Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Mr. and Mrs.

Today I have another ring card for you. You can see the first one I posted HERE. The diamond is a Sweet Stamp Shop stamp however they no longer sell it. I think that you could use THIS one by Ellen Hutson or THIS die set or Lawn Fawn has a new stamp set. 

The actual ring is silver heat embossed white cardstock that I did a Jennifer McGuire trick by taking the Versa Mark ink pad and patting it onto white cardstock in a large enough area to fit my circle punches. I then punched a small circle first and then a larger circle just outside the small circle to make a ring. I used punches by Creative Memories and EK Success.

The background is a Hero Arts stamp that I heat embossed with silver embossing powder also by Hero Arts. The scalloped circles dies are by Spellbinders and the white pearls are by Want 2 Scrap. The border on the bottom is Recollections cardstock and a Tim Holtx border die. The purple pearls on the bottom are by Eyelet Outlet. The sentiment is patterned paper by The Paper Studio. I erased the edges to make appear dreamier then just regular old silver.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Baby Boy Shower invitations

Our family and friends have had a blooming spring time with a baby shower and baby born each month starting in January. I made two different shower invitations one for a girl and one for a boy. These are the invitations I made for hubby's nephew and beautiful bride the mother to be. Their theme was dinosaur with some dirt bike riding in there. 

Since this is a baby post I must share a tip with you that I never thought would be a problem. If you have an ultrasound picture from your pregnancy Do NOt laminate it because it will turn black. You will no longer be able to see anything that resembles a baby or ultrasound. You can imagine my horror when I did this to an ultrasound out of the book of a senior in high school. The Ultrasound was suppose to be part of my first page and now I have a huge hole to fill. I'm so mad at myself right now for not researching it first. It never occurred to me that it would be a problem. Ugh! Don't make the same mistake I did.

OK-Onto the invitations...the background for the first is by Her Arts and the other two by Stampin Up. I used a blue and grey ink both by Stampin Up for the backgrounds. The sentiment is by Paper Smooches and the dinosaurs are by Stampendous. I stamped the dinosaurs with black ink (Hero Arts) and colored then with distress ink (Ranger). The onesie is a Cricut die cut and the circle is a punch.

Thanks for looking.

Tree Sympathy Card

For today's card I started off with white cardstock (Recollections) and a stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) that I sprayed with Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels) to create the background.  Once the paper was dry, I cut it down to 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 to mat it onto a piece of green with brown patterned paper (Sunborn). 

On another piece of white cardstock I stamped the tree (Studio G) that had been inked with green and brown cat eye inks (Tsukineko). The tree stamp is a rubber stamp and I wanted to stamp it first because the box around it is a clear stamp (Fiskars), which would make it easier to line up and get the tree in the center of the square. I trimmed the image down to a square and matted it with some brown cardstock (Coredinations). I adhered the image to the background with foam adhesive (3M).

For the sentiment, I stamped the word "Our" (Lawn Fawn) with brown ink (Stampin Up) onto a label die cut (Spellbinders) that has an opening on both ends to feed brown ribbon (Stampin Up) through which I wrapped around the back of the front panel. The "Sincere Sympathy" sentiment is a sticker (Sticko/EK Success) that I had to cut out the word "my" from the beginning. As I finished assembling the everything I couldn't help but notice the white sentiment die cut was lost in the sprayed background. To fix this problem, I placed a kraft cardstock (Oriental Trading Co.) rectangle die (unknown) behind the label die cut.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Animal Graduation Party Cards

A few animal graduation cards today using the same patterned paper (Best Creations).

For the first card I stamped the dog stamp by Lawn Fawn with black ink (Hero Arts) onto watercolor paper (Ranger). I colored in the dog with distress inks (Ranger) and then die cut him (or her) out with a matching die. Also I die cut a piece of fun foam from the same die to give the dog some dimension. The brown and cream cardstocks (Recollections) were with were made into oval die cuts using the Cuttlebug (Spellbinders). I added the grad cap sticker (Jolee's) to the dogs head which require foam adhesive on the top since the dog is already on foam. To finish the card, I die cut the sentiment (Cricut) and added a bit of glitter (Wink of Stella).

Here are 2 other cards using this dog stamp

The second card features a whale stamp (Clearly Besotted) stamped in charcoal ink (Hero Arts) and the sentiment and spout in yellow ink (Stampin Up). I cut the whale image down to mat it onto some shimmer paper (Bazzill). To finish up I added the grad cap sticker (Jolee's).

Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Birthday Shaker card

I love the look of shaker cards and shaking them but they can be time consuming. I need to get a system down for making them - and one for my entire life.

The patterned paper by Studio G and the pink shimmer background paper and black cardstock paper by Recollections. The sentiment by Stamping Scrapping is heat embossed with Versa Mark ink and white embossing powder on a Spellbinder label die. The ribbon is what one might call vintage. It is from my husband's Grandmother stash. It's a shame that so much of it is covered up because it is beautiful. The sequins and beads are from dance costumes and donations people have given me with no packaging.

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

We're Proud of You Graduation Card

You're probably thinking that I've been posting a lot of graduation cards lately. And that is correct. I made these cards a while ago and never blogged about them like I wanted to. It also seemed odd, well to me, to post graduation cards in October. I hung unto them and made it my goal to get these on the blog around May and June. I hope you find inspiration from them and keep coming back to see the other lovelies I'm working on. 

I cut a piece of blue cardstock (Recollections) to 4 x 5 1/2 and dry embossed it with a grad cap embossing folder (Darice). I heat embossed the sentiment and the diploma stamps (Michael's) with blue embossing powder (Ranger). I fussy cut the diploma and it adhered it to the frames. I do not know the manufacturer for the frames or brads.

Have a great Thursday.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

50th Anniversary card

I made a 50th anniversary card to share today. The gold background paper is a recycled back of a photo frame thing. It seems like a lot of older photos are in those semi cardboard folders that usually have some texture on the outside and have a frame on the inside. Behind the frame of one folder was a thick gold cardstock that I pulled it out and used it on this card. 

The middle strip of paper is vellum and the design is made of velvet (Provo Craft). I die cut the 50th using my Cricut and the 50 and th are different fonts. I don't think you can tell but it just worked out that I liked the way the number looked but couldn't get the th of that font to work. The die cuts have been brushed with gold Perfect Pearls (Ranger) and adhered to this doily-like die cut (Martha Stewart). The word anniversary is a stamp from my stash and the cake brad too.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Graduation Girl in Blue

A semi-new graduation card for you today. This card was published in online magazine Scrapbook Magazine over a year ago. I think it's safe to post it on my blog now. 

The image is by Saturated Canary, however I can't find her on the website after looking through all 30 pages twice. I colored her in with Copic markers. Then using my Cuttlebug tomake the image into an oval (Sizzix) I inked the inside with blue distress ink (Ranger). Theonly thing I don't know is the circle, as it came with a prize a while back. Otherwise the background paper (DCWV), blue cardstock (Coredinations), star die cut (Lawn Fawn) and the sentiment sticker (EK Success) all came together in this card.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Manly Monday Kenny K boy card + Winner announced

Thank you everyone that came to my blog for the Deep Red Stamps and Xyron blog hop. The winner is:

Email me at grohcm@gmail.com
For my Manly Monday card I'm taking things down to appeal to a younger masculine crowd. I used a digital stamp by Kenny K called Victory Kid. I printed him out onto Strathmore watercolor paper but I'm not sure how. Now a days my printer won't have anything to do with that thick cardstock. It's irritating that sometimes it works great and the you go to do it again  Anyway, I colored the image in with distress inks (Ranger) and Peerless watercolors. He turned out kind of cute and would be perfect for a young boy.

The background paper (My Mind's Eye) has been dry embossed with a star folder (Darice). I didn't think you could see the stars very well which led me to ink the edges with distress ink. I trimmed down a piece of black cardstock (Recollections) and orange dot cardstock (Bo Bunny) for the left side of the card. I matted the image with the same black cardstock.

To finish up this card, I've added a sentiment sticker (Pebbles) which looks like something the image would say.

That's all I have today. I hope you like it.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Graduation Cap Cards

Graduation season is rapidly approaching. We have many parties in June that are already on the calendar. I have a few cards to share today that all have the same Cricut grad cap. It's from the cartridge Spring Holiday, which is funny because I don't own that cartridge. I use to borrow cartridges from a friend and it's possible that is wear the grad caps came from. These cards are pretty easy to put together so I'm going to share the products I used for each card.

The graduation patterned paper is by The Paper Studio, the sentiment die cut is a Cricut cut from Cricut Font and Basic shapes, and most cardstock by Recollections.

Green cardstock by Coredinations, yellow ribbon by Pebbles, both white die cuts are by Spellbinders, the congrats stamp is by Studio G with ink by Hero Arts. There is a small chipboard star at the bottom from my stash.

Diploma brad by The Paper Studio, blue cardstock by Coredinations, and black and white cardstock by Recollections.

Last one, black patterned paper by The Paper Studio, stars and red cardstock by Recollections, border punch by EK Success (the pattern is hard to see on the red cardstock unless you are looking for it), circle cut out behind the grad cap was made with Creative Memories cutting system, and the diploma is a digital stamp however I can't seem to locate it in my folder to tell you whose the creator.  The sentiment stamp (Studio G) has been stamped with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a relaxing and restful Sunday.

I will announce the winner of the Deep Red Stamps and Xyron blog hop tomorrow.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Deep Red Stamps and Xyron Blog Hop Day 5 + Giveaway

Final post for the Deep Red Stamps and Xyron Blog Hop

I have an ATC (Artist Trading Cards) to share with you today and it uses two Deep Red Stamps:


I stamped the background with the French Swirl with yellow ink (Stampin Up) and then inked the edges with the same ink. I die cut the window using my Cricut and the cartridge Christmas Noel. When I used my friend's cartridge I die cut the window frame in white so that I had the opportunity to change the color if I wanted to. This frame was inked with distress inks colors Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo (Ranger). On the outside scene I used a scalloped template to create the grass with Mowed Lawn distress ink. The sky was created with Tumbled Glass and Broken China distress inks. I sprayed the scene with water mixed with gold Perfect Pearls (Ranger). The ducks were stamped when the water dried with a charcoal ink (Hero Arts). I ran the window frame through the Xyron Create a Sticker 250 which made it so easy to adhere it to the scene.

This is the last day to comment for your chance to win a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps. Check out and comment on the past four days projects using Deep Red Stamps and Xyron products to increase your chances to win.

Next thing to do is go visit the Xyron Design Team members participating in today's hop. Each of them is also giving away a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the giveaway.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Deep Red Stamps and Xyron Blog Hop Day 4 + Giveaway

Welcome back to day 4 of the Deep Red Stamps and Xyron blog hop.

I made a layout for my nephew's scrapbook using:

Liberty Bell rubber stamp by Deep Red Stamps 

Xyron Create-a-Sticker 250 for the fireworks, the tabs along the inside of the bottom two photos and on the liberty bell.

I started with a white piece of cardstock, glimmer mist (Tattered Angels), Smooch spray ink (Clearsnap) and a star stencil (The Crafter's Workshop). I masked off a portion of the cardstock and sprayed the blue ink over the stencil and then the red. You can see at the top where I did the masking and I didn't like the separation line of the two colors. It was too bold and I wanted a more airy feel to it. From there I sprayed some more ink and inked the edges with distress ink and an ink blending tool (Ranger). 

I die cut the fireworks from my Cricut (Ultimate Series cartridge) using blue cardstock (Stampin Up) and red sparkle paper (Recollections). The tabs are also die cuts from my Cricut (Art Philosophy cartridge) and I adhered a date sticker (SRM Stickers) and a 4th of July sticker (The Paper Studio). The photo mats are patriotic theme cards for pocket scrapbooking (Project Life). All the corners of the pictures and the white background paper were rounded (Creative Memories) to match the PL mats. I did not round the corners of the blue background paper (Prima) because I didn't want the other layout to show through. Hope that made sense.

The Liberty Bell is stamped onto off white cardstock (Recollections) with a grey shadow ink (Hero Arts). I inked the edges of the stamped image to match the edges of the background paper. The red mat behind the stamp is red (Stampin Up) with a very gold sparkle to it. I sprayed the red with a mix of gold Perfect Pearls (Ranger) and water. It's so pretty I hated to cover it up.

Giveaway Time!

Be sure to comment on this post and the previous posts from this week:

For your chance to win a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps.

There are other Xyron designers participating today and each of them have a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps.

Shellye McDaniel - http://www.shellyemcdaniel.com/
Amanda Vasquez - http://artsymomma.com/
Roni-Ink Stains

Good luck to everyone and thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Deep Red Stamps and Xyron Blog Hop Day 3

Day 3 for the blog hop. 

Make sure that you leave a comment on all my blog hop posts this week for a chance at a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps. I get to give one lucky commenting participant a $25 coupon to the Deep Red Stamps store. I am super excited for you guys. Good luck.

Today my card uses the Large Sunflower stamp by Deep Red Stamps and a Xyron Create-a-sticker 150.

I had a bunch of scraps of watercolor paper (Ranger) that I didn't want to go to waste. I took three of those scraps that were roughly the same size and taped them together on the back with regular tape. Then I stamped the Sunflower with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with a flat gold embossing powder (Stamp N Plus). The image is colored in with with Peerless Watercolors and a water pen (Ranger). I did tap the brush down to the center a bit to appear like the center of a sunflower. Once the watercolor was dry I removed the tape and matted each piece with yellow paper (Creative Memories). I adhered the pieces to the patterned paper (Pebbles) with a small space between each one.

The Xyron create-a-sticker seemed like a great way to adhere the ribbon and lace to the patterned paper. I was able to run both pieces in at the same time.

To make certain the adhesive adhered to the two I burnished the back  of the release paper with a bone folder (Cricut/Provo Craft).

The picture below shows the Xyron adhesive does not show through on the ribbon or the lace. The sentiment is a Cricut cut from the Just Because Cards cartridge. I used the Xyron 150 for the sentiment and the layers.

I embellished the card with "Rain Dots" (Cloud 9 Designs).

Giveaway! Comment on this post for your chance to win a $25 coupon to the Deep Red Stamps store.

Be sure to visit the Xyron Designers involved in the blog hop today that are also giving away $25 coupons to the Deep Red Stamps store:

Mitsyana Wright - http://www.upontippytoes.com/

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Deep Red Stamps and Xyron Blog Hop Day 2

Day 2 for the blog hop. Sorry I'm so late. All I can say is aging parents are aging me. Ugh!

Make sure that you leave a comment on all my blog hop posts this week for a chance at a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps. I get to give one lucky participant that comments that $25 coupon to the Deep Red Stamps store. I am super excited for you guys. Good luck.

I made some ATC's (Artist Trading Cards) for a swap I'm in and the theme is food. I used the Apple Harvest stamp.

I stamp the Apple Harvest stamp onto watercolor paper (Ranger) with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with a copper embossing powder (Ranger). I colored in the stamp with Peerless watercolors and the gold rim is a Wink of Stella gold. After the image was dry, I cut them out leaving a small white edge around each one.

The sentiment is a Cricut cut from the Just Because cards cartridge. The background is a stencil (The Crafter's Workshop) that I applied Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap distress ink with a distress tool. 

I used the Xyron 250 to adhere the basket and the sentiment to the card.

The back of the ATC is also a Deep Red Stamp called ATC Prof Boston.

The next step to bettering your chances of winning the $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps is to visit the Xyron Design Team ladies participating today.

Stephanie Chan - http://sillypearl.com/
Roni - Ink Stains

Thanks for visiting today.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Deep Red Stamps and Xyron Blog Hop Day 1

I'm really excited to tell you that I am a part of the Deep Red Stamps and Xyron Blog Hop this week. 

I will have new projects for you everyday this week using Deep Red Stamps with Xyron products. I do have to stay true to my Manly Monday post by posting a manly card. You'll see with Deep Red Stamps a masculine card is no problem. Be sure to check out their great selection.

Next thing to do is to comment on all my blog hop posts this week for a chance at a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps. There also other prizes available but right here on my blog I get to give one lucky participant that comments that $25 coupon to the Deep Red Stamps store. I am super excited for you guys. Good luck.

So onto my card. I used two Deep Red Stamps to make my card:


I stamped the Three Rings background stamp with Making Memories off white paint and stamped it onto Coredinations brown cardstock After it dried, I cut down the sides and adhered it to a Making Memories dark green cardstock. 

The tag is by Ranger. I inked the Winter Pines stamp with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with Stampendous forest green embossing powder. For the moon, I punched a small circle punch (Marvy) out of a Post-It note near the stickier end to make a mask. Then I inked the tag with multiple blue, green and brown distress inks (Ranger) and sprayed the tag with water using a mini mister. 

I adhered the tag to the front card panel and set a brad (Bazzill) at the top. The sentiment is a die cut (Spellbinders) out of some recycled packaging. I used the Xyron Create a Sticker (Model 150) to adhere the tiny die cut to the front. The sticker maker is the best way to adhere such intricate die cuts. To finish up I set a small cream colored brad (Close to My Heart) for the dot of the "J".

There's my card for today. I will have more cards along with a set of ATC's to share with you the rest of the week. Stop back by and comment for your chance to win a $25 coupon to Deep Red Stamps.

Please be sure to visit the Xyron Design Team blogs posting today: 

Check out and the Xyron Facebook page  too.

Thank you for stopping by. See you tomorrow.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

A Precious Gift Linus

Linus from the Peanuts gang is a stamp I've had forever. It is by All Night Media and I stamped him on Neenah Solar White cardstock so I could color him in with Copic markers. I looked up the image online and there was a picture of him in the exact pose so I could accurately color him in with the right colors. Once he was colored I die cut him out with a Spellbinders die and inked the inside with distress ink. The patterned paper is by Sunborn and the blue cardstock is by Recollections. The ribbon is by Stampin Up, the sentiment stamp is by Cloud 9 and the ink by Hero Arts.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Whale Done Graduation Card

A graduation card today. I have a bunch of those coming up in the next few weeks. This one uses stamps by Clearly Besotted that are stamped with Hero Arts ink. The black, white and blue cardstock is by Recollections with the patterned paper by Die Cuts with a View. The polka dot pattern is washi tape by Darice and the grad cap is a sticker by EK Success.

Thanks for looking.