Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Thoughts and Prayers meets Work of Art Sympathy Card

Yes, another sympathy card.  I got a call yesterday from the neighbor that our neighbor had died unexpectedly.  It's so sad.  He was such a fun and funny guy.  He was always happy. In the 28 years that I've known him I have never seen him angry or even sad.  He's always been such an upbeat person. We had a running joke between the two of us.  We'd SO often see each other at the grocery store and we'd say stuff like, "you need to let me know when you're going so you can pick up my groceries.  I'll give you a list next time!"  I'm going to miss seeing him at the grocery store and out in his yard.  

So today I made this card using the "Thoughts & Prayers" and "Work of Art" sets.   I used black Memento ink for the tree and words.  I used Old Olive for the grass area and Soft Sky for the sky.  I did the Old Olive first.  Then I inked up my stamp with Soft Sky and stamped off twice.  I then stamped next to the Old Olive.  Then I inked it up again and stamped off once and stamped it next to the lighter Soft Sky.  Then I inked up the stamp one more time and stamped it directly on the card stock.  It was a simple and quick card to make yet very subtle with a sincere look to it.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Love and Sympathy Sympathy Card

I found out today that my aunt died.  She'd been battling Alzheimer's and a few weeks ago she fell and broke her pelvic bone.  From there she just went downhill.  She lived a very long and full life (well until the end when the quality just wasn't there). But before that she had a wonderful life. I remember hearing stories of her and her husband rollerskating a lot and they were even asked to join the Roller Derby!  I could never see her doing that.  She's such a short and tiny person.  Plus she didn't like violence.  She lived across country from us so we didn't see her very often.  But none the less, it is still sad that she is gone.

So I went down to my workroom and made this card to send to my cousin. 

I used the "Love & Sympathy" set to make this card.  I also used Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive ink.  I colored directly on the rubber with the markers, huffed on the image and stamped it.  

I kept it simple because that was the way my aunt was.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bootiful Occasions Halloween

I didn't buy any Halloween stamps, paper, or even glitz and glam for the season.  It just wasn't in my budget this year.  I looked in the catalog and saw that "Bootiful Occasions" had not retired so I could use the witch boot image for my Halloween card.  I had some Washi tape leftover from last Halloween so I thought I would use some of that too.  You can always use some decorative paper in the spot I used the Washi tape.  You can even cut that paper in strips and make it look like tape too!

The words are from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set.  It's one of my "go to" sets when looking for words.  It has almost all the words you need!

This was a super simple and fun card to make.  I colored in the circles on the boot with Wisteria Wonder and I used Pumpkin Pie for my orange.  I used Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder card stock.

I masked off the words on the bottom of the boot before I stamped it on the card stock.  I punched the boot out using the 2" circle punch.  I sponged the edges when I was done coloring it in.  And that was it!  So quick and so simple.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Bloom With Hope Birthday

Okay, so I not only used the same stamp set as yesterday I also decided to do another multi-layer card.  

Today I used Calypso Coral for my color.  I colored in the flowers using the Calypso Coral marker and a blender pen.  The leaves and stem were colored in using the Old Olive marker. 

I also used the Calypso Coral decorative paper from the 12 x 12 paper stack.  I don't use those packs enough and I should.  I still have a lot of paper left by the time the colors expire.  I'm not all that thrilled with the second layer print. It's kind of hard on the eyes.  That is why I chose it for that layer, I was able to cover up a lot of it.  

And another thing different about my card and they way I make cards.  I don't think I have ever centered the greeting as much as I have done here.  It's usually off to one side or the other, but mostly on the bottom left.  But here's it's almost dead center. I like it but it's not how I usually add my wording!

This was a very fun card to make and I was glad I had time to play with all those layers.  The flower layer was set in place using Dimensionals.  The words were too but the Dimensionals were only added to the left side of the scalloped circle and tape was added to the right so it would lay flat on the card.

I do thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Bloom With Hope General Card

This card can be used for quite a number of occasions.  I didn't move the panels over far enough or up far enough to make room for some wording.  Though I think I may be able to fit a Modern Label punched piece on the left side of the flowers and using the Word Window punch and the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" set to create some words for the card.  But for now I'll leave it plain and not commit to any one occasion.  I'll wait until one arises and go from there!

I did have fun making this card.  It's been a little while since I've made a card with a lot of layers.  I use to LOVE to do cards with lots of layers.  Okay, I still do love to make them, I just don't make as many because of the time involved.  Though as I was making this card, I didn't think it took all that much longer to make.  Maybe 5 or so more minutes.  Not a big deal.

I used the Lullaby decorative paper on the 2 panels behind the flowers.  I LOVE that paper too, it's so soft and sweet looking.  

I colored the flowers in using the Coastal Cabana marker and a blender pen.  The stems are colored in using Baked Brown Sugar.  I sponged all the edges of the pieces.  I thought it would soften the card even more, and it did!  I like it.   

I did enjoy making this card and I may do a few more multi-layer cards.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, October 18, 2014

3-D Star Technique

This is fun and easy technique to play with.  You cut your card stock using the Stars Framelits.  Next you score straight lines from the tip of the star to the center.  Then you score the "elbow" or "crotch" part of the star.  It's located between each star tip.  You score that to the center too.  Then you fold the tip scored lines up (hills) and the "elbow" lines you will fold down (valleys).  Then you adhere the star with Dimensionals.

I didn't make this cute candy box, Terri did.  I wasn't able to attend her technique night because I was teaching a beading class.  I don't usually schedule my Tuesday's for teaching, but it happened.  So I missed out on creating this fun treat box.  I do not know if these boxes are available in the catalog of if they were created on Technique night.  But I suppose you could create any box you like and adorn it with these fun stars!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, October 17, 2014

Work of Art Military Flag Card - Masculine Card

This card was a bit more difficult to make than I thought it would be.  Or maybe I just made it more difficult.  That could happen!!!

My girlfriend's son is at boot camp and I thought I would send him a card.  An American flag is a perfect themed card to send to someone in the military.  I tried to make this flag several times.  The first time I stamped the blue field first and worked around it.  NOT a good idea.  My stripes when way over the top edge by the time I got up there from stamping the 3rd row.  So I thought I would try it again.  The same way.  The same results.  What was I thinking???  Then I tried the first and second row of red but forgot to mask off the area for the blue.  UGH!  So I had to start over.  I (once again) repeated that mistake!!!  Now by this time I'm getting frustrated.  SO I decide to do the flag pole first.  Now where that thought came from I have no idea and it resulted in a failure.  SO I got out one final piece of Whisper White card stock and inked up the red waves.  I stamped them where I thought they should go and was ok with that.  Now I knew I needed to block off for the blue area but I needed to move that block up.  I masked the area off where I thought it should be and I stamped the next row of red.  I could have stamped the image a bit closer to the last one but I got it where it needed to be so it was close enough.  I stamped the third row and removed the mask!!  YAY!!!  I was on my way.  I stamped the Pacific Point blue part of the flag!!  We're on our way now!!  Then I needed to do the flag pole.  I got out the Hello Honey ink and I was going to stamp the pole and I thought I should practice on one of my ruined pieces to see how to line it up nicely.  In doing that I didn't move my good image over far enough and I got the Hello Honey ink on the bottom right corner.  UGH!!!  I REALLY didn't want to do this all over again so I thought I would hide it with a tiny star.  Well, one star wasn't enough to cover the area.  I wasn't surprised!!!  I also got a Hello Honey smudge between those 3 bottom stars and the bottom of the flag.  See it, right there in between those???  But wait, there's one more.  Up at the top of the flag, there's a red smudge!!!  What the heck????  I am not usually a messy stamper.  I thought about adding more stars to hide those smudges but in setting them on the spots they looked out of place.  So I decided to just leave it the way it is.  I apologize to Aly at Aly Stamps for ruining her wonderful card.  I am sorry, there is not a direct link to this card on her site.  I found this card on Pinterest and whoever pinned it did not add a direct link, only a link to Aly's blog.  

So if you're going to make this card, please keep your work space free of stuff, especially the good piece you're working on.  Oh and keep your fingers free of ink!!!  Handy tips, huh?  LOL

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A By the Tide Masculine Birthday

I found this fun card at Stamp and Scrap with Frenchie.  And no, I have not been camping out at her blog!  Though she does have a lot of wonderful posts there!!!

