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precious little one

Good morning!

Today I have a baby card to share with a sweet little elephant from Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Baby’s Circus stamp set.  My daughter wanted a shower card and her friend is expecting a boy so I went with blue!

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I also used the SNSS Banner dies to create my sentiment.  Some foam dots gave the card dimension.

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A few teeny rhinestones and a tiny button finished it off.

Thanks for popping in!  Happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Baby’s Circus; paper- white, SU! Bashful Blue; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Bashful Blue and Marina Mist; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Banner dies, Spellbinders Big Scalloped Squares Large, Copics, button, crochet thread, gemstones.

first birthday

Good morning!  Today I am sharing some cards on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  Here’s one that I made last month for a sweet little guy with a special birthday.

It seems so long ago that my own girls had their first birthday…I miss those days!  Time has passed so quickly. 

I used the Baby’s Circus and You’re A Star stamp sets, along with the Numbers dies to make my card.  The lion and stand are raised on foam dots.

Thanks for checking it out!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Baby’s Circus and You’re a Star; paper- white, red, Pebbles Americana; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Sweet ‘n Sassy Numbers dies, Copics, foam dots.

Elaina name frame

Good morning! Today it’s my turn to post on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog.  We are gearing up for another new release so be sure to check the store on Friday.  I think you’ll like it!  Today, though, I have a project to share that I recently made for a baby shower gift.  I used lots of Sweet ‘n Sassy products to create a fun name frame to match the baby’s nursery décor. 

This is one of those projects that looks much cuter in person!  It’s so hard to photograph without getting a glare from the glass and it’s difficult to see the dimension with embossing and foam dots.  I have a few close ups to see it better.

The nursery is decorated with owls, so I used the Owl Be Here stamp set.  I didn’t have a die large enough for the size of branch I needed so I cut my own.  Then I embossed it with a woodgrain embossing folder and sponged it with ink.

The flowers were diecut with the SNSS Kindness dies and accented with the Small Leaves.  I also diecut the Clouds and Sun with SNSS dies and the sun was accented with one of the Stars Dies.  The butterfly is from the Majestic Monarchs dies and the banner flags are from the Pennants & More dies.  Lastly, I added a single heart from the Heart Dies.

One of my favorite parts is the embossed clouds!

Besides owls, the nursery has some paisley so I made sure to add a paisley cloud.  I couldn’t help but to sneak in some tiny embossed hearts too!

I hope this inspires you to create some framed art of your own.  I sure had fun creating this one!  I almost changed my name so I could keep it.  😉

Have a blessed week, friends!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Owl Be Here; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Pistachio Pudding, Early Espresso; Bazzill- Sea Salt, Basic Grey- Bittersweet, MME- Happy Day; ink- SU! Crumb Cake, Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry, Pixie Pink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Chalk marker; accessories- SU! Woodgrain embossing folder, Copics, Cuttlebug D’vine Swirl, Perfectly Paisley, and Love Language embossing folders, Cuttlebug Olivia dies, baker’s twine, Scor-Tape, dimensionals, buttons, adhesive rhinestones. Sweet ‘n Sassy dies: Clouds & Raindrops, Stars, Wish You Were Here, Hearts, Pennants & More, Small Leaves, Kindness, Majestic Monarchs.

precious little one

The Week 4 Ribbon Carousel Crew has some inspiration on the RC Blog today.  This month’s theme is Celebrations.  There’s still time to play so be sure to check it out for a chance to win a Ribbon Carousel!

A card can be created for any type of celebration and since I needed a card for a sweet baby boy that was born, I made a baby card.

After the main image was colored and matted, I punched a slot for some ribbon to slide through.  I used the Sweet ‘n Sassy Baby’s Circus stamp set… isn’t it precious?  And the sketch for this card is from The Sweet Stop.

Hop over to the Ribbon Carousel blog and see the other cards the Crewmates created!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Baby’s Circus; paper- white, Baja Breeze, DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, SU! Slit punch, ribbon.

baby frame

This past weekend I attended a relative’s baby shower.  Along with the purchased gifts, I also made a framed 12 x 12 page that coordinated with her baby bedding.

When I found out that she was using the Trend Lab Baby Barnyard bedding, I searched online and found these pics for inspiration…Then I found a pic with fabric squares that are used in the bedding…score!  I used it to make my own patterned paper.  :)

The papers were carefully laid out and diecut with my Big Shot Pro and the Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die.  Then I used various Paper Smooches stamp sets for all of the animals…I just think they are so cute and match pretty well to the bedding.  The barn is from an old SU! set.  I added some Judikins “straw” to the barn and popped up the cow’s nose.  The words were inspired by a scrap page title I saw…I thought they would go perfectly with the puzzle die.

I also popped up the puppy’s feet and added the animal sound words to coordinate with the sheet in the bedding.

This was a lot of fun to create and I hope it matches the room well since I haven’t actually seen the bedding in person.

Thanks for stopping in and I hope this inspires you to create some wall art of your own!

stamps- Paper Smooches- Chubby Chums, Alphadot, Green Acres, and Party Posse, SU! On The Farm; paper- Creamy Caramel, Gable Green, Bashful Blue, white, kraft; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Gable Green, Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Brown Marvy LePen; accessories- Sizzix Bigz Pro Puzzle Page die, Copics, ribbon, Magnolia Romantic Tag and Lovely Fence dies, dimensionals, buttons, Judikins Straw Speckles, SU! flower brad, C.C. Designs grass border die, MFT Wonky Scallop Border die, PTI Cloud dies, SU! Oval punch, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale dies, heart punch, computer font- PeggyFont.

sent from above

Happy Wednesday!  Today I have a little baby gift bag that I decorated with the sweet Tina Wenke image called Sent From Above

It is so easy to turn a plain gift bag into something special with your stamps and papers.  Here I used various dies and some doodling to make it unique.  

The image was colored with Promarkers and then I added some clouds in the background with pastels (chalks).  I used the top of the SU! cupcake punch as a cloud template.  The pictures don’t show it, but I added some Crystal Effects to the shine on the balloon and the baby’s bottle to create a glossy 3D accent.

Here’s a close up…

If you haven’t decorated a gift bag yet, you should give it a try!  I’m sure the recipient would love it!  :0)

stamp- Tina Wenke Sent From Above by Stampavie; paper- white, Bashful Blue, black, DCWV Nana’s Nursery Baby Boy; ink- Memento Black, Micron pen; accessories- SU! Build-A-Cupcake punch, SU! Pastels, gift bag, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale, button, thread, Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles and Heart Circles, Promarkers, pop dots, PaperTrey Ink clouds and Edgers #2, Crystal Effects.

cute as a bug

I had a fun day today…shopping with a friend!  :0)  But before we were shopping, we met up with another friend who is expecting a baby very soon.  I missed her shower and wanted to deliver a gift.  Along with the purchased items, I wanted to make a little something handmade.

Here is what I came up with.  I wasn’t sure if it would be a boy or girl so I was hoping this would be ok either way. 

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I was really pleased that the Copics worked well on the frame.  Just like on fabric, they did not blend well…but there was very minimal bleeding of the color. 

The tiny black background dots were made with a stamp that has a row of dots.  I just kept inking only the first dot. 

And here’s a matching card to go with it…the words here and on the frame are from AmyR’s new Baby Sentiments.

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And I snapped a quick pic of the inside so you can see the verse (also from Amy’s set).  I love this sentiment!

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stamps- Gingersnaps Oh Baby! and Fairy Junebug (dots) by C.C. Designs, AmyR Baby Sentiments; paper- Real Red, white, black, dp- Making Memories; ink- Memento Black; accessories- frame, Copics, Stickles, circle punches, ribbon, Martha Stewart Scalloped Dot punch.

a turtle shower

Loooong post today! I have several pics to share of the baby shower I helped with. The mom is decorating the room with turtles so we went right along with the turtle theme! The Pond Life set from C.C. Designs came in handy here.

Remember the onesies I stamped a few weeks back? I also made this one…
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…and we hung them all on a line at the shower for decoration…

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Then I made some little gift bags for the winners of the baby games (everyone seemed to enjoy playing along!).  These were filled with some Ghirardelli chocolates and flower bulbs. 

