Peace, Joy, and Mad Love holiday card, featuring Mama Elephant

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing a holiday card I made using Mama Elephant stamps.

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I am a dog Mom 100%, but when I saw the Oh Kitty Tree stamp in Mama Elephant’s new release, I had to have it!  It is so cute!  I also used the snow flakes and the sentiment from Mama Elephant’s City Sidewalks set.

I will have these stamps and supplies linked below.

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To make my card, I first stamped the kitty tree image with gina k. amalgam ink onto neenah white cardstock.  Then, I colored the image with copic markers.  I didn’t keep track of all the colors I used, but I will list as many as I can remember.

110, C7, C5, C3, C1, C00, W1, W00, E70, E74, YR27, Y21, E50, E21, R20, R24, R46, R39, BG02, BG05, RV21, RV04, & RV06.

After I colored all the kitties, I was undecided on how I wanted to finish my card, so I created a poll on my Instastories on whether I should fussy cut the image out (I didn’t purchase the coordinating dies), or whether I should color the background and make it a one layer card.

Going along with the majority, I decided to carefully fussy cut the image…it was really tough going around the ornaments the kitties on the edges were holding, but I managed to do it!

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Next, I decided to concentrate on the background.  First, I used an ink blending tool to get some distress ink on the background.  I used Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, and Spun Sugar…my favorite combo for winter skies.  Then I used Perfect Pearls shimmer spray to get some shine on the background.

Once fully dry, I used some of the snowflake stamps from the City Sidewalk set with white embossing powder to heat emboss the images.

On a separate piece of white cardstock, I used the “peace. joy. and mad love” sentiment from the City Sidewalk set and gold embossing powder to heat set the sentiment.  Then I die cut a snowy hill using the landscape trio dies.

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I put all my background elements together using some foam tape for dimension.  Then, to add an interactive element to my card, and a little bit more fun, I attached the fussy cut kitty tree to my background with an action wobbler.  I will have a video in my Instagram if you’d like to see it in action.

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I love love love how this little card came out!  It’ll be hard to let it go, LOL!

 

Here are links to a supplies used:

Mama Elephant Oh Kitty Tree stamp set:  ME, BRI

Mama Elephant City Sidewalks stamp set:  ME, BRI

Mama Elephant Landscape Trio:  ME, SSS

Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb:  SSS

Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies:  SSS

Gina K Amalgam Ink:  SSS

Copic markers: BRI

Distress Ink Chipped Sapphire:  SB

Distress Ink Salty Ocean:  SB

Distress Ink Spun Sugar:  SB

Perfect Pearls:  SB, BRI

Ranger White Embossing Powder:  SB

Ranger Gold Embossing Powder:  SB

Action Wobble Springs:  BRI

 

Happy Wednesday!

 

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a Pair of Cards, featuring the Spellbinders October large die of the month kit.

Hello friends!

Today I’m sharing 2 cards that I created using the October 2018 Large Die of the Month from Spellbinders.  You can get all the information about the kits and how to join on their website here.

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I absolutely love these metal dies!  Living in Texas, you see a lot of trucks, and I think the older ones are so photogenic, so to speak…

The truck die reminds me of a truck that I like to take photos of, on, in… here is an example:

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This photo is from a few years ago.  Isn’t the truck, my girls, and my baby bump cute?

Back to the cards…

I used colored cardstock, silver cardstock, glitter paper, and pattern paper to die cut the different elements of my card.  Before I glued everything together, I used distress inks to age the truck, and a few Copic markers to add just a little bit of shading.

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For the Christmas card, I used distress inks to create a chilly, early morning background.  I added some snow flurries using white ink.  I hand cut a snow bank, and added another sentiment.  Then, I attached the entire thing to a white card base, added red & white twine, and called it done.  I love how this card turned out!!!

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For the Fall card, I used pattern paper and green cardstock for my background.  I used the same sentiment as the Christmas card.  I mounted it all with foam adhesive to a craft colored card base, added a string orange and white twine, and I was done.  I really like how the plaid paper really gives the card a farm/country look.

This die kit is awesome!  You could make so many different cards with it, because you get so many different pieces!  These would make perfect masculine cards too.

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I really love how these 2 cards turned out!  Don’t forget to check out the Spellbinders shop for more goodies and inspiration!

Happy Saturday!

Grateful cards, featuring Spellbinders

Hello friends!

Today I am sharing 2 more cards featuring Spellbinders stamps and dies.  If you remember, I shared 2 cards in this post.  For these cards, I used the Spellbinders Grateful Stamp & Die set.  What a cute set!

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Here is card 1:

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For this card, I stamped and colored the images with Copic markers, then die cut them using the coordinating dies.  For the background, I used distress inks in cracked pistachio and mermaid lagoon; I used an old makeup brush that I had lying around to create a softer ink blended look.  I splattered it with water, and dabbed up the water drops with a paper towel to create bleached out spots.  I stamped the sentiment, then cut down the cardstock to size.  I adhered the images at different levels: I adhered the flat grater with glue, the pyramid grater with a foam square, and the cheese with 2 foam squares stacked on top of each other.  To add more interest, I drew a wonky frame around the edge and added a few sequins.

Card 2:

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For this card, I repeatedly stamped the images on a piece of white cardstock, and colored them with Copic markers.  On a piece of black cardstock, I heat set the sentiment with Versamark ink and white embossing powder.  I trimmed the 2 pieces to be the same width.  First I adhered the stamped background onto a white card base with fun foam and double sided tape.  Then I adhered the sentiment piece with foam tape.  To finish off my card, I added a few sequins and star sequins.

