BB Viking - My Favorite Things

Hello friends!  I am so happy to be back guest designing today for My Favorite Things.

I'd like to share with you three cards that I made using the recently released BB Viking set from My Favorite Things.  I absolutely love this set!

For my first card, I made a 3D Box Card.  I love creating cards with dimension.  To some people, box cards may be somewhat intimidating but they're really not that hard and they're so much fun to make and also to give to your friends and loved ones.


When I think of Vikings, I think of the Viking Longships and I first pictured this burly guy sailing the seas.  I decided to create my box to resemble his ship.  I first created my base with a 12" x 12" piece of dark brown card stock, a paper trimmer and a scoring board.  I usually follow THIS easy 3D Box Card tutorial by Splitcoaststampers but I trim my final product down a little bit smaller.  The final dimensions of the box itself when folded flat are 5.5" x  5.5".  I usually hand deliver these cards but they can fold nicely and also be sent in the mail in a padded or larger-sized envelope.


For my panels, I layered MFT Natural Cardstock and MFT Kraft Cardstock which I stamped with the MFT BG Wood Plank Background Stamp in some dark brown ink.  I then created an ocean wave bottom panel to wrap perfectly around the base of the card and attached it with adhesive.  For the wave panel, I blended Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks onto Neenah Classic Crest 80lb Solar White Paper.  I then spritzed it with some water and die cut it with the MFT Die-namics Ocean Waves.  I also used these same colors to create the ink-blended sky in the background.    


For the sail, I cut a 2.5" square piece of MFT Smooth White Card Stock and drew in some lines using the MFT Stripes Stencil (which I believe may now be retired) but a ruler would also work.  I colored in some red stripes using my Copics (R08, R46, R59) and then used the MFT Die-namics Oval Shadows to trim off some of the edges to make it look like the sail was blowing in the wind.  For the top of the mast, I actually used the straight clothesline die from the LLD Bundle of Baby Clothes Die-namics.  I added two white flags using the flag dies from the MFT Die-namics Castle.  For my Viking, I stamped him onto white cardstock and colored him with Copics (all colors will be listed at the end of this post).  I then used the coordinating die set to cut him out and attached him to the inside of the box.  


My second card is also a card with a lot of dimension.  This time, I created a Shadow Box Card that fits perfectly into a 5x7" envelope when folded flat (measurements below).  I wanted my Viking to look like he was exploring the hills and mountains of Norway.  I first created a background sky with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks.  I then added some mountains using the MFT Die-namics Snow Capped Mountains with MFT Cement Gray and Grout Gray card stock.  For the hills, I first blended smooth white cardstock with Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss Distress Inks.  I then die cut them using the MFT Die-namics Grassy Hills.  I added a castle from the Knight in Shining Armor Stamp Set and some pine trees from the BB Beast Friends Set.


Shadow Box Card Measurements:
  • Trim 2 pieces of card stock at 5" x 8 1/4"
  • Score these pieces on the long side at 1 1/4" & 7"
  • Cut an open window in one of the pieces (I used the MFT Die-namics A2 Rectangle Stax and added a frame from the Die-namics Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames)
  • Adhere these two pieces together on one side where the side flaps will overlap (this will be the frame of your box)
  • For the inside strips, cut 3 pieces of card stock at 6 3/8" long at varying heights to add dimension (I used heights of 1 1/2", 2" and 2 1/2")
  • Score each piece at 3/8" & 6"
  • After you are done scoring, you can then die cut these pieces with whatever border dies (if any) that you want to use.   I used the MFT Die-namics Grassy Hills.


Lastly, for my final card, I created a fun little valentine's-themed card.  I made my card 5" squared and added some square layering panels using MFT Cement Gray and Smooth White Card Stock.  I also added a red & white striped pattered paper panel from the MFT Birthday Blowout Paper Pack.  I die cut a few fishtail banners using the MFT Die-namics Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX on MFT Wild Cherry Card Stock and some vellum.


In the center of my card, I added a stitched white heart using the MFT Die-namics Stitched Heart STAX.  I then placed my stamped, cut and colored Viking on top of the heart with some foam adhesive squares.  For my sentiment, I used the newly released From The Heart Stamp Set.  I heat embossed my sentiment onto black cardstock with Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder and then used one of the dies from the MFT Die-namics Hearts In A Row-Vertical Set to cut it out.  Simple but fun!

