Puppy Love

Hi!  This card is a departure from what I would consider my normal style – but I like the opportunity to branch out!  Lots of layers, bright colors, and added dimension!  To build up to the focal point of this card I took an A2 panel and stamped it in ‘Blueberry’ ink by My Favorite Things with their ‘Grid’ background stamp.  The green and salmon paper are from the ‘Lakeside’ paper collection by Pebbles.  The salmon paper was die cut with a Reverse Confetti tag die that has a scalloped bottom.  By running the salmon paper through the machine once, flipping the die, and running the card stock through again, I got scalloped edges on the top and bottom.  The smallest panel, in white, was cut down and then run through my Bigkick with a Lil’ Inker Design cover up die called ‘Quilted Stitched Pattern Die’.

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For the focal point of this card I used these cute pups by Reverse Confetti.  I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Neenah card stock and colored them with copic markers. For the boy pup I used E31, E33, E35, E25, E55.  For the girl pup I used E50, E41, E31, E33.  For the bowl and bones I used BG10, BG23 and W1, W3.

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Using Mama Elephant’s ‘Polaroid Fun’ dies I cut out two speech bubbles and stamped a heart on them.  I colored the hearts in gold using gel pen and the background with B10.  I covered the hearts, dog bowl, and the girl pup’s bow in glossy accents.  Once everything was dry it was just a matter of adhering everything!  To add dimension, the bowl was popped up with some foam tape.  I wanted a little bit of interest to the speech bubbles too but the foam tape was too much height.  Using some scrap paper I cut small pieces and layered them behind the speech bubbles for just a little bit of lift.

That’s it!  I hope you enjoyed my card!

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Bring on the Cake!

Abigail, my niece, is turning 1!  The kid has it all – a sweet smile, sunny disposition, and a fan club. 😉  In honor of her upcoming birthday I’ve created a zipper panel card so I can send her college fund money.  What?  I can’t help it.  Have you seen the price of school these days?  Eek!

IMG_1045So, on with the card!  I cut Neenah solar white card stock using the zipper panel die cut by Ellen Hutson twice, once for the card and the second time to act as a support panel for when the card is opened.  Using Memento ink, I inked ‘cupcake Mimi’ by Penny Black and centered the image on my A2 panel.  Taking that same stamp I stamped it a second time (without re-inking) onto Post-it tape.  I trimmed the image out of the Post-it tape and then masked my stamped image on the card.

Once Mimi (the little girl) was masked, I set the panel in my Misti so I could repeatedly stamp the background.  I did so using some My Favorite Things dye ink along with their IMG_1047‘Gingam’ background.  I kept the mask on Mimi and using ‘Bokeh Dots’ by Ellen Hutson and stamped the image several times in VersaMark ink.  Although slightly hard to see in this photo, the bokeh dots were covered in a holographic embossing powder and then embossed with a heat tool.  (I added a quick video at the bottom of this post to better show the holographic shimmer.  Probably should have turned off my Fleetwood Mac music before rolling tape!)  This created some subtle, shiny, focus around my sweet image!

Now for the coloring!  I love coloring with my copic markers.  In fact, part of my New Year’s resolution was that this would be ‘the year of the watercolor’ just so I’d venture out of my comfort zone.  Good news!  I’ve been practicing!  Bad news!  I stink!  Because I want to send this card to my niece I went with the copics!  Although, thinking about it, she probably wouldn’t care if I colored her card in with crayon 😉

IMG_1055Mimi’s tutu is colored in using R29, R24, and R05.  Her striped jumper and tights are colored in R20 and R22 with shading added with C00 and C1.  Her bow and shoes are colored in using Y15 and Y15.  Mimi is a relatively simple image and so a minimal amount of shading was done on her skin using E0000, E000, Y02, and BV000 and R20 for her cheeks.  For me, hair is the trickiest part, to give Mimi the honied blonde shade of the recipient I used Y000, Y21, Y32, and E53.  The cake uses all the same colors found in the rest of Mimi to keep some continuity and stop my image from getting too busy.

Lastly, I colored some scrap card stock using the R05 copic marker and stamped the ‘Bring on the Cake!’ sentiment by Ellen Hutson in VersaMark and embossed it in white.  A little glossy accents on Mimi’s foot wear, white gel pen on the cake, black glaze pen on her eyes, and I was done!

Hello

I love correspondence.  When I was young, my mum and I would sit on the porch toge64 hellother and write cards.  According to my mum, it is bad form not to send ‘thank you’ cards and reprehensible to not correspond in general.  I made this card to participate in a challenge hosted by Neat and Tangled because I like creating cards.  But I needed this card because I’m quite delinquent in saying ‘hello’ to my grandmum.  (Reprehensible indeed.)  😉

To make this card I used my MISTI to stamp ‘Bonjour’ and then began stamping the flowers into a wreath.  The image of the little girl is actually longer and she has an eiffel tower on her head.  I masked portions of her off before stamping her in Memento ink onto the A2 panel.  IMG_1031

With all the stamping complete I pulled out my copic markers!  I used E70, E74 and E79 on her hair and E0000, E000 and E50 on her skin.  Her dress is a mix of BG10, BG13 and YG23.  For the flowers I used  a combination of Y000, YG21, YG03, YG17, RV13 and RV21.  Finally, I placed removable masking tape across the card panel horizontally to create the stripes “behind” the focal point – I colored these stripes in using G20.

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To complete this card I cut down my card panel along the top and bottom to allow some of the white card stock beneath show through.  Using some irRESISTible pico embellisher and white gel pen, I filled in the centers of several of the flowers.  Finally, I adhered my  panel to a card, added some glossy accents to the heart on her dress, and was done!

I hope you enjoyed my card!

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Stencil it!

With the holidays over, decorations put away, it is time to finish my ‘thank you’ cards.  Even from my crafting table I can see the stack of them sitting, waiting to be filled out.  It’s a little sad that it isn’t an acceptable practice to send handmade cards that say ‘thank you’ that are blank on the inside.  In my mind, I’ve really doubled the recipients gain: I said, ‘thanks’ and they have a card at the ready.  😉

To make this card I cut an A2 panel out of a multi media card stock and painted it in Distress Paint in seedless preserve.  Once dry, I laid a stencil over top and covered it in a white matte modeling paste.  Cutting a second A2 panel from Neenah card stock, I trimmed it down to create a curved edge.

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Then for the fun part!  Using a mix of Memento and My Favorite Thing inks I used images from a Waffle Flower set called Love to create the flower bouquet on my white panel.  I’m not going to lie, I had the help of my MISTI tool.  (I’m feeling a little like Gollum, from the Lord of the Rings, I want to rub it and call it ‘my precious’.  I digress.)  Hence why my inked flowers and leaves have such even ink coverage.

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A few sequins, a lot of tape, and voila – one more blank ‘thank you’ card!  I hope you enjoyed it!

Somebunny loves you

Every month Ellen Hutson hosts a ‘Mix it Up’ challenge in their CLASSroom using IMG_1021products of one designer in combination with Ellen Hutson products.  Personal opinion: I like the inspiration, I like ‘stretching’ my stamps, and I certainly like the challenge of putting things together I might not otherwise would have combined.  Plus, I needed to make a birthday card for a sweet little girl who is turning one very soon!

This card uses the hippo image from Ellen
Hutson and a bunny and sentiment from My Favorite Things.  To begin, I stamped the bunny on Neenah card stock and then stamped the same image on some masking paper, then cut and covered the original stamped image.  Next, I stamped the hippo over my masked bunny to make it appear as though the hippo is behind and being petted by the bunny. 🙂  Using my anti-static tool I pIMG_1016repped the A2 panel and stamped my ‘Somebunny loves you’ sentiment in Versamark ink, covered it in ultra-fine white embossing powder, and heat set it.  To make the two stamped characters stand out I took some dye ink and my ink blending tool and ‘pounced’ the tool around the character to give a halo effect. In this case, I used My Favorite Things ink in Lemon Chiffon.

Now for the coloring!  I love my copic markers and have been slowly adding to my collection. 🙂 To color these images I used a combination of warm greys for the hippo (W0, W1, W3, W5, W7), beiges for my bunny (E41, E31, E55) and finally, a blue and pink for her dress (B39, RV13). The image shows my first round with the markers, I have a tendency to go back through and ‘add’ to my images.  In this case, I added morIMG_1017e dark greys to my hippo to cast even more shadow.   Plus, I added detail to her dress with some white gel pen.

To finish the card I scored a line at the 1/2″ point  down the left side of the card to act as a guide for both washi tape and twine.  The washi tape is from a washi book by Amy Tangerine that has multiple strips of tape in different colors and pattern.  I guess I would compare it to a sample pack…I’m a huge fan!  Once I added the washi I tied twine along that same score line and glued down my sequins.  I attached my panel to some coordinating green card stock and card complete!  I hope you enjoyed my card!

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