Sunday, May 25, 2014

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge

I love putting two of my favorite things, butterflies and flowers, together in a card.  When I saw this Jennifer McGuire's video, I had to create a similar card, right down to butterflies.  I rarely copy a card completely but this I had to try.  

I folded a white cardstock to create an A2 card and drew a line to divide the front panel in half.  Since the Fiskars Fuse can fit a 12x12 piece of paper, I partially cut the cardstock with the Impression Obssession butterfly die on the side instead of at the end  of the plate.  I also use the solid butterfly die to die cut three butterflies of Pebbles Basics pattern paper.  Then I die cut three butterflies with all the holes in it using white cardstock.  I removed the antennae of all the white butterflies including the one on the cardbase.  After I adhered all the butterflies, I stamped flowers from Papertrey Ink Green Thumb set with ColorBox Sweet Melon and Robin's Egg ink pads and used the end of a paintbrush and Memento London Fog ink pad to create dots around flowers.  To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink Women Of Life set with Brilliance Black ink

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Bon Voyage

I rarely ever make travel cards, unless someone is going on a long trip.  Then I like to bust out a card to wish them safe travels and a fun trip.  One of my nephew has an opportunity of a lifetime, and he will be spending the summer travelling.  He is an awesome and crazy talented, young man! I could not be more happy for him but I wish I could go with him.  :-)  Anyway, here I am with another masculine card challenge.  I decided to use Hero Arts Challenge Sketch #2 to make the card.  I had this Hero Arts Travel set for a while, and have been meaning to use it on my vacation scrap pages but have not done it yet.  So I decided to get it out for this project.

First, I layered a white cardstock with pattern paper from My Mind's Eye that I distress inked with Antique Linen Distress ink.  Then I cut a white cardstock into a tag shape and stamped travel icons in black ink.  I used Distress inks(Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap) to add color to the tag with a blending tool.  Then I placed sticker letters onto a strip of blue cardstock to create the sentiment on a banner.  I stamped the plane and circle sentiment, and fussy-cut them out before placing them onto the tag with foam adhesive.  To finish the card, I added some sequins from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine.

For the inside, I stamped the globe and added some music notes die cuts from My Favorite Things.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Capture The Good Times Masculine Card

Masculine cards are always tough for me to come up with and with Father's Day coming up, I needed to come up with two cards.  So one thing at a time, I decided to use MFT Weekly Sketch to create this card.  The biggest help in making this card masculine was the pattern paper from Echo Park This and That 6x6 pad.  Paper pads make it so easy to coordinate everything.  I love all things related to cameras, so I had to get My Favorite Things Picture This stamp set to coordinate with my camera dies and stamps.  

First, I laid down brown cardstock onto the card base and round the corner of the green pattern paper before placing it on top of the brown.  Then I used a Spellbinder circle die to round a strip of newsprint pattern paper before placing it on the cardbase with a strip of yellow pattern paper on top going vertically.  I used a smaller circle die to cut a circle and place on top, a camera die cut made with MFT Accent It-Cute Cameras dies.  I stamped the sentiment from MFT Picture This set in Brilliance Black to finish the card.  

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Sending You All My Love

We are finally getting warm and sunny weather and wouldn't you know it, I get an awful cold.  So instead of being out enjoying the warmth, I dug out my thermals again with a box of tissue close at hand.  Oh well, hopefully this is the last hoorah for colds.  Anyway, I find that with my last haul from My Favorite Things, I have been using my Fiskars Fuse quite a bit.  I love this Gerbera daisy dies that I got free with purchase and couldn't wait to use it on as many colored cardstock as possible.  I decided to keep it simple with an embossing folder from The Paper Studio to showcase the daisy.  
First, I embossed a white cardstock by running the embossing folder with cardstock through my Fiskars Fuse and layered the cardbase with it.  Then I die cut the Gerbera daisy three times with different purple cardstock and distress the edges with Distress Concord Grape ink.  Then I stamped the sentiment in Brilliance Victorian Violet and mount both the sentiment and daisy on the cardbase with foam adhesive.  I got this sentiment from Mama Elephant Around We Go stamp set from their March workshop that they are releasing in mid-May.  The workshop was so much fun and I felt a little star-struck since both Kelly Purkey and Mama Elephant owners, Kryssi and Angela, were there in the flesh, teaching.  Really talented ladies who rock the papercrafting world were in the same room as me!  Yup, little old me. :-)  I felt like a beginner stamper again and all thumbs.  LOL!  I had a great time chatting with them and getting to know them, despite my nerves.  :-D  They were super friendly and down to earth which made it even more wonderful.

I did not show it but I did stamp a Happy Mother's Day sentiment inside.  Hope everybody had a happy Mother's Day.  My husband barbecue up a delicious dinner for me, despite having caught my cold.  I know.  I am very blessed and thankful for my family.
  Normally I have a picture of the supplies that I used, but I decided to wait to post the picture as a courtesy, since the Mama Elephant Around We Go set is not yet released.  And no, they did not ask me to do that.  I'm just one of those people who don't like to ruin the surprise. :-)  

UPDATE: Finally, it took me more than a month to remember to do this but below is the supplies I used.  

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Sunshiny Pop-Up Birthday Wishes

I used to use my Prismacolor pencils all the time, since I was able to shade and blend with them easily.  I feel I have been using markers a lot more since I discover alcohol markers that blend and shade well.  I thought I try using gamsol with my Prismacolor pencils that makes for easy shading.  I thought I try it on this image from my new favorite company, My Favorite Things (MFT).  Yes, I got some new goodies and most of it is from them.  I usually avoid images of people since coloring flesh tones I think can be tricky.  I did go overboard, especially on her face.  I need more practice but just think she got a tan from picking flowers all day.  :-)  Anyway, I like that gamsol makes it easier to create a gradient of colors with just one color pencil.  I need to play around with it some more but I like the way it came out.  Jennifer Mcquire shows how to use gamsol with Prismacolor pencils in this post with video.

I'm participating in the My Favorite Things Weekly Get Sketchy so I used their sketch for this card.  First, I die cut a scalloped oval and stamped the sentiment from MFT Blue Skies Ahead in MFT Hybrid Blue Raspberry ink and the sun from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine set in Memento Dandelion ink.  Then I used the Blueprint 14 strip of dots die to cut dots on the blue background cardstock.  I love this little detail that this set of dies offer from the My Favorite Things.  I layered the card base with blue background paper and then the pattern papers from Fancy Pants ParkBench 6x6 paper pad.  After I used MFT black hybrid ink to stamp the girl from MFT I Pick You set to color with my Prismacolor pencils and gamsol, I fussy-cut her out to place on the card with foam adhesive.  This black hybrid ink is my new go-to ink when I'm going to color in an image.  It works great with watercolors, markers and now gamsol and Prismacolor pencils.  No smearing or smudges, Yay!  Yes, I had to test it all out myself.  Kudos to My Favorite Things for coming up with this ultimate ink!  Can you tell I'm enamored with this company?!  :-)
For the inside of the card, I had to add my favorite pop-up birthday insert that I cut out with my Silhouette Cameo.  I removed the cake part to use the sentiment only, and I re-sized it to be landscape.  I actually cut out extra now to have them on-hand, since I use them so much.  It's an extra wow factor to put them in the card.  Everyone who received cards with pop-ups inserts have loved them.

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Thanks Bunches Card

I've been working in the garden and preparing it for planting some vegetables.  Every year as I'm working the garden, I have a new level of respect for farmers.  I am exhausted and achy by the end of the day, and the last thing I want to do or even think about is dinner.  I just want someone to put food in front of me and go to town with it.  Since it was the weekend, my husband did just that.  So I am very thankful for that.  I haven't got any flowers yet, since my garden is not quite ready for them, but I'm excited by the prospect of them.  So making this card was a no-brainer.  If you follow me, you probably seeing a trend here since every other card or so, I'm making a floral card.    
I chose kraft paper because I wanted to try out this technique where I take the back of the stamp and stamp it in white to give it a solid shaped background.  Jennifer McGuire showed this layered stamping technique in this video a while ago and it took me this long to try it out.  I love the look of white on kraft paper.  I also felt these flowers were perfect for this technique.  I discovered this company, Fresh Squeezed Stamps, a few months ago and it's when they were going out of business, which is too bad since I really like their stamps.  Anyway, first I stamped the shape of the flower in Brilliance white ink, starting with the largest flower first.  Then I stamped the flowers in MementoLuxe inks.  I created a mask for each flower so I can stamp the leaves in.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powder.  
To finish the card, I added enamel dots and I used a white gel pen to add dashed lines and dots to the floral bunch before mounting it onto a white card base.   

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