Saturday, October 15, 2016

mini note cards

Hello!  I just had to sift through my photos to see where I left off on blogging and sharing! 

Today, I want to share these cute mini note cards I made using some Mama Elephant stamps.  I love their stamps and dies and just bought some cute stuff from them the other night to take advantage of their sale and free items with purchase.  Think I might have gone a bit overboard.  Sigh, might have to go on another stamp buying freeze.

First set of note cards uses these cute ants and sentiments from Small Talk.

Here's a closer photo.  These guys and sentiments are super fun. 

My next set of note cards uses these cute emoji guys from Little Emotions.  I love that they come with little bodies!  So funny!

A closer photo of this set.

This is my last set of cards using the same emoji guys but no sentiments.

These guys have such cute expressions.

My boys have been on break this past week and I swear the week went by so fast!  Next week is gonna be busy again for us and I am kind of dreading it.  Sometimes I wonder why there are so many projects for my kids at school.  It can get so tiring.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Catching up again & a FREE shipping offer

Hello!  I am playing catch up again!  I have a bunch of cards to share today and probably the next few days as well.  I am falling behind blogging but the days are busy and sometimes I am just not feeling crafty if that is even possible.  I have to really push myself to get going these days and try to stay motivated.  So blogging tonight is part of trying to stay motivated!

I've already sold this card but wanted to share cause I love these Birdie Brown images.  I am falling behind in collecting her new stamp sets but I will eventually get them!  The background is blended with distress inks onto watercolor cardstock.

Here is a doggy version using another Birdie Brown stamp set.

And last is the piggy one but this is a missing you card instead of an apology card. 

Before I go, I want to mention that I am having a FREE shipping offer over at my Etsy store (banner on sidebar) with a minimum $12 purchase.  There is a code on the top of my store so please use that if your order qualifies for free shipping.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

hats off to the graduate

Hi!  Well, this is like a record these days, posting 3 days in a row!  Time to share my third and final entry for MFT's Superstar Card Design contest.

This card let me play around with MFT's Blueprints 30.  I wanted a different way to present gift cards which is why I purchased this set. 

The first thing I did was stencil on some stars using MFT's horizontal starry sky stencil.  Yup, I have both the horizontal and vertical stencils.  I like them a lot for creating night time sky lines but they're also great just to create a star pattern.  Then I cut out my first piece on the left above.  I also wanted to cut out a bottom layer exactly the same but I didn't want the opened flap part so I did partial die cuts on all the edges (cut, rotate, cut, rotate) until I got the piece on the right.

This set comes with a die that cuts the openings to hold a gift card.  The one on the left I didn't like because if you see closely you can see the imprint of the entire die.  So I redid the whole thing but on the right I did partial die cutting of just the rounded parts of the die to avoid getting that impression because I knew I wanted to stamp a sentiment on there.  Hope that makes sense.

I assembled all the pieces and placed the adorable elephant from Birdie Brown's Adorable Elephants stamp set onto the flap.  I love this set and this guy in particular is pretty versatile with his arm (leg) in the air like that.  He could be holding something or waving hello or throwing a grad cap in the air!  The dashed trail line is also in the elephant set.  The grad cap is from MFT's Graduation Accents die set. 

I also added the small piece of cardstock to hold the flap closed into the thin opening (all dies come conveniently in this set).  I scored it in 2 places so opening and closing would be easier.

When you open it, there's the gift card!  Sorry, I scribbled all over this one because that's how I know we already redeemed it. 

When you remove the gift card, you can see the sentiments from MFT's Happy Graduation which is fitting for the image on the front.  I like having this matching bottom layer where the sentiment is stamped so the gift card holder cuts don't show on the other side of the card when you open the card.  Hope that makes sense too.

Here's another view of the graduating elephant.  I'm glad I got to play around with this one cause I'll be using it for Christmas.  Such a fun way to gift a gift card!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

go with all your heart

Hi again!  I was able to finish up another card last night to enter into MFT's Superstar Card Contest.  My second entry also features a cute piggy from Birdie Brown's Hog Heaven stamp set.

Love this sweet image of him squeezing the heart.  There is a sentiment at the top which is very soft and subtle since I heat embossed it in white but I thought it was fitting for this image.

The sentiment reads Wherever you go, go with all your heart.  It is also from MFT's Happy Graduation stamp set.

I used distress inks to blend in a pink cloud background using the clouds from the End of the Rainbow die set.  Then I added in a shimmery cardstock rainbow and couple more clouds from the die set too.

A close up photo of the piggy that I fussy cut out to adhere onto the cloud.

I'm working on my 3rd card but not sure if it will work out.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 19, 2016

reach for the stars

Hello!  Well, it's been a gazillion years since I entered any kind of card making challenge or contest.  And when I actually first saw the announcement for MFT's Superstar Card Contest I was not going to participate.  But something clicked last night and all of a sudden I felt kind of competitive!  And did you see the prize they are giving out?  Wow, very generous!  So why not?  I'm gonna enter.  And I might even enter the max 3 times.  Who knows?

So here is entry number 1.

I love the Birdie Brown sets over at MFT.  So stinkin' cute!  And for a while I couldn't color up these cute piggies from the Hog Heaven set because I had run out of ink in a couple of my pink Copics.  But finally got the refills over the weekend so this all kind of worked out.  The little piggy with the angel wing, so adorable!

The Reach for the Stars sentiment is from MFT's Happy Graduation set which I got when they had their huge retirement sale.  Piggies can have dreams too, you know.  The sentiment I heat embossed in a gold color.  I also blended the background with distress inks.  I stenciled in the white stars using MFT's vertical Starry Sky stencil and added in some glitter.  Added some glitter on to the piggy's wing too.  Then added a tiny bit of gold star confetti.  Yup, those were kind of tricky being so tiny but I did it.

The clouds are from MFT's End of the Rainbow die set.  I kind of love this card.  And I'm glad I decided to enter the contest because I don't think I would've paired a graduation set with piggies if I hadn't. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hoping to get a couple more cards into the contest before the deadline.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

zodiac cards

Hello!  Happy September!  The year is going by really fast.  And I still have not started my fall or Christmas cards or calendars.  I know I really have to get on things and start completing my goals.

Today I have a couple of birthday cards using Mama Elephant's Cosmic Stars set.  These images are so cute! 

The first one is a Libra card.  The sentiments are from Mama Elephant's Starry Night set.  I blended the background with blue, purple & yellow distress inks and then used a star stencil and rubbed on those stars.  I added some glitter to the stars too.

Here is a close up.  Yes, I fussy cut most of my images.  On this image I left the scales whole and just colored in the areas yellow to match the background.  The sentiment is heat embossed in a gold color. 

Here is a Virgo card.  I used the same steps to create this card.

I love how cute these images are.  I have to make all the other signs too!  That is on my to do list.  Plus I'm thinking these would be really cute on calendars so that is also on my to do list.  Whether I get to them or not, we'll see.  I'm hoping I can.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

what they said

Hello!  It's a rainy morning here.  I woke up last night because of lightning and thunder.  I don't know if I've even seen so much lightning as I have these past few months.  I'm just happy my youngest one didn't wake up and crawl into our bed.  He actually slept right through all the thunder. 

I've had this stamp set by Mama Elephant called Three Amigos for a while now.  I even had these 3 critters all colored on my desk for a while too.  They finally made it onto a card!  I kept the background simple with some distress ink blending.

I like the fun sentiments that come with this set too, especially the "what they said."

Here's another view of the 3 amigos.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll have more cards to share soon.