Monday, September 30, 2013

Paper Smooches and Simon Says Say It With Stamps Challenge

I have a quick card to share with you tonight for the Simon Says Stamp Say It With Stamps Challenge. This challenge focuses on the words. I wanted to use the Tim Holtz Distress Water Color Cardstock that I recently acquired. One of the last covers of Papercrafts Magazine (insert frowny face!) served as my inspiration. Here's my card:

To create this card, I lined my sentiments up on my work mat, using the lines to make sure that they were straight. (I got the idea for stamp placement from Jennifer McGuire but I can't for the life of me find her card to link to.) Anyway, I used a Fiskars stamp press to pick them up in the same position. I stamped using Versamark ink and then heat set with clear embossing powder. (Note, it is essential that your stamps are clean when using clear embossing powder. Don't ask me how I know!) Next, I scribbled distress markers onto my craft mat, spritzed some water and painted my sentiment block. I always love watching the magic of stamp resist.  I stamped the die-cut butterfly and used the same technique to color it and adhered it to my card with a foam dot.

Paper: Bazzill Cardshop Cardstock (Marshmallow); Tim Holtz Distress Water Color Carstock; Authentique Pattern Paper (Lively);
Stamps: Paper Smooches (Flap Happy; Birthday Sampler);
Die: Paper Smooches (Butterfly 3);
Inks: VersaMark; StazOn (Brown); Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Picked Raspberry, Shabby Shutters)
Misc.: Clear Embossing Powder

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Welcome to Paris

So my sister, who loves all things having to do with France, celebrated another birthday.  Here is the card I made her:

I let the Prima paper take the center stage for this one and only added a stamped sentiment to the die cut tag. I also added a row of machine stitching above and below the Eiffel Towers.  To top off the tag, I added red seam binding, a Prima flower and a fabric brad. (Got to use up my stash!) Finally, I used my Wink of Stella pen to add a little bit of shimmer to the iconic image on the tag.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink;
Patterned Paper: Prima (Welcome to Paris);
Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Wink of Stella Pen
Tools: Papertrey Ink die (Tag Sale #1)
Embellishments: Ribbon (Technique Tuesday); Flower (Prima); Brad from my stash; machine stitching