Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Mom Flowers, Mother's Day, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Oval Dies, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Mom Flowers!

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I can’t get enough of this lovely set, Mom Flowers by Simon Says Stamp!  For this card and the next one, I used pretty shades of gray and yellow Zig markers to color, after heat-embossing the blossoms in silver!  I stamped the background with Stampin Up’s Smoky Slate ink, then stamped MOM on a scrap of Bristol Smooth with Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  The sprigs are die-cut from silver foil card stock.
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Isn’t the sentiment over the MOM just so pretty and meaningful?!  I also love how the light reflects off the embossed flowers and the foil sprigs!
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The card didn’t seem complete until I added drops of yellow Nuvo Drops as accents.  These cards will be going to our local gift shop soon for Mother’s Day!
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I had this pretty patterned paper in my stash, and die-cut the ovals with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, then attached them to the base card of white upon which I’d randomly stamped the blossoms in Fossilized Amber distress ink.  After embossing MOM onto another scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink around the edges and mounted it using a strip of fun foam to lift it up.  I arranged the blossoms and silver sprig atop the MOM strip, and then added Nuvo Drops in silver to accent!

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I think someone’s Mom will love this card!  🙂
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So many beautiful papers just waiting to be used!!  Look at this one with pinks, yellow and brown!  I love the vintage look of it; it reminds me of old-fashioned wallpaper!  My new set isn’t looking so new anymore!  😀
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers make it so quick and easy to color beautifully!
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I had die-cut this ornate frame from brown patterned paper in order to glue it on top of the fun foam one, but the foam frame stretched out a little so the paper one didn’t fit.  Oh well!  It still works!  😀
Classic Convertibles, Distress Inks, Embossing Folders, Kuretake, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Papertrey Ink, Road Trip, Sizzix Diamond Plate, Stampin Up, Stampin Up World Traveler, Stylish Sentiments, Tim Holtz, Tim Holtz Travel Signs

Playing with Trucks and Cars!

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I’ve made a number of masculine cards over the years using trucks and cars; they’re a popular image for the guys in our lives and I enjoy the break from florals!  This card was made using a car from the long-retired Classic Convertibles set by Stampin Up.  I heat-embossed the image in black then cut it out and colored with Zig markers.  I needed a map background so googled Vermont road maps and printed this off on the computer and roughed up the edges after smudging with Pumice Stone and Walnut Stain distress inks.  The Route 66, tire track and Road Trip images are from Tim Holtz’ Road Trip set and I stamped those right over the map.  I used a diamond-plate embossing folder on the base card and smudged Walnut Stain distress ink over the raised part to get the grungy look. The sentiment is from Unity Stamp’s I’d Go Anywhere set.  
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Another awesome vintage car from Stampin Up’s set, colored and cut out.  I printed out this map of Vermont, smudged Pumice Stone distress ink around the edges, stamped the mileage stamp in red from the same Tim Holtz set and the sentiment from Fiskars Let’s Get Lost was heat-embossed onto the map.  This was a quick and easy card!  
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For this card I used Deep Red Rubber Stamp’s Chevelle, colored and cut out.  The same printed out Vermont map with more images from the Tim Holtz Road Trip set and the sentiment is from The Stampin Place.  The interstate sign image is from the Fiskars set I mentioned previously and it has an empty space for whatever numbers you choose!  I stamped in the 89 because that’s our main highway here in Vermont!  I smudged ink around the edges, roughed it up with my scissors, then tore and curled up a corner for a fun, distressed look!  Layered onto a red panel, then a black card base, I think this is a pretty cool card!  
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Another combination of Stampin Up and Tim Holtz!  The awesome embossed background is Tim Holtz Travel Signs on kraft cardstock, smudged with Walnut Stain distress ink.  A strip of colorful Tim Holtz patterned paper on a narrow panel of red card stock really pops!  
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The last in my series of trucks and cars, this truck is from Deep Red Stamps as well!  I stamped it in the center of a piece of white card stock, then masked it in order to stamp the other images around it.  They’re from Papertrey Ink Stylish Sentiments .  I then uncovered the truck, colored it with a red Zig marker and glazed it with a coat of Glossy Accents.  The PTI set came with the little star stamp which I randomly stamped in red around the card front.  I trimmed the panel down to layer onto black, then onto a base card of Stampin Up Crumb Cake on which I’d embossed their folder called World Traveler.  I hope you enjoyed this series of masculine cards!  
Bouquet of Thanks, Florals, Get Well, Gina Marie Designs, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Bouquet of Thanks III

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I think this is one of my favorite sets by Simon Says Stamp!  I had just gotten the die that goes with Bouquet of Thanks and had to try it out!  The first thing I did for this card was stamp the image onto Bristol Smooth paper and color with Zig markers.  I chose assorted bright colors and used a little water to soften them.  I then used the die to cut out the image and set it aside while I figured out my next steps!  
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Using my Hero Arts Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut set, I stamped out Get Well onto a strip of watercolor paper then cut it with the banner die, adding a larger background banner in blue.  I had the Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die already in my stash and decided to incorporate it into my card somehow.  
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This pretty red and white polka-dotted paper came in a thick paper pad given to me by my daughter, Caitlin and was the perfect background for my card!  I trimmed down a panel of it to fit on my white card base, then attached the Stitched Rectangle die cut in the center; I think it helps to break up the dotty background and nicely frames the flowers!  The flowers were mounted with bits of foam tape and the last detail was to add some Nuvo Drops in Caribbean Ocean blue randomly onto the background!  There’s a lot going on, but it all works beautifully, I think, don’t you?  I hope that this card cheers up whoever receives it!  
Altenew, Birthday, Florals, Jumbo Peony, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Label Love, Mother's Day, Stampendous, Water Colored Cards

Stampendous Jumbos Take Three!

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How stunning is this?!  It’s the first time I’ve used this gigantic image by Stampendous which I purchased on ebay.  I heat-embossed it in white onto a piece of Bienfang Canvasette Paper Canvas and used Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint it!  I decided to try my hand again at an eclipse card, so using my Etched Alphabet dies by Spellbinders, I cut out the letters MOM and set them aside.  
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I adhered my panel to a layer of yellow card stock, then to a white card base.  To pop the letters, I die-cut MOM in white fun foam, attached the painted letters to the top of the foam letters, then glued them into place on my card.  
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Here’s another Stampendous Jumbo (Peony) and I’m not sure I like how dark this card is!  But I also heat-embossed in white onto the Bienfang Canvasette Canvas paper, and used the Gansai Tambi paints.  I spattered black and white watery paint onto the surface then trimmed the panel down to mount to yellow card stock, and a white card base.  
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I heat-embossed the Altenew Label Love sentiment in black onto a scrap and lifted it with a bit of foam tape.  
Anenome Cluster Mini, Basic Labels, Big Word Thanks, Florals, Friendship, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Occasions, Stampendous, The Ton, Water Colored Cards

The Ton Anenome Cluster Mini

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I just received this sweet little Anenome Cluster Mini by The Ton in the mail yesterday and just love it!  After stamping repeatedly around the outer edges of my Bristol Smooth watercolor paper, I heat-embossed the images in white and colored with my Zig markers.  I used a darker gray to go around the blossoms, then softened it with a watery brush.  Gray shading is my favorite!  
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The Hello sentiment is from Stampendous‘ new set called Big Word Thanks; I heat-embossed in black directly to the front of my watercolored panel, then heat-embossed the smaller sentiment which is from The Ton’s Basic Labels set!  I popped the little piece up with a bit of foam tape…Oh no!!  I just realized that I forgot to add my black splatters of paint!  😀  
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Before mounting the panel onto a white card base, I added a strip of black and white patterned paper at the bottom to accent.  I really like that special little touch!  BTW, the black and white striped tissue paper in my background is the packaging from The Ton!  😉 
Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, StampinBack, Water Colored Cards

Poppies Inspiration

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I was getting my hair done yesterday and a brightly colored notebook there caught my eye! (see photo at the end of this post!) Inspiration for card designs are everywhere!!  I snapped a picture and couldn’t wait to recreate it!  I began by stamping these gorgeous poppies from Stampinback onto Strathmore watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  I decided to color them with Zig markers, using my waterbrush to move and soften the color.  I used a Fine Point Sharpie to accent the centers.  Pressing each flower onto a Versamark embossing pad then heat-embossing with clear powder gave them a beautiful shine and really popped the color!  
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Once dry, I fussy-cut them out, and set them aside while I searched for some striped paper!  I found this design and trimmed it down to adhere to a panel of white card stock, then to a black base card.  I laid out the blossoms and used bits of foam tape to attach them in layers to the card front.  For the stems, I just snipped pieces of the same white card stock and glued them into place.  
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As a card maker, I find inspiration all around me, even from the most mundane things!  I haven’t decided if I’ll add a sentiment to this or not.  
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Can you  blame me for wanting to recreate this striking image into a card?!  I’m just sayin’!!  😀