I’m Otterly In Love

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  Do have any plans for the weekend?  I have plans to probably stay in and color since there’s snow predicted for us! Brr!

I wanted to share a card I’ve made with this “OTTERLY” adorable brand new Pairables digital set that has come out today from Digi Doodle Studios:

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Isn’t that the sweetest little face?!  This entire scene was digitally created on my computer using the *NEW* Otterly Love Pairables set from Digi Doodle Studios!  If you’d like to take a look at what’s in the entire set, then check it out in the store link or see the bottom of this post!  I will have another card coming with this same set soon, so stay tuned!

*Tip*  The “thing” I love about creating scenes digitally as apposed to regular stamping is that there’s no masking involved!  Just create on the computer and you can resize and arrange/bring forward/bring back, etc all you want without the hassle and it’s easy to start over as it’s on your computer!  It’s easier than you think if you’ve never done it!

So as I mentioned, I arranged each image on my computer how I wanted the images to be and printed it out, colored it in and sponged in some distress ink along the edges so the whole panel has color over it.

I die cut it out with a stitched rectangle die and used the same die set to cut a larger piece in the brown cardstock that was layered over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I used my Cricut to cut out the cattails along the right side.  I popped it up with some thin pieces of foam tape to add to my design.  Lastly, I finished out the card with some gold heart sequins around the sentiment.  (This is a nice flat design so it’s easily mailable too!)

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cutie!  I’ve used my Copic markers to color most of the panel including all of the grass blades.

I took a white gel pen to give him extra highlight on his eyeballs and cheeks.  I also covered the pond water with a glitter brush pen for some shimmer.  Not sure you can see it, but of course it’s nice and glittery in person!

I’ve also used a sponge to lightly cover the cattails with white ink.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using this darling new Pairables set from DDS!  I’m seriously looking forward to sharing more with it soon as I think this has easily become my favorite!!  🙂

Please be sure to check out not only the store, but grab some inspiration by joining us on our Digi Doodle Studios Facebook Group as well as join in some challenges!  You can check out several ways to enter for a chance to win by CLICKING HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping in today and I’ll see you soon!

Here is the Digi Doodle Studios product(s) used on my card today:  (Click on the photo to view/purchase in the store.)

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Challenges:

  1.  Country View – Love
  2. The Paper Funday – Anything Goes with optional Friendship
  3. Crafts Galore Encore – Anything Goes #71
  4. Creative Knockouts – Anything Goes
  5. Let’s Craft and Create – Anything Goes with optional:  Love is in the Air
  6. Lil’ Patch of Crafty Friends – Anything Goes
  7. Pammie’s Inky Pinkies– PIP2001 Anything Goes

Working in a Winter Kit!

Hello friends!  If you live around my area, then you know that it’s in full swing Winter Weather time!  We do have snowflakes in the forecast for tomorrow, but hopefully it’s not too bad!

So while we’re thinking of snow, I thought this would be a great time to share with you all of the winter style cards I’ve made using a brand new subscription card kit that I’ve got going from Pink and Main.  So grab a cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy some crafty winter inspiration!

So my first card kit from Pink and Main was the December 2019 Winter Wonderland Crafty Courtyard Box which is no longer available, but they have this month’s box out which I will I get soon!  Here’s what I’ve made for the December box:

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Yeah, I know!  That’s alot of cards, right?!  I was surprised myself how many cards I was creating from this kit and I could’ve just kept going as I still have plenty of supplies left!  I needed to make a few more cards to send out after Christmas for the ones I missed and send out thank yous…so this came in handy actually!

P.S.  Every single one of these cards were completed with an envelope too!  (So far so good on my New Year’s Resolution! Yay!)

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My first card here is a “see through” design using acetate for the center of the design.  I have used a Bold Snowflake die from Pink and Main NOT included in the kit, but overlayed it with another foam snowflake and button that WAS included in the kit.

I stamped snowflakes from the stamp set in the kit and added some “dots” with Stickles over the design too.

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This card was pretty simple, but I love it!  I’ve used the sentiment die that was included in the kit and die cut it with the sparkle cardstock from the kit as well as the pretty snowflake papers.  All I did was stamp 3 snowflakes and added another dot of Stickles to the centers.  I chomped the corners at the bottom and done!

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For this particular card, I’ve decided to make a ‘Z-fold’ card design and if you’d like to know the measurements and/or how to see one put together, then please check out my video tutorial on it here – “Coffee Style Z-fold Gift Card Holder“.

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This is how the card folds closed.  It folds down to an A2 size.  I love how the colors look on this one!  Everything on this card except for the greeting on the inside was from the kit.

