Monday, February 28, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I found this fabric snowflake applique in my stuff and decided to make a card with it.  I cut a piece of kraft card stock and dry embossed it.  I then rubbed gesso over the embossing.  I matted this layer with red and added it to a kraft card base.  I found a felt snowflake die cut in my stuff also and added it to the top of the snowflake and glued it to the front of the card base.  The sentiment was heat embossed on a piece of red card stock and a twine bow was added to give it the country look.

Remember to use your old supplies, they still make wonderful cards.

Monday, February 21, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

I have gotten into junk journaling a little - the buying and watching You Tube videos part.  I saw this video for making these cute envelopes out of 6 x 6 paper and decided to try my hand at it.  I made three.

Unfortunately, I do not remember who did the You Tube video to give them credit.  You have two pieces of 6 x 6 paper and score at 2.5 inches.  You slide them together and glue on the sides.

Here is the back of the envelope.  

Here is the front of the envelope with the flap open.

Here are all three envelopes.  The Christmas one is stuffed with coordinating embellishments and will be a Christmas happy mail for someone.

Now I need to go make a million more of these to use up my patterned paper.  

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Masculine Christmas Card

 I have been using challenges to get a ample number of Christmas cards made so I am ready in December for mailing.

This week the challenge at 52 Christmas Throwdown is a Masculine Christmas card.  

The other day I saw this card pass by on Facebook - no idea where I saw it but the idea stayed in my mind and I wanted to try and create it.  I think it makes a great masculine card.

The card gave me the fits.  I first used two shades of blue oxide to add some color to the background.  After this was dry, I started stamping the different snowflakes (it is amazing how many different styles, shapes and sizes of snowflakes you have in your supplies).  I think I managed to get black ink on every panel I stamped.  Black ink where it was not supposed to be.  The card I saw had the black stripes on both sides of the snowflake panel.  I taped my card down and used my T ruler to get the sentiment straight.  When I took the tape off, I tore off a chunk of the striped paper thus we slide the panel over.  Thank goodness I had put a good chunk of striped paper on each side.  

For all the problems this card gave to me, I really like it.  I have several more stamped pieces and I hope I am able to work around the extra black ink - I guess - if all else fails - add some black splatter.

Thank for stopping by.  

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Happy Birthday Butterfly

This birthday card is for a very special young lady who turned 40.  I was unable to make the birthday party but I do want to send her a card.

I started by using a stencil and ink blending two different shades of blue oxide ink.  I stamped the butterflies and sentiment in black ink.  The sentiment was cut out with a circle die and several layers of card stock were glued under it so it pops out from the remainder of the card.  Black splatters were added.  I tried something different today and added my panel to a grey card base.

I am adding my card into two different challenges.

The first challenge is Seize the Birthday where the challenge is dichromatic.  Dichromatic means using two colors with the option of adding black, white and common neutral colors.   

The second challenge is at Mod Squad where the challenge is Birthday Butterflies.  

Here is my card.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Happy Birthday Floral

 The current challenge at Addicted to Stamps is Birthdays.  I have recently worked on using images I have colored.  I keep them in a box and it is time to start using them.  I made several birthday cards and also some Thinking of You cards.  

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Christmas Color Challenge

 I have a hard time doing color challenges.  I usually avoid them but I decided to try and make myself do more of them this year.  This is my first one and I do like how it turned out but the colors were easy to work with.

I am doing the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Colour Challenge.

I first took a piece of white card stock and did some ink smooshing on the panel to add some color to the background.  It gives more depth to the design.  I then stamped the trees (a Gina K Design) with Pine Needle oxide ink and heat embossed with the same color glaze.  The image has a nice texture and shine to it.  I matted the image with gold and added to a white card base.  Joy was cut from several layers of card stock and the same gold as the mat.  Gold and white splatters completed the card.  I even made a coordinating envelope for the card.

Thanks for stopping by - I have one more Christmas card made.  Yay.  

Sketch Challenge

 I hae been looking at the sketch at Sunday Stamps for almost two weeks but I was busy doing house stuff.  I finally gave myself a day to play and this is one of the cards I created.  

Here is the sketch from Sunday Stamps.  

