Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warm Wishes

Over the week end I participated in a few challenges for World Card Making Day.  One challenge was to use old but never used items (hmmmm am I the only one who buys and never used her stuff).  I dug out a stamp and die set and an embossing folder and went to town.



I needed some contrast on the white so I took a stiff brush and softly brushed a distress ink over the top of the die cut panel.  I then ran it through my embossing folder.  The penguin was stamped, colored and die cut.  He is added with foam dots.  The sentiment was added using the Misti.  I have kitted about 10 of this card.  Some for my holiday cards and some for my friends big craft fair she is involved with for Hospice in South Carolina. 

I still think I need something in the blue area.  Maybe I will punch out some snowflakes and add them.

I am entering this into the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is Holiday.  


Thanks for stopping by.  I am off to spend some time with my grand dogs. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Little Stampers October ATC Challenge

Do you like to make those little pieces of art called ATC's (artist trading cards).  Happy Little Stampers has a new challenge for ATC's.  This month the theme is travel.



I do not have too many things in my enormous amount of supplies that is travel related.  For some reason I had a box down that I had placed some stickers I was going to put in a rummage sale and there was the Eiffel Tower Sticker along with the other one that said Paris on it.  This started my ATC.

I had a piece of cardboard cut from a recycled box of tea.  I gessoed the cardboard and then colored it with distress oxide inks.  (OMG I do love to play with those.).  I added the largest Paris sticker on the front of the ATC and then placed the Eiffel Tower sticker on top.  I used some of the other stickers from both collections to add some more interest to the front of the ATC.

I then used the black soot distress oxide ink around the edges of the ATC and used a brush to blend it.  I also smooshed some of the pinks I used and added  them to the images I had put on the front of the ATC.  I found a perfect little sticker quote to add to the front.


I hope you will join us at Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge. 

Anything But A Card

The challenge on the Monday challenge blog for Simon Says Stamp is "anything but a card."

I had surgery at the end of August and so was not feeling up to my normal card making but I have done lots of journal pages.  It was wonderful healing.

Here is the page.  My sister had given me a bag of fabric scraps so you can see there are some ofthose on this page also.  I made a nice little collage with them and stitched them together with my sewing machine.  I even did some journaling.


Here is a close up of the flower.  The flower was cut with my Silhouette.  I rolled fabric and made the center for the flower.  It is very dimensional.


Here you can see some of the fabric and scraps of other things.


I love using bright colors as you can tell from this journal page.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday and Happy Card Making Day Collide

So over the week end, a private group I am in celebrated World Card Making Day.  We all met through our love of making cards.  Different people hosted challenges every two hours. 

I hosted the first challenge - and since I try to always do Oldie Moldie Monday - my challenge was to use supplies that you have had in your supplies for a few years.  I believe my paper pad had a 2012 date on it and I know the stamp is very old also. 



There are many layers of patterned paper on this card, a piece of burlap, and brown twine.  The bow was made with seam binding which I colored with a spray called Tea.  The sentiment is a new stamp set from Penny Black.  I thought the jolly fit this Santa very well.

Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a challenge to share what you made for World Card Making Day

Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your older supplies. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies October Challenge

Time to get out all those dies you have accumulated and make a card for the October Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.  


I love to make fall cards.  When I made this card, I was on a Washi Tape journey (last month's die card used washi tape also).  I had accumulated many rolls of tape that were fall in color so they were added to the card front. 


I started with a kraft card base and everything was built on top of it.  The majority of my cards have many layers on them.  I took a cream mat and added the layers of washi tape on the front.  I just wrap the edges around to the back of the mat.  This card has four different washi tapes on it.  The sentiment was heat embossed onto the bottom of the card.

I die cut a cream oval and a slightly larger dark brown oval.  I adhered them together and then die cut the oak leaf out of the center.  This was mounted onto the card front with foam tape. 

