Sailing Away

Today, I’m sharing a card inspired by one of Laura Bassen‘s for the Online Card Classes Background Check class.

Jean Manis Sailboat and Wave

Laura used embossing paste with a Simon Says Stamp wave stencil for her background, to which she added a Copic-colored swimmer. I dry-embossed the waves with a Memory Box stencil and then added Distress Inks with the stencil still in place. Because the Memory Box stencil width is smaller than an A2 card, I cut the panel with a Lawn Fawn die. I heat-embossed a Stampin’ Up sentiment on black cardstock and cut that with a small Lawn Fawn die. (I’m finding that I use the Lawn Cuts Stitched Rectangle die sets a lot.)

Because I used Distress Inks on the background, I decided to do the same for the sailboat, which I cut from cardstock colored with Candied Apple. I then trimmed off the lower half and adhered the sails to a boat cut from white cardstock.

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How You Doin’?

Today, I’m sharing a CAS spring-themed card created with Avery Elle stamps and dies.

Avery Elle How You Doin'?

I paired a sentiment from the Simply Said You set with images from the Storybook set. I stamped and heat-embossed the duck and bird on watercolor paper and colored with Distress Inks before cutting with their corresponding dies. The background was created with Distress Inks, which I applied by creating a mask from vellum, which I cut with a die in the Dotted Borders set. The sentiment was heat-embossed on a panel cut with one of the Double Pierced Rectangle dies, from which I cut out a circle.

Hope your Monday is off to a great start! Spring is just around the corner!

Penny Black Simplicity Triple Love Die – 2 Versions

Today, I’m sharing a two Valentine’s Day cards featuring the Penny Black die 51-187 Triple Love.

The first is CAS (and quick-to-create) card:

Penny Black Simplicity Valentine

I cut the overlay from silver paper with the 51-187 Triple Love die and adhered it to a panel, which I had colored with Distress Ink spray and drops of gold spray mist. I added the panel to a dry-embossed card base. Lots of options here – change the background behind the panel, use a different dry-embossed card base, …

The second card is an inlaid shaker card:

Penny Black Triple Love Shaker Card

I created the background with three strips of pink cardstock from which I cut the Triple Love in the center. I cut the Triple Love piece again from white cardstock and inlaid it into the card panel. I backed the overlay with acetate. I used foam tape (backed with white cardstock) to create a chamber for the sequins. The panel was then adhered to a square card base with foam adhesive.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #22

Today, I’m playing along with the Share Joy Challenge #22 at Taylored Expressions.

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I used both the sketch and the inspiration to create an encouragement/friendship card:

TE Share Joy Challenge #22

The focal point of the card is the die-cut coffee machine created with the Koffee Time Stamp & Die Combo set. The sentiment is from the same set. I used the large tag from Build a Tag 4 for the background. I found patterned papers in my stash for the card base.

TE Share Joy Challenge #22

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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CAS Mixed Media Friendship card

Today I’m sharing a CAS friendship card featuring an umbrella die cut against a background created with a raindrop stencil and embossing paste.

Jean Manis Life Is GoodAfter stamping the card base, I applied embossing paste, which I colored with Salty Ocean Distress Ink, through the Raindrops stencil (I selectively masked off portions of the stencil so that the umbrella would appear to be keeping the sentiment dry. Once the embossing paste dried, I adhered the umbrella die cut. The canopy of the umbrella was cut from cardstock which I had colored with a combination of Distress Inks (reds and a little yellow) for a different project.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Heyday Sentiments” stamp set

Penny Black Simplicity Floral Valentine

Today, I’m sharing a Valentine’s Day card created with Penny Black stamps and dies. Valentine’s Day seems to have arrived quickly this year!

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I applied a combination of pink Distress Inks to the 40-389 Bramble stamp, stamping in both the lower-right and upper-left corners of the card base. I die-cut the 51-182 Fancy Heart from white cardstock and adhered it over a piece of vellum cut in the heart shape, to soften the stamped portion underneath it. To finish, I heat-embossed a sentiment from the 30-229 Special Wishes stamp set and added hearts cut with the 51-100 Tree of Love die.

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #21

Today, I’m playing along with the Share Joy Challenge #21 at Taylored Expressions.TEChallenge21

I used the sketch to create a CAS Congratulations card, perfect for graduation (you could change the colors of the balloon to reflect school colors), a new job or a promotion (just to name a few reasons to send a Congratulations card)!

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #21

I cut the balloon with the Sky High – Hot Air Balloons die three times, inlaying the colored cardstock panels into the balloon outline (I put Scotch tape on the back of the balloon outline to hold the colored cardstock pieces).

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #21

I used a sentiment from the Welcome Home set which I die cut with the banner in the Build a House set. The background panel was dry-embossed with the Cloudy Days folder and a frame cut with a die in the Frame in Frame Cutting Plate set finished it off.

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!

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Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #20

Today, I’m playing along with the Share Joy Challenge #20 at Taylored Expressions.Share Joy Challenge #20

I used the sketch and kept it Clean & Simple, creating a “Hello” card with die cut flowers and sentiment:

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After a week of rain here in the Pacific Northwest, these bright flowers make me happy! I did a bit of pruning on the Leafy Branch, before tucking it behind the flowers.

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Penny Black Simplicity CAS Valentine

Today, I’m sharing a CAS Valentine’s Day card created with Penny Black stamps and dies.

CAS Valentine

To begin, I cut the window using the Penny Black 51-135 ironwork window die inside a cardstock rectangle. (The side edges of the window do not get cut, providing lots of flexibility on how to use the die.) I heat-embossed a sentiment from the 30-269 so very much set on the bottom of the panel with silver embossing powder.

I backed the panel with yellow cardstock and attached hearts to the front of the window. The hearts were cut with the 51-100 tree of love die from watercolor paper, which I had colored with Ranger Barn Door Distress Spray.

To finish, I attached the frame to a dry-embossed panel.

Taylored Expressions Share Joy Challenge #19

Today, I’m playing along with the Share Joy Challenge #19 at Taylored Expressions.

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I used the sketch to create a Valentine’s Day card created with die cuts:

Jean Manis Taylored Expressions SJC19

I used the Little Bits penguin die to create a boy and a girl penguin. I sized down the skating pond so that it would fit on the stitched heart. I cut it once, and then re-positioned the die on one end and cut again. Then I re-positioned the die on the other end and cut again.

Jean Manis Taylored Expressions SJC19

I used the stitched rectangle die to create the Sugar Cube stitched piece joining the patterned papers by cutting once with the die and then again, leaving the stitched center.

Be sure to head over to the Share Joy Challenge Blog to see more inspiration and to link up your entry!