Unity – Beauty In Everything

 

Unity's Beauty In Everything

Today’s project is a graduation card featuring this delightful image from Unity’s Beauty In Everything set.  The sentiment is from another Unity set, Capture Your Dreams.  The frame behind the main image was die-cut from Spellbinders A2 Devine Elequence Frame Card Creator set, #S5-218.

My usual go-to coloring medium is Copic markers, but I recently purchased the Chameleon Colored Pencils, and I used them to color this image along with some odorless Gamsol to blend out the colors.

For the dress, I used 13-01 Cobalt Blue, 13-02 Midnight Blue, and 14-02 Electric Blue. 04-02 Spice was used for the hair and 06-02 Light Coral for the skin. The sky was colored with 15-01 Powder Blue and 15-02 Wedgewood Blue although the colors don’t show up very well in this photo.

The side of the plateau was colored with 04-02 Spice, 05-01 Mocha, and a little 24-02 Cool Gray for shading. I went really crazy with the grassy areas and used 19-02 Clover, 20-01 Cactus Green, 20-02 Summer Leaf, 18-02 Jade, and 17-02 Pine with a little 04-02 Spice thrown in for good measure!

I didn’t have a smaller die to match the Devine Eloquence Frame, so I simply turned my colored image over and traced the center portion of the frame die with pencil then cut it out by hand.

Salty Ocean Distress Ink was used to highlight the edges of this piece–and to disguise my cutting imperfections! LOL

 

As you can see, I opted to go with a more simple design for the inside of the card.

I cut the Neat and Tangled Scalloped Cover Plate from black card stock then backed it with a piece of patterned paper, adhering this panel with foam squares to another piece of patterned paper. The two sentiments were stamped on Gina K. Designs Pure Luxury Base Weight White Card Stock and matted on black card stock.  Color was added with Salty Ocean Distress Ink . . .

Grad Inside

I just love this sentiment stamp, Life was meant for a great Adventure from Stampers Anonymous. I think it would work equally well for someone starting a new job, retiring, or even as a wedding sentiment.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project – make it a crafty week everyone!

 

 

Tropical Paradise Birthday

 

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Since I haven’t posted in awhile, I thought I would do another quick post today.

This is a birthday card I made using the Heartfelt Creations Tropical Paradise papers, stamps, and dies.  Love the colors and images of this set!

Although the flowers on the front were actually made with stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations Classic Rose Collection, I did stamp them on paper from the Tropical Paradise collection and shaded with Memento inks.

Here is the back of the card when closed:

Back Closed

 

The card base is a Heartfelt Creations 5″ x 7″ white foldout card.   Below is the inside and outside with the card fully open:

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And here are some closeups of the individual panels:

 

The parrot and cockatoo were colored with Copic markers.  I didn’t like how the back of the cockatoo appeared from the backside, so I added a die-cut circle to represent the sun and colored both sides with Memento Cantaloupe ink and Kaleidacolor Desert Heat ink pad.  (And added a die-cut dragonfly so the back side wouldn’t look so plain!)

Other products used on the card include Memory Box dies: 99229 Garland Greenery, 99751 Little Dragonflies, and 99461 Wildflower Landscape; Sizzix 656515 Dragonfly; and Elizabeth Craft Designs dies: Leafy Branch 5, Pair of Leaves 1, and Celebrate.

Thanks for visiting – have a great rest of the holiday weekend everyone!

Wild Adventure Birthday Card

Front

Today’s project is a card I made for my son’s 21st birthday last month.  It features the Tim Holtz Cityscapes stamps by Stampers Anonymous on the front.  The arrow dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs and the words are Reverse Confetti dies.  The birds in flight stamp is from Stampscapes.

 

Below is what you see when you flip the front flap up:

Top Flap open

 

The Dream flap pulls down to reveal the inside with more images from the Cityscapes set, a Lili of the Valley stamp (Toot Toot!), more Elizabeth Craft Designs arrows and a Sizzix Happy Birthday To You die-cut:

Inside

 

And here is a view of the back side of the card:

back

 

The background on the Cityscapes panels was colored with Stampin’ Up inks Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Dapper Denim, and Night of Navy.  Highlights and “stars” were added with a white gel pen.  I colored the Toot Toot! stamp image and some of the arrows with Chameleon Colored Pencils.

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s project–let’s make it a crafty week!

Unity – Thank You Kindly

Thank You Kindly

Today’s card features the darling stamp set Thank You Kindly from Unity Stamp Company.  The image was colored with Copic Markers: V01, V04, RV55, E00, E02, E13, E15, E23, E25, E43, YG61, YG63, B000, and B00.

Plenty of die-cuts were used to add interest, including: 797 Flourish with Flower, 1297 Garden Notes Ivy Vine, 1323 Dancing Butterflies, and 914 Outdoor Edges from Elizabeth Craft Designs as well as 99461 Wildflower Landscape and 98130 Butterfly Delights from Memory Box.

The Flourish with Flower die-cut was colored with Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Broken China, and Crushed Olive.

Here is a view of the inside of the card which features more of the Memory Box die-cuts, the sentiment stamp from Thank You Kindly and a tree stamp from Create Today (Unity Stamp Company):

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I hope you enjoyed today’s project – make it a crafty week!

Graphic 45 Midnight Masquerade

Masquerade Card

This fun shaker card was made with Graphic 45’s Midnight Masquerade 8 x 8 paper pad and die-cut embellishments. And don’t let the shaker portion of the card daunt you.  With products from Queen and Co., it was almost “magical” the way this card came together!

Below is a peek at the inside of the card:

Masquerade Card inside

Of course, the card was so much fun to make, I couldn’t stop there, so I made a matching tag to go with it:

I hope you enjoyed today’s projects and will give them a try for yourself!  Make it a crafty week everyone!

With Heartfelt Sympathy

Sympathy

I find making Sympathy cards can be especially tough because of the emotions you are experiencing at this time, and yet the level of personalization you can achieve with a handmade card simply can’t be matched by the normal offerings found in most stores.

The main image on the front of today’s card is Country Landscape by Magenta.  The text stamps and inside tree image are from the Stampin’ Up sets Heartfelt Sympathy and In The Meadow.  The bird and deer silhouette images inside the card are from Penny Black’s Nature’s Friends set.

I sponged on the following Stampin’ Up inks to color the background on the front image: Marina Mist, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzaz, and Old Olive.  All images and text were stamped with Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black. (My Misti stamping tool made stamping the images a breeze!)

 

Sympathy inside

Inside of Card

Sympathy cards can be challenging emotionally, but will surely bring great comfort to the recipient.

 

Wildwood Cottage Shaker Card

Wildwood Cottage Shaker

This fun birthday shaker card features papers from the Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Cottage collection.  I love that the paper packs have 2 of each design. This allowed me to cut out certain elements, such as the fairy, from the second sheet and foam tape it in place to create more dimension and interest.

I also stamped, colored, and die-cut some of the vines and flowers from this set and glued them on the roof and side of the house and in the lower left corner. And of course, I had to add some glitter and beads just for the fun of it!

The shaker element features products from Queen and Company’s Pop Ups Heart and Heart Throb shaker kits.

The inside of the card features more Heartfelt Creations Wildwood Cottage paper as well as a cute hummingbird from their Botanic Orchid papers:

Wildwood Cottage

 

I hope you liked today’s card, and if you haven’t made a shaker card yet, you really should give it a try!