Coffee with Girlfriends

Hi everyone. I’m here with a card for the 2017 Summer Coffee Lovers Bloghop.

I wasn’t quite sure how to go about making a summer themed coffee card. Normally with fall and winter it is more predictable, so I decided to just go ahead and use summer colors.

Here is my card –

I started this card with with a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock which I cut with the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax. I used the coffee cup from the PaperTrey Ink stamp Heart-2-Heart #1 and colored it in with Copic markers. For the cozy, I used 6×6 patterned papers from Lawn Fawn’s Hello Sunshine and paper pieced it to the coffee cup. I arranged the cups at the center of the stitched panel.

For the sentiment, I used one from the same Heart-2-Heart set from PTI. I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.For the card base, I covered the base with a patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Daphne’s Closet and attached the smaller panel on top with foam tape.

I am also entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

For information on the tools and products I used for this card, here is the supply list:

SUPPLY LIST

  1. Neenah Solar White card stock
  2. Lawn Fawn Daphne’s Closet 12×12 sheet
  3. Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad
  4. PaperTrey Ink Heart-2-Heart #1
  5. My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax
  6. Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink
  7. Versafine Onyx Black ink
  8. American Crafts Zing Clear Embossing Powder
  9. Copic Markers – N0, E11, E13, E15
  10. Elmer’s Glue Dot Runner
  11. Scotch Foam Tape

That’s it for this card. Thank you for reading.

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To My Mama Bear – Happy Birthday

My mom and I always joke around calling each other Baby Bear and Mama Bear. So even if my mom’s birthday is still far away, I jumped on the chance to make this card using the Lil Hoot set from Hero Arts.

I am entering this card for the A Blog Named Hero Interactive Card Challenge sponsored by Chibitronics. Chibitronics is not required for this challenge but the card had to be interactive. So after a lot of thought on what kind of interactive card I wanted to make, I settled on a spinner card.

Here is my card —

I started this card with a the Neenah Textured card stock in blue and stamped the Hero Arts Magical Background using Versamark ink and embossed in American Crafts Zing Clear Embossing powder. I wanted it to haver stitched edges but I didn’t have a big enough die, so I used the straight line die cute from Pretty Pink Posh on each side. I cut the circle on both the panel and card base at the same time. For the image, since the bear from Lil Hoot wasn’t symmetrical, I had to do mirror image stamping to get the the back side of the image for the spinner.

For the sentiment, I used one of the smaller dies from the My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangles Stax. I used Milo’s ABC from Lawn Fawn to create the mama bear sentiment and a happy birthday sentiment from the It’s Your Day set from Hero Arts.

Here is a short clip of the spinner card in action —

For information on the tools and products used, here is the supply list

SUPPLY LIST:

  1. Neenah Solar White Card stock
  2. Neenah Light Blue Textured card stock
  3. Hero Arts Magical Background
  4. Hero Arts Lil Hoot
  5. Hero Arts It’s Your Day
  6. Lawn Fawn Milo’s ABC’s
  7. My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax
  8. Sizzix ThinLits Circle Die
  9. Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 2
  10. Versafine Onyx Black ink
  11. Versamark ink
  12. American Crafts Zing Clear Embossing Powder
  13. Prismacolors Colored Pencils
  14. Masterpiece Odorless Mineral Spirit
  15. The Paper Studio Paper Blending Stump
  16. Be Creative Double Sided Tape
  17. Coats Grey Thread

That’s it for this card. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy You’re My Friend

Hi everyone! Im here with another card I am entering for a couple challenges. I will link the challenges below.

Here is my card —

I started this card with a panel of Neenah Solar White card stock and I stamped flowers in coral and aqua inks. Then I accented the centers and blank spaces with grey ink. I cut the stamped panel to 4 x 5 1/4 and then used a curved border die to cut the panel on a curve.

On a standard size card base, I attached a grey striped paper from My Mind’s Eye. I curved the sentiment to match the curve of the panel and stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with a silver embossing powder. To finish the card, I attached the curved panel with foam adhesive.

I am entering this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays – Color Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – use patterned paper

For information on the tools and products I used, please refer to the supply list below –

SUPPLY LIST

  1. Neenah Solar White Card stock
  2. My Mind’s Eye Chalk Studio Collection 6×6 paper pad
  3. Simon Says Stamp Flowers On My Mind stamp set
  4. Hero Arts Shadow Inks  – Fresh Peach and Soft Granite
  5. Simon Says Stamp Ink – Audrey Blue
  6. Versamark ink
  7. American Crafts Zing Silver Embossing Powder
  8. Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Borders 1
  9. Elmer’s Glue Dot Runner
  10. Scotch Foam Tape

That’s it for this card. Thank you for reading.

New Things (Changes) That Are Coming To This Blog

Hi everyone!

As you know from my previous post, I took almost a year off from card making. It really wasn’t by choice but mostly the circumstances around me prevented me from making cards. However, I feel like it is a blessing in disguise since over this last year, I have immersed myself in many different things and I also tried new hobbies.

I’ve loved to cook for as long as I can remember and more so this past year with everything that went on, I found myself constantly in the kitchen. I also started sewing and bought a second-hand machine. I also have immersed myself in my teaching career and I love it. I don’t see myself doing anything else. I love my job!

I guess what I’m trying to say is – I want to make my blog more well-rounded. I will not strictly make crafting and card making posts. Once in a while, I may share a recipe or a new sewing project I made. I may even post about an experience I had in school while teaching. I want to reach as many people as possible and because this blog is an expression of me, it should cover everything that I like and enjoy.

