Bella Parodi Bunny in a Pot

Hi!  I’m super excited to announce that I get to guest design for Bella Parodi Digital Stamps all April!  This is the first of several projects that I will be posting – so stay tuned!  Now for the card:)

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One of the nice things about digital stamps is that you can manipulate them.  Depending on what I’m trying to accomplish, I use either Microsoft Word or a free software called SketchBook.  I adjusted the size of this stamp and then printed it out on Neenah 80lb card stock using an Epson XP-430.  The reason I mention the printer is because it has a top load feed that allows you to easily print on heavier weight card stock – not true of every printer!

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I colored in the image with my copic markers (see below) and then fussy cut it.  I have to admit, I’m not the best at fussy cutting – my trick to making all my hand cut images look good is to “color” around the edges of the image with a black Memento marker.

  • Bunny: W0, W1, W3, R00, R11
  • Flowers: Y11, Y15, Y35; RV21, R32, R22; Y17, YR14, YR24; G07, G28; YG03, YG17
  • Pot: E13, E15, E19

I used Microsoft Word to create a ‘happy easter’ text background and printed it out on Neenah card stock.  I tied some twine towards the bottom of the card before popping up my potted bunny with some foam tape.  I added a stamped sentiment and butterfly to finish the card!  Thank you so much for stopping by!  Please check out the Bella Parodi shop to see this and more awesome digital stamps here!

Sending Valentine’s Day Hugs!

Every time I think of Valentine’s day I think of those cute little notes that used to get handed out to all your classmates.  That probably still happens…it has just been a really long time since I’ve participated in it!  I don’t have  Valentine’s day specific stamps, so I was pretty excited to find that I had at least one set with an appropriate phrase!


The stamp set ‘Dollie with a Bow’ from The Greeting Farm has this cute girl and her pup.  I stamped the pup first and masked the image before stamping Dollie.  I colored the Dollie in with copic markers using the following colors – hair: E31, E33, E35, E37 skin: E000, E00, E21, E11 dress: BV01, BV13, BV17.  To ground her and the pup I used some ‘W’ series grey markers.  My greeting, from Simon Says Stamp, was stamped in black ink using my MISTI tool.  


That’s it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!  ~Jennifer

Wood you be mine?

I just think these little images by Elena Roussakis for Neat and Tangled are adorable!  I used them previously on a series of holiday cards you can find here , here or here.  🙂  Super versatile!


This card was made using ‘Lumberjack Love’ and ‘Falling Hearts’.  First I stamped the little scene and on an A2 panel of Neenah card stock and then stamped them again on masking tape.  I cut out and then placed the masked images over the originals before stamping the ‘Falling Hearts’ repeatedly across the top of the card.


To finish the card I colored the images and foreground in with copic markers.  Thanks for stopping by!

Bubble Talk Valentine

With a few tweaks to the phrases, this card could be used any time of the year.  I’ve made several valentines for the approaching holiday and I’ve strayed from the traditional red and pink colors for this particular card.  The recipient’s favorite color is yellow and I just had to go with it!

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I started by stamping a ‘Miss Anya Summer’ image from The Greeting Farm.  Then using ‘Bubble Talk’ by Papertrey Ink I stamped all of the speech bubbles in a variety of Simon Says Stamp Inks.  The majority of phrases stamped in the bubbles are from the Simon Says Stamp sets – ‘Sending & Wishing’ and ‘Best Hugs’.  The little ‘XOXO’ sentiment is from Papertrey Ink ‘Swoosh’ stamp set.

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To color the girl I used my copic markers: hair Y11, Y21, Y26, Y28; skin E000, E00, E21, E11; shirt BG70, BG10, BG23; shorts BG15, BG18.

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Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Heartfelt Thanks

With the holiday season over, it is time to send out cards for all those thoughtful gifts even if we are halfway through January!  This card uses a mix of stamps ‘Autumn Acorns’ and ‘Red and Goldie’,  from Ellen Hutson and Avery Elle respectively.

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To make my scene I pulled out my stamps and played with the placement before stamping Red, the fox, and the greeting.  I needed to leave myself enough room for the leaf and acorn arbor at the top.  I like that the leaves and acorn are larger than red and her friend – it gives the impression you are looking into this scene.

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I stamped my images with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink on an A2 panel and then colored my images in with copic markers.

Red- Cape: R14, R24, R29, R39 Dress: B21, B45, B39 Skin: E000, E00, E21, R20                    Fox- E07, E19, E41, E43

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Neat and Tangled round 3

The MISTI (stamping tool) is pretty awesome and is a life-saver when making multiples of the same card.  So with the intent of making holiday cards “easier” this year I stamped the same card three times and began coloring the sweet boy and girl images from ‘Lumberjack Love’.  I couldn’t do it.  I colored all three sets of the boy and girl and instead made several different cards.  You can see the others I’ve posted here or here!

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I used Copic markers to color my image as follows, hair: E43, E47, E49 and skin: BV00, E000, E00.  I cut her out and then “colored” along the edge of the image with my black Memento marker.  The card uses some ‘My Mind’s Eye’ papers for the background and paper pieced trees. I layered the ‘Punchinella’ die, also from Neat and Tangled, under the girl and played with the placement of my greeting and holly dies. The ‘Joy’ die and greeting are from Ellen Hutson and the Holly die is from Reverse Confetti.

I finished this card by adding some glossy accents to both ‘Joy’ and the holly berries!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Halloween Heroine

This cute halloween card is made using a mix of Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn stamps along with my hand drawn background and a lot of copic coloring!

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Originally I stamped my little super heroine, her pup and sentiment from Mama Elephant on an A2 panel.  Taking a ruler and a copic friendly black pen I created my sunburst background.  After I colored everything in I decided that the card needed a bit more of a halloween feel.  In order to incorporate more halloween images I used a stitched border rectangle from Lil’ Inker Designs to cut down the panel.

Using 80lb Neenah solar white card stock I created a top folding card base.  I stamped several halloween images from an older Lawn Fawn set called ‘Critters in Costume’ and then colored them in, again using copics.  To finish the card I layered my super heroine panel on top of my card base, popping it up a bit with some scrap card stock.

Here is a close up of my heroine panel.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Lawn Fawn Halloween

Hi!  I know Halloween is still a ways away but this cute Lawn Fawn stamp set and slider die were calling to me!  I made this card for my brother, who just turned 12, and even he will think my card is ‘cool’!  I am posting this card to a Lawnscaping Challenge which can be found here which challenges you to use texture!  I’ve added texture in several ways through the use of glitter, embossing powder, patterned paper, and even shiny card stock. 🙂img_1526

To make the background I used several pieces of patterned paper by American crafts and cut them down to an A2 size.  Using the ‘forest border’ and ‘stitched hillside borders’ dies by Lawn Fawn I cut two of my patterned papers to create my scene.  Taking one of the small slider dies I cut my largest panel so that my owl would appear to fly across the night sky.  Next I cut shiny gold card stock with a round 1″ punch and adhered it to my background.

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I stamped the owl and bunny on Neenah solar white card stock and then colored them both in with copic markers before cutting them out.  After I cut out any image I go around the edge with a black Memento marker giving the impression that it is perfectly cut.  I stamped the owl again on double sided sticky paper and cut out his mask.  The sticky paper has release paper on both the top and bottom, so I removed one side to adhere it to the owl’s original mask.  I then removed the release paper from the top of the mask and then covered it in glitter.  The particular glitter I used is called Silk Microfine Glitter by Elizabeth Crafts – it is truly super fine and has a beautiful shine to it.

I adhered my bunny to the card and then using a penny and a small amount of foam adhesive attached my owl.  The entire panel was them adhered to an A2 card base with foam tape to allow the penny room to move behind the front panel.  To finish the card I embossed a sentiment from a new Avery Elle called ‘Merriest’ in Wow orange embossing powder.  Oh, and lessons learned…first heat emboss and then add foam tape to the back of the panel!  Otherwise your foam tape melts a wee bit!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

Neat and Tangled round 2


This is part of a mini-series of cards using the same Neat & Tangled ‘Lumberjack Love’ to make holiday cards.  Click here to see one of the others and for details on the copic markers I used!

For this version I cut a panel of brown card stock and embossed it with the Darice ‘wood grain’ folder before cutting a circle from it with an Avery Elle stitched circle die.  The mountains are cut from patterned paper using a Mama Elephant die and then cut with the same Avery Elle circle die so it fits snugly in the ‘window’.

I top folded a piece of 110# card stock and put red and white striped washi down each side before adhering the brown panel on top and glueing the mountain and stars inside the ‘window’.  After arranging the woodcutter and trees I adhered them using Glossy Accents to ensure they wouldn’t come off in the mail.  Last, I die cut ‘merry’ by Ellen Hutson out of gold foil card stock and a banner out of white paper.  I stamped ‘& BRIGHT’ using an Ellen Hutson stamp set and then adhered the banner to my panel and ‘merry’ on top.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Feel free to leave feedback below – I’d love to hear from you!

It’s never too early…

IMG_1475…to begin making your holiday cards!  I’ve been making all my holiday cards for the last several years.  After individualizing each one last year I thought I’d make it a little easier on myself this year by creating several cards of the same design.  Yeah…best intentions.  These next several cards you will note that the sweet little Neat & Tangled images from ‘Lumberjack Love’ are colored exactly the same but each card is different.  So, first up…

 

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  • Girl – hair: E43, E47, E49; skin: BV00, E000, E00
  • Boy – hair: E31, Y28, YR24; skin: V12, E11, E33
  • Trees – E39, E29, YG06, G05, G07, G29

After coloring in my images I traced the hillside in pencil and then cut it out.  I cut an A2 panel out of navy card stock and used masking tape to cover the edges.  I taped down the Simon Says Stamp ‘snow’ stencil and covered it in embossing paste.  After placing foam tape on my fussy cut winter scene I attached it to the snow covered panel. 
Finally I cut stars and my sentiment (from Lawn Fawn) out of gold card stock.  I added some Glaze pen to the eyes of my boy and girl to finish the card.  That’s it!

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