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Apple Girl

Today I have another card to show you. I participated in a fun card swap hosted by Stamp AnnieThing and everyone participating was to use the same image. It has been fun to see how everyone interpreted it. Here is mine


I printed the digi out on Strathmore Paint Pad paper and colored her with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I added small white gel pen dots on her dress. While coloring I also gave her a nose and pleats in her skirt.


Once she was completed, I cut her out using my Silhouette Cameo and PixScan mat. Using the trace line from the image, I created a second cut line by adding an offset that I then cut out of kraft cardstock to give her a shadow. I also cut a 5.5 x 5.5 background which you can see as flowers or as cubes, depending on your eyes.


I backed the cut background with red glitter cardstock before glueing it onto a cardbase. I die cut a small stitched oval shape and adhered a hello die cut to it which I had coated in 4 coats of clear embossing powder.

I hope my swap partner will love the card I made for her.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Stamp AnnieThing's Apple Girl
White, kraft, teal and red glitter cardstock
Prismacolor pencils
hello and stitched oval dies
Clear embossing powder
Versamark ink

Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #310 - Anything Goes
Entered into the Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge #88
Entered into the Cute N Crafty Anything Goes Challenge #8
Entered into the Fabrika Fantasy Anything Goes Challenge #23
Entered into the Kleuren met Potlooden Everything is Allowed August Challenge
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #204

Embossed Bench

Today I have a card to show you hat has no coloring on it, well except a little for the background.


I stamped the image, a retired Stampin Up wood mounted stamp, onto Georgia Pacific cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder.


Using blue and brown paints from my Crayola watercolor paint set, I "messily" added some color around the bench and then painted the ribbons on the hat and around the flowers with red. I cut this out with a stitched rectangle die and adhered it to a old gold metallic cardstock card base.


I completed the card with a thanks sentiment cut out of the same metallic cardstock and two shaped gems.

General supplies:
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
White and Gold Metallic cardsstock
stitched rectangle die
Versamark ink
Gold embossing powder
Retired Stampin Up stamp
Crayold watercolor paints
thanks sentiment die
Shaped gems from stash


More bears

I purchased the Concord & 9th "Hi There Bear" stampset a good while ago and although I had used the bear before, I had not played with the set much. So yesterday I created 5 thank you cards with the stampset.


I used Memento inks throughout. The first two are stamped in Desert Sand ink. Their red bow-ties and the flowers use Love Letter and the greenery is Bamboo Leaves. The umbrella colors are Bahama Blue, Dandelion and Love Letter. Face and outlines are stamped in Tuxedo Black.


The pink bear is stamped in Angel Pink and the bow-tie and flowers are Rose Bud. The greenery is again Bamboo Leaves and the face is Tuxedo Black.


The two purple bears are stamped in LuLu Lavender. The greenery is Bamboo Leaves and the faces and balloon string is Tuxedo Black. The bow-ties, flowers and balloon are Lilac Posies.


All bears have a red glitter cardstock heart. The first four cards all have embossed dotted backgrounds to add some interest. However the fifth card needed to stay smooth so that I could stamp the balloon string onto the cardbase.


All cards were completed with a die cut Thank You sentiment.

General supplies:
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
White, black and red glitter cardstock
Concord & 9th "Hi There Bear" stampset and dies
Memento Inks



Happy Mail!

Happy Mail is something we all love. What fun it is to find a handmade card from a crafty friend in the mailbox! Well this is Happy Mail with a difference. My mousey make for this fortnight was inspired by some organizational Youtube videos I was watching while sewing, where pin boards and peg boards were used for inspirational quotes in the organised space.


I used patterned paper for my card panel that resembles a cork board and added a frame cut out of silver metallic cardstock with stitched rectangle dies so that I had a faux stitched line in the center of the frame. I then created 3 little envelopes and inserted a little House Mouse in each one. These are from the stamps I had recently found in the destash sale. I stamped them onto Strathmore Paint Pad paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with my Prismacolor pencils.


I inserted each mouse into a little envelope and glued it onto my pin board. I stamped the happy Mail sentiment onto a small Post-it note and added brads to each item to represent push pins.


I also glued two stickers from my stash onto the pin board. Some additional brads dotted around the board completed the look.


I then mounted the "board" onto a piece of thin craft foam and then onto a top folding cardbase.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
House Mouse Designs stamps from my stash
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Prismacolor pencils
Stitched rectangle dies
Patterned paper
Metallic silver cardstock
Stampabilities Everday Expressions stampset
Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned stampset
Brads and stickers from my stash
Craft foam




Bear room inspiration

Today I have another bear card to show you. I like to include a handmade thank you card with any custom teddy bear that I create. I am about to complete a 36 inch (90cm) teddy bear dressed in a pink dress that will be heading across the ocean to Europe. So it is no surprise that my workshop inspired this card, a bear in a pink dress floating at the end of balloon strings.


I used Conie Fong's Bella with Balloons and colored her and the two side balloons with my Prismacolor pencils. My favorite brown combo for bears is Dark Brown, Chocolate, Light Umber and Gingerroot and so used it here on Bella. 


I colored the middle balloon with gel pens, a normal pink and a glitter pink and then added the dots with white. I cut the image out with a tattered edge die.


I added a pink Thank You sentiment to the card and then went totally out of my comfort zone and added some lace around the edge. This card needed more "girliness" than just pink. I then adhered the laced focal image to the cardbase.


The bear and card will be making getting their travel papers in the middle of this week and will be heading home.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Conie Fong's Bella with Balloons digital stamp
the Paper Studio Sophia Grace cardbase
Prismacolor pencils
Pink, glitter pink and white gel pens
Pink cardsstock
Tattered edged die
Thank You die
Lace


Lots of Flowers!

Oh I am so excited to be able to share some news with you today about a free class over at Kit and Clowder. To celebrate 20k members in the Facebook group, Alyce created a free class for both markers and pencils in collaboration with Power Poppy. Please check out the free class over on the Kit and Clowder website - you will not be sorry!


This is my result of the class. I colored the flowers with my Prismacolor colored pencils. You will learn how to add all this detail in the class and how to make the gerberas pop off the page. I love bright colors and so this kaleidoscope is so inspiring. Once I had completed the flowers, I did the background with a blend of turquoise and blue soft pastels and sealed it with fixative.


I matted the floral image onto a bright yellow cardpanel which I in turn adhered to my cardbase. I cut and stacked three thanks die cuts and coated it with Wink of Stella to add some glimmer.


Note: This endorsement of Kit and Clowder is done of my own volition as I have learned so much from Alyce. I was not asked to do this or was I paid or compensated in any manner.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Power Poppy Kindness is the Way digital stamp
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Prismacolor pencils
Soft pastels
Krylon Workable Fixative
Black and yellow cardsstock
Wink of Stella


The Mighty Carolers

It is time for another mousey make and this time a Christmas card. I was able to purchase the wood mounted "Singing Mouse Angels" stamp in a destash sale and what fun it is to color.

I took inspiration from Sue at Sue's Stamping Stuff where she created a scene inside a window. I could not use the traditional window frame as it would cover the mouse in the middle, but I thought this would be a perfect image to create a scene outside of the window and so added curtains to create that look without a window frame.


I stamped the image on Strathmore Paint Pad paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with my Prismacolor colored pencils. I used the tooth of the paper to give some highlight and texture to the pine needles and did the background with a blue soft pastel rubbed into the paper with a cotton wool pad. I sprayed it with a fixative to prevent the pastel from rubbing off.


I created the curtains from patterned paper, free-handing the edges so that they will show all of the mice. The valence is another piece of the paper with the bottom edge cut with a scalloped scissors.


I stamped the sentiment onto the valence with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. I added tie-backs of yellow glitter paper and punched some music notes out of black cardstock with a mini punch to complete the scene.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Prismacolor pencils
Blue soft pastel
Krylon Workable Fixative
Black, brown and yellow glitter cardsstock
Red patterned paper
Stitched rectangle die
Memento ink
Versamark ink
White embossing powder

Entered into the HMFMC Anything Goes/Optional theme "Christmas in July" Challenge #271
Entered into the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #54
Entered into the Alphabet Challenge Blog "J is for Jingle Bells"
Entered into the QKR Stampede Challenge #307 - Anything Goes


A Bootiful Bouquet

It is summer time here in the northern Hemisphere and I know that some of us have really realized that. So today I have a real summery card to show you. The focal image is a Conie Fong Art digi called Bootiful Bouquet.


I colored the image with my Prismacolor colored pencils after printing it on Strathmore Paint Pad paper. I used my brown and blue watercolor pencils to do the background with.


I cut the image out with a lacey oval die. The card panel is inked with Memento dewdrop ink and a stencil and then applied to the card front. I then adhered the focal image to the cardpanel.


I stamped the thank you sentiment with Versamark ink on black cardstock and then heat embossed it with white powder. I created a fishtail tag and popped it up with foam tape.

General supplies:
Strathmore Paint Pad paper
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Prismacolor pencils
Watercolor pencils
Black cardsstock
Lacey oval die
Heidi Swapp diagonal striped stencil
Memento ink
Versamark ink
White embossing powder


New Friends

A new month and time for another challenge at Crafting with An Attitude. This month the sponsor is Beccy's Place. Beccy's shop was new to me and I enjoyed browsing through it. She has digis as well as clear stamps.

I chose the image New Friends for my project. I loved the depiction of two very different individuals being happy to see each other. I created a Christmas card.


I opted to use only one traditional color and replaced the green with a non-traditional blue - which I used various shades of throughout my card. I printed the digi onto Strathmore Toned Tan paper and colored it with my Prismacolor pencils. I decided the little boy's jacket needed some stripes and so I added them. Coloring on the Toned Tan paper makes the pencil coloring pop so - I love it!


I colored the snow with my white pencil and applied the shading with the Cool Greys. Once completed, I covered the area with Zig 2-way glue and added Bridal Tinsel embossing powder. The heat applied to melt the embossing powder caused the glue to bubble and give me that cool texture.


I added a 5.75x5.75 square of background paper with snowflakes on it onto my 6x6 cardpanel. My focal image was cut down to 4.25x4.25 and I framed it with a cutout of a 4.5x4.5 silver glitter square from my DCWV Washi Tape stack.


I stamped the sentiment onto dark blue cardstock with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. I cut it out with a stitched banner die and popped it onto the card with foamtape.

General supplies:
Strathmore Toned Tan paper
White and dark blue cardstock
Background paper from my stash
New Friends digi from Beccy's Place
Prismacolor pencils
Versamark ink
White embossing powder
Bridal Tinsel embossing powder
DCWV Metallics Stack silver glitter paper
Sentiment stamp from my stash

Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #204
Entered into the Kleuren met Potlooden Everything is Allowed July Challenge
Entered into the Crafting from the Heart Anything Goes Challenge #217
Entered into the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge #54