Doodle Buds

Hello again!

I thought I would make a quick card to stay up to date with LiveLoveCards‘s monthly challenges.  I do one every month but am way behind this month.  I think I had a hard time deciding what to do because there were so many options this month. I chose this one because I’ve never done a diagonal layout before. The black border there is a Darlene trait! I usually don’t make things pop with black or colored cardstock – but I should! It’s definitely something I need to get used to doing more.  Darlene’s card was colored using distress inks. I used all Copics here.

Doodle Buds 3

I wanted the background of this diagonal piece to have some color, so I used a lighter shade of each element and burst the color out to where they met with another color. I’m just glad it turned out the way I had hoped!

Doodle Buds

This stamp set is called Doodle Buds by WPlus9 – it’s such a simple set but I’ve seen Kathy Racoosin do some beautiful coloring with it. I thought I would try to be adventurous. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.

Doodle Buds 1

Kathy loves to add highlights to her flowers using a white pen – so I tried to add some of that here also. I really think it makes a HUGE difference! It really adds a lot to the images on this card.

Doodle Buds 2

I didn’t make a video for this card – it takes a long time for me to choose colors as I’m working since I didn’t plan ahead this time but I’ll list all the colors below. I hope you liked this card!

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.).

Copic Colors Used: 0 Colorless Blender

Greens: G000, VG41, G03, G05

Yellows/Oranges: YG0000, Y08, Y19, Y38

Violets: V000, V12, V15, V17

Browns: E43, E44

Blues: B000, FB2, B28, B26, B69

WPlus9 Doodle Buds
WPlus9 Doodle Buds

EH | SSS | WPlus9


Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
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
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink

SSS | MFT

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

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2016 Classroom Valentine’s Day Cards

Happy Birthday to my youngest, Liam! He’s 3 today! He wont be the youngest for much longer! Here’s a picture I posted on Instagram and Facebook this morning:

Liams 3rd Bday

 

Instead of making him a card he won’t enjoy or remember, I’ve spent the couple of nights working on Valentine’s Day cards for my older boys to take to school.  I’m 3 weeks early but that gives me a lot of time to do other crafting and I won’t have to worry about this down the road.

 

Also – an update! I took my 3 hour glucose test this past Tuesday and got my blood drawn 4 times – each blood draw came back below threshold so I am in the clear! Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers!

Oh! And Baby Lyla will be here in 10-11 weeks! EEEK!

2016 Class VDay 4

I made my kids Vday cards last year for the first time using patterned paper banner pieces and some simple stamping.  WHY I chose to do it again this year – I have no idea.  Kids don’t appreciate this craftsmanship and most likely, these will end up in the trash. I guess I want them to have something a little different that isn’t store bought and it wont be too long before Vday cards are no longer cool to pass out at school.  Evan of course, ooooos and awwws about them and absolutely loves it when I’m crafting – especially when it’s a project for him.

Aren’t these little mini notes adorable? Is it fun to die cut 70+ of these? No…lol. After I made my first 50 for my kids, I text’d my sisters to show them and they wanted some too – so I made more yesterday because I’m a complete pushover (or because I like to craft and them liking it makes me happy).

2016 Class VDay 3

For the heart, I used a Stampin’ Up! set called Bloomin’ Love – which is available now in their spring Occasions catalog. The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp and cut set called Love. I free stamped the hearts but used the MISTI tool for the sentiments to make sure they were straight.

2016 Class VDay 2

I punched some hearts to help the trifold mini notes stay together and to make them gender specific (boys don’t like hearts and pink…right?)

2016 Class VDay 1

I also stamped a heart and the word friend inside the trifold mini notes as a message because let’s face it – when they’re 6 and 9 – I’m hoping they are XOXO’ing anyone or asking anyone to “be mine.”

The video for this is really short – only 5  mins long if you’d like to watch it come together! Thanks for stopping by!

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.).

Note listed below:  pastel cardstock for the punched hearts (I got an inexpensive pack a long time ago from Michaels and am still working through it).

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

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads EH | SSS | AMZN

WF Mini Trifold Notes
WF Mini Trifold Notes

Bloomin Love
Bloomin Love
HA Stamp & Cuts - Love
HA Stamp & Cuts – Love EH | SSS | HA

Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots EH | SSS | AMZN
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper
Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper EH | SSS | AMZN

MISTI - Laser Etched
MISTI – Laser Etched

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November 2015 Monthly Hero

Hi there, Everyone!

I don’t know where the time is going these days – with my husband working nights, I’m confused about whether I’m busier with the kids or if I have more time because my husband isn’t home (when he is, we’re just always together doing stuff regardless of whatever it is).

I feel like I haven’t sat down to make a card in a while and this Hero Arts’ Monthly Kit has been staring at me since November. Kathy Racoosin is an AMAZING colorist and created this kit for Hero Arts. I knew I wanted the kit but it’s daunting to try to color it and to create a card out of it. (It’s sold out by the way and they aren’t making anymore…sorry :(.)

November 2015 Monthly Hero 5

It came packaged just like this and it made my heart do a little dance. Who doesn’t love succulents? I’ve had one pot that I’ve been successful at keeping up but I should probably stop there! I don’t like how some plants attract bugs!

November 2015 Monthly Hero 4

So I sat down the other night to make this card and had NO IDEA what I wanted to do. So I didn’t make a video – I took my sweet time picking out colors (I didn’t even write down the colors I used).

November 2015 Monthly Hero 6

I did some copic coloring, I did some masking, I did some distress ink blending…and it took me a while to pull my thoughts together for this.

I wanted it to look really cohesive  and tried my best with all the colors I used – so here it is:

November 2015 Monthly Hero 3

The kit comes with flower soft – to add green texture to your work. I added it at the bottom of this ornament piece on my card.

November 2015 Monthly Hero

Pretty neat stuff!

November 2015 Monthly Hero 2

November 2015 Monthly Hero 1

Between my unorganized thoughts and my 6 year old, Evan, interrupting me to tell me he wants me to stamp these images so he can color too, I literally wanted to pull my hair out. Don’t get me wrong…he’s super sweet and I love that he’s crafty – but he has no patience and will keep nagging until you do what he wants.

I have been doing a little of this and that each night. If you don’t follow me on Instagram – I’m going to share a bit of it now. I also briefly shared some of this in my last video but didn’t post any pictures.

For Christmas, I got the Secret Garden coloring book and Derwent Inktense colored pencils – so I started coloring a bit each night while I worked on some brush calligraphy.

Secret Garden Coloring Page

Evan loved it so much, he insisted I print off a coloring page for him so he could do it too. Granted, printer paper isn’t the same quality, but he was happy anyway to be doing his own.

Evan Derwent

I’ve done traditional calligraphy (Old English style) since I was in 7th grade and have never branched out. Lately, I’ve been on a hype to figure out brush calligraphy – so I’m following Pieces Calligraphy and doing a Handlettered ABCs challenge on Instagram.

Basic Brush Strokes

For the challenge, everyone works on a letter each day. So I would do a letter…and color some in the Secret Garden coloring book. Here’s a sample of one I posted on Instagram:

Brush Calligraphy Practice L and M

The challenge is more than half way over (some followers are probably glad about that!) 😉

In addition to these daily upkeeps, I also made a card for a ex-coworker of mine who recently lost her home in a fire (40+ years of memories gone). Please pray for her if you have a moment or think of it later.

Floral Wings

This stamp set is called Floral Wings and is a Hostess Set through Stampin’ Up! and I’ve never used it before. The sentiment is from a stamp/die set called Prayers by Hero Arts in collaboration with Simon Says Stamp. I added a strip of washi tape at the bottom of the card to tie it all together. A very simple card and it was all I really had time for.

Thanks for keeping up with me on this post! It’s very busy, I know! But I still feel like I’ve been slacking lately on crafting…WHY?

SUPPLIES MENTIONED:

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST


Sandy Allnock Hex Chart

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart


Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils- 72ct

AMZN | SSS


Floral Wings
Floral Wings

HA My Monthly Hero November 2015
HA My Monthly Hero November 2015

HA Stamp & Dies with SSS - Prayers
HA Stamp & Dies with SSS – Prayers

Number of Years

Hello there!

I got a few new Stampin’ Up! products from the Occasion’s catalog (Stampin’ Up!’s spring catalog) and wanted to use this new set called Number of Years to make a birthday card for my sister-in-law.  I love the stamps that come with this set – but the numbers are awesome.  I just saw that Mama Elephant is coming out with something similar in their next release (grrr….), but I’m really happy with this set so no regrets!

Bethany is 26! And she’s also pregnant and expecting a little girl! We’re excited to be raising our little girls together – hopefully they’ll be best friends!

Number of Years 2

When I went to stick on the 6, I put it on upside down and made it a 9 – oops! Good thing the dimensionals didn’t fight with me too much when I pulled it up. I just love Bermuda Bay – it’s probably my favorite color.

