Saturday, December 31, 2016

Paper Sweeties - Whimsical Angels

For a change of style from the last few posts, I made something whimsical.  While I more or less had a design in mind, this evolved as I played.  The cloud background was created with pan pastels and some cloud stencils.   I wanted to use the Crafty Tree die cut left over from another card. The angel on the right came from a stamp and die set by Paper Sweeties which I believe may have been retired.  I stamped, die cut and colored the angel on the right.  The stamp set only came with one angel but I wanted two on opposite sides to hold a banner with the stamped sentiment.  I tried a technique new to me; stamped the angel on a mirror photopolymer stamp, then stamped the mirror image on card stock.  It did not turn out very crisp.  To remedy that, I used  a black Copic multiliner and filled in the outline.  Then I colored the mirror angel with one of my Christmas presents - Chameleon Color Tones alcohol markers.  Love their fine tips and ability to create multiple shades with one pen.  I am still getting used to them.  I cut the arms of the angels with an Xacto knife, then popped left angel with foam tape and tucked the banner under their arms; secured with a dab of Ultimate glue.  Adhered the right angel after I positioned the banner where I wanted it.

The fences are from one of my favorite and first Paper Sweeties purchases Home Tweet Home.  I die cut them out of cherry wood and foam taped them onto the hilly slope.  Added leafy garlands and Paper Sweeties' signature flower sequins for embellishments.  Also gave the banner and angels' wings a hint of glitter with Clear wink of Stella.

Supplies used:
Paper Sweeties Christmas Angel and Wreath stamps and Sweet Cuts sets
Paper Sweeties Home Tweet Home Sweet Cuts
Paper Sweeties Christmas sequins
Poppystamps Crafty Tree Background die Style 1075
MFT Hit the Slopes die
Poppystamps Leafy Garland die Style 1090
Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border die (for creating cloud stencils)
Paper Smooches Mirror Photopolymer stamps
Copic multiliner 0.3m
Chameleon Colors Tones RD5, RD4, GR4, GR2, OL3, NU0, NU1,PK2, CG8
Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen  - Clear
MFT Hybrid ink pad - Black Licorice
Versafine Pigment ink pad - Onyx Black
PanPastel - 560.8 Phthalo Blue Tint
Ultimate Glue

Friday, December 30, 2016

Memory Box Poinsettia Card

I was so far behind getting Christmas cards and ornaments ready for this year,  it felt like a production with deadlines.  I want to enjoy the creative process and avoid the mad rush.  So I decided to make Christmas cards/gifts throughout the next 11 months.  

Yesterday, on the 5th day of Christmas, I made a card with the Memory Box Poinsettia die; one I've had for a while but not used. (Some of you crafters out there know what I'm talking about....). I love the visual effects from layering different red card stock, mirror metallic, pearlized metallic, matt, and for the center of the flower, I used dull antique gold.  The white background was die cut using the Adler Star Collage from this year's winter release, I left in some of the cut outs to add interest and foam taped over a piece of hunter's green metallic card stock to give it more dimension.

Supplies used:

Memory Box Adler Star Collage die Style 99597
Poppystamps Blooming Poinsettia die Style 861
Poppystamps Pine Twig die Style 1659
IO Stamps Joy die DIE436-D
Red mirror paper
Metallic red cardstock
Hunter green metallic card stock
Bazill Gumdrop card stock
Stampin'Up Real Red card stock
Antique gold heavy card stock

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Poppystamps Oh Christmas Tree!

inside of card

I wanted to make a festive card with traditional red and green colors. Here I "layered' a tree on top of a tree by using the Small Flourish Tree die cut on the inside of a shaker card, then created a tree window with the Crafty Tree Background die. I adhered sequins to the flourish tree so some tree ornaments will be visible instead of all falling to the bottom of the shaker.  A star tree-topper with center rhinestone completes the flourish tree.  Shaved ice,  Christmas snow, glitter jumbo and a few sequins were placed on the inside of the shaker to simulate snow.  For front sentiment I added the word joy and used a glaze pen to give it some shine. Christmas trees do indeed give me JOY!

Supplies used:

Poppystamps Small Flourish Tree die Style 1094
Poppystamps Crafty Tree Background die Style 1075
Memorybox Joy Script die Style 98641
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames LF1142
Authentique Happy Christmas collection - Happy Christmas Two paper
Kaisercraft Home for Christmas Collection - Season paper
Bazill Gumdrop cardstock
Craft Medley - various Cup Sequins
JeJe 452 Star stickers
3mm rhinestone
Stampendous - Shaved Ice
Make It Christmas - Christmas snow
The Paper Studio - Glitter jumbo

Serendipity Sparkle challenge

When I saw the theme for the December challenge "Sparkle" I immediately thought of the stamp "Leave a little sparkle wherever you go".  I married the stamp with the snowflakes reverse die to create this card. For sparkle, I used sea glass and white diamonds glitter paper and silver mirror paper for die cut snowflakes.  I inlaid the snowflake die cuts from the different papers.  The sentiment was stamped with Basic Grey and the word sparkle was heat embossed with silver; then fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.

