Tuesday Ideas {colorful layers}

Hello and a happy Tuesday to you! It’s Kim here to share with you a Tuesday Ideas creation. And today’s project is all about layers.

I just love adding layers to my cards. In fact, sometimes it’s difficult for me to stop adding layers. Although I understand that this style can be intimidating to some, I will share with you my method for piling on the layers without going overboard.

With spring in the air, our family has started going on bike rides again. It feels so good to be outside when the weather has started to warm up. With that idea in mind, I found inspiration for my card today.

I started with a three-part color theme in blue, red, and yellow. For me, choosing my color theme first helps me to stay focused when gathering coordinating ribbons, trims, and buttons. With color in mind, I can quickly scan my craft room for matching embellishments and avoid any supplies that are not in my color theme.

After putting all my layers together, I completed my card by adding the “enjoy” sentiment from the Calendar Stamp set, “fun times” from the Friend Stamp set, and the yellow polka-dot heart from the Love Stamp set. Each perfect for a spring time card!

So…even though there are many layers on my card, it all came together rather quickly because I had a color theme in mind. I hope you’ll try this method out next time you’re feeling a bit crafty.

Thanks for joining me today!

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Design It Monday ~ {Texture}

Did you ever notice the texture that spring brings with it? The once dormant grass becomes lush and soft underfoot, bare tree branches evolve into wispy limbs full of delicate new leaves, bumble bees buzz through the air, their legs fuzzy with pollen, from one spring bloom to the next. The list goes on and on as the earth awakens to the warmth of the season. I wanted to put those spring textures to good use in my final card featuring the Mom & Dad stamp set!

I’ve combined sunny yellow and warm peach tones on a light and airy card. The design is anchored with a delicate paper doily, adorned with soft fuzzy elements and topped with sunny accents. A breath of fresh spring air, don’tcha think! Thanks for visiting today!


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nautical dad.

Elena here, and it’s time for another Saturday Creations post with Precious Remembrance:

I thought it would be fun to take some of the images from the mom & dad set and do something a little different with them.

I stamped the border onto a sheet of blue cardstock, cut it apart into strips, and adhered them under the boat.

The ship is from an adorable little set by “my cute stamps” – ahoy.  I stamped the sails onto white cardstock, filled them with a text background, and cut them out.  The base of the boat was stamped onto red carstock in the same light ink.  I wanted to cut it out without showing off the stamp outline at all.

The clouds were stamped onto pieces of masking paper and then just placed onto the card-front as masks.  I blended inks for the sky before sewing my boat into place.

I hope you like my nautical dad card, and get inspired to look at your own stamp sets a little differently!


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Project Thursday {Floral Tag}

 I’m not gonna lie – I was feeling the pressure to make a project using the flower from Mom and Dad set after seeing the rest of the design teams amazing projects using it.

While I don’t know if I’m quite up to par with them, I will admit this project I came up with is probably my favorite I’ve made for this blog so far. The top reason being, how many goodies I was able to stick on one tag, and the three techniques I used here.

First, the tag…

So the first technique; the leaves. I got the adorable wood veneer leaves from Michaels, and smeared them with some pigment ink. To keep the ink from smearing, I coated the leaves with clear embossing powder, which gave them a nice, yummy shine.

And the last two techniques…

For the flower itself, I used the rock-n-roll stamp technique (which is new to me) on vellum, and to keep the ink from smearing, again, I used clear embossing powder. It gives such a nice, translucent look to the vellum.

Secondly, those little yellow dots. They were originally cheap, stark white adhesive pearls that didn’t match with anything. However, I picked up some cheap nail polish at Walmart, covered them, let them dry, and then stuck them here! Isn’t it fun? It kinda gives that look I’ve been seeing from the enamel dots that are so popular now, except you can customize your dots!

I’ll be posting a video of all three techniques soon on my blog, so be on the lookout for that! 😉

So that’s why this project is my fave – what do you think? I’m thinking I might tie this around some kind of  floral gift for my mom, who just loves planting.

Thanks for stopping in today and God bless!

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Tuesday Ideas {the best mom}

Welcome to another Tuesday Idea! With Mother’s Day just a few short weeks away, it’s the perfect time to prepare and create something special just for mom. If there’s one thing moms love, it’s anything handmade. I just love it when my children give me their handmade creations each year. I treasure each one. My own mother is the same way. Even though I am grown, my mom still loves to receive any of my handmade creations.

Using the new Mom & Dad stamp set, I created a collage-style sentiment for mom. The handwritten font from this set is the perfect touch for a handmade creation. Especially when framed using the diagonal stripe border in pale green.

For a simple but feminine detail, I added white paper doilies. I just love how the crisp white doilies contrast against the green trim. A little jute twine and peach colored blossoms make this card ready for mom on her special day.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Inspire Me Friday {for Dad}

Hello, everyone, and welcome back!  I have a quick card for Dad to share today using the Mom and Dad set!  I thought it was high time I try my hand at incorporating those fun glasses from the set…

I wanted to make my glasses look like they were ‘resting’ on something so I just pulled out a couple other images from the set and stamped them in colors appropriate for ‘Dad’.  I popped the little heart block up with foam to add some dimension…

and added a little vertical interest on the left side with the arrows leading to my sentiment.  The circular images in the upper corner are from the Positive Thoughts set. (That one’s a fave!)  I think my dad would get a kick out of this card.  He very recently had cataracts removed and has been able to put away glasses he’s worn for longer than I can remember!  This one’s for you, Dad!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!  Thanks for joining me today!!


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Design It Monday ~ {Gettin’ Grungey}

From the buzz around blogland I see I am not the only one who struggles with masculine cards! No pretty floral paper, glistening pearls, frilly doilies or fluttery butterflies will do. It’s time to dig deep and put a touch a grunge into our designs! The new Mom & Dad set makes this task a little easier with the fun glasses and dad sentiments! I took a trip down memory lane and crafted a card from childhood memories.

When I was a little girl our family vacations consisted of camping and boating trips. No touristy trips or theme parks for us, just the great outdoors and family time! Every summer was filled with warm days on the lake, a frosty cone from the ice-cream truck and nights around a cozy campfire. We always camped with my uncle (dad’s brother) and his family. As luck would have it for many years we had the favorite campsite next to a large open field ~ perfect for ball games! My dad would call to any kid walking by to join the game, no ticket required!! Big or small, boy or girl he always made them feel welcome. Towering trees surrounded the campground and provided the perfect shady spot for a boat picnic on the lake. There’s nothing liking swimming up to the boat for mom to drop a cookie in your mouth like a little guppy!!

October Afternoon paper provided the perfect background for my card. I crafted my own tag and grunged up the edges then stamped on some splatters from the Positive Thoughts set along with a border from the Mom & Dad set.  I used several sentiments from the set to create one wish for my dad. This set is perfect for mixing and matching a variety of fonts! Lots of texture and earthy colors made the task of this masculine card a bit easier!




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you’re the best {saturday creations}

It’s time for another Saturday Creations post!

 I’m once again using the “mom & dad” set, but to create something you can give to anyone special.

Can you spot the pattern on the hexes?  I stamped myself a sheet of the heart-bursts, in different variations of ink intensity (meaning, I didn’t re-ink in between stampingss) and then used some lighter pink to blend the ink a bit so that the pattern would be more subtle.  I then ran the sheet through and die-cut it into hexagons.

I did bring in a sunburst and chevron pattern to help me create my collage-stamp card-front.  The Precious Remembrance sentiment is nestled at the bottom, with some bright yellow sequins.

I hope you have a great weekend!

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Project Thursday {Emergency Post}

…I hope I didn’t scare you with the title, as there’s no real emergency except for that, amidst studying for two tests and writing a big paper, I clean forgot to make a new project for today! 🙁

Luckily for you, however, I have come prepared with a tag I made awhile back – it doesn’t use the latest and greatest stamp set (Mom and Dad), but it does use the still fabulously trendy and fun Positive Thoughts set.

I used the stitch border stamp to create the line for the “rain”, and then the little hearts for the raindrops themselves. 🙂

I hope you like my quick little tag, and I’ll see you again in two weeks for a prepared post. 😉

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Tuesday Ideas {water color embossing}

Welcome to a new Tuesday Idea! It’s Kim here to share with you a fun stamping technique using water colors and heat embossing.

For today’s project, I am using the flowers, polka-dots, and diagonal border from Mom & Dad and a sentiment from the Birthday stamp set.

To create the look, I started by stamping a background using the polka-dots and diagonal border on the base of my card. Next, comes the fun part. Water colors and embossing. This part can be a little messy, but that’s half the fun, right?

I grabbed a piece of wax paper from my kitchen and squeezed a few drops of bright pink Winton oil paint. To replicate the texture of water color paint, I added a few drops of water to the mix to thin the paint. Next, I used the paint mixture as ink and stamped the large flower directly into the puddle of paint, then on to my card. To speed up the drying process, I used a heat gun to avoid any paint runoff or smudges.

Next, I used VersaMark watermarking ink to stamp the flower again directly over the water color image. While the ink was still wet, I added white Zing embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I just love the texture and feel of the embossed stamping. And with the two tones of color, it really adds something extra special to your stamping. Don’t you think?

To finish my card, I used one of my favorite sentiments from the Birthday stamp set. Isn’t that handwritten font so sweet? I then topped it off with a layered bow, twine, and a pretty button.

I hope you decide to give this stamping technique a try. It can get a little messy, but remember…keeping your heat gun close by keeps it under control and makes it so pretty when you’re done.

Happy stamping and thanks for joining us today!

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