Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Amigurumi Bear Birthday Card

Hello Friends! I had a request for some cards for kids. I have been collecting Lawn Fawn stamp sets for some time now and have barely used any of them. To be honest, I find creating the scenes a bit intimidating. But...I have pulled out several sets and I will begin to use them in the next few days. I am really excited about this request because I don't usually make cards for kids. For today, I used a cute digital image I purchased a while back from Birdie Brown. She no longer has her shop on Etsy, but she is an illustrator for My Favorite Things, so you can find her designs there now.

I chose to work with the Amigurumi Bear and I created a 4bar sized card. I think they are the perfect size for kids.



You may remember this little guy from the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. He was my coloring project one evening. You can see that post HERE. I printed him onto smooth white card stock and cut him out with my Silhouette Cameo. Then I colored him with colored pencils, blended out with Gamsol and blending stumps.

I used two pieces of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods 6x6 paper pad to create the background on my card base. I die cut the green paper with the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die, then ran that and the cloud paper thru my die cutting machine with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die. I matted the paper onto a piece of blue card stock and then adhered the little bear with dimensional adhesive. I stamped the greeting onto a strip of card stock with Versamark ink and sprinkled on some fine detail white embossing powder. I heat set that and let it cool. Then I die cut the edge of the strip with the Stitched Rectangle die, so the stitching would be consistent around the entire card panel. I adhered that onto the focal panel and then went to work on the inside of the card.


I like to decorate the insides of my cards, but I try to keep it simple. I die cut a panel using the Stitched Rectangle die and matted that with blue card stock. I used the cloud stamps from the Lawn Fawn Into the Woods stamp set and simply added the sentiment underneath. There's plenty of room left for a message.

And that is all from me today! I thank you so much for stopping by! Have a terrific Thursday!

Blessings~



supplies~ 
digital stamp: Amigurumi Bear(Birdie Brown)
stamp set: "It's Your Day"-Happy and Smile(Simon Says Stamp)  "Happy Birthday to You"- Happy Birthday  clouds are from Into the Woods(Lawn Fawn)
card stock: 80lb, 110lb Solar White(Neenah)  Baja Breeze(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Into the Woods 6x6 Paper Pad(Lawn Fawn)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)  Heavenly Blue(Close to My Heart)  Lucky Limeade(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp)  Grassy Border(Lawn Fawn)
coloring medium: Prismacolor Colored Pencils
other: Silhouette Cameo  Gamsol(Inky Antics)  Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Watercolored Hollyhock Birthday Cards

Hello Friends! I'm buzzin' in real quick to share a few of the cards I've been working on for a customer. Birthday cards are on my work area this week. Here's a little look into The Hive...


You're also getting a peek at a few more cards I created. I may post those in a day or so. Anyway, for today's card share I did a little watercoloring with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I've gone back to making two of each card, this way I can have extras to put in my Card Boutique. I used the Sunshine and Smiles stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I just love the hollyhock and sunflower images in that set. Today, I used the hollyhock and I colored it two ways.



I kept the cards fairly simple because I really want the focus on the watercoloring.



For my first card, I stamped the image onto the smooth side of a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock, using Versamark ink and then I heat embossed with white embossing powder. I love the look of the white outline with the watercolored image. It's so soft and delicate. Next, I die cut the panel with a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die and matted it with green.I mounted the focal onto a piece of craft foam and then adhered it all down onto a purple top folding card base.  I don't use a lot of purple in my designs and I really don't know why. It's a lovely color. For the sentiment, I white embossed the Happy Birthday and then used an oblong punch on it. I adhered that with a bit of foam tape. A sprinkling of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh was added as the finishing touch.



For my second card, I followed the same steps as the card above. However, with this one, I stamped on the textured side of the watercolor card stock. I really like the textured side best. I wanted to see if there was any difference with the blending of the Zig brushes on textured vs. smooth. The smooth side did blend a little bit better, but not enough to make me want to use it exclusively. And, for this image, instead of using a watercolor brush and clear water, I used an "empty" Clear Wink of Stella brush filled with water. It really is loaded with lots of glitter and why waste it? I add a bit of water to the barrel and use it like a water brush. I will keep adding water as long as there is glitter!


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 I turned off one of my lights to try and capture the sparkle for you. It is sooooo pretty! And you can also see the different textures on the watercolor card stock here, too. Which side do you prefer? Textured or smooth? 

That is all I have for today. Thank you so much for dropping in! I appreciate the visit.


Blessings~



supplies~ 
stamp set: Sunshine and Smiles(Clearly Besotted)   "happy birthday"- Express Yourself(Stampin' Up!)
card stock: Perfect Plum, Certainly Celery(Stampin' Up!)  Raspberry Fizz(Papertrey Ink)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock(Ranger)
ink: Versamark(Tsukineko)
punches: Word Window(Stampin' Up!)
dies: Stitched Rectangle, Postage Stamp Edge(Simon Says Stamp)
bling: 4mm, 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens - 080 purple, 041 light green, 025 pink, 050 yellow
other: Super Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

National Coloring Book Day

Hello Friends! Well, when I found about National Coloring Book Day, I took that as an invitation to sit down with my Enchanted Forest coloring book and do a little coloring! I was going to work on one of my greeting card orders, but you know what? I decided that from now on, Sunday is going to be for me. I am going to reserve Sunday for coloring in my coloring books or working on a project for myself. And with that...take a look at what I worked on today.

I gathered my supplies and started right in on this rambling vine.


If you're curious about my pencil case, I bought it from Hobby Lobby and it holds 120 pencils. It has four sections, it zips shut and it also has snaps at the end of the zipper pulls, so they don't flap around. Honestly, it's not my favorite, but I needed something in a hurry and that was the largest case Hobby Lobby had.

If you did a Google search for these adult coloring books by Johanna Basford, you would find that there are some awesome colorists out there, doing fantastic things on their pages. I haven't quite found my groove yet. But, spending more time with the books should remedy that. So, for this fairly plain page, I decided to add some fluffy clouds.

I pulled out my  well loved cloud maker template, some Distress ink and a wedge of sponge and got busy.

For my coloring, I used PrismaColor Colored pencils and I blended it out with Gamsol. I was not planning to use any blending medium in my coloring book, but I saw a page on Instagram that had been blended with OMS and I loved it! So I had to give it a go.  I also added sparkle with a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush and a ClearStar Gelly Roll pen.



I like how it turned out! With all of that open space, I was tempted to stamp a meaningful sentiment or a verse or something, but then I thought, what if it smudges, or doesn't stamp properly? Then I would be stuck looking at that for the rest of my days. Soooo, needless to say, I left it off...for now. I have a nice collection of verses and sentiments printed on vellum and I might just pull those out to see how that would look.

Here are a few more close-ups




And that is it for me! Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope your weekend was wonderful!

Blessings~


supplies~
Enchanted Forest Coloring Book(Johanna Basford)
ink: Tumbled Glass Distress Ink(Ranger)
coloring medium: PrismaColor Colored pencils
bling: Clear Wink of Stella(Zig)  Clear Star Gelly Roll pen(Sakura)
other: Gamsol(Inky Antics)   Blending stumps(Dick Blick)  sponge(Stampin' Up!)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Flashback Friday with MelJen's Designs

Hello Friends! Happy Friday! I wanted to share something related to Christmas in July before July was over! I've been super busy with projects and just couldn't fit a card into my schedule, so I went through my hard drive and found this little guy. I create a lot of cards and projects that I don't share here on my blog. Mostly because of time constraints. As you know, posting is time consuming! Anyway, enough chatter, on to the card...

Many of you know that I have a soft spot in my heart for MelJen's Designs. I was on the design team and I just loved it! So for my share today, I decided to use one of the images that Melissa, the owner and artist behind MelJen's Designs, drew after I requested a snowman cupcake.

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He's a real cutie! I printed him onto my card stock and colored him with Copic markers. I paper pieced the cupcake liner and band on his hat. I've added tiny twinkles to the holly berries, too. I mounted him onto my card base with dimensional adhesive. I added sparkling, glitter covered punched snowflakes and a sentiment circle with a few rhinestones to finish it off.

If any of you are MelJen's fans, I want to let you know that Melissa has a shop on Etsy. You can access that HERE. She has all of her digis for sale and they are on CD's. BUT...she is going to be closing that chapter of her design life really soon, so if there are images that you've been wanting, buzz on over before they are no longer available. If you do stop by, tell her I sent you!

That's all I have for today. Thank you for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings~


supplies~ 
digital image: Snowman Cupcake(MelJen's Designs)
card stock: Colonial White, Juniper(Close to My Heart)
patterned paper: Jovial(BasicGrey)
ink: Juniper(Close to My Heart)
punches: Artic Snowflake(Martha Stewart)  1"Circle, Corner Rounder(EK Success)
dies: Classic Circles Nestabilities(Spellbinders)
embossing folder: Swiss Dots(Provo Craft)

bling: Tiny Twinkles(Taylored Expressions)  rhinestones(Stampin' Up!)  Crystal glitter(Martha Stewart Crafts)
coloring medium: Copic markers
other:Circle Cutter(Martha Stewart Crafts)  
 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

I'm Still Here and Handcrafted Business Cards

Hello Friends! I know I've been absent from my little bloggie for a while now. I was working on a custom order and it was HUGE. I created a digital scrapbook memory album for 7 high schools that were celebrating their 60 year reunion. Wheeeeew! What a job that was, too. But, I have all of the major work completed, now I'm just waiting for the pictures to start rolling in. I had absolutely NO time to create fun things, because The Hubs was also on vacation for the last two weeks. Maaaaan! I tell you what, we were busy, busy, busy. I had envisioned long, lazy days of coloring and creating, but I got no where close to that! I did make a few business cards, though. And I wanted to share them with you.

I have purchased business cards from various online resources in the past. It was easy and convenient. But, I was never completely satisfied with the design choices. Then one day, a while back, I saw a post where Sandy Allnock had created her own business cards, using card making supplies and I thought...BINGO! That is exactly what I will do when I get some time. Soooo...during these frazzled busy weeks, I carved out small snippets of time and worked on my business cards. I really loved the idea of handcrafted business cards from one who sells handcrafted greeting cards...that made me smile. I knew I wanted something clean and simple; something that I could replicate easily, that wouldn't take up mountains of time and I wanted something with a bit of whimsy and I DEFINITELY wanted a bee on it.

Here's what I came up with.


Note: I decided to blur part of my email address for this post, because I truly have enough garbage in my Inbox already.

I used 110lb Neenah Solar White card stock, I created a template in Publisher and added the text. I printed out a few sheets of these and then trimmed them out with my paper trimmer. Really quick and really easy. The hardest part here was selecting a font. I wanted to go all out and use a fun font but, in the end, I decided that a more conservative font would be just fine...this time.*wink* I plan to make more using a more whimsical font, but for this first batch, I'm okay with what I've used here. On my original design sketch, I had a bee under my name. When I looked at the various bee stamps that I have, nothing fit in there quite right. This sweet bee from the Bee Mine stamp set from Lawn Fawn fit perfectly off to the side, so I went with that. And, of course the bee needed a flight trail. I desperately wanted to use the flight trail from the same stamp set because it's heart shaped and I thought it would be the perfect addition to my card. But, sadly it was not. Way too big. Perhaps I will be able to incorporate it into my next batch! I decided on a flight trail from a Waltzingmouse Stamp Company set, called Spring Baskets. I stamped all of the cards, assembly line style, then I colored each bee with Copic markers. Next, I die cut cloud masks out of Eclipse masking tape, using the Cloud 1 die set from Papertrey Ink. I put the cloud masks in place and using a Mini Ink Blending Tool, I added a little Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to each card.

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Just a little, to give the illusion of sky. As a finishing touch, I went over the bees wings with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to add my signature sparkle. I really like how these turned out.

And that is all that I have to for today. Thank you so much for the visit!


Blessings~


supplies~ 
stamp sets: Bee Mine(Lawn Fawn)  Spring Baskets(Waltzingmouse Stamp Company)
card stock: 110lb Neenah Solar White(Simon Says Stamp)
ink: Black Licorice(My Favorite Things)  Tumbled Glass Distress Ink(Ranger)
dies: Cloud 1(Papertrey Ink)
bling: Clear Wink of Stella Glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Copic markers
other: Eclipse Masking Tape(Judikins)  Mini Ink Blending Tool(Ranger)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Thumbs Up, Kathy!

Hello Friends! My card share today is part of another card drive of sorts. There is a group of us card making gals on Instagram that are collaborating to create cards in support of Kathy Racoosin, the host of the super fun 30 Day Coloring Challenges. Recently, there have been some unkind people visiting Kathy's YouTube channel and we wanted to show her that we appreciate what she's doing!

If you've been following along with my blog, then you'll know that I have BIG love for Kathy. She not only coordinates the 30 Day Challenges but, she also creates a project and usually a video for us each day of the challenge. She shares her tips and techniques and gets us inspired to color something for the day. In addition to that, she takes the time to comment on all of our posts, either on our blog or on Instagram. Can you imagine how much time that takes?! This is no small thing, these 30 Day Coloring Challenges. Google it and you'll see. All levels of colorists participate, from beginners to coloring masters, including recognizable names, such as Jennifer McGuire, Sandy Allnock and Kristina Werner, to name a few. I've made a lot friendships through these challenges and I have been inspired by some wonderful people and it's all because of Kathy's genius idea; To get us all to take a moment out of our busy day, to spend five minutes doing something for ourselves that makes us happy and brings us joy. And Kathy does all of this out of the kindness of her heart for FREE.

I decided to do a little watercoloring. Kathy shared a lot of watercolor techniques during this last 30 Day Challenge. One day she watercolored some sweet sunflowers and you can see that beautiful creation HERE. She also used Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. Sooo...taking inspiration from Kathy, I created this card...

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I started with a stitched rectangle die cut panel of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock. I stamped the sunflower with Versamark ink and embossed it with fine detail white embossing powder. And as usual, I worked on the textured side. I especially like the texture with the sunflower. Then I watercolored it with my Ziggies. After the panel was dry, I used my MISTI  to stamp the "Smiles" and the inside sentiment which says, "Girly, You Rock!"


Then, I matted it with Dark Chocolate card stock and adhered it to my card base with a piece of craft foam. I went over the sunflower with a Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush to add a bit of sparkle. Then, I added a sentiment strip, also white embossed on Dark Chocolate card stock. I finished off the card with a sprinkling of Pretty Pink Posh sequins.


I don't know if Kathy will see this post or not, but...Kathy, keep being you and keep doing what you do! You get a "Thumbs Up!" from me!

And that is it for me today. Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate the visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings~



supplies~ 
stamps: Sunshine and Smiles(Clearly Besotted)  Signature Greetings(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: 110# Neenah Solar White for the card base.  Dark Chocolate(Papertrey Ink)
specialty paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock(Ranger)
patterned paper: Sun Kiss Collection(Prima)
ink: Versamark, Memento Rich Cocoa(Tsukineko)  
dies: Stitched Rectangle(Simon Says Stamp) 
bling: 4mm Espresso, Mossy Green, Sparkling Clear sequins  6mm Sparkling Clear sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: #050-Yellow, #070 Orange, #041 Light Green, #060 Brown Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens(Kuretake)
other: Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)  MISTI(My Sweet Petunia)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Simon Says Stamp June 2015 Card Kit

Hello Friends! I've been receiving the monthly Simon Says Stamp kits, but I haven't had time to play with them. Sooo, I decided to just sit down for a few hours and make a few cards with the June 2015 kit. It's a really fun kit, loaded with lots of things to make summer themed cards. I thought it would be fun to create a bunch of cards to send to friends and family to let them know I'm thinking about them.

Take a look at all this goodness...

The patterned papers in this kit are just adorable and Simon included the coordinating stickers, as well. The papers had a few cut apart sheets, so I used a lot of those for my cards. I decided to stick with the 4 bar size, cuz I think it's just SO CUTE! Take a look at what I created...

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My goal was to use as many items from the June kit as possible. I did use a few non-kit items, but that's the beauty of creating, getting to use things from your stash.


Here is a closer look...

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I used the little circle smile die on the top card. The enamel dots are also from Doodlebug. Even though they are not from the same collection, they coordinated beautifully with this kit. For the card in the front, I watercolored the ice cream cone with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. It's also coated with Clear Wink of Stella. The back card has that sweet sun, that I went over with my Wink of Stella and then covered that with Glossy Accents. Again, all of the cards are 4 bar sized.

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I used the coordinating epoxy stickers for the first card, here.  Both of these cards feature a piece of the page that I cut apart. I don't usually make cards with these types of images but, I figured that since they are for personal use and just for fun, I would go with it. I added a little sentiment from a Papertrey Ink stamp set to the second card. I love bicycle images and I think this one is just darling. I added a few Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear sequins to finish this one off.

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I created a simple shaker card, filled with seed beads, too. I used the stamp set included in the kit for both of these cards. I like having a bold stamp paired with the small, delicate type font stamp. LOVE the look of that! My ink of choice here, is Versafine Onyx Black. And yes! I used my MISTI for precision placement of my greetings. On the second card, I used more epoxy stickers to create a little relaxing scene. And I used Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear and Pink Peonies sequins to complete the card.

I had so much fun with this kit. At first glance, I had no idea what to do with it. I was thinking that no one sends out "Happy Summer" cards. But, then I thought, ya know what? I could send out happy summer cards! And then the ideas, just started flowing. I've used up a great deal of the kit contents. I have a couple more cards to make and then that kit will be all gone! Boy! Does that feel good! All I will have to store is the stamp set.


This card kit is long gone but, many of the items can be purchased individually in the Simon Says Stamp store. Click HERE for more information.

Okay...that's all for me today. I thank you so much for dropping in!

Blessings~



supplies~ 
stamps: Happy And Smile, Ice Cream Dream(Simon Says Stamp)  Mixed Messages(Papertrey Ink)
card stock: 110# Neenah Solar White for all of the card bases. Purchased from Simon Says Stamp  Island Blue, Sunshine Yellow, Green Leaf(Simon Says Stamp)  Basic Black(Stampin' Up!)
patterned paper: Sunkissed Collection(Doodlebug)  Lemonade Stand(Bo Bunny)
ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark(Tsukineko)  Audrey Blue(Simon Says Stamp)
dies: Smile Circle(Simon Says Stamp)  Stitched Rectangle, Stitched Circle(Simon Says Stamp)
punches: 3/4" and 1" circle(EK Success)
bling: 4mm, 6mm Sparkling Clear sequins, 4mm Pink Peonies sequins(Pretty Pink Posh)  seed beads(Michael's)  Summer Sprinkles Shapes, Sprinkles Spring Assortment(Doodlebug)  Clear Wink of Stella glitter brush(Zig)
coloring medium: Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens(Kuretake)
other: Fine Detail White embossing powder(Simon Says Stamp)  Glossy Accents(Ranger)