Fresh Watercolor Birthday

I’m part of a swapping group called #imbringingbirthdaysback and I needed to make a card to send to one of the participants in Canada. Since it’s out of the country, it’s best to try and stay away from bulky cards. I decided to make a watercolor background and stamp the flower from Artistically Asian right onto it. It’s so far out of my comfort zone since I am all about dimension and layers. I wish I could merge these two cards into one – I love the bolder watercolor background, but like the look of the other one with the Copper Trim wrapped around 3 times. I stepped it up with a few random In Color Enamel Shapes and some Wink of Stella on the flower. I also decided to heat emboss the sentiment with Copper Embossing Powder on the lower right corner, but it’s difficult to see in the picture.  Can you spot the new products?  I’m super excited about all the new goodies!  I also love this color combo of Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Fig, and Copper. I think I’ll be using this combo again!

Fresh Watercolor Birthday

Stamp Sets:  Artistically Asian, Happy Birthday Gorgeous (NEW!)
Cardstock:  Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Fig (NEW!)
Specialty Paper:  Watercolor
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Fig (NEW!), VersaMark
Lovelies:  Copper Trim (NEW!), Copper Embossing Powder, 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes, Wink of Stella
Tools:  Aqua Painters, Heat Tool, Embossing Buddy

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Baby Bear for Autum Kaye

We went to visit my newest little niece yesterday – Autum Kaye. Just 10 days old! What a sweet baby!  Here’s the congratulations card I made the new parents. I am so pleased with it – Baby Bear is simply darling and perfect to welcome a new little life. I have my friend Stephanie to thank for the idea of making a square card. I hadn’t made one in quite a while, but she recently made a baby card that was square…inspiration! And a big thank you to Stampin’ Up for making the bow in the Holly Berry Builder punch match the Baby Bear bow.

Baby Bear for Autum

Baby Bear Girl

Stamp Set:  Baby Bear
Cardstock:  Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: 2015-2017 In Color Stack
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Cucumber Crush, Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron, Pink Pirouette
Lovelies:  Pearls Basic Jewels, Blushing Bride Stitched Satin Ribbon
Tools:  Holly Berry Builder Punch

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Battle of the Pearls vs. Rhinestones

There are a lot of card samples roaming the internet where people used Basic Jewels for the lights on the marquee. I couldn’t decide which to use, so I made 3 cards – one using medium pearls, one with medium rhinestones and one with large rhinestones. Hunter’s vote is for the pearls. I’m battling between the medium rhinestones and pearls. What do you think?  Regardless of which one you prefer, I think we can all agree that the 3 In Colors I used are absolutely ice-cream delicious! Look closely and you may see the shimmery Wink of Stella on the “It’s Your” and the two sparkles, too.

Battle of the Pearls vs. Rhinestones

Stamp Set:  Marquee Messages
Cardstock:  Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Gray, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum
Lovelies:  Pearls Basic Jewels, Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Clear Wink of Stella
Tools:  Sparkle Embossing Folder, Big Shot

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Delicate Birthday Blossoms

And today’s card is the second one I had my fun group of ladies at church make. This one features the Emboss Resist Technique.  It was more involved, which is why the entire class ended up being about 3 hours. Bless them for putting up with me for that long! I had them emboss the Delicate Details stamps in white and then use sponge daubers to add color. I also had them use the daubers to add a little bit of Peekaboo Peach to the Daffodil Delight flowers on the front. So bright and springy!

Delicate Birthday Blossoms

Stamp Sets: Birthday Blossoms, Delicate Details
Cardstock: Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugarplum, Versamark
Lovelies: Pearl Basic Jewels
Tools: Sponge Daubers, White Embossing Powder, Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool, Layering Ovals Framelits, Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

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Swirly Wink of Thanks

I decided to make my club order thank you cards with the Swirly Bird bundle. It’s my first time of using the stamp set and matching dies. O-M-Goodness! Such an adorable set!  I’ve been making so many Thanksgiving and Christmas cards lately, I wanted something flowery, with spring-y colors. The color combo I went with is perfect and the Wink of Stella on the flowers and leaves give them a lovely, subtle glimmer, too. I think my favorite stamp in the set is that uber cute little Daffodil swirl that I put on the cards and the matching envelopes!

swirly-wink-of-thanks-1

swirly-wink-of-thanks-2

Stamp Sets:  Swirly Bird, B.Y.O.P.
Cardstock:  Flirty Flamingo, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi
Lovelies:  Fancy Frost Sequins, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush
Tools:  Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Big Shot, Precision Base Plate

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Shimmery Watercolor Butterfly

I decided to try something different today. I watercolored Flirty Flamingo ink onto Shimmery White cardstock. I used an Aqua Painter to first cover the entire piece of cardstock in water.  Then I brushed the ink in a sweeping motion onto the cardstock. After it dried, I die cut the butterflies. They turned out exactly as I hoped!  If you decide to give it a try, be sure to use a shim for your Big Shot sandwich – the Shimmery White must be slightly thinner than the standard cardstock. My sandwich was (from bottom to top): Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, cardstock, die, shim (scrap piece of cardstock), standard cutting pad.

Shimmery Butterfly

I wish you could see it in real life. You can see the shimmer on the whole butterfly – as if it was covered in Wink of Stella. Here’s a close up that might help a little:

Shimmer Butterfly Close Up

So, what do you think? I’ll definitely use this technique again!

Stamp Set: Thoughts & Banners
Cardstock:  Shimmery White, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink:  Flirty Flamingo
Lovelies:  Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon, 1/8” Silver Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools:  Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Triple Banner Punch, Butterflies Thinlits, Magnetic Platform, Precision Base Plate, Die Brush

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Seaside Fun!

My beautiful man in brown delivered my fun box today! Lots of fun stamp sets, Designer Series paper, tools and embellishments from the new Annual Catalog! Here’s a fun card that showcases all the new 2016-2018 In Colors. I decided to feature a couple items from the By The Shore suite (pages 92-93).  I’m sure I’ll be sharing more cards using this super fun suite!  Another super-convenient tool used on this card are the Layering Squares Framelits.  Look closely…you can see a tiny rim of itty bitty scallops around the squares. Love! I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of this Seaside embossing folder, too. Love the flowing lines…great for “sea” scenes as well as providing the illusion of motion for lots of other card backgrounds.

Seaside

Stamp Sets: Endless Birthday Wishes, Seaside Shore
Cardstock:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White
Ink:  Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum, Flirty Flamingo
Lovelies:  Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon
Tools:  Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Layering Squares Framelits

I hope you get a chance to do some Happy Stamping soon!

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