Monday, February 13, 2017

Cut it out Monday - Valentine Series #7 - Scrapbook Layout/Picture Frame Layout

     Hello everyone and welcome to the last project in my Valentine Series. I am a little sad that this series is over but that just means its time to work on other amazing ideas. I have so much going on in the next few months that I am just not sure where to start.

     How about with today's project. As I was searching around on cricut design space's valentine images I came across a valentine themed scrapbook layout and thought this would be fun to make. I added it to my image bar and continued looking. Once I had a few ideas on marked I add them to my canvas and really started to play around with what I had but I keep going back the the scrapbook layout. I finally decide that this was going to be the project to end my series with but I could not figure out where it was going to go. I don't have any valentine pictures of myself as a kid or of my girls. But then I thought why not make it into a layout of a picture frame.
      I think this really makes a fun way to display your favorite Valentine picture and you can always change out the picture every year but keep the layout. I left the cut out from the center of the heart circle so I would have a template to trim my photos to so I knew they would fit. I add some clear wink of Stella to the lips for just a little pop of sparkle.
     With that this finishes my Valentine Series. I hope this helped you find some fun ideas for your Valentine. I had a blast making each and everyone of these projects and I want to thank you all for joining me. Have a beautiful Valentine's Day weather its with your loved one(s) or just doing what you love.

Happy Crafting

Friday, February 10, 2017

To die for Friday - Valentine Series #6 - Watercolor Hearts

     Hello everyone. It's Friday and that means its the end of the week and the weekend is coming. I am looking forward to getting a few things done this weekend. I hope you have some wonderful plans for the weekend.

     Today's cards turned out to be a two for one. I am so happy with the way they turned out. I had only planned to make one card then I couldn't decide what color card base I wanted so I decided to do both. I was already going to have extras from the die cutting so why not right.

     For the first card I die cut out Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade die from some watercolor paper. I then took my Inktense pencils to color the inlay hearts as well as the outline. I tried to spread the shade of the colors out across the hearts and had the color fade down the hearts. I used Hot red (410) Scarlet Pink (320) Carmine Pink (520). I also used what was on the paint brush to color the outline of the hearts. I then die cut out the hearts again with some white cardstock to lay the hearts inside on this pink card base. This helps them stand out against the cardstock.

      For the this one I had plan to use the outline from the watercolor and then fill it in with the white hearts. Once I laid down the watercolor piece I really liked the look of it with out the hearts inside. And the color pops against the black cardstock beautifully. I then rounded the corners use the we r memory keepers corner chomper (cant remember which one). 

      Thank you for joining me and I hope you all have a great weekend. I will be back Monday with the last project in my Valentine Series. 

Happy Crafting


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What What Wednesday - Valentine Series #5 - An Unbelievable Love

     Happy Wednesday all. Not only is it the middle of the week but it is also time for another post. I hope everyone has had a good week so far? It seems to have gone by fast but that does not mean it wont the rest of the week right. Well lets get on to today's post. I once again started with a plan and the card turned out just as I imaged. I think this is my new favorite card this year. 

     I used several stamp set for this one card and yet it looks like everything goes together well. I started off my card by making a fun background. I used Lawn Fawn's Mermaid Ink and Paper and stamped out the bubble cluster and small heart from Octopi My Heart. I used BG15 and colored some scrap 110 lbs cardstock so I could have a little contrasting color between the mermaid and the light blue background. I then took one of the dies from Ocean Waves Borders and cut that out. I lined it up and the glued it in place and trimmed off any over hang.
     I used my Mini Misti to stamp out the Octopus as well as the bow and heart. I also stamped out the little ship from Lovable Legends (which you will see later down the post) using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on to some 110 lbs scrap cardstock. I did want to go with the traditional Valentine colors (you know reds and pinks). For the boy octopus I used B12 and B16 and for the girl I used BV01 and BV000. I used R24 for the heart and for the bow. I used the matching dies to cut everything out and then took my xacto knife and made a small slit in each tentacle so I could make them holding tentacles. Are they just not the cutest. I held that together with some Multi Medium Matte.

     For the ship I stamped the small heart on to one of the sails and used R24 for color that in. I used E15 for the boat, E17 for the masts and C00 for the sails. I was not worried about this having to much detail since I wanted the Octopuses (is that right or is it still octopus?) to be the main focus. Once I had the rest of my images glued in to place and on the light blue background I glued my ship down. I used Jessie's ABC's and the unbelievable sentiment to make my sentiment and stamped that out with mermaid ink.  My card is a 4.5 square top folding card using 110 lbs cardstock.

     For the inside i took the octopus and stamped it with the mermaid ink and stamped the small heart as well a couple of times and that finished off my card. Thank you all so much for joining me and I hope you all have a great rest of your week and I will see you next time.

Happy Crafting

Monday, February 6, 2017

Cut it out Monday - Valentine Series #4 - A Bouquet of Love

     Welcome to project #4 in my Valentine Series.  Do you have plans yet for Valentines Day? I still not sure what we are doing as of writing this post but I am sure it will be something fun with the whole family. I really liked this front panel which is from a card in the cricut design space software (can't remember if its a make it now or just one of the images). I really just wanted to make this more of a focal panel then the whole card. I played around with the colors before cutting everything out to make sure I liked the look of them first.

