Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CASology: Parent

Hello! It's time for a new cue from CASology!

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I decided to create a card that I could send for the holiday. (Most likely my mother-in-law because my Mom creeps on my social media!)

I started this card by creating the card base first. I knew I wanted to add an extra little something to it to make it super special. I just love these coverplates from Lil Inker Designs so I settled on this pretty stitched spiral plate. They're a fantastic way to add interest to a plain card base without adding any extra layers or bulk. I simply ran my card base through my Big Shot with my coverplate and I got this incredibly pretty card! I also cut out a circle from some vellum so that my focal image wouldn't get lost in the stitching on the front of the card.

I set these aside and then used my MISTI to stamp my floral image. I colored it in with my Copics and then used my Brother Scan N Cut 2 to cut it out. Then I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment on a strip of black cardstock in Versamark ink. I heat embossed in white powder and then used my scissors to snip a flag on the end. I added a dab of Multi Medium Matte to the end of the flag to adhere it to the back of my floral image.

I adhered my floral image with attached flag to the vellum circle using some foam tape and then added a little bit more Multi Medium Matte behind the image on the back of the vellum to adhere it to the card base without the adhesive showing through on the front. I finished it off by adding just a few Lemon Drop jewels from Pretty Pink Posh.

I know this is a little more elaborate than I normally go for, but I wanted to make something extra special for Mother's Day!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Waving Hello Tutorial

Hello! I'm here today with a photo tutorial for how I colored water from an earlier post featuring a Chubby Mermaid.  I had a lot of people across social media asking me how I created the background, so I decided to create a new card with the same technique and photograph the process. Forgive me if the photos are a little dark, I created this card this morning in my craft room and it was pretty overcast here in Utah. I did the best I could, but the weather just wasn't cooperating!

Here's what the card looks like as a finished product:

Looks complicated, right? Wrong! It's actually really easy to create your own project that looks just like this without much effort. I'll walk you through my creative process below...

Here's what I started with. Simple, really. I just stamped my two images on some plain white cardstock and got to coloring.

I started with my mermaid. (If you'd like another tutorial showing you my process for coloring people/creatures, just let me know and I'll do it another day!)

Next up, my fishies. Still looks a little bare, right? Well, we're about to start on that background!

I grabbed a bunch of blues from my copic stash and set them out on the table. I started with my lightest blue to give it a bit of a base to build on. All I did was add stripes of color coming up from and down from the images. Looks pretty choppy. Don't worry, as you add color, the water comes together and starts to actually look like water!

This is after a couple additions of darker blues. Starting to come together, right? I just kept adding stripes of color on top of the lighter colors. I didn't color it in completely, but left spaces so that the lighter colors shine through from behind the darker stripes.

To give my water some dimension, I also added some blue green and blue violet. If you really look at water, it doesn't just look like one color. If you use just one color, it'll look a little flat. By adding in some purple and blue green, it begins to look shimmery like there's light shining through it.

Okay, now it's time for bubbles. This also helps to break up those stripes of color a little bit and make it look more like water. All this is are spots of colorless blender. I varied the size of my dots because bubbles aren't all the same size. I then went in with my darkest blue yet and added a few varied dots with it. Those bubbles look like they're farther behind the images because they're darker.

Time for some white bubbles. I went in with my Signo white gel pen and added just a few dots of white bubbles. Some of them overlap where my other bubbles already are. These are the brightest bubbles, so they're going to appear closer to you.

Now it's time to cut out my panel. I centered the mermaid within the die and then used my Big Shot to cut it out.

Now that everything is cut out and centered, I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment. This ensures that the sentiment is straight and doesn't stamp incorrectly. It would seriously stink if I went to all that coloring trouble and then ruined it with a crooked sentiment!

Now I went back in with my colorless blender, darkest blue, and gel pen and added just a few more bubbles around the sentiment to tie it in with my images.

Time to bring it all together into a card. I simply used my glue runner to attach my panel to a white card base. I want to keep it flat because it's going to be mailed.

I finished it all off by adding just a touch of clear Wink of Stella to my fish and my mermaid's fin. It adds just a touch of fun detail. I decided that this was all the embellishment this one needed.

That's it! From start to finish! Simple, isn't it? I bet you could create your own underwater card just like mine! Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

I'm entering this card into the current Addicted to CAS challenge - bubbles. It was just perfect timing!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Freshly Made Sketches Entry

Hello! I've been in the crafty mood lately and I've been looking through some of the challenges that I used to enter, but haven't had time for in a while. This week's Freshly Made Sketch was right up my alley, so I broke out my supplies and whipped something up to join!

I used a ton of different supplies from different companies for this one. It gave me a chance to just be creative for the sake of creativity which is something that I haven't had much time for recently. It's so much fun to just use the products I love because I love them!

Okay, so to start this card, I knew I wanted a white card base. I cut and folded a base from some Neenah Solar White and then stamped my Marble background in Versamark ink. I heat embossed the card front with Pearl embossing powder to create a fun tone-on-tone look with some shine. It's really beautiful in real life. Super shiny and shimmery. I'm in love with it!

