Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Thank You for Your Kindness

I've been seeing so many beautiful cards with flowers which got me motivated to pull out some Altenew stamps and use. Joining in this week over at The Marker Pop Blog with their challenge of  "Anything Goes" #89

Also, joining Kathy's " The Daily Marker 30 day challenge" over at The Daily Marker where you can join in daily. It's always fun and exciting to see what everyone is doing. Plus so much inspiration that you don't want to miss.

Here is my card:
For this card, I started with the Peony Scroll set from Altenew and did a little masking to overlap the flowers a little and add in some leaves. Next, I grabbed my copic markers and started coloring. I used R81, R85, and R89 for the flowers. For the leaves, I used YG23, YG17, and YG67. Afterwards, I used B000 along with some colorless blender to go around the flower images.

Next, I pulled out the set called Label Love for the word "Thank-You" and thought it would go perfect with the saying from the Sentiment and Quotes stamp set from Altenew. From there, I wanted to add some extra touches to spruce the card up. 

So I pulled out some black diagonal paper to add as a strip along the side of the card and than used this adorable scallop from the Stitched Border 1 from Pretty Pink Posh along with adding some 6mm and 4mm Metallic gold sequins to finish off this card. 

As always, if you haven't checked out the challenge, please stop over to check out the amazing inspiration over there. 


Friday, February 19, 2016

Stretching Your Stamps for Another Birthday Card

Back again today, but with a focus on stretching your stamps a little more. Also, joining over at Seize The Birthday this week where I was originally thinking of their topping: "cupcake", since I love eating them as well as coloring them, but ended up with something different.

Also, joining Kathy's " The Daily Marker 30 day challenge" over at The Daily Marker where you can join in daily. This challenge runs through March 1st and it's always an inspiration to see what she has done for the day.

Here is my card:
First off, I must admit I adore this stamp set: Winter Friends from Pretty Pink Posh and figured to strech my stamp set even more. By first looking at it, one thinks "Winter or Christmas", but by viewing them from different angles you may be able to see another image. 

Here, I looked at the Christmas ornaments upside down on purpose and thought "balloons". All I did was alter it by cutting the little hook. So at times, re-look at your images and try viewing them upside down to see if it resembles something different or view them side ways as well. 

Next, I added some balloon strings. You can draw them in, but since I had another stamp set on my desk, I thought "why not". It's from the Lila's Heart from Simon Says Stamp. The coffee mug and adorable little penguin was a perfect pair to add together to create a fun element.

I wanted the center as my focus, so I used this fabulous Scallop Frames and added some fun foam underneath to give it some dimension. Also, added the sentiment from Essentials By Ellen called Fancy Thanks as it has wonderful sayings and font style.

Last, but not least, I added some fun sequins from Pretty Pink Posh using 4mm in Sea BreezeLemon Drop, and Raspberry along with Wink of Stella over the balloons, coffee mug, and little bow to add more sparkles. 

As always, if you haven't checked out the challenge, please stop over to check out the amazing inspiration over there. 


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Celebrating Your Birthday!

Back to coloring and fun again, this time with another birthday card as another sweet friend of mine is celebrating their birthday today and wanted to make sure to wish her a wonderful day. I'm truly blessed to have friends such as her, so wanted to make something special again.

Also, as I mentioned before, trying my best to get back into my favorite challenges and coloring again as it truly helps me like therapy right now. Therefore, joining over at Seize The Birthday this week where they have a topping of "cupcake", but the main goal is to create a birthday card. 

Here, I used this beautiful flower from Clearly Besotted, Merci Beaucoup stamp set and used my copics to color to join Kathy over at The Daily Marker is hosting again The Daily Marker 30 day challenge

Trying a different color combination that I don't always use. The deeper purple card stock is Lavender Fields from MFT along with Grapesicle as the lighter purple.

Also, couldn't resist but to use this Modern Morocco cover up die from My Favorite Things as it add a bit of elegance to the background. The green strip across is Jellybean Green.

To finish off this card, I used one of my favorites from Pretty Pink Posh, 4mm clear droplets along with a Mini Gold Heart Confetti sequins as I love how they look like water drops.

As always, if you haven't checked out the challenge, please stop over to check out the amazing inspiration over there. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

More Valentine Chocolate Treats!

As mentioned in one of my previous posts, here are a couple more versions of these Valentine's Day chocolate treats and now ready for tommorrow's big day to arrive and hand out. Plus, some of them went in the mail. 

Again, these are all the same size, but by using different critters and or decorating them different, each one becomes unique. 

Here, this one uses the Holiday Pals set by Pretty Pink Posh and shows it's not just for winter. For the hat, I did a little alteration, but that was super easy to do to convert this as an everyday hat use. 

Now this last Valentine treat, uses the Birdie Notes stamp set which has the most adorable little bird ever, so I had to use it as I couldn't resist. Also, I added the little bow from the Holiday Pals set. 

