Fox Builder Pikachu

I had a lovely breakfast with a friend this morning.  And when we arrived back at my house, it reminded me of high school.  I had a good friend Cindy who would often take me home and we would spend hours (literally) sitting in the car chatting before I got out and went inside.  Well, today was much like that.  After arriving home, we spent almost three hours sitting in my driveway talking (longer than we had been at breakfast) before I got out to go inside.  In both cases, it wasn’t a lack of hospitality.  We were just comfortable sitting and chatting where we were.  It was almost like having my friend Cindy here.  I’ll have to let her know that I thought of her today.

This afternoon is what I think is the last of the graduation parties.  And again, I needed a card for my daughter to give.  I decided to try my hand at something that is very current — a Pokemon Go character.

I used the Fox Builder punch to create Pikachu.

Fox Builder Pikachu graduation card from theartfulinker.com

My card starts with a Thick Whisper White base measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ and scored down the middle.

For a play on “Pikachu”, I used the Labeler Alphabet to spell out “Lookachu Grad”.  The letters were inked in Pacific Point.

Tip: to easily line up the letters use a piece of Grid Paper.  Lay the letters out along one line and then pick them up with an Acrylic Block.  Both the horizontal and vertical lines on the Grid Paper help to keep everything straight.

Fox Builder Pikachu graduation card - angled - from theartfulinker.com

Next, I used the largest plain Layering Circle to cut both Whisper White and Real Red circles.  I cut the Real Red circle in half and adhered it to the Whisper White circle before adding a 3/4″ wide Basic Black band to the center of the pokeball.  The ball was added using Dimensionals.

Then, I punched the head, body, tail, and two sets of ears from Crushed Curry cardstock using the Fox Builder. I cut apart both sets of long ears and added one set to the body to resemble arms.  The tail was turned upside down and cut to look like a lightning bolt.

I added the second pair of Crushed Curry ears over the short ones on the head.   Then, I punched out a pair of Basic Black ears and trimmed a triangular tip off the top of each ear and added them to the top of the Crushed Curry ears.

The Basic Black nose is also a punch from the Fox Builder.

The the Basic Black eyes were punched with the medium size circle on the Owl Builder and the smallest circle on the same punch was used for the Whisper White pupils.

The Real Red cheeks are the middle size circle on the Owl Builder.

And the mouth was created by punching a Basic Black heart with the Owl Builder and then sliding the cardstock down just enough to punch just the curved edge that was left on the cardstock after punching the heart.

After adding all of my pieces to the head, I trimmed off part of each red cheek and around the ears to give a smooth line.

To finish, my Fox Builder Pikachu was added to the pokeball using Dimensionals.

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Badges and Banners Card for SIP57

The new year is already rolling.  The new school year that is.  My daughter and I went in to the high school to help prep the orchestra uniforms for the coming year.  It’s almost time to start fittings and for String Camp — the orchestra version of Band Camp.  And today we’re trying to get back on track with the things that need to be done in the next couple of weeks before she heads off to college.  We work a whole lot better with a schedule.  So, we’re trying to follow a daily “to do” list.  Otherwise — poof! and the day is gone.  We’ve both been reasonably productive today while also enjoying a bit of relaxation.  My productivity included card making.

I used Badges and Banners and the SIP57 challenge for today’s card.

Badges and Banners Black and White card for SIP57 from theartfulinker.com

I started with a Thick Whisper White cardstock base measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2 and scored down the center.  Over that is a 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ Basic Black layer followed by a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Pop of Pink designer paper.

Next, I’ve added a Delicate White Doily and a piece of Pop of Pink washi.

Badges and Banners Black and White card - angled - for SIP57 from theartfulinker.com

Then, I stamped five of the striped badges from Badges and Banners in Basic Black on Whisper White.  The badges were punched with Best Badge.  Then, I snipped from the center of the bottom point up about a third of the way.  Using my Bone Folder I curled the badges back at the top by gently running the bone folder up the back of the badge.  After folding one snipped side across the other I added hot glue to hold the bottom together.

Placing a quarter size circle of hot glue on my Silicone Craft Mat allowed me to arrange my badge “petals” in the glue.  Once the glue had cooled I simply pulled the flower off of the mat.

For the flower center, I’ve added a 1″ Circle punch of Whisper White layered with  a 3/4″ Circle punch of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and five black Metallic Sequins.

After adding a Black Metallic Thread bow with a Glue Dot, I used a little hot glue to adhere the Badges and Banners flower to the doily.

I finished the card by adding a few white Metallic Sequins on the petals like dew and a few silver Metallic Sequins as accents.

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You’ve Got This for GDP045

I’m back from a fabulous week at the beach with my female family members.  We look forward to this trip all year!  We lounged on the beach and by the pool, ate meals together, chatted and played games late into the night — and more.  The youngest generation was already making plans for next year as we said our goodbyes.  I think it’s great that as we have kids headed off to college that they still want to come and spend time together with everyone.  I like that they want to be part of family rather than thinking they’re too grown up for family.

After not creating for a few days, I decided the best way to jump start things was to choose a challenge.

I’ve combined You’ve Got This with GDP045.

They are using a color combo this week:

Basic Black Smoky Slate Melon Mambo

I’ve been playing a lot with black and white with a pop of color the last couple of months.  So using this color challenge and adding Smoky Slate into the mix seemed like just the thing to get me back into a regular creative groove.

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I’ve used a Basic Black cardstock base measuring 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ that has been scored down the center.

Next is a  4″ x 5-1/4″ Melon Mambo layer that has been put on kind of cattywampus so that you get the peeks of Melon Mambo rather than a frame.

The Whisper White layer measures 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.  The background image was inked in Smoky Slate and lightly stamped off before stamping on the Whisper White.  Then, the flower from You’ve Got This was inked in Basic Black and stamped over the background image.

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Next, I stamped the flower again on a separate piece of Whisper White.  It was also inked in Basic Black.  This ink was perfect since it is permanent and I was planning to watercolor.  That means it doesn’t bleed.

Using the Fine Tip Glue Pen, I traced the areas where petals touched and the inside of the stamens with a thin line of glue.  The dried glue acts as a resist.  I think it helps make the watercoloring easier — it’s kind of cheating.

To watercolor the petals I used an Aqua Painter and a little Melon Mambo ink squeezed from the inkpad onto the lid.  I choose to pick up ink and put it down where the dark spots are.  As the color on the brush lightens, I add that where I want the lighter color.  Then, just repeat as necessary to finish the coloring.

The flower was cut out by hand.  Then, it was turned over and placed on my Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  I used the blunt end of the Paper Piercing tool to gently shape the very bottom row of petals.  I placed Dimensionals in the concave areas created by the shaping.  The top of the flower is glued directly to the focal layer while the bottom  of the flower is raised with the Dimensionals.  This adds a little more to the sense of perspective that exists in the basic flower design.

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The Whisper White focal layer was centered over the card base.  And the card was finished by adding a strip of Pop of Pink designer paper followed by a strip of Pop of Pink washi.

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Pun Intended Birthday Card

We’ve spent the morning catching up.  And by catching up, I mean watching videos from all of the kids performances that one or another of us missed during the year due to distance. I know I love to see what the nieces are doing that I haven’t been able to be a part of.  And, I know that mine appreciates being able to share her accomplishments with the rest of the family even if it isn’t in “real” time.  So be sure you’re taking those videos and making time to share them.

Today, I’ve got a cute Pun Intended card that I created for a friend’s birthday.

My color combo:

Basic Black Whisper White Melon Mambo

I really like black and white with just a pop of color.

The Pop of Pink designer paper makes creating this way really easy.

