Milestone Cards for my Baby

Hi!

It’s been so long since I posted something! Long story short: I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy back in October, and he keeps me very busy but really happy 🙂 It’s crazy how precious are all these moments and how fast everything is going. So, summarizing, I have so little crafting time!

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This is the first card. It says “Hi, I’m Mikel” and displays some birth-related data.

When I was pregnant, I started to make milestone cards for Mikel, but for whatever reason, (I guess because of the pandemic…) I was not feeling crafty during pregnancy, and I only finished two or three. So, now the time I have for crafting is dedicated to these milestone cards.

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This, the first-week card, is my less favorite one. Initially, I did not consider ink blending, and I’m not very happy with the grass.

For the cards, I’ve used Fabriano Artistico hot pressed watercolor paper. The cards are in Basque, and I stamped the words week and month (aste and hilabete) on black using Concord and 9th “Perfectly Penned” stamp set. The rest of the words are stamped using Lawn Fawn “Harold’s ABCs” stamps.

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I think the ink blended background looks much better, especially in that muted green.

I used a light green/pink color scheme for the cards. I made a stencil to ink blend a solid circle and then used Neat and Tangled “Journaling Alphas” dies to make stencils for the numbers, and ink blended them on black. I wish I have a stamp set with big numbers!

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At this point, I changed the lighting, and the pictures look much better!

Initially, I planned which images I wanted for each card, taking into account which month/season it is for (that saves me lots of time). I was going to deliver in early November, but Mikel was born in late October. So, there are some inconsistencies in the first cards, like animals with presents in the one corresponding to November. Also, I wanted the cards to be simple, but I love scene cards, and I find it difficult not to add tons of things to the scenes. I’m very happy with the results, although I know that the full set of cards is not going to be very consistent.

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These critters are the cutest, aren’t they? When there is snow on the cards, I spray some Perfect Pearls mixed with water over the area.

Last, I knew I was going to use stamps designed by Stacey Yacula for Purple Onion Designs. I love her style, and I think her stamps are perfect for projects for babies. I also used other stamps to complete the scenes, so you can ask me if you want to know from which set is one specific stamp I’ve used or any other supply.

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Here I tried something different: ink blending the negative space. I think the result is quite cool.

The images are colored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers because I feel really comfy coloring with them. Plus, they are really easy to blend. It was the first time I’ve used them on this watercolor cardstock, and I love the results. Also, I used a white gel pen and a Sakura Stardust glitter pen to add some details.

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In this card, I used a soft pink for the snow, but I think it’s barely visible in the photo.

I love seeing all these pictures together… It’s crazy how fast this boy grows up!

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This is Mikel today! I love seeing all the pics together.

This time I’m sharing only the first four months’ cards since, as I’ve said, I’m still completing the 12-month set. I hope you like them!! Please, leave me a comment and tell me what do you think about these milestone cards. Have you done something similar for your kids or for the family/ friends’ ones?

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Like a tea-tray in the sky pull-tab card

Hola!

I hope you are doing well! If you follow me, you might notice this year I haven’t share many cards, and I frequently say I had a lack of inspiration. Well, the thing is I’m pregnant! And, although I’m super happy and I’m doing great, I feel a little bit tired and sometimes overwhelmed by this COVID situation. And to be honest, I don’t feel like crafting as much as I used to.

But today I have a pull-tab card to share with you. I recently got Mama Elephant “Tea Time” dies, which was in my wishlist for so long. I took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland and made an interactive card in which the dormouse peeks out from the teapot when you pull the tab. How fun is that?

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This is an A7 card because I needed it to be big enough to fit the pull-tab mechanism and the sentiment. I used watercolor paper for the background, blending Blueprint Sketch, and Chipped Sapphire Distress inks. I splattered some water and added some flicks of silver watercolor paint. I needed a custom made sentiment, so I used Mama Elephant “Sketchy Letters” stamp set to spell it, and heat embossed it on white.

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The teapot was inked using Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks. Then, I decorated it stamping some images from Mama Elephant “Brushed Florals” stamp set. I didn’t want the image to have a bold black border, so I stamped it using Memento Peanut Brittle ink and colored it with alcohol markers, adding some accents with color pencils.

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For the pull-tab mechanism, I used Waffle Flower “Pull-tabs” dies. I used foam squares to adhere the background to the card base and the teapot to the background. Finally, I added some embellishments from Little Things from Lucy’s Cards.

Here you can watch a short clip of the cute dormouse peeking out from the teapot:

I love everything related to Alice in Wonderland, so if you are a fan too, I hope you like this card!

I’m entering this card into Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Oh So Cute

and into Simon Says Stamp IG Challenge:

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!


Supply list

Stamps:

  • Mama Elephant “Brushed Florals”
  • Mama Elephant “Sketchy Letters”
  • Mama Elephant “Page Huggers”
  • Lawn Fawn “Lovable Legends” (for the scalloped detail on the teapot)
  • Hello Bluebird “Party on the Farm” (for the bowtie)

Dies:

  • Mama Elephant “Tea Time”
  • Mama Elephant “Page Huggers”
  • Waffle Flower “Pull Tabs”
  • Hello Bluebird “Party on the Farm” (for the bowtie)

Coloring:

  • ShinHan Touch Twin Brush markers
  • Prismacolor Premier color pencils

Inks:

  • VersMark
  • Memento Peanut Brittle
  • Lawn Fawn Yeti (for the flower)
  • Picked Raspberry Distress (for the flower)
  • Versacolor “Mint” (for the leaves)
  • Chipped Sapphire Distress
  • Blueprint Sketch Distress
  • Squeezed Lemonade Distress
  • Mustard Seed Distress

Others:

  • Neenah Solar White cardstock
  • Distress watercolor cardstock
  • Canson Bristol paper
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor (Nº95: Silver)
  • Ranger super fine white embossing powder
  • Sakura black glaze pen
  • Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Sprinkles: Shooting Stars”
  • Little Things from Lucy’s Cards “Itty Bitty Stars – Sweet Yellow”

A set of 4-bar wiper cards

Hi!

I continue sharing wiper cards. This time I have a set of four 4-bar cards featuring Mama Elephant “Whale Wishes” stamps set. This maybe is my first Mama Elephant stamp set. Some years ago, there were not many Spanish retailers selling Mama Elephant products, so, for me, they were hard to find. In 2016 I went on vacation to Korea, and I found a little shop selling Mama Elephant products, and I couldn’t help to get these whales.

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I made a very simple front panel since I wanted the surprise on the inside of the card to be the star of the show. I blended some Distress Inks on purple and pink tones on a piece of Bristol paper and sprayed a mixture of water with perfect pearls. This gives a very beautiful pearlescent look to the background. I used a scalloped die to make a window on a white cardstock panel, and, to make the sea, I embossed the wave image on white on a previously inked piece of cardstock. I love this wave image, it’s so elegant!! Last, I added the jumping orca.

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This card design is more simple than the one I used on my other wiper cards since the only have a single wiper element―the whale which peeks from the wavy border. I added two more whales and a pair of clouds to balance the scene.

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I’m very happy to tell you that I have made a tutorial on the assembly of the wiper mechanism! It took me ages because I had to find the proper setup to film the process, and then, as it was my first time, I record the same process for three of the four cards. I had to learn how to edit the video. Luckily, my husband helped me A LOT during the process.

I hope you enjoy the video!

Although these cards are quite simple, I think they are the perfect gift for someone because the sentiments in this stamp set are perfect for any occasion. I hope you like this project!

Thank you very much for stopping by!


Supply list

Stamps:

  • Mama Elephant “Whale Wishes”

Dies:

  • Mama Elephant “Whale Wishes”
  • Mama Elephant “Kingdom Trio”
  • Mama Elephant “Ocean Trio”
  • Mama Elephant “All Prettied Up”
  • Lawn Fawn “Simple Puffy Clouds” and “Simple Puffy Cloud Frames”

Inks:

  • Versafine Onyx Black
  • Versamark
  • Dusty Concord Distress
  • Milled Lavender Distress
  • Shaded Lilac Distress
  • Blueprint Sketch Distress
  • Chipped Sapphire Distress

Others:

  • Canson Bristol paper
  • Neenah Solar White cardstock
  • Vellum
  • Acetate
  • Perfect Pearls