Monday, September 13, 2021

Wine, Halloween, and other fun cards

Making cards is fun.  They are fun to send, and sending smiles is always a good idea.  I make a lot of cards just for fun to send to the Roadie RAK group on FB, and its a blast!



 I love making cards, especially with wine!  So why not make some cards ABOUT wine!

Ink Road Stamps - Inked Girls Robin
Paper from stash
Copic Markers
Distress ink and a small jar for the rings




At some point in my paper crafting career, I would go to Hobby Lobby and look thru the "dollar bin" and sometimes you would see nice things like clear stamps!  Thats where these came from.  I didn't use them much until now that I stamp and make cards often now, but they are so fun!
Copic Colors and Distress Oxide inks
Blending brushes
Black cardstock and Bristol paper for ink blending


Again with the cheep Halloween stamps from Hobby Lobby 
Trick or Treat die cut using Cricut and System Fonts
Distress Inks








Monday, September 6, 2021

You want some soup?

As a HUGE Star Wars Fan, been one since my Mom took me to see the first one at the ripe ole age of 4 in 1977, I was ecstatic about the Mandalorian Series on Disney+.  I was hooked on the first season, and delighted to show my son as well, and the 2nd season was even better!  Anyway, I just love Grogu!  He's the cutest!!!  So, when I found Ink Road Stamps and saw that they have the child in not 1 but 2 sets, I couldn't wait to order and use them.  She also has a sentiments set for Star Wars.  I had to have that one too.

Speaking of the Mandalorian, my favorite scene from season one was when Mando met Cara Dune, and they fought in the alley evenly matched, and at the height of it, the child walks out of the cafĂ© with some soup, and watches them.  Mando asks Cara "You want some soup" as the child takes a sip.  Just perfect!  AND, of course there's an image of the child and the soup cup in the stamp set.


Stamps "Baby on Board" Ink Road Stamps
Alphabet stamps for the soup title
AWESOME Star Wars paper from Sandy Lion
Copic markers for coloring
Washi tape

The copics on grogu's robe - E33 and E00 BOTH decided to run out of ink while coloring for these cards!  I use those 2 colors all the time, especially for skin tones and animal fur, and its perfect for this robe.

Since those colors ran out, I had to go to my stash of "cheep alcohol markers" (the black ones) my mom bought off of Wish I think.  They are a little more yellow than brown, but they still work.  I changed up the greens too by adding the other non-copic white markers above.  Those were found at Tuesday Morning, again by my mom.  She spoils me so!


Stamps "Holiday Baby"
Stamps "Droid Please" for the icons
Random paper from stash
Copic colors.
I believe the tree behind Grogu is a Tim Holtz Die

This is the one I did with the other colors.  Not bad!  He really stands out!
Just for the record, my mother bought all sorts of 6x6 paper pads, decided she didn't need them, and gave them to me.  What's funny is she always buys me one when she gets one, so now I have DOUBLE the 6x6 paper pads, mostly Christmas!!

Here's to my Mom for making this post possible!
My Mom and Dad in the wave pool in Fiesta Texas, July 2, 2021








Wednesday, July 21, 2021

What the Fork?

I have made this card for a friend who needs a pick me up. Going through hard times is so not fun, but getting a fun card always makes me feel better!

Products used:
Distress Ink in cracked pistachio,  peacock feathers, and evergreen bough
Martha Stewart Butterfly punch
Random big butterfly die
Kindred Stamps WTF die
Ink Road Stamps Lint Licker Stamp Set
Neenah White Solar White Card Stock
Foiled card stock 
Iridescent sequins in 3 sizes
Glossy Accents 
Gina K Connect liquid glue

I actually tried a technique I just saw on the Jennifer McGuire Ink blog where you use die cuts from White cardstock to lift some color from an inked background.  I didn't like how mine turned out, need practice I guess, but since the die cut butterflies are symmetrical I was able to place the cuts on top of the spaces the technique makes and it looks awesome.

Below is my first attempt.  It was on low quality 110lb cardstock and just didn't look good at all!  The ink did not blend well, or even hold the color well, the white cardstock die cuts lifted well, but I just don't like the ink blending.  Too Splochy!

Trying it again really worked out well, especially since the 2nd one looked better, even if I didn't use it as I hoped to.  That's the fun of making cards, sometimes your vision doesn't play out, but what you end up with is just as if not more beautiful!

Have a great day and thanks for visiting!  Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 16, 2021

Its just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

I have the "Full Moon" stamp set from Ink Road Stamps and had a bit of fun!  I love all the quotes from this particular movie, so it is now one of my favorites!


Ink Road Stamps - Full Moon
Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock
Distress inks
A really cool Sizzix Embossing Folder
Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
Orange Stickles
Black Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Gold Glitter paper - Marth Stewart
Ribbon from Michael's

I used the technique of putting ink on my embossing folder and run through my die cutting machine like normal on the background.  I did not like the way I inked it up originally, looked horrible.  But, then I inked up my stencil with black Distress Ink over the already inked panel and it came out like this!  How cool is that!


I added a fussy cut image from the stamp set inside.  FUN!

Here is another card, using the same Embossing folder but on some really OLD color core cardstock I've had in my stash for years.  Its where you have a black on top of a color cardstock.  when you emboss it, you can use a fingernail file to rub off the black to reveal the color underneath to make a really pretty background.


Ink Road Stamps - Full Moon
Core'dinations color core cardstock
Marth Stewart glitter and plaid paper
various stickles and a few sequins 
Black cardstock
White Embossing Powder
VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad

Here is what the background looks like without anything on it.  Really fun technique.





Let's hope we have a great 2021 Halloween!!  I hope to make more soon!





Friday, June 25, 2021

I Love the 80s! Don't you?

It's been a while since my last post, but I'm trying to start doing more card designs and crafts to share. So, Hang on Tight, it may get bumpy here and there!

I recently found a wonderful stamp resource that I want to share!  It's called Ink Road Stamps.  Have you  heard of it?  It's a nice small business out of a small town in Texas (kinda like me!) and they have the most amazing stamps!  A warning, there are some adult theme stamps and phrases, so be careful when opening, don't want the little ones around.  

One of their recent stamp sets was Musical Decades 2 (I missed the first one since it retired, but has since come back and I snagged it too!) which is a sentiment stamp set of only 80s pop song lyrics!  How  totally rad is that??  So, I got this idea to go down the stamp set one by one and do a card inspired by the song lyric.  

Please enjoy this walk down 80s music (which lets face it is the BEST) memory lane...

All of the following Sentiments are from Musical Decades 2.  All other products will be listed below the card.  All black ink is Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

I'm Walking On Sunshine


Simon Says Stamp Hello Sunshine
Lawn Fawn Sunflower Ink
Distress Oxide Wild Honey Ink
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Printed Paper

Might as well face it you're addicted to Love


The bear is mounted on a Craft Spring to make it wiggle!

Simon Says Stamp I Love You Beary Much
Simon Says Stamp Tumbling Hearts Stencil
Lawn Fawn Raspberry Ink
Avery Elle Wonky Stitches Elle-Ments
Distress Oxide Kitsch Flamingo
Sizzix Love Struck Sequins and Beads
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Printed foil Cardstock

Just a Small Town Girl Living in a Lonely World


Simon Says Stamp Gnome School
Tim Holtz Stitched Rectangles
Cloud and Grass Stencil
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Printed Paper

Its the End of the World as we know it...


Lawn Fawn Out of This World
Lawn Fawn Snowy Sky Stencil
Lawn Fawn Rectangle Dies
Copic Markers
Distress Oxide Inks
Ranger Glacier White Pigment Ink
Ranger Liquid Pearls
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Printed Paper

Pour some sugar on me!


Simon Says Stamp - February 2021 Card Kit
Sweet Truffles
Sizzix Love Struck Sequins and Beads
Printed Paper and Cardstock from Kit

Ranger Glossy Accents
Printed Paper
Sizzix Tag Dies
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Printed Paper

I wanna Dance with somebody


This is is spinner card!  So much fun!

Lawn Fawn Party Animals
Paper Smooches Mirror Blocks (to make the backwards fox)
Sizzix Love Struck Sequins and Beads
Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals Dies
Copic Markers
Kraft Paper
Printed Paper

Another One Bites the Dust


Kindred Stamps Rock Legends
Distress Oxide Ink in Kitsch Flamingo, Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers
Ranger Glacier White Pigment Ink
Lawn Fawn Rectangle Dies
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Time After Time



I got this die set JUST for this airplane stamp set.  SO FUN!

Lawn Fawn Little Dragon and Winter Dragon
Lawn Fawn Flying By
Lawn Fawn Swish and Pop Die Set
Cloud, Mountain, and Grass Stencil
Distress Oxide Ink in Mowed Lawn, Frayed Burlap, Salty Ocean
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Take my Hand and we'll make it I Swear


Kindred Stamps Galactic Adventures
(note set is retired but they have more "Galactic" stamp sets available now)
Simon Says Stamp Tumbling Hearts Stencil
Lawn Fawn Rectangle Dies
Ranger Ink Liquid Pearls
Printed Paper
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Never gonna Give You Up

My son was into Kiwi Co last summer and the first kit was a spinner art kit!  
He made this background for me which is completely AWESOME!

Kindred Stamps Stand By You
Ranger Glossy Accents
Colorful Sequins
Kraft Paper
Copic Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock

And, there you have it!  I hope to do this same thing with the original Musical Decades stamp set, it has a lot of "Don't Stop Believing" going on so it will be fun!!

Thanks for visiting!