Monday, September 29, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday

A Quick post for today.  Did not want to miss Oldie Moldie Monday.  This image fell out of a 6 x 6 pad so it is going to be used.  I just used some strips of paper.  You will notice that the angles do not match.  Hopefully it does not bother my Mom too much.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Happy Wedding Day

Today is going to be a beautiful day for a fall wedding that is being held outside.  Wisconsin is experiencing a wonderful stretch of beautiful fall days.  I actually had to rethink what I was going to wear because it is going to be a little warmer than I had originally thought.

This card is for Matt and Christina.

The colors for the wedding are pink.  This card and I fought for three nights.  It is nothing like what I had originally planned in my head.  This card is very similar to a card I posted a couple weeks ago. The grey pindot in the background is tissue paper from the bridal shower.  I took all of the tissue paper and said it would be on her wedding card.  I applied the tissue paper to heavier paper with gel medium.  I laid a stencil over the top and spread embossing paste over the top.  There is lots of texture on the card.  The two hearts were cut with my Silhouette.  The sentiment is from SRM Stickers.

I am entering this card in the two challenges on Simon Says Stamp.

Monday - use a stencil (used a stencil and embossing paste)
Wednesday - Anything Goes 

Everyone enjoy your week end.  I am off to celebrate.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friends With Flair and Mixed Media

It is Friday - and I always try to use some Unity Stamps on Friday to share in their Friends With Flair challenge/share.

I have had this little project in my head for awhile.  I am going to make these for 4 very special women in my life.  They are my Ya Ya's.  We lost one of our Ya Ya's to breast cancer several years ago so it makes them even more special to me.  We kinda like to have a drink or two once in awhile so that is why this is so fun.  Plus one of our Ya Ya's winters in the Keys and several of us have visited her there.

This is a set that Unity made exclusively for Archiver's.  We use to have a store in Madison and I do miss being able to have paper therapy when I go to see my Mom.  Now I get paper therapy when I go to see my daughter in the Milwaukee area.  I even have a step out for you today on how I made the project.

The 4 x 4 canvas is covered with a page from an old dictionary.  I apply the dictionary page to the canvas with gel medium.

I then paint over the canvas with gesso.

I had bought a new pad of paper and it had some blue patterned paper in it.  It was basically blue on blue - a very subtle design.  I was hoping to achieve this same look with acrylic paint and then using different stencils and varying shades of blue paint and gelatos.

I did achieve the look I wanted.  It is amazing how the same color on top of the same color but in a slightly different shade can make such a subtle background.  

I then stamped my Santa on more pieces of gessoed dictionary pages.

I colored the Santas with various gelatos, Big Pens and anything else that helped me get the look I wanted.  Santa is dressed in some wackier colors but hey he is having his afternoon toddy.

Ok now I stopped taking pictures.  I am working on trying to do a complete tutorial so you will have to picture the steps in your head.  I stamped the sentiment.  I could not get the 5:00 to turn out so I decided to just write it on the paper myself.  I adhered the image and sentiment with gel medium.  I carefully added gel medium over the top of the entire project to protect it.  I added a few snowflake rub ons and flourishes.  I use to  hoard rub ons so mixed media is a great way to use them.  I added texture paste down at the bottom to make it look like a snowbank.  I also rubbed Stickles over the top to give it some sparkle.  Swiped some gesso around the edges and called it completed.

If you notice, I flipped my canvas again.  The triangles were supposed to be on the left side well they are on the top in the finished project.

I am also placing this on the Monday challenge on Simon Says Stamp which is to use stencils.

I really like how it turned out and I know my Ya Ya's will enjoy it also.

Happy Friday.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Paper Smooches Spark Challenge and Oldie Moldie Monday Collide

Monday - time to show some love to your old supplies.  I needed to make a get well card for my granddaughter.  She had to have her tonsils out on Sunday.  This is not something you want to do at any age - but at the age of 18 - it is not fun.

I decided to play the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge - Anything Goes.

I got out some American Crafts paper that has a date of 2012 on it.  Not as well aged as some of my supplies.  I love the bright cheerful colors in the 6 x 6 pad. Teal is one of Emily's favorite colors.  I paper pieced the balloons.  After cutting out a shape that you have stamped, always run a black marker around the edge.  It gives your cut a neater finish.  The get well sticker is from SRM Stickers. The white border was cut with my Silhouette.  The yellow ribbon is from May Arts and it was just laying there on the floor waiting to be used.

I don't know if I like the enamel dots on the card but there was so much white space.

If you wish to buy your own Paper Smooches stamps, just pop over to their online shop.

Remember to show some love to your old supplies.  They do still make beautiful creations.

Happy Monday - is it Friday yet?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Another Friday - Another Friends With Flair

Friday - the most glorious day of the work week.  It is also Friends With Flair on the Unity Blog.  I am trying to use my Unity Stamps each week - so why - am I using the same stamp that I used last week.  Well I stamped it three times - so be prepared - there will be another card coming.  Last week's card was the more traditional color range of brown, red and green.  Today we have green, pinkish and white.  I even used the same basic layout for both cards.

The green paper and pink paper are from the new Lawn Fawn Collection.  The plaid is from last year's collection from some company (I am too lazy to go look).  The image is pop dotted.

I am also going to enter it into the weekly challenge at Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is holiday.  Yesterday was Thanksgiving and today is Christmas.

So what color will next week's card be?

Have a good Friday and a good week end.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Give Thanks

It is time to start thinking about making some Thanksgiving cards.  I have had a piece of fabric floating around my crafting area for years because I liked the images.  I decided to use some of it for a fall card.

I used the sketch from the SRM monthly challenge for the layout of my card.

Unfortunately I did not have an SRM Doily.  I do have some doilies in my supplies so I dug one out.  Of course it was white, so I took a wet tea bag and rubbed across the top of the doily to give it a creamier color and dried it with my heat gun.  When I use fabric on a card, I use a light iron on adhesive on the back of the fabric and then attach it to card stock.  I then cut out my image.  By doing it this way, it gives your fabric some stability.  After it is cut out, I take a marker and go along the edge and color it.  This fabric was then matted with some brown card stock.  I embossed the gold with a embossing folder.  The SRM Sticker was added to a piece of matching card stock and matted in the same brown card stock.  I did add a strip of orangish paper to the top of the sketch to pick up the orange in the one leaf.  The dry embossing was highlighted with brown chalk.  When you use chalk instead of ink to distress or highlight, it seems, to me, that I have more control and get the look I want to achieve.

I am also going to share my card on the Addicted to Stamps Challenge blog.  Their weekly challenge is Holiday.

Enjoy your Thursday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  Even the image is oldie moldie - I found this cutie already colored in a drawer when I was looking for something.  I just had to use him.  If you check last week Monday's post, you will see it is the same little guy.  He is a favorite snowman stamp from Penny Black.  He is such a cutie.

The patterned paper is from American Crafts.  Somewhat non traditional colors for a Christmas card but I like the soft colors.  Of course I could not find any green that was this particular shade - no mint green at the top of the piles.  Oh well - we didn't use any green except there is a little bit in the striped paper.  I finished the card off with a sentiment from SRM Stickers.

Remember show some love for your older supplies.