Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Twinkly Wishes



The girls have been asking for a Chibi light tutorial for one of our crafty days so worked this one up for them.  And for me--all that cuteness!  The heart on the door of the house lights up. Ack!

I started by lightly sponging Salty Ocean blue in the upper corner to represent sky between leaves then used Twisted Citron to blend and create a vibrant summer green background. Next came the grass sponging with the TC and Lucky Clover; the leaves were done using the same colors but by dabbing to create a different look. The cover plate was cut using glitter paper (twinkly!).

Time to prep for the Chibi light aperture by cutting out the heart of the door on the mushroom house and cutting a slightly larger aperture on the base layer behind it. This allows the light to be brighter as it shines through the heart opening (which has a layer of vellum I colored in yellow). Now comes the fun part for me where I add the leaves then color up the various bits. Little secret: the balloon covers up where I had originally stamped "push here." I decided more subtlety was in order.

The Details:  The Greeting Farm Fairy Fairy Happy, Craftin Desert Divas Gnomie, Party Dies and Outdoor Landscape 2 Dies, Lawn Fawn Portrait Leafy Tree Backdrop and Push Here, Recollections Glitter Cardstock, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean and Lucky Clover, Copics, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, 1/8" Scor-Tape, Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog, VersaFine Onyx Black



Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cards in Envy Feeling Sketchy!



This round at Cards in Envy, we're asking that you use a sketch to create your card.  Any sketch will do although we would appreciate a link or at least a picture of the sketch so we can all be inspired by your interpretation.  This is going to be fun! 

I have a secret tho.  I am not a fan of sketches. There I've said it. I can be very literal so sometimes find it hard to see the possibilities a sketch provides vs. thinking the sketch must be exactly so. I've been working on it and trying to loosen up my brain a bit. Not that I went off the creative deep end on this interpretation of Freshly Made Sketches #284, however. LOL.  FMS has a BUNCH of sketches to peruse and is a good spot to get some direction if you're having layout woes.


I'm entering this in Watercooler Wednesday #170 Masculine Anything Goes, Crafter's Cafe #194 All Creatures Great and Small, CAS on Friday #133 Birthday, Simon Says Wednesday Stencil It

The Details:  Sugarpea Designs Chunky Monkey, Newton's Nook Tropical Leaves Stencil, Distress Oxide Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Copics, Ranger Multi Mediu Matte

Saturday, May 19, 2018

SOSS #110 - I is for Inky


It's time for the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers #110 Inky!  Woo hoo!  There are so many ways to go with this one--practically anything goes!

I chose both a literal and figurative interpretation. Inky background and inky octi. That poor fish is having the worst day ever--inked in the face, about to be snagged by another octi and being given the yum eye by a shark. Definitely not enough middle fingers!


The Details:  Brutus Monroe Fish Bowl, CAS-ual Fridays Hot Coffee, Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Underwater, Memory Box Cheerful Crabs and Twisting Tentacle, Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean, Neat and Tangled Rice Paddies stencil, Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Grass is Always Greener


Alas, a dear coworker is departing our office for a sort-of rival so I made her a rather tongue-in-cheek goodbye card.

I started by creating the hills and sky using various papers. My coworker works with statistics and analyses so I love that I had grid sky paper--so sciency. Next I colored up the various images using Copics.  I hadn't intended to paper-piece her shirt but when you accidentally grab jeans blue instead of red for shading, there's not a better way to cover up that mega oops.

I'm entering this in Addicted to Stamps and More #292 Make Your Mark

The Details:  MFT Green Pastures, MFT The Whole Herd, MFT Spring Scene Builder, Lil' Inker Large Sunshine, Lawn Fawn Rainbow Plaid, Spring Plaid and Into the Woods 6x6 Papers, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Ranger Detail Fine White Embossing Powder, Copics

Monday, May 14, 2018

Monkey Birthday


Monkeys make me happy . . . monkeys make me happy. . . .  These are adorable and will pair so nicely with my other Little Agenda images (bunnies, peoples, cats, dogs--and I hope someday, a variety of jungle and/or farm animals plus accessories like different hats and such).

I started by sponging the background in ombre greens. I then laid a stencil down and used one of my handy dandy Costco baby wipes to remove the ink by pressing and holding it on the stencil until I liked the results. All jungly but not too jungly.

The cover plate and included sentiment diecut make for an easy design layout so I just added a few monkeys, monkeys, monkeys and a mini sentiment from Celebration balloons.

I'm entering this in Seize the Birthday without optional number topping, Simon Says Wednesday For the Boys, Watercooler Wednesday #169 All About Occasions, Addicted to Stamps and More #291 Anything Goes

The Details:  Mama Elephant Little Monkey Agenda, Tri Window Cover, Celebration Balloons, Newton's Nook Tropical Leaves Stencil, Distress Oxide Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint and Lucky Clover, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Copics

Sunday, May 13, 2018

CDD May Release Recap

Happy dancing that the CDD May release is available in the shop now! Everything is so cute and so so summer. Woo hoo!  Let me run through these cards for you real quick like.


For this card I embossed the base, created a focal point using one of the Stitched In Circle Dies, stamped the sentiment which pairs nicely with the sentiment washi that serves as the ground for the Away We Go critters, and added one of the Beach Scene palm trees for balance and interest.


Look at that bling!  For this card I sponged the background and then sponged the sun rays from the Bright Horizons Stencil, used the Ocean Border Dies to create the ocean floor with lots of chunky glitter, and then colored up the Merman Lagoon images using Copics.


Finally, I have for you a sweet Father's Day card featuring World's Greatest, Fall Border Dies, and Scenery Dies. The kiddos are so cute fishing with their dad and reminds me of my own childhood, minus the mountains and inserting mosquito bites and sunburn!