Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Witches and Black Cats!

 Hello Everyone!  Ready for another Halloween card?  I have created a fun card using Creative Impressions  felt shapes and stamps:

For this card I used a pice of blue patterned paper for my background.  I punched out a large circle out of scrap white cardstock and added yellow and dark gray ink to it to look like the moon.  Then I punched out a witch from black cardstock and placed her riding in front of the moon.

I used a picked fence die and cut it out of scrap white cardstock, adding some dark gray ink to make it look aged.  Before adding to my panel I stamped some trees with black ink from Creative Impressions stamp set Y594 Nurture You.  I used foam tape to add to the back of the fence pickets and slipped a Black Felt Cat from our Cat Set #63151.  I didn't adhere the tail down until I placed the sentiment with its black mat and orange patterned paper onto the background.  Then I added a bit of Matte Medium to adhere the tail to the sentiment.

Before the panel with the patterned paper and black mat was adhered to the orange panel, I wrapped a piece of Creative Impressions Double Stitch Grosgrain Ribbon Black with Orange (70960) along with a piece of Bakers Twine in Orange/White (80701) along the bottom of the fence.  

To finish the card, I adhered this panel to an orange panel and finally to a white card.

Hope you have enjoyed this card.  Try our felt shapes on your cards.  They are already die cut for you and ready to use!



Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Love is Like a Butterfly

 Hello Everyone:  Today I would like to share with you one of my favorite Jan Francis cards!  Jan loves to use Vellum in her work, something I used to do, but haven't in a long time.

The top layer of the card front is a vellum with words on it.  Jan embossed "Love is Like a Butterfly" (H183, also set Y491) with black ink towards the top directly onto the Vellum.  She then used another piece of vellum to white emboss two small butterflies from set Y491 and a large printed butterfly from (Y492 Fluttering By) She cut the butterflies out and adhered them to the patterned Vellum in the center of the images.  Creative Impressions Chocolate and Taupe Pearls (50514) added to the body of the large butterfly really made it stand out.  Here are some close-ups:

The Vellum layer was adhered to a piece of polka dot pink paper and finally to a folded card.  This is such a clever design and quite easy!  Try it yourself!


Tuesday, September 13, 2022

More Sunflower Cards!

 Hello Everyone!  Today I am featuring the second post featuring Sunflower cards and Creative Impressions embellishments.

I posted a tutorial on how I made these cards last week.  I continued to make these cards in the same way, using up the patterned paper scraps I had and adding the fussy cut sunflowers and CI embellishments.

As you can see I pieced more of the paper together:

To the above panel I added a piece of our Brown Web #70188 along with a few fussy cut images.  I still had the hole to cover which wasn't difficult as I still had lot of fussy cut sunflowers:

By adding the birthday wishes sentiment (           ) along with a large sunflower and leaves, no one is the wiser that there was a huge gap in the paper.  To finish I made a bow out of Brown Thin Twine (80603) and adhered it to the side of the sunflower.

You might be wondering where the holes are in this background.  If you look closely, you will see aseveral punched circles in the paper.  These needed to be covered up.

For this card I again used Web Ribbon, this time in Moss (70198), along with a piece of Double Stitch Grosgrain Ribbon  in Brown and an 1/8th inch Grosgrain Ribbon in Mustard (70518) adhering it to the panel before placing a strip of the first patterned paper along the top of the panel.  

All these Ribbons certainly added to the interest of the card.

Last, but not least, the final card shows how much of the background paper that can be covered up without losing its important to the background.  One large sunflower was placed in the center of the card along with several half sunflowers on the top and bottom.  I used Creative Impressions Jumbo Cotton Rick Rack in Yellow (70837) along with Bakers Twine in Black/White (80713) along the left edge of the panel to finish.

I hope  you  have enjoyed these cards along with my tutorial on how they were made.  Take out those scraps and make your own masterpieces!



Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Sunflowers and Fall

 Hello Everyone!  We have some wonderful Sunflower Fall cards to share with you over the next two weeks!  They feature Creative Impressions stamps and embellishments which take scraps of Graphic 45 paper to new heights:

In the following photos I will share my technique as to how I created these cards using scraps of one paper collection and then using fussy cut sunflowers from G45 Let it Bee Collection over the top.  Here goes:

As you can see I started off using a white or brown panel and began laying the scraps of patterned paper down.  It doesn't matter if there is hole left as it will be covered with our fussy cut images later. 

As you can see, a perfectly placed sunflower covers our center hole beautifully and no one will know that the paper was previously pieced!  Even if there is a hole in the top or bottom of the card, just take a strip of our first paper pattern and add it to the top of the card panel.

Here are two of the finished cards showing how perfectly placed images can cover the pieced paper.  For this card I used a leftover panel from the first collection and fussy cut sunflowers from Let It Bee.  To add that "Wow" factor, I adhered some of Creative Impressions Dark Umber Brown Buttons #51007 to the centers of some of the sunflowers.  I threaded some Mustard Thin Twine #80611 through the holes in the buttons and tied them off in the back, then adhered the buttons to the centers.  To finish, I wrapped a piece of Brown/White Baker's Twine #80714 around the right side of the card panela and tied a bow.  This panel was then adhered to a white panel.

I created this card in the same way, strategically covering gaps in the base patterned paper.  Before I placed the central fussy cut sunflower, I wrapped a piece of Mustard Grosgrain Ribbon (70553) with a piece of Aqua/White Bakers Twine (80705) over the top around the panel.  Birthday Wishes from                   
was stamped onto a scrap light yellow piece of cardstock, cut out and adhered to a larger aqua mat.  The sentiment was placed among the sunflowers.

Here is the last completed card:

I wrapped a piece of our Brown Grid Ribbon (70283) around the panel before adding the strip of patterned paper at the top.  Thinking of you from                 was stamped on a white scrap and then adhered to a patterned paper panel.

I hope you have enjoyed this mini tutorial of  how these three cards came together,  Stay tuned next week for another three Sunflower cards!


Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Forever Friends

 Hello Everyone:  Today I am sharing a card I created using Creative Impressions Nurture You polymer stamp set #Y594.  If you have been following my blog posts (I so hope you are!), you might have noticed that I used this same tree as a halloween tree in my post of August 16th.  I love how versatile this set is!

I stamped the "Friendship Oval" onto a white cardstock panel first and added the Helen Keller quote in the center. I then stamped some of the blossoms from the set towards the bottom of the oval.
I decided to add some color to the inside of the sentiment oval, so I used a blue colored pencil to lightly scribble some color inside.

I stamped the bare tree with dark brown ink, placing some of it inside my sentiment oval.  I  used the smallest leaf stamp to add leaves to the ends of my tree branches and then colored them in with a green colored pencil.

I have a wonderful grass punch that I used to create grass on the bottom.  I punched that out and added it to the bottom of the panel.  There are tons of dies out there that would produce the same effect.

Finally, I adhered the panel to a violet purple patterned paper.  I wrapped Creative Impressions Forever Friends Printed Ribbon #80388 around the right side of the panel and then adhered all to a white card.

I hope you have enjoyed this card and will think outside the box when it comes to using your stamps in different ways.  We appreciate all our friends at Creative Impressions!


Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Card Collage by Jan Francis

 Hello Everyone!  I have a treat for you today - a gorgeous Collage Card by Jan Francis:  Check it out!

Isn't this a fun card?  I love all the wonderful textures!  Here we have a combination of doilies, scrap patterned paper, Washi tape, ribbon and embellishments arranged in a fun pattern!  Jan laid everything out, starting with the doily portion, then a punched border,  Washi tape and finally a distressed piece of patterned paper.  Jan also added a stitch line with a black pen.  A heart was cut from patterned paper and adhered to this last piece along with two "postage stamps".  A Pearl Spiral Clip (85013) was added to the heart along with a small jewelry tag stamped wit alphabet stamps to spell the word "hugs".  A piece of Creative Impressions Baker's Twine in Yellow/White (80702) was attached to the Clip.

Jan added a black button (51001)  threaded with another piece of Yellow/White Baker's Twine towards the bottom of the patterned paper piece.  A couple of extra pieces of Washi Tape were added along the right side and a small piece of Black Grosgrain Ribbon (70544)was folded and tucked underneath the piece.  Here are a few close ups of the  embellishments.

Hope  you have enjoyed this card as much as we have!


Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Our "Best Witches"

 Hello Everyone and "Best Witches"!  When I saw all the latest Halloween releases, it was hard for me to imagine that Fall is on its way soon and the seasons will be changing!  Once it sunk in, I got right to work to create a fun card using Creative Impressions wonderful stamps:

I started off by die cutting a circle from a "dark sky" pattern from my paper stash.  I then adhered it to a piece of white cardstock which I had previously marked lightly with a pencil to indicate where I would add the yellow and black ink.  I used a blending tool to add the color.  Finally, I added a punched out witch  flying in front of the moon.

I got the idea to use the bare tree from Creative Impressions set Y594 Nurture You.  The set includes leaves, hearts and other small images to fill the tree in, however, I thought out of the box and decided that the tree would make a lovely Halloween tree.  I then stamped the tree in black, varying the height as I went along.  Great Halloween tree!

I wrapped a piece of my favorite Creative Impressions Grid Ribbon #70276 in black around the right side of the card, placing an Orange Bright Glimmer Round #90903 in the center of the knot.  Notice that the ends of the ribbon automatically curl, my favorite part of this ribbon.

Creative Impressions Stamp #Q231 was stamped with black ink on a scrap of white cardstock.  I cut apart the two "Innies and Outies" sentiments, went around the edges of each piece with black ink and then adhered them to a dark orange panel.  The top sentiment was placed at the top right corner of the card panel and the bottom one was adhered to the lower right side of the panel.  The final touch was to adhere the entire panel to a white card.  Easy!

Ready to get those Halloween cards ready?  Now is your opportunity using Creative Impressions stamps and embellishments!