Friday, July 21, 2017

Newton's Nook - Cuppa Cactus

Hey everyone.  It's Dana with you today.  I'm sharing with you the cutest stamp set from Newton's Nook Designs.  This adorable Cuppa Cactus stamp set is one of my fav coffee themed sets so far on the market.

I'm a little snarky before my coffee so I love the sentiments as well.  For my card today I stamped out this prickly little cactus on Crafter's Companion Ultra Smooth Premium card stock and colored up  with my Copic markers. Next I die cut it with a stitched arched die cut.  I stamped out the sentiment in a light rose color in instead of harsh black to keep my card on the softer side.  I loved the paper from the American Crafts Happy Place 6x6 paper pad and I knew it would work awesome with this image.  I layered everyone on a light pink card base and added a trio of soft colored DIY enamel dots.

This stamp set and paper pad work so well together.  You can make beautiful cards pairing them for cards, tags and even scrapbook layouts.  I hope you enjoyed your visit here today.  Linked below are some of the items I used for the project that you can pick up over at Drive By Crafts.  Now go enjoy your favorite cup of coffee (or tea) :-) and have a great day everyone!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Altering a Stamp's Image with MFT Stamps' Beary Big Adventure

Hello, again!  It's Andrea here with you today.  I have two cards that, at first, may look identical, but are actually a little different because I altered the stamp's image on one of them.

Created for Drive by Crafts

I think this cute bear from MFT Stamp's Beary Big Adventure is perfectly adorable as drawn.  However, I needed a card for a male and did not think the bear with a flower on her headband was very masculine.  By masking the flower before stamping and then drawing in a few lines with a black marker afterward, I was able to create a boy bear with the same stamp!  All of the images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Copics.

Created for Drive by Crafts

Have you checked out the new colors of Distress Oxide ink?  They're gorgeous!  I used some of them on my backgrounds.  The sky was ink-blended with Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans, and Seedless Preserves, and I used Peeled Paint and Lucky Clover on the grass.  I flicked some water on the ink-blended panels and blotted it with a paper towel.  The grassy hill was die-cut with MFT Stamp's Stitched Scallop Basic Edge die and adhered to the sky.  Then I die-cut the entire panel with a stitched rectangle die.  

Created for Drive by Crafts

 After adhering my backgrounds to white cards, I arranged my stamped images on top, popping up the bears with foam tape.  I heat-embossed a sentiment from Beary Big Adventure onto a strip of white cardstock, bannered both ends and added that to my card front.  For some sparkle I added clear Zig Wink of Stella to the bears' noses and some Diamond Stickles to the sky.

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope I've encouraged you to try altering (temporarily, of course!) a stamp's image to get the look you want.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Crazy Cat...

Happy Hello Everyone..
Annette Allen here with you today.

Today I am getting crafty with...

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This card was so fun and easy to create. First I used the Echo Park Paper Co: Balloons Stencil and Ranger: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick and Spiced Marmalade to create this fun background. Just go crazy with the color there are no rules. Next I die cut this fun Neat & Tangled: Box Nice and Neat Die and filled it with some awesome American Crafts: Dear Lizzy Colorful Confetti and Glitter Tubes. Colored my image with Copic markers and that is it. Simple and sweet.

Have fun mixing all your products there are no rules to just using one company when it comes to all the goodies out there. I love pulling everything together. Plus I use more of my crafty stuff when I do so. 

Thanks for stopping by.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Wild Birthday! II

Helloooo, crafters! I'm featuring a birthday card for Drive By Crafts, today!

OK, I can not get enough of these adorable animals in Lawn Fawn's Wild for You stamp set; each image is just darling! Now, if you know my design style, I love to combine stamp sets. So, for this card, I did just that so I could have a fun birthday party scene - I pulled in some other Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Elphie Selphie (& it's coordinating die set), and two older sets - Let's Play and Critters in the Jungle.

The images are stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and colored with Copic markers. I painted Zig Clear Wink of Stells onto all the birthday hats, and I painted Yellow Wink of Stella onto the candles' flames.

The light green grass and light blue sky are papers from Lawn Fawn's 6x6 WaterColor Wishes paper pack. The front and inside zig-zag die cuts are from Lawn Fawn's Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables set, and the grasses are die cut using Lawn Fawn's Simple Grassy Hillside die set and one from their Meadow Borders die set. 

I am totally getting into sprucing up the insides of my cards, too; just a little something goes a long way and it's a nice final touch for your special card.

 Have a fantastic day, crafters!