Thursday, May 12, 2016

Monotone Botanical Blooms


Hello!

I hope all is well in your corner of the world!  It SNOWED here last night...I'm more than a little confused as to how we can go from +30 degrees Celsius last week to the -1 degree I woke up to this morning!!  Oh well, its a perfect day to feel guilt free about creating because it's too cold to do much outdoors!  I'm finally feeling like I have some of my creative mojo back and I'm running with it!

Have you picked up the Botanical Blooms bundle yet?  When I seen it in the Occasions catalog it immediately went to the top of my must have list.  I ordered it with my first order and when it arrived I lovingly placed it at eye level on the shelf in front of my work station so I could use it first chance I got.  And there is sat...for close to three months.  I'd fell into a huge creative block black hole and I couldn't dig myself out.  I only completed what I absolutely had to and it was by no means my finest work (thus the lack of sharing here on the blog).

I decided that it was for the best if I took a step back for a while from card making and I'm so glad I did!  I began working on sorting through 10 years of photos and started my Project Life journey (stay tuned for an upcoming detailed post on just that!) knowing that it would only be a matter of time before I missed card making.  It took a couple of months but the desire to create is slowly returning. Sometimes a breather (even from a hobby you love) is exactly what is needed to get yourself back on track.

So, after all that ramble let's get back to today's card!  The Botanical Blooms and matching framelits never strayed far from my mind or line of vision after I purchased them.  I was seeing tons of inspiration from fellow stampers and when the time was right, I couldn't wait to dig in.  I decided to try a monochromatic scheme from my first attempt using just Crumb Cake card stock and ink. Because of the additional cut outs within the framelit pieces you can achieve serious dimension, even if your just using one color.  A few Stampin' Dimensionals help lift the flowers even further off the card front.


I added large pearls into the center of each flower to add a little more interest.  The images are so versatile you can literally achieve any look from a tropical paradise to a romantic vintage scene.  I'm keeping this bundle at arms reach for a long time to come!  Three dimensional projects are coming to a blog near you soon ;)

Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Botanical Blooms
Card Stock: Crumb Cake, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Crumb Cake
Big Shot: Botanical Builder Framelits, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (retired)
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Multi purpose liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope you have a wonderful day; time to put the technology away and get creating!  Until next time...
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Watercolored Birthday Blooms


Hello!

I haven't played with my Watercolor Pencils in forever and this Birthday Bloom set was the perfect choice to rekindle my love of them!  Coloring has to be the most relaxing thing ever...I guess that explains why those adult coloring books have become so popular as of late (took everyone long enough to figure out what we already knew, right?).

The pencils I used aren't anything special.  I bought them well before I was a card maker and all truth be told I don't even remember where I purchased them.  To me that's proof that you don't always need the most fancy of tools to get a wonderful result!  As long as you work on your technique you can make almost anything work, I promise!  I worked with a small paint brush to blend my colors but an Aqua Painter would have worked just as well :)

Supplies:

Stamp Sets: Birthday Blooms, Good Greetings
Card Stock: Watercolor Paper, Watermelon Wonder, Mint Macaron, Birthday Bouquet DSP
Ink: Basic Gray Archival 
Big Shot: N/A
Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Small paint brush, Fast Fuse


What is your favorite way to water color?  I'd love to hear about your own tips and techniques to achieving a water colored image!

Until next time...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Nightime Magic Shadow Box Card


Hello!

I hope today finds you well!  Today I'd like to share an interesting card fold; the Shadow Box.  I really like how it "frames up" an image.  There are so many possibilities with a card like this! Imagine pretty patterned paper running along the outer edges framing a poetic saying or a bouquet of flowers.  Or how about a landscape - trees in the foreground and a winding path that flows into the distance?  I have a feeling I might have to make another one of these in the near future!


I unfortunately took these photos on a gloomy day so the Wink of Stella doesn't show up very well.  I used it to highlight the moon so it would sparkle; you'll just have to use your imagination and trust me that its there ;)

The little fairy sitting on a toadstool is actually not a silhouette image.  I found her in my stamp stash and simply colored her in completely with a Basic Black marker.  

