Friday, May 27, 2016

Lessons Learned


I'm a real person, I make mistakes and I don't hide them. I set out to try the technique for Papertrey Ink's Make it Monday 250: Masked Backgrounds and I in my head I pictured an absolutely brilliant and breathtaking card. What I didn't realize is how very messy masking would be, and therefore there are a lot of mistakes on my card!

Since mistakes are ok in my book, and I know that I tried something new  I needed this card the next day, I persevered and just went with it.


1. I didn't have any painter's tape on hand so I tried some sort of post-it paper. I didn't realize that the paper wasn't flush with the top of bottom of the card, therefore I got ink on the edges.
2. Then, I stamped the grass and pictured more detail, but after I spent so long inking up the background I was too scared to attempt anything else!
3. The sentiment stamped ok, but when I went to pull the card out of the MISTI, I had some "reserved" ink left on my fingers and got a smudge of black ink on my nice, white border.
4. I tried to erase the ink (it was Versafine Onyx Black, and sometimes I can erase it!) I made two more smudges with the eraser.

Therefore, I had to cover the smudges up with something, and added the black rhinestones. I would have rather done without them, as they make the design a bit wonky, but...as I said in the beginning, I'm a real person!

Lessons learned on this card, lessons learned.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Anything Goes, so I'm entering this card for that challenge too.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Papertrey May Blog Hop Challenge


Hello, hello! Please let me present Creamsicle Blooms. Doesn't that sound dreamy? I'm playing along in the Papertrey Ink May 2016 Blog Hop. The inspiration picture was quite dreamy too!


I was inspired by the colors of the orange/red popsicles along with the peach and yellow. I stamped some of the images from In Bloom onto Bristol Smooth paper with light gray ink and zigged them up with a mix of dark pink, pink, peach and orange markers and waters. I then added a touch of mixed gray colors to the leaves and then splatters with the same gray.


I stamped the sentiment in a darker gray across the blooms similar to the inspiration picture sentiment .(Goodness, this step was difficult, I feared the whole time I'd mess up and have to redo the blooms! Good thing the MISTI helped me out). I finished the card by adhering the panel, along with some woodgrain cardstock and a strip of colored paper onto a white cardbase.

I look forward to hopping along today! If you'd like to see a quick glance of some of my other projects, I'd be tickled if you check out my Instagram feed and maybe follow if you'd like!

I'm also playing along in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Puppy Hello


Aww...seeing any little with their softie or real pet melts my heart. My littlest LOVES his real life dog and even though he'd never admit it, my oldest still keeps his stuffed puppy up on his bed. This set from Neat & Tangled reminds me so much of my boys, so I'm not quite sure why the first stamp I inked up was of the little girl? I'm also not sure why she's got blonde hair, as both my boys have brown hair??


I tried my hand at no-line coloring again. I inked the stamps up with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then colored them up with colored pencil. I embossed a linen cardstock card base and then added some washi tape and white sentiment panel to finish the card off.

I'm entering this card into the Little Tangles Challenge 68: Anything Goes.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Baseball Season & a Blushing Bear


Little League Baseball Season has officially arrived. Games four nights a week between my two boys with tournaments on most weekends...but you know what? I wouldn't change it for the world to see my boys play ball. It takes me out of the loop for crafting and creating, but I know that when they are older and away, I will have all the time I want to play.



I did have some free time this past weekend in the early morning to create this card! I was inspired by the colors showcased on the May Butterfly Reflections, Ink Mood Board (especially the sunset picture in the bottom left side!) and the Sketch 281 from My Favorite Things. I also used the Forest Friends Stamp and Die Set by My Favorite Things to complete the second stage of the CASometry Challenge 2: Make Five. (My first card is here.)


I started inking a cardstock panel with distress inks and then spritzing with water. After the panel dried I die cut a circle and adhered a stamped bear. The bear is void of color except for two pink patches by his cheeks. I often forget to keep my images simple and not colored...I really like the way the background circle stands out. I finished the card by adhering the bear to the circle, and the circle onto a white cardstock base that was embossed with Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Woodgrain Cover-up Die and a bannered, white embossed sentiment.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Lil' Inker Designs Spring Sale



Popping in with a card set I made featuring some Lil' Inker Designs goodies! They are having a sale through the 16th, don't miss out!


I stamped two of the cute images from Perfect Pairs onto Bristol Smooth and colored with zigs and used the brand new Perfect Pair Dies that were released for this set! I mounted each onto a cardstock panel that was inked with distress inks, and stamped with a sentiment and die cut with Stitched Mats: RectanglesPerfect Pairs have really cute sentiments included in this set, but I mixed things up and used a few sentiments from Sending You. Before mounting this panel to the cardstock base (embossed with Circles and Diamonds Stitched Pattern Die and Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern Die, respectively), I finished the card by adding a single line of black embroidery floss.


I hope you get a chance to check out the amazing products that Lil' Inker Designs has to offer and take advantage of the sale too!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Unforgettable


I work full time in an office, with a group of about 20 women. We all work so well together and it truly is a joy to call the ladies my friends. One of "us" is leaving for a new adventure, and as the resident card-maker, I knew just what kind of card I wanted to make for her.

She really loves elephants, so I masked (many times!) one of the cutie-pie elephants from MFT's Adorable Elephants onto Bristol Smooth Cardstock and zigged them in various shades of cool and warmed toned grays. (Isn't that a great word, thanks Jen!)


I finished the card with a stamped banner sentiment and patterned paper.
I made the card size is just over 5"x5" so that everyone had room to sign and write a greeting.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fox Grove


I am absolutely enamored with the combination of Zig Markers and Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. A little bit of water and the images come to life!. I created a little scene for the current MFT Card Color Challenge #44 and the MFT Sketch Challenge #278.




Starting with a white card base and I scored lines to mimic the sketch. Then I attached the colored and die cut trees, filling in the area with stamped and colored flowers. I created a sentiment panel using the same techniques. I finished the card with the fox. I've added ears to him with a Copic Multiliner Pen and he's got a shiny black enamel dot nose.

Also playing along in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.


I'm intrigued by Anna's CASometry Challenge 2, so this will be my stamp set to use to complete her challenges.

Supplies:
MISTI
Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive
*affiliate links used if possible 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Gray Stripes and Florals




"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine,
food and medicine for the soul." ~Luther Burbank

I recently purchased some paper crafty friends recommended for Zig Coloring and I don't think I will put these markers down now! The Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper is perfect for this medium.


I created a floral array, stamping in gray and coloring in with the zig markers. I added a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen 12 Days Companion Greetings Stamp Set (I thought the clean and precise font was a perfect match for the flowers from Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamp Set) and then adhered this panel onto a gray card base. I bordered the panel with some gray stripe washi tape and finished the card with a bow from white embroidery floss.

The design, colors and use of the striped border on my card was inspired by the
Ellen Hutson's April Pin-Sights Challenge


and the layout by Freshly Made Sketches #234









LDRS Creative Hop


I was lucky enough to be sent some fun products from LDRS Creative to play with and I created two cards with the same products.



For my first card, I started by inking up a soft background of patterned paper, in which I stamped a beautiful greeting from the LDRS Creative Stamp Set, You. I adhered a beautiful paper banner die cut from the LDRS, Basic Cutting Borders 1. Then I wrapped the panel with antique gold ribbon and tied with a bow, along with a second bow made from burlap string. I attached the decorated panel to a card base and finished the card with a handmade bead pick.


I went a more masculine route with my second card, using the same stamp set and die from LDRS. After trimming a patterned paper piece to size, I spritzed white paint to make a galaxy and added a moon made out of lighter paper and the Borders Die. I embossed in white the sentiment and before adhering the decorated panel to the cardstock base, I tied a knot made from various silver ribbons.


That's it for me today!


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Stargazers


One of the many things I like about creating cards is that you can pretty much customize your stamps and scenes to make them your own-as realistic or abstract as you want...or you can mix and match, right? For instance, I know that stargazers don't have straight, skinny stems, but they do on my card!


I stamped three lilies from the beautiful Craftin' Desert Divas Botanical Layers.
I only used one of the layered stamps, choosing to color the blooms in with Copics and accenting with a white gel pen. After I had these colored and fussy cut, I created a panel to adhere them to by inking up a corner of white cardstock with blue ink, then drew three lines with black markers for stems. I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamps Happy for You Stamp Set in black. The bloom panel was adhered to black cardstock, cut just a tad larger than the white panel, and then this was adhered to a white card base.







Supplies:
MISTI
Neenah Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Tombow Mono Multi Adhesive
Simon Says Cardstock
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Copics
Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel, White
Craftin' Desert Divas Botanical Layers Stamp Set
Simon Says Stamp Happy Everything Stamp Set
Peacock Feathers Distress Ink
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
*affiliate links used if possible