Blog Posts, Create a Smile

Sweet Valentine Hippos

This Served Up stamp set is one of my favorites from Create a Smile Stamps and I used it to create this sweet Valentine’s Day card!

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The Create a Smile products I used are:

I began my card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into a standard or size 9A envelope.

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For my background, I first used the circle stencil on a stitched panel inking with worn lipstick and spun sugar and added the heart pattern and stripe papers near the bottom.

I then die cut a stitched heart from pink velvet paper, a smaller white stitched heart and three little grey hearts.

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Next, I stamped the hippos and sweets, colored with copic markers and cut out using my scan n’ cut.  I also heat embossed the valentine’s day in silver on the stitched banner.  For the large “sweet” I used the Cherry Uppercase dies and cut out from grey cardstock.

To put it all together, I added a few accents with a white pen and adhered with foam tape for some dimension.

I hope you love creating Valentine’s Day cards as much as I do and this gives you some inspiration for you!

Thanks!

Candice

Blog Posts, Purple Onion Designs

A Warm & Cozy Place

I think I am one of Purple Onion Designs biggest fan!  The illustrator’s Stacey Yacula and Julian Charlton create the cutest little critters to color!  On my card, I used both styles to make this winter scene.

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I used these Purple Onion Designs products to make my card:

I created an 6 x 6 card base, which I think is a little too big to fit into my square envelopes, but I can always make an envelope with my envelope maker which is collecting dust!

0121-square rory & noelle close up

For the background, I first inked some clouds with abandoned coral and tattered rose and then die cut the scalloped circle from pattern paper.

I then die cut the fence and banner from kraft cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment in white.

0121-square rory & noelle side

Next, I stamped the images listed above, colored with copic markers and then fussy cut out.  I adhered them to the card front with foam tape for a little dimension.

To finish the card, I stamped the speech bubble in grey and added a few red foil hearts.

Thank you so much for visiting!

Candice

Blog Posts, Heffy Doodle Stamps

Heffy Doodle Challenge-Anything Goes

Heffy Doodle Stamps have some of the cutest stamp sets to use for Valentine’s Day and I used three of those to create this sweet slimline card!

Heffy Doodle challenge anything goes

I used these Heffy Doodle products to create my card:

I began my card by making an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which is the perfect size to fit into a standard or size 9A envelope.

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For the background, I first die cut the stitched slimline panel from watercolor paper and inked with shaded lilac, milled lavender & tattered rose.  I then die cut three stitched circles out and using a heart stencil, I inked with tattered rose to go behind the circles.

Heffy Doodle challenge anything goes side

Next, I stamped the images from the stamp sets listed above, colored them with copic markers and fussy cut some out and used the coordinating dies for the bug set.

I then heat embossed the sentiments that went with each stamp set and trimmed into banners.

To put it together, I used foam tape, doubling up on some, to add dimension.  To finish the card, I added some purple and pink nuvo drops.

You can join in the Heffy Doodle challenge on their Facebook Page, just scroll through the posts until you come upon it!  You can win $46 to use in their shop, as I won last month and am sharing some of my new fun stuff!

Thank you for stopping by!

Candice

Blog Posts, Technique Tuesday GD

Technique Tuesday Valentine’s

Hello!  I am excited to be guest designing again for Technique Tuesday Stamps during their amazing 20% sale on love themed products now through Thursday 1/23!  You can use coupon code LOVE2020 at checkout.

Today I have 2 cards I created using just two of the many Valentine’s products they have, the Love is in the Air stamp setHeart Strings dies.

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My first card showcases the Love is in the Air stamp set and is absolutely perfect for a box card!  I love box cards for their wow factor and love how easy they are to put together!

I began by using box dies that I have, but you can also use templates on the cameo or cricut.  On the bottom squares I used a cloud stencil with mustard seed oxide ink and then went lightly over it with squeezed lemonade.  I added some of the heart strings from pink velvet paper for a bit of pop along the bottom.

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For the top sections, I first heat embossed the sentiment, hearts, and paper airplane in white and, using the same cloud stencil and colors, I inked over them.  I filled in the hearts with some pink copic markers.

Next, I stamped three hot air balloons, colored them copic markers and fussy cut out.

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To put the items into the box card, I trimmed acetate to give them all a floating look.  I added a few more heart strings that I layered to give them stability along with a few stitched clouds.

For my second card, I am showcasing the Heart Strings dies on this bright slimline card!

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I love the slimline size of 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 to allow me to add tons of the heart strings all down the card!

For the background, I first die cut a scalloped frame, heat embossed the sentiment in white, inked it with abandoned coral, dried marigold & squeezed lemonade oxide inks and then splattered with white, pink & yellow shimmer sprays with a damp paint brush.

Candice-heart string dies close up

While the background dried, I stamped the heart and present from the Love is in the Air stamp set, colored them with copic markers, fussy cut out and added a few white accents with a pen.

