Saturday, August 6, 2022

Happy Little Stamper's August Stencil Challenge

 It is time for a new Stencil challenge at Happy Little Stamper's for the month of August.

As always the stencil challenge is Anything Goes.  These are the best challenges.

Stencils are such an economical way to add interest to your card making supplies.  You can do so many different things with them and use so many different mediums.


This month I chose to make a masculine birthday (actually I made several of this card).  I was visiting a friend and she had this stencil so I wanted to try it.  I used some lovely shades of blue ink on paper I had done some light ink smooshing on.  After I completed the stenciling, I took some colored pencils and added some very subtle shading to the fish to give them a little more depth.

I matted the fish with a dark blue card stock.  I chose to use a kraft card base and a blue plaid for the background for the fish panel.  A simple birthday greeting was added across the plain boring fish.  I did add blue and gold splatters to the card.


Here is a close up of the fish.

Please come play along with us at the new stencil challenge at Happy Little Stamper's.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Happy Little Stamper's August Christmas Challenge

It is time for a new Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stamper's to help you have some cards already made by December when you need to get them in the mail.

The challenge is always Anything Goes with an option - this month the option is flowers.  


There are many wonderful Christmas floral stamps, stencils and patterned paper. I am choosing to focus on patterned paper.  If you go through your supply of Christmas papers you will find many papers with beautiful floral images - the most popular being the poinsettia.  

The paper I used comes from a 6 x 6 pad that is several years old.  It has beautiful shades of purple, white, grey and silver.  The pad also comes with greetings and tags which I used for my sentiments on the front of my cards and also to finish the inside.  Everything is coordinated.  I am sorry I can't find the pad currently (it is hiding from me) but I do know it is an Australian company.

On this card I fussy cut out the flowers on the paper.  I did add color to the flowers to give a more purple definition to the flower as I built the layers.  I die cut a circle for the flower to sit on and added the flower, sentiment and some sequins.  It was an easy card to assemble although the fussy cutting does take time.


On this card, I also fussy cut the poinsettia layers out of the patterned paper and layered them together.  I then added the flower and sentiment to a scalloped rectangle of the same floral paper.  I added silver sparkly enamel dots to the center of the flowers.  


Please join us at Happy Little Stamper's for our August Christmas Challenge.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Happy Little Stamper's Birthday Challenge

This is the start of a new challenge at Happy Little Stamper's - it is a birthday challenge.  It is a great challenge because we all need birthday cards.  It is also the best challenge because it is "anything goes."


This particular card has been in my head for awhile.  I must have seen something similar on a blog, Facebook, or Pinterest.

I started out with a panel of kraft card stock cut to 5 x 3.75.  I brushed or rubbed a light coat of white gesso over the front.  I then took a stencil and added more white gesso in a littlee heavier layer to add some interest and depth to the background.  I took a glue stick and rubbed it on the front and took some dictionary page and put it on top of the glue.  I then tore off the page that did not stick to the page.  I glued a piece of coffee dyed fabric on the side of the panel and then added a strip of grocery bag which I hand pleated and sewed on the sewing machine.  I glued a single die cut on top of the pleated paper bag.  A sentiment was matted with kraft card stock and added to the front of the card.  I distressed the edges of this panel and the mat with scissors.  This was layered together on top of a kraft card base.  To finish the card and bring all the elements together I added black and gold splatter.  

I am very happy how the card turned out.  It looks just like the image that was in my head.


Here is a close up of the flower, fabric, sentiment and pleated grocery bag.


Please come join us for the first birthday challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

July Happy Little Stamper's Stencil Challenge

 It is time for a new stencil challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  

The stencil challenge is always "anything goes."


I am trying to be proactive and get my birthday cards done for my family ahead of time.  This will be a birthday card for a brother or a son in law.

The stencil is from Waffle Flower.  It is very fun to use.  I decided I wanted to use book pages for my base for my design.  I added a layer of gesso to the book pages.  For the blue background, I used the ink smooshing technique to color it.  

