You’re the best cards, featuring Hip Kit Club

Hello crafty friends!  Today I’m sharing a couple of cards I made using the June 2018 Hip Kit Club kits.  I was challenged to use the Vicki Boutin stamps and dies from this month’s Color kit, and I decided it was a perfect opportunity to make handmade cards.

Here are the cards I created:

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I used the Bazzill marshmallow white cardstock from this month’s Cardstock kit, which has a bit of weight to it, so it’s perfect for mixed media and coloring.  I used the HKC exclusive b&w plaid paper from this month’s Main kit, and the Pinkfresh Studio enamel dots from the Project Life kit.

I also used some past HKC color kits to make my cards.  I love getting the color kits, because you get so much use out of them!

Card 1:

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For this card, I stamped the images on the Bazzill cardstock with Memento tuxedo black ink, and colored them with Copic markers.  Then, I die cut the flowers using the included metal dies and fussy cut the leaves and butterflies.  On the background, I used a stencil that was included in the April Color kit, and white texture paste that I mixed with a little Distress Oxide ink in the color Cracked Pistachio, which was included in the February Color kit.  It’s hard to tell in the photos, but I created a bit of an ombre effect, more color on the bottom fading to almost white on top.  I love the way it came out!

Card 2:

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For this card, I stamped the images on the Bazzill cardstock with Versamark ink, and I heat embossed it with white embossing powder which was included in the November 2017 Color kit.  Then I colored in the images with Vicki Boutin watercolor paints, which were in the March Color kit.  I splashed some watered down white acrylic paint on the flowers.  Once dry, I die cut the flowers with the coordinating metal dies.  For the background, I chose the HKC exclusive b&w plaid paper.  I also added some pink and black enamel dots to finish off the card.

For both sentiments, I stamped the “you’re the best” sentiment from the Vicki Boutin stamp set, and heat embossed it with Versamark ink and white embossing powder on black cardstock.  I cut the sentiment out into a banner shape, and adhered it to my cards using foam squares.

That’s it for me today!  I hope I inspired you to get crafty!  Even though I used these stamped and colored images on handmade cards, they would totally work on scrapbook layouts too!

Happy Friday!

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Hello Bluebird card trio, featuring Butterfly Reflections Ink

Hey friends!  Today I’m guesting on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog with a trio of no-line coloring cards.  I used Hello Bluebird stamps McGregor’s Garden and Spring Script.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know that I was practicing my no-line coloring, and I ended up coloring these cute bunnies with 3 mediums: watercolor, color pencils, and Copic markers.

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Here are my finished cards:

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Don’t forget to head over to the BRI blog post for more info and photos!

Happy Sunday y’all!

The Coloring Challenge road trip, and a card featuring Honey Bee Stamps

Hello friends!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I recently stepped out of my comfort zone, and headed to meet Kathy of The Daily Marker on her Coloring Challenge road trip.  When I found out she was stopping in Texas, I was so so excited, but nervous too.  I’m a bit of an introvert, so I was debating whether or not I should go.  After debating with myself, the spots were filled.  Later, when I found out she was opening up another day, I didn’t even think about it and I reserved my spot.  This was going to be my first crafty event with people, in real life…ha!

Since I had never been to a crop, or a class, I reached out on Instagram to see what I should pack.  Kathy suggested we bring a few stamped out images, and some coloring mediums.  I packed some stamped out images, Copic markers (not all of my collection, but still quite a few), one tin of distress inks, an ink blending tool, a water brush, my Misti, Memento ink, scissors, and a few pieces of Neenah white cardstock.

The event was held at Scrapbook N More, in New Braunfels.  We got to learn some coloring tips and tricks from Kathy, and fantastic watercoloring tips from Lydia.  If you ever get a chance to go to one of Kathy’s Coloring Challenge road trips, I highly recommend that you do!  I’ve linked her blog, so you can read more about it.

 

 

 

 

Kathy is so generous with her time, her knowledge, and her supplies.  While we were there, Kathy had some Honey Bee stamp sets that she let us use.  I saw the Seasonal Sweeties stamp set, and I had to try coloring the girl and her dog with umbrellas.  It is such a cute image!  We were there almost 7-8 hours, and I only colored 2 things, lol.  I colored a full floral background image that I had pre-stamped (which I didn’t end up liking), and most of the Honey Bee image.  I’m a pretty slow colorer, but that’s ok.

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I don’t normally copic color my backgrounds, but I wanted to give Kathy’s rag & blending solution technique a try.  I love the way it turned out!  The texture makes it look like it’s raining…perfect for this card!