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I really love how these cards turned out!  Check out the Spellbinders shop for more goodies and inspiration!

Happy Thursday!

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!

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!

a set of Altenew Peony Blossom cards + a giveaway!

Hello friends and welcome!

Today, I’m sharing a set of cards featuring the new Altenew Build-A-Flower Peony Blossom stamp and die set.  The set includes 15 stamps and 8 dies.

BAF Peony Blossom squareStop by the Altenew blogs, and leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate.  There will be 6 winners total, 3 on the card blog, and 3 on the scrapbook blog.  You can also leave a comment here on this blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will draw a winner on February 16, 2018.

I made 2 cards with this stamp and die set.  On one card, I used both the stamp and dies, and on the second card, I used the dies only.  This set is so versatile, and can be used on a variety of cards and projects.

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I used distress inks, and the sentiments are from the Altenew Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossom stamp and coordinating die set, which I featured in an earlier blog post.

Make today beautiful:

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To make this card, I blended some various colors of distress inks on a big piece of white cardstock.  Next I die cut some flowers, stamens, and leaves.  Then I stamped the second layer of stamps with a slightly deeper ink on the flowers and leaves.  I put together the flowers with foam squares for dimension, and curled the petals and leaves.  I die cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock, and stamped my sentiment.  I adhered the florals, and popped the whole thing on a white card base with fun foam.  To finish my card, I added sequins and Nuvo drops for added embellishment.

Wishing you a lovely birthday:

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I made this card the same way as the first, but I didn’t add the second layer of stamping.  I also added some gold ink splatters instead of sequins and Nuvo drops.

I really love how my cards turned out.  The set is great, but I love the dies especially.  They would be great on scrapbook layouts as well!

The Peony Blossom Build-A-Flower has a slightly different approach than our conventional Build-A-Flower sets. The stamp set has three five-petal flowers accompanied by a shading layer and a center layer. You may use these flowers as is, or layer them to create dimension. The matching dies will cut the flowers all the way to the edge without leaving a border. This will help in shaping the petals to the desired dimension when using a shaping tool (don’t have a shaping tool? You can use the domed end of a pen or pencil!). We included an additional flower die and stamen dies to help you create realistic blooms! Even though we named the set ‘Peony Blossom’ since the petals were loosely based on Peony petals, you can let your imagination run wild and create different types of flowers!

This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.  A peony blossom and ink bundle is also available.

BAF Peony Blossom and Ink Bundle

Here is the layering guide:

BAF Peony Blossom Layering Guide

BAF Peony Blossom Sample 3D Flower

That’s it for me!  Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to leave a comment here and on the Altenew blogs for the giveaways.

Happy Monday!

Altenew Sakura Blossom birthday card

Hello friends and welcome to my blog.

Today, I’m sharing a birthday card featuring the new Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossom stamp and coordinating die set from Altenew.  This was such a fun set to play with!  Stop by the Altenew card or scrapbook blog for a chance to win one of 4 $30 gift certificates.  Leave a comment here on this blog post for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate.  I will draw a winner on January 24, 2018.

 

The Sakura blossom is a lovely Japanese flower, and is known as a cherry blossom in some parts of the world. “Sakura” is derived from the Japanese word for “bloom” – “saku.” In the United States, tourists travel to our capital, Washington D.C., to see the flowers bloom at the annual cherry blossom festival. This stamp set features layered cherry blossoms and leaves, and the accompanying die have score details to help you create 3D flowers. This special product is only sold as a set, not individually.  A Sakura blossom ink bundle is also available.

Sakura Blossom and Ink Bundle

When I saw this stamp set, I could picture fragrant blossoms falling from the sky (I’ve never seen it in person, but I have seen it on TV shows, mainly Korean dramas), so I made a birthday card with sky, cloud, and flower blossoms.

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I was also inspired by the color palette on a pencil that I picked up a while back in the target dollar spot.

To make my card:

  1. I stamped out the layered flower blossoms and leaves with a subtle tone on tone effect using…pink for the blossoms, and light blue for the leaves.  There is a guide on the back of the stamp set to help you out, but this layered stamp set was pretty easy to figure out.  For the final stamp layer, I used Versamark ink, and heat embossed it with rose gold powder.  I also used a glitter marker, and colored in the blossoms for a pretty effect.
  2. I dicut the blossoms and leaves, then lightly folded up along the crease lines, creating a 3d flower.  I also stamped out some red ink onto a piece of white cardstock, then die cut the middle piece of the big flower out of the inked up piece.
  3. To make my background, I used some distress ink to ink blend the background on a piece of die cut white cardstock.  I added some water droplets, and then dabbed some of the ink color up with a paper towel.
  4. I die cut a cloud from another piece of white cardstock.
  5. I stamped the sentiment using Versafine ink, and heat embossed it with clear powder.
  6. I assembled my card using foam tape and glue dots.
  7. I added a few enamel dots, and a few droplets of clear glitter novo drops to finish my card.

 

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I absolutely loved using this set to make a card.  The 3d flowers are so pretty, and the set was really easy to work with!  I love the way this card turned out!  This one might be a little tough to put in the mail, but it is perfect to personally give it out.

Don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate, and on the Altenew blogs for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate!  I will be announcing the winner for my blog on January 25, 2018.

Happy Wednesday