Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crafty Christmas Collaboration with Jessica Frost-Ballas

Hey friends! Today I'm so excited to share a super fun collaboration with my friend Jessica Frost-Ballas. Last December, Jessica found herself with her Christmas card stash depleted. That last minute Christmas card hustle had her stressed and overwhelmed, feelings to which I can totally relate! She wanted to solve this problem by making cards all throughout the year, so come next December 1st, she'd be completely prepared, and could then relax and relish in the joys of the season.

Because it can be tough to stay inspired to make Christmas cards all year round, Jessica came up with the brilliant idea to make it fun by including her crafty friends in a monthly collaboration, and I'm thrilled to be her February guest!

Each of us put together a little packet of elements to create a card and sent it off to the other, then made an extra one for ourselves so we'd have the same supplies. Here's what I sent Jess. I noticed while poking around her blog that she didn't seem to have any Neat & Tangled Christmas sets, so I stamped and die cut several images from Elfs and their Shelf, since it was the one set on my list for my 2016 Christmas Card Series that I didn't end up getting to use. I also included a couple sentiments from that set, five double-sided patterned papers, since that's kind of my thing ;), and a few enamel dots.

And here's what Jess sent me. She realized I didn't have any Altenew (she was right!) and sent me some beautiful stamped and gold glitter embossed trees from their Sketched Evergreen set, and sentiments from Holiday Wishes. She also included a white card base, some black cardstock, and silky back and gold twine.

For the card I made with my own supplies, I colored my images with Copic markers, then incorporated all five patterned papers -- and actually added a sixth. A light sprinkling of enamel dots finished off the design.

I'll admit, the supplies Jessica sent had me a little stumped at first. The kit definitely lent itself to a more elegant style than I typically create, but I LOVE a good challenge! Since the trees were already embossed with that gorgeous gold sparkle detail, I thought adding even more sparkle couldn't hurt. The My Mind's Eye Comfort and Joy 6x6 was one of my favorites last Christmas because of the glitter detail on some of the patterns. I added this poinsettia strip, and found another pattern that worked perfectly for my sky background. I added a couple snowy hills, trimmed my sentiment to a flag end, and finished off the card with a black scalloped border and that gorgeous black and gold twine.

Please head over to Jess's blog to discover what she made with our supplies. Be sure to leave a comment at both our blogs for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Neat & Tangled, AND you can link up your own cards all year long at Jess's blog for a chance to win a big grand prize in December!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed our collab!

Friday, February 24, 2017

A Flop Card Friday Feature for BRI

Hey friends! Happy Friday! It's time once again for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm creating a fun, interactive flop card using the MFT Sweet Forest Friends  stamps and dies and the MFT Flop Card Rectangle Die-namics. It also features a secret inside scene, but you'll have to hop on over to check that out. ;)

To really get the full effect of this card, you need to see it in action, so I've created a video tutorial. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to check it out there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. I so appreciate it! I hope you guys enjoy the video! Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Magical Day Fairy Tale Scene

Hey friends! Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start! Today I'm sharing a dreamy, fairy tale card using the Avery Elle Be A Unicorn  stamp set. Isn't she a cutie? I brought her to life with Copic markers and created a fluffy land in the clouds scene for her to live in with the Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Borders. Then I stamped a few little stars and hearts Lawn Fawn SunflowerMerman, and Plastic Flamingo inks to keep with that magical feel.

To see how this whole card came together, check out the video below, or click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD. And don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I'm hoping to get to 25K subscribers by the end of this year, and I know that might sound crazy, but I'm determined to dream big!

Thank you all for your wonderful support. I couldn't do it without you! Have an amazing day!

Friday, February 17, 2017

A Novel Birthday + Friday Feature at BRI

Hey friends, happy Friday! This week I happened to need TWO birthday cards for friends in my writer's group, and I knew that the MFT Our Story stamp set was going to be just perfect for both!

I'm sharing the masculine version here, and the feminine version for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. I did some paper-piecing with the stunningly gorgeous Flora 6x6 by Carta Bella in combination with Copic coloring, and I absolutely LOVED how it turned out, so you'll have to check it out. Here's a sneak peek to entice you over. ;) 

I didn't film a video this time because I created both of them simultaneously as I needed them quick and I knew there would be no way to edit that footage down to a reasonable length. But if you'd like a video on how I created either of these cards, let me know. Maybe I can do a separate video for each if there's interest.

I hope you all have an amazing day and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Birthday Bunny - Copic Colored Cloudy Sky Background

Hi friends! Every year after I finish up my Valentine Card Series, I find myself in immediate need for birthday cards. This cute Lili of the Valley Balloon Bunny image is always a go-to for quick and easy (and adorable!) cards, but I wanted to step it up a notch by coloring in my own cloudy sky background with Copic markers. Of course, I had to film a video so I could share the technique with you all.

I die cut my focal panel with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card die and added a sentiment using a tab from the MFT Blueprints 29 Die-namics, such a versatile die set!

All available products are also linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!

Speaking of valentines, my friend Winter posted a wonderful update on the Cards From the Heart Card Drive that you'll for sure want to check out! I was smiling all day today thinking of those kids who were blessed by the drive! Such a great cause.

I hope you all have a fantastic day! Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Magical Princess Birthday + BRI feature

Hey friends, happy Friday! Today I've got a card using this sweet Once Upon A Time set by MFT and the stunning Posh 6x6 by Simple Stories. This has got to be my FAVORITE paper pad in a long time and as you'll see in my video, I'm down to just scraps, I've used it so much. I definitely need to order another!

I've also got an additional card up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog today for my regular Friday Feature, including all the deeds on how these two cards came together, so I hope you'll pop over there and check it out and leave me a comment!

All supplies are listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing day!

Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Valentine Card Series #10 plus Friday Feature at BRI

Hey friends, it's Friday! Yippee! Which means it's time for my weekly Friday Feature at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm sharing a super sweet card featuring these adorable bunnies. I hope this sneak peek will entice you to hop on over and check out my card and leave me some comment love! <3 font="">

This is also Card 10 in my 2017 Valentine Series, so you can see the whole process of how this card came together. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD, and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! With all the changes YouTube has been making, it's more important than ever to support your favorite YouTubers so we don't get lost in the cracks. I sure appreciate it! You all have a wonderful day!


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