Monday, July 24, 2017

More Decadent Wine and Gold Cards

If you saw my earlier post, you know that I've been using some blending ink to change the color of some pattern paper I had.  I'm using Decadent Wine Color Cloud Blending Ink by Cosmic Shimmer.  To apply the ink, I find using a Smoothie by Creative Expressions allows the ink to spread across the paper without leaving streaks.

The above card was made using the Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly die and the Stampin' Up Square Lattice EF.  I sanded down the embossed area for a distressed look.  Both the top embossed layer and embossed gold layer of the card were inked with Decadent Wine Blending Ink.

The card below was made with a few leftovers from other cards.  I colored the white and gold embossed paper with the Decadent Wine ink then simply punched out some Cosmos flowers and Fronds with my Martha Stewart punches.  The circular frames are leftover from the Impression Obsession All in One Frames -- circles.  The flower centers are a Stampin Up tiny flower punch on gold foil cardstock with an enamel dot in the center from

I'm entering the first card in the Word Art Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.

Thanks for taking a look and leaving some feedback if you wish ~ Ann

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Magenta and Gold -- 2 Cards

I have a bunch of this white and gold foil embossed paper that was on clearance at a local craft store years ago but didn't know how to use it since it has such a busy pattern.  Today I figured I would try blending some ink on it to fill in the white and give it a new look.  I used some Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink in Decadent Wine and blended it in with a Smoothie.  Here's what the paper looked like ahead of time:

After the blending ink dried, I ran the paper through my Cuttlebug with the KaiserCraft Tiny Roses embossing folder to give it some dimension.

I also used the Decadent Wine ink on a piece of shimmery white cardstock for the center of the circle.

Here's another card I made with the same paper and blending ink.  You can see how the blending ink dries a lot lighter than it looks when applied.

The top panel is what the paper looks like after the blending ink has dried and the bottom one shows how bold the color is when it goes on and hasn't dried yet.

For the second card, I ran the inked up paper through my Cuttlebug with the Stampin' Up Square Lattice EF then sanded it down slightly.  The butterfly in the second card is by Frantic Stamper.

Products Used on card 1:  Spellbinders Beaded Circles, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags and Double Pierced Rectangles Set B, Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud Blending Ink Decadent Wine, DCWV Gold Foil Cardstock, Cheery Lynn Small Exotic Butterflies #1 with Angel Wings, KaiserCraft Tiny Roses EF, Creative Expressions Smoothie, sequins and unknown stamp

Now that I know this paper looks better with some color to it, I'll be using it more often.

I'm entering the first card in Word Art Wednesday's Anything Goes Challenge

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, July 21, 2017

Warm Wishes Money Card

This is the front of the card when folded up

This is what the inside looks like

Do you remember as a kid always getting these money cards from relatives at Christmas time?  This brings back memories for me as one of my Grandmothers always gave us money this way.  Instead of tucking the envelope in our stockings, it would be clipped to the back of the tree so my father could reach around and pull them off to hand to us after our presents had all been opened.

They are actually very easy to make and can be embellished however you want.


Start off with a piece of fairly heavy duty cardstock cut down to 8.5 x 9".

Place the paper on a scoring board with the 9" side along the top horizontally.  
Score at 3 1/4 and 6 1/2".

Turn the paper so the 8" side is at the top now and score at 1" all the way down.

Use your scissors and cut along the 1" score line, starting at the 3 1/4 end of the paper, until you get to the 6 1/2 " score line.  Do not cut beyond the 6 1/2" line.  You will be left with a little flap that will be adhered later to hold the money in the card.  Fold all your score lines.

Place your paper on a paper trimmer so the 9" side is across the top and trim off a diagonal piece starting from the bottom right edge of the tab and go up to the top of the 9" side so you are removing only about 3/4 of an inch at the top.

Put some adhesive on the folded over flap so it will stick to the middle section of your card when folded.

Now you can embellish the card however you want.  I used some Christmas paper with northern stars on it and added a top layer with the words "Warm Wishes" on it.  I cut the words twice out of heavy glitter paper and layered them on top of each other for more dimension.

I'm not sure what I want to stamp on the inside of the card yet, so I left it blank for now.

Tuck some money into the bottom flap and your card is done.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Products Used:  Frantic Stamper Warm Wishes die, cardstock from my stash, glitter paper from JoAnn Fabric

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you try making this card yourself.  Leave me a comment if you care, letting me know if the tutorial was successful for you.

~~ Ann

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CAS Butterfly Card

I saw this card by Karolyn Loncon on Pinterest and thought it would make for a quick and easy card.  I love the colors Karolyn used, along with the gold foil butterfly, so the only thing I changed was the greeting.

Items used:  Frantic Stamper Monarch Butterfly, Frantic Stamper Stitched Petal Squares, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday (shimmer paper and foiled cardstock used)
Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Peachy Thank You

I can never have enough Thank You cards.  Today's card was made using paper from the Subtle Plaid pad by My Favorite Things.

I cut the Cosmos flowers out of the same paper as the background and layered them with a piece of foam tape for dimension.  I've had this Cosmos punch by Martha Stewart for years but never used it until recently.  It makes such pretty and easy flowers.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Products Used:  My Favorite Things Subtle Plaid 6x6 Paper pack, Martha Stewart Cosmos Punch, Penny Black Sentiment Collection, Sue Wilson Mosaic Leaves, Simon Says Stamp Apricot ink,  Lawn Fawn Small Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, enamel dots from Michaels

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Simon Says Stamp: Get in Shape

Monday's challenge at Simon Says Stamp is "Get in Shape".  You can create something 3D or with 3D elements or use a fitness theme.  I chose to make my embellishments 3D which is something I rarely ever do for shipping reasons.

I used the following products:  Tutti Designs Hugs, Altenew Painted Flowers, Peacock Feathers Distress ink, Shabby Shutters Distress ink, ribbon, button and sequins from my stash

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Impression Obsession Challenge: Summer Colors

With the camera flash mimicking the shine of the sun (above)

Without the flash, giving it more of a night time feel (above)

The current challenge at Impression Obsession Stamps is to use Summer Colors.  I knew right away that I wanted to use the IO Stamps Sunburst Background die.  I cut the die with orangish foiled cardstock and layered it on top of a background that I made using distress inks and glossy photo paper:

I then cut a sandy hill using the IO Stamps Hill Landscape Layers and adhered some Shore Birds in black since the sun is setting and they would be dark IRL.

Products Used:  Impression Obsession Stamps Sunburst Background, IO Stamps Hill Landscape Layers,  IO Stamps Shore Birds

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Friday, July 14, 2017

Your Next Stamp Challenge #68

The current challenge at Your Next Stamp is to use the colors on the inspiration board and / or follow the layout:

I decided to use both on my card.

Products Used:  Wood background paper from Michaels, Doodlebug gingham paper, Authentique dotted paper, Diemond Dies Fluttering Butterflies, Frantic Stamper Pinprick Circles, Sue Wilson Stitched Flags, Ellen Hutson Warm Fuzzies stamp set

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann