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Carefree Christmas

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This week the challenge is

Anything Goes

We are showcasing Penny Black Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp will be giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can enter 5 times which means you can make 5 different projects following this week’s prompt and have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! Sounds like a win/win to me!! I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Happy Thanksgiving week everyone!! I’m sure many of you have crazy, busy days this week like I do so I’ll keep this short and sweet. I made a simple card for this week’s challenge, but I absolutely love it!! This image by Penny Black is just so darn adorable!! The stamp set is called Carefree Christmas.

I sure wish I was having a carefree week!! Every year I participate in a craft fair that starts the day after Thanksgiving so every year the week before Turkey Day and the week of, are insanely hectic!! I’m trying to get all my craft fair stuff done by the end of today so I can dedicate tomorrow to helping out my Mom. She does most of the cooking and opens their house to all 20 of us (that’s siblings, spouses and kids) so the least I can do is head out there early and help her as much as I can. Thanksgiving is my favorite Holiday so I don’t want to be stressing about what I still have left to do for the fair.

I colored my image with copic markers and then used the Falling Snow stencil by SSS over the top. I used Unicorn Dust for the snow on the ground and also on Teddy’s hat and little Mouse’s hat. I went over all the metal parts with Nuvo Crystal Glaze to give it that shiny look.

I used the largest Stitched Rectangle Frame by Lawn Fawn with Tonic Scarlet Organza Mirror Card for that beautiful red. I cut it out 4 more times using white card stock to pop it up for some dimension. Then I attached it to a top folding card base.

  So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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Stamping Bella Mermaid Shaker

Hello crafty friends!! Please join me for a new challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  

This week the challenge is:

Bling It On

We are showcasing Stamping Bella Products this week.  If you have any of these products, we’d love to see them used, but it’s certainly not a requirement to join the challenge. 

As always, the generous folks at Simon Says Stamp are giving away a $50 voucher to one randomly selected winner to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store.  You can join 5 times which means you have 5 chances to win a shopping spree!! All you have to do is take out your crafty supplies, make something following this week’s prompt, and add a link in the Inlinkz at the bottom of this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. Sounds like a win/win to me!! Good luck to everyone! The Design Team is looking forward to seeing your crafty makes and will pop around to visit you ASAP!

I’ve linked all of the supplies that I used at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.

Well I hope everyone is enjoying all of the fun Stamptember goodness that’s been going on so far this month. Starting off with the latest SSS Exclusive Stamptember release. WOW!! If you haven’t seen it yet, click here. And I just saw the new Art Impressions line and I ooh’d and awe’d my way through it. So much cuteness!! I gotta mention the AWESOME collaborations, of course. It’s so hard though because every day there is a new collab, so I don’t want to jump and order the first thing I see, but if you wait, you risk it selling out!! I’m trying to refrain from placing a new order everyday. Can you imagine?!!? I think my hubby would divorce me…

Ok, back to my card that I made for this week’s challenge. I had so much fun making this card. I’m just so excited to be crafting again!! I had to do a little bit of everything for this card. I did some ink blending, stenciling, copic coloring and of course I had to turn it into a blinged out shaker card.

I ink blended Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot distress inks. I used the new Liquid Stardust by Lawn Fawn to splatter my background. What a beautiful product that is. I can see myself using it on many cards. Then I used the Ocean Scene Builder stencil by Honey Bee Stamps. I love that it comes with 4 different stencils!! I used one of the rays stencils from the set with Delicata White Shimmer pigment ink and the 2nd rays stencil from the set with Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste. I cut my window out using a die from the Rounded Rectangles Infinity dies by Hero Arts, making sure I left enough room around the frame for my foam tape. Then I Copic Colored my images.

Next I worked on the acetate. I used Heat Resistant Acetate and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Magical Unicorns stamp set by MFT. I used my Anti-Static Pouch generously to make sure that the embossing powder wouldn’t cling horribly to the acetate.

I used foam tape to build up my shaker window. I decided to use 2 layers of the foam tape because I popped my mermaid up with foam squares so that the sequins would fall behind her, so 2 layers were necessary so that the shaker bits could move around freely.

