Neat + Tangled Journaling Alphas // A custom newborn card

A coworker of mine gave birth to a beautiful baby boy a few weeks ago. A little peanut with a full head of hair, he is seriously so cute!

Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I was asked to make this custom card, inspired by this one, for people at work to sign to welcome little baby Francis.
Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I used Neat & Tangled Journaling Alpha dies which I LOVE. I inked up the bottom half of each letter with some Versamark ink and then added some Liquid Platinum embossing powder over the ink and heat embossed the letters. I also cut the same letters from fun foam and mounted my heat embossed letters on top, to give a bit of dimension. I stamped the rest of the sentiment in SSS Intense black ink using the Simon Says Stamp Celebrate stamp set.

Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I also die cut the panel using the a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die. Before I adhered the panel to my card base, I added some patterned paper (from a Studio Calico kit I purchased ages ago) to the card base. I also piped a bead of Liquid Pearls in the color onyx around the outer edge of the sentiment panel, to separate it from the patterned paper a bit.

Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

The card needed a bit of something else, so I added a few copper-colored chip board (I think?) stars to finish it off.
Welcome Baby Francis - Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas

I hope Francis liked his card!

kimberly

Ninety Years

Last week, my lovely grandmother turned 90 years old. Ninety! Her kids, grand kids and great-grand kids all got together last weekend to celebrate her.

Grandma

Isn’t she the cutest?! She’s one of the most gentle, kind and caring people I know. She has shared with me her love of flowers and gardening, and her insatiable sweet tooth so this card seemed like a good fit.

90th birthday card
I absolutely adore the Happy Day stamp set from Concord & 9th. I stamped out the cake in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with copics. I also stamped out the little flags and made a custom 9-0 cake copper. I popped the image up on some fun foam and adhered it onto a water colored panel.

90th birthday card

I finished off the card with some pale pink sequins. I used the Sophisticated Script stamp set (also from Concord & 9th) to customize Grandma’s envelope.

90h birthday cardI hope she sticks around for another 90 years!

kimberly

Many Thanks

Thanks
I sent off that custom order of Welcome to Brooklyn cards a few weeks ago (phew!), and made sure to include a thank you card with the order. Once again I made use of my favorite coverplate die from Papertrey Ink, along with a thanks die from Wplus9.

Many thanks

I used some fun foam behind the stripes before attaching them to my card base to give the card some dimension. I cut the “thanks” several times from some mint cardstock and stacked them on top of each other to give the sentiment some oomph. I used the hand lettered thanks stamp set for the “many” which I white heat embossed onto a small strip of black cardstock. I added a few moonshine sequins to finish it all off!

Thanks

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly

 

Merci Beaucoup!

Sometimes a simple distress ink-blended background and a big and bold sentiment are all it takes to put together a nice thank you card!
Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

The two cards were made for two college students who worked for me (at my day job!) this summer. They were such a great help to me that I was really sad to see them go. Somehow bright, colorful handmade cards eased the pain just a bit. :)

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I had an ink blended panel kicking around my craft room, that I had made during¬† #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. To make the panel, I blended an assortment of distress inks onto some white 80lbpaper in rough rainbow order. I then added some water droplets which bleached out certain areas and created what looks to me like a nice bokeh effect. I then used a 5″x 3.75″stitched rectangle die to cut two panels from the larger piece.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama Elephant

I used my Mini Misti and Versa Fine onyx black ink to stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Merci stamp set. Then, I attached each panel to an A2 sized card base. I resisted the urge to glue some sequins onto the cards, though I think that might have been a nice finishing touch.

Merci Beaucoup - Mama ElephantI really love how these turned out. I hope you like them, too!

kimberly

A Masculine Birthday Card

Masculine birthday card

Making cards that are suitable for a male recipient can be difficult sometimes. When I need to make a card for a guy, I usually go straight for a Tim Holtz blueprint sketch stamp. The sketchy, architectural feel to them makes them perfect for masculine cards. For this card, I stamped the present image on some white cardstock, colored the box and the bow with copics and cut them out. I then stamped the image again on some vellum and adhered the colored-in box and bow on top of the vellum. I popped the colored image up with a bit of foam tape to give the card some added dimension.
Masculine birthday card

I recently purchased a Papertrey Ink horizontal stripes cover plate die and I can’t get enough of it. I think 9 of the last 10 cards I’ve made have included some horizontal background stripes, and I see no signs of stopping. I love how it adds a little extra somthin’ somethin’, so I used the negative cut from the die and popped that up onto my card base before I added my vellum panel and sentiment. The sentiment is from the Altenew Label Love stamp set.

Masculine birthday card

Quick and easy, and totally manly. :)

kimberly

Sunshine Shaker

I can’t believe there are only two more weeks of August left! As usual, summer has flown by and, as usual, I’m just about ready for some cooler fall weather.However, I have certainly enjoyed the summer of 2016, making lots of extra trips to the beach this year and enjoying what’s left of what was a pretty great tan.

Sunset shaker card

Today I’m sharing a card project that came out of some experimenting I did as part of the Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Just for kicks, I did some ink blending on a cardstock panel and added some water splatters – which showed up pretty well because I used cardstock and not watercolor paper, but I ended up with a bit of warping, too. You win some, you lose some. The panel looked like a summer sunset to me, so I ran with it.

Sunshine shaker card

I cut the panel down and stamped the Hello sentiment from the SSS Flip Flop Season stamp set. I used a sheet protector and my fuse tool to turn the panel into a shaker card – adding lots of seed beads and sequins inside. I also stamped some flip flops on a piece of scrap from the ink blended panel and mounted those on the outside of the shaker.

Sunset shaker card

I hope everyone enjoys these last few weeks of summer!
kimberly

Two Baby Shower Cards

Hello! I am just back from a nice, relaxing vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, which is why I haven’t posted in a little bit. Hopefully I’ll be back into the swing of things in the next few days (I still haven’t unpacked everything yet…).
Baby shower cards

Today I thought I’d share two baby shower themed cards that I made recently. I used a Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints Baby stamp set for the cards.

Baby shower card

The first card I created by lining up three stamps from the set. in my Mini Misti tool and stamping them out in a straight line across the 4.25″x5.5″ panel (that I added some interest to with a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die). I used Versafine black ink for the stamping. For the sentiment (which says Congrats and is not showing up well in the photos…), I stamped a sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set in Buttercup pigment ink. It’s such a great yellow color.

Baby shower cardFor the second card, cut the back panel with another stitched rectangle die, and then cut two stitched circles, the larger one in yellow, the other, using a SSS stitched circle die.  I stamped the onesie image (so cute) onto the white stitched circle shape and colored it with my copic markers. I popped several layers of the card up with some foam tape to give the card a bit of dimension.

Baby shower cards

Now, time to unpack from last week’s vacation…

kimberly