Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Stamp Anniething May New Release - Day 1: Zac - You're on Par

Welcome to Day 1 of Stamp Anniething's May Sneak Peek of new releases! Today's card features the really cute stamp called, "Zac - You're on Par."  This month's theme is sports so all of the new releases are sports-based for all you sports fans! 


I used some of this month's newly release dies along with some older dies to create this golf card. Links to all the new releases will be available Friday, May 7 when the products are available in the store. 

Stamp Anniething Supplies used:
To make this A6 size card, I first stamped and colored Zac using Copic markers, then cut him out using the coordinating outline die.

Copic markers used:
Skin: E13, E11, E21, E00, E000
Hair: E37, E35, E34, E31
Cheeks: R20, R30
Tongue: R22, R20
Eye Glasses: B01, B00
Golf Club: T9, T7, T5, T3, T2, T0
Blue: B37, B34, B32
Red: R39, R37, R35, R32
White (Pants): W6, W3, W1, 0

Next, I cut out the hill and used Distress Oxide in Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover to create the hill. I inked the sky with Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans. Then I inked the edges of the hill and sky with Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke. I spritzed the sky and hill with water then dabbed it with a paper towel.

Next, I die cut the palm trees and coconuts and colored each with Copic markers. For the palm tree trunk and coconuts, I used E37, E35, E34 and for the palm leaves, I used G28, G17, G05, G14. I then die cut the sand trap and inked it with Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.

I stamped the sentiment, "you are tee-rific" using watermark embossing ink on white cardstock and embossed it using embossing powder in Oceana. I cut it out using one of the dies from the Arrows Die set. I then inked it with Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and spritzed it with water.

I adhered all the pieces with liquid glue except for Zac. For Zac, I used double sided foam tape. I cut out sand colored cardstock to mat the card front and then adhered it to the A6 card base. To finish the card, I added a few jelly dots. 


Thank you for visiting today and please come back tomorrow for Day 2 of Stamp Anniething's new release.  Have a creative week! 





Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Blank Page Muse Art Rubber Stamps: Be a Mermaid in a Sea of Fish

Mermaid stamps are one of my favorite type of stamps to color. I love using multiple bright colors for their hair and making colorful inky card backgrounds for the sea. Today, I used the mermaid stamp from Blank Page Muse called The Femmes Mermaid Ocean Scene to create this 6x6 card.


Supplies:
  • Blank Page Muse Art Rubber Stamp: The Femmes Mermaid Ocean Scene
  • White cardstock 4"W x 4-1/2"H to stamp image
  • White cardstock to mat the colored stamped image 3-1/4"W x 3-7/8"H
  • White cardstock card base for 6" x 6" card (cardstock 12" x 6" folded in half)
  • Turquoise cardstock mat  5-7/8" x 5-7/8"
  • Black cardstock mat 5-3/4" x 5-3/4"
  • Watercolor paper 5-5/8" x 5-5/8"
  • Black stamp pad with stamping block or stamp positioner
  • Favorite coloring medium. I used Copic markers (colors listed below).
  • Distress inks: Seedless preserves, Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Black soot
  • Distress spray stain: Brushed pewter, Broken china, Picket fence
  • Press 'n Seal, craft mat, or wax paper (for ink smooshing)
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Heat gun
  • Your favorite mermaid sentiment or any sentiment of choice
  • Optional embellishments - jelly dots, enamel dots, rhinestones, or sequins
  • Your favorite adhesive
Instructions:
  • Stamp image on white cardstock and color with your favorite medium. I used Copic markers.

Copic Markers Used:

Skin: E13, E11, E21, E00, E000
Hair: Purple-V17, V15, V12, RV000
Pink-RV04, RV02, RV13, RV00
Cheeks: R20, R30
Fish & Starfish: YR16, YR15, Y13
Seashells: B02, B01, B000
Seaweed: YG17, YG13, YG03
Water: B01
Bubbles: B01, B0000, RV00, V01, BV000
  • Cut out the stamp on the black outline border. Adhere the stamped image on the 3-1/4"W x 3-7/8"H piece of white cardstock and cut around it to form the mat.  
  • Ink the edges of the mat with Distress ink in Black Soot. Set aside.
  • Time to ink smoosh!
    • Protect the work surface by using Press 'n Seal, a craft mat, or wax paper. I use Press 'n Seal for easy clean up.
    • Apply ink onto your work surface with Distress ink pads in Seedless preserves, Peacock Feathers, Worn Lipstick, and Salty Ocean
    • Spritz the ink with water
    • Using the watercolor paper, smoosh the paper over the ink. It will take several layers of ink smooshing to achieve an ocean/sea look. Add more ink and water when needed. Use a heat gun to dry each layer before smooshing again. Repeat until satisfied with the look.


    • Using a new piece of Press 'n Seal, ink smoosh with the Distress Spray Stain in Brushed Pewter. This will give it some shine. Dry using the heat gun.
    • Using the Distress Spray Stain in Broken China and Picket Fence, add droplets onto the ink smooshing using the tube from the sprayer as shown. Dry using the heat gun.


  • Stamp or print a mermaid sentiment of choice, trim to size, and adhere it to a white mat. Distress the edges using Distress ink in Black Soot.
  • Adhere all the card layers as shown then adhere to the 6x6 card base 
  • To finish the card, add jelly dots, enamel dots, rhinestones, or sequins

The card is now finished, but you can add other embellishments, such as ribbon, charms, and glitter.


Thank you for visiting today and I hope you give this card a try. Ink smooshing is a lot of fun and you can create some really cool backgrounds! 

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Paper Nest Dolls: Furever Friends

Letting your friends know how special he or she is by sending a cute handmade card will for sure brighten their day! Especially a card made with an adorable stamp, just like this digital one from Paper Nest Dolls called Avery Bathing Puppy. Also from Paper Nest Dolls, I used bubbles from the Mermaid Set.


To create this slimline card, I imported the digital stamps into my Silhouette Studio software then printed it onto white cardstock. I colored the images using Copic markers. 


Copic Markers Used:
Hair: E37, E35, E34, E31
Skin: E13, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks: R20, R30
Coral: R24, R22, R21, R20
Green: YG06, YG25, YG23, YG21
White (dog): W4, W2, W0
Dog nose: T5, T4, T2
Blue bucket: B97, B95, B93
Bubbles: BV00, RV00, B000, B0000

I created a sentiment using Microsoft Word, printed it on white cardstock, and cut it out using a banner die. I cut out a banner using the same blue cardstock I used to mat the card front. I used a pawprints stencil to create pawprints on my card.


I adhered the mat, card front, and sentiment onto the card base. To finish the card, I added a few enamel dots. 

Thank you for visiting and have a creative week! 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Scrappy Boy Stamps: 3D Believe in the Magic of Christmas!

I am having so much fun with Scrappy Boy Stamps' newest stamp set called Pretty Little Things. I could not resist making another Christmas card, but this time I made a 3D step card that can also be used as a Christmas display. Inspired by The Nutcracker, this stamp set is not just for Christmas, and it comes with coordinating outline dies so you won't have to do any fussy cutting!

Please join the Scrappy Boy Stamps Inspiration Facebook Group for more ideas and inspiration! 


First I stamped all the images, cut them out with the coordinating outline die, and colored them with Copic markers. I then stamped and trimmed the sentiment and added a mat out of black cardstock. 


Copic Markers Used:

Ballerina 
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks: R20, White gel pen
Hair: E39, YR27, YR24, Y32
Pink: RV55, RV63, RV52
White: T3 T0, 0

Soldier 1
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks: R20, White gel pen
Hair: T9, T5, T3, T1
Red: R59, R37, R24, R32
Blue: B16, B14, B12
White: T3, T0, 0
Brown: E74, E71, E70
Gold: E25, Y38, Y21
Black: C9, C7, C5, C3

Soldier 2
Skin: E04, E13, E11, E21, E00
Cheeks: R20, White gel pen
Hair: E59, E25, E33, E31
Red: R59, R37, R24, R32
Blue: B16, B14, B12
White: T3, T0, 0
Brown: E74, E71, E70
Gold: E25, Y38, Y21
Black: C9, C7, C5, C3

Train
Red: R59, R37, R24, R32
Blue: B16, B14, B12
Yellow: Y17, Y15, Y11
Green: G07, G05, G02
Windows: B000, BV000

Bears
Bear 1: E74, E71, E70
Bear 2: E35, E33, E31

Rocking Horse
Brown: E74, E71, E70
Mane: E39, YR27, YR24
Red: R37, R24, R32

Nutcracker:
Red: R37, R24, R32
Blue: B16, B14, B12
Black: C7, C5, C3

To make this 3D step card, cut out the card base at 12"W x 5-1/4"H and score at 1-1/4", 2-1/2', 4-1/4", 6", and 9".  Fold the card so that it forms a zig zag with the largest panel in the back, which will be the stand.

Then I cut out a 5-1/4" square cardstock panel. I adhered patterned paper to this square panel. Then I decorated this square panel as follows (make sure you decorate the panel before you add to the card base!).
  • Decorate each step with a snow hill using white glitter cardstock. I used a hill die from Gina Marie Designs. This is for all 3 step/panels of the card.
  • The Christmas tree is cut using an Ellentina Cutting Die out of green cardstock and the snow is white glitter cardstock. The tree is decorated with rhinestones from my stash. The star is a die from Gina Marie Designs (from the same set as the hill). Adhere the tree to the square panel using double sided foam tape.
  • The swirls on the card is actually the pumpkin vines from a pumpkin shaker die set from Stamp Anniething. The snowflakes are from Hobby Lobby.

To finish the card, I adhered all the colored stamps and sentiment with a combination of glue dots and liquid glue.  I added pre-made poinsettia flowers to the front with glue dots and the card is finished. 


I hope you give this card a try! This stamp set is just fabulous and fun to play with! Thank you for visiting and have a crafty week! 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Conie Fong Art & Design: Angel Prayers - Hold on Tight to Your Dreams

We all need some encouragement from time to time, especially during tough times. California is still in the midst of the COVID pandemic; however, things are heading in the right direction. A lot of people had to put their dreams of travel, business, and education on hold. This is the perfect digital stamp from Conie Fong Art & Design, called Angel Prayers Without Flower, to make cards to send to friends and family that have had to put their dreams on hold. This stamp also comes with the angel with flowers around her feet and is available in both JPG and PNG formats.

Don't forget to enter into our monthly Facebook challenges to win some free digital stamps or a guest design spot! Head on over to the Conie Fong Art & Design fan page to check it out.


I first printed the stamp to fit on an A2 size card and colored it using Copic markers.


Copic markers used:
Hair: E59, E25, E33, E31
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks R20
Blue: B28, B24, B23
Purple: V17, V15, V12
Wings: B01, B00, B000, BV000

Then I printed the stamp again on masking paper so I can mask it to ink blend the cloud background. I used the Cloud Stencil Builder from Stamp Anniething and Distress Oxide inks in Spun Sugar and Tumbled Glass.

I cut out a scalloped mat using a Gina Marie Designs die, trimmed the card front to fit, and adhered it. Then I adhered it to the card base that I trimmed to 3-1/2"W x 9-3/4"H and folded it in half to make it a top folding card. 

I used a sentiment from Tim Holtz's Small Talk sticker pack. I added a few enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs to complete the card.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you give this card a try. Fun to color and it's a cute stamp you can use for many occasions. Have a fun and creative week! 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Paper Nest Dolls: Emma with Pinwheel - Happy Mother's Day Card

Mother's Day is just a couple of weeks away. I am lucky that my 88 year old mom is still with us to celebrate this special day.  It's time to make Mother's Day cards and today I'm sharing one I made with the newly released digital stamp called Emma with Pinwheel from Paper Nest Dolls. I also added some flowers from the Fairy Set to create this simple, but cute A6 size card. 


For this card, I used digital images to create the card front along with sun and cloud die cuts. First I imported the Emma with Pinwheel and the flowers from the Fairy Set into my Silhouette Studio software and sized the images for an A6 size top-folding card. I then created the Happy Mother's Day sentiment and placed it where I wanted it. I then printed it and used a retangular die from Gina Marie Designs to cut it. I colored the images using Copic markers.


Copic Markers Used:
Hair: E15, E34, E11, YR20
Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
Cheeks: R20, R30
Green (shirt): YG17, GY13, YG11, T3
Purple: V17, V15, V12
Blue: B02, B00, B000
Pink: RV02, RV00, RV000, T1
Green (grass): YG67, YG25, YG23, YG21


Next I die cut the sun using light yellow cardstock and clouds using white cardstock. For the cloud in the middle, I glued two together to add dimension and cut part of the cloud on the right. 

I used light blue cardstock and patterned paper from my stash for the mats and adhered the card front, sun, and clouds. To finish the card, I added a few enamel dots from Gina Marie Designs. 


Thank you for visiting and have a creative week!


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios: Happy Bird-Day!

You can never have too many cute birthday cards in your stash. I try to make some that are age appropriate so I like to have some that are cute and whimsical for younger people. The card I'm sharing today is an adorable digital stamp from Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios called Birthday Bird. These digital stamps come with the normal black lines and now comes in gray lines for a no-line coloring technique. This is my very first no-line coloring card! It's a little harder to color, but I like the results. 

Don't forget to enter our monthly challenge to win some digital stamps! 


First I imported the digital stamp into my Silhouette Studio software. I also imported the flag banner. This was a colored clip art. I sized the images to fit onto an A2 size card then printed it out. I used a double stitch rectangular die from Gina Marie Designs to cut it out. I used Copic markers to color the digital stamp.

Copic Colors used:

Blue (Bird, Ribbon, Bow): BG05, BG02, BG01, BG000
Coral (Bird, Mouse ear & nose, hearts): R22, R21, R20, R01
Yellow (Present): Y38, Y35, Y11
Gray (Mouse): W6, W4, W2, W0
Brown (Bear): E33, E53, E51

Next I used a Molotow masking liquid pen to mask the bird and mouse feet so that I can add some grass. I used a grass stencil from Stamp Anniething and used Oxide Inks in Mowed Lawn and Lucky Clover to ink the grass. To finish the card, I cut an A2 size scalloped edge panel and a black cardstock mat for the card front. I adhered this onto a card base that is 1/4" smaller all the way around so that the scalloped edges stick out. I adhered all the layers with liquid glue.


Thank you for visiting and I hope you liked my first no-line card project! Have a very creative week!

Monday, April 19, 2021

Stamp Anniething: Jameela...ooh la la!

Stamp Anniething's April stamps are special as the three new chibi dolls represent the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion. Today I am sharing a card I made with the beautiful Jameela - Friends Listen stamp. This stamp can be used for many occasions. I kept this card generic so that I can use it as a birthday, friendship, celebration, or hello card.


Stamp Anniething supplies to make this card:
To make this A2 size card, first stamp Jameela and cut it out using the coordinating outline die. Color the stamp with your favorite coloring medium. I used Copic markers.


Copic markers used:
Skin: E04, E13, E11, E21, E00, E000
Tongue: R22, R20
Cheeks: R20, R30
Eyes: E35, E33, E31
Blue: B02, B01, B00, B000, T77
Pink: RV02, RV00, RV000, T1
Gray (Purse & Shoes): T5, T3, T2, T1

To make the background, I did the ink smooshing technique using Distress Spray Stains in Brushed Pewter, Tarnished Brass, Broken China, and Abandoned Coral. I then ink smooshed another piece of cardstock using the same spray colors except Abandoned Coral and used this piece to cut the Eiffel Tower & ooh la la word die. I used black cardstock for the outline for the word die and to mat the card front.

I used the circle Shaker Basics Die to cut the inner circle out of black cardstock and then used a embossing folder. Then I cut the outer circle frame out of gold cardstock. 


Thank you for visiting! Have a very creative week!

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Scrappy Boy Stamps New Release: Believe in the Magic of Christmas

I am determined not to wait until two weeks before Christmas to make my cards this year! I am so thrilled that Scrappy Boy Stamps came out with a new release that featured a set that can be used for Christmas cards, or not, called Pretty Little Things. Inspired by The Nutcracker, this stamp set is not just for Christmas. Check out my April 15th blog post for a non-Christmas card using stamps from this set. 


For this card, I used the nutcracker, teddy bear, rocking horse, and train set from the stamp set. These stamps come with coordinating outline dies. The stamps and dies also come in a bundle

I first stamped the teddy bear, rocking horse, train set, and three nutcrackers and cut them out using their coordinating outline die. Then I colored them with Copic markers.

Copic Markers Used:
Teddy Bear: E35, E33, E31
Rocking Horse: E35, E33, E31, G07, G05, G02
Train set: (Red) R59, R37, R24, R32; (Blue) B16, B14, B12; (Yellow) Y17, Y15, Y11; (Green) G07, G05, G02; Windows B000, BV000

I wanted to create a cozy scene with a fireplace, so I used a fireplace die from Hero Arts and a garland stamp from Michael's. In order to get all the pieces to fit, I created an A6 size card (4-1/2" x 6-1/4"). I die cut the fireplace and ink blended it with Distress Ink in Fired Brick. I stamped the fire using Distress Ink in Wild Honey. I stamped the grate, log and stockings using Momento Tuxedo Black so that I can color them using Copic markers (same shades of browns, reds, and blues used above). I cut out a piece of black cardstock for the backing of the fireplace.

I stamped the garland using a Stamp Anniething Hybrid Ink pad in Willow Bough. I colored the berries using Copic markers (red shades listed above).


I stamped the sentiment on gray cardstock and cut it with a stitched rectangle die and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Black Soot.


I used patterned paper from Echo Park 6x6 pad called Christmas Delivery to create the wall, a strip of gray cardstock for the floor board, and another patterned paper from Echo Park for the carpet. 

I adhered the fireplace and sentiment using double sided foam tape and everything else is adhered using liquid glue.  


Scrappy Boy Stamps is a new stamp company and this is their second set. Please check out the store for their first set. Have a great day and a crafty week! 



Friday, April 16, 2021

Blank Page Muse Art Rubber Stamps: Art Journal - Nature's Art

My favorite season of the year is Spring. I love how the trees are bare one week then full of leaves the next, the smell of fresh cut grass, and the sound of birds chirping. My husband and I walk every morning and it's been a delight to see all the different flowers blooming everywhere. This inspired me to create my art journal pages called Nature's Art using stamps from Blank Page Muse Art Rubber Stamps (please see supplies list below for list).

This is the perfect project to make for the BPM monthly challenge for a chance to win a prize! The theme for April is "nature." Here is the link to the challenge: CHALLENGE.


Supplies:
  • Blank Page Muse Art Rubber Stamps: 
  • Stamping block
  • Washi tape, wax paper, Press and Seal (to protect coils, margins, and other pages)
  • White gesso
  • Paint brush
  • Distress Spray inks: Bundled Sage, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, and Picket Fence
  • Water spray bottle
  • Heat gun (optional)
  • Floral patterned paper of choice
  • White cardstock for stamping images
  • Coloring medium of choice. I used both Prismacolor pencils and Copic markers
  • Scissors
  • Black cardstock
  • Alphabet dies
  • Press and Seal or Transfer tape
  • Liquid glue
  • Distress ink pad: Black Soot
  • Distress ink blender brush/pad
  • Water dropper
  • Collage Medium (I used Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium)
  • Sentiment stickers (I used Tim Holtz - Small Talk stickers)
Instructions:
  • Prepare the art journal pages by covering the coils with Press and Seal and the margins with washi tape. Add wax paper under the pages. 

  • Paint on a layer of gesso and let it completely dry.

  • Place the journal into a box so the over spray is contained in the box. 
  • Spray the Distress Ink onto the pages, but don't overlap too much. Spray water over the ink so the ink will spread. Gently use a paper towel to mop up puddles.  Use a heat gun to quick dry or air dry.


  • Using the Background Grunge stamps, randomly stamp images using a stamp block or without. The entire image of the stamp does not have to stamp to create the background. Select a variety of stamps from the set to use. 


  • Tear patterned paper corners and adhere using collage medium.
  • Stamp and color the butterfly, sunflower (stamp partial or cut flowers in half since they will be placed on edge of journal page), and dragonfly stamps then fussy cut. Use any colors you like, but here's what I used:
    • Butterfly (Copic markers): Y17, B02, RV02
    • Dragonfly (Copic markers): YG11, BV00, BV01
    • Sunflower (Copic markers): Y17, Y35, Y13, E33
  • Stamp and color the Girl with Basket of Flowers. Use any colors you like. Here are my Prismacolor pencil colors:
    • Skin: 116, 018, 019, 020
    • Cheeks: 082
    • Hair: 117, 114, 010
    • Blue: 042, 043
    • Tree & Basket: 114, 116
    • Green for leaves and flowers: 110, 061
    • Pink flowers: 080, 082
    • Grass: 057, 110, 061
    • Sky: 101
    • Walkway: 065
  • Stamp and color the Dragonfly Lady. Use any colors you like. Here are my Copic colors:
    • Hair: E39, YR27, YR24, Y32
    • Skin: E04, E11, E21, E00, E000
    • Cheeks: R20
    • Lips: R21
    • Dragonflies: YG11, BV00, BV01
    • Stars: Y24, Y11, Y15
    • Blue background: B00, B000
    • Bubbles: Y00, B000, BV000; plus Castle Arts colored pencil #35 lavender light.
  • Using the Distress Ink in Black Soot, ink the edges of each image. Set aside.
  • Using alphabet dies and black cardstock, cut out the words "nature's art."
  • Using a self-healing mat or surface with grid lines, add a line of removable adhesive onto the mat. Line up the die cuts onto the mat and place a piece of transfer tape or Press and Seal on top to pick up all the letters at once. Use a spatula to help lift the die cuts off the mat.



  • Add liquid glue to the die cuts the place them onto your journal pages.

  • Carefully peel off the transfer tape or Press and Seal.
  • Using the end of the water spray pump, add a few big drops of water onto the journal pages for some texture (optional - this was a last minute, spur of the moment idea).

  • Adhere all the images onto the journal pages using collage medium. Add the sentiment stickers.
  • Lastly, apply a light coat of collage medium all over the pages.
The art journal page is complete! This was a really fun project to do. Give it a try!


Thank you for stopping by and have a very creative week! 

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