Sunday, May 1, 2016

Tweet. Chirp.

I took a much needed "me" day yesterday.  One of the things I did was stamp!  I've been doing some paper crafting lately, but haven't really had the time to play along in a challenge.  This time I'm doing just that.

I chose the challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C 334
These beautiful colors just called out to me, since I love greens and purples.  Oh, yes.
Don't you think these colors are perfect for some water coloring?  Of course you do.  And so is the stamp set I chose to use.  See?

The look of a sketched image in a stamp.  It's something I don't usually choose, but I'm really happy that I picked up this stamp set recently.
Technically, I didn't use water color paint. I used Stampin' Up ink pads, smooshed onto an acrylic block.  Using a paint brush I swirled some water into the ink and started painting my little birdie.
The leaves were stamped using another technique that resembles water colors.
I inked the stamp, then spritzed it with water.  When I stamped the image, I let the stamp sit on the water color paper for a while.  I wanted the ink to have time to really soak into the paper.

You know what?  After assembling the card, I decided that the focal panel needed some ink spatters.  So.  I cut out a stamped image of the bird to mask my finished image.  Then covered the remainder of the card with paper scraps.
Spatter, spatter, spatter.  Done.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look!

Supplies ~
card stock: 140 lb watercolor paper (Artist's Loft), perfect plum, river rock (Stampin' Up!)
ink: perfect plum, gumball green, river rock, pale plum, concord crush (SU), onyx black (Versafine)
stamps: turning a new leaf (PTI), little birdies (Ranger by Dina Wakley)
other: crystal effects (Ranger), water and brushes, acrylic blocks

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Window Panel Cards

It's been way too long since I spent an afternoon at my craft table.  So, this rainy Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to get crafty.  Several of my friends have birthday's this month, so I needed to create a few cards.  I recently watched a video tutorial on Jennifer McGuire's blog for window panel cards, so I already knew what technique I wanted to use for my cards.
HERE is a link to Jennifer's blog post.

The technique is really very easy and so much fun!  Here are the two cards I created.
I used a pink and gold patterned paper on this card, then die cut gold foil paper for the sentiment.

For this second card I stamped and die cut flowers and leaves, then stamped leaves inside the card so that they're visible through the window panel.

I don't have time now to list my supplies.  But if you have questions, please ask and I'll get the info to you.  Either leave a comment or use the "Contact Me" option in the side bar of my blog.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Congrats On Your New Roost

I found a little time this afternoon, to create a card for a couple who just bought their first home.  And...I'm playing along in a challenge.  It's been a VERY long time!

Take a look at this great sketch at Retro Sketches - rs #202.
 Here's my take on the sketch.

I remember that this young couple's engagement photos included some pics taken on a farm.  So, when I came across this sentiment while browsing my stamp sets it seemed like a great choice for this card.
To get a bit of a distressed look, I used the rock-and-roll inking technique for both the sky and field stamps.  After stamping the sky, I swiped some clear Wink of Stella over the sun rays.  In real life it looks so sparkly!
It was fun to finally join in on a card challenge, again.  :)

Thanks for looking!

Supply list ~
ink: early espresso, cucumber crush, crushed curry, tip top taupe (SU), versamark & onyx black (Tseukineko)
card stock: early espresso, sahara sand (SU), white (Recollections)
stamps: on the farm (PTI)
dsp: adventure bound (SU)
other: clear wink of stella (Kuretake), early espresso embossing powder & linen thread (SU)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Crafty treats for my crafty friends!

Oh what fun!  I'm writing this post a few days in advance, so that it can go up while I'm spending a Saturday with my stamping buddies.  A few times a year we try (and sometime succeed!) in getting the 5 of us together at my home on a Saturday to spend the day stamping, talking, snacking...well, you get the picture. :)
These gatherings bring me so much joy!  Well, today the 5 of us are blessed to have another friend joining us.  I decided to put together a little treat box for each of my friends, just because they're so important to me.

I found a template HERE on Nichole Heady's blog, for something very easy to create and so versatile.
Nichole created her own pattern on blank cardstock, but I chose to use some thick patterned paper from Tim Holtz.  After cutting out each box, I added a little machine stitching around the edges.

Here's what I created.

