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  • Espresso Bean Owl


    A cute little owl card for that special someone who loves coffee & espresso. Super easy to make & fits in wonderfully with the coffee themed paper pack. Perfect for birthday, Mother’s or Father’s Day!

    It’s my turn to host the Featured Stamper Challenge (FS889), so a big congrats to Shelly! She has a really fun gallery & I chose THIS card to case. I kept the owl & coffee theme, but changed the layout a bit, used different images, dies, paper & colors.

    After coloring & die cutting this cute little owl, I used a mini slimline die to cut the narrow ivory panel & stamped the greeting onto it. A dark chocolate layer was added behind it & I popped it up a bit off of the coffee paper background.

    A few stitched hearts in several sizes were die cut out of the same brown & also popped up a bit.
    Here are the Copics I used for the little owl:

    Thanks so much for stopping  by! 

    Supplies:

    Stamps: Brass & Bliss/Rubbernecker Stamps: Words Can’t Espresso set, Owl set
    Paper:  Staples 110# white, ivory, chocolate brown, dp (Rubbernecker Stamps: Java Good Time paper pad)
    Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Versaclair nocturne
    Accessories:  Brass & Bliss/Rubbernecker Stamps: Stitched Rectangles, Mini Slimline Stitched, Have a Hoot set, Stacked Hearts, Words Can’t Espresso dies, Crossover II, Misti, Copic Markers



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  • Love You a Lot


    Cute little gnome girl on a background of dry embossed hearts. Perfect for a Valentine, Anniversary, Birthday or Mother’s Day. Extra pictures to show how the hearts were pushed out and the double heart border was used to create a lacy strip.

    For the Inspiration Challenge (IC950) we are visiting All Paint by Numbers and their Pinterest Board. THIS was my inspiration picture. 

    My card started with the cute little gnome girl. After coloring & die cutting her w/ the coordinating die, I hunted around in my stash of backgrounds & found this baby wipe technique background (tutorial HERE) w/ similar colors. This is what the bg looked like, along w/ a die cut heart bg & inside scallop frame (from the OPC Combo #4). The pocket flap looking piece was die cut using part of the Twist & Pop die.


    Instead of using the heart background die to cut the baby wipe bg, I placed it on the rubber embossing mat & embossed the hearts instead. I wanted them to look puffed up so I put the die back onto the embossed bg, lightly rubbed a piece of wax paper over it, then used an embossing stylus to push the hearts out. Here’s what it looks like from the back side.

    This is what the front of the background looked like after embossing.

    I attached the white die cut hearts bg & the inside scallop frame over it, leaving the sides mostly unattached, where I planned to put the greeting strip. To make the lacy heart strip, I die cut the heart border on one side of a strip of lavender. Then turned the die upside down, matching the points to the indentations on the cut row & cut it again.

    The lacy heart stip was added above the greeting, on the pocket flap piece. The gnome was popped up just a bit to even her out, since half of her hat was on the layer below.

    Here are the Copics I used:

    Thanks
    so much for stopping by!


    Supplies:

    Stamps: Brass & Bliss:  I Love You Gnome set
     Paper:  Staples 110# white, glossy white, lavender
    Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Rubbernecker Stamps/Brass & Bliss reinker sets: #5, #6, #8 & #10
    Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps/Brass & Bliss:  I Love You Gnome, Heart Background, OPC Rectangle Combo #4, Twist & Pop, Rose Border dies, baby wipes, embossing stylus



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  • Sending Love


    A fun, easy Valentine, Wedding, Anniversary or Birthday card with minimal coloring and a stencil background using translucent grit paste. Easy to customize using the colors of your choice. The hardest part is waiting for it to dry.

    A big congrats to Deb, the newest Featured Stamper (FS888) on Splitcoast! She has a wonderful gallery & I chose THIS card to case. I kept the layout (mostly) & the hearts, but I used different images, dies & colors. I also changed the background to a stenciled one.

    For my card, I started by placing the stencil on scratch paper & rubbing 2 colors of pinkish/red ink over the top. I didn’t try to blend it, just dabbed it in areas first the lighter color then used the darker color on the rest. I placed the stencil on top of white card stock, ink side UP, then used a palette knife &  spread the grit paste in a thin layer. The paste picked up the ink from the top of the stencil as I spread the paste & it gave me a lovely varied color. There is a subtle glitter in this paste that’s more apparent in person. I carefully lifted the stencil & washed it right away so it wouldn’t adhere to the stencil. Then I let the background piece dry (about 20 minutes or so).

    While it was drying, I stamped the greeting & die cut w/ the longest tag. The heart balloons were also stamped, colored & die cut. When dry, I attached a pink inside scallop frame around the heart bg, tucking the greeting tag under the edges, & layered a red outside scallop frame underneath it. The balloons were popped up just a bit.
    Here are the Copics I used for the balloons:

    Thanks
    so much for stopping by!

     

    Supplies:

    Stamps: Brass & Bliss: Love is in the Air set
    Paper:  Staples 110# white, pink, red
    Ink: Memento tuxedo black,  Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse inks set #4
    Accessories:  Brass & Bliss/Rubbernecker Stamps: Love is in the Air, Inside Scallop Frame, Outside Scallop Frame, Offset Tags dies, Stacked Hearts Stencil,  Crossover II,  Ranger Distress Translucent Grit Paste, Misti, Copic Markers



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