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

This Land is Your Land – Splitcoaststampers Month 6

It’s about time I shared my last month’s work as a Splitcoaststamper dirty dozen design team member right?! I cannot believe that was 7 months ago!!!  I’m such a slacker for not posting these sooner.  This will be a longer one so I will dive into sharing the photos – the supply list will be at the end for these.  The theme was “This Land is Your Land” and we could do anything that represents our culture/heritage, where we live, etc.

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This first card is made using a Cherry Blossom set from Fiskars. I got this stamp set on Amazon when I first got into stamping and had never used it before so I decided to use it on this card to create a full background. I colored these blossoms with Copics, then added white dots at the center of the flowers to highlight.  It was beautiful!  It reminds me of the Lunar New Year – which is very much a part of my Vietnamese background.

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I did a simple prayers sentiment and propped it up with some foam and added some glossy accent to make the word pop a little.

This second card is patriotic.  You can’t do this theme without a card with Red, White & Blue!  I used a stencil and brushed on color using Clarity Stencil brushes.  You can do this with foam applicators too!  The brushes allowed me to control the intensity of the color.

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This card represents my hometown – Kansas City, Missouri.  Did you know that next to Rome, Kansas City has the most fountains?  It’s known as the city of fountains in the United States!

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This mermaid card was so fun to make! I stamped and colored all the images, cut them out and then layered them over blue cardstock and velum.  Actually – it’s the reason why I’m making myself post this today.  I want to give this card to a friend for her birthday!  hehe

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How does this card apply to the theme?  For me – it was a part of growing up to watch Disney movies and believe in magic! We all have, right?  These mermaids remind me of my youth and my younger sister- this movie was her favorite!

This orchid in a pot was so easy to stamp – Hero Arts kind of makes it fool-proof with their layering sets. I made this card a 4-bar sized card, which frames this orchid perfectly and makes the perfect note card.

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Last but not least…I wanted to make a card to display the beauty of our mountains!  I have not been to Colorado – but I’ve seen amazing photos from friends who travel all over and I just dream of standing in their shoes! This card is simple stamping of the trees and layering of die cut pieces.

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I hope you enjoyed these cards!

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.).

CHERRY BLOSSOM CARD:

Copic Colors: RV10, RV04, RV06, E25, B0000


Fiskars Asian Inspired
Fiskars Asian Inspired

HA Stamp & Dies with SSS - Prayers
HA Stamp & Dies with SSS – Prayers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
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

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart

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
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents EH | SSS | AMZN
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | SU

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2
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

SU Paper Piercing Tool
SU Paper Piercing Tool

Absorber
Absorber

WISH BIG FLAG CARD:
Distress Ink Color: Blueprint Sketch


Perpetual Birthday Calendar
Perpetual Birthday Calendar
MFT Count the Stars
MFT Count the StarsEH | SSS | MFT
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Clarity Stencil Brushes
Clarity Stencil Brushes
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


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 Stars & Wishes
MFT Stars & WishesEH | SSS | MFT
MFT Count the Stars
MFT Count the Stars EH | SSS | MFT
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


SSS Diagonal Stripes
SSS Diagonal Stripes
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | SU

2.5
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
C-Thru Ruler
C-Thru Ruler SSS | AMZN

Absorber
Absorber

BIRD BATH CARD:

Zig Colors: 094 Gray Brown, 051 Lemon Yellow, 052 Bright Yellow, 036 Light Blue, 032 Persian Blue, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 040 Green

MFT Things With Wings
MFT Things With Wings EH | SSS | MFT
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black EH | SSS

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag EH | SSS | SU
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

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

Absorber
Absorber

MERMAID CARD:

Copic Markers: W3, W5, RV02, RV04, E21, E31, E55, R20, V04, FRV1, YR15, Y17, V01, V12, FB2, B28, C3, C5, G03, G05, YG41, RV29, RV25, E25, E27, Y02, Y21, YR24, YR27

LF Mermaid For You
LF Mermaid For You EH | SSS | LF

MFT Stitched Scallop Edges
MFT Stitched Scallop Edges

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

Calypso Coral Ink
Calypso Coral Ink

Emerald Envy Ink
Emerald Envy Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Sweet Sugarplum Ink
Sweet Sugarplum Ink

Pacific Point Cardstock
Pacific Point Cardstock

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Colorless Blender Solution 200cc
Copic Colorless Blender Solution 200cc EH | SSS

Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
Sandy Allnock Hex Chart
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

ORCHID CARD:

HA Color Layering Orchid in a Pot
HA Color Layering Orchid in a Pot EH | SSS | HA

Chocolate Chip Ink
Chocolate Chip Ink

Flirty Flamingo Ink
Flirty Flamingo Ink

Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink

Melon Mambo Ink
Melon Mambo Ink

Pink Pirouette Ink
Pink Pirouette Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

SU Clear Block Bundle
SU Clear Block Bundle
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

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

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

SNOW CAPPED MOUNTAINS CARD:

Copic Colors: B41, W1

MFT Because You
MFT Because You

EH | SSS | MFT

LF Let It Snow
LF Let It Snow

EH | SSS | LF

MFT Grassy Hills
MFT Grassy Hills

EH | SSS | MFT

ME Snow Capped Mountains
ME Snow Capped Mountains

EH | SSS | ME


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


Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock
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

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

MERRIARTIST | SSS

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue

EH | SSS | SU

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


Absorber
Absorber

Valentine’s Waterfall Card

If you love glitter and interactive cards – this one is for you!  I’ve been wanting to make an easy waterfall card but have been a little hesitant to try it. Lately – it seems like I can only get myself to craft if it’s a commissioned project.  Mostly though, I just don’t make the time to play like I used to anymore.  These projects have felt more like work, but still fulfilling to say the least.

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I had quite the time with the pull tab – the interactive part of this card. I think I cut and scored each 3 times before I finally got it right. I had to make sure the hearts all sit inside inside the glitter frame. There are lots of different directions that can be found on pinterest – I think you need to to just adjust it a little bit for your card since each flipped panel will vary from card to card.

As you pull the tab, it pulls the top heart back, revealing the second heart and so on. It’s really neat and fun to do!  I know this is probably easier to see than read.  I have been having a hard time questioning whether I should do more videos.  I just think there are so many people that do it well – why do I need to make them?  I guess I have some self-doubt, but I’m also just so overwhelmed by what a commitment it would take to make videos again.  Sorry to disappoint. 😦

Anyway, let me show you some photos consecutively so you can see what I mean:

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It is all pretty straight forward as far as the die-cutting and embossing goes – but if you have any questions, please let me know below and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine’s 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.).

I used a Recollections paper pack of varying pinks and Recollections shimmer paper for this project.

Altenew Adore You
Altenew Adore You

EH | SSS | Altenew

LF Heart Stackables
LF Heart Stackables

EH | SSS | LF

"MFTMFT Stitched Square Scallop Frames

EH | SSS | MFT


SU Folder Arrows TIEF
SU Folder Arrows TIEF
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots

EH | SSS | AMZN

Stacked Hearts

Hi Everyone!

I typically don’t make Valentine’s Day cards (except one for my husband and minor thing for my kids to pass out at school), but this year, I’ve been commissioned! My neighbor, Stephanie asked me to make 11 cards for her Bunco friends and my realtor friend asked me to make some for her – which I will share later this week – hopefully BEFORE Valentine’s Day (no promises) :D.

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She said different designs – so I made two sets.  This first set is a watercolor set – and we all know no two cards are the same with watercolor. I used a variety of colors using Distress markers and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – brushing them on like slop and then misting them with some water until the ink reacted and moved.  While I love the Zig – I think the Distress Markers move a little less and is easier to control. I really need to use my markers more often than I do.

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I get excited when I finally use products I’ve had a while.  I knew I wanted to use this Stacked Hearts die by Simon Says Stamp and I thought cutting it out in white to overlay a watercolor panel would be really pretty.  I got really lazy and used my Xyron creative station to add adhesive to them as well as the die-cut word love.  It might be just as annoying as apply glue to all those little spaces since the creative station sticker maker adhesive can get everywhere and you end up using an adhesive remover to clean everything up.  I need to remember that I have a bottle of adhesive spray that I should use! I then used the Because stamp set by MFT and stamped/embossed the sentiments in white on black cardstock to finish off the card. These cards were super pretty!

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This next set is using Simon Says Stamp’s Candy Hearts.  I’ve been wanting a stamp set like this for a while and while I know Valentine’s Day only comes once a year – the price point on this smaller stamp set is terrific!  I used my clarity brushes to add the soft falling hearts in the background using a stencil, then simply stamped all the hearts and words in the hearts. To finish off this simple “one-layer” card – I decided to add some stitching and a washi tape accent border.   That border really makes a huge difference!

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I was also commissioned last week to do something a little different.  My realtor friend is a part of a sales team and asked me to design covers for their notebooks.  Her team members reside in different regions all across North America so I got some information on what they liked and created these journals:

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I got to put my handlettering to use and that was really fun but I was definitely in over my head with this project! There’s NO perfection when you’re free-handing things like this! It was a great experience and I definitely learned a lot!  Sorry this picture isn’t great.  I took individual photos but don’t want to blow up this post with them.  I’ll share Missy’s:

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Anyway – catch you all later this week to share Missy’s gliterry Valentine’s Day cards that she asked me to make!

After a week and a half of sickies and germs festering through my household – this girl needs to go to bed early! My body is aching!  Take care, everyone!

XOXO,

caly-sig

SUPPLIES for the cards:

*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.).

STACKED HEARTS:

MFT Because You
MFT Because You EH | SSS | MFT

SSS Stacked Hearts
SSS Stacked Hearts

LYB Love, Laugh & Smile
LYB Love, Laugh & Smile

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH


Pool Party Cardstock
Pool Party Cardstock

Wisteria Wonder Cardstock
Wisteria Wonder 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

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister EH | SSS

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Creative Station
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

CANDY HEARTS:

Not shown below: black-striped washi tape, SU Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock (retired)


SSS Candy Hearts
SSS Candy Hearts

SSS Falling Hearts
SSS Falling Hearts
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines
MFT Homespun Stitch Lines

EH | SSS | MFT


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

Crisp Canteloupe Ink
Crisp Canteloupe Ink (Retired)

Pool Party Ink
Pool Party Ink

Rose Red Ink
Rose Red Ink

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink

Wisteria Wonder Ink
Wisteria Wonder Ink

Flirty Flamingo Cardstock
Flirty Flamingo Cardstock

Mint Macaron Cardstock
Mint Macaron Cardstock

Whisper White Cardstock
Whisper White Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN


Clarity Stencil Brushes
Clarity Stencil Brushes

2017 Year of the Rooster Lucky Red Envelopes

Happy Lunar New Year!

I wish all my wonderful family and friends much love, good health, and prosperity this coming year.  It’s been such a long week. My little Liam turned 4 on Monday and my nephew Aaron turned 15 on Wednesday.  My family also experienced loss today.  Even in despair, we were able to unite and celebrate the new year before last minute trips out of the country.   Cancer is such a terrible thing but I take solace in knowing the pain and suffering has ended. We were supposed to celebrate on Sunday because because this happened, I scrambled today to get these envelopes made.

I learned last year from making these envelopes, that 80lb paper was too thick.  So this year, I went to Michaels and got a pack of 65lb red cardstock.  It’s inexpensive and serves its purpose great for this project.  I use the Mama Elephant Lucky Envelope die and cut out two envelopes. Then I stamped twenty roosters and lamps on cardstock and colored them using Copic markers.

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I do have matching dies to cut these out, but it so much faster to zip them through my Brother Scan N’ Cut 2.  I should think about selling the dies for these stamp sets (Mama Elephant’s Lunar Animals and Lunar Extras).

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Eep! They are sooo cute!  I set these aside and began to emboss the sentiment and an image of cherry blossoms from the Lunar Extras set onto the red envelopes using my MISTI tool.  I speed up this process by stamping and applying powder to a batch of envelopes before heat setting them. Once that was done – it was a matter of gluing these chickidees onto the envelope.

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I really look forward to making these every year for the next 10 years…lol…just so I can design each a little different and use each of the 12 animals on this stamp set.  Last year, I make envelopes using monkeys.  If you wish to see that project, simply click HERE.

Before I go, I also want to share a quick birthday card I made using an Altenew layering set. I believe this stamp set is from a set called Beautiful Day.  I could be wrong.  It’s 1:34 am right now and I’m super tired!

