Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thank you SugarPea Style

Hello everyone,
I needed something cute and quick and I love this new SugarPea Designs Caring Hearts Clear Stamp and Die set. I started by cutting out the white card with the MFT Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle and then I cut out the Heartbeat die with a piece of cardstock covered with red washi tape foil then inlaid it into the white rectangle. I stamped the sentiment with black versafine ink and heat embossed with clear to give it some shine and I placed it all on a piece of black cardstock on an A2 card base.
Overall I am so happy with it all.
Have a great day, see you soon!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Freshly Squeezed Bear Hugs

I made this card a while back and it was sitting in a "safe" place waiting for the perfect reason and person to send it to.  So my Grams recently fell and broke her hip and I thought, well this is the reason and the person to send this card to.  I sure hope when it arrives she loves it.
I used the fabulous Concord & 9th Hugs Bundle and white embossed the citrus slices then gently water colored the background with my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I colored the bear with the Zigs as well and then "fussy" cut him and popped him up a bit on the front. I also used the Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops in clear all over the front.  I then placed the white colored panel on a black A2 card base.  On the inside of the card I used the "Consider yourself freshly squeezed" sentiment.  As a note, I generally use a separate piece of note paper and write Grams a letter and then use a small piece of washi to hold it in, that way she can keep the card or re-purpose it if she wants to.  Since I started to make cards she has been my biggest fan and it has been a great way to stay in touch, as California & Iowa are not all that close, sometimes she enjoys sharing them and sending them on and sometimes she keeps them, but no matter what I am happiest if I know I made her smile.  On that note, see you all soon and thanks for checking out my blog!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy Birthday Crazy Dog Style

Hello everyone,
My niece had a birthday and I broke out the Tim Holtz Mini Crazy Dogs Stamps and designed this card around the whole idea of just using the cute dogs.  Then I pulled out the MFT Stitched Triple Peek A Boo Windows Die-Namic and some wood grain card stock and the idea became more concrete.  I colored in the dogs with PrismaColor Premier Color Pencils and cut the sentiment out of glitter paper with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Celebration Dies. Overall pretty simple, but really like the end result.

See you all soon!

Monday, January 2, 2017

No Prob-Llama Birthday Card

So we celebrated my youngest son's birthday a few weeks back (he turned 23) and I needed something fun and funny, just like him, so I went to my trusty MFT Llama Love Set.  I took a standard A2 size card base in white and stamped the funny birthday sentiment down below and then cut an arch from the Die-Namics Stitched Arch Stax and blended some distress ink onto it for the background, then stamped out a llama and his pack and some cacti, colored them in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens and then die cut them with the matching dies from MFT.  I popped up some elements with foam tape and left some flat for dimension and put the card together.  Pretty simple and yet so fun.
See you soon!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Christmas Reindeer 2016

Merry Christmas!
I made this card for my crafty BFF with the Stamping Bella Rudolph with a Present on Top Rubber Stamp and matching Die.  I colored with Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils and then popped the image up with fun foam, also cut out with the matching die, on a die cut piece of Kraft paper die cut with the MFT Die-Namics Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle Stax.  I sponged the edges of the Kraft paper with Tim Holtz DistressInk in Ground Espresso.  The cute Christmas background paper was in my stash and I just distressed the edges with ground espresso as well.  I used a touch of Crafter's Companion Clear Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle on the red bow/ribbon and ornaments and the tops of the ornaments were colored with Kirarina Wink Gold Metallic Glitter Pen.
The colored pencil and sparkle do not show as well in photos as they do in person, but I love this card and cannot wait to give it to my BFF.
See you all soon!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Magical Christmas 2016

Hello everyone,

When Simon Says Stamp released "Magical Christmas" stamps and dies it was a must have on my list! My husband is a licensed flooring contractor and owns his own company with our eldest son and the logo is a grizzly bear, so this was perfect for this years Christmas cards- little did I know that over 60 cards were needed and that was quite an undertaking.  I hope the recipients/customers love them.  I did switch up some of the background paper, but the design stayed the same.   So the consensus from my husband and son - these turned out awesome!  (But as a side note, my personal Christmas cards were actually purchased this year) I really need to start this project for next year, right now! 
Stamps and matching dies from SSS, "Magical Christmas"
My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Oval Stax in Kraft cardstock
White A2 size card base
Background Christmas Paper from my overgrown stash of papers
Bear stamped in Tsukineko Memento Rich Cocoa
Bands stamped in Memento Dew Drop Ink:  Lady Bug (red) or Cottage Ivy (green)

I took lots of pictures- so enjoy!
See you soon!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle

Good evening,
So this month has flown by and it is almost over... what happened?
Anyway, I asked to join a "Holiday/Christmas" card swap a while back, and said I would love to make 5 cards.... and guess what? I made 6, progress I tell ya! So this is the design I came up with, and since the swap is a new thing for me, after I made 6 cards, I ran out to show my husband.... and then asked him if he thought anyone would get offended by the sentiment, he laughed and said "no, I think you will be okay" and then he added "cute card"  So, first off, he made me feel better and secondly, it has to be the season of giving right, he used the word "cute" 
I also tried something really new, I wanted lots of sparkle but was not sure wink of stella would do it, so after coloring with copic markers I pulled out the most gorgeous Tonic Garnet Red Nuvo Glimmer Paste and applied it over the hat, bow and little berries with a tiny paint brush... oh, my- this is such a gorgeous color in person! Then I also took the Tonic Moonstone Nuvo Glimmer Paste for the pom pom and fringe on the Santa hat and a drop of Crystal Accents on the ornament.
The sentiment and images are from Avery Elle, and might I add adorable, and I used the matching dies to cut the images out.  I stamped the sentiment with my MISTI tool and cut out the arch with the MFT Stitched Arch Die-Namic die.  The paper was just Christmas paper out of my stash.
I am so happy with how these turned out.
I hope the close-up shows the glimmer from the Nuvo Paste- it is amazing!
See you soon!