Wednesday, April 14, 2021

TOB - April Mid Month Challenge Reminder

 Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to this month's challenge reminder post.   Have you started working on a card?  If yes, GREAT!  If no, WHAT are you waiting for?  We want to see your Halloween creations.   Below is another card I created with this month's mood board color neon green as inspiration. 


I used the left bottom balloon stamp with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide on vellum for my three balloons.  I fussy cut them and hand drew the balloon strings. 

Challenge ends on the 28th, winner will be announced on the 1st on the month before the start on the new challenge.  For a full list of all the rules please visit Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge home page.  unit next time... take care.

Friday, April 2, 2021

TOB - April Challenge

 Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to a new month's challenge here at the Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, which runs from the 2nd to the 28th of the month and the theme is always Halloween... ANYTHING related to Halloween!  

I have two cards for you today...

The stamps I used are older MFT ones (Which way is the candy, Spooky Sentiments) that are probably both retired by now (sorry), but they are still some of my favorites.  I create both a standard A2 and 4"x8" slim card.  I used this month's mood board color of neon green by way of Hero Arts' Neon Ombre Chartreuse to Blue ink pad for all my green background stamping.  The A2 card has a vellum panel over the stamped background to tone down the stamped background.  

On the slim card I created a flat shaker window.  Basically I took a piece of acetate and folded it... making sure to score it well since the folded side would be the right edge of the card.  Using strong double sided tape, I sealed the two of the three open sides of the folded acetate.  I added sequins and sealed that last open side.  Next I glued the acetate behind the card front panel cut out window.  The flat shaker sequins move a little when shaken, but not on their own.  



Challenge ends on the 28th, winner will be announced on the 1st on the month before the start on the new challenge.  For a full list of all the rules please visit Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge home page.  unit next time... take care.

Friday, March 12, 2021

DRU - Bonjour

Hello crafty friends,

I'm back with my last post for March and for this term. I've had so much fun being on the Dies R Us Design Team for the last two terms and look forward to hopefully making it back on the team someday in the future.

For today's card I used the following dies:  Pinkfresh Studios Slim Fancy Diagonal StripesTutti Designs Frilly Flower Frame and the Creative Expressions Bonjour, which is sadly not currently available.


I started the card be die cutting a piece of pattern pater with the Pinkfresh Studios Slim Fancy Diagonal Stripes and adhering it down to the front of a slim card.  

Next I started working on the flower element by die cutting four Tutti Designs Frilly Flower Frames... 1 from white to use a my base.  2 from purple pattern paper and 1 from green pattern paper.  I used double sided tape on all these die cuts to make adhering them easier.   The flower has a lot of tiny openings and it took me more time than expected to get all the clean and ready (I ended skipping this section in the video, because it took so long).  But please note that it wasn't a die cutting issue.  The die worked wonderfully, the double sided backed tiny pieces just kept sticking to everything.  But I was finally able to paper piece the purple flowers and leaves onto their corresponding places on the white base die cut.  The final element was the added of the "Bonjour" sentiment.


For a short card video click here.

Thanks for stopping by.  To visit my personal blog just click on my name Mary Moisan

Until next time... Take care. 


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Friday, March 5, 2021

DRU - It Almost Feels Like Spring

 Hello crafty friends,

Mary back with my first March post.  After a very snowy and cold February, I'm so glad for the feel of Spring we have been enjoying the last several days.  I think my card below gives off a flesh Spring feel with the help of the following Poppy dies:  Adriana Square Frame and Whittle Birds.

This card looks so intricate, but it so easy to make.  I created a slim card measuring 8" x 3.80" and covered the card front using two die cut Adriana Square Frames, which I first covered with double sided tape before die cutting them.  The Adriana Square Frame measures 4" x 4" so only a tiny bit of overhang required trimming off on the sides.  Next, I die cut the Whittle Birds from pattern paper.  Some of the Whittle Birds I placed down with foam tape for dimension and some flat.  I kept the windows blank of sentiments until I decide what to use the card for, but I kind of envision the word "just" die cut in the top window and "because" in the bottom window.   

Thanks for stopping by.  To visit my personal blog just clink on my name Mary Moisan

Until next time... Take care. 


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2021

TOB - We're Backkk

 Hello crafty friends,


Sorry, I just couldn't help but quote a similar movie phase. The Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge, is back with a March Challenge that runs from the 2nd to the 28th of the month. Remember, the theme is always Halloween... ANYTHING related to Halloween!

For example, my card is Halloween, but not scary at all... I'm an equal opportune Halloween fan, loving both the scary and the cute and everything in-between.


This is a slim card measuring 8x3.80 inches.  The three pumpkins are stamped onto a Strathmore 
Mix Media paper die cut panel.  I'm going to use colors to refer the pumpkins, but I didn't actually color them until later. 

I stamped the orange pumpkin first, elongating it a bit to make it taller. I masked the top of it and stamped the green pumpkin, stretching it wider this time. Again, I masked the top part and stamped the yellow pumpkin, also elongating it taller.  Next I fussy cute the inside of the green and the yellow pumpkins.  I added the extra stamped elements (the scene inside the orange pumpkin) and watercolored the panel.  Once dry, I covered the shaker windows with acetate and added foam tape around the two pumpkins so that I could fill them each with different colors of sequins. I backed the shaker windows with an orange pattern paper and attached the panel to the front of my card.   




I didn't use this month's mood board for this card, but here is it for additional inspiration: 



Challenge ends on the 28th, winner will be announced on the 1st on the month before the start on the new challenge.  For a full list of all the rules please visit Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge home page.  unit next time... take care.

Friday, February 12, 2021

DRU - Happy Heart Day

 Hello crafty friends,

Mary back with another Valentine's Day card, but even if you don't celebrate Valentine's Day, you will find tons of use for this big Happy Heart Collage die by Memory Box.  I made it the focus of my A2 card front.  

Note:  the rays didn't completely fit the heart shape, but I made do with what I had on hand.  Looking though the store, I think the Shifter Rays stencil by Tim Holtz I would have worked, because the center of the stencil is smaller than the heart, so as long as I centered the stencil in the middle of the heart on my card front, the rays would align perfectly.  The stencil I used was 12x12 and the center was bigger than the heart, which is why the rays didn't align. 

Not counting the issue of the stenciled rays, this was a super easy card to make.  Die cutting the heart from the front of the card was a no-brainer.  On the inside I used a gnome w/a heart from my stash making sure to align him, so that his heart could be seem through the Happy Heart Collage's opening. 

In order to avoid bleeding through my inside card panel, I stamped my gnome on a separate piece of paper (mixed media) and fussy cut him out.  Lawn Fawn has a ton of cute critters stamp/dies that would be perfect for the inside of this card.

Thanks for stopping by.  To visit my personal blog just clink on my name Mary Moisan

Until next time... Take care. 


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Friday, February 5, 2021

DRU - Valentine's Day Cards

 Hello crafty friends,

I'm back with two fun and easy Valentine's Day cards that use the same two die sets, but one is gear towards a guy and the other towards a gal. 


Lets start with the guy card first...  If you study the card you will realize that the only thing that makes it a "guy" card are the mustaches in the background.  I created the panel with the mustaches with an embossing folder, which I first inked lite tan.  The other dies used are Poppystamps' Stitched Envelope and Cheery Lynn's Sweetheart Candy, which are currently not available in the store, but Lawn Fawn has these Candy Hearts which will work just as well.

Note:  I would have preferred to go portrait instead of landscape on this card, but didn't want to mess with a seam the embossing folder would create.  I feel like the card is missing something under the envelope... if I had this in my stash I would have used it IO Burlap die.

The second card... started with a pink pattern paper and an XOXO embossing folder as my card's background.  I used two Stitched Envelope by Poppystamps inking them with the same pink I used on the Cheery Lynn's Sweetheart Candies. 


Thanks for stopping by.  To visit my personal blog just clink on my name Mary Moisan
Until next time... Take care. 


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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