Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Mother's Day

 Handmade Happy Mother's Day card with a colored image of a boy holding a giant purple flower

Double Trouble's Challenge #80 theme is "Something, Anything, Everything," with an optional challenge twist of coloring. I made this Mother's Day card to send to Send a Smile 4 Kids, inspired by that challenge. The design for my card is based on Sketch #SC843 from

I got the "Flower Boy" digital image from Just ME Digital Stamps. (Sadly, they are no longer in business.) I thought it would be perfect for a Mother's Day card from a little boy.

I did the image/greeting panel in Photoshop. I created a blank "canvas" to the size I needed, & copied the image onto that. Then I resized the image to fit. For the greeting, I used a font on my computer. I typed each word on a separate layer, and moved them into place, so they snugged together in the space under the flower. Finally, I printed the image/greeting onto a piece of Strathmore Vellum Bristol paper that I'd cut to size.

I used my Prismacolor colored pencils to color the boy & flower. I went for a complementary color scheme with his orange shirt & blue jeans. I have been into purple & green for a few years now, and so I colored the flower in those colors. I made the flower center yellow, which is the complement of purple, to keep with a complementary color scheme idea.

I matted a piece of patterned paper from Echo Park's "Fine and Dandy" 6x6" paper pad with dark blue cardstock, playing off the boy's jeans color. I matted 3 sides of the image/greeting panel with grey cardstock, added a green cardstock strip to my background, & adhered the main panel in place. Finally, I mounted my card front on a white A2-sized card base.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, March 28, 2021

One-of-a-Kind Mom


Send a Smile 4 Kids needs Mother's Day cards, so I created this one for them. The theme of Double Trouble's current challenge, "A Magical Day," inspired the imagery & the font for the greeting. I also did the Double Dare for this challenge, by using a "Checkered Frames" die from Impression Obsession. The inspiration for this card came from one I saw on Pinterest.

I downloaded the unicorn image from I opened it in Photoshop, and sized it to fit my panel inside the frame. I used the Springtime Flourish font on my computer for the greeting. I typed each line on a separate layer, and then used the Move tool to position them. After I merged just the greeting layers into one layer, I added a purple-to-pink gradient layer for the unicorn. I created a clipping mask so it would affect just the image. I did the same gradient--reversed--on another layer, for the greeting, & did a clipping mask for that as well. Finally, I printed it onto a piece of white cardstock.

I die cut my frame from a piece of purple "Watercolor" patterned paper from Recollections. I also cut a panel of white cardstock with the same frame die. I adhered the outer white cardstock frame to an A2 size card base, and inlaid the purple frame inside. I saved the squares from the white cardstock I'd die cut, & inlaid each into its place in the purple frame.

I matted my focal panel with some more of the purple "Watercolor" paper, and adhered it to my card base. Finally, I used Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue on sequins around the unicorn's neck, & added Star Dust Stickles to the horn.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Repeat Impressions "Anything Goes" Challenge ~ M2421

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Have a Magical Day!


Dies R Us Challenge Blog has teamed up with the Double Trouble Challenge for the current challenge. The Double Trouble theme is "A Magical Day," with the optional twist of using a metal die. For Dies R Us, the challenge is to use a metal die. I created this card to send to a woman I met at a virtual retreat last Fall, whose birthday is coming up soon.

I recently received the "Party Unicorn" mini stamp set & coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn as a gift during my birthday month. I had not gotten to play with it yet, but thought it went perfectly with the themes of both these challenges. I stamped the unicorn & cupcake on Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper in Simon Says Stamp Fog ink. I used my Tombow markers to color the images, and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

For the background, I used the "Mini Cloud Edges" stencil from My Favorite Things to add a rainbow cloud sky. I used Kitsch Flamingo, Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass, & Milled Lavender Distress inks. After I finished inking, I splattered the panel with water droplets, let that sit for several seconds, then blotted with a dry cloth to create some bleached spots for a more ethereal look.

I die cut a cloud from a scrap of Canson XL Mixed Media paper with a die from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' "Clouds & Raindrops" set (discontinued). I lightly inked the bottom edge with Milled Lavender & did Tumbled Glass on the top, just so it wasn't so stark white.

I wanted some accent around the edges of my background, so I die cut with the largest of the "Large Cross-stitched Rectangle" dies from Lawn Fawn. I adhered that to a white A2-size card base. I adhered the die cut cloud with foam tape, to help it stand out from the background a bit. I glued the cupcake to the unicorn, and adhered her in place. I added foam tape behind her head, & glued her flat to the cloud. That way she is on the same level as the cloud. I added Diamond Stickles to her horn & the heart topper on the cupcake, & streaks of it on the die cut cloud.

I used a greeting from Lawn Fawn that they had also sent me for my birthday month. I stamped that in Lawn Fawn's Fresh Lavender ink. I wanted a soft color to go with the whole look of the card, but that would still show up against the background. Since I had foam-mounted my images, I did use my MISTI stamp positioning tool to stamp the greeting, just in case I didn't get a good impression on the first try. Thankfully, it stamped well & I didn't have to re-stamp. As a finishing touch, I added Diamond Stickles dots around the panel, because you always need more glitter with unicorns! :)

I'm also entering this card in 613 Avenue Create's March "Anything Goes" Challenge (not playing the twist).

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Best Birthday Ever


A woman I met at a virtual retreat last Fall has a birthday coming up soon. I decided to pull out the Gina K. Wreath Builder Template & coordinating "Wreath Builder" stamp set for her card. The theme of Creative Knockouts' current challenge, "Spring is in the Air," inspired the bright color palette.

I first cut a piece of white cardstock to 4" square. I taped the larger wreath template into my MISTI stamp positioning tool to use as a guide. I stamped the first flower in Simon Says Stamp Sunshine ink, turning the cardstock in the template until I had stamped 8 times. I followed with the pink flowers, using Lawn Fawn's Wild Rose ink. I stamped the dark green leaves around the outer perimeter with Memento Cottage Ivy ink, and the 2-leaf image with Memento Pear Tart. Finally, to fill out the wreath a bit more on the inside, I stamped a little accent image in Hero Arts Orchid ink.

I wanted to make an A2-size card, and wanted my panel to fill the card front with only a 1/8" mat on all 4 sides. So I cut my wreath panel in half, & added it to a dark green cardstock mat that I'd adhered to my card base. I left a gap in between the 2 wreath panels.

I stamped one of the rings from the "Wreath Builder" set in Cottage Ivy ink, and stamped the greeting in the center in Wild Rose. I die cut that with a 2" circle die from We R Memory Keepers, and used a Waffle Flower "Additional Circles" die to cut the mat from lavender cardstock. I matted a strip of white cardstock with lavender, and adhered it to cover the gap between my stamped panels. Finally, I adhered the matted greeting circle in the center of my card.

I'm also entering this card in 613 Avenue Create's March Challenge: "Anything Goes" (not playing the twist).

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Birthday Rose


I had printed the "Rose Blossom" digital image from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps onto a piece of cotton fabric several months ago. I had intended it for a project that I ended up not doing, so it's been sitting on a shelf over my desk ever since. I wanted to paint it with watercolors, so I had coated it with Daniel Smith Transparent Watercolor Ground. I've never done this before (painting watercolors on fabric), even with the watercolor ground, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I finally decided to go ahead & paint it, then make it into a card.

To prepare my fabric, after I'd printed the image onto it, I adhered it with double-sided sheet adhesive to a piece of white cardstock. Then I added the watercolor ground. As I said, this was all quite some time ago. I began painting wet-on-dry, adding the watercolor to the dry fabric. It didn't move quite as much as I wanted, so I switched to a wet-in-wet technique. I painted one petal at a time, adding clear water to the petal, then flooding in color. That worked OK, though the paint then tended to move more than I wanted. So I ended up doing a wet-on-kind-of-dry technique. I did make sure not to paint 2 adjacent petals before allowing the first to dry, so the rose wouldn't become all one solid color.

When I painted one of the leaves, the paint ended up getting away from me a bit, & stained the fabric outside the leaf. I tried wetting that area with just plain water & blotting with a paper towel, but it wouldn't come up. So I decided to embrace that, & just added green to the whole background, again painting wet-in-wet. I like the variegated color I ended up getting.

I heat embossed the "happy birthday" from Altenew's "Painted Greetings" set with Ranger Silver powder onto a strip of Essentials by Ellen 40 lb. vellum. I cut the strip longer than the width of my panel, folded the ends around the sides of the panel, & adhered them to the back. That way, I didn't have to worry about adhesive showing through the vellum. I matted my panel with black cardstock & adhered it to a white A2-size card base.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday, January 31, 2021

This Calls for a Celebration!


Die Cut Divas' challenge theme for this month is "Frame It." I created the frame for my card by die cutting an oval in a 4x5-1/4" panel of white cardstock with a Hero Arts "Nesting Oval Infinity" die. The design is based on the Wednesday Sketch Challenge #526 at My Favorite Things. I got the idea for the balloon bouquet from this card by Kristina Werner.

I used the round balloon images from Altenew's "Balloon Bunch" stamp set. I cut a 3-1/2" square of white cardstock, put it in my MISTI stamp positioning tool, & placed the first layer of the balloon in one corner. I stamped first with Lawn Fawn Ballet Slippers ink, rotated the cardstock, & stamped a second balloon with Altenew Soft Lilac ink. I repeated this with Lawn Fawn Peach Fuzz & Sunflower inks for a total of 4 balloons. I took another scrap of cardstock & stamped again with Hero Arts Tide Pool ink for my last balloon. Then I stamped the second layer for each balloon with Hero Arts Bubble Gum, Altenew Lavender Fields, Lawn Fawn Apricot, Simon Says Stamp Sunshine, & My Favorite Things Blu Raspberry inks. Because the balloon shapes in this set are simple, I didn't get the coordinating dies. So I fussy cut all the balloons.

For my background, I ink blended Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass, & Spun Sugar Distress inks onto an A2-size panel of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I splattered on Champagne Gold & Light Gold watercolors from the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors set.
After I die cut the oval from my white panel, I placed the panel in my MISTI. I stamped the greeting, also from "Balloon Bunch," in Versamark ink & heat embossed it with Ranger Gold Super Fine Detail embossing powder.

I adhered my ink-blended background to a white card base, & tacked the frame piece down with a piece of painter's tape, just to hold it while I arranged my balloons. Once I had them placed like I wanted, I used a piece of Glad Press 'n Seal to pick up the balloon bunch as one unit. I added white crochet twine to the back of each balloon, using a bit of double-sided tape to hold the strings in place. I added liquid glue to the backs of the balloons & stuck them onto my background, then carefully peeled up the Press 'n Seal. I cut another piece of twine, & tied a bow around the balloon strings. To keep that secure, I added a small dollop of glue under the bow & clamped the strings in place with my cross-lock tweezers until the glue dried. Finally, I added my cardstock frame with foam tape, covering the ends of the strings, & glued on a few Darice Crystal sequins, as per the sketch.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Season's Greetings


The current Dies R Us Challenge is "Christmas." I used the "Angle Approach" Cut-Fold-Tuck die from Spellbinders (discontinued) for this card. This card I saw on Pinterest inspired the basic design of my card.

I die cut the main element from a piece of green Die Cuts with a View Flip Side cardstock. This has a light color on one side & a darker shade of the same color on the other. I carefully removed the cardstock from the die, and folded back the pieces around the perimeter. I also folded up the center circle bits to give them some lift.

I glued the die cut centered towards the top of a 4x5-1/4" piece of navy cardstock. I had a scrap piece of white cardstock left over from another card, that I'd embossed with the "Plaid" embossing folder from Sizzix & Tim Holtz. I decided to use that behind my greeting.

I wanted to heat emboss my greeting, from Simon Says Stamp's "Holiday Greetings Mix 1" stamp set, onto the same navy cardstock as I'd used for the background. But, I didn't want to cut into another, larger piece of navy. So I cut off a little over an inch from the bottom of my panel, heat embossed my greeting a little higher than center, and carefully trimmed the greeting out. I adhered the negative strip to my card base, butted up against the bottom edge of the upper background panel. I adhered my white cardstock strip, which covered the seam between the 2 navy pieces, and glued my greeting on top of that.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges: