Challenge #24 ~ Animals or Birds (elephant)
 - MFP Stamp Challenge #5 ~ Anything Goes

Until Next time ... Enjoy!