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Hello Lovely - New Sami Stamps Release!!!

Hello and Happy Friday!
Time for a super adorable new Sami Stamps release!!
Our release today is all about April the Giraffe!!!  These images are just the cutest!! Sami always gets it right!
For my card, I have used the Shy Flower Giraffe image.  I started by coloring the whole image with my markers to get a nice base color.  Then came back in with my pencils and added all the shading and details.  I love this combo of coloring mediums.  I have terrible control with my markers, but pencils work great...getting a nice even blend on larger areas can be challenging with the pencils though.  So having that solid base layer with the markers makes the blending out easier since the whole image is already colored.

Our new challenge for this month is to Emboss.  So I used a stencil and some embossing paste for my background.  I tried to be really loose and messy with it so that the edges were kind of rough and uneven...but I'm too clean and neat for that and it didn't totally turn out how I imagined.  But I still love it.  The soft texture is just enough detail to make the white on white background pop.

I finished off the card very simply with a couple sentiments from HoneyBee Stamps.  The Hello was black embossed onto vellum and trimmed out so that the Lovely flag could be tucked behind it.

I added a black glitter strip and a pinkish/red patterned paper under the sentiments and then a few black enamel dots for fun.

Be sure to stop by Sami Stamps to see this fun release and all the DT's great projects!  Then join in our Embossing challenge!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Koala Cuteness!

Happy Tuesday!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week is all about those Tropical Critters!  Our fabulous sponsor is MyGrafico and they provided us with the adorable little Koala images!
This card ended up a lot more pink than I usually make, but I think it's just so adorable.  I started by embossing my background paper for some fun texture.  Then printed off my koala image and colored it in with my markers.

To give this card a little bit of life, I decided to put the heart on an action wobbler!  Those things have become a mini addiction for me!  They just make a card so much more fun when you have something that moves!

I finished off the card with some clear sequins for a little shine and coated the flower and heart with some shimmer pen.

Hope you will join us this week!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  <3
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It's Your Big Day!

Happy Tuesday!
Time for a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown.  This week we want to see you add some dimension to your projects!  We have a fabulous sponsor this week as well - Sami Stamps!!
I chose to use an older image from Sami Stamps - Flower Bath.  I think this was from one of the first releases from when I joined her team.  But it is still a beauty and I loved cutting it into layers and putting it all together.

The background is one that I've had sitting on my desk for awhile.  It's a soft washy watercolor with the bokeh technique used on top.  I cut that out with a stitched rectangle die and added some fun foam to the back of the middle piece.  My image was printed off 4 times.  One layer I cut out with a rectangle die to be my base and the other 3 images I selectively cut and layered together to give the image some great depth.

Since spring is upon us, I wanted my flower to look like the cute little Crocus' that are popping up in everyone's yards right now.  So I picked a nice set of yellow pencils and set to coloring.  The flower was really the most coloring needed for this image.  The bubbles are simply shaded with some blues to match the background and I used some gamsol to get a really nice smooth finish on them.

To finish the card off, I used the new sentiment set Everyday Greetings from Pretty Pink Posh on a die cut banner and then added the second portion of the sentiment below it, directly onto the card.  The bubbles we coated with a generous amount of shimmer and some glossy accents.

I hope you will join us this week for our Dimension challenge!!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Out of This World! - New Sami Stamps Release!

Hello and Happy Friday!!!
We have a super fun new release to share with you today over at Sami Stamps!  This release is called Planes and Play and is oh so adorable!
For my card, I've used the Flying Boy image.  To color him up, I first started with a solid layer of marker.  Then came in with my pencils to add all the shading and detail.  I have much more control with my pencils, but I like the solid base that the markers give me to start off with.

This little boy looks so excited to be flying!  I wanted it to look like he was flying up out of the clouds into space.  So I started my background by adding a little tiny area of yellow for the sun.  Then came in from the edges with a couple shades of blue, getting darker towards the outer right corner.

I die cut several cloud layers from white and a few from vellum and layered them all up all along the lower edge of the card.  My little fly boy was fussy cut out and added with a little bit of foam tape.  I tucked one wing under the clouds to give that suggestion that he's just popped up out of them.

For the propeller...I wanted to try something a little fun.  So I printed it all off 2 more times, once on vellum and once on white cardstock.  I cut the vellum out to include the whole front of the plane, including the motion stripes since the vellum represents the wind created by the propeller.

Then I colored and cut out just the propellers.  I added a brad in the middle and joined it with the vellum layer, keeping it a little loose so the propellers would spin!  It's a little tight...there are a few things I'd do a little different to make it spin better...but for now, it's so super cute that you can still spin the blades around!

I finished the card off by stitching my sentiment to the top of the card and added some white and glitter stars to the sky.

Oh and we're starting a new challenge for this month to Add Blue! 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend! <3
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You Are Loved

Hello hello and Happy Tuesday!!
It's another snowy one here in Washington...kind of.  The weather has been quite weird lately...first snow, then rain, then the suns shining!  And right back to snow before you can blink...so strange.

