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Crabby sandcastle card–Jane’s Doodles and SSS Wednesday Challenge

8.2014crabsandcastlecloseI found this sweet FREE digital file from Jane’s Doodles. I immediately feel in love with it and was so grateful that Jane was letting us have it for free!

I knew this would be perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

8.1014crabsandcastlecloserHere is a close up of this cute file.  I used Derwent Inktense and regular watercolour pencils to color this in. I also used some Distress Markers to tweak my coloring technique. It really is just some trial and error.  Have some fun and play. I find that is when I usually hit on a winning technique. I then outlined all of the images with my Micron black marker to make the edges crisp.

I then used some Elmer’s glue and spread a thin amount on the sandcastle. I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter onto the sand castle with the glue and with my fingers mixed it around to make a pasty sandy appearance. I really liked the result. I used darker brown for the opening of the sandcastle to keep the shading. I then used my Micron marker and outlined the edges of the images again since some of the glitter spread over the edges. I used an Xacto blade to scrap some of the glitter that went over the edges as well and the worked really well to clean it up. I find that if I waited until the glue/glitter dried it was easier to outline it and the glue/glitter mixture didn’t goop up my Micron marker.

I then used two coats of glossy accents on the crab. I added some white dots (inspiration from (Nichol Magouirk) on the crab on top of the glossy accents. I punched out a little heart and put glossy accents on that too. I think I may be addicted to glossy accents.

I then used Distress inks to create the background. I just played around until I liked the results. It is a pretty forgiving technique. You can dab up what you don’t like with a towel and make changes pretty easily.  I added some more concentrated color with Derwent watercolour pencils/Distress Inks and a paint brush and flicked the color onto the images.

The image is cut out of the banner shape from the Lawn Fawn Die set. I then cut out a piece of chevron paper from a Recollections paper pad I have. I tied a bow with some Paper Studio Baker’s Twine and added some clear sequins. It is all on a pre made kraft notecard from Michael’s.  I think this would be a fun card to duplicate and try different coloring combos with it.

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QUICK TIP:  I did not put any kind of sentiment on this card yet. It would work well for so many different types of cards. Have some generic cards that you can dress up easily with a sentiment if you need to when the moment arrives. I could add a banner above the sand castle to say “Happy Birthday!”  I could add a “Thanks” to the other claw of the crab, or I could stamp a sentiment right on the sand. There are so many cards that could work for many different situations, so if you have some cards that are all ready to go besides the sentiment you can add something quickly and be ready to send it out!

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Shiny girl birthday card

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I decided to make another entry for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes! It is fun to just create whatever I want sometimes and I figured I would take advantage of this week’s theme.

I was in the mood for some coloring so I got out my Penny Black Big Wish Set and colored in this cute little girl. I experimented with watercolor pencils (Regular Derwent and Inktense) and some Distress Markers. I found that making sure the image was dry before I added dimension helped keep it from looking muddy. She is such a sweet girl! I added a bit of Wink of Stella to her dress and some glossy accents to the dots on the cake and the flames.  I used the sponge applicators that I used on my last card to add some Milled Lavender distress ink to the background of the birthday girl.

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I used a pre-made square kraft note card from Paper Studio. I cut out a square pink foil cardstock and embossed with a dot pattern.  I also cut out the little girl with Banner die from Lawn Fawn. I accidentally cut off part of the banner so I just cut off a bit more and put it on the card like I mean to do that! Most mistakes can be rescued.

I cut out a flower shape from my Sizzix die and then embossed it with Metallic sparkle WOW embossing powder. I tied a bow with the ribbon  and attached the pink foil paper embellishment with some foam dots.

I added the  “Oh Happy Day!” sentiment from Stampabilities and embossed it with some American Crafts Copper embossing powder.

I love this card and hope you are inspired to find some flashy cardstock to add to your cards!

I am going to submit this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge–Anything Goes  as well!

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Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Nautical card–Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

8.2014nautigalSince it is summer and I am not even remotely ready for fall yet, I wanted to use some nautical colors, stamps, and my favorite stamp set, Paper Smooches –Chit Chat. I am entering this card in their current Sparks Challenge.

I can’t afford to buy new products with every release, so I am always looking for stamp sets that I can use in MANY different ways. The Paper Smooches–Chit Chat set is one of those. I love the variety of sentiments, fonts, sizes, and styles in this one set.  I am so happy I spent my money on it.

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So, for this card, I used a pre made notecard that I had from Michael’s, as the base. I cut up some white cardstock, and stamped anchors across it with a variety of Hero Arts inks. I first lightly drew some diagonal lines with a pencil on the cardstock so I could line up the anchors relatively straight.

