Sunday, April 21, 2019

Welcome Baby Card

It's spring which means it's baby season! There are a lot of new adorable babies being born where I work, so it's important to stock up on those baby cards.

My favorite (and really, the only) stamp set I use for baby cards is "New Family" by Mama Elephant. The images and sentiments are so sweet and also very easy to color and cut. I thought a baby bunny would only be fitting for a baby born near Easter 😄

I did a quick color with Copic Markers. The bunnies are colored with Warm Grey (W) and I used the lightest pink shades (RV) for the blocks and rattle. I added clear Wink of Stella glitter to anything colored pink to give it a touch of shimmer.

The patterned papers are from a wonderful DCWV paper stack called "Little Miss". I've had it for many years but still go back to it again and again... it's a perfect stack for baby mini albums and scrapbook pages! With the yellow paper I die cut the rectangle using My Favorite Things "Pierced Rectangle Frames" and the green paper is die cut with Lawn Fawn "Hillside Borders".

Lastly, I added the very simple cloud stenciling using Simon Says Stamp "Clouds for Days" stencil with Distress Ink "Tumbled Glass" and a very light hand!

I'll be entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Spring Mood Board". Thanks for the inspiration!

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Copic Markers - Warm Greys, Light Pinks

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

She is not fragile like a flower

Working with the most basic colors has proven to be a challenge for me. I'm pushing myself to explore black and white in paint and I'm loving the outcome, even with a very basic page. I hope to begin incorporating a lot more texture on my monochrome pages, but I know that will take time and practice as well.

I actually created this spread over a month ago but forgot about it! At least I already pictures taken on my phone :)

I used a variety of black, white, and grey acrylic paints. I didn't allow drying time between the colors so the paints would mix more easily. I also incorporated a lot of water to mix the darkest colors together.

She is not fragile like a flower...

I stamped a Unity number stamp (Stenciled and Reconstructed) using white paint and also dabbed white paint through a simple grate stencil.

... She is fragile like a bomb.

I added some paint splatters with Dina Wakley Turquoise paint... I only did this because some very old turquoise paint rubbed off from the stencil and hey, I went with it.

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Springtime Cheers!

Fluttering by to say... CHEERS!

I played along with the Lawnfawnatics "Fun with Food" challenge to create a fun spring coffee-themed card...

The challenge for me was my serious lack of food-related Lawn Fawn stamps! So I got creative and used two of the tiny coffee stamps from a Christmas set called Holiday Helpers. By using the coffee mugs to stamp the background, they easily become part of the main story of the card. 

How cute are these animals from the new Butterfly Kisses set?! I colored all of the images with Copic markers and fussy cut them with my detail Cutter Bee scissors. Once the coloring was finished, the rest of the card came together fairly quickly. 

I just love the idea of a happy little bear and bunny sharing a cup of cocoa on a spring day! Maybe the butterflies will find some coffee, too :)

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