Tuesday, May 14, 2019

CASology: Color

Hello! I'm back after an extended break for a vacation. I went out to Missouri and spent some time with my in-laws, ate some awesome barbeque, and had some laughs with good friends. After recharging my batteries, I'm here again with a new cue from CASology!


This is such an open-ended cue for a cardmaker! I absolutely love a cue that can be interpreted in so many ways. My mind immediately went to this adorable stamp set from Clearly Besotted though.


Oh my gosh that chameleon! I just love his adorable little face! I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment so that it was straight and then added my splash of color with a stamp and some lobster ink. I went back in with my chameleon and stamped him so that it looked like he had colored the little streak. I used my Copics to color him in and I than adhered my panel to a top-folding card base.

Thanks for joining me today and don't forget to link up your creations on the CASology post!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

CASology: Turquoise

Hello! I'm back today with a brand new cue from CASology!


I love this cue! There's so much you can do with a color prompt! I searched through my stamps and finally settled on this adorable bird image from Clearly Besotted to get the color treatment.


I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment and then my bird just above it so that it looks like he's coming in for a landing on top of it. I used my Copics to color him in and then simply adhered my panel to a top-folding card base.  A super simple card, but I think it's awfully cute!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CASology: Africa

Hello! Two posts in one day?! What? But not only is it Kindred Stamps reveal day, but it's also new cue day for CASology! (You'll see that my brain was still on the underwater theme!)


I decided that a hippo would fit this theme nicely since they're an African animal and MFT has the cutest hippo set, so it was super easy to figure out which theme to go with. Hippos love water and I was already in watery mood so I just kept my blue Copics on my craft table and went to town!


My happy little hippo is enjoying his swim time in the river and he's sending you tons of love! I started by stamping a partial hippo by simply inking up the top third portion of the stamp with Memento Tuxedo black. I stamped it out on a card panel, but left the image in my MISTI so I could go back in after I added my water and stamp the rest of my hippo in a lighter color since he'd be obscured by the water.

I colored everything using what I've learned from the fabulous Sandy Allnock in her mini Copic Underwater Scenes class. I'm not going to go into details since I don't want to give away her hard work, but let me tell you, the class is super fun and it's so much easier than you think it's going to be!

When I liked the look of my water, I stuck my panel back in my MISTI and stamped the rest of my hippo using SSS Stone gray ink. It's not Copic friendly, but I was going for a no-line coloring look, so it didn't bother me that the line essentially disappeared as I colored in the rest of my hippo. I made sure that the bottom two thirds of my hippo were just slightly lighter than the portion above the water to give it that faded look.

I finished everything by stamping my sentiment on the panel and then adhering it to the front of a top-folding card base.

I hope my rambling made sense today! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link up your creations on the CASology post!

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Kindred Stamps April Release Blog Hop

Hello! I'm super excited to share with you today a fun new stamp set from Kindred Stamps! I'm in love with this one and I think you will be, too. I present to you - Ocean Royalty!


I used what I've learned in Sandy Allnock's Underwater Scenes class to create a "forest" of kelp behind my mermaid. I thought it would be fun to make it look like she's out exploring because we all know that's what she likes to do!


For my second card, I channeled my inner sea witch and created a fun cavern scene complete with sunken ship. What better place for her to be lurking, right?

So which are you - oceans of fun or perfectly wicked? 😉

The entire Kindred Stamps April release will be available Friday, April 26th at 8am PST/11am EST.  Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday!  Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Spotlight Coloring

Hello! I'm here today with a fun card using the Kindred Stamps set Learning is an Adventure. It's getting to be that time of year. You know the one, when we start thinking of thank you cards for teachers and other staff at our kids' schools. Today I have a card that is just perfect for a bus driver!


I decided to create my own patterned paper by repeatedly stamping the bus from the set across the front of a card panel. I used my MISTI to help me keep things aligned. Instead of just coloring everything yellow, I decided to use the spotlight technique. I think it adds a little something fun. It feels like it's visually saying that they're special; that they're one in a million.

I colored my spotlight bus in the vivid yellow first and then colored the rest of my buses using cool grays. All in all, it probably took 45 minutes to an hour to get everything colored. When it was finished, I used my tape runner to adhere it to a top-folding card base. I added my sentiment by heat embossing the thank you from Video Game Brothers (I masked the sentiment a little bit to get rid of the "for" on the end). I adhered that directly to the front of the card using some multi-medium matte to ensure that the ends of my fishtail wouldn't lift up.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

CASology: Leap

Hello! I'm here today with a new cue from the CASology challenge!


I've had this adorable little frog set for ages and I've never inked it up, so I thought this challenge gave me a good reason!


This was a super simple card to put together. I started by cutting a panel to the size of the front of an A2 card base. I stamped my frog and lily pad using my MISTI and then went back in and stamped the water marks after I was sure of the placement. I stamped my sentiment below everything.

I used my Copics to color in my images and then adhered my panel to the front of a top-folding A2 card base.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

G'Day Mate

Hello! I'm here today with a super cute card featuring the G'Day stamp set from Kindred Stamps.


The good news is that I actually remembered to take pictures of my process as I assembled this card. The bad news is that I forgot to take pictures while I was coloring. So I have a tutorial of sorts for the assembly, but nothing for my coloring process! With that said, here's how this card came together.


I started by cutting and folding a top-folding A2 card base and then used my Distress ink, stencil, and ink blending tool to create a soft background for my images.


Next, I cut some foliage from 3 different green card stocks to layer behind my images.


Next came my stamping and coloring and my sentiment. I stamped my sentiment on some brown card stock with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white powder. I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black and used my Copics to color them in.


Before I adhere anything down, I lay things out where I think they look well-balanced. This is my little trick for layered bunches like with the foliage.


When I'm satisfied with placement, I use post-it tape to keep my pieces from moving around and pick up the whole thing in order to place adhesive on the back.


This is what it looks like when I remove it from the card base. I used multi medium matte on the back of the foliage but left the sentiment strip and my image free of glue. I wanted to mount those with foam tape, so this made it easy to remove. When I was happy with the amount of adhesive, I placed the whole thing back onto my card base and then pressed it down.


When I'm satisfied that the adhesive is holding well, I removed the post-it tape and then pulled up my image and the sentiment strip. I added foam tape to the back of them and placed them back on top of the foliage. I then trimmed the right side of the sentiment so it was flat with the edge of the card.


I had decided that the card was missing a little something, so I went back in and added the little koala and a few sparkling clear sequins to finish it all off.

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