78 posts categorized "Laura"


Wed 02

Elegant Birthday
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I am always in need of a birthday card.  Luckily, the Spring Bunnies stamp and die set came with cupcakes, a balloon, a present, and a cake stand as well as sweet bunnies.  I chose to use the line of cupcakes from the set because I knew they would be fun to color.

To make the card, I stamped and cut out the cupcakes using Black Versafine ink and 140lb watercolor paper.  I colored the cupcakes with Zig Clean Color markers and softened the colors with a waterbrush.  To make the card more elegant, I used a clean design and layered everything onto some Circle Ivory handmade paper from Birch Press Design.  The pattern of the paper is embossed and has a pearlescent shimmer.  Here is a closeup to see shine of the paper better:


For extra sparkle, I added some sequins to the card and some Stickles to the cupcakes.








Tue 10

Lovely Lighthouse
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I was really excited about the new Lighthouse Collage die because I love anything nautical/beach related.  Lighthouses are fun to work with because they can really be used for any occasion.

For today's card, I used both the Lighthouse Collage as the Rolling Wave Collage.  The two dies are meant to together as well as separately for extra versatility.  The two dies also work with the other Memory Box Open Studio circle dies. 

To make the card, I cut out the lighthouse scene out of white cardstock and then colored the rays with a Y04 Copic marker and the lighthouse window parts with  Y14 and E53 markers.  The die comes with a solid lighthouse part, so I cut that out with black cardstock and then layered it behind the white lighthouse outline.

For the overlaying wave, I cut it from navy cardstock and again in medium blue cardstock and then pieced the two parts together to create a two-toned wave.

Finally, I added a piece of light blue cardstock behind my lighthouse collage, attached a white circle layer and attached a navy circle in the background.  Here is a closeup:


I hope everyone has a great day!







Sat 31

To the Moon and Back by Laura Fulcher

Greetings friends.  Memory Box has new celestial dies, and they were perfect for me to make a card for my mom.  I am sure I am not the only one who has a mom that says "I love you to the moon and back to them."

I first started by making some galaxy backgrounds.  After all, why not make several for future cards?

To make the backgrounds, I used a Ranger felt applicator and sponged various colors of alcohol inks onto Yupo paper.  Yupo is  synthetic paper that works really well with alcohol inks since the ink sits on top of the paper rather than absorbing into the paper.   I used various alcohol inks including inks from Ranger and my Copic refills.  It didn't matter that I mixed both brands on my Yupo.  Here is what they looked like:


Next, I sponged each of the papers with black Copic refills.  I tried my refill 100 (black) as well as the 110 (special black) and C9 (Cool Grey 9).  They all looked the same, so use whatever dark alcohol ink you have on hand.  Here are some of the backgrounds once they were sponged with black alcohol ink:


You get similar galaxy looks for all of the backgrounds, but you can see a hint of the first layer of color peeking through each of the black second layers.

Whenever I have seen people making alcohol ink galaxy backgrounds, they often splatter the black ink with watered down white acrylic paint to create stars.  Instead of doing that, I put some Copic blending solution into a spritz bottle and lightly spritzed each of the black cards to create the splatters.  I thought it worked really well.  You could also use blending solution from Ranger.  Another option is to try regular rubbing alcohol from the drug store.  I have had mixed results with rubbing alcohol and my alcohol inks.  Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.  I tend to use blending solution for consistent results.  In any case, rubbing alcohol works great for cleaning up any messes you might make with this project.

Here is a close up of the finished galaxy background on the card:


To finish the card, I cut out the rocket and moon using white cardstock and colored the pieces with Copic markers...  C3, Y13, R27, YR68 and stamped a sentiment from the new Outta this World clear stamp set.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!







Mon 26

Puppy Birthday Card
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but I love making dog and cat cards.  I tend to have a lot of animal lovers in my life, and pet cards are always well received.

For today's card, I paired the new Long Dachshund die along with the new Perky Puppy die.  They are so cute!  I wanted to make a scene with the two of them, so I added the speech bubbles from the mini Dog Gone clear set and a present from the Spring Bunnies clear set.

To decorate the die cut dogs, I cut them from white paper and then colored them with the following Copic markers:


To add a bit more of a decorative element, I mixed a couple of different strips of washi tape from Birch Press Design with varying patterns and colors (Block Pink Tape and Stripe Black Tape).  As a finishing touch, I added a saying from the Wishing You Sentiments clear set:


I hope that you have a wonderful week!







Fri 02

Bee Happy
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Today I wanted to show you the Intricate Bee die paired with a background made from the Honeycomb Square craft die.  I absolutely love using bees and butterflies on cards and tend to use them for just about every occasion.  For this particular card, I made it a "bee happy card" by using a "be mine" die and a "happy birthday" die.  I appreciate being able to get more out of my dies than just their intended uses.

To make the card, I cut out the bee and words from black cardstock (you need to cut out the word "be" twice to make "bee").  Next, I cut out the honeycomb three times to get it to fit across the card.  When I glued the honeycomb onto light yellow paper, I made sure to glue some of the inside hexagons onto the card to make it look more like honeycomb.  I glued dark yellow cardstock behind the bee wings and bee body to give it color.  As a final step, I added Glossy Accents to wings to give them shine and dimension.  Here is a closeup of the wings:


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!








Wed 17

Sending Llove
by Llaura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I absolutely love the new Llama Llove clear stamp set.  It has fun images to color as well as lots of coordinating "punny" sentiments.

For my card today, I wanted to use minimal coloring.  I stamped the clouds and llama with black Versafine ink onto 140lb watercolor paper.  Next, instead of coloring the entire sky, I added some bright blue watercolor paint around the cloud and used a waterbrush to fade the color to white.  For the ground, I gave the impression of ground with green watercolor paint instead of coloring a solid ground.  It takes a bit of practice to fade a color to white, but it is definitely worth it because it makes for quick and easy coloring. 

For the llama, I added a little grey watercolor paint to the body to give the impression of white fur.  I wanted the blanket to be brighter in color, so I colored each section directly with Zig Clean Color Brush markers.  Here is a closeup of the llama:


For an even faster card, you could leave off the clouds and simply add the llama with a little ground underneath.

Hope you try adding skies and grounds with a little watercolor paint!






Mon 08

New Release and Blog Blitz
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  On January 2nd, Memory Box had a new release of dies and two stamp sets in time for Valentine's Day and Spring.  Click the link above if you want to see the entire release.  This week we would like to share with you ideas for using the new items.  You will even have a chance to win prizes!

For my card today, I wanted to use the new Happy Penguin die because he makes me so happy.  The first step to make the card was to cut out the Stitched Circle Heartscape to create a fun background for Valentine's Day.  When you cut the die, this is what you get:


When you cut out the die, you get an open section for the sky as well as a stitched circle and tiny little heart openings.  The first time I ran the die through the machine, I used white paper.  I wanted a blue sky, so I ran the die through my machine a second time with blue cardstock to get a piece I could place in the circle opening.  To make the hearts red, I simply put a piece of red paper behind the heart openings.

Next I cut out the penguins.  When you cut out the penguins, you get tiny little pieces to make eyes and a nose. I suppose you could paper-piece them onto the card, but honestly, I think they are too small for that.  Instead, I colored a piece of paper with black and orange Copic splotches.  I then glued the splotches behind the eyes and nose so that the color showed through the openings cut by the die.  I also added a bit of grey Copic marker at the base of the penguins so that the white of the penguin bodies wouldn't blend into the white snow.  Here is a picture:


As a final touch, I added my sentiment as well as some Stickles under the penguins:


Want to win your own Happy Penguin?  Leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 14th by 11:59pm EST.  Normally one winner is chosen at random from the comments left, but today is my birthday and I am implementing designer privilege and deciding that two people will win the penguin die.  Be sure to stop by each day through Friday.  Designers will be sharing new ideas and there will be a prize offered each day.  Winners will be posted on this blog Monday, January 15th in the afternoon.  Good luck and I hope you are inspired!






Fri 05

Glitter Wavy Hearts
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  The latest release has lots of new heart designs just in time for Valentine's Day cards.  I chose to use the new Heart Swell die.  When you cut out the die, it looks like this:


Everything is still in one piece.  The open area is perfect to add patterned paper behind the opening of for paper piecing.  In my card, I created a background with watercolor paper and Distress Oxide inks.  First, I rubbed some Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber ink onto a nonstick craft sheet.  I spritzed the inks with water and then painted the colors onto my watercolor paper with a foam sponge paintbrush.  Here is the background:


Next, I placed some strong double-sided adhesive (Elizabeth Crafts) behind the heart openings and paper-pieced some gold and dark pink cardstock to make the hearts and sprinkled the whole thing with fine glitter (again from Elizabeth Crafts) so that the glitter stuck to all the open areas of tape.  Here is a closeup so that you can see the paper-piecing and the glitter:


The last step was to add a few Fairy Sparkle sequins from Birch Press Design.

Have a wonderful weekend!






Wed 03

Floral Thank You Cards
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  I don't know about you, but this time of year I need a lot of thank you cards.  I have been freezing lately, so I really wanted to make some Spring-themed cards instead of cold, wintery cards.  My cards became thank you cards, but they could have just as easily become cards for other occasions. 

For my post today, I wanted to share a trio of cards I made using the new Cheery Flower Collage die.  It is a floral circle window die, and I used the exact same layout for each card.  I simply changed the color of the Distress Oxide inks I used for the backgrounds.  I started each background with scraps of smooth 80lb white cardstock and sponged three colors of ink on top before splattering each background with water to create a splotchy look.  To finish each of the cards, I added a stitched circle frame around the floral window.  I thought the stitches added a nice embellishment to the card.  As a finishing touch, I added a sentiment from the Sentimental Iris clear set. 


Distress Oxide Inks used- Fossilized Amber, Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans.  Sentiment- Versafine Deep Lagoon


Distress Oxide Inks used- Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Seedless Preserves.  Sentiment- Versafine Satin Red


Distress Oxide Inks used- Twisted Citron, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet. Sentiment- Spanish Moss

The last thing I added to the card was mini epoxy stickers to the center of each of the flowers.

I hope everyone is staying warm!







Wed 20

Warm Wishes Mug
by Laura Fulcher


Greetings friends.  Christmas is almost upon us, so I thought it would be nice to pair one of the Cozy Mug dies with the Holly String die from Poppystamps.  I use the mug die for winter cards, but it is good for a Seasons Greetings card as well.  the nice thing is that the largest mug die actually fits a teabag, so it works well for cards that you want to make into a mini gift.

To make the card, I cut out a mug from kraft paper ad added a sentiment from the Playtime Elves stamp set.  The Holly String die is actually much longer than the top of the mug:


I cut the holly string out of olive colored cardstock and then colored the centers of the leaves with a darker green Copic marker.  To finish the card, I added some rhinestones and layered everything onto some holly patterned paper.

On a side note, I made more bunny ornaments from the Snowbunny Deep Edge die, so I thought I would show you other color variations from the post I made with the die.  I plan to make more bunnies (without the hat) in the Spring.  I love the versatility!


Have a great day!