Happy Birthday and Many More

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo CrewI’ve colored a lot of cards recently (emphasis on A LOT) with my Copic markers so it was fun to make a card composed entirely of stamped images and die cuts. This stamp set from Paper Smooches called Zoo Crew caught my eye and the zebra is just adorable.

I decided that I wanted to use a black and white print for the card, but not a zebra print. So I used one of the Back To Basics papers from Kaisercraft. One side is a black and white stripe while the other is black and white polka dot. The paper, along with a loopy leaf die cut and sentiments from the Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler stamp set, matched the whimsy of the zebra.

Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches Rowhouse Greetings | Birthday | Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Index in White; Black Stripe from the Back to Basics Collection by Kaisercraft; Bazzill Basics in Arroyo and Lagoon
Stamps: Zoo Crew by Paper Smooches; Birthday Sampler by Paper Smooches
Inks: Tsukineko Memento in Tudexedo Black; Tsukineko Versafine in Onyx Black
Dies: Loopy Leaf by Paper Smooches

Sending Hugs!

Spent yesterday with the wonderful ladies at Photo Scraps and this is one of the cards that I prepared for Demo Day. It features Stamping Bella’s Mail Chick stamp. I love this stamp because it’s easy to color and can be used for many occasions – valentines, encouragement, thinking of you, etc. I paired it with the Sending You stamp set by Avery Elle which also includes sentiments that cover many occasions.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Solar White #110; X-Press Blending Card by Copics; Rainbow Ribbons from the Hello Sunshine Collection by Doodlebugs(*), Bazzill Basics in Atlantic; Neenah White Index Cardstock
Stamps: Mail Chick by Stamping Bella; Sending You by Avery Elle
Ink: Memento in Tuxedo Black and Versafine in Onyx Black by Tsekineko
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Embellishments: .5 cm pink sequins
Copics: Y32, Y35, Y38, YR07 (chick); YR02, YR04, YR07 (beak): RV52, RV63, RV55, RV66 (heart); B0000, B000, Bv00 (envelope)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

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Orchid Dreams

Orchid Dreams by Power PoppyToday we have a special release from Power Poppy in honor of the 50th birthday of our Instant Gardener team member, Rhea Weigand. I first met Rhea a couple of years ago when I started taking her Copic classes at my local scrapbook store, Photo Scraps. Since then she has been my teacher, mentor and best of all – my friend. So happy 50th birthday Rhea and many, many more!

In Rhea’s honor, we’re having a special birthday blog hop so stop by and see what other members of the Instant Gardener and Bloom Brigade teams have done. Be sure to stop by the Power Poppy blog for even more inspiration.

Nancy Sheads (that’s me!)
Jessie Banks
Julie Koerber
Cindy Lawrence
Allison Cope
Barbara Walker

And stop by Rhea’s Facebook group – Passionate Paper Creations & Friends – and check out the games and contests going on this week to celebrate her birthday!

SUPPLIES

Paper: American Crafts card stock in Geranium; X-Press It Blending Card by Copics
Stamp: Orchid Dreams* by Power Poppy
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: V06, RV63, RV66 (flowers); YG21, YG03, G94, G99 (buds & leaves); BG72, BG75, BG78, BV23 (pot); E40, E41, E43, BV000, BG10, B0000, B000, B00 (book); BV20, BV23, BV25 (shadows)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

You’re a Friend Like No One Elf

Just a quick holiday card featuring the BB Santa’s Elves stamp set by My Favorite Things and coordinating dies. I love the whimsy in this stamp set and the elves are easy to color. I was able to put this card together fairly fast and at this time of year, that’s a real plus!

I like adding patterned paper to the inside rather than leaving it white. Here I used the coordinating paper from Happy Christmas Three by Authentique and one of the sentiments from the Christmas Sampler stamp set by Paper Smooches.

Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Rowhouse Greetings | Christmas | Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches

Need a ready made Christmas card? I just added this one to my Etsy Shop. Stop by and take a look.

Supplies

Paper: Neenah Classic Solar White 80#; Happy Christmas Three by Authentique; Bazzill Basic in Devil Red; Neenah Index in White
Inks: Memento in Tudexo Black by Tsukineko; Memento Lux in Wedding Dress by Tsukineko; Versafine in Oxyx Black by Tsukineko
Stamps: BB Santa’s Elves by My Favorite Things; Christmas Sampler by Paper Smooches
Dies: Stitched Rectangles by Simon Says Stamp!
Copics: E000, E00, E21, E11, E93, BV00 (skin); E35 (hair); YG21, YG03, YG17, YG67, R17, R24, R46, R59, C0, C1 (clothing); Y32, Y35, Y38 (bell)

Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased.

Soldier Girl / Soldier Boy

I was recently asked to create a few cards for Veterans Day so I immediately thought of the Soldier Girl / Soldier Boy images by Mo’s Digital Pencil. Camouflage is actually pretty easy to create – just select the colors you want to use and smush the colors on the paper.

Yes – smush is a technical term in the coloring world.  🙂

Rowhouse Greetings | Veterans' Day | Soldier Girl by Mo's Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Veterans’ Day | Soldier Girl by Mo’s Digital Pencil

 

Rowhouse Greetings | Veterans' Day | Soldier Boy By Mo's Digital Pencil
Rowhouse Greetings | Veterans’ Day | Soldier Boy By Mo’s Digital Pencil

I laid down the colors from light to dark and then added a little more of the light shades to blend in the darker tones a little better. This is one technique that you cannot overthink. Just put the color on the paper!

SUPPLIES

Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; X-Press Blending Card by Copic; Old Glory One by Authentique; Classic Ten from the Classic Christmas Collection by Authentique
StampsSoldier Girl and Soldier Boy by Mo’s Digital Pencil
Copics: E000, E00, E11, E21 (boy’s skin); E43 (boy’s hair); E50, E31, E04, E93 (girl’s skin); W1, W5, W7 (girl’s hair); YG91, YG93, YG95, YG97, E31 (camouflage); C3, C4, C5, C6, C7 (boy’s boots); E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39 (girl’s boots); B0000, B000, B00, BG10, BV000 (boy’s background); E41, E42, E43, E44 (gound)