Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hey There

Hi everyone.  Today is the latest challenge at Addicted to CAS - #48.  This time, the challenge is being hosted by the mega-talented Michelle (Handmade by Michelle). She chose this fun code word ...

Prize:  3 digital images

I knew I wanted to have something furry on my card :) ... and I found this adorable stamp that hadn't been inked yet (another NBUS Darnell!!) :)  This was gifted to my by my good friend Debbie, and I have used a few of the other stamps on the set, but not this one ... isn't it adorable!!!  Now, I'm not good a coloring "fur" with my markers, so just flicked on a bit of color and that was that.  I thought this sentiment fit the image perfectly ... and so did adding a red faux stitched border.

We have the wonderfully talented Tenia (Jazzy Paper Designs), joining our team again as Guest Designer.  I hope you'll click HERE to check out her fabulous "cuddly" card, along with the amazing cards from the rest of our Design Team.   The challenge is open for two weeks, so there's lots of time to play along.  Come join in the fun!!

As mentioned above, I've used a NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) :) ... so I'm entering this into Darnell's NBUS #2 challenge (second entry). :)

And I'm entering into the current challenge at CAS on Sunday - #42 - Sequin Celebrations.


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Stamps:  Loads of Love (Penny Black); Sentiment Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Black (Memento); Real Red marker (SU!); Copic markers:  W4, E44, R29, R20, 0
Accessories & Tools:  Sequins, Lilac twine (The Twinery)

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CAS on Sunday #42

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Christmas Stocking

Hi everyone.  The challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More (#113), is Holiday ... so I have another fun CAS Christmas card to share that only took a short time to make.

I started with the background, using a brick stencil and covering it with a thin layer of embossing paste. I die-cut the stocking twice (one from red felt, one from white felt).  I cut down the length of the stocking to make it more fun, and placed the cuff on an angle. I die-cut a holly sprig from green felt and added a red rhinestone for the berry.  I used red glitter glue to add sparkly dots for decoration on the stocking.   The Paper Smooches font is fun and fits perfectly with the felt stocking.

I have lots of Christmas card ideas floating around in my head and I'll be back soon with more to share with you. :)


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Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Stocking die (Sizzix), Holly Vine die (Memory Box), red felt, white felt, green felt, red rhinestone

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ATS&M #113

Monday, September 15, 2014

Autumn Branch

Hi everyone.  I love this time of year with the autumn leaves falling from the trees - so beautiful.  I tried to capture that beauty with my copper leaves which have been pounced with alcohol inks.  I used a color card base today (unusual for me!), and a small strip of patterned paper, over-stamped (second generation stamping) with my favorite background script stamp.  To finish, I stamped a simple sentiment and added a few strands of knotted copper cording gifted to me by my good friend Susan.

This is also a reminder of the current challenge at Mixed Media Card Challenge (#3 - Autumn colors with optional element:  metal or leaves) which is open until Sept. 25th.

I hope you'll check out the wonderful creations from the DT, as well as the amazing cards that have been entered into the challenge ... you will find tons of inspiration! And hope you'll play along with us.

I'm also entering this into Virginia's View Challenge #7 - Pattern Paper.  I used a strip of patterened paper for my main panel.


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Stamps:  En Francais (SU!); For You (Rubber-Art Stamps)
Paper:  River Rock, Early Espresso, Well Worn DP (SU!)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!); Alcohol inks:  Honeycomb, Poppyfield, Botanical (Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  Grove Branch die (Memory Box); Small and Large Leaves #2 dies (Cheery Lynn), copper sheet, felt and applicator for sponging ink, copper cording

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Virginia's View #7

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Snowy Christmas Night

Hi everyone.  Today's card is for a fun challenge over at my friend, Ingrid's blog (Ingrid's Crafts Corner).  Ingrid and four of her very talented friends have gotten together to create a time challenge ... make a card in 10 minutes (or show how much you've gotten done in the allotted time).  You can organize your craft supplies and have them handy before you start ... and I noticed on reading their blogs, some of them used die-cuts or embellishments that they had in their "extras" box (you know what I'm talking about ... embellishments that were made and never got used but we can't throw them away).  We all have those. :)

The challenge is being hosted by Ingrid this time ... and she picked turquoise as her inspiration color ...


I wanted to join in the fun after seeing the beautiful cards made by this team!

Whew!!  I was going a bit crazy, but it was fun too! :)  At the 10:00 minute I had everything done except for the sentiment (actually forgot to get it out ahead so stopped my clock and went and got my stamp, embossing buddy and embossing powder).  Started the clock again, stamped and embossed the sentiment and then mounted my card front on to my base.  In the end it took me 11:47 to finish :)

Here's how I made the card ...

Sponged a card front with Peacock Feathers distress ink.  Took several paper towels folded into a thick pad, added lots of water, and then used that as a stamp pad ... "inking" a snowflake stamp with water and stamping all over the distress ink background.  I was hoping that more of the actual snowflake design would show, but I like the look of the watery background.

