It's the Most Wonderful Snowman er...Snow Woman?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Much earlier in the month, Jeanne challenged us to make a shaped card.  After much thought, this is what I came up with. 

The actual snowman snow woman is cut with the Tim Holtz Winter Wonder die.  Yes, the card does stand and here's how to do it.  I made a top folding card in the usual manner by scoring at the top.  Then I placed the fold slightly below the top of the die.  This keeps it attached. 

Now my poor little snowman snow woman had a flat head...that'll never do!  So I simply cut the hat area again, this time in felt and trimmed it straight across the bottom and one side to make it fit.  I repeated this step on the back of the card.

His Her scarf has been cut in felt, this time with the Sizzix Snowman #2 die.  I used a Copic to color his her carrot nose and added little stripes mimicking a carrot with a Copic Multi Liner.  The Multi Liner was also used for his her eye and his mouth made out of coal {grin}.

The sentiment has been stamped in black and the little stars stamped in pink to match the scarf.  Then I just added a wee bit of Stickles to the center of the stars for some bling.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Blushing Bride
Stamps:  Verve Winter Mittens and Verve Snowflake Splendor
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Winter Wonder die, Sizzix Snowman #2 die, pink and black felt, Star Dust Stickles, Copic YR68 and Copic Multi Liner 0.5

A fun card to make and really it's very simple!  See you very soon my dear friends!



Gentle Season

A card for Lydia's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge...a walk in the woods.  It's all about what you may see on a walk in the woods.  I absolutely love cardinals but sadly they don't visit our locale.   So my walk today is through a forest full of birch trees and cardinals.

My background is a Tim Holtz embossing folder that's been inked with SU! Soft Suede before it was run through my Big Shot Pro.  Next comes a strip of burlap. 

The image has been colored with Copics and matted on black card stock.  Sentiment has also been matted on black card stock and is popped up on dimensionals.  And a button with twine is the final touch.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Whisper White and X-Press It Copic paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Soft Suede
Stamps:  Northwoods Rubber Stamps
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, burlap, MFT button, twine, Jody boosters, ATG, Copics:  birch trees - E30, E44; cardinals R24, R27 and Y38 for their little beaks

Back soon with one final card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges.  Hard to believe today is the final day of challenges.  Soon the MD Anderson Center in Houston will be receiving our cards and good wishes.  So happy to have been part of this worthwhile cause again this year!



Olive Cobbler Noel

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A card for the Splitcoast Color Challenge...using SU! Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla or Whisper White.  For the dessert option...silver or pearls (neither of which I used today).

The background is made by gluing some Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap on a piece of card stock.  I've used Glue n' seal both underneath and on top.  As the tissue was being glued onto the card stock, I wrinkled it.  Once it was dry...yes, I'm impatient so I dried it carefully with my heat gun...I dabbed some more of the glue in a few random spots and then added some Ranger Distress Stickles Dry Glitter.  It gives a really nice sparkle without being overdone.

The tree is a Tim Holtz die cut that's been stamped with a script stamp, randomly sponged with the Old Olive ink and then I added some snow with a snow marker.  Once the snow was dry, I hit it with the heat gun to puff it up.

The sentiment was die cut in Cherry Cobbler.  I glued the little mini bag and tag on the background, then the tree, followed by the sentiment and little stamp.  The doll stamp has been cut from some designer paper and popped up on dimensionals.  Then a little bit of gingham ribbon and it's done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White and Graphics 45 Christmas Emporium
Ink:  SU! Old Olive
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Letter to Santa
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Pine Tree die, Tim Holtz Upon a Time Sizzlet die, Tim Holtz Composer Tissue Wrap, Melissa Frances Mini bags & Tags, Marvy Snow Marker, Glue 'n seal, Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in Clear Rock Candy, sponges, gingham ribbon, heat gun, craft mat, Jody boosters

Back soon with more!

Crinoline Roses and Canvas One Day

This card has been designed for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge where Donna has asked us to use cork, canvas or clay on our card.  It's also for the Moxie Fab World Challenge here.  I've used the Viva la Verve! October week five sketch by Laurie Schmidlin shown here:


I started by printing the vintage image from Crafty Secrets on some sticky-back canvas.  Just in case you've never tried this...it was a snap with my HP inkjet printer.  Once I peeled the backing off, it was matted onto some card stock.  Then before it was burnished with a bone folder onto the card stock I lifted the edges with my fingernail and ripped one thread back from each side.  Then, still using my fingernail, the edges were lightly rolled up.  Next the edges were all inked with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the sentiment from Verve was stamped in SU! Soft Suede.

The flowers and leaves were made with dies and crinoline.  Each piece was dampened, scrunched in my hands, inked with Distress Stains and Inks and gently dried with my heat gun.  Then the flowers were rolled up, glued and then I added a pearl center to each.

Finally, everything was matted on a 5" x 5" square card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Blush Blossom and Soft Suede
Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and Mowed Lawn; as well as SU! Soft Suede
Stamps:  Verve One Day Plain Jane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die, Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecone die, HP inkjet printer, Crafty Secrets Creating with Vintage Illustrations CD#2, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-Back Canvas, crinoline fabric, Spun Sugar Distress Stain, sponges, Ranger Glossy Accents, misc. pearls, heat gun, craft mat, disposable gloves, water spritzer, bone folder

Hope you are having a terrific day my friends!

Pink Chocolate Love

Monday, October 29, 2012

Patty has challenged us to make a treat holder for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge today.  She's asked us to use pink, black, white and silver.  And, in addition to that...make it glam...I think this meets all the requirements {grin}.  Blingety, bling, bling!

I did a search looking for a little box or seed packet.  Luckily I found this wonderful a template from joyeverafter.com.  It worked so well for my little organic dark chocolate bar. 

It was printed on SU! Basic Gray card stock and then I cut it out with my craft knife, added some scoring to hold the chocolate bar:

I simply scored it where you would normally fold it for a seed packet and then added another score just 1/8" outside the first score line on the three applicable sides.  This allowed me to make a proper sized pocket to hold the little chocolate bar.

Then I added Scor-Tape to the three sides to shape the holder.  Next I cut a strip of black and white designer paper just slightly narrower than the holder, again scored it in the same way to fit it around the holder, and affixed it using more Scor-Tape.

The sentiment has been stamped on more designer paper that's been die cut with the Verve Rounded Rectangle Die and popped up on dimensionals.  Underneath that is some glitter card stock that's been cut with the Verve Rounded Scallop die.

Since Patty asked for bling...I added bling!  A punched heart, a couple of silver heart peel-offs and several rhinestones in two shades of pink are the final embellishments.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray, Recollections glitter paper and MME Lost & Found Blush
Ink:  SU! Basic Gray
Stamps:  Verve Love Is
All the other stuff:  template, craft knife, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, SU! heart punchJody boosters, Recollections rhinestones, Recollections glitter tape, peel-offs and of course...CHOCOLATE!

Hope you are having a wonderful day!




Pink Angel Joy

A very simple CAS design today, both for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge from Leslie, where we were to use a CAS design with the sentiment as the focal point.  And, for the CAS194 challenge at Splitcoast featuring a CAS collage.

The music was stamped in Bundled Sage Distress Ink, followed by the angel image in Tattered Rose Distress Ink and then the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black.  A row of rose trim and some Stickles on her wings are the only embellishments.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Pure Luxury Card Stock in Black and White
Ink:  Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose Distress Inks, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Joyful Song
All the other stuff:  Star Dust Stickles, rose trim and Ranger Glossy Accents

Have a fantastic week everyone!

A Perfect Gentleman

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tammie has asked us to use a dog on our cards for this Hope You Can Cling To Challenge.  I found this sweet vintage digi on Free Vintage Digi Stamps.
I've colored it with Copics, did some sponging, some distressing and added some rain drops.  Then added some texture with an embossing folder in Rich Razzleberry.  I've placed a couple of brads to the sentiment strip.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla and X-Press It Copic
Ink:  my laser printer and SU! Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede and Distress Ink in Antique Linen
Stamps:  digi from Free Vintage Digi Stamps and Verve Stronger Love
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Postal embossing folder, sponges, SU! Vintage Brads, misc. rain drops, Copics:  dress, vest, umbrella - RV32, RV34, RV55, RV66, RV69; cat, dog's suit T1, T3, T5, T7; dog - E34, E35; eyes B16

Almost caught up!  Yeah!!!  Have a wonderful evening!

Blooming Life

Another card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast.  This time, Kittie has asked us to make a card with a window.  I used this wonderful digi from the Sketching Stamper.

It's been colored with Copics; then I added some Stickles to the flowers in a really random fashion.  When I color an image like the multitude of flowers in these pots, I use a very loose style of coloring, more just dotting on the color here and there rather than trying to get too detailed.  Makes it much easier to color.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  X-Press It Copic paper, SU! Cameo Coral and Ballet Blue
Ink:  my laser printer and Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
Stamps:  digi from the Sketching Stamper and Verve Hope Blooms
All the other stuff:  Fruit Punch Stickles, Copics:  sky B21, B23; curtains Y13; window frame E23, E25, E27; greens G000, G14, G16; and the flowers RV21, RV23, RV25

Hope you are having a marvelous day!

Rooster Soup

Ha!  Bet you thought you were getting a recipe when you saw the title right?  But really...rooster soup????  Sabrina has asked us to use a chicken, rooster or turkey on our card and to use elements on our card that spell S-O-U-P.  Now this was a challenge...I think this is the only stamp I have that has one of those birds on it!  It's an oldie but a goodie from Stampin' Up!

I simply stamped all the different images on a piece of white card stock and then sponged in lots of different colors.  Tied some twine on it.  Punched out an oval, stamped the sentiment on it and edged it with a marker.  It's been popped up on a dimensional.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Whisper White, Basic Black and More Mustard
Ink:  Distress Ink in Shaded Lilac, Wild Honey and Shabby Shutters and Palette Hybrid Ink in Umber (Burnt that is)
Stamps:  SU! Friendship Journey, Woodland Cottage and Provencal
All the other stuff:  sponges, twine, Jody booster, ATG

Back soon with more...still catching up on my Hope You Can Cling To Challenges.  The more cards I can get done to send to Houston the better!  If you'd like to join us, just click on the pink blinkie in the upper right hand corner!  We'd love to have you participate!




One Peace

Friday, October 26, 2012

Denise's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge limited us to using one of each thing on our card.  So I used one die cut, one piece of designer paper, one embossing folder, one ink color and one sentiment stamp.

Not much to tell you about this one.  I embossed the trees with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, cut out the deer on some designer paper and stamped the sentiment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Simple Stories Handmade Holiday, SU! Naturals White and SU! Soft Suede
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamp:  Club Scrap
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fades Embossing Folders Branch Tree and Tall Pines set, Deer Trio Memory box die, ATG and Ranger Glossy Accents

Back soon with more my dear friends!

Pink Gingham Grace

Another Hope You Can Cling To Challenge card.  Teresa has asked us to play a game of ta ta toe...fun hmm?  There were nine options in the square, just like tic tac toe and we needed to make a card making tic tac toe with three elements.  I chose are pink, button, designer paper to make my tic tac toe.

A very simple CAS design this time.  Just simply dry embossed my card base, stamped the sentiment and added the flourish and flower. 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Whisper White, SU! Pear Pizzazz, Lily Bee Design Head Over Heels
Ink:  Tim Holtz Picked Raspberry
Stamps:  Verve Grace Plain Jan
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Crafts Too! embossing folder, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die, Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork die, MFT button, misc. twine, Ranger Glossy Accents

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  See you soon with more!




You Are Such A Joy

A card for the Viva la Verve! Sketch Challenge from week three.  And here's Andrea Ewen's sketch:

I've used a 4.25" x 5.5" card base in Chocolate Chip.  Next comes some distressed and inked designer paper followed by a lacy oval nestie, topped with more distressed designer paper.  The horizontal piece is made with some designer paper, Verve's Pennant Trim die and some crochet lace.

The sentiment is on a die cut.  It's been made with designer paper that's been stamped with a flower image and then stamped with the sentiment.

Lots of bling...some from Tim Holtz and some from K & Co.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Chocolate Chip, MME Paris & Co.
Ink:  Tim Holtz Walnut Stain Distress Ink and SU! Soft Sky
Stamps:  Verve Kind Words
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinder's Lacy Ovals Nestabilities, Verve Rounded Rectangle A Cut Above Die, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, distressing tool, sponges, Tim Holtz Accoutrements, misc. crocheted lace, K & Company Adhesive Gems, Ranger Glossy Accents, Jody boosters

Thanks for joining me today my friends!  Back soon with more!














Musical Pears

Thursday, October 25, 2012

OK, so was there are other title than "Musical Pears" for this?  LOL!  It just had to be done.

A very simple CAS design for one of the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges. 

I've used an A2 card base in white.  Used the "kissing technique" for the pears...added a sentiment and done!  Quick right?

If you haven't seen this technique it's very simple.  I inked my solid pear stamp with, what else,  but Pear Pizzazz.  Then I quickly inked my music background stamp and stamped it onto the pear stamp, gave it a little huff to make sure it was still moist and stamped my card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Luxury card stock in white
Ink:  SU! Pear Pizzazz and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Stampendous Music Score, A Stamp in the Hand Pear, Verve Sunny Days
All the other stuff:  not a thing today...that's all it takes!

I'm trying to catch up on my Hope You Can Cling to Challenges...see you soon with more!

Clear Gratitude

Well after 20 or so odd photographs, and I do mean odd...this is it.  I forgot how difficult it is to photograph clear cards.  So my apologies to you all...the card really looks much better in real life.

One of the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges was to have something clear on your card...so I made a clear card.

The card base is a transparency.  On the top, a doily that's been stamped with the flower from Verve's Beautiful You.  Then I just stamped the sentiment right over top.

Inside the card...a square of pink card stock.  See the little black frame?  Well it's an off cut from two different sized square nesties.  Just added a little glue with a toothpick to stick it to the pink square. 

The backside of the doily doesn't show the adhesive for some reason...yes, happy accident!  However when I taped the pink square down with my ATG it really showed on the back side of the card.  So I just taped another square of pink to the back to hide it.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Blushing Bride, SU! Basic Black
Ink:  SU! Regal Rose, Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Beautiful You
All the other stuff:  Ellen Hutson doily, ATG, off cut from nesties squares, transparency

Back soon with more!

Bouquet of Good Wishes

A double challenge card today...one for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge by Mary to use some sort of postage on our card and the Ways to Use It Challenge where Linda has asked us to use embossing on our card.
Do you ever just fight and fight with a card and finally say...ok...that's it...you win??? LOL!  This one got the better of me and I'm still not entirely thrilled but it is what it is.

The card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5".  Next comes a layer of black card stock topped by a piece of  Pretty in Pink that's been dry embossed.  A couple of simple squares made with my nesties are next; one in Regal Rose and one in Basic Black. 

The focal image has been stamped on a die cut and then colored with Copics.  I sponged it while it was in the die and then added a wee bit of color on the edges too.  The flowers have been blinged up with a clear Spica pen and then I added the pearls to the centers of three of the flowers and also throughout the card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Luxury heavy weight card stock, SU! Pretty in Pink, SU! Regal Rose and SU! Basic Black
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and SU! Pink Pirouette
Stamps:  Hero Arts Bouquet of Good Wishes and Lockhart Stamp Co.
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, square and postage nesties, Sizzix Flourish embossing folder (from the Textured Impressions embossing folder 2 pack - Snowflake & Flourish set), sponges, misc. pearls, clear Spica pen, Copics:  flowers - R81, R83, R85, greens - G20, G24, basket - E41, E43 and shadows - W3

Thanks for joining me today!  Hope your day is amazing!

Never Too Old

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A dear friend turns the big SIX OH later this week.  She loves classic black, white and red so that had to be the color scheme for her card.  I've used the Splitcoast Sketch from this week for the layout.  And, I have to admit when I saw the sketch...it scared me!

So I pulled out some designer paper and started to play with the patterns.  I've used a white card base and it's been topped with a large piece of designer paper.  In the corners are some circles that are actually cut off around the edges of the card.  Next is a smaller rectangle of designer paper layered over some black card stock to give it a bit more presence. 

Then comes two die cuts...one in a larger polka dot pattern and the other a faint script and scroll pattern which seemed perfect to stamp the sentiment on.  The flower has been stamped in black on red card stock and then I used two layers of Glassy Glaze to give it a plastic look.  A large rhinestone was glued to the center of the flower and it's popped up on two thick dimensionals.  The ribbon is a slightly lighter shade of the same red (although the picture doesn't really look that way!).  It's been topped with a button, some embroidery thread and another large rhinestone.

I'ved added two corners of bling 'cause you just can never have too much bling right?  And, after all she is celebrating 60 years of life!

This card will be hand delivered in a clear box, so it has lots of height and dimension. 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. Luxury Heavy Weight card stock, SU! Basic Black and Bo Bunny Enchanted
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Words of Wisdom and Verve Lean on Me
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders Labels 25, Hug Snug seam binding, Recollections bling, misc. button, embroidery thread, Jody boosters, Ranger Glossy Accents, SU! Glassy Glaze, heat gun, misc. large rhinestones

Pearls, Lace and Butterflies

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Time for another multi-challenge card.  Lisa's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge is to use something you find in the air...my choice...butterflies.  This is also for the Color Challenge at Splitcoast using Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals, the neutral of our choice...and for dessert...lace.  The layout is from Mojo Monday seen here:



As you can see, I chose to flip the sketch on its side.  My card made with a standard 4.25" X 5.5" card base in Very Vanilla.  It's been lightly stamped with a gingham background stamp in Pretty In Pink and then the edges were heavily inked with Soft Suede. 

On top of that is a rectangle of Soft Suede that's been cut with the Verve Flourished Trim die, and topped with some designer paper that's been distressed and inked.  Next is a rectangle of a solid coordinating paper, again distressed and inked.

The sentiment has been stamped on another die cut.  The edges have been inked and I'ved added a piece of lace.  Next, a banner of Soft Suede topped with more designer paper and again...inked.  The banner was made with a square punch. The butterfly has been stamped on more coordinating designer paper, die cut and the edges lightly inked.

Some buttons with embroidery thread, some pearl bling...and done!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Very Vanilla and Soft Suede, and Glitz Pretty in Pink
Ink:  SU! Soft Suede and Pretty in Pink
Stamps:  Verve All Aflutter and Beautiful You; and Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card - Gingham
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Flourished Trim A Cut Above die, Verve Sweet Scallop die, Verve All Aflutter A Cut Above die, 1 1/4" square punch, Recollections Pearl bling, MFT buttons, embroidery thread, distressing tool, sponges, SU! lace, ATG

Back soon with more my friends!  Hope you are having a fantastic day!


Liebster Award

A fabulous surprise arrived on my blog the other day, when my wonderful friend, Shea announced she was giving me the Liebster Award!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Shea!

ABOUT THE AWARD
Liebster is a German word meaning "Beloved," "Favorite," or "Dearest." This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have fewer than 200 followers.

RULES FOR ACCEPTANCE
- Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. 
- Post the award onto your blog. 
- Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. 
- Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!
 
So, in no particular order here are the fabulous ladies and their blogs that I would love to share with you:
 
Jan, at Ink This, Stamp That...has a wonderful blog full of beautiful ATCs, vintage goodness, and beautiful cards!  She's a fellow stamper over at Splitcoast that leaves the kindest, encouraging comments!
 
Karen at Snippets...is an amazing CAS designer...her clean style continues to amaze me card after card!  Her use of texture and colors totally blows me away!  Karen is another fellow stamper over at Splitcoast who is so generous with her comments!
 
Bridget at Bridget's Paper Blessings is a former Dirty Girl...you need to be a Splitcoast fan to understand that term {grin}!  I've followed her work for quite some time and her sponging and keen eye for color are fantastic!  Bridget is another fellow stamper over at Splitcoast who can bring a smile to your face with her sweet comments!
 
Cibele at Flower Foot Designs is another very talented paper designer.  Her sense of color and visual balance is simply wonderful.  Cibele is another fellow stamper at Splitcoast whose CAS designs really caught my eye when she was a member of the CAS Design Team.
 
Diane over at Charmingly Creative is a master with dies and punches.  She creates some gorgeous cards!  She's also a fellow stamper over at Splitcoast whose is so kind with her comments!
 
Please take the time to visit each and every one of these talented designer's blogs!
 
And, one last word for Shea!  Thank you so much for honoring me this way...I truly appreciate this! 
 
Back soon with more cards now that my computer is functioning again!
 

Birthday and Bling

Friday, October 19, 2012

It's another card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast.  In case you missed it...all my cards are headed to Houston to the MD Anderson Cancer Center.  This is an annual card drive that so many stampers contribute to.  Have some spare cards?  Just click on the link in the upper right column for all the info. 

Cindy has asked us to make birthday cards today and she provided some very pretty photos for inspiration.  I honed in on the flowers and the pink/white colors.

The card base has been dry embossed and then layered with some rose and grey/black striped designer paper.  I added some rhinestones down the right side of the card...alternating medium and larger stones.

One of the banners was stamped with the sentiment and the other with a row of birthday presents that have even more bling on them.  Then, I added the Maya Road flower with a rhinestone center.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. white Luxury Card stock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Making a Statement and Borderline
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tied Together embossing folder by Couture Creations, 1 1/4" square punch, Maya Road flower, Hero Arts rhinestones, ATG

Back soon with more my friends!  Hope you're having a wonderful day!

Butterflies and Crayons

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A very simple CAS design today for a couple of the challenges over at Splitcoast.  Ardyth has asked us to use something that pertains to the four main vitals signs...I chose breathing.  And, for the Ways to Use It Challenge, Cathy has asked us to use crayons.  There are all sorts of ways to use crayons...crayon resist...melted crayon backgrounds...and on and on.

I took a piece of neutral colored designer paper with a butterfly pattern and placed it OVER TOP of my 6 x 6 template and simply rubbed on different colors of crayons.  It gives a really subtle look doesn't it?  It took a little bit of playing to find the right designer paper and colors of crayons to get the desired effect but I think this works very well.

As I was concerned that the crayon would rub off, I simply heat set it with my heat gun and then lightly burnished it with a paper towel.

The sentiment was stamped and part of the butterfly rhinestone embellishment added,  the bottom corners were rounded and done!  Very simple!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! River Rock, SU! Concord Crush and Basic Grey Perhaps
Ink:  SU! Concord Crush
Stamps:  Verve Beautiful You
All the other stuff:  The Crafters Workshop Mini Chicken Wire template; Zva Creative PEB-03CB-109, SU! Watercolor Wonder crayons in Almost Amethyst, Pale Plum and Certainly Celery; corner rounder punch, heat gun, paper towel, ATG

Santa Collage

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Another card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast.  Lynn's challenge is a decorative edged card.  My layout is loosely based on the Splitcoast sketch challenge for this week.

I decided to do a collage today...so this really stretched my creativity.  The picture is a little off, as the tag in the lower right corner is actually the same color as the red paper behind it...it looks slightly pink on my monitor...funny how that happens sometimes!

The card base is a standard 4.25" x 5.5" and I used a Tim Holtz die to cut the edge.  The entire card base is stamped with a background stamp and then the die cut edges were inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Next comes a layer of black card stock that's been dry embossed with a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder.  Next is a layer of Co-ordinations Kraft-Core card stock.  The edges were distressed with a distressing tool and inked with more Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Then I used a sanding block here and there so that the kraft color shows through.

The Santa image has been stamped on some kraft glassine and then I used a couple of Distress Markers to color his hat, suit, and the holly.  The edges have all been torn and inked also.  When using the kraft glassine, a permanent ink works best so the stamping and inking are all done in Ranger Archival Ink.  Glassine needs to be heat set, so I did that with my trusty heat gun!

The holly leaves are all made with the kraft glassine paper.  They were cut with the Tim Holtz Holly Branch die.  Then I crumpled them in my hand...a fair bit, and sprayed them with Lettuce Adirondack Color Wash.  I also used the same color wash on some white seam binding to make the little bows for the "JOY" tags.  The little bit of berry peeking out under the tag was colored with a Copic marker.

The tag peeking out from behind the "JOY" tags was cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die.  It's a piece of the same card stock as the card base, but it's been colored with Distress Stains.  The Merry Christmas tag is also a die cut from Tim Holtz.  I added the little Santa Clause coin at the top of the card.  The red ribbon through the tag is more seam binding that I've wrinkled/distressed.

The little "JOY" tags are again from Tim Holtz (are you seeing a pattern here???) {grin}.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Soft Suede, SU! Basic Black, Co-ordinations Kraft-Core, Kraft Glassine
Ink:  Ranger Archival Jet Black and Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Distressed Corduroy Cover-A-Card background stamp, Tim Holtz Odds and Ends and Letter to Santa
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Alterations Distressed Frame embossing folder, Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers Mini Tickets Set, Tim Holtz Holly Branch die, Tim Holtz Ornate die, Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die, Tim Holtz Type Charms, Hug Snug red seam binding, Hug Snug white seam binding, water spritzer, Lettuce Ranger Adirondack Color Wash, craft sheet, distressing tool, Bundled Sage and Barn Door Distress Stain, heat gun, Ranger Glossy Accents, Jody boosters, Barn Door and Bundled Sage Distress Markers, R56 Copic

Whew...that was a long post today!  If you ever have any questions, feel free to e-mail me, or leave me a comment below. 

