Showing posts from 2017

Oh Holy Night Christmas Card

Welcome back to my blog,this one is for me for a change.  I love playing with my new Christmas Stamps and dies!  I hope I'm not the only one who buys more than I can ever hope to use in one season.  Does that make me a hoarder??  Well, perhaps but I'm OK with that!

For this card I used a beautiful background stamp from The Ton called, Poinsettia Close Up.  I stamped it in Versamark on ArchesHot Pressed watercolor paper and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe'sSterling Ultra Fine Embossing Powder.  I then water-colored it with Daniel Smith Watercolors.  I used a combination of Mayan Blue Genuine, Moon Glow and French Ultramarine on the flower portion, and along the edges (in a few places) I used Iridescent Sunstone to give it a golden hue.  I then took my Simon Says Stamp die, O Holy Night (2 pieces)  and die cut out the outline portion of the die from the middle of the Poinsettia.  I adhered some clear acetate to the back side, then adhered the silver glitter paper die cut…

Kennedy Grace Creations Grateful for Your Friendship (November Mood Board) card

Hello friends, I made this card for Kennedy Grace Creationsusing theirNovember Mood Board as inspiration.  This card is called, Grateful for our Friendship, because life is truly so much better with friends!  It showcases how you can stretch your stamp sets to be used for the holidays even though they are not holiday stamps.

 I primarily used the KGC stamp set You Inspire meto make this card.  I first prepped my card panel with Antique Linen Distress Oxide Ink (DOI) by dragging the pad down in vertical stripes to create what looks like a weathered wood panel door.  I then lightly traced a circle the size that I wanted my wreath to be and then used 3 of the small images from the stamp set (small leafy branch x 2, and the 3 dots) to make my wreath.  I used mostly Distress Oxide inks, inking each stamp one color and stamping it around the circle, then changing colors and again stamping around the circle, turning the leafy branches in different directions.  I tried to space out the colors …

A Whimsy Stamp Christmas card (and a winner on 7 Kids Create! on FB)

Hello, my friends and fellow crafters.It's November, so it's officially (I think) Christmas card season!  I'd like to share a Christmas card I made using a Whimsy Stamp, called Berry.  I decided for the first time to enter it in the 7 Kids Create!Octoberchallenge on Facebook.  Theme:  Anything Goes.  I posted it on the very last day of the challenge, and wouldn't you know (to my shock and awe) - I won!! 

So here's what I did to make this card.  I stamped little miss Berryon NSW 80# card-stock, then used Molotow Art Masking Liquid (2.0mm pump marker) to protect the image while I worked on the background.  I used two different winter snow trees because I didn't want them all to look the same.  I used a Penny Black Stamp Nature's Friends andHero Arts stamp Color Layering Snowy Trees.  I used some WOW!Opaque White embossing powder on the trees.  I masked the foreground Penny Black trees with Post-it paper to then stamp and emboss the Hero Arts trees.  I usedDist…

Sending Prayers

Welcome back to my Blog!  I've created an encouragement card for you using the Time to Blossom stamp set and new sequin mixes Cotton Candy and Chantilly Cream.  After all the recent tragedies, I felt the need to create this type of card.

Using Canson XL watercolor paper cut to ~3.5" square, I stamped the main floral image with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  I masked the image with some Molotow Art Masking Fluid, letting it dry.  I then water-colored the background stripes using Daniel Smith Mayan Blue Genuine watercolor in varying intensity.  When that was dry, I spattered flecks of about 4 different colors (I might have been a little heavy-handed here!).  Once dry, I removed the masking fluid and water-colored the floral image with several complementary Daniel Smith watercolors.  I also used a little clear Wink Of Stella on the light portions of the leaves and the tips of the flowers.  I then used a SSS Stitched Squares die on this panel.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment fr…

Kennedy Grace Creations Mood Board Shaker Card

Hello, this is Jill making a card for Kennedy Grace Creations!!  I created this card for October with their Mood Board as inspiration.  I used a stamp set originally tailored for Moms/Mother's Day, etc. as I loved the flower image and always thought it would make a great shaker type card.  It's called Loving Mom.  I only used the largest flower image on this card and took my cues on coloring it from the mood board.

First I die cut a circle into an A2 sized 80# NSW card stock using a MFTs Die- Circle Shaker Window and Frame set.  I knew I'd be using a MFTsCircle Shaker Pouch, so the sizing of the circle die was perfect for the pouch.  I then stamped the 4 flower images around the die cut window and placed masks over each one, as I was going to color the background with some Distress Oxide inks.  As I sometimes like to do, I had already practiced the background on another piece of lesser quality card stock since I wasn't exactly sure how it would look.  I used first Twist…

Kennedy Grace Creations Blog Hop - New Release - Friendship Blessings Acetate Panel Card

Good Morning Crafty Friends and Welcome to  Kennedy Grace Creations September Blog Hop! We are so happy you have stopped by and joined us for this very special event!

Our newest release of Stamp and Sequins is now live and available for purchase in the store! I'm Jill, here is what I have created for you on the Blog Hop for the Fall 2017 New Release.

I have used one of the new stamps,Friendship Blessings as the focal floral image in my card and embellished the card with a new sequin mix called Beach Side Bliss.

To make this card, I started with a standard A2 side folding card base of 110# NSW card stock.  I measured my stamped image for the inside panel, then cut away the excess from the top panel, reserving a narrow side strip (it will create the sandwich for the acetate and cover-up the tape on the back side of the top colored panel).  I then cut a piece of clear acetate a bit larger than the stamped image and wide enough to line up with the outside edge of the card. Next I went abo…

Kennedy Grace Creations Fall 2017 Release Sneak Peek #2

Hello again friends and crafters, I'm Jill and I'll be sharing another Sneak Peek card for you for Kennedy Grace Creations Fall release. This card has some similarities with my other card, however I felt it was different enough and I used some different products as well, that I wanted to share.  As my first card was bright and vibrant with Fall colors, this one is softer and more subdued.

I started this card by white heat-embossing the floral image from the lovely new stamp set Friendship Blessings by Kennedy Grace Creations onto some Arches hot-pressed watercolor paper, then white heat-embossing the 3 white dots stamp from KGC's stamp You Inspire Me around the floral image.  I then water-colored the image with Sakura Koi watercolors.  It was my first time using those watercolors, and I must say I was impressed.  While that panel dried, I die cut some frames from Reverse Confetti's All Framed Up die in some white and Silver Starlight cardstock.  I then found some Stamp…

Kennedy Grace Creations Fall 2017 Sneak Peek Card

Hello friends and followers, Jill here for Kennedy Grace Creations for a little "Sneak Peek" at some of the new Fall
products being released.                           
I have a card featuring the Friendship Blessings Stamp and the Chantilly Cream Sequin Mix.

For this card, I initially created a card background from Arches hot-pressed watercolor paper and clear embossed some solid leaf images from Altenew's Floral Shadows. I then used some Brusho watercolor powders in Lime Green to create a background that was deeper green in the middle where the flower image would go. While that dried, I heat embossed the flower image with Rose Gold Embossing Powder from The Ton, then water-colored the image using Daniel Smith Watercolors.  I then fussy cut out the image. I used 3 frames from Reverse Confetti's All Framed Up die in 3 colors- Gold, Silver Starlight, and Calypso Coral, and placed some 30# Vellum behind the flower and inside the gold frame so I could stamp my sentiment.…

Just a (yellow) Rose card for Kennedy Grace Creations

Jill here, back again to share a card I made using Kennedy Grace Creation's stamp, Just a Rose.

Before I go into the how-to's of this card, I want to tell you about an up-coming Blog Hop with the Kennedy Grace Creations design team, that I'm a part of.  Watch for posts on Instagram and Facebook for the date (it's coming up soon!)  It will feature cards primarily using New Release products.

My idea was to create an elegant card with bold accenting.  
I chose to use Stampin' Up!'s black and white striped DS paper as my backdrop for the card's main design layer.  I first stamped the rose image on NSW 80# cardstock, then carefully masked over it so that I could white heat emboss the leaf  images from Altenew's Floral Shadow stamp.  I then blended some Antique Linen and Old Paper Distress Inks onto the cardstock to bring out those leafy images. I then unmasked my rose and proceeded to color it in Copic markers, light yellows and oranges (my favorite color rose…

Kennedy Grace Creations- Beautiful Blooms- Sweet Rose

Welcome to my Blog-

Here's my first card using stamps from Kennedy Grace Creations.  I wanted to create a window card with the sentiment on the inside panel. For the window, I used a MFTs die (I die cut it at the end of  making the card).  First off, I stamped and masked the rose images (three in all), then used an Altenew stencil with their shimmer ink spray for the background.  It is very shimmery, which you can't really see here. Once dry, I removed the masks and began my Copic coloring.  I wanted the yellow roses to be very light, so I left some white edges along some of the petals. However, they didn't end up as light as I had wished.  The pink is a nice dusty rose color which I think complements the yellow quite well.  Once the leaves were done, I went to work on the window portion of the card.  I die cut the window, then mounted the panel onto some fun foam for dimension. I then mounted that onto a NSW #110 card base that I had die cut out the window in the same lo…

Stamping bella card

Here's a relatively simple, single layer card I made from one of my favorite stamp companies,Stamping bella. I actually made it for my niece's birthday.  I first stamped and masked the main images, then drew in the baseboard to delineate the wall from the floor.  I then used my Copic markers and airbrushed the background while masking off the areas of different colors.  Once the airbrushing was done, I removed the masks and proceeded to color the stamped images.  I really wanted the light to pop off the page, so I tried coloring the images with that in mind.  After stamping the sentiment, I added clear Wink of Stella to a few select areas. I mounted my NSW #110 panel onto some Stampin' Up! orange card-stock, and it was done.  Ready to put in the mail!


Stamping bella - tiny townie Dorthy the Dreamer
Stamping bella - tiny townie room decor lamp and frames
Copic Sketch markers + compressor for airbrushing
Simon Says Stamp Masking paper
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink

The Ton's Anemones and Distress Oxide Inks+

Adventures in Coloring!

Welcome to my card-making blog. For those of you new to my site, today I hope to inspire you a bit to try something new.  This card was definitely a first for me.  First time using The Ton's Fresh Cut Anemones (layered stamp), and first time using my Distress Oxide inks for stamping (I'd used them in other techniques, but not this one).  Since I am not very familiar with anemones, I checked out images in Google Chrome.  I came across a picture of several different colored anemones in a bed of foliage (like you were looking down at them).  They were gorgeous, and I loved the green foliage background against the deep/bright colors of the flowers.  So I now had an idea for my card.  I figured I would need to watercolor the background and then stamp the actual leaves on top of that.  I started with some Arches Cold Press watercolor paper and pulled out my MISTI as I figured I'd need to re-stamp the images several times to get a good, solid impression wi…

The Ton's August Challenge - My "Guest Designer" debut!

Hello again friends and crafters,

I have been working fervently the last couple of weeks designing my card for The Ton's August Challenge as a guest designer.  For August, the cue word is "SUMMER".

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As I began thinking on this challenge and looking at my stash (of growing) Ton stamps, I couldn't help but think of summer vacations in Maui with it's beautiful beaches and HUGE waves.  One of my recent acquisitions was their Wave stamp (it's amazing!).  I also recently got their Palm Tree stamp and I went to work designing a card using those two stamp sets. They are Layered stamps, so this card is not my typical kind of water-colored or Copic-colored card.  Needless to say, the stamps are amazing.  I did hand color the background of the card, but the card took longer to make than some of my fully hand colored cards.  I experimented with ink colors, material for the oval frame, etc.  This was the first card that I made a practice card first, again playing with …

Trending with The Ton (card recognitions)

Hello my friends and new visitors,

This is a well overdue post on a few of my cards that I made for The Ton's Challenges several months ago. For the first card, the key word was "Lucky." This first one, shown here uses the stamp set Retail Therapy and one of The Ton's background stamps.  It was featured on The Ton's blog in Trending with The Ton  in their March line-upThe card-front panel was something I had water-colored earlier, not knowing exactly how I would use it.  I do think it worked out wonderfully for this card. For the Sentiment I used their Scripty Alphas in both upper and lower case versions, stamped it in Versafine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

The second card was featured in February's Ton Challenge, key word was "Love.".  A very different style card for me, but I had fun making it!  I masked the 2 figures, then used a stars background stamp and heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  I then…

I won the Ton's June Challenge!

Hello friends and crafters,
I found out a couple weeks ago that I had won The Ton's June Challenge!!  I was so surprised and amazed.  I won it with this card:
So I got to spend a little free money on The Ton products and will be their guest designer for the August challenge (see next post).  I'll be busy working on my design for sure, as I don't want to disappoint!  Be sure to check out my blog as well as the Ton's Challenge Blog for my card design, as well as the other Ton designer's cards beginning August 1st. Hope to see you then!


6/28/17 The Ton June Challenge card #2

Got my new order from The Ton Stamps and just had to make a card for their June Color Palette Challenge (gorgeous colors)- see image below. My card used the Large Peony 5 stamp and dies, the Peony Cluster Mini Stamp/die, and their Geometric Lattice background die in a shimmery black card stock, and the sentiment banner die was from MFTs dies.  I water-colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and heat-embossed all the images in black. Background watercolor paper from Stampin' Up!  3 Dew Drops finish off the card. On assembly, I decided the card needed a little shimmer, so I added a diluted layer of Ken Oliver Craft's Liquid Metal in Metallic Rose to the Peony mini clusters only.  Then I was satisfied.

Thanks for dropping by,


The Ton's Challenge Blog
Here is The Ton Challenge, Color Palette for June, from their Blog.

June 19, 2017 The Ton Peony card for their June Palette Challenge

My Sympathy Card Entry
With my peonies in full bloom, I thought I'd color some peonies with some of my favorite peony stamps from The Ton, and enter their June color palette challenge.  This card used all Ton stamps, from the peonies, to the background stamp, and the sentiment and embellishments. I heat embossed the image and sentiment in WOW super fine silver embossing powder, and used their black glint embossing powder on the background stamp. I water- colored the image with Brusho pigment powders, but the color was not quite right, so I touched up the color with some Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I finally added some shimmer with Ken Oliver Craft's Liquid Metal to the flower petals.  I fussy cut the top portion of the flowers and mounted it on the black embossed light blue card stock, then foam mounted that onto some shimmery black card stock.  3 glass slippers from The Ton finish off my card.


May 13,2017 Sparkle and Shine OCC cards

My favorite card of the bunch, this elegant Peacock color-layering stamp from Hero Arts, all new products for me on this card. Hero Arts Abstract Waves stencil- I applied the Nuvo mousse first in 2 colors Applied the Ranger Texture Paste sparingly, then sprinkled WOW embossing glitter to it while still wet.  *Peacock die cut and mounted on NSW #110 lb. card stock die cut with My Favorite Things Dienamics - In&Out Diagonal stitched Rectangle STAX that was first spritzed with Altenew Shimmer Spray. * This panel was framed with a greenish card stock,                                                                                                                then foam-mounted on top of the background panel.