Copic Colors Used:
  • Viking #1: Skin: E50, E51, E21, E11, Beard: E42, E08, E09, E18, Coat: E21, E23, E27, E29, Shirt: BG11, BG32, BG 49, Pants: N3, N5, N8, Boots: E81, E84, E87, Ax: C1, C3, C5, C7
  • Viking #2Skin: E50, E21, E13, Beard: E13, E39, E19, E49, Coat: E40, E41, E43, Shirt: G20, YG25, G17, G28, Pants: E23, E25, E29, Boots: N3, N5, N8, Ax: C0, C2, C5 
  • Viking #3Skin: E50, E21, E13, Beard: E50, E53, E55, E57, Coat: E13, E39, E19, E49, Shirt: R14, R46, R59, Pants: E40, E43, E44, Boots: E13, E39, E19, E49, Ax: C1, C3, C5 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  Have a wonderful day and have fun creating!  

Rachel









In Paris - My Favorite Things


Hello crafty friends!  I am so excited to be guest designing today for My Favorite Things.  I absolutely love their products and am honored to be up on their blog today with this post.

I'd love to share with you a few examples that I made using the newly released "In Paris" Stamp Set.


When I first saw this set, I immediately knew that I wanted to make a shadow box card.  I wanted to keep it on the smaller side, so I worked on some measurements (listed below) until I found something that would work and still fit into a pre-made envelope.  This card fits perfectly into a 5"x5" square envelope when folded flat.


For my images, I first stamped them onto smooth white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them with Copic Sketch Markers and then diecut them with their coordinating dies.  I also added one smaller sized hot-air balloon from the BB Up In The Air stamp set.  For my background, I used the MFT Stencil Cloud with some distress inks (Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean).  For the frame around my card, I used the MFT Die-namics Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frames.

Shadow Box Card Measurements:

  • Cut 2 pieces of card stock to 5" x 6 1/4" and score along the long side at 1 1/4" & 5"
  • Cut your window in one of these pieces  (I used the MFT Die-namics A2 Rectangle STAX)
  • Cut the inside strips to 4 3/8" long and however high they need to be to just reach the bottom of  your window.  Score these pieces at 3/8" & 4"


I wanted to go a completely different route for my second set of cards.  The Eiffel Tower is such an elegant structure and makes for great photographs.  I wanted these cards to showcase mainly the silhouette of the tower standing majestically over the city skyline and/or landscape.


I love black and white photographs.  Especially the ones that have a bright pop of red that really contrasts well against the subtle shades of gray.  For my first and second card, I first stamped the Eiffel Tower and then lightly drew in a treeline with a pencil


I then colored in the treeline with a black Copic Sketch Marker following the silhouette stamping technique showed by Jennifer McGuire (wonderful tutorial HERE) a few months back.  For my first card, I wanted to let the intricate structure of the tower be seen, so I only colored the treeline.  For the other, I colored in both the treeline and the tower.  I then embossed anything that I had colored with clear embossing powder.


For the shading on my first card, I blended MFT Grout Gray, Cement Gray and Gravel Gray Inks.  I colored the balloons with Copics R14, R46, R59 and RV99.



For my second card, I blended MFT Grout Gray Ink along with Pumice Stone Distress Ink.  I colored the red hearts with the same Copic colors as listed above.



For my final silhouette card,  I blended MFT Pink Lemonade and Bubblegum Inks along with Spun Sugar, and Seedless Preserves Distress Inks.  For the skyline, I used the city skyline stamp that is included in the BB You're Super Stamp Set that was released last month using the same technique as above.  I added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm Clear Droplets for some added interest.



Lastly, I made two cards inspired by the French Par Avion Envelopes.  I wanted to create that red, white and blue striped border around the outside of my cards.


To start, I cut two pieces of white cardstock to 4 3/4" x 6".  I then cut blue and red strips using MFT Blueberry and Wild Cherry Card Stock.  For the one card, I cut the strips at 1/4" wide and for the other, 1/8" wide.  I then glued them onto my pieces of white card stock and then trimmed both pieces to 4.25" x 5.5" once the glue had dried.  It may sound like a lot, but it was actually pretty easy to do.  I do recommend using a guillotine-style paper trimmer for this technique.


For my first card, I used the cute little dog from the In Paris Stamp Set.  I reverse-stamped him and added a little black and white striped shirt with a black marker.  For the other dog, I used the same stamp but masked the hat and drew in some hair and a bow.  I used both the MFT Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX and the MFT Die-namics A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 for my card mats.


Lastly, for my second card, I simply added a few of the images (stamped and colored to match) from the In Paris Stamp Set to the front of the card with foam adhesive squares to compliment the border.

