Today I am crossing my fingers and being extra careful today because there’s an old saying about bad things happening in 3’s and we’ve had 2 bad things happen recently! LOL It’s been a crazy few days for sure.
WARNING: This is pretty gruesome!! Just skip over this part if you would like 🙂
First, pup Mya’s eye got swollen! Like freakishly swollen! The white part of the eye looked like a bubble. This has happened to her once before due to getting into a fight with a bumble bee (and by fight, I mean she chased it and started biting at it!!). We gave her benadryll and just took her in to make sure nothing serious was going on. Turns out she is fine & it must have just been another allergic reaction. She’s totally fine now, but I always worry when it is an eye.
Then yesterday, pup Skye CRACKED a toenail! There was just sooo much blood! We got the bleeding totally under control pretty quickly (cornstarch or flour is recommended for bleeding nails in dogs) & just kept an eye on her until the vet opened in the morning. She was pretty pathetic because her toe was hurting so bad. When we took her in to the vet office, the vet just cut the nail down even further, which was horrible because Skye screamed and again started to bleed! Thankfully the vet has clotting agents so the bleeding was controlled within seconds. Then Skye got off the examination table & was perfect like nothing even happened!! I am sure her toe is still sore, but today she’s acting just like normal.
So anyway, we are just hoping that all of these little mini-emergencies are over with and we don’t have a #3! LOL That’s what we’ve been up to. The pups always remind us that life is full of surprises!
NOW the crafty part:
Welcome to day 2 of 25 Days of Copic Christmas. Today I have two tips for you (one Copic related, one non-Copic related).
The pocket is from the Vintage October All Zipped Up stamp set.
This image actually has stitches on it, but I didn’t want stitches on my project so I stamped the image on the other side of the paper, cut it out, & then used the non-stamped side. I’ll admit, it totally made me feel like a crafty genius when I realized I could use the other side 😉
The patterned paper I used for the pocket is from the Winter Wishes collection from Echo Park. This paper was part of our September SP Monthly Kit.
After I cut out the pocket, I inked around the edges of the patterned paper using the Tim Holtz Ink Applicator tool and some Taken with Teal ink from Stampin’ UP. I also inked around the edges of the card base.
EXPERT STAMPING TIP: Dimension
I wanted my pocket to have a little dimension so I stuck some dimensional adhesive only on the part of the pocket that would be puffed out if something were actually stuck inside of it. Then I used my regular adhesive around the edges of the pocket (except for the top opening). This method made the pocket look like it was actually a pocket!
Here’s what the back of the pocket looked like:
And in this photo you can see how the pocket looks like it is opened:
This project is a Copic coloring project because of the candy cane. The candy cane & the tiny snowflakes are both stamps from the Vintage October Winter Pocket Fillers stamp set. This set coordinates perfectly with the pocket from the Vintage October All Zipped Up stamp set.
EXPERT TIP #2: Leave the Streaks
When Copic coloring, you do not always need to blend everything together. Sometimes it is fun to leave the streaks! Candy canes are one instance where the streaks work well. Another example that comes to mind is when coloring hair. Sometimes streaks looks great in hair. Leaving streaks gives you just another way to add visual texture to your Copic creations.
The sentiment on this card was made with a combo of sticker alphas and alpha stamps.
The alpha stickers are from the Tailored For the Record 2 collection Kit, which is part of this months SP Monthly Kit.
The alpha stamps are from the Tiny Build a Banner stamp set. I stamped each letter individually so that it was easy for me to line each letter up. I just LOVE LOVE this little typewriter font.
Once I added the candy cane pocket and sentiment, I thought it needed “something” so I added the tiny snowflake images.
The card base is Rustic Cream cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I rounded the edges at the bottom before I inked the edges of the card base.
Here’s another view of my project:
I actually have TWO Christmas cards to share today so I will be back this afternoon with another card to share. Some days over the next few weeks, I am going to have TWO cards for you 🙂
Catch ya later!