Monday, June 29, 2020

Friendship Blooms | Art Impressions

Happy Monday my friends!  Today I have a sweet card for that special friend using Art Impressions beautiful Poppy Border set.  This is in their Bible Journaling line, but as you can see, it's perfect for so many occasions!  This card is for you all!  I have some news to share so keep reading until the end!

I die cut some Neenah Solar White 80# card stock with the next to largest Rectangle Double Stitched die.  Then I began as usual, stamping in Copic safe ink and coloring with my markers listed below.  I've been working on coloring with different color families and hey, these are my poppies and I colored them in yellow and a coral shade.  Isn't that the best thing about beautiful floral stamps like this?!!  I decided to try something new--instead of adding a typical shadow around the image, I used the yellow markers and added tiny dots.  What do you think?  

I chose a sentiment from the WC Sentiment Set-4903 and stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I layered it onto a coordinating colored card stock from my stash and popped it up on foam tape to my card base.  I added a few Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops for a bit of bling.

So, if you've read this far, thank you!  I have felt so very honored and blessed to be on Art Impressions amazing design team and the ladies on this team are just the absolute BEST!  I made my first Ai post on June 4, 2018 and have felt so welcomed and supported by my teammates for these two years.  I've decided to step down from the team for now, as I've just felt the need to have more free time to work on other things--one of those being improving my watercoloring--including the Ai way!  I'm SO thankful for YOU, and your kindness!  Sending many crafty hugs to you all!

Copic markers:
R24, R14, R22, R20, R30,
Y15, Y11, Y00,
G07, YG67, YG23, YG03, YG01


Sunday, June 28, 2020

A Slimline Summery Birthday Card | Rubbernecker Stamps

Hello friends!  Today I have a slimline card that's sweet and summery--perfect for those summertime birthdays!   I've used Rubbernecker Stamps adorable Island Bike stamp and die along with the Birthday Balloons stamp and die for my card.  Keep reading for the details.

Here are the steps for this quick and easy card:
  • Score 7" x 8-½" piece of 80# Neenah Solar White card stock at 3-½".
  • Ink some Sonata blue ink (from Color Fuse Set #8) with a blender brush to create a blue sky.
  • I smooshed some of the Sonata ink onto my glass mat, added a bit of water with a paint brush, and spattered some blue droplets onto the sky.
  • Stamp the Island Bike 1 and the Birthday Balloons with Copic safe ink on 80# Neenah. (I've listed my marker colors below.)
  • Color with Copic markers and die cut with Island Bike 1 Die and Birthday Balloons Die.  Add some foam tape to the back of the die cuts.
  • Die cut the grass layers, using Grass Die Cuts, from two shades of green card stock.  Trim the pieces to 3-½", adhere together, and then to the card base.
  • Adhere the bicycle, slightly offset, and trim off the excess.
  • Die cut flowers with the Small Flowers #1 die and butterflies with the Small Butterflies Die from white card stock.  Using some of the markers I had out, I colored the flowers and the butterfly.
  • Shape the flowers with a rounded stylus and foam mat.

I adhered the flowers around the bicycle with liquid glue.  I added glue just to the center of the butterfly so I could shape the wings upwards.

I love this summertime birthday card and hope you've been inspired to give these awesome stamps and dies a try!  Thank you for stopping by today--I appreciate you.  Have a fabulous and crafty week!

Copic markers:
BG07, BG15, BG32,
RV13, RV21, RV10,
C9, C7, C5, C3,
Y26, Y19, Y15, Y13, Y08, Y02, Y00, YG00, YR16

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Keeping Christmas Blog Hop - June 2020

Hello friends!  How is June almost over?!!  It's the 25th of the month and time for your monthly Christmas card making inspiration!  I hope you will check out each talented designer in this hop because I know you will see some wonderful creations!  You'll find the hop list at the end of my post.

I hope you will forgive the brevity of this blog post.  This is the third post I needed to have scheduled for today!  I was way behind on my project for this post so I turned to one of my favorite Concord & 9th dies, Ornamental Dies, to make these shiny and sparkly cards.  This set makes is so easy to make several cards quickly!  I know I'll be so glad to have these later this year.

I used several things from my stash for these cards:  some foiled woodgrain patterned paper, silver mirror card stock (yes, they're all silver--you know how hard this is to photograph, right?), red glitter card stock, and red gingham ribbon.

I die cut the tags from a set by Gina K. Designs called Decorative Tag Dies.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Concord & 9th's O Christmas Tree set.

Super easy cards to make and "Yay me!" for using things from my stash!  LOL!  Thank you so much for stopping by--I always appreciate it so!

Check out these awesome designers for more inspiration:

Carol Hintermeier <<< that's me!

