Monday, March 31, 2014

Rainbow of Flowers

I'm seeing rainbows every where lately in the papercrafting world.  Rainbows hold a special place in my heart and in our family.  To begin with, I have always love seeing rainbows, and it's so magical to me when I see one.  It wasn't until my sister-in-law's death that it means so much more.  On the days of her wake and funeral, we saw so many rainbows and also, in unusual conditions.  It would be sunny and we would see rainbow in the clouds.  The boys were so young and they were the first ones to notice one as we were driving.  I remember thinking when one of my sons told me about it that he must have seen either a rainbow decoration or something like that, since it was so sunny, and when I looked, it was a real rainbow in the sky.  It was a very sad time in our lives, but I will always associate my sister-in-law with rainbows and the gift of love and happiness that she brought to our lives never matter she was.  I'm sure there are scientific, logical reasons that the rainbows appeared on sunny days, but I still prefer my own feelings and thoughts about them since they helped me and my family through a tough time.  Anyway, I decided to create a card with a rainbow of flowers.  Who wouldn't want that since we are still dealing with winter conditions here in the north.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a rainbow.  I decided to use my Cameo, even though I could have used my dies based on this video from Lawn Fawn.  I drew a circle and offset it to create the different arcs.  Then I cut the nested circles in half.  I also cut the outline of a rainbow to use as a base.  I stamped flowers from Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms in different Brilliance inks.  For the tiny dot, I cut an exclamation mark in the set and used that dot to fill in some spots on the rainbow.  I adhered all the arcs to the base and placed it on the card.  I used my Fiskars Fuse and Stampin' Up Sizzix Buttons #5 die to die cut some buttons to used as clouds.  I used dimensionals to put the buttons onto the card.  I used Brilliance black ink and Hero Arts Everyday Sayings stamp to stamp the sentiment.  Then I used Wink of Stella on the flowers on the rainbow and added sequins from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine Mixed Sequins.  I rounded the corners to finish the card.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

A Floral Mother's Day Pop-Up Card

I've been noticing a lot of cool dies out there that have embossing details on them too.  This is something I love my Fiskars Fuse for, the embossing aspect.  Anyway, seeing all these cool dies out there made me want to pull out my dies and use them.  I don't have a lot since I got my Cameo shortly after I got my Fiskars Fuse but I love this butterfly die from Impression Obsession.  It's soooo beautiful and I don't use it enough.  Same goes for my Spellbinder dies for making a carnation flower.  I thought I combine the two to make a nice little Mother's Day card.  I also love pop-up cards but I was not able to find something that suited me.  So I created a sentiment insert that can be used for different cards besides Mother's Day.  I followed the video from Debbie H. to help create the pop-up insert, as well as using this happy birthday pop up as a guideline.

First, I created the white cardbase and layer it with a purple cardstock after all the corners were rounded.  Then I die cut the two butterflies on a white cardstock with my Fiskars Fuse and Impression Obsession butterfly die. I adhered both the negative and the dies of the butterfly on to the card.  I die cut just the smaller dies of the carnation several times and sponge on Marvy Matchables magenta ink on the edges of the petals to create three blooms which I put together with a brad and gem in the center.  I used glue dots to adhere the blossoms and die cut two leaf branches from Stampin' Up Secret Garden dies to adhere them to the flowers.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday stamp set and cut ribbon tails to make a banner.  I used foam tape to add the banner to the card.  

For the inside of the card, I inserted the pop-up sentiment that I cut with my Silhouette Cameo and added a butterfly that I die cut from Stampin' Up Beautiful Wings Embossilits.  I finished the card with Wink of Stella clear glitter on the flowers and butterfly inside the card.  I should have done this before I added them to the card to avoid getting glitter on the card but it worked out okay since I was careful.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Easter Place Card Treat Bag

Life has gotten crazy again here.  I feel like a new mother again.  Well, technically I am.  We recently rescued a dog and he is such an easy-going and loving dog.  We named him Albus after our favorite character.  It was a name that we all unanimously liked.  Trust me, that took a while to come up with.  Every one told us at the shelter that he was highly energetic but honestly, we see this very briefly when he is out and/or meets someone new.  I mean, who wouldn't be excited to meet someone new who can potentially give you lots of loving for just being you?!  He is such a snuggle bug; he absolutely loves to laid his head if not his whole body on top of us when we are on the floor petting him.  He falls asleep every single time too.  We absolutely adore him and vice-versa.  I have to admit that my schedule changed a bit since we got him, meaning there are more walks and runs and ball playing here.  Also, the vacuum and microfiber mop are my new best friends.  I have a "fear" of my house smelling like dog.  The funny thing is, my friends who have pets feel the same way about their house when I told them this.  Too funny since I thought it was just me.  So glad that I am not alone.  :-)  Anyway, now you know why papercrafting and blogging have been moved down the list. 

