Friday, May 25, 2018

Dream Big Little Mermaid...


I've waited almost a year to ink up this fabulous Tiny Townie Mermaid set from Stamping Bella. Why the heck did I wait so long you ask? Well she wasn't released until after my month of mermaids so by the time I got her I had moved on seasonally with my card making and I am just OCD like that. But I can tell you right now that she was worth the wait 'cause boy did I enjoy making this card. I wanted to use the Under the Sea backdrop stamp to give her a bit of a home but I also wanted the card to stand vertical and the backdrop stamp is designed with a horizontal card in mind. So I decided to stamp the mermaid behind the treasure chest, creating a nice break that I could then stamp one side of the backdrop on and then move the stamp to get the other side showing and conveniently hide the seem. This worked out quite well if you ask me and now I'm wondering if I can't make the same trick work for some of my other backdrop stamps in the future. Next I got to coloring and I decided to keep the color palette rather soft and light since it seemed to suit her dreamy, romantic look. I just think she is gorgeous with all that curly hair floating around her. 
Now I know it may be too much to ask but I would certainly love to see more Tiny Townie mermaids introduced this year because she deserves to have a whole school of mer friends to swim the seas with. I mean the last release had four fairies, why not four mermaids? Whose with me?! LOL
Anywho, I am entering this card into the Bellarific monthly challenge since it is an easy "anything goes" theme. Wish me luck and have a wonderful long weekend everybody!     
Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Stamping Bella (Tiny Townie Mermaid set, Under the Sea backdrop, Under the Sea sentiment set), Stampin Up (school of fish)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Papertrey Ink aqua mist
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Nuvo crystal drops
Ranger glossy accents
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- E50, E42, E53
tail- G0000, G00, YG11, YG41, BG57
top- YR61, YR65, YR68
flower- YR30, YR31, YR12, YR27
sea shell- E50, YR12, E99
gold- Y02, Y21, Y26, E39
treasure chest- E84, E87, E89, YR20, Y21, Y26, Y28
water- Y0000, BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15
sand- E40, E81, E42, E43
sea weed- YG63, G94, G99

Thursday, May 24, 2018

You are a magical mermaid...


Tuesday I did a live coloring video over in the 7 Kids Customers Create Facebook group and this Gorjuss mermaid was the subject of said video. She is called Awashed and as you can see from my card she is one of the super sized Gorjuss Girls that really fill up the front of an A2 sized card. Which is great fun if you just want to go to town with your coloring. Because most of the original Gorjuss Girl art tends to be more dark and muted I wanted to take this mermaid in a completely different direction. So out came the bright purples, pinks and oranges and now she is a happy little goldfish mer. For the background I simply colored some blue green water using my Copics and added some stamped details with the kelp looking reeds by masking her off first. After the video was filmed and I started putting the card together I did decide to go back and add a few more reeds stamped on top of her which really helped to place Awashed right in the middle of that kelp bed. So if you've got an hour and a half to kill and want to see how she came together I hope you go catch a replay of that live video.  :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- DoCrafts (Awashed Gorjuss Girl), Neat and Tangled (sentiment), Papertrey Ink (Succulents set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Papertrey Ink Hawaiian Shores, Hero Arts teal
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- V04, V05, V06, RV04, RV06, RV09
tail- Y11, Y02, Y15, Y17, YR04, YR07, YR09, RV02, RV06, RV09
clam shell- E50, E41, E43, B000
water- B00, BG53

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Let's be mermaids...

Hello, hello!

 I'm posting on the Greeting Farm blog today and I just had to play around with a little Mer-May magic before the month ends. One of the great things about the new Happy to Sea You set that was just released is not only do the sea critters work together to build scenes but they also mix and match with older stamps quite beautifully. For my card I really wanted to create an under the sea scene with the fabulous mermaid Trishell. To help fill out the rest of the scene I added the crab and starfish from Happy to Sea You as well as some smaller starfish from the Little Mermaids set. I love how these little additions bring so much interest and life to the overall card design. I gotta say that after completing this card the wheels are definitely turning on all the different sets I can mix and match with these fintastic sea critters. :) 


Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Trishell, Happy to Sea You set and Little Mermaids set), Hobby Lobby (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Papertrey Ink lilac grace
Papertrey Ink A2 vertical stitched scallop card die
Nuvo crystal drops ivory pearl
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- G000, G00, BG10, G02, G24, 0
tail- RV52, RV93, RV95, Y0000
top- BG70, BG72
seashell- YR30, Y32, YR14
crab- YR30, Y32, YR24, YR27, E99
starfish- Y000, Y02, Y35/Y00, R20, R43/Y38, YR04
sand- E50, E51, E53, E42
sea/seaweed- BG000, BG01, BG02, BV11

So happy to sea you...

Hello, hello!

Today I'm sharing another one of the cards I made for the Greeting Farm release last week. As I was coming up with ideas for the Happy to Sea You set with all of the different sea critters, I knew I wanted to do something fun with this cute little shark. At first I was thinking about masking him into a whole school of sharks swimming across the card but as I looked at him with that toothy grin something else came to mind. What if instead he was confronted by something else... or rather someone else. That's where Chibi Diver comes into play. I just love this cutie and because she is a digital stamp I could easily scale her down to the same size as Mr. Sharky and flip her to face all those pearly whites of his. The Happy to Sea You sentiment was perfect for these two and it still makes me chuckle that the speech bubble implies that Mr. Sharky is the one thinking it. Now I'm not saying anything bad is about to happen to that little Diver but the potential of where this scene could go totally cracks me up. Which always leaves me feeling very satisfied with my card making, LOL!  ;)

Talk at'cha later!   
Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Happy to Sea You set, Make a Splash set and Little Mermaids set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Studio Calico glass slipper
digital stamp- The Greeting Farm (Chibi Diver)
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 2
My Favorite Things stitched speech bubble die
Ranger Stickles eucalyptus
Ranger glossy accents
Sharpie white marker
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, R00, R20
hair- Y32, E23, E35
eyes- YG11, YG07, YG17, C9
swimsuit/flippers/mask- RV06, V05, V09, Y19, BG11
shark- C1, C2, C3, W0, W1
water- BG10, BG11, BG53, Y00, 0
sky- BG000, B01

Monday, May 21, 2018

If you want kindness...

Good morning!

Well, it's the 21st and that means it is time for a new challenge over on the 7 Kids Customers Create Facebook page. Since the "rain" challenge just wrapped up it only makes sense that the next challenge would be all about the "flowers" those showers bring. So pull out a floral stamp, some pretty floral papers or lovely flower embellishments and get crafty! For my inspiration card I inked up the super cute Emma and Aime stamp from Whimsy. The two little fairies sharing the flower were too perfect to pass up. I also grabbed the Echo Park Imagine That paper pad once again because I especially love the pretty floral prints in it and the color scheme is fabulous. I was going to end the floral goodness there but I didn't love how my colored flower turned out so I solved that problem by adhering some Prima flowers right on top of it. That's why I live my life by the Bob Ross mantra, "There are no mistakes, just happy accidents". I am also entering this into the current "anything goes" challenge at the Whimsy Stamps challenge blog.  :)   

Now it's your turn to create something for our "flowers" challenge. As always there is a $20 gift certificate to the 7 Kids store up for grabs and there is so much cool new stuff in there, you gotta check it out!
Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
paper- Echo Park (Imagine That)
stamps- Whimsy Stamps (Emma and Aime), Sugar Pea Designs (Kindness set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Versafine onyx black
My Favorite Things stitched blueprints die
Simon Says Stamp stitched scallop border die
Prima flowers
Kaiser Craft pearl
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E00, E21, E13, E15, R00, R20
hair- B37, B39, 100, G00, BG32, BG53, G02
dress/shoes- BG000, B00, BG11, C2, YG21, YG03, YG95
wings- Y000, YG21, G00, G000
Aime- skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- RV63, RV55, RV66, R21, R32, R35
clothes/shoes- YG21, YG03, YG95, BG000, BG11, E50, E41, E42, R21, R32
wings- Y000, R000, RV52
wand- G0000, BG32, BG53
sky- BG0000, BG000
ground- YG0000, YG00, RV55, R32, BG53, YG03
trees- YG03, YG95

Friday, May 18, 2018

Happy Birthday...


A couple weeks back I was the lucky winner of the April Mood Board challenge at Craftin' Desert Divas and I just had to add this sweet Magical Princess digi to my growing CDD collection. I really wanted to play around with the whole Rapunzel in her tower idea to I scaled the digi down to a smaller size leaving plenty of room to add the scene around her. Rapunzel is printed in a light grey scale so that I could do the no-line coloring technique and I love the dreamy quality this lends to the card. The sentiment from Impression Obsession is a new one that I just had to get since I can relate to the introverting theme. Heck, most of my days are spent interacting with animals more than people, LOL! The pretty pink and green color scheme along with the florals is inspired by the May Mood Board so once again I am entering the challenge.

I hope you have a crafty weekend and I shall see ya on Monday! 
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
digital stamp- Craftin' Desert Divas (Magical Princess)
stamps- Pergamano (birds), Impression Obsession (Introverting set)
ink- Memento desert sand, Studio Calico blush crush and Versafine onyx black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
My Favorite Things stitched flag die
My Favorite Things english brick stencil
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- Y11, YR30, Y32, E53, E33
eyes- YG21, G43, YG63, 110
dress/flowers- RV10, RV13, RV52, RV55, YG03, YG95
birds- B32, B24, R30, R02, E50, YR31
vine- YG00, YG03, YG95
sky/clouds- BG000, Y0000, Y000, C0, 0
tower- N0, N1, N2, N4, W2, W4
trees/bushes- R30, RV10, RV55, YG67 
grass- YG01, YG03, YG25
mountains- BV000, BV00, V20, V25

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Your thoughtfulness touched me...

Good morning!

Dreamerland Crafts' first new release of 2018 is hitting store shelves and I love the new Mix and Match line of clear stamps that they've come out with. If you are a stamper who enjoys creating backgrounds for your characters or have been wanting to try it out but have been too intimidated then these are just what you need! The various elements in the different sets work together so easily and just like that you've got a fantastic scene to color up. For my card today I inked up the brand new Fairy in desert sand and masked her off so she could rest on the large mushroom from the Mushrooms and Grass set. Then I added the row of birch in the distance using the Trees and Leaves 01 set. Coloring up this sweet, magical scene was so much fun and I am so happy with how it all turned out. :)


Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Dreamerland Crafts (Fairy, Mushrooms and Grass set and Trees and Leaves 01 set), Papertrey Ink (sentiment)
ink- Memento desert sand and Versafine onyx black
My Favorite Things Blueprints die
Prima flowers
Kaiser Craft pearls
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- RV10, RV13, Rv25, Y00
eye- BG23, BG57
clothes- Y11, Y21, BV00, BV11, YG25, YG95, YG99, RV00, RV02, RV13, Y02, YR04, RV14, YG25, YG95
wings- Y00, Y02, RV02, V04, V05
mushrooms- E81, E84, 0, R43, R35, R39
sky- B000, B00
trees- E40, E42, W5, YG25, YG67
mountains- BV01, BV02
butterfly- Y17, YR04, E49
grass- YG21, YG23, YG17, YG67