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Next I made some cupcake toppers…

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And then I was inspired from a link shared by JulieHRR (to make tiny cookie buttons).  I made mine from fondant instead.  I used a tiny circle cutter to cut them out and then made the holes with a Wilton frosting tip…

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Here’s the cupcake tree…it was a group effort.  My SIL baked them, my MIL filled and frosted them, DD rolled the edges in sugar crystals and I put the decorations on.  Not professionally made but definitely made from the heart!  ♥

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I decided to also make some peppermint patty favors…and finally got my Cricut out of the box to cut the large flowers and leaves!  The peppermint patties are sandwiched between the turtle toppers and the flowers.

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Gotta love those after Easter sales when you need a cute basket to put them in!

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This was my card and it was already shared but I thought I’d add it here again with the rest of the pics….

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And last pic today….I made a quick set of coordinating thank you cards for the mom…

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We had a fun day…now I can’t wait to meet the new little one!

various supplies used:

C.C. Designs Pond Life, AmyR sentiments and SU! incentive stamp, Copics, Cuttlebug Baby #2 die, Martha Stewart grass and tulip punches, buttons, ribbon, brads, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots and Baby folders, Big Scalloped Squares Nestabilities.

sweet new baby boy

Happy Monday!  Today All That Scraps is previewing 2 sets of words by Amy Rysavy…Big Words and Handy Additions.  I combined both sets to make the sentiment here…

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This card is for an upcoming baby shower and I’ll have some more pics of that later.  The mom is obviously expecting a boy and has planned a turtle theme for the nursery.  Amy’s words were a perfect addition…I love the fonts she chose!

More samples can be found here.  Have a fabulous day!

stamps- Pond Life and AmyR Big Words & Handy Additions by C.C. Designs; paper- Bashful, white; ink- Bashful, Celery, Navy, Memento Black; accessories- Cuttlebug Baby folder and die, button brads, Big Scalloped Squares Nestabilities, ribbon.

baby onesies / Copics on fabric tutorial

Happy Monday!  :0)  Today I have a tutorial for you on how to stamp on baby onesies and color them with Copics.

I made these onesies for a baby shower using the Baby Bunnies from All That Scraps.  It really is quick and easy…and lots of fun!  So let’s get started…

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Supplies needed:

onesies, cardboard / paper scraps, permanent ink (discussed below), stamps, iron, Copic markers.

First you need to wash and dry the onesies (or any other fabric you use) to remove the sizing.  (Sizing is the process manufacturers use to make the fabric stiff)  This will help keep your inks from fading.

Next, iron the fabric so you have a smooth surface to work on and a nice finished product.

After you have ironed the shirt, slip a piece of cardboard inside to make a harder surface to stamp on and also to prevent your ink from bleeding through to the back of the shirt.  I also slipped a piece of white paper inside.

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Next, stamp your image using a permanent ink.  Make sure that your stamp is well inked for good coverage.

If you are planning to color it in with Copic markers, then Brilliance or Memento work well.  If you are using a solid image or don’t plan to color with Copics, then Stazon inks work great too.  Just remember to not use Stazon inks along with the Copic markers as they are not compatible.

After stamping the image, let it dry and then heat set the ink with your iron about 5 seconds.

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Now you are ready to color.  Coloring on fabric with Copics is not quite the same as coloring on paper.  You don’t have the smooth, fluid movement with the marker as you do on paper.  And it isn’t as easy to blend your colors, so if you want to use different shades together, I’d suggest keeping your numbers as close as possible.

When working on fabric, you need to start in the middle of the space you are coloring or at least stay away from the lines until you see how far the ink will spread.  The fabric will wick the ink and if you color too close to the line, it will seep over it.  It’s not difficult, just be careful.  You can go back and fill it in if needed.  If you want to try it, you might be able to iron the image as you color and the heat would hopefully help dry the ink faster, therefore reducing the amount it spreads.

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Here is my finished image….I heat set it once again when I was done.

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And here’s a pic of all three bunny tees….

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Variations:

You can also add buttons, beads, stitching, ribbon, etc.  But I chose to leave them plain…I think those accessories would look much cuter for a girl.  ;0)

Fabric paints can also be used but I would suggest applying them with a stencil and a brush to get a thinner layer.  Fabric paints tend to dry hard and stiff, crack and peel over use and will stick on itself when folded.  Not something you want on your baby’s soft skin.

Fabric markers would be a good alternative to the Copics.  Be sure to test them before applying to your project.