Monday, March 9, 2020

St. Patrick's Day

Today I am sharing a card I made for St. Patrick's Day.  I am featuring "Wooly Lucky" from Simon Says stamps.

Supplies used:
MFT Inside & Out Stitched Circles
MFT Inside & Out Stitched Clouds
Lawn Fawn Paper Pack - Really Rainbows
Distress Oxide  - Tumbled Glass
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Cut It Up Challenge 195 - Green with Envy
Simon Says A Bit of Green

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Saturday, March 7, 2020

Create a Masking Stencil with your Cricut Maker

Today's card features "You're Super" from My Favorite Things. It's already March, which means the summer is right around the corner,  So I am stocking up on cards for the kids to show my support and how proud I am of their accomplishments. 

On to my card,  I blended Distress oxide in Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire for my night sky with my circle masking stencil.  Leaving the stencil mask in place, I then stamped the city sky line in black ink.  I give some quick instructions how to make your own masking stencil at the end of this post.

I die cut all my other images and attached the girl with foam tape for dimension.  I added a few stars in the night sky with a white and glitter gel pen.  After I was finished I realized,  Next time I will mask off the building area so my windows will look like they have light in them.

I did add the mask on my girl which isn't part of the stamp.  First, I drew it out with a pencil, then filled it in with a black marker.  I also added a few lighting bolts around my Pow image (for the lack of a better word, I have no idea what you call this image). 

Now onto the masking stencil.  I have seen masking circles on the internet, and thought I should try that with my Cricut Maker.  To do this, you will need the engraving tool, I tried the embossing and debossing tools and they don't leave an etched line.  The engraving tool, scratches the line into the material so it is permanent and doesn't warp the stencil material. 

It's really easy to create a masking stencil in DS.  First place a 6" square on on your canvas.  Inside of this square place two rectangles, mine are 4.25x5.5 and 4x5.25.  This is usually the size of the layers I use for my card fronts.  Change both of these rectangles to engrave, then center align all of your images.  Now place what ever type of shape you want inside the center square and align it however you like.  After your satisfied with that, select all of your images and attach them.  No DS will etch the two guide lines and cut the inside shape.  It's as easy as that and you now have a masking stencil that can be used over and over.  I purchase ShowOff Stencil Blanks from Hobby Lobby, they are located on the stencil aisle. 

Simon Says Something Feminine

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Say it with Love

Today  I am sharing a birthday card featuring stenciled hearts and loads of color.  

Here is the color palette for the current Color Challenge at My Favorite Things Blog. They have a color challeng, sketch challenge, and birthday project challenge.  You could make one card for all three to enter.

I used Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberry, Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron.

The background was created with a tumbling heart stencil.  I blended the colors with my make up brushes I purchased from Amazon.  I love stencils for backgrounds, they are so much more affordable than background stamps.  I haven't tried using embossing powder with stencils, that's for another day.

My card is an A2 sized card.  The top layer was cut with my MFT A2 Stitched Die-Namics.  I use these stitched rectangles on almost every card I make.  They have really been a worthy investment.

To keep my "wishes" sentiment in the color scheme, I colored a piece of card stock with Picked Raspberry.  Once the ink dried I die cut out my word, then I cut a second one from black card stock.  I offset them to add a little detail behind the sentiment.

I am not sure what color my card is, but it is part of my stash from all of my Simon Says card kits.  I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in black to finish off the card.  

The sentiment is a combination using Honey Bee Sentiment Builder (retired).  

This is really a simple card to make, but packs a punch with all the color.


Hope you enjoyed my card and happy crafting.


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Smart as can Bee


Today I wanted to share a card I made using the "Bee Yourself" Card Kit from Simon Says Stamps.  My niece made the principal's honor role, so I wanted to let her know how proud we are of her. 

The kit is no longer available, but you can still get the stamp set.

In hind sight, I think I should have colored the bee's face yellow.  I chose a piece of paper from the paper pack included in the kit from Honey Bee "The Bees Knees".  I cut out 4 of the little hexagon wafer dies and layered then to create a larger area. 

I stamped the flying trail with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with Honey Bee "Bee True" embossing powder.

The sentiment is heat embossed with Honey Bee "Bee sweet" embossing powder.  It's a shiny yellowish gold color.  I added a few hexagon sequins to finish it off. 

This turned out to be a pretty simple card, so I think I will pull this kit out and create a few more for other occasions.  I love the little hexagon die that came with the kit. 

For my sentiment I used the following stamp sets:
Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Sentiments (just wanted to say)
Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel Spring Sentiments - (I cut Mom You're - for You're)
Simon Says Bee Yourself - (smart as can bee)


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Saturday, February 8, 2020

Valentine's Cards

I have been making a lot of Valentine's cards, here are two more.  The next few with hearts, I think I will make anniversary cards.  I could use a few of them.

For my background I blended Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberries over the stencil.  After removing the stencil I blended Spun Sugar to tone down the white.

I cut my background at an angle, and instead of wasting the second piece I decided to create two cards.  I cut two plain hearts and two lacy hearts.  For the lacy heart I blended a light coat of Spun Sugar to match the background.

My first card I kept the heart plain and embossed the back layer with my Swiss Dots folder from Cuttlebug.  I added a strip of glitter card stock. 

For my second card I stamped my sentiment directly to the card front.  I decided to emboss the center heart with the Swiss Dot folder.  For a little more color, I lightly swiped Wilted Violet over the dots.   I add a little black strip of card stock to define the layers

After adding a few sequins, all finished.  Two for one.  I love being able to do that, it builds your stash up fast.

Supplies used:
Lawn Fawn - Lawn Cuts Happy Happy Happy, How You Bean? Hearts Add-on, Celebration Scripty Sayings, Lacy Heart Stackables and Outside In stitched Heart Stackables


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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sending Lots of Love

I have another Valentine's Day card to share with you.

I created the heart background in SCAL5 and uploaded it to Design Space and cut it out with my Cricut Maker.  I picked out the pieces for the colored heart and blended Distress Oxide in Festive Berries on top.  It's not noticeable in picture, but I added some shine with my shimmer pen and then inlaid these pieces into my heart. 

I picked out this cute little cat and sentiment from my YNS stamp set "Cool Cats".  I used Nuvo Crystal drops in the eyes for a little dimension. Then I attached my cat and sentiment strip with foam tape, then added a few little red sparkly hearts.

YNS Challenge 131 - Share the Love
Simon Says - With Love

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

All My Heart

Today I am sharing my latest card inspired by this weeks sketch at My Favorite Things.

First I picked out a few colors and textures of card stock.  Using my various heart dies I cut out a few of each color.

I heat embossed my sentiment on the main heart with Gold embossing powder.  For my sentiment strip, I wanted with all my heart, but didn't have that sentiment, so I added a heart for the word.

Looking at it now, I would have used a few less hearts, but it's done.  

Hearts Steel Dies (AMZ)
Paper - MFT Black and White Dots
Card Stock - Hobby Lobby brand


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