Sunday, May 31, 2015

Yay! It's Your Day! Father's Day Card

Hello everyone!  With Father's Day approaching, I decided to make a card for my father-in-law following the Freshly Made Sketch for this week.  I like the Big Birthday Wishes stamp set's sentiments that came with my May 2015 card kit, especially the "YAY!", since I could use it for other events.  I love these kits and look forward to them each month.
 First, I lined up the three sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes, Hero Arts It's Your Day and Celebrate Everyday sets on my MISTI before inking it up Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink pad.  I got this ink pad more than 15 years ago.  It works great still, even though I have never re-inked it.  Awesome bean, right?!  Anyway, I stamped the sentiment on a stitched rectangle made with a Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle die.  I placed the card onto the cardbase layered with embossed XO's made with Cuttlebug Hugs and Kisses embossing folder.

 I placed some stitched star die cuts made with Lil' Inker Stitched Stars dies onto the card before adding Wink of Stella and Liquid Lacquer onto them.  Then I finished the card with sequins.


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Yay! It's Your Birthday! Shaker Card

Hello everyone!  I am on a mission to create masculine birthday cards and I keep on getting side-tracked by other pretty feminine ones.  I can't help it, when the flowers start blooming, my heart sings with floral delight and I have to express it at any chance.  :-D  Anyway, I did manage to rein it in and create some non-floral cards that can be sent to a male or female.  I love the Simon Says Stamps Big Birthday Wishes set that came with my April card kit.  I find that I haven't been having enough time to play with my card kit like I did with my first one.  Yes, my garden is calling me and my craft room only sees me occassionally now.  I always get so giddy with planning and planting my garden during this time of the year.  Yup, I am super thrilled to see my lettuce and spinach sprouting, like a little girl in a candy store.  :D  Anyway, I decided to create some shaker cards since I have quite a bit of sequins that are begging to be used.

First, I used my MISTI to stamp the cupcake from Inkadinkado in Mememto black ink and after coloring it in with Copic markers, I restamped the cupcake in Versafine black ink to make the image pop.  I used my Spellbinder circle die to cut a circle on cardstock before stamping the sentiments.  I created my shaker card with fun foam to make it easier.


I create a second card since I had all my supplies out.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

My First Pocket Letter

Hello everyone!  The first time I saw a pocket letter, I knew I had to make one.  This is the first one that I have ever made and it is for my son so I picked out his favorite colors and images.  I also created a shaker in this pocket letter with foam and die.  It makes making shakers a lot easier and a lot faster too.  I don't think I will ever go back to using foam tape after this.  I had such a fun time making this that I am already thinking about the next one.  I showed it to Honey and he told me that it is like 9 cards all in one!  :-)  If you don't know what pocket letters are, Janette Lane created them and her video explains them.  To make pocket letters, you need baseball card pages.  I got mine at Target where they have baseball and other trading cards but you can find them anywhere that sells baseball or trading cards, even Amazon and Walmart.  Each pocket holds a card sized at 2.5" x 3.5".  Since the original intent of pocket letters were geared toward crafty pen pals, each pocket can hold some type of embellishments like paperclips, washi tape, die cuts, gems and etc. behind your card panel.  One of the pockets is kept for your letter to the recipient.  Since I am sending this to my son as a cute little letter, and he can't use those embellishments where he is going, I didn't include them.  I know he will love it all the same.  The possibilities are endless here since I am already thinking that these are perfect for gifts since the pockets can hold little surprises, including gift cards.  Fun, right?!  Also, it is easy to mail since it folds up to fit inside a legal size envelope.  Be warned, you might find them addictive and created more than one or two or three... :-D     
First, I selected the pattern paper I wanted for the 9 pockets and then cut them to 2.5" x 3.5" to fit in the pockets of the baseball card page.  This was a good way to use up my stash of of pattern paper.  Also, I often play with my Copic markers and color images just for fun or while I am waiting for the boys so I accumulated a bunch of colored images that I can throw into each pocket here and there.  Love it!
For the top row, I stamped and color the owl from Lawn Fawn Critters In The Forest.  I attached him to the pattern paper from Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6x6 pad and added googly eyes.  The dog was from the Art Impression set and since I colored him to look our dog, I thought it would be perfect for my son.  The superhero boy and dog were from Simon Says Stamp SuperDuo and Mama Elephant Tiny Heroes sets and the sentiment was perfect for this letter.
 For the second row, I kept it simple with Mama Elephant Three Amigos and a message in one just for my boy.  I also placed washi tape on the outside pockets since it had his favorite colors.
For the last row, I used My Favorite Things Woof You and You Have My Heart sets and created the card with the puppies.  For the center card, I created a shaker card with vellum and used sticker letters on top of the pocket it goes in.  In the last card, I used Lawn Fawn Critters At The Dog Park set to create a scene.  Love this cute dog!
 