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All stamping and no coloring here (I did outline those berries – but that doesn’t count as coloring).

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Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

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 Colors:  R29, R17, Y28, Y08, Y38, G00, BG32, E30, E000, R20

Not Listed Below:  Recollections 65lb Red Cardstock

ME Lunar Animals
ME Lunar Animals

EH | SSS | ME

ME Lunar Extras
ME Lunar Extras

EH | SSS | ME

ME Lucky Envelope
ME Lucky Envelope

EH | SSS | ME


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

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 Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder
WOW Metallic Gold Rich Regular Embossing Powder

SSS | JOANN

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


SU 2-Way Glue Pen
SU 2-Way Glue Pen

Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2

MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched

Your Day to Sparkle

Even though many don’t like the thought of getting older, there’s still something to be celebrated about a birthday. You celebrate your previous year’s accomplishments and look forward to the next year’s challenges. And truly for me…there’s something to be said about taking the time to make birthday cards.  The gesture either fosters growth and strength in current relationships, or it will rekindle ones that we have not been able to care for. I’m definitely reminded of that this week with 3 birthdays for 3 very different women in my life.

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I made lots of birthday cards on my week off last week when the boys took their winter break.  This one took the most time, but I also enjoyed watercoloring it so much. I embossed the cake image and sentiment using Versafine Onyx black ink and clear powder. Then the stars using WOW Silver Pearl powder.

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I used Distress Ink to watercolor this image and I love how vibrant the flowers are.

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I matted this watercolor panel on top of some Stampin’ Up Perfect Plum and that’s it! Hope you all enjoyed!

Until next time,

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 Inks:  Festive Berries, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Antique Linen, Mermaid Lagoon

C&9 Happy Day
C&9 Happy Day

EH | SSS | C&9


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag

EH | SSS | SU

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

WOW Silver Pearl
WOW Silver Pearl

SSS | EH

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


Perfect Plum Cardstock
Perfect Plum Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


2.5

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Wink of Stella Clear
Wink of Stella Clear

EH | SSS | AMZN

New Year’s Eve Wedding

Happy New Year!!!

It seems I’ve gained a regular customer – :D. I was asked to make a New Year’s-themed wedding card with black, gold and silver.  I haven’t used my owl builder punch in a while and thought I would bring it out to create a similar card that I’ve made in the past.  I’m using different stamps and have brought new things to this card – it’s amazing to see the personal growth in how this card differs from the previous one.

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There’s very little stamping on this card and lots of paper layering.  I stamped the branch and colored it using some brown Copic colors.  Then I stamped the couple’s initials on the inside flap of the card  and the female owl’s dress and embossed them in silver.  There is also a simple stamp on the front enclosure and that’s it! I used a white Gelly Roll pen to draw the male owl’s shirt. This card was so simple but so much fun to make!

The inside of the card shows the shadow of the front

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Oh! I also did some soft blue sponging around the owls for a night sky feel to give it a little bit of color.  That’s it! I will definitely be making more of these in the future.  It’s such a great wedding card.  I hope you enjoyed!

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Until next time,

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.).

Not listed below:  Inkadinkadoo Flourishes stamp set, Stormy Sky Distress Ink (+ blending tools)

ME Mini Messages
ME Mini Messages

EH | SSS |ME


Sophisticated Serifs
Sophisticated Serifs

Owl Builder Punch
Owl Builder Punch

1-1/4 Inch Circle Scallop Punch
1-1/4 Inch Circle Scallop Punch

EK Tools 1 Inch Circle Punch
EK Tools 1 Inch Circle Punch
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle

WOW Metallic Silver Sparkle

SSS | EH


Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock

Real Red Cardstock
Real Red Cardstock

Sahara Sand Cardstock
Sahara Sand Cardstock

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU 2-Way Glue Pen
SU 2-Way Glue Pen
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool
Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool

SSS | AMZN


NN  What a Hoot
NN What a Hoot

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched

Mini MISTI – Laser Etched


Non-Slip Vinyl Templates

Non-Slip Vinyl Templates

Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


2.5
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers

EH | SSS | AMZN


Absorber
Absorber