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)
Simon Says Work It Wednesday January - Make Something New with a New Product (see above)
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - January Anything Goes with Dies Challenge


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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

Darnell's NBUS #9 (NBUS: option hidden word and/or CASE) (My NBUS:  Stamp and word die)
Brown Sugar Challenge #234 - Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday #266-267 - Anything Goes
Stamplorations January CAS Challenge - Option Use Gray or Silver

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Colored Pencil on Kraft

Well, I decided to enter Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8 - using colored pencils on kraft. Now, let me tell you, this challenged me to no end!  I'm not very good at coloring with pencils at all.  But I settled into my craft room and gave it a try.

This card is actually my 4th and final effort. I colored a cupcake image and then two different flowers. They were all miserable failures so I tossed them. Finally, I tried a word image.  I'm not real pleased with it, but I got it done. And I'm pretty sure I won't be trying this technique again - seriously! I really envy my fellow crafters who can color beautifully with any medium - sigh!

My NBUS is the stamp from CTMH that I've had about 5 or more years, and the Darice heart die that I got about a month ago.

Card Base:  Pre-scored pad purchased from Tuesday Morning months ago
Other Papers:  My stash
Sequins & Washi:  My stash
Colored Pencils:  Crayola

Darnell's NBUS Challenge #8 - Use Colored Pencils on Kraft Paper
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge- January 2017
Crafting When We Can #136 - Spots and/or Stripes

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Monday, January 2, 2017

613 Avenue Create #193 - Anything Goes-Option Totally Technical-Use Your Favorite Technique

Happy 2017, my crafty friends!  At 613 Avenue Create we're starting off the New Year by highlighting techniques. I've used the technique of oragami paper folding as the focal point of my card. My daughter-in-law recently got a new job in the fashion industry. To congratulate her, I decided to make a card. I didn't have any stamps that I thought were appropriate so I surfed the internet for ideas. I ran across a You Tube video (click here for video) on making an oragami dress and decided to give it a try. This technique is brand new to me, but I love how it turned out. The paper for the dress is a bit shiny so there's a slight glare in the photo. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder which I had never used before on the card base. The sentiment is from a Cricut cartridge (I don't remember which one). A few sequins round out the design.

We are now a just for fun challenge with occasional prizes. We hope you join us monthly as our designers are free to use any medium or image we desire. Doesn't that sound like fun?

Are you making any resolutions for this New Year? I don't do that any more, mostly because I never seem to follow through for very long. I've decided to resolve to be the best me I can be. Nothing specific, but I'm determined to live my life fully and to be engaged every day.

Peace and Blessing, friends!

Card Base:  Recollections 110 lb
DP: My stash
Sentiment:  Cricut cartridge
Sequins:  My stash
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug 

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Start Afresh
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Friends Challenge #48 - Anything Goes
Paru's Card Making Challenge - January Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge #231 - Anything Goes

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