The cream mat was matted with the same dark brown.  All this was adhered to the kraft card front.  Of course, I then had to use a gold spray to add more depth to it.  I love to make fall cards and I love leaves.

I decided to add washi tape to my envelopes.  This is the back of the envelope.


Here is the front of the envelope.  I do hope this tape stays on going through the post offices.



The inside of the cards also have a coordinating piece of washi tape.


Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

World Card Making Day

I was busy creating yesterday and celebrating World Card Making Day.  I was playing along with challenges with a group of online friends.

The card today was made for a challenge for Thanksgiving. 

I am going to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Challenge


There were lessons learned on this card.  I do love the background I made.  I had seen somewhere on the world wide web where they had used an acrylic block and stamped distress inks in long lines.  I had a narrow long acrylic block so I tried it.  After I had stamped the blocks of color I then blended one of the brown oxide inks over all of it.  Here is the first lesson:  if you are going to spray a gold mist on your panel, wait until after you do your heat embossing.  I had to brush away lots of stray embossing powder.  I thought the spray was dry. 

Next lesson - have your brain activated when you do your stamping.  Neatly hidden under that beautiful strip of fabric is another So Very.  I did not need that said twice.  Thank goodness for embellishments.

Next lesson - stamp one sentiment and heat emboss.  Then stamp your second sentiment (for you) so that you get the placement much better.  It looks OK but I think it should have been closer. 

This leaf stamp from Concord and 9th is so beautiful.  I have made many cards with it this fall. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers October Mixed Media Challenge

Once again it is time to dig out all your mixed media stuff and play along with the new challenge at Happy Little Stampers


This part of the challenge did give me some trouble.  I only had crackle embossing paste.  I could not achieve what I wanted.  On my second try I had put the tinted embossing paste through a stencil with large circles.  I liked the circles but not on the sheet of colored watercolor paper.  I fussy cut the circles out and you will see in the example I used my crackled circles to hold a googly eye.  No Halloween card is complete without a googly eye.

Here is my card or cards that I made for the challenge. 


The images are from The Graphics Fairy.  I don't have too many Halloween stamps and I wanted to make something different I could send out this year.  All the papers have been well aged in my stash.  I did need to go buy a bigger googly eye to fit my crackle circles.  All the paper was distressed with my Tim Holtz distress tool. 


Here is a close up of my purple crackle circles.  I used a Dina Wakely stencil to make them.


Here is the first layer of papers. 


To make the paper background more interesting, I first attempted to add embossing paste tinted with Dina Wakely paint through a stencil.  I did not like that so I attempted to remove it and this was the result I got.  I decided to go with it.  It was a happy accident.  Up in the right hand corner, I then took the thick bodied paint I used to tint the embossing paste and just dribbled, drooled, did something down on the corner.  I really did like that.  Lesson learned though, once you do this you have to stop because that paint does not dry very fast.  Finally later in the evening I was able to work on the card fronts and add all the layers.  I did freshen up the drools after I finished the card.


As you can see from the picture of the card, I added many layers of paper to the front along with sewing thread and a fabric bow. 

Please play along with our challenge at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I have two large books that I used to smoosh my backgrounds in to make them flat and one day when I was using them - I found two of this sprayed ink background stuck in the pages. 

I decided to keep the card simple.  I trimmed down the dry embossed panel.  I matted it in a blue card stock and then die cut the thanks three times and stacked them up for a more dimensional look.


I am going to enter this card in the challenge at Just Us Girls where the challenge is to use word dies.  I too love word dies - OK I love dies of any type. 


Remember to show some love for your oldier supplies.  They still make wonderful projects and your recipients do not need to know that the supplies you used were from your supplies.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Heat Embossed Christmas Card

It is time to kick my you know what into high gear and get some Christmas cards made.

Jingle Belles' weekly Christmas challenge this week is to use embossing - dry embossing, heat embossing, embossed paper - anything embossed.   I thought I could handle this challenge.

I had made the panel I embossed on some time ago using distress oxide inks.  They are rather addictive for making background papers.  I need to spend a nice mindless hour or two and make some more papers.


I die cut the top panel and the sentiment panel.  I removed the sentiment panel and used a Hero Arts Background stamp for the heat embossed snowflake background.  I embossed the sentiment on the little die cut.  The ribbon is seam binding which I died with the bottom distress ink - I achieved balance by placing that color bow at the top of the card opposite the sentiment.  The sentiment was pop dotted and added into the opening.

I really do like how the card turned out.

I am also going to add it to the challenge at Addicted To Stamps and More.  The challenge is Anything Goes.



Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Birthday Card

I decided to play along with the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch



I am making cards for several different charities so not sure which box this card will go into.
I used a well aged 6 x 6 pad of papers .  I even stamped the bird on patterned paper and it was die cut out.  The sentiment was fussy cut from the patterned paper also.


I enjoy playing along with sketches.  The CASE challenges are interesting for me because I am not a CASE card maker.  The more layers the better for me.  I help keep the US Postal Service in business.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time to Make Christmas Cards

Christmas is fast approaching and I do not have many Christmas cards made.  Luckily the challenge at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge was something I get on board with.  Everyone loves a penguin and I have quite a few penguin stamps.  One year I made cards with every penguin stamp I had.  It was a fun week.


I am also entering it into the City Crafter Challenge which is colorful birds



This lone little penguin stamp was floating around in a box of stamps so he jumped out and I made two Christmas cards.  I used a 6 x 6 Lawn Fawn Christmas pad.  I love the combination of colors they used.  I colored Mr. Cutie with copic markers.  Glitter was added to his skates and ear muffs.  A little glitter was put on the aqua embellishment on top of the snowflake.  This baker's twine was a perfect match for the color combination from the papers. 


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope there are more challenges that inspire me to make a couple Christmas cards.  Have a wonderful day. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to share some creations made with well aged paper.

These cards are going in a box to be sent to a troop being overseas.  One of my fellow card makers I met through Operation Write Home is sending cards overseas to some of soldiers from her state.  She asked her card making friends if they would contribute cards.  Many of us are sending cards to her.  These are the last cards I am putting in the box.



I generated the sentiment on the computer.  Very simple cards but hopefully they will bring a smile to the sender and receiver of the card.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I checked out the challenges - and found one that fit - thank goodness - since I need to be working on Christmas cards.

The challenge at Merry Monday is  to use a tag on your project.


I had sitting on my table this cute little penguin.  He was already colored.  I knew exactly the old paper I wanted to use but I could not find it - but that is ok - because I had another purple grouping.  It is a Christmas 6 x 6 pad but you couldn't really tell from the papers I used.


I think the penguin stamp was once a $1 stamp at Michael's.  The tag is a die from Paper Smooches.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.

Yay - one more Christmas card made and there are 3 more penguins sitting over there that I could make a few more cards for my Christmas cards for 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Clean and Simple Happy Birthday Cupcake

I have been working on some cards for a couple boxes for charity.  I wanted to do some birthday cards and this is what I was inspired to create.

I started with a digital image and sized it so I could 4 on an 8.5 x 11 sheet.  I then cut these images out with a rectangle stitched die.  I then printed the same images on printed card stock and fussy cut them out.  I sued distress ink to color around the cupcake.  Dry embossed a white panel to pop the cupcake panel on.  I matted the white panel with turquoise paper to match the sentiment.  This could very well be an oldie moldie monday post because this is an old digital image, old sentiment stamp and old patterned paper.  But, as I always say, your old supplies still make beautiful cards.



I am entering this in the following challenges.

   Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is Clean and Simple. 



CASology where the challenge is Cake.


Wednesday Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is Clean and Simple.

Shop Your Stash where the challenge is Emboss Like A Boss.  I dry embossed my white embossing mat and heat embossed my sentiment.

Tuesday Throwdown where the challenge is Happy Birthday.

