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!

Grateful

I really enjoy making thank you cards. It’s probably my favorite kind of card to make. And since I just celebrated a birthday last month, I had many opportunities to say thank you to my dear friends and family who celebrated with me.

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I made this card to say thank you to my CFF’s (Craft Friend Forever) mom, who made me the most wonderful birthday cake. Once again, I used the Grateful die (and stamp) from My Favorite Things, along with the Sketched Blooms set.

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For this one-layer card, I first die cut the grateful and then stamped the flowers around it. Then I traced the grateful in pencil through the die cut, like a stencil, to guide my stamp placement on the inside of the card.

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It was a bit tricky, and it’s not quite perfect, but probably as close as I’ll ever get! Then, also on the inside, I stamped the rest of the sentiment.

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I really liked how it turned out! And if it gets me more cake, I’ll gladly make many, many more of these!

 

SSS Card Kit: Handwritten Floral Greetings

Those cards that are piling up? Here’s one I made last month using the July card kit from Simon Says Stamp. The kit is unfortunately sold out, so here’s a link to the stamp set, Handwritten Floral Greetings. This was one of my favorite card kits since I started subscribing last spring. I’m such a sucker for florals.
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To make this card, I first stamped and embossed the flowers and leaves in white, and then filled in with some of the other smaller floral stamps using clear embossing powder. I love tonal embossing like this. Then I embossed the “grateful” (from My Favorite Things) onto velum, trimmed it and attached it to the gray cardstock. I layered that onto a yellow patterned paper from the kit using a piece of craft foam.

I’m hoping to make more cards with this kit soon. It’s perfect for thank you notes, and I actually have a “thank you” note war going on with my mom. This stamp set will have to make an appearance soon, I think.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time!

 

MFT Forest Friends

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Hi everyone and happy Crafturday!

Today I have a card using the Forest Friends set from My Favorite Things. I don’t own this set – it’s part of the “divide and conquer” strategy of purchasing I have with my CFF (craft friend forever). This tends to backfire more often than not. Sometimes when I see the previews during release countdowns, I think, oh that’s really cute, but is it too cute? Would I get enough use out of it? My CFF often gets those sets, and then I borrow them and promptly kick myself for not getting them too. This is one of those sets.

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For this card, I was inspired by my own “urban forest”. I live in an older neighborhood with a beautiful canopy of trees and lots of wildlife. Raccoons instead of foxes, and bunnies instead of deer, and lots of squirrels and owls. And sometimes they come up right to our windows and on to the porch, so I thought it would be cute to have the forest critters peeking out from behind the panel like they’re looking through the window. So I cut the center out using my new favorite go-to stitched dies and set it aside. Then I took the trees, acorns, and leaf stamps and created a black and white background. Then I stamped a group of critters and colored them with Copics. Using the stamped background panel as a guide, I adhered the middle panel to a piece of wood grain patterned paper and then mounted the background panel using foam tape. Then I stamped and cut the sentiment and adhered it, also with foam tape. And I’m just now noticing that it’s a different shade of white. Ha!

The squirrel in particular reminds me of the little squirrel friend that often appears on the other side of my craft room window and taunts my cats. Ollie tries to jump up there and smack the glass, comically falling down in the process. And the squirrel and I just laugh and laugh.

That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

For the Cats

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Hello to all my fellow feline enthusiasts! Today I have a card that blends two cat stamp sets from My Favorite Things: I Knead You and Cool Cat. These sets work so well together! I thought the little sleepy kitty would look real cute on the cat bed. And of course, I had to make this kitty look like my little Oliver.

Oliver, Mid-day Grooms.

I stamped and then masked (with a post-it note) the sleeping kitty from the I Knead You set onto a piece of water color paper that I had die-cut using a Wonky Stitched Rectangle die. Then I stamped the bed from the Cool Cat set over the mask.  Then I carefully watercolored the scene using Gansai Tambi solid watercolors (except the blue fishy – that was with a Zig Clean Color Real Brush marker) and a water brush. Side note: I just noticed that you can get replacement individual color pans for the Gansai Tambi paints! Woot! If you’re new to water colors, I highly recommend these paints. The colors are beautiful.

I also stamped and watercolored a sentiment and then layered everything onto some patterned paper from PinkFresh Studio (via the September 2015 card kit from Simon Says Stamp), and then onto a kraft card base.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m suddenly feeling the need to go find a cat to snuggle with.

Hello There

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Hello there! How was your weekend? It was beautiful outside, but I stayed inside to play with paper. And today I have a couple cards to share with you using some items from the latest My Favorite Things release.

This card is actually my first successful attempt at a shaker card (my first actual attempt went undocumented, but suffice it to say that there was not much shaking going on).

Little kitty is from the Cool Cat set. This particular kitty lends itself well to a “front and back” scene, so I thought to create a little window, which then led to a shaker card. I created the window using the inside and out stitched rounded rectangles STAX.

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After coloring and positioning kitty on either side of the shaker window, I die cut the “hello there” using the, surprise, Hello There dienamics. I ink blended some Brilliant Buttercup dye ink from Papertrey Ink for an ombre effect.

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I somehow managed to place the “hello there” dies perfectly on the “inside” part of the inside and out rounded rectangle panel, so why not use it for another card? It’s as if I planned it.

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More ink blending using the tide pool to navy ombre ink pad from Hero Arts. For the background, I stamped a card stock panel with the Arrow Ends Background Builder in VersaMark and heat embossed it in gold. Then I used the companion clear stamp to add ombre accents to the background. I added a little gold wooden heart (from the dollar spot at Target!) for a finishing touch.

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I really love how this one turned out. Totally sending it to myself.