Thursday, April 15, 2021

My Favorite Things - April Slimline Card Challenge - Spring Has Sprung!

Hi everyone!   My Favorite Things have their new theme up for the monthly Slimline Card Challenge and this month it is 'Spring Has Sprung'.   Let your creative juices flow and create a card in this theme like I have done below.





To create this card I first used both the Slimline Grassy Edges and Slimline Cloud Edges Stencils together with Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron and Rustic Wilderness to create the background.  I then used the Slimline Starter Die-namics to die cut the panel I'd created but I kept the skinny outer cut, adhered it to another slimline panel and then with the main panel I backed it with foam tape, carefully aligned it and adhered it down.




I stamped the images I needed for my design from Tweet Memories and Spring Songbird and coloured them with Copic Markers.  I used:-

Florals:  G07, B41, V12
Birds:  E0000, YR000, Y21, YR31, YR07, R00, R20 with W1 and W3

I used gel pens to add interest and definition to the florals and I highlighted points with a white gel pen.  All images were die cut using the coordinating die-namics.

I added these images to the card either directly with glue or with a single or double layer of foam to build some lovely dimension so they really pop off the front of the card.




Finally, I stamped the sentiment from Spring Songbird to a sentiment strip from Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics, applied with foam tape and then just a few sparkling clear sequins made the perfect finishing touch to a 'tweet' Spring birthday card.

I encourage you to go and make your own Spring themed slimline card, enter the challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher!!   The best of luck to you and as always - happy crafting!
















Wednesday, April 14, 2021

My Favorite Things - Wednesday Sketch Challenge 537

Hi!  It's Wednesday and so it must be time for another Wednesday Sketch Challenge which I hope you'll play along with for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher.  Here is my inspiration card and the sketch you're going to be working off.









So I didn't have an actual oval shape for this sketch but no matter, you don't have to adhere too strictly to these sketches.  I used the Inside and Out Stitched Circle STAX and die cut that section away from a white A2 panel of cardstock.   I backed the white panel with foam tape and applied it over an ink blended panel created by blending Spun Sugar and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Inks.   I also splattered on a little Shaded Lilac having watered it down a tad with a droplet of water.  I used the Grassy Fields Die-namics and created a little piece of grass that I also ink blended in purple hues and adhered inside the die cut opening.




I then adhered this decorative panel to a die cut piece of Petite Gingham 6 x 6 Paper Pad cardstock and glued this to a card base.


On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped my image from the new Read Me Like A Book stamp set and coloured the image with Copic markers and highlighted points with a white gel pen.  I die cut using the coordinating Die-namics, backed it with foam tape and applied.




To finish up Petite Clouds Die-namics die cuts were applied, plus a few sequins and the sentiment was stamped and applied to a die included in the Blueprints 27 Die-namics set which I trimmed down to fit.  Card complete!

Find the link to enter your challenge entry over on the My Favorite Things website and good luck!
















Tuesday, April 13, 2021

My Favorite Things - Release Day!

Hello friends!  Release day at My Favorite Things is here..... what are you going to add to your shopping cart?   Maybe you'll add the adorable Birdie Brown stamp set called Sittin' Pretty as seen in my card today.






To create my card I first stamped and Copic coloured my chosen images from the Sittin' Pretty stamp set, I also die cut the images using the coordinating Die-namics.  I prepared a white panel of cardstock using the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX and adhered the images using dimensional foam tape.




I wanted the look of a white farmhouse and so I used the Skinny Strips Die-namics to create wood siding and die cut several strips which I glued in slightly overlapping layers from the bottom up.   I then added the pots of tulips with more foam tape.   I stamped only part of one of the sentiments from the stamp set to a strip made using the Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics and was applied with foam tape to keep up with the rest of the dimension on this card.

The decorative panel was then adhered directly to another panel using the STAX again in a larger size and I used a sheet from Petite Gingham 6 x 6 Paper Pad which complimented the other colours.




Finally I adhered all of this to my white cardstock card base and highlighted a few points with a white gel pen.   Card complete!

Thanks for stopping by,  I sincerely hope I've been able to offer you plenty of inspiration this way for your own projects.  Happy crafting!























Monday, April 12, 2021

My Favorite Things - April Release Countdown Day 1

 





Hello Friends!  Only 1 more sleep until the My Favorite Things April release goes live at 10am tomorrow April 13th!   Today I'm revealing a brand new stamp set called Sprinkling You With Love and I think you'll agree there is some serious cuteness going on here.   You should not resist, resistance is futile!!!

Read on for the how-to for this card.




So, first of all I used the Mini Cloud Edges Stencil and Distress Oxide Ink in Squeezed Lemonade to create the soft sky and Cracked Pistachio in the space I left at the bottom to create a little grass.   I used the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics to create a panel from this piece and using one side larger from the same set a panel was created using Sno-Cone Heavyweight Cardstock.  I backed the decorative panel with white craft foam and applied it to the blue panel which is was adhered directly to my card base.   I used gel pens to create some sweet little tufts of grass and flowers at the bottom of the panel to help ground the little character that would eventually stand there.

On Copic friendly cardstock I stamped the images from Sprinkling You With Love and used Copic markers to colour my images and I finished them with a few highlights created with a white gel pen.  All images were die-cut with the coordinating Die-namics, backed with foam tape and applied but just before I stuck down the characters in their final positions I stamped in the sprinkling rain/water!




I stamped my sentiment on a sentiment strip created from the Skinny Strips Die-namics  which like everything else was adhered with foam tape and I finished up the card with some toning jewel accents for some watery fun!

Hope you love my card and you're feeling inspired and want to treat yourself to this set.  Happy shopping tomorrow!










Sunday, April 11, 2021

My Favorite Things - April Release Countdown Day 2

 





We're inching closer to the Tuesday March 13th My Favorite Things and my slimline card today reveals something from THREE brand new stamp sets, namely, Spring Wreath, Spring Songbird and Tweet Memories.   Read on for how I made this card.




First of all I used the brand new Watercolor Wash Stencil and Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers to create the background panel.   I used the Slimline Starter Die-namics to die cut the panel which I backed with foam tape and applied to a slimline card base.  I set this to one side.


I stamped the images I chose from the 3 stamp sets and used Copic markers to colour them all in vivid and happy hues.   I used a white gel pen to highlight one or two spots and then used the coordinating die-namics for each stamp set to die cut the images.

Images were backed with foam tape and applied to the scene.




There are some lovely sentiments included with these three stamp sets but I chose the one I did from Spring Songbird and I stamped them in two parts on to die cuts from the Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics.   These sentiments were backed with more foam tape and applied in the spaces I'd left for them.


All that was left was to apply a few sparkling clear sequins which I tucked into discrete areas of the card for some subtle interest.


I hope you'll come back for the final day of the Countdown tomorrow, I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog today and hope you're excited for the release.









Saturday, April 10, 2021

My Favorite Things - April Release Countdown Day 3

Hello!   We find ourselves at the halfway mark of the countdown to the My Favorite Things April 13th release which is packed full of gorgeousness!!!  My card today features the brand new stamp set 'Wheelie Great Friend'.   Read on for all the details!






To create this card I first stamped my images from Wheelie Great Friend and Copic coloured them and then used the coordinating Die-namics to die cut.   I set these aside whilst I prepared the rest of the card.

I ink blended a panel of cardstock using Distress Oxide Ink in Speckled Egg.   Across this I layered a grassy piece made using the Grassy Hills Die-namics and which I softly ink blended using Distress Oxide Ink in Crushed Olive.  This strip was applied with foam tape as I started to build some real dimension with this substantial card.




I then used the Stitched Rolling Cloud Edges Die-namics to  create the cloud portion at the top which I stamped the sentiment on to before backing with more foam tape and adhering down.   I backed this panel with white craft foam and applied it to a panel of Petite Gingham 6 x 6 Paper Pad paper that was created using  the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX.   This panel was in turn glued to an A2 white panel and then to a sturdy card base (I only ever used 110lb cover weight).

Time to add the characters with foam tape and I added a few white gel accents to make areas pop!




A few sparkling clear sequins finished out the card.

I hope you'll join me tomorrow for my 4th card for the countdown, happy crafting!












Friday, April 9, 2021

My Favorite Things - Countdown Day 4

Thank you for coming by my blog today, you picked a good day because this is Countdown Day 4 of the 5 day countdown to the My Favorite Things April release which you can buy April 13th.   Read on for the how-to on this card.






To kick it off I used the brand new Watercolor Wash stencil and I ink blended using Distress Inks to create the suggestion of grass and sky.   I've fallen hard in love with this stencil and all of the possibilities of it!  I then removed the stencil and ink blended a little more using the same Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers to create a focal point.

I die cut using the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX.  I backed the centre portion with dimensional foam tape and adhered both pieces to a panel of white cardstock.




I stamped the images from the beautiful new stamp set illustrated by Stacey Yacula called Hugs Make Everything Better.  I coloured them with Copic markers, die cut with the coordinating Die-namics, backed them with foam tape and applied to the scene.  I added a few white gel pen accents to make the pop!

I used a die cut from the Outside the Box Grass Die-namics and ink blended it, stamped the sentiment (there's some super sweet sentiments in this stamp set) and added some 'daisies' with a white gel pen.   These die cuts fit perfectly across an A2 card giving the look of a wrap around without actually wrapping around, just a happy accident!   This piece was applied with some more foam tape.



To finish up I attached two Petite Cloud Die-namics and a few sparkling clear sequin accents.

I hope you love the card and that your excitement is building for the new release.   You can find me here again tomorrow with a new card reveal for the release.  Hope to see you then, happy crafting!