Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warm Wishes

Over the week end I participated in a few challenges for World Card Making Day.  One challenge was to use old but never used items (hmmmm am I the only one who buys and never used her stuff).  I dug out a stamp and die set and an embossing folder and went to town.



I needed some contrast on the white so I took a stiff brush and softly brushed a distress ink over the top of the die cut panel.  I then ran it through my embossing folder.  The penguin was stamped, colored and die cut.  He is added with foam dots.  The sentiment was added using the Misti.  I have kitted about 10 of this card.  Some for my holiday cards and some for my friends big craft fair she is involved with for Hospice in South Carolina. 

I still think I need something in the blue area.  Maybe I will punch out some snowflakes and add them.

I am entering this into the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is Holiday.  


Thanks for stopping by.  I am off to spend some time with my grand dogs. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Little Stampers October ATC Challenge

Do you like to make those little pieces of art called ATC's (artist trading cards).  Happy Little Stampers has a new challenge for ATC's.  This month the theme is travel.



I do not have too many things in my enormous amount of supplies that is travel related.  For some reason I had a box down that I had placed some stickers I was going to put in a rummage sale and there was the Eiffel Tower Sticker along with the other one that said Paris on it.  This started my ATC.

I had a piece of cardboard cut from a recycled box of tea.  I gessoed the cardboard and then colored it with distress oxide inks.  (OMG I do love to play with those.).  I added the largest Paris sticker on the front of the ATC and then placed the Eiffel Tower sticker on top.  I used some of the other stickers from both collections to add some more interest to the front of the ATC.

I then used the black soot distress oxide ink around the edges of the ATC and used a brush to blend it.  I also smooshed some of the pinks I used and added  them to the images I had put on the front of the ATC.  I found a perfect little sticker quote to add to the front.


I hope you will join us at Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge. 

Anything But A Card

The challenge on the Monday challenge blog for Simon Says Stamp is "anything but a card."

I had surgery at the end of August and so was not feeling up to my normal card making but I have done lots of journal pages.  It was wonderful healing.

Here is the page.  My sister had given me a bag of fabric scraps so you can see there are some ofthose on this page also.  I made a nice little collage with them and stitched them together with my sewing machine.  I even did some journaling.


Here is a close up of the flower.  The flower was cut with my Silhouette.  I rolled fabric and made the center for the flower.  It is very dimensional.


Here you can see some of the fabric and scraps of other things.


I love using bright colors as you can tell from this journal page.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday and Happy Card Making Day Collide

So over the week end, a private group I am in celebrated World Card Making Day.  We all met through our love of making cards.  Different people hosted challenges every two hours. 

I hosted the first challenge - and since I try to always do Oldie Moldie Monday - my challenge was to use supplies that you have had in your supplies for a few years.  I believe my paper pad had a 2012 date on it and I know the stamp is very old also. 



There are many layers of patterned paper on this card, a piece of burlap, and brown twine.  The bow was made with seam binding which I colored with a spray called Tea.  The sentiment is a new stamp set from Penny Black.  I thought the jolly fit this Santa very well.

Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a challenge to share what you made for World Card Making Day

Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your older supplies. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies October Challenge

Time to get out all those dies you have accumulated and make a card for the October Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.  


I love to make fall cards.  When I made this card, I was on a Washi Tape journey (last month's die card used washi tape also).  I had accumulated many rolls of tape that were fall in color so they were added to the card front. 


I started with a kraft card base and everything was built on top of it.  The majority of my cards have many layers on them.  I took a cream mat and added the layers of washi tape on the front.  I just wrap the edges around to the back of the mat.  This card has four different washi tapes on it.  The sentiment was heat embossed onto the bottom of the card.

I die cut a cream oval and a slightly larger dark brown oval.  I adhered them together and then die cut the oak leaf out of the center.  This was mounted onto the card front with foam tape. 

The cream mat was matted with the same dark brown.  All this was adhered to the kraft card front.  Of course, I then had to use a gold spray to add more depth to it.  I love to make fall cards and I love leaves.

I decided to add washi tape to my envelopes.  This is the back of the envelope.


Here is the front of the envelope.  I do hope this tape stays on going through the post offices.



The inside of the cards also have a coordinating piece of washi tape.


Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

World Card Making Day

I was busy creating yesterday and celebrating World Card Making Day.  I was playing along with challenges with a group of online friends.

The card today was made for a challenge for Thanksgiving. 

I am going to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Challenge


There were lessons learned on this card.  I do love the background I made.  I had seen somewhere on the world wide web where they had used an acrylic block and stamped distress inks in long lines.  I had a narrow long acrylic block so I tried it.  After I had stamped the blocks of color I then blended one of the brown oxide inks over all of it.  Here is the first lesson:  if you are going to spray a gold mist on your panel, wait until after you do your heat embossing.  I had to brush away lots of stray embossing powder.  I thought the spray was dry. 

Next lesson - have your brain activated when you do your stamping.  Neatly hidden under that beautiful strip of fabric is another So Very.  I did not need that said twice.  Thank goodness for embellishments.

Next lesson - stamp one sentiment and heat emboss.  Then stamp your second sentiment (for you) so that you get the placement much better.  It looks OK but I think it should have been closer. 

This leaf stamp from Concord and 9th is so beautiful.  I have made many cards with it this fall. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers October Mixed Media Challenge

Once again it is time to dig out all your mixed media stuff and play along with the new challenge at Happy Little Stampers


This part of the challenge did give me some trouble.  I only had crackle embossing paste.  I could not achieve what I wanted.  On my second try I had put the tinted embossing paste through a stencil with large circles.  I liked the circles but not on the sheet of colored watercolor paper.  I fussy cut the circles out and you will see in the example I used my crackled circles to hold a googly eye.  No Halloween card is complete without a googly eye.

Here is my card or cards that I made for the challenge. 


The images are from The Graphics Fairy.  I don't have too many Halloween stamps and I wanted to make something different I could send out this year.  All the papers have been well aged in my stash.  I did need to go buy a bigger googly eye to fit my crackle circles.  All the paper was distressed with my Tim Holtz distress tool. 


Here is a close up of my purple crackle circles.  I used a Dina Wakely stencil to make them.


Here is the first layer of papers. 


To make the paper background more interesting, I first attempted to add embossing paste tinted with Dina Wakely paint through a stencil.  I did not like that so I attempted to remove it and this was the result I got.  I decided to go with it.  It was a happy accident.  Up in the right hand corner, I then took the thick bodied paint I used to tint the embossing paste and just dribbled, drooled, did something down on the corner.  I really did like that.  Lesson learned though, once you do this you have to stop because that paint does not dry very fast.  Finally later in the evening I was able to work on the card fronts and add all the layers.  I did freshen up the drools after I finished the card.


As you can see from the picture of the card, I added many layers of paper to the front along with sewing thread and a fabric bow. 

Please play along with our challenge at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge.