Following a Process

Sometimes creativity doesn’t happen right away; sometimes, we have to go through a process before inspiration really hits us. I experienced that yesterday, when I sat down to craft. These cards, which I found on Pinterest, were my starting point:

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This card was what I finished with:

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But, before I was inspired to create this card (and two others like it), I created this card:

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What happened between my initial inspiration and this card that made me go in a completely different direction, but still maintaining a white border along the top and bottom of the card?
The trick was thinking outside the box. I intended to try embossing cardstock, like in my original inspiration, but first tried patterned paper. Adhering the ribbon irritated me, so instead of creating more (in that moment), I decided to try a different route: stamping!
The stamping hit the jackpot. I created the same visual effect by taping off half an inch on both the top and bottom of the card and stamping repeatedly inside the masked off area. Once again, I varied the height each time I stamped, and varied which floral stamps I used for a little more interest and dimension. Lastly, the different colors just adds to the overall effect. I liked this so much, I created two more cards just like it!

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On all these cards, I used CTMH D1616 Have A Happy Day. On the three stamped cards, I used a mixture of D1616 Have A Happy Day and September’s SOTM S1509 Paper Garden.
On the Thank You card, I used CTMH Thistle, Whisper, Outdoor Denim and Glacier inks; I used Momenta patterned paper and CTMH Thistle ribbon on the Just Because card. (I also used Whisper ink for the sentiment). The inks I used on the Hello card are Sweet Leaf, Blush, Outdoor Denim and Black; lastly, I used Flaxen, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon and Peacock inks on the Have A Happy Day card.
Where do you find inspiration? Does it tend to come right away, or do you follow a process, like I did on this project?

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Trust Your Gut

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Here are a couple other variations of the bunny card I shared in my last post (keep scrolling down to find it!) I learned something while creating these cards: always trust your gut instinct. While I was creating the bunny card, I’d wanted to adhere the tag with twine, but talked myself out of it. This time I allowed myself to try it, and I love the final result! I also like the stamped background a lot better than the embossed one.
I used CTMH For Always C1547 and D1664 Balloon Wishes, as well as Lagoon Bakers Twine on the top card; on the second card, I used CTMH SOTM Kaboom S1406 and Outdoor Denim Bakers Twine.
Can you spy the ombre effect in the tag on the bottom card? What about the dry embossing in the tag on the top card? Love it!
As for inks, I used Saddle, Peacock, Lagoon and Outdoor Denim.
I hope you liked today’s cards. I’ll be back again soon with more!

Bunny Birthday Wishes

While browsing Pinterest yesterday, I came across some cards with heat embossed backgrounds. I was inspired to try it myself. I don’t use my embossing powders very often, and was pleasantly surprised that the finished product looked better than I remembered. Ha!
This also happens to be the card I mentioned yesterday- a birthday card for my daughters friend from school.

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To start, I watercolored the background. In this particular case, I colored with a pink Gelato directly on my craft mat. After spritzing it a bit with water from a spray bottle, I gently place the cardstock ontop and lightly rub my fingers over it. I also use my heat tool to help the drying process along.
Next, I embossed the bunny pattern (From CTMH For Always C1547) using clear ink. Note: if you have tinted embossing ink, you’ll wind up with pinkish embossing. In all honesty, I’m not crazy about it, which is probably why I rarely use white or kaleidoscope embossing powder. It doesn’t show up when darker powders are used.
I watercolored the tag with grey Gelato, then stamped another bunny using Blush ink. I also stamped the happy birthday banner (CTMH Balloon WishesD1667) in Flaxen ink, then fussy cut it out, adhering it with pop dots. To finish it off, I tied the tag on with Flaxen extra thick twine.
Join me again soon with more cards similar to this one!

Embossed Leaf Cards

I’m popping in quickly to share two more cards I made, before heading back to my haven to create another! One of my daughters has received her first birthday invitation of the school year already, and it just dawned on me that I should make a card for this little lady! Stay tuned!
In the meantime, here’s the cards I made this morning.

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A friend of mine celebrated her birthday yesterday, and after seeing it pop up in my Facebook feed yesterday, I decided to make her one. I know it’ll be late- Uber late, since she lives in Chile- my theory is that it’s the thought that counts.
To create the leaves, I stamped using embossing ink and powder, then fussy cut them out. After that, I stamped different leaves inside the open leaf image, giving it more interest.
The pennant ‘Celebrate’ is stamped on was left over from another project. The piece of patterned paper that I used was actually scrap paper that acted as a buffer, so that the stamping I did for that project wouldn’t transfer to my desk. I liked the faint design it left, so I used it up!
I used a lot of CTMH ink on these cards (the only ctmh product on these cards, as a matter of fact). You’ll find Smokey Plum, Barn Red, Saddle, Sweet Leaf, Goldrush, Black, Cocoa and Flaxen. Phew!
I hope you enjoyed today’s cards! I’ll be back again soon. Thanks for dropping by!

Fall Favorites

Some time ago, I came across a post on kijiji that was chock full of retired CTMH product. Since I was interested in bulking up on more stamps, I bought a few of the stamps this person was selling. One of them was a really cute fall themed stamp, called Fall Favorites. (S1209, SOTM. Retired)

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(Image courtesy of Google).

Adorable, right?!
I found out some dear friends of ours are celebrating their wedding anniversary today (25 years!!), and I thought I’d make them a card. Since its the first day of fall, I figured this stamp set would be perfect! I was right! (In my humble opinion).

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And, I liked it so much, I made another:

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To make the pumpkins pop, I stamped the image on a separate piece of cardstock, then watercolored just the pumpkins with Autumn Terracotta ink (CTMH). Once it was dry, I fussy cut the pumpkins out and adhered them ontop of the main image on the card (stamped in Ponderosa Pine ink). The background was created with dark brown Gelato. Lastly, I stamped ‘congratulations’ in CTMH Cocoa ink.
I hope you enjoyed today’s cards, and I hope they inspire you to try playing with gelatos and watercolors yourself!

Brushstrokes Celebrate

My mother in law is also celebrating a birthday this week, so I created another birthday card last night.

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I used CTMH C1608 Brushstrokes Flair stamp set, along with Thistle, Smokey Plum and Outdoor Denim inks. ‘Celebrate’ is a SU stamp; it was stamped with black ink.
Since all my extra Recollections white cardstock has been used up, my card base and the two mats inside came from CTMH (White Daisy cardstock). The navy blue mat is Recollections.

Last Minute

My mom’s birthday is coming up on the 27th, and with that in mind, I created a birthday card for her. I used Paper Garden, once again,  and a separate SU stamp set I’ve had in my stash for quite some time. A card I found on Pinterest inspired this card. Here it is:

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Here is my interpretation:

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I used Whisper, Black, Thistle and Pear inks on this card, as well as CTMH rhinestone embellishments.
I am interested in turning this card into a last minute workshop! Comment on this blog post if you’re interested in participating OR would like the kit shipped to you! The fee is $35; the only prerequisite for participating is purchasing September’s SOTM before the month is out! Your fee covers the cost of your order and materials to create this beautiful card! Share with your friends- let’s make this happen!

You Are My Happy Card

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This card lives up to the name of the stamp pack it was created from- Paper Garden! In a variety of colors, starting with the lightest, randomly stamp the flowers along the left edge of the card. In a coordinating color, stamp and fussy cut the largest flowers. To add some dimension to the flower centre on the focal flower, stamp, fussy cut, and lightly brush Smokey Plum ink diluted with a tiny bit of water to soften the color.  (I squeezed the top and bottom of the ink pad together so that some ink transfers to the inside of the lid. Use a spray bottle to squirting a bit of water onto the lid and watercolor away!)
The title was created using a stamping technique found on CTMH’S blog. Stamp the title using two coordinating colors; start with the lighter color, then move to the darker color (halfway down the image). Finish by stamping in the lighter ink again. You’ve just created a lovely ombre title!
Lastly, add pop dots for depth.

Creating Depth

Have you seen Close to My Hearts’ September stamp of the month, Paper Garden, in action yet?
If not, here’s a card I made using it!

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Create depth in your projects by stamping images in a variety of colors, like I did here. I started with Crystal Blue ink and stamped the floral image repeatedly, varying the height each time. Next, I stamped over the Crystal Blue with Outdoor Denim ink, using the same method. Another fun technique to employ that creates depth and dimension, is “second generation” stamping. Fill your stamp with ink, then lightly press it to a scrap piece of cardstock. Without refilling your stamp with ink, apply it to the project you’re working on. Repeat the process until you’re happy. You’ll see a slight chicken wire pattern in places on my card; I achieved that using this technique.
Lastly, for a little more visual weight, I watercolored the background using blue and purple gelatos (this was actually my first step in my creative process), and sprayed a small amount of navy color shine ink (heidi swapp).
I hope this card inspires you to try a few stamping techniques. If you like this stamp, and want to see more, join me again in the near future for another card using this stamp set! If you’d like to purchase it, visit my website here: http://www.theeverydayscrapbooker.ctmh.com
When you make a qualifying purchase, this stamp set is only $6- when it’s regularly $19! That’s huge savings!

Laundry Layout

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What better way to create a layout about laundry than to create a clothesline- complete with twine and cute wooden mini clothes pins?!
I cut strips of chocolate cardstock to .75 inches and adhered them with pop dots. And, a little tip- when I glued the twine to the posts, I adhered a small strip of scrap paper over top the twine, to hold it in place. I used CTMH’s Liquid Glass to adhere the twine. The grass was cut with my cricut, in varying shades of green papers, and the clouds were stamped using CTMH Glacier ink. (I used the Rain or Shine stamp set).
Thanks for visiting! See you again soon!