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. 



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #67

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #67 theme is... Anything goes, using SL dies, so took the opportunity to make a card with my new birthday bus stamp.


I started by dry embossing my background pattern paper.  I used a birthday Taylored Expressions embossing folder.  Here are several that would work.   Next I grabbed a few different dies... a scalloped rectangle die, a circle stitched die, which i cut the bottom bit off and a large block birthday die.  Once I had my stamped birthday bus colored, which I during lunch the previous day, this was a quick and easy card to put together.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 6/18 to submit your projects.  The winners, yes I said winner, because starting with this challenge there will be 2 winners... one selected randomly and one selected by the Design Team.  Both winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Birthday Bus Rocks

Hello crafty friends,

I did a lot of lunch time/break coloring using my Zig Brush Pens and the OH SO CUTE Birthday Bus stamp from Avery Elle.  I love this stamp set and have so many ideas for it. Here are three of those ideas:

Card 1:  I'm calling the Party Caravan.  I started w/a per-made 5x6.5 white card.   Using watercolor paper and the ink smooching technique (if you haven't tried this technique, go see this video by Laura Bassen's... I love her videos).  Once my ink smooches were dry, I used the ink spot (for lack of a better name) die from this die set by Tim Holtz to die cut five bases for my party letters, which were die cut using a die font that I unfortunately can't identify, because I can't find it's packaging (sorry).

Once I had all my elements ready, I started assembling the card.  I started by adding the letter ink spots, putting some on dimensional tape and some directly on the card front.  Next I placed the center bus, followed by the side buses.  I added the stamp sets birthday theme extras (gifts, cake and ballons) to the tops of the buses and as a finishing touch added some enamel drops.    Here's a close up of card 1:


Card 2:  I'm calling Big City Birthday.  I started w/a per-made square 5.5" white card.  I inked the top with Distress ink to create my sky and fussy cut the top of a 6x6 sheet of pattern paper from the Pink Paislee Take Me Away pad to create a clean line of roof tops.  This got attached directly to my card front.  Next I die cut some grass using this Frantic Stamper grass die set.   I attached my grass strips and inserted my birthday bus.  As a finishing touch I added a happy birthday banner using the banner for the Avery Elle Band Camp stamp set.  



Card 3:  I'm calling Lets Party.   Once again, I started w/a per-made square 5.5" white card, which I covered with a blue w/tiny white stars pattern paper.   Next I die cut a speech bubble and using the Paper Trey Ink Party Trio die, which I due cut twice...  once from the speech bubble element and once from blue pattern paper, in order to inlay the 3 blue party die cuts into the speech bubble element.  I attached this element directly to my card front.  Next I added my Birthday Bus and three blue star balloons from the Avery Elle Ellie stamp set.  As a finishing touch, i added some enamel dots, gloss accents to the star balloons and stamp stars onto the speech bubble.


Wow, this was a long post.  Thanks for staying w/me to the end.  Unit next time... take care.

Rainbow & Butterflies

Hello crafty friends,

I spent the day yesterday making "just for fun" cards instead of design team calls :)  It's good to sometimes just play with our supplies with no goals other than having fun in mind.



Played with some of my new products to make this card.   Started with the beautiful Rainbows stamp from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and the Hero Arts Ombre Pink to Red ink pad.  I stamped the rainbow of butterflies in the center of each side of my 5 inch squared card front panel.  Next I stamped the sweet sentiment on scrap pieces of watercolor paper (I pretty much use nothing else these days) and a few butterflies using the Hero Arts Ombre Pool to Navy ink pad ( I'm loving these ombre ink pads).   I cut my sentiment using an very old punch and inked the little tags with a little soft pink.   I attached the little tags on dimensional tape and the butterflies directly on the card front without any dimensional tape, but because I didn't want to fussy cut the antennas... I first stamped the butterflies onto the card front and them glued my fussy cut butterfly bodies on top.  I added stickles to them as a finishing touch and three glittery drops around the sentiment.      


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

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dogs

Hello crafty friends,

If you know me, you know I love cats and wish I could have a house full of them.  But since I have a very dog loving extended family, I've been stocking up on some dogs stamps.  Both my nephew and my brother have April birthdays and they are dog people.   So I made them these cards:


I used dogs from the Tim Holtz Crazy dogs stamp set.  For the card on the right, I stamped my dog and scanned him so I could make him bigger.  This was for my personal use, so i believe no rules/rights were broken :)

 
While working on these dogs, I posted the above photo on social media and my sister-in-laws both like them... one of them even asked me to save some of the dogs for her birthday card.  How cute is that?  Well, I had extra dogs and I really didn't want to wait until either of their birthdays, which are both in September... so I made and send them each a dog tag.


The tag on the left went to my SIL with two dogs, a cat and a turtle.  The card on the right went to my SIL w/one cheese and butter (funny story) loving dog.

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

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mami's Mother's Day Card

Hello crafty friends,

I hope everyone had a nice Mother's day weekend.  We took both my Mom and my Mother-In-Law to the casino, which they both love and dinner.  We all had a very nice time.

