Howdy! Today, I have created something a little silly, a little fun, for a very special someone. I found out recently that a family member has hurt her back and while we hope it will just require rest it will take her out of commission for awhile. So, I decided that she needed a little card to cheer her up. Enter this silly Get Well Soon Card featuring a nurse no one wants to see coming.
The featured image on this card is a Digital Stamp I purchased from The Greeting Farm awhile ago. She is called the Love Bear and I just love her. I colored this ages ago but didn’t have a card for her to grace, until today! I stamped the frame shape with Soft Swirls a retired background stamp from Stampin’ Up with Peacock Feather Distress Ink and then gave it a soft color with my Ink Blanding Tool and more Peacock Feathers Ink.
I added Stickles to our little nurse and then the sentiment looked so lonely and plain that I had to also add more the sentiment. The Pattern Paper is from EK Success.
I am so glad that I was able to find this little bear in my Spare Parts box. I usually prefer traditional stamps but how could I resist this fantastic image?? When you color on printed images there can sometimes be a little bleeding from the toner but if you color quickly and give it a little time to “set” after printing you can usually keep it to a manageable level. I may have to do a few more of these bear because she is fantastic.
Stamps: Love Bear Digital Stamp – The Greeting Farm (retired) & Soft Swirls – Stampin’ Up (retired)
Dies: Label Four – Spellbinders & Rock Star Cookie Cutter Alphabet – QuicKutz (retired_
Ink: Peacock Feathers Distress Ink-Ranger
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80 lbs, Orchid – Stampin’ Up, Pattern Paper – EK Success
Stickles: Lavender, Xmas Red, Peacock, & Star Dust – Ranger
There is something about pineapples, there just is. They are so awesome and they make me happy. I think that it might have something to do with the crown, armor, but sweetness on the inside. It just makes me happy to look at. A little pineappley smile for you along with a video. Enter the Pineapple Trio Card!
This is the same set that I used to create my flamingo card earlier this week. This set comes with two little coordinating die cuts. I began this card by cutting out the pineapple shapes and then I stamped my pineapples. These pineapples have three parts. I used Fossilized Amber for the main body, Spiced Marmalade for the body details, and Lucky Clover for the pineapple crown. I used Distress Oxide Inks and they worked great. For this card, I created three pineapples. Actually, I made way more than three but that was all that I could reasonably fit on my card.
Next, I started on the background. I used the body detail and crown loaded with Versamark ink to stamp my pineapple on a bright blue piece of cardstock. I then embossed my pineapples using clear embossing powder. Next, I grabbed a small flower stamp from the set and stamped that with Versamark but I embossed that with Ancient Gold Embossing Powder in Enchanted Gold. This embossing powder has a great shimmery iridescent color to it. I also stamped an even small element with Versamark alone.
Now, I added the background to a fun yellow piece of cardstock and added a navy blue strip of cardstock down the center. I mounted my three pineapples with pop-dots. Next, I added two yellow/orange eyelets on the side.
Then I created my sentiment, I cut a tiny label using my Spellbinders Label One set and then stamped the Ciao Bella using Tuxedo Black ink. Next, I used the die as a mask to ink yellow and orange inks over the sentiment. This makes a thin little white outline on the edge, I think that it gives the look of layering without another piece of paper.
As you know, I cannot stop the glitter that flows from my studio. It is a part of me and many all of my projects have some kind of sparkle. This card is no exception. I had to add a little Stickles to complete the pineapples. I hope that you enjoyed this card as much as I did. Thank you so much for stopping by and be on the lookout for more pineapples!
Wow, time just flies! Today is our 15th Anniversary. it simultaneously feels like yesterday and a million years ago. Time is such a strange thing. In honor of this milestone, I will be sharing the Anniversary Card I made for my husband.
