Wednesday, September 16, 2015

One of Those Days

It's gonna be one of those days for this poor guy.  First he breaks a leg and then he misses the bus.   Hate when that happens!  But the good news is, he gets to play along with the Lawnscaping Texture challenge.  My initial focus was to use transparent micro fine glitter (for the first time) and then color over it.  I should have practiced a little bit first, but I guess it turned out okay.  First I stamped the image, then cut it out with the coordinating die, and since it's such a small little piece, rather than pour the glitter over it, I simply used a tweezer and dipped him directly into the small jar of glitter.  Gave it a good tapping and avoided the whole mess of getting the leftover glitter back into the tiny jar.   I burnished it with my finger and then colored with a Stampin' Up stampin' write marker (crumb cake)  There's a few spots where I had started to add a darker color but quickly changed my mind.  It's barely noticeable in the real world, but here in photos it's more obvious (and giving me such anxiety!).  I decided that wasn't enough texture so I dug through every drawer, bin, nook & cranny and came up with a brand new roll of adhesive-backed cork (which will be having a playdate with my Cricut Explore very soon).  I used a SU Word Bubbles framelits die and stamped the sentiment (from the Lawn Fawn set) using a Versamark ink pad and SU white embossing powder.  I was a little nervous about how the heat gun would affect the cork (it's super thin) so I worked quickly and it was just fine.  Still deciding there's not enough texture, I grabbed my new SU Brick Wall Textured Impressions embossing folder and embossed my background panel, then sponged on some SU Early Espresso ink.  I used my Cricut Explore to cut print & cut the bus and see the little exhaust poof?  It's from one of the party hats in the Hats Off to You die set.  I trimmed it a little bit to give it the shape I needed.  Okay, so now I'm on a full-blown texture obsession and decide to add SU Crystal Effects to the bus windows and a "dot" of Ranger Enamel Accents (black) to the center of the wheel.
The oh-so-sweet gingerbread man is from the little stamp set and coordinating die set called Oh, Snap!  I also used the park bench from the Winter in the Park stamp set along with the coordinating die set, which is available separately.  

I added a couple of SU pearls after the first two photos were taken, but then popped them off -- they looked silly, but this photo shows the micro fine glitter a little bit better

Lawnscaping ~ Texture
7 Kids College Fund ~ Anything Goes
Die Cuttin Divas ~ Fun With Puns
Little Red Wagon ~ Try Something New (microfine glitter & cork)

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Dana's Birthday Card

It was asked to make a quick birthday card and include the young lady's name on it.  Dana happens to be my youngest daughter's name (who just celebrated her 30th -- yikes, I'm old!), but as always, I neglected to take pictures of that one.  I used the Big Vases dies from Paper Smooches and some scraps of Stampin' Up! cardstock from some previous In Color years.  The stamped flowers and foliage are from the SU Bright Blossoms stamp set.  I think they teamed up nicely with the vase dies.  I used Stampin' Dimensionals to pop up the vases, and since I wanted to play along with the Cards in Envy challenge, I kept the embellishments to a minimum.  I used SU stamps with the same In Color inks as the cardstock to create the patterns on the vases.  A piece of SU wash tape served as my shelf.  The stamped sentiment is also SU and the name is from a QuicKutz die, which I've had forever and just getting around to using for the first time.  The alphabet is called Dragonfly, and then entire alphabet is contained on one die -- SWEET!  Added some sequins by Craft Medley and my quick birthday card was complete.  

Thought I'd play along with a couple of challenges:
Cards in Envy ~ It's a Birthday Party!
Sister Act Card Challenge ~ Challenge #117

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lady Bug Card and Bag

I've been waiting for my order to arrive from My Creative Time before entering the current Designer Challenge because I really wanted to make this adorable little set for my granddaughter.  She and her BFF are always exchanging little trinkets and I thought she'd enjoy having this for one of her little gifts.  I have a package of muslin bags from Stampin' Up! and finally, after a year, I worked up the nerve to try stamping on one.  Not the neatest job, but now I know what NOT to do next time.  My Staz-On ink pad is a bit on the dry side and the stamped lines were light, so I went over them with a Stampin' Up Stampin' Write marker.  
The card is a mini to accompany the little pouch.  
All of the stamped images and sentiment are from the My Creative Time stamp/die set called Hey There Little Lady, which is one of the sets from the most recent release.  So totally perfect, since my granddaughter, Bella, has been my Bella Bug since the day she was born.  The doily is from the Bunch of Stitched Doilies Dies, which I'm almost certain was part of the previous release.  LOVE that set!  (I have a really cute project that I need to post, using some of the doily dies from that set).  Added a few Doodlebug sequins, popped up the flowers, leaf and ladybug with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a touch of black Enamel Accents (by Ranger) to the bug's spots. 
 Oh boy...the sun was kicking today and I think I should have adjusted my camera settings :/  The colors are a tad bit darker in real life.
 On the white petals, I used a Sakura Pen-Touch white opaque ink pen, but "primed" it a bit too much and it bled.  Eventually got the hang of it, so hoping for better results next time.

