Saturday, November 22, 2014

A CASE of Sorts

                                     Video by Shery Russ
This morning I had the opportunity to spend some time strolling through the internet looking at people's blogs.  One that I came across was, Shery Russ and she had made this awesome looking card with a stencil and sleigh stamp.  I did not have the same stamp or stencil but I thought I could come up with something similar using a Memory Box stencil and an old wooden rubber stamp.

For the first time since my eye disease diagnosis I had trouble distinguishing colors today.  I thought I was using a black pen and it was dark green and I thought I stamped in black and it was blue.  Scares me a bit to be honest but I have thought of some ways to help myself; take my time, read the labels, buy some paper and keep it in bags with the color label and also add the scrap to the bag so I can find them.  Hopefully, I won't need to rely on that totally.

Let's just say it was not a great eyesight day but I was able to make three cards so.. it was a great day all in all!

Tea Bag Folded Tree Card

Here is the card I made using the Tea Bag Folded Tree, a technique I learned from Lisa Babitz, HERE.

I love the way it came out and really like using that harlequin paper as it is so thick.  It makes a wonderful card base.  The star BELIEVE button and the little gold button come from my mom's button stash.  I used Distress Ink, tea dye to do the doily and made the tag from gree card stock.  Sequins.. done!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Today while visiting Lisa Babitz' blog I fell in love with her folded tree tag and decided to give her tutorial a try.  Here is my first attempt.
The paper I used was too heavy but the tutorial was great!!  I actually was able to make a tree.  There is a base that you can't see here but when I put it onto a card or tag you will see that I used a torn cardboard box, the corrugated exposed kind.  THANK you Lisa!  Awesome.

        Tea Bag Fold Tree Tutorial

Oh, and the mail came.  I never post picture's of my delievered stash but today, with phone camera handy, here is my order from Frantic Stamper.  She does really quick shipping and is incredibly fair with her shipping costs.  Also has great sales.

So, there are two IO cover the card stamps... one being Harlequin.  There is a Northwoods Farm scene wood mount rubber stamp and some dies... lovebird cats, a barbed wire fence, a pine branch and a hearts border.  I am already thinking ahead to February!   I love the mailman!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Using up pre-cut, pre-stamped, pre-embossed elements to make a card.

Everything was in a little box of things that I had thought I was going to use on another card or two.  They were feeling like the toys on the Island of Misfit Toys!!

I am adding this card to the Mod Squad Challenge Blog.  The challenge this week is to make a card in under five minutes.  It took me two tries because I stamped the first one upside down while trying to rush!  Thankfully I figured it out before coloring it in.

I put all of the stamps onto my Fiskar's stamp press and used Memento Black to stamp the image.  Then I used Prismacolor pencils to color in all of the house and glitter pens to color the tree to look like Christmas lights. White uniball pen to make snow appear and Stickle everywhere to glitter.  One layer.  No ribbons. BAM!

Time; 4:52.
GinaK stamps from the Primitive Blessings Set

There is no way to do this neatly.  I had to use my uniball white to fix some of my coloring boo boo's.  I like the card a lot!  But, that being said, speed stamping is not for me.  LOL!!!!
Yesterday I was able to create a few cards.  I must thank all of the other blogs I visit, and they frequently comment here, for giving me the inspiration to create.  Feeling low after losing Miss Booey on Friday, I have found myself sitting and staring at my "stuff" more than actually doing.

I love this first card.  It started out with the houses which are really not winter houses until I slap some white paint and glitter on their roof.  Then I started out with just a white piece of card and that was going to be the background when I finally remembered I could ink up the snow embossing folder and get snow and blue sky.  I LOVE the way it looks.

The inspiration for the top piece came from a video I had watched earlier and I am sorry that I did not write it down.  It was contrasting paper with colors that picked up the colors I used in the house.  Then I had all of this empty space between here and there and I was not happy as CAS is a struggle for me.  So.. pulled out those HUGE colorful brads and used them along the top to anchor my tag NOEL. 

The houses seemed whimsical and so I feel as though it all fits!
The stamp is Penny Black I think.  I am thinking of maybe going outside and tossing some white paint over the palm trees and green lawn.  OR, better idea, and one that hubby will approve of... today I may set up the Christmas Village!  :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

I am having a terrible time with my camera so my pictures are not coming out the way I would like.  This card I completed when I did the deer tag.  I was so sick of doing winter/Christmas cards so I decided to do something for Valentine's Day.  LOL!!  

I used a Lawn Fawn Tree stamp, Simon Says Stamp Hearts from a set, a Tim Holtz word stamp and another triangle solid stamp of his, and a bird from GinaK.  The Sending Love is from Wplus9.  If there was a challenge to use stamps from different companies... I could enter!

I used Satin Red Versifine ink which is one of my favorites right now.  Some of the hearts I used Glossy Accents just to pop them a bit and I curved the Sending Love sentiment just so that I could stamp it around the tree.  

I love red and white!  Probably stems back to the red & white tablecloth on our kitchen tablecloth as a child. :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Just a Shaker card.  I created it yesterday but my camera is having troubles, lost all pictures on the disk.

I cannot stop the sequins from sticking! Grrr!  I even used foam, NOT foam tape, and they still stick.  I guess I should purposely glue some all over.
Today at 12:30 we will carry our beloved Miss Booey into our mobile vet's truck and we will say good-bye to our sweet little friend.  Although we know it is the right time for her it will never be the right time for us.  Broken hearted this morning.  I know "her,  Bill" will be waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.  We will miss her so!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Yesterday my wonderful husband bought me a new laptop so that I can use my Silhouette in my craft room.  I spent all day trying to download the Silhouette program onto the new computer and it just hung up.  I could not fully take it off and I couldn't fully get it to load.  Finally, after literally taking all day, I noticed a Legacy version download and gave it a try.  Voila!

So, my first cut was the tree I used on this tag.

I used Distress ink to color the backgroud of the tag and cut two snow banks out of paper.  I covered them with some flake white glitter.  There is some pink and blue in it that I did not notice until I added the blue ribbon.  The JOY is cut from my new Hero Arts alphabet die set then covered with glitter.

Deer trio die is Impression Obsession.  I actually cut a second baby and painted a red nose on it...and applied it with temporary adhesive.  When my camera battery is charged I will take another picture as it really looks.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

I have been taking part in this project for a few years, sending cards to people who get great pleasure in receiving cards for the holiday.  My mother-in-law has been a recipient for a few years and she recieves over 100 cards every Christmas.  The joy on her face as she looks at the cards lined up all over the place is so wonderful!

Consider taking part and sending one or more cards.  Also, if you know of someone, elderly, a disabled child, anyone who would find joy in receiving a card...this is sign up time.
Stopped in at Hobby Lobby yesterday and found some scrapbook paper I really like.  Sometimes I hoard paper but I am working hard to use what I buy.  The card I made today is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.  I really love making cards bigger than the A2.

I used a $2.00 alphabet stamp set to stamp Ho Ho on the little round stitched tag and used tea dye Distress Ink on the stitched die banner and circle.  Santa is a Stamps Happen rubber stamp and I only stamped his face.  The stamp is so big... one of those kind you need to lay the paper onto the stamp rather than the other way around or you never seem to get a complete image.  I colored him in with copics and used some white texture paint to color the brim of his hat. 

Along the side of the snowflake paper I used my rolling stitch hole puncher and then hand stirtched with embroidery thread.   Need I say... sequins?  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Today was tags for online class.  I really liked the window tag but I have no tag dies, today. *smile*  I used a stitched die and a die cut in the center and put foam and acetate to make a box for the sequins.

It was a busy day and I just quickly threw these together but they came out ok.  I do hope to get some tag dies because I love the tag look on top of cards.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My second card attempt day four was Laura Bassen's create a scene, one layer card.  She used a stencil I need, of course, from Simon Says Stamp.  I had to use this old brass stencil that is warped so that it moves everytime you press the ink into it.  I was laughing so hard because on my first card my snowbank morphed into a tree just because my husband walked into the room and I looked up.  When I looked back down the stencil was way off my original tree and being warped leaves too much "wiggle" room.  My hubby finds it hilarious when I blame him for my mistakes! LOL

Day four of class the theme is, one layer cards.  I flunk out on card number one.  The teacher, Jennifer McGuire, cheated by putting a teeny tiny heart on the inside of her card so I cheated BIG!  LOL

I did the partial die cutting which is a lesson I really need to work on  therefore I get a c+ for effort.  I had already colored in my Ugly Sweater so I did just glue that over the spot that I had partially die cut.  Then on the inside Jennifer made a stencil and did some distress inking.  Here was my problem.  She was using a cute little animal that really looked good with a sky background.  No matter what color I put behind my sweater... not a good look.   I used the larger die and black card stock and glued it to the inside.  The sentiment comes from the SSS Ugly Sweater set and the Join Us comes from a Raisin Boat set and the little poinsetta stamp is also from the Ugly Sweater set.  Wink of Stella and a corner chomper and I was done.

Confession.... I love Christmas Sweaters! 

Update on my son.. his surgery went well and he is recovering nicely.  Thank you for your prayers.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Second card of day three.  Not my favorite.  Not something I'd repeat.  Jennifer Rsaza is an artist so her tree looked lovely.  I don't like the black.  At all.   Next!

Today's online card classe theme is; watercoloring.  I have mentioned about a hundred times how much I admire Kristina Werner's work, so I am starting out with the card that she taught.  The piece is done on watercolor paper, sentiment (Raisin Boat) stamped and embossed first with snow white powder.  Then I tried setting up stamps on my Fiskars stamp press but I have so many stamps that just do not stick.  I need to research this about polymer stamps, how to make them sticky again.  My big red rubber snowflake from GinaK is the most reliable!

I used my little $4.99 watercolor set from Michael's and after taping down my watercolor paper and wetting it,  I started in the center with the lightest color.  Kristina used black around the edges and I used dark blue.

I added stickles because I am addicted to it and trimmed the piece down as water and paint leaked under the tape, so there was no clean white trim, which I love!

So, while my youngest son was undergoing weight loss surgery, I kept my mind off the worry with my card.  Please keep Josh in your prayers as he recovers and begins his journey to a healthy body.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Today was interactive cards day at online card classes.  Jennifer McGuire did an ornament card with a family picture on the back.  I made mine with no picture.. 

I have had a tiring caregiver day so I will leave the deatails to another day.
This gift card holder is made from inspiration,  Day 1 of Holiday Card Workshop.

Shari Carroll used some dies I did not have available but I was able to cut a frame by hand and then use an alphabet punch to punch a little Merry and I glued it on with matte medium.  

This was a hard card for me on many levels but I always wanted to do a card like this with all these layers, so I was thrilled to see her step by step instructions in class.

 Steps include;
1. Texture paste on panel.
2. Cut out a banner shape using a die and leaving the top uncut.  Stamped dots using pencil eraser.
3. Cut out an open polaroid shape, punch out Merry and glue only bottom of letters, and then back with small print paper sliding it up over the banner and then gluing in place.
4. Cut snowflake die image.
5. Button embellishment sew X with embroidery thread.
6. Cut small banner shapes adhere to polaroid panel.
7. Attach two folded ribbons to underside of flap and punched edge along side.
8. Attach gift card.
9. Stickles.
10. Sequins.
I think I have mentioned.. I LOVE these classes!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Today is the first day of Online Card Class, Holiday Card Workshop 2014.  I really liked Kristina Werner's clean and simple card.  The lesson today was mostly focused on mass producing cards and I CASE'D Kristina's card best I could without having all of the same supplies she had.

