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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Not A Turkey

Hello Saturday! Before we get on the road to watch the Gators play football, I wanted to share another Fall themed card. I recently got this adorable set from Taylored Expressions called If Turkey's Could Talk. There are several different faces for the turkey and sayings for the little sign. Really clever! This expression and sign was the reason I bought the set:


He makes me laugh every time! So I started out this card by stamping the turkey image on Copic friendly card stock and coloring him in brown tones. The neat thing is the set comes with a matching die to cut out the turkey. After doing that, I fussy cut the pilgrim hat leaving a matching white border so it looked cohesive.

Next I moved onto the background. I die cut a piece of Canson watercolor paper with a stitched border die and then got to work using my watercolor palette. I wanted to stick with the yellows and oranges of fall. So my turkey wouldn't look like he was floating in space, I wrapped some natural twine around my watercolor panel and secured it to the back. That way my turkey had something to help ground him to the scene.

The watercolor panel seemed to fade into the khaki card base so I grabbed some dark orange card stock from my stash and blended brown distress ink around the edges. This allowed the panel to stand out more. I then adhered the turkey and used some foam dimensionals to pop up the hat. I couldn't resist sprinkling on a few sequins and adding glossy accents to his glasses and buckle on his hat. Here's a close up of the details:


The card came together pretty easy and perfectly fit the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week. They asked for entries to not use any designer paper and they are showcasing Taylored Expression products. Match made in heaven! Be sure to head over to their blog to check out the other fantastic entries. Have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back on Monday with another post!

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-no-designer-paper/


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Friday, September 25, 2015

Sweet One Layer Birthday Card

Happy Friday! Today I'm posting a card for the new Lawnscaping Challenge - One Layer Card. This is a difficult one for me as I'm addicted to foam tape and sequins. I was inspired by a technique that Kristina Werner shared here where she used a technique called spotlight coloring. I thought it would be fun to try it out with my Copics.


I started by stamping a frame from Flirty Frames in the center and masked it off. I then stamped the cute little images from the Baked with Love set randomly. I grabbed my neutral gray Copic markers and got to work. After coloring all of the grayscale, I pulled off the mask and colored the cupcake. I had a little mishap during that coloring that was unfixable. Instead of coloring all the images over again, I decided to die cut out my mistake still leaving the front as a one layer.

For the instead, I heat embossed the frame out line in silver and recolored the cupcake image adhering it to the middle. I actually this this turned out better than my initial plan. I always like happy accidents!

Here you can see a close-up of the inside of the card. I could resist using Glossy Accents & Wink of Stella on the cupcake. I swear they are addicting!


Be sure to head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge below and check out all of the other awesome entries. I hope to do more of this challenge in the future as I just love Lawn Fawn products. The critters are just too cute!






Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumn Wishes Card

Happy Wednesday! In honor of it being the first day of Autumn, I thought I would share a fall themed card. It also corresponds with a great challenge taking place over at The Paper Players where they've asked participants to "Create a Fall Scene." 

I absolutely love this time of year! The colors, the smells, the cooler weather...well not in Florida yet, but hopefully just around the corner. I recently purchased some pumpkin dies from Simon Says Stamp and I was dying to try them out. So here's my take on Autumn:


I started by die cutting a few of the pumpkins and using my ink blending tool to apply distress inks in oranges, yellows, greens and browns. I then found a nice neutral printed paper with a scripty background in my paper stash and used a stitched rectangle die to cut it out. It was a thin piece so I mounted tan fun foam on the back to give it more weight and dimension. I had picked up the plaid ribbon from a Michael's sale a few years ago and finally got to use it. It fit my color palette perfectly. I adhered it across my card base and then added my printed paper rectangle on top. Next I mounted the pumpkins using some foam dimensionals to give some depth.

For my sentiment, I die cut two small penants in both green and khaki paper layering them so that the green peeked out just a little bit. I stamped my sentiment in Dark Chocolate ink from Simon Says Stamp. I then used my Crop-o-dile to add an eyelet from my stash. The finishing piece was a bit of neutral twine. Once applied to my card I picked out some sequins in fall colors to scatter around.

Here's a look at the inside. I used more of the khaki card stock and  I didn't want to waste those other pumpkins I had colored so I gathered a couple in the corner. I think it turned out very fall!


Be sure to head over to The Paper Players and check out all of the lovely autumn and Halloween cards. I can't wait to make more! Such a wonderful time of year! See you next time!


http://thepaperplayers.blogspot.com/2015/09/pp263-clean-and-simple-challenge-from.html

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

New Puppy Cards

Happy Monday! Recently two of my co-workers adopted puppies and I wanted to do something special to commemorate their newest family members. I have a fur baby of my own so I thought it would be fun if he welcomed the puppies to the neighborhood. I broke out my Avery Elle Furry Friends stamp set and got to work.

First up is a card for a little girl pup:


I did some stamp masking with the pillow so that puppy appeared to be sitting on top of it. I colored her with my Copic markers. I then masked the puppy and the pillow so that I could do some ink blending with distress inks for the background.

For the frame, I die cut my colored piece and a piece of shimmery card stock so that I could make it an inlaid die cut. I then used a fun paw print embossing folder to emboss the front panel of my card base. Once assembled, it looked a little too plain. I decided to die cut some letters and use my clear Wink of Stella pen to make them shimmer. That was the perfect addition.

Here's some close up pictures along with the inside and the puppy herself.


The second card was for a boy puppy so I used the Happy Tails paper pack from Bo Bunny as my inspiration. I was also dying to use this neat die from My Favorite Things.


I first colored the pup and his accessories on some Copic friendly paper and fussy cut the images out. I then applied the patterned paper to the front of my card base and die cut them together so that I would have a nice window for the front of my card. Once I had lined up the little pup so he was centered, I popped him up with dimensional foam squares and glued the little accessories around him. To ground the image, I took a Prismacolor pencil and drew in a little ground shadow. I didn't use Copics because they would have bled through to the back of the card. For the sentiment, I used white embossing powder on a piece of black card stock which i cut a fish-tale in to make a little banner. I then used a small silver enamel dot as a accent.

Here's some close up pictures along with the inside and the little cutie:


I wanted to have the cards be from my dog Rufus, so I used this fun little paw print stamp and scribbled his name. He even got in on the card making fun:


That's all for today! Until next time!