Saturday, December 23, 2017

Plaid Christmas Card

Christmas is in two days!  I managed to get all my Christmas cards done.  I usually don't follow trends in terms of new stamps, but something about all the plaids I'm seeing really made me want a plaid stamp.  I am so glad I purchased it.  I can see myself using it a lot.  Here's my card:

It's hard to tell in the picture, but the tree is spritzed with a shimmer mist.  It looks really pretty in real life. I embossed the background, mounted the embossed panel on a white card base, and added a die cut star and sentiment. 

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Stamp: Concord & 9th Plaid Background
Embossing Folder:  Tim Holtz Alterations Snowflakes
Bling:  Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Confetti Mix
Star and Sentiment:  Snippets from other projects (in my stash of die cuts)
Shimmer Mist:  Tattered Lace Pearl

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #316 - Christmas

Welcome to the Christmas theme at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog!  I used a cartridge that I have literally had for years without ever having made a card.  It's especially fun because you can cut card bases and envelopes in addition to holiday images.  I really should have used this cartridge a long time ago.  Do you have any unused cartridges?  If so, don't delay - use them!

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Designer Paper:  My stash
Cartridge:  Winter Collections Christmas Cards

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Monday, December 4, 2017

613 Avenue Create #204-Anything Goes-ATG-Option Christmas/Winter

Hello! So, December is here which means winter and Christmas. At 613 Avenue Create this month, in addition to Anything Goes, we'd like to see some Christmas and Winter projects. I made this card using a very, very old stamp set from Close to My Heart.  As you can see, the images are solid.  I had no success in stamping this set in the past.  It was just too hard for me to get it to stamp clearly. So this beautiful set was unused in my collection for literally years.  But now I have a MISTI so I thought I'd give it a try.  I am so happy with the result. Cards like this are not new, but it's the first time I've been able to make one.  Yay for my MISTI!

This is the card we're sending out this year, so I made it in bulk. I don't have that many to make, only about 25, so I don't get bored with the design. I do make some other Christmas cards here and there during the year, but I concentrate on a single card design when I really get down to making holiday cards for family and friends. It makes my life much easier to do it this way.  Do you make one design or many for Christmas?

Card Stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Designer Paper:  My stash
Stamps:  Close to My Heart (retired) and Hero Arts (sentiment-retired)
Die:  Anna Griffin
Accessories:  Bling (my stash) and Black Wink of Stella

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #314 -Thanks/Thanksgiving

Hello, my crafty friends!  November is almost half over and Thanksgiving is almost here. Our challenge this time at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog is to create a project having thanks and/or Thanksgiving as the theme.  We invite you to show us what you can do with this theme. Here's my card:

I love the flair this turkey has - it's kind of grand, don't you think?  I smooshed my Distress Ink pad on my craft mat and spritzed it with water.  Then I "scribbled" the ink onto water color paper to create the background.  (It looks more pink in this picture, but it's persimmon.)  I dried the panel using my heat gun. I used my Cricut to cut the turkey and the layer, coating the turkey with some clear WOS. The die cut sentiment is from a friend.  Finally, I added a bit of bling.

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Here are the details for my card:

Cricut Cartridge:  Celebrate with Flourish
Ink:  Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink
Sentiment:  Unknown dies
Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Canson Water Color Paper
Sequins:  My stash

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Monday, November 6, 2017

613 Avenue Create #203 Anything Goes-Option 3D Card

Hello, crafty friends!  Our challenge at 613 Avenue Create this month has the option to create a 3D card. I actually used my Cricut to make a french fry box as packaging for a gift for a card making friend. I added some bling and a sentiment cut out from some DP in my stash. Cute, don't you think? And it was quick and easy to make.

Cricut cartridge:  Close to my Heart Art Philosophy
Card stock, DP and bling:  My stash
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

It's Halloween and we're getting ready for the neighborhood trick or treat traffic.  I almost forgot to post this card I made weeks ago for our grandniece.  She has a black cat named Smokey so I knew this would be perfect for her.  For some unknown reason, I forgot to take a picture of this card before I mailed it.  So I asked my niece to send me a picture.  And here it is:

I blended distress inks onto white card stock and then cut out a panel using a stitched die.  I inked up the panel with Versamark and heat embossed it so it shines, which is hard to tell in the picture. I cut the pumpkin using an image from my SNC2.  The cat is from some Stampin' Up paper (sorry, I don't know the name). I stamped and hand cut the sentiment.

