Friday, September 22, 2017

What a Blessing

I happened to order Papertrey Ink's Beautiful Berries stamp and die set and I'm having a ball getting familiar with it.  I had prepped some of the card fronts for these cards by using my Mission Gold watercolors and then saw this post by Sandy Allnock.  My immediate thought was that I would use these cards to join the effort at encouraging those in Texas.

The berries were stamped using my brown Archival ink and Hero Arts inks in yellow and orange.  This layering stamp is one of the easiest I've used to create an image.  The die was quick and easy to align to create the branch.

On this card, I changed it up by using my Starry Colors watercolors just to see what would happen with a bit of shimmer in the ink.  I like this version, too, but didn't think it was a bunch different.

I did try cutting the sentiment out with some foam sheets and glitter paper.  Not sure this was the easiest thing to do, but the finish was nice.  I also changed up the colors of ink - went for a Hero Arts plum color.

In the end, I couldn't find my favorite so I addressed all these cards to one of the first responder stations from Sandy's list and mailed them out with a handwritten note expressing my concerns and encouragement - I'm praying for them and their communities.  This was two weeks ago now (I've been a busy crafter, not a busy blogger!).

That's not where the story ends.  I am amazed at people's response in these times of stress and trouble.  I meant to encourage and didn't expect any acknowledgement in return.  Low and behold look what showed up in my mailbox earlier this week:

Once of the police stations wrote a handwritten note back to me, thanking me for my kind note and giving me this honorary patch.  Way more than anyone could expect!  I'm humbled and honored and ever so glad that I joined the effort.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Monotone Cards

The ladies over at City Crafter Challenge Blog have challenged us to make monotone cards.  I was so inspired by what I saw (and in desperate need to some crafty time), I decided to whip together these cards based on the challenge.  I tried to play with different depths of color using my Mission Gold watercolors.  The backgrounds were made on Strathmore watercolor paper and the flowers were made by coloring some white cardstock with darker versions of the same watercolors, stamped with dye ink and then die cut using my Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms stamp and die set.

Some of the backgrounds worked better than others and I meant to have a scattering of flowers, but now look at them thinking they might be fuller or more closely spaced.  Either way, I think they turned out pretty and the recipient should feel my gratitude.

The sentiment is from the Honey Bee Bless Your Heart stamp set.

I ended up not liking how the flowers I colored for this darker background turned out, so I deviated from the challenge to create contrast.  I can't say which I like better...

I ended up with some cards I can use to bless someone for blessing me - a win-win since I also spent a considerable amount of crafty time and feel much more relaxed because of it.  Hoping your holiday (in the US at least) weekend has a little bit of crafty time.

I'm going to link up to the following challenges:

City Crafter Challenge Blog - Monotone Cards

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday Challenge - Simon Says Anything Goes

Word Art Wednesday's Week 298/299 - Anything Goes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Happy Birthday Card

Brandy shared this creation with me and so I get to share it with you.  This card was created using MFT's Die-namics Blueprint 26 die set.  She created the white cardstock patterned paper using Distress Inks and various sequins.   So fun,  festive and happy!

We're off to Flagstaff today to drop my daughter at NAU to start her college days.   Exciting,  bittersweet and joyful.   She's ready and I'm hoping these next years fill her with confidence,  knowledge and a strong sense of who God made her to be.

Andie for  

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tulle Birthday Balloon

I had some pieces out on the worktable and decided to throw them together to make this tulle shaker card.  I've been working these simple sentiment stamps and think that this one fits together with the tulle shaker making something not too girly out of tulle.  The window was cut using my Studio Katia Dotted Balloons die and a mix of silver and royal blue confetti to dot the inside of the shaker.

The bold sentiment was stamped using the MISTI so that I could be assured a crisp, black sentiment.  I'm pleased with how well this turned out and it wasn't made in a hurry.  It'll go in the stash for that day when I need a card, fast!

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Cheerfully Sherbet Kind of Card

So, I'd picked up the first 12 of the Distress oxide inks and thought to create something stunning with them.  I'm not sure that this qualifies, but I really enjoyed the creating.

The Distress Oxides are so creamy and smooth.  They go onto Bristol paper (all elements in this card...) so well and they stamp neatly too.  I die cut the balloon using my Studio Katia Dotted Balloons dies to cut one big balloon out of the center of my card.  I then layered the Distress oxides, creating a smooth transition by going back over the areas.  A little splattered water makes a nice finish.

I just love how the ink coordinates to stamp the sentiment.  Crisp, clear and easier to read in person than my photography shows.  I've wanted to make a window card like this for quite a while and was pleasantly pleased with how this turned out.

Wow, a second card this week with no flowers.  I'm going to link up to the City Crafter Challenge Blog: You Don't Bring Me Flowers challenge, Simon Say Stamp's Wednesday Challenge: Add A Sentiment and Word Art Wednesday's Challenge296/297: Anything Goes.