Happy Haunting

Hi folks! Well…I’m just not ready to jump into holiday card making yet, so I thought I would get familiar with some new Halloween sets that I have purchased this year. Today’s card showcases the “Witch Feet” stamp set from Hero Arts. I also used a cute little “Spider and Bats” mini stamp set from Penny Black. For the inside of the card, I used the Ghoul Friend set from Art Impressions.

To get started, I first inked up the background for card using distress oxide inks in wilted violet, blueprint sketch and black soot. Oh, and I did use some white pigment ink to blend in the center to lighten it up a bit so that it was not so dark and the black sentiment would pop out more. To give it kind of a night sky effect, I splattered water first to get the oxides to react which created the speckled splotchy background. Then to give it a starry sky feel, I splatted perfect pearls which is just the perfect pearls powder mixed with water.

I stamped and colored the witches feet, then die cut them. I found that the white border that was left after I die cut them stood out a bit too much on the card, so I colored it with a C4 Cool Gray copic marker and I think this looks much better.

I arranged everything on my card and took a pencil to outline the boxes of where I wanted to stamp in the spider, bats and sentiment. I stamped and embossed everything on the base and then began to assemble.

The stitched frame die is from MFTStamps and I use this often but I can’t find a link to it anymore, so it might be discontinued. I die cut this from white card stock and then one more time from a piece of black craft foam that I used to pop it up for some dimension. I used black soot distress ink to give the white frame a spooky weathered look. I love it!

Now for the inside – which is pretty cute too. There is a stamp manufacturer called Two-Lips Stamps and they have all kinds of funny (and punny) sentiments that are great for the inside of your cards. I thought this one was fitting for this Halloween themed card – it made me smile.

The hanging spider web and jack-o-lantern banner came from the stamp set made by Art Impressions – called Ghoul Friend Set. (Stay tuned for more on this set – I can’t wait to start coloring these two crazy ladies!)

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Are you busy getting ready to send your kids back to school? Click here to see my blog post on cute mini encouragement notes that you can slip into your child’s lunch or backpack.

It’s back to school time!

Can you believe how fast the summer flew by? I can’t believe it’s time to send the kiddos back to school. Today I am sharing a set of 10 mini note cards (a two week supply!) that can be used to tuck into your kiddos lunch box to let them know you are thinking of them throughout the day. This set is girl themed – I have a boy themed set in the works and will be sharing that soon. I will also have some seasonal note cards as well (Halloween, Fall, Christmas, etc.)

These cards measure 2.5″ x 3.5″ inches and come with a mini coordinating envelope. It’s about the size of a gift card – so it’s perfect to sneak into their lunch or tuck into their backpack for a sweet surprise that is sure to bring a smile to their face. The inside is blank for most of them. A couple have a sentiment inside and those are shown below.

Have a look … these are currently for sale in my Etsy store. Shipping is free while supplies last!

September Birthdays?

Holy smokes…is it just me, or do a lot of you have friends and relatives with birthdays in September? I just counted all of mine up and I have 12. Yes…12. Prepping for September birthdays has almost become an “event” to plan for like Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So I have been busy creating birthday cards…for all ages which I love because of the variety of cards I get to design. Here are a couple of the recent cards – and if you follow my blog and your birthday is in September…than consider this a possible spoiler alert!

Mother’s Day is coming!

I have been busy working on some mother’s day cards and was thinking about how many people out there only send a mother’s day card to your mother and mother-in-law? Or, do you send a card to other mom’s in your life even if they are not your own mother? I typically have only sent to my mother and mother-in-law but this year I think I want to change that. I’ve made quite a few cards already so I will be sending some out to those special mom’s in my life that I’d like to recognize. How about you?

Here is a card that I made a few days ago. I just got a new stamp and die alphabet set from Pink Fresh Studios and wanted try them out. I first die cut the full word MOTHER but decided to go with MOM as it was easier to fit onto an A2 sized card. I cut three sets of the word MOM and stacked them up for dimension. Then, I pulled out my “Kind Flowers” from Simon Says Stamp and inked up a bunch of the flowers to color. I fussy cut them out and layered a few of them. Then added the green leaves which were also painfully fussy cut. All the flower images were colored with my Ohuhu alcohol markers.

I embossed a plain white piece of card stock using a pretty foliage embossing folder, then glued a thin strip of black and white striped paper across the bottom edge to give it a little extra flair. I glued on the letters with my my favorite liquid adhesive – lawn fawn glue tube – and I’m not saying this for any other reason other than I have tried them all and this one does not clog up! I LOVE it…and have several tubes on hand at all times.

I fussed with the flowers and where they would be placed for quite a few minutes…and then quickly stuck them down with some foam tape before I changed my mind (again). 🙂 Placed this whole panel on a bright fusha pink card base (I think from GinaK Design but not sure). At this point I thought I was done, then I decided it needed something more, so I stamped up a quick sentiment (from the same Kind Flowers stamp set) and trimmed it up and placed it on top. And here it is – quite pretty I think!

If you like to see more mother’s day cards that I have made, you can check them out here and here.

That’s it from me for a bit – I am headed back to Seattle today and leaving my sunny Arizona home for a few months. Probably won’t be back until the fall. I’ll be busy back in my home base craft room though so stay tuned for more! I’d love it if you subscribed to my blog so you can follow along! Bye for now.

More Mother’s Day cards using Honey Bee Stamps

Today I am showcasing a few more Mother’s Day cards using a this great floral stamp set from Honeybee Stamps.

This first card (Mother & Friend) with the all pink flowers was a bit more time intensive. This stamp set is comprised of individual flowers so if you want to create a realistic looking bouquet, you have to cut out masks for each flower. Once I had stamped and cut the masks, I went to work laying out the design for the bouquet and stamped it up. If you’d like to learn more about this masking technique, here is a link to a video that Jennifer McGuire made that explains it nicely. (she makes awesome tutorial videos!)

I colored the cosmos flowers with my Ohuhu alcohol markers that I just purchased so that I have a full set of markers in my Arizona home when I am here. It’s a bit of a hassle to travel with a full set of copic markers and so this 100-piece set was an affordable solution to have coloring options while I’m working from my Arizona home.

After I was satisfied with my coloring, I fussy cut the flowers out and popped them up (with foam tape for dimension) on a white card base that I first ran through my sizzix bigshot using a polka dot embossing folder to give it some dimension and interest. I love how the bright pink flowers pop on the stark white background.

I created a quick sentiment using white embossing powder on a thin strip that I cut from black card stock. The sentiment is from this a honeybee stamp set. I adhered the card panel to a white 110lb. card stock base, trimmed to an A2 sized card.

The second card didn’t require the masking, but I did have to fussy cut each of the flowers. I individually stamped each flower and then colored them up in some pretty spring colors. By the way – I did google Cosmos Flowers so I could see actual images of the flowers and see what kind of colors to use. I used this as my guide while coloring – it helps a lot to have something to look at when coloring.

After I fussy cut all the flowers and leaves I think I poured myself a glass of wine and give my hand a little break. (ha! – true story). Once my cramped up hand recovered from all the cutting, I pulled out my wonky stitched rectangle die (one of my favs) and ran that through my bigshot to use as my card panel. I spent way too much time arranging the flowers and when I was finally satisfied with the layout, I glued them down into place. I finished it off with a sentiment and heat embossed it for a bit of shine. The final step was to adhere the card panel to a black card base.

Ok, so there you have it…(thank you if you’re still with me this far – I tend to be long winded) I don’t have a ton of craft supplies stocked up yet in my AZ home, so these cards are pretty clean and simple. I hope you like them and I hope all of you mother’s out there have a lovely Mother’s Day get spoiled rotten!

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