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Up & Away Birthday Girl Trio

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Hi-a! It’s been a while, huh? I’ve been crafting, but I haven’t been posting. This is the part I dread. It’s like reading a book and knowing you have to do a book report.

   Today, I’m sharing a trio of cards I just finished for 3 of my favorite crafting buddies. 🙂 Yes, they’re little girls (well, not any more) and I use to craft with their moms. I decided to try a bunch of new stuff with this set. It’s a long post, but totally worth it! Let’s get started!


   These came out exactly as I had pictured them in my head! Okay, so I’ll walk you through what I did. First, I stamped the images from Up & Away by Mama Elephant in Desert Sand Memento ink on X-Press It cardstock. This way I could do no lines copic coloring. I was teasing my followers on instagram when I finished each one. 🙂 I colored them up with Copics (colors are listed below). I will do a video on my no lines coloring soon. After coloring, used a 0.05 black copic multiliner to draw in their eyes and add eyelashes. They’re girls! They have to have eyelashes! The fox is my favorite. I didn’t think those colors would work! But, I LOVE the other 2 as well! Next, I cut them out using the matching dies to the stamp set.

   My balloon letters are a set from Mama Elephant called Balloon Letters (fitting, huh?). I stamped them on 110lb. Neenah Solar White Cardstock so they wouldn’t warp. I also used Mama Elephant pigment inks. I’m not too good with any inks other than memento or veramark, so this way way out of my comfort zone. I just can’t get them to quit smudging, even with heat setting. I did find out something really cool though! You can use colored pencils and gamsol over the top of these pigment inks and it won’t smear the ink! So, I used some colored pencils and gamsol to add depth. Now, these stamps do not have matching dies. I cut them out by hand using an exacto knife and my fussy cutting scissors. Then, I layered them with glossy accents.

   While that dried, I cut some patterns from the 6×6 Sugar Shoppe paper pad. I used these because they had a background that had white in it, thus making the pink pop. I recently purchased some Doodlebug cardstock. OMGoodness! Total awesomeness! I used Mama Elephant’s Femme Frames dies to cut the Bubblegum and Sea Glass cardstocks. I also matted the blue layer with a piece of metallic silver I picked up in Hobby Lobby. Totally makes it pop! Then, also used the inner die to cut 2 pieces of vellum and a piece of Neenah 80lb. cardstock. This way the stitched lines were all matchy-matchy. I layered one of the vellum pieces over the blue piece and then used the other vellum and white pieces to make my clouds using Mama Elephant’s Landscape Trio die set. Did I mention this is a total Mama Elephant card??? Except the birthday sentiment. Before adhering, I prepped my vellum piece, stamped the word birthday, and then embossed it using silver embossing powder. Then I adhered all my layers together.

   Now that the balloon letters were dry, I placed them on glue dots and put them on a spare sticker backer sheet. I used my silver dmc thread to tie little knots. Multi matte medium sealed the ends for me so they didn’t unravel. After this comes the totally, probably unnecessary part. I punched a 1/8″ hole in the hands of the critters and then used my tweezers to pull the strings through. This way I knew my strings would be exactly the way I wanted them. Next, I took off the critter and placed it where I wanted it and then moved the balloon letters around. I pulled the strings tight through their hand and tied a really quick little knot, which I also secured with multi matte medium.

   For the inside, I stamped “Make a Wish” from Mama Elephant’s Make A Wish set along with the heart balloon from balloons et cetera.

That’s it for my cards! I do hope you find them as cute as I do! It’s going to be hard parting with these.

Copics Used:

Bunny: E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E37, & E39
Monkey: E50, E51, E53, E35, E57, & E59
Fox: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44; YR12, E15, E97, YR18, E99; R00, R02

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Window Peekers!!!

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

All products I’ve used in this post are linked at the bottom.

   Hey y’all! I’m running behind on blog posts! That could be a good thing, though. You know, I’m creating!!! I even have made DUPLICATES of cards! Well, not total duplicates, just same layout with different colors or papers. 🙂

   Shaker cards have been all the rage recently. I made my first shaker box about 10 years ago. These are my first shaker “cards” though. Same principle, just on a different type of project.

   Jennifer McGuire & Kristina Werner have recently done some tips and tricks on shaker boxes on their YouTube channels. Yes, shaker boxes are easy, but they had a few tips and tricks to make it easier! I definitely recommend watching them. Yes, I learned something new from each of them!

Jennifer McGuire’s video
Kristina Werner’s video

   I’ve been kicking myself that I have SO MANY cute Christmas sets and I haven’t been using them all! Plus, I have 36 people/families on my card list and I’ve made 11. Insert mean voice in my head “If you’d done 1 card a week this whole year, you’d be done by now.” Yes, my head tells me “I told you so”. Quite frequently…

   Okay, so back to the adorable little shakers! I decided to use the “No Peeking” set from Mama Elephant. Nichol Magouirk recently did a card that I got the idea from. Hers wasn’t a shaker card, and it didn’t use this stamp set, but she had Santa peeking in a window. 🙂 Y’all know me… I have to tweak everything!

   I cut out the window from the Peek-A-Frames die set, by Mama Elephant as well, in both Neenah Cream 80# cardstock and PTI Kraft cardstock. I also cut a piece of a transparency to a little larger than the whole window and adhered this to the window. Next, I took some stickles and made ice on the window panes. You can’t feel it because I put it on the outside of the windows, which is really the inside of the shaker part. I added 2 layers of foam tape around the window. I didn’t put it in between the panes. Then, I stamped the tree line from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day stamp set, using SSS Olive ink, on some XPress-It cardstock. I made some masks using the white post-it tape and placed those as snow banks. After that, I used the inking tool and Tumbled Glass distress ink to make my sky and then made little dot with opaque white using a stylus. I stamped each of the critters from the set in a ink that would blend in. For the polar bear I did double stamping with Tuxedo Black ink. For the fox, I did double stamping with Rice Cocoa ink. The reindeer was going to be dark enough that I could just use the rich cocoa. I colored these in with my Copics and added some finishing touches like black glaze on their eyes and white glints after.


