Enchanted Iris

Hi, Friends!

The 30 day coloring challenge is going on this month and I’ve been staying up late trying to color.  The My Favorite Things Superstar contest is also going on.  I’m trying to get some cards made for that.  I’m not as hopeful this year – someone slap me because I’m being a Debbie Downer!  One of the card themes is coloring.  While I have confidence in my coloring, I feel like there are not a lot of stamps that would really showcase my coloring.  Sure…there are lots of cute stamps – I just don’t know how to make them better than what others can do with coloring.  Some ideas or motivation would be nice!  Like this amazing iris stamp set by Altenew that I colored for Kathy Racoosin’s coloring challenge.  It’s really fun trying to recreate a flower!

IMG_1914

I colored this lily by Concord & 9th the other day…made a card and forgot to take pictures – so I’m sharing the image I posted on Instagram.  It’s really hard to make it look realistic!  I tried again with the Iris and am happier with how it turned out.  Here’s the image I used as inspiration:

I love coloring with Copics…and I LOVE irises!

Iris 2

I sponged the background with some distress ink in Tumbled Glass and added some sequins to finish off the card.  I feel like coloring is always 95% of my cards.  Once I have things colored, putting it together is so much fun!

Iris

I hope to share more cards as the month progresses – especially my MFT Superstar entries once I have them all done.  Last year, I posted them as I finished, but I think I need to take my time to execute them well.  Wish me luck!

See you all 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 Ink background – Tumbled Glass

Copics – V000, V15, V09, Y06, R27, G14, G09

Altenew Enchanted Iris
Altenew Enchanted Iris EH | SSS | Altenew
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Sakura White Gelly Roll
Sakura White Gelly Roll
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue EH | SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

4.25 inch Round Acrylic Block
4.25 inch Round Acrylic Block
Uchida Marvy Jewel Picker
Uchida Marvy Jewel Picker EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

Ranger Mini Round Blending Tools

EH | SSS | AMZN

Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills
Ranger Mini Round Foam Blending Refills EH | SSS | AMZN
MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI EH | SSS | MSP
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
PPP Sparking Clear Confetti Mix
PPP Sparking Clear Confetti Mix EH | SSS | PPP
Advertisements

Amelia Rose

I love it when I get to make baby cards because I get to use soft pastels and all things cute.  I don’t know this little Amelia Rose – but her parents sure are blessed!  And seriously…what an awesome name to have!  I just adore it!  I made this card by request for a friend about 2 weeks ago so I’m hoping it got to it’s destination and that I can share this.  I honestly don’t make time anymore to craft like I used to and most things I share are things I’ve made by request for friends who need one made.  The new 30 day coloring challenged started on September first and I didn’t even realize it.  Being sick and celebrating my 13th wedding anniversary may have something to do with the mind lapse this past weekend also…

IMG_1895

That man right there is my husband.  I’m a lucky girl because he is an amazing father and support system for us all despite his struggles with trying to finish up his last month of residency right now.  Life has been rough on us and he’s been in school our entire marriage.  I’m so glad I won’t have to say that again soon :).

Amelia Rose

Sorry for the tangent…back to the card!  I die-cut a cloud to use as a stencil to create the sponged background.  Then the rest is simple stamping and embossing of the letters.  The cute little monkey was colored using copic markers.  Can you guys what the HARDEST part of this card was?  Those strings!!!  I used gold thread – and they did not want to stay. I ended cutting two little slits on each end to hold the thread in place at the bottom of each balloon but it was still difficult to hold them all in place.  Finally, I added two layers of glossy accents over the pink and mint green letters.

Amelia Rose 1

Hope you enjoyed that!  I’ll try to get more posted soon.  I got some images stamped last night for the 30 day coloring challenge so that’s motivate me to make some cards!  Have a wonderful rest of your week and 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 colors used:  YR30, E31, E55, R20

ME Balloon Letters
ME Balloon Letters

EH | SSS |ME

SPD Chunky Monkey
SPD Chunky Monkey

SSS | SPD

MFT Adventure Is Calling
MFT Adventure Is Calling

EH | SSS | MFT

ME Balloon Letters
ME Balloon Letters

EH | SSS | ME

LF Puffy Clouds Border

LF Puffy Clouds Border

EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

Blushing Bride Ink
Blushing Bride Ink

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle

SSS | EH


Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Pink Pirouette Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots

EH | SSS | AMZN


3.5

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


SU Stamping Sponges
SU Stamping Sponges
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents

EH | SSS | AMZN


Coats & Clark Gold Thread
Coats & Clark Gold Thread

Layered Hydrangea

I’ve been keeping myself busy lately with all sorts of last minute projects.  I decided on a whim that I needed to do this Ellen Hutson Pin Sights challenge.  First off…let me start off by saying that Ellen Hutson is one of my FAVORITE places to buy crafting supplies from. Shipping is always quick and I make a loyal order once a month because they reward loyal customers with 10% off!  Anyway, I still don’t know much about the challenge (how often it goes and when), but I wanted to give this one a try.  This months challenge is inspired by this photo:

IMG_1674

I’m pretty literal with these types of things….so I chose colors close to this swatch to make my card using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

EH PS Challenge - Hydrangea 1

There are only so many ways to stamp this image (at least that’s how my brain works with this set) – so this is the third card I’ve made with this layout.  This time, I stamped a few extra petals so I can layer them on top for some interest.

EH PS Challenge - Hydrangea 3

I embossed the image in black and then water colored everything using the colors in the swatch with a pentel waterbrush.

EH PS Challenge - Hydrangea

The other water color pieces were placed on top to give the flower a 3D look.  I added some silver glitter stickles to the centers and die cut the sentiment to finish off the card. Just a quick and fun card I wanted to share…(fussy cutting watercolor isn’t so fun).

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.).

Zig Colors:  027 Dark Pink, 022 Carmine Red, 202 Peach Pink, 048 Emerald Green, 064 Oatmeal, 901 Gray Tint


EH Mondo Hydrangea
EH Mondo Hydrangea

EH Many Thanks Dies
EH Many Thanks Dies
MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI EH | SSS | MSP

Melon Mambo Cardstock
Melon Mambo Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black EH | SSS
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Ranger Stickles - Silver Glitter Glue
Ranger Stickles – Silver Glitter Glue EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors

First Day of School 2017

PHEW!  It’s been a CRAZY week!

So many last minute things that I did for the kids and others that I had not intended on doing – but it’s been fun because I had lots of craft time!  Here’s a picture of the kids at the bus stop:

First Day of School Shirts

I know I’ve said in the past that I don’t want to share personal photos – but the main reason I’m sharing this is to show off these cute t-shirts that I designed for the school this year – it was such an honor.  I’m learning more and more everyday how to digitize my work.  I even made their signs digitally this year.  There photos and a hyperlapsed video on Instagram if you’d like to take a look.  Find me by searching “craftincaly.”

First Day of School Bracelets 3

I also handlettered this card for a neighbor as a gift to her daughter.  I think it’s the sweetest gift ever!

Teacher Chalkboard

And finally – I made this card for a neighbor who is returning to work after taking a year off to have her baby.  TEACHERS ARE AMAZING PEOPLE and deserve all the support 🙂

Hope you all had a terrific week!  Until next time…

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 used:  E17, E34, E25, Y28 E07, E41, R20, R17, R29, W0, W2, T9, B23, G03, G05, YR31, Y06, YR23

Not pictured below:  Craft-colored cardstock

ME Page Huggers
ME Page Huggers

EH | SSS |ME

ME Words Defined
ME Words Defined

EH | SSS |ME

MFT Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames
MFT Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames

EH | SSS | MFT

LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables

EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag

EH | SSS | SU


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS


Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Sakura White Gelly Roll
Sakura White Gelly Roll

Sakura Black Gelly Roll

Sakura Black Gelly Roll

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


SU Stampin' Dimensionals
SU Stampin’ Dimensionals

SU Stampin' Dimensionals
SU Stampin’ Dimensionals

3.5

Absorber
Absorber

EK Success Retractable Knife
EK Success Retractable Knife

EK Success Self-Healing Mat
EK Success Self-Healing Mat

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors
MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI

EH | SSS | MSP

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Bee-YOU-Tiful

Hello, Friends!

Seems like it’s been forever – but it’s mostly because I’ve waited three weeks to share this card!  I made it for a neighbor and long story short – she finally got it today and I can finally share.  Happy anniversary, Stephanie!  She’s got the sweetest husband who commissions me frequently for cards – seems like I’ve made more cards for her this year than anyone!

BeeYouTiFul 1

I love bees!  I have a tiny bee in a random stamp set but I’ve never seen stamps devoted to bees – so when Honey Bee Stamps released this one, I was super excited.  Pretty Pink Posh has a great one too – the set is smaller and so the price is a little better for anyone who is interested. 🙂

BeeYouTiFul

I dry embossed some honeycombs on the front panel and cut a window out.  Then I lightly sponged the top with some yellow to give the embossing some color.

