New Home Card

Happy Friday!  I have a card that would be perfect for welcoming a new neighbor or giving to a friend who just purchased a home.  It features the Home Sweet Home stamps and dies from Lil' Bluebird Designs.

This card is one that looks more complicated than it is.  By doing some smart die cutting it actually goes quite smoothly.  I'm a bit pressed for time tonight, but complete instructions to create the card including marker colors are on the Cottage Cutz blog!

Products used:

  • Stamps/dies: Lil' Bluebird Designs Home Sweet Home
  • Dies:  Cottage Cutz, Circle Windows Slimline, Hills Slimline, Nested Rectangles Slimline
  • Paper: SU Subtles and Brights DSP

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Trick or Treat Mummy

I can't believe we're half way through September!  It seems so early for Halloween cards, but it really is not.  Today I have a card for the Tic Tac Toe Challenge where I also happen to be the board designer this week.  I hope you will find the time to join us.

I picked the top row across - ribbon, costume, beige/brown.

I actually had planned to do a different row but as I was looking through my stamps I couldn't resist this cute mummy.  I thought the ribbon would be fun with the mummy but I wasn't sure how to incorporate it. I decided to wrap a panel that would be behind the image.

I didn't want a straight panel so I just cut a random shape from Crumb Cake cardstock.  Wrapping it was a bit tricky because of the angle; the ribbon did not want to lay flat.  I used tape on the back to smooth out any wrinkles. After I had wrapped the panel I distressed the edges (I probably should have done this first!) and used ink to shade them and the ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please join in the fun - I love seeing your cards!

Products used:

  • Stamps/dies: The Stamps of Life HalloweenKidsHSN (this set is on HSN; there is a similar set with a mummy on the TSOL website)
  • Paper/Cardstock: Crumb Cake, SU Magic in this Night DSP (retired)
  • Ink: Crumb Cake
  • Ribbon: SU Forever Greenery (retired)
  • Markers: Copics - E40, E41, E42, E49, E50, E51, E53, E55, Y13, Y18, Y26

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Thanks A Latte and Making a Patterned Background

Happy Friday!  Today I have a thank you card for the coffee lover in your life.  In my case the biggest coffee lovers I know are ME and my husband!  I drink it all day long and even have an espresso machine. Naturally I love the new Coffee Time stamps and dies from Lil' Bluebird Designs.

For this card I created my own patterned paper by stamping some of the images at random on a piece of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch Crumb Cake cardstock.  I say random, but it wasn't completely.  I knew I was going to highlight one of the coffee cups so I needed to make sure at least one was off  center and did not overlap the edge.  To fill in the space between the cups I used the coffee beans.

I chose red to add a pop of color to the card.  I colored one coffee cup using Prismacolors and then die cut the Thanks w/Shadow sentiment in coordinating colors.  I used Soft Suede, a brown that is slightly darker than the Crumb Cake and Real Red.

For as simple as this image is, I sure used a lot of reds.  But that what gives the cup it's nice shading.

I stamped the sentiment Thanks A Latte slightly off center on my card using black ink.  I wanted to make sure it stood out from the background.

Then I added my sentiment with shadow on top.  This makes a strong focal point and covers the top line of stamping nicely.  I had originally planned to mask off the sentiment but this works just as well and is easier!


Finally I popped up my coffee cup using foam dots.

This card can be made in any color and would also look great on white with pastel colored images stamped in the background.

Products used:

  • Stamps and Dies: Lil' Bluebird Designs Coffee Time
  • Dies: Cottage Cutz Thanks w/Shadow
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Soft Suede
  • Ink: Crumb Cake, Black
  • Prismacolor pencils: PC922, PC923, PC924, PC925, PC1078, PC947, PC938

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Galactic Background Birthday Card

I sure hope my daughter doesn't see this post.  This is her birthday card and I haven't given it to her yet.  I'm pretty sure no one in my family follows my blog, so I feel pretty safe to post it.

My daughter loves Star Wars and would like to build a droid the next time she heads off to Disneyland.  She has asked for that for her birthday. So....Kindred Stamps makes the perfect stamps for that!

This is actually a gift card holder.  I'll make a small gift card for the droid to put on the inside.

I created the background by blending several Distress Oxide inks going from the pink in the center to the black around the edges.  I'll list them below in the order used inside to outside.

Then I used plain water and a paint brush to sprinkle on a few drops.  This lightens the Oxides. The last step was to flick on white paint (I actually used gesso as I did not have any paint) to add brighter stars.  I've made backgrounds like this before.  They are a bit time intensive but well worth the effort!

For my planet, I started with a Crumb Cake cardstock and again used Distress Oxide inks to blend.  I wasn't super concerned about this being even as I wanted a "rocky" surface.  I used the brown reinkers to flick on some "pebbles."

My droids are colored using Copic markers and fussy cut out.  I don't know why, I have a Scan 'n Cut, but I thought I'd do it by hand this time.  I made sure to use a marker to color between the gold droid's arms and body so it would blend with the background.  He got popped up with foam dots while the other two are glued to the card.

Products used:

  • Stamps: Kindred Stamps Galactic Adventures the Sequel
  • Dies: The Stamps of Life Happy Birthday, A2 Gift Card Pop-Up Die Set
  • Distress Oxides: Background - Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Black Soot; Planet - Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy
  • Copic Markers: N0, N1, N2, Y13, Y18, Y26, RV06, B18, YR15, YR18,

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Rosh Hashana Card

I was invited to spend Monday evening with friends and celebrate Rosh Hashana with them.  My friend is an excellent cook and we had quite the feast!  We have done this for several years and I always make her a card.  It can be quite the adventure trying to find stamps for Jewish holidays, so I get creative with the images.  Since apples and honey are traditional for Rosh Hashana I often use those images.

This card was inspired by one I saw on Facebook by
Karen Ann Rees Freiberg in the Stamps of Life Fan page.  It uses the Apple Fold-It and circle dies to create the apple slices.

I drew in the seeds and then colored the honey with a Copic marker.  To give them shine I covered the honey in Crystal Effects (Glossy Accents).  I had a sentiment set from CAS-ual Fridays that I used for the banner and inside.  It says "Wishing you peace, happiness and prosperity."

Products used:

  • Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Shalom
  • Dies: The Stamps of Life Apple Fold-It
  • Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Real Read, Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
  • Markers: Copic Y26

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