mama elephant

Hugs in a Mug | Mama Elephant

Happy Thursday Y’all! I hope that you’ve been enjoying the last of summer as we transition into FALL! Yes in CAPITOL letters as I love all things fall, especially all the cozy rainy crafty sessions, with a cup of hot chocolate on the side! I love my hot drinks in the fall and winter, so of course this cute Hot Cocoa stamp set from Mama Elephant jumped into my cart as soon as it was released!

To create this card, I started by stamping all of the images from the Hot Cocoa stamp set onto some heavy weight card stock and coloring them using copic markers. The I cut them out using the coordinating dies.

Copic Combos : BG 13, 32, 45; YG01, 03, 21; R01, 08, 11, 14, 24, 32, 43; C1; N4, 6; YR00, 01; E11, 13, 15, 27, 31, 55, 57

To create the shaker background, I die cut the Six Window Cover die from some white card stock and inked it up using shabby shutters and worn lipstick distress oxide inks, leaving a bit of white space in the middle, I backed the die cut with acetate, and layered on the foam tape and filled it with some seed beads.

I finished off the card using a sentiment from the same stamp set, embossed in white on to black card stock and trimmed down into a strip. I adhered it to the center/white area of the card, and arranged the colored images around it, adding one of the little accents to each one.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope that you were inspired to create something! Make sure to tag me @everydayengineered on Instagram so I can see what you have created! 

Happy Crafting!
Farhana

Guest Post

Rainbow Espressos | Coffee Loving Cardmarkers

Thank you Amy for inviting me to guest design for the month of August, I’m super excited not only for all the caffeinated craftness I get to share, but also all the fall themed products I’ll get to use! 

For my first post I thought that I would use a set that this blog enabled me to buy, but I hadn’t used it till now! To create this card, I started by stamping all the images from the A Breve Note stamp set from Ellen Hutson. I colored them to create a rainbow using copic markers and die cut them using the coordinating dies

Next I inked up a A2 card front using the Triangles Stencil using Distress Oxide Inks in Ground Espresso, Brushed Corduroy, and Frayed Burlap. After the ink dried, I embossed the sentiment using versafine onyx ink and clear embossing powder. I finished off the card by stacking the colored die cuts with foam and glue to create dimension, and lastly added some espresso jewels.

Be sure to stop by the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog for more caffeinated crafty inspiration! Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great weekend and I hope you get some crafty time!

Farhana

honey bee stamps

Egg die cuts with DIY colored paper | Honey Bee Stamps

Happy Wednesday! It’s been quiet around here as I’ve been trying to FINALLY organized and set up my craft space along with unpacking a bunch of boxes I’ve been hiding in closets! Spring is in the air and vaccines are getting distributed, so here’s to a brighter tomorrow! Till then we keep crafting!

I really wanted to make a rainbow of egg diecuts with the Build An Egg | Honey Cuts but I couldn’t match the right papers and since I’m trying to avoid buying ALL the things, I decided that ink blending is now my favorite and go to technique! So I inking up an scrap pieces of bristol Strathmore with distress oxides (in Kitsch FlamingoFestive BerriesDried MarigoldScattered StrawTwisted CitronTumbled Glass, and Shaded Lilac), and then die cut them using the Build An Egg | Honey Cuts. I also die cut the solid egg multiple times to back the colored die cuts.

To assemble the card, I die cut the Basketweave Slimline Cover Plate from kraft paper and embossed a sentiment in white onto black cardstock from the Hoppy Easter stamp set, and die cut it using the coordinating dies.

Thanks for stopping by today! If you are inspired and create please remember to tag @honeybeestamps and #honeybeestamps on Instagram!

Happy Crafting!
Farhana

BRI Mood Board, Butterfly Reflections Ink

Valentines Shaker Card | Butterfly Reflections Ink

Whoa! It’s been a LONG week! Lots on cards made, lots to share in the coming week so be sure to check back here or on Instagram! Today’s card is inspired by the Butterfly Reflections Ink Mood Board.

I made a pair of quick Valentines day cards, NO coloring! You still have time to make these 🙂

Head over to Butterfly Reflections Ink for more details and links to products I used to make this card!

