Birthday Penguin Slimline🐧

Hello friends!  There are SO many things going on this month and I’m having such a hard time keeping up with all of it!  After having some computer issues and trying to figure out what’s going on…I realized how far behind I am with my crafting!  I have waaay too many new things I want to play with too!  Really hate it when that happens!🤨😅  Totally missed out on World Card Making Day this year…however…

..before the WCMD “Inspired By” challenge ends over on the Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Blog, I wanted to be sure to play along which is using one of the design team’s projects for inspiration to create your own project:

I have made this fun slimline card using the Whimsy Stamps Penguin Poop stamp set along with the Whimsy Stamps Slimline Connected Bubbles die for my card today.  I am a huge penguin fan and these guys crack me up so much!

When I saw the lovely and talented Bev’s slimline card design, I was immediately inspired to create based on her beautiful and sweet card you can see here:

I’m not sure what inks Bev used in her design, but for the background of my card, I wanted to keep the colors in a cool tone.  Over a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper, I’ve cut it down to fit over a black side folding 3.5″ x 8.5″ slimline card base.  (I use the 8.5″ measurement because I find the size easier to use with a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ cardstock.  Then I only need to cut at 7″ on the long (11″) side and score in half at 3.5″ on this same side.  I am then left with another piece for layering over the slimline card if I choose.)  It’s easier to remember also…which is something good for me right now! LOL!  I digress…

I’ve used the Pink and Main blender brushes to ink blend Weathered Wood, Shaded Lilac, Broken China and Stormy Sky Distress Oxide inks for the background and then I used a water spritzer to make the droplet pattern over it.

I’ve cut the Slimline Connected Bubbles die from some Brutus Monroe Mermaid Glitterstock and glued it over the ink blended background.  I had a left over border of a punched out goo drip from white glitterstock, so I used the die to cut out pieces to glue over top of some of the circles from the die.  I stamped the sentiments inside a couple of the circles where I wanted with black ink and then used some foam dots to pop out the stamped and fussy cut penguins.

Lastly, I’ve taken a black marker to make some stitch marks along the edges of the ink blended panel and glued on some clear sparkling crystals.

Here’s closer view of one of the penguins.  It was very easy to grab a couple of Copic markers to color them in with and they were pretty easy to cut out along with the balloon.  I’ve used a black twine to connect the backside of the balloon and added a dab of glue to the penguin’s hand.

I used a glitter brush pen over the balloon and then added some glossy accents to both of the penguin’s big eyeballs.

This was such a fun card to create and it will be perfect for a winter birthday I will have coming up soon!🥳  The way I’ve been crafting behind, this will help out to have ready on hand when I need it!

Thanks so much for stopping in today friends!  I hope you’ve enjoyed my slimline card and that it has brought you a smile!  I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1. Whimsy Stamps Inspirations – WCMD Inspired By challenge (Bev’s card)
  2. Shopping Our Stash – #430 On Trend Slimline
  3. Crafty Animals – #43 Anything Goes + animal
  4. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies – #43 Anything Goes + animal
  5. Moving Along with the Times – #123 Animals and/or Birds
  6. Cute Card Thursday – #654 Anything Goes
  7. Craft Rocket – #75 Add Sparkle
  8. 613 Avenue Create – Anything Goes optional winged things

Sports Reminder for {Cupcake Inspirations} Challenge

Hello friends!  Stopping by with a reminder today that there are still a few days left to join our “Sports” themed challenge over at the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog!  Hope you will join in the fun with us!

It’s that time of the year over here in the U.S. for Fall football season and I have some male family members that enjoy watching it along with having birthdays around this time which brings me to making these type of cards for them!  So this challenge has worked out really well for that!  So here’s my second card for this challenge:

I’ve pulled out this older Stampin’ Up! stamp set that I refused to part with just for this reason because I knew that I would be using it down the line…which is the “Great Sport” stamp set.  (I think it’s maybe circa 2013?)  I have elected to use the colors of my brother’s favorite football team The Chicago Bears for my color scheme.  (His birthday is coming up shortly so this will work out nicely.)

