Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hog Heaven Inchies

I have a quick post for you tonight with an inchie card!  Everyone who knows me, knows that I like inchies...a lot.  I've been making cards with them for years!  I think the reason I like them so much is that they focus on my stamps from a different perspective.  They allow me to highlight areas that might not get as much attention otherwise.  For the inchies on this card, I used the Hog Heaven set from My Favorite Things.  It is so cute (I hear me say that every time I use a Birdie Brown set)!  

I started by punching a 1" square in a scrap piece of card stock to make a window.  Next I stamped the images that I wanted to use.  Then I took the window and held it over the stamped images, moving it around until I found the perfect area to highlight. I then traced the outside edge of the window very lightly with a pencil to mark the portion that I wanted to use for my inchie.  I colored the area inside the pencil square with Copics and then cut each square out on the pencil line. 

To give the inchies more substance and to make them stand out and really pop I glue them onto 1" square pieces of black chip board.  It makes the inchies look so much better.  I cut these from a 12" x 12" sheet, but if you don't like cutting or you want them very precise you can buy Inchie Arts Art Squares from Ellen Hutson.  The little flower that comes in the Hog Heaven set is the perfect tiny little embellishment for each square!

I used MFT's Stitched Scallop Basic Edges 2 for the black panel underneath the inchies and MFT's Lucky Prints Paper Pack for the pink part.  This is a thank you card, so I only inked up part of the "I'm TICKLED PINK for you" sentiment.  I stamped it and made a flag for the front of the card and tied a little bow using thin black silk ribbon from May Arts.  The card still needed something so I added a 1/4" strip of Silver Sparkle card stock from MFT along the edge.  Inside the card I used the Hog Heaven sentiment that says, "Thank you SOW MUCH"!

Thanks for visiting, Make time to stamp!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Birthday Greetings from Paradise

I have another tunnel card today, I'm really having fun with these!  This one uses an MFT set called Polynesian Paradise.  This set has the little hula girl and lots of animals and flowers to embellish a scene.  I wanted to add some trees so I used my favorite, the palm tree, from MFT's Penguins in Paradise!  

Like I did in my first tunnel card, I cut white card stock for an A2 size card and then added an extra panel by gluing on a 5.5" x 4.75" (scored at 4.25 and folded) onto one side.  Next I used the MFT Oval STAX to cut holes in the top and second panel.  I drew light pencil lines for the sky water and sand on all 3 panels so they would match then I did some masking and used my Clarity brushes and dye inks to color them.  I used Stampin' Up Bashful Blue for the sky, Ranger Distress Tumbled Glass and Broken China for the water and Distress Antique Linen for the sand.  I used a flat brush and floated a little white acrylic paint in the water for waves. 

I added some sea grass to the middle panel using a Stampin' Up set called Wetlands.  The next step was to color and cut out all the bits and pieces.  I needed 5 palm trees, the Hula girl, some clouds, some flowers, a turtle, a pineapple and 2 lizards.  To get the reverse image lizard, I stamped with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink onto waxed paper and then quickly rubbed it onto white card stock.  The image wasn't perfect but it was clear enough to trace with a fine tip Micron black pen.  This pen doesn't smudge when you color over it with Copics.  Once the images were colored I used Herma Dotto repositionable adhesive to place everything and make sure it would work when the card was closed.

When I was happy with the placement with the card open and closed, I glued everything into place.  This card is really fun when you open it and bring the 2 side panels together to stand it up.  It really does look like you are looking through a tunnel at a scene on the beach, and you get two views!  One looking through the front side of the card...

and another looking through the second panel side!!

I hope you liked seeing this card and you give tunnel cards a try! 
Thanks for visiting, happy stamping!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Love You Lots Tunnel Card

I've been seeing a lot of tunnel cards on Pinterest and blogs lately and wanted to try one.  For this card I used the cute little hedgehogs from the Stampin' Up hostess set called Love You Lots and the tree from Thoughtful Branches.   To start I added a flap onto an A2 card so I could have 3 panels.  I used MFT Oval STAX to make windows in the top and middle panels.  Next I used my Clarity brushes and die ink to add grass and sky to each panel.  

I made 6 trees to add to the panels.  I wanted the leaves on my trees to be nice and thick so I stamped them with 4 different colors.  I used the Ranger Distress Inks: Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron.  For the top panel I added two trees on the edges of the oval cut out, some clouds and the first part of my birthday sentiment.

For the second panel I did the same but included a die cut fence and some little punched flowers with gems .

For the last inside panel I centered the little hedgehogs then added the trees, clouds, flowers and sentiment.  Overall I was pleased with my first tunnel card.  I know I will be making more of these!!

Thanks for stopping by, happy stamping!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Awesome Birthday

This cheerful little birthday card was made with a Stampin' Up set called Endless Birthday Wishes.  I liked the cute little cake as soon as I saw it.  The set has a lot of great sentiments to go along with it, too. 