I chose to use kraft, white and gold as my color scheme.  I layered patterned vellum (from SU) onto the front of each box, then added burlap, gold thread, die cut leaves and a mini clothespin over that.  Oh, and I swiped my Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad over each clothespin to add a little glow of gold.  I could have kept going...buttons, gems etc...but decided to stop before I overloaded these little boxes!
Inside each box I put a few Godiva chocolates (because every stamper *needs* chocolate, you know) and a piece of toile wrapped around various embellishments and tied with a piece of that Stampin Up gold thread.

I hope my friends enjoy these treats as much as I enjoyed making them.  We'll see!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Warm Thoughts - a mini album

About a month ago I created this mini album as a gift for a close family member.  Since the recipient reads my blog occasionally, I didn't want to post it on my blog until after Christmas.  The basic concept for the album comes from a tutorial on Wilna Furstenberg's blog.  HERE is the link to Wilna's blog and video.
As soon as I watched the video, I knew that I wanted to give this a try and I knew exactly who I would create it for.  I am so pleased with the results and so happy that I ventured out of my paper crafting "comfort zone" and tried something new!

I used several mediums in creating the album pages.  Color mists sprayed through stencils, stamping, ink splatters, etc.  Also, I layered the photos over various embellishments and die cut pieces.  This was such a labor of love for me!  It took about 6 hours from start to finish and was well worth the time.  In fact, I would love to make another one!

To protect the privacy of the recipient, I've blurred the faces of everyone in the photos.

Thank you for taking a look!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Shaking it up!

Hey!  Just posting, real quick, with a shaker card I created today for a friend. :)
I spent a day at home today and enjoyed it so much.  A long walk outdoors early this morning (in our unusually warm December weather!), then breakfast! Yum.  A great way to begin the day, right?

Let me get back on track. My card.
Even though shaker cards can be a bit of a challenge, they're so much fun to make. wasn't fun when I messed up the first banner panel.  Forgetting to add the clear acetate window, didn't work well to hold the sequins inside.  Imagine.

The second attempt?  Much better.

I used a mixture of clear sequins and beads in this card.  This blue card stock is showing much darker than it actually is.  My photo editing software just couldn't seem to get it right.

Thanks for taking a look!

Supply list ~
Cardstock: white (Recollections), sky blue (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: onyx black (Versafine)
Stamps: handwritten sentiments (Simon Says Stamp)
Dies: stars (WPlus9), banner (Clear and Simple Stamps)
Embossing folder: gently falling (SU)
Other: baker's twine (SU)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Guest Designing at CCCB this week!

The card in one of my previous blog posts (HERE) was chosen as the winner at the City Crafter Challenge Blog that week, so I won the Guest Designer spot for this weeks challenge.  I'm SO excited!

Here are the details.
Our theme this week, at the City Crafter Challenge Blog week 292 is The Heat is On - Use heat embossing on your card or project.  Take a look at this clever graphic provided by Kirsty!
I had several ideas tumbling around in my brain, but this one came to me while I was outdoors for a brisk walk last weekend. There's something about the great outdoors (and a long walk) that helps me focus and get creative.

Anyway, here's my card!  To see a larger pic, just click on the photo.

This card turned out just as I had imagined.  Believe me, that doesn't usually happen.
After die cutting the birch tree panel from kraft card stock, I took my Versamark pad and swiped it  across the areas of the trees that I wanted to emboss in white.  Once I poured on the embossing powder, I saw that I had covered more of the trunk areas than I intended to.  That was easy to remedy.  I just took a small paintbrush and swept away what I didn't want.  It worked like a charm!

My sentiment is also heat embossed.  Oh, I'm not sure if you will be able to see it...but, I took my clear Wink of Stella and ran it along the areas of the tree trunks that are not embossed.  Just for a little more winter sparkle!

I hope you'll play along with us this week.  Thanks for stopping by and a big Thank You to Kirsty for inviting me to guest design this week.  Such an honor!

Supply List ~
card stock: kraft (PTI), whisper white, bashful blue (SU)
ink: Versamark
stamps: in the meadow (PTI)
die: birch tree cutting plate (Taylored Expressions)
other: white embossing powder (SU), clear gems (The Paper Studio)