Monday, October 6, 2014

Two by Two, Side by Side


This may be my last card for a week or so. My four and six year old grandchildren will be coming for a visit this week (without parents) so I'll be a busy bee keeping them entertained. Their mom told me they had the best time on their last visit and talked about it from the time they got home until she made them go to sleep that night. I'm so happy to hear that and hope it will be the same this time. She also thanked us for being wonderful grandparents. How super is that!

I've made this card for the Hope You Can Cling To challenges going on this month at Splitcoaststampers.  This challenge, HYCCT1405, is Two by Two, Side by Side. Use some element/s in twos. Mine are the two hydrangea images. They aren't side by side but I think they will be o.k.

The card is supposed to use pink and purple. I did the alcohol marker marbling technique to show inside the window. But, as it turned out, the purple hardly shows. I think you can see just a touch of it. I added some purple gemstones so I could sneak into the challenge. :-)

Recipe:
Stamps-Inspired by Stamping/Graceful Hydrangea, Inkadinkado/Calligraphy Expressions
Paper-PTI white cardstock
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa
Accessories-purple gemstones, Copics for marbling-RV14 and V15, Copics for hydrangeas-RV63 and G20, Spellbinders classic circle die

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Hope You Can Cling To-Paper Tole


Over on Splitcoaststampers,  it is the month for the Hope You Can Cling To 2014 drive. Splitcoaststampers partner with UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. It is our time to make cards to benefit those affected with breast cancer. What a great cause and a great reason to make cards. Thousands will be mailed.

This is a card I made for Lydia/UnderstandBlue's challenge:Raise Me Up-the challenge is Paper Tole. I LOVE doing this technique. 
The tutorial can be on Splitcoaststampers. 

This is how I did it for those who haven't tried this technique: I stamped the image twice. On one of the images, you color and  cut out pieces you want to make 3D. I did the star, snowmen, and glove. Next, you will use a stylus on a foam pad and round your pieces. Afterward, you put your Glossy Accents on all the pieces. Let dry and then place the cut out pieces on top of the other image you stamped. It's easy, just a bit time consuming. I would do it again, that's for sure. 

The background sky was made by doing the Alcohol Marker Marbling Technique. It is also found on Splitcoaststampers under Tutorials.  It is really easy and fun. 

Recipe:
Stamps-The Peddler's Pack Stampworks/Fenced in Snowman
Paper-Bazzill cardstock/Icy Mint, Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Stylus, foam pad, Paper Shapers star punch, clear Wink of Stella, plastic bag for marbling, Copics-E55, E59, C1, YR02 and for background, B24 and BV08

 

Monday, September 29, 2014

A Day for a Bicycle Ride


Good Monday MorningI had a fun weekend with my little grandchildren. My husband and I took them to the Children's Museum, a pumpkin patch, the park (twice), and to see some lions. Yep, they kept us busy, busy. But, it was fun, fun.

I loved this image the first time I saw it and still do. It is from Prickley Pear and called Country Bicycle. I had to have it.  I decided to color it in Fall colors using Copics. The sentiment is from Creative Imaginations and is from the Thankful set. 

The corrugated paper is from DCWV's Mat Stack called Corrugate.

I made the button with a Marianne Creatables Tags & Buttons die. The raffia color is rust.

My card was entered into the Sept. Fan Club Gallery: If You Leave Me Now--Travel/Transport and also fits the inspiration, leaves or a Fall scene, any theme.

I'll enter the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Frame It!



Guess who is back? At least, for a little bit. Until after the middle of October, I will be in and out. Life has been very busy. My sister came for a visit, I've been doing some re-decorating, and so many other things. I made three cards Wednesday and Thursday for Splitcoaststampers. So, I'll try to get them uploaded here.

Does my font size look large to you? Sure does to me. If I choose normal, it is really small so I have it on large. I think it is larger than it should be. 

I made my card using the Darice Easy Frames which will let you leave an unembossed area when embossing with an embossing folder. Do I love those things! I wish I had defined my image more and there is a way to do that. Maybe next time I can remember to do it.  I used a mask for my image as it was larger than the area I had allowed using this particular frame. The set comes with seven wonderful frames. I guess they have been around a while but I didn't have them....found these at my Hobby Lobby or Jo Ann Stores. I think the latter.

If you are not familiar with these frames, here is a tutorial. It is so easy.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9hMzWBMcWU

I added a bow and sentiment and that was it. 

