Tui Bird

Last Sunday, the photographer we used for Lyla’s infant photos reached out to me asking if I or someone I knew could create a drawing of the New Zealand Tui Bird.  I have never seen this beautiful bird before – but I was confident I could create it based on the screenshots she sent me.  This is the photo that inspired me among many:

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Sabrina is the photographer at FairChild Portraits here in Kansas City and takes amazing portraits of children.  My sister in law, Bethany, has always taken our photos but she hasn’t taken a lot of infant photos and because she was very pregnant when Lyla was born, I decided to reach out to someone new.  I also wanted a studio session with props and Sabrina was perfect!

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I’m sure now that Faye is born – she’s going to get really great at it! Here’s a picture of Faye that Bethany took, taken two weeks ago, when she turned a month old.  Don’t worry – I got her mom’s permission before posting! She’s so stinkin’ precious! And by the way – I crocheted that blanket she’s laying on! 😀 Sorry for the tangent – back to the TUI BIRD!

Sabrina’s step-mother sews newborn and children’s prop outfits for photography and Sabrina wants to brand the items for selling.  So the purpose of the drawing is for a logo – and I also lettered the name of the logo for her using a black Tombow Dual Brush Marker. I’ve never been asked to draw a picture for branding before so I was really excited about this. Instead of getting paid, we are trading services.  Sabrina will take Lyla’s 6 month photos and I can’t wait!

Tui Boutique Lettering

Isn’t that cute for a name? I love it!

I waited for Lyla for Lyla to fall asleep that night and went to my craftroom and started drawing. I don’t know about you but when I have a thought in mind – I get to working and I try to finish the project ASAP. I don’t like to delay anything.  In fact – it’s killing me that I haven’t finished Lyla’s Christmas stocking yet.  I picked it up to work on it after Lyla was born and my hands and fingers got so numb and tingly from the pregnancy-induced carpel tunnel that I set it down after 5 mins and haven’t tried doing it again since. 😦 My hands have gotten noticeably better but I still feel it in the mornings.  Sorry – another tangent!

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I started sketching the bird on some Canson XL watercolor paper. When I was happy with it, I rough sketched it with a permanent marker. The next day while she was napping, I taped it down on my table to prevent warping and started coloring it with some Gansai Tambi paint.

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Sabrina wants it really vibrant, so I added some color using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

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I went over the entire thing again with some black to bold up some of the lines to finish it up. I’m really happy with how it turned out! The white feathers around the neck are drawn on with a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in white. This bird is absolutely stunning in real life – the real photos are amazing! I hope I did it some justice with this watercolor painting.

I took some photos of the process on my phone and here’s a cool collage of the progression:

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Thanks for visiting today!

Signature

(I need to script out my name for my signature soon!)

Bella with Friend

Hi Everyone!

I’m back to share my second card with Splitcoastampers. The theme again was “Songs from the Heart” and the song that came to mind was “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle.

My dad passed away before I turned 2 so that song has always had a soft spot in my heart.  There’s an absence that I’ll never know how to fill but I think good and true relationships are just as important.

Bella with Friend - Butterfly Kisses

I stamped the image and sentiment with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the image with copic markers. Something new I tried on this card was bordering the image with the soft blue – I really do think it adds some pop to the image.

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I added some Wink of Stella clear shimmer to the butterflies and finished the card with a Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX die from My Favorite Things. I know I always say my cards are simple – but they really are! The coloring is always the most time consuming part and is the part I love most.

Bella with Friend - Butterfly Kisses 1

These elephants are too cute! I hope you enjoy!

Signature

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*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: C1, C2, C3, R20, R00, V12, V01, R43, RV04, YG41, G05, V01, RV000, Y02, B0000


WRS Bella with Friend
WRS Bella with Friend
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST


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

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX
MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX

EH | SSS | MFT

ME Blessed
ME Blessed

EH | SSS |ME


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched


Absorber
Absorber
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN

Bloomin’ Love

Hi Everyone!

I know this card seems late – but it was the first card I did for Splitcoastampers back in February for the theme Songs From The Heart. I chose the song “My Valentine” by Martina McBride and made my card using that inspiration.

I did a wash of watercolor using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (why do these pens have such a long name?!) and I can’t even remember what color I used – any reddish pink will do though. The intricate die used here is from Stampin’ Up and I used some sponging to give it some color. The little coordinating flower dies were cut out using the same watercolor wash – I just covered what I cut up with the larger solid heart that you see. 🙂

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I think I overdid this card with the colors and shimmer – hehe. I even added diamonds and pearls!

Bloomin' Love - My Valentine 2

I gave this card to my husband for Valentine’s Day.  Not sure it would’ve been appropriate for anyone else because it just comes right back to me for storage…ha!

Bloomin' Love - My Valentine

Thanks for viewing – no hard judgments please! I’m being my worst critic right now. More of my Splitcoaststamper cards to come!

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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.).


Bloomin Love
Bloomin Love

Rose Red Ink
Rose Red Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS


Rose Red Cardstock
Rose Red 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


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister

EH | SSS


Stamping Sponges
Stamping Sponges
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU Bloomin Hearts Thinlits
SU Bloomin Hearts Thinlits

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

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

Sizzix Precision Base Plate
Sizzix Precision Base Plate

EH | SSS


Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Multi Medium Matte 3.8oz
Multi Medium Matte 3.8oz

EH | SSS

ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots

EH | SSS | AMZN

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched


Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool

Stampin' Pierce Mat
Stampin’ Pierce Mat
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Pearl Jewels
Pearl Jewels

Rhinestone Jewels
Rhinestone Jewels

Birthday Balloon Animals

Hello there!