   I have 1 wish list thing for stamp and die manufacturers! Know how we have all these confetti dies? How about we get a snowflake confetti die where there are teeny tiny little snow flakes (about 3/8″ wide) and each one is different??? Would make for some GORGEOUS Christmas/Winter shaker cards! Okay, so I used my Martha Stewart border punch on some thin vellum and also some copy paper to make little shaker fillers. A die would have been so much easier as this paper punch is not working very well any more.

   I put my fillers on the colored panel and then lined my shaker front on top of it. After this, I stamped my greeting using SSS Lipstick Red ink. Please do this BEFORE putting foam tape. It would be so much easier! Before adhering this to the card front, I tied some Doodlebug Christmas twine into a bow. I cut and scored my cards from SSS Lipstick Red cardstock to be A4 (I know, shocker!!! I haven’t made a card this size in a LONG time!) top-folding cards. I’m trying to use up this twine because I have a roll of Lawn Fawn’s mistletoe twine coming. 🙂 I also went over the sentiment using the clear wink of stella pen.

   For the inside, I kept it nice and simple with some room for writing. 🙂 I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark ink and then Embossed it with Ranger Superfine White Embossing Powder.

   That’s it for my card! If you have any questions, please feel free to put them in the comments below. Also, if you’d like, I can make an instructional video on how I did these. 🙂

Copics Used:

Scarves: R27, R59, R89
   Antlers: E44, E47, E49
   Fur: E23, E25, E57, E59
   Fur: YR27, E07, E09; E50, E51, E55
   Fur: W00, W1, W3, 0

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Our Favorite Santa

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

   Remember how I’m coloring all the images that use to intimidate me? Well, with this one I added an extra challenge… I also did the “no lines” coloring technique. I’m LOVING how this came out! The image is by Whiff of Joy and it’s called “On Santa’s Knee”. I’ve had it for a couple years and never colored it because it intimidated me. I was afraid I would get it wrong. Silly girl!!! If I never color it, then I’ll definitely get it wrong!

    This image taught me a TON about coloring white. Here’s a tip I learned. If the color next to the white is going to be dark, then you need to deepen your grays. Also, to keep the “white” parts looking white, have it be the lightest color on the image. See how I made the walls a cream color? Well, since there’s no other white on the image, your mind registers the beard and parts of his suit as white because they’re “supposed” to be white and there’s no other white to compare it to. I actually had to darken my whites to get them to look right. Never thought I’d ever have that phrase come out of my mouth. Actually, I used W6 as the deepest shade for my whites. Definitely not my first pick for coloring white! The black layer behind the green layer was going to be white except with it being pure white, it made my Santa’s white look gray. So, I colored it with N6 to make the boots and other black touches pop from the image, thus bringing out the white.

   I also decided to do something else new for me. I made a shaped card. I love this die set from Lifestyle crafts! It looks a lot like Labels 1 from Spellbinders, but they are larger and the shape varies. 🙂 Only problem I have with them is that you need to make sure your cut pieces line up before arranging everything because they are not perfectly symmetrical. Now, those poinsettias are another thing I LOVE about this card. They are made using a die from Simon Says Stamp.

   This die is called Poinsettia Parade. These are tiny little poinsettias. I think the largest is about 1.25″ square. Do you see the detail that is put in? The die does all of that! All I did was cut 3 of the die. 2 from SSS Schoolhouse Red cardstock and 1 from SSS Midnight Green cardstock. Then I flipped over each layer and ran an embossing stylus up the middle of each petal. This made them have some extra dimension. To finish them off, I used clear rhinestones that I colored with a copic marker. I didn’t have the different sizes in that color, so I just made my own. To adhere the flowers to the card, I used glue dots, rolled glue dots, and 3D glue dots to give them different heights.

   I opted to not put a sentiment on the front because I spent so much time coloring this image that I wanted to make it the focal point.

    I decided the best sentiment for the inside was this sweet one from Paper Smooches. Kids believe in Santa because they still believe in the magic of Christmas. I didn’t want it to just be black, I wanted to bring some of that red from the outside, so I stamped it in Simon Says Stamp Schoolhouse Red ink.

   Oh! Before I forget… Because this is a shaped card with rounded sides, it’s not very stable when you open it. I cut about 1/8″ off the back of the card so that it would rest on that and not be so tipsy.

   I think that was all I was going to tell you about this card. I’d love to put up all the “in progress” photos I have of the coloring. You can really see the white turn white. So very cool!

Copics Used:

Beard & White trim:0, W00, W1, W3, W6
Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11; R00, R02
Boots, belt, & shoes: N5, N7, N9, 110
Gold Chair Detail: YR24, Y17, Y21, Y26
Chair: E43, E44, E47, E49
Chair Padding: G24, G28, G29, G46
Suit: R37, R39, R59, R89, W6
Boy’s Pants: E40, E41, E43, E44
Bear: E23, E25, E27
Kids’ Hair: YR31, YR23, Y23, E21, E25
Boy’s Boots: W5, W7, W9, 100
Shirt & Dress: R24, R27, R29, R39
Background: (Floor)E33, E35, E37; (Baseboard) E25, E27, E29; (Wall) E50, E51

Supplies Used