Find Joy Every Day

Hello!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

I sent a birthday present (a framed family portrait) to my mother-in-law recently.  Of course I included a hand made card using MFT’s Birdie Brown creations.  I love her adorable stamps!

SUPPLIES Stamps: Adorable Elephants (MFT) Dies: Scallop Stitches Wafer (SSS) Color: Clean Color Watercolor Brush Markers (Kuretake), Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (MFT), Distress Ink (Ranger)

To create this card, I colored one of the cute little elephants with watercolor markers and then fussy cuts.  I die cut the “grass” mound from cardstock using SSS’s Scallop Stitches Wafer set.  The paper was then colored with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  The card panel was lightly colored with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I stamped and colored several butterflies on my card panel.  The mound was adhered to the panel followed by the cute little elephant.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.  Finally, I mounted the panel to my card base using foam tape.

Until next time.

 

 

Hello Tag

Hi!

It’s Day 1 of Kathy Racoosin’s Daily Marker Coloring Challenge.  I’ve never participated and I thought I will attempt to do it this time around.  I’ve had a little more time and thought, why not?!

Here’s a little tag I created (decided to also participated with the Wednesday SSS challenge as well) where I stamped a few sketchy roses from Altenew with a simple Hello sentiment from Hero Arts.

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I stamped and embossed the roses as well as my sentiment.  The roses and leaves were colored with Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils with a watercolor pen.  The tag die is Avery Elle.

That’s it!

Until next time!

 

Dare to Dream

Hello!

I made this card back in May to celebrate my daughter’s graduation.  She’ll be a high school freshman next week (eek!)

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I LOVE Mama Elephant and particularly their character stamps.  This card uses an image using the Tiny Heroes stamp and die set on a background using a die from Landscape Trio. The background was created using shades of blue Distress Inks.  I then splattered water and added a little sparkle using a gold glitter pen. The heat and embossed sentiment is from the Hero Arts set, Dare to Dream.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Christmas Tag

Hello!

I’m a little late in sharing this.

I created this tag a few weeks back for a gift my daughter planned to give to her 1st grade buddy.  I wanted it to fun and colorful….

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SUPPLIES Stamps: Silly Scape (Hero Arts); Jingle All the Way (MFT) Die:  Pierced Traditional Tag STAX (MFT) Color: Prismacolor Pencils; Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT); Black Archival Ink (Ranger); Tumbled Glass, Broken China Distress Ink (Ranger) Other: Sparkling Clear Pearl Pen (Viva)

I used a few stamps that hadn’t seen ink in a long time.  I simply stamped the cityscape with black ink.  The MFT Santa was stamped and colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  I fussy cut them and placed it on the tag with foam adhesive.  The tag was colored with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Ink to create a ombre effect.  I also used a sparkling pearl pen to create snow.  I eventually punched a hole in the tag and added a red tag hole reinforcement before I placed it on the Christmas gift.

One more day ’til Christmas!

 

 

 

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Greetings!

My daughter’s birthday was a few weeks ago.  We’ve got a teenager in the house!

I always try to make a fun card for her to include in her presents.  Shaker cards were all the rage last year, that I decided to try it myself.  Quite honestly, I found it more difficult to center it properly.  But I managed to adhere the acetate correctly with the rest of the card!

Here it is:

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SUPPLIES  Stamps: Super Duo (SSS/ME), It's Your Dies (HA), Kapow (TT) Dies: Crusader Kids (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS) Color:  Prismacolor Pencils, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (Ranger), Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukinkeo), Red Royal Midtone (HA), Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Confetti Glitter (Martha Stewart)

SUPPLIES Stamps: Super Duo (SSS/ME), It’s Your Day (HA), Kapow (TT) Dies: Crusader Kids (SSS), Stitched Circles (SSS) Color: Prismacolor Pencils, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink (Ranger), Black Onyx Versafine (Tsukinkeo), Red Royal Midtone (HA), Black Licorice Hybrid (MFT) Other: Clear Embossing Powder (Ranger), Confetti Glitter (Martha Stewart)

It was super fun to make.  I love this collaboration set by Simon Says Stamp and Mama Elephant.  The sentiments were both from Technique Tuesday and Hero Arts.  And I just love the stitched die sets from Simon Says Stamp.  The stitching just adds something to the card and I love it!

