Village Edges by Elizabeth Craft Designs

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! Well, for today’s project you should just assume that I’m still working my way through my stash of recent purchases. A couple of years ago, I went on an art retreat with my friend Kate Walters and she showed me the Village Edges die by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love landscape scenes for holiday cards so this die found its way onto my wish list and finally into my stash. As always, I’ve linked the supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you. 

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Village Edges by Elizabeth Craft Designs

For the background, I cut a piece of Sno Cone Cardstock by My Favorite Things to 4″ x 5.25″ and ink blended the top using Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers and Salvaged Patina. Once the ink was thoroughly dry, I stenciled Versamark Ink through the Petit Snow Stencil by Newton’s Nook Designs, covered the ink with Ranger White Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder, and heat set the powder.

Rowhouse Greetings | Village Edges by Elizabeth Craft Designs

I cut the village images from white cardstock using the Village Edges Die by Elizabeth Craft Design. I slid the die cuts back and forth a bit until I got the arrangement that I wanted and then trimmed the village scene to 4″ x 5.25″ to match the size of my snow scene. Next, I stamped the sentiment from the Believe stamp set by Penny Black on the lower left side of the front die cut which I then backed with craft foam to give dimension. Finally, I glued all of the layers into place and added the gold star cut from a scrap of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Kraft Stock and glued it into position.

Rowhouse Greetings | Village Edges by Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hope you enjoyed today’s project! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Warmest Wishes by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I haven’t posted in several days. The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind with appointments, birthdays, and a wedding. I have a bunch of new stuff in my stash just waiting for me to find time to create. I decided to pull out the Warmest Wishes stamp set by My Favorite Things. After all, Christmas in July is a thing, so no one should think I’m crazy for making winter cards! I’ve linked all supplies below with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you. 

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | Warmest Wishes by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I always find card design to be the hardest part. I can color quickly, but then stare at my craft mat for hours trying to figure out the layout, papers, inks, etc. So I decided to just color. If the image turned into a card, then that would be OK. And if not, that would be OK too. I’d just tuck the image away and turn it into a card later. However, this card design occurred to me in the middle of the night so I was up early putting it together before I could forget my idea!

Step by Step for Warmest Wishes

That’s all for me today! Take care and see you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

COPICS: V20, E000, E00, E11, E21, R20 (skin); E33, E37 (hair); B91, B93, B95, B97, B99 (coat & hat); RV55, RV63, RV66, RV69 (scarf & mittens); C1, C2, C4 (stockings); C1, C2, C4, C6, C8 (boots); V20, B91, B93, B95, B97, Y38 (birds)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

BB Sunflower Sweetheart by My Favorite Things

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! I’m not quite sure what to say about today’s card. It just sort of evolved! Stenciling, ink blending, Copic coloring – it’s all there paired with a sweet stamp from My Favorite Things. As many of you know, I love the Birdie Brown stamps from My Favorite things and was sad to hear that she is retiring. This stamp – Sunflower Sweetheart – is one of my favorites so I decided to pull it out and get to work!

Today’s project features:

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Sunshine Sweetness by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

I cut a piece of white cardstock using the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die by My Favorite Things. For the bottom edge of the card, I used the Grassy Edges Stencil blended with Distress Inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. Next, I placed the Radiating Rays Stencil in the upper left corner, blending with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade. Then I filled in the middle using the Cloud Stencil with Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China.

For the images, I stamped the images on Hammermill cardstock with Nuvo Hybrid Ink in Shadow Black. I colored the images with Copic markers (see list below) and used the coordinating dies to cut out the images.

For the sentiment, I used the Sweet Hello Die-Namics from MFT Stamps to cut the hello sentiment twice from Neenah 110# cardstock. I colored one of the die cuts with Copic markers (BG01, BG02, BG07) to create a gradient. I glued the two die cuts together using Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

Rowhouse Greetings | BB Sunshine Sweetness by My Favorite Things (MFT Stamps)

So that’s all from me today! See you again soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

SUPPLIES

COPICS: E000, E00, E11, E21 (skin); E53, E55, E57 (hair); RV10, R81, R83, R85, B0000, B000 (dress); R83, R85 (sandals); B000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07 (hat); Y35, Y38, E53, E55, YG21, YG03, YG17 (yellow flower & leaf); R81, R83, R46, N3, N5, Y35 (pink flowers); B23, B24, B26, Y35, Y38 (bluebirds); BG01, BG02, BG07 (hello diecut)

