Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thinking of You Card and Envelope

Hello! Thanks for joining me again to take a look at what's been happening on my craft desk! I wanted to join in the fun at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge for Create your own background! I have been wanting to try to create my own stencils using some Inkjet Transparencies I found in my stash, but quite honestly, have been too chicken to do it. Once I saw Caryn's wonderful creation I knew this was the chance I'd been waiting for and took it...and am I glad I did! So much fun and I love the results! So, here you go... 
Like I've said, I started with some old transparency film I found.
I used two of my Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles and die cut random circles from the transparency. I even kept the pieces that were cut from the plastic in a little baggie to use as masks on later projects.
 After I was satisfied with the pattern I started using my Tsukineko Sponge Daubers to fill in the circles using Tim Holtz Distress inks in Dusty Concord, Tumbled Glass, Tattered Rose, and Antique Linen. These are not usually colors that I reach for ( I love bright colors) but I think the combination is eye pleasing.
 I used a little washi tape to keep my stencil in place, but then ended up moving around quite a bit to cover the whole background. Here is the final background. I think it is happy and fun!

 I selected the Simon Says Clear Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts for the beautiful Thinking of You sentiment along with Versa Mark ink and Zing White embossing powder. I added a few pearls from Michael's Recollection line, and used foam adhesive to attach the sentiment.

 Lastly, I created an envelope for my card because I didn't have one big enough to fit it! The measurements were 4.5"x 6". Ooops. :) Thanks for joining me! What is something You've been wanting to try, but find yourself too 'chicken'?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What's Up?

Hello All! Today I'm joining in the fun over at the Avery Elle Challenge Blog! Their challenge this time around is Clean & Simple! I wanted to use one of my Avery Elle stamps, of which I have quite a few as they are one of my favorite stamp companies, so I pulled them all out and decided on the What's Up? Stamp set. From there I knew exactly what I wanted to do...
I cut a 12x12 piece of light blue card stock to 4x12.
Then scored it at 4" and again at 8" to make a tri-fold card.
 I stamped Mr. Giraffe with StazOn black ink and then stamped just his neck multiple other times. I used markers to color him.
 Then the fussy cutting began! I'll be honest I didn't fully follow the lines when it came to the little hairs on his neck. After I cut out my pieces I went over the edges and hair with a black marker to make them all look more finished.
 I then used the cloud stamps from the same set and stamped multiples of these as well.
 I adhered the neck all the way up the card, using the little clouds to cover any obvious 'neck lines' I used foam adhesive to pop up his head to give him a more interesting look. Then finished off the card with the tiny "What's Up?" sentiment and by rounding the top and bottom corners.
 When folded down the card's size is 4x4 so it is still able to be sent through the mail! Hope you enjoyed! Be on the look out for my first giveaway coming soon! If you want to be aware of it...follow me!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Neon Hedgehugs!

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a fun little card that I created to play along with the Lawnscaping Challenge number 89!
I'm so glad I've decided to start playing along! These challenges force me to look at my crafting supplies in different ways. I created a few other cards using other stamps that are single layer as well. (maybe you'll see some of them here soon) Anyway, here's the super simple, super fun, single layer card:
I first stamped the hedgehogs, from the Lawn Fawn HedgeHugs stamp set, touching noses in StazOn black ink. I also used the Beep Boop Birthday stamp set for the little bow on the hedgehog. I then stamped them again on some Post-It note cards (so the sticky area is on the back) and fussy cut them so use as a mask. (the extra black ink is from another single layer card I made.)
 I then got out my Americana Neon Acrylic paints...and...painted!
I wish the photos did true justice to these fantastic colors!
 I then used my water color pencils to color in the hedgehogs.
I added the tiny heart stamp above them, along with the cute sentiment that comes with the set.I finished off the card by adding some Glossy Accents to the noses, eye, and heart.
The perfect 'pick-me-up' card that is easy to send through the mail!