Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Harry Potter Bookmark

My 2nd (almost 3rd grader) grader is in the middle of reading the Harry Potter series.  She's obsessed.     She's reading the 5th book right now, and I thought she might "need" a new bookmark to help keep her place.  Last month Elena from Just Me showed some adorable pictures of her daughter's Harry Potter themed birthday party. Luckily - she released the images she created for the party as digital stamps.  I think I purchased them as soon as they posted.  If her illustrations look familiar - she illustrates stamps for Neat and Tangled too.

To create the bookmark, I first imported the .png file into the Silhouette software and traced and outlined the digital image.  I then created an offset, so I would have a little border around Harry and Hedwig.   I added a rectangle and welded the traced digital image and the rectangle together.  I then added my daughter's name in the little banner and a quote to the rectangle.  I wish I would have thought to add a little circle or something to the top, so I would have had room to add some baker's twine to the top.  I cut out two bookmarks - one with the image and text printed and another plain version, so I could layer the cardstock.  I layered the two pieces of cardstock before laminating.  It helped provide a little extra strength AND it covered up any Copic ink that bled in through to the back.  

This was such a fun project and it came together really quickly.  I think it took me longer to get the text spaced then anything else.  

Have a great day!  I will be back with a few monster themed cards later in the week!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

DIY Patterned Paper

I have two cards to share with you today using an older stamp set from Simon Says Stamp.  I love the very stylized flowers and even though it is a smaller set - there are lots of options.  The flowers are rather small, so I decided to create my own patterned paper and keep the rest of the card pretty simple.  To make the whole process go a little faster, I try to color in one type of flower or leaf at a time.  Not only does it save time, but it helps create a more uniform pattern.  Once all the flowers were colored, I then went over all the lines with my Copic multi-liner pen and added some white gel pen accents.  I honestly could have probably skipped those steps, but I really like adding little details.  I actually brought the background with me and worked on it in the car while I waited to pick up my daughter from school.  I originally planned on adding little touches of glitter using my Wink of Stella pen, but I ended up adding it to ALL of the flowers. Even after all of that, I thought the background was a little flat, so I used a few warm grey Copic markers to outline all of the images and give everything a little more dimension.
This was actually the first card that I worked on and I wasn't 100% happy with how the background turned out.  I really should have added a few more flowers and I think I would have liked it a bit better.  I have seen quite a few cards using a camouflaged word die, and have been wanting to try it.  I first die cut the "you" out of the card base itself.  I then die cut the "you" one more time using white fun foam.  I added a little glossy accents over the word to make it stand out just a bit more.  

Hope you are having a great day!  See you soon with another project!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Sweet Bunny Thank You Card

Happy Friday!  I have a fun card to share with you today using the super sweet bunnies from the Mama Elephant set, Pix's Favorite.  I used watercolor paper and distress inks to create the background.  Once I had the inks blended, I used some water and Perfect Pearls to give the entire background a shimmery look.  I colored the bunnies using my Copic markers and added a few details using my black multi-liner Copic pen, gloss accents and Wink of Stella glitter pen.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!  
I should be back to a more normal posting schedule next week.    

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Thank you Teachers!

Happy Friday!  I had every intention of posting this earlier in the week, and I just didn't get around to it.  It's been teacher appreciation week here, and our school has themes for every day.  Since I haven't been able to volunteer very much this year, I tried to send something thoughtful each day this week.  Thursday was school supply day and it's ALWAYS my favorite.  I love office supplies, so I always jump at any excuse to pick out cute supplies.  In the past, I have used glass etching cream to personalize a canister, but this year I took pity on Nicole (she is always so nervous transporting glass) and found a cute plastic container from Target.  This year her classroom is decorated with owls, so I used my Silhouette to cut out some vinyl to decorate the canister.  Monday's theme was "sweet treat," and I decorated a clear plastic insulated cup almost identically to the canister.  I completely forgot to photograph it, but you can imagine that it was super cute.  I filled it with some drink mixes because I knew she would get a ton of candy.
To make the gift a little more special, I added some decorated paperclip bookmarks.  I found these giant paperclips at Target and I used one of my favorite Peachy Keen Stamp sets - Smartie the Owl to create little bookmarks.  To make them a little more sturdy - I added glossy accents to the front and back.  I ended up making 5 of the little owl bookmarks and added some baker's twine to top off the rest of the paperclips.  

Here a few other ideas that would be perfect for teachers any time of the year:

Ribbon Wreath (with a video)

If you check out the "Crafts" page on my blog, there are lots of other gift ideas too! 

Hope you have a great weekend!  I will be spending it enjoying my new shade garden that I planted this week.  I am trying to become a better gardner.  I may be the world's best sweet potato vine grower, but I am trying to branch out this year...although I still added some to the flower beds in the front.  For the shade garden, I used three types of hostas, some pink and green caladiums and white impatiens.  I eventually want to extend it all the way across our backyard, but I figured it was smarter to start small first.  I always have such good intentions in April and May when the weather is nice, but by the time August rolls around I tend to lose my will to water.  The heat and I do NOT get along well.  I also have a tiny vegetable garden, and my fingers are crossed that it performs better this year.  

Happy Mother's Day! 
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Unicorn Happy Birthday Card!

Happy Friday!  Sorry that the blog was quiet this week - a nasty cold hit our house last week, and I am just now feeling more like myself.  You know it's bad, when you have new stamp sets to play with and you haven't touched them.  Before I got sick last week, I did manage to make another unicorn card using the super cute Unicorns and Rainbows set from Mama Elephant.  I did a little ink blending to create the night sky and then distressed it with a little water.  Almost everything (including the little vellum clouds) got a little coat of clear Wink of Stella.
I couldn't resist inking up these cute unicorns again.  Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week at my daughter's school, so I have a couple of ideas floating around.  I'm hoping to get everything finished this weekend, and hopefully I will have a few ideas to share next week!  Hope you have a great weekend!

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

You're a Wizard!

I mentioned in my last post that I got some Primsacolor pencils, so I've been working with them since they arrived.  I have been frustrated waiting for retailers to start stocking Copics again...holy moly - when will the shortage end??? (I obviously realize that this is a very small problem in the context of the world, but #firstworldcrafterproblems.)  Out of my impatience, came the desire to try out colored pencils, but woah...I had no idea how tricky they are.  I kept this card pretty simple, because - I felt like the image is so detailed that it really needed to be the focus.  I remember seeing a stamp or a tag on Pinterest a long time ago that said "This took me forever."  I think I may need that for any project that I use Prismacolor pencils to color.  That might send the wrong message to the recipient...maybe.  But seriously...this took forever.   
Here's a close-up of the finished image.  I love this sweet little girl from Mo Manning - my daughter is in the middle of reading the Harry Potter series (side note: HOW is that possible???  She was TWO when I started this darn blog.) so I thought this image would be perfect for her.  I didn't use anything other than the pencils themselves to blend the colors...no Gambsol or baby oil.  I love the effect you get, but it is definitely time consuming.  Once I finished coloring, I went back in with a black pencil and deepened some of the shadows and then I added black gel pen over some of the details that disappeared under the colored pencil.  There were a few little smudges right around the little girl's hair, so I outlined the top of the image with white gel pen to help make those disappear.  Luckily...I think it helps make the image stand out even more against the kraft cardstock.  To add a few more special details, I added little pops of white gel pen and some clear Wink of Stella pen.  The sentiment is an old vinyl rub-on from when I served on the EAD Designs DT.  EAD Designs is no longer in business, but I will link to some similar options.  

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you are having a good week so far!  Nicole and I are playing hooky this afternoon to go see Wicked!  She's so excited - I can't wait for her to see it!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Feel Better Card

Happy Tuesday!  I have a pretty simple get well card to share today.  This week's challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Let's Do the Polka."  There a few crafty things that I will love forever...polka dots, kraft cardstock, white gel pen, and faux stitching.  Craft trends will come and go, but I think I will love those four things forever.  

I originally planned to paper piece the little tea cup and saucer, but I finally decided that the Copic colored stamp looked even better.  I stamped the kraft cardstock with some Frayed Burlap Distress ink to create a little patterned paper.  

 I will have a few more posts this week.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I got some Prismacolor Pencils last week.  I thought that they would be super easy, but boy was I wrong.  I completely underestimated how long it takes to layer all of that color.  Woah.  Thanks so much for stopping by today! 

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