Friday, April 5, 2019

Easter Cards, Treat Bag + Printables



I've been having so much fun with Louisa!  I've had her three weekends in a row - which is awesome!  

Of course, I don't get quite as much creating done, but I'm happy to let it wait for a little while.  Being with my granddaughter is totally worth letting everything slide.
I did get a couple of Easter cards and a treat bag finished.


Isn't she a cutie?  All dressed up in her bonnet and apron?  She's a download, if you would like to create a little something with her.


This little guy is adorable too.  But, seriously what is he?  He seems to have chicken feet, but a duck bill.  Maybe he's a chuck or a dicken?  Oh, well....I still really like him!  He's a download, too.


Speaking of adorable, how about this sweet little rabbit?  He looks like he wants to share his carrot with you. 

I made use of my idea to create a ground with flowers (see post and video HERE) on the egg shape.  


These are the copics I used to create the violet bunny and the carrot.  


Download the vintage Easter chick HERE.


Download Easter Printable HERE.

Hope you are enjoying creating and perhaps letting things slide every once in a while  for something totally worthwhile!


Friday, March 22, 2019

Creating Ground with Mini Flower Stamps + Video


We used to have several ornamental pear trees on the south side of our yard.  They would lose these tiny white flowers and it would look like a carpet of flowers.  I can remember back about thirty years ago playing with Lauren and running through the flowers when she was a little girl.

We don't have those trees anymore - they don't seem to be very hardy and we lost them in storms.  (And I have to say, for a little while in the spring, they had a terrible smell, too!)  But the little flowers came to mind when I was trying to think of ways to use those tiny flowers included with several of my stamp sets.

You can scroll down one post to see Idea #1 for showcasing tiny florals - Floral Panels -  or click HERE.




Idea #2:  Creating ground with mini flower stamps!  See the video below with tips.

Sounds like a fun idea, right?  These  two cards were created using a spring palette.  I love the pastels offset with the black of the silhouettes.  It does look like a carpet of flowers!



That's one cool cat!  It's from an old, old stamp set.  Probably among the very first clear stamps I ever bought.  

Since my cards aren't standard size, I created an envelope and added the mini flowers to the flap.  (You can see the post and video on making these easy envelopes HERE.)




This one has a little bit different palette and has the addition of hearts.  It's also wavy instead of being a straight divide.




The floral ground on this one started with some ink blending and then topping that with flowers in the same color.  Subtle, but pretty!




Love, love that chubby cat!  I added a collar, flower and some hearts to the image.  Just so fun.

Here's the video on creating ground with mini flowers:



 
Hope you look at those mini flowers with a new eye.  Have fun!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Creating Panels with Mini Floral Stamps + Video



Hi, there!  It is really cold again today - totally opposite of these spring-like cards.  But, spring is on its way!

Do you have a lot of mini floral stamps?  I realized a lot of my clear stamp sets include tiny flowers.  I also realized I don't use them that often.  So, I wanted to come up with a few different ways to showcase mini florals.

Today, I've got a couple of cards that use mini florals to create panels.  I've also got a video with some tips.



Louisa loves to play with my old wood stamps.  She pretends to stamp things, like the bedroom door and then lays them all out in a line.  I had totally forgotten about this stamp.  I've had it quite awhile and never used it.  I can't imagine why - it's totally adorable!

I thought it would be fun to match the shape of the card to the shape of the stamp.  And then came up with the panel idea, because of all those  mini floral stamps floating around in my head.  



Used simple copic coloring and  matched the colors in the floral panel to the colors I had used for the bunny stamp.



Next up is this oh, so sweet bear and bird card.  You can see I made the panel on this card a little smaller and used it as the backdrop for the banner.



The other difference is that this one was stamped with Antique Linen Distress Ink for the no-line look.

Here's the video:



Do you notice that you have a lot of mini floral stamps?  I'll be sharing some more ideas to use them soon.  

Have a wonderful week!


Friday, February 22, 2019

Make a Cute Easter Basket Video



Easter baskets make me so happy!  I just have to make a little one every year.  Easter treat baskets are even more fun now that Louisa is here.  

I really like this basket.  It's a little different and rather sweet.


It's large enough for one easter egg.  And really easy:  just a box with a handle and strips added to the sides.  Check out the video here:




Do you like to make little Easter baskets?

Friday, February 8, 2019

Sliding Message Cards+Video+Kitty in a Sugar Bowl Printable



Blue bunnies, a cutie pie bear and a purr-fect valentine kitty - who could ask for more?  Well, how about sliding message cards?

So much fun...and cuteness...and a video...and a valentine printable.  Yay!



The cutie pie bear is a die from Sizzix - part of the Animal Portraits set.  It's not linked below, because I couldn't find it for sale anywhere.  In fact, I got mine off of ebay.

"I love you once, I love you twice, cause..."




"Loving you is super nice!"  

Such a sweet sentiment and I love how it could be revealed with the the sliding message design.



I had so much fun coloring these bunnies blue!  How to color the bunnies is a little bonus in the video.  



Sliding message cards are pretty easy to make and I have lots of tips to make them even easier.  Be sure to check out the video:





This sweet kitty is ready for you to download if you need a last minute valentine.  I turned it into a card for my grandma to give to Louisa and also as a tag for a valentine treat bag.



Download Kitten in a Sugar Bowl HERE.

Glad you stopped by!  



Friday, February 1, 2019

Fun Gatefold Frame Card + Video + Vintage Printable


Roar!  Louisa still likes to roar (you might remember this valentine card) and loves to play with grandma's Louisa's old steiff lion.  When I saw this lion stamp, I thought "that is one cool lion."  


It popped up in my amazon suggestions and, of course, I had to have it.  



Since he is one cool dude, I decided he needed a cool card of some kind.  So...here we have a gatefold card with a frame.  I've got a video below on how to make this card.



Well...a cool lion also deserves some cool coloring, right?  I added a pink into the mix and that worked for me!



I adore this sweet valentine girl with her kitty and puppy!  Made a quick card with one of my favorite dies.  If you would like to create a little something with her, she's ready to download below.

I have a new light and new camcorder.  The quality is better on my video.  Still learning how to use it all!  Here's the video on making the gatefold with a frame card:






Download Valentine Girl with Kitty and Puppy HERE.


So glad you stopped by today!  Hope you make a fun gatefold frame card soon...




Saturday, January 19, 2019

Vertical Divide Valentine Backgrounds + Video


More Valentine cards!  I'm calling the backgrounds on these Vertical Divide.  Meaning that two (or more) vertical sections of the background are completely different.  Fun and easy background ideas for any cards, not just Valentines.  I've got a video below.



Sugar Bowl Girl is adorable, isn't she?  Her background is about two-thirds plaid and one-third hearts.  I love this plaid stencil - I've found myself using it a lot!

Sugar Bowl Girl is all cleaned up and ready for you to download below.




Cute, cute little bears!  Seriously.  (You can see the video on how to make envelopes like the one above HERE.)  This one is a vertical divide because all the action is on the left and the right side is bare.  (I should have put bear there for a pun!)


The little bears were so much fun to color!  


This card almost didn't make the cut as a Vertical Divide.  When I first started it, the card size was wider and looked more like the right side was blank.  So I'm kind of fudging on this one.  We'll just say that the right fourth of the card is blank!


This is my first foray into Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  I need to practice and experiment, but it was fun to try out something new (to me).  

I found it completely necessary to make color swatches of all the pens.  Once you add water, they look totally different.  You can see the color charts I made in the video.

Here's the video:








Download Sugar Bowl Girl HERE.

As I say in the video, there are at least a million and one ways to create a vertical divide background for cards.  Thank you for letting me share my three cards with you!

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