Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Let's Be Mermaids


I've got my favorite kind of shaker card today, one with a mermaid and sand and shells! ♥

This was the first time I got around to inking this adorable mermaid and her background up and I love it so much! I stamped her and her background on Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored her, the seaweed, and the sand with Copic markers.

 Next I masked her and the sand and seaweed off with some detailed fussy cutting to make the ocean background with distress inks and ink blending.

 Then I splattered some water over the background to make the bubbly effect and peeled off the masking paper!
 I added some wink of stella shimmer to her tail and die cut her with a large circle die.
I die cut my card base and my clear cardstock out of the large circle die and then used it and a smaller die to make my frame and my foam pieces to assemble the shaker. I stamped the sentiment in StazOn ink on the clear cardstock and then assembled all of the layers together with some sand, shells, and iridescent heart sequins for the filler. So much fun! (as usual I over-filled and had to rip it all apart to take out 2/3 of my sand and stuff and then reassemble 😐)

I fell a little behind in my schedule last night from watching the SOTU (😝) so I'm just listing the supplies instead of linking them up today!

Have a great day!

Stamping Bella Tiny Townie Mermaid Set, Stamping Bella Undersea Backdrop, Stamping Bella Under The Sea Sentiment Set, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper, Clear Cardstock, Black Memento Ink, Black StazOn Ink, Simon Says Stamp Nested Circles, Distress Ink in: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, Pretty Pink Posh Iridescent Mini Hearts, Sand, and Shells

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

case of the blues


I've got a super bright and flowery card today!

so much fussy cutting! Unfortunately I decided to fussy cut everything out after I had added the wink of stella shimmer to the Hello so when I was holding it to cut it all out I transferred some of the shimmer to the flowers. boo. Other than that I'm really happy with how this one turned out!

Mama Elephant Botanic Hello, Mama Elephant Occasional Labels, Neenah Solar White, Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Rocky Shore Ink, Copic Markers, Prismacolor Colored Pencils, Wink of Stella, Caribbean Ocean Nuvo Crystal Drops, Foam Adhesive

Monday, January 29, 2018

Fairy Sweet!

I have a card for the Lawn Fanatics Challenge 21 today with some sweet fairies and cupcakes!

I colored so many pieces for this card and then I tried to make them all fit in a box card, it didn't work well, and then I ripped them out of the box card to make this but only a few images made the cut so the rest are tucked away with the stamp set for a future card. (I rarely feel like I need to rip a card apart but when I do, I never regret it. It always turns out better!) This one is pretty simple, the fairy sprinkling the hearts was popped up on acetate for the box card and I left her like that and popped her up with some foam adhesive for some fun dimension and I'm loving the way the hearts are just floating over the card ♥

We survived Bree's first week of school and we're going strong heading into her second week! She's loving it, the biggest challenge right now is the whole toilet training thing. It's not going well, she won't even sit on a toilet at school and while I can get her to sit on one at home once or twice a day, she hasn't successfully used a toilet in months. It's super frustrating because we were there last October. She would use toilets, even unfamiliar ones at stores, and she sometimes could even tell me when she had to go. Now she just doesn't care, I feel like I've tried everything but she just doesn't care if she's wet and she has no desire to use the toilet. I have no new ideas, the therapists we've worked with don't have any, her teachers don't have any. She's 4 and a half and I was so hoping that seeing the other kids at school use the bathroom would make her interested again but one week in and no such luck. 😭

Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends, Lawn Fawn Baked With Love, Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops, Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Frosty Pink Ink, Lawn Fawn Lobster Ink, Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Pure Poppy Cardstock, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Do you wanna build a snowman?


I made a fun Elsa clear card today with the Little Darling Winter stamp set from Your Next Stamp (that I've had since summer and just now finally got around to inking up)

I stamped Elsa and colored her and then did some partial die cutting and fussy cutting to make the hill she's standing on one layer. I masked her off to make her hill sparkly with the shimmer spritz and then die cut 3 more hills to layer together on the front and back of the card. Pretty simple but super cute and sparkly!

I miss Bree like crazy during the day while she's at school but I'm loving that I get to stamp during Emma's nap time now! I haven't been able to stamp during the day since Bree stopped napping about 2 years ago! (She takes a nap at school and i think it's her favorite part of the day...)

Your Next Stamp Little Darling Winter, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Clear Cardstock, Black Memento Ink, Black Versafine Ink, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen, Shimmer Spritz, Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

birthday yoga


I have a simple one layer card today, fun but nothing fancy :)

Bree said she liked school yesterday and was excited about going again this morning so yay! (she forgot how to be gentle with her one year old sister yesterday though and she was all about arguing last night, so also, not yay.)

Penny Black Love & Yoga, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Black Memento Ink, Copic Markers

Monday, January 22, 2018

time for school!

Hello and happy Monday! I have a school themed card today because my baby started school today! (cue the mama ugly crying.)

I just loved the images in this set and I thought it would be really fun to turn them into balloons! so I added the little triangles at the bottom, colored and fussy cut them out, and then covered them in glossy accents to make them nice and shiny. When using balloons on cards I will always go for the real string option if it's available. It just makes it so much more fun 😊

Bree did really well this morning. We had to sit in a conference room for about a half hour while we went over her IEP (individual education plan) and while I filled out all of the registration paperwork and then we went straight to her classroom and I left her there with no tears (on her end...I did manage to hang on until I made it to the car but then I definitely cried the whole way home.) I get to pick her up in about an hour and I'm so excited to find out how her day went!

Neat & Tangled Schoolhouse, Neat & Tangled Awesome, Neat & Tangled Say Yes to Donuts, My Favorite Things Homespun Stitch Lines, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Papertrey Ink Summer Sunrise Cardstock, Black Memento Ink, Black Hero Arts Ink, Buttercream Altenew Ink, Copic Markers, Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive, Thread

Friday, January 19, 2018

Yeti ♥


Happy Friday! Here's my second Yeti love card!

I was kind of bummed that I didn't get around to stamping the yeti during the frenzy of Christmas cards so I'm happy that I found a non Christmas use for him. I started off by stamping my yeti and mountains and banner on Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloring the mountains and yeti with Copic markers before cutting them out with their matching dies. I inked up my background with Distress Oxide inks (eek! did you see the new colors they're releasing?! I'm so excited!) and spritzed some water on it. I die cut my background with the scalloped rectangle from the Basic Set and then cut another scalloped rectangle out of white cardstock. I cut two hills out of the white piece with the stitched hills dies and then die cut my hearts out of felt with the mini hearts die set (i'd say those hearts are one of my top 5 most used dies. love them) I stamped my sentiment on the bottom hill by using a piece of washi tape to selectively ink the yeti sentiment and then added the other sentiment under it from the occasional labels set. I glued everything down, adding foam tape to the bottom hill for a little dimension, and added it to a white card base to finish it off.

The girls and I stayed hunkered down inside all day yesterday with the exception of Bree's hour and a half of romping around in the snow in the backyard. I imagine we'll probably stay inside again today as anything that melted yesterday refroze overnight and I'm not a fan of icy roads at all, but i'm definitely not a fan of sharing those icy roads with some of the maniacs that drive around here. The girls and I have been drinking our weight in hot tea and hot chocolate and baking cookies, well, I bake, Bree runs around in circles singing about cookies and Emma screams at me for not picking her up. It's been a long week 😵😜

Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti, Mama Elephant Sentiments From A Yeti, Mama Elephant Occasional Labels, Mama Elephant Basic Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Hills and Slopes, Simon Says Stamps Mini Hearts, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Coral Berry Ink, Copic Markers, Felt, Foam Adhesive, Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide, Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide, Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide, Wilted Violet Distress Oxide, Ink Blending Tool

Thursday, January 18, 2018

starry yeti


I'm so excited about today's and tomorrow's cards! I used the Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti stamps to make Valentine's/Love cards!I love love love how they turned out 😍

I'll come back and write more later, right now my kids are being insanely needy and I just wanted to crank this out!

 Mama Elephant Me and My Yeti, Mama Elephant Sentiments From A Yeti, Mama Elephant Shooting Star, Mama Elephant Basic Set, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes and Hills, Neenah Solar White, Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Shimmer Spritz, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Copic Markers, Versamark, Black Versafine, Clear Embossing Powder, Chipped Sapphire Distress Reinker, Cracked Pistachio Reinker, Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Bright Lights Bigger Cacti


I have another card for the coloring challenge today. 

Nothing too fancy today. I stamped everything with a little bit of masking, inked my landscape with different layers of masking paper and brown inks. I colored everything with Copics, adding wink of stella and glossy accents to the light bulbs. I did add some fun details to the cacti and pots with my colorless blender and white gel pen and then stamped the sentiment in black ink and Parrot ink.

We're getting a whopping 1 to 3 inches of snow today so everything's shut down including the schools so I will not be registering Bree today 😏

Altenew Be Strong, Altenew Hello Sunshine, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper, Black Memento Ink, Altenew Parrot Ink, Altenew Sand Dunes Ink, Altenew Mocha Ink, Copic Markers, Ink Blending Tool, Uniball White Signo Gel Pen, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

sparkly rainbow unicorns ♥


This card indulges my inner Lisa Frank loving 90s kid 😏

I started off by stamping my unicorn in Versafine ink on some Bristol smooth paper. I masked it off to stamp my crystals and selectively inked them so only the crystals stamped, not the sparkles around them. I colored everything with Zig Clean Color watercolor markers and added lots of Wink of Stella shimmer to the crystals and the unicorn's hair and horn. I used glossy accents on the crystals and horn too. It's so shiny and shimmery! 😍I stamped the banner again and added the sentiment and fussy cut it out and then glued it down on top of the other banner with foam tape. I fussy cut the top off of that piece of paper and set it aside to make my background. I die cut the polygon cover plate from masking paper and stuck the mask to another piece of the Bristol paper. I used post its to mask off each section and inked them with Altenew Silver Stone ink and an ink blending tool, blending up from the bottom of each section. I added a piece of baker's twine to the unicorn piece and adhered it to the background with foam adhesive. I taped everything down to a piece of Hibiscus Burst cardstock on a card base and finished everything off with some Like Magic Sequins.

It's been so cold here! I loathe running in the cold but now that my feet have healed from my marathon i'm itching to get out and run! It doesn't help that I have to run in the dark while Jeff is still at home while the girls sleep. They do not enjoy sitting in the stroller while I run and seem determined to loudly share their feelings with everyone in a 5 mile radius. I signed up for a challenge to run 2018 miles this year and so far I have a whopping 26.2 done which puts me behind about 52 miles already 😳

Neat and Tangled Magical Day, Neat and Tangled Dazzling, Neat and Tangled Polygon Cover Plate, Strathmore Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink Hibiscus Burst Cardstock, Simon Says Stamp Masking Paper, Black Versafine Ink, Altenew Silver Stone Ink, Ink Blending Tool, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Neat and Tangled Like Magic Sequins, Baker's Twine, Foam Adhesive

Monday, January 15, 2018


Hello and happy (belated) new year!
I'm back from vacation and settled back in at home and a new 30 day coloring challenge starts today!
I decided to start off with one of my previously unused Stamping Bella stamps.

This one was pretty simple, the biggest difficulty I have with the big stamping bella stamps is what to do with the rest of the card! I stamped her in Memento black ink and colored her with Copics and added some wink of stella shimmer to all of the bubbles and some glossy accents to her champagne glass. I fussy cut out around the bottom of the panel and tub and die cut the rest out of the Lawn Fawn inside out stitched scalloped rectangle. I stamped a gray panel with my wood pallet background in Altenew Limestone ink and die cut that out of the scalloped rectangle as well. I stamped my sentiment beside the tub and then added the bathtub piece to the gray rectangle with some foam adhesive and called it done!

Eek! I feel like I have so much to tell you! I finished a marathon! I survived 3 weeks at Disney World with my two children! I drove home all by myself with the girls the day after my marathon! I used a  Christmas and Birthday gift card and bought a new die cutting machine (the Gemini Junior) and it cuts like a dream! I turned 32! I'll be registering Bree for school tomorrow! But today is the Monday of a three day weekend and I have to go make waffles so we'll chat more later 😘

Have a great day and try and get some coloring in!

Stamping Bella Bubbles loves her Bubbly, Simon Says Stamp Choose Happy, Altenew Wood Pallet Background, Lawn Fawn Outside in Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Neenah Solar White Cardstock, My Favorite Things Grout Gray Cardstock, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Hero Arts Black Ink, Altenew Limestone Ink, Copic Markers, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Foam Adhesive
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