Friday, March 31, 2017

taste the rainbow!

Hello and happy Friday!
I've got a fun and colorful shaker card to share today!

I love the little sprinkles as gumballs! I started off by die cutting my scalloped card base one and a half times (once for the whole card, and then I cut just one of the panels to be my card front) out of Neenah cardstock. On the card front panel I stamped my gumball machine and then masked off a little strip underneath it to do my rainbow ink blending. I blended my rainbow with Distress inks and then removed the masking paper and colored the gumball machine. I cut out the center of the machine with scissors and adhered clear cardstock to the back of it. I stamped my banner and sentiment in Versamark ink on vellum and embossed it with white embossing powder. (that sentiment just barely fit but isn't it great?!) I die cut the banner and adhered it down to the card front with tiny glue dots behind the words. I colored behind where my shaker window would be on the card base with a light blue copic marker and then assembled my shaker! I cut a square piece of foam, a little smaller than my card and die cut a circle from it where my window would show through. Then I adhered it to the back of my card front and added the sprinkles in for my shaker. (I just raided my baking/ice cream sprinkles stash) I put adhesive on the other side of the foam and adhered everything to the card base. I decided it looked too plain so I made a quick mask for the banner and then gumball machine and then did some ink splatters in the same colors I used for my ink blending. (My favorite way to add splatters is to smoosh some ink on an acrylic block, add a little water, and then flick it off and on to the paper with a paint brush) I guess I went a little overboard with the splatters but it's still better than before - I'll just say I was going for a jawbreaker look because that's kind of what it looks like now! I finished it off with some (surprise, surprise) baker's twine!

Hooray for the end of March! Now Jeff just has one more month of this semester left and then he can be home in the evenings and on Saturdays again! It'll be nice to be excited about the weekends again ☺

In other news, I'm getting a root canal on Tuesday and I'm pretty excited about my tooth not hurting anymore!



Thursday, March 30, 2017

birthday puppies


Today's card is actually one I made for my aunt (who lives with her 7 dogs and 1 cat!) for her birthday this last Monday. (now I just have to get around to mailing it!)

I started off by die cutting my piece of Neenah Cardstock (cut to A2 size) with the scalloped border and the circle. next I stamped the poodle and the Corgi (i think it's a Corgi? the dog on the right..) in Memento Ink and stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts black ink. I stamped the other dogs on a separate piece of Neenah so I could color and fussy cut them out. I die cut a corresponding circle on a Summer Splash card base and then adhered everything down. I added some baker's twine around the front and a sentiment on the inside to finish it off.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Hippity Hoppity Fun!


I'm super excited to share this card, it's my first box card and it turned out exactly how I had pictured it! I used Lawn Fawn dies and the adorable bunny and basket from Your Next Stamp's Sprinkles Egg-stra Awesome stamp set. I'm linking this card up for Your Next Stamp's Sketch and Color Challenge #60 (for the color challenge - not the sketch) which is awesome because it was just a happy accident - I forgot to even look at the color challenge until after the card was done!

This actually came together fairly easily since the dies are so easy to use! I started off my stamping all of my images on Neenah cardstock with Memento ink and coloring them with Copic markers and fussy cutting them all out. Next I die cut my box, the three inside layers, and some strips for my grass from Papertrey Ink Green Parakeet cardstock. I used an ink blending brush to brush some Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on the bottom of all of the pieces and then die cut the grass strips using Grassy Hillside Borders dies. I die cut the back piece of the box from Summer Splash cardstock and die cut a few clouds for it out of Neenah cardstock using My Favorite Things puffy clouds dies. I had one more piece left to prep: the sentiment! I die cut the stitched rectangle from the box card die set (this set seriously comes with everything!) and stamped the sentiment in Versamark ink and embossed it with Hero Arts white embossing powder. After that I just had to assemble and glue everything together!



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