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Friday, November 20, 2015

Rainbows and Unicorns!

Happy Friday! What better way to end the week than with rainbows and unicorns! Today I'm sharing a birthday card using an adorable stamp from Love Cynthia. She's a French designer who has some of the cutest sets. I bought both unicorn sets! I'm a sucker for anything girly, especially unicorns!

Here's my magical card:


I started by stamping the image on Copic friendly paper and colored it with some bright Copic markers. I fussy cut the little unicorn and then embellished her with some Pico Shimmer, Glossy Accents and Wink of Stella. I set her aside to dry and moved onto making the shaker frame.

I die cut a black frame from both cardstock and fun foam using two sizes of stitched rectangles. I sandwiched a piece of acetate between the two frames to create the shaker window box. I recently picked up a holiday foil 6x6 paper pack from Recollections that had a gorgeous iridescent foil. I decided to use that as the window background. It's so shine and pretty in person!

For the shaker contents, I mixed some of the tiny star glitter and sugar cube glitter from Martha Stewart. I sealed up the window using some strong red line tape to ensure that the glitter didn't sneak out. It's the first time I've used actual glitter in a shaker. Not sure how I feel about it. It definitely sticks to the acetate. Maybe next time I'll use my anti-static powder tool on the acetate first.

For the card base, I used a heavy weight white card stock and then layered two patterned papers including one with some sparkle. Before I adhered the frame, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment onto some vellum and wrapped it around the back securing with some tape. This is my favorite way to use vellum because you don't have to worry about seeing the adhesive.

Once the frame was attached, I added the unicorn using some foam squares. My finishing touch was a scattering of Sparkling Clear sequins. I think any little girl would just love getting this card. (Maybe any big girl too!) I'm submitting this for the Seize the Birthday Toppings Challenge which calls for "Vellum or Acetate." Be sure to check out all of the entries and thank you for stopping by!

http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2015/11/vellum-or-acetate.html

I'll leave you with a close up of all the sparkly goodness:



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Friday, November 13, 2015

Happy Pregnancy Card

Happy Friday! For today's post I was inspired by the sketch below which is over at the CAS(E) this Sketch! blog. I wanted to play around with a fun pregnancy stamp from Unity Stamps called Preggo-Good Luck. I love their snarky little sayings. I know we all have that one friend that appreciates sarcastic humor. So with that being said, here's my card for today:


I started with a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper and grabbed two distress inks in Picked Raspberry and Broken China. I loaded the paper up with water and then gradually added the ink using my heat tool to dry between coats. I wanted to make sure I didn't get too much purple mixing in the middle. I did do some brush flicking to get some random splatters after it was all dried. I next adhered and popped this watercolor piece up with foam tape to a A2 size white card base. 

Next, I used my Copics to color the image. I kept it really simple with cool grays and a little bit of pink on the plus sign. After fussy cutting the image, I used some silver thread to make a little "nest" which added some sparkle and texture to the card. I popped the image up with dimensionals and used it to keep the silver thread in place. The sentiment was stamped in black Versafine ink and heat set with clear embossing powder. My final touches were some glossy accents to the image and my favorite sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. 

Here's a close up on the details. It's funny how those clear sequins picked up the background color. 


Be sure to check out the CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge blog to see what all of the other participants created. Lots of fun inspiration to peruse through!





Friday, November 6, 2015

You're the Apple of My Pie Fall Card

Happy Friday! I hope everyone has had a great first week of November. Of course I'm still in the Fall mood so I thought I'd play with my Simon Says Stamp November card kit. It has the cutest little sentiments. I had this idea of a hot apple pie sitting on a kitchen window and thought I'd see if I could recreate it in card form. Here's what I came up with:


So I fought a little bit with this card construction but I think it turned out close to what I had envisioned. I started with a piece of cream card stock. I used a brick embossing folder to give a wall texture to the front of the card. Next, I die cut the window twice from white card stock and did some ink blending with distress ink to give it some depth and dimension. I needed two, one for the inside and one for the outside. I used a rectangle die to cut out a space on the card front where my window would go. I adhered some acetate to the back of one of the windows and then applied that to the front of the card.


For the inside, I had a little boo boo and got some brown ink on the card. To help hide this I decided to rub more distress ink on the embossed area to give the inside wall a bit a color. It actually worked and differentiated the inside wall from the outside wall. A happy little accident! I then attached the second window so it seamlessly fit with the front window.

For my "scene" I choose some patterned paper to mimic wall paper and added a strip of kraft card stock for the counter. I also put a little strip of yellow paper to act as a border. I stamped the pie and apple images on Copic friendly paper and colored them with my Copics. I then fussy cut the images and used a black brush tip marker to ensure there wasn't any white edges. The apple was adhered with some liquid glue and I used a piece of foam tape to pop up the pie. Lastly, I added some Sprinkled Sugar stickles to the top of the pie to give it a more realistic texture.

I wasn't sure how I was going to incorporate the sentiment. My window looked a bit bare without anything on the top portion of the wall paper so I decided to try the sentiment on a banner. It was exactly what I needed to finish off the scene. I also liked how there was just a hint of the sentiment when looking through the front window. Here's a close up of the inside:


I felt that the front was still missing something. This is fall afterall! So I grabbed a little leaf punch and four different colors of card stock. I wanted it to look like the fall leaves were just cascading down the house and into a little pile under the window sill. Once I had glued them all on I took my clear Wink of Stella glitter pen and gave them all a little shimmer. I think it ended up being a really fun card! I like the little peek of the house scene you get through the front of the card.


I'm entering this card into a couple of challenges: The Paper Players - "Let Us Give Thanks" and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - "Thanks/Thanksgiving." Be sure to check out all of the Thanksgiving inspiration on both blogs. I just love getting inspired by such creative crafters! Have a wonderful weekend! Until next time!