Celebrate {Lili of the Valley}

Hi, there! I have a fun birthday card to share with you today, with this awesome Cupcake Monkey from Lili of the Valley.

I love this image, and I went with bright, bold colors for my Copic coloring, before using the largest of the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX dies from My Favorite Things to create some interest to the edges of the panel.

I wrapped some Green Apple twine around my panel twice and tied a knot, and adhered the panel to a card base I created from Sour Apple cardstock from My Favorite Things. The twine adds a little bit of dimension behind the panel, so I put some extra layers of cardstock and some foam tape behind it to make the layer even.

I stamped and white heat embossed a sentiment from the Mini messages stamp set from Mama Elephant on a scrap of black cardstock from Papertrey Ink and die cut it with a circle die from Lifestyle Crafts. I adhered the circle on top of the knot of my twine and put a double layer of foam tape behind it for extra dimension.

I added Nuvo Jewel Drops in the color Key Lime to the green sprinkles. It doesn’t show up very well in the photos, but it adds a little bit of shine and dimension in real life. Using Sour Apple ink from My Favorite Things, I stamped the Number Jumble background stamp from My Favorite Things to the flap of the envelope, which is a Limelight envelope from My Favorite Things.

Bright, happy colors for this one. I hope you have a great weekend!

Time for Mittens {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, crafty friends! November and December are usually fairly hectic around here, and this time, they were especially hectic. I changed jobs and felt like I worked around the clock, which left little time for blog posts and to upload my creations to Instagram. As a result, I’m playing catch-up, and I have a few more holiday cards and tags to share over the next few weeks. Let’s face it, I make Christmas cards all year anyway, so I’d probably be sharing holiday cards in January even if November and December hadn’t been as crazy as they were.

Every year I seem to create just enough Christmas cards by making them all year, but I tend to neglect gift tags and scramble last minute to get them done as I wrap presents. This time I was a little more ahead, and this gift tag was one of the early ones I made, featuring Mittens from Purple Onion Designs, as well as the Snow-capped Duo in the background.

I created a very layered tag for my niece and used the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX die set from My Favorite Things to achieve that faux stitch look that I’m such a fan of. I used another stitched die from MFT to create the slope in the background and added both the ground and my fussy cut cat using foam tape.

Through the hole at the top, I looped a bit of tinsel and tied a bow around it using Purple Plum divine twine from Whisker Graphics. I also die cut a letter tag using the Personalized Tags die set from My Favorite Things from some Winter Wisteria cardstock from Papertrey Ink. My niece loves purple, so I thought it fit nicely. I also added a charm with a pair of mittens, I just couldn’t help myself. This tag doesn’t even have to be a holiday tag, it’d be perfect for someone born in the winter months (not my niece, though, her birthday’s in June).

On the back of the tag I used a piece of patterned paper from the Forever Green paper pack from Moda Scrap. I die cut it using that same stitched tag die from MFT that I used on the front and stamped a to/from stamp from the B06 stamp set from Norsk Stempelblad AS using Milk Chocolate ink from MFT. I love their inks, they stamp so well!

You wouldn’t think I’d use this many colors for such a small image, but I did. I even airbrushed the sky in the background using B93, 91 and 90 (a color I’ve made myself), and used BG93 and BG90 with a tip to tip technique on the trees in the background for just a hint of color. I wanted the main focus to be on the cat in the foreground, so I chose very soft colors for the background.

Bøø {Streamside Studios}

Hi! We’ve got a fun spook-tacular Instagram hop happening today for Streamside Studios, but I thought I’d share my project here as well.

This cute vampire is from the My Little Pet Ghost stamp set. There’s also a witch in the same set that I used for a similar treat bag, which you can read all about in this blog post. For today’s treat bag, I colored the vampire with Copics, fussy cut him and added him onto my treat bag using 1 mm foam squares for a tiny bit of dimension. On the treat bag itself, I used a mini layering stencil from Tim Holtz along with Eiffel Tower ink from My Favorite Things to create the brick pattern on the front. On the inside, I glued a piece of patterned paper from My Favorite Things to get a little more orange in there. I colored some white letter stickers from Papirdesign with Copics (E08, YR07 and Y38 for an ombré look) and adhered the letters next to my little vampire. I created a hole near the top with the smallest die in the Labels Trio set from Spellbinders, added some orange ribbon and tied a bow around it using Black Licorice Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics.

I colored this vampire on the same day that I colored the witch, and I used the exact same colors.

Witch better have my candy {Streamside Studios}

Witch way to the party? I’m sharing a treat holder today for Halloween. I try not to make too many Halloween cards, simply because I have no idea who I’d send them to. I do make the occasional Halloween project that isn’t a card, though.

