Sunday, July 31, 2011

Flag Card

As bid July good bye, thought I'd post one last tribute to America for the month. This image was stamped with Versafine black onto a white paper. Then only the flag was colored in with colored pencils. This technique is called "spotlighting" for obvious reasons. The white paper was mounted onto a navy paper, and then onto the red card. The image is by Serendipity Stamps.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Ultra Fine Beach Card #2

One last beach card. This image was posted a few days ago on a bright orange card along with a colorful ribbon. Today's image gives a much cooler feeling. Once again the image was stamped with Stazon on the front of the acetate. The glitter was added to the sticky side and attached to a blue piece of paper which was glued onto the shimmery blue paper. Extra color was added to the front of the image with Copic markers. The shimmery paper was place onto double sided sticky paper which had the top peel removed. More irridescent glitter was added to the remaining edge around the sticky paper. Then the back peel was removed and the piece was palced on the card. The word stamp was also inked with Stazon and placed under the image on the shimmery paper. This will be the last beach card I'll be showing for now. If you haven't been to the shore this summer, hope these cards have helped give you a "virtual" vacation.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Shells card #2

A couple of days ago there was a post of this stamp done using a direct to paper technique. On this card, the image was first stamped in black and then colored in using a resevoir pen and dye base ink pads. Extra color was added to the corners of the cream card using a sponge applicator. Black cardstock, and then tan cardstock were layered behind the image before adding it to the card.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

By the Sea

A quick, easy card. A long rectangular cream paper was sponged with some Tea Dye ink all over it. Next a great printed paper of sea images was taped on top of the cream sponged paper. Using Versafine Toffe, the words were stamped twice by the printed paper. (Stamp is by Art Impressions) Some torn cork was secured over the bottom of the card. Then a sand dollar was glued on with Diamond Glaze. Extra glaze was added over top of the sand dollar to give it additonal strength.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Ultra Fine Glitter Beach Card

I liked the orange card and bright ribbon so much on yesterday's card I used them again for this card. The main image is by Stampendous Stamps. It was inked with a Stazon pad onto the acetate. The acetate is sticky on the back. Using a post-it note, the image was masked except for where I needed to place one color of glitter. Once poured on, it was rubbed in to ensure it was secure. Then the post-it was moved so the next color could be added. Copper, blue, and iridescent glitters were used. Once all the color glitter was on, double stick tape was applied and then a blue paper was placed over the tape. This was then positoned onto a white piece before being added to the card. Extra color was added to the tree leaves, tree trunk, and the umbrella with Copic markers. I had to be extra careful using them so they wouldn't bleed with the black Stazon ink. "Dream" is a metal sticker.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

At the Beach

Actually, we're not at the beach any more, we are home with all our cards we made while we were at the beach. This one is an embossed chair with orange embossing powder. It was cut out and added to a Marvy oval punch which was overlaid onto the ribbon with a piece of foam tape. The words are from a sticker set. The card is from Memory Box and has a white interior which makes for easy writing.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Shells #1 card

Having just read "Gifts from the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindenberg, I had a lot of fun with this stamp. It is all one image which was stamped with a Colorbox Chalk pad onto the cream paper.
Then several Distress pads were rubbed over the paper. Extra Chestnut Roan was sponged into the corners. This was then mounted onto an embossed paper using an embossing folder. A light layer of color was sponged over the embossed surface. This was adhered to a piece of cork. The cork was placed onto the brown card. Another piece of torn cork was placed on top of the main image and the phrase "by the sea I love to be" was also stamped with Chestnut Roan. A piece of raffia was knoted twice and glued down to the side of the words. Words are by Art Impressions.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Love a good Book Card

A very simple card today, but a winner with any book lover. The printed papers were layered up, and the quote was stamped with a Distressed Gray pad. A little bit of Tea Dye Distress ink was also sponged around the quote. Looks good, and is quick and easy. The quote is from Impression Obsession from a clear set.
One of the joys of being at the beach is reading a good book while sitting by the sea. Hare and I have had a great week here which has included several books. We're on our way back home now, so I hope you'll stop in the store this week and say hi to us and admire our tans. :-)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Beach shoes

I've turned into a total beach freak. My time at the beach is a time to retreat from the cares of daily life and just have some R&R. Of course, my idea of R&R does include stamping. No water on this card, but it reflects the feeling of being at the beach to me.

The flip flops were embossed with a dark brown embossing powder onto the orange paper and punched out with a Stampn' UP! tag punch. A piece of hemp was tied through the tag and attached to the strip of printed paper with a piece of foam adhesive.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Impression Obsession Blue Crab

Here's a nice easy card. The image is by Impression Obsession and is stamped in Color Box Chalk "Colonial Blue" on a white paper. Add embellishments and you are done. So how do you send a card like this through the mail? Carefully! Lots of bubble wrap or a padded envelope. It also helps to cover a fragile embellisment like a shell with Diamond glaze to help give it strength.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Get Whale Card

This is a fun image by Cat's Pajamas. I got the word stamp to go with this image-although I can't think who does the word stamp. The image was colored in using a resevoir pen to brush on the blue using a blue water base pad. The waves were done using a Fiskers punch. The whale was cut out and slipped behind some of the waves. Marvy punches were used for the circle punches. It's always nice to give a card to someone sick that will put a smile on the person's face.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Swim of things Card

Well it just doesn't get any easier than this! The blue of the card is all printed paper. The fish are all one image stamped in black several times across the paper. Then the word stamp was also stamped on the paper. Just didn't think it needed anything else. Simple is good!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sand and Shells Card

This is my favorite week of the summer-the week Harriett and I go to her beach house. It's a week of sand, sun, and stamping fun. Thought I'd post some beach cards while we are away. This one is using some of the fun sand and shells you can spatula on that we sell at Angelas' Happy Stamper. It takes some time to dry, but aren't the results worth it? The stamped image is by Impression Obsession and was colored in with Copic Markers. The image was attached with foam tape.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Fun in the sun

Brayering was done first to the white glossy card here using a multcolored pad. Then all the images were added using a dark blue dye pad. Four stamps were used to create this card. No masking was needed. The images were just inked and stamped. How nice is that? I"m off to the beach. Will be posting cards with that thought in mind this week. Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Stampscapes Glossy Black Card

Over the metallic ink pads in the store at Angela's Happy Stamper, you'll find this card. It was done on black glossy paper with a Starlight silver Brillance pad. The ink must be applied carefully, but once heat set, it looks great and is permenant. The bush stamped was inked once, but stamped twice. Same with the flock of birds. A solid circle was used for the moon.

Friday, July 15, 2011

July Star Card

Still using the July theme here for another birthday card. There are 7 stars punched here, layered up and glued to the printed paper. The sentiment is stamped with a dye base blue pad. Little bit more layering, and it's all done.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Friends card

Took my camera into the store and shot some pictures of card samples I've made and have up in the store. This one is of a Magenta stamp. The background was brayered with a multicolored pad onto glossy paper. The purple paper had a background distress image applied with a darker purple dye ink. (Image by Impression Obsession)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July Birthday Card

A firecracker seemed to fit for July birthday card.
The image is by American Arts and is lightly colored in with a blue pencil. The sparkle at the top was applied on top of tacky glue from a Sailor pen one color at a time. The word stamp was inked with a blue Versafine pad.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I''m a hotty Card

For those of us of a certain age, we can chuckle at this card with knowing appreciation. The lady is by Art Impressions and was inked with Momento black and colored in with Copic markers. The word stamp I think is by Rivercity known for their sense of humor. Printed paper is by Graphic 45.

Monday, July 11, 2011

July Birthday Card

Here's another one of the birthday cards I've been doing. I do love my Cuttlebug and the embossing folders! Two embossing folders were used here on yellow paper with a white base. A little sanding brought out the white on the card. The green circle was punched with a Marvy punch and then edged with red dye ink. Then lots of layering to finish the card.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sympathy Card

When working on sympathy cards last week, I picked a Memory Box paper that would do numerous cards. This is another version using that paper. I definately wanted to restock on my cards. Don't like being out of a sympathy card when I need one. The stamp here is by Paper Inspirations and was inked using a gray Versafine pad. The yellow paper was punched with a Fiskers punch. The flower was attached with a brad and foam tape.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Eyes of a Cat

Marsha McCarthy has a very distinct style. This is one of her stamps that I enjoy. Due to the detail, it was embossed in black embossing powder first onto a white card. Then the color was added using Stazpon which are really vibrant on white paper, and sponge applicators. The colors seemed to fit for a warm summertime feel.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Embossing Folder Birthday Card

Got a quick embossing folder birthday card. This is a Cuttlebug folder done with a Memory Box card. Once embossed, the front of the card was sanded so the white would show. Then the words were stamped onto a white paper with a blue scallop Marvy punch. A little ribbon was added with foam tape and it's all done.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Best Wishes Birthday Card


Been working on birthday cards for July. Went back to a favorite combination of paper for this card. The printed paper is Graphic 45. The words are stamped with a Versafine blue. The white card is actually toned down a bit with some Soft Vanilla Memories dye ink that was sponged onto the white. Didn't add any extra stuff to this card so it would be easy to mail. The punch is an EK success punch.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hope Star

We've past the half way mark of the year and this is a "gentle" reminder that if you are going to make your Christmas cards, now may be the time to start. A customer at the store gave me a great idea. I am doing this star and then mounting it onto left over Christmas paper I've accrued over the years. Used a die cut to give the paper some shape. Then layered one more paper behind it before putting it onto the card. Used a pine branch punch to layer behind the star. It's been going well. Was really hustling to get cards done and out last year, so I'm really trying to be better this year.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card the other day and realized it was time to make some more. The paper here is by Memory box. The words are stamped with a Versamark Gray pad. It was mounted onto the Memory Box paper and then the ribbon and paper flowers were added. Small self adhesive pearls finished off the card.

Monday, July 4, 2011

God Bless America

Hope you all have a fun forth. It's one of my favorite holidays. Today the card was made with canvas stickers that were distressed with a light brown dye pad. They are self adhesive, so all I had to do was peel and stick. The rusty tin star was added with foam tape.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Home of the Brave

At the store there is not only patriotic paper, but cut outs that make for a very quick card. I used some to make this card. How easy is that? All I had to do is glue them on. Now I'm off to mail this for the holiday.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Have a Blast

Been stretching myself with the use of glitter lately. Found this great sparkely ribbon which goes perfectly on this card at Michaels. The stamp (from Peddler's Pack) was inked with a black Versafine and cut out. A fine glue pen was traced over where the red glitter was to go. Then the glitter was applied. The process was repeated for the blue glitter, and then for the yellow glitter. The sparkely stars are stickers. Inside is a saying from Stampendous that says "have a blast!"

Friday, July 1, 2011

Patriotic Decorative Tree

This is an old Stampn' Up! set that I still enjoy using. It can be used for numerous holidays. Here it's obviously ready for the 4th of July. The trinkets were stamped with dye pads and cut out and mounted onto the tree with double foam mounting tape so there is some dimension to the card. Raffia was tied around the top to help complete the country look to the card. Decorative scissors made the navy paper have its distinct design. A pad was run around the edges of the brown paper to finish off the card.