Thursday, March 19, 2015

Paper Smooches Roses and Loving Spring

Hey everyone!  I am like a kid in a candy store with all my new stamps from Paper Smooches!  When I was young, I would use all the babysitting money I earned to buy markers, or fancy oil pastels.  I collected stickers, and different colored pens.  I always loved to draw or anything to do with art really.  Looking back, I wish I had taken some art classes.  But, now I am like a kid again playing with stamps, ink and Copic markers...and in heaven!  Having three kids doesn't leave much time to play, but I made it into my craft room for a bit this evening.  Here are two cards was was able to make tonight:

Stamp sets:  All Paper Smooches~Green Thumb, Chilly Chums, Luminous Spring, Uplifters
Paper: Neenah 110#, Stampin' Up, Papertrey Ink
Markers: Copic, Wink of Stella,
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine
Dies: Mama Elephant Landscape Trio

For this card I used the Roses die from Paper Smooches and lifted the card base so the black glimmer paper would peek through underneath.  I used watercolor paper, and distress inks to make the background.  I thought the black really made this card pop, but I tried to keep it very CAS.

Stamps: Paper Smooches~Bold Buzzwords
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress inks, (Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass) Versafine
Paper:  Tim Holtz watercolor paper, Neenah 110#, Papertrey Ink black glimmer paper

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Paper Smooches Love Never Melts

Hey everyone!  I couldn't wait to play with my Cool Dudes stamp set from Paper Smooches...even though it has actually been spring-like days here!  I just love the cute little snowman, and finally got time to play with them!  I am still a recovering craft supply hoarder, so I love that I am actually using all my new stash, instead of waiting for the *perfect* way to use it all...I layered some Papertrey ink shimmer paper with vellum paper for the snow.  Then I tried out coloring with my new Prismacolor colored pencils and blended with Gamsol.  I loved the way it turned out, but I don't know really know enough about Gamsol to say I'm hooked.  I don't know how safe it really is, even using with the windows open...I wouldn't call it odor free either?!?!  But, it was fun to try a new technique!  Here is my card:

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Cool Dudes, Sentiment Sampler, Bold Buzzwords (for the heart)~Paper Smooches
Coloring: Prismacolor premier colored pencils (with Gamsol)
Markers: Wink of Stella (clear)
Paper: White Shimmer Paper~Papertrey Ink, B&T Doodlebug-Frosty Friends, Vellum from my stash
Ink: Memento, Versafine
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh
Dies: Mama Elephant, Stampin' Up

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Paper Smooches~Jesus loves you

Hey everyone!  I have been playing with Paper Smooches stamps, LOVE them!!!  If you have seen any of my Youtube video's....You know they are my latest obsession, and I want every set they make!  Today I have an Easter card to share with you.  I wanted to make a card that was cute, but still incorporate the reason for celebrating Easter....I've never mixed a cross with cute chicks before, but I think it turned out pretty cute!  I used acetate to create a window card.  I masked the stamps to create the backside of the images I used on the front of my card.  Then I used various Paper Smooches stamp sets, and Mini Monograms to stamp out "More than the birds in the sky".  I love how it turned out, and hope you all like it too!  All supplies listed at the end of my post.

Supplies Used:

Paper: Neenah 110# CS, Stampin' Up (Crisp Cantaloupe, Brown Sugar)
Ink:  Stampin' Up (Crisp Cantaloupe), Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Copic, Wink of Stella (clear)
Dies: Mama Elephant (Sew Fancy, Peek a Frame)
Acetate:  from Amazon

Have a Blessed Easter!

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lawn Fawn~Dots and Stripes with Hello Baby Goodness

Hey everyone!  I have been playing with some stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.  I recently picked up a few new sets, including Hello Baby~which I think is so adorable!  I decided to play along with  Lawnscaping Challenge, for my first time. They had some great inspiration, and nothing gets my creative juices going like a challenge!  The challenge was to use dots and/or stripes, and the Let's Polka paper pack is perfect~I had so much fun, I made two cards!

I decided to enter my card #1:

Card #2:

Supplies Used:

Stamps:  Hello Baby, Hello Sunshine~Lawn Fawn
Dies:  Lawn Fawn and Mama Elephant
Paper:  Let's Polka~Lawn Fawn, Card Stock: Papertrey Ink, vellum
Markers:  Copic, Wink of Stella (clear)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana
Baker's Twine:  Stampin' Up (Coastal Cabana)

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Valentine's for my Kiddos~Mama Elephant Stamps

Hey everyone!  I'm a little late posting, but I wanted to share some cute little cards I made for my kiddos.  We have always given our kids gifts for Valentines day.  When I was growing up, my mom would always have a little heart shaped box of chocolates waiting for us at the table.  When I was in 7th grade, I went to a friends house.  She was an only child, and her parents gave her a diamond necklace.  We had four children in my family, so no one was getting any diamonds until they got married, lol!   Now that I have y own family, I try to mix it up at our house.  One year I got my son who loves animals a guinea pig, and my daughter a talking dog she had wanted forever.  She decided she wanted a guinea pig instead.  That was fun making a home for two guinea pigs!  Some years, they would just get a little candy and a movie.  But, then I found myself getting my daughter pair of diamond earrings with a necklace.  I think I paid about $100 for both, and she loved them.  I look back, and think it was a bit much.  I think I just wanting to remember getting something really nice for Valentine's one time...Luckily for me, my kids get excited and are grateful, no matter what we spend.  This year I found the cutest little mailboxes at Target, and stuffed it with candy and a Target gift card.  Then I made them each a quick little card using Mama Elephant stamps, can't get enough of these little cute stamps!

The mailboxes were the perfect size for a gift card and some kisses!

For my 17 year old son...Getting harder to make cards for him, some I knew her would laugh when he read the inside!  

Then, I could leave my hubby out...Funny, I bought him a "real" card that played a song at Target to go with his gift.  I always feel funny giving him handmade cards.  But, a week later...I found the card I made him in his car, and the store bought card still where he opened it!

Supplies used:

Stamps:  Pandamonium, Tiny Heroes~Mama Elephant
Sentiment Stamps:  Love Quotes~Mama Elephant; Smarty Pants~Paper Smooches
Markers: Copic, Wink of Stella glitter brush (clear & black)
Paper:  Papertrey Ink
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embossing folder: Cross my Heart~Cuttlebug

Valentine's with Paper Smooches~Great Chemistry

Hello everyone!  I know I'm a little late posting, but we a great Valentine's Day around our house!  My youngest son loves science, he wants to be a scientist when he grows up.  So when it came time to make Valentines for his class, I was so happy to find the perfect stamp set already in my stash!  My son and I made them together, and had so much fun!  We used the super fun stamp set from Paper Smooches, Great Chemistry.  I taught him how to use various shades of Copic markers to shade, and he loved it! Ok...I have only been making cards and using Copics for about two years...But, I taught him what I've learned anyway!  :)   I die cut some tags to glue the pieces on.  Then we attached the tags to "test tubes" from CTMH, and my son had fun filling them with skittles.

For his Valentine's box~We took his Lego Avengers box from last year, and re-used it.  Whew~that is the worst part to me...That saved me hours!  My son did the stamping, and we each colored half of the scientist.  Then I let my ScanNcut cut all the little pieces...He wanted to make his box look like a mad scientist, with his lab exploding.  So I put adhesive on the pieces, and let him attach all of the stamped test tubes and other images where ever he liked.  We borrowed a lightbulb and connector set from one of his real science kits.   Maybe it was because it was my idea, but I think it turned out pretty awesome!  I got to help with his school party, and all the kids LOVED it.  The working lightbulb was a huge hit, and got us stopped in the hallway by teachers wanting to check it out too.  Here are some pics:

Supplies used:

Stamp set:  Great Chemistry~Paper Smooches
Markers: Copic
Paper: Poppy, Papertrey Ink
Dies: Mama Elephant
"Test Tubes" Treat tubes: Close to my Heart
Baker's twine: Lawn Fawn

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