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!

The Great Outdoors

One thing that my family is doing a lot of is getting outside! My husband and daughter trained for a triathlon last summer. My son went hiking and we all had fun exploring local trails.

My daughter got a job as front desk receptionist at The Fitness Institute. Her new passion for health led to an entire overhaul on our family starting with my husband. He went from 430 pounds to 325 in just under seven months. I soon joined in and started working out with my daughter’s trainer (pictured above). Instead of sitting at home and playing video games my husband and daughter started training for a triathlon together. Not only did they get fit they bonded!

Using the same line and stamp set from Close to My Heart I created a page of my son at the top of the mountain on a hike. For my husband’s 44th Birthday he wanted to go on a hike — so that is what we did.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

K.I.S.S. Layouts

K.I.S.S. Layouts are some of my favorite to scrap for vacations. It means Keep It Simple Stupid. When working with a theme often a lot of journaling is not needed on every page. I truly believe that a picture can speak a thousand words. For these two layouts I wanted to document the great time we had in San Diego on the beach. I have the story of the trip documented elsewhere in the album. I used a Close to My heart paper pack, stickers and coordinating stamps to pull them together.

The yellow dress is one of my favorites to wear now after seeing this picture. I always thought I could not wear it, even though yellow is my favorite color. My daughter had to jump several times to get that perfect pose. I feel like I need to state that!

My boys had fun boogie boarding and looking for shells on the beach. Both of these pictures captured their moods perfectly.

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!

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!

Black and Gold Cheer

The star icon from the CTMH bundle caught my eye. I knew I wanted to create an elegant gold card featuring it.

How It Came Together

This card is also extremely easy to create. Just swap a white card base out for a black one. Emboss gold stars and add a gem to the center of each. Use the same gold embossing powder for the sentiment on black paper and back it with a little pattern paper. The gold paper is from an 8.5 by 11 inch paper pack I found on sale.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Red Nosed

A red nose is better than a brown nose. These sweet little icons need a card all for themselves. To keep it simple use kraft paper and one color ink. A little pop or red adds just a touch of personality.

I really wanted a sentiment on the front, but could not figure out where to put it. So, I pulled out the bag of circles that were cut from the card front die. I stamped it with one of the background icons, inked the edges and stamped the sentiment.

To finish off the card a pretty little bow from twine and glitter drops were all that was needed.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!