Friday, August 28, 2015

Life is Sweeter when Shared with Friends

Hi friends!

This week seems to have flown by for me! I'm popping in quickly to share a card. I'm in love with this Penny Black stamp. I LOVE poppies! Here's my card:

I'm not sure if there are purple poppies...but, in my world, there are! :) I used my Copics to color in the image. If you look closely, you'll see that one of the petals has been adhered to give added dimension to the flower. I really like how that makes the flower look more real. The sentiment is from an old Hero Arts set that has tons of sentiments. I thought this one was perfect for sending to a friend.

I'll be entering the card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge--Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday--Anything Goes

Have a great weekend, everyone!
Pat

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A Male card

Hi friends!

I'm just getting back from vacation but wanted to quick pop in and share a card. I needed a card for some men and those can be tricky. You don't want tons of embellishments and they can't be too girly so I went with a nautical theme. Here's my card:

The stamp (Lawn Fawn's "Float My Boat") was perfect for a clean and simple look. I began by heat embossing some chevron lines. I knew that would give it some added texture and interest. Then, I die cut some stitched circles and added some white lines right along the stitching of the red circle. Then, I stamped the anchor and added a brad (remember when those were used?!). The brad is perfect for this card. It's not too flashy yet does add some "bling". I popped up the anchor so that it had some added dimension. The sentiment is on the inside and it simply says "you are my anchor". Simple card but I tend to keep things simple for male cards.

I'm entering this card into several challenges:
Word Art Wednesday--Anything Goes
Lawnscaping Challenge--Embossing challenge
Just Add Ink--Create a Male Card


Have a great week, everyone, and thanks for stopping by!
Pat

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hey Diddle Diddle!

Hi friends!

I'm popping in to share a card I made this week. I think baby cards are cute and I love how this one turned out! Here's my card:

I used stamps from an Inkadinkadoo set and just thought it was adorable to use these little stuffed animals together. The set also has a little monkey and a puppy...so many fun images that would work great! I colored in the images using Copic markers and that's always fun! I purposely kept the colors neutral so the card is ready for any expectant parents. I added some flooring just so that the images didn't look like they were floating on air. I also used my white gel pen to add some stripes to the elephant's patches. I didn't think of adding a small pearl to the bear's button until after I'd taken the photograph. The sentiment comes with the stamp set and I just think it's adorable!

I'll be entering the card in the following sites:
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes!
V's Sweet Ideas--also anything goes

Thanks for stopping by!
Pat

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy birthday!

Hi friends!

Yes, it's been a bit since I've posted...but I have been busy playing in my room. I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I'm popping in to share a card I made. It's from a Teresa Collins set I purchased recently and I just love it! Here's my card:

I LOVE how bold this stamped image is. I stamped it repeatedly with pigment ink so that I could heat emboss it. The heat embossing gave it such a nice shine when it was all done. I went ahead and colored in the center of the flowers using distress markers. Then, I stamped the sentiment but realized it was still missing something. I thought maybe the white spaces in between the flowers were what needed something extra so I free handed some green dots in clusters. That helped--but I still felt like something was missing. I then saw some epoxy stickers of butterflies. They're clear and I'd been waiting to use them. I grabbed a few of my Copic markers and began coloring in this butterfly. I think it added that touch I knew was missing. Gotta love those Copic markers! :)

I'll be entering the card into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Blog--anything goes!
Just Add Ink: Butterfly challenge
Word Art Wednesday--Anything goes!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
Pat

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