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Thanks so much (Happy Day/Waffle Flower)

Hi Everyone, I was lucky enough to be given the Happy Day stamp set by Waffle Flower and coordinating die for my birthday this year. I’ve sketched out about six different designs to create using this stamp set and I know this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as possible designs.

As is often the case with me these days, I am sharing two “similar but different cards”. They are not quite the designs I had in my head and this happened because I had freshly inked my distress ink pad. When I tapped the blending tool onto the inkpad, it picked up more ink than I had realised. Despite tapping the tool on some scrap paper before I started I ended up with a lot more ink on my paper than I had intended. I went with the flow and made the setting a lot bolder and coloured the whole panel. I can always save my original idea for another day! I’m also out of practice with colouring so I stamped the image twice and decided to colour one using Copic Markers and paint the other with Distress Markers. I figured this way I would end up with at least one card. In the end, I decided to make both images into cards.

Here’s the first card…
Thanks so much

Thanks so much
Supplies used: Stamps – Happy Day (Waffle Flower), Meow You Doin’? (Lawn Fawn), Salutations (Paper Smooches); Dies – Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn); Designer Paper – Perfectly Plaid Fall (Lawn Fawn); Distress inks, Copic Markers, and Wink of Stella – Clear.

 

Here’s the second card…

 

Thanks so much

Thanks so much
Supplies used: Stamps – Happy Day (Waffle Flower), Meow You Doin’? (Lawn Fawn), Salutations (Paper Smooches); Dies – Everyday Sentiment Banners (Lawn Fawn); Designer Paper – Perfectly Plaid Fall (Lawn Fawn); Distress inks, Distress Markers, and Wink of Stella – Clear.

I’ve had another design pop into my head, so I am off to go and see if I can make it! I hope you all make some time to create too! Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Supplies Used:

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Thanks a Bot (PS)

Hi Everyone,

Today I am sharing another card using the super cute Boom Bots stamp set from Paper Smooches. Seriously, how cute are the robots? And the darling robot dog? Adorable!! I love it! I really feel as though I have only just started to scratch the surface on this set.

Today’s card is really rather simple – some patterned paper, a few coloured robots and an embossed sentiment. I tend to like using hearts as embellishments but you could easily switch them out for stars, sequins, rhinestones, or the like.

Here’s the card…

Thanks a BOT Materials used: Stamps -Boom Bots (Paper Smooches); Cardstock - Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Designer Paper - Garage Days, Technologic (KaiserCraft); Sprinkles Shapes - Hearts (Doodlebug Designs); Copic Markers, Silver Embossing Powder (Unknown), Punch - Banner Triple (Stampin' Up!)  and Wink of Stella.

Thanks a BOT
Materials used: Stamps -Boom Bots (Paper Smooches); Cardstock – Knights Smooth, American Crafts; Designer Paper – Garage Days, Technologic (KaiserCraft); Sprinkles Shapes – Hearts (Doodlebug Designs); Copic Markers, Silver Embossing Powder (Unknown), Punch – Banner Triple (Stampin’ Up!) and Wink of Stella.

I’d like to enter this card into the Paper Smooches February 2016 Challenge. The theme is Fun and Cute!

SPARKS BADGE

Paper Smooches - February 2016 Challenge

Paper Smooches – February 2016 Challenge

I hope you enjoyed this card and I thank you for stopping by to visit! It’s time to head back to the studio to do some more crafting so I will see you all next time!

Happy Stamping!

SUPPLIES


(DISCLAIMER: Although a member of the Simon Says Stamp Affiliate program, all items used to create my projects were purchased by myself. I only link to items I have used, like to use and actually recommend.)

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Thank you for your kindness (CTMH/HA)

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year to you all! Hope you are all enjoying a happy start to 2016!

I’ve spent a lot of time creating lately but not much time blogging and I’ve missed you all!

On my to-do list is making a few “thank you” cards as my stash is depleted and I really need to send out a few. I had recently received the Friendly Pets stamp set from Close To My Heart (CTMH) and the Acts of Kindness set from Hero Arts and I thought they would work together perfectly. As I needed to make a number of cards I also decided to go with a very simple card design. I have turned this card design into a sketch as I love it so much and think it is actually a very versatile design. I’m going to add a page for sketches on my blog as a resource which will grow over time – for those moments when creativity seems a little blocked.

Here’s the sketch…

Sketch 1

Sketch 1

As you can see, it would be perfect for a one layer card but you could easily jazz it up as well. I decided to make the centre panel pop up with foam adhesive but otherwise I kept the design very simple.

Here’s the card…

Thank you for your kindness Materials used: Stamps - Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Designer Paper - Happy Snaps (KaiserCraft), Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thank you for your kindness
Materials used: Stamps – Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Designer Paper – Happy Snaps (KaiserCraft), Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

If you are interested in seeing how this card came together, here’s a video showing the process…

For the second card, I switched out the patterned paper and used washi tape instead. I don’t have a lot of washi tape but I have enough that I really should be using it more. On cards where you only want a little bit of colour, like this one, washi tape fits the bill perfectly.

Here’s the card…

Thank you for your kindness Materials used: Stamps - Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, Washi Tape (KaiserCraft), Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thank you for your kindness
Materials used: Stamps – Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers, Washi Tape (KaiserCraft), Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

For the third card, pattered paper came back into play and I thought I could use it in the balloon as well for something a little different. Adding a stitched line to the border of the middle panel gave it a little ore interest too.

Here’s the card…

Thank you for your kindness Materials used: Stamps:

Thank you for your kindness
Materials used: Stamps:

The next card, I stepped the basic design up a little more by adding a border of patterned paper to the middle panel. I also gave the dog more of a setting with a grass and sky background. Can you see how the possibilities for both this stamp set and the design just continue to develop?

Here’s the card…

Thank you for your kindness Materials used: Stamps - Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Designer Paper - Happy Snaps (KaiserCraft), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thank you for your kindness
Materials used: Stamps – Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Designer Paper – Happy Snaps (KaiserCraft), Distress Ink (Tim Holtz/Ranger), Glossy Accents (Ranger) and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

For the final card I am sharing today, I moved away from the straight lines in the middle and added a cloud edge. So pretty! I also made the middle panel wider. It is still the same sketch but automatically these two changes make the card look quite different. The hint of glitter tape along the left hand edge adds a little bling and fun to an otherwise simple card.

Here’s the card…

Thank you for your kindness Materials used: Stamps - Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Dies - Puffy Clouds Border (Lawn Fawn), Shimmer Tape (CTMH), Designer Paper - Little One.

Thank you for your kindness
Materials used: Stamps – Friendly Pets (CTMH), Acts of Kindness (Hero Arts); Copic Markers, Dies – Puffy Clouds Border (Lawn Fawn), Shimmer Tape (CTMH), Designer Paper – Little One.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. If you happen to use the sketch idea to create your own card, please let me know as I would love to see your interpretation.

Happy Stamping!

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Thanks (KaiserCraft)

Hi Everyone,

I am still totally crushing on the Stained Glass die from KaiserCraft that I used yesterday. Yesterday, I used the cut out shape as a stencil and sponged over the top using Hero Arts Shadow Inks. After I had finished the sponging the image, I put the stencil to the side to finish creating the card. A bit later I picked up the stencil with the idea of throwing it away, but oh wow, the colours had smoothed and looked so very pretty. I decided to finish colouring in the shape. After I had finished I really wasn’t sure what I was going to do – and then the ideas hit! So, today, I have four very similar cards which I totally love.

Here’s the first card…

Thanks Materials used:  Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks
Materials used: Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

So sweet! And look how the colour pops when you use black instead of white.

Thanks Materials used:  Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks
Materials used: Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

I thought another little sentiment might be fun to add another pop of colour.

Thanks, you're the best Materials used:  Stamps - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks, you’re the best
Materials used: Stamps – A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Then I thought it might be fun to move the sentiment into the centre of the card.

Thanks, you're the best Materials used:  Stamps - A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies - Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock - American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

Thanks, you’re the best
Materials used: Stamps – A Little Sentimental (Clearly Besotted); Dies – Stained Glass (KaiserCraft), Scripty Thanks (Lawn Fawn); Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Hero Arts); Cardstock – American Crafts and Rhinestones (KaiserCraft).

And there are four quick and simple cards! Can you imagine just how many different looks you could make with this die? Use different colours, patterned papers, trim parts of the die cut away, stencilling…oh wow, so many ideas! I love it when dies (and stamp sets) offer so many different ways to use them.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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Thanks so Much (Paper Smooches)

Hi Everyone,

You know that feeling when you stand up close to a piece of art hanging on a wall to see it in detail and it doesn’t really look all that special? Then you take a few steps back and suddenly you see the magic? That’s a bit like how I feel about the card I am sharing today. lol I’ll get back to that in just a minute. 🙂

When I first saw the Inspiration Photo (see below) for this weeks Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge I knew I wanted to use the Crystal Clear stamp set. I had a very clear image in my mind of my design, colour scheme, even the patterned paper I would use. Unfortunately, there was a *tiny* little problem! I didn’t own this stamp set! An emergency order was placed with a local supplier and I crossed my fingers and hoped it would arrive before the weekend. And it did! Yay!

I eagerly ripped into the stamp set and stamped up my design on a scrap piece of paper and I was still pretty chuffed with my design. Then I tried it “for real”. Uh oh! The cardstock I have used is not really suitable for watercolouring and I did intend to shade the mason jar with distress inks. Nevertheless I persisted. And here’s where we return to my opening comment…up close my card isn’t as pretty as I hoped it would be. From a distance it looks pretty cool though. So take a few steps away from your screen before you view my card. lol

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog

Paper Smooches: Inspiration Photo - January 2015

Paper Smooches: Inspiration Photo – January 2015

Here’s the card I am entering into the challenge…

Thanks So Much Materials used: Stamps - Crystal Clear (Paper Smooches); Cardstock - KaiserCraft, Unknown; Designer Paper: 6-1/2" Paper Pad - Bow & Arrow (KaiserCraft); Distress Ink; Linen Thread (Stampin' Up!) and Wink of Stella.

Thanks So Much
Materials used: Stamps – Crystal Clear (Paper Smooches); Cardstock – KaiserCraft, Unknown; Designer Paper: 6-1/2″ Paper Pad – Bow & Arrow (KaiserCraft); Distress Ink; Linen Thread (Stampin’ Up!) and Wink of Stella.

Oh, and I do have a tip of the day…I loaded up my paintbrush with ink to spatter onto my design as it just needed a little something. I *may* have forgotten to put my card in a box, or at least protect nearby surfaces before I started flicking paint around. Let’s just say I’m still finding things which have lovely little brown spots on them. Oopsy!

I am thinking I might just try this design again – perhaps put glossy accents over the mason jar and just tie the twine around the jar not the whole page. I think it would make a lovely sympathy card too. I’d also like to try it with pastel colours. I love this set!

Happy Stamping!

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In the Zone

Hi Everyone,

Turns out creating with pre-printed die cuts is super fun and I found myself in the zone creating a number of cards. Will keep the chitter chatter to a minimum as I have five cards to show today.

Card One…

What a Hoot Materials used:  Die Cuts - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper - 6-1/2" Paper Pad - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Cardstock (Unknown); Distress Ink and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

What a Hoot
Materials used: Die Cuts – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper – 6-1/2″ Paper Pad – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Cardstock (Unknown); Distress Ink and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Card Two…

Thank You Materials used: Stamps - Chit Chat, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches); Alphabeans - Fig Brown (Jillibean Soup); Die Cuts - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper - 6-1/2" Paper Pad - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft), Paper from Simple Stories; Cardstock (American Crafts) and Stickles - Crystal (Ranger).

Thank You
Materials used: Stamps – Chit Chat, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches); Alphabeans – Fig Brown (Jillibean Soup); Die Cuts – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper – 6-1/2″ Paper Pad – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft), Paper from Simple Stories; Cardstock (American Crafts) and Stickles – Crystal (Ranger).