I used all of the different sentiments to make my own decorative paper for the background. I chose ink colors that matched the plaid layer that I put behind it. The plaid is from a paper pack from My Favorite Things called Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright .  When I was finished stamping the words I didn't think it was festive enough so I inked up one dot of the dots stamp and used it to stamp dots randomly among the words.  I added some clear Stickles dots, too!

I like interactive cards so I hid a little flip up message on the front of the card under the birthday cake!

I used the MFT Stitched Mini Scalloped Circle STAX to make the flip up.  I folded a piece of pink card stock and placed the die so about an inch of the fold was inside the cutting edge of the die and wouldn't be cut.  Then I cut another complete pink circle to lay on top.  Two white circles for inside and top finished it off. 

I stamped the cake on one of the circles and then I masked off the cake and stand and added some color to the background using my Clarity brushes.  I added some darker ink with a short bristled brush to suggest a table.  Next I colored the cake with Copic markers. To make the cake really special I added some white liquid appliqué for the frosting, put it on a cake stand stamped onto silver mirror card stock and added some glitter to the top of the candles.   Here are a couple of close-up pictures...

Here is a photo of the inside of the card...

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Stamping!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Snowy Thank You

I have another dog card for you today.  This time I used a little stamp from Rosie's Roadshow called Bentley.  Rosie's Roadshow stamps are all small and they have a quirky sense of humor that I really like!  This is one of my favorite because it looks just like our dog, Bella. It's a good stamp to build scenes around.  The tree is from a Stampin' Up set called Festival of Trees.  I used Ranger Distress inks to stamp the trees.  The colors are Pine Needles and Peeled Paint.  The frame was made using a Die-namics die from My Favorite Things called Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames.

I took some typing paper and cut 3 pieces with different wavy lines.  I used them as masks to make the snowy hills and I used a Clarity brush to apply the Night of Navy ink.  I am so in love with these brushes and the smooth soft look you get with them!!  Once I got the hills done, I used the same masks and stamped the trees.  The card seemed too flat so I stamped some more trees and added them with foam tape.

On the inside I used a stamp from the Stampin' Up set called Floral Phrases, a Die-namics die called Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX to echo the scalloped frame on the front and little Bentley again!  

Here is a picture of our Bella...isn't that stamp perfect for her?

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Keep stamping :)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Yappy Birthday

I needed a birthday card for my niece.  She loves animals so I went through my stash and found this little dog in the Furry Friends set from Avery Elle!  It looks just like my dog, Bella, so I knew my niece would like a card made with it.  I looked on Pinterest and found an adorable inspiration card made by Lindsey Bailey, you can see her card here.  I didn't have the same alphabet so I used alphabet dies from My Favorite Things.  I just looked for the link but they must be retired already.

I used Copics to color the dog, cut letters in coordinating colors and punched some little flower embellishments.  Glitter paper strips, tiny jewels and some white twine finished the card off.  

I spiffed up the inside with some strips of decorative paper and punched flowers and added a pocket for a gift card.  The sentiment is one of my favorites.  It comes from an MFT set called Make a Wish.

My thanks again to Lindsey for the inspiration and than you for stopping by.
Keep stamping,

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Interactive Anniversary Card

This is a card that I made recently for friends who were celebrating their 50th anniversary.  Kathy and I were talking about another anniversary card that I was working on and she said, "You should make it so the prince and princess move towards each other."  I decided then and there what to make for her anniversary card!  The prince and princess come from an MFT stamp set called Magical Dragons and I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  It was a little tricky because they are both facing the same way and I needed them to face each other.  I stamped the prince onto waxed paper and then pressed the waxed paper onto white card stock and got a pretty clear reversed image.  I colored him with Copics and then used a fine black permanent marker to make the outline more solid. I stamped his sword onto mirror card stock and glued it on to give him a little shine.  Next I colored the princess.  I added some shine to her dress with a glimmer pen and added a jewel to her crown.  The castle is from a retired Stampin' Up Set called Dreams and Dragons.  It is my favorite castle!!  I checked and it's available on EBay!

The fun thing about this card is that the prince and princess can move closer and closer together until they are standing side by side!  I have to give my friend credit for the idea, but I adore it!  I started by stamping and coloring the castle, grass, rocks and little flowers.  Next I cut a slot using a ruler and Exacto knife.  MFT has some dies that would make this step a lot easier.  I didn't have them then, but I have them now!  They are called Surf & Turf Die-namics.  They also have little Slider Elements to use on the back of shapes that allow them to move easily on the card.  I did have these and I used them!   

Once the slot was finished, I placed the prince where I wanted him, flipped the card over and glued a slider element onto him within the slot opening.  I did the same for the princess.  Then I put a lot of foam tape around the outer edges and along the slot of the piece and stuck it onto the base card.  Last of all I glued the piece that I'd removed for the slot back into place to make the castle look whole.  

It is really fun to play with this card and to move the prince and princess toward and away from each other!  I finished the card off with some clouds from MFT and the greeting which comes from a set of stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink called Swoosh Stamp Set.

I will definitely be making more interactive slider cards!  They are really easy and fun!!

Thanks for visiting! Happy New Year!!