Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happy Anniversary card

Hi friends! 

Hope everyone is having a good week so far...I'm popping in to share another card I made this past weekend. Here it is:

The simple elegance of this card is what I love most! Hero Arts released this stamp a year or two ago and I STILL LOVE it! It's incredibly elegant and is just so striking when you stamp and emboss the image on dark cardstock. The sentiment (sorry it's hard to see) is from Simon Says Stamp! and I added just a few gems to add even more glitz to the card. Super fast card to make but I LOVE the look of it! The best part? You can easily use this stamp for many occasions--anniversary, birthday, congratulations, sympathy...it's incredibly versatile because of the elegance of it. 

I'll be entering the card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp!--Sparkle and Shine challenge
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes

Have a great rest of the week!
Pat

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Watercolor birthday wishes

Hi friends!

It has been forever since I've posted...but I took some time to craft today and I'm finally posting a new card. Here's my card:

I LOVE this die from Memory Box! It's called Lunette and the butterfly is just stunning! It's so intricate...and yes, it's a bit time-consuming to pop out all those little holes on the butterfly's wing but it is so worth it!

I knew I wanted to make a watercolor background for this beauty. For the background, I used my distress ink pads and smeared the colors on the craft mat. Then, I spritzed the mat and smushed the watercolor paper onto the mat. I wanted there to be at least 2 layers of color so I heat dried the first later and then dipped the paper into the inky water again. For some added interest, I stamped a handwriting stamp on top of the background, too. I layered the paper onto brown cardstock and then added the sentiment (Hero Arts). I wanted to give the butterfly a bit of extra shine, too, so I used my Wink of Stella on the edges of the butterfly. It looks lovely in real life.

I'll be entering the card in a couple different website challenges.
Simon Says Stamp--anything goes!
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes!

Stay cool and have a great week!
Pat

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Butterfly Birthday wishes

Hi all!

Yes, it's been TOO long since I've posted anything...but I have been coloring some. Finishing the homeschooling year has taken a lot of my time but I'm hoping to dedicate some more time to crafting soon.

I'm sharing a card I made for a friend of mine. She's one of the "big names" in the card making industry and she's super nice! She's been incredibly generous to my family, especially to my youngest son who absolutely adores her. She's been a huge blessing! Her birthday was just a few days ago so I made the time to craft her a card. Here it is:
I love the colors on this card! Jennifer happens to love the color turquoise so I made sure to use a lot of that on the card. For the background, I used one of my favorite techniques. I took some watercolor paper and used several different Ranger distress ink colors. I smeared the distress ink directly onto my slick craft mat and then spritzed all the color with water. I let the colors mix a bit and then pounced the paper on it. I did it once and then heat set it and then took the paper into all the colors again so it has some depth to it. I thought it would be fun to add some circles--but I ended up not liking that so much. Oh well--sometimes you need to try things anyway. But I did add some small polka dots (Impression Obsession) and I do like the added depth of that. I was dying to use a new die (Lunette die by Memory Box) and I made that my focal point. The die was cut out of white cardstock and then I used my distress inks to add color to the butterfly. I wanted to add some brown to match the antennae so I added the circle around the opening. I then realized I didn't want to add the sentiment on the front. So, it's on the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!
Pat

The card will be entered into the following challenges:
My Favorite Things: Summer School Focal Point lesson
Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge: Use your favorite technique
Word Art Wednesday: Anything Goes

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Heartfelt thanks ballerina

Hi friends!

I'm popping in really quickly to share a card I made for someone that sent me quite the gift. I'm sure many of you participate in blog hops. I happened to have won a prize not long ago and the person not only sent me the prize but also included TONS of extra goodies in the package! Lovely goodies...tons of goodies! She wrapped all the extras in these cute little envelopes and it was just such a lovely surprise. I was so grateful and touched by her kindness. So, I wanted to send a card back letting her know I appreciated the gifts. Here's my card:

Yes, I'm still on my Copic coloring kick. And yes, I used the ballerina image Kristina Werner designed for the Copic Online Card Class. I just love this image! I wanted to add some polka dots to the front of the card to just add some interest. The sentiment is from Hero Arts and I heat embossed it. On the ballerina, I wanted to add some gems around the bun of her hair so that it looked like she was wearing a tiara. And every ballerina should have some sparkle so her shoes and the tulle under her tutu has Wink of Stella. I added some more gems around the sentiment and the card was done. Such a fun card to make!

I'll be entering this card in the following challenges:
Always Playing With Paper--use Polka Dots (see picture below)
Word Art Wednesday--Anything Goes
Simon Says Monday Blog--Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday Blog--Anything Goes


Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the week!
Pat


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ballerina Birthday

Hi all!

Yes, I'm posting twice in a week! I guess there are a few perks to having my husband gone on a business trip! I'm sharing a card I made with a digital image provided by Kristina Werner for the Online Card Class for Copic coloring. I LOVE this image! I think it's so cute! And it was tons of fun to color...Here's my card:
There's a little girl turning 3 in May and I just think she's as adorable as this image. I can't wait to put this card in the mail for her! I stamped some polka dots to the front of the card for some interest. The front of the card had a circle die cut in the middle of it so I die cut a frame to outline the circle a bit more and then stamped the sentiment. The sentiment is from Hampton Arts and then I added some little gems to the cake stand and to her ballet slippers, too. The only thing that truly took a bit of time was the coloring and the fussy cutting. Other than that, though, the rest of the card is pretty simple.

I'll be entering the card here:
V's Sweet Ideas--"Anything Goes" challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge--"In the Middle"
Word Art Wednesday--"Anything Goes"



Thanks for stopping by!
Pat

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Heartfelt Sympathy

Hi all!

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. I've been able to do a bit of coloring these last few days because my husband is away on a business trip. So, Copic coloring has been my past time! :)

Here's my card:
Sympathy cards are the HARDEST to make. So, I decided to use a digital image and keep it simple yet elegant. I wish I could share where I got the digital image from but I just recently found it in a file on my son's computer. I have no idea where I got the image from! However, the sentiment is from a company I hadn't heard of before--A Creative Journey with Melissa. I have the "Outside and In" set and LOVE it! The quality of the stamps are great! There's a sympathy message on the inside of the card, too, and it just adds such a special touch.

The image was colored in using Copics. I have so enjoyed being able to just put the kids to bed, turn on a movie, and color away! Hoping to share more cards soon.



I'll be entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Use Spring Flowers
Simon Says Monday Challenge--"In the Middle"
Word Art Wednesday--Anything goes!

Thanks for stopping by!
Pat

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

More Copic practice

Hi friends!

It's been a while since I've had time to craft and post...but I'm popping in to share a birthday card. I had intended to play along with a coloring challenge but homeschooling has really interrupted that intention. However, I did get some coloring done while the kids were sick and now I've completed a card. Here it is:
Copics--I've fallen in love with them! If there's ever been a time that I've wished for MORE TIME, it's been now. I wish I could sit and color and play in my room more than I have been. Oh well...summer is almost here! :)

I used Copics to color in the image and also outline the image. In the center of the flowers I added some Wink of Stella so that there's some shine on them. So much fun to color in! And yes, I forgot to add the "happy birthday" sentiment so that is stamped on the inside.

I'm entering the card into the following "anything goes" challenge sites:
Word Art Wednesday
V's Sweet Ideas

Thanks for stopping by!
Pat