Thursday, November 24, 2016

Neat and Tangled~Little Baby Jesus

Hey everyone!  Today I'm sharing a card I made using one of my very favorite stamp sets of this year.  It is the Little Baby Jesus stamp set from Neat and Tangled.  I couldn't wait to play with it, as I have several ideas...so here is the first.  I made a CAS card, so I could play along for the first time with The Little Tangles Challenge.  I used distress inks on Neenah Solar White CS and blended it very lightly for a night sky.  I added a few splattered of distress inks mixed with perfect pearls, as well as plain water to make the background look more like a starry night sky.  I colored all the images with Copic markers and added Wink of Stella, and then die cut all of the images.  I love that the dies let you cut the baby out if you would like.  So I nestled it a tiny bit below the manger hay.  Then I heat embossed the sentiments with gold embossing powder.  Then I placed the banner and popped up the Baby Jesus on foam tape.  This was a very simple card to make, but I love how it turned out.  I can't wait to use this stamp set again, I just love it so much!






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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Tricks and Treats Blog Hop







Hey everyone!  Welcome the Tricks and Treats Blog Hop!  If you came here from Katy's Blog, you are in the right place.  This month we are featuring our Halloween projects, so there is a ton of fun in store for you!

I knew I had to play with the cute little Monstrous Halloween stamp and die set from Close to my Heart.  I'm never into anything scary...and I absolutely hate horror movies etc.  So, this set is as scary as it gets for me.  As cute as this set is for Halloween, it will also make a cute birthday card too.

To make my card I stamped all the monsters with pigment inks.  I used my MISTI, so I could go back over each one with a darker shade of pigment ink.  So incredibly easy with the MISTI!  So each monster and the sentiment have a bit of gradient color, which I love.  Then after the monsters dried a bit, I slathered them with a shimmer brush.  I die cut each of them out with the Thin Cut dies, and used my ScanNcut for the lollipop.  I used the Sew Fancy die set from Mama Elephant to cut the circles out of my front panel, and popped it up with foam tape.  I used a transparency sheet for my shaker card this time, instead of using Flip Flaps as I often do.  I wanted more of the shaker noise this time...and it was fun to make since I have a craft room once again!  I used some of the paper from the Jeepers Creepers Paper Pack as the back panel.  To get the eyes to pop, I just inked up all the monsters in VersaFine Onyx Black pigment ink and punched them out.  I totally forgot that I had the Jeepers Creepers assortment, which would have been way easier, lol...But, I like that the eyes I went to the trouble of making are different sizes.  I added a bunch of Pretty Pink Posh sequins, then attached the back panel to the front.  I love those tiny Iridescent Star Sequins so much, I had to put a few inside and on the front of my card.  My kiddos thought this card was really fun!






 
  Thanks so much for joining me!  You have made it to the end of the hop for this month!  If you started here...be sure to visit Amie's amazing blog to start the hop over, you won't want to miss what everyone has created!
I hope you have a fun and safe Halloween...watch out for those weirdo clowns!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sunny Studio~Gleeful Reindeer

Hey everyone!  I don't know about you, but I am already getting excited for Christmas!  I'm usually ready to start making Christmas cards and tags right after my kids start school.  I like to make everything way in advance...because once Thanksgiving gets here, I don't have the time to craft usually.  And then the day after Christmas, I am ready for spring...flowers and everything that is not Christmas.  All of the new releases have me full of a million ideas, so I have a good head start this year already.  Today I'm excited to share my latest card I made using Sunny Studio stamps!  Many of you loved my video, and blog post showing how I made my Lawn Fawn Santa...today I'm sharing a Sunny Studio Santa!   I used the new super cute Santa face from Christmas Icons, with the body of Woodsy Creature...then used the mitten from Bundles Up.  If you have the Rain and Shine stamp set (mine is on it's way!) use the boots to have a whole Santa!  Truth be told, I had this all planned out before my new stamps arrived.  I was just hoping the sizes lined up correctly...I was a little giddy when they did match up perfectly.  I love to come up with ways to stretch my stamps!  Lastly, I used a tiny scallop die from Lawn Fawn to die cut some white cardstock to put in the middle of where the Santa coat would be.  

For my card I played with the Santa first, I planned on having him peeking behind the tree.  Then I had to play the the Gleeful Reindeer set, it is one of my favorite from the new release!  I stamped all the images with VersaFine ink, so I could color using my Ziggies.  I colored the reindeer and trees and then used my glitter brush to blend the colors.  Then I stamped the sentiment from the Merry Sentiments stamp set.  I cut the images out on my ScanNcut, as my dies have not arrived yet.  I used the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud dies for my snow banks and popped one layer up with foam tape.  Then I attached all my images, I always use tweezers to find the perfect spot before gluing.  Then I decided to make a strand of lights for the reindeer to hold in their mouths, as if they were trying to decorate the tree.  I colored them with Ziggies also, but added extra glitter and Glossy accents.  After the lights were dry, I used my ScanNcut again...but I didn't really like how it turned out.  So, I fussy cut the light strand...yeah, I cannot wait for my dies to arrive.  I attached the light strand to each reindeer's mouth and then added a few sequins.  I loved how this turned out!  I can tell this Gleeful Reindeer set is one I will use over and over again.









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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fall Card Share~Sunny Studio


Hey everyone!  Today I am sharing two more cards I have made using Sunny Studio stamps.  They are my latest find, and I am having so much fun playing with them!  As any of you know, we recently moved to a suburb of Reno, NV.  We plan on staying about a year, and then God willing...go back to California or Arizona.  Many of you have asked me if I have a craft room.  I feel so blessed, for the first time I have a craft room on the main floor!  It is just a small office, but I absolutely love it!  It makes it much easier to find some time in the evening to craft, and still be part of the family...not to mention it won't get so cold in the winter, as my old craft room did in our basement.  I still have many crafty items lost in the sea of boxes yet to be unpacked.  After all the time we spent on our extended vacation/adventure traveling through the Pacific Northwest...I managed to forget how much time goes into cooking, cleaning and caring for my husband and three kiddos...ugh, the laundry alone never ends!  Lol  But, it's still much easier to squeeze in a few minutes here and there with the craft room being right next to my kitchen.  ;)

So onto my cards!  I have two cards, and I will be sharing both with the Sunny Studio Blog Challenge.  Now that I received my order from the new release, I was able to do what I love most...use a bunch of different stamp sets in a a new way!  But first, I couldn't quite put the Autumn Splendor stamp set away yet.  I really love it!  This time, I stamped my images on Tim Hotlz watercolor paper so I would get all the texture...but still have a white background.  (If anyone has found a high quality watercolor paper which is bright white, I would love to know the brand and where you got it~Help a crafty friend out!)  I inked up the images with distress inks.  Then I did some rock and roll inking to get some darker colored edges.  I used a shimmer brush to blend the distress inks a bit and add some sparkle.  After they were dry, I cut them all out and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  Then I added the stems with gold pigment ink.  I love how this stamp set has the solid berries, with outline stamps to match...I stamped both in gold, stamping the top layer twice to get a deeper color.  I used my MISTI to make it super easy.  Then I assembled the leaves and berries on the card, using foam tape for dimension on some of the leaves.  I stamped the sentiment in Magenta pigment ink from Avery Elle.  Then I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and Neat & Tangled.






For my second card...I was back to my usual style.  I used a lot of different stamps, I will list them all below my card.  I stamped out all of the cute animals and other images, and colored them with Copic markers.  I used Wink of Stella to accent the images, and added detailing with gel markers also.  I cut them all out with my ScanNcut, as I don't have any of the dies yet sadly.  Then I went on to die cutting my card base.  I used the oval dies from Lawn fawn to cut my top panel from Lawn Fawn paper, and the card base.  Then I used the oval piece I had cut out of the card base for the inside.  I blended a bit of pigment inks on the oval for some background color.  Then I stamped the sentiment, making sure it would show when the card was open and closed. I attached all the animals popping them up on foam tape, so their tails could be placed behind them.  Then I placed the baked goods in their arms.  I placed all the images on the inside of the card, so they would peek out of the front how I liked it.    It was a pretty simple card to make, and I just love foxes, so now I've fallen in love with these stamp sets as well!






Stamp set used:
Sunny Studio~Blissful Baking
Sunny Studio~Gleeful Reindeer
Sunny Studio~Woodsy Creatures

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lawn Fawn Happy Howl-o-ween!



Hey everyone!  I hope you are having an awesome weekend!  We are getting settled in our new home...and I am so thankful I have a craft room on the main floor!  I have been having so much fun playing with all my new stamps, and trying out new techniques.  I have had some slider dies for a while, but as usual...I waited to use them, until I thought I could do it *perfect*!  So, today I'm sharing my first slider card!  I was dying to play with the super cute set from Lawn Fawn, Happy Howloween!  I made a cute little scene card, that was so easy with the coordinating dies.  I wanted to play along with the Lawnscaping Challenge, so I used Seedless Preserves, and Ripe Persimmon for my blending my background.  The challenge was to use black, purple and one other color...so of course I chose orange.

To make this card, first I made the background by blending distress inks on watercolor paper.  Then I did my flicking water with Perfect Pearls trick, that I've been obsessed with since I discovered it last Halloween.  I wanted to make a non-spooky sunset background.  While the background was drying, I stamped my images and colored them with Copic markers.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out, but still fussy cut the costumes so they would not have a white border.  I put the cute little pumpkin basket in the dogs mouth, so he could be the hero...offering a treat to make the ghost go away!  Then I cut out the slider part on the background.  I used a banner die as the slider cut to attach the ghost to, and I used the MFT slider replenishments to make it simple.  Those things are totally worth it!  I used distress inks to blend the banner cut and scrap paper to go behind the cut out portion of the card.  Then I assembled all the pieces...It's really easier than I'm making it sound.  Just try everything out before you add adhesive.  Then I added the Leafy Tree Backdrop die cut frame, so I could pop it up with foam tape where it needed it and add the sentiment.  Then I had a few oopsies from using a liquid adhesive...so I decided to add some sequins to the sky.  For my next slider card I make, I won't use a liquid glue.  It got a bit messy, so I had to hide a few oopsies.  I also will use black craft foam like I used to for cards...but it's still packed away in my MIA crafty boxes.  But, when you pull the banner up, the ghost rises out of the pumpkin!  So fun, and my kids loved it!  I hope you love it too!




Join in on the fun at the Lawnscaping Challenge!



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Falling for Sunny Studio~Autumn Splendor

Hey everyone!  Just popping in to share my first card I made with a stamp set from Sunny Studio.  I know...I'm late to the party!  But, I've always been a fast learner, thankfully!  Thanks to this gorgeous Autumn Splendor stamp set, I can say I'm hooked!  As soon as I got this stamp set, the only thing I knew was I wanted to use distress inks and non-traditional fall colors.  I had recently picked up some Rose Gold sequins from the Pretty Pink Posh shop.  So, I thought I would try to make colors work with pink for my fall card.  I had so much fun playing...I'm really like a kid in a candy store when I get new stamps. 

To make this card, I started out stamping the leaves with Tim Holtz Distress inks on Bristol Smooth paper.  Other than my colors, I really didn't have a plan.  Then I went over the stamp with my CTMH Shimmer Brush. (Yes, the one I said I really didn't recommend, and now I'm using on every card, lol) It actually works amazing with any project you would use water on.  Just don't get it near Memento inks, or inks that don't play well with water.  But, it was perfect for how I was playing today.  You could do they same thing with any waterbrush, you just wouldn't have all the sparkle I crave.  But, it turned out this took most of the splotches out of the stamped images!  I've always wondered if I could use distress inks to stamp with, without a big mess.  I will definitely be using this technique again!   Then I took the darker shade and just inked half of the image with the distress ink cube, and stamped again.  This lovely stamp set comes with images of half the leave...which is what inspired me.  It just looked better to me for some reason, to have the light color on the left.  Probably just because I'm right handed?!?  Then I stamped the stems, berries and acorn with gold pigment ink.  Then I cut them all out with the coordinating dies.  I stamped the sentiment and just randomly attached the leaves around it, popping a few leaves up with foam tape.  Then I added some sequins for some more sparkle.  It was actually very fast and simple, so I encourage you guys to try it out!  The only thing I would do differently next time, is I would die cut the images first...and then stamp them.  A few of my stems didn't line up the way I had stamped them.  Today I also found out Sunny Studio has a wonderful blog full of inspiration.






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Monday, September 12, 2016

Lawn Fawn Tooth Fairy Card

Hey everyone!  I wanted to share my recent Tooth Fairy card I made using a few stamp sets from Lawn Fawn.  This card was super easy to make, once I finally was able to get my hands on the Plan On It stamp set.  I've had this idea since the stamp set came out, lol!  I am also entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge for using texture.  I love these little fairies, and once you paint their wings with Stickles...that chunky glitter gives a lot of texture without making a bulky card.





Supplies used:

Stamp sets:
Lawn Fawn~Fairy Friends
Lawn Fawn~Plan on it
Lawn Fawn~Hello Baby

Dies:
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Circle
Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle Stackables

Paper:
Lawn Fawn~Perfectly Plaid
Neenah #110 CS

Markers:  Copics
Other:  Stickles Icicle



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Saturday, September 3, 2016

How I made my Lawn Fawn Santa!


 

Hey everyone!  Thanks so much for joining me!  If you saw my recent crafty haul video on YouTube, you might of heard how excited I was to share my fun news!  I couldn't wait to share how I made my Lawn Fawn Santa!!!  I loved the new release...but we still don't have a Santa!?!?  I am weirdly loyal to stamp companies...I have no idea why.  I really wanted to use a Lawn Fawn Santa with all of my Lawn Fawn goodies.  So, when I saw the Gnome sweet Gnome set online...I thought it would make a perfect Santa with a tiny bit of masking.  I ordered it from scrapbookpal.com just for that purpose.  It's super easy when combined Gnome sweet Gnome with Hat off to you.  Just stamp the Santa hat, then mask it off.  The I use scotch tape to mask off the hat on the Gnome.  Then stamp it on top of the Santa hat.  You have to fill in Santa's beard just a tiny bit...but I thought it turned out super cute!!!  I used my ScanNcut the for the first ten Santa's I made.  Then I ordered the dies...thinking it would be easier.  It doesn't fit, you could use the hat...the the proportion of the Gnome hat still needs to be masked and draw a longer face.  So here are my two favorite cards I've made so far!  I hope you like them:



Stamps used:

Gnome sweet Gnome~awn Fawn
Hats off to you~Lawn Fawn
Mom + me~Lawn Fawn
Toboggan Together ~Lawn Fawn
Jingle Greetings~Mama Elephant

My next card I have linked the with Lawnscaping Challenge.  The challenge was to use texture, and this card had several layers of stitching with my waves, and stickles on the fish...they feel like fish, just not as slimy!  Lol  I put more stickles for texture on Santa's belt buckle.





Stamps used:
Dad + me~Lawn Fawn
Mom + me~Lawn Fawn
Gnome sweet Gnome~Lawn Fawn
Hats off to you~Lawn Fawn
Toboggan Together~Lawn Fawn
Plan on it~Lawn Fawn
Critters in the Artic~Lawn Fawn
Mini Messages~Mama Elephant



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The Greeting Farm card share


Hey everyone!  Just popping in to share a few cards I made with some of my new stamps I picked up from The Greeting Farm.  Both cards were pretty simple, as I just used one stamp set on each.  Yes, you read that correctly, lol!  We are getting ready to move, again...so I am trying to keep it simple!

For my first card I used Ho Ho Holidays, and a few dies from Mama Elephant.







For my next card, I used the TGF stamp set Little Fairies.  I masked them off, and tried to ink blend on Neenah Solar white CS.  It didn't blend that well...I will stick with blending on watercolor paper from now on, lol!

CTMH~Silly Spider Web card

Hey everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Today I have a card to share from CTMH.  I have splurged on a lot of new product recently...I loved sooo much from the new Holiday Expression catalog!  Today's card is a one stamp wonder for me, as I usually love to combine a few different stamps.  I had so much fun playing...here is a sneak peek of my mess/fun!






For my card I started by stamping it with black pigment ink, and embossing it with clear embossing powder.  The I blended Pansy ink with a light touch.  I splattered some water to remove a bit of the color.  Then I took the Pansy ink, and Elmerald re-inker mixed with Perfect Pearls and splattered them randomly.  I love how this turned out, but I loved it so much...I now need all the re-inkers, lol!  I cut tiny rectangles out of the sentiments and then used a circle die from Mama Elephant to recess the spider.  I popped the card panel up with foam tape, so it would set higher than the spider.

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