Sunday, May 26, 2019

Moonlight Whispers May release!

Hello, hello! 

I'm back today with a handful of new cards to help celebrate this month's Moonlight Whispers digital stamp release which is now available in Annie's Etsy shop. There are three new images being released today, each one of them capturing those wonderful carefree summer days; Fresh Limonade, Puppy at the Beach and The Sandcastle. 

First up is Fresh Limonade. Ahhhh, to be as relaxed as this stylin' beach resort babe. It doesn't get much better than a warm tropical breeze and a cold drink in your hand with nowhere to be and all the time in the world to just sit back and chill. Everyone else on that beach may have headed back to the hotel but there is no rushing this pretty gal as she basks in that glorious sunset.
Next we have Puppy at the Beach who seems to be getting into all sorts of mischief. All this gal wanted to do was walk back to the resort in peace but her playful pup has other ideas. Perhaps he wants to stay and play in the waves some more or maybe more sniffing of those palm trees is in order. Either way he has grabbed hold of her wrap and he isn't letting go! ;)
And finally we are wrapping up this release with The Sand Castle. This sweet father/daughter duo are enjoying a fun beach vacation with plenty of sun, sand and sea to inspire good times that will become life long memories for each of them. From the look of things an attempt to build the most epic sand castle has become more of an exercise in burying pops neck deep in the sand and she is looking quite pleased with herself. 

Alrighty, well I hope you've enjoyed this summer fun release and head on over to the Moonlight Whispers shop to create some summer fun of your own! 

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Just keep swimming...

Hello friends!

I'm up on the Blogabella with another Scenic Saturday card today. I couldn't let MerMay come and go without inking up the beautiful Tiny Townie Mermaid. She is definitely one of my all time favorites and making an under the sea scene with her is super easy because of all the fun little element stamps that come with her. With a bit of masking I was able to have her floating right among all that seaweed and her special treasure chest. But I didn't stop there, I also grabbed the Under the Sea Backdrop set while I had everything masked and by strategically inking first one side and stamping then shifting the stamp and inking the opposite side then stamping, I was able to make a long stamp, designed more for horizontal cards, work on my vertical card because where the lines would meet is hidden behind the treasure. For me that is part of the fun of stamping, seeing how I can work with the stamps I have in different ways like masking, layering and selective inking, to really stretch how I can use them on various cards. So as always I encourage you to look at the Bella stamps you have in your crafty stash with fresh eyes and an adventurous spirit as you come up with new and fun stamp combinations. :)

 Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Stamping Bella (Tiny Townie Mermaid, Under the Sea Backdrop and Under the Sea sentiment set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
Nuvo cloud nine dream drops
Ranger glossy accents
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00,R20
hair- YR21, YR24, YR27, E39
tail- BV00, BV11, BV13, BV17, BV08, R81, R83, RV99
top- Y11, Y21, Y26, YG03
shell- E50, E51, E97, E99
bubbles- BG10, RV10, Y00
treasure chest- E43, E44, E47, Y02, Y21, Y26, E27
seaweed- YG03, YG95, YG99
cave wall- BV23, BV25, BV29
sand- E30, E31, E33, E34
water- BG10, B00, BG53, BG09

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Wide open spaces...

Hi friends! 

I am over on The Greeting Farm blog today and the third cutie from the new Miss Anya Crop set has been pretty adamant about getting on a card of her own. So I started to look her over and see where her fun look would lead me in coming up with a scene for her. Right off the bat I pictured her in a jean jacket, which then led me to the floral print mini skirt. Add those tall cowboy boots to that ensemble and I had a down home country cutie standing before me. So of course she needed some farm land to live in as well as a friend from the retired McSplendid Farm set to keep her company. It's always fun to see where a stamp takes you and just how versatile these characters from The Greeting Farm can be.  ;)

Stay crafty!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Catherine Pooler
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Miss Anya Crop and McSplendid Farm), Purple Onion Designs (Farm background), Kraftin' Kimmie (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- YR30, YR31, E51, E33, E35
clothes- B91, B93, B95, B97, E55, E57, E49, R43, R35, R59, Y18, YG03, YG95, C0, C2
barn/fence- R05, E07, E09, E18, C2, C3, C6, W4, W7, W8, E84
silo- T1, T3, T10 
grass/road- YG21, YG03, YG25, YG17, G43, G94, G99, BV20, E42, E43
sky- B0000, B01, B12
rooster- C0, C2, W1, W3, 0, Y38, YR24, R14, R05, E09

Lots of sunshine...

Hello, hello! 

