Heartfelt thanks

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I do not know about you, but sometimes I make a card and it simply makes me smile. This card does that for me. The colors, the excited croc, and the shimmer. Ah!

I have had this “thanks” die from MFT Stamps for a while now and I wanted to use it. Centering the die on a piece of white cardstock cut to 4.25×5.5, I cut the word. Using up colored scraps I had lying around, I cut different colors of paper for each letter in the word. I adhered the full white cardstock panel to a side folding notecard and fit each letter back into the negative space. From my Thanks and Giving HoneyBee stamp set, I stamped the sentiment under the center of the die cut in black versifine ink and used clear embossing powder to give it shine.

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Using black Ranger archival ink, I stamped my croc from the same Heffy Doodle stamp set and colored my croc using Zig Real Color Markers. I then restamped the colored image with versifine ink and heat set the ink. This gives the croc really crisp black lines. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out my excited croc! I then tucked the croc behind the green ‘N’ in my die cut so it appears as though he is popping out from behind the letter. Making my own embellishments, I added small hearts to the panel, covered them in both shimmer and glossy accents. To complete the card, I went over the individual letters with my wink of stella pen for some more shimmer.

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Are you smiling yet? This is such a happy thank you card! Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your week.

Smitten’ Kitten

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Love, love love, this cover plate die from Avery Elle. Additionally, I had a craving to get inky with my Oxide inks – most specifically, my fossilized amber oxide ink. Starting out with a Bristol Smooth White cardstock panel, I blended fossilized amber from darkest to lightest. Using another piece of white cardstock, I used my die to cut out the cover plate. I cut another panel with the cover plate this time using a piece of vellum – I only needed the inside circle in vellum. Using black versifine ink, I stamped my sentiment from the Heffy Doodle Ad-ROAR-Able stamp set  and used clear embossing powder to heat set it.

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Using black Ranger archival ink, I stamped my lion from the same Heffy Doodle stamp set and colored my lion using Zig Real Color Markers. With a wink of stella pen, I added shimmer to the image and used glossy accents to give her nose some dimension. I restamped the colored image with versifine ink and heat set the ink. This gives the lion really crisp black lines. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out my super cut lion!

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To assemble, I glued the ink blended panel to a white top folding notecard, added the die cut panel to the top of that and fit the vellum circle in the negative space. I adhered my lion above the sentiment and added some stars to finish up the card.

Hope you enjoy this creation and thank you for stopping by!

Elephant of Surprise & Masking

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They say inspiration can come from all over. That happened to me. While nursing my sweet baby girl one early morning I glanced at my boppy pillow cover and was inspired (photo at bottom of this post) to make this card for a colleague who is expecting a grandbaby girl. The elephant from the Heffy Doodle Elephant of Surprise stamp set was just perfect for my creation.

For such a simple design, this was a time consuming card and I think it is due to all the masking to get the various patterns on the elephant ears. The first order of business was to create masks for this card. Using post-its that have sticky all over the back of them, I cut out several masks (6 to be exact). I saved both the elephant, with the ears cut off and the negative space.

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Using black Ranger Archival ink I stamped a series of elephants onto a smooth white Bristol cardstock panel measuring 4.24×5.5. I used this cardstock knowing I would use my Zig Real Color markers to color the elephants. Now it is time to stamp the ears! Selecting 3 different shades of pink and a retired stamp set by CTMH (you can pick 3 different patterned stamps you have) I used the negative space mask to cover the surrounding area around the first elephant (doubling up the mask so the ink did not bleed through the mask onto my final product – hence the 6 masks I cut) and the elephant mask to protect the body of the elephant but leaving the ears exposed. Alternating patterns and shades of pink, I stamped the ears of each elephant. Since this was Bristol smooth white cardstock, the dye ink sat on the surface of the paper when I stamped the pattern on the ears. To combat that, I simply heat set the ink between each stamping so that when I removed the mask, or positioned a new mask, it did not smear the ears.

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I stamped an extra elephant as well as the flag and the coordinating dies to cut them out. I added the words “baby girl” from the Altenew Baby Zoo stamp set and used glossy accents on the flag to give it some dimension. With all the elements stamped, colored and cut, I gave everything a nice spritz of shimmer spray. While the components dried, I stamped the cute sentiment, “Elephant of Surprise” onto a strip of black cardstock and white heat embossed it. Finally, I used my black gel pen to add shine to the eyes of the elephant.

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Using craft foam, I glued it to the back of my trimmed white panel and adhered that to a grey top folding notecard. I glued the sentiment strip, added foam tape to the back of the die cut elephant and added the sign to her hand to finish off the card.

I cannot wait to give this to the expecting grandparents! Here is the boppy pillow cover that inspired this card. Leave a comment and share what inspires you!

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your week!

Age is irrELEPHANT

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I cannot take credit for this card design at all. I have to give all the credit to the absolutely fantastic Jennifer McGuire – a card making rock star!

See how in the photo above the elephant is leaning to the left? Well check it out, in the picture below he is leaning to the right.

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On this card, the elephant is free floating and when you shake the card, he moves around on the front of the card. Super fun!

Using a copic friendly ink, I stamped my critter from the Heffy Doodle stamp set. See my previous post on how I achieved such crisp black lines and the shine on my elephant eyes. On the white cardstock panel, I cut a small circle. Slightly larger than that circle, I cut a second circle and saved that piece for use in the card design later.

Using Altenew’s Half Tone Circle Stamp set in a color that match my top folding notecard, I filled in my background. Gave the entire panel a good spray of shimmer and Iused Simon Says Stamps Big Greetings I to stamp the Horry! sentiment paired with the cheeky sentiment from Heffy Doodle. The sentiment is simply stamped with black versifine ink and coated with clear embossing powder.

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Placing the small circle I set aside behind the white panel, I glued a button to it and then glued the elephant to the button. Using LOTS of foam tape, I created a channel for the circle on the back of the card to move around in. This allows for the elephant to float around on the front of the panel. This entire panel was added to my blue top folding notecard. I added some gems from Lucy’s cards and stamped and colored the balloon. To finish off the balloon, I used my wink of stella pen for shimmer and clear embossing powder over the top of it for shine. I fussy cut it and colored the edge with a black marker and tied it to a string for my elephant to float!

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Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your week.

Miss you so much my head is spinning

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I have never made a spinner card and today is the day! When I first saw this super cute (and symmetrical) bear from Heffy Doodle stamps, I knew it was time.

After coloring and die cutting my bear (see previous post for tips and tricks), I also cut a heart, colored it and added glossy accents. To ensure it would not smudge it had to dry over night. Once it was good and dry I tucked it into my little bear’s hands (Heffy Doodle’s dies cut the slits for the bear to hold the heart). Of course, I had to color two sets of bears and hearts so when he spun, he would could be seen all the way around. Using fishing line (or a clear thread), I smushed and glued it between my two bear halves. For my craft colored panel, I cut a window using my Square Peek-a-boo die from My Favorite Things and also cut a window on my white top folding notecard. To learn how to ensure these two line up perfectly, see my previous post. Next, the sentiment was white heat embossed in the center under the window. Before adhering the craft panel to the white notecard, the thread was glued in the middle so that the bear could float freely.

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There you have it! Before I send it to a loved one, I wind the bear right up and close the card. This ensures when the recipient opens the card, the critter will give a good twirling show.

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Thank you for stopping by!

PAW-sitively Great!

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Hello and welcome! How many of you are looking for ways to stretch your supplies? I know I am always looking to do so and this is one of my favorite techniques! I love to dry emboss using my dies. This is a great cover plate die from Lil’ Inker Designs.

To achieve this look, I set my die cut machine up as if I would be using an embossing folder. To do this in my machine, you must use a silicone rubber mat. I pressed the cover plate die onto a white piece of cardstock. After trimming it down, I used craft foam to give the cardfront some dimension. On a strip of black cardstock the sentiment from the Heffy Doodle stamp set was white heat embossed and adhered to the front of the panel with the accompanying lion (see my previous post where I discuss how I colored these critters). The addition of a few star sequins and the card is complete.

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These cards are going to be perfect for my kiddos’ teachers!

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Thank you for stopping by and enjoy your week!