New Year’s Eve Wedding

Happy New Year!!!

It seems I’ve gained a regular customer – :D. I was asked to make a New Year’s-themed wedding card with black, gold and silver.  I haven’t used my owl builder punch in a while and thought I would bring it out to create a similar card that I’ve made in the past.  I’m using different stamps and have brought new things to this card – it’s amazing to see the personal growth in how this card differs from the previous one.

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There’s very little stamping on this card and lots of paper layering.  I stamped the branch and colored it using some brown Copic colors.  Then I stamped the couple’s initials on the inside flap of the card  and the female owl’s dress and embossed them in silver.  There is also a simple stamp on the front enclosure and that’s it! I used a white Gelly Roll pen to draw the male owl’s shirt. This card was so simple but so much fun to make!

The inside of the card shows the shadow of the front

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Oh! I also did some soft blue sponging around the owls for a night sky feel to give it a little bit of color.  That’s it! I will definitely be making more of these in the future.  It’s such a great wedding card.  I hope you enjoyed!

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Until next time,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Not listed below:  Inkadinkadoo Flourishes stamp set, Stormy Sky Distress Ink (+ blending tools)

ME Mini Messages
ME Mini Messages

EH | SSS |ME


Sophisticated Serifs
Sophisticated Serifs

Owl Builder Punch
Owl Builder Punch

1-1/4 Inch Circle Scallop Punch
1-1/4 Inch Circle Scallop Punch

EK Tools 1 Inch Circle Punch
EK Tools 1 Inch Circle Punch
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle

WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle

SSS | EH


Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock

Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock

Sahara Sand Cardstock
Sahara Sand Cardstock

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU 2-Way Glue Pen
SU 2-Way Glue Pen
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool

SSS | AMZN


NN  What a Hoot
NN What a Hoot

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched


Non-Slip Vinyl Templates

Non-Slip Vinyl Templates

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


2.5
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber

A New Slant

Hello!

It’s been a while and I wanted to share my Splitcoaststamper cards from June.  I KNOW! It’s been 6 months….I’m thoroughly ashamed that I have not posted these sooner.  But there are rules about sharing and now I feel like many of the cards are not “in season” anymore -is there such a thing?  Anyway – I’ll share my favorites today.  I hope you like them!  The theme was “A New Slant” and we based our cards on geometric shapes – or at least I did. 😀

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My first card uses repeat stamping using the triangles that come with the “Best Ever Set” by Stampin’ Up.  I repeated the stamps in an ombre  fashion and embossed the tag on vellum. I added some colored banners behind the vellum to help the sentiment stand out, then sewed the banners onto the card front. To give some accent to the card and finish it off, I added a strip of black designer paper.

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For my second card, I did a watercolor background and used water droplets to pull up water.  Then I used Lawn Fawn’s “Let’s Bokeh” and white craft ink to add larger circles to create a bokeh look. I added more circles using decorative acetate I cut out using a circle die and embellished the card using gold thread and sequins.

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My third card is another watercolor panel, but I decided to use a peek-a-boo die to accent it.  The bunnies and bear are colored using Copic markers. I die-cut the word friends and propped it up with foam tape as I did with the peek-a-boo panel.

heart-of-gold

My last card is every simple.  I was on a watercoloring kick that month! This geometric heart embossed in gold is the perfect accept for a simple watercolor panel. Extremely simple and accented with a banner of vellum with some Pretty Pink Posh droplets.

Supplies for all the cards are listed below in the same order.  Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

  1. BEST DAY EVER/AZTEC TRIANGLES:

Best Day Ever (retired)
Best Day Ever (retired)

Bermuda Bay Ink
Bermuda Bay Ink

Lost Lagoon Ink
Lost Lagoon Ink

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink

Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)
Pistachio Pudding Ink (Retired)

Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Bermuda Bay Cardstock

Lost Lagoon Cardstock
Lost Lagoon Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock

Absorber
Absorber

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Banners Framelits Dies
Banners Framelits Dies

