Spring Magnolia Stamps

I’ve had my Magnolia spring stamp kit for a while now, but I’ve been knitting so much on the shawl (which is now giant by the way) I’ve been neglecting most other things when I have free time. That includes laundry and cooking as well as papercrafting.

The other night, I decided I needed to colour a bit, so I made a few cards with the kit.

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I just have to say that Robin Hood is one of my very favourite historical and/or fictional characters, and probably the first book character I ever had a crush on, so this stamp made me extremely happy.

Just some simple cards to get back in to the swing of things. This doesn’t mean I’m not still working crazily on the shawl… there is a deadline that I’ve set myself for that to be finished, and that’ll come up quickly.

Purple and Pears

Still having fun with the dotty backgrounds, but this card is for a challenge! Kraftin’ Kimmie is sponsoring this week’s CPS challenge. I love so many of the Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps (the Moonlight Whispers are my absolute favorites – and the punny sentiments they have too!), and another great thing is that they’re a Canadian company! Go Canada go! Whoa, total Olympic flashback there….

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I wanted to “pear” this stamp with this great Basic Grey pear paper, so I coloured most of her dress with colours taken from the pears, then I decided I wanted to do a purple dot background. The background is: BV04, BV02, BV17, V12, V15, V17, RV10, RV93.

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I chose a deep purple to use for mats, and also some pale doily-print paper from the same Basic Grey collection. The ribbon was white, but I coloured it with my V17 Copic so it would match. The sentiment is from Flourishes’ strawberry stamp set.

This stamp is going to get a good workout in my cookbook-scrapbook, I can tell. :) First task: Mum’s scone recipe.

Recipe Book – Cornmeal Muffins

A while ago, a few years actually, so well before the papercraft supply binge of ’09, I decided to give myself permission to buy scrapbooking products. I gave myself very restricted guidelines, because I didn’t want to make a scrapbook – I just loved all the papers and other supplies! I decided to make an 8×8 recipe book, so I could only buy food-related supplies. That has obviously gone out the window now, but I did use some of my new techniques to make my first recipe page in a long time.

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These are the cornmeal muffins my mum always made when I was a kid. Nice and simple, great for showcasing homemade jams. :) Here’s an online link to the recipe too. We obviously made them without the jammy centres. The recipe is from an old Canadian Living book mum said.

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I made a dotty background again, and loved it! Again, I used some of my newest Copics. Skin: E00, E02 / Apron: RV93, RV95 / Dress: R27, R29, R59 / Hair: E59, E15, E17 / Background: YG03, G25, BG75, G28, Y26, YG95. I’m happy because I think I managed to have the red dress and green background, and not make it look like Christmas.

This stamp (from Kraftin’ Kimmie) usually has a teapot in her hand, and she did up until this morning. That’s when I remembered my stash of kitchen stickers, and pulled out this one and stuck it over the pot.

Dotty Backgrounds

I think I’ve discovered my new favourite technique:

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That background was inspired by Crissy Armstrong’s tutorial video on how she does her fabulous backgrounds (you can find  it here). I was made aware of the video by Happy Thoughts & Inkspots.

A rather large order from Paper Garden Projects arrived yesterday, 15 minutes before I had to head to work, so I was itching all day just to get back here and play with my new markers! I used BV04 &BV02 for the dress, and YR16, YR02, YR04, YR07, & YR09 for the dots. The thank you stamp is also from PGP. I love it, but the only purple ink I had was a dew drop-sized one, and inking that stamp felt more tedious than the dots! I loved doing the dots, I think I’ll use that technique a lot!

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I really like orange and purple together!

It’s in the water

I bought the VIP kit from My Favorite Things when it was up for sale in March. That meant I got one of April’s stamp sets weeks for everyone else will have a chance at it!

I thought this pregnancy set was adorable, and once again all the sentiments make me smile. I know a bunch of people having babies, so I thought it would be a handy set to have. Last night I stamped the main image a few times on white, and then went through my scrap bin for good shirt patterns. Once I had all the panels coloured up, I made them in to cards. It was nice to do it production-line style like that. I’m experimenting with E Copic markers for skin, I had been using Rs. When they’re that pale though, it’s hard to tell.

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Deep breath in…

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I just had to buy this yoga set (called ‘Serenity Now’) from My Favourite Things when I saw it. I love it when I go to yoga, I just sometimes have trouble motivating myself to actually go to yoga.

I think MFT stamps are perfect for paper-piecing. I paper-pieced the girl’s top using a very large flower print from the same package as the background paper. As you can see, the flower was so big, it just shows up as an abstract design on her shirt.

I usually shy away from pre-packaged ‘ephemera’ because really, isn’t part of being ‘ephemera’ being found stuff, thrift-store stuff, vintage stuff? I tend to think so. That still didn’t stop me buying an ephemera pack from K&Co. As you can see from how well the flowers match, it is in the same line as the background paper I used (the strip with the text is MME).

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I made three yoga cards in one night, all using various bits from the ephemera pack, and one of my other loves of paper crafting: mixing and matching paper collections! I’m not generally one for the matchy-matchy (no matter how nice the first card in this post looks!). This card uses K&Co for her shirt, K&Co ‘ephemera’, DCWV ‘Old World’ (pink paper), and KaiserCraft ‘Devonshire’ (text paper).

To keep everything neat on the image, I stamped it twice on white paper, once on the patterned. I coloured just her chest on one layer, then cut shirt and arms as one piece from the patterned and glued that to the piece with just her chest coloured. Then I coloured her arms on the second piece of white, cut those out and glued down.

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This one is my favourite – I spiced up the green dot paper by stamping the little ‘Ohm’ dot from the stamp set in a similar-coloured ink in a pattern guided by the dots (it’s not quite a subtle as it seems in these photos). Again, I paper-pieced her shirt and coloured the rest with Copic markers. I coloured my ribbon (it was white) with a Copic marker so it matches, and wove it through a paisley.

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How do YOU emboss?

Paper Garden Projects has a challenge to use your favourite type of embossing on a project. While I love the dimension and texture you can get by using embossing powder, I don’t do it a whole lot. I think this has something to do with the fact that I tend to use a stovetop burner as my heat source. I remember using the lightbulb in my desk lamp as a kid, but my current little lamp doesn’t get hot enough. I did figure out that I could use the toaster, but the toaster lives in a cupboard, and the oven is right there….

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So I made a card that used my Cuttlebug, and an embossing folder, a technique known as ‘dry embossing’. I used the dotty folder to pick up the dots in the the papers, and sanded the embossed paper a little, to pick up the texture.

There is no end to the love I have for these pirate stamps by Kraftin’ Kimmie, and the text stamps always crack me up too!

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I decided not to fussy-cut (cut around the very edge of the stamp) this image. Instead, I trimmed the top of her hat and sword, then got out my Nestabilities Labels 7, slipped that on to the image with the hat and sword out of the way of the blade, and cut it that way. She’s too tall for any of the cutting dies I have.

Skull Shirt

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Another one of my new Greeting Farm stamps – I love this punky little girl with her skull shirt and her leggings! I’ve been having great fun colouring her, and making her hair exciting colours.

The green paper behind her is from a K&Co mat stack- the twist with this one is that the papers all already have adhesive on the back. I thought it would great, take a step out of the card-making process! Turns out, the adhesive isn’t all that great, I’ve already had to pull it off and put real glue on the back and stick it back down.

The jewel clusters are also K&Co, I used them and black stickles to give the card a bit of bling, for the Anya Ink blog this week. I also used a sketch from the Club Anya Saturday Sketch blog.

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Fuzzy Feather Boa

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When I first saw this stamp, I knew I had to pull out my Martha Stewart flocking for the boa. Just a little bit of glue, and some fuzz to give this glamour stamp a little more oomph. The layout is from The Sweet Stop Sketch blog, and they wanted fuzz on the card too.

I tried to keep the look vintage and soft and girly, so I pulled out my wide lace again, as well as some new but vintage-looking flowers. I used a rub-on for the sentiment – I rubbed it on to some vellum so you can still glimpse the lace through it.

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Caardvarks is having a Lace challenge on now!

Flapping Good Time

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I love flapper dresses, so when I made my first order of Greeting Farm stamps, I had to add in Flapper Anya. I love this stamp, especially the feather. I think it’d be great to have a stamp just of the feather – maybe a bit larger.

I coloured her by taking ink from my V15 marker with the tip of my colourless blender, and applying colour from the fringes down in each section of her dress. It didn’t look as even as I wanted it to, so I just smeared Diamond Stickles over everything. :)

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You can really see the shine in this angled shot!

The background paper is from a K & Co mat stack, and the sentiment is from Magnolia. I find their sentiments a little expensive, when you compare them to the character stamps, but they are always in such nice fonts! Flowers are Prima, and the row of pearls and the pearl brad that are the exact same colour…. are different companies! The row is Recollections (Michaels brand) and the big one I got in a really on sale package from my local scrapbook store.

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The background paper made me think of old-fashioned wallpaper – it seemed about the right era for a flapper! I love purple and green together, and I can enter it in Simon Says Stamp’s Show us your Green challenge.

It’s Yarr Birthday!

The sentiment stamp on this card has been cracking me up ever since I first saw it in the sneak peeks from the Kraftin’ Kimmie blog.

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I finally broke down and ordered myself some pirates. And the Tea Party set too! When I fall, I fall hard. This is a (very) belated birthday card for P’s mum, so inside I stamped ‘Well blow me down!’ from the same set.

The craft fair yesterday was a bit slow, but I was ok with that because I’d stamped up tons of pirate and tea party images, and I spent most of the fair colouring. :) It wasn’t slow enough that I’m worried about the two other fairs I booked in to this month – if nothing else, I’ll get tons more colouring done!

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P’s mum is also having eye surgery tomorrow, so he requested that I give the pirate an eyepatch. I stole this one from Billy Blythe, one of the other pirate stamps I bought – I coloured just the patch, then carefully cut it out, leaving the ‘strings’ very long. Once I decided where it would go on Alicia’s face, I marked where I needed to cut the ends of the strings. Then I cut them off, and used a black Sharpie to colour them in. I wanted them to look like stamped lines, like the lines of the rest of the stamp. Then I used a tiny glue pen to put glue on it, and put it in place.

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The sketch for this card is from Sketch Saturday. I have to say, I loved having my choice of images ready to go, just having to pick papers to go with it! The challenge on the Kraftin’ Kimmie blog is to use beads, so I made that side stripe by putting down some 1/4″ Scor-tape (double-sided tape), then pouring some green microbeads on to it. CCEE Stampers has an inspiration challenge going on right now, and the inspiration is ‘Caviar’. Microbeads look like exactly that! Only less slimy.

St. Patrick’s Day

I realised that I should at least have a couple St. Patrick’s Day cards at the craft fair this Saturday (Whitehorn Community Hall, 9am-5pm, if you’re in the Calgary area!), so I whipped these up:

Leprechauns!

I bought the shamrock ribbon, and rhinestone shamrocks at Michaels. I just grabbed all my green papers and went to it. My favourite part is the grass I put on two of the cards:

Leprechauns! Leprechauns!

While at Michaels, I saw that Martha has a spring ‘Grass’ paper punch out. I am getting quite the collection of punches, so I opted not to buy (I felt so strong!). I came home and dug out my Martha Stewart ‘Icicle’ punch. If you punch it in green, and stick it on the card the other way up, it looks like grass! I sponged the grass for the two cards different colours, so it would blend nicely with each. I’ve used up all my shamrock bling, but I still have a ton of that ribbon.

My other favourite thing is how I cut the stem of Tilda’s shamrock so I could put it on either side of her hand, to make it look like she is hanging off it.

And lucky for me, All That Scraps is looking for St. Patrick’s Day cards! Stamp Something is also looking for green (and cream) on your cards.

