Swirly Cupcake Cards

Hi y'all,

I almost called this post how to cover up a million mistakes.  I am going to show you my boo boos and fixes.

I have some super important people with birthdays this summer so I pulled out my Swirly Cupcake stamp and got busy.



I want to show you my first whoops!  This particular mistake is called a hickey in printer circles.  What causes a hickey is something on your stamp or on your printing press roller; but I just stick with the stamps...for now.  A hickey is a tiny circle.  I see it in printed pieces all the time (not from our shop!).  To get rid of mine, I rinsed off my stamp in cool water, flipped my paper over and tried again.  Easy fix!
hickey
quicke shadow
My idea for the card was to use summer bright popsicle colors.  I used a variety of dye inks to get the colors I wanted (Distress, Hero, Color Box).  I inked up the stamp with the lighter color and made a quick "shadow"  with a darker ink.  You can see the light and dark inks on this swirly cupcake row.   I made three rows with three different hues.
before "string"
ink smudge


Now for mistake number two and three. I must not have clean the purple off of my stamp and it showed up in the green cupcake.  I decided to pretend I meant to do that.  Julia Child taught me that.  Then I did the thing I always do-- I had ink on my finger and smeared it on my card.  Ugh!  I was going to emboss a small panel, but I decided to punch out black banners instead.  I wrote "happy birthday"with a white gel pen and really liked how that looked.  I felt like there were too many banners for hole punches and twine, so I used gems for holes and a Micron pen to draw string.



Shiny and really blue, really in real life


perfect pearls
all over stamping
For my second card, I wanted to play with Perfect Pearls.  Solid shapes look great with Perfect Pearls. My Woodland Deer stamp looks gorgeous with Perfect Pearls.

 I hadn't played with this medium in awhile so it was time.  Using Perfect Medium I did some all over stamping.  Then I decided to add gold, purple, and blue.  Which I hated, so I just went with the blue.  I trimmed it off and made a panel. 

I embossed celebrate from my Doodle Blossoms Stamp Set in Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder.  I wrapped up the card with baker's twine and gems both from my stash to complete a visual triangle.

Now I'm hungry.  Cupcakes, anyone?

Happy day to you,

Carolyn

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Materials:  Materials come from my Etsy shop or Amazon where I buy most of my supplies because I live in the sticks.  And I'm always digging in my scraps, stash, and treasure box.




Monoprint Thank you Notes

Hi y'all,
Blessings have been coming my way lately from parents of students, friends, neighbors and family.  I've just been feeling the love my little community offers.  This has given me the opportunity to make a million thank you notes.

When I got started working on the cards, my desk was covered in mono prints.  If you would like to know more about mono prints click here.  It was my mission to make my thank you cards with the mono prints.  I made these four lovelies.  (Actually I made five cards but forgot to put one in the picture below.)
Mono print thank you notes
I started by die cutting birds from the mono prints with the Sizzix Birds die.  They made a really pretty pile.
Mono prints make lovely little birds
odds and ends card


I made the very first card with scraps.  An old cigar box rests on my table holding little bits and parts until they are wanted.  I dug through the box until I found a fancy cut card panel.  I stuck that to a card base, added a pink bird, and some canvas words from my cigar box.  A little baker's twine finished it up.

For the second card, I embossed my Vintage Geranium stamp on a subtle piece of gelli print.  The perfect thing about this stamp is it makes a card look complete with just one impression.  Next to the pot I stamped kindness from my Fruits of the Spirit Stamp Set.  (There is only one left.  Yikes!  I wasn't expecting that so it's not in my upcoming release.) I was packing up some orders and found two more in the box, so I'll be adding them to the store.   Ribbons and buttons wrapped this card up.
subtle mono print background
For my third card, I used a gorgeous mono print background with metallic accents.  Spritzing paper flowers with Tattered Angel spray made the perfect little embellishment.  For the sentiment I choose a word from Tim Holtz flashcards.  I added a few drops of Nuvo drops in Pale Gold for more detail.  That little bottle is going fast, because that color is perfect for so many projects.

My next card was my favorite.  Shhhh...don't tell the others.  Trimming a bright mono print for my cards panel, I adhered it to a card base.  All the little birdies auditioned for this card, but I found the best one and trimmed it's legs off. I made a leafy nest for it with a Dylusions stamp from her Clearly Borders set.  I barely added color with my Tombow markers.  I nestled the bird on the branch.  I gave her eye some detail with Ranger Enamel Accents.  I used an adorable die from the Lawn Fawn Chit Chat set to make a speech bubble and a heart from a scrap of red paper.  And stamped the word Thanks from a Darcie's Set called Blossom Wishes.  That stamp set is not longer available for purchase that I could find, but I'm sure you have something that would work great.
My fav.

The last card looks amazing, but it's just stamped and embossed vellum adhered to a mono print.  Easy Peasy.
so easy


Do you keep little bits to use on future projects?  What do you keep them in.  Just curious.

Blessings,

Carolyn

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Hi y'all,

I recently discovered Mustard Seed Challenges.  You can read more about them here.  Their challenges help me reflect on my faith and stretch my creativity.  This month is a sketch challenge with the theme of creativity.  Confession time:  a sketch challenge is the hardest thing for me.  Maybe because working within a structure is trickier for me.

Thinking about Creativity led me to John 1 in the Bible.  It talks about Jesus being in the beginning and nothing was created without him.  Because of him we can be created anew.

I decided to make an art journal page because that is where I express my thoughts, dreams, and feelings....

It was about here when my dad became extremely ill and passed away.  I haven't been to this page in a couple of weeks, so I don't know if the challenge has changed.  My family and I are doing  okay....


Creation

I think the sketch given is unusual, beautiful, and challenging.

For the oval, I thought of a hand.  We create so much with our hands.  The image inside the oval is a delicate butterfly symbolizing us as new creatures in Christ.  And the heart is for how much we are loved.


details

Thanks Mustard Seed Faith Challenges for this experience.

Blessings,

Carolyn

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gelatos--this is an excellent price
lots of scraps




Give Away -- The comment button works!

Hey all,
The tricky thing about the comment button is, no one can contact you to tell you it's not working.  Crazy!  My sweet Joe fixed the problem, so let's try again.

Here is my final hint and I'm hoping you can guess what I'm doing.  The first person to guess correctly wins.   I have some stamps that want to be yours.  Tell me your guess in the comments below.

All 3 picture clues

Best of luck,

Carolyn

Contest and Give Away - Final Hint

Hey all,
I accidentally turn off the comments button. Sorry!

Here is my final hint and I'm hoping you can guess what I'm doing.  The first person to guess correctly wins.   I have some stamps that want to be yours.  Tell me your guess in the comments below.

All 3 picture clues

Best of luck,

Carolyn


Contest and Giveaway

Hi y'all,

I'm in a festive mood.  Maybe because the weather is delicious or I'm a teacher in May with spring fever.  Either way I thought a contest and giveaway would be fun.

So I'm making something and I'm leaving you photo clues.  There are 2 today and 1 more tomorrow.  Just place your guess in the comment section below.  First one who guesses wins!

Good luck,

Carolyn
Hint 1

Hint 2