Wednesday, April 24, 2024

You Light Me Up, Piggie!

 Greetings everyone! It's me again, Jessie Scott (@chevy.scott on IG), Guest Designing for Gerda Steiner Designs!

Today I have another fun collaboration with Pear Blossom Press products to share. What's better than a Flying Pig? One coming to bring you the best birthday wishes! Check out this fun birthday card using You Lift Me Up.  

I colored this fun piggie with my Olo Markers and used some black and white baker's twine to add some texture to the string look wrapped around his middle and attaching to the balloon. (I also want him to actually swing in the air!) The stars are actually a small punch I used to make holes for my light up part.

I made a fun pastel cloud background with stencils and Distress Ink. Gold splatter was added for more interest. 

So, with the magic of the internet haha I printed out the sentiment I needed for a fun birthday card. (I had forgotten to print it first before cutting the panel and ink blending so the background above actually ended up getting used on another card haha and I made a new one.)

To learn how I lit up this card so easily, venture over to my blog today for the companion post with Pear Blossom Press!

Even without the light effect, this baby swings! I adhered the balloon to the card and left the piggie to swing freely on the card.


Here's the finished project!

See you again soon!

Friday, April 19, 2024

A little birdy told me...

 Greetings everyone! It's me again, Jessie Scott (@chevy.scott on IG), Guest Designing for Gerda Steiner Designs!

Today I am playing with this super versatile new digi stamp, Happy Birthday Birds - Print & Color Greeting Card. Don't let the name fool you, the digi also comes with a blank sign image so you can do what I did and make your own messages!

The beauty of digital stamps is you can do the same or even more than using a real stamp! This digital stamp set comes with a "PNG" version that has transparency that allows you to layer it onto other images. For this card, I layered on itself to create a scene of a group of birds in the trees.
Have you ever used a mirror technique to "flip" a stamp? It's so much easier with digital stamps! I used two original images and then flipped the image horizontally twice as well to make this scene.

You can use an advanced editing program if that's what works for you, but I use just simple MS Word.

I like to use the "insert - shape" option to make a card front shape to size my images before printing. This one was sized for a minislim 5.25"x3.5". I then added some heart shapes in the empty spots and my text in the signs.

Now for the fun part! Coloring! Yes... I blended the ENTIRE background! It took a few layers to get it to this point, but worth it. Then I colored the trees.


I keep seeing the fun pastel colors for the birds and couldn't resist using them as well. I took some glitter paper and used a starburst punch to make a sun rising on my adorable morning birds. I coated the hearts with glue and covered them in glitter for a final touch.

I hope you enjoy the card and maybe have a little more understanding of how to use digi stamps and join in on the fun!


Here's the finished project!

See you again soon!

Monday, April 8, 2024

And all the little birdies went "tweet, tweet, tweet!"

Back again for another outing with the sweet little bird quartet in the latest GSD digital stamp-Happy Birthday Birds.  These little cuties are so much fun to play with and they are really quick to color up, which is great, if you need a card in a hurry.

This time I used the full-size digital image with the blank signs, cutting off a bit of the top and bottom, so I could add a splash of color with a little bit of border.  And once again they insisted on going outside to have their picture taken!!

The birdies can be any color, but I stuck with my favorite birds.  And of course you can color in the background, but I didn't want to take anything away from these sweet little birds and the message they were sending, so I chose to just outline the tree, birds and musical notes with light blue.

Bluebird:  FB2, B24, B32

Cardinal:  R29, R27, R35

Robin:  E74, E71, E70, glossy accents used on the spectacles

Goldfinch:  Y08, Y15, Y06

Beaks:  Y17, Y15

Tree trunk:  E29, E59, E27

Outlining:  B00

These little birds are sure to delight everyone.  They really are just "so tweet." 

Have fun and happy crafting~Debbie

Friday, April 5, 2024


Hello all you creative minds, 
Nicole here again from Hamburg/Germany.

Today we're going underwater and meeting some friends from the stamp set "A Whale of a Time".

For an underwater shaker card I used a great design paper from Whimsy Stamps "Under the Sea".

First I punched out the design paper with the punching template.

Then colored the stamp impressions with the markers from Ohuhu.
Color combination:

Waale: MG020, MG030, MG060, MG100

Octopus: GY7, G260, G270, G470, G080

Cheeks: R120, R188

And then cut out.

Before you glue the windows of the card, you should consider positioning the cut-out backgrounds on the base card. I tend to forget that from time to time!😉

Then you can fill the shaker elements into the squares and apply the front card with 3D tape.

I embossed the stamp text with WOW embossing powder/white and then attached it to the card with the cute friends.
In the beginning I always thought shaker cards were too much work, but once you understand the system, you can turn all the punching templates into a great and effective shaker.

For more inspiration, come and visit me on Instagram under "Stempelfiziert".

I would be delighted to help you.

 I hope you enjoyed my post and that it has inspired you a little.

See you soon 

Nicole aka Stempelfiziert

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Have a mice day

Hi everyone!

I'm thrilled to be back, sharing another card using the new release "In your corner".  I stamped the image from this set on a piece of watercolor paper and colored in using Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush.  Once this dried, I used the smaller 'rectangle' from AALL & Create Splodazzlers to cut out the image. 

 I used the larger 'rectangle' from the same die set to cut a backing from black cardstock.  The set also comes with several dies in the shape of splotches, which I used to cut some pieces from black cardstock.  I attached the watercolor piece to the black background, attaching this whole piece to an A7 ivory card base.  Finally I stamped the sentiment from 'In your corner' in the lower right corner and glued the two circle cutouts in the upper left.

This was really an easy card to put together.  Thank you so much for reading and I hope you have a mice day!

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

We're here to "chirp" you up. . .

I'm here today to take the latest Gerda creation out for a "test flight" - Happy Birthday Birds.  This is a digital stamp collection packed full of possibilities.  You can simply print, cut, color and give, or you can add an extra touch of creativity.

For my first outing I have these sweet little birdies serenading bunny and friend*, as they lounge beneath the birdies' tree.   

I resized and rotated the digital image with the blank signs, to create a portrait card.  With the addition of a hillside for the bunny to rest on, I only had to extend the lines of the tree trunk a bit, creating some distance between the branch and the ground.  To minimize background coloring, I outlined the tree, birds and notes in light blue and cut the hillside from patterned paper.  I used a copic multiliner to add my sentiment to the signs.

And yes, I also took my birdies outside to have their picture taken.  They insisted!!

The birdies are colored with copic markers in the hues of my favorite birds.

Bluebird:  FB2, B24, B32

Cardinal:  R29, R27, R35

Robin:  E74, E71, E70, glossy accents used on the spectacles

Goldfinch:  Y08, Y15, Y06

Beaks:  Y17, Y15

Tree trunk:  E29, E59, E27

Bunny:  E34, E33, E31

Outlining:  B00

*Bunny and birdie are from the GSD "How Are Ewe" stamp set.  Additional sentiments are from the GSD "Cup of Love" stamp set.

Have fun and happy crafting~Debbie

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

So Grateful

Hi everyone!

Today I'm sharing a card using the newly released "Best Mom Best Dad" and one of my favorite sets "Grow Happiness".  I wanted a cleaner look for this card and also decided to stay with more neutral colors.

I started this card by choosing three of the plants from the "Grow Happiness" set and stamping them on Tim Holtz distress watercolor paper (this watercolor paper is closer to a bright white than some others I've used).  Next, I used Derwent Inktense pencils and a water brush to color the plants.  Hint, for plants and flowers it's more realistic to use several different colors or shades on the leaves.  In this case I pulled some browns in with a couple greens.  After coloring the pots, I added a neutral grey to the edges to add some dimension (this is the same grey I used for the shadows underneath and on some of the leaves, pulling everything together).  Once this dried, I used Gina K Designs master layout one to cut the image out and cut a black mat for the background.

I decided to keep this card on the generic side since I didn't know what I was going to use it for yet.  I used the row of hearts and 'so grateful for you' from "Best Mom Best Dad" in a Misti to stamp the sentiment below the plants.  When working with watercolor paper, it's best to use a Misti or similar stamping device since the rougher paper usually requires you to stamp several times for a better image.  After layering the two pieces together and attaching to a kraft card base, this card was finished for me for the moment.  Any of the other sentiments (listed below) in the "Best Mom Best Dad" set will work great stamped inside of the card once I know who it's for.
Happy Father's Day
Happy Mother's Day
Thank you for all you do
You are the best

So grateful to all of you for taking the time to read about this card, happy crafting!

Monday, April 1, 2024

In Your Corner

 Hi everyone!

Stacey with you today sharing a really sweet encouragement card created with a new stamp called, In Your Corner.

Here is a look at the card that I created:

That little mouse is too cute!
To create my card, I started by folding a piece of white cardstock in half to create my A2 card base. I used a stitched die to cut out a piece of patterned paper to layer on top and added a bit of doodling around the perimeter. I stamped my In Your Corner image onto a piece of white cardstock and colored it in with my Copic markers. I stamped the image once again onto a piece of floral patterned paper and fussy cut it out to give the card a bit of a wallpaper vibe. When I paper pieced the patterned paper onto the wall, I raised it ever so slightly to give the illusion of a baseboard. At least that is what I was hoping for lol! I added a little scallop frame on top and adhered my image to my card front. I stamped my sentiment and used a banner die to cut it out, adding it underneath my image to complete my card.

What a sweet and thoughtful stamp set!

Copic Colors Used:
--Wall: C00, C1, C3, C4, C5, C6, C7
--Floor: G40, G21
--Mouse: E40, E41, E42, E43, R20
--Heart: R81, R83, R85

Thank you so much for stopping by!
I hope you have a great crafty day!

You can find Stacey on Instagram: @staceyscreativecorner