Saturday, January 16, 2021

Balloon Rides and Country Scenes - Sunny Studio Stamps Guest Designer

Hi!   I'm back to guesting for Sunny Studio Stamps today and I have two cards for you using their most recent release.    I'm working with Balloon Rides and Country Scenes today.

To create this card I first softly ink blended a background panel and then used a little more ink diluted with a drop of water to loosely splatter the background.

Images from the super sweet Balloon Rides stamp set were stamped on to Copic friendly cardstock using Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa.   I used Copic markers to colour all of my images and a white gel pen to highlight certain points.

These images were then die cut using the coordinating dies and arranged into the scene on the background either directly adhering with glue or for some lovely dimension I used foam tape.

To finish up the card I took a strip of black cardstock and stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and heat embossed in white.   This sentiment was also applied with foam tape further adding to the layered look.


Moving swiftly on to my second card today and here I am using the other cute critters from the Balloon Rides stamp set together with the clouds and I've combined them with the new Country Scenes stamp and die set.

To create this card I stamped the Country Scenes image on to a white A2 panel that was Copic friendly.  I then stamped it again on some scrap paper and I fussy cut the top edge of that second stamping and created a mask which I lay over the original stamping and I held it down whilst I used a Clarity Stencil Brush to brush on some sup soft Distress Inks in pink and blue.  The mask was then discarded and I used Copic markers to colour the mountains and trees and create shadows and crevices with some shading.

I used Versamark Ink to stamp the stars and the sentiment from Balloon Rides and I heat embossed in silver so this card catches the light beautifully when it is handled.

I die cut my panel to give the faux stitched edge and then I already had my critters and cloud stamped and coloured and die cut and so I just arranged them into the scene using dimensional foam tape.   Cheeks and other points were highlighted with the white gel pen again and the panel attached to a card base.

I hope I've inspired you today, thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!

Nicky x

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Together - Purple Onion Designs

Since the 'Together' stamp illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs was released in 2020 I've been keen to use it again due to the undeniable serious cuteness of it.  Last time I made an infinity shaker with it so I needed to do something very different this time around.

I started by stamping this one large image to an A2 panel and for the background I used Copic markers colouring in some milky skies with little breaks where the blue sky was peeking through.   I also ink blended a grassy die cut and layered that over.

I used Copic markers again to colour the four happy friends, highlighting a few points with a white gel pen.

To frame out the scene I used the Gallery Frame #1 die by Hello Bluebird, adhering directly followed by the postage stamp die frame by Avery Elle which I cut from mini gingham cardstock, backed with foam tape and carefully applied it over the first frame.

To finish up I added the two little die cut flags at the top stamping a heart to one of them (just because) and I stamped the happy birthday sentiment and applied that with foam tape.  Overall this comes across as a sweet Spring, country style card and a nice diversion from the winter weather (northern hemisphere that is).

Happy crafting!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Animal Parade - Rachelle Anne Miller Designs

Hello!   This month I am starting to design for Rachelle Anne Miller Digital Stamps.    Going forwards, I will be designing two cards a month for this talented illustrator.   Rachelle's sweet illustrations have captured my heart and the bonus here is that since they are digital you get immediate satisfaction from your purchase.  I'll tell you how I do it with this card using the Animal Parade digital stamp image.

Select and purchase your digital stamps from the website and print them onto the correct cardstock which for me was Copic friendly cardstock.   If you want to mask your image, print it a second time on to masking paper.   I use full sized sheets from Simon Says Stamp.   Before you print you can select to scale your image by shrinking or increasing the image you have bought.   Just make sure that you print your masking paper copy the same scale as the primary copy so that they match.

For this card didn't choose to mask so I simply printed it off once and then I trimmed down the piece of cardstock to a slimline panel.   I coloured my image using Copic markers and then used a pale pink shade and 'brushed' on a little background colour and I used a grey shade to add a little more texture to the ground.

Points were highlighted with a white gel pen including the prickles on the hedgehog that I then used a black pen to add more depth.

To finish up I stamped the sentiments which are from Hello Bluebird Stamps and I used a cloud die in my stash and die cut two clouds and these were applied with foam tape for some dimension.

A few little heart embellishments were glued in position and I framed out the scene using two die cuts from the Gallery Frame #5 die.   The first die cut was adhered directly and the second was applied with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by - I'll be back later in the month with a new design for Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studio.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Beach Play - Hello Bluebird Stamps

I can't imagine for even a second why I'd feel the urge to make a warm and sunny card in the middle of a NY winter!   That's pretty much how this happened to be my first card of this new year.   This is Beach Play by Hello Bluebird Stamps together with the Ocean Waves Scene Die.

