Category Archives: Greeting Cards

Unity Stamp Be Inspired Challenge

I created this card for the Unity Stamps Be Inspired Challenge.  I was inspired by the new Tim Holtz’ crazy birds stamps.  Unity has this fabulous Swagger bird and I just modified it a bit.  I used watercolor paper and I colored the background and the birds using distressed inks in Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn.  I thought these colors matched the color challenge perfectly!

I added a bow tie to the top bird on the wire, and a small flower, I punched out of my leftover watercolor paper., to the girl bird on the ground, then I stamped “Sending happy thoughts” on another left over piece of paper and made it into a quote bubble.  The birds and the sentiment are popped up for added dimension.

SendingHappyThoughts copy

I placed the card in front of a watercolor painting I just finished and it looks like a good background for the birds.

I guess I’m having a thing about birds lately because I also entered the Thinking of You bird card I made for SVG Attic’s Spring Has Sprung Blog Hop in the Friends With Flair last Friday.

If you haven’t see that post, here is the card again!

Bird

Thanks for coming to visit and have a great week!

Happy crafting!

Carmen

Spring Has Sprung Blog Hop

Welcome to the SVG AtticSnapDragon Snippets Spring
Has Sprung blog hop!  We are so excited to have you join us today!
At each stop of the hop we hope you will be inspired by the
creativity of the design teams of SVG Attic and Snapdragon Snippets. You are
sure to find many wonderful projects that will be at the top of your crafting
lists!
You should be arriving from Beth‘s blog.  If you happened across this post
out of order, please head to the 
SVG
Attic blog
 to start
at the beginning of the hop.
Here are the projects I created for this hop:
I’ve been experimenting with Dylussions Inks Sprays on watercolor paper so I used the watercolor paper to create the following cards.
The first card is from the Welcome Spring SVG Collection.  I cut out plain watercolor paper using my Cricut and then sprayed Heidi Swapp ink sprays on the base of the flower and the cut out flower shape, then I used the prepared watercolor paper to cut out the bird two times using my Cricut Expressions electronic cutter.  I then added molding paste plus a small amount of black distress ink and applied it through Martha Stewart’s Angle Wings Stencil.  This made the feathers on the bird appear more realistic, then on top of the feathers I added Heidi Swapp’s Tinsel ink spray with the sprayer.  The eye is a mat pearl.  The “Thinking of You – please know i care -” is a new sentiment from Unity Stamp Company.
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For the second 6×6 card I used elements from the Give A Hoot SVG Collection.    I created the background by using an embossing pen to outline the branches and leaves on the designer card stock, then I added white embossing powder, heated it with the heat gun and when dry, I added green and yellow Gelatos, followed by spraying water and blending the colors together.  I used the prepared watercolor paper and cut out the owl and the heart tree.  The branch is cut out of a DCWV card stock.  I also colored the leaves with Gelatos.
Then I stamped “miss you” with a $1 stamp I bought at Michael’s.
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Here you can see the watercolor paper with the Dylussions in spray, I love the rich colors they produce.
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Now how about some blog hop prizes??
$15 Gift Certificate to SVG Attic

 

and
$15 Gift Certificate to SnapDragon Snippets

 

What do you need to do to be eligible for these amazing prizes?
1.  Become a follower of each blog in the hop, if you aren’t
already. 
2.  Leave some comment love at each stop.
3.  If you do both of the above, check back here at the SVG
Attic blog
 and/or
the SnapDragon Snippets
blog
 for the winners on Monday, March 16th!  You have all day
today and tomorrow to hop. 
We would also love it if you would stop by the SVG
Attic
 and SnapDragon Snippets’ Facebook
pages and give us a “Like”!
Here is the complete blog hop lineup:
 Carmen (you are here)
Jodi (go here next)

I hope you have enjoyed this stop on our hop!  Be sure to
head on over to the other stops for more spring and Easter inspiration, comment
and become a follower to be eligible for the prizes!
 Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!
Carmen

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I hope you are having an awesome October with all the weather changes and the beautiful colors all around.

Since I am a Breast Cancer survival I’m always looking for ideas to make paper projects to share my support for my “Warrior Sisters,”especially in October.

I looked at the Bewitched Boutique SVG Kit from the SVG Attic and I though of my BC Awareness stamp by Unity Stamps “Kick Cancer’s Butt.” I had some left over paper from another project and translated my thoughts into creating this kit.

As you can see they can be presented as a set, or individually.  The Boot is hollow inside so it can be filled with cookies, candies, or even tea bags, chocolates, etc.

On the card, I added the tag to the top and a BC Awareness ribbon on the toe.  Here are some close ups:  

I used pearls for the buttons.

