Gerda Steiner Designs

You Are koalafied for a hug!

Hi again and happy Friday!  I haven’t been able to do much crafting or post over the past couple weeks due to family circumstances and Hurricane Irma rolling through town and knocking out our power for a few days, but I’m finally back with a new card to share.

I’ve used quite a few MFT products on this one and the cute koala stamp is from Gerda Steiner Designs “You’re Koalafied” stamp set.

First I cut a piece of white cardstock 3 3/4″ x 5″ and a piece of vellum 4 3/4″ x 6″. I created a stencil out of the vellum piece by die-cutting an MFT Stitched Dome Stax die-namics die about 1 1/2″ from the top edge of the vellum and centered left and right. I then taped the vellum over the white cardstock overlapping the edges of the white cardstock by 1″ all around (this gave me an edge of the vellum to tape down).

I airbrushed the dome area using Copic Y21 and then taped an MFT Radiating Rays stencil over the top of the vellum and airbrushed again with Copic Y23 and Y26.

I added a thin die-cut strip of green cardstock using the MFT Grassy Edges die-namics  and stamped, colored and die-cut my koala from the Gerda Steiner Designs set. I stamped a sentiment from this set below the scene.

For the “hug” sentiment, I airbrushed a small piece of white cardstock using Copic YR61, YR02, YR65 and R01 and then die-cut from this piece using the MFT Hugs die-namics die. I cut the “s” off of the end of this die-cut to fit my sentiment.

The patterned paper underneath is an MFT paper.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!

My Favorite Things

Hip, Hippo, Hooray!

Hip, hippo, hooray! It’s Friday! I’ve been playing again with the MFT Happy Hippos stamp set. Love these cute hippos!

I started this card with the cloud background by die-cutting a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock using the small rounded rectangle die from the MFT Blueprints 31 die-namics. I airbrushed the clouds using Copic B00 and the MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil.

Next, I die-cut a piece of MFT patterned paper using the larger rectangle die from the MFT Blueprints 31 die-namics, matted the cloud background on it and then adhered the piece to my card base.

I stamped and colored the images with Copics, then die-cut them using the coordinating dies to this set. I adhered the hippo and bird first, and then adhered a piece of black floss using a few drops of glossy accents to create the curves in the string. I then adhered the balloons and bow over the end of the floss.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment and die-cut around it using the MFT Stitched Sentiment Strip die-namics, adhered it to a piece of teal cardstock and cut a thin border around the die-cut.

Hope you have a fantastic Labor Day weekend and thanks for stopping by!

My Favorite Things

Unleash Your Inner Beast

Hi, I’m back! I had to take a little blogging break while I had lots of family visiting last week. I’m back to crafty adventures again and it feels great!

My card for today features a few MFT goodies. First I die-cut various leaves from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock using the MFT Wild Greenery die-namics. I colored the leaves with various shades of green Copics.

Next, I stamped, colored and die-cut the tiger image from the MFT Fierce Friends stamp set and coordinating die-namics.

I  then die-cut 2 pieces of dark brown cardstock and 1 piece of green cardstock using the MFT Grassy Fields die-namics.

To assemble, I cut a piece of patterned paper to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and matted it on a dark brown cardstock cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″. I adhered this to my kraft card base.

Then, I began layering and adhering all of the larger die-cut leaves to the center top of the paper. I adhered the die-cut grassy borders across the card, overlapping the large leaves just a bit, and finished my scene by adhering the tiger image and 2 small leaves slightly in front of him.

To finish the card, I cut a small piece of white cardstock and inked it with Memento inks in Cantaloupe and Potter’s Clay, stamped a sentiment from this stamp set and die-cut around the sentiment using a die from the MFT Oval Word Window Frames die-namics. I then adhered the sentiment using dimensional adhesive.

He’s peeking out ready to pounce. Thankfully he looks pretty happy, so hopefully he won’t bite.

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and thanks for stopping by!

Clearly Besotted

Let Your Dreams Soar

Happy Friday! I’ve got a little pterodactyl to share today because, why not? All of the stamps I used on this card are from one of my favorite dinosaur stamp sets, the Clearly Besotted You Rock set.

This one’s pretty simple. I cut a piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock to 3 3/4″ x 5″ and then stamped and masked all of the images.

I airbrushed the sky with Copic E02 and R21 and then airbrushed the ground with E43, E42 and E41.

I colored all of the images with Copics and stamped the sentiment last.

To finish it off, I cut a strip of black patterned paper to 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ and adhered it to the bottom of the cardstock, then matted my scene on an orange patterned paper cut 4″ x 5 1/4″.

Hope your weekend is crafty and fabulous!

Thanks for stopping by!

Avery Elle

Hello

Hi there! I’ve got a shaker card to share today using a cute octopus from the Avery Elle Bubbles stamp set.

First, I cut a piece of white cardstock 3 3/4″ x 5″ and airbrushed  in the middle of the piece with Copic R81. Then I die-cut a circle centered towards the top of the card using an MFT stitched circle stax die-namics die.

I die-cut a slightly larger circle from a piece of acetate, applied adhesive just along the outside edge and adhered it to the back of the white cardstock over the smaller die-cut circle to form the shaker window. I die-cut a circular frame from white cardstock using the MFT stitched circle frame stax die-namics die, airbrushed it using Copic R83 and adhered it around the circular window.

 

For the background in the shaker window, I cut a 3 1/2″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock and inked it with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers, splashing a little water on it. I then die-cut seaweed and coral using a Sizzix Seaweed and Coral die set and airbrushed them using Copic YG03 and E02. I adhered both towards the bottom of the inked cardstock piece so they would peek out inside the shaker window.

Then, I adhered the inked background piece to a piece of patterned paper cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″, centered and towards the top of the paper.

To assemble the shaker card, I placed a small pile of sequins in various blues, greens and purples in the center of the inked background, turned the white cardstock piece over and applied dimensional foam tape to the edge of the circle and the outside edges of the white cardstock.

I removed the tape liners and adhered the white cardstock centered on the patterned paper being careful that the sequins were inside of the circular area.

I stamped and colored the octopus with Copics and die-cut the image using the coordinating dies to this set.

I die-cut the hello sentiment from the Avery Elle Sentiment Strips Elle-ments dies from white cardstock and inked it with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink in Twisted Citron.

To finish the card, I die-cut a piece of teal cardstock using the Avery Elle Waves Elle-ments die and cut a few small strips from the die-cut piece to add the hint of waves at the top and bottom.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Essentials by Ellen

You Are Otterly Awesome!

Hi there! Today I’ve got my first slider card to share using the Essentials by Ellen (Julie Ebersole) stamp sets called “Otterly Awesome” and “Otter Ware” available at EllenHutson.com.

I think I’m officially hooked on interactive cards like this! I started by drawing large rocks for the slide using a Copic multi-liner pen and then traced the outline of the rocks on a piece of eclipse masking tape. I then masked the rocks and adhered a couple of cloud masks to the sky background before airbrushing the sky with Copic BG00.

I colored the rocks with Copics in both warm and cool grays and added some texture using a terrycloth towel and colorless blender. Then, I placed a slider die from the MFT Surf and Turf die-namics face down on the rocks, taped it in place and ran it through a die-cutting machine.

Next, I cut and adhered a piece of patterned paper to my card and placed the background piece centered on the paper. I applied liquid adhesive to the back of the cut out strip from the slider die and adhered it to the patterned paper  inside of the slot.

I stamped the otter, lilypad, leaves and 2 sets of waves on Neenah cardstock and colored them with Copics. I used a seaweed technique on the front wave that I learned in Sandy Allnock’s Copic Hex-Art class at www.art-classes.com. Really cool techniques covered, so check it out if you’re looking for an awesome intermediate Copic class.

Next, I applied foam dimensional tape to the outside edges of the background and adhered it centered on the patterned paper. I punched out a small circle (about 1″) from heavy weight cardstock and slid it into the slot and centered on the slot. I then adhered a small dimensional adhesive square to the back of the otter and adhered him to the punched circle.

I adhered the wave in the back first, and then applied a 1/8″ wide piece of Scor-Tape to the very bottom of the front wave so that the otter could slide somewhat between the waves.

I finished it off with a stamped sentiment from the set.

This was super fun to make!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Waffle Flower

Stay Cool!

Happy Friday! Bear is taking a break from cycling and relaxing on a beach today. I love the bear series of Waffle Flower stamps! I’ve used the Stay Cool stamp set on this card and I started by stamping and masking the bear, blanket and palm tree before airbrushing the sky and sand with Copics. The palm tree is from the Waffle Flower Tiger and Lily stamp set.

I stamped a few clouds from an MFT stamp set on eclipse tape and used the masks on the sky background rather than die-cut clouds. Gives it a bit of a softer look. I also used a large piece of eclipse tape to mask off the sand while airbrushing the sky and vice versa.

Then, I colored the images with Copics and stamped the sentiment.

To finish it off, I stamped, colored and die-cut a little tropical drink from this set and adhered it with dimensional adhesive.

Hope you enjoyed and hope your weekend is as relaxing as Bear’s!

My Favorite Things

Be Happy!

Hi there! I’ve been playing with watercolor paints again and my card today features the adorable new Happy Hippos stamp set from MFT. I love this little baby hippo holding a cupcake!

I used a violet paint for the majority of the background and splattered a little yellow and pink before it dried. I then matted the watercolor cardstock on a piece of MFT patterned paper.

I die-cut 2 MFT patterned papers with the MFT Fringed Scalloped Borders die-namics and adhered them across the card.

I stamped and colored the images from the Happy Hippo set with Copics and die-cut them with the coordinating dies in this set.

To finish it off, I stamped the sentiments using the MISTI several times for a crisp, deep color and adhered a few sequins here and there.

He really looks like he wants to eat that whole stack of cupcakes!

Hope you have a happy day and thanks for stopping by!

Altenew

Peony Scrolls

Hi there! I’ve got a quick card to share today using Altenew’s Peony Scrolls stamp set. Their beautiful flower images are pure joy to color and I decided to use Chameleon pens on this one. Funny enough, one of the pens is called “Peony Pink” and it does closely match the color of peonies, so that’s what I used on the flower.

I’ve played around a little bit with these pens before, mostly coloring small images. This was the first larger image I’ve colored with them and it takes a bit of patience. If you’re not familiar with these pens, they give the ability to transition easily from a light to darker shade of a color by fusing the ink with colorless blender inside of the pen. You do have to constantly fuse the ink though as you’re working on small sections of an image and that takes a few seconds. That’s where the patience aspect comes in.

I used “Green Apple” on the leaves and then added a light blue shadowing around the flower with a Copic B000 and colorless blender to soften it out. You can’t see it in the photos, but I also added clear Wink of Stella to the tips of the petals and leaves for a little shimmer.

I die-cut a Hero Arts thanks sentiment from a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock that I sponged with Distress Oxide ink in Twisted Citron and spritzed with a spray bottle. To make the sentiment show up a bit more, I die-cut the sentiment again from black cardstock and slightly overlapped the two. I also added a light gray shadow under the sentiment once I had adhered it with a Copic W3.

To finish the card, I stamped the small portion of the sentiment from the same Hero Arts stamp and die set and adhered a few flat-back pearls around the image. The patterned paper mat is an Anna Griffin paper that has the same color scheme.

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Lawn Fawn

Ahoy, Matey!

Lawn Fawn Scalloped Pop-up Box card die, Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey stamp set

Happy Friday! I’m excited to share this little box card I made using the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Pop-up Box card die. I’ve had this die for a couple of months and I have to admit, I was a little intimidated by it. I watched a few Lawn Fawn videos on how to put it together and it’s a good thing I did. There’s no way I would’ve figured out the little tricks to it, so I highly recommend checking out their instructions.

This was a little (a lot) time consuming, but so worth it in the end! I used the Lawn Fawn Ahoy, Matey stamp set and coordinating dies and a tiny little shark in the very front of the scene from the Lawn Fawn Duh-nuh stamp set. All of the images are colored with Copics and the clouds in the background are die-cut using the Lawn Fawn Simple Puffy Clouds dies.

I’ve got 5  layers in the card that I die-cut using the MFT Ocean Wave and Scenic Safari die-namics and inked with Distress inks.

I’ve got a lot of patterned paper in my stash and I found the FancyPants “Down by the Shore” 6×6 paper pad to go perfectly with my theme. I’ve cut out flowers from these papers on some of the flaps and the front of the box for a little tropical feel.

On the back of the box, I’ve left a blank area to write a little message to the recipient. This is a little idea that Kelly Alvarez from Lawn Fawn suggested and I think it’s a great one to keep the message private, but still be able to display this card on a desk, etc.

The whole concept of this die is just fantastic! It folds flat to fit in an A2 size envelope. I found that the weight of the cardstock you use for the box is pretty important. If it’s too heavy, the box may not fold flat. If it’s too light, you may get cracking along the score lines of the flaps. I had to construct 2 of these boxes before this one to figure out what weight worked best and I found a medium to lighter weight kraft cardstock to work quite well.

Here’s what the front of the card looks like folded up:

 

There’s so many different themes and scenes you could make using this die, so I know I’ll be having fun with this again in the future!

Hope you enjoyed today’s card and hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!