Monday, June 30, 2014

Congrats On Your Retirement Lilies

There's something charming and so small town about my sons having the same art teacher as my husband.  She is a lovely lady that clearly have style and tons of talent.  I mean, real artistic talent, painting portraits type.  So I was a little intimated to give her one of my cards, since I know a true artist will be looking at it.  I'm still very shy about my cards and craft.  I know I display my cards for the whole world to view on the Internet, but I can hide behind a screen.  I still feel very much like a novice at times, and know that I still have a lot to learn.  So many things to learn and so little time.  ;-)  Anyway, I absolutely love these lilies dies from My Favorite Things and had to use them for this card, especially since I was inspired by my own garden.  I decided to color them in with similar colors this time.  You seen me color these die cuts a little before, on another one of my post based on a video by Jennifer McGuire.  I love using my markers to color the die cuts to give them depth and dimension.  In this post, I share how I store my markers and how I test what markers blend well.  
First, I layered the white card base with pattern paper from Jillibean Soup Chilled Cucumber Soup 6x6 pad.  Then I die cut the lilies 3 times on my Fiskar Fuse.  I used Copic makers and Sharpie to color the lilies before adhering them onto the card.  I also used a black permanent pen to add black dots to the petals.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold And You and The Big, The Bold And Extras stamp sets.  I used some rolled up glue dot and foam adhesive to give some of the flowers dimension.

Below is a picture of the lilies I put into my garden this year.  I love the color it adds to my garden.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Copic Markers Organization and Blending Trials

 I find that lately, I have been taking the time to explore and learn more about coloring, especially with markers.  So I would color without any projects in mind to see what colors work well together.  I have gotten some Copic markers for my birthday to enhance my Bic and Sharpie permanent markers since I needed some in-between colors for shading.  The three different type of markers seem to blend well together, surprisingly.  Below is a close-up image of one of my coloring trials.  The stamped image is from My Favorite Things Everyday is a Picnic set.  Love this sweet adorable girl!  I will have a project featuring her soon.

Anyway, I store my Copic markers in a Copic 72 Wallet Case that I got from Amazon.  I like that I can travel easily with them and I can display them like this for me to quickly find.  I don't want to go beyond 72 markers and have been using my other markers like Bic and Sharpie to complete my coloring needs.  I know eventually I will get the other colors since I can not refill the Bic and Sharpies, but for now they are serving their purpose.  Yes, Copics are an investment and I like that they have refills and a brush tip.  Though I am curious about Spectrum Noirs since they are cheaper.  I might get a pack in a color that I do not have and do a comparison some time.
Below you will see that I keep my coloring trials in a binder, so that I can refer back to see what worked and what didn't.  I also keep extra images on hand when I know I have a long wait somewhere.   I bring my makers and this binder along to color.  Lately, I don't have the time, but I just want to color or do something crafty.  This system seem to work for me now.  It takes the pressure off of having to make something.  Anyway, I use Memento black ink to stamp all the images onto mixed media paper from a pad for the trials. 
Below is more trials of blending, I am still learning how to blend better with the colors I have.

In the same binder, I created swatches of all my markers and placed them in the similar color family.  I did not include Distress inks, since I use them differently.  I find that I use this quite a bit when deciding on what color combinations to try.

Before I created the swatches, I printed the free Copic Hand Color Chart and color in the markers I had. I also did this for the Bics and Sharpie markers.  I do refer to this page if one of my markers are misplaced.  Yes, my son have discovered that he likes using these markers to blend.  YIKES!  LOL!  I'm being a good girl and sharing.  :-D 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

You Are The Best Thank You Card

 Ever since we adopted our dog, our lives have revolved around him.  We just simply love him.  And frankly, the feeling is mutual, since every time we come home, he has the look that says, "I'm so happy that you are home, I miss you so much".  Or "You are the best" when we are playing with him or just hanging out.  So inspired by my puppy, I had to use these puppies from Lawn Fawn Critters At The Dog Park set with the sentiment for a card to a friend who loves dogs too.  I've been wanting to make window cards for a long time so when I saw some floating around the internet, I had to do one.  I had to combine two of my favorite companies, Lawn Fawn and Winnie&Walter, together in one card too. 
First, I stamped, colored with markers and fussy-cut the puppies out.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my window panel.  I adhered the puppies to the window frame and trimmed off any parts hanging out.  All the pattern papers are from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad and using foam adhesive, I adhered the window to the multi-colored stripes pattern paper.  Then I adhered the window to the polka dot pattern paper.  I stamped the sentiment from Winnie&Walter The Big, The Bold And You set in Brilliance inks on the white cardbase before adhering the decorated window.  I finished the front of the card by gluing on some sequins from Lawn Fawn's Mixed Sequins.

I've been a lot better about decorating the inside of the card for an added bonus.   Using the same set of Winnie&Walter stamps, I stamped the inside of the card and adhered one of the puppies to the bottom of the card. 

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Happy I Do Day

I'm at an age where weddings are a rare occurence, since most of my friends are settled with kids.  So it was nice to make a wedding card again.  I had picked up some Martha Stewart wedding invitation kit that was less than a dollar, a while ago, at Joann's craft store.  I just love the pattern on the back of the card, so I thought I could use it on a card and it included envelopes!  I love a good bargain.  Anyway, I thought silver and pink would be traditionally good together.
First, I layered the card base with silver pattern paper from Martha Stewart followed by a strip of pink cardstock.  Then I stamped and fussy cut the wedding outfits from Recollections.  I colored the outfit and placed it on a circle that I die cut with a Spellbinder die and pattern paper from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad.  Then I adhered it to the card.  I also die cut a silver rectangle frame using My Favorite Things Blueprint 13 and Lil'Inker stitched rectangle, and placed the frame on the card.  I finished the card with some pearls on the dress.  

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Stampin' Up Word Play set in black Brilliance ink.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Floral Thanks A Million

I love reading papercrafting blogs, and participating in challenges and giveaways.  Though one day, I found myself thinking, "Should I participate in this? I never win anything".  Where as my mother-in-law has the midas touch in this area.  She has won a lot of prizes from raffles and drawings.  I was thinking that maybe she should enter these contests for me.  :-)  Anyway, a couple of weeks of ago, I was surprised to see my name drawn for an online giveaway at A muse Studio.  I won a free stamp set and I chose the Beautiful Botanicals 2 set.  I couldn't believe it!  I was so excited and my need to participate in giveaways for just that one chance has been restored!  Whew!  ;-)  It was a Monday when I found out, so it was the perfect way to start the week.  Of course, life got busy before I was able to play with this set.  I recently placed all my new stamps in one basket on my desk to remind me to play with them at least a few times, before I put them away.  I am sooo behind!  Anyway, I had bought A Muse stamps in my early years of stamping at my local stamp store and love their images.  Since my local store closed, I started to follow them online recently.  I'm impressed with their whole line of products and couldn't wait try out my stamp set.  Though I am a big fan of clear stamps, I love their cling stamps and how they are cut already and actually cling to my acrylic blocks.
I'm on the watercolor band wagon too and used my watercolor paper for this project.  I used Distress inks to create background by saturating the paper with water and then adding some colors to it.  Then I stamped the images from A Muse Studio Beautiful Botanicals 2 set in black, purple and green Brilliance inks.  I also stamped the sentiment in black Brilliance ink and layered this with black cardstock using foam adhesive.  I used a stencil that I created on the Silhouette using the butterfly from their freebie Thank You Tag in May, and used the blending tool and Memento London Fog ink on the stencil to create the background on the cardbase.  After adhering the watercolored piece to the card base, I tied a twine in a bow on the card.  I also took one of the butterflies that I cut out from the stencil and colored it with a copic marker before adhering it to the card and bending it wings up.   
I mixed up the supplies since all my Winnie&Walter stamps are used interchangeably lately.


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Monday, June 16, 2014

Under The Weather Get Well Card

With all the rain we got last week, I decided to take a "craft-cation".  I miss my craft room, and playing more than one day a week.  With summer approaching, I know I will not be getting any free time.  I did finalize our summer schedule last week, and it promises to be a busy, but fun one.  I was so happy last week to finally make some much needed changes on my blog too.  I recently started an instagram account and love it, especially since most of the people I follow are crafters.  Anyway, if you are interested in adding a bar of social media buttons to your blog, I recommend this blog post for the script to do it.  I miss reading source code and development at times, so it was nice to clean up my side bar on my blog.  Anyway, I decided to make a get well card because whenever I need to send one, I don't have any and it's mostly because I don't make them.  So I am starting a stash for those times.  Hopefully, everyone is healthy now with the cold season gone, for the most part.  Now it's just allergies.  :p

All the pattern paper are from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad.  Love, love this paper pad!  It's so bright and happy.  First, I layered the cardbase with cloud pattern paper and a polka dot banner on the bottom of the card.  Then I die cut a rectangle with Lil' Inker stitched rectangle die and stamped the sentiment from My Favorite Things Blue Skies Ahead set in black Brilliance ink before using the blending tool on the edges with Distress Tumbled Glass ink.  I adhered this to the card before die cutting the umbella and the clouds from Impression Obsession a couple of times, before cutting the umbrella apart to create a two tone umbrella.  I adhered umbrella to the card and the clouds to the cards with foam adhesive.  To finish the card, I added Wink of Stella on the umbrella and Crystal Lacquer as well as some sequins.  

