9/22/2017

Happy Fall Y'ALL!!!

I think the title says it all!  Fall is here and I love it - my favorite season!

It's been quite a busy week at work so I regret that I didn't have a post on Wednesday - I hope this card makes up for that and offers some inspiration.
This card seemed perfect for the autumnal equinox and needs little explanation.  The image is colored with Copic markers.  I picked out the paper first and colored it in coordinating colors.

Tiny Townie Patricia loves Pumpkins by Stamping Bella is one of my favorite stamps - I may have to color another soon!

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you have a creative weekend!

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9/18/2017

Easy All Occasion Card

Happy Monday!  Today's card is a super easy CAS card that I made for this week's sketch challenge at the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge blog.
Here is the sketch this week:
I did veer away a bit from the sketch and added a strip of patterned paper down the side to add a little color.  The front of the card is adhered using foam tape for dimension. Elements like this add just enough interest without cluttering the card.  I used two stamp sets - Lawn Fawn's Scripty Sayings and My Favorite Things Fly-By Friends. 

The card went together very fast and you could easily make this for numerous occasions since the sayings set comes with all the basics - thank you, happy birthday, etc. The style of this script set goes very well with the casual, cute style of many of my stamps, but can also work with stamps that are a bit more formal. The MFT Fly-By Friends also has a cute ladybug, bee and some flowers; all in two sizes making it a very versatile set. 
I made two of these and embellished one with some Nuovo Drops.  If you look closely at this photo you will see the orange and yellow dots sprinkled near the grass and dashed trail.

I stamped everything on mixed media paper with MFT black hybrid ink and colored with Zig Kuretake markers.  Two things made this card go together quickly - the coloring is very loose and minimal and my MISTI.  If I had only made one it wouldn't have made much of a difference, but when making multiples it's a real time saver.  And because this card is so quick to make, I'd definitely suggest making multiples to have on hand.

Thanks for visiting today!

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9/15/2017

Just Treats! Treat Bags

I love Halloween!  Well, actually I love the cute Halloween decorations and the candy and the trick-or-treaters.  I'm not much for the really scary stuff.  So today I thought I'd share some treat bag tags that feature adorable cupcakes!
 
Wouldn't these be perfect party favors or to hand out to special trick-or-treaters? Even if you don't have little ones, these make fun treats.  I don't have small children anymore, but love making treat tags, bags and holders to give out at my Bunco group around holidays.  (I think I know what they'll be getting in October!)  And these would be perfect for co-workers. 
I die cut the cupcake pieces from the Spooky Cupcakes die, the bats from the Halloween Pedestal die and the two largest tags from the Mail Tag Set.  When making multiples of things I use plastic containers or a muffin tin to organize my pieces.  I put all the die cuts for one card or tag in one container or muffin cup.  It really keeps things organized!
I laid the smaller tag on top to get the placement of the sentiment correct and then I heat embossed it underneath.  Afterwards I glued the smaller tag to the larger one.
For the cupcake itself, I used two shades of brown and shaded the sides with a sponge dauber and Chocolate Chip ink.  Then I assembled the cupcakes and glued them to the tags.  For the batty cupcake I added some sequins.

Dies - Cottage Cutz Spooky Cupcakes 2, Halloween Pedestal, Mail Tags Set
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Howl-O-Ween 

Have a great weekend and I hope I've inspired you to do something creative!

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9/13/2017

Floating Image Window

Sorry I'm a bit late posting today.  I went to a concert last night and today was incredibly busy at work.  I made today's card for my daughter's birthday this past weekend.  I got the idea for the floating window from Jennifer McGuire who made some great shaker cards using tulle.
My daughter (an adult believe it or not) loves her footie, onsie pajamas.  So when I found this stamp set from Simon Says Stamp it immediately reminded me of her.  I stamped the bear and her PJs, then colored both with Copic markers.  The PJs are actually stamped on pink cardstock and colored.  I did this so I could use blending solution to get texture.  I took a piece of terry cloth, wet it with solution and dabbed it on the colored PJs.  This gives them that fluffy look.  I really only colored the face of the bear in detail since that is all you see, but I still colored the rest of her without shading so that if you catch a glimpse of her from the side you see that is is colored.
The inside of the card has her backside.  This set is adorable and is perfect for this window.

To create the  window I ran both the front of the card and a panel cut to A2 size through the Big Shot at one time.  The die cut the window in the panel and left an impression on the front of the card.  Then I lined up the die in the impression and ran that through the Big Shot.  In retrospect, I think I should have die cut the front, then die cut the window on a panel larger than the front.  It would have been easy to line up the windows and then trim the front panel - live and learn for next time!

After I cut the window I used white tulle for the substrate (never thought I'd use that word on a card blog - I've been married to an engineer for too long) and adhered it with strong tear and tape.  I tried snail adhesive but that wasn't sticky enough for the tulle.
It's hard to see the tulle in this photo but it's there.  I then used the same tape to glue the top panel on to the front making sure to line up the windows.  The bear was glued together using the tape, and her PJs were put on with foam dots.

This stamp set is so perfect for this type of card.  It comes not only with the backside of the PJs but the back side of the bear too!  I've seen a few other stamp sets that include front and back but if you don't own one, you could just color the front and die cut a solid color piece for the back of the stamp. 

Stamps - Simon Says Stamp Bear Necessities, Simon Says Stamp Happy and Smile (sentiment front), My Favorite Things Whimsical Greetings (Happy Birthday)

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9/11/2017

Foxy Friends - I Heart Fall!

Good morning!  Today's card is in anticipation of my favorite season - fall!
I've had this stitched die for quite some time and never used it.  I wanted this to be a clean and simple card so I was a little hesitant to use the die thinking it might be too much.  However, with the frame in white it blends into background and adds interest without cluttering the card.  (And it allowed me to use those adorable mushrooms!)

The MISTI made this card very simple to layout.  I traced the inside of the frames on an A2 piece of computer paper and used that to position the stamps where I wanted them.  I cut my piece of card stock the same size and was then able to easily stamp the images in the perfect place for the frame.

I used Tangerine Tango, Almost Artichoke and Fresh Fig since these are the colors for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge this week.  Because I used kraft paper for my background they stamped a little bit darker.  To get the fox to pop, I used a white Prismacolor pencil to color his face, chest, ears and tail tip.

I glued the kraft panel to the stitched and used foam dots to lift it off the card.  Finally I added the wood leaf and some linen thread.

Stamps: Stampin Up! Foxy Friends; Lawn Fawn Into the Woods (sentiment)
Inks: Stampin Up! Always Artichoke, Fresh Fig, Tangerine Tango
Dies: MFT Blueprints 29

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