Happy Summer!

Summer is here, though it is not like any summer that I can remember. Stay indoors, staycations! At least I didn’t have to get ready for bikini weather this year and I don’t have to worry about exposure to too many UV rays! See there are positive sides to all of this.

But seriously, enjoy the outdoors if you can in your own backyard. Sip a nice cool drink of choice and play your favorite summer mix playlist. Practice safety. There will be other summers. For now, just look at this card and have fun reminiscing about past summers. Mr. Crab seems happy!

The world will get better, slowly but surely if we all stay strong together and practice safe distancing.

Hope you like the card and have fun and stay safe.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Impression Obsession: Summer (red rubber cling stamp); Simon Says Stamp: Sea You Soon (seagull image); Lawn Fawn: Pick of the Patch (‘HAPPY’ sentiment).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 100# (card front and card base); Turquoise-colored cardstock from my stash (mat for card front).
  • Dies: My Favorite Things Die-namics: Double-Stitched Rectangle STAX (largest die).
  • Inks: Memento Ink: Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly); Altenew Pigment Ink: Obsidian (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers: Letter ‘S’:YR18, YR04; Letter ‘M’: Y38; Letter ‘M’: BG15; Letter ‘E’: Y23,YG09; Letter ‘R’: YR18; Palm Tree Fronds: YG09; Palm Tree Bark: E08; Crab: R29, Y11; Sun: Y17; Sand: E11.
  • Notes: Faber-Castell Artist Pen ‘S’ was used to create tiny random black dots in the sand. The card is an A2-sized card (4.25″ x 5.5″).

Unite Against Racism Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

I am so happy and proud to be a part of the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism blog hop today.

 

Many thanks to Justine Hovey, a fellow papercrafter who organized the event. You can go to her website for for further information about the hop.

The goal of the hop is to come together as a community to stand behind and support our fellow crafters of color and highlight the never-ending fight against racism and our united support for equality for all.

I created three cards for this event. The main objects in each card were created using colors that represent the skin tones of all peoples. By using these colors, I hope that I can show that when we include and respect everyone regardless of color, we can become a part of something quite beautiful.

  • The butterfly symbolizes change which we need if we are to eliminate racism.

  • The hearts represent the hearts of all people that beat in rhythm to show we are united in this cause.

  • Lastly, the hands represent the work that must be done by all of us if we are to stand united together in the name of equality.

I hope you like the cards. Please remember to support the bloggers who are part of the Papercrafters Unite Against Racism Blog Hop.

The specifics on supplies I used to created them are listed at the very end of this post.

 

Supplies used in making these projects:

Be the Change:

  • Stamps: Papertrey Ink: Butterfly Blooms stamp set: Ellen Hutson Essentials by Ellen: Be the Change (sentiment).
  • Dies: Papertrey Ink: Butterfly Blooms coordinating die set.
  • Inks: Memento: Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink); Altenew: Obsidian Pigment Ink (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers: E77, E18, E15, E35, E31, E02, Y35, E08, E97.
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (butterfly and card base); Papertrey Ink: Rustic Cream (card front); Papertrey Ink: Dark Chocolate (mat for card front).
  • Note: The butterfly was layered underneath with 2 additional layers of cardstock for added dimension. Card size is standard A2-size (4.25″ x 5.5″).

Unity in Diversity:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Better Together (sentiment).
  • Dies: Simon Says Stamp (SSS): Scribble Heart die.
  • Inks: Altenew pigment ink: Obsidian (sentiment).
  • Copic Markers: from left to right, top to bottom: E17 (Maroon); E18 (Copper); E35: (Chamois); E31 (Beige Brick); E02 (Fruit Pink).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# (for die-cutting parts and card base); Neenah Classic Cream (for card front); Papertrey Ink: Dark Chocolate (card mat).
  • Note: Card size is 5” x 7”; each of the hearts have 3 layers of cardstock for a little added dimension.

We Are Better Together:

  • Stamps: Altenew: Better Together stamp set (sentiment).
  • Dies: Ellen Hutson Essentials by Ellen: Hands die set.
  • Stencils: My Favorite Things: Stencil Cloud.
  • Ink: Versafine Pigment Ink: Onyx Black; Distress Oxide Ink: Broken China.
  • Copic Markers: Colors listed for hands (left to right): E17 (Maroon), E18 (Copper); E25 (Chamois), E31 (Brick Beige), E02 (Fruit Pink).
  • Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110# used for die-cutting hands, card front and card base; Papertrey Ink: Hawaiian Shores (mat for card front).
  • Note: Total card dimensions are 5.75” x 4.5”.

Stay Strong

 

Stay strong! I cannot emphasize this enough in these times. I wanted to make a card that was positive and calming. I hope I achieved that.

I find that being near water is very calming for me, so I tried to create that feeling here. I love the different shades of blue used here to mimic waves and how the sea can change in color. This effect was achieved using watercolors and layering the shades of blues on top of each other. It was one of the techniques introduced in Online Card Classes’s Spring Card Camp 2 by Kristina Werner. There is also a Spring Card Camp 1. They are both great classes to take while you are staying in place.

Hope you liked this project and I wish everyone strength, calm and positivity in these difficult times.

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps: Altenew: All Things Orange stamp set (for the seagulls, clouds, and sentiment).
  • Dies: Altenew: All Things Orange coordinating die set (dies used for seagulls and clouds).
  • Inks: Versafine: Onyx Black
  • Watercolors: Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set (36 colors in all; only shades of blue were used and black at the very bottom).
  • Papers & Cardstock:
    • Arches Cold Press Watercolor Paper in 140 lb. (for card front)
    • Papertrey Ink in Dark Indigo (for mat around the card front)
    • Neenah Solar White 110# (for card base)

Note: the final card size is A2 (4.25” x 5.5”)

Mom You are the Best!

Mother’s Day will be here soon. It is time to remember your Mom and all the things that she did for you. Mothers are the greatest!

I love this card because I was able to use one of my background stamps that I bought on impulse. This background stamp has a strong graphic pattern consisting of bold groups of line at different angles that appear to cross each other. Therefore, you would not normally use it for a card to your mother. However, I think the pattern works with the bold “MOM” sentiment die and the graphical die-cut leaves.

Hope you have a great day and remember Mom IS the best!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • Simon Says Stamp: Stripe Jumble Background stamp (6”x6” red rubber)
    • Hero Arts Stamp & Cut: Thanks set (sentiment: “you are the best”)
  • Dies:
    • My Favorite Things Die-namics: Mom die
    • Papertrey Ink: Fancy Foliage die set
  • Inks:
    • Catherine Pooler Inks: Party Dress (used for graphic stamp pattern)
    • Versamark ink (used for heat embossed sentiment strip)
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (used for stamping the background pattern and making the card base)
    • Simon Says Stamp: Glitter cardstock in Magenta (used for the die-cut ‘MOM’ and the top layer of the leaf foliage)
    • Papertrey Ink: Raspberry Fizz (used to create the bottom 3 layers of the leaf foliage)
    • Papertey Ink: True Black (used for the skinny sentiment ‘you are the best’)
  • Other:
    • Hero Arts: White embossing powder

Notes:

  • The card is an A2-sized card (4.25” x 5.5”) with a horizontal orientation and fold along the top.
  • The die-cut foliage (leaves) were triple-stacked using Raspberry Fizz cardstock. The magenta glitter cardstock was used as the top layer for a total of four layers.
  • Fun foam was used on the back of the ‘MOM’ sentiment to give it added dimension.
  • The jumble background pattern was stamped onto a full 6”x6” piece of cardstock and a strip of it cut down for the card.
  • The cardstock used for the mat of the jumble-patterned strip is Raspberry Fizz.

Happy Spring!

