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 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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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Thinking of You + Watercolor Video

I have a simple card to share with you today AND a short video.  I had a request to show how I use the "ink smooshing" technique to create watercolored backgrounds.  I don't think I'm doing anything particularly unique, but I hope that it's helpful!  I also have a quick tip for what to do with those backgrounds that don't quite turn out as intended.

Here's a close-up of the card and as I mentioned in the video - I did ruin the card base that I showed in the video due to some shoddy stamping on my part.  The second time around - I DID NOT make the same mistake and used my MISTI stamping tool for all of the stamps.  I stamped each image once or twice in black ink and then again in Versamark ink.  I heat embossed the sentiments and images using clear embossing powder to make them stand out a bit more against the bright background.  

All of the images and the sentiment - including the polka dot embossed black accent use the stamps from the Simon Says Stamp set, Sending Happy Thoughts.  It's an older set, but it's so useful and I still use it often!  I am participating in the current Wednesday Challenge over on the Simon Says Stamp blog.  Simon Says Stamp is celebrating it's 7th Birthday with a challenge showcasing Simon Says Stamps products.  I don't always use typical "happy birthday" sentiments on birthday cards, and I think the "thinking of you" sentiment works perfectly for lots of occasions...including a birthday.    


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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Blossom Birthday!

Hello there!  I have a quick shaker card to share with you today.  I had intended to use this card to participate in the March PaperSmooches challenge, but it didn't work out.  This turned out to be one of those cards that went through lots of evolutions.  I started off masking the little jar of flowers and ink blending around it, but I didn't like the way it turned out.  I think I was a little heavy handed with the ink, so it just looked like it was stamped onto yellow cardstock.  (That was after I had tried masking it and ended up smearing the black ink with my Distress Ink.) 
I tend to add too many sequins in my shaker cards, so I tried to be a little more sparing.  OF COURSE I really could have added quite a few more sequins to this shaker.  Argh!  I quickly colored the image with Copics and added a little shimmer to the flower centers and the mason jar with my Wink of Stella pen.  I added a few doodles with my Copic Multi-liner pens and outlined the entire image with my Copic C0.  The sentiment is heat embossed with white embossing powder.  


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Paper Smooches - Pop of Color Challenge

I am back with more Paper Smooches stamps.  I was going to wait until Thursday to post this one, but I am so happy with how these cards turned out...I decided to post them now.  (That hardly ever happens.)  I am playing along with this month's Paper Smooches challenge - Black and White with a Pop of Color!  As soon as I saw this month's theme, I immediately envisioned my favorite florals colored in grey with just pops of pink.  For this first card, I did LOTS of masking.  I used the little banner from Best Buds and stamped that first.  Once the banner was masked, I used some stamps from Blossoming Buds to add more flowers above and below.  I love the flowers from both sets, and I think they work so well together. 
This picture is a little dark, but I wanted to show you what the image looked like before I touched up it up a bit and added doodles.  It's funny...looking at it now I'm not sure why I felt so compelled to "touch it up." the time I felt like I needed to connect any little lines that did not quite connect because of the mask.  Once I started doing that, I couldn't stop.  I ended up outlining EVERYTHING and adding doodles.  I find it really therapeutic to sit and add little dots and lines, but if that stresses you out...skip it!  It's definitely not necessary.
Here's a close up of the image after I outlined everything and added some little doodles.  I added a little wink of stella to the flowers' centers and the banner.  For the background, I did a little ink smooshing with Hickory Smoke and Spun Sugar.  I then added some little splatters of Picked Raspberry.  The watercolored background was layered on top of some grey cardstock and then the whole panel was popped up using fun foam.  
I had so much fun coloring the first image that I decided to try it one more time.  I think this one turned out even better.  I think this is a fun technique to try and you don't need a lot of Copics to achieve the look you want.  I used a few cool greys for both cards and a few R markers and RV markers for the pink.  I could have used fewer if I would have been better at testing the color blending before I started.  Sometimes I tend to just go for it, and then end up having to go back and add different shades to get the color I was going for.  
Here's a close-up of the second image.   I again added lots of doodling to the flowers.  The background is stamped with a Market Street Stamp background stamp...unfortunately they are no longer in business, but I will link a few similar options below.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope you are having a great day!

  • Paper Smooches - Best Buds Set
  • Paper Smooches - Blossoming Buds Set
  • Market Street Stamp - Distressed Notebook Paper (Click HERE to see a couple of different options)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Hickory Smoke, Spun Sugar and Picked Raspberry
  • Silver Sequins - Michael's 
  • Copic Markers
  • Wink of Stella Pen - Clear
  • Copic Multi-liner Pens 

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Monday, April 4, 2016


Happy Monday!  I have a super quick and easy card to share today.  I have had the Sugar Rush stamp set from Paper Smooches for a long long time, but I still go back to it over and over.  I just love it.  I did a little "masking" using some of the full adhesive Post-It notes to create this little stack of donuts. 

Is it weird that while I was coloring these...I think I actually got hungry?  I did recently finish a round of the Whole30, so maybe I'm extra sensitive.  Oh I miss you.  

Hope you have a great day and thank you so much for stopping by!!!

Copic Markers
Tim Holtz Distress Inks
Glossy Accents

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