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle SSS | EH

2-Way Glue Pen
2-Way Glue Pen

Janome 6260 Quilter's Companion Sewing Machine
Janome 6260 Quilter’s Companion Sewing Machine
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

2. BOKEH CARD

Distress Colors: Candied Apple, Aged Mahogany, Worn Lipstick

LF Let's Bokeh
LF Let’s Bokeh EH | SSS | LF
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister EH | SSS

Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots EH | SSS | AMZN
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Sequins Moonshine 3mm
Sequins Moonshine 3mm

Sequins Moonshine 5mm
Sequins Moonshine 5mm

Coats & Clark Gold Thread
Coats & Clark Gold Thread

Whisper White Craft Ink
Whisper White Craft Ink

Absorber
Absorber
WRMK 12x12 Clearly Bold Acetate Pad
WRMK 12×12 Clearly Bold Acetate Pad AMZN | SSS

3. PEEK-A-BOO CARD

Copic Colors: W1, W3, E42, E31, E33, R20, B52, B24

Distress Ink Colors: Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick

MFT Snuggle Bunnies
MFT Snuggle Bunnies EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Friends
MFT Friends EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines EH | SSS | MFT
EH | SSS | MFT
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black EH | SSS
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag EH | SSS | SU
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder

2-Way Glue Pen
2-Way Glue Pen

Crystal Effects
Crystal Effects
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin’ Dimensionals

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

4. HEART OF GOLD

Distress ink color: Lucky Clover

N&T Heart of Gold
N&T Heart of Gold

EH | SSS | N&T

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH

Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

PPP Clear Droplets 6mm
PPP Clear Droplets 6mm

EH | SSS | PPP


Absorber
Absorber

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock

Anniversaries and Tui Bird Update

Hi Everyone!!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day!  My husband and I celebrated our 12th Anniversary on September 4th – it was also my niece’s 4th birthday party – so I have plenty of photos to share and updates!  My last post was on my niece’s Rainbow Dash birthday card.

Here is a quick photo of us before we went to her birthday party to document our anniversary :D.

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I also made her funfetti cupcakes! I was kind of sad that some of her cupcake toppers were taken/thrown in the trash but 6 of 12 made it back to her.

I didn’t even make my husband an anniversary card this year! Shame on me but with everything else going on – I just haven’t made the time and he totally understands. I have made two anniversary cards for a neighbor to give to others so I will share those instead!  She came over and told me what she wanted and here they are:

This first card is the swallowtail made using a stamp set by Stampin’ Up! I believe it’s retired now :(. BUT don’t be sad – there are LOTS of butterfly sets available out there! I used Zig markers to color and added an embossed banner. I will list supplies for this card below.

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The second card I made is using Stampin’ Up’s Rose Wonder set. I used Copics to color this card and added a few drops of glossy accent to mimic dew drops :).

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Remember the Tui Bird painting I did for a photographer I used for Lyla’s infant photos? If you don’t…you can check out the post here. Look what she has done with it!

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I don’t have rights to this photo – so it’s of poor quality – but I really wanted to share it here for you to see. i’m so proud of it!

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll get back to sharing my 2nd month of Splitcoaststampers cards again soon!

XOXO,

Caly sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

SWALLOWTAIL CARD:

Zig Colors: 081 light violet, 080 violet, 025 pink, 051 lemon yellow, 068 deep brown


Swallowtail
Swallowtail (Retired)

SSS Congratulations
SSS Congratulations
EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle SSS | EH
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN

VersaMarker
VersaMarker

Perfect Plum Cardstock
Perfect Plum Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Zig Gansai Pearlescent Color Watercolor
Zig Gansai Pearlescent Color Watercolor EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock
ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots EH | SSS | AMZN
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

MISTI - Laser Etched
MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
PPP Clear Droplets 4mm
PPP Clear Droplets 4mm EH | SSS | PPP

Coats & Clark Gold Thread
Coats & Clark Gold Thread

Absorber
Absorber

ROSE WONDER CARD:

Copic Colors: 0 Colorless Blender, R29 Lipstick Red, RV09 FushiaRV04 Shock Pink, G28 Ocean Green, G16 Malachite

Distress ink: Spun Sugar


Rose Wonder
Rose Wonder
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


Rose Red Cardstock
Rose Red Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber

Truly, Madly, Deeply

Hi everyone!

