Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April SOM Blog Hop - O-fish-ally Awesome

Welcome to the April Stamp of the Month Blog Hop: O-fish-ally Awesome. You should have come from Kim's blog. If you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a full list of participants.

I love this stamp set. I had a great time coloring all the little images then clumping together to create this deceptively simple card.

Here's a close up so you can see the shimmer on the images. I used both the Sapphire Shimmer Brush and the Clear one.

I started by stamping the images in black and coloring them with pencils. I then cut them out. I layered them, continuing to add as many as it took to create the collage. I didn't glue it down though, because I wanted to stamp the sand in Toffee ink first.

After everything was glued down, I flicked the shimmer pen over the top. I decided to add clear shimmer over everything except the sign.

Whenever I make a Clean and Simple card, I try to create as much interest as possible. On this card it was with lots of coloring. I used at least three colors on every image. On the seaweed, I used two colors of green and a bit of brown for the fun of it. Adding the shimmer was another way of creating interest without adding "weight" to the overall card.

FYI, if you decide to recreate this card, you'll want to stamp your sentiment on the sign before you color it. The waxy finish on the colored pencils will resist your ink.

Now it's time to move on to Michelle's blog. Keep clicking through to all the stops so you don't miss any of the fabulous inspiration from these talented crafters.

Until next time,

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

March/April New Product Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Product Blog Hop featuring products in the March/April catalog. You should have come from Darlys' blog. The hop is a circle, so if you get lost, head to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

I fell in love with the new Operation Smile set, You Make Me Happy, as soon as I saw it. Of course, part of that might be that my granddaughter is arriving any day now, and my daughter is decorating her nursery with foxes. I adore all the little animals in this set. I chose to use the owl for this card.

I went pretty simple because I was heading out the door for a trip to the Grand Canyon and needed something fast. I love how the stitched frame thin cuts dress this up in such a quick, easy way. I used some paper from the new Mix-Ins paper package. I colored the image with pencils which - after taking a class recently - have become my current favorite coloring medium. I added small flowers from the stamp set to fill in all around. It's great plain as used here, but has the added bonus of being stampable as I did on this card.

The best part about this stamp set is that a percentage of the sales goes toward providing cleft palette surgeries, saving lives of children all around the world.

Your next stop is Kim's blog. Be sure to hop all the way around to glean all sorts of inspiration.

Until next time,

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March Stamp of the Month Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Family Legacy Blog Hop. You should have come from Jen's blog. If you ever get lost, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

I made two cards for today's hop. The first one comes with both a warning and a bit of hope. Here's the warning: sometimes it takes a long time and a lot of fussing before a project works. Here's the hope: almost everything is fixable.

My original card didn't include the dark brown center panel. It was the lighter panel which I'd fussed with quite a bit. I started by stamping the floral corner in Toffee. I then random stamped "Love" and a few of the other images in Peach ink. I didn't feel like it showed up well but was willing to go with it. I then white embossed the floral corner, offsetting it from my original stamped image, and the Congrats sentiment from what I consider a staple of my crafty stash, Melissa Esplin Sentiments. This set is in the Core Catalog and is always on my desk.

Once that stamping was done, I created the background panel.  I stamped Love and it's coordinating small definition from Family Legacy in Toffee and the corner floral in Peach over top of the butterfly paper in the new Mix-In's Paper. Here's a close up of the corner so you can see that slight texture of peach on peach.

I then glued the light brown panel to my peach colored background, both of which were first run through the Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts. Then I started fussing. I'll spare you the gory details. Suffice it to say that I was never happy with it. There just wasn't enough color contrast. So...I created a second center panel by white embossing the sentiment and floral corner. I planned to just glue it over top of the light panel but, after fussing some more, decided I liked the offset look. To embellish, I stamped a small image from Family Legacy in Toffee over the White Ribbon. After everything was glued together, I kept looking at it and looking at it and looking at it. I wasn't happy until I created that little heart by white embossing the same image used on the ribbon over Smoothie paper and cutting it with the small heart that comes in the new Seas the Day Cardmaking Workshop. Maybe I should have done it in Peach cardstock to keep the colors the same, but I kinda like the little pop of Smoothie.

This card took a long time, but here's more good news...

...the leftovers made this card come together in a snap. I already had the Smoothie cardstock out, so I just stamped the floral corner in Espresso first, embossed "Love" in white over the top, and cut it out with the largest Stitched Heart Thin Cuts. (NOTE: be sure you let your background ink dry and then use an anti-static pouch over your paper before embossing. I forgot that my first attempt and ended up with white powder clinging to my flowers. It wasn't a good look and is why there's a qualifier on my earlier assertion about things being fixable. It wasn't, so I went with my other rule to live by: it's only paper!)

To create the banner, I stamped the coordinating sentiment in Espresso on a scratch piece of paper and cut it out with my Microtip Scissors. After gluing it to the heart and foam mounting both over top of my two leftover frame pieces from the first card, I added some sequins to bling it up.

And now I have two wedding cards ready to go!

Speaking of going, your next stop is Kathy's blog. The hop is a circle so keep going until you see all the inspiration provided by these remarkably talented ladies.

Until next time,

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Stamptacular Stamp + Thin Cuts Sale Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop in this blog hop featuring stamps from CTMH's Stamptacular Sale going on now through the end of the month. You should have come from Jen Rubio's blog. The hop is a circle, so keep going until you get all the way through, and if you get lost along the way, head over to Melinda's blog for a complete list of participants.

I decided to feature one of the stamp sets which is exclusive to the sale. I didn't get it years ago and have regretted it on more than one occasion. I was thrilled to see it make a come back, so it went in my cart right away.

Instead of using coordinating thin cuts, this set works with a Cricut. It coordinates with the Art Philosophy cartridge. The images are free for Cricut Access subscribers but would only require purchasing only two images for non-subscribers.

My color choices were inspired by the current challenge over at Color My Heart. I used Lemonade, Nectarine, and Candy Apple. And since we're talking flowers, I'm also entering this in the Heart2Heart Say It With Flowers challenge. I went a little crazy, so hang on...

The sentiment on this card comes from the Where Happiness Blooms stamp set.

The swirls on this card come from another stamp set brought back just for the sale, Love Life. I haven't used it in a long time, so it was fun to pull it out to create a background for these flowers. The paper on the bottom is Lemonade cardstock cut to 3/4 inch wide with a Zip Strip from the current Mix-Ins paper suite glued over the top.

These two cards feature just Hooray Bouquet partnered with both the frame and panel cuts of the middle sized Square Stitched Frame thin cuts.

Here's another card using only the stamps from Hooray Bouquet but this time using very different colors. I used a card pattern from Make It From Your Heart, Vol. 4. This is card pattern #4. I've used paper from the Spruced Up paper suite and stamped my flowers in Sangria, Mink, and Julep. I added sequins and white ribbon to embellish.

Just for fun, here's one more card using Hooray Bouquet plus Love Life. I debated adding it because I couldn't get a good picture. I figured you'd rather see the inspiration. The colors here are Pixie, Lemonade, and Raspberry. I was inspired by a different Color My Heart challenge which closes today.

Whew! I told you I went a little crazy. As a reminder, the Hooray Bouquet and Love Life stamp sets are gone at the end of the month. Where Happiness Blooms will return to full price and move back to the Online Only section unless it sells out.

Now you're off to Wendy Kessler's blog. Remember to keep going to see all the great inspiration provided.

Until next time,

Monday, February 3, 2020

Bee Mine Valentines Day Card

I've been spending a huge amount of time in my craft room lately. I was diagnosed with severe obstructive sleep apnea back in December, and it took until a couple weeks ago to get my APAP machine. I'm beginning to come back to life, and the first thing I wanted to do was craft. Here's a card I made last night using the Country Bee stamp and Thin Cut (on sale in CTMH's Stamptacular sale for only $5).

I saw someone else use the bee with "mine," which I thought was cute, so I made my own version. I used scraps from last year's CTMH Valentine's Day paper collection for my background banners. It's difficult to capture in a picture, but I splattered pink shimmer over the card panel before adhereing the bee and sequins. The bee was stamped in Sapphire ink, lightly colored with color pencils, then covered with Liquid Glass. That last thing was an accident. I meant to only put a dot of liquid glass down to adhere my bow, but I squeezed too hard and it blobbed all over. I went with it, using my finger to smear the liquid glass over the entire image.

