Altenew, Beautiful Day, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Manhattan Flower, Stampin Up, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Water Colored Cards

Glorious Rose and Gold

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It’s been wickedly hot here in Vermont the last few days and will continue to be so for the rest of the week!  We don’t own a pool so I’m keeping cool in my stamp room!  Sometimes I have no idea which direction my creativity will take me and today was like that.  I sat at my desk wondering what on earth to work on, so began searching through my stamps for something I haven’t used much.  I came across this wonderful striped background stamp called Cabana Stripes by Echo Park Paper Co.  One of my favorite design combos is stripes with florals so that’s what I decided to do!
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Upon further searching around, I came across one 12X12 sheet of this beautiful soft rose cardstock and it inspired my color choices for this card!  Rose and gold!!  So feminine and so elegant!  This called for Altenew‘s Beautiful Day set!  I began by heat-embossing the outline images in gold onto Bristol Smooth card stock, and chose Zig colors of soft pink, peach, flesh and ochre.  (I’ve been using my Copic markers so much lately, that I forgot how much I love Zigs!)  When I finished coloring, I used Beautiful Day dies to cut them out.
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Anyway, setting the blossoms aside, I inked up Cabana Stripes with Versamark and stamped it onto another piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then added gold embossing powder.  I LOVE that the stamp didn’t adhere 100% so it left these wonderful “distressed” looking spots with no color!  I just bought Tim Holtz’ Tattered Rose distress oxide ink, so tapped some onto my craft mat, spritzed with water then tapped my panel into the ink.  After drying it, I trimmed the panel down with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle dies and adhered it to my base card upon which I’d used Stampin Up’s Manhattan Flower embossing folder.  I think that nicely compliments the blossoms and adds even more texture!  Next I arranged my die-cut pieces and mounted them with layers of foam tape.  Lastly,  I gold-embossed the simple yet sweet sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set onto a strip of the rose card stock and tucked it in along the left side.  Voila! A combination of stamps from a variety of companies to create one gorgeous card!  Now…who’s birthday is coming up…?!  😀

 

 

Bouquet For You, Copics, CTMH Stamps, Florals, Stampendous

It’s A Cover Up!

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Oh, how I’m loving my Copic markers!  This beautiful image is actually one small cluster of flowers from A Bouquet For You by Stampendous.  I stamped and masked them several times to fill the space, leaving room for a sentiment.  Alas, when I finished coloring, I noticed that I’d inadvertently left a mark from the yellow marker right in the middle!!  UGH!!
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I was pretty disappointed to have to add something to cover it!  When I posted this on Instagram, I got many great suggestions for ways to fix the “boo-boo” from “glue on a butterfly or a sequin” to “use a sand eraser to remove it” to “fussy-cut the flowers from the panel and mount them onto another base card”, all great ideas!  Sadly, I’d already adhered my panel to the base card with strips of foam tape, so fussy-cutting wasn’t an option without making a mess of my scissors!   I went ahead and stamped my sentiment from CTMH, a retired set I recently bought from a Facebook group.
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As you can see, I did glue on a teensy flower and although it does the trick, it’s not quite the look I was going for!  But in the end, whoever receives this card will never know my “dilemma” and will love it just the way it is!  And I do love the yellow blossom against the white background!
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It’s so great to bring my cards outside and pose them amidst the flowers on our deck; I think the sunshine and greenery add a nice touch to my photos and just enhance the beautiful cards!
Beautiful Flowers, Birthday, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Super Sentimental, Thank You

Simon Says Stamp’s Beautiful Flowers Doubled!

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Aaaaand, I’m BACK with yet another card using the wonderful Beautiful Flowers by Simon Says Stamp!!  This time in shades of pink on a warm yellow background!  I stamped the image several times on my card stock, arranging the blossoms to form a background.  And then the fun began!  It takes me so long to color with Copics, adding layer upon layer of color, blending, shading, adding more color, doing more blending…it’s so relaxing and so satisfying!
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Unfortunately, my markers occasionally leaked out too much ink and made a blob!!  Argh!!  But I was too committed to stop and start over!  OH well…
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It’s amazing to me how beautiful the backside of Copics coloring is!  I did end up making color copies of both the front and back so I can use them in more cards and not waste this gorgeousness!  😀
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To create this card, I used my Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle dies and cut the panel down then cut a smaller panel from the center.  To make the frame above, I used yet another die (the next size smaller) to cut the center out of the inside die-cut.  Does that make sense?  I attached a piece of white card stock behind the frame after stamping my sentiment and a teeny bit of the Beautiful Flowers stamp.  I had adhered the larger panel to a layer of green then onto a soft yellow base card.  I then popped the frame up with a piece of fun foam.  I really love that beautiful frame on this card!
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I definitely got creative with THIS version!  After cutting my panel down with the Stitched Rectangle die, I also die-cut the center, then cut it down AGAIN, using several sizes of the dies!  I stamped the blossoms all over the white card base in black ink, then layered on my die-cut pieces to form a “window” which features the sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s Super Sentimental set!  So how’s that for a double whammy?!  🙂
Bootiful Tulips, Brutus Monroe, Copics, Distress Oxides, Florals, Friendship, Spring, Super Sentimental, Technique Tuesday, Tim Holtz

Boots N’ Tulips!

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One of the really fun things about being on social media sites in the stamping world is the card challenges!  This sweet little pair of boots is from  Bootiful Tulips by Technique Tuesday and I colored them up for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge!   I used my Copic markers in reds, aqua, yellow and greens then cut them out to put into a card.  
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I decided to keep it simple by brushing on Distress Oxide ink in Squeezed Lemonade onto a white card base, using a very soft makeup brush to create a background for the boots.  I then attached the boots with some foam tape and added the cute little sentiment from Brutus Monroe‘s set called Super Sentimental.
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I really enjoyed making this simple, but colorful card!  
Altenew, Beautiful Flowers, Birthday, Embossing Folders, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Label Love, Simon Says Stamp, Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers Take Three!

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I had never ordered a card kit from any company before, so when I received Simon Says Stamp‘s June card kit I was so amazed at all the goodies it contained!  One of the most awesome items is this Tim Holtz Sizzix Botanical 3D Texture Fades Embossing Folder!  (Now that’s a mouthful!!)  But just look at the deeply detailed embossed texture!!  The instructions advise dampening your card stock before running it through your embossing machine, but I didn’t do that and it came out beautifully!  This gorgeous Cornflower Blue card stock also came in the kit with a coordinating envelope.  I heat-embossed the floral spray from SSS’s Beautiful Flowers set in black onto Bristol Smooth card stock, then used my Zig markers to color it in.  I used a dark blue marker to fill in the background and spattered water droplets over it all when it was dry.  
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I trimmed the panel down to a strip which I mounted onto a layer of white card stock, then attached it with some foam tape to the beautiful embossed base card.  The final touch was to emboss the sentiment onto a scrap of white, add a little jewel and place that with a bit of foam tape to lift it up.  I just love the rich color and feel of this card!  
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I made this card next except that I used the other side of the embossed base card, so the design is recessed.  It’s a little more subtle look.  I colored the blossoms again with my Zig markers, using shades of red, orange and yellows, colored the background with blue again and spattered drops of water!  A strip of black behind the flowers makes it stand out against the white base card.  
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To finish this card, I heat-embossed in black one of the sentiments from Altenew’s Label Love onto a scrap of white, and lifted it with a bit of foam tape.  I loved making these richly colored cards and I promise these won’t be the last ones you see with Beautiful Flowers!!  🙂  
Anniversary, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Occasions, Water Colored Cards

Anniversary Calla Lilies

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My sister-in-law recently asked me to make a card with calla lilies for her to give to my brother for their upcoming tenth anniversary!  Ten years ago I made their wedding invitations using Stampin Up’s calla lily from their Ageless Adornments set!  I no longer own Ageless Adornments so found this wonderful image by PSX  from ebay and set to work!  As always, I started with a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper, and heat-embossed the flower in white.  I then did a wash of soft yellow and gray around it with Zig markers and lots of water.  To stamp the script I had to make a mask of the lilies and then stamp over it.

 

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I used shades of gray to color in the blossoms and a little green for the stems and leaves.  After smudging more gray ink around the edges, I remembered that I have this great BLESSED sentiment stamp (from who knows where!!) and so heat-embossed it in white onto a strip of vellum.  I then just wrapped it around to the back of the panel, taped it down and adhered the panel to a layer of soft green, and finally onto a card base of shimmery gray.  I love the elegant softness of this card and I think they will too!
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Here’s a photograph I found of the invitations I made in 2008!  Bad lighting but they loved these and I did too!  🙂  Happy 10th anniversary, Jim & Lisa!!  ❤