Sunday, May 21, 2017

G'Day Mate Card

Good Morning Crafty Friends!!
I'm back to share with you all another adorable little card!
I have gone absolutely bonkers over the little critters in the stamp set! 

How stinkin' cute is the little platypus?? When I first saw him I immediately knew this set was going to be a favorite. And check out the cute little cactus and Kiwi bird... that was it, I'm dead... this set just killed me with cuteness!!

Pink & Main Supplies Used
Koalaty Friend (Pink and Main)
Koalaty Friend Dies (Pink and Main)
Be Brave 6"x6" Paper Pad (Pink and Main)

Others SuppliesUsed
Blueprints 29  (MFT)
Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX (MFT)
Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Ranger)
Versafine Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko/ Imagine Crafts)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Natural Corrugate Stack (DCWV)
140 lb Mixed Media Paper (Strathmore)

To make this card, I first stamped my images from Pink and Main's Koalaty Friend set with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media Paper.

I like to color more images than I need as a just in case. You know, just in case I mess up or have an accident, or little hands carry them off. LOL

Then I colored these cute little critters with Tim Holtz Distress Markers. 

For the platypus, I used Stormy Sky and Vintage Photo. 
]The cacti were colored Mowed Lawn and Worn Lipstick. 
And the little Kiwi bird was colored in Vintage Photo.

Once I the coloring was done, I die cut the images using Pink and Main's matching Koalaty Friend Dies.

For my card base, I used these awesome patterned papers from Pink and Main's new Be Brave 6"x6" Paper Pad. I framed and layered them onto a standard A2 (4.25"x5.5") corrugated cardstock card base.

The bigger rectangle mat measures 4"x 5.25" and the smaller rectangle measures 3"x 4.25". 
I also used MFT's Wonky Stitched rectangles to layer over the large rectangle mat and Blueprints 29 to layer over the smaller rectangle.

I stamped my little sentiment on the little flag, also from the Blueprints 29 set.

I used foam adhesive to pop up my images and adhered them to the front of my card.

Then finally added a twine bow topped with an orange button.

And here is my finished card...
I cannot get enough of this little platypus!! And the kiwi bird is the perfect little sidekick to any of the cute animals from this set.

Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card today.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting!!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Encourage Your Hopes

Hello, Crafty Friends! 
I'm back again with Team Xyron... and this week we partnered with the wonderful people at DCWV to bring you tons of inspirational projects!

This week I had the privilege to play with one of DCWV's newest paper stacks called Meet Me In Paris...
DCWV 12''x12'' Premium Printed Cardstock Stack-Meet Me In Paris
I was beyond excited because I had instantly fallen in love with it when first saw it at Creativation this past winter. This stack is GORGEOUS!! Oh, how I wish I could take it home me (that and many of their other stacks as well). 

Fast forward to the present and I couldn't be happier that it made its way home to me! If you are looking for papers that are utterly and romanticly charming, then this is the stack for you! 

So I used these beautiful papers to make this stunning encouragement card.

Supplies Used
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Chalkboard Paint (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Finnabair Art Ingredients- Texture Powder, White  (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Opal Magic- Rose Gold Acrylic Paint (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Finnabair Mechanicals - Grungy (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Finnabair Mechanicals - Vintage Trinkets (Prima Marketing Inc.)
Tim Holtz Idea-ology- Word Bands (Advantus)
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide - Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick (Ranger)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Walnut Stain (Ranger)
Flourish Frames Evie (Gypsie Soul Laser Cuts)
Self Adhesive Rhinestones
Crinkle Ribbon

 I started by cutting my paper down to 4.25" x 11". Then folded it in half to create a standard A2 sized card base. I also trimmed down a piece of patterned paper down to 4"x 5.25" creating a card mat.

I cut 2" and 3" squares from coordinating papers. Using Eileen Hull's Stitchy Flowers & Leaf dies, I die cut flowers 3 large flowers, 4 6pt flowers, and 3 of the small 4 pt flowers. I also die cut 3 Large and 2 small stamens but ultimately decided against using those smaller stamens.

 With a scissor, I made cuts toward the center of the flowers creating longer petals.

Then, I inked the edges of all the flower petals using Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

 To make the small rose I used 4 - 6 petaled flowers and dampened them using a water brush. I shaped and curled the petals. Then layered them inside of each other and secured it together with liquid adhesive.

 For the larger flower bloom, I used the 3 large flowers that I made incisions into and again used my water brush to dampen and shape my flowers. To speed up the drying time and make the flowers firmer I heat set the flowers.

I layered the flowers and secured with more adhesive. Then repeated the same steps on the stamens.

Then. I attached a rhinestone cabochon to the sender.

The flower ended up being a little too brown for me so I decided to brush on a little Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink onto the flower petals.

 This flourished frame from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts was so pretty but seemed so flat... So I added texture by brushing on a mixture I made by mixing black chalkboard paint and texture powder.

Then dry brushed Rose Gold Opal Magic Acrylic Paint over the raised texture.

 I die cut 3 leaves (also from the Stitchy Flowers & Leaf die set). Then inked them with peeled paint distress oxide ink and heat set it.

I folded and cresed my leaves. Then inked Walnut Stain Distress Inks over the creased edges.

 Next, I inked around the edges of the card mat with more Walnut Stain ink.

I centered and attached the card mat to the front of the card base using my Xyron Mega Runner.

Then, attached the frame to the front of the card using more Mega Runner adhesive. The dot matrix system ensures that the adhesive sticks only where I need it to.

Then using a strong liquid adhesive I attached my metal leaves and bow to the frame. Then attached the leaves and flowers over top. 

Lastly attaching the metal butterfly and word band sentiment across the frame.

And here is my finished card...

I hope you enjoyed my project for the day and even more so I really hope you enjoyed Wrapping up our fantastic week with DCWV!!

Please come back and visit soon! 
But until then, 
~ Mitsy