Monday, September 24, 2018

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies. 

I have had these drink gift tags for many years.  Every now and then I use a few to make some cards.

I decided to make some New Year cards for 2019.

The background is colored with distress oxide inks.   Matted with card stock from my well aged supplies.  The glass was glued onto the edge so a small portion was cut off.  Some old star embellishments were used to (first) cover the whole where the ribbon for the gift tag went through and then to have an odd number to complete the design.  The sentiment was stamped and embossed with silver embossing powder.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.  They still make great projects.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Foliage

Fall is a  favorite time to create for me because I love to use leaves, trees and the colors in my cards.

I needed a Congratulations card for a friend who is taking a new job out of state.  It is a man so it makes the task a little harder to do - luckily - fall foliage works good for a masculine card.

Lucky me - the current challenge at Inspired By is Fall Foliage.


This tree stamp I have had in my collection of stamps for many years.  I stamped it in dark brown ink on a background of oxide inks.  I then colored in just a few of the leaves to add some fall colors to the tree.  I did not want to overdo the color - I wanted my tree to shine.

The sentiment and die are from Simon Says Stamp.  I die cut the banner, laid it back in the cut out and put it in my Misti and stamped the sentiment.  Doing it this way makes it so much easier to get good alignment.

After everything was dry, I sprayed a light gold spray over the entire card front.


Here is a close up of the leaves.


Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day. 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CAS Christmas Card

Once again I am playing along with the monthly challenge CAS Christmas.



I do not have many wreath stamps so I have been thinking how could I make this card.  I could have die cut something and used it but kept thinking.  The other day I was looking through my stamps for something and came across a stamp set from Gina K Designs.  No it is not a Christmas wreath but it is a wreath. 

I first stamped the poinsettia and masked it and then stamped the wreath around it.  I filled in with a branch from the wreath set in the open spots on the wreath.  I added some water to one of the inks and brushed it into the open leaves.  I got a nice look with different green tones for my wreath. 

After I had stamped the flower and wreath, I was rotating the image and decided I liked it with the flower a little off center on the bottom right corner.  I tried to place the sentiment a little more to the left to balance the stamped image. 

The sentiment is from another Gina K set and I stamped it in a dark brown ink.


Yay, one more Christmas card done. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies

I was playing along with some challenges in a private group I am in.  One challenge was to make baby cards.  I used by Silhouette and cut the shapes and patterned paper for these cards.  I did add some shading with ink to the different pieces of the design to give them some depth.  The sentiment was computer generated.



I used a well aged 6 x 6 pad for the papers on these cards.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Twofer - Same Stamp Two Ways

While out blog hopping, I cam across a new challenge blog to me.  It was something that sounded very interesting and a challenge to do.  We never use our stamps enough or use them in different ways - this challenge blog Twofer asks you to use the same stamp for two different occasions.

The challenge this month is to use a leaf stamp two different ways.


This week I made a paper therapy drive into Milwaukee and hit all the stores in the area.  Four stops for therapy and a friend went along - so it was a wonderful day.

One stop was to the Gina K store in historic Greendale, Wisconsin.  I love to pop into her store.  It is so open and airy and wonderful creations to motivate your mojo.  I bought a leaf stamp set.  (I love leaves as a subject for crafting.)

I am working on getting all my birthday cards made for the remainder of the year.  My brother in law has a birthday at the end of September and this is his card.

I smooshed the background in some watered down Gina K Ink.  I then stamped the leaf and little dots in a darker shade of ink.  I splattered the background with watered down darker ink and some gold spray.  The sentiment was stamped on more colored card stock.  A strip of gold vellum was added as a mat for the sentiment and this was popped up over the card front.



Unfortunately I needed a sympathy card for my cousin's family.   I made the background the same way.  The leaves were stamped in brown ink on more colored card stock.  I used my Scan N Cut to cut out the leaves.  I added some gold on top of the leaves with additional ink to deepen the color.
The sentiment was stamped on a strip of colored card stock and matted with dark brown card stock.  The same card stock was used to make the card base.  I took a length of gold metallic thread and bunched it up and when I adhered the bottom two leaves, that adhered the thread to the card base.  The third leaf was pop dotted on top.  The sentiment was also pop dotted.


Here is a close up of the leaves.


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you like my version of one stamp - two different occasions - a twofer.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Monochromatic Thank You Card

I have been cleaning recently (heaven forbid - hope this passes soon) and discovered a set of stamps - they were released in 2009.  I do wonder how long I have owned them.  I did have an idea in my head for creating a card with them.

I was out checking out challenges and the Modsquad Challenge Blog has a challenge this week for Monochromatic Thank You cards. 

Over the week end I had made a monochromatic Christmas card so I already knew what inks I had that worked so well together.  The inks I used are from Gina K Designs.

I first colored a square of bristol smooth card stock by snooshing it into light ink sprayed with water.  I made my mat by dipping the mat in a more concentrated ink/water combination.  I put my lightly colored square in my Misti and started stamping.  I stamped several layers of the darker ink.  I dried it completely and then stamped in VersaMark Ink and clear embossed the sentiment. 


The image is not as crisp as I would like it - so it could be that the quality of the clear stamp from 2009 is not the same as stamps in today's market.  I do know the ink is good but may not have worked as well with the stamp.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Happy Little Stamper's September ATC Challenge

How did it become September and time for new challenges at Happy Little Stampers?

The September ATC Challenge at Happy Little Stampers is Vintage.  How fun is that challenge.


An ATC is a small piece of art.  It measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  In days of yore, it was your calling card or as we call it now days - business card.

My base is a piece of cardboard from a coffee package.  I covered it with a piece of patterned paper and added some Dyan Reavely acrylic paint over the top.  I then inked the edges with one of the brown oxide inks.

My two little girls (who I call sisters) is one of Tim Holtz paper dolls.  I added some blue oxide ink to their dresses to give add some color to the ATC.  What color was left on my mat was added to the ATC base.

A small strip of burlap was added to the bottom of the ATC.  I had this ribbon that looked like a measuring tape which was added to the left side.  Some black thread was layered behind the "sisters".

The word was computer generated and brown oxide ink was added to it to give it a more vintage look.  A beautiful brad finished off the ATC.


Please some join us at Happy Little Stampers for our vintage ATC challenge.  Did I tell you one lucky participant will receive a prize?