Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Nuts About You Slimline Card

Hi there! I'm back with another Valentine's card idea using stamps that were not meant for a Valentine's theme.  For today's card I've used Oh Nuts! from Hello Bluebird.  This stamp set was originally intended for fall themes but I think squirrels can be used any time year.

My slimline card measures 3.5" tall by 8.5" wide and I've used a blend of Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves Distress Oxides to color the entire card front.  I Copic colored the squirrels, tree branches, and acorns from Oh Nuts! (Copic colors used listed at the bottom of this post) I arranged all the tree branches and leaves around the outer perimeter of the card front and then trimmed off the overhang.  I positioned the squirrels so that they frame in the area for the greeting.  

I used the Oliver Alpha dies to spell out the word "NUTS".  I die cut the letters twice - once from a light brown card stock and once from a dark brown.  I then layered the lighter ones slightly off set onto the darker one.  I positioned the letters a little wonky to enhance the playful tone of the card.  To complete the greeting I stamped the "about you".  This stamp is from Dear Friend.  Lastly I added the acorns and some tiny clay hearts to embellish the background.  

Copic colors used: 
squirrels - E40, E41, E43, E44
branches - E70, E71, E74
acorns - E31, E34, E35, E37
leaves - YG61, YG63, YG67

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Sunny Studio - Rainbow Slimline Card

Hello crafty friends! I live in Iowa where the winter days can often be overcast and gloomy.  I find myself wanting to add lots of color to my cards to compensate for the lack of outside this time of year. So I have a very colorful rainbow card to share today.  I've combined two new Sunny Studio products to create the rainbow which covers the length of my slimline card.

I used two different border dies.  The scallop is from Eyelet Lace Borders and the hearts are from Heartstrings Borders. Now you could create your own rainbow ink blended card stock to die cut these borders out of, but you don't have to.  It's already been done for you! I used a piece of patterned paper from the Spring Fling Paper Pad.  It works out perfectly to die cut enough border strips to fill the front of the card.  I alternated adhering the two border styles onto a separate panel and then trimmed narrower than the slimline card base which measures 8.5" tall by 3.5" wide.  

For the focal images on this card, I've used the balloon bouquet from Floating By and a monkey from Love Monkey.  The monkey image is originally hanging from a vine.  After I die cut the monkey out, I simply fussy cut the vine part off.  When I adhered the balloon bouquet to the monkey tail, it covers any odd lines left from the vine.  I stamped the greeting, also from Floating By, in one of border gaps just below the monkey.  For a bit of embellishment, I added some tiny clay heart confetti.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Toad-ally Awesome Friendship Card

I think we all can agree that it's important to remind good friends how much they are appreciated.  What better way to do just that with some cute critters and a fun punny sentiment on a handmade card.  

All supplies used including Copic colors are listed in the descriptions below. 

Today's card features all Hello Bluebird stamps and dies.  I wanted to create a card with a sweet and simple scene along with a greeting that says it all.  

Here's a linked list of all the HB stamps and dies used:

This card is A2 size.  For the ink blended background, I used a combo of Worn Lipstick and Wild Honey Distress Oxide inks.  I used a light hand when blending to achieve that soft background.  I then splattered it with thinned pink paint.  I adhered all the Copic colored images to create the scene with Thin White 3D Adhesive Foam Squares <---these are my go to foam adhesive squares. They give just right amount of dimension without adding too much bulk to the card for mailing. I then added the sentiment where I allowed enough room for it in the top right part of scene.  For just a touch of embellishment, I added a few randomly scattered clear gems. 

Copic markers used for coloring:
  • G40, G43, G46 - frog, flower leaves
  • BG10, BG11, BG13 - mushroom tops
  • YR30, E21 - mushroom stems
  • YR12, YR18 - flowers
  • RV52, RV55 - ladybug bodies
  • N2, N4, N6 - ladybug heads

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Hello Bluebird - Magical Wishes Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends! One of my favorite Hello Bluebird stand alone dies is the Warm Wishes Word die.  I love a good bold greeting.  I've used just the "wishes" part for this fun birthday card. Other supplies used are highlighted and linked in the descriptions below. 

To create the colorful wishes die cut, I used several different colors of card stock from the Stamp Market.  I trimmed the colors into skinny strips and adhered together before die cutting.  I also die cut the wishes from Craft Perfect silver glitter card to layer behind the colorful one.  

I wanted to keep this design fairly clean and simple. I added some purple paint splatters trailing down at an angle from left to right.  I adhered the wishes die cut towards the bottom of the background panel.  To complete the sentiment, I silver heat embossed the words magical + birthday which come from the Sparkles Script stamp set

I added a Copic colored unicorn and a few stars from the Unicorn Tales stamp set.  To embellish the paint splatter trail, I added some Sparkling Clear Sequins, a few tiny Pure Sheen Gemstones, and glossy Calming Aqua Nuvo Crystal Drops

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Honey Bee Stamps Bee Mine Blog Hop Day 2

Hello everyone! I hope that you've had a chance to check out the Bee Mine release from Honey Bee Stamps.  There's so many fun new stamps and dies in this release geared towards Valentine's Day and love themed projects.  

Be sure to stop by all the blogs along the hop and leave a comment to win a $25 gift card for the Honey Bee Stamps shop.  (day 2 hop list at the end of this post)

I'm sharing these fun mail box gift card pockets I made with the Post Box Card Honey Cuts and Love Enclosed Stamp Set

These post box pockets are so easy to make.  They can be used all year round to send a gift card or be a cute way to send a little love note to someone special.  To make the pocket, I die cut two of the main post box shape.  I then partially die cut the flap in one of the post box shapes. I centered the flap die toward the top of the post box and only die cut the curved part.  

Then I scored where the original straight cut line would have been.   I adhered the post box with the die cut opening to a solid one. Be careful to only apply adhesive around the outer edge so there's enough room to slide the gift card holder in. 

Once the Post Box pocket is complete, the fun begins.... decorating and adding sentiments! I kept mine clean and simple but the the sky's the limit with these so have fun with it.  

To create the gift card insert, I used the second largest rectangle die from the A2 Double Stitched Frames.  I die cut a heart from the new Heartfelt Pockets Honey Cuts and stamped "pull here" to adhere to the top of the gift card insert panel.  

I chose to add two die cut envelopes on either side of the pull tab heart.  You could add more if you weren't using this panel for a gift card.  I think it would be fun to cover the insert with envelopes and put little messages in side. So many fun possibilities with this Post Box!

Day 2 Bee Mine Blog Hop

Leanne West<---you are here

Honey Bee Stamps - Slimline Valentine's Card

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