I hope you all enjoyed these ideas today!  I will be sharing another guest design post on the 19th with some other fun projects.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Rachel


  






    


   



Sizzix Happy Birthday Card Front - The Stamps of Life






Hello friends!  I know it's been awhile since I've last posted anything.  I have been enjoying some much needed time away with my family.  It's good to be back crafting again and I wanted to share with you a fun and simple birthday card that I made for a friend of mine.




I first started by stamping this adorable dog image from the Friends4Cookie stamp set designed by Stephanie Barnard for The Stamps of Life.  I then colored my dog image with Copic Sketch Markers


Copic Colors Used:
  • Dog fur:  N2, N3, N5, N6 and N8 for shading
  • Tongue:  RV10, RV13, RV14
  • Collar: RV04, RV06, RV09
 I then diecut my image with the coordinating dies.


I then my background using the Sizzix Happy Birthday Card Front Die Set which I cut from white card stock.  I used the largest Scalloped Rectangle Die as my frame.  To give it a softer look, I added a piece of vellum behind my diecut bacground piece.  Lastly, I attached my image with foam adhesive squares to give the card some more dimension.
 
That's it for today!  Thanks so much for stopping by :0)  Hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Rachel





BB Bitty Bears Shadow Box Card - My Favorite Things


Hello crafty friends!  It's been such a busy month at my house that I haven't had much time to post the cards that I've been working on.  However, I'd love to share with you a fun little shadow box card that I made featuring the BB Bitty Bears stamp set from My Favorite Things.  


A few weeks ago, I saw a snowy-scene shadow box card by Amy Yang that inspired me to create one of my own.  I wanted to make a shadow box card that was big enough to create a snowy Christmas scene but small enough that it would still fit into a standard sized 5"x7" envelope.  I'm sure that there are tutorials out there that give directions to create this type of card, but I couldn't find one and ended up measuring and making my own.  I've quickly listed the measurements below if you wanted to try one of your own.

Measurements:
  • Trim 2 pieces of cardstock at 5"x 8 1/4"
  • Score these pieces on the long side at 1 1/4" & 7" 
  • Cut an open window in one of the pieces (I used the MFT Die-namics A2 Rectangle Stax and added a white scalloped frame using the MFT Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames
  • Adhere these two pieces together on one side where the side flaps will overlap (this will be the frame of your box)
  • For the inside strips, cut three pieces of cardstock at 6 3/8" long at varying heights to add dimension (I used heights of 1 1/2", 2" and 2 1/2"). 
  • Score each inside piece at 3/8" & 6"
  • After you are done scoring, you can then diecut these pieces with whatever border dies (if any) that you want to use.  I used the MFT Die-namics Stitched Snow Drifts on mine.  
  • I also cut some inside strips (6 3/8" long x 1/2 " high, scored at 3/8" and 6") for the top of the card to adhere my trees.

For the background of my card, I blended some distress inks (Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and Chipped Sapphire) and then diecut this panel with the MFT Die-namics Snowfall Horizontal Die. I love this background die.  It's so easy to use and really adds the look of falling snow.   I also added some snowy trees using the MFT Die-namics Birch Trees.  Lastly, I added some sweet little Christmas bears from the BB Bitty Bears stamp set.  I used the BB Beast Friends stamp set to add some cute little Santa hats.


As you can see, when this card is collapsed, it fits perfectly into a 5"x7" envelope and still weighs under 1oz for easy and inexpensive shipping.  And even though dimensional cards may sometimes look like a lot of work, this card was pretty simple to make.  It was mainly measuring, cutting and scoring.  The best part about these type of cards is that they're so much fun to pull out of the envelope and pop open!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday!

Rachel  

 


     

 

 



Santa's Elves Box Card - My Favorite Things



Hello!  I'd like to quickly share a fun pop-up Christmas box card that I made for another crafty friend.  I have been eyeing the BB Santa's Elves Stamp Set from My Favorite Things for awhile now and was finally able to snag it over MFT Stamps Black Friday sale.  I just love these cute little elves!


To start, I first stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink onto smooth white cardstock (I like using the Neenah Classic Crest Smooth Solar White 110lb for myimages in a box card so that they don't tend to bend or flop over when standing upright).  I then colored everything using Copic Sketch Markers.  

Colors Used:
Skin: E50, E51, E11, E23
Hair: E27, E29
Reds: R14, R29, R46, R59
Green Clothes and Green Bulbs: G20, YG13, YG17, YG97
Tree and Green Stocking: G20, YG13, YG17, G16 and G29 for shading
Blue Gifts: B21, B23, B26
Yellow Bulbs on Hats: Y06, Y15, E33
Whites: 0, C00, C0, C2, C4


Once complete, I then used the coordinating dies to cut out my images.  I then created the box/base of my card using a 12"x12" piece of white cardstock, a paper trimmer and a scoring board.  I usually follow THIS TUTORIAL by Splitcoaststampers to get me started, but make a few of my own changes to customize the size that I want. 