Patriotic Barn Scene Card | Honey Bee Stamps

Hello friends!  Today I have this adorable card using Honey Bee Stamps Barn Scene Builder set!  My barn today is all ready for the Fourth of July with the festive red, white and blue colors!  This set is so fun, especially when you add in some of the elements from the Way To Goat set!

The Barn Scene Builder set makes a stand alone barn-shaped card.  However, I wanted more space for my scene, so I added it to a 6" square card base.  I created this base by cutting two pieces of white card stock:  one 6"x 6" and another 6" x 6-¼" (score this one at ¼").  Adhere the 6x6 piece to the tab.   On the card front I used the cloud stencil from the Outdoor Scene Builder stencil set and blended on some Salty Ocean Distress Oxide ink with a Background Blender Brush.  I used the Grass Border die to create a mask and blended on Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink.  Turns out that the grassy edge barely shows!  Haha!

My next step was to build was this adorable windmill.  I die cut the blades and five of the circle pieces from silver card stock.  Stack and adhere the circle pieces and then adhere the blades to the circle.   The other portions are die cut from Woodgrain card stock.  I blended some Distress Oxides to color and shade this piece.  I wanted this windmill to be movable, so I punched holes with the pokey tool in the center of the blades and windmill base.  See the photo for a visual explanation.  I used a tiny brad to connect the pieces.

Next I die cut the barn pieces from patterned paper in the Home Essentials 6x6 paper pack.  I die cut the door frames, the window, and window box from white woodgrain card stock.  I used a Blending Brush to add some Walnut Stain and Ground Espresso Distress Ink to color and shade these.  I offset the barn on the card base, adheredit, and then trimmed off the extra.  Next adhere the doors, window, and roof.

I stamped the flowers and critters from the Way To Goat set, along with the banners from the Farmhouse Add-on set, in Copic safe ink.  I colored them with Copic markers and die cut them with the coordinating Way To Goat Honey Cuts and Farmhouse Add-on Honey Cuts.  I stamped the sentiment from the United We Stand set in black ink and die cut it with the Coordinating Die.  I die cut two more of the sentiment piece and colored them with a red and a blue marker that I used to color the flowers.  I layered these all together and popped it up with foam tape.

If you haven't tried a scene building set like this one, you really should!  It's so much fun customizing it however you like!  Thank you so much for stopping by today!  

Distress Oxide inks:  Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron
Distress inks:  Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso

Happy Birthday Ol' Geezer! | Art Impressions

Hello friends!  We are into week two of another fun challenge at Art Impressions!  The theme for this one is "You Make Me Laugh"!  I'm using the so fun Dance It Out set that has this fun loving gentleman and many sentiments.

I die cut some Neenah Solar White 80# card stock with the next to largest Rectangle Double Stitched die.  Next I stamped the guy in Copic safe ink and colored him with the Copic markers listed below.  I added a strip of striped paper at the bottom along with a sliver of paper I colored with a blue Copic to match.

I stamped the two sentiments in Versafine Onyx black ink and added foam tape to the back of the image.  To finish up, I centered it onto a top-folding A2 card base.

This guy is so happy and having so much fun, you can't help but laugh!  I hope you will join in this challenge over at Art Impressions.  Click HERE for all the details!  Stay crafty!

Copic markers:
B39, 37, B26, E59, C7, C3, C1, C00,
E57, E55, E11, E21, E52, E50,
N4, N2, R21, R20, G99, YG97, YG95


Monday, June 22, 2020

Get Your Happy On! | Art Impressions

Happy Monday my friends!  Do you ever just let loose and "get your happy on"?  Young, or older, we should all have these moments where we just rejoice in happiness!  This Art Impressions Be Happy Laugh Lines set with the adorable gal totally shows us how to shake it!

I stamped her in Copic safe ink and colored her with the markers listed below.  I used a white gel pen and a .005 black Micron pen to add some details to her dress and apron.  When I finished coloring, I die cut the panel with the next-to-largest Rounded Rectangle die.  Then I stamped the two sentiments near the top in Versafine Onyx Black ink.

For the blue layer, I traced around the Rounded Rectangle die I use previously, and trimmed it with my trimmer and fussy cut it around the corners.  I adhered my image to the layer and added some thin foam tape on back.  I added black card stock to a top-folding A2 card base and layered some patterned paper on top. 

For the bottom sentiment, I heat embossed it in white on some black card stock and trimmed it to a banner shape.  I pulled out my dusty mini stapler, stapled it to a coordinating blue banner and popped it up with some foam squares.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Now, go get your happy on!

Copic markers:
B06, B04, B02, C9, C7, C5, C3, C1, C00,
E11, E21, E51, E50, R20, RV04, RV02, RV10


Monday, June 15, 2020

Wishing You A Bright Sunny Day! | Art Impressions

Happy Monday friends!  Today I have another mini trifold card using the new Art Impressions Tropical Circlet MTF.  I love being at the beach and this sure makes me want to be there NOW!  Haha!

