Hand Made Cards

Skating By

My oldest grandson has a birthday coming up
later this week.  I can't believe he's going to
be 9 already -- where does the time go.
I saw this card on a display board last month
at convention and it made me think of him.
I don't own this Skating By stamp set and
now it's retiring (darn).
I decided I better share this sample with
you so you don't miss out -- it is perfect for
those boys in your life.

Skating By logoBelieve it or not the card base is
Mint Macaron with a layer of Soft Suede.
Next is a layer of the English Garden design paper.
Didn't know this print was in there did you?
The boy is stamped with Archival Black ink and colored
in with a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter and
ink pads -- Night of Navy, Old Olive, Mint Macaron,
Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze and highlighted
with Sahara Sand.
The camera is stamped, colored, cut out
with Paper Snips and attached with a dimensional.
Two pieces of Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon
and a 2 1/2" Soft Suede circle were attached
and the boy layers attached with dimensionals.

What a fun card -- I really wish I had that stamp set now.

Retiring items that you don't want to miss out on.
Skating By Stamp Set
English Garden Designer Paper
2 1/2" Circle Punch
Pear Pizzazz 1/4" Cotton Ribbon

Gorgeous Botanicals

Today's card has some fun elements.
We combined Gorgeous Grunge stamp set
with Botanical Gardens designer paper to
create a card with lots of different textures
and designs going on.

Beautiful Blessing logoThe card base is Thick Whisper White.
A strip of the Botanical Gardens designer paper
was added to the left side.
The "blotches" from Gorgeous Grunge was
stamped in Cajun Craze and Old Olive ink.
The small dots were stamped with Pool Party ink.
The frame stamp is from Rose Wonder stamp set
and was stamped with Old Olive ink.
The words are from the same stamp set and
stamped with Cajun Craze ink.
It was cut out using the coordinating
Rose Garden
Thinlits and attached with
dimensionals.  The final touch was
adding three Black Candy Dots.

Helping Me Grow Pink Daisy

After this month's Stamp of the Month Class
I wanted to go outside and pick a bunch of flowers.
Unfortunately our weather isn't cooperating to
let me do that so the cards will have to do for now.
This is the final card from my class which featured
the Helping Me Grow stamp set.

Pink Daisies logoThe card base is Basic Black -- 5 1/2" x 7 1/4"
Score at 4 1/4".
Add a layer of Pink Pirouette 2 7/8" x 5 3/8"
Then a layer of Shimmery White 2 3/4" x 5 1/4".

Stamped the daisies with Archival Black.
We colored them in using the Aqua Painters and
Pear Pizzazz, Pink Pirouette and Rose Red inks.

We added some dots from Gorgeous Grunge
stamp set and Smoky Slate ink (stamped off).
I wanted just very light dots.

We stamped the cute label on Pink Pirouette
with Black ink and cut out with the
Rose Garden Thinlit.
Stamp Sweet Friend with black ink
and attach with dimensionals.

Hyacinth, Maybe??

Yesterday's post said Lilac -- send me your thoughts.
Well, I heard back from my flower and tree expert, Rorie.
She says this pretty flower is a Hyacinth and I
believe she is right.  It is a pretty flower no matter
what it is, so here is another card using that stamp.
The set used is Helping Me Grow.

Thank You Lilacs logoWe started with Wisteria Wonder card base.
We added layers -- Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz and
Whisper White.
We stamped the flower with Memento ink
and colored in with inks and Blender Pens or
Aqua Painters.
We stamped THANK YOU with Memento
on Wisteria Wonder cardstock and punched
out with 1 3/4" Circle Punch which is layered
on a 2" circle of Pear Pizzazz which is
layered on black that is punched using the
2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch (retired list).
We added a banner of Pear Pizzazz that was
punched on both ends with the Triple Banner Punch.


I'm not much of an expert on flowers except
I like to look at pretty ones.
Here's another card from the Helping Me Grow
stamp set.  I'm not sure but I think these might
be lilacs??  If I'm wrong leave a comment to
correct me (Rorie??).
This time we didn't color the flowers in,
just left the outline in Wisteria Wonder,
what a perfect color for these flowers.

Much Appreciated logoThe card base is Thick Whisper White with a
layer of Wisteria Wonder and then Whisper White.
We used Wisteria Wonder ink to stamp the
dots at the top and left edge and then to
stamp the flowers.
We stamped the label with Wisteria Wonder ink
on Wisteria Wonder cardstock, stamp the
greeting with Memento ink.
We cut the label out with the Rose Garden
thinlit.  We wrapped a piece of
Wisteria Wonder 1/2" Seam Binding Ribbon
(this is retiring -- get it now) around the
card before attaching the Wisteria Wonder
layer to the card base.
Add the label with dimensionals.

This card is pretty quick -- I can't wait
to mail out some of these thank you cards.

Much Appreciated Daisy

Last night was my Stamp of the Month Class
featuring the Helping Me Grow stamp set.
Everyone attending received the stamp set to keep.
This was my favorite card that everyone made -- it's
a nice clean, simple card.

Daisy logoThe card base is Thick Whisper White.
We stamped the cute little corner stamp with
Memento ink -- love this little corner stamp.
I added a panel of Basic Black and a piece
of the Botanical Gardens designer paper.
Then another layer of Black.
The next layer is Hello Honey and
we used two stamps from Timeless Textures
with Hello Honey ink to give the cardstock
a little texture look to coordinate with the
designer paper.
We inked up just the one daisy with Memento
ink and stamped on a 2" circle of Whisper White.
We colored the center of the flower with
the Delightful Dijon marker.
This is attached to a Black circle cut using
the Circle Framelits (did you see these are
on the retiring list).
After everything is attached we added a strip
of Everyday Chic Washi Tape.

Check out the Sneak Peek of the May Paper Pumpkin Kit!!
May Paper Pumpkin logo
I got to make one last week at On Stage.
It's a great kit -- have you signed up to receive it yet.
You get a half hour escape from reality every month.

Helping Me Grow

Tonight I have my Stamp of the Month Class.
This month we are using the Helping Me Grow
stamp set.  I saw this card on the display boards
at On Stage earlier this month and loved it.
I had my cards designed when I found this picture
and this card is just too cute not to share.

Helping Me GrowThe base of the card is Pear Pizzazz - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" score at 4 1/4"
Next is a layer of Basic Black -- 4 1/8" x 5 3/8"

Then a layer of Whisper White -- 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

I love the addition of Botanical Gardens Washi Tape.
I'm always trying to figure out when to add washi tape.
This example is perfect -- love it.

Only a portion of the daisy is stamped with VersaMark ink
and embossed with White Embossing Powder.
The flower is colored in with Hello Honey marker and
a light touch of Calypso Coral ink in the center  of
the flower with a Sponge Dauber.

The pretty label was stamped on Hello Honey cardstock
with Hello Honey ink.  Much Appreciated was stamped
in the center of the label with Memento ink.
The label was cut out using the Rose Garden Thinlits.
If you don't have this set of thinlits you MUST order them
even if it's just for that pretty label frame.
The label is attached with dimensionals and don't
forget to add a little bling with some Rhinestones.

April Showers

April showers bring May flowers.
That's how the old saying goes, right.
Well, I am ready for those beautiful flowers.
Today's card features the Garden in Bloom stamp set.

Garden in Bloom logoThe card base is Watermelon Wonder.
I love the swirly on the left side -- just use your
Black marker and squiggle away.

A sticky note or scratch paper was placed across
the center for a mask and flowers were stamped
all around the Whisper White layer,
starting with the flower and leaf outlines stamped
with Memento ink.  Next stamp the insides
of the flowers and leaves with Wild Wasabi
ink for the leaves and So Saffron, Delightful Dijon
and Watermelon Wonder for the flowers.

Remove the mask from the center of the card,
stamp the greeting with Memento ink
and don't forget to add the butterfly.
The butterfly puts the finishing touch on the card
with the Rhinestone for the head.