For someone who does't like yellows and oranges, I seem to have a bit of a Springtime colour theme going on recently. It must be the hope of warmer days on the horizon. Unfortunately I think we have a short cold spell to get through before we see Spring arive so I will have to make do with some sunshine inspired crafting instead using this lovely stamp set from My Favorite Things aptly named Sunshine Friends.
I've used the name of this prickly stamp set from MFT as inspiration for a Valentine themed project.
The lettering is typed in a font called 'Tasty Burger' and cut out in plain red card using my Silhouette.
I've outlined the text firstly in black card then baby pink and hammered white card to give it some depth and shadow.
I've also embossed the red card which was quite fiddly with the dinky apostrophe but I laid some tape across the back of the whole strip after cutting it so that the letters didn't fall out while I embossed them. I then glued them all onto the black outline using the negative as a guide to ensure they were all correctly spaced and level.
The little cactus couple image is stamped, watercoloured and included in the outline shadow so that it forms part of the overall shape of the cardbase.
I've used the MFT Big Birthday Wishes die to create a simple card in some various purples and gingham cardstock. I've cut the wording out from hammered cream card and used alternating stripes of scraps behind to show through the negative. It's all layered onto deep violet card and finally onto a cream cardbase.
It's been a while since I've made a single layer Clean and Simple card, but while digging through my older stamps today I found this MFT Christmas Carol stamp set and I wanted to try a lightbeam effect using ink.
There was a lot of masking involved for this card. The lamp post was also shorter than I needed, so I masked off the bottom half and stamped the top, then did the reverse to stamp only the base. I wanted the lantern to be quite high on the card so that the light it shone covered about a third of the card. I then masked everything to stamp the stones and ink the lightmeam in tones of orange fading out to pale yellow.
I've watercoloured the image using mostly neutral colours but added a pop of red on each element, including the candle in the lantern. I tried to create some darker shadow in front of the carol singers to show that the light is coming from behind them. I added a sprinkling of snow and a yellow glow on the goat's hat pompom.
I'm trying to build up my stash of Christmas Gift Tags and this little fella is perfect for a fun decorative tag. I've cut the base shape out using my Silhouette and lots of scallops and then just layered on some simple circles.
I've made a simple card using the Stamping Bella Rudolph with a Present on Top and its matching die. Rather than using patterned papers, I've embossed some smooth bright white card using my Holly Embossing Folder and added some flowers and satin ribbon from my stash for decoration.
Still in Christmas mode, I've made this simple navy and white card to share with you today. The navy snowflake border is cut using a Whimsy Elegant Snowflake border and I've used three of the mini cut out circles to frame my sparkly white gems. The Chrismtas sentiment is a Honey Bee die layered in the same colour theme. I've embossed the base card with a Whimsy Holly embossing folder for added texture.
Every time I get my embossing folders out I remember how much I love the effect and decorative texture they create, and I've been playing with a new Holly design that I bought recently. I've cut the cardbase design with my Silhouette machine and layered the white on my favourite Marine Blue card and again onto another white layer to frame the slimline shape.
I've decorated the card with a watercoloured Stamping Bella Reindeer which I've cut out using the matching die, and a layered Honey Bee Cuts sentiment.
I'd not really got into slimline cards until recently (I know they've been popular for a while but I'm never one to follow trends!) but this week I've been using my new Whimsy Holly embossing folder to create a slimline card with two little watercoloured reindeer and some bright red accents.
The 3 layered cardbase has been cut using my Silhouette machine and then embossed after it was cut. I've added a die cut sentiment in the same coloured card.
I've created a flower shaped card using my Silhouette machine and layered embossed yellow, cream and orange card for a textured effect. I've framed the image with some flowers and a pretty organza double bow.
I'm on a drive to increase my Christmas cards in preparation for December. This is one of my favourite Christmas images from Stamping Bella. I've kept it simple with some pretty papers and a layered sentiment.
This image is so versatile for a birthday, or even for a 'just because' card. I've made quite a fussy card for this one, but am also working on him again for a clean and simple layout because I liked him so much.
I've been in clean and simple mode recently, so this little fella is the centre of attention sat on his log clutching his pink flower. I've used matching papers and my favourite Whimsy birthday shadow die to frame him.
I've made a set of sweet cards using a stamp set from Colorado Craft called Tea Time Fun. I've stamped and watercoloured the image, and then matted it onto alternating layers of nude pink, white and fuschia pink coloured card. The sentiments are both Mama Elephant and I've cut out a double shadow around the text for each using the same card colours.
Another fairly simple layout featuring Sweet Pea Garden Girlie from Stamping Bella. I've framed her with multiple layers of yellow and orange card, and added some die cut flowers and a layered birthday sentiment.
I loved colouring this Daisy Squidgy image again in these Springtime colours. I just need the warmer weather now to go with it!
It wasn't until I'd finished colouring my image and composing all the card layers that I decided I wanted to add a die-cut sentiment, and I wanted a 'You Are' portion to go with the 'Amazing' text. After hunting through my images, I found this 'You Are' from a recent MFT Sweetest Safari set, and I set about masking it in order to extract the two words I wanted.
This is what I ended up with, before adding the die cut 'Amazing', which I cut and layered 3 times in the lime green card:
I've watercoloured the adorable Happy Day bunny image from Colorado Craft Company. The image has been die cut using a stitched rectangle die before being matted onto multiple layers of red and cream to frame it.
I fussy cut the image and used a blending brush to create a bit of blue sky behind the bunnies.