My First Design Team Post!


A happy Monday greetings to you dear friends! I hope your weekend was a relaxing one. It gives me great pleasure to announce that I am now on the Design Team for the Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge, which means new card every Monday from me. Oh what fun! Won't you come along and join me?

What better way to kick start off my first week as the new DT than that with my all time favorite theme -Anything Goes!

A quick few rules for those new to the challenge:

The sentiment must appear on the front of the card or project to be eligible.
Non-card project acceptable as long as the sentiment is visible on the outside
An image is NOT required on your card
1 entry per week only

Our lovely sponsor for this week is Deedee's Digis. Oh I have so much fun working with this cute butterfly from the Bugs & Blooms set!  I love butterflies and this has got to be the CUTEST digi critter I've ever seen!  Don't you agree?  I hope you'll swing over to Deedee's shop and take a look at  her amazing digis and grab a couple for yourself.  Digis are so much fun to work with and great for the wee ones too!  I should know for whenever I do craft projects with my kids, I grab for my digis.

I framed the turquoise cardstock (from my stash) and orange pattern paper (from the Bugs & Blooms set) onto the base-card using Lil' Inker Designs' dual dotted rectangle dies.

Whenever I see butterflies, a garden comes to mind.  So I decided to create a flower garden for this little critter using the digi floral pattern paper from the set and popped the white fence (Memory Box) over it.  It has been a while since I work with this die fence.  So nice to pull it out again.

Oh do I just love snipping out images with my scissor!  But to get this precise cutting right to the ink, I used these two tools: craft knife and a mini curve sewing scissor.  The curve scissor is a must have for that ease of cutting around curve areas like these antennas.

The sentiment on my sun, also from the set, I cut out using Spellbinder's classic circle and colored in with Copic.  Next, for the "ray," I cut out stripes from the left-over pattern paper and adhesive to the back with double-size adhesive.  This is a great way to add some element of fun to the card while clearing out your stash at the same time!  

Copic colors combo:

bug: E50, Y32, Y21, BG01, B00, B000
bug's nose and antennas: Black 110
sun: Y00, Y17, Y15
flower: Y00, Y17, Y15, Y13 and outline petals in W00 for shadow

I do hope you can come join us in this week Anything Goes fun challenge.  It would be so lovely to see you and your amazing creations in our Outlawz Monday Greetings challenge group!  

Thank you so much friends for sharing your day with me.  Please swing back on by tomorrow, Tuesday  September 1st, for a FUN tutorial on how to create a "Color Me and Snack Me" Milk Carton.  

Soft spot for Power Poppy's Blooms


Hello sweet friends!  I'm back a bit sooner than anticipated.  I was planning to put aside cardmaking until end of month to enjoy last summer fun with my kids.  But when I found out Passionate Paper Creations Facebook group is celebrating Power Poppy this weekend, I couldn't resist and had to pulled out my Copic and join the fun.  What can I say?!  I have a soft spot for all the gorgeous Power Poppy's blooms. 

This breath-taking digi is calls Garden Fireworks which I paired up with the sentiment from the Go Wild clear stamp set.   I have to say, though I favorite many of Power Poppy's blooms, this one got to be my most favorite!  I LOVE gardening and this is one gorgeous, tranquil garden Marcella has ever created!

I colored with Copic markers and cut out the image to a 5X5 frame. We always get lots of butterflies to our garden. So I decided to popped a tiny butterfly on the center poppy to capture that, but keeping the butterfly white so the focus is all on the blooms instead. Next, I cut out the 5.25X5.25 turquoise cardstock, TWICE for added dimension. This way the card will still get mail safely flat while adding dept to the card. I love this technique rather than using foam tape. I don't have to worry that the card get damaged during the shipping transit. Finally, I adhesive the layering onto a white, heavy-weight card base which I've cut to 5.50X5.50 card size. Then, for a finished touch, I added the fence border die, cut 3X, after colored in grass.

Aren't these blooms breath-taking?! I fell in love with the blue that Cheryl of CherylQuilts (one of Power Poppy's lovely Instant Gardener Digi Release designer) used on her alliums.  So I tried to replicate the colors.  But I didn't have all the right colors.  So I just went with the shades of blue that I have instead and added white dots to the center of the flower using white pigment pen. Besides, I could never made my blooms as gorgeous as Cheryl.  I think she must have born with Copic markers in her hand!  Ha-ha.  She's also the reason why I have such a soft spot for all these Power Poppy's blooms.  Her works are such an inspiration to me.  I decided to make the card POP by making the poppies deep red while keeping the catnips a softer violet.

OH here are photos of the sunflowers from our work-in-progress vegetable garden.  And there is me sitting there coloring up the Sunflower Power digi! Talk about taking it outside for colors inspiration!  Ha-ha.

Thank you friends for sharing your day with me.  Have a lovely and blessed new week!  For those with children heading back to school on the week of the 24th, enjoy the last minutes of summer fun with them while you still can.  

Supplies List:

stamps image & sentiment: instant garden digi (Power Poppy) and Go Wild clear stamp set (Power Poppy)
dies: fence border (Impression Obsessions); magical butterflies (Creative Expressions)
copic colors: B00, B12, RV25, R46, R89, BV000, RV13, BV11, YG00, YG03, G21, G24, G43, G46
pigment ink pen - white

Masking With Digital Stamp + Wedding Anniversary Card


Hello sweet friends!   Can you believe how fast time flew?  Nine years ago from tomorrow, August 5th, in the presence of our Lord, families and friends, my sweet hubby and I said our "I DO!"  This is my anniversary card for my DH and I want to share it a day early since I will be logging off from blogging and spend last minutes summer fun with my kids before they resume school in 2 weeks!

I want to recreate a fond memory piece from our Hawaii honeymoon trip.  So I combined digi image Tiddly Inks' You and Me  with MakeItCrafty's Enchanted Waterfall  digi.

I should have used white card-stock for my base layer rather than the black for better visual of the embossing detail which I used the Dotted Lattice from Taylored Expression.

Recreating the scene

To recreate the scene, I first reformatted the waterfall image in Paint software by erasing out the area where the couple image would go and save it as a temporary image.  Next, I pulled in the couple and the reformatted waterfall image into Microsoft Word.  Finally, I added a text box on the front of the rock and typed in my sentiment.  Saved and print.  Here are the steps:

How to make photo corner

Using Spellbinders Nestabilities Template 7 Classic Squares, I used the two smallest square to create the photo corner inserts.  Here's the steps and a better view of what the dotted lattice embossing texture looks like which I also used on the base layer.

Copic Color Combo/Materials Used:

skin: E21, E50, E51
lady's clothing: RV000, RV02, RV10, RV11
man's clothing: E41, E42, E44, E50, E84, W00, W1, W2
shoes: E41, E42, E44, E50
hair: copic mutli-liner pen 0.3 tip 
plants: E21, E24, E84, RV000, RV11, RV13, YG000
tree: YG000, G21, G24, Foliage G48
waterfall/water: B000, B32, B34
rocks: N0, N2, N4, E30, E31, E33, E44

Base-card layer:
embossed the black and turquoise card-stock with Taylored Expressions' Dotted Lattice

Photo corner inserts:
die cut, embossed and then mounted with mounting tapes

Other accessories:
Sizzix Big Shot, score-board, paper trimmer, double-sided adhesive

I will be back at the end of this month to share a new card. Until then, I wish you and your family a wonderful rest of your summer and happy August friends!