Always Here For You – Magic Slider Card

Hey Everyone!

I feel like I’ve been slacking off since the coloring challenge ended so I wanted to make something really cool that I’ve never done before for this post.  Have you ever done a magic slider card?  I’ve seen a few of them in the past and a few more recently and it definitely had me wishing I had tried it sooner.  I wish I had more time to make a video too but for now…this will have to do!

You Are Here Magic Slider 1

If you haven’t seen one made yet (and there are lots of different variations on it) – there are some great ones on YouTube.  You don’t need to see it from me – though I have to admit…my self-doubt is preventing me from making videos too.  SHAME ON ME…I know! I shouldn’t think that way!

You Are Here Magic Slider 4

At a glance – this is the most boring black and white card ever.  But as you pull the tab up, it transforms!

You Are Here Magic Slider 3

No secret!  It’s just a simple slider card, promise!  But the illusion is so magical!  You just need acetate stamped with staz-on ink (because it’s permanent for a no-porous surface like acetate).  The exact same image is stamped underneath, colored, and positioned in the exact same place.  Voila!

You Are Here Magic Slider

I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color this image.  I LOVE this Concord & 9th stamp set!  Supplies are listed below!

You Are Here Magic Slider 2

Thanks for stopping by today!

XOXO,

caly-sig

*Disclaimer: I am not being paid by any company to promote their products. I make cards using stamp sets and materials which I love and I love to share. To view where these items can be purchased, click on the linked abbreviations below (SU for Stampin’ Up!, SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson, AMZN for Amazon, LF for Lawn Fawn, MFT for My Favorite Things, etc.).

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers:  084 Deep Violet, 082 Purple, 027 Dark Pink, 047 May Green, 041 Light Green

Recollections Glitter Paper

Distress Ink: Pumice Stone

C&9 You are Here
C&9 You are Here

EH | SSS | C&9

LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

EH | SSS | LF

LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
LF Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables

EH | SSS | LF


White/Gray Big Shot
White/Gray Big Shot

Embossable Window Plastic
Embossable Window Plastic
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS


SU Heat Tool
SU Heat Tool
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks

EH | SSS


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb
Neenah Solar White 80 lb

EH | SSS

Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush

EH | SSS | AMZN


Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN

Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS

MSP Mini MISTI
MSP Mini MISTI

EH | SSS | MSP


Gold Baker's Twine
Gold Baker’s Twine

1/8 Inch Circle Handheld Punch
1/8 inch Circle Handheld Punch

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.

stacked-hearts

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!

candy-hearts-1

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!

candy-hearts

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:

sales-9-notebooks

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:

missys-notebook

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

Grateful

Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away, Ya’ll!!!

My Favorite Things (MFT) is challenging crafters to spread thankfulness by making a card for someone you’re thankful for. I had some time last night so I created this card using a set called Geometric Greenery and Grateful by MFT.  It’s also helping me to participate in Kathy Racoosin’s 30 day color challenge.  🙂

grateful-greenery-2

I stamped the images with Versafine Onyx Black ink and embossed them with clear powder on Canson XL watercolor paper so I can use various colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to color the panel – leaving room in the center for this “grateful” die cut from the Grateful set.

grateful-greenery-1

I added glossy accents on op of this die cut word to give it some shine and dimension.  When I was done coloring, I decided I wanted to accent the leaves using dots and lines using a white gel pen. I also went around all the images with blue and dispersed the color with some water to blur the lines. It really makes it pop!  To finish it off, I matted it with some Rich Razzleberry cardstock by Stampin’ Up.  It was a quick card and it turned out beautifully.

grateful-greenery

I have so many people to be grateful for.  This amazing community of crafters who are always so supportive of one another with uplifting comments.  It always brings me so much comfort to know that I’m not alone in finding joy in creating.  This thought always brings me back to my previous neighbor, Karen, who introduced me to stamping/card-making.  She’s such a beautiful person and remains a special part of our lives so I want to dedicate this card to her.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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 Clean Color Real Brush Markers: 070 Orange, 031 Cobalt Blue, 041 Light Green, 260 Deep Red, 084 Deep Violet

MFT Grateful For You
MFT Grateful For You EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Geometric Greenery
MFT Geometric Greenery EH | SSS | MFT

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
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

Rich Razzleberry Cardstock
Rich Razzleberry Cardstock
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Uni-Ball Signo Broad White

Uni-Ball Signo Broad White

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents EH | SSS | AMZN

Basic Black Cardstock
Basic Black Cardstock
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

2.5

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber
EK Success Craft Tweezers
EK Success Craft Tweezers EH | SSS | AMZN

SCS Cards for May – Sparkling Waters

Hi Everyone!

During my forth month as a design team member for Splitcoaststampers (SCS) for the month of May, the theme was Sparkling Waters.  The great thing about these themes is, you can interpret it any way you want – as long as water is involved.  So I used this opportunity to play with a bunch of different watercolor techniques.

In the card below, I used my Gansai Tambi set for the first time to color this dahlia. The card itself has a very traditional feel with the oval cut out and doily accent.

dahlia

For my second card, I used distress ink to watercolor these Spring Flowers after embossing the images in white. The velum over the colored panel gives the card a soft and dreamy look.

spring-flowers-2

My third card uses NO stamps. I watercolored the background using Zig Clean Color Real brush markers and used die-cut outs to decorate the card.  This is something I’ve never done before.

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On my forth card – I tried the no-line watercolor technique for the first time. I think that depending on the color you use, this technique can be very easy or more challenging. I did one after this one in yellow and had a much more difficult time getting a layered look.

peony-bouquet-no-line

My fifth card doesn’t use any water techniques.  I simply wanted to incorporate a water image – COFFEE.  MMMMMmmmmm….my favorite thing.  You can call it an addiction but I call it a habit of morning nourishment :).

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A neighbor of mine asked me to make a birthday card for her friend using coffee, so I created another card like it:

but-first-coffee-1

Finally, my 6th card is using the salt technique.  I used large kosher salt granules on a watercolor panel that wasn’t quite dry and the salt pulled up some color, creating a really cool background:

youre-a-star

I hope you enjoyed these cards!  I’ve got two more months of cards to share.  Sorry it’s taken me so long!  I’ll get to it eventually 😐

Here are the SUPPLIES for the cards above in the same order they are shown:

*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.).

Card #1 – Dahlia using Gansai Tambi

Gansai Tambi Colors: 36, 63, 139, 58, 56, 53

WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet - Dahlia
WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet – Dahlia EH | SSS | WPlus9
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

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb

Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
Gansai Tambi 36 color set
Gansai Tambi 36 color set 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
LF Small Stitched Oval Stackables
LF Small Stitched Oval Stackables EH | SSS | LF
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag EH | SSS | SU

Heat Tool
Heat Tool

Clear Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder

Tea Lace Paper Doilies
Tea Lace Paper Doilies
3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape EH | SSS | AMZN
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

SSS Friends Die
EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber

Card #2 – Spring Flowers using Distress Ink

Distress Colors: Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Lucky Clover, Cracked Pistachio


SSS Spring Flowers
SSS Spring Flowers

SSS Sending and Wishing
SSS Sending and Wishing
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Stazon Jet Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

SSS Sending and Wishing Dies
SSS Sending and Wishing Dies
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag EH | SSS | SU
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Heat Tool
Heat Tool
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

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

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Janome 6260 Quilter's Companion Sewing Machine
Janome 6260 Quilter’s Companion Sewing Machine
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched

MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Creative Station

Card #3 – Scribble Roses using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Not Listed: Recollections Shimmer Paper

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker Colors Used: 030 Blue, 035 Deep Blue, 080 Violet, 085 Deep Violet

Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad EH | SSS | JOANN

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
Ranger Mini Mister
Ranger Mini Mister EH | SSS
MFT Brushstroke Birthday Greetings
MFT Brushstroke Birthday Greetings EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Scribble Roses
MFT Scribble Roses EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Simple Leaf Flourishes
MFT Simple Leaf Flourishes EH | SSS | MFT
Embossing Powder Bag
Embossing Powder Bag EH | SSS | SU

Basic Black Ink
Basic Black Ink
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Adhesive Remover
Adhesive Remover

