Pamper Yourself

Hi, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I’m back today with another card for Penguin Palace. I guess I’m on a bit of a mermaid kick, because last week I made a mermaid card, and I made another one for this week! Let’s take a look.

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Today’s card is a pretty easy design that utilizes the masking technique for a fun little scene. I started the card by stamping the shopping bag image from the Let’s Catch Up stamp set. I created a mask and continued to stamp it along the bottom to look like mounds of shopping bags and boxes. The trick to make it not look like the same exact image over and over again is to turn the stamp set to the left or right, or move it up or down when stamping the next image. That way you have a variation and the heap looks more natural. I colored them all in with my Copic markers.

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Next I ink blended some blue ink over the rest of the card panel so that it looked like water. I used a blender brush and faded the ink towards the bottom. I didn’t bother masking all of the bags, instead I was just careful not to go over them and got as close as I could to them. I don’t think you really notice that it isn’t perfectly blended up to the image lines! It saved me some time!

IMG_2949I stamped the cute shopping mermaid from the set as well and colored her in with Copics. I fussy cut the image out and adhered it to the card with foam tape for some dimension. Then I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment from the Take A Break stamp set onto white card stock. That was also adhered with foam tape. The final touch was to add some white gel pen details. Most of the bags and boxes got polka dots or stripes on them, and the mermaid got some high light lines. I always love adding this detail, because it does so much to give interest to the scene! That’s my card for today. I hope you enjoyed it!! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Friends

Hi, friends! Happy Saturday. I’m so happy it’s the weekend. Time to get crafty! I’m back today to share a card I made for Create A Smile. I’ve been really into the spring cards lately, and I think it has to do with not getting enough sunshine! So, today’s card is very bright, springy, and sunny!

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I started the card for today by taking a piece of 110 lb white card stock and doing some masking. I used the Cart Full of Treasures stamp set for this. There are some adorable potted plants in this set that I thought would be perfect for sunny scene. I stamped them along the bottom of the card panel, masking them off so that they could overlap. I colored them in with my Copic Markers.

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Next I used the Focal Point stencil and created a sun burst above the flowers. I used Fossilized Amber for the stencil, and then I blended some in from the sides to add some warmth and color to the rest of the card. I didn’t bother masking off the flowers, instead I just faded the color towards them.

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Over the top of the sunburst I heat embossed the large ‘friend’ stamp, from Friends Like You, with white embossing powder. To finish the card I heat embossed the remainder of the sentiment onto a small Scalloped Rectangle die from CAS. I attached that with some foam tape, and added some white gel pen details over the card, and it was complete! I hope you enjoyed this sunny card for today made with Create A Smile products!

 

Easter Balloons with Craftin’ Desert Divas!

Hey, everybody! I’m back with another new release card for Craftin’ Desert Divas February release. I LOVE this cute new stamp set called Easter Balloons. It’s so so sweet, and was so fun to color. You may see my card and wonder why in the heck it’s called Easter Balloons, but you should know I used the stamps in a way that made them not look like balloons. It just goes to show the stamp set is versatile!

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I stamped out some of the images from the set and colored them in with my Copic markers. I went with bright, fun colors for these images as I wanted it to be a very cheery card for spring. Once I was done coloring I fussy cut the images out. I trimmed off the strings of each balloon image, and used a white gel pen to hide the black lines anywhere that was necessary.

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For my background I did one of my most favorite techniques as of late: stenciling. I used the Hill Scene 2 stencil as well as the Burst stencil to create this sunny background. I also did some paint splattering to add some more color and texture to the background.

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I added the images that I had colored to the card with foam tape. Then I grabbed a sentiment from the All Together stamp set and heat embossed it at the bottom with white embossing powder. To finish off the card I added a couple of sequins from the Lollipop mix, and my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this look at the new stamp set Easter Balloons! Be sure to check out the Craftin’ Desert Diva’s social media for more great DT projects! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

You Make My Heart Super Happy

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great first week of February. I love getting into this month and prepping all of my Valentine’s Day cards. Today I get to share a card I made for Your Next Stamp’s Valentine Series. The design team is all creating projects for Valentine’s Day! There have been a lot of fun projects already, and I have another one to show you today.

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For this card I really wanted to create a card that had a ton of the cute Your Next Stamp cats and dogs on it. I also really wanted to use some traditional Valentine’s Day colors. I started the card by ink blending Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink onto an A2 size card panel. Using a blender tool I made the color fade to the top in an ombre effect. I love this color, and it turned out so perfect. Next I took the small, solid heart from the new Carnival Food Fun stamp set and stamped it all over the panel. Sometimes I stamped directly on the panel and sometimes I stamped it off before putting it to the paper. This gave a variation of intensities. I also splattered the panel with some water.

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Next I die cut one of the So Many Squares Panel dies. I thought having all of the squares was going to be too busy (I already had a lot going on, and it was only going to get more crowded!) So I cut out the center squares with my scissors. I love that you could do this in a lot of different ways to make the die just what you need! I adhered it straight down to the ink blended panel. Next I stamped and colored a ton of the cats and dogs from COOL Cats, Paw-some Pups, and the Photo Booth stamp sets. I love all these critters separately, but together they are like their own little gang of friends 🙂 I stuck to the same two color combos using a cool gray and light tan Copic combo. I also made any of their collar etc. a bright pink. I trimmed everyone out, and arranged them how I wanted them on the card panel.

