Archive | August, 2014
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Flowers Everywhere

If you asked me a favorite place to be in all the places you could ever be….I would say in a field of flowers. I feel so peaceful with flowers all around. In fact, a favorite place to visit is the Flower Fields in California (in April or May). It it just amazing!! (Read my post about it here).

So it seemed perfectly natural to build a card around that idea. Have you ever thought of throwing flowers as a sort of celebration? Well, it sounds like fun, and that’s just what these little cuties are doing:

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See all the flowers in the background? The sky is just filled with flowers! I was going for an Ombre look with my watercolored sky, but it didn’t turn out exactly as I imagined. That’s the beauty of watercoloring….it’s completely unpredictable!

I white embossed those flowers first onto watercolor paper, then applied the color. I also watercolored those gals (from Mama Elephant “In My Heart”) and I think they turned out so cute!

For the “happy,” I first watercolored some paper with greens, yellow and blues, then cut out the word. As you can see, I didn’t get much of the blues in there, but I like the variation of greens and yellows here…it kinda goes with the grassy hill. :)

I think this little scene would also go well with the sentiment from “Up and Away” that says: Spread Happiness Wherever you go. I just might add that to the inside of the card.

Joining in the fun at the Mama Elephant and Me Challenge!

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant In My Heart, Up and Away; Avery Elle Red & Goldie (basket);
Dies: Mama Elephant Landscape Trio; Avery Elle Red & Goldie; Simon Says Stamp Happy;
Watercolor: Distress inks
Other: Wink of Stella Clear glitter brush pen; Glossy Accents; white embossing powder; stickles

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Hey, Sexy Lady

Ok, so who wouldn’t love to get this as a birthday card? This Mama Elephant sentiment just cracks me up and I KNEW I had to use it along with one of their adorable panda bears.

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That is one cute dancing panda! I just can’t even stop grinning.

I’m just loving their products right now…I put together this little card using their die cut Femme Frames. A little watercolored background (I love how those splotches form!) and watercolored umbrella make it look so soft and sweet.

Wouldn’t you get a giant smile on your face if you got this card in the mail? 😉

Joining up with the Mama Elephant Challenge

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Mama Elephant Up and Away, Pandamonium, Say What
Dies: Mama Elephant Pandamonium, Femme Frames
Watercolor: Distress Inks
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh Lemon Drop
Other: Stickles, Glossy Accents
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Happy Little Spot on Cloud 9

Today is my Dad’s birthday. He likes bears…so this card was made just for him.

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I love that little panda! The cloud he’s sitting on is embossed in silver embossing powder, and the stars and banner were cut with silver glitter paper. Those clouds with all different designs are so awesome (Neat and Tangled) and when I saw them, I just knew I had to have them!

By the way, I gave this card to my Dad at his birthday lunch today and he LOVED it. I just knew the panda bear would be a hit! 😉

Linking up with the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge challenge.

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Supplies Used:
Stamps: Neat and Tangled Clouds; Mama Elephant Pandamonium; American Crafts Cloud 9;
Dies: Mama Elephant Pandamonium; Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling card;
Embossing Powders: Silver
Inks: Stampin Up! Pool Party; Distress Ink Salty Ocean;
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Hi Pretty Pink Posh

Today I thought I’d enter the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Challenge. I’ve had these dies from Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Duo dies 1 and Stitched Borders 1 and I wanted to make a pretty shoppe scene.

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It took me a while to make this look like I envisioned. I just LOVE this new gold polka dot vellum! And these dies from Pretty Pink Posh make it so easy to create a sweet window scene.

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You may not be able to tell in the picture, but the background is embossed with stripes to look like the siding of a building. I just used my Martha Stewart scoring board to add the “lines.”

That gold “hi” is a die from My Favorite Things (Happy Hellos) and it was so difficult to get a great picture with the gold foil paper! But I love all the gold with the black & white. I’ve always wanted a pink cruiser bicycle (funny, huh?) so I had to add that to the scene.

Can you just imagine shopping at such a chic store?!

Supplies Used:
Dies: Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 1 dies, Stitched Borders 1; My Favorite Things Happy Hellos, Silhouette cut file bicycle
Sequins: Pretty Pink Posh 4 mm Pink Peonies;
Ink: Distress Markers Black Soot; Sakura Metallic gold pen
May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Have a Monster of a Birthday

I’ve been working on some masculine cards lately. This is a simple card, but a favorite! That little monster from Paper Smooches is so funny…and he can cheer me up like no other.

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This time, I painted him with green liquid pearls. It gives him a pearlescent glow and adds a little texture! Then I used some new dies (index card die by Mama Elephant) and drew some silver pinstripes in the background with a Sakura silver glitter pen (loving these pens)! A few stars with glossy accents added a bit of dimension and shine.

This was a fun card to make…had me smiling the whole time. :)

Linking up to the Paper Smooches anything goes challenge.

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Hippo Birdie

This Lawn Fawn stamp set is adorable, and I haven’t had the chance to ink it up until now! It was my son’s birthday this week (he’s 24…I can’t believe it!) If you know me at all,  then you know that I STRUGGLE with masculine cards. I mean I have to really focus!