I did find the time to make one of my Easter treat bag as a place card holder.  I love place card holders that can hold goodies for my guests.  I cut the treat bag out with my Silhouette Cameo from this cut file.  I took some pattern paper that I got from a card kit and adhere it to the bottom on both sides. 

Then I stamped the bunny from Papertrey Ink Hippity Hoppity set, color it with Distress markers and fussy-cut it out.  I used foam adhesive to place it onto the treat bag.  Then I stamped some clouds from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine stamp set and fussy-cut them out before adhering them to the bag; one with foam adhesive and the other with double-stick tape.  

On the other side of the treat bag, I stamped the chick from Studio G on Neenah solar white and different pattern paper from Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka petite pad and paper-piece them together.  I used foam tape to place the chick on the treat bag.  I also stamped the sentiment on Neenah Solar white with Memento Tuxedo black ink, and cut it out before color it with yellow marker.  
Albus enjoying the sunshine and warmth below.  Basically, a dog after my own heart!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Flower Power Thanks

I was surprised the other day with papercrafting gifts.  I’m not very good about receiving gifts, since I don’t want people spending money on me but it was nonetheless much appreciated, and I couldn’t wait to use it.  I mean I was so happy to be able to do some paper crafting with my friend on my day off so she tops my day even more with some goodies.  It's like a double rainbow.  :-) I am soooo lucky, and definitely spoiled by my friends in so many ways!  I’m so thankful for my friends and was so glad I finally had some time to spend with them.  Here’s to you, ladies!

For this card, I follow the Freshly Made Sketches#126 for my card design.  I placed the purple and pattern paper from Darice onto the card base.  Then I punched a 2”circle, and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows and flowers with Lawn Fawn Penelope’s Blossoms in different MementoLuxe and Brilliance ink pads.  This is my first attempt at creating a flower cluster with different inks.  I see other people stamping flower clusters and they always look so appealing to me.  When I stamped this cluster, I was not too crazy about it, but I’m starting to like it more and more as I look at it.  I layered that circle with a 2 ¼ “circle cut from my Silhouette Cameo and placed it onto the card with foam adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Many Thanks stamp set in black Memento ink and added gems to the card to finish it off. 

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Yippee! It's Your Birthday!

I got dogs on the brain, especially since we just got a dog recently.  So this was the perfect card for me to make.  I had to make this card for a relative of ours who loves dogs, so just about every card I make for her includes a dog.  She is one of the sweetest and most cheerful person I know and it's wonderful to be around her.  Unfortunately, she lives really far away so we miss her quite a bit.  Anyway, I had to use my new pattern paper and sequins from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine collection with this card.  I have to admit that I have a tendency to hoard things I love but I know the person I am making it for will love it just as much.  I found myself saying, "It's okay, just get some more".  LOL!  Seriously!  I got problems!  :-)  But I know I'm not the only one who feels this way. ;-)

All the pattern papers are from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad and I layered them onto the cardbase based on the sketch.  Then I stamped the dog and hat from Lawn Fawn Critters At The Dog Park and Year Two stamp sets, and cupcake from Inkadinkado Birthday Cupcake stamp set in black Memento ink.  I colored them with markers and fussy-cut them out before mounting them onto the card with foam adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts It's Your Day stamp set in black Memento ink.   To finish the card outside, I added sequins from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine and Let's Polka collections to the card and used Wink of Stella pen on the hat and cupcake for some shine.

For the inside card, I cut out the pop-up birthday insert on my Silhouette Cameo that I modified from pop-up birthday card.  I stamped the sentiment from the same Hero Arts stamp set before adhering it to the card. 

