Saturday, January 30, 2021

Driving by to Say Happy Birthday and Hello Cards - Spellbinders

Expressions of Love Collection from Spellbinders

Spellbinders Sunday Drive "Convertible" Die set  has become wildly popular.   
The folks at Spellbinders are having a grand time designing "add-on" expansion packs to coordinate with this fun die set.  

The expansion set includes a variety of versatile sentiments to be used all year long so my samples included a wedding card and a general purpose greeting.  

Shapeabilities Sunday Drive Etched DiesSunday Sunset Drive Etched Dies from Expressions of Love Collection

The card sets today have a blend of embellishments from both of the die sets.  

The decorative oval frame is from Spellbinders Nestabilities Candlewick Ovals Etched Dies Candlewick Classics Collection by Becca Feeken.

Nestabilities Candlewick Ovals Etched Dies Candlewick Classics Collection by Becca Feeken

Love the paper I used?  I am crazy about gingham and the Sunny Studio Stamps - 6 x 6 Paper Pack - Gingham Pastels is cheery and bright - "feel good " paper.   

Sunny Studio Stamps - 6 x 6 Paper Pack - Gingham Pastels

Here's a version that I adore.  It's me driving my three Gray's in a convertible.  The three Grays are my adventurous identical Gray cats.  The little cat die is from Spellbinders Small Die of the Month of December (sold out).  

It's a great example of how the products can be used together.  

Here are some other samples of cards created using the  Spellbinders Sunday Sunset Drive from Expressions of Love Collection.   You can see the full blog post here.  

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Valentines Day Cards - Authentique Cards

Do you send Valentine's cards? 
 I like sending Valentines cards to a bunch of folks; our children, my parents, relatives, and some good friends.  My husband says Valentine's cards should be between romantic relationships. Nonsense. I enjoy sharing the love.  

These are the reasons I send cards:   I love making cards.  Everyone loves getting happy mail.  We aren't in a position to travel and visit everyone we love so we need to show our love in other ways.  That means I'm sending cards for Valentines Day.  

 Today I'm sharing Valentines cards created using three Authentique paper collection ( still available while supplies last.) The cards are a blend of blend Authentique's Flawless Collection and Authentique's Love Notes Collection  and  Authentique Paper - Romance Collection .

Authentique Paper - Flawless Collection - 12 x 12 Collection KitAuthentique Paper - Love Notes Collection - 8 x 8 Paper Pad BundleAuthentique Paper - Romance Collection - 12 x 12 Collection Kit

I can't believe it's time to start the Valentine's cards because I literally barely finished getting the Christmas cards out the door. 

The first card is a blend of  the Love Notes Collection collection  and the Romance Collection.  The  beautiful fuchsia tones of Love Notes are so striking with the black and cream of the Romance papers used. 

The dies and kitty stamps used today are from Spellbinders; the kitty stamps are from Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month for January 2021 and have been stamped onto watercolor paper and colored with Spellbinders/ Fun Stampers Journey -  Color Splash Watercolor Pencils.  

The ornate heart die is from Spellbinders Large Die of the Month for January - so versatile to use in countless ways.  The scalloped border die is also Spellbinders - Curved Borders One die , which has been retired. 

Large Die of the Month Membership

The darling kitties represent my sweet gray triplet kitties we call the Grays ( Eddie Gray, Frannie Gray and Macy Gray).  They are identical and use that feature to the best of their crazy kitty abilities - always together, virtually unidentifiable and full of adventure and curiosity x 3!   

As I mentioned, the kitty stamp is from Spellbinders Card Kit of the Month for January and has been stamped onto watercolor paper with  Spellbinders/Fun Stampers Journey Dark Roast True Color Fusion Ink Pad ( with my MISTI stamping platform for accuracy).  The images have been colored using Spellbinder/ Fun Stampers Journey -  Color Splash Watercolor Pencils  which are bringing me such joy lately because they are easy to use for someone with no watercolor skills.  
Journey Color Splash Watercolor Pencils

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Monday, January 25, 2021

Scenic Cards of the Mountains - Creative Embellishments


 Today I'd like to share some scenic cards celebrating nature and the mountains featuring Creative Embellishments fabulous nature centered designs.

The cards were made for my two son's in Colorado.   I honestly don't craft many cards for men so it's something I want to work on in the new year.

The chipboard used on the cards today are as follows:

Scandinavian Mountain Chipboard set, Small Family Word Set,   Tree Border

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Treatments of the Chipboard Pieces:

I added texture to the trees by mixing Heavy Body Gel  (like a super thick molding paste) with Forest Moss acrylic paint.  Then I used a palette knife to slather the paste on, like frosting little cookies. Once the trees are dry, I shading using Walnut Stain

The snow on the mountains is the heavy gesso added thickly to the chipboard.  The "peace" sentiment has been left the natural chipboard kraft color and the mountain pieces have been inked with walnut stain Distress Ink.

 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads - Walnut Stain
Prima - Finnabair - Art Basics - Heavy Body Gel - 8.5 Ounces
Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Forest Moss