20140804_163043After I had the anchors completed I inked up some white cardstock with my Navy blue hero arts ink to match the ink on the anchors. the anchors came from a little set from Prima at Hobby Lobby.  I then used some twine I found in the garden section at Wal-mart to make some circles that I adhered with glue dots.  The garden twine at Wal-Mart comes in a big roll and you can separate it into three sections so you can use thinner or thicker pieces depending on what you want for your project.  I think making a cute nautical knot would have been a cute option too.

20140804_162808Before I adhered the twine to the sentiment flag, I created the sentiment flag using words from the Paper Smooches–Chit Chat Set. I used Limeade Recollections Detail Embossing powder from Michael’s and the Butter Bar Hero Arts Shadow Ink. I found these cute little dot sponge applicators at Wal-mart and used them to sponge on the color. They make a circle  with a bit of splatter around it. I loved the effect and the sponge applicator were only a couple of dollars at most.

20140804_16295420140804_163010I then cut out the flag shape at one end of the sentiment and cut out a little heart with an old heart punch. I made flags from my We R Memory Keepers Washi tape and glued those behind the sentiment.

For the finishing touch, I sponged dots onto a white piece of cardstock with Orange Soda Hero Arts Ink, and  I cut out three hearts from my Sizzix Framelits dies. I added glossy accents for some shine and dimension and used foam dots to adhere them to the notecard. I used foam adhesive to keep the anchor/sentiment embellishment popped up off the card.

Check out the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge here! I really love their cute little critters sets too!

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Thanks for stopping by! I am happy to hear all your comments!

–Lisa

 

 

 

 

Embossed birthday card


7.2014embossbdayHello!

Today I created a card for theSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, and the Color Throwdown Challenge.

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I started with a piece of white cardstock and embossed Happy Birthday using my Cricut Cuttlebug Happy Birthday Embossing Folder. I trimmed it down a bit to fit my A2 notecard.  I then used Hero Arts Shadow Inks Raspberry Jam, Butter Bar, and Tide Pool to create the right color combination I needed for the Color Throwdown Challenge. I rubbed the inks onto white cardstock and then used a small round circle punch to make the confetti.  I glued the confetti onto the card using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

I used ink colored white cardstock for the stars too. I die cute the stars using the Sizzix Framelits star die. I used the second smallest star.  I had two of each color. I added Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to each of the stars. At first I was only going to use one set of stars, but the color changed a bit on my Tide Pool star after I applied the wink of stella/glossy accents. It actually was a happy accident, because I ended up using those initial stars as a background for the other set of starts.

I then stamped each sentiment (Michael’s brand stamp = Eat Cake, Penny Black Big Wish set = Wish Big, and Paper Smooches Chit Chat Set = God Bless) with black Versamark ink and then used White Tinsel embossing powder from Recollections.  I got this idea from Jennifer McGuire! She is always coming up with great ideas.  For the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge I used dry embossing with the happy birthday embossing folder, and I used embossing powder for the sentiment!

I am on the look out for a good clear glittery embossing powder, since I am almost out of this one. Any suggestions?

I actually made another mistake when I got a smudge of black ink on the corner of one of the stars. I actually ended up doing that TWICE!!  I was getting frustrated, but then I realized I could just add a little bling and I had another element to my card!

I wrapped some Paper Studio black baker’s twin around the embossed section before I adhered it to my card base. I used foam dots to pop up the embossed part on the notecard, and used more foam dots to pop up the stars on the embossed section. I used Tombow Mono Multi Glue to attach the one set of stars to the other ones.

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Color Throwdown Challenge. There are some great projects, and I would love to see yours there too!

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–Lisa

 

 

Birthday fishes

7.2014fishesbdayI have been really inspired by the cute summer cards that I have seen on Instagram lately. Since my family just spent a week in the OBX, summer and beach is  definitely on my mind.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge fit in perfectly with a summer theme.  I have this adorable stamp set from Recollections that features lots of sea creatures. I stamped a whole bunch of them on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, and got to coloring!  I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create these vibrant fish. I practiced a lot of different color combinations and  finally settled on a rainbow scheme with charcoal grey. I liked the cohesiveness of the fish using that color combination.  I have a bunch of other fish that I colored in other combinations that I can use on other cards.

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QUICK TIP: To keep the fish looking neat and the color staying in the lines, I drew in the colored sections of the fish first, and then let them dry before I colored in the grey parts. Since this stamp is pretty small, I was finding that the color was bleeding into the other areas of the fish if I tried coloring the whole fish at one time. I know the point of watercolor is a soft flowing look, but I just found the effect too messy for this project.

