Christmas Cardinals, Bells, and Lanterns

What could be more reminiscent of home than the brilliant red of a cardinal against the crisp white background of newly fallen snow or the sight of a Christmas lantern lighting the way as the gentle sounds of Christmas bells fill the air?

At least, that’s what I was thinking as I created this next card . . .

Cardinals Bells Lantern

With papers, stamps, and dies from the Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly collection, I was able to create exactly what I was envisioning in no time at all!

I took one of the sheets from the Festive Holly paper pack and cut it down to 5.75″ x 5.75″ then adhered it to a 6″ x 6″ card base.  The lantern, cardinal, and holly were stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers then cut out with the matching dies.

Copic Markers Used: Lampost – C3, C5, C7, C9. Flame – Y06, Y17, Y21, YR20. Candle – Y21. Leaves – YG61, YG63. Berries – R17, R39. Branch – E37. Cardinal – R35, R37, R39, Y17.

 

I used another piece of patterned paper inside the card as well as one of the larger tags:

Cardinal Bells Lantern inside

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project – thanks for visiting!

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Heartfelt Creations Christmas

With Heartfelt Creations, making Christmas Cards couldn’t be easier!  Their artwork is amazing and makes a beautiful card all on its own or you can jazz it up a bit with die-cuts, stamped and colored images and stamped sentiments.

The card below was made from their Snow Kissed paper collection–I just love these chickadees, don’t you?

Chickadee Xmas

Chickadee Xmas inside

All I added were a couple of die-cut pine boughs and berries on the front and a stamped sentiment on the tag inside, and in a matter of minutes, I had a great card completed!

Next up is a lovely card from this year’s Winter’s Eve collection–I just added a simple stamped greeting to the front:

Deer and Pines

Then on the inside, I used one of the more simple background papers so that I could highlight the two sentiments and various die-cut images:

Deer and Pines inside

 

Here’s another card from the Winter’s Eve collection that looks great but couldn’t have been easier to make:

 

And finally, here are two cards I made from the Festive Holly collection–once again, all I added were a couple of stamped and die-cut sentiments:

 

Give one or all of these paper collections a try for yourself and see just how fun and easy it can be to make great Christmas cards that your friends and family will treasure through the years.

Thanks for visiting and make it a crafty week everyone!

Lawn Fawn Lemonade Shaker Card

Lawn Fawn Lemonade Shaker Card

This fun little shaker card features the Lawn Fawn “Make Lemonade” stamp set.

Also used on this card were My Favorites Things die set Blueprint 27, the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s “Happy Summer” stamp set, and Impression Obsession’s Beach Chair die.

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a tall glass of cold lemonade or the sweet sound of bees buzzing on a sunny day, so of course, I couldn’t resist adding the bee stamp from Denami Designs, #D79 Curly Bee.

Here’s a look at the inside and back of the card:

The images were colored with the following Copic Markers – Bee: Y17, B41 / Pitcher: Y06, Y08, Y11, Y13, B41 / Glass: Y06, Y08, Y11, Y13, B41 / Lemon: Y06, Y11, Y13

This was a super quick and easy project to put together, and I highly recommend you give it a try for yourself!

Let me know what you think and thanks for stopping by!

Reel Great Guys Birthday Slider Card

Reel Great Guy slider card

Today’s project is a slider card.  The main image is from Art Impressions Reel Great Guys stamp set and was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.

I masked the boat and fishermen and stamped the Stampscapes Pine Row 150E in the background several times with Memento Northern Pines ink.  I used Copic Markers G24 and G29 to fill in the areas that didn’t stamp.

The die-cuts around the image panel were cut from black card stock with the C.C. Designs Leafy Branch dies that I have had forever and use all the time.  (Sorry – I think these dies are discontinued now.)

The die to make the slider opening is from Lawn Fawn’s Slide On Over set.  (I saved the piece that was cut out to put behind the opening so the background in that area would match the rest of the image when the fish is slid up and down.)

The main image panel was matted on black card stock then adhered to pieces of foam to make room for the slider mechanism.  Under this is a piece of watercolor paper that was colored with Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks.  (I applied the inks to a craft sheet, spritzed with water, then pressed and twisted the watercolor paper through the inks until covered.)

Copic Markers used on main image:

Fisherman on left . . . Vest: FYG1, FYG2, YG13, YG06.  Hat: R14, R17, R27.  Shirt: B21, B23, B26. Fishing Pole: E33, E07. Hair: E19.

Fisherman on right . . . Vest: B63, B66, B69. Hat: YG23, G24. Shirt: B60, B63, B24. Hair: E19, W7, Colorless Blender 0.  Fishing Pole: E07.  Bobber: R14, R27.

Skin – both fisherman: E000, E00, E02, R02, R23, BV00.

Boat: E33, E35, E39.  Water: B91, B93, B95, B97.  Sky: B000, B00, B01.  Tree reflections in water: G28. A white gel pen was also used to add highlights to the water.

The fish is from the Simon Says Stamp Father’s Day Finds stamp set and was colored with FYG01, FYG02, YG01, YG23, Y02, B06, BG49, and BG78.  I added dots of BG18 to the face and tail fin and G29 to the body to create interest/texture.

Here is a view of the inside of the card:

RGG inside

Both of the sentiments are from the Art Impressions Reel Great Guys stamp set and were cut out with a couple of Spellbinders dies.  The background piece was again colored with Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide inks, but this time I applied them directly to the watercolor paper with a foam applicator and then lightly spritzed with water.  The bubbles were added with Echo Park’s Bubbles Stencil and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink.  Then I used another Echo Park stencil and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide to add some fish to the background.  The following Memory Box dies were cut from black card stock: 99747 Family of Fish, 99745 Ocean Critters, and the “seaweed” and ocean plants at the bottom were actually created with Memory Box die 99461 Wildflower Landscape!

And let’s not forget the back of the card:

RGG back

I cut out Memory Box 99461 Wildflower Landscapes and 99463 Deep Sea Corner from black card stock and adhered them to patterned paper.  The “Birthday Fishes” sentiment is from the AI Reel Great Guys set and the fishing pole and fishing line with hook and bobber are from the Simon Says Stamp Father’s Day Finds.

Well, that’s it for today – hope you liked the project and thanks for visiting!

 

 

 

Tropical Skies Birthday Card

Tropical Window Card.JPG

Here is another fun window card using Elizabeth Craft Designs Fitted Frames 1 – Lace Rectangles #1061 to create the window frame.

The main image features stamps from the Gina K. Designs stamp set Framescape – Tropical Skies by Theresa Momber.  I stamped the sun with Colorbox Canary and Caliente Pigment ink, then masked it to color in the sky with Colorbox Canary, Caliente, and Scarlet pigment inks and the water with Stampabilities Baby Blue and Royal Blue pigment inks and Colorbox Ocean pigment ink. I removed the mask and blended a little Colorbox Ocean ink into the sun’s reflection and also added Copic markers B95 and B97 at the horizon line.

The bird and trees were stamped with Stampin’ Up Basic Black and Wink of Stella was used to add a little glimmer to the water and sky.

I used Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Florals stamps and dies to create the flowers then colored them with Colorbox Canary and Scarlet pigment inks and added a dusting of fine glitter to make them sparkle.

I created additional embellishments with various dies, including Memory Box 99722 Cheerful Crabs, 99229 Garland Greenery, and 99386 Tiny Turtles.  I also used both Lawn Fawn and Impression Obsession Palm Tree dies.  Finally, the vine at the top of the frame was created with one of the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Border dies (#HCD1-7118).

All of the patterned paper is from Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise Paper Collection.

Tropical Window Card Inside

The inside of the card features more dies from Memory Box, Elizabeth Craft Designs, Lawn Fawn, and Reverse Confetti as well as another stamped image from the Gina K. Designs Framescape Tropical Skies set.

Tropical Window Card Back

A plain backside just didn’t seem right, so I created a little scene with Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise paper and a few stickers and die cuts.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and have a fun, crafty week!

Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise Window Card

Tropical Paradise Window Card

This fun birthday card was made almost entirely from the Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise Paper Collection – everything from the main card image to the vine and even the palm tree tops were cut from this paper. I have to say, I do LOVE the colors and imagery contained in this paper collection!

The flowers were stamped with the Heartfelt Creations Arianna Blooms set HCPC-3608 onto white cardstock and colored with Memento Lilac Posies & Danube Blue inks then cut out with the Arianna Blooms dies HCD1-748.

The leaves behind the flowers were cut from the Tropical Paradise paper with Elizabeth Craft Designs Pair of Leaves 1 #1314. The Celebrate die (#1286) is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and was cut out of black cardstock.

The vine at the top of the card was cut with the Heartfelt Creations Delicate Border Dies HCD1-7118. This versatile die set is one that I have been using a lot lately!

The palm trees are from Lawn Fawn’s Palm Trees die set.  (This set also comes with a very cute crab die, by the way, that wasn’t used here.) As mentioned before, the tree tops were cut from the Tropical Paradise paper and the trunks and coconuts were cut from Stampin’ Up Kraft paper then colored with Copic Markers E23 and E18.

It is hard to tell from the photo, but I added dimension to the window frame by cutting four 1″ x 4″ pieces of black cardstock, scoring and folding them in half to form four 1/2″ x 4″ pieces, and then gluing two on each side.  I saw this great tip demonstrated on a blog a few months ago and was pleased at how well it worked!

As you can see below, I continued the Tropical Paradise theme on the envelope as well:

Tropical Paradise Envelope

The flamingo on the left was stamped with the Tropical Paradise stamp set  HCPC-3783 and cut out with the matching die HCD1-7137.

The tag on the right, like the main card image, was cut directly from the paper pad, making this card and envelope a surprisingly quick and easy project to put together.

Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoyed today’s project.

 

 

 

Unity – Beauty In Everything

 

Unity's Beauty In Everything

Today’s project is a graduation card featuring this delightful image from Unity’s Beauty In Everything set.  The sentiment is from another Unity set, Capture Your Dreams.  The frame behind the main image was die-cut from Spellbinders A2 Devine Elequence Frame Card Creator set, #S5-218.

My usual go-to coloring medium is Copic markers, but I recently purchased the Chameleon Colored Pencils, and I used them to color this image along with some odorless Gamsol to blend out the colors.

For the dress, I used 13-01 Cobalt Blue, 13-02 Midnight Blue, and 14-02 Electric Blue. 04-02 Spice was used for the hair and 06-02 Light Coral for the skin. The sky was colored with 15-01 Powder Blue and 15-02 Wedgewood Blue although the colors don’t show up very well in this photo.

The side of the plateau was colored with 04-02 Spice, 05-01 Mocha, and a little 24-02 Cool Gray for shading. I went really crazy with the grassy areas and used 19-02 Clover, 20-01 Cactus Green, 20-02 Summer Leaf, 18-02 Jade, and 17-02 Pine with a little 04-02 Spice thrown in for good measure!

I didn’t have a smaller die to match the Devine Eloquence Frame, so I simply turned my colored image over and traced the center portion of the frame die with pencil then cut it out by hand.

Salty Ocean Distress Ink was used to highlight the edges of this piece–and to disguise my cutting imperfections! LOL

 

As you can see, I opted to go with a more simple design for the inside of the card.

I cut the Neat and Tangled Scalloped Cover Plate from black card stock then backed it with a piece of patterned paper, adhering this panel with foam squares to another piece of patterned paper. The two sentiments were stamped on Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Base Weight White Card Stock and matted on black card stock.  Color was added with Salty Ocean Distress Ink . . .

Grad Inside

I just love this sentiment stamp, Life was meant for a great Adventure from Stampers Anonymous. I think it would work equally well for someone starting a new job, retiring, or even as a wedding sentiment.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project – make it a crafty week everyone!