Week 2 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello!

I’m back to share the next 7 cards for week 2 of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge!  I have been dedicating myself to coloring a little bit everyday. I’ll admit I don’t have the time to color every day, but when I do, I try to double up so that I can account for missed days.  It’s so nice to have something to look forward to every day – if I’ve colored, I can at least put a card together a feel the joy of completion.  Let’s dive right in to the cards and images I’ve colored:

Day 8:  So Much Cake, So Little Room

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I love this Beary Special Birthday stamp set by My Favorite Things.  These bears are adorable.  I used my favorite color on this card and I may be selfish and never give it away! I added some dots to the cake using a Copic 0 marker – gives it some detail and it’s so pretty!

Day 9:  Sending Hedgehugs

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I made a very similar card to this for Splitcoaststampers last spring. Since I’m coloring smaller images, I’m finding that 4 bar-sized cards are perfect!  This Hedgehugs stamp set by Lawn Fawn is very affordable and I think everyone should have it!

Day 10: Just a Little Note

Birdie Note

So coloring little chicks aren’t too exciting – but putting this card together was really fun!  I’ve seen projects with this same chick colored in several different colors and they’re all cute! This Birdie Notes stamp set by Pretty Pink Posh is also a smaller set at a great price point!

Day 11:  Birthday Dogs

Puppy birthday

My friend, Bonnie’s birthday was last week.  I asked her what her favorite color was and what animals/critters she liked.  She said hunter green and dog.  Boy……I had no idea what I wanted to do to put these two elements together!  The gate that you see is a stamp from Hog Heaven by My Favorite things and the dog is from Lunar Animals by Mama Elephant.  I stamped and colored the same dog 3 times and colored them different ways.  I’m no artist when it comes to dogs so forgive me if you don’t think those dogs look good.  I wanted to scrap it several times!  I think it turned out pretty cute though.

Day 12:  Mondo Magnolia

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I colored these magnolias using distress ink using watercoloring as my technique.  This Mondo Magnolia stamp set from Ellen Hutson is just STUNNING.  It stamps simple but the wow factor incredible with any coloring medium you choose!

Day 13:  It’s Always More Fun When We’re Together

Farm Frients

When I pre-stamped all these images prior to starting the challenge – my intention was to color ONE image – but I couldn’t just make a card with one farm animal!  This is a new stamp set by My Favorite Things called Farm Friends.  I’ve seen several farm animal sets and this one made me cave – I finally purchased one I really love!

Day 14:  Have a Ball!

Have a Ball 1

This Sweet Smiles stamp set by Lawn Fawn is another great value!  It stamps simple but you can do so many fun things with it!  My 4 year old LOVES gumball machines and when he saw this card, it disappeared from my craftroom.  It’s all bent up and well loved in his bedroom now.

I hope you enjoyed this post!  See you next week for another update!

XOXO,

caly-sig

Suspended Monster Shaker Card

Hi Everyone!!

Happy Monday!  This is the tease I mentioned in my previous post.  I’m a guest on LiveLoveCards today!  I can’t share the details of my card here since LiveLoveCards is a private community.  If you’re a member – head on over there and enjoy the post.  If you’re not a member – you should seriously consider joining!  It’s a small monthly fee (you can also pay for an annual membership).  Darlene Devries leads this amazing community and it is loaded with support and content for everyone!  If you want to see more – please click on the image below and it will take you to the post or you can click HERE!

Monster Love Sneak Peek

Sorry to cut this short!  I’ll try to do a similar card in the future to share ;).  Have a wonderful week!

XOXO,

caly-sig

Week 1 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I’m so proud of myself for actively participating in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge.  I honestly had NO intent of making a card for each day – but I can’t stop at just coloring.  I have trouble with leaving things unfinished.  So I made a card every day this week.  If you missed my first card – check it out on my previous post.  This post will highlight the 6 cards I made this past week – without a list of supplies but I’ll talk a little about each and at least give you a link to the direct manufacturer for the stamp sets used!

Day #2: You’re Stinkin’ Cute

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So….the only thing colored here is that cute little skunk.  This stamp set is by Lawn Fawn and you can check it out HERE. I used Copics and let me just tell you.  I LOVE Copics, but blacks and reds scare me…a lot. The potential for bleeding gives me anxiety while coloring. I used dark grays and black here and it turned out great but it still made me nervous.

Day #3:  Party Animal

Giraffe Baby

I’m a little confused about the name of this stamp set – because this giraffe is too cute and innocent looking to be a party animal.  It is adorable none-the-less!  The set is by WPlus9 and you can view the item HERE.  I colored this again with Copics and added some distress ink to the background.  This was my most boring card….dum dum dum…..

Day #4 Thanks a Buschel

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Lawn Fawn stamps make me happy. You can view this one HERE. These stamp sets are smaller and the price point is wonderful.  I colored this with Copics.  Added some distress ink in the background.  You’re going to start noticing a trend here on my favorite card making supplies ;).

Day #5:  Happy Mail

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I don’t know what took so long for me to need THIS Mama Elephant Incoming Mail stamp set in my life. A small stamp set is awesome but a larger stamp set with a bunch of little images scare me? But this card just proved me wrong….it has been a favorite this week.  By the way – because these images are smaller – most of my cards are 4 bar sized cards (3.5″ x 4 7/8″).  I’m falling in love with this size…seriously.  Takes out so much brainwork for me to not have to fill in white space!

Day #6:  Roses for You

Heart Bouquet

I got sweet text from a neighbor this week who asked me to make a card for his wife – just because.  Isn’t that sweet? So I knew THIS Roses for You stamp set by Simon Says Stamp would be perfect.  I tried hard to be like Kathy here – she loves her Uniball Signo White Gel Pen.  I have a Sakura Gelly Roll pen and it serves the same function – but it truly transforms images and adds depth to your coloring!

Day #7: Fairy Friends

Fairy Friends 1

Another adorable Lawn Fawn set that you can view HERE. I changed it up this time and used my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils.  I haven’t used them in so long!  As I was fussy cutting these images, the flowers and fairy wings curled and it gave me an idea to double stamp and layer them.  You can’t tell too well from the picture above, but the wings and flowers actually are not adhered to the card front.  They are stamped underneath and colored as well to match the “floating” image above them.

I hope you enjoyed these cards.  I’ll be back next week to share 7 more cards.  On Monday – I have a surprise for you all (which may be more of a tease and I’m sorry about that, but it’s exciting for me)!  Stay tuned!

XOXO,

caly-sig

 

Day 1 – 30 Day Coloring Challenge: Pretty Peony

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Hi Everyone!

Last night before bed, I stamped 30 images. I went through all my stamps and pulled out all my outlined stamps that I decided I would want to color for Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day coloring challenge.  There are stamps I’ve never used before and as I was stamping these images, I felt sooo much better about using them for this challenge.  They won’t be trashed – I am inspired to make cards out of each and every one of these images.  The idea for this challenge is just to color a little bit everyday.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant and you don’t even have to finish.  It’s about finding time to bring yourself joy and to get better at coloring in the process.  We have such a wonderful community of crafters who are doing the same and encouraging each other along the way.  I’m GLAD I actually have every intention to playing along every day.

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At lunch today – I picked out my first image.  It’s the first day of the challenge and I wanted to do something pretty.  One thing led to another and before I knew it – I was cutting out the image and stamping some more leaves and then I was inspired to make a full card.

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I stamped a few leaves/berries on top of a light blue sponged background and propped the gold frame up using some foam tape. I decided my flowers and leaves needed something more so I chose a darker pink/red and dotted my peony. It looks interesting – but I also feel like I gave it a disease.  Ugh…hate it or love it?  Then I took my white jelly roll pen and decided to add some lines and dots to the leaves to finish off the card.

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Definitely room for improvement with these dots – and possibly the wrong image for this technique.  But hey…that’s what this challenge is for, right?  Try new things and see what works for you!

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Kathy Racoosin is an amazing artist.  If you’ve never heard of her before or want to read more, you can click on the 30 day color challenge poster above and it will take you to her blog.  I hope you enjoyed this card!  I’ll be sharing more throughout the month but guarantee I won’t have time to make a card EVERY DAY!  🙂

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Distress Ink Color:  Tumbled Glass

Copics:  YG05, G14, YG09, R00, R32, R43, R14, R29

Altenew Peony Bouquet
Altenew Peony Bouquet

EH | SSS | Altenew

PPP Birdie Friends
PPP Birdie Friends

EH | SSS | PPP

MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop FramesMFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames

EH | SSS | MFT


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

Sweet Sugarplum Ink
Sweet Sugarplum Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN

3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched


Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

This Land is Your Land – Splitcoaststampers Month 6

It’s about time I shared my last month’s work as a Splitcoaststamper dirty dozen design team member right?! I cannot believe that was 7 months ago!!!  I’m such a slacker for not posting these sooner.  This will be a longer one so I will dive into sharing the photos – the supply list will be at the end for these.  The theme was “This Land is Your Land” and we could do anything that represents our culture/heritage, where we live, etc.

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This first card is made using a Cherry Blossom set from Fiskars. I got this stamp set on Amazon when I first got into stamping and had never used it before so I decided to use it on this card to create a full background. I colored these blossoms with Copics, then added white dots at the center of the flowers to highlight.  It was beautiful!  It reminds me of the Lunar New Year – which is very much a part of my Vietnamese background.

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I did a simple prayers sentiment and propped it up with some foam and added some glossy accent to make the word pop a little.

This second card is patriotic.  You can’t do this theme without a card with Red, White & Blue!  I used a stencil and brushed on color using Clarity Stencil brushes.  You can do this with foam applicators too!  The brushes allowed me to control the intensity of the color.

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This card represents my hometown – Kansas City, Missouri.  Did you know that next to Rome, Kansas City has the most fountains?  It’s known as the city of fountains in the United States!

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This mermaid card was so fun to make! I stamped and colored all the images, cut them out and then layered them over blue cardstock and velum.  Actually – it’s the reason why I’m making myself post this today.  I want to give this card to a friend for her birthday!  hehe

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How does this card apply to the theme?  For me – it was a part of growing up to watch Disney movies and believe in magic! We all have, right?  These mermaids remind me of my youth and my younger sister- this movie was her favorite!

This orchid in a pot was so easy to stamp – Hero Arts kind of makes it fool-proof with their layering sets. I made this card a 4-bar sized card, which frames this orchid perfectly and makes the perfect note card.

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Last but not least…I wanted to make a card to display the beauty of our mountains!  I have not been to Colorado – but I’ve seen amazing photos from friends who travel all over and I just dream of standing in their shoes! This card is simple stamping of the trees and layering of die cut pieces.

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I hope you enjoyed these cards!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

CHERRY BLOSSOM CARD:

Copic Colors: RV10, RV04, RV06, E25, B0000


Fiskars Asian Inspired
Fiskars Asian Inspired

HA Stamp & Dies with SSS - Prayers
HA Stamp & Dies with SSS – Prayers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents EH | SSS | AMZN
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | SU

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

SU Paper Piercing Tool
SU Paper Piercing Tool

Absorber
Absorber

WISH BIG FLAG CARD:
Distress Ink Color: Blueprint Sketch


Perpetual Birthday Calendar
Perpetual Birthday Calendar
MFT Count the Stars
MFT Count the StarsEH | SSS | MFT
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Clarity Stencil Brushes
Clarity Stencil Brushes
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN
MFT Stars & Wishes
MFT Stars & WishesEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Count the Stars
MFT Count the Stars EH | SSS | MFT
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


SSS Diagonal Stripes
SSS Diagonal Stripes
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | SU

2.5
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
C-Thru Ruler
C-Thru Ruler SSS | AMZN

Absorber
Absorber

BIRD BATH CARD:

Zig Colors: 094 Gray Brown, 051 Lemon Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 036 Light Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 040 Green

MFT Things With Wings
MFT Things With Wings EH | SSS | MFT
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black EH | SSS

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag EH | SSS | SU
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

SU Paper Snips Scissors
SU Paper Snips Scissors
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber

MERMAID CARD:

Copic Markers: W3, W5, RV02, RV04, E21, E31, E55, R20, V04, FRV1, YR15, Y17, V01, V12, FB2, B28, C3, C5, G03, G05, YG41, RV29, RV25, E25, E27, Y02, Y21, YR24, YR27

LF Mermaid For You
LF Mermaid For You EH | SSS | LF

MFT Stitched Scallop Edges
MFT Stitched Scallop Edges

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN

Calypso Coral Ink
Calypso Coral Ink

Emerald Envy Ink
Emerald Envy Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Sweet Sugarplum Ink
Sweet Sugarplum Ink

Pacific Point Cardstock
Pacific Point Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Colorless Blender Solution 200cc
Copic Colorless Blender Solution 200cc EH | SSS

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

ORCHID CARD:

HA Color Layering Orchid in a Pot
HA Color Layering Orchid in a Pot EH | SSS | HA

Chocolate Chip Ink
Chocolate Chip Ink

Flirty Flamingo Ink
Flirty Flamingo Ink

Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

Melon Mambo Ink
Melon Mambo Ink

Pink Pirouette Ink
Pink Pirouette Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

SU Clear Block Bundle
SU Clear Block Bundle
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS CARD:

Copic Colors: B41, W1

MFT Because You
MFT Because You

EH | SSS | MFT

LF Let It Snow
LF Let It Snow

EH | SSS | LF

MFT Grassy Hills
MFT Grassy Hills

EH | SSS | MFT

ME Snow Capped Mountains
ME Snow Capped Mountains

EH | SSS | ME


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Copic Multiliner SP 10 pc Set
Copic Multiliner SP 10 pc Set

MERRIARTIST | SSS

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue

EH | SSS | SU

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Absorber
Absorber

Valentine’s Waterfall Card

If you love glitter and interactive cards – this one is for you!  I’ve been wanting to make an easy waterfall card but have been a little hesitant to try it. Lately – it seems like I can only get myself to craft if it’s a commissioned project.  Mostly though, I just don’t make the time to play like I used to anymore.  These projects have felt more like work, but still fulfilling to say the least.

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I had quite the time with the pull tab – the interactive part of this card. I think I cut and scored each 3 times before I finally got it right. I had to make sure the hearts all sit inside inside the glitter frame. There are lots of different directions that can be found on pinterest – I think you need to to just adjust it a little bit for your card since each flipped panel will vary from card to card.

As you pull the tab, it pulls the top heart back, revealing the second heart and so on. It’s really neat and fun to do!  I know this is probably easier to see than read.  I have been having a hard time questioning whether I should do more videos.  I just think there are so many people that do it well – why do I need to make them?  I guess I have some self-doubt, but I’m also just so overwhelmed by what a commitment it would take to make videos again.  Sorry to disappoint. 😦

Anyway, let me show you some photos consecutively so you can see what I mean:

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adore-you-waterfall-card-2

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It is all pretty straight forward as far as the die-cutting and embossing goes – but if you have any questions, please let me know below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

I used a Recollections paper pack of varying pinks and Recollections shimmer paper for this project.

Altenew Adore You
Altenew Adore You

EH | SSS | Altenew

LF Heart Stackables
LF Heart Stackables

EH | SSS | LF

"MFTMFT Stitched Square Scallop Frames

EH | SSS | MFT


SU Folder Arrows TIEF
SU Folder Arrows TIEF
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots

EH | SSS | AMZN

Stacked Hearts

Hi Everyone!

I typically don’t make Valentine’s Day cards (except one for my husband and minor thing for my kids to pass out at school), but this year, I’ve been commissioned! My neighbor, Stephanie asked me to make 11 cards for her Bunco friends and my realtor friend asked me to make some for her – which I will share later this week – hopefully BEFORE Valentine’s Day (no promises) :D.

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She said different designs – so I made two sets.  This first set is a watercolor set – and we all know no two cards are the same with watercolor. I used a variety of colors using Distress markers and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – brushing them on like slop and then misting them with some water until the ink reacted and moved.  While I love the Zig – I think the Distress Markers move a little less and is easier to control. I really need to use my markers more often than I do.

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I get excited when I finally use products I’ve had a while.  I knew I wanted to use this Stacked Hearts die by Simon Says Stamp and I thought cutting it out in white to overlay a watercolor panel would be really pretty.  I got really lazy and used my Xyron creative station to add adhesive to them as well as the die-cut word love.  It might be just as annoying as apply glue to all those little spaces since the creative station sticker maker adhesive can get everywhere and you end up using an adhesive remover to clean everything up.  I need to remember that I have a bottle of adhesive spray that I should use! I then used the Because stamp set by MFT and stamped/embossed the sentiments in white on black cardstock to finish off the card. These cards were super pretty!

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This next set is using Simon Says Stamp’s Candy Hearts.  I’ve been wanting a stamp set like this for a while and while I know Valentine’s Day only comes once a year – the price point on this smaller stamp set is terrific!  I used my clarity brushes to add the soft falling hearts in the background using a stencil, then simply stamped all the hearts and words in the hearts. To finish off this simple “one-layer” card – I decided to add some stitching and a washi tape accent border.   That border really makes a huge difference!

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I was also commissioned last week to do something a little different.  My realtor friend is a part of a sales team and asked me to design covers for their notebooks.  Her team members reside in different regions all across North America so I got some information on what they liked and created these journals:

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I got to put my handlettering to use and that was really fun but I was definitely in over my head with this project! There’s NO perfection when you’re free-handing things like this! It was a great experience and I definitely learned a lot!  Sorry this picture isn’t great.  I took individual photos but don’t want to blow up this post with them.  I’ll share Missy’s:

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Anyway – catch you all later this week to share Missy’s gliterry Valentine’s Day cards that she asked me to make!

After a week and a half of sickies and germs festering through my household – this girl needs to go to bed early! My body is aching!  Take care, everyone!

XOXO,

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SUPPLIES for the cards:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

STACKED HEARTS:

MFT Because You
MFT Because You EH | SSS | MFT

SSS Stacked Hearts
SSS Stacked Hearts

LYB Love, Laugh & Smile
LYB Love, Laugh & Smile

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


Pool Party Cardstock
Pool Party Cardstock

Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister EH | SSS

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Creative Station
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

CANDY HEARTS:

Not shown below: black-striped washi tape, SU Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock (retired)


SSS Candy Hearts
SSS Candy Hearts

SSS Falling Hearts
SSS Falling Hearts
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines

EH | SSS | MFT


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Pool Party Ink
Pool Party Ink

Rose Red Ink
Rose Red Ink

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink

Wisteria Wonder Ink
Wisteria Wonder Ink

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN


Clarity Stencil Brushes
Clarity Stencil Brushes