Happy Birthday and Many More

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo CrewI’ve colored a lot of cards recently (emphasis on A LOT) with my Copic markers so it was fun to make a card composed entirely of stamped images and die cuts. This stamp set from Paper Smooches called Zoo Crew caught my eye and the zebra is just adorable.

I decided that I wanted to use a black and white print for the card, but not a zebra print. So I used one of the Back To Basics papers from Kaisercraft. One side is a black and white stripe while the other is black and white polka dot. The paper, along with a loopy leaf die cut and sentiments from the Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler stamp set, matched the whimsy of the zebra.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Index in White; Black Stripe from the Back to Basics Collection by Kaisercraft; Bazzill Basics in Arroyo and Lagoon
Stamps: Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches; Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Loopy Leaf by Paper Smooches

I Love You the Mostest

Here’s another simple card that I put together for Demo Day at PhotoScraps. Sometimes you just want a clean, simple card that you can put together quickly. I had the basic concept of what I wanted to do in my head but couldn’t get it to gel until I found this fun design paper from Fancy Pants. I added a Spellbinders die cut heart in pink card stock and cut the sentiment from silver foil paper using the Love Word die from Paper Smooches.

Here’s a look at the inside, featuring a sentiment from Paper Smooches’ Uplifters stamp set.

Rowhouse Greetings | Valentines | Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Valentines | Uplifters by Paper Smooches

So easy to make that I just added a few to my Etsy shop. Stop by if you need a few ready made cards to pop in the mail.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Wrap it in Color from the Joy Parade Collection by Fancy Pants (*); Bazzill Silver Foil Cardstock (*)
Stamps: Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Dies: Love Word Die by Paper Smooches; Classic Hearts by Spellbinders

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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I Love You Just the Way You Are

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, mainly because I’ve been trying to get organized. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by crafting supplies — paper, stamps, inks, markers. It all adds up quickly! So I’ve taken a step back just get things in order.

The nice thing about getting organized is that it forced me to look through all of the paper, stamps, and dies that I purchased over the past year (and haven’t used). That alone should stop me from buying anything new for while, but that’s a resolution that I’m not even going to pretend to make! But over the next few days, I’m going to post a few cards that I made from my stash so that some of these supplies will finally see the light of day.

Today’s is the first of two cards that feature stamps and die cuts – no Copics! I love to color, but sometimes I just want an easy card that goes together quickly, especially if I want to make multiple copies. Since I don’t really like to color the same image multiple times, using die cuts was my ready solution. For the sake of my sanity, I backed the red foil paper with iCraft adhesive sheets before running it through the die cutter. Then all of my embellishments were just peel and stick. Can’t get much easier than that!

Here’s a look at the inside of the card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine's Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Valentine’s Day | Uplifters by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Midnight Blue Dots from the Micro Basics Collection by Authentique; Ladybug Swiss Dot from the Petite Prints Collection by Doodlebug; Bazzill Red Foil Card stock(*)
Stamps: I Love You More by My Favorite Things; Uplifters by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp; Linked Hearts by Paper Smooches; Classic Hearts by Spellbinders

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Christmas Country Landscape

As it gets closer to Christmas, I start relying more on my collection of dies and sentiments to get a quick supply of cards put together to send out. I love the style and simplicity of the sentiments from the Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler stamp set and I’ve used them a lot this season. I bought the Country Landscape die from Memory Box awhile back and never got a chance to use it until now.

A little design paper and a simple sentiment stamped on the inside and you have a quick but elegant card.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Mistletoe & Holly 12×12 paper pad by Nicole
Stamps: Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Ink: Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsukineko
Dies: Country Landscape by Memory Box; Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Jolly XMas Kitty

With a household of tuxedo cats, I knew that I just HAD to color this image. The hat is a bit of a challenge blending those reds (and keeping them from bleeding outside the lines) but a little care and patience does the trick. I put down a base coat of R17 to saturate the paper and then added R59 for shading. I extended the shading with R46 followed by R29 and then finished the gradient with R17. Red can be tricky to work. Since my blending still looked a little rough, I added a second layer of ink repeating each color. That really brought everything together and gave me the richness that I was trying to achieve.

Here’s a look at the inside, featuring a sentiment stamp from Paper Smooches.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to come back tomorrow for another holiday card featuring the Penny Black hedgehog!

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Neenah Index in White; Bazzill Basics in Admiral; Snow Day by Echo Park Paper Co.
Stamps: Jolly Xmas Kitty by Penny Black; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Embellishments: Nuvo Crystal Drops in Autumn Red and Midnight Blue
Copics:  E02, C00, C0C1, C2, C6, R20 (cat); R17, R27, R46, R59, E02, B0000, B000, B00, BG10 (hat); YG03, YG17, YG67, R17, R46 (holly)