Saturday, March 28, 2015

Group Photo

When I saw this stamp set during preview week over at Mama Elephant I knew that I had to have it.  This group of kids is just too cute and a good group to color up, although time consuming. 

As I said earlier, Mama Elephant’s Photo Bomb was used on this card and colored up with Copic markers.  Once I finished coloring faces I got a little lazy and decided to paper piece the two dresses worn with some Snap Vibe paper.  I used a white sharpie pen to color in the areas that could be taken for lace around their necklines and the sleeves on the one in the lower left corner and put some Christmas red stickles to the heart on her dress as well.  One of my kiddos got a little lost in the image, but he made it through.  I cut two Polaroid frames out of neutral colors and put my focal image into them and placed it on the red panel.  I cut the letters out of scraps of Recollections paper that I had in my stash and fixed them to my project using multi-matte medium.  I put a metallic enamel dot to represent a magnet at the top of my Polaroid.

Supplies used:
Paper: American Crafts Red for main panel, Recollections various colors, Neenah #110 Solar White for card base, Hammermill #100 for picture panel, Snap Color Vibe 6 x 6 paper pack;

Stamps and Dies: MaMa Elephant Photo Bomb, Lawn Fawn Say Cheese Die, Lawn Fawn Finley’s ABC’s, MFT Blueprint 18 for red panel;

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black;

Copics: B00, B01, YG13, YG17, R17, R27, Y19, Y21, Y32, Y23, C5, C7, W5, W7, E000, E00, E19, E11, E13, E17, E21, E23, E33, E35, E53, E55, R01;
 Everything else: MME Metallic Enamel Dots, Black Sakura Glaze Pen, Black Memento Marker, White Sharpie pen,

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Sunday, March 22, 2015


Today is one of those lovely days that I should probably be doing something other than sitting in the house, but sometimes a sketch just calls to be done. 

I used Stamping Bella’s uptown girl Charlotte loves to Shop for my focal image.  She is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black of course since I was going to color her using Copic markers.  Once she was colored up I cut her out using Lifestyle Crafts rectangles and then used the next size up to create the mat out of Gina K Ocean Mist cardstock.  After my image was cut out I could now add the little details to make her unique.  In her cup I used some white Liquid Applique to represent the whipped cream we all love.  Some glossy accents were placed on her glasses to give them a little shine.  I used the Sakura black glaze pen to deepen her eyes, the blue one was used to fill in the circles on one of her shopping bags; and a white gel pen was used to add bring out the stitching on her jeans.

The flags were created using paper from Lawn Fawn Beachside pint-sized patterns.  I used the Lawn Fawn circle die to cut both the mat and sentiment circle.  I placed some fun foam behind the whole panel and then placed it all on my card base.

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Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Ocean Mist for mat, Hammermill #100 for focal and sentiment panel, Neenah #110 Solar White for card base, Lawn Fawn Beachside pint-sized patterns;
Stamps and Dies: Stamping Bella Uptown Charlotte loves to Shop, Lawn Fawn Love ‘n Breakfast for sentiment, Lifestyle Crafts rectangle and circle dies;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black;
Copics: E11, E33, E25, BV20, B34, B37, B39, C7, C9, BG34, BG45, BG49, Y13, Y15, Y08, R81, R83, R85;
 Everything else: White Liquid Applique, White gel pen, Glossy Accents, and Sakura Black and Blue Glaze pens.                         

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Saturday, March 21, 2015


I back using that cutie from WPlus9. 

  I had to make another birthday card for my nephew since my oldest son took the amazing distress card to give to his girlfriend’s mother for her birthday.   I think the next card he needs he will have to make on his own (smile).  

I cut my focal panel using the die from Mama Elephant’s Sew Fancy die set.  The die leaves a lovely x stitch all the way around the panel.  Next, I stamped my little elephant using Tuxedo Black in what I believed to be close to the center of the card.  I also stamped him two more times on some scrap Hammermill that I have so I could color one to place on this card and have one to color later for another card.  I then stamped one balloon off to the left of him and before I stamped the second I turned the string to make it look like the elephant was holding it and removed some of the ink that was towards the end of the stamp.   

I grabbed some green cardstock and using the Sew fancy die I cut two pieces and then used Mama Elephants Landscape trio to cut the hills.  Now it was time to finally do what I really enjoy, which is coloring.  I colored my elephant first on the scratch piece and die cut him out using the coordinating die. I then colored my balloons and used a little clear glaze for a highlight area on both of them.  I used a Hero Arts star stencil from the sky pair and sponged some wild honey to add a little more interest around him without having to add sequins.  

