Scrapbooking as much as possible, but sometimes getting distracted by birthdays and life!

OK, so maybe I had a little bit of fun with the title for this post – I hope it made you smile! I certainly had fun creating this Mother’s Day card for my mom.

I used this sketch from My Favorite Things for inspiration:

Here’s my card:

I decided to create my own patterned paper with the floral images from the Mother’s Day Bouquet stamp set. I used copic markers and Spectrum Noir Triblend markers to color the flowers, leaves, and berries. The strips and sentiment circle were die cut using two of the dies from the Blueprints 24 Die-Namics.

The card base is Boysenberry – my mom loves purple and was thrilled to see that I got the colors right for her Mother’s Day card (we won’t talk about how jealous my sister was of my coloring – let’s just say I am definitely Mom’s favorite;-)

I added a sprinkling of iridescent pink sequins and a dot of Tonic CLOUD 9 Nuvo Dream Drops to the centers of the purple flowers.

I’m entering this card into the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge as well as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – to create a feminine project.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have time to create something beautiful this week!

Ruth

So, I’m back to creating cards. Currently, I’ve got birthdays, Mother’s Day, and graduation cards to create. My friend’s birthday was last week, but we are getting together next week, so I’m good and I’m so blessed to have products that inspire me!

But first, there are those that create projects and then I get ideas for what is available, Donna Idlet is one of those creators. While I was inspired by a card she created with a different stamp set from the Gina K. Designs Forever Flowers Card Kit, I still appreciate that she opened my eyes to this wonderful kit and the possibilities it held!

Let’s look at what I created:

Currently, the Monthly Mix challenge at Gina K is to use Die-Cut Sentiments and I definitely wanted to use the lovely Birthday die from the Forever Flowers Card Kit. I wanted the sentiment to really stand out from the card base so I cut it from 110 lb cardstock twice and 80 lb Neenah Solar White once and glued those layers together then colored the layers with copic markers. I cut the shadow from vellum to allow the lovely flowers to show through while still allowing the birthday die cut to shine. I love the grouped flowers in the Lace Flowers stamp set that was in the kit and had a lot of fun coloring that image after stamping it in Obsidian Amalgam Ink.

Also, the Mod Squad Challenge Blog has a Flowers – Spring Has Sprung challenge, which was so easy with this card kit. And an Anything Goes Challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is always fun to create for!

Here’s a detail of the sentiment:

And I highly recommend Connect Glue, if you like a glue that is a little on the thicker side, but doesn’t dry immediately and has a nice fine tip for application. I just dabbed it on for the die cut layers and didn’t end up with a mess and used it for the sequins as well. It’s got enough body that I just set the sequins on it and that was enough for the jewel picker to let it go, which is awesome!

Oh, yeah, and I cut my main panel and shadow panel (that I colored with copics to match my other coloring) with the Master Layouts 2 dies. These are great dies for creating layers on your cards easily with just the smallest border.

OK, so onward to my other projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a fabulous day and are able to create something!

Ruth

More birthday fun!

Hi! I’m getting a little ahead of the game, but I do have a fair number of late April early May birthdays to celebrate, so I’m having fun making more birthday cards!

I had a LOT of inspiration for the project today.

Waffle Flower has a weekly challenge and this week the challenge is Tiny Stamps. I have the Surface Tag Stamp Set and it’s got some very small stars as well as a small Happy Birthday sentiment so my creative wheels started turning.

I found the perfect sketch to use with those tiny stars over at Freshly Made Sketches:

And when Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge said Clean and Simple was this week’s challenge and they were using Hero Arts products the deal was sealed!

Here’s what I came up with:

Another birthday down, quite a few left to go. Eeek! I guess you’ll probably be seeing more birthday cards soon because challenges are pretty inspiring for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a crafty day!

Ruth

Supplies I used for this card:

GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

Waffle Flower Surface – Tag Stamp Set

Waffle Flower Doily Square Die

DISTRESS WHITE HEAVYSTOCK

DISTRESS SPECIALTY STAMPING PAPER

Hero Arts Reactive Ink Pad KEY LIME FIZZ

CTMH Confetti Embossing Folder

Happy Bee-day!

I know not everyone loves bees like I do and I know some people are allergic which is definitely problematic, but I think their fuzzy bodies are wonderful and I am fascinated to watch them busily visiting flowers. I have a couple of people in my life who I think about when I think about bees. One of them is my sister, whose name, Deborah, is supposed to mean “the bee” (growing up I definitely understood the whole “sting like a bee” metaphor when it came to her enforcement of the space she required me to give her!) She is celebrating a birthday this month, just like Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge so I made her a fun bee card, if you can bee-lieve that!

I struggle with designing cards. I always like to look for inspiration in the form of a sketch or a card that uses the same products. In the case of this card, the stamps and dies I wanted to use were from Hello Sweetums which is no longer in business, so when I searched the name of the stamp set I found a number of different cards with similar themes, but different products.

I really liked the way Dana Kirby used the small stamps from the set to create a background paper that was tone on tone as well as how she spotlighted her sentiment and a few images from the set in a simple shape:

There are not as many small images in the Bees Knees stamp set I was using, but I still felt like I could use the same idea.

Here’s what I did:

I couldn’t resist using my hexagon dies for the shape and I colored the flower with my sister’s favorite color (I love this kind of inspiration!)

I didn’t want to use the cute birthday sentiment on the front and then be left with nothing on the inside, so I thought the Hive Five! would be fun for the front and the inside looks like this:

Thankfully, my sister doesn’t follow my blog so this will be our secret until her birthday at the end of the month!

I loved the cute images in this stamp set and am very thankful for Dana’s design inspiration and the theme and color inspiration my sister provided!

I hope you have a fabulous day! Please let me know if you have any tips for how to design your cards! I’d love to hear them!

Happy crafting,

Ruth

Products I used on this card :

Hello Sweetums Bees Knees stamps and dies

Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark 

PinkFresh Studio BASIC LABEL FRAMES Essentials Die Set

GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

My Favorite Things Pineapple Prestige Card Stock

Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE

Bazzill LICORICE TWIST Card Shoppe Heavy Weight 8.5 x 11 Cardstock

Lawn Fawn JET BLACK Premium Ink Pad

Spectrum Noir DULL GREEN BLEND TriBlend Marker

Spectrum Noir GOLD YELLOW BLEND TriBlend Marker

Copic Sketch Marker B00 FROST BLUE

Copic Sketch Marker B02 ROBIN’S EGG BLUE

Copic Sketch Marker Y13 LEMON YELLOW

Copic Sketch MARKER Y15 CADMIUM YELLOW

Zig Memory System Wink Of Stella Pen (I used Black 010 and Clear 999) these are really nice with a very fine tip I used for giving a touch of sparkle to eyes, antennae [black], and wings [clear])

Kuretake ZIG 2 Way Glue Pen – Chisel

3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

Hi! I’m so excited! My hubby and I are both allergic to cats (and I am allergic to all furry and feathered friends) so we’ve never had anything that is sweet to cuddle in our home other than stuffed animals. My daughter has been living in another state while she finishes up her Senior year of her undergrad degree remotely and works for the company she had an internship with over the summer. Her plan is to take a gap year, keep working, and hopefully get into the PhD program of her dreams. It’s been a tough year in so many ways and the isolation of COVID life definitely has been hard on her as a college student, so she’s finally taken the plunge and adopted a sweet, plump kitty.

What’s a card-making mom to do? Well, first of all she is delighted by all the fun kitty themed card-making supplies and she just learned some basic Copic coloring skills (thank you, Jenn Shurkus) so when My Favorite Things came out with their newest card kit she knew she had to have it! I mean, it is purrrfect!

As always, I appreciate any help with figuring out the design for a card so I thought the newest sketch from MFT would be perfect for my card!

Here’s what I did with it:

I love all the fabulous details in the stamps and dies that were part of the kit (as well as in the free gift with purchase.) I thought it’d be fun to use colors that were similar to the ones she has in her room as well as coloring the kitty the way her kitty looks! And this sentiment – it got me right where I live! I love a good pun and my daughter will know this is a card made by her mom!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know in the comments if you have fun recreating your pets in different ways.