Supplies used:

Serendipity Stamps Leave a Little Sparkle stamp 1381G
Serendipity Stamps Snowflakes Reverse Die 080
Close to my heart Sea Glass and Sea Glass glitter papers, White Diamonds glitter paper, Oh Deer paper collection
Stampin Up Basic Grey ink
Ranger Silver embossing powder
Mirror paper
May Arts ribbon

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

IO Stamps - More Tree Ornaments!

Had so much fun making tree ornaments this holiday season with IO dies!  Friends and family seem to really appreciate them.  This one is made with the small poinsettia, pine branch, holly flourish and berry dies.  On the back of the ornament I stamped Noel from the Tidings of Joy stamp set, colored with Copic markers to give it an ombre look. Then used a glazed pen to add some shine.

Supplies used:

IO Holly Flourish DIE210-N
IO Pine Pair DIE215-E
IO Small Poinsettia Set DIE322-J
IO Holly Leaf Cluster D098-A
IO Tidings of Joy Clear stamp set CL702
Bazill Gumdrop, Caramel Apple, Licorice Twist papers
Echo Park I love Christmas - Christmas Joy paper
Copic Sketch Markers YG67, 63, 61
Sakura Glaze pen
May Arts Ribbon
MFT stitched and pierce circle dies
Mark Richards 3mm gold ball sticker

IO Stamps Gifts - Tree Ornament

Shaker Ornament
Shaker cards are so much fun, I thought why not make a shaker ornament? I used the IO Deer Snowglobe die, added Bo Bunny's glitter paste to mask the bottom of the globe.  Added glitter, and shaved ice to add sparkle to the shaker.  Made a bunch of these for family and friends this Christmas.

Supplies used:

IO Snowglobe DIE472-R
Close to My Heart White Pines, Colonial White and Cranberry paper
Close to My Heart Cranberry and White bakers twine
Stampendous Shaved Ice
Paper Studio Glitter Jumbo
Bo Bunny Glitter paste - Sugar
Clear window sheet
MFT Pierced Circle dies

IO Stamps last minute Gifts

This holder is an easy and fun gift to make if you don't have much time.  IO stamps made it easy with their dies. The base can be quickly assembled after die cut using DIE432-UU. Then adorn with layers - paper of your choice using DIE433-Z.  To add embellishments, I used some of IO's pine and holly dies, then glitz it up with Clear Wink of Stella.
I first saw this idea with Post-It notes at Impressive Ideas, sample made by Karen Amidon.

Supplies used:

IO Business Card Holder DIE432-UU
IO Business Card Layers DIE433-Z
IO Pine Sprig Cluster DIE097-M
IO Patchwork Holly DIE484-C
Graphic 45 St. Nicolas and Be Jolly papers, chipboard decorative tags
Bazill Peppermint and Gumdrop papers
Wink of Stella - Clear

Monday, November 28, 2016

Poppystamps Plaid is Rad Challenge

If Kisses were Snowflakes

Enjoy playing with wintery border dies.  This one is Frostyville. I used the same concept I developed for the Get Cozy Wintery card and applied it here.  Used various Memory Box snowflake dies, inlaid the snowflake on the upper right to give it added dimension.  The plaid paper is from Authentique's Wintery collection.  I randomly added Nuvo crystal drops to a few of the snowflakes for embellishment.

Supplies used:
Memory Box Frostyville Border die
Memory Box Twinkling Snowflake duet die
Authentique Wintery One, sentiment from Wintery Details
Recollections silver card stock
Papercut Eames Provincetown "Canvas" paper
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Neptune
Nuvo Glitter Drops - Moondust

Serendipity Stamps November Blog Challenge

Chickadee Christmas Shaker

The challenge was to add texture.  I added Pentart's Snow Paste on the top of pine branches and one of the pine cones. I then added fine glitter to the Snow Paste before it dried.  I love the Chickadee image and want to show case it inside a shaker.  For a bit of sparkle and texture, I used clear sequins, Disco white glitter, clear glass beads, Queen & Co's white sugar and Stampendous' Shaved Ice inside the shaker.  Accented the main front panel with gold and silver rainbow tape. The word Peace is stacked with Peppermint on top and Old Olive under.