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So I wanted to use lots of those papers from the paper pad included with the kit and they were double sided so I had even more choices to deal with! LOL!  I decided to make square panels for my layout and use those sparkly silver snowflakes from the kit to place over top.  I heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set at the bottom.

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This card was just destined to be a square design.  I wanted to use my Reverse Scallop Square dies from Pink and Main for this one.  I’ve also used papers from the kit as well as the silver sparkle paper and snowflake.  I took a snowflake embossing folder fort he background.  I used sequins from the kit and filled the centers with more of that silver Stickles.  (I got a bit of the prop  over my sentiment there.  LOL!)

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I wasn’t finished using that “Reverse Scallop Square” die set, so I took it to die cut some embossed snowflakes and layer them over some of the papers from the kit.  The middle of the card has a strip of the awesome transluscent tape included in the kit.  I covered the middle of the snowflakes with a rhinestone and pop up the embossed sentiment with foam tape over the tape.

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And this last one was hubby’s favorite. I took the largest image from the stamp set in the kit and heat embossed it over a watercolor panel.   Then I took some Distress Oxide ink spritzed with water over a glass mat and brushed them over it and splatterd some with with a brush as well.  I die cut the sentiment from the die included in the kit with the sparkle paper in the kit and finished the design with more sequins filled with Silver Stickles.

I had “SNOW” much fun with this kit and creating these cards!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well and have been inspired in some way!!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I enjoy seeing what you have say!  I loved reading all of your New Year’s resolutions and NOT resolutions too! LOL!!

I’ll see you again soon my friends! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Cardz 4 Guyz – Blue is the Color
  2. Arty Divas – #12 Anything Goes
  3. Classic Design– Anything Goes
  4. Creative Inspiration – Something New or Something Old
  5. Challenge Up Your Life– Anything Goes
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  7. Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday – Snowflakes!

 

 

 

Cute Card Thursday is Sentimental

Hello friends!  Hope you’re having a great week so far!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday and the theme for this week is “Sentimental“.  We look forward to seeing your interpretation with your creations for this challenge!  Our sponsor is Crafty Doodle Chick, so be sure to play along for your chance to win!

Here’s how I’ve interpretated the challenge this week:

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I really love sentiment stamps and sometimes they just seem to get used when you need to add a sentiment with your design.  I actually like to use them as not only the focal point of a design, but I like to also use them for backgrounds!

For my card today, I have used an older Simon Says Stamp card kit. (Nov 2016)  I really loved the font and the wording in this set and the different sizes that you can mix together.  The images are from the SSS Thankful Heart stamp set.

I started by stamping two of the images from the set with white ink over the A2 sized top folding card base and then added some papers from the card kit on the bottom portion.  I took a piece of white twine around the center of the card and added a button and bow.

The heart was die cut from a piece of cardstock from the kit with a stitched heart die and then I white heat embossed the sentiment and added some craft foam behind it before attaching it to the card.  I’ve also added a couple of hearts that were cut from white cardstock.

Very simple card, but a good one to have on hand for someone!  I hope you’ve enjoyed it and please be sure to join along with us this week!

Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Double D – Focus on the Sentiment
  2. Aud Sentiments – Anything Goes + Sentiment
  3. Retro Rubber – rrcb120 – Anything Goes + stamps older than 1 year (circa 2016)6a01b8d066dc39970c0240a4d5b421200b-320wi
  4. Shopping Our Stash – embossing
  5. Sweet Stampers – Use a Sentiment
  6. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes

Brutus Monroe Inspirational Team ‘Subscription Products’ Blog Hop!

Hello friends!  It’s Wednesday and time for the Brutus Monroe’s Inspirational Team blog hop!  We are focusing on the September Subscription Products for this week!  So be sure to grab yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and hop with us!  Please be sure to check the links at the bottom of this post to see all of the links that will take you to the rest of the inspiration team’s blog posts too!

Here’s what I’ve made for this week:

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I have used 3 different subscription products on my card for you today, can you guess which ones?

I have used most obviously the beautiful September Stamp of the Month for the image.  It comes with 2 different sentiments that you can change out.  I’ve just colored mine up with Copic markers over a piece of Alabaster cardstock.

The second thing I’ve used is the September Stencil of the Month in the background, but what may not be obvious is that I’ve also used the September Embossing Powder of the Month as well.

I took the stencil over a piece of Alabaster cardstock and covered it with the Embossing Ink and then lifted the stencil to sprinkle the embossing powder over it to heat set.  I cut out that piece and layered it over another piece of Alabaster cardstock that I die cut with a stitched scallop die.

If you want to pick out a Brutus Monroe cardstock that matches up perfectly with this month’s subscription embossing powder, I found that the Terracotta cardstock matches up nicely with it!  It’s what I’ve used for my card base and the circle layer behind the image.

Lastly, I’ve added another circle layer from Gilded Glittersock, popped it up with some foam tape and added some gold thread nested behind it.  I took some gold sequins and filled them with gold glitter too.

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Here’s a closer look at the image and how I’ve colored it in.  I just used my Copics to color it in and shade around it.  As you know, I like to use my gel pens to add just a bit of sparkle to certain areas of the image and I’ve also added some “dots” around it with gel pens too.

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Here you can get a better glimpse of the heat embossed background on the left corner of the card.  It’s a very pretty Fall color and appropriately named “Crisp Leaves”.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today using the Brutus Monroe Subscription products!  Please be sure to click on the links below to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team:

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Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges:

  1.  Brown Sugar – Anything Goes
  2. Crafty Catz – Anything Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – #362 Anything Goes
  4. Simply Create Too – Anything Goes
  5. Crafty Calendar – Add Lots of Layers

Grateful for Brutus Monroe

Hello friends!  Happy Saturday!  Yay!  The weekend is finally here! 🙂

I’m sharing a card I made today for the Brutus Monroe blog.  Be sure to subscribe for updates and more inspiration from the design team!  Christopher (owner of Brutus Monroe) has posted a 10 minute video on the un-boxing of this month’s September inspiration box if you haven’t see it yet – CLICK HERE!)

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I really love all things Fall including the beautiful colors you start seeing from the leaves on the trees.  Nothing better than a nice walk in the brisk cool air!  This is what has inspired my card today too!

I knew I wanted to used this beautiful Golden Gourd EP and heat set this sentiment from the Grateful stamp set with it.  I think it’s awesome just to have a nice sentiment like this be the focal of your card sometimes.  It was heat set over a piece of Alabaster cardstock and then I sponged around the edges with the Phone Book Surface Ink.  I wanted a bit more sparkle, so I took my Embossing Ink pad and rubbed it along the edges of the panel and heat embossed some of the Vintage Sparkle over it.

And of course I wanted to do some foiling too because it’s just fun especially when you have these cool Vintage Wallpaper-Foilable Washi Sheets to do it on!  I used the Deco Foil Spring Grass transfer sheets over it and then used more of that Phone Book Surface ink to sponge around the edges and also heat set some more of that Vintage Sparkle over the edges too.

For the background, I took a piece of Alabaster cardstock measuring 4″ x5.25″ and covered it with the Embossing Ink pad.  I used some more of that Golden Gourd EP and heat set this entire piece.  Then I took the foiled strips and attached them over top of this panel and layered onto a top folding A2 sized Jurassic card base.  I also layered the embossed sentiment panel over a piece of this same cardstock.

I then added the sentiment panel over the card front with some BM foam tape and then added some die cut leaves that I sponged with ink and then a couple of gold sequins with some gold glitter in the centers for more sparkle to finish it off.

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Here’s a closer look at the heat embossed sentiment, background, and the sparkle around the edges where I heat embossed too.  The EP looks really stunning in person!

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And here’s another look at the foiled washi strips too with the card laying flat.

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my Fall creation today and were inspired in some way!  Thank you for joining me today as well as the entire week!  THAT really is something to be grateful for!  See you soon!!

Below are the Brutus Monroe products used on my card today with affiliate links:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Creative with Stamps – AutumnCWS#42Autumn
  2. Unicorn – #47 Autumn
  3. The Male Room – Autumn#119
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stamp It
  5. Aud Sentiments – Fall/Autumn + Sentiment
  6. Daisy Chain – Autumn is Coming

 

 

Fussy Cut Falling Flowers for Fall

Hello friends!  Happy weekend!  I’m actually excited about it being the weekend!  This weekend is a nice long holiday weekend so I can spend time with hubby!  Yay!  However, I won’t be resting on my blog as there are lots of fun things going on since it’s the start of a new month!  So be sure to keep stopping by to see what’s going on!  🙂

Today is my turn on the Brutus Monroe Blog to share my inspirational team project and I was inspired by the letter ‘F’ basically!  I took out some flowers and fussy cut them and colored them in happy Fall like colors.

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I’ve taken the gorgeous Brutus Monroe Inked Flowers stamp set and settled on about 3 different sized floral images to work with along with a couple of leaves.  I’ve colored them with both Stylefile Markers from Brutus Monroe as well as Copic markers and then cut them out with my Brutus Monroe fussy cutting scissors…I set them aside.

I took a piece of BM Alabaster cardstock along with some BM masking paper and began working in the flowers for the background with BM Raven Detail Ink.  I made a mask for them as a went along and worked my way up.  After I was done, I took an ink foam blending tool and some BM Sea Surface Ink to sponge around the top and side of the panel.  I attached the flowers on with BM glue and some BM foam tape.  (I used the thicker foam tape for the largest flower.)

