Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Hello....Hello!

 A-choo!! Boy, it's been a while! The dust has settled over my blog....let me dust things off and show you a bit of what I've been up to lately!

I've made quite a few cards, some were even for challenges...unfortunately, I didn't get them photographed in time for the said challenges...so I'll just share them with you now.


This card was made by cutting out the roses with the Cameo, then I paper pieced the red and green behind the cut outs, added a strip of red down the side and stamped on a sentiment...super quick and easy! 


This card was from waaaaaay back during the online watercolor class I took.  I used stamps from PTI and stamped the image on watercolor paper with versamark ink and them heat embossed the image in white.  Added some water to the paper and then touched each area with a little color.  The sentiment is also from PTI.  This card was made entirely with watercolor paper as a one layer card. 


This card was also made during the online watercolor class.  It's difficult to see here, but I mixed a little perfect pearls with my water colors and used that to paint the flower and leaves that had been stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white.  I cut around the edges of the image and then cut the rest of the panel into a rectangle.  Sentiment is from PTI.


I've seen lots of cards lately with the layered angled cut piece, so I thought I'd give it a try.  Both this card and the next card were my attempts with this technique.  I think I like it!  The card above was super simple...just cut the "hello" from white card stock, then cut it again into the Kraft card stock and did a little paper piecing to get all the pieces back together.  Added a white stitching line around the Kraft piece.


This card was a little more difficult...more fiddly, but was done the same way.  The exception on this card was that I popped the angled layer up off the card base.  

I've also been "re-learning" tatting.  I tatted years ago when I was making clothes from my girls, but haven't touched it in years.  In re-discovering tatting, I've learned that it can actually be done with a special tatting needle...and I've been working on mastering tatting with a needle rather than a shuttle. I'll have to get a few pics to share with you some of the things I've made in the last few days.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Watercolor Card Class...practice, practice, practice...

Warning...Warning....This post covers the first 5 days of class and is photo heavy! I have learned quite a bit, but I think the biggest lesson I've learned is that I'll never be very good at water coloring.  I'm too much a perfectionist to let thing "bleed" into each other!  I keep trying to get the colors to "line up"...which is totally NOT what I'm suppose to be doing! Anyway...off to my cards.  

This first card was made using techniques shown by Kristina Werner on Day 1.  I heat embossed the stamped image...but for some reason my embossing powder didn't seem to want to melt on the watercolor paper.  Then when I tried to "smush" the colors together, I got some muddy looking areas! I finally had to call it quits on this method (we won't talk about how much ended up in the trash!). The happy die cut is a Simon Says die.  I tried to heat emboss the word "birthday" but couldn't get good coverage with the white powder. Popped the whole thing up on a deep purple card base and called it good.


For this card, I tried to use a color wash background by coloring with watercolor pencils as we were shown on Day 2...I'm showing you this card...but I'm not really crazy about it!  I had to draw my flower pot with pencils, then tried to blend...that didn't work too well.  The flowers were made by stamping a stem stamp from PTI repeatedly, then added some blooms to some of the stems.  Sentiment is from HA. Popped the water color paper onto some pink card stock then called it finished! I also used some of the distress marker techniques from Day 3 


This card was me trying to stamp and color with distress markers....Pfff~!  This was similar to what I did above...and I still wasn't too crazy about the finished card!  I did, however, finally pull out my TH spritzer gizmo and give it a whirl to add a little color to the background...it's not too bad...but I do need practice!  I think the flowers are a HA stamp.  

The techniques for Day 4....hmmmmm...I finally gave up!  Everything I tried was just to "messy" looking for me.  So..here's a card which was inspired by the logo for the class...



I love the look of this....I just need to learn to "blend" my watercolors a little better!  




This card is just something I was playing around with.  I think I got my blending down a little better.  Funny thing is...I did this water coloring on a piece of plain card stock that I found in my scrap box. I had dry embossed it with a hexagon die at some time to use and then didn't use it, so I thought I'd see what water color would do to plain card stock.  It bucked and buckled like you wouldn't believe...but I zapped it with my heat tool after it was completely dry and it mostly flattened out.  The word "thanks" is a die from Simon Says. I cut it out 4 times and glued the layers together.  Then added a bit of sparkly with my wink of stella pen.  The stamped part of the sentiment is from a VERY old stamp set...no idea who makes it.  I added a few sequins and some pearls and popped the water colored piece on to a dark blue card base.  Kinda like how this one turned out.

Finally...you've seen just a few of the cards I kept...but oh so many went into the trash!!  On to my
FAVORITE!



This card was a technique shown by Shari Carroll...and I LOVE how this turned out. I heat embossed a partial background, then colored the shapes with my distress markers and added water....WA-LA....LOVE it!!  I popped it up on a dark orange card base and added a banner.  The "happy" is the same die cut I used in the above card, only I cut the top layer for this one from a teal card stock (even though you can't really tell that in this photo!).  The 'birthday' was from a PTI set.

WHEW!...That's a lot of cards, isn't it?  Which is your favorite...and why?  

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

LIM 169 and a little scrapbooking...

This week's challenge at Less is More is to create a card using the following sketch:


I didn't use a circle....but I think you can see the sketch in my card...


I used a linen card stock for my card.  I cut a square from a 4 x 5.25 panel and embossed the frame using a Spellbinder die.  The flowers are a die from Simon Says.  I cut the flowers from white card stock, then colored them with Copics.  For the background, I sponged a piece of the linen card stock with DI - salty ocean and mowed grass.  I adhered the flowers to the back of the front panel and then pop dotted the panel over the sponged background.  As a finishing touch, I punched the butterfly with a MS punch, colored it with Copics to match the blooms...added a few small pearls for the body and adhered it to the card front. The sentiment is stamped with HA Orange Soda using a stamp from HA.

I haven't shared any of my scrapbooking in a while, so I thought I'd start sharing a few layouts at the time.  I did this layout quite a while back, so I don't really remember much about the papers I used.


The little happy face people were cut using a Silhouette file.  I added color to them in the Silhouette program then used the print and cut feature of the program to cut them out.  The title work was made in the Silhouette program also.  I cut out 4 layers of the words, then glued them all together for a chipboard effect.  The little dragonfly was also a Silhouette cut file.  These are old photos of my children when they were quite young.  I believe my oldest was about 4 1/2 years old, my middle daughter was about 2 1/2 years old, and my son was about 6 months old.  Time has FLOWN by!!! They're all in their 30's now!!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Box Card & LIM 168

I've noticed quite a few "box" cards recently and I was intrigued, so I thought I'd give it a try.  I made one the other day for one of my granddaughters, and forgot to take a photo.  I have another granddaughter with a birthday on Sunday, so I made this one for her.


I used some American Crafts papers to decorate the pink box.  The fifteen was cut with some Quikutz dies. I cut the little 3-D bow with the Cameo.  The balloons were all stamped with a Simon Says stamp and cut out by hand...(I think I should have ordered the die that goes with these dies!)  I attached the balloons to thin strips of acetate and adhered them to the inside of the box.  Each of the balloons were painted with my wink of Stella clear glitter pen.  The "happy birthday" tag in the back was stamped then hand cut and adhered to the back of the box.  The back flap of the box does not fold down and I added a piece of plain white card stock to the back of that panel to stamp a sentiment...and I also included a little pocket on the bottom of that panel to slip a little money into.


Here's another view that you can see the shimmer on the balloons a little better.  I think this makes a really cute card and I'll probably make another one soon! If you're looking for a tutorial to make this box there's a really good one at Splitcoaststampers.

I made another card that works for the Less is More challenge this week   The theme this week is Makes me smile! It's simply that... something that makes you smile.  Well, no matter how often I use this adorable Penny Black stamp...it never fails to make me smile.  


I used a piece of sunny yellow for the card base.  I die cut an oval and adhered a white panel behind the oval.  I stamped the frog in the center of the oval, and colored him with Copics.  It's difficult to see here, but I also added some glitter with the wink of Stella clear glitter brush.  The sentiment was computer generated...and it's slightly off-center...but it's done now!  I used the font - problem secretary...which is also a bit of a "wobbly" font.  I cut an oval frame slightly larger than the oval center and adhered it to the top of the oval.  I also added glitter brush to the frame.  I rounded the bottom corners with a 3/8 inch corner rounder.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

CTS#69 and Online Card Class

I've been making a few cards this week...so be prepared for a loooooong post!

This first one is for the CAS(E) This Sketch #69 challenge.  Here's the sketch...


And here's my card (I really was true to the sketch!)  :)




I also used some of the partial embossing techniques from Online Card Class - Clean and Simple 3.  I embossed the dots leaving a small 1 inch space in the middle for the sentiment.  The sentiment is from PTI and is stamped in black.  I layered the flourishes (I cut three of each) and adhered them with glossy accents. I added a small pink border, then adhered two small pink pearls.  Done....

Now for a few more cards I've created this week...some using techniques from the card class and some just for fun.



 This is a one layer birthday card created using techniques from the CAS card class...I LOVE how it turned out!


This is another one layer card created just for fun....




I think I made this card for one of the LIM challenges, but never got it posted.  I seem to have trouble getting my photographs done lately...nothing wrong with my camera...I'm just lazy!


This last card is one I made for one of my grandsons.  I used the robot silhouette cut file that I designed and popped him over a background that I sponged ink over a gear template. Turned out kinda cool...hope he likes it!  If you'd like to have this file, just click on the link and download.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

CASology 85 & Addicted to CAS 33

I needed a couple of cards this week and after I finished them, I realized that they fit the challenges at CASology and Addicted to CAS.  The challenge this week at CASology is to make a card using the cue word carnival.

Here's my take on this cue word:



The carousel horse is a stamp from Flourishes.  I cut the shape out with my Cameo, then stamped the image and colored it with Copics.  I made the "base" on the Cameo, then die cut some stars to add to it. The banner was also cut with the Cameo and the sentiment is in the same stamp set as the horse.  I added a pearl at the top of the pole...and then added lots of glitter with the wink of stella pen.  I layered the horse on a white piece that was embossed with a PTI embossing mat.  The horse is slightly pop dotted on the panel and the panel is popped up off the card base.  

The cue word for Addicted to CAS is:

Here's my card for the challenge:


I have no idea why the crib looks yellowed (grrrrr... it's actually a nice bright white!) The crib die is a new one and I'm not too sure I like it.  The die itself is pink and it seems to rub off on the paper when you cut with it.  I had to run it through the Cuttlebug several times before it would cut too...plus add some shims. So, I'm not too sure I would recommend it.  It's pretty, but difficult to work with. The crib "bonnet" cut just fine.  I added a few pearls and a flowers, popped it on an embossed background and popped it up on a card base.  The most difficult part was cutting the crib and photographing the card.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Little Zen....tangle

Having surgery on my left hand has left me with few options for things that keep me busy.  I can ,however, do a little drawing (zentangle) because I am right handed, so I thought I'd share a little drawing that I recently finished.  The finished piece is about 5 inches tall and 11 inches long.

One of my nieces recently had a little girl and I made this for my great-niece.



I figured out my design in my Silhouette program and figured out where I needed to print her name and date of birth, then printed the information on a piece of 9x12 Bristol board.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters, then I traced them onto some Bristol board and added my tangles. I shaded my tangles with a pencil.  For a little pop of color, I die cut a heart about 4 times, then glued the layers together.  I colored the top heart with a red Copic, added a little clear wink of stella and then topped it off with some glossy accents.

I will be having this framed before I send it to her.

I still need to make a card...and I'm working on it, it's just a little slow without full use of both of my hands!

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