We all maybe stuck home, but hopefully you all have some type of tree that blooms in the spring. I am still awaiting my gorgeous Tulip tree to bloom even though it makes such a mess. I found a few blooms yet, but I think the late freeze and constant storms have caused it not to live up to its glory this year. But I had 4 other trees (apple and unknown) share their beauty. Spring is one of my favorite seasons and the birds singing and new babies warm my heart. I got my calf fix in via Facebook from my friend Sarah. She had a Maybelline number two born this spring (white with black eyeliner) and if she grows up anything like Maybelline, she will be another beauty.
Meet Magnolia…since Sarah did not name her yet.
Did you know?
Did you know traditionally cattle producers only bred their cows to calf in the spring? But with better management practices and milder climates, producers in the south can now have calves born in the fall and spring, thus I will hopefully be able to get my fix again this fall. Also, a cow carries her calf for 305 days and then is usually rebred 30-90 days after giving birth. A baby girl calf is called a heifer (a female that has not had a baby) and male calf is a bull calf (daddy). A lot of boy calves are castrated before they are weaned and then are called steers. Most steers are raised for those yummy steaks we eat.
But back to my Magnolia Blooms…which is carrying over into the new catalog. I designed my April class to go with the Magnolia Bundle and Bulk DSP. I will give directions to the two cards I made in my Facebook Live class, but if you would like the full PDF for all the cards please email me and it is only $5. I am still learning how to make videos, post to different outlets and then create my online store so please bear with me.
Card Base: A2 White; side fold.
Mat: Magnolia bloom DSP: 5.25” x 4”. Adhere to card base.
Mat: White: 5”x3.75”.
Brush down white mat with embossing body.
Stamp with Versamark ink the large magnolia flower. Make sure to line up just right to fit onto the mat. I used a Misti or Stampartus to do this.
Emboss in Gold Embossing Powder.
Use circle die or punch (mine was 2.75”) to cut out the majority of the flower part. The size of die or punch is up to you as it’s how much of the flower you want to highlight.
Color only the die cut image out with Stampin Blends (I used Flirty Flamingo and Mossy Meadow sets).
Emboss white mat (not image) with Subtle folder if desired.
Adhere white mat to DSP (card front).
Use dimensionsals or foam tape to pop up circle. Be careful to line-up to match mat.
Stamp sentiment on provided die-cut oval and adhere with dimensionsals.
Embellish as desired.
Casey’s Take on the Spotlight Technique
Within the class every card has a circle within the design to bring forward the focal point. But in this design I made a one-sheet wonder card and used the “Swirly Frames” to make gold highlighted spotlights in my design.
Circle Easel Card:
Card Base: Start with A2 Side Fold in White. Use a 4.25” circle and offset on fold to leave a little bit for the fold (watch Facebook video if you do not know how to align die). Score top fold in half for the easel component.
Early Espresso Mats: 4.25” and 4” circle.
White Mat: 3.75” circle; cut in half and adhere to inside brown mat at top to write or stamp sentiment.
One Sheet Wonder Mat: 4”. Adhere to 4.25” brown circle. Adhere to only bottom half of top of card base (if you put adhesive all over it will not be an easel card). Note: watch my video for how I designed my sheet and made a spotlight with gold embossing powder.
Die cut floral image out of dies in magnolia suite…bottom layer in petal pink, top layer and leaves in gold foil. Assemble and pop up with dimensional on inside of card. (It must have a dimensional or height to the image to help the easel layer stand up).
Die cut out sentiment frame (wild rose bundle) in petal pink and stamp with petal pink for a tone on tone look with large magnolia flower.
Die cut mom or other word in small letters in gold foil. Adhere to sentiment frame; attach sentiment frame with dimensionsals to card front.
Tie bow in petal pink ribbon and adhere with glue dot on top of card front.
Embellish as desired.
My May class kit with be using the Sail Away Suite. The classes are a mix between designs and product shares. As long as I can still order the baker’s twine, trinkets and DSP I am taking orders for the kit now until May 10th. But you will get 3 each of Balmy Blue, Night of Navy and Soft Suede Cardstock, a half sheet of each of the DSP, 5 yards of twine, and 4 trinkets. You will receive directions for a minimum of 6 cards as well. My kits are $20 plus shipping. I also normally die-cut a lot of elements for you if you don’t have a big shot or the dies (especially if they are not part of the bundle). If you are interested please email me and if you want to order the bundle before the 10% discount goes away please visit my shopping site and the item number is 151066. Please use the May hostess code (QBDJ7QBW) to help us earn May Door Prizes from the new catalog!
Even though I am an Independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator there is so many awesome stamps out there and companies. One company that speaks to my artistic and ethical soul is Hero Arts. Their business runs in a sustainable manner. As an animal scientist my ultimate goal is to care for my animals and our environment with care, love and ultimately in a sustainable manner. Every discovery I make or trial I design is to provide safe, nutritious food by using less. I want my animals to grow as fast and efficient as possible, because that means they are happy animals. One of the areas that I focus on in nutrition to do this is called enzymes, which help animals utilize their food more effectively.
Through my research and career, primarily with enzymes, I have been able to travel the world and meet some incredible people. Thus, when Hero Arts came out with their December 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit and coordinating release it spoke to me. I have connections all around the world with friends and colleagues that have the same passion about nature, animals and doing our part to protect our world. I plan to use their release to make special cards for my friends around the world. The first idea showcased in this post is for my friend Lisa as we have connected and supported each other as working mothers that want to advance their careers. I love the ability to work with other amazing women that have the same goals in life as me. If I learned anything over the last year is not to be afraid to connect to your colleagues and learn from each other. And yes, no matter where we live, we all face the same obstacles and need supportive friends and colleagues to be successful.
I wanted to be able to follow-up from my last blog and create 6 different cards from the same stamp set. I started out coloring the image with an assortment of alcoholic markers and then did the hard part and fussy cut out all of the images. What I like about stamps that I can color is that I can stamp a whole bunch of images and take a To-Go bag of images and markers. When I travel and need to unwind from a day of airports and planes or meetings I sit and color in my hotel room to relax and be able to fall asleep. Then I can come home and use the images to create some amazing cards.
Most of the papers and card stock I used in the designs are pieces I had precut from scraps or my chopped stash. Yes, I did not buy or use any supplies just for this project. I am a firm believer in using what you love and what you have. I am also working on my 2020 goal of spending less on my craft stash….wish me luck….hopefully my favorite paper art companies have terrible releases in 2020…LOL!
I used a background stamp from Spellbinders that I have had for awhile to emboss the Love background and embossed in gold, silver and black sparkle embossing powder. The blacked embossed background did not emboss 100% as I wanted it to because it was on a water color background that I made with Pigment Sprinkles (Stampin’ Up) and need to practice more on embossing on watercolor paper. I also used a heart embossing folder that I have had for quite sometime to make the contrasting pieces.
I used gems I had in my stash and also punched out small hearts and used crystal effects (from Stampin’ Up!) on the cards. I also used multiple layers of dimension with foam tape to create layering effects. Ultimately I wanted the globe to be the focal point and utilized a heart in the center to hopefully display my goal of unity around the world.
I hope you were inspired by my creations. I also hope in 2020 you connect with fellow crafters and friends to find strength to fight the good fight. In my next post I will share a little bit more on how we use enzymes in animal feeds (and human food even) and showcase another set of cards inspired by one of the many beautiful, brilliant, and inspiring women in my life.
Normally I have to use the word adaptable in my career and be very adaptable at times depending on the project. Working as an animal scientist in Innovation (A.K.A. Research and Development) I could be working on a farm, in a lab, presenting to a few or 100s of people, writing, running statistics…etc. I love the ability to have such a versatile role within animal agriculture and the fact that I can keep learning.
The same can be said about the stamp sets I buy for my second passion…card-making. I love being able to use the same stamp set for multiple techniques. Over the last year I have decided to teach techniques versus showcasing multiple stamp sets. And similar to my day job I spend free time in researching and perfecting my techniques to be able to offer the very best to my crafty friends in class.
Thus, the Breathtaking Bouquet may have not made it to center stage and has a small section in the new 2020 Occasions Mini Catalog, but it became my favorite in a hurry. I met to design 6 cards with this stamp set utilizing 6 different techniques, but I have also used it with watercolor paints and have an idea to use it with my Alcohol Inks and Distress Oxide Inks (a Christmas gift from my amazing husband). As I design cards for classes and now my new blog I also try to design outside of my comfort zone and chose colors and flare that doesn’t always match my personal style. You will find that I gravitate to nature and animals. Plus I enjoy natural color tones and find it hard to use bright and pastel colors, but I think this set of cards incorporate a little something for all styles.
Coloring with Alcohol Markers
Please stay tuned as I plan to create a You-tube channel and demonstrate the different techniques in a video format. If you would like class directions, kits, or this stamp set please email me at email@example.com comment below.