Monday, January 15, 2018

Winnie has cupcakes...

Hello my fabulous friends!

It's time again for me to share a DT post for LDRS Creative!

Today I have a card that makes me want to spend time in my kitchen making fancy cupcakes... or at least eating them!!!

Paper: LDRS Creative Time for Tea; Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Polkadoodles I Brought the Cake; LDRS Creative Just Because
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy; Uniball Signo; Copic E000, E21, R20, BV00, E23, E47, E57, E49, E37, E31, E30, E55, BG75, BG10, RV99, RV95, RV93, RV91, T5, T8, V28, R85, T3, T0, 0, multiliner
Other: Rhinestones

Isn't Winnie absolutely adorable?

I colored her using Copic markers. I wanted to give her a vintage feel, so I stuck with muted colors. This gives it a very soft feel without needing to go pastel.

The shadows on my white areas like her apron were colored using very light browns (E30, and E31). This makes it look more like a cream color even though most of the 'white' area is left paper white. I love how changing what colors you use to make the shadows of white areas can totally change how it looks!

To keep to the vintage feel, I tattered the edges of my white panel with a Tim Holtz Paper Distresser. I also added a little Distress ink to the edge. I then did a simple straight stitch across the top and bottom with my sewing machine. 

I added a few tiny rhinestones to accent the edge, the sentiment, and the bows on her shoes. These are my favorite rhinestones.. 3ss AB crystal hotfix rhinestones... They are absolutely tiny, but they add the perfect little touch without over doing it or getting too bulky. LOVE. 

Well that's it from me today.. Stay tuned because starting January 20th I'll be sharing a bunch projects I made for Creativation! Yay!

Now... what kind of cupcakes should I make?


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

hanging in there...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I hope you are all enjoying the new year! 

I have been super busy getting samples made for Creativation, and while I'm not allowed to give any sneak peeks, I will be sharing a whole bunch of projects I made starting on January 20th! 

And in the mean time, I have to start working on my stash of birthday cards for the year....

Paper: DCWV; Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Whimsy Stamps Fluffy Hanging in There; Great Impressions Sweet Sentiments
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic N7, N5, N3, N1, N0, E04, R00, E55, 539, E29, YG67, R81, R83, R85, Y26, E43, E44, E45, E50, YG95, YG93, YG61, multiliner; Uniball Signo pen

Isn't  this sweet little Fluffy adorable?!?! 

I fell in love with this stamp the moment I saw it. It is among the first of the Whimsy Stamps that I have bought. So adorable, and fun to color.

I kept the coloring fairly simple... I did want the tail to be nice and fluffy though. 

To tell the truth, this was my second attempt at this card.. the first one got ruined when my pink marker decided to drip.... It wasn't something I could fix easily... So I decided the first attempt was just practice to decide where I wanted my shading to go. LOL!

For those who aren't familiar with Copics, sometimes they decide to drip... This can be due to air pressure changes, or  a pen that is over filled... Whatever the reason,  the easiest solution is to color with both caps off.  

To ground this sweet little ball of fluff, I added dots of various shades of brown for the dirt, and hand sketched blades of grass. This is a fun and simple way to ground something that is outside. 

The border is just hand doodled. I've been doing that a lot lately... I really like the Copic multiliners for the doodling... I'm no expert in lining pens, but the Copic multiliners are my current favorite of all the ones I've tried.

Do you have a favorite lining pen? Let me know in the comments!

Have a wonderful day!



Sunday, December 31, 2017

DIYwobble springs

Hello my fabulous friends! And happy New Year's Eve!

Today I got to team up with the talented Raluca on the LDRS Creative blog

My project was inspired by the movies I watched as a kid where the fairies were in charge of changing the seasons... I loved watching them fly over a field sprinkling their magic fairy dust and leaving a wake of flowers where there once was ice and snow. Now that Christmas is over, I'm ready for the fairies to come melt the snow and bring the flowers!

Paper: TLC Inspired Soft Blush; Georgia Pacific
Stamps: Polkadoodles Winnie Fairy Sparkle, Eleganza
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Unibal Signo White; Gellyroll Clear Star;  Copic B0000, B000, B52, YG63, YG61, G40, G85, E000, E11, BV00, RV42, C4, E49, E47, E35, E33, E04, E31, Y26, Y28, BV0000, BV000, V25, V28, 0, multiliner
Dies: Polkadoodles Eleganza
Other: wire

Isn't this little fairy Winnie adorable?!? And the flower.... I LOVE the Eleganza set!

