Tuesday, February 28, 2017

2CuteInk Monthly Stamp Club Image 3: Friendship Turtle


I am part of the 2CuteInk Monthly Stamp Club and this cute 
image: "Friendship Turtle" was part of the February 2017 release.
This is the third image in a series of 6, check back my blog posts for the other 
two I have colored so far.

For this card I used Copic markers, but forgot to write them down. :)
I also used:
Stampin' Up Vine Street embossing folder
Die: X-Stitched Semi-circles
paper: SU Pumpkin pie
Happy birthday stamp: MFT's Beary Special Birthday

I am really enjoying this release and I hope you are as well!

Friday, February 24, 2017

I heart Sketches with a tWist #163 - From the heart stamps (FTHS)


Today I wanted to share a quick card I made following
the Sketch for the I heart Sketches with a tWist #163 - From the heart stamps.

I decided to turn the card horizontally
and I really liked how it turned out!


Image used Bunny Love from FTHS

I used Copics to color the bunny
N0, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6
R37, 35, 32

Darcie embossing folder dots
Several Flag dies from my collection
red ribbon

Another look at the card!

Enjoy and make sure you participate!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

2CuteInk Monthly Stamp Club Image 2: Butterfly Dreams


I am part of the 2CuteInk Monthly Stamp Club and this cute image: 
"Butterfly Dreams" was part of the February 2017 release.

I used Copics to color the image:

Other things I used for this card includes:

Die: X-Stitched Semi-circle dies from my stash
embossing folder: Darice's Cloudy Sky

A very clean and simple design!
I hope you like it!

~~ Yar

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2CuteInk February Stamp Club image 1


I am part of the 2CuteInk Monthly Stamp Club and this cute 
image: "Thank you Hedgehog" was part of the February 2017 release.

Here are the Copic markers I used to color this cutie:

Other goodies I used included:
Darice's Falling confetti embossing folder
Stampin' Up Oval dies
Stampin' Up Sanded background stamp
ink: Stampin' Up crumb cake
paper: SU elegant eggplant

Sunday, February 19, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge #320


I am back again to share my card for the MFT Sketch Challenge #320 with you.

My interpretation of this sketch allowed me to use several items 
I haven't used in quite a while. 
Very exciting! 

I used:
Stamp Sets:  
Bear is from MFT's Beary Special Birthday
The "birthday" sentiment is from MFT's Adorable Elephants 

Die Sets:
The "happy" sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Happy die
Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Stitched Nested Rectangles

Embossing folder
Darice's Falling Confetti

Heidi Swaps color shine
gold & teal

Wink of Stella
Glossy Accents

Stampin' Up Tempting Turquoise
Recollections Black paper
card base is Recollections 100#

Copic Markers:

Another look at the card after I added Wink of Stella
Glossy Accents:

I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of Sketch 320!
Have a fun week!

Monday, February 13, 2017

MFT Color Challenge 63 & Sketch Challenge 319


I am back to share my entry to two of My Favorite Things Challenges!
This is my card for both challenges!

 First Challenge:  MFT Color Challenge 63

I am very excited about following this weekly color challenge 
and hopefully grow in the type of colors I pair up together.

I colored this cute bear using the following Copic Markers!

Second Challenge:  MFT Sketch Challenge 319

For this card I used:
MFT Beary Special Birthday: for the bear 
MFT Adorable Elephants : for the Happy Birthday sentiment
MFT Stitched Circle Scallop Frames
Gina Marie Scallop Stitched Frames

Join me in these fun challenges!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 319


Another week, means another MFT Sketch Challenge.
This week we followed Sketch #319.  

Here is my interpretation of the sketch!


For this card I used the Adorable Elephants stamp set and stamped it on vellum. 
 I used Copic N4 and colored him from the back of the vellum.

I hope you liked it!
Have a great week!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Lesson: Don't give up! Before & after cards


Todays post is about perseverance, never giving up,
 and knowing when to ask for help.
As part of my Facebook Birthday Club 
I create 3 birthday cards a month.  
I am working on February's and 
I am having a hard time getting the creative juices flowing.
But I decided to start yesterday....
while I as having a massive migraine. :)

Card design was inspired by Amanda of the Crafty Pill on You Tube!

Attempt #1: Honestly, I was not loving it. 
It looked too plain for me. 
 I know it was missing something, but I couldn't figure it out.

What I used:

Stencil: Birthday Balloons by Echo Park
Clarity Brushes: because I can't blend distress inks 
to save my soul!
Mini Ranger Distress inks: shaded lilac, 
spun sugar, 
and squeeze lemonade 
Stamps set: MFT Adorable Elephants
Die 1: Lawn Fawn Stitched rectangles
Die 2: Gina Marie Designs Scallops Rectangle
Yellow Paper: SU Daffodil

So I needed help, and what better place than Facebook card-groups! 
And you guys came through!
Thanks to your advice, 
an Aleve (for the migraine),
and a good night's sleep this is what I came up with!

I like it much better! What do you think?

What I used to fix it:

I took it apart and placed the front panel on black. 
It needed some definition and anchoring;
 the black border did the trick.

Happy die: by Mama Elephant
Birthday stamp: SSS Circle Sayings
Tons of sequins 

I wanted to use the birthday from the Adorable Elephant set,
 but what do you know...
I couldn't find it while I was fixing the card.  
(I found it after though, right in its place).

Lesson of the day: Don't give up!
 Never throw away a project. 
Give it time, walk away, and know when to ask for help.

Hope you enjoyed the cards and the process!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hogs and Kisses PigWit from FTHS (Feb 2017)


The fabulous Faith from From the Heart Stamps is back in full swing and she just released the February Stamp of the Month: Hogs and Kisses PigWit .

He is adorable!! 

As part of the monthly challenge, I created a card using this cutie pie and 
post it to their blog by February 28, 2017.
Recurring challenge:  As long as you continue participating in the challenge, 
you will receive the next month's image for free. 
It's an awesome challenge!
And it helps you get inspired by seeng everyone's cards.

I used Copics to color my Pig:
Bow and Chocolate:
RV69, 46, 29, 27
Chocolate grays: N5-4-3
Pig: R20-21-22-24
Pig grays W5-3-2-1
0 - to fix mistakes :)
I am learning to color by taking online classes with Kit & Clowder.

Other goodies used to create the card:
Embossing folder: Darice Brick Pattern
Dies: Gina Marie Designs scalloped stitched frames
Double stitched window die (my stash)
Image: Hogs and Kisses by From The heart stamps
Clear Wink of Stella
Red Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen
Glossy Accents by Ranger

Enjoy and keep on card making!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Thank you for the many Birthday Wishes!!!


I love card making, it is one of my favorite things to do. 

I love it so much that when in 2015 my friend Heidi invited me to participate 
in a Monthly Birthday Club I jumped at the opportunity.  

What it entails:  Each month I make and mail 3 birthday cards to celebrate the bday of 3 ladies in my group (don't worry about the logistics - it works out). 
On my birthday month:  The ladies send me cards!!! Woohoo!!!!

I have included pictures of them throughout the blog post!!!  
Most cards are from the Birthday Club, 
but some are from other Facebook groups and friends!

Picture 1. 

Why I love it so much: It is exciting to see all the cards trickling in one by one! 
The first year I opened as they came, 
but this year (2017) I waited until my birthday and opened them all at once!!! 
My birthday is at the end of January so must cards had arrived by then,
although it is February 4th already and I got one last night :)

Most cards come from the USA, but I have gotten cards from 
Sweden, UK, and Spain so far.  
It's fun to see their paper and stamps...some I have never seen!! 
 See...this is even a cultural experience!

They are also a source of inspiration, for when I need a little push to start creating again! 
I love how many of use use the same supplies differently!

Picture 2. 

Is time an issue? Make showing your love the issue:
I know we are ALL so busy, and we think sending someone a 
text message on their birthday is enough - well it isn't. 
Take time out of your busy schedule for a quick phone call.  
Maybe send a card ahead of time or make one yourself!
Handmade cards don't need to be perfect, but they need to be made with love.

Picture 3.

I am a year older and a year happier to be lucky enough to be alive 
and soon healthy 
(I have had a nasty cold/flu/virus whatever it is
 that is going around, etc. since Christmas). 
Either way, life is a gift from God and we should cherish it.

I've included the cards I have gotten so far! 
My family made me one too...it's in there!!! 
It's handmade, homemade and made with my very own supplies. 
(I won't get into the mess they left behind)
And it was my favorite!! 
I will keep it forever and read it often.  
Especially after a hard day, when they have pushed all my buttons
and it will remind me that I do love them and they do love me :)
Because that is real life & real family!

Thanks for the birthday wishes and all happiness your cards brought me!
Ohh I know I have one more coming from my friend Dena - 
she is running late this year :) she already told me!!!

¡¡Gracias!! ¡¡Adiós!
(A year wiser...jijijiji...Let's hope!)