Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Double D Challenge: If the Shoe Fits

It's Double D time again and I sure had fun with this one!  Our challenge is "If the Shoe Fits", so take a peek at our mood board and be inspired.  First, my card:

Our mood board:

Top creative winners are chosen by team vote, but there's also a prize for a random winner:

I can travel many twists and turns when designing a card.  This one started with the baby booties which were already made and sitting in my card parts drawer.  The clouds and hearts were already cut, too, and I laid everything this way and that before I settled.

The gray parts are Copic coloring, as are the blue booties.  White polka dots were added to the booties with a gel pen.  Soft blue polka dot background is SU's Cool Caribbean embossed with an old Cuttlebug folder and sponged with white ink.  I hand cut an older SU sentiment into the banner shape.  Designer paper on the frame... enamel dots... sigh...  love this stuff.

The card is 5" -- my favorite square size.

The team samples are a must see.  I always enjoy the inspiration they provide.  I hope you can play along with us at Double D!

Stamps:  SU Small Sayings  Paper:  Neenah Classic White, SU Cool Caribbean, baby print designer paper of forgotten origin  Ink:  Ranger Archival Watering Can (sentiment), SU Craft White, blue and gray Copic markers  Accessories:  Enamel dots, Signo Uniball white gel pen, Cuttlebug Seeing Spots embossing folder, Scotch brand foam mounting tape  Dies:  Spellbinders small, medium, and grand squares, Cottage Cutz Fancy Baby Booties, Memory Box Precious Clouds

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Halloween Visit

Hello there!  Just for fun and frivolity I have another Halloween card today.  This one is a Penny Black stamp called Halloween Visit.  The link takes you to 123 Stitch, a super fun place to shop, but it can be found other places, as well.  My good friend shared this stamp with me.  Thank you, friend!

I colored with Copics, but the grass and pumpkin vines are done with the bullet tip of a green Tombow marker.  Sponged ink around the edges.  The black zig zag is a Hero Arts stamp.  Every time I use it I wonder why I don't use it more often.  It looks totally real, doesn't it?  Same with the red speckles.  That's an old SU stamp -- Itty Bitty Backgrounds.  Adds just the right somethin' somethin'.  The sentiment is Whipper Snapper and I found it appropriate because this stamp image is just the teensiest bit frightful, but delightful, as well.

Oh... almost forgot... the leafy corner die is not pumpkin leaves, but it works.  It's an older Die-namites Ivy Corner.  Sponged and speckled.

I photographed the Copic pumpkin colors.  They're not the usual oranges, but they give a warm glow.

I'm in a bit of a hurry because we have campsite reservations for soonish and there's lots to do before we go, including a couple more cards that need making.  Rushing off now...  You have a happy day!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Friday, September 7, 2018

Spring Wreath in the Fall

Hello!  I have a sweet and simple card today for Friday's flowers.  Simple as it is, I have five photos to explain it so I'll try to use fewer words.

First, the card...  I used my most recently purchased digital set --  "Feathered Friends" from Sparkle N Sprinkle.  I saw it debuted and had to have it.  Two cards on Diane's blog sold it to me -- here and here.  Diane used the rubber stamp set, but the nice thing about Sparkle N Sprinkle is that all their new releases are available in digi format, as well.  You know I love my digis.

The leafy border along the bottom of the card is from one of my new Mintay pads -- Springtime.  Uh, oh... while I was at Frantic Stamper making the link I saw more Mintay for pre-order, and one of them is Christmas!  Yes, I ordered three more pads.  Some things can't be resisted.

The wood grain is from a whole other line of paper -- Ms. Sparkle & Co -- found at Joann Fabrics.  The boards are rather wide, but I learned a trick from Pam Sparks here.  Pam drew extra lines on her wood grain paper so the planks wouldn't be so wide.  Below you can see the before and after of my paper.  I used the narrow tip of a Tombow marker which was the perfect width and color match.