The background was done very simply with Copics... For the ground I just did a bunch of dots with various colors of brown. For the grass, I used long flicking motions (starting at the ground with the thickest part of the flick and lifting upwards). In keeping with the doodle style, I added a simple doodle border. I love doing those. They don't have to be complicated, or perfect... Simple and quirky works great!

Another fun thing about the Eleganza set is that it has matching dies... So it was super simple to cut out the flower and add it to a wobble spring for some fun movement!

Now, you can buy remade wobble springs... but I never have... I make my own.

Here's how I do it:

Start by wrapping thin wire around a pen... For this, I used a Sharpie marker.
 (this is 22 ga. for beading since that is what I had laying around)
You'll want three or so coils. Then snip the ends with wire cutters and slip your spring off your pen.

Once you have your spring made, you'll need a base... You can die cut if you want, I just hand cut two circles out of card stock that are slightly larger than your spring diameter.

Glue your spring between the two circles. I use a little hot glue for this.

You can then glue your wobble spring onto your die cut and your card. 

Simple, right?

Disclaimer: Because I've never used a remade wobble spring, I don't know how mine compares... But this works for me. 

Well, I hope you enjoy your day... and that the new year brings you joy, peace, and lots of creativity!


Friday, December 15, 2017

two playful penguins...

Hello my fabulous friends!!!

It's my day to share a project on the LDRS Creative blog and talk about it here too...

Paper: Georgia Pacific
Ink: Distress Mermaid Lagoon; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic W3, W2, W0, 100, 0, YR18, R24, R29, R89, Y19, YR24, BOO, BG000
Dies: LDRS Creative Snowy Days
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents; Tim Holtz Frosted Film; twine; rhinestones

The second day of Christmas is traditionally 2 turtle doves... but I thought 2 playful penguins would be fun!
 The cute penguins are colored very simply without much fuss. To give them that little something extra, I added a dot of Glossy Accents on the eyes. 

The poinsettia garland was made by stamping the poinsettia from the Holly Days Large Circle Sentiments stamp set, coloring them, and cutting them out. I then glued them to a piece of twine. The ends of the twine were tucked behind the penguins' wings, and I glued some tiny bows on top of the wings... A little rhinestone in the centers of each of the flowers finishes them off. 

The blue in the background is Distress Ink... You could just use a blue paper... but I like the slightly uneven ink blended look for the sky. 

For both the hill and the snowflakes, I wanted something with a little shimmer... So I got out some Frosted Film...  This product has been discontinued, but you can still find it around... and you may already have it laying around in your stash like I did...

I peeled it off the backing sheet and stuck the film onto some plain white card stock. I then ran it through my Big Shot. 

I'll be honest... The details really didn't want to cut well... The plastic film wanted to stretch instead of cut.. but a little magic with a craft knife on the stubborn spots and it's good to go. It's hard to photograph the shimmer because it's subtle.. But I like that about it. It isn't overboard on the glitz... just a nice extra touch you see when you pull the card out of the envelope. 

Another nice thing about the film is that you can color it with your Copic markers. While there is a texture to it, it isn't as rough as glitter, and I haven't had any problems with it hurting my marker nibs.

I hope your weekend is bright and cheerful!


Monday, December 11, 2017

next year's color is purple...

Hello my fabulous friends!

I'm still making 'thank you' cards like crazy, trying to keep up with all meals, visits, and thoughtful acts of service my parents are receiving right now. I am overwhelmed by the kindness shown to my family while my mom has been fighting cancer.. Hopefully we only have a few more months of chemo... (fingers and toes crossed!)

 I've been having so much fun with these winter Polkadoodles stamps! They are absolutely adorable and make CAS cards that don't need much to look spectacular!

Paper: Georgia Pacific; DCWV Holiday Glitz
Stamps: Polkadoodles Snowy Friends
Ink: Memento Espresso Truffle; Copic V09, V17, BV11, BV00, BG78, BG57, BG53, E29, YR18, YR16, T4, T2, T0, 0, E51, E11, RV42, R35, R29, R59, C5, C7, C10, 110, E55, E47, E49, E57, B000, B00, C00, multiliner; Gellyroll Clear Star; Uniball Signo White 

 Apparently, Pantone has decided that the color of the year for 2018 is Ultra Violet... Which I'm totally ok with since I have loved purple since I was tiny. 

