Card Making

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Bonjour everyone! Today I am sharing a new card I made for a friend. She wanted to give this card to her grandmother for her 96th birthday. I decided to do some watercoloring for this card because I had so much fun with my Halloween cards, but I wanted to try a difference technique.

My friend wanted the card to say “Happy Birthday” in french along with her name. I thought this might be a little hard since I don’t own any stamp sets that have french sentiments but I was able to download a pretty font and I just printed it out instead.DSC03208

I used Mama Elephant’s Freestyle Florals stamp set and made a pattern on Canson watercolor paper. I stamped the flowers and leaves with my Versamark Emboss Ink Pad and used clear embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.
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For the colors, I used my Peerless “Complete Edition” and “Pretty in Pink” watercolor sets.

I was very happy with how the flowers popped once I colored in the background in blue. I also love the way the watercoloring looked once it was completely dry. I highly recommend getting Peerless watercolors if watercoloring is something you’re interested in but don’t want to spend too much money on because you are a beginner.

I hope my friend’s grandmother had a great birthday and enjoyed the card and I hope you guys enjoyed it as well! Au revoir!

Items used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant Freestyle Florals
Ink: Tsukineko Versamark Emboss Ink Pad
Paper: Canson Watercolor Paper, Papertrey Ink White Card Set, Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise Cardstock
Other: Simon Says Stamp Clear Embossing PowderPeerless Watercolors, Peerless Watercolors Pretty in PinkRanger Water Brush

My Favorites

May ’15 Top 5

Hey guys! It’s the end of May, I feel like I just posted my Top 5 for April! Time is going by way too fast. I am now the parent of a sixth grader (whaaaaat?!).

I wanted to show you guys what I’ve been practicing. I’ve been working on collecting embroidery threads and other accessories. This is my first try at embroidery. I stamped the Love You Tons stamp set from Lawn Fawn with Mama Elephant’s Blush Pigment Ink Pad. I’m really going to try to practice some more and try different techniques.

Love You Tons

And now, on to the top 5!
May Top 5

1. Hero Arts Stylish Letter Upper Case Woodblock SetMay Fave 1

By now you know I love a good alphabet stamp set and I just happened to get this awesome set at such a good deal. I found it at Hobby Lobby for about $15 and then used my 40% off coupon. This is going to be perfect for future Project Life layouts. Plus, who doesn’t love old fashion wooden stamps?

2. Kellie Stamps
May Fave 2So number 2 is Kellie Stamps, period. Not just one stamp set, all of Kellie Stamps. I LOOOOVE all her sets and I can’t pick just one. I went on her online store and bought whatever she had in stock. These sets are fun and different and you can use them for cards, scrapbook or Project Life layouts. My favorite? If I must pick one I’d go with “Does BAE = Bacon and Eggs? Cause I love BAE”.May Fave 2a

3. Peerless Water ColorsMay Fave 3So I wanted to get in with the water coloring fad but I didn’t want to spend too much money (because I can’t even color with markers) and I read about Peerless Water Colors. The colors are so vibrant and I love how they come in sheets plus they are super affordable. I cut each sheet to a 1″ long by 2.5″ wide rectangle and glued them to a Strathmore watercolor book. I’m definitely looking forward to using these during the next The Daily Marker’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge starting tomorrow!May Fave 3aMay Fave 3b

4. We R Memory Keepers Fuse ToolMay Fave 4

So the fuse tool was all the rage this month and I can see why after playing with it. It is so easy to use and it’s just so cool! I made this little sequin pocket in no time!

5. Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 CameraMay Fave 5I was so excited to get this camera! It’s been so long since I had an instant camera. It comes in many different colors and I chose yellow because of Lucky (our pet duck) and had I waited a couple of weeks, I would’ve ended up with a white one instead. I’ve been stingy with the roll of film because only 10 come in a roll, but I’m ready to start taking some pictures for some scrapbook layouts. Also, I bought this at Michael’s Craft Store and was able to use my 40% off coupon!!!

I hope you guys enjoyed this month’s Top 5! I have so much fun picking my favorite supplies each month and I can’t believe it’s already been five Top 5s!

Thanks for stopping by!

Items Mentioned:

Link to Kellie’s Stamps: http://kelliestamps.bigcartel.com/category/clear-stamps