Friday, March 31, 2017

FTHS Sketch Challenge #168 & coloring video

I am back with a card for the FTHS Sketch Challenge #168

I had a hard time with this sketch,
I wasn't sure how to interpret the waves.
 I think on the end, I figured it out and love how it turned out.
This is the sketch I followed and flipped to make it work.

 The background
Step 1. For this card I created the background using distress inks. 
Yes, you heard me right. 
I have a few distress ink and every few month I try to use them.
I am not a distress ink lover...but I keep trying to figure them out.
Inks used: 

Step 2.  I proceeded to cut the background piece to 4.25" and 5.5" and
 then into wavy strips to resemble the sketch.  

Step 3. I glued the pieces onto black cardstock.

Step 4. Copic coloring, here are the colors I used.

I made a YouTUbe video for the coloring process of this cute little piggy.
Be advised, when I was almost done, I received a hone call
so my phone stopped recording.
I finished the coloring on a second video, sigh!
Part 1 is linked below, part 2 is linked on youtube.

You can watch my coloring:
 below | or on YouTube

Other thinks I used: 
Chevron die: Sizzix Banners, Chevrons and Clouds die set 
hugs die: from my stash!
Piggy: FTHS image
wink of Stella
Scan N Cut2 to cut the image

Another closeup - hope you can see the shimmer!

I entered this card in several challenges:
* Copic UK April 2017 Anything goes Challenge and WON!!!! 
(Winner was picked randomly, but still :) 
A win is a win!
* Chatty Scrapper Inspiration Board Challenge - I won that one as well!!  
Woohoo! Very excited!

 Enjoy the card and the video!

Friday, March 24, 2017

FTHS Challenge # 167 & Stamp of the month


I have been kind of off lately, so today I made myself sit down and color.
It was a quick card, but I am in a much better mood now! 

For today's card I used the From the Heart Stamp (FTHS) 
Stamp of the Month for March 2017 Lucky Lil Birdie
He is a cutie!!

I will enter this card on several challenges: 
FTHS Sketch #167 and FTHS Stamp of the month.

As usual I used Copic markers to color him up! 

I also used three different embossing folders 
from Darice: Clouds and Dots
From Stampin Up: hexagons
And tons of Wink of Stella!



Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Card to Welcome Baby Girl Abby


Today I want to share some BABY happiness with you.
My friend Leesha just welcomed her very first granddaughter - Abigail.

I was so happy for her I had to make her a card to share in the joy of a brand new life.

For this card I used:

Stamp sets: SU Buggies & Booties and the SU Fun Phrases
Darice Embossing folder: Baby Quilt
Wink of Stella
Glossy Accents
Copic Markers (see list below)


I colored the card using the following Copic Markers:

I used Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents on the baby's blanket.

Here is another look at the card.

Hope you enjoyed it & got some creative ideas of your own!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 324 take 2 - Celebrate an 11 yr old's birthday!!!

We are celebrating!!
I am here to share with you another card using the MFT Sketch Challenge 324.  

For this card I used:
Stamp: MFT Beary Special Birthday
Dies: Cross-stitched Semi circles from my stash
Gina Marie Designs Scalloped stitched nested rectangles set of 5
11: MFT Little Numbers dies
Banner:MFT  First prize die set
Embossing folder: Darice's Stripes Diagonal
flag: Stampin' Up punch
Corners punched using WRMK punch
Wink of Stella
Brother Scan N Cut 2 - to cut the image
I used Copic markers to color the cutie (didn't write them down)
I take coloring classes with Kit & Clowder.

A close-up of the cute bear! Can you see the sparkle?
Another look at the card!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 324


I made this cute card for the MFT Sketch Challenge # 324

MFT Sketch 324

How do you like my representation of the sketch?

Items used:

Stamp: MFT Magical Dragons
Darice's Embossing folder: Falling Confetti
Tiny heart punch from Target
MFT Banner die: First Place
X-stitched Semi-circle die: from my stash
SU scallop punch
Tom Holtz stapler 
Wink of Stella
Foam dots for the purple Dragon
Mama Elephant Border die: Fine Trimming Creative Cuts
Copic markers used:

I am also entering this card in the Coloring challenge for the daily marker


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Do you love die-cuts? - Facebook Swap (Blog & YT video)


If you love die-cuts this blog post & YouTube video are for you!
Video is linked below.

I just finished my first swap not involving handmade cards - very exciting!
For this swap we were to send 10 different die cuts to a partner.
What she requested: Words & Spring themed die cuts. 
Would you like to know what I sent?
  •  Images - some Spring themed, some not so Springy (octopus), but cute :)

Some brands include: Stamps of Life, Stampin' UP, 
and from my own stash.
See YouTube video for specifics.

  •  Flowers!

Some brands include: Stamps of Life and from my own stash.
See YouTube video for specifics.
  • Words:

Some brands include: Mama Elephant, Stamps of Life,
 Little B and from my own stash.
See YouTube video for specifics.