I thought it fitting to play around with Copic blends to find the perfect purple... Since Copics are a little skimpy on the purple end of things, and the purples tend to go really blue or really red just following one blending group, I ended up using both Vs and BV in my blend.. 
V09, V17, BV11, BV00

For the snow flakes, details on the snowman, and details in the ornaments I wanted to add a little shine, so I used my FAVORITE Gellyroll pen... The Clear Star gives an amazing shimmer in a very controlled way. I love it!

Alright friends... I'm in the market for new stamps... Preferably focal point stamps that make great CAS cards. I'll be making lots of 'thank you' cards for the next few months, and I need new stamps to keep things interesting! If you have any suggestions of stamps you think would work, or that you want to see used, let me know in the comments so I can check them out!!! 

Thanks so much!



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

quick and easy party favors...

Hello my fabulous friends! 

I don't know about you, but for me, the holidays can get a bit crazy...  I wanted to make party favors that where fun and festive, and most importantly, I could easily and quickly make as many as needed...

Paper: Georgia Pacific; Ranger Foil Cardstock; DCWV Holiday Glitzy Gliter
Stamps: LDRS Creative North Pole
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Sharpie
Other: Ranger Enamel Accents; lollypop stick, treat bag, candy, ribbon

These treat bags are adorable as decoration, place cards, and party favors! 

They are simple to make, and don't take much time to put together (especially if you use a hot glue gun!)

I wanted this to be festive, and sturdy, so I chose some glitter card stock for the rosette part. It cut BEAUTIFULLY! 
You'll want to have something for the center... I used the Holly Wreath Circle set to cut several layers of the wreath, and one of the inner circle...

Then, cut your card stock into 4 strips of 6 inches by 2.5 inch and use the Petal Wishes Accordion die to cut and score each strip. Fan fold on the score lines, and glue the 4 strips into one long strip... then glue the ends of the long strip together to form a ring. When you push the ring flat, you end up with an accordion circle. 

Cover the back of your front panel with hot glue and stick it on top of the rosette to secure it.... Hold that in place until it cools.

If you are having trouble with this, check out the video on the LDRS Creative website HERE

 Now comes the fun part... Decorating! 

I wanted to keep things simple so making a bunch would be easy... So I used this cute little polar bear from the North Pole stamp set (there's a cut penguin on that set too!!) with only a little coloring to add dimension, and I made a banner using foil card stock, and the Snowy Day border die.  I wanted to write the name in white, but all my white markers that would dry on the foiled surface were too thick, so I used a Sharpie.

 I hot glued a long lollypop stick onto the back, and finished it off with a plain circle from the Holly Wreath Circle die set... You could write a message there if you want... I would suggest writing/stamping your message BEFORE gluing the circle on because of the dimension of the accordion fold it's sitting on. 

Slip the stick into a bag of treats, little gifts, or whatever you want... Tie a bow and you're ready to go! Simple!

And the best part? 
This isn't just a Christmas idea... Just change the colors and image to match whatever theme you want!   Birthdays, holidays, teacher gifts... Whatever you want! 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

getting ready for the holidays...

Hello my fabulous friends!

Happy weekend!!

Sorry I've been so quiet lately... I've been busy with a new team and working on some super awesome things that I can't share until January.... But I'm SO excited to be working on CHA stuff! 

While I get my mind wrapped round CHA, I wanted to share a couple of cards...
They are both super simple, with the main focus being on the stamped image, then matted on some glimmer paper  then embellished simply...

This adorable image comes from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. Isn't it adorable???

I was pretty stressed out the night that I made this, and I really needed to just relax, so I pulled out my Copics.... For some reason, Copic coloring is the most relaxing form of coloring I've found so far. (though I still love my Zig Clean Color markers!!!)

This card is actually for my brother's birthday.... I struggle with masculine cards, but this little boy eating cookies is PERFECT! And the penguins steals my heart! They both come from the Polkadoodles Winnie Winter Land set. The sentiment is from LDRS Creative Just Because.

As we get into the hustle and bustle of the holidays, what helps you relax the most? Leave me a comment to let me know!