Friday, April 16, 2021

You Know I Like The Glitter

I recently went to a virtual Stampin' Up party and found the best glitter paper. It's rainbow ombre and it's actually a dull kind of glitter, as if it's encased in glue instead of on top of the paper. If you've tried the Distress Stickles, it's the same look. I had to make a bunch of cards with it and I also used it to photograph another card. I only have two 12x12 sheets, so you know I'll hoard even the scraps :)

On this card, I smooshed Distress Oxide on a panel and stamped a little bunny from Waffle Flower (Hoppy). I only used a strip of the glitter paper I had left over from trimming it down for another card. But wait, it gets better.



For this card, after I stamped and colored the flower stamp from Waffle Flower (Hoppy), I used the glitter paper for the background of the photo. Getting prettier, right?


This card uses the purple/blue/green portion and I only added the sentiment and a strip of black cardstock on the side. The sentiment is also Waffle Flower.


This one has to be my favorite, though of course, it's as simple as can be. The paper is the star here and I didn't even round the corners. 



See how stunning it is in the close up? I just love it.




If you're ever invited to a Stampin' Up party, I highly suggest this purchase. The glitter doesn't fall off and it's such a lovely ombre with the subtle glitter, I think you could use it on any card. Off to get my second vaccine—wish me luck!



Happy Friday!
Chark

Friday, April 9, 2021

Watch Out for Unicorn Sightings

It's National Unicorn Day, so I'm assuming it's the day when all the unicorns gather and frolic to celebrate. Well, it ought to be! Instead I thought I'd share some valuable unicorn information.
In Medieval times, Narwhal horns were sold as unicorn horns. Unicorns were symbols of grace and purity and I became obsessed with them in 5th grade. I was invited to join a young writer's conference and one of the speakers liked unicorns so I jumped on board. When I was 16, my boyfriend gave me a pearl and gold unicorn necklace and a unicorn music box. I kept them because, well, he turned into my husband and they were sweet gifts. Although I'm not obsessed anymore, I still enjoy adding them to crafty projects. I need to get this little Poppy Stamps die asap.


And I love Mama Elephant stamps and this set is no exception. They have the cutest stamps at ME.


If you want a free unicorn digital stamp, you can head to Useless Trinkets and pick up this one (that I used on a package awhile ago) and a lot more stamps for FREE! If you like your unicorns naughty, they even have zombie unicorns.



If you're really feeling unicorn day, why not make these little unicorn marshmallows from Wilton, with or without the cupcakes? I mean, the cupcake makes it better, but maybe you don't have the time.


You could head to Michael's or the grocery and pick up the ready made unicorn candies for your cupcakes too...way faster and just as cute!


You can join Alyce over at Kit and Clowder for a free unicorn coloring class (and more free classes) here. You get the unicorn stamp for free as well.


And if you're looking to wear your unicorns, you can get these earrings on Etsy for just $5! Enjoy National Unicorn Day in your own way and let me know if you catch them frolicking. 😆



Happy Friday!
Chark
 




















Friday, April 2, 2021

Children's Picture Book Day

Since I love kids' books, I was happy to see today is National Children's Picture Book Day. If my kids were still little, we'd probably celebrate with a reading tent under the table and tons of books. I'd probably have snacks to match too. In Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, she brings cheesy snacks to her teacher, so we could have had those. Lilly and Kevin Henkes are some of my favorites. This book came out when my daughter was little (1996) and it's how I discovered the author. Colleen loved Lilly and actually had a purple plastic purse with a flower on it, so that made it even better.


If you've never read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom aloud, you're missing out. It has the best rhythm and I found it when the kids were little too. It was published much earlier (1989) but I hadn't heard of it. 


One of my son's favorite picture books was The Very Hungry Caterpillar, another classic for a good reason. Great illustrations and the board book has sturdy holes in the food that kids can poke. Ben loved that part. This book is almost my age, as it was published in 1969!


Lane Smith has a ton of books but one of our faves is The Happy Hocky Family (1993). It's cute and has clever little asides for the adults and older kids.


I found Mo Willems through my kids too. His Pigeon books are adorable, Knuffle Bunny has great illustrations and his Elephant and Piggie books are favorites of my daughter's students. Yep, Colleen became a school librarian and she is fabulous at it—she's even dressed up as Elephant for her kids.


If you're looking for some children's books written by women, here's an article that highlights some. I have several of these on my library list to read, including this one, with the cutest illustrations.


