Sunday, February 24, 2013

Make a Wish in the Clouds card

Today's card is a simple sky scene featuring Lawn Fawn's "Critters Ever After" set. I made the masks by hand-drawing and cutting out two clouds on cardstock and using removable adhesive to stick them onto my panel. I used Distress Inks to create a blue sky, and after I removed the masks, I used a Memento marker and silver gel pen to give the clouds some shading and silver lining.

I echoed the gold/yellow and silver/gray while coloring the unicorn and gryphon. For the unicorn, I used watercolor pencils, and for the gryphon, I watercolored using Distress Inks. I added touches of silver with a gel pen, and gave the gryphon a hand-drawn bow, also in silver.

I finished off the card by stamping the sentiment (from the same stamp set as the images), hole-punching either side of it, and stringing twine across. I punched out the sun from a sheet of yellow polka-dotted patterned paper from My Mind's Eye, and I added touches of Wild Honey Distress Ink to its edges. I popped up this panel using foam adhesive onto a cut and scored piece of silver cardstock.


Cardstock: silver and white cardstock from Recollections, watercolor paper by Strathmore
Patterned paper: "Moments" paper pad by My Mind's Eye
Stamp: "Critters Ever After" by Lawn Fawn
Ink: Versafine black ink, Distress Ink by Tim Holtz (squeezed lemonade, wild honey, salty ocean, faded jeans)
Marker: Memento gray
Colored Pencils: Recollections watercolor pencils
Gel pens: gold and silver
Punch: 1-inch pinking circle, small hole punch
Twine: silver twine I got from a package (I like recycling the ribbons and twine I get from gifts)


Lawnscaping challenge #52: Stamp a Scene

The Play Date Cafe challenge #170: Stone, Buttercream, Denim

CAS-ual Fridays: CFC91

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Painted Letters

I bought two more wooden letters and some masking tape, and now I can spell my nickname, "Jas":

This is definitely going on the wall of my room. I don't know if I should stay simple, keeping it to these three letters, or if I should buy the remaining four to spell out my actual first name, "Jasmine." What do you think?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

This Blog Brought to You by the Letter J

I picked up a wooden letter J and a $1 circular foam brush from Michaels, and a $6 set of acrylic paints from Marshall's, and used my minimal artistic skills (read: none) to give the letter a purple polka-dot pattern. The purple in the paint set was a bit darker than I wanted, so I mixed in a little white to get a lighter tint. Since the foam brush is circular, I just had to dab it on and rotate it a bit to get good dots.

Friday, February 15, 2013

"Heat of the Moment" Valentine Card

Thanks to an episode of Supernatural, the song "Heat of the Moment" by Asia has been stuck in my head. So, I turned the earworm into a not-very-traditional Valentine card:

On the back, I couldn't resist putting a reference to the episode of Supernatural that features this song:


Cardstock by Recollections
Patterned paper by We R Memory keepers
Letters cut using Silhouette Cameo
Heart punch by Recollections
Brad by Recollections
Baker's twine by Martha Stewart

I entered this card into the Ribbon Carrousel Challenge.

Valentines Jar Cards

I made a couple of Valentines Day cards based around a jar stamp:


Patterned paper by Recollections
Ink: Tuxedo Black by Memento
Markers: Magenta by Memento, Spun Sugar by Distress Marker, brown by Tombo
Stamps: Mason Jar by Inkadinkado, peony by Paper Source
Punches: Hearts Border Punch by Fiskars, big heart by Marvy Uchida
Washi tape by Recollections
Ribbon from a gift I got (yay for recycling!)

Double Birthdays

On February 12th, two of my close friends -- one male, one female -- have birthdays. Here are the cards I made for them:

This is a slider card, and pulling the arrow tab will reveal the word "Hadouken!"

Considering my friend is a huge Street Fighter fan, and Ryu his favorite character, I'm sure he'll like this card. I added a lacy sarong just for the heck of it; my friend may not understand it, but he'll surely laugh.


Cardstock by Recollections
Punching symbol (based on Pokemon card Fighting Energy) and arrows cut using Silhouette Cameo
Ryu printed out
Black lace washi tape by Recollections

The chalkboard look is really trendy lately, and while I'm not typically one to follow trends for their own sake, it looks too cute for me to ignore. I tried my hand at it and was very satisfied with the result. I'll definitely keep this style in my arsenal, even long past the trend loses its luster. The stars, cupcake, and sentiment were all stamped using white pigment ink, and I zapped them all with my heat gun to make sure everything was dry. I then colored in certain details using red, white, and brown colored pencils.

I used a ruler to draw lines in colored pencil for the border. I also smudged more pigment ink around the card using my finger, to help make the chalkboard look more authentic.


Cardstock by Recollections
Stamps: "Claire's abcs" and "Happy Everything" by Lawn Fawn, star from "Year Round Fun" by Recollections, cupcake and "sweet" by Recollections
Ink: Frost White pigment ink by Colorbox
Colored pencils by Prismacolor

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Valentine's Advent Calendar

I made a nine-day advent calendar for Valentine's Day. If I had planned it far enough in advance, I could've created a fourteen-day calendar that reads "Happy Valentine" -- which sounds a bit awkward, but at least it would allow for one card for each day in February leading up to Valentine's Day. Alas, I got a late start; I was away from all my crafting supplies this weekend, since I visited my parents to watch the Super Bowl together. So I only have nine days, one for each letter in the word "Valentine."

It was quick and easy to make, using some 3x3-inch cards and envelopes, paperclips with ribbon on them, and string. I decorated each card by embossing the words "I love you" on the front of them and writing a different personal message inside each one. On the back of the envelopes, the word "VALENTINE" is spelled out. I didn't have stamps large enough to make the letters readable around the room, so I opted to write them myself using colored pencils. I alternated colors since Michaels sold multiple styles of 3x3 card-envelope sets, and I bought the two types I liked.

Here are some close-up shots of the card and envelope:

Although the dates go from Feb 6-14 (instead of the more logical 1-14), I'm satisfied with how it turned out. I'll definitely try this again with other holidays, but with better planning.


Card and envelope sets by Recollections
Ribbon-adorned paperclips by Recollections
Colored pencils by Prismacolor
"I love you" stamp by craftsmart
Detail white embossing powder by Stampendous!
kitchen twine