Saturday, November 18, 2017

Holiday Card Series Day 3: Heffy Doodle-Elfish Antics (Design Team Project for White Rose Crafts)

Hello Doodle Friends,

Tonight I am sharing a pair of super cute cards I created with one background I created using a variety of the supporting image stamps from Heffy Doodle's absolutely adorable Elfish Antics stamp set from the November 1st 2017 release, available to purchase now in the White Rose Crafts store.

Who doesn't love a 2 for 1 deal? Amiright?

I knew I wanted to do some coloring on Recollections kraft cardstock using my Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils-Primaries set, so I decided to use the small, supporting images included in the stamp set and create a random pattern on my kraft panel. I used Versafine ink in Vintage Sepia and my Misti stamping tool to ensure that I got crisp clear images with a softer, tone on tone look on the kraft background. I also stamped each of the elves and one of the candy canes on a separate piece of kraft paper. Then I used traditional Christmas colors to add some very simple coloring on all of the images. I used colored pencils to lay down a base on the elves and extra candy cane before using Sakura Glaze pens in White, Red, Green and Yellow to help make the colors pop. Finally I fussy cut the images leaving a bit of a kraft border.

I trimmed my panel by 1/8 inch on each side and chose a deep red Neenah cardstock cut to 4 1/8x5 3/8" to mat my background on. I then used the second largest oval die from my Darice Embossing Essentials nested oval dies to cut a window in the center of my colored panel. I adhered my panel to the red layer and tried layering my elves inside the window, but they blended into the red more than I liked, so I used the largest Darice oval die to cut a piece of vellum to layer on top. I liked that it overlapped the kraft panel a bit. I took a piece of the kraft card and used my Versamark ink pad and Recollections Snow white embossing powder to heat emboss the cute and punny sentiment and trimmed it down. I felt it blended into the background a bit too much, so I inked the edges of the banner with Versamark and heat embossed them with the same white powder. I used double sided tear tape from White Rose Crafts to layer the adorable girl elf on top of the vellum oval, after deciding that both elves made the design too busy, and used foam tape to pop sentiment banner on top. I used 1mm foam tape on the back of the vellum, hidden behind the elf and sentiment, and adhered it in the center of the red window. I mounted the panel on a top folding US A2, portrait card base made using Recollections 110# White Cardstock, leaving a tiny white border around the edge. I felt the card needed just a little bit more definition, so I used my White Sakura Gelly Roll pen to draw faux stitch lines around the stamped kraft panel and a double stitch line around the edge of the vellum oval, to look like a stitched seam. For the final touch, I added a double coat of Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen to the sentiment banner.

I didn't want to waste the center oval from my background or second elf, after doing all the work to stamp and color them, so I took a piece of the same red cardstock I used on the first card, cut to 4 x 5.25 inches--so there would be an eighth inch white border around the edge when I mounted it on my card base. I adhered the colored kraft oval in the center, using double sided tear tape and cut a second vellum oval to layer on top. Using my Misti to stamp the Warm Hugs sentiment from the same named Heffy Doodle stamp set (also from the November 1st release) in Versamark ink, I heat embossed it using Recollections Snow white powder. Then I put it back in the Misti and stamped it again with Versamark and used a clear glitter Recollections embossing powder called Glitz to add some sparkle. I also inked up the edges of the sentiment banner and heat embossed with the same Glitz powder. I then mounted my little boy elf and sentiment strip on the vellum oval using double sided tear tape. I hid 1mm foam tape behind them and mounted the vellum oval centered over the colored panel. I then took my white pen again and drew faux stitch lines around the edge of the vellum as well as the red panel before mounting the finishe panel on my Top Folding A2 card base.

I wanted to bring the design to the inside of these cards, so I used the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Elfish Antics stamp set, and stamped it in Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink on the inside of both panels. Then I took the small stocking image from the same stamp set and stamped 4 of them hanging from the sentiment, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink & colored them with red and green Spectrum Noir colored pencils. I finished the design with a touch of sparkle overlay pen on the cuffs of the stockings.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog, and I hope you enjoyed reading my process for making this cute pair of Christmas cards. You can find links to the products I used below.

