Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lawn Fawn: Give Thanks

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring Lawn Fawns Thankful Mice mini stamp set.  This set is super cute!  I must admit I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a layout for this card.  I've been wanting to use the stamp set since it came in last week, but I did not have a card idea for it.  Most times I purchase a stamp set because I have a few card ideas for them, but this set was so cute that I just had to get it.  Then I remembered I wanted to do a Distress Oxide/Distress Ink comparison so I figured this would be a good start to a card.  I wanted to make similar cards, but not identical cards one using the same colors of Distress Oxides the other using Distress inks (I ended up having to use and extra Distress Ink color, which I explained in the video below).

I started the card by stamping the images I wanted to use with Simon Says Intense black ink and Copic coloring them.  I did two sets of the images so that I could use the images in both cards.  I then used my circle stitched die to die cut two circles from kraft cardstock.  While I had my Big Shot out I decided to die cut Thanks using Gina Marie Designs die.  One of the Panels I layered two pieces of white cardstock below a black cardstock piece.  The other panel I used yellow fun foam and a black cardstock piece to cut the word.   I then used the circle piece as a guideline for how wide I wanted my ink blended area to be for both my cards.  I made one card 4.25x5.5in (Verticle Panel) and the other 5.5x4.25 (Horizontal Panel). I used some low tack tape to tape off the area with scraps on paper so that I would not ink up areas that should not be inked.  I used Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo in both Oxides and Inks.  I added Mustard Seed Distress Ink to the Distress Ink Panel. Once both inked panels were done I used hemp twine to wrap around the inked panels.  I tied a bow on the horizontal card where as the vertical card I looped around the card twice.  I used the "Give" in the "Giving Thanks" sentiment.  I stamped Spiced Marmalade in Distress Oxide for both panel and missed it with water.  By misting the sentiment the Oxidation allowed the sentiment to pop a bit more.  I wanted this to be the shadow for my sentiment.  I offset the sentiment and stamped with black ink.  I went over the sentiment with black gel pen.   I then popped up the stitched circle on top of the hemp twin.  I also popped the images on top of the circle.  I glued the die cut "Thanks" to the card.

I finished the cards by using my Spectrum Nior Shimmer Pen and added some sequins to the cards.  Both cards are similar, but a bit of a change in layout.  I did a Instagram story feed about my thoughts on the Distress formulation; I uploaded this to YouTube which is shown below.  Hope you like my cards.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 351

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring MFT's adorable Hippo Birthday stamp set for the sketch challenge.  Here is a mock up of the sketch for this week:

I began by die cutting a stitched rounded rectangle panel as well as the scallop border using the Basic Edges 2.  I then stamped the images I wanted to use on the white cardstock with Simon Says Intense Black Ink as I wanted to Copic color the images.  I wanted my hippos to have clothes so I sketched some with pencil then used my Copic Multi-liner to outline it.  I used Copic Multi-liner because I know the pen will be Copic friendly and not smear when I color it.  Once I colored the images I fussy cut them.  

I then started ink blending the the scallop panel with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  I wanted to see how if the different formulas would play well with one another and they seemed to.  The Mowed Lawn was a bit brighter because it did not have that pigment property.  For the main stitch rounded rectangle panel I used Distress Oxide in Peacock Feather and Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. When I laid down the first layer of Peacock Feather, I thought it was too dark because I was a bit heavy handed with it that was why I switch to Tumbled Glass to lighted it up a bit.  I then used Peacock Feather and the Cloud Border Stencil to create clouds; I made sure to tap off most of the Peacock Feathers on a paper before ink blending with the stencil.   

After I ink blended my panels I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set with Rangers White embossing powder on black cardstock.  I then used the smallest stitch rounded rectangle to die cut the sentiment.  I popped the scallop panel up onto the stitched rectangle panel.  I also popped the sentiment.  When I finished putting my images on the card, initially I only had the little hippo, cake w/balloons, and big hippo, it looked a bit empty, so I decided to stamp all the tiny birds from the set to Copic color.  I also added patches of grass to the scallop panel.  I then used my Specrtrum Nior Glitter pen to put some glitter on to the balloon, cake, party hats the hippos are wearing and the red strips on the papa hippo.  After, I used a white gel pen to decorate the cake, and put highlights on the balloons.  I like to use the glitter pen before using my white gel pen because I noticed that if I put the Glitter on after I put white accents it tends to muttle the white gel pen.   I hope you like the card I created.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall 2017 CLH feat. Lawn Fawn

Hello everyone!
I made a simple card today featuring Lawn Fawns Pumkin Spice mini stamp set.  I started by cutting some kraft cardstock to A2 size then I randomly stamped the coffee cup throughout my card and used  the shaker and sugar specs to fill in the gaps.  I used my Prismacolor colored Pencils to color in the image.  I love the way Prismas look on kraft; they colors seem to pop more in it.  I started by laying my lightest color lightly then shaded with my mid tone in areas I wanted to darken.  I used the darkest color last to add some depth and then went back in with the midtown and the lightest color to smooth everything out.  Once the panel was done I used MFT border dies to all stitching all around the panel.  I embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum with clear ink and heat set it using Ranger white embossing powder.  I wrapped the sentiment strip around the card and taped it down so no adhesive could show through.  The panel was then adhered down onto heavy weight white cardstock.  Hope you like my card.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Favorite Things: A Halloween Hello

Hello everyone!
I hope the week has treated you well and that the beginning of the weekend brings you joy! I know the weekend brings me much joy.  Today I will be featuring MFT's Witch Way is the Candy? stamp set.  The set I have is the older stamp set that has been retired.  They recently re-release an updated version of the stamp set with more sentiments.  So, I am late on the Distress Oxide train.... I own all the Distress Inks in the mini form, thus did not think I would need to get them in the oxide version.  Boy was I wrong.  As I kept seeing them in use on cards on social media, it made me want to try them out.  I found an etsy shop that was selling both the first set and second set of inks.  The reason why I chose this shop is because all the proceeds from her sales go towards charities; isn't that awesome!  Here is a link to her store: Only One Life Creations.  I had a lot of fun playing with the Oxides and can't wait to experiment more with them.

I first started by using my Cricut to cut out the components to a haunted house SVG that I bought from Miss Kate Cuttables on heavy weight white cardstock. I cut them in white because I knew I wanted to use my Distress Oxide to ink blend them in with color.  I used Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Black Soot in the Oxide as well as Ripe Persimmon and  Wild Honey in Distress Ink.    The reason why I did those two colors in the ink form is because I wanted it to be a bit more vibrant for the light effect in the windows.  I glued all the pieces together and spritzed it with some water to create the oxide effect.  I then die cut the curved scallop with MFT's Scallop Basic Edge 2 die and used Lawn Fawn Meadow Border for a grass panel on white cardstock as well.  I used Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap for the Scallop piece and Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio for the grass piece. I spritzs some water onto the brown panel to distress it a bit.  For the night sky, I used masking paper to cut die cut a circle (the moon) and place it on my panel so I could Distress the rest of the sky.  I used Faded Jeans and Black Soot Oxide inks.  Once I distressed the sky I misted it with water and let it dry.  I then water down some white acrylic paint to splatter onto the background.  I also water down some Pearl acrylic paint to splatter; loved how this looked on the background. It made the splatter look like twinkling stars.  Once I finished splattering I took the mask off and went over the edges of the moon with a water pen so the edges did not look too harsh.  I put down my brown dirt panel then my grass. I put the haunted house on top of the scallop panel and popped up my girl image.  I double popped my sentiment which I white heat embossed on black cardstock.  I glued some of the bat images down and popped up two.  I finished the card by adding Spectrum Noir's Sparkling Clear Glitter on the dress and bats.  Hope you like my card.

Monday, September 4, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 348

Hello everyone!
Today, I will be featuring My Favorite Things Fall Friends stamp set for the MFT sketch challenge. Here is the layout for this sketch challenge.

I was in a kraft cardstock/Prismacolor Pencil mood, so that is what I went with.  As much as I love the outcome of coloring with colored pencils, I dislike having to re-outline my images with black because I am really bad at it.  I can not for the life of me trace; it usually ends up in mistakes.  However, I decided to use my MISTI to stamp my images on the kraft cardstock.  I outline the area I would be die cutting so that I knew my images would fit.  Then I used the three sides of the MISTI to place my stamps as I would be overlapping some images which is why I created some masks.  I left the stamps in my MISTI so that I could re-stamp them after I finished coloring them.

I also used the radiating rays stencil to distress some Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, and Squeezed Lemon Aid. I then die cut the image using the rounded rectangle die and back it with black cardstock so there would be a border.  I used my We R Crop-a-Dile to round the edges of the black cardstock.  for the bottom panel I used MFT's Fine Chevron Background stamp to create a pattern paper, which i cut down to fit the lower 1/4 of the card.  I then used a sentiment from the Fall Friends stamp set to heat emboss in white embossing powder on black cardstock and created fish tails on both ends.  I popped my main image panel up with foam tape and double up the foam tape for my sentiment.  To finish the card I used some orange and iridescent yellow sequins.  Hope you like my card. :)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

My Favorite Things & Honey Bee Stamps: Oceans of Love

Hello everyone!
Today I'm here to share a card using MFT's Mermazing Stamp set as well as Honey Bee Stamp's Ocean Builder Scene stencils.  I am in love with Honey Bee's stencil.  I love all the components to build a under the sea scene, which you can pick and choose from.  When I saw Nichol Magouirk using them in one of her videos I had to get it.  I created a similar under the sea theme for the bottom space of my card.

I first started by using Distress Ink in the colors Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, and Black Soot to create the ocean scene.  I masked the top 25% of the card with some paper so that I could create a moonlight night scene using Faded Jeans and Black Soot.  I die cut a circle from masking paper to create the moon; I kept the  negative to mask off the sky to distress the moon in Pumice Stone.  I used Mustard Seed and a scatter star stencil to create some starts.  I used Mermaid Lagoon with Honey Bee's Stencil to create some rays.  I tried using Simon Says white pigment ink to create some white shadow rays, but it wasn't working too well on the regular distress ink even when pouncing method.  I assume it does not layer too well with the dark colors.   Nichol Magouik used Distress Oxides in her video, but I do not have those yet (making me think hard about getting them).  I did my best to create some moon light shadow rays.  I used Black Soot to crate some coral with the stencils as well as some second generation stamping of fish from the stamp set.  I then used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black to stamp the images I wanted to use from the stamp set and Copic colored it.  The scene I create was inspired by Disney's, "The Little Mermaid" (picture below). I then stamped a sentiment from the stamp set with clear embossing ink on black cardstock and heat it with white embossing powder.  I hope you like the card I created.  :)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My Favorite Things: Little Mermaid

Hello Everyone!
I am here with a card I created last week. I just realize I did not do a blog post for a card I made and posted on Instagram.  The card was inspired by the Disney movie, "The Little Mermaid".  I created a scene from the movie where Arial is on a rock looking out to Eric and his dog Max.  I used a few MFT stamp sets including, Our Story, Mermazing, and Lucky Dog.  I started by stamping my images onto white cardstock. I wanted the Mermaid to be in the opposite direction of what it stamped out so I mirror stamped the image by using my MISTI and a solid stamp.  The image was not as black as I wanted to be, but I would be outlining it again after I copic colored the image.  Once the images were colored I used the Beach Scene Dienamics to cut out an ocean piece in white cardstock.  I used distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon to ink blend the ocean piece.  I then used Scattered Straw for the sand and Vintage Photo for the cliff rocks.  I also used my Copic markers to draw in lines to emulate the rocks.  I then used a sentiment from Our Story to heat emboss on black cardstock with white embossing powder.  I popped the ocean panel up onto the card as well as the sentiment. I thought there was something missing from the sand, so I used my Copic maker to dot some areas of the sand to make it more textured.  I hope you like my finished card.  :)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mama Elephant & My Favorite Things: Bright and Sun Shining Day

Hello everyone!
Happy weekend.  :)  Today I will be featuring two stamp sets by two different stamp companies: Mama Elephant's Carried Away and My Favorite Thing's Up in the Air.  This card is another one layered wonder scene card.  I started out by laying/stamping out my idea on a scrap piece of printer paper so I could get an idea of what images I should stamp first.  As I do not have my boarder dies, I freehand sketch a hill boarder on my scrap paper so that I could it cut out later as a masking piece.

Once I was satisfied with where I wanted everything to be placed, I stamped my images on an A2 panel piece.  I created masks for images I did not have masks for.  My Up in the Air stamp set had plenty of masks to work with so I did not have to make many masks.  Once all my images were stamped out and masked I was ready to create the hill and sky.  I used the scrap sketch and cut the hill off to use as a mask for the hill section and sky section.  I used Distress Inks in the colors Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron for my hill masking off the sky section.  Once my hill was complete I used the other side of the paper to mask off the hill so that I could work on the sky.  I used Distress Ink color Salty Ocean to create a light blend at the bottom of the sky then I used my cloud stencils to create a cloudy sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Once I was done with the clouds I used the Radiating Rays stencil to create a bright sun using Squeezed Lemon-aid and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  I then unmasked all my images to Copic color them in.  The stark contrast between the distressed background and uncolored images always gets me.  I usually hesitate at this point on weather the card is looking okay to continue, but I almost always try to persevere and finish the card.  The final touches to the card once I Copic colored the images is to put some Sparkling Clear Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen on the son, hot air balloon, and trees. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 344

Hello everyone!
I'm still away from my craft room but still wanting to create!   I can't believe I forgot my black cardstock :(.  I usually bring at least one piece of black cardstock for my sentiments.  Luckily I had a scrap of red cardstock in my folder.  I didn't bring many inks to make my own colored cardstock either but you work with you got, right?   I've been wanting to practice my watercoloring so I decided to dust off my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers for this card.   First, I went to MFT's blog to see what the Sketch is for the week.  Here is the mock up:

I will be featuring MFT's BB Happy Hedgehogs for today's card.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do heading into the project.  I stamped all the small hedghog images on Strathmore watercolor paper flipping and turning the images.  I wanted to create a pattern paper like panel utilizing the images.  After the hedgehogs were stamped I used the smaller leaf and nut images to fill in the gaps.  I then watercolored the panel with my ziggies.   I wanted there to be a variation in skin tone so the panel didn't look too boring.  :P It was looking really brown until I colored the leaves and background in.  I water down a light blue color for the background.  Once the panel was completed I used a bowl (yup a bowl) to trace a curve at the bottom of the panel sit that I could cut it out.  I then used some red cardstock to cover the bottom portion of my card base and to heat emboss a sentiment.  I used some velum to layer under the sentiment piece because I did not want to cover my pattern paper panel up too much.  I popped the panel up on the card base and then popped my sentiment piece up on the panel.  I hope you like my card :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 343

Hello everyone,
Today I will be featuring BB Space Explorer for MFT's sketch this week.  I am currently away from my craft room visiting my boyfriend in Northern California.  I brought some of my craft supplies, but very limited amount.  Don't you wish you could magically take all your craft supplies with you everywhere you go.  :P  While my boyfriend is at work I have some time to make a card! :)  I also wanted to create a card suing MFT's Sketch Challenge this week.  Here is a mock up of the sketch:

