Sunday, January 17, 2021

Snowy Birthday Wishes

Hello friends, and welcome back!  I have a cute birthday card to share with you today that I made for Seize the Birthday where the toppings option is Snowy Background and Inkspirational where the theme is Mask.  



For my card I used some Stacey Yakula cute critter images from Purple Onion Design.  I used masking to create the snow scene.


Meet Snowy the Owl, Birch the Bunny and Cedar the Fox, who are gathered to help celebrate the recipient's birthday!  I absolutely adore these images!  I started with a panel of white, first stamping Cedar, then masking him. Next was Birch, stamped and masked, and finally Snowy, also stamped then masked.  With that complete, the birch tree background was stamped.  After the scene was fully stamped and the masks removed, everything was colored with Copic markers, including the background. When I was done with the coloring the panel was die cut with a stitched rectangle die.


Next I watered down some white gouache and created the snow by first gently tapping a loaded paint brush on the finger of the opposite hand, then used an old toothbrush to get the finer show.  I did mask the faces of the critters before splattering so they wouldn't get lost in all the snow.  When the paint dried, the panel was mounted on a white card base with fun foam.  The sentiment was die cut and added to the panel with foam tape to finish things off.


Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it so much!  I hope you're continuing to stay safe and healthy, and have a great week ahead!

Stef


Stamps:  Birch, Snowy, Cedar and Birch Tree Background (Stacey Yakula/Purple Onion Design), Birthday Wishing (sentiment/Colorado Craft Company)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne
Other:  Stitched Rectangle dies (Simon Says Stamp), White Gouache
Copics:  Sky - B97, 95; Snow - V12, 01, B0000; Tree - W3; Cedar - E19, YR18, 15, 21, 20; Hat - YG17, 23, 01, 00, V09, 06, 05, 12; Birch - W5, 3, 1, 0; Hat - BG07, 45, 53, YG17, 23, 01,00; Snowy - E79, 77, 74, 71, 70; Hat - V09, 06, 05, 12 YG17, 23, 01, 00

Friday, January 15, 2021

Ice Cream Day

Hello friends, and welcome back!  I've made a fun card to share with you inspired by the current challenges at Freshly Made Sketches and Festive Friday.




From the Festive Friday elements I used ice cream, pink, brown and dry embossing.  


I started by stamping that darling mouse with her large ice cream cone and coloring with Copic markers. After working out how I wanted to die cut the image to work with the sketch, I first stamped the sentiment then used a wonky rectangle to cut it all out.  I love that sentiment, because personally I think everyday should be an ice cream kind of day, don't you?  Also, while I stamped Happy Birthday on the inside, you really could use this for a number of occasions, or just to say hello.


With the main image complete, I moved onto the card base.  A strip of Rich Razzleberry was embossed with a retired SU embossing folder (sorry, I don't recall the name) with fun polka dots.  That was adhered to the white base, then the main panel added with foam tape.  Lastly, the purple hearts were added and the scoop of ice cream painted with a shimmer pen.  I think it's such a darling image and so easy to color.


Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it so much!  I hope you're continuing to stay safe and healthy.  Have a great weekend!

Stef


Stamps:  Ice Cream Day Mini (Colorado Craft Company)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Gina K Chocolate Truffle, Versafine Clair Pinecone
Other:  Wonky Rectangle die (Simon Says Stamp), Shades of Purple Enamel dots (Altenew), retired SU embossing folder, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen
Copics:  E39, 34, 31, 30, 29 W5, 3, 1, 0, R43, 21, 20, V09, 06, 05

Monday, January 11, 2021

Tender Blooms

Hello and welcome!  I have a card to share with you today, one I made for the current challenges at Just Us Girls, where we are to use a stencil, and Addicted to Stamps, where the theme is Make Your Mark.  



I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is to Use Something New.  The stamp set I used for this card is new.


My card today is very Spring or Summer-like, which is always nice in the dead of winter here in Boise!


The Tender Blooms stamp from Waffle Flower was stamped on a piece of white cardstock and colored with Copic markers, then cut with the coordinating die.  On a panel of Bristol, I used green ink at the bottom and then a cloud stencil in the sky with blue ink.  This panel was then cut with a slimline stitched rectangle die and adhered to the white base with fun foam for a bit of dimension.


The stamped image is quite large, roughly 5.5 x 6 inches, so I had to trim it down to fit the slimline format.  I used a combination of scissors and my guillotine paper cutter to selectively cut it so I could leave that one pink flower at the top left. I wanted to ground the bottom of the flower image, so I ink blended and die cut a grassy edge that was adhered over top to cover it.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set and has a fabulous matching die.  Once the sentiment was adhered, I added a few clear dew drops to finish things off.


Thanks for visiting, I appreciate it so much!  I hope you're remaining safe and healthy, and have a great week!

Stef


Stamps:  Tender Blooms (Waffle Flower)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Koh-I-Noor Bristol
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Fresh Pear, Grassy Knoll, Key Lime and Sky Blue (Pinkfresh Studio)
Other:  Tender Blooms matching dies, Rolling Clouds stencil (MFT), Slimline Lacy Layers die (WF), Grassy Hiss Borders (Lawn Fawn), Small Clear Dew Drops (Honey Bee)
Copics:  RV69, 17, 55, 52, R43, 32, 20, B04, 02, 000, Y19, 11, E37, 39, YG45, 23, 17, 01, G29, 28, 21, 17, 03, C 4, 2, 0

Sunday, January 10, 2021

A Good Day

Hello and welcome!  I have a card to share with you using a new-to-me stamp and die set.  I'm joining the current challenges from Freshly Made Sketches, where Jen has given us a great slimline design, and Addicted to Stamps, where the current theme is Make Your Mark.  To make the scene work that I created, the 3 elements in the sketch were flipped to the upper left corner.



I'm also joining the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is to use something new.



I've been eyeing this darling stamp set from Waffle Flower for a couple of years and finally decided to step up and buy it.  I absolutely adore that cute bike-riding bear pulling a cart full of flowers!  The images were all stamped on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers.  I also used some Polychromos pencils to add shading to some of the images.  After that the images were cut with the matching dies.  To make the scene work with the sketch, I flipped the 3 elements from the bottom right to the upper left.  


For the background I blended a blue sky and green at the bottom of a panel Bristol.  It was then cut with a stitched rectangle die and the sentiment stamped in the upper left.  I determined how I wanted the scene laid out but felt like something more was needed, so another panel was blended in green then cut with a slimline grassy hills die.  It was adhered to just at the bottom to the larger panel, then the images tucked underneath with the upper part adhered with foam tape, which was also used to add the bird, bee and butterflies.


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you're continuing to stay safe and healthy, and have a wonderful week ahead!

Stef


Stamps:  Happy Day (Waffle Flower)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Koh-I-Noor Bristol
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Sky Blue, Fresh Pear, Grassy Knoll and Key Lime (Pinkfresh Studios)
Other:  Happy Day dies, Slim Lacy Layers die (WF), Slimline Grassy Hills die, Polychromos Colored pencils
Copics:  E37, 35, 33, 31, 47, 44, 42, YG67, 17 03, V05, 01, B01, 00, 000, Y19, 06, 00, RV23, 21

Selfie Birthday for Sunday Stamps

Hello friends and welcome back!  It's time for a new challenge at Sunday Stamps!  This week we have a sketch challenge by yours truly.  I hope you like it and will join us with your fabulous creation!


I'm also joining the current challenge at Double D, where they are celebrating their 5th anniversary with cupcakes!  Congrats to Darlene, Diane and all the fabulous DT!


My card is for a young, soon-to-be 7-year old.  I used the cupcake eating lion from the fun Picture Perfect Party Animals stamp set.


Mr. Lion has got himself quite a mouthful and is a bit messy as well, which I think is perfect for a kid card LOL!  I stamped him on a panel of white and colored him with Copic markers, then trimmed it down to a square. A bit of detail was added with a white gel pen and shimmer was added to the frosting.

From another panel of white, two "polaroid" panels were cut, one of which was stamped with the sentiment, then they were adhered together with the colored image in between.


Next, a panel of Ranger White Heavystock was ink blended with two Distress Oxide colors then splattered with water and white gouache.  When dry, it was die cut with a Wonky Rectangle die and adhered to the white card base.  The "polariod" image was then added with foam tape and I found some old Stampin' Up silver stars and adhered those for the little "something extra" that the card needed.


Thanks for visiting, I really appreciate it sooo much!  You can use the link above to check out our current challenge and all the beautiful cards by the other DT members.  And I hope to see you in the gallery!

Stef


Stamps:  Picture Perfect Party Animals (MFT)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Ranger Heavystock
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam, Versafine Clair Nocturne, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide
Other:  Polaroid Shaker Frame die (MFT), Silver Stars, White Gouache, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen, Sakura White Gelly Roll pen
Copic markers:  E59, 57, 55, 29, 37, 34, 33, 31, 30, BG07, 05, 02, B00, YG23, 01, 00, Y26, 08, 13, 00

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Happy Together

Hello, friends and welcome back!  I'm sharing a card made for three challenges - Just Us Girls (my 2nd entry this week), Inkspirational Challenges and the current Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers, where Karen has chosen Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana. I also used colors similar to Night of Navy and Mossy Meadow, both considered "neutrals" by Stampin' Up and allowed by the color challenge. 




Pondering what to use as something in my home, I remembered one of my favorite stamps from Penny Black with a row of cactus and succulents.  Since we do have plants, including a large succulent, I thought this would work perfectly.


The image was stamped on a panel of white and colored with Copic markers.  I began with a light shade of the grape color, filling in the background, then using a piece of gauze soaked with Copic colorless blender to add some texture to the background.  Once that dried, I colored the rest of the images in the challenge colors along with navy, mossy green and a gray for the "table" the plants are sitting on.


With the coloring complete I used one of the A7 rectangle dies from Waffle Flower to create a long and thin panel, matted it on a slightly larger piece of Gorgeous Grape and added it to the white card base with foam tape. The base ended up being 4 x 6" which I can mail in a 5 x 7" envelope or make a custom one. 

The sentiment was die cut three times from the grape card stock as well and glued together for some layered dimension.  The sentiment doesn't come with a shadow die, but since it's a solid, I was able to trace around the outside and fussy cut to create my own shadow.  This was adhered to the main panel then a tiny green heart added for the final touch.


Thanks so much for visiting, I always appreciate it!  I hope you are continuing to stay safe and healthy and enjoy the upcoming weekend!

Stef


Stamps:  Happy Together (Penny Black)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Gorgeous Grape (SU)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam
Other:  A7 Rectangle dies (WF), Bold Hello die (Simon Says Stamp), Doodlebug Tiny Hearts Sprinkles
Copics:  BG72, 32, 11, 10, YG67, 17, 25, 23, V17, 15, 12, B39, 37, 34, G99, 94, 82, T4,2,0

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Hello!

Happy New Year!  Welcome back to my blog where to day I am sharing a card made for two challenges.





For my card I used a beautiful new stamp from Simon Says Stamp.  It has some gorgeous images in it; I settled on using the large floral spray. 


The image was colored with Copic markers.  I decided that I needed to use markers in more muted colors, which I am not typically drawn to, and I have to say I love how it turned out!  When the coloring was complete, the spray was cut with the coordinating die.  


The sentiment was die cut from Pretty Peacock card stock 5 times and layered for some nice dimension.  To create the card a panel cut with a cover die was trimmed down and adhered to the white card base with foam tape.  Next the flowers were added, also using foam tape, then the sentiment glued into place.  I used a shimmer pen on the flowers and berries, then covered the berries with Glossy Accents.  No jewels or sequins this week, I really like how it looked as is!


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you're continuing to stay safe and healthy and enjoy the remainder of your week.

Stef


Stamps:  You Have My Heart (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Pretty Peacock (SU)
Ink:  Gina K Obsidian Amalgam
Other:  You Have My Heart matching die, Blooming Bouquet die (sentiment/Altenew), Detail Ringlet Plate Cover die (SSS), Glossy Accents, Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen
Copics:  R89, 85, 83, 81, BG78, 75, 72, V28, 25, 22, G46, 43, 40

Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy Holidays

Hello friends!  Happy New Year!  I don't know about you but I'm sure glad to kick 2020 to the side of the road and move on to what I hope will be a better year.  While the holidays are over, I have still managed to make a few more cards that will pad my stash for next Christmas, using the current Simon Says Stamp card kit.  

The card I'm sharing with you today was made using the terrific sketch from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. 


And here's what I came up with...


The designer paper is one of several beautiful designs included in the card kit.  Primarily for math purposes, I chose to make a 4.75" square card, which helped me determine the sizes of the panels. The designer paper was matted on slightly larger panels of white and added to the lavender card base with foam tape.


Next, the snowflake was die cut from white glitter paper and mounted onto a circle of vellum matted with the same lavender paper.  Thin foam squares were used to add it to the card and finally the sentiment strip was adhered to the middle of the snowflake with foam tape.  A few jewels were adhered to the front to add a bit more sparkle.  A really quick and easy card to put together.


Thanks so much for visiting, I really appreciate it!  I hope you remain safe and healthy, and have a wonderful weekend!

Stef


Stamps: None
Paper:  Neenah Solar White, Lavender (SSS), White Glitter (SSS), Platinum Vellum (Grafix), Blurry Flurries Designer Paper (Whimsy Stamps), Reverse Christmas Sentiment Strip (CZ Design/SSS)
Ink: None
Other:  Eliza Snowflake die (SSS), Bridal Mix Jewels (Little Things from Lucy's Cards)