I will be entering the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Anything Goes.

Products I used from MFT:

Cats & Plants Card Kit (elements that I used Housecats Stamps & Housecats Die-namics, Housecats Exclusive Stamps, Window Dressing Die-namics, Cement Gray Prestige Card Stock, and Eiffel Tower Prestige Card Stock.)

Tiny Check Paper Pad

Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics

Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired)

Lavender Fields Prestige Card Stock (retired)

Blue Breeze Prestige Card Stock (retired)

Other products:

GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

Copic Sketch Marker W2 WARM GRAY NO.2

Copic Sketch Marker W4 WARM GRAY NO.4

Copic Sketch Marker W6 WARM GRAY NO.6

Lawn Fawn RIVER ROCK Ink Pad

MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER

C-Thru T SQUARE RULER Westcott

Ranger MINI GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Adhesive

Zig CHISEL TIP Glue Pen

Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05 Gelly Roll Pen

February Cardmaking Blitz

Do you have a month/time of year when it seems like there are endless birthdays? For me it’s February (with 4 for siblings-in-law and mom/mom-in-law) and then mid-late summer for my hubby and kids. So, I pretty much start making cards in mid-January (because I have another in-law with a late January birthday) and by the time mid-February rolls around (oh, yeah, there’s Valentine’s Day in there, too) I’m feeling like all I’m doing is making cards. I try to personalize them for the celebrant and I am very slow in designing so each one can take up to a week to create, which means there isn’t really enough time if I start in mid-Janurary.

What’s nice is when there is more than the person to inspire me. In the case of the card I’m sharing today I was also inspired by a number of things.

  1. An image/color scheme (see inspiration image below) – this one really had all the bells and whistles because it fit with who was receiving the card and when – I saw the color purple and the flower as very inspiring because my mom loved to garden and loves the color purple and Amethyst is the birthstone for February!
  2. A technique/design idea – I took a class with Nicole Watt through Altenew and used her technique of ink blending on the background and using a cover die over the top – this gave me a way to use the yellow from the color palette without having to include it in the sentiment (where it would be somewhat difficult to read) or in the stamped images (where I just didn’t like the thought of possibly having the purples and yellow overlapping because I wanted it pretty and clean and not muddy.)
  3. My supplies – in this case I love the ink cube sets and Botanical You stamp and die set from Altenew and thought they would be perfect for this card and work with the above inspirations!

Here is the inspiration image from Altenew from their February 2021 Inspiration Challenge:

Here’s my card:

A new favorite technique of mine (I’m pretty sure it was inspired by Jennifer McGuire) is to use a colored foam behind die cuts to add a little more color as well as dimension.

I am entering my card in the Altenew February Inpiration Challenge and the Simon Says: Anything Goes Challenge.

And below are links for the supplies I used to create it! I hope you have a fabulous and inspired day!

Ruth

Supplies from Altenew:

Green Meadows Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Sweet Leaf and Hunter Green)

Summer Afternoon Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Warm Sushine for the ink blending on the background)

Shades of Purple Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Lavender Fields)

Enchanted Garden Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set (I used Hydrangea)

Botanical You Stamp & Die Bundle

Garden Trellis Cover Die

The class I took was: Ornate Roses Virtual Workshop w/ Nicole

Other supplies:

Gemini Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

Picket Fence Studios LIFE CHANGING BLENDER BRUSH Set

Pinkfresh Jewel Essentials

Primary Adhesive Foam Sheets Value Pack by Creatology

Xyron Mega Tape Runner Permanent Adhesive Dispenser

Gina K Connect Glue

O Christmas Tree(ts)

Hi! I’m busy creating lots of Christmas cards. Today I finished one that was inspired by the LAWN FAWNATICS CHALLENGE 88 – OH CHRISTMAS TREE that I have spent the last week designing and creating elements for.

Here’s what I created:

(All items are Lawn Fawn unless otherwise noted.)

I wanted to use the How You Bean? Christmas Cookie Add-on Christmas trees to create a Christmas tree. The mice from A Creature was Stirring are there to help with the decorating and the cake stand is helping the one mouse reach to put the star cookie on top. I thought the Baked with Love piping bag would be fun for adding a few of the icing details.

To start I stamped out the images in Crunchy Leaf ink, which is waterproof, on Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Pressed watercolor paper. I then painted them with watercolors from The Sprout Creative. I used flat colors for the star, mousewear, mouse noses, and mouse fur and shimmers for the cookie outlines and piping bag tip, trees, and frosting. The background was created with the same yellow and blues that I used on the die cut images (all flat colors.)

Here’s how the background looked after I painted it:

And here’s how things looked after I had adhered all the die cut elements and then started stamping the sentiment and realized I was stamping it backwards:

You see, I had put all the letters onto a block intending to stamp it all at once but because I was really tight on space I decided I would have more success if I stamped each letter individually. I drew out the arc I wanted the letters to follow, took the first letter off the block and stamped where it had been on the block, which was the right side. Argh! I was just a couple steps away from finishing and I managed to mess it up.

So, I painted another background and let it dry, die cut it out (I used a die from the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set) and stamped the sentiment using Smitty’s abcs with Pinkfresh Studio Stargazer ink. I cut the die cut elements from the old background, glued them to the new one and glued that panel to a piece of patterned paper from the Let it Shine – Petite Paper Pack and adhered the entire thing to the front of a top-folding A2 card base.

Here’s a nice view showing more of the shimmer and also showing how I tiered the dimension with the bottom of the tree higher and the top of the tree flat:

Another Christmas card done and no traditional color combinations! If that isn’t a sign of how crazy this year has been I don’t know what is!

Thanks so much for stopping by.

I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Instagram Challenge Creating for the Holidays, also.

Hopefully, my next creation will go a little bit more quickly and smoothly!

Take care!

Ruth

Peace, Joy, & Love

Today, I’m here to share another Christmas card design. I’m making cards for Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc. to try to spread the love and joy of Christmas with those who might not be able to celebrate with their families this year. If you are a cardmaker, please consider sharing some smiles this year or donating financially to help this heart-warming cause. Here are some guidelines from their site related to COVID-19 needs:

“Due to senior isolation in Senior Communities we are experiencing unprecedented demand for our greeting cards. If you would like to help us continue delivering smiles, you will find a donate button link at the top of this page. Just $15 helps us get a package of cards to a senior community. If you are a card maker and are willing to include messages inside of your cards, that would be greatly appreciated since we have lost many of our school and civic group partners who normally decorate cards for us.  We still welcome cards that are blank inside to use with our individual decorators.

I created the front of today’s card using the Wednesday Sketch Challenge  from My Favorite Things Stamps’ sketch #510 and also inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Make It Sparkle. All products are from MFT unless otherwise noted. Products are linked if they are available at either store.

I was inspired by the wide strip that goes the length of the sketch but wanted to have it run horizontally, so to start I masked off an area on my Berrylicious cardstock and did some ink blending using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and Gumdrop Green at the center, Blue Yonder to the outside of that, and finishing off with After Midnight at the far edges.

I just reused my blue painter’s tape (which helps to prevent tearing of the cardstock when you remove it – see the middle card base on the left side where it tore.)

I let the ink dry and used my Anti-Static Pouch to prep the surface. Next I used the Peace, Love, and Joy Stencil applying Altenew Embossing Paste with my Stencil Pal to two of the lines of words of the stencil (which I had masked off.) I sprinkled the embossing paste with Snowflake Tinsel which gave the words a nice sparkle once it was melted with my heat tool.

I finished this card off with a sentiment from the Merry Messages Stamp set, a strip of Freckled Fawn washi tape, some shimmery taffeta ribbon, and a few Pinkfresh Jewels to add even more sparkle!

I hope you are inspired to create some cards using this wonderful sketch, your papercrafting goodies, and this challenge to let it sparkle!

Have a wonderful day!

Ruth

Christmas Time is Here!

