Monday, January 26, 2015

The Bunny's Happy Dance

Pin It Now! Isn't this the cutest Easter bunny ever?  It rivals Stampin' Up's beloved chocolate bunny in the sweetness department.  It's nice and big, easy to color, and makes a BIG statement!

Here I've used our latest sketch from HSS to showcase my cutie.
Those embellishments on the top...amazingly beautiful!  The resin rose, pearls, and the doilies are all included in SU's latest Artisan Embellishment Kit. The bunny is colored with Blendabilities skin assortment, in Nude and Blush for the belly.  I used a variety of markers and Blendabilities for the flowers, eggs, and leaves, depending on what colors I needed.  I used only one doily - cut in half and strategically placed.  
And some glitter on his tail!  
Inside, I chose a retired sentiment, as I wanted to stamp something in there, but "Happy Easter" is already emblazoned on the front.  So since the bunny is dancing, and Easter is the most important Christian holiday, "celebrate" is totally appropriate!
Here's the sketch...what can you do with it this week?  Head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and have fun!  

STAMPS: Happy Easter Bunny, Inviting (ret)
INK:  Memento Black, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight. Blendabilities: Skin Tone Assortment, Old Olive light. 
PAPER:  Painted Blooms DSP, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Artisan Embellishment Kit, Wild Wasabi seam binding ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
OTHER: Creative Memories oval cutting system

Friday, January 16, 2015

Oh, Happy Day! Cascading Birthday Card

Pin It Now! Today my first born is 14!  Where does the time go?  I know it's sappy, but wow!  He's officially taller than me, and very nearly smarter, too.

I made him a dude card.  He loves the mechanical cards that I make - cards with fancy folds, flips, etc.  More than just folded in half! This one is a cascade card, and wasn't at all hard to make after watching Dawn's video here.
Embellished with Typeset DSP, Starburst Sayings, and a little gold trim.  We'll see if it's manly enough!

I love this card fold, it's interesting, and shows off the tons of DSP that some of us are hoarding!
The back...

The "HAPPY" is dotted with Crystal Effects and sprinkled with glitter.  It reminds me of a lit up Vegas sign!
It's a bit oversized (standard A6), so a handmade envelope was in order.  
Check out the snack & soda "cake" I made for him last night!  A great way to use up old ribbons and such.  I love making basket cakes :)  You can find a how-to here.
Have a blessed and creative day!  ~ Erika

STAMPS: Starburst Sayings, Chalk Talk, Something to Say
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER:  Vintage Typeset Specialty, Basic Black, Very Vanilla
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Gold Sequin Trim, Gold 5/8" Satin ribbon, gold glitter, Crystal Effects
BIG SHOT:  Starburst Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits

Monday, January 12, 2015

"LOVE" this Geometric Card!

Pin It Now! There's a fun color combo that's so appropriate for Valentine's Day that I wouldn't dare call it a "challenge"!  Here I have made a card from triangles for one of my sons - even with the Melon Mambo, I think it'll pass for masculine.

The card base is 5-1/4" square, layering white on black.  Then I added a layer of vellum to soften it up a bit.  The sentiment was heat embossed with Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss (so glad I have that on hand!) and I placed a 1-3/8" circle punch of white behind it to give it a little frame.  The squares are 1", cut in half diagonally, using Basic Black, Melon Mambo, and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer.

Inside, a retired sentiment that I use a lot.  Sweet and simple.  
I'm also waiting for my spring order to come in...I'm late to the party!  Had so many other responsibilities calling my name this month!  
You simply have to play along this time - who doesn't need to make a Valentine for someone?  

Thanks for stopping by!

STAMPS:  Something to Say
INK:  Versamark, Melon Mambo Stampin' Emboss powder, Basic Black
PAPER:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum, Melon Mambo, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper, Vintage Typeset DSP (diagonal stripe)
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Strawberry Slush thick twine, Basic Rhinestones

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Year's Eve Party Favors - Crackers & Blowers

Pin It Now! Who's in the mood to celebrate?  Has it been a banner year for you, or are you glad to see the new one coming?  Either way, you really ought to have some festive party favors to wave bye to the old or ring in the new.

Here are some easy favors.  I made these for my church friends and some family that I'll be celebrating with.

The party blowers are too cute, and were easy to make. And YES! They do curl back up when you blow them out!  Yay!  I learned to make them from good ol' Martha Stewart here.  I used her measurements.  But I did a few things differently which are:

* I used  paper straws purchased at Target dollar spot.  Didn't cover them with vellum as they suggest.  I wrapped mine with washi tape.  The glittered ones are first wrapped with Sticky Strip, then rolled in glitter.  (You probably don't want to blow on these.  I don't personally mind glitter lips, but that's just me.)