Doubling up the foam tape like that left more room to see around the background piece or the negative part of my rounded rectangle cut. It was bothering me to see the white card base through the sides of the shaker and around the outer edge of my card (I even tried a black base but I wasn’t satisfied) so I quickly ink blended the same distress ink colors onto my top folding card base so that the the colors would all be cohesive no matter which angle you look at it.

I placed my sequins and jewels inside my shaker and closed it up!

Since this challenge is all about the bling, I decided to add a few Iridescent Bubbles by Studio Katia over the top of some of the bubbles that I heat embossed on the acetate. I absolutely LOVE these bubbles. I think they were that finishing touch that my card needed.

  So now it’s YOUR turn. Happy Crafting!!    

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You Have My Heart

Hello friends!! Since St. Patty’s Day is just around the corner, I have a very green card to share with you today. The theme this week at Always Fun Challenges is “Shades of Green” and this card certainly has a lot of green!!  As green as it is, I still love it simply because you cannot go wrong with Purple Onion Design images.  Everything that comes out of that company is absolutely adorable.

If you’d like to see what I created for the last challenge, click here.

This card was riddled with mistakes but at the end of the day (or rather 2 days) I’m happy to report that I was able to salvage it.  Well, it wasn’t so much mistakes that would ruin the card, it was more like I did things, time consuming things, that I really didn’t need to do.  Starting off with masking the two critters before I stamped the background when all I really needed to mask was Buttercup the Bunny’s ears.  But do you know how long it took me to fussy cut that darn mouse and his curly tail?!?  Longer than it should have, we’ll just say.  And then I had to do it all over again!!

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As much time as I spent on this adorable mouse, it was well worth it.  I just love this little character.  And I love Buttercup just as much.  See how cute they both are?

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I used Bristol Smooth paper for this card and it was interesting to watercolor on.  The color just kind of sat on top of the paper, which was fine.  It was just interesting to me.  I’m used to the Tim Holtz watercolor paper or the Arches or even Strathmore.  All of those papers suck up the pigment pretty quickly.  But the bristol is so smooth, I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it or not.  I would definitely use it again for watercoloring though.

After watercoloring the background, I tried a few different mediums for the critters.  First I tried watercoloring them on some scratch bristol paper and I didn’t like the outcome so I moved on to colored pencils.  I just recently learned how to color animals in my Kit and Clowder monthly coloring class, but these animals were just a bit too small for a newbie like myself to try and get that much detail out of them.  So I finally settled on my trusty Copics.  I love coloring with Copic markers.  I used X-press It Blending card which gives me the best results when I’m using my Copics.  Then I just glued them over the top of the masked images I had previously stamped.  I even colored the images behind the top image because I was planning on popping both or at least one of them up on some adhesive squares, but I didn’t like that either for some reason.  This card really was a trial and error project.

I heat embossed my sentiment with some gold embossing powder, added some S.N. glitter pen to the red heart and lastly I tried to sabotage the entire thing with a big glob of Glossy Accents.  IMG_2348-copy

Before I go, I would love for you guys to check out my YouTube channel.  I’m doing a really fun collaboration with Candace Gillespie of Candace’s Canvases and I have the first step uploaded on my channel.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  If you’d like to join us at the Always Fun Challenges blog, you can either click here or click on the link in the sidebar to upload your creation.  We have a new theme every week that is open to everyone and I’d love to see your creations over there!

See ya next week!!

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Trust Your Journey

Hi guys!!  This was an interesting challenge for me this week.  The theme at Always Fun Challenges is Travel and at first I was going to make a masculine card with my Stampin Up Traveler stamp set, but then I remembered I had this super cute image by Stamping Bella called Squidgy on a Journey that I’ve never even inked up yet, and well, I just had to put her to work instead.

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I recently signed up for the Kit & Clowder monthly coloring class for both alcohol markers and colored pencils so I put my new skills to the test.  You can see the sunset background class is what I practiced on this card.  I am loving these classes!!  So much information and Alyce is a really great instructor.  If you’re wanting to improve your coloring techniques or interested in learning how to color like a pro, I highly recommend taking a class or two from Kit and Clowder.  Or sign up for the monthly classes like I did. They even have a couple of free classes that are packed full of really great information.  That’s what got me hooked!!  I thought I was pretty good at Copic coloring until I took this class. This is only my 2nd month of the subscription but I have nothing but praise so far. I’m not 100% happy with this background, but for my first time practicing it, I’m ok with it. If you do sign up for a class, let them know that I sent you.  You get a little thank you for referring a friend.

