Friday, April 3, 2020

April 2020 Blogging Friends Blog Hop: Baby Come Rockin'


Hello and welcome to this month's Blogging Friends Blog Hop.  This month is all about baby cards.  Last month the theme was all about weddings so I thought it would be a good time to share some baby cards.  For my baby card I went with a stamp set that when I saw it last April at OnStage I wanted it so bad.  I wanted it because I thought it was just the cutest thing ever with the mother and baby animals together.  The way they were showcased on the stamp set just made me fall in love with it.  So I thought the Wildly Happy Stamp Set would be a super great choice for my baby card for this month's hop.  Here's a look at my card.  

Color Choices: 

I started off after picking the stamp set with what colors to use.  I wasn't exactly sure on which of the super cute mother and baby animal image I was going to use for my card yet so I wasn't sure on the colors to use.  So I started looking at color options.  I thought about going either a traditional color scheme for a baby boy or baby girl.  But, I really didn't want to go very traditional; that and I really didn't think either of those would have fit with my super cute animal stamp I knew I wanted to use.  So then I thought about maybe a yellow, which would have went with the images in the set but I just wasn't feeling it.  So I did decided to go with a green.  I picked Soft Sea Foam.  I decided to match the Soft Sea Foam with Cajun Craze Calypso Coral and a little Crumb Cake.  

Tips & Tricks: 

Once I had the stamp set and the color combination nailed down it was time to pull products to go along with them.  I pulled my Subtles 6x6 Designer Series Paper, a few of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins, Stitched Shape Dies.  I figured that along the way I would end up using a few more supplies depending on what I did.  I decided to cut down a piece of the Soft Sea Foam gingham DSP from the Subtles Pack to 3 3/4 x 5.  At this point I narrowed it down to using the Foxes from the stamp set.  With the colors picked picking the stamped image was easy.  I attached the DSP to a piece of Cajun Craze Cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4.  I stamped the foxes onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink because I knew I was going to color them with my Stampin' Blends.  


After stamping the foxes I started coloring them.  I decided to color the momma fox with Cajun Craze.  I started by adding the Dark Cajun Craze Stampin' Blend to where I wanted the shadows to be.  If you think about it they will go where the baby fox would be in the mommas embrace and where there were folds in the body.  Once I had the shadows in place I added the Light Cajun Craze Stampin' Blend to blend out the shadows and to add highlights to the fox.  I then colored the baby fox with Calypso Coral Stampin' Blends in the same manner.  Starting with the Dark Calypso Coral Stampin' Blend and then blending out with the Light Calypso Coral Stampin; Blend.  To finish off the coloring I added just a little Light Smoky Slate Stampin' Blend to the areas where the lines indicated on the image.  I did add just a teeny tiny bit of Petal Pink Light Stampin' Blend in the ears.  


Once the coloring was complete I took the large stitched oval from the Stitched Shape Dies and cut the foxes out.  Then I took a large scalloped oval from the Layering Oval Dies to place behind my foxes.  I attached the two together with a little liquid glue.  I then stamped the sentiment Sweetest Baby in Calypso Coral Classic Ink and used one of the stitched circles dies from the Stitched Shapes Dies to cut out the sentiment.  I popped the oval using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I placed the stitched circle with the sentiment on the card front and slide it just slightly under the oval.  To finish off the card I added it to a 4 1/4 x 11 card base made from Crumb Cake Cardstock.  To give it the little extra touch I added some of the Basic Adhesive Backed Sequins to the card front and made a double bow of Linen Thread and attached it to the card using  a mini glue dot.  

Blog Hop: 




Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Smile - Daisy Lane Stamp Set

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I have a cute card for you using a stamp set that you may already have in your stash.  I used the Daisy Delight Stamp Set from the 2019 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog to Create today's card.   The Daisy Lane Stamp Set is a fun card to use for Springtime.  Well let's be honest it's a set that could be used for most anytime.  But, since the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and I am feeling pretty good today.  So good that I got up this morning and took out all the containers, lids, all the lids that I've been digging through for the last year or so that I can never find what goes with what; and took them all out of the cabinet and played the matching game this morning.  All the lids and containers that didn't have lids all are going to the trash.  So anyway I actually created this card during the inbetween season of Summer and Fall but, never got around to sharing with you all.  Here's a look at the card.  

Daisy Lane Stamp Set, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks: 

Show your friends how much you love and support them with a stunning daisy card made using the Daisy Lane Stamp Set.  I started off my card by taking some scrap pieces of So Saffron Cardstock to do my stamping on.  You want to make sure that the scraps you have are big enough to get four of the large daisies from the stamp set and two of the small.  So you can do this in any way that you want as long as they are big enough to put in the punches and punch them out.  I then stamped each daisy in So Saffron Classic Ink.  

Daisy Lane Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

After stamping the daisies onto my cardstock I took the Light & Dark So Saffron Stampin' Blends and colored each petal.  Starting from the center of the petals I added the dark blend first and then came back and blended them out.  I added just a little of the color lifter at the lightest areas so that the ink would blend into the cardstock.   This allows for a more dimensional look to each flower with more tones and values then just stamping the daisy and punching it out.  Once all the coloring was complete.  I then came back on the top of one of the daisies and colored in the centers with my Light and Dark Soft Suede Stampin' Blends.  For the centers and to keep with the texture of the centers I used the thumping technique.  Basically I took the tip of my blend and I made small thumps or dots with the tip to create the texture.  I followed the shading of the stamped image to know where the darker areas should be and decreased as I got to the lighter areas.  I went back in with a white gel pen and added just a few white highlights in the centers. 

Daisy Lane Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

After all the coloring was complete I used the two matching punches and punched out all the daisy pieces.  I added them together with mini glue dots.  I made sure to place the colored centers on top of each of the daisies.  Next I stamped the fern from the stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on the card base.  I stamped two ferns at the top and one at the bottom to make a triangular arrangement on my card.  After the black ink dried I added the three daisies with a Stampin' Dimensional underneath each.  I then stamped the Smile Sentiment in tuxedo black ink.  To finish off my card I added a few copper sequins I had from a Paper Pumpkin Kit.  

Daisy Lane Stamp Set, Stampin' Up!, Rick Adkins

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Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 


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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Autism Awareness Love You to Pieces Card - Video Tutorial

Hello and welcome to my blog; today is the first day of April and it's also Autism Awareness Month and tomorrow is Autism Awareness Day.  So I wanted to share a card with you that shows support that you may recreate to support someone you may know with Autism.  I used some cardstock scraps, a few dies and the Love You To Pieces Stamp Set to Create my card.  Speaking of which here's a look at my card.  


Autism Awareness, Love You To Pieces, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!

Tips & Tricks: 

I started out by taking scraps of the following cardstock; Poppy Parade, Pineapple Punch, Balmy Blue, and Pacific Point and cutting all of them with the Puzzle Pieces Dies.  I then took a piece of Grid Paper and cut it down to just a little larger than 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and covered it in Snail Adhesive.  You could also use a piece of the Small Grid Paper that's for the Stamparatus.  I then began putting the cardstock puzzle pieces together alternating the colors.  Just a little note that all the pieces didn't fit exactly so I made them all work for where I wanted them to go.  You do want to use something like the Grid Paper or a piece of copy paper to attach all the pieces to because for the next step it will make the second die cutting process a lot easier.  Once that was done I could move to the next step.  

Autism Awareness, Love You To Pieces, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!

After I got everything done I took the ribbon die from the Support Ribbon Dies and cut out the ribbon from the puzzle piece paper.  Now I have a Autism Awareness Ribbon with just a little work and patience.  Next I took a piece of Basic Gray Cardstock and run it through my die cutting and embossing machine with the Subtles 3D Embossing Folder.  I then attached this piece to my Thick Whisper White Card base.  I then die cut a scalloped oval from Basic Black Cardstock and a basic oval in Whisper White using the Layering Oval Dies.  I attached each oval to each other with a little Multipurpose Liquid Glue and attached the ovals to the card front.  I took the ribbon and placed on the oval with a couple stampin' dimensionals.  
Autism Awareness, Love You To Pieces Stamp Set, Rick Adkins, Stampin' Up!

I then stamped the two sentiment puzzle pieces from the Love You To Pieces Stamp Set.  One was stamped with Poppy Parade Ink and the other was done in Pineapple Punch Ink.  I then used the matching dies and cut them both out.  I popped each piece with dimensionals.  To finish off the card I added some of the Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots in the Pineapple Punch color to embellish the card, and add just a little bit more color.  

Video Tutorial: 


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Thanks for dropping by I hope that you give this card a try.  You can find a full list of the supplies I used below in the Stampin' Up! Shopping List.  


Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 

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