Teal Tilda

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Yet another challenge card – I find a few restrictions can really inspire my crafting – a couple rules are good! This challenge was a ‘recipe’ from Magnolia Down Under: you had to use 3 papers, 3 flowers, 2 buttons, and 1 bow. I decided to count the flowers in my paper – I’ve got poppies, lilacs in Tilda’s basket, and the daisies on the oval behind her. My three papers are the poppy paper, the oval behind her, and some fuzzy handmade stuff for the very bottom mat. Buttons are vintage, from my button jar, and the seam binding is from my vintage stash too.

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I coloured her to match the papers as best I could, I just didn’t have the right grey-ish teal. One day I will own all 200+ Copic markers. One day. :)

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The sentiment is actually from the googley-eyed fish stamp set I keep using. I thought it a bit of an odd choice, for fish stamps.

And for those who are despairing, I am still knitting. I’m on the second-to-last row of squares on my linen shopping bag. I got a fair amount done at work, but now work is over, and I’ gearing up for the craft fair, so I feel guilty if I’m not making cards! I think tomorrow or Friday I’m going to do a test set-up on my kitchen island. I haven’t done a fair in so long!

Tilda’s Easter Egg Hunt

I try not to save every tiny little thing that comes in to the house for ‘just in case’, but I do save somethings. Sometimes I even use them! Can you pick it out in this card?

Tilda Easter Egg Hunt

I suppose you’d only notice if you’ve bought Magnolia stamps, because the eggs on this card are cut from Magnolia’s packaging! I’ve been saving the little sheets, because I thought I wanted to use them to paper-piece a dress for Tilda. I still can, I have a few. :) I used the smallest sizes of my oval Nestabilities, and cut out the pink striped eggs. I also used some of the handwriting from the other side of the paper, and there are a few eggs with lacy borders.

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I’m also proud because both papers came from my scrap pile – I can’t remember where I used the blue dot, and the green print is actually the back side of a Christmas paper!

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The clouds and the little bubble around ‘Happy Easter’ are from a fabulous build-a-sheep set from Local King Rubber stamps. I wanted a cartoon-y Easter look, and I think I did very well at that. :) The card was inspired by the fact that Magnolia Down Under has an Easter challenge on right now, and the fact that my first craft fair is March 13th, and I have no Easter cards yet!

Spring – the season of cute

Spring is coming, and I am very excited. And yes, I know there will be more snow between now and, well, June, but stuff has been melting for the past few weeks, and I love it. That’s why I was so happy to see a ‘Farewell Winter’ challenge over at Paper Garden Projects.

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I could have made one last winter card, but really didn’t want to. I got out my Penny Black Garden Friends set, and stamped a few images on to ovals I’d already cut out. I coloured in a few, and picked the best 3 for the card. I wasn’t sure what paper I was going to use, so I coloured the animals, grass, and lettuce first, leaving the flowers, butterflies, and basket to be coloured to match the paper.

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The polka-dot paper is from October Afternoon, and I got it in the sale section of my LSS! I think I want a few more sheets… The scalloped ovals are a paisley paper from Heidi Grace designs. I wanted a little bit of a cameo look to this card, which I think I acheived.

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I think bunny in the lettuce is my favourite of these three little characters.

Today is the Day

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Today’s card was inspired by some old journaling tags that I bought  last year and haven’t yet used. Not sure why I bought them…. probably for use in my recipe scrapbook, but they’re much too small for recipes! I thought ‘Today is the day’ would make a great birthday card, for the Just Magnolia birthday challenge.

I also wanted to use this Magnolia stamp that I hadn’t inked up yet.

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I love the sunflower and her little tiered dress. I had trouble getting all the cross-hatching on the bottom tier to stamp properly, but it fades out naturally I think. I think someday I’ll use this stamp, but cut the sunflower off and have her holding a balloon or something else, I think it’ll be very versatile!

I also had a go at making some paper flowers – I punched these circles from an old, falling-apart book I have. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, but it took a challenge from All That Scraps (book/newsprint) for me to do it!

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I just used brads for the centers; I think it would be nice to use some of my vintage button stash, but I couldn’t be bothered to find needle and thread when I was making them, I just wanted to keep going! One flower is just rounds, the small one I fringed with my scissors, and the other one I folded then rounded the corners to give a petal shape. I rubbed a gold inkpad around the edges so they’d have a bit of shine too.

I don’t usually decorate the inside of the cards, but I stamped Happy Birthday inside this one with red ink. I used a brown Spica glitter pen for highlights in Tilda’s hair, a clear one on the lace at the bottom of her dress, and yellow Distress Stickles on the centre of the sunflower.

Peeking through the window

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I love combining stamps from different companies almost as much as I like combining papers from different lines. I decided that this window stamp from Local King needed someone peeking through it. I don’t have any people stamps except Tilda, so there she is!

I stamped the window in brown ink on to a kraft paper envelope that was in my scrap bin, then coloured it with Copics. The bricks are R27 with a bit of W00 for shading.

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I inked up just the top part of Tilda with Bike, and stamped her in brown on white Copic paper. I coloured her red to match the bricks, and those red pears in the background paper.

The sentiment (seconds minutes hours days weeks I Miss You) is from Penny Black. I stamped it in brown on to some twill ribbon. It’s easiest to read from a distance, I wish I had a fine brown multiliner to touch it up, but I only have black.

Chocoholic

That season is sneaking up on us again, the season of bunnies and chocolates. Well, really any time of year is the time for chocolate, it’s just now the bunnies start sneaking in to it too.

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I have a lot of stamps, but just had to buy this set at my LSS last week. There are 3 different chocolate-related sentiments to go with bunny and his box of chocs. The stamps are by My Favorite Things.

I bought the set knowing I would paper piece the chair, I can just see a whole series of these cards, with different patterned chairs.

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And of course, little chocolate cupcakes all over the paper. :) I bought this DCWV paper pack ages ago for my recipe book, as it is all desserts.

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Bliss in the kitchen

I wanted to use the other side of the pink kitchen-patterned paper that I used on this card.

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I coloured in Kitchen Tilda to match the paper. I rarely do this, I usually colour images with no idea what I’m going to do with them, then try to fit them to papers.It is much easier to get a cohesive card when you do it the other way, though!

I broke down and finally bought some Nestabilities dies, and I have to say I love them. I bought the set of 4 oval sets, thinking they’d be the most versatile, and I love using them already. I have a Cuttlebug machine, and they go through perfectly.

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The buttons are all vintage buttons from a jar I bought at an antique store, and the ribbon I coloured with a Copic marker so it would match too. The Blue button was a shank button, but I managed to break the plastic shank off with pliers so it would lie flat. The thread in the little turquoise button was already in it!

I’ve used the Sketch Saturday #90 sketch for inspiration, Magnolia Down Under wanted to see ‘Flowers, Buttons, & Bows’ on your card, and Simon Says Stamp wanted to see ‘3 types of embellishments, 2 patterned papers, 1 image’, so this is a 3-challenge card!

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And yes, for the record, I do find baking quite blissful. Cooking dinners and meat? Not so much. I’d take cake or pie over steak any day.

Top Chef

After spending Monday making a fancy cake, I thought I needed to make a card with Chef Tilda. This isn’t a stamp I own, I received some stamped images in a prize from The Stamp Shoppe, and this was one.

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I’m entering it in another Stamp Shoppe challenge, which is to make a card in ‘Swedish Style’. Magnolias are Swedish stamps, and there is a particular look to the cards in Magnolia magazine, but it’s a little hard to imitate without quite knowing exactly what it is. I think the secret is layers, ribbon, and flowers, which I have, but I do feel my card is still much more simple. I liked the pink kitchen-pattern paper though, so I let a lot of it show.

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The spoon and the tag were cut from some of my oldest supplies – it was a sheet of various vintagey things.

I gave Tilda a gingham dress by colouring like normal, then going back with the colourless blender and drawing a grid of lines.

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