Sunday, June 9, 2019

Unicorn and Rainbow Pop Up Card + Video

Unicorns, rainbows AND a pop up!  How cool is that?

I have to tell on myself.  When I was designing this card, I could not figure out the pop up part.  I glued the tabs to the rainbow and glued it to the card and 


I took it off and put it on about four million times.  Pulling my hair out ensued.  While that may be a slight exaggeration, it was still frustrating.

Then an accident happened.  I got the angle right and it popped up!  Who knew an angle could be so important.  If you're thinking that I should have known, I bet you're a math genius or an engineer.  Or at least it makes me feel better to think so!

As long as it took me to figure out, this was still a fun card.  And now I know how important that angle really is.

The background on this card is made with Copic inks.  I used my refills and a small paintbrush.  I really like the subtle color.  

Here's the video on the unicorn rainbow pop-up card (including that all important angle):

Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Straight Line Frames + Video

So, I have a cute story about why the matching game I made for Louisa is called "Silly Goose Ball."   She's always been a funny little girl and I would often call her "Silly Goose."  Then one day, I said "Goof Ball" instead.  Louisa started saying "Silly Goose Ball"  any time she thought she was being funny.  So now we use "Silly Goose Ball" for any of us being funny.  No telling what people think when they're not in on the joke!

When I saw the silly goose part of this stamp set, I knew I had to make something for Louisa.  Plus she loves animals and the puns are fun.

The idea for the Straight Line Frames started with this card.  This image is a strong image, especially in bold colors.  I couldn't decide what it needed.  I let it lay around awhile and then suddenly I thought maybe a couple of stars would be the finishing touch.  Well, the stars were close, but the card still didn't look finished to me.  It hung around some more and then AHA!  a Straight Line Frame.  

When I finished stamping the animals on Louisa's cards, I didn't think they looked finished either.  Especially the smaller animals that didn't fill up as much of the white card.  So, I thought what was good for the critter card would be good for the Silly Goose Ball matching game.

Each animal has a slightly different Straight Line Frame and instead of stamped stars, I used tiny die cut hearts.

I made these mini note cards too.  This is an old stamp set that I totally forgot about.  Woodware isn't even in business anymore.   I wanted to see what they would look like with words incorporated into the Straight Line Frames.  I really think they turned out super sweet!

Check out the video for tips and to see how easy it is to draw straight line frames.  
Well, darn this video has some issues.  Why isn't this easier?  GRRR!  Looks fine in my software!  It's not quite so irritating if you watch it small.  GRRR, again!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tri-Fold Window Cards + Video

Hi, there!  This is a Louisa weekend coming up, so I'm looking forward to seeing her.

I've got a couple of crafts for her to make.  We made tulips a couple of weeks ago and she had so much fun using scissors and a hole-punch for the first time!

These tri-fold window cards were a lot of fun to make.  I've got a video (below) with a couple of tips (especially how to hide the tab).

I love the plaid stencil on the front of this one with that fun turnabout showing through the window.  The colors are soft and pretty.

Here you can see the turnabout stamped and then cut to fit the flap.

Have you created with any of the turnabout stamps?  Such a cool idea!

The inside is actually the leftover piece that makes the window from the front.  

Adorable kitties steal the show on these!  I couldn't decide how I wanted to color the kitty, so I colored it up a couple of different ways and then used both of them to create cards.

I think the kitty might be jumping up to catch a butterfly and then 

he caught it or maybe the butterfly caught him!

This one's fun with all the sequins and the silver embossed grid panel.  It's so weird - in this photo it looks like there are some blue sequins.  Reflecting light, I guess - there are no blue sequins!

I really love corny puns - I love mew cracks me up!

Here's the video with some tips on making tri-fold window cards:

So glad you stopped by!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mini Floral Stamps Ideas #3 + Video

 I've been having fun with my mini floral stamps again.   I finished these up while Louisa was taking her naps last weekend.  

This time I've added distress ink into the mix.  All fun, easy ideas to incorporate into your creations.  You can see the video with tips below.

Talk about getting your money's worth - I've used these butterfly dies a lot!  I love the butterfly covered in flowers with a little milled lavender distress ink blended on the edges.

I heard someone say " Quit using unicorns, already!"  Well, no.  I think this unicorn is adorable and I'm going to continue coloring unicorns as long as I want to!  So there!

Seriously, though.  this is cuteness!  The mini floral stamps in the scallop tag are covered with a light layer of cracked pistachio distress ink.  I really like the flowers showing through, so I used distress ink in lieu of distress oxide.

The unicorn is colored the same colors as the flowers - love the stripes and pink hooves!

This is another stamp that is pure cuteness!  I love the tea theme and those mice are adorable.  You can barely see the distress ink on the teapot and cup.  It's spun sugar and the light pink is really pretty.  

You can probably think of stamps you could decorate with mini flowers.

My favorite mouse is the little one asleep with his little round belly.  

Here is the video:

Thank you for stopping by!  Have a lovely week.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Tri_Fold Shutter Photo Display + Video

Long time, no see!  I've been spending my weekends with Louisa again and last weekend we had her mommy and daddy, too.  We had a one-child Easter egg hunt - which was the most fun ever!  

The Easter egg hunt brought back a lot of wonderful memories.  Lauren's birthday is in April and many times we had an Easter egg hunt for her birthday party. 

I took a lot of cute pictures of Louisa and had been thinking about a Tri-Fold card, so I just put the two things together.  I've done a video (you can see it below).  Of course, I had to change it up a little!

Why is this called a Tri-Fold Shutter Card?  I understand the Tri-Fold - there are three strips of folds.  But what does the shutter part mean? 

Instead of leaving mine a standard Tri-Fold, I changed up my middle strip of folds.  You can see how to do it in the video.

True Story:  I've been buying my Copic refills and a few new Copic Sketch markers from Scrapbook Pal.  They've got great prices and I just found out that they have GREAT customer service, too.  I placed an order last week and a little while later, received a text from them asking if I meant to buy an Original marker.  

Well, No!  I meant to buy a refill.  But seriously, have you ever had a company check with you to see if you ordered the right thing?  I'm so impressed.  They realized that I always order Sketch Markers.  I texted back and they took care of it all!

How cool is that?  I just had to tell you that story.  (I'm not getting any kickbacks, but I just wanted to share my experience in case you are looking for a place to buy copics.)  

So glad you stopped by!

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!

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