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

Welcome to Brooklyn // a custom card project

I’ve been working on a custom card order for the last few weeks. I was asked to make about 50 small note cards for a friend who rents out their Brooklyn apartment on airbnb. I thought I’d share some of the process of creating the cards here.

Distress ink and stencil

After seeing some photos of the listing, I tried to tie in some of the decor, paint colors and the mid-century modern feel of the space. I was a little limited with some of the stencils and other supplies I had, so I had to get creative – sketching out some ideas and dusting off my Silhouette Cameo.

Brooklyn brainstorm

After some brainstorming (and my persistence about my love of a good watercolor wash background), we settled on a design that incorporated the Brooklyn Bridge and the sentiment “Welcome to Brooklyn.” I downloaded a font called Beyond the Mountains from dafont.com and cleaned it up a bit in my Silhouette software and set my cameo to work. I had it cut the word “welcome” for me and I then pieced  the letters together on the card. The “to Brooklyn” part of the sentiment I created quite easily in Word using another font I downloaded called Champagne & Limousines.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Miraculously, I also found a Tim Holtz NYC stamp that worked perfectly. This made it so that I wouldn’t have to sketch a scene of the bridge on each card, which was the original idea. Instead, I could just stamp, stamp, stamp.

Welcome to Brooklyn

I really like the final result! I love that each one is slightly different, and I think they turned out sufficiently Mid-Century modern-looking.

Welcome to Brooklyn

Only 40-something left to make!

Welcome to Brooklyn

kimberly

Sail Away With Me / #thedailymarker30day

Just popping in quickly today to share a card I made for the Daily Marker 30 Day challenge that I’m participating in this month. The 30 day challenge asks people who play along to color for at least 30 minutes a day and then share their results on social media using the hashtag #thedailymarker30day. You can read more about the challenge here.

Sail away with me I’ve participated in almost all of the 30 day challenges now and I find that they really help me with my creativity – I try out mediums and color combinations I wouldn’t normally try, and there’s no pressure to turn the coloring into the card or to even get it right the first time. You can follow along with me over on instagram @kimberly.pelkey   The design for this card was inspired by Yana Smakula, who makes beautiful cards (so definitely check out her blog)! I used a sailboat die and the Sailing stamp set from Simon Says stamp to create the card.

Sail Away With Me
After die cutting a bunch bunch of sailboats from a white panel (that I adhered to some fun foam before die cutting to give the panel some extra dimension), I did some ink blending on another panel to go behind the cut outs. I used Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers for the blending, then added some water droplets and glitter embossing powder over the top to give it some texture.
Sail Away With Me
For the sentiment I used white embossing powder on “Sail Away” and then stamped “with me” in Versa Mark ink on some fog-colored card stock. I also added some strips of paper and vellum behind the sentiment circle and finished everything off with some clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh.

Sail Away With Me

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Let me know so I can follow you!

kimberly

Rainbow Happy Birthday

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

Continuing with the insane amounts of watercolor painting I’ve been doing lately, I’m sharing a rainbow-colored birthday card today. To create the watercolor panel, I first stamped a Simon Says Stamp Grid Background stamp in VersaMark ink and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then painted a watercolor wash over the top with various bright colors in rainbow order.

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

My panel was a bit too large for an A2 card base, so I used a stitched rectangle die to cut it down a bit and add some interest to the border. I used the SSS Painted Happy Birthday die (cut from black licorice paper) for the sentiment.

Rainbow Happy Birthday Card

I glued the sentiment on and added some coordinating sequins before attaching everything to a card base.

Have a great weekend!

kimberly

More Mini Cards with Wplus9 Botanical Bunch

As I mentioned in this previous post, I’ve been making several small 2.5″x3″ cards, including this order of cards made with Wplus9’s Botanical Bunch stamp to be put on display and sold at a local flower shop!

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

I made the cards in four different colors, pale pink, navy, apple green and black. I made sure each card was slightly different by positioning the  card base or the stamp in a slightly different way and making sure part of the design ran off the at least two edges of the card – this involved a little bit of masking. I was able to mass produce the cards really quickly by using my Mini Misti tool. Thank goodness for that thing. It makes stamping out the same image over and over easy, breezy.

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

I paired each card with a baby envelope (ordered from Paper Source) and then wrapped each card and envelope into its own clear plastic bag. I probably could have ordered a smaller size bag, but I went with it. I tied each set of two cards with some baker’s twine just to keep them all together neatly.

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

After I delivered the sets, I made sure to head back to the shop a few days later to get a photo of them on display! It was so fun to see some of my cards out in the real world. It really has me thinking about opening an etsy store…

Mini flower cards - wplus9 botanical bunch

Have a great weekend!

kimberly

Cheers!

Cheers

Lately I’m loving a big, bold sentiment on a card. I’ve been playing around with several Winnie & Walter dies and they do not disappoint!

Cheers Winnie & Walter

For this card, I first stamped the Mini Scenery: Do You See What I See stamp with versamark ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder onto a panel (I used a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die to give the edges some interest). I choose to watercolor the panel with a nice cheery (ha) yellow. Then, I die cut several of In a Word: Cheers Cutaway sentiments and stacked them on top of each other to give the word some dimension. I adhered it to my watercolor panel and mounted the whole thing onto a card base.

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I hope everyone is having a cheerful week!

kimberly