Waffle Flower Bear & Bird

Here are a couple of things I love: whimsy and watercolor. I am trying to fill my days with as much of both as I can lately.

Today I have a card using the Bear & Bird stamp set from Waffle Flower. Waffle Flower is a new to me company and I love everything from their latest release. I particularly adore this set. That adorable bear (which could easily be turned into a kitty, actually), and that little bird!

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To make this card, I stamped the bear & bird, present, and floral bits onto watercolor paper cut down to A2 size, using Antique Linen Distress Ink. Antique Linen is a great ink color for no-line watercoloring because it’s so easy to cover with any color paint or water-reactive ink. Then I painted the image using Gansai Tambi watercolors, which are my favorite pan watercolors. Then I used a scalloped edge die from My Favorite Things to trim the bottom of the panel. I took another piece of watercolor paper and stamped and painted a small floral image from the same stamp set to make a patterned background.

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I sketched out the sentiment, borrowing copying the sentiment included in the set. I love puns. Anyway, I filled it in using an black lining pen (0.3 mm) to give it a hand lettered look. Btw, “birthday” is not really smudged. I’ve been using the portrait mode on my iPhone, and it does weird things as it applies that fake depth of field. Like smudging things.

Anyway, that’s it. Thanks for looking. I hope this card brought some whimsy to your day.

Like No Otter

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Hi everyone! Today I have a card using the Otterly Love You set from My Favorite Things. You know what one of my favorite things is? Otters.

To create this one-layer card, I used a no-line watercoloring technique along with some masking. I stamped my raft (!!!) of otters starting from the bottom and using, masking paper (from Inkadinkadoo) that I had cut into the shape of each otter I needed to cover, worked my way up to cover the bottom third or so of the watercolor paper. I used Distress Ink in Antique Linen, since it blends nicely with browns. Once they were all placed (which probably took more time than actually coloring), I started filling them in using Distress Markers (in Hickory Smoke and Vintage Photo for the otters, Tumbled Glass for the water, and some Candied Apple for the heart. Hey can we talk about that otter holding the heart? Seriously. )

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I posted a time-lapse video of coloring these little guys on Instagram if you want to see a little of how I approached it. Layers layers layers.

After I finished coloring the otters, I colored in the heart and then added some watery shadowing to complete the composition.  Then I stamped the sentiment (so many great otter puns to choose from), scored and folded the watercolor paper, and there you have it.

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I think I otter go cook some dinner now. Thanks for swimming by!

MFT: Somebunny I Love

Hi friends, today I have a couple of cards I made with the Somebunny I Love set from My Favorite Things. This set was a Christmas gift from my CFF (Craft Friend Forever).

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The first card features a tiny teddy bear parade. You might have seen a sneak peek of this card on my Instagram. These bears just kill me dead. I love them so.

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I stamped the prosh bears, stars, and moons all over an A2 card panel as if they’re floating through dream land. As if they’re falling softly through fluffy clouds. As if they’re landing on piles of soft white feathers. Don’t you want to join them?? I certainly do.

I colored them with Copics (E11-E15, um, a yellow I can’t remember, and I believe C0 for the moons). I also went over the moons with some clear Wink of Stella. Wait, did I do that? Forgive me, I’ve slept since I made this card. I should really keep notes. Wink of Stella is on something. Moons or stars.

(By the way, that teddy bear in the background? That’s Super Bear. He was my husband’s childhood bear, but now he lives in my craft room with Totoro. It’s nice to see magical cats (what is Totoro, exactly?) and superhero teddy bears get along. It gives me hope.)

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For this card, I went with a watercolor approach. I used primarily Distress markers and a waterbrush. Once again, I forget the colors. I die-cut the sleepy bunny and teddy bears and arranged them with foam tape on a watercolor panel that I stamped and painted. I added a bit of string at the top for some additional softness.

That’s it for now. Thanks so much for stopping by! See you next time!

Howdy lovely

Hi friends! Today I have a card for the latest challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. This month’s challenge is to try something new. No problem!

