Little Star

Hi, crafty friends. Somehow we’ve made it back to Monday, which means it’s the start of a new week. I’m hoping, if you’re feeling the Monday blues, that you’ll get a little happiness in this Penguin Palace card I made for today’s post! Let’s jump right in.

img_2661I started the card for today by stamping out all of the sweet little images from the Welcome, Little One and colored them in with my Copic markers. I die cut them out and set them aside.

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I just LOVE how cute these images are! So sweet. I took a circle die from YNS and die cut it from a 4×7 panel that I had of white, 110 lb card stock, and put kraft card stock behind it where the circles were cut out. Then, I arranged the images in a cluster at the bottom of the circles, and put the start in the top “corner.”

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Everything was adhered down with glue and then I heat embossed the sentiment “twinkle twinkle little star” with gold embossing powder and die cut it with its coordinating die. I put that on with foam adhesive so that it stuck out a little more.

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To finish the card I used my white gel pen to add some dots and details on the images, and then my card was complete! I hope you like the card for today πŸ˜€ This size is not one I’m used to, but it was a special request from a friend. It was fun to do something a little out of the ordinary! Be sure to head over to the Penguin Palace shop and check out the Welcome, Little One stamp set and more! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Your Next Stamp Challenge

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great start to your weekend! I’m back today to share a card that I made for the Your Next Stamp challenge #105. Today’s challenge theme was “let’s see smiles.” Isn’t that a fun theme to create around?? Here’s what I came up with..

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I created a Distress Oxide ink background by blending Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries over the surface of an A2 size card panel. Then I took a stripe stencil and laid it on top of the inked piece, and sprayed my water bottle over it. I love how this added some distressed looking stripes. I also splattered Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany and an opaque white paint over it for texture. I due cut one of the So Many Squares dies from white card stock and adhered it over the top of my distressed panel.

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Next I stamped out the cute food from Carnival Food Fun, and colored them in with my Copic markers. They were die cut using the coordinating dies, and I popped them on with adhesive, only using foam tape on the popcorn. When I stamped out the glasses I wanted them to be those 3D glasses that you used to get back in the day, so I colored one lens red and one blue! I think these goofy little characters would make anyone smile!

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To finish off the card I heat embossed the sentiment from the set on some black paper and trimmed it down. I also used foam tape to adhere this to the card. And then my card was complete! Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and see the rest of the team’s cards and inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment over there to enter yourself for a chance to win a prize! Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again with another card soon!

 

I’ve Got Somefin to Say!

Today I’m sharing a circle card featuring ink blending and Copic coloring!

Hi, everyone! It’s Cassie here, and I’m back to share another card with you today. Ever since I saw Sindhu’s cute circle shaped card waaaaayyyy back when the last release first came out, I knew I had to try making a circle scene card. I’m so happy with how it turned out. I started by die cutting the largest circle from the Stitched Circle die set from a piece of 110 lb white card stock. This would become the background for my card. I die cut another of the largest circles, and this time used one of the Slopey Joes dies to create a hilly portion that would become the sand. Both of these pieces were colored using ink blending tools. The blue portion was made using Chipped Sapphire, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon. The sand was made using Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber and Frayed Burlap. I did splatters on both of the pieces in some of the colors I mentioned, as well as with a white opaque paint. I love to splatter things up, and it added the perfect texture for this card! I also die cut some of the Stitched Stones dies and added some ink and splatter to them as well.


Next I stamped out all of the images from the Oceans of Love stamp set and colored them in with my Copic markers. I didn’t end up using every image that I colored, but the ones I didn’t use I just put in the stamp set sleeve for the next time I go to use that set! I added some white gel pen accents and die cut them out with the coordinating dies. Then I started arranging my scene!

Once everything was laid out I adhere it all down with some glue. A couple of the images were popped up with foam tape. Next, I die cut four of the Thanks word die from a light blue card stock and adhered them together. I adhered that down to the center of the card, added some shimmer pen and glossy accents and let it dry. For the small strip sentiment, I heat embossed the stamp on some darker blue cardstock, die cut it with the Strips of Ease die, and popped it on with more foam adhesive. As a finishing touch I added some white Nuvo Drops around the card, and adhered another circle die with a folded flap to be my back/inside panel to the card. And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed the card I created. Do you make a lot of uniquely shaped cards? I love them, but I don’t do nearly enough! I appreciate you stopping by today, and I’ll see you again with another card!

 

 

Bee Happy

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday. I’m back to share a bright and cheery card for Penguin Palace! It’s weird to think that the holidays are over and it’s time to move on to the next seasonal project. But that’s just what I’m doing today by sharing a Valentine’s Day card with you!

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I started the card today with a background die that created polka dots from a piece of white card stock. I ink blended yellow ink from Catherine Pooler onto the die cut panel and adhered it to a piece of black card stock. I also die cut a scalloped circle from the lower right side to highlight my scene. Then I got inky!

