Saturday, July 21, 2018

A fairy happy birthday to you...

Hey there!

Well here we are at the 21st already and that means it is time for a new challenge over on the 7 Kids Customers Create Facebook page. Our new theme is a super easy one... BIRTHDAY! What card maker doesn't need a good stash of birthday cards in their stash? Now is the time to add a few more to your collection and join the challenge fun in the process. 7 Kids recently got in a bunch of these darling fairies from Whimsy Stamps and I couldn't wait to color one of them up for this challenge. It was hard to choose which to ink up first but I finally settled on Faye the Fairy, she's just so delicate, elegant and lovely. Sure, she isn't a traditional birthday image but by pairing her with a clever sentiment Faye totally works for a sweet birthday card. So don't be afraid to get creative and look at your stamps with fresh eyes. 
I'm also entering this card into the current "anything goes" challenge at Whimsy Stamps. :)   

Ok, now it's your turn to create something for our "BIRTHDAY" themed challenge. As always there is a $20 gift certificate to the 7 Kids store to be won!
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Whimsy Stamps (Faye the Fairy), Avery Elle (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things Blueprints die
Making Memories flowers
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Ranger glossy accents
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- E50, E51, E42, E43
clothes/vines- G20, G40, B00, B21, B14, YG93, YG95, YG97
wings- YG0000, B000
butterflies- Y11
sky- B0000, BG0000, Y0000, B000, C00, C0, 0

Friday, July 20, 2018

Happier than a seagull...

TGIF my friends!

I recently got my hands on the newest Leading Lady stamps from Ellen Hutson and I couldn't wait to get them inky. So for my card today I had a lot of fun with masking to really deck out Beach Lady using a lot of the little accessory stamps that come in the set as well. I'll admit that some of it was a bit tricky and took some multi-step masking to create, most notably getting the towel over her arm then behind her skirt, as well as getting the hat sitting on her head. I love the challenge of it though and when it all comes together this well it really makes the time and effort all worth it. Next I grabbed the Stay Salty stamp set and added the cheeky little seagull and sentiment to give this card a playful spin that totally makes me smile. The rest of the beach scene was colored in using my Copics and I kinda just love how it all came together... I might even be happier than that seagull! LOL

Alrighty folks, I will see you back here tomorrow since it is challenge day at 7 Kids... have a good one!     
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Ellen Hutson (Leading Ladies Beach Lady and Stay Salty set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Ranger glossy accents
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
lips- RV42
hair- E23, E59
clothes/towel/bag- R30, R11, R12, R32, R14, R24, YR30, YR31, YR24, E33, YG93, YG95, E50, E41, E81, E84
sunscreen/magazine,glasses- YR12, YR15, YR07, Y15, B00, B52, BG11, 100 
sand- E50, E51, E42, E43
sea- BG90, BG10, Y000
sky- Y000, Y00, YR31, Y11, R30, R12
grass- YR24, E34
seagull- C0, C1, C2, C3, C5, Y11, Y21, Y26
chip- Y11, YR31

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Have a magical day...

Hello friends!

It's my day to post over at the Greeting Farm blog and even though we just wrapped up the July release, I had one more idea featuring some of the new stamps that I simply had to get it out of my head and turn it into a card. By now some of you may have noticed how much I enjoy mixing new and old stamp sets, so how could I not pair up one of the new Mermaid Kisses cuties with one of her magical fairy cousins from the Fairy Happy set? Talk about a match made in Fantasy Land, LOL! To create this happy little meeting I inked up the mermaid but then wiped the ink away from the underside of her tail before stamping. This allowed me to color the water up around her, giving her the appearance of floating in the shallows. Then I stamped the fairy flying above and added the twirly 'steam' stamp from the Mini Remix Brewtiful set behind her to allude to the fairy's crazy flight path. The rest of the scene was colored in using my Copic markers and I added some glittery Stickles at the end to make it look like the fairy is sprinkling pixie dust all over her wet friend. :)  

Alrighty then, I hope your day is a crafty one!
Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
paper- My Mind's Eye
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Mermaid Kisses set and Fairy Happy set, Mega Mini Brewtiful set), Lawn Fawn (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and Studio Calico clear blue
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Doodlebug paper frills
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Sharpie extra fine white marker
Ranger Stickles
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R20
hair- Y11, Y21, Y19
dress- RV0000, RV21, RV14
wings- BG11
hair- RV02, BV02, BV13, BV08
tail- BG10, BG32, BG23
top- BG09
water- B0000, B00, B01
sky- BG0000, BG000, 0, Y0000
sand- E40, E41, E31, E43
grass- YG00, YG03, YG25
cat tails- E55, E57, YG17, YG67 
tree- E84, E87, G43, G24, G46
bushes- G21, G24

A ton of fun...


So I'm jumping back to the TGF June release to share this second card that I made using the super fun Wild Time set. For this card I paired up the sweet elephant and the toucan by simply stamping the toucan right on the elephant's head, no masking necessary. Because I wanted to play off the sentiment that also comes with the set, I grabbed a balloon from the Mega Mini Lift Off set and gave it to the elephant to hold. I was inspired by a Sandy Allnock card that I saw on Instagram a while ago to try my hand at creating an over grown jungle for these two party animals to live in. I'm fairly happy with it but I had a couple of uncooperative green markers that started getting all streaky and resistant so all I see are those flaws. It was a lot of fun to play around with though so I will totally be taking another go at the whole jungle thing some time in the future. :)

Ok folks, I'm off for the day... have a good one!     
Supply list:
cardstock- Bazzill and Catherine Pooler
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Wild Time set and Mega Mini Lift Off set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 2
Copic markers:
elephant- T1, T3, T5, E93
toucan- C6, C9, Y00, Y02, YR15, YR04, R27
balloon- R24, R27, R29
background- YG01, YG61, YG63, YG67, YG97, E41, E42, E43, E44, G46, G99

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

If your thighs touch...

Hello again!

Yesterday I shared my card using the gorgeous Cancer zodiac girl in all her star sign awesomeness. As is becoming tradition around the ol' blog, today I have a very different version of the stamp that actually didn't require too much altering and what I did do is super simple. Initially I was thinking of wiping away the crab but I kept coming back to the problem of what I could replace it with since her hand looks like it needs to be holding something. It wasn't until I decided to embrace the crab that my A-Ha! moment hit... I would turn her into a summer time beach babe. First I wiped away the flowers from her hair before stamping then used a black multi-liner pen to draw in the missing hair. Next I cut the image off just above the knees, grabbed my multi-liner again and drew in a simple Y shape to transform her long, elegant gown into a stylish one piece swimsuit. Seriously, you don't have to have any amazing drawing skills to accomplish this transformation. Once I masked off my new Cancer girl, I used the retired Beach Background stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps to set the scene and I couldn't be happier with the pairing. The sentiment is from a new Whimsy set called Salty Hair and considering I drew in those thighs, it really made me chuckle. ;)    

Thanks for stopping by!
Supply list:
cardstock-  Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Stamping Bella (Uptown Zodiac Girl Cancer), Kraftin' Kimmie (The Beach Background), Whimsy Stamps (Salty Hair set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black and Hero Arts unicorn white
Lawn Fawn stitched border die
Doodlebug washi tape
Doodlebug Sprinkles
Sharpie extra fine white marker
Ranger glossy accents
Copic markers:
skin- E31, E34, E35, E93
hair- E44, E47, E49
swimsuit- Y0000, Y02, Y18, Y17, Y35, YR04, YR18
crab- YR30, YR12, YR09, R39
palm trees- E55, E59, YG00, G07, G29
stones- T1, T2, T4,T5
bushes- RV04, Rv09, YG13, G17, G99, G29
sand- E50, E51, E21, E33, E42
sky/sea- B01, B02, B04, B05, 0

Monday, July 16, 2018

Birthday star...

Good morning!

I can't believe we are half way through July already! I figured that if I was going to continue on with my personal challenge to create birthday cards for each of the Stamping Bella Zodiac Girls then I had better get Cancer done before the signs switch up in a few days. So here she is in all her watery glory. Cancer is the sign of the Crab and she is  sensitive, imaginative, emotional, sympathetic and kind. She possesses an active, shrewd and intuitive mind. Her signature colors are sea green and silver, the shimmering colors of the water and the moon. This go round I was inspired to create a bit of a scene as I imagined this gorgeous, goddess like figure emerging from shallow bay waters surrounded by sweeping willow tree branches. I didn't go super detailed with it since I wanted the sentiment to still be easily read over the image. Again, the sentiment is a mix of stamps with the top being from the Papertrey Ink Stargazer sets and the Cancer description comes with Miss Cancer herself. 
Be sure to check back tomorrow when I share a fun card that I've made with the altered version of Cancer, it is quite the 180 from this soft and serene design and such an easy change up. ;)

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Stamping Bella (Uptown Zodiac Girls Cancer), Papertrey Ink (stargazer set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black, desert sand and london fog, Versafine onyx black
My Favorite Things blueprints die
Sharpie extra fine white marker
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Ranger glossy accents
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- C1, C3, C5, BV29
flowers- RV52, Rv55, R85, R89
gown- G000, G00, BG34, BG11
crab- YG21, YG03, YG93, YG95, G28, G99, B05, B37, B39, YR30, R14, R59
background- E41, E42, B52, B41, BG11, BG53, BG45, YG11, BV0000, BV000, G82, G85

Saturday, July 14, 2018

You make every day fantastic...

It’s the 15th and that means the new JULY stamps are NOW available for purchase in The Greeting Farm Store! Our first two sets called MERMAID KISSES and MERMAID GROTTO feature the cutest, most adorable mermaids plus a fantastic scene builder with the grotto. Our next set, FOXY FUN is super fabulous and perfect for those planner pages. And, of course, we couldn't forget about the busiest time of year....summer, so we had to include MEGA-MINI SUMMER with some cool dudes and dudettes ready to hit the beach.

To celebrate we are having a short BLOG HOP, where one lucky fan will take home all 4 sets!! Pretty AMAZING! Be sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog, and then head back to The Greeting Farm Blog to let us know you completed the hop. Easy Peasy!

You have until Wednesday, JULY 18th at 12pm CST/1pm EST to leave your comments. We will announce the random winner later in the week.

TGF Design Team:

You must leave a comment on each Designer's Blog to be eligible for the prize drawing. It's a short hop so definitely worth playing along! And if you can't wait for the hop to be over, you can purchase these stamps along with their coordinating dies HERE.

We will have more cards featuring the new stamps from our Design Team Leaders starting the 16th so be sure to stop back by The Greeting Farm Blog to see more inspiration.

For my card I grabbed the Foxy Fun set once again and created a downtown shopping scene using three of the little critters. I tried to keep it very cartoon like with my color choices and stylizing of the background since the whole thing kinda reminds me of video games like Animal Crossing, LOL! Alrighty, I'm not going to keep you any longer, thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop!  

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- The Greeting Farm (Foxy Fun set), Pink and Main (Main Street set), Simon Says Stamps (sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and london fog
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
foxes- YR21, YR24, YR27, E18, E50, E40, R30
fox 1 clothes- RV02, RV14, YG21, YG25, YG17, BG23, BG49, B63, B66
fox 2 clothes- V04, V06, V09, RV52, RV55
fox 3 clothes- B21, B23, B24, C1, E81, E84
cupcake shop- Y11, Y21, Y26, R20, R22, E43, E41, E81, C1, E42, E31, E35, BG000, BG10
coffee shop- E53, E23, E25, C1, C2, G07, G29, Y21, Y26, E39, YG13, BG000, BG10
bakery- R20, R22, R43, R24,Y38, YR04, YR18, C1, C2, E31, E34, E33, YR24, YR23, Y11, Y21, E47, BG000, BG10
pet shop- E55, E57, E47, E49, YG00, YG25, YG17, Y11, Y15, W5, E81, R21, BG000, BG10
bench/sign board- E55, E35, C1, N4
mailbox- B04, B37, B39
sky- B0000, B00, B12, B32, B41
trees- YG03, YG25, YG67
sidewalk/road- W1, W3, W4, T3, T4