I used the colors from the photo inspiration from the challenge:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Go Boldly

Time for another challenge over at Paper Smooches SPARKS!  It's an anything goes week.  I just love the Space Cadets stamp set with coordinating dies from Paper Smooches.  I have two of the Bo Bunny Blast Off! paper pads, stashed away for a few years now, and thought they paired up nicely with the stamps.  So I put a quick card together for my grandson, using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I used a Star Framelits die from Stampin' Up! and also from SU the 1 inch paper punch for the earth stamp.  I tried an assortment of dies and punches for the moon and just couldn't come up with the perfect size, so I fussy cut it. BLAH!  I added some colored Smooch Ink here and there, and of course, had to put some dimension into it with Stampin' Dimensionals.  That's it.  Easy Peasy for today.  Now I'm off to pick up one grandson and meet the rest of the gang at the water park!  

Monday, July 13, 2015

Yo Matey

I had a bunch of these parrots stamped, cut out, and just laying around on my craft table, so I thought I better color them up and get them on a card before they get swallowed up by the mounds of stuff surrounding them.  Of course it took me eons to color and I was pretty pleased with my coloring job.    Since I was making this for a couple of challenges, I wasn't completely satisfied with how the card turned out, so it was back to the drawing board.  Another decade passed while I colored the second parrot.  One of the challenges is a sketch, but I didn't stick with my original design and opted, instead, to make a shaker card.  And talk about luck...I was planning on entering the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge of Anything Goes but missed the deadline.  However, my card just happens to fit the current challenge, so WOO HOO!  
The parrot, sentiment and little jewels are all from the Ahoy Me Hearty stamp set and they were cut out using the coordinating dies from the Ahoy icons dies set

 I used Copics and a set of Stampin' Up! Stampabilities markers (discontinued) for the coloring and also added some Smooch ink and a touch of Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens for some shimmer and sparkle.  Doesn't show up too well in my photos.

The waves are an EK Success border punch, which I embossed with a Cuttlebug tiny bubbles  embossing folder and then added some white chalk.   I used a Paper Studio Anchors embossing folder for the background.  For the sentiment, I used a Stampin' Up! oval punch.
The window was cut with a Nestabilities reverse wonky rectangle die.  I added some sequins, seed beads and micro beads, along with the stamped gems.   The acetate window is Stampin' Up! as are all of the cardstock.  

Also entering the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches and I'm probably squeezing in just under the deadline.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dinosaur Sidekicks

TGIF!  I needed a break from Father's Day projects and since I had out all of my Paper Smooches stuff, I thought I'd check out the Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge.  When I realized that the challenge ends tomorrow, I jumped right in.  I work best under pressure because there's no time to dilly dally.  Otherwise, I could spend hours just trying to figure where to begin.  I literally grabbed the first stamp set in my Paper Smooches bin and just rolled with it.  Originally, I was going to have the dinos peeking through a window, but then thought the bodies were too cute to hide, so I went with the houses.  And how cute are those clouds, complete with a silver lining!  ADORBS!   And the best part of all, I used nothing but scraps.  I was going to use patterned paper on the little prehistoric pals, but then decided stamping a pattern is much more fun.  I have several large Stampin' Up! background stamps that I will never tire of, and the tiny textures are perfect for these smaller die cuts.  I had just enough Stampin' Up! scraps for the clouds and a strip for the background landscaping.  I used Stampin' Up! ink in Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry, to coordinate with the SU Designer Series Paper scraps.  The houses are from a Sizzix stamp & die-cut set called Welcome Home.  

Here's the June Picture Perfect inspiration photo:

Here's all the Paper Smooches products used:
Cuteasaurus photopolymer stamp set
Dinos 1 Wise Dies
Curly Clouds Wise Dies
Super photopolymer stamp set (for the sentiment)
Luminous Spring photopolymer stamp set (for the butterflies)

Stampin' Up! products used:
Word Bubbles Framelits Dies
Birthday Bash Designer Series Paper
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Pearls Basic Jewels
Stampin' Dimensionals
2-Way Glue Pen

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Pre K Graduate

I wanted to make a special card for my grandson, Angelo, who is graduating from Pre-K.  Angelo attends a special needs school and he has had many struggles in his two years at school.  But for every bump along the way, he's made much progress.  So proud of my little buddy!  
My adorable little graduate was done using my Cricut Explore and one of the characters from the Create a Friend cartridge.  I had some lingering Cricut Reward Points that were just sitting in my account, collecting virtual dust, so I figured I'd cash them in before it was too late.  The cartridge was free, along with a free one-year subscription to the Cricut Circle.  Haven't been a member of the Circle for at least 3 years, but it was free, so why not?  
I only used the bottom layer of the body, opting to not use the cut-out face, and instead used a Peachy Keen stamp.  The "Pre-K" is also a PK stamp from a large school set.  The small banner and stamp are a Stampin' Up! punch and stamp.  The splatter stamp is also Stampin' Up!  The green rectangle was cut using a My Creative Time stitched die and the background was embossed with a Paper Studio embossing folder (Hobby Lobby).  The yellow piece is a really cool, textured paper from Sizzix, which I've had for many years.  

