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Charmed Birthday Fox

Friday, September 4th, 2015

   Hey, y’all! I know it’s been a while. I went on vacation (wasn’t a vacation… same job, different location) and then the day after we got back, school started. I’ve just been trying to keep my head above water since then. Oh, and I think my muse stayed in Florida. I did manage to get one card made since being back. I also have a couple I made before leaving that I’ll put up next week, but one needs the video(s) edited.

   I got the Charmed stamp set a bit ago from Mama Elephant. I just love foxes and owls! I wanted to keep this card pretty simple since I haven’t been feeling up to anything lately. Back to school colds suck. So, I used 80# Neenah to make my card base. This card measures 3.25″ x 6.25″. Tall and skinny, but not gigantic. I also used another layer of Neenah that I ran through my Big Shot with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I know you can’t see it in the photos, but I promise it’s there! I mounted that on some craft foam. The images are colored on X-Press it cardstock. I cut the wreath and banner using the matching dies and mounted them using foam tape. The fox, I fussy cut (after layering the crown using masking) out and adhered the bottom using a liquid glue but the top with a piece of foam tape. Gives a little bit of dimension. I put her (She has eyelashes) on a circle I cut from Neenah and made a shadow using copics, but also made a yellow glow using Squeeze Lemonade distress ink.

You can see the dimension in the photo above.

I didn’t do any fancy coloring, just wanted to get back in to the swing of things.
All the Copic colors I used are listed below.

   For finishing touches, I used clear Wink of Stella on the banner and also on the crown. I also used a black glaze pen to go over the fox’s nose.

   For the inside, I wanted a really simple birthday greeting, so I decided to use one from MFT’s Birthday Bears set. I centered it using my MISTI and stamped using Lawn Fawn’s Wild Rose ink. I felt this matched the banner on front perfectly.

   I really hope you like my simple card. Any products I used are listed below.

Copics Used:

Fox: YR12, YR15, YR16, YR18; R02; E40, E41, E42, E43
Crown: C00, C1, C3
Wreath: YG11, YG13, YG17; YG61, YG63, YG67; YG93, YG95, YG99; G21, G24, G85; V20, V25
Ribbon: 0, R32, R35
Background: W0, W3

Supplies Used:

What’s Up, Kitty?

Friday, May 29th, 2015

I DID IT! I made a card in under 24 hours!!! Including drying time!

   Gerda Steiner Designs did a design team call in February. I just LOVE her little images! I wanted to try out, but we were moving. She’s having another one this month! It has been going on all through May. So, I decided to submit something. 🙂

If you’d like more information, please visit her page for the design team call.
Design Team Call

   So, I will tell you about this little cutie. I saw this kitty and usually I would think “birthday”. This time I figured he looks a bit more curious, so he’s just saying “hi”. Trust me, while making this card, I flipped back and forth about 20 times between doing a birthday card and a hi card. I printed him out and cut him using my silhouette. How did I ever get along before this thing??? I colored him up using my copics. I’ve never had an all brown cat (I’ve only had 9 in my life. Not nearly cat lady crazy enough.). I just thought it was too cute. After coloring him, I decided to add texture using some 91% alcohol on a terry cloth towel. I’m not usually a “yellow” person, but this little guy just LOVES yellow. He begged for a yellow balloon. Who could say no to that sweet little face?

   See those little clouds??? I used modeling paste for the first time. He wanted some clouds and I’ve loved this stencil since I first saw it. How perfect for scenes set in the air? As usual, doing it for the first time, I learned a few do’s and don’t’s. When you’re watching a video and they say “Rinse off your stencil, work surface, and palette knife quickly.” They’re not kidding. I waited about 2 minutes and things started to harden on the stencil. Also, Jennifer McGuire recommends using a removable spray adhesive on the backs of your stencil. This is a good idea! Some of my modeling paste got up under the stencil, but I’m calling those “fancy” clouds.

   For the sentiment, I wanted to use the banner die from the MFT Blueprints #20 set. So, I was looking through my sentiments and found this one. I stamped and heat embossed it on vellum. Then cut another banner out of the SSS-Sunshine cardstock I used for the card base and offset the two banners. Still gives that pop, but it’s not in your face bright. Plus, having the balloon yellow draws your eye across the card and brings out the yellow in the chevron panel underneath.

   For the inside, I wanted to keep it simple and with lots of room to write. Since I didn’t have what I wanted to say in a stamp, I decided to spell it out using the Bella alphabet set from Mama Elephant. Let’s just say I don’t like lining up alphabet stamps.

   That’s it for my card today. I wanted to say thank you to Gerda for having a design team call. And for giving so much time to do it!

Copics Used:

Cat: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29; R02, R00
Balloon: Y13, Y15, Y17, Y38

Supplies Used:

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

Supplies Used: