Friday, August 26, 2016

Feathered Thank You

I made this card for my wonderful, good friend Nikki.  Last week she helped me out at the last minute and took my kids for a few hours so I could be somewhere else important.  She happened to have taken the day off of work that day, probably God intervening somehow there knowing I would need help that day.  Whatever the reason I'm so glad she was there to help!  I made this card for her and I had the kids send her some Thank You cards too.  The kids had so much fun.  Nikki and her family were way more fun that I am :)  
The feathers are stamped on Sahara Sand with Sahara Sand ink, except for that colored one.  To get those colors so bright on Sahara Sand I first stamped in White Craft ink.  Then I inked up my feather with Peekaboo Peach, Tempting Turquoise and Rich Razzleberry and stamped it directly over the white ink.  I used my Wink of Stella to go over it and add some sparkle.  So pretty!

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Stamp Set Of The Month

September's Stamp Set Of The Month is Summer Sorbet.  I've wanted this stamp set for a while and I'm glad I finally made an excuse to get it! LOL, as if I needed a reason ha!  These cards are so cute and so sweet!  This stamp set works perfectly with our new ombre ink pads.  I've highlighted the Bermuda Bay ink pad in all of my samples.  
When you order this stamp set in September, (or preorder it by September 1st and get a free gift with your kit!) you'll receive the supplies to make all three of these cards.  Seriously though isn't this simple balloon one the best!  I love images that you don't need embellish a lot with.  Check out how cool that ombre ink is too.  The balloons are lighter on top and get darker as you move down to the baskets.  So cool!!!!
This card is so cute and so simple, it just might be my favorite.  I love the variation in colors on that heart!  So fun!!!  Don't forget to order your Summer Sorbet kit today!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Rose Wonder Wedding

It's been a while since I pulled out my Rose Wonder set.  It's such a pretty set too!!  Dan and I went to a wedding last weekend. You guys this wedding had gelato (and cake, of course there was cake).  They had about 10-12 different flavors and I'm pretty sure Dan and I sampled them all.  My favorite was the strawberries and champagne, the dark chocolate and the vanilla.  I'm a simple girl, with simple tastes.  They got the ice cream from a place called Frost here in Albuquerque, in Albuquerque Uptown.  Dan and I will go there again, especially now that we know what flavors we like.  Back to the card though :)  If you're going to a wedding you need a card. 
I die cut the rose from the Rose Garden Thinlits and lightly traced with a pencil where it would lay on the card.  Then I loosely and messily watercolored the rose and leaves.  I didn't want it perfect, I was really going for a messy watercolored look.  I didn't want the image to line up perfectly with the colors.  I really love how it came out!  This is a great card for a wedding but you could easily adapt this card for an anniversary, birthday, thank you or just a Wednesday :)  I added some black splatter just for fun and a fun greeting, also in the Rose Wonder set.   

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

R2 D2 Birthday

Any Star Wars fans out there???  Show of hands who loves these silly droids?  Yes they're called droids, I've called them robots far too many times and have gotten corrected by my son.  He just turned 10 on Sunday.  He's recently (in the last few months I guess) become quite obsessed with Star Wars and everything Star Wars related.  So for his birthday on Sunday I made him this card.  I did not come up with this, unlike my son, I do not know enough about Star Wars to create him solo.  So I found this tutorial on Pintrest you can check it out if you too have a droid fan in your life.  And if you do, you probably also know not to call them robots.  But really isn't droid just a fancy term for a robot???  
The link above lists the punches used, I changed up some of the punches I used for him.  I wanted him slightly bigger.  I use a 2" circle punch for the head, is it a head on a droid??  I used a retired oval punch for the shoulders, do droids have shoulders???  I used a star punch for the feet, again are they feet?????  These are the important questions of life people!  Whatever they're called you get the idea.  For the body and arms(??) I just cut them with my paper cutter.  The same for the blue stripey things......I'm sure there's a mega Star Wars fan reading this shaking their head in disappointment, and if you're out there please don't take the time to correct me, I have a 10 year old for that :)  Either way it's a cute card with a cute R2 D2.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

More On the Jar Of Eyeballs

Hi there! Remember this post from about 10 days ago?  Well I have gotten lots and lots of comments and questions about it.  Rather than emailing everyone back I thought this would be easier.  So I'm going into a little bit more detail on how I made the sloshing eyeball card.  It's not hard, and it's for sure one of the coolest cards I've ever made.  
To make the eyeballs slosh you need a simple sliding mechanism.  Normally sliding windows are bigger and you would use a roundish dimensional to make the image slide and spin.  Since I didn't want my eyeballs to spin, just slosh I used a rectangle piece of a dimensional (you can cut the edges to get this).  You can see that it's almost as big as the sliding window.  The dimensional is attached to a penny (you could also use a small washer).  The jar is popped on on dimensionals on the card leaving space for that penny to move around a little.    
I just used an Xacto knife to cut my window.  You can see from the ruler, it's not even an inch long and probably barely a quarter of an inch tall.  So it's very small window.  Again that dimensional takes up most of the room.  So the eyeballs will slide back and forth slightly and up and down slightly.  
Once your window is all set up attach your image on top.  The eyeballs really aren't that big, which is another reason my window is so small, I wanted to keep the window hidden.  
This is as far as the eyeballs will slosh to the left......
....and to the right.  Had I used a smaller dimensional it would go much further.  But again, that wasn't the look I wanted, I just wanted some slight sloshing.  I hope that these photos help explain it a little more, I hope you go make your own.  Thanks so much to all who've commented on this card either on my post or via email.  I love reading comments and you guys always make my day when you love my stuff!  Not everything I make is my original idea, but sometimes lighting does strike and I get a fun idea like this.  I'm glad you guys have loved it too!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Birthday Llama