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Monday, March 3, 2014

Floral Thanks And A Surprise Ray of Sunshine

I have been gravitating toward flowers and the color yellow lately.  I know I must be longing for the sun and spring.  So when I got my Lawn Fawn order of some of their new release, which really meant I got a package of happy, happy and sunny, sunny!  :-)  I love Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine collection and couldn't wait to dig into them.  All the bright colors just makes me so happy and ready to trudge on with the rest of winter.  Also, look at the bottom of the post to see another reason why I'm so happy and it's not just me! 
First, I stamped and embossed flowers from Stampin' Up Secret Garden stamp set with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  Then I cut it out with the coordinating dies.  I distressed the edges of the flower with Distress ink to make them pop out a little more from the background.  For the leaves, I just die cut it from the same collection of dies.  Then I stamped and embossed on gray pattern paper from the same Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine collection with the sentiment from Fresh Squeezed Stamps, using Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I really just discovered this company and unfortunately, they are closing.  Their clear stamps are high-quality, as well as fresh and funny.  I was glad to pick up some for my stash before they close at the end of this month.  Anyway, I wanted the sentiment to pop out some more, so I used a gray colored pencil to faintly shade the outline of the sentiment.  I saw Jennifer McGuire do this with Copic Markers and it works!  She is the Queen of paper crafting!  Love her!  Back to the card, I layered a white cardstock with pattern papers from Lawn Fawn's Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad before adding the flowers, leaves and banner to the card with both glue and foam adhesive.  I finished the card with some pearls.  I made this for a thoughtful friend who is super nice and sweet.  Hope she is not reading this yet.  :-)

If you follow me, you know that we were searching for a dog.  We found one this week and in the short span of less than a day, we all fell in love with him.  He is very affectionate to us and vice-versa.  My boys even woke up early to go for a walk with him.  He is our new baby and ray of sunshine!  Yes, my husband and I are reverting back to baby talk whenever one of us is with him.  :-)He loves it when the family is all together and actually is unsettled for a while until all of us is home in one room.  This is one of the first pictures I have of him below.

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Floral Watercolored Thanks!

Here is my second attempt at watercolor, and I think I do better with strokes than "blotching" them on.  Even though I used Memento ink and dried it with a heat gun, it still smeared when I added the watercolors.  It gave it a light gray look which looked pretty cool.  I need to look into what ink is good with water coloring or maybe I need to wait for it to dry some more.
First, I stamped the sentiment from Inkadinkado Thank You Words stamp set in Versamark ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  Then I stamped the flowers with Memento ink.  I added the watercolors with strokes concentrating more in the center.  I finished the card with hemp around the card and tied in a bow, and some bling on the flowers.  The hemp is from Lawn Fawn and it ties into a bow quick nicely and easily.  Great for the "bow-challenged" me! :-)  Finally, I rounded the corners of a purple cardstock before placing it onto a white card base, and adding the top of the card with foam adhesive.  

This is entered in Make It Monday Challenge.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Thank You Berry Much

I'm attempting to watercolor a background and despite the fact that it is fun, I feel like I watercolor like a kid.  Meaning I'm just pushing colors around, and around, and around  in hopes and great expectation that it comes out awesome.  :-)  Oh well, there is always hope.  :-)
First to create the background, I stamped and embossed on watercolor paper with stamps from Papertrey Ink Green Thumb stamp set, using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder.  Then I used my son's old Crayola watercolor kit and just placed blotches of color on top of the embossed images.  I think I should get my own set, since my son's preschool one is all black looking in almost every color.  LOL!  :-)  Since I used my water brush, I could easily fade the color as well as add color.  I must use more watercolor, it can look so pretty.  Anyway, I die cut a circle using Spellbinder circle die and Fiskars Fuse.  I stamped the berries in MemoryLuxe and Brilliance inks and the sentiment in Versafine.  I like the MemoryLuxe inks a lot and it is no surprise since I love pigment ink!  It is a nice addition to my pigment ink collection, especially since I don't have those colors.  I stamped the big berry and fussy-cut it out and adhere it to the circle with foam adhesive.  After rounding the corners to the card base and layering it with purple cardstock, I adhere the card and added dashed lines around the circle.    
I used the Freshly Made Sketches#125 for my card design.


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