Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Box card birthday

Today I have another box card, another birthday box card, which I just realized makes it eligible for the current MFT Out of the Box Birthday challenge! You can still play too if you'd like to join. Ends April 21. 

I knew I wanted to use the Hangin With My Gnomies set in some way but wasn't sure at first how to make my idea work. I would have liked him to be more up in the air (and will do some adjusting for next time to accomplish this) but with the height of the card to still fit into the envelope I was restricted. I do like him hanging onto the balloons for dear life though. LOL
Sentiment is a mix from MFT Sending Smooches (happy) and Concord & 9th, All the Birthdays (birthday). 
The large mushrooms are from the Spring Gnomies stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. 
For the perfect sized cupcake to fit on the stool (from the Mice Day to Celebrate, MFT), I used this cupcake from the Lawn Fawn, Baked With Love stamp set. 
Folds flat for mailing in a standard A2 size envelope. No extra postage required for one ounce and less than 1/4 inch thick. (Sometimes I get a little carried away with all the additions and add a stamp to be sure in case it doesn't fit through the postage machines!). 
Copic colors for this one. Her favorite color is green. 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Outside the Box dies
My Favorite Things, Outside the Box add-ons (level up, grass)
My Favorite Things, Hangin With my Gnomies (gnome, small mushrooms, ladybug)
My Favorite Things, Balloon Bundle
My Favorite Things, Up in The Air (clouds)
My Favorite Things, Mice Day to Celebrate (stool, banner)
My Favorite Things, Sending Smooches sentiments (happy)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock 
Simon Says Stamp, Spring Gnomies (mushrooms, tulips)
Lawn Fawn, Bakes with Love, (cupcake)
Concord & 9th, All The Birthdays (birthday sentiment)
Carta Bella, 6x6 paper pad, The Great Outdoors (backdrop)
Copic, Xpress-it Blending Card
Copic, sketch markers
Foam squares, Bazzill cardstock 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Mini slimline Easter card

They were meant to be together....the slimline mini and the adorable Spring Gnomes from My Favorite Things, of course. I'm in love with this card size. Here's my second mini slimline 3D card. (See previous post for details and instructional video link for this design.)

In the window:
No foam squares or 3D tape required!
Copic colors used for this card:
Product List:
My Favorite Things, Spring Gnomes stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Stitched Essential Sentiment Strip die
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Honey Bee Stamps, Loads of Spring stamps
Copic, Xpress-it blending cardstock
Copic sketch markers (see color photo above)
Doodlebug Design, Made With Love pattern paper
Rectangle die for windows, scor-tape

3D mini slimline card

I discovered this super cute dimensional mini slimline card design instructional video yesterday and had to make one. I love how simple it is but really impactful. This size might be my most favorite card of the moment! 

When I finished, I was filled with all kinds of new ideas for the next one(s) and can't wait to get started on more of these. 

See how simple? No foam tape whatsoever on this design, yet it pops up enough to really give it dimension! And when you tuck little goodies inside the windows, it seems even more 3D. Yet, it squishes flat when you put it in a mailing envelope. Cool beans!
Pretty amazing what a simple little Z-fold can do for your design. 
Copic colors used on this one:
Product List:
My Favorite Things, Winter Songbird stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Basket weave stencil (inside background)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Concord & 9th, All the Birthdays stamp set
Lifestyle Crafts, nesting square dies
Copic, Xpress-it blending cardstock
Copic, sketch markers

Saturday, March 27, 2021

MFT, Box card and Color Challenges

Another challenge, another birthday, another box card! This one also fits the color challenge #162. This one is for my great-niece, Brielle, whom we call B. 

These jumbo bees are by Honey Bee Stamps, coincidentally LOL. I've used a huge variety of stamps for this card (see list below) from several companies. I think they all worked well together for my idea. 
Party bees, at your service. 

Folds flat for mailing. 
Copic colors used for this card. 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Meant to Bee (tiny bee, cloud, hive)
My Favorite Things, Panda Pals (sun/cloud)
My Favorite Things, Happy Hippos (party hats)
My Favorite Things, Sweet Birthday Wishes (cupcake, balloon)
My Favorite Things, Mice Day to Celebrate (pennants, balloon)
My Favorite Things, Positively Peppy Pennants (wish big banner)
My Favorite Things, Bitty Birthday Wishes (sentiments)
My Favorite Things, Personalized Tag dies (B)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Pineapple ink cube
Honey Bee Stamps, Build-a-bee stamps and dies
Concord & 9th, All the Birthdays stamp set (large happy, birthday)
Doodlebug Design, Made With Love, 12x12 pattern paper
Copic, Xpress-it Blending card
Copic, Sketch markers
Foam squares, twine, wink of stella clear, metallic gold gel pen

Friday, March 26, 2021

My Favorite Things, Box Card Birthday challenge

This is for one of the grandboys who I'm still in disbelief will be driving age in a couple of weeks. (and I'm still not over the fact that my scrapping buddy, Grace, who started scrapping with me when she was 3, turned 20 last month!!) Anyway, he loves camping so the Adorable Adventure stamp set fit the bill perfectly for this boy card. 

