A little sweet surprise {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I have a simple card to share today, featuring this Chocs Away image from Lili of the Valley. A bunny making it rain chocolate eggs, what’s not to love?

I colored the image with Copics and fussy cut it, leaving a white border. The frame that’s part of the image makes fussy cutting super easy, the only thing sticking out is one small egg at the bottom. I mounted my panel on a card base I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. This card is on the smaller side, it measures 3 x 4 7/8″.

I colored a separate piece of X-Press It blending card with one of the purples I used for the image. I made sure it was dry before I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the IWCL2017005 English stamp set from InkyWings. I popped it up the colored piece for even more dimension, using Double Thick Crystal Clear foam tape from The Rabbit Hole Designs.

I added a few Pearl White Crystals from Pretty Pink Posh between all the eggs for a little bit of embellishment.

A simple card, but the dimension adds some interest. The clear foam tape makes the sentiment look like it’s floating above the card.

Soft color palette for this one.

How many candles? {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. Today I’m sharing with you a fairly simple birthday card featuring this cute puppy from the Spring Farm digi release from Lili of the Valley. This guy’s from the puppy set.

I colored him in very simply with just a few Copics, hinted at a sky behind him and grass below him using some very soft colors, trimmed my panel down and put it aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

Using Spring Moss cardstock from Papertrey Ink and the By the Numbers impression plate, also from PTI, I created a soft, yet textured background that I adhered to my top fold A2 card base created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I love their white cardstock, it’s the whitest I’ve found, and it’s thick and wonderful to work with.

I glued a strip of silver glitter cardstock above and below my little puppy, before mounting it on foam tape on the top half of the card.

I die cut Gratulerer using the Gratulerer 6 die from Papirdesign three times: two from white cardstock, once from the silver glitter cardstock I’d already used. I stacked these for a little bit of dimension. I stamped a sentiment from the A06 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS onto a piece of Pale Peony cardstock from Papertrey Ink using VersaMark ink, then heat embossing using clear embossing powder from Ranger. I added two more layers of pink cardstock behind it so it’d be flush with the die cut word above it.

To finish the card I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. These might be my favorite sequins, and I’m almost out of them, so I’m desperately searching for new ones. They seem to always be sold out.

Very soft and simple color palette used for this card.

Just for you {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing a simple, yet very dimensional card today featuring the adorable Mona from Mo’s Digital Pencil. I’ve colored her once before, and I wanted a different card style and different color scheme for this card than my previous one featuring this image, which you can find here.

I went for a green and yellow combo this time, and made her hair dark (I colored her blonde last time). I was going to color her dress in teals, but when I was done with everything else and only had the dress left to color I changed my mind and opted for white. White’s not really white, I used a few grays and the tiniest amount of light blue, but it reads white in the finished coloring. I fussy cut my image leaving a white trim around the edge and put her aside while I worked on the rest of my card.

I took a page out of Laura Bassen’s playbook and did a little paper stripping. Since I kept the dress white, I used teal colors of cardstock instead. I wanted a color that would go well with the green and yellow, and you just can’t go wrong with teal. I cut 1/4″ strips of the colors Peacock from Concord & 9th, Oceanside from Concord & 9th, Hawaiian Shores from Papertrey Ink, Aqua Sky from Concord & 9th and Sno Cone from My Favorite Things. I butted each of the strips against the last one on a scrap of white cardstock and trimmed off the excess before putting foam tape on the back. I adhered my striped piece at an angle onto a 3 1/2 x 4 3/4″ panel of Vintage Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink and trimmed off the excess hanging off the sides.

I adhered my cream panel onto a top fold, white card base using foam tape, before stamping and heat embossing a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set from My Favorite Things. I thought this particular sentiment would work for many occasions, not just birthdays, and the size was perfect to add to one of my cardstock strips.

Using even more foam tape I adhered Mona near the bottom left of the card. I love that her dress sticks out right below the sentiment, I really couldn’t have placed the sentiment any better, it’s nestled in perfectly. I put Glossy Accents on the lollipop and a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh here and there to finish the card.

Here you can see all the dimension. The cream panel is mounted on foam tape, the cardstock stripes are mounted on foam tape, and Mona is mounted on foam tape.

Quick and easy color palette for this one. I don’t think I went too much overboard with the amount of markers in this one. I won’t mention that I used six colors for her hair 😉

Have a very crafty Christmas {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! You know I can’t resist creating Christmas cards, and today’s card happens to be one with a crafty theme. I actually made this in 2021 in time to mail it to a crafty friend, but time ran out to share before the new year, so here we are. I used lots of cute images from the 2021 I’ll be home for the holidays collection from Purple Onion Designs, illustrated by Stacey Yacula.