Different Merry Christmas

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Another card for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge, this time our host, Taylor has asked us to use two different types of every thing we use on our card e.g. two different colored buttons/two different designer papers...  Try and wrap your brain around that one when you use the design principle of threes or other odd numbers! LOL!

I've used the Deconstructed Sketch #73 by Sheri Gilson.  My large background piece of designer paper has been dry embossed.  It's followed by a hand cut banner of corrugated cardboard.  Topping that is a piece of red card stock that has been cut with a pennant die.  A piece of coordinating designer paper is on top of that.

Next comes a piece of solid color card stock that's also been dry embossed.  Followed by another hand cut pennant that the sentiment is on.  Next, two poinsettias stamped with the same stamp...remember I can only use two stamps right?  But I made them different by using different designer papers and different colors of Stickles for some bling.

And the embellie...two buttons...different colors and sizes with two different colors of twine.

OK, so here's the count:
2 different colors of card stock
2 different patterns of designer paper
2 different embossing folders
2 different hand cut banners
2 different die cuts
2 different ink colors
2 different hand cut poinsettias
2 different Stickles colors
2 different buttons
2 different twines
2 different stamps

Whew!!! I think that's all!  This really was a challenge but definitely a lot of fun!

And here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke;  a piece of corrugated cardboard and Simple Stories Handmade Holiday
Ink:  SU! Cherry Cobbler and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Poinsettia Christmas (used the sentiment and the poinsettia)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders circle nesties, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, Tim Holtz Sheet Music embossing folder, SU! Lattice embossing folder, misc. buttons, misc. twine, Xmas Red Stickles, and Lime Green Stickles

Have you considered doing the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges?  Feel free to click on the blinkie at the top of the right hand column and join in!  It's for a very worthwhile cause!


With Apologies to Duke and Ella...

Funny title?  OK here's what's been going through my head as I made this card for Bev's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge:

It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that bling
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)
It don't mean a thing, all you gotta do is bling
(doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah, doo-ah)

Now my title makes sense right?  So with my very sincere apologies to Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald that's the little song I started singing. 

Bev asked us to really bling up our cards for this challenge.  So one very sparkly heart, two large rhinestone swirls and six single rhinestones later...here's my card.  Actually it's another one of those easy peasy designs.  And no stamping! 

I've die cut the dotted layer with a large scallop die and then placed it over top of the larger piece of designer paper.  Both are layered over a piece of white card stock and then placed on a brown card base.

The large rhinestone swirl, as I've said, is actually two pieces of Zva Creative bling that I joined together.  I wanted to emphasize the "YOU" in the designer paper sentiment and then I added three more rhinestones to the top left of the card for some balance.  The heart is some blingy paper that's been die cut with a Tim Holtz die.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Chocolate Chip, SU! Whisper White, Recollections Pale Pink Glitter Cardstock and Glitz Pretty in Pink
Ink:  none...no stamping!
Stamps:  none...no stamping!
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Heart Wings Sizzix die, MFT Jumbo Scallops die, SU! Basic Rhinestones and Zva Creative CR-05CA-101

Back soon with more my dear friends!

Dream Cherish Love

Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm back with another card...same technique... but it's for Jennifer's Hope You Can Cling To Challenge at Splitcoast.  Our card is to invoke a feeling of peace.  I think the soft colors and butterflies definitely speak "peace".

This time I used a pale pink, medium pink and a gray.  Then I overstamped it with collage image in gray.  Then I stamped off the pink butterflies before stamping on the card, just to soften the color a bit.  And finally the single butterfly and the sentiment in black.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavy weight card stock in white
Ink:  Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Weathered Wood and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Small Butterfly, Inkadinkado sentiment and Tim Holtz Papillon
All the other stuff:  acrylic block, Post It Notes, water spritzer

Thanks for joining me today my friends!

Cherish Friendship

A card for the Technique Lover's Challenge over at Splitcoast today.  Judy was recently at a get together with some stamping buddies and learned this technique from Melissa Edwards.  You can find all the info here at Splitcoast.  The samples shown are all CAS designs.  I took it a step further and matted it on black card stock.
It's a spin on the acrylic block technique.  I've inked my acrylic block with three different shades of Distress Inks, then spritzed the block with water before stamping.  Next, I masked off the rest of the card with Post It Notes, leaving the area just stamped.  Taking the one of the same colors I stamped the area again.  This added more texture just by stamping the darker color again.  (You could repeat this with several colors.) Then, after I had removed the Post It Notes, I stamped some more images and the sentiment in black.  There was a happy little accident... my Post It Note actually really stuck to the card stock and ripped off a section of paper.  Instead of throwing it out, I used it...it adds more texture and interest.

My only embellishment is a tag that's been painted with Distress Paints and wiped dry.  I also used a piece of canvas fringe which I dyed with two of the same Distress Inks I used in my acrylic block technique.  The tag was glued on to the card with Ranger Glossy Accents.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavy weight white card stock and SU! Basic Black
Ink:  Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Weather Textiles, Shabby French and Urban Tapestries
All the other stuff:   craft sheet, water spritzer, acrylic block, Tim Holtz tag, Canvas Corp. Fringe, Post It Notes, Copper and Cranberry Adirondack Metallic Acrylic Paint Dabbers, Picket Fence Distress Stain

See you very soon with more my friends!  Have a marvelous Monday!


Never Give Up

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A card for the Hope You Can Cling to Challenge from Theresa...use text on your card.  This card's also for the Featured Stamper over at Splitcoast...featuring the gallery of Cheryl (Elizgmom).

I used a retired piece of designer paper from SU! and stamped it with the large background stamp.  Next I loosely, (and I mean loosely!) colored it with markers.  Nothing fancy...just filling in the image with some color.  Next it was spritzed with Perfect Pearls and then I used a Viva Pearl Pen to add the centers to the flowers.

The sentiment was stamped and layered on a tag with a jump ring to add it to the baker's twine.  Simple right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! River Rock, Basic Black and retired designer paper
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  SU! Riot of Petals and Verve Borderline
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Mini Classy Label A Cut Above Die, label, baker's twine, Jody booster, Perfect Pearl Perfect Pearls Mist, jump ring, pliers, corner rounder punch, SU! markers - Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, River Rock and Old Olive

Back soon with more!