I added some patterned paper panels along the sides of the box.  On the back panel (it's difficult to see in the photos), I used the MFT Snowfall Stencil and White Crackle Embossing Paste to create the look of falling snow.  I diecut some snow white grass using the MFT Grassy Fields Die-namics and then added some street lights using the Streetlights Die-namics from which to hang some Christmas ornaments.


To finish the card, I added heat embossed the sentiment "Happiest of Holidays" onto red cardstock and attached it to the side panel of the box after using the MFT Die-namics Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips to cut it out.

I will be playing along and entering this card into the following challenges:


Simon Says Monday Challenge: Icy Inspiration

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today!  Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Rachel 

Squirrels2love - The Stamps of Life



I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend!  For me, this time of the year gets pretty hectic with Christmas decorating, planning and shopping.  I wanted to quickly take a break from the Christmas-themed cards and share with you a few cards that I made using the The Stamp Set of The Month from The Stamps of Life.

Squirrels2love Stamp Set

This set is called Squirrels2love and it comes with a bunch of sweet scripty sentiments.  This set would work fabulously for Valentine's Day but it is also perfect for birthdays or friendship cards.


For my first example, I created a sweet little pop-up box card.  I used the Sizzix Box Card Set for my base and added some patterned paper panels from the SOL Good Times Patterned Paper Pad.  I added some grass using the grass die from the Sizzix Tree Step-ups Card Die Set.  For my images, I stamped them onto white cardstock and colored them with Copic Sketch Markers.  I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.  Once done, I adhered them to the inner panels in my box card.


For my second example, I made a standard A2 sized card using only one of the squirrels.  Isn't he so cute holding his bouquet of flowers?  I started this card by first created my base with a mix of white cardstock and patterned paper (again from the Good Times Patterned Paper Pad).  I added a Dotted Circle die cut and lightly blended some Color Box Seaglass Ink onto this circle.  


I then added my squirrel using some 3D foam squares.  For my sentiment, I stamped and diecut a banner from white cardstock using the Morechalksayings2stamp Stamp Set and coordinating Banner Dies.  I colored this banner with Copic Sketch Markers and then adhered it with some foam adhesive squares.

I will be entering the box card into the following challenge:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
 
 
Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Please feel free to leave any comments or questions.

Rachel
    

Sizzix Heart Fold-it and Love Statement Stamp and Die Combo


Happy Friday, friends!  I'm here to share with you two new stamp and/or die sets that were released today from The Stamps of Life.  The first is the Love Statement Stamp and Die Combo.

The Love Statement Set from The Stamps of Life

This set comes with a bunch of versatile sentiments along with the "Love" word die and a coordinating shadow die.


For this first card, I first blended a galaxy background onto smooth white cardstock with Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot) and splattered some white copic ink to resemble stars. I then used the SOL Circle Dies to diecut a large circle on a 4.25"x5.5" piece of white cardstock (the front panel of my card).  I then adhered my ink blended background behind this circle.  I then diecut another smaller sized circle from white cardstock and then diecut this piece again with an Oval Die to create a crescent moon.  To give the moon some texture, I used some Light Grey Copic Sketch Markers to color it.  I added this moon with adhesive foam squares to the front of my card and added my statement word in front of this.  For the hanging star, I used the smallest start from the Stitched Star Dies.  

Sizzix Scallop Hearts Fold-it Die Set

The next set that I'd like to share with you is the Sizzix Scallop Hearts Fold-it Die Set.  I love the beautiful swirly design on these dies.  


For my first example, I made a stand-up card using the Sizzix Kind Sentiments Step-ups Card Die Set.  I added some hearts using the small heart dies from the Scallop Hearts Fold-it Die Set and stamped a beautiful large sentiment using the Youare2square Stamp Set.


For my second example, I created a 6"x6" box from 12"x12" white paper and then added some strips of red cardstock to resemble ribbon. 


I used the Scallop Hearts Fold-it Die Set to add a shaker heart on top.  For the tag, I used the Minitags2cut Stamp and Die Set.


To add a little bit of color contrast, I added some green flourishes using the flourish die from the Sizzix Heart Step-ups Die Set.  

I will be entering some of these into the following challenge:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  Head on over to The Stamps of Life Gallery Webpage for more crafty inspiration! 

Happy Stamping!

Rachel