Sunday, March 31, 2013

Merry Monday #55 - Tic Tac Toe

It's another choose your challenge week at Merry Monday!

I chose a simple One Layer Red Santa for my card this week... It was quick & fun to make a shaped card using a Stampin' Up Framelits die and Vintage Santa image from Stampendous.  Check it out...

I could easily see me making more of these.  Simple to stamp the image in Cherry Cobbler on some Naturals Ivory cardstock that was cut lengthwise for my A2 size card so the fold was at the top of the card.  I placed the framelit die on top of the folded card making sure the top of the card was not cut to keep it all in one piece.  The die I chose was a bit larger than the card and left some odd edges, but that was quickly fixed with some scissors and sanding.

Here's a look at the card before I added the seam binding ribbon bow so you can better see where the top part was not cut and keeps the folded edge intact...

Enjoy the challenge if you have time today... oh, and Happy Easter, everyone!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter!

Quick post... I'm a little under the weather today and it's rainy and gloomy outside, but tomorrow, for Easter Sunday, it's supposed to be pretty.  So just doing my chores & cleaning up the house today.  I wanted to post a quick Easter card I made with this cute little chick from the Stampin' Up! set Everybunny.  
I love this set and I'm improving day by day with my coloring skills so was happy with the way this one turned out.  Hooray!

Have a very Happy Easter, everyone.

Make It Monday #109 - Watercolor Stamping Plus Embossing

This week for Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday challenge, Betsy Veldman shared a fun way to create a watercolor stamp effect using re-inkers and water on acetate, creating your own custom swirl of color.  That alone was fun to try.  The challenge also added some embossing on top of the image.  I completed a card keeping with the mode of the challenge, but I have to admit I had a hard time covering up that beautiful flower I created with a swirl of orange, yellow & linen inks.  

Before I embossed my rose from PTI's Rosie Posie stamp set, I took a photo of the colorful flower as I thought it was so pretty... here's a look at the rose in full color...

Have fun playing along!  Happy stamping, everyone!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Give a Hoot ... for Owls!

I just had to post something tonight that coordinates with my Trendy Tuesday article for Papercrafter's Library that posted today.  I get so busy researching and finding images, that I don't often get a chance to play with trends I write about.  Many of the fun project ideas just have to go on one gigantic "wish list."  Luckily, I have had this cute Owl stamp from Inkadinkado and the sentiment from Stampin' Up! (retired set) in my stash awhile, so they were overdue for a project.  I also had to play with my new Fancy Pants Etcetera paper.  I LOVE that line, good stuff, Fancy Pants! 

Hope everyone is having a great week, and stop by & check out PCL blog some time.  I love the site (yes, I'm biased a bit), but I think you'll find it inspiring and full of good craft tips, too.
Happy stamping everyone!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Make It Monday #108 - Inked Backgrounds

I went with a bright and bold birthday card for this week's Make It Monday - Inked Backgrounds challenge:

Wonderful Words Birthday stamp and coordinating die from Papertrey Ink used here on some retired SU! paper.  I love the Presto Patterns Specialty Paper Stampin' Up! had a couple years ago, so it's amazing that I found this piece I've been hoarding.  It was easy to ink up the paper that lets the check pattern show through - no embossing required.  I inked up the paper with some Adirondack alcohol inks and found some scraps of cardstock that seemed to match for my diecut birthday words.  I think the colors are Raspberry Ripple, Tempting Turquoise and More Mustard (all SU!), but with a crazy mess of unlabeled random scraps, that's really just a guess!

I added a strip of Raspberry stitched satin ribbon on the left side as my scrap of Presto Patterns paper was a little odd sized for an A2 size card - that's what embellishments are for, right?  And to share a simple trick about the little twine bow, in order to add it securely without glue, I took some twine and stapled it to the mini-banner.  When you staple the twine, leave an even amount of twine on either side of your staple, for a super easy way to tie a little twine bow where every you need it, using very little material.

Hope you have a chance to play this week. Enjoy & happy crafting!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hanging by a thread...

I've been really wanting to sew on my cards, but since I don't own a sewing machine, that means it's handstitch city!  Luckily a paper piercer and Stampin' Up! shaped piercing guides come in really handy for me... those tools and a bit of patience, of course.  I stitched with regular thread.  Parts that didn't end up perfectly stitched are hidden by my little banner & button (embellishments to the rescue!).  

The stamp set I used is an Itty Bitty stamp from Unity Stamp Company.  I colored the spools with some Copic markers that matched closely to some cardstock I had on hand.

I hand delivered my card to a friend who's been having a rough week, and included some Re-Smile pages on the inside so she can recycle/reuse the card to anyone she may be able to lend support to in the future.
Have a great day, everyone...happy stamping, or sewing, or doing whatever you love!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Merry Monday #54 - Snowmen Theme

It's a theme challenge this week over at Merry Monday.

Here's my shaker card with this theme for the week:

This is definitely the time to try one of these cards that takes just a little extra time to assemble.  I was much more at ease trying this now than when I'm in my crafting madness around the holidays.  My patience was better, and what a fitting project for the last day of winter today.

I used some spring products from Stampin' Up! on my card, including Sycamore Street Sale-a-Bration DSP and the tag was cut from the Sent with Love bundle.  I stamped my snowman from the set Tags til Christmas, and embossed one side with the Northern Flurries embossing folder.  The colors are fresh and bright, much like Lesley's inspiration card.  I used Island Indigo, Calypso Coral and Baja Breeze...the combination sounds like a tropical vacation for my snowman!