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Once everyone was in place and adhered, I just had some finishing touches to add to the card. I heat embossed my sentiment from the Whatnot Sentiments Set Eleven with white embossing powder and ink blended more of the Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide over it to match. That piece was trimmed down and adhered to the card with foam tape. Then, I ran the Floating Heart Panel Die through my die machine and used some of the hearts to add to my background. I put them all over and used them to fill in any places that I thought were bare. I also did this with gumdrops from the Sugar Rush Sparkly gumdrops set and the Watermelon Part Sparkly gumdrops set.

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To add just a little more detail, I drew in some white gel pen accents and then my card was complete! I hope you enjoyed this card I created for the Your Next Stamp Valentine’s Series! Be sure to keep an eye out for more projects from the rest of the design team 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Flurries of Happiness

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to my blog! Today I’m sharing a cute card I made for Your Next Stamp’s newest challenge. The theme for the new challenge is “winter colors.” When I think of winter colors, for some reason I always think of blue. So that’s what I went with today! Here’s a look at my card. IMG_2720.jpg

I started the card by stamping and coloring the cute snow family from the Flurry of Happiness stamp set. When they were all colored, I die cut them with the coordinating dies and stuck them on one of the Cool Tag Four die cut tags that I had ink blended some Tumbled Glass on.

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For the background I ink blended Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxides. Once I was happy with the blend I spritzed it with water, used a towel to dry it off, and splatter it with white paint. I wanted it to look like a snow storm! For my sentiment I heat embossed a sentiment from the set onto a Washi Tape die and adhered everything to the card panel! And that was it for this card! Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and get all the details on how you can play along with us! Plus, check out the rest of the teams projects and get inspired 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again with another card soon!

Sending Hedge Hugs

Hi there, everyone! Welcome back to my blog. Today I’m back to share a card I made for Penguin Palace that is quick and simple! Sometimes you’re just in a hurry and I have some go-to techniques that look great, but are really quick.

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To start out, I ink blended a background with Dried Marigold and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink. These blend so beautiful. It’s still a work out on your arm, but it goes pretty quick! And you can customize what colors you’ll end up with because of the large variety of Distress Oxide colors. I splattered some white paint on the background to give it a little interest, but that too was simple!

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Next I took the Hedgehogs In Love stamp set from Penguin Palace and stamped out the two cute hedgehogs you see. I picked them because I thought they looked like a cute little couple. I stamped them with my Copic friendly ink, and colored them in with some very simple Copic color combos. There isn’t much to these little critters, so coloring took no time at all! I made sure to try to match their accessories to the background to make it look more planned out and cohesive. They were die cut and set aside to be attached later.

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For the panel they’re sitting on, I trimmed down a piece of white 110 lb cardstock and used a stitched die on the top and bottom to add some nice detail. The addition of this took only minutes, but added such a fun element to the card! Then I stamped the sentiment on the lower left side and adhered the hedgehogs.

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The strip was attached to my background, which was attached to a card panel and this card was done! Like I said, quick and simple! I hope you enjoyed the card for today. If you think these hedgehogs are as cute as I do, be sure to check them out in the Penguin Palace shop! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great day, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Craftin’ Desert Diva Release

Hi, everyone! I’m back to share a card that I made for the Craftin’ Desert Diva release!

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I love the new Love Your Mug stamp set!! The mice in this set are too cute and I love the sentiments that go along with it. I started today’s card by creating a rainbow burst with the Burst stencil. Each section was blended with a different color ink. I stamped the sentiment in the middle of it so that it would be the focal point. Beneath it I put all of my little mice which I colored with Copics and fussy cut out.

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Don’t forget to use the coupon code for your orders! This new release is so so cute, and you won’t want to miss it! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope you enjoyed the card for today, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

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 😀 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!

 

Oh My Gourd

Today I’m sharing a card that that is super easy to create, and uses the adorable Veggie Patch stamp set!

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Hi, crafty friends! I hope you all had a wonderful week so far. It’s Cassie here, and I’m back to share a fun and easy card with you all! I’m coming off of my holiday crafting and needed a little break from it, so I whipped up this cute veggie thank you. It was so fun to color these sweet vegetables!

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I started today’s card by die cutting the largest of the stitched rectangle dies from the Imperial Stitched Rectangle die set out of some 110 lb, white card stock. I used a Copic friendly card stock and ink. I stamped the veggies from the Veggie Patch stamp set to the left of the card panel, leaving a portion of the panel open for a sentiment. Once They were all stamped, I colored them in with Copic markers and added some white gel pen accents to give them a little more detail.

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Next, I stamped the two hearts from the set with some tan dye ink all over the background. I liked the way this looked, but wanted to fill it in a little more, so I took a Copic marker in a similar color and added dots all over the background as well. An important tip about stamping out a background like this is to make sure some of the hearts look like they’re going behind the vegetables. That way it looks like a continuous pattern! I did this the lazy way, by using a post it note to mask the images as I stamped over them so the ink didn’t go over the portion I had colored in with Copics.

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To finish off the card, I stamped out the sentiment “Oh my gourd” on a piece of the 110 lb white card stock with VersaMark ink. I heat embossed white embossing powder over it, and then I ink blended some Walnut Stain Distress Oxide ink over it. I did the same with the cute little word bubble from Whatcha Sayin’ Now and die cut them both out. For the sentiment strip I used the Strips of Ease die so that the sentiment was cut perfectly.