Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LLama Wish You a Happy Birthday

 For today's design team project for Itsy Bitsy I decided to try something new -stenciling with Gesso over top of plain Burlap = FUN! I wanted this card to have some special dimension to it, so follow along to find out how I accomplished that...
I began by cutting down the 12" x 12" Burlap sheet from the Natural Burlap Stack  to a 6" x 6" square and taping it down to my work surface underneath the Brick Stencil using removable painter's tape. I then used a palette knife to spread the white gesso over the top 3/4's of the panel. I didn't bother to spread it evenly because I wanted the texture to be irregular. I then carefully pulled off the stencil, washed it and set the panel aside to dry while I began work on the rest of the card.

Using thin metal dies from the Banner set, Scalloped Circle set and Stitched Circle set, I cut out 2 of my stamped images from the Llama Birthday Clear Stamp Set and one circle shape from green paper from the Happy Birthday Paper Pad. I then fussy cut out the sombrero hat.

I stamped the images using Black Chalk ink and colored them using Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen on the Llama banner, sombrero and guitar(shown below on the inside of the card). I then popped the hat up using Adhesive Foam Mini Squares and threaded a piece of string that I had pulled from the sheet of burlap under the llama to make it appear as if the llama is wearing the hat hanging down on his back.

I used a black pen to draw the faux stitching along the edges of the banner.

Don't ya just love that cute sentiment inside? Working with these clear stamp sets to make your own sayings is easy because many of the words are separate and you can then just build them to your liking.

The pattern paper on the right side of the card was also from the Happy Birthday Paper Pad. It was hand torn for extra texture and glued down on top of the burlap. After I layered and adhered the circle diecuts, I tied a bow using string pulled from the frayed edges of the burlap and glued that on for the final accent.

 And that's all there is to making a fun and 6" x 6" multi-textured birthday card! Don't forget to head over to the Itsy Bitsy Store to get everything I used here in today's project and happy crafting! 
Until next time~

Monday, January 22, 2018

Celebrate Love

Today's design team post uses the sketch from Atlantic Hearts and will also be entered @ Just Add Ink for "Just Add Something New", @ Alphabet Challenge for "V for Vellum", @ heARTful Stamping for "Anything Goes + a Stamp" and @ 613 Avenue Create for "Anything Goes/ Something New".

This card is a 5 x 7 size and the dry embossing was done using a reversible embossing folder from Spellbinders.

The something new that I used for this card is the "Amazing You" stamp set that I just got FREE from Stampin' Up during their Sale-A-Bration sale going on now until the end of March...for every $50 you spend you get something for free! ( Click on the sale brochure to the right on my blog for more info!) The flower and the sentiment on the card front both come from this awesome stamp set. The flowers I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers and fussy cut out to layer on the card front.

The gold glitter enamel dots are self adhesive, came from CTMH and made the perfect accent for the card front.
The inside sentiment comes from an Anniversary sentiments set from MSE, but the half circle blue burst is from the free set from Stampin Up that I mentioned above.

You may recognize that the green leaves dieut frame is from the December Paper Pumpkin kit...I used it in this card here last week too, but it looks completely different! The sentiment was stamped on Vellum in black pigment ink and then heat embossed using holographic powder, so it shimmers and changes color when moved around in the light -very pretty in person!!!

Until next time~

Friday, January 19, 2018

Chilly Time Planner Spread

Today's design team post for the Craftin' Desert Divas January Mood Board found me using my favorite Christmas present for the very first time...that's right, my awesome hubby surprised me with a Brother Scan N Cut 250 machine on Christmas Eve and I have been in crafty heaven ever since!!!

Craftin' Desert Divas January 2018 Mood Board Challenge

Using the Scan N Cut to make my own stickers for my planner spreads is wonderful and such a time saver! I printed them on sticker paper, then scanned and cut all the penguins from the Chilly Time digi stamp set using the 1mm border setting and colored them up using my Chameleon colored pencils.

I was even able to play around with the cutting settings so that it cut only my image and not the sticker backer paper -making them super easy to pull off -just like a traditional sticker that you would buy in the store -WOWSERS!!! How awesome is that?!

The washi tape is metallic silver, so it did cause a bit of an issue with reflection when I tried to take the pictures. The ink blending was done with sage green dye ink to mimic the feel of the cool winter tones from the CDD Mood Board.

For the functional task stickers that came from the CDD Planner Basic Bundle digi stamp set, I colored them with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and then directly cut them right on the line so that they would fit in the planner boxes perfectly. And that is the beauty of digital stamping -having exactly what you need in exactly the right size -ALL the time!!!

The patterned paper I used on this spread is old and from my stash -I think it may have come from Stampin' Up at one time, but I can't be sure? I punched those perfectly sized planner rectangles using the medium/classic box punch from the Happy Planner.

I think this is one of my favorite layouts so far and with digi stamps and my new machine it was a cinch to pull together! That's it for me this week...until next time~

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Flora & Flutter: December's Paper Pumpkin Kit

Today I'd like to share 2 of the December Paper Pumpkin cards I made so far from my Stampin' Up subscription. These 2 were made exactly as the directions included in the kit described so that I could take them along to display at the library class last week. 

The white glimmer paper behind the die cut panels really is very pretty and adds such a nice touch!

 I bent up the wings on the die cut and stamped butterflies to add a bit of dimension to the card fronts.

Even though the second card is a smaller square size you can still mail it inside a regular size envelope and not have to pay additional postage.

That's it for me today, but stay tuned over the next few weeks  to see what else I use the pieces from my Paper Pumpkin kit to make! Until next time~

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge

I will be participating in this challenge for the next 30 days -if you want to catch all of my pics, please be sure to follow me on Instagram @create.365 and please do consider joining along with us! You can read all about the challenge here @ Kathy's blog.

Until next time~

Monday, January 15, 2018

How To Make A Cute Dragon Card With The Best Glue Ever

Today's design team post with ScraPerfect uses the Best Glue Ever to adhere together the components for this super cute card that was inspired by the sketch over @ My Favorite Things.

I started by using the small Net stencil from Itsy Bitsy with 2 shades of green Distress ink to mimic pattern paper on the left side of the card.

I stamped the dragon and star stamps from Itsy Bitsy in Archival black ink so that I could color him up with my watercolor pencils and a blender pen, then masked him off and stenciled some clouds around him using blue Distress ink.

The Best Glue Ever with the No Clog Writing Cap on top made an easy job of adding just the right amount of adhesive to my layers of card stock for quick assembly of the card.

I used gold Wink of Stella to color the stars and added some glitter to his wings using a Stardust gel pen. 

Inside I stamped the love sentiments from CAS-ual Fridays in black ink.

The front sentiment was popped up with mini foam dots for added dimension.

That's it for me today! Until next time, happy crafting with ScraPerfect~

Friday, January 12, 2018

Chilly Time Penguins in my Personal Planner

Today's design team project with Craftin' Desert Divas is my first spread in my new Personal Planner. This planner is much smaller than my regular Classic Happy Planner and I will be using it for design team stuff. The metallic Rose Gold/Copper binder is from Fun Stamper's Journey and made by Webster's Pages but the undated insert pages are from the Recollections collection found @ Michael's stores.

I was experimenting with a snowy Bokeh effect using blue distress inks, white pigment ink and a white paint pen for the background...not too bad for my first try! The "Oh Baby" stamp is from the "Simply Said" clear stamp set and I hand wrote the rest (including the dates) with a black Micron pen.

I colored the penguins from the Chilly Time digital stamp set with colored pencils and then accented them with Wink of Stella.

The last detail was adding the snowflake punched accent with a tiny rhinestone glued in the center. That's it for me today...until next time~