Let me say that I love the Stitched Border 1 collection as it not only has these cute scallop borders, but the chevron borders as well which I used in the previous treats. 

For this one, I still used the same design, but moved the heart over to the left. Also, I added these cute Gold Mini Heart Confetti sequins as they were the perfect touch to finish it off and add a little sparkle. 

For the sentiment, I used the Sending & Wishing set from Simon Says Stamp which is a perfect size to use on top of the Stitched Tab die. If you landed on this post and haven't seen the tutorial on them, click here to take yoo directly there. 

Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Valentine's Day tommorrow and to enjoy with family and firends. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

It's Your Birthday!

Now trying to get back into some fun and play as I always enjoy making cards for others and bringing a smile, but earlier this year, I had a great loss in my life occur and will let it at that since this is suppose to be a Happy Post. 

Coloring and crafting has been a great tool and enjoying participating in Kathy's 30 day coloring challenge over at The Daily Marker.

For this card, I wanted to create a one layered Birthday card to celebrate a sweet friend of mine's birthday and to wish her a fabulous day and year, so I pulled out these Mini Tags from Pretty Pink Posh to create some balloonsI 

To create the look, I used an inlay technique by first die cutting three round Mini Tags. Than, I placed them where I wanted them to go and proceeded with the technique. If you would like to see a video tutorial on inlay technique, you can click here

Next, I went on to create the background sky by using some Tumbled Glass Distress ink and added the strings to the balloons. Since, I wanted little bows, I pulled out the Twine and Bow die and used some Gold Foil card stock. 

If your wondering how I did the grass section, I first die cut a Grassy Fields border die from (MFT) and placed the negative cut on top of where I wanted the grass. From there, I sponged in some Green Leaf ink from Simon Says Stamp. Basically, just like a stencil. 

To finish off the card, I colored in this cute little elephant and stamped in the sentiment using the Adorable Elephants set from (MFT) and added some 4mm clear droplets.


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Valentine Chocolate Treat Holder and Tutorial

As Valentine's Day approaches, I figured to create some little chocolate treats where they are all the same size, but each one is still unique as they are decorated different. Plus, I love when I can pull out and use some of my favorite craft supplies. 

Here, this one uses the Winter Friends set by Pretty Pink Posh and shows how it's not just for Christmas with this cute adorable little penguin and bear. 

Here, you can see how I used the Stitched Tab die to create a sliding door for the chocolates where one would not have to destory and take apart to get to those M & M's . 

So I thought I would also include a little tutorial which includes measurements and steps. Lots of pictures and at the end of this post, you will see another version of this treat. 

Step one: Cut a piece of card stock A2 size ( 4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and score in the middle at 2 3/4"
Step Two: Cut a smaller piece of cardstock ( 2 1/2 " x 4") that will be used for decorating

Since I'm using a Heart Treat Cup by Stampin Up, I also used the matching heart punch, but this can be done with any treat cups and or die-cuts, including a circle one. Therefore,
Step Three: Punch out a heart on the right hand side or desired area

Step Four: I love decorating with die cuts, so here I used this cute chevron design using the Stitched Border 1 die from Pretty Pink Posh and adhered it to the cardstock. 

Step Five: Trim off any excess amount from the sides and re-punch/die cut the original shape you cut.

Step Six: Turn card stock upside down and apply adhesive around the shape, here I did it around the heart. 

Step Six: Next, add the treat cup inside the opening, but make sure not to take off any sticky adhesive from the treat cup as you will be adding a sliding door.   

Once you completed step six, you will be able to see your chocolate treat coming togehter. Keep in mind, I didn't add any background stamp or embossing to this sample as in the red one above. 

Step Seven: Sliding door - Cut a piece of card stock 2 1/2" x 2" shown in white along with die-cutting a Stitched Tab Dies (any color to match). At this point, I stamp the word onto the tab before adhearing to the white card stock.

Step Eight: Line up the sliding door against the right side and in the middle covering the shape.
Step Nine: Cut out some strips of foam mount tape. 

Step Ten: While holding the sliding door in place, add a strip to the bottom. Next, add another strip along the top of sliding door, again, make sure to hold in place while doing this. Last but not least, add the last strip tight against the sliding door.  This is what hold the door in place.

Continue adding foam mount to the remainder of the cardstock as it will be placed on top of white card base previously done. In the picture, I still need to add on the corner, but you get the idea.

Step Eleven: Remove all release paper from the foam mount and align onto card base. At this point, you should be able to slide in and out the door. Open the card base and door to add in chocolates.

Here is one more version, again, same size, but decorated different and using a favorite set of mine: Holiday Pals with this cute bunny and bow from Pretty Pink Posh. In addition, I used the mini envelopes from the Birdie Notes set and sentiment from: Darling Friends

Hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial and giving some inspiration to create some treats yourself. Keep an eye out for some more versions in these chocolate treats before Valentine's Day.