Card Making · Paper Crafts

I Look Up To You

Hi there! I hope you guys are having a great April so far! It has been a very cloudy and rainy week here in west Texas. But, while I wait for warmer and drier weather, I’m crafting it up in my craft room!

I just recently bought the Zoo Crew stamp set from Paper Smooches and I couldn’t wait to use it because I love how PS designs their critters. I knew I wanted to make a partial die cut with this set once I got it, so of course I needed to get the matching die set. I did the partial die cutting with one of circles from Lawn Fawn’s Circle Stackables die set and the giraffe die.

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For the background, I heat embossed Simon Says Stamp clear embossing powder on white paper. You can see on the picture below how well the embossing powder melts. I really like this embossing powder, it melts so fast, and I never have a problem with my paper warping.I Look Up To You 1

I used Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, and Limeade Ice from Papertrey Ink with my Ranger blending tool to finish off the background.

I Look Up To You 2The giraffe was colored with Copics (I’m still trying to master those). I used foam adhesive to adhere the top layer over the patterned paper and I stamped the sentiment on Ripe Avocado paper. Because I don’t have any enamal dots, I made my own using Liquid Pearls from Ranger.

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I hope to make more cards soon with the rest of the Zoo Crew critters. I can’t seem to get away from the Paper Smooches website, I’m obsessed and I just want MORE!!!

Anyway, I hope you guys like my card, and please bare with me as I explore all the infinite options of photographing my cards! I’m just having a lot of fun with my camera… and random objects and backgrounds, you get the idea.

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Additional Supplies:

Marvy Embossing Heat Tool

Card Making

I Love U Sew Much

Hey guys!  I wanted to make a colorful card to submit to the Paper Smooches SPARKS Anything Goes Week 5 Challenge. I’m also submitting a card for the first time to Virginia’s View Challenge #14 Layers and Dimensions.

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I recently ordered some awesome Paper Smooches stamp sets and I wanted to use the Needle Little Love set. As you can see below, it has all these cute shapes associated with sewing and I love the sentiments it comes with.

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I made the pattern using EK Success’ Stamp-A-Ma-Jig (I love that name). Now, I can’t wait to get a MISTI, but until I do, my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig will do for now and it’s real easy to use.I Love U Sew Much

I attached my patterned paper with foam tape to give it some depth. All these fun ink and paper colors are from Papertrey Ink. I can’t say enough great things about Papertrey’s colors!
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And there it is! This card has served as a reminder to me that I need to use my sewing machine more often. Hopefully… maybe… on the next card?

Hope you guys have a great Easter weekend!

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March ’15 Top 5

Well, March has come and gone. In the beginning of March, I was still wearing my winter coat, now it’s 92 degrees outside and I’m in shorts, that’s west Texas for you. This top 5 was hard for me because I bought sooooo many stamps and dies this month! But I narrowed it down and here it is:

Top 5

1. Paper Smooches Sassy Letters Die Set

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This is THE die set to have especially if you can’t decide what sentiment(s) to purchase. I love this font, it’s so funky and (obviously) sassy.  Each letter is unique and no matter what sentiment you make, it’ll give your card a fun feel. As you can see, I’ve kept the letters attached and I plan on keeping it that way because I think the negative part of your paper would make an awesome background. You can see the card I made with this die set, A Sassy Thanks, here (I forgot to mention, this card was chosen as a Featured Player for the Paper Smooches March Picture Perfect Challenge).

2. Mama Elephant Sew Fancy Die Set

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Here is another die set that I think is a must have. I have to say the border dies are my favorite. I love the stitched look on the two border dies, you can see how I used one on the We Really Really Miss You card I made recently. Also, the stitched die (in gray) is also a fun look to add on any card.

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Here you can see how the circle dies pierce your cut and the negative space of your paper. There’s so many things you can do with this, and you get different size circles!

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3. Mama Elephant Dainty Bow Die Set

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So I’ve been wanting a bow die for a while now and I decided to get the Mama Elephant version of it. This is a great die set for that little feminine touch. I love how you can make two different styles with this die and how the bow pops up and isn’t flat (works better with thinner paper). It’s super easy to make and would work great for a lot more projects than just cards.

4. Lawn Fawn Premium Dye Ink Pads

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Lawn Fawn recently came out with their own line of ink pads. I don’t have that much experience with ink because the majority of my ink is from Papertrey Ink, but I knew I needed to start experimenting. I wanted to try Lawn Fawn because I just love all their products and also because the line is new and they only have 10 colors out right now. I knew if I loved the ink I was going to want the whole set, and sure enough, Lawn Fawn did not disappoint! I only have Fake Tan and Cranberry so far. You can see in the picture above how vibrant the ink is. I’m really looking forward to getting the rest!

5. Altenew Vintage Roses Stamp Set

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I FINALLY got Vintage Roses!!! I have been wanting this for so long. At first I was a little intimidated by this set. It seemed complicated and hard, like it would take forever to piece the stamps but I was wrong! Once I finally decided to purchase this, I had to wait for it to be in stock because this stamp set is so popular and it was always sold out. I didn’t realize how many roses and leaves you can make with this until it arrived, it’s the biggest stamp set I have. You can see an example of the beautiful roses and leafs it makes on the picture above, they have great detail.

I am definitely looking forward to buying new stuff during April and can’t wait to see all the new products that will be coming out. I hope you guys had a great March and have an even better April!

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Card Making

A Sassy Thanks

Hello again! I decided to try something different this week. I usually join in on “Anything Goes” challenges from Paper Smooches SPARKS, but this time I wanted to try a new type of challenge. This challenge has a photo for you to use for inspiration for a card, and here is the photo:

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I just recently bought the Paper Smooches Sassy Letters and Flowers dies, and I knew I wanted to use these for this challenge.

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Let me just say, these are must-have dies! I don’t have that many word dies and with this alphabet die, you really don’t need any because you can just make your own sentiments. Plus, this font is awesome! I love how all the letters are different, making each sentiment you make look so unique.

Also, I had been wanting the Flowers die for a while. There’s so many things you can make with all the different flowers and leaves.

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I made a pattern with the Flowers dies on white cardstock and cut out the same flowers on cardstock that matched the inspirational photo, and popped them into the negative spaces to make a flat layer. I double layered the letters in black.

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I made another card similar to this but with different colors and a different sentiment. I just love how simple and clean these cards look!
A Simple Thanks 3So there you have it! I’m looking forward to trying out more challenges, I like to challenge myself and try new color schemes and techniques.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed!

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Card Making · Paper Crafts

Bee Happy

Hi guys! I am back with a new card, and I’m pretty excited about this one! I doodled! Now, my doodling is not all that but all in all the card came together the way I envisioned it in my mind.

I’m submitting this card in the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge: Anything Goes.

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I fell in love with the Paper Smooches bee when I first saw it, and I knew it would be perfect for this card. I wanted something with a pop of color since the card was going to be black and white. I really want the “Bee Mine” stamp set but because I’m so impatient I decided to go ahead and use the free digital stamp of the bee and use the “bee happy” sentiment. I cut my bees with my Cricut Explore and I printed the sentiment with my printer.Bee Happy 3

As you can see in the picture below, my bee didn’t have a perfect black outline because of the way the Cricut cut it. I used my Copic pen to go over the edges to make the outline better. Then, I added the bees to my card with foam adhesive.
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I finished off the card with a couple of sequins and voila!

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That’s it for now, hope you guys liked my card! Don’t forget to check out The Lovely Pear on Facebook and Instagram!

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Additional Supplies:
Cartwright Sunflower 6mm Slightly Cupped Opaque Sequins
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares