Wednesday, February 19, 2020

It's No Mystery!

It’s Wednesday, and this week, I used Litte Sleuth - R205 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps) for my main image and No Mystery - H204 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps). This little sleuth has uncovered the clue to why he is so in love with his special someone. This card could be used for Valentine's Day, Anniversary or even a birthday!

To make the background for the card, I die cut multiple squares using My Creative Time - Stitched Squares Inside and Out in various brown cardstock and some white Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Cardstock.

For the brick background, I used Darice - Brick Wall Embossing Folder and then various Tim Holtz inks listed below to give the different colours for the texture.

I coloured in the main image with Copic markers and then fussy cut around it and used a black marker to go around all of the edges.

I layered all of the pieces together using 3M VHB - 2 sided tape to pop them up and then 2-sided tape to mount the final square onto the 6" x 6" card base.

To finish off the card, I used some brown twine and criss-crossed it to make a little bow and added in the question mark using some clear gems that I coloured with E23.

Card Recipe:

Stamp: Little Sleuth - R205  (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Sentiment: No Mystery - H204 (High Hopes Rubber Stamps)

Inks: Memento - Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Brushed Corduroy, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Rusty Hinge, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Walnut Stain

Paper: Copic Marker X-Press It Blending Card, Park Lane 50 pk 8.5''x11'' Value Papers-Browns, AC Cardstock - Autumn

Die Cuts: My Creative Time -Stitched Squares Inside and Out, My Creative Time - Sentiment Label Dies

Embossing Folder: Darice - Brick Wall

Tools: MISTI - Most Incredible Stamping Tool, Cuttlebug, AC Premium Ribbon

Image coloured with Copic Markers:

Skin: E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R22, R20

Hair: E47, E44, E43

Detective: E39, E37, E35, E34, E33, E31, E89, E87, E84, C10, C5, C3, C2, C1

Shoes and Magnifying Glass: C10, C8, C7, C5, C3, C2, C1, C0, B0000

Shadow and Sidewalk: C5, C3, C2, C1

Gemstones: E23
Hope you like it and have a fantastic week!

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Purrr-ty Tweet!

I'm popping in today with a card that would be perfect for Valentine's Day or to let someone know you think they are special! This image from High Hopes Stamps is called "Purrr-ty Tweet Kitty". I love that the sentiment comes with the image and how it wraps itself around the image.
When I saw this image my brains said..... red and black. Why I don't know lol, but I went with it, adding a bit of pink to match with the papers. This is a new die for me from Studio Katia called "Half Stripped Cover" and I put it to good use. After stamping and cutting my image out with a Gina Marie Double Roped Oval die, I set about colouring it with my Copic markers. I decided to use papers from the Echo Park "Be My Valentine" 6x6 collection and finished my card off with some Stickles (bow & flowers) and red gems.
Copics Used:
N3, N4, N5, N7, N8, N9
R24, R27, R29, R83, R85
G24, G28
B0000, B000, B00

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Happy Stamping!

Monday, February 17, 2020

KItty By Birdhouses

Howdy - MichelleO here - I am longing for Spring... and coloring up Spring is fun to do! This week for High Hopes Stamps I colored "Kitty By Birdhouses" -

How can you not love a little Kitty with two adorable Birdhouses? I colored with my Copics (colors below) and then shaded with my pencils.

I found a piece of old SEI pattern paper than is two sided. I used both sides and sewed with both zig zag and straight stitches on a green card stock base. The sentiment "Pawsing to say hello!" is just too perfect with the sentiment. And a great card to send to a friend for a smile. I added three Nuvo white paint dots as embellishments. Love the little bit of country feel to this one!

Copic colors used -

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Bucket Of Sunflowers

Hi everyone,
for today I'm sharing an adorable image 

Today I am using "Bucket Of Sunflowers" along with "Sunshine And Sunflowers" for the sentiment. I used my Premier Prismacolor pencil and the blending pen to colored. Fussy cut it and pop it with foam tape. I used a banner die from my stash to used behind my image. The pattern paper is old I don't even know from company is. I added stickles to the center of the sunflowers. To finish the front of my card I adhesive a few yellow candy dots and used my staple on the end of sentiment. 

Here is the inside!
Stamped "Bucket Of Sunflowers" once again, die cut it and adhesive to the inside of the card. Love how it looks! I hope you were inspired today.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Whatever.....I'm retired!

Happy Saturday!

Now who doesn't love a nice long bubble bath!  This sweet image is called Betty Bubbles which I have paired with the Whatever...I'm retired! sentiment. Betty is soaking up all the suds & why not she is retired lol.....that's what I would be doing too!!

I dug into my stash of embossing folders looking for the perfect one...I found this old Provo Craft folder called how perfect is that?!  I ran the 2 mats around the image & the border mat through the embossing folder so this card has a lot of texture to it.  I did struggle a little bit with my color choice for ribbon as I used such a flowery patterned paper.  I didn't want to take away from gorgeous Betty so I went with this older Stampin' Up taffeta ribbon.  I use that ribbon sparingly as I don't have a ton of it & can't seem to find more.  Taffeta is my favorite of all types of ribbon just because it is so easy to work with it.  I finished off the look with 3 different colored enamel dots.
Copic combo
Tub - C3, C1, C0, C00, (C7, C5, C3 claw feet)
Skin - E000, E00, E01, E04
Lips - R02, R01
Bubbles - B000, B0000
Table - E47, E44, E43
Cat - YR15, YR14, YR12 & R02 (nose & ears)
Candle - Y08, Y04, C5, C3
Tea Cup - C5, C3, R85, R81, G09
Doily - R85, R81
Book - E42, E41
Book Pages & Cover - E42, E41, E33, E31, E30
Bottle - R83
Hair - W5, W3, W1
Pillow - R83, R85, R81
Glasses - T5, T3, T1, B0000

Hope you enjoyed today's post.....have a crafty day!

Friday, February 14, 2020

A little bird....

Hi Everyone;

Friday is here again and what's more it's a long weekend.  This means that there is more time to spend with family as well as more playtime. 

This week I went outside of my comfort zone and dug out other dies besides circles, squares and ovals, a cloud stencil and some distress inks.  It has been a long time since I have used these and it is time to use and play with them again.  Oh the possibilities.

For today's card, I have used the adorable Gotcha and a Bird Told Me; both from High Hopes Stamps.

After stamping and colouring the image with Copic Markers, I cut it out using an distress edges die.  Using a mini cloud edges stencil and Salty Ocean Distress Ink, I created some clouds that didn't quite come out as I was expecting them to.  I definitely need some practice.  The extra grass is from another die that has been unused for a very long time.

Supplies used:
  • Stamps:  Gotcha (R115), Bird Told Me (F251) -- High Hopes Stamps
  • Ink:  Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink - Salty Ocean
  • Paper:  XPress It Blending Cardstock; DP - Perfectly Plaid - Spring & Spiffy Speckles (both from Lawn Fawn)
  • Copic Markers:
    • YG07 - Acid Green, YG06 - Yellowish Green, YG05 - Acid Green
    • E40 - Brick White, E41 - Pearl White, E42 - Sand White
    • N0 - Neutral Gray No. 0, N1 - Neutral Gray No. 1
    • YR07 - Cadmium Orange, YR04 - Chrome Orange
    • Y04 - Acacia, Y06 - Yellow, Y08 - Acid Yellow
    • Other:  YG01 - Green Bice, YG03 - Yellow Green
  • Dies:  A2 - Distress Edges (Spellbinders); Spring Meadow (Cottage Cutz) 
  • Stencil: Mini Cloud Edges (My Favourite Things)
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

The Doctor Is In

It's cold and flu season where I live and I can't have enough get well soon cards in my stash at this time of year.  Dr. Allun is here and ready to help cure all that ails you with his favourite cold and flu prescription. 
Thankfully at this point I have missed out on having anything more then a few sniffles here and there but if I do come down with something I will be sure to call Dr. Allun! 

After colouring the adorable Dr. Allun with alcohol markers I cut him out using a stitched tag die along with a matching card stock tag and added the sentiment. The tag is popped up with foam pop dots to add some dimension. I thought some paper with tea cups on it was perfect for my card theme and cut it to fit the 51/2 x 51/2" base. Next I sat down at my computer and put together the "prescription", printed it and cut it out with a stitched rectangle die. A fun tea/coffee cup with some hearts coming out of it, twine and gumdrops finish off my card. 
Card Recipe 
Stamp: Dr. Allun - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Sentiment - Doctor Is In - High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Patterned Paper: Hugs and Kisses - YNS
Tuxedo Black Memento ink, Hammermill digital cover stock, white gel pen, cup die - Quickutz, heart die - YNS, stitched rectangle die - YNS, prescription - computer, gumdrops - YNS, twine, 3D Foam pop dots - Forever In Time

Spectrum Noir and Copic Markers : E00 FS9 E11 GT1 GT2 GT3 IG1 IG3 IG6 IG2 E37 EB6 CT1 CT2 EB3 EB6 EB5 R20

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