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!

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!

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