I started this card in the same manner as my other Anniversary Card this week. I created a template out of copy paper and stamped a damask image in the center of my heart and then inked with Distress Inks. Next, I used the other piece of the mask to cover the heart and create the background. I just adore this French Script background stamp. I did end up covering most of the damask image but that is just how these things go sometimes.
Then, I went to work on the birdcage, I used the Caged Bird die from Tim Holtz. I often use paper for these dies but this time I went with Grungepaper. For this card, I used Grungepaper because I knew I was going to apply a lot of product to it and I want to be sure that it would hold up. I added a coat of Distress Stain in Tarnished Brass. Once that was dry I used the Finnabair Patina Effect Paste. I love this paste!
I cut a piece of cardstock to fit behind my cage and stamped a feather and inked it with more Distress Inks. Once the background was dry I adhered it to the back of the cage. The, I added eyelets to the pre-existing holes in the bottom of the cage and colored in the center with a Peacock Feathers Distress Marker and then added some Rock Candy Distress Stickles on top.
The wings, crown, and heart die cuts are from the Tim Holtz Grungeboard set called Plain Elements. The wings were given a coat of Brushed Silver Crackle Paint and left to dry. Once dry I gave them a wash of black using Distress Spray in Black Soot. The crown was lightly painted with Picket Fence and Antique Linen Distress Paint and then I applied a coat of Distress Stickles. I really didn’t love the way it looked so I applied a layer of Metallic Luster in Gold Rush over the Stickles once they dried and it gave this fantastic mottled gold look. I added four little gold dots using Multi-Purpose Metallic Paint. The heart was painted with Abandoned Coral Distress Paint and then given some age with Distress Inks and then finally a coat of Clear Embossing Powder.
I created the rosette using the Tim Holtz Paper Rosette Die and white cardstock. It was aged with Distress Inks and I stamped the number 15 from Papertrey Ink Banner Builder Set. Next, I punched the tiny flowers out of white cardstock using the McGill Paper Blossom Mini Petals punch and then inked them with Distress Inks. I added adhesive gems and Distress Stickles in Pumice Stone. I mounted the whole panel to a piece of brown cardstock. My last step was to add a few more eyelets to the corners and then everything was adhered to my card base.
This card was a lot of fun to put together! Thanks for popping’ by!
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Chocolate Truffle – The Paper Company
Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day is filled with love, whatever form that takes. My love is filled with the love of large pink birds, namely a new stamp set with flamingos and pineapples! I normally stay away from store brand stamps, especially the clear or photopolymer ones but these were just too cute. I had to have them!
I will say, that if I had tried to create this with the regular Distress Inks, I would have been disappointed. I tried to use a little Picked Rasberry Distress Ink on the lower portion of the card and it just wouldn’t behave. It was beading up and blotchy. Now take a look at those Distress Oxide Inks. Man, they turned out great!
I started by using the included die to cut out a flamingo. Then I stamped the body with Distress Oxide Ink in Worn Lipstick and the legs in Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot. I also cut out another flaming using copy paper to use as a mask/guide. While this was not strictly necessary I really like how it gave me a guide for the stamping.
Once I had my guide/mask in place I started stamping the greenery. I used all of the green Distress Oxide Inks I have. Then I pulled up the mask and adhered my flaming using pop-dots.
I added the “Relax” in Black Soot and the border and flower with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. As I mention, not thrilled about how the stamp and ink worked together but I didn’t feel like it took too much away. Next, I added Stickles in Diamond on the flamingo and a few sequins. These sequins were scavenged from a jacket I had a long time ago. I really loved the jacket but it eventually fell apart so I am happy that a tiny piece of that jacket gets to live on. I also added a few round adhesive gems. In addition to this flamingo card, I worked up a fun pineapple card with a tutorial video from this set as well. So hopefully that will go live later this week.
