Monthly Archives: January 2015

Clean and Simple Male Card

CASmale1I made the background paper for this card after taking part in the online card class.  CS4This was one of the backgrounds I made with my home made ink pad.  I used the stamp set from Simon Says Stamp called “Only have eyes for you”.  I lined up the two border stamps to get the pattern, then repeated the stamping up the card stock.  I thought as it was a very graphic pattern and the colors were quite masculine, so I thought it would make a great background for a mans card.  I cut out a circle, made a black circle frame and attached the black “happy” die cut.  The “birthday” sentiment is white heat embossed.  I kept this very simple.casmale2The theme for CAS-ology this week is “Birthday”, so I am entering this challenge.

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Velveteen Stamping

velvet1Another technique from day 3 of the online card class – called velveteen stamping.  This is such a beautiful effect and it is perfect for clean and simple cards.velvet3Firstly, you stamp with the pigment ink, then the dye ink.  I’ve used Stampin’ up die inks for the flowers and a hero arts shadow ink for the leaves. velvet2velvet4This is a good card to mass produce.  Even though you have to do some masking of the flowers, it’s still pretty quick and gives beautiful results.  For some of the cards I put in the orange centers for the flowers, but I didn’t like that at all.  It looks much cleaner with the white centers. Unfortunately I had already stamped the small flower center for each of the cards, so I just had to keep that as it was.  It looks ok, but I prefer the clean white look.  What do you think??

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Versa Mark Stamping and masking

versa1I just love how this card turned out.  The online card class for day 3 showed a fabulous technique for stamping and masking with Versa Mark ink.  I used Stampin’ up ink here and it worked really well.  For the first card I used a mask and the versa mark ink for the sun rays. CS4versa2For this next card I used the stampin’ up ink and a stampin’ up stamp with versa mark ink, to give this lovely subtle background.  I topped it off with a couple of die-cut butterflies.versa3It’s such a pretty look and another fun technique.  Thanks so much for stopping by ;)

Homemade ink pad

ink4I loved the idea in the online card class today to make your own ink pad.CS4I’ve tried it before, but had no luck, so thought I’d try it again and it worked.  I was so happy!!


I had a lot of fun with this, got a little carried away and made lots of different backgrounds.  I used stampin’ up ink refills and they worked wonderfully.  First off I made a rainbow colored ink pad and when that worked I tried a blue/teal one.  LOVED IT.  Here are some of the cards I made with the backgrounds.ink3ink2ink1ink5ink6ink7ink8

If you are not doing the online card class,  you should look into it.  They are so much fun and I always learn something new.  It was a tough morning today with my 7 year old fighting me for 1 1/2 hours just to have a shower or bath. Is it bad if I want to drop her off at boarding school and pick her up when she’s 20??  Ha, ha..  Once I dropped her off at school, I spent quite a few hours trying to relax and craft.  It worked!!  Thanks for the great lessons and ideas…

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Clean and Simple with Dies


There were so many great ideas in todays Online Card Class.  I gave Kristina’s idea a try by breaking up the design with cloud die cuts.  It was a fun card to make.  I colored the rabbit and umbrella with copic markers and inked up the clouds with distress ink.CS4It looks like the rabbit is floating in the clouds… so cute…occas2_2Thanks for stopping by :)

Embossed tiles

occcas1_3I enrolled in the Clean and Simple 4 online card class – I LOVE these classes.  I always learn a lot and I love to try out some of the techniques.  One of the techniques that Julie showed us was making tiles.  I clear embossed these flowers from a Papertrey Ink set, then colored them with intense pencils.  I then put a couple of coats of ultra thick embossing powder over the top to create my “tile”.  I made a set of 4 cards.  The sentiments were just hand written on black card stock with a white chalk pen from Stampin’ up.occcas1_4 occcas1_2 occcas1_1Here are all four tiles…occcas1_6Here’s a close up of the “tile” – I love how it’s puffy and shiny.occcas1_7


I thought I’d also try out the technique Jennifer showed us with the multiple colors of embossing powder.  I tried it using post it tape to mask off sections of the card, but I wasn’t happy with how it turned out. The embossing powder came off, so some sections were a lot thinner in places than others.  Plus, I forgot to use the powder to stop the embossing powder from sticking to the card stock – DOH….occcas1_9For my second attempt, I just free handed the embossing powder into lines, so it’s a little uneven, but hey, it’s not too bad for free handing it…  Plus, it was a fun technique.occcas1_8Thanks for stopping by :)