Loads Of Love

Hi again, and welcome back! Today is my last post as the July Guest Designer for Newton’s Nook Designs. This has been such a wonderful experience, and am I grateful to the lovely folks at Newton’s Nook for asking me to participate. (all the love)

I’m using the Love Quarry set on my card, and I gotta tell ya, this one was SO much fun! I’m always in need of more masculine cards, and this stamp set was too cool to pass up!

So, this card involved a TON of coloring, but nothing else, really. It’s not perfect by any means, but I’m learning, and I’m practicing, and I’m HAVING FUN, which is the most important part.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my cards, and much as I’ve enjoyed creating and sharing them. Maybe I’ll be back soon with some more projects, but in the meantime, I have some markers to refill. Virtual hugs to you all!

All Nine Lives

Hello again! I’m back to share my third card as the July Guest Designer for Newton’s Nook Designs, and SO happy to be here!

I’ve got a shaker card today, using the Newton’s Sweetheart stamp set.

I die cut a frame from Kraft card stock, and stamped the open paw images in a random pattern, then stamped my sentiment. Then I colored the sweet kitties and cut those out. Next, I applied a light pink wash on watercolor paper, trimming it just a bit smaller than the die cut frame. I attached the colored kitties to the watercolor paper panel, and spread a generous amount of shaker material on them. Finally, I attached a panel of acetate to the underside of the die cut frame, as well as a double layer of foam tape, and attached that to the card base.

I hope you enjoyed my little card, and I look forward to seeing you one more time next week!

Darling Little One

Hi, and welcome back! Today I’m sharing my second card as the July Guest Designer for Newton’s Nook Designs. I’m using the absolutely adorable Bitty Bibs stamp set, the little open heart image from Love Quarry, and some Copic markers; that’s it! This is what happens when I can’t make up mind which images in a set to use- I use them all! This super simple card is also perfect for mailing.

I arranged the images and sentiments on the front panel, and stamped them all at the same time. Then I went back in with the open heart image, filling in areas that looked too “empty”.

After a good bit of coloring, and attaching the front panel to the card base, this card was ready to go!

So that’s it for me today; I hope my card will inspire you in some small way, and I look forward to seeing you again next week!

Sending Happy Mail

Hi everyone! I am excited to share my first card as the Newton’s Nook Designs Guest Designer for July!

I decided to start with the adorable and classic Newton’s Happy Mail, and the Evergreens stencil. Don’t feel like you need to save this lovely stencil for winter themed cards; they make perfectly lovely spring and summer trees, too!

The first thing I did was mask off the bottom portion of my card panel, and place my trees in the desired location. You can use as much or as little of the trees as you wish for the desired effect. I masked off the largest bottom portion of the stencil to make the trees appear farther away. The trees were stenciled with a blended combination of Distress Oxide inks in: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, and Forest Moss. Afterwards, I didn’t care for the white spaces left, so I colored those in with a Copic marker.

I then did a very simple background with Copics on the lower portion of my card panel. Dabs, swipes, and flicks, that’s all there is to this. (Trust me, I cannot draw.) I colored and cut out the precious kitty hiding in the mailbox, and attached him to the front panel in his little place of honor.

Finally, I created the sky by blending Distress Oxides in Squeezed Lemonade, Worn Lipstick, Shaded Lilac, and Stormy Sky.

Thanks so much for sharing your time with me, and I look forward to sharing another card with you next week!

Sending Birthday Wishes

Well, it’s Monday again, where exactly does that weekend go?

Today, I would like to share my card for the MFT Color Challenge.

I created the background after watching this You Tube video from Jennifer McGuire, using the Flower Field background stamp set. I inked this in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxides. FUN STUFF! you should really give this a try. I need to tell you though, this was my 4th attempt at getting the background right. The type of watercolor paper you use for this technique actually does matter, and a less textured paper gives the best results. Your embossing powder kind of “sinks in” to the more textured paper, and the beautiful images get lost.

After my background was dry, and had been ironed, I placed my alphabet dies, the Impact Alphabet dies from MFT, where I wanted them and die cut my background. Yep, this technique is scary the first time you do it. You’ve spent all that time on a background, and you might panic, thinking you’re going to ruin it. You won’t. It will be gorgeous.

After die cutting my background, I cut each letter two more times from Neenah Solar White 110 lb card stock, to give my letters just a bit of dimension. I also, stamped and white heat embossed three different sentiments from the Fairy Good Friends (retired) stamp set on Gumdrop Green card stock (yes, I know, the challenge color was Jellybean Green, but I felt Gumdrop Green looked better here). I die cut the sentiments, using the Skinny Strips dies, and chopped them up to get the words I needed.

I used liquid adhesive to place my letters back into their openings ( remembering the save the tiny pieces from the openings in the letter “B”), and used foam tape for the little sentiment strips. I attached my colorful panel to my card base with double sided adhesive, and my card was ready to go.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this card, and I encourage you to give this beautiful technique a try.

See you again soon!

Thanks A Ton

Hello there! I’ve a got a card to share with you today. This is for the current My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge, and it’s a fun one!

I’m using the Friends With Fins, Whimsical Waves (retired, I think), and Fish You Were Here stamp sets, as well as the Inside & Out Stitched Oval Stax dies (also retired), and Watercolor Wash patterned paper (again, a retired product).

First, I attached a 2 1/2 inch wide strip of patterned paper to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch panel of Sea Salt card stock. Then I die cut the oval from the panel. Next, I flipped the panel over, and used the oval as a stencil to ink blend my ocean-y background using Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire. I flicked a bit of thinned white acrylic paint over that for some texture. Then I stamped the Whimsical Waves background stamp on my inked panel in Versamark ink, and heat embossed in white.

I colored and cut out the adorable whale from Friends With Fins, and several little fishies from Fish You Were Here. I attached the colored fishes directly to the ink blended card base. Next, I cut an acetate panel, and attached it to the back side of my die cut panel, and attached the whale to the front of the panel. I attached a double layer of foam tape to the underside of the die cut panel, and heaped on the shaker elements on the ink blended card base. I’ve used Iridescent Tiny Bubbles from Honey Bee Stamps, Mini Heart Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh, 3mm Crystal Rainbow Sequins from Studio Katia, that I purchased from Butterfly Reflections Ink, and some lime green seed beads from my jewelry making days.

I heat embossed my sentiment in white on black card stock, and attached it to the front panel, and my card was ready to go.

I also wanted to share a quick upcycle. I had a couple of those cases for the embellishment boxes, and was quickly running out of room. I transferred those embellishment boxes to a drawer that holds twice the amount of my two cases, and I’m now using the empty cases (with lids) as my project boxes. Just a thought in case you run into a similar situation.

Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you again soon!

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