Sunday, August 31, 2008

With Love

This was the card my Mom recently made for Grandma's birthday. Mom said she lifted this card from a great card done by Carolyn Hulin.

The stamp set she used was the With Love set and the Happy Birthday phrase is from the Birthday Script set. Colors are Twilight, Chocolate and White Daisy.

The stamp from the With Love set was stamped in the background with Twilight ink on Twilight paper. Then it was also stamped over the top of that and embossed with White Daisy Embossing Powder. That portion was finished with a perfectly placed paper flower and brad from our Mini-Medely Accents in Shades of Chocolate Collection.

The Happy Birthday phrase was also heat embossed in White Daisy Embossing Powder. And this card actually opens from the bottom up instead of from side to side. It is a fun little variation.

The card was then completed with Chocolate Organdy ribbon tied across the top.

Carolyn has a ton of other fantastic artwork on her website at

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Simple Beauty

First, I have to say this layout is lifted from Jena Vee DeVries. She did the original layout and it was sooo wonderful I had to try it too! The link to her blog is on the side as well if you want to check it out.

The layout uses the Simple Beauty stamp set. All the paper is our textured cardstock, the only exception is the stamping done on the Colonial White paper that is stamped with the Sweet Leaf ink and then is cut around. All the flowers have been cut again out from other colors and the backgrounds are all textured cardstock as well. Also, our textured cardstock comes with one color on one side and a lighter color on the other side, so it works out great and gives a lot of different options.

The colors that were used are Colonial White, Petal, Sweet Leaf, Heavenly Blue and Amethyst. The stamping of the flowers was done in Sweet Leaf. Then various papers were cut and placed on top of the inked flowers using the textured cardstock of Petal, Heavenly Blue, Amethyst and Smokey Plum. And all the pieces were sanded with our Sanding Kit sandpapers.

I also colored in all the leaves with our Olive Watercolor Pencil and blended it around with our Waterbrush. For some of the smaller pieces of the flowers, those are also colored in with Watercolor pencils and blended with the Waterbrush as well.

Along the bottom are a couple strips of paper from our Promise of Spring paper packet. Those were both edged with our Edge Distressor. The phrase in the circle is also from that stamp set as well and the circles were cut from our circle Coluzzles.

The "Simple Beauty" is actually printed off of the computer using our Font CD. This font is called CTMH Aristocrat.

Finally to help finish it off, there are Garden Green brads and Colonial White brads in several of the flowers. Also there are a few dots of Liquid Glass in other places to give it a different look as well. And while mentioning Liquid Glass, it also makes a great adhesive. I used the Liquid Glass several times with the small flower pieces that had to be cut out and adhered. Just a dot of the Liquid Glass on the original paper and put the new cut piece on top of it and after a little drying, it stays there perfectly!

Here are a few closeups:

Sunday, August 17, 2008


This card uses the Flutter and Fluttering Frames sets and uses Tissue Inking as the technique to color the butterflies and the frame. The "thank you" phrase is from the Life Is So Good set. That stamp was cut in half in order to make it work with the frame.

First, the colors are Topiary, Hollyhock, Buttercup and White Daisy. The background of the card is in Topiary cardstock and first was sanded, then I stamped the background image from the Fluttering Frames set in second generation on there to give it a lighter effect.

The Tissue Inking is very simple and has an amazing look! To do it, first take your stamp and ink it up in the lightest color just as you would ink up any stamp. In this case, the stamp was inked with Buttercup ink. Then take a tissue (or any Kleenex) and dab that in your next lightest color until it is soaked well, then tap that on to your stamp. The butterflies used Hollyhock as the second lightest color. Then take your darkest color and do the same thing with your tissue, dabbing it in the ink pad first, then use that inked up tissue to tap on to your stamp. On these butterflies, Topiary ink was the final color. Huff on the stamp to remoisten the ink and stamp it down. The fun thing is that every time you do it, you will get something different! It may take a little practice at first, but the effect it creates is well worth it!

The card was then finished off with White Daisy Brads and White Daisy Organdy Ribbon.


Sunday, August 10, 2008

More To Adore Birthday Card

I recently had a birthday and wanted to share the great card my sweet Mom made for me. I just love it!!

She used the More to Adore Paper Packet and the colors are Blush, Chocolate, Hollyhock and Vanilla Cream.

The stamp set she used is called Friendship Blessings and each of the flowers was embossed in White Daisy Embossing Powder. The birthday sentiment is from the Card Sentiments set and she embossed that on the outside and inside in Gold Embossing Powder. Then for embellishments on the flowers she used our Sparkles, Gold Brads, a Bigger White Daisy Brad and a clear Craft Button.
Oh and the Happy Birthday stamped on the inside is from the For Every Occassion set.
Thanks again for such a beautiful card Mom! =)