Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A bit of thanks in the mailbox

Hello! I have a bit of sweetness to share featuring a couple of sets from Taylored Expressions. I used the recently released You’ve Got Mail – Spring (one of my illustrations) and the great thank you set, In & Out Thanks.

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For this card I kept the coloring simple and did not do any shading. I did paper piece the flower pots and stamped a second bunny that was colored, cut out, and popped over the first one for a bit of dimension.

I added some Diamond Stickles to the little blue flowers. There is always room for glitter, right? ;)

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Here is a look at the sentiment. I stamped in color. Woot! I don’t use my colored ink pads nearly enough.

Finished the card with some enamel dots and washi tape. The usuals.

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope to be back with another card tomorrow.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Penguin

Hello crafty friends -

Hopefully those of you experiencing the latest artic chill are keeping warm. I’ve been dragging a toasty warm throw around with me to ward off the cold and when that doesn’t do the job I break out the hot chocolate. Nom nom nom. ;)

Now there is a critter who would probably enjoy this weather… this super chubby and adorable penguin from Mama Elephant. Yeah, he looks happy. A little too happy. Heh.

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I wanted to play with a bit of paint and create a colorful background so I pulled out some Dina Wakley Media Paints from Ranger, my brayer, a sponge, and a layering stencil. I started with white cardstock and brayered the lime and teal here and there. I sponged more of the green using the chevron layering stencil. For a final touch of color I added some small blobs of lemon here and there.

Once dry, I stamped the Sentimental Borders image across the top a couple of times using Jet Black Archival Ink. Added some washi tape, white enamel dots, and a die cut circle as accents. I stamped and die cut the penguin image and colored with Copic Markers.

A little corner chomping and a liberal application of foam tape and I was done.

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Hope you enjoyed this bright card. Any questions just let me know!

Also, if you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this card.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Amethyst Love

Hey peeps! I have a last minute little love project for today – just in time to celebrate the day! It is also my take on this week’s challenge from Crazy 4 Challenges to create a valentine and for bonus points include purple/amethyst. You can find all of the details on the challenge and more fabulous samples HERE.

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For my card I pulled out one of the sets I recently illustrated for Taylored Expressions: Tag-a-long – Valentine. I also used a couple of dies from the Build a Tag 2 set that was released at the same time.

I skipped the designer paper this time and used some great Tim Holtz products from Ranger to create a custom background. Here are the steps:

1. Cut water color paper to size.

2. Flick paper with Dusty Concord Distress Spray Stain and dry with heat tool. Flick technique I use: unscrew the top from the spray bottle and then *flick* the plastic intake thing-a-mob to splatter ink here and there. This is messy – you may need to drape yourself and everything in sight with a drop cloth. ;)

3. Use the Tim Holtz Hearts Layering Stencil and apply Texture Paste to the background. Let dry – I used a heat tool to speed up the process.

4. Add more color by water coloring the stenciled hearts using Sakura Koi watercolors. Distress markers would also work – my water colors were sitting right there on the desk so were convenient. Let dry – again the heat tool is great for those of us who lack patience.

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Now that the background is done just needed to stamp, color, and cut out the rest of the pieces. I embellished with a few silver sequins and a bit of ivory jute.

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Thanks for stopping by! I’d be delighted to hear what you think of this purple cutie.

Also, if you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this card. This particular stamp and die are not in the store, but they did just add some other cute new products from Taylored Expressions.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Moment of Happiness

Hey crafty friends -

How about I share an illuminating card with you today? Hee hee…

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Every once in a while I pick an image just because I like it, not to make a card for a specific holiday or event. In today’s case, I really like the light bulb blueprint from Mini Blueprints #3 and planned my card around it and playing along with the latest Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge, #21 Rock Candy Distress Glitter. I used the technique on the white tag, using a background image from CMS057 School Desk . It went quite well with the water colored light bulb.

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All I needed to do was add a few of my favorite embellishments and a few pieces of designer paper from Kaiser Craft here and there. For a final finishing touch, I stamped the happy from CMS183 Hashtags in black.

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For all the details on the challenge, tons of fabulous inspiration, and details on a great prize from Inspiration Emporium make sure to visit Linda’s blog.

Also, if you are shopping at the Inspiration Emporium you can use coupon code fatcatstamper for 10% off your order. Pictured below are links to some of the products I used to create this card.