Monday, August 14, 2017

Creating a Stack of Similar....But Different Cards

Hello my crafty and creative friends...
I'm FINALLY back to share a few cards...

Life is a bit topsy turvy these days..(but in a GOOD way)
Our first week with our new puppy, Jackson, hasn't allowed me much time for card making
or anything else for that matter!
It's amazing how one small adorable sweet wonderful puppy 
can somehow change what goes on..or what is routine...in a household & family.

This little guy has been keeping us VERY busy
He is a smart pants...
and is doing great with being trained...sleeping all night...and walking on the leash.
AND...
Jackson now understands "SIT"...and happily gives his paw
(He is a lefty!)
We adore him. 

I DID get myself into my studio twice this week
and enjoyed creating some cards.

I create a stack of 11 cards..
similar..but different...
with a stamp set that I had ordered during one of HSN's crafting days.
The set is called Happy Birthday Critters....by L.D.R.S
Truth be told:
I ordered the stamp and die set because it was kinda cute...
and...
the price was ridiculously wonderful.
This is the set...(by a company that I had never heard of)

I've had this set for quite a while...
and thought that I'd ink it up to create a stack of children's birthday cards.
I used an assortment of prints from different paper pads
and an assortment of solid colored card stock from Stampin Up and LCI
All of he images were colored with Copic markers...
and although this set includes dies..I opted to use my Scan N Cut to cut out each shape
because there were so many.

Each of the large base mats for all of today's cards were embossed with different patterns...
some are embossed with stars...some with dots...
(all are difficult to see in the photos....wish you could see the embossing)
The coral-like color here has small embossed dot -trios.

each of the prints is matter (monochromatically...
in the same color as the larger background card stock.
This card has scattered stars embossed on the large blue layer

The scalloped rectangles were all positioned with fun foam for added dimension
and each the elephant's were positioned using foam dimensionals.
This card was embossed with tiny dots

I stamped and hand cut each of the sentiment banners.
The end of the banner to the far left has a foam dimensional under it...
the right end of the inner has regular adhesive under it
so that it would be balanced over the elevated scalloped rectangle
Each of these large layers are embossed with a tiny star pattern

I enjoyed creating this stack of cards with this nice stamp & die set.
It felt great to spend few hours in my studio
and I'm hoping that as jackson settles in that I can get back to making cards daily
(Wish me luck!)

Thanks for visiting today...
Have a marvelous Monday!
Michelle



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Thinking of You...and My New Sidekick

Hello my crafty and creative friends!
I've been MIA lately
and THIS is why!

JACKSON!

After many years...14 to be exact...
we have a dog again!
and..
we are thrilled...smitten...and overjoyed!
Actually...
we have had 2 puppies this past week.
Both are rescue puppies.
The first little guy was with us for one week...but had concerning aggression issues
and we were encouraged to return him to the shelter.
We were heartbroken...and knew that we wanted to have a dog
and so....within 24 hour...
we met this sweetie...a rescue puppy from South Carolina
who was being cared for and fostered by a small local rescue organization.

Jackson is a doggy dream come true and we are totally in love with him!
He is smart...a big love... cuddly mush...
and he is the ideal puppy for our family.
and..
like any other puppy...
he requires lots of attention!
(Which has kept me out of the studio...and away form my card making)

Last night, though...
I did manage to create a few cards...
and am happy to share them with you today.

I had a great THINKING of YOU Tammy Tutterow (Spellbinders) stamp that hadn't been inked up ....yet
and thought that I'd match it up with some awesome
GMUND Urban Brasilia Dust Wood Grain Paper (LCI).
I colored the images with Copic Markers
and finished each card with a few clear (Morning Dew) Nuvo Jewel Drops.

and...
this is what I wound up with...
6 CAS cards...3 of each ...3 pink flowers...3 purple

This is the first version...with a purple flower.
I LOVE this GMUND Brasilia Wood Grain paper..
It's kinda like vellum...and kinda not.
It's softer than vellum (more flexible)...it's a bit transparent....and the texture is fantastic! 

I also created 3 cards with a pink flower with turquoise tones.
This one may be my fave
I love the white with the blue...it's so clean bright and crisp looking

I am a fan of Tammy Tutterow's stamp designs..
I really like the font style ..
it's fun...has a casual look...
and it's BIG...the ideal size for an A2 card.

I'm happy to be back today after one week of not having time to create a card.
and I'm happy to share this set of 6 CAS cards with you.

and now...
I'm off...and heading out of the door..
It's time to walk the puppy!
(who, by the way...gets an A+ for his efforts with being housebroken!

Have a GREAT day my friends...
and thanks for visiting!
Michelle




Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lots of Color...Lots of Water Colored Flowers

I felt like water coloring.
So I did.

It was relaxing...
and I enjoyed it as much as I always do!

I kept it simple...
Using Altenew's Spring Daisy stamp set...
Zig  markers
some metallic card stock for matting
and a stitched rectangle die.
I used an assortment of sentiments by Penny Black & Honey Bee Stamps.

I usually lay my marker or ink down on a tile...
and pick it up with a paint brush when water coloring.
This time...I added color directly to the images with the Zig markers...
then blended with an aqua painter (aka water brush).

I've got lots of color to share today...
(*The beauty of water coloring....color possibilities are endless!)
To create each sentiment piece I die cut the rectangle shape
by placing the die on the center of the water colored panel.
**The "hole" in the center of the water colored panel doesn't matter...
because it is "covered" by the matted sentiment piece and isn't visible
The matted sentiment pieces on each of today's cards was positioned with fun foam.

I added a few clear drying Nuvo Jewel Drops to each completed card.

I wanted to use a different color palette for each card...
and different sentiments for each card as well...

I used metallic card stock for all of the matting on each of the 5 cards

I really enjoy going through my sentiment and quote stamp collection
to find a sentiment that seemed suited to the look of each specific card.


This sentiment is a favorite of mine...


Water coloring is my number one fave thing to do...
and creating this stack of 5 cards was pure enjoyment for me...
The size of the floral image is perfect
for the cards I had envisioned in my mind prior to creating them
and the ZIG Markers offer lots of fantastic color options.
I'm happy to add each of these cards to my "stash"

Thanks for visiting today...
Have a wonderful Monday!
Michelle.