This was the first one I attempted.  I did the same basic card as Kristina but not the same stamp.  I started with a dark blue card stock and used a darker blue and some light to vreate the night sky. It did go much faster than starting with white card.  I heeded her advice about making sure that the Distress Ink was dry and used my heat tool, and even with doing that, it took a lot longer to dry than I imagined.

I was not thrilled with the two stamps above so I tried to find a different one and came up with the manger scene.
Believe it or not I used the same snow stencil to apply the embossing paste but one end leaves you in a blizzard and the other a snow flurry.  I did the night sky at the same time as I did the first one so it was totally dry by the time I got to it.  The good part about that is the white embossing powder doesn't stick to the card, making a mess.  I used a die tcut out the little pink hearts and glossy enamel to make them shiny.

What can I say... I love these classes!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Pink Watercolor over White Snowflake

Yesterday was white, today seems to be pink.  I cut a piece of watercolor paper and taped it down to a board and stamped three snowflakes, large medium and small (GinaK) onto the paper with Versamark and then used detail snow white powder to heat emboss.  Once dry I used my watercolor set from Micheals to paint the background pink.  A new spool of ribbon from Walmart at the bottom, some shiny bling and a silver embossed greeting  (GinaK) on vellum and my simple little card was complete.

I like having the border around the watercolor tape from the tape. I always saw Kristina Werner do it and my paper would tear until.. I bought Frog Tape.  Like the blue painter's tape only even more delicate!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

White.  Today I chose white.  I don't often do white cards... maybe once in a blue moon.  I was perusing the web as I do most mornings while I sit quietly waiting for Bob and Betty to wake up.  (Hubby and Mother-in-law)  Some of my best quiet time is early morning when the sun is not up yet and there is nothing that must be done.  My cup of coffee in hand and I either spend time in a class or I flit around the internet from one creative artist's blog to another.

Today I saw a white card. It was totally white.  I think even the sentiment was done in white although I am not sure how I would have seen it. *smile* So I sketched out a card using white paper and when I finally got to my space,  snowflakes became the theme.  Here is card number one with the snow embossing folder, snowflake die (SSS), a strip of paper embossed with silver powder, and a little white embroidery thread for a bow.
 I used three sweet Martha Stewart blings and the Merry Christmas sentiment from my favorite Wplus9 set.

My next card was done using a Martha Stewart lace punch to make lace strips.  Then I made a bow from some holograph ribbon and used some Recollections Blue sparkle embossing powder to cover the die cut snowflake and made some glittery paper by swiping it with Versamark and adding the same blue powder.  I used it to die cut the word Joy.

Of course I had to add sequins and then I rounded the corners top and bottom with my chomper.

My WHITE day was a big success!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Today I could not decide on a card so I went through some scraps and came across this window cut out on a piece of thin white cardstock.  I have a feeling I was testing a sizzix die on my Tim Holtz movers and shakers tray and I just used whatever cardstock was handy.  After I glued the wallpaper on and made the wainscoting on the score pal the paper felt more substantial.  It needs to be at least a little sturdy in order to lay flat and not buckle.  The clear plastic is then glued behind the window.

Santa is stamped and then masked while I made a sky background with Distress inks.  I glued a couple snowflakes on and made a box within the window to drop the sequins into.  In the picture it looks like Santa has sequin cheeks...he seems to like those big sequins covering his rosy cheeks.

The tree.... ahhh the tree.  I am no Kittie Caraccioli.  She is amazing!  I die cut eight small trees and glued them to a brown strip.  Then I die cut the fir branches.. four at a time, over and over and over.  Gluing fir branches to the trees was pretty funny as I glued it down and it popped off.  I glued it down and it popped off.  Just as I was about to give up... I started using tweezers.   Tweezers works like a charm!

The washi tape floor is a perfect spot for my black kitty who is probably wondering who that peeping tom is. Right above the cat you may see some stitching.  Doesn't everyone have stitched walls?  Pretend it's dust or large catnip.

