Love Your Spirit

Love Your Spirit

Hi there, my friends! Hope your day is off to a splendid start!

When I first began cardmaking I thought I was a Copic girl. Then came watercolors and lastly colored pencils. And while I do love all of those mediums, there is something magical and captivating about watercolor. Every time I go back to it, I am enchanted all over again…

Head on over to the Dare 2B Artzy blog here to find out how I created this cheery watercolor card.

You can shop for D2BA goodies here!

Have you found your Creative Bliss today? Do, take time for you!

xxoo, Janette

Some Bunny Misses You!

Some Bunny Misses You!

Good day to you, my friends! Today I am egg-cited to share this adorable Easter card with you! I created it from the Simon Says Stamp monthly kit for March. The kit and the individual stamp set are both out of stock right now. The kit likely won’t come back, but the stamp set should. Head over to the stamp set link here and click “notify me when in-stock.” This lets SSS know you want more and you will be the first to know when it does show up! If you are interested, their April kit that was just released is linked below!

Now, let’s get hoppin’!

To create this card I began by stamping all of my images with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Hybrid Ink. Remember to start with the image you want to the front, then mask and work to the back. I used handy-dandy full stick Post-It notes. Stamp the image on the Postie, trim and place as needed. Don’t forget to stamp your sentiment.

I then Copic colored the images, adding the grass last. I lightly watercolored the sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The 80# Neenah paper held up just fine with the little water I used. I added shimmer to the hearts with the new Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and a few 3mm Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Sequins.

Copic Markers:

EGG – BG45, BG49, BG57

Bunny – E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E93

Egg – FV2, B79, V09

Hearts – R22, RV06, RV09, R37

Chick – Y13, Y15, Y17, YR04, YR09

Grass – YG21, YG95, YG97, YG99, G85, G99

 

I’ve entered this card into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #66. You can find out all about those challenges here.

Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope that I have inspired you to pull out your markers and get coloring!

xox, Janette

Watercolor Happiness Blooms

Watercolor Happiness Blooms

I love to make cards. I really do. I’ll say this though, my mojo is squelched when I feel forced to make one in a time crunch.  To help prevent those last minute creations, I enjoy making cards like this… Cards with a sweet sentiment, or even snarky, with the inside left blank to accommodate any sort of greeting to be specialized for a particular event. This sentiment with the D2BA Happiness Blooms set is ideal for a variety of interior phrases. Think: “Happy Birthday”, “Thinking of You”, “Get Well”, “With Sympathy” or even something snarky like, “My Garden is 2′ x 2′ “. Leaving the interior blank until needed allows for so much flexibility!

Head on over to the D2BA blog post here to see how I created this lovely watercolor piece.

You can shop for the goodies D2BA here! All products used are linked up below!

Hope you have the opportunity to enjoy your state Creative Bliss today, whatever that may be!

xox, Janette

A Tail-Waggin’ Good Day!

A Tail-Waggin’ Good Day!

Hiya, friends and happy Saturday to you! Today, I am sharing with you a challenge post with Dare 2B Artzy. The first Saturday of each month D2BA has a themed challenge where you can create a card or scrapbook layout and enter to win your choice of a stamp set and an ink pad by D2BA. This month’s theme is Lots of Layers.

So fun, right? If you’d like to see inspiration by other team members or entrants head on over to the Lots of Layers Challenge. To play along just upload your picture through the blue “Add Your Link” button near the bottom of the post.

Layer 1 (from the bottom up): Beginning with an A2 card base, I stamped “Celebrate” from the D2BA Ruff Day stamp set across the bottom several times in D2BA Totally Black Hybrid ink.

Layer 2: Trim D2BA Flower Power diamond-ish design along pattern edge for fun detail, adhere to card base.

Layer 3: Die cut white cardstock with a decorative edge die. Splatter with your choice of shimmery paint or ink. Adhere to layer 2 with Fun Foam or tape for dimension.

