Spring Stroll Cards and Envelopes

I had a lot of fun creating for Joy Clair this month! This is my last design team project and really like how it turned out. The colors are some of my favorite. I was pleased with how well everything went together even though they were from a few different manufacturers.

Spring Stroll

The Spring Stroll stamp set lends itself well to card makers. Have you ever had wonderful pattern paper in your stash as well as coordinating goodies that you really wanted to play with, but did not have the project for them? That happened to me with a line I have had in my stash for about three years. The colors are dreamy and remind me of spring. I decided to create a six card set and matching envelopes. The corner floral stamp on this set is perfect tucked in opposite corners of a envelope. To save time I used the same items on each card, but got different looks with each of them because of the double sided paper. 

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The Cards

To add a layer of interest and depth I used corrugated paper in mint and foam sheets I found at the dollar tree in pink. To color the images in Marvy markers were the perfect choice! The bows are another favorite thing in my stash! They are easy to make with liquid adhesive and add that perfect finishing touch along with Crystal Drops.  

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For the first three cards I used the pattern paper to create my card bases. The inside I mounted a sentiment with a matte to make it pop. By using pattern paper as a card base it really jazzes up the card and allows you, the creator, to use up some of your stash. Why buy a card base when you can just use something from your stash to create one? 


To use up the scraps from the larger cards I created these standard A5 cards. By stamping the envelopes it really gave the set a special edge. Everything coordinates and is not perfectly matched. I do not like to make a set of the exact same card. I get board, but sometimes I want speed too, so I use the same items in different ways on each card. This allows me to stay inspired and creating a gorgeous card set! 


Have you created spring cards? Go through your stash and see what you can come up with instead of buying special paper. 

Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

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St Paddy Whimsical Gate Card

I have recently joined the Joy Clair Design Team and could not be more excited to be part of such an amazing company! If you are not familiar with Joy Clair check out their blog and website. The stamps they create are my perfect match. They have everything from Biblical stamps to sassy stamps! Here is my first post I did for their blog on creating a gate card:

The Lucky Charm stamp set is perfect to create a whimsical card for St Patrick’s Day! My favorite style is childlike and colorful. When I saw this stamp set the rainbow screamed to me that it needed to be a handle on a card. Using the gate fold I made this card:

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Directions:

To create this card you will need alcohol markers, fast drying waterproof ink, Nuvo Dew Drops, green cardstock, embossing ink and embossing powder.  

First determine the size of the card and score two lines to create a gate. This is a 4.25 by 5.5 card. It is scored at the 2 1/8 line, flipped and scored again. The inside measures 4.25.

Set the card base aside. Using embossing ink, stamp the clovers randomly on a piece of cardstock cut down .5 inches smaller on each side of card base. Heat set it and cut down the middle. Carefully attach to the front of the gate card.

For the rainbow, stamp the image with waterproof ink. Carefully color in the sections with puffy paint or dew drops. Modeling paste is a great way to make a cloud! Just tap it on making sure there are lots of rises and add a little glitter. Set aside to dry completely.

For the Leprechaun, shading him in with markers or colored pencils is the perfect touch. 

To assemble the card, attach the rainbow coming off the edge of one side of the gate. A button is a perfect accent! Ground the leprechaun on a piece of solid card stock with pop dots. Finish off the card with a few dots of Nuvo Drops. Don’t forget to add a sentiment!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Betz Golden 

You Make me Horn-y

Joy Clair has amazing stamps that are being released. The “I Think You’re S’Whale” has snarky and silly sentiments as well as cute images. For this card I chose to use the Narwhal because I really wanted an excuse to stamp “You Make me Horn-y”.

To create this card I laid out a few different shade of blue Colorburst. I misted watercolor paper first with water. By misting it before sprinkling the color it allows the powder to stay on the paper. After the Colorburst was sprinkled I sprayed it with water again until the color and consistency was satisfactory.

I stamped the narwhal on a white piece of card-stock and colored him in with alcohol markers, He was trimmed out and paced on the cards with pop dots. a few dots of clear Nuvo dots completed him.

The stamp set includes bubbles and I stamped those in white. I added a little clear Nuvo Glaze on them and finished the card off with random placement of Nuvo drops.

This is a great card to give a loved one to make them smile. What do you like better a narwhal or whale? Answer in the comments!

And here are the other fabulous designers showcasing a few more releases!

Martha Lucia Gomez

Helen Gullet

Betz Golden— YOU ARE HERE!

Karen Letchworth

Lindsay Adreon

Connie Hyde Mercer

Ceal Pritchett

Kerry Urbatch

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thankful for You!

Have you ever started creating something and you were not sure how it would turn out? You just kinda went for it and hoped for the best? That is exactly what I did on this card. Pretty much everything I used is from Brutus Monroe with the exception of the Autumn Red Nuvo Drops 

I first used a gorgeous background stamps with clear embossing ink to stamp the image (I did this on the leaves as well) and embossed with Penny Embossing poweder (Gilded Gold on the leaves). I wanted the Colorburst to pool and separate in the leaves so I made sure to sprinkle in the leaves and misted water in those spots.

I did the same for the larger leaves. Once they dried I cut them out. They bent slightly which I liked because it made them more realistic. I used pop dots to adhere to the card base.

This card has been my favorite card I have made for Fall. It is so ironic how something so unpredictable and experimental can turn out so beautiful! 
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting! 

Happy Harvest!

I have a small confession to make. I absolutely love old trucks! This vintage truck stamp set, though almost vintage itself, is still one of my all time favorites! I appreciate how I can switch out what is in the back of the truck depending on who I am giving it to or the season. Even though the entire set is wood mounted it is surprisingly easy to line up.

 After I colored it in with distress markers, I cut it out and pop dotted it on the card front.

I want to create an entire card set with different objects in the back for each season of phase of life. I think it would make a perfect gift!
Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!