Birthday Celebration–Day 2 with Simply Sketched on Vellum

Woo hoo! It’s day 2 of my celebration and I have another card to share with you today.  This is a card that I made for my Fun n’ Crafty demo team swap.  Each month, everyone in my downline is invited to participate in a card swap… sort of like a secret santa – only for cards.  You are given one or more names to send a card to.  You know you will get a card for each one you send, but you don’t know from whom or when in the month it will arrive.  It’s pretty fun!

Anyway, while I was working on samples for my Vellum class, I was inspired to try out heat embossing on the vellum and then coloring in between the embossed lines with some bold marker colors.  Check it out:

I reached for a bunch of supplies that I love but don’t use nearly enough (lets hear it for vellum, candy dots, and core’dinations cardstock!) and started mixing and matching using a simple card design.

I made a couple in this AWESOME Cherry Cobbler colors and then one in the Island Indigo color. 

To make this card, it is simple to do. 

  1. Stamp your image on Vellum cardstock using Versamark ink
  2. Cover with White embossing powder and heat
  3. Color in between the raised embossed lines using a marker
  4. Glue Vellum to the front of your card or designer paper mat using candy dots (if you paper starts curling, you may need to secure the corners with glue dots and then cover with the candy dots)

Oh, and that core’dintations cardstock?  It makes a great textured background and if you grab your handy dandy sanding block, it distresses beautifully and gives it a velvety feel.  (seriously, sand some of this paper and feel it!)

Card Supplies Used

Stamps – Simply Sketched
Ink – Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Papers – Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler or Island Indigo core’dinations cardstock, Vellum cardstock, Soho Subway designer paper
Accessories – Cherry Cobbler or Island Indigo marker, Garden Green marker, White embossing powder, Embossing Buddy, Sanding Block, Neutrals Candy Dots

And we can’t forget!  It’s Day 2 of Birthday Celebrations!

So, today’s presents for the giveaway are a cool combo goodies to make a project like this yourself.  If you haven’t already checked out the CUTE punch art birthday penguins I posted yesterday and entered yesterday’s giveaway, you should!  Then come back and get in on today’s prizes.

Northwest Stamper Birthday Weekend Giveaway – Day 2

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Neutrals Candy Dots

Candy Dot Brad Bases

Each day I’ll post a new giveaway and you’ll be able to enter up 3 ways (and yes! you can get multiple entries each day!) each day and I’ll draw names on Sunday.

Enter to win today’s giveaway by any combination of the following:

  • Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what was the last type of card you’ve made. 
  • Visit my facebook page and leave a comment today’s card post sharing what is your favorite crafting accessory?
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Mini Composition Notebook Cases from Stamp Cases

Yesterday I had grand visions of all I was going to get done and all the projects I was going to make and videos I was going to finish editing (that’s the sad part, I have the videos recorded, I just haven’t edited them yet).  But instead it turned into a day of finishing prepping for my holiday card class and working with my mom to finish planning for a craft fair in November.

Its been a blast to figure out fun projects to make and pick out papers, stamps, and designs for the different projects.  One of the projects I was having a ton of fun with yesterday was working on decorated mini composition notebooks.

Mom and I were trying to figure out how to do the insides so we had a “Craft-Off” and each used the same paper for the cover and did our version of the inside.

Here is mine:

Mini composition notebook case with Happy Day

Here is hers:

Mini composition notebook case with Simply Sketched

So these are the insides of a Stampin’ Up! clear mount stamp case (we got the extras you can buy in packs of 4).  We used a piece of designer paper for the cover of the case and then on the inside used the same paper to:

  • Decorate the cover of a mini-composition notebook
  • Line the inside of a ballpoint pen
  • Create a pen holder to keep it from rolling around
  • and in mom’s case, create a cute sentiment inside the case

Both of us really like the Happy Day stamp set for their sentiments for this project and I thought the images in the set made for cute accents as well. 


Happy Day – item #130294 (130297 clear)
25% off!  $16.46 w/ $12.71 c

So I don’t think we have a winner for her craft off because while I like my version, I think hers is really pretty too!  Though I think she had the secret weapon of the Simply Sketched hostess set because you can pretty much never go wrong with that set!

Now to just finish decorating the front!

But I had so much fun picking out paper and stamps for the rest of these cases that we are making for the craft fair and I love the idea of having a notebook and pen in my purse that isn’t going to get all smashed up, dirty, and lots in the my “Mary Poppins bag” that I carry. Smile  Hopefully everyone else at the craft fair feels the same way!

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A Watercolored Sympathy Card Sneak Peek

Like I mentioned last Thursday, I had the privilege of being tapped to be a guest designer for Cute Card Thursday!  They have some really fun themes and challenges each week, and I love that they are so open that you can really get inspired based on anything you have in your stash.

This week the theme is:

Something Blue

I mean, there are so many ways to interpret that and believe me, I went through a number of different ideas myself.  But in the end, I ended up coming back to this card.

I just got this new stamp set – Simply Sketched as part of my preorder from the new Stampin’ Up! catalog that comes out at the end of the month.  This is actually a hostess set, but I LOVE the sketched images in the set and the font of the sentiments, that I had to get it early. 

Anyway, the flower from this set is what started it all!  I knew I wanted to watercolor it and make it blue and then I started grabbing other supplies from around my craft room that went with the blue theme.

So, my stamp is a sneaky peek… but the rest of the card is an homage to the retiring items.  I grabbed one of my last few scraps from my Comfort Café designer paper for the patterned papers in the card.  I used the retiring Certainly Celery paper for a mat and then added one more shade of blue with the retiring Marina Mist scallop dotted ribbon (the dots are on the backside Winking smile).  Oh, and retiring ink colors for my stamped image too!  Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, and Baja Breeze.

That is a LOT of blues!

The nice thing is that they all went together and, while thankfully I don’t have an occasion that calls for a sympathy card right now, I now have a card that I would feel good sending out to a friend or loved one who needs a personal note of support.

But if you have a different idea (or even something similar) that you have bouncing around in your mind for the challenge this week – Something Blue – hop on over to Cute Card Thursday and join in the challenge fun!


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Supples Used
– Simply Sketched
Paper – Watercolor Paper, Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery**, Comfort Cafe designer paper**
Ink – Stazon, Baja Breeze**, Certainly Celery**, Bashful Blue**
Accessories – Aqua Pen, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Marina Mist Scallop Dotted Ribbon**, Stampin’ Dimensionals
**Item retiring June 3rd or when supplies run out