Stormy seas with High Tide

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is an easy card to make with the High Tide stamp set when you want to send words of encouragement. High Tide is one of my favorite stamp sets, not only does it have great sentiments, but I just love the lighthouse. I really wanted to create a card that was fairly muted or monochromatic and that the lighthouse would be the focal point. To create the monochromatic effect, Gray Granite ink is a great color to use, and I chose Poppy Parade ink for the lighthouse because I just loved how the color popped against the Gray Granite.

I first started with a 4” x 5 ¼” piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and used my Stamparatus to stamp ground under the lighthouse and the detailed lighthouse stamp in Gray Granite ink and then the second lighthouse stamp in Poppy Parade ink:

I then used a Stampin’ Sponge to sponge Gray Granite ink all around, going not quite to the lighthouse:

The wave stamp and the small “sand like” stamp are both stamped in Gray Granite ink. The small stamp is similar to the ground stamp for the lighthouse and that is used to fill in the ground:

I used my Stamparatus again to stamp the grass and the birds in Gray Granite ink three times each. I wanted them slightly darker, but still a bit muted:

This card front is then adhered to a Gray Granite card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”, with dimensionals:

For the inside sentiment, use another piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Very Vanilla cardstock, stamp the sentiment in Gray Granite ink and then use the Poppy Parade Stampin’ Write Marker to color the word “hope”. The birds in the water are stamped in Gray Granite ink in the bottom right corner. **TIP-If you do not have a Stampin’ Write Marker, place the stamp on your Stamparatus and then mask the word(s) that you don’t want inked**:

So, what do you think? I just love how the Poppy Parade makes the lighthouse so striking against the Gray Granite! 

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Something Spooky this way comes…

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which feature’s the Spooky Sweets Bundle from the 2018 Holiday Catalog! While Halloween is not for everyone, I however, LOVE Halloween, scary movies, and yes, Stephen King is my favorite author! Lol For me, making Halloween cards is the “kickoff” for the holiday seasons and the trick I learned a long time ago so that I would not get overwhelmed by the seasons, is to tackle one at a time. Since Halloween is first on the list, what made the Spooky Sweets Bundle a must is the Spooky Bats Punch. I just thought it was so stinking cute, especially if you punch them out using Black Foil Sheets!! Which brings us back to today’s card, which will show you how to create a super cute and “spooky” card!

You will need to first start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 3 ¾” x 5”. For the moon, use a sponge dauber with Pineapple Punch ink where you want the moon to be in your scene. I used the Twinkle Builder Punch (also coordinates with this bundle) and created a mask for the moon:

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To start creating the sky, use black ink (Archival, Memento) with a sponge dauber across the top, being careful to not fully ink around the moon:

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I repeated the process with Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green inks and a sponge dauber across the cardstock, mixing the colors to blend so it looks like the sky is swirling with the colors:

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After coloring, you can remove the mask over the moon and by not coloring completely around the moon, it now looks like it’s “glowing”. The tree tops where created using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set in Memento Black ink. Stamping the trees in the middle will leave you enough room to stamp another tree on each side to make it look like a complete scene:

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The ”spooky clouds” are created with the background stamp from Spooky Sweets in Whisper White Craft ink. The bats are punched out in Black Foil and two of the bats are adhered to the front with mini dimensionals:

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This is then layered on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Gorgeous Grape DSP from the Brights 6’”x 6” Designer Series Paper and then adhered to a Basic Black card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½”, and scored at 4 ¼”:

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The inside sentiment is on a piece of 4” x 5 ¼” Whisper White cardstock, the moon is stamped in Pineapple Punch, the cloud is stamped in Gray Granite ink, the sentiment is stamped in Gorgeous Grape ink, and the remaining bat is adhered with a mini dimensional:

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Wasn’t that fun and easy?? If you don’t have the Brights 6” x 6” DSP, you can always use a piece of Gorgeous Grape cardstock instead! On a side note, the sky reminds me of the movie “Maximum Overdrive”, which is based off the book by Stephen King! lol

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Sunset Sailing

Hello and welcome to today’s card, which is another inspiration from a local paint pub! When I saw this painting, I just knew I wanted to CASE it! Starting was a bit challenging, my first attempt on watercolor paper and watercolor pencils was a little scary and my second attempt on cardstock with a little stamping and using Blender Pens to color the sky and water was a little closer and not quite as scary (lol). So, for my third and final try, I used Sponge Daubers for the coloring and turned out pretty darn close!!

