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Furry Friends Layer Cake!

Hi! I hope you are healthy and happy! I have a fun box card to share with you today!

This card was very late (6 months +), but I did create other cards that were given on time for graduation, encouragement, and Christmas so I’m hoping that the fun factor of this one makes it more of a “let’s extend the celebration” kind of thing for my daughter.

My daughter moved to another state and that allowed her to adopt a kitty last winter (since I am highly allergic to all furry critters.) The challenge of Simon Says; Furry Friends seemed perfect for creating a birthday cake card for her since her new kitty, Ellie, is definitely a good friend!

Do you think this cuteness will make up for the lateness?

I used My Favorite Things HOUSECATS stamp set and HOUSECATS Dies Die-Namics for the kitties, along with their Outside the Box Die-namics (which I cut down to fit the cake pedestal), My Favorite Things POP-UP BANNER Dies Die-Namics for the banner, and a retired Die-namics for the cake layers.

I had a lot of fun trying to create different fur and in this case breeds of cats with watercolors.

I used handmade watercolors from The Sprout Creative for all the watercoloring. Vanessa creates some wonderful collections (some of which are limited release.) I mostly used the Pride Collection (cake layers, banners, and kitty eyes), some Spooky Neutrals for kitty fur along with Amber for the orangey tones and Ruby Rose mixed with Ghost for pink areas, Cotton Candy for a shimmery background for the panels, and Stardust to fill out the rainbow.

I love the contrast of the bright, shimmery colors with the neutrals of the kitties.

This is my watercolor version of Ellie. I put her on the cake pedestal, where she belongs;-).

The Happy Purrthday sentiment is from the same Housecats stamp set, the numbers are from a retired MFT set, and the secondary sentiment is from Honey Bee INSIDE BIRTHDAY SENTIMENTS Clear Stamp Set. I thought it was perfect for this time of year!

I hope you enjoyed this mult-layered, multi-legged project! Take care and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Ruth

I’m a Furbaby Grandma!

Hi! I’m so excited! My hubby and I are both allergic to cats (and I am allergic to all furry and feathered friends) so we’ve never had anything that is sweet to cuddle in our home other than stuffed animals. My daughter has been living in another state while she finishes up her Senior year of her undergrad degree remotely and works for the company she had an internship with over the summer. Her plan is to take a gap year, keep working, and hopefully get into the PhD program of her dreams. It’s been a tough year in so many ways and the isolation of COVID life definitely has been hard on her as a college student, so she’s finally taken the plunge and adopted a sweet, plump kitty.

What’s a card-making mom to do? Well, first of all she is delighted by all the fun kitty themed card-making supplies and she just learned some basic Copic coloring skills (thank you, Jenn Shurkus) so when My Favorite Things came out with their newest card kit she knew she had to have it! I mean, it is purrrfect!

As always, I appreciate any help with figuring out the design for a card so I thought the newest sketch from MFT would be perfect for my card!

Here’s what I did with it:

I love all the fabulous details in the stamps and dies that were part of the kit (as well as in the free gift with purchase.) I thought it’d be fun to use colors that were similar to the ones she has in her room as well as coloring the kitty the way her kitty looks! And this sentiment – it got me right where I live! I love a good pun and my daughter will know this is a card made by her mom!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know in the comments if you have fun recreating your pets in different ways.

I will be entering the My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Anything Goes.

Products I used from MFT:

Cats & Plants Card Kit (elements that I used Housecats Stamps & Housecats Die-namics, Housecats Exclusive Stamps, Window Dressing Die-namics, Cement Gray Prestige Card Stock, and Eiffel Tower Prestige Card Stock.)

Tiny Check Paper Pad

Stitched Sentiment Strips Die-namics

Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired)

Lavender Fields Prestige Card Stock (retired)

Blue Breeze Prestige Card Stock (retired)

Other products:

GEMINI Die-Cutting & Embossing Machine

Copic Sketch Marker W2 WARM GRAY NO.2

Copic Sketch Marker W4 WARM GRAY NO.4

Copic Sketch Marker W6 WARM GRAY NO.6

Lawn Fawn RIVER ROCK Ink Pad

MISTI MEMORY MISTI PRECISION STAMPER

C-Thru T SQUARE RULER Westcott

Ranger MINI GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Adhesive

Zig CHISEL TIP Glue Pen

Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05 Gelly Roll Pen

Peace, Joy, & Love

Today, I’m here to share another Christmas card design. I’m making cards for Bring Smiles to Seniors, Inc. to try to spread the love and joy of Christmas with those who might not be able to celebrate with their families this year. If you are a cardmaker, please consider sharing some smiles this year or donating financially to help this heart-warming cause. Here are some guidelines from their site related to COVID-19 needs:

“Due to senior isolation in Senior Communities we are experiencing unprecedented demand for our greeting cards. If you would like to help us continue delivering smiles, you will find a donate button link at the top of this page. Just $15 helps us get a package of cards to a senior community. If you are a card maker and are willing to include messages inside of your cards, that would be greatly appreciated since we have lost many of our school and civic group partners who normally decorate cards for us.  We still welcome cards that are blank inside to use with our individual decorators.

I created the front of today’s card using the Wednesday Sketch Challenge  from My Favorite Things Stamps’ sketch #510 and also inspired by the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Simon Says: Make It Sparkle. All products are from MFT unless otherwise noted. Products are linked if they are available at either store.

I was inspired by the wide strip that goes the length of the sketch but wanted to have it run horizontally, so to start I masked off an area on my Berrylicious cardstock and did some ink blending using my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes and Gumdrop Green at the center, Blue Yonder to the outside of that, and finishing off with After Midnight at the far edges.

I just reused my blue painter’s tape (which helps to prevent tearing of the cardstock when you remove it – see the middle card base on the left side where it tore.)

I let the ink dry and used my Anti-Static Pouch to prep the surface. Next I used the Peace, Love, and Joy Stencil applying Altenew Embossing Paste with my Stencil Pal to two of the lines of words of the stencil (which I had masked off.) I sprinkled the embossing paste with Snowflake Tinsel which gave the words a nice sparkle once it was melted with my heat tool.

I finished this card off with a sentiment from the Merry Messages Stamp set, a strip of Freckled Fawn washi tape, some shimmery taffeta ribbon, and a few Pinkfresh Jewels to add even more sparkle!

I hope you are inspired to create some cards using this wonderful sketch, your papercrafting goodies, and this challenge to let it sparkle!

Have a wonderful day!

Ruth

Such a beautiful day!

I have been loving the weather we’ve been having the past few days. I’m not a lover of a lot of heat and humidity, so temps below 80 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the 50’s are greatly appreciated! I also love dedicating time during the day to making things for people who are special to me (and sometimes for charities that work to make people I don’t know feel special), but today I’m sharing a card I made for someone who I used to work with. She was the kind of person who made me feel special and appreciated and respected so I wanted to make her a card to let her know I was thinking about her.

I am a slow cardmaker, so this card was created over the last week. It all started with this sketch from My Favorite Things:

It sparked an idea because I knew I had some border dies from My Favorite Things that I could use the create the curved lines at the bottom of the card and I wanted to do some ink blending so I got to work.

Here’s the finished card so you can see what I am talking about it while I describe its creation:

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(All products are from My Favorite Things unless I specify another brand name.)

I used Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB Smooth Solar White for the background ink blending. I started with cutting the curves from Stitched Basic Edges 2 Die-namics (retired) and then ink blending them using Gumdrop Green and Elf Green (retired) inks with my Picket Fence Studios Life Changing Blender Brushes. I was OK with some variation in color because I thought it would add some texture and interest.

The sky was done with the Sun Ray Mix-ables Stencil from My Favorite Things (retired – but similar to Sunrise Radiating Rays Stencil) I blended Pineapple ink onto the background and used the stencil to add the Orange Zest layer which I let fade out as I worked away from the sun at the center. With so much going on in the background, I could keep the card fairly flat, which makes for easy mailing.

Next up came the flowers. I used Versafine Onyx Black Ink with stamps and Die-namics from the Beautiful Day set (retired) on Arches 140lb hot pressed watercolor paper. The flowers were painted using my Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set and my Silver Black Velvet Brush Size 4 Round which was great in the tight spots. I tried to keep it a bit loose and I wanted to have the colors stay generally bright.

I created enough flowers and mushrooms to add some to the envelope.

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The sentiment is also from Beautiful Day, stamped with Onyx Black Ink on vellum and die cut with the Starburst Sentiment Strips Die-namics (retired).

I hope at the very least that this card makes my friend feel appreciated and hopefully it’ll also bring a smile to her face!

I’ll be entering this into Simon Says June Instagram Challenge which is Ink Blending, as well as My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #493.

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Thanks so much for sticking with me. I like to share what I’ve used just in case someone reads this and wants to make something, too. I hope you have many beautiful days ahead!

Ruth

 

 

Artists’ Watercolor Day 2

I’m back. I’ve never enjoyed doing homework as much as I am for this Artists Watercolor 101 for Paper Crafters class. It’s so much fun and pretty quick and easy.

The focus was on using watercolor paint to color and shade a stamped and embossed image. I chose the Altenew Build-A-Flower: Magnolia stamp and die set. This set allows for so many options from how to color the flowers (you can used layered stamped images to fill in the flowers, stem, and leaves or you can color using the outline only.) It also includes a ton of options for sentiments. I bought this set for its versatility and I am very happy I did!

My image is heat embossed with white embossing powder to create little pockets for the paint to sit in. I felt like the white was a good choice for this image since I love the soft colors of magnolias over the more intense ones.

Here is the completed stamped image along with the color swatches I hurriedly added after I was done painting:

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I did add some white over the top of the green because I love how magnolia buds are fuzzy and I wanted to try and create that look.

I will enjoy practicing doing shading more in the future, but I am generally pretty happy with how this turned out!

