Thursday, May 23, 2024

Use Metalics for Seize the Birthday

 Hello friends.  Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Ashwini would like us to Use Metallics on our birthday cards.

 


I used some textured gold foil cardstock for my metallics, cutting the mat, sentiment (Memory Box Birthday Posh Script) and the center of the bloom.  The flower is Honey Bee Lovely Layers Anemone die set.  I cut the flower layers from lt. blue card and blended Bashful Blue ink in the centers before gluing it together.  I also shaped the petals with my fingers to give it a little dimension.  The leaves are cut from SU Soft Sea Foam and blended with the same ink.  It gives a little shading to them.  I also added the cute little flower bud from the same set.  The white panel is embossed with SU Tasteful Textile EF.

 Be sure to check out all the great inspiration with metallics over at Seize the Birthday.  Hope to see you in our gallery.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Graduation Card

 Hello friends.  I have a great-granddaughter graduating from high school this week and this is the card I made her.


The school colors are blue and white so I used SU Blueberry Bushel DSP, ink, and Blends for the card.  The paper is from Glorious Gingham (ret.).  The white panel is die cut with an unnamed die (but I love using it).  I stamped congratulations from SU Filled With Happiness stamp set in Blueberry Bushel ink in the middle of the white panel.  The caps are from an older TCP Sudio Graduation set.  I stamped them in black ink, colored them with Blueberry Bushel Blends, fussy cut them, and mounted them with foam tape.  The white panel is also mounted with foam tape.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Pink tulips

 Hello friends.  I have a new birthday card to share today.  I made this one for The Flower Challenge - Color Your flowers.



 I stamped Waffle Flower Tulips in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copics (flowers) and SU Soft Succulent Blends (leaves). I cut them out with my Scan n' Cut as I don't have a die; then I used my Exacto knife to cut out the inner white parts.   I cut a Pool Party panel to 5-1/4 x 4" and embossed with  my new Spellbinders EF Lattice Work.  I swiped my white ink pad over it but it doesn't show up too much. The sentiment from Gina K. Birthday Greetings is stamped on a SU Thoughtful Expressions die cut.   I mounted the pretty tulips and the sentiment panel with foam tape.  I added 3 small rhinestones to finish it off.

I will link to May Triple B Challenge - Birds, Blooms, Butterflies.
 
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Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, May 13, 2024

Happy Birthday for Freshly Made Sketches

 Hello friends.  I have a birthday card to share today.  I received some new goodies last week and was playing with this stamp & die set from Taylored Expressions - Meadow Aster.  I had the flower stamped, colored and die cut when I saw the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and thought it would fit perfectly, so this is my card.


I colored the flowers with SU Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Blends and added a small black enamel dot (Altenew) to the center of each flower.  I mounted them with foam tape to a white panel embossed with a SU 3D EF and then glued to the card front.  I added the strip of yellow pattern paper from my stash.  The sentiment is from SU Go To Greetings, also mounted with foam tape over the flower stem.
 
I will also add this to The Flower Challenge - Color Your Flower
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn


Thursday, May 9, 2024

Beach theme for Seize the Birthday

 Hello friends.  It is Thursday and time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Vicki would like to see a beach theme on our cards.  Of course, the only requirement is that it has to be for a birthday.

 


 For the penguin and palm trees I used an older MFT set - Penguins in Paradise.  I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with SU Granny Apple Green & Crumb Cake blends for the trees and Black to color in the penguin.  I had a couple of Copics on my table so used them to color in his beach towel.  The trees and penguin are mounted with foam tape. The sand section is a piece of torn Sahara Sand cardstock.  I blended some Crumb Cake ink around the penguin and trees for shadows.  The sentiment from Gina K. Birthday Sentiments is stamped in Early Espresso ink.  I blended Bashful Blue ink for the sky and Marina Mist for the ocean.  I also stamped some ripples in the ocean with Marina Mist and an older SU retired set.  I punched a 1" circle from yellow for the sun and added a few sun rays with a marker. 

Be sure to check out all the fun beach scenes by the team over at Seize the Birthday and join in our fun challenge.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Monday, April 29, 2024

Blackout Technique

 Hello friends.  I have a birthday card to share today.  I used the blackout technique (also called reverse embossing) that I have seen in several places lately.  I watched this video on the technique and wanted to try it so this is what I ended up with.

ETA:  Yea, my card was the top winner at April Can You Handle the Pressure Challenge. 

Winner's Badge


I used Simon Says Stamp Peony Bundle embossing folder and embossed my white cardstock.  Using the de-bossed side and blending brushes, I blended SU Pretty In Pink on the flower sections, with a little Flirty Flamingo in the centers, and SU Soft Succulent on the leaves.   After the ink-blending, I took Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink pad and swiped it over the panel several times to cover all the white area.  Of course, some of the black ink got on portions of the flowers too, but I still like the final result.  I matted this panel with a Pretty In Pink panel and then to the card base.  The sentiment from SU Go To Greetings was mounted with foam tape to the center of the image.

I will add this to Can You Handle The Pressure Challenge with a feminine twist
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and to Darnell's NBUS as this is my first time using this embossing folder (and also using this technique)
 
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.
 
Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Color Hues - Pink & Yellow

 Hello Friends,  I have a birthday card made for the Color Hues Challenge - Yellow & Pink.

 

I have been thinking of how I wanted to use these colors on a card and after reading Hannelie's Altenew post on Adding Color to Stamped Images, I thought this idea was perfect so this is the card I made.

I made a mask with an large oval die and also with Altenew Watercolor Stripes Cover Die for the stripes.  I adhered them both together and then over the white panel.  I used blending brushes and SU Pretty in Pink & Daffodil Delight ink for the stripes.  I then used Spellbinders BetterPress Plate and a flower from the Flower Stems BetterPress stamp & die set to stamp the large flower image over the striped section.  I die cut the image, mounted the panel on the card base and then mounted the stamped image with foam tape back in the cut out.  I also used SU Daffodil Delight Blend to color in the flower center.  The sentiment is from Spellbinders Fancy Sentiments Strips BetterPress Plate & Dies.  I did use a different die to die cut it and mounted it with foam tape over the flower stem.

 You can see the dimension better in this photo.

I really like the finished card and enjoyed trying this technique.
 
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.
 
Happy Stamping,
JoAnn



Thursday, April 25, 2024

Seize the Birthday - Off the Edge

 Hello friends.  It is time for our  new challenge at Seize the Birthday and Shirley would like to see Off the Edge designs.  Of course as along as it is for a birthday, it is o.k.

 

I used Altenew Best Mom Stamp set and stamped the images off the top and bottom edges of a white panel.  I colored them with SU Azure Afternoon and Granny Apple Green Blends.  I matted the panel with a black mat and Azure Afternoon CS, and then to the white card base.  I stamped the sentiment from SU Go To Greetings in black - got it a little crooked but had already colored the images, so said that was it.  I still like the finished card.

 Be sure to check out all the inspiration by the team and our Party Guests over at Seize the Birthday.  I hope you will join in this fun challenge.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Happy Birthday

 Hello friends.  I have birthday card to share today, made with more new Pinkfresh Studios stamp & die sets.  This one is Berries & Blossoms, It is one big stamp and the one die cuts all the pieces at once.  You can arrange them any way you like. I have the stencils also, but did not use them this time.  I was inspired by this card on Pinterest (thanks Bette).  I changed the colors, embossed panel, sentiment, and a little of the layout.

 
I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copics (flowers) and SU Soft Succulent Blends (leaves).  I also stamped the sentiment from The Greetery in Soft Succulent ink and die cut with the matching die. I glued the flowers and sentiment to the embossed panel and did not raise them.   The background panel is embossed with Taylored Expressions Weathered EF (love the texture from this EF). 

I will also add this one to The Flower Challenge - Add Layers. (lots of layers in the flowers).

and Darnell's NBUS as this is my first time using my new set.

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and to The Card Concept - April Flowers (clean & layered style).

 Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a great day.

Happy Stamping,
JoAnn

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Anniversary Card for Friends

 Hello friends.  I have an anniversary card to share today.  I have 4 to make for May and this one is going to a sweet young couple.


I received some new goodies from Pinkfresh Studio and this is one of the sets - Blooming Branch.  I ordered the stamps, dies, and stencils and they are so fun to play with.  I stamped the image in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used the stencils to blend the inks over the image: Blushing Bride and Flirty Flamingo for the blooms and Wild Wasabi for the leaves.  Going over the leaves with the same ink makes it darker using the 2nd leaf stencil.  I used a marker to color the flower centers, even though there is a stencil for them.  I also did not use the 3rd flower layer stencil as I like them the way they were.  I die cut the image and mounted it with foam tape to a panel embossed with an older Tim Holtz Alterations EF, and then  mounted the panel to my white card base.  I really like the finished card and enjoyed using the stencils, which I don't do often.

I will enter this in a few challenges:

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and The Flower Challenge - Add Layers 
 
and also Darnell's NBUS as this is the first time using this new set. 
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and to The Card Concept's April flowers inspiration. Inspired by the pretty pink blooms.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day.
 
Happy Stamping,
JoAnn