Friday, March 27, 2020

Hello Beautiful!

Hello Friends!

4/40 Here is another card from the K & Company Cardstock Pad.  I am trying to use all of the cards in this pack.  I know why I haven't before-I was probably afraid and then just didn't know how to do them justice.

I still don't know if I am doing them justice-but I don't want them taking up space when they need to be decorated and sent out (at some point).  

So this is what I did with this busy flower card base.  I love Tim Holtz paperdolls and colored her with my spectrum markers (which didn't take long to dry!).  I had a piece of vellum left over that I stamped the wings (Fun Stampers Journey) onto using archival manganese blue.  And a small bit of cardstock left over from die cutting some stuff.  The Hello Beautiful are word stamps from Stampin Up 2005.  

The expression on this angel's face doesn't fit the sentiment exactly and I think that's what makes it funny.  Oh I also took Glossy Accents and outlined 3 of the tulips to help balance the texture.  

Do you have any crafty things that you are trying to use up?  

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Little Red Wagon #543 Leftovers-I used leftover vellum for the wings and left over cardstock for the sentiment 

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends--stay healthy and stay safe.  Good bye Beautiful! :)

Hello Card

Hello Friends!

I made this card using a K & Company card pack from a long time ago.  My goal is to make all the cards.

Here is my card 3/40---

The card base was already these flowers.  I used gold embossing powder around the edges and for my sentiment which is from The Alley Way Stamps Doodle Frames.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Creative Knockouts: #343 Anything Goes

Through the Craft Room Door: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends- Hello 6 feet away ;)

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Smile a Whole Lot More Card

Hello Friends!

I am sharing my 2nd card out of my 40 cards I am making for Lent. You can read more about that here.

I used one felt flower and a heart brad and 3 little paper flowers and 3 little brads from my stash.  I always feel like a rock star when I use things I have had for a while. :)  I like the pop of color the flowers added.

The card base is from Amy Butler /K and Company.  Clear embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi and the stencil is Dylusions. And the the sentiment is from Stampin Up-not super old the set is Friendly Conversation. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends-keep crafting! :)

Thanks Card

Hi Friends!

On my Instagram I showed a pack of cards and corresponding papers that I have had Forever.  And I am finally going to bust this stash! That's my goal anyway.

It's part of another goal-so I will tell you quickly.  In years past I have observed Lent-I'm Christian and more specifically Episcopalian. We have Ash Wednesday services and Holy Week services.  This year I couldn't figure out what to "give up" for Lent.  Or add as some people add something like kindness or collect one item a day to give away to charity.  My dear sweet father-in-law passed away also.  And then the corona virus which is a daily saga all in itself-my mind has been all over the place.

Then I think oh yeah it's Lent-and Easter is coming soon.  And the 40 days still hung onto my heart and would appear in my mind.  What to do?

So I work in one of the best places on Earth.  Although it is a small workplace-it is quite mighty.  And everyone there sent cards, and food, and surrounded me and my family with love.  So as a cardmaker I must send them thank you cards.  In addition of course to our  family members and friends who were very loving and mindful during this time in our life.

So I am going to be making lots of thank you cards and other cards because that's what we do. :)  So to fulfill my Lent "obligation" I am going to make 40 cards before Easter.  And a portion of those cards will be made from this set I bought a long time ago. 

Here is the first card.  I used a card base from the Amy Butler pack, vellum, rinestones, cardstock, and a pink paper from the corresponding mat stack.  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp-and it's seriously one of my favorite dies.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Daisy Chain: #39 Use Dies (Thanks is from Simon Says Stamp)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time stay healthy my friends :)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Wish Birthday Card

Hello Friends!

I made this fun birthday card for a friend of mine who's birthday has passed.  It feels like years but I think I'm a little over a week late at this point.  I was going to give it to her in person-but we all know how seeing people in person is going (not so well!).

My friend had taken a picture with a moon backdrop.  And that's how I was inspired.  This is a clay mold from a Finnabair mold.  Side note: I love making clay molds!  I have all sorts of shapes.  I like to watch tv and just make them.  LOL.

The sentiment: vellum and black cardstock and a Tim Holtz die (Thank you Jennifer McGuire for the vellum idea!) and a Taylored Expressions strip die and stamp.

I used Iris Potion Sparks Prima art alchemy paint which is now one of my most favorite colors.  It's so shiny and fun.  Actually all of the sparks paints are-and I'm totally addicted.  The moon is painted with Ginger Magic.  The clock is a bit of green (fairy wings is the name of that sparks paint).

The clock is a little wooden clock.  I used a key in the middle.  I also used Old Silver Finnabair wax with a Paige Evans Star Stencil.  The pink stars were in my stash.

And I used micro beads to fill in.  Here is a close up.  They are around the moon too.  I'm still working on making my molds smooth on the back.  So here's the truth-when I glue them down there are gaps.  I used the micro beads to fill in these gaps.  I glued more micro beads in places to even out the micro beads look.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stencil Fun--the silver stars are made using a Paige Evans Stencil

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends--reach for the stars! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Layout

Hello Everybody!

