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.

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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

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Let the Good Times Roll

The winner for my Tim Holtz Hipster Giveaway sponsored by Doodlebugs was announced today--congrats, Michelle Daigle!  Your happy mail will go out tomorrow!

I'm entering this card in Simon Says Wednesday For a Special Girl/Lady

The Details:  Love Cynthia Throw Kindness Around (sentiment) and Be Awesome Today, Lawn Fawn Twine, Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Squeezed Lemonade, Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper, Copic YG03, YG11, YG17, R17, R39, Walzing Mouse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, Lifestyle Crafts Circle Die

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Miss You, Girl!

Another bit of inspiration for you for The Heart Desires Challenge 10 which runs through the end of the month. Come join in!

I'll be sending this to a friend of mine who lives in South Africa so I was rather excited to find this map paper in my stash. I layered diecuts right and left--absolutely no stamping but I did color the hearts. I love the size of the HA Luggage Tag Alphabet. Big but not too. So amazing in that gold!

The Details:  Hero Arts Luggage Tag Alphabet dies, Concord & 9th Heart Strings die, Neat & Tangled Hexastar Coverplate die, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics R12, R14, R17, R29, Recollections Gold Mirror Board, Avery Elle Finished Frames (tiny heart), Basicgrey Adrift 6x6 paper

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Cards in Envy CAS

We have a super simple and super fast challenge for you at Cards in Envy this time. Make the simplest card you can, even one layer, and can you do it in just a few minutes?

I can make a 10-minute card no problem as long as I have 3 days to prepare! Seriously tho, I did think for a while about how I could incorporate color without coloring (because that takes too long for me). Rainbow made by randomly coloring up the map using Distress Inks and pairing it with a bold black sentiment on this one layer card was just the ticket. This will be perfect for a traveler or, in my case, one of the graduate students who often go on to do research in Africa from my office.

The Details:  Neat and Tangled Origami Map, Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Mermaid Lagoon, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Versafine Onyx Black

Friday, March 3, 2017

Getting My Crunch On

I've had this CB set for quite some time and immediately thought of it when I saw the CASology cue word this week. I combined it with the current PP Sketch by off-stamping two of the three bunnies (totally didn't feel like coloring 3 bunnies, cute as they are!).  I layered the top panel on orange for a bit of pop.

I'm entering this in CASology #238 Crunch, The Paper Players #333 Sketch

The Details:  Clearly Besotted Vegetable Patch, Gina Maria Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, VersaFine Onyx Black, Copics

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Stamplorations CAS #15 Challenge

We have a new challenge for March for you over at Stamplorations CAS. The optional color twist is sky blue which is so perfect for this time of year with spring poking its head up. I chose to combine it with other colors that remind me of spring tulips and gummy bears. I added the embossing for a bit of texture. So yummy cute!

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I'm entering this in Fab 'n' Funky #340 Baby, Color Throwdown #432

The Details:  Stamplorations Heaven Sent, Copics, Sizzix embossing folder, Waltzing Mouse Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, Memento Tuxedo Black

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

THD Challenge 10

Time for a new challenge at The Heart Desires and it's a fun one!  I see all sorts of things to be inspired by in the board and had a tough time choosing just a few.

I chose designer paper that looked sort of mappy and certainly reminded me of vacation time (I wish!). I used a heart die with divisions which pulls from the idea of a map as well as the hearts in the upper left photo. Notice the dots in the lower left photo--look at my little hugs heart. Yes! And finally the embossing is a no brainer map tie in. I can't wait to see how you interpret the challenge!

The Details:  First Edition Sail Away 6x6 Paper, Carta Bella Map embossing folder, VersaFine Onyx Black, Ranger Glossy Accents, Concord and 9th Heart Smile sentiment and Heart Strings die, Scor-Tape