Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Smile Big and Happy New Year

As we end another year and begin a new one I am always amazed at how time flies.  Why don't we try to Smile Big as a New Years Resolutions.  That should be one that would be easy to continue not give up on.  Smile Big is the best sentiment, and it is from Little Big Greetings stamp set.  When you smile big it catches on and people will smile too.  This card has a daisy and the bigger flower was stamped with Pineapple Smoothie.  We crimped the leaves again to add texture to them.  A few pearls, a banner,  and a half circle on top add a nice finish to the card.  Have a Happy New Year and here's to a wonderful 2014.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Hi!

Today I am sharing another card from the October Kit of the month.  This kit was nice because they were all note cards that you could use to just say Hi to a friend.  We pierced the circle and layered the flowers after we colored them with Strawberry Cream Ink. I plan on sending more cards this next year. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

Happy Hello

Today I am showing you a pretty card made with the October Kit of the month set.  The flower was colored with a dauber using Pineapple Smoothie Ink.  The leaves are folded in half and then run through a paper crimper to add the texture. By folding in half and crimping it you give the effects of the veins of a real leaf.  Add a little journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust, some journey twine and a mini clothes pin and you have a cute note card to give to a friend.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Copic fun

Today I wanted to share a card I colored with my copic markers.  I used a La La Land Marci stamp.  I embossed the red with a dotted folder and then added a spellbinder die in brown behind my image.  A brown satin ribbon added to the side with a bow finishes it off.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve and have fun with all your friends and family. Enjoy.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry and Bright

Embossing folders are a fun way to enhance a card base.  Here I used a folder that had a snowflake and polka dots.  I like that it includes a flat area in the center to add your own stamps and images.  I used a dauber to add ink to the raised dots once the paper was embossed.  I added Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust to the snowflake. I punched out the stamped ornament from the Merry and Bright ATS stamp and added the sentiment to the solid white area on the card.  A little Silver cording and a purple bow add the finishing touches to the card.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Blitzen

Blitzen ATS is a great stamp for the holidays.  It's so pretty and  simple to make a beautiful card with.  Just add a few layers to this single stamp and you can make some great cards.  Here I have added a little Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust on the antlers and the scarf.  A little satin ribbon with a bow and you have a lovely card.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Special Greetings

I love this card because who doesn't love a little bling. The special greetings stamp set covers many occasions. This card will work for any of the sentiments in this set.  I stamped the sentiment 3 times without re-inking to give it a lighter shade.  I hope you enjoy these 4 cards and I would love to see you in class.  The cards I have shared over the last few days will be in my class tonight at This N That in Chino Hills.  They are easily made into any occasion cards.  I hope they get you creating and making your own cards for whatever needs you may have.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Love Tags

Today I have a quick card that you can make if your in a hurry.  The stamp set Love Tags is a hostess set that you can earn if you have a party totaling $300.00 or more before the end of December.  If your interested in having a party just send me an email and I will gladly make arrangements with you to have a fun stamping party. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thank You

Today I am sharing a card using the Thank You ATS stamp set.  This is a fun card I made with some circles out of pattern papers and added a few banners to say Thank You.  A little Journey Twine and you have a finished card. 
This would even make a great Christmas card if you make the circles out of Christmas papers.  Happy Creating.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Greet and Shout

I will have a class making some Thank you cards this month that you can give out for the lovely gifts you receive during the holidays.  You can make these for any occasion or even as a gift.  I have given a set of cards as a gift many times and my friends always love it.  It's nice to have a few cards on had for various occasions.  Many times I will make a card without a sentiment so I can add it at the time I use the card.  This way I can make it anything I need at the time.  This card I used the Greet and Shout stamp set.  As you can see any of the sayings would work just as nice on this card.  You could even mix it up with different shapes instead of the stars.  Let me know if you would like to make these cards.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Final November kit of the month sample

This card makes use of the other stamps in the set.  2 nice Christmas trees and a little sparkle dust to give the effect of snow.
This is a nice simple Christmas card that would be easy to duplicate and send out to all your friends.
I hope you have liked the samples and remember if you are interested you can always sign up for the December kit of the Month here.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Kit of the month samples Day 2

Here are a couple more samples from the November Kit.  The star of these cards is the Buck  but you will notice we have added a few items to his antlers.  It's a fun thing to do with your stamps.  Look at them a little outside of the box and see what you can add to make them stand out a little from the normal use.  Both of these samples also have paper piercing on them which always adds a nice feature to your cards. You will also notice on the first card we stamped the Sentiment from the set as it came.  One the second card we used each word individually to layer them one on top of the other.  You can always only use a portion of your stamps.  You don't have to use the entire image or even use it they way it is.  You can always use pieces and parts to make new images.  Let your creative juices flow and you will discover just how versatile you stamps can be.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Kit of the Month samples

Fun Stampers Journey has started a kit of the month.  For November we have a nice Winter set called Winter Holiday.  If you would like to sign up for the kit of the month just use this link (Journey Bloom Club member).  Each card kit comes with 4 cards and a stamp set.  Everything is cut and ready to put together with written instructions.  Over the next few days I will Post the cards we made for the November Kit.  If you want to sign up for December you still have time.  They start mailing them out around the 15th of the month.  If you don't want to commit without seeing the stamp set you can also sign up with the A La Carte plan.  You can use these samples and make lots of cards by copying the layouts and mixing it up with different stamp sets. 
The instructions also let you know what extras were used so if you like the them you can purchase them for other projects. For example, we used the Ink Splatter ATS behind the Buck fill in the white area.

Friday, December 6, 2013

BRRR!

Here is a cute card with my favorite Snow Buddy to color.  I just think he is so adorable and fun for any winter themed cards.  I plan to make a lot of good use of this stamp set.  He is perfect to color with my Copic markers and there are endless color combinations to try out.  For this card I used the classic Brown and Blue color pallet.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christmas Tags

One thing I enjoying doing for the holidays is making my own tags for my Christmas presents.  Its a nice touch and makes your gifts a little more special.  The first tag I used the same technique as the last post of inking up an embossing folder before running it through with the paper.  It's just a fun way to add more creative uses for the tools you already have. 
I used the Christmas Melody stamp set to stamp the bird and greeting.  Pomegranate Splash was used to color the bird and berries. I added Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust to the wings and berries to help them stand out from the rest of the image. 
The second Tag I made using the Simply Bootiful stamp set along with Snow Buddies for the background of the tag. I wrapped the tag with white tulle to add a little texture.  Journey Glaze and Sparkle dust were used for the fur on the top of the boot and the laces.  I added a couple of red flowers for a pop of color. 
Try making a few tags this year for your gifts and see what compliments you will get.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas is coming

I can't believe November is already over.  It went so fast I didn't manage to get one post on my Blog all month.  I am going to make sure that doesn't happen again.  So new month new habit.  I wanted to share a Christmas card I made for a trade I'm in.  We get to send 3 cards to 3 different people and in turn we will get 3 cards in the mail. 

 It was fun to try out the Whirl About Spellbinder Die.  They are so easy to use, you just have to tuck and fold the pieces and it make a beautiful doily type piece.  I layered it on Hazelnut Blend cardstock to make the blue really popped.  I used the Bricks & Bark M Bossabilities folder for the background inked up with Hazelnut Blend ink before running it through my machine to emboss.  That is how the dark ink is in the grooves and adds depth to the background. I used my copic markers to color the Candle and finished it off with a little Journey Glaze and Sparkle Dust.