Thursday, November 21, 2019

You're Fintastic! Mermaid card for my daughter

My daughter, who is a freshman, recently had the opportunity to participate in her first overnight trip for the High School Swim Team! I was so excited and nervous for her because I had never missed a swim meet up until then. I wasn't able to travel to Moab, Ut for this particular swim meet and I wanted my daughter to know how much I was thinking about her and wanted to give her lots of love and encouragement, so I put together a little bag full of her favorite swim meet snacks and this super cute card.

I have always called my daughter My Little Mermaid and felt that it was fitting to make her a mermaid card. 
Not too long ago I started trying to create scenes on my cards and now I have fallen in love with that style. I had soooo much fun creating this underwater scene of encouragement! 

I used Neenah 80lb solar white cardstock and blended together Distress Oxide Inks of Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon with my Picket Fence Lifechanging Blending brushes. I splattered some water on the ink and blotted it off to give it a cool water effect.

I used my MISTI with some Versafine Onyx Black ink to stamp the mermaid and all of the sea life and other sea creatures. I mainly used the Beautiful Mermaids stamp set from Simon Says Stamp but some of the fish and also the sentiment are from Lawn Fawn's Fintastic Friends stamp set. 
I colored in all of my images using Prismacolor pencils. I used the coordinating dies from the mermaid set and my Cuttlebug to cut out those images and had to fussy cut the Lawn Fawn images because I don't have the dies for those. 

I adhered the images onto the water background using Tombow Mono Multi Glue and used Scotch foam tape to pop up the Mermaid. 
Some clear Wink of Stella was used on the Mermaid tail, seashells, and headband, then I added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins for a little more sparkle and I think they also look like bubbles! 

Thank you for visiting with me today, happy crafting!  

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Halloween Spider Pillow Box

It's my favorite time of the year! I love Fall & Halloween!
Making fun Halloween projects for friends and family is one of my favorite things to do during the season. Pillow Boxes are so fun to decorate and work great for giving small little gifts or treats. 

The Lawn Fawn Pillow Box die is such a great investment, you can use it any time of the year for just about anything! I used this die to cut my Pillow Box out of some grey cardstock and then started into the decorating! 

Using my MISTI tool I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Spiderweb background cling stamp with some light grey ink, then used some Versamark ink to stamp the "Happy Halloween" from Close to my Heart (no longer available) in the center of the box. I used some black embossing powder with my heat gun to melt the powder and give a cool raised and shiny effect. I used some Simon Says Stamp Deep Purple and Cobblestone inks to shade around the edges of the box to enhance the lines and make my Happy Halloween Sentiment stand out more. 

Thank you for visiting me today, I hope I inspired you to make some fun treat boxes for your friends and family! Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Rainbow Candles Clean and Simple Birthday Card

Hello! I hope you are all having a wonderful day today! I am sharing a clean and simple Birthday card with you today, that I think would be great to give to just about anyone. I ended up giving this card to my Dad earlier this summer for his 70th Birthday! I couldn't resist using this stamp set for his card just to add this sentiment to it! I love the sentiments in this stamp set they all make me laugh!

Supplies used: 
The stamp set is "Birthday Borders" from Simon Says Stamp with coordinating dies, stamped in Versamark Onyx Black ink
I colored in the candles with Promarkers 
I die-cut 2 white panels from 80# Neenah Solar White cardstock with Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle dies one of them is inside the card to make it easier to write the message to the recipient
Mounting foam was used to adhere the candles and I used my ATG gun to adhere the panel onto a Bazzill Licorice Twist card base.  

Thank you for visiting with me today! 
Have a great day and happy crafting! 

Monday, September 16, 2019

A custom made dog sympathy card

Hello, my crafty friends! I know it's been a while, but I have so much to share with you! I was busy all summer making projects for a booth at our local fair that was held on Labor Day weekend and just didn't have the time to post them. I also have been working with a web designer in creating my own website with an online store called Imagination Attic! I am so excited about it, it launched just before the fair was held. I am still putting some final touches on it and adding products to the store, but it is up and ready for shopping! Okay on with the project that I am sharing with you today! I got a message from a friend a couple of weeks ago asking if I could make her a card that had this poem on it, they had just taken her husband’s service dog to the vet and sadly it had to be put down. I got to work right away, I pretty much just copied the photo that she sent me-pictured below. Here is what I came up with from the above photo:
I used my Cricut to write the poem, stamped a cute dog stamp I have from Stampin’ Up with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink and colored it with Prismacolor pencils. I die cut the panel with Lawn Fawn outside in stitched rectangle dies and used a piercing tool to add a line of holes/dots between each line of the poem, used tea dye distress ink from Tim Holtz around the edges of the panel then mounted the panel onto some green cardstock that matches the color of their dog’s collar, it was also distressed on the edges but with Tim Holtz walnut stain distress ink
It came together pretty quick, it just took me a while to get it posted! Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope I gave you some inspiration for your next project! Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 18, 2019

A bright and cheerful encouragement card

How is everyone on this beautiful Monday? We are finally having some very nice weather here in southern Utah, it's almost Spring and I can't wait!

For today, I am sharing a card that I think we should be making more of and sending more out to those who inspire us and make us feel like we can conquer anything. We all people in our lives who lift us up and help us keep going. We could give them a simple thank you card, but I love the sentiment from the stamp set I used and the font is just beautiful. It's just a fun and different way of saying thank you, and they need encouragement too!

I pulled out my Beautiful Day Stamp set from Simon Says Stamp for this card. I stamped it using some Jet Black ink from Lawn Fawn onto some Neenah Cardstock. I made some masks with some post it notes and used them in the stamping and for masking my stamps to blend some Broken China and Peacock Feathers distress inks for the background. I flicked some water with Perfect Pearls over that to give it some texture and shine. 

I loved using my Prismacolored pencils to blend and color in the butterflies. Some Wink of Stella glitter brush pen was used on top of the butterflies and I adhered some clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to give it even more shine and sparkle. 

I hope you have been inspired to go and create or purchase an encouragement card for someone in your life who has been there for you. 

Thank you for visiting today, happy crafting!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Watercolored "Thinking of you"

I hope everyone is having a great day so far, where I am at it is raining buckets right now, so it's perfect for getting out the tools and supplies and being creative! 

Today I am sharing with you a clean and simple card that I gave to a dear friend of mine who lost a really good friend of hers recently. It's not the kind of card we like to make and give out but it's nice to receive them when you are going through hard times yourself. 

I stamped the flower images (from Close to my Heart) onto some Strathmore cold press watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed them with white embossing powder. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp with Jet black ink from Lawn Fawn. I used a #2 round Silver Black Velvet brush and some Crayola watercolors to paint the flowers and used some broken china distress oxide ink for the blue halo around them. To finish it off with just a tiny bit of bling I adhered some Pretty Pink Posh sequins with some Multi Medium Matte from Ranger. I adhered the panel onto a card base of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White #80lb cardstock with my Scotch ATG.  

Thank you for visiting me today, I hope I gave you some inspiration to give to someone you know who is going through a hard time right now too!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Let's celebrate National Craft Month!

I love National Craft Month! I am a day late in getting started, and it will probably be a couple more days until I can post a new project because I am getting a new website!! I am so excited!! I look forward to sharing with you some fun new cards and projects and can't wait to see what you are all creating as well! 

Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting!!

Monday, February 25, 2019

Have a Magical day!-Birthday card

Good day everyone! I have the cutest custom design Birthday card to share with you! The adorable little girl who recieved this card loves the color pink, unicorns, and sparkles; so that's what I made for her! I hope she liked it!

The background and the card base are on Neenah Classic Crest solor white cardstock. I cut out some hills with post it notes and used them for masks to blend some Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks for the sky and then some Stampin Up Green Galore ink for the hills and grass. I thought the Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die set would go well with the background so I cut the sun out of some yellow cardstock and the clouds from some white scraps. I inked the edges on them to add a little extra color, and added some Wink of Stella to the sun.

I used the "Be a Unicorn" stamp set from Avery Elle for the unicorn and the sentiment. Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink and my Misti were used for the stamping. The unicorn was stamped on Strathmore watercolor paper and I used some old watercolor paints (that I am trying to use up so that I can get me some really nice ones) to paint a bright pink mane on that cute little unicorn. My paint brushes are from the Silver Brush company the black velvet line in sizes 2 and 6. I added some stickles to the horn for an added touch of sparkle.

The outside edge of the card base was distressed with Picked Raspberry distress ink to match the unicorn. I adhered the panel to the base with my ATG gun, popped up the Unicorn, sun and clouds with some foam adhesive, added a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh for the final touches and there you have a super cute card for a super cute little girl!


Thank you for visiting me today, hope you have a wonderful day! Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 18, 2019

I'm over the MOON for you!

Hello, today I am sharing with you what I made for my son's 3rd grade class for Valentines. I know Valentines is over, but it's still February!!  I had so much fun making these cute tags and putting together these bags of goodies. 

I was so happy when my son said he wanted a space theme this year, I got to use the Space Explorer stamp set from My Favorite Things for the first time since I got it!

These little astronauts turned out so adorable. I colored them just the way he wanted me to. When I asked him what color he wanted his space suit to be he said Red, with blue accents. I used some crayola and other no name brand pencils for the coloring. I don't use my really good Prismacolor pencils for the little kids, they just throw things like this in the garbage. Most people wouldn't have shaded and done as much detail as I did, but I figured it was great practice! I want to improve in my coloring so I went all in on 25 of these little astronauts!  

I used the Falling Stars Stencil from Simon Says Stamp with a white pencil to add some light stars in the background for a simple galaxy. I added a moon on the bottom of the circle tag with some scrap gray paper that I had in my stash, using a gray pencil I lightly added some moon craters to give it more detail and hopefully make it look more like the moon. I stamped my sentiment on it with Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink

I used the coordinating dies of the stamp set to cut out my astronauts and adhered them with Tombow Mono Multi glue, I punched a small hole and tied it to the bag of goodies (milky way candy bars, 2 glow sticks, and a pencil with  a fun star eraser topper) with some red ribbon. 

I love how they turned out, and hope I get to play with this stamp set again, it has the cutest images in it! 

Thanks for visiting, have a great day and happy crafting!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Love gives us a Fairytale!

Good evening to you all, I hope you had a wonderful day today. Tonight I want to share with you a card that I think turned out pretty cute!
Sorry for the bad lighting, it was a gloomy day and not the best for photographing the card, but I had to get this post up so that I can participate in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge that ends tomorrow morning! The theme is Have a Heart and they are showcasing My Favorite Things products. I was so excited because I actually have a couple of stamp sets from MFT!!

With this card, I practiced my water coloring and tried my hand at creating a scene with the most adorable images from My Favorite Things. These stamp sets are so much fun, I just got them a little bit ago and couldn't wait to play with them. I look forward to many more projects with these super cute images. 

I had so much fun making this card, it took me quite a while since I am new at building scenes and don't have that much experience with watercolor, but it is one of my favorite mediums to use, it's so relaxing.

Canson XL cold press watercolor paper
I actually just used some simple Crayola Watercolor Paints
(I am saving up to get me some good paints like Daniel Smith or Dr. Ph Martin's.) 
Silver Black Velvet brushes in size 2 and 6
Simon Says Stamp Love & Quotes stamp set
I used my Misti from My Sweet Petunia for all the stamping
Versafine Onyx black ink
Clear embossing powder (for the sentiment)
I used the Outside in Stitched rectangle die from Lawn Fawn to cut out my panel
Be Creative Tape was used to adhere the panel to the card base
The card base is made from Neenah 80 lb classic crest solar white cardstock
Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh in 4mm clear, 6 mm clear, 4 mm pink blush, 6 mm pink blush, 4 mm pink peonies, 6 mm orchid
I adhered the sequins using a Marvy Jewel Picker and Ranger Multi Medium Matte 
I used a Clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add a little shimmer to her dress, and the castle; I used a silver Wink of Stella pen for the Knight's sword. 

I created links to some of the products that are still available to the company websites. Most of the products I used can be found on Amazon, at Simon Says Stamp, Ellen Hutson, and many more online stores

Thank you for stopping by, I hope I sparked a little creativity in you! Happy Crafting!!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Love stretches your heart...non-traditional color Valentines

Hello, how is everyone today? 
I have a Valentine card to share with you that uses some non-traditional colors, it's a simple design and helped me to use some paper scraps from the mountain that I have of it! (I have to apologize that some of the products I used are nowhere to be found, I am trying to use up a lot of old supplies and scraps so that I can buy newer stuff!!)

I like using different colors to mix things up a little bit. We all have different tastes and so I like to make cards and projects for the variety of personalities that we all have. I myself like pink and sparkles, but others don't. So this card is for those who like more muted colors and earthy tones. What are your preferences? 

Lawn Fawn outside in stitched rectangle and square dies
Sentiment stamp from an old Stampin' Up stamp set
Versamark ink
Early Espresso embossing powder from Stampin' Up
Gathered twigs distress ink with foam blender
Paper from my mountain stash
an old die cut embellishment that I don't know where it came from
some brown embroidery floss
my atg gun for adhesive as well as some scotch mounting foam. 

I participating in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge of Love is in the air. 

Thanks for stopping by and visiting today! Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Angel Kisses

I had a pretty busy December creating many different projects and now I finally have the time to share them with you. 
I know it's past the Holidays, but I still wanted to share anyway. 

I had the opportunity to go into my son's school class at the beginning of December to read a Holiday book to the students. I chose to read to them a book called, Snow Angels by Angel Randall. It's such a cute book about calling the angels to come and help in times of need and emphasizes how we can be angels to each other also. I made these fun little treat bags full of "Angel Kisses" for the kids to go along with the story. I had a great time reading to the kids and teaching them to love and care for each other, I hope they will remember this story and remember to lift each other up and help each other out throughout the year. 

I used my Cricut to write the Angel Kisses sentiment and also to draw the angel onto some Neenah 65# paper that I got at Walmart. I used some simple Crayola colored pencils to color in the angels and adhered that onto a piece of blue paper from, I believe, recollections from Michaels. I get the cheaper paper like that to use for the kids' projects because half of the time they just throw them away anyway. 

If you have any questions just ask me in the comments, thanks for visiting me today. Have a wonderful day and Happy Crafting! 

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