Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Wishing you sunshine and all things cheerful...

Hello, hello!

Today's a very happy day because after a much anticipated wait, sneak peeks of the brand new spring release from Hello Bluebird begin! Once again I have been lucky enough to be invited to join the celebration as a guest designer and I couldn't be more in love with these new stamps if I tried, seriously... this may just be my most favorite HB release to date. What makes this release so special you ask? Well, it is no secret that I love backgrounds for my stamps and while I free hand many in myself I am a huge fan of background stamps that save me time and look amazing. There are two such backgrounds in this release that I am totally geeking out about! The first is this Pathway background and I paired it with the cuties from the new Picked For You set as I stamped and masked them into this lovely meadow. The backgrounds are large 6x6 clear stamps but even if you don't make 6x6 cards don't let that scare you off because there is so much versatility in shifting them around on smaller card bases to get completely different looks. For this card I opted to go with a long slimline design which cut off a lot of the path and tree trunk but it allowed me room to color in the top of the tree which isn't part of the original stamp, creating a unique version of this spring scene. The sentiment is also from a separate set called Happy Wishes and reads better in person unfortunately but I promise you can see it much clearer in person. All of the new stamps will be available in the Hello Bluebird store on Thursday the 9th at 7 pm MST.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will be back tomorrow with a very busy day of posting, LOL!

Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Hello Bluebird (Picked For You set, Pathway background and Happy Wishes sentiment set)
ink- Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa, Versamark watermark
Hero Arts detail white embossing powder
Copic markers:

Thanks for delivering...

Hey there!

I've got three more cards from the Delivery digi release to share today... like I said, I couldn't stop coming up with different scenes using these cuties! This time around I've colored another take on a UPS delivery person with Ian from the Quarantine Life set waving her down. On another I have turned Anya into a Shipt employee delivering groceries to a sheltered in family. And the last one features disaster relief delivering much needed medical supplies to a hospital with RN Anya waiting to sign for the order.

And the fun doesn't stop here, we actually have more new digi stamps releasing at The Greeting Farm tomorrow that will mix and match with all of these as well, so don't forget to check that out!
Hospital supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- The Greeting Farm (Delivery set and RN Anya)
My Favorite Things blueprints die
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
RN anya skin- E13, E15, E17, E79
hair- T5, T9, T10
clothes- B12, B34, B97, N1, C1, C2, R24, R29
delivery Anya/Ian skin- E00, E11, E04, R20
Ian hair- E25, E29, E79
Anya hair- Y32, E33, E35
clothes- B04, B16, B37, B39, W7, W9, R05, R27, R29, E18
boxes-E31, E53, E55
truck- W7, W10, E35, E57, R05, R08, E09, E19, C1, C2, C4, C5, C7, YR16, YR09, C00
sky- B91, B32, C00, C1
background- W2, W3, W4, T1, T2, T3, E81, E84, E87, E89, BG000, BG93, N2, N4, N6

Shipt supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- The Greeting Farm (Delivery set)
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- E44, E47, E49
clothes- B93, B95, B97, B99, YG05, YG07, YG09, BG99, C00, C1, C2, C5, C7, C10,
groceries- E30, E31, E53, E55, E44, C0, C2, E34, E35, E50, E41, B00, B21, B23, B26, B28
van- N0, N1, N3, N4, T9, YG05, YG07, BG000
house- E41, E42, E43, E47, BG000
porch- E23, E25, E29, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, W6
sky- B0000, B000, B00, C1, C00
flowers/grass/trees- YG21, YG03, YG23, YG25, YG63, RV02, RV14  

UPS supply list:
cardstock- Hero Arts and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- The Greeting Farm (Delivery set and Quarantine Life set)
My Favorite Things rounded rectangle stax
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04
hair- E21, E34, E57
clothes- C1, C2, B93, B95, B97, E44, E49, Y35, YR04, YR18
truck- E43, E44, E57, E35, N4, N7, T6, T10, C4, C6, YR16, YR09, Y02
anya hat/hair- E84, E87, YR24 
sky- BG000, B00, BG01
background- C1, C3, C4, C5, C7, W3, W4, W6, YG21, YG23, YG25, YG03, YG63, G82, G24, G94, E43, E44

Monday, April 6, 2020

You always deliver...

Good morning!

