Manly Birthday

Today we celebrated my father-in-laws birthday. I noticed I really don’t have any manly stamps. I mostly have “cute” stamps and that just wasn’t going to work. I have maybe one or two sets that could pass for a man card but that’s about it. So I dusted off an old Stampin’ Up set that I bought years ago to make this super quick card.

Very Manly

I also don’t have many “happy birthday” stamps. I really don’t know why either. That’s something that I should have. I need to make a “must have” list! I thought “grateful” was appropriate and I really like the script font on that stamp. I stamped the main image in versamark ink and heat embossed it in gold. I did color on color for the green strip and then did a versamark image it the background just because I thought it needed something else. Super quick, super simple card!

Embossed in gold

Paper: All Stampin’ Up. I used Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla. The stamp set is Noble Deer and the sentiment is from Small Script. I also used very vanilla grosgrain ribbon. The embossing powder is from Stampendous and it’s gold tinsel.





Birthday Princess

My friend’s little girl turned 3 a month or so back and I wanted to get her a little something. At the time, I figured it would be so much easier to just buy a card- so I did. Then when I went to wrap the gift, I couldn’t find the envelope. Instead of just making a new envelope because honestly, I just didn’t think of it at the time, I decided to make a card instead. I’m sure the small fact that I had just gotten my super cute stamps from The Greeting Farm and was itching to use them! Of course after I made the new card, I found the envelope for the original. *sigh*

I used Princess Anya for this card. Isn’t she a cutie? Love these stamps!

Princess Anya

I used Stampin’ Up paper, as always except for the white. The white paper is from Paper Trey Ink. Colored Paper: Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum, and Blushing Bride DP. I threw on some eggplant grosgrain ribbon also from Stampin’ Up. It’s not a perfect match, but you can’t see much of the plum paper so I thought it worked.

I colored her in with my prismacolor pencils and OMS. I used PC927, PC939, PC1018, PC928, PC1082, PC947, PC935, PC996, PC988 and PC1012.

I added some cotton candy stickles to her crown to give it some bling, and I added some frosted lace stickles to the wand.

See the bling?

I really like the purple and green in this one. I have to work on the brown hair color combos a bit but I think she came out cute. As long as it brought a smile to Princess Sami’s face, my goal was accomplished!

The best is yet to be

I made this card for my in-laws wedding anniversary last August. They are the cutest couple ever! They have been married for 48 years and are still so, so sweet together! I just love them. I thought the sentiment was cute because the best is ALWAYS yet to be! Even after all those years 🙂 Ok, enough with the sappy stuff 🙂

Happy Anniversary!

Again all the paper is from Stampin’ Up. Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The stamps are also Stampin’ Up. I used baroque motifs, en francis..I’ll have to get back to you on which one the sentiment is from. The ribbon is from Stampin’ Up as well as is the punch that made the border.

To make the flower, I punched 20 scallop circles in patterned paper and plain pink paper. Crumbled them up into balls to get them all wrinkly, unfolded them and stacked them together. I put a gemstone brad in the middle and stuck it to the front of the card. Cute and super, super simple to make! I did another variation in blue and brown as well but liked the pink one better.

I did manage to find the blue one in my card box, so you can see that one too.

In blue!

Same idea, the sentiment on this one was punched out on an oval and popped up with a pop dot. I didn’t use this one because even though I popped the sentiment up, I think it kind of got lost in the busy background. I still like it and who knows who will get it one day!

Tilda take 2!

I finally imported my blog from blogger to wordpress. I have another wordpress blog and haven’t had any problems with it. Blogger was causing me all sorts of problems, and I am sure most of them were user errors but it got annoying nonetheless.

I made a card tonight. I don’t really care for it but decided I am going to post it anyway, regardless if I like the outcome or not.

To those that asked me, here are the supplies that I use to color my stamps. That is, when I am using prismacolor pencils.

I have the 120 count Prismacolors

There are 3 trays like this

Odorless Mineral Spirits, I got this at Michael's

Blending Stumps, I also got these at Michael's

This is what the package for the stumps look like

And of course, the stamp! This is Lady Tilda from Magnolia. I also use Memento Tuxedo Black ink

I knew I wanted to use this stamp and I had an idea that I wanted to make her dress pink. Originally I was going to make her a blonde but that didn’t work with the pink and yellow combo I had for her dress, so she ended up a brunette.

I made my own color chart in excel so that I could match my paper with my pencils. There are templates that you can download but I didn’t really like any of them, so I made my own.

The template of all the colors

And a close up so you get the idea

Aside from the white paper, which is from Paper Trey Inc, all the paper I used is from Stampin’ Up. Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette, Barely Banana, and Bella Rose DP.

Lady Tilda all colored and pretty

I used PC927, PC939, PC928, PC1003, PC1018, PC1012, PC930, PC908, PC1082 and PC947.

I added some cotton candy stickles to her crown because every girl needs some bling!

I used some dark brown ribbon that was left over from my wedding, although it looks black in this picture -sorry, and some prima’s to give it something. I used heat set pearls as flower centers and on the corners of the card.

The finished project!

It’s a little on the plain side. It needs a sentiment but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to put so I left it blank. I still think it needs something else but I’m not sure what and I’m tired so I give up for now. I know the picture isn’t great, I’ll have to work on that!

It’s been awhile….

since I last posted! Yikes! I really didn’t mean for that to happen. I got into copic markers a year or so ago and really don’t have that many yet. They are pretty expensive, and my dog happened to eat 6 of them when he busted out of his crate; but that’s another story for another day! I realized that I only had a few color combos and that made coloring pretty boring. I mean really, how many times can you use the same exact colors?? So I decided to try Prismacolor colored pencils with gamsol, or odorless mineral spirits. I actually use Mona Lisa from Michael’s. While I still like the copics better, the pencils have been fun to mess around with. I stamp and color an image just about every day but usually don’t like them so they don’t end up here. I promised some friends that I would do a blog post with step by step pictures of how I color.

Today I colored Japanese Tilda from Magnolia. I have a small obsession with all things Japanese. (Except for sake, blah!)I finally got this little cutie in the mail a few weeks ago and have been dying to ink her up! I went with a color scheme for paper that I just ordered today. I won’t know for sure how it matches until I get it but hopefully it’s close. Once I get her on a card, I’ll post that.

Isn’t she the cutest? LOVE this stamp! It might actually be my new favorite!

First I colored her face and hand in light peach

Then I blended that and added some peach as a shadow and added some pink to her cheeks

I colored her dress yellow because when I think of this little cutie, I think of bright colors!

I added some blue and pink to go with my paper, or so I hope! I also started on her hair.

Hair is probably the biggest pain in the tail to get just right. Black hair is the easiest, at least I think anyway. You just lay down some color and blend it out and keep doing that until you get the right shade of black that you want and its all shiny.

A second layer of black, but you can see it’s still not quite dark enough so I’ll have to add another.

All done! I’ll probably add some highlights with my white gel pen once I actually get ready to add this to a card. I’ll post that when I get it done. I’m not sure if you can see it, but I did add some stickles to her dress and the flowers to give it some bling.

Prismacolor Pencils used: PC928, PC927, PC939, PC908, PC940, PC930, PC906, PC935