Happy Saint Patrick's Day-although a little late in the evening.  Here is a St. Patrick's Day layout that was inspired by the sketch at Stick It Down.

I knew I wanted shamrocks-and I found 3 glitter foam shamrocks that were so old the adhesive didn't work on the back LOL.  No worries!  So I cut out more shamrocks from my silhouette.  The true green ones are distress ink mowed lawn that I inked on there.  And I painted the lighter green ones with Sparks Fairy Wings acrylic paint by Finnabair.  Side note-I love sparks paint.  I just sort of discovered them and they are so glittery and shiny! :)

When I was going through the St. Patty's day cut files I saw the light bulb and had to use it.  I cut out glitter green paper for it.  The title with the arrows are also cut from the silhouette on white cardstock inked with distress oxide lucky clover.  

Then I added some gems and used some washi tape to edge the middle paper.  Our pictures are from instagram.  So Fun! :)

Here is the sketch:

Here is the close up of the light bulb:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends-yay green! :)

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Rainbow Card Challenge

Hello Friends!

I am so excited to share with y'all that I am a new member on the Rainbow Card Challenge.  This challenge is so fun-there is a color each month and you make a card using mostly that color.  

This month the color is Emerald.

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I love this color so much!  There are so many possibilities!

So here is my card:

For the background I mixed together modeling paste and a Golden Fluid Acrylic paint-Permanent Green Light.  Then I spread it through the crafter's workshop stencil 325S on watercolor paper.  

I used a hello die cut from Taylored Expressions for the main sentiment.  I inked the little background of the hello with distress oxide lucky clover.  The little sentiment is a Gray Muse stamp.  Lastly, I added 3 icy sparkle crystals from studio katia. 

Please go check out the other Emerald cards from our awesome team!  We look forward to seeing your card!

Until next time my friends...stay colorful! :)

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Design Team!

Hello Friends! 

I am so happy to say that I am on the Rainbow Challenge Design Team!  These talented ladies create colorful cards every month, and I am so excited to be apart of the inspiration! 

This month's color was Fuschia. 

And here is my card:

I used a Page Evans stencil, Tim Holtz heart die, Stampin Up Sentiment and Stampin Up Melon Mambo ink and paper.

If you missed this month's challenge--No worries!  Tomorrow starts a different beautiful color that we can't wait for you to be apart of! :)

Until next time my friends...stay colorful! :)

Friday, February 28, 2020

An Odd Card

Hello Friends!

Over at the Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog, they are having a challenge requiring something odd.  I thought what could I make for this?  And I remembered that my son used to watch a show called The Odd Squad and they solved math problems in order to fix all sorts of odd happenings.  I also got out a stamp set that I bought a few years ago and hadn't used-because it was a little different than the rest of my stamps. 

Here is my card:

I made these cool circles with a stencil (probably Ranger but I don't know which artist) and blue velvet opal magic wax which is just awesome.  (this isn't the odd thing, keep going)

Here's my sorta odd stamp.  Now that I have created this card-I am excite to use this stamp again.  Her arm and legs are separate stamps and I think when you have more sets you can interchange them.  This is a Clearly Constructed Art Stamp by Catherine Moore.  One of the main reasons I hadn't used her is the space in her skirt.  Like what do I do with that?  LOL. I colored her with Prismacolor markers.

So I make these gears and upcoming clock out of paper clay and molds (from Mod Podge).  I had pieces of a gear that broke, and it was perfect!  I painted these with Prima Opal Magic pink blue paint. And glued them in the space.  Then I put another wax on the clock but I don't remember which one. This is under the clock.

So I moved her arm and her feet so you could see them in a different place because of the brads.  

What else is odd besides my teacup wearing character friend here?  The number circles are missing the number 4.  And there is a moon face on the left side of the card.  Why?  So odd.  And maybe she is a robot with all of those gears!  Also, odd.

I had a great time creating this card.  Maybe I should think more odd. :)

Here are the challenges I would like to submit this too:

Thank you for stopping by! :)  Until next time my friends...stay odd :)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Happy Birthday Card

Hello Friends!

My dad's birthday is coming up soon and somehow the planets aligned so that I could make him a card before his birthday.  Yay!

I used mostly Tim Holtz products with the exception of some gold ink that outlined the card and sentiment, background paper and the Finnabair Vintage Gold Paste I used with Tim's Star stencil.  

I used vintage photo distress oxide around the edges of the card.  

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Cardz 4 Guyz: Use ink or paint--distress oxide and gold ink around the edges of card and sentiment

Thank you for stopping by!  :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Love is in the Air!

Hello Everybody!

I was watching a Jennifer McGuire video-and she was paper piecing cards.  And I was inspired!

I used Crate Paper "Hello Love" for all of the paper except the white panel where the hot air balloon and sentiment are stamped.  The hot air balloon is what is paper pieced.  I added some little dots with a puff paint that I bought at Micheal's.  It had 4 colors in a set-all Valentines pink, red, white, and this blue.  