I stamped and masked Lori & Marc, then stamped The Crafters behind them for a fun scene where they’re all sitting around the table having a crafty good time.

I colored in the scene using my Copics, and I actually used all the gray families for this, something that rarely happens. I tend to stick to one or maaaaybe two, but using all four made sense for this card.

On a piece of Berry Sorbet cardstock from Papertrey Ink, I stamped the craft accessories repeatedly with Berry Sorbet ink for a tone on tone effect. I then ran my stamped panel through my die cutting machine twice; once using the largest of the dies in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX Set 1 from My Favorite Things and then again using the Watercolor Wash Free Form die to create the opening for my scene to peek through. I added two more layers behind my pieces for a dimensional look.

The sentiment is a mix of a stamp from the Home For the Holidays sentiment set and individual letter die cuts. I did the stamping with Berry Sorbet ink, and used the In Stitches Lowercase Alphabet set from My Favorite Things for the die cuts. I die cut three of each letter and stacked them for dimension. I added additional pieces of letters where they hang over the edge of the colored cardstock.

To finish the card I added a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh around the sentiment.

Lots of Copics for this one, but not a lot of color. Like I mentioned, I used all the gray families for this card.

It’s party time {Mo’s Digital Pencil}

Hi, crafty friends. Short and sweet from me today. I’m sharing a simple birthday card featuring the Big Present Girl image from Mo Manning.

I colored in the image with my Copics, used the second largest die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX Set 1 die set from My Favorite Things to create the wonderful stitching on the border of the colored piece and adhered it to a card base I created from Harvest Gold cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I clear heat embossed the Happy Birthday background stamp from MFT on the card base. I stamped a sentiment from the Scripty Bday set from Mama Elephant in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and clear heat embossed, turned it into a circle using a nesting die and adhered it to the card using foam tape, before finishing off the card with a few Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I appreciate you {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! I have a card to share today featuring this adorable Penguin Hug image from Rachelle Anne Miller. I’ve used this image on a card before, I colored teal penguins for that card, which you’ll find here. For today’s card, however, I chose to create black penguins and keep the colors soft for the rest of the card.

I printed my image onto X-Press It blending card and colored the penguins with Copics, before sprinkling on chunky white embossing powder from Stampendous for a snowy look. I then die cut the Mega Snowflake Cover die from Mama Elephant three times; twice from white cardstock, once from Sno Cone cardstock from My Favorite Things. I glued them together and added my penguins to the back, before adhering everything onto a top fold A2 cardbase I created from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

To keep the rest of the colors soft, I diecut the letters for HUGS three times from white cardstock using the Sending You Hugs die from MFT. I glued them to the bottom center of my card, and added a secondary sentiment that I stamped and white heat embossed on a strip of Cotton Candy cardstock, also from My Favorite Things. I added two more strips of cardstock behind for dimension and stability, before finishing off the card with a few Sparkling Clear Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I used probably way more gray markers than I needed to to create these penguins, but sometimes, that’s what I do.

Believe in the magic {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. I’m sharing another Christmas card with you today. Ideally, this should have gone up yesterday, because there were exactly 11 months until Christmas Eve yesterday. A mixup at work meant I had to go to work, however, which meant no time to write blog posts.

Anyway, this cute Cosy Bear from Lili of the Valley takes center stage on this card. I paired it with a digital watercolor background, also from Lili of the Valley and colored it in with my Copics, before sprinkling on Chunky White embossing enamel from Stampendous and melting the granules from the back for a snowy look.

I created a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2″ card base from Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink and used an impression plate, also from PTI, to create subtle texture to the base. I put a few extra layers of cardstock behind my image and adhered it in the center of the card. I die cut the word believe using an older die from Simon Says Stamp four times from white cardstock and glued them together for a stacked, dimensional look in the sky above the bear. I finished off with a sentiment from Mama Elephant that I white heat embossed onto a strip of Autumn Rose cardstock from Papertrey Ink and embellished with a couple of Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

Super simple color palette. I don’t usually do reds or pinks for my holiday cards, but this muted pink combo has become a favorite of mine.

I hope you have a great day, whether you have time to be creative or not 😊

Sending you holiday hugs {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, crafty friends. We’re getting closer and closer to Christmas, and I think I’ve made more Christmas cards than I need this year (such a luxury to not have to scramble last minute), but I thought I’d sneak in another one anyway. This one features the Penguin Friends image from Lili of the Valley. You know I can’t resist penguins!

I colored up my penguins with Copics, using a combo of red and teal for their hats and scarves. I’m not a fan of complementary colors, and I do my best to avoid using green with red, but teals, blues and greys all work well.

