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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Firecrackers

Hi again friends,
I have one more card to share for Chinese New Year.
Here it is:
 I used the Firecracker stamp (Sister Stamps) which is colored in Copics. I thought I would share a couple of (bad) pics of how I created this scene.

First, I needed to mask:
Since this is all one single image, I had to think about how I was going to mask all of the images (including all the tiny bits) knowing I wanted to use my Distress Inks on the background. I was not about to cut masks for all those teeny tiny bits so I used two different types of masking: liquid & paper. I stamped my image and masked the girl and boy with masking paper (Eclipse) and used my Fineline Masking Fluid Pen on the firecrackers and all the tiny bits. Then I used my Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, and Black Soot to ink blend the entire background as shown in the pic. (The white is where the Fineline fluid resisted the ink.)

Next, I removed the masks:
I peeled off the paper masks and gently removed the Fineline fluid with a gummed remover. So all I needed was to color my images.

Here's a closer peek:
I added some yellow Stickles to make those sparks really sparkle and shine!

Here's a peek of the innies:
The sentiment is from Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink).

Here's the completed card:
The sentiment is from Winter Scripty Sayings (Lawn Fawn). I added some black photo corners to each corner so that it would seem like it was a photo that had captured this fun moment in time *Ü*

I hope you're having a lovely crafternoon or two this weekend.
Thanks so much for popping in!
Until next time... Tootles!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Virthday!

Hi friends,
My friend's birthday is on Sunday...as in Valentine's Day. So I thought I would make a birthday + Valentine's Day = Happy Virthday! card for her.

Here it is:
I thought I would create a Valentine's Day kind of card on the outside (so she would think that's what it was- hehehe) I used vellum in the background which I ran through the Heart Blocks embossing folder (Cuttlebug). Next, I created a shaker with the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 (My Favorite Things)

Here's a closer peek:
 I threaded the arrow through the "happy"die cut (simon says stamp).

Here are the innies:
 I hope she gets a giggle from it *Ü* ...but just in case she's like my other friend, whose birthday is on Christmas and WILL NOT accept birthday gifts wrapped in Christmas paper or a birthday/Christmas gift, I made a back-up-just-birthday-themed card!

I used this week's MFT #267 sketch:
 and this MFT Color Challenge combo #39:

Thanks so much for peeking today!
Have a great day!
Tootles,

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bouquets and Balloons

Hello there friends,
I have a couple of birthday cards to share today.
Here's the first:
 I used the Color Layering Large Orchid stamp set and coordinating dies (Hero Arts). As soon as I saw it, I KNEW I had to have it! *Ü* ---You know I *heart* Orchids just like my Grammy! I used a little strip of gold glitter washi tape & some black striped vellum washi tape to anchor them and tie in with the sentiment stamped & heat set with black embossing powder. I embossed the background with the Tribal Chevrons embossing folder (Darice).

Here's another peek:
 I added clear Wink of Stella to them. If you've seen orchids up close, you know they have their own natural wink of stella shimmer to them, so I was trying to mimic the shimmer that nature already provides.

Here's a peek of the innies:
The sentiment comes from the LJD Pretty Poppies stamp set (MFT). I have a video of how I created this card coming soon!

 I used this week's MFT sketch #266 for BOTH the inside & outside of my card.
 and I took my color palette from the MFT color challenge

 My second card:
 Different kind of feel than my first, but so much fun! I took inspiration from a card Betsy Veldman created a while ago. She used vellum for her balloon shakers. I used my fuse tool (so I wouldn't have to sew) to create the shakers.
Here's another peek:
These really shook easily! I used the Shaker Shapes: Balloon dies (Papertrey Ink) and the balloon strings came from the Party Balloons dies (Lawn Fawn).

Thanks for hanging in today!
Have a wonderful rest of the week!
Tootles,

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Year of the Monkey

Hi there friends,
One more sleep and it'll be the weekend! Yay *Ü*
Today, I have a card to share that I created for a teacher of Chinese in my department for Chinese New Year.
Here it is:
 This stamp is called Lion Dancers (Sister Stamps) and the banner is Xin Chun Kuai Le (SeeSaw graphics). I masked the images & ink blended the background with Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Fossilized Amber, and Black Soot. Then I removed the masks & colored the images with Copics.

Here's a closer peek:
I know it's hard to see, but everywhere there's white, I covered it with the Clear Wink of Stella brush so it's sparkly! *Ü* And I added a wiggle eye for fun! There are little dots of gold all over the background, which is hard to see too :(  I've had this stamp for a while & finally got around to inking it up- I think it's adorable! *Ü*

Thanks so much for peeking today!
Tootles,

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lasting Hearts Prayers

Hi friends,
Today I'm sharing some cards I created to send to the Lasting Hearts card drive. These cards are going to be given with a book for parents who have suffered the loss of a miscarriage. This is something that many women experience and hopefully, through these efforts, they will know they are not alone, it is not their fault, and there are people who care and want them to know they are stronger than they may think.

Here's my card design:
 I chose a soft color palette of Hero Arts Shadow Inks in Pastel Yellow, Passion Flower, Pastel Blue, and Pastel Mint. I chose butterflies because, to me, they symbolize renewal, faith, and more. They come from the Butterfly Stamp set by AmyR. I love this stamp set because it has lots of butterflies in different sizes and stages of flight. I added some vellum butterflies (Martha Stewart punch) scattered around them. The sentiment from the Prayers Set (Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts) was heat embossed in Liquid Platinum (Ranger).

Here's a peek of the innies:
 This sentiment came from the With Sympathy stamp set (Papertrey Ink).

Here's all of the cards I created, all the same way.

I have a friend who recently had a miscarriage, and it's been very hard on her. So in her honor, I decided to contribute some money to purchase books for other women and create these cards to go along with them.

This is the card I had made and given to her:
I wouldn't ordinarily use bright colors for these kinds of cards, but knowing her, and how she feels about rainbows, I decided to use the die-cut as the rainbow.

You can find all of the info about the Lasting Hearts card drive HERE.
Thanks so much for peeking today and have a great weekend *Ü*

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stinkin' Cute

Hello friends,
I have a few more cards for the Cards from the Heart card drive and the Share the Love card Challenge.

Here they are:

This is the "boy version."
 I used the Stinkin' Cute stamp set with the coordinating dies (Lawn Fawn). Now that's a stamp set that lives up to its name! *Ü* I colored the little skunk with Copics. I die-cut the large heart from the Nestabilities heart set (Spellbinders) and the Heart Circles die (Spellbinders) from Regal Rose and Strawberry Slush cardstock (SU).

Here's the "Girl version."
 Everything is the same except for the little flower on her head and the embossing folder in the background. The boy one has dots and this one uses the Rose Garden folder (Sizzix).

Here they are together for comparison:

Here are all the Girl ones: I made 3 of these.

and 2 boy ones:
 (If the skunks looks different, you have a good eye! No need to adjust your screen...I colored one skunk with Warm Gray markers, but I liked it better with Cool Grays, so all the rest of the skunks are colored in cool grays.)

Here's a peek of the innies: all have this design.
The sentiment stamp came from the $1 bin at Michael's.

I used this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #431.
 I hope the kiddos getting these cards think they're stinkin' cute! Too bad these aren't scratch & sniff... that would have been a fun touch! ... well maybe the boys might think so. *Ü*

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Tootles,

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cards From the Heart Card Drive

Hi friends,
There are a few card drives going on right now, and since I had a lovely crafternoon free, I decided I should spend it making some Valentine's Day cards to bring a smile to some sweet kids. Today's set is going to the Cards from the Heart drive. You can read all about it ---> HERE.

I created 5 cards in this set.
Here is one:
 I used the Pizza my Heart stamp set & coordinating dies (Lawn Fawn). I colored the pizzas with Copics & had fun stamping on the toppings. Since the "Olive You" sentiment was on all the cards, I made sure to include at least one olive on each pizza. *Ü* I used the Gingham Backdrops Stamp set (Lawn Fawn) and the Plaid Embossing folder (Cuttlebug) in the background.

Here are the innies, which is the same for all cards:
 Here's a peek at the other pizzas:

And a group shot:

 I used this week's clean & simple sketch from My Favorite Things #263.
I truly hope the kiddos receiving one of these cards, smile when they see it *Ü*
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a great day!
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