Monday, January 23, 2017

Valentine Favors

Can't let a holiday go by without making a favor using Stampin' Up's  2" x 8" cellophane bags.  The pink foil is covering Reese's peanut butter hearts covered in white chocolate~~and they are very good!  I made little trays to hold the hearts, using a pop dot to keep the hearts in place.  The tags were made using the old heart punch after stamping the sentiment.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn and I think it is adorable.  Again there isn't an easier favor for any holiday than these.  Well, I am sure there are easier ones, but these took the least amount of time and product to create.   I even just tied a ribbon on the Melon Mambo and black and it was still festive.   Have a great day!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bear Hugs For Syd

Today's card is a cute one that I made for Sydney "just because".  She had to get her braces on her teeth last week, so it was a perfect time to send the card.  I used the Pop of Pink DSP and the Square Layering Thinlets, both from the Annual Catalog. 

On a sad note, my dear friend, Regina, lost her 5 year battle with lung cancer yesterday.  I know she is in a better place, but I will truly miss her.  She was a kind person who would have given you the shirt off her back if you needed it.  Hugs to her family.   Rest in peace, Regina. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sunshine Wishes Flower

Another quick and easy card, today's card is about the flower.  The flower was die cut using one of the framelits from Sunshine Wishes.  I cut it using Flirty Flamingo paper and then used a marker to color the stem green--quick and easy!  I cut a strip of Fruit Stand designer Series Paper adhered it to a Flirty Flamingo strip.  When everything was adhered to the card front, I stamped the sentiment (not SU).  And, since I have some pretty sequins that match perfectly with Flirty Flamingo, a few were added.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Baby Bear Again

Today's card was created using Stampin' Up's  Baby Bear stamp set.  I was using a Clarity brush to create a very subtle background color.  I first stamped the bear and then stamped a second.  I fussy cut the second bear to use as a mask over the first.  Once the mask was adhered, I started brushing the Soft Sky ink from the lower left corner and up and down and across the bottom using the largest Clarity brush.  I will say that the background is just what I was hoping for~~a light color difference that faded into the white.  I certainly couldn't have accomplished this using sponges or daubers without having definite sponge marks.  The heart balloon and the sentiment are both from Lawn Fawn.  I see that I did not put a little bow on this guy--have to take care of that!  Have a great day!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Clarity Stencil Brushes

I really like sponged backgrounds but I have a little trouble with getting splotches on the cardstock. No matter how often I remind myself to start off the paper, I still have at least one area where the splotch is very obvious.  I was watching a Jennifer McGuire video where she used Clarity Stencil Brushes.  She showed the soft look you can get when using ink and these brushes.  So I looked on Amazon.com to check out the prices (after watching a couple other videos in which Clarity brushes were used).  They cost $36!  So I then checked Ellen Huston and Simon Says Stamp.  The brushes were about $29 plus shipping and were on back order at both.  I came across Artist Supply where they cost $20 plus $6 for shipping.  I ordered them and they arrived quite quickly.  Over the weekend I played with the brushes and today's card is the first background I created using the Clarity Brushes with Distress Inks.  The largest brush is big (all of them are larger than I envisioned) and for having never used stencil brushes before, the background turned out pretty good.  The stamp set I used is Sunny Studio Stamps' Sweet Shoppe.  I will use the brushes a few times before I say it was easier for me using the brushes than the sponges.  I will also try the brushes on other white cardstock to see if there is a difference.   Have a great day!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Pink or Yellow?

The other day I was looking for ideas for cards created using the Avant Garden stamp set which is in the Sale-a-bration mini.  The Melon Mambo card was created by Brandy Cox of  Stampin' Up and it caught my attention.  The flower, sentiment and black and white background paper were created using images and a sentiment from Avant Garden.  I created the same card using Daffodil Delight.  Rather than stamping my background, I used a piece of DSP from the Pop of Pink paper pack in the annual catalog. The flower had to be fussy cut and after using framelits  for most things, it was kind of fun to concentrate on cutting out the flower!  Just don't look at the flower too closely!!  Have a great day and weekend and find yourself a little stampin' time.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bear Hugs

My Layering Circle Framelits did arrive yesterday and this is the first card I created using them.  Once again, I only used two steps for the bear rather than three.  Each time I add the third layer, I mess up the image.  It is either too dark or I off set it a small amount.  But the little bear is so cute I keep trying that third step.  I thought this would be a cute "get well" card or a Valentine so I will not add a sentiment until such time as I know for what occasion it is being used.  Have a great day!