Twofer One Birthdays

Hello there.  Today, I am sharing a couple of birthday cards I made to surprise a couple of crafty friends.  Loll had her birthday this past Tuesday and Darnellt’s is coming up this Sunday.  Unfortunately, Darnell won’t receive her card before this post, but she probably won’t see this anyway. 😉  And if she does, then surprise!  😂  So here are the cards.

 

 

Because the Kind Soul floral stamp is a fairly large image, I was able to stamp it once to get two cards.  I started with a 4-1/4 x 11″ piece of X-Press It paper and stamped the image with black Memento ink in the middle.

 

 

It was coloured with Copics and then cut in half to create two A2 pieces.  Each piece was then die cut with a Stitched Rectangle.  I forgot where I saw this idea, but I thought it was so clever how easy it is to create two cards.

 

 

The images were masked and Sahara Sand ink was blended with a Clarity brush through a Halftone stencil.  Happy birthday and friend were die cut from black cardstock and the happy birthday sentiment was white heat embossed on a black strip.

 

 

Had to give it some sparkle, so clear shimmer was added to the flowers and diecut sentiments.  For more sparkle, some sparkly sequins were added to finish.

Thank you for your visit.  Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
Inspired by All the Little Things#62 with Amy Kolling (colours)
Time Out #86 Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer Cards
Always Playing with PaperThe Challenge #88 Keywords (flowers, bright, birthday)
SSS MondayStencil It

 

 

 

Balloon Wishes

Happy Groundhog Day everyone!  It’s so nice to finally be back crafting after fighting the flu/cold since last week.  And now that it’s February, I really need to get some birthday cards completed as I have 7 family birthdays alone!  So today, I have a CAS birthday card to share.


The balloons were die cut from white cardstock and retired resist polka dot paper using NBUS Birthday Smiles die set.  The strings and stars were also die cut from white cardstock.  Blueprint Sketch distress ink and a blending tool were used to add colour to them.

The first part of the sentiment was white heat embossed on a strip of black cardstock.  The Ombré wishes was done by inking just the bottom portion and stamping repeatedly using the MISTI.  It was then die cut out with the NBUS matching die.  Another was die cut from fun foam and stacked for dimension.

I lightly added some Blueprint Sketch distress ink for the background on a white A2 stitched rectangle panel.  The panel was adhered to a top folding white card base before the card was assembled.  Forgot to mention that Perfect Pearls was added to the balloons for some sheen

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Darnell’s NBUS – #10 Use NBUS
Less is More – #313 Balloons
Addicted to CAS – #103 Wish
Inkspirational – #127 Polka Dots
Happy Little Stampers – February CAS Blue

Love You

Hi there.  Today I am sharing a really CAS Mix Media card I made with my husband in mind.  He’s been feeling under the weather the last couple of days and I wanted to make a card to let him know I am here for him no matter how awful he looks, feels and looks.  Oops, did I say that twice? *lol* 😂  Actually, he looks the same to me.  Anyway, in keeping with my crafty resolution to use what I buy at least once, I used another two NBUS stamp sets for today’s card.

First, I die cut a Stitched Rectangle panel from white cardstock.  Then I created a mask with masking paper and the beautiful Heartstrings die.  Spun Sugar distress ink was blended through the mask to create the background.  I added Perfect Pearls to give it some shimmer.  It was difficult to capture it in a photo, but it is pretty IRL

I stamped the image with Versafine black ink several times using my MISTI to get a good solid impression, then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The sentiment was white heat embossed on a black cardstock strip and mounted with foam adhesive. For more shimmer I added clear Wink of Stella to the strip.  The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base and a few NBUS clear droplets were added to finish.

I actually created the monochromatic card first with Smoky Slate ink because I know my hubby is not a fan of pink or colours for that matter.  I thought the gray felt a little cold and a subtle colour would soften it up.  And I callied it… my hubby liked the gray and disliked the pink.

 

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:
CAS on Sunday – #99 Black, White and One Chosen Color
CAS(E) this Sketch! – CTS#204
STAMPlorations – January Anything CAS with optional gray or silver
Happy Little Stampers – January CAS Stencil
STAMPlorations – January Theme Stamps and Mix Media
STAMPlorations – Never-ending Anything Goes

 

Hello Gorgeous

Hi everyone.  My card today uses two more new stamp sets (Freehand Florals, Hello Gorgeous) that I’ve had for a while now.  My card was based on this inspiration photo.

I was inspired by the polka dots, flowers, gold colour and hello sentiment.  My card would’ve been CAS except for the pattern background.  So I guess it now falls in the classy and elegant category.

So the polka dot background is recycled packing paper from my Studio Katia order.  It’s actually gift wrap tissue paper they used and I felt it was too pretty to toss into recycling.  I adhered the tissue paper to white cardstock, then die cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle die.

I stamped the layering flowers with Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink (retired) and Melon Mambo inks.  They were die cut out with the matching dies, then clear Wink of Stella was added for some shimmer.  The leaves were stamped with gold pigment ink.  The inner vein layer was heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder for some sparkle.  I made sure the solid image was completely dry before doing that step.

The sentiment was heat embossed with the same gold glitter embossing powder on a Stitch Strip die cut from black cardstock.  The polka dot piece was adhered to a top folding white card base before all elements were assembled. I was tempted to add some shiny gold sequins, but held off because they would have competed with the tissue paper.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

The Card Concept – #64 Pretty Things photo inspiration
The Paper Players – Theme #326 Going Green use a recycling item
City Crafters – #344 Blue Monday make a card to cheer someone up
A Blog Named Hero – New to Me