     This card has a lot of dimension to it and it looks amazing. The heart itself has some with just the layers of cardstock but then I added some foam squares on the the back of the heart to pop it up more. I think this is just a beautiful card. I almost don't want to give it away and just put it in a frame (which is something you could do if you wanted). 

     On the back I just added a little handmade with love sentiment from Lawn Fawns Just for You stamp set and use Wild Rose ink.

     Thank you so much for joining me for another project. I hope you all have enjoyed this series as much as I have enjoyed making these projects and cards. I will be back with project #5 and I hope to see you then. Have a great Monday.

Happy Crafting

To die for Friday - Valentine Series #3 - Simply Love

     Happy Friday everyone. I hope you had a stress free week. Mine started out a little crazy as I was trying to get stuff done so we could head up to my parents for the weekend but now that I am up here things are going better. I know my video for this card is already up (I had to upload it before we left since I was not going to be bringing my laptop) but I wanted to make sure that this was up on the day I would normally post. I really love how this turned out so lets jump into project #3 in my Valentines Series.

     I have had the Love die from MFT for a while now and thought this year was going to be the year I used it. I also wanted simple card the fits for anyone you want to give this too. So I started out with some 110 lbs white cardstock (I get mine from Joanns) and use my Grand Calibur to die cut out the sentiment.

     I had seen so many card made using this die but I hadn't seen to many using vellum and I happen to come across with pretty vellum with small white hearts on it. I thought this was perfect for using this this die. It helps add just a little softness to the card without taking away from the die cut.

     For the inside I used the I took the Happy Valentine's Day sentiment from Simon Says Stamp's Paper Hug stamp set and stamped that using Doodlebugs Bubble Gum Ink. I just stamped that at the top so that there is plenty of room to write a little love note with out it showing through the front.

     That finished off my card. Thank you so much for joining me I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and weekend I will be back here with Valentine #4 on Monday.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

What What Wednesday - Valentine Series #2 - Fishy Love

     It's Wednesday and you know what that means time for another What What Wednesday post. This is project #2 in my Valentine Series. But before we get into the project how has your week been going? I hope so far so good. Mine is a short week the kids have no school Thursday or Friday and we are heading up to my parents for the 4 days. It will be nice to spend some time up there. We plan to see some friends that we don't always get to see because of other plans and time even though they all live close to my parents. We are even hoping hubby can make it up at some point too but wont know until he is heading our way.

     Anyways lets get into today's project. I thinks this turned our just so stinkin' cute. I went in with a plan (which I always try to do or at least a general idea of what I want) and for the first time everything worked out exactly the way I wanted it too. I made a few mistakes along the way and figured things out on the fly but the card turned out the way I had pictured it in my head.
   I started out by stamping everything with Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink on to some copic paper. I used the Fintasic Friends stamp set by Lawn Fawn. I wanted to do something I had never tried before, reverse stamping. I first stamped out the fish tank, castle and the angel fish (well that what this fish reminds me of). I then used Paper Smooches Mirror Blocks stamp set to get the reverse image. How that works in case you don't know is you take a stamp that has a smooth flat space on it ink up the image you want to use then stamp that on the the flat stamp then take that and stamp out the image on to your paper. Now you may have to go over the lines with a marker/pen (I used a copic multi liner 0.5 to darken my lines) just make sure your marker/pen is compatible with the medium your coloring with, Copic multi liners are not good for water coloring with. 

     I also stamped out the fish food on to copic paper. I wanted to do some paper piecing so I used Doodlebug Lovebug pattern paper and stamped out the sand and the sandcastle. I then went on to coloring, I made masks for the things I did want to get any airbrushed copic maker on. I used BG01 for the water and my copic airbrush system. Once that was done I took off the masks and finished my coloring. I used E000, R29 and E25 for the fish food. For the fish I wanted them to match up a bit so for the fish on the left I used RV04 and RV06 for the main body and RV34 and RV55 for the stripe. for the one on the right I just reversed the colors RV34 and RV55 for the main body and RV04 and RV06 for the stripe. I used R29 for the heart and E29 for the base of the tank. I cut out everything and used a black marker to go around the edge of the paper. Once that was done I used some C1 for shading on the castle and the sand. I glued them into place with some multi medium matte and had the sand going over the castle so it looked like the castle was in the sand.
     I used 110 lbs card stock of my card base which is a A2 size side folding landscape card. The pattern paper is from Doodlebug Sweetheart 6x6 paper pad and the brown is some scrap cardstock from my stash and I am using that like a table top or shelf for the tank and food to sit on. I sentiment is a fun play on words I guess you could say and I used Harold's ABC's from Lawn Fawn (it a fun joke that my kids and husband like to to once in a while "What do you call a fish with no i's? A FSH. I also heard the song other other day "I only have eye's for you") I stamped that with Jet Black ink as well. I attached the paper to the card base using my ATG tape gun and then used a little foam tape for the food and thought I would use some on the tank but decided cover it with glossy accents. Now note if you are going to do that don't add it to your image after you have it on your card base, it was warp the card a bit.

     For the inside I just added the smaller angel fish and three hearts for bubbles using Memento Angel Pink ink, this finished off my card. Thank you all so much for joining me I hope you have a great rest of your day and week. I will be posting my To die for Friday video on Thursday but the blog wont be going up until Friday (only because I don't know how to schedule a video to post on YouTube).since I will not have my computer with me.

Happy Crafting