Monday, April 25, 2016

April Swap Cards

Life's Messages

I was a little behind in getting my cards out this month! Instead of mailing them on the 15th, mine didn't go in the mail until the 17th. I'm a poky card maker so I had to step it up a bit to get them finished. Generally I don't wait this long but I started a new job on April 4th and I haven't had a lot of creative time. I've been too exhausted at night to do much. By the time I get home it feels as though my head is going to explode from everything I'm learning during the day. It's going to get better, but for now that's the way it is. 

For the card above I used a Hero Arts Clings stamp called Leaf & Floral background. I heat embossed the design and then watercolored with distress inks. I can't remember which colors I used for this card. The sentiment is a Penny Black slapstick/cling stamp from the Life's Messages set. 

The card below does use a background that I had in my stash that I made a few weeks ago when I had my Gelli Arts plate out. When you are using that it's a good idea to make a lot of backgrounds because it's a messy project. I used Dyan Reaveley Dylusions paint in Cut Grass for the background. I used cork from the DCWV Cork Solids Mat Stack for the field grasses. This die is from Die-Namites. Sentiment is from Stampin' Up called World of Dreams.

World of Dreams

This next card was stamped with a Hero Arts Reversed Flowers & Leaves background and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then took three distress crayons in picked raspberry, mustard seed and twisted citron and used my finger to rub them in on the background. The sentiment is from The Right Words stamp set from Dylusions. I heat embossed it and then used a Spellbinders die to cut it. 

New Beginning

My last card was a little bit of a struggle. I'm still learning how to stamp flowers. I'm getting better, but I'm not where I want to be yet. I used this card by Yana Smakulav as the inspiration for mine. The stamp set is by Hero Arts called You're So Lovely. I used Altenew crisp inks in coral berry, ruby red, frayed leaf and evergreen.

You're So Lovely

I hope my swap partners like the cards I've sent them. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 25, 2016

March Swap Cards

Thank You

These are my cards for the March card swap I belong to called Card Swap Pals.

Thank You

They are basically all the same except for the patterned paper and the die cut. I used some older patterned paper from October Afternoon that I had in my stash. The die cuts are by Sizzix. They are from Tim Holtz Alterations called wildflowers. I absolutely love them! I also have the stencil and the rubber stamp set. 

Thank You

Another one of my favorite stamps sets is from Simon Says Stamp called handwritten borders. I've used this set a lot and will continue to. It's such a versatile set. 

Thank You

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

February Swap Card

Live With Zest

It's time to share the cards I created for a swap I'm in. I can't believe how fast the month has flown by! It seems Like I just sent them off and now it's time to get new cards ready for the March swap. I really thought I'd have time to participate in some challenges and do some blogging about them. It seems there just isn't a lot of extra time for such things lately. 

I saw a video in on of the groups I belong to on Facebook for triple time embossing. I've always wanted to try the triple time stamping but I just haven't gotten around to it. This technique looked easy and I liked the look so that's what I went with this time for my swap cards. You can see the video I watched here.

For my first card above I used an embossing folder from Cuttlebug called Leafy Branch. The distress ink I used is called mowed lawn.

Just Because

This card uses an embossing folder from The Paper Studio called Intricate Swirl. The distress ink color is fossilized amber. 

Have a fantastic day!

My final card uses an embossing folder called Whimsy from We R Memory Keepers and the distress ink used is salty ocean.

I loved using this technique and I'm sure I'll use it again. I don't think all embossing folders will work for this technique, but it doesn't hurt to try any that you may have. Now I'll have to try the triple stamping!

Thanks for stopping by! 
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