I do have fun making these shaker cards.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0... what great ideas for Christmas cards.  This one was a lot of fun even though I had to dig through stamp set after stamp set to find Christmas words.  Thank God for clear stamps!

I can't believe I am creating such awesome cards!  The list of inspiring artists is too long to mention... but I am going to work on it.   I would like to thank them all!!
Today I was trying out a new rental stamp I had received from Raisin Boat. I signed up for the two per month subscription and they arrived almost two weeks ago but this is the first time I have tried them.

I won't go into detail about membership, but I will say I am happy with the quality and choices.  As a matter of fact I did decide to purchase the wreath stamp that I am posting today.

I used a few different greens to stamp the wreath and then a few different greens to stamp the extra small fir branch.  As usual my photo's do not do it justice.  I used Red Satin Versafine for the bow and then dried everything with the heat gun.  Next I took an embossing pen and dotted and scribbled in a few places before I sprinkled gold embossing powder and heat set that.  The gold stripe was actually a stamp but for some reason my Versamark pad, even though freshly re-inked, will not give an even stamping.  I am wondering if the foam has broken down?

I decided to use the embossing pen and a ruler and fill in the places that did not stamp and also added the sentiment. (GinaK)  I added more embossing ink in spots on the ribbon and balls trying to get more blotchy so that it was not so exact.

I mounted the watercolor panel onto a GinaK card weight ivory cardstock.  I LOVE GinaK paper and am getting ready to place an order for more.  Have I told you about the lost order of paper from GinaK, when they sent it to my old address and the jerks there, kept it?  Grrrr!  I hope they run out of tp and have to use it for that. *smile*

Here is yet another view; 
Adding this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge... Theme; Anything Goes

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This came out great and I after messing up my red one I was thrilled to lift up the stencil and find, perfection!  The Joy die cut is Lawn Fawn cut from an old tissue box and embossed with detail silver powder three times.  In person it actually looks metal.

I added some bling to the flowers and some silver thread behind the joy.  I am hooked on embossing paste!

Tim Holtz stencil
Wendy Vecchi paste
Hero Arts silver embossing powder

A wonderful class.. A Very Trendy Christmas 2.0
Today I moved onto stencils at the Very Trendy Christmas 2.0 classroom.  I had watched Kristina Werner use a Tim Holtz stencil for card number one of her series, and so I bought it to use with my once used embossing paste.

I trimmed a sheet of red cardstock down and used my new "frog tape" to adhere the stencil down.  I started doing it just like I watch others do only to lift the stencil and find what I NEVER see on Kristina's videos or Catherine Pooler's videos...the embossing paste went under and oozed all over and I was, unhappy.

Then I sat and stared at the mess awhile before a great thought popped into my head...use the Simon Says Ugly Sweater stamp set and die, and make the good part, into a sweater.  Voila!  Then since I had a sweater and more "good" embossed red paper, why not a matching hat?  So I free hand cut out a hat and had an almost lovely set.  I think the holly leaves, part of the stamp set, look really good.

The paper I used to make the tag comes from a 6 x 6 paper pad I bought at Tuesday Morning.  It is just loaded with great winter paper.  The snowmen, snow and hill are all a part of the paper.  I used cocoa ink to stamp Warm Winter Wishes (Wplus9) and the only red ink pad I own... a lousy red pad from Michael's.  Shall we call it sort of faded Red Sox hat red?

I added green sequins, some stickle, some Wink of Stella and red, white and green ribbon from a floral arrangement received who knows how many years ago.  Have I mentioned what an awful hoarder I am with supplies I am sure I will use, someday?  Three cheers for me..  I actually used one of those items!!

So there it is... and I LOVE it!    Do you have a favorite RED ink pad?  Help!!!!!

ADDED:  I just realized that I totally missed Nordic.  This is Nordic and a stencil. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Sequins & Shakers

This was in class, A Very Trendy Christmas 2.0. under the heading, Sequins and Shakers.  I had just done a shaker card for the Hoedown challenge so I stuck with sequins.   Stamped snowflakes from multiple stamp sets with versamark and embossed with white powder.  Then I did the background with Distress Inks and added sequins, a beautiful filmy purple ribbon and the new stitched banner from SSS.
Once again I am taking an online stamping class, this time with Catherine Pooler of  Stamp Nation.  The name of the class is,  A Very Trendy Christmas 2.0  and I think you can join any time for just $29.95. and is available forever once purchased.   So far I have completed two cards.  

This is todays, file under geometric.  I used the hexagon stamp set from Stampin Up and used multiple colors of green inks.  Then I punched them out using the hexagon punch, glued them down into a tree shape and glued that panel to Kraft cardstock. The little Merry Christmas sentiment is a Wplus9.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today I was inspired by a card Lisa Babitz.  I just loved her card with music as the background.

The stamp set is a GinaK Design stamp and it is such a beautiful stamp.  Last year I stamped it a lot using gold embossing and burgandy paper but when I saw Lisa's card I knew I had to give the browns a try. 

Thank you Lisa!!!  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Today I only had time for one card so I got my inspiration from Sean, part of the Gina K Design team.  He posted a gorgeous red and gold card, far more elaborate than the one I had time and talent for.  See it here;
Sean's Card

This is my card using a Martha Stewart tree stamp, a Hero Art's strip at the bottom and a sentiment from a Gina K stamp from last year.  The Gina K set is called Christmas Joy and I snipped the words apart so that I could putthem on opposite sides of the tree.   All done with Versamark and detail gold embossing powder.

I need to make a lightbox to take pictures.  I am using my NikonD70 but you cannot get good pictures in such a dark place as this house.  Sometimes during the day my pic's are better but at night, fahgetaboudit. 

This is what I need; Light Box Amazon

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today my card was a CASE (Copy and Share Everything) of a card on Dawn Woleslagle's Blog although I did not have the stamp set, I used dies.  I love what she did with the black and small touches of red so I decided to use her as my muse.

My card uses two die sets from Impression Obsession. One was the three deer and one the birch trees with the cardinals.  I have used the tree dies a couple times but this was my first time using the deer.  I love them!  I cut the trees from white card and then used black soot distress to give them the black look that Dawn had with her stamps.  I also free hand cut out the snow banks but plan to beg for the snow bank dies from Wplus9 next time Bob looks generous. (He always does.)

Believe it or not I did not use wink of stella... I used stickles instead!

In honor of Dawn and because Wplus9 are some of my favorite stamsp, I used Comfort and Joy from the Heartfelt Holiday set.

I am adding this to Hazels Challenge ... Come join the fun!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I was at it again today with another card for the Hambo Stamps October challenge.  Today came, my middle of the night brainstorm, a shaker card. I used the adorable artist pig again who seems to have accidentally gotten paint all over his painter's coat while he has created a "window" scene with trees and leaves and sequins.  Of course his little black cat is looking on hoping that he'll have time once he is finished, to pour some milk in a bowl at the very least.

I created the wallpaper using a couple tiny stamps from Wplus9, the trees from Memory Box, the shaker circle with a Spellbinders die and the little black kitty is from Impression Obsession.

I love this pig so much... he'll be back!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yesterday I discovered some fun digital images at Hambo Stamps and purchased a few images to give digi's a try.  I did try digi's a few years ago but had trouble with our printer and gave up.  There are so many sweet digi's and let's face it.. the price is right!

So, with all that being said I am joining their October challenge... pigs.  They seriously have some of the cutest pig images.  There is a stamp set I need with pigs sitting at the table and all that is left of the cake is.. candles.

Here is my first submission;
I used Prismacolor pencils to color him in and I must admit to Wink of Stella.  Ohpigpoop might be an old Stampin up set. I totally forgot is Totally Tuesday and Thanks is from a small Hero Arts set.   What a cute image!