Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Make It Monday #265: Layered Dry Brushing

Lizzy Jones showed a new technique this Monday called Layered Dry Brushing.  I set out to do several of the backgrounds at once.  I love the linen texture look that you get doing the method.  Remember to use a DRY brush.
Here is my Thanksgiving Card

Supplies used:  
Canson XL watercolor paper
Gina K CS in Tomato Soup and Honey Mustard
PTI stamp and die called Give Thanks
White acrylic paint mixed with Tea Dye and Old Paper for the dry brush technique
Glossy accents on the acorn and Bronze sequins
I also distressed the edge of the dry brushed layer. 

I will be entering this card in the Make It Monday Challenge, #265

Thank for brightening my day with your comments. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Digi's like to move it!


This is the second card that I have made for this challenge.  I kept thinking about how I wanted my card to turn out and actually made a template to make sure it would work.  I also used a digi stamp on my card,  to further challenge me to "Make It Move."  
You have plenty of time to enter this challenge, it goes for a month.  I love working with these designs.  They are so detailed that they always turn out great.  Go here for more details on the challenge.

                   Here is  my card. 
I printed my images from the Rose and Chamomile digital stamp set before I am going to color it.  I also heat set it for good measure.  That seemed to do the trick as there was no bleeding of the ink.  Cheryl Scrivens have me some great hints on the digital images when I was having trouble.   It's all about the ink. 
Back to the card.  I used three of the images that I printed, One single rose and two of the bouquets. I idea was to have a cluster of beautiful roses and then the sentiment would show when you pulled on the tab at the top.  I used a die from MFT to accomplish the mechanism. 
Kraft base, layer of Charcoal Brown and then a layer of Bazzill embossed card stock that I sponged with Distressed ink in Antique Linen.  I also added three of the frames in white, from Frantic Frames, Fancy Frames #1.  Then I added the rose digital images colored with copic markers and placed so that they would look like a huge bouquet. 

                                      Here is the look at the inside

When you pull out the tab at the top, the sentiment shows.  It is also a digital from the same Roses and Chamomile set. You can resize it to make it anyway that you want. I have someone in mind who has a November Birthday.  Now I am way ahead of my birthday cards for November.  

Thanks for brightening my day with your comments. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Make It Monday #264: Die-cut Stencil Shapes

Melissa Phillips shows us how to a stencil effect with the dies that you have in your craft room.  You can join in the fun and see HOW to do it here. 

 I decided to use a die called Star Scribbles set.   After cutting out the die, I used it for a stencil on my back ground.  Placing it in various area of the paper.  Then I sponged with PTI Aqua Mist ink.  I also used a die called Present.  For the main part of the present, I used gingham and then die cut the outline from white card stock.  I wanted to create a darker monochromatic look, so I sponged that with Distress ink in Evergreen Bough.    If you look closer at the background behind the present, I actually used the stencil on the card too.  Then some added stars and glitter to make it more Happy! 

I will be entering this one in the Make it Monday #264 challenge. 

That for brightening my day with your comments.

Seize the Brithday - Lots of Leaves.

Leaves, leaves every where and for this challenge, 
they could be on your project too.
                                              Our "Toppings" option this time is...
                                                                 Lots of Leaves

If you're not a toppings kinda person, can just
stick with our usual "Anything Goes"Birthday!
 ; The choice is yours!
We have some exciting news for everyone.  We have three new designers that are joining our team. Welcome Ashwini, Sandy, and TaeEun to the team! Check out their blogs.  They are some talented ladies.

Here is the card that I was excited to do for you.  

 Gina K white card stock in heavy weight for the base
panel is leather looking paper, not sure where I got that. 
Acorn - from my cameo library
Leaves are Paper Trey Ink Text - Style leaf prints stamp and dies.
Inks are Gina K, Fresh Asparagus, Honey Mustard, tomato Soup.
Bronze sequins and simple sentiment.  

Please visit the Seize the Birthday blog to see the beautiful cards the rest of the team and our Surprise Party Guest, Sherrie Koning have made this week.  I hope you will come and play along with us. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Power & Spark for October

Each month the challenge at Power Poppy is a challenge for designer power and creative spark, just as the image above says.  As you can see, this month we are to create and make it MOVE.  I had to do some research for this.  I looked at You Tube and found THIS, a surprise by the funny and creative Allison Cope.  Check it out, she will make you laugh for sure.  
My card design is a bit different from Allison's as I remembered the Magical Card and I decided to do that instead.  Magical card you will find that here.  