Card Three…

Today Have a Whale of a Time Materials used: Stamps - Critters in the Sea (Lawn Fawn); Die Cuts - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper - 6-1/2" Paper Pad - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Cardstock (American Crafts); Distress Ink and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Today Have a Whale of a Time
Materials used: Stamps – Critters in the Sea (Lawn Fawn); Die Cuts – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper – 6-1/2″ Paper Pad – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Cardstock (American Crafts); Distress Ink and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Card Four…

Materials used: Stamps - Chubby Chum Pals (Paper Smooches); Die Cuts - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper - 6-1/2" Paper Pad - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Cardstock (American Crafts); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Template - Sweethearts (Pagerz Templates); Mister Huey's Mist (Studio Calico) and Ribbon (American Crafts).

Materials used: Stamps – Chubby Chum Pals (Paper Smooches); Die Cuts – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper – 6-1/2″ Paper Pad – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Cardstock (American Crafts); Glossy Accents (Ranger); Template – Sweethearts (Pagerz Templates); Mister Huey’s Mist (Studio Calico) and Ribbon (American Crafts).

Card Five…

Hello Friend Materials used: Stamps - Chit Chat, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches); Dies - Hello Words (Paper Smooches); Die Cuts - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper - 6-1/2" Paper Pad - Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft), Paper from Simple Stories; Cardstock (American Crafts); Mister Huey's Colour Mist (Studio Calico); Stickles - Crystal (Ranger) and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

Hello Friend
Materials used: Stamps – Chit Chat, Warm Hearts (Paper Smooches); Dies – Hello Words (Paper Smooches); Die Cuts – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft); Designer Paper – 6-1/2″ Paper Pad – Hello Sunshine (KAISERCraft), Paper from Simple Stories; Cardstock (American Crafts); Mister Huey’s Colour Mist (Studio Calico); Stickles – Crystal (Ranger) and Glossy Accents (Ranger).

And there they all are. There would have been another one but I haven’t quite finished it and now as I sit here looking at it, I have decided to change it. 🙂 I think it’s worth noting that all of these cards are primarily made with one pack of the Collectables – Hello Sunshine and one 6-1/2″ Paper Pad – Hello Sunshine. I still have a lot of the die cuts leftover and a bit of the patterned paper too (although I’ve used up most of the full sheets of my favourite designs/colours in the pad, I do still have lots of little off cuts which can be used for borders, etc).

It was a fun and productive creative session! I hope you all experience the same the next time you sit down to play.

Happy Stamping!

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Hello and Thanks

Hi Everyone,

Last night I popped into Spotlight on the way home from work to pick up one item and by the time I left I had a basketful – how does that happen? Anyway…I have now jumped into the world of mists and masks and I have also realised there is a reason why I hadn’t jumped in earlier. They’re a bit messy. lol They are fun though.

I made a couple of simple cards to share using the mists – just spraying them onto wood veneer shapes. The dark butterfly isn’t black as it appears in the photo it is actually “heirloom blue” and it matches the card very well.

Hello Materials used: Alphabeans - Fig Brown (Jillibean Soup); Designer Paper (Simple Stories); Wood Veneer - Butterflies (Studio Calico); Mists - Mister Huey's Colour Mists (Studio Calico); Pearls (KaiserCraft) and Distress Ink (Ranger).

Hello
Materials used: Alphabeans – Fig Brown (Jillibean Soup); Designer Paper (Simple Stories); Wood Veneer – Butterflies (Studio Calico); Mists – Mister Huey’s Colour Mists (Studio Calico); Pearls (KaiserCraft) and Distress Ink (Ranger).

Having made one, I thought…why not make another. This time I used a mask to add a bit more texture to the background.

Thanks Materials used: Alphabeans - Fig Brown (Jillibean Soup); Designer Paper (Simple Stories); Wood Veneer - Butterflies (Studio Calico); Mists - Mister Huey's Colour Mists (Studio Calico); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Huey's Masks - Chevron Mask (Studio Calico) and Distress Ink (Ranger).

Thanks
Materials used: Alphabeans – Fig Brown (Jillibean Soup); Designer Paper (Simple Stories); Wood Veneer – Butterflies (Studio Calico); Mists – Mister Huey’s Colour Mists (Studio Calico); Pearls (KaiserCraft); Huey’s Masks – Chevron Mask (Studio Calico) and Distress Ink (Ranger).

I was a bit worried that this one has way too many pearls on it but…I got over that thinking. lol I like it. 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!