You Are Souper

Hi, everyone! Happy Monday. This week is going to be a busy week for me, so I decided to make an encouragement card for today’s Penguin Palace post. Anyone else needing a little encouragement to get through Monday? Let’s jump in!

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I started the card for today by die cutting two of the Cross Stitched and Dots Large and Small die sets. The larger one I die cut from some light gray card stock and the smaller from some white card stock. I love the detail that these dies add to a card. It’s so sweet.

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Next I did some creative masking to stamp out the “you are” sentiment from the Get Well Soon stamp set. I love searching other stamp sets to create my own sentiments. To finish the sentiment I die cut some of the Heffy Doodle alphabet dies to spell out “souper” from white card stock. I colored the letters in with my Copic markers for a fun pop of color.

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Finally, I stamped out the chef from the It’s Your Day and colored him in with my Copics. I used the coordinating dies to cut him out and popped him onto the card with foam tape. And that finished my card for today! I hope you enjoyed this creation, and that it brightened up your Monday a little 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by today. I’ll see you again soon with another card!

My Favorite Things Challenge!

Hi, everyone! I hope you are all having a great Wednesday. I’m back today to share a card that I made for My Favorite Things’ newest challenge! I’m beyond excited to be joining them as a guest for the month of March for their weekly challenges. Today’s sketch challenge is a simple, but so sweet one. Take a look.

MFT_WSC_427.jpgI tried to get creative with this challenge and here’s where that took me:

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I love balloons on birthday cards, but I didn’t really have any stamps or dies that were big enough to work with the sketch. So instead I used a ton of little images to make the shape I needed!  I started by tracing a cup very lightly in pencil on a piece of A2 size white card stock. Then, I took images from the Birthday Chicks stamp set and stamped as many as I could, using my mini Misti, inside the circle. Next, I started grabbing all the itty bitty images I could find and started arranging them inside the circle and stamping them as well. I used Puppy Kisses, Beast FriendsBitty Bears, and Frightfully Sweet. Once I had fit as many images inside as possible, I stamped the present from Bitty Bears as my balloon tail.

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I colored all of the shapes in with my Copic markers, trying to make all the same shapes the same colors to stick to one color scheme. To fill in the balloon shape, and really give it definition, I used my Copic markers in BV00, BV01 and BV02 to add dots within the circle. I focused on making them denser around the outline, which helped with creating the shape. Once I was done with the dots, I erased my pencil outline. Using my ink blending tools and Some Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar Distress Oxide ink, I ink blended the outer edges, fading the color towards the balloon. This really helped highlight the balloon shape and added some beautiful color to the card. I splattered some watered down white paint over the ink blended portion, protecting the balloon with my hand.

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My sentiment was from the Yay For You stamp set. I heat embossed  it onto some vellum paper, and trimmed down to be strip. I used my scissors to cut the cute banner end. At first, I had a white piece of paper with the heat embossed sentiment, but I didn’t like that it covered up so much of the balloon’s images, so I switched to vellum. This way you can see more of the fun details! I cut teeny tiny strips of foam tape and adhered them behind the letters on the strip. Then I added that to the card with my T-square ruler. To finish the card I drew in a balloon string, added cute white gel pen details and Glossy accents to some of the images, and adhered the card panel to a card base! That’s it for my first sketch challenge for MFT. I hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch! Be sure to head over to their blog to see all the great inspiration, and I’ll see you again soon with another card!

Your Next Stamp March Preview!

Hi everyone! It’s time to share the March preview for the Your Next Stamp release! I can’t believe it’s March already. Where did February go? It’s all for the best though, because the March release is so fun! Let’s take a look at my project.

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How sweet is that cute raccoon?! I think he’s going to be adorable on some spring cards. Also, how amazing is that background panel die?!? Instead of die cutting it I embossed it into some sky blue card stock. I just love the flowery pattern and the awesome texture it gives. Be sure to head over to the Your Next Stamp blog and see the rest of the team’s creations for the preview! And don’t miss the full reveal tomorrow! Thanks so much for stopping by, and I’ll see you again soon with another card 🙂

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!