Birthday Card For a Painter!

Hello friends!  Hoping amid this strange time you’re finding peace and sanity among your crafty time and online community of friendly crafters as well to help uplift your spirits and keep you thinking happy thoughts!  🙂  If you’re looking for smiles, please know that this is the main purpose of why I do what I do here!  Helping to spread smiles is something that is near to my heart along with crafting.  If you’re enjoying a smile with me, that’s all I care about!  Thanks for hanging out!

Today, I have a special birthday card that I’ve made for my mom who’s a crafty tole painter and I wanted it to be a bright and cheerful design since I couldn’t celebrate with her face to face due to the current circumstances:

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So I’ve been having fun pulling out my past card kits as they’ve not been used as often as I would like to use them.  For my card here, I’ve used the Simon Says Stamp painter’s palette die that came from a past SSS card kit along with the stamp set called Sweet Birthday.  I have been hoarding some special paper made from real wood to die cut the main palette die from and then I’ve cut it out several times using some different colored specialty mirror colored cardstock from the kit for the different colors of paint.

I popped up the entire paint palette with some foam tape over a piece of watercolor paper that I took a brush and some watercolor to make the strokes for a fun and colorful background.  I then cut it out using my Lawn Fawn Cross-Stitch rectangle die which I mounted over a piece of black cardstock and mounted over a white A2 sized top folding card base.

Also for the background, I decided I wanted to include some sort of paint brush, so I dug out an old stamp I had and paper pieced some of that red mirror cardstock for the paint on the end of the brush.  (Red is my mom’s favorite color.)  I used Copics to finish coloring the brush and a glitter gel pen for an accent on the brush.  I then stamped the sentiment in black ink over the background and added some red sequins from the kit.

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Here’s a closer view of the palette and the real wood texture of the paper I had die cut it with.  You can see the shimmery colors of the cardstock I’ve used from the kit.  The only color that wasn’t included in the kit was the yellow, so I dug through my stash and found a piece of gold that I used for the yellow color…you can see it has a bit of texture on it, but I was fine with it.

I thought that the background was so fun and simple to create.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my colorful birthday card today!  Do you know someone that would love to receive a happy and colorful card?  I encourage you to get out some pretty colors and make a background and send it out to someone!  Not only will they enjoy receiving a handmade smile from you, but you will be smiling while having fun too!

I was able to talk to my mom on the phone and she told me how much she enjoyed this card and how she was planning to display it somewhere which was very nice to hear!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and maybe we’ll be seeing some rainbows in our future very soon friends! 🙂   I’ll be seeing you soon!

**Please be sure to join here this Thursday for a very special blog hop and prizes!**

Challenges:

  1.  Shopping Our Stash – Happy Birthday
  2. Creative Knockouts – #342 Bingo (second line across, I’ve used paper piecing, image and die-cuts/punches)
  3. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – #467 Anything Goes
  4. Creative Fingers – #182 Anything Goes
  5. QKR Stampede – #390 Anything Goes
  6. Creative Moments – #187 Anything Goes

 

Hot Dog! It’s Birthday Time!

Hello friends!  As you know, I’ve been TRYING to get my MOJO flowing and I REALLY appreciate the feedback that I’ve gotten from you and others about things I can try including non-craft related things!  (Honestly, right now in this world with what is going on, it is hard to concentrate along with worrying about my own family in different ways…so that doesn’t help either!)  But I’ve been trying to find things to keep my mind focused and try new things that are interesting to me…so I will just keep going along and see what happens!!  I would like to continue with as many “stamped smiles” as I possibly can right now….we all need that at this time!  🙂

Today’s card was made for my son’s birthday that was this past Saturday.  I wanted to make sure he recieved it before I posted it:

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I pulled out an older Simon Says Stamp card kit and used the So Pun Friends and the I Chews You stamp sets along with the coordinating dies.  I’ve used the cardstock and cute Doodlebug So Much Pun Papers that came with the card kit as well.  The tag was cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Tag dies.  I created the hole at the top of the tag with circle punches and the twine is from left over packaging.

I cut the tag shape out again with more of the papers from the kit and then popped up the image tag with foam tape and added some white enamel dots.

On the inside I stamped a birthday greeting and made a pocket to hold a gift card for him.  We usually take him out to dinner for his birthday, but since he’s moved away I had to send him a gift card instead.  Bummer…

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Here’s a closer look at the cute smile face images that I colored up with my Copic markers.  I cut out the food images with the So Pun Friends coordinating dies.  For the sentiment, I stamped the speech bubble from the I Chews You stamp set over a piece of the Doodlebug papers and then added the sentiment from the So Pun Friends stamp set in the center of the speech bubble.  I then die cut it out with the I Chews You coordinating dies.  

I used some blue distress ink to blend some color over the center of the white area on the tag and then popped up the speech bubble with some foam tape over that area.  The hotdog at the bottom was also popped up with foam tape as well.

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I actually had some fun pulling out this older card kit to play with and who could resist a hotdog smiling at you?!  LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping in and for your continued support!  It’s very much appreciated and I hope that I helped bring a smile or inspiration to you today! 

I actually have a couple more birthdays coming up that I need to make cards for, so I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of those in the near future too!

Challenges:

  1.  Not Just Cards – March Anything Goes
  2. Little Red Wagon – Etc, etc, etc (3 enamel dots and 3 food images with smiles)
  3. Cute Card Thursday – Celebrate!
  4. TIME OUT – Birthday with optional twist:  die cutting or fussy cuttingTime Out Challenge 157 Badge
  5. Seize the Birthday – #185 Touch of Green or Anything Goes2020-03-12-TouchOfGreen

 

 

Seally Me!

Hello friends!  I hope that you’ve had a great weekend!  The temps actually got up high enough that I was able to take a nice walk Sunday!  Then of course since it’s February, Mother Nature says we will be getting several inches of snow today!  For some reason this month seems really long, so I’m ready to move along to March! LOL!

You may have noticed a little updating that I’ve done on my blog.  I like this format better as the photos are larger along with the font and I changed up my blog header as well…hopefully this makes things more “visually appealing”! 🙂

Since we are still getting snow, I thought it would be a great time to pull out this adorable “Seally for You” Pairables digi set from Digi Doodle Studios and make some cards:

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For my first card, I’ve arranged the images from the set and printed it out.  You may recognize the balloon floating in the air which is another digital image that came from the DDS Little Ones Pairables set.  (So don’t forget that you can always mix sets together to come up with some really fun scenes!)

To finish out the scene, I’ve used some masking paper and ripped up pieces of scrap paper to create the “hills” in the background along with the “water” that the seal is taking a ride on over a piece of ice.  I used some blender brushes to blend the colors for the background.

I’ve used some liquid glue around the edges of this panel and covered it with some glitter.  I printed out the sentiment from the set separately over a piece of colored cardstock and cut it out for the banner.

Since I was trying to keep this a “wintry” style card, I kept the colors more blue and purple.  I found some fun papers in my stash that worked for a fun birthday theme and then I used an embossing folder and embossed that strip of Prism paper in the center that I’ve placed the ribbon over and added the bow.  Lastly, I’ve added the heart sequins and covered the balloon and ice images with a glitter brush pen.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring on this cute little seal as well as all of the shimmer and sparkle everywhere!  I’ve used a white gel pen for his cheeks, eyes and for lines on the water.

“Seally Me”….I’m always forgetting a birthday here and there!  LOL!  Which I guess is why I’ve decided to create another card:

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For this card, I’ve kept it pretty much the same in a more simplified way with less layers and details.

As you can see, I’ve printed out the scene panel with just the seal on the ice platform and then I’ve used blender brushes here again to just give the “water” a bit of color that fades out towards the center of the panel.  I printed out the “icebergs” and sentiment separately and then cut them out to place over the design.

I’ve also used a MFT balloon die to cut out with black and turquoise glitter paper and popped that up along with the “icebergs” over the panel.  Lastly I’ve added some sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring on this seal.  I’ve kept him the same colors, but for this one, it’s a bit softer in tones.  Again, I’ve used a white gel pen for this cheeks, eyes and water as well as a glitter brush pen over the icebergs and ice platform.

I honestly am not sure which one I like better than the other, but that seal is cute regardless and that face might help me “get away” with being late for a birthday when I send it along! LOL!

Really hope that you’ve enjoyed my cards or have been inspired in some way!  Still struggling with no MOJO, but trying to work through it and hopefully it’ll miss me and want to come back soon!  Until then, I will keep trying to create through it.

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

Here’s the Pairables Digi stamp sets that I’ve used on my creations today, so click on them to view/purchase in the store:

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Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Di’s Digi Challenge – Use a Digi Image
  2. Papercraft– #55 Winter Fun
  3. Createful Heart Design – #17 Anything Goes
  4. Jan’s Digi Stamps– #8 Anything Goes
  5. The House That Stamps Built – F1920 Winter Color Palettef1920
  6. Aud Sentiments – #245 Anything Goes + Sentiment
  7. Penny’s Paper-Crafty – #465 Anything Goes

Guest Design Spot for The Paper Girls With Birthday Fun!

Hello friends! 🙂

I’m very excited to share my post with you today for The Paper Girls Challenge as I’ve been invited to be a guest designer for their current challenge of “BIRHTDAY“!  We all need birthday themed projects, so this is a great way to join in the fun and add to your birthday card stash too!  Hope you will join us!

I wanted to pull out some stamps that I had bought a while back and never pulled out to use yet, so this was fun!  Here’s my card:

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Who could resist a couple of cute party animals! LOL!  I’ve pulled out this adorable “Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes” stamp set from My Favorite Things and made a fun party scene with it!

For the card front, I’ve die cut some Summer Splash cardstock with the Gift Box Cover-Up Dienamics and then used it to also cut some older MFT pattern papers to fit inside the die cut squares.  I layered these pieces over a piece of MFT Daffodil cardstock (looks to be retired) and then mounted it over an A2 sized top folding white card base.

I’ve used the same Summer Splash cardstock to stamp the sentiment from the stamp set and used a banner die to cut it out with and used the Gift Box Cover die to cut the end of it to match with the upper right box area.

For the Gift Box Cover-Up “frame”, I took a sentiment from the MFT Penguins in Paradise and stamped the “cheers” image randomly with VersaMark ink all over it, but then decided that you couldn’t see it very well, so I added the word to the yellow banners with a black pen in my own writing.

I’ve used the coordinating die set for the Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes set to cut out the colored images and attached them to the card front.  Some I’ve popped up with foam tape and the others were glued.  I also wanted to add a little sparkle, so I’ve attached a few confetti sequins to finish it up.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on these cuties.  I’ve used a white gel pen for their cheeks as well as adding some polka dots to the party banner.

You can see where I’ve used a marker to write the words on the banners and I also used it to create stitches along the top of each banner too.

I’ve also added some shimmer with a glitter pen over the cupcake frosting.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my birthday party animals card today and have been inspired in some way!  Please be sure to stop on over at The Paper Girls Challenge Blog to see the DT inspiration and play along with us!

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

Challenges:

  1.  MFT Birthday Project– Jan “Cheers”
  2. Crafty Calendar – Use die cuts/punches
  3. Seize the Birthday– Creatures Great & Small or Anything Goes2020-01-30-CreaturesGreatAndSmall
  4. Creative Knockouts – Birthday Wishes
  5. Crafty Animals – Anything Goes + animal(s)

 

It’s a HAPPY Birthday!

Hello friends!  I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend!

After starting this year, I tend to “look back” on my stash items and take a good “inventory” of what I have and the things that hardly EVER get used, if have gotten used at all!  And of course I try to tell myself…”no more!”  LOL!  I honestly just let all of my card kits just sit and don’t dive into them and use them!  I get so excited about them when they come out, oooh and aaahhh over every single item in the kit and then it just sits…then before you know it, another kit comes out!  It’s an endless cycle that I’d like to stop!  Does anybody else have this problem?!

**This year, I hope to not only just open the boxes with content, but also make some creations with them!  If I’m already suscribed and getting boxes, then why am I not using them?!  You saw in a previous post the Snowflake set of creations, so I plan on doing more of that this year…so stay tuned! 🙂

I actually have made a card from a fun special edition “Sweet Birthday” card kit from Simon Says Stamp last year that I was super excited about, but only dug in enough of it to make this one card:  (Hanging head…..)

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At least I made ONE with it, right?! LOL!  I just thought this was such a happy, colorful and fun card kit that it was just perfect to send a birthday smile for someone that really needed some “happy” sent their way.  My schedule was crazy and then I forgot to get it posted!  LOL!

The stamp set used in creating this one from the SSS card kit was called Sweet Birthday and I was excited to be able to get the coordinating dies to go with it too.  It’s very simple with the cardstock and pattern papers from the kit for the layout design.  I used an additional piece of black cardstock to white heat emboss the sentiment from the stamp set, cut it out with my scissors and pop it up along with the party hat cloud and balloons with the black “strings” underneath them.

I used a white gel pen to add “dots” to the blue balloon and then added some sequins from the card kit over the design.

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Here’s a closer look at the images and how I’ve colored them up with my Copic markers.

At this point I don’t remember if I’ve added a glitter brush pen over anything, but more than likely I probably did because I like using it! LOL!

I’ve also used a sanding block around the edges of the pattern paper as I like to distress my papers sometimes too.

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I didn’t know who this person was that received this card, but a request came from a crafty friend who asked to send smiles to someone for a loved one’s birthday and of course I was happy to get creating and hope that this helped in some way to lift spirits.

And I hope that this has helped put a smile on your face too!

Thanks so much for popping over here today and I truly enjoy seeing your comments!  Please let me know what you think of YOUR stash?  Is it “out of control” like mine?  LOL!  Would you like to see me making posts using more of my card kits?  Share your thoughts below! 🙂

I’ll see you again soon my friends!

Challenges:

  1.  Love to Craft – LTCCB42 Jan. Anything Goes
  2. Love to Scrap – LTSCB129 Jan. Anything Goes
  3. Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes + Toppings:  Layer It!2020-01-02-LayerIt
  4. Use Your Stuff– Anything Goes
  5. Try it On Tuesday – What a Cutie/Make Someone Smile

Let’s Celebrate at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!!!

*I wanted to take a moment to first wish all of my friends and blog readers here an extremely Happy New Year and best wishes for the most amazing 2020 you can have!  I have REALLY appreciated each and every one of you for your friendship, support and comments throughout this last year…it really means so much to me!  I hope to continue to inspire and spread smiles with you in the comng year as well!  HUGS*

Today is obviously the first which means it’s time to start a brand new challenge over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!  So remember that you have the entire month to play along and It’s ALWAYS an “Anything Goes + a critter” on your crafty project!  Easy peasy!

Here’s the creation I made for this month:

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He’s such a cutie and I think he would be a fun little guy to celebrate with especially since it looks like he’s handing out cupcakes! LOL!!

The sponsor for our challenge this month is Bugaboo Stamps and the team were given some images to play with, so I have used this adorble Birthday Hedgie 02 digital stamp on my card today!

After coloring him up with Copic markers, I used a stitched rectangle die to cut him out with and then layered him onto a blue layer of cardstock along with another yellow layer that was cut from a stitched scallop rectangle die.  I used some craft foam to pop him up over the card front design.

For the card base, I took a top folding A2 sized kraft card base and found some fun birthday papers in similar colors slightly cut down to go over top.  I also found a matching blue dotted strip of paper to place from top to bottom of the card base design.  the sentiment was stamped in black ink at the bottom of the image panel.  This is a new set I got from Simon Says Stamp called Tiny Words.

