Previous month:
May 2012
Next month:
July 2012

June 2012

Mother and Baby Deer

Good Saturday.  I hope you are having a great weekend.  I missed posting a few days due to my work schedule and lack of card making energy. Do you ever have one of those weeks?

My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge.  Our inspiration site this week is Denizmum.  I was inspired by this darling group of handmade baby reindeer.

Amigurumi Reindeer Doll Pattern Amigurumi Reindeer Doll Pattern

Amigurumi Reindeer Doll Pattern Amigurumi Reindeer Doll Pattern

The site is full of darling baby toys so I was inspired to make a mommy and baby deer card with lots and lots of pink but still creating a woodsy scene around the deer.

KC Memory Box Deer Trio 4 center

I started by cutting the deer out of kraft cardstock and lightly sponging them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added the white to the ears and bodies using a tiny dry brush and white watercolor paint straight out of the tube and mixed with no water. I used the brush tip to apply the dots on the baby and the ears and then I used a stipple motion to apply the light white shading on both bodies. KC Memory Box Deer Trio 4 close

I cut the tree using kraft paper and then applied brown reinker to it with a dry brush in a stipple motion to create the look of textured bark. I created the leaves for the tree by punching just the tip section of the Punch Bunch fern  and applied them to the tree branches.  I used the smaller of the flowers from the Flower Mound die to create the tiny flowers and attached them to the tree. I always glossy accents for this kind of work as it dries quickly and created such a great bond. I applied rolled up glue dots to the back of the tree and attached to the card base.

KC Memory Box Deer Trio 4 left

I cut three sections of Grassland Border and attached to the card base to create the woodsy grass. The back section of grass was attached directly to the base.  The second section was attached with rolled glue dots to create a tiny separation for dimension and the front row of grass was attached using mounting tape. I cut the tree two more times using green paper and cut the branches into smaller sections, added tiny flowers to them and inserted them between the grass to soften the scene. The butterflies were the perfect finishing touch for this sweet scene. 

KC Memory Box Deer Trio 4 right

My heart will be broken when I run out of this retired pink stripped Stampin’ Up! paper.  I love it! 

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Memory Box Dies, Deer Trio

Memory Box Dies, Twiggy Tree   Memory Box Dies, Flower MoundPunch Bunch Fern, MediumHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2"Glue Dots, 3/8Accents, GlossyDistress Ink Pad, Spun SugarQuickStikATG Kit, Advanced Tape GliderStudio Artist Brushes

Paper:  Stampin’ Up! Retired Designer Paper, Kraft, Lucky Limeade, White    Ink:  Distress Ink Vintage Photo     Accessories:  Memory Box Deer Trio, Flower Mound, Twiggy Tree, Poppy Stamps  Grassland Border, Punch Bunch Medium Fern, Mounting Tape, Glue Dots, Glossy Accents, QuickStik, Brush, Chinese White Watercolor Paint

Relaxing Beach Scene

Good Wednesday morning!  My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge to use Whisper White, Island Indigo and Pool Party.

124302s-jpg 122923t-jpg 122924t-jpg

When I saw the color combination I thought ocean and beach. This gave me the opportunity to use the Memory Box Oceana Border and Savvy Stamps Umbrella dies.  They paired well with the beach chair and birds from my Kittie Kits.

KC Savvy STamps Umbrella 1 center

I created the cloud background using my hand cut cloud template and Inkssentials Ink Blending tool. I die cut the waves and hand cut the sand layer using deckle scissors and applied Liquid Applique to both to create sea foam and sand. I spread the LA lightly on the paper with my finger to avoid the dreaded blobs.  I sponged brown ink to the LA on the kraft paper to create the look of gritty sand. I attached the sand layer over the sky background and then applied the waves over the sand using mounting tape.

KC Savvy STamps Umbrella 1 left

I die cut the umbrella three times, once with blue and twice with white. I cut the flaps off the blue umbrella and layered it over the white one. I cut decorative strips out of the other white umbrella to create a trim and topper for the umbrella.  I stamped the chair with white craft ink, embossed with white embossing powder and cut out using my craft knife. I attached the chair with mounting tape and attached the umbrella to the base  using both glue dots and glossy accents to secure in place. I would love to be sitting in that chair right now.

KC Savvy STamps Umbrella 1 right

If you would like to see some step by step photos of how I create my cloud background please check out my tutorial here. Thanks for stopping by today.  I appreciate all of your warm and supportive comments.

Kittie Kit Cause a Scene Beach Master Kittie Kit Cause a Scene What's For Lunch #5

Savvy Stamps Dies, Umbrella 3-D

Memory Box Dies, Oceana Border

Liquid Applique, White

High Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2" Accents, GlossyDistress Ink Pad, Spun SugarGlue Dots, 3/8"Ink Blending Tool

AA Cloud Template

Stamps: Rubbernecker Kittie Kits Beach 

Paper: Island Indigo, Soft Sky, White, Kraft
Ink: Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Soft Sky, Black, SU White Craft
Accessories: Savvy Stamps  Umbrella Die, Memory Box  Oceana Border, Deckle Scissors, Mounting Tape, Liquid Applique, Tinsel Embossing Powder, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool , Glue Dots, Postage Scissors (trim on umbrella), Glossy Accents

Laundry Schedule

Good Tuesday morning.  I have a simple and fun project to share with you today.  Don’t die of shock!  The images are all stamped and there are no die cuts.  LOL!

All of these fun laundry images are from the Rubbernecker Laundry Days Collection.

KC Laundry Days 6 right

I stamped the images on watercolor paper, painted with a brush and Distress Ink reinkers and cut out.

KC Laundry Days 6 center

I attached  the ironing board with mounting tape and placed the other images to create a laundry room scene.  I loved using the twine for the electric cord for the iron.  Best of all….the sentiment is so true.

KC Laundry Days 6 left

Thanks for stopping in today and I hope you have a great day.


clothes setLaundry SuppliesBasic Grey PB&J 6x6 Paper Pad Image of The Original Twine Sampler Pack

Distress Ink Pad, Spun SugarHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2"Standard Circles LGGlue Dots, 3/8Accents, GlossyATG Kit, Advanced Tape Glider

Stamps: Rubbernecker Laundry Days - Clothes Set 649-11, Laundry Set 649-12, Laundry Schedule 649-07
Paper: Basic Grey pb&j, Confetti White, Baja Breeze, Watercolor
Ink: Distress Ink  Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Pumice Stone, Brilliance Graphite Black
Accessories: Spellbinders Classic Circle and Rectangle Die Sets, Glossy Accents, Glue Dots, String, The Twinery Caribbean, ATG, Brush, Kraft Knife,

Red Bicycle Scene and Mini Cloud Tutorial

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I have had several people write and ask me for a tutorial on how I create the clouds in my scene backgrounds.  I thought I would take a few step by step photos while making the background for today’s project. First, I want to thank Cindy Motherway aka Splitcoaststampers Mothermark for sharing her hand cut scalloped cloud template technique with us a couple of years ago.

Here’s my little red bicycle scene and the sky background that you will see develop in the pictures below.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 3 center

1.  Using a good thick cardstock cut several rounded scallops with your scalloped scissors to create your cloud template/ template with scalloped scissors.  AS you can see below my template is well worn.  That is no problem because I can always make another one.


2. I like to use the Inkssentials Ink Blending tool to apply ink to create the sky. I turn the wooden base on its side and lightly push the sponge over the template.  This allows the ink to be applied to the template edge.  Using the sponge in a flat motion would apply too much ink and not leave white space.  I hope this makes sense. 


3.  I start applying ink from one side and then move the template over to continue.  You can see the completed line in the next photo.



4.  When the first row is complete I move the template over and start again.  Notice I have set the rounded scallops offset so the clouds are not perfectly lined up and unnatural looking.


5.  Continue across the page to create the second row.  You will continue this pattern until you have as much space as you want covered with clouds.



My project today is made with dies from several companies.  It shows how easily these dies can be combined to make beautiful cards.  I especially love making scenes.

I cut the Impression Obsession tree out of kraft paper and used a dry brush to apply Distress Ink reinkers lightly to the trunk to give the appearance of bark. The leaves were cut from the Memory Box Flower Mound, formed with a stylus and attached to the tree with rolled glue dots.

Here’s a closer view of the tree.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 3 Center Tree 

Both the fence and grass border are from My Favorite Things.  The fence was attached with mounting tape and the grass was attached with adhesive from my ATG. The bike is made by Savvy Stamps and is the cutest thing ever.  I cut two, one in gray and one in red and paper pieced them together and attached them in between the grass layers.

Here’s a closer view of the bike and fence line. Click on the photos to see a larger view.

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 3 center close

KC Impression Obsession Tree Die 3 left

I cut a Memory Box Leafy Branch, cut apart the stems and attached the tiny flowers and inserted them along the fence line. The Memory Box butterflies were the finishing touch.

KC Impression Obsession Tree die 3 right

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

Savvy Stamps Dies, BicycleImpression Obsession Dies, TreeMemory Box Dies, Butterfly DelightsMemory Box Dies, Flower MoundMy Favorite Things Die-namics, Woodgrain FenceHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2" Accents, GlossyInk Blending ToolGlue Dots, 3/8My Favorite Things Die-namics, Fresh Cut Grass


Paper: Red, White, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Kraft, Gray
Ink: Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Tumbled Glass
Accessories: Impression Obsession Tree Die, Savvy Stamps Bicycle , My Favorite Things Fence and Fresh Cut Grass , Memory Box Flower Mound, Leafy Branch and Butterfly Delights, Mounting Tape, Glossy Accents, Stylus, Mat, Inkssentials Ink Blending Tool, Glue Dots, Brush,  Handmade Cloud Template

Sweet Dreams Baby

Good Sunday morning. I have a sweet and simple baby card to share with you today.  There are lots more layers on this card than I would normally use but I thought the layered punched and die cut hearts were perfect to accent this sweet image.

KC Sleeping Moon 1 left

I stamped the image and sentiment on white cardstock using versa and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I die cut the image with a small circle and watercolored using a brush and Distress Ink reinkers. I punched the sentiment with an oval punch.

KC Sleeping Moon 1 center

I placed mounting tape between each layer of hearts for dimension.  I much prefer this look to layers all attached and flat against the base of the card.

KC Sleeping Moon 1 right

This would be so perfect for a new baby girl shower or gift.

Thanks for looking in today.  I want you to know how much I appreciate how successful you made my card sale.  Thank you very much.

sweet dreamsSleeping MoonHeart CirclesStandard Circles LGLarge Oval Punch - by Stampin' Up!Ranger - Super Fine 1oz. Embossing Powder, GoldDistress Ink Pad, Spun SugarVersaMark InkpadHigh Tack Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape, 1/2"

Stamps: Rubbernecker Sleeping Moon 633-01 and Sweet Dreams 633-06
Paper: Pink, White
Ink: Distress Ink Reinkers: Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass
Accessories: Spellbinders Heart Circles, Martha Stewart Heart PATP Set, Stampin' Up! Oval Punch, Versa , Gold Embossing Powder , Mounting Tape, Brush, ATG