This card is more of an exercise in Paper Engineering, than creative, but it is a challenge and here is what I got. 
  I added some interest to the front, but you have to be careful where you put things as this card moves! 
  I even made the back side more interesting by using a punch.  Still not exciting.  

Here is the fun part. 

Here are the supplies:  Power Poppy Stamp set Party Time.
12 X12 scrapbook paper in dark brown
 My Favorite Things Sweet Celebrations paper pack 
Two white brads and white ribbon from my stash

I will be entering this in the Power and Spark Challenge HERE

Thanks for brightening my day with your comments.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

October 2016 Inspiration Challenge by Altenew

This is the autumn photo that is the inspiration for this challenge.  There are so many beautiful colors on the leaves and we are enjoying them right now where I live.  Soon they will be gone, and I was so inspired by the golden colors, that I wanted to capture them on my project. 
I stamped these flowers/leaves onto watercolor paper with Versamark and heat embossed with gold powder.  Then water colored them with my Tim Holtz pens.  I love the color and variation for dimension.   Then I fussy cut them out and applied them to the white panel after stamping an image from the same stamp set in the background.  I used the Golden Garden set from Altenew.
HERE is where you can see the other entries ad find out more about how to enter.
Thanks for brightening my day with your comments.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Create Along With Us: October 2016

I was inspired by this card by Besty Veldman.  You can find the details Here, but scroll way down to the bottom   

I thought of the stamp set that was one of the first ones that I bought from Papertrey Ink.  It is Wreath for all Seasons.  I stamped it on the base of Chocolate Kiss CS from Gina K Designs, with Versamark and used white embossing powder.  Then stamped again with the berries and used red embossing powder.  The border is a die from Frantic Stamper.  Love how this simple card turned out.  So I made a matching gift tag. 

                  Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate the comments as I know it takes time to do so. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Double D Challenge

It's Pumpkin time at Double D Challenge.  
This is the inspiration photo. I went right to my favorite pumpkin stamp set.  It is an old one from Stamp in Up.  Pretty sure that it is no longer available. I love the whimsical look to these pumpkins.  Well, see what you think. 
 The stamp set is Autumn Harvest from Stampin Up.  All of the images were stamped on water color paper and I used my Tim Holtz Distressed pens to color them.  Then I cut them all out.  The base panel is white, covered with Distressed ink in Bundled Sage and, after drying, I dry embossed with with a Sizzix embossing folder.  I think it is a wreath, but I liked the brocade look, and them I used white ink over the top to soften the look.   The sentiment is die cut three times, a die from Poppy Stamps.  It is so small, that was not easy feat.  Glossy accents on the thanks, and Wink of Stella on every thing else.  

As long as I can enter as many times as I want, I will be entering this in the World Card Making day at Kat Scrappiness.  
Thanks so much for visiting today. and leaving a comment. I sure appreciate them. 

World Card Making Day

World Card Making Day 2016 at Kat Scrappiness 
One more quick post today.  You should see all of the entries and there is one more day 
to get your  project  in. 

I printed a digi that was a free gift from Marcella, at Power Poppy.  I have seen it colored in so many different and gorgeous ways. I colored mine with a masculine look in mind.  
This is a side folding card of Moonlit Fog card stock by Gina K.  The tag die is one that I have used many times and it is my favorite.  It is called Main Street Tag by Poppy Stamps. I was cleaning up my craft room, and this is a card that resulted from using what I found on my desk.  I colored it with copic makers and used a bit of gingham ribbon.  
Thanks for taking a closer look and leaving me some love.  I appreciate the time it takes to do that. 

Seize the Birthday No toppings


This time at Seize the Birthday It's no Toppings.   Of course, it's always "Anything Goes" as long as it's for a birthday.  

This is how I was inspired for the challenge. 

 This is a digital image from Power Poppy and is called Spring Meadow Bouquet.  digital images are new to me, but with help from some friends, I am making headway.  I only used part of the image, which is so exciting about how many different ways that you can work with them.  

For this one, I printed and colored with copic markers and then decided to cut out part of the paper to make the butterfly "pop". I place it on some pink gingham design paper and then pink card stock.  The border is from Simon Says and is called Frames.  I added just two pink pearls for bling.  You can bet there is Wink of Stella on the butterfly. 

Please visit the Seize the Birthday blog to see the beautiful cards the rest of the team have made this week. 

We have a Special Party Guest too.  Her name is Sherrie Koning  and you will find her designs here.
Thanks for stopping in, I  do appreciate your comments. 
I hope you will come and play along with us.  