Xyron Creative Station
Xyron Creative Station
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Paper Piercing Tool
Paper Piercing Tool

Dymo Mechanical Embosser
Dymo Mechanical Embosser

Card #4- Peony Bouquet using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers – No-Line Technique

Zig Colors: 026 Light Pink, 027 Dark Pink, 044 Deep Green, 047 May Green, 061 Light Brown

Altenew Peony Bouquet
Altenew Peony Bouquet EH | SSS | Altenew

Butterfly Basics
Butterfly Basics
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid InkSSS | MFT

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
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber

Card #5 – Of Frappe!

Copics: W0, W3, R29, R39, E34, E50


EH Oh Frappe
EH Oh Frappe
MFT Zig-Zag Circle STAX
MFT Zig-Zag Circle STAX EH | SSS | MFT
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink EH | SSS | AMZN

Early Espresso Cardstock
Early Espresso Cardstock

Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock

Crumb Cake Ink
Crumb Cake Ink

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

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

Watercolor Wonder Washi
Watercolor Wonder Washi (Retired)
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN

Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle

Mini MISTI - Laser Etched
Mini MISTI – Laser Etched
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS

Absorber
Absorber

Card #6 – You’re a Star – Salt Technique using Gansai Tambi

Copic Colors: V25, BV11, RV04, R43, YR02, YR61, YG41, YG11, RV00, RV02

Gansai Tambi #64

LF So Jelly
LF So Jelly

EH | SSS | LF


Pacific Point Ink
Pacific Point Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
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


Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers

EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST


Simply Simmons Round Brush
Simply Simmons Round Brush
Gansai Tambi 36 color set
Gansai Tambi 36 color set

EH | SSS | AMZN

3M Scotch Foam Tape
3M Scotch Foam Tape

EH | SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


Brother Scan N Cut 2
Brother Scan N Cut 2
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue

EH | SSS


Clear Block Bundle
Clear Block Bundle
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board

EH | SSS

Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder

EH | SSS

PPP Cornflower 4mm
PPP Cornflower 4mm

EH | SSS | PPP

PPP Cornflower 6mm
PPP Cornflower 6mm

EH | PPP

PPP Cobalt 4mm
PPP Cobalt 4mm

EH | SSS| PPP

PPP Cobalt 6mm
PPP Cobalt 6mm

EH | PPP


Sequins Moonshine 6 mm
Sequins Moonshine 6mm

Sequins Moonshine 5mm
Sequins Moonshine 5mm

Absorber
Absorber

Stamping Sponges
Stamping Sponges

Confessions of a Wannabe Superstar

Did my title catch your attention? It’s true – I have lots of confessions. I’m a terrible self-critic. I sell myself short a lot. STOP IT, you say? UGH….I know….I know….!!! I really can’t help myself! When I was asked to be a part of the design team with Splitcoaststampers, I was sooo honored – I still can’t believe that I was a part of that!  At moments I felt like I wasn’t going to make it through it and had serious doubts initially because I was very pregnant and didn’t think I could make so many cards and keep my personal blog and YouTube channel up to date. I just poured all the time I had into it and still haven’t recovered.  It was such a wonderful experience and I really have no regrets!  Having a newborn is a full-time gig!  I still have 5 months of cards to post and I feel like I will never finish doing that – I just wish I had more time!  I am so distracted while working and WISH I could craft instead…and I’ve been consumed by this contest by My Favorite Things:

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Last year – I had even more self doubt than I do now. I don’t know if you all follow other blogs and try to leave a comment for a 1/3000 chance to win a $25 gift voucher or you tag friends on Instagram to win giveaways. I do….and then I wonder why I even bother?!  HAHA. I’m not complaining – I promise! I’m laughing at myself and all of us in the stamping community that LOVE creating and sharing our passion so much – we get sucked into everything that is posted. It’s because I desire so much to be a part of something bigger. I don’t want to JUST make cards – I want to inspire others and feel like I’m actually reaching people.  I get disappointed and often feel like I’m not good enough – anyone else out there feel that way?! Well…I’m going to stop that right now because I WANNA BE A CARD DESIGN SUPERSTAR!!! I really really do!

We are able to share 3 of our designs using MFT stamps and die-namics. The contest ends Thursday night so I’m going to post one every night for the next 3 nights and I hope you’ll follow along to see what I’ve created!

My first card is an interactive card I made using the Beary Special Birthday set.

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I stamped the image twice and cut it apart (leaving off the bear’s paws on the gift box) in order to make the card interactive. You’ll see what I mean in my next few photos.  The bear’s ears stick out a big – so I stamped the other presents to help hid his cute ears.

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SEE?!? You pull on the tab and you reveal the bear! OK – maybe I’m a bit proud of myself. Just a teeny tiny bit. My husband thinks it’s genius but he’s a little biased.  😀

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Peek-a-boo!

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SURPRISE!!!

Let’s talk about the rest of the card, shall we?  I colored the background with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (man…that’s a mouthful!), spritzed it with some water and let it air dry. I flicked some plain water on it, let it sit for a few seconds, then used a piece of paper towel to soak up the excess to get a speckled background. Color, get it wet, dry, get it wet, soak up extra water. Got it?! LOL – we make it complicated!

I stamped the balloons, colored them, then covered them in glossy accents. You have to…to make them shiny! It’s fun-you have to do it! Do it!!!  To make the banners and pennants, I used distress ink and die cut the pennants using MFT’s Stitched Alphabet Banner die-namics. The word “SURPRISE!” is embossed with white. I LOVE the Wonky Rectangle dies – it finishes off so many cards for me!  I also decided to mat the piece on some Gold Sparkle Card Stock by MFT too. See my supplies below.

I hope you all liked this! Please tune in for the next two days to see the other two cards I’ve created! I’m excited about them! I know I’m teasing you but I didn’t want to put all three of these cards in one post! I won’t be as silly tomorrow – I’m hoping to go to bed early tonight now that I am done making 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.).

Copics: E55, E31, E41, Y11, Y15, BV00, V25, R17, R29R20, RV23, RV13, BG11, BG13, BG49

ZIG:  036 Light Blue, 049 Green Shadow, 084 Deep Violet

Distress Ink:  Peacock Feathers

MFT Beary Special Birthday
MFT Beary Special Birthday EH | SSS | MFT
MFT Stitched Banner Alphabet
MFT Stitched Banner Alphabet EH | SSS | MFT

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 Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN
HA White Embossing Powder

HA White Embossing Powder

SSS | EH

MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink
MFT Black Licorice Hybrid InkSSS | MFT
Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black EH | SSS
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks
Ranger Tim Holtz Mini Distress Inks EH | SSS
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

MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock
MFT Gold Sparkle Card Stock

Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers EH | SSS | MERRIARTIST

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
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

Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush EH | SSS | AMZN
MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX
MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX EH | SSS | MFT
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Glossy Accents
Glossy Accents EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Scissors

SU Stampin' Dimensionals
SU Stampin’ Dimensionals

Absorber
Absorber
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

Gold Baker's Twine
Gold Baker’s Twine

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

Anniversaries and Tui Bird Update

Hi Everyone!!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day!  My husband and I celebrated our 12th Anniversary on September 4th – it was also my niece’s 4th birthday party – so I have plenty of photos to share and updates!  My last post was on my niece’s Rainbow Dash birthday card.

Here is a quick photo of us before we went to her birthday party to document our anniversary :D.

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I also made her funfetti cupcakes! I was kind of sad that some of her cupcake toppers were taken/thrown in the trash but 6 of 12 made it back to her.

I didn’t even make my husband an anniversary card this year! Shame on me but with everything else going on – I just haven’t made the time and he totally understands. I have made two anniversary cards for a neighbor to give to others so I will share those instead!  She came over and told me what she wanted and here they are:

This first card is the swallowtail made using a stamp set by Stampin’ Up! I believe it’s retired now :(. BUT don’t be sad – there are LOTS of butterfly sets available out there! I used Zig markers to color and added an embossed banner. I will list supplies for this card below.

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The second card I made is using Stampin’ Up’s Rose Wonder set. I used Copics to color this card and added a few drops of glossy accent to mimic dew drops :).

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Remember the Tui Bird painting I did for a photographer I used for Lyla’s infant photos? If you don’t…you can check out the post here. Look what she has done with it!

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I don’t have rights to this photo – so it’s of poor quality – but I really wanted to share it here for you to see. i’m so proud of it!

Thanks for stopping by today! I’ll get back to sharing my 2nd month of Splitcoaststampers cards again soon!

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.).

SWALLOWTAIL CARD:

Zig Colors: 081 light violet, 080 violet, 025 pink, 051 lemon yellow, 068 deep brown


Swallowtail
Swallowtail (Retired)

SSS Congratulations
SSS Congratulations
EK Success Powder Tool
EK Success Powder Tool EH | SSS | AMZN
Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink EH | SSS | AMZN
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle
WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle SSS | EH
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine SSS | AMZN

VersaMarker
VersaMarker

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

Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Zig Gansai Pearlescent Color Watercolor
Zig Gansai Pearlescent Color Watercolor EH | SSS
ATG Gun
ATG Gun EH | SSS | AMZN
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue
Mini Multi Medium Matte Glue EH | SSS

Vellum Cardstock
Vellum Cardstock
ZOTs Adhesive Dots
ZOTs Adhesive Dots EH | SSS | AMZN
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board
Martha Stewart Mini Scoring Board EH | SSS

MISTI - Laser Etched
MISTI – Laser Etched
Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder EH | SSS
PPP Clear Droplets 4mm
PPP Clear Droplets 4mm EH | SSS | PPP

Coats & Clark Gold Thread
Coats & Clark Gold Thread

Absorber
Absorber

ROSE WONDER CARD:

Copic Colors: 0 Colorless Blender, R29 Lipstick Red, RV09 FushiaRV04 Shock Pink, G28 Ocean Green, G16 Malachite

Distress ink: Spun Sugar


Rose Wonder
Rose Wonder
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

EH | SSS | AMZN

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

EH | SSS


Rose Red Cardstock
Rose Red Cardstock

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

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

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


Absorber
Absorber

Chance of Rain – Blue Skies Ahead

I’m not sure why I can’t kick myself into gear to post these cards from March! This is my 5th card for my first month as a designer with Splitcoastampers. Theme: Songs From the Heart.

This Chance of Rain set is great for encouragement and I have done a card in the past similar to this one and you can view it here.

Chance of Rain

I decided to add more color and character to the card by giving the boy a friend 🙂  Watercolor with Zig Markers are so easy and I really enjoy it!

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I first stamped and embossed the image. After coloring, I die cut the panel using a stitched border and decided to place it on a blue card base off-set to give it some interest. Very straight forward!

Chance of Rain - Blue Skies

Chance of Rain - Blue Skies 1

Hope you enjoyed!

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 Clean Color Real Brush Marker Colors Used: 050 Yellow, 064 Oatmeal, 080 Violet, 030 Blue, 040 Green, 068 Deep Brown, 022 Carmine Red, 070 Orange, 082 Purple, 202 Peach Pink, 034 Dull Blue

ME Chance of Rain
ME Chance of Rain

EH | SSS |ME

Versafine Onyx Black
Versafine Onyx Black

EH | SSS

Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad
Canson XL WaterColor Paper Pad

EH | SSS | JOANN


Recollections 110 lb
Recollections 110 lb
Zig Clean Color Real Brush
Zig Clean Color Real Brush

EH | SSS | AMZN


Heat Tool
Heat Tool
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine
WOW Clear Gloss Superfine

SSS | AMZN

ATG Gun
ATG Gun

EH | SSS | AMZN


MISTI - Laser Etched

MISTI – Laser Etched


Pental Aquash Water Brush Set
Pental Aquash Water Brush Set

SSS Stitched Rectangles
SSS Stitched Rectangles

Big Shot
Big Shot
Big Shot Magnetic Platform
Big Shot Magnetic Platform

EH | SSS | AMZN

Standard Cutting Pads
Standard Cutting Pads

EH | SSS | AMZN


Marina Mist Cardstock
Marina Mist Cardstock

Marina Mist Ink
Marina Mist Ink