After I colored in the fish, I added glossy accents to make them look wet and shiny. I forgot to add the Wink of Stella to the fish, and that bums me out since I think that would have looked really cute.

I made the background with Strathmore watercolor paper and all the Distress Ink blues that I own. I layered the color so that the lightest blue would be at the “top” of the ocean with progressively darker colors of blue as you would go deeper down.

I cut waves out of vellum, and attached them to the background with Multi Medium Matte. I put a navy piece of cardstock behind the water scene to give it a little more dimension. I added sequins for a bit more shine and sparkle. I stamped the bubbles and colored them in with a distress marker and added glossy accents to make them look like water.

For the sentiment,  I printed it out on my computer using the font Wacky Action BTN 22pt. I used grays, going from lighter to darker to mimic the gradually descent into the deep parts of the ocean. I used foam dots for the sentiment and the fish. I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk, who made up her own sentiments. Since I didn’t have any ocean related sentiment stamps, this was a good solution. Inside the card, I have another fish, and the sentiment says “…and hoping you have oceans of fun on your birthday!”

I love this card, and I am going to make a few more like this, since the little fish is so cute! This is a 5X7 notecard, but I think I will make a few A2 size.

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  It is full of great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear any comments or questions you may have.

–Lisa

 

 

More kitty birthday wishes….spots and dots SSS challenge

7.2014kittybannerinsta   I couldn’t resist another attempt at the cute Penny Black kitty stamp. I don’t have a supplies picture this time but I did use a Paper Source note card ( from Michael’s), We R Memory Keepers washi tape ( from Costco), twine ( from the garden section at Walmart), and the birthday sentiment is from the Avery Elle Cake And Wishes Stamp set. The sentiment was stamped on the circle I punched out for my previous card. I added some glossy accents and some Wink of Stella to the kitty’s party hat. I used  Hero arts soft granite and tide pool shadow inks for the sentiment.

I used my Cricut for the “best wishes”. This card was easy to create and it would be easy to replicate.

I am joining in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge…Spots and Dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

Kitty Happy Birthday

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I had another bit of inspiration for the Virignia’s View Challenge featuring Die cuts!

I colored in this adorable kitty from the Penny Black Big Wish Stamp Set a few days ago with my Derwent Watercolour pencils and was  thinking of a way to make him into a card. I added some Glossy Accents to his party hat to make it appear shiny.  I also added a little Wink of Stella to the kitty to make him sparkle. I have found that there seems to always be a reason to use a little Wink of Stella.

I have an 8-year-old daughter and it is always wise to have a few kiddo birthday cards ready to go for birthday party invites.

I forgot to add the Sizzix Circle Framelit dies that I used to cut the circles with my Big Shot in the Materials picture!  Opps!

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I started by die cutting a circle into a square pre made notecard from Michael’s. I added some SEI patterned paper on the inside and attached my birthday kitty on some foam tape so it would pop up out of the circle. I played on a black and turquoise theme for this one.  I love that color combo and the cute kitty and bright turquoise work great to offset the small splashes of black that I have so it keeps it looking like a kid’s card. Although I could see this as a cute woman’s card too actually.

I kept this pretty simple by adding some sequins (found at Hobby Lobby) and a simple sentiment from the Chit Chat Paper Smooches Stamp Set. I used a border stamp from my Stampabilities Mixed Border Stamp Set(another Hobby Lobby find).  I embossed the sentiment with American Crafts Zing Black Embossing Powder. I added some Sakura Black Micron 005 Marker to the outline of the sentiment and border because for some reason I didn’t get a crisp enough outline like I wanted. I am wondering if I might need some more Versamark.

I spaced out my sequins to make sure they looked good to my eye and then I one by one glued them down with some Ranger Multi Medium Matte.

I love this sweet little cat and I can see myself using this stamp over and over again. This card would be easy to reproduce but yet is still so cute!

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I am entering this into the Virginia’s View Challenge–Die cuts! I am loving Die cuts right now, so this challenge has been great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

 

Little Girl Birthday Card

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I started with this cute little birthday girl from the Penny Black Big Wish stamp set.  I bought it so I could practice my coloring techniques. I used watercolor pencil (Derwent Inktense and regular Watercolor) and a little Sakura Micron Pen (for her bows) to color her in. I usually use a Tim Holtz waterbrush, but decided to break out my real watercolor brushes (DaVinci) to try this time.

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I added a bit of Elmer’s White Paint Marker for the dots on her hat and dress. I wasn’t terribly fond of the dots, so I added some tiny bling to the flowers and some glossy accents to the balloon and the dots on her hat.