Green and Gold

I have lived in Wisconsin all of my life.  Usually when I think of Green and Gold, it has to do with the Green Bay Packers football team.  GO PACK!  Today this card got my attention when I tried out the new technique that Gina K stumbled on and then shared with all of us.  I know that you have seen it out there often this week, as crafters alike are trying it out.  I also did another card using this technique.  You score lines in your card stock and apply ink and then emboss, and apply more ink.  It is called Carved wood, as it looks like wood panels that have a craved image in them. 

I thought I would try this, but not score any lines in the panel first.  I think that I got something, a tiny bit gorgeous. I'll stop talking and just show you how this turned out.
 I swiped a panel of Gina K white, layering weight, card stock with Grass Green and then Dark Sage.  Took it to my big shot and embossed with a leaf folder by Sizzix.  Then rubbed Gold ink over the top.  I pulled out the die cuts that a friend sent to me.  Sorry that I don't know who makes them.  Heat embossed the word JOY with gold, added gold thread and pine boughs. The berries are dots of Nuvo Crystal. The background is adhered to a panel of fun foam and then placed on a base of Dusty Sage card stock from Gina K. 
I love the vintage look and I even got some of the shine in my photo.

I will be entering this in the Card Making Challenge over at Kat Scrappiness. HERE
World Card making Day.
 Just Us Girls Leaves HERE
 You have some time to enter, but hurry, it is getting late.
Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  It is what it is all about.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mod Squad Challenge for October - For The Birds

I am hosting along with Cindy Horvath for the Mod Squad Challenge.  The Challenge is pretty simple and I hope that you will join in.  There are two sponsors and two prizes.  If you use one of the sponsors products, you will get a second chance to win.  Check it out Mod Squad Challenge
                                                               Here is my card.

I have used this stamp set of a cardinal before.  He is so versatile and can be used all year around.  Not just for winter.  In this case, I also combined it with some other stamp sets to make a complete design.  The branch is from Sweet Friends, and the fall leaves are from The simple Things.  I also used a spellbinder border die along the side.  For the leaves, I stamped in versa mark and then gold embossing powder.  After heating, I water colored them with fall colors of green, orange and red. the leaves are fussy cut and attached with foam adhesive.

I would love to see how you use a bird on your project.  I will be watching and commenting.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Background Building

This was more fun than I though it would be.  I love how this looks in the background.  It adds a lot of texture and design to a card.  Amy Sheffer at Paper Trey Ink showed us how to do this technique. Take a look for yourself. It also prompted me ot organize my stamps and dies from PTI so I can easily see what I had to work with.
                                             This is the card that I completed today.

 I love the rich look of the color and the subtle design on the background.  I also added texture to the inside.

To accomplish the background building, I cut the die from Quilted Spring and clipped out the circle leaving me with a square frame.  I cut a second one the same way and used both the inside circle and the frame on the base.  Then added some cut and colored leaves from the Leaf Prints set.  So glad I did doubles and had them ready to go for another card.  You can never have enough leaves this time of year, right?  A bit of gold twine, sequins and a die cut "HI" from gold card stock. The base is PTI Terracotta Tile card stock.

I will also be entering this card in:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes
Just Us Girls Challenge Leaves

Thanks for stopping in to take a closer look.  I really love the comments, it is what it all about.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Scribble Pumpkins

What do you do if you have no pumpkins stamps for a company that is hosting the challenge?  As you know, to qualify, you must use their stamps/dies.  If you take a look at the Make It Monday #262 challenge, it is called Pumpkins, Three ways.  In the video, Ashley shows you how to use your pumpkin stamps three different ways.  She makes a flower from a pumpkins stamp.........if that can be done, I thought I could make a pumpkin from another stamp. I decided to use the Circle Scribbles die from PTI.
Just add a few leaves and a stem and I got a fun pumpkin.
Here is the card. 
 I used a new technique that has been going "Bananas" this week.  It is called Hand Carved Wood. This was my first try and it is so easy to do.  You need to take a look at how Gina,  from Gina K Designs did it.
 Another view of the card, after scoring, inking and embossing the background, I die cut some circle scribbles from orange card stock and added some leaves and stems.  They are grounded with some oval shadows dies from MFT.  The Hello is also a die from MFT and has Wink of Stella to make it sparkle. 
                                           A close up of the pumpkins and the background.
I am sending this to my friend, who just moved back to my area after being gone for more than 22 years.  I am so glad to have her back in my life, and I want her to know that.
I am entering this card in the Make it Monday #262 Challenge, Pumpkins three ways
And in Simon Says Wednesday - Anything goes  here

Thanks so much for the comments, they are very much appreciated.  have a great day.