Die-cut a snowflake border and added it to the bottom, along with two die-cut silver glimmer paper trees (which are popped up for dimension).

I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and heat embossed in white, adding a small snowflake (discard from the border die-cut).


That's it ... a clean and simple Christmas card.  I think if I was to make it again, I'd probably make a smaller front panel ... so there's more white space. You know how I love my white space. :)  And I'd make sure the card front was dry.  I wanted to take the picture right away and you can see in the photo that it's a bit warped because it was still wet from the water stamping when I attached it to the card base :)  After it dried, I added a pop dot undernearth and that took care of the warping.

Thanks to Ingrid, Donna, Keren, Nikki, and Pamellia for the inspiration ... I hope you'll check out their blogs to see what they made for this challenge.


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Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches); Patterned Pines (SU)
Paper:  White (Neenah); silver glimmer (SU!)
Ink:  Peacock Feathers (Tim Holtz Distress); Versamark
Accessories & Tools:  Frostyville Border die (Memory Box); Holiday Cheer dies (Sizzix), sponge

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Warm Woolen Mittens

Hi everyone.  Very busy week for me ... I'm have twelve for dinner on Sunday and decided that buffet-style would be the best.  That way I could make up some things ahead and freeze so that when Sunday comes, I will have some time to sit and enjoy my company.  So far, so good ... three desserts and one main dish in the freezer already - yay!  Because of all my baking / cooking ... haven't had as much time in the studio as I would like.  Let's face it, unless I was in there full time, it's never enough :)

Today I'm sharing a super CAS Christmas card that only took a short time to make. Unusual for me, as I must be one of the slowest crafters in the world! :)

Love these mittens, especially cut from red felt.  I've added a snowflake die for decoration, and a strand of white baker's twine to define the cuff.  I wanted to add a fun, whimsical sentiment to match, and this one from Paper Smooches is perfect.


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Stamps:  Christmas Sampler (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah)
Ink:  Real Red (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Mittens die (Sizzix), Small Snowflakes die (Impression Obsession), red felt, white baker's twine

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Blooming Poppies

Hi everyone.  Time for a new challenge at ATS&M #112 - Make Your Mark (use any type of markers, pencils, etc.) on your project.

Prize:  3 images or up to $10

I did another watercolor using Stampin' Write markers from SU!  LOVE this technique ... especially the background (there's a link to a video tutorial by Dina on the Tutorial Page of this blog).

After adding Baked Brown Sugar and Bashful inks for the background, I stamped the poppies in waterproof black ink and watercolored using my markers (yellow and three shades of orange).  I wanted to add some of the poppy colors into the background, so I scribbled the inks onto my craft sheet, misted with lots of water, and then lightly dipped in my paper, just picking up a bit of the color and quickly mucked the wet ink about with my fingers (that's my technical term for it! :)

For the last bit, I splattered the card front with more of the orange and green and stamped the sentiment in black.

I hope you'll check out the challenge at ATS&M (#112 - Make Your Mark) and see the rest of the wonderful cards made by the very talented Design Team.  And I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge!!

I used a NBUS (never-before-used-schtuff) stamp from Winnie & Walter for the card above, so I'm entering this into NBUS#2 Challenge on Darnell's blog.


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Stamps:  Blooming Garden (Penny Black); The Big, The Bold and the Happy (Winnie & Walter)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Ink:  Baked Brown Sugar, Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze (SU!); Black (Archival - Ranger)
Accessories & Tools:  water mister, water brushes, paint brushes for splattering

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Monday, September 08, 2014

Faux Mother of Pearl Technique (Video)

Hi everyone.  I made a tutorial showing how to make the faux-mother-of-pearl background that is used in this card.  It' my first video that I've done by myself. :)  I used my camera ... and thought the quality would be good, but now that it's uploaded to YouTube (after a lot off stressful moments!!), the quality is not as good as I hoped it would be.

But, it's my first attempt at doing this myself, so I've learned lots, which is always a good thing.  I'm hoping to make more videos and improve as I go :)

I'd love for you to take a look ... click HERE to watch on YouTube ... and thanks so much!

At some point I'll need to learn how to embed the videos so they can be seen on my blog as well .... more to learn :)

ETA:  Sue gave me instructions for embedding my video .... THANK YOU SUE!! :)

ETAA (Edited to Add again!) :)  I had a few questions about the supplies used in my video.  Will make sure to add a product list on any future videos. :)

I used SU! inks here, but distress inks also work really well (I have both).  I'm sure there are other inks that would work, but don't have any personal experience.

The Frost White All Purpose ink is made by Tsukineko.  I buy it on-line from Dharma Trading Company (US).  Their prices and shipping rates are really good (they ship international ... I got mine sent here to Canada).  I'm sure any metallic or pearl finish acrylic paint would work well with this resist technique ... I have also used Lumiere acrylic paint, but Tsukineko is my favorite.

I used jumbo daubers for sponging my ink (also made by Tsukineko).  These sponges work well for me.  I bought them on-line through (US).

Thanks again.