Here are some images of my finished card:

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For the background I cut a piece of 110 lb white cardstock with the Altenew Ornate Cover Die. I’ve added the sentiment (from the same stamp set as the flower) in Cotton Candy ink from My Favorite Things and the accents were created with Nuvo Dream Drops in Cloud 9.

Now to figure out who to give this to. I think I probably could have made a dozen of these and maybe had enough to send to all the wonderful people who this applies to!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope all is well with you and that you are feeling inspired yourself!

Next lesson is an ombre background.

Ruth

Inspired!

Hey, there, blogging world! So, no I haven’t been posting on my blog, but I have been creating and today I’m finally sharing something with you!

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I have loved all the great tutorials (camp craft videos) that My Favorite Things has put out and was so inspired by a number of things that they have created and techniques they have shared during their two Camp Create sessions this summer!

I really adored pretty much everything about the 

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in June from MFT! July and August have the birthdays for both of my kids and my hubby and the bright fun colors in this kit along with the fun dies and the hearts in the flames meant that I really wanted to have the kit for creating for them!

Next, Barbara Anders shared this card:

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with a fabulous watercolor look and one of the best sentiments in the stamp set, especially for those birthdays with more than a few candles and I was on my way to creating something from the heart for my hubby.

And lastly, 

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inspired me to think outside of the box for how to use the dies from the kit!

So, onto my project!

I cut the candle and flame dies from the kit out of recycled printer paper and ran them through my Xyron X with the temporary adhesive cartridge. I have to admit I did a number of these cuts because I did some experimenting with colors and layout before my final card. It was easy to cut a lot of them since they are in groups of five! After I randomly placed the candle and flame masks on my watercolor paper I used my ink blending tools with the Cornflower, Green Room and Lemon Drop inks from the kit, but found that I liked just using Lemon Drop and Cherry Crisp instead (I had a theme – which had to do with the sentiment on the inside!)

Here’s a photo of the masked candles with the ink blending.

 

After I removed the masks I stamped the hearts on the flames in Cherry Crisp and flicked on some water then some Cherry Crisp ink refill mixed with Sheer Shimmer Mix-ables Mist:

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Feeling like I wanted a little more shine on the background I also added bigger splashes of the Mist:

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I loved the look of the sentiment on vellum so that the background could still be seen on Barbara’s card. I created a card base out of Cherry Crisp cardstock, created a mat out of the Lemon Drop striped paper from the kit, wrapped the vellum sentiment strip around the background and adhered it all together. Lastly, some red felt hearts from Spiegelmom Scraps shop finished off the front. And the inside was simply the sentiment that was my inspiration for the colors and a little more decorative stamping from the kit stamp set in Versamark ink!

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So, I’ve earned my badge for this project at least! I’m inspired by all the great ideas shared in camp and will definitely be using them as I create! Be sure to check it out if you like to get creative with paper!

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Thank you so much for visiting today! I might post more of my projects here again, soon, since this was really pretty fast to do, even with all the links!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

A few of My Favorite Things to play with!

Hi! I’ve been busy, but just not with creating blog posts! I sure hope you’ve been getting some happy crafting done, too!

I love creating Christmas cards for the Caring Hearts Card Drive which delivers cards to the elderly living in nursing homes. It makes me feel good to think I could make someone’s Christmas a bit prettier and hopefully happier knowing someone is thinking of them!

For inspiration, I used the current sketch for the My Favorite Things sketch challenge:

along with the current Cut it Up Challenge #81 – Back to Nature, because winter is always a magical time for nature for me!

I loosely used the three lines and the rectangle from the sketch with some awesome My Favorite Things dies and stamps and an older Basic Grey collection for the papers (Dasher.)

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I cut three different papers with the MFT Die-namics Tree Lines (I cut the trees off the darkest paper) and used the MFT Die-namics Tag Builder Blueprints 2 dies for the tag, stamping the sentiment and number from MFT LLD Insert It Document it December stamp set in Versamark ink and then embossing with Inkadinkado White Linen embossing powder.

I love the serene scene I was able to create and the wonderful sentiment tag to top it all off!

That’s it for me today, short and sweet!

Have you started creating Christmas cards yet? Do you make cards for charities or are you someone who is always making cards to send off as happy mail for those who you care about? I’d love to hear about your projects! Be sure to leave a comment and I’ll come by and visit your blog and see what you’re up to!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

More Noteworthy ;-) projects

Yep, I’m making teacher gifts. I shared my creation with Doodlebug doilies yesterday. Now I’ve got a couple others to share.

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I used some Simple Stories die cuts, Claudine Hellmuth Multi-medium, Studio Calico wood veneer and Color Shine to add some details to this notebook.

Here’s a smaller one:

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The stamps on the front are done with StazOn ink with Lawn Fawn stamps. And on the inside we have:

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sticky note strips with My Favorite Things stamped sentiments and

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notebook paper that I stamped numbers from the same Lawn Fawn stamp set. I think these turned out fun. Can you tell that this one is going to the library technician?

Anyway, thanks again for stopping by! I’ll be back with more so stay tuned!

Happy crafting!

Ruth

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