Supplies:

Stamp Sets: World of Dreams, In the Meadow, Fairy (origin unknown)
Card Stock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Ink: Tuxedo Black Momento, Smoky Slate, Lost Lagoon, 
Big Shot: N/A
Punches: 1-3/4" Circle Punch
Accessories: Basic Black marker, Multi-purpose liquid glue, Clear Wink of Stella


The key to creating a card like this is to stamp the entire card before its assembled so that the images "flow" from the upper to lower sections.  After you complete this step add a secondary stamped (in this case the fairy) panel to the inside of the frame to cover up the card assembly.  To get a better idea of what I mean, check out the video tutorial below so you can begin assembling your very own Shadow Box cards!  They do a great job of explaining everything so that the steps are crystal clear!


I hope you've enjoyed this unique card fold and use it as inspiration for an upcoming card!  Until next time...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Oh, Toodles!!


Hello!

My nephew celebrated his second birthday over the weekend with a Mickey Mouse themed birthday party.  I thought it was only fitting to make the card match the theme since this child is literally obsessed with Mickey.  Ask him a question and if he doesn't have the answer his reply is always "Toodles".  A card in the shape of Toodles himself seemed an obvious choice.  And I think I was right.  He opened the card and didn't give one hoot about the gift after that!

The card itself took a little extra work and fancy cutting with the Circle Framelits.  I used them more as a template than to actually cut the card stock with the Big Shot, especially with so many layers involved.  Here's a look at the inside top layer of the card (the card opens like a normal card would so I could write my birthday message inside).

I played on the word Toodles for fairly obvious reasons - it worked perfectly!


Supplies:

Stamps: N/A
Card Stock: Basic Black, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Pear Pizazz, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: N/A
Punches: Cupcake, 1/2" Circle
Big Shot: Circle Framelits, Little Letter Framelits, Little Number Framelits
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue

I hope this has given you a little inspiration mid week!  Until next time, happy creating!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Alice in Wonderland Envelope Card Tutorial



Hey Everyone!

I'm sharing a great card fold today over at Splitcoast Stampers called the Envelope Card fold.  I hope you can stop by and check it out!

I stumbled upon this card fold just before Christmas and made a few as teacher gifts (click HERE to see that post).  This time around I was much more finicky with the die cuts and punch art (I even used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a few pieces!)  Here's a few detail photos of my Alice in Wonderland creation:

This is the card folded closed.  I've added the lock on the front not only as a detail but also as a way to seal the envelope.  On the backside of the envelope I glued a die cut label as a way to add an address to the envelope for mailing.

The "flap" of the outside of the envelope becomes an area to write a message on the inside.  I added a cut out of The Queen of Hearts to use up some of the white space.

A look at the inside portion of the card.  You'll find the Mad Hatter, Alice, the Rabbit, and the infamous Red Roses along the front fold of the card while the back panels are filled with tea cups and laughing flowers.  The left hand front panel of the card was the perfect spot for a tree, a clock, and of course the Cheshire cat.

Small details add the finishing touches to the card.  Small tags with hand written labels "Eat me" and "Drink me" hang from the tree branches and one of the tea cup handles.

Photos of this card were extremely hard to take.  No matter how I adjusted the card or camera I just couldn't capture the dimensional detail.  If you'd like to see it at its best, please head over to Splitcoast and check out the photo and video tutorial there.  I hope you'll give this card fold a try - I love how something that can be so dimensional can fold up to the size of an envelope!

Have a wonderful day!  If you have any questions on the card please feel free to email me and I'll try to answer them as best I can.
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Happy Trails to You...


Hiya!

I'm craving summer and everything it has to offer (minus the bugs of course!) as of late.  Even though we've had a warmer than average winter with little snowfall I can't wait for the green!  I also can't wait for those amazing summer sunsets; so much so that I decided to recreate one of my own with this card for a couple of close friends who recently moved away.  I so wish you could see it in person because the colors look much more vivid in real life than I can ever get the camera to capture!  

Here's a quick how to:
  1. Begin by blocking off the bottom portion of a piece of Whisper White card stock with a torn post it note.
  2. Sponge Crushed Curry ink along the top edge of the post it note, concentrating the color in the center of the image.
  3. Sponge Pumpkin Pie on the upper area of the Crushed Curry and sponging all the way to the edges of the card stock.
  4. Sponge a small amount of Watermelon Wonder and Cherry Cobbler together, blending into the Pumpkin Pie.
  5. Sponge Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant in the same manner as Step #4
  6. To add a small highlight to the upper portion of the sky, sponge Island Indigo.
  7. With a second torn post it note add "clouds" to the sky with Elegant Eggplant and Cherry Cobbler ink.
  8. Stamp the mountain image from the stamp set In the Meadow along the left edge of the card stock over the post it note.
  9. Remove the post it note.  Using a Basic Black marker, color in the mountain range and the ground area (I've found this gives me better ink coverage than a sponge and ink).
  10. Add another image in the foreground.  In this case I cut a cowboy from Basic Black using my Silhouette Cameo but a tree or grassy image would look wonderful too!
Supplies:

Stamp Set: In the Meadow
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry Cobbler, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Momento Tuxedo Black
Markers: Basic Black
Accessories: Post it Notes, Multi-purpose liquid glue, Stampin' Dimensionals, Silhouette Cameo 

I hope you've enjoyed this quick tutorial!  If you are interested in seeing a video tutorial on a technique like this, please let me know.  It's been ages since I've done a video and I think this might be a good one to use as a teaching tool.

See you all again soon!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Lego Nexo Knight Clay Punch Art


Howdy!

Have you seen the newest Lego obsession yet?  If not, let me introduce you to the Nexo Knights, just released December/January.  My son first caught a sneak peek of these new "wicked cool" (his words, not mine LOL) characters in his Lego magazine towards the end of last year and went crazy with anticipation for their release.

As with most boy toys I've come across in my six short years as a mom, I haven't a clue what they do or whom their saving but it apparently requires hours on my Ipad to play a game involving shields...I'm sure he'd fill me in if I asked but I'm not sure I'm up for the explanation I'm sure I'd get LOL.

He's acquired 2 sets so far and I'll admit Lego has outdone themselves yet again.  The moving parts on these things (trust me, they look like monster blobs on wheels) is pretty amazing.  I love watching him build and watch his excitement as he gets closer to finishing.

In honor of his new obsession I wanted to see if I could re-create at least one of the characters in punch art form.  I imagined it would go fairly smoothly since I've made a couple Lego characters in the past.  Well, was I wrong.  This guy took hours to create and figure out.  They are extremely detailed and layered.  If you follow any of my work you'll know that I don't like to leave any details out, to a fault most times, which turned against me on this one!

All that being said, once I figured out a system of assembly the second one I created went much quicker.  I created a template that took all the guess work out of what went were and what needed to be drawn/colored.  I love the creative process but its so nice to have a simple trace and cut method to fall back on if I want to re-create one of these again.

Here's the first card I made Griffin for Valentine's Day.  I think he would have looked awesome on a Step Card or a Card in a Box but I opted for a simple card this time around.  The great thing is he is so versatile simply because he's in punch art form; you could even leave him free of a card so he could be used on a Lego scrapbook page!


If your interested in trying your hand at Clay, I have a tutorial for purchase in my Tutorial Store. Included in the tutorial I have tons of step by step photos for assembly, as well as a template for each piece that I've hand drawn and cannot be "punched".  There is also a "breakdown" sheet included so you know exactly how pieces you should have (40!! on this particular guy), what color the pieces should be along with a sponging color guide.

I'm sure any Lego fan would love to have this one - and he's so new you'll be a "wicked cool" card maker who is waaaaay ahead of the times! LOL

Supply List:

Stamp sets: N/A
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Night of Navy, Hello Honey, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
Markers: Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Basic Gray
Big Shot: N/A
Punches: Owl Builder, ½” Circle, Word Window
Misc. : Template, Carbon (Transfer) Paper, White Gel Pen, Tombow, Paper Snips, Sponge Daubers

  

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