Card Making

Oh Snarky Cat…..

I have to say that the Snarky Cat stamps I purchased last fall have been one of my favorites this past year. So when I was woken at 3:30am by my somewhat cat-like, Shih Tzu it was what I grabbed. Let’s say I was feeling a bit snarky…..

The background of this card was created using Simon Hurley’s Stamping Foam. This product is amazing. You heat it up with your embossing heat tool and press it into anything with texture. Then ink it up and stamp away. The best part….when you reheat it the image goes away and you can reuse it.

I pressed it into a placemat and inked it in rainbow colors. The cat was stamped separately, fussy cut and colored with alcohol markers.

I added a sentiment from Ink Road Stamps and a few Nuvo drops. Then the card stock was popped up on the base with some foam tape. The card was done, the Shih Tzu was snoring and I went back to bed! Hope you all enjoyed your weekend and slept well. Thanks for stopping by.

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100 Day Destash-Day 29-Embossing Folder with a New Technique

Ok so it is the second birthday for AAA Birthday Challenge. This week’s challenge is Happy Birthday. Click HERE to participate and possibly when a prize!!

This card was with a bunch of die cut 2s, an embossing folder and a sentiment.

The embossing folder was inked with Versafine Ink on the negative side. Then sparkly Hero Arts powder was sprinkled on the embossed paper. Jennifer McGuire just did a great tutorial on this technique. Click HERE if you want to see it. The result looks much better in person. I hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by!!

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Bright and Cheery!

It felt like a day for a bright and cheery card. The past few days have been filled with Valentines card. So today I sat down with Gina K and her husband Tom and crafted with them. They used an old technique with torn paper.

You simply tear two strips of paper tape them down to your card front. Then you do some ink blending. Remove the paper, stamp or emboss whatever image you like and add a sentiment.

I used Distress Oxide Inks (mown lawn, blueprint sketch and squeezed lemonade). The stamp set is from Gina K Designs and is called Beautiful Butterflies. This set is so versatile. Don’t ask me where the hello die cut came from because I have no idea! Thanks for visiting!!!

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Better Late Than Never

Ok…..I haven’t posted in a loooong time. This doesn’t mean I wasn’t being creative. I was just in a bit of a slump. Christmas cards took over my life I was doing a few orders and sending batches out to organizations to be passed out.

When the new year hit I took a look around and decided that my New Year resolution was to use what I already had. Of course I mean those items that cost the most and, quite frankly, get used the least. So for this year no new stamps, dies, or other major purchases. I will continue to purchase ink, neutral papers and adhesives (once I use up what I have).

I know you are all laughing yourselves silly but I am really going to try. I will be posting card creations a few times a week made with stuff I already have. I am going to try and get through ALL of the stamps I have purchased in the last 10-15 years. It has been reassuring to see people like Justine Hovey and Ingrid Blackburn doing this as well! I feel that’s pretty good company to keep.

The above card was created using two old Stampin Up sets:

Gorgeous Grunge & I Heart Hearts

The technique used for the background is probably one of the first ones I learned. It is called the “Masking Tape Technique. Basically you rip strips of masking tape (cheap tape) then ink up the sticky side and place where you want it. I then stamped and embossed (Nuvo Classic Gold) over the background and added an embossed heart from the heart set. I had forgotten what a great stamp set the grunge set was and will be using it more often.

I hope you enjoyed this project and get ready for more. If there is anything YOU want to see drop me a comment. As always THANKS!!