Monday, August 19, 2019

Masculine Thank-you Card

When I cut into a sheet of 6x6 dsp, there's always a small strip left over, and of course I save them as I hate to throw them away. These papers are from the SU! woodgrain collection I bought last year and I found I had enough strips to create this card for the guys. I made a herringbone technique design with them, and after each piece was adhered, I used a Lil Inker stitched rectangle to cut the piece, then followed with a Tim Holtz wood grain embossing folder to give it some texture. I very lightly sponged the embossed sections with Antique Linen ink to age it just a wee bit, and then added a KaiserCraft "Thank You" die cut and placed the panel on a neutral color card stock base, adding some Gina Marie Designs enamel dots for the finishing touch. I like how this turned out and fully intend to make a few more to keep on hand.

I'm sharing this with the Snippets Playground Challenge #359 - which is to use your snippets.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a great Monday to kick off a new week!


Friday, August 16, 2019

Twofer #19 - Nautical

It's time for the Twofer challenge #19 and this month the theme is "Nautical."

Here are my cards. One is "thinking of you" and the other is a belated birthday card.

I used the SU! retired "Open Sea" Stamp set for this card, along with some Bermuda Bay card stock and matching designer paper. I used a piece of PTI soft stone card for the stamped background rectangle, along with some Distress Pumice Stone ink. The ship was colored with Copics and I used 3 different bottles of stickles to create the water sparkle. The anchor was done with a Marianne Die, cut from gray and covered with glossy accents before adding some twisted black and white twine. The sentiment is from the now-closed MFP store.

I had to sit and think for quite some time what other type of card I could make with this ship image,  but I came up with the snarky idea to make this belated birthday card! LOL I started with some kraft card stock and embossed it with a Darice nautical ef, then die-cut a piece of Pacific Point blue with a MFT fishtail banner die. I turned it sideways because it looked like it was flying in the direction of the tiny flag flying on top of the ship. The ship was stamped with Versamark ink, then heat-embossed with gold, sponged with antique linen and vintage photo inks, then cut with a MFT stitched circle die. The lettering on the image was done with $1 stick stamps and the other letters and circles were done with my Quickutz.

 Here's the inside done with Sweet 'n Sassy stamps.

In addition to the Twofer challenge, I'd like to enter the first card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge which is "Midsummer Blues" - add some blue to your card...

I used the diagonal line from the top left down - "By the Sea, Texture, and Bright colors"

I'm also going to share the 2nd card with the Male Room Challenge #117. They're celebrating their 6th birthday with a birthday card challenge...

as well as the Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #198 - Emboss it!

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Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a wonderful weekend!


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Giving Life to an old Punch

I bought many punches through the years and they've been collecting dust since cutting dies came out, so I decided to use the SU! Boho Blossoms punch with some matching SU! dsp to make the flowers for this card. The card base is Melon Mambo and I hand-cut a curve in a piece of white card stock, scoring it randomly and adding it to the front. I placed the punched flowers along the curve, adding black Nuvo drops to the centers to keep it flat for mailing. The sentiment is from SU! Teeny Tiny Wishes and was cut with a Lil Inker stitched die, adding one more flower for an accent.

I'd like to share this with the Paper Players PP454 color challenge
Use Black, White, plus one other color

I'm also adding this to the Retro Rubber Challenge #117 - anything goes
(must use stamps older than 1 yr. I've had Teeny Tiny Wishes for several years)

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 


Monday, August 12, 2019

12th Birthday Card

I made this card for a girl who loves purple, so I began with some Gina K Wild Lilac card stock, adding a circle of plaid dsp and some Gina K blue raspberry card stock. I used the following die cuts on this no-stamp card:

the numbers were done with SU! large number dies
The circle was done with a MFT stitched circle die
The sentiment was done with GMD birthday dies
The small and large scalloped borders were done with SNSS dies

Just for fun, I added 12 lavender gemstones to the numbers, and added a couple more to dot the "i's" in the sentiment.

I'm sharing this with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to "add a diecut."

Also sharing with the Crafty Gals Corner challenge #197 - add 3 layers or more

Thanks for stopping by and I hope your week starts off on a good note!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

Pencils - Yum!

I've had this card made for some time but never posted it, so today I'm sharing it with the House Mouse & Friends HMFMC #297 - anything goes or back to school.

When I see pencils my brain goes back to my school days, so this reminded me of school, but it's just a general-themed card. The image was colored with Copics and die cut with Lil Inker stitched rectangle dies, along with the Hello Honey and Rich Cocoa card stock. I added a slightly larger mat of the Cocoa behind the image panel and added a sentiment from SU! which I cut with a scalloped punch and matted with a punched circle.

It's an easy card to put together and when we were kids, we all chewed on our pencils all the time LOL 

Thanks for stopping by and make it a great day whatever you do!


Friday, August 9, 2019

Birthday Dragonfly

I bought a MFT Sweet Celebration paper pad some time ago and used most of the sheets in it, but still have quite a few random snippets left, so rather than waste them, I put them all together to make this birthday card.
The dragonfly was done with a die from Gina Marie Designs and some white card stock. It took some time to get the colors on this, but I used Copics, glaze pens, and wink of stella before I broke out the stickles to add some defined colors overall. The stitched oval was done with a Gina Marie Designs die and I added a few gemstones for antennae. The dark blue border was done with a MFT notched border die, and I used the positive on one side and the negative on the opposite side. The birthday sentiment is from SNSS and I hand cut the fishtail banner with a hexagon punch.

I'm entering this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fabulous day!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Winter Card

I recently won this Just for Fun image and then read yesterday that they decided to close the monthly challenge. Oh well, things change and we've got to roll with the flow.
I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a leftover snippet of water colored card, then immediately heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I fussy cut the image and placed it on some white card, then used some Echo Park Winter Wonderland dsp to cut 3 scalloped borders with SNSS scalloped dies. I added a few sparkly Nuvo drops to indicate the wet, snowy weather outside the window, and added a warm hello sentiment.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown #437 - furry friends

Love to Craft Challenge Blog #37 - August anything goes

Thanks for stopping by as always and I wish each and every one of you a day of happiness.


Monday, August 5, 2019

Watercolored Birthday Card

This card began with a panel of water color card where I brushed on some watered down cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon and tumbled glass Distress inks and then let it dry. Next I used a Cornish Heritage Farm chicken wire fence background stamp with white pigment ink. It didn't turn out to be visible, so I went into plan B. I pulled out a WRMK next level Geometric embossing folder and gave it an embossed look of chicken wire. I still wasn't happy, so I stamped the chicken wire background in black on the lower portion of the card, and now I can see it with that silly bird sitting right on top of it :) The Tim Holtz crazy bird was colored with Copics, while the hat and balloons  were colored with distress inks and fussy cut for placement. The sentiment is by Tim Holtz and was heat-embossed with white ep, then die cut using a MFT fishtail flag frame die. I just used the inside portion of the die without the frame. For the final touch, a few black and aqua Nuvo drops were added just for fun. The bird's eyes are covered with Glossy Accents just for fun.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers August watercolor challenge - anything goes/optional "ocean"

Dies R Us challenge #126 - use bright colors

Thanks for stopping by and here's wishing you a great Monday!


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Water Colored Birthday

 Happy Saturday! I have a card to share today that was done with a Penny Black Petal Power stamp set along with some Peacock Feathers distress ink. I smeared the distress ink on a mat, then spritzed it with water and dipped the watercolor cardstock into it until I liked the saturation and then let it dry completely.  Next I randomly stamped the floral and leaf images onto the water colored card with Versamark ink, then heat embossed the images with white embossing powder. The sentiment is by SNSS and placed on a SU! Chalk Talk framelit die (r). For the final touch I added 2 strips of narrow black cardstock, and then added some aqua Nuvo drops randomly on the card for a little sparkle.

I'm sharing this with the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge - anything goes (showcasing Penny
Black products)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge PBSC August - anything goes/optional 
water/water color

Thanks for checking in today and I wish you a pleasant weekend!


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Christmas in July

It's been so hot I decided to start working on Christmas cards to cool myself off!
I dug through my stash and found this snippet of designer paper that had some pretty ornaments on it, so I built my card around it. I gave it 2 scalloped borders of red and green done with a (r) SU! Scalloped border punch. The background was done with a (r) SU! Snowburst ef, and the silver foil doily is also by SU!. The little tag was done with a stamp from the SU! Merry Everything set, heat-embossed with silver ep on white and cut with a matching (r) SU! punch; then popped up on foam dots. I added a twine bow, and 3 little gemstones and placed it all on a real red card base. The ornament on the top right is a dark green color, which is why I added green embellishments. I had to turn the card sideways to avoid the glare from the silver foil, so the colors aren't showing up as true to life. The tiny polka dots in the snippet background are also green, so it all works together with good lighting.

so I'll be linking my card there.

I'm also entering it here...

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Wednesday!