Got my ducks in a row

Every now and then I challenge myself to give an under-appreciated stamp set a little love. Barnyard Babies is filled with petite, line drawn images of farm animals, and it was an early must-have from last year’s annual catalog.  I’ve used it for some really fun cards (as well as August 2016), but it’s been collecting a big of dust as of late.

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Barnyard Babies

A stamp, a sticky-note mask, and a marker or two – and April is ready!  The fact that duck beaks and feet could be colored in Daffodil Delight was a bonus. What color speaks April more eloquently than daffodil yellow?

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar Barnyard Babies

Visit Cheryl and Crystal to see what they’ve done for their version of the April calendar.

August on the Farm

I’m smitten with these little farm critters:

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar August 2016

  • Stamps:  Barnyard Babies
  • Color Palette:  Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
  • Accessories:  Paper snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Aquapainter

Maui Stamper DIY Easel Calendar August 2016

It’s therapeutic to watercolor these three friends, and I didn’t mind fussy-cutting that little bitty billy goat.  The longer I enjoy this craft, the more I don’t mind doing the little things that help me feel satisfied with my end result.

Now mosey on over, y’all, and see what Crystal and Cheryl have done with their calendars for August.

Happy Birthday from the Barnyard

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

I love these animal friends from the Barnyard Babies set.  I’ve tried watercoloring them, but I like the results best when I use Stampin’ Write markers to highlight their features.  Pool Party and Island Indigo are one of my favorite color combinations.

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

We made this card at my #ImBringingBirthdaysBack class earlier this month, and I made a few extra for my personal use when everyone was finished.  I think the Silver Glimmer paper balloons are the perfect amount of bling.

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

The Stampin’ Up!  color range includes a number of tonal combinations. I kept the base colors Whisper White and Basic Gray, and experimented with the accent colors.  This is Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride (oh, I miss Crisp Cantaloupe!  Do you think we’ll have a color refresh this year?)

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

The diagonal stripe comes from the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper stacks.  There’s a lot of bang for the buck in these fat pads of 12 x 12 patterned paper!

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

Yellow and grey are a very trendy color combination.  I paired So Saffron with Crushed Curry for this Buttercup version of my card.

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

If you look closely, you’ll see that I used both colors of  marker in this example.  Making a batch of one style of cards leaves lots of room for experimenting!

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

For this last sample, I used the same Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride combination but used the softer, more subtle Blushing Bride stripe for the DSP background.  This one seems more like a baby card to me as a result.

Maui Stamper Barnyard Babies ImBringingBirthdaysBack

Seriously.  Have you ever seen such a contented cow?

What’s your favorite Stampin’ Up! color combination?  Which of these do you like the best?

Big News, Baby!

They say babies like bright colors – I certainly hope so!

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesThis was another card I brought to convention as a general swap.  I confess that I struggled with the colors a bit, and when they were all completed I wished I’d stamped the lamb in Watermelon Wonder – but it is what it is.

  • Stamps:  Big News, Barnyard Babies
  • Color Palette:  Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
  • Accessories:  Hearts Border punch, Blushing Bride cotton ribbon, Two-way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, the Big Shot and Large Polka Dot TIEF

The embossed background just doesn’t show up in this photo, and I’m sorry.  It makes a difference.But I made a special tool to position those hearts:

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesIt’s a strip of card stock – I must throw out a hundred of these a month – with holes punched in it.  And it just so happens that those holes line up perfectly with those hearts:

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesI decided where I wanted the hearts on the first card and made a template.  I placed the template across the bottom of the sentiment and made tiny dots with the tip of a sharp pencil.  Remove the template, put a dab of Tombo (the Wonder Adhesive) on each pencil mark, and drop in the punched hearts.  As Mr. Maui Stamper and I like to say when we’re working on a project, it’s CUSTOM.

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesSpeaking of Mr. Maui Stamper, I tried to be as clandestine as possible with the Dazzling Diamonds.  He was traveling a bit around the time I made these, so I had a little extra time to try and cover my tracks.  My observation when all was said and done is that there is no hiding Dazzling Diamonds.  You either do it or you don’t.  And for now, I think I won’t.

Maui Stamper Big News Barnyard BabiesI mentioned that I struggled with the colors…This was how I began.  But I didn’t have a Watermelon Wonder ribbon that I could put in the corner, and using markers to get two colors on the Big News stamp wasn’t something I wanted to do 25 times over.  Sometimes these decisions make themselves.