Playful Puppies!!

Hi!  It’s been a while since my last post.  My personal and work life have gotten pretty hectic and I have had so little time for crafting these days!!  =(  But when Mama Elephant released the Playful Puppies Stamp Set, I fell absolutely head-over-heels, bonkers madly-in-love and I HAD to order this set at midnight the day of the release and I may or may not have colored like 20 of these puppies so far…haha

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Cut a frame out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock using Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts
  3. Stamp the puppies and “newspaper” using the Mama Elephant Playful Puppies Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, color with Copic Markers (0/C01/C03 and E55.E25/E27/E29) and die-cut with the coordinating Mama Elephant Playful Puppies Creative Cuts
  4. Stamp the sentiment using Paper Smooches Chubby Chums on vellum with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder
  5. Die-cut the clouds/sun/grass/fence with Lawn Fawn Spring Showers Lawn Cuts, Lawn Fawn Grass Border Lawn Cuts, Taylored Expressions Grass Border Die and Taylored Expressions Picket Fence Border Die
  6. Create the sky by lightly blending with Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
  7. Adhere the card together using some foam tape and double-sided adhesive
  8. Have a YAPPY Memorial Day Weekend!!!!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Pot o’ Gold Shaker!

St. Patty’s Day is nigh and since I’ve been dreaming of spring and flowers and rainbows during this cold winter, I thought it would be great to make a bright and cheerful card to counteract the snow storm occurring outside of my window!

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an A2 top-folding landscape card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create a 4.25″ x 5.5″ frame using the Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Matting Basics Dies out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  3. Use a Cricut Expression 2 to cut out the black pot base and frame from the Cricut Create a Critter Cartridge (fish bowl)
    1. Cut out acetate and adhere acetate to the frame to create the window for the shaker
  4. Create stitched clouds using Lawn Fawn Spring Showers Creative Cuts
    1. Stamp sentiment from Paper Smooches Salutations Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink
  5. Create grass using the Taylored Expressions Grass Border Die
  6. Create a rainbow using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large Dies out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
    1. Blend with Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves)
  7. Blend the clouds using a stencil (purchased from Impress Cards and Crafts) and Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
    1. Please note that the amazingly talented JJ Bolton has a free cut file available with a cloud template in case you want to make your own stencil!
  8. Punch out 8 hearts from Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock, assemble two four-leaf clovers and blend ink on with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
  9. Embellish the card/Fill the shaker with assorted sequins from Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Metallic Gold, 4mm Metallic Gold)
  10. Adhere the card together using some foam tape (I doubled up on the foam tape for the shaker so that there is more room to shake!) and double-sided adhesive
    1. Tip: Use a powder tool on the inside of the shaker and along the edge of the foam tape to reduce static and prevent the sequins from sticking to the borders
  11. Think about the pot o’ gold at the end of your rainbow!

I will be submitting this card to the following challenges:

Sparkle and Shine Challenge One

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Just a Hint of Clover

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today!

Happy Twin Day!

Hi!  So, my birthday is coming up the day after Valentine’s Day and I wanted to make a special card for my twin sister!  She is only a minute older than me but I definitely look up to her as my big sister.  I value her opinions and guidance more than anyone else in the world.  I am so lucky to have her in my life and was unbelievably blessed to grow up as a twin!  See below for a pic of us as young ‘uns with these huge cheeses on our face.

Hsieh Twins!

She has been so supportive of my papercrafting obsession and since shaker cards are her favorite, I thought this would be perfect!

Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create an A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Cut a frame out of a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock using Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts
  3. Stamp the twins using the Mama Elephant Cosmic Stars Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, color with Copic Markers (E000/E01, E00/E02, C05/C07/C09), paper-piece the dresses with Lawn Fawn Lets Polka Patterned Paper and fussy cut
  4. Stamp the sentiment using the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Happy Stamp Set and selectively ink “twin” from the Mama Elephant Merry Greetings Stamp Set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
  5. Stamp the balloons using the Mama Elephant Balloon Et Cetera Stamp Set with Hero Arts Shadow Inks (Pale Tomato, Butter Bar, Soft Granite)
  6. Use a mask to create a little hill for the twins to stand on with Hero Arts Soft Sky Shadow Ink
  7. Embellish the card/Fill the shaker with assorted Pretty Pink Posh (6mm Watermelon, 6mm Marigold, 6mm Charcoal, 6mm Sparkling Clear4mm Sparklng Clear) and Doodlebug Sequins (Lily White)
  8. Adhere the card together using some foam tape (I doubled up on the foam tape for this card so that there is more room to shake!) and double-sided adhesive
    1. Tip: Use a powder tool on the inside of the shaker and along the edge of the foam tape to reduce static and prevent the sequins from sticking to the borders
  9. Give your brother/sister a call for no reason other than to talk after shaking this card!!

I will be submitting this card to Virginia’s View Challenge #12 – Shaker Cards.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!

Winnie & Walter First Birthday Bash Challenge – Sketch & One

Hi!  I’m making my sixth submission to the Winnie & Walter Birthday Bash Celebration Challenges!  I can’t believe I went from never having submitted a card to a challenge due to lack of confidence to having created SIX challenge cards in the span of three weeks!!  It is so much fun and I am so grateful for all of the support and kind words that I’ve received from the unbelievably wonderful crafting community!  I will be submitting this card to the following challenges – Joni’s Sketch Challenge and Shay’s One Challenge.

It has been pretty darn cold in New York, so I looked through my wedding album (destination wedding in the Bahamas) and imagined myself in the warm, tropical weather of the Caribbean.  Since Valentine’s Day is near, I decided to make my husband a one-layer card reminiscent of the place where we met as well as where we were wed five years later.

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a top-folding A2 card base out of Neenah Solar White 110lb. Cardstock
  2. Create several masks for the beach, the ocean, the sun and the bunnies out of Post-It Full Adhesive Notes and 3M Micropore Tape
  3. Stamp the bunnies from the Mama Elephant Honey Bunny Stamp Set, color with Copics (0, W1, W3) and mask
  4. Create the beach by laying down a mask to protect the water line and blend with Antique Linen Distress Ink using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  5. Create the ocean by laying down masks to protect the beach and sky lines and blend with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean) using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  6. Create the sky by laying down masks to protect the sun and ocean and blend with Distress Inks (Mustard SeedSpiced MarmaladeBarn Door and Salty Ocean) using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  7. Create the sun by removing the sun and ocean masks and blend with Distress Inks (Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade) using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools
  8. Stamp the sentiment from the Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder
  9. Stamp the birds and waves using the Lawn Fawn Float My Boat Stamp Set with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
  10. Remove the bunny mask
  11. Think of how nice it would be to be with a loved one lying on a beach soaking in the sun with the water lapping at your feet….sigh

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  Hope this card warmed you up a bit during this cold winter!

Mistletoe Kisses!

I was lucky enough to go celebrate Mama Elephant’s 2nd anniversary at their birthday party in Manhattan!!  It was so much fun to meet Kryssi and Angela as well as make some tags/cards with some new crafty friends!  Even my non-crafty sister who rolled her eyes at me when I dragged her to the party got into the swing of things and made two cards!  I definitely did some damage to my crafting budget at their their little pop-up shop but how can you resist their cute stamps?!?!  AND I was so happy to get my hands on the Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins Stamp Set a couple of days early!!

Look at this AMAZING display they created for the event!

Mama Elephant BDay - 10.11.2014

My card was inspired by the super cute holiday cards created by the lovely Kristina Werner and Laura Bassen.

I made this card for my hubby and can’t wait to give it to him on Christmas!  I hope I get a big smackeroo for this one!

Mistletoe Kisses

See below for steps to reproduce:

  1. Create a frame using the stitched rectangle dies from the Mama Elephant Basic Set Creative Cuts and the Lawn Fawn Journaling Card Lawn Cuts out of Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
  2. Create the cardbase with a 1/4″ matte around the frame out of Bazzill Admiral Cardstock
  3. Stamp the sentiment from the Mama Elephant Pandamonium Stamp Set using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on the frame
  4. Stamp the cute little penguins, floating ice, santa hat and mistletoe from the Mama Elephant Arctic Penguins Stamp Set onto Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock, color with copics and fussy cut or die cut
  5. Create the ice rink and sky by blending Distress Inks (Tumbled GlassBroken China, Faded Jeans)
  6. Adhere the card together
  7. Embellish with some little hearts
  8. Use a Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Brush Tip Marker to add some shimmer to the hearts, santa hat and mistletoe.
  9. Wait for your hubby to give you some much deserved smooches underneath the mistletoe!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and Happy Crafting!  It’s never too early to get started on holiday cards!  =)