I used Neenah Desert Storm card stock for my card base.  I followed the directions on the back of the package for the size and where to score the card.  I added patterned paper layers (from my stash) to the card front and the middle layer.

Next I inked up the stamps in Copic safe ink and stamped them onto a piece of Neenah 80# card stock.  I was sure to space them out enough to have room to die cut them with a Circle Double Stitched die after I finished coloring them.  I also used a circle die to cut layers for them from Neenah Desert Storm card stock.  After I colored them, used a circle die to cut them out, and adhered them to the Desert Storm circles, I used the included dies to cut the openings in each one.  I also used the same dies to cut the openings in the top and middle card layers.

These tri-fold cards are just so fun as you open the card up!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a wonderful and fun crafty week!

Copic markers:
B26, B23, B21, C00, C1, C3,
Y19, Y18, Y13, Y11, Y00,
E35, E33, E55, E53, E51,
RV25, RV23, RV21
BG49, G18, G02
G28, G19, G07, G03
YG25, YG01
YG17, YG13, YG01


Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sea-ing You Brightens My Day! | Rubbernecker Stamps

Happy Sunday my friends!  Oh my gosh the expressions on these adorable fish make me have such a big smile!!  These fun fish with an attitude are from the Rubbernecker Stamps Fish Group stamp and they have a coordinating die too!  I also have a couple of tips to show you how to make your own coordinating ribbon, add extra detail to your stamped images, and how to get more use from of your dies.  Keep reading for these easy tips!

Let's create the ocean background:
  • Ink up white card stock in a blue ombré pattern.  I used an ink blending brush and Distress Oxide inks in these colors:  Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, and Mermaid Lagoon.
  • I used a "rays" stencil and inked some white pigment ink over the ombré panel.  Before removing the stencil, I spritzed some glitter spray over it and set it aside to dry.
  • When the panel is dry, adhere it to an A2 card base.
  • Ink up two strips of white card stock in the same colors for the waves.  Die cut these with two of the dies from the Waves die set.  Offset them and adhere together.
  • Die cut the ombré panel with the largest Nested Inside Scallop die.
  • Using the same Nested Inside Scallop die, place the waves at the bottom and die cut it.  This will give you the same edge as the ombré panel.  See this next photo for more explanation. This is one way to use your dies in a less conventional way!
  • Pop up the waves with some foam tape and adhere it to the card base.

Read on for another way I used my die differently for the sentiment:
  • I stamped the sentiment from the Under The Sea set in black ink on a piece of white card stock.
  • Place the smallest Nested Tag Stitch die, and the included hole die, over the sentiment and die cut it.
  • Now move the die up to cut the bottom edge. (Second photo)
  • You can feel the stitches from the die align with those on the card stock.  Run through your die cutting machine.  Here are a couple of photos for a visual explanation:
  • I inked up another piece of card stock with the Distress Oxides and trimmed it to layer behind the tag.
  • Next I dyed some ribbon from my stash to coordinate.  More photos are below to show you the process.  Smoosh the inks onto your mat, spritz with water, and gently swirl the ribbon in the ink.  The more water you spritz, the more diluted the ink will be and the lighter your ribbon will turn out.  Set it aside to dry.
  • When the ribbon is dry, loop it through the hole and tie some bakers twine in a bow.

Now onto adding a few details to your stamped images and finishing up the card.
  • I stamped the fish from the Fish Group set and a couple plants from the Under The Sea set in Copic safe ink.  I LOVE how the four fish are on one stamp and the one die cuts them all out together!  Makes it so easy!  The coordinating die sets are Fish Group 895-27D and Under The Sea 3109D.
  • Next, I added some stripes and dots to two of the fish.  For the striped fish, I penciled in the stripes, erasing and fixing them until I was satisfied.  I used a .05 black Micron pen to trace over the pencil lines.  I colored the fish and plants with my Copics.
  • Then I used the same pen to add dots in the shadows of the orange fish.  It's a subtle detail, but makes a big difference!

  • I popped up three of the fish and the sentiment tag with foam tape and adhered them to the card base.
  • I used liquid glue to adhere the other fish and plants.
  • I used Distress Collage Medium Matte adhesive to glue the clear acrylic droplets.

I hope you've enjoyed my tips and that this card makes you smile like it does me!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous and crafty week!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Beep! Boop! You Light Up My Life! | Honey Bee Stamps

Today I have a fun light-up card using the adorable Honey Bee Stamps Build-A-Bot set!  Have you ever made a light-up card?  These Pear Blossom Press EZ-Lights make it so easy! Keep reading to see how to make this fun card.

This is the card as you would see it out of the envelope.

Push where it says "press here" and ta-da!

Here are the steps I took to make my card.  I hope this makes it easy to understand!
  • Die cut Neenah Solar White card stock with the largest A2 Double Stitched Frames die.
  • Create the galaxy background by blending Distress Oxide inks on the die cut panel.  I used Picked Raspberry, Blueprint Sketch, Mustard Seed, and Black Soot.  The blending brushes make this so easy!
  • I used an ink blending tool to add some Distress Micro Glaze to the inked background and used a paper towel to wipe off the excess.  I love how this enhances the colors and also takes away the chalky look of the Oxide inks.
  • I used the Twinkle, Twinkle stencil and some texture paste to add the stars to the background stencil, sprinkled on some glitter, and set it aside to dry.  When it was dry, I adhered it to a pink card stock layer.
  • I used stamps and dies from these sets for the scene on my card:  Build-A-Bot, Far Out Friends, Gear Up, and One-Of-A-Kind (for the press here).
  • The Bot pieces were colored with Copic markers and the moon with Distress Oxides using the To The Moon Scene Builder stencil set.  Distress Oxides for the moon are Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar.
  • I used a craft knife to cut out the grid in the middle piece for the Bot.  I stamped that piece again, this time on vellum, with StazOn black ink.  I colored the back of the grid with Copics, die cut it, and adhered it to the back of the Bot middle.  Now I can adhere the Bot pieces together with glue.  See first photo below.
  • I planned out where to place my pieces to know where to add three holes for the lights and marked the spots with a black marker.  I used a craft pick to punch the holes.  Align the panel over the card base and use a pencil to mark the spot for the lights through the punched holes.  See the next photos for the lights, battery pack, and foam tape placement.  I used double-sided adhesive to hold the battery pack in place.
Click the photos to see larger images.


Once I double-checked that I had the lights in the correct spot, I removed the foam tape backing and adhered the galaxy panel.  Now it's just a matter of adding foam tape to your pieces and adding them to the card!

I could play with this card all day!  Haha!  I hope I've inspired you to play with this fun Build-A-Bot set and add some lights for more fun!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

Honey Bee Stamps:

Distress Oxide inks:  Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Weathered Wood, Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch, Mustard Seed

I Find You "Ribbiting!" | Art Impressions

Hello friends!  It's week two of the Animals and Nature Challenge over at Art Impressions.  For my inspiration card today I'm using the oh, so adorable Frog Set!  The frogs in this set remind me of the cute green tree frogs in my backyard!

I used a Rectangle Double Stitched die to cut a piece of 80# Neenah Solar White card stock.  I stamped the frog and the tulip stamps onto some masking paper and fussy cut them out.  I stamped the frog first onto the card panel and then applied the mask.  Now I can stamp the tulip and it will be behind the frog!  I left the masks on both stamped images for the next step.  I used an oval masking stencil and a grass stencil to ink on some Distress Oxide inks.  I used an ink blending brush with Tumbled Glass and Mowed Lawn inks.  To create a grass stencil, I used a Grass Border die and die cut some masking paper.

I colored the images with the Copic markers listed below and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I  added foam tape to the back of the panel.   I die cut some striped paper with the largest Rectangle Double Stitched die and adhered it to an A2 card base.  For a bit of bling, I added some Dandelion Yellow Nuvo Crystal Drops.

This set is SO adorable and has several other sentiments and cute frog images!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope to see your entry into the Animal and Nature challenge over at Art Impressions!

Copic markers:
G28, G46, G24, G21,
YG17, YG25, YG03, YG01
Y19, Y15, Y13, Y11


Monday, June 8, 2020

Birthday Cake Twist Set with No-line Coloring | Art Impressions

Happy Monday friends!  Well, I went WAY outside my comfort zone to create this card using the beautiful Cake Twist Set by doing some no-line coloring!

I created my A2 card and added some patterned paper that I die cut with a die from the Rectangle Double Stitched die set.  Then I die cut the Twist Frame Die on the card front.  I stamped the cake images onto Neenah Solar White 80# card stock in some light colored ink.  While you can still see the stamped images, the lines disappear and blend into your colors.  My Copic colors are listed below.  When I finished coloring, I die cut the cakes with the dies included with the stamp set.  I also added some Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Crystal Drops to the flower centers and clear sparkle to the cake icing.

It's so cool how the two cake images are mirror images!  All you need to do next is to adhere them back to back.  It's very easy to now slip it into the die cut frame.

I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it into a banner shape along with a yellow banner-shaped layer.  I adhered the banners and popped it up with some foam tape.  Add in a few yellow enamel dots, and I'm done!

I like how this turned out--what do you think?  Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a fabulous and crafty week!

Copic markers:
C00, C1, C3, E29, E27, E25,
YG67, YG17, YG25, YG23, YG03, YG01,