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Deeply Grateful for your Friendship

Happy Saturday! I’m absolutely LOVING the new summer stamp sets from Gerda Steiner Designs! I’ve used the new Deeply stamp set on my card today and these stamps are so fun and cute to work with!

To create an underwater scene, I cut a piece of watercolor cardstock 2 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and then played with Dr. Ph. Martin’s radiant liquid watercolors in Turquoise Blue, Juniper Green and Jungle Green. I cut a 5 1/2″ strip of black and white polkadot patterned paper and adhered both pieces to my card base.

I stamped the sentiment from this set and then used a Memory Box “Bubbles” stencil and Copic markers in BG11 and BG10 for a whimsical touch. I’ve also added some glossy accents to the bubbles for shine.

 

I colored these cuties with Copics and fussy cut them out. I love the bright colors against the turquoise waters.I can’t decide which is my favorite. Look at that jellyfish?! Also love that you can add that little bear waving from the porthole if you like. Too cute!

Hope you enjoyed and I can’t wait to share more new stamp arrivals from Gerda Steiner Designs in the next few weeks!

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Stay Cool!

Happy Friday! I’m in full Summer card making mode, so when I saw this new Catch a Wave stamp set from Gerda Steiner Designs, I was giddy! How cool is this little dude?!

I kept this pretty clean and simple and started by die-cutting a background panel from white cardstock and inking a waves stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop with Tumbled Glass distress ink.

I die-cut a circle from white cardstock and drew the beach lines with a Copic multi-liner pen. I masked the area before inking the ocean behind with Broken China distress ink. I also used a La-La Land Crafts waves stencil with Peacock Feathers distress ink.

I then masked the ocean portion and inked the beach with Old Paper distress ink adding Copic shading in areas with E44, E43, and E42.

I used a Copic multi-liner to free hand a few accents on the surfboards before coloring the images with Copics. Be sure if you add any accents to your stamped images and you plan on coloring them with Copic markers that you use a Copic safe pen or you’ll ruin your markers!

For a little extra tropical vibe, I Copic colored a leaf and hibiscus die-cut from my stash.

To finish, I stamped the sentiment from the set in Versamark on black cardstock and heat embossed with Wow! detail white embossing powder and then hand cut it.

Hope you have a great weekend and get a little crafty time in too!

 

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SMOOCH!

 

Happy Friday! Sharing a card here today using this adorable little frog from the newest Gerda Steiner Designs
“Frogs” stamp set!

I just love that this set included a little crown and the “Smooch!” sentiment. Too cute!!

I used one of my favorite color schemes on this one and started by inking the background with Evergreen Bough and then added a little bit of Broken China Distress ink in a few areas. I stamped the frog on the lily pad 4 times and colored the lily pads with Copics. I then cut just a portion of them and adhered them around the outside to create the pond scene.

For the center image, I stamped the crown first and then masked it and stamped the frog on the lily pad. I then masked the frog on the lily pad and stamped the lily pad again (upside down) behind the frog. Say that again 10 times. Lol!

I thought it would be fun to have a bunch of large bright lilies floating in the scene, but I didn’t have a large lily stamp or die. What to do?!

So…I used a palm tree die in my stash and layered some extra fronds on top after I colored all of the pieces with Copics. I really love how they turned out! He looks happy with it too.

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Hi There!

Happy Friday! Have you seen the new Frogs stamps from Gerda Steiner Designs??

These have got to be my most favorite frog stamps EVER!! So cute!

 

We have frogs that hang out on our back patio (literally) all summer long, so when I saw this guy I knew I had to have him upside down. Ours are bright green, but I mixed it up a little and made this one an Amazon tree frog.

Pretty simple design here. I cut a white cardstock piece 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhered it to the card base. I then inked a piece of white cardstock with Crushed Olive distress ink and splashed a little water on it. I cut it into 2 pieces measuring 1″ x 4″ and 2 3/4″ x 4″.

