Friday, March 24, 2017

Stamplorations and the Coffee Lovers Hop


Woo hoo! The Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop has begun and Stamplorations is one of the fabulous sponsors.  A bunch of new products, coffee-related and otherwise, have popped in the store so be sure to take a look and be sure to look at how we were inspired to use them.

In my first card I used the new kettle die sprinkled all over my card front then backed by origami paper. I didn't want to waste that amazing paper but had little left so I got creative in using the Smile die. Love how that turned it out. A few enamel dots and a sentiment from the New Beginning set complete the card.

I'm entering this in AAA #86 Diecuts, Simon Says Wednesday Use More Than One Die/Punch, Coffee Lovers Spring Blog Hop

The Details:  Stamplorations New BeginningCutplorations Tag o'Coffee and Smile dies, Yasutomo origami paper, Waltizing Mouse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, Bazzill cardstock, Doodlebug and Mark Richards dots, VersaFine Onyx Black


For my second card, I wanted to use the diecuts from my origami card so I stacked them beneath the designer paper kettle.  That's totally a kettle I would buy. I colored up the Coffee Happy cups drawing colors from the designer paper. The yellow stripe paper is from the same pad. Love that shade of yellow. Oh, duh, it just occurred to me I could have reversed the kettle die and layout so that the sentiment, as you were reading it, could have poured visually into the cup. Next time!



The Details:  Stamplorations Coffee Happy, Cutplorations Tag o'Coffee and Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Nesting Dies, American Standard 6x6 designer paper, Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins, Lawn Fawn twine, Memento Toffee Crunch, Copics

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Slow Down


And keep track of your sticky clear stamps! This card almost didn't get made because in typical Toni-fashion, I lost the sentiment for a long chunk of time. Finally found it stuck to a sticky dot on the back of a piece of paper in my recycle bin. Whew!

This idea came to me last weekend at a crafty shindig with my ladies (fun!) and then it occurred to me that maybe, just maybe, it could be a slider with minimal layering. YES! Notice that the Slide on Over die nests perfectly with the Road die? I just put a 1/16" strip of foam along both sides of the upper road to create enough room for the slider mechanism. I glued the slider cutaway to the bottom so it would look like a road regardless of where the card was at the time. Very cool!


I'm entering this in Tuesday Throwdown 335 Add Dimension, AAA 86 Diecuts, Simon Says Wednesday Use More Than One Die/Punch

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Slide on Over and Road Border dies, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, and Worn Lipstick, VersaFine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Love Cynthia Follow Your Heart and Let Your Heart Sing (sentiment), Copics

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday to My Sweet Koi


I mean boy, my sweet boy(friend). LOL. I had such great fun with this one--Lindy's Magicals worked so well for the random koi colors and Brushos for the water.  I was trying to make it look like the koi had  just splashed down. Do they do that?  To be honest, the big ones freak me out with their giant mouths and how you can see all the way inside. Shiver.

I took another shot to try to capture the iridescence of the Magicals. You'll need to squint and pretend--just couldn't! I do love the texture of the Hero Arts Koi die, don't you? Really makes it seem lifelike--shiver.

Now off to package this up. His birthday is today!


I'm entering this in Seize the Birthday without topping, Make My Monday #42 White Embossing, SIP 91 Happy Birthday

The Details:  Hero Arts Koi, Simon Says Uplifting Thoughts, Brushos Aqua, Hi Maintenance Magenta and Bling-y Blonde, Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper, Versamark, Memento Tuxedo black (interior), Waffle Flower Bowtiful sentiment (interior), Stampendous Detail Fine White Embossing Powder

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Cards in Envy Spot of Color Challenge


This round's challenge at Cards in Envy is Black and White with just a spot of color.  There are so many ways you could do this! Black and white stripes with floral, white on white with a black sentiment and little colorful element, the list goes on.

I opted to go with a snowy scene with graphic black elements and a cute orange pom pom and nose. Anything I can do to reduce my mad holiday card rush is a winner!

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait and Stitched Hillside Border dies, Tradefish Designs stamps, Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Stampendous Detail Fine White Embossing Powder, Copics


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Stamplorations CAS #15 Mid-Challenge Reminder


Time for the mid-challenge reminder over at Stamplorations CAS. The optional color twist is sky blue as you may recall.

I'm trying to work on holiday cards throughout the year--yay, me! I used the Bubble Dance stencil to create the illusion of bokeh falling snow and sponged the Christmas Reindeer stencil at a bit of a tilt so less leaping and more stately walk through a winter wonderland. LOL! The diecut, one of my favs!, I left in white to further the bokeh effect.



Use the code STAMPGIRLTONI to get 20% off all regular- and sale-priced stamps, stencils and dies! This code cannot be combined with any other discount codes. Happy crafting!

The Details:  Artplorations Bubble Dance and Christmas Reindeer stencils, Cutplorations Let It Snow, Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hello, My Favorite!


You know that thing where you start out with a concept and, boom, end up in a totally different place? Yup, this card. I had been thinking about this girl on a swing--super simple card in mind--but wouldn't it be cute if she could actually swing? Maybe one of those cards were the image is suspended on thread--hmm, that takes too much planning, eww.  So, rejiggered my mindset and placed her on a lift up flap. Virtual swing!
  1. I diecut the Lawn Fawn tree die border and turned it on its side as a branch. 
  2. I figured out where I wanted to place the girl and diecut a Pretty Pink Posh Peekaboo Window, extended for length to fit (did this on the Big Shot--I bet Jennifer McGuire or somebody has a video about this technique). 
  3. I stamped my image and drew in extra chain using a Copic Multiliner (0.3). 
  4. After I colored her up, I decided to add clouds and grass for more interest--a Ranger round sponge applicator for the clouds and a Clarity brush for the grass (love the effect of the stippled grass).
  5. The coverplate looked plain so I used another border die cut scallop the edges. Omg, so cute.
  6. A handful of leaves, butterflies and a precious bird make the scene more lively.
  7. And finally, finally, finally, I stamped the sentiment and colored up a few hearts on the card base so when the recipient lifts the flap (or should I say, swings it), they get a secret message.

I'm entering this in Fab n Funky #342 Children, Simon Says Wednesday Bit of Green, Cute Card Thursday 368 For Mothers/Ladies Only

The Details:  Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Portrait diesDistress Ink Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, and Vintage Photo, VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Round Ink Applicators, Love Cynthia Be Awesome Today, Mama Elephant Cloud Border die, Memory Box Dancing Butterflies, Doodlebug So Tweet Shape Sprinkles, Clarity Brush, PTI kraft and PopTone Sour Apple cardstock, Waltzing Mouse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle, Pretty Pink Posh Peekaboo Windows, Copics


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It's Raining . . . Carrots. Hallelujah!



This card took way longer than I think it should--cannot tell you how many paper-pieced outfits I went through before I settled on one.  Just like real life!

I'm entering this in Fab N Funky #341 Music or Inspired by a Song, Mod Squad Song Inspiration (in my case, It's Raining Men--LOL)

The Details: Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangle Dies, Love Cynthia Throw Kindness, Neat and Tangled Cottontail Cuties, MFT Tiny Check 6x6 paper, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics