Friday, March 28, 2014


Yes, it was easy. It's mostly chipboard. The arrow and sentiment are from Inspired by Stamping/ Arrows set.

My card is for the Queen for the Day on Splitcoaststampers , Diane aka fionna51. She makes a lot of CAS cards and I cased this wonderful card.

Entering this challenge:
Inspired by Stamping March Customer Gallery
Stamps-Inspired by Stamping/Arrows set
Paper-PTI white cardstock
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories-Heidi Swapp embellishments/chipboard-HS00818 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Copper Birdcage

I tried something new today.....the copper technique. I found this technique through the talented Loll Thompson at Stamping with Loll. She has made several gorgeous cards using this technique. She also gives wonderful instructions on her blog about what kind of copper to buy and other tips concerning heating the copper to get pretty pinks, oranges, and blues.

I bought my copper from Hobby Lobby (ordered online) and it is from a company called K&S Engineering. It is soft copper-.005 thick-36 gauge. It cuts really well with scissors. I have read several ways crafters heated theirs but my husband heated mine with his industrial Makita heat gun. It gets hot so I was a bit afraid to try it. I had some pretty blues in mine but not on this piece. If it gets overheated, it turns to silver. 

This copper embosses beautifully and this die cut did great. I tried a much more intricate die cut first and it would not cut all the pieces. I used the Grand Calibur which cuts my intricate dies really well but couldn't get the most intricate one to cut with copper.

I made my card for the Mix60 mix-ability challenge on Splitcoaststampers. I am loving mixed media so, fun.  The challenge was: The Printed Word-incorporate printed text from old book, newsprint, etc. I just used a piece of designer paper with words on it. I placed a Tim Holtz stencil over it and sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist/Dragonfly.

Challenges: Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog-challenge #128-INKS--I used Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Dragonfly

Tip Top Tuesday-Metal or Faux Metal-I'm using copper that has been heated with a heat gun
My tip for the Tip Top Tuesday challenge: Never leave your craft heating tool plugged in after using. I left mine plugged and it fell off a chair and landed on the "on" switch and starting running. There were papers nearby that could have overheated had I not been close.

Paper-PTI white cardstock, Bazzill/Robin's Egg, Kraft, MME paper pad/Sunshine
Accessories-Taylored Expressions/Bless Your Nest-bird die, Tim Holtz/Bubble Layering Stencil, Marianne Creatables/Forest Branch, Spellbinders/Bird Sanctuary-birdcage, Tattered Angels glimmer mist/Dragonfly

Monday, March 24, 2014

Strawberries and Color Blocking

Good morning and happy start of the new week. Weekends really fly by, don't they? Hubby and I worked 8 hours in the yard on Saturday. We have 34 bags to be picked up by the street department this morning. Just about all of this came from the back yard. Several flower beds were cleaned out and re-mulched last week. And, now it is cold again....high 50's today. Well, that is cold for me...will be back to 71 by Friday. What I am really liking is that I can now see green coming in the grass and some of the trees getting green leaves. Yippee!

The CAS265 challenge today on Splitcoaststampers is color blocking and a twist of a putting a die cut or a punched shape on top of it. I used a long, narrow acrylic block to ink in pink and red. After inking, I sprayed a couple mists of water. I turned the acrylic block one direction, then a different direction to get the blocks. I stamped a few strawberry flowers on after blocking. The strawberry image is not punched or die cut. I stamped it and hand cut.

Also, I'll enter my card into the Curtain Call Challenge-Farm Fresh

Stamps-Taylored Expressions/Strawberry wreath set
Paper-PTI white cardstock
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black and Angel Pink, SU Cherry Cobbler
Accessories- red and white gingham ribbon, Copics/R20, R35, R37, R39, G20, G21, G24, Y02