It’s gonna be a bright sunshiny day

Unless you are in Florida, of course. I was hopeful that the hurricane would make it up this way, I could use a little wind and rain, but it’s not to be this time. But the season is not over yet so I won’t give up hope.

So, in celebration of the sunshiny days we have been having lately, here are a couple of cards that I hope will brighten your day.

The sun rays on this card were made by sponging Memento Cantaloupe ink using a piece of cardstock as a mask, a technique I saw on Gina K’s Stamp TV here. It is really pretty easy to do and I love the way it turned out. The landscape die is from Memory Box and I think the cloud is from them, too. The sentiment is Hero Arts.

The trees are colored using Copic markers and I die cut another border using a paper with parallel lines texture, cut out just the house and colored it with a brown (E25, maybe) Copic marker. I left a long “tail” on the house so I could attach it to the back of the landscape, after cutting off the original house. I tried just coloring the house with a Copic marker, but I didn’t like the effect at all.


These sun rays were embossing using a Papertrey impressions plate and then I just cut them in long triangular shapes using my paper trimmer. I did sponge a little ink along the edges for a little contrast, too. Same Memory Box die for the landscape and the larger MB cloud die (cut out of white felt), and another Hero Arts sentiment.


Sun rays seem to be all the rage now and I did buy the sunshine impression plate from Papertrey and a couple of clear sets that have sun rays and verses in them – one from Papertrey and one from Avery Elle, a brand new online stamp company. I have not made cards with either set yet, but I did get one of the sun rays out of the Avery Elle set and stamp with it just to see how well it inked up since it was a clear stamp, and sometimes they can be a little difficult at first. I was totally impressed! I used some Cantaloupe Memento ink and it stamped perfectly the very first time, no blotchiness at all. Love it!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are having a sunshiny kind of day.


Border punches…not just for borders anymore

They do make beautiful borders but I decided to try something a little different with this one. What do you think? Yep, that is a Tonic Studios border punch on the center piece. It is the Simplicity Daisy Border 2 Punch, one of the new geared punches released at CHA Summer 2012. These things punch through paper like buttah!


I started with a 3-5/8” square, lined up each of the 4 sides of the square with the “First Punch” line on the punch and punched once, and then just punched the rest of it as usual. There are only 3 punches per side. It won’t completely detach from the outside edges, but I just trimmed it away with scissors, leaving a little straight part between the corner designs. It doesn’t make a prefect square but I really like the look of the finished design.

I stamped the sentiment from a JustRite stamp set, added a little color with my Copic marker and punched it out with a circle punch. The scalloped border behind it is also a Tonic Studios border punch (Dotty Border), but I decided not to get too fancy with that one this time. Sometimes simpler is better.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave me a comment! I love hearing from you, you know.


Butterflies everywhere

IMG_0356This time I used the Tonic Studios Border Punch System and the Butterflies Accent Punch for the border. The border punch system makes it so easy to line up the punch to get a straight line. The punches are usually spaced a little farther apart, but instead of lining it up with the guides, I just started in the center of the paper and lined up the center of the center butterfly (it punches 3 butterflies at a time) with the edge of the punch itself to get them closer together.

The big butterfly is also a Tonic Studios punch, the Butterfly Multi Detail Punch. It’s amazing how well these punches work, even on thicker cardstock. I have another brand of butterfly punch that has a very similar design, but it rarely punches cleanly. These work perfectly every time. The pink paper is from Papertrey and it’s really thick, but I had not trouble at all with the punch.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and it is stamped on a Nestabilities die cut. It’s difficult to see in the photo, but there is the same yellow polka dot paper behind the butterfly border, and I just added a small strip of the same paper above the border.

Thanks for stopping by and why not hop over and have a look at the Tonic Studios Facebook page – there are a lot of beautiful cards in the albums there, too.