Spring hasn’t really happened yet. This is often the case when you live in the upper Midwest. We’ve had some warmer days but not consistently. A few daffodils here and there, but no major budding or blooming. In fact, this morning I saw a few snowflakes floating in the area. I checked my calendar to verify that it was April. It was, but still no Spring, not yet anyway.

Brighter days will come to all of us I know and so will all the good things that come with sunny, warmer days.

Here is a card to help you get by until Spring finally is here.

Have a great day! Stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong.

 

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • Altenew: Leaf Clusters
    • The Ton: Basic Sentiments (happy)
  • Dies:
    • Neat and Tangled: Hello Spring die set
  • Inks:
    • Altenew Inks: Baby Pink, Limeade, Lime, Parrot
    • Versamark Ink: for heat embossing of the word ‘happy’
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (card front)
    • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)
    • My Favorite Things Sparkle Cardstock: Cotton Candy (mat for the card front and Spring die-cut)
    • Vellum 40# from my stash for the shadow die for the word ‘Spring’ and the stamped word ‘happy’ which was heat embossed with glitter embossing powder.
  • Other:
    • WOW Glitter Embossing Powder: Pink Fizz (for the word ‘happy’)
    • Hero Arts Sparkle Gems (used the tiny flower that dots the ‘I’ in the word ‘Spring’). This particular item may be discontinued.
  • Note:
    • Final card size is A2 (4.25” x 5.5”)
    • The leafy card front was stamped first on 4.25” x 5.5” piece of white 80# cardstock and then trimmed down by 1/8 of an inch on all sides (trimmed dimensions are 4.00” x 5.25”) and matted against the sparkle cardstock.

Take a Deep Breath

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Staying calm and focused on the positive is always a good idea. The little cutie in this card is doing just that. She’s taking a minute or two to relax and rejuvenate herself. Please do the same. You need it to stay strong!

Stay healthy and safe.

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • MFT Stamps: Pure Innocence: Serenity stamp set
  • Embossing Folders:
    • We R Memory Keepers Next Level Embossing Folder: Gemstone (used for the background of the card front)
  • Dies:
    • MFT Die-namics: Coordinating dies for MFT Stamps: Pure Innocence: Serenity stamp set
    • MFT Die-namics: Say It in a Starburst (used for the circle around the little cutie).
    • Hero Arts Infinity Dies: Circles (fifth die from the largest – used to cut out the starburst)
    • MFT Die-namics: Oval shadows (for ground underneath little cutie). This may stamp set may no longer be available.
    • Honey Bee Stamps: Banners die set (used for stamping the sentiment)
  • Inks:
    • Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink) for stamping little cutie image
    • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (sentiment).
  • Cardstock:
    • Neenah Solar White 110# (used for little cutie and card base)
    • Papertrey Ink in Lemon Tart (used for dry embossed background and sunburst)
    • Papertrey Ink in Amethyst Allure (used for the ground little cutie is sitting on)
  • Copic Markers:
    • Hair: E17, E74
    • Clothes: Top: V05; Slippers: V05, V15; Tights: V12
    • Skin tones: E51 (for base), E02 (for shading); E93 (for cheeks)

Note: I popped up the image of little cutie with foam squares.

Always Stronger Together

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I’m posting a card I made for two people in NYC who are near and dear to me. I’m sending prayers and nothing but good vibes to them and their fellow New Yorkers as they go through the pandemic together. Be brave, be strong, have faith things will get better!

To everyone out there who stumbles on this post, stay safe and healthy!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps:
    • MFT Stamps: You’re Super and Super Boy stamp sets (girl and boy super heroes, respectively).
    • Altenew: Sketchy Cities stamp set (NYC skyline)
    • Simon Says Stamp: Stronger Together stamp set (sentiment)
  • Stencils:
    • Newton’s Nook: Clouds stencil
  • Dies:
    • MFT Die-namics: Coordinating dies for the You’re Super and Super Boy stamp sets.
    • MFT Die-namics: Oval shadows (for ground underneath superheroes). This may stamp set may no longer be available.
  • Inks:
    • Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly ink) for stamping super heroes and skyline
    • Versafine Ink in Onyx Black (skyline and sentiment).
  • Copic Markers:
    • For super hero outfits: Belt: Y423, Y35; Boots R29, R89; Cape: R29 (outside); R89 (inside);
    • For super hero skin tones: E51, E53, E02
    • For super hero hair: Girl: Y11, U21; Boy: C7 (leave small areas white (uncolored);

A Little Kindess In These Times Goes a Long Way

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Hello,

These are difficult times for everyone around the world.

If you are not on the front lines with those people who are trying to understand and fight Covid-19, care for those stricken by the virus or those that can’t work from home because their jobs are important in maintaining important functions to keep everyone supplied with food, services, etc. remember to say a prayer of gratitude and safety for them.

You can reach out to others via texting, Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, Facetime or any other technology that helps us all stay connected. Be there for others emotionally and psychologically since we can’t be there physically. Be supportive, kind and hopeful because we all can use that now. We are all in this together facing a common enemy.

Stay safe, healthy and positive.

Merry Christmas Poinsettia

I haven’t posted in a while. But now that Christmas is getting nearer, I’ve started making holiday cards.

This card features a beautiful poinsettia flower. I love the die it was cut from. There is so much detail in it. The embossed lines that are created by the die really add dimension to the flower.

I die cut the flowers and the leaves from metallic shimmer paper because I think the holidays are all about things that shimmer, shine and glow. The border stamp (though it is stamped in the middle of the card front) was stamped with metallic gold shimmer ink. The results are stunning, and the photo doesn’t quite capture it.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day and try to fit in some Holiday crafting!

Supplies used in making this project:

  • Stamps: Pretty Pink Posh: Winter Borders stamp set; My Favorite Things: Hand Lettered Holiday stamp set (‘Merry’ ‘Christmas’ sentiment/words).
  • Dies: Hero Arts: Paper Layering Poinsettia Fancy Die.
  • Inks: Delicata: Golden Glitz (for the stamped border. Note: this ink is from Tsukineko); Hero Arts: Mid-Tone Shadow Ink in Royal Red (for sentiment).
  • Cardstock:
    • Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream (card front).
    • Poinsettia flower in Red Satin shimmer cardstock (from my stash: brand name unknown).
    • Leaves: Curious Metallic Paper in Botanic.
    • Flower center: Stardream Metallic cardstock in Gold.

Autumn: Colorful Leaves and Time to Get Cozy

Fall leaves are the prettiest. Autumn is all about earth tones. The subtle shimmer of rich earth-toned metallics reminds me of Autumn at its richest and most beautiful.

We are two days into the Autumn season and its time to begin reflecting on the past year as everything starts to turn into gorgeous bursts of color before the fade out and plunge into cold and snow. At least that’s what happens to the weather where I live!

I created this card using a beautiful die set. The veining in the leaves from the dies give the leaves a realistic, beautiful, textured dimensional look. The leaves were die cut from metallic cardstock in antique gold and cooper. I adhered the leaves to the card with glue dots placed down the center of each leaf. Afterwards, I bent the sides of each leaf to add some pop-up dimension. The metallic cardstock was thick enough to hold the bending of the leaves without any problem. The sentiment and the die cut of the word ‘Fall’ provide an additional touch of memories of Autumn’s past.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day and enjoy the nature’s colors all around you!

Supplies used to make this project:

Stamps:  Neat & Tangled: Hello Fall Stamp Set (sentiment).

Dies:  My Favorite Things Die-namics: Falling Leaves die set (leaves cut from metallic cardstock); Neat & Tangled: Hello Fall die set (word “Fall” and shadow for the word): My Favorite Things Die-namics: Wonky Stitched Square STAX die set (second largest square from the set).

