Birthday Floral

I’m trying to keep my cards simple after all of those handmade holiday cards!  I wanted this birthday card to be ‘bright and happy’ and selected my ink colors to reflect that. The stamps and die cut I used are both from Lil’ Inker Designs: Doodled Daisies and Boxed Up Birthday Greeting die. The first […]

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Bubble Talk Valentine

With a few tweaks to the phrases, this card could be used any time of the year.  I’ve made several valentines for the approaching holiday and I’ve strayed from the traditional red and pink colors for this particular card.  The recipient’s favorite color is yellow and I just had to go with it! I started […]

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A Play on Plaid

In order to make quick work (okay, quicker work) of making christmas cards,  I took 4 A2 panels and stamped them with the same plaid background.  To make the plaid I used Simon Says Stamp ‘Jumbo Stripe’ and a mix of inks: gold, schoolhouse red, catkin, steel blue and soft navy.  From there I used […]

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House warming card

One of my best friends just bought a house; she just happens to love bright colors and pineapples…well, look what I have here. 🙂  I’ve been experimenting with different types of backgrounds and this card is no exception.  The tricky part is not letting a background this bright detract from the focal point of the card. […]

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Beach babe ;)

This little beach baby is from an older Penny Black stamp set.  I colored her months ago with copic markers and finally used her on a card.  When I create water color or blended backgrounds I tend to make multiple at the same time.  This ensures I can play with multiple color combinations, account for […]

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Cactus!

I like cacti.  Living here in San Diego they are part of the natural flora.  Better yet, they resist my black thumb.  🙂 Products used: Main Image: Hero Arts Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp die cut ‘wishing’ Background: Simon Says Stamp heart die cut Stencil: Simon Says Stamp Watercolor: Distress ink in Salty Ocean and Blueprint […]

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Blended backgrounds

I’ve been playing with a mix of watercolor and ink blended backgrounds, for other examples on my blog you can look here or here. 🙂 Using a background stamp from Simon Says Stamp I stamped it on an A2 panel in Versamark ink.  Versamark ink is clear and sticky and allows you to pour embossing […]

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Fun with stencils

I mentioned in my previous blog post that the next several cards on my blog will be focusing on ink blending, stencils, and embossing paste.  This ‘Thank You’ card focuses on ink blending with stencils.  I have found that the brand of ink doesn’t matter quite as much as type of ink.  In this case, […]

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Sending all my love to you

So I’ve been trying different techniques and the next several cards on the blog are going to include a lot of watercolor backgrounds, embossing paste, and stencils.  I just adore how this card turned out 🙂 Products used: Image: The Greeting Farm ‘Shelly’ Sentiment: ‘Sending’ is Simon Says Stamp; ‘Love’ is Altenew Background: Distress inks […]

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bouquet for you

I started out as a scrapbooker, it wasn’t until a few (maybe two) years ago I became a card maker.  I own a lot of stamps.  A.lot.of.stamps. 🙂  But very few of them are traditional birthday stamps.  In fact, I bought my first traditional birthday set this past month.  Truth is, I’m struggling with it. […]

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