Have you seen the newest Mama Elephant stamps to arrive at 7 Kids? They are SO cute! I just got my hands on a couple of the new summer sets and I couldn't wait to get these cute Beach Chickies on a card. Because they are on the smaller side I wanted to change things up a bit and instead of coloring in an entire card front I cut a skinny strip and contained my beachy scene within it so it reads as more of a snapshot. This left me some room to play with a stenciled background as well. Rather than color them up as traditional chicks I thought it made more sense to have a bunch of seagulls playing at the beach so out came my grey markers. From the looks of these pudgy little seagulls they certainly don't miss many opportunities to steal a french fry or two, LOL! All in all this turned into quite the happy little card. ;)

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Mama Elephant (Beach Chickies and Summer Splash)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Studio Calico sunny day
My Favorite Things circle stax die
Lawn Fawn stitched border die
Heffy Doodle stencil
Nuvo jewel drops limoncello and sea breeze
Copic markers:
sand- E50, E31, E33
water- BG10, BG11, BG53
seagulls- C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, Y17
flamingo floatie- FRV1 RV06, RV19, C2, 100
crabs- YR04, YR09, E19
towel/umbrella- Y02, Y15, Y19, C1, C2, V22
shorts- FBG2, FB2
starfish- V04, V06, V09

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I miss seaing you...

Hello friends! 

So I got this sweet Little Coral Girl mermaid from Picket Fence Studios late last fall and she has been waiting ever so patiently for MerMay. Now here we are and it is time to get her on a card. I stamped her in desert sand for some no-line coloring along with some of the extra accessory stamps like the seaweed and hermit crabs. Once I had them and the
background colored up I grabbed the little fish silhouette stamps and added them to the water in a light blue ink along with some of the larger, more detailed fish from the I am a Mermaid set in a darker blue. I thought the sentiment suited her demure look quite nicely and pulled the whole scene together. :)

Alrighty, I'm off for a fun day of crafting and coloring, catch ya in 24! 
Supply list:
Cardstock- Bazzill and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Picket Fence Studio (Little Coral Girl and I am a Mermaid)
ink- Memento desert sand, Studio Calico clear blue and Hero Arts blue ombre
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Nuvo rosewater jewel drops
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- YR30, YR31, E33, E35
tail- RV10, RV13, RV14, RV29, Y11, YR31
flower/top- RV21, R43, RV29, BG18, BG99
water- BG0000, BG000, B00, BG01, BG02
crabs- YR15, YR07, YR18, E81, E84, YR27, E99
fish- YG01, FYG2, BG45
background- YG07, G07, G29, E50, E30, E31, E33, E34, BV20, BV23, BV25, YG00, YG01, FYG1, FYG2

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A smooth sea...

Hey there! 

Yesterday was another busy day with no time for coloring which made today the perfect day to share this card that I did during Saturday's Live coloring video in the 7 Kids Customers Create group. We were celebrating the Sweet November Vault release for May, which is still available at 7 Kids until Saturday the 25th, and the gals voted on coloring up Shimmer Redkelp and her pal Otto. We had so much fun getting carried away with the whole pirate theme, first by turning her bandana into a pirate flag then dressing her otter pals as little deck hands and finally by adding in the pirate ship and stormy sky for extra drama... I'm telling you, we had a blast with this one! The rest of the card I put together after the fact by finding the perfect sentiment in my stamp stash and some washi tapes that matched the clothes my characters ended up wearing. I can't even tell you how happy this different tke on Shimmer makes me, I smile from ear to ear every time I look at it. :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
digital stamp- Sweet November (Shimmer Redkelp and Otto)
stamp- The Ton (Mermaid Vibes)
ink- Versamark watermark
American Crafts white embossing powder
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Ranger glossy accents
Nuvo gold luxe dream drops
October Afternoon washi tape and sticker
Doodlebug washi tape
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
I don't have a list but you can see the colors used in this video

Monday, May 20, 2019

Simply wonderful...

Good morning! 

How about a bit of Dreamerland fun today? I've had this Happy Together stamp sitting on my desk for a while now just waiting for the right inspiration to come along and spark the perfect scene for these two pals. Sometimes that inspiration comes in the form of another stamp set. I recently added the Lake house Try Folds set by Art Impressions to my collection and those little row boats where just what I needed to get me to see these two looking out over a lake on a beautiful early summer afternoon. I did alter the girl just a bit as the original image has her holding up a hand to catch a leaf but by simply wiping the ink off of it before stamping she now looks to be leaning back and resting on that hill. Did they just row in from the other side of the lake or are they thinking about jumping into one of those boats? Who knows? Either way though I think this turned out pretty darn cute. :)

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Dreamerland Crafts (Happy Together), Art Impressions (Lake House Try Folds)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
Papertrey Ink Noted scallop die
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20, E15
hair- E55, E57, E59
clothes- C1, R14, R27, R89
dog- T0, T1, T2, T4, T6, T9, T10, 100, E33, E35
boats- E31, E34, E44, E27, E08, E09, E18, R27, E81, B45, B97, B99
background- YG00, YG01, YG03, G43, G94, G99, E41, E42, E43, B000, B00, B32, B34, YG03, G82, G24, G94, G99, BG99