Beautiful Dahlia

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family and have made little time to craft.  I made lots of purchases with the sales from Thanksgiving and they’ve all been organized and stored away – if I put them away, I won’t feel overwhelming guilty about not using them!  I’ve been reading more and even took one of Sandy Allnock’s online coloring courses.  Anyway, I finally made time to stamp!

Dahlia 1

This Dahlia turnabout makes cards so easy and beautiful!  After stamping them in 4 different colors, I wasn’t happy with my color choices.  It was a lot of contrast and wasn’t what I had in mind.  I wanted to add shimmer to some of the petals to bring out its color and thought I would add wink of stella to the pale yellow petals.  I chose silver – but didn’t realize how dark the silver was.  I gasped with the first stroke…instead of coloring the entire petal, I decided to make them flicked petal strokes instead.  I did all the yellow petals and liked how it looked, so I did it to all of the petals.  In the end, I really liked how it turned out!

Dahlia 2

I wanted to add a bold sentiment but I also wanted it to have some dimension.  I offset the black die-cut sentiment over the same sentiment cut in silver glitter cardstock to give it a drop-shadow effect.  There was a lot of glue residue – so I covered it all up and added some shine over the letters with glossy accents.

Dahlia

I hope you enjoyed this cards!  Until next time…

XOXO,

Blog Signature

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.).

C&9 Dahlia Turnabout
C&9 Dahlia Turnabout
EH | SSS | C&9
C&9 Beautiful You Dies
C&9 Beautiful You Dies
EH | SSS | C&9
LF Ice Cream Parlor Cube Pack
LF Ice Cream Parlor Cube Pack
EH | SSS | LF
LF Gazebo Mini Ink Cube Pack
LF Gazebo Mini Ink Cube Pack
EH | SSS | LF
LF Tea Party Mini Ink Cube Pack
LF Tea Party Mini Ink Cube Pack
EH | SSS | LF
Lost Lagoon Cardstock
Lost Lagoon Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
MFT Silver Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Silver Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Silver Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Silver Sparkle Card Stock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS
White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents
EH | SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
EH | SSS
Absorber
Absorber
MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI
EH | SSS | MSP
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
EH | SSS
Wink of Stella Silver
Wink of Stella Silver
EH | SSS | AMZN
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2017 Holiday Card

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

I honestly cannot believe that the holidays are HERE!!!  Sorry for being MIA recently.  We took some time off work to take the kids to Disneyland – our first family vacation in 3 years!  It was truly an adventure with all the craziness we went through!  I did a few cards prior to vacation and didn’t get a chance to share those – so they will be shared towards the end of this post.

When we got back from vacation, I started work on my holiday cards for this year.  I had a hard time deciding what to do this year, so I stalled.  But I think it ended up working out!  I have been using the previous year’s holiday stamps on current cards a lot.  I have no time to play with anything new, it feels like!

2017 Holiday Card 2

I knew that I wanted to use the Holiday Style stamp set from Sunny Studio.  It’s such a great layering set that creates great dimension.  There is a very realistic bell in the set.  For my card, I chose to use the ornaments because I wanted the focal point of the card to be similar to an ornament.

2017 Holiday Card 3

If you haven’t seen a card like this before – it’s an interactive flip card!  You can definitely make this by doing some partial die cutting with any shape you’d like.  Since I had to make 70 cards – I opted for using the die.  Stampin Up made (it is now a retired product) a Circle Card Thinlets set that makes this super easy.  They seem to have the copyright for the straight corners because I couldn’t find another like it under the Sizzix brand (they also manufacture dies for Stampin’ Up!).  Anyway – Sizzix has these “Flip-Its” dies in other shapes and sizes.  If you want one similar to what I used – you’ll have to be ok with rounded corners (which I initially purchased by mistake).  I will like that alternative below.  I actually found the Stampin’ Up! die on Ebay.  Be on the lookout for a good deal.  Stampin’ Up! prices are often outrageous on Ebay with retired products!

2017 Holiday Card 1

The die actually only cuts the card base without the extra flap on the right that you see.  I had to cut my card base a little shorter in order to slide the cardstock over the end of the die so I can have this extra panel.  To see what I mean, you can take a look at this YouTube video by another crafter.  I wanted to make a video for this card, but unfortunately, there’s something wrong with my editing software right now.  It’s disappointing because I have not made a video in a very long time!

