Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Little Mama Elephant...

Happy Tuesday!! I hope you are having a great start to your week. I have to admit I am just wanting it to be over as we have vacation off from school. Even if I don't do anything, just being off from work is fabulous to me. Sleeping in, working out, time in the craft room or just time to do the cleaning I want to do-it is heaven.

Today I wanted to share a card I created using Mama Elephant's "Pandamonium" stamp set. I love these little guys!!! I chose to use the two "kissing" Pandas on the card below.

I used Paper Trey Ink's Royal Velvet card stock, polka dot paper and the ink for this card. I am not sure why I used purple, as it is one of my least favorite colors but it suited these little guys.

I created the background using a mask. I cut a die cut a circle into a piece of printer paper, layered it over the square and inked with yellow and a little blue to make the "new moon." I then put the circle over the yellow and inked the purple/blue sky.

I then inked a PTI die two different greens for the little "hill" the Pandas are standing on. I then adhered the bears to the scene. I framed them with a slide stamp and die from Paper Trey Ink. I used foam adhesive to adhere it so it "pops" a little. I also used foam on one of the hearts, as well as some glossy accents to give the hearts a little more oomph. I think it was the perfect touch!!

The XO's were stamped using the Casual Fridays "Love Notes" stamp set. I selectively inked the stamp so only one X and one O showed up. The sequins were a last minute addition to cover a mistake I made. Whoops!!

That is all for today. Thank you for stopping by!! Have a great day!!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Simple Birthday Cards Using WPlus9 "Coming Up Roses" Stamp Set

Happy Doris Day day!! In honor of Doris Day's birthday, I am going to share some birthday cards.

Today I want to share with you two cards I created using WPlus9's "Coming Up Roses" stamp set.
I bought this set a couple weeks ago and was able to play a little this past weekend with it. It was so much fun!! I think this is going to be my new "go to" stamp set when I need a pretty card.


To start the process, I used the matching dies to cut roses and leaves out of heavy white card stock. I also die cut a vase out of tracing paper as I have misplaced a whole package of vellum. I am still flummoxed as to where I put it but tracing paper worked in a pinch.

I then stamped the rose stems, roses and the sentiment using Hero Arts and Paper Trey Ink's dye inks. Next I used a new technique that I learned in my Clean and Simple 3 Card class that I took a couple weeks ago. I used a Copic blender to lightly take some of the color off the ink to give it a more 3-D effect. Mine did not come out as well as the teacher's but since this is my first time utilizing this technique, I think I did pretty well.

My next step was to spray the card with silver and pink mist spray. I chose to use the mist as it was meant to be used AND also took the bottom out to "fling" more color in strategic places. I am a bit obsessed with mist spray at the moment and it has been used on a lot of my projects as of late.

Now it was time to assemble my card, which was easy peasy. I just took the roses and leaves I had die cut and stamped and layered them over the roses stamped on the card base with foam adhesive. To give the card even more pizazz, I adhered sequins in silver and pink to the front.

My second card is actually the first card I created. The only difference is that I didn't spray the mist spray on but flung it on using the actual mister taken out of the bottle. I also had to create a banner because my first attempt to stamp the sentiment ON the card went awry. (one reason I am not a one layer card girl-the sentiment is something I usually stamp last and something always goes wrong!!) I also only added one extra leaf rather then two. 

Bonus Card:
I am going to include the third card I created using this set too in this post. It is much different then the other two cards I created and I have to admit it is not my own design. I copied it from one of the WPlus9 designers, Lea Lawson. Her work is stunning!! You could take hours going through her blog. Lea's card was a bit more elegant then mine but I needed to make a quick birthday card and this fit the bill. 

Instead of using a cream card base, I used Lemon Yellow card stock from PTI. I then used yellow and white spritz on the card base. (The white is hard to see in the photo-I think I should have shaken the bottle up a bit more to get the pigment out too!) I stamped the two yellow sprigs of flowers at the top and the sentiment on the bottom. I wanted to make sure before I glued anything down that I didn't mess that up! 

Next I layered the stamped die cuts to the left, wrapped ombre floss around the card and adhered a blue button. My last step was to scatter sequins across the top. It is not as clean as Lea's card but I like how it came out. This will be going out to my Aunt tomorrow. I might actually be getting a card out in time for someone's birthday for a change. 

Well, that is all for now. Have a great day!!



Rose Cards

Yellow Card