Off to do writerly kinds of things. If I ever hope to have another book published, I need to do the hard, behind-the-scenes work of getting a proposal written.

Until next time,

Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 2020 SOM Blog Hop

Welcome to the February Stamp of the Month (SOM) Blog Hop featuring Cherishing Her. You should have come from Krista's blog, but don't worry if you started here. The hop is a circle, so keep going until you get back to where you started. Head to Melinda's blog if you get lost anywhere along the way. She has a full list of all the participants.

I adore this stamp set not only because of the beautiful bouquet of flowers but because the sentiments can be customized. I decided to do two cards which are identical except for the cardstock. Here's the first one:

I started by white embossing the images on vellum paper. I then colored on the back side of the vellum with alcohol markers making sure I didn't take the color all the way to the edge. That extra white space makes the coloring look classy.

Here's a close up of the glitter dots I made. I started by adding Diamond Stickles Glitter Gel. It dries flatter than I wanted, so after they dried, I topped them with Liquid Glass.

The circle background die is in the Annual CTMH catalog which is good all year. I also used a banner die which was available as part of a special promotion back in September but is still available in the Online Only section of my website. There are only a few left of this background and banner set, so go here to order yours. The Online Only section has many "oldies but goodies" - as does the Clearance section - so be sure to check out both of them.

Here's the second card I made using the same circular background die, this time in Linen cardstock over white cardstock:

It was difficult to capture in a photo just how soft and pretty this card is. I LOVE how it turned out.

I used slightly different colors and made one boo-boo...I colored on the front side of the vellum on the little orange flowers. If you look closely, you can see that the white outline isn't crisp on them.

Because my sentiment didn't show well against the white and Linen background, I colored the back side of the vellum with the same pink markers I used on the largest flower. I colored with the medium tone first right behind the words then filled in around the edges with the lighter tone to fade it out. Look closely and you can see where I also smeared some of the Diamond Stickle Glitter Gel over the top of the sentiment on both this card and the first one. It will warp the vellum, but I wasn't worried about it.

I adhered the vellum to the backgrounds with Liquid Glass. A thin coat is all you need, and it dries pretty clear. If you're super fussy, add dots of Liquid Glass behind the flower centers and at various small points where the white embossing will hide it.

By chance, my colors match the current Color My Heart challenge, so I'm entering the second card over there.

Remember that February is Stamptacular month. There are some AWESOME deals--including some long-retired but still fabulous stamp sets which were brought back specifically for this sale. I think every stamp set, including those with coordinating thin cuts, is on sale. It's incredible. All items are while supplies last, so shop early for the best selection, and your sales go toward the $50 minimum to get Cherishing Her for only $5. Click HERE  to be taken directly to the sale. 

Now you're off to Michelle's blog. Be sure to make it all the way through the hop as the talent from these consultants is always inspiring.

Until next time,

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Quick and Easy Bee Card

Popping in quickly to show you a card I made for my upline's color challenge this week: Charcoal.

I cut the hexagons from retired Hawthorne paper, but you could use any patterned paper cut into hexagons using a Cricut or punch. I glued them to some white cardstock then cut it out with Rectangular Stitched Thin Cuts. I used those all the time!!

I stamped the bee in Charcoal ink, colored his body and wings lightly with colored pencils--one in saffron for the body and one in julep for the edges of the wings--then added Clear Shimmer Pen to the wings. After cutting the bee using the medium size Stitched Bracket Thin Cuts, I added the sentiment from Say It In Style, also in Charcoal ink. To touch up the wings, I outlined parts of them with the Pewter Journaling Pen. I placed the bee where I wanted him (without glueing) then used Liquid Glass to adhere a few Julep Sequins, added Burlap Ribbon attached with Mini Staples, then foam mounted the background panel to my card base. I used more foam tape to adhere the bee over the ribbon and DONE!

Busy day so gotta run.

Until next time,