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Let It Snow by Taylored Expressions

MORNING FRIENDS! Like many of you, I’m ramping up my production of holiday cards. I don’t have time to individually hand color every card with Copics so I’ve been thinking of ways to easily mass produce cards. So I rummaged through my collection of stencils and pulled out the Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions. I’ve linked the supplies with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions
  • Ink blending, heat embossing and die cuts
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below.
Rowhouse Greetings | Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions

For something different, I decided to use kraft paper — in this case, Neenah Desert Storm 100# paper. The Let it Snow Layering stencil comes in three parts so that you can stencil each layer in a different color. The first two layers consist of the large snowflakes. I used Distress Ink in Rustic Wilderness for layer one and Festive Berries for layer two. However, I actually inked the third layer first using Hero Arts pigment ink in Unicorn followed by Brutus Monroe embossing powder in Alabaster. As a result, I could complete all the heat embossing without waiting for the ink blended snowflakes to dry.

For the sentiment, I used the Mirthful die from Penny Black. I wanted to stack layers of the die cuts for dimension so I cut two layers from the Desert Storm cardstock and the top layer from the Slick Glitter Paper that I found at Michaels. This cardstock has the appearance of fine glitter but the surface is smooth. I adhered the layers together with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive and then glued the letters to the front of the card. I glued the card front to a card base cut from Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock and called it done!

Rowhouse Greetings | Let it Snow Layering Stencil by Taylored Expressions

That’s all for today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Compensated affiliate links used when possible. In addition, as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Persian Motifs Stamp Set by Altenew

GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! Just a quick post today. It’s Sunday morning and I’m trying to regain some order in my house. Next month we’re having built in cabinetry and closets installed in our second bedroom so this house will finally have some storage and THREE new closets. Woo-hoo!

But in the meantime, we need to pare down our belongings, paint the room, break down and move out the existing wardrobes and all the other stuff that you do to prepare for home renovations. Luckily, there will be a craft yard sale at Photo Scraps on Sunday, October 18 from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM where yours truly will have a table. I’ll be selling gently loved stamps, dies, storage containers and my spare IKEA Raskog cart. The yard sale will be held out in the parking lot so bring your mask and hand sanitizer. And shop early for the best deals!

So back to the project at hand! When I was looking through my stamps, I came across the Altenew Persian Motif stamp set that has been languishing in my stash. So I pulled out a water brush and some distress inks and got to work. I’ve linked the supplies for today’s project with compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Today’s project features:

  • Persian Motifs by Altenew [SC | AN]
  • Good Wishes by Penny Black [SC]
  • Heat embossing and water coloring with Distress Inks
  • Additional basic supplies linked in thumbnails below

Step by Step for Persian Motifs

  • Cut card base from heavy weight white cardstock to 4.25″ x 11″ and score at 5.5″ for a top fold card.
  • Cut dark gray card stock to 4.25″ x 5.5″
  • Trim watercolor paper to 4″ x 5.25″
  • Stamp image on watercolor paper using clear embossing ink.
  • Immediately cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  • Smoosh each color of Distress Ink — Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberry — on craft mat.
  • For leaves, pick up a small amount of Twisted Citron on a water brush and base coat stems and leaves. Allow ink to dry.
  • Pick up a small amount of Peeled Paint on brush and apply to deepen base of leaves and stems.
  • Reapply both colors as necessary to achieve the desired shades.
  • For petals, pick up a small amount of Tattered Rose to base coat petals.
  • Pick up a small amount of Worn Lipstick on brush and apply to deepen base of petals and areas where petals overlap.
  • Pick up a small amount of Picked Raspberry on brush and apply to the deepest areas of petals.
  • Reapply colors as necessary to achieve desired shades.
  • Allow ink to dry.
  • Stamp sentiment with gray pigment ink and immediately cover with clear embossing powder. Heat set sentiment.
  • Apply craft foam to back of image with a strong craft glue.
  • Glue gray card stock to card base.
  • Glue image to center of card as show.
  • Add dewdrops, sequins or other embellishments as desired using a clear drying craft glue.
Rowhouse Greetings | Persian Motifs by Altenew

That’s all for me today! See you soon!

Rowhouse Greetings | Nancy Sheads

Supplies

Below I’ve listed the products used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you (see disclosure). I pay out of pocket for the majority of the products — papers, inks, dies, embellishments, etc. —  that you see in my projects with the exception of the handful of products that I receive for design team work or guest posts. I only use products that I love. If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thanks so much!