I stamped my sentiment using Versafine watermark and sprinkled Judikins white detailed embossing powder and set it in place.  All that was left after that was mounting everything.  The first hill is flush with the card panel; the second hill is on with some of the harbor freight double sided tape I mentioned last week.  I also used that same tape to put my elephant on so everything was the same height.  The party hat is stamped using Mama Elephant’s Pacific Blue pigment ink and die cut with the coordinating die when it was dry. 

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Ocean Mist for base, Hammermill #100 for image and focal panel, Recollections green for hillsides;
Stamps and Dies: WPlus9 Unforgettable, Mama Elephant Landscape Trio and Sew Fancy;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Wild Honey Distress Ink, Mama Elephant Pacific Blue pigment ink, and Versamark;
Copics: W00, W02, W04; RV13, RV17, RV79, BV04, BV08, BV17;
 Everything else: Hero Arts Stencil Pair Sky, Judikins Embossing Powder, Multi Matte Medium, HFT Mounting tape, and Sakura Black and Clear Glaze pens.                          

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Monkeying around

My card is made for the current “anything goes” linky party going on over at Anya, Oddies, and Others. Lawn Fawn just did their spring release in February, so you know I had to grab a few of the new goodies that came out.  The first one I am going to focus on is the Critters in the Jungle set that you see here.  I just fell in love with the monkey, so I decided to make a little scene of him just hanging around.

For his background I wanted to do something other than airbrush, trying to keep from falling in the trap of same old same.  So, I decided to do some puddling using Ranger’s alcohol inks (lemonade and sailboat blue).  I put a few drops on my craft sheet, sprayed it with some alcohol, and then pressed my piece of Ranger Specialty Paper (cut at 4.25 x 5.50) in it and continued pressing it in until there was little white space left. 

While I let that dry I started working on my images by stamping them with Memento Tuxedo Black and then coloring as listed below.  When I stamped the vine the monkey is hanging from I stamped it first the correct way and then again in the opposite direction but touching to give the appearance of a single vine.  When it came time to put the card together I used the rectangle from the MFT Blueprint 18 for the background and to cut a piece of green.  The green piece was then cut using the grassy borders die and different heights.  I then cut all of my images out using their coordinating dies to include the vine piece.  For the vine I had to do partial die cutting on both ends leaving a small piece in the center uncut.  The uncut piece I cut by hand which ensured it was all one piece and no need for glue to hold them together.  The monkey was cut using the die, but then I also cut the center area around his tail out, so I could loop it around the vine.  I then put everything in place added some true blue stickles to my parrot and then put the sentiment in the upper right corner. 

REMEMBER it is anything goes this month at Anya, Oddies, and Others, you have until April 20th to submit your project.  That is four weeks to prepare your entry, so we want to see what you create. 

Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah #110 for base, Ranger Specialty paper for background, Hammermill #100 for images, Recollections green for grass;
Stamps and Dies: My Favorite Things Blueprint 18, Lawn Fawn Critters from the Past and matching die, Critters from the jungle and matching die, script sayings, grassy border
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Alcohol Inks Lemonade and Aqua, Versafine Black;
Copics: Parrot: YR15, YR16, YR07; W3, W5, W7; and B12, B14, B16
              Monkey: E51, E53, E55; E23, E25, E27
             Palm Tree, Loose Leaves, and vine: E71, E74, E77; BG93, BG96, BG99
 Everything else: True Blue Stickles                         

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Amazing Distress

I made this card for my nephew’s birthday coming in the next week.  The focal image is the elephant from WPlus9’s Unforgettable set.  I fell in love with this little elephant after watching Sandy Allnock’s video titled Unforgettable Belated Birthday Card and WPlus9’s video titled StorybookWatercolor.

I stamped out my image on some Hammermill #100 cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with the Copics listed below.  Then I cut out the image using Lawn Fawns Stitched Journal die and to be honest I let it set for a couple of days because I was not for sure where I wanted to go with the project.

Once I received my order from Joann’s yesterday I knew how to finish it off.  I used some of distress stains that I received and did a watercolor background which I think came out great.  While that was drying I used my Memento Pear Tart marker and made a line under my elephant to give him someplace to sit and then I stamped one of the sentiments in set using Versafine Onyx Black.   I used some glossy accents on my balloon and grabbed some doodlebug sequins and placed them on my journal card.

Now that my watercolor panel was dry I die cut using the Mama Elephant Peek a Frame die and then I placed it on my card base using some double sided tape I picked up at Harbor Freight last week.  This tape is not acid free or archival safe, but it is so much thinner than the 3M tape and I wanted to give it a try.

I said it earlier but I really like the way this card came together.

Supplies used:
Paper: Neenah #110 for base, MasterTouch Watercolor paper, and Hammermill #100 for images;
Stamps and Dies: WPlus9 Unforgettable, Lawn Fawn Stitched Journal Die, Mama Elephant Peek a Frame;
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Blue Raspberry;
Distress Stains Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, and Mustard Seed;
Copics: W00, W02, W04; B00, B02, B04, R20; Y04, Y06, Y08; YG03, YG05, YG07
 Everything else: Glossy Accents, Atyou Spica pen Lemon and Baby Blue                         

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Thoughts of you

Here’s a card I made last weekend using Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Savannah stamp set.  When I originally started this panel the tree as just supposed to be in the back of my giraffe;  however when I started making my clouds I brought them down to far, so it was time to change the design and make it seem as though the giraffe was dreaming about being back on the Savannah.  I’ve put the fence in front to represent him being in a zoo.

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Grass Green for base, Recollections yellow for the mat and metallic for fence, Hammermill #100 for images;
Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawn Critters on the Savannah and Scripty Sayings, Lawn Fawn Picket Fence and Grassy Border
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Blue Raspberry;
 Everything else: Brown flocking powder                         

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Wet Wishes

Here’s a shaker card done using Simon Says Stamp Best Fishes set.  Over the weekend I saw a video by JJ Bolton where she uses the We R Memory Keepers Fuse to make a shaker card and that got me thinking if there was something in my house that I could use to achieve the same result.  I showed the video to my husband and he told me what to use (a soldering iron).  So, I found I low wattage one (40 to be exact) and grabbed a 12 x 12 page protector.  First I used it to get the hang of the iron and then I used it again to make my shaker pocket.  As you can see I probably used way too many beads in the pouch; but hey, that’s how we learn.

I grabbed my card panel front and stuck it in my MISTI to figure out where I wanted to stamp my sentiment.  After I stamped the sentiment I also used it to figure out where to place my die.  Once I taped the die in place I ran through my trusty cuttlebug.  I then used the fishbowl die to cut a few more frames out of red cardstock. 

My fish were stamped on some Hammermill and colored using my Copics.  I added some texture with some colorless blender and apiece out outgrown sock.  I put some wiggly eyes on each of them and then glued them to the inside of my shaker bag.  Once everything was in bag my bag I sealed it up and attached it to the back of my front panel.  I cut a small piece of designer paper to go behind my bag to add a little more interest.  Once everything was put together I added some foam tape to the back of it and placed it on an A2 size card base.

I’m pleased with how it came out, but note to self is to not use as many beads for the next one.

Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Blue Raspberry for base and Fishy Fiesta for DP, Hammermill #100 for images;
Stamps and Dies: Simon Says Stamp Best Fishes and matching die
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Blue Raspberry;
Copics: G40, G43; BG11, BG13, BG15; YG21, YG23, YG25
 Everything else: Sea Beads, Green Doodlebug Sequins, wiggle eyes                          

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Saturday, March 7, 2015

Birthday in a Box

It’s been two weeks since my last post and I have so missed actually making a card.  So, last night I sat down and decided to make a Pop-up box card.  The instructions for the card were found on Splitcoast Stampers found here ttp://  Being my normal nerdy self I of course did a test run in white cardstock to ensure I understood the directions and it was a lot easier then I thought it would be. The instructions give you a completed project that fits in a 6”x 9” envelope.  However, it does give instructions for variations like mine which is for an A2 card.

I created the box using Gina K Sweet Mango cardstock following the instructions in the tutorial and then it was time to decide on my characters.  So, I grabbed the Critters on the Savannah by Lawn Fawn for my animals and a few extra elements from other Lawn Fawn sets, stamped them all out with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them with Copic markers.  Once all of the images were colored I used the matching dies and cut them out.  I then used Lawn Fawn’s grassy borders die out of some green cardstock and cut them down to fit inside of the box.  I had a banner already cut out from the Stitched journaling die in white, so I smooshed some sweet mango on it to match and also used the stars from the same set and cut them out in three different colors for some extra oomph.  Once my banner dried I used the White pigment ink and stamped happy birthday using the sentiment from the beep boop set and then brushed some gold perfect pearls over it.  I am not too sure about perfect pearls but I am sure as with everything the more I use it I will come to love it.  My banner was adhered using score tape and the stars with multi matte medium. 
Supplies used:
Paper: Gina K Sweet Mango for base, Hammermill #100 for images, Recollections green for grass, Purple, Orange, and Blue for Stars, and Hampton Art Ki Celebrate for DP;
Stamps and Dies: Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle and matching die, Critters on the Savannah and matching die, Beep Boop Birthday, grassy border, Stitched Journaling Die
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gina K Sweet Mango, Hero Arts White Unicorn;
Copics: Lion: YR21, YR23, YR24, E17, E18, E19, W5, W7, W9;
              Giraffe: Y08, Y17, Y19, E23, E25, E27, W5, W7, W9
              Grass: YG95, YG97, YG99
Extras: Wiggly Eyes and Perfect Pearls Gold

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