Whew I have not done that many challenges in such a long time.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Journal Page a Day Keeps a Woman Sane

A couple weeks ago I had to have my appendix removed.  I am recovering and I am not a patient patient.  Do you know how many things you drop on the floor each day.  If you bend you have to make it count.

I have been journaling/creating and this has helped me stay somewhat sane.  The challenge at Mixed Media Monthly Challenge is Vintage - I created a Vintage page.


I made my entry on a separate page of kraft paper and adhered it to the journal page.  Sometimes this works better, especially if you are using sprays.  Don't ask me how I know this.

The background is a collage of many different things.  I know I used dry wall tape, some bandage tape, paper, fabric, string, etc.  It was all covered with a layer of white gesso and gold gesso.  This gold gesso is so much fun to work with.  I added some embossing paste for the brick wall the couple is standing on and also some circle is the upper right corner.  The frame was bought in a package of frames at a rummage sale for 25 cents - plus many of the frames were already fussy cut.  I used distress paints, distress oxide inks to color the background.  I found this vintage feeling washi tape that is in the upper left corner.  The sentiment and couple are Tim Holtz products.  The heart was cut from a piece of packaging.


I used a few rub ons in some places trying to use up some of my supplies.

Here are some close ups of different parts of the page.


I love how the background turned out on this page.  It has a very vintage feel.  I took a plain pencil and marked around the couple and different edges on the page.  It added just a little contrast in the background.


You can see a rub on in this upper right corner.


Art is therapy and it is helping me heal.  I do wish it would do it faster though.  It helps the mind but the body takes it sweet time.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I needed a birthday card for a great niece later this month.

The image is by Paper Smooches and has been in my supplies for a long time.  The paper is from a 6 x 6 pad.


Remember to show some love for your old supplies - use it and then you won't feel as guilty when you buy new stuff.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Hapy Little Stampers September ATC Challenge

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


An ATC is a tiny work of art that measures 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  They are so fun to create.  They can be as flat or as fat as you want.  

This month the challenge for HLS ATC is shapes.  I had a set of dies with different size shapes in it and decided to use that on my ATC's.  The background is done with distress oxides.  I cut the shapes with my dies and layered them for some dimension and texture.  I traced around them with a black pen to add definition to the shape.  A simple label was created for each ATC.



Please join us this month at Happy Little Stampers September ATC challenge.  We want to see your spin on "shapes".

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Die Cuts September Challenge

Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Die Challenge.



It is time for you to dig out your dies and paper supplies and make a project for our September challenge.

I made this card for an exchange for a card making group I am in.  The theme was washi tape.  You look at this card and you say - where is the washi tape - well the washi tape was applied to card stock and then die cut.  The feathers and two of the hellos are from washi tape.  The black hello is from card stock.


The background was made with distress inks. smooshed on the paper.  The paper was matted with black.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers September Die Cut Challenge.  

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers September Mixed Media Challenge

How did it get to be September?  All the kids have now returned to school so everyone has more free time to spend creating (ha ha)..

The September challenge for Mixed Media at Happy Little Stampers is collage.  



I had recently gotten a new stamp set from Concord and 9th.  It is called Lacy Leaves.  The leaves are stamped with brown embossing powder or acrylic paint backgrounds and distress oxide ink background.


Here are some close ups of different parts of the card.  The top of the leaves with a twine bow and gold thread.


The coordinating die cut that goes with the stamp set.


Here is the collage background for my card.    Just a bunch of different thinks glued to a base.


I dry brushed a light coat of gesso over the top of the collage.


A cut strip of gold vellum was sewn to the top of the card.



The leaves are from two different backgrounds.  One leaf is brown embossed on a distressed oxide ink background.  The other two leaves are embossed on acrylic paint backgrounds.


The sentiment was die cut several times and stacked on top of each other.  The remainder of the sentiment was stamped on the card base.

I am really happy with how this card turned out.  I have two more collaged backgrounds to make cards with.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media September Challenge.