Fall Box Cards From SVG Cuts!

Hello my Crafty Friends! I don’t know about you but I am excited that it is Fall! I love sweaters and pumpkin flavored everything!💕 In honor of fall I created 2 box cards from SVG Cuts from the Autumn Box Cards set. I love all the cards from this set! In this set there is a cake box card that would be great for weddings. There is also a card that would be great to use at your Thanksgiving table as a decoration. Mary is so creative and her designs are fabulous!

The first card that I made is the Apple Crate Box Card. The paper that I used is from Hobby Lobby and Michaels that I have in my stash. For the “THANKFUL” sentiment, I used Lawn Fawn’s Smitty’s ABC with white pigment ink and white embossing powder.

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The second card that I made was the Pumpkin Patch Box Card. For this card, the paper that I used is from 2 paper packs that I purchased at Hobby Lobby that was in my stash also. I kept the colors close to what Mary used in the sample picture because it was so pretty.

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I love box cards from SVG Cuts because you make one and use it as a decoration in your house. When you give one as a gift the recipient can also keep it as a decoration because of how beautiful they are. I hope that you enjoyed the projects and are inspired to create!

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Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #22 – Birthday

Hi everyone! One of my favorite companies, Newton’s Nook, is having another Inky Paws Challenge! The theme of the challenge is birthday, which is perfect since I only have 2 birthday sets from them. My goal is to have all the cute cat sets but for now I just have 2.

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I decided for the challenge to utilize both of my sets which are Birthday Bash and Birthday Flutter. Also, I used a die set from Taylored Expressions called Color Block Cutting Plate. This die set comes with 11 dies! Don’t let the number scare you! I only used 3 of the dies from the set; the large main die and 2 of the smaller dies.

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To make the card I ran the large main die through my Sizzix Big Kick twice, once with yellow card stock and once with Copic quality card stock. Then I used the scallop die with green paper and the smaller die with white card stock. I stamped my images using Memento Black Ink and colored them with Copic markers. For the balloons, I stamped several balloons onto Post-it Tape and cut them out to create masks. I used the masks to create the layers look of the balloons. Also, I used my clear Wink of Stella Marker to add some sparkle to the balloons. Unfortunately, you can’t see it in the picture but I promise it is there! To stamp the greeting, I used Versafine Black ink because it makes a nice crisp impression. Assembling the card is the easy part! First, I adhered the yellow frame to my white card base using my Zig Glue Pen. Be careful that everything is straight so that your pieces will fit in their spots. Next, I adhered all the pieces into the their spots using my ATG gun.

I loved making this card! I hope that it inspires you to combine stamp sets together and even companies together to create awesome cards!

Mixed Media Art Featuring Julie Nutting Aurora Doll Stamp

Hi Everyone! This past weekend Mike and I went to a birthday party to celebrate our twin nieces, Quinn and Finley, second birthday. It’s so hard to believe that they are already 2! For their birthday I decided to make a mixed media art canvas with a princess theme for each of them. This is my first time doing mixed media art but I knew what I wanted to do and what I wanted the end results to look like! Trust me, I watched a lot videos on mixed media art!

First I stamped out my princess image on some text card stock. For the princess stamp I used one of Julie Nutting’s Doll Stamps from Prima Marketing. I absolutely love her doll stamps! The possibilities are endless with the doll stamps! Unfortunately, I could not find an online store that has this stamp in stock. The name of the stamp is Aurora. I found mine at my local stamp store Simply Said Rubber Stamp. Also, I stamped the image again on some pattern paper, focusing on just the dress. Next, I colored in the skin and hair. I didn’t know how I was going to do the crown. Later, I decided to color the crown with my gold Signo pen and then go over it with my clear of Wink of Stella pen and Glossy Accents. For the dresses, I added some dimension by using my grey Copic markers on the folds of their dresses.

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Next, fussy cut out the dolls and the dresses. I will be first to admit that I hate fussy cutting but with this image it isn’t too bad. I have a couple of suggestions for this part. First, on both the doll and the dress cut out the space between her arm and her torso with a knife first. This will make your life a lot easier! Next, you want to cut out the dress  and adhere it on top of the stamped image on the text paper. Then, cut out the entire doll! By adhering the dress on top of the doll before cutting her out you have an edge that you can follow while cutting out the doll. After they are cut out I used my black Memento marker to go around all of the cut edges to give them a more finished look.

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After finishing the dolls I started work on the canvas. I found some tissue paper that had text, music and different designs on it that was perfect for this project. I tore up the tissue paper into smaller pieces and adhered them with Mod Podge in a random pattern but covering the entire canvas. For the canvas I decided to use 11″x14″ size because it was large enough for the dolls and a quote. Next, I used Gelatos to make some watercolors and painted it on the canvas over the tissue paper. Also, I stamped different butterflies in black StazOn Ink. I could not find the butterfly stamps that I used but I did get mine at Michaels. After everything dried, I mixed together texture paste and Gelatos to make a colored paste and applied it with a stencil to give some dimension to the project. For the quotes, I used my Cricut Explore Air to cut out the letters. Also, I used clear Wink of Stella to add some sparkle to the letters and then Glossy Accents to add some dimension.

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Now comes the fun of adhering everything to the canvas! Once you decide your layout start adhering everything to the canvas. I recommend doing the quotes first. I used a ruler and drew pencil lines to make sure that I got all the letters lined up. I then erased the lines after the glue was done drying. I hope that you enjoyed todays project and make one yourself. These are lots of fun to make because you be messy and have a great looking piece of art to give someone or hang on your walls!

Mama Elephant Thank You Cards Using The MISTI

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. A few weeks ago (more like a month ago) I finally got the MISTI tool that everyone has been raving about! I will be making a set of 5 thank you cards for one of my good friends because she just loves stationery!

I have to say that when I was watching the YouTube videos about the MISTI, I was very excited about all of the possibilities and projects that you could create using this tool. I will be the first to admit that I am not the best at lining my stamps up but I do alright. Since I make multiples of most of my cards, I was excited that I would be able to repeat the same stamp, in the same place every time.  Making multiples would be simpler and faster! What I have found is that it is all true. I absolutely love my MISTI and can’t imagine my life without it. I use for almost all of my stamping projects. I have included a video from My Sweet Petunia that explains the MISTI a lot better!

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For todays project I am using the Merci stamp set by Mama Elephant. I love this set because the greetings are large and can be the focal point on the card. Mama Elephant has quickly become one of my favorite brands. Unfortunately, right now this is the only set that I own but I will definitely be getting more stamps from them in the future! For the card set, I laid out how I wanted the card to look. With the MISTI tool there is a pad of grid paper that you can use for this purpose. What I love is that once I came up with the final version I can save the paper and create more of these cards in the future! Below you can see the layout that I decided to go with.

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The inks that I used in this project are pigment based inks. What that means is that the ink stays on top of the paper and usually needs a few seconds or more to dry. I have a larger collection of pigment based inks which is why I chose to use them. When I designed this layout I used a black pigment ink for the greeting but then I decided to use a grey pigment ink to lighten the design. You can also use dye based inks which will dye the paper. Below is a video from Jennifer McGuire where she uses dye inks with a layering stamp set from Altenew.

The first stamp that I used from the set was the “Merci beaucoup”. I did this because I knew that I wanted the flowers and leaves to overlap my greeting just little bit. Next, I stamped my flowers and then I finished with the leaves. These cards will make a great gift for that person in your life that loves stationery.

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I hope that you enjoyed todays project!

Newton’s Nook Design: Inky Paws Challenge #20

Hi Everyone! This week I am participating in the Newton’s Nook Design Inky Paw Challenge. This weeks challenge is to create a card based off the sketch that they provide. You have to use at least one of their stamp designs in your card. For my card I decided to make a birthday card using the Newton’s Birthday Bash Set. Below is the picture of the sketch to follow. Click here for more information on the Inky Paws Sketch Challenge.

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To start the card I cut a 2.5″ square from 110lb Michaels white card stock. I have a lot of scraps so I try to use those first. After picking out my image and greeting, I stamped them on the square using Memento Black ink because I used Copic Markers for coloring. Both of my cats are orange so I colored the kitty to be orange. To get the lighter orange on the chest, I used my colorless blender being careful not to apply to much. When using the colorless blender I recommend going over the area once then letting it dry before going over it again. Repeat this until you get desired color. The colorless blender is is also great if you accidentally go outside to the lines while coloring because you can push the color back. For the cheeks I used a white Signo Uniball pen and made three little dots.

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After coloring I cut the rest of the pieces that I needed to make the card. All of the paper is from my stash but I did find the pattern online and provided a link for it. I was shocked to find the paper because I bought it from a store before it went of business 2 years ago. The solid card stock is all from Michaels. I decided that I want the card to be a top folding card so I cut the card base to be 4.25″x11 and scored it at 5.5″. The main panel of card is the pattern paper which I cut to 4.0″x5.25″. For the banners I found some scraps that coordinate with the pattern paper. The twine is also from my stash but I have no idea where I got it. You can use any color twine that will go with your card.

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Now it’s time to assemble your card! First I adhered the banner pieces to pattern paper using my ATG gun. Next, I tied my twine in a bow around the pattern paper and made sure the bow was over the banners. I decided to leave the tails of the bow long instead of trimming them to be short. After that I adhered the square panel using the Scotch Foam Tape to give some dimension. The last step is to adhere the panel to the card base using the ATG gun.

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Your card is complete! I hope that you enjoyed today’s post! Don’t forget to visit Newton’s Nook Design Blog for more information about the Inky Paws Challenge.