Friday, March 16, 2018

Blossoms and Twofer Challenge

Hi, there!  I've here with my entry into the fabulous Twofer Card Challenge.  The theme is Blossoms this month.  I tried to stretch my stamps by using a simple tulip image on one card and turning the tulip into an umbrella (think back to those bubble umbrellas years ago) for the second card.  Now for some, this wouldn't have been much of a stretch, but I assure you that it was for me - LOL!

Here are my card details:

For this card, I used a stencil to create the rain drops.  The clouds are snippets left over from another Cricut project.  I stamped the tulip in orange and colored the middle yellow.  I stamped the stem and leaves (the two parts of the flower are separate) in brown and then cut the handle from that image.  

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Inks:  VersaMagic Persimmon & Sea Breeze; Close to My Heart Chocolate
Spectrum Noir Marker:  CT1
Stamps:  Close to My Heart, retired

Here's my second card.  I categorize it as an Encouragement card (edited) :

Card Stock:  Recollections 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Ink:  Close to My Heart Sweet Leaf & Topiary; VersaMagic  Purple Hydrangea
Die:  Tim Holtz
Stamps:  Close to My Heart (retired)

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Monday, March 5, 2018

613 Avenue Create #207-Anything Goes-Optional Twist: Reuse/Upcycle

We have a fun twist at 613 Avenue Create this month - to Reuse/Upcycle something. It's always fun to re-purpose an item or two.  I used a paper napkin from an event I attended to create a card front. (I tend to save pretty napkins. I have them in a drawer.) I've made cards with napkins in the past using a glue stick to glue down the napkin to card stock. My friends showed me how to use plastic wrap and an iron to adhere the napkin, but I never got around to actually doing that.  Finally, a few months ago, a friend showed me how to use spray adhesive. So when this challenge came along, that's what I did.

 Here's the card I made:

It's hard to tell in the picture, but the biggest flower is popped up along with a small purple flower below it.  I glued down two panels of the napkin, and fussy cut two flowers from the second panel to pop up for a bit of dimension. I cut down the first panel, distressed the edges with ink, and adhered it to a card base onto which I had stamped a design, making my own DP.  I die cut a sentiment, distressed that with ink, and added it.  Done!

Here's the napkin I used (folded in half):

I must say that using the spray adhesive was a lot easier than the glue stick method. My friend said it's even easier than the heated plastic wrap method. Of course, you just need to spray in a box and have lots of ventilation.  If I can do it, believe me, it's easy. And fun. It's a nice way to remember a special event or party. You can even send your host/hostess a thank you using a napkin from the event. People really get a kick out of that, believe me.

Card stock:  Michael's 60 lb. and 110 lb.
Inks:  Close to My Heart Chocolate, Sweet Leaf and Topiary
Stamps:  Close to My Heart, retired
Die:  Anna Griffin

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hearts, But Not Valentines

I'm cutting it close to the wire in entering this month's Twofer Card Challenge. It closes in just a few hours. We are to use hearts.  I'm really liking this challenge.  It causes me to think about getting more from my stamps.  I love seeing the DT's projects, not to mention the challenge entries.  There's tons of great ideas there.  You should definitely check out the challenge if you haven't already.

The heart stamp for both cards is Neat & Tangled Falling Hearts.  All card stock is Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb.

The first card has a galaxy background - or at least my attempt at a galaxy background. I sponged Distress Inks (Black Soot, Dusty Concord, Chipped Sapphire and Salty Ocean) to create the background, then stamped the larger hearts only in Versamark Ink 3 times, filling out the width of the panel.  Then I used white embossing powder and heat embossed the hearts.  I added small white dots with a white Jelly Roll Pen, sprayed the background with both water and Tattered Angel's Pearl Glimmer Mist, and embossed the sentiment in white on black paper (Altenew's Label Love). Then I put the panel atop a black card base.  The glimmer mist is really pretty in real life, but doesn't show up so much in the picture.  I really like the sentiment with the sky full of hearts.

For the second card, I stamped the hearts with Kaleidacolor Pastel Ink. I think they are so pretty.  I cut the panel with a stitched die.  This panel is dusted with pink chalk. I cut a larger panel with a stitched die from pink card stock, making a splashed background using Picked Raspberry Distress Ink.  I stamped the sentiment (Stampers Anonymous Just Sayings), trimmed it and glued it down to a white card base. Finally, I added some Spectrum Noir Clear  Sparkle Pen to the hearts.

I'm entering the following challenges:

Twofer Card Challenge - February - Hearts
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make Your Own Background
Crafting with Friends #61 - Anything Goes


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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #320 - Sympathy

Our newest challenge at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is to create a sympathy card.  Most of us find these cards difficult to make. It's something we need to do at times, however.  In the past, I have never made sympathy cards in advance.  But lately, I've reconsidered my feelings and decided that I will make a few in advance of need.  This challenge got me started.

I used the Bloom Cartridge to cut the images out of white card stock.  The bird cage is colored with Spectrum Noir Markers as is the butterfly.  I stamped the sentiment using Distress Ink. I cut the card front layer using a Fawn Lawn die and dusted it with light green chalk before adhering the elements and stamping the sentiment.

Card stock:   Recollections 110 lb.
Spectrum Noir Markers:  LG 1, 2, 3; HB 2, 3
Die:  Fawn Lawn Stitched Rectangles
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart (retired)

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Last Valentine

It's the day before Valentine's Day. I hope everyone has made their cards and mailed them. Mine went out last week.  This one was made for our grandniece.  Hopefully, she'll receive it on time and will like it.

I colored this image for Kathy R's 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker.  I actually colored all 30 days, but I will say I mostly colored small images.  I've kinda grown to like coloring, but it's still not easy for me.  So I tend to work with small and simple images. But at least I am no longer embarrassed by my coloring. I know the basics of shading and blending, and as long as I keep it simple, I do okay.  But please believe me - I've come a long way - LOL!!


Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb.
Spectrum Noir Markers:  DR3, 4, 5; CT1, 2; LG3; TB4; OR1, 2; PP1, 2; IG 2. 3
Digital Stamp:  Little Scraps of Heaven Heart Gumball (freebie)
Sentiment:  Close to My Heart (retired)
Background Stamp:  Concord and 9th Polka Dot Turnabout (used once)
Inks:  Memento Lady Bug and Tuxedo Black
Accessories:  Clear Wink of Stella and pop up tape

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

More Manly Valentines

Since Valentine's Day in less than a week away, I realized I should post the other manly valentines I made.  I was inspired by a card on Pinterest.  I really love how these turned out.  That background stamp is totally awesome.

Card Stock:  Recollections 110 lb. and 60 lb.
Background Stamp:  Stampin' Up Hardwood
Sentiment:  Altenew Label Love
Heart Dies:  Darice
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - It Must be Love
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Masculine Get Well

Today I'm sharing a get well card for my best friend's husband who's also a dear friend to both me and my hubby.  Hopefully, by the time he receives the card, he will be back feeling well.  We just wanted to let him know we are thinking of him and praying for his health.

I have a lot of tea cup stamps, but not one mug stamp.  So I made this CAS card using my Cricut to create the mug.  I was so glad I found the image in my cartridges since I felt a mug would be more suitable for the masculine look I wanted. I sponged the Distress Ink background, adhered the mug and steam (love the steam!), and stamped the sentiment.  Bam!  It was done.

Cricut Cartridge:  Everyday Pop Up Cards
Card stock:  Recollections 110 lb.
Designer Paper:  My stash
Inks:  Distress Ink - Antique Linen; Memento Rich Cocoa
Sentiment:  Papertrey Ink Tea for Two (probably retired)

Always Fun Challenges #44 - Anything Goes
Crafter's Castle #2 - Anything Goes Option Favorite Distress Ink Technique (sponging background)
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