Thursday, March 31, 2022

Heartfelt Creations Flowers - Sparkly Goodness in a Jar

Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul. 

Hey there from Nannyland,

After spending countless blissful hours creating unique handmade cards, I want my embellishments to reflect my attention to detail.  Most of the images I color are frilly and feminine so flowers, gems and glitter are perfect adornments to add a little dazzle.  Heartfelt Creations stamps, dies and molds are the ideal tools for creating fabulous shaped flowers of all varieties, sizes and colors. (Not an advertisement. I just like them.) Each of the several  steps it takes to shape them is more delightful than the last.  Recently, I took some time out to replenish my bloom stash and I snapped some pictures at each stage so I could show you what all the fuss is about. 

This is what I'm going for. 
I love this rainbow of sparkly goodness.  Here's how I did it:

I mounted all sizes of the Oakberry Lane Blossom cling stamps, along with the leaf, on my 6" x 8"
Fiskars Stamp Press.  I like the larger size press because I can get the whole stamp set on it at once.

I stamped the images on white card stock with Tim Holtz distress ink. 
Light card stock holds up better with all the spritzing and handling.

The sponging doesn't have to be perfect at all.  In fact, the more streaked the color is, 
the more texture the flowers will have when they are layered and assembled.

The coordinating dies fit the stamps beautifully and are grouped for easy cutting. 
 I used my Gemini Junior to cut them but any cutter would work.

I placed the individual die cut flowers into the mold face down, 
sprayed them lightly with water and carefully snapped on the top. 

I used my Big Shot Pro die cutting machine to squish them.

Here's a comparison of the flowers before and after they go through the machine. 
 Look how much texture is achieved with the mold! (left) 
That would take forever with flower shaping tools.


After the layers dried, I cupped the flower centers using a ball tool on a foam mat,
  added a dot of Tombow glue to the flower center, placed another flower layer on top 
and pressed with the ball tool. I repeated this step again to create a flower. 
I like to put two layers of one size petals on the bottom and then add graduating layers.
 You can add as many layers as you like.  I use a lot of smaller sizes on my cards, 
so I always make sure to create several of all sizes.

Here they are all lined up and ready to embellish!  Now the real fun starts

I used Tombow glue to dot the flower centers and pour small beads on the glue. 
I removed the excess and let it dry completely and then I edged the petals with 
glitter glue for lots of sparkle. I left a few flowers without the glitter for a more 
subtle look.  Either way, they look fabulous.

Pretty all finished on my desk, pretty in jars on my shelves, 
but the prettiest adorning my handmade cards. 

Thanks for visiting Nannyland.
I'll just be here blissfully creating until your next visit.  
Nancy (aka Pink Panoply)

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Wishing You a Beautiful Spring - Conie Fong Ella Fleur Digi

 Life is a flower and love is the honey. 

Hey there from Nannyland,

The first day of spring has already sprung and things here are definitely starting to bloom. Unbelievable! It's time to take a  minute to remove the cobwebs after a long eventful but very disquieting winter.  I have been looking forward to  coloring this beautiful Conie Fong image for a while and was happy to spiff her up with a perky handmade flower. Actually, that might be a little fib.  I didn't like my coloring on the flower and, after much practice,  I'm getting quite proficient at covering my boo boos.  

I used two Tattered Lace frame dies to create her stitched gold frame and mounted her on metallic gold and  aqua designer paper to match her water colored dp sky.  The sentiment was created in Cricut Design Space and edged with a gold leafing pen.  I added a tiny white glittered and gemmed butterfly to the background. 

Tattered Lace frame dies, Copic markers, dp, Heartfelt Creations handmade flowers,
Conie Fong digital stamp, gold leafing pen, die cut butterfly

I love making Heartfelt Creation flowers with their stamps, dies and molds.  I am planning to spend the day making some soon and will demonstrate this fun technique in a future blog.  

I'm trying to get better at finishing the inside of my cards at the time I make them, so I can use the leftover materials I have at hand and make things cohesive.  It's frustrating getting ready to send a card and having to get things out to finish the inside.  With this card, I will just die cut a sentiment and everything will match.  A good habit to aspire to.

Hope you have time for a lovely brisk spring walk today.  That's what I'm looking forward to.

Thanks for visiting Nannyland.
I'll just be here blissfully creating until your next visit.  
Nancy (aka Pink Panoply)
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Thursday, March 17, 2022

Keep Those Clicks High - Mo Manning Little Irish Dancer

Keep calm, stand straight, point toes, head high, cross feet, straight legs, 
 arms back, eyes up, jump high and Feis on. 

Hey there from Nannyland,

Are you wearing a little green and feasting on corned beef and cabbage today?  I hope you're joining in the festivities of St. Patrick's Day, at least in some small way.  I have visited Ireland and the lush green landscapes of this magnificent island are unbelievably breathtaking.

If I could  choose any form of talent to excel in and passionately display to the world, it would be dancing...specifically Irish dancing. Seriously! My spirit soars when I hear the exhilarating music and watch the agile, energetic dancers leap around to its rhythm. This perky little Irish dancer digi by Mo Manning with her thick auburn tresses and traditional dancing frock was a joy to color in Copic shades of green, purple and yellow. I used a white gel pen to add a little bounce to her underskirt. 

Mo Manning Little Irish Dancer digi, Tattered Lace frame dies, Copic markers, flat sequins,
 digi background paper, white gel pen, Cricut designed and cut sentiment, shamrock embelly

I found a gold edged shamrock in my stash to embellish her head band. Her water colored rainbow digi background is sprinkled with purple and iridescent flat sequins.  The shaped card base is cut with two nesting Tattered Lace frames.

Have a delightful day full of green Irish goodness.

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Lucky to Be Your Friend - Mo Manning Leprechaun

May your home always be too small to hold all your friends. 
Irish blessing

Top o' the mornin’ to ya” from Nannyland,

As cardmakers, we know how blessed we are to be able to use our creative passion to send love in a very personal way to those we treasure .  March birthdays are such a great way to add some St. Patrick's Day flair to a standard birthday greeting.  Along with two birthday cards this month, I also took the opportunity to tell a cherished artistic cohort how much I appreciate her friendship  with this darling Mo Manning leprechaun. 

The inside of the card says: "A good friend is like a four leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have." I know! Too cute, eh?  This sweet sentiment came with the digital image. Green gems add a little glitz to the center of her dimensional lucky clovers but aren't they missing a leaf? Thank heavens we can always depend on constant blessings from above rather than random luck for our fate. (But I still put a penny in my shoe if I find one on the ground...just to cover my bases.)  The hat band is paper pieced with shamrock digital paper and shaded with Copics. . 

My digital background paper is a simple wash of green and yellow to match my limited Copic color palette. The black frame was sized to fit a 6" x 6" square card in Cricut Design Space and cut out on my Cricut Maker. 

One more shamrock-adorned birthday card to create. Let the shenanigans continue! 

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Wishing You a Pot O' Gold - Digi Doodle Studios Patty Leprechaun

 May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true,
and the kindness you spread keep returning to you. 

Hey there from Nannyland, 

Shamrocks and leprechauns and rainbows...Oh My! Another fun card crafting holiday is on the horizon and I'm knee deep in all things green in Nannyland.  This adorable image from Digi Doodles Studios is called Patty Leprechaun and she depicts everything delightful about this lively day of celebration.  

I designed a shaped flip card base in Cricut Design Space and used digital designer paper with an Irish theme for the background panels.  The argyle print is very colorful and a bit busy, so I toned it down with a large sentiment panel on the inside of the card.  I edged all the card panels with a gold leafing pen and dry embossed the front panel with a celtic-style embossing folder.   

A  close up of my image shows the Stickles in the center of the shamrocks on her skirt and clear gems in her shamrock bouquet and her hat.  I chose to color her tights and shirt in rainbow stripes to go along with the pot of gold theme. 

I created a label in Cricut Design Space to match my card base and used the writing feature to draw the sentiment.  I love this feature in Cricut because I can create any sentiment I want and cut it out to fit my card dimensions. 

Digi Doodle Studio Patty Leprechaun digi, Copic markers, Cricut cutting
and writing features, clear gems, gold leafing pen, glitter shamrock stickers, Stickles

What a delight it was to use Copics in bright greens, yellows and rainbow hues to brighten up one of the happiest holidays of the year.  Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!