Monday, April 9, 2018

Silvery Floral Natalie - Prima Princess Stamp


๐Ÿ‘‰ Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. 


Hey there,

I just discovered these amazing Prima Princess stamps and I'm positively hooked.  I already have seven of these lovely ladies and I'm not going to stop until I have the whole collection.  They're absolute heaven to color with any color medium but, of course, I choose copics. This bewitching lady is called Natalie. I colored her gorgeous locks blue, just like they were on the package she came in, because I would never have thought to color them that way myself and I love the look.

The stamps are big and are meant for larger cards (5 x 7ish) so I needed a frame large enough to showcase the whole image. I found this notched frame in Cricut Design Studio and I did end up cutting her down a bit to fit, but I like the way she fills the frame.  My embossed silver metallic frame is okay, but I think it's a little overwhelming and distracting for my image.  I'm going to use this same design for another image, but next time I will use softer colors to frame her and some soft paper flowers for more texture and interest, maybe even adding some to her hair.

I have several of these marvelous Prima Princesses already stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink just waiting to be changed from black and white to copically brilliant!  I'd love for you to visit again and see what I come up with.

This is what I used:

       This Prima Princess stamp
       Elizabeth Crafts leaf and flower dies
       Eliabeth Crafts green Mylar Shimmer Sheets for leaves
       Silver metallic card stock
       Sizzix large embossing folder
       Copic Markers
       Mounting tape for frame
       Notched frame sized to 5 x 7 in Cricut Design Studio
       Memento Tuxedo Black Ink


Thanks for dropping by.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy 

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Birthday Cards Part Two - Copic Markers, Cricut and Stamping Bella

๐Ÿ‘‰  Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.  Booth Tarkington



It's raining birthdays for my friends lately and I have been having such fun creating cards for these amazingly talented crafty ladies.  We are celebrating two birthdays in my card crafting group this week and I wanted my cards to coordinate a little because I'm that obsessive.  This is the card I made earlier for one of my friends.  Not to be outdone (by myself๐Ÿ˜€),  I chose another darling Stamping Bella stamp for this card and stuck with a pink and blue color palette.  I've really enjoyed adding shiny gold card stock accents to my cards lately because I think they add a dressy look, kind of like  a touch of jewelry.


I think a pop up is always a delightful surprise in any card and, since some colorful birthday gifts leap out of my first card,  I just had to add a festive cake pop up to this card.  Both images came from the Anna Griffin pop up cartridge in Cricut Design Space.  They were a little labor intensive but actually very simple to make using my Score Pal to crease  the pop ups and I think they add  a lot of "bang for the buck." 

Here's what I used:
  1. Cricut Design Studio card base and frame
  2. This Uptown Girl Stamping Bella stamp
  3. This Anna Griffin Cricut Cartridge pop up in Design Studio
  4. Metallic gold card stock
  5. Happy Birthday die cut sentiment
  6. Flower die cuts
  7. Copic markers
  8. Gem stones
  9. Score Pal
Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Shapely Chocolate Bunny - Lori Whitlock Cricut SVG


How can it be Easter already? I always send some Easter goodies to my daughter in Monterey and realized this weekend I had very little time to pull it all together.  Lori Whilock and my Cricut to the rescue!!!  I downloaded this darling shaped chocolate bunny card (5 x 7) in Lori's Shop and cut her out on my Cricut. I  layered  her on a  soft blue gingham background, gave her a Nuvo drop eye,  added a pretty blingy flower to her bow and some grass for her  to bounce in.  I would classify this as a clean and simple card, which is not usually my style, but I think it works well for this soft card.  I was very tempted to add a sentiment to the clean background space but I sat on my hands until the urge subsided.  I actually love CAS cards.  I plan to make more of them.


A simple Easter greeting and a See's gift card tucked inside was all I needed to complete this fun envelope full of happy mail.  Whew...just under the wire.

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Bridal Shower Card - Tattered Lace Bella Paper Doll


As young girls, my friend and I spent many blissful hours drawing and coloring paper dolls and  dressing them with fabulous wardrobes of our own creation. And I was over the moon when my mom twisted and pulled my hair around tiny perm rods using a stinky Tonette perm because I knew I would get to play with the Betsy McCall paper dolls that were tucked inside the box  Who would have dreamed that decades later I would still be thrilled to play with paper dolls. 

One recent Christmas I added some Tattered Lace accessory dies to my wish list and was surprised when I opened my gift to find the dies were very small. I was delighted to discover they belonged to Bella, this adorable Tattered Lace  paper doll.  Of course, I had to order beautiful Bella and her stylish wardrobe immediately.  I love dressing her up for cards of any theme. 

When I needed a bridal shower card for one of the sweetest young ladies I know, a vision of a Bella bride who looked like the bride came to mind.  I went to work creating her likeness using my copics for her dark hair and pieces from Bella's fabulous wardrobe for the wedding ensemble.  I knew the bride would choose an elegantly modest wedding dress for her church wedding  No problem there...I just borrowed a cute lacy top from another outfit and layered it under her strapless gown.  I love the way it turned out! And look at that tiara, The die is only as big as my pinky fingernail, but well worth keeping track of on my messy desk. 

For the trellis and bushes in my backdrop, I modified images from this Anna Griffin  pop up card cartridge in Design Space.   I found the vines in the Design Space image library.  The little blossoms were in my flower stash.


This cute pop up banner is from the same Anna Griffin pop up cartridge.  I used the writing feature in  Design Space for the sentiment. 

Here's a card I did for my girlie friend a while ago after we went on a camping trip together.  See? Fun!  


Sometimes the best things, like paper dolls, live on forever!

Thanks for visiting.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Cupcake Party

๐Ÿ‘‰ The best way to grow old gracefully is to enjoy it. 


Stamping Bella Uptown Girls are some of my favorite images when I want to create a cute girlie card for a special friend. They are quick to color with my Copics and the images are so sassy and stylish. For this birthday card I chose a  label card base in Cricut Design Space and sized it to 5 1/2 square to fit my image. As always, I had a blast creating frames, borders and flower accents for embellishments and I even printed the perfect sentiment on my Cricut!     


Of course, what would a birthday card be without a pop up inside? I found a darling Anna Griffin  one that I recently purchased in Cricut Design Space but I ended up making quite a few modifications because the cuts were just too intricate to cut nicely. It was much easier, and almost as cute, to emboss the gifts with some pretty embossing folders. (They look great in person.)  I even found the top for my front package in a Stephanie Barnard set I had stashed away.  I used some Elizabeth Crafts peel off stickers to embellish some of my presents and my borders.  The Happy Birthday was cut from shiny gold card stock...my new favorite for sentiment dies. I chose to put the sentiment above the gifts so I would have lots of room to write a note to my cherished recipient.

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Thanks for stopping by.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

  

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Sparkle Like Barbie - Copics on Glitter



Hey there,

Barbie dolls came out the year I turned twelve years old (I know, I'm blessed to be very mature) and it was a delightful surprise that Santa brought me one for Christmas when I didn't even know who she was.  I thought she was absolutely fabulous with her dresses, shoes, purses and numerous tiny accessories to match.  She even had jeans and pajamas, for Pete's sake! My mom and all the ladies on the block were so enamored with her that I hardly got to hold her that day.  And the rest is history.  Barbies went on to be the most stylish and popular ladies ever. My two little girls had a collection of over 70 of them (some Kens, of course) each having a name, an occupation and a life to be admired.  Their dream house, cars and RV rivaled any I ever owned. I used to take my first Barbie down from my closet, all wrapped in her special case, and my youngest daughter would reverently stroke her hair with such admiration and wonderment.  I think my original Barbie is worth a ton now, but I will never sell her!


This weeks Free For All Challenge at Splitcoast Stampers was to celebrate Barbie's birthday by making a card showcasing an image with her in mind  I colored this beautiful Elizabeth Crafts peel off sticker image with copics because I think she definitely has luxurious Barbie hair.  Copic coloring on glitter is so fun and very forgiving.  The result is sparkliscious. Here's a link to how it's done.

Here's what I used:
  1.  Elizabeth Craft Peel off Sticker
  2.  Copic Markers
  3. Spellbinders oval die
  4. Bow die 
  5. Designer background paper
  6. Pop dots
  7. Tombow monoglue
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Make it Crafty Classy Olivia Digi Stamp - Shopping in Paris

๐Ÿ‘‰  Be your own kind of beautiful.



Hey there, 

I have absolutely fallen in love with Make it Crafty digi stamps and backgrounds.  They make it so simple to create fabulous background scenes for  my cards. The downloads come in both jpg and png format so I can drop their darling images into an amazing background and create a one-layer card if I choose to. I can even zero in on part of a scene and size it to fit my card perfectly.  There are oodles of options for creativity! Check out this video on their site to see  how to use their png images in Word. It's simple and so fun!!! (I'm not selling these images...I just get excited when I see something I like.)


For this card, I chose to keep Classy Olivia and the Paris street scene separate because I wanted her to be the focus of my foreground. I sized the images  to fit a 5 x 7 card and my stylish little lady is about 5 1/2 inches tall, a perfect size for copic coloring. 

Here's what I used:
  1.     Copic markers 
  2.     This and this Make it Crafty digi stamp.
  3.     Hello die cut greeting
  4.     Metallic gold and black card stock for frames.
  5.     Gold dragonfly embellishment
  6.     Tombow Mono adhesive.
  7.     Pop dots for Olivia

 I'll definitely be posting more of these cards soon because I'm truly obsessed.

Thanks for stopping by.
Go forth and create something fabulous.
Nancy

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