Okay

Another card for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoast.  Bridget has asked us to make a card inspired by Emily Dickenson's poem "Hope is the Thing with Feathers".  My first thought was to use this wonderfully encouraging stamp from Verve..."everything is going to be okay" definitely words of hope!

I've used the Viva la Verve October week one sketch challenge layout for my card.  It's a standard A2 (4.25" x 5.5") sized card.

The flowers have been stamped on designer paper and die cut.  Then I punched out some small circles in a coordinating designer paper, inked up the center of the flower only and placed the circle on the stamp.  Then I lifted it off very carefully...saves on a lot of paper to do this!  I've placed some Zva Creative rhinestones in the little grid pattern. Each of the flowers and the flower centers have been popped up on dimensionals.

The sentiment has been made by stamping off the flower and then stamping it beneath the sentiment image.  It's been die cut with the Verve Rounded Rectangle die and the Verve Rounded Scallop die. Next a strip of designer paper layered over some SU! Early Espresso.  And yet another layer...this time a circle over the Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Motif die cut.  All these layers have been placed over a larger piece of  another coordinating paper.

And, for a little more bling two beautiful swirls of rhinestones from Zva.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Crumb Cake and Early Espresso; and Cosmo Cricket Evangline
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve Be Okay Plain Jane and Verve Lean on Me
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Spellbinder's Fleur de Lis Motifs; Verve Pointed Flowers, Rounded Scallop, and Rounded Rectangle A Cut Above Dies, Jody boosters, Zva Creative CRW-05CB-101 and CRW-03CB-105 self adhesive rhinestones

Have a marvelous week my friends!

Snowflakes and Holly

Friday, October 12, 2012

Another combined challenge card today, my friends.  Dina has asked us to make a card based on a show tune/musical...I chose White Christmas.  And, Dawn has asked us to use a negative from a die cut.

The red layer and the white layer have been dry embossed with a Christmas folder and a music folder, respectively.  Next I stamped the Verve wreath in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the holly leaves with Copics.  Then I added the berries with Stickles.  The Verve scroll die was stamped in Cherry Cobbler, and then the sentiment was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I've popped up the wreath and the scroll on dimensionals and then added the little poinsettia with a rhinestone center.

For a little more bling...I've added some pearl white snowflakes.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Always Artichoke, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Glad Tidings and Scroll Plain Jane
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Sizzix Tree, Christmas #2;  Verve Scroll A Cut Above Die; Tim Holtz Christmas Background embossing folder; Tim Holtz Sheet Music embossing folder; Spellbinders circle nesties; Hero Arts Felt Poinsettias and Leaves; Dress It Up Christmas - Pearl Snowflakes; Xmas Red Stickles; Jody boosters; Ranger Glossy Accents; Copics: G82, G94, G99

Back soon with more...have a beautiful day!!!

Keep Fighting Bubbles

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A quick card for a couple of challenges over at Splitcoast today.  First and foremost...for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge, Judy has given us some lyrics and a video to watch....the Monster Mash.  My inspiration came from the colors.  And Steph has asked us to use at least two round elements on our cards today.  And so the round bumps from the bubble wrap stamp and the round rhinestones on my bling definitely qualify.

I simply inked the bubble wrap stamp with three colors of Distress Inks, spritzed it, stamped it off on some scrap paper, then stamped it on my card.  Next came the sentiment from Verve and one of my favorite embellishments for this month...the pink ribbon of hope.

Doesn't get much easier than this does it?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavy weight white card stock
Ink:  Distress Inks in Seedless Preserves, Rusty Hinges, Peeled Paint and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Words of Wisdom and Donna Salazar Bubble Wrap
All the other stuff:  water spritzer and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Me and My Big Ideas mambiSTONES sticker

See you soon with more...

Christmas Humour

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

This card is for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast.  Our mission today...humour and stitching on our cards.

I started out by coloring this digi with my Copics.  Getting out of practice...so it's time to warm those babies up!  Once the digi was colored, I added some Flower Soft.  The sentiment comes in one piece but I decided to cut it up and place it where I wanted it on my card.  Simple layering of a couple of designer papers, some faux stitching around the edges and a little Christmas tree...that's it!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Real Red, SU! Basic Black, Gina K. heavy weight white card stock and Echo Park Christmas This & That
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: digi by Kenny K. - Mistletoe and Dylusions by Dyan Reaveley Christmas Words
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Spellbinders long rectangles, Spellbinders circles, Flower Soft glue and Polar White Flower Soft, Jody boosters, Ranger Glossy Accents, Dress It Up Christmas - Christmas Eve (tree) and Copics:  R24, R27, R29 (outfit, hat, ribbon on mistletoe); C3, C5, C7, C9 (boots and belt); YG03 (eyes); YG61, YG63, YG67 (leaves on mistletoe); E00, E02, R02, R20 (skin);
E31, E35, E37, E57, E59 (hair); then Spica Pitch Black (belt, boots) and Spica Gold (belt, boots)

Back soon with more!  Hope you're having a wonderful day my friends!

A Little Bit Country

Monday, October 8, 2012

This has a bit of a country feel, no?

For another of the HYCCT challenges to use items that spell HYCCT on your card, the CAS challenge to use plaid and the TLC challenge to add dimension.

I stamped the sunflower image,  colored it with markers, cut out the leaves a bit and added some Stickles for a little bling and texture.  Next I stamped a piece of Teal card stock with some Distress Ink to create a plaid pattern.  Then I used the heart punch border to create a fence like feel.

And finally, added a bit of twine.  That's it...easy peasy!

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavy weight card stock
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Crushed Olive Distress Ink
Stamps:  Verve Hope Blooms, Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card,  and Stampington and Company Medium Sunflower
All the other stuff:  Yellow Stickles; Walnut Stain Distress Stickles; SU! Barely Banana, Daffodil Delight, River Rock, Old Olive and Always Artichoke markers; bakers twine, cutting mat, craft knife and Martha Stewart Lattice Heart Deep Edger Border punch

That's it for today!  Back soon with more!

Pink Felt One Day

It's Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and I'm so grateful for the wonderful family and friends in my life.  What are you grateful for today?

Another multi-challenge card today for you, my dear friends.  I'm still working on lots of cards for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenges over at Splitcoast.  The more cards I can send to Houston, the better in this stamper's mind!

Our challenge hostess, Giovana, asked us to use three or more die cuts/punches on our card and to focus on the sentiment.  This fabulous sentiment from Verve is definitely the focal point!  My card is also for the Verve Stamps World Card Making Day Sketch Challenge at Splitcoast.  And, for the Technique Lovers Challenge where Joan has asked us to add some dimension to our cards.

I layered two different patterns of designer paper over some SU! Early Espresso on my card base.  The floral pattern has been dry embossed.  Next, using my Tim Holtz ruler and SU! Early Espresso marker, I did some faux stitching.  The banner has been made with the Verve Ribbon Banner A Cut Above Die and it's been extended behind the sentiment panel.  Again, more faux stitching.  Then I cut some felt using the Verve Pennant Trim and the All Aflutter A Cut Above Dies. 

For the sentiment...I stamped the Verve Sweet Scallop Tag and One Day images and fussy cut the tag.  And finally, for a little bling, a couple of bits of some Recollection Rhinestones.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Rose Red, SU! Early Espresso and Glitz Pretty In Pink
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve One Day and Sweet Scallop Tag
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve All Aflutter die,  Verve Ribbon Banner die, Verve Pennant Trim die, SU! Lattice embossing folder, MFT felt, Recollections Rhinestones, glue, Jody boosters, Tim Holtz ruler, SU! Early Espresso marker

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends and family!  And, Happy Columbus Day to my American family and friends!

Sing! Take Two

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Wanted to do another quick card for the HYCCT challenge today over at Splitcoast. 

I've die cut the heart and wings and simply added the same sentiment as in my last card.  Very simple, very quick CAS design.

Don't you love the pink sparkly paper? 

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavy weight white card stock and Recollections Signature Glitter Card Stock
Ink:  SU! Regal Rose
Stamps:  Impression Obsession D13038 (Dina Kowal)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Heart Wings die, Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap - Composer, Ranger Glossy Accents

Thanks for joining me again, dear friends!  Back with more soon!

Sing!

Tenia has challenged us to do something pink and with a music theme today for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges over at Splitcoast.  So I totally bucked the trend today LOL!  Actually the wings are a pinky coral color...

My card base has been dry embossed and then lightly inked with SU! Basic Gray.  Next is a layer of designer paper over top of some Basic Gray card stock.  This layer has been distressed and inked.  My wings have been die cut, spritzed with water, crinkled and then heat embossed.  I glued on some little rhinestones for a wee bit more bling.  You can never have enough bling...right?

A die cut layered over a die cut for the sentiment.  I used a marker to highlight the work sing because I wanted to focus on that.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party, SU! Basic Gray, Prima Sparkling Spring and Basic Grey Two Scoops
Ink:  SU! Basic Gray and Versamark
Stamps:  Impression Obsession D13038 (Dina Kowal)
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro; Sizzix Wings, Angel; Spellbinders Labels 23; Spellbinders Persian Accents; rhinestones; glue; Jody boosters; sponges; marker; heat gun; SU! Irridescent Ice; distressing tool

Back soon with more...have a wonderful day!


Postage Stamp Birds

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A quick card for the Inspiration Challenge going on over at Splitcoast today.  Anne led us to the Magpie site, full of wonderful inspiration.

Really simple card today.  Stamped and heat embossed the bird image in white, then die cut it.  Added a regular square nestie die cut behind it and then another postage stamp die cut behind that. The top two layers have dimensionals behind them.

Added a white satin bow/ribbon and done!  Sometimes it's nice to have cards around with no particular sentiment...that way it's good for a birthday, anniversary or sympathy card.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Pool Party, SU! Whisper White and unknown left over????
Ink:  Brilliance Moonlight White
Stamps:  Memory Box Thicket Birds
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, postage stamp nesties, square nesties, embossing buddy, white embossing powder, heat gun, satin ribbon, Becca's Peg Bowmaker, Jody boosters

Thanks for being with me today, my friends!  Back soon with more!

Triumph Over Fear

Friday, October 5, 2012

Good morning friends!  A long weekend here in Canada, to celebrate Thanksgiving.  What are you thankful for today? 

My card is for several challenges today...first the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge of the day from Kathy - it's all about courage.  Secondly, for the Free For All Challenge, where Wendy has asked us to use a rosette on our card. And finally, for the Viva la Verve! October week two sketch challenge.  Here's Maureen's fabulous sketch:


I started out by making my rosettes, using the Tim Holtz die and some sparkly bronze paper.  Then I stamped and fussy cut the little flowers from Verve and topped them off with large rhinestones.

My card base is a standard A2 size that's been layered with a sheet of beautiful Glitz designer paper.  Next came another strip of designer paper that's been layered over the same dark card stock.  And now for some bling!  Love these cool diamond shapes from Recollections...fun aren't they?

The sentiment was stamped on the same striped designer paper.  I used a punch to create the tails and then sponged the edges.  I also used a secondary sentiment today by featuring what's already on the designer paper.  It really ties in well with the message "something good will happen today".  Love that...don't you?  So in featuring this, I tweaked the sketch a bit to make it work.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Early Espresso, Glitz Pretty in Pink and unknown bronze paper
Ink:  SU! Early Espresso
Stamps:  Verve Hope Blooms and Verve Words of Wisdom
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Tim Holtz Mini Rosette die, Recollections bling, 1 1/4 inch square punch, sponge, red liner tape, Jody's Sticky Stuff dots

A Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family!








Hidden Strips

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Another card headed to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.  Our challenge hostess, Victoria has asked us to use strips.  I've used the MOJO 261 layout.

My background is something really new to me...mixed media.  I've long admired the look and thought this was the perfect challenge to try it.

I started out with a piece of scrap mail.  First comes a layer of gesso, followed by... you guessed it...strips.  Strips of fibers, strips of burlap, strips of tulle...doesn't matter what color they are because next comes another layer of gesso.  For a little more texture I dabbed a piece of bubble wrap here and there.  Being rather impatient to see the result, I used my heat gun to dry it.  Then I added the color...Adirondack color wash and Glimmer Mist.  Next comes a spritz of water, I dabbed it dry and then more layers of color wash and Glimmer Mist.  Then it was dried again with my heat gun.

Next I took a doily and sprayed it with the color wash and more glimmer mist.  It looked too fancy for the look I was going for so I scrunched it and then clipped it between the ruffled edges for a more rustic look.

The sentiment was stamped, sponged and then backed with some crepe paper.  I torn another strip of crepe paper and sprayed it with more color wash.  The banner die cut is a piece of designer paper cut with the fabulous Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die.  It too looked way too pristine so I scrunched it!  A couple of buttons have been layered and tied with twine for the only embellishment.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  scrap mail, Gina K. heavy weight white card stock and Glitz Pretty in Pink
Ink:  Adirondack Raisin and Adirondack Stream
Stamps:  Verve Brighter Days
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Pennant Trim A Cut Above Die, circle punch, Melissa Frances crepe paper, misc. fibers, tulle, burlap, bubble wrap, misc. buttons, twine, Adirondack Color Wash in Stream, Raisin, Lettuce, Sugar Plum Fairy Glimmer Mist, heat gun, Ellen Hutson doily, craft sheet, paper towel

This was a blast to make and I'll be making more for sure!

Words of Hope

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Edna has challenged us to use five words on our cards today for the Hope You Can Cling To Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I've used the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge #405 today.

This is some of my own paper.  Here's how it was made.  I stamped Distressed Corduroy background stamp in the lightest shade of my inks.  Then more sponging with several shades of Distress Ink over the Mini Chicken Wire template.  Next I sponged my darkest color of Distress Ink over the Art Is template.  Then I took my lightest shade of Distress Ink and gently inked here and there over the page.  And finally, since I wanted a little more color around the perimeter, I added a bit of SU! Pixie Pink. 

The words are just stickers that I added randomly to the page and then added the beautiful rhinestone pink ribbon for a little bling.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavyweight card stock, SU! Night of Navy and Georgia Pacific white
Ink:  Distress Inks in Tattered Rose, Dusty Concord, Victorian Velvet, Aged Mahogany, Spun Sugar and SU! Pixie Pink
Stamps:  Impression Obsession Cover-A-Card Distressed Corduroy
All the other stuff:  TCW Templates:  Art is, Mini Chicken Wire, sponges, Tim Holtz Chitchat stickers, MambiStones sticker, painters tape

And there you have it!  Have a beautiful day my dear friends!

So Sweet Cupcake

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Lee has challenged us to make a cupcake wrapper and card/tag today.  My apologies for the lousy picture...tried many times and just couldn't get the wrapper to show up well.

The wrapper was made with a free template that Lee gave us over at Splitcoaststampers.  I embellished it with lots of Stickles.

The card is very simple.  Embossed background, a stamped piece of designer paper with the double lines going across.  The little tag with the sentiment.  And a few buttons in the same colors as the designer papers.  The buttons also have some coordinating Stickles in the centers.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavyweight and retired SU!
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  Verve Borderline
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Mini Classy Label A Cut Above Die, MFT buttons, Stickles in Fruit Punch, Lemon Ice and Patina, tissue paper, Sizzix embossing folder  and a cupcake {grin}

See you very soon with more challenges from the Hope You Can Cling To card drive.

You Make Me Smile

Another card that is headed to Houston for the Hope You Can Cling To card drive over at Splitcoaststampers.  Lori challenged us to make a card for the kiddies.

The image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  Her little dress has been paper pieced.  The image was masked and then I sponged the background.  I wanted to give it a bit of an ethereal feel so once it was sponged, then I added two coats of Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Stain and then inked the edge a bit darker.  Each of the different designer papers was also inked a bit.

Then I added three different buttons with a little bit of twine through each.  The twine has been lightly inked with SU! Perfect Plum.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavyweight in ivory, SU! Perfect Plum and MME Love Me
Ink:  SU! Perfect Plum and Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps:  The Greeting Farm and Inkadinkado
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, oval nesties, MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags STAX, MFT buttons, misc. twine, sponges, Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress Stain, Eclipse masking tape, red liner tape, Copics:  BV000, E21, E30, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39, E42, E43, R20, R81, R83, R85, and W3

More HYCCT challenges coming, so you'll see another posting soon!  In the meantime hope you're day is terrific!

Splash of Yellow

Monday, October 1, 2012

Another card headed to Houston.  This time Beate has challenged us to make a card that's mostly gray with a splash of color.

The image has been stamped off before being stamped in gray and then I added some Stickles for the splash of color.  The button has also been painted with Stickles and I added a little bit of seam binding to it.  And down the right side of the main panel...one of my favorite new dies from Verve.

Easy peasy right?

Here's what I used:
Paper:  SU! Basic Gray, SU! Basic Black, Gina K. heavyweight card stock
Ink:  SU! Basic Gray
Stamps:  Magenta
All the other stuff:  Big Shot Pro, Verve Flourished Trim A Cut Above Die, Yellow Stickles, misc. yellow button, black Hug Snug seam binding

See you soon my friends!

Experience

Over at Splitcoast Stampers it's the start of the annual Hope You Can Cling To challenges.  All the information for the challenges can be accessed by clicking on the pink blinkie in the right-hand column of my blog.  It's such a worthwhile cause and very near and dear to my heart as I lost my mom and several family members and a former co-worker to breast cancer.

Our challenge today...show us what you're made of.  In other words, Lydia wants us to demonstrate what our style is.  Honestly, I love doing so many different kinds of cards...CAS, vintage, black and white, lots of colors...it's all good in this stamper's mind!  I do love making my own paper and this card showcases some of my home made paper.

The background has been made by taking the harlequin template doing the embossed resist technique, but before I actually heat set the embossing powder, I brushed it off here and there for a more distressed sort of look.  Once it was heat set, I placed the punchinella template over top and started inking, spritzing with water, inking some more, added a few streaks of metallic distress ink and finally heat set it.  Next, the edges were all distressed (another favorite of mine) and inked. 

The bird on the branch and sentiment were stamped in Ranger Archival Ink.  Next I added a little charm and pin with a "nest" of hand dyed ribbon (yet another favorite thing of mine to do).  The charm and pin have been inked with Distress Stains.

The panel was mounted on some black card stock and added to the card base. 

Would you like to see the inside?

It's simply the edge of my hand made paper stamped with the same bird image.  Lots of space for a hand-written message.

Here's what I used:
Paper:  Gina K. heavyweight card stock, SU! Pool Party, SU! Basic Black
Ink:  Distress Inks in Broken China, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass,  and Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Urban Tapestry and Tim Holtz Stuff to Say
All the other stuff:  TCW Mini Punchinella template, TCW Harlequin template, Pewter Metallic Distress Stain, Walnut Distress Stain, , Bundled Sage Distress Stain, Tumbled Glass Distress Stain, Broken China Distress Stain, clear embossing powder, heat gun, sponges, painter's tape, Tim Holtz pin, brad and charm, Hug Snug seam binding, Jody booster, distressing tool

This card will be headed to Houston to the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Thanks for joining me today my friends!  Have a marvelous Monday!