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Work Less, Play More, Enjoy Life with Stamping Bella

By on May 11, 2017
Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Sandy and her Sombrero Handmade Card
Handmade Card using Stamping Bella Uptown Girl – Sandy and Her Sombrero

Work Less, Play More, Enjoy Life!

I love this sentiment and I love Stamping Bella Uptown Girls! They’re just so darn cute and I can’t think of any of my girlfriends who wouldn’t want to receive one of these images on a card! Today I used Stamping Bella Uptown Girl – Sandy and Her Sombrero to make a playful card for the workaholics in my life – which is almost everybody I know! We all work so hard, sometimes we need to be reminded to make some time to “play more” and most importantly, “enjoy life!”

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Sandy and her Sombrero Handmade Card
Close-up of Sandy and her sweet drink.

No Zigs, No Problem

I colored Sandy with Copic markers. I usually like to watercolor things but since I have not invested in Zig Clean Real Brush pens yet, and my Sai watercolor brush pens are very limited in color, I decided to use my Copics. I went with a fun purple look to contrast w/ the orange polka dot background I picked so I could create something for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, “Go Dotty.”

This was an easy and quick card and I haven’t decided who will be receiving it yet! Hopefully whoever I decide on loves it as much as I do!

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Sandy and her Sombrero Handmade Card

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Mermaid For You Spinning Wheel Card

By on May 10, 2017
lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card
Spinning Wheel Card featuring Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You

First Spinning Wheel Card

I watched a YouTube video tutorial of how to make a spinning wheel card from Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel and decided I really wanted to make one! It just looks so fun to do! Well let me tell you, she is a very skilled crafter because she makes it look SO much easier than it was. It wasn’t difficult as much as there was a lot more engineering and foresight needed. I had to cute the hole out twice because my first one was too close to the edge! But the end results was completely worth it!

The Process

This is a lengthy process so I recommend watching Sandy Allnock’s tutorial video on how to make a spinning wheel card. I will only be describing my specific design.

I created the background by blending Distress Ink in Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. I added some water droplets and lifted some of the ink to make it look like bubbles in water.

lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card

I colored and cute out a mermaid, merman (Who loves Zoolander like I do?!), a narwhal (my favorite sea creature), a rock, seaweed and coral. Everything was stamped in Memento ink – I used Memento dew drops for the coral and seaweed.

The mer-people, narwhal and rock were colored with Copic colors.

lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card

I then assembled the card using the tutorial from Sandy Allnock and the rest is history! Please enjoy the video I made of the card in action below:

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Teacher Appreciation Week Card

By on May 4, 2017
Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers
Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

Teacher Appreciation Cards are Coming!

Next week is teacher appreciation week! Between 3 kids, 3 teachers, 3 aids, 2 administrators, I’m one busy momma! Luckily I have a little bit of stagger between the baby and the twins. The baby’s Montessori is honoring Teacher Appreciation this week, so his card came first.

His school actually had a project where they had to choose their favorite shape and we had to make a card for the teacher. I asked Cam what his favorite card is and he said, “SQUARE!”  Easy peasy, baby boy! (It’s too bad, I was looking forward to the challenge of a triangle card. Ha!)

I told myself, “Keep it simple. Don’t overdo it.” Well that plan failed once I whipped out the Distress Inks. And the die cutter. And the embossing gun…

How The Slippery Slope Begun

Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

First, I stamped the teacher sentiment from Mama Elephant Words Defined with Versamark ink and covered it with white embossing powder. A quick zap with the embossing gun and it was perfectly melty and ready for some emboss resist action with the Distress Ink. I was inspired by a friend’s card and decided to go with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink for the floor. I didn’t plan accordingly and this is on 110 lb white card stock instead of the Bristol Smooth I usually use. You can tell the blend isn’t as clean. It took a little more elbow grease to get to something I was happy with but it would have been so much easier if I remembered the Bristol Smooth! I then blended a little Scattered Straw on top where my little mouse friend will stand just to help him stand out since he will be the focus of the card.

Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

I stamped the mouse, pencil, apple and stack of books from Mama Elephant’s Page Hugger stamp set and colored them with Copic markers. My favorite feature of this stamp set is how you can tuck the small items into the hands of the critters…so of course, I had to get the coordinating dies which makes this super easy. The dies will cut a slit under the critters hands so you can tuck, in my card, the pencil in his hands. I absolutely adore this! It’s so cute!

