Monday, July 21, 2014

IOU!

Mornin hens!!  Here's one last card I made for Lil' Chick's baby shower.  I made this card using my Silhouette Cameo.  I don't know what I would do without this machine.  It makes crafting such a breeze!  If you happen to be on the fence about buying the Silhouette Cameo, trust me - you won't be disappointed.  It's like no other cutter out there.  No cartridges to buy (or storing them) and you only purchase the images you want.  The images run about $.99 cents each, or you can get a subscription to the Silhouette on line store and get them even cheaper.  Seriously, my three favorite items in my craft room right now are my Mac, my Silhouette Cameo, and my Canon MG6220.  Honestly, it's the BEST printer I've ever had - and I've had plenty!  It will feed 110lb cardstock through with no issues at all.  It prints crisp and clean every time and I've never had a paper jam.  I've had it for 7 months now and finally replaced my first ink cartridge.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this printer!  But don't delay if you're interested in buying it.  This model is being discontinued and the newer models don't have the rear paper tray option.  The MG6220 can feed both from the tray underneath and from the rear tray if needed.  This is essential for printing on heavy cardstock.  It's one of four home printers recommended by cardstock companies.  If you're interested, I've put the links at the bottom of the post. 





Ok, so I began by printing the sentiment on the bottom of the card first and then I began decorating it.  I paper pieced the images cut with the Silhouette Cameo and added foam tape between a few layers for some dimension.  Nothing too fancy but I LOVE the way it turned out. 
The sweet baby boy DP is really old and I'm afraid all I had left was a half of a 12x12 sheet so I'm not sure of the company.  Using my printer, on the inside of the card I printed, "Pucker up, this is gonna take some time!"  Poor Lil' Chick, she's had such a rough time of it.  I feel so bad for her that she was so sick for the majority of her pregnancy.  And here I was only sick one day!  Bless her heart!  

Okee dokee, that's it for me today!  I hope you hens have a great day!  {{{hen hugs}}}Supplies: 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy Birthday Mary Beth!

Mornin' hens!  Today is the birthday of my boss' boss.  She's been giving me these subtle hints that she wants me to make her a card for her birthday.   Ummmm, subtle like in the staff meeting she says, "I wanna card from the Spotted Chick for my birthday!"  LOL!  Ya gotta love Mary Beth!!  She's original!!  {{{snort}}}


Anyhoo, I've been wanting to play with this background die since I received it a few weeks ago, so this was the perfect opportunity.  And who wouldn't LOVE this crazy hair bird??  OMG, she's hilarious!!  Ok, so I started by cutting out the all over die using white card stock and then I placed some coordinating pieces of cardstock behind the cut outs to accent the bird.  Next, I stamped the bird onto some Neenah Classic Crest CS and colored her with my Copics.  I fussy cut her out and then adhered her to the panel with a few dimensionals.  To finish, I added some coordinating washi tape to ground the image and added some Glossy Accents to her eyes.  Ain't she CUTE?  I hope she likes it!!  Okee dokee, that's it for me today.  I hope you hens have a great day and a wonderful weekend!!  {{{hen hugs}}}

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Silhouette Wall Art

Mornin' hens!  Here's a sign the DH and I made for Jaxon's nursery.  Lil' Chick told me she saw this poem on Pinterest and wanted to know if we could make her a sign for the nursery.  She wanted the sign to be navy with white letters.   To begin, the DH spray painted the background with navy paint.  The sign looks black in the photo but it's navy, I promise! However, after I cut the letters out of white paper (to make sure my sizing was correct) I realized that it needed a little pop of color.  So we decided to cut the word "heart" out of red vinyl instead.  All the lettering was done using my Silhouette Cameo and adhesive vinyl.  The sign is 24 x 30 and is going to look stunning in his room.  Okee dokee, that's it for me today.  I hope you hens have a great day!  {{{hen hugs}}}


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Thank You Cards

Mornin' hens!  I am so excited to show you these Thank You cards I made for Lil' Chick.  I gave these to her as one of her shower gifts.  I even included lined envelopes and personalized stamps.  OMG, I just LOVE how these turned out!

Ok, so I made two sets of cards for her with different designs.  The first set is for those gifts from the baby shower.  Since the shower theme was bumble bees, I decided to use a bumble bee as my image.  To start, I stenciled a light gray background onto each card applying the gray color more in the center and fading the color as I went out.  

I found this cute bee image in the Silhouette on line store and using my Silhouette Cameo, I cut the base layer from black cardstock and then cut the face and stripes from yellow cardstock.  I wanted the top layer of the wings to be vellum, but I also wanted them to lift up and I didn't want the adhesive to show through.  So, I welded a skinny bar between both wings, making them one piece, and then hid the bar (along with the adhesive) under the first yellow stripe.  I was so proud of myself for figuring that one out!! I know, it doesn't take much!  LOL!  Ok, so next I added a few details by giving the bee some pink cheeks with a Copic marker and adding some detail to the wings with a white marker.   Then I baked up some homemade black enamel dots and adhered them to the antenna. To finish, I stamped the sentiment below the bumble bee and rounded the two bottom corners.

Next up is the second set of Thank You cards.  I thought these would be great for those gifts that are received at the hospital or after Jaxon is born.  Lil' Chick's colors are gray, navy and red, so I wanted to do the second set in these colors.


I began by using a chevron stencil and applied some distress ink on the background.  Then I found this cute little onesie image in the Silhouette on line store and cut them out of navy and red cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo.  I also cut the letter "J" out as well.  Now, I knew I wanted the onesie to appear as if it were on a clothesline but I couldn't figure out how to keep the trifold card closed.  Then it came to me!!

I elongated the crotch of the onesie and cut a slit in the card!! Woo-hoo! I even amazed myself with this one!! {{{snort!}}}



So this is what the whole onesie looks like after I elongated the crotch. I used a black marker to define the rounded edge of the top flap so it would resemble a clothesline. Then, I glued just the shoulders of the onesie to the top flap and added little pieces of brown cardstock to look like clothespins. To finish, I adhered the alternate colored "J" to each onesie and stamped the sentiment to the top of each flap. Aren't they GREAT?? I just love 'em!! Okee dokee, that's it for me today. I hope you hens have a great day and I'll see ya back in the hen house real soon! {{{hen hugs}}}
Note: The "thanks" stamp is an older $1 stamp from Michaels (Studio G) and no longer available.Supplies: