After a month of zero to no crafting due to life getting in the way, I decided I need to make some changes. I want to create and share more often. And a simple card can be just as lovely and provide that creative outlet as a more involved card with many steps. And oh how I’ve struggled with that concept. The old KISS rule – keep it simple silly – really is true. Anyway, on to my new weekly feature.
It’s Throwback Thursday! I’m planning on sharing retired stamps from my stash that need some loving. This adorable little elephant and all his accessories are a part of Henry Says. And Henry says happy birthday!
Colors are Pool Party and Melon Mambo. The Tiny Triangles embossing folder adds texture and interest to the layers.
Sorry I’m behind on my posting – had a few technical difficulties, but am getting caught up! This card showcases some of the gorgeous Botanical Gardens DSP. Greeting is from Cottage Greetings and the glimmer stripe is Pool Party. Quick and simple!
Bright pink balloons floating above the clouds shout a cheerful happy birthday greeting. Card base is Soft Sky, sponged with Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point and Night of Navy. TIP: Use a circular motion and a light touch. Clouds are stamped with white Craft ink. Polaroid frame is cut from heavy Whisper White cardstock with a square thinlet and Big Shot. Greeting is stamped with Archival Basic Black ink. Frame has Dimensionals on the back to create a 3D effect. Balloons are stamped with Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo classic ink and punched out with the Balloon Bouquet punch. To create dimension, one balloon is glued directly to the cardstock, a second balloon is layered on top with one Dimensional, and the third balloon is positioned in front of the Polaroid frame with two Dimensionals on the back of it. Knotted silver thread is glued to the balloon openings with a Fine Tip Glue Pen, and allowed to hang freely. And a bit of Wink of Stella in clear creates some sparkle and shine to the tops of the balloons.
I’ve been seeing this technique popping up all over the Internet, and had to give it a try. Super easy, and it adds a really cool watercolor effect to your projects. And it uses Lovely As A Tree – bonus!
Texture makes this wintery card pop! There’s dry embossing with the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, and the little ornament image from Among the Branches is heat embossed in gold. The snowflakes are stamped with the new Archival Basic Gray ink pad and rhinestones to every other one add some glitz. Gold embossed vellum from the Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack adds another layer of texture, as does the nest of gold thread behind the popped up focal point.
Parts from the Tin of Cards plus some pearls and gold thread help bring this golden thank you together quickly and elegantly! A reminder that handmade cards don’t have to take a lot of time to still be special.
I had made an individual card with the Everything Eleanor flourish that a friend of mine loved, so when I needed a thank you for her, I made a complete gift set. From all reports, she loved the set too!
A cute and clever to way to package a set of cards is to use the Sketched Dots Tag A Bag Gift Bags as envelopes, and belly band them together with a bit of White Jute Ribbon.
Harvest is done on our farm! This year was a record early planting season and now a record early harvest. There is still plenty of work to be done, like cleaning up machinery, plowing and more, but the grain is in the bin.
My card today is meant to represent those rolling fall fields. The Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder shows the work done in the field. Most of our leaves are gone off of the trees, so pines fit my theme nicely. Below is a quick instruction sheet – enjoy!
Just sent this 3D fall flower card to a sweet couple that got married. The cotton paper is a dream to work with and make flowers from. The graphic black and vellum paper comes from the Winter Wonderland Designer Paper Stack. Congrats Jaren and Evan!
Inspired by a recent trip to the Elkhorn Antique/Flea Market today! The oak leaves with acorns stamp is from the iconic Lovely as a Tree stamp set. Very Vanilla and Soft Suede provide the background colors.
How many of you have stamp sets that you had to have, and are just sitting there? That’s me with Everything Eleanor. I loved that set from the moment it hit the catalog, ordered it, promptly put it in my stash and then … nothing. Well, I dug it out today and USED it. I think it was worth the wait.
So get out those stamps in your stash and give them some love!
I love it when I can get more use out of a stamp set (and in this case dies, too). I took the Jingle All the Way stamp set and the Sleigh Ride Edgelits Dies and made a Halloween card! Base of card is Smoky Slate, layered with Basic Black, Basic Gray and Elegant Eggplant. And my ghostly steed is cut from vellum.