Monday, November 19, 2018

Oldie Moldie Monday

Yes I did miss last Monday posting an Oldie Moldie Card.  I have been cleaning my basement - OMG.  But I keep pushing through and try to get more stuff out of there.  I have taken a couple days off from cleaning/clearing because my body said it needed a break.

Here are a couple Thanksgiving cards I made and send out this year.  The paper is from a large 12 x 12 pad that is all fall paper.



Happy Thanksgiving - remember to show some love for your old papers.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Friends Are Like Snowflakes

I am continuing to play with my masks made from snowflake dies and my oxide inks.

I decided I wanted to do a portrait card with the opening on the left side.  I cut heavy card stock to make my own card base.

I added my mask to water color paper with some of the edges of the snowflake  being off the edges of the card front.  I painted over the top of the mask with oxide inks.  After the ink dried - with the mask still in place - I sprayed with a glitter spray to give the front some shine.  After this had dried I stamped the sentiment (from Penny Black) with silver embossing powder.  I then stamped additional snowflakes on the front of the card and used a white glitter embossing powder.  This adds a little contrast to the card front.  A small silver snowflake was die cut for the center of the large snowflakes.



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Snowflake Kisses

I am still playing with two different Snowflake Dies.  Yesterday I used a die to make a card using letterpress.

Today I cut masks from contact paper with my snowflake dies.  I learned many things as I made four of this particular card design.

I am sending these cards to my shut ins in January.  I made two of the pink card.  This is a sizzix die.


Here is the card with the lesson learned on it.  I wanted to add sparkle to my card so I sprayed with a silver glitter spray.  The lesson is to spray your card front before you remove the mask.  I had a little running of the ink.  This is a Penny Black Die.


Here is a different color.


The color is oxide ink which was brushed on across the card front with the mask on.  I tried to get an ombre look on each of the cards.  In the center of each card is a silver snowflake.  I made the paper for this snowflake by adding versamark ink to a piece of white cardstock and adding silver embossing powder. 

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Merry Christmas Snowflake

I took  the new Online Card Class - Clean and Simple Holiday Cards.  I learned lots of things and now need some some to try the methods that appealed to me.

I did a letterpress method for this card. 


I apologize for the poor lighting.  Winter in Wisconsin - ugh.

This is a Sizzix die and the sentiment from Gina K Designs is silver embossed.  The silver mat is very well aged paper.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Twofer Wreath Challenge

I recently stumbled across this challenge blog called Twofer.  It is a monthly challenge where you need to use the same stamp, die or stencil and make two different cards. 

The challenge this month is wreath.


I have this beautiful wreath stamp from Gina K Designs.  I decided this is the wreath I would use.  I had made a Christmas card out of it before so I knew it could be done.

I first stamped the wreath with distress oxide inks.  I used a little water to color the leaves that had an open area.  I stamped a sentiment inside each wreath - one to brighten someone's day and the other for a Christmas Card.


I decided to add colored die cuts to make the wreaths more dimensional.  For the Christmas wreath, I used pine bough die cuts and colored with different shades of oxide inks.  For the brighten your day card I used a leaf bough die I had and colored it with the same color that I had stamped the wreath in.  The die cuts were adhered to each of the wreaths.

I stamped a poinsettia for the Christmas wreath card.  The stamp is from Gina K Designs Also.  The little flowers on the other card are also a Gina K Designs.  The flowers were added to the card front with foam tape.

A set of nesting dies was used to cut all the mats and card base.  I went with a kraft card base for both cards.  A red mat was used for the Christmas card and a touch of burlap behind the pop dotted mat finished off the card.  A piece of patterned paper in the same shade of  the flowers was used as a mat on the other card.  A piece of green patterned paper finished the design.  To finish both cards, I sprayed a fine mist of gold shimmer mist over the top.  It adds just the right amount of glimmer.


Here is a close up of the Christmas card.


Here is a close up of the Brighten My Day card.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Laundry Item Becomes Art Tool

The challenge at Just Us Girls this week is to use bleach on your creation.


I first colored a piece of Bristol smooth card stock with many different colors of distress oxide ink.  I then stamped my image in Black Onyx Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then removed the color within each design with bleach.  I colored another piece of card stock with a light shade of lavender (I have a problem with white white paper).  I die cut the design and lightly colored card stock with dies.  It was mounted onto a dark purple card base.  The thank you was heat embossed on a piece of colored card stock left from the design sheet.


Here is the design sheet before I cut it.


Here is a second card I made but on this one I removed the color in the design with just water.  I imagine if I had left the water on longer I might have gotten a lighter look.


Here is the design sheet before I die cut it.


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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Floral Thank You

I am working on some thank you notes for the founder of a non profit I work with.  Things are starting to progress and she will need thank you notes to acknowledge the people and groups helping her along the way.  Since I am not in the area and able to help at activities, this is one way I can add a special touch to our organization.

I am using the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch for my inspiration for this card.  My floral images represent the oval in the sketch. 


The florals are from Altenew.  They were stamped in VersaFine Black Onyx ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I then cut them out with my Scan N Cut.  There is light color on the background from distress oxide inks.  I also colored a mat with the same color as the florals.
I felt it just needed a little more of that color to make the card cohesive.


If you wish to read about the non profit I support, it is called Hope Her Way.  The goal of this organization is to help young parents start their journey into higher education.  Please click on these words HOPE HER WAY to be taken to the home page.  If you know anyone in the Raleigh,Durham, North Carolina area who would qualify for the first cohort, please have them contact Hope Her Way.

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