Sunday, January 28, 2018

Mama Elephant: Cloud 9

Hello everyone!
Double the treat today with the blog posts.  :P  Today I will be featuring Mama Elephant's Lovely Piggies and Technique Tuesday's Cloud 9 stamp sets.  Mama Elephant released the Lovely Piggies stamp set in December, however, I was in the Christmas card making season, so I did not get a chance to play with it.  Since Valentines is coming up I thought it fitting to break it out for a card or two.

I used the second largest Gina Marie Stitched Scallop die to cut out the center of a 4.25x5.5 panel to create a scallop inside edge.  This looks a bit different from the Inside Scallop Frame die I have from Gina Marie because the scallops are reversed.  I loved the look of it.  I then lined this with my card base and tape the edges so that I could use the cloud border stencil.  The reason I lined the base with my scallop panel was because I wanted it to be one continuous scene even after I pop up the scallop panel (which I planned on doing at the end).   I used Distress Oxide in Picked Raspberry rather than Distress Ink because of how fluffy the chalkiness of the ink made it look.  I then used one of Honey Bee's Ocean Scene builder stencil to create rays of light with Distress Oxide Fossilize Amber.  Finally I used Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts Stencil with Distress Oxide in Candied Apple to do an ombre of hearts.  I then adhered some of my images down and heat embossed my sentiment from Technique Tuesday's Cloud 9 stamp set with Versifine Onyx Black as well as Iridescent Confetti Black embossing powder.  I lined and popped up the scallop panel with the base peace and popped up my Cupid Piggie.

I hope you like my card!

My Favorite Things:I Vike You Very Much

Hello everyone!
I totally forgot to write a blog post for a card I made last week! I don't know how that slipped by.  I recently purchased MFT's Extreme Black ink as well as BB's Viking mini stamp.  I have been shopping around for an alcohol maker black ink as my Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink is starting to loose its ink coverage :(.  I can still use it, however, I have to use my MISTI to stamp it a few times to get a good coverage.  Sad times, but its about that time, I've had the ink pad for about two years and its my go to ink for pretty much any stamping I do.  I hope that Simon Says Stamp will one day put out an ink refill for the Intense Black ink.  The pad in itself is still awesome, just need more ink.  It was good timing because I saw on the MFT youtube channel they were coming out with a very black ink and I was super excited about that because I love when my images are bold.   So far I'm loving the coverage and how black it is!

Anywho, I digress.... :) For this card I am featuring BB's Viking mini stamp set and Magical Dragons stamp set.  I was googling over the Vikings when I saw the MFT's countdown and was excited to get it.  I wanted to do something a bit more simple.  I used the Falling Hearts Stencil by Simon Says Stamp to create my background.  I mixed Distress Ink in Candy Apple and some Rangers Texture Paste to create some texture for the heart background.  When working with texture paste, clean off your surface and any tools used (stencil, spatula) right away or it will dry up  and may not come off.    I then set the background aside to dry while I stamped with MFT's Extreme Black ink and Copic colored the images I decided to use.  I was inspired by the characters Stoick and Skullcrusher in the movie, How to Train a Dragon.

It was an tough process trying to blend the reds and greens of Skullcrushers head together; I had to go back and forth between the colors a few times.  Once I finished coloring the images I used a sentiment from the Viking's stamp set to heat emboss on red cardstock with white embossing powder and die cut it from Gina Marie's Stitched Heart stack.  I used my Cricut machine to cut a shadow piece from Grey Cardstock and used Distress Ink in Hickory smoke to blend the edges.

I hope you like my card!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Simon Says Stamp/Mama Elephant: Birthday Rainbows

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring a Stamptember Simon Says Stamp and Mama Elephant collaboration stamp set.  I have had this set for a while, but have been on a Christmas card mission.  Usually during the later end of the year its hard for me to get non-Christmas cards out.  My sister asked me to make a couple of birthday card and thought that this would b a good stamp set to make a set of cards. The cards in this set are quite similar scene, just in different orientation layout.

I started by stamping all the images I wanted to use with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink so that I could Copic color them.  I fussy cut the images.  I then used Gina Marie Scallop frame die to cut out two frames.  I used the inside portion of the frames to create a card.  I used the frame to plan out the area I want to do some distressing with Oxides in Cracked Pistachio, Peeled Paint and Peacock Feathers. I also used MFT's Radiating Rays Stencil and Lawn Fawn Meddow Boarder die for the card I used the inside portion of the frame.   I used a sentiment from the stamp set and heat embossed it using Versifine Onyx Black with confetti black embossing powder (I have no idea what company the embossing powder is from as I had bought it a long time ago at the San Diego Fair). I finished the card by adding adding sequins, using Spectrium Niors clear glitter pen and Glossy accents for the Sun.  I hope you like my cards.  :)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Favorite Things: Ski-sons Greetings

Hello everyone!
Hope your week has gone well so far.  Today I will be featuring stamps and stencils from MFT and Honey Bee Stamps.  I love stencils that you can build a scene with; Honey Bee and MFT have been releaseing awesome stencils that does this.   I used MFT’s Drift and Hills stencil as well As Honey Bee’s Outdoor Scene Builder stencils.  Honey Bee has many scene building stencils that are wonderful to use.

For this card I used MFT’s Ski-son’s Greeting stamp set.  I first stamped the images I wanted to use and Copic color the areas I would not be paper piecing.  I then used some Christmas pattern paper from my stash to stamp and fussy cut the areas I wanted to paper piece.  I ran a black marker around the edges so that it would be seamless.  After which I glued the pieces in my Copic colored image and fussy cut it.  For the background panel, I wanted it to be one layered so stencils were the best choice to add dimensions without the bulk.  I used MFT’s Drifts and Hills stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to ink blend some snow drifts.  Then I used Honey Bee’s Mountain stencil with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink blend the mountain.  What I love about this particular stencil is the reverse side has the shadow of the mountain so I was able to use it as a mask to ink blend my sky with Salty Ocean Distress Oxide.  I then as heard my pieces into this background panel and used an action wobble on the image of the bear who seems to be jumping off a hill. I love the action wobble.  It’s so much fun!  I hope you like what I created.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Lawn Fawn: Happy Holidays

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring Lawn Fawn's Winter Village, Toboggan Together, and Gingham Backdrops stamp sets.  I wanted to do something a bit different than my ink blended scenes.  I love the plaid background I have been seeing on social media and wanted to create a scene card using this pattern.  I remembered I have a Gingham background stamp set from Lawn Fawn and thought it was close to a plaid background.  I cut down some red cardstock to A-2 size and used my MISTI to stamp my background.  It was a bit difficult to line up each time as the stamp was not a full background stamp.  I used the MISTI paper and stamped the striped background onto it and moved my cardstock as close as I could to the stamped image on the MISTI paper.

After I finished the stamping the background.  I stamped the images I wanted to use on white cardstock to Copic Color.  I then fussy cut the images and laid them out on to the background get an idea of where I wanted to put the sentiment.  I used a sentiment from Toboggan Together to heat emboss in white embossing powder right onto the gingham background panel.  I adhered the images to the panel and popped up the characters with foam tape.  I then used Simon Says Stamp White Pigment ink to stamp on some snowflakes from the Toboggan Together stamp set.  To finish the card I used some sequins and star confetti for.  Hope you like my card.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Mini Cards & Tags: Lawn Fawn, MFT, Mama Elephant, & Clearly Besotted

Hello Everyone!
Today I will be featuring mini cards and tags from various stamp companies.  I Copic colored as well as used Prismacolor pencils.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mama Elephant: Snowy Days

Hello everyone!
Today I will be show casing Mama Elephant's Me and my Yeti, Little Agenda Santa, and Little Agenda Reindeer stamp sets.  I mixed and match these sets together to create an A-2 sized card as well as a mini card.  I used similar color schemes and are complimentary to each other.

I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the images I wanted to use from the stamp sets for the A-2 card.  I used Copic markers to color the images.  I used Lawn Fawns Mountain Die and created snow drifts on the mountain area with MFT's Drifts and Hills stencil.  The mountain area is popped up on to the card base which was ink blended with Distress Oxides in colors Pink Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, and Blue Jeans as well as a touch of Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire. I used some white paint to splatter onto the ink blended panel to create a star-y look.  I used an Amy R's Snowman Sentiments to heat emboss with Simon Says Stamp Silver embossing powder.  I tucked the Yeti image behind the mountains before I popped up the mountain panel.  I adhered the remaining images onto the mountain area.

For the mini card, it was one layered.  I die cut using Gina Marie Scallop Rectangle die a panel.  I stamped and masked my images.  I used the same color Distress Oxide and Distress Ink as the A-2 panel for the sky and snow drifts.  I used Copic markers to color my images. I hope you like the cards I created.

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Favorite Things: Spoil You Rotten

Hello everyone!
I hope you are doing well.  I'm going to try to update my blog in the next couple of days of the holiday cards/tags that I have created thus far  I am a bit behind (sooooo sorry).  Its been really busy with family activities since the holiday season in full force.  Today, I will be featuring a card I created in November and was spotted by MFT's blog; click here if you would like to see the post on the MFT's website.  I had so much fun creating this card because it was my first time using texture paste.