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Here’s a closer look at the coloring I’ve done on this cute little guy!  His “hair” actually got a bit more “fuzzy” than what I was going for, but I didn’t want to keep going over him or he might look like he partied a bit too much! LOL!

Of course it’s very hard to see unless you see it person, but I’ve added some shimmer with my glitter brush pen over the cupcakes and little hearts.  I also used some colored gel pens to go over some of the confetti pieces around him.  I also used a white gel pen for his cheeks and I thought he needed some eyeballs and I made those too!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and that you’ll swing on over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies challenge blog to catch the inspiration from the rest of the team and play along with us this month too!  We can’t wait to see your critter creations!

P.S.  Just for fun, please share with me if you have any crafty or non-crafty “New Year’s resolutions/goals” for this year!  My goal is to COMPLETELY finish each card I make this year with sentiment/decorated inside, with the envelope and signed on back!  I hope it holds up!  I started with this card!! 🙂

Challenges:

  1.  Make My Monday – Female Birthday (Thought it could be used for anyone!)
  2. Simon Says Stamp Monday – “Party Time”
  3. Creative Knockouts – Celebrations
  4. QKR Stampede– #378 Anything goes

Make a Wish for Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Wow!  We are getting so close to Thanksgiving now within a few days!  I know that most people have been full steam ahead with making Christmas and I have really been quite festive myself with my own creations!  Today, I wanted to suspend the ‘Merry Making’ for just a moment….

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This little cutie digital stamp is appropriately named Precious Present from Whimsy Stamps and she’s another adorable fairy image by Sylvia Zet.  You could certainly change up the colors to make her more festive, but I just felt like taking a “wee” break (LOL..Wee Stamps…see what I did there?!) and make something soft and light.

After coloring her up, I used the Whimsy Stamps Notched Square Dies to cut her out with and then layer with more panels behind her.  I also took a glue pen and went along the edges of the image panel then covered with some clear glitter.  I did the same with the purple strip in the background and the layer behind the sentiment panel, but just used some pretty sparkly purple glitter.

The background papers including the sentiment panel came from a pretty paper pad called “Fairy Garden” by Kaisercraft that I had purchased earlier this past Spring.  Love how soft and light the colors and patterns are in it.  I also found the perfect Stampin’ Up! cardstock color for my card base and one of the image layers called “Certainly Celery”.  It’s an oldie but a goodie for sure!   I finished it off with some more of that clear metallic ribbon (my fave) with a bow at the edge of the sentiment panel along with some twine and a button.  I also added some flowers by Prima and a couple of pearls in the corners of the green layer behind the image.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I’ve done for this image using Copic markers.  I kept things really soft and simple for this.  I did add some shimmer over her wings with a Spectrum Noir glitter brush pen and I used a pink metallic gel pen to color the “dots” above her head.

The layers were poppedup with foam tape and I’ve also popped up the sentiment layer with foam tape over that as well.  (You can see the glitter in the pink layer that was die cut too!  This came from that paper pad I mentioned above.)

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my non-Christmasy card today!  I think you could turn it into something festive and I thought about doing that, but then decided I wanted to use soft and light colors and turn it into maybe a birthday type card.  Besides, I love soft subtle colors and lots of sparkle…so it was fun to put together!  🙂

It already has me longing for Spring and winter hasn’t even really started over my way yet! LOL!!  I do have TONS of creations going on in my craft room and haven’t really been sharing them on my blog, but I hope to be getting to that very soon as we are approaching the December month and there will be so much to share!  I’m excited to be sharing things with you soon!

Thanks so much for stopping in and have a wonderful day!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps products with affiliate links used on my card today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  The Fairy and Unicorn – November Anything Goes + fantasy themed
  2. Fab ‘n’ Funky – Add a Button(s)
  3. Little Red Wagon – Birthday Card
  4. Alphabet Challenge – ‘R’ is for Ribbon
  5. Creative Moments – Anythng Goes with optional:  Ribbons and/or Bows
  6. QKR Stampede – #373 Anything Goes