Sunday, January 23, 2022

You make my heart sing...

Hello again!

Just a quick post to share the card I made during the Facebook Live yesterday over on my Adventures in Coloring with Amy page. I had put together another scene using The Birds from this weekend's Sweet November Stamps Vault release, paired up with the tree from the Troll Bridge background set and the rock wall from the Castle Scene Builder set. It was decided that we should take this in a romantic sunset sky direction full of pretty pinks and purples. The ground and tree below are full of fresh spring greens and blossoming branches to help set the idyllic scene and our cute couple became a pretty pair of blue birds flirting and flying together. All in all just another really fun time coloring with some of my crafty friends.  :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- Sweet November (The Birds, Troll Bridge Background set and Castle Scene Builder)
stamp- Doodlebug (sentiment)
ink- Catherine Pooler royal treatment
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Sakura Stardust glitter pen

Sharpie extra fine white pen

Copic markers:
Sorry, I didn't keep a list but you can see the colors used here

Saturday, January 22, 2022

The birds and the bees...


Hi friends!

This weekend we have opened the Vault at Sweet November Stamps and brought back three Valentine's Day themed digital stamps. The Birds and The Bees originally released back in 2014 and The Lovebirds go back even further to 2013. Each one has gotten a bit of an update and they are ready to look cute on cards once again. 

My first card combines The Birds with the tree and bridge from the Troll Bridge digital stamp set. These two seem to be quite twitterpated with each other as they collect twine and twigs to build the perfect nest to share.

My second card finds The Bees buzzing around collecting pollen during their courtship. The peonies they are flying around are from the Dahlia and Peony background set.

Finally The Love Birds are snuggling together high in the treetops overlooking the bright spring valley below, which is actually from the Gnome Home Holiday scene builder set

Now be sure to check out the Friends of Sweet November Stamps group on Facebook for even more Birds and Bees cuteness from Caitlin, Faye and our fabulous guest designer, Donna Murray. And don't forget, I will be coloring Live today at 11am PST over on my Adventures in Coloring with Amy Facebook page and I hope to see ya there!

You can also find us on Instagram @sweetnovemberstamps and don't forget to use the #sweetnovemberstamps any time you share a card or project using SN images so we can see all of your beautiful makes!



Hello, love...

Hello friends!

Love is in the air on this week's Scenic Saturday card over on the Bellarific blog. Since Valentine's Day is going to be here before we know it, I've been leaning towards all things lovey dovey when it comes time to choose which stamps to create with. Curvy Girl with a Jar of Hearts totally needed to get on a card this year so I grabbed her up and got to stamping. I love how tall the Curvy Girls are and how they really fill a card front. To play up her height I thought it would be fun to stamp her on a mini slimline sized base and pull the focus even more onto this lovely gal. As I thought about a color scheme for this card I really wanted the little escaping hearts to be bright pops of red. To make sure they didn't get lost I figured that coloring this Curvy Girl in monochromatic grey scale would be a cool change of pace and it's something that I haven't done in some time. So I grabbed all of my W (warm grey) Copics and proceeded to color her, the jar she is holding and some shading beneath her feet to help ground her into the scene. You might notice that I also sketched in part of her dress and arm that would fall on the other side of the clear glass jar I was coloring to really play up the see through glass effect. I kept the background simple by using a stencil to air brush in another layer of hearts, this time in very light pinks. The sentiment is part of the Love Sentiment set and I stamped it at the top of the card using a red ink that matched the red hearts. You might have also noticed that I added in a bunch more of those little red hearts because I really wanted them to look like an explosion of love filling up the space above her. All of this came together to create a pretty little Valentine in no time at all, which can be great for those days you find yourself short on crafty time.  

Much love!  

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Stamping Bella (Curvy Girl with a Jar of Hearts and Love Sentiment set), Purple Onion Designs (Floating Hearts)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Papertrey Ink pure poppy
Pinkfresh Studio mini slimline die
Dr PH Martin's bleed proof white
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen

Heidi Swapp heart stencil

Ranger glossy accents

Copic markers:
curvy girl- W00, W0, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W7, W8, W9, W10, 100, 0

hearts- R24, R29, R89

background- RV10, RV11

Friday, January 21, 2022

To my snuggle bunny...

TGIF everybody!

It's been a hot minute since I've inked up one of the cute Anita Jeram stamps from Colorado Craft Company so yesterday I pulled out my CCC binder and flipped through to see which one would spark an idea. Low and behold it was these adorable mini Snuggle Bunnies that caught my eye. Because the stamp is on the smaller side I ended up using the Gallery Frame #2 die from Hello Bluebird to create a smaller panel to color the scene on and still have a lovely full sized A2 card when all was said and done. In the larger square above we find our two snuggle bunnies resting beneath the trees watching a lovely sunset in the distance. And down on the smaller rectangle I stamped the coordinating sentiment in a pretty pink ink that matched the pink card stock I used in the frame. A smattering of enamel hearts from Doodlebug and this adorable Valentine was complete!


Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Colorado Craft Company (Snuggle Bunny mini)
ink- Memento rich cocoa and Catherine Pooler it's a girl

Hello Bluebird Gallery Frame #2 die

Doodlebug Sprinkles

Copic markers:

sky- Y0000, Y000, YR30, YR31, R00, RV10, RV11, R21

grass/trees- YG21, G43, YG41, YG45, G40, YG63, YG13, G94, G99, BG99, E74, E77, E79

bunny 1- E50, E30, E42, E43, E44, E81, E93

bunny 2- W1, W2, W4, W5


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Mountains of fun...

Hello, hello!

Today I'm sharing a card using more of the fun winter critters from the Snow Much Fun collection by Shari Bresciani at Purple Onion Designs. This time around I paired Teddy, the snowboarding bear with Floyd, the moose. I manipulated the Snow Much Fun Background stamp a bit to make it fit better on this vertical A2 sized card front. It was really easy to do, I simply omitted inking up the bottom line of the stamp that creates a foreground and concentrated just on the hills in the back, I then stamped the left side first, masked it off and then stamped the right side slightly up and behind the first bank of hills. This gave the background a completely different look from the first time I used it, which I love. The more versatile a stamp can be, the more I will use it. I figure this card is more of a birthday themed winter card so this sentiment from the Snow Much Fun Sentiment set was a good way to complete the scene. Now all these two have to do is hike up the mountain so they can take advantage of that fresh powder, LOL!  :)

Have a good one!    

 Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Purple Onion Designs (Floyd, Teddy, Snow Much Fun Background and Snow Much Fun Sentiment set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:

bear- E53, E35, E47, T5, T7, T10, 110, E93
clothes/snowboard- Y02, Y15, Y17, BV20, Y35, YR04, YR07, R05, R08, R27, R29, C00, C1, C3, C4, C7, C9, 100, 0
moose- E34, E74, E77, E79, E40, E81, E42, E43, W5, W7, W9
clothes- W1, W2, W3, B04, B16, B37

sign- E31, E34, E43, E44, E47
sky- B00, B01, B02, B04
snow- B0000, B000, B00, B52, B95

trees- G24, YG67BG96, BG99

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

You're the marshmallows to my cocoa...

Hello friends!

I'm up on the Hello Bluebird blog with a cute cold weather card to bring smiles during these winter days. As I was flipping through my collection of Hello Bluebird stamp sets the cute little hedgehog riding on a sled in the Snow Day set caught my eye. Having kept a pair of hedgehogs as pets years ago, I still have a soft spot in my heart for these prickly little critters. Now I just needed to figure out where this guy was headed, so I continued to flip through my stamps until I found another hedgie in the Coffee Friends set. That's when the idea for a scene finally came together... an early winter morning deep in the woods where all of the forest critters come to start their day with a warm cup of cocoa together. I liked the idea of the owl from Coffee Friends serving everyone their drinks so I decided to place him in the large tree from the Tree Neighbors set through a bit of masking. So far the scene was coming together quite nicely but I wanted one more critter to round out the crew. I fell in love with the tiny bunny from the O Christmas Tree set with his back turned and he was perfectly posed to mask an extra venti sized to-go cup from the Autumn Gatherings set into his paws. Now this gathering of friends seemed complete and it was time to color. Rather than the usual aquas and blues of winter snow I opted for a pretty purple and yellow color scheme in the sky and snow that I colored in behind them using Copic markers. The distant tree silhouettes were also sketched in using three different shades of purple to create the illusion of them receding into the distance using aerial perspective. If you have the Tree Neighbors set you may also notice that I colored in a finished edge on the left side of the tree that is cut off on the original stamp. Coloring in a couple more bark lines by hand is a simple way to get more use out of this awesome stamp because now I can place it anywhere on the card that I want. Finally, I completed this friendly get-together with a sentiment from the Cocoa Party set stamped in the same Memento Rich Cocoa ink that I used to stamp the entire scene. Mixing and matching images from various stamp sets is one of my most favorite things as it really expands the different kinds of stories you can tell with your cards. So always be looking at the stamp sets in your collection with an eye towards new combinations for some extra crafty fun. ;)


Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Hello Bluebird (Autumn Gatherings, O Christmas Tree, Snow Day, Tree Neighbors and Cocoa Party)
ink- Memento rich cocoa
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Sharpie extra fin white pen
Copic markers:
big tree- E42, E43, E44, E47, W2, W3, W4, W5
sky/snow/trees- Y0000, YR30, YR31, RV000, RV00, RV63, V12, V15, V17, BV0000, BV000, BV01

sled- E41, E43, E44, C4
hedgies- E50, E30, E31, E43, R000, R30, E53, E55, E43, E44
squirrel- N0, N1, N2, N3, N4, N5, R000, R30
bunny- C0, C1, C2, C3, R000, R30, 0
owl- E21, E23, E34, E42, E43, E44, YR31, YR24
scarves/hats- YR30, YR21, Y000, Y11, E81, E84, E50, YG01, YG93, YG95, YG97, V12, V15, V17, BV04

cocoa cups- C1, C3, W2, E27, E31, E33, E34, E44


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Heffy Doodle and The Greeting Farm Collaboration Blog Hop




Welcome to the Heffy Doodle and The Greeting Farm Collaboration Blog Hop! Today design team members from both of these awesome companies have come together to share inspiration using products from each on a single card or project!

And what would a hop be without prizes? To be entered to win the giveaway, all you need to do is comment at each stop along the Blog Hop! The Greeting Farm will be giving away a $35 gift certificate and Heffy Doodle will be giving away £25 gift certificate to their respective stores!  Be sure to comment before 11:59 PM EST on Jan 21st to be entered to win!

Each company will post their random winner on Jan 22nd at 10AM EST so make sure to check the Heffy Doodle Blog and The Greeting Farm Blog to see if you’re a winner!

For my card today I have combined the new TGF Miss Anya Amazing set with the Purrfect Day stamp set from Heffy Doodle. Miss Anya loves her kitties and has set them up with their very own cat tower to lounge and play on. They all look quite at home in this living room scene that I stamped and masked together. :)

Ok, so I promise not to keep you too long. Below is the list of hop participants for you to check out and enjoy all of the creativity on display. Have fun and good luck! 

Blog Hop Lineup:

Heffy Doodle Blog

Amy Young (you are here)

Carrie Rhoades

Cynthia Roybal

Cassie Trask
Elisabete Balcavage

Amanda Stevens 

Rosemary Bridges

Tatiana Trafimovich

The Greeting Farm Blog

Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Miss Anya Amazing and Mice Shelving), Heffy Doodle (Purrfect Day)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa, Papertrey Ink new leaf
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- Y32, YR02, E97, E35
clothes/mug- B91, B93, B95, B97, C1, C2, C3, C4, 100, YG03, YG97, RV02, RV14/BG70, BG72, E27
cat climb- E40, E81, E84, W3, W4, E30, E31, E34, E43
chair- E55, E57, E59, E41, E42, YG95, YG97
coffee table/shelf- E41, E42, E43, E44, E47

floor/wall- BG90, BG93/C00, N0, N1, N2, N3
flowers/sign- YG21, G24, YG17, YG67, RV55, RV66, BG70, BG72/E30, E31, E44
top cat- C1, C2, C3, C5, C6, C7, C9, R30, E04

toy/floor cat- Y04, Y17, Y38, YR18/E50, E42, E81, W3, W5, YR21, YR14, E97, R30
table cat- W1, W3, W4, W5, W8, R00, R30, E04