December 27, 2016

Birthday Card For Cindy

Here it is the last week of 2016 and I wanted to make a card for my cousin, whose birthday is this week. She's a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, so of course I had to use a Stampin' Up! image and decorator paper.

The card is a little larger than an A-2 card and I began with the image which I stamped with embossing ink and embossed with white powder. I then sponged a light blue ink on the embossed image and wiped the embossed area with a tissue to remove the ink on that part of the image. I used some blue decorative paper (SU) for the background, punched a white piece of card stock for the left side of the card and made a birthday greeting for the bottom. It needed one more touch, so I added a little metal butterfly to give it balance.

November 24, 2016

Creative Card Folds

I could spend all day watching card videos on YouTube. I especially love seeing uniquely folded cards and learning how to make them. Today I thought I'd share a three fun tutoruals, so click on the links below to see them.

Twist Turn Card

Twist & Pop Up Card

Tri Shutter Card

August 31, 2016

The Paper Players #310 Sketch Challenge

I really like participating in sketch challenges. There are times I don't really care for the sketch, but then there are times I see a sketch and immediately envision a card. When I saw this weeks sketch at The Paper Players I immediately thought of making a Halloween card. I had just purchased some pumpkin paper and small black and white flowers and it just came together from there. I love how this card turned out.
Image - Stampin' Up! Frightening Feline
Paper Flowers - Poppies & Paperie

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May 28, 2016

Vintage Elegance

I love cards with a vintage look. I recently purchased a 2003 Hero Arts stamp called Gracious Lady and decided I wanted to make a card that had a vintage and elegant appeal. I started with a black base card (5" x 7") and covered the front with a decorative paper and a coordinating decorative paper.

I stamped the lady in black and backed the image with some ivory colored and black card stock. I tied a black ribbon and bow around the card then attached the main image at the left using pop dots to raise the image. I stamped a second image and cut out only the lady. I attached her using a pop dot under the head and glued the bottom of the image flat on the card to give her dimension.

Stamped Image - Hero Arts Gracious Lady
Decorative Paper - Deja Views Wedding Paper
Black Ink - Versafine Onyx Black

May 26, 2016

Card Inspiration

It's funny how sometimes certain things you see inspire you to make a card. I recently purchased a large lot of scrapbook magazines for a friend of mine at a yard sale. Even though I don't scrapbook, I decided to take a look at a couple of the magazines. As soon as I opened the first magazine, a layout grabbed my attention and I immediately thought...Oh, that would make a cute card!

I followed the design of the scrapbook page layout and the card below is what I came up with. I really like it...and decided that now I have to go through all the scrapbook magazines (before I give them to my friend) to see what other inspiration I can find.

Peacock Image - Stampabilities
my friend Sentiment - Stampin' Up!
Stamp Ink - Stampin' Up! Pacific Point

March 17, 2016

Birds of a Feather

I have been so busy lately getting my new business underway, but this week I did take a day to make some cards. I love the colors Calypso Coral with Bermuda Bay, so made the card below using those colors with just a touch of black. I am so glad I purchased two packs of Stampin' Up! card stock that contained these colors.

The colors came from The Paper Players challenge and the card design is from the current Mojo Monday sketch challenge. I started with a Bermuda Bay (I love that color) base tent card then added a layer of embossed white backed with black. The panels that I made were also backed in black, with thin borders. I used a clear stamp image for the circle part, which I stamped with Bermuda Bay ink. Lastly I added a little bird button embellishment that I thought would go along with the saying on the card.

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February 17, 2016

The Paper Players Challenge 282

Another day...another challenge. This time it's a color challenge fromThe Paper Players, and I just happen to have colors that will work. I looked through my stamps and chose an image that would look good stamped on a diamond shape. I had the layout for the card in my mind, so I chose a vintage heart broach.

I started with a black base card and added a Pool Party layer. I stamped the broach in black then cut it out and backed it with black. On the Daffodil Delight layer I added a Tangerine Tango die cut and a square of decorative paper (special folded) to frame the heart broach. Before adding the yellow layer, I added a black ribbon and a butterfly embellishment.

Heart Broach - Stampin' Up! Antique Collectibles
Decorative Blue Paper - Creative Keepsakes
Butterfly Embellishment - K&Company
Card Stock - Stampin' Up!

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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.

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 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