Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna: Arctic Starry Night

I’m back with another post featuring Flora & Fauna! I really adore their sets and love working with them. Today my project is featuring a very cute set called Arctic Starry Night. Those polar bears are so cute and I really love the extra background images that comes with the set that makes it great for creating some scenes. And well, I love making scene cards!

I also love to use some untraditional colors when creating holiday cards. As much as I love rockin’ the green and red colors, I love to dive into some unexpected combos! Seeing the constellation imates in the stamp set, I immediately knew I wanted to create a night sky and I did so by blending Chipped Sapphire and Blueprint Sketch distress inks. (I still love distress inks over oxides!) I added some opaque white watercolor splatter onto the sky to create a snow-like effect. I then heat embossed the stars and the sentiment ‘happy holidays’ in white.

Next, I stamped the trees repetitively across the card in black hybrid ink, and colored them with copic markers with 4 alternating colors. I also stamped the polar bears in black hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. I then fussy cut them out individually.

I blended on just a touch of Tumbled Glass distress ink from the bottom up in my designated snow area. I heat embossed a secondary sentiment ‘let it snow’ on a pink cardstock I was able to match as closely as possible to the polar bear’s scarf. I trimmed it down and cut one side at an edge.

I assembled my polar crew onto the card with foam tape and the sentiment right below the sitting one to the left. So cuuuute! As I’m writing this, I also just realized, I should add some glitter to that snow. A little sparkle makes everything better!



Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna: Winter Aviary

Hi there! Flora & Fauna recently released a beautiful collection of holiday stamps and I had the opportunity to work with a few of them. I love their stamps! They have a modern, sketchy style to their illustrations, which makes them so unique.  Today I will be featuring the Winter Aviary stamp set in my project.

The birds in this set caught my attention immediately. They are so adorable! The solid images of the leaves gave me the idea to create a faux watercolor wreath. I first drew a circle in pencil onto a piece of watercolor paper to serve as a guideline. Then with various green distress inks and stamped the leaves along my circle to create the wreath. Since distress inks activate with water, I was able to go back with a wet brush to create a faux watercolor look.

I stamped my birds in black hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. I also used a white gel pen to create some interest in the bird’s details. I fussy cut them individually. I stamped my sentiment in the middle of the wreath and adhered my birds on the wreath with foam tape. To give it a bit of a rustic Christmas kind of look, I blended Vintage Photo distress ink to the corners of the card as a final touch.

Hope you enjoy today’s special post! I have more to share with you soon! 🙂



Papertrey Ink

PTI Throwback Thursday: Brushed Strokes

It’s time for Throwback Thursday over at Papertrey Ink! Today we are revisiting a set called Brushed Off. It may be older, but the design is totally in! If you’re not comfortable letting loose and creating brush strokes with paint and brush, this stamp set creates the exact same look without the fuss!

I experimented with the stamp a bit before I came up with my layout. I started by stamping the brush strokes in various yellow/orange inks first, and for a second I thought I created a fiery look on accident. I knew I wanted to work with the Kind of Corny set to create a fall inspired card, but it looked like I was cooking the corn so I had to rethink LOL. So I started again this time stamping the brush strokes in various green inks.

It just so happened that PTI released a series of Brushed Off dies that coordinated with this older stamp set so well, so I used the Brushed Off: Rectangle Die in my project today. I die cut my background with this rectangle die. But as I was playing around with the pieces and the yellow one that I thought I was going to throw away, I came up with layout to have brush strokes going in opposite directions. It gave it an interesting look!

I die cut my carrots and then stamped all the layers. I used a sponge dauber to add gradients of inks into my stamped image, which is something I always enjoy doing to add a more depth to my images (since I’m not coloring!). I adhered my carrot bunch with foam tape and then added a little bow with baker’s twine.

It was a bit experimental but that’s the fun process of creating and crafting! Hope this inspires to rethink some older sets or even play around with changing up backgrounds to create my interest. Until next time!



