Monday, May 29, 2017

Be Gentle Friendship Card

Today I was beating myself up for not getting more done. As though I hadn't just spent a week in my bed too sick to function. As though I could just decide that I was well enough to return to my normal top speed get everything done mode. I have to do lists! I WROTE IT DOWN!! 
Today there is also a new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge. So I grabbed one of my AdornIt Paintables sheets and did a quick watercolor on one of the frames. I added a sweet sentiment that I clearly need to take heed of myself, and attached it to some Green Chevron double sided paper. I grounded the design with a strip of washi tape instead of a sentiment, since I already had a lot of sentiment going on at the top.
I added some thick grey twine as a wrap to the Paintables element, but I wanted to add something to the bow/knots. I tried flowers and buttons galore, until I found this little cat hanging out in my random cool buttons jar. I snipped off his backing and popped him up on some foam tape. I may have needed this sentiment, but with the addition of the cat I know just who needs to receive this card now. I hope it helps her take a step back into self care as it did for me. Be kind to yourselves, Stampin' Friends. We are all doing the best we can. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Have a Magical Day Card

After a week of being so sick I could barely move, never mind lift a stamp, it was super satisfying to get back into my stamp room this weekend. Some amazing friends came over and we made 17 vinyl shirts yesterday (this one was my favorite), and the crafty time we spent together was balm to my soul. then I got a start on my swap cards for next weekend's Scrap Expo in Puyallup. The theme for the swap is embossing!
I sanded the cardstocks and created the rainbow strip to go along with this week's Mojo Monday Challenge. Then I added some sweet rainbow polka dot washi. I used the matching Thin Cuts dies to bust out a herd of these unicorns and banners. The white background is actually heart embossed cardstock, and the Unicorn's body is embossed with a sparkly bridal type embossing powder.
I used the watercolor over stamping technique from my Unicorns & Rainbows Workshop to paint the unicorn's nose, tail, mane, and horn. Then I topped off my sparkly unicorn with mis-matched googly eyes and sprinkles gems and sequins around her. I hope my swapping partners will be happy next weekend!   

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Live Beautifully Doily Card

I was cleaning up my photo files when I realized I hadn't yet shared this sweet Mother's Day using the National Scrapbooking Month Live Beautifully papers. They are almost gone, and Mother's Day is past, but I hope you won't mind...
There's literally no stamping on this card except for the easily changed out sentiment. How pretty is that huge vintage floral? I paired it with a doily, the subtle grey stripe from the Live Beautifully packet and the gold foil dots. I'm just so sad that there's only a little bit of time left to grab this gorgeous floral paper suite!
I cut the trio of cream roses from another print in the packet, and popped them up with some thin foam tape. The black glitter is Shimmer Trim I punched with a scallop border. I sprinkled on a few gold glitter gems and tiny gold sequins to finish this pretty project off. I'm linking it up to the Heart 2 Heart Coming Up Roses Challenge, the Color My Heart Live Beautifully Challenge, and the Paper Issues May Mom-O-Gram Challenge

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bear with Sticky Boy Congrats Card

One of the big trips my CTMh team makes each year is to the CTMH Convention each summer. We love to travel in a group, and we often work together on extra projects to get ready for our trip - t-shirts, gifties, swaps, etc... It's only a little over a month before we jet off to Utah, so I've got a bit of Convention-on-the-brain-itis!
So when I won my new Jack Cardmaking set with this adorable big ol' bear who can HOLD ALL THE THINGS (Thanks, Naomi!) the first thing that popped in my mind was my tiny Sticky Boy stamp. It's a thing at CTMH conventions - they hide this stamp image in various sizes all over the place. He's even got his own Facebook page. You never know when or where you'll find one, and it's like finding the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow when you do. Mine is a tiny little 1x1 image, just right to hang out with this bear. 
I paired my bear and Sticky Boy with my favorite new print from this Seasonal Expressions, the tiny heart print from Little Dreamer. I colored the images with watercolor pencil, lightly blended with a small water brush. And I couldn't resist giving this big bear some big wiggly eyes. This card is based on the fun new sketch over at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge - pop over there to share a card of your own! I'm also linking up to the Heart 2 Heart Teeny Tiny Challenge!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Live Beautifully Congratulations Card

While I love making more complicated watercolor versions of this month's Live Beautifully rose images, I also wanted to see what I could do just stamping a single rose, fast and simple.
Inspired by the Navy in this week's Fusion Card Challenge, this little Congrats card comes together in no time at all. I simply inked the rose in blue ink and stamped it repeatedly all over the card front. each time I stamped the rose I also stamped off the second and third generation lighter images in the spaces between the roses. 
I love how that extra pouncing of the stamp image fills in the spaces of the background without adding more images to compete with the roses. I layered my sentiment strip over some navy organdy ribbon from my stash, and topped it off with a couple of sparkly gems. I'm linking this card up to the Heart 2 Heart Coming Up Roses Challenge. Check out the Live Beautifully Collection before it sells out!

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