For the banner, I heat embossed the sentiment from the BM Super Sentimental stamp set  over some BM Raven cardstock with BM Alabaster white EP and cut it into a banner and attached it to the card.  Lastly, I took out the sequins from this month’s Inspiration Box as they looked like an orange-y type color and glued a few of those on and then added some gold glitter to the centers.

I attached the Alabaster floral panel over a piece of BM Phonebook cardstock and then mounted that over an A2 sized top folding Raven cardstock base.

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Here’s closer look at the flowers and how I’ve colored them in.  I’ve used both BM Stylefile Markers and Copics to color these with as I don’t have too many of the Stylefile markers in my stash yet, but hope to get more as the price point is nice!

You can better see the sequins that I’ve used.  I actually had one of them laying on my table while I was assembling this card and thought the color matched up nicely with it.  Otherwise, I would’ve never thought to get those out to use on this particular card!  You never know what could be lurking on your table un-used! LOL!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today with the ‘F’ inspired feelings!  🙂

Thanks for stopping in today!  Please be sure to join us over at the Brutus Monroe Fan FB Group and share your Brutus Monroe creations with us!  We’d love to see what you’ve been making!

Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow!!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Inkspirational – photo challengeChallenge194
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More – Anything GoesAnything Goes badge
  3. The House That Stamps Built – A2819 Anything Goes
  4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes
  5. Creative Knockouts – Something To Say

Triangle Corner Pop Up Card for Brutus Monroe + video tutorial!

Today I’m sharing another version of the Triangle Corner Pop Up Card that I had previously made during my time as a guest for Brutus Monroe.  You can check out that blog post by CLICKING HERE.  After posting that card, I have actually received several messages and comments that people wanted to see a video tutorial on how to make one.  So I thought I would come up with another version of this same style of card, but using different Brutus Monroe products to show the many different variations that you can come up with and the fun you can have with it!

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This style is a much more elegant approach which is much different than my other one.  I love that you can change the look and have fun playing with different stamps and elements to fit inside the design!

For this one, I have taken the Brutus Monroe Happy Rose and Take Flight stamp sets to stamp (with Raven Detail ink), color (with Copics and Stylefile markers) and cut out for the images on my design.  All of the cardstock is from Brutus Monroe using Jurassic 100# and Alabaster White 100# cardstock.  The decorative paper is from the BM Rustic Florals paper pad.  I stenciled the bottom of the Jurassic panel with a past stencil from BM using some Unicorn Horn Glitter Glaze.  Both of the rose images along with the small heart circle on the easel card were popped up with some BM foam tape.

For the circle easel design, I’ve cut out a scallop circle with the Alabaster cardstock in the size that I thought would fit within the design.  Then cut the body of the card with other circle dies in the Jurassic cardstock and then the front with some more of that Rustic Florals paper that I’ve used in the background.  The sentiment below the butterfly and the hearts on the small circle came from the Brutus Monroe Super Sentimental stamp set.  All of the white panels (with the exception of the scallop circle) was ink foam blending with some grey distress ink.  To keep the card “locked” in this position, I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Mini Disc Magnets shown in the video below.

If you are interested in learning how to create one of these cards for yourself, then please be sure to check out my video below.  CLICK HERE to view on You Tube.

These cards can look really intimidating, but once you see the measurements of how to put one together, they’re really easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what the card looks like completely opened up.  You can see on the left bottom panel that I’ve taken that rose from the stamp set again and stamped it in the corner with some grey ink after ink foam blending around the edges of it.  This will be the area that I’m leaving for a personal message.

To fold it down to a 4″ square card that’s close you will start by folding down on the top and then fold it over from the right side to the left.  This will completely close it up.

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Here you can see that the card is completely closed to a 4″ square size minus the rose leaves sticking out which I don’t mind.

I took another panel of the Jurassic cardstock for the front of the card and sponged around the edges of it with the Alabaster Ink and then also stamped the rose again in the corner of it.  Because I had several dimensional and extra layers on this card, I had to use a ribbon to tie it together to help it stay closed up.  You might need an envelope that is slightly larger than an A2 envelope, but if you use less layers and dimension, it should fit in an A2 size envelope.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my interactive card and tutorial today!  Thanks so much for dropping in with me! 

Please be sure to check out the links below for more interactive fun for this Wednesday’s Brutus Monroe Inspirational design team hop:

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – #103 Wings
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – It’s a Bug’s Life
  3. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
  4. Try it On Tuesday – In my Garden there is….