Tuesday, January 27, 2015

oh eeps! having fun with Whimsey

I really really like the dies I won from Whimsey during HYCCT.  Even if you didn’t win you may want to check out their site.  They have a LOT of goodness on sale regularly.

Didn’t this turn out great?  I needed something besides winter.  It’s getting way to long already.  This looks so 4th of July and that makes me think of summer.  Because I used Simon’s heart die on here and added glossy to it, I am going to go ahead and enter this in the Simon Wednesday Challenge Have a Heart. 

I used my MFT star from the blueprints die.  I used Simon’s double stitched circle die for my port hole.  The anchor is Whimsey.  LOVE it cut in the glittery black which roughs it up a bit.  Then the sentiment stamp from Spellbinders.

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#439 & #440 Gina Kay Designs

Here’s another of the images from that Vertical set.  The cat tails.  We just learned Sunday that our friends that we were so close with in the army just lost their first born son to cancer . He was forty three.  We see them once a year at our church convention and we are feeling their loss deeply.

I used my brayer and a Spectrum pad in orange shades to make the back ground.  After a couple of passes I added a circle punch for a mask for the sun and then went over it a couple of more times.  I like this little ducks in formation stamp #440 from Stamp Scapes for this type of scene.

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#438 Gina Kay Designs

I purchased a stamp set from Gina K and Stamp TV because it had several vertical sentiments in it.  They are not used often but it’s nice having the choice and sometimes it’s the perfect way to add a sentiment.  BUT…Gina is so practical and this set came with some gorgeous images that have not seen ink in my craft room yet.

This little dragonfly is one of them.  I used a tiny bit of stickles on his wing that blended the ink from his wings just perfectly.  I also played with another of my Tim Holtz stencils and an acrylic dauber paint from Tim that has never been opened.  This is the BEST acrylic paint I have ever used.  so soft and not real crunchy when it dries.  I’m hooked.  yep, you get what you pay for. 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

#437 a little bitty snowman

This teeny little guy came home with me last year from the Vendor Show that was held about thirty miles from here. It was one of the PPRS images I purchased that day.  He just looked so cute with his little pipe. 

I wanted this to be real CAS but felt it needed those oh so cool stenciled snow coming down.  I have gotten a lot of use out of that Simon Says falling snow stencil and because last weeks Wednesday challenge is to use a heart I will enter this there!

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

B is for baking

The ABC Christmas challenge says B is for Baking.  I thought of this little gal from Door County Rubber Stamps right away.  I used the sketch from the SCS sketch challenge and the colors from Tuesday’s color challenge at SCS.  I really wish the rick rack die from MFT that I used behind the image were a little more apparent but it was all glued down and so I left it.    This is a re-do as it is.  The sentiment just looked so blah and to remedy that I used my German Glitter pen from Viva.  I don’t know why it’s called German Glitter.   To make this a more Christmasy card to meet the challenge requirements I embossed the main panel with a paper tray Christmas die.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

new toys

I got some new toys.  Betty’s Creative Studio has Tim Holtz stencils on sale.  I have been drooling over these since forever and only ever purchased one.  What deal, I had to get several. 
I used the burlap stencil as my background for this card and also cut the edge with my new curved edge Simon Says die.  I knew I would love that little tool.  I used a cream cardstock to apply the Pumice Stone Distress ink with a sponge. 
Now working with SusanLouise transparency, I set to work.  First step was to trim the transparency from the sheet they come on.  I trimmed this one to 3.25 square.  I cut the piece of patterned paper the same size. Next step, find two Spellbinder square dies to cut a frame.  Glue them all together on the edges being careful that adhesive doesn’t of past the frame line.  Using a Spellbinders banner label die for the sentiment, I cut and embossed it and then shadowed it with some more of the Pumice Stone ink.  The rawhide seemed the perfect touch rather than a ribbon.  Before gluing the transparency down I used a scor-tool to trace the curved lines along the edge and used a brown distress marker to make it look like stitching.  I used foam tape all over the back of the transparency and frame and popped the entire piece up for a bit of dimension.  I added the sentiment banner and my Viva Pearl pen to give it a finishing touch.  In real life, this card looks fabulous.  I am so happy I found SusanLouise art images.  They really add an elegance to your card making. 
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#436 MFT (my favorite things)

playing in the sketch challenge with MFT.  This was one of those cards that just didn’t want to come together.  I left it rather than trying to do more.  I don’t know if it’s my color choices or what. I think my little girl looks like a space alien with the way I did her eyes.  it’s not watercolor paper so I can’t undo them.  Smile  Oh well,  the recipient will think it’s my wild artistic side coming out and the message is sincere and I guess that’s what counts the most.  I was just telling an online friend that was bemoaning her creation for the day that a saying on my art calendar says, “create for the fun of it and just know that every creation doesn’t have to be a masterpiece”  so there you have it.  I just fit right into that saying for myself.   It looked so bare and I added the celebrate.  It looks rather diingy on here but IRL it is sprinkled with Art Impressions silver glitter and that is the ONE thing I do like about the card.  

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

It’s getting close to the love day celebration

Did the Hippies invent valentine’s day??  Anyway, I just wanted to jump into the spirit of things.  I’m not much of one for obligatory holidays but I do enjoy the creative process wrapped around them.  Open-mouthed smile 

By the way, to all my fans, I think I am finally on the mend with this second go round of antibiotics.  I feel normal today.  Actually feel I may want to clean the house.  And the SUN!!!!  It’s still there.  We haven’t seen it in forever.  Go away low hanging gray skies.  I see me some SUNSHINE!!! That’ll make any gal feel better.

Entering this into Simon’s Have a Heart Wednesday challenge.   I used a Whimsy heart die ( I love all the dies I won from HYCCT)  love them!! Then using a Simon banner and Simon Hand Written sentiments.  I knew those would be a favorite.  LOVE them! I set those atop a die cut doily from Top Dog Dies.   Wink of Stella is used on the large heart and then again on the hearts where the paper is folded back.  It looks kind of mess in the photo but IRL that striped heart just shimmers and doesn’t look messy at all. 

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singing simon says

I love Simon stuff.  Yes I do.  That falling snow stencil.  mmmmm.  I used it to emboss my back ground on this Coredinations paper and then lightly sanded the little raised bumps so it looks like snow!  I used the same stencil on the tag with some Dream Weavers original embossing paste.  More snow.  I used the MFT curvy die cut to make me some snow (also available at Simon).  Didn’t this make just the nicest background for my little hand cut GKD Christmas house image? 

The sentiment die is from Whimsy. I cut it out twice.  I used my Wink of Stella brush to pick up some Tim Holtz salty ocean color and painted one layer.   It looks so shimmery, gilttery, Christmasy!  Then I barely offset that onto the second layer to give it a bit of a highlight.  ( I have fallen in love with my Elmer’s spray Craft Bond for these kinds of chores)  you can get it at Dollar General priced much better than craft stores. I sponged a bit of distress ink to fade down on the tag.

It was pretty as it was but I wanted to add a bit of color and of course Simon Says heart is always a fun addition.

I am entering this into Merry Monday Christmas challenge to use a house and also Simon Says Monday Winter challenge.   This stamp from my stash has already been used so I no number for it. 

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Same Same or Different Stamps #434 and 435

I’ve been wanting to play more with  water colors this year and I had fun doing these two cards.  While they both have the same image and both are water colored it was fun to see how both evolved into two completely different looks.
On the one I used multiple colors in a small area and the blue one is all one color in a large area.   It surely was a fun experiment.  All images are MFT.   I used the argyle back ground stamp on the one with a sparkly embossing powder before laying down the color.  I used water color papers for both images.
I accomplished a few things here.  I made CAS cards.  I used NBUS (never been used schtuff).  I used a stencil. I used translucent embossing powder.  I water colored.  I used dies. I used up stuff from my stash.  Those snowflakes so want to get all used up.  Smile  I used flower soft.  Images are colored with Staedler water color pencils and blended with water brush and on the blue one with a blender pen.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

I think I’m gonna make it Stamps 432 & 433

today is the first day in forever that if feel almost normal.  Whew, what a ride.  I made this card a week or so ago when Princess Judy mentioned Merry Monday on her blog.   It is a weekly Christmas card challenge and the week I made this the challenge was Cute Critters.  Well I missed the cut off date for posting it but I will post it here.  It was a fun little card to make.  I used my little gift stamp and cut it out several times to show the exuberance of the happy bear child.  I think I will really like this idea of having my cards all done before the season hits.  If I play in this one and in ABC challenge I will have a nice stash come November.   I’m getting a lot of mileage out of my Simon Says Double Stitched dies. I will enter this in Simon’s Monday Winter Inspired challenge, since Christmas is in Winter in our part of the country.

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