Saturday, June 15, 2019

Heffy Doodle Crafty Friends Card Set

Hello everyone.

Today I have a series of interesting cards for you and a video. I'm using the Heffy Doodle crafty and friend Heffy Cuts Word dies, and a glue bottle stamp and die from the Crafty Friends Stick together set, Simple Stories 6x8 paper from the Crafty Girl pack, and even a little clear vellum from Papertrey Ink.  I really wanted to make a few beautiful, yet simple cards, to make for some of my "Crafty Friends".

These cards incorporated some die layering on the sentiments to create a truly dimensional look.

I hope you will check out my YouTube video of my making this card. I will leave it linked in this post.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

MFT & Friends June Release

Hello everyone. 

I am always excited to be participating in the MFT & Friends' posts. I am a huge fan of Birdie Brown, I’m sure you have heard this before. And this month, I am simply in love with these adorable sea creatures and their punny coordinating sentiments. 

The MFT June Release is LIVE in the shop right now. (CLICK HERE!) to check out the entire release. You can also (CLICK HERE!) to see the MFT & Friends post with tons of inspiration for this release. 

Today I have two projects for you both using the NEW Friends with Fins stamp set and coordinating dies from My Favorite Things and Birdie Brown. This set has whales and dolphins and an absolutely adorable shark that I just had to color. I actually cut him out and stuck him onto a collage I’ve been creating behind the scenes here in my craft room. The other images found their way onto this adorable oversized card. 

This card actually measures around 4 1/4 by 7. I never actually measured it. I just assumed I would have to us a big old envelope to send it in.  I was inspired to create it with the MFT Pop Up Wiper Card Components that are also being released today. I used the long wave border die in that set to create the seamless waves on the top of my card. This was so easy because of the length of this die. 

Before cutting the waves into the top of that panel, I did use my Nuvo Blender brushes to ink blend some Distress Oxide Inks for the water and the sandy ocean bottom. I used  Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, and Tumbled Glass for the water, and the sandy ocean bottom was created with Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy. 

Once I saw how good the background looked, I needed to do more ink blending so I ink blended four additional smaller panels to use as well. I  used the NEW MFT Under the Sea dies with them to add to the underwater environment.  For those panels I used...

  • Teal - Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough, and Peacock Feathers
  • Purple - Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac
  • Coral - Abandoned Coral and Ripe Persimmon
  • Gray - Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, and Black Soot

Once the panels were all inked. I used one of the colors from each blend to add a little bit of splatter with the Ranger Splatter Brush and an acrylic block. I just simply add some ink to the acrylic block and dip my brush in. Re-inkers are fabulous for this technique. It gives you a lot of ink to play with.  I rub the bristles over against the block over my project and try to direct the splatter onto the backgrounds the best I can. The Ranger Splat Box helps me contain my mess, but I have used an old diaper box for this in the past as well.  

Since I already had my splat box out, I decided to cover them with shimmer as well. I used Imagine Crafts Frost and Sparkle shimmer spritz as well as Hero Arts White Iridescent spray to make all of the panels shine before die cutting them. 

I then used MFT’s Extreme Black Ink to stamp the images from the Friends with Fins stamp set onto Neenah 110 lb Solar White Cardstock. I used my Copic Markers to color them. I also added a bit of shading with my Faber Castell Gold Faber Colored pencils. 

I added the images and the die cuts onto the background with either Nuvo Deluxe Liquid adhesive or Scotch 3M Foam Tape.  I almost forgot the bubbles!  The bubbles are also from the Friends with Fins coordinating dies. I cut them from the lightest parts of the blue ink blended background that I used for the water. We are just going to pretend these fish are talking amongst themselves for this scene. 

I stamped the “ I would cross and ocean for you” sentiment  with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink and heat embossed it with Ranger White embossing powder.  I quickly trimmed it down with my Fiskars wire guide paper trimmer. 

I also added some Gelly Roll Stardust pen to the hearts and I coated them with a layer of Nuvo Crystal Glaze. 

My second card is super simple, but really fun. Does anyone remember the fish from finding Nemo that could work together to transform themselves into just about anything? Well, that was my inspiration for this card.  

I used my Brother Scan N Cut to cut out the shape of a heart out of Avery repositionable label material. I placed it onto a piece of Neenah 110 lb Cardstock. I loaded an acrylic block with the two solid cluster of fish images  from the Friends with Fins stamp set and stamped them repeatedly with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink.  After every couple of stamps, I coated them with Wow Under the Sea embossing glitter. Once the heart was completely filled in, I heated up the fish with my Wagner heat tool to finish the embossing. 

I removed the heart shaped mask and added a sentiment strip made from Papertry Ink’s Tranquil Tide cardstock.  I stamped the “sending you an ocean of love”  with the same embossing ink and Ranger White embossing powder.  This sentiment was also trimmed with my paper trimmer. 

I hope you enjoyed my projects for today. If you would like to see more from this release or see more inspiration (CLICK HERE!)  to visit My Favorite Things online store and blog. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, 


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Memory Box Unboxing and Project Share

Hello everyone.

I have an awesome NEW video for you today. Memory Box reached out to me and asked me if I wanted to play with a few of their products so that my followers could see some of their stuff. Of course I said yes. I have loved using Memory Box products as well as their sister companies Birch Press Designs and Poppy Stamps. I couldn't wait to get my hands on these Fish Tales stamp sets to make a card.

To find out more about what Memory Box has to offer (CLICK HERE!) but be warned!!! You will immediately fall in love.

I have a video project as well as another card that I created off camera. I still have so many ideas, be on the look out for more card projects featuring these items.

Here is a link to the video I created showing off all of the supplies that were sent to me. Some of them I picked out myself and some of them are newer products that they thought my followers would enjoy seeing. I loved everything that was sent to me and I want to personally thank them choosing me for this collaboration.

As for the second project I created, I started with four pieces of Neenah 110 lb cardstock cut to 4 1/4 by 5 1/2. I usually keep these close by because it is my most used cardstock. I decided that I was going to ink blend on these panels. I wanted the blend to be as smooth as possible and I wanted them to be as alike as possible.

I choose Distress Oxide ink in Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Mermaid Lagoon. This combination is similar to the ink colors used on the project in the video above, only with this one, I used Antique Linen and Brushed Corduroy, these are my favorite "sand" colors.

I made sure to ink blend all four panels as similarly as possible. To get a very smooth blend I used Ranger Ink Blending tools for this, and I love the way these look and I think it will set the perfect seascape background. They were each cut down to 3 1/2 by 4 3/4.

Once the backgrounds were well dried (only a few mins needed), I used the Underwater Collage, Seaweed Collage, and Coral Collage dies to cut from the panels. I lined them each up towards the center of one of the panels, leaving the fourth panel alone to serve as the background for the others to be built upon.

I used a Simon Says Stamp Fog cardstock card base cut to size A2 in top folding orientation. I adhered the background panel first with Scotch double sided tape. I then used Scotch foam tape to pop up each additional panel stacking them and lining them up the best I could. I makes the perfect little dimensional scene for your critters to live in. The coral, seaweed, and bubbles all add to the theme of the card.

For my images, I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp several of the lined images from the Memory Box Fish Tales stamp set. I used my We R Memory Keepers Precision Press to stamp them. I used an alcohol marker friendly ink because I wanted to play with my new to me Nuvo Alcohol Markers. I chose 5, three color blends to color my fish. I have made a Nuvo Alcohol Marker Color Map so that you can see the makers I used plus a close up of the card for reference.

I adhered the fish on the interior sections using Nuvo Deluxe Liquid adhesive. To pop up the fish on the outside of the die cut panels I used the same Scotch Foam Tape.

I also used foam tape to pop up the sentiment strip. I stamped the sentiment "let minnow how things are going" with Nuvo Clear Mark embossing ink onto a piece of Lawn Fawn Black Licorice cardstock and heat embossed it using Ranger White embossing powder. I cut it down using my Fiskars wire guide paper trimmer.

To see more from Memory Box (CLICK HERE!). All of my supplies used on these projects are linked below using Affiliate links when available, at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting our crafty community.

I hope that you enjoyed my projects today. I hope you all are having a wonderful Memorial Weekend with your families. Thank you for visiting my blog today.