Since I do not have all my supplies, I took some creative liberties with the sketch today.  I brought some of my stencils and distress inks; thank goodness I did because I would have not been able to create much of anything since I do not have my die cutting machine here.  I started with cutting a 2.5x 5.5in  panel, which I will use as a substitute for the oval frame.  I used the cloud boarder stencil to create a multi-colored cloud background using distress inks in the colors Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Spice Marmalade.  I then stamped the image I wanted to use from the Space Explorer stamp set with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink so that I could Copic color the image.  I then stamped a sentiment from BB's Up in the Air stamp set on  a strip of white cardstock using black ink.  I used a strip of red cardstock to underlay it with the white cardstock sentiment.  I then heat embossed another sentiment from the Space Explorer stamp set with white embossing powder on red cardstock and cut fishtails on the ends.  I laid the cloud panel and white cardstock sentiment together onto the card base.  I popped my main image as well as the red cardstock sentiment.  For the final touches I added some sequins around the panel.  I hope you like my card.  :)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 342

Hello everyone!
Today I am here with a card for this week's MFT Sketch Challenge.  I missed out on entering the last card into the challenge by a couple of hours, so I thought I'd try to make it this week.  :P  The sketch for the week is:

When I saw this sketch and rummaged through my MFT stamps I saw three stamp sets I could combine to create a double scene.  I had so much fun working on this card.  All the stamp sets I used were from the Birdie Brown line (love!).  The sets I used were Magical Unicorn, Magical Dragon, and Our Story.  I thought  the top section as setting a scene where we catch a glimpse into the little girl's mind envisioning herself as the character in the book she is reading, which of course is loving the pretty unicorn and her as a princess.  The bottom part is of course her reading and engulfed in this books dreaming it could come true.  

I started by using MFT's Stitch Scallop Basic Edge to die cut the top panel from heavy weight white and mint green cardstock.  I then used MFT's Grassy Hill to die cut the mint green cardstock to create a grassy boarder.  I used my MIST to ink up the images I wanted to use and stamped in on to heavy weight white cardstock with Simon Says Intense Black ink.  I used my MISTI because I knew I would need to stamp it a few times to get dark lines.  I also stamped the image of the little girl reading a book on some pattern paper as I wanted to paper piece the chair.  I Copic colored my images and fussy cut them as well as the chair that I stamped on pattern paper.  I then lined the pattern paper chair with black marker so the white spaces would not show.  I moved on to the distressing I would be doing for my panels.  I used Mowed Lawn distress ink to give a deeper color to the grassy hill boarder and also give some contrast.  I used the puffly cloud stencil to create a light cloudy scene at the top of my white Scallop Basic Stitched panel.  I then taped off the bottom of my main panel piece and used Hickory Smoke distress ink to create a ground for the little girl sitting on the chair. I used Hero Arts Stylish Boarder stencil with Abandon Coral Distress ink to create a wall paper look.  I then stamped a sentiment from the Magical Unicorn stamp set on black cardstock and used Simon Says Stamp Silver embossing powder.  I popped the Scallop Basic Stitched panel up on the card to create almost like a thought bubble as well as the sentiment. I finished off the card by using Spectrum Niors Shimmer pen on the Unicorn's main, horn, and the Princess's crown.  I used glossy accents for the horn and crown.  I hope you like what I created. :)

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 341

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring MFT's Magical Unicorns.  I've hit a creative wall this past week and thought maybe a sketch would help inspire me to get my creativity going and I love MFT's sketch challenges, so I decided to pull inspiration from it.  The sketch for the week is:
When I saw the middle square, I thought of making a shaker card from it.  I used a colorful heart pattern paper from my stash and MFT's Scallop Basic Border 2 die to cut the edges.  I used heavy weight cardstock and my inside/outside stitched square dies to create a frame.  I then stamped the images I wanted to use from the stamp set onto heavy weight cardstock with Simon Says Intense Black in so that I could Copic color the image.  I then fussy cut my images. I used acetate to cover my square frame and popped it up with double foam tape so the sequins would share a bit more freely.  I used rainbow colors of sequins in 4mm, 5mm, and 10mm sizes.  I then heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set on black cardstock with white embossing powder and cut fishtails at each end.   I placed the sentiment at the bottom of my square panel and glued on my copic colored images.  To finish the images off I used Spectrum Noir's Clear Sparkling Pen on my unicorn and rainbow.  I also put glossy accent on the horn of the Unicorn.  I hope you like my card.  :)
Edit: :( Sad times... I was 2 hours too late in entering the card for the Sketch challenge.  Oh well,I had fun creating the card :).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Crafting Desert Divas: Fairy Happiness

Hello everyone!
Today I am sharing a card featuring Crafting Desert Divas digi stamps once again.  I have been having some fun playing with the digi stamps; I usually use polymer stamps, so it was fun to be able to customize the size of the image to fit my layout.  I used my Cricut to print and cut the images.  I have been having some issues with the print and cut settings since the company upgraded their Design Space system from flash to html5.  The cuts are slightly off, but they were not too noticeable.  I do love how much faster the system is though.  Once I printed and cut my images I used my Prismacolor Pencils to color them in.  I had a layout in mind for the images and sized them to fit the card.  I used a grass boarder die to create two grass panels and distress them with Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Bundled Sage, and Forest Moss.  I then used the clouded boarder stencil to distress some tumbled glass to create a clouded sky.  I then put the grass boarder popping up the front grass panel.  I then glued the images on and popped up the image of the fairy sitting on the flower up.  I stamped a sentiment using  Amy R's stamps with Simon Says Stamp Black.  The last touches was to put some clear sequins around the sentiment.  :)  Hope you like my card!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

My Favorite Things: Ewe Have My Heart

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring MFT's Ewe Are the Best stamp set.  I made this card last week, but it was going to someone special and I didn't want to post it till he received it.  :)  I had an idea of what I wanted to create with this card; some details were changed but I liked the outcome.  At first I was wanted there to be a circle image piece to the bottom left, but as I was conceptualizing it and looking about my supplies I remembered I had a heart die that would be perfect.  I cut a piece of scrap printer paper with the 3rd largest heart die by Gina Marie to create a mask.  Instead of using the heart I used the opening to distress onto my card base.  I used Tumbled Glass to create a light heart outline, then used my cloud stencils to distress some clouds.  Once I finished distressing my cloud I used my Radiating Rays stencil to create some sun rays at the top of the heart.  After, I stamped the images I wanted to use with Simon Says Intense Black ink, so that I could Copic color my images.   Once I finished coloring the images I fussy cut them out. For my main sheep image I wanted it to have more texture and I remember I had this paint pen that puffed up when heated, so I used this on for the sheep's coat.  I actually forgot how to use the pen and had to google directions, which somewhat guided me, however, I remember how to use the product once I started working it.  I remember there needed to be a good amount of liquid, so on a separate piece of paper I let some of the liquid drain out so that I could pick it up with the tip of the marker to put on my image.  So, the direction says to wait for the liquid to dry before you heat it, but really its best to heat it when its still wet; it puffs up more.  Also, work in layers.  Once you finish on layer of puff and you still want more puff, put on top of the first layer of puff and heat to create a fuller look.  I loved how it turned out, it look so much like fur.  I then used a scrap piece of white cardstock to die cut the bottom of the heart to use for a grass piece.  I used Lawn Fawn's meadow grass boarder to die cut grass from the bottom heart piece.  I distress the grass piess with Forest Moss, Mowed Lawn, and Twisted Citron.  I was able to line up this piece with the heart on my base because I had distress the heart earlier.  I glued my images down, popping the sheep up with foam. I used a sentiment from the stamp set and stamped it using my MISTI with Versafine Onyx black.  I finished the card by putting some clear sequins as embellishments.   I hope you like the card I created.

Crafting Desert Divas: Interactive River Tubing

Hi everyone!
Today I will be featuring Crafting Desert Divas digital stamp "Cool Summer" (click to see the stamp at CDD's website).  CDD has been releasing a few new digital stamps for free by attending their Facebook Group release event here.  When I saw this image I thought of either pool or river, but then I remembered how my friends would go river tubing down the Sacramento River; I did not participate in this because I do not know how to swim :(.  When I first started this card, it was not going to be interactive. I usually do not make interactive cards because something usually goes wrong and I get really frustrated when the card gets ruined by lack of thinking or knowing how to make the interactive element work.  However, as I was putting the card together, I thought this would be cool if the Rhino could move down the river.  So, I put my feelings aside about interactive cards to try and create a card with the Rhino moving down the river.  There were a lot of ups and downs with this card as I actually had to tear apart one of my card bases because the slider motion was not working (I needed to double up my foam tape) and I did not expect the card to be so bulky (I had more foam tape for the front water), but luckily it all came together.

I first started with downloading the image onto my computer so that I could use Photoshop to add a white boarder around my image.  After I uploaded the image into my Cricut to print and cut.  I love that I am able to do this with the image because I usually fussy cut my images and that is not so fun.  Once I had my image I used my Copics to color the image.  At this point I was crossing my fingers that the printer ink would not smudge from the markers. Woo! It didn't.  Then I went on creating waves with both white cardstock and vellum and distressing the white cardstock with Salty Ocean and Mermaid Lagoon.  While I was distressing I took a 5.5 x 4.25 cardstock panel to distress the sky and sun that I wanted.  I then glued down my first 2 waves onto the panel and used a slider die to cut through the layers of cardstock.  Here is where things started go array.  I was using 110LB cardstock for both my waves and panel so the slider channel die would not cut through all the layers.  I tried putting some foam under to create more pressure but that did not work, then I realized I should just take the cut paper out and re-align the die to cut the last layer (duh!).  After I glued down the track piece to my card base and used 3M foam tape to pop the panel up so the slider mechanism would work.  Well, when I finally was able to put the front panel in, and put the Rhino on the track it wouldn't slide! I was almost over making this card as I had to tear the panel off of my card base and it was not a pretty sight, but I persevered (mostly because I already put so much time into making the card).   I put another layer of foam tape, luckly I was able to save the track piece to glue down onto another card base. Once the panel was down I put the Rhino back on the track and it worked! :) Well, I didn't really think about the 2 remaining waves and how I would have to double pop them up so that the Rhino could move down the track.  :( This ended up making my card pretty bulky and probably won't be able to send this in the main.  It will be a card I'd have to give someone by hand, but it works! :P  I was quite proud of making the interactive card.  I'm not sure when I will make another one though.  Sorry for the long post.  I thought I'd share my woes on making this card.  Hope you like it.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

