Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Special Friends

Good morning Fireflies! Along with the warmer weather we are having we are getting lots of rain. So what better way to spend a rainy day than playing in my craftroom with new goodies! 

I wanted to share my design team card.  This month I got to play with a set from Penny Black called Mimi's Love.  Here is what I created today
I just adore this set Mimi's Love!! 
I started with a SU Lucky Limeade card base and then added a layer of burlap. For the next layer I took a piece of Basic Black and heat embossed the sentiment (from the Mimi's Love) in white on the upper right and attached this piece to the burlap layer.  Next I created three layers of landscape, using the Poppystamps stitched landscape dies, and inked sponged them with SU Lucky Limeade and Old Olive inks, layered them together and added to the bottom of the black layer cardstock. Now I stamped the Tree Ring (Concord and 9th) onto watercolor paper with StaZon black ink and colored in with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.  Once that dried I fussy cut it and added it to my card front. For the tree I die cut that using the Cottage Cutz Tall Tree die on white cardstock and colored with copic markers and then assembled the tree and added it on top the tree ring on the left side. Now is when I get to play with Mimi's Love!! I stamped the scene with the deer using Momento black ink onto X-Press It cardstock and colored with copic markers and then fussy cut the scene and added this piece on top of the tree and tree ring.  For the final touch I stamped several more of the mushrooms from the scene and colored them in and fussy cut and added to my card across the Landscape hills. 
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my creation. 
You can also check out Firefly Crafts for some aweosme prices on crafty goodies including the Mimi's Love stamp set here
Until next time 
Happy Crafting :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Picture Perfect

This month we are focusing on LOVE.... I love LOVE..
So we are going to be using Penny Black Stamp sets Mimi's Many Loves , It was hard to pick one! But the image with the couple under the umbrella with raining hearts was my favorite! So I decided to capture the image with a lawn fawn polaroid die!! And I had to add the adorable LOVE die from La La land.. I colored my image with Copics and Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I also did some slight embossing to the layered black piece under image in addition to adding a cute little white doily. And topped with 4 little RED heart gems! LOVE
Links to favorite items used:
Penny Black stamp set: http://www.fireflycrafts.net/product-p/pb-mimismanyloves.htm
LaLa Land LOVE die: http://www.fireflycrafts.net/category-s/1624.htm

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Penny Black, Color Blue challenge! Yikes!

Hello Fireflies!!!

So our fabulous Mama Firefly gave us a challenge.  Our DT boxes included a CUTE Penny Black stamp set, dies, ribbons, flowers that were all one color.  They were randomly sent out to each DT member... and they had to make it work!  Anyone who knows me knows.. I LOVE pink! Guess color what I got? Blue!?!?  I was up for the challenge.. heh heh.. but I had to sneak in some PINK!  This is what I made! (Due to time crunch, no step by step pictures, sad, I know!)

1. First I cut out my white base using 110pd cardstock @ 11 x 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2. I grabbed some blue cardstock for the front layer and die cut out a scalloped rectangle and coordinating circle die for a window. 

2. I stamped out the flowers in blue ink and decided to add some pink hearts to give it some more interest.  I added bling to the centers of the flower to give it even more interest! 

3. Using the center of the blue card front, I traced the window lightly onto the white card base... so that I could add some embossing paste to the inside of the window. I chose to use my ribbon stencil to add some shimmery pink embossing paste!! Set it aside to let it dry.

4. I stamped out the cute little girl with the balloon from the I Heart You stamp set from Penny Black.  I gave her a quick color with some Copic markers and fussy cut her out.  Afterwards, I used a cutting mat and blade to cut her hands away from her body because I wanted to add my own black string for the balloon.  

5. After double checking that the paste was dry, I mounted the blue card front to the card base using foam adhesive tape.  I tucked in the little girl with some more foam tape on the back and made sure some of the pink skirt was showing to break up the blue hues. Her hand barely sits on the edge of scallop...so dainty! I maneuvered and tucked the black string into her hands and set it with some wet glue.  

5. I wanted to add a cute sentiment or something below her, so I used the Hanging Heart die from La-La-Land Crafts which has this cute "love" sentiment!  I cut it out with some pink paper, added some shimmer to it and  adhered it below!

6. For finishing touches, I added more shimmer to the balloon, her collar, and skirt.

Thanks so visiting!
DT Kim

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Supplies used:
- white, pink & blue cardstock
- variety of Copic markers
- Heidi Swapp Art Screen Ink in Raspberry (embossing paste)
- Echo Park Designer Stencil: Bows
- Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
- White gel pen
- Wink of stella shimmer pen, clear

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Happy New Year from MaMa Firefly! I want to thank ALL of my fireflies for being with me this year with the start of Firefly Crafts and wish you all a VERY SAFE and Happy New Year. To kick off 2017, here is a coupon code starting NOW....Enjoy 17% (coupon code NEW2017)  off your total shopping cart and remember as ALWAYS, anything over $49.00 is FREE Shipping! Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Snowy Shaker Sweetie

HI!! So I wanted to attempt to make a shaker card (again) because my first one was not very successful. I headed over to Youtube to Jennifer McGuire's channel to learn from a pro! After watching her video, I grabbed some supplies and a few cups of coffee and some colorful curse words later..... here is the result:

The supplies I used for this card__

Stamps:  C.C Designs Ice Princess & ArtC for the holiday sentiments
Paper: Recollections Peppermint Twist, Recollections blue cardstock & Fun foam sheet
Dies: GINA MARIE STITCHES CIRCLES http://www.fireflycrafts.net/product-p/gmd-stitchedcircledie.htm
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Broken China & Tumbled Glass
image was colored using prismacolor pencils

Jennifer McGuires tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9XO1m4Puig

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

I ♥ Flakey Friends!!! (the stamp set, that is..)

Hello everyone!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday... and received lotsa crafty goodies! ♥

With Christmas just ending... its time to start those thank you cards or "love" cards to show your appreciation to those who were so thoughtful or just because! Well, I have the perfect stamp set for you.. its kinda winter-y.. and its kinda lovey.   Honey Bee Stamps: Flakey Friends would be perfect for you to send some love!

I made this.. and you can too... find the instructions and supply list below!

I first started with green cardstock 4 1/4 x 11, scored at 5 1/2. I grabbed some white cardstock and cut out a frame with the Spellbinders Nestabilities: Lacey Squares for my image.

I stamped out the bear, hat, scarf on some white cardstock and will color it with some Copics before fussy-cutting the images out.

After cutting out that cute polar bear, I wanted to give him some texture... soooo... I pulled out the flocking powder.  I covered the bear with liquid 2-way glue and added the flocking powder and set it aside to dry.  After he was was dry, I glued the hat and scarf onto him. 

Next to build the scene, I stamped out the snowdrift, which is included within the stamp set, and heat set some snowflakes using Tim Holtz Distress: Embossing Ink and some clear embossing powder.  I masked the loops with some Post-Its and then took the Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass and lightly added some color to the most outer edges. 

On the green cardstock, I wanted to add some "patterned paper" effects.  So I took the 2 paw stamps from the set and stamped it all over the cover of the card base.

It need more pop, so I found a little heart stamp among the set and stamped that in the little crevices between the paw prints in red ink.

I added a nice red ribbon to a tie in the red with some double sided tape, popped up the frame and the bear with some foam tape and adhered it to the center of the card base. 

 Oops, can't forget the inside. I stamped the "I love you" & "much" in green ink and the "beary" in red. I finished the inside sentiment by adding 2 more of the paw prints to tie it all together!

And here is the card, complete!!

Thank you all for checking out my post!!!


Supply List:

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'tis the season for hot cocoa baby!
by DT Kristen


A Quick Card from DT Kristen Completed in the Length of Time it Takes to Drink a Cuppa Coffee, Cocoa, or Tea

And the best part is that no one would guess that it’s a quick and easy card.  The number of die cut embellishments, heat embossing, and little touches like the white flocking powder on the stockings make it look a lot more complex than it is.  I thought that if anyone was still making their Christmas cards for this year, they would appreciate an easy, quick card.  And, well, to be honest, my toddler got ahold of the first card I made…..

I started off with my square cut Mambi Card; love these as they have crease lines and are a very heavy cardstock and can hold a lot of weight.  I grabbed a sheet of shimmer white cardstock, a scrap of 80lb white cardstock, and one sheet each of red and silver Holtz Silver Deco Adhesive Sheets.  I stamped my little raccoon, his hat, and the two coffee cups from Lawn Fawn’s HolidayParty Animal in Onyx Black Versafine ink and embossed with clear EP.   This is such a versatile set and a great deal at only $6 from Firefly Crafts!  I also stamped my sentiment “’Tis the season…hot cocoa baby” with Satin Red Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear EP using sentiments from Honey Bee Stamps Flakey Sentiments and More Flakey Friends.  I put the flag die (brand unknown) on top of the shimmer paper so I knew how much room I had to stamp and what angle to tilt the words on.  I colored all but the raccoon’s eyes with Copic markers; for those I used my black Wink of Stella glimmer marker.

Then it was over to my Sizzix Vagabond die cutting machine for my favorite part of making any card- the cutting!  I first cut my sentiment out using a flag die.  Using the leftover shimmer paper, I cut a “leaf pile” hill from the Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy set.  I prefer this little stitched hill over the regular Lawn Fawn landscape dies for square cards like this one; the full length hills seem to overwhelm square cards.  I then used a sheet of Adhesive Deco Sheet in silver to cut my adorable little snowman which can be bought from Firefly Crafts!  I love these sheets of glitter for so many reasons; the two biggest being that I don’t have to worry about how to attach them (which is a relief with intricate dies and ones with lots of openings like this little guy) and because it’s the only glitter allowed in my house; all loose glitter is banned =)  I then cut the set of three stockings from a piece of red Adhesive Deco Sheet.  I cut a few squares of double sided tape with the die to use as the top of the stockings.  I cut out my stamped images and then on a whim decided to cut out the square Simon Says Stamp Highlight Frame from the red glitter scraps leftover from my stockings.  I decided that I wanted the top of my stockings to be fuzzy so instead of adhering a piece of white paper, I used White Doodlebug Flocking Powder.  I was surprised at the little bit of transparency it had but overall love how it turned out; and I like to “pet” the soft and fuzzy top of the stockings.

I was all over the place while assembling my card; I used Crafty Power Tape to attach the snowy hill to the card base and the hat and coffee mug to my raccoon.  The Snowman I didn’t need to worry about; all I did was peel his backing off and stick him on the hill; same with the highlight die cut. I then used dimensional squares to adhere my sentiment banner to the top of the card, the raccoon to the hill, and the mug to the snowman’s hand.  I absolutely LOVE the 3D effect of the mug in the snowman’s hand!!  I used a black Sharpie permanent marker to write the word “for” on the sentiment banner and put a row of white beads on the top and red on the bottom.  Last, instead of using the adhesive on the back of the stockings to adhere them to the page, I decided to use the snowflake brads through the loop in the ribbon that holds them up.  It slightly cut off the beginning of my sentiment- but I liked it so much I let it that way.  Hope you enjoyed my card…. Have a VERY Merry Christmas!

Supplies used:
  • Lawn Fawn Party Animal stamp set
  • Snowman
  • Lawn Fawn Party Animal coordinating dies
  • Honey Bee Stamps More Flakey Friends stamp set
  • Honey Bee Stamps Flakey Sentiments stamp set
  • Poppystamps Stocking Garland Die
  • Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy dies
  • Do You Want to Build a Snowman Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Highlight Frames Craft Die
  • Mambi Cards Christmas Collection by Me and My Big Ideas
  • VersaMark Versafine inks in Onyx Black and Satin Red
  • VersaMark Versafine inks in Onyx Black and Satin Red
  • Clear Ranger Embossing Powder
  • Miscellaneous embelishments: White snowflake brads and red and white adhesive beads
  • Black Wink of Stella marker
  • Copic Original and Sketch Markers
  • 110 lb white cardstock and white shimmer sheet of regular weight cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Silver Deco Adhesive Deco sheets
  • Sharpie permanent marker
  • White DoodleBug Flocking Powder
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