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Cast members are at the core of the magic-making at the Disney parks, and with an upcoming trip planned, I thought it would be fun to create some little cards to have in my bag to thank any cast members that sprinkled us with a little extra pixie dust.

I was inspired by the Disney Creative Co. “Colors of Magic” challenge for June— this bright palette from Toy Story was just the right cheerful feeling I wanted for my cards.

I started with a 3″x4″ base of heavy white cardstock, and I built each card with the same formula, using a different color from the palette for each one. First, I added a layer of patterned paper on top of the white card. From a different paper in the same color, I cut a Mouse Tag with the metal die. I cut white centers for each of the tags and stamped “Thank You” at the bottom before attaching the tags to the card.

I stamped “You’re magical” onto a print-and-cut label and attached it with foam to give some dimension.

As a final touch, I added a color-coordinated padded applique to each tag.

I left room for a small hand-written message on the front; more could be written on the back, if I chose. I packed this little set of cards with a pen into a pouch to carry as we enjoyed the parks!

supplies:
Scraps & Ink Crafts: Mouse Tag cutting die, Padded Appliques (Flower and Garden, Carousel), and Bits and Pieces Appliques
white cardstock
various patterned paper scraps
stamps: Hero Arts/Clearly Kelly “Kelly’s Magical”, Hero Arts 3×4 sentiments (“thank you”), Paper Smooches (“you’re”)
print-and-cut labels via Silhouette Cameo 3

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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Sometimes I have a hard time knowing what words to send to a friend, and in those cases, I hope that the handmade card helps to express what I’m trying to say.

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For these cards, I cut a Paige Evans flower bouquet from white textured cardstock and used it to inspire the loose watercolor.  After the paint had dried, I adhered the die cut over the watercolor with a sentiment strip.

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These cards were made with heartfelt love and prayers.

 

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Recently, a friend from church gave me a big box of lovely wooden, red-rubber stamps that she was clearing out of her house.  In particular, there were two of these stained-glass style stamps that really caught my eye.

When a need came up this past week for an encouragement/get well card, I knew that I had to try this stamp out.

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I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with a black pigment ink pad that wasn’t as juicy as I expected, so the lines came out a softer grey color. I heat-embossed them with clear powder to give the image the look of leaded glass.

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After the heat-embossing was cool, I spent some relaxing time painting each space with watercolors.  I love how the transparency and varying intensity of the color gives a glass look!

I have done very little watercoloring (besides playing as a kid), so this might be a new medium for me to look into!

 

P.S. I’m linking this to the Simon Says Stamp “Play with Paint” Monday challenge and the Wednesday “Anything Goes” challenge!

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Otter cards

I’ve been slowly and (somewhat) steadily working my way through Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class, and the shading lesson was fun and challenging all at the same time.  Blending blues is pretty tricky for me still, and I found the rectangular prisms particularly challenging to shade!

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To give myself some more practice shading with light sources from different directions, I stamped out a number of these cute otters from My Favorite Things (thanks to my daughter, who allowed me to use her stamp set ;-))

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Of course, I couldn’t just leave these little cuties on the paper to languish!  I put them to good use on some cards.  I simply added a bit of ink blending to spotlight each otter and then stamped a sentiment from my beloved old Hero Arts set.

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It’s graduation season!  Husband works with the high school ministry at church, and so we know several graduates from there, and another friend’s son is graduating from high school.  When we started receiving graduation announcements and invitations, I volunteered to make some cards for him to send– another “excuse” to get to use my Copic markers!

For these four cards, I used the Paper Smooches Space Cadet stamp set and colored each image before cutting them out by hand right against the stamped outlines.  I used my Silhouette to cut the front panel of the card with a circular window.

I created a watercolor space background (I LOVE making them!) to insert behind the window, which I lifted with foam for some dimension.  I attached the planets flat to the starry background and lifted the rocket on foam, too.

On the inside of the card, I used an oldie-but-goodie Hero Arts sentiment stamp to simply say, “Congratulations.”

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Each card is a little bit different, even though the general design is the same.  I customized the rockets with colors of either the school the graduate will attend or the school from which they had just graduated!

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Even though the cards took a bit longer to create than I’d expected, I really did enjoy the whole process.  I love the results, and I hope that the recipients enjoy them, too!

 

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I have been trying to practice my Copic coloring whenever I can, and lately, I’ve spent a lot of time learning for other roles in my life from audio recordings of talks.  When it’s just audio, I like to have something to do with my hands so that I don’t get distracted, and coloring is an ideal occupation.

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I used some of the techniques for blending that I’ve been learning in Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class to color these flower clusters stamped with a Paper Smooches stamp set.  I colored two of the clusters with reds, and I ventured into the blues for the third.  I don’t own a very light blue marker (yet! :)), so I used the colorless blender for my lightest areas.  I need practice, but I am happy with these attempts!

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These are flat notecards, and I added a simple banner with a white heat-embossed sentiment from a very old Hero Arts set (it is one of my all-time favorites!) to finish them off.

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P.S. I’m entering this trio of cards into the April 2 Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

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Otter class Valentines

In my last post, I showed the first of two big Valentine projects that V did this year.  Of course, if we have a Valentine mailbox, that means that Valentines were exchanged– and V and I came up with a plan for her to make her own: all twenty-four! (enough for all of her classmates, her teacher, and a few extras)

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Otters are one of V’s favorite animals, and so for Christmas, she received a set of otter stamps by My Favorite Things.  I have loved watching her reach for them again and again to make cards for friends and family, and she used them again for this project.

We decided on a circular design, and I use the print-and-cut feature on my Silhouette to create a card front that had a sentiment inspired by the stamp set (and a little more kindergarten-classmate friendly :)) and left room for the otter stamp.

V did all of the stamping herself:

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She used a practice piece to work out the colors she’d use for each part of the otter.  All on her own, she realized that it would be most efficient to batch-process her coloring! She first colored the otter’s heart, then the pink cheeks, and finally the two colors for the otter’s fur.

On the back, V wrote each classmate’s name and her own on the print-and-cut scalloped circle.  She adhered the layers together, and we attached them to a little packet of candy hearts.

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This was also a really cool opportunity for us to see some of the power of prayer.  The day before, my Silhouette had simply not turned on.  On this day, it turned on and started to work, but it was still giving me trouble.  The machine even turned off in the middle of one of the cuts!  As I expressed my concern to my kids (we were all together working in the craft room), we stopped and prayed together that the machine would work long enough to finish the class cards!  And it did!  Finally, it got through the last sheet of card backs, and we all stopped again to thank God for the gift of a working machine!

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Here are the finished valentines!

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Floral baby card

I made this baby shower card for a friend of mine who just had her baby girl!

I went looking for inspiration on my “Scrap” board on Pinterest, and in browsing through my pins, I saw several that heavily influenced my design:

You can see that I took the ideas of floral clusters around the sentiment as my inspiration…

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I had a floral sticker sheet that had orange, yellow and pink blooms on it, so I chose a patterned paper that brought out the pinks in the flowers that were more predominantly orange.  I made a little cluster, adding foam behind some of the blossoms for extra dimension.

I added die-cut feathery leaves for more texture, and I put everything on top of a doily  that I stitched onto the white background in a spiral.  The sentiment is actually another sticker that I trimmed to be more narrow and then clipped into a banner shape.

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I really like how this one turned out, and based on the number of cards that I’ve pinned with a similar design, it seems to be something that my eye gravitates toward!  I will definitely be using this design idea in the future!

 

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I’ve been doing some more coloring with the Copic markers that Husband bought for me for Christmas, and this is the first completed card (aside from some lunch box notes for V!) that I’ve made.

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I used the Space Cadet set from Paper Smooches to make the cute little alien ship and the planet, and I white heat-embossed the starry background for inside the window.

That set doesn’t have a birthday greeting, so printed my own onto the card front, which I created with my Silhouette SD using the print-and-cut feature.  I used the fonts Hiragino Sans GB and Nightly Poem (the brush script).  I also added the detail of a thin black line around the circle window by using the offset tool and changing it to be a non-cut, printed line.

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I assembled the card using a lot of craft foam for dimension!  I like how it gives the look of the cute little alien flying right out of the opening!

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I’m linking this up to the Paper Smooches’ January 2018 “Anything Goes” challenge!

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

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For Christmas, I wanted to do something special for the teachers of our kids’ classes at church.  They give selflessly to teach our children, and in addition to a small gift card, I wanted to do something a little more hand-made.

The design of these cards was inspired by Laura Vegas’ project HERE.  Even though the design on my version is actually fairly simple, it took me a surprisingly long time to get it right, haha!

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The wreath was a cut file Kerri Bradford offered this year during her 12 Days of Christmas, and the “Joy” in the middle was another, much older cut file from Kerri Bradford, too!  I added some extra branches from an oldie-but-goodie fern-ish looking leaf file to which I seem to come back over and over again.

Because I wanted even more dimension and texture, I mounted the wreaths on a rectangle of textured white cardstock, which I sprinkled with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine (I’ve been watching a lot of Inkie Quill!).  And then I added a little lift to the rectangle by adding a smaller cardboard piece underneath.  I didn’t want the cards to be too thick, but I definitely wanted some emphasis on that center piece.

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Did I mention that we have just over 20 teachers?  I made a lot of cards!  After I worked out the design, I really enjoyed putting these together.

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