Life Is Tough But So Are You

Happy Friday!!!

I’m so excited to have a 3 day weekend!  My husband will be off for the first time in 2 weeks and I can’t tell you what a relief that is!  My kids are out of school for the summer and it has been a LONG week.  It only occurred to me two nights ago that I have not made any cards for leisure since Mother’s Day.  That’s how pre-occupied my mind has been!  I also picked up pointed pen calligraphy for the first time in a very long time time this week with every intent to practice the Copperplate script.  I’ve been hesitating for a while because there is so much involved.  So many different pen holders, inks, nibs, papers – it’s quite overwhelming.  I chose the wrong ink to start with and I struggled for hours the first evening I tried.  So I’ll say this – I HATE Higgins Calligraphy Ink (supposedly Higgins Eternal Ink is great though…I wouldn’t know at this point).

You can click on the images above to  enlarge – but I tried to write the letter a with the Higgins ink and struggled for a few hours before I decided to switch to a new ink.  I had tried three different nibs and they did not make a difference at all.  I do have an instagram account for my lettering if you’re interested in following.  The handle name is Calygraphy – clever, right?  😉

So about my cards.  I thought after a long hard week that I should make some encouragement cards.  Anyone else shop with Ellen Hutson?  I’m going to have to endorse this amazing company for a second…because they are AMAZING.  First of all – they are wonderful people who reward loyal customers.  I thoroughly enjoy using their 10% off discount to have an excuse to place an order monthly.  🙂 . To honor some special women in their lives, they created a stamp set to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).  It’s a beautiful set and $25 from each set sold goes to fund the BCRF.  What a wonderful cause, right?  It’s also a beautiful stamp set that comes with coordinating dies with some powerful sentiments.  You must see it for yourself – the link will be provided below in my supplies.

Life is Tough But So Are You

I stamped a lot of images.  I love layering stamps as well – they add lots of dimension with little effort.  These images are smaller so it’s nice to have coordinating dies.  I made lots of passes through my big shot to cut out all of them.  I have a Brother Scan N Cut 2 that I could’ve used to make all the cuts in one pass but because I had the dies – I decided to do it the traditional way.

Life is Tough But So Are You 1

I need to start making more than one card when I pull out supplies to make a card. That’s what I did this time.  The color variation makes it fun.

Life is Tough But So Are You 2

I sponged some distress ink in the background to give the card some color and embossed the sentiment in clear powder using Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  The sequins finish off the card with a bit of shine.

Life is Tough But So Are You 4

Last week, I also made a graduation card for my neighbor – she graduated from Elementary school so I thought I would make a fun card using their school colors.  I used Lawn Fawn’s Smart Cookie stamp set and some punches to make a banner.   I got this idea straight from the Lawn Fawn website and cased it – I couldn’t come up with an original design!  Very basic but I made it fun for her by using a Mini Action Wobbles.

Smart Cookie Panther 1

Smart Cookie Panther

That’s all for today!  I hope you enjoyed my two cards!  Supplies for the Courage card will be listed below!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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.).


EH Courage bcrf
EH Courage brcf

EH Courage Dies
EH Courage Dies

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN


Pink Pirouette Ink
Pink Pirouette Ink

Blushing Bride Ink
Blushing Bride Ink

Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Flirty Flamingo Ink
Flirty Flamingo Ink

Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

Old Olive Ink
Old Olive Ink

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink

Wisteria Wonder Ink
Wisteria Wonder Ink

Perfect Plum Ink
Perfect Plum Ink

Melon Mambo Ink
Melon Mambo Ink

Rose Red Ink
Rose Red Ink

Soft Sky Ink
Soft Sky Ink

Marina Mist Ink
Marina Mist Ink
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX
MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX

EH | SSS | MFT

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI

EH | SSS | MSP

PPP Sparking Clear Confetti Mix
PPP Sparking Clear Confetti Mix

EH | SSS | PPP


Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Always Here For You – Magic Slider Card

Hey Everyone!

I feel like I’ve been slacking off since the coloring challenge ended so I wanted to make something really cool that I’ve never done before for this post.  Have you ever done a magic slider card?  I’ve seen a few of them in the past and a few more recently and it definitely had me wishing I had tried it sooner.  I wish I had more time to make a video too but for now…this will have to do!