My Favorite Things: Blooms Background

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring MFT's Springtime Blooms stamp set.  The inspiration came from MFT's instagram post a couple days ago with a similar stamp set that used white embossing on black cardstock.  I love the simplicity of the card, but I want to take a bit further.  I loved the black with white heat embossing and wanted to see if I would be able to add color onto the black cardstock and it actually show the colors.  I had to think of anything very bright and opaque mediums in my stash.  I thought of my prismacolors as it works well on craft cardstock so I tested a few colors on a piece of black cardstock; the key is to pick bright and light enough colors to show on the black cardstock.  I then remembered my Kuretake Gansai Tambi pallet had some pearlescent colors in it that I could use.  I do not use my Gansai Tambi watercolors often because I am really terrible at watercoloring, still working on this.  I started by stamping my images onto the black cardstock with Simon Says Stamp embossing ink, which is similar to Versafine embossing ink.  I think Simon Says Stamp's embossing ink is a bit more sticky than Versafine. I used most of the images in the stamp set; first using the larger images to stamp then smaller images to fill in the spots.  I used Rangers fine white embossing powder to coat each of my panel (I made 2 one for each color medium) and heated the powder till it melted.  I started with my Prismacolor pencils.  With Prismacolored pencils the key is to use light layers to build the color, if you put to much pressure when coloring eventually it will create a waxy thickness that will not allow you to build anymore color.  Also, having a sharp pencil tip helps when coloring.  I currently do not have a blending medium for the pencils, but I found that if you lightly layer enough the colors will blend itself.  Maybe in the feature I will get a blending a medium, but for now I'm liking the bit of texture.  For the other panel, I used the pearlescent colors from Gansai Tambi.  I had to be careful about the amount of water I used for the panel because the paper I used was just black cardstock and not watercolor paper.  Its a good thing that the Gamsai Tambi pallet is super thick and opaque.  As I was watercoloring my flowers I realized that there is a white pearlescent color and thought, "I wonder if the pearlescent will show if I mix in other colors".  It did work!  I was super happy I was able to create different pearlescent colors for my panel.  When mixing the white pearlescent and the other colors make sure that you do not add too much color to pearlescent as it will become more opaque than pearlescent.  You have to play around with the mixture to get a good medium.  Also, because the pearlescent is white it will lighten the color you are using, so mix in a darker shade than you need.  I had fun mixing and creating colors I needed.  :)   After I was done with the panel I used 2 of the sentiments in the stamp set and stamped/embossed with Versafine Onyx black and clear embossing powder on a white cardstock to make it pop on the card.  I also popped the sentiment up on the panel.  I used MFT's stitched boarder dies to add a bit to the sentiment.  I cut done both panel 1/4 inch top and bottom so that when I put it on my white card base there was a bit of boarder.  Hope you like my card.

Update 7/12:
Ahhh! These cards were featured in MFT's You've Been Spotted this week! So crazy and am so honored to be on their blog.  Click picture to see the blog post on MFT's blog.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer 2017 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Hello everyone!
Ahhh.... I almost missed out on making a card for the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  I don't know how I dazed on this event because I have been following it for a while; also because I love coffee!  I think I have been super busy with my nieces and nephews that I lost sight of it, but I did manage to put up a card today for it.  A simple one layered wonder.  I quickly went through my stash of stamps and had a few cards in mind.  I finally was able to purchase a few coffee related stamps, although there are a few more on my wish list. :P  When I rolled around to MFT's Beast Friend with the mug I immediately was drawn to it.  I figured I could do a small scene with the image with an Amy R. sentiment stamp.  I love Amy R's sentiment stamps, too bad she no longer makes/sells them. :( I have been looking out for them in destash groups.  I stamped the main image in Simon Says Intense Black ink and luckily I had a mask made for it from a previous card; I save all my masks for the stamp sets for such occasions, so I don't have to make masks for them over again.  Once I masked the image I stamped a few trees.  I decided to use my Prismacolor pencils today to color them in.  It has been a lot of fun playing and coloring with them.  Once I finished coloring the images I used my stamped my sentiment with Simon Says Black ink, which is a great black ink for sentiments.  Hope you like my card.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

My Favorite Things: Tweet Wishes

Hello everyone!
I totally forgot to do a blog post for the card I posted on my Instagram yesterday, so here it is.  :)  I will be featuring MFT's Tweet Wishes.  I recently received a wonderful gift from my boyfriend that I am beyond grateful for.  I have been wanting to try my hand at color pencils because of all the beautiful cards crafty guru's like Nicole Spohr and Sandy Allnock have been making with them.  I received a large package of Prismacolor Pencils in the mail last week and wanted to create a card using them.  From what I gather the color payoff is most present on craft card stock; luckily I had one piece of 4.25 x 5.5 in my stash, which means I will be adding craft card stock to my list of supplies I need to purchase.  This card was definitely not planned out, I was working at what I wanted to do as I was making the card.  I used my MISTI to stamp two images from the Tweet Wishes stamp set; I also made a mask for the owl because I wanted the tree behind it.  I used various colors of blue, yellow, green, and browns to color the images.  I had no idea where to start with the colors because I have not made swatches for all the colors I have (I still need to do this).   I looked up on google which shades would blend well with each other.  Once I was done I used MFT's Scallops Basic Edge dies to cut the edge of the craft cardstock as well as another edge from white cardstock. .  I used a pattern paper from my stash that seemed to go with the geometric shape of the owl I used.  I popped up my image panel with fun foam.  I used one of the sentiment from the set and stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black.  I hope you like my simple card.  :)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My Favorite Things: Thank you for loving me...

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring MFT's Sweet Succulents and Happy Hedgehogs.  I recently got my hands on Sweet Succulents and wanted to create a card with the stamp set.  I automatically thought it would pair nice with Happy Hedgehogs with its prickly spins.  I haven't had much time to make cards lately so I did something nice and simple.  I stamped and made masks for all the pots so that I could put the cacti stamps into the pots using Simon Says Intense Black Ink.  I chose a hedgehog that I wanted to use for the card and stamped that as well.  I Copic colored the images and fussy cut it out.  I then used MFT's grid stencil to create a light background with Hickory Smoke Distress ink.  I position the cacti plants where I wanted and glue them down.  I popped up my hedgehog image to the front.  I then used my Copic Markers to create some grounding for the plants so it did not look like they were floating.  I chose the sentiment from Sweet Succulents and heat embossed it with fine detail white embossing powder by Ranger on black card Stock.  I used some matching sequins to finish the card.  Hope you like my card! :)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Favorite Things: Owen's 1st Birthday

Hello everyone!
Today, I will be featuring MFT's Beary Special Birthday.  My brother asked me to make a card for his friend son's 1st birthday.  I have been having a lot of fun with pop up cards, so I decided to make another pop-up card using the method I showed in the previous post.  First I stamped my images with Simon Says Intense Black ink which is Copic friendly as I wanted to use my Copics to color the images.  I then created my pop-up tabs for each of my images.  I distressed inked the inside background with Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass.  After which I water down some distress colors that were close to the colors I colored the images to splatter onto the background.  For the front of the card, I decided to keep it fairly simple by cutting out "OWEN" and distressing it with Candy Apple in an ombre style.  I also die cut a few balloons and distressed them with Mustard Seed, Abandoned Coral, and Shaded Lilac.  I used one of the balloons for the front on my card with the number 1 distressed in Salty Ocean along with an image I colored.  The other two balloon I used for the inside of the card and drew some strings.  I hope you like the card I created.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Mama Elephant: Happy Happy Birthday!

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring a few Mama Elephant stamp sets, which include Party Animal, Lunar Animals, and Little Dog Agenda.  I wanted to re-create a card I had made a few weeks earlier with a few little tweeks, a big one being the scene would be placed inside the card as a pop up.  I do not own any pop up dies so I had to improvise and experiment a bit.  I know the traditional pop up involves quite a bit of layers of card stock to create the pop up element.  I figured there has to be another way to making a pop up without all the layers of card stock so I played around with making tiny open ended rectangular boxes to hold up the card and how I could position them to flatten and pop up.  I did this but cutting up four 2 x 1 strip of light weight card stock and scoring/folding the strip every 1/2 an inch.  I then folded the end flaps towards the center and flipped to adhered to the inside of my card aligning the middle score with the crease of the card stock.  I did the for the two corners of my first and second layer of the pop up.  I constructed one out of scrap card stock as an example piece.

Once I had the structure of the pop up thought out and organized, I was able to start on the elements of my card.  I used a hillside boarder and grassy boarder die to cut out elements of my pop up in white card stock.  I then used distress inks in Pine Needle, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, and Twisted Citron to ink blend the hill and grass pieces.  I then stamped out quite a few critters and elements for the card using my MISTI.  I Copic colored the images and fussy cut them out.  Once my elements were complete I was able to start putting together the pop up.  When I was done putting everything together I realized the outside of the card seemed a bit plain as I had not decided weather I wanted to do anything with it.  I had some quite a few colored critters left over so I thought I could do a simple front of the card.  I then realized the card was a bit bulky from the pop up so I made a band out of pattern paper to enclose the card with a heat embossed sentiment.   I hope you like my card. :)

Sunday, June 4, 2017

MarkerPop Challenge 122: Seashells by the Seashore

Hello everyone!
I am super exited about this one because MarkerPop asked me to be a Guest Designer for this bi-weekly challenge! Thank you MarkerPop for allowing me this opportunity.  If you would like to get more details on this challenge go to their blog here.  This bi-weekly challenge is a color challenge using a color pallet with the theme of Sea Shell by the Sea Shore. You have to use a minimum of 3 of the colors on the pallet.

When I saw the pallet and theme I knew I wanted to do a beach themed card.  I do not have much shell, beach, or ocean themed stamp sets, but I improvised and experimented.  I went through my stamp sets picked ones that would work; MFT's Hog Heaven, Up in the Air, and Adorable Elephants as well as Mama Elephant's Little Agenda Dog.  I knew I would have to alter the main stamp images a bit to make it more of a beach theme. I used a scratch paper to plan out my lay out, where I wanted the sandy shore and ocean as well as my images. When I had my layout sketch out, I was worried that there was a lot of empty space.  I had to figure out a way to make sure the ocean would stand out as to not draw to the empty space.  

I used my MISTI to stamp my images onto my card stock and made masks for the images as I wanted to distress my background.  I used my sketch sheet as masks for my ocean, sandy shore, and sky. First masked the ocean so that I could work on the sandy shore by using distress inks (Old Paper and Frayed Burlap).  Then I maksed the Sandy Shore and sky so that I could work on the ocean using distress inks (Seedless Preserve, Blueprint Sketch, Broken China, and Cracked Pistachio).  For the sky, I used Tumbled Glass and a stencil I made from Lawn Fawn's Puffy cloud boarder to create a cloudy sky.  I then used MFT's Radiating Rays stencil with distress inks (Squeezed Lemonaid and Mustard Seed) to create some sun shine in the sky.  

Once all my distressing was done I pulled all the masks off my images.  I thought my images could be a bit more beachy, so I sketched on some swim ware for my critters and used my Copic multi-liner to outline my sketch as the pen is Copic friendly and will not smudge when I color the images in.  I Copic colored the images and put a bit more detail on the sand.  I used MFT's Adorable Elephants for the sentiment, which I stamped with Versifine Onyx Black and Heat set with clear ink.  Hope you like my card.  And Thank You again Markerpop for putting on such great challenges and allowing me to Guest Design for this Challenge.

Also, MarkerPop is having a great summer giveaway for Challenge #122 & #123 (which are the challenges for the month of June.  To Play/Enter for the giveaway package, go like their FB & IG pages and share the information about this giveaway with your project to your Social Media account with the hashtag #mpsummerfun.  The prize package is: Penny Black Summer Fun Paper Pad, Avery Elle’s Cool Treats Stamp Set, Sunny Studios Perfect Popsicle Set and Distress Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick and Broken China.  Such a great package!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Paper Smooches & Mama Elephant: Happy Mail

Hello everyone!
I'm here with another card combining stamp sets by Paper Smooches, Mama Elephant, and Simon Says Stamp.  I used Paper Smooches' Itty Bitty, Mama Elephant's Happy Mail, and Simon Says Stamp's Happy Mail stamp sets.  When I started this card I knew I wanted to use Mama Elephant's stamp set; at first I thought about doing a watercolor background, but in the mist of laying out my design and grabbing some stamp sets I wanted to use the design changed.  I am also a bit intimidated by water coloring as I am not that good at it.  Once I saw the Itty Bitty stamp set I knew I wanted to make a scene for the card.  I stamped with Simon Says Intense Black Ink and Copic colored the images.  I then fussy cut the images to lay out on my card so I could figure out where the areas I wanted to distress.  I used post it note and scratch paper to cover the areas I did not want to get inking.  For the grassy area I used Mowed Lawn/Twisted Citron, the Sky I used Salty Ocean/Tumbled Glass, and the pavement/driveway I used Pumice Stone/Hickory Smoke.  When I finished distressing my areas I then stamped my sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp set on black card stock with embossing ink and heat set it with Rangers Fine Detail White embossing powder.  I fussy cut the sentiment.  I then glued my images onto the card and popped up the panda and mailbox.  I used my Spectrum Noir glitter pen in clear to put some sparkly goodness on the mail.  Hope you like my card. :)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

My Favorite Things: Mission Control, I Need the Balloon

Hello Everyone!
Today I will be featuring another one layered wonder using MFT's Space Explorer stamp set,  I was super happy when I got the stamp set in the mail on Friday.  I've been wanting the set since it came out two releases ago.  I had a couple ideas in mind and was sketching out one on a scratch paper, but that one didn't work out too well (I want to come back to that one in the future because I like the idea, just need to tweek it). Then I decided to do another one layered card because the one I did last week was so much fun to make.  I started by picking the images I wanted to use and laid it  out on the card panel.  The idea for this card is that the astronaut boy is "running" after a balloon to take home with him for a birthday.  At first I thought I would not have enough images on my card and was afraid I wasn't going to use enough card space; with what I wanted to do with ink blending it would be extremely difficult to add any other images later, but I kept with images I had laid out.  I used my MISTI to stamp the images with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink because I wanted to Copic color them and wanted a very dark stamped outline, which is a benefit of using the MISTI.  I then created masks for each of my images as well as the shape of my moon.  Once I masked everything, I used Distress Inks (Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, and Chipped Sapphire) to ink blend my sky. 

Now comes the fun part, I used some water to splatter on the sky to create the distress look, then I took some white acrylic paint, watered it down to splatter all over.  The white paint really brings everything to life.  Well the white paint also brought my floors to life as well.  :P  I was using a box to cover the splatter, but I guess I was having a bit too much fun.

I then took my heat gun to dry the sky background, so that I could it off to work on the Moon.  I used a similar technique in distressing, but wanted the edge where the moon meets the sky to be defined.  I used Pumice Stone for most of the moon and then went back in on the edges with Hickory Smoke to define edge.  Once I was done distressing I used some water to splatter.  When I unmasked everything, I thought there was something missing from the moon, so i used my Copic markers to draw in some rocks.  I hope you like the card I created.