First, start with a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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I used the mountain stamp from the Waterfront stamp set and stamped them in Blueberry Bushel in, about in the middle of the paper. Then I used a Sponge Dauber with black ink (you can use whatever you have, but Memento and StazOn are the only two black ink pads we currently sell, so Memento would be best) to create the bank along the bottom:

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I used Sponge Daubers with Balmy Blue ink around the mountains and then with Petal Pink ink for the sky and the water:

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Then I added Poppy Parade ink and Melon Mambo ink with Sponge Daubers for the sky and water:

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I used the small sea grass stamp from the High Tide stamp set along the water bank and then used the triple tree stamp from the Waterfront stamp set, using a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color one of the tree’s, stamping it twice to create a tall tree, and then using the fine tip to color the rest of the tree trunk:

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For in front of the mountains, I used the small little line stamp from High Tide and stamped in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel inks. The sun is from the Waterfront stamp set in Craft Whisper White ink. The reflection is the wave stamp from High Tide, which I used just the middle of the stamp in Craft Whisper White ink. I used a scrap piece of Basic Black cardstock to cut out the sailboat from Lakeside Framelits Dies :

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The card base is Balmy Blue cardstock, cut at 4 ¼” x 11”, and scored at 5 ½”:

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The base layer is from the Wood Textures DSP, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”:

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The base layer and the card front are adhered together and then adhered to the base layer:

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The inside sentiment is from Colorful Seasons stamp set in Balmy Blue ink, on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”. Since I had a piece of ¾” x 4” DSP, I adhered that along the bottom:

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So, what do you think?? I love how this third version came out and getting creative with stamps to create my version of this painting! So, if you are every feeling bummed that what you are trying to create doesn’t quite look right, then try, try again! Here is the painting, courtesy of Pinot’s Palette:

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Celebrating Baby!

Hello and welcome to a new week and a new theme! This week I am Celebrating Baby by featuring cards for a baby shower or to welcome a newborn! Today’s card is from the Moon Baby stamp set, which originally came out in the 2017 Occasions Catalog and then was carried over to the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. This was one of the first stamp sets I purchased from the 2017 Occasions Catalog, I just thought it was so sweet and would be a perfect addition as I did not have any baby stamps. I went with a more neutral theme, but you could change the colors to reflect a boy or a girl.

I first started by stamping the “baby in the moon” stamp on a piece of Whisper White cardstock in Black Archival Ink. I used the Ivory and Bronze Stampin’ Blends to color in the skin and hair, then used a Blender Pen to color the moon in So Saffron ink, the baby’s pajamas in Wild Wasabi ink, and the star in Smoky Slate ink with some Wink of Stella. This piece is then cut out:

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Next, I used a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut at 3 ½” x 4 ¾”, which I used a Sponge Brayer to completely color in Pool Party ink:

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I used Stampin’ Sponges to add Tempting Turquoise and Night of Navy inks:

Give this a few minutes to dry completely, use the Embossing Buddy over the whole area, stamp the “three stars” stamp in Versamark ink, sprinkle with White Embossing Powder, and then heat emboss with your Heat Tool:

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The base layer is a Silver Foil Sheet, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, and embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Embossing Folder:

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The sentiment is also from the Moon Baby stamp set, on a piece of Whisper White, first stamped in Versamark, then stamped in Pool Party, and I used Clear Embossing Powder which is set with the Heat Tool. This is then cut out with the smallest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits:

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To put this card together, I used a piece of Pool Party cardstock, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”, adhered the two base pieces together, and then adhered the moon baby and sentiment on top with Stampin’ Dimensionals:

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Isn’t this a super cute card?? If you were giving this at a baby shower, the colors could be coordinated!!

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