I inked a stencil from The Crafter’s Workshop with Peeled Paint distress ink and then spread Tim Holtz texture paste over the stenciled areas. It’s hard to see in this photo, but it gave it a wet look.

Hope you enjoyed my card today and I’ll be doing more with these frogs very soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

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I Just Miss You A Lot!

Happy Saturday! I’m up on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog today and sharing this card here as well using the cute  I just Miss You Puppy stamp set.

Isn’t he adorable? Such a sad little face, just makes me want to hug him!

I kept this one pretty simple and chose a bit of a masculine and moody color scheme. My husband says this is one of his favorites, so I think it worked out.

To start, I die-cut a background panel from white cardstock and taped a straight line about 1/2″ from the bottom. I then inked the bottom portion with Pumice Stone distress ink. Afterwards, I taped the bottom portion and inked the top with Iced Spruce distress ink.

 

 

I heat embossed the sentiment from this set and added a little something extra to the design by inking another piece of white cardstock with Iced Spruce and die-cutting a few different sizes of paw prints (these are MFT). It gives it a subtle embossed effect.

I colored the dog image with Copics and fussy cut around the image. Once I adhered it, I added some shadows under the dog bed with N3 and N2 Copics.

Pretty simple, quick and cute.

I hope you have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping by!

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Just Chicken In!

Happy Saturday! Sharing a card today and on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog using these fabulous chickens from the brand new Chicken Scratch stamp set. These stamps are so adorably funny!

I stamped and masked the images and a little ground beneath them with Eclipse tape and used a chicken wire stencil with light gray ink for the background.

I then colored up the images and the sandy ground with Copics and added a little colored pencil detail.

 

I heat embossed a punny little sentiment from this set combined with the “hey friend” sentiment from the Foxes stamp set and finished it off with a patterned paper for some extra interest.

These stamps are quickly becoming one of my favorites of Gerda Steiner. I just love their expressions and all of the funny scenes you can create.

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Wishing You a Very Happy Easter

Happy Friday! Sharing a new card for Gerda Steiner Designs today featuring the new Easter Bunnies stamps. I just love this bunny from the set. He’s so cute!

I started by die-cutting a large egg from a new SimonSaysStamp nesting eggs set and inking a sky and grass background. To create some extra interest, I adhered the egg to a piece of white cardstock slightly overlapping one edge and die-cut the piece using an MFT stitched rectangle die.

I colored the bunny and a few eggs from the stamp set with Copics and added some colored pencil details. There’s coordinating dies to this set, but I fussy cut around them mainly because I masked and stamped the 2 eggs overlapping and wanted to cut them out as one.

 

To finish, I stamped the sentiment from this set in Versamark and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I also added some shadows and grass with Copics.

Hope you have a great weekend and get to enjoy some nice Spring weather!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thank you for being you!

Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I could really use some sunshine right now! It’s been raining here for weeks, so I’m sharing a happy Spring card here and on the Gerda Steiner Designs blog featuring a brand new stamp set called Bunny Friends.

I fell in love with this one instantly! Aren’t they sweet?

 

I wanted a nice soft look to this, so I went with Copic no-line coloring. I started by stamping the image in MFT Cement Gray ink and masking the bunnies. I then Copic airbrushed an MFT radiating rays stencil with YR61.

I’m a little bit of a font freak and I LOVE big bold die-cut sentiments. I have to fight the urge to use them on every card, but I thought this Spellbinders “thank you” sentiment worked really well on this.

I die-cut it 3 times from cardstock and layered them together for some dimension.

 

I stamped the sentiment from this set on a piece of peach colored cardstock and then die-cut around it using an MFT sentiment strip die. This particular die has fishtails on both ends, but I die-cut it a second time using the same rectangular stitched die that I used on the front panel. Just tape it straight on the edge of the die and you get that nice straight stitched edge to match.

Hope you have a great weekend with lots of sunshine and I’ll be sharing more Spring/Easter stamps from Gerda Steiner Designs soon!

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{heart} u

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!