Next up, I cut a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock down to 1 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. I ran it through my Big Shot with my Stitched Woodgrain cover plate to give it that stitched detail. I adhered this to my card front using foam tape for some dimension.

I stamped my images using my MISTI and then used my copics to color them. I cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut (yay for no fussy cutting!). I stamped my sentiment in Versamark on a piece of pink paper to match my roses and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I cut the piece down to a strip and then adhered it behind my image.

I used a combination of foam tape and my tape runner to adhere the flowers and the sentiment strip across the base/woodgrain strip. To finish it off, I added a little glitter detail to the water using my Clear Wink of Stella pen.

So there you have it. A card created with a bunch of my current favorite products. These are the things that have been living on my desk for the past couple of weeks and seem to find their way into cards frequently - but never together until today!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

CASology: Believe

Hello and welcome back for a brand new cue from the CASology challenge!

This week's cue is perfect for my stash because I have a ton of stamp sets that will work. And luckily enough, Mama Elephant recently released a couple of stamp sets that I just couldn't resist featuring some adorable dragons.

Isn't this little guy adorable!? I just love him! I stamped him on some scrap cardstock and then used my Brother Scan n Cut to cut him out. I colored him with my Copics and then set him aside and got to work on my card base.

I used an embossing pad to emboss a die cut into the front of my card base. This is a great way to stretch your dies and get even more use out of them. Plus, it helps keep my card extra clean and simple by avoiding the bulk of another die cut.

I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink on some black cardstock and then heat embossed in white powder. I cut it down to a thin strip and used foam tape to adhere it to the front of my card base. I adhered my dragon using a mix of foam tape and multi medium matte so that it was even with the sentiment strip, but still supported on top of the card base.

I finished it off by adding a few gems from the newest Pretty Pink Posh release.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to link up your creations to the challenge!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Merlin's Pants!

With my husband away, the mice will play! And by mice I mean me! I've been playing with my Copics and experimenting with drawing in backgrounds and that's where this card came from.

I cut a piece of white cardstock down the size of an A2 card base and then stamped my little Ron to the side. I then went about sketching in my Whomping Willow with my lightest brown marker. I outlined the basic shape that I wanted and then gradually started adding in streaks of darker browns until it looked relatively like a tree!

I then went on to the grass. I colored the base area with YG01 and then started adding in small flicks of grass with gradually darker greens. When that was finished, I moved on to the sky. I added B00 in upward flicks from the ground toward the sky and then added flicks of B000 through the middle. To finish it off, I used B0000 to flick through the top. This created a gradient look for the blues.

I finished up the coloring by coloring in my little Ron the way I normally do.

I used my Calli Letters from Mama Elephant to stamp my sentiment in Versamark on black cardstock and then heat embossed it in white. I cut the strip down to the right size to fit over the bottom of the card base and then used double sided tape to attach it.

I used the same double sided tape to attach my panel to a top folding card base.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Be a Mermaid

Hello! My husband's away on a business trip for a few days, so I've been playing in my craft room. I decided to break out my copics and try my hand at a water background.

I stamped my mermaid on a panel cut from a Stitched Rectangle die using my MISTI. At this  point, I left the sentiment off because I didn't want it to get in the way of my coloring.

I started by coloring my mermaid the way I always do and then moved on to the new part - the background! It's actually a lot easier than it looks, I swear! I used several different shades of blue to create stripes of coloring all around the mermaid. As you add more and more stripes, the colors begin to blend together and look like less of a mess a more like abstract water. To finish off the creation, I took my colorless blender pen, BG10, and B93 to create bubbles surrounding my mermaid. To add the final touch, I added just a few white bubbles with my gel pen.

I added my sentiment by stamping in Versamark ink and then heat embossing in silver powder. I adhered my panel to a white card base with my glue runner and it was all finished!

Seriously, this card looks really difficult to put together, but it was actually really easy! I was nervous to try it out, but really pleased with the results!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

CASology: Start

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

I took a look through my stamps and was stuck for a little while until I started thinking a little outside the box. I stopped looking for a sentiment with the actual word in it and started thinking about what you can start in your life. And what's better than a fun trip!?

This card is super simple. It's one layer and doesn't feature any coloring (totally different for me!). I started by using my MISTI to position my silhouette of London (retired stamp set from Clearly Besotted). I stamped it once in black ink and then used a circle die to make a mask from some scrap paper. I placed it over the city and then used some post it tape to mask off the bottom of the circle below the city.

I used 3 different Mama Elephant pigment inks to create my sunset blend - Apricot, Orangeade, and Sunshine. I blended Sunshine lightly up from the bottom of the city and then blended Apricot in from the top. I used Orangeade in the center to create a smooth blend between the two original inks.

I removed my mask and then used my MISTI again (I simply left the stamp in the same position inside it) to restamp my cityscape in black ink to make sure the impression was really dark after all the blending. I then used the MISTI to stamp the sentiment below my city.


Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to link up your own creations on the CASology post!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tyrion Birthday

Hello! I'm here today with a fun card I made for a friend's upcoming birthday. I'm still in love with these adorable stamps from Kindred Stamps and since I have a bunch of friends who are fans of Game of Thrones, I guess that's a good thing!

I stuck to my typical style for this card and kept it clean and simple. I cut a panel with a stitched rectangle die and then used my MISTI to stamp Tyrion in the corner. I dug out a stamp block and my calli letter stamps from Mama Elephant for the sentiment. I used a well-known quote to start my sentiment on the outside of my card and then finished it up with a sentiment stamp from the Royal Throne stamp set on the inside later.

I used my Copics to color my Tyrion. I know his hair is more brown in the series, but if we're being true to the books, then he also has blond hair like his siblings. I decided to stay true to the books like the bookworm I am. I finished him off by adding a bit of shadow for grounding in my warm grays and then adding a light halo of cool grays around the image to make it pop off the white background.

I adhered the panel to a folded card base and then used my MISTI to finish the sentiment inside.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

CASology: Cross

Hello and welcome to a brand new cue from CASology!

This cue was a little difficult for me. I don't make many Easter cards and I the ones I do make I tend to keep pretty secular and cute because they're for my niece and nephews. So I really don't have anything that features a cross. I had to think outside of the box for this one. And what's another definition of the word cross? Angry or upset! 

I started by stamping three little crabs and coloring them with my Copics. I cut them out with their matching die and set them aside. Now I needed to come up with a background for my crabby little guys. I used a die from My Favorite Things to come up with the layout. I took a card panel that was the same size as an A2 card front and then cut it with the die. I used my ink blending tool and some peacock feathers distress ink to ink the right side of the die cut pieces and then added some to the front of the card base where the holes would be.

I adhered the right side piece with my glue runner and then adhered the left side with foam tape for dimension. I should mention that I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of that piece before adhering it so I was sure to get a good impression.

I finished it off by adding my little crabs with some foam tape in the little windows.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Keeping Christmas

Hello! I'm joining some delightfully talented ladies on the 25th of every month with a fun Christmas creation. I don't know about you, but I always find myself rushing to get things done in the couple of months leading up to Christmas. I'm trying to keep that from happening this year by putting together a couple of creations each month to put in my stash so I won't be crazy busy when Christmas rolls around.

It's the 25th of March and it's time for a fun Christmas creation!

I kept it simple this month with a fun dog stamp from MFT. I cut a panel with a stitched rectangle stamp and then used my MISTI to stamp my dog and sentiment with some Memento Tuxedo Black. I used my Copics to color my little doggo and add a shadow underneath him.

I prepped my card base by cutting and folding a piece of white card stock and then added a piece of green striped patterned paper to cover the front.

I adhered my panel to the front and I was all done! Super simple, but one step closer to having my Christmas cards made in advance!

Don't forget to hop along and see all the festive inspiration from these wonderful ladies!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

CASology: Foil

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

I love foiling! It's one of my very favorite techniques and I have a ton of stencils that work so well with my Deco Foil Transfer Gel.

For this card, I positioned my stencil in the upper left corner of the card and then used some post it tape to tape off the areas surrounding the circular stencil that I didn't want to get messy with my gel. I spread the gel on top of the stencil with a palette knife and then removed the stencil and the tape. I set it aside to dry (about 30 minutes) and then ran it through my MINC with some rose gold foil.

I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment on some black cardstock in Versamark ink and then heat embossed it with some white powder. I used my scissors to cut a flagged end and then attached it to my card base with some foam tape. To finish it off, I added a few rose gold sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link up your FOIL creations to the linky on the CASology page!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

CASology: Bug

Hello, everyone! I know I haven't been posting as much  lately and that's because my dog had surgery recently. Nothing serious, she just had a tumor removed, but I've had to keep an eye on her so she doesn't open her stitches. And she's quite the handful when it comes to keeping still! So because of that, I've been spending a lot of time shut in the bedroom where there aren't as many things for her to scratch her butt on (which is where her stitches are!).

Anyway, on to today's post! It's time for a new cue from CASology!

Whenever I see a cue like this, I automatically think of this super cute set from Sunny Studio Stamps. It has the most adorable little ants that are invading a picnic.

I started this card by stamping my tiny scene with my sentiment beneath it using my MISTI. Then I used an oval die to cut it out. I did a little simple coloring with my Copics and then adhered it to a Kraft card base. Super simple, but super cute!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope to start updating my blog more frequently now that Molly has her stitches out and I don't have to watch her so closely. So stop by again soon for more cardmaking fun!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

CASology: Abstract

Welcome back for another brand new cue from CASology!

I have the perfect die cut for this cue: an abstract heart from Neat & Tangled!

This card is super simple to pull together. I started by cutting a piece of toner paper with my heart die and then using my Minc to add gold foil to it. I then cut another heart from a black cardstock panel and adhered it to a black card base.

I inlaid the foiled die cut and then carefully replaced all the small black pieces that I die cut from the panel.

I finished off the card by heat embossing the sentiment in gold below my inlaid piece.

Super simple! Thanks for stopping by!