Inks:  Catherine Pooler Inks: Over Coffee (stamped sentiment);

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink: Dark Chocolate (for the card front) and Rustic Cream (for the sentiment square); Die-cut leaves were cut from Stardream Antique Gold cardstock and metallic copper (brand unknown). Word “Fall” was die-cut from the metallic copper cardstock.

Autumn Greetings!

Fall is arriving in a few days!

Even though, the weather still says Summer, it’s time to start making Autumn-themed cards. This card was made using the cute Autumn Wreath stamp set from Pretty Pink Posh. I love this set and all the whimsical images.

The wreath stamp is full of cute details so you can color to your heart’s content. I stamped the wreath with a Copic-friendly ink used my favorite coloring medium, Copic markers in an array of greens, brown, warm yellows and oranges to make the wreath pop on the white cardstock. then die-cut the wreath with its coordinating die. I also die cut another wreath from fun foam and adhered it to the back of the colored wreath before adhering the entire wreath piece to the front of the card. This gave the wreath added dimension.

Hope you like this project. Have a great day!

 

Supplies used to make this project:

Stamps: Pretty Pink Posh: Autumn Wreath stamp set (both the wreath and the sentiment).

Dies: Pretty Pink Posh: Autumn Wreath coordinating die set (for the wreath die).

Inks:  Versafine Pigment Ink in Onyx Black (for sentiment); Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black (Copic-friendly) (for wreath image).

Cardstock:  Neenah Solar White 80# for stamping the wreath; Papertrey Ink: Terracotta Tile for the card front; Neenah Solar White 110# for the card base.

Copic Markers:  Flower images (there are 2 of them): YR24; Berries: R46: Round Berry Plants: YR09 for berry and YG25 for tiny leaves; Oak leaf shapes: Y35 and Y38; Oval leaf shapes: YG25, Y21 blended; Striped leaves YR38 (top) and YR09 bottom and blend with Y38; Mushrooms: E17 and E34; Acorns: Y38 (top) and E17 (bottom).

Please note that I added tiny dots with a fine black artist ink pen to the mushrooms and lines underneath the mushroom cap for gills. I also added crisscross lines to the tops of the acorns with the same fine black artist ink pen.

You Are Every Bit of Wonderful! Single Layer Floral Card

I love gold embossing powder! Using it really dresses up a card and adds a bit of elegance when paired with a sophisticated background stamp like the one I used for this project.

I took inspiration for this card from the recent bi-monthly Yippee for Yana video on the Simon Says Stamp YouTube channel. This month’s Yippee for Yana video features an elegant one-layer masked floral card.

Yana Smakula’s designs are so wonderful and her style runs the gamut from whimsical to sophisticated. I love the versatility in her card making. She is always a constant source of inspiration.

My project uses Yana’s basic techniques shown in the video. The only obvious difference is the background stamp and sentiments that we each chose and perhaps the specific brands of embossing powders used. I also did not ink blend the edges of the embossed background with the same color of ink but chose a similar color from my ink pad stash.

One other difference is that I masked off a section in the middle by die-cutting a label from a rounded-corner label die using masking paper. After removing the label mask, I heat embossed a sentiment in the same gold embossing powder.

Hope you like my project. Hope you have a great day!

 

Supplies used to make this project:

  • Stamps:
    • Simon Says Stamp: Pretty Peonies background stamp
    • Simon Says Stamp: Uplifting Thoughts (sentiment)
  • Dies:
    • Pinkfresh Studio dies: Essentials Basic Label Frames set
  • Inks:
    • Versamark Ink for heat embossing
    • Catherine Pooler Inks: Icing on the Cake (light ink-blending around edges of card)
  • Cardstock:
    • WPlus9: Coal Mine (very similar to SSS’s Slate cardstock) for the card front
    • Neenah Solar White 110# (card base)
  • Other:
    • Brutus Monroe embossing powder: Gilded