BeeYouTiFul 3

I stamped and colored the images with my Copic markers then cut them out. Initially, I wanted to make a shaker card, but decided that this window looks beautiful and didn’t need more.  I REALLY love this card!  Details/supplies will be listed below.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few weeks practicing lettering and created a logo and bookmarks for my neighborhood book club.  We had our first meeting last week and I really think I’m going to enjoy it!  I always want to do too much but this will give me the opportunity to do something fun outside my house.  I thought I would share the logo and bookmarks with you:

Between The Covers Bookclub Logo

Nothing too fancy – I just printed them on 65lb cardstock and laminated them :).

I also made baby shower for my soon-to-arrive nephew.  I didn’t have much time so I kept it simple:

Gordon Baby Shower 1

That’s all I have for now!  My boys are starting school on Wednesday and I have a lettering project that I did for a neighbor that I will share next time.  Thanks for sticking it out with me!  Have a great week!

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 used:  salty ocean, wild honey,

Not shown below:  honey comb embossing folder by the paper studio

HB Busy Bees
HB Busy Bees

EH | SSS | HB

HB Bee-You-Tiful Sentiments
HB Bee-You-Tiful Sentiments

EH | SSS | HB

MFT Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window
MFT Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window

EH | SSS | MFT

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

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

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


Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll

SU Stampin' Dimensionals
SU Stampin’ Dimensionals
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS


Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors
MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI

EH | SSS | MSP


Absorber
Absorber

Cupcakes

Today’s card was made for LiveLoveCard’s July challenge – anything relating to desserts.  I made this last week on a whim so I thought I would share it really quick.  It’s VERY simple!

Cupcakes 1

I stamped the images and colored with Copics, then used the coordinating punch from Stampin’ Up! to punch them out.  I haven’t used a Stampin’ Up! set in a very long time so it was nice to get some use out of them.  I need to find a way to de-stash and sell some sets that I haven’t used.  If you’re interested in something – please let me know if there’s something you’re looking for from the past 3 years.  It’s likely that I’ll have it!

Cupcakes 2

The pink cupcake was adhered directly on the card base, the blue with one layer of dimensional tape and the green one on a wobble action spring.  Makes a simple card a little fun.

Cupcakes

I used some gray Copics to color some shadow for the cupcakes in the back – but I love how the cupcake in the front has it’s own!

I’m exhausted today and realized at dinner it’s because I completely forgot to make coffee today!  I’m having a withdrawal headache so I’m hoping to sleep it off and the cup of coffee I have tomorrow will work extra well on a dreadful Monday!

Good night!

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.).

Copics:  E41, E42, R00, R21, B00, B12, G00, BG32, N0, N1


Sprinkles of Life
Sprinkles of Life

2015-2017 In Color  Markers
Tree Builder Punch
LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Blushing Bride Ink
Blushing Bride Ink

Pool Party Ink
Pool Party Ink

Mint Macaron Ink
Mint Macaron Ink

So Saffron Cardstock
So Saffron Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue
Tombow Liquid Multi Mono Glue

EH | SSS | AMZN


Mini Action Wobbles
Mini Action Wobbles

SU Clear Block Bundle
SU Clear Block Bundle

Fish Family

Hello Everyone!

My coworker asked me to make a card for her parents’ wedding anniversary and asked me to personalize it for her using fish to recreate members.  The choice was between fish and elephants and since I didn’t think I could fit 8 elephants on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card, I chose fish.  It was more fun to create an ocean scene anyway :).

Anniversary Fish

I created a watercolor background using purples and blues from my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I didn’t write down what colors I used – but they were dark.  The water really lightens/brightens up the color when spritzed on.  Then I stamped all the pieces and colored using Copics. I also had to use the mirror-image technique to flip two of the fish for it to go the other way – I’ve never done that before!

Anniversary Fish 2

I added some white accents using my white Gelly Roll pen.  

Anniversary Fish 3

I built my scene and glued it all down using some multi-medium matte glue and added bubbles using my white Gelly Roll pen.

Anniversary Fish 4

I hand-drew the bows on the female fish and also wrote her family member’s names on the card before shipping it to her.

Anniversary Fish 5

Hope you enjoyed that!  The summer heat is hitting Kansas City hard now.  Stay cool!

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.).

LF Fintastic Friends
LF Fintastic Friends EH | SSS | LF
LF Happy Everything
LF Happy Everything EH | SSS | LF
MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop FramesMFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames

EH | SSS | MFT


SSS Stitched Slopes and Hills
SSS Stitched Slopes and Hills

White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

2.5
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN
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
Ranger Tim Holtz Distres Sprayer
Ranger Tim Holtz Distres Sprayer EH | SSS
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN

Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll
MFT Mirror Image
MFT Mirror Image EH | SSS | MFT
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS