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Monsters like to shake on their birthdays!

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

   I first had the idea for this card a couple months ago when I got the Oogles stamp set from The Alley Way Stamps. I colored up the blue monster and he just didn’t like how he turned out. He’s supposed to be going to a party and I had him all straight-laced. And he was lonely! No one wants to party alone for a birthday! Then, while I kept having other project jump in front of him, he kept nudging me and asking politely (all monsters are polite) if I could finish his party.

   At first, this was going to be a single layer image. Then, y’all know me, I started with the “what if’s”. After that, it became a challenge. I was thinking that sure, all these monsters are at a party, but monsters would REALLY party! You know, by throwing confetti??? So, the idea became a shaker card, but I wanted to keep my main image. To get the main image, I used my MISTI and did some masking. I think there were only 2 of the monsters from the Oogles stamp set that couldn’t make it. And, to top it all off, I wanted to make it no lines. Hey, I’m a glutton for punishment.

   I really like how the monsters turned out. The blue monster colored up a lot better in practice, but I still like him.


   Because these were clear stamps and I didn’t plan for it to be cut out, I had to hand cut inside the frame. This is where my trusty Xacto knife comes in handy, and my ginger scissors. I glued the main image down on to a transparency, then got glue all over it so I had to take it off and do it again. To do the foam for the shaker, I doubled up some foam tape that I had cut into 3/16″ strips (not perfectly, but workable). Then I went to town with my baby powder and dryer sheet. Apparently I STILL didn’t use them enough because some are still clinging. I stamped the greeting on the back panel of the shaker piece and then started filling the front. I went overboard. I used yellow stars, silver stars in 2 sizes, confetti, and 3 colors of micro beads.


    I wanted to keep the layout simple, to keep the main focus on the shaker part. I also stamped the balloons afterwards and fussy cut around them. Then I adhered them to the front panel with some quick drying adhesive. I took the silver thread and tied it around each little balloon piece. Then pulled it to the monster’s hand and tied a knot. I adhered the knot down using Multi Medium Matte. I also used this to seal the ends of the threads so they wouldn’t fray.

   For the inside, I wanted to keep it REALLY simple! I stamped my greetings on patterned paper and called it done. I figure they’ll be too busy looking at the front of the card anyway.


   It actually did turn out like I thought about in my head, so I’m pretty tickled right now. The little blue monster is pretty tickled too. He got a party AND got to hold the balloons. I hope you enjoyed my card. If you have any questions, please be sure to let me know.


Copics Used:

Blues: B21, B23, B24, B26, B28, B29
Greens: YG01, YG03, YG07, YG09, G09
Oranges: YR12, YR14, YR16, YR18
Yellows: Y08, Y13, Y17, Y38
Grays: T0, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6


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Let’s Color! Starry Bunny baby card (VIDEO)

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

   Hey, y’all! I’ve been teasing those of you on my Instagram with this little bunny. I actually did video coloring her up too! But, then I had school volunteer work take over for a bit… Well, needless to say, I’ve finished the card! It’s already been given, and they loved it! It’s for our next door neighbors that I have met once. LOL!

   For this card, I used LOTV’s Starry Bunny. Now, this is the first time I’ve EVER colored fur and liked it when I was finished! So, this was new for me too! I used the Doodlebug Sugar & Spice 6×6 paper pad for the papers. I think it turned out SO cute! For the layout, I tweaked a MFT sketch. MFTWSC103. The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn’s “Hello, Baby!” stamp set.

This is not a “popular” stamp, but I LOVE LOTV stamps, and this is perfect for a baby card. There’s another in the series that is a bear. I think I’m going to have to color him to soon… People keep having babies around me!


   For the stamped image, I actually did second generation stamping to get the outline. I love the color of the brown ink, but it was just too intense when I first stamped it. There are actually little stars in the stamp, but I wanted them to be more rounded and the Mama Elephant Lots of Stars die, Embellished Tag die, and Confetti die all had the perfect sized stars. You can only tell they’re not the normal shape if you look really closely. That’s how close the sizes were. I decided the little dots mixed in with the stars should be pearls, but I didn’t like how my flat back pearls looked, so I used my Pearl Pen to make some. Not the best, but I’ll keep practicing and I’ll get there.

To make the texture in the fur, I did something my friend Lou taught me. She always does the most amazing fur and one day she said to just scribble. Why yes, it is just that easy! Thank you, Lou! Okay, well I went too dark with mine (problems of a heavy handed colorer), so I also used a rag with colorless blender on it to dab some more texture. I LOVE it! I go over more of what I did in the video below.


   For the inside, I wanted a really cute saying. The left side has the baby’s stats and the right side was the spot for the greeting and signatures.

All I did was search “Baby Girl Card” in the Swagbucks search engine. You’ll get a LOT of ideas with that!


   That’s it for my card! If you have any questions, you can always comment below and I’ll answer them.


VIDEO

You can also watch it on YouTube by clicking here.


Copics Used:

Bunny:

  Fur: E40, E41, E42, E43, 0
  Ears: RV00, RV10, RV11, W2
  Nose: E44, E47

Bear: Y21, Y23, Y26, 0
Background: RV00, RV10, RV11, W00, W0, W2, W2, W5, 0


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Let’s Color – Unforgettable Elephants (VIDEO)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

   Well, it’s been well over a month, hasn’t it? Almost 2 months! I didn’t fall off the face of the earth and didn’t decide to quit crafting. On February 7, I submitted papers to our housing office saying we’d like to transfer to a different house on post because Honey got orders to stay at this base after his school. I was told that, more than likely, it would be around May or June that we’d be able to move. On February 20th, I got a call saying we should have a new house by the end of the following week. I have NEVER heard of a transfer going through that fast. Needless to say, my house was being quickly packed in to boxes to move about 3 miles away. The new house is great, smaller, but great. It’s about 82 years newer than our previous house and we’re not above anyone. Only 1 of our walls is attached and that’s the one in the garage. So, it’s definitely quieter! Also, I get to have my craft room INSIDE the air conditioned part of the house! Usually, I’ll set up the rest of the house and then I’ll work on my craft room. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen pictures of me setting it up. My Honey told me to go on ahead and set up the craft room (had to make the house livable though first). He knows it’s my therapy and how I let off steam. So, I’ve been spending just under a month getting my craft room ready. It’s still not totally finished, but it’s VERY close and able to be worked in. Okay, so now that you know why I’ve been absent, I’m hoping with me having easier access to the craft room, I’m hoping to be able to be in here more frequently and hopefully have more posts and videos up for y’all.

   I’ve been wanting to color up these cute elephants from Wplus9’s release a few months ago. There was a woman in the housing office who was really involved in getting us our house so quickly. I wanted to make her a thank you card and figured that this little set would be purr-fect. I also wanted to color up the elephant using the no lines coloring technique because a lot of y’all on Instagram have asked how I do it. I figured I’d set up the webcam and color him up. Then, I decided I’d try to explain what is going on in my head and why I’m doing certain things. Definitely not easy!

I chose to use this little elephant and did some masking so I could put the balloon in his trunk. The sentiment is what started it all.

   I stamped him in Lulu Lavender Memento ink. If you look really closely, you can still see the purple line in some of the light areas. But it’s not too noticeable. If you’re interested in how I colored him up with the technique, I have a video down below.

In this close up, you can see the image a little clearer. After coloring up the balloon, I used my clear Wink of Stella pen and then went over it with glossy accents. To keep the paper from warping, I used a layer of 3M foam under the whole balloon.

   For the layout of the card, I used the Sunshine Layers die set from Wplus9. The paper is from Pebbles’s Sunnyside 6×6 paper pad. The cardstock is Orange Peel from Simon Says Stamp.

For the inside, I wanted it to coordinate, but still have room to write, so I used the scalloped part from the Sunshine Layers dies again and cut it out of white cardstock. Then I stamped the words “Thank You” in Simon Says Stamp Orange Peel ink. The sentiment on the inside is from the Many Thanks stamp set from Mama Elephant.

Well, that’s it for my card today. I do hope you like it and I hope to see you again soon!


Video

You can view it by clicking below, or by visiting this link:
https://youtu.be/oe18mneUHBE


Copics Used:

Elephant: T0, T2, T3, T4, T5
Balloon: YR04, YR07, YR09
Sky: BG11, 0
Ground: YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99


Unlinkable Supplies

Pebbles – Sunnyside 6×6 paper pad


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