Hey there! Welcome to my blog! Today I have a card for the Color Throwdown #516, which is the colors dark teal, rust, and cream. I decided to pull out a couple of fun dies from Simon Says Stamp for my card, so I used the Picture Book Donut die along with the Dude die along with the Messages for Everyday stamp. If you'd like to see the process for how I made the card, check out the video down below:
The process was fun and the card is even more fun :)
Hey there! What an exciting day for Taylored Expressions! We are celebrating their 10th birthday today with a Blog Hop that includes 40 designers! That's incredible! I'm beyond excited that I am one of those 40 designers. Some of you may remember that I used to design for Taylored Expressions a couple years back.
I have been a fan and customer of Taylor's since the beginning. I've always loved the TE stamps, and now their extensive line of different products ranging from inks and papers to stencils and embossing folders. The stamp designs are always fresh and fun! One of the first stamp sets I ever ordered was from the adorable Cuppie line of stamps. Back in March of 2013 I joined the team as one of the designers for the Card Kits that Taylor once did, and then a little while later joined the Release Team.
At the heart of Taylored Expressions is a mission to share joy through the gift of handmade cards. As part of their 10th birthday TE is continuing that mission with the launch of a special Share Joy campaign focused on providing birthday cards to those in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the U.S. To make as deep an impact as possible TE is inviting card makers everywhere to join the campaign. Will you join us? Find out how to participate by viewing their Share Joy page here: https://tayloredexpressions.com/share-joy
I encourage you all to get inky and make a card for this campaign! We all know how wonderful it is to make and share our cards, and I know y'all know how great it is to receive a handmade card! Be sure to head back to Taylor's Blog to see what the other amazing designers have made to celebrate :)
Hey there! I'm super excited to be sharing my card for the Color Throwdown Challenge #508 as their Guest Designer this week! And the color combo of purple, green, yellow, and red are amazing!
To make my card I pulled out a bunch of scraps in the colors for the challenge, and used a Simon Says Stamp Feathers die for my pieces. I sponged the outsides of the feathers with coordinating Distress Ink colors, and then adhered those to my card base. My sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp set called Yes You Can, and I stamped that using Versamark Ink onto some black cardstock, coated it with some fine detail white embossing powder, and then heat set that.
If you'd like to watch the process check out the video below:
This was such a fun color combo. . .they always are!
Hey there! I'm back with another card for my Encouraging Cards Series! We are on card #12, and I can hardly believe it! This has been such a fun and inspiring series for me, and I hope that you have been inspired to encourage others as well.
Here is the process video on this card if you would like to see how it was made:
Be sure to come back tomorrow for another card I have for a fun color challenge!
Hey there! Today I have a card for the Color Throwdown Challenge #506. The colors for this challenge are aqua, peach, light gray, and white. I decided to use this adorable Lookin' Sharp stamp set from Taylored Expressions for my images. The background was done on Taylor's Heavyweight Vellum using alcohol inks in the colors Pool, Peach Bellini, and Silver. My images were colored with Copic markers. If you'd like to see a process video on how I made this card, check out my video:
The card was so fun to make, and I'm still learning so much when it comes to using the alcohol inks. I learned that a little goes a looooong way when using the Silver mixative, but I also learned that the alcohol inks look absolutely lovely on the vellum paper. I'll definitely be doing that again.
Hey there! I'm back with another card for my Encouraging Cards Series. If you've followed along, you know that my goal is to try and make at least one encouraging card a week and then send that off to someone who I think might need that.
This week, I'm using an Art Impressions stamp called Garden Window. I love these interactive Art Impressions sets. I have a video I did on the process if you'd like to see that:
I used my Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors along with some Canson XL 140lb watercolor paper to make this one. The other one was my sampling done with Copics. Here are the items I used to make the watercolored card:
Hi there! I have a card to share for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is an Anything Goes Challenge. I decided to make a birthday card, because my stash is getting pretty low. The stamp is from Avery Elle and is called Birthday Bus.
I had so much fun coloring these images with Copics and stenciling the background with my Distress Inks. I have a video of the process if you're interested:
Hey there! I'm back this week with a couple of encouraging cards for my Encouraging Cards Series. I thought these would be fun cards to add an encouraging message to. Besides, these Hello Bluebird Silly Birds images are way too cute!
I did some ink smooshing on the background using Tumbled Glass & Chipped Saphire Distress Inks. I colored the images with my Copic markers, and used the Silly Birds matching dies to cut them out. The sentiments were heat embossed with Simon Says Stamps Ultra Fine Detail White embossing powder, and the bird and sentiments were popped up with some foam tape.
I have a process video for those interested in how exactly these came together.
These little birds will be used quite a lot, because I just love the playful look they have. Plus they are just fun to color and coordinate into scenes :)
Hey there! Today I have a card for the 500th challenge over at the Color Throwdown! I've loved that challenge since it's inception and have played along whenever it was possible for me. It's always a great challenge to get my crafty mojo going :) The colors for this week's challenge were navy, light pink, a gold color, and white. I used the Hero Arts Goldfish set for my card, and also made it for my Encouraging Cards Series that I have going on over at my YouTube channel. Here's the video if you're interested in checking it out:
And here's another close up picture of the card.
