Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seeing Pink...and Some Knobby Knees

I visited Scrap-a-Latte last week...
( a favorite small local stamp and scrap shop East of where we live, here on Long Island)
and picked up a sweet little Reverse Confetti flamingo stamp and die set called THINK PINK.
I'm kinda picky about flamingo stamps/images
and up until now...
I hadn't found a Flamingo set that caught my eye.
Until...I spotted this Reverse Confetti set
I was drawn to this set for a few reasons
The size of the flamingos...
and the 2 additional stamps that came with it.
and...
I LOVE THE FLAMINGO'S KNOBBY KNEES!!

I also picked up lots of other card making bodies...
(emphasis on LOTS)
including the great Summery Photoplay print paper 
that I also used when creating this card

I stamped and colored the images with Copic Markers
then cut them out with the companion die set.
I prepared enough of each image to create 4 cards.
Next...I cut out the Arched Stax pieces (Arched Stax Dies by MFT)
and brushed ink on each to add
I chose a light green LCI metallic card stock color
and a pink matte card stock color for matting & layering
I assembled the card using foam dimensionals and fun foam for added dimension.

And..
this is what I whipped up!
I opted to color the the largest center image to resemble a patch of ground...as opposed to using blue to resemble water....as I've seen done most time.
(The water is portrayed in the inked blue background)
When inking the arched die cut piece...
I made sure to add the yellow in the area where I knew that I would place the sun.
The flamingos and arched die cut were positioned what foam dimensionals and fun foam...
and rolled glue dots
so there's lots of dimension on this card.
HERE'S A HELPFUL TIP:
I always use rolled glue dots in place of foam dimensionals in small and tiny spots...
On this card...I used the rolled glue dots behind the flamingos feet...and behind there heads. 


I had so much fun creating this stack of 4 identical cards.
I'm happy with how the color came together...
The images were nice to color...
(I LOVE the center image...with the ground ...rocks and tall grass)
and yes..
I LOVE the flamingos and there knobby knees!

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Magical Mermaid

I have an aversion to mermaids
ALL mermaids.
I am not a fan of mermaids..
especially images of adult mermaids.
I've avoided...by choie...the mermaid stamp rage
UNTIL...
now!

I was at a local scrap shop last week 
and saw Sunny Studio's MAGICAL MERMAIDS stamp set 
and i liked it.
So I purchased the stamp and die set.
I can hardly believe that I am saying that I like a mermaid.
(LET ME CLARIFY....That's not ALL mermaids...It's just the cuties in this set)

This stamp set has lots and lots of great imagesthat you can use to create a mermaid scene.
I stamped out lots of the images that I wanted to create about a half dozen cards with.
I purchased the dies...but because I had stamped and colored so many images...
I wanted to use my ScanNCut to expedite cutting them out.

Here's what happened...
UGH
NOT GOOD.
(The card stock with the colored images shifted while the blade was cutting..
UGH
(well...actually...I didn't say UGH....I said  %$*# and &%$@)

But..I had enough images colored and ready to go...
This time...I made sure they were secure on the cutting mat...
and had success with cutting the remaining images.

The images were all Copic colored..
I created a stenciled tiny fish print layer for the card front.
(ECHO PARK ~ BABY FISH STENCIL)
A friend had sent me some 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of beautiful water colored paper..
So...for the blue ocean background I die cut an oval water colored shape...
and used the same shape die in smaller size to cut a window in the stenciled piece.
I created my underwater scene...
positioning some of the die cut piece with foam dimensionals for added dimension.
I positioned the stenciled fish layer with fun foam
an then positioned the remaining pieces of the scene as shown (partially over the stenciled fish layer)
I wanted lots of dimension on the card

Finally...
I can say that I like a mermaid!
This set is sweet..and adorable...
and has lots of nice images that all work well together
along with some nice sentiments 
(I chose to not use a sentiment because I want this card to be useful for all occasions)

So...thumbs up to Sunny Studio for making a convert out of me!
A mermaid liking convert!

Thanks for visiting today...
Wishing you a wonderful Wednesday!
Michelle.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Be Sunny from the Inside Out

Hello my crafty and creative friends!

I don't mind creating cards that take a decent amount of time...
or cards that might be a bit labor intensive
The joy comes in the creative process and watching a project evolve.
However....
Sometimes...
 A nice quickie ...
Simple...CAS card
is a very nice thing.
and.
I just so happen tohave a stamp that is perfect for an easy quickie CAS card.

I've had Spellbinders BE SUNNY stamp (a Tammy Tutterow Design) 
for quite a while..
but have never inked it up.

I felt like coloring...
but didn't feel like starting a big coloring project.
and...
with that in mind...this stamp came to mind!

I wanted to keep the card very clean looking...
and I wanted the large image to be the focal point.
(I wasn't looking to add embellishments..bling...background color etc)

I got out my Colorista Markers (Crafter's Companion)
(They're alcohol markers..with a nice fine tip...perfect for coloring narrow and small areas)
I matched up some prints and metallic card stock for matting.
and this is what I came up with.
A pink version...
With a pink print and matting...
and some pink coloring.


and...
this yellow and orange version...
I enjoyed blending colors on both cards to shade the lettering...

I really love this saying...
(makes sense ...because I love quote stamps...)
I love the size of this sentiment...because it's ideal for an A2 card front.
and...
I love that the sentiment allows for some coloring...
as opposed to being ink only

So thumbs up to this Tammy Tutterow Spellbinders stamp...
It was fun and relaxing to just sit..and color...
and match up some prints and metallic card stock colors...
to create a few CAS cards.

Thanks for visiting today...
Have a great Tuesday!
Michelle.