(Yep, there’s an apostrophe missing in the sentiment.
I’ve added one since it is actually missing from the stamp!)
When I got the My Favorite Things: I Knead You, K suggested a do a card where the kitty lying on his back was tangled in string. I got rather surprised by his suggestion and had to show him this card by Jennifer Mcguire. Obviously, K hadn’t seen it but his idea was pretty close to Jennifer’s – not bad for a non-stamper, I’d say! For the overall design of the card I stayed very close to Jennifer’s although I changed the colours and I chose a patterned paper rather than stamping on the background. I did do the little loop of twine next to the sentiment because I found that to be such a cute detail.
The trouble with K’s idea was that he wanted the string to both go under the kitty’s paws and across his chest. Jennifer only has the string go under the paws but K wasn’t entirely satisfied with the realism of that look. So I had to put on my thinking cap to see if I could satisfy K’s vision. What I ended up doing was cutting the paws free (and colouring their outlines black to make them look better) and pulled the string under each paw. After that I took a second piece of string and tied it around the chest of the kitty. This way I got exactly the look K was after: My kitty now is realistically entwined in the string 🙂 And I couldn’t help myself: I had to add one of the little mice to the scene. Just because they are too cute!
Signe turned one on July 29th and of course we had to send her a card for her birthday. I like shaker cards for the smaller kids because they are interactive and easy to shake even with small hands. I went with a circus theme using a bright yellow patterned paper, a multi coloured banner and a sweet elephant.
I kept the sentiment very simple: Just Signe’s name and age added on a banner that the elephant is also standing on. For once I really added a lot of sequins inside the shaker which means they are also visible when they end up in the bottom of the shaker.
The shaker is always best when shaken so that all the sequins are visible. Must say that even after a few years with shaker cards being popular, I still really like them. They are fun and playful and just perfect for kids.
I very recently received Lawn Fawn’s Gleeful Gardens in the mail and I had to try colouring some of the images from the set. Actually, it was K that insisted on me getting this set and I am happy he did because I can see myself using the images in combination with other Lawn Fawn stamp sets – and the sentiments are different and fun.
For the main image I went with sunflowers, toadstools, grass and a little mail-snail. I was inspired by Latisha Yoast to contain the images within a diecut circle letting the mail-snail slowly inch his way out of the circle. All the images were coloured using my PrismaColor pens and blended using gamsol. For the white on the toadstools and the little white cheek dots on the snail, I used a white ball pen. Since I don’t have the matching dies for this set I handcut around all the images leaving a little white outline.
For the background I chose a black cardstock but wanted to give it a little more pattern. I did this by stamping a polka dot pattern in VersaMark ink making the dots only slightly more black than the rest of the background. Before doing this I had heat embossed my sentiment using white embossing powder.
I’ve added this card to Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge and there are a few favourite techniques of mine going on here: colouring and blending with PrismaColor and gamsol, heat embossing, watermark stamping and diecutting.