And, since I was a Go-Gos fan back in the 80s, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this new picture book featuring the lyrics of We Got The Beat.



To wrap it all up, I'll share this card I made recently featuring Where The Wild Things Are stickers from The Paper House. I added nuvo drops accents and clouds and drew in a ground and added a sentiment.



I think I need to revisit some old friends from the book shelf today to celebrate!

Happy Friday!
Chark




Friday, March 12, 2021

Bearly Art's Cards For Cubs

One thing I love about crafting is being able to put some of my cards to good use. In the past, I've joined in card drives for soldiers and nursing homes. 

This month, I'm joining in Bearly Art's Cards for Cubs March drive to give birthday, holiday and encouragement cards to foster kids. I can imagine how scary it is to be thrust into someone's home and family when you've lost your family at least temporarily and maybe permanently. And a card won't make it all better, but it might make one day a little better if you know someone is thinking of you on your birthday.

For this one, I used an angel stamp from Unity and Suzi Blu and a sentiment strip from Taylored Expressions. I used patterned paper for the background and an old book for the wings.


I used a paintable panel from Adornit for this card. It takes watercolor beautifully.


And for this last one, I used a bookmark of The Pigeon and a sentiment die from Waffle Flower, along with patterned paper from Sunny Studio. Easy Peasy!


I've also included a sentiment page I made to go with rainbow cards, fairies and unicorns, monsters, bears and others that I didn't have to match my stamps. Right click to save/download it if you're interested. And then print and trim to fit your project.




I've signed up to send 15 cards during the month of March, although I already have more to send. You can join in by heading to Bearly Art and checking out the info. If I was good at shaker cards or interactive cards, I'd send those but I'm really not, so I'll send cute and encouraging cards to maybe make a kid smile. 


Happy Friday!
Chark








Friday, February 26, 2021

Crafting With My Favorite Bear

I've loved Pooh Bear since I first saw him on TV when I was a kid. I loved his little round self, his penchant for honey, his slow way of talking and his little giggle. When my kids were little, they had the collection of Pooh stories and we read them over and over. I even have video of my daughter doing a play she wrote for the characters and her Pooh impersonation. So, when I saw a Make Cards Today Pooh Bear magazine that was available overseas, I bought it in a hot minute so I could have the stamps and printed pieces of the friends from The Hundred Acre Wood. It took a long time to get here, but I'm so happy I ordered it!

It sat for two days before I could create with it and now, of course, I can't stop. For this card, I used a watercolored background (using Tombow markers) I had already stamped and made a fun cut on the front panel that I saw on FB.


For this card, I used the same background stamp, but went with a rainbow background. The Pooh Bear was just an outline but on this scalloped die, I just used some alcohol markers to make him the right color.
 

This card is pretty small...I had made it with leftover piece of balloon paper and was just waiting for a focal point. The tag included with the magazine was just right.


I made one more card, but sent it off before I took a photo, for my Pooh-loving friend's birthday. I think his calm demeanor, along with his cuteness and determined search for honey are what make me smile. When I realized how wise Pooh is, along with being funny, I liked him even more. Here's one of my favorite quotes.


Happy Friday!
Chark









Friday, February 19, 2021

Die Cutting For The Win

Lately I've been all about the dies. I've always liked them for sentiments and panels, but now I'm eyeing the floral layered dies. Altenew has them, Sizzix has a few and more companies seem to be coming out with them. I haven't yet decided which I can't live without, so today I'll just show you the fabulous sentiment die I've put on a variety of cards.


For this card, I chose a background I made awhile back with alcohol inks. I die cut it with a scallop die and then added the sentiment die cut from Waffle Flower. I only used the sentiment in white and then one of the many outlines in a metallic blue. 


In the close-up, you can see some of the metallic rainbow foil I rubbed onto the still-sticky ink.


This one uses the outline in white and the letters from a watercolored version I made. I added the watercolor after die cutting the whole die set. The unicorn is stamped on watercolor paper and it's a Greeting Farm stamp.


I was really happy with this last card. I used the Pinkfresh Studio Lush Vines Stamp and heat embossed in black on kraft paper. Then I added some of the sentiment layers, in white and black and red metallic paper. I think this might be a good card for one of my adult nephews.


This last card shows you all the layers of the die and lives up to its name of Rainbow Birthday.

Stay tuned for more cards featuring this sentiment die set, because I cut a ton of them!

Happy Friday!
Chark