Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Rainbow Chorus Line!

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...a Rainbow Chorus Line :)

I used the Repeat Stamping technique to make this card. I used all first generation images but you of course could use 2nd and third as well. I love this technique because you can change the entire look of the card by simply changing the color(s) of ink used. I used Lila from the Lila and Robin stamp set. She has such a fun attitude and is perfect to create a rainbow chorus line don't you think?  Various colors of VersaFine Clair inks were used to stamp this card. Due to the nature of the inks I cleaned off the stamp between the ink changes.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Busy Busy Beads!

 I'm sure you've noticed that I haven't been posting much lately... I don't know if you recall but I love to make jewelry. Over the last year I have bought a couple lots of beads and stuff off of Ebay/Marketplace which I just piled in my room and basically ignored. 

Well recently I bought 2 additional lots of lovely beads very close to home and decided that the pile of beads was getting dangerously tall threatening to crush me under an avalanche of organizers. I have been putting off incorporating them into my stash because I have a touch of OCD about things like that.... I DO NOT like colors to be mixed up - that goes for my paper crafts, stamping AND beads!! It drives me crazy when I find a red bead mixed in with blue beads, no pearls in with glass beads, and crystals have to be in their own place.

I decided that now was the time to sort it all out before I can buy any more beads (talk about motivation!!). So several weeks ago I began the daunting task. 

I am working with every single box, bag, envelope and organizer full of beads - sorting them by color and then by bead shape/type and incorporating them into my own organizers. 

It's been slow going because most people aren't as particular about how they store their beads as I am. I have realized I must be odd because when I finish a beading project I put the extras back into their individual containers where they came from. The lots I have bought it looks like other people just take what's left over and dump it into a new square in their organizers or into a general "extras" box all mixed together. I can't describe how I feel about that - it makes me almost frantic to sort it out and get things organized as quickly as possible. When I begin something like this it becomes an obsession to make it right. 

So I have wading through box after box of beads trying to get it all sorted. I work on it for hours a day and have probably touched almost every bead in the stacks. Above are some of my sorted bead boxes. It kind of bugs me that the boxes don't all match but $'s dictate that I have to use the organizers I have. Luckily with what I already have and what came with the new beads I have enough. 

This is what I'm aiming for....THIS makes my heart happy!!! I love being able to go to a container and pick out exactly what I need without having to sort through box after box after box trying to find what I want. I use diamond bead containers for smaller beads or beads that I only have a few of (top 2 rows) there are small squares and larger square containers and a really cool box with a snap (top row on the right). I wish I could find more of those containers. They are great for larger qty of a particular bead. I've searched and searched but can't find anything similar to them. 

Anyway, as I mentioned it becomes an obsession once I get started. That's why I haven't been sharing much of my creative endeavors...I've been sorting bead after bead after bead.

Once I get this project finished I promise I will share the results and then I can comfortably start crafting again. I am almost finished with the beads....then on to the findings! 

Aside from stamping do you have another craft that you love?

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Tree Condos in the Moonlight

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...

I have become enchanted with creating Fairy Scenes. Today I have an 8x11 scene made using the new Tree Condos paired with the Bridge.

To create this card I started off by stamping the tree condo on the left, then stamped the bridge in the center. The bridge was then masked off and the second Tree Condo was stamped on the right side of the panel.   

I then worked on the background using torn pieces of scrap paper to mask and ink the hills.

The Flower Vine and Condo Dwellers #2 were stamped here and there and the Moon Dust was stamped over the masked moon area.  I added a bit of glitter and pen work to finish it off.

Flower Vines

Moon Dust

Condo Dwellers 2

Tree Condo

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Elaina Visits the Ducks

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...

I am loving these new stamps! They make creating a scenic card so very easy. Don't you just love those little ducks!

To create this card I stamped the pond a bit off set on a 5x7" panel. I then stamped Elaina, the ducks, Lantern tree. Next I used torn pieces of scrap paper to ink up the ground & dirt adding different levels. The flower vine was then stamped to fill in the background.  I finished off the card by adding glitter to the water and flowering vines.



Pond with Mini Frog

Lantern Tree

Flower Vine

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

Zippy's Moon Light Ride

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...

Today I wanted to share a card I made using Zippy from the brand new release.

I stamped Zippy using Purple Delight VersaFine Clair ink on the Fairy Hugs Background - Moon Light. It was stamped on a piece of scrap paper using Glamorous VFC ink. The Fairy Wind was stamped behind the bike also using Glamorous ink.  The wheels from the second image were fussy cut then attached to the panel using purple mini brads.

The background was stamped with Leafy Stalks then finished by using the Galaxy stencil and Purple Delight ink.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Moonlight Beach

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...

I love how quick and easy it is to use the Fairy Hugs backgrounds. They make such beautiful cards with ease.

To create this card I started out by stamping the herons on the Blue Skies Slimline Background. The next step was stamping the Ivy Corner so they were hanging down framing the moon.  I sponged on a bit more brown ink for the sandy beach and created a sea line under the moon with blue ink and a torn piece of paper. Finally glitter and a bit of pen work was added to finish off the scene.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Chatting with Azalea in the Big Woods

 Today I wanted to share my latest Fairy Hugs creation...

Azalea is chatting with some of her favorite woodland friends in the deep green fairy forest.

To create this card I started out by stamping the large log on the Fairy Hugs Background Moss & Stone using a combination of Pinecone and Acorn VersaFine Clair Ink. Next Azalea was stamped so she was perched on the log.

Several different trees were stamped in the background using Nocturne, Shady Lane and Acorn inks.

The little hedgehogs were stamped on a scrap of brown cardstock, fussy cut then popped onto the log.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Welcome Spring Robin's Egg Nest

Hello Friends...I wanted to share a card I made recently using Rinea foiled papers and dies from Gina Marie Designs and Spellbinders.

I instantly fell in love with the birds nest die from Gina Marie and knew it would make a perfect card for Spring. It was cut from Mocha, Copper and Turquoise foiled papers. I don't know if you can see it or not but I added speckles to the eggs by flicking Bronze, Pearl and Gold Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints onto the Turquoise/Gold Glossy foiled paper prior to cutting. I left it to dry for a couple hours naturally so I didn't mess up the perfect little dots of color. 

The tree branch is hand cut - I just had a basic idea in mind and cut away.  Really easy.

Hope you have a lovely day!


Rinea - Gold/Gold GlossyMocha/Gold GlossyEmerald/Emerald StarstruckCopper/Gold GlossyMocha/Mocha StarstruckTurquoise/Gold Glossy

Spellbinders - Frame

Gina Marie Designs - Birds Nest & Eggs

Sizzix - Leaves