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When a Doodle is as Good as a Stamp

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I went to a friend’s house a few days ago to craft some cards together. Although I have fun crafting together, I find that I never get much done because I’m so busy chatting. However, I did get a card completed and I had fun with Kim and Linda.

I have been thinking about buying a stamp that features birch trees. There have even been a few birch tree stamps in various shopping baskets of mine online but, I just kept balking at the cost. So the other night I decided to see if I could doodle some instead. And the result was really pleasing. Plus I saved myself at least $10!

Stacy Yacula Studio stampsI doodled the trees and the banner as well as the presents, grass and dandelions. The adorable animal stamps are from A Sweet Summer set by Stacey Yacula Studio. You can find them here at Purple Onion Designs And all but the shading under the black on the birch tree bark, was colored with colored pencils and blended with baby oil.

Next time I would stamp the birds first and then draw the wire under them. It was hard to see because, they are red rubber and not clear acrylic stamps. But hopefully my niece won’t notice that the bird is not quite on the wire.

Happy Stamping Doodling,

Mo

 

 

Under the Sea Enchantment

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Just a quick post to show off a card I made using my Cricut. I have had the machine for 6 years or so but, I rarely use it. (like once or twice a year) I can be a bit of a technophobe at times and I can’t seem to get into using the machine as much as I use my metal die cuts.  So making an entire card with my Cricut is a really big accomplishment for me. LOL

Create A Critter by Cricut

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This card is for the granddaughter of a good friend and co-worker. She was having an Under the Sea themed first birthday party. These images are just a few of the different animals and accessories available from the Create a Critter cartridge.

The card stands up like a kickstand on a bike. And I just wrote my sentiment on the back, which sits on the table when the card is displayed.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

Harry Potter Miraculum Maximus (Surprise Party) Card

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My daughter’s good friend was hosting a Harry Potter themed birthday party a few weeks ago. So I set out to make a unique card featuring the adorable stamps from the Bugaboo Stamp series Har Repotter. These are digital stamps so you can make them as large or small as you want and you can arrange them as closely or far apart as you want. Digital stamps are so versatile because, of that.

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For the front of this oversized card I decided to feature Professor Snape monitoring the hallways of Hogwarts Castle. The floor, walls and torch are all hand doodled. The stones are colored using colored pencils and Baby Oil for blending. I didn’t want to waste too much of my Copic ink on the inexpensive paper.

Once I had completed the background for the corridor I glued on Snape, whom I had already colored and cut out. And I added the sentiment which I had simply printed out along with the digital stamps. (I use Word for all of my digital stamp projects. You don’t need any fancy imaging programs)

Bugaboo Har Repotter

For the inside of the card I created a Surprise Party scene on a simple Pop Up card base.  Each character is an individual stamp but, I grouped them together in my Word Doc before printing them out. This saved me lots of time and fussy cutting! The dragon and unicorn are part of the Critters Ever After stamp set from Lawn Fawn. The wall and clouds are hand doodled and the presents and cupcake are some stickers that I have had for eons.  And lastly the sentiments on the top are ink stamped.

I hope you are inspired by this card to try your hand at adding some doodles to your own work. It is a great way to stretch your artistic muscles without having to be all that talented. :)

Happy Stamping,

Mo

 

 

 

Falling Behind Since the Fourth of July

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I haven’t posted since May but, that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been crafting. This summer just seemed to be flying by and I just kept procrastinating about blogging. But I am back! And I am finally going to post my cards from the Fourth of July.

As you may know by now I send out 10 cards for every major and minor holiday for my nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews. Below are the cards that I sent out. I made some duplicates and that is why I am only featuring 6 cards today.

 Aero Boy Deasy Design I used a digital stamp set from Deasy Design called Aero Boy for these first few cards. Additionally, I paired the little pilot with some fireworks that are part of a digital stamp from Stampin Up. The sentiment is handstamped and I hand doodled the diagonal stripes on the wings.

Aero Boy  Here is another image from the Aero Boy collection.  For both this card and the one above I added little star stamps to the boys shirt to make it even more patriotic.

Aero Boy Deasy Design This set of digital stamps from Deasy Design is so cute and it’s really a bargain. You get 15 or 16 individual digital stamps for only $7.50!  You can find these stamps here DeasyDesigns on Etsy.

 

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I have a few nieces as well as nephews, so I made a few feminine cards as well. This card features a freebie from Whimsie Doodles called July4day. I colored each girls hair just a little differently to represent the niece to whom I was sending it. One of my nieces has the cutest curly hair so I doodled in some wavy locks.

 

Birthday Cheers for the Black and Red

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My brother-in-law, Jamie is an alumnus of the University of Georgia. And he really lives, eats and breathes Black and Red. So I wanted to give him a card that represented UGA without being overtly bulldogish.  And here is what I came up with.

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I used the Mighty Bloom- Coverplate die from Papertrey ink to create leaf burst red portion of the card. And I used the Hero Arts – Magical Background stamp for the heat embossed area on the black card. The bullseye medallion was made using four different circle punches and then layering the papers together. I topped it all off with a black enamel dot.

 

Here is a close up view of the heat embossing. I love adding heat embossed elements to my cards. It always seems to make them seem so much more professionally finished.

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I am going to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Die Crazy  and the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – M (anything relating to M words) My take on the M challenge is that this is a Masculine card for my brother in law.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

Hats Off to You, Grad

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My good friend Kim’s daughter, is graduating High School in a few days. Her name is Katie and she is brilliant, beautiful and super sweet. Katie received a full scholarship to USF and she deserves every bit of it.

I made a fun card for her. She has an infectious smile just like the little Yeti on the card. (the Yeti is from the Lawn Fawn stamp set Yeti, Set, Go)

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The school’s colors are Green an Gold, so I colored the mortar board accordingly. And I drew a little diploma in the Yeti’s hand. For the background of the card I used the mortar board from Lawn Fawn: Hats Off to You stamp set. The Yeti is mounted on a green circle that is mounted on top of two die cut stars. For further definition Ilined the edge of each star point with a deep green marker.

Iwill be entering my card into the Lawnscaping Challenge: Create Your Own Background

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Congrats to all of the soon to be grads and to all of their happy, moms and dads!

Mo

 

That’s a Wrap!

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There is a challenge going on over at Nichole Heady’s blog, Make it Monday #163: Envelope Wraps. I love Papertrey Ink products and I wanted to play along for a chance to win a $25 gift card!

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Here is the back of the envelope. I die cut some clouds from sticky notes and used them to make the areas that I wanted to keep white. Then I sponged on some light blue ink to create the sky.

 

 

 

 

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For the front of my card I used my Fly Away Mini Stamp Set and the coordinating Fly Away Die  to stamp and cut out the plane. For the heart banner I used the Simon Says String of Hearts die that I won in a blog hop a few weeks ago. I cut the banner out twice. Once on black paper and once on red polka dot paper. Then I simply cut the hearts away from the polka dot version and glued them on top of the black.

I will be entering my envelope into the Make it Monday #163: Envelope Wraps challenge.

Happy Stamping,

Mo

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