Number of Years 3

I used some stampin’ sponges to sponge some green ink in the background before I stamped the foliage and flowers. Then I stamped and die cut the other pieces and layered them on top using some stampin’ dimensionals – it was a really quick card – but I love how there is so much vibrance to it.  The stamps have a natural watercolor look to them and I really like how the numbers look.

Number of Years 1

Happy 26th Birthday, Bethany!

Number of Years

I got some new LED bulbs for my lamps – and it looked fine while I was recording, but when I went to edit my video, that annoying yellow hue was still there! So through the frustration, I edited the video. BUT – I’m happy to report that I’ve figured out the problem.  I’ve been recording on AUTO – which isn’t always a bad thing, but in order to correct the WHITE BALANCE – I had to set my recording to manual so that I could set the white balance to take in the color just right. I tested it out and it looks like I want so I promise my next video won’t have a color issue. 🙂

And….a bit of pregnancy news. Ever failed a glucose test? I totally did that this past Tuesday.  After 10 hours of work today (overtime is in full force right now)…I got that dreadful call. After being instructed that I HAVE TO come in for a 3 hour test, I was also told that I’m severely anemic (my hemoglobin level is 9.6 – this is the kind of level you need an injection for – I know because I deal with this drugs daily in my job). 😦 So I have to change when I take my prenatal vitamins so that I can take slow release iron to help boost my numbers. Ugh……..I really feel like I can’t catch a break! I shouldn’t attribute being tired from working 50 hours a week, right? I have another reason! I get to sit in an office for 3 hours and get blood drawn multiple times and the best part is – I get to make all that time up with work at some point next week.  Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to next week!

Alrighty…I think I’m done whining for now.  I hope you all liked the card! If you want to watch the video, here’s where you can check it out!

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.).

 


Number of Years
Number of Years

SU Large Numbers Framelits
SU Large Numbers Framelits
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Bermuda Bay Ink
Bermuda Bay Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink

Melon Mambo Ink
Melon Mambo Ink

Wisteria Wonder Ink
Wisteria Wonder Ink

Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Bermuda Bay Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Stamping Sponges
Stamping Sponges

Stampin' Dimensionals
Stampin’ Dimensionals
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Fiskars SureCut Paper Trimmer
Fiskars SureCut Paper Trimmer

EH | SSS | AMZN

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

Adorable Elephant Shaker Card

Hi, Everyone!

I finally made a card. I’ve been making tons of excuses lately but mostly, it’s because I don’t want to make the time and because I feel discouraged and am selling myself short. People can be really mean on YouTube (and everywhere else).

I’ve been buying a lot of cute stuff and I only got the motivation to make this card because it’s a neighbor’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Davia!

Adorable Elephants 2

This My Favorite Things stamp set is adorable (appropriately called Adorable Elephants), but I wanted to make it a shaker card, so the heart die is from Lawn Fawn.  Today is MFT’s January release – they have a new heart STAX die set now!

Adorable Elephants 1

The background is created using distress ink.  I colored the elephant using copics and the butterflies using Stampin’ Write markers. It was a very simple card.

The shaker portion is non bulk and does not use any foam so the sequins don’t float around too freely – which is ok because I like for the areas hold the sequins in place.

Adorable Elephants

I made a video but I have to warn you that the lighting is terrible! My sweet husband got me some new lamps and the bulbs need to be replaced. He even installed a can light overhead and we’re waiting on the bulbs for that. I’m sure that will earn me some negative feedback on YouTube.  I hope you like the card!

If you’d like to watch, here’s the video:

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

Copic Colors: R20, W0, W2, W4

Stampin’ Write Marker Colors: Wisteria Wonder, Crushed Curry, Crisp Canteloup

MFT Adorable Elephants
MFT Adorable Elephants

EH | SSS | MFT

LF Stitched Heart Stackables
LF Stitched Heart Stackables

EH | SSS | LF

MFT Grassy Fields Borders
MFT Grassy Fields Borders

EH | SSS | MFT


Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN


Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink

SSS | MFT

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

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


Subtles Stampin' Write Markers
Subtles Stampin’ Write Markers
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Be Creative Tape 5mm (1/4 inch)

Be Creative Tape 5mm (1/4 inch)

SSS | EH

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


Paper Snips Scissors
Paper Snips Scissors
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN


Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
Darice Crystal Iridescent 5mm
PPP Sparkling Clear 6mm
PPP Sparkling Clear 6mm

EH | SSS | PPP


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