2017 Holiday Card

I got 140 photos printed at Walmart and punched them out using a 2 1/2″ circle punch – die cutting all of those photos would’ve been painful considering I ink-sponged 70 card bases, stamped 5 branches, 2 ornaments (requiring 4 different layers), and the sentiments on each card!  This is truly an annual labor of love!

My favorite thing about this card?  Its ONE layer (except for the photos I attached) with lots of stamping!

Now for some cards I made prior to my vacation.  I made 4 wedding cards! One was for someone who reached out to me from Australia – how cool is that?

Congratulations Money Card 2

I watercolored the background using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers using the “swooshing” method with acetate and embossed the bold sentiment over the center.  The velum banner is stamped using Staz-On ink and dots heat-embossed with gold.  She wanted it to hold money, so I made the card longer.

Wedding Slider Card

Wedding Slider Card 1

Speaking of money – I also made a money holder for another wedding we went to.  This one is a slider card with a pocket.  The pull out tab just has slots to hold the money.

Wedding Cheers

The final card is made using Nuvo texture paste – which I’ve never played with before.  The dies for the sentiment, wine bottle and glasses are all from My Favorite Things – such clever designs!

Rose Wonder Die Inlay 3

Last but not least, I have die cut shaker card.  I can’t get creative with glitter anymore when my friend asks me to make her a card with lots of glitter….I can’t say I was really happy or excited about this card – I almost didn’t share!  But we’re all here to share strengths and weakness, right?  HAHA.

Alrighty – I think that’s it!  Thanks for sticking through this one!  I wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES (for my 2017 Holiday card):

*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.).

SS Holiday Style
SS Holiday Style
SSS | SS
SU Circle Card Thinlits (Retired)
SU Circle Card Thinlits (Retired)
Sizzix Mini Circle Flip-Its
Sizzix Mini Circle Flip-Its
White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
EH | SSS
Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Pacific Point Ink
Pacific Point Ink
Night of Navy Ink
Night of Navy Ink
Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Smoky Slate Ink
Smoky Slate Ink
Basic Gray Ink
Basic Gray Ink
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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
MSP MISTI
MSP MISTI
EH | SSS | MSP
EK Tools 2-1/2 Inch Circle Punch
EK Tools 2-1/2 Inch Circle Punch

 

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.

Bella with Friend - Butterfly Kisses 2

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

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: 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

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~

Signature

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

Peaceful Pines Spinner Card

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been loving the idea of making a spinner card it and took me a while to decide on a theme for this card. I needed to find an image that is symmetrical and I talked myself into making another holiday card using this Peaceful Pines stamp set by Stampin’ Up! It has coordinating dies (Perfect Pines) and is symmetrical so it was what I needed for this card.

Perfect Pines Spinner Card 3

I used distress ink to add color to the card base and the front panel – I love the way distress ink reacts with water droplets – it almost gives it a bokeh look.

Perfect Pines Spinner Card 1

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do but once I decided – this really was a quick card.

Perfect Pines Spinner Card

Here’s my video if you’d like to watch the process – I hope it inspires you to make a spinner card this weekend!

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: Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Wild Honey


Peaceful Pines
Peaceful Pines

SU Perfect Pines Framelits Dies
SU Perfect Pines

Framelits Dies


SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Wild Wasabi Ink
Wild Wasabi Ink

Brights Stampin' Write Markers
Brights Stampin’

Write Markers


Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers
Neutrals Stampin’

Write Markers

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
EH | SSS
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister
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

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

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium

Matte Glue
EH | SSS


Fast Fuse
Fast Fuse
C-Thru Ruler
C-Thru Ruler
SSS | AMZN

MISTI
MISTI

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

Invisible Thread
Invisible Thread
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

Winter Scene Window Card

Hi Everyone!

It’s FRIDAY! YAY! I’m excited that I got to craft tonight, but I also feel extra rushed to get this posted now because I also have to work tomorrow. 😦 boo….

