Saturday, April 19, 2014

Here’s another

Well, I guess I have a lot of die cuts hanging around waiting to get used.  For this one I layered it three times.  There’s really three colors here but it doesn’t matter, no one will see that brown one on the bottom and it gives my sentiment some dimension and cleans up my desk at the same time.

Note to self:  Once again…Martha Stewart punches DO NOT WORK on 110 lb. cardstock.  Only SU punches work on that.  I wrecked my first piece of card stock and THEN decided to  use a die from MFT on this.  Embarrassed smile

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Counting down-just a few more treasures left

I have been waiting all winter to use this die cut from My Favorite Things.  It was one of their close outs a while back and for the price I just felt I would use it enough.  But it has sat there because it has such a spring feel to it I just couldn’t think of what to make with it.  Well today is a perfect March day:  yes, I know It’s almost the end of April but here in Wisconsin it is a perfect MARCH day.  Fifty five and quite breezy.  Would make a great kite flying day.

I’m glad I found a way to use this little purple die cut words.  They have been hanging around on the desk far to long.  Bye-Bye and I know you’ll love your new home with this high flying kite.

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Dream Weaver Inspiration

Dream Weavers is having a WHAT INSPIRES YOU challenge.  Truly the thing I get THE MOST inspiration from is using up my bits and pieces after I have cleaned my stamping space and find all these things I just can’t throw away they will look good on something else pieces.  Open-mouthed smile

So this base piece was a plastic stencil that I had run through the big shot when it arrived in my stamping space and I realized it needed to be stenciled a bit deeper for the application I wanted to use it for that day.  But….we keep these things, right.   On this day that I have cleaned and decided to use up all those treasures I have come across this base piece.

I used a brass stencil and some Dream Weavers translucent embossing paste that I mixed in a bit of Dylusions spray ink. I LOVE the color that turned out.  I scraped it over the matted stencil and then added some glitter to the wet paste.  I let it dry a bit and then heat set it gently so as not to bubble it. The added flower from my stash was the perfect color to go with this happy looking card.  Because I did the wet stenciling last night this card took about three minutes to pull together.  I think I should keep more stenciled pieces on hand.

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Stencils: the crafters workshop mini number collage, american traditions Celebrate

Dream Weavers translucent paste, glitter

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A fun card base from a fun friend

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When I was in Oregon, I met up with an online Stamping friend.  She drove an hour and half to meet up with me and my friend who lives there.  It’s so very special to meet people whom we have connected with on line for a couple of years and then to meet them face to face.

Well she was a genius and generous and brought along all kinds of images and her brand new InkTense colored pencils for my friend and I to try.

Never have I colored with anything so smooth.  This was one of her images that I colored up and brought home to turn into something.  I love how it turned out.  You can’t really tell on here bu the black sits on a base of red with a really fine 1/16th of an inch border showing.  It’s the perfect show case for these oh so beautiful poppies.

We saw lots and lots of poppy fields in Italy.  Go around the curve and MAGIC before our eyes.

Also part to the use it up treasures on the desk.  now to go and finish up with the remainder of the treasures.  We’re getting there and it feels good to be frugal and get those parts and pieces used up.

Can my kids really be turning 40???


Remember I used these two sides on another card recently?  Well I couldn’t throw away two perfectly good halves.  So this one is just a bit different than the first and incorporates another one of those scrap treasures I had on my desk.  That black oval.

MFT number die and I dotted them with a black marker.

Still cleaning up those treasures.

This lady bug piece has been calling my name for several weeks.  I had die cut it to use for a project but in the end it just didn’t work out.  I tried so hard to make it work for things and it just wouldn’t fit in.  Now, last night I see that IT has to be focal point and not try and cover it up in any way.  The HELLO die cut from MFT worked perfectly with this.  That is a very soft home made like paper that I got shopping with my friend Angie Bode.  She and I had SO much fun shopping at Michaels and Hobby Lobby when I was visiting her in GA.  Now when I go to those stores it’s not nearly as fun and I always text her while I am there so it seems like we are shopping together.  You can find her blog HERE.

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Stamps 201-202-203-204

I have this wonderful on-line friend that you should visit!  Princess Judy.  Click HERE for her blog.   She was so nice and sent me these really fun feathers and ink well dies and she didn’t even know that fountain pens and ink are one of my loves.   So I have been saving them to make some special note cards and they just fit this old Stampin’ Up set so perfectly.  So thank you Princess Judy, I bow to you and your ink loving crown. Princess  I really like how these look laid out on cardstock.  Open-mouthed smile   And oh my.  I used the two new inks I got from Simon Says….I really really really like the way they ink up.  I

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was wondering for a bit if I was going to enjoy using them because I found it difficult to get the covers off at first.  There’s no grippy things to grab onto to open the covers.  But after using them a couple of times the covers came off much more easily so now I am tempted because I need new colors kind of badly.  My SU ones are about ten years old and they are losing their inking abilities.  They are kind of warped and hard to use.  But that’s all for in the future, those nice new ink pads.  sigh!


All Stamps  SU except Inkwell.  no name for that one

Simon Says Inks

Embossing powder on the pen

Die cuts were gifted from the Princess

Friday, April 18, 2014

Inspiration and stamps 198-199-200

Well I love to fish and hooray that stamps leading up to 200 are fishies.  These are D.O.T.S. stamps and there is a trio of them so it was fun to use them all. 

What inspires me the MOST is when I clean the stamping room and I find all these little treasures that I save because, well, because I just couldn’t throw them away.  Maybe they had an intention for a card and they didn’t work, maybe it was a negative die cut, or just a teeny piece that I thought would fit some where……like that little strip of burlap.   Here is the first card I made with the inspiration from my treasures. IMG_4749 (800x598)I am entering this into the MFT color challenge 4 for the month of April.  I got all those colors in the back ground the fish are stamped on. Smile 



Changing things up

Besides making cards, I also do a lot of digital scrapbooking.  The question I get the most is, do you just digi-scrap or do you get your books printed?  I think that’s funny, because what would be the point of doing all that work if I were not going to print the books. YES….I love my digi books because they take up so little space compared to the great big overstuffed hands on scrap books I made four of. I can get ten digi books in the same space as ONE hands on book.  So yeah, I print them.

Here’s a page that I did today.  I love how it turned out.  I didn’t take the picture purposely for this but when I saw the picture I decided to do the page.  This was taken on Mom’s 86th birthday this past January.  After posting the photo online I went back into the program and added the date across the bottom of the photo.  12x12 page

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stamp #197

We are getting close to 200 stamps used.  it has gone fast.  there are many many more yet to be inked.  For this one, I turned the clear stamp over and inked up the back part of it with Pumice by Ranger distress ink.  Then I embossed in white over that and just lightly sponged with some worn lipstick color distress ink.

Both of these stamps  I found at Good Will the other day.  They stamp so nicely.  I don’t know whose stamps they are.  I love the trail of flowers that was in one of the CD cases.  and of course my Viva Pearl Pen.  Sometimes the littlest touches make the difference in a card.  I love the look of the tags that I cut the edges with a teeny scallop scissors.

I will enter this one into the Simon Says Wednesday Animal Antics challenge.


Stamp #196

Mark’s Finest Papers had the finishing touch to go along with the sentiment and image from Sweet N Sassy Stamps.  Brayered the sky and colored the image lightly with Copics.

It looked kind of bare up there on the top and I decided to use the Scor-Buddy and give it some character.

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Stamp # 194 Prickley Pear

It was fun to do this easy technique and having won these die cut mats it went really fast.  I should make some more like this just to have on hand.  I surely cannot stay caught up with sympathy cards this year.  Every week for the past six weeks there has been a death of someone close enough to us that warrants cards for the families.  A little piece of my heart goes into each card.   All I did was stamp in white color box pigment ink and emboss with white.  I made a little slit for the greeting tab to slip into, right behind the ribbons.

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Stamp 193 My Favorite Things

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My Favorite Thing is really My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge.  I love the challenge of seeing what I have that can be made into someone else’s pattern. 

I am still enjoying that burlap.  So fun to use texture like that.

