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!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Chill Wishes Penguin Pop-up Card

I told you how much I love the MFT Chill Wishes stamp set.  Well, I was wondering what the penguins would look like if they didn't have such a frightened look on their faces, so I decided to have a little fun with their eyes.  I stamped out an entire sheet of penguins using a Q-tip to wipe the ink off of the eyeballs before putting the stamp to card stock. That way I could draw in any kind of eyeball I wanted.  I had so much fun trying out different expressions!!  I loved the little guys so much that I used some of them to make this birthday pop up card for my friend!

Decorating their hats and scarves was fun, too.  I didn't keep track of the Copic colors or the dies that I used because I was enjoying the fun of it all, but if you need to know, I can try to figure it out for you.  Just leave me a message.  Here is the pop-up inside!

Isn't it cool how the different eyes give the penguins different personalities? Here is a close ups.  Which one do you like best?

I know a couple look sad or bored but they needed to be in the crowd to pass on the "Chill wishes and penguin kisses" too!  Here are some more close-up shots...

I hope my card made you smile.  Happy New Year!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Penguin Gift Card Holder

For today's post, I used the same base card format as yesterday's post with different paper and a different stamp set.  I really like how substantial these gift cards that weird?  The stamp set is another from MFT called Chill Wishes. It contains a bunch of funny penguins that I am in love with.  The look on their faces cracks me up.  They look petrified of something to me...kind of like I did when I tried skiing!  I also like how the artist left their hats and scarfs plain because I had a great time adding stripes and dots to change them up.  

Keeway Tsao from the MFT Design Team made a card using this set and she made rainbow ski goggles that I thought were adorable so I wanted some for my skier.  I added some Flower Soft to his hat band and pompom to add some texture!  All of the dies are MFT STAX.  The paper I used for this card came from Pinecone Press.  I'm sorry to say that I checked their website and it's no longer available but any coordinating designer card stock in red, white and green would work.  Here is how the card looks with the 1st flap opened

See what I mean about the petrified look on the penguin's face and the potential to make your own design on the hat?!!  I have to confess that I stamped out about a dozen penguins just to play dress up and see what I could come up with for cute hat and scarf designs!  You can see his hat better in the close up picture a bit further down.  

Above is how the card looks opened.  Again the pine trees really add to the little scenes.  These small and large tree stamps are both in the Chill Wishes stamp set.  Here are some close-up photos...

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my gift card holders and that they make you want to get your stamps out to play!  Thanks so much for visiting!


Monday, December 26, 2016

Polar Bear Gift Card Holder

Wow, Christmas was a whirlwind this year!  I was worried for a bit, but I got everything on my list done! Some of my favorites this year were two gift cards that I made for my niece and nephew.  They came out so cute!  I'm going to post the first one today and the second one tomorrow.  For the first I used the Polar Bear Pals stamp set from My Favorite Things.  It is darling, I couldn't decided  which bear I liked best so I used all but one!  That is the reason I made my gift card a tri-fold card.  I used MFT Circle STAX to cut the sparkly circle and MFT Stitched Circle STAX to cut the snowflake circle and the snowy ground.   The patterned paper I used was from the new Doodlebug line.  I found it at Violette's stamp store in Lakeland, FL.  Here is the front of the card..

When you open  the first flap of the card, you see the little waving bear from the Polar Bear set.  There is a larger waving bear too so you can make scenes where this little bear looks like he's waving from a distance or you can make it look like he's a youngster.  The Oh What Fun and Believe stamps are from a Penny Black set.  I used MFT's Stitched Rectangle STAX to cut out the white piece for the sentiment.

When you open the last flap you can see the gift card pocket and more polar bears!  I just love them all!!

The trees really add to the little scenes.  They come from  another MFT set called Chill Wishes.  Here are some close-up pictures...

So much fun to make and give as a gift!  Thanks for visiting.  Hope you are having a happy holiday season!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Birdie Treat Boxes

I made these little treat boxes for a retreat I went to at MFT during the summer.  When I heard that a lot of the participants bring treats for the group, I was intimidated but felt that I had to come up with something.  Since everyone loves chocolate and kisses, I made a little flip box that would hold those.  I used MFT Paper Packs called Dots & Stripes Sorbet and Dots & Stripes Fresh.  It took a while to get the size just right, but I thought they were pretty cute when they were finished and everyone seemed to like them. 

I used the MFT Tag Builder Blueprints 5 to make the tag on the front of the flip box.  I have all of the tag builder blueprints, except for the newest one (and I'll be getting that one soon!) They are so versatile!  It was fun building the little scene in the top window and making a little shaker window at the bottom!

I watercolored the little birds from the I'm Tweet on You set from MFT because I wanted the boxes bright and colorful.  They are whimsical enough that you can go crazy with color combinations. Every combination I tried looked adorable.  Coloring the birds was my favorite part of making these! 

The greeting in the bottom window was from an MFT set called So Much Love.  This set works well with all of the tag builder blueprints!  Here is a pic of what the box looks like open.

Here they are all finished except for the bows!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Shadow Box Card

This shadow box Halloween card looks a lot more complicated than it was to make!  The pieces were all made with dies except for the shadow box part.  I was really happy with how spooky it looked when it was finished!

The back layer was made with pieces from MFT's Spooky House die set.  I used the house, the moon and the bat.  The next two layers were made using a die set from Impression Obsession called Halloween Landscapes.  I die cut them in white and used Copics to color the pumpkins, tree and grave stones.  I left the little fence white.  I didn't want to dry out my dark green marker so I used acrylic paint to do the ground.  Painting was a much quicker way to color the grass and it dried to a nice chalky finish!  I used the fence die from MFT's Spooky Scene.  I just looked for a link and it's been retired :(

To make the card as dimensional as possible, I glued the 2nd layer in between the 2 shadow box pieces on the left side and glued the front layer with the gravestones between the shadow box pieces on the right.  Here's another close-up picture...

I saw this quote somewhere and thought it was funny and perfect for a haunted house card!!    I used my computer to make the message!

Have fun tonight and be safe!  

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

First Anniversary

Yikes, it's been a long time since I've posted a card.  I've been stamping, but usually had to keep the card secret because I didn't want the recipient to see it before they got it!  I have quite a few cards that I can now post...hooray!!  

I made this card to send to my son and daughter-in-law for their first anniversary!  It's hard to believe that a year has already passed.  We are so proud of them both and all they've accomplished in just one year!! 

On this card I used the adorable Magical Dragons stamp set from My Favorite Things.  The little prince and princess make the perfect couple!  The colorful backdrop was made with dye inks and Clarity stencil brushes.  Oh my goodness, I love these brushes!!  They give better blends than anything I've ever used in all my years of stamping!  The "congratulations" was made using a Papertrey Ink stamp and die set called Swooshes.  It was a little tricky to position the stamped word onto the die cut word, but using the Misti it wasn't bad at all. Here is a picture of the front of the card...

I used black Staz-On ink to stamp the sword and crown onto mirror card stock and cut and pasted them on to add a little shine.  The crown needed a jewel, too!  The tiny hearts floating above the prince and princess were made with MFT Blueprints Tag Builder 5.  I also added some sequins here and there.  

Inside the card, I used my computer for the sentiment. The castle is from a retired Stampin' Up set called Dreams and Dragons.  I checked and the set or the castle as a single item are available on ebay in case you need it! I colored the castle with Copics and added glitter to make it magical!

Here is a close-up of the castle.  

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope my card makes you want to get your stamps out and create!