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Cricut Valentine’s Sweets Lovers Silhouette Valentine’s Day Card

Hey everyone,

For Christmas 2016 (1 year ago) I received a Cricut Explorer Air 2, and it seems as though I have not had enough use of it since I got it. But as one of my New Year’s resolutions, I am going to learn and create more with my Cricut Explorer Air 2.

Cricut Valentine’s Sweets Lovers silhouette Valentine’s Day handmade card.

Using a Circuit cartridge called Valentine’s Sweets, I made this Valentine’s Day inspired card using one of the images. The original image is a two layer cut with the lovers nested in a heart outline.
I decided to cut the lovers silhouette in black and add a red heart shaped doily to the background. The focal image complements the patterned piece of paper very well and I love the simplicity of this card. I chose not to add a sentiment because I think that it would get lost in the card and when I am ready to send this card out I can pick a perfect sentiment for the inside.

Cricut Valentine’s Sweets Lovers silhouette Valentine’s Day handmade card.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

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Kindred Stamps Polynesian Adventures, Glass Slipper Princess and Building Blocks Thank You Cards

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I hope you’re still enjoying the holiday season with your family and friends! As a preschool teacher, I am taking some much needed time to rest, relax and play in my craft room. I needed to make a ton of thank you cards since I have the most generous students and each one gave me a Christmas gift.  And since my students are 3 years old, the pop culture stamps from Kindred Stamps are perfect for them.

Kindred Stamps Polynesian Adventures, Glass Slipper Princess, and Build Blocks stamp set colored with Copic markers thank you handmade card.

I decided to use three different characters, just to mix it up a little bit. I stamped all of my images onto a piece of Neenah solar white 80 lb cardstock with Memento Tuxedo black ink and used my Scan N Cut 2 to cut all of the images with a slight border.
I have to say that I LOVE my Scan N Cut 2, it has more than paid for itself, and made this project in particular easy to complete.

Kindred Stamps Polynesian Adventures, Glass Slipper Princess, and Build Blocks stamp set colored with Copic markers thank you handmade card.

I used my Copic markers to color all of the images and the combinations are listed below.

Polynesian Adventures girl
Skin: E35 and E57
Hair: E79, E59 and E47
Top: R46 and R49
Bottom Dress: E11 and E 13 then I took Y13 and went over it to lighten it
Top layer of dress: 0, W1, W2 and Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen

Building Blocks guy
Face and Hands: Y19 and Y38
Shirt: B29 and B26
Pants: C9, C7 and C9

Glass Slipper Princess
Skin: E00, E21, E11 and R20
Hair: E50, E51, and E53
Dress, earrings, and head piece: B21, B23 and B26

Kindred Stamps Polynesian Adventures, Glass Slipper Princess, and Build Blocks stamp set colored with Copic markers thank you handmade card.

After coloring the images, which took a little time since I had 20 to color, the only thing left to do is assemble my die cut pieces onto a piece of white card stock, add some little touches of embellishments and write my thank you messages for my students.

I absolutely adore the end result of these thank you cards. I may create some more to have on hand for the next round of gifts! As always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

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My Favorite Things Purr-fect Friends ~ Zig Clean Color ~ Valentines Day Card

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and was able to enjoy spending the time with family and friends. I am enjoying my time off and spending it with family. I was able to sneak away into my craft cave and create a card inspired by current My Favorite Things’ Color Challenge # 83.

My Favorite Things Pur-fect Friends stamp set colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and ink smooshing background handmade Valentine card.

To create the background, I used a piece of watercolor paper and #82 Purple Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker to ink smoosh onto the paper. I cut the panel down to 4 by 5.25 using MFT’s Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die.
The images were stamped onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock using VersaFine ink in Onyx Black and colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

Color combinations I used

082 Purple
061 Light Brown
042 Turquoise Green

Originally the bird cage was stamped onto a piece of white paper, however, after cutting it out, I did not like the look. So onto plan B, I pulled out heat resistant acetate and stamped the bird cage image on it.

 My Favorite Things Pur-fect Friends stamp set colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and ink smooshing background handmade Valentine card.

To put this card together, I used a piece of cream colored cardstock as the base of card, added the watercolor panel and adhered all of my pieces either using Ranger multi medium matte or foam adhesive for some dimension.

This is my entry card for the My Favorite Things’ Color Challenge # 83.

As always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

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Rudolph Christmas Card ~ Miss Kate Cuttables SVG Files ~ Cricut

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It seems like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve used my Cricut to make a card and I thought I’d give it a try since I’ve been collecting some really adorable SVG files for Christmas.

Cricut die cuts – Reindeer and presents SVG files from Miss Kate Cuttables - Christmas handmade card.

To create this card, I used several patterned papers, all in the traditional red and green Christmas colors and two SVG cut files. The reindeer and the stacks of Christmas presents are both from Miss Kate Cuttables.

Cricut die cuts – Reindeer and presents SVG files from Miss Kate Cuttables - Christmas handmade card.