My little gal is an MFT image and I colored her with copics.  It’s time for SPRING!!  I’m glad I didn’t make any silly promises to myself about making snow man cards as long as there is still snow on the ground because I have had ENOUGH.  It’s coming down frightfully again today.  My tulips are coming up though and they seem to like the nitrogen that the snow is giving them.  I’m so glad I got that bed raked last week when we had spring that one day. Wilted rose

SUPPLIES:  MFT Image and dies

Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Candies

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Stamp 192 PSX Ivy

Inspiration challenge at Dream Weavers.  Here’s the inspiration picture. wisteria in Angwin  I liked the purple colors with the green and that ivy running up the tree.  It reminds me of old Southern homes with their fancy skeleton keys. 










Here’s what I came up with.  This was a fun challenge to enter.   ~~I used Dream Weavers original embossing paste and sprinkled silver embossing powder on the keys.  I let that dry and then used the heat gun on it in the morning.  I added the silver cord to the ribbon to mimic the trailing vines of the Wisteria.  Mounted it on the purple because of the Wisteria color and stamped the ivy trail along the edge.  I quite like how this turned out and it could easily be a masculine card.

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Brass stencil –Momenta Keys

Plastic Stencil- The Crafters Work Shop (clocks)

Image-PSX mini English Ivy

Dream Weavers Original Paste

Silver Emobssing Powder

Recollections Ribbon

SU silver Cord

MFT Grape Jelly Card Stock

Stamp #191

Oh he’s so cute and hardly ever gets to come out of the box.  I don’t know why I overlook him.  Just thought I would try some water color pencils on him this time.  He fits well into the Simons Says Wednesday Challenge, so we shall hop on over there and enter him in.
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Image: Stampin Up
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Dies: My Favorite Things Blueprints 5, Simon Says Mini Hearts, and Spellbinders shapeablities
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts Weave
Staedler Water Color Pencils.
Viva Pearl Pen

Monday, April 14, 2014

TUTORIAL and Stamp #190

I saw this technique in a stamping magazine back from the late nineties.  I have never seen it any other place.   Paper TOLE is described as: In a nutshell, Paper Tole is the process of taking identical prints, cutting out its component parts, shaping and sizing these 'components', then layering them on the 'base' print to give the finished piece its special 3-D effect. And, with a little experience, tolers can make projects as complex as they like.
Here is a tutorial to show you how to do a very very simple faux tole look because it really only has the one layer added to it.  The stylus is what gives you 3D look.

Stamp your image twice.  Once on your card base and once on a scrap piece for cutting out certain portions.

Color the pieces you are going to cut out.

Cut out the pieces and using a marker the same color as the images run your marker around the outside edges of the cut out pieces so there are no white spots showing.  (I forgot to take a picture of that step) 

 Using the thicker end of a  stylus and a foam cushion of some sort, (I use a mouse pad)  Turn the cut out images over and run your stylus around the OUTSIDE edges of each piece.  It will look like the small picture when you are finished.

 Using different size dimensionals for greater dimensional look; adhere to backs of your pieces.  I used SU dimensionals for the flowers and I rolled up glue dots for the leaves so they will be more recessed.

Adhere your colored pieces with the flatter dimensionals first and the pieces with the thicker dimensionals over top of them. 

Do you see how the pieces add dimension.  On this one you can see what happens if you don’t use your markers around the edges of the cut out pieces.  I went in and corrected that and added more color to the images after they were placed to give them a bit more dimensional look.  Remember it’s darkest in the areas that sit UNDER something. Or where the light would not hit so prominently.

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Finish your card.  You can see how the stylus used on the back pushes out the edges to give it a wonderful three dimensional look.  This can be done with many different types of images.  Open space images seem to work the best and are easier to use the stylus on.
Try it and have fun.  Thanks for looking.
IMAGE: Sweet N Sassy Graceful Calla Lily
SENTIMENT: Hero Arts Clear Stamps
Viva Pearl Pen in Salmon
Ranger Embossing Powder
SU ribbons

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Stamps 188 & 189 StampScapes

Playing in the MFT sketch 171 Challenge and also Simon Says Monday Journey challenge.  Three cards in one, I wanted to play in both these challenges and my husband wanted me to make a get well card for a friend of his. 
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MFTWSC171I have tried twice before to use these two stamps from Stamp Scapes and ended up trashing the pieces.  Just couldn’t make them work for a big card.  But I am very happy with what this smaller die cut version ended up like. I used distress inks on my craft mat and sprayed both the cardstock and the mat with water before carefully laying the already stamped card stock piece down.  I popped a second fussy cut image over the water to give it a bit more dimension.
It was kind of fun matching the papers but that was the most difficult part. 

Sentiment: My Favorite Things
Images: Stamp Scapes
DIES:  Spellbinders
Papers: GKD Grateful Hearts, Fancy Pants-Park Bench
Embossing folders: Lifestyle Crafts and CuttleBug
Buttons: My Minds Eye-Lost and Found Christmas
Colored with Copics and Ranger Distress Inks

Stamps 186 and 187 SU

I love love love this set from SU.  I have had it forever and I don’t get tired of using it but it has been sitting in the bin for quite a while.  It’s one of those keeper sets.  It comes with a set of aprons too.  Well, I love to hang clothes so maybe that’s why this set always warms my heart.

Simon Says has an Easter/Sweets challenge going on.  We always see the bunnies show up at Easter.  This little guy must have had someone holding him sticky fingers cuz he needed a wash.  The other part of the challenge was to use papers from Basic Grey and I had these from the What’s Up collection.

I stamped the clothes line and poles onto a lighter weight of cardstock and cut the part between the poles out, allowing the background paper to show through. Then I painstakingly paper piece the three hanging images and added a little Simon Mini Heart to the bun-bun.

Tip:  rather than cutting out the pieces between the bun’s ears and legs and also on the carrot and pj’s.  just stamp the images again on the same color of background paper and cut those out and then glue them in the appropriate spaces.  It’s a lot easier than trying to get your scissors into the teeny spots without tearing the image.

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IMAGES: SU Just a Line

Sentiment: Hero Arts

Papers all Basic Grey What’s Up

Die: Simon Says Mini hearts and clouds

Colored with Copics

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stamp 185

I have had this stamp on my mind for quite some time now.  I wanted to pull it out and use it but just kept grabbing other ones.  This inspirational  challenge at MUSE gave me the push I needed.  I was inspired by Vicki’s large flower and done in different tones.  I also liked her inspirational quote which was rather large.  This sentiment stamp has never seen ink so I was glad to be able to use it with this.  I have always liked this tulip stamp and usually use it for sympathy card so it is nice to use it in a different venue.   I stamped in white color box pigment ink and then embossed with white detail embossing powder.  I wondered how it would look coloring on colored card stock and I was very pleased with how it turned out.  After adding the sentiment and ribbon I finished off with my favorite embellishment, my Viva Pearl Pen in white this time.

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Image: Endless Designs

Sentiment: My Favorite Things

Ribbon: Michaels

Viva Pearl Pen

Stamp 184 Simon Says Kit Card

Happy Birthday to Simon Says for 5 years of challenges given out.  That’s lots of creativity.  I wanted to share my Birthday card for them.
I picked up a stencil for three bucks on the clearance of Hobby Lobby.  I had to try it.  First I ran the plastic stencil through my Big Shot to emboss the numbers.  I put the stencil on the underneath side of the cardstock so the numbers would be raised.  Then leaving the stencil in place, I diluted some dylusions spray and sprayed away.  Loved the effect.  Now my stencil was all covered with pretty pink spray so I took a piece of water color paper, spritzed it and layed it on top of the stencil.  OOPS  when you do that words and numbers come out backwards.  Don't tell anyone smile  But we never throw things away being crafty stamping people.  I thought it looked kind of cool; kind of like past and present;  and decided to cut both pieces in half and layer them together.  The ribbon covers the seamed card stocks.  Mounted it on a black piece and trimmed the edge with a mini scallop die.  The sentiment image is a SIMON EXCLUSIVE product from their May 2012 Card Kit.  I sure am getting a lot of mileage out of that kit. Made me a banner sentiment and called it done.  I like it!
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Stencil:  Mini numbers Collage-The Crafters Workshop
Image: Simon Says Stamp
Sentiment: High Hopes- Swinging Birthday
Ribbon: Michaels
Water Color Paper, Dylusions Distress Spray diluted