I finished the card by adhering the apple and the stacks of books on the floor, then I put some foam tape behind the mouse holding the pencil in the middle of the card since he is my star. I adhere the entire thing on a 4×4 top folding black card base.  And there we have it! A “simple” and sweet card for a very sweet teacher we appreciate very much!

Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

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Black, White & Bright | Lawnfawnatic Challenge 4

By on May 3, 2017
Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards
Black, White and Bright Lawnfawnatics Challenge

Lawn Fawn Lawnfawnatic Challenge Time!

I made a card for the fourth Lawnfawnatic Challenge! The theme is “Black, White & Bright”! I thought this was a fun idea and decided to participate since I love Lawn Fawn products!

I used Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs and used every stamp in the set. I always find this so gratifying.

Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards

I stamped the hedgehogs in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the critters with Copic markers.

I used Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers for the background. I utilized Distress Ink’s special property where it reacts with water to splatter some water and remove some of the ink to create awesome white blotches. I then finished off the background by stamping the heart that comes with the set in the same coordinating Distress Ink colors. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment “Sending Hedgehugs” on the background with Versafine Onyx Black to get a really crisp, and super dark black sentiment on the card.

Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards
Close up of the adorable hedgehugs. I just love them.

I adhered the black and white heart patterned paper onto a 110 lb black card stock card base. Then I mounted the background I created with foam tape and the hedgehogs were mounted on that with foam tape as well to give it dimension.

I don’t know how to walk away from a project, so I added Clear Wink of Stella and added some details with a white gel pen to finish it off. Voila! I hope you like it!

Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards
The background was just a piece of pattern paper.

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Penguins in Paradise Pop-up Card

By on May 2, 2017
Penguins in Paradise Handmade Card
My first pop-up card featuring MFT Penguins in Paradise

First Pop-up Card!

Hi friends! Today’s card is my first pop-up card. I got these cute little Mama Elephant dies from my crafty friend for my birthday last month. It’s tiny and looks like nothing but man, are they great dies! I love the satisfying feeling of a clean cut from dies. We decided to do a pop-up card challenge and this is my entry.

MFT Penguin in Paradise Handmade Card
The scene turned out super cute!

I used My Favorite Thing’s Penguins in Paradise stamp set to create the scene. I love these little penguins! They’re just adorable. I colored them with Copic markers, paper pierced the inner tube, swim shorts and beach towel with patterned paper. Paper piercing is so fun! I loved it at the end when it all came together. The beach towel is definitely my favorite.

handmade pop-up card
I love how paper piecing the beach towel turned out!

Next, I created two card bases out of Bristol Smooth paper. I knew I would be using Distressed Inks for the background and I am most successful with ink blending on Bristol paper. The reason I cut two is that one piece will be the card back the second will be used to create the pop-up piece. For that piece, I use my Cuttlebug to cute one edge to look like a hill. This is my sandy background for what will eventually become a beach scene. I blended Distressed Ink in Gathered Twigs to get the perfect sand color. (Oh! Before I did this, I stamped a sentiment in Versamark ink and added white embossing powder before I heat embossed it. I wanted the sentiment to show up after I blended in the Distressed Ink.) I then blended Broken China Distressed Ink on the other cardbase for a soft sky background.

handmade pop-up card
The front of the card – I kept it super simple since the inside was so involved.

Now the exciting part, assembly time! I used my Cuttlebug again but this time, I used the Mama Elephant Pop-up Trio Creative Cuts to cut out two pop-up tabs for two of the 4 penguins I colored. After I popped the tabs out, I glued the sand panel to the card base. I then glued the penguins to the tabs. I finished the scene by adhering the trees and the penguin laying down on the beach towel to the background.

For the front of the card, I kept things simple since it was already so involved in the inside. I used some pattern paper and adhere the last penguin holding the cocktail with the “Cheers” sentiment to the front of the card. I added some white dotted lines to frame the entire thing for a more finished look. Ta-da! It’s completed!

I hope you love this card as much as I do. This was definitely one of my favorites to create!

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Side view of how the pop-up mechanism looks.

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Hey Cutie Pie!

By on May 1, 2017

 

lawn fawn handmade card

Lawn Fawn Baked with Love Challenge

My crafty friend and I had another challenge this week. This time it was using the Lawn Fawn Baked with Love stamp set and combining it with another Lawn Fawn set. This was so much fun! I used three Lawn Fawns sets to create the scene for this card: Baked with Love, Milk and Cookies, and Cutie Pie.

The Process

I die cut patterned paper with Mama Elephant’s Peek A Frame Dies. Then I used another die from the same set for the white background that kind of looks like a big postage stamp with that edge. I then stamped out the cute stand mixer, butter, eggs, cake stand, rolling pin and flour from Baked with Love. I stamped the milk carton from Milk + Cookies then I stampled the pie from Cutie Pie. I stamped everything in Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black since I knew I would be coloring these with Copic markers and wanted to make sure it did not blend during coloring.  I chose colors that would coordinate with the patterned paper I am using as the background.

I then cut a strip of blue vellum paper and embossed the sentiment, “hi cutie pie” onto it with white embossing powder. I then adhered everything to the card.

This card came out so sweet I didn’t want to give it to my friend! But I do find comfort knowing she will love it as much as I do!

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Mother’s Day Card for my Mother-in-Law

By on April 30, 2017
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Happy Mother’s Day Card featuring Paper Smooches and Lawn Fawn.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Mommas out there!

I worked on my first mother’s day card today. This one is for my mother-in-law who lives with me during the weekdays so I had to finish it while she wasn’t at my house. She loves bright colors and flowers so I tried to make something a lot more vibrant and colorful than I usually do.

handmade mother's day card

I used Paper Smooches Pretty Momma stamp set I bought especially for Mother’s Day.

I masked the rose a few times and heat embossed them in gold embossing powder. I then watercolored with Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pens and a water brush to blend. I used Strathmore Watercolor Paper. Watercolor Paper is key to making sure you get that nice blend you want. The paper can also withhold all the water you will be using.

handmade mother's day card

I finished off the card by embossing a Lawn Fawn sentiment from Lawn Fawn Celebration Scripty Sayings stamp set on black paper. I mounted it all on 110 lb white cardstock card base and used some calligraphy ink to flick some black splatters onto the card to finish.

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You Are Brewtiful

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Handmade card for my Brewtiful friend!

A friend and I had a “The Greeting Farm” card making challenge and I decided to make something using the Brewtiful and Perk Up stamp sets from The Greeting Farm.

I created an side-folding A2 card using Michael’s 110 lb white cardstock as my card base. I then stamped the coffee mug, coffee beans and hearts from the stamp set with Versamark ink and used white embossing powder so I can do some embossed resist on the background. After I heated up the embossing, I blended Distress Ink Spun Sugar and Cracked Pistachio on Bristol Smooth paper. This is the best paper to blend Distress Ink with! I tried doing it on the Michael’s 110 lb because I was trying to be cheap where I didn’t have to purchase or store a lot of different paper but it was just not blending as well as I liked. I tried the Bristol Smooth and was hooked! This is the only paper I use to do any Distress Ink blending now. It can make those of us who are beginners (like me!) look like pros.

Close up of the cute girls from The Greeting Farm

I wanted to keep it soft and ethereal because my friend who I was making this for like things like that…and honestly, so do I. I wanted the sentiment to be white but I already have so much going on with the emboss resist background, I decided to cut a strip of vellum and stamp the sentiment, “You are brewtiful” on it so it would stand out against the background but still remain soft.

I’m extremely pleased with how this came out! It’s perfectly what I wanted it to be and I’m so happy to give it to my dear friend.

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I love the finished product!

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Remember, you’ve got a friend in me

By on April 29, 2017
Mama Elephant – Ella & Friends Stamp Set

I made this card for a Mama Elephant Challenge with a friend. The rule was, all Mama Elephant products! This was a lot of fun to do. I decided to use a watercoloring technique I saw Kristina Werner do on YouTube. I think I failed but it still turned out okay. Haha. The color was suppose to run down more but it didn’t quite do that but I still think it’s a fun technique and will try it again sometime. Instead of Copic markers, I used Distressed Ink to watercolor the entire card. I finished everything off with some fun clear holographic sequins I got from my local Michael’s.

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Harry Potter inspired card

By on April 19, 2017
Harry Potter greeting card
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger created from Sweet Stamp Shoppe Wizards stamps

Hi there! Harry Potter is one of my favorite book series! When I saw the Wizards set from The Sweet Stamp Shoppe, I knew I had to have it. It’s one of the first stamp sets I bought! Today I decided to make these two Harry Potter and Hermione Granger and use Gryffindor colors of amber and maroon. This card was so fun to make. I loved making the Distressed Ink background!

Close up of Glossy Accents on Harry’s glasses.

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Finished card. One of my favorites!

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