Here’s my last card for SCS for the month of March  for the theme: Songs of the Heart.

For my last card, I used a sentiment from Hero Arts set that reminds me of a song growing up – I’m sure many of you know it! “Truly, Madly, Deeply” by Savage Garden was a very popular song and I thought it would be perfect to make a wedding card using it!

I embossed Mama Elephant’s tandem bike in gold and did a pink watercolor wash.

Tandem Ride - Truly, Madly, Deeply

That veil you see – is a piece of used dryer sheet! LOL. I wish I had some lace or tulle but I didn’t have any so I got creative!

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I addeded a decorative border in Blusing Bride cardstock and finished off this card with a few hearts and sequins. I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Caly sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Ink Color: Worn Lipstick

Not Pictured below: Glass Seed Beads, White Thread, Sewing Needle

ME Tandem Ride
ME Tandem Ride

EH | SSS |ME

HA You Are My Happy
HA You Are My Happy

EH | SSS | HA

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister

EH | SSS


Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder

SSS | JOANN

ME Pizazz Pieces
ME Pizazz Pieces

EH | SSS | ME


Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Blushing Bride Cardstock
Blushing Bride Cardstock
ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots

EH | SSS | AMZN


Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool

SSS | AMZN

Money Slider Card + My Foiling Failures

HI Everyone!

I had some major frustrations the other day trying to use foiling on my latest project. I made a slider money holder for my sister with every intent to use foiling on it and it turned out to be a major FAIL. But failures teach us things so I thought I would share what I did and how it turned out.

But first, here’s the money holder for my sister:

Wedding Money Slider Card 1

I was so frustrated with the foiling failures – I don’t know how much luck others have but everything I tried did not work and I did them just as Jennifer McGuire showed on her videos!

The first thing I tried was embossing the sentiment in Superfine Clear WOW embossing powder. I ran it through my swingline laminator twice:

foil 1

The second attempt was with Stampin’ Up!’s Heat & Stick Powder. I also ran this through the laminator twice. It had better coverage, but the heat really smushed the adhesive:

foil 2

The third and final attempt was using the Heat & Stick Powder. I activated it like previously with a heat tool, but I did not run it through the laminator. It worked a little better than clear embossing powder, but still inadequate coverage.

foil 3

I know I’m using a standard paper laminator – but Jennifer McGuire makes it look so fool-proof! Definitely did not work for me! Please tell me if you’ve tried this with a standard laminator and if it worked well for you. OR…if you have the Heidi Swapp Minc machine and it works great for you – I’d love to hear some testimonials. The reviews on Amazon are not convincing to me that I should invest in it. GRRR…bc I have lots of foil I’d like to use up. I need to try different adhesives too, I suppose.

Anyway…after all those failures, I went with traditional heat embossing – which is fool-proof for me!

Wedding Money Slider Card

This has been a long week! My husband and I “celebrated” our 11th anniversary yesterday and my sister is getting married tomorrow. We’re doing so much for the wedding that we really didn’t have time to do anything for each other besides have dinner together…a big THANKS to my friend Jessica for watching my 3 boys!

If you’d like to watch my many failures and how I created this money slider card, you can watch my video here:

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Not listed is Stampin’ Up’s Designer Series Paper (called Something Borrowed).


For The New Two
For The New Two

Sahara Sand Ink
Sahara Sand Ink

Sahara Sand Cardstock
Sahara Sand Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads
EH | SSS | AMZN
MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX
MFT Stitched Traditional Tag STAX
EH | SSS | MFT
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag
EH | SSS | SU
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Heat & Stick Powder
Heat & Stick Powder
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
SSS | AMZN
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
SSS | JOANN

iCraft Deco Rose Gold Foil - VP
iCraft Deco Rose Gold Foil – VP
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape
EH | SSS | AMZN

Sticky Strip
Sticky Strip – Retired
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
EH | SSS

Congratulations – Watercolor Wedding Card

========================LIFE UPDATE ============================

Is everyone jumping out of their seats to hear why I’ll be MIA for a while? HAHA…It won’t affect you, I promise (unless you’re dying for my regular 2-3 posts a week – in which case, I’m very flattered!). We learned two weeks ago today that there was a residency position open in Kansas City where we are from. If you don’t already know, that’s sort of the reason why we ended up here in Ohio 13 months ago. My husband had high hopes of matching into an anesthesiology program and it didn’t work out. So he accepted a 1 year internship here…then signed on as an Internal Medicine resident to complete his training here. We had every intention of staying for the next 3 years….until that call came 2 weeks ago. We did landscaping (planted 5 great big trees in the back yard), was planning on fencing and a pergola, and had just finished adding cabinets and granite to our kitchen when the news came the SAME day.

I kid you not…here’s a photo to prove it (please excuse the ‘before’ mess):

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After being let down so many times, we decided we wouldn’t get our hopes up…but that we would pursue it and see where it would lead us. As it turns out…they REALLY want him. He flew to KC on Tuesday and had the formal interview yesterday and signed the paperwork. It’s been a whirlwind. In two weeks, we have cleaned and packed up about 1/3 of our belongings in order to list our home for sale. It’s been on the market since Friday. We’re hoping for a quick sale, but regardless, we are leaving in a few weeks as soon as we can find a home in KC. My older boys need to be able to start school on time (it’s a goal, at least). I will need to take a few weeks off work for the move and because of this, I won’t be able to craft.

I’ve been crafting completely and utterly alone for the past year. My husband says that he could’ve saved us all this trouble to start with if he had just aimed for Family Medicine or Internal Medicine instead of Anesthesiology…but I know in my heart that the past year has done some great things for me. I’ve been able to learn the art of card-making and I’ve been able to clear my head and my heart of past hurts. I feel like I’ll be returning to KC a new person…with very definitive boundaries. I’ve made promises to myself that I won’t let people affect me the way they have in the past. I know it’s easier said than done…but I need to find a way to be mentally healthy like I have been this past year.

I hope you’ll keep us in your thoughts and prayers through this crazy time. It’s something we want, but it’s also very scary. I know you’ll understand that I won’t post any crafts for at least 2 weeks 🙂

==============AND NOW FOR MY CARD =============

I needed to make a quick card for someone this week, so I used a stamp set called Congratulations by Simon Says Stamp – it’s older, but it’s new to me – and I love the font to this large sentiment.

Congratulations  - Wedding 3

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to achieve the watercolor look that you see here.

Congratulations  - Wedding 2

I heat embossed and used a few sequins to finish this card.

Congratulations  - Wedding 1

I just love the gold over this velum!

Congratulations  - Wedding

I hope you’ll enjoy this video tutorial!

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Zig Colors used: 025 Pink, 084 Deep Violet

Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder

SSS | JOANN


Sequins Moonshine 3mm
Sequins Moonshine 3mm

Sequins Moonshine 6 mm
Sequins Moonshine 6mm

Fast Fuse
Fast Fuse

Tombow Permanent Tape Runner
Tombow Permanent Tape Runner
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

Your Perfect Day – for Kellie

Hi Everyone!

I tend to make a lot birthday cards but I had a reason to switch it up to make a wedding card for one of my coworkers. This card is so simple and it almost a one-layer card.

Your Perfect Day - Kellie 3

The large sentiment on the front is embossed in gold – it’s so pretty!

Your Perfect Day - Kellie

I even stamped and colored on the inside –

Your Perfect Day - Kellie 1

Enjoy the video! I made a boo-boo – check how I fix it! Learned this trick from Darlene Devries.

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).


Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe
Ink (Retired)

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Blender Pens
Blender Pens

Your Perfect Day
Your Perfect Day

2015-2017 In Color  Markers
2015-2017 In Color
Markers
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic GoldRich Regular

Embossing Powder

SSS | JOANN


Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker's Twine
Crisp Cantaloupe
Thick Baker’s Twine –

Retired

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS