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Hi there and happy Monday! Sharing a simple card here today and on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog using the new More Than Chocolate stamps. This little pig is so cute!

Since this stamp is on the larger side, it was easy to keep things simple and let him be the central focus.

I die-cut a panel from white cardstock and inked it with Distress inks in Victorian Velvet, Tattered Rose and Spun Sugar. I stamped the sentiment from this set at the bottom in Versamark and heat embossed it with a dark brown embossing powder.

I then die-cut a heart and Copic airbrushed it with R85, R83, and R81. This is a new die from LaLaLandCrafts and I love it’s quirky shape. I die-cut the letter u from white cardstock, heat embossed it with a light pink embossing powder and then ran some Victorian Velvet over the top to give it a little texture. You could simply cut this from light pink cardstock as well.

 

 

I colored up the pig with Copics and fussy cut around him. After I adhered him, I added some shadows to ground him a bit with neutral gray Copics.

Super simple!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

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Penguin Love

Happy Friday! I’ve got a new card today for Gerda Steiner Designs using one of my favorite stamp sets. These Valentine Penguins stamps are adorable and they can be used for so many occasions. For this one, I went with a simple love card with some bright colors instead of the typical pinks and reds for Valentine’s Day.

While the card front looks like a single piece of cardstock, I’ve die-cut 2 pieces for this. I found it much easier to do it this way rather than taping off straight lines on a single piece for the scene. Also, I prefer to color with Copics on XpressIt and I heat embossed the sentiment on the card.  I wasn’t sure how the XpressIt would hold up to the heat, so the larger card front is a piece of Neenah cardstock.

 

I started by stamping and masking the penguins and then taping a horizon line. I’ve airbrushed the sky with YR12, YR61, YR65, R21 and a little bit of B00. I also used the same technique that I used on my sloth card in last week’s post and die-cut a bunch of small hearts from eclipse tape to be used as masks. After I adhered them all over the sky, I airbrushed around them with YR61. I love how the bottom 2 hearts sort of look like the penguins hugging.

I colored up the penguins and the rest of the scene with Copics. I just love these little guys!

I hope you enjoyed and have a great weekend!

Gerda Steiner Designs

2 Peas in a Pod

Happy Friday! I’m up on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog today and sharing my new card here using the new Peas Be Mine stamps. Aren’t they cute?

I created a happy background for them using watercolor, a stencil and inks. First, I die-cut a piece of watercolor cardstock using an MFT die and taped off 1/4″ on all sides. I did a wash of Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold, watering it down towards the bottom to create a gradient of color.

 

 

I taped a Hero Arts floral filigree stencil over the top and inked with Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive and Twisted Citron distress inks.

I die-cut a banner for the sentiment using an MFT die and inked it with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge distress inks.

 

I no-line colored the peas with Copics and fussy cut a thin white border around them to help them stand out on the background.

The patterned paper is from my stash. I love finding the perfect thing that I already own and using up some of those supplies!

Hope you enjoyed and wishing everyone a fantastic weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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XOXO

Happy Friday! Just a quick post today sharing a card I made for Gerda Steiner Designs using the new Lovely Pandas stamp set. I thought it would be cute to have the little bear peeking out from some candy hearts.

I started this one by die-cutting a piece of white cardstock for the bottom panel and inking it with Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral and Picked Raspberry distress inks. I then die-cut the top panel and used a Lawn Fawn stitched heart die on the bottom. I softly inked a little Spun Sugar distress ink on the top part of the cardstock.

I then die-cut a few hearts using a new Avery Elle die and inked them with the same distress inks as the bottom panel. The sentiments from this stamp set worked perfectly to make them candy hearts! I heat embossed those with a light pink embossing powder.

I colored the panda with Copics, fussy cut around him and tucked him in a little behind the hearts.

To finish it off, I stamped the Valentine’s sentiment on the bottom panel. This is from a soon to be released Gerda Steiner set that’s also super cute and you won’t want to miss it!

Hope you enjoyed and be sure to check out the GSD shop when it reopens this Monday.

Have a great weekend!

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Ho Ho Ho!

Happy Friday! Sharing a card today using the brand new Gerda Steiner Designs release “Balancing Mouse”. I have to admit, I’m not much of a fan of mice, but this guy is really cute!

My Christmas tree this year is decorated in reds and whites, so I went with that color scheme on this one. I started by inking a vignette on the background piece with MFT Cement Gray hybrid ink in the areas where I was going to adhere the die-cut “Ho Ho Ho”. I then stamped a few snowflakes from this stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with Wow! detail white.

 

The Ho Ho Ho die is a newer MFT die and I cut it from a patterned paper in my stash. I love how the ornament from this set fit perfectly inside the O!

I stamped the mouse and ornament in MFT Cement Gray hybrid ink and no-line colored them with Copics. To make them stand out better on the red die-cut pieces, I fussy cut around both leaving a thin border of white.

To finish it off, I used a larger MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax die and cut another piece of patterned paper from this same paper collection (I think this is an older Recollections paper from Michaels).

Hope you enjoyed and check out the Gerda Steiner blog for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Have a Howly Jowly Christmas!

Hi there! I hope everyone here in the US had a great Thanksgiving holiday. I was busy visiting with family and completely forgot to share this card last week that I designed for Gerda Steiner Designs using the new Carol Puppies stamp set.

This little dog is my favorite from the set. Totally reminds me of my Frenchie!

I double embossed the background by inking the inside of a Cuttlebug music notes embossing folder with Versamark ink, running it through the machine and then heat embossing the piece with Wow! Iced Silver embossing powder. It’s got a really nice sparkle to it. Before I heat embossed, I brushed off an area of the embossing powder with a small paintbrush to leave an area for the stamped sentiment.

 

I die-cut the Christmas sentiment three times using the Pretty Pink Posh Merry Christmas script die and layered them together for extra dimension. I used a red flat-back pearl for the dot on the “i” as it was much easier than trying to layer 3 tiny little dots together and I liked it a little larger.

I colored the pup with Copics and fussy cut around him, but there are coordinating dies to this stamp set also available.

Hope you enjoyed and I’ll be back tomorrow with another new Christmas card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gerda Steiner Designs

Have a Monster Halloween!

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a card I made for Gerda Steiner Designs using one of my favorite stamp sets, Coffee Monster. I thought these guys needed some candy with their coffee for Halloween.

 

 

Super simple design on this one. I really wanted the monsters to take the show. I stamped and masked the monsters on a die-cut piece of XpressIt blending card using MFT Cement Gray ink and added the candy pieces from the MFT Frightfully Sweet stamp set. You could also use the candies from the Gerda Steiner Designs Where is the Candy? stamp set, but I don’t have that set so I substituted.

I colored them with Copics and added colored pencil for detail. The sentiment is also from the MFT Frightfully Sweet stamp set.

 

 

Since my card base is black, I added a white insert inside and a little surprise monster wave for the recipient. Couldn’t resist!

Hope you enjoyed and have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Joy to the World!

Happy Friday! I’ve got a new post up on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog and I’m sharing my card here too using the brand new Carol Kittens stamp set. These kittens are so funny!

I went with a non-traditional Christmas color scheme on this one since teal is my favorite color and I also used colored pencil for a change.

I like to use Canson Mi Teintes for colored pencil work, so I die-cut a piece of that using an MFT stitched rectangle die. I stamped and masked the kittens and inked a soft pink background using an MFT cloud stencil and Angel Pink Memento ink. The “JOY” sentiments are heat embossed with white embossing powder for a snowy look and I traced around the letters with a gray colored pencil to make them stand out a bit.

 

 

I colored the kittens with Prismacolor Premier pencils, cut a straight line on each side of them and fussy cut around the bottom of the kittens.

I die-cut an MFT patterned paper using the same stitched rectangle die and adhered the Canson piece to the top.

For the sentiment at the bottom, I found a really oldie but goodie Lawn Fawn banner stamp in my stash that fit the “TO THE WORLD” stamp perfectly. I fussy cut around the banner and matted it on black cardstock to ground the card a little bit more on the bottom.

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed using WOW! Long Island Teal embossing powder. It’s got a nice sparkle to it with a hint of gold.

The Carol Kittens stamp set has some small music note stamps included, but I used a tiny music note punch from my stash.

Hope you enjoyed and have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

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A Smile for your Monday

Hi there! I hope your week is getting off to a good start and I thought a smile today might help.

My card today features the new Foxes stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs and this happy guy is my favorite!

I started by stamping the fox and mushrooms in MFT Cement Gray ink on a piece of Xpress It cardstock that I die-cut using the MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax die-namics. I masked the images and a little bit of ground under them. I then taped a Memory Box stencil over the piece and lightly inked using Memento Desert Sand and Old Paper Distress ink.

 

I colored the images with Copics and added colored pencil details.

For the sentiment, I inked a piece of white cardstock with Vintage Photo, Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Distress inks and then die-cut the sentiment using the MFT Stitched Alphabet die-namics.

To finish, I die-cut a piece of gray cardstock with a larger MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax die-namics and adhered the pieces to a rust cardstock card base.

Hope you enjoyed and be sure to check out the Gerda Steiner Designs blog for more inspiration using these adorable stamps!

Thanks for stopping by!

Gerda Steiner Designs

Oh Manatee….Or Maybe Coffee??

Hi there!

I’ve got a new card up on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog today and sharing it here too. I wanted to work with the cute Oh Manatee stamp set before summer’s officially over and I start thinking about cooler temps and furry forest critters.

To make this guy feel right at home, I created a little seaweed river habitat for him using an Avery Elle waves die and MFT Stitched Dome Stax die-namics. To get a color gradient on these die-cut pieces, I first airbrushed a piece of white cardstock with Copics (BG49, BG45 and BG53 and a hint of YG03) and then die-cut the piece. The waves background die is really intricate, so it’s much easier to ink or airbrush the piece first.

 

 

I cut out a few areas in the waves background to leave some open space for the sentiments. I colored all of the images from this set with Copics and used the coordinating dies to the set.

To make the manatee appear to be floating along, I popped him up a little bit by adhering him with dimensional foam tape.

Hope you enjoyed my card today and thanks for stopping by!