You Are Here Magic Slider 1

If you haven’t seen one made yet (and there are lots of different variations on it) – there are some great ones on YouTube.  You don’t need to see it from me – though I have to admit…my self-doubt is preventing me from making videos too.  SHAME ON ME…I know! I shouldn’t think that way!

You Are Here Magic Slider 4

At a glance – this is the most boring black and white card ever.  But as you pull the tab up, it transforms!

You Are Here Magic Slider 3

No secret!  It’s just a simple slider card, promise!  But the illusion is so magical!  You just need acetate stamped with staz-on ink (because it’s permanent for a no-porous surface like acetate).  The exact same image is stamped underneath, colored, and positioned in the exact same place.  Voila!

You Are Here Magic Slider

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color this image.  I LOVE this Concord & 9th stamp set!  Supplies are listed below!

You Are Here Magic Slider 2

Thanks for stopping by today!

XOXO,

caly-sig

*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 Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  084 Deep Violet, 082 Purple, 027 Dark Pink, 047 May Green, 041 Light Green

Recollections Glitter Paper

Distress Ink: Pumice Stone

C&9 You are Here
C&9 You are Here

EH | SSS | C&9

LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

EH | SSS | LF

LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables

EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

Embossable Window Plastic
Embossable Window Plastic
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS


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

SSS | AMZN

Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush

EH | SSS | AMZN


Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI

EH | SSS | MSP


Gold Baker's Twine
Gold Baker’s Twine

1/8 Inch Circle Handheld Punch
1/8 inch Circle Handheld Punch

Week 4 of the 30 day Coloring Challenge

My final week was very colorful!  I’m sad the challenge is over but the pressure is off! Lots of floral images – my favorite!  Let’s dive right in:

Day 22:  A Beautiful Adventure

Beautiful Adventure

This new Lawn Fawn set is called Bicycle Built for You – it’s so sweet!  I love bicycle images and there are a lot available!  I don’t have them all because I can’t justify spending money on stamp sets just because I like bicycles – but I LOVE these images.  You can find the set here.  Lawn Fawn has lots of coordinating products too!  How fun would it be to make this card interactive?

Day 23:  Adore You

Adore You - You are Amazing

So I’m going to have to tell you…that white gel pens are a must-have for accenting your cards!  I’ve learned through this challenge that without them…your image can’t go to the next level.  Seriously…Gelly Roll pens are a dollar…go get yourself one.  I know that Signo Uniballs are better quality as far as opacity…but I have had no trouble with the less expensive Sakura Gelly Roll pens!  This Altenew Adore You stamp set can be found here. I splattered the black using black soot distress ink – I think a real paint would’ve looked better but I was being lazy…

Day 24:  Canopy Hello

Floral Canopy 2

This Avery Elle Set is a full panel (4.25″ x 5.5″) – so pretty!  You can find the stamp set here.  I colored all the images using Copics (always my coloring of choice when I have time).  Accented with a white gel pen and highlight the entire canopy using the lightest blue.

Day 25:  Mondo Hydrangea

Blue Hydrangea

I googled a blue hydrangea to see if I could imitate it.  WHAT A CHALLENGE!  You can find this Mondo Hydrangea stamp set here.  Seriously so pretty! I used a Copic Multiliner to add veins to the petals and a white gelly roll pen to highlight the outer edges of the petal.

Day 26:  Friends and Coffee

Coffee and Friends 1

This card is so simple and fun for a friend.  You can find the stamp set here. Lots of fun coffee/latte images.  The red rim on this image reminds of small business diners.. 🙂

Day 27:  Hello Lovely

Hello Lovely

This image – it speaks for itself, doesn’t it! Concord and 9th really created something magical with this stamp set.  You can find it here.  I stamped and embossed this image and watercolored this image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers with an aqua pen.

Day 28:   Fintastic

You're Fintastic 1

This Lawn Fawn stamp set is adorable! I have wanted it for a long time but had resisted until recently.  I’ve been on a kick to get more kid-friendly stamp sets lately since my kids have so many birthday parties to go to.  You can find this stamp set here.  It looks like a lot of masking but I actually fussy cut all the images.  NEITHER is fun.  lol

Day 29:  Birthday Flyby

Birthday Flyby 1

This dragon stamp set by My Favorite Things can be found here. I layered the clouds for some added dimension and also added foam to the dragon and puff of fire also.  The background is lightly sponged in blue although you can’t really tell here as it blends in with the cardbase.

Day 30:  Floral Hello

Floral Hello2

This Mama Elephant stamp set is so pretty! This Botanical Hello stamp set can be found here.  I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color this again. Embossing an image always helps to prevent bleeding.  You can’t see the shimmer but I added Wink of Stella Clear shimmer over the flowers and Glossy Accent over the word “Hello.”

I’ve had so much fun making these cards for this challenge.  I hope you enjoyed it!

XOXO,

caly-sig

 

Week 3 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hi Everyone!

I honestly cannot believe I’ve kept it up with this coloring challenge.  How amazing that you can really do what you love if you make it a priority! I’m sure that after this challenge is over, I’ll find it less motivating to make the time to craft.  It has been amazing.  I’ve created cards doing things I haven’t done in a long time.  Some cards are more challenging than others but I’m finding that no matter how the card turns out – there are so many wonderful people encouraging and supportive of my work.  THANK YOU, everyone!  I’ve gained so many followers on Instagram as a result and I feel so honored and blessed!

Lets go ahead and dive right into week 3’s cards!

Day 15:  Monstrous Birthday

Monster Love 1 copy

This stamp set came highly recommended by Jennifer McGuire and I had to have it (imagine that).  😛  It really is a fun set.  I recently did a shaker card using some solid stamps but these ones are fun when you have time to color.  If you’re interested in purchasing – you can check it out here.  Oh…just FYI – I don’t have any affiliate links – I’m not too sophisticated with all that!  The googly eyes really make this card fun!

Day 16: I’ll Stand By You

I'll Stand By You

This Flamingo Together stamp set is one of Lawn Fawn’s mini stamp sets. I really love these mini stamp sets – and I think they fill a 4-bar sized card just perfect.  I did some masking and ink blending to create this card using distress ink.  The fussy cutting isn’t so bad when you cut off their legs and stamp it back in ;).

Day 17:  Octopi My Heart

Octopi My Heart 1

Another mini set by Lawn Fawn!  When I prepared for this challenge – I pulled out a lot of images and Lawn Fawn just has the cutest little outlined stamps.  If you’re interested in this set – you can see it here.  This card is really simple – I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it – so I went with a dry-embossed panel.  Simple and cute!

Day 18:  Hang In There

Hanging Sloth

Okay…you guessed it! Another Lawn Fawn set.  LOL – I have so many that are sitting there and silently calling my name.  I’m honestly so excited that I got to use all of these stamp sets!  This one can be viewed here.  Very similar to the card above, I did a simple window with a dry-embossed panel on top.  This time, lightly brushing some ink to add more interest the woodgrain.

Day 19:  Glad We’re Friends

Glad We're Friends 1

This Snuggle Bunnies set by MFT can be found here.  It’s an adorable set with several bunnies and teddies.  I did some ink sponging on the white panel and softened it with some vellum.  The black and white strip of washi tape on the left helps fill up some white space and ties the black sentiment banner together.

Day 20:  Out of This World

Out of This World Birthday

This is a full stamp set by Lawn Fawn and can be found here.  There are so many little images to color but I limited myself.  The background is created using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and I used Copics to color the stamped images.  It’s so stink adorable and so easy to create!

Day 21:  Chunky Monkey

Miss Hanging Out With You

I was browsing SSS one day and came across this monkey stamp set.  I’ve never purchased Sugar Pea Designs stamps before but this one was too cute to pass up. If you’re interested, you can view the item here.  I limited myself on the number of images for the coloring challenge – but this stamp set comes with lots of different monkeys and they are all super fun!

There are only 4 more days to this challenge!  I’ll be back to share the last 9 cards next weekend.  Have a wonderful week, everyone!

XOXO,

caly-sig

 

 

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

Birthday Bear 1

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

Hedgehugs slider

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

MondoWatercolor

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

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