Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 5- 2 for 1

On day 5 of class there were two projects shown that I was able to complete without making to horrible a mess.  The first one is the circle card.  My first time making one of these and it will not be my last.  The blue panels that you see on the card were created by smooshing Memento’s Bahama Blue into the paper to get a good coverage and the orange heart uses Memento Tangelo.  The ring and center circles are popped up on foam tape and I used a white gelly roll pin for my white stitch lines around it mainly to cover a penciled circle that I couldn't remove entirely.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White
Stamps: Mama Elephant Boutique Borders, Simon Says Stamp Winter Wishes;
Dies: Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles, Lawn Fawn stitched journaling card
Inks: Memento Bahama Blue, London Fog, Lady Bug, and Tangelo

The second card uses a technique called Ink Patterns.  I placed some post-it correction tape on a blank white panel in a design of my choosing and burnished the tape in good to make sure it did not move during the inking process.  I blended my chosen distress inks until I was satisfied and then removed the correction tape and magic.  It looked pretty cool, but I could see where my tape did not match up exactly, so large stamp to the rescue.  I then die cut, placed a red mat behind it and popped it on some foam tape.
Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, #80 Neenah Solar White for focal, Gina K Red hot for Mat
Stamps: Tim Holtz Good Thoughts
Dies: Mama Elephant Peek A Frame
Distress Inks: Mustard Seed, Pickled Raspberry and Barn Door

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is going well.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 4- Faux Embossing

Happy Friday!  We have made it through the first month of the New Year.  

Earlier in the week I shared that I was participating in Clean and Simple 4 Techniques made Simple being presented on Online Card Classes.  Over the next couple of days I am going to share some cards showcasing some of the techniques learned.  I will admit there are some techniques I need to conduct some remedial training on, but there are some that I think I have got down pretty good.  All that being said here is the first card I am pretty giddy over.   The trick to this card is that your die cuts and panel must match in color.  I attached some double sided adhesive to the back of my cardstock and used Lawn Fawn’s Thanks die until I had enough cuts to cover my panel.  Next, I took the cuts and placed them on the card to see how I wanted them arranged.  Once satisfied, I peeled the backing off of my cuts and placed them on my panel.  A sentiment banner was heat embossed and put in place, and then the entire panel was popped on a white card base.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, Gina K Ocean Mist and Sweet Mango
Stamps: Mama Elephant Many Thanks;
Dies: Lawn Fawn scripty thanks, Lifestyle Crafts Rectangle
Thanks for stopping by and I hope your weekend is a crafty one.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Caught A Bug?

Good Morning and Happy Hump Day!

This morning I was able to kick out a little get well card.
 This card is a 4 bar size (3.5 x 5), so it is slightly smaller than the common A2 (4.25 x 5.5).  I stamped my background using matching inks to create a tone on tone look.  The tissue box was created by paper piecing with some wiggle eyes added for character and the sentiment is heat embossed with white Judikins embossing powder for the final touch.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, and Recollections Citrus Blend and Purple Passion;
Stamps: Lawn Fawn On the Mend;
Dies: Lawn Fawn on the Mend, Simon Says Stamp A2 Card Curved Edge, Lawn Fawn Stitched Journaling Card
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Grape Jelly, Pear Tart, and Versamark
Embellishments: Wiggle eyes

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wee One

Tonight’s card is inspired by the very talented Kristina Werner.  This week she is one of the instructor’s presenting during Online Card Classes Clean and Simple 4 Techniques Made Simple.  She calls this technique Border Gap die-cutting.  I took her inspiration card and shopped my stash and this is what I came up with.  I chose the yellow and green as a way of being gender specific instead of the typical blue or pink.

Supplies used:
Paper: #110 Neenah Solar White for base, and #80 Neenah for focal panel;
Stamps: Mama Elephant’s Carnival Cupcakes, Just Hatched, and Happy Everything;
Dies: Mama Elephant Landscape Trio
Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Shabby Shutters, and Mowed Lawn
Distress Markers: Antique Linen, Worn Lipstick, and Pumice Stone
Embellishments: Doodlebug Sequins

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week is going well.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Hello Friend

Today I made this card using the Lawn Fawn set Feathered Friends that was created especially for Simon Says Stamp Stamptember celebration last year.  I stamped the tree limb using Memento’s Rich Cocoa and colored with E55, E57, and E59.  Next, I stamped the leaves using Memento’s Cottage Ivy and colored with YG23, YG25, and YG17.  The birds were stamped using Tuxedo Black by Memento and then colored using R35, R29, R37, and BG45, BG15, and BG49 respectively.  Next I took some B00 various ink and placed it on a small acrylic block, mixed some colorless blender in it and then took a small brush to put some color around the edges of the image to break up all of the remaining white.  The birds were die-cut using a Spellbinders small circle and the mat was cut using a Spellbinders large die.  The black panel and designer papers were cut using the Mama Elephant Stitched rectangle from the Peek a frame set.  The script die cut is from Simon Says stamp and was cut from Hammermill cardstock that was colored using the same red copic markers as the bird and then stacked on three additional cuts of the sentiment in black.  The word friend is from the same stamp set and is heat set using white Judikins embossing powder.  The final touches were a few sequins from the Let’s Polka pack by Lawn Fawn.

I am entering this card in The Paper Players SketchChallenge #229.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cool Party Chicks

Good Morning,

I have another Penny Black creation to share today.  She was created using one of the images from Cool Chicks.  I cut her out using Mama Elephant's Femme Frames and used the second die in the set for the mat.  Put some doodlebug sequins above her and consider her done.

How's your Saturday going so far?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Parisian Kindness

Happy Friday!!

This morning I was able to knock out a quick card before going to work.  I used three different Penny Black Stamp sets to create this scene.  They are Fancy Foliage for the sentiment, a day in Paris, and Uptown.  Everything was stamped with Archival Black and I used Gina K inks with some water to color in my scene.  She's mounted on #110 Neenah Solar White and the DP is from a Snap Color Vibe 6 x 6 pad.

Hoping this is just the beginning of craftiness for this weekend.  What are your plans for this weekend?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Shall we have tea?

Wow, I have been away for at least a week and I feel so lost.  The youngest came down with something and of course mommy had to get it as well.  I am just now getting to the point where I can function somewhat.  I made this card today. This little girl is an illustration by Mo Manning and she came part of  the T-time set sold under the Penny Black brand.  The sentiment is a die cut also from Penny Black.  The background was created using the On Point Border set with Moonlight Pigment ink from Mama Elephant.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Birthday Bear

Good Morning,

How's your weekend going so far?  Mine has been moderately productive and for that I am happy.  Today I am sharing a card that I've made for a co-workers birthday later in the week.  The background is a Hero Arts background stamp and the image and sentiment is from Mama Elephants Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers respectfully.  To finish the whole thing off I threw in a few Doodlebug sequins.

Hope your weekend went well and your coming week is filled with goodness.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Under the weather

Good Morning,

Here is a card I made a few weeks ago using Mo Manning's Digital Stamp Sunshine colored using copics.  The sunflower border was a purchase from one of local big box stores and the remaining elements are cut using various dies.  The background is from the Mama Elephant border set heat embossed in white.  I placed some stickles around the clouds just to give them a little kick.

What kind of craftiness are you getting into this weekend?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Monster Hello

Today, I was finally able to wrap my head around a card thanks to the challenge issued by Tiddly Inks and the sketch provided over at Freshly Made Sketches.  The Tiddly Ink challenge was to make a project to reflect something new.  I chose to reflect greeting a new neighbor, hence the hello sentiment and who wouldn't want to be greeted by these three little monsters.
My monsters were colored with copic markers.  I added some doodlebug sequins and put some glossy accents on the balloon.  The sentiment is cut from reg white cardstock using Lawn Fawn's hello sentiment.  Thanks for sharing a few moments of your day with me.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Changed again

Wow, if only we could change to our looks as easily as I have changed this blog.  Since going live on January 1st of this year this is the third template I have tried out and today is only January 5th.  I promise that I will get it how I want sooner rather than later.  I have also added a badge to Kit and Clowder.  Kit and Clowder is one of the many resources available for those of us who wish to improve our copic coloring skills.  She is an awesome instructor who believes in quick feedback, which is something that I really appreciate.  I will admit it has taken me longer than average to get through the classes but that is my fault and not hers.  I hope to finish at least one of the classes in the very near future since I have also signed myself up for the Copic certification class being offered in Phoenix the first weekend in February.  Hope to have a card posted soon.  Hope everyone is having an awesome day so far.  ***HUGS*** 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Can't sleep?

So this morning my oldest fur baby and I were up at 3 am or what I like to call o' dark thirty.  There was no rhyme or reason behind it, just couldn’t sleep anymore.  So I did what most of us do I'm sure.  I colored.  I grabbed my clear Tiddly Ink stamp FairyHappy Day and colored her up.  I placed her on my first easel card, YAY me.  I always admired the photos showing easel cards, but was totally intimated by it.  Guess when you can’t sleep you get daring.  Well I am sure soon the sandman will make a stop back by for me, but until then what will I color next.  Hope everyone is having a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

The first Saturday of the New Year

Well after spending all day off and on attempting to color I decided to create a card to post here.  I will admit I went through at least three different patterns before finally settling on this one.  The background is created using the linear embossing folder from Lifestyle crafts and sponging some distress inks on it.  The Panda and umbrella are from Mama Elephant and can be found on their website, and the sentiment is a die cut from Simon Says Stamp.  Soon this weekend will be coming to an end and I really don’t know if I was as productive as I would like to have been, but hey I have about fifty-one and a half weeks to get betterJ  That’s the joy of waking up every morning.  I know that I have another day to get it right.  How did your weekend go?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Please with a Cherry on Top

Nothing beats a day when you can stay indoors and craft.  So today along with beginning my blogging journey I created this card using Tiddly Inks Wryn with a Cherry on Top coloring her with Copic markers.  Isn't she a cutie as are all of the other images drawn by Christy?  I am going to submit her for consideration for Tiddly Inks Design Team Call ending on January 15, 2015, so wish me luck or submit your crafty creation for consideration as well.  Tiddly Inks also has a wonderful Facebook group with a group of fellow crafter's who always offer an encouraging word and you can check that out here.  

Well, that is enough from me for today.  Time to go do some more research on maintaining a blog.  I hope you will come back by and visit me in the future and thanks for sharing a few minutes of your day with me.  ***Hugs***

Happy New Year

Welcome to my little piece of the blogosphere and Happy New Year.   Here is where I will post different projects created by me, rant about things going on in my life, or just give appreciation for being allowed to start another day with new mercy.  I hope you will join me on my journey.  In the meantime please excuse me as I work on making this site fully functional.