Wishing You Only the Best

A dear coworker of mine moved on to bigger and better things last week, and it was so sad to see her go! Naturally, I had to make her a going away card for all of us to sign.

Wishing you the best

I started by stamping the Winnie & Walter Mini Scenery: Madison stamp on a watercolor panel and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder. Then I did a purple watercolor wash over the top. I love how embossing powder resists watercolor. I’ve been creating tons of these panels lately.

Going away card

I used the Wishing die from SSS for part of the sentiment – cutting it out from 80lb Neenah solar white card stock and also from some fun foam. I glued the cardstock die cut on top of the fun foam to give that part of the sentiment some dimension.

Wishing you only the best

The rest of the sentiment I stamped (with the Sending and Wishing stamp set) on a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed in white. I used a tiny attacher to staple it onto my card front after slipping some vellum underneath. I love those teeny-tiny staples!

Going away card

I mounted my panel on top of a piece of vellum and a piece of doll pink cardstock cut slightly bigger than the panel and offset just a bit. I finished everything off with my favorite clear droplets!

Wishing you only the best

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly

Easy DIY Wine Rack

DIY wine rack

It’s been such a long time since I’ve done any real DIY projects around the house, but I’ve been wanting to construct some kind of wine rack for quite a while. I found this plan on Shanty 2 Chic and knew it would be perfect (and easy enough for a girl who is still a novice when it comes to power tools).

DIY wine rack

The whole project went very quickly. We followed the directions (I did have some help!) and were able to assemble everything in less than an hour. All of the cuts were very simple, and everything is attached with screws and some wood glue.

DIY wine rack

Once everything was put together, I sanded and then stained the rack with some Dark Walnut stain – two thin coats!
DIY wine rack

After the stain dried, I got out the sander to rough sand it in some spots to give the wine rack more of a rustic look.

DIY wine rack

Once I was finished roughing it up,  hex bolts were inserted into the pre-drilled holes on each shelf. Lastly, I painted on some chalkboard paint at the front of each shelf so that the wines can be nicely labeled. However, I have yet to get out and buy some chalk, so that part will have to wait. :)

DIY wine rack

Some of the wines fit a little too snugly, so if you decide to make a wine rack for yourself, make sure you drill the holes for the hex bolts as close as you possibly can to the edge of the shelf. I have to learn to be careful about snagging the wine labels on the hex bolts, too.

DIY wine rack

We had to mount the rack with heavy duty toggle bolts, but wood screws would probably suffice in most cases.

DIY wine rack

I love how this little lady turned out. She’s such a nice addition to the dining room!

kimberly

Farm Animal Birthday Cards

A short and sweet post today! I wanted to share two birthday cards I made for a coworker recently.

Two Farm Animal Birthday Cards

For both cards, I used texture paste and stencils to create the patterned backgrounds – a SSS Tiny Dots stencil for the card with the cow, and a SSS diagonal stripes stencil for the card with the chicken. Once the texture paste dried, I used distress inks to do some ink blending over the paste to create a colored background. The animals and sentiments are stamped with  the SSS Birthday Farm Animals set and are colored with Copics. I finished both cards off with a few Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

kimberly

Cards for Mother’s Day

A collection of Mother’s Day cards today! A co-worker asked me to make him a card for his mother, and I ended up making several for him to choose from. After he chose one, I could use the rest to give to my mom, grandmother, and friends who are moms.

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First I started with a water-colored background, a Wplus9 Happy Mother’s Day sentiment and a cute little bird I salvaged from an Online Card Classes practice sheet I colored way back when. I used a Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle die to create a border around the panel, mounted the panel to some mint cardstock and added some yellow and clear sequins to finish it off.

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For the next few cards I used the SSS Spring Flowers stamp set. I embossed several images from the set with clear embossing powder and then did some ink blending with distress ink on top of the heat embossed flowers and foliage. I cut everything out leaving a bit of a border around the edges and then arranged them on the cards.

