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.