Did you see that a brand new digital set hit the TGF store last night? It's called Delivery and it is full of images perfect for thanking all the men and women who are out there making sure we all get what we need during these days of sheltering in place. Not only does the set come with Anya and Ian but you also get a cool big rig delivery truck, a stack of boxes, loaf of bread, crate of milk, pack of toilet paper and two sentiments. All of which can be mixed and matched with the previously released Quarantine Life set and Social Distance Anya or any older TGF digis you have in your collection. I was so inspired by all of the different possibilities that I created a bunch of fun scenes. You can see how versatile and fun it is to play with the sizing of the truck for different perspectives, copying and pasting multiples of the package piles or toilet paper to show how overwhelming or ridiculous this has been and changing up the uniforms just by choosing different colors and logos. 
I will actually be back tomorrow with three more Delivery cards to share, until then stay safe my friends!    
UPS supply list:
cardstock- Hero Arts and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- The Greeting Farm (Delivery set)
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- YR21, YR24, YR27, E39
clothes- E81, E84, E87, T9, Y15, Y18, Y26
boxes- E31, E53, E55, E44, 100
background- N3, N4, N5, N7, C3, E31

FedEx supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- The Greeting Farm (Delivery set and Quarantine Life set)
My Favorite Things blueprints dienamic
Copic markers:
masked anya skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R20
hair- E50, E21, E53, E55
clothes- C1, C2, RV00, RV10, RV13, Rv14, BV11, N3, N5, RV29
fedex anya skin- E21, E33, E35, E44, E93
hair- T5, T7, T10
clothes- YR16, YR07, YR09, FV2. B69, BV08, C5, C7, C10, 110
box- E40, E41, 0
toilet paper- C0, C2, B12, B14, B16
truck- C1, C2, C3, C4, T4, T5, T7, T9, YR16, YR07, YR09, FV2, B69, BV08, BG000
road/sidewalk- T1, T2, T3, W2, W3, W4, W6
houses- YG91, E31, N5, N8
ground- YG03, YG63, E74, E77, E79
sky- B000, B00, B32
trees- E74, E77, E79, YG03, YG25, G94 
Trucker supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- The Greeting Farm (Delivery set and DR Ian)
stamp- The Greeting Farm (Miss Anya Samoyed)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Copic markers:
skin- E21, E13, E15, E27
hair- E35, E47, E49
clothes- B95, B97
dog- R21, E04, E50, E51, E43, E44, E37, YR21, YR23, YR24, N4, N5, N7, N8, 100
truck- T6, T7, T9, E55, E57, R24, R27, R29, R89, YR16, YR09, N5, N7, N9, N10, C1, C3, C6
sky- B000, B00, B02
ground- W3, W5, E43, YG61, YG63

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Stay home...

Hi there!

I'm back with another Scenic Saturday card to share over on the Bellarrific Blog. While the Covid 19 pandemic continues to turn all of our worlds upside down I find these strange new days effecting my crafting in various ways. One of the bright sides of currently being laid off from work is that I sure get a lot more coloring done. But when I sit down to stamp and create I can't always shake reality and it starts influencing the kinds of cards I find myself making. Take today's scene where we find Curvy Girl with a Message on her apartment balcony yelling out for everyone to just STAY HOME! The extra large sentiment was printed on the card stock from my computer before I stamped her and began coloring. By doing a close up shot of Curvy Girl with a Message on her balcony a little more than half of the card front becomes the brick exterior, which lends to the rather claustrophobic feel of sheltering in place for so long. Then I made sure to use lighter, brighter colors on the interior of her apartment along with subtle nature prints hanging on the wall to represent that breath of fresh, clean air we all long for. Creating topical cards like this becomes a great way to work through all of my fears and feelings through this creative hobby we all love. I hope any extra time you have these days is more time for crafting too.

Hang in there friends, at least we have the Stamping Bella shop up and running again for whenever we need our next crafty fix!   ;) 
 Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
stamps- Stamping Bella (Curvy Girl with a Message)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
computer generated sentiment
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 1
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- E55, E25, E79
clothes- R21, R43, R46, V99, YG05, YG99, W2, W3, W4, W5
bullhorn- C1, C3, C5, C6
brick exterior- E33, YR23, E44, E35, E39, 0, BV20, N0, N3
planter- Y11, Y13, Y18, Y21, Y26, YG25, YG67, RV02, RV13, RV14
interior- T1, T2, T3, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78, E74, E77, E79, W00, E81, E84, E87, V25, V28, C4, C5, G000, G00, BG53, BG57, G24, YG63 

Friday, April 3, 2020


TGIF... I think...

