7/20/2018

3 D Thursday - a day late!

Happy Friday!  I haven't posted a 3-D Thursday card in quite some time and I'm a day late with this one.  Oh well, the best laid plans.....

So today I have a fun shaker card for you!  I love interactive cards and this one uses some really cute dies.  This mouse and snail are just adorable.
I started with an A2 sized top fold card base.  I cut a panel from patterned paper the same size as the front (5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches) and a slightly smaller panel from a coordinating paper for the back of the shaker.  Next I die cut all my pieces for the foliage and critters from a variety of green and neutral card stocks.

Because the word "Discover" is pretty fine I placed double sided adhesive paper on the back of the card stock before die cutting.  It makes it easier to adhere to the card.  After cutting the oval and putting on an acetate window on the front panel, I arranged all of the elements for the scene.
When I finished I put a double layer of foam tape on the back.  Keep the tape very close to the shaker.  It does not have to touch on all sides of the opening as long as the sequins (or beads or whatever) can't escape through any holes.  I used anti-static powder to the inside of the tape so my sequins would not stick to it.
I added about one tablespoon of sequins in the center of the card.  (And a rather tragic thing happened to make this color mix.  I have a packet of eight different purple sequins all separated in a divided package. While I was carefully choosing a little of this shade and a bit of that shade, I hit the package and it SPILLED all over my desk!  I now have a container of mixed purple sequins! Oh well, as I said above the best laid plans....)
Then I placed the card front on top.
I hope you enjoyed this card today.  It was a lot of fun to make and will be even more fun to give.

Dies used:  Cottage Cutz Forest Critters, Mushrooms and Greenery, Discover Phrase and Nested Stitched Ovals

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7/17/2018

Just Keep Swimming

Happy Tuesday!  This is my third week as the challenge hostess on CAS Colours and Sketches.  This week I have a color challenge.  We'd love to have you join the challenge!
I originally planned to do a floral card, but this set called to me.  The colors this week are:
I decided to do a wash of the Coastal Cabana with just a bit of the Lemon Lime Twist at the bottom.  When it was dry I added the bubbles using the Coastal Cabana ink. The first generation stamp was too dark so I stamped off before stamping my background.
I watercolored the seahorses using reinkers in the challenge colors and stamped the sentiment.
The seahorses are covered in Wink of Stella - I used a new pen and it's amazing how much more bling you get with a new one!  Who knew they don't last forever?  ;)  I put foam dots under the seahorses and added a few iridescent sequins here and there.

Stamps and dies: The Stamps of Life Under the Sea class set
Ink: Stampin' Up! Coastal Cabana, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink
Accessories: Wink of Stella

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Happy Hour!

Hi everyone!  This card is for the color challenge at Splitcoast Stampers this week.  The challenge was to use Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Pineapple Punch and make it tropical if possible.
Well, I'm all about Hawaii and Mai Tai's so this challenge was right up my alley.  To color the drinks I used my Stampin' Blends in Pineapple Punch and Calypso Coral, but I substituted Granny Apple Green and Soft Seafoam for the Pear Pizzazz.  When participating in a color challenge and using markers, pencils, etc. you sometimes just have to adjust and get close.  (I did use my C0 Copic marker for the shadows on and under the glasses.)  Diamond Stickles are the salt on the Margarita.
I had the woven paper in my stash and liked the look it gave, but thought the card needed something extra.  The floral patterned paper made me think of one of my husband's Aloha shirts.  I added the leaves that I die cut from Pear Pizzazz card stock and sponged with Pear Pizzazz and Pineapple Punch inks.

Stamps: Stampin' Up! Mixed Drinks
Dies:  MFT  Stitched Tags, MFT Blueprints 4, Stampin' Up! Tropical Thinlits
Markers:  Stampin' Blends, Calypso Coral - light and dark, Pinapple Punch - light and dark, Granny Apple Green - light and dark, Soft Seafoam - light, Copic C0
Paper: Stampin' Up! Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Whole Lotta Lovely DSP; Kaiser Kraft woven look

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7/12/2018

Aloha with Rosie and Bernie

Happy Friday!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am!  I've been coloring a lot of Stamping Bella images lately.  I just adore them.  I fell in love with the Rosie and Bernie series when it was released but haven't had the time to color any of those images.  So last night I thought I'd give it a try.
Here are Rosie and Bernie in Hawaii.  My husband and I have a company in Hawaii and travel there a lot.  It's sort of my home away from home.  This definitely needed to be my first R&B image to color.
I started coloring it as en experiment.  The style of the stamps is very loose so I wasn't certain that my tight style of coloring would fit well with any of theses image.  But it's always good to try new things.  So I pulled out my ZIG Kuratake Real Brush Pens.  I find these are better for a looser look than Copic markers.  (But of course that's just me and my style.)  I stamped and colored the palm tree then used a light blue and a few shades of beige to add a bit more substance to the  background.  I tried to keep it loose.
I colored in Rosie and Bernie, die cut them and added Wink of Stella to Bernie's horn.  They are popped off the card using foam dots.

I'm not sure this is my favorite card, but since I was just practicing with the ZIG pens and I actually got an image I could use for a card, I'm happy!  I already have a few additional ideas using this same stamp.  I love it!

Stamps and Dies: Stamping Bella Rosie and Bernie in Hawaii; Rosie and Bernie's Palm Tree

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7/10/2018

Smell the Roses

Happy Tuesday everyone!  This week I'm the hostess for the sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches.
I love sketch challenges because I feel like most of the work has been done for me (of course this time I had to come up with the sketch so no break here!)
I colored the image using Copic Markers.  Then I die cut the image with a Stitched Arch frame die from My Favorite Things.
When using a frame I find it easier to glue the frame down first and then lay the center piece inside the frame.  In this case I used the colored image as part of the frame.  There are three coral arch frames underneath to add dimension and color.
 I used Wink of Stella on the fairy's wings to add glimmer and sat her on the frame.
Since I didn't want to cover up my coloring (I can get quite attached to my coloring - LOL) I used vellum for the  banner and heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  The word "the"is a bit hard to read but since this is a common saying I didn't think it was too much of a problem.

Stamps: Stamping Bella Floral Forest Backdrop and Little Bits Fairy Set
Dies: Stamping Bella Fairy Set Dies, MFT Stitched Arch Dies
Copic Markers:
Floral - R12, R17, R19,RV23, RV25, RV29, RV63, RV66, RV69, RV52, RV000, BG40, BG43, BG46, G40, G43, G46, G21, G24, G29, YG11, YG 13, YG17, E30, E35, E37, B000, B0000 
Fairy- E000, E00, E11, E21, E23, E27, E29, Y13, Y15, Y19, V01, V000


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