Today for Bugaboo’s Anything But a Card Monday, I am featuring one of the new Chibi Snowmen to create a giftbag topper. I found a die to create this topper in my stash and created an awesome gift “wrap” with Dollar Tree bags, this was a win all around – I love it!
I hope you are inspired to make some bag toppers too – you could easily create something like this without a die. I will take it as a challenge myself to try that out – will you? If need images, Bugaboo has so many cute Christmas images that are perfect for a project like this!
Happy Saturday! I hope you had a great week – mine was hectic but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel 🙂
I have two cards to share today.
For the first one, I had so much fun playing with a 12×12 stencil, 12×12 watercolor paper, and the Vintage Van set. I have several background pages from this play session so you may see it again and again. I used different inks on them so they look somewhat different but I was trying to create a “groovy” look haha and I think I achieved it with the Brushos. What do you think?
Since the paper was 12×12, I decided to create a slimline card9″x3.5″ approximately…I colored the image with Copic markers and used a sentiment from All About You – super fun card!
For My second card, I stamped the image directly onto a Dessert Sand card base and colored it with polychromos pencils. To create texture and interest, I used distress oxides and a peace sign embossing folder to create a light, messy background. This one turned out pretty fun too!
I hope you are inspires to add texture and dimension using the tools you have. Stencils and Embossing folders are perfect for this!
Have you had the opportunity to play with the new Winter Gnomes yet? They are so adorable and so much fun to color.
I used Copics to color my sweet image in fun purpley blues and bright greens and added a simple sentiment from the Christmas Wordfetti set. I went clean and simple but textured for the background. I love this one.
First I set up a Word document and added my images in as many rows and columns as I could fit (they are approximately 1.4″ x 1″.) I thought it would fun to just fill up the page using the left side of the image (what they are peeking from) as a guide for the place the “TO” and “FROM” would be written once placed on a freshly wrapped Christmas image.
I did so really quick coloring using colored pencils. I really had to keep myself from spending too much time with shading and perfection. These are tags and they will be ripped off and tossed. I did use a couple of pencil shades for each color to give it a little depth but again – quick!!
I the used a die cut to cut out little rectangles but you could easily cut them with your paper trimmer too. I just loved the little stitch lines and wanted to dress my tags up a little and it didn’t take too too long (sometimes I just can’t help myself haha!) In an hour of television I had a batch of tags – I am pretty happy about that – hopefully I don’t forget where they are come December (sigh).
For my challenge today at SplitCoast Stampers, I have a DIY stencil/ stamp technique. You could definitely use a stencil but this would be a great way to stretch you simple shaped dies and this way you have masks as well but more on that in a minute…
I first took a few circle dies and placed them on a piece of card stock in a random pattern leaving a bit of a blank spot at the bottom corner so I could add a sentiment. I kept the circles to use in the technique. YOU can use any shape dies you would like!
Now I have a stencil and masks.
I created an ink smooshed background to use as the base for my project and grabbed a fun Christmas Text Background to stamp through my stencil. You can use any stamp you want to but it should probably not have a lot of open space as that will likely get lost in translation…
I placed the stencil on top of my inked background and filled in all the masks but one. I inked up my background stamp and stamped the empty circle.
I replaced the mask in the stamped circle and repeated the process on all my circles. (Note: If you don’t use a stamping tool, make sure you put enough pressure on the stamp that it gets good contact with your paper even though the stencil raises it up off the paper a bit.)
After I inked my background stamp in all of the circles, I went back with a blender tool and inked a little more color into the uncovered circles so they would stand out a bit more. I also decided to trace around the circle with a black pen. So far, the stencils have been great for a lot of steps in the process.
Finally, I removed the stencil, stamped a sentiment into the corner and mounted my piece onto a base. It is pretty fun. It was super simple, and I stretched my supplies in new ways – Win, Win – right??
The Creative Worship Bible Journaling theme for July is Unity. My challenge is to “get on the same page” and create a bookmark.
I followed along with a Jennifer Mcguire tutorial and created a corner bookmark that I used to decorate a card. After the card has done its job and given someone a reason to smile, the bookmark can be removed and inserted into your Bible. In order for me to explain how this all fits with the theme (for me) let me give you some background… I have been sending happy mail over the last few weeks and just trying to encourage people I know might need a little lift. I believe that in order to have unity, we have to encourage and love one another so if you feel like making 2 bookmarks (one for you and one to share) you will have the spirit of this challenge for sure!
For my project today, I used the new set called True Beauty The flowers are beautiful but the sentiments make me smile out loud!! I chose Be•YOU•tiful as my sentiment because it made me think of my great grandmother. I can hear her now…. “beauty is only skin deep and as long as you are as pretty on the inside as your are on the outside, you will make God smile…”
While Ephesians 2:8–9 remind us that we are saved by grace through faith and it is nothing we have done, but it is a gift from God – good works didn’t play a roll in our salvation! Ephesians 2:10, however, answers the question of what to do after we find salvation. God God calls us His workmanship. We have been “created in Christ Jesus for good works” and though good works do not give us salvation, they are definitely meant to be the result of salvation.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Here is the card I made in my LIVE. This one will be mailed as happy mail tomorrow! I added a little background stamping to make less white space but still be CAS. I also added highlights with a white pencil.
Here is my second card I pulled out the melon color in my flowers on this one.
Here is how you pull the bookmark off the card to use.
Here is a close up of the bookmark on the page.
I hope you are inspired and I would love to see your bookmarks!!
Happy Thursday! Today I am sharing a quick and simple set of post cards featuring AKV Moving Truck.
My sister just moved to a new home and she is a teacher so these AKV (A Kids View) images are just up her alley!
I printed 4 to a page so I could cut my cardstock into quarters then rounded the corners for fun. Since these were a bulk make, I did very simple coloring – mostly shades of warm grays with just a few pops of color on the head and tail lights and the person’s face. I even made some without coloring and they were adorable too!
I tied them with ribbon and gave her these and a hydrangea plant for her new yard as a house warming gift (oh yeah…and I helped unpack – best sister ever! :))
I hope you are inspired to create some fun post cards of your own. Bugaboo has lots of fun images that would work!
Today I get to host the Technique Lover’s Challenge at SplitCoast and I have been playing around with a fun oldie but goodie – All the way from TLC10, I am doing the Joseph’s Coat Technique but with some of my current products – meaning Distress Oxides :). This is super fun and pretty quick but I made a video to show the process. You can find it HERE.
I played around with several backgrounds but only got one card completed haha – this is what I made from the video background.
I hope you are inspired to join the challenge and create some fun backgrounds – be warned it is a little messy and a lot addictive 🙂
I am just beginning my Valentine making month – I am not sure when I started this but I think I am a better Valentine sender than Christmas card sender. I send them to all my kiddos (and my mamaw haha) so they can get happy mail.
Today’s cards feature the brand new LOTS OF LOVE stamp from Sweet N Sassy. These stamp images are so sweet and so adorable! I have them all colored up on my desk just needing to be fussy cut and put on a card. Every time I look at one, I think it is my favorite and then I look at another and think it is my favorite. I just can’t decide! Can they all be my favorite?
My First card is a clean and simple card. Since I love CAS but sometimes fear all the white spaces, I decided to cheat and use a Valentine embossing folder on the background. Then I fussy cut the kitty (colored with polychromos colored pencils) popped it on the panel with some fun foam and rounded the corners for a finishing touch. Easy Peasy!
My second today uses the Pig (I think this is really my favorite. 🙂 For this card, I used some fun designer paper for the background. That’s twice this week I have used designer paper – if only the stash would dwindle (sigh))! I fussy cut and adhered the pig (colored with Copics) onto the corner – going for the bottom third look… I added a sentiment from the oh-so-awesome LOVE WORDFETTI set. For the finishing touch on this card, I used 2 warm grays shades and created shadows for the piggy on the DP. This is a simple step that really adds to the look I think.