Saturday, January 28, 2017

Easter Bunny Card

I'm jumping the gun a bit here with this next card. During the month of February, we have a fun stamp of the month set aptly titled "Easter Bunny". 

Paper: Hello Lovely, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Easter Bunny (CTMH)
Inks: Juniper (CTMH), Black (Memento)
Tools: ShinHan Alcohol Markers, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer, Glue Pen (CTMH)
Other: Grey Enamel Gems (CTMH)

I think because the ink lines are just a bit wider for this stamp, it allowed the ink to fuzz just a bit when applying color with the alcohol markers. In any case, I will likely just use clear embossing powder to heat set the rest of my images with this particular stamp set. I prefer embossed images, anyway. (Much easier to stay in the lines with, too!)

Easter always seems to sneak up on me before I'm quite ready for it, so I wanted to get a jump on a couple of prototypes for my cards, this year. Isn't that bunny just the sweetest?

Have a great day!


Friday, January 27, 2017

A Beehive Card

I really can't take credit for this next card. It was scraplifted from one I saw on Pinterest. The original was created by Marlene.

Paper: Paper Fundamentals Whimsy (retired), Chocolate CS, Glacier CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Tools: Cricut Create A Critter, Micro-Tip Scissors, Chalk Pen, Glue Pen (CTMH)
Other: 3d Foam Tape, Smoothie Bakers Twine (retired) (CTMH)

I created this card as another prototype for my son's Valentines this year. He also declined to use it. I thought it would be different than everyone else's, but he doesn't like to be different, I guess. Hornets are the school's logo, too. Pfft. Oh well. You can guess what I will be doing for the next couple of weeks....

Thanks for stopping by. Hope your weekend is crafty!


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Koala Cutie It's Your Day Card

If you like koala bears, you will like this next card. Also, be sure to check out 2 other cards I made with this set earlier in the month (January, 2017).

Paper: Dreamin' Big, Black CS, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Cute Koalas, Flower Market sentiments (CTMH)
Inks: Black (Memento), Juniper (CTMH)
Tools: Paper-Piercer, Micro-Tip Scissors, Glue Pen, Shinhan Alcohol Markers (CTMH)
Other: Clear Sparklers (CTMH)

I love this paper from the Dreamin' Big collection. There is so much you can do with it. I picture baby, boy, girl, zoo, bug, and outdoors themes. In fact, I plan to use it to scrap some vacation pictures from our trip to Busch Gardens and Billy Swamp Safari last winter. 

Thank you for stopping by. Hope your day is crafty.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dreamin Big Koala Card

I was inspired by artwork that is featured in the current Seasonal Expressions 1 book. I do not own the stamp set they used, but as I sat looking at it, I thought that my koala stamp set would fit it perfectly. 

Paper: Dreamin' Big, Enchantment Paper Fundamentals, Hello Lovely, White Daisy CS (CTMH)
Stamps: Cute Koalas (retired), Finding the Words (CTMH)
Inks: Juniper, Black (CTMH)
Tools: Shinhan Alcohol Markers, Glue Pen, Micro-Tip Scissors, Paper-Piercer (CTMH)
Other: Grey Enamel Gems (CTMH)

I wish that this stamp set wasn't retired. I've used it a couple of times already. It reminds me of my favorite stuffed animal I had as a baby...a fuzzy koala bear that had felt tip ears and paws. It was pretty ragged after so many years, and my parents lost it in a move years back. But I still carry the memory of it.

Stay tuned for another card tomorrow with this same stamp set.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

NBUS9 Valentine Card

Good morning. I hope that I can continue to inspire you. I have been finding time, mostly on the weekends, to craft.

Today, I would like to share with you a Valentine's Day card I created as a proto-type for my daughter's class. However, the response in her words: "Mom, we did cats last year." Sigh. Cats are so last year. 8 years old....

Paper: Happy Times (retired), Slate CS, White Daisy CS, Blush CS (retired), Hollyhock CS (retired), Whisper CS (CTMH)
Stamp: Friendly Pets (retired) (CTMH)
Ink: Black (Memento)
Tools: Cricut Art Philosophy, Cricut Create A Critter, Micro-Tip Scissors, Glue Pen (CTMH)
Other: 3d Foam Tape (CTMH)

I have not used this cat image before, but thought it would be fun to combine a cricut cut with a stamped sentiment. I also just cut into that patterned paper with the gold foil print.

It's probably just as well that she declined this as her classroom cards; it would have been terribly time consuming. 

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by. Have a great day.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Hello Some Kinda Wonderful Layout

I scraplifted this from next page from a layout featured in the current Seasonal Expressions. Since I used some of the embellishments already, I decided to use my Cricut to cut out the hearts and the title. You may not have even noticed. 

I had scraps left from Some Kinda Wonderful, so I decided to add in the paper fundamentals blue dot design. This page will work with just about any theme. In case you are wondering, I cut the circle at 9", and then did my best to center it just before cutting. Maybe there's a feature on the Explore that allows me to center, but I didn't want to take the time to find it. I then hand-stitched around the circle. I really like how it turned out. 

Happy crafting!


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Baby Shower Welcome Baby Layout

Here is the final page in the baby shower album I created for my brother and sister-in-law. After much debate about how I should end the book, I decided that it would be fun to include a picture of baby after she is born. That way, years from now, she will know how she was celebrated.

This page was inspired by a layout featured in the 2016-2017 Annual Inspirations book. Instead of elephants, I used the owls we decorated the shower with. I cut the banner in Cricut Design Space and glued them together. "Welcome" was stamped with a retired Hello Life stamp set I bought last year. I just love how this turned out.

Thanks for following me on this journey. I'm sure you will see Baby Lauren featured again this year. :)