After cutting all of the pieces, I adhered all of the layers together and added some red glitter Stickles for Rudolph’s nose and gold glitter Stickles for the bell, this is a Christmas card after all and there should be glitter.
To complete this card, I layered the patterned paper which I cut using some of my favorite dies and added my focal point images using foam tape for dimension. And that will complete another Christmas card!
This card was inspired by Miss Kate’s December Challenge and Cardz TV Anything Goes Challenge!

As always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

 

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Gerda Steiner Love you Sew much Bunny digital stamp ~ Copic colored ~ Distress Oxide Ink background

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I’ve been on a digi stamp kick lately and this card is another one I made using a digital stamp. This one is from Gerda Steiner Designs for their Monthly Progressive Challenge.

Gerda Steiner Love you Sew much Bunny digital stamp colored with Copic Markers and Distress Oxide ink background handmade card.

After printing my digital image onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lb. cardstock, I colored the image using my Copic makers. For the background, I tried a technique I saw Jennifer McGuire do a few months ago by using an acrylic block with ink swiped across and adding water. Then simply turn the acrylic block over onto a piece of water color paper, leave for a few minutes and remove slowly to allow to dry.

Gerda Steiner Love you Sew much Bunny digital stamp colored with Copic Markers and Distress Oxide ink background handmade card.

Color combination I used:

Bunny: E33, E35 and E37
Heart: RV04 and RV09

After stamping the sentiment from a Pink and Main Somebunny stamp set using VersaFine Onyx Black ink, the only thing left to do is put all the pieces of my card together with a bit of glitter for some sparkle.

That will complete my entry for the Gerda Steiner Monthly Progressive Challenge and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  

 

Thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

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Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop ~ CDD Coffee & Donut Bear Digi Stamp ~ Copic Colored~ Christmas Card

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One of my favorite blog hops to participate in is Coffee Loving Cardmakers Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. It is a huge blog hop of thousands of card makers/crafters from every corner of the world, designing projects around coffee and the seasons.
It’s great to see soooo many projects because not only is it pleasing to the eye but every season I learn something new! Here is my take on the Winter’s Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Craftin Desert Divas Coffee & Donut Bear Digi image colored with Copic Markers and pattered paper background handmade Christmas card.

I used Craftin’ Desert Diva’s Coffee & Donut Bear digi image which I colored with Copic Markers. The color combinations I used:

Bear: E21, E23, E25, E27 and W9
Cup: E74, E79, E21, E23, C1, 0, R29 and R39
Scarf: R29 and R39
Sweater: YG03, YG05 and YG07
Ears/Snout: E51, E53 and E55
Donut: E51, E53, W1, W2 and R39

Craftin Desert Divas Coffee & Donut Bear Digi image colored with Copic Markers and pattered paper background handmade Christmas card.

To put the card together, I used several Craftin Desert Diva’s Dies and various paper collections from my stash. I made a process video of how I created this card that I am entering into the Winter’s Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and Craftin’ Desert Diva’s Monthly Mood Board Challenge

As always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

 

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My Favorite Things Polar Bear Pals ~ Copic Colored ~ Distress Oxides Background ~ Christmas Card

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This weeks’ card is inspired by MFT’s Color Challenge # 82, and the card I made using MFT’s Polar Bear Pals. Personally, I love polar bears and I think they are one of the most majestic wild animals on this earth.

My Favorite Things Polar Bear Pals stamp set colored with Copic Markers and Distress Oxides ink backgrounds handmade Christmas card.

I started by ink blending a piece of watercolor paper using Distress Oxides Ink in Salty Ocean to create the background and die cut the panel using MFT’s Stitched Rectangle Stax’s.
The various polar bear images were stamped onto a piece of Neenah Solar White 80 lb. cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers. I am still learning to pair my combinations and blending but I think these images did not turn out too bad.

My Favorite Things Polar Bear Pals stamp set colored with Copic Markers and Distress Oxides ink backgrounds handmade Christmas card.

 

Working on the snow banks, I used a piece of white glittered cardstock and die cut the banks using MFT’s Stitched Basic Edges 2. I adhered those pieces to the card base and added my images with some foam tape for dimension.

My Favorite Things Polar Bear Pals stamp set colored with Copic Markers and Distress Oxides ink backgrounds handmade Christmas card.

All there was left to do to complete this card was stamp the sentiment and add some falling snow using 3D Puffy paint. In hindsight, I would have chosen a different sentiment and maybe even heat embossed it with white embossing powder. And my falling white snow has now taken on a bluish tint from the background. And lastly, I will be very happy to finish using up the glitter paper, as it flakes terribly. Although I am happy with the design of my card, some components not so much and will note to self for future!

The inspiration for this card is MFT’s Color Challenge # 82

That’s it for me for now, as always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

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Your Next Stamp Holiday Buddies ~ Copic Colored ~ Christmas Card

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I still have so many Christmas cards to make and so little time left before I have to send them out. This week I made another Christmas card using very traditional Christmas colors to play along with YNS Sketch and Color challenge # 78.  

Your Next Stamp Holiday Buddies colored with Copic Markers and Christmas patterned paper background handmade Christmas card.

I chose to create a card based on the sketch this week and use some very Christmas-y patterned papers for the card base, which I layered according to the sketch. For the focal layer, I used a stitched oval die to cut a piece of white cardstock and add my components on top.

The image of the dog is from Your Next Stamps’ Holiday buddies, at least I think it’s a dog but it could be a sheep, although he is one funky colored sheep if he is a sheep. The layer of trees is cut using Your Next Stamps’ Evergreen tree border die and sparkle green cardstock.

I colored the “dog” using Copic Markers with the following color combinations:

Bird: W5, W7, YR12 and YR15
Bird’s hat: YG03, YG05, R29 and R39
Dog: E11, E13 and E25
   belly: 0, C1
Dog’s hat: R29, R39, 0 and C1

Your Next Stamp Holiday Buddies colored with Copic Markers and Christmas patterned paper background handmade Christmas card.

 

I adhered all of the components to an A2 sized card base and added my sentiment from the stamp set using a tinsel embossing powder in red. And that will complete another Christmas card!!! YAY!!!

With this card, I am also participating in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything goes!

 

 

And the Your Next Stamp Sketch and Color Challenge # 78

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

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Newton’s Nook Designs Christmas Delivery ~ Copic Markers ~ Distress Ink Background ~ Christmas Card

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I have been falling a little bit behind my Christmas card making since I had a week off of work (preschool teacher) and my kiddos were home for the Thanksgiving break. But I was able to make one adorable card using a Newton’s Nook Designs’ stamp inspired by the Inky Paws challenge #60

Newton’s Nook Designs Christmas Delivery stamp set colored with Copic Markers and Distress ink backgrounds handmade Christmas card.

First, I stamped all of the images onto a piece of Neenah Solar white 80 lb. cardstock using Memento Tuxedo black dye ink. Next, I used my ScanNCut 2 to cut out all of the images. I am still learning how to properly calibrate my machine so that it cuts an either even white border around the image or right on the stamped line of the image. And last, I used my Copic Markers to color all of the images with the following combinations:

Sled: Y35, Y38 and E55 and E44, E47, and E79
Newton (Cat): C3, C5 and R20
Dog: 0, C1, C3
Christmas Hat: 0, C1, R29 and R59
Presents: R29 and R39, YG13 and YG6, B2 and B5
Trees: G05 and G28

Newton’s Nook Designs Christmas Delivery stamp set colored with Copic Markers and Distress ink backgrounds handmade Christmas card.

To create the background, I used a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock and did some ink blending using Distress inks in chipped sapphire and peacock feathers, which are my favorite color combination to create a nighttime sky. Using MFT’s Snowfall stencil and Nuvo glimmer paste, I added some glittered snow to mimic the falling snow on the background panel.
To complete this card, I added the black frame around the edge of the card, the sentiment embossed with a silver embossing powder and a silver bottom layer for a little sparkle. As a final touch I took a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Glitter brush pen and bedazzled all of the components of my card. It’s a Christmas card and it HAS to sparkle. And that will complete another Christmas card for this year, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

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Your Next Stamp Santa’s Helper ~ Zig Clean Color Real Brush ~ Christmas card

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Moving right along on making Christmas cards, I made this one inspired by YNS Sketch and Color Challenge #77 using Santa’s Helpers stamp set from Your Next Stamp.

Your Next Stamp Santa’s Helpers stamp set colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and patterned papers handmade Christmas card.

I wanted to use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for this card so I began by stamping all of the images onto a piece of Bristol smooth cardstock with Versafine Onyx black ink. I also embossed the images using black embossing powder, so that I can have a nice dark outline.
Using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, I used the following color combinations:

Chimney: 024 Wine Red and 260 Deep Red for shadows
Santa suit: 024 Wine Red and 260 Deep Red for shadows
Santa boots and belt: 095 Dark Gray and 010 Black for shadows
Santa hats: 024 Wine Red and 260 Deep Red for shadows
Penguins: 095 Dark Gray and 010 Black for shadows
Penguins beaks and feet: 070 Orange
Penguin bellies: 091 Light Gray
Snow: 091 Light Gray and 099  Cool Gray 1

Your Next Stamp Santa’s Helpers stamp set colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and patterned papers handmade Christmas card.

To put this card together, I fussy cut the images out and adhered them onto an A2 sized card base using the sketch template and patterned paper from Recollections called Christmas Noel paper pad. I generally leave my cards blank on the inside, however, the sentiment in the stamp set was just begging to be added and since I had an extra penguin image I added the little guy inside to complete my card.

Your Next Stamp Santa’s Helpers stamp set colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and patterned papers handmade Christmas card.

As always, thanks for stopping by, until next time….sprinkle a little creativity on your day!

 

 

 

P.S. I edit all my projects using Pic Monkey, which allows me to crop my images, add effects, adjust exposures, sharpen colors, minor touch up and add my watermark. Click here for more information 

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