Since I'm totally ready for spring, my card for today's new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown took on a very springy feel :)
It's been a really long time since I've used only patterned paper for my backgrounds.  I usually try to do something unique with a fun technique, but just wasn't feeling it for this card.  So instead I focused on the coloring to make my image pop and kept the rest of the card simple.

This little cutie is Amy in the Garden from our fabulous new sponsor-Sasayaki Glitter!  I colored her all up with my Prismacolor pencils and cut her out with a stitched rectangle before layering her onto my patterned papers.

I stamped and embossed a fun sentiment from HoneyBee Stamps onto vellum and then trimmed that into a flag and foam mounted it on the side.  A scattering of some Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and the card was done!

I hope you will stop by and join us for our Thinking of You challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Shaking Slider! - Final Newton's Nook Post

Hello and happy snowy Monday!!
I knew snow was in the forecast for this weekend but waking up to a good inch of it on the ground was a surprise! Everything looked like it was covered with dippin dots! Don't get me wrong...I LOVE snow...but I'm also kind of ready to start working in my yard to get it ready for summer.. I mean...I have flowers starting to pop up out of the ground! Give me spring already! Lol...

Sadly, today is my final post with Newton's Nook. I have loved being their guest designer so much this month! Such an awesome company with amazing people surrounding it! I can't recommend their products enough because everything about them is heavenly! But I wanted to share a picture of my project with you. You're getting the full image this week because I created this card to go along with the Newton's Nook challenge this month to use the colors Mint, Pink, and Yellow. Enjoy!
You can read all about this card over on the Newton's Nook blog and the see an additional picture that shows the interactive features!

I'd like to enter this card into the Newton's Nook Inky Paws Challenge!

Thanks so much for a wonderful month!  <3

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Thinking of You

Hello and Happy Tuesday!
Time for a fun new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown!  This week we want to see your Favorite Embellishment!!

Our awesome sponsor for this week is Power Poppy!  Have you checked out their shop yet?  Wow...breathtaking!  I just love getting my hands on their images and coloring away!

For my card today, I have used the Spring Meadow Bouquet.
I colored up just a portion of it with my ShinHan markers and then trimmed around the whole thing to pop it up on my card front. 

Right now, my favorite thing to add to my cards is the Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard, so I added a bunch of those to the frame of my card and also to some of the flower centers. 

It's a pretty simple card, but that bouquet is so stunning!  It totally needed to take center stage on this card, that's why I left everything else quite simple.

Thanks for stopping by! <3
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Interactive Newton's Nook Card!!

It's my third post as Guest Designer over at Newton's Nook and you do not want to miss this one!
Every set of Newton's Nook stamps comes with sooooo many wonderful images, that for this card...I couldn't just settle for one image...I had to use them all!!!

Here is a little sneak at what you will see over at Newton's Nook this week.
You can find all the details on this card at Newton's Nook.  So swing by to see all of the cute little scenes I created for my spinning wheel card!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3

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Week 2 at Newton's Nook!!!

Hello! I'm happy to be back again at Newton's Nook for my second week as guest designer! This week I'm using the Newton's Birthday Bash stamp set for my card! Here's a little peak:
 Be sure to swing on over to the Newton's Nook blog to read all about this card!

Thanks for visiting! <3
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Guest Designer at Newton's Nook!!!

Hey everyone!
Happy snowy Monday!  We woke up to about 3 inches of snow outside and the entire Puget Sound area shut down :)  I love snow days.  Just wishing I wasn't fighting a cold so I could enjoy it more.

I am beyond excited to share that I am the Guest Designer at Newton's Nook for February!  I adore this company!  When they first popped up, I was over the moon for their sweet little kitty stamps because there weren't too many of those for us cat lovers.  Their selection and variety continues to grow and with each new release, my heart melts a little bit more.  Check them out!

I'll give you a few sneaks at what I created, but be sure to swing by the Newton's Nook blog to read up the full details of how I made these cards!  They were a ton of fun!!
I used the Wild About Zoo stamp set for these cards.  The fun animal print hearts were what stole my heart in this set, but I couldn't hold back from using some of the super adorable wild animal images too!
Thank you so much for visiting!! <3

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Hello everyone!  Happy Friday!
It was quite the surprise to wake up to snow on the ground this morning...wasn't really expecting that.  But it's been cold enough here that it is a welcome sight.  Somehow snow always makes the cold more tolerable.

We are starting a new challenge today at Sami Stamps!  This month we want to see you use Circles on your card!
I'll admit...I got everything put on this card and was working on the sentiment before I remembered that we had a challenge...so I had to rework the sentiment a little bit.  But it ended up being perfect to put it on a circle and turn it into it's own little embellishment.

To start the card, I embossed the background with the Simon Says Stamp Zig Zag stencil.  You need to have one of those rubber embossing mats in order to do this so that the rubber squishes the paper into the stencil.  I had to add a few paper shims to get the right pressure, but it turned out perfect!

The 3 little strips are cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies and then I did a really light swipe with some blue watercolor to get a brush stroke look for the background.

The images are Love Butterfly and Pretty Flower.  I joined them together on my computer and then resized them to fit on those little die cut stripes.  Once they were printed, I used some distress inks and watercolored them in, trying to make the flower appear white.  I haven't quite figured out how to do that, but I think this one turned out pretty good.  Adding a super dark shade to the shadow areas really made the white feeling pop.

I stamped my Hello sentiment onto a 1" circle and then clear embossed the entire thing with a double layer of Ultra Thick Embossing Powder.  Finished the whole thing off with a few Sparkling Clear Sequins for just a touch more shine.

I hope you will join us this month for our Circles challenge!  Just remember to use a Sami Stamps image!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Addicted to Stamps and More #227-Make Your Mark
    Freshly Made Sketches #273
    Word Art Wednesday #268-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fabulous weekend! <3
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Fun Friday at Sami Stamps!!

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to give you a peak at the card I have posted over at Sami Stamps!
We've changed the format a little over there and now every Friday between releases will be Fun Friday with one of the design team members!!
I have a gorgeous no-line watercolored card up over there now for you to check out!

You also have a few days left to enter in the Sparkle challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Sami Stamps!!!  Just be sure to use a Sami Stamps image on your projects!!

Have a fabulous weekend!  <3
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Adding Detail with Pencils

Happy Thursday!

Today I want to share a little bit of info on how to really make your stamped images pop!
It's a technique that I've played around with a bit in the past, but it's also easy to forget how much of an impact it really makes on your cards.

For this project, I am using the Feathers and Florals stamp set from WPlus9.
These images are so gorgeous, but unless you have really stellar inks, it may be hard to get a good crisp stamped image.  To help fix the splotchy stamping, I used pencils!

I know a lot of people will use their copic markers first and then add all the detail with pencils.  I just don't have any copics, and I have much more control using pencils anyhow that it was easy for me to skip the marker coloring all together.

To start, you need to stamp your images.  I like to stamp the image off on scratch paper a few times and then do my official stamping.  This seems to help prime my stamp, even after it's been used a few times.  Since most of my ink is super old Stampin Up pads, it takes a few tries to be sure the stamp is fully covered, and then I get pretty decent stamped images.

After stamping everything out, I die cut them all with the coordinating dies.  I probably could have waited until I was done coloring, but I was just excited that I actually have the coordinating dies for this set, and let the joy of playing around mess up the process.  But it still worked!  The images were just a little more tricky to hold on to :)

To add the detail and depth, I pulled out my new Prismacolor pencils!  These pencils are amazing!  So soft and creamy...easy to break!  But learning how to handle them gently just takes practice!

I selected 3 pencils in each color family that I stamped to work on my images with.  The lightest should match the color used to stamp your image so that you get a nice solid even blend.  Once you have them selected, start coloring the way you normally would!  I usually start with my darkest first, so I colored in the "shadows" of the flowers in the centers and around the edges of each "petal."  Then blended that softly with my medium color, and finally smoothed it all out with my lightest.

To help pull out a highlight, you can use a white pencil and just do simple little flicks in the highlight area to brighten it up!  And voila!  Gorgeousness!
Here is a comparison of the large flower with and without the pencil detailing:
As I said before, they are gorgeous left as is when stamped...but to add that little bit of punch, try doing some shading!  It will add a whole new level to your card!

To finish off the card, I used a stencil to emboss the background and then layered that onto a woodgrain stamped panel.  I used a few stamps from HoneyBee Stamps Beautiful Life stamp set and did a multi colored embossed sentiment onto a strip of vellum.

Just realizing now that I've done 2 "Beautiful Day" cards in a row...whoops!  Must be a good sentiment right now :)

For the red border frame, I took the darkest red pencil that I used for the shadows and colored the edge of my panel.  Then blended it out smooth with some Gamsol.  Simple and now it matches perfectly to my card!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope this will help you to look at your solid stamps a little differently, and see how much you can change those images with a little extra added detail! <3

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Crafting When We Can #135-Anything Goes
    Fusion Card Challenge-3rd Anniversary
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Beautiful Day

Happy Tuesday!
Time to get rolling again with a new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown - Snowflakes!  We're supposed to get a little snow here today...not sure if that will happen or not.  Christmas break was lovely since we had snow the entire time!  Granted it was only a dusting of it...but our porch stayed covered the whole time so every time we left the house, we saw snow :)

Our fabulous sponsor this week is the lovely A Day for Daisies, and they've provided us with gorgeous images to use on our projects.
I decided to use Little Cats Christmas for my card.  After a pretty tough emotional weekend, it was nice to sit back and color these cuties up.  I kept my card relatively simple, with a light ombre grey background using Hickory Smoke.

The sentiment strip was colored with some Prismacolor pencils and blended out with some gamsol to get the nice gradient color to it and then I white heat embossed the sentiment from Altenew's Beautiful Day stamp set.

I added a few vellum die cut snowflakes around the card, and put little tiny sequins in the middles.

The finishing touch was glossy accents on the little blue lights!

I hope you will join us for this challenge!

Thanks so much for stopping by! <3
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