Of course I still got annoyed by the static that my little mica flakes have... try as hard as you can, at least one flake will stick somewhere you don't want it to be when you go to take a photo... oh well, my snowman will forgive me!

Happy birthday, to my canine craft buddy!

Enjoy the challenge this week! Happy stamping!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Merry Monday #53 - Sketch Challenge

It's a sketch challenge this week over at Merry Monday.

Here is the sketch:
I kept my card pretty simple and true to the sketch (well, except replacing the star with an embellished snowflake).  I used Stampin' Up! set, Bells & Boughs, and some retired DSP that coordinated with this set a couple years ago.  I've been hoarding the paper as I love it, cannot even stand to cut some of the 12x12 at all, so this is a rare scrap for me to actually glue down!  

I struggled with coloring the holly, but I'm getting better (I pulled out a couple new Copic markers for this, although I've not yet mastered the skills of shading and have a limited color palette).  No sentiment outside, but the "Deck the Halls" sentiment from SU! Merry & Type set goes so well, so that was added to the inside... (will need to photo that part later!).

Edited to include image of inside of card... Fa la la la la...

Have fun playing along this week if you can!  The weekend is still young!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Sent with Love for Easter

Combining the Sent with Love bundle with the stamp set, Everybunny, made a fun, fresh Easter card for my Stampin' Up! swap this month.  

I kept changing my mind about where to attach the Special Delivery arrow, so if you got a swap card, yours may be different, but this was the best photo I ended up with after trying numerous times to get the lighting just right.  Add to the list for me to keep learning how to use my digital camera better!

If you thought that lovey-dovey cards were all that you could make with this bundle, think again.  The set includes images that can be used for gender neutral and everyday occasions, too.  Here's another card I made using this set with NO stamping at all.  The images are from the Sent with Love DSP.

Take care and Happy Stamping everyone!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Get Your Green On!

Don't forget to Get Your Green On, March 17th!

If you are just now thinking of getting some St. Patrick's Day paper crafts together and find you don't have much on hand for this occasion, check out the printables at The Graphics Fairy.  That's where I found my fun "Get Your Green On" image.  There's plenty more where this came from and a wonderful search tool for you to find so many images, you'll be certain to find something fun for many the infrequent, but festive occasion.

Happy St. Patricks Day, everyone!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Make It Monday #106

This week on Make It Monday #106 for Papertrey Ink, the challenge was two-toned flowers.  What's better than two-tones?  I say three!

I used the same technique that Melissa shows in her video to ink up my flower stamp in more than one color.   I used three colors instead of just two for a more rainbow like effect (Berry Sorbet from PTI and Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight ink from SU!). The stamp and coordinating die is from Rosie Posie.  I liked the idea of added sparkle to the flower, so added a thin layer of liquid glue to the die cut flower then covered it with some glitter.

Happy stamping, everyone!

Sent with Love...

Stampin' Up!'s Sent with Love bundle came out around Valentine's day, but it is a set that can be used all year round.  I plan to create plenty of love notes for Operation Write Home using the stamps and papers this  spring.  I even have a fun Easter card planned (will post later).

The Sent with Love bundle includes coordinating paper, stamps and twine.  There are some great arrow images included which I noticed seem to be trending right now.  If you'd like to check out more inspiring arrow images and stamp sets, just check out my Trendy Tuesday article for Paper Crafters Library.

Hope you have had a chance to play with your stamps today!
Happy stamping, everyone!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Merry Monday #52 & Paper Players #135

This week's Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge is a Color Challenge.
You don't know how happy I am to see that the colors this week are traditional Christmas colors. 
Here is my Cherry Artichoke River Rockin' card for this week:

 Very excited to be a guest designer this week, but I was a bit nervous about that designation, especially when I first saw the words "Color Challenge."  Many of you use non-traditional colors very well, but I may as well be crafting in the dark when I try to pull off something out of the ordinary for Christmas.  So... Hooray! (and thank you, Lesley!) for the traditional red & green! 

You can barely see my mini dove stamped in River Rock ink on my main photo, so I took a close up.  That tiny bird is from the retired SU! Elementary Elegance stamp set.  I added some Victoria Crochet lace and a little Vintage trinket safety pin to attach the little bird tag to the card.

All supplies used today were from Stampin' Up!

Here are some of the other basics for what I used for my card...

Paper basics:  Always Artichoke & Cherry Cobbler striped DSP, River Rock, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla cardstock.  
Stamps and ink:  The sentiment from the set, Merry & Type, was stamped in Artichoke classic ink on Very Vanilla cardstock.  I punched out the sentiment with the large oval punch then sponged it a bit with River Rock ink to add just a little aging to the otherwise crisp Vanilla. 
More tools:  Some Artichoke cardstock was embossed with the oval from the Adorning Accents folder and cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The olive branches (that's what I'm calling them on my Peace card!) are from the Bird Punch.  

One of the bonuses about using the cross cut DSP for my card was that there are pieces left for another card.  Using the same stamp set, but different sentiment, I created this alternate Artichoke, Cherry & River Rock card.  I even tried my hand at more hand stitching.  LeAnne has a great theme challenge at the Paper Players, so I'm adding this card to their fun stitching challenge.  My hand stitching is not perfect, but I love the added texture.  Of course, looking at it here, it makes me think "Frankenstein meets Paper Crafts"...!!!  EEK!  

Check out the more polished cards at the Paper Players Challenge #135 for more stitching inspiration.

Happy stamping everyone!  Enjoy the challenges this week.

Love my craft buddy!

Love my craft buddy!
Dog's view of the Craft-a-torium!