* I used washi tape instead of clear scotch tape to adhere the patterned paper into the long strip.

*  I used Sticky Strip to insert the straw into the paper curl.  NO drying time!

One great tip I learned was to keep them rubber banded tightly curled for 24 hours.  They'll definitely keep their curl better.  I used the tiny Rainbow Loom bands, and they looked kind of cute while I waited.
Then the party crackers!  I love these, they turned out rather elegant.  They'd make a nice 50, 60, etc. birthday party, man's party, or wedding favor. 
Want some measurements?
Inside roll of Typeset Specialty DSP 3-1/4" x 3-3/4"
Outer ring of DSP: 1-1/2" x 4"
Tissue paper - plain white. 10" x 3-3/4"
Fringe cut the edges with fringe scissors.
Ribbon trim 4"
Baker's twine 3" each side

The tag was cut from the circle flip card Framelits set, and the "Happy New Year" comes from retired Christmas Messages which is still available as a digital download!
Have a wonderful, safe, blessed New Year's.  I hope you're surrounded by people you love!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sparkly Watercolor Thank You - HSS202

Pin It Now! With Christmas done, and the New Year upon us, I'm looking for something gold and sparkling to celebrate and to thank a friend.  The latest inspiration photo at Hand Stamped Sentiments is full of gold and glimmer, perfect for celebrating kindness!  Here's my shiny card...
And the inspiration photo from HSS
I loved getting out the watercolor supplies for this one.  Look at this shine!
I watched a YouTube video to work on my "bokeh" technique, which are the circles that are randomly placed on the card panel.   
To create this effect, I first wet the entire watercolor paper panel with clean water.  Then, I squeezed each ink pad while closed to apply ink to the inside of the lid - if you have reinkers, you might use them instead.  I dabbed the ink off of the lids with a wet paintbrush, then dab and spread the paint as desired.  I created a diagonal type pattern. 

When I like the color combination, I dried it with a heat embossing gun.  Then I watered down a bit of the Champagne Mist from Tsukineido and brushed it all over the top, dried again, then used it full strength on a skinny paintbrush and flicked it across the panel.  
This is what it looked like before the Craft White ink circles were dabbed on.  In hindsight, I think it would have been fine like this! 
Inside, more stars to match the punches on the front. 
Hope you're having a great Christmas season and a wonderful New Year!  Head over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and play along - I'd love to see you there!

STAMPS:  Simpky Celebrate (retired)
INK:  Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Tsukinedo Champagne Mist, Memento Tuxedo Black
PAPER:  Modern Medley DSP, Watercolor paper, Basic Black, Whisper White, Gold
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Confetti Stars punch, Gold Bakers Twine, Large oval punch, Crystal Effects
OTHER: paint brushes, craft mat, washi tape, water

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Show & Tell of Christmas Cards

Pin It Now! Here are a few of the Christmas cards I've received this month. Just beautiful, each and every one!  Isn't it the best when you get one of those "lumpy envelopes" in the mail, and you know you're opening a handmade card?

First up is my friend Julie. I love her creativity, I can see she has combined several stamp sets.
My upline, Linda, sent this Wondrous Wreath card, with the addition of our bird punch!
And you cannot imagine my delight when I got this big, beautiful package in my box. This is a large (about 6x9) gift bag, created by my sweet friend Dee Ann. I adore the gold, the doily, the star! And inside were custom made address labels!  

I hope you're having a wonderful Christmas!

Make something homemade and bless someone!  

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Festival of Trees Quick & Easy Christmas Card

Pin It Now! Here's a quick, fun card using the coordinating punch and photopolymer stamps in the Festival of Trees bundle.
The punched tree fits nicely into a circle punched with the 2-1/2" circle punch. Double layer the tree to give it a pop-up look. 
it's not your eyes...this is a blurry photo...sorry!
Inside...that's some old patterned paper, Be of Good Cheer!  It always comes in handy eventually :)

Anyway, these are quick and easy for those last minute cards you need for folks.  
Have a blessed and creative day!

STAMPS:  Festival of Trees bundle with punch
INK:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
PAPER: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Garden Green, Beof Good Cheer DSP-retired, Gold Glimmer
EMBELLISHMENTS:  Cheery Cobbler Dazzling Details, Baked Brown Sugar thick twine, Swiss dots embossing folder, 2-1/2"circle punch, Itty Bitty Accents punch pack(star),