Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Smile

Hi everyone.  Today I'm sharing a fun card using this adorable octopus die that I just received from a sweet friend!!

Isn't it cute??!!  You just have to smile when you see the expression on his face.  I only made the background yesterday, which I die-cut for the octopus, but already can't remember what I used.  Seriously, this is scaring me a bit.  I have been SUPER busy on the computer with lots of admin work which takes concentration, but only a day to forget.  Geesh!  I think it was smooshed distess inks and if so, most likely mowed lawn and peacock feathers. :)  I used a stylus to shape his head and tentacles.

Luckily I made the rest of the card this morning, so it's fresh in my mind.  Background is made with the splash background technique using just peacock feathers distress ink.  A quick video on how to make this quick and easy background is HERE.  For the seaweed, I die-cut from the same piece as the octopus, but wanted it to be darker green so sponged mowed lawn ink over top.  To add a bit of "shading" I used the edge of my sponge in a few places ... lots of ink on the edges of sponges. :)  I stamped the sentiment in the same green ink.

Here's a close-up ...
When making this card I realized I don't have any sentiments that are "ocean themed".  Looks like I need to go shopping again. :)

Have a great day and hope this made you smile!






Stamps:  Believe (AliExpress)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore 140 lb. 400 Series); White card base (Neenah 110 lb. card stock)
Ink:  Distress inks:  Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, Willow branch die (AliExpress); Octopus die (AliExpress), stylus, black marker


26 comments:

Susan said...

Definitely an adorable octopus!! Great splashed watery background and green seaweed!

Barb Ghig said...

Oh my gosh, how CUTE he is! I love the mix of blue/green/aqua for the octopus and how well he blends with your background! Great idea to use your Stylus to add dimension, too! I agree...there's a lot of ink on the edge of those sponges, and it's perfect for your seaweed! This is such a beautiful card, Loll...then again, your cards always have a magical feel!
Try not to worry too much about your 'memory'...it's probably because you have so much going on with Admin work. It certainly hasn't affected your creativity...that's for sure :)

Nancy Stislow said...

Oh my gosh is this ever cute! That octopus is just adorable and love your colors on this! I love how you used the willow branch to create your seaweed- brilliant. This one is so fun!

Bunny said...

Shopping............yes, I'm in. What a cute card. It really does make me smile. Love the colors. [Bunny]

Christine Alexander said...

I want one of those, he's so octopus is so cute and the colours are wonderful. Love the seaweed (willow branch)

aussie aNNie said...

LOVE that octopus, adorable and not seen a cute one like it...your background is sheer delight...and I will go shopping with you too.xx

nancy littrell said...

Your Octopus is Adorable, Loll and definately made me Smile, which was the perfect sentiment:-) TFS your techniques and creative card, my friend. Hugs...

Stamps and Paper said...

Your underwater card is lovely Loll love your cute octopus he’s adorable and very clever using your willow branch for seaweed

Anne

Maxine D said...

Yes Loll, this made me smile - thank you so much. A wonderful water themed card, and that octopus is wonderful!
Blessings
Maxine

Verov94 said...

Trop mignone cette pieuvre et jolie carte, tout en douceur.
Bonne journée de France

Marcia HIll said...

That adorable Octopus is making me smile too, so I'd say the sentiment is just perfect for this FUN and so beautifully inked up card! LOVE it Loll!! :0)

Jeanne said...

This is a happy card with that smiley octopus. I think the colors (however they got to be on the elements) are wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing!

Daffodil Cards said...

Love you made the "weed" out of the octopus, thinking outside the box - GREAT card.
Faith
x

Mac Mable said...

Such a fun card. Loving the gorgeous colours and that octopus is fabulous X

Bonnie said...

I can't help but smile at this octopus floating in the seaweed! Beautiful watery colors for the octopus, coral and background! I forget too. Way more often than I should!

Papercraft Boutique said...

The adorable octopus made me smile, and the way you wrote today's blog made me smile too! :-) The colors of the octopus are so pretty and match the splash background ocean and the seaweed so well. Adding the dark spots to the seaweed makes it look realistic and interesting. And the photo backdrop is perfect for the ocean card too! Hideko xx

Brenda in IN said...

I understand about the admin work you did! I think you did great. I forget a lot of times after I make a card and lay it aside, what I used or how I did it too and I do no admin work. Your ocean scene is so pretty and the octopus did make me smile. He is so cute.

Trina P. said...

Aww... so adorable, Loll! What a fantastic gift. Your background is perfect for this underwater scene.
Hope your admin work goes well. xx

Trina P. said...

Aww... so adorable, Loll! What a fantastic gift. Your background is perfect for this underwater scene.
Hope your admin work goes well. xx

Izzy Scrap said...

Ooooh! J’adore ! What an adorable octopus. Love the tone of the whole image. Gorgeous smooshed background and beautiful watercolour for the octopus and the seaweeds. An amazing design too, Loll ! xx

Anita in France said...

What a cutie, Loll ... you've created such a delicious watery scene for this sweet octopus to swim in ... who couldn't smile seeing this adorable little guy! Hugs, Anita :)

Linda said...

This little guy is so cute ..... you've create a gorgeous underwater scene for him too xx

BożenA said...

This is such a lovely underwater scene. I am impressed by creativity to use willow twigs to create seaweed. A great and very good idea. I love octopus, it looks stunning.
BożenA xx

Jo Manna said...

He is one cute Octopussy, his eyes did make me smile. Again, another restricted palette, always soothing to the eyes, a true underwater scene. Lovely xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Oh, he is indeed very adorable with his big eyes! Love all the smooshed and splashed backgrounds that you used to make your ocean scene!

Ros Crawford said...

Oh it's super cute!! Loving those colours too!