The stamps are from The Alley Way.  Do you still have stamps from them?  This is one of my favorite sets to this day.  

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends-may your day be filled with love! :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Haunted House (Mansion) Layout

Hello Everybody!

Stick It Down has great inspirational sketches this month (and every month!). This month I loved the 2 page layout and was able to put photos together quickly.

The paper and bat and ghost stickers are from Carta Bella: Haunted.  I added the black drips using black soot distress spray.  The title Haunted House is from Paper Wizard.  I assembled it and it makes a cool 3-D die cut.  I added a little cluster with Tim Holtz things on the title page (page 2).  

Here is the original sketch from Stick It Down:

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends...there is always room for one more ;)

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Altered Puzzle Piece

Hello Everybody!

I am excited to share with you today an altered puzzle piece that I made for my boss because she has a total appreciation for these things. I usually make her a thank you card but I have been making lots of thank you cards (which is awesome!) but I wanted to make something that wouldn't fit into an envelope.

It's a big puzzle piece like what younger kids play with when they are learning how to put together puzzles.  I painted it with black gesso and tried spraying it with festive berries distress oxide spray-but the spray did not dry very well on the gesso.

Here the puzzle piece is in the stamping platform getting ready for the cool Cathedral stamp from Tim Holtz.  I have to stamp it twice because the first time I forgot to put the anti static powder on.  LOL So I wiped off the first round of powder and versamark and did it again. Which resulted in...

This is becoming one of my favorite stamps!  I used Ranger Titanium Platinum embossing powder *swoon*.

These are from Tim Holtz and I painted white paint on the back of both of them so the color would pop.

This is a Melange art pebble from Prima.  I learned this technique while watching Anna on YouTube making a project using them.  Using the chit chat (TH) sticker you glue it with gel medium onto the pebble and put more gel medium over the whole surface and sprinkle glitter on it.  Let dry-unless you are in a hurry and don't let it dry completely.  The cloudy here is impatience LOL.  Patience will dry clear.

And then there are these dark blue paint bits here and there.  Not a lot.  Its from the Finnabair collection Opal Magic acrylic paint.  It is pink when paint on white and this blue color when painted on black.  It is truly magical.

I added a winter paper doll and glued the wings to her and adhered her to the puzzle piece.  I also added a word coin that I painted to the top.  (Why haven't I painted them before now?)  I used silver and black paint. I also used my crop-a-dile to make a hole in the top so it can be hung on the wall.

Here is the altered puzzle piece against red.  

And here I cut it out of it's original picture.  LOL I couldn't pick the best picture.  

But I totally love how this turned out.  My boss did too :)  So there will definitely be more of these made!

I would also like to submit this into the following challenges:

I went with Layers, Winter (the paper doll wearing a coat) and heat embossing.

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends! :)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Angel Birthday Card

Hello Everybody!

One of my favorite stamp sets is an angel set from Jane's Doodles.  They are clean and simple and bring joy.  Here is a birthday card I made for a friend of mine who loves angels.

The background is a stencil from Simon Says Stamp and I used Art Anthology Splashed Sorbet which is a glittery clear dimensional paint.  And along with the Jane's Doodles angel I used Taylored Expressions stamp and die cut (sentiment strips).  I got the stamp and die cut for Christmas and I love them!  I colored this little angel with Prismacolor markers (also a Christmas present so I am feeling very loved and creative right now!).

There are so many great challenges going on right now and I would like to submit this angel card to the following:

Rainbow Challenge: #13 Wonderfully White--Use white (monochromatic) on a card.  Also, a DT call so go check it out!

Watercooler Wednesday- Anything goes with a twist: Feminine 

Use Your Stuff: Anything Goes (I have had the stencil for at least 6 months and the art anthology paint for going on 2 years)

Thank you for stopping by!  Until next time my friends!

Christmas Thank You Cards With Palm Trees and Flamingos

Hello Everybody!

Happy New Year! I love January because there is this energy of new hope and goals.  And they are achievable because nothing is going on right now LOL.  And then once February comes along and time starts to go faster and the calendar fills up with obligations.  But until then-I am going to enjoy January! :)

So I was able to make some Christmas Thank you cards in the nice quiet after the new year. 

I have used this stamp before-it's from Close to My Heart.  An oldie but a goodie.  I used a paper pad from the Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) for the backgrounds and cardstock.  On this card I used gold ink from Colorbox. And also some cardstock.

This one has Paper Studio background paper.  Close to my Heart stamp and the die cut sentiment is one of my favorites from Queen and Company.

So the next set of stamps have flamingos from Taylored Expressions.  This is the first time I have used stamps from them.  I also got the matching die cuts and that is a wonderful thing!  Most of the time I am a fussy cutter but with their skinny little legs it's nice to have the matching die.

Some pop dots and twine were added to this one.  And that sentiment is a Fiskars stamp (also used above).

Glittery Stickles close up :)

For this card I added a present stamp from Stampin Up.  It's fairly new-I think released last year.  

A big thank you for stopping by!  Until next time! :)