Bright Floral AJ Fun🌸

Hello friends! We’re now on Friday and the last one of the month at that! Summer is now coming at us! I always look forward to being outdoors and spending time in the sun and enjoying the flowers…how about you?

Speaking of flowers, I wanted to share an Art Journal page that I had completed from a class that I took in March. It was really fun as I haven’t done any AJ pages at all since the previous blog platform that I was on! I remember that I had made several of them and was going to put them all together to make my own book. This process really made me remember how much I’ve missed doing it:

Doodling is not something that I’ve ever felt really comfortable with, so when the class offered up a way to trace a basic flower pattern, I did that. However, with all of the “lines” you can see within those flowers and me extending the petals and such, you can see that I really got into the doodling process once I got going that is! LOL!

First, I wanted to make sure that this AJ page had the binder holes punched in them to add to my book, so I did that with a 9″ x 6″ piece of watercolor paper (I cut one of the 9″ x 12″ pieces in half to get two AJ pages) and then I took my Zig Kurtake Tambi watercolor set and a big brush to watercolor over the paper.

This is where I traced the basic flower pattern (from class) over the dried piece. From there, I took some black gesso and painted the background around the flowers. This REALLY made the colors pop! This is where I took my Micron pens and white gel pen to really doodle around the flowers.

I even took a few sentiment stamps from the Impression Obsession Words For Art and stamped on a couple of the petals with Archival Jet Black ink.

I think it’s just one of those things you start doing and then don’t know when to stop the doodling! It was just tons of fun and glad that I was brave enough to try it AND get going on some AJ pages!

I hope you’ve enjoyed it too and I hope to do more! Lots of fun things coming, so I will be seeing you soon my friends!!😉 Thanks for dropping in!

Challenges:

  1. Art Journal Journey – Flowers
  2. Creativ Fusions Arts & Crafts – #17 Anything Goes
  3. Creative Artiste – #60 Anything Mixed Media
  4. The Artistic Stamper – Journaling + stamping

Caffeinated Changito☕

Hello there friends! Really hope that you have enjoyed your long Memorial weekend! The weather finally turned warm and once it turned warm, it REALLY turned warm and humid over my way! So we were able to plant some flowers in our garden pots outside and enjoy some cookout time too!

I noticed that the “Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop” had started up this weekend and I thought it would be a great opportunity to pull out some old stamps and have some fun with it while making a maculine card for the up-coming Father’s Day holiday too:

Does anyone remember these cute little “Changito” stamps back in the day?! I have used the Changito Coffee stamp (only found this one online) and the sentiment to go with it too! I actually bought these wood mounted rubber stamps years ago at a convention I had went to and have kept them hoarded like my other old stamps. LOL!

I stamped the image on Copic blending card and then again on some blue gingham background paper for paper piecing his PJs in! For the sentiment, I heat embossed it over my background with some appropriately named “Coffee” EP which has a metallic copper with some brown speckling in it…very cool. the store is no longer active that it came from.

For the background of this card, I had some fun playing with my Oxide Distress Inks in Vintage Photo, Broken China, Scattered Straw and touches of Espresso. I sprayed and dried layers as I went. I even took the bottom of a jar I had laying on my table to ink up some Espresso ink to make the “ring” marks over the background. I also took some more of that “Coffee” EP and sprinkled some over the background for even more distressing.

I wrapped some twine around it and attached it to an A2 sized white card base that I sponged around the edges with some Vintage Photo ink.

Here you can see a better look at the image and how I’ve got him colored up with Copic markers. You can barely see the gingham pattern in his paper pieced PJs, but I thought it was cute! I also took a black Copic liner and drew lettering on the coffee cups. I added just a hint of sparkle over the coffee inside the cups with a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen. I also took a black gel pen to dot his eyeballs, the buttons on his PJs as well as dot the bunny slipper eyes. I think that little detail really makes his pop more with a bit of character.

