Monday, July 16, 2018

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I had bought some spider man stickers at The Dollar Store and made a couple cards - one for the military box and one for the children's home.

It is hard to find red and blue to match the stickers but I found a print that had multiple colors in it.  It worked.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Happy Little Stampers July ATC Challenge

It is time for the new ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

An ATC is a tiny piece of art that measures 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

This is a fun challenge - coffee - a favorite subject.

Of course - distress oxides were used to color the kraft paper before I head embossed the image on it.
This is a very simple ATC.

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers for our July ATC challenge. 

There are prizes so please come play.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

These cards will go in my military box.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

It is time for the fun monthly challenge at Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies.

I recently visited a friend in Minnesota and we went to the Scrapbook Expo.  Needless to say I did a little shopping.  I bought the dies I used on this card.

The flower dies were 5 dollars - I think.  I paid regular price for the rectangle die.  It has four sizes in it.  Those rectangle dies add such a nice finishing touch to your card.

The background was made with a couple colors of distress oxides (sorry - I like the oxides).  The flowers are distress oxides also.  They were done on glossy paper and you use the distress glaze over the top to make it shine.  I had the card together and did not like it - it was missing something.  I added the grey centers to the flowers and it brought the card together.

The sentiment is from Gina K Designs.  How lucky am I that I have sequins that perfectly matched this card.

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There are prizes. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Playing With Oxide Inks and Freshly Made Sketches

I decided to play along with the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches this week - I do struggle to make clean and simple cards.  White space is something for me to achieve but I do keep trying.

Here is the sketch for this week.

 This was my seventh attempt at the sketch.  The other cards were not trashed but didn't make the cut.  Six of the cards were sent to my great niece since I knew she might want some special thank you notes since she just graduated from high school.

Back to this card.  Of course, the background was done with oxide inks.  I think someone needs to take them away from me so I can play with something else.  (so when are the new colors coming out - don't they know I am anxiously awaiting the new colors.)  For the diagonal stripe I used some clear sparkle embossing paste through a stencil.  It is really very pretty when you see if.

The flower and sentiment are from a new stamp set I got recently from Altenew.  One day I just stamped and embossed the entire set of flowers and cut them out with my Scan n Cut.  I now have flowers already to be colored for cards.  The blossom is pop dotted with foam tape as is the sentiment.

Here is a close up of the sparkly diagonal stripe.

I had another panel ready to go and wanted to try a different stencil.  I laid it on my pinkish panel and added the embossing paste through the stencil.  There was blue paint on the stencil and it went onto the card front.  OMG - I immediately scrapped it off.  I liked my happy accident and added more paste through the stencil on the other parts of the card and scrapped it off.  Here are pictures of my "happy accident card".

You can see the faint images of the blue circles in the background.  I added a strip of scrap dotted paper.  Love how it grounds the design.

Here you can see a close up of the background.  It was hard to pick up the sparkle.  It has already been mailed to someone battling some shoulder issues.

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Happy Little Stampers July Mixed Media Challenge

It is time for another Mixed Media challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  It is time to get a little messy.

The challenge is "newspaper".

I had one piece of patterned paper that kinda resembled a page of a newspaper.  This is what I went with.  I cut it to size and put a light layer of white gesso on it so that the words still showed through.  I then added distress oxides to color the gesso.  (of course - that is no surprise - I use the oxides on almost every card.)

The focal point (the man with the umbrella) is a die my friend has and I cut 4 of them when I was visiting.  I glued two together to give a little weight to the focal point.  I heat embossed the stars in gold embossing powder.  The triangles and little dots were stamped with black ink.

The sentiment was heat embossed in gold on black paper.  I used my stapler (which has blue staples in it - which was OK for this card) to attach the sentiment to the side of the card.  I used a different orientation for the sentiment.  (there is a closer picture of the sentiment further down in the post).  I added a few more staples around the card to add more texture.

Gold and silver thread were added behind the focal point.

Here is a close up of the image.

Here you can see the background at the top of the card with the staples, embossed stars and black triangles and dots.

Here is a close up of the sentiment.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our Mixed Media Challenge.

There are prizes so please come play.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Best Fishes

In my wide collection of stamps and papers, I do not have lots of male themed items.  Recently at a Stamp/Scrap Expo I found a new stamp with fish on it that I could use for masculine cards.

I recently found a new challenge site which is dedicated to cards for men.  Their challenge this week is fish/fishing.  The name of the challenge blog is The Male Room

This background was made with alcohol inks.  You drop alcohol inks on top of water and then dip your regular card stock in the water.  The alcohol inks grabs onto the paper and gives you some wonderful results.  Both sides of the paper are beautiful and sometimes it is hard to decide which one to use.

The image was stamped with black onyx VersaFine Ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The fish were colored with copics.  Some green was added to the sea weed.  The bubbles have some glossy accents added to them.

I did make the sentiment on my computer.

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