This cute witch is part of the My Little Pet Ghost digi stamp set from Streamside Studios. There are lots of of other images in the set, but today, I only used the witch. I colored her and fussy cut her, before using foam squares to mount her onto my treat holder. These treat holders are super easy to make. Start with a piece of cardstock (or patterned paper if you want, if it’s heavyweight enough) that measures 3 1/8 x 10 1/2″. Score on the long side at 4 1/2 and 6″, and you have the outer part all done, ready to be decorated however you want. Score a 4 1/2 x 3 1/2″ panel 1″ from all four sides, cut, fold and glue along the flaps and glue it to the inside bottom of the outer part. Super simple.

I did ink blending on this one, using the Slimline Cloud Edges stencil from My Favorite Things and inks from Altenew in the colors Deep Iris, Lavender Fields and Soft Lilac. I used the House on the Horizon die from Simon Says Stamp and die cut that from True Black cardstock from Papertrey Ink and adhered it directly onto my ink blended piece. Using a yellow Copic marker, I quickly colored in the windows and door of the house. I colored some white letter stickers from Papirdesign to match the orange on the girl, and adhered the letters next to her feet, before finishing off with a few ghosts from the Candy Corn mix from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards. I put a scrap piece of patterned paper on the inside back for a little extra visual interest, die cut holes through both layers and added a piece of ribbon and some twine to finish.

Simple, Halloweeny color palette.

Teeing off! {Lili of the Valley}

Hi! I have a 50th birthday card to share today, featuring the Teeing Off image from Lili of the Valley that was released a few weeks ago.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay

The card was made on order for a golf-playing tinsmith whose favorite football team (European football) is Liverpool. I wanted to include as many of the elements as possible, and made a slimline card with patterned paper from Papirdesign, P13 and 7 Dots Studio.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay skrått

I used lots of foam tape for dimension, and varying widths of the patterned paper layered and criss-crossed across the card. I used the Slimline Starter die set from My Favorite Things and also the Stitched Trad. Tag STAX dies to create the tags. The reinforcers are made with the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set, also from MFT.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay section

Through one of the reinforced holes, I pulled a piece of Cherry twine from Whisker Graphics and dug through my stash to find a ball charm, perfect for a football fan. I wanted to include a little bit of metal because of his profession, and started by stapling the twine to the tag. I also fussy cut a few footballs from patterned paper from Papirdesign that I scattered across the front.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 flatlay detalj

I fussy cut my golfer and added him to the front of the card using foam tape.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off Roy 50 med 50

I created a circle with the recipient’s age and covered it with a thick layer of Glossy Accents. Glossy Accents takes a long time to dry, so I made this little piece before starting on the rest of the card and put it somewhere safe to dry for a few hours. Once it was time to put the card together, I’d completely forgotten about this little 1″ circle, and only found it after I’d handed the card over to the woman who ordered it. Thankfully, I was able to meet up with her the following day to add it to the card, but of course, all my photos were already taken, so I snapped this super quickly with my phone just to show what the card should have looked like all along.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 innsider

I was asked to try to put the Liverpool team song somewhere on the card, and I figured that one of the insides had just enough space. The other inside has plenty of room for a personal message to the recipient.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off Roy 50 bakside

On the back of the card I used more patterned paper, more fussy cut footballs and also a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS stamped in Memento Ladybug ink.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off Roy 50 bakside zoom

I also added my personal stamp to the back of the card, on a white football with splatters. Back in February, Create a Smile had a two week collaboration with Sommerabend where you could order personal stamps. I got this one and an address stamp. I’ve been creating cards for over 10 years, but never had a personal stamp until now, and I’m so happy with how they both turned out.

Lili of the Valley Teeing Off Roy 50 med konvolutt

I felt like I hadn’t hit the brief in terms of the tinsmith part, so I decided to die cut the letters of his name in foil sheet and add to the front of the envelope. I put a couple of layers of plain card stock die cuts behind each foiled letter for dimension, and used an old hammer from Tim Holtz to add a little texture to the letters. A few footballs on either side of his name to complete the look.

Lili of the Valley Teeing off roy 50 Copics

Not a whole lot of Copics required for an image that mostly reads as red and white.

You cake my day! {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, there! I have a simple card to share today, featuring the Birthday Cake image from Rachelle Anne Miller.

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Cake front rett

I colored up the image with Copics in super bright colors. I used a border die from Lawn Fawn to add faux stitching above and below the image, and put lots of foam tape on the back.

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Cake front skrått

I used the quilted backdrop die (also from Lawn Fawn) to die cut from a piece of Raspberry Fizz card stock from Papertrey Ink. The piece I used wasn’t big enough to cover a regular size card front, so I adhered it to a white top fold card base and cut off the excess white, before adding my colored piece on top. The card measures around 5 1/8 x 4″. I added a few clusters of 2 mm and 3 mm pearls from Kort & Godt to the colored panel, a little bit of Lemon divine twine tied in a bow at the fold, and my card was finished. Super simple, right?

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Cake Copics

A nice little Copic selection.

Happy birthday {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, there! I have a fairly simple birthday card to share today, featuring the Birthday Owls digital stamp from Rachelle Anne Miller. I thought these two owls holding a birthday banner were so adorable, and one of them even has a flower in her hair…. or… feathers, maybe, owls don’t really have hair, do they?

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Owls front rett

I colored the image with my Copics, before using a stitched border die from Lawn Fawn to create the pierced horizontal lines above and below the image.

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Owls front skrått

Onto a white card base, I adhered a panel of Sour Apple card stock from My Favorite Things, that I’d die cut using the Isty Bitsy Polka Dot backdrop die from Lawn Fawn. I thought the dots in the background would tie in nicely with the dots on the balloons in the image.

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Owls flatlay høyr

I mounted the colored panel onto the front of the card using lots of foam tape for dimension.

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Owls flatlay

I thought the card needed just a little bit extra, so I wrapped a piece of Aqua divine twine from Whisker Graphics around the top of my card and tied it in a bow.

Rachelle Anne Miller Birthday Owls Copics

Festive colors for this one, I absolutely loved coloring this image!

From me to you {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! It’s a glorious Sunday, the sun’s out and I’m hoping it’ll help melt the dumping of snow we got earlier in the week. I’ve got a quick Christmas gift tag (yes, another one) to share, featuring Merry, the most adorable penguin from Purple Onion Designs. Okay, they’re all equally adorable, Stacey Yacula illustrates the most gorgeous looking penguins.

I colored the penguin with my Copics, fussy cut him and added 1 mm foam squares to the back. I created a fold over tag using the second largest die in the fold over tags nesting die set from We R Memory Keepers and some really old pink patterned paper from Magnolia.

I created a tag to go inside the folded over tag using scraps of patterned paper from Papirdesign. Using one of the dies in the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set from My Favorite Things, I created the to/from circle using that pink patterned paper, and matted it with a white die cut circle. I probably didn’t need the white circle, I’m thinking the letters would have stood out more against the grey patterned paper, but what’s done is done. I still like the white.

Fairly quick coloring on such a small image means I didn’t use a lot of markers. I originally colored his feet and beak orange/yellow, but didn’t like the look and covered it with grey. You can still see the orange shining through in the finished coloring. That, I don’t mind, for some reason, I just didn’t like the look of the orange alone. Some species of penguins have black feet anyway 😉

It’s the most magical time of the year {Purple Onion Designs}

Hi, everyone! Hope you’ve had a great weekend. I thought I’d share with you a gift tag before we get to a new week and a new month tomorrow. I sat down to color Flannel the racoon from Purple Onion Designs, and a friend of mine suggested pink and silver for a color combo. Not my go tos for Christmas (well, silver kind of is), but I had so much fun with this. I always do when she suggests colors for me.

I went with a really bright pink, colored in the image with my Copics and did some serious fussy cutting, before adding 1 mm foam squares to the back. I also stamped one of the sentiments from the Holiday Blurbs II set using Hibiscus Burst ink from Papertrey Ink, fussy cut it leaving a thin white border and added 1 mm foam squares to the back. I even added some sparkly sheer shimmer spray to the raccoon. He’s very sparkly and shimmery in real life, even though the camera couldn’t quite capture it.

From a piece of Bristol Smooth card stock, I used the largest of the dies in the Stitched Traditional Tag STAX die set from My Favorite Things, masked off a curved line towards the bottom and ink blended a gray sky using Charcoal, Soft Granite and Wet Cement ink from Hero Arts, as well as Soft Stone ink from Papertrey Ink. The Charcoal is fairly dark, but the Soft Stone super soft, giving a nice gradient feel. I sprinked on chunky white embossing enamel from Stampendous and heated the tag from behind to melt the granules for a snowy effect on my background.

Going direct to paper, I colored a scrap of Bristol Smooth with the Hibiscus Burst ink pad that I used for the sentiment, before using one of the tiny dies in the Tag Builder Blueprints 6 die set from My Favorite Things to create my reinforcement piece. I think the faux stitching on the circle matches the stitching on the tag perfectly, one of many reasons why I love my MFT dies, they’re so awesome to mix and match. I added a bit of Cotton Candy twine from Whisker Graphics and a charm from my stash near the top to complete the tag.

Not a lot of colors for this one, but I did my best to make the pink really pop against the other colors.

Santa hug {Rachelle Anne Miller Creative Studios}

Hi, everyone, and Merry Christmas! I have another gift tag to share today, the last for 2020. It features the adorable Koala Christmas image from Rachelle Anne Miller and was attached to a present for one of my nieces. I thought these koalas decorating a tree of their own was such a cute one.

I stamped a sentiment from Norsk Stempelblad AS below the image using Scarlet Jewel ink from Papertrey Ink. Using a faux stitch tag die from My Favorite Things, I die cut four tags, one from the panel with the image and three from scraps of patterned paper from the Fröjdefull Jul collection from Maja Design. I glued two and two back to back, before gluing the two double tags together, offset quite a bit.

On the back, I used another stamp from Norsk Stempelblad AS and the same color ink as I used for the front.

I punched a hole through the top of the tag, added a red eyelet for strength, pulled some twine through and also added a snowflake charm to finish.

Simple image means I didn’t use a lot of colors for this one.