Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Encouragement Squad - Oct 2017

Hello crafty friends,

I have to admit that I had to give this Inspiration board some extra thinking, because of the colors.  When I think of October, I think of Fall and Halloween... oranges, black and purples, definitely not pinks.  But sometimes it's good to step outside our normal...



I picked the dark brown (which I later found out was actually black... LOL) and the light pink as my colors.  Using the largest leaf from the Pretty Posies stamp set and letters from the Flower Alphabet  stamp set I created this card:



Basically, I die cut a panel, stamped my leaf several times at the bottom of it and then I cut openings into it each of the leafs w/a craft knife, so that the pink of my background paper could be seen.  Next, I added my sentiment and as a finishing touch some sequins.

Thank you for stopping bye today.  Please consider submitting a card to this month's challenge.  Until next month... take care.  




Scrapy Land Challenge #76

Hello crafty friends,

For Scrapy Land's Challenge #76,  I went with a very simple design.  I wanted to create the look of a Fall sunset in the woods.   I used a birch tree die for my "woods" and a frame die to give the card a finished look.  The sunset, I created by bending distress inks.



I used the Taylored Expressions Birch Tree die, which is currently not in stock, but Scrapy Land has these other two similar dies that would work just as well:

Frantic Stamper Vertical Birch Tree
Sue Wilson Woodland Collection Birch Tree Forest

For the frame, try the Frantic Stamper Elementals 16 Stiched Rectangle Frames

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Until next time... take care.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Trick or Treating

Hello crafty friends,

I got both my digital and physical stamp loving friends cover with these projects.  The digital stamps I got from MMedelIllustrations, but you can find some of her designs in physical format at Brutus Monroe.  

Working with digital stamps is so easy... I love that I can size them to my needs.  And you can see that on my print sheet I only printed the heads on some of the characters.  I was thinking wobble heads when I printed them, but changed my mind later.


 Once printed... I cut them out using my scan&cut2 or color them:


I used Frankie, Wolf boy, and Mummy Girl on this card,  


which I started by stamping houses in the background high up, so they would look far away.  Next I drew in the houses walkways... keeping in mind where my three kids would stand.  Once the background was gone, I add my kids.  The girl mummy I glued directly to the background, the boys I popped up w/foam tape.   I finished the card by added the white "stars" with my white glaze pen.

Since I had extra characters and an art journal layout in need of filling,



I used some of them on it and I love how it's looking.  But it's still a work in progress.  It needs more details and the house needs colors. 




Thanks for stopping by today, until next time... take care. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #75

Hello crafty friends,

For Scrapy Land's Challenge #75,  my Halloween  2017 series continues with this cute cat card:


This was so very easy to put together.  I die cut 4 dark grey cats and arranged them on my card panel.  I added the die cut sentiment, which is included in the die set.  For a pop of color I added orange glitter paper bow ties die cuts... also in the die set (LOVE this die set) and a few Ripened Pumpkin Nuvo Crystal Drops... sadly they weren't include in the die set.
 
I made a Halloween card using Cheery Lynn Designs' Whimsical Halloween Cat, but you can easily turn this card into a birthday one by replacing the Happy Catiween w/Happy Birthday.  And the little spider on the cat's tail can be easily snipped off.  Here are a few cat die sets that would work all year long:

Cheery Lynn Designs - Friendly Felines


Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Until next time... take care.



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Halloween Series - Brutus Monroe

Hello crafty friends,

Have you visited the Brutus Monroe shop?  If you haven't, go take a peek.  They have some really cool, edgy stamps that I'm drooling over.  I found them this summer and ordered the City Sidewalks - Chicago and the Chuck Carson Collection - Mummy stamp sets to try out:

Here are two cards I made for my Halloween Series with the Mummy selfie stamp:



For the first card (my favorite of the two)... I tried to created a wall portrait by layering three mummies inside a raised window.  Think open shaker window.  I trimmed the selfie stick and cellphones for the green and purple mummies, so that only one of them was taking the picture.  As a finishing touch, I added googly eyes and a sentiment from the stamp set w/a messy handwritten year.


For the second card...  I created a flat window on my card and added the mummy on foam tape to give him dimension.  Since I used a strong pattern background paper, I thought the white background winder would allow the mummy to stand out.  As a finishing touch, I added a simple "smile" sentiment from the stamp set and googly eyes.


Thanks for stopping by today, until next time... take care. 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Double the Shaker Fun

Hello crafty friends,

Made this card last night for the  Impression Obsession You're Invited Challenge, which ends on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7 p.m.Central Time:


It's a Halloween invitation using the following IO products:

  1. All Hallow's Eve #CL284
  2. Ghost die set #DIE121-E
  3. Small Circle Shake It Pouch #SHP04
  4. Large Circle Shake It Pouch #SHP02
  5. Best Party Ever #D14590 (on card's inside, sorry no photo)
I started by getting my shakers ready.  I stamped my shaker backgrounds, added the sequin and topped them with the self adhesive pouches to seal.  These pouches make creating shaker elements a fast and fun thing.  My stash of them is getting really low, so I have to remember to get some more soon.

Putting my card together was super easy.  I die cut the glitter paper piece for my larger circle shaker and positioned it on my card slightly to the left.  I die cut a thin circle frame from the same orange glitter paper for my smaller circle shaker and position the element over the larger one.  I used foam tape under the smaller circle shaker.  

My finishing touches were to add a ribbon, some Nuvo drops and three die cut ghosts.  On the inside of the card I used the Best Party Ever stamp and added my party details.  This card is going to my parents :) everyone else gets an e-invite. 




Thanks for stopping bye and wish me luck in the challenge :)


Friday, September 29, 2017

Frankl Loyd Wright

Hello crafty friends, 

My Sister-In-Law gave me this stamps set years ago.  I love it, but never really used it.  I displayed it in my office more as a design element.  The Cardz 4 Guyz - Architecture Challenge #179 is the perfect reason to dust it off and use it on a card... this card:


I kept the cards colors very soft and light, because I wanted all the building on it and knew it would be a busy card.  A little washi tape at the right top corner to cover a weird white space created by my panel placement was all the embellishment I added to this card. 

Here's the stamp set I used:



Thanks for stopping bye and wish me luck in the challenge :)

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #74

Hello crafty friends,

For Scrapy Land's Challenge #74,  I'm continuing my Halloween  2017 Series with this card:


Which was really quick and easy.  I started by sponging a 5x5 piece of card stock with distress oxide ink (orange) and then sponging on some distress ink (black) using a Tim Holtz spider web stencil.  I die cut a fishtail banner, inked it and stamped my caption.  Placed the banner on my card on foam tape for dimension.  Next I die cut those cute spiders (paper spiders are the only kind of spiders I like).  I die cut them from purple card stock first, but they like them on this background, so ended up die cutting them again from black card stock and just stacking them for a little extra dimension.   I hand drew their web string and added a dot of nuvo drop.   I mounted the panel onto a 5.5x5.5 card and using a black glitter marker went around the edge of the panel for extra interest.

Thanks for stopping bye.... please join us for this challenge.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Until next time... take care.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Encouragement Squad - Sept 2017

Hello crafty friends,

I love the strong deep colors of our inspiration board for this month:


I reached for my go to flower stamp set, the Pretty Posies (I can't stop using this set) and with lots of masks (the dies makes creating masks soooo easy) on hand I started stamping the one of the flowers. I wanted two rows of each color (red, orange, yellow) and a little room at the bottom for my sentiment.  I also masked the edges of my card panel for a clean finished look.  I used zig brush markers to make the centers of the flowers bolder.  As a finishing touch I placed matching card stock behind my card front panel.


Thank you for stopping bye today.  Please consider submitting a card to this month's challenge.  Until next month... take care.  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - Sept 2017

Hello craft friends,

It's time for your reminder from the CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.  



Thank you for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for September's Encouragement Challenge!  Until tomorrow... take care. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Booyah Halloween Card #1

Hello crafty friends,

I finally broke the seal on my Lawn Fawn Booyah stamp set.  It just took a little prompting from some Facebook friends :)


I started with a Distress Ink Oxides "watercolored" card background panel onto which i stamped some of the smaller elements from the stamp set.  Next I die cut a spider web from a very old die Quickutz die.  I gave my ghosts (also colored with the same Distress Ink Oxides) witches hats and arrange them onto the spider web with dimensional tape.  I added Wink of Stella to the web and the ghost.

I now have stamped and colored several more ghosts for a couple of more cards with this set.  Until next time... take care.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #73

Hello crafty friends,

For Scrapy Land's Challenge #73, I created two Halloween tags.  I love Halloween and all things Fall, so I started playing with my Fall and Halloween stamps and dies last weekend.

Tag 1, started with the Elizabeth Craft Designs Winter Sweater die.  Don't be fooled by the name... this sweater die is not just for Christmas.  The die set comes with the small reindeer and snowflake dies that you can cut and embellish your sweater with, but when it comes to decorating your sweater your options are wide open.


This photo is hiding a secret... I made the sweater into a folded tag...


by placing my the fold of my folded black card stock just under the top cutting edge of the sweater die (the neck cuff), I was able to create a folded shaped tag.  I die cut a white sweater and trimmed off the arms and cuffs for a place to write my greeting.  I die cut another sweater from Halloween pattern paper for the front.  I glued the folded sweater tag to a couple offset tags, added some ribbons and Nuvo drops as a finishing touch.

Tag 2 will make you screen... I used Cheery Lynn's Whimsical Spider dies, die cutting them out of grey felt for added texture.


Once again I created a folded tag.  Placed five of the spiders on the front, and the widest spider on the inside.  The front of the tag I colored with distress oxide inks.  The green eyes on the spiders are Nuvo Drop Apple Green.



Thanks for stopping bye for a look at my Halloween tags.  Please join us for this challenge.  You have until Sept  to submit your projects.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tricks & Treats Halloween Jar Card

Hello crafty friends,

I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend.  For us Labor Day weekend is already a fun one... I had a Labor Day (9/4) baby 17 years ago, so there's always a birthday party to look forward to.


Moving on to today's card... a Halloween one...


with a process video :)




Enjoy and thanks for stopping bye.  

Sunday, August 27, 2017

To Misti or Not

Hello crafty friends,

Do you own a Misti?  I haven't fallen onto that band wagon, yet.  I just don't see the value of it at it's current price point.  So I played around and found an inexpensive alternative.  Check it out.



Thanks for stopping bye.  Let me know if you liked this video and want to see more like it.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Encouragement Squad - Aug 2017

Hello crafty friends,

Our color inspiration board for this month has soft beachy colors... perfect for the last few summer weeks:



I created an ombre spiral with the navy, blue and tan colors.  I used Distress Inks, starting with my darkest color in the center.


Once my inked background was done, I randomly stamped the smallest of the flowers from the Pretty Posies stamp set using my darkest ink color.  The sentiment is also from the Pretty Posies stamp set. The tiny blue flower is from the Exclamations stamp set.  The Smile comes with two other dies in the Smiling Fri-Dies set.  In order to give dimension to my "Smile" die cut... I die cut it three times from a beige pearl finish card stock and glue them together for impact.  My final touch was adding some baby blue glitter glue onto the flowers centers.



Thank you for stopping bye today.  Please consider submitting a card to this month's challenge.  Until next month... take care.
 

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - Aug 2017

Hello craft friends,

It's time for the CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad reminder to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.   Here's a little inspiration for you:

I used stamps from the Calling all Sistahs and the Ribbon Hope sets for this card.  

Thank you for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for August's Encouragement Challenge!  Until tomorrow... take care. 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #72

Hello crafty friends,

For Scrapy Land's Challenge #72 I created these two birthday cards, using the Solo Sentiment Happy Birthday die by Die-Versions:


The card on the right is very feminine... I die cut the happy birthday from a small print floral pattern paper, die cut a second happy birthday from white card stock and glued them together just a little off set, so that I could see a tiny white border/shadow.  I used the happy birthday die again to die cut a craft foam version for dimension.  I used two fussy cut flowers on the bottom left corner of my card for added interest.   Here's a close up of the card:


The card on the left is less feminine and therefore can work for a guy.  I die cut the happy birthday from a striped print pattern paper, popped it up on foam tape and added three interesting stamped and fussy cut unicorns.


I love this happy birthday die... It's my favorite of all the birthday dies I have.   I reach for it a lot! Why do I love it so?  Because of it's size.  It's big and bold and the offset letters make it fun.  Both of these card bases are from a value pack of 5x6.5 blank white cards.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Please join us for this challenge.  You have until Sept 3rd to submit your projects.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Two Kitty Cards

Hello crafty friends,

I sat down this weekend and actually recorded myself creating this card:


It took about 30 minutes to create this card and sadly the audio was not that good, so I ended up muting the sound and that also allowed me to speed up the video.  This was all in an attempt to use my YouTube channel that has been sitting gathering dust for a while.   I'm hoping to get into a more regular video posting schedule.

Let me some feedback, either here or in the video's comment section letting me know what kind of process videos you like.   Here's a link to the video:



Here's the other card I showed in the video:


I used the following stamps for both cards:
Peachy Keen Here Kitty Cupcake
Peachy Keen Kitty Tree

Thanks for stopping bye.  Until next time... take care.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #71

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #71... no theme this time, just use any SL die brand they sell.  I created this quick birthday card.


I started by die cutting my card front panel with a scallop rectangle die.  Here's a great set of them.  Next I die cut the small cluster of circles using the Memory Box Stitched Bubbles die, which is currently not available, but here's another set that would work just as well.  Next i die cut the happy birthday circle and put it aside while i worked on the back of the card panel.  I covered all the openings with clear plastic and using form tape created separate sections to house my sequins.  Once the shaker element was done, I mounted it on the card, glued the happy birthday circle onto the clear plastic and inserted two tiny cats.  At this point the card was done, but I just couldn't leave the card front white, so i stamped hot pink stars all over the card front :)


Thanks for stopping bye today.  Please join us for this challenge.  You have until 8/12 to submit your projects.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #70


Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #70 theme is... birthday/celebrations, using SL die brands.  Birthday cards are something every can use and probably the most made card category.   I created these two guys cards:



This first card was completely inspired by this old (very very old) sheet of pattern paper i found in my brown stash.


I started by using a pencil to mark an outline of the square I wanted.  Then I carefully tore the paper following the pencil mark as much as possible.  the bottom and left sides were the hardest, because the horse and rider element was near the bottom left of the pattern paper's edges.  Next I die cut the Happy Birthday from the same paper and cut the die cut apart, so their was more space between the two words and I could fit them better into the top right corner of the horse and rider element.  I was going to call it done, but it felt like something was missing... so I looked though my bin of guy theme stamps (doesn't everyone have such a bin... LOL).  I couldn't believe it when I found the small horse and rider stamp by Stampendous.  Don't ask me where or when I got it, because I have no idea.  I would sign up for a stamp shoppers anonymous meeting, but none of them are anywhere near a craft store, so I wouldn't have anything to do during breaks :)   enough about my problem... back to this card.  I stamped and tore the smaller element and added brown and white bakers twine around the bottom of my card.  

My second card, was the one I sat down to make before finding the above mentioned pattern paper and setting off in the above mentioned course of action.    



I started by die cutting the Party Lights oval onto the front of my card and also into another section of the above pattern paper (it was a 12x12 sheet) that I first die cut w/a Stitched Rectangle die.   I didn't think to die cut both the pattern paper and the card front w/the Party Lights oval together, so in order to get the placement correct... I placed the pattern paper die cut panel inside my card, positioning it in the center and using a pencil marked some of the points of the oval.  

Next, I created a see thru shaker element.  I covered both side with clear plastic, added some sequences and the top card front panel.  I added a Birthday banner die cut.  On the inside of the card I added a gold Stitched Oval die cut.   To finish the inside of this card... I made add three die cut happys in the center of the gold oval and write my sentiment/greetings around the oval.
  

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Please join us for this challenge.  You have until 8/3 to submit your projects.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Encouragement Squad - July 2017

Hello crafty friends,

Our color inspiration board for this month has strong summer colors...



I used two of the colors (Red and Blue) for a patriotic encouragement card.  



I started with a stitched rectangle front card panel, which I inked with red and blue using a 12x12 stencil (TCW166).  I added three Zig colored Pretty Posies flowers, which I die cut using the stamp set's matching Posies Fri-Dies onto the middle right corner of the card front.  I next added a red glitter card stock "Smile" die cut using the Smiling Fri-Dies set.  In order to give dimension to my "Smile" die cut... I die cut it three times and glue them together for a nice big impact.  My final touch was adding some white Nuvo Crystal Accents onto the flowers centers.        

Monday, July 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - July 2017

Hello craft friends,

It's time for the CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad reminder to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.   Here's a little inspiration for you:



For this card,  I used three of the smaller Pretty Posies flower stamp and die, the tops of four stitched tags and two sentiments from the Calling all Sistahs set, which I combined on the tags.  As a finishing touch I add some pretty Sistahood Sparkle sequins.  I love this limited edition sequin mix so much I order two more bags of it :)

Thank you for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for July's Encouragement Challenge!  Until tomorrow... take care. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #69

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #69 theme is... Anything goes, using SL die brands.


As you can see, I created a tropical Hello card for this challenge.  I started with a stitched rectangle die cut card front, onto which I stamped a two layer hibiscus leaves from the Hero Arts CL868 stamp set.  I used the Hero Arts Neon Chartreuse to Blue Ombre ink pad to get a multi green tone to be leaves.  Next I added three pink card stock die cut hibiscus flowers and a pink die cut Hello.  I used the Die-Versions' Hello die, but there are tons of different Hello dies available at Scrapy Land.  To finish my card, I added three green enamel dots.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join us for this challenge.  You have until 7/15 to submit your projects.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.    

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #68

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #68 theme is... Embossing (dry or heat), using SL die brands.  This challenge made me dig out my embossing folders, which i love, but don't use offend.  Since it's almost Father's Day, I got to work on a Father's Day card.


I started with a woodgrain embossing folder, which I die cut w/a stitched rectangle and inked w/some green and brown distress ink.  Next I stamped a tree ring using a stamp from Concord and 9th and inked that with brown distress ink.  On top of the tree ring I added a Die-Version's die cut #1 Dad. Here's an in stock Dad die that would work.  As a finishing touch, I added some die cuts leaves.  The ones i used are not currently available, but here's one that I have my eye on.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join for this challenge.  You have until 7/1 to submit your projects.  The winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team will both receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.  Until next time... take care.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Treat yourself

Hello crafty friends,

Dean's Chocolate Ice Cream is my go to brand of choice.  I can and do eat it all year long, regardless of the weather.  So using dark tones of brown (for chocolate), turquoises and yellow I created this card, which I'm submitting to the MarkerPOP:  Summer Fun Challenge #122 



I started by stamping lots of cute ice cream (Lawn Fawn "Treat Yourself") containers onto a Bristol die cut rectangle panel.  In between the containers I stamped a tiny heart.  I colored my ice cream containers with my zig watercolor brush pens.   I used the "treat yourself" sentiment from the stamp set as my card's sentiment, placing it under a double sided fishtail velum banner.

Thanks for stopping bye today.   Until next time... take care.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Encouragement Squad - June 2017

Hello craft friends,

Our color inspiration board for this month:

I love the deep red and purple in this month's color skein.   Similar to my card from yesterday, I created a one layer card using the Pretty Posie stamp and die sets.   I created masks and stamped my flowers around a center heart, which I first masked off and later die cut to create a shaker element. The one layer card front is raised up with foam tape and the centers of the flowers have sequins.  The flowers were all colored with my zig watercolor brush pens. 


Thank you for stopping bye today.  Please consider submitting a card to June's challenge.  Until next month... take care.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - June 2017

Hello craft friends,

It's time for the CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad reminder to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.   Here's a little inspiration:


For this card I used the Pretty Posies dies to create masks, so I could layer my stamped Pretty Posie images without dimension. The mask for the fishtail banner i just fussy cut.   The sentiment is from the Hope Ribbon stamp set.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for June's Encouragement Challenge! Until tomorrow... take care. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Manly Chicks Cards

Hello crafty friends,

If you follow me on social media, you saw my post asking for help in picking a background pattern paper for my water-colored (Zig Brush Pens) Manly Chicks from Stamping Bella.  


Here's my finished card:


As you can see, the winning pattern was the black and gray stripes one, so I used it to cover a 5x5 card front as my starting point.  Next I added a torn piece of red corroborated cardboard that I inked with black distress ink.  On top of that I added a gray felt die cut happy banner from a set of happy Papertrey Ink dies.   My manly chicks went on top w/some dimensional tape under them.  The finishing touches were glossy accents on the eye price and three little puffy sticker hearts.

I'm submitting this card to the following Challenges:


I created this second card using the same stamp:



Thanks for stopping by today.  Until next time... take care.