February 5, 2016

Freshly Made Sketches Challenge 222

Another fun sketch challenge to participate in. I always like the sketch challenges over at Freshly Made Sketches, so decided to make a card featuring my newest Holly Pond Hill stamp. I love the vintage dresses the rabbits are wearing and it was fun coloring them. I had this great decorative paper that has been sitting in my closet forever, so thought I'd use it for the background. The sentiment "Best Friends" was computer generated on vellum.

This stamp is also available in my ETSY shop along with another Holly Pond Hill stamp titled True Love.

House Mouse and Mojo Monday Challenge 433

I like the simplified sketch for the latest Mojo Monday challenge, so today I made a card using one of the House Mouse stamps I recently purchased. This image is so cute but coloring the image was a bit of a challenge. I used a color theme of blues and browns and decided to try coloring in the image with Prismacolor Colored Pencils. I tried using markers first, but the coloring was way to harsh. After experimenting with the colored pencils, I discovered a light touch is best.

I started by stamping the House Mouse image in black. I colored in the cup image first, then colored the mouse and tea tag. Once all were colored, I buffed it with a tissue to soften the look. I then constructed the card using solids and a decorative brown scrapbook paper. The small light orange colored flower embellishment just gave it a little pop.

By the way, stampers...this little House Mouse stamp is up for sale in my ETSY shop, along with other House Mouse images. The decision to put the mouse in the teacup image up for sale was a tough one. This little mouse looks so content and he makes such a cute card that I was very tempted to keep him. I will keep this card though to remind me of my loss.

House Mouse Stamp - Stampabilities
Decorative Paper - Paper Pizazz (Hot off the Press)
Colors - Prismacolor Colored Pencils

January 20, 2016

Mojo Monday January 18th Challenge

I'm still in the Valentine Card making mode, so decided to make a few more cards following the Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I like this layout and thought I'd use some of my newest scrapbook paper with my newest stamp image. It worked out well when I came across some embellishments I had in the same color. It's funny how sometimes things just work out.

I started with a 7-1/4" x 5" white base card and built it from there. It's been a while since I've used my Cuttlebug and circle dies but every time I use it I realize what a great craft tool it is.

Stamp Image - Inkadinkado
Background Paper - Stampin' Up!
Button Embellishment - K & Company
Dye Ink - SU Baroque Burgundy

January 18, 2016

House Mouse Valentine

Let's talk layers. To frame a stamped image, I sometimes use multiple layers. I think layers makes the card sturdy and interesting. This cute little House Mouse was in a large lot of stamps I just purchased. I won't be selling the stamp, but I did manage to make a few cards this morning to put in my Etsy shop. Isn't he/she just the cutest thing?

It's time to participate in a challenge. The The Paper Players current challenge is to make a clean and simple Valentine card. I think my little mouse card fits into that category. Looking for inspiration for Valentine's Day cards? Click on over to The Paper Players blog. I always get inspired by the card designs other stampers make for the challenges. While you are there why not enter a card yourself.

January 13, 2016

Kliban Cats

It's been a while since I've come across a Kliban Cat rubber stamp. They still seem to be popular with stampers, so when I saw this stamp for sale, I immediately grabbed it. Today I made a card with this cute stamp of the cat walking a dog.

Kliban Cat Rubber Stamp - Rubber Stampede
Sentiment - Computer generated

January 6, 2016

Happy New Year 2016!

It's a new year, so time for a new start. I feel like I misplaced my creative spirit the last few months, but now that 2016 is here, I'm feeling creative again. I'm happy to announce that not only am I back to making cards, but I've started a new business. I am really excited to start this journey. The name of the business is Creative Heart Designs, of course. My plans include selling items on eBay, selling handcrafted items, supplies and vintage items on Etsy and who knows where I will go from there. I have yet to get things in motion in the e-commerce department, but I will be taking care of that in the next couple of weeks. In the mean time I am doing research, preparing items to offer for sale and making cards.

Hero Arts comes out with a new winter snow scene stamp each year right before Christmas. This year they have one with a deer in the image, so I had to buy it to add to my collection. Since there is a lot of solid area in this image, I removed the rubber from the wood block and backed it with EZ mount so I could stamp it using my Misti. I like making Let it Snow cards at the beginning of the year because its always snowing somewhere.

Snow Scene - Hero Arts
Die Cut Deer - Memory Box
Let it Snow Sentiment - Calligraphy on Vellum