The next trick is one I've mentioned many times before.   I settled the ribbon knot into a punched hole with a little Aleene's Tacky Glue to help keep it in place.  In the photo below you can see the knot on the underside of the popped up panel.  This only works when the panel is popped up.  If that knot was on the front surface it would be a pronounced bump that could cause damage to the card during machine handling at the Post Office.  If you want to use pretty ribbon bows, but don't want to mail in a bubble envelope or box, this is a slick trick.

A little closer...   The sheer ribbon lets the image show through, and the lighter shade of pink does not compete with the flower color (at least that's my thought process).  Memory Box Cross Stitched Frame Borders.

Super easy coloring with the Copics pictured below.  The grays and Colorless Blender were for the smudgy outer shading.

Many thanks to all the crafters who inspire me with great ideas and not-to-be-resisted products (even though I'm trying to minimize shopping).  Hey, if I use it... it's worth it.  I'm becoming wiser about my purchases.

Well, that's it, friends!  Have a wonderful weekend doing whatever makes you happy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wild Mushrooms

Hello friends!  It's about time for an honest to goodness fall card, and Chanterelles speak fall to me.  This time of year these golden gems glow in the forest like a beacon of yumminess.  They're all the more beautiful when you know how they taste sauteed in butter with salt and pepper and a little bit of a crispy edge.  Did you know you should wait until mushrooms brown up before you add salt?  Makes a world of difference in how quickly they cook.

This is Power Poppy's Wild Mushrooms clear stamp set.  I couldn't wait to get my hands on it when it was released in the spring, yet I'm just now using it for the first time.  Yes, I have too much stuff and, seriously, I'm trying to be better.  You have no idea how many times I've shopped and then clicked off without buying.  I need more time stamping and less time on the computer!  Nevertheless, when I was coloring and creating this card I was thinking it doesn't matter when you get around to a particular stamp set;  it only matters that you enjoy all the stamping you do along the way.

So, about the card... stamped in Memento Toffee Crunch and colored with Copics.  I pulled out some old BasicGrey Origins paper and found the brown print with the oval window already cut, so I designed around that.  I cut another oval window in olive green and layered the print over it.  Trimmed the outer edges to a narrow border.  Added two more strips of paper along the edge.  Had to cut an oval notch to fit around the pre-cut oval.  Make sense?

The sponging around the green oval makes it appear as though the image panel is popped up.  An interesting illusion.  Actually, the entire card front is popped up as a frame around the image.

For decoration I die cut some ferns and leaves and tall grass,  and sponged with SU! inks.  All will be listed below my signature.

This card was meant to be a masculine birthday card, but it might be too pretty for a guy.  The guy in mind would appreciate it, but I'm thinking this might go to a girlfriend, instead.  Back to the drawing board.  Oh, what a chore (not)!  Thank you for dropping in today!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Wild Mushrooms  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White for image panel, Neenah 110 lb white for die cuts, SU heavyweight Very Vanilla (card base), SU Old Olive, BasicGrey Origins designer paper  Ink:  Memento Toffee Crunch, SU Old Olive, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel  Coloring:  Copic markers  Accessories:  Scotch brand foam mounting tape  Dies:  Spellbinders Grand and Large Classic Ovals, Impression Small Leaf Set, Impression Obsession Grass, Memory Box Eva Stem (fern)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

Hello there and happy early September!  We're entering a time for some very season-specific stamping -- fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas.  It's always the busiest time, and not just for stamping.  Whew, I'm worn out just thinking about it!  Today I'm one card closer to Christmas.  How are you doing with yours?  Making progress, I hope.

This one started with the background.  It's a Cuttlebug cut and emboss die and I can't for the life of me remember the name of it.  A dear friend sent several for me to play with and I still have a few left.  She'd cut this one in the bright green (which I love).  I colored each berry with a red Copic and the veins with green, then splattered liberally with diluted white acrylic paint.  Fun!

The holly die will cover a 5 x 7 card, but I cut it down to fit under the frame for this A2 card.  The bird is a Lil' Inker stamp called 'Tis the Season.  I colored several of this stamp last year.  It's definitely a favorite.  Backed up the bird with a stitched circle so it wouldn't get lost in the holly.  As a final step I dressed up the bird's hat with Ice White Viva Decor Perlen-Pen, sprinkled with micro-fine glitter.

