Elves for Preschoolers

My Mom is a preschool teacher and I offered to make all of her students’ families cards. I thought these elves were the sweetest! It took me about three hours to create 16 cards (4 of each design) because I used a card making workshop from Close to My Heart.

Elf Cards

How to Color An Elf

There are several different ways to color in the sweet elves. I decided to use the Tri Blend Spectrum Noir Markers in Tan, Dark Red, Green, and Fair Skin Tone. I like these because they are matched perfectly for flawless shading. It is like getting three alcohol markers in one for a fraction of the price.

Here is a video tutorial on how to use them and color in the elves:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

OH SNAP! Thanksgiving Card

Do you struggle with making Thanksgiving cards? I always have until I found this stamp set from Joy Clair. It totally has changed my Thanksgiving Card game.

Not only were these cards fun to make, by utilizing the same sketch I was able to use up a lot of my handmade and pattern paper.

Here are close ups of each of them:

Paper Details

The handmade paper I used on some of these cards were made on a geli press. Here is a video on how to do it:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop

For this hop I have combined coffee and Christmas. I created two cards with Christmas Coffee and Ugly Sweater Background Builder Set. Confession: when I requested these stamps I did not realize how well they matched with each other. It was a happy surprise!

To create the base I stamped the background in different colors. I used a stamp platform on the mugs to for perfect alignment. I pop dotted them mugs on the card for dimension.

To finish off each card I added Nuvo Drops.

Hop List:

Now it is time to hop! Make sure you stop by all the blogs and leave them some love.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Lovely Legs

Have you heard of the Lovely Legs stamps? I saw them about a year ago and thought they were pretty cool. I hesitated purchasing any at that time because let’s face it, I need stamps like I need a hole in my head. A year later I see several sets that I just could not pass up. Here are two projects I made with two of those stamps.

Mama You’ve Got This

There is something beautiful about a woman breastfeeding that I adore. When I saw this stamp I had to have it. Of course I could not get away from my bright colors and shaded it accordingly.

Our Differences Are Beautiful Art Journal Page

I thought I would use this stamp first on a card, but it ended up in my art journal. I used the 6 by 6 Dina Wakeley Art Journal. I gessoed the pages first, layered on paper, adhered collage paper, painted some more and white gessoed an area for my stamped image. Once the gesso dried I stamped my image and water colored it in. I used the pages to clean my brush and put the title in the opposite corner

I have two other Lovely Legs stamps that I purchased that I will share soon!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Beauty Out of Chaos

I knew I had to have this stamp set when I saw it. The sentiment really spoke to me. It is perfect for cards, so I made a couple. It pairs nicely with the Marble Background stamp from Concord & 9.

Turn About

One of the most innovated things in the stamping industry right now is the Turn About stamps. Concord & 9 has the only collection of them (that I know of). They came up with a tool kit of such to help stampers turn. Here is the process in pictures.

Use a stamping platform for the Turn About Stamps. On the jig adhere a piece of card stock with removable adhesive lining it up on the guide. Ink up the stamp and press firm on the cardstock.

Clean the stamp, rotate the image and stamp in another color. There are numbers in the corners of it to help. Ink up the Turn About Stamps in another color and repeat the process.

To give the background a traditional marbled look I used pigmented silver and gold. Clear embossing powder was the perfect finish to the background.

The Meaning

The marbled background represented the chaos in life. At the center of the chaos it is important to remember that God is right there with us. The placement of the of sentiment is in the center to symbolize that.

I repeated the process with blues and greens.

The marble background can easily be switched out for holiday cards — just switch out your colors.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Surf’s Up Dude!

I am taking a little break from all the awesome holiday crafting to share with you a new Simon Hurley Release from Ranger. He came out with a fun beach theme with one stamp set and one background stamp. Check out the video I did and see why I am obsessed with them.

In the video I created several backgrounds for five more cards. Here are the complete cards!

Surf’s Up!

I created “Surf’s Up!” on the video. I used Glossy Accents to make the glasses shine.

Hang Loose!

For the “Hang Loose” card I wanted to create a background that matched his red hair, so I opted for a sunset. To create it I used Distress Ink and splattered a little water on it. My original thought was not to have the surf board stand. I wanted him riding it, but it didn’t all fit on the card front. Once I stood it up an tucked it in the opening I loved it and wanted to repeat it in other cards.

Waving Hello!

“Waving Hello” was suppose to be a red head, but I had created the last one with that so I wanted something different. This one is probably my favorite dude out of all of them. One of my favorite things to create is hair and I adore his! Once again, the card could not really fit him on the surf board, so I had him hold it.

You Got This!

“You Got This” is a celebration of keeping it simple. I really wanted to just make a background with the background stamp on the card front. I appreciate how the girl really stands out on this.

Ride The Wave!

“Ride The Wave” was partially created in the video. Once again I wanted the background to be a sunset.

Seas The Day!

“Seas The Day” is the last card I created. To make him a little crazy in the water, I offset him on his board and gave him sunglasses.

These cards were a ton of fun to create! I love how they turned out and can’t wait to mail them after the holidays. You can get these stamp sets at the Ranger site and get 20% off with the code SIMON20.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Home Spun Christmas Card

The sweet little icons on the Christmas stamp set from the CTMH bundle I have been working out of are so cute, but nothing to me is more iconic than Christmas trees.

How to Make It

Select two different shades of green and stamp the trees alternating between the two. Use kraft paper as your base to give it that home spun feel. Bazzil dot card stock is a wonderful card front that compliments the images. Use a circle that you die cut from the card front for the sentiment. Simply swipe your lighter ink over it and stamp it with the darker. To finish the card add a few Nuvo Drops.

To add a little more dimension use pop dots to adhere the card front to the base.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!