Monday, February 20, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

This should have been posted in December as an Oldie Moldie Monday.  The paper and image are very well aged.  This tag was for a young man.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Catching Up On Christmas Posts

I was a bad blogger in December and did not post lots of my projects.  Here are two tags I made.  I put small sacks on the back where I could put a gift card or money.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Valentine Fish For You

I am currently visiting friends in the Florida Keys and this is the Valentine card I made for them.  They live in a fishing community during the winter months.

I drew the fish and painted him.  I really like how he turned out.  The hearts were cut with my Silhouette.

The background was different shades of blue sprays on a gessoed book page.  I had seamed the paper and the seam stood out.  I then added washi team over the seam and then several small pieces in two spots.  I mixed some texture paste with paint to make blue embossing paste and used two different stencils to add some additional texture to the card front and hide the washi tape.  I believe I accomplished that.

I enjoyed making this card because I should have been cleaning my house and packing.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

As I bask in the sunshine of Florida, I wanted to share another set of Valentine cards I made.

There are two of this design and finish showing you the cards I am mailing to my elderly ladies I talked about on February 5 on my blog.

The paper is from Authentique.

Have a wonderful day, week, month, year.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

I needed t make some fast Valentine cards so I sprayed pieces of watercolor paper with all different colors and brands of pink sprays.  I love the color of the background.  The heart stamp was from Michael's $1.50 bin.  The hearts and sentiment were embossed in white embossing powder.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Monthly Anything Goes With Die Challenge

It is time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers for their Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.

I am in a private Facebook card makers group and we are doing an exchange of shaped cards.  I thought I could do one project and complete two things.  Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.  I decided to use my Silhouette Cameo to make my card.  I cut everything out for a sewing themed card and then I looked at who I was to send the card too.  At that point, I had to change my mind.  I was sending the card to a coffee lover so I needed to make a coffee themed card.  I really like the card I made and I made two of them.

The card hinges at the top and it was such a small hinge that I added a strip of paper to reinforce the area.  The paper collection was a Christmas one from Basic Grey.  I thought the snowflakes made a great front of the coffee to go cup.  All the pieces of the card were inked around the edges.  The striped piece in the middle of the holder was not part of the pattern but I wanted to bring a little more design into the card.  I cut a band of the striped paper and then just trimmed it down so it went across the center.  The sentiment is from Paper Smooches.

I had lots of fun making this coffee themed card but I know I have two sewing themed cards all cut out ready to be made.

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers for our February Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.

Monday, February 6, 2017

February Mixed Media Happy Little Stamper Monthly Challenge

It is February and it is time for a new mixed media challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  The challenge this month is tear or rip..

I had gotten a new paper pad for a Christmas gift and decided to use this paper as the base for my card design.  My card took many turns along the way before we came to this card.  It will be a birthday card for a special young lady.  I may add a birthday sentiment to the front before I send it to her.

Here is a close up of the heart.  You can see the layers of embossing paste and paint splatters.

Here is a close up of the torn strips band that goes across the bottom of the card.

Here is the first layer of the card.  See all the torn pieces on the rectangle base.  The heart has many rows of torn paper on it.

I then added a layer of white gesso over everything.  (I see this in lots of videos.)

I then added embossing paste through two different stencils.

 I then added paints and sprayed them with water (I saw that in many videos also).  It is an OK background.

The original plan was to have the tealish background to be the entire front of the card with the torn strip across the front.  This was not making my creative juices flow no matter how much I tried and I even let it sit for a day or two to see if it would grow on me.  It never did.

If you look at a picture of the finished card, you will see that I added a piece of the patterned paper on the front of the teal/pink background.  The background I made was now just peeking out as it was now a mat.  I added a layer of pink to the strip of torn paper.  If your colors in your background and patterned paper do not match the way you want them to, just take your paint and smear some on the patterned paper to pick up the same hue of the color.  I added paint to the teal strip on top and also the bottom pink layer.

I recut the heart and covered it with one of the patterned papers from the strip.  I had gotten some new embossing paste on clearance at Michael's.  It was in the Christmas clearance.  This bottle was called snow.  It had some grit in it.  I added it to the card front panel and also the heart.  The card front was added to a black card base.  A strip of black twine was added to the strip.  The heart was pop dotted to the front with cardboard.  At this point I watered down the pink and teal paint and splattered it on the front of the card.

The sentiment was in the paper collection.  I cut it out and matted it with some touched up pink paper.  This was adhered with foam tape.

As you can tell from my story, this card took a few paths but I did manage to save it.  I know my friend will like it.

Please get out some paper and start tearing it up and join us at the Mixed Media February Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.