Friday, April 22, 2016

Surprise! Surprise!

Surprise, surprise!! Two posts in one week!  I'm on a roll this week! LOL!

I needed a couple of birthday cards for next week, and of course I only have three weeks to get 10-15 cards made for our widow's I'm keeping busy!

Off we go...

One of my granddaughters will be 17 next week, so this first card is for her.  I have quite a few of the Julie Nutting dolls, but rarely use them...not sure why, because this cowgirl turned out adorable!  I sponged the sky and ground, then paper pieced all of her clothes and hair. Sentiment is from PTI.

This second card is for my sister in law who has a birthday next week also.  I'm really loving the floral stamps from Altenew!  Since I don't have dies for these stamps, I scanned the stamped image into my Silhouette program and made a cut file to go with the stamps...cut out 6 or 8 flowers and leaves, then stamped the image on the cut out...easy-peasy!  I did discover that you MUST make the cut border slightly larger than the stamped image or you'll never get it lined up to stamp....ask me how I know! LOL!  These floral images are multi layer stamps so I used several shades of HA ink to stamp, then added a little highlights with some Prismacolor pencils.  The cut out leaves were colored with Copics.  I stamped a couple of the blooms on the card panel, then popped up three cut out blooms over that.  LOVE how this turned out!

This card is something I wanted to try after watching a Simon Says video from Kelly Letevola.  It's like bleaching, only you use distress inks on watercolor paper...much easier than I thought it would be.  The image is from WPlus9 (Beautiful Bouquets: Dahlias).  I think I'll used this stamp and this technique often!  I also inked up the sentiment strip and stamped the sentiment (SSS) in versamark and heat embossed in white.  I was digging around in some of my old stuff and found the netting paper and thought it would be a great background for the watercolor panel.

These two cards are not my favorites, but I thought I'd share them anyway.  I got these dies from Tim Holtz because I thought they'd work well on cards and on scrapbook pages.  There are 7 dies in the set and most of them are fairly large.  Super simple cards, but at least I'll have a few in my stash.

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Busy, busy, busy......

I've been crafting a lot this week trying to get enough cards ready for our monthly widow's group meeting.  Each month we write cards to people that might need encouragement or just to make someone smile.

So here's what I've done this week....(WARNING:  PHOTO HEAVY)

These first three cards are smaller cards...measuring 3.5 x 5 inches.  I had some envelopes left over from something, so I just made cards that would fit those envelopes.

Stamp - Clearly Besotted
Sentiment - MFT
Flowers - Altenew  Peony Bouquet
Sentiment - MFT

Background inked w/distress inks
Sentiment - TPC Studio (embossed)
These next cards are a few that I made after watching one of Jennifer McGuire's videos...she makes it look really easy...unfortunately, I had to piddle with it for a while before I got something I wanted to share with you! LOL!

This first card has a small white card inside of a vellum card.  I stamped the image on the small card and colored it with copics, then stamped it again on the vellum over where it is on the small card.  Here's a link to Jennifer's video...she explains it much better than I did!

This card is just something I was trying out...not sure it worked so well.  I purchased "corner dies" a while back and I was trying to get a border using just one of the dies.  In order to do that, you have to die cut from both sides, then try not to overlap the die too much over the first cut.....whew!  It'll do....
Sentiment is from TPC Studios.

This is also a technique I picked up from one of Jennifer's videos...Here's a link to the video. I love how this one turned out....I probably should have paid a little more attention to the video, because I didn't do it quite like she did and I struggle with it a little...lesson learned!Here's a close up of the card so that you can see the stripes inside of the card.

This next card looks all white in the photo, however, the top portion of the card is all vellum.  Turned out kinda cool! The butterfly is a punch from MS.  The sentiment is from SSS.  Below this card, I've attached a close-up of the top of the card so that you can see the stripes inside.

This last card i probably my least favorite warped a bit when I heat embossed the sentiment from MFT.  I stamped the SSS flowers on vellum and heat embossed them in white, then turned them over and colored with with Zig Clean Color brushes.  I die cut leaves (SSS), colored the back of each leaf with green copics, and then folded them down the center to get a nice crease.  I added white dashed lines around the edges of the vellum and rounded the bottom corners.  I put glue does under the flower to hold the vellum card to the dark pink card base.

That's it for me today!  If you managed to hang in there for all this...Thanks A Million!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Muse Challenge 161 and lots more....

I made a card this week that is perfect for the Muse Challenge.  Here's the card from Anita Bowden who is this week's Muse:

The inspiration I took away from this card is the inlaid die cut and the pierced edges with lots of white background.

I used a branch die and a bird die from Memory Box and the "Be" die from Simon Says Stamps.  Each of these dies were inlaid into a white background cut with a stitched border die from SSS.  The "happy" is a stamp from SSS. It took me a while to figure out which order to cut the inlaid dies, but I finally got it! :)

Here's a few more of the cards I've made this week.  (I'll be using them with our widows group)

Stamps from Altenew's Beautiful Day
Stamps from Altenew and Hero Arts

Stamps from Altenew and Simon Says

Stamps from Stampin Up

If you have any questions about any of the cards, you can drop me an email at the link on the right side bar.  All coloring was done with Copic markers.  Some of the flowers were simple stamped with three coordinating colors.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CASology 189

I love the cue word for CASology this week!  It gives me the perfect opportunity to get out my pens and do a little doodling!

I actually doodled two cards for this week's challenge (Actually I doodled 3 or 4 cards, but I only really liked two of them!)

Definitely not rocket science....but definitely FUN!  I used a black Micron 01 pen to doodle the image, then colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink.  This is a one layer card.  I rounded the bottom corners with a corner chomper.

This was actually the first card I doodled.  Not much too it.  I doodled the image with a Micron 01 black pen, then colored it with Prismacolor pencils.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.  This is also a one layer card with rounded corners.

I've also finished a couple of cards for the widow's group. Can't say that I'm thrilled with the outcome, but I think it's because I tried to use water colors and I REALLY have a difficult time when I don't have "control" over my work!  I might be just a little OCD!

I used distress inks to smoosh my watercolor paper into...then added a sentiment strip stamped on velum and edged in gold metallic pen.  Relative simple card.  Maybe it's the big white background is just too much...what do you think?

I had pretty much much the same reaction to this card when I finished it.  The lack of control I had over the water color just makes me cringe!  At least this is a big piece and doesn't have that big white glaring background!

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

NBUS & Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

I almost missed playing in Darnell's NBUS challenge, but I made it just in the nick of time!  I have several items in my "never-before-used-schtuff" and couldn't wait to play.  I've been traveling a bit so I haven't had as much time in my craft room as I wanted.  I can't say that I have stacks of NBUS...because I don't order that much anymore, I try to use what I have on hand...and believe me that's a TON of schtuff! to the challenge!

I also have a card that fits perfectly with the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge!

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I've made several cards....well, because I wanted to use ALL my new schtuff!

This first card is my FAVORITE!  I love the Peony Bouquet from Altenew!  The images are just beautiful! I got these stamps just this week and couldn't wait to ink them up! This card is a total CASE of a card made by Marika.  Of course, her coloring is so much better than mine...but I'll keep practicing until I get better!  I used the small bloom, colored each bloom with Copics and then shaded them with colored pencils.  The sentiment is heat embossed and is from PTI. I cut around the flowers and then popped them up.  

The cross is a die from Spellbinders and the sentiment is from PTI.  I used distress ink to add the yellow halo around the cross...before I adhered the cross with foam tape.

The corner die set is one that I've wanted for a long time!  I finally ordered it a couple of weeks ago. I made this card and the next two using dies from the set.  I love how they turned out!  Sentiment is from PTI.

I added a leaf branch from a very old Sizzix die.  The sentiment is from PTI and is heat embossed in green.

On this last card I used the corner die in both the top left and bottom right of the card panel.  The sentiment is from PTI (I really got some use out of my Papertrey Ink sentiment stamps this week!) and is heat embossed in liquid platinum.  I popped the die cut panel over dark blue card stock.

This month at our widow's meeting, we'll be writing cards to each of the church office staff members to say thank you and we appreciate you.  Our church staff works hard to keep everything running smoothly, and I'm guessing that they rarely get a "thank you" note from anyone!

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Friday, February 19, 2016

CASology - Egg, and a little bit more...

The cue word for the CASology challenge this week is egg.  I searched, but didn't have a stamp that was appropriate for this challenge...what to do?  Start working on an egg card with my Cameo... 

Here's what I ended up with...

I don't normally send cards for Easter, so I thought I might be able to use this for my granddaughter's birthday that's coming up in a couple of weeks.

I cut the egg shape with the Cameo making the card base.  I cut a piece of card stock in green to cover the front of the card.  The broken egg and the chick were also cut with the Cameo.  I colored the chick with Copics and cut under his wings so that he could hang over the edge of the broken egg.  The "one cute chick" was computer generated.  I added some silver pearl drops, googly eyes on the chick, and a little silver highlighting.  The "U R" was cut with dies from MFT.  I also added a little Wink of Stella.

Here's a few more cards I've made for the widow's group...


I did a lot of ink blending and water coloring for the backgrounds.  The first two cards are water color backgrounds and the last two cards are ink blending with distress inks.

As always, if you have any questions about how I did something, just send me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Muse Challenge, ATSAM, and LIM...Go ME!

I've made several cards today for three different challenges! Go ME!  I've had a very productive day! The challenges I have cards for are Less is More, Muse, and Addicted to Stamps and More...

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I actually made two cards for the LIM challenge...but that's not unusual for me.

Used the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set for this first card.  Sentiment is from PTI.  I stamped the flower in layers using 3 different colors of ink.  Leaves were stamped in two layers.  I LOVE layered stamps (now that I've figured out how to use them!)

I inked the background with distress ink, then stamped the image over it in black Memento ink.  I wasn't sure how it would turn out to color over the background ink with Copics...but I think it turned out just fine.  Sentiment is from Altenew's Beautiful day stamp set.

This next card is for the MUSE challenge.  I heat embossed the flowers from Clearly Besotted stamp set (love this set!) with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is from SSS and is stamped in black and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  After coloring the flower and heat embossing the sentiment, I ran the panel through my Big Shot machine with an embossing folder....pretty cool look!

I can't say I'm really happy with this card...I often feel that way when I try to use water colors!  I water colored the background, stamped the cupcake on watercolor paper and then painted it with distress inks.  Sentiment is from MFT and is stamped in Versafine black.

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