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.

Where Creativity Meets C9 #1: Celebration

Hi friends, today I have a card for the very first challenge for Where Creativity Meets C9. The theme is celebration! And it’s a great excuse (as if I needed one) to play with stamps from Concord & 9th.

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Here is my card:

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I have been obsessed lately with no-line Copic coloring, and I have been coloring several bears from the Hugs stamp set from C9. I even made a prototype Christmas bear complete with ugly Christmas sweater.

For this bear, and for most of my bears, I selectively stamped just the bear, leaving his sign uninked. I wanted him to be holding the balloon string instead. I colored him with Copics. Then I stamped the heart, which is actually the heart-shaped leaf from the Give Thanks set. The sentiment stamps are from the Sweet & Cool set.

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Then I die cut the panel with a pierced vertical die from Avery Elle and mounted it with craft foam onto a panel of black cardstock that I stamped with the big stripe stamp in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. That all went on a top-folding A2 card base.

That’s it for today! See you next time!

Simon Says Stamp April Card Kit

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Woohoo! Three posts in one week! Thanks post-scheduling thingy!

Today I have a couple of cards to share with you using the (sold out) ย April 2016 card kit from Simon Says Stamp. For the first card, I was inspired by one of the cards on the inspiration sheet (funny how that works) included in the kit. I really loved how the designer, Suzy, created the water color custom background look on her card, so I tracked down her blog post about it and set about trying it myself.

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I applied distress ink (festive berries, and I can’t remember which blue – mermaid lagoon, maybe?)ย ink to the outside edge of the stamps and stamped the image onto watercolor paper. Then I used a water brush to pull the color in and fill the image. Suzy has some beautiful examples. I really enjoyed this technique. Yay craft community sharing itsย talents!

For the next card, I challenged myself to use the papers and embellishments from the kit.

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Seriously. I had to double dog dare myself. I am not an embellishment girl. I just don’t love them. I’m fine with the occasional ribbon or thread accent. Maybe a wood veneer sticker here and there. But I prefer to just say no to cute stickers and clips and such. There’s nothing wrong with them, they’re just not my style. For this card? I used three (THREE) stickers AND a clip thingy. Wha?

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And you know? It turned out cuter than I thought it would. This kit has a lot of scrapbook-friendly things in it. It leads to cards that are busier than I generally like, but it’s good to try new things. Right? Right.

Let’s party with raccoons!

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Hi everyone! Today I have a(nother) birthday card, but this time I actually gave it to someone, haha! I made this card for my dear friend Rebecca, who just celebrated a birthday a few days ago. I also made her a fun gift, but that will be a different post.

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I made this card using patterned papers from a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 pad I got from Paper Source. I used the smaller balloon dies from this Simon Says Stamp set (which happen to be the very first dies I bought!).

I then stamped, colored, and die-cut the little adorable raccoon from Lawn Fawn’s Festive Friends set (or as I like to call it, the Party Animals expansion pack). Then I took my tiny craft knife and cut around the raccoon’s paw so that I could tuck in the black embroidery floss balloon strings.

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To finish it off, add a tag with an embossed sentiment and layered it all over some more patterned paper.

My favorite part is probably the balloon strings. It’s sort of an unexpected bit of texture, and now I’m looking for ways to add embroidery to my cards. Do you use supplies from your other hobbies in your card making?

Thanks for stopping by!

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I made this card last month mostly to try out a birthday gift (the star garland from Reverse Confetti).

(Side note: I’ve been making a lot of birthday cards lately and can’t seem to part with any of them. Is that a problem?)

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This card was very simple to make. Just a couple of die cuts – one on white card stock, and the second on card stock covered in rainbow washi tape. Can you see the difference? The bottom is recessed, with washi tape in the background, and the top one is the washi tape cut.

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I just made sure to line up the rainbow washi tape so that I could get the same pattern in both garlands.

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The happy birthday stamp is from Lawn Fawn’s Party Animals set.

Yep. Can’t give this one away.