Until next time,

Disclaimer: As a design team member, I receive some products for free from White Rose Crafts LLC to create promotional projects. The links for products available in the store are not affiliate links and I receive no monetary compensation when you make a purchase. 

---Supplies Used---
Heffy Doodle "Elfish Antics" stamp set
Heffy Doodle "Warm Hugs" stamp set
Double Sided Tear Tape
Woodware 1mm Foam Tape
Sakura Glaze Pens
Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen
Spectrum Noir Color Blends "Primaries"
Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen
Recollections Heavyweight White Cardstock 110#
Neenah Creative Collection Cardstock
Darice Nesting Oval Dies
Recollections Kraft Cardstock
Recollections Clear Vellum Sheets
Versamark Ink Cube
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Recollections Detail Embossing Powder "Snow"
Recollections Glitz Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide Ink "Candied Apple"

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Holiday Card Series Day 2: Lawn Fawn-Winter Bunny (a design team project for White Rose Crafts)

Hello Doodle Friends,

Today I am sharing Day 2 of my Holiday Card Series--which also happens to be my Design team project of the week for White Rose Crafts! I created two cards this time, featuring the same image and sentiment. I was able to achieve a slightly different look by switching up the pattern paper I chose.

I started by stamping this adorable "Winter Bunny" by Lawn Fawn at either end of a piece of Recollections 65#, white cardstock that was 4 inches x 5.25 inches, using my Original Misti stamp positioning tool. Using the Misti, I was able to leave the stamp on the door and just rotate my paper 180 degrees to ensure the bunny was in the same position at both ends. 

I then did some simple coloring using my Spectrum Noir Vintage markers, and added some shimmer with the Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle pen. I used a hillside die to draw a light pencil line from one side to the other, so the hill passes "behind" the bunny, and fussy cut it out to look like partial die cutting. 

I chose one sheet of "Perfectly Plaid, Winter" paper by Lawn Fawn and one sheet of Echo Park "I Love Winter" paper as my backgrounds, cut to 4 inches x 5.25 inches and mounted them to two A2 size, top folding, portrait card bases, created with 110# Recollections cardstock. I then popped up the hillside on 1mm thick foam tape from Dollar tree, to give just a tiny bit of dimension. 

I chose an old sentiment from my stash and stamped it onto white card stock using Scrapberry's Teal Shimmer Pigment Ink. I then trimmed the sentiments down and fish tailed the end to create a banner. I colored around the edge of the banners using the DP2 Spectrum Noir marker to make the sentiment pop, before using foam tape to mount them to my card bases. 

I knew I wanted to keep embellishments simple, so I added 3 blue snowflake sequins and clear iridescent glitter glue to the edge of the hillside, the center of the snowflakes and to the sled trails. I also added more Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to the sentiment banner and shadow under the sled. 

I pulled the design inside with a 1.5 inch strip of the patterned paper from the front and a white panel, stamped with a simple Merry Christmas sentiment layered on top. 

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll follow my blog so you don't miss any future posts! 

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting,

Amber 💖

--- Product Links ---

A Few Big Announcements

Hello Doodle Friends,

I am excited to share some really amazing news with you today about a new opportunity for me!
A few weeks ago, I was asked by Kay Barnes, owner of White Rose Crafts LLC, to be the founding member of her new design team and help her grow her business. 

Kay and I met online last year in a Facebook destash group, and began to chat on and off between sales. At some point, Kay introduced me to her shop, and I was impressed by her excellent customer service, extremely competitive prices & reasonable shipping, but most of all, by her enthusiasm for her work. White Rose Crafts is an online retail store operating out of Amissville Virginia. It offers a variety of stamps, inks, decoupage & many other supplies. Kay, a UK native, specializes in importing high quality, European brands to the US at affordable prices, as well as providing many of the US brands you know and love. 

After reaching out a few weeks ago, at my urging, it has been announced that Kay has partnered with Lesley Oman's brand new stamp company, Heffy Doodle, joining the short list of US retailers selling Lesley's adorable and versatile designs. 
White Rose Crafts will launch the Heffy Doodle range of products, starting with the upcoming release, available in the shop on November 1st. 
Look for upcoming Design Team Projects from me, and our newest design team member, Shannon Gorton.

Kay has also recently begun carrying the Wild Rose Studio range of beautiful stamps and papers. Wild Rose Studio is a UK based, wholesale only company that offers high quality, whimsical stamps and gorgeously detailed paper collections to retail shops in 30 countries. White Rose Crafts has joined the short list of official retailers in the US. Kay has a limited selection of Wild Rose products available for purchase in the shop, right now.

I am honored and thrilled to have been given this opportunity to continue my journey as a cardmaker and papercrafter. Kay and I have already been putting our heads together to bring you new and exciting products in the shop, and have some really fun promotions planned for the months of November and December. We will also bring a new level to our partnership in the new year when White Rose will begin carrying my own line of Sequin mixes under the Doodles Paper Playground name. 
I will be sponsoring this Freebie Christmas Mini Sequin pack to be included with orders placed during the month of November, while supplies last. Make sure you place your order early so you don't miss out!

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. Please follow me so you never miss a post. Tomorrow, I will be sharing the next card in my Holiday Card Series, a White Rose Crafts design team project! I hope you'll come back and check it out. I'm sharing my first Design Team Haul video over on YouTube, below. Look for another DT haul video for November.

Until Next Time, Happy Crafting,

Amber 💖 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Holiday Card Series: Bundled Up Bunny & Holly Lane Paper Collection

Hello Doodle Friends!

I am here with the first of many project shares I have planned in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Today's card is the first in my Holiday Card Series and features the adorable "Bundled up Bunny" digital stamp from Craftin Desert Divas.I printed her on Recollections 65# White Cardstock and colored it up using a combination of Spectrum Noir Next Generation and Colorista alcohol markers.

Once the image was colored, I added details using a white Sakura Gelly Roll Pen, some sparkle wind trails behind the leaves using my Sakura clear Stardust pen and added Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to the bunny's little bow, the acorn, the bird's hat & to the snowy hillside.

I added a few white, opaque snowflake sequins as a tone on tone embellishment and added Iridescent Glitter Glue in clear to the center, as well as to the top edges of the hillside. I then trimmed the panel to 3.5" square and created a teal mat that perfectly matches the bunny's jacket by using my VB2 marker to color around a 3.75" square of cardstock. Using 1mm thick foam tape from Dollar Tree, I went ahead and adhered my colored panel to the mat and added Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to the teal edges. I then cut a sentiment strip and colored it to match. Using Versamark ink and silver embossing powder, I heat embossed a sweet sentiment from the recently retired "Toasty Greetings" stamp set by MFT Stamps. I thought my VB2 strip seemed too dark with the silver embossing, so I used my colorless blender to lighten an area in the center to act as a frame, then matted the sentiment using a scrap of white cardstock.I created a portrait A2 sized, top fold card base using Recollections 110# White Cardstock and trimmed a sheet of Wild Rose Studio "Holly Lane" paper to 4" x 5.25" and adhered it to the front of my card. I added my colored panel, centered at the top of the card and mounted the sentiment on the same 1mm foam tape used for the bunny panel, centered near the bottom of the card.

To bring the design inside the card, I adhered a 1.5" wide strip of the patterned paper across the top third of the card base and heat embossed another "Toasty Greetings" in silver on white cardstock that I colored just around the edge with my VB2 marker.

Thank you for visiting my blog and checking out my card. I have linked the products I used below that are available online.

Until Next Time-Happy Crafting,

Disclaimer: I receive some products for free as a design team member. I am obligated to create projects with my design team package, but I do not receive any commission for purchases made through links, and all opinions are my own. 

----Product Links----

Bundled Up Bunny Digital Stamp-Craftin Desert Divas

Holly Lane Paper Collection-Wild Rose Studio

Spectrum Noir Markers-6 packs

Spectrum Noir Markers-Nature Colors

Spectrum Noir Markers-Vintage Colors

Spectrum Noir Sparkle-Clear

Toasty Greetings Stamp Set-MFT Stamps (retired)

Sakura Stardust Pen-Clear

Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen

Recollections 65# White Cardstock

Recollections 110# White Cardstock

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Getting Back In The Saddle Again

Hello Doodle Friends!

I am back. I apologize for the extended hiatus, but I had some logging in problems with Blogger and Google that I was able to figure out and work through today, finally! Just a quick post today, but I wanted to let you know I have some very exciting things in the works with for November and in the meantime plan to start posting project shares and short written tutorials at least once per week. I know, I said that before, but now that I've fixed things, I'm really excited to get this blog started and really start building a presence in the crafting community! I am also working on a YouTube launch to be announced soon!

If you haven't started following me on Instagram, be sure to go do that. @doodles_paper_playground  I've started doing a bi-monthly Color/Theme Inspiration Challenge over there & this month's mood board (see above) is a fun and unexpected fall palate! I'd love for you to check it out and join in with hashtag #doodlescolorchallenge so I can see what you create!

Back soon, I promise!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Let me introduce myself...

Hello fellow paper crafters, cardmakers, stampers, colorists and creatives, 

My name is Amber MacMurtry. I am in my mid 30s and have always been crafty and creative. I am a stay at home mom and full time caregiver for my nearly 3 year old son, who was born with a hypoxic brain injury, resulting in developmental delays and many diagnoses, including Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. for the past 3 years, his well being and developmental progress have been my full time job--they still are, but his seizures have been controlled for a full year now, so I have had some time to work on self care in addition to his care. 

This is a stressful life, no matter how fiercely this mama bear loves her little man; and one I could not have fathomed while dreaming of doing art projects with my child while I was pregnant-dreams that have had to change, or be abandoned altogether. To combat the stress, which sometimes threatens to turn to depression, I often need a little creative therapy--which is where Doodles Paper Playground, and all of you, come in! 

I've named this blog after my son--
affectionately nicknamed Davey-Doodles by our favorite NICU nurse, 
and it stuck.
Since he and crafting are two of the best parts of my world, so I thought it only fitting that they come together here. 

Isn't he just the most adorable little chubby monkey ever? 
Okay, I may be more than a little bit biased! 😍 
But he is, just sayin'!

I have been paper crafting in one form or another for about 16 years and my preferred mediums have changed many times, but I always seem to come back to cardmaking. I began making my Christmas cards in 2011 and discovered all of these fun new products, techniques, & tools and quickly became addicted, I'm not ashamed to say. My cardmaking style has evolved quite a lot since those first attempts using ribbon and store bought stickers to create pleasing designs. I now love stamping, digital stamps, coloring using a variety of mediums, die cutting, ink blending & just about every other fun new technique that people come up with. Within the past year I have really begun to find my own style and to explore my creativity by pushing myself to use my supplies in new and interesting ways that may not be obvious to everyone. I love to combine products from different design companies and alter images to become something entirely different from what may have been intended. I love to stretch my supplies and put my own twist on each new big technique fad that comes along, and I really enjoy sharing those ideas with other crafters who may want to try something new and challenging. I do hope you'll follow me here and on Instagram @doodles_paper_playground.

To start, I plan to post a few times per month at least, more if I have time. I don't currently have a posting schedule, but once my son starts PreK in the fall, I will be able to work on that. I intend to approach this adventure with humor, honesty and, of course, creativity!

Thank you so much for visiting!
I hope you'll come back and look for my first card blog post later this week!

Happy Crafting,
Amber & Doodles