For specific brands,
please check out the corresponding YouTube Video.
Watch below   |   Watch on YouTube

Overall, I love the die cuts I sent her
and I hope she enjoys them as well.
And what can I say but "I LOVE me some die-cuts!!"

That is it for today. 
Happy Day!
Keep on stampin' & die-cutting!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hey Chick!: Thank you postcards - Blog post & YouTube process video


I wanted to say Thank you to the friends who ordered during my Stampin' Up (SU) party.
So when I got my goodies, I had to play right away.

To create these postcard I used:
Stamp: SU So very much
Stamp: SU Hey, Chick
Stamp: SU Wanderlust
Inks: SU Blushing Bride
Ink: Versafine Black ink
Embossing powder: SU clear
Paper: SU Blushing Bride &
 100# White Cardstock from Michael's
Embossing folder: SU Honeycomb 
(Although I decided not to use it in subsequent cards)
Dies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles

Back of the card:
Here I used the "postcard" and "heart" stamps from SU's Wanderlust. 
 I used 100# white card-stock for stability. 
 Using white card stock allowed me to write 
a personalized message to each recipient.

Overall, a cute and easy to make Thank you postcard to express my gratitude!

Another closeup at the postcard without the Honeycomb embossing folder. 
I like this design better, so I didn't used the the embossing folder in subsequent cards.

Want to see how I made them?
Watch below   |  or watch on YouTube

Enjoy and keep on stampin'!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Haul Blog post & YouTube video: Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration 2017


My SU order is here!!

If you'd rather see a video: 
I uploaded one to my YouTube channel.
Click on the image below:
or click YouTube video link
  • First: Paper

I added a few new colors to my paper collection:
Blushing Bride (pink)
Daffodil Delight (yellow)
Crushed Curry (mustardy yellow)
Soft Blue (baby blue)
Bermuda Bay (teal)
Night of Navy (navy blue)
Wisteria Wonder (lilac)

One of the things I most enjoy about Stampin' Up is that their paper, ink,
refills, and embellishments all match!
Making it really easy!

  • Second: Inks

Ink pads and Refills (ink & blades):
Blushing Bride (pink)
Crushed Curry (mustardy yellow)
Soft Blue (baby blue)
Wisteria Wonder (lilac)
Night of Navy (navy blue)
Grade Green (green)
I also got 3 sets of blades for my SU cutter

  • And now...the stars of the show: STAMP SETS
I got eight new stamp sets during this party!!! Yeah...I have a problem!!!

Close up:
I got two sets from the Hostess Only section:
Set 1. Gift of Love
Set 2. Time of Year
I got these two Sale-A-Bration sets from my order: 
Set 3. So very much
Set 4. Hey, Chick
I got a third Sale-A-Bration stamp set as a gift from my SU Demonstrator
Set. 5 Tasty Truck
Set 6. Wanderlust - from on their clearance section online!
Set 7. Hardwood Background stamp
Set 8. Crazy about you - 
this set I got for 50% since my party sales were over a certain amount!

I love Stampin' Up and love having a gathering of my crafty friends.

I had a blast this year! 
Can't wait for 2018 :)

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Hope you enjoyed it!

Card 2: Stampin' Up Sale-A-Bration party! - Dragonflies

¡¡Hola, Hola!!

I am here to share with you the 
second card we made at my Stampin' Up (SU) party last weekend.
Check it out!!! 

What we used: 

Stamp set: Dragonfly Dreams
Die set: Detailed Dragonfly
You can get them individually or as a bundle.
Cardbase: Bermuda Bay
Ink: Basic Black archival
Wink of Stella
SU Watercolor pencils
SU Aqua Painters

Technique for Card 2:  Watercoloring
It was so easy and quick! 
I am going to try it again on my own soon!! 

Close up pictures of the watercoloring and the shine!


What about the inside of the card and envelope?
They got some loving too!

Inside of card 2.
The envelope got some love too, as its Becky's style!
A final look at the card!
These were the two cards we created during my February 2017 party! 
I am so happy and love them both. 
Better yet: I learned new techniques
& I got to hang out with my crafty friends!

If you missed card 1 - go to the blog post on March 3, 2017.

That is it for today!
Gotta do some work now.
Enjoy & stay crafty.
~~ Yar


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

FTHS Sketch Challenge 165 & Day 7: #thedailymarker30day

Today I am entering this card in the FTHS Sketch Challenge #165.

This is the sketch I followed!
Items I used:
The butterfly image is one of my favorites from the Time to Bloom digital set.
I tend to go back to this digi set often!
Embossing folder: Darice's Clouds
Die set: Stitched Flower set of 7 from my stash (I love it)
Background die: Gina Marie Designs
Celebrate word die: Little B Handwritten
Wink of Stella: clear
Copic Markers:

Wink of Stella all over the butterfly. Also Close up of the flower dies.

I love the Clouds embossing folder!

FTHS Sketch 165

Enjoy & think Spring!!