I missed the May challenge for LiveLoveCards so I thought I would play along this month since I’m caught up on my Splitcoaststamper cards for the month.  This month’s theme is LARGE SENTIMENTS.

It’s really hard for me to decide what I want to do until I decide what stamp sets I want to use. I organize my stamps by company and then by stamp name in alphabetical order. So when I ran across this More Animal Balloons stamp set by Avery Elle…I stopped looking. :P.

I stamped my images in Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed with clear powder so that I could watercolor using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I added a wash of light blue in the background for a sky effect and drew balloon strings in with a permanent black marker.

Balloon Animals 1

The sentiment is from Big Scripty Greetings by Simon Says Stamp and I decided to stamp it with Versamark ink and emboss it with WOW Sparkle Gold powder.

To finish off, I added a Wonky Rectangle border and added glossy accents to the balloons to give them a shinny raised look – it’s more balloon-like with the glossy accents :).

This card was very simple and quick to do – I just didn’t want to miss another monthly challenge.  I hope you enjoyed!

Balloon Animals

Thanks for stopping by~

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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.).

Zig Colors: 036 Light Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 040 Green, 022 Carmine Red, 050 Yellow

AE More Party Animals
AE More Party Animals

EH | SSS | AE


SSS Big Scripty Greetings
SSS Big Scripty Greetings
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS


Soft Sky Cardstock
Soft Sky Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN

Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush

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 Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX
MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX

EH | SSS | MFT

EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN

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


Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set

Absorber
Absorber

Donut Party

Evan turned 7 yesterday. We had a full weekend of activities for him which started out with this donut party.  It was so easy to plan and put together – probably the least stressful I’ve had because it required so little preparation.

Happy Birthday to my sweet boy – I can’t believe he’s 7 now! He’s an amazing kid who loves art and is really the sweetest kid ever.

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I did do some crafting. I wanted to make it a little fun by buying some milk bottles on ETSY to decorate – I made some donut tags (supplies listed below).  I stamped and colored a bunch of donuts and cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut.

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Then added some inexpensive ribbon to tie them around the bottles. I also stamped a birthday sentiment on the back – just because.

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Then to make a “cake” topper – I made a banner that streamed across two paper straws.

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You can see in the lower bottom corner of this photo that I also made donut placecards for the table. I used Koi Coloring Markers to do some brush lettering.

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I also had fun with some chalk art.

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This one is one I did copying an image I found on Pinterest – I couldn’t come come with this on my own!

He had a wonderful time and I’m glad he was happy! Hope you all enjoyed this post!

Thanks for visiting!

Signature

 

SUPPLIES:

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards and projects 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.).

Koi Coloring Brush Pens for Donut Labels: Dark Brown, Sky Blue, Iris, Orange, Yellow

Copic Markers: E33, B23, B21

Blue Baker’s Twine (Banner) and Ribbon (Bottle Tags)

Others not shown: Recollections Chalk Labels, Decorative Paper Straws, Glass Milk Bottles


Sophisticated Serifs
Sophisticated Serifs
LF Donut Worry
LF Donut Worry EH | SSS | LF
LF Owen's ABCs
LF Owen’s ABCs EH | SSS | LF
ME Mini Messages
ME Mini Messages EH | SSS |ME
ME Little Edibles
ME Little Edibles EH | SSS |ME
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Marina Mist Ink
Marina Mist Ink

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock

Pool Party Cardstock
Pool Party Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Koi Coloring Brush Pen - 24 ct
Koi Coloring Brush Pen – 24 ct
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | SU

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Absorber
Absorber

1/2 Inch Circle Punch
1/2 Inch Circle Punch

1-3/8 Inch Circle Punch
1-3/8 Inch Circle Punch

Banner Punch
Banner Punch

1/16 Inch Circle Handheld Punch
1/16 Inch Circle Handheld Punch

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink

Donut Worry!

Happy National Donut Day!

I find it ironic that we are having a donut party for my son’s 7th birthday tomorrow – I’ll be posting about it after tomorrow so stay tuned!

The one I’m sharing with you now is a card I did for Splitcoaststampers in March – it’s been 3 months so I think it’s ok to share it!

Donut Worry

The theme in March was “The Little Things.”  My kids LOVE donuts and my husband and I do too! I made this card to symbolize one of our small pleasures in life :).

Donut Worry 2

The donut spins! I love interactive cards and while that part is a little tricky, the rest of the card is very simple.

If you’d like to see a video where I demonstrated how to do a spinner card, you can visit my post where I made a christmas tree spin HERE.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Caly

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: RV13, R32, E31, E56

LAWN FAWN PAPER: Let’s Polka Collection Pack, Let’s Polka – Mon Amie Collection Pack

LF Donut Worry
LF Donut Worry

EH | SSS | LF

LF Donut Worry
LF Donut Worry

EH | SSS | LF

LF Small Stitched Circle Stackables
LF Small Stitched Circle Stackables

EH | SSS | LF


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

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN

EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool

White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

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

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Fast Fuse
Fast Fuse

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched


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

EH | SSS


Absorber
Absorber

Invisible Thread
Invisible Thread