Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hugs and Kisses and Flowers

Good morning!  Here's another Hugs and Kisses card but this time I've paired it with some fun and colorful flowers.  This Hugs & Kisses stamp from Verses Rubber Stamps is very versatile, so you can use it with anything.  The card I posted on Sunday with this Hugs & Kisses stamp was paired with X's and O's in the background.  There are so many possibilities with this sweet little sentiment.

I hope you are having a wonderful week.  :-)

Monday, February 8, 2016

Be Mine

Are you ready for Valentine's Day?  It's going to be here in less than a week, and I started to panic when I realized I hadn't made anything for my hubby yet.  LOL  I pulled out these adorable stamps from Art Neko and made this CAS (Clean And Simple) card.  I wanted to keep it masculine, so there are no flowers, no ribbons, no glitter or sequins or any of that frilly stuff.  I used a bold masculine color combo of black, white, and red, which I think he will appreciate.

I embossed the "Be Mine" sentiment on red cardstock and then cut it out with a heart die.  I also embossed the adorable little Cupid stamp onto black cardstock, and the added the heart next to it.  The heart is popped up with foam tape.

If you play along with the CAS challenges over on Splitcoaststampers, you'll see this card as one of the samples for this week's challenge.  That's right!  I'm a member of the CAS team!  :-)  You'll be seeing my samples as well as my challenges in the CAS forum and I will post them here to my blog as well.  So come check out our challenges each week and play along by sharing your clean and simple artwork.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Hugs and Kisses

Hi folks!  I've been making some sample cards for Verses Rubber Stamps, and this is one of those samples.  When I was a kid, I used to write letters to my grandparents all the time, and I always put XOXOXO in there to give them hugs and kisses.  That is what came to mind when I saw this Hugs and Kisses stamp.  I die cut some x's and o's and glued them down to make the background, and then I stamped the sentiment and added it to the center of my x's and o's.

I have more samples to share with you, so come on back this week for some more eye candy.  Can you believe next Sunday is Valentine's Day?  Didn't we just celebrate the New Year a few days ago??  LOL

Monday, January 18, 2016

Blessing Eggs

I've been playing around with some Art Neko stamps, and I pulled out these beautiful Hungarian Decorated Eggs.  I stamped them and colored them with Copic markers, and then I cut them all out.  After playing around with a layout, I was inspired to add a fifth egg but with a sentiment.  So I looked around at my sentiments from Art Neko, and I chose this Japanese Kanji Blessing stamp because it was the perfect size.  

I stamped another egg but with a very very light application of ink.  I then cut it out, turned it over and colored it with the blue marker before stamping the sentiment on it.  I also colored the blue mat with the same pale blue marker as the eggs.

I hope you all enjoyed your holidays.  Things are getting back to normal now and I have lots of stamping to do and share with you.  :-)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Minty Dove

Howdy folks!  I know it's been a while since I blogged.  It's been a crazy busy time, but I did manage to stamp some cards to share with y'all.  This one is my favorite.

A friend of mine, Miss Bev, was telling me to try white embossing on the new Mint cardstock from Stampin Up, so of course, I had to test it out.  I embossed this Dove of Peace with Versamark and white embossing powder and it was gorgeous.  As I was looking at it, though, I wondered how it would look if some areas were just a bit darker than others.  I didn't want a bold color at all.  I just wanted a nice subtle change.

So I pulled out a Versamark reinker, squeezed a tiny bit onto a palette, and painted in some areas with a tiny paintbrush dipped in the Versamark reinker.  You can't tell the difference right away - you have to give the Versamark a little bit of time to dry.  When it does, the effect is stunning.

I loved this so much, I didn't want to change a thing.  I kept it all very clean and simple by adhering it to a white mat and then adhering that to a Mint card base.  

Can you imagine doing this technique with tons of other colors?  Wouldn't this make a wonderful gift set for someone who needs Christmas cards?  I can't wait to make some more cards like this in different colors!  :-)

If you want this Dove of Peace stamp set, you'll have to hurry.  It is in the Holiday catalog from Stampin Up, and it will only be available through January 4, 2016.  Contact your demonstrator today!  

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Thank You Bouquet

Are you playing in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over on SCS this month?  My challenge is up today, and I hope you come and play along.  It's an easy one, I promise!!!

For my Thanks Bunches challenge, I am asking you to make a thank you card with a "bunch" of something on it.  What's a "bunch?"  It could be anything - a bunch of flowers bundled together, a bunch of sequins, a bunch of twine wrapped around your card, or a bunch of leaves falling down. 

On my card, I used a bunch of flowers bundled together as well as a bunch of twine wrapped around the card.  I also used a bunch of colored pencils to color in this image.  This gorgeous flower image is from Power Poppy's Countryside Bouquet set and I colored it with some Polychromos pencils.  I wanted a vibrant autumn bouquet, so I chose yellows and oranges and fuchsia and even a tiny touch of purple.

Head on over to SCS and check out the Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  We'd love to see what you create, so come on and join the fun!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Blackberry Ombre

Hi folks!  Have you been playing in the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over on Splitcoaststampers?  There is a new challenge (sometimes more than one) every day during the month of October.  Today's challenge is to use the ombre technique.  I love the look of ombre on cards, so I was excited to make a sample for this challenge.

I picked up my Blackberry Bliss ink pad and a sponge and started sponging the ink onto a piece of white cardstock.  I concentrated the color on one end and blended it up, over and over.  I then colored the flowers in my image to coordinate with the ombre background.

Check out the challenges over on SCS and join us in our card drive for Hope You Can Cling To!!  I hear there are prizes to be won!!  :-)