I used some very well aged paper for the design of this card.  I also found some cream cardstock to use as the card base and also a layer behind the design.  I dry embossed it but used the back side of the embossed piece on my card.  The floral design is so pretty.  I found a sentiment set that dealt with flowers and thought this would be a good one for this card.  This card will be going to a friend who is starting her battle with breast cancer.

Thanks for stopping by.  

Monday, February 14, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday

 I had previously shared these cards but wanted to post under Oldie Moldie Monday also since today is Valentine's Day.

The oldie moldie paper is from a very well aged 6 x 6 pad of paper from Authentique.

I had more hearts stenciled but ran out of the blue paper to mat them with so decided to use the strips of paper I had left and the yellow paper from the pad.  I think this is my favorite card.

Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Friendship and Cardmaking

 It is so nice to be able to make a card to send to your friends.  I don't want to go to the store and buy a card so I am blessed to have all these supplies so I can create, send joy to someone and also bring joy to myself in both the creating of the card and also thinking about a friend when you mail them a card.

I have been trying to use some of the supplies in my supplies.  I had this image already colored.  I believe it is a My Favorite Things stamp and it looks like I tried to do kinda a no line watercolor.  I even had the card base in my supplies.  

The current challenge at Just Us Girls is Friends.

Now the question is which friend do I send it to.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, February 7, 2022

Oldie Moldie Monday - Take Two

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

I needed to make a valentine to put in with a box I am mailing to my favorite 11 year old.  It was going to be a simple card - not take too much time - but then I found this paper pack from Simple Stories from 2016.  It started to talk to me and this accordian card was born.

I am entering it into the current challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog.  The challenge is "love"

Here is an overview of the card.  You can see all the folds/pages of the card.  

Here is the front of the card.

Inside pages.

More inside pages.

Back side of pages.

This was lots of fun to create.  Remember to show some love for your old supplies - they still make beautiful cards.

Oldie Moldie Monday

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

The paper used for these cards is from Die Cuts with a View from 2011.  I made three of this design.

The "thanks" die and the butterfly are very old supplies in my tool chest.

Here is another card from the same paper set which I shared earlier in the month.  I made two of this card.

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

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Happy Little Stamper's February Stencil Challenge

 It is time for a new stencil challenge at Happy Little Stamper's.  As always the challenge is Anythig Goes so dig out those stencils and let's make some cards.

Stencils are an inexpensive tool to have in our creative toolbox.  I have many.

I decided I needed to make some Valentine cards since Valentine's Day is fast approaching.  

I first cut a heart opening with one of my heart dies.  I used this as the base for the heart and added some soft blending to get the heart shape defined.  I then laid a new stencil I have over the top and added more blending to get the heart design on the basic shape.  I had first done some ink smooshing to my background paper.

I have a friend having hip replacement surgery, so I wanted to make her a special card.  She loves gnome's so I had this new set from My Favorite Things.  I stamped and watercolored him with the same inks used in the heart.  The sentiment was from the same stamp set.  I added the background to a grey card base.  I get tired of using white card bases all the time.

As long as I had everything out I decided to make some more simple cards - they can be used for many things besides Valentine's Day.  I dug out a very old pad of patterned paper and used the simple cream colored backgrounds as the base for the heart to be stenciled on.    I added a dashed line around the outside edge of the heart to define it.  Sentiment was stamped on the same patterned paper as the paper used for the background.  I matted the image with some more paper from the paper pad.  Of course, I had to add splatters.  I made seven of this design.  

So I had done extra hearts and ran out of the blue paper I had matted the above cards with but I did have leftover strips of paper and yellow paper from the paper pad.  Thus I made four more cards.  On these cards I fussy cut the hearts out and added some layers of plain paper behind the heart to add dimension.  I actually think these are my favorite.  I still have some strips of paper left from the pad but it is pretty much used up.  Yay.

Christmas Card Sketch Challenge

I am trying to be more proactive in having all my Christmas cards made4 this year when December comes.  To help me, I try to play along with a few Christmas challenges.

This week is the sketch challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown

I am in a private Facebook cardmaking group.  We are trying to inspire each other to get ahead on our card for the upcoming season.  Each month we have a new theme.  This month the theme is snowflakes.  I had made this ornament yesterday for a different card and I did not like the blue with the background I had chosen to use so it was laying on my table waiting to be made into a card.  Today's sketch was perfect for showcasing the snowflake ornament.  The blue in the ornament, background behind ornament and sentiment is a piece of alcohol ink background I had made a long time ago.  It is time to use some things up.  The blue for the mat of the white embossed background is another background I had in my box.  It was nice to use up a couple pieces of paper.  The white square behind the blue square is glitter paper.

The die is from Brutus Monroe and there are three are ornaments in the die set.  I believe the sentiment is from Penny Black.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Masculine Birthday Card

 I am playing along with the current challenge at The Male Room.  The current challenge is clocks.

I knew I had this clock stamp and I actually knew where it was which is the biggest miracle of all.  I stamped the clocks on coffee dyed paper and die cut with a circle die.  I found some Prima paper which I used as my background.  I know I have a clock embossing folder - but I do not know where it is - so I used a distressed circles embossing folder to add some depth to the background.  I inked the edges of the background and the circles.  The black strip was added to ground the clock.  I designed the sentiment on my computer and printed on more coffee dyed paper.

This card will go in my birthday project box.  I want to donate a year's supply of birthday cards to the nursing home where my Mom spent the last years of her life.  They took such good care of her and I wanted to give something to them to share with their residents.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, February 4, 2022

Happy Little Stamper's February Christmas Challenge

 It is time for a new Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers.  I think it is a challenge you will enjoy.  As always the challenge is "Anything Goes" but there is an optional choice for you to play with.  

The optional twist this month is Snowflakes - and I imagine just about everyone has a snowflake or two in their creative library of tools.  I have many stamps and dies.  I live in the cold states so snowflakes are a given part of our life in the winter months.

I fell in love with this stamp from Colorado Craft Company when I was visiting a friend.  I have admired it since they released it a year or two ago but when I met it personally I knew I had to have it in my toolbox.  

I first did some ink smooshing on my background to give it a little color.  I used a light pink, lavender and blue oxide ink.  After this was dried, I stamped the snowflake image in brighter oxide inks and then I sprayed the stamping with water to make the colors flow.  I do this so that the colors are somewhat in the shape of the stamp and provide a perfect backdrop for a white sparkly heat embossed sentiment.  I had some embossing powder with glitter in it and decided to use it so I would have some sparkle in my snowflake.  The sentiment was stamped in the blue oxide ink color and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  

I matted the panel with navy blue cardstock and added to a card base.  I added some clear gems I had in my stash to add bling to the card.  You need to use some of the supplies we have in our stash.  

The stamp comes with a coordinating die so I did basically the same process as in the first card to create the snowflake but I then die cut it.  I die cut the snowflake two more times and adhered the layers to the stamped image to give it some depth.  I added it to the card front.  The sentiment was done in the same way as the first card.  On this card I added some splatter in the blue.  I once again matted the image in navy blue card stock.

I even did coordinating envelopes for my cards.  I just inked the stamp up with the different colors of oxide ink, sprayed with water and stamped.  The envelopes turned out beautiful and the recipient of the card will be excited by the envelope and maybe it will add a smile to the face of any postal worker who comes in contact with it along its journey.

Please join us at Happy Little Stamper's for our February Christmas Challenge.  You will be happy when December comes that you have some cards already mailed.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Christmas Cards for 2022

 I am in a private Facebook cardmaking group and we always complain come December we do not have enough Christmas cards to send out - we are trying to take control of this issue - by creating with a different theme each month and each week we have a new person post a card to inspire more creativity.

The current challenge at Addicted to Stamps is Christmas.

This card I created for our January theme of January.  I hand water colored these trees several years ago and decided it needed to be made into a card.  I added doodling around the trees, stripes and circles.  Every tree needs a star so die cut some out of gold paper and then scattered a few more around the card front.  I added gold and black splatters and a sentiment to complete the card.  It was matted with black and gold.  I even have a sentiment stamped on the inside.

Onto the next challenge for our group.  February is the month of snowflakes.

Thanks for stopping by.