oh my stars!

Star Card - bashfulcatThis card was inspired by one that Jennifer McGuire made a while back.  Hers, though, featured a raised butterfly, and a background of stamped circles.  I thought it would be fun if the stamped images matched the raised image, but now that it’s done…  well, I think I might have over-done it with the stars.

I started with a piece of my usual, inexpensive, stamping white cardstock… and then tried it two more times with different cardstock, LOL.  I definitely recommend a fairly heavy cardstock for this technique.  I took the large star die I planned to use, and very lightly traced the star on my cardstock with a pencil.  I decided to go with three of my favorite ink colors (they look better in real life – I have GOT to work on my photography skills).  Then, I just went stamp-crazy with several different stamp images, going from yellow to orange to red, on sort of a diagonal.

Once I was happy with the stamping, I placed the die right over my pencil marks and ran it through my die-cutter.  I also cut out two matching stars from white foam.  I erased my pencil marks, then glued the two pieces of foam to the back of my stamped star, to give it dimension.  I also sprayed the star with some Shimmer Spritz – it adds just a bit of sparkle that is sadly not showing up on film.

I glued the back piece and the star to a coordinating card-base, added a heat-embossed sentiment on a banner, and glued on a few sequins.  I think this technique has a lot of potential, though I’m not sure my version shows it.  Hopefully, y’all with see something here that inspires you, and you can improve on it.

And for any of my cat-loving readers, here’s one of my “out-takes, while trying to photograph my card.  (Timber just has to be in the middle of everything.)  🙂

Star Card with TimberThanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Supplies used:  Papertrey Ink cardstock (Stamper’s Select White, Melon Berry), Sizzix Framelits Stars die, Hero Arts Mid-Tone Shadow Ink (Butter Bar, Soft Canteloupe, Pale Tomato), Versamark Ink, Hero Arts white embossing powder, Simon Says Stamp “Tilted Banner Sayings” clear stamp set and matching die, Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz (frost), some sequins that I think came from Walmart, and a bunch of misc. small clear star stamps (most of them from Simon Says Stamp).

 

hello sunshine

Hello Sunshine card by Kitty Smith 2Hello Florida, and hello sunshine!  Oh gosh, I have missed that big yellow ball in the sky!  (Have I mentioned that central Ohio has more overcast days than Seattle Washington?)

I just *had* to work with some bright colors today.  The focal point of this card is actually a combination of stamping and stencils.  I used a stencil with two shades of green ink for the grass, and some bright yellow ink for the sun.  Then I stamped the sentiment, and the flowers on the card base, and then stamped more flowers on scrap white cardstock that I first swiped with ink. (I used just a touch of colored pencil for shading.) After die-cutting the whole image out, I fussy-cut my extra flowers and layered them on with foam adhesive.  I also added a bit of Wink of Stella and Stickles on the flower and sun, for some sparkle.

I matted the whole thing on a die-cut lattice rectangle, and attached it to the card base with more foam adhesive. I rounded the corners (1/4″ rounder), and added just a few dots of white enamel accents.  (I seem to have this thing about 3 dots.)  And then, of course, I took it outside, into the sunshine, to take a photo.  Have I mentioned that I love the sun?  🙂

May all of your days be bright and sunny!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:  My Favorite Things cardstock (Persimmon – card base), Papertrey Ink cardstock (Harvest Gold), Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover (white cardstock), Spellbinders Nestabilities Lattice Rectangle die, Simon Says Stamp “Make a Scene” stencil (sun and grass), Stampendous “Flower Vases” clear stamps (flowers), Simon Says Stamp “Color and Sunshine” clear stamp set (sentiment), Memento Tuxedo Black & Cottage Ivy ink, Hero Arts Shadow inks – Soft Canteloupe, Tide Pool, Pale Tomato & Butter Bar, Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red ink, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, Enamel Accents in white, and Stickles – Icicle and Xmas Red.

new home, new life, new cards!

Kit-BW

 

This is just a super-quick card to send to friends, to give them our new address.  After a challenging personal year, and a few months of “crazy”, my family has relocated to Florida.  Woohoo!  Sunshine and surfboards, waves and Walt Disney World – life is good.

This is definitely the start of a new chapter in my life – one that will hopefully be full of more cards (and more blogging) than ever before!  Stay tuned for new “sunshiny” paper crafts, and photos of my new crafty space.  🙂

Thanks for stopping by, and have a bright, sunshiny day!

Supplies Used:  Papertrey Ink cardstock (Kraft, Dark Chocolate and White), Simon Says Stamp “Where The Heart Is” clear stamp set and matching die set, Prismacolor pencils and OMS, white Sakura Souffle pen, Sizzix Sizzlets Cherish alpha die set, and a touch of Glossy Accents (on the heart).