Friday, May 30, 2014

Having fun with something new

I saw this video by Jennifer Mcquire and the second card she made really appealed to my eye.  I wanted to try it.  Just a note, it’s harder than she makes it look.  I had a difficult time laying the numbers on the panel straight and then when I moved them they left glue marks all over the place.  I am using it anyway.  This card is for our son’s 40th in October and he won’t mind a little misplaced glue. 

I am entering this in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, anything goes.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Gone Stampin’

It’s been years and years since I found this stamp and I laughed and thought it was so fun.  I have used it off and on over the years but of course it doesn’t get a whole lot of use.  But I don’t want to let it go, it’s one of those, ya want it for when ya need it kind of stamps.

The challenge for this idea came from a challenge posted to create a dream vacation that you have never done.  Well I always thought it would be fun to go on one of those stamping class weekends to a place on any of the coasts except the north route.  Wouldn’t it be fun to take a water color class with an expert?  IMG_5285 (714x800)With that theme in mind I spritzed some water color paper and took a couple of small back ground stamps I have been wanting to use and inked them up with Ranger Distress inks.  Spritzed again, really well and picked the piec up and let the colors run a bit, blew them around a bit with the heat gun and then blotted them with a baby wipe.   Since it’s a dream it needed stars and sequins and then of course the little elephants are just spewing out water.  It’s all good. 

The Monday Challenge at Simon Says this week is Let’s get Artsy and so I shall enter my artsy piece into their challenge. 

#242 Cock-a-doodle-do

Another hardly ever used stamp.  It sure was fun coloring him up.  Again I used the BluePrints 5 from MFT and the sketch they provided .  I also used a technique that I had never heard of that my friend Angie posted a couple of weeks ago.  You can find this technique here.  She gives a nice, easy to understand tutorial.
This was just a very fun masculine card to make.  It could be used for anyone but I was kind of thinking “guy” when I created it.  Thanks for joining me today.  Always love to have you stop by.  MFP sentiment. I will enter this into Simon Says anything goes challenge.
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Stamp 241 Studio G

How fun this card was to make.  All those bright colors.  I bought this small pack of cardstock several years ago.  WHAT was I thinking…wellllllllll, I was thinking how much I like bright colors.  What I wasn’t thinking is how difficult it would be to pair this up with things and make it look good.  And so we have learned.  There are several patterns in here and yes, I am slowly finding ways to use them.  Open-mouthed smile  that makes me happy.

This card is made with the BLUEPRINTS 4 from My Favorite Things.  I used one of their suggested layouts.  I use parts and pieces from this blueprint set quite often.  I find myself doing that with several of the blue prints but I also love the pre made sketches they suggest for a quick go to idea.

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I adhered the orange cardstock to some chipboard before I ran it through the bigshot to give the button some stability and dimension. 

Oh and you know, that cool beach scene I made with the salted background???? Guess where that ended up?  Yep, it jumped right off the top of the file cabinet and fell behind it.  Guess it will stay there until we move cuz that cabinet is a beast to move.  bye bye fun card.  Sad smile bwwwwaaaaa

239 & 240 Mark’s Finest Papers

IMG_5279 (800x600)I won this stamp set over two years ago and thought it was so cute but could never find a way to use it.  I suppose because our summer season is so short it just never jumped out to be be used in time.  The back ground is called Salted Background.  You use glossy paper and paint with reinkers and then sprinkle salt on and let it dry and then wipe off and it makes a funky kind of texture look but  I don’t think it makes enough of a difference to bother with the mess.  In order not to cover up all that salty goodness I wanted to use die cuts.  I took a chance and cut my sun out with a flower die and I love it!  I had thought circle at first but that’s just so boring sometimes.   Next, I would love to have had some dies in the shapes of the palm trees but this worked out great.  I cut half of the right hand one off to give the leaves a way to overlap the first oval that I placed down.
I made some die cut sand hills and tucked the palm trees behind.  I love how the scene ended up.  

I am entering this into Simon Says Anything goes Wednesday challenge this week.

Stamps 235-236 Stampin Up


Pulling out some oldies.  Hey, Princess Judy, do you recognize the two papers under the vellum?  Loved them and they worked perfectly for this.  To help the images stand out a bit I covered the flowers DP with a soft vellum piece.  I computer generated the sentiment.  This card is for my son and his wonderful wife.  We are so glad they joined lives thirteen years ago.  (they eloped) 

I have always loved this set.  Well I used to have my kitchen decorated with moons and suns like this from Mexico.  I now only have one of them.  well, two of them.  IMG_5280

Well I had to post a picture after I told you that. Winking smile

Here’s a fun one with Close to My Heart stamps #231-232-233-234

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This is one of those little sets I got at Good Will for $1.99.  WHO could pass up a bargain like that.  There are still two more stamps in this set that I couldn’t figure out how to use. 

Using a mask that had the center cut out, I took my Dew Drop shape memento inks and did direct to paper swiping with three different colors.  Keeping the mask in place I stamped the little scene.  too cute, those little guys.  I love the designer who came up with these images.

Using up stickers

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Years ago I won an ebay auction for stickers.  I was astounded when the box came.  You wouldn’t believe how many stickers there were.  Thousands.  Yes, thousands.  How do you ever get those all used up.  I sorted them, kind of, by category and every once in a while I dig through them and find a way to use some up.

Here’s a good example.  the bursts of fireworks and the borders are stickers.  LOVE easy cards like this. Thanks for looking.  Leave me a comment and let me know if you have a stash of stickers that need looking at.  Open-mouthed smile

Catching up

I have made several cards that need blogging.  Where does the time go.  Well it’s always fun to create and I want to remember that blogging is part of the creating too.  It’s so fun to share.  And I love to see everyone elses blog posts so I need to get busy. Let’s start with where we left off a week or so ago.  Stamps #229 and  #230 are from Mark’s Finest Papers.  Never been used.  I really like how this ended up though I didn’t know where I was going with it when it started.  I needed a masculine sympathy card and thought this fit.  I used Raindrop Petal shapes on the large flower.  The sky is sponged.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


I don’t think I have ever shared my work space on WOYWW before.  Todays seemed a good day to jump in; after all it is their 5th birthday.  Happy Birthday WOYWW.    Because I was using re-inkers I pulled the whole drawer out of it’s space.  It’s kind of hard to get to and I thought it would be easier to access the different inks right from the drawer.  How’s that for filling up space.  I was trying a new technique called “salted background” and

IMG_5278that is a trial piece of glossy cardstock with the green and brown on it.  There you see the water brush I was using to paint with and my ever handy ATG gun off to the left.  Looks like I need to put away a couple of stamps that have been used and you can see my acrylic block almost falling off the table.  Embarrassed smile Mostly you see the supplies I have out that I use all the time.  Though I’m not real sure why I have the alcohol bottle still out.  It’s been a while since I mixed me up so home made glitter sprays. 

So there you have it my first WOYWW posting.  Oh the big meat thing in the middle is the mouse pad I use to stamp on for cushioning.  It’s one of them olllllllllddddd fat ones.  Works great.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Stampin up #228

How fun was this???  A never been used before stamp and she’s so fun.  I took her apart from the sentiment that was attached to it and NOW I can use it.  Gotta think outside the box sometimes.

Core’dinations paper used and I don’t know where the other papers are from they have been in my stash so long.  The flowered one is GKD.

Dies are MFT from different blueprints sets.  I did the inside of this card too.  Well, the coffee beans are covering up a smudge or two.  Be right back

For a coffee lovin’ friend of mine who is joyous about retiring.  I’m happy for her.  I used the MFT sketch for this even though it is way past the due date to count for the challenge.  I just like the sketches as a starting off point.  Gives a lot of character to the cards, eh?  Sentiment is computer generated and hand drawn speech bubble.

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

MFT Dies

So fun to use this bird house die set from My Favorite Things.  I bought it off season and only used it once.  My 96 year old stamping friend and bird watcher will be very happy to receive this.  She likes to get happy mail instead of just flyers in her mail box.  I like to make her smile.  I am entering this into MFT’s color challenge for May.  Using Pink Lemonade, Sno Cone, Berry-licious and Kraft.  Everything on this card is from My Favorite Things except the enamel dots and the embossing folders.  I used the Wood Grain Background stamp on the bird house.  It was such a fun card to make.

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And a little help from my friends…

For this quick card, I had help from my PC.  I typed the sentiment and then die cut it.  I saw a card like this in a very old Stampin Up catalog and I did a bit of variation on it as I had none of the supplies shown in the book.  I love the look of it and how easy it went together.  Maybe I’ll use this as my standby go to grad card.  I better make up a bunch.  Maybe in some darker colors for the guys.  We never seem to run out of graduates.  Smile  I will enter this in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Die Crazy.  After embossing the panel I used it as a layer over the card base. It is cut just a fraction smaller than the base.
Images are both SU
EF: Lifestyle Crafts and Cuttlebug
Dies: My Favorite Things Textile Die and Spellbinders Edgeabilities
Sentiment: Computer generated

Masculine Grad Stamp #227

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Because I still had wet water color paint spots left over I dragged another tag through it and this is what that morphed into.  Another Masculine grad card and I will enter this into Simon’s Monday Challenge as well.    It’s also Mbossed (chuckle)Sick smile

It does signify time Marching on though so it’s a good fit. 

Image: Stampabilities

Stencil: The Crafters Workshop

Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug

As an afterthought I added two amber hued clear RAIN circles as embellishments going vertical in the lower right corner.  It was needing something and that matched the stitching. 

M is for Magic

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The Monday challenge at Simon Says is Use the letter M.  M in this case is for Magic Marker.  I used one to color my Candies which were a light blue previously. 

Also it’s a Masculine card.  It fits the challenge two ways. 

Image and sentiment: MFP

BG stamp is SU Argyle

Tim Holtz Distress ink in Tea Dye

Truck is colored with chalks

Candies Embellishments

Get tickled about graduation

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I was asked to make a couple of masculine grad cards and I am going to need a couple of those myself.  Still using up those feathers that friend Judy sent me.  I have a couple of them left.  It worked wonderfully well on here.  I had these three scraps lying on the desk and they all worked together.  The wood grain was a necessity.  It looked a bit un-done before I embossed it.  I am entering this into Simon's Die Crazy Wednesday challenge. 

Dream Weaver Stencil

IMG_5061 (622x800)IMG_5062 (600x800)For this card I took a piece of designer paper and ran it through the Big Shot with the large butterfly stencil under the paper.  I left the stencil in place underneath and then lightly sponged over the raised part.  I added the inked up lace edge and some wired ribbon.  Inside I just places the stencil down and lightly inked the all over the stencil  Very appropriate sentiment for the image and the occasion.  I did not adhere the designer paper panel down all the way around.  I only adhered it at the very top.  I am entering this into this month’s Dream