I love making masculine cards.  I just never seem to find or create enough of them.  And when I do find one that I REALLY like I just HAVE to make it!!!

I love how Frenchie used the Lullaby decorative paper for the water bubbles in the background of the fish.  And yes, I did have to fussy cut the fish.  I HATE cutting things out by hand.  Now that tells you how much I liked this card and wanted to recreate it. I did not want to make it a thinking of you card like Frenchie did so I opted to make a birthday card.  I used the Wetlands set for the words and the By the Tide set for the images.  

I colored the fish in using a blender pen and ink pads.  I just kept adding fun colors until I thought it was colorful enough.  I think it turned out well.  The fish was set in place using Dimensionals.

When I cut the bottom wave, I just cut both the card stock and the decorative paper at the same time and then I trimmed the tops of both to fit.  I find it easier that way than cutting one and trying to get the exact same curve so they fit together.  The first time I did it was because I was being lazy!!  LOL  Now I do it because it works!!!  Go figure!!!

You can go on over to Frenchie's blog and see how she made hers.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Elf Kisses Fry Box Version Weekend Project

I had to laugh when I was making this elf fry box.  In my post yesterday I said that I didn't put Frankie's bolts on because they stick out and would bend or get caught on stuff.  Well, here I am today gluing on ears that are sticking out.  But they are folded so they will bend back and not get too ruined.  And I also laughed when I was working on the ears. I got out the bird punch and was going to use the wings for ears.  Talk about teeny tiny ears!!!  I ended up punching a 1-1/4" circle for each ear and then winging it (no pun intended).  I just kind of followed the bird wing a bit and then traced what I did onto the other circle so they were similar.  I scored the edge about 1/4" into the ear so I could bend it and glue it in place.

I used Pink Pirouette card stock for the fry box.  I used a 1" circle punch for the eyes and the pompom on the hat.  The nose is punched from a 1-1/4" circle of Pink Pirouette.  I sponged the nose, ears and around the "face" of the fry box using Pink Pirouette ink.  Oh and I sponged the 2" circle that contains the elf kisses words.

Since I didn't have any Christmas candy (yet) I didn't fill the fry box.  I would wrap up the candy in plastic and tie it together with the circle of elf kisses wording.  The only thing I wish I would have done was to center the words instead of having them all on the left side of the circle.  I think it would have looked much nicer.  I can always change it, after all, there's no Christmas candy in the stores around my home!  I have time!

I think he's silly looking and when I look at his face I just smile!!!  It's elfish!!! LOL  Have fun making these!

The words in the circle are as follows:

With Little elf eyes watching you,
There's not a lot that
Santa misses,
So to help you be good today,
Here's a bunch of sweet
Elf kisses.
Author Kimberly Elliott

Kimberly posted to the very first Elf Kisses gift I made back in 2012.  I have added her name to the poem since it was her that wrote it. I always believe in giving credit where credit is due.  Thank you Kimberly for posting to my blog and letting me know that it's your wonderful poem going around the internet!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Frankenstein Fry Box Candy Holder Weekend Project

After seeing a cute Frankenstein fry box on "Stamp & Scrap with Frenchie" I thought I would try one.  I did not invest in the Stampin' Up! fry box die because I already had one.  I just couldn't justify spending the money on another one.  I have not used mine in while.  Another reason not to buy another one!!  Mine is shaped a little bit different than the Stampin' Up! one but you can make it work.  

I used Old Olive card stock to make the fry box.  I used a 1" circle punch for the eyeball and a 1/2" circle punch for the center.  I took the Real Red marker and drew in the bloodshot lines.  I then added the black centers.  The eyelid is a 1" circle punched from Old Olive and cut in half.  I sponged the edges of the Old Olive on the eyes after I assembled them.  

The nose is a 1-1/4" circle of Old Olive and I sponged the edges before assembling the face.  Glue down the nose first, then the eyes.  That way you can tell where to put the mouth and the scar.  I did not add the bolts sticking out. They would just get bent or hung up on something.  I added a 1/2" silver circle to each side of the box.  

Fill it with candy and give it to your favorite someone!!! I'm not sure who I am going to give this one too. 

These are very easy and fun to make.  I would say, from start to finish, that I had this complete in under 20 minutes!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Craft Fair

I am getting ready for the yearly craft fair and I thought I would show you one of the items I will be selling.  I have a lot of projects going on and I'm trying to finish up at least one each night.  Tonight I was able to finish the "believe" necklaces.  I probably should have had some Christmas type background card for them but I didn't.  I may have to look into that for next year.

These are such fun necklaces.  Behind the Santa hat is stamped a snowflake. I should have slid the hat over so you could see it.  I thought the center of the piece needed something.  If the hat should swing or move off to one side I thought it would be fun to see something there instead of a blank area.  I used Swarovski crystals in red, green, and clear.  And I used a 20" Sterling silver-filled (not plated) neck chain.

I hope these will be a good seller!!  I did have a lot of fun making them and I can always use them as gifts too!

Thank you for visiting today.  The stamping project will follow.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Lovely as a Tree General Card

Okay, I confess.  A couple of days ago I used the large single tree from the "Lovely as a Tree" set and I did not put the set away.  I was glad I hadn't because I was thinking of Christmas cards and I thought it might be fun to make a winter solstice card.  I know, here in Minnesota it's very unlikely to have green grass in the winter!!!  I wasn't thinking when I was picking out the colors.  The grass is green and the sky is blue! I learned that as a kid!! LOL  I used Coastal Cabana for the sky.  I think Soft Sky may have been the way to go to give that look of winter.  And I would probably not do anything on the ground.  Or maybe some ultra fine white sparkly glitter!  I'm not a big fan of glitter but I will use it if I think it will greatly improve the look of the card of give the illusion I'm trying to go for! 

After making this card I think I may pass on using this set for our Christmas card.  I like how this card turned out but I don't think I want to make it our Christmas card.

This is a super easy and very fun card to make!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A Summer Silhouettes Birthday

Once again, this is not what I had imagined it would be!  UGH!  I promise you that tomorrow's post will be SO much better!  

I was going for simple but this is just too simple.  I think I should have used an embossing folder on the background and it would have improved the card vastly.  Oh well, it is what it is.  So if you're looking to make a super quick card that's a bit on the ugly side, this is the card for you!!! LOL

I used the "Summer Silhouettes" set to make this card.  The card stock I used is Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, and Very Vanilla, though the photo looks pretty white, I assure you that it is vanilla.

The ink I used is Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.

There's not much more to say about this card (other than YUCK!)

Thank you for putting up with my card today!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Lovely as a Tree Masculine Card

I just got in from watching the space station fly over my home.  It was like watching an airplane go by.  Nothing to write home about but yet it was kind of cool knowing that it was the space station and not an airplane!  I'm just glad I wasn't woken up in the wee hours of the morning to go see it!!  I bet someone else was glad they didn't have to wake me up in the wee hours to see the airplane like light go by!!! LOL

Okay, onto this card! This "Lovely as a Tree" was much lovelier in my head than how it turned out on paper!!!  I used Marina Mist for the base of my card and then a piece of Soft Suede for a layer.  I stamped the tree using Soft Suede ink and Very Vanilla card stock.  I did use a little Soft Suede ink on my blender pen and softened the tree up a bit.  Why I don't know. I think that is what ruined the look of the tree.

I did use the piercing tool and the guide to make the holes on the two corners.  It's nice now and then to dig out some of the stuff you own and use it!!! LOL

I used the circle scallop punch and the 1-3/8" circle punch.  The words are from my computer.  I do not know what the font is or what size the font is.  I printed them a while ago.  I just typed up the words and printed them out on scrap copier paper and I hold the negative piece of card stock from the 1-1/4" and 1-3/8"" circle punch over the words and see if they fit or if they need any adjusting.  Once I get the words to fit, I copy and past them on my screen in 4 columns and then I print it out on white and vanilla card stock.  I save the page to a file of other events and holidays so anytime I need some words quick I have them. on hand.  I do sell these in my web store.  You can print out as many copies as you like, they are in a PDF file.  There are 10 different greetings (10 sheets of different greetings).  All you do is print, the measuring is done for you.  I like to have them on hand to put together quick cards or when I'm making a bunch of cards.  They come in handy. 

I do thank you for stopping by today, and for bearing with me on this not so interesting or exciting card!!! LOL