Woofing You a Happy Birthday – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

Hello friends! Hope you’re doing well. I really did try to make a card using just one or two pups from the Woof Pack set by My Favorite Things but I just couldn’t leave any of them behind!

Quick Tips:

  • The My Favorite Things Photo Booth Strip Die-namic is a perfect way to fit lots of images on one card without it becoming too busy.
  • I used the die cut to trace around each image to decide which portion of the image I wanted to use (and avoid coloring the parts that would eventually be trimmed off anyway).
  • If you don’t have enough images to fill all of the openings, use one for the sentiment or a smaller image (the cake would have been another option for that open spot).
  • I always try to be mindful of the way an image is “looking” when I place it on a card – like the begging puppy looking up at the cake or the sad pup looking down at it (I think he’s sad because he’s so far away from it!)

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Ants and Picnics – Lawn Fawn for Crafty Meraki

Hey crafty friends! I’m back with another card that tells a story for you today (Lawn Fawn products just seem to inspire that in me!). Today these little mice are having a picnic in the woods but they are soooo in love, making googly eyes at each other, they didn’t even notice that the ants are stealing all of their food!

Quick Tips:

  • The base of this scene is created with some very light ink blending – a bright green for the “grass” and very pale clouds for the sky. I like things light and bright and you don’t have to give that up on a full scene card like this one.
  • The trees in this scene (also from Lawn Fawn) are intended to be used with a box card, but are perfect to frame out this picnic in the woods scene.
  • If you don’t have those particular trees, the trunk could be simplified and cut by hand and the tree tops could be made using a cloud border die.
  • Instead of following my instinct to color the picnic basket brown, I googled “vintage picnic basket” for some color and pattern ideas. So much inspiration!!

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Shell-fies – Lawn Fawn for Crafty Meraki

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This is one of those times that the idea that popped into my head when I saw these products actually worked out just as I envisioned it! Don’t you love it when that happens?!

In my head, the scene was a camera that someone had dropped into the ocean and this little group of underwater friends came upon it and started taking selfies with it.  Because obviously that is what an octopus would do, right?

Quick Tips:

  • This slimline card base is 3 3/4″ X 8 1/2″.
  • I started by blending the background with Speckled Egg Distress Oxide ink and the Ocean Motion Stencil wavy border stencil by My Favorite Things. I also added some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink along the edges to give it that “green-ish” underwater look.
  • Once I had the Lawn Fawn Magic Iris Camera add on die cut, I added a light blending along the top with Twisted Citron and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Ink to give the impression that the camera had been underwater for awhile and was starting to grow some moss!
  • The ocean floor sand base was created using the Lawn Fawn Slimline Stitched Hillside Border dies – even when you’re using it on the narrow side of the card, it’s nice to have options of where you want the “hills” to fall.
  • I added a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Oxide ink and splatters to give the ocean floor a sandy look.
  • I masked the smaller images of the octopus and his friends from the Ocean Shell-fie stamp set to create the “selfie” and die cut the larger images to add around the camera while they waited to see their picture!

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Sealiously Awesome Birthday – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

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I just had to create one more card with these super sweet seals!  This time they are having a pool party!

Quick tips:

  • There are two seal images in the Sealiously Sweet stamp set that are a view of them lounging from overhead – perfect for this kind of scene!
  • I lightly blended some Tumbled Glass distress oxide ink along the edges of my card base to give the impression of water.
  • For this card, I fussy cut the seals and popped them up with foam tape for some dimension – you could also keep it simple and make this a one layer card.

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A-roar-able Friends – My Favorite Things for Crafty Meraki

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Images that are just the right size to hold their own on a simple card front with a sentiment are some of my favorites!!

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Quick Tips:

  • These dinosaurs are simple enough to fussy cut – just use a black marker to run along the edges for a finished look.
  • Adding a very faint shadow under each image (I used C1 and C00 markers) and popping up the fussy cut images, gives just enough dimension to make these cards special.
  • My go to color scheme is usually pretty bright but I wasn’t sure if that was the direction I wanted to go here so it was Pinterest to the rescue! In this case, I tried searching for “dinosaur images” and found a perfect muted color scheme. Sometimes I also try searches like “illustrations” or “cartoons” depending on the look I’m going for.

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Wild Birthday – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

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This Savanna Safari stamp set from Sunny Studio makes me think of the Madagascar movies (I really should have found a spot for the hippo!).

Quick Tips:

  • Adding some faint ink blending gives the hint of scene while still keeping the card light and bright.
  • I chose to mask the lion for this scene but you could also use the coordinating dies to add an extra layer of dimension.
  • Try turning the border stamp from the Sunny Studio Tropical Scenes set and stamping in sections to fit around your animals and sentiment – you don’t have to use the entire image!
  • I added small dots with the tip of my Copic markers (the same colors I used for the lion) to create “dirt” to ground each of the animals in the scene.

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You’re Sealiously Awesome – Sunny Studios for Crafty Meraki

Hello! This is Samantha welcoming you to my very first blog post as a member of the Crafty Meraki design team!

Today’s card is created with some incredibly cute products from Sunny Studios available on the Crafty Meraki website:

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Quick Tips:

  • I started by blending the background using a DIY stencil made from thin plastic sheets (check the art supply section at your local craft store or Amazon) and an oval die. You could also use masking paper or one of the ready made shape stencils available on the market.
  • I find creating little “mini-scenes” like this one using an ink blended or stamped shape much easier to complete than a full card front scene!
  • Distress Oxide ink colors used for the background include Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch (for the water) along with Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade for the sky.
  • The images from the Sunny Studios Sealiously Sweet and Tropical Scenes sets were stamped and colored using Copic markers.
  • I chose to fussy cut my images and pop them up with foam tape but you could also mask the images and make this a one layer card.
  • Consider making a set of matching cards using this format but changing up the seal image used and sky and water colors – it would be an adorable gift!

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Samantha

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