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.