Sunday, January 29, 2017

Making Clouds With Kids

After seeing Anna's instagram post, I felt it would be fun to give it a try too. My five-year-old son had a blast learning how to make clouds. He practiced twice before he realized he should switch to lighter colors. Although the clouds in final card turned out to be too light, the whole card still looks very pretty. He was so excited after finishing the card. He's giving this card to his godmother.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
Supplies used in this card:
  • Stampingbella Tiny Townie blossom loves balloons (SB)
  • Mama Elephant All Prettied Up dies (ME)
  • MFT inside and out stitched rectangle die-namics (MFT)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

AAA Cards #82 Winter Chill

Today I'm honored to guest design with AAA Cards challenge. The theme in #82 challenge is winter chill.
Talking about winter chill, I think about snow and ice. I thought it would be fun to learn how to make reflection effects on ice. I searched "card stamping reflection" on youtube and found a few interesting techniques to pick up.
So here is the card I made. For the background, I applied distress ink chipped sapphire and squeezed lemonade. I tried to be careful not to blend the two colors. When I designed the card, I wanted the yellow ring to symbolize warm friendship that keep snow and coldness away. But when I showed it to my husband and kids, one said "Beautiful moon!" and another said "Beautiful starry night!" Oh well... at least it's beautiful...

Another view of the card, in front of my backyard with 9 inches of snow accumulated.

Hope you enjoyed the card and play along at AAA Cards too.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
Supplies used in this card:
  • Stampingbella Ramona shares her hot chocolate (SB)
  • SSS Winter warmth stamp set (SSS)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Snowy Birthday Cupcake

I've seen people making cards with patterned papers. The color/style combination between paper and stamped image are perfect matches. It really takes talent to do. Somehow it's very challenging for me. The patterned papers that appear beautiful to me are hard to be deployed. The ones that look boring to me, like the one in my card today, are more likely to find a match. I always feel like giving it a try and here is the card I created.

By the way, my sons saw this card and said "Let it go cupcake!"...

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
Supplies used in this card:
  • Mama Elephant carnival cupcakes stamp set (ME)
  • MFT LJD Peek-a-Boo wonky windows die-namics (MFT)
  • Lawn Fawn mini snowflakes dies (LF)
  • Avery Elle everyday collection paper pad (AE)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sponging With Kids

I'm teaching my 5-year-old boy how to do ink blending today. I showed him how to do circular motion with very light hands, but he didn't really get it. He was very excited and wanted to try all the colors. Below was his first shot. I was amazed by how the bright colors were arranged, in a way that I would never think about doing.

On a separate day, we made a card together, again with ink blending technique. Without any guidance, he ink blended the background with multiple blues (I didn't ask him his recipe) and colored the cats/trees with his Crayola color pencil. He picked these cats and thought they are very cute!

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
Supplies used in this card:
  • Lawn Fawn color my world stamp set (LF)
  • MFT cool cat stamp set (MFT)
  • MFT inside and out stitched circle die-namics (MFT)
  • MFT BB Merry Christmoose (MFT)
  • Purple Onions a beautiful day sentiment set (POD)

Monday, January 2, 2017

Fairy Tale New Year Card

Teal + silver is a color combination that I always wanted to try. Finally I made a holiday card out of it. All of this was new to me, including making cards with embossed outlines. It didn't go very well at first. My first version was made with silver outlines and only teal background (including everything such as houses). It didn't look as stunning as I thought it would be. When I started bringing in some colors on houses and trees, it looked much better.

My husband bought me a full-size MISTI for Xmas (such a surprise!). I was excited to put it in use right away. It was so useful for cards like this with lots of big stamps. I was able to stamp multiple cards and experimented with different colors.

So here's my favorite version of the card.

A color variation of the card. Also, I ink blended the background instead of watercoloring.

I'm submitting this card to the following challenges.
Supplies used in this card:
  • Penny Black Gleeful Clear Stamps (PB)
  • Mama Elephant Merry Greetings stamp set (ME)