Cardstock:  Recollections 110 lb, my stash, and Stampin' Up
Die Cut Pumpkin:  Scan and Cut 2 image
Inks:  Dusty Concord, Chiped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn & Ripe Persimmon Distress Inks; Versamark; Memento Black
Sentiment:  Hampton Art
Die:  Fawn Lawn Stitched Rectangles

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog #312 - Halloween

We're halfway through October so Halloween will soon be here. For our new challenge at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog we'd like to see some Halloween creations.

When our sons were little, we always took them out to trick or treat. Once or twice, we even got to go out with our grandson. Now we just stay home and give out candy.

Here's the card I created for this challenge:

I used Distress Inks to create my dark sky background and then sprayed it with water. I attached it to some patterned paper and then to the card base.  The spider web and boo sentiment are Cricut cuts.  Since I don't have any ghost stamps, I drew the little ghost and cut it out.  Then I used a white gel pen to draw stars on the background panel.  Finally, I added a layer of clear Wink of Stella to everything except the background. BTW, my decorations are little candles that I've had for years and years - cute, aren't they?

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Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Patterned Paper:  Bo Bunny Fright Delight (paper is green & purple - hard to tell in picture)
Cricut Cartridge:  Close to My Heart Artbooking
Distress Inks:  Dusty Concord and Black Soot
Accessory:  Gelly Roll White Pen

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Celebrating World Card Making Day

Since Saturday was World Card Making Day, I wanted to create a card even though I wasn't able to craft with friends.  I needed a card for our grand niece who suffered a burn in a microwave accident.  I used Distress Inks and acetate to create the background.  She will be getting this card with a little something in it to help her feel better.  And since she's a teenager, you know exactly what that little something is - LOL!

I smooshed two Distress Inks on my craft mat and spritzed them with water.  Then I placed a piece of acetate on the inks (separately) and placed the acetate down onto the card panel.  I dried the first color with my heat gun before adding the other color.  I did this a couple of times, adding the color to a different section of the panel each time. Then, using two separate dies, I cut the sentiment, adhering the words to the base.  I inked the flower stamp with Distress Ink and cut it out, popping it up.  I adhered the distress panel to the front of the card base.  Finally, I added a strip of Washi.  Done!

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Inks:  Distress Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean
Washi:  My stash
Stamp:  Close to My Heart (retired)
Dies:  Paper Smooches (I think; I don't have the markings any more)

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Shout Out to Darnell

Today is the last day of Darnell's NBUS Challenge #12 so I'm rushing to get one more entry in.  This is a birthday card for my friend and neighbor, a beautiful young wife and mother.  She favors spike heel shoes as do most young women so I put a fancy shoe on her card.  But I have a story to tell about the shoe stamp.

A few months back Darnell gifted me with a medium priority mail box of stamps and dies that she purged from her stash. We had corresponded, and she offered to send me some items when she cleaned out some things in her play house.  Well, I never expected to receive such an abundance of kindness.  This shoe stamp is one of the items. Darnell is kind and generous beyond words.  She would not even accept payment of postage for the box of goodies she sent. Can you believe that?!  Darnell is one of the most talented and generous people that I know.  I simply cannot say enough good things about her.

My NBUS are the stencil for the background and the shoe stamp. I created my own background paper by inking through the stencil.  I stamped the shoe and then cut around it with an oval Nestabilities die, dusting it with chalk.  I mounted everything on a black panel which I glued to a white card base. Finally I stamped the sentiment and die cut it.

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black and Versa Magic Red Magic
Stencil:  Melissa Francis (couldn't find a name on the package)
Stamps:  Rubbernecker Butterfly Shoe; Anna Griffin (sentiment)

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

613 Avenue Create October - Anything Goes Option Masculine

It's October...Fall is officially here. At 613 Avenue Create we're asking for masculine cards as our twist for our Anything Goes challenge.  Our grandson's birthday is this month so this is for him.  It's ok for me to show it now because he doesn't follow my blog:

I fell in love with this image when I saw it.  I think it's perfect for a skinny jean wearing teen, which is one way to describe our grandson.  I purchased this image over a year ago, but too late for his birthday so I saved it until now.

After cutting out the image, I dusted the panel with chalk. Then I matted it onto black card stock.  I embossed my DP and sanded it to pop the impression - love that look.  I cut the DP and matted it onto a back panel atop my white card base.  The sentiment was cut out of a pattern of various sentiments. I matted it onto black card stock also and glued it down after also dusting it with chalk.

(Edited to say that I was out of town the past 5 days.  My scheduled post did not occur Sunday due, I'm sure, to some type of error on my part.)

Card stock:  Recollections 60 lb and 110 lb
Designer Paper & Chalk:  My stash
Embossing Folder:  Darice Piano Notes
Stamp:  Stamplorations It's Your Day
Image:  Kreativehenderdigis #208

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