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 sure to visit Amie's blog to start the hop over, you won't want to miss what everyone has created!

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

Thanks so much for joining me!

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 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 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!

Thanks for joining me!

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.

Thanks for joining me!