Here’s the final card that I created:

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I colored the entire image with copic markers.  I colored her hair and the umbrellas in with Nuvo aqua shimmer glitter pens.  I also added some highlights in with a white Prismacolor pencil and a white gel pen.  I then masked off the girls face and most of the pup, and gave the entire image a spray of Perfect Pearls spray, which just enhanced the rain effect.  The sentiment is from Honey Bee’s Thanks stamp set.  I stamped it with Versafine ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.

I love how this came out!  If I had planned better, I could’ve made this a one layer card, but I do love popping up the panel with foam adhesive.

If I learned anything from this even, it’s all in the details, and the nooks and crannies!

Here is a group pic of some of the attendees!

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Happy Wednesday!

Thanks card, Butterfly Reflections Ink

Hey friends!  Today, I’m guesting on the Butterfly Reflections ink blog.

I’ll be using Pretty Pink Posh angel friends stamp set.  I must admit that I bought this stamp set in early December with every intention of making holiday cards for my happy mail friends, but life got in the way, and I didn’t make a single Christmas card this past year.  Ha!  Sigh.  I was determined to use this stamp set though, so I had to think a little bit out of the box.

Here’s what I came up with!

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Check it out HERE for more photos and supplies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Saturday!

Stick Together Travelers Notebook intro, featuring Sweet Stamp Shop

Hi friends and welcome!  Today, I’m sharing a really cute intro page to my Travelers Notebook using Sweet Stamp Shop’s Stick Together stamps.  I really love this stamp set!  It was so cute and easy to create our little cacti family.

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To make my spread, I first started by stamping some images, coloring them with copic markers, and fussy cutting them out.  (I gave my cacti husband a beard, ha!)

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Next, on my TN page, I stamped the “We Stick Together” sentiment, then stenciled on a few clouds using tumbled glass distress ink, the My Favorite Things clouds stencil, and an ink blending tool.

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I adhered my cacti family with foam squares for a bit of dimension.  Then, I created a few layers beneath my photo with pattern papers, a label, and a scalloped piece I created using an old border punch.

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Finally, I added my photo to my TN spread, and added a few more details with sentiment stickers, the year, and a heart paper clip.

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Super easy spread, but I LOVE the way it turned out!  Perfect for the intro of my Travelers Notebook!

I hope I’ve inspired you to get crafty!  Have a lovely day!

Happy Thursday!

Memory Planner post, featuring Sweet Stamp Shop!

Hey guys!  I’m here with a Memory Planner post today!  My Ruby turned ONE recently, and I wanted to document her 12 month milestones in my planner.  She had a donut party, and some of Sweet Stamp Shop’s products are perfect for this planner spread!  I am using the Sweet Stamp Shop Baby Plans stamp set and my Happy Planner.

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First, I stamped out a bunch of images from the stamp set that I thought I might use, colored them using my Copic markers, and then fussy cut them.  (How perfect is that banner for Ruby’s name?!)

Here is my planner, all decorated:

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I used photos from her invitation photo session, and I also included a copy of her invitation.  Once I layed out where I wanted to place everything, I decided to do some masked stamping on her party day, Saturday the 21st.  I took some post-it notes, and masked off the other areas of the planer using the lines of the planner as my guide, and leaving the spot I want to stamp open.  I used the party hat and a small star repeatedly in the space with pink ink.  (I also used the small party word that’s from an old Sweet Stamp Shop planner stamp set.)

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The best part of masked stamping is pulling off the masking (post-it notes in this case).

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Next, I added the “months old” and “year old” stamps from the Baby Plans stamp set.  I also added some washi tape; I used the number candles from the Celebrate set and donut washi from an older Sweet Stamp Shop set.

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Next, I added the photos.  I also printed out the “Donut Worry,” which is actually meant to be an iPhone wall paper, and is a free download you can find on the Design + Happiness blog here.  I also glued the invite to a piece of pattern paper, and attached it to the planner page.

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To finish off my planner, I added in the stamped images from the Baby Plans set, a few stickers from my stash, and did a little journaling about her milestones.

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I love the little label with a baby face on it.  It’s perfect to write in a birthday time or an appointment time.  I stamped the Happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Birthday stamp set above the invite.  I also stamped and colored the Unicorn Donut…perfect for her donut party!

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That’s it!  I hope you liked my planner spread!  I want to use the Baby Plans stamp set in a mini album.  I took monthly photos of my baby girl, and this stamp set would be great for a mini album of those photos!

I hope I inspired you to get crafty!  Have an awesome day!

Happy Thursday!

 

love your kind heart card

Hey friends!  Happy September!

Today, I’m on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog with a rainbow butterfly card featuring this Honey Bee stamp set.

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We could all use a bit of rainbows and sunshine in Texas right now.  In my neck of the woods, we just had lots and lots of rain all weekend, but I know Hurricane Harvey devastated other parts of our state.

TGIF!