The image was cut out with a stitched circle die and then I also cut out an additional circle to mat behind him, which I took a VersaMark ink pad and then used the “Coffee” EP to heat set along the edges of it so it has the same look and texture as the background and sentiment. This was attached over the background with twine.

Lastly, I’ve taken some brown colored sequins from my stash and attached them to the background and filled the centers with some Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my masculine and quirky card for today! Thanks so much for dropping in and I’ll be seeing you again soon!!😉

Challenges:

  1. Spring/Summer 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop – Coffee/Tea/Cocoa Related Project

2. Addicted to Stamps and More – #391 Anything Goes

3. Cute Card Thursday – #635 Critters

4. Creative Knockouts – #351 Embossing Delight (wet or dry)

5. QKR Stampede – #399 Anything Goes

6. Simon Says Stamp Monday – “Going Around in Circles”

7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2021 Anything Goes

8. Die Cut Divas – Make it a Beverage + die cut/embossing folder

Berry Fun🍇

Hello friends!  I’m still sharing some projects that I had been working on from the previous month and hadn’t posted until now.  I’m also having fun creating “behind the scenes”, which is nice to just be able to “relax” and not rush on creating projects just for posting!  I’m keeping that in mind when I tell myself that I’m “behind”!😁

I think just having some fun is the key!

So earlier, I was “challenged” to use some of the “Card Panels” that are included in the monthly Brutus Monroe Inspiration Boxes.  These are card panels that are also foilable prints or you can color them, ink blend over them, etc.  So I decided to have some fun and play with a past Inspiration Box (card kit) from my stash:

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This was actually from the December 2019 Inspiration Box from Brutus Monroe and I really utilized the contents from that box to assemble these cards.

The Berry Thankful Card Panels (available for purchase!) were used for both of my cards.  You get 2 of the same prints in each bundle.  I used some colored pencils and a water brush to color in both panels.  But because they’re not a water friendly type of cardstock, you need to be aware of possibly too much moisture in the paper.  So I kept a very light hand with it and just did some basic coloring on them.  Then after I got them colored up, I used my laminator and foiled over them with some Silver Deco Foil sheets.  For the sentiments on the cards, I took out the Berry Thankful stamp set (available for purchase!) also included with the same Inspiration Box, and heat embossed them over the grey cardstock included in the kit with some Foil Reactive EP and ran it through the laminator again with the same color foil I used on the card panels.

After running through the laminator, I used some dies to cut them out with and then I ran some glue along the edges and dipped them in some chunky flaky glitter that was also included with the card kit and popped them up over the card panels (with foam tape) that were placed onto some cardstock in the kit and layered over an Alabaster A2 sized folded card base.  Before I attached the card panels, I wrapped some twine around them and tied with a bow.

Lastly I added a thin strip of decorative paper and also added some sequins from the kit. I filled them with silver glitter in the centers.

Normally, I would’ve posted a photo of each design, but really wasn’t sure that I would be posting about these on my blog.  So I hope you enjoy the “berry” shinny cards!!😂

Thanks so much for dropping by today and I wish you a very fun and happy upcoming Memorial Day weekend!!  (Wow!  Where did the month of May go?!!)

Challenges:

  1.  Let’s Craft and Create – #159 Anything Goes optional ribbons, lace, twine
  2. Crafty Creations – #409 Anything Goes
  3. My Time to Craft – Food Stuffs #432
  4. Creative Fingers – #186 Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #398 Anything Goes
  6. Sparkles – Use a real stamp (no digis) ~ sentiments heat embossed
  7. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – #132 Anything Goes
  8. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2020 Anything Goes

 

 

ATCs With Flowers, Rainbows and Stencils…Oh My!

Hey there friends!  Hoping you had a wonderful weekend and ready to start a fun week ahead!  Although we’ve been having some cool and rainy days this week, I know that some nice warm weather is on it’s way and I’m really looking forward to it and getting outdoors to my flowers!