I can't show you the card I made for my Mother-In-Law (yet), but I can show the card I made for my Mom:


I used the Christmas bear with snowman digital stamp from JustMEdigitalstamps for my main element... but i had to tweak him a little, because he was holding a snowman.  I printed him twice, and cut his head off just under the scarf, which I paper pieced w/the same pattern paper as the background.  I added roses from the Clearly Besotted Miniature Floral Collection stamp set to cover the snowman his was holding.   He's has dimension, because I raised parts of him.


and even the card's envelope got a little flower treatment :)



Thanks for stopping bye to check out my card.  Until next time... take care.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Encouragement Squad - May 2017

Hello craft friends,

Coming to you this month as a CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad team member with a little inspiration for our first encouragement challenge!  We all need a little cheering up from time to time. 

Our color inspiration board for this month:


I took a very simple design path, creating a card with the three main target colors using my zig watercolor pens and the lovely Pretty Posies stamp and die sets.


I created a second card that took a little longer to make, because of the sharker elements.  For this card I used the Sands of Time stamp set.  I love this stamp set and I'm sad to see that's it's retiring.



Thank you for stopping by today.  We hope you will like our new monthly challenges at the Calling All Sistahs blog.  We look forward to getting to know.  Until next month... be good to yourself. 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Calling All Sistahs - May 2017

Hello craft friends,

Coming to you this month as a CAS-ual Fridays Encouragement Squad team member with a little inspiration and a reminder to do your monthly breast self exam and scheduled your yearly mammogram.  Our new Calling All Sistahs blog is here.


Thank you for stopping by today.  Come back tomorrow for our first Encouragement Challenge! Until tomorrow... be good to yourself. 

Scrapy Land Challenge #66

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #66 theme is... Pearls and/or Lace, using SL dies and the card I created uses both pearls and lace, while still staying true to my personal style.


I stared with an off white card base (my pearls were off white) to which I added a die cut background panel.   Here are two similar floral background dies that would work:   Penny Black's The Garden and Tutti Designs Garden Backgound.


I added the wood butterflies wrapped in lace, because I broke the die cut as I was attaching it to the card base.  But it ended up being a nice finishing touch.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 5/ to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Encouragement Squad - My Intro Day

Hello craft friends,

This news has been bubbling up inside me for weeks and I'm so happy to FINALLY be able to tell you all it.   Drum roll please....  I made the CAS-ual Friday Encouragement Squad!  How freaking awesome is that.


If you are not familiar with the new Encouragement Squad, let me tell you a little about it and link you to our new website.  Michele Gross' goal for the monthly Calling All Sistahs blog hop was to remind our sistahs to do their self breast exams and in doing so to spread awareness about the importance of early detection in a fun and light hearted way.  I took part in several of these monthly blog hops and when Michele was looking for Designers for a new team, I jumped at the chance.   You can read more about what makes this team different and special here

So here's how this is going to work:

On the 17th of each month,  a post featuring a parade of projects from the Encouragement Squad design team.  

The next day on the 18th, an encouragement challenge will begin for anyone and everyone who wants to participate! It will be a photo that features color chips. Players can use the color chips or draw inspiration from the photo, or both to create an encouragement card with no product and no genre restrictions. It could be for someone who was just diagnosed, going through treatment, recovering from any sort of illness or surgery, going through a rough time in a relationship or job, or experiencing a crossroads in life. There are a bazillion reasons that we might need to make an encouragement card to let someone know we are thinking of them, and that will be the main focus of this new challenge. 

Now that you know what's going on, let me show you the card i created for my intro post:

The first thing you have to know about me, is that I love penguins, so my first card w/CAS-ual Friday had to have a penguin on it.  Now, I'm sorry to say that the penguin is not one of Michele's stamps, but don't worry, in the coming months I'll work on her to bring us some animals stamps ;)

The main focus of this card is the floral speech bubble and I created it with the lovely Pretty Posies stamp set and coordinating dies.  I started by stamping and water coloring several of the flowers and leaves with my zig brush pens on watercolor paper.   I use strathmore mixed media 400 series.  Once all my flowers and leaves were done, I set them aside and die cut the bottom of my speech bubble.   

Next i started placing my flowers within the speech bubble trying to cover as much of the black glitter card stock speech bubble.   Once I liked their placement and they were all attached.  I die cut the bottom of the speech bubble again to get a clean bottom edge.  I added some teal enamel dots and using dimensional tape attached the floral speech bubble to my card front.  

Since I had a few flower leftover, I decide to make the inside a little special and glued them directly onto the inside panel along w/a die cut hello and the "I'm thinking of you" stamped sentiment from the same Pretty Posies stamp set

Thanks for stopping bye...  I'm beyond excited to be part of this new team and I'm looking forward to meeting lots of you on social media and at craft fairs.  Until next time... take care.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Scrapy Land Challenge #65

Hello crafty friends,

Scrapy Land's Challenge #65 theme is "Anything Goes using SL brand dies", so I created this birthday card for my Mother-In-Law:


It's a shaker card, which I made using the negative space left when I die cut the large butterfly.   I started the card with a piece of orange to yellow pattern paper,  which I trimmed to fit the front of my 5x7 card.  I die cut a large butterfly and backed the opening with the stuff needed to make a shaker card element.  I added three water-colored and die cut flowers to the left bottom corner of the card and distressed my butterfly a bit w/distress inks. I added some enamel accents for the body of the butterfule and a few under the sentiment for added interest.  Here are a couple more pictures:



this last photo is of the inside.  I took one of the left over die cut pattern papers and used it on the inside of my card.

Thanks for stopping bye today.  Hope you'll join the fun at the Scrapy Land Challenge.  You have until 5/14 to submit your projects.  The winner, chosen by the design team, will receive a $15 gift certificate to Scrapy Land.