Wednesday, June 21, 2017

DIY Bookmarks plus GIVEAWAY

Hi there. Thanks so much for joining me. Today I wanted to share how I created these quick and easy bookmarks using THIS and THIS new die from Simon Says Stamp's newest release...

I die-cut the fox die from THIS Burnt Orange Cardstock, THIS Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock, and THIS Black Cardstock. I die-cut the Bear from the same Neenah cardstock, Black cardstock, and THIS Dark Chocolate Cardstock. I used a variety of Distress ink and applied some color along the edges of the pieces to make them pop.

These dies only cut the pieces out, but I need a solid image to adhere the pieces to. I created a solid image by using the negative piece from die-cutting as a template to trace. I cut out two solid images for each die. One to adhere the pieces to and one to adhere behind to create the bookmark.

After adhering the pieces like a puzzle to the top piece, I used THIS black glaze pen to add shine to the eyes and nose of each image. To create the bookmark, I applied adhesive to the top portion of the back piece. I left the bottom portion unglued so it can be sandwiched around the page of a book.

I made these bookmarks with my son in mind, but these would be fun for any adult too! You could also adhere these to a paper clip to create page markers in your planner.

I hope you give this quick and easy project a try. It's a great craft to do with your kids.

I have some Simon Says Stamp goodies to giveaway! However, I want to do something different than just the normal comment. I purposely left the title of this book out of all the pictures. Leave your guess below on what book this is. It was one of my favorites growing up. No worries if someone already commented with it. I'm going to randomly choose one comment from those who guessed correctly. Just something fun and different. You have until June 30th at midnight EST to enter. Good Luck! I would love to hear what your favorite children's book was too!


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer "Graffiti" Background

Hello. Today's card features a "graffiti" background...

I wanted to create a bright and cheery summer card so I pulled several summer stamp sets I have and started arranging images from them on to a piece of white cardstock in my Misti

I picked them up with the door of the Misti and inked them with a few Hero Arts Bold Mini ink cubes. The colors I used were Rose Madder, Tangerine, Dandelion, Green Apple, and Indigo. You could use any ink for this but I do recommend the mini ink cubes so you can individually ink the images. The larger ink pads won't let you get into the tight spaces. 

I finished off the card by adding hearts left over from THIS project and the sun from THIS stamp set. I added dimension using foam adhesive. I added THIS to the sun for some sparkle and THIS to the hearts and sunglasses for some shine. I added a mat background behind the piece and adhered it to a top folding white note card. 

I hope you give this "graffiti" background technique a try. I chose a summer theme but any theme would be so fun. 

As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day. 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Personalized Puppy Cards

Hello. I'm sharing cards today that is personalized for my dog loving friends and family.

I started by using THESE watercolors and painting two backgrounds on to THIS cardstock. I die-cut a border along the edges once they were dry using THIS and THIS die set. I used the same watercolors to color in THIS dog house after stamping it using THIS ink on to a piece of the same watercolor cardstock. I used stamped a sentiment from THIS set in a speech bubble and used THESE alphabet dies to personalize each dog house. 

For the first card...
I stamped Simon from THIS set and colored him with Copics. I used THIS coordinating die to cut him out and adhered him to one of THESE action wobblers to make him move. 

You can see it in action on my Instagram HERE. 

For the second card...

I stamped and colored THIS dog image. I also adhered him to an action wobbler to make him dance and complete the overall playful look. I stamped a small paw print image from THIS stamp set around the panels to finish off the cards. 

I plan on sending this card to Simon Says Stamp....

This card I plan on sending to my mom and dad who have a Jack Russell...

I hope this inspires you to personalize your next card project. This idea would be fun for any animal lover.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful day.