Until next time!

Simple Birthday Card 2

Hi there!

I needed to make another set of simple birthday cards for a double birthday party my son attended a few weeks ago.  Again, I needed to make them quick and very simple.

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SUPPLIES Stamps Yay! (Hero Arts) Dies Uplifting (51-004) Color Mediums Fired Brick and Festive Berries Distress Inks (Ranger); Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent) Other Versamark Ink (Tsukineko); Zing White EP (American Crafts); Green Bakers Twine; Glossy Accents

SUPPLIES Stamps Yay! (Hero Arts) Dies Uplifting (51-004) Color Mediums Fired Brick, Barn and Festive Berries Distress Inks (Ranger); Inktense Watercolor Pencils (Derwent) Other Versamark Ink (Tsukineko); Zing White EP (American Crafts); Green Bakers Twine; Glossy Accents; Gel Medium (Faber-Castell)

I cut 2 balloons from Bristol paper using the large elongated balloon die from the set Uplifting (51-004).  I then  white embossed sentiments from the Hero Arts clear set Yay! on each balloon.  I watercolored the balloons using Fired Brick, Festive Berries and Barn Door Distress Inks as my color palette.  I set aside the balloons and let them dry.

I cut 2 small rectangular panels of paper.  Using various blue shades and white Inktense water color pencils, I scribbled each color going from darkest to lightest.  I then used a wide brush to water color and blend the colors to create an ombre look.  Once that was dry, I mounted my panels on a card base.

I then added the balloons to the card using dimensional foam.  I then tied green baker’s twine to the “knot” of the balloon.  I then carefully rubbed Faber Castell Gel Medium to the rest of the twine and adhered it to the card in a “s” shape.  Finally, I added a drop of Glossy Accents to the knot to prevent it from unravelling.

Done!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

Chevron Birthday

Hello!

A few weeks ago, I made a “quick” birthday card for my nephew.  I really couldn’t put much thought into it because I had to mail it right away.

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SUPPLIES Stamps Chevron background (HA); Anything Can Happen (HA) Dies Birthday Trio (PTI) Inks Distress Paint (Ranger) Other Versamark (Tsukineko); Queens Gold EP (Ranger); Enamel Dots; Vellum Paper; Glossy Accents (Ranger); Wink of Stella (Zig)

SUPPLIES Stamps Chevron background (HA); Anything Can Happen (HA) Dies Birthday Trio (PTI) Inks Distress Paint (Ranger) Other Gesso (Golden); Versamark (Tsukineko); Queens Gold EP (Ranger); Enamel Dots; Vellum Paper; Glossy Accents (Ranger); Wink of Stella (Zig)

I tried to keep it simple and I wanted to use stamps and dies that are begging to be used.  I thought adding some paint would keep it technically interesting.  I first prepped a piece of Bristol paper with gesso.  I then added different hues of blue Distress Paint on the Hero Arts background stamp, Chevron.  I wanted an ombre look so I went from dark to light in the order of the paints.    Once colored, I heavily misted the stamp with water and then stamped the image on my paper.

While that dried, I die cut one of the dies from PTI’s Birthday Trio multiple times.  I glued them together to create a more 3 dimensional die cut.  The top layer was brushed with a Wink of Stella Pen and then covered with Glossy Accents.

I then assembled the card when all the items were dry.  On a strip of vellum, I embossed with gold EP the word “happy” from the HA Anything Can Happen clear set.  I added my die cut and finished the stamp with enamel dots.

Until next time!