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Here’s my card:

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For the something “new,” I decided to try my hand at some hand-lettering. I penciled in my “howdy” first so I could figure out the layout. Then I used the the Hello Lovely stamp set (new fave!), stamping the floral motif using Distress Ink in Antique Linen, so I could do some no line water coloring. I used Distress Markers (Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Evergreen Bough, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass, and Broken China) and a paintbrush to paint the image. Once everything was dry, I used a brush pen (I forget the brand, and I’m comfortable and don’t want to get up to find it) and very carefully filled in the sentiment. I’ve pretty much never hand lettered anything before, so I just took my time, practiced on some scrap, and basically treated it like eyeliner – start out thin and go back and fill. Then I took some loosened black watercolor paint and flicked it all over the place. After everything was dry, I slapped it on a card panel, et voilà.

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Originally I thought about doing a negative space block “hello”, but I was kind of amused by the idea of using “howdy” against such a delicate background.

Thanks for stopping by!

Lawn Fawn: Octopi My Heart

You know how when you are shopping for gifts for a really good friend who also happens to be a card maker and you let a few things fall in your cart for yourself too? That’s how I ended up with the Octopi My Heart set from Lawn Fawn. So flippin’ cute.

Today I have a card I made with that set. It makes for an adorable and whimsical Valentine’s Day card, anniversary card, or even an “I don’t need a reason to make a card for you, ok?” card.

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I used my go-to stamped background technique. I mean, it’s octopi, right? You have to have multiples. I made two the stars of the card and colored them a bit darker (I used C0 and C1 on most, adding C3 to the two darker ones). I will probably give this one to my sweetie, so I stuck a bow-tie on one and a hair (?) bow on the other. We make darn cute octopi, my sweetie and I. After coloring, I mounted the panel with some craft foam onto my top-folding A2 card base and tied some twine along the top. So sweet.

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That’s it for today. Have a wonderful day!

Color Throwdown #424

So, hello 2017. Resolution #1: Post more often on the blog. Post on the blog.

How are you? Are you recovering from the holidays? I love the Christmas season, but I secretly look forward to put everything away and getting my house back. It’s time to clean all the things and start fresh for the new year.

And with the new year comes new card challenges! So let’s get to it. Today I have a card for the latest Color Throwdown.
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Here’s my card:

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I used the Give Thanks stamps and dies from Concord & 9th. I’ve had this set for a little while, but this is the first time I’ve really used it.

I used the heart shaped leaf die and cut to cut out four hearts from a panel of black cardstock. I stamped the “with love in my” sentiments and embossed them in white, and then stamped additional “love”s and embossed them in clear for a tone on tone look. On a panel of watercolor paper (smooth side), I colored the hearts with pink and lime green Tombow dual brush markers and blended them out with a water brush.

Then I glued the leaf veins from the die cuts and fixed them off-center for each heart. I went over the veins with some clear Wink of Stella. In retrospect, I probably should’ve done that before I glued them to the card. But, hey. I like to live dangerously.

I mounted the black panel to the watercolor panel with foam tape for some dimension and then adhered it to my card base.

Then I marveled at how I managed not to make a grievous mistake at the last possible moment and quickly took a picture before I, like, tore it or something.

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That’s it for today. Thanks for stopping by and have a happy New Year.

Inspired by…#33

Hi everyone, I’m back with a card for the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge, #33. Here is this week’s inspiration photo:

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And here is my card.

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I love bottle brush trees, so that’s what I used from the photo. I used the bottle brush tree stamps from the  O Christmas Tree set from Concord and 9th to create the background, as well as the small “noel” and “joy” stamps.  Then I die-cut the large Joy using the Joy die, also from Concord and 9th. On another panel of card stock, I used both the thin and thick Joy stamps from the coordinating stamp set, embossing the thin Joy. I added some gold twine (from the $1 spot at Target!), layered my panels and adhered to a card base.

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I used Summer Splash and Tropical Teal dye inks from My Favorite Things and Festive Berries and Crushed Coral Distress Inks. I thought they matched the colors in the inspiration photo quite nicely.

Paper products are from Paper Source – I used 4-bar flat cards and folded cards in eco white. And do you love these bottle brush trees I got from Michaels? I’m planning on making a little jar “snow globe” with some of them, but for now, they are photo props.

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That’s it for now. If I don’t get back before then, Happy Thanksgiving (or Happy Thursday) to everyone.