Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy "BIRTH" day, Henry!!

What the what?!! I can't believe it's Thursday . . . and that it's July already!! This year is flying by, I tell ya!! Oh . . . here's something cool . . . it's time for a new challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!!

Our very talented and lovely Design Teamie, Franz, is hostess . . . and she's chosen a "boy" theme . . .

"Birthday for a Boy"

And here's what I came up with . . .
OK . . . so here's the deal . . . several weeks ago, my husband's daughter and her hubby welcomed their sweet little boy into the world!! Henry is our 7th grandchild . . . but only our 2nd grandson! So I wanted to make something really special for Henry's "BIRTHday"!!! (I'm just a few week's late with this . . . but, hey, I made it before he turned ONE!! That's pretty dang good for me!! LOL!)

Sooooooo . . . this isn't a card . . . it's a little something for Henry's room! Henry's dad plays bass guitar in a band . . . so Mo's little "Future Rock Star" image absolutely fit the bill, so to speak!! You can find this cutie HERE in Mo's online store!!

Here's a view of the framed creation . . . (I used a "Shadow Box" frame from my local craft store!) . . .
My "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on "Cryogen" Metallic White Cardstock
Kraft paper (my stash)
DPs: "Little Boy Blue" by Crate Papr
"Scrabble Tiles" printed off the internet
Denim paper, eyelets, ribbon, & charm: My stash
Wonky Rectangle dies: Nestabilities
Shin Han & Copic markers; pencils

Copic Markers used to color this cutie . . . 
Blues: B93, 91, 000
Reds: R29, 27, 24, 22, 21
Blacks/greys: C9, 7, 5, 3, 1, 0

Skin Colors . . . 
Shin Han YR 133 & 132
Copic E21, 000, 0000
Shin Han R139 for cheeks

Hair Colors
Copic E23, 21, YR20

And here's a picture of little Henry . . . with his very proud grandpa!!
Please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by Franz and the rest of my talented DT sisters! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "Birthday for a Boy" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Thursday, June 26, 2014

It's a "Girl's World" at Mo's!!

Happy Thursday!! Guess what? Just a little more than 6 months 'til Christmas!! aacck!! Now, having said that, you'd think I'd have made a Christmas (or at least a "winter") card for this fortnight's challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! Au contraire! I did not! hehe!

My very sweet and talented DT sister, Mau, is our hostess . . . and she's chosen a very "girly" theme . . .

"It's a Girl's World!"

And here's what I came up with . . .
This very clean & simple little card features a sweet little Mo Manning image called Summer Girl!! You can find her HERE in Mo's online store!! There's also a "Summer Boy" image HERE . . .and two ethnic images HERE and HERE.

Here's a close-up of this cutie . . .

And a side view . . .
My Card "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on "Bee" White Cardstock
Kraft paper (my stash)
Digital DPs: "Sandcastles" by Mary Frances for Nitwits
Sentiments, twine, ribbon, brads: My stash
Oval & Scalloped dies: Nestabilities
Oceana Border die: Memory Box
Ultra-fine "Sand": Flower Soft
Shiny gel on lenses & popsicle: Glossy Accents
Shin Han & Copic markers; pencils

Copic Markers used to color this cutie . . . 
Blues: B26, 23, 21, 14, 00
Reds: R24, 22, 21, 20, 01
Yellows: Y38, 35, 32

Skin Colors (these are my "go to" skin colors) . . . 
Shin Han YR 133 & 132
Copic E000, 0000, & a little E13 for darkest shadows
Shin Han R139 for cheeks

Hair Colors (these are my "go to" hair colors)
Shin Han BR 95, 97, 107
Copic E15, YR20

Here's a peek at the inside . . . 

And . . . one more, sort of "artsy" angle . . . 
Please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by Mau and the rest of my talented Design Teamies! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "It's a Girl's World" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

"Tent Card" Tutorial...

Hey there!! So nice of you to stop by for a visit!! Today I have a fun little tutorial for you . . .  it's sort of my version of a "Tent Card". . .using Mo Manning's very sweet "Elke and Bear" image . . . available HERE in Mo's store. So . . . let's get started, shall we?

First, you'll want to gather your supplies. Here's what I've pulled together to get started:

  • Cardstock . . . my cards are always 5.5" x 5.5" . . . so I started with a piece of cardstock measuring 5.5" x 11".
  • You'll also need a smaller piece of cardstock measuring 5.5" x 4".
  • Designer papers of your choice.
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities (or other cutting dies of your choice). For this card I used Square & Lacy Square dies.
  • Tape (I always use Sookwang (a.k.a. Score-tape) and glue. 
  • And, of course, scissors, markers, embellishments, etc.
  • Score the larger piece of cardstock it at 5.5" and fold (so that you have a 5.5' x 5.5" card base).
  • Next . . . score the smaller piece lengthwise at 1" . . .  2" . . .  and 3". Then fold into "valley and mountains". 
  • Now . . . and this can be tricky . . . you're going to want to secure this to your 5.5" x 5.5" folded "tent" . . . take a close look at this photo . . . you'll want to turn it over so that the "peak" of the mountain is in the middle . . . 
  • Here we go . . . do you see how the peak of the mountain is pointing up towards the peak of your tent? That's how it should look. Now tape or glue one side only (we'll do the other side later) into place on the inside of the "tent" card . . .  
  • Are you still with me? Now comes the easy & fun parts! Cut your Designer papers at slightly smaller than 5.5" square so that you can layer . . . and decide where you want the "window" to go. I centered mine (more or less!) . . . 
  • And run it through your cutting machine . . . 
  • Now . . . secure your DPs to one another . . . 
  • And secure the layers DPs to the front of your tent card!
  • I always like to add a little border to my "window" . . . so I used a Lacy Square die one size larger than the window . . . and placed the die I used for the "window" centered in the middle like this . . . 
  • Then I ran it through my cutting machine! Next I simply assembled the pieces around the "window" of my card like this . . . 
  • Next . . . decorate the inside. For this one I layered coordinating DPs to the inside of the "tent" . . . 
  • . . . you'll see this through the "window" when you're card is done!
  • Next . . . "fussy cut" your colored image (I'm "old school" . . . I still use a scissors!) . . . 

  •  . . . and secure the image to the "window". I just glued this one into place . . . but you could use twine or little metal rings to make your image "swing" in the window.
  • Next . . . simply finish taping/gluing your little "mountain & valley" cardstock to the inside of the tent.


  • Here's how it will look when you're done securing the smaller piece of cardstock. Remember . . . mountain peak UP!
  • Now . . . add sentiment, embellishments, etc. And . . . VOILA! A cute little "Tent Card"!!
I hope you've enjoyed this little tutorial. If you have questions, please email me at BabyNurseVA@aol.com. Until next time . . . 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A New Challenge at Mo's

Hellooooooooo!! And a very happy Thursday to you!! It's time for another fun challenge at Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog!! My very sweet and talented DT sister, Nela, is our hostess . . . and she's chosen a perfect theme for this time of year (this time of year North of the equator, that is!) . . .

"Summer Flowers!"

And here's what I came up with . . .

A little "Tent Card" . . . featuring a darling Mo Manning image called Elke and Bear!! You can find her HERE in Mo's online store!! Isn't she precious?! Here's a side-ish view . . .

My Card "Recipe" . . .
Image printed on Cryogen White Cardstock
Very Vanilla Cardstock: Stampin' Up
DPs: "True Love" by Basic Grey
Sentiment: Inky Antics
Twine & pearls: My stash
Classic & Lacy Square dies: Nestabilities
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Shin Han & Copic markers; pencils

Copic Markers used to color this cutie . . . 
Greens: G46, 43, 40, 28, & 20
Peachy colors: R22,21,20, 00
Dark pinks: R89, 85, 83, 81
Tree fruit: YR 68, 65, 61
Browns: E35, 34, 31, 30

Skin Colors (these are my "go to" skin colors) . . . 
Shin Han YR 133 & 132
Copic E000, 0000, & a little E13 for darkest shadows
Shin Han R139 for cheeks

And . . . one more pic . . . 
Please be sure to pop on over to Mo's DP2 Challenge Blog to check out the fabulous projects created by my talented Design Teamies! Then, please join us for this fortnight's "Summer Flowers" challenge!

Oh,  and don't forget, Mo is awarding (selected at random) one $5.00 shopping spree at her online store for every 25 challenge participants! What an easy and fun way to get some new Mo images, right?!

I'll be back next week with a new Tent Card Tutorial!! See you soon!! Hugs . . . .

Monday, May 19, 2014

Tutorial: Twisted Easel Card

Hello everyone!! I thought I'd post a little tutorial on how I make "Twisted Easel" cards. They're super easy . . . and fun . . . and so much fun to give and receive!! Be forewarned . . . there are LOTS of pics!! OK . . . So . . . here we go . . .
  1. Gather supplies. For this card, I'm using Mo Manning's "Ruby" available HERE in Mo's online store.
  2. I always make my cards 5.5 x 5.5 inches square. (If you prefer 6 x 6" cards, just adjust accordingly.) You'll need two pieces of card stock. One that is 5.5 x 11 inches. The other that is 5.5 x 5.5 inches. Take the larger of your two pieces and score it at 5.5 inches. Fold this in half. 
  3. Now comes the tricky part. Open up your folded card stock. Decide which way you want your card front to face . . . and score one side of your card from corner to corner (on the diagonal) . . . 
  4. Fold on the diagonal. (Are ya with me so far? Great!!) . . .
  5. You've just created your Twisted Easel Card "base"! See? Cool, huh?! Now I set that aside. Don't worry, we'll come back to it momentarily . . . 
  6. Next . . . I begin decorating the front of my card. So, take the 5.5 x 5.5 inch square piece of card stock and decorate just like you would any other card front! (NOTE: I always use Score Tape/Sookwang Tape when assembling my cards.)
  7. Here's the front of my card . . . semi-decorated! (I'll add more shortly. You'll see!) . . . 
  8. Now you'll want to attach the front of your card. This is the crucial step!! . . . 
  9. Once again, check to be sure you know which way you want your card front to face. Then position your partially decorated card front to the appropriate corner of your base. Double check before securing to base!! . . . 
  10. It should look like this when you've completed this step! . . . 

  11.  Next I decorate the card base . . . often times I'll even decorate the inside and back surfaces (this mostly depends on whether or not I can find matching/coordinating papers!) . . . 
  12. Here's how it looks from the front . . . 
  13. Next . . . I attach the sentiment on the base using foam dimensionals. They raise the sentiment up a bit so it can act as a "door stop" for the folded top of the card! Soooooo clever, eh?!
  14. Okey dokey!! Time to add my colored image and embellish! This is my favorite part!!
  15. Here's what this cutie looks like from the other side . . .
  16. And, last but not least, an "artsy" angle . . .
And there you have it! A darling little "Twisted Easel" card!! I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial . . . and I hope you'll try making one of these (if you haven't already!) Thanks so much for stopping by! See you soon! Hugs . . . .