Happy Mardi Gras! I hope that you are enjoying this celebration, although if you were really celebrating you are probably out enjoying the festivities. I celebrated Mardi Gras by finishing my Mardi Gras Village House! This was created with my Tim Holtz Village Dwelling Dies and lots of patience. (warning this post has lot of photos)
This was my first two story house and I did a bit of research into how the houses/hotels in the French Quarter look and get decorated for the celebration. So, let’s jump into the creation of this little beast. I started by creating my first level by cutting out a house using the Villiage Dwelling Die using 120lb white cardstock. Since there would be a second story on my house I trimmed off the peaks on the sides of the house. Next, I painted my house off-white using Americana acrylic paint in Light Buttermilk. To get a little texture in what would be my mortar I used a little sponge brush to apply a slightly thick layer of paint.
Next, it was time to create the bricks. I tried a few different technique but settled on individual bricks glued on one-at-a-time. This is probably why I didn’t get this house done until the night of Mardi Gras. I used my Silhouette Cameo and created a ton of bricks (haha get it?). Each brick is 1/4″ by 1/8″. Once these were all cut out I sprayed them with Glimmer Mist and then allowed them to dry. I hand glued each brick on my base. This took a long time and I am not sure that I would go with that next time but I am so happy with the results. I feel like this gives such an authentic look. Once I had the bricks down, I added a little black trim with a thin piece of cardstock up all of the sides.
I remembered to add my windows before I got too far into the process and each window has a tiny piece of clear acrylic glued to the back. I also added curtains on each window. To create that look, I glued down teal ribbon on the inside. This is probably pretty subtle, but I know they are there!
Next, came the shutters. I cut out shutters and window frame and inked each up with Distress Ink. I used Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers on the shutters and Spiced Marmalade and Carved Pumpkin on the frames. These were glued into place. I used the long porch from the Surf Shack dies for my lower level which I inked with Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.
I then created my second floor, adding the dormers from the Village Bungalow Dies. To create the asphalt shingles I cut my shingles out of black cardstock and then inked them up with Versamark and gave them a coat of Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder.
The doors were inked to match the shutters and I added a mini brad for the doorknob. I am thinking that I need to get some more of these tiny brads just in case they decide not to make them anymore. I need these for my houses and I really don’t want to find myself without them. This happened to me with mini-eyelets. I simply won’t have it! To create the hinges, I used a fancy corner punch that I cut the point off and then inked them with the orange collection.
I feel like one of the most distinctive parts of the French Quarter buildings is the ironwork. I really wanted my building to have a beautiful porch, enter the Village Graveyard Dies. I used the gate trimmed down and turned on its side then I glued several together. It was perfect! The posts on the lower-lever are toothpicks I painted black and trimmed to fit.
On to the decorations! The large fleur-de-lys was cut out with a QuicKutz die and then colored with Copic Markers and glittered with Stickles. The little fleur-de-lys was cut out with my Silhouette. Those were colored with Copics and glittered with Stickles. There are little round shapes behind the fleur-de-lys on the bead swags and those are tiny flowers cut out with the McGill Paper Blossom punch, colored and glittered in the same manner.
I created the bead swags by threading bead strands in each color and then hot gluing to my railings and then twisting together and hot gluing down on the other side. The banners were created by taking three colors of ribbon that were sewing to a toothpick, then gathered at the bottom and sewn together. I trimmed the toothpicks and ribbons to fit on my lower level. The last touch, per my husband’s request, was the tiny bra that hangs off the right-hand shutter on the second story. I created and cut this with my Silhouette.
I wish I had a little more time as I had more ideas but I am happy with the overall look of this little house. You might see more individual bricks down the road, I know I said I wouldn’t but as I look at it, how can I not?? I can always rewatch Doctor Who episodes and there are so many books on tape in my queue.
I really hope that you enjoy my little tribute to a unique city and celebration. Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler!
Dies & Punches: Village Bungalow, Village Rooftops, Village Surf Shack, Village Graveyard – Tim Holtz for Sizzix, France – QuicKutz (retired), McGill Paper Blossom Mini Petals, Ek Sucess Coner Punch
Mist: Apricot Jelly, Oriental Poppy, & Sugar Maple – Tattered Angels, Black Soot Distress Spray – Ranger
Back today with a special Anniversary card. This is for one of my favorite couples that have an anniversary coming up. It is easy to remember because it is on Valentine’s Day and the day before my wedding anniversary. Of course, I usually don’t get a card out because Valentine’s preparations usually take over everything. This year, the hubby helped make Valentine’s Day box and I am not helping with the class party so I had a little extra time.
I started by creating a really simple mask in my Silhouette Studio Software. I cut out my mask using simple copy paper. This card started with the heart, I taped down my mask using Washi tape. I stamped the damask image with Wilted Violet Distress Ink. Next, I began to add the color inking with Shaded Lilac, Milled Lavender, and Wilted Violet Distress Inks. Once I had my heart as I wanted I removed my mask and then placed the heart from my mask over the inked heart so I could work on the background.
I started the background by stamping the script stamp in Walnut Stain. Then I started inking the background with my Ink Blending Tool and Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge, and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. I added the splatter images using Vintage Photo Distress Ink.
Then, it was back to the Silhouette software where I created the sparrow shapes and the banner. The banner was a shape I purchased on the online store. I used the Text to Path feature in the software to add the text to the banner. I first printed out the words and then cut the shape around, along with our little birds.
I inked the birds with Shaded Lilac and just a touch of Wilted Violet and then they got a coat of Distress Stickles in Rock Candy. The banner was antiqued using Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I added brads and mounted my panel to a piece of dark brown cardstock. The banner was glued in place and the little birds were added using pop-dots.
The card is complete and ready to drop in the mail! Thank you for dropping by!
Paper: Neenah Solar White & Dark Brown – Bazzil
Stamps: French Script & Gorgeous Grunge – Stampin Up!, Antique Flower Background – Hero Arts
Yep, you guessed it! We have another party to attend this weekend. You all should be proud of me the party is today and I am not, I repeat, not making this card today. I was able to get it finished earlier in the week. I am making a very concerted effort to get my projects done ahead of time, this makes my life so much easier. Of course, I do still live in the real world and I am sure that I will be whipping something up last minute before too long. I am calling this card, theThree Bears Birthday Card.
I have been checking out the amazing coloring that people in our hobby are doing with Copics, colored pencils, and a combination of both. I am so inspired to get better and will be doing more coloring in the days to come. To start this card, I stamped the right-hand bear and then masked him and stamped the next, and then I repeated the process for the final bear. I used Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. Then I went to coloring with my Copic markers. Once completed I added the little accents with my gel pen.
I rounded the corners of my central image and added coordinating mats and a few eyelets. Then i mounted my bears with pop-dots onto the fun pattern paper and added a piece of grosgrain ribbon. I added the sentiment by cutting out the letters with an old QuicKutz alphabet called Oatmeal using bight green paper. I glued these to my card front and embellished with green glitter glue. Not to be outdone, my bears got a little glitter on their ears and muzzles.
This little card was so much fun and I am excited to keep working on my coloring skills.
Stamps: Carnival Cupcakes – Mama Elephant
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Lemon Tart – Papertrey Ink, Brown – Bazzil, Taj Majal Stack – DCDV
Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento
Dies: Oatmeal – QuicKutz (retired)
Other: Studio G Green Glitter Glue – Hampton Art, Diamond Stickles – Ranger, Eyelets – Stampin’ Up. Green Grosgrain Ribbon – Stampin’ Up, Pop-Dots – Recollections
The newest lady of the court of toothpick people has arrived. We are calling the Duchess because that is as she demands. She is loosely based on Rococo/Baroque styles. I started with the skirt as is my routine and wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish the top until I saw this photo. It has a stomacher that is almost upside-down. I really liked how it looked so I incorporated that into my design. The funny thing is, that this is a photo from an ad campaign for hot dogs. I really wasn’t able to find a more historically valid reference to place the stomacher but since this for a three-inch tall toothpick dol, I decided that it was fine.
