Saturday, April 26, 2014

It's A Good Day To Be Happy

Two cards in one month, it feels so good to get crafty again. There's something about it that cleanses the soul and makes everything ok, if only for a little while. It's a good day to be happy.

Even though I haven't been able to do much crafting this past year, I still somehow managed to buy lots of incredible products from my favorite companies, and of course, always with the best of intentions of finding the time to use them. I'm so glad I finally got the chance. This card is for my Dad's birthday.

I created my cloud masks by using the MFT Cloud Cover-Up Die-namics die. After running the die through my Big Shot, I adhered some of the clouds to a white panel using repositional tape and inked around them using Tsukineko Memento Summer Sky dye ink. Next, I removed the clouds and stamped the balloons and sentiment from this adorable Mama Elephant Up and Away clear stamp set. On a separate piece of Copic X-Press It paper, I stamped the balloon set again and the monkey. I used the coordinating Mama Elephant Creative Cuts dies on both the balloons and the monkey and then colored the images with my Copics (W0,W1, E40, E42, R00, B0000, B00, B01, B02, B04, B06, YG00, YG01, YG13, YG17). To assemble the card, I adhered the balloons and then used foam dimensional squares to adhere the monkey and a few of the leftover Cloud Cover-Up clouds. I stamped "Sending Birthday Hugs" on the inside, creating the sentiment from the Lawn Fawn So Much To Say clear stamp set.

I'm entering this card in this week's Cute Card Thursday Challenge, #318 Blue & Green

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my card.

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Snowmen in April

It's hard to believe it's been a year since I posted a card and almost as long since I've made one. Don't you hate it when life gets in the way of crafting?

Here's the first Christmas card of the year created for this week's challenge over on the incredibly inspiring Merry Monday Christmas Challenge blog. This week is challenge 103 and you must use a snowman.

If you're looking for a great challenge with lots of inspiration, Merry Monday is the place to be. I just love what the design team shares each week, absolutely stunning creations.

So I inked my card panel to create a sky and snowbank then placed a stencil over it and created snowflakes by just coloring in the stencil with a white pen. On a separate piece of paper, I stamped the Stampendous Snowball Fight with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Copics. After adding a little sparkle with a clear Spica pen, I fussy-cut the image shaping the bottom into another snowbank, popped it up using dimensional foam tape and my card was done.

Wow, it's easy to get out of practice but this was great fun. Thanks for visiting.