Friday, July 29, 2016

2014 December Daily Video


Another Friday and another December Daily video :)

oh my gosh so huge! and I still have 30 days left until my due date! 

Bree came exactly on her due date, I kind of wouldn't mind if this one came a little early (of course I just want her healthy, but healthy and a little early would be nice!)

Anyways, have a fantastic weekend!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Tiki Masks!

Hello and happy Thursday!
Sing it with me: In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room! In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room, all the birds sing words and the flowers croon in the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room!
The Tiki Room is one of  my favorite things in Adventureland and I know all of the words, even the opening monologue (but then I know all the words to almost all Disney attractions and they're almost all my favorites so I guess that doesn't make the Tiki Room very special...)

The obligatory angled shot to show off the shimmer on the mask details!
aaaaaand now I really want a Dole whip.

(this must all seem kind of weird if you're not a Disney person...)
I started off by stamping my masks and sentiment on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" panel of white Neenah cardstock. I colored my masks with my Copic markers and I kind of loved that yellow to orange fade on the masks so I decided to make my card mimic that. I used a Lemon Drop 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock and blended my Distress Inks on it to make it pretty!
Bree helped!
Then i trimmed down the right side of my tiki mask panel and fussy cut around the masks on the left side. I wrapped some twine around the right side and then adhered it to the inked background piece. I adhered that to a white card base and finished the whole thing off with some Wink of Stella shimmer on the mask details!

A fun little bit of serendipity: I haven't used this set since I got it last fall, I had it out last October to use it and I lost one of the palm tree stamps, so annoying. I had stamped it and wanted to mask it off (*important) and then I couldn't find the stamp anywhere. Bree didn't spend time in the studio back then and I tore the room apart looking for the stamp but never found it. I had assumed it ended up in the trash somehow. I had the stamp set and the masking paper out on my desk this week to make this card and I went to shift the piles of stuff around so I would have room for my craft mat for ink blending and felt a stamp stuck to the masking paper envelope and it was the missing palm tree! I'm not entirely sure how it ended up stuck to the masking paper sleeve for 9 months, I use that stuff all the time, but yay! Now I'm only missing one little stamp (a sentiment from a Hero Arts monster stamp set. sadness.) but that one's been missing for a few years so I'm not holding out much hope for that one. (I have some OCD issues, losing stuff really bothers me, I'm pretty tidy so not much gets lost thankfully... but seriously you should see me tear the house apart when Bree has a missing puzzle piece...)

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Robot Card


Today's card has some easy stamping, a teensy bit of masking, and coloring with Copics on these adorable robots from Lawn Fawn!

Here's an angled shot so you can ooh and aah over the pretty Wink of Stella shimmer :)
(ignore how badly my cuticle needs moisturizing...)

So for this card I started out by stamping the sentiment and the cupcake on a piece of Neenah white cardstock. Then I stamped the cupcake on masking paper, cut it out and put the mask directly over the stamped cupcake before stamping the robot. (My Mom's always telling me that masking sounds confusing when I type it out and I should take progress pictures but I never really get around to it when I'm stamping. I mask off stamped images all the time and still sometimes screw it up, even as much as I do it, at the end of the day sometimes I have hard time wrapping my brain around what is supposed to be in the background versus the foreground and which one needs to be stamped first and masked. I ruined two cards like that this week, super annoying...)
ANYWAYS, I stamped the other robot then colored them both with Copic Markers. After they were all colored I stamped the balloon and string and all of the gray gears on the white panel. I die cut the robot panel with a stitched rectangle die from My Favorite Things and then wrapped baker's twine around the top. (I really like baker's twine, I realized I might like it a little too much when I was photographing all of the cards I made last week and realized that just about all 15 of them had baker's twine wrapped around them somewhere!) I cut a piece of gray cardstock to just under the size of a card, 4 1/8' x 5 3/8", and stamped the gears all over that in Lawn Fawn Merman ink (which is currently my very favorite teal ink...) and then adhered it to a Blu Raspberry card base. I adhered the white rectangle die cut to the card with foam adhesive and finished everything off with some Wink of Stella shimmer on the robots and glossy accents on the balloon!

Jeff and I are pretty nerdy so we've been enjoying all of the news and previews from Comicon this week! Super excited about Doctor Strange, we think Ghost Rider is a weird choice for Agents of Shield, (I think he would have been better as a Netflix show like Daredevil and Jessica Jones...) Justice League looks pretty good, Wonder Woman looks cool, but I think it would have been cooler if it had come out before Batman v. Superman (after fighting Dooomsday, fighting a normal war just seems underwhelming for her, and we're hoping they don't put too much emphasis on the romance with Chris Pine...), We're a little confused/concerned about the reveal of Star Lord's father's identity for Guardians of the Galaxy 2... seriously, a planet is his dad? So far I like the story line of his dad much better in the comics, but the first Guardians movie was so good I'm prepared to give James Gunn the benefit of the doubt and hope it'll still be awesome, ( I had actually kind of forgotten how excited I was to find out who his dad is with all of the excitement about guessing who Rey's parents are going to be in Star Wars!) I keep forgetting to watch the teaser for Iron Fist but with as good as Daredevil is (and parts of Jessica Jones...) I'm sure it will be awesome. I saw a headline about the story for Sherlock Season 4 but I kind of just want to be surprised about it (because we all know it will be phenomenal) so I didn't read the article. :)
I suppose that's enough rambling... I don't get out much, so when I start talking (or typing apparently) everything just comes out like a flood :)
Have a great day!




Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Two for One Orange Cards!

Hello and happy Tuesday!

I made two cards of the same design because I couldn't quite decide on how I wanted to color them, so I thought I'd share them both!

The only thing different about them is that the oranges are painted on the card on he left, and I painted a gradient wash over the whole panel on the card on the right, I still can't decide which one I like better!

I started with two water color panels and stamped the oranges in versamark and embossed them with clear embossing powder. I smooshed the three Distress Inks on acrylic blocks and spritzed them with water to use for water coloring. For the first card I just painted the oranges with the inks and for the second card I swiped some water over the whole panel so the ink would "move" better and then painted the whole panel so the embossed oranges resisted the ink. While they dried I die cut the banners from Orange Zest cardstock and stamped and embossed my sentiment on them. I also stamped the mini hexagon stamp on a Sunshine cardstock panel to use as my background and then adhered it to a white card base. I sliced up the painted orange panels and adhered them to the yellow base, wrapping some baker's twine and then adhering the banner in between the two pieces on both cards. I used a Wink of Stella pen on the sections of the oranges to make it sparkle and then used glossy accents on top of that and finished each orange off with a tiny orange rhinestone in the center!

We've got some yucky storms in the forecast today, tomorrow, and Thursday so Bree and I are just planning to stay tucked in the studio and hopefully will get a bunch of cards done! And hopefully the rain will stop by Friday for my maternity pictures *fingers crossed*

I spent yesterday evening (while Jeff was away at his concert) swatching my nail polish collection. I ordered some fake nail stick things from Amazon and spent about 2 hours with them, my nail polish, and my trusty label maker and had way too much fun with it. But look how pretty!

Have a fantastic day!



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