Friday, June 3, 2016

Teacher Appreciation cards

Hello! I recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire on how to foil in different colors. You can see the video on her blog here. I just loved the teacher appreciation cards she made, and she provided a free download so you could make them too. I happen to have recently purchased a Heidi Swapp Minc Machine, and have been foiling all kinds of things, so I was excited to try out Jennifer's method. It is a bit time consuming to cut little pieces of foil for the different areas, and to carefully place them so they do not foil in the wrong area, but I love how they turned out!  Just so happens that my two granddaughter's were finishing up preschool this month and I made each of their teachers a set of these cards. They turned out sooo cute!
 I used a PTI impression plate in the background.
 I personalized the card sets for their teachers with the teacher's names.

 I packaged them in sets of four in a clear Papertrey card box along with 5 envelopes.

My daughter said the teachers loved them! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

More Concord and 9th

Hello! Here are a few more cards with my new Concord and 9th stamp sets. I am just loving the alphabet! Makes it look like I can do calligraphy!
These cards use the Wildflower, Beautiful Words and the Sophisticated Script Stamp sets.
This first one was watercolored using my Gansi Tambi watercolors.
This next one was colored with Copics.
This card uses the Friend Like You Die - very unique die!

 And last, but not least, the Flourish Stamp set.
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you are having a great day!


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Concord and 9th Birdie Banners Stamp set

Hello! I have recently discovered a new stamp company - Concord and 9th. I am loving some of their recent stamps. I did a whole series of cards using their Birdie Banners Stamp set for my daughter to encourage her in the Boston Marathon this year. I sent these to her over a period of two weeks before the race.
This was the first one I sent. It also uses the Banner Alpha Bits stamps for her name.
 Second card - again using the Alpha Bits stamps.
 Third card - uses Papertrey's Outline Alphabet for "Boston".
 Fourth card - all the little birdies stacked up.
 Fifth card - this one is all about Heartbreak Hill. She said she thought about those little birds when she was going up the hill. :)
 Inside of the 5th card.
 Card 1 to open at the end of the race.
 Card 2 to open at the end of the race - outside of the card.
 Inside of card 2.
 She really enjoyed the cards! Here is a picture of Kelly crossing the finish line - we are so proud of her!
Thanks for hanging with me to the end - lot's of pictures in this post!

#concordand9th #bostonmarathon2016

Papertrey Make-It-Monday #251: Gradient Watercolor Die cuts

Hello! I have been taking a break from blogging lately and am ready to get back on board. Today I am participating in Papertrey's MIM, which Dawn did showing us how to make gradient watercolor die cuts. You can see her video here on Nicole's blog.

I used the same process that Dawn did, using my Zig markers to swipe a color gradient on a piece of A2 watercolor cardstock. Then I used my water brush to blend the colors. I chose to do a gradient of yellow, green and blues. Out of that gradient, once it was dry, I used the Text Block: You Did It die to cut for my card front. When I put this up against a white card front, it seemed to need something, so I sponged the same colors onto it. Not sure whether this helped or not. I also used one of the PTI stencils to add a bit of interest to the background. The die cut is coated with Wink of Stella, although you can't see it in this picture.
 Bonus was, that I was able to use the leftover from the die cut to make another card. :) I used the What the Doodle: Feather stamp set on this one.
Hope you are having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!