Aloha!

The best place to be in this kind of weather is definitely the ocean…

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I made these cards for a birthday surfer girl who loves the waves, sand and sun!  Oh and she also loves my cards! I cut the surfboard using my awesome, too cool, i love it silhouette cameo.  I used distress inks to give the surfboards that fun and vibrant color.

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For some final touches I added enamel dots in black, white and gold.  I also gave the surfboards a spray of sparkle and frost which gives it a really awesome look!  I have to say it…COWABUNGA dude! Hope you are staying cool in the heat =)

You Are Marvelous!

Everyone needs a hero…how about a few heroes that think you are simply marvelous?

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I made this card using the awesome Stitched Duo 3 dies from Pretty Pink Posh.  I love her products!  This is a shaker card but it’s a bit hard to tell from the photographs.

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And yes, hero arts ombre inks for the fun background…these inks are here to stay!

Happy Graduation to the Tooth Fairy!

It’s that time of year…Graduation!

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My cousin said the funniest thing to me one time – Something along the lines that of all the people she knows (which is a lot) she doesn’t know anyone who has graduated more times than me! haha. I guess I am the perpetual student =)

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Hence, I made this card for a friend who is graduating from Dental School this June!

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I thought it would be fun and playful to have a little tooth throwing up graduation hats after a ceremony! Happy graduation season to all you crazy students out there! =) And welcome summer…we are ready for you!

Woofie Selfie!

I imagine that most dogs are like my dogs and enjoy selfies…and sticking their tongues out the window while I’m driving!

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So here is to doggie selfies! heheh! Most of my friends and family are doggie lovers – so I am making a ton of puppy cards to send their way in the next few weeks! I think these pups are just too adorable!

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I used the same color for the puppy paw print background to color the vellum! I love the blue and gray tones of the card.  I think it makes a good masculine card too!

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Hope you and your furry friend are having a wonderful week!

Spot in my heart!

Hands down my favorite stamp set of ALL time…that’s saying a lot!

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I used my hero arts ombre inks with the brush stroke stamp from My Favorite Things to create a painted scene.

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I have a whole stash of glasses eyelets/brads that need to be used so I thought it would be cute to add it to the little pup!

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Finally, I used colored inks to color the vellum paper to continue the rainbow theme around the card! Overall, love love loving it!

Shrinky Dink Paper!?

Where have you been all my life! Omg…this is amazing and I cannot believe I just learned about it!

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(Btw…That’s 25 cents in the middle of the photo as a reference for size).

So for those of you who are not aware of shrinky dink paper and its wonders – let me explain to you the joy this can bring! Shrinky dink paper is a transparent paper that allows you to stamp, color and shrink your creation into hard plastic.  I bought this package from Amazon:

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And it comes Super Sanded which allows you to easily color on one side.  (Apparently, other films may require you to take sandpaper and smooth it out before you get started.  That seems like a lot of work so I would recommend using this one).

When you open the package you will find that one side of the film is super slick and shiny vs. the other side which is a bit rough.  To get started, I stamped my image using Staz-on ink on the slick side.  Then I flipped it over and used a combination of Sharpie markers, pencil crayons and Copics to color the image.

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Overall, I like how the Sharpies and Copics look because it seems a little smoother in texture once it shrinks.  For instance, the blue elephant on the left was colored with Copics vs. the grey elephant on the right was colored with pencil crayons.  I have to say, using a white pencil crayon on the images looks amazing so I will continue using that for my images.

If you decide that you want to turn your creation into a charm for a keychain, bracelet or pendant – Be sure to hole punch the plastic before you start cutting away.  So far I like how the images look when I cut around them vs. leaving a lot of empty space around the image.  For some reason, the plastic around the image is not entirely clear and it might be because I’m using super sanded paper and thus it’s a little opaque.  I will have to do some experimenting with different types of films and post an update!

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Once you are done trimming your creation you have two options to heat your film (1) Use your toaster oven or (2) use your heat gun.  For the toaster oven option, I would follow instructions from this super cool YouTube video.

Embossing Heat Gun Technique:

If you are a stamper like me then time to bust out your heat gun!