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I used TONS of Copic markers which I will add to this post as soon as I can.  The boy’s had all last week off of school so I’m trying to get everything ready tonight.  We went dirt bike riding all day on Sunday so I didn’t get my laundry or shopping done until 10pm!!  Needless to say, I was a walking zombie.  Dirt bike riding is exhausting!!  But oh so much fun.  I didn’t do a video this week because as you can see, all I did was color for this card.  I did actually record one, but even sped up, the video was like 2 hours long… of just coloring so I decided to skip a video this week.  But I’ll be back with one next week!!

UPDATED:

Copics Used:

Lavender:  BV00, BV08, BV13

Grass:  YG03, G21, YG67, G94, G99

Hills:  YG11, BG90, G21, BG93, G94

Trees:  YG11, G21, G94, G99

Trunks:  E43, E44, E47

Gravel Road:  E41, E42, E43, E44

Sky:  YR14, Y17, Y15, Y02, Y000, BG0000, BG000, B00

Clouds:  BG000, B60, E93, BV31

Skin:  E000, E00, E01, E70, E93

Hanky and Shoe:  R32, R35, R37

Dress and Flag:  BG11, BG23, BG57

Travel Bag:  E33, E35, E57, R32, R35, BG11, BG23

Wagon:  R32, R35, C2, C4, C6, C9

Tires:  C2 C4, C6, C9

Seat:  C4, C6, C9

Bike:  BG11, BG23, BG57, C2, C4, C6, C9

Suitcases (top and bottom):  W2 W4, W6 (Handle)

Middle Suitcase:  E23, E25, E27

Metal Brackets:  Y15, YR23

 

Please check out the Always Fun Challenges blog, we’d love to have you join us!!  We have a new fun theme every week and anyone can play along.  Just add your travel themed card by clicking here.

If you’d like to see the adorable baby shaker cards that I made last week, click here.

Thanks so much, my crafty friends for stopping by and I’ll see you all again next week!!

Misty

Here’s a couple pix from our ride on Sunday.  Man was it freezing!!

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Cardmaking

Note To Say Hello

Hello friends!!  Got a super easy card to share with you today.  I made this one to send to my aunt who is dealing with some health issues and I think it turned out perfectly!!IMG_4962This was actually perfect timing because I had the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge rolling around in my head which was called “Emboss It” this week so I started this card with embossing on my mind.  I used Handwritten Floral Greetings by Simon Says Stamp along with Horizontal Stitched Strips by My Favorite Things.IMG_7194.m4v.Still001I used my Copic markers to color the lovely flower (V12, V15, V17).  I wasn’t paying attention to staying in the lines because I knew I’d be cutting it out.IMG_7194.m4v.Still003It drives me nuts when I forget to do this tiny little step.  It makes such a huge difference when you’re not the best fussy cutter to go around the edge of your image with a black marker.  I used my Memento black marker to do this, but any marker will suffice.IMG_7194.m4v.Still004I used gold embossing powder on the sentiment and I really liked the way the gold looked with the wood background.IMG_7194.m4v.Still006I decided to use my favorite 40 lb. vellum from Ellen Hutson for the leaves along with the same gold embossing powder to tuck behind the flower to try and soften the overall look of this card.  IMG_7194.m4v.Still007I had originally planned on using this Clustered Leaves die by Simon Says Stamp, but I just couldn’t get it to look quite right.IMG_7194.m4v.Still008I finally realized it was the black trimmed flower that wasn’t working for me.  Once I decided to heat emboss the flower to match the rest of the card, I was on a roll!!IMG_7195.m4vSo I colored the flower once again and fussy cut it out, once again and I was back in business.IMG_7195.m4v.Still002All I had left to do was add some fun foam to the back of the card front and also behind the stitched strip where the sentiment was.  I chose a really pretty purple card stock from my paper stash that matched the flower beautifully.IMG_4974I dropped the Clustered Leaves and added a few droplets and then my card was complete!  See, I told you this one was super easy.  Hope you enjoy!!