The mushrooms were done with oxide inks and I used some masking to make it look like the mushrooms were behind the main image.  Doing the ink blending on the gesso, your colors are not as intense.  (Compare the colors on the card to the envelope - thee is a world of difference.)  I added blue and green behind the mushrooms to mimic the sky and grass.  After I finished the stenciling I decided to outline the mushrooms with a black pen.  The URA Fun-gi was computer generated.  

Each layer was matted with a dark brown card stock.


I decided the card needed a coordinating envelope.

Thanks for stopping by.  


Monday, July 4, 2022

July Happy Little Stamper's Christmas Challenge

We are getting closer to the Christmas holiday and you need to start making those Christmas cards.  What better way to get started on your Christmas cards than to join the wonderful monthly challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  

The challenge at Happy Little Stampers is always Anything Goes but you do have an optional choice if you want to challenge yourself.  This month the optional choice is Gold.  There are so many ways gold can be used in your Christmas cards.



For my Christmas card, I got out my Tim Holtz Christmas stuff to make a card.  I could make an entire year's worth of cards using these supplies.  I chose different pieces of ephemera to make my card.  

I started with a kraft card base and added a layer of patterned paper which had been distressed on the edges.  Another piece of patterned paper was added across the middle of the card.  On top of the patterned papers I added a piece of recycled packaging from my Tim Holtz supplies.  I added gesso around the edge to add some texture and depth to the background.  I also added some gold gesso.  I love this gesso when I remember to use it.  

The focal point is a wreath with a vintage Santa in the middle.  I started tucking different pieces of the ephemera around and behind the focal point until I found an arrangement I liked.  I glued these layers down.  I added foam tape to the back of the focal point and before adhering it to the background, I added a tangle of gold thread.  A sentiment was added at the bottom of the card front.

The card was completed with gold splatters.  


Here is a close up of the focal point.


Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our July Christmas Challenge.  Get out your gold and go to town and create a beautiful card you can share with us.  

Thank you for stopping by.  

Monday, June 27, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I am continuing to share some cards I made for a Christmas monthly challenge where the theme was House.

I found this house die cut in my supplies and added some simple red paper, a sentiment and dry embossing.

Such an easy card to make.


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

Monday, June 20, 2022

Vintage Christmas

 What should you do on the hot days of summer - you should make Christmas cards and think cooler temsp.

The current challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown is Vintage.  I had my Tim Holtz Christmas stuff out and made this card.



I love the vintage feel of this card.  This is not hard to achieve when you use your Tim Holtz supplies.  I have another one on the design table.  Hot again today so maybe I should think cool Christmas thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

This week I am sharing some Christmas cards I made - the theme for the challenge was house.  

If you look through your patterned paper, it is amazing how many papers have houses on them.

Here are three cards I made from the same collection.




Remember to show some love for your oldie moldie paper.  They still make great cards.

Monday, June 13, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I was donating some 6 x 6 pads to a local school teacher and had to use a few sheets of paper from a couple pads before they left the house.

I had recently seen this quilt block die I had and since I wanted to make some cards for my sister who is a quilter, I knew the paper and die would make great cards.



The great thing when you used these dies and four different papers, you end up with four cards.  I did use a new sentiment stamp set.

I love how they turned out.  I have two more sets cut out to piece together and I also found another die so I will be making more quilt cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, June 10, 2022

Can You Handle The Pressure Guest Designer

 I am the guest designer for Can You Handle the Pressure for their current challenge with an optional twist of Bird.  

Remember you must use an embossing folder on your challenge entry.  


Here is the prize for this challenge.


I decided to go along with the optional twist of bird.  My bird images are Tim Holtz tissue paper.  I adhered the tissue paper to a piece of card stock with gel medium and also brushed a layer of the gel medium across the top of the tissue paper.  I used Vintage Photo ink to add some coloring to the edges of the image and blended it inward.  I then matted the image with dark brown paper.  When it was adhered to the card front, I added several layers of card stock behind it to add a little dimension to the design.