I added a ribbon with roses and pearls to the boot to make it look more Victorian.

The front of the boot has very thin ribbon because the holes are very small, but they can be enlarged with your crop-a-dial and use wider ribbon.

 I also used the witches hat, but converted it to a favor box.  This box can also be hung with a ribbon or twine and placed as a center piece on the table.

I hope you enjoyed seeing what other projects can be created with this SVG kit and think about other occasions you can use it just by changing your paper and embellishments.

Have a wonderful week and see you in November where I will post another idea for your table decorations.

 

Scarecrow and Acorns

I created this scarecrow card using the Anchors Aweigh step card from All at Sea SVG file.  I resized the corn and the pumpkin from the Autumn Splendor Gift Bag as well as the scarecrow from the new Fall Ensemble SVG file.  The background for the card was created by using a sunrise stencil and adding distress inks.  The pumpkin closes up nicely so it can go in the envelope provided.

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I’ve been admiring the die cut inlaid cards I’ve been seeing on different blogs so I created my own using my electronic cutter instead of dies.  I used the Harvest Blessings Card Kit.  From the Autumn Treasures card, from the same kit, I cut out the yellow layer then the sentiment in a green color then inlaid it on the negative cut out.  The leaves are from the same kit and the Four Acorns Card.  I embossed the acorns to give them a more realistic look.

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These are just two ideas for using different kits and putting them together so you can make them your own creations.

Day Three – Stretch Your Stamps 2

I got a little behind making the cards for day three, but I rushed a bit this afternoon to finish them up.

Today I will Sing

I took the Tim Holtz Caged Bird and stamped the word sing all over then I used a feather stencil and used two different colors for it.  The Sentiment is from Unity Stamps.

 

 

 

A New Baby To Love

I stamped baby girl on the die cut heart in a very light pink then using a stencil, I molding paste and spray some pink ink on it.  The sentiment, “a new baby to love” is Unity Stamps.

Reach for the Stars

For this card, I first arranged my alphabet stamps to spell out “Reach For The Stars” then added more letters in lighter ink then I used a bit of watercolor on the top.  The arrow is wood with enamel gloss on top.

Kind

Using a stencil I made myself, I typed the words “you are so kind” tinside the stencil area then inked around it.  Nice technique – I’m going to use it more often.

Be Original

This was a scary task.  I cut apart the word “Beautiful” and used it for the beginning of the sentence.  I cut out some stars with a die and used enamel dots on some and on the star next to the title, I added a rhinestone to make it different from the rest.

Inking Up My New Stamps

I spent the day yesterday inking my new stamps and was able to make two cards.

Joe - Fashionista Girl
Joe – Fashionista Girl

I used Unity Stamps Fashionista Girl Joe.  I stamped the image twice, cut out the girl, colored it with watercolor markers, color spray, stencils, and neon acrylic paints. I masked off the word hottie to stamp on top.

Namasté
Namasté

Another Fashionista Girl – Serenity.  I used some DCWV paper I had in my stash that matched the theme perfectly.  I painted a wooden flower to make it look like a Yoga symble.  I stamped the girl three times to paper piece it with different colors and textures.  The mat is a gauze paper, and the base is burlap paper.  I made some “faux enamel dots” to match the paper.  I learned this technique from Lindsay at The Frugal Crafter blog.

New Projects Using the Fun and Games File from SVG Cuts

While waiting to get the pictures of my project for the Spring Challenge, I made the Tennis Card using papers from my stash, white vellum, and washi tape for the handles.  The sentiment is from Unity Stamps called “Where You Should Be”

Tennis card
Tennis card

My husband used to be an avid golfer, but he has a bum knee now and can’t go play.  I made him this cute golf bag and put his favorite snack inside, but you could put some golf balls inside the box.  I used an old DCWV stack all about Vintage.

One side of the golf bag...
One side of the golf bag…

...and the other side.

…and the other side.

I need to find out what are the school colors at my grandson’s high school so I can make him the baseball hat.  Will post later.

More Cards for Family

I’ve been working on my Spring Challenge over at SVG Cuts and hadn’t had a chance to post the cards I made for my kids.

For my grandson - The Sports Enthusiast
For my grandson – The Sports Enthusiast

I used DCWV High School Paper, and Unity Stamp stamps

For my son - new job, new life!
For my son – new job, new life!

I used DCWV masculine paper, brads and Unity Stamps

Made for anyone - just playing around.
Made for anyone – just playing around.

I used the Reason Someone Smiles March kit stamps.  The blossom was stamped with distressed markers and spritzed with water on watercolor paper.  The background paper was embossed with clear embossing powder, inked with distress inks and ironed off the embossing. I also used DCWV corrugated cardstock in purple.