LOL, it is getting hard to keep track of the days of the week! Anywho, I do know that I was on my Adventures in Coloring with Amy Facebook page coloring Live yesterday. I tackled this ambitious fairy tale scene full of Little Bits cuteness from Stamping Bella and while it took about 3 hours I think the results were totally worth it. Plus I enjoyed the company of fellow crafters for that whole time which was such a fun way to break up the monotony of these long days sheltering in place. I masked together stamps from the Little Bits Fairy set, Little Bits Critters set, Little Bits Fairy Fairy House and Daisy Floral set then we proceeded to make it bright and happy and full of color. Apparently these little fairies don't have to worry about social distancing because this looks like quite the magical house party! ;)

Alrighty, well I will see you back here tomorrow with another fun Stamping Bella card. 
Supply list:
cardstock- My Favorite Things and Catherine Pooler
stamps- Stamping Bella (Little Bits Fairy House, Little Bits Fairy set, Little Bits Critters, Daisy Floral set and Hi sentiment)
ink- Memento tuxedo black
My Favorite Things A2 stitched rectangle stax set 2
Sakura stardust glitter pen
Wink of Stella clear glitter pen
Copic markers:
sorry, I didn't keep a list but you can find the colors used here

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Alone Together...

Hey there!

As I was scrolling through Instagram yesterday morning I came across this new Desde mi Ventana (From my Window) set of digi stamps from MMedel Illustrations and instantly fell in love. So I hopped on over to Maria's etsy shop and grabbed them up. Now every single one of these fun characters would make a super cute card all on their own but seeing them together in the listing I was struck with the image of a long slim line card creating the front of an apartment building where we see all of the residents sheltering in place as individuals but also enjoying each other's company from a safe distance. As I was working with the digis in Word to get them ready for printing I somehow forgot that a traditional slim line card is 8.5" tall and instead went the entire length of the card stock at 11". I didn't realize this until I already had half the card colored and there was no way I was going to start over sooooo... I made a super long slim line card, LOL! To get an even number of window spaces I used the clapping gal twice, just reversing the one and coloring them up completely different. Then I drew in a front door to the building to fill the last space which also gave me a place to add the Alone Together sentiment. I'm not gonna lie, this one was a labor of love but what else do I have to do during this quarantine?  ;)

Take care friends!  
Supply list:
cardstock- Papertrey Ink and Copic X-Press It
digital stamps- MMedel Illustrations (Desde mi ventana)
Sharpie extra fine white pen
Copic markers:
building: E33, YR23, E44, E35, E39, BV20, E81, 0, N6, N8, G21, G24, YG67, T2
interiors- W1, W2, W3, W4, W6, W8, W10
violinist skin- E13, E15, E17, E79
hair- T5, T7, T10, 110
clothes/violin- N3, N5, N7, YG11, G24, G46, E84, E87, E08, E09, E18, E44
clapping lady 1 skin- E21, E23, E25, E79
hair- YR23, YR24, E44, E47, E49
clothes- E40, E41, RV52, R83, RV34
clapping lady 2 skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- YR30, YR20, E53, E55
clothes- BG02, B05, B18, B39, BV29, G00, BG32, G16
plant- YG23, YG67, Y18
boy skin- E000, E00, E11, E04, R00, R20
hair- E55, E57, E59
clothes- Y000, Y02, Y13, Y18, Y26, R14, R27, R29, R89, C3, C6, C9
reading girl skin- E53, E33, E35, E93
hair- E74, E77, E79, W10
eyes/glasses- E23, BG000
top/book- RV66, RV69, RV99, YG91, YG93, YG97, E81
curtains- E81, Y35, YR07
little girl skin- YR000, E01, E02, E11, E95
hair- YR21, YR27, E99
eyes- B52
curtains/bird- R00, E20, E22, Y11, Y21, Y26
granny skin- BV01, E00, E21, E11, E93
hair- C1, C3, C4, C5
eyes- E27
clothes- BV04, BV17, BV08, N2
curtains- BV000, BV01, BV04
plant/watering can- E95, E97, E99, YG03, YG17, Y18, G20, FBG2, BG07, B39

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

We can do it...

Hello friends!

I'm back on the TGF blog with a collection of cards that reflect the current circumstances that we all find ourselves in these days. I know that I find most of my 'shelter in place' days spent following the news wavering between worry and thankfulness for the amazing medical professionals that we have on the front lines. 
So when Marie released this sweet Social Distance Anya digital stamp I knew that I wanted to make cards for some of those brave and special people that I know. And now Marie has also added the Quarantine Life duo to the shop as well so I had more cuties to create some positive, upbeat cards with. I also pulled out the older Get Well Soon set full of mini doctors and nurses, which I just noticed is currently sold out but don't forget about the doctor and nurse digis that are always available. 
Because I was working with so many digis I really wanted to take advantage of the way you can manipulate their sizing for your cards. On one card I enlarged Social Distance Anya to fill up the entire card front and then I shrunk her down to a small 2" size to match the Get Well Soon doctors and even printed her a couple extra time so I could fussy cut her mask and add it to the doctors on another card. All of the designs were kept clean and simple, probably because of all the obsessive cleaning I've been doing lately, LOL! 

So stay safe, stay healthy and stay crafty everyone!