The greenish background is bristol smooth card stock which I first did some ink smooshing on with oxide inks.  I then ran it through my embossing folder.  I used more ink and water and let the embossed edges grab more of the color and make some great color variation in the background.  I matted the background with the same dark brown card stock.  I decided I wanted to bring a little of the dark green color into the card and found some matching card stock and dry embossed it.  I did it so there is a continuous flow in the embossed design.

The sentiment was stamped on a piece of green patterned paper. and matted with the dark brown card stock also.   

See the continuous flow of the embossed design.


Please come join us at Can You Handle the Pressure Challenge blog for their current challenge.  Dig out some of your embossing folders and use them.  I think we forget to use them now days and they are such an easy way to add some extra depth to your card design.

Big thanks to the crew at Can You Handle the Pressure Challenge blog for letting me be their guest designer for the current challenge.  



Monday, June 6, 2022

Happy Little Stampers June Stencil Challenge.

It is time for the new stencil challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  The challenge is always "anything goes".

Stencils are such a cost efficient product to use in our card making.  Stencils have come a long way in their design.  There are still single layer stencils but there are the layered stencils which just steps up your creativity.


It is the time of the year when we need to make graduation cards.  I have two young men in my neighborhood graduating from high school.  They are brothers so the cards had to be different.

I chose to use this layered stencil from Taylored Expressions for the focal point on my card.  I stenciled the sentiment on with oxide inks.  I cut the panel with a stitched die and then dry embossed with an embossing folder from Darice.  I cut the hat with my Silhouette.  The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz collection.  

How easy would it be to crank out many cards using this sentiment.  This sentiment could work for any occasion, not just graduation.


Here is the second card I made.  I used my Silhouette to make the hat/year cut out.  I layered two of them together to give it some depth.  I added it to a dry embossed background using the same embossing folder as the first card.  A simple sentiment completed the card.  Did you guess that the school colors are red and black?


Dig out your stencils and join us in our June Stencil Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Oldie Moldie Monday Meets Sketch Challenge

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

I had this paper grouping on the design table because I was making some quilt design cards and the leftover strips fit the card sketch at Freshly Made Sketches perfectly.

I first cut a rectangle out of the same paper I used for my card base.  I added the strips to the card front and then ran the rectangle through an embossing folder.  I adhered it to the card base.  The sentiment was stamped on another sheet of paper from the 6 x 6 pad and die cut out.  It was matted with black.  I added a double layer of paper behind the circle to add a little depth to the card.  The sentiment is an old Penny Black.


I still had more strips left from the pad so I added them to a rectangle on a diagonal and dry embossed the panel.  I used another sentiment from the same Penny Black sentiment set.


Thank you for the great sketch.  

Remember to show some love for your old supplies, they still make great cards.



Sunday, June 5, 2022

Happy Beer Day

 What a delightful surprise it was to see the current challenge at The Paper Players - food or beverages and I had just completed a card that worked.


I first started by doing ink smooshing to make a colored background for my delightful beer mug to sit upon.  The beer mug is a new die from My Favorite Things.  I colored the beer and mug with distress oxide inks.  I love the color I achieved for my beer.  I used some Ranger Liquid Pearls on the froth to add texture.  The sentiment is from My Favorite Things also.  I placed the beer mug sitting on the sentiment to anchor it.  


It feels good to have a birthday card done ahead of time.  Now I just need to make sure the safe place I put it in - I know about.  Does anyone else put things in a safe place and then can't find them?

Have a great day.



Saturday, June 4, 2022

Happy Little Stampers June Christmas Challenge

 It is June - time for a new Christmas Challenge at Happy Little Stampers and an opportunity for you to get a jump start on your Christmas cards for this year.  

The Christmas Challenge is always "Anything Goes" but we do give you an optional twist to play with.  This month the twist is Snow globe.