I think the embossing folder is just as old if not older than the stamp sets that I’ve used as it has that pattern on it that would remind you of the football texture.  (pigskin leather as the guys say)  I’ve recently picked up some sport themed decorative papers and thought I would use a strip down the center of my design and then I’ve also used the same pattern to stamp the wings and football images over that were all fussy cut out with scissors.

For the navy banner in the background, I’ve used a die cut to cut it out with and then stamped some stars with white ink over it and then sponged around the edged of it as well.  I took another strip of orange colored cardstock and stamped a fun birthday greeting over it and then added some stars around it that were punched out from navy cardstock.  All of these layered were attached over an A2 sized top folding navy card base.  

Really thought it would be fun to add an interactive detail to this card as well by adding a wobbler to the back of the football image.  So when you put your finger along the side of the ball, it will wobble.🏈😂  (something fun for the birthday guy to play with!)

For the decorative papers I’ve used, I took a sand block to distress the edges a bit and smooth out the edges of my fussy cutting details.

Hope this will help bring a smile his way and add a bit of luck to his football team for this year to do well too!

Be sure to stop by the {Cupcake Inspirations} blog to see more inspiration from the design team and I hope you’ll be able to join in the fun with us for this challenge too!  Thanks so much for dropping in today and I’ll be seeing you soon friends!

Challenges:

  1. Watercooler Wednesday – WWC291 5th Week Anything Goes

2.  Krafty Chicks – #527 Stamp Act

3.  Love to Craft – LTCCB51 October Anything Goes

The “Power of Practice” Blog Hop

Hello friends! I’m so excited to be sharing a special collaboration blog hop with my fellow crafty friends collab FB group as we share our own personal progression on how practice over time can help to increase your confidence and skills within your crafting journey. (blog hop links are at bottom of post.)

So please grab your favorite beverage and join us in this fun and informative blog hop that shows how “the power of practice” can be utilized in your own crafting! (highlights are done in red.)

  • I would like to start off by stating each person’s experience is their own journey and will run on it’s own pace which is something that we all need to be aware of and patient with.  Some particular skills will take much longer to grasp than others and you need to take it easy on yourself without harsh judgement.  Just enjoy the process and have fun with it!  (That was and still is the hardest thing for me to learn.)

Although I’ve been paper crafting for the last 20 years or so, I’ve been involved in several different crafts throughout my entire childhood or since I could hold a crayon in my hand!  My grandmother as well as my mother has passed down their experience with crafts which I learned from and picked up many others along the way including what I love today.  So some things I do may already come naturally for me without recognizing where it came from because it was taught to me long ago.  There are some things, however, that I’ve had to spend the time learning.

Now taking classes aren’t the ONLY way to learn something for sure!  Good ole “Trial and Error” are great for learning and gaining personal experience from…which I tend to learn the most from actually!😁  Another thing that helps is new tools/products to help make the process easier or look more “finished” or “professional” in nature.  When I first started with my stamps, there was not a common heat tool for instance.  I had to heat emboss over a stove!  So times have changed as well as techniques and inspiration. Inspiration is EVERYWHERE over the Internet too!  Many people have so many clever ideas…I wish I could keep up with them all!  Some things may not be of interest to you and others may intrigue or intimidate you.  Find what interests you the MOST..at the time…and work on it because you will love learning about it which means you will gain more knowledge from it.  You don’t have to share with others what you do as long as YOU enjoy what you’re doing.  Do what feels right to you and your journey.  It’s never about others, it’s about YOU!

 

I feel like I could write an entire book on just this matter, but since this is a visual craft, it’s better to “see” with your eyes sometimes or show how things can come together…or not!🤨

I’m starting with a photo of a card I had made back in 2007 when I had already been a year into having a blog and was still a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator at the time.  Even the technology of simply taking a photograph has improved tremendously over the years…

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I no longer have most of the products used here and I had to lift the photo from my Splitcoaststampers gallery as they have stored my oldest photos I have anywhere.  This was the first place that I shared anything I made online. (There are 124 pages of my gallery and if you look through, you will see the progression over time.)

 

Now I could really criticize myself and pick this all apart, but it was part of my process at the time.  And at that time, I was happy with it.  It looks like I’ve colored with ink pads and a blender pen, cut out the images with scissors as well as cut fringes of the grass border. (tools have improved since and many purchases have been made as well!😊)    As we move forward, I can share how I updated that design today:

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What I have decided to do was to take the photo of the older card above and make an updated version of the same design, but with the mindset and techniques that I’ve learned since.  You can see that my coloring has improved as well as the different tools and items that have been updated to help with my design execution.  I still used similar colors, similar layout design as well as coloring an image, but just maybe updated the look from the practicing of not just the coloring over time, but the practice of just cutting the layers and putting things together as compared to years past.  Just meerily putting together card after card has helped me with the practice and made me better aware.  So you can see how just putting together a card in general, with practice, can help improve skills!

  • Another tip I find helpful is to join your fellow crafty friends in groups and collaborations like this blog hop as well as other groups which is what I’ve also made this card for, called “The Crafty Chefs“, where we take turns coming up with a new “recipe” to follow each month.  There’s no pressure, just a group of friends coming together, learning from each other through challenges, and inspiring one another as we enjoy our love of crafting!  For me, this is a huge deal.  Check out the link above if you’re interested in joining with us!  It’s still fun to craft, but it’s even better when it’s shared with someone.  So here’s the September Crafty Chef’s recipe that our head chef Linda has come up with for us to use:

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(I have used ALL of the “must do” items and then added a couple of pearls from the “can do” items.)

I have found that within the last several years, many people enjoy watching video tutorials on You Tube..which makes sense because seeing someone actually doing something or putting something together is a better way to learn rather than just seeing a finished photo of a project.  So to see how I’ve made my latest card for my son’s birthday, check it out below or CLICK HERE to view on my You Tube channel:

Hopefully through the video you were able to learn a few things that you can incorporate into your own card making.  Sometimes we can improve upon ourselves by even trying to recreate something we’ve done in the past and add some new things you’ve learned along the way.  It’s a great way to see how far you’ve come along and not be so critical of yourself to remind you that you are always learning, as I still am right now as well.

 

I have to chuckle at this card for my son’s birthday as he is a fun-loving jokster that will appreciate this along with the fact that it’s a bear image.  He was nicknamed “Bear” in his school years, so I thought these Big Grumpy products from Taylored Expressions would work perfectly for this!  I’ve also used the Big Grumpy Birthday stamps to go with him along with the other products used in my video above.

For the sparkle, I’ve taken some Stickles Star Dust glitter and added to the birthday hat as well as the center of the bow in the present.  I used a glitter brush pen over the balloon and bow.  I added dots to his cheeks, hat and the present with a white gel pen.  I forgot to mention in the video that I’ve added a couple of brown pearls to the blue strip so that I added something from the “can do” list for the Crafty Chefs recipe!😉

I really hope that this post was helpful as well as enjoyable for you and that you received some benefit for taking the time to read over it.  I know that I will be looking forward to seeing what my other crafty friends have to share and inspire me with!  I think there is something to learn from everyone no matter how long you’ve been doing it.  

  • The power of practice simply means, to me, being able to refine your skills into something that you want to be better at, take in more information or take it to the limits of your ability.  This is done by repeating often and over time to increase or add to your knowledge of what you’re trying to improve upon. If we are not trying new things, then we are not learning or growing as individuals.

Please be sure to check out the following crafty friends’ blogs below to see their take on this blog hop concept:

Thanks so much for stopping by my friends and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1. Inkspirational – Birthday PhotoChallenge221
  2. Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  3. Crafty Calendar – Anything Goes
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  5. Dragonfly Dreams – Happy Birtdhay Traci!
  6. The Corrosive Challenge – #9 Sept Anything Goes
  7. Creative Moments – #198 Anything Goes optional:  Make it Funny
  8. AAA Birthday – #17 Animals & Critters#17 bottom badge
  9. Creative Craft Cottage – #133 Include and Animal
  10. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Humorus/Fun Card

Guest Designer for *Cheerful Sketches*!

Hey there friends! I’m so excited to share with you my project I’ve made for the September *Cheerful Sketches* blog challenge as a guest designer for this month! Please be sure to check out the original September challenge post for details and where to link up your project.

Here’s the project that I’ve made with the sketch photo and image that was provided to me:

This darling little image is by Colour of Love Shop called Li’l Fidget Unicorn Girl – A Daisy Thing and you can click on the link to see/purchase image in the shop if you’re interested.  They’re sponsoring the *Cheerful Sketches* challenge for this month, so be sure to check out all of the wonderful inspiration from the team over there!

Here is the sketch for September you need to follow:

I have used the sketch for inspiration on how to layout my card here after I colored her up and then cut her out with a circle die.  I also ink blended around the edges for a bit of color and then I found some pretty papers in my stash to cut out wih die and accent the circle image panel as well.  I’ve used a Spellbinders scallop circle die as well as a MFT older die frame no longer available.

I had some pretty fairy style papers in my stash and I’ve added those as well as more of the papers from my layered die cut circle from Brutus Monroe called Mermaid Skin Cardstock and lavendar cardstock from my stash.  I then added some pretty flowers as well as sequins and glitter over the design.

I’ve also stamped a “Make a Wish” sentiment in the bottom right corner of the card.

Here’s a closer look at the Copic coloring I’ve done on the image.  I’ve added some glitter to her unicorn horn on the top of her head and I’ve used several different gel pens to add dots and details to the image as well.  It was very hard for me NOT to use a purple color on her for the flowers…so I think it incorporated well into the design.

You can also see the wonderful shine over that Mermaid Skin cardstock I’ve used to!  It’s just beautiful when you’re holding it in person!

You can also see where I’ve taken some Ranger Stickles to fill the centers of the sequins and add additonal drops.

Sometimes it’s fun to just sit and color up gorgeous images like this and I think this was a really good one to practice along with the sketch!  I really hope that you’ve enjoyed it as well and has brought you some inspiration today!

Please be sure to play along with the talented people over at *Cheerful Sketches* this month!  Thank you for stopping by and I’ll be seeing you again soon!

Challenges:

  1. Creatalicious – #194 Anything Goes with optional: pearls and/or lace 
  2. A Perfect Time to Craft – #9 Anything Goes September
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft – #123 Anything Goes September
  4. Crafts Galore Encore – #79 Anything Goes September
  5. The Fairy and the Unicorn – Anything Goes + fantasy
  6. Love to Craft – LTCCB50 Anything Goes
  7. Cute Card Thursday – Anything Goes
  8. Colour Crazy Craft – #35 Anything Goes + colouring
  9. Creative Fingers – #192 Anything Goes

Inspiration Using the Brutus Monroe Magical Mouse Inspiration Box

Hello friends! Stopping in here this evening to share a little inspiration using a card kit and a fun video to follow along with while I’m making the projects you see here below:

I have a collection of card kits and really love the things in them, but I wasn’t getting many miles with any of them, so I thought the best way to do this was to “record” myself using the contents in these kits to make a video so that I would “be certain” that I was going to be using it! I was happy with the different projects that I made with it and I hope that it will be something to help inspire you in some way as well. Check out my video below or you can watch it on You Tube by CLICKING HERE.

I started out with this fun “Tee-Pee” or “Tent” card using some of the toner printed panels included in the kit and foiled over top of them:

 

I’ve colored up this sweet little mouse from the Brutus Monroe Stamp of the Month with Copics, cut him out with a circle die and layered him over a another circle piece with cardstock from the kit as well. I thought that the foiled panels and the shape of this “Tee-Pee” card made a fun looking cheese wedge design. Instruction on how I’ve put this together are included in the video above so you can try one out too!

My next card was so fun to put together starting with the background.  I used the Tim Holtz Speckled Egg Distress Oxide Ink with the “smooshing technique” and splattering some of the Gold Sparkle Hyper Pigment Ink included with the card kit.  The image was colored with Copic markers and attached to the background panel.  I white heat embossed the sentiment over a piece of black that was die cut with a banner die.  I finished it off with sequins also included in the inspiration box.

 

My next project is using the Brutus Monroe Stencil of the month for the background and then I arranged some more colored up images from the Mouse Friends stamp set that was included in the Inspiration Box.  I added some details with more of the Gold Sparkle Hyper Pigment Ink, a glitter brush pen and Nuvo Crystal Drops for more sparkles.

 

My final card in the video shows how I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Aqua Pigment of the month for the background along with some more splattering.  I think this made such a cool background for many possibilities!

I stamped, colored and cut out four of those star images with the commet tail on it, but cut if off all but one of them to pop up with foam tape over the background.  I finished it with sequins for the kit filled in the center with more Stickles.

 

So for my last card, this was the only project that wasn’t included with the video because my camera had gave me some issues. This is actually what the Velveteen Glaze looks like when it’s dry. It’s hard to describe because when in the container, it’s very glossy looking, but when it’s dry, it has a matte finish that has a velvet feel. I used the stencil included with this kit to use it.

I’ve also used another one of those panels from the kit and ink blended over it and then cut it at a diagonal so that the stenciled sun shows up over the panel. I added more of the images from the set as well as the sentiment and then of course I need to use some of that pretty ribbon from the kit and added that along the bottom with a bow.

Of course I’ve added more glitter with some Nuvo Glitter Drops over some areas.

I sure enjoyed making these projects with this Inspiration Box! I hope that you’ve enjoyed my creations as well and come craft along with me in the video too! Would love to know what you think of these and if you’d like to see more videos with the monthly Inspiration Boxes, let me know and we can both knock them out together!😉

Thanks so much for spending this time with me and crafting! I sure enjoy reading what you have to say about anything! Wishing you a wonderful and happy weekend my friends! See you soon!

Challenges:

  1. Dream Valley – #231 Shaped Card (Tee-Pee/Tent card) 
  2. Sweet Stampers – Outdoor Fun (rainbow/floral cards)
  3. Color Crazy Craft – Anything Goes + coloring
  4. Alphabet Challenge – ‘K’ for Kraft (Tee-Pee/Tent card)
  5. Daring Cardmakers – In the Garden (Floral and bug/sunshine cards)

{Cupcake Inspirations} Bithday Celebration Day 12 -Party Ending Soon!

Here we are friends!  This is my final day of inspiration to share with you on Day 12 of the special celebration over at {Cupcake Inspirations} for our 500th “birthday celebration” challenge!!  WHAT A PARTY IT HAS BEEN!! WOW!🧁🎉

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Today, we are highlighting with our last but not least sponsor Inky Stamper – Please check out the challenge blog for more details about this sponsor.

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The DT was generously given a stamp and die set to use for our creations:

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I have used this Oh so adorable Cupcake stamp and die set for my 4.5″ square card design.  So I thought it would be fun to create a fun little scene where you have the mouse coming out of his little “mouse hole” in the wall where he discovers this delicious looking cupcake with the sprinkles falling about! 😂

I started by masking off the middle of the square panel and created the “floor” by ink blending from the middle out.  I then moved my masking by covering that area up and used the negitive from an oval die cut area to ink blend the “mouse hole” on the scene.  Lastly, I wanted it to look like a “wall”, so I just took a brick stencil and inked over it to go around the “mouse hole”

I stamped, colored and die cut the image and then popped him up with foam tape over the scene and stamped the sentiment underneath him.  I just glued on the sprinkles for the card.  I mounted the image panel over a die cut scallop square and then added a strip of sparkle washi tape over the card base.  (The scallop square panel was popped up with some craft foam.)  Hard to see in the photo, but I’ve brushed some glitter over the cupcake frosting!

**REMEMBER YOU ONLY HAVE A FEW DAYS LEFT TO ENTER THE “BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION” CHALLENGE OVER AT {CUPCAKE INSPIRATIONS} TO QUALIFY FOR A PRIZE FROM ONE OF THE WONDERFUL SPONSORS WE’VE BEEN SHARING – GO ENTER AND BEST OF LUCK TO ALL!!**

Thank you so much for joining me here every day to check out the inspiration I’ve made from each of our sponsors.  I’m so glad that you took the time to celebrate right along with us!   I’ll be seeing you soon!

Challenges:

  1. The House That Stamps Built – A2620 Anything Goes
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  3. Cute Card Thursday – Inky! (used distress inks, masking and stencils for background)
  4. Creative Knockouts – #365 Anything Goes

{Cupcake Inspirations} Birthday Celebration Day 11

Today is a new day!  We are on day 11 of celebrating over at {Cupcake Inspirations} with another feature of sponsors for our 500th “birthday celebration” challenge!!  YEEOWZA!

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Today, we are highlighting Rachel Vass Designs – Please check out the challenge blog for more details about this sponsor.

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The DT was provided with digital image sets to use for our creations:

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I have the gorgeous Sunshine Daisies digital set for my design here by printing the image along with the sentiment that came with the set on a piece of Bristol watercolor paper.  I remember hubby brightening up my day a while back with some very pretty colorful rainbow of daisy flowers he brought home, so I based my colors that way.

I’ve used my watercolor markers and waterbrush to color the image with and then I took some yellow sparkle AquaPigment along with some Cream Grey Aquapigment from Brutus Monroe to splatter over top of the design before I cut it out with a Wonky Stitch rectangle die from MFT.

I layered this panel over an A2 top folding Soft Suede card base and finifhed it off with some clear sparkle sequins that I added some yellow Stickles to the centers.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my watercolor rainbow daisies today!  Thank you for stopping in to check my post today!  See you tomorrow!

Challenges:

  1. The Divas that Cut…Paper – Flowers + die cut
  2. My Time to Craft – Clean and Simple
  3. Simon Says Stamp Monday – Beautiful Botanicals
  4. Little Red Wagon – #564 Digi Do

{Cupcake Inspirations} Day 10

Hello friends!  I’m back again with more celebration fun as we continue with our celebrating over at {Cupcake Inspirations} for another feature of sponsors for our 500th “birthday celebration” challenge!!  YAY!

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Today, we are highlighting Digital Delights by Louby Lou – Please check out the challenge blog for more details about this sponsor.

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The DT was provided with images from this sponsor to use for our creations:

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Isn’t she a cutie?!  I have used Cupcake Josie for my image here that was colored with Copics and cut out with a stitched rectangle die.  I used some fun birthday papers I’ve found in my stash to layer my design with along with a sentiment that was white heat embossed and die cut with a banner die that I’ve attached over the design.

I’ve added some glossy accents over the cherry on her cupcake as well as some dotting with a metallic gel pen for the sprinkles as well as for her bows.

Please be sure to add your birthay/celebration creations in the gallery soon before the challenge ends in a few days!  We look forward to seeing them all!

Thank you for popping over here today friends!  See you tomorrow!

Challenges:

  1.  Creative Moments – #197Anything Goes optional pretty papers
  2. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies – PIP2034 Anything Goes

{Cupcake Inspirations} Birthday Celebration Day 8 – Halfway Reminder! Cupcakes or Bust!

Hey there friends!  We’re now at the half-way mark of our wonderful “Birthday Celebration” challenge over at {Cupcake Inspirations}!

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Have you been adding your birthday/celebration themed creations to the gallery yet for your chance to win a prize from one of the amazing sponsors we’ve enjoyed sharing the inspiration with?!  If you haven’t, we hope you will be able to join in the fun with us as we’re really loving the wonderful projects we’ve been seeing so far!

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Today I thought it would be fun to create a unique card with my friends for {Cupcake Inspirations} as well as another of an old favorite from our sponsor Riley and Company that was also featured for yesterday!  I have loved this adorable moose for many years and so I couldn’t help but use another image to create something for a little chuckle….

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I had so much fun with this easy to make card!  I’ve used my Cricut Explore to print out and cut the shape of the cupcake.  I actually did this twice so that I could make a folding card with the shaped design.  I made a score mark on the bottom cupcake along the left side and glued it together so that it would open up on the right side.

I’ve taken this really adorable Riley and Company “Or Bust” stamp that I’ve had for a few years and stamped and colored him up.  Since the space above the “or bust” words is empty, I filled it with a sentiment from a MFT set that was perfect! 😂  I then fussy cut him out and popped him up with foam tape over the card.

I used a gold metallic gel pen to color the frame of the sign he’s holding, wrapped some gold metallic ribbon around the cupake with a bow and a cupcake button in the center and then finished it off with some glittter over the sprinkles on the top of the cupcake.

Hope that you’ve enjoyed my fun little shaped card today!  Thanks for dropping in and I’ll see you on Day 10 for more inspiration with another sponsor!

Challenges:

  1. Cut It Up – #207 Old School + die cut (Have had this Riley for years! Used Cricut)

 

A Unicorn with Sprinkles & Rainbows for Dare to Get Dirty

Hello again today my friends! Yes, still posting and with another “twofer post” again today! It will calm down eventually, but for now I have lots of things to share with you!😀

As you may have read in my second post from yesterday, we kicked off the “Dare to Get Dirty” Event over at Splitcoaststampers and I shared the card I made for one of the challenges. I have another creation to share with you that I made for one of the challenges released today and this one is for the lovely Lori:

This really brought out the little girl in me when creating this card with the rainbow colors and magical scene! This sweet little unicorn image along with the rainbow in the background and the sentiment all come from the Digi Doodle Studios Unicorn Wishes Pairables set. I’ve printed them out, colored them with Copic markers and fussy cut them out with the exception of the sentiment which I left and cut out as a cloud with my Lawn Fawn Cloud Border dies. I’ve also used that die to cut some clouds from a piece of vellum and an additional piece of white cardstock.

I’ve used an older My Favorite Things Stitched Rainbow die from white cardstock that I colored with Copic markers to place behind the first set of clouds behind the unicorn. Before layering my clouds, I took some distress ink and blending tool to add a bit of blue shadow behind them. After attaching all the cloud and rainbow layers, I cut it out with the MFT Blueprints 27 die set .

Lastly, I’ve attached this layer over an A2 sized white top folding card base and popped up the fussy cut unicorn with foam tape. I took some random sequins to attach over the design.

Here’s a closer view of some of the details in the card. I added some loose glitter over the unicorn’s wings with a 2-way glue pen and some loose glitter. Hard to tell, but I’ve also added some shimmer to the rainbows and the unicorn’s mane with a glitter brush pen. I also added a bit more blue cloud shadow under the unicorn’s feet before attaching him on the card.

This was really fun to create and I know it will make a fun card to share with one of my grandkids.

Since I have used a Digi Doodle Studios product on my card today, I also wanted to share something really awesome that this special lady, Dina Gerner, has created just for me and I love it:

You may have noticed this different watermark that I’ve used over my photos recently. A few months back, I had someone lift a photo of mine and use it as part of selling something that was not produced from the company that it actually came from, nor did I give permission that they do this with my photo. They attempted to remove my typed name over the photo. I had learned from other crafters that this has happened many times over and sometimes they don’t even care about removing the watermark at all…and sadly have learned that even some crafters don’t share what they create any longer because of this problem. There are also others that attempt to lift images/photos from digital as well as stamped images to reproduce cheaply for profit. (I’ve even seen it being done with videos too!) While some things are out of my control, I thought the best thing I can do as a crafter is try to watermark my photos and also over some of the images if I can.

So, you may also remember that I used to be on the Digi Doodle Studios DT for a bit and had discussions with Dina about this situation and she agreed to help me with a watermark! I love the design she made so much, so I wanted to use it as a stamp for the back of my cards as well as a business card design too! I was referred to this place online called Zazzle that I was able to use the digital watermark file to create them with.

Really love how it all turned out and I have something that I can share with others that are interested in my cards presented in a professional way.  Just wanted to share because I thought someone may be interested to know.  Not sure if Dina is open for a ton of orders or has time, but she did it as a favor to me and I deeply appreciated it with her special creative digital design talent!😉  Please be sure and check her amazing digital images…just like the unicorn I’ve used today, they’re all adorable!

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop in today friends!  Yes, I’ll see you again tomorrow!! Yay!

Challenges:

  1.  Digi Doodle Studios Challenge Blog – #30 Things with Wings
  2.  Digi Doodle Studios FB Challenge – August Anything Goes + DDS image
  3.  Crafty Friends – #143 Fairies & Fantasy