Friday, February 10, 2017

Inlaid Heart Valentine

This is a Valentine for our precious 16 year old grandniece.  I CASEd a Jennifer McGuire card (see here).  Since our niece loves pink, my color combo is the same as Jennifer's. This was so easy to make and such fun. I can even see making an anniversary card for my husband using "manly" colors. Here's my card:

If you watch Jennifer's video, you'll know that I have leftover hearts which can make another card.  I cut multiples of the words and glued them together to give depth.  It's hard to see, but they are coated with black WOS, so they sparkle nicely. The tiny sequins finished it off.

By the way, I'm now using my IPhone to take pictures of my cards. The photos are much clearer in my opinion, although I need to get the process down better. Thank you, Brenda, so much for your help. I will probably check with you again for more help. And thank you, Darnell, for your tips, too.  Blog friends are the best!!

Card Base:  Recollections 110 lb
Cardstock:  My stash
Dies:  Darice (Heart); Little Yellow Bicycle (Love); Paper Smooches Kudos (you)
Sequins:  My stash
Accessories:  Black Wink of Stella, Sequins (my stash)

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #294 - Valentines

I'm very excited to let you know that I am now a member of the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog Design Team. FCCB is a fun place. You have to have at least one Cricut cut image on your project.  I'm pleased that I will be using my Cricut Expression more now.  I don't have a lot of carts, but I intend to fully use what I have.  Be sure to pay the blog a visit, and if you have a Cricut of any type, join in the fun!  Here's my Valentine card:

I think this CAS card has a nice masculine look to it.  I'm not sure which man in my life will receive this one, my husband, son #1, son #2 or my grandson.  But no matter who gets this one, I have more to make - LOL!

Cricut Cartridge:  Close to My Heart Artbooking
Card Base:  Recollections
Designer Paper & Rhinestone:  My stash

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Bubble Wrap Background

Friends, I am barely under the wire trying to make Darnell's NBUS Challenge #10 using the bubble wrap option. I made my background last night, but it didn't turn out so well.  I think I put two much reinker on the bubble wrap (small bubbles).  And I really didn't use a good color combo either.  I smooshed it on five different photo papers, the only glossy paper that I had.  The first two were just awful - a dark mess that I might be able to use at Halloween.  Of the other three, two were passable and one marginal.  But none were dry this morning.  At different times during the day, I used my heat gun and paper towels and dry and/or blot the paper I disliked the least.  Finally, it was dry and I started my card.  Here it is:

My NBUS is the stamp, it's Close to My Heart, and I've probably had it for five years or more. It's embossed on white card stock.  I dusted some light brown chalk around the truck before cutting it with a stitched die.  I cut the bubble wrap pane with a stitched die also and mounted all to the card base.  This will go to man, and I will add a sentiment later.

Card stock:  Recollections
Stamp:  Close to My Heart Maximum Power (retired)
Ink:  Versamark
Embossing Powder:  Recollections Clear Bark
Dies:  Fawn Lawn
Reinkers:  Close to My Heart (unsure which colors I used)

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613 Avenue Create Challenge #194 - Getting Sentimental

Hello, my friends!  Welcome to our February Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  We have the option to use the color blue and make the sentiment the focal point. You'll want to see the DT projects.  They are great.  Here's my card:

I made my own background paper by using a sponge dauber to put the distress ink circles on white card stock. Then I blended the same distress ink all over the panel. I added baker's twine and a banner made from Washi tape. The sentiment was die cut from a paint chip. This is a clean and simple card for my grandson - big surprise there!

Card stock:  Recollections
Ink: Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink
Die:  Kudos by Paper Smooches
Washi Tape:  My stash

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Juke Box Birthday

This is the card I made for my husband's birthday. I had fun making it, although I had a few problems. I'll talk about that more later. He's an old school guy, so I made him an old school card. Notice that the card is sitting on a RECORD!!

I've had this Sizzix die for about a year and a half, so it's definitely NBUS. The sentiment was constructed from two NBUS stamp sets.

I made the white and black background paper by embossing white card stock with a dotted embossing folder. Then I attempted to use a brayer to put black ink on the raised dots. I tried 3 times. I never could get the ink to just cover the dots without covering the flat area of the paper. I decided to go with it, cutting down the paper and distressing the edges. I added some red stripes along the right side.

I always take pictures with a digital camera. But I decided to try my IPhone 5s (not planning to upgrade-LOL!) because I've seen on blogs that some folks use IPhone pictures. I loved the picture my IPhone took, but when I tried to upload it to my blog after editing it, the picture was sideways, even though it was straight in my picture folder.  (I had rotated the picture in the photo editing.)  I tried 4 times and never could get it straight. So I gave up and used a picture from my digital camera. I will have to investigate to find a solution to my problem with the IPhone picture...

Card stock:  Recollections
Stamps:  Stamploration Celebrate Sentiment Builders; Neat & Tangled For the Record
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Die:  Sizzix Juke Box & Music
Embossing Folder:  Sizzix Dots (I think that's the name)

Darnell's NBUS #10 (I did not use the option) (Playing for Zig Brush Pens)
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another Try at Hidden Word

I said I would try again, and I did...Here's my latest attempt at the hidden word technique. I saw so many great examples on Darnell's blog and on the internet that really inspired me to give it another go. This time I'm really pleased.

One thing that I would have done differently if I dared would have been to add some splatter.  I was really afraid that if I tried, I would mess up the image. As it was, this is my second rendition of this card. I inadvertently used some inky Post-It tape to hold down my die. When I removed the tape, there were several smudges on the panel - smudges that I couldn't hide. So I had to re-stamp another panel.

Anyhoo, I'm glad I persevered. It felt really good to finish this card. I only wish my photography and computer skills were better. I actually cropped the picture so the candle it's sitting on didn't show.  I did it twice, but even though I "saved" it, only the original picture showed up in my card folder.  So I gave up. Do you feel my pain????

Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb.
Stamp:  Heartfelt Creations Script Aster Background
Ink:  Hero Arts Tide Pool Shadow Ink
Die:  Kudos by Paper Smooches
Hearts:  Theresa Collins

Darnell's NBUS #9 - Option Hidden Word (NUBUS= Stamp, Die, Ink)
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hidden Word ... Not

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Encouraged by Darnell at her blog, I decided to try the hidden word technique on this card.  That's what I started out to do, but it didn't work out. First, I'll show you my card, then I'll explain a bit more, although it's obvious from the picture that the word is not hidden.

After stamping the background using my MISTI, I die cut the upper portion. I also cut "believe" out of plain white card stock 3 times so I could layer it with the stamped portion on top. However, once I placed the stamped portion on top and inlaid it into the card, "believe" did not show up at all. It was too well hidden for my tastes so I decided to use only the plain card stock. That was too white, so I colored it with a Spectrum Noir marker and inlaid it. I also used my SN marker to edge the panel before layering in on the grey panel and, ultimately, the card base.  I thought it needed a wee bit of color, so I used a small heart punch and voila!

Card Base:  Create and Craft Hammered Card Stock
Other Papers:  Recollections
Stamp:  RubberNecker Music Background
Die:  Little Yellow Bicycle
Ink:  VersaFine Black Onyx
Marker:  Spectrum Noir IG5

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Brown Sugar Challenge #234 - Anything Goes
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