I didn’t really have a card idea in mind when I printed my image, but I printed it towards the bottom of a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of X-Press It blending card. Once I sat down with my colored panel to actually create the card, an idea formed straight away. It doesn’t always happen like that, but I’m grateful every time it does. I created a card base from Summer Splash cardstock from My Favorite Things, cut down my panel to 4 x 5 1/4″ and adhered it to the card base.

Using a snowflake border die from Papirdesign, I die cut a snowflake border above their heads. I used the same X-Press It blending card for this as I wanted the whites to match. I die cut an additional two pieces, and glued them together for a stacked look. The die is actually meant for slimline cards, but it worked really well for this.

I used the Sending You Hugs die from My Favorite Things to die cut my sentiment twice from Summer Splash cardstock. I used the negative piece of the die cut for placement, and layered my letters together for a little bit of dimension. On a piece of Amarena Cherry cardstock from My Favorite Things, I stamped and white heat embossed the word holiday from the Itty Bitty Holiday stamp set, also from MFT. I cut it down to a thin strip, added another layer of Amarena Cherry cardstock behind it for a bit of dimension and stability, and glued my little strip to the H in hugs, before finishing off the card with a couple of sequins from the Sparkling Clear mix from Pretty Pink Posh.

I could have gone crazy with tons of colors for the accessories on these cute penguins, but I limited my color palette by keeping the coloring simple.

I haven’t joined any challenges in a while, but I really like the challenges from MFT, and this week’s sketch is a fun one. I hope most of the elements and placements from the sketch are recognizable in this card, so I thought I’d join the challenge.

Hugs {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m sharing a fairly simple card today with a little bit of stacked die cut inlay and some Copic coloring of this adorable Dinosaur Friends image from Rachelle Anne Miller.

I started by creating a watercolor background in Photoshop using a png from Lili of the Valley, before I added the Dinosaur Friends on top. No fuss and no masking, I love how easy it is to work with digital files. I printed my critters and background onto X-Press It blending card before I did Copic coloring. I wanted to match my coloring to the colors in the background.

I used the largest die in the A2 Stitched Rectangles STAX 1 set from My Favorite Things to create a nice finished edge around my coloring, before I did partial die cutting using the Sending Big Hugs die, also from My Favorite Things. I made sure to only die cut the word HUGS from my colored panel, and die cut 3 more from white cardstock. I layered my white die cuts together, adhering the colored piece on top of each letter. I adhered my scene to a side fold cardbase I created from Amethyst Allure cardstock from Papertrey Ink, and puzzled each of the letters into their place.

The letters are a bit chameleon like. You can’t see them very well from head on, but if you look at them from an angle, they pop into view a lot better. I added a layer of Glossy Accents to the letters so they would shine and stand out a bit more.

Stacked die cut inlay is a great technique when you want to add a big sentiment without distracting too much from the focal point of the card. This HUGS word is pretty big, but because of the inlay, what you really notice are the colored critters.

I added some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to finish off the card. These are my favorite sequins; they go with everything, and my stash is running low, so I need to buy a new bag soon. They also last forever, I’ve had mine for years, used them a ton and am only now running low.

Simple color palette for this one. Those BGs blend effortlessly!

Celebrate {Streamside Studios}

Hi, crafty friends! I’m sharing a simple birthday card today, featuring an adorable mouse from the Berry Sweet Mice digi stamp set from Streamside Studios.

In this stamp set there are five mice in different poses, there’s a giant piece of cake, a few accessories and some sentiments. I decided to focus on the mouse with the birthday candle for my card today. I usually color larger images, but these small ones from Streamside Studios are perfect for playing with different layouts for my cards.

I colored the mouse very simply with my Copics, and did some fussy cutting, leaving a white border around the image. I usually prefer cutting right up to the lines, but with the tail and the wick on the candle being thin, single lines, that wasn’t going to happen.

I created a top fold landscape cardbase from Ripe Raspberry cardstock from My Favorite Things and used the Crystal Distortion embossing folder from Simon Says Stamp on a piece of Stamper’s Select White cardstock from Papertrey Ink to create a textured background for all my elements to sit on.

I die cut the Celebrate die from My Favorite Things four times from the same Ripe Raspberry cardstock that I used for the cardbase, and stacked them for a dimensional look. I stamped a sentiment from the Itty Bitty Birthday set from My Favorite Things using Smokey Shadow ink from Papertrey Ink onto a piece of Cement Gray cardstock from My Favorite Things and trimmed it down to a strip that I glued to my die cut word.

I popped up the mouse using foam tape, and added sequins from the Sparkling Clear sequin mix from Pretty Pink Posh to finish my card. Super simple.

Not a lot of Copics for this tiny image.