Saturday, June 18, 2022

You are Special

Happy Saturday! I'm back with a simple and easy birthday card.

I made the background in January and pulled it from my stash for this card. I die cut the panel, added black dots with a texture stamp, and matted with green. I wrapped white string along one edge and attached to a white card base. 

I stamped the flower image, frame and sentiment with black ink and die cut out. I colored the image with watercolor brush markers and added with dots with a gel pen. This was a quick, easy card and I love all the green!



This post linked to:

Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

Krafty Chicks Challenge: #616 CAS 

Color Hues: #43 Blue & Green 


I hope you enjoyed today's card and thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


It is starting to feel a lot like summer in my neck of the woods! I pulled a background and two fun images from my stash pile to create this summer vibe card. When my mojo is lacking it's my favorite thing to do to feel creative and get something made. 

Honestly, I colored these images and made the background so long ago that I can't even remember what colors I used.  I can tell you for the tall grass behind the images I used parsley and evergreen ink from Concord & 9th. I don't own any gold metallic paint so I dug out my tarnished brass distress crayon, mixed some with a small amount of water and splattered away. 


Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Oldie but Goodie

 I'm back with another guy card I added to my stash. I love, love, love the grunge gears stencil!

I created this background with the reverse image from this card. To create the reverse image, remove the stencil from the current project, spritz with water and lay another piece of cardstock over it. When you remove it you have this cool watercolor looking background to use on another card. Plus, you are not wasting ink because you get two backgrounds from one inking with the stencil. Score!

I laid the mixed up stencil over the top of the reverse panel and inked it up with antique linen distress ink. Then, I grabbed my grunge dots stencil and randomly inked distress oxide inks (rusty hinge, vintage photo, ground espresso) over the top. Next, I added black paint splatters, die cut the panel, embossed the sentiment on the front with black powder and matted with black. 

I added brads in the corners and attached to a kraft cardbase. I stamped the other sentiment with black on a piece of white cardstocked inked with antique linen distress oxide ink. I trimmed the sentiment down and matted with black. I stamped and embossed the radio image with black ink and powder on brown cardstock. I fussy cut out and used an x-acto knife to cut around the inside of the handle. Finally, I glued the sentiment strip to the top and popped up the image with foam tape. 

Grunge Gears Stencil


Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps:

Vintage Love 

Make a Wish

Mixed Up Stencil

Grunge Dots Stencil 

This post linked to:

 Dare 2B Artzy Challenge - Masculine 

 The Paper Funday Challenge - Anything Goes optional Masculine

 Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes

 Allsorts Challenge - Any Stamped Image


I hope you enjoyed today's card and thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Time to Celebrate

Back in May, I mentioned my desire to build my stash of guy cards. The new grunge gears stencil from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps is perfect for masculine cards.



I started the background by laying down a layer of antique linen distress oxide ink on a white base. Then, I taped the stencil over the top, randomly inked with more distress oxide inks(ground espresso, vintage photo, rusty hinge) and blended until I liked it. I removed the stencil, die cut the panel, added black paint spatters and matted with black. I added brads in the corner and attached to a kraft card base.

I stamped the images with VersaFine Claire Nocturne ink on rust and white cardstock, embossed with black powder and fussy cut out. I inked up the paper image with antique linen and stamped the sentiment on it. Next, I cut a slit in the typewriter, slipped the paper through it and glued in place. I figured out placement of the image and washi tape so I could stamp the other sentiment directly on the panel. Finally, I added the washi tape and popped the image up with foam tape.    


Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps products:

Grunge Gears Stencil 

Vintage Love 

Birthday Wordfetti 


I hope you enjoyed today's card and thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Nightscape Guy Cards

Hello everyone! I am back today sharing two guy cards featuring the brand new June Product of the Month Grunge Gears Stencil from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I confess, I had zero inspiration before this stencil arrived in the mail. I just started pulling sets out I thought might work with it and let the ideas flow from there.

I created the backgrounds almost exactly the same way. The lighthouse one is fainter because I started with a layer of speckled egg distress oxide ink since I wasn't sure I liked the first one I did. In the end, I decided to use both.

First, I taped down the stencil over a piece of white cardstock. Then, I went over it with distress oxide inks(picked raspberry, wilted violet, faded jeans and chipped sapphire). I continued to blend the inks until I was happy with it. Once I removed the stencil, I went over the background lightly with a combination of faded jeans and chipped sapphire. I die cut the panel, masked off a line with post-it notes where I wanted the water to be and went over that section heavy handed with chipped sapphire.

After I removed the post it notes, I heat set the ink and embossed the images with black powder along the water line. Don't forget to use an anti static powder first! I used post-it notes to mask off the embossed areas to add white paint splatters to the top and water texture to the bottom with white pigment ink and a texture stamp. Finally, I stamped the sentiment with black ink directly on the panel, matted the panel with black and attached to a white base. 


Sweet 'n Sassy products: