Saturday, February 27, 2016

Take Time Card


Happy Saturday everyone! Today's card is a quick and pretty springtime card I created using another Bebunni set! It's the perfect time of year for bunnies, anyway...

On to my card.


Doesn't this make you want springtime to just get here?? I just love it! And the sentiment is something I think we can all live by. 

I diecut a simple tag shape out of watercolour cardstock, stamped the Bebunni image onto it with Versafine in Onyx Black. I colored him in with my Spectrum Aqua Markers and water brush pen. I punched a hole in the center of the tag at the top and tied a charcoal color piece of twine through it. 

I used a simple white cardstock base trimmed, scored and folded to 4.25x5.5. I chose a pretty piece of patterned paper to use and glued that down to the center of the base. For some interest, I embossed a piece of smaller vellum and then glued everything down. I added the row of pearls at the bottom for that feminine touch. 


Grab all your crafting needs at Crafter's Companion!! Perfect for building up your stash of cards to have on hand to send whenever you need a card. Handmade is best! 

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

No-Line Watercoloring Best Wishes Card

Happy Saturday! I have one of my favorite techniques up on my card for today - no line watercoloring. One of these days I'll attempt to create a video for you. ;)


I know you're surprised...it's Bebunni!! Come on though. How can you NOT love him?! 

I inked up the image from the Bebunni Close To Your Heart, Special Friend stamp set with Distress Ink in Old Paper and stamped him onto the watercolour cardstock. For this technique, you'll want a very subtle color to stamp your images with so you get the effect of no-line drawings and simply the watercolor. After I stamped it, I rounded the bottom corners and started to watercolor. I used my Spectrum Aqua Markers for this with a water brush pen and colored away. For the details like the nose, whishers, etc. I used a thin black Micron pen and traced over the lines. 


The sentiment was stamped with Versafine in Onyx Black so that when I colored over it with that pretty yellow watercolor, it didn't bleed. I trimmed it out pretty close to the wording and set it aside.

My card base is a simple white cardstock that I cut, scored and folded to 4.25x5.5. I rounded the bottom corners and then adhered my colored Bebunni panel to the base. 

Since the top of the card needed something colorful and fun, I used two patterned papers from my stash and diecut two of the buntings out using my Die'Sire Traditional Bunting die. I adhered them with some foam adhesive. Just the right touch! 


I glued the sentiment in that open space just under the bunting on the right side, and that is all! Very cool technique. I encourage you to try it. It's addicting. Visit Crafter's Companion and if you haven't purchased any of the Spectrum Aqua markers, I HIGHLY suggest them. You won't regret it!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Beautiful Wintery Wishes

Good morning! I have a pretty winter card up today that I created. Just something to send to cheer someone up this winter. Trust me, sometimes all this wintery weather makes for dreary days, so if I can make someone smile with a handmade card during that time, that's wonderful! Makes me warm inside knowing I did.

Okay, I know, I LOVE Bebunni. I can't help it. The images are fun to color, he's sweet as can be, and you can really use them for any occasion! There are a ton to choose from. I try to stretch my stamps though and not use holiday ones just for the holiday, but for other uses. Such as this card I've made today. It's from the Christmas Collection, but paired with another sentiment, it changes the feel of the card completely. That's the beauty of creating your own cards.


For this card, I used a soft blue card base and scored/folded to 4.25x5.5. I inked up the two snowflakes from Stamp-It Australia Twinkle, Falling Snowflake, with Memento Luxe ink in Wedding Dress and stamped that all over the blue paper. 

I stamped the main Bebunni Christmas Collection, Snowy Hugs image onto the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and trimmed it down to an almost square shape and rounded the 4 corners. I colored it in with my Spectrum Noir Markers (colors listed at the end of the post) and added some sparkle, which is so hard to capture on camera, to the bunny's coat, snowman and the light blue snow underneath them just above the sentiment. I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens for those elements. 

The sentiment is from the Bebunni Floral Collection, Bloom & Grow. See how it changes the feel of the card from a Christmas theme to just a little pick me up type of greeting? 


I added a thick white satin ribbon at the bottom for fun and clipped the ends. 

Check out all the amazing Bebunni collections over at Crafter's Companion. And of course all the other stamps they carry as well! I'm just partial to Bebunni ;)  

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Lawnscaping Challenge #124: Celebration sponsored by Lawn Fawn


Another fun challenge up today with Lawnscaping Challenges. CELEBRATION!! What's something you celebrate? It could be a birthday, anniversary, brand new baby, a new job, retirement, achieving a goal, anything!

We are sponsored by the always amazing Lawn Fawn! They are sponsoring this challenge


For this challenge, I decided to make a banner. I've had this nifty pad of black pennant shaped banners already pre-punched and perforated so all you need to do is tear out the quantity you need and you're ready to go. I love the pre-punched aspect so they're perfectly spaced for stringing your ribbon or twine through to hang it up. You can always chop off the holes if you want to use this on a card front, or for a gift tag and punch your own single hole in the center. (I've linked up all products used at the very end of this post for those interested.)

My oldest son is advancing to Boy Scouts next week. They do a big year end banquet called Blue & Gold where he will receive his Arrow of Light (there are certain requirements for this honorable award) as well as several other badges he's been working towards this past year. They will crossover the bridge where they start as a Cub Scout and cross to become a Boy Scout. It's a huge deal and I know I'll be a blubbering mess. Its' going to be hard to photograph this event through tears, but I will do it. He's worked very hard to receive these achievements and I'm very proud of him. I'm also going to miss his den leader and everyone else as well. You really become a huge family when your child is a scout, whether it's Girl, Cub or Boy Scout. It's been such an amazing journey, he's learned a lot of different life skills, experienced some fun things and is going to carry this with him forever. I'm still a Scout mom!! My youngest is starting Cub Scouts this spring, so we're all very excited with both kiddos love of scouting. 

Anyway, on to my project. I made this banner for my son to hang up behind his seat on our blinds in our dining area where we spend a lot of our time! He loved it. 

 
The banner says BOY SCOUT. In the center, there is a spacer pennant that reads well done with little smilies in the background and his Cub Scout Pack logo in the center along with the year 2016 in letter stickers. The first one says CONGRATS at the top and the last one says MIKEY. I chose a blue and gold color scheme to match the theme of his annual banquet. It's the colors of Cub Scouts. 

Here are the close ups of each pennant:




I used various outdoor items that would relate to scouting and our times over the years through Cub Scouts. Just a super fun and colorful keepsake for him. I hope he realizes how proud we both are of his achievements and dedication to scouting. And I hope YOU enjoyed my project for this challenge.

Now, get your creative thinking going and come up with a fun project and enter our challenge!! What's better than free Lawn Fawn?! Thanks!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Best Wishes


Happy Saturday people! I'm itching for spring in a bad way, but it's still reallllly cold here. I can only look forward to that, right?! While I sit bundled up INSIDE my house. Ha!

Today's card I created has that springtime appeal I think anyone would appreciate getting in the mail right now.


I wanted a lot of bright colors, so I started with a trimmed down piece of Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock and I stamped the Stamp-It Discovery Collection EZMount Stamp - Faith Bird onto that with Versamark ink and then applied some white embossing powder and heat set. This will allow you to color over it with the image showing up in white! I applied watered down Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Spiced Marmalade, and Tumbled Glass with a waterbrush pen. This technique is so pretty when it's all dry! 


I then used a sheet of 6x6 Shimmering Cardstock in Coastal Blue and diecut out the strip at the top using the Bebunni Floral Collection Metal Die, Cottage Lace. I glued that down to the top of the watercolor panel and applied several pearls to the center of each flower.

I used a colorful piece of paper behind the watercolor panel to add some interest and then some cording at the top of the diecut lace and glued it all together. 


Such a simple way to create a beautiful focal point. Take a hop on over to the newly designed Crafter's Companion website to see projects, products, and so much more!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lawnscaping Challenge #123: Sending Love Sponsored by Ellen Hutson


Another new month, another new challenge! Thanks for stopping by today to see what I've created for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge. This challenge's theme is Sending Love. I had the perfect idea in mind for this card, and simple as well!



Our sponsor for this challenge is Ellen Hutson. SO MANY PRODUCTS! Thank you for sponsoring this challenge! Check out the site for many amazing things to help you with your crafting desires wants NEEDS. ;)



Here it is! I started with a simple kraft card base and used some juicy ink with several hearts from the Woodgrain Backdrops set and created my own pattern. This is a great tip when you need something specific in certain colors to match your project. Create your own!


I simply diecut a scalloped square and stamped the little deer a bit lower than center top to bottom (leaving room for the sentiment), stamped the sentiment and diecut a little red heart from the Hearts Lawn Cuts for him to hold. I colored him in with my Spectrum Noir Markers and assembled everything. 


Too cute, right? Join us on this challenge and be sure to check the Lawnscaping Challenge blog for rules and all the other amazing design team projects for some inspiration.

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Sweet Thoughts Card

Spring is just around the corner, and you can almost smell those flowers. Okay, I'm dreaming, but this card is too cute for words. ...