Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Thank you card

Thank you card using My Favorite Things, Coffee Date stamp and die sets. It looks sort of vintage-y, I think. I used a rather monochromatic color scheme - in coffee-ish colors, as you can see.

Closer view of the cutie coffee pot and cup. I love the way the top layer stamps, not quite covering the whole image. I used glossy accents in the cup.

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Coffee Date stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Polynesian Paradise (for your hospitality)
My Favorite Things, Black Licorice card stock (thank you)
My Favorite Things, Sweet Tooth card stock (card base)
My Favorite Things, Kraft hybrid ink pad
My Creative Time, Rectangle Frames die
Cuttlebug Thank You die
Tim Holtz Distress Inks, antique linen, walnut stain, ground espresso, gathered twigs
Foam tape, glossy accents, DCWV paper scrap for brown mat

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Birthday Project - shakers

Today's card is for the monthly Birthday Challenge at My Favorite Things, card challenges. Who doesn't love interactive cards? My nephew once said, they're like a card and present in one! I've used the Happy Hippos and cloud shaker set for this one. (See product links below.)

Cloud shaker window and frame dies coordinate with the cloud shaker pouches making shaker cards so super simple to create. No need for tons of foam tape with this method either. I really like the idea and My Favorite Things has many different shapes in the shaker dies and pouches.

For the background, I used the cloud stencil, also by My Favorite Things, giving the hippo soft clouds to float up into. Look at the adorable little bird who flew by to say hi!

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Happy Hippos stamps and dies (hippo, bird, sentiment)
My Favorite Things, Up in the Air stamps and dies (mini clouds)
My Favorite Things, Adorable Elephants stamps and dies (balloons)
My Favorite Things, Meant to Bee stamps (balloon string)
My Favorite Things, Cloud Stencil (background)
My Favorite Things, Cloud shaker window die and frame set
My Favorite Things, Cloud shaker pouch
My Favorite Things, Sweet Tooth cardstock
My Creative Time, Rectangle Frames die
Copic markers, distress inks, seed beads, sequins

Friday, April 20, 2018

Polka Dot Frog

Here is this week's challenge for My Favorite Things. I wanted to use the Toad-ally Awesome frogs for this card for my daughter, who is a frog lover.

I started with the Full of Heart stencil to ink my background in various shades of green. Then I decided, instead of coloring my frog, to cut him from pattern paper. I love him all polka dotty!

And, get this, the "puddle" he is sitting in...that is from the Safari Tree die! Not water at all, it's a TREE. I cut it from a scrap of watercolor I did for a previous card (Watercolor with distress inks). It makes the perfect little puddle for my froggy to sit and rest in. LOL

My Favorite Things Card Challenges

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Toad-ally Awesome stamp set
My Favorite Things, Toad-ally Awesome die set
My Favorite Things, Full of Heart stencil
My Favorite Things, Cross Stitch Circle STAX (This set may be retired)
My Favorite Things, Safari Tree dies
My Favorite Things, Fishtail Flag STAX (This set may be retired)
My Creative Time, Rectangle Frames die 
Copic markers, Sakura white Gelly Roll pen, distress inks, various paper scraps

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pop-up Box Card

I don't know why I don't make these more often, because these box cards are very easy to make! If you haven't tried this technique, I hope you will do so soon. They only look complicated but, take my word for it, they are really not at all hard to do. And they are very fun to make and give as much as they are to receive. This one I made for my grandson whose birthday was Sunday.

As you know if you follow my blog, my Instagram, the Scrapendipity Studio Facebook Fan Page, or my personal Facebook page, My Favorite Things makes the most adorable stamp and die sets, and they really are some of my most favorite things for crafting. The elements on this card are no exception, as you will see by the long product list below!

This is the card box as it fits into the envelope for mailing, all folded up.

But, pull it out of the envelope and, voila! It practically unfolds itself, and out pop these adorable dinosaurs sending happy birthday wishes. The full message says, "Stomping by to say, have a roaring good birthday."

It is difficult to see all the elements hiding inside, but here are a couple of views that might give you an idea of just how much fun you can cram into one of these pop up box cards. This one holds 5 dinosaurs, 2 boulders, palm tree, mountain, foothills, lots of jungle grass and an erupting volcano. Doesn't that make you want to create one?? LOL Super fun and kids LOVE them. See product list below for all the goodies I used in the creation of this card. And have fun making one of your own!

There are many templates out there for this type of card, with slightly different measurements, but with a google search you are sure to find one that will work. There are also many, many you tube tutorials giving step by step instruction, so you should have no trouble even on your first try. Here is just one link that might help. I used her measurements for this card, but have used other templates in the past with the same wonderfully fun result. Pop Up Card Template

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Delightful Dinosaurs stamps
My Favorite Things, Delightful Dinosaurs dies
My Favorite Things, Tiki Party stamps (volcano, palm tree) (retired)
My Favorite Things, Tiki Party dies (retired)
My Favorite Things, Wild Greenery dies
My Favorite Things, Jungle Friends Card Kit (grassy mounds) (sold out)
My Favorite Things, Iceberg dies (mountains)
My Favorite Things, Grassy Edges dies
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #20 (message banners) (retired)
My Favorite Things, Birthday Card Kit (birthday word) (sold out)
Copic markers, acetate strip, Tim Holtz mini ink blending tool, DCWV pattern papers

Saturday, April 14, 2018

MFT Combined Challenges

Good afternoon! I hope you're enjoying Saturday where you are (and if it's not Saturday where you are, I hope you are still enjoying your day LOL). We are finally getting a touch of spring now that it's nearly mid-April. So crazy!! But at least we don't have snow like some poor, unfortunate parts of the country. Stay warm if that's you.

Today's card combines both the MFT Color Challenge #91 and Sketch Challenge #380. From the newest release, I used the sweet Rain or Shine set by Birdie Brown.

MFT Card Challenges

Product List:
My Favorite Things, BB Rain or Shine stamps
My Favorite Things, BB Rain or Shine dies
My Favorite Things, Linked Chain Circle Frames
My Favorite Things, Cotton Candy Ink Pad
My Favorite Things, Party Patterns Paper Pad
Copic markers, Tim Holtz mini blending tool

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Watercolor with distress inks!

For this card, I wanted to try a few different techniques together just to see what I would get. Like my most recent cards, I felt like playing and experimenting a bit. That's what I did here.

Using watercolor paper, I first did a wet watercolor background with a few coordinating Distress Ink colors. When I was happy with that, I dried it a tad with the heat gun then spritzed Perfect Pearls over the piece. Again, I zapped it just a sec with the heat gun before stenciling the subtle trellis-looking background.

Next, I stamped the flowers and leaves using just the sketch portion of the layering flowers from the Altenew Vintage Flowers stamp set. I liked the look so I decided not to add the other layers. Instead, using a water brush, I added a little more color with the inks to give depth and a little more definition. I would have been happy with the look even if I had skipped this last step but overall, I do like how it all turned out.

Thanks for looking!

Product List:
Altenew, Vintage Flowers stamp set
My Creative Time, Mom stamp set (sentiment)
My Creative Time, Rectangle Frames 
Heidi Swapp, 6x6 Lattice stencil
Distress Inks:
   Blueprint Sketch
   Mermaid Lagoon
   Peacock Feathers
   Cracked Pistachio
   Bundled Sage
My Favorite Things, Sweet Tooth card stock (card base)
Perfect Pearls, water brush, mini mister, clear embossing powder, adhesive flat back pearls, fun foam