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Inside Happy Father's Day Card X2

Happy Father's Day to my husband and my father-in-law, two very special men in my life as well as my brother, whom I miss dearly.  Hope everyone is having a Happy Father's Day.  Anyway, I did not have enough time to finish my last card for the last challenge.  Also, I wanted to keep something a surprise, since my husband follows my blog.  So here is a quick post to show you the inside.
When I saw Lori Whitlock's video of assembling this workshop bench, I had to get it for my husband who have built many wonderful furniture in our house among other things.  You know that I just adore pop-up cards too, so it was a no-brainer to get this file from the Silhouette Online Store.  I had an issue with the file at first, but Lori Whitlock was quick with her response to correcting the issue when I emailed her.  I am a big fan of her designs and products, and after this, I admire her even more.  Good customer service goes a long way with me and makes me a loyal customer.  :-)  Anyway, I had to stamp another fitting sentiment inside the card.  I can not get enough of Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy stamp set.  In fact, I can not get enough of the whole series of The Big, The Bold And The... stamp sets.  I just love that brushed hand-written sentiment with the typewriter font mixed together.

Below is the front of the card in this post.

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Father's Day Card X2

Another Father's Day card.  I know, I'm on a roll.  When I saw this silhouette image of a father and his sons at the Silhouette Online Store, I knew I had to cut it out for a card for my husband to celebrate Father's Day.  Hopefully he is not reading this post yet.  :-)  I had to use my Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy stamp set again.  I just can't get enough of these bold script sentiments.

First, I layered the white cardbase with pattern paper from Jillibean Soup Chilled Cucumber Soup 6x6 pad.  Then I cut two circles with Spellbinder dies in blue and white cardstock that I used Distress Ink on.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the father and sons image and used foam adhesive to place it onto the circle.  I used the circle die to help with placement of the sentiment that I stamped in black Brilliance ink.  I adhered the circle image to the card, followed by enamel dots.

Below is what the inside looks like.  See this post for the details.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

You Are Awesome Father's Day Card

I'll admit that I have been dragging my feet in making another Father's Day card.  I think I have a lot of stamps that I want to use in more feminine colors.  It's what I gravitate toward.   Anyway, I have been admiring these Winnie and Walters Big Bold Script sentiment, ever since I noticed tons of people are using them.  So I had to get me some especially since I love the way they look.  My first order with them came quickly and also, with a 15% off coupon for my next order (AWESOME!), a freebie of sequins (another fantastic surprise), and a lovely handwritten thank you note.  PLUS, they were running a special where you get the coordinating digital cuts of the May Release stamps you purchased.  Love, love, love all the bonus!  

Anyway, you know how much I love haul videos and I couldn't resist making my very first haul video.  When I showed it to my son, he said that I needed to put some lotion on my hands.  I have working hands that see lotions often, but all too often, washed off too soon.  I'm lucky if manicures stay on my hands for more than a day.  Anyway, he also asked, if I drank any tea since my voice sounds scratchy.  Ha, ha!  :-D  I told him that is what my normal recorded voice sounds like.  I've always shy away from videos and voice messages, since I know my recorded voice sounds weird to me.  Too funny the things he noticed were my first thoughts against making videos.  My other son said, "You're breathing, that's no good".  This made me laughed even now, AND he's not even a teenager yet.  LOL!  If you can't laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at?!  :D  He did tell me later that I need to introduce myself too along with breathing through my nose.  So I got some good advice and hope to be better, since I feel it's easier to show a video for some of my projects.  I posted the video here if you want to weigh in and tell me what you think, or a good laugh since I fail to speak properly at times, or if you just need help sleeping.  Ha!    
I layered a white cardstock with pattern paper from Jillibean Soup Cold Avocado Soup 6x6 pad to create the card base.  Then I die cut a circle with Spellbinder die that I blend in blue color with Distress inks(broken china and tumbled glass).  I stamped the sentiment from Winnie&Walter The Big,the Bold and You set in black Brilliance ink and adhered it to the card base.  I also die cut some stars from Lil'Inker stars dies and placed it onto the circle with foam adhesive.  For the final touch, I added some sequins.   

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big,The Bold and The Happy stamp set in black Brilliance ink.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Sky's The Limit Congratulation Pop-Up card

I feel like there has been a lot of shakers cards being made lately.  I've never made one on my own before.  I've gone to one class that made it with a little clear bag which I've not seen done before, but thought that was a fast way to make a shaker card.  I decided to give it a try using the old fashion method of placing foam adhesive all around the window area.  Now I have bought the Scotch huge roll of foam adhesive about 18 years ago and just this past weekend used it up.  I used my foam adhesive sparingly and also, I took a 8 year break from serious card making, so it has taken me this long to finish it.  Luckily, I had order another one from Amazon and it just came in today.  Just in time for me to make a shaker card with too.  Yay!
First, I used my Spellbinder circle and scallop circle dies, and Fiskars Fuse to cut a window and scallop circle for my window.  I used pattern papers from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad.  I love this pad!  I stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn Blue Skies stamp set on the pattern paper with Brilliance black ink.  Then I placed foam adhesive all around the window area after I glue clear plastic from a sticker package over the opening.  I used sequins from both Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine and Let's Polka and Studio Calico before adhering it to the cardbase that was layered with pattern paper.  I finished the card by placing a small hot air balloon that I stamped and colored in blue.   

Inside the card, I created a pop-up sentiment with my Silhouette Cameo and cut it out to layer the inside.  I follow this awesome video to create this pop-up.

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