I used the sketch from the current challenge at Die Cuttin Divas. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

'staches 'n glasses

Getting some Father's Day cards out of the way.  So easy, peasy with the dies from the What's Growing On?  stamp & die set from My Creative Time.  The rectangle mats are from the Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies & More set, also by MCT.  I find myself going to that set quite often.  Couldn't resist adding those wiggly eyes to one of the cards.  Sentiments are from the Guy Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up!  

Just found the AAA Cards blog while searching for some CAS inspiration, and perfect timing too!  There current challenge (#40) is "For the Guys"

The Paper Girls Challenge #81 is a Father's Day/Masculine theme and they have some very cool ideas for Father's Day cards.  I'll be heading back over to take a closer look.

And over at Mema's Crafts , it's an "anything goes" challenge with optional Graduation or Masculine theme.  I only recently found this challenge blog and I was saddened to read that this will be the last challenge, HOWEVER, she is keeping the blog open... :)

Friday, May 29, 2015


I just love the new stamp and die set You Make Life Sweet from My Creative Time.  I'll be making lots of fun summer projects using this set.  And since I just got my hands on the Bee Happy stamp set and coordinating Stitched Bees & Beehive dies, I thought I'd break those in as well and pile it all onto one card.  I needed a little jump-start to get going, so I searched for some card sketch challenges and made a "beeline" (haha, get it?) for the one over at Freshly Made Sketches.  The sun is from a Sizzix stamp and die set.  I used a Nestabilities to cut out the pink sparkly craft foam.  Colored the bees a bit with Copics and added Ice Stickles to the wings.   I thought I used Glossy Accents on the cherry, but must have grabbed the wrong bottle and used Crackle Accents instead.  


Cute Card Thursday ~ Too Cute
4 Crafty Chicks ~ Summer
Crafty Gals Corner ~ Critters
Simply Papercraft ~ Anything Goes

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mother's Day Butterfly Card

I just love the lacy look of this butterfly. To start off, I cut a rectangle big enough to fit behind the butterfly shaped opening in the card front, from which I die cut the intricate butterly.  Then I used a background stamp from the Stampin' Up Butterfly Basics photopolymer set, using Versamark ink pad and Sparkling Embossing Powder by Recollections.   After heat embossing,  I gave it a few minute to cool and cure and then, for the first card I used Stampin' Blendabilities (discontinued) in Cherry Cobbler and starting at the bottom of the butterfly I used the darkest shade.  Then up to the middle of butterly the medium shade and finally at top the light shade.  Was going for an ombre effect but didn't quite capture it.  The markers were fun and easy to work with and blending from one shade into the next was a piece of cake.  On the other card, I stamped and heat embossed exactly the same way but this time I used a Stampin Ink Pad and an ink dauber to sponge on color.  I just applied it more heavily at the bottom and as I worked my way up, used less pressure and less ink.  I think the iridescence of the embossing power on the second one shows up better and I'm guessing the different inks do give two different results.
The effects of the heat embossing are much prettier in real life.   Then I glued only the body of the butterfly in place to allow the wings to flutter about.  the subtle leafy stem is from the Summer Silhouettes photopolymer set.  I used Pear Pizzazz to stamp it, but first stamped on a piece of scrap paper to get a lighter shade.  Then added two  itty bitty flowers from the same set with a bit o' bling in the center.  Matted it all with Cherry Cobbler card stock. 

 Stampin' Up! Jewel Basics Pearls
 Stampin' Up! Jewel Basics Pearl

The sentiment is from a stamp set I picked up at Michaels or Joanns several years ago.  
 Thanks for stopping by, and to all of you wonderful Moms out there....Have a very special day, filled with family, fun and make lots of memories!

Products I used:
Butterfly Thinlits Dies
Butterfly Basics Stamp Set
(butterfly dies & stamps are available as a bundle w/a discount)
Summer Silhouettes stamp set

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all have a beautiful and memorable Mother's Day!

I am entering the following challenges:
Just Us Girls ~ Embossing (I used wet/heat embossing)
Crafty Calendar ~ Things with Wings
Frosted Designs ~ All About Mom
Kitty Bee Designs - Aloha Friday Challenge ~ In the Garden
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge ~ Anything Goes; add flowers

  1. Craft for the Craic ~ Wings