Card Making Fun!

Today I have three cards to share with you that I created to send to my friends and family. Fortuitously these designs also coincide with some challenges that I wanted to join. The cards are for a friend who has just moved into her new house, another is a birthday card for one of my family and the last one is to wish one of my special friends a very Happy Christmas!

Home Sweet Home

I used 6×4” white card stock and applied Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean Distress Ink to a large acrylic block and spritzed it with water. Then I laid the card facedown on the top of the block and pressed down so that the ink transferred onto the card. I did this a couple of times to use up the ink on the block until I was happy with the coverage. I dried the ink using a heat gun and then stamped the birdcage stamp by Dovecrafts using black Archival Ink. I surrounded this image with the pretty tree branches from a new stamp set by Inkadinkado using the same black Archival Ink; I love these stamps, the tree branch designs are beautiful! Next I stamped the “Home Sweet Home” sentiment using the same black ink and a Bellissima alphabet stamp set by Docrafts Papermania. I edged the front of a white blank greetings card with the black Archival Ink and a blending tool and then I cut the Home Sweet Home design to size. I edged it with a black Faber-Castell Big Brush marker and stuck it on the top using double-sided tape. To finish, I used a black Derwent Graphik marker to emphasise some of the stamping so it stood out more and also added some blue circular gems for a bit of sparkle.

I’m pleased to join the “Home Sweet Home” challenge over at Try it on Tuesday which inspired the sentiment on this card.

I’m also pleased to join a new challenge today thanks to the lovely Avril who is on the design team over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges as my card also links to their “Nature” challenge.

The silhouette design I created means I can also join in the fun over at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge and their “Silhouette” challenge.

Skateboarding Monkey

This fun card is created using a 6×6” green card base. Firstly I cut a piece of striped paper to size and then I stamped the sentiment using black Archival Ink and an alphabet stamp set by Hampton Art. As you can see I bunched up the word “Birthday” so it looked like it was being pushed out-of-place by the skateboard. I stuck it into place using double-sided tape. Next I added the monkey and star-like flowers which are foam stickers and also some glossy dots and tiny flowers designer vinyl stickers from Craftime. To finish, I used black and white Uni Posca paint pens to add small dots to the background and sentiment.

I wanted to join the lovely Chris from Pearshapedcrafting and her wonderful “101 Ways to Keep Warm” challenge over at Art Journal Journey; I think skateboarding would be a good way to keep warm especially for me as I’d probably be laughing so much whilst I was trying to do it (grin!).

I’m also joining the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge as my fun monkey would love to join their “Furry Friends” theme.

The Best Christmas Ever!

I was inspired to create this card after creating my Winter Wonderland Decorations. This is a one layer card, so I started by masking off the top edge of a white 6×4” card and stamping some different stamps using Emboss ink; the stamps included a “Wishing you the best Christmas ever!” sentiment and a snowflake stamp, both by Clear Impressions, and also Diamond Background and Serpentine Background stamps, both by Art Impressions. I completed the embossing in layers, starting with the sentiment and then using the other stamps. Each layer of Emboss ink stamping was covered with white Stampendous embossing powder and then I shook off the excess powder onto a piece of scrap paper. I also tapped the card to make sure any stray powder was removed and then I used a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. I swept the gun over the stamped images, taking care not to direct the heat in one area for too long until the embossing powder changed to a glossy finish becoming smooth and dimensional. I repeated this process a few times to create a design that I was happy with. I then applied Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks to the card using a blending tool, starting with the darker colour of Chipped Sapphire around the edge and blending to the lighter colour of Cracked Pistachio in the middle. I dried the ink with my heat gun and spritzed water over the top, blotting it with a piece of kitchen towel/paper to remove some of the ink. I also diluted the three Distress Inks by stamping the ink pads onto an acrylic block and spritzing with water, and then I flicked the inks onto the card using a paintbrush and used a heat gun to dry them. To finish, I added some white rhinestone flower gems and dots of silver Stickles to add some glitter and sparkle.

I’m pleased to be able to join the “One Layer Christmas Cards” challenge over at Stamping Sensations with my white embossed stamped card.

As I used the glittery gems and Sparkles on this card, I’m also pleased to be joining the “Glitter” challenge over at Allsorts Challenge Blog.

Family, home and Christmas all mean so much to me, so I thought I’d share some photos relating to all three of these things (grin!). As we live by the sea we don’t often get snow, however we did get a light dusting of snow one evening last year. It was beautiful seeing the snow falling although it had disappeared the next morning when we awoke.

This photo is very dear to me, it’s of a white Christmas from my childhood, yes the little girl at the front eating sweets is me (grin!). I’m with my mum and my sister and you can see our Christmas tree in the background too. I will forever remember that furry navy blue and red checked coat that I’m wearing as my mum made it for me!

This picture of me was taken some years ago, when we had light snow fall on Christmas Day. We were staying with family and we went for a lovely woodland walk!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create each of the cards:

Home Sweet Home

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Black 199)
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker (Black 0.05mm & 0.3mm)
  • Dovecraft Clear Stamps (Birdcage DCCS015)
  • Inkadinkado Cling Stamps (Branches 65-32007)
  • Docrafts Papermania Bellissima  4×4” Clear Stamps (Alphas PMA907212)
  • Hobbycraft Decorative Embellishments (Blue Round Gems 5665381001)
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape

Skateboarding Monkey

  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Uni Posca Paint Pens (Black, White)
  • Hampton Art (Alphabet Stamp Set WM1037)
  • B&M Craft Goody Bag (Turquoise)
  • Wilko Little Steps (Safari Foam Stickers)
  • Craftime Designer Vinyls (B/W Boy & Girl PBDV02)
  • Docrafts Stick It! double-sided tape

The Best Christmas Ever!

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Chipped Sapphire, Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio)
  • Tsukienki Emboss Embossing Stamp Pad (Clear)
  • Stampendous Embossing Powder (Detail White Opaque)
  • Clear Impressions (Woodland Christmas)
  • Art Impressions wood mounted rubber stamp (Diamond Background T-3335, Serpentine Background T-2773)
  • The Works stickers (Rhinestone Flowers)
  • Ranger Stickles (Silver)
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54 thoughts on “Card Making Fun!

  1. All three of your cards are fabulous, Jo. They are quite impressive, and now you know why I am NOT a card maker. Yours would put anything I made to shame. These are all beautiful and so are you in your winter coat (both as a child and an adult).

    Love the dusting of snow you shared. Do the houses in the photo not have garages?

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    • Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog, you are too kind! Yes all the houses have garages but most people park their cars on their drives and use their garages to store bikes, deck chairs, BBQs, lawn mowers etc 😁. I think this is due to the fact our garages are smaller than those in America and having more than one garage is uncommon whereas lots of households have more than one car. Also our properties are smaller so garages are used for storage and we don’t get extremes in weather so it isn’t really necessary to put your car into a garage for protection 😁. In fact we only know of one person who puts their car in their garage ..lol 😉. Happy Saturday! J 😊

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  2. Love your cards Jo. Especially the white on the blue one. It feels like snow and looks like snow. And lucky you not to get a lot of snow. I am jealous about that. I like living where I am but we are just too far north to not get snow, even at the coast most years. But your photo of the flakes coming down at night looks pretty. Feels like Christmas. That is the only time I really like snow is to have a white Christmas. Happy rest o your weekend. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks so much Erika! I love the snowy look and feel to the card and I’m always wishing for snow so seeing the snow fall last year was a delight 😁. With the snow fall you have and the length of time you get snow I guess I’m not surprised that you think we are lucky not to get much here, my friends in Maine think the same …lol 😉. I hope your having a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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    • Thanks very much! I love the white embossing with the background colours too and the glitter seemed the perfect finishing touch 😁. It was fun joining your “Glitter” challenge over at the Allsorts Challenge Blog too! Happy Sunday and have a great new week! J 😊

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  3. All of the cards look fantastic Jo, I had to smile at the thought of a monkey on a skateboard.
    The first one with the birdcage for the New Home is wonderful with the lovely background you created. Thank you for sharing this one with us at TioT’s.
    The winter card looks amazing as well.
    The photos your shared are lovely and you can see that you take after your mum. The things our mothers made for us are always special, they were made with love.
    Happy weekend Jo
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thank you Yvonne! The skateboarding monkey is fun isn’t he, I really wanted to join Chris again at AJJ so got creative …lol 😉. You are so wise, mums make everything with love! I hope you are having a happy weekend too and wishing you a great new week! J 😊

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  4. Love your cards. Such thoughtful sentiments to send to family and friends. Now that’s the way it should snow. During the night and be gone by morning. Snow gets measured by the foot here so after the first snowfall, I’m pretty much done with seeing or shoveling snow. Nice photos of you then and now. Even if snow is in both pictures =^,.^=

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    • Love the kitty cat emoji you used – he looks purr-fect …lol 😉. I know what you mean, my friends in Maine feel exactly the same about snow 😁. I hope you are having a lovely weekend and wishing you a happy new week! J 😊