I started with the skirt and built up the “underskirt” with ecru floss to get the basic shape/ The blue floss on the skirt are cut like fringe.
I created her high hair by creating a “ball” of floss and then I worked her hair over that. This is actually very
similar to how they actually create these huge hair sculptures.
I am still really working on neatness with my dolls, as I feel like I am still getting glue transfer. I think that this doll is the best, so far, but I have some ideas that I will be trying on my next creation.
I love the “lace” on her cuffs and her stomacher.
I created our tight hair rolls by wetting the floss and then wrapping it around a round toothpick then I left that to dry overnight. The rolls were a little loose when I removed them from the toothpicks so I glued them on my non-stick mat and squished them together before attaching to my doll.
I created the stomacher on my mat then cut it to shape before attaching to the front of the dress. I usually do all of my work directly on the doll but this worked very well since there is still a lot of flexibility once the piece was dry.
This little lady was a lot of fun to create and I used a few new techniques. Thanks for visiting with The Duchess.
I am so excited to share today’s project with you. I just finished up my latest Tim Holtz Village House – just in time for Valentine’s Day. Introducing the Love Shack, queue the B-52’s! If you are too young for that reference look-up Love Shack by the B-52s, it is a fantastic song.
I used the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling for my base. The house and all of the parts were cut out using heavy white cardstock. The roof, window frames,
and the porch are from the Village Surf Shack Die and the fence is from the Village Bungalow Die.
I started by inking the house with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink and then added the tiny hearts in Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries.
I created the roof by using my Score-Board and adding the score marks, I was going for a tin roof look. I also used my stylus to add more depth.
I made my chimney with the shape from the die but cut it down a little. I stenciled the stones on with my pink Distress Inks and then added another heart.
The roses were cut out using my Silhouette Cameo and colored with more Distress Ink and the base is Flower Soft in Raspberry Fizz. I just used my paper glue to add that to my fence line.
I used a tiny alphabet from Stampin’ Up to create the sign and added another heart. The only non-pink in the house is windows. I inked small pieces of cardstock with blue cardstock and then glued those in place.The door know is a tiny fastener (aka brad). My last step was to add Stickles to the hearts.
The little roses just roll-up and glued in place. I added a little pink ink to the base.
This has totally inspired me to make another house for the next holiday. We’ll see if that happens but there are visions of an Irish Village House floating through my head.
Dies: Village Dwelling, Village Bungalow, Village Surf Shack, flower – Digital Die Cut Silhouette Cameo
Hiya! So, you may all remember that I made three different blankets in January for our three-birthday weekend. I might have sort of forgotten to share one with you. Well, that ends today! Here it is. This quick and easy blanket was created for a two-year-old boy. As you may know, plaid is super on trend right now. I found this (on sale, yes!!) fleece and then grabbed this faux fur to go along.
I bought the very end of the bolt on the fur, which is supposed to be like a sheep wool. Since I was getting the very last of the fabric, this determined the amount that I was able to get and then I just got the same amount of the fleece. It was just about 1.3 yards.
Remeber I said this was easy, I wasn’t joking. I laid the fabrics out, right sides together, and then used my serger to rip around the outer edges. I left a little un sewen to allow me to flip the blanket right-sides out. Then used my sewing machine to stitch up the opening.
Seriously, this was so easy! I love using the serger to sew fun fur because it really keeps everything from flying everywhere. That was it. The fleece is super snuggly and works great with the fun fur. You could easily use actual plaid for something like this is you prefer. If it had been any larger I might have run a stitch about 3-4 inches off the edge just to keep it from slipping around but at this size, everything seemed to work.
I am seriously considering making one for myself. I am seeing bright purple and crazy fun, well maybe not. This took very minimal sewing skills and if you don’t have a serger a sewing machine would be just as easy.
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