Monday, September 30, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I found several of these stamped images and cards all cut out on my table.  I die cut the hello to add to the card.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies. 

October Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge

How did it get to be October?  I am going to enjoy the fall weather and raking leaves. 

The watercolor challenge this month at Happy Little Stampers is always Anything Goes with a twist of botanical.

I decided that botanical means plants, trees so I went with leaves.  I love to make leaf cards in the fall.  I think this stamp and die set  is from Concord and 9th.

I first made a background with a leaf background stamp from Fun Stampers Journey.  I painted on Twinkling H20's onto the stamp and stamped it on watercolor paper.  I did it several times.  If you looked very closely you could see the leaf design.

I heat embossed the leaves on a piece of paper I had colored with Twinkling H20"s.  I then die cut the leaves.  The background and leaves have a beautiful shine from the Twinkling H20's.  Die cut the word Grateful from some gold card stock.

The background was adhered to a rust colored card base.  The leaves were added to the card front.  The die cut word was glued on top of the leaves.  A small twine bow was added to the stem of the middle leaf.  The glue I used to adhere the leaves and word is Gina K's Connect Glue.  I love this glue.  I had never really used glue on my cards until this glue came along.

After the card was assembled, I added gold splatters.

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers for our October Watercolor Challenge

Monday, September 23, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I have a boat load of patterned paper of which much of the collection is 6 x 6 pads. 

From 3 sheets of paper from a 6 x 6 pad I was able to make these three cards. 

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Monday, September 16, 2019

CAS Christmas Card

It is the time of the year when you need to kick your card making into high gear so you can get all your cards made.  I will be gone from home over three weeks in November and December so the pressure is really on.

I decided to do the monthly challenge at CAS Christmas Card Challenge.  The challenge is holiday treats.

I had bought a set of playing cards which are gingerbread men.  Gingerbread men are wonderful holiday treats.  I did two designs of a CAS card,  I really don't know which one I prefer. 

The only thing I did to the card was trim off the bottom so the man of my dreams would sit straight on the card front.  The background for the gingerbread boy is bristol smooth card stock dipped into some distress oxide ink to add some depth to the background.  I just used a simple red and white stripe and green dots to add some color to the card.  A simple stamped sentiment completes the card. 

Here the stripe is on the bottom to ground our man.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I made two cards like the one I am sharing using a couple sheets of paper from a 6 x 6 pad.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

The paper used on this card is from a 6 x 6 pad from Basic Grey - well aged - I am sure I have  12 x 12 sheets of it also.

Remember to show some love  to your old supplies.  They still make great cards and will bring a smile to someone's face. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Autumn Birthday Card

September and October are busy birthday months in my family.   I need to get my cards made because I am going on a short trip so will miss over a week of creating.  Truth be told - I am trying to get my birthday cards done for the remainder of the year plus into January.

The new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches provided the inspiration for this card.  This card is for my brother in law.

The strip of multi colored paper was made last year using a stencil and distress oxide inks.  I had a piece of it left and thought it would be perfect for this sketch.  It has some great autumn/fall colors in it.  The background was dipped in oxide ink to add just a little extra depth to the white card stock.  I cut a very narrow strip of green card stock to edge both sides of  the oxide ink strip.  After the strip was adhered, I stamped a simple sentiment under the strip.  I stamped the leaves in dark brown ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  I fussy cut the leaves out.  I adhered the panel to the front of a kraft card base to add more fall feel to the card plus this makes it  more masculine.  I popped up the top leaf.  The leaves at the bottom.  The male leaf is glued to the card front and the other leaf is popped up also.

I am also entering this card in the current challenge at The Male Room where the challenge is Autumn.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

When I was cleaning up I found this one sheet of fish paper and decided to use it to make some cards for a military box.  The stamp is very old also. 

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.  They still make beautiful cards.

Friday, September 6, 2019

CAS Watercolor Card

I love to play with my watercolors.  I keep hoping I will get better using them.  Somedays I like my results - other days - keep working at it.

I like to do the monthly challenge at CAS Watercolor Challenge because the CAS is always a challenge for me. 

The challenge this month is to use the color wheel and use complementary colors.   I decided to go with the blue - orange colors.  I honestly don't think there is a flower these colors in nature but I do like how it turned out.

This is a stamp set from Stampendous that Michaels carries.  I had looked at it for quite awhile but never purchased it and then I visited my friend Annie and she got it out and I used it.  I had to have it.  I also had received a couple card made with this stamp so the desire was already sitting in my head and Annie pushed it into the shopping card.

I used an inexpensive set of watercolors I bought at Joann's to color the floral image.  I used several shades of orange for the petals and several shades of blue for the center part of the flower.  I added gold onto the center of the flower and in the petals for another depth of color.  I loved the addition of the gold.

I had to also do an envelope to match.  I hope it makes the mail people happy as it goes on its merry way through the system and hopefully the recipient loves the hint of what is inside.  To color the flowers on the envelope, I just put the orange color of a piece of acetate and added some extra water and pressed it over the floral image.  I did color the center and added a little of the gold.

I am also adding it to the challenge at Addicted to Stamps where the challenge this week is Make Your Mark.  I colored with my watercolors. 

I am also adding it to the monthly challenge at The Flower Challenge where the challenge is Anything Goes.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge

Christmas is coming up very fast so here is a great opportunity to make a Christmas card for the Happy Little Stampers September Christmas Challenge

The challenge is always Anything Goes (the best kind of challenge) but you do have the optional twist of an elf.

 I went through my Christmas stuff and I found no elf.  (of course, after my card was finished I found an elf stamp in a box of supplies I had taken to my daughter's in June while dog sitting.)  My card has a snowman on it.  You can pretend it is a cold elf with a round figure.

I stamped the snowman and water colored him or her.  I added a light blue wash to the background of the snow person image. I found a suitable sentiment which was stamped on a die cut circle which has the same light blue wash on it.  Both the sentiment and image were matted with the same purple I matted the plaid paper with.  I do love some layers on my cards.  I used three different patterned papers from the paper pad I was using.  I even added some light purple/lavender washi tape on the top edge of on the papers.  The sentiment and image were pop dotted to add some dimension to the front of the card.

You can see on the close up of my snow person that I added clear glitter embossing paste on the bottom of the snow person to ground him/her.  I also added some of the same gel in the big dots on the bottom paper.  I added some clear Stickles to the ball on the cap.  I used my white gel pen to add some detail to the scarf and to the brim of the hat.

Please do some join us at Happy Little Stampers for our September Christmas Challenge

CAS Mix Up September Challenge

I have been home for awhile so I am able to play along with a few of my favorite challenges.

This month the challenge at CAS Mix Up is Inchies

For my card I used stamping, watercolor, die cutting and embossing paste.

I first cut a strip of one inch wide watercolor paper.  I smooshed it in some oxide ink to add a little color to the strip.  I would stamp the penguin on each end of the strip and then go cut off one inch and repeat the process.  I stamped four of the little penguins in this position of the square.  There is one on the inside of the card.

I found a small piece of shiny paper that coordinated with the color used on my inchies.  I cut a mat and die cut three snowflakes.  I stamped the sentiment on the card front and then added clear glitter embossing gel through a stencil to represent falling snow.  I glued each inchie to a snowflake so it looks like they are hanging from the snowflake.  They are randomly places on the card front around the sentiment.  I used Gina K Connect Glue to adhere them since adhering things to glitter gel can be iffy. 

I really like how this card turned out.  Thank you for the challenge. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Christmas Cards and a Sketch

It is that time of the year when you need to get your Christmas cards in order and made.   It is especially true for me since I will be in Florida late November into the first part of December for three weeks (of course, hopefully it is still there with Dorian brewing in the Atlantic as I write this).

I am doing the sketch challenge at AAA Cards.  This challenge blog is for clean and simple cards.  I do struggle making clean and simple cards.  All that white space scares me.

Here is the sketch for the challenge this week.  It had the optional twist of using an animal.

Here is my take on this sketch.  This stamp I have had in my stash for a long time and never used it.  I thought it fit the sketch perfectly.  I cut pieces of watercolor paper and stamped the image.  I then water colored the image.  To highlight the bird I came back in with some colored pencils and brighten up some of the colors.  I matted the image with a blue card stock.  I made my card bases out of the same watercolor paper.  I did add some watered down light blue oxide ink to the front and then using a stencil added clear glitter gel to give the card some sparkle.  (Christmas cards need sparkle.)  I made four of these cards.

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 I am also placing this in the current Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamps.  Their challenge is to use something clear.  I used my clear glitter gel on this card. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

The sentiment is a digital image from Operation Write Home Days.  This card will go into a military box.

Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your old supplies.  Remember they still make beautiful cards.