Thursday, June 22, 2017

Have A Ball!



I've had this gumball machine stamped and colored for a couple of months now, and finally was inspired to use it!  I created this card for MFT Camp Create Bonus: Gather 'Round the Campfire - Divine Dry Embossing.  I used one of my Spellbinders dies and embossing mat to create the white area behind the gumball machine.  It looks a little like a doily!  The other fun thing that I added was Stampin' Up Crystal Effects to the globe part of the machine to give it the look of gumballs inside the glass.  And you can't tell in the photo, but the pattern paper has some sparkle to it as well.  Can't wait to decide who to send this card to!

Besides entering this card in Camp Create, I also am submitting this for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Patterned Paper.


Katie


Nature's Masterpiece


Day 5 of MFT Camp Create was Glitzy Glitter.  I love sparkle on my projects so I was thrilled!  This card is so simple, but it's probably now one of my favorites that I've created.  It's just calm and relaxing.  And I love when I start out on a card with no real ideas or designs in mind, and it just suddenly all comes together perfectly.  Have a great day!


Katie



Fore You Dad


Day 4 of MFT Camp Create was Sensational Sliders.  I created this Father's Day card (but really could be a birthday card, too) using the smartphone die from Lawn Fawn's Seflie Frames.  I was trying to give the illusion of swiping through photos on a phone.

After I took and uploaded the pictures of this card, I noticed the striped string shifted upwards a bit.  Grr... Oh well.


I am participating in My Favorite Things Camp Create Day 4, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Let's Take a Vacation, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Patterned Paper.



Katie



Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jawsome Dad


For day 2 of MFT Camp Create: Remarkable Resist I made 4 mini background squares.  I embossed using a stencil and Nuvo Glimmer Paste, then colored over the embossed areas with shimmer watercolors in blue and green to give it an ocean look.  I think it looks a little like ocean waves!  I then tilted the images as I adhered them to my card.  I stamped and colored the shark, and then stamped and colored two baby sharks (got this wonderful idea of creating baby sharks from Lawn Fawn's Yainea here: http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2017/06/lawn-fawn-video-6617-fathers-day-card.html).  Finally I put the finishing touches on the card by stamping the sentiments, adhering the sharks with adhesive foam squares, and adding a few iridescent sequins to look like bubbles.  I am so excited how this card turned out!  Can't wait for my kids to present it to my husband on Father's Day.



I am also entering this card in both the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Touchy Feely and Wednesday Challenge: Emboss It.
  
Supplies Used:
Lawn Fawn Duh-nuh stamp set
Lawn Fawn Dad + Me stamp set
Recollections Stamp & Stencil Enchanted set (stencil)
Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone
Niji Pearlescent Watercolors
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Stampin' Up Pacific Point ink
Copic Markers: C1, C3, and C5
white cardstock
adhesive foam squares
iridescent sequins

Katie :) 


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Watercolor Night Sky



Yesterday I played around with watercolors joining in on the fun with My Favorite Things Camp Create.  I used shimmery watercolors to create a night sky background for this Father's Day card. I painted streaks of different shades of blue, green, and purple, then added some black in various spots and then lightly washed over the entire card with black.  Then I painted over each color again to pull a little more of the color through the black.  To me, it gave the effect of the moon shining over the lake.

After the watercolors dried, I stamped my images in black, then colored in the bears with colored pencil and traced over the outlines with black colored pencil to make the images pop a little more. Added some gold Stickles to the stamped stars and a few shiny adhesive stars.  Then finished it off with black sparkly chipboard letters and attached it to a black cardstock base.  I am happy with how it turned out!


I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week: Touchy Feely.
Supplies Used:
Lawn Fawn Dad + Me stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Stickles in gold
colored pencils
Niji Pearlescent Watercolors
sparkly black chipboard adhesive letters (from my stash)
silver adhesive stars (from my stash)
Stampin' Up basic black cardstock
Strathmore Watercolor cold press paper


Thanks for looking!
Katie


Thursday, June 8, 2017

'Reel'y Awesome Grandpa



Hi!  It's been awhile since my last post!  Life has been a bit crazy over the past month or so between warm weather activities, kindergarten orientation, and a trip to Disney World.  I did manage to make five Mother's Day cards and an anniversary card for my husband, but didn't have time to post them here on my blog (you can check them out on my Instagram @i.dream.in.purple).

Anyways, now I'm back and working on Father's Day, graduation, and birthday cards.  Here's my first creation, a card for my father-in-law that will be from my kids.  He LOVES to fish and has gotten my son interested as well.  It's their buddy time activity.  I created this for the Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #65, Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Masculine) and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (Make It Masculine).


Supplies Used:
YNS Keepin It Reel stamp set
Lawn Fawn Dad + Me stamp set
Copic markers
white cardstock
Stampin' Up confetti white cardstock
SU pacific point cardstock
SU cool caribbean cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
SU ink pads: close to cocoa, garden green, really rust, going gray, pacific point
SU Crystal Effects (to make fish glossy)
oval punch

Katie

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Your Next Stamp Color Challenge #61

Monster-ous Birthday Wishes

Here is my card for Your Next Stamp's Color Challenge #61!  I've been feeling like I'm on a roll lately.  My creativity has been flowing, and I've been having so much fun designing new cards.  I guess it's a build up from taking a 5 year break after having my babies.

I recently bought the YNS Silly Monsters stamp set and knew it would be the perfect set to use for this color challenge.  I was even more excited about this card when I remembered that I had the Cuttlebug Mini Monsters embossing folder!  After I embossed the white panel with the monster border, I stippled yellow ink in the center.  Next, I stamped various circle images in gray ink (although it pictured more green than gray here) to create a little background for the monster.  Then, I stamped the sentiment in black and traced over it with a Gelly Roll metallic green pen.

For the cute little monster, I colored him with colored pencils and used the Gamsol Magic technique.  Then I fussy cut him out and popped him up with foam squares.

And here's the color challenge:


Supplies Used:
YNS Silly Monsters stamp set
Inkadinkado Circle & Dots stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Stampin' Up Summer Sun ink
Stampin' Up Going Gray ink
Cuttlebug Mini Monsters embossing folder
Stampin' Up Yoyo Yellow cardstock
white cardstock
Gelly Roll metallic green pen
foam adhesive squares
colored pencils
Gamsol & blending stumps
Recollections faux pearls (green)
clear/silver bubbles
silver faux brads

Katie


Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #61

Shake Your Hair!


Happy Thursday!  This is my first of two posts for today.  I created this fun and colorful card for the YNS Sketch Challenge #61 using the stamp set, Insanely Happy.  I just love the trolls!  I played around with a watercolor background and then embossed it with my Cuttlebug.

Here is the sketch:


Supplies Used:
YNS Insanely Happy stamp set
Stampin' Up Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp set
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Kaleidacolor Spectrum ink
Copic Markers
Stampin Up Basic Black cardstock
Strathmore Watercolor cold press paper
white cardstock
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades embossing folder - Rays
Niji Pearlescent Watercolors
JoAnn faux eyelets
silver cord

Thanks for stopping by!

Katie


Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sea & Sky

Today I have two projects that I completed over the weekend for two of my besties' birthdays.  The first is a birthday card for my sister who loves mermaids, especially Ariel, from Disney's The Little Mermaid.  So, when I received my first Your Next Stamp set, Little Darling Mermaid, just in time for my sister's birthday, of course I had to use it!  This was one of those cards where I didn't have a plan or even a layout in my head, but it just all came together so perfectly in the end.  I started with the stamped image and colored it, and then from there one idea led to another until - "Voila!" - it was complete!  I was so excited to put that baby in the mail.

The second project is a shadow box for my best friend.  I wanted to do something fun and uplifting to make her smile.  I knew I wanted to feature kites and clouds, so I started with those, and then after browsing pictures on Pinterest I got my inspiration.  Pinterest is so great for getting ideas flowing when I get stuck and just need a nudge to get going again.  I love how it turned out!  So much so that I may have to make another for myself!  I can just picture it sitting on my desk at work.  :)

Have a great day!


Shell-abrate!

Supplies Used:
Little Darling Mermaid stamp set (Your Next Stamp)
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Kaleidacolor Blue Breeze ink
Copic Markers
Therm-o-web iCraft Deco Foil in Lapis Watercolor
Therm-o-web iCraft Deco Foil Foam Adhesive
Cuttlebug A2 Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder
Stampin' Up Pacific Point cardstock
white cardstock
white hemp cord
silver sequins
adhesive foam squares
glue dots

Challenge:


The Sky is the Limit

Supplies Used:
Up, Up & Away stamp set (Papertrey Ink)
Simple Puffy Clouds die cuts (Lawn Fawn)
Nuvo Glimmer Paste in Moonstone
Memento Tuxedo Black ink (stamped off once to lighten)
Stampin' Up Rose Red ink
Stampin' Up Cool Caribbean ink
Stampin' Up kraft cardstock
white cardstock
Stampin' Up Cool Caribbean cardstock
Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Bloom pattern paper
Copic Markers
white hemp cord
dark pink picot edge ribbon
turquoise checkered ribbon
blue striped and pink polka dot fabric tape (Target $1 Spot)
pink and blue buttons (Papertrey Ink)
adhesive foam squares
glue dots
shadow box picture frame

Challenge:


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fishy Face - YNS Sketch Challenge #60


Squeaking in a card for the Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #60!


This card was pretty simple and straightforward. I stamped the blowfish (Snag 'em Stamps: Blowfish) in Stampin' Up Basic Black ink, and colored the image with Copic markers. The sentiment (Stampin' Up: Vogue Verses) was stamped in Stampin' Up Pacific Point ink.





Fly Away With Me - YNS Color Challenge #60


Well, this just so happens to be my first blog post! I started this blog several years ago before I had kids when I had so much more time on my hands to make cards and other projects.  I didn't get very far with it (only one post!), so I decided to start fresh once again. This blog certainly won't be updated on a daily basis , maybe not even weekly right now, but I am going to post my creations as they come.  Ah, the life of a working mom with preschoolers!  I am fortunate to only work part-time and get to spend more than just the weekends with my little ones.  I am also thankful that they are now old enough that I can enjoy my passion of card-making and stamping in little chunks of time once again.  They even join me sometimes making creations of their own!

I made this card for Your Next Stamp's Color Challenge #60.  I love these spring-y colors!



Not only is this my first blog post, but believe it or not, it's also my first time submitting a card for a challenge/contest of any sort.  So I'm doubly excited!

I started by cutting my white card base which is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  Next, I stamped the clouds and stars (Mama Elephant stamp & die set-Over the Rainbow) at the top of my card base in Stampin' Up Basic Black ink.  I then traced over those images with my Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pen to add some shimmer and soften the black a little.  I added some light sponging around the clouds and stars using Stampin' Up Cool Caribbean ink.  Next, I adhered my pattern paper, green, and blue cardstock panels to the card.  I stamped the "fly away with me" sentiment (Papertrey Ink-Up, Up & Away) using my Kaleidacolor ink pad in Blue Breeze.  Lastly, I stamped and diecut the unicorn (Mama Elephant stamp & die set-Over the Rainbow) in SU Basic Black and colored the image using Copic markers.  The unicorn is popped up with adhesive foam squares.  I finished the card with iridescent sequins (Target $1 Spot) adhered with glue dots.

Thanks for looking!

Katie

Have A Ball!

I've had this gumball machine stamped and colored for a couple of months now, and finally was inspired to use it!  I created this ...