Happy crafting!
Farhana

honey bee stamps

DIY pattern paper | Honey Bee Stamps

Happy Hump Day! Today I’m sharing how a recreated a piece of pattern paper using some distress oxide inks! Can you tell which one is the ‘original pattern paper’ and which one I recreated?

Here’s the card I made with pattern paper from the Paper Pad 6×6 | Love Letters.

This was the ‘easier’ card, as all you have to do is stamp and heat emboss the background image onto the pattern paper. I used the Harvest Blooms Background | 6×6 Stamp Set along with some white embossing power and versamark watermark ink.

The second card took a little longer to make since I ink blended and create the background myself. I used distress oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral. After blending, I splattered it with some water to add a little depth! (No idea why I didn’t do this before!). Then I stamped and embossed the Harvest Blooms Background | 6×6 Stamp Set just like the first card.

To finish the cards, I die cut the word ‘friend’ from the Slimline Sentiments: Stitched and ‘hello’ from the Darling Dahlias | Honey Cuts from black card stock 3 times, stacked and adhered it to the trimmed card front. Lastly I added some gems from the Love Letter release.

Who else loves mixing old and new sets! Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!
Farhana

honey bee stamps

Rainbow 2 for 1 card | Honey Bee Stamps

Hey there for the third time today! If this the first post you are seeing on here, then take a minute to check out my BRI Mood Board inspired card for Butterfly Reflections Ink and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Newton’s Nook Reveal week!

Now for this fun pair of rainbow cards, I love it when I can make multiple cards at the same time using a handful of supplies!

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love rainbows! To create these cards, I started by inking up an A2 panel of white cardstock. I inked it up using blending brushes and distress oxide inks (picked raspberry, festive berries, ripe persimmon, squeezed lemonade, twisted citron, salty ocean, wilted violet). I diecut the rainbow panel using the Whimsical Hearts A2 Cover Plate. I adhered the negative pieces (the hearts) to a white card base, using the positive die cut panel as a guide. For the second card, I adhered the panel to a black card base. I finished off both cards with embossed sentiments from the Pickup Lines stamp set.

Which one is your favorite? I can’t choose!

Happy crafting!
Farhana

Joy Clair Designs, Pretty Pink Posh

Acetate Birthday cards (with Joy Clair Designs)

Happy Wednesday y’all! Honestly I don’t even know why I bother trying to keep track of days/dates anymore! I hope y’all are having a productive week BUT taking breaks to try and enjoy the last days of summer! For the first time in years, I’m not looking forward to fall. The probability of no football doesn’t seem appealing anymore! But I guess there will be lots of crafty time! Today I’m sharing two birthday cards using the Make a Wish stamp set from Joy Clair Designs. Birthday and Thank you cards are my most used/made cards, what yours?

Assembling this card is a little tricky because of the extra acetate layer. So, today’s write up is going to be a little different, in an effort to make it clear so you can replicate it!

Firstly start off by resizing and printing the two border images from the Make a Wish stamp set, make sure the image is 4.5 inches wide. After coloring you can use a brother scan and cut if you have one, or fussy cut, like I did. Then I ink blended a A2 piece of paper in rainbow order using distress oxides, and die cut a Happy Birthday script sentiment from it. I stacked the die cut, using some scrap paper.

Now to assemble the card, you’ll need :
2 A2 white side folding cardbases, 2 pieces of 4.25 x 5 inch acetate scored at 4.25, double sided tape and liquid adhesive. Then :
1.  Add a strip of double sided tape to the short end of the scored acetate.
2. Adhere the acetate to the back of the A2 card front, on the open side, your card should now look similar to a gate fold card.
3. Add adhesive to the colored images from the Make a Wish stamp set and adhere them to the open side of the acetate, and trim the excess.
4. Lastly, stick on the sentiments to complete the card.
The extra step of using a A2 card base is to make sure that you have space to write a message! Make sure to check if you need extra postage when you put it in the mail!

Coloring Medium : Chameleon Color Tones Pencils
Copic Combos : B21-34, G12-21, R20-22, V22-25, Y11-21, YR15-12

Thanks for stopping by and as always, here’s a list of products I used :

Make a Wish stamp set
Happy Birthday Script Dies
Heavy weight white cardstock
Transperancy Sheets/Acetate
Copic Markers
Chameleon Color Tone Colored Pencils
Distress Oxide
Taylored Expression blending brushes

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

PS : also link these cards to the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.

BRI Mood Board, Butterfly Reflections Ink, Pretty Pink Posh

Birthday cards inspired by the August 2020 BRI mood board

Hey fellow crafters! Hope that you had a relaxing and crafty weekend! I spent most of mine working on these cards, challenging myself to use critter stamps! I have a huge collection from Pretty Pink Posh, most haven’t even gotten inky! Yes, working on using on ALL my stamps before buying more, failing miserably as I have stamps coming in the mail. But I have slowed down!

I was having a hard time finding a starting point, then came across this mood board from Butterfly Reflections Ink. Double challenge accepted as color palette isn’t my go to colors! And here’s what I came up with!

For the first card, I started by adhering the Birthday Background Stencil to a A2 piece of cardstock with some washi tape. Then I ink blended using Twisted Citron distress oxide ink, and added a layer of glitter gel. At this point take off the stencil and clean it off before the glitter hardens. Let the glitter paper dry for a few hours before assembling the card. I colored an image from the Party Friends Stamp Set, with copics, and diecut the happy birthday sentiment from some ink blended card stock (I used broken china). To assemble, I trimmed down the stenciled card front and adhered it to a blue A2 card front. Then I added the colored image using some foam tape and stacked the die cut sentiment to add dimension.

Copic Combos : Y 35 – 15 – 13, YR 18 – 15 – Y 15, V 15 – 12, BG 13 – 10, BG 05 – 10

For the second card, I started by inking a A2 piece of card stock with Twisted Citron distress oxide ink, then die cut it using the Birthday Frame Die from Pretty Pink Posh. I colored and die cut another image from Party Friends Stamp Set. To assemble the card, I ink blended the center of the card base with some Broken China Distress Oxide, then I adhered the frame, and the colored image with foam tape for dimension. Finally finished off with a small embossed sentiment on the image (because I forgot to plan for an image!)

Copic Combos : R 20, Y 13, V 12 – 15, BG 13, BG 05 – 10, C 1, B 32 – 34

Thanks for stopping by and as always here’s a list of products I used :

Party Friends Stamp Set
Party Friends Coordinating Dies
Birthday Frame Die
Happy Birthday Script Dies
Birthday Background Stencil
Heavy weight white cardstock
Black card stock
Copic Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
White embossing Powder
Broken China Distress Oxide
Twisted Citron distress oxide ink
Taylored Expression blending brushes
Gina K Designs Glitz Glitter Gel

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

PS : also link these cards to the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge.

Pretty Pink Posh, studio katia

Floral border cards (with Studio Katia)

Content creator. Designer. Influencer. These are very frequently used words in the world of social media, but do we really know their true meaning and do we really want to be labeled with one of these words? For the longest time I thought I wanted to be, but after some long conversation about it with fellow crafters, I’ve decided to go take a step back, reduce my time on social media and craft for me, and since I did, it has helped me be so much more creative!

Lately, I have been trying really hard not to impulse buy anything and everything I like! I eyed these Peony Stamps from Studio Katia for the LONGEST time and then finally gave in a few months ago, then baby came along, so only got to using a while back! I also got the coordinating dies and I’m so excited that they work well with other sentiments!

To make these cards, I started by stamping them on white cardstock using copic friendly ink. After coloring them using my copic markers, I die cut and fussy cut them, as the coordinating dies only cut one edge. To assemble the card, I diecut a lattice cover die from white cardstock, along with two banners from black cardstock. I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder onto the diecut banners.

Before sticking the lattice diecut onto the card front, I ombre ink blended on it to add some depth. Lastly added the peony trimming and sentiment banner with some foam tape to add dimension, and finished off with some nuvo drops in morning dew.

Thanks for stopping by and as always here’s a list of products I used :

Peony Trimmings stamp set
Peony trimmings coordinating dies
Lattice Background Die
Heavy weight white cardstock
Copic Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad
White embossing Powder
Distress Oxide
Taylored Expression blending brushes
Nuvo Drops

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana