Yesterday was my mom’s 90th birthday! Happy Birthday, Mom! Mom checks my blog every day, and luckily my Instagram feed shows up here so she generally sees something new! I have great intentions of updating my blog more often, it just doesn’t always seem to happen. But I digress.
So when trying to decide what I should do to make Mom’s birthday card special, I remembered an Art Impressions stamp and die set I bought several years ago that featured a raccoon that comes together in a cute tri-fold card. So I dug it out and the rest was history.
I began by creating the card base from a 4-1/2″ X 11″ piece of white cardstock and folded it into thirds, which is 4-1/2″ tall by 3-5/8″ wide when all folded. I stamped the fruit stand on the front of the card with Memento black ink. I die-cut the window with the die provided.
I then lined up the smaller window box layer with the main fruit stand on the front and stamped and die cut that image.
So then for the Pièce de résistance, the star of the card: the raccoon. I stamped him, again lining up the other windows so he can be seen peaking through. I colored all of the images with Copic markers and then decorated the card very simply with strips of patterned paper from Photoplay.
Why a raccoon? Well, Mom has a soft spot for the little critters and every year at about this time, they visit her rural home to see if there might be little spare cat food left out on the porch. (For the record, her two cats eat inside!) She keeps her distance and they end up going away once their babies are able to take care of themselves. The babies are extremely cute! Anyway, she could have worse vices/hobbies and after all these years we still haven’t had to bail her out of jail or anything. So that’s why a raccoon.
Here are the supplies I used:
Stamp and die set – Art Impressions “Produce Stand”
Stamp set – Lawn Fawn – “Jump for Joy” for “It’s Your Birthday” sentiment
Patterned paper – Photoplay #ThinkToRemember – Garden
We had a lovely celebration. Not what it would have been pre-COVID, but it was still nice. There was cake! I made it myself! Thanks for visiting!
These little mouse is so cute, trying to stay aloft among the balloons!
Stamps and Dies – Lawn Fawn – Really High Five
Patterned paper – Lawn Fawn – Yellow Brick Road
Enamel Dots – Hero Arts – Hero Hues Aquas
I created this card for a class I’m teaching at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem, Oregon. This mouse is so cute and I loved making it the star of this card! It was fun to color the balloons to match the colors on the rainbow stripes of the paper. All of the balloons and the mouse are colored with Copic markers. I cut the rainbow paper in a narrow strip, halved it and adhered it to both sides of the card base. It gave it a really different look. I added the enamel dots by the sentiment, stamped at a jaunty angle, to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by!
Alphabet stamps – Hero Arts “ALPHABET: Letters and Numbers” and “alphabet”
Acrylic paints – Dina Wakley Media: Magenta and Tangerine
Scribble Sticks – Dina Wakley Media: Lapis, Cheddar, Tangerine
Collage tissue colored with Aladine Izink Pigment: Cactus and Topaz
Washi tape – Tim Holtz Ideaology
I created this art journal spread in my small Dylusions journal recently, inspired by Rachel Greig on Creative Jumpstart 2020. This is the third year I’ve done Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jumpstart and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants exposure to many mixed media styles without a huge time or financial investment.
I started by applying some strokes of acrylic paint to the pages. I layered the tissue paper (that had been in a shoe box!) that I’d colored with the Aladine Izink metallic inks over the top and then added a couple of strips of washi tape to the background. Once it dried, I journaled over the entire two-page spread with a silver Signo pen and then added the cat stamp and quote, which I’d stamped onto white cardstock. I stamped the Herriot quote with Hero Arts alphabet set that I’ve had for years. (The copyright on them is 2002!) I added touches of Cheddar and Tangerine Scribble Sticks and water on both and outlined around the stamped pieces and the perimeter of the pages with a Lapis Scribble Stick and water. A very fun spread to make!
I created this card using a variety of stamps from a company that is new to me. Christy and I were thrilled to meet Dreamerland Crafts owners at Creativation in January. They are delightful and we really enjoyed talking to them and getting acquainted with their stamps. I used four different sets to create the scene on this card. I colored the girl, cat, and ground with Copic markers, and the tree and flower bed is created with Gina K ink pads. The clouds were stamped with white StazOn ink with just a smidge of Broken China ink to give an indication of clouds in the sky. Thanks for visiting.
Lawn Fawn – Snow Cool, Say What? Christmas Critters and Winter Fox
Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz – Reflections
Embossing folders – Sizzix Snowfall and Swirls
Ranger Stickles – Diamond
White embossing powder – Stampendous
I was on deck to present the demonstration at our Craft Stamper group last week. We select something from an issue of Craft Stamper magazine and present it to the group and then we all make the project. It just so happened that I selected the masterclass that featured snowy hills from the January 2019 issue. While I was working on my sample cards, it snowed here, in March. This isn’t the first time we’ve had snow in March in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but we’ve had at least four doses in the past two weeks. That is a little unusual. We are in the midst of one more snow shower today and that may be the end of it for this winter. Crazy!
For the first card I used two different embossing folders. I first applied Distress Inks, blending four colors. I then dry-embossed it with the Swirls embossing folder and then sanded it to expose the swirls. For the snow drifts, I embossed the snow onto vellum with the Snowfall embossing folder. I then tore the vellum into pieces to resemble snowy drifts and layered them together. When I liked the composition, I stapled the vellum onto the background with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and applied Stickles glitter glue to the edges of the vellum. I added a layered sentiment and a layer of silver cardstock and adhered it to a white card base. You can see the sparkle in the photo below.
For the second card (below), I used the Distress Inks like watercolor. I heat-embossed the snow on watercolor paper using the Lawn Fawn Snow Cool stamp set and white embossing powder. Then I applied the Distress Inks to my craft sheet and spritzed the ink with water. By dragging the watercolor paper through the wet ink, drying, and reapplying, I created the colorful and snowy background. The embossing powder resists the “snow” that is heat embossed. I heat embossed the Tim Holtz script stamp on the vellum for this card and tore it to make the drifts again this time. I also applied embossing powder to the torn edges to give the appearance of snow. Again, I attached the vellum to the background with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. To finish off this card, I stamped and colored the Lawn Fawn fox and popped it up onto the scene. I liked having his tail go off the background. I colored the card base by applying Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks to white cardstock. Finally I layered all of the pieces together and added the sentiment.
Thanks for visiting. I still have some catching up to do with posting here!
This was a fun card to make, partly because of the subject matter (more cute animals!) and also because I pulled out supplies from multiple companies. It is fun to mix it up sometimes. It was way too difficult to resist making a raccoon Valentine for my mom. Many people don’t know this, but she has several friends who are raccoons.
I started by coloring the raccoon image with Copic markers and fussy cutting it. I made the tree stump (slice?) by applying Distress Ink through a stencil and cutting it out, then using it for a backdrop. I assembled the various elements, finishing with the sentiment and tying a ribbon at the top. Thanks for stopping by.
I made this Valentine for my son, who is an Oregon State University student (and they’re the Beavers–Go Beavs!). He is a fan of cute animals, so this is right up his alley–and mine! I colored the beaver image with Copic markers and emulated the heart motif in the patterned paper in the heart he is clutching. The tree stump is created by applying Distress ink through a stencil. This was a fun card to piece together! Thanks for stopping by.