For today, I have something a bit different that is not a card, but I think a really cool and fun way to experiment with different media and ideas…especially on a smaller “non-intimidatingly” way.  I’m talking about those ATCs (Artist Trading Cards for the newbies)!  It’s like a “fun size” candy bar in small bite form…these are like the “fun size” of the traditional A2 sized cards!  LOL!  They’re normally 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ which is similar to the size of a business card.  They’ve been around for years since I started stamping and newer to me are the round coin ones.  (I will attempt those at another time, I’m sure!)

I had a few challenges in mind and found some time yesterday to have a play:

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Rainbows seem to be a huge deal right now and I think there is even a special day dedicated to them!  I also was wanting to play with my Brutus Monroe April Inspiration Box (sold out link to subscription box only), so I pulled out the Blooming Bicycle stamp set in addition to using the Folkwave stencil for a challenge going on in their FB group.

For the ATC on the left, I used the stencil and some embossing paste over a piece of BRM Aqua Paper (watercolor) panel and set aside to dry.  While that was dry, I cleaned off the stencil and used it on another piece of Alabaster cardstock and used my distress inks and ink blending tool to create a rainbow background for another ATC (right).  I ended up stamping the bicycle over it with black ink and then sprayed the panel with some shimmer spray.

Going back to the dry embossed paste panel, I took some yummy Brutus Monroe Creamy Aqua Pigments and added rainbow colors at the top and then sprayed them with water and let it drip down.  I let the colors run and even left some white on there as you can see above.  I let it dry and then splattered some black watered down paint to splatter over it with a paint brush.  I then stamped the clouds from the same stamp set, fussy cut them out and popped them over the background.

On both ATCs, I white heat embossed the sentiments over Raven cardstock and cut them out with my scissors to place over top.  For the bicycle ATC, I added some BRM Fabulous Fibers along with some flowers.  Part of the sentiment was popped up on foam tape for both of them.  One of the clouds was popped up with foam tape on the left one.

Super fun to play and create with!

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I had made one early last month too, but never posted it, so I thought this would help fit it in for today:

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This one is still using some Brutus Monroe products and a stencil.   Not really a “rainbow” theme, but this was sure fun to create and doodle around with!

For this one, I finally got a chance to play with my Neon Aqua Pigments!  And if you haven’t checked out anything ‘neon’ for media, they have cool stuff there, just hit the search bar for it!  I used the “smoosh technique” with them for this background and let it dry.  Then I used some black embossing paste over the BRM Wallpaper stencil over it.

I also stamped the shoes from the BRM Christopher’s Shoes stamp set and also colored those in with the Neon AP and popped it up with foam tape over a another piece of that Fabulous Fibers like I used on the “bicycle ATC” above.  I also took  glitter pen to go over the shoes and added a yellow rhinestone to it.  From the stamp stamp set, I took the sentiment and stamped it in black ink, fussy cut it out and layered it over some Raven CS and fussy cut it out leaving a border.  Each one glued over the background.  I took a black pen and doodled along the edges.

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And of course, when you shut the lights off and turn on your black light, you can REALLY see the fun and funky neon colors glow on it!!  Even this photo doesn’t do it justice because it looks so fun in person!

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For my ATCs, I’ve been attaching them to these BRM Chipboard Blanks for sturdiness.  I also add this cute little Artist Trading Card Labels for the backs of them.  (I purchased them from Brutus Monroe, but only see the Coin Labels in the store for linking.)

Hope you’ve enjoyed my ATCs today and gave you a little inspiration to try one out for yourself!  But I have to warn you….just like those “fun-sized” candy bars, you can just have one!!  LOL!

Thanks for dropping in today friends!!  Enjoy your week!

Challenges: (For top ATCs only)

  1.  ATC Around the World – Flowers (Bicycle ATC only)
  2. Creative Crafting Uncles – Anything BUT a Card
  3. Creativ Fusion Arts & Crafts – Anything Goes
  4. Happy Little Stampers ATC – Rainbowmay 2020 atc
  5. Crafty Friends – Flowers (Bicycle ATC only)
  6. {Cupcake Inspirations} – CIC493 “Let’s Roll!” (Bicycle ATC only)CIC493 Bike Theme Let's Roll
  7. A Bit More Time to Craft – #116 Anything Goes

 

 

A Salute to Healthcare Workers👩‍⚕️

Hello friends!  I haven’t really mentioned too much about what’s going on in the world right now, and I know it has tremendously affected many people around me.  In the crafting community I sense changes as well in different ways.  I do hope that crafting can help either take your mind off the situation or at least help with making you ‘feel’ that creating from the heart, as we stay at home, is a fantastic way to contribute and help bring about smiles in many ways.

I would like to ask you if you want to respond about it:  Has crafting helped you during this time or has it made it difficult to concentrate?  I have found that taking TONS of classes have actually been my savior right now especially as I was taking that break I had. (Helps me to concentrate on something like a technique.)  I found MANY having classes (free or having group parties going on with crafters teaching and sharing).  Due to this pandemic, I know many people/companies in the crafting community have revved up their classes and challenges as well… along with giving out free digital images!

This brings us to my post for today….

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I have made several stacks of “thank you” cards geared towards our healthcare workers and it has been very rewarding for me to be able to color in all these images in my post today as a salute and honor to those that have been “on the front line” dealing day to day since the beginning of this pandemic.  My heart goes out to all in this uncertain time and although there are many horrible stories related to this, there are also some good ones too.  Let’s rise up.

Taylored Expressions put on a card drive to send cards to the healthcare workers and it ended today, so these cards have already been sent.

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For this particular stack of cards, I’ve made 6 of the pink and 6 of the green using this adorable MOKA Melissa Nurse free download from Taylored Expressions.  I’ve also used the Subway Tiles embossing folder for the background as well as white heat embossed the sentiments from the Life Saver Mini Strips stamp set and die cut them out with the clever Mini Strips Die.  I’ve used a heart die that came with an order I had and then I took some tiny images from other sets for the accents.

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I stamped a message on the inside of all of the cards from TE Big Thanks stamp set too.  (This set came for free with an order I placed.)

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Here’s another set of 20 cards I made for healthcare workers using the Freebie Brutus Monroe Healthcare Super Hero Coloring Pages.  (To print these out to fit over an A2 sized card base, I used my printer settings to print out 4 pages on one sheet.)

I layered them over some pink and red cardstock and then the base of the card is some A2 sized side folding blue cardstock.  The left over pieces from the pink and red cardstock strips were ran through and embossing folder and white Alabaster Ink was ran over it.

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Here’s a closer look at the individual sets.  I used a star die to cut out some stars with Glitterstock.   I also took some blue and pink glitter glue to create extra “dots” around them.  This was good practice for me to experiment with different skin tones too.

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I’ve used Copic markers to color all of these in with and then I took some gel pens to color in parts of the image as well as the outline in the sentiment too.

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I thought this was a fun one with all of them together and I like that they’re all wearing capes and masks too.  I had these finished up at the end of April, but just now getting all of these out where I wanted them to go.  I have a sister-in-law who’s teaming up with me to sew some masks and we’re going to deliver them with the cards to our local hospitals.

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One last and important card I made was specifically for my son who’s a postal carrier.  Of course I tried coloring it in with the same hair color he has too.  LOL!  After I made the batch of cards above, Brutus Monroe came out with more superhero freebie downloads, so I grabbed the Mail Carrier Superhero Coloring Pages to make one for him too.  And this one is already on it’s way as well.  For the background, I used the Brutus Monroe Set the Scene stencil for the clouds with blue distress ink.

I finished this one similar to the ones above.

The ONLY superhero I’m missing is one for my other son who’s a food service worker and I haven’t seen any of those images out yet.  Does anyone know where to find one?  I would love to make a “thank you” card for him as well.  I may just come up with my own version with what I already have…but have to think about how first.  LOL!

