Be Joyful


Continuing my Christmas card creations.  Today, I’m sharing a card using several products form Hero Arts, Memory Box and Simon Says Stamp.

To begin, I decided to use a background stamp on a kraft paper card panel.  I dug into my older set of stamps and decided to use this Basic Grey/Hero Arts background stamp, Stitched Greetings.  I stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

On white cardstock, I stamped the wreath image from Memory Box’s Christmas Botanicals with black ink.  I watercolored and fussy cut the image.

Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Big Scripty Greetings on a strip of black cardstock.

I assembled the card adhering the wreath with dimensional foam towards the top of my panel.  I adhered the panel to a white cardstock base.  I then added my sentiment and added iridescent sequins to finish it.

I have a quite a few more Christmas cards to share so stay tuned!


A Rose is a Rose…

Happy October!

A quick post (hopefully).  I have 2 cards to share.  I used this beautiful (and very neglected) Stampin’ Up stamp set for both cards.

My very dear friend asked if I could make a birthday card for her neighbor.  This is what I came up with…

Stampin Up Fifth Ave. Floral; Hero Arts Three Leaves; PTI Beautiful Butterflies; Prismacolor Pencils; Yasutomo Pearlescent Watercolor Set, Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist

I wanted to keep the card simple and clean.  The rose and leaves were colored with Prismacolor pencils.  On the rose, I painted watercolor pearlescent paint on the darker parts of the flower.  To finish it off, I sprayed the whole rose with Perfect Pearls Mist for additional shimmer.

Here is my 2nd card…

Basic Grey Basic Manila;  Stampin Up Fifth Ave. Floral;  PTI Happy Trails;  Distress Inks Gathered Twigs;  Recollections Flowers and Gems

I originally wanted to use this background for the first card.  However, I didn’t like my intended layout. Instead, I decided to make another card with it.  I love patterned paper but never find a way to incorporate it in a card.  So, I thought this was an ideal opportunity to try!

The background is a Basic Grey paper.  I stamped the rose image multiple times on the paper for a tone-on-tone effect.  Distress Ink was rubbed on the edges to give a defined look. To add a little more dimension to the card, I added paper roses (another neglected item in my craft stash) and a few gems.

Thanks so much!