I've started two other cards with this holly background, each with a similar design, but different stamps.  I'll get back to those later.  I'll list all supplies below.  Have a happy day!

Stamps:  Lil' Inker 'Tis the Season  Paper:  Neenah White, SU red, other green  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Viva Decor Ice White Perlen-Pen, Elizabeth Craft Warm Diamond Micro-fine glitter, white acrylic paint, Cuttlebug cut and emboss holly, Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frames, Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers

Friday, August 31, 2018

Still Life

Doesn't it feel good to get back to your stamping when you've been missing it for a while?  I've been popping into my room little bits at a time.  It may take a while to finish a card or two, but they eventually get done, and then one day they get photographed and up on the blog to share with all my stamping friends.  No pressure.  Just having fun.

Today I have an arrangement of watercolored and fussy cut vases.

I'm not sure how I feel about this card.  It's flowers, but somewhat different.  I like the layout, the semi-tall shape, the wood grain, but there were a few foibles and challenges.

First, I'll tell you it's a digital stamp set from DotBStamp called Floral Vase Fussy Cut.  I took that name literally and printed the whole sheet and fussy cut.  There are two more images waiting to be colored.  Another thing I'll tell you is, good heavens, the artist's samples are gorgeous.  Maybe if it was printed no-line style... I don't know... she's pretty amazing.  I almost wish I'd never seen her samples.

Okay, let's talk...  I used Gansai Tambi paints for the watercoloring.  Sometimes I like them, sometimes I don't.  I was not having an easy time with them in this instance, but I persevered.  I think the part that turned out best is the brown flower centers of the teacup flowers, and I did that with Tombow markers.  I was so ready to be done with this in the end!

See the next photo and then we'll talk some more.

Hmmm... the digital illustration of the tall vase had no water line, so I was left to paint it in on my own.  Hahahaha!  Well, you can see how that turned out.  Looks like there was an earthquake in progress.  Also, the glass vase is obviously transparent, and that posed another challenge.  Am I making this too hard?  Getting everything arranged to fit, tucked in, and glued down was much trickier than it sounds in the retelling, and then I still had to paint over the vase so the table top showed through, but diffused by the water.  Oh, and I added shading around the images after they were glued down.

All that said, I like this digi set and I love some of her other flowers even more.  I do plan to shop there again.  As I mentioned, I have two more images from this set already printed and will color them later, probably with inks next time.  Stamping is an adventure and I hope you enjoyed going along on this one with me.  Take care!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Halloween Fun

Halloween -- love it or hate it -- in my world it's all grins and giggling children, bright colors, and cute cards.  My friend shared a whole bunch of Halloween stamps with me recently and I hope to color several before mail time.  This witch by Judith is one of my favorites:

Long and lean and not so mean, I just love her!  She's colored with Copics and cheerfully sparkled.  Used my Poppystamps Spider Banner for the first time and an oft-used Taylored Expressions Ric Rac Border.  A bit of ancient designer paper.  The sentiment is an oldie from Whipper Snapper.

Next is a Penny Black Stamp.  I don't know the name of it, but I'm pretty sure it's an oldie.  I made a scene with some dies and an embossing folder.

Darice Star Border embossing folder on Core'dinations card stock, sanded to bring out the pattern.  Moon and stars are cut from glitter paper which sparkles nicely in real life.  Another oldie Whipper Snapper sentiment.

Well, that was fun!  I'll come back Friday with flowers, but I hope you got a grin today.  Till then...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Honey Bees and Mintay

Pardon me while I play with my Mintay papers again.

I'm having the most fun making use of these beautiful papers in the Farm Life pad and finding stamps that work well with them.  In this case I pulled out my not-yet-used Bee Kind Toile set from Power Poppy, along with another sheet of the same design I used in my previous card.

I wanted to use every pretty detail of the paper, so I cut around the images and glued them to a frame with a circle opening.  This way I could move them closer together for this 5" card and let the design overlap the window.

