Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pixie Hugs & Kisses

Here's my third mini card using the Envie die by Avery Elle.  It's my favorite one so far!  This adorable fairy comes from a stamp set by Avery Elle called Pixie Dust.  I'm a fantasy geek, so I had to have it.  I also bought their Be a Unicorn set.  Be on the lookout for another mini card soon using that one.  It's still in process.

Isn't she darling!  I stamped the fairy on white cardstock, colored her with Copic markers, and hand-cut her out.  I used a gold Wink of Stella pen on the star wand and sparkly glitter on her wings.  For the mini card, I staggered several cloud layers cut using the Puffy Cloud Borders dies by Lawn Fawn.  I stamped two bird silhouettes from Cloudy Skies by Simon Says Stamp.  Then I added my sentiment in black ink.  It fit perfectly in the upper right corner!  (whew)

I chose this lovely pink polka dot paper from the old retired Love dsp by Stampin' Up for my envelope.  Again, the paper is double-sided so there's a nice little surprise when you open it.

It makes my heart giddy.  I had so much fun making this little mini card!  I know my daughter is going to love it.

Stamps:  Pixie Dust (Avery Elle); Cloudy Skies (Simon Says Stamp)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Love dsp (Stampin' Up)
Copic:  E00, E30, E42, E55, E57, E59, RV52, R20, R83, R85, 0, C1
Misc:  Envie die (Avery Elle); Puffy Cloud Borders dies (Lawn Fawn); Crystal fine glitter (Martha Stewart); gold Wink of Stella pen

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pizza My Heart

My daughter talked me into this Lawn Fawn set.  Well actually, it didn't require much arm-twisting.  It was already on my wish list.  She only encouraged me to buy it sooner!  lol  I love the sentiments and the build-your-own pizza design.  Naturally, I had to use it for a little card to tuck into her bag.

I stamped the heart-shaped pizza and added all the tiny toppings in different colors.  Love!  So quick and easy.  I used So Saffron and Close to Cocoa markers to color the crust and pizza cutter.  I hand-cut the pizza cutter and glued it in place.  You'd never know it was placed there to cover a smudge!  :)  Here's a close-up of the pizza cutter so you can see the pretty silver shimmer.  Wink of Stella pens are the best!

Did I mention how much I adore this new die by Avery Elle?  I will be using this one a lot.  I really love the striped paper I used for the envelope.  It's from the Brights Collection dsp by Stampin' Up.  I think it channels those old-fashioned striped awnings, perfect for a pizza parlor vibe!

Stamps:  Pizza My Heart (Lawn Fawn)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Gumball Green, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Brights Collection dsp (Stampin' Up)
Misc:   Envie die (Avery Elle); So Saffron marker, Close to Cocoa marker (Stampin' Up); silver Wink of Stella pen

Friday, April 29, 2016

Somebunny Loves You

I got a new die set by Avery Elle specifically to make little cards to tuck in my daughter's lunch box or backpack.  She's been having a rough year at school.  I love the darling scalloped envelope!  It's also a smaller card canvas, so it's been fun to use my stamps to make these.  :)

I was lucky enough to win the entire latest Verve Stamps release.  Seriously!  This stamp set called Hip Hop Bunnies was included.  Isn't it darling?  It's perfect for a little pick-me-up.  The sentiment is my favorite image in the whole set.

I stamped the bunny on white cardstock and colored it with Copic markers, along with three carrots.  The tiny bow was stamped on the paper I used for the envelope.  And yes, I hand-cut everything!

The grass was cut with a die by My Favorite Things from Garden Green cardstock.  Once everything was glued in place, I stamped the sentiment in the upper corner.

I am so in love with this Envie die by Avery Elle!  It has a pierced detail that adds so much to the overall look.  I pulled out an old Stampin' Up patterned paper called Spring Fling.  The double-sided print adds a nice surprise when it's opened.

I have two more mini cards to share using this die, so stay tuned.  I have several in-process cards on my desk too.  Just having a bit of a mojo block!  I tucked this into my daughter's bag when she left for a school coast trip two days ago.  I can't wait to hear all about it when she gets home tonight.  I have missed her so much!

Stamps:  Hip Hop Bunnies (Verve)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Garden Green, Spring Fling dsp (Stampin' Up)
Copic:  Y00, Y02, Y11, YR15, YR18, G24, G28, R20, R30, R83
Misc:  Envie die (Avery Elle); Fresh Cut Grass die (My Favorite Things)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Get Well Soon

I made most of this card last week, but my scissors have been missing.  My good Fiskars Micro-Tip scissors that I've been using for years.  So bummed!  They are great for fussy cutting.  I finally had to get a new pair.  Maybe now my old ones will turn up?  :)  I finished putting the card together today.

I copied the design of a card that I made previously (found here) that was CASE'd from Maile Belles.  For the background, I repeatedly stamped two sentiments in different colors, Marina Mist and Baked Brown Sugar, on a diagonal pattern.  I used A Beary Good Year by Cat's Pajamas and Fillable Frames #2 by Papertrey Ink.  I cut the background about an inch from the bottom and glued the two pieces to a Kraft card base.

I stamped the "get well soon" circle image from Around & About Sentiments by Papertrey Ink in Baked Brown Sugar ink and then punched it out.  I stamped the little tissue box image from Get Well Hanna, colored it with markers, fussy-cut it out, and glued it in the middle of the circle.  Done!  I deliberately kept the colors neutral so this card would be appropriate for anyone.

Stamps:  A Beary Good Year (Cat's Pajamas); Around & Around Sentiments, Fillable Frames #2 (Papertrey Ink); Get Well Hanna (Hanna Stamps)
 Ink:  Rich Cocoa (Memento); Marina Mist, Baked Brown Sugar (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  White, Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Marina Mist marker, Going Gray marker (Stampin' Up); 1-1/4" circle punch (EK Success)

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Fabulous Wonderful Friend

Well, this was an interesting challenge.  For the last day of the Papertrey Ink anniversary festivities before the big reveal, we were given a Paper Crafting Alphabet and told to use the first three letters of either our first or last name to determine what we needed to do on our card.

H - heat emboss an image or sentiment
E - incorporate an emboss resist technique
I - use an impression plate or do some kind of dry embossing

Notice a theme?  lol  Since the sun has long gone down here and it happens to be snowing (yes, SNOWING), this is the best I could do for a picture before tomorrow's deadline.

I dry embossed a Kraft card base using the Decorative Dots folder by Stampin' Up.  I also used the Linen & Canvas impression plate by Papertrey Ink to add texture to a Dark Chocolate cardstock strip.  It's very difficult to see in the picture.

I embossed the large flower and two leaves from Friends 'Til the End on white cardstock using white embossing powder.  I sponged color on the flower with Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Lovely Lady, and Hibiscus Burst inks.  For the leaves, I used Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado inks.  I hand-cut all of them out with scissors.

I heat embossed the word "friend" with white embossing powder on the Dark Chocolate strip.  I stamped the words "fabulous" and "wonderful" on white cardstock, cut them into blocks, and glued them in place.  Everything was then adhered to the card.  I used foam tape to pop up the sentiment strip.

It's not my favorite, honestly, but it's still a nice card.  I was struggling a bit in the mojo department today.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.  I'm looking forward to the complete reveal tomorrow.  There are so many wonderful new things being released this month!

Stamps:  Friends 'Til the End (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Lovely Lady, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Linen & Canvas impression plate (Papertrey Ink); Decorative Dots embossing folder (Stampin' Up); white embossing powder (Filigree); foam tape

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: My Smiles Begin With You

Apparently, Papertrey Ink is starting a #saturdaysnailmail campaign to encourage the actual sending of handmade cards through the mail each week.  Um....I might be guilty of hoarding mine.  lol  Yesterday, we were challenged to make a thank you card to send to the PTI warehouse employees.  I can only imagine the crazy week they will be having once all the new goodies are released!

I had flowers leftover from my last creation, which gave me a headstart for this card.  I stamped a Spring Rain card base with Polka Dot Basics II using VersaMark ink.  I adore polka dots!  They make such a fun sky background.

I cut my hills from Ripe Avocado cardstock with In the Meadow dies and stamped them with Background Basics: Text Style, also in VersaMark ink.  This time, I brushed all the edges with the inkpad to add some shading.  Love the look!  After adding them to my card base, I "planted" my flowers in the hills.

Since I had a Tag Sale #10 frame leftover too, I used it for my sentiment from Natural Beauties, stamping it in Dark Chocolate ink.  I'd really love to have a larger version of this scalloped die.  It's one of my favorites!  Once I glued it to my card, I trimmed off the overhang.  I thought this sentiment was just perfect for the PTI warehouse employees.  I sure smile every time I see a package from them on my porch!  :)

Inside the card, I stamped two sentiments from Inside & Out: Thank You in Dark Chocolate ink and added another flower for a final burst of cheerful color.  Isn't this sentiment perfect too?  I love it when stamp sets work together.  You can see other cards for the challenge here.  I hope the warehouse folks like my card.  At the very least, it will make them smile!  (pun intended)

Stamps:  Petite Pots, Natural Beauties, Background Basics: Text Style, Polka Dot Basics II, Inside & Out: Thank You (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  VersaMark; Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Petite Pots die, Tag Sale #10 die, In the Meadow dies (Papertrey Ink)

Papertrey Ink 9th Anniversary: Birthday Blooms

This card is for the Create Along with Us challenge over at Papertrey Ink during their anniversary celebration.  I loved Amy Sheffer's card she posted using the new Tulip Time stamp set and just had to make one myself.   Using the frames from Tag Sale #10 as a background is a wonderful idea!  By the way, I must have those new tulips.  They are my favorite flower anyway, but the three-step layer design is so pretty.  Love!

I stamped a Kraft card base with Background Basics: Text Style in VersaMark ink to create a soft background.  I love how it looks!  I guess I was channeling a vintage vibe during my crafting session yesterday.  I added several white scalloped frames that I had cut using the Tag Sale #10 die.

After die cutting a few flowers from white cardstock, I stamped some cheerful blooms using Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, and Dark Chocolate ink using the matching Petite Pots stamps.  For the stems, I inked up first with Spring Moss and then rolled the leaf edges in Ripe Avocado.  I smile every time I look at these flowers!  You'll see them in my next post too.

I adhered two flowers to my card and then added a narrow Dark Chocolate banner that I embossed with a happy birthday sentiment from Father Knows Best.  Isn't it sweet?  I really love this card!  You can see other cards for the challenge here.  Thanks to Amy for the inspiration!

Stamps:  Petite Pots, Father Knows Best, Background Basics: Text Style (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Dark Chocolate, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  White, Kraft, Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Tag Sale #10 die, Petite Pots die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder (Filigree)