I die cut a panel of white cardstock with the Ocean Waves Scene Die.  I ink blended all the different portions to form sky, sea and sand and glued all the pieces back together again within the frame.   I then layered over the scalloped frame from the Gallery Frame #5 die.

On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped my Beach Play images and I used Copic markers to colour them up and a white gel pen to highlight a few points.  Images were die cut, backed with foam tape and applied to the scene to tell a story.

To finish up I dotted in some glitter dots and other dots to the sand for some texture and interest and I stamped the sentiment.   The completed panel was applied to a white cardstock base and I added a few sparkling clear sequins.

Happy crafting!


Monday, December 21, 2020

Mistletoe Farm - Purple Onion Designs

This is my final card of 2020, a Christmas card made for a loved one using images from Mistletoe Farm illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs.

Creating this card started with using Copic markers to make a freehand background with a lilac coloured sky behind it.  The sky was V0000 and V91.  The trees were created with W1, W2, W3 and W4.   I added snow using white acrylic paint and dimensional glitter down the sides of the trees and on the snow edges.   I layered over a white die cut frame from Avery Elle which was applied with foam tape.

I stamped the two images from Mistletoe Farm with Memento Ink and used Copic markers to colour them and highlighted points with a white gel pen.   These were applied with foam tape.

Finishing touches included using the Holly and Bough Die by Hello Bluebird Stamps to make a traditional sort of flourish of 'greenery' and bow.  The bow was die cut twice so that I could create the shade effect with the purple colour behind the glitter cardstock top bow.

Lastly I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Ink and heat embossed using a superfine silver embossing powder by Simon Says Stamp.    I find it necessary to use a superfine especially for smaller or more intricate sentiments.   The sentiment was applied with foam tape and with that my 2020 card making journey comes to an end.

Looking forward to a new year of creative opportunities and fun, I hope you continue to follow my blog for endless inspiration .... you just know it is going to be cute!   Be happy and well everybody!


Sunday, December 13, 2020

Long Distance - Hello Bluebird Stamps

Today's card uses a brand new stamp set called 'Long Distance' by Hello Bluebird Stamps.   This sweet stamp set couldn't be more appropriate for the times that we find ourselves in currently and the sentiments are so sweet.

This card also features the brand new Big Mountain Scene Die and this is where I started by die cutting a panel of white cardstock and ink blending  the different pieces using Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass and Rustic Wilderness (which is the latest colour to be added to the DI line-up)!

I pieced everything back together again within the frame and adhered it all down to a card panel.  I popped the panel in to my Misti and stamped the sentiments.

On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped the images using my favourite Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa and coloured my images with Copic markers.   The bears and branches are from Long Distance, the hearts are from Next Door Gnomes and the bird and little mouse gazing off into the distance are from O Christmas Tree.

All images were die cut using their coordinating dies and points highlighted with a white gel pen and were added to the scene either using glue or dimensional foam tape.

To finish the card I used my Prismacolor pencils to add tufts of grass and a little suggestion of shadows and footprints and I again used my white gel pen to add snow and 'daisy dots' into the grass.  The final embellishment was to die cut a couple of small flakes using the new Paper Snowflakes die and I added those with glue and when dry I teased up the edges for a little more dimension.  The panel was attached to a card base and with that the card was completed.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Sweetest Little Town - Purple Onion Designs

The Sweetest Little Town Collection illustrated by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs has been a big favourite of mine and so I thought I'd make another Christmas card using it.   You can find this image by searching for the collection.

To start this card I first created the foggy wintery pastel scene in the background using Copic markers and just drawing and colouring freehand.   I used white acrylic paint and a stylus to dot in the snow and set that aside to dry for a few minutes.

On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped my image from the collecting in a light grey ink and I used Copic markers in a limited colour palette to colour the image.   A white gel pen highlighted a few areas and the image was fussy cut, backed with foam tape and applied to the now dry, background panel.

To complete the card I used a frame die from Avery Elle to die cut the white frame which I applied with more foam tape.

I embellished the card by stamping and heat embossing the sentiment in a gold to go with the other tones in the card.  I added star accents in pearlescent creamy tones and finally in the top left corner I added a little flourish of fir and a bow by die cutting elements from 'Pine Boughs' by Hello Bluebird Stamps.

I attached the card panel to a sturdy white card base and paired the card with a luxurious gold envelope.

Happy crafting!