Before gluing down the Mintay cut outs, I placed the frame on my stamping paper and traced a light pencil line to mark where the window would be.  Then it was a matter of positioning the stamps in relation to the window and the Mintay cut outs.  I did not adhere the Mintay cut outs to the frame until I was certain of the layout.

It was a treat watching everything come to life as I Copic colored the cute honey hive cake and the buzzing bees.  I off-stamped the honey comb once so it would be lighter in color.  Added Stickles sparkle to the honey.  Popped up the frame and the front was done.

Inside I stamped a birthday sentiment and decorated with the last floral cut out from the Mintay paper and a border trimmed from the flip side of the same sheet.

Love this craft of ours!  Again... that's why I call it playing in my room.  Don't we have fun?  Have a happy day!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Power Poppy--Mintay Fusion

Hello, friends!  We've reached Flowerful Friday again and I have a very flowerful card to share.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I have five new Mintay 6x6 designer paper pads.  Oh, my word, I can't stop looking at them.  Probably my favorite of the five will be whichever I'm working with at the time and today it's the collection called "Farm Life".

As is so often the case, many of the papers are too pretty to cut down or cover up, but I bought them to use, rather than hoard, so I must figure a way to work this out.  Looking at this particular piece, an idea sprang to mind.

Gee, I hope it won't be my only idea.  Luckily, there are four sheets of each double sided design, so it wasn't too painful to slice off the top four inches of this one.  The card base is 4 1/4 x 6, so I was able to use all but 1/4" of the sheet crosswise.  Power Poppy's "Go Wild" pitcher of fresh picked roses and strawberries was stamped directly onto the sheet and colored with Copics.  It's nestled in as though it was mean to be.

The sentiment flag shows the flip side of this sheet.  The stitching helps frame it up, and I added the Copic-colored leaf die cut for additional dimension and grounding of the image.

I've already started playing with more Mintay and Power Poppy, but the idea hasn't yet come to fruition, and by the time you read this I might be camping again.  Maybe I've got my coloring with me...  Have a happy day!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Double D Challenge: The Moon and the Stars

It's the third Wednesday of the month and that means it's time to pop in with another Double D challenge.  This time we're doing The Moon and the Stars.  Well, that worked out just fine for me because I had a not-yet-used stamp that fit the mood board perfectly.

Check out the mood board -- lower left with the moon hanging over the water.  Reminds me of camping, sigh... wish I was there.

Creative winners are voted on by the team, plus there's a random prize.  This Filigree Moon die set will make some mighty pretty cards:

The sentiments/quotes in this set are what caused it to jump into my basket.  I've used them on other cards, but first time for the raccoon in the moonlight scene.  Now that I've colored it, I think it's pretty cute.  My card is rather masculine in appearance, yet if the look of it appeals to me, would it not appeal to another female, as well?  I hope so because it will probably go to a girlfriend.

The stamp set is Inky Antic's Moonlight Raccoon, and the designer paper is Bo Bunny Camp-a-Lot.  I pieced and stitched some scraps and added Bo Bunny Matte Sprinkles to the finished card.  Coloring was done with Copics.

I just know you have a card idea that would be great for our Moon and Stars challenge.  Play along with us!

I'm glad you could stop by.  I'll be back on Friday with flowers.  See you soon!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Oh, What Fun!

Welcome to Monday, friends!  I've been waiting since last Christmas to use this stamp set and the stitched mountains.  Well, it was time to get a couple more Christmas cards made, so here it is.

Whimsy Stamps "Oh What Fun" clear set, Poppystamps Stitched Majestic Mountains and Stitched Landscapes.  Very quick, loose, cartoonish watercoloring with Tombow markers.  It didn't occur to me till I started to stamp that Santa has no reindeer, so I guess we'll just figure he's testing the load and will hitch up later.

The second card has some masking to create the scene.  Lil' Inker Silly Stitched Die Set and Lawn Fawn Stitched Snowflakes.

I have a long way to go yet with the Christmas cards, sigh... little by little.  Challenges have been helping, and today I'm playing along with the new Merry Little Christmas Challenge -- always anything goes as long as it's Christmas.  Thanks, girls!  May your day be filled with happy!

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