This particular song came to my mind and was something that I listened to while coloring….

It was somewhat catchy and upbeat I thought.  I always like to try and think of the positive ways that cards I make give a positive impact or inspiration somehow.  Could be wishful thinking, but it’s my hope anyway.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today to read my post!  I hope that you’ve been inspired in some way!  Have a beautiful weekend my friends!

Challenges:

  1.  Colour Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + hand colored image
  2. Love to Scrap – LTSCB133 – Anything Goes
  3. Love to Craft – LTCCB46 – Anything Goes
  4. Allsorts – Anything Goes
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2019 Anything Goes
  6. Not Just Cards – May Anything Goes
  7. Fab ‘N’ Funky – Hand Colored Image
  8. Aud Sentiments – #251 Anything Goes + sentiment

Faux Emboss With a Stamp!😮

Hello there friends!  Hoping you had a wonderful weekend and a fabulous Mother’s Day as well!  I had a wonderful day with flowers delivered to me and wonderful phone messages as well as some safe social distancing with my own mom.  It was great to actually “see” her as I haven’t been able to since this “shelter in place” had started.

Today I wanted to share a couple of cards that I had made participating in the “Spring Card Camp” classes from Online Card Classes. (It started April 11 and ran through the end of April.)  Although we are now on a separate Part 2 Spring Card Camp, I have enjoyed the classes each day and I thought I’d just take my time and enjoy everything.  So there may be posts spread across time as I go.  I just like to take my time and actually enjoy the process rather than hurry up and run right through it.  I feel this helps me to fully understand what I’m doing and what products I’ve used, take notes, etc.

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The first class was taught from Jennifer McGuire as she showed us how to use a stamp and create our own embossing folder to make an impression with it!!  Something that I had not heard of before, so this was fun to try out:

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So the idea of each class is to pretty much get a “two for one” type of design and stretch your supplies and design concept so that it makes it easier to create multiple cards at a time, which is really great right now as I seem to be making more cards and donating extra cards that I normally wouldn’t be doing at this time of the year.  (I also actually thought this could be applied towards Christmas making time as well…which I will be keeping in mind!)

I started with this panel first as this was my piece that created the faux embossng folder:

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I decided to use this gorgeous large image from the Brutus Monroe Kind Floral stamp set to create my “faux embossing” piece with.  This image was heat set several times with Brutus Monroe Alabaster EP.   All of the cards I made including the sentiments were used with this same stamp set.

After using it for my “faux embossing” on my other cards shown below, I went back to it and finished it on a card by using some blending brushes and ink to color in the panel.  I took a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed the sentiment over it and then layered it onto a white A2 side folding card base.  I finished it off with some colored bubble drops and Stickles glitter drops.

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Here’s a closer view of the white heat embossing I did on this panel with the image.  It’s very thick as I had to build up layers to create a faux embossing folder to get a good impression with it.  (See below)

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For my first card using the “Faux Embossing” piece, I took a sheet of pink cardstock and made the impression into it.  You can see it in the background.  For this panel I used the negitive side of it and then sponged some darker pink ink over top of it so that you can really see the impression from the image.  I used a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die to cut it out with and layered it over a piece of Brutus Monroe Lunchbag Cardstock.  This was attached to a top folded A2 sized white card base.

I took another sentiment from the same stamp set as above and heat embossed it with Brutus Monroe Gilded EP.  I sponged some more pink ink around the edges of this panel and layered it over another piece of Lunchbag CS.  I popped it up with foam tape over some die cut flowers from vellum along with a strip of gold mirrow cardstock and finished it off with some gold sequins.

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Here’s a closer view at the texture in the background from the faux embossed piece.

I thought this gave a subtle but soft and pretty look to the design.  Also, that sentiment could not be at a more perfect time right now, don’t you think?

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And for my last card, I made the faux embossed background using some more Brutus Monroe Lunchbag CS.  This image I used the positive side and ran some distress ink over the raised areas to bring it out more.  I took a darker brown ink to go around the edges.

I stamped a sentiment from the same stamp set with brown ink, layered with some Brutus Monroe Copper Glitterstock and then cut a piece of BM Macchiato CS from a scalloped stitched square die that was also used for the A2 Sized top folding card base, and popped up the sentiment panel with foam tape.

I layered the embossed background piece over a vanilla cardstock layer that was cut with a scalloped stitched rectangle die and then I wrapped some silk ribbon with a bow around it before placing the sentiment panel over it.  I attached the flower and the sequins to the design and finished it off with some Nuvo Honey Gold Glitter Drops.

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Here’s a closer look at not only the texture from the embossed background piece, but I also took some Shimmer Spray and covered the background with it.  You can sort of see the beautiful shimmer over it…and it really looks incredible in person.

Hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve learned and created for class!  Thanks for dropping in with me today!  There will be more things I have to share with you coming up, so I’ll see you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Pearly Sparkles – Add a Ribbon or Bow (last card only)
  2. Moving Along With the Times – #118 Flowers
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – #75 Anything Goes
  4. Simply Create Too – #160 Use Flowers
  5. The Corrosive – #15 Anything Goes
  6. Use Your Stuff– #397 Flowers and/or Butterflies
  7. Arty Divas – #21 Anything Goes
  8. Cute Card Thursday – #633 Anything Goes

Inspired By Crafty Friends❤

Hello there friends!

I have to say thank you for your lovely comments and thoughts!  Sometimes, you just never really know about something or how someone feels unless you are told or you ask!  I’m really amazed that there are people I didn’t realize that actually cared if I posted something!  Even if you have stats on your postings, you still don’t know who really DOES like to see what you’re posting.  I’ve had some blog friends that have been around for MANY years, even before this blog platform and I’m so thankful for you guys!  I am always truly inspired by you all for sure!  Thanks for being around!❤  (Even if you don’t comment!!) 😉

I have another card that I didn’t get a chance to share as it was created at the end of February and I never fit it in to post, but I pulled out a very old stamp to play with because I was inspired by a friend to use it:

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Maybe you have heard or seen the Whipper Snapper Designs stamps?  I’ve had this adorable little penguin for a while now and I think he’s long gone from the website.  I don’t see him in the store, but the name on the side of the wood stamp is “Ice Cream Penguin” and no date.  I have a small collection of their stamps and they’re all older as I haven’t bought anything from them in years and not sure why really.  I hold them in high regard like my old Peanuts Gang/Snoopy wood rubber stamps as you can’t find those any longer either!  I don’t part with them! LOL!

Anyway, inspired by my friend Shelly (long time blog friend) that was featured on Splitcoast Stampers as the FS681 “mcshmidty” Featured Stamper.  This is a challenge where you find a project from their online SCS gallery and use it as inspiration to create something.  Here’s the card she made that I fell in love with in her gallery:

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card by Shelly Schmidt “mcshmidty” on SCS

I thought it would be fun to use an older stamp I had (I love penguins) and create a birthday style card with it.  I have a few birthdays to celebrate in the colder months, so I was just trying to think ahead and I liked that this could be a masculine or feminine card to give out too!  I can’t remember where I pulled the pattern paper from, but the colors really caught my eye!  Instead of the strip like Shelly has on her card, I made my strip into a banner.  I used a snowflake instead of a sun and two enamel dots.

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I stamped and colored him up with Copic markers.  I used some liquid applique for the end of his hat and dotted his cheeks with a white gel pen.  I used glossy accents over top of the cherry on his ice cream cone.

The sentiment was pulled out from an older My Favorite Things stamp set that I white heat embossed over black cardstock and cut apart.  I also used MFT stitched die cuts for the banner and circle image.

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I must’ve been in the mood for ice cream before I took a blog break as I just realized my last post had ice cream too! LOL!!  Hope you like my card as I was really inspired by my friend’s card to make it!

