card making :: different perspectives

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I have a shadow.  Right now, it’s 4-years-old and it likes to copy almost everything I do.  This shadow currently loves to stamp just like me.  And it likes to work right next to me at the table.

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card making :: live, love, grow with succulents

As much as I adore terrariums and succulents, I have never actually made or put one together.  Unless you count making one on paper (at least I know that kind won’t die on me and my not-so-green thumb)!

I’m still quite attached to the technique of watercolor painting stamped images on a card design and my favorite tool by far has been the waterbrush.  I played around with the Live, Love, Grow stamp set by Stampin’ Up! and put many of my ink pads to good use to color in the the stamped images.  I also did a little bit of masking with post-it notes to create a little bit of depth in my terrarium.

I also got to play with the small stitched rectangle dies by Lawn Fawn thanks to a dear friend, and I really like the subtle effect it leaves on cardstock.  So to begin this card design, I cut out the largest frame from a sheet of watercolor paper using a die cut machine.  You could totally skip this step and cut a piece of paper into a 5″ x 3-3/4″ rectangle.  This will leave a nice border once you adhere it to the front of an A2 size card base.

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card making :: it’s time to celebrate with cake stamp set

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Happy New Year, readers! I know, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything on the blog but the end of 2015 was a busy one for this mama.  Let’s start off 2016 with a birthday card idea because well, there will always be birthdays.  🙂  This features a new stamp set by Stampin’ Up! that includes all of the sentiments and the confetti image used to create this colorful background.

This method of using one smaller element within a stamp set can be utilized for all sorts of occasions, not just birthdays.  Simply change the colors of ink pads used (think pastels for baby cards, autumnal tones for more masculine cards, etc.) and use any large sentiment in place of the birthday greeting.

Happy crafting!

product review :: holiday tag project kit

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I recently had a little crafting get together at our house with a couple of friends and brought out this holiday tag project kit by Stampin’ Up!  The kit comes with all of the embellishments, coordinating papers, and full step-by-step instructions on how to assemble 30 fun and festive tags.  We divided the tags among the four of us and so each person could make seven tags to take home.  And what’s great is that you don’t have to use them just as tags if you don’t want to: adhere them to card bases or tie them to treat bags instead.  The project kits a great way to get people together and make something.

Happy crafting!

card making :: die cut + watercolored butterflies

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Pair a beautiful die with some watercolor paint to create a unique card each time.  One thing I love about creating with watercolor paint is how it’s nearly impossible to remake the same exact image or effect.  The shade of a color on one card might vary slightly on another because there was more water in the brush, or the ink may bleed in a slightly different direction on the paper.

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card making :: waterbrush + ink pads

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Watercolor painting can be applied to card making projects in a bunch of different ways.  To make a beautiful card like this, I’m going to tell you how to use an ink pad and my new favorite tool – the waterbrush – to achieve stunning cards in a small amount of time.  Not only do you achieve a uniquely created image, but the technique itself can be quite meditative and soothing too.

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product review :: stampin’ up! watercolor wishes card kit

IMG_7914I was given the opportunity to try out the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit by Stampin’ Up! which is available in their 2015-2016 catalog.  Before I show you what you can make, would you believe that I made 20 cards in less than an hour?  Yes!  All while our daughter was napping and the only thing I needed that wasn’t included in the box was adhesive.

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card making: glittery dahlia hello card

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I recently discovered Wink of Stella glitter brush markers and whoa!  It’s a pretty cool tool!  It’s a great way to add a shimmery effect to a project with glitter that won’t go flying all over the place (or stick to your face in my case!) because it’s controlled and applied with a nylon brush that can do thick or thin lines.

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The coverage you get is awesome, and the glitteryness (I just made up that word) is pretty fantastic.  Definitely a tool to add to your stash!

Happy crafting!

product review: stampin’ up blendabilities markers

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I’m so lucky to have a friend who is also a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up.  Demonstrators get to try out new products before the new catalog goes live and the general public can order things online.  So as you can imagine, I was super giddy to be able to try out these new Blendabilities markers!  {insert crafty nerd giggle here}  And I had the perfect stamp to pair them with too: a large dahlia.

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These markers that were created for shading and blending and I did a small comparison to Copic markers.  They have a dual tip so they’re great for coloring in both small and large areas.

ETA 11/2017: I’ve been informed that these were discontinued due to an issue with the manufacturer (boo!).  Stampin’ Up! has come out with some new ones though – check them out here!

 

 

a few random things

Just wanted to post about a few random things tonight. First and foremost, a big happy birthday wish to my husband, Tony.

Rewind to Friday … 08.08.08. What a cool date, eh? I can’t imagine how many people got married on that day. Wouldn’t it be cool if your baby was born on that date? I have always had this weird fascination with numbers. Anyway. Moving on now.

My coworker, Donesia’s, birthday was on Friday so she got to celebrate a fun 08.08.08 birthday this year. I made this card for a bunch of us at the office to sign for her using a Stampin’ Up! stamp that Liz gave to me with my last order (thanks, Liz!). I am really into the idea of using large, decorative stamps as backgrounds these days. I love how the foam letter stickers stand out on this card.

I’m also really diggin’ this pink and blue combination for some reason. I just think it goes so well together, so I made Liz a thank you card to thank her for the flower stamp (silly, I know!). Renee loaned me her Making Memories tag maker tool, so I used it around the stamped “many thanks” image. Again, lovin’ that background stamping!

We watched the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and were just blown away with how much detail and coordination went into each part of it. This Boston Globe article talks about how a Chinese film director, Zhang Yimou, designed and directed the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony with a $300 million budget. Holy crap! This guy’s a friggin artistic genius. I was simply amazed at how beautifully coordinated everything was, and blown away by the sheer number of people involved with each “scene”. I found this video about the dress rehearsal. Can you imagine how much discipline and focus it must’ve taken for all these people to make the show as seamless and perfect as it was? Craziness.

Lastly, we went to a wedding shower for our friends, Jill and Drew. It was on the rooftop of their Comm Ave condo building and the view from there was amazing. It’s where I took some fabulous 4th of July firework photos a couple of years ago. The weather couldn’t have been better and it was just fun seeing how excited the two of them are about their upcoming wedding date (October 5th). I snapped this photo of the Prudential Tower tonight.

And no, we didn’t see Tom Brady while walking down Comm Ave tonight. 😉