My Favorite Things

MFT September Card Kit Release

This month’s My Favorite Things September Card Kit called Snow Globe Card Kit is now available in the MFT store! I have one last chance to share some ideas with this kit as I’m pretty sure it’ll sell out before I have another chance to!

The Snow Globe Card Kit is pretty awesome, but along with this month’s kit let’s not forget the Free with $60 Die-namics that is also released called Joy! I think the kit is just shy of the $60, but with a purchase of a stamp set, or some refills for your cratfty supply needs, you can easily qualify for this beautifully written ‘joy’ sentiment die!

Joy Die-namics #mftstamps

Rather than make a scene in my snow globe, I showcased the joy sentiment. I die cut the word once on white card stock and once on white craft foam and layered them together. Next, I really wanted the ‘joy’ to shine so for my background Radiating Rays stencil and blended the dye ink colors Bubblegum and Spearmint. A pastel Christmas! After I removed the stencil, I used the same colors to gently blend the same colors from outside in. The background was finished off with some Die-namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges top and bottom.

For my shaker, I used the same dye ink colors and again blended the Bubblegum to Spearmint on a separate white card stock to sit as my background behind the ‘joy’. This was die cut with the dome shape from the Snow Globe Die-namics. Then, I adhered ‘joy’ directly onto the piece, filled up the dome shaker pouch with sparkly senquins and sealed it up.

Finally, I die cut the dome shape out of my radiating background to give a shaker pouch a spot to sit. I sandwiched everything together and glued it down to my base card, vertically centered.

Lastly, I heat embossed the ‘season’s greetings’ in silver onto white card stock and die cut the base of the snow globe. This was adhered last with foam tape. JOY! This wrap ups my posts for the Snow Globe Card Kit. I really hope you enjoy each one of them! Be sure to also check out other projects by participating design team members listed on the MFT Blog. There are tons of inspiration and insanely creative cards!

The Snow Globe Card Kit is now available in the MFT Store in limited quantities! Shove them into your cart before they sell out because they do sell out fast, Good luck and hope I see your beautiful creations with this kit on social media!


My Favorite Things

MFT September Card Kit Countdown Day 1

Welcome back to the My Favorite Things September Card Kit Countdown Day 1! Less than a day from release! This is such an adorable kit and you know what fits perfect in the snow globe? The BB Bitty Bears! I’ve seen so many of you on social media sharing your coloring skills with this new set so I thought it be great to showcase the globe with these cute bears in today’s post!

If you missed yesterday’s September Card Kit post, check it out here. I’ve also featured the BB Bitty Bears in my previous posts here and here. Now for today’s feature project, I combined the September Card Kit with the BB Bitty Bears for a clean and simple design.

As with all my projects, I always start with the coloring. I stamped my bitty bears with Chocolate Brown hybrid ink and colored them with copic markers. I then die cut the bears out with their coordinating dies. Next, I blended Blueprint Sketch distress ink onto white card stock from top to bottom, while lightening the pressure to create the gradient to white. I then sprayed water onto the blended background with water and also added ink splatter with the same ink.

I die cut the snow globe dome out of the background in the top center half. On the background piece that I die cut out, I added my bears and a layer of snow that I die cut out of white card stock using the slope die from the Scenic Snow Globe Die-namics from the kit. To assemble my shaker component together, I a little bit of snow into a Dome Shaker pouch then sealed it up with my background and bears with tape. Now that the shaker is done, I sandwich it into my card where the window is die cut.

And finally, I added the sentiment. I heat embossed ‘sweet winter wishes’ from the sentiment set in the kit onto Hot Fudge card stock, then die cut the base of the snow globe with the Snow Globe Die-namics. I adhered this piece right below the shaker portion with foam tape. Isn’t it adorable?

Hope you enjoy today’s projects and be sure to check out the MFT Blog for more inspirational projects for participating design team members. The kit will be available in the MFT Store on Tuesday, September 19th at 12am EST. These limited kits sell out fast so be ready!