Thanks for dropping in and I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Splitcoast Stampers Featured Stamper – FS681 mcshmidty
  2. Crafty Animals – #38 Anything Goes + animal
  3. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #38 Anything Goes + animal
  4. Challenge Up Your Life – #123 Animals
  5. QKR Stampede – #396 Anything Goes
  6. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – #131 Anything Goes
  7. Crafting Happiness – #47 Anything Goes/optional: birds

 

 

I’m Still Crafting!!🎨

Hello there friends!! 😀

I’m doing well and healthy as is my family!  I sure hope that all of my fellow blog friends and readers are staying healthy as well!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reaching out to me and asking about my well being!  I really miss you guys!

I haven’t posted since I’ve not been on any design teams and I sort of just “took a personal break” from posting anything on my blog or social media.  The first reason being was that I had lost some “MOJO” and was really struggling with getting inspired and wasn’t really “happy” about what I was creating.  As I had mentioned before, it really does happen to us and sometimes it’s harder to “get over it” at times.  With all that is going on in the world right now, I also had other concerns on my mind as I’m sure many of us have.  So my blog break became even more extended.  Now that I’ve “been away”, I’m stuggling with what exactly I want to do.  I miss my blog friends very much and really enjoyed having this way of communitcating with you all…after all…we love crafting together and we have that in common and it’s something to be happy about to come together for!  So I’m sharing my heart to heart update with you!

WHAT HAVE I BEEN DOING??????🤔

Yes!  I’ve been crafting, but I just haven’t really taken the time to create a post about it.  As you know with blogging, you know that you not only need to take a photo of it, but you have to edit it, watermark it, create/type up the blog post, link all the things and then share it to all of these other social media platforms..so, with that, I just didn’t take the time! LOL!  And….I’m still trying to decide if blogging is something I should continue.  PLEASE, share with me your thoughts.

While I’ve not been posting, I sure have been crafting!  I signed up to take several different classes!   I had planned on going to a couple of retreats that were obviously canceled, so I decided that the online type classes were a way to go and to try to boost up some of that lost MOJO!  While not posting about it, I actually think that may have helped!  I was able to freely create with no time restraints and I didn’t have to worry about typing up a post for social media and “judgment”.  It just turned out to be whatever it was!  So MAYBE posting about whatever comes up for my crafting is a little more “freeing” and it can be whatever it turns out to be?  I don’t know, I guess I will find out!

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I will try and start with about where I left off from the beginning of April and just go forward from there!  Lots of things have been going on “behind the scenes”!  LOL!

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This is a card I had actually made back in March for a birthday card for someone and just never posted it.  I had pulled out an older birthday card kit from Brutus Monroe and used the stamp set along with the papers from the kit.

I also used the circle shaker pouch as well as some dies from My Favorite Things to create the shaker panel.  the confetti and sequins all came from the card kit I used.

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I used Copic markers to color in the ice cream cone and then I also die cut a heart from the Glitterstock that was included with the birthday card kit and glued it on top.  I took some white twine as I felt a bow on the cone would help tie everything together nicely.  I white heat embossed the sentiment over a strip and swiped some white ink along the edges of it.  It was glued over top of the polka dotted paper and die cut out with a stitched rectangle die.

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As you can see, I even took an additional image from the stamp set and stamped the envelope to match. (something I’ve been trying to work on when making cards)

I didn’t photograph it, but I also used a gift card pocket die on the inside of the card to tuck a gift card in.  Those little pocket dies come in handy for when you want to mail a gift card!  The one I used is from Lawn Fawn HERE.

So please let me know that you’re here and what you think!

Thank you for your continued support during my crafty journey!!  I have more things to post that I’ve been working on, so I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Crafty Cardmakers – #256 Celebrations
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft – #115 Anything Goes
  3. Creative Fingers – #185 Anything Goes
  4. Stamp & Fun = Creativity – #367 Eat & Drink
  5. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2018 Anything Goes