I’m using Stampin’ Up! products for today’s card.  They’re new products from this year’s Holiday Catalog that I haven’t played with yet.  Seems like everything is centered around the holidays now and it’s coming  a lot faster than I want. I don’t know about you – but thinking about making a ton of holiday cards kinds of brings me anxiety – not to mention the presents, wrapping and trying to keep everyone happy!

Let’s focus on happy things, shall we? This card makes me happy – it feels so peaceful!

Winter Scene Window Card 2

I stamped my trees and I guess the ink was still a bit wet when I started blending the blue background – so it was completely unintentional that some of the red from the brown Early Espresso ink that I used bleed and created this soft pink background around the trees.  It ended up looking sooo pretty!

Winter Scene Window Card 3

I tried to keep it looking realistic by trying to make it look like a window scene – but I couldn’t help but add some texture/snow to the card base.  Who has snow on their walls? Ok…maybe I shouldn’t get too literal about a window scene.

Winter Scene Window Card

Here’s a closer look at the window scene:

Winter Scene Window Card 1

I love heat embossing. It just makes everything look pretty and soft. Here’s the video if you’d like to see the process:

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.).

Distress Ink Color: Tumbled Glass


Happy Scenes
Happy Scenes

SU Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies
SU Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
EH | SSS

Sahara Sand Cardstock
Sahara Sand Cardstock

Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock

VersaMarker
VersaMarker

Chocolate Chip Ink
Chocolate Chip Ink

Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
EH | SSS
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
EH | SSS | AMZN

White Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder

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

2-Way Glue Pen
2-Way Glue Pen
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
EH | SSS
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape
EH | SSS | AMZN

MISTI
MISTI

Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool

Paper Snips Scissors
Paper Snips Scissors

Linen Thread
Linen Thread

Modern Label Punch
Modern Label Punch

Absorber
Absorber

Happy Harvest – Fall Card

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been playing with the Heidi Swapp Minc Machine all week and I’m having no luck with foiling stamped images. I recorded the whole process but at this point, I feel like it’s pointless to make a video of my failures. Has anyone had success with this? I have no doubt that toner-printed images will foil fine – the sample tags that came with the machine turned out beautifully. As soon as I can get what I like to print, I’ll be trying that out.

I’ve been in a crafting rut lately. I haven’t felt very good and my energy level is way down – so I feel bad that I’m only making one card a week as opposed to the 2-3 that I was doing when I was living in Ohio. I recently placed a small Stampin’ Up! order so I’ll have new holiday card ideas very soon. Today’s card features another Lawn Fawn product.  I didn’t get matching dies this time – I have to say – I love the way it looks without the white paper trim that dies leave – but it takes quite a bit of patience to hand cut all these stamped images. In the end…it is always worth the trouble. I love how this card turned out!

Happy Harvest 2

I used distress ink blending to cover the base and tall grass piece. Then I colored in each stamped image with Copics. It’s fairly straight forward but we all know coloring takes patience too!

Happy Harvest

Happy Harvest 1

I used some Sakura Gelly Roll pens to highlight the eyes and to add white accents to the sunflowers. I also added some Wink of Stella Clear shimmer to the flowers and pumpkins. I hope you like this card!

Happy Harvest 3

Here’s my video for this card – Enjoy!

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 Sketch Markers — Overalls (B24, B26), Shirt/Hat (R29, R39), Hat/Sunflower Stems (G14, G05), Straw (Y21, Y23), Cheeks (R20), Face (YR30, E30), Sunflower center/Stick (E39, E29), Crow Beaks/Pumpkins (YR16, YR07), Crows (W6, W8), Sunflower Petals (Y13, YR21)

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks — fossilized amber, stormy sky, tattered rose

LF Happy Harvest
LF Happy Harvest
EH | SSS | LF
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

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
EH | SSS | AMZN
Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads
EH | SSS | AMZN
LF Grassy Border
LF Grassy Border
EH | SSS | LF
ME Peek a Frame
ME Peek a Frame
EH | SSS | ME
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Sakura Black Gelly Roll
Sakura Black Gelly Roll

Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear
EH | SSS | AMZN

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
EH | SSS
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun
EH | SSS | AMZN

Absorber
Absorber

MISTI
MISTI

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
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
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
EH | SSS

Tip Top Taupe Ink
Tip Top Taupe Ink