A Sunny Smiles Card Made for H2H

I cannot believe that today is the last day of August and the final day to enter our August Heart2Heart challenges. The month just flew by!! This week, we are starting off with a September challenge where Anything Goes (one of my favorites). I hope that you plan to join us. 


For today’s project, I decided to pull out the August Stamp of the Month one last time to create Summer Smiles card.  I chose an uncomplicated design using a single color mixed with black and white for a bright summery feel. 

All of the images and sentiments on this card came from our Floral Celebrations stamp set.  When I first saw this set of stamps, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would use it, but I am loving all the bold floral designs, leaves, and little swirls. 

Unfortunately, today is the last day that you can order this stamp set from my website.  It was designed exclusively for August and will no longer be available after August 31st. 

To create the background on this card, I stamped one of the flower images and some leaf images onto black cardstock using VersaMark InkThis ink is specifically designed to adhere to embossing powders. You will want to make sure you have prepped your cardstock with an Anti-Static Pouch before stamping the images. 

The pouch prevents the embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it to stick. You only want the White Embossing Powder on the stamped images. If needed, you can use a fine paint brush to carefully remove any excess powder before setting the powder with a heat tool

The larger flowers were stamped onto White Daisy cardstock with Canary ink then cut out and placed onto the background with foam tape.  The smaller flowers were heat embossed with white powder onto Canary cardstock and layered onto the card. 

Those yellow dots were taken from my stash. It has been a goal of mine to start using up some of the items in my craft space. If you don’t have yellow enamel dots, you can use a white enamel dot and shade it with a yellow alcohol marker

I hope today’s project inspired you to create something new and join our Anything Goes Heart2Heart challenge. Make sure to stop by the Heart2Heart blog and check out all the other creations from our design team. 

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Stamping Techniques on a Classic Smiles Card

Before August comes to an end, I decided to pull out the stamp of the month one more time to create something simple and classic.  I have seen these Floral Celebration images used in every bright colors possible, so I decided to go an alternate route and make my flower a muted shade of grey. 

I know that this may seem like an odd choice, but I like to go the opposite direction of the tide.  I wanted my sentiment to stand out in a classic red and decided that a grey was a fitting color choice to pair with the Candy Apple

The sentiment was stamped onto a grey splattered white tag that I cut using the Tags & Tabs thin cuts dies. After stamping the image, I added some baseball stitching to match the candy apple color of the sentiment. 

The tag was layered onto some embossed cardstock with a brick pattern using foam tape and a decorative knot of grey ribbon was adhered to the top.

To create the dual toned flower, I used the rock & roll stamping technique with Pewter and Charcoal inks.  I stamped the leaves in Charcoal then cut out all of the images to layer onto the tag atop some loops of Silver Embellishing Thread

After adhering the flower to the card with thin & thick foam tape, I added a small red accent in the center.  This helped to form the visual triangle of red I needed on this project. 

If you have never tried the rock & roll stamping technique, you can learn about it in my Stamping 101 video. In this video I show you six basic stamping techniques you can try on your next project. 

This video was originally created for my VIP Group in May for National Stamping Day, but I felt like it was time to make it public to share with those of you who are learning how to use acrylic stamps. 

I honestly love how this card turned out with its classic black and red tones and I can’t wait to send it out to one of my customers to thank them for placing an online order. 

This Floral Celebrations stamp set will be retiring on August 31st.  It is our current stamp of the month which means that it is only available during the month it is featured and can be purchased for $5.00 with any $50 purchase from my website. 

I hope that you were inspired by today’s project and that you plan on creating a few more of your own using the Floral Celebrations stamp set. 

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Creating a Card with Papers You Hate

Sooo maybe “hate” is a strong word, but I want to be honest with you today. How many times have you looked at a paper pack in the catalog and thought “EW – won’t use that!”?  Well, my friend, that is exactly how I felt when I first saw the papers in the Craft On paper pack.  I was not the biggest fan. The bright colors, raging patterns, and crafty concepts did not appeal to me – AT FIRST…. but now I am going to miss it. 

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Who knew that such a brilliant collection would be one of my go-to paper packs this summer?  Sadly, it is now going away along with the Lemon, Emerald, and Pansy ink colors that were some of my favorites. These bright summer flavors will be officially retired on August 31st.

Before they are all gone for good, I thought I would create one more project for the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. (You will also find this card linked to the CardzTV & Through the Craft Room Door challenges.)  Here the sketch that I used as inspiration for my card. 

I began with a piece of Raspberry Craft On paper for the background, then created a Torn Paper border on a piece of White Daisy cardstock that had been splattered with Black Shimmer.   I added a stamped sentiment in Black then layered the two strips of paper onto the card.

If you haven’t had a chance to snag our stamp of the month, you
better grab it for $5.00 before August 31st. 

The Watermelon and Flower were created in Design Space™ and cut out with my Air2™.  I have always added Cricut™ cuts to my scrapbook pages, but, recently, I have begun to enjoy adding Cricut cut-outs to my cards.  (Here is the link to another card I made using a few images from our Cricut™ collections.)

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I added a few Black & White Dots, and this simple card was complete. I just love how it turned out. So bright and cheery and full of summer.♥ 

UPDATE: I made the top three!! Can you believe it??? 

I hope that this card has inspired you to give the Craft On collection a second glance.  Make sure you hop over to my website and grab yourself a few of the last remaining packs before August 31st. After that, I can’t guarantee that you will be able to get a hold of one of the paper pack I now A-DORE♥.

♥ I can’t wait to see what you create!

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