But Jennifer McGuire inspired me (Stretch Your Stamps 2) to make some metal-looking accents and I think it fits the bill for this card. I used more “manly” papers…like this newsprint paper from 7 Gypsies and some black and gold accents.

Then I had a little fun with the hippo, birdie, and balloon. I mean…it’s a BIRTHDAY card, right?

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See those metal accents? It’s just paper and embossing powder (embossed 3x while it was still hot). So cool. That Jennifer is truly inspired. She made an embossed small square background and then stamped on top of that, but I thought these little arrows would be a neat looking accent embossed multiple times like she showed. This is an especially handy technique if you don’t have any wood pieces or embellishments. 😉

I also used Lawn Fawn’s grass border, using the same black and newsprint papers. I think the card turned out masculine, don’t you? (Well, at the very least its much less feminine!)

My son was impressed with those metal accents and he also liked the embossed words. :)

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I added a little glossy accents on that balloon, wink of stella on the bird, and some gold sakura pen around the speech bubble. I also ruffled up that grass a little to bring a little more texture to the card.

Joining in the fun over at the Lawnscaping challenge!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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SYS2 Day 11: Play day!

Well, I couldn’t wait to get back into the craft room to try out another card once I saw Debby Hughes’ sample!! Wowza. I just love her style. She made a card with sunshine in a soft yellow and soft pink (using Hero Arts colors, I believe). Well, I don’t have much in the way of Hero Arts ink, but I do have some distress inks that I used very SPARINGLY to create a soft look like  hers. I love coloring these little Mama Elephant critters! This card was a welcome distraction to my not-so-fun day today (ever have those? Just me?)

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I just realized that I used these exact critters on my other card from last week…I guess that poor monkey in the set needs to be stamped up next time!

I love that Hello Friend stamp from Technique Tuesday, and I embossed it with a clear embossing powder, then inked it up with some distress inks in Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries (to match the sun rays). See how soft I got those sun rays? I’m delighted with the feeling of this card.

You might notice that the critters are heat embossed in black. Then I used distress markers to color them in. I really like to emboss before watercoloring, it’s so helpful in keeping the color where it should be!

The “Life is Amazing” is another Technique Tuesday stamp set that I picked up for a song at a sale a while back. I need to remind myself that life really is amazing (today was a good day to use this stamp). 😉

The sequins are Pretty Pink Posh in “Lemon Meringue” and “Pink Blush”…aren’t those lovely names?

 

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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SYS2 Day 10: Floral builders and Foam!

Catching up on my homework today from Day 10 of Stretch Your Stamps 2. This card is not only simple, but it’s fun because it uses that fun foam (the kind you buy at Michael’s). I did not have any foam in white, so I used this tan color and I think it looks good. Of course, one of my favorite colors right now is yellow, and I only have 1 hero arts stamp pad in “Butterbar” so this card turned out a lovely shade of butter!

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Can you see the dimension on those letters?! Awesome.

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What a fun way to use some floral stamps…monochromatically!

Linking up to the Paper Smooches anything goes challenge.

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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SS2 Day 9 — Gold Gilding builder stamps

Oh. My. Today was filled with inspiration over at Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card classes. I am in love with Jennifer McGuire’s gold gilding technique on her card! I wanted to give it a try, but I don’t have many floral builder stamps. Luckily, I have the Paper Smooches Botanicals 2 and that is what I used.

I sort of combined Julie Ebersole’s wreath idea with Jennifer’s gold idea and came up with this:

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While making this card I realized a number of things:

1) I really need more ink colors
2) I am not great at builder stamp sets
3) I wish I had a Pinstripe Background set

But I did have fun with this and I love the way it turned out. When I showed my husband he exclaimed: “Oh! Can you make our Christmas cards like this?” Ha! Um, no.

This card took longer and created small fits of frustration now and again. :) I’m not sure if builder sets are my thing, or maybe I just need more practice. But I am grateful for the card example by Jennifer and the fun double-stamping to create highlights (see those leaves…they are stamped in 2 shades of green).

The burgundy flowers looked a little dark to me so I added some Stickles. It made them glittery, but didn’t brighten them up. Ok, Simon Says Stamp…I just might be coming for some of your inks!

Linking up to the Paper Smooches anything goes challenge.

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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SS2 Day 8 — Watercoloring with geometric stamps

Since I had a die cut of the word “Celebrate” already cut out, I thought I’d better use it for something! So I colored it pink and used the watercolor idea from Taheerah Atchia in Stretch Your Stamps 2 online card classes.

It turned out a little “messier” and “splotchy” than I liked, so I took some perfect pearls and mixed it with some Picked Raspberry distress ink and painted right over those lines that made up the triangle shapes. Better.

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You’ll still see some of the seeping of color from the watercolor stamping, but that’s just the nature of the technique. I decided that a friendly panda throwing some “confetti” would add to the cheerfulness of this card! And I sent a picture to my mom…she said this one made her smile. So, that’s all that matters, right?

On a side note, did you know that Pretty Pink Posh sequins in Pink Peonies match great with Picked Raspberry distress ink? Well, they do and I’m so pleased. Love that color!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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