Tuesday, January 23, 2018

get on the birthday bus! (with Avery Elle)

Hi there!

I have a fun card featuring the super cute image from Avery Elle's Birthday Bus to share today:

birthday bus! (avery elle)


I chose to cut the largest of the Wonky Squares out of Kraft cardstock, which makes the focal images really pop. I colored them in primary colors and used a soft brown ink to sponge color onto the white borders, so that it blended into the kraft background a little more.

Underneath the kraft layer, I stamped the birthday sentiment included in Birthday Bus, and used the rectangle Wonky Stitches die to cut out that layer. I love that it sort of mimics what is going on in that focal layer.

birthday bus! (avery elle)

To finish off, I added the "hello" die-cut, also found in the Wonky Squares set.

I hope you like it!

♥.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

PPP 4th birthday celebrations!

Hi there!

I'm thrilled to be joining in to celebrate Pretty Pink Posh's 4th birthday in a 3-day blog hop event!


To celebrate the 3 days of celebration, I've made 3 cards:

PPP 4th birthday celebrations!

My first card shows off the new set, Birthday Friends.  They are so adorable! I used a Scallop Frames die to in-set the birthday cake and had the party-goers stay at the front.

PPP 4th birthday celebrations!


This guy is my fave.

PPP 4th birthday celebrations!

For my next card, I used the other 2 kids in the Birthday Friends set, and the new Love Shaker die. I snipped the word "love" from the die and was left with a fun heart frame for the background.

PPP 4th birthday celebrations!

I used a sponge and some white ink to create a whimsical polka-dotted background (the whimsy is in how the polkas are so random, haha.)

PPP 4th birthday celebrations!

My last card is completely 1-layer. No special design, but I admit I wanted to color the Birthday Scene stamp - it is so cute! I stamped it, then masked all of the animals and balloons and banner, and sponged a sky and ground. I then splattered brown ink onto the ground and white ink onto the sky. When I removed the masks, all I had left to do was to color the scene.

My Maia was going to a birthday party last weekend, and out of the 3 cards, she chose to bring this one along. It is so sweet!

I hope you like what I've created. It wouldn't be a birthday without gifts:



Now be sure to check out the other participating blogs for today:

Elena Roussakis (you're here!)

♥.

Monday, January 8, 2018

I believe in you (Neat and Tangled)

Hi there!

I have a fun little card to share using the new Beavers Eh stamp set:

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I stamped and colored the beaver sitting on his log, waving a sweet hello with his giant buck-teeth.

The card design is a uncomplicated one: I cut a Scalloped rectangle, and sponged some inks (both Lawn Fawn: Mermaid for the sky and Doe for the ground.) I then splattered white ink onto the sky and a darker brown ink onto the ground.

Beneath the log, I used a copic marker and a heavy hand to add a shadow. All of the flecks of ink and marker shadowing add depth and interest to this otherwise simple card.

The sentiment, from A-mazing, was the perfect companion to the waving beaver. I love so many of the greetings in that little set. The font is straightforward and would work with so many card designs. I think it's a must-have.

A bit of patterned paper attached to the card-base, and a threading of plain twine finished off the card.

I believe in you

Beside the beaver, I placed his bird-friend, who woke up with a cute case of bed-head. The little feathers on top of his head make him extra adorable!

I hope you've enjoyed my card for today, and thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Neat and Tangled January release wrap-up

Hi there!

The new Neat and Tangled release is available right now - click!

I illustrated 2 sets this month:

Beavers Eh:




and Koalifications:



I can't wait to see what you make with these sets!

♥.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

koalifications (neat and tangled release week)

Hi there!

On the last day of this month's Neat and Tangled new reveals, I'm thrilled to show off another set that I illustrated: Koalifications.  It's a 3x4 stamp set perfect for kid class valentines or quick cards of any kind!

I made a set of tags to show off all of the greetings included in the set:

koalifications (neat and tangled release week)

So quick and easy! A little tip: if your black ink is drying up a bit like mine was, use a black pen or marker to color in the koala's nose so that it looks perfect! I love his big nose!

koalifications (neat and tangled release week)


Do you still make little valentine treats for your kids' classrooms? Only Maia is young enough that she still enjoys handing out little treats for all the different holidays. I'm thinking of stamping out a ton of these koalas and letting her color them in - that's the time-consuming part!

koalifications (neat and tangled release week)

This is my favorite sentiment! I could also see leaving the banner flag blank and writing in the recipient's name - that would be so cute!

I hope you like this little guy! Be sure to drop a comment here before you go check out the NT blog this morning - click!

♥.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

nesting hexagons (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

We're onto day 3 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. I hope you like what you've seen so far!  Today, we're showing off the Nesting Hexagons cover plate die and stencil collection. I used the die to make this rich red background:

nesting hexagons (Neat and Tangled release week)

I left all of the pieces in but used a red copic marker to color in some of the hex pattern so that it had some variation and extra interest. Isn't it so Valentine-perfect? I then flicked white ink all over that layer before adding that chubby beaver (from Beavers Eh.)

nesting hexagons (Neat and Tangled release week)

He chewed up a little heart for you, hee hee. I love him peeking around the corner.

nesting hexagons (Neat and Tangled release week)

I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a black banner die-cut so that it would stand out.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click!

♥.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Beavers, eh? (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to the second day of this month's Neat and Tangled release week! We're showing off a set that I illustrated, called Beavers Eh. The name of the set was a total joke that stuck. ha. A little Canadian fun.


I hope you will bea-ver-y excited about these beavers! (no? too much? maybe get a little dam excited? I could do this for awhile...)

beavers, eh? (neat and tangled release week)


My card features 2 of the 4 beavers included in the set. The boy beaver on the left has his hands outstretched to hold either the flower, or the fish, but I thought he looked like he could have his arm around his best gal.

I used the new Nesting Hexagons cover-plate (you'll see more of that one tomorrow) to add interest to the background, and Stitched Slopes to give the animals a ground to stand on.

beavers, eh? (neat and tangled release week)

Their long teeth are amazing. I had front teeth like that before braces. no joke. Also, the girl beaver's cheeks are almost pinchable.

I hope you like what you see so far! Be sure to leave a comment before you click over to the NT blog to see more of these Canadian-made cuties.

♥.