The card I created was for the most part a one layered card with a bit of dimension from the texture paste.  I first laid out where I wanted my stamped images to be place.  I used MFT's BB Santa's Elves stamp set as well as BB Jingle All the Way.  Only one new mask was cut for the stack of presents next to the main character image because I already had masks made from previous cards.   All the images were masked off.  The Drifts & Hills stencil from MFT was used to ink blend in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink a snow drift scent.  I then used Salt Ocean and Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink  to ink blend the sky.  Once the background was completed I took off the masks (and saved them on the stamps set to use for future cards).  I then colored the images with Copic markers.  I used a sentiment from the Santa's Elves to heat emboss in Rangers fine detail white embossing powder.  I then used Rangers Texture Paste with Simon Says Stamp Falling Snow Stencil to create a snow falling into the scene.  I quickly cleaned the stencil in warm water, as I hear that once the texture paste is solid it would be too difficult to get it off the stencil.  It took about 30 mins for the texture paste to dry.  I hope you like the card I created.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas is coming! Mini & A-2 Cards featuring Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things, & Mama Elephant

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring quite a few cards most of them are mini cards that are 4.25x2.75in.  Every year I make mini cards for my co-workers at work, usually teachers and staff within my department or work with  closely.  I also make a few for my sister whom gives out gifts for teachers and staff that help with her daughter and son's education.   This year I have about 20-25 mini cards to create and about 10-15 regular A-2 sized cards.  I try to make each one unique, however, with a few more cards this year, I want to see how much I can get done before I start replicating designs.  I have so much fun creating these cards every year.  I usually start creating in October so that I could get them done in time, so from October-December the cards I make are usually Holiday Cards. 

This year I used a combination of a few dies from various companies: Gina Marie Stitch Scallop, MFT's Stitched Rounded Rectangle, Inside/Out Stitched Rectangle, Birch Tree, and Stitched Scallop  Boarder 1 and 2, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Boarder, Mountain Boarder, Tree Boarder and House Boarder dies.  These dies are perfect for winter scenes.  I also used quite a few Stencils to create drifts and snow.  Of course I have to use my distress inks and oxides to add color and dimension to the scene.  A new product to me this year is texture paste and boy am I loving it.  Here are a few cards I have made so far.  Hope you like it.  

I created a full A-2 pop-up version of a mini card I made on the right.  I used my pop up card method that I previously blogged about here.

Here is a close up of the mini card.  I popped up the penguin and lamp.  I used MFT's Drift Stencil to create a bit on dimension. I am loving the Copic combination for Tree's this year (YG 99 & YG 95 with tip to tip method for a smoother transition).

The front of the pop-up card.  I created a band out of 12x12 Christmas Pattern Paper, which is the perfect length.  I cut the pattern paper to 12x1.5in to wrap around the card.  

Inside of the pop up card using various Lawn Fawn Dies.  I used distress oxides in Salty Ocean and splattered with pearl paint and white paint from my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Pallet.

Close up of the pop up.  I wanted to put a song note for the penguins, however did not want it to look out of place in the background.  I used a small piece of transparency to adheare to the Penguin so it looks like its floating.

The mini MFT cards I made.  I tried to keep these a bit simple and used Scallop boarders to create snow drifts as well as a stencil.  I used the Birch Tree die-namics to create a scene and used Pumice Stone Distress ink to create dimension.  I used Oxide colors for the bottom card with Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserve and Faded Jeans.  I used distress inks in Shaded Lilac and Blue Print Sketch for the polar bear.  I used Tumbled Glass Distress ink for the Hedgehog.

PS: If you would like more up to date look at my cards click on my Instagram link on the side.  I am going to try blog all my cards, but it may take some time because of the quantity of cards I have to make.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Cardmaking Day: Heffy Doodle

Hello everyone!
Happy World Cardmaking Day!  I was super excited when I woke up today to create a card.  As I was perusing through Instagram and other social media outlets so many cards sparked my attention.  Then I saw on Heffy Doodle's blog an image that was sooo cute!  I was just in luck because the it was a digital stamp image that the company was giving out just for World Cardmaking day!  I super excited about this and went straight to my craft room to create a card.  A few week ago I saw a beautiful background by Kristina Werner and wanted to make a similar background.  I have not used my Gansai Tambi watercolors in a while and thought this would be a perfect occasion.

First I used my Cricut to Print and Cut the image.  I used my Copic markers to color the image.  Then I used painters tape to tape down my Strathmore watercolor panel to a clip board so the paper would not warp too much.  I knew I would be using a good amount of water to get the color to move.  I used a 3/4 flat watercolor brush to cover the watercolor paper panel.  I then used a 6 round watercolor brush to dab on the colors blue (No.64), purple (No.139), and pink (No.34).  I did one layer of this and let it dry and then made sure the panel was saturated with more clean water and did another layer of color, so that it was vibrant.  I then mixed black (No. 20) and white (No. 10) to create a gray color for the ground.  Once the panel was dry, I picked the metallic white (No. 95) with a brush and flicked it all over the top portion of my panel.  This created such a pretty glimmer.  I also used white (No. 10) to flick some white on the panel for contrast.  I cut down the panel to 4x5.25in.  I used Lawn Fawns Happy for the sentiment which was heat embossed in white.  I then layed down the mailbox and popped the cute Heffy Doodle bear onto the panel.  I used a bit of glossy accents for the heart on the letter and some sparkling clear sequins some I filled with silver stickles.  I then popped the whole panel on a top folding A2 size card.  Hope you like my card!