I'm so excited to send this to my son during his overnight trip.  I loved the way it came out and I wish I was there to see his reaction to this.  Now I am ready to make another one!
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Monday, May 25, 2015

You Make My Tail Wag!

Hello everyone!  I recently spoiled myself with some stamps and one of them was My Favorite Things You Make My Tail Wag.  This set is so adorable!  I love these dogs and I could not wait to use them for the MFT sketch challenge.
First, I ran brown cardstock in Darice Woodgrain embossing folder though my Fiskars Fuse.  Then I cut it to look like a log and used brown ink to distress the edges of the log.  I used Copic markers to create the sky and grass on white cardstock before I adhered the log.
Then I stamped the dogs in Memento black ink and color them in with Copic markers.  I adhered the dogs to the card with foam tape before attaching this card to a white cardbase.  I finished the card by stamping the sentiment.  I really love these dogs and can't wait to use more of them!

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Challenges/Giveaway:
- MFT Sketch #229 Challenge



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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

You're My Super Hero Father's Day Card

Hello everyone!  I just love these two superhero sets, You're Super and Super Boy, from My Favorite Things.  I was so happy when they came out with the Super Boy set to go with You're Super set, especially since I thought it would be perfect for my boys' cards.  I'm a big fan of superheroes and watched quite a bit of movies with them.  I remember watching Saturday morning cartoons with my brother and since he dominated the remote, we watched a lot of superhero shows.  Thank goodness, I liked them too.  I remembered that we carried on the tradition even when I came home from college.  Good times!  Anyway, I knew I had to use these sets for a father's day card for Honey.  He really is my superhero and save the day a lot.  I am blessed to have found him.  Hope he is not peeking at this post yet.  ;-)

I used My Favorite Things: Sketch #228 to create this card.  I used one of the MFT Blueprint #16 dies to round the bottom of a 4"x5.25" cardstock.  Then I stamped the city from You're Super set before using Distress ink to create the sky.  Then I die cut a circle and used Distress ink(Wild Honey) on the edges to give it some depth before I stamped the sentiment.  I layered a white cardbase with the card, before stamping the father's day sentiment.  Then I stamped the boy and colored him with Copic markers before adhering him with foam tape.  I finished the card with star sequins.
 I love how it came out and I love making it too.  I can't wait to give it to Honey.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Trails

Hello everyone!  Hope everybody had a good weekend.  It was quite busy here, but fun to catch up with family and celebrate our mothers.  I just got this Lawn Fawn Happy Trails set as a gift and admired it for the longest time.  Since summer vacations are coming up, I figure I make use of this set.
First, I stamped the car and trailer on a rounded rectangle die made from Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling die set.  I watercolor the car and trailer with Distress markers and water.  Then I masked the trailer and car before stamping the trees before water coloring it.  I stamped the sentiment before placing it onto the cardbase that was layered with pattern paper from Lawn Fawn Let's Polka pad.
 
 I love the bright colors and simplicity of this card.  It's so fun.



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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

You're A Class Act

Hello everyone!  Since it is teacher's appreciation week, I had to pull out My Favorite Things Class Act set.  I am always amazed by teachers and their ability to interact, inspire and teach children.  I find myself thinking that more and more when I meet with my sons' teachers.  Cheers to you, teachers, and thank you for all you do for our children!
First, I layered the white cardbase with pattern paper and then I distressed the edge of the card.  Then I stamped the little girl and colored her in with Copic markers before placing her onto a tag that was die cut and embossed.  I stamped the sentiment before adding red and white floss to the tag and the girl with foam tape.  I distressed the edge of the tag before adhering it to the card.


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Floral Happy Birthday

Hello everyone!  I love this Flora and Fauna set from WPlus9!  It has been on my wishlist for a while and I finally got it.  Yay!  I have been really into making simple cards that are bright with Copic coloring.  So I kept this card simple too because I want the flowers and hummingbird to really stand out against the white.

I stamped the flower on a die cut stitched rectangle that I made with My Favorite Things Blueprint #13 die and Fiskars Fuse.  After I colored in the flowers with Copic Markers, I stamped the hummingbird and colored it before fussy cutting it out.  Then I stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts It's Your Day set in Versafine black ink.  I placed the flower card on top of a white cardbase before mounting the hummingbird with foam tape.  To finish the card, I added some Wink of Stella on the hummingbird.



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