Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hedgehogs Can Read Too!....Who Knew!

I almost aways create cards with purpose...
I purchase stamp sets with particular ideas for creating cards
or...
for specific occasions.

Today...though...
I am sharing a card...created with a Stampavie ~Tina Wenke stamp (Hedgehog Reading). 
This stamp/image is just TOO cute!
I really didn't give any thought to the who..what...where...or when...
about creating or giving this card.
But...I picked it up...simply because I HAD to have it.

(I do give books as gifts...often.....especially to children...so now that I think about it....
This is the ideal card for that!)

I colored this cutie with Copics...
and added some background color with Clarity Stencil Brushes and ink pads.
I used a favorite die (MFT Mini Scallop Stax) to die cut the completed image.
I browsed through some print paper..
picked what I felt went well with the image...
Then chose a solid metallic card stock color that went well with the overall color palette.

And...this is what I wound up with! 


Because I wasn't  certain about "why" I might us this card...
I opted to not add a sentiment to the completed card.
(I can always add a sentiment on the inside of the card when it's used...
a sentiment that will be specific to the occasion and/or recipient.)


I'm happy to add this guy to my card "stash"
he's a cutie.. and was enjoyable to create a card with.

I did a little bit of research on line to see what other Tina Wenke stamps might be available.
They're all adorable...and  as cute as this little hedgehog...
Which means....
I'll be adding a few new Tina Wenke stamps to my collection....soon!

Thanks for visiting today my crafty and creative friends.
Have a wonderful day!
Michelle.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Summer of Love

Penny Black is one of my favorite stamp companies...
(I also love PB 6x6 paper pads!) 

Today...
I'm sharing a few cards...
They're similar...
but different...
each created with the same Penny Black stamp: Summer Love

I enjoyed choosing colors for the images...which I colored with Copics.
Background color was added with Clarity Stencil Brushes and ink pads.
Pairing colored images up with print paper and mat colors is something that I really enjoy.
The Mini Scalloped die is also a fave of mine...and it's by MFT (My Favorite Thing)
I added a few little dots of Nuvo Drops on each card...and twine on two of the cards.
I left the inside blank...
leaving the option opened for choosing sentiments in the future...
or not.

Look at these two buddies!
Aren't they adorable?
There's so much that I love about this stamped image...
The clothes..the untied shoelace...the pigtails..ice cream cones....
his baggy pants and pokey hair...and their arms around one another's shoulders.
(NOTE: It's only normal that an ice cream lover like myself would give special attention to the "flavors" of the ice cream...
so...here we have mint chocolate chip on the left...and double chocolate fudge on the right!)

I used the same print here...same twine...
But I used different colors for the image.
I liked the addition of blue in this mix of colors
(Ice cream flavors:  French vanilla on the right and mint chocolate chip on the left)


I'm not a fan of chevron prints
but this chevron just might lead me to change my mind.
(Ice cream flavors: Strawberry with sprinkles on the left..and Chocolate on the right)


Is it okay to admit that I have a favorite?
(This might be it!)
You know me....I love my little Swiss dot prints...
and I love the colors ...
(Ice cream flavors: It seems that our pigtailed friend on the left really loves mint chocolate chip...
and her buddy on the right loves chocolate...and is all about double chocolate fudge for him!)


I feel like I almost always say the same thing at the end of most of my blog posts...
and here I go...saying it again...
I had fun creating all of the cards that I've shared with you today!
The coloring...the paper...the matting...the embellishing...
and keeping it all very CAS (Clean And Simple)
all reflect my style of card making...
and always make my time creating cards a joy!

Thanks for visiting my crafty and creative friends...
Have a wonderful day!
Michelle

Sunday, April 23, 2017

3 Birthday Cards...With 3 Favorites

Hello my crafty and creative friends!

Today I have a quickie blog post with 3 birthday cards.
each one created with a different favorite floral image
that I have used countless times before.

I colored each image with Copic markers.I used an assortment of 
matte..and metallic card stock
and an assortment of prints.
The Happy Birthday sentiment is by PTI.
I hand cut and matted each sentiment banner.

First up...
An image from Stampin Up's You've Got This stamp set
I did lots of layering and matting on this card.
The coral piece of card stock was crimped and has a corrugated look.




This beautiful image is Penny Black's FRESH 
The sketch for this card is the sane as the card above.
Lots of matting...and a little bit of twine.


The 3rd...and final card for today is also by Stampin Up...
and it's from the A Gift of Love stamp set.

I try to keep a nice number of Birthday cards on hand...
and am happy to add today's cards to my Birthday card stash.

I will always love these images...
and it's a given that in the future...I will create cards with each of these images again...
and again...
and again.

Thank for visiting today...
have a wonderful Sunday.
Michelle.