Saturday, February 13, 2016

Blog Design Team: Just Monkeying Around!

Hey there, crafty friends! We've been having a great time packing up and shipping out orders of all our new Release products, so it's been a bit of a zoo around here! So, when we saw Blog Design Team member Lisa Henke's wild animal birthday card, we were just tickled! Check out the details below...

And now, here's Lisa to tell us all about her project...

Hello friends! It is birthday season in my house. Seriously, it's a thing -- in a 4 week time span, we celebrate 8 family members' birthdays! Three of which are all 3 of my boys, plus myself!  My littlest one, Nicholas, was actually born on my birthday (I am also a twin). That's pretty cool, I think! So with all that birthday cake to make and eat, I always need a stack of cards in February.

 I pulled out the darling Wild About You stamp set because my little guy is the biggest animal lover I know. I started out with a piece of light gray card stock cut down to 3.75 x 5 inches and hand-stamped the background with all the different animals, stamped in black ink. I added in some of the vine and leaf images to fill in some blank spaces around the edges.

I always enjoy using tags for a main image panel. I didn't want to cover up all the zoo animals in the background, so I cut the Build a Tag 5 from vellum. I didn't really want the jagged edge of this tag for this particular card so I easily changed that up by adding the new Postage Stamp Edger in green along the bottom.
I wanted a bold statement with this tag, so I used the Free Spirit sentiment set and stamped the birthday greeting in black ink. I then hit it with some clear embossing powder to really make it pop on the vellum. It's such a pretty glossy texture for the card.

I then stamped the monkey and leaf images from Wild About You onto some Copic-friendly card stock and colored them up with Copic markers. I used the coordinating Wild About You Dies to cut them out. I added them to my tag, along with some black burlap twine.

I popped up the finished tag with some foam dimension and added it to the stamped background piece. I then covered the front of a top-folding Sugar Cube A2 cardbase with a piece of the leaf designer paper from Build A Scene 6x6 Paper Pack. I used a scattering of sequins from the Build a Scene Christmas bottle and a few black enamel dots. I know my Nicholas will just love this card. He's my little monkey.

Thank you for sharing this fun card with us today, Lisa! And happy birthday to your little monkey, you and all of your amazing family! You can find more of Lisa's fabulous work on her blog, My Little Creative Escape. Have a joyful day!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Blog Design Team: Fantastic Mr. Fox!

TGIF, crafty friends! Are you ready for the weekend? We hope you'll be getting crafty, and to kick things off, Blog Design Team member Cindy Lawrence has created a card using our Forest Friends that make you crafty like a fox...

And now, here's Cindy to tell us all about her project...

As soon as I saw the Forest Friends set in last month's release, I knew I just HAD to have it. I mean, seriously people, aren't those just the cutest little critters and sayings ever?! You can make all sorts of fun little scenes with them!

One of the dies that works so well with the Forest Friends set is the Seasonal Trees die. I really love how detailed the die is.

I stamped the sweet little fox image on Copic-friendly cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored it in with Copic markers, and die-cut it with the coordinating Forest Friends Die set.

The sentiment was stamped in Memento Gray Flannel ink and die-cut using the Banner Stacklets 1 die set.  I added a bit of striped twine and a trio of enamel dots to dress it up a bit. I colored the enamel dots with my Copic Airbrush System and YR27 Copic marker.

The final touch to finish off the details and add balance to my card is a sweet little flag and button element, created with the Banner Stacklets 1 die set and a coordinating button.

I do like to dress up the inside of my cards as well. I always keep it very simple, but enough to make it special. This time I added a couple of strips of patterned paper across the top, and a sweet little fox in the bottom corner.

Thank you for sharing this super foxy card, Cindy! You can find more of Cindy's fabulous work on her blog, The Creative Closet. Have a joyful day!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Today I Learned: How to Drop in Color with Watercolors

Happy Thursday, crafty friends! It's time for another installment of "Today I Learned..."! Today we have a terrific tutorial from Blog Team designer Amy Kolling, who shows us how to quickly add color to die-cuts using a really fun and easy technique!

Would you like to know how Amy created this quick and pretty watercolor card? Well, you are in luck because her tutorial is in this week's TE Newsletter! Check it out here:

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Valentine Treats with Taylor: Will You Be Mine?

Hey there, crafty friends! It's Taylor here today with a mid-week treat! Valentine's Day is one my favorite occasions for creating cute and crafty treat packaging! Our oldest daughter, Madi, is at the age where she wants to be involved in any kind of crafty project, so it was lots of fun to create this year's Valentine treats with her help (and also a great lesson in growing patience and accepting that good enough for her is good enough for me!). We decided to make a separate set of Valentine's for both her preschool classmates and her daycare buddies so I have two different Valentine treats to share with you!

When I have a large amount of treat packaging to create, I will often search a store (usually Target!) for pre-made packaging where I can add my own handmade flair. This year I happened upon these cute little sacks with a polka dot heart printed on them from the Target $1 Spot. I started by stamping the sacks with a Be Mine sentiment from the Little Bits of Love stamp set:

I wanted to dress up the pre-printed heart with a handmade embellishment so I die cut two layers of felt using the Heart Stacklets die and hand-stitched them together with embroidery floss to create an embellishment to adhere over the top of the large heart. 

After stitching and adhering all of the hearts, Madi stepped in and filled the bags with candy and taped them closed with a bit of washi tape!

With Madi in preschool I thought it would be cute to use the "I'm so glad we swim in the same school" sentiment for her school friends. We started out by die cutting all the pieces (Madi poked the eyes out of each die cut fish which she thought was hilarious). 

We built the fish tank using the Stitched Circle Stacklets and the Roly Poly - Fish dies. After die cutting everything, they were super easy to put together. 

I don't quite trust her with the glue bottle yet so after I assembled the tags, she wrote her name on the back. 

We tied the tags to a bag of Swedish Fish (or try Goldfish Crackers if you want to stay away from the candy!). So there you have it for our Valentine treats this year! What did you make for your family, friends, or classroom treats this year?