I'll enter my card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge-Anything Goes

Recipe:
Stamps-Heartfelt Creations/Snowy Window Scene, Hero Arts CL722 (sentiment)
Paper-Bazzill black cardstock, PTI white cardstock
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler seam binding, Darice Easy Frames, Darice Snowflake Swirl, Stampin'Up! Dazzling Diamonds

Duh! Why did I put my blog as @ instead of  dot on my card? Crazy me.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vine Wreath-Sympathy



I saw this stamp, Vine Wreath, used on a card and wanted it so much. I discovered the company that made it, Sarasota Stamps, had gone out of business. I went on a search and found it on Amazon. It was rather pricey when you included shipping. Guess what, my sis knew I wanted it and bought it for me as a "happy" and it did make me happy. :-) Is she great or what? I saw a company this morning on Pinterest that I think may have it...and cheaper....sorry, sis.  Though, sometimes, when I have found it at different places and opened it up, it said "sold out" so don't know if that was the case there or not as I didn't investigate. That company was Artist Supply Source. I've never ordered from there so I can't tell you anything about it.

The sentiment is Stampin'Up! Thoughts and Prayers.

I stamped on PTI vintage cream cardstock with Memento Rich Cocoa, added three brown pearls, and scored with my Scor-Pal and now I have a one layer, sympathy card. I can imagine many kinds of cards I can make with this stamp. 

Have a fabulous day!





Monday, September 8, 2014

Mr. Owl Wishes You a Merry Christmas


My card is for the Merry Monday challenge #125-Transportation. You are to make a Christmas card and use some type of vehicle or transportation on your card.

My image is a digital stamp from Louby Loo/Hooty Occupations set). It is colored with Copics and I added some Glossy Accents on the windshield, headlights, and tire wheels. Of course, it isn't showing. :-)

I made my clouds with a Judikins-Kite stencil called Puffy clouds. I inked the clouds with Memento Tangelo, Sweet Plum, and Aegean VersaMagic chalk ink.

I colored the car, scarf, and owl with Copics. The highway is a piece of Bazzill cardstock which I drew lines on with a Sharpie. Then, I also cut out a snow bank and edged with blue ink.

The die cut trees are from Frantic Stamper, Inc./Tall Pine Trees.

My sentiment is from Hero Arts/clear stamp set CL722.

The ribbon is Stampin'Up! Cherry Cobbler. I added a punched star and large gemstone in green. The twine is from The Twinery/Carribean.



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Glittered Poinsettia


Welcome to the weekend! I kind of feel like my weekend started yesterday. Hubby took off work and we had a little road trip. Got to see the munchkins and what is better than that? Not much. :-)

The SCSCCSept14 Fan Club Challenge challenge (Christmas) is going on and I need to get on making some Christmas cards so this is my entry. The challenge is BINGO. I love that kind of challenge so you can choose the one you want to create. I chose red, image,  and sentiment. I am counting my poinsettia as my image.

I am using Elizabeth Craft silk microfine glitter in True Red on Elizabeth Craft transparent double sided adhesive paper.  I love both those items and the glitter is not coming off and getting everywhere. Plus, you wouldn't believe the sparkle irl. There are videos out there to show you how to use it. I was shown when I went to one of the scrapbook stores in Atlanta. Other than that, I just added a piece of designer paper, a large gem, and a sentiment. The dp is MME Christmas paper pad and the sentiment is from the JustRite Merry & Bright set. I'm using a Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia die.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Colored Dry Embossing





Over the holiday weekend, I found time to do the latest tutorial on Splitcoaststampers, Colored Dry Embossing. It is a tutorial by Jeanne Jachna and a video by Dina. It can be found here.

You are to dry emboss a piece of cardstock and color the raised areas. I'm using The Paper Studio's embossing folder called floral. Mine is a bit different as I decided I wanted to use acrylic paint for putting down the color instead of inks or pan pastels.

I used a very small brush and my acrylic paints. Yes, this did take a while but was easier than I thought because the raised areas were nice and high.

Recipe:
Stamps-None
Paper-PTI white cardstock, Bazzill Paper Basics/Black, Coredinations/fireside cardstock
Accessories-The Paper Studio embossing folder/floral, Americana Acrylic Paint/ Georgia Clay, Hauser lt. green, Hauser medium green, Margarita, white ribbon, The Paper Studio/black/cream lg bling adhesive sticker