Last of my Christmas Cards to share

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Hello, these are the last three Christmas Cards I have to share from 2015, now that it’s half way through January 2016!

This first one was for my daughters friend who loves the “Bumble” from Rudolph.  While he’s not an official “Bumble”, he comes pretty close.  The stamp set is from the Hero Arts line called Clearly Kelly, the set is call Kelly’s Yeti.  It is a stamp & cut set, which means it comes with die cuts included in the set.  I used a piece of a Masking Sheet to block off the bottom for the snowy ground and then used Distress Inks for coloring the background and some Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleed Proof White Ink to make the snow flakes.  This one was fun to make and I will probably do this one again.

The final two card are a couple more Lili of the Valley stamps.  I believe the bear is called “James”, and I think you can still buy these stamps.  These two were done in the same manner as the previous two Lili of the Valley cards that I shared, so for details on supplies please see the previous post.

Best Wishes & Happy New Year!

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Christmas 2015 Card Post #2

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Hello, today I am sharing another Christmas Card that I made.  It also uses a Lili of the Valley rubber stamp from the Jack, Patch & Puss line.

This one was a little bit different and special as it was to say Thank You to our Veterinarian. This past year had been a long and difficult year for our dog, Mandy, who was 15 years old.  She was slightly blind, deaf and possibly suffered a stroke, and on December 2nd, I knew it was finally time to say goodbye to her.  Our veterinary office was so helpful and kind during this time.  I had previously made two other appointments to say goodbye and then backed out as she seemed to be better on some days than others, but this last time I knew there was no going back, it was time to say goodbye.

I used most of the same supplies as the last card post, so I will not repost here.  Only the paper is different, which I am not sure, but think it was from Simple Stories.  Below I will add pictures of my dog Mandy.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please leave a comment if you’d like.

Jack, Patch & Puss decorating Christmas Tree

Jack, Patch & Puss – Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp image

Christmas 2015 Card Post #1

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Hello, today I am sharing one of the Christmas Cards that I made for 2015 for family/friends.

This card was made with a Lili of the Valley rubber stamp, that unfortunately is no longer available. The stamp I believe was from the series called Jack, Patch & Puss.  They are so cute, I’m not sure why they stopped carrying them.  This one is just Jack (the bunny) and Puss (the kitty).  A list of craft items used to create this card are listed below.

Puss, Jack & Snowman_Merry Christmas

All You Need Is Love

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Well, I finally completed a card using the image I water colored with Distress Inks a few weeks ago.  I made it for two co-workers who got married this month.  I ended up going really simple with this one, just one kind of patterned paper mounted first on black card stock and then on a heavy (110 lb) bright white card stock with the image its self being mounted on the black card stock as well.  It is not a folded card that opens, but rather just a flat (one side) image to frame or put in a scrapbook, however we did all sign the back of the piece to commemorate their big day!

The patterned paper is from Simple Stories and is from the HomeSpun Collection – Item #3806 – Homemade.

The “all you need is love” expression is a stamp from PrintWorksCollections.com and was really fitting as the bride loves the Beatles.

Thanks for stopping by!

Distress Inks_Final Card Image

All You Need Is Love

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Today I have a simple card that I made for Mother’s Day, but it could be used for any occasion really.  This stamp is one from a set called Bentley Bear Thank You Collection that came with the January copy of Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine.  I love this little bear he is so cute.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and colored it with Distress Inks.  I think this time the coloring process turned out a little better than my last attempt. Thanks for stopping by!

Bentley Bear_Just For You

Allie O’Malley the Alley Cat…

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What can I say, when I’m not making cards, I’m usually hanging out with one of my three cats.  Yes, I am a crazy cat lady!  Today was such a sunny day and I couldn’t find my cat Allie, (who we named so because we found her in the alley when she was a kitten) when I did find her she was soaking up the sun in Justine’s  old room. (Justine is my daughter who moved out a little less than two years ago after finishing college.) So I took the opportunity to snap a few pictures of Allie.  Gotta love a tabby when they are not being crabby!  Happy Saturday to everyone!

Allie_4.25.15

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Watercoloring with Distress Inks…Part 2

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Hello again, here I have part two of my first attempt at watercoloring with Distress Inks.  It took me longer than a couple of days to get around to finish coloring the image and then once I did, I didn’t really like how it turned out.  I was just going to trash it and then start again, but this is a learning experience, so here is the picture of how it turned out.  I’m definitely going to try this again, but I’m going to watch a few more videos first!

Things I learned from trying this for the first time:

Always use your reds last, when they bleed, they are had to fix. (This is true for Copic Markes too, so I should have know better!)

Less is better, I feel like I over colored it, should have left more white areas or highlights.

Make sure each area is dry before going onto the next, I had a lot of colors bleeding into each other.

Keep a paper towel or napkin handy to blot excess water.

 

Finished image, watercolored with distress inks.

Finished image, watercolored with distress inks.

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