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Hoppy Birthday

I can’t believe I have never used this Argyle stamp set from Lawn Fawn. It is so much fun to stamp, and it’s so cute!

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The inks I used are Simon Says Stamp in Fog and Audrey Blue. Then I took that blue ink and splattered some ink splotches on the background, making sure I covered that argyle border first so it stayed clean! I also used another darker blue for the background splotches (Gansai Tambi watercolor).

The kangaroo is colored with Prismacolor pencils.

Entering the Simon Says Stamp Make For the Border challenge.

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Also entering the Lawnscaping Challenge: Punny Time

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Stretch Your Dies (day 4) — Patterned Paper die cutting

So I’m going a bit out of order! I am waiting for some packages to come in so I can finish up some homework. While I wait, I thought I’d just go ahead and post some other cards for class.

Today we learned about using a small die cut to enhance patterned paper. Such a great idea! But I have to admit, I was a little nervous about this one. I didn’t want to “mess up” the patterned paper.

I ended up die cutting only 3 little blossoms on this paper to see through to the glitter paper beneath it. What do you think?

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I’ll be back to list the supplies I used on this one in a bit!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Heat Shrink Craft Foam

I’m taking the Online Card Class: Stretch Your Dies. It is awesome! The first day I was impressed with Jennifer McGuire’s class on shrinking craft foam on your cards.

So for my card, I shrunk the word “hello” in black craft foam…and then dry embossed the original size on the background. It is a subtle change in size…can you tell?

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Sorry about the shadows…it’s a bit dark today. If you look closely, you can see the black “hello” is a bit smaller than the embossed “hello” beneath it. I love this technique and had no idea that craft foam could shrink!

I think I’ll try a few more cards with this idea soon. 😉

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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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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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
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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
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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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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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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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SS2 — Day 8 Create Borders with graphic stamps

I love the bold borders that Kelly Rasmussen created in Stretch Your Stamps 2! I don’t have many graphic or geometric stamps, but I found one that is like a starburst or fireworks and I thought it would work well for this idea.

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I used 2 different inks to ink up the starbursts and used a glitter paper for behind the die cut from Paper Smooches. (Sorry for the darkness…the glitter paper really does match the darker ink on the starburst)!

And then, of course, I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. Love those sparkling clear ones!!

 

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