Stamps: Hero Arts Goldfish
Paper: navy from my stash, Neenah white
Ink: SU Crushed Curry, SU Regal Rose, Versamark, Versafine Onyx Black
Hey there! Welcome back for another card for my Encouraging Cards Series! Today I made a card that is quite winter themed, lol. I know that seems crazy considering we are in the midst of summer, but I couldn't resist this super cute image from Mama Elephant called Me & My Yeti. Besides, I'm sending this to someone who could use a cool down due to the extreme heat they are in :)
If you want to see how I made this card I do have a process video you can check out:
Stamps: Mama Elephant Me & My Yeti, SSS You Got This
Dies: SSS Painted Hugs die, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Mountain Tops
Hey there! Today I have a couple of cards to show you. One uses a lot of glitter and the other uses just a little. They are obviously both a similar layout, but both look fairly different. The flower used is from the Altenew set called Build-a-Flower Gardenia. The background stamp is called Good Reading from Simon Says Stamp, and the sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp set called Floral Bliss. I love how both of these turned out, and if you'd like to watch the process video, here it is:
and here are a couple of close ups of the cards themselves.
Hey there! I have another card for the Encouraging Card Series that I started doing. I started this because I know so many people that could use encouragement. Whether it be in their day to day activities, they are dealing with something difficult, or just because, I thought it would be good to start making and sending encouraging cards. After all isn't that so much of the fun of making cards? Who doesn't love a little encouragement from time to time and especially in the form of handmade kindness :)
I made this card using the Altenew stamp called Hug Me. It's not new, but it was new to me, and I love the little images in the set. If you'd like to receive a 10% off coupon code from Altenew, just click on this link: ALTENEW.
I also have a process video of this card if you're interested in checking it out.
Hey there! I've made a card for the Color Throwdown Challenge this week, and the colors were peach, pale pink, hot pink, and green. I needed a birthday card for this weekend, so I pulled out my MFT Ocean Pals set, and inked her up to watercolor. Now that I'm looking at it, wouldn't it be cute with some google eyes?! I did make a process video for those that are interested.
Stamps: MFT Ocean Pals
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, and Forest Moss, Versamark
Hey there! Today I'm back with a card for the Just Add Ink color challenge, which is the colors Powder Pink, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, and Wild Wasabi. The only one of those colors I actually used was the Wild Wasabi. I don't have the others in cardstock, so I just had to grab from my stash of stuff. I made a process video of for this card for those of you that are interested.
There was a lot of die cutting involved in the making of this card, so I used my Xyron sticker maker quite a bit in order to assemble this card easily.
Stamps: SSS You Got This, SSS Gingham Background
Ink: Versamark, SU Pink Pirouette
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Neenah Desert Storm, ivory, light green, dark Pink, SU Wild Wasabi
Accessories: foam tape, white embossing powder, PPP Whimsical Forest sequins in 4mm & 6mm, Xyron sticker maker
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by!
Hey there! I just wanted to share with you all for those that are interested in a haul video, that I just put one up. I LOVE to watch peoples haul videos. . .I don't know why, but I love hearing the excitement in their voices and hearing the ideas. Anyway, here it is:
Hey there! I have the first 5 cards to share with you from my 2 part series using the Simon Says Stamp May 2018 Card Kit. As always, I had so much fun making these cards. I'm late posting them, only because we were out of town this last weekend.
This kit is jammed with lots of great products, and even though it's not available anymore, the products are available individually over at Simon Says Stamp. It has 2 stamp sets: Everything Together & Take Heart. It also features some great products from Pinkfresh Studios: Let Your Heart Decide puffy stickers, patterned papers, & epoxy heart stickers. It also came with the SSS Heart wafer die, and lots of papers to make your cards.
I used a couple of different techniques while making these cards. I watercolored and also did some ombre stamping. After watching the video it seems that most people like the ombre stamping.
If you're interested in the process video, I will link that down below!
Hey there! I'm back with the second part to my Let's Make 8 Card series, where I show 8 cards using the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition Mother's Day 2018 Card Kit. Today's cards are the last 4 from this series.
The kit is no longer available, but all of the supplies most likely are over at Simon Says Stamp. I have a process video for you if you're interested in how these 4 came together:
Now I'm pretty well set on Mom cards. . .if you can ever have enough. I know my mom could get a card every day, and it still wouldn't show my appreciation for all that she's done for me.
I hope these gave you some ideas on how to use this kit if you got it, and if you didn't then I hope you were inspired anyway.
Hey there! I feel like it's been a hot minute since I've posted, but it has definitely been a hectic week. I did, however, manage to make 8 cards with the Simon Says Stamp Limited Edition Mother's Day 2018 Kit. It's no longer available, but the kits contents are still available at Simon Says Stamp.
I have a process video for these 4 cards. I'm calling it Part 1 of 2. I'll have Part 2 for you shortly. Check out the process video if you're interested:
Each of these cards using the contents of the kit, with the exception of grabbing some cardstock for bases and using a few tools.
Be sure to check back to see Part 2. There will be 4 more cards using this Limited Edition kit.
I used a new to me set from Altenew called Build-a-Flower Gardenia. I have to say, I may be getting hooked on these flowers! They are fairly effortless and look so beautiful when all stamped out. I have a process video if you'd like to check it out:
I really am happy with how this card turned out, and I loved the color challenge. The added texture just adds to the design, so I will be putting this design in my memory banks.