Side views:

Folds flat for mailing:
Copic colors used for this card:
Product List:
My Favorite Things, Outside the Box die-namics
My Favorite Things, Low Profile add on die-namics
My Favorite Things, Adorable Adventure stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Sweet Birthday Surprise (balloons)
My Favorite Things, Banner Day Sentiments
My Favorite Things, Flag Banner dies
My Favorite Things, Happy Trails 6x6 paper pad
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Copic Xpress-it blending card
Copic sketch markers (see colors above)
Bazzill Spring Breeze green cardstock
Simple Stories, Color Vibe 6x6 paper pad

MFT Sketch #534

This week's My Favorite Things sketch is another slimline design. I used this new gnome set from Simon Says Stamp for my card. I think the muted colors make him more authentically gnome-ish and straight out of the forest. I envisioned Kevin Costner's version of Robin Hood when I was choosing colors. Seems to have worked! :)

Adorable little gnomie. Sentiment by Honey Bee Stamps. 
I loved coloring these mushrooms.
Copic colors for this project
MFT Sketch #534

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Slimline card dies
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Bazzill textured cardstock, Spring Breeze
Scraps of coordinating pattern papers for strips
Simon Says Stamp, Spring Gnomies stamps and dies
Honey Bee Stamps, Wish You Were Here sentiment stamps
Foam squares

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Latest box card - Girls Night In

It's Facetime, Whatsapp, Zoom or if you're old like me, maybe Skype still works (I have no idea, honestly, LOL) but whatever method you use, it's Girls' Night at a distance when you live 1200 miles apart. Having been in lockdown and unable to spend the winter in our San Diego locale this past year, my sister and I are both suffering from no Yahtzee and mimosas for breakfast, and I can't wait to get back down to see her again. Hopefully, very soon as we'll have our vaccines, but I digress.....

I think this is the first time making a box card for my sister. I know she'll love the details, though I'm bummed I no longer have a dice stamp for a Yahtzee reference. I added a string of 'lights' to make it a real party though! That's me on the screen with my short hair, glasses and fruity drink. The martini is for her. LOL

As always, folds flat for mailing. 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Outside the Box Card dies
My Favorite Things, Sno cone cardstock
My Favorite Things, Fun in the Sun 6x6 paper pad
My Favorite Things, Mother's Day Bouquet (leaves)
Essentials by Ellen, Mini Voices in My Head (computer screen, lady, drink)
Essentials by Ellen, Voices in My Head (large drinks)
Essentials by Ellen, Bear Ware4 (pie and fork)
Essentials by Ellen, Life's a Picnic (well-aged wine)
Essentials by Ellen, Leading Ladies, Baker (lady's hand on computer screen)
Essentials by Ellen, Leading Ladies, Holiday Shopper (pen, phone)
Essentials by Ellen, Squeeze The Day (lemons, flowers)
Hello Bluebird, Merry Mice (string of lights)
Altenew, Coffee Love (stack of cups)
Honey Bee Stamps, Sip Sip Hooray (time for girls night)
Honey Bee Stamps, Wish you Were Here (wish you were here)
Copic markers (sorry I forgot to get list of colors), Xpress it blending cardstock
Nuvo Crystal Drops, Simply White (flower centers) Bottle Green (olive)
Glossy accents, bling stones, acetate strips

MFT Slimline Challenge, Inside Out

Fun challenge, and let me say challenge! I had to do some innovating and improvisation for this one as the slimline card is 7 inches and the Big Shot accommodates only 6 inches. But, I figured it out and I am pleased with how this adorable card turned out. I think the grands will like it. :)

To cut the windows from the front of the card, I had to fold the back over the top after placing the dies. Because of all the layers, I had to go with a lighter weight cardstock. This works ok, except that it leaves the impression of the die on the backside of the card. That was what I was trying to avoid, but there is no way to do it without this side effect. 

Then, separately, I cut the windows from the front panel so they'd line up with the windows I cut from the front of the card. Using panels on the front and the inside helps beef up the card too, since I had to use lighter cardstock than I usually do for cards. 

I wanted just the ears to show through the window, so I lined up the gnomes first, then built the rest of the scene around them, all on a separate panel.

I made the basket so that the carrots can be removed, just for fun. 
The little gnomies are so adorable, I wanted to show each one. When I showed the card to the Randster he called them trolls!!! GASP I corrected him and he said, "well, I don't 'gnome' them". LOL 

Copic colors I used on this card.

Product list:
My Favorite Things, Spring Gnomes
My Favorite Things, Hangin With my Gnomies (mushrooms)
My Favorite Things, Up in the Air (clouds, birds)
My Favorite Things, BB Alphabet & numbers stamps (sentiment)
My Favorite Things, Farm-stastic (fence)
My Favorite Things, Piles of Fun (basket)
My Favorite Things, Stitched Domes dies
My Favorite Things, Basket Weave stencil
Copic Xpress-it Blending Card
Copic Sketch markers (see photos for colors)
Hemptique twine, foam squares
Distress Oxide inks, Speckled Egg, Twisted Citron