Monday, April 9, 2018

Smile- It's Your Birthday

Sketch Challenge 379


I hope you are having a great day! I started off this card with some inspiration from a card I created about a year ago. I cut the smile with the die cuts from My Favorite Things "Double The Smiles." Only cutting to the bottom edge of each one.

I then took my T-ruler and cut a straight line between each letter, so that the top of the letters are not attached to the panel.

I forgot to take pictures of all the steps, but it was pretty simple. I stamped a small solid line, the polka dot twice, and the larger solid line with Waffle Flower "Pattern Play." I stamped the Reverse Polka Dot background from Simon Says Stamp and then layered the panel onto it. Then layered that onto a piece of black cardstock, and then on a white card base. 

Then I stamped the leaf from My Favorite Things "Pressed Flowers" and the sentiment from My Favorite Things "All The Smiles" onto the panel. I stamped the flower from the onto a separate piece of cardstock and used the Coordinating die to cut it out.

You can play along with the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge here.

Create something beautiful!

Friday, April 6, 2018

Happy Birthday Simon Says Stamp!

Wednesday Challenge


I hope you are having a great day. It was fun to post this today for Simon's Birthday because it happens to be my birthday today. 

I started off by stamping the Reverse Polka Dot background  onto a piece of Nina Solar White Cardstock in My favorite Things Cement Ink.

Then I stamped some of the flowers from Simon's Bold Flowers onto a another piece of Nina Solar White Cardstock. I used a variety of Stampin' Up! inks and went back and stamped a second time on the leaves with a darker color to give them more dimension.

I do not have the coordinating die for this set, so I fussy cut them out. I attached my polka dot panel to a piece of Strathmore Toned Gray paper and also a piece of Nina cardstock so that the card would not be flimsy.

I used some press and seal after I had figured out my placement to pick up the arrangement. I find it helpful to add something to the top of the press and seal so as you are moving the bottom layer off, you still have a reference to the top of the paper.

I used Tombo permanent Tape runner to adhere the inside of the leaves and curled up the outer edges of the leaves.

I added one layer of foam tape to the next layer of flowers and then two layers to the last two center flowers and curved the edges of these as well. I stamped my sentiment from Simon's "Birthday 
Messages" onto a piece of Nina Cardstock and layered it onto a black piece of cardstock. I cut the end banner style on the right, and straight on the left and adhered it to the card. I added some Wink Of Stella to the centers of the flowers.

That completes this Birthday card.

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Again, Happy 9th Birthday Simon Says Stamp!

A Trio of Something

Fancy Florals


The challenge for Monday is to use products from Dyan Reaveley. I have to say that I did not realize that I owned anything from this designer. So I clicked on the link from her name to see what she has designed to get a feel of what I wanted to create. Then realized that I owned one stamp set and a coordinating stencil. I do not use texture paste very often, but I felt that this stencil was telling me to use this technique. I used a piece of Arches cold press watercolor paper.

 After I applied the paste and let it dry, I used an air puffer or spritzer tool to add some soft color with copic markers. I love how this part turned out, so I decided to take the spritzer tool to the flowers as well, but with stronger color. I stamped the flowers from DYlusions "Fancy Floral" in Simon Says Intense black ink onto a piece of Nina Solar White cardstock. Then I cut them out.

I wasn't sure how I felt about them after, and used some Prismacolor colored pencils to try to add some more detail to them so they didn't look like I colored them with the big school crayons.


I finally decided to try adding some color with Copic markers.  I added the Mother's Day sentiment from W Plus 9 "Strictly Sentiments 4" in Simon Intense Black Ink. I also added a sentiment to the inside of the card from the same set. I added some splatters to the card with a Copic marker.

I added some pearl drops to the card. I really love the soft background, and I am going to definitely use this stencil again.

If you would like to participate, visit Simon's Monday challenge here.

I hope you have a great day!