I embossed some little hearts from another set onto the notecard because it was looking a little plain.  I used Recollections White tinsel embossing powder.  It embossed clear with some glitter.  I embossed the sentiment that also comes with the set,  with some Recollections Purple Detail embossing powder. I used the Sizzix Framelits Flower Dies to create the background behind the little girl. I used the 2nd to largest for the image, and the largest for the two background papers. I used that same foil paper and striped paper I mentioned in other posts from Recollections as well.

It felt like it was missing some more dimension/texture, so I added a washi tape banner. The washi tape is from We R Memory Keepers (bought from Costco) and I had some embroidery floss lying around that I used as the string for the banner. I used a ready-made note card again, and am pretty happy with how this turned out.

I am thrilled to enter this creation into Virginia’s View Challenge.  This week is die cuts!]

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I hope you enjoy ! Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

S’ more Lawn Fawn birthday fun

7.2014smorebdayI just can’t get enough of this adorable Lawn Fawn Love you S’more Stamp set and die set.  I created another  birthday card in preparation of a bunch of summer birthdays we have in my family.

20140703_122232I started with some Strathmore 300 series watercolor paper. I used faded jeans, chipped sapphire, and peeled paint Distress Inks to create my background. I started with chipped sapphire at the tope, faded jeans for the middle and peeled paint for the bottom.  I sprayed it with water numerous times  and then placed my watercolor paper into it.  I dried it with my heat gun, and layered more color onto my craft sheet with my ink pads and did another layer of color. I had trimmed my watercolor paper down to fit onto my A2 notecard. I trimmed it so that a small border would be around the notecard.

I then stamped my images onto the same watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx black ink, and used my Derwent Watercolour Pencils to color it in. I shaded the animals so the color would be lighter towards the camp fire, since that would be how they would like in real life…assuming animals could roast s’mores over a camp fire.  🙂 The Derwent pencils have a very creamy texture and color.  A little pencil goes a long way, so there are portions that I did not even sketch in any color and only used my paintbrush to create a light color. A light hand with the color is definitely a key tip to getting more subtle variations in color.

QUICK TIP: Sally Beauty Supply Stores have great papercrafting supplies. I got my squirt bottle there for super cheap, they have cute decorations for nails that could easily be used for cards, and they have nail files, buffers that can be used to distress items. If you sign up for their saver card you get coupons in the mail.  Of course, their selection of nail polish makes your shopping trip a double win!

I used the coordinating dies and cut them out with my Big Shot machine.  I then started to attach my images. I cut out some trees in black cardstock and made some hills with black ink and the hill stamp that comes in the set. I wanted a night time scene so the trees are black to represent more of a shadow. I embossed the stars with White sparkle Recollections embossing powder to add some dimension as well. The sentiment is embossed with black American Crafts embossing powder. I used glossy accents on the flames to make them stand out and I really like the effect it made.

I am really happy with the way this turned out. I am still perfecting my coloring and shading techniques….so more practice makes progress!

Thanks for stopping by!

–Lisa

Love u! SSS Monday Challenge

6.2014SSS Monday love uI was excited by the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week because I love the idea of making use of all the great stash I have but haven’t used in a while. My product “I ought to use more of” is EYELETS.  Actually if I am being honest, patterned paper is another product I ought to use more of as well. I am a patterned paper hoarder and I just hate to use it up. I just love to look through my patterned paper because it is so pretty!

I created a simple card with some yummy soft muted colors. It reminded me of sherbet. Who doesn’t love that?  In my last post I used a  strawberry lemonade color scheme. The summer color palette is really  speaking to me lately. It is making me hungry!

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I used a fun paper pad from Michael’s, my Making Memories eyelets, Ranger Glossy Accents, and the new Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die Set. I used a premade kraft note card. I cut out three of the smaller banner shapes and the heart die with the Stitched Party Banners set.I love this set. It is so versatile and the stitching adds just another textural element that adds interest to the card. I love the look of stitching on cards but hate to drag out my sewing machine, so I like that I can get that same effect SO easy. I only used half of the third banner and was able to cut out my heart shape with the other half. I  have to be frugal with my beloved patterned paper!

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I used the glossy accents on the heart and “u”. I cut out the “u” with my Cricut (1″ Cricut classic font). I added just a little sparkle with my Wink of Stella Clear Marker under the glossy accents. I love the dimension and shine that they give to this card.

It is a simple card,  but I just love the clean lines, and I enjoyed revisiting my eyelet stash. Don’t forget those oldies but goodies you have stashed. What’s old can be new again!

–Lisa