Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Cards- Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts

It's Wednesday, folks. How's your week going? Just popping in (yet again) to share some challenge cards I made for A Blog Named Hero and Lawnscaping Challenges. Thanks for stopping by! 

{PICTURE PERFECT SUSHI}





{GOLDEN BABY GIRL}





Monday, May 26, 2014

Shop Talk- New Sponsors and Graduation Cards!

Happy Monday, y'all!

I wanted to let you know about a few new things going on around here. I just started a new business venture, and I'll have a big announcement about it coming on Friday!

But, for today- two small bits of information:

{NEW SPONSOR}
I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago that Craftsy.com is now sponsoring my blog. I am so happy to work with this great website and share with you a new way to learn skills you may have been curious about. Craftsy has classes on cooking, sewing and paper crafting like I do here! Plus use the link below to check them out (anyone who clicks over and signs up for an account (even if you don't purchase a class today ; ) just sign up to get information on all their classes and emails on specials and sales. ) they send a little love back to me!

Craftsy

Look out for more class reviews and giveaways soon!

I am also an affiliate for Amazon.com . If you are like me you shop there all the time- and I recently got a Prime membership and have been enjoying all their streaming videos. If you are going to shop there, please click thru my website first. It doesn't cost you anything and everything you buy gets a little love sent back to my site!  You'll find links for both Craftsy  and Amazon.com  in this post and ALWAYS over to the right there in the sidebar!


(I really, truly appreciate all the support for my new shop and this blog. Please know I have no intention on flooding you with a bunch of ads and sales tactics. This is just my way to keep this blog going and bring you even more great content! Thanks to anyone who uses the links! )

{NEW GIFT CARD/MONEY HOLDER}
I just did a great, big shop update. I added a few of these sparkly cards- perfect for: graduations, birthdays, maybe a wedding? I am sure you can think of an occasion that you could call 'best day ever'. I am sure that everyone can use a cute way to give a monetary gift. I made it easy for you! Each card is made with a pocket perfectly sized for a gift card, check or some paper monies.
I also added a few birthday cards! I always seem to need a few of these, am I the only one who scrambles to find a card when I remember at the last minute? (and, yes, it is double sad considering that I make cards to sell. I know this.)


That's it for today. Be back tomorrow to share a few new cards I whipped up over the weekend! 

Later,
Michelle




Friday, May 16, 2014

Free Fun Friday- Free Digital Cut Files Edition

Welcome back for Free Fun Friday! Lately I have been using my Silohuette machine to create cards and add to my scrapbook pages. I don't have a huge amount of cut files in my library, but I recently went on a hunt for images I could use to add a little something to my pages. I found some great free files I wanted to pass along! Click thru to the original site and show these bloggers some love! 

You can find more  freebies of the digital kind on my Pintrest board

#1: Spring word art
 If you are into die cutting Kerri has a really great shop and blog. She also offers classes!

#2: Polaroid frame

One of several great freebies from TwoPeasInABucket 

#3: Pages titles with photo mats:

#4: Easter Egg title:
                       
#5: Travel themed titles and extras:
This file from Studio Calico is just one of a new line of digital products they offer to go along with their kits and product lines! 


Do you have a Pintrest board for freebies like this? I want to see it-leave your link in the comments! 

xoxo,

Michelle

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Two Challenge Cards (Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, Watercolor and Die Cutting)

Hey y'all! Today I wanted to share a couple of cards I made for A Blog Named Hero and Lawnscaping Challenge blogs. All supplies will be linked at the bottom of this post! 

{THANKS FOR BEING MY FRIEND}
                                           
The Hero blog asked us to take a card made by a Card designer and use it to inspire us. This was an easy choice for me:
I pinned this card from Kristina Werner a month ago. I loved the way the rainbow colors set against the bold white sentiment.  I didn't have a large sentiment made by Hero Arts, so I decided to create focus by die cutting the center in a contrasting print, then popping up a smaller sentiment to create more dimension. I also copied the white card base, which really makes the colors pop. To create the background I used two Distress Inks mixed together in the middle and spray lightly with water, which allows them to bleed together. Pink, Yellow and Orange is a color combo I use alot!



{I LOVE THE WAY YOU ROLL}

I got a new stamp during a NSD sale two weeks ago. I love sushi, maybe so much that I want to make a dozen of these cards and send them to my friends? Is that weird? I hope not......
OK, let's move away from my obsessive nature and focus on the card, shall we? To create the background, I did a little layering and creating masking. I created a little Flipgram to demonstrate the process:
step 1: stamp sushis and etc. in Momento Ink, stamp again on Post-it Notes and cut out.
step 2: cover images with Post-note masks, ink with two colors of Distress Inks (using the darker pink in the center to create focus).
step 3: tape down chevron mask and spray with Gold Mr. Huey's.
step 4: remove all the layers and admire your pretty background!

I colored the sushi and etc. with colored pencils. The contrast of sparkly mist, vibrant ink and matte pencil is really pretty in real life, I will for sure use this combo again!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Michelle



Friday, May 2, 2014

Letterpress and Watercolor with Mama Elephant

Hello peeps! I have had a really fun week playing with my new stamps and I wanted to pop in and share them with you. I have shared many cards here made with ME stamps, they are for sure one of my favorite companies. They recently held a challenge inspired by this image:

I promptly ordered these three sets and have made at least a dozen or more cards....

I seriously can't stop. But, look how cute they are! Check out the cards I made:

{Happy Birthday #1} 
You guys- I used letterpress supplies to create this background with an embossing folder! I was so pumped when I figured out how to do it...I may have squealed....


Look at that background. I am in love. I'll come back next week and show you more details. It's a little tricky to do the first one, but once get it down, it's really pretty easy!

{Celebrate Good Times}


I used the same technique with this card. Different embossing folder, but same color ink because I was trying to figure it out and I didn't want to waste any ink. I love this stamp set from ME, I have used these sentiments a million times. 

{Happy Birthday #2}

 This time I added a  watercolor background with the bold black sentiment, which I think is a really fun look. I feel like I have seen it used a lot lately. I don't have any actual watercolor set, but I use my Mr. Huey's for all the colors I need!  I also love the way the kraft paper looks embossed.

{Happy Birthday #3}
Another letterpressed card! This time I used my stamp with letterpress ink to make the impress on letterpress paper. I point this out because the paper and ink are what really make this. The paper allows the stamp to press in and the ink is brighter and more opaque than stamping ink. It's more subtle that the first two cards when I used the embossing folders, but in real life this is really pretty! 
Another note: The stamp is not a perfect image, it slid a little when I ran it thru my machine. When I put up a tutorial on how to do it, I'll show you how to keep that from happening! 


{Go On and Celebrate}

Nothing too special about this card-design wise. That's actually why I like it! I took the colors from the Inspiration picture and putting the sentiment on the inside I think makes it look a little different than most cards you see. Cutting the opening is super easy, but it adds a touch that (I hope) makes it stand out.


{The Gang}
I have no idea when I will use these cards, but man-I made myself laugh when I came up with the idea. I am hilarious.....true fact.  The origami animals remind me of cartoon characters. I mean, that blue dog totally reminded me of a grumpy bulldog! 



On the inside I stamped 'We are more than friends, we are really like a small gang.' officially my favorite ME stamp of all time.  I put it on all the cards I send my peeps!



That's a wrap, such a long post-thanks for stopping by! Please head over to the Mama Elephant blog. So much crafty goodness and inspiration over there!

Happy Derby y'all!

Michelle