Farm Friends

Day 2 of 3:  Coloring Virtuoso

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Welcome back to day 2 of my 2017 Card Design Superstar reveal!  Today’s theme showcases coloring of any medium.  My medium of choice has always been Copics – but I’ve never done a one layer card covered in Copics before.  I had to look to Sandy Allnock for inspiration here because she’s amazing with her one layer cards using Copics.

Farm Friends

I stamped the images using the Farm Friends stamp set.  I even did mirror-image stamping with the lamb/sheep on the right.  I hand-drew the barn on the left but forgot to snap a photo before I colored it.  as you can see….it started as a blank sheet of white paper.  I was so nervous coloring this!

Farm Friends 4

You guys…I’m pretty darn proud of the barn I drew.  I didn’t know what to put in the window there so i decided to put a lamp – that’s appropriate in a barn right? 😉

Farm Friends 1

So much green….and I only used 2 Copic colors to achieve the look above.  To give it some contrast, I added a gravel road and a little bit of sky.  The clouds are created using the colorless marker.

Farm Friends 3

The tractor even has glossy accents over the glass – but the photo doesn’t show it too well.  After coloring all the images, I added some white accents with a white Gelly Roll pen.  There you have it – a one-layer, full Copic-colored card.  I hope you like it!  I tried to be really adventurous with it – had to go over it several times to even out the green pasture and hill.

Farm Friends 2

Please come back tomorrow to see my third and final card – the theme is “Innovation Master.”  Sounds so intimidating but I’m excited to share what I’ve spent so much time working on over the past week.   Thanks for stopping by!

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.).

Copic Liner size: 0.25
Copic Colors:
Barn:. R27, R29, R39, E55, E57, W8, W6, W4, Yo0
Grass: G03, G05
Sky:. B000, 0
Gravel: E43, E42, E25, E27
Sheep:. N3, N2, N0, R20
Tractor:. W10, W7, R27, R29, R39
Mouse: T0, T2, R20
Pig: R11, RV42
Cow: E41, E31, R11, R21, N7
Horse:. E53, E34, E41, N8

MFT Farm Friends
MFT Farm Friends

EH | SSS | MFT

MFT Mirror Image
MFT Mirror Image

EH | SSS | MFT


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS

HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

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

MERRIARTIST | SSS


Sakura White Gelly Roll
Sakura White Gelly Roll
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber
MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI

EH | SSS | MSP

EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

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Always Stand By You

DAY 1 of 3:  Clean and Simple

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I got the email about MFT’s 2017 Card Design Superstar contest and I’ll be honest – it gave me anxiety.  I was really naive last year.  Super excited and humbled when I didn’t win – but I was not surprised! There were unbelievable entries!  I learned so much though! There are AMAZING crafters and cardmakers everywhere.  As I pick up lettering and begin embarking with traditional calligraphy, I’m blown away by the many different communities of artists.  Sometimes, I wonder if I’m spreading myself too thin.  In my heart, I’m driven to do it all, but physically, I am only one person with 4 kids and a full-time job and that’s not feasible at all.  So I’ve worked really hard…slowly but surely over the past two weeks, coloring and cutting, thinking long and hard about the images I want to use for this contest.  There are 3 themes this year and I’m so glad that they’ve broken it down this way to showcase everyone’s talents and to spread inspiration.  The first card I’m sharing today is in the clean and simple category.

Always Stand by You 1

I think I often struggle with white space – so I’m looking at this card and really wondering if it’s clean enough.  I decided to add some layers and a window to give it interest – with fussy-cut foliage and berries.

Always Stand by You

These giraffes are just too cute!  I colored them with Copics and inked the background with some distress ink.  I love this peek-a-boo window die – the stitching is so delicate and frames images so well.  The bold banner holding the sentiment finishes off my first card for this contest.

Wish me luck!  I’ll be sharing my next two cards before Thursday night when the contest comes to a close.  Please check back tomorrow for the Coloring Virtuoso theme!

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 Colors:. Spun Sugar and Wilted Violet

Copics:.

Giraffe: Yoo, Y13, E31, E35

Follage:. YG06, YG09

Berries: R27, R29

MFT Giraffing Me Crazy
MFT Giraffing Me Crazy

EH | SSS | MFT

MFT Giraffing Me Crazy
MFT Giraffing Me Crazy

EH | SSS | MFT


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
MFT Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window
MFT Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window

EH | SSS | MFT


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

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


White Foam Sheet 12x18 10pk
White Foam Sheet 12×18 10pk
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll

 

Miscellaneous Cards

Hi Everyone!

I’m here to share some recent cards that I made.  Sometimes I feel like I haven’t done a whole lot until I look back and all the photos I’ve taken.  I made a set for a friend this past week and have a few older cards too.

  1.  Princess Thank You cards

Princess Thanks 1

I made this set for a neighbor.  Her daughter turned 1 and she waned a set of thank you cards to send out after the party.  I printed the crowns on cardstock using my laser printer and added some gold foiling using my Minc machine.  I used We Are Memory Keeper Next Level embossing folders for the pink cardstock.  It’s the Quilted set (there are two in each embossing folder set).  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is a stamp and cut set called Thanks.

2.  Little Bundle

This Little Bundle Lawn Fawn set has been my go-to set for baby shower cards.  I just love that you can make it over and over again and it never gets old.  So…it might look similar to something I’ve shared before.

3.  Happy Pandas

I’ve made a similar card like this in the past as well, but this time, I used Copic markers. Copics and watercoloring are my favorite mediums.  This Happy Panda set is just adorable and super simple to color since Pandas are already black and white.  I just added some gray to them for some variation.

4.  Amazing Peonies

In the past, I have always used just the outline of this Peony Bouquet set to stamp and color.  This time, I decided to use this layering stamp set as it was intended – I used 3 different ink colors and it was effortless.  These cards can be whipped out so quickly!  The sentiments are from a My Favorite Things set called Amazing – imagine that! 🙂

5.  Wedding Cake

Concord and 9th makes amazing stamp sets.  I love this Happy Day stamp set because it can be used for so many occasions!  I made this for a wedding reception we went to last weekend.  I embossed the image in gold and watercolored using Distress Markers – I’ve never done that before and it really works a lot like Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

6. Hello Florals

I used this stamp set for the 30 day coloring challenge in March.  I had to stop and think about that because I can’t believe it’s already May.  This is another set by Concord and 9th called Hello Lovely.  Instead of using black to emboss, I used white.  It really changes the effect of the card.  I used Zig Clean Color Real brush markers for this card.  I love the vibrant colors!

7.  Mickey and Minnie Birthday

Last but not least – I have a card I made using Mickey stamps that I got from Michaels – I don’t have a link for this one, sorry!  I personalized them using My Favorite Things’ Stitched Alphabet Banner dies.  A little personalization always makes a card more fun!

I hope you enjoyed those cards!  You can click on the images to enlarge them.  I have a few Mother’s Day cards to share next time – I hope I remember to share them before next Sunday!  Until then, take care!

XOXO,

caly-sig

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

 

 

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