Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Altering Stencils + Oodles of Cats!

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I played around a bit last weekend with cool versus warm greys with just a pop of color and I really liked it! This adorable set has all the cats facing away from you, which - let's face it - that's typical - and I love their artistic shapes and the stacks of books. So I die cut the main image with the matching dies  four times and then just replaced three of the cats, gluing them over the top of the kitty that's part of the image - on my card that's the second kitty, but you can barely tell! I love it so much! The sentiment is part of this set and it has matching dies.

Living in Monarch country, I had to try something with this beautiful new stencil. I ink blended the orange and yellow areas through the stencil, but then I used my Copic brush multiliner to color the white areas black! I was squeeing a bit when I started to see how it looked - so dramatic.

Then I found out that the circle die from the scalloped frame dies set cuts out the butterfly insert die with that teeny border AND cuts a little ring too - I thought about cutting a second ring in orange or yellow but I ended up just piecing the ring it cut back in, lining up the stripes - but it does open up some possibilities for bordering that butterfly insert die! The sentiment is from the same set and dies as above. The sequins are from this mix

I missed the Mars thing because I was freezing to death in my house with no running water, but if I had not been - I so would have made this card! This image is so joyful and fun! I blended Distress Oxides  after masking the image, then spattered it with both water and pen white ink for a galaxy.

Omitting is such a simple way to make a clean & simple card. This floral image is from a large, round wreath - and would be a dream to color, but I wanted a more subdued, vintagey look, so I just used part of the image at the top of the card - it has a bunch of different kinds of flowers like a floral arrangement and I thought it had a fun antique vibe. Then I took a slimline sentiment die and used it stacked instead on an A2 card just in black for simplicity. I think this flower image would make pretty wedding cards or invites.

Here are all the supplies I used today:
Cats are Family – Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Cats are Family Coordinating Die –...
[ PFS ]
Fancy Daily Sentiments – Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
Fancy Daily Sentiments Coordinating...
[ PFS ]
Slim Line Die Cutting System -...
[ PFS ]
Slim Line Details of a Wing Stencil –...
[ PFS ]
Slim Line Die Cutting System -...
[ PFS ]
Dance Mode On – Picket Fence Studios
[ PFS ]
Beautiful Girls Flower Wreath –...
[ PFS ]
Slim Line 7" Happy Birthday Word Die...
[ PFS ]
Purple-Rita Sequin Mix – Picket Fence...
[ PFS ]
Copic Multiliner SP Pen - Set of 10 |...
[ BLIC ]
Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleedproof White |...
[ BLIC ]
404 Not Found - Concord & 9th
[ C&9 ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #3...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #1...
[ CTC ]
Understand Blue Card Making Bundle #2...
[ CTC ]
My Sweet Petunia
[ MSP ]
Pre-Cut & Scored Cardstock
[ CTC ]
Sakura CLASSIC WHITE Fine Line 05...
[ SSS ]
Art Anthology BIG CRAFT MAT 24x36 311473
[ SSS ]
Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- White
[ GNK ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ MSP | HA | SSS | ELH | MFT | UNT ]
Rotatrim Professional Series Cutter -...
[ BLIC ]
LightView 2in1 LED Magnifier for...
[ BRG ]
Mudder 10 Pack White Buffer Sanding...
Teflon Bone Folder - Ellen Hutson LLC
[ ELH | SSS ]
Crafter's Companion GEMINI...
[ SSS ]
Scor-Pal MINI SCOR-BUDDY Scoring...
[ SSS ]
Storage Envelopes, Medium 25pk,...
[ ELH ]
CheckOutStore Stamp & Die Clear...
[ CHC ]
Extra Large -50 pk, Avery Elle Stamp...
[ ELH ]
Mermaid tidy towel case and glue...
[ ETS ]
Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045
[ SSS | CST ]
Airtable: Organize your stamps & dies
[ ART ]

In other news, I don't know if it was the meteor or what, but my cats have been TERRIBLE for the past few nights and I am so tired.

Just constant fighting and meowing and weirdness. It's not even the full moon so I have no clue what is happening, but I don't like it. I'm glad I don't operate heavy machinery at work because I would be a danger to myself and others, that's for sure.

I'm sending off my Summer Camp projects today - are you all signed up? If so, I hope you get sorted into my cabin, because there's a few fun surprises ahead!


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  1. Just too clever for words! Looking at my stencils in a whole new way now. <3

  2. These cards are great. I love that you colored in the butterfly wing with black, it's stunning!

  3. I love all the cards...that butterfly card is a STUNNER!!! I’ve learned so much from you Lydia, I’m grateful...big hugs.


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