I found in my supplies these cute gift tags which were a snow globe shape and I decided to use them for my cards.  I am into using my supplies and I have so much Christmas related craft supplies.  Gift tags are a great easy option for a focal point for your cards.

I found some plaid paper in my supplies that had the same colors as my snow globe tag.  I dry embossed white card stock and added it to the front of the plaid panel.  I cut a piece of aqua patterned paper, white glitter paper and red patterned paper which had the scallop design on it.  I layered these together and added the gift tag on top.  I did place a glitter snowflake die cut behind the snow globe.  I did add foam tape behind the gift tag.  It was nice that this gift tag came with the sentiment on it.


I made another card using the same papers.  This is a take off on the April Sheetload of Cards design.  It actually is a mini slim line card.  I like to make the mini slim line cards - something different to do.

Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our June Christmas Challenge.  

Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, May 30, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday Meets Two Challenges

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

I found these flowers already done.  They were done with a stencil and there were two sets so I could make two cards.  The butterfly embossing folder has been in my supplies for many years and of course, I have an ample supply of card stock which has been aging for many years.

The first card is for the current challenge at Paper Players.  They have a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge. 

I chose to do birthday, floral and circle.   I fussy cut the flowers.  I found a circle birthday sentiment in my spare sentiment box.  To add texture to the white background, I used a butterfly embossing folder.  A few circle sparkly things completed the arrangement.  


The second challenge is Can You Handle the Pressure where you need to use an embossing folder on your card.  (I should challenge myself to use one each week - I probably would not repeat myself all year.)  The optional twist is butterflies.  I looked in my embossing folders and I had three folders which had butterflies on them.  They add such a wonderful texture to the background of my floral card.


Remember to show some love for your old supplies.  Find some challenges and let them kick start your creativity.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge Guest Designer

It is my pleasure to be guest designer at the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.   At the Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge, the challenges are BI-MONTHLY - 1st & 3rd SUNDAY at 12:00 AM (EST). Ending on the Thursday prior to the new Sunday challenge goes live. Winner's announced on the Saturday before the new Sunday challenge begins.


Here is the cute inspiration board for this challenge.  If the board does not inspire you, you can post something else in a Christmas theme.

There is so much to inspire you on this board.  Who does not love penguins; who does not love a snowman or that sweet vintage image with the girl and her dog.


The penguins inspired me.  They inspired me so much that I made three cards.  I found these sweet images in my very well aged Christmas papers.  I also found all the other papers I used to complete my cards.

I love to layer up patterned papers for my cards.  This is how I started making cards.  I was not a good stamper so I had to find a different way to make nice cards.  Patterned paper was my saving grace.

All the images were matted with black cardstock.  Snowflake stickers were added to the cards to add some more interest to the card layout.


The red paper was dry embossed.



Thank you for asking me to be a guest designer.  I hope you will play along with this fun challenge.

Monday, May 9, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday Tackles Christmas

 It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  Boy, do I have some old Christmas supplies.  I will never get them used up.  I have tried not to buy card making supplies like I use to.  Tried being the operative word.  It is much easier when you don't get to walk into a real paper store very often.

Here is the current mood board at Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge Blog.  


The little deer was my inspiration along with the rustic colors in some of the pictures.  I had recently gone through my embossing folders and found this sweet little deer.  I embossed him on kraft card stock and inked the embossed deer so he was more visible.  I used assorted Christmas papers which were lying on the design table and dug in my box and found this cream colored sentiment that worked with the tones in my card.  I distressed the edges of the paper.


Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to show some love for your old supplies.


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Floral Birthday Wishes

 I always try to stay ahead on my birthday cards - thank goodness - because all of a sudden it is May and I have two birthdays to send cards for.

I am playing along with the current challenge at Just Us Girls which is flowers.   


On this card I used my flower dies from My Favorite Things and the patterned paper is from Penny Black.  I layered the die cuts on a scalloped edge die cut which has been ink smooshed to add color to it.  The nice green color on the die cut complements the flowers and leaves.  

Thanks for stopping by.