It’s a been a long, strange year so far. I normally am looking to create Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive at this time of year but the fabulous organizer is taking a year off. She recommended Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc., so that is where I will be sending the cards I’m making this year. Please consider donating if you are interested in helping make the holidays a bit more cheerful for seniors! They accept cards and monetary donations.

I like to use challenges to focus my creating and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this past week was “Dry Embossing”, so I decided to focus on that with my first couple of cards.

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I’ve used the Queen and Co. Holiday Wishes kit from my stash for the majority of the elements in the cards I’m sharing today, including the patterned papers, dies for the ornament, and shaker card foam and acetate. You might be seeing quite a few cards and tags from me using this kit this year so that I can use up the elements.

I love this vellum, which has a pearlescent sheen to it – I thought it would look nice dry embossed with my Darice Snowflake Swirl embossing folder. I thought it would look nice with the vellum looking more opaque, so I did back it with white cardstock to give a more solid color so the sentiment would read nicely.

I’ve used Concord & 9th dies from Take a Bough (the original) and Trim the Tree, MFT Blueprints Die-Namics (retired) for the card layers and the sentiment die was from a Jillibean Soup stamp and die set from my stash. On this card I used ribbon from Celebrate It, Target dollar section snowflake sequins as well as Queen & Co pink Pearlies.  I used PinkFresh Studio CRYSTALS MIX Essentials to embellish the snowflake centers which I felt went nicely with the color scheme of this card and added a bit more shimmer.

Well, that wraps up this card! Onto the next one:

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Supplies for this card are similar to the one above. The sentiment if from the Concord & 9th Trim the Tree Die set, and I used Target dollar section silver cording and Spielgelmom Scraps sequins from my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ve gotta go and create some more joy!

Ruth

ETA: I’m entering this into the Jingle Belles I’m Dreaming of a PINK Christmas challenge where they are donating $2 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for every design entered into their challenge in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! I hope you’ll consider joining in, too!

Such a beautiful day!

I have been loving the weather we’ve been having the past few days. I’m not a lover of a lot of heat and humidity, so temps below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 50’s are greatly appreciated! I also love dedicating time during the day to making things for people who are special to me (and sometimes for charities that work to make people I don’t know feel special), but today I’m sharing a card I made for someone who I used to work with. She was the kind of person who made me feel special and appreciated and respected so I wanted to make her a card to let her know I was thinking about her.

I am a slow cardmaker, so this card was created over the last week. It all started with this sketch from My Favorite Things:

It sparked an idea because I knew I had some border dies from My Favorite Things that I could use the create the curved lines at the bottom of the card and I wanted to do some ink blending so I got to work.

Here’s the finished card so you can see what I am talking about it while I describe its creation:

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(All products are from My Favorite Things unless I specify another brand name.)

I used Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB Smooth Solar White for the background ink blending. I started with cutting the curves from Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired) and then ink blending them using Gumdrop Green and Elf Green (retired) inks with my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. I was OK with some variation in color because I thought it would add some texture and interest.

The sky was done with the Sun Ray Mix-ables Stencil from My Favorite Things (retired – but similar to Sunrise Radiating Rays Stencil) I blended Pineapple ink onto the background and used the stencil to add the Orange Zest layer which I let fade out as I worked away from the sun at the center. With so much going on in the background, I could keep the card fairly flat, which makes for easy mailing.

Next up came the flowers. I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink with stamps and Die-namics from the Beautiful Day set (retired) on Arches 140lb hot pressed watercolor paper. The flowers were painted using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set and my Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 4 Round which was great in the tight spots. I tried to keep it a bit loose and I wanted to have the colors stay generally bright.

I created enough flowers and mushrooms to add some to the envelope.

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The sentiment is also from Beautiful Day, stamped with Onyx Black Ink on vellum and die cut with the Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-namics (retired).

I hope at the very least that this card makes my friend feel appreciated and hopefully it’ll also bring a smile to her face!

I’ll be entering this into Simon Says June Instagram Challenge which is Ink Blending, as well as My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #493.

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Thanks so much for sticking with me. I like to share what I’ve used just in case someone reads this and wants to make something, too. I hope you have many beautiful days ahead!

Ruth

 

 

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