Supplies used:
Serendipity Stamps - Chickadees stamp Code: 682E
Serendipity Stamps - Peace, Hope, Punctuation Dies Code: 030E
Rainbow Metallic Tape - Gold 1/16", Silver 1/32"
Papers - Neenah Cream, Authentique Classic Christmas Collection "Classic Seven", Bazzill Peppermint, Stampin Up Old Olive
Copic Sketch Markers 
May Arts ribbons
Wild Orchid mini white roses

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

IO Stamps Challenge - Give Thanks

For the IO Stamps challenge that will end in an hour or less, I made this fall themed card using the new Give Thanks sentiment die and 2 sets of IO's leave die sets. I die cut a circle as the base, glued it to the Butter Mints card stock and applied adhesive tape on top of the circle.  I died cut sets of leaves using the Echo Park Fall is in the Air solid card stock and layered them onto the circle base; glued only the base of the leaves to allow movement of the leaves.  Added IO's small apples and a twine bow as embellishments.

Supplies used:
IO stamps Bushel of Apples DIE204-B
IO stamps Small Leaf Set DIE095-D
IO stamps Leaf Set DIE030-S
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Frames
Bazzill Buttermints Card Stock
Echo Park Fall is in the Air paper Blue/Yellow, Orange/Green, Red/Brown, Sweater Weather (plaid)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Get Cozy Wintery Card

First holiday card this year, made using border and snow flake dies, and Authentique's new Wintery paper collection.  Although I am all about the colors, love this grey slivery monochromatic look.  Easy simple card to make. I flat taped the border die layer onto metallic card stock, then foam taped onto Wintery Five paper. I die cut the sentiment from Wintery Six and inked the edges with silver cat's eye, then foam taped onto the border/metallic layer.  Added snow flake diecuts and gave it a little sparkle with Nuvo drops.

Impression Obsession Small Snowflake die set
Poppy Stamps Wintergreen Border die
Nellie's Multi Frames - Oval
Authentique Wintery Five and Six papers
Bazzill metallic platinum paper
Papercut Eames Provincetown "Canvas" paper
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Silver Moondust
Color Box Silver pigment Cat's Eye
May Arts ribbon
Supplies are available at Impressive Ideas

Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Shaker Card

Happy Halloween!!!
After a seemingly very long absence from crafting due to back surgery, I am having loads of fun making Halloween shaker cards.  Here's one of my favorites.  Love the colorful Pebbles paper from the Trick or Treat collection.  The window was die cut using heavy metallic card stock and I placed it flush in matt black card stock. I stamped the spider web with Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink and embossed with clear crystal embossing power for a gossamer effect.  "Fright Night" was heat embossed.

Supplies for this card:
Spooky Window die by Cottage Cutz
Stitched Rectangle and Wonky Stitch Rectangle dies by My Favorite Things
Spider web came from Bite Me polymer stamp set from Stampin Up
Inside image and sentiment by MyArtC
Tim Holtz's Toil & Trouble Bats embossing folder by Sizzix
Sequins Trick or Treat mix by a.muse | studio
Ranger Superfine white embossing powder
Hampton Arts Crystal embossing powder

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Impression Obsession Challenge - Furry Friends

I used Phthalo Blue Tint pan pastel to create the clouds background; die-cut the bunnies on white felt paper to make it extra "furry".  I also added a little pink chalk onto the bunnies' tails and ears.  Carrots, bunnies, grass border and frame were die-cut using IO dies.  I added the frame onto the cloud background, then layered the carrots starting at the top of the frame with ultimate glue and foam tape. The grass was glued flat onto the cloud background at the bottom of the frame. I then tucked 2 bunnies in the grass. For the card base, I used heavy white card stock onto which I flat-taped Doodlebug's Spring Garden "Sweet Talk" paper, leaving about an eighth inch white border on the top and bottom.  I then foam taped the cloud background with bunnies, carrots and frame onto the card base.  I added a bunny to the right side of the frame leaping towards the carrots in the sky, and a bunny on the lower left corner who may not be sure if the carrots are for real....  I finished with a small triple bow adhered with ultimate glue on the lower right.
For the inside of the card, I used a stamp from IO's Real Life Sentiments set. The bunny inside was colored with a touch of apricot pastel chalk to provide a little contrast from the white paper.  Had so much fun creating this bit of furry bunny whimsy!

I.O. Products used for Furry Bunny Whimsy:

Friday, June 3, 2016

I used Serendipity's Japanese Tea stamp set, masked the teapots and stamped with alternating colors to create the background.  Following the Asian theme, I wrote the Chinese and Japanese character for tea using the brush end of Memento Tuxedo Black marker. Then I diecut and embossed the frame using the largest die from Spellbinder's Tile Works set. Finished card by popping the teapots and the character for tea.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hummingbird Cards

Papers from the Bo Bunny Butterfly Kisses collection, available at Impressive Ideas.

This collection of papers are lovely and versatile. It also begs to be fussy cut!  The hummingbirds, larger jars, and butterfly on the lower left corner of the card on the right were all fussy cut. I edged all the papers, birds, jars and butterfly with Color Box Gray Whale Cat's Eye ink pad. I used silicone glue to give the jars and birds additional dimension.  Added glossy accents on the butterfly and Clear Wink of Stella on the birds for a subtle shimmer.