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    • Thank you dear Valerie! I couldn’t believe your new theme challenge when I saw it at Try it on Tuesday, I guess you read my mind and knew I had to make a new home card for my friend …lol 😉. Have a lovely Sunday too! J 😊

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your kind comments! I started making cards for all my family and friends last Christmas onwards, so I’m relatively new at making cards and don’t tend to show them on my blog 😁. Thought I’d make an exception for these three as I always enjoy taking part in challenges …lol 😉. I love anything glittery so it was fun joining you at the Allsorts Challenge Blog too! Happy Sunday! J 😊

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  5. What brilliant cards Jo! You clearly enjoyed making them too! I love the silhoutte card , those background colours are fabulous! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday as well as adding your skateboarding monkey to the AJJ challenge! I think just standing on a skateboard would make me warm as I’m sure I would break out in a sweat straight away! lol! Loved seeing your snow photos! Enjoy the remainder of the weekend! Hugs,Chrisx

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  6. All beautiful cards love the distress inked background and silhouette stamps-the bunched up birthday looks great under the skateboard and love all the Wintry white embossing
    Love the photos too and the memory of the coat your Mum made
    Carol x

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    • Thanks so much for stopping by and your lovely comments! It was fun entering the “Nature” challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges with my Home Sweet Home card 😁. Happy Sunday and wishing you a great new week! J 😊

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  7. Your cards are so fun and all completely different…love that! I enjoyed seeing the snow pictures. How fun that you live by the sea! We live in the mountains so we see snow often and in large amounts usually. You are welcome to some of ours. 😉
    Katr

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    • Thank you Kate! I feel very blessed to live by the sea and the beach is only a few minutes walk away from our house 😁. I’d be happy for you to send some of your snow this way …lol 😉. Living in the mountains sounds wonderful too. Have a great week! J 😊

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  8. hi jo,your green card is fabolous and your winter page is very beautiful with the blue colors and white embossing,looks frosty 🙂
    oh my,you are a pretty woman in the snow,is this your kids?both looks so cute 🙂
    i hope the snow come to us,i love snow.
    wishing you a happy new week dear jo!:-=

    jenny

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    • Thanks very much dear Jenny! The pretty woman is my mum and I’m the little one at the front of the photo (stuffing my face with sweets …lol) 😉. I love snow too so let’s both keep our fingers crossed we get some this year …lol 😀. Wishing you a happy new week too! J 😊

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  9. Great cards Jo, thanks for sharing.
    Last year’s snowy photo looks magical the way you’ve captured the light sparkling on the snow. A lovely photo of you as a child with your Mum and sister, bet your Mum was proud of the coat she made, looks cosy and warm, a lovely memory, thanks for sharing.
    Have a great week.
    Avril xx

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  10. My you have been busy with those inks Jo, each piece lovely in it’s own right, have to say the first with that lovely color palette really speaks to me, but equally your resist stamping in white on the last really draws the eye. Thank you so much for joining us at Allsorts and Stamping Sensations challenges.

    B x

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  11. I don’t think I’ve seen any of your cards before and these are truly terrific.
    I like the way you made the background in the first one with an acrylic block and the rest of it is just great too. I also like the letter set you are using.
    The second with the 3D flowers and the monkey skateboarding into “Birthday” is fun and happy.
    The third is so blue and frosty, I just love it and stamping the Distress Inks onto an acrylic block and spraying with water is another technique which means that the next time I pass by an acrylic block it might just jump into my shopping trolley.

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    • Thanks very much Sheila! I’ve not really shown any of my cards before, I’m glad you like them and I like to use an acrylic block rather than acetate or my crafting mat as I have more success controlling where the ink goes ..lol 😉. Wishing you a happy week dear friend! J 😊

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  12. Your monkey card is adorable, Jo, and I really enjoyed seeing your snow memories from years past! We get a good bit of snow here where I live, but it still thrills me (at least from now until Christmas) each year! …….February, not so much! Thanks for playing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

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    • Thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments! It was a fun card to make with the cute monkey 😁. I love snow and it must be wonderful to have a white Christmas every year, I can understand why the thrill may have worn off by the time February arrives though …lol 😉. It’s nice to meet you at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and wishing you a great week! J 😊

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  13. another fantastic background with blue and lime green, i really love the bits of white paper not colored adds another layer you can never have enough layers. Thanks for playing along at Mixed Media Monthly

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    • Thank you! Yes it was fun adding the colour using the acrylic block and the white paper showing through adds some lovely layers and texture 😁. It was fun playing along at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge this month! Have a lovely weekend! J 😊

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