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To finish the card, I die cut a bunch of the heart strings from gold and white glitter paper, letting the white centers fall out on some.  I then glued them down to the card and trimmed the sides with scissors.  I added a few of the heart centers with foam tape to tie it all together.

I hope you are inspired to create some fun love themed cards and remember to take advantage of the 20% off sale HERE.  Remember to use the coupon code LOVE2020 at checkout!

You can also get more inspiration on Technique Tuesday’s IG, come follow so you don’t miss out!

Thank you so much for visiting!

Candice

Blog Posts, Dare 2b Artzy Guest Designer

Friends Make a House a Home

Hello!  Candice with you today excited to be guest designing with Dare 2b Artzy Stamps!  I love how whimsical this Home Sweet Home stamp set is for creating artistic type of cards, as I did for this one!

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My idea behind the design was the sentiment.  I wanted to make one set of houses pop with color to show how friends make a house a home!

For my background, I first inked cardstock with seedless preserves, picked raspberries, worn lipstick & squeezed lemonade.

Candice-friends home sweet home close up

Next, I stamped all the houses and plants from the Home Sweet Home stamp set multiple times, colored one set and the plants with copic markers and fussy cut them all out.  I glued the back two black and white images down and trimmed the sides.

Candice-friends home sweet home side

I then die cut the frame from thick black cardstock and glued the other colored images to the back of the frame adhering to the card with foam tape.

To finish the card, I heat embossed and stamped the sentiments, cutting out with scissors and using foam tape to adhere to the card.  For a little bit of sparkle, I added a few sequins in coordinating colors.

If you are new to Dare 2b Artzy. come on over to see all the stamps, dies, papers, stencils and more!

Thank you for visiting today!

Candice

Blog Posts, Sunny Studio

From One Chick to Another!

Welcome crafty friends!  It’s Candice here today and I am sooo excited to share with you this fabulous new Spring release from Sunny Studio Stamps!  Today I am sharing a fun card using the adorable Chickie Baby stamp set!

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I used these fantastic Sunny Studio Stamps products:

For the background, I created a stencil from the hexagon die and used it to ink over with ripe persimmon, spiced marmalade, fossilized amber & scattered straw to make the chicken wire.  Another great way to extend your dies.

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Next, I stamped the chickies and egg shells, colored with copic markers and cut out using the coordinating dies.

To make the shaker element, I first die cut the stitched circles at once from the one die (love that!) and adhered a strip of acetate behind them.  I then used foam tape around each circle to hold in the beads and placed the card front over it.

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To finish the card, I stamped the sentiments in black, trimmed to banners and used foam tape to add dimension.  I added a few whiteorange pearls for a little shine.

Thank you for visiting today!

Candice

Blog Posts, Lawn Fawn Posts

Double Reveal Wheel! Lawn Fawn Challenge #68

Ok, so I have had this idea in my head about trying out a double reveal wheel on a slimline card and knew I wanted to try it out for my husband’s Valentine’s Day card this year.  It took some time but I am super excited that it worked out!

LF Challenge something old, something new

I decided this fit perfectly into the lawn fawn challenge #68, something old & something new!

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This card is a replicate of my husband’s new office with his desk next to his fish tank and his favorite cat.  Even the wall is the color we painted it with the grey carpet!

I used a variety of Lawn Fawn products (and a few others from my stash):

I began my card by creating an 8 1/2 x 3 1/2 card base which fits perfectly into a standard or size 9A envelope.

LF Challenge something old, something new side

For the background, I first die cut a stitched panel taping off the bottom and inking with hickory smoke for my carpet.  I then taped over the floor and inked the wall with faded jeans, stormy sky & weathered wood.  To separate them I added a thin strip of Kraft cardstock.  I then used the notch from the Let’s Toast Pull Tab add-on to create the openings for turning the wheels.

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I then die cut all the pieces for the two reveal wheels, inking the inside of one of them with tumbled glass.  To line up my reveal wheel to spin I laid the reveal wheel die frame down even to the notch I made and taped my dies to cut the windows.  That was my biggest obstacle, but it worked out well!

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Next, I stamped all the images from the sets listed above, colored them with copic markers and either die cut out with the coordinating dies or fussy cut out.  I glued the tables down right under the windows and then placed the fish bowl and type writer around the windows.  The type writer had to go a bit lower than I wanted to fit, but it looks like it is just pulled out on a sliding table!

LF Challenge something old, something new close up

The rest of my images I adhered with foam tape to give a little dimension.  For the center, I die cut some stitched letters from red velvet paper, (have you seen the new stitched letters from the new release!!! Squeal!!!) and added the stamped sentiment on a banner in between.

And that’s my double reveal wheel!  I kept it simple for my husband but you could really have fun adding tons to this double reveal wheel design!

I hope you have time to enter in the challenge for your chance to win, you have until Sunday, January 19th!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Candice