I know there's some of you waiting to see this llama get inky and here you go!  This card got mailed the day it was made so I didn't have it in my stack of cards to remind me to blog, so that's how he got forgotten.  Since it's a birthday card I wanted to make the llama in a party mood.  What better way to do that then to give a llama maracas and a hat?
The hat is actually on his head.  His ears are pushed through the hat through two little slits I cut in the hat.  If you're going to put a hat on a llama, you have go all for it! The maracas and hat are cut from the coordinating DSP with this set, Fiesta Birthday.  I cut his front teeth and pulled them over the maraca handles.  If you're going to go to the work of actually putting a hat on him you can't skimp on the details when it comes to the maracas too.  He's stamped and watercolored on some watercolor cardstock, I thought that would be nice texture and the blanket on his back is also from the DSP.  I have sooooooo many Holiday Catalog projects to share.  Don't miss next week!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Pastel Cacuts

I have one more sample from Birthday Fiesta, of course with the cactus.  I can't get enough of these cactuses.....cacti......?  Who cares!  This card is my favorite I love these pastel like colors together.  I love that it creates an almost night time sky just gorgeous!!!!! 
I started with stamping and cutting out my cacti, it's right I looked it up :)  Then I cut a hilly ground.  Then I got out my sponge daubers. I've been a little obsessed with creating backgrounds this way lately, but when you look at it, can you blame me!?!  I started with Blushing Bride on the bottom and worked up with Pool Party and Finally Wisteria Wonder.  I have sponge daubers dedicated for each color, they're all labeled with my label maker (it was a magical afternoon labeling them all cause I really love my label maker).  You don't want to mix the colors.  If you only have a few daubers you an wash them between uses and use them in different colors.  Just make sure they're dry and clean.  Often they'll stain and that's ok, just run it on some scrap paper just to make sure they're nice and clean.  I added some Crumb Cake ink to the bottom of the hill.  I wanted a little color but not too much, especially on the top of the hills.  Now comes the part where I tell you I lied.  This isn't the last card with the Birthday Fiesta set.  I have one more tomorrow, those of you waiting to see me pull out the llama check tomorrow.  That's the last one, I promise for real this time..........for now anyway!  

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Spinning Cactus

Who doesn't love a spinning cactus.  I mean providing of course it doesn't spin into you or anything like that.  This cactus is harmless and sure to make you smile!  He's suspending in an oval cut out of the card and you can turn him a few times before closing the card and sticking him in the mail and then when the lucky person that receives this card opens it, it will spin.  That's possible the cutest thing ever!!!!
Of course I had to add googlie eyes!!!  The guitar and sombrero come from the coordinating DSP, I just cut them out and attached it to the card.  I cut the cactus 3 or 4 times, once cutting out the stamped image, the other times from Emerald Envy cardstock.  This makes him sturdier and spin better! 
 He is suspended between the ovals with a piece of silver metallic thread.  Make sure the thread is pulled really tight and secured really well on the top and bottom with Fast Fuse or Tear and Tape.  I love this sweet spinner!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Rainbow Fiesta

Yesterday I shared a card we did at my class using the Birthday Fiesta bundle.  I've heard from a lot of people that it's a set they like but aren't sure they need.  I have 3 cards over the next 3 days to prove that you do in fact need that bundle :)  Starting with this one. In the set there's stamps that coordinate and fit perfectly into the banner in the set, this stamp is one of them.  There's a tiny flower and a little border around it.  I stamped and embossed in clear powder that tiny flower about a million times for this card.  Then I used my inks and sponge daubers to add color.   
The pattern isn't perfect, because well you can imagine how teadeaous this was.  I had to stamp, pour the powder on just so I could stamp again.  Because I was using VersaMark I couldn't see where I had just stamped.  It took a long time, but I love it, even though the pattern gets wonky I love the rainbow on this card, I love the flower, the big greeting!  I love it all.  Love this set yet???  Maybe not, I have another card tomorrow!

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Bundle Mania Class

I had a class on Saturday featuring some of our AMAZING bundles in the catalog!  There's so many cute ones!  I had a hard time deciding which ones to choose.  The ones I did go with though, I love and the cards were all super cute!  This first card is with the Thoughtful Banners Bundle.  I love the punch and the stamp set had a million and a half greetings to work with, very versatile.  
The next bundle I went with is the Birthday Fiesta.  This is the one at the very beginning of the catalog that you really like but aren't sure you need because it's got a weird yet somehow cute looking llama staring at you, possible judging you for not getting him.  Fear not, this bundle is super cute! And that weird looking llama, he just wants to be friends :)  We used the cactus in the set for this card and it's the perfect masculine card!  Which I know we all struggle with!
The Sweet Cupcake Bundle is one of my favorites!  It's so cute and that cupcake looks so good!  Definatly a must have!  Lots of people think you need a ton of different stamp sets to do 2 or 3 step stamping.  Not true. This cupcake top and bottom was done with only 3! Marina Mist, Dapper Denim and Chocolate Chip.  If you stamp your stamp first on some scrap paper you'll get a lighter shade and you can use one ink pad for more layers! Get more bang for your buck!  Also go eat a cupcake, this card is making me want one! LOL!
Finally the Weather Together Bundle.  I've used this bundle a lot.  I can't get over that adorable umbrella.  This card is simple and so adorable.  I was inspired by this card here.  I love the Melon Mambo and Black together!  So pretty!!!!

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