Birthday Card with More Rustic Wildflowers

MFT More Rustic Wildflowers Happy Birthday Card

Hello!  It’s been a while! I have come to the conclusion that this is just the way it’s going to be.  A few posts fairly close together and then a long absence.  Life has a way of interfering with my plans.

For today’s card I used the More Rustic Wildflowers stamp set and coordinating dies from MFT. The set comes with several different flower styles in a couple of different sizes, so you have a lot of versatility with your flower arrangements.  I actually made this card several weeks ago while I was on vacation.  I only took Distress Inks with me and didn’t have enough colors so I ended up buying new inks (had to, you know 😉) at a nearby Hobby Lobby.  I don’t think I had never used chalk inks so I purchased a 12-pack of VersaMagic Dew Drop Chalk Ink Pads.  The colors in this set are bright and cheery.  I used are Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Red Magic, Tea Leaves, Hint Of Pesto, and Midnight Black.   I really like how these inks stamped and they are water based, pigment, embossable, archival inks.  I stamped the background dots with one of the stamps in the flower stamp set in the Midnight Black ink.  The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Happy Stamp & Cut.  I also used the Die-namics Stitched Rectangle STAX (A2 Set 1) to cut the gray rectangle and the inside cut-out.



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I’m a Puffer for You Two for One Cards

This post was supposed to go live from the coast of Florida (Miramar Beach).  The location totally matched the theme of these two whimsical fish cards created with the I’m a Puffer for You Stamp + Die Combo from Hero Arts.  I call them “two for one” because I inked up a single panel of Bristol smooth white cardstock (great for ink blending) with Peacock Feathers and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Inks.  I splattered some water over the panel and, for a little more interest, splattered some White Gold Gansai Tambi watercolor from the Starry Colors set.  Not sure you can see that in the pictures but, in person, the watercolor adds some nice shimmery splatters.  Then I used Concord & 9th’s Everyday Circles Dies to cut out the circle, and used the panel and the die cut circle to make two cards, eliminating the need to ink up two pieces of cardstock.  The Everyday Circles Dies cut that very thin black circle frame.

I stamped all the images and the black parts of the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink.  The “CELEBRATE” is stamped with the same Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink I used on the background.  I used my MISTI to make sure I would get a nice solid impression and perfect placement.  The entire “LET’S CELEBRATE/IT’S YOUR DAY” sentiment is from the Birthday Stacks stamp set from Concord & 9th.

For this card, I inked up a wide strip of Bristol Smooth White cardstock with Wild Honey Distress Oxide Ink along the bottom and then added Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, and Picked Raspberry above that, creating rounded areas where the bellies of the fish would go.  I thought this would be easier than inking the fish separately and I could always add more ink after they were diecut.  I then diecut the three fish at one time.  The hat and party blower are colored with Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink.

The detail around the circle on this card is created with the “sunburst” die in the Everyday Circle Dies.  I aligned it on each corner and ran it through my BigShot.

I'm a Puffer For You Birthday Stacks

To make the fish eyes stand out a little more, I used a white Gelly Roll gel pen (my favorite gel pen) around the black centers of the big fish eyes and on the little fish eyes I used Nuvo drops.  I thought the latter looked a little weird so I used gel pen on the second card.  A coat of shimmer pen on the black fish, a thin strip of black cardstock, and black and white baker’s twine finish off this card.

For the second card, I smooshed the same inks I used for fish on the first card onto a craft mat and used a water brush to color in the fish.  As you can see, the colors are a little lighter and the ink is only inside the lines, leaving a white border.

I'm a Puffer For You Birthday Stacks

The next card I’m going to make with this set will be for my husband using the “Let’s float away together” sentiment from this stamp set.  Our anniversary is in August and we hope to go back to the beach for it :).



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Super Easy HELLO Card with the Everyday Circle Dies

This card is bright and cheerful and super easy to make.  Cut a piece of your favorite fun pattern paper to 3-3/4″ square, mount it onto a piece of black cardstock that is 4″ square, and attach that to a 4-1/4″ square card base (8-1/2″x4-1/4″ folded in half).  Die cut all the pieces of the Everyday Circle dies from Concord & 9th just as they come (don’t take them apart yet) from a piece of white cardstock.

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VIDEO-Stork Shadow Box Cards with Special Delivery Stamps and Dies

Special Delivery Stork Cards Avery Elle

I posted these cards on Instagram days ago but technology has not been my friend this week.  I was finally able to finish editing the video and uploading it after my internet service came back on last night.  There are a lot of young couples in my neighborhood and some of my friends are starting to have grandchildren, so I was in need of a couple of baby cards for baby girls arriving soon.  I was originally going to make regular cards but after watching Jennifer McGuire’s video, I decided to create shadow box cards.  It was not my first time seeing this type of card, but I definitely had not made one in a long time.

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Hope Card with Concord & 9th

For some reason, there are a lot of sad things happening around me lately so I thought I would make some cards to remind my friends to have hope (easier said than done).  I used the Hope Stamp Set from Concord & 9th, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and five colors of Stampin’ Up! ink: Pink Pirouette, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz and Wild Wasabi.

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Happy Balloons First Card with Distress Oxide Inks

Today’s card is my first foray into Distress Oxide inks and my first post not featuring Stampin’ Up! products.  I love Stampin’ Up! products and the company but I decided I really wanted to experiment with other products, so I am no longer a demonstrator (I will still feature SU products from time to time).  Distress Oxide inks are water-reactive dye and pigment inks so they blend really well and react with water even after they are dry.

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Planner Inspired Cards with Oh So Eclectic

I love my planner cover despite the simplicity of it.  I decided to make some cards taking the basic elements of the stripes and the outline flowers.  I used the Brushstrokes Wood-Mount Stamp (also available in clear-mount) for the stripes.  For the flowers and leaves I used the Oh So Eclectic Clear-Mount Stamp Set (also available in wood-mount) and the Picture Perfect Birthday Photopolymer Stamp Set for the sentiment.  I didn’t want the flowers to overlap so I used Full Adhesive Post-it® Notes to create masks.  I stamped the two flowers onto two notes that were still stuck together and cut them out without separating them.  That way I only had to cut each flower once but got two masks of each flower.

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