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I used a stitched circle die to create a recessed area for my sentiment (I popped the rectangular stitched panel up using some foam tape, and again used the Wplus9 Happy Mother’s Day sentiment. Once I had the flowers arranged how I liked, I attached some with glue and some with foam tape for extra dimension. I jazzed everything up with some moonshine sequins and mounted the panel onto a Fog cardstock base.

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The next card is a bit simpler and has some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets (I LOVE these) instead of sequins. This card is mounted onto a Cotton Candy card base.
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This last card is probably my favorite of the bunch. Many of the same elements, but this time I used a Papertrey Ink horizontal stripes coverplate die and built up from there. I embossed the sentiment onto vellum using liquid platinum embossing powder and arranged some flowers and added some more clear droplets.

I hope all the moms out there have an excellent Mother’s Day!

kimberly

More Die Cut Masking

I’ve been making a lot of cards using the die-cut masking technique I talked about in my previous post. I thought I’d share a few more of those cards with you today.

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Instead of using my copic airbrush for this card, I decided to do some ink blending with distress inks. You have to be a bit more gentle with this technique, however, because all of the blending can cause you to accidentally pull up one (or more) of your masks – ask me how I know. For the most part it works just fine.

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For this card I used the Wplus9 Sweets and Treats stamp and die set for the stamps and masks. Once I finished ink blending, I added some water droplets onto the card and quickly soaked them up with a dry paper towel – that’s what gives the nice bleached out effect in some areas; One of the many reasons why I love distress inks. I popped up the sentiment on a circle die cut and added a little embossing around the edges and a circle of vellum behind. lastly, I added a stitched rectangle frame for a bit of added interest, before adhering everything onto a 4bar-sized card base.

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I wasn’t quite finished with my copic airbrush system yet, though, so I also made some 4bar get well soon cards using the same masking technique but changed it up a bit with some patterned paper and a little gathering of thread behind the sentiment. I used the Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon stamps and dies for these.  Did I mention that I first got the idea for this technique from Dawn of Wplus9? She has a great YouTube tutorial on her channel that you can check out here!

kimberly

 

Masking with Die Cuts // Copic Airbrush

Hello! Today I’m sharing a card I made using one of my favorite new techniques – die cut masking.

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To make the panel for this card, I used the Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamp set to make a pattern on the background. I then used the coordinating dies and inkadinkado masking paper to make masks for each shape. After that, I dusted off my Copic airbrush tools and put them to work.

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I used my YR02 Copic Marker (light orange) to airbrush the entire panel. After you remove the masks, each stamped image has a nice white boarder around it. I love the effect.

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This panel sat on the edge of my craft desk for weeks until I figured out what I wanted to do with it…I thought a black sentiment would really pop against the background (the sentiment is the Painted Hello die by SSS).

To separate the sentiment from the background a bit, I added a vellum circlebehind the sentiment (I also added a thin line of white embossing powder around the outside of the circle). After mounting the circle and the sentiment, I stapled on some paper strips to ground everything. Lastly, I added some sequins for a little extra embellishment.

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I’m still trying out  different techniques to use with my airbrush, but this is my favorite so far. The masking technique also works with ink blending or just coloring marker-to-paper. The best thing about this hobby is that the possibilities are endless!

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Birthday Wishes

More birthday cards! This one even came with a matching cake topper.

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I used the Mama Elephant Brush Strokes stamp set and several of my Wplus9 and Simon Says Stamp dye inks to create the background for this card. I just repeat stamped one of the images from the stamp set diagonally across the panel and tried to stay in rainbow order when changing colors. It created a plaid effect a la Laura Bassen(one of my favorites!) I love how the background turned out!

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I heat embossed the Birthday Wishes sentiment on some black cardstock and mounted it to the middle of my panel. Lastly I added some Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets because I am obsessed with them.

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I made this card for a friend’s birthday, and I even made her a cake with a topper that matched the card, mostly because I loved making the plaid pattern so much! I used Lawn Fawn’s Louies ABC’s dies for the hbd sentiment.

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The cake was chocolate, with a (pink) chocolate ganache frosting, and it was delicious!

kimberly