 

Layer 4: Die or hand cut flag shape and ink blend with a water reactive ink like Distress Inks. Lay a background stamp larger than the flag where the stamping area is face up. Mist with water, then place the ink side of your flag down onto the stamp. Careful to not wiggle. Lift carefully to avoid smudging. Once dry, adhere with a dimensional adhesive of your choice.

Layer 5: Stamp pup from Ruff Day or Puppy Talk in D2BA Chocolate Chip Hybrid ink and color. I used Copics in: E49, E59, E37, E35, E31, E30 for main fur. R22 for tongue. W0, W1, and W3 for spots. R37, R29, R24, RV000 for collar and heart. Stamp sentiment and bubble from Puppy Talk. Fussy or die cut images. Die Cut paw print love and coat with a shimmer pen. Adhere direct to layer 4, but do add a touch of dimensional adhesive to the left of the word bubble to keep it lifted. Add extra shimmer to “love” with Irresistible Pico Embellisher in Shimmer. Add any liquid accents last, if possible, so that they may dry untouched.

Thank you, friends, for paying me a visit today. I appreciate you!

Goodies are linked in the post and below for your convenience. Feel free to head right to the D2BA shop here!

Enjoy your state Creative Bliss today, whatever that may be!

Smiles, Janette

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Little Prince

Little Prince

Our family, and even extended family is loaded with girls. So when we got the news our niece revealed baby boy Everett was coming along we we all thrilled. Of course we were excited for any baby, but a boy, what do we do with that? I haven’t made but one or 2 “boy” quilts and cards, phish, they always lean toward feminine.

When MFT came out with this super cute set of stamps, I knew it would fill that void.

My Brother Scan N Cut 2 makes so many of my die cutting needs a breeze. Occasionally though, it thinks it is smarter than I. When I placed these letters together I intentionally left a gap between the “W” and the rest of the word. When I scanned it to the machine though it wanted to cut the images separately, no matter how much of a border I added to them.

To overcome this issue, I colored a bit of a Post-It note black in the adhesive section, trimmed it and applied it to fit between the two letters. This way when it was re-scanned the machine thought they were connected too. #BeSmarterThanTheMachine

Tip: The first thing to wear on cutting mats for the Scan N Cut, for me, is the adhesion. There is generally enough stick to keep the image intact for scanning, but when it cuts sometimes the image will slide. To make the cutting mats last a bit longer, I place my images on the mat, scan it and then tape them down with washi-tape without removing it from the machine. Then cut once the images are secure. This avoids the machine scanning the washi-tape and trying to cut it too (even more so with irregularly shaped paper).

Copic Marker Colors:

  • Castle/Armor – W1, W3, W5, W7
  • Dragon – B28, BG49, BG45, BG32, YR68, Y17, Y08, Y02
  • Horse – E29, E27, E25, E23, E21
  • Skin – E30, E31, E35, R20
  • .05 Black Copic Multiliner

I colored all of the images with the Copic markers and then cut them with the Brother Scan N Cut 2, though the images can be fussy cut or the coordinating dies may be used.

I typed out “LITTLE PRINCE” on the Dymo Handheld Label Maker (which is under $10!). Then I assembled all the components on a scant A2 MFT Watercolor Wash paper. Mat with A2 black cardstock and adhere to base.

And because we wish nothing but enchanting dreams and big adventures for this Little Prince, this super sweet sentiment is enclosed in the card that accompanies the quilt I made for him.

Thanks to you for popping in and taking the time to read about my latest Creative Bliss!

Your Enabler, Janette

P.S. I’ve entered this card into the challenge over at the Simon Say Stamp Monday Challenge. This month’s theme is “Transport It.” Up for grabs is a $50 voucher to Simon Says Stamp retail shop.

Come play along and see what all the fuss is about! View contestant entries or enter your own by clicking the blue froggy InLinkz button near the bottom of the post.