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I stamped out a handful of the images from the Bee Happy stamp set. These cute little bees and the scene building images are so fun. I love all the possibilities this stamp set provides! Once I had colored everything with my Copic markers, I die cut them out with the coordinating dies.

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I also stamped out some of the trails with red ink to make it more in the Valentine’s color realm. The images were arrangedΒ  to make a little scene of these two cuties exchanging Valentine’s Day presents. I wanted the sentiments to match the ink color of the trails, so I took the same red in and swiped it across some heavy weight white card stock until it was completely covered. To finish the sentiments I heat embossed two of the sentiments from the set on the red inked paper and then trimmed them down. They were adhered with foam tape.

img_2585To finish the card I added some pink and white Nuvo Drops and tucked some gold string beneath the beehive and under the scalloped circle. That finishes my card! I hope you liked it. Do you think it’s too early for Valentine’s cards?? I have to admit, it’s never too early for me. I’m always behind, so getting a head start always helps πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great rest of your day, and I’ll see you again soon!

Your Next Stamp Preview

Happy New Year! I hope you’re all having a great start to the new year πŸ™‚ I’m back today share a card that I made that previews the new release from Your Next Stamp. This new release is so cute, I love it all!

IMG_257533 I used the new Brew-Tiful Day stamp set along with the Peek-a-Boo Heart Door Die set for this cute card. I just love that it has images for coffee and tea in it. There are tons of sets for coffee or tea, but that you get both in this set is awesome!

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I can’t wait for you to see more from this amazing release! Thanks so much for stopping by today, and be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog to see the rest of the team’s beautiful creations! I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying your day, and for those who are celebrating Christmas that you’re having a lovely Christmas Eve! I’m popping in quickly today to share a card that is quick and simple. It’s perfect for that last minute card you need, and I whipped it together in no time.

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I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle the size of an A2 size card from a piece of Penguin Palace’s Red Carpet card stock. This is a textured, heavy weight card stock that is the perfect red for Christmas cards-and I can’t wait to use it for Valentine’s day! Next I die cut some letters from the center in an arch. I die cut the word ‘merry’ and adhered the red piece of card stock to a card base. I made sure to save the inside pieces of the R’s to adhere as well.

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Next I took the stamp from the Spooky Halloween set that said “eat drink and be spooky” and did some masking so that spooky was cut off and instead it read “merry.” I love being able to use my stamps in a lot of different ways, and this was the perfect mash up!

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To finish it off I stamped and colored one of the sheep from Cuddly Sheep’s Season’s Greetings and fussy cut him out. I popped him onto the card with some foam tape and the card was complete! That’s it for my quick and simple card today! I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚ I hope you’re all have a wonderful holiday season!

Merry and Bright

Today I’m sharing a no color card featuring stencils, dies and some heat embossing!
Hi, crafty friends! It’s Cassie here, and I’m back to share a card with you just in time for Christmas. Today I’m branching out and sharing a card that has no coloring. You heard me right! No. Coloring. This is such an unusual card for me because I always love to color at least one thing on a card, but I had this idea and I had to run with it. I started by die cutting the pine tree from the Forest Builder Dies three times from a piece of A2 size white card stock. I made sure to get the middle one as close to the center as possible, and then evenly spaced another on each side. It’s not perfect, but I honestly don’t think it needs to be! I’m not someone who measures unless absolutely necessary, but if that’s your thing you could definitely go that route to make them even.

Next I masked off sections of the front of a card base so that I could do my stenciling on it and the different colors would only be visible in each tree section. I used the Candy Store stencil with the colors Lucky Clover, Spun Sugar and Candied Apple Distress Oxide inks to create the pattern that would be seen through the open die cut areas. I stamped the Merry & Bright sentiment from the Holiday Sentiment Duo set in VersaMark ink and heat embossed gold embossing powder over it. Then I attached the panel to my card base so that it lined up, and those stripes were seen through the die holes.

To finish the card I die cut the trunk from some brown card stock and adhered it to the tree with some liquid adhesive. I added some Glossy Accents to it to give a little interest. I finished the card by adding some colored mini balls that I have from Michaels as ornaments. I used colors that went with the color combo for the stripes, and each tree got a green, pink and red ball. And that is it for my card today! I hope you enjoyed it. It was fun to venture outside my comfort zone and make a card with no coloring πŸ™‚ What is outside of your comfort zone that you’d like to give a try? Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you all have a happy holiday season, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

 

Warm Winter Wishes

Hi, crafty friends!Β  I’m back to share a non traditional holiday card with you all. Sometimes I get a little sick of the typical holiday color combos, so today I went with pastels and I ended up really liking it! Let’s jump right in.

I started by stamping the two ladies from Right at Home’s Cuppa Friendship stamp set at the bottom of an A2 size card panel. I used my Copic markers to color them in, and added a straight line using my ruler across the bottom to look like they sitting at a table together. I loved coloring these two in! There is a lot of detail you could go into with all the lines in these images, but I kept it somewhat simple, only using a few different colors for each girl. I added detail with my white gel pen to each image. Then I created masks for the two girls and ink blended some Milled Lavender Distress Oxide ink that faded towards the top. It’s really subtle, but looks lovely in real life.
Next, I die cut the Sending die from Heffy Doodle from the upper section of the same panel. On my card base I ink blended the Catherine Pooler ink color Icing on the Cake, so that it would show through where I die cut the sending die. I also die cut another sending die and ink blended Over Coffee ink from Catherine Pooler over it. This die cut was adhered offset from the one I die cut from the panel so that the darker brown ink looked like a shadow. Then I added glossy accents to the die cut word to make it pop even more.
To finish the card I heat embossed the sentiment from the Heffy Doodle set Elfing Christmas Words on some Vanilla Malt cardstock from Lawn Fawn with gold embossing powder. I adhered it with foam tape and my card was complete! I hope you liked this non traditional holiday card for today. Be sure to head over to the Butterfly Reflections Ink shop to pick up any of the products you’ve seen on my card and many more! Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy holidays!

 

Your Next Stamp Challenge 104

Hi, friends! I’m back today with a card for Your Next Stamp’s final challenge of the year. For this challenge the theme is “anything goes.” I decided to take one of the cards I made towards the end of the year last year and recreate it. Here’s a look at the new card.

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I started the card for today by doing a whole lotta ink blending πŸ™‚ I grabbed a piece of 110 lb card stock that was cut down to A2 size and picked my colors. Last year I used Distress Inks, but for today’s card I changed to Distress Oxide Inks. IΒ love both inks, but the blend on the Distress Oxides isΒ amazing. I started with Chipped Sapphire, and worked through Seedless Preserves, a little Picked Raspberry and Scattered Straw. Once that was all blended I splattered water and white paint over it. (Making sure it was dry between layer). Finally, I used the Scripty Love Die Set hearts to die cut a pattern out of this piece. You may have noticed from yesterday’s card that I used some of these hearts on that project!

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Next, to finish off the background, I die cut one of the small 3×3 Snowflake Panel Die and used the snowflakes from it to adhere around the panel. I made sure to have some go over the card edges and trimmed them so that it looked continuous. I stamped the sentiment ‘warm wishes’ from the Sweet and Fun Holiday in VersaMark ink on black cardstock, and heat embossed white embossing powder over it.

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I stamped out one of the adorable bird houses from Home for the Holidays set and colored it in with Copics and die cut it. It was popped up with foam tape after I attached a string of gold thread to the house and taped it behind the background panel. I just love those little birdies decorating their house πŸ™‚ Here’s a look at both last year’s card and the one for today.
016fIMG_2505And that’s my card for today! Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and see the rest of the teams projects as well as to find out how you can play along with us and even win a prize! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I will see you again soon with another card!

Winter Wishes

Hi, everyone! I’m back with a fun and wintery shaker card to share with you. This is one of my favorite cards that I’ve made this season, so I’m really excited to share it with you. I started today’s card by putting together the shaker portion of the card. On an A2 size card panel I used the First Snowfall Stencil to create a snowy hill in the background. In the end it isn’t super noticeable, but I do like the variation between the top and bottom. To create the top portion of the shaker I die cut the largest rectangle from the Imperial Stitched Rectangles from a piece of white cardstock.
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Then I die cut two of the smaller rectangles from the center of the piece. I did the larger one in the center, and then two of the smaller ones on either side. To create the walls of the shaker I did a double layer of foam tape around the perimeter of the card, as well as under the panels between the three rectangles that were cut from the top piece. For shaker bits I used some white puff balls that I found at my local craft store. I thought they looked like snow balls!

Once the shaker was put together I worked on the elements that were layered on top of it. I stamped a bunch of the images from the Wanna Build a Snowman stamp set. This is one of my favorite stamp sets from the last release. Those penguins are SO cute! I colored them all in with my Copic Markers, and fussy cut them out. I also die cut out three of each the Winter and Wishes dies to layer them for the card. I glued all the layers together and colored the top layer with my Copic Markers. This is a great way to make sure that your die cut words match your project perfectly!

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Finally, I adhered everything down to the card and added some white gel pen accents. I also gave these two penguins each a snow ball so that it looked like they were having a friendly little snow ball fight! πŸ™‚ Aren’t they adorable??

IMG_2215g.jpgAnd that was my card for today! I hope you enjoyed it. I have to admit, I wish we had as much snow as the penguins on this card do! They make it look so fun πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for stopping by today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!