Using a shoe box, line the shoe box with some parchment paper.  Then place the shrinky dink film with the rough side facing upwards.  I used a wooden chopstick to hold the shrinky film down and then evenly went over the film using my heat gun.

Be prepared, the film curls up and gets crazy looking but that is part of the process. It will curl up and then uncurl and start to flatten out.  Once you see that it is flattening out, remove the heat gun and take a piece of parchment paper and lay it on top of the film (now hard plastic).  Take your acrylic clear stamping block and smush it down on the plastic so it will flatten out.

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As you can see, the images shrink down about 25% of its original size! (The original stamped image is on the left hand side and is about 3 inches tall.  The shrinky dink version is about 1 inch tall!).  Tell me this is not the coolest thing ever since…wink of stella??? lol.  I find that really large stamp images (3 inches or wider) don’t seem to do very well because the edges curl and start to melt together.  Again, I will have to update when I play around with different films, sizes, and images!

I can’t wait to try and make dog tags, key chains, and…the possibilities are endless! So happy is me.

Mother’s Day Part 2

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms, Mums, Ma, Me, Mama, Maman!!!

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I was inspired by a pinterest of a kitchen aid mixer shape card! It was so adorable.  I decided to scale mine back a bit and use this beautiful glitter paper pack I have been hoarding for years. Most of the patterned paper is from Martha Stewart circa 2010. lol.  Thank goodness no expiration date on patterned paper.

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I love the background paper (which is from DCWV) but it is hard to see in photographs! For the final touches I added some spring flowers, butterflies, and bling to give it a little more dimension.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful Mother’s Day filled with love and happiness…!!!

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And maybe a cute little cupcake too! xoxo

Sneak peek and a Smile!

Just thought I would share a preview of some mother’s day cards I am working on…

bowl1Every year I enjoy the process of making holiday cards…i.e. trying to figure out cute ideas and then mass producing it! The fun is in the planning and preparation I swear!  Here’s the throwback to last year’s Mother’s Day cards:

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Pretty darn cute! I love those little aprons…In the meantime, here are some cute smiling faces of my little rugrats!

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One Sheep Two Sheep…

These Ombre Inks are here to stay! I just adore them so much!

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I used the ombre inks for the thank you sentiment and background. For the banner, I turned it into a shaker banner by using a fun sprinkle of pretty pink posh sequins.

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I thought it would be funny to shake the card and see the sheep bouncing around! lol!

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I love the layers of vellum and cardstock.  It just makes the card feel really special and that it’s made with love!

Smile and say Photo Bomb!

Every now and then a stamp set comes along that just makes me squeal with happiness…yes, I said squeal!

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I love this stamp set because it reminds me of the Oscars selfie that was so popular a few years ago! I used versa mark to create the air mail background and just love how it turned out. This stamp set is great to use because you get to practice all the fun copic coloring!

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The smile sentiment is just to die for because the script goes with every sentiment! Hope you get a smile in the mail really soon from someone you love!

Happy Spring Skunk!

I wanted to do a little throw back to this lawn fawn stamp set that was super popular a few years ago…

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I made this into another shaker window card and used chalk inks to get that soft grass and sky background. It is a bit hard to see from the photos but I stamped “Birthday” on some vellum paper.

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For some finishing touches I added white enamel dots to the border. Skunks are good for spring right??? lol.

Hero Arts Ombre Inks!

At last…they have arrived and Yes, they were worth the wait:

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These ink pads are just so awesome! As you can see they have three separate ink pad strips in one.  The best way to get a great result is to pat the stamp back and forth so that the colors blend together.  I absolutely love the results.

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The color combinations are great for sentiments and background stamps!

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So excited because these ink pads are perfect for Spring theme cards! =)  Happy Spring!

Stamp Your Own Succulent!

I don’t have a green thumb – so here is my solution for the few succulents that didn’t quite make it the last few weeks…

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TA DA! Create your own succulents! (I have the greatest BFF in the world! She sent me this adorable succulent stamp set so I could stamp my heart away.)  I created the background using watercolors and colored the little plants with copic makers.

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I love this stamp set from Hero Arts because you can mix and match all the plants and flowers to make your own little creations.  For future cards, I will try and be more bold with color plants and flowers.

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I say be adventurous and try your own!