So I hope you’ll stick around and keep me company as we move forward to better, bigger and brighter things.

That’s it for today.

xoxo

Malini

Thanks For Being There

Hi everyone! I’m here with a new card for a few challenge blogs. I will link and mention these challenges at the end of the post.

If you read my previous post about starting to make cards again, I promised myself that I will not buy anything new until I can follow through cardmaking for at least a month. So for this card, I used stamps from Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp that are oldies but goodies.

Here is my card —

I started this card with Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped the images from Lawn Fawn’s Critters in the Forest using Versafine Onyx Black Ink. To color the images, I used Prismacolor pencils and blended the different colors with an odorless mineral spirit and a paper stump. I blended some Surf Blue ink from Simon Says Stamp around the image to give it some depth. I used the Stitched Borders 2 from Pretty Pink Posh to cut the panel diagonally.

For the card base, I used a standard size Neenah Solar White cardstock. I adhered the sequins patterned paper from Doodlebug and Simple Stories from an old SSS Card Kit.

For the sentiment, I die cut the thanks die from a textured gray card stock (I don’t know the exact name) from Neenah. I layered 4 pieces to get some dimension and from the matching stamp set, I stamped a sentiment on a thin strip with Versamark ink and embossed it with the American Crafts Zing white embossing powder.

I am entering this card for the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – use patterned paper

 

Freshly Made Sketches – Sketch #293 

The Paper Players Challenge – using our Feathered Friends

For information on the the tools and products I used for this card, please check the supply list below:

SUPPY LIST:

  1. Neenah Solar White card stock
  2. Neenah Textured card stock – gray
  3. Doodlebug/Simple Stories 6×6 patterned paper
  4. Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest
  5. Simon Says Stamp Thanks stamp set and coordinating die
  6. Versafine Onyx Black ink
  7. Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue ink
  8. Versamark ink
  9. American Crafts Zing white embossing powder
  10. Prismacolor coloring pencils
  11. Masterpiece Odorless Mineral Spirit
  12. The Paper Studio paper stump
  13. Post it paper for masking
  14. Elmer’s Glue Dot Runner
  15. Scotch Foam tape
  16. Ranger Multi Matte Medium glue

That’s it for this card. Thank you for reading. See you in my my next post.

 

Sending You A Latte Thanks

Hi everyone! I’m back with a card today using the emboss/resist technique.

Here is my card —  (I’m still trying to figure out lighting, so please forgive this very dark picture)

I started this card with a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and I stamped the Hero Arts Tiny Flags background set using some WOW Clear Embossing powder. After embossing, I cut the paper in half and tried to resist some colors. I used some distress inks in rainbow order.

For the image, the sketch challenge I had an object to the right side of the card, so I used the Coffee Cup die cut from Simon Says Stamp.

I adhered the coffee cup and stamped my sentients from the What’s Brewing set also from Simon Says stamp.

This card is an entry for the following challenges:

  1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeEmboss It2. CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge 

Here is the sketch —

3. AAA Challenge – the theme was Resist

Thank you for  reading.

SUPPLY LIST:

  1. Neenah Solar White  80lb cardstock
  2. Hero Arts Tiny Flags background stamp
  3. Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine 6×6 paper pad
  4. Simon Says Stamp – What’s Brewing
  5. Simon Says Stamp – Coffee Cup Die
  6. My Favorite Things DieNamics Stitched Stax Rectangles
  7. Versafine Onyx black ink
  8. Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Cracked Pistachio
  9. WoW Embossing Powder – clear
  10. American Crafts Heating Tool
  11. Scotch Foam Tape
  12. Elmer’s Dot Runner

I’m Back (I Know I’ve Said This Before)

Hi Everyone!

I’m back! And hopefully this time it’s for good. I know this has been repetitive but a crafting funk and life changes happen and sometimes I just can’t live up to what’s expected of me. I definitely have set a goal this time that I need to continue crafting no matter what. I haven’t made a card in almost a year – sometimes that happens and I just can’t explain why.

Let’s backtrack  – just after my last card post, we had company and it was very busy. Soon after both my parents became sick one after each other. I also had some life changes and career changes. So all these combined just left for me to be overwhelmed and I definitely had no interest in crafting when all I wanted to do in my free time was lay in bed and do nothing.

But a couple of days ago, it hit me. As always, it was one of Jennifer McGuire‘s videos that brought me out of the crafting funk. She did this amazing watercolor background using cling food wrap (genius). After that video, I slowly got back into watching some videos and started to feel that the bug was coming back.

I was looking through my stash and realized that everything I own was mostly “last season”. With the entire year of non-crafting, I didn’t purchase new supplies. I definitely decided that now that I’m starting to get my groove back, I will not purchase anything for a few months except for some basic supplies like card stock, foam tape, tape runner, etc. But no stamps, dies, ink and other related things. I wanted to make sure I was back before I splurged. Stamps are definitely timeless and even if it is a couple of years old, it can still definitely be used.

My first step was to look through challenge blogs. Even before, these blogs always give me a boost of inspiration, I especially love sketch challenges because I can already envision the card. So I found a few challenges and made a card! YESSS! I really hope I can stay for good this time because I forgot how much fun it was to make cards and I also missed you guys!

See you in my next post where I will share a card I made for some challenge blogs.

Thanks for reading

 

Hugs,

Malini