Who doesn’t love cute little dogs? Especially if they are in a basket with pretty spring flowers! This cute images is from Robyn’s Fetish. I colored it with Copic Markers, and I realized that I need more shades of browns. I’m still working on shading. It takes a lot of patience, and even more practice! I would love to take a class, but there aren’t any near here. I think I may try an online class when the weather gets too hot to be outside.
The scalloped square is from Nestabilities. The patterned papers from The Modern Meadow Stack from Die Cuts With A View. I added brown and orange layered flowers and brads as accents. These aren’t the normal colors that I like to use, but I love how it turned out!
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Have you used your Copic Markers to make backgrounds? I was playing around with my Copic Markers on day, and seeing which colors blend well. I tried different combinations of similar shades, from very light, to bright.
When I was done playing, I didn’t want to waste what I had done, so I borrowed a Stampin’ Up stamp from my Mom and stamped the image in black. I colored the flowers and leaves with Copics, but I kept them light and subtle.
I used Nestabilities to cut out the oval and scalloped oval. the pattern papers from Die Cuts With a View.
Here is another card with a similar background in shades of blue and green. The patterned paper is retired from Close To My Heart. I added a simple blow as a final touch.
Have you used your Copic Markers for making backgrounds? Here is a post from earlier this week where I used Copics to make sunsets, water and field backgrounds for geese. Go take a look! Using Copic Markers to Make Sunset Backgrounds
The Create A Critter 2 Cricut Cartridge is one of my favorites! If you follow my blog, you will find lots of cards and projects using both Create A Critter Cartridges. This little birdie decked out with a fancy hat is perfect to pair with the “It’s Your Bird-Day” sentiment from My Pink Stamper. This cute bird would also be great on an Easter Card. The patterned paper is discontinued paper from Close To My Heart. The large oval and scalloped ovals are Nestabilities from Spellbinders. I ran the tan oval through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder to add some texture. The smaller oval and scalloped oval with the sentiment are punches from Stampin’ Up.
Tan seam binding ribbon from Stampin’ Up matched the patterned paper perfectly. I added a tiny fabric flower and rhinestone to the bird’s hat. I also added a little bit of Stickles Glitter Glue to complete the card.
It’s been a rainy weekend here, which has been perfect for making cards. My dining room table is covered in ink pads, stamps, rhinestones, paper, and scraps! I went to a day crop today and worked on coloring some images and hope to turn them into cards this week. I also have a special order card that is going to be a real challenge. (I’ll keep it a secret as to theme, but I will post it when I get it finished.)
I hope you’ve had time to do something crafty this weekend!
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Sunsets and scenes are so much fun to make with Copic Markers. If you’re a Copic expert, I’m sure you’ve done this a million times, but I’m fairly new, and I was amazed! My Mom had these great stamps with Canada Geese on them. We’re in Wildlife Country, USA, so ducks, geese, and other wildlife are very popular here.
I saw some tutorials on Pinterest using stamp pads to make backgrounds, and I thought…..Oooh I bet I could do that with my Copics. We have the most beautiful sunsets here in Maryland, and I have a wonderful view of them from my front yard. I chose marker colors that imitated the bold yellows, oranges, pinks, and purples of the dusky sky.
I started at the bottom with the lightest colors making horizontal strokes. Then I added a darker shade, overlapping it with the lighter colors. Each time I changed colors, I worked on blending it into the previous color. Because the purple is so bold, it didn’t blend well with the other colors, but I kept playing with it and layering on more ink until I got a sky that I liked. My blending isn’t perfect and I wish the colors had bled into each other a bit more, but I still like the look.
When I was finished, I stamped the trees and geese in black. I used a black marker to make it look like a mountain at the bottom of the tree line. I had trouble finding paper that matched my sunsets. These are more masculine cards, but the colors that matched best were purples and oranges.
I wanted this Canada Goose to look like it was in a field with the sky behind it. I layered shades of green on the bottom and blues on the top. The goose and cat tails are from a Stampin’ Up Set called Wetlands. Since the goose is larger, and I wanted the background to show, I kept the layout simple with just a small punched edge at the bottom.
I wanted this goose to look like he was standing in the grass with a golden sunset behind him and a little bit of water in front of him. It didn’t turn out like I planned, but it still looks neat! If you haven’t tried this, I hope you will. It’s very therapeutic, putting all those gorgeous colors on paper. I think it actually help me to understand how colors blend as well, so it was good practice.
Here is another variation of the same technique. The purple and orange blended a little better on this card. What I like best about making sunsets and backgrounds with Copic Markers is that no two will ever be the same! Also, once you choose colors that work, you can’t really mess it up.
The Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge has so many great characters, and one of the most is fun is this cute leprechaun perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day Card. I could have cut him smaller, but I don’t like fiddling with tiny pieces and he’s so funny…why not make him big!
I cut him on 4″. With the added height of his hat, this was a good size, and he would also be great on a scrapbook page. We’ve never celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in our family, so I don’t have any photos for scrapbook pages, but I thought sending cards to a few friends would be fun.
After I got him assembled, I added gold stickles to the buckles on his shoes and hat. I also added black to his hat band and patina green to the shamrock. The shamrock is on the A Child’s Year Cricut Cartridge, but there is also one on the Paper Doll Dress Up Cartridge.
I’ve had the paper for years, but I’ve never had a chance to use it. It is shades of green, pale blue, and dusty blue. There are small shamrocks and celtic knots and patterns on it. It’s very classy looking and doesn’t need any extra decorating.
Here is a close up of the shamrock. This is the mess that Stickle’s makes when it runs out! haha!!! I tried to fix it with a toothpick, but I didn’t have any luck. It’s only a small spot on the card, so I’m not going to worry over it.
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A couple of weeks ago, I started working on some St. Patrick’s Day Projects using the Paper Doll Dress Up Cricut Cartridge. I had some St. Patrick’s Day designer paper that I’ve had for years. It’s very class looking with celtic patterns and tiny shamrocks. There is also a coordinating print that is light blue and green.
I made two versions of this St. Patrick’s Day card. I made one with a leprechaun’s hat and one with a pot of gold. For the pot of gold, I added gold Stickles Glitter Glue to make it look like gold coins in the pot. I also added shamrocks that I cut from A Child’s Year Cricut Cartridge and Paper Doll Dress Up.
I also decorated the inside of the cards with smaller shamrocks and pots of gold and added them to the lower right corner.
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This Delicious Doodles butterfly digistamp made the most beautiful card!! A friend asked if I could make a wedding shower card for her niece. This is what I came up with! I used Copic Markers to color the butterflies and flower. The paper is from the Butterfly Garden paper stack from Die Cuts With a View.
I kept the design fairly simple with pink and light green flowers. I added pale pink pearls to the centers of the flowers and corners of the image.
My husband is on a golf trip until Wednesday, so I’m hoping for some scrapping time. Tuesday is Scrap N Chat at my Mom’s house. My plan is to get some images colored before then, and then turn them into cards when I get there. I’ll see how that works out!
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The hydrangea on the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge is one of my favorite Cricut cuts. I am a sucker for flowers. I love flower stamps, flower paper, and of course flower die cuts.
I used the Butterfly Garden Paper Stack from Die Cuts With A View. The colors in the stack are beautiful with some added foil on some of the prints. There are also prints with butterflies and flowers. I used one a green print and a pink print to cut two bases for the hydrangea using the Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge. I cut the flower part off of the pink one at attached it so that the only green part that shows is the leaves. Then I used the layer feature to cut the flower part that shows more detail. Finally, I used the layer feature to cut out the individual flowers. The flower has 3 layers, and I used pop dots between each layer to give the flower dimension.
I used 4 different patterns of paper for the background of the card and added an organza ribbon and knot. I fussy cut the butterfly out of the cover of the paper pack. I hated to waste a whole piece of 12×12 paper for just one butterfly. I attached it with a mini glue dot in the center so that I could fold the wings up. To finish the card, I used cream colored Liquid Pearls to add centers to the individual flowers and pink stick on pearls to the corner.
The Walk In My Garden Cricut Cartridge has flowers, leaves, caterpillars, snails, butterflies, dragonflies, turtles, and lots of garden accessories. The special features include a tag that makes a great bookmark, borders, and cards.
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I love how this combination of Stampin’ Up Butterfly Prints Stamp Set and Washi Tape came together. Can you believe that this is the first time I’ve used Washi Tape? The challenge this week at Loves Rubberstamps is to use Washi Tape, so I figured this was the perfect time to give it a try! I saw a sketch on Paper Smooches that uses it, and it gave me a jump start with an idea.
First thing I had to do was find some washi tape. I only have a few rolls, and it was all Christmas. Fortunately, my Mom is a Stampin’ Up rep, and she had Stampin’ Up Washi Tape. Of course, she had cardstock to match, so I was set!
The base for this card is light blue, but you can’t tell in the picture. I added a rectangle of Calypso Coral and punched the bottom edge with a Martha Stewart Border Punch. Then I added the washi tape, and stamped the sentiment in Soft Suede.
I stamped the houndstooth butterfly on off white paper and punched it with a Stampin’ Up Butterfly punch. I attached it used one glue dot in the center of the body so that I could fold the wings up slightly. I added adhesive pearls to the butterfly’s body for a little extra pizazz.
I can see that washi tape could be totally addictive! I might have to get some more. Do you have any crafting supplies or techniques that you haven’t tried yet that you want to try?
Have you ever used your Cricut to make a stencil? I have, but I don’t think about doing it very often. I saw a challenge on Monday over at Bitten By The Bug 2, so I thought I would give it a shot. Here is the card that I came up with.
I used the Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge to cut the scalloped heart on a piece of scrap paper. Since I knew I was going to be inking the stencil, I didn’t cut it right to the edge. I wanted some excess paper around the outside. Then I positioned my stencil onto white paper. I held it with my hand, but it would have been easier if I had used masking tape to hold it.
I used a shade of purple and Calypso Coral ink from Stampin’ Up and lightly sponged the stencil. Start off lightly. You can always make it darker. I did the top half in purple and the bottom in coral and blended them in the middle. When I thought I had it dark enough, I raised the stencil to see how it looked. One side was rather light and I didn’t go to the edge, so I put the stencil back down and added a little more ink.
While the stencil was still in place, I use the wildflowers in the Best of Flowers Stampin’ Up Set to stamp several times on the bottom of the heart. I reinked each time I stamped, because I wanted it to be a bold black.
I stamped Hello My Friend in purple in the lower right corner. The stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. I used the Stampin’ Up Inverted Corner to punch the edges and added the pearls in the cut outs.
I’m please with how it turned out. I love using my Cricut, yet it was something completely different from what I usually do.
Do you ever use your Cricut to cut stencils? I really want to try it with vinyl and etching cream to etch glass, but I haven’t yet.
The Doodlecharms Cricut Cartridge has shapes for all occasions, holidays, and seasons.