Pun Intended with Pop of Pink designer paper from theartfulinker.com

I used a 5-1/2″ X 11″ piece of Whisper White that has been scored down the center and folded to make a card in portrait orientation.

I’ve added a 2-1/2″ x 4″ Melon Mambo piece of Pop of Pink designer paper.  Over that is a 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ Basic Black pattern from the Pop of Pink pack.  Just peeking out from behind the focal layer is a 1/2″ x 1-1/2″ piece of another design from Pop of Pink.

Pun Intended birthday card with Pop of Pink - detail - from theartfulinker.com

The camera from Pun Intended is inked in Melon Mambo on a 2-1/2″ x 3″  piece of Whisper White.

I used a paint brush to add Versamark ink refill to the flash.  Then it was sprinkled with Heat and Stick, heated, sprinkled with Silver Glitter, and heated again to set.

Before adding the Whisper White panel to the card with Dimensionals, I added a large Basic Rhinestone to the center of the camera lens.

And finally, the sentiment from Pun Intended was stamped in Melon Mambo in the lower right corner.

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Bunch of Blossoms Birthday

I love spending time with my family — the whole big, crazy bunch of us.  Any time the opportunity presents itself, I will try my hardest to be there — it’s a priority.  Last night I was with my mom, sister, daughter and most of my nieces.  As my one niece said, we were having nerdy family fun.  We like to play games late into the night.  We warmed up with a few rounds of Smart A** and then moved on to Bananagrams — one of our all time favorites.  Everybody plays to begin with and then over the next few hours, players come in and out of the game.  A fun time was had by all!!

Today, I have a card that I sent for a friend’s birthday.

I’m trying to get better at that.  Here’s what I’m doing.  When I see a birthday notice for a friend pop up on Facebook, I make a card and put it in the mail rather than pressing the “like” button or leaving a comment.  It may be a day or two late but, it’s real, personal mail.

My color combo for this card:

Basic Black Whisper White Real Red Emerald Envy

I used Bunch of Blossom for my card.  I was trying to mimic one of my favorite flowers — an oriental poppy.

Bunch of Blossoms poppy birthday card from theartfulinker.com

This card starts with a Basic Black base measuring 5-1/2″ x 11″ that has been scored down the center.

Then, I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Real Red.

The Whisper White focal layer measures 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″  to make a layer that has a narrow border layer.

Bunch of Blossoms poppy birthday card - detail - from theartfulinker.com

Next, I stamped three of the large petal base in Real Red on Whisper White and then added the layer with lines.  These were punched with the Blossom Builder.  I placed one petal on my Stampin’ Pierce Mat and rubbed the back with the non-pointed end of my Paper Piercing Tool to create dimension.  I placed one Dimensional in the concave area.  It will both keep it raised and adhere it to the card.

I stamped five more of the large petal base in Real Red on Whisper White and added what looks like about half a petal layer, also in Real Red.  (you can see these two petal pieces right next to each other in the picture on page 69 of the catalog)  The petals were punched with the Blossom Builder and this time three of the petals where given dimension on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat.  Again, a Dimensional was added to the concave area on each of these petals.

After deciding where I wanted to place the two flowers, it was time to stamp the stems.  I used the broader more watercolor looking stem and stamped it in Emerald Envy with the curve first going one direction and then facing the opposite direction.

Leaves were two step stamped using the larger full base leaf and the vein overlay.  My leaves are Emerald Envy on Whisper White.  The three leaves were cut out by hand.

The top flower was assembled by adhering two petals directly to the Whisper White layer and adding the dimensional layer over them so that it looks like a flower that has not quite opened.  For the bottom flower, two petals were adhered directly to the Whisper White layer and the dimensional petals were arranged over top to look like a fully open flower.  The black center was also punched with the Blossom Builder.  Leaves were adhered directly to the Whisper White layer and trimmed where necessary.

After masking “let’s” the sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms was stamped directly on the Whisper White layer in Basic Black before adhering the focal layer to the Real Red layer.

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