Superstar for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing two 4 bar sized cards made with the Superstar Heffy Doodle collaberation set! In my opinion, the sentiments are the very best part of this set so I wanted to keep them the main focus.

For this card, I first heat embossed the small star images and sentiment with white (clear would work too) embossing powder. The best part of this white on white technique is that you can’t really see where you are stamping so the stars truly end up with a random placement! Just make sure you don’t overlap the sentiment.

After the embossing cooled, I ink blended using Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks.

Finally, I attached the panel to the card base using foam tape.

For my second card, I randomly stamped the same small stars around the border of the card panel using a dark aqua ink – just pick you’re favorite blue! Each star would get stamped three times before reinking to create the variation in color.

I then ink blended the edges with Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide Inks and added the sentiment with black ink.

The final touch was one single gold embossed star near the sentiment (it kind of worked with the sentiment to me – only one gold sparkly star in a sea of blue stars!).

You could use these same techniques with the diamond or sparkle images from this set for more variations!

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Merry Christmas for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing a card made with one of those smaller, often forgotten about, images from a larger set. This little gift is included in the Christmas Miracle set from Crafty Meraki (along with some beautiful poinsettia and holly images).

Quick Tips:

  • Smaller images like this are perfect for a grid layout! You can approach this a few different ways – I chose to lightly pencil in the grid lines and stamped the images using a block (just make sure you erase the lines prior to coloring).
  • Other options might include using a stamping platform or just totaling winging it and embracing a more “wonky” grid!
  • I had to go rainbow colors for these but any color scheme could work here! I colored these with Copics but any coloring medium would work here.
  • And this little image also works year round – just change the bottom sentiment to Happy Birthday!

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Hello for Crafty Meraki

Today I’m sharing a card made with a combination of a few of the new Crafty Meraki stamp sets – Shine On for the floral border and Little Things for the sentiment. I love the Shine On stamp set because the floral images look masked but the work is all done for you!

Quick Tips:

  • I started by embossing the image and sentiment with gold embossing powder on Bristol Smooth cardstock (my favorite paper for blending). This would also look great embossed in white.
  • Using blender brushes, I added color using distress oxide inks in Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire.
  • Once dry, be sure to wipe the embossing using a clean, dry cloth to remove any extra ink.
  • The “hello” die cut from Heffy Doodle is just the right size to fit in the center and anchor the stamped sentiment.

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Joy for Crafty Meraki

Hello friends! I wanted to share a few tips on creating this card using the new Stitch-a-Cross Slimline die from Crafty Meraki that I posted during last months blog hop.

Quick Tips:

  • First of all, this die provides a wonderful amount of space for stitching! I went a little crazy pinning ideas (see my board here). I had to stop myself but Pinterest and Etsy are great sources of patterns to use on this die.
  • If stitching the entire die is a little overwhelming, consider die cutting simple shapes (like a circle) from it and stitching a pattern on a smaller canvas. (That’s next on my list to try!)
  • Once I saw the buffalo check pattern, I knew that was The One. Squares that are 5×5 stitches fit well on this die (it will take a little more than one skein of DMC embroidery floss to complete the squares on this pattern). It was a nice, simple pattern to work one while watching TV!
  • It was Pinterest to the rescue again to fine a sample font to spell out “Joy” – just search for cross stitch alphabets and find one that you like.
  • As a final touch, I wanted to add a little bit of green so I winged it with a few sprigs of greenery. Here’s a close up to get an idea of how those were added:

Final step – decide who you love the most of everyone on your Christmas card list! This is definitely not a card you would want to mass produce and you’re going to want to send it to someone that will really appreciate it. Or just keep it for yourself as a sweet display piece for the holidays every year!

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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!)

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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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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