Adore You

Hi everyone!

This is my last card for the 30 day coloring challenge.  I didn’t color everyday with everything else going on, but I was motivated with this one – because one of these cards is headed to California.   I made a similar card during the last coloring challenge – with the flowers in purple and I get lots of pins on it – so I think it’s safe to say people like this style.

Adore You - Fushia 4

I colored many flowers and leaves and made a second card using the extra flowers.  The frames are different sizes and the dimensions are different on each card.  On the card above, the lower bottom left flower is propped up.

Adore You - Fushia 1

On this card, a few of the followers are propped up on top of the frame – which I really like.  I didn’t add a sentiment on this second card because I can add it when I find it’s use.

Adore You - Fushia Set 1

Regarding the My Favorite Things 2017 Superstar contest – I didn’t win.  There are always so many more talented entries than mine.  It’s ok…I’m not hurt about it.  Ok…maybe a tiny bit.  Who wouldn’t be disappointed, right?  Just means I need to try a little harder next year.  Or not do it at all because I thought I tried REALLY hard this year!

Hope you enjoyed these cards!  Have a wonderful 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.).

Copic colors:  RV04, RV06, RV09, RV19, Y17, YG09, G09, G19

Altenew Adore You
Altenew Adore You

EH | SSS | Altenew

MFT More Essential Sentiments
MFT More Essential Sentiments

EH | SSS | MFT

MFT More Essential Sentiments
MFT More Essential Sentiments

EH | SSS | MFT

MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames
MFT Stitched Rectangle Scallop Edge Frames

EH | SSS | MFT


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink

EH | SSS

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
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


Sakura White Gelly Roll
Sakura White Gelly Roll
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


3.5 inch Round Acrylic Block
3.5 inch Round Acrylic Block

 

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Always Stand By You

DAY 1 of 3:  Clean and Simple

Print

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

 

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

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

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

Fairy Garden Card in a Box

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share my fairy card-in-a-box with you today!  These cards are seriously so fun to make and not every one will turn out the same – so many possibilities!

Fairy Card in a box 1

I made one for my neighbor to give to his wife and one to keep for myself.  I’m learning that it’s more time saving to go ahead and make at least 1 extra (in case you mess one up or want to have one for another occasion).  One of the most time consuming things is choosing colors and getting all the pieces cut – so if I can do double the amount of everything in one sitting, that’s a plus for me!

This is a horizontal card-in-a-box.  Here are the dimensions that you will need for a card that fits in an A2 envelop (card size:  4.25″ x 5.50″):

Base:  4.25″ x 12″

With your base sitting horizontally, score at 2″, 5.50″, 7.50″, AND 11″

Turn you base 90 degrees so that it is now sitting vertically and score it at 2″

You will want at least 2 inserts:  4 11/16″ x 1″, scored at 5/8″ from each end to fit inside the box.

I know I have mad skills when it comes to drawing using the Paint tool…but don’t laugh at me.  Here’s a visual for those of you who like to see it:

Horizonal Card in a Box Image

The “dotted” lines are what you want to cut for the flaps on your box card.  You’ll also want to cut away the gray areas in the image – saving only a small tab at the bottom of the box to adhere and construct your box.

Fairy Cuttings.JPG

I cut out some grassy borders for the two tabs and them started gluing everything on in random places until I was happy.

Fairy Card in a Box

The final thing was matting the box – you can do this however you like.  I had lots of extra pieces so I used them to decorate the front panel.  When closed up, The box is plain – I didn’t feel the need to make the card bulkier by adding more patterned paper – but feel free to do whatever makes you happy!

Fairy Card in a box 2

I hope you enjoyed this card!  It really makes me happy 🙂

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.).

Copics:  E50, E31, E35, E55, E37, E49,  Y02, Y17, BG000, B01, B28, R20, RV23, R14, R29, R39, V12, V15, YG09, G19

LF Fairy Friends
LF Fairy Friends EH | SSS | LF
LF Puffy Clouds Border

LF Puffy Clouds Border

EH | SSS | LF

LF Grassy Border

LF Grassy Border
EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Real Red Ink
Real Red Ink

Emerald Envy Ink
Emerald Envy Ink

Soft Suede Ink
Soft Suede Ink

Recollections 12x12 White
Recollectons 12×12 White
MFT Homespun Gingham Paper Pack
MFT Homespun Gingham Paper Pack EH | SSS | MFT

Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Wild Wasabi Cardstock
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS
LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables EH | SSS | LF

Absorber
Absorber

SU Clear Block Bundle
SU Clear Block Bundle

SU Simply Scored
SU Simply Scored
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Sakura Gelly Roll
Sakura Gelly Roll

 

Happy Day Birthday Shaker Card

Hello!  I’m stoping by to quickly share a card I made the other day.  I’ve used this Happy Day stamp set by Concord & 9th quite a few times in the past few months but each time – it turns out different, in all good ways!  In the past, I have embossed the image and watercolored, but I used Copic markers to color the image this time.

Happy Day Birthday Shaker 1

My friend, Missy loves GLITTER.  Every time she asks me to make a card, she wants me to use glitter – so you’ll probably recognize the glitter paper.  I’m also a huge fan of these stitched rectangle scallop frames from My Favorite Things.

Happy Day Birthday Shaker 3

The banner and sentiment is from the same stamp set – I love that you can customize the years.  I propped the frame up using foam adhesive and turned card into a shaker.  The pink in the background is subtle but it brings out the color of the cake as well.

Happy Day Birthday Shaker 2

I filled the shaker portion with lots of iridescent glitter, gold sequins, and some iridescent microbeads.  I haven’t made a shaker in a while so this was fun for me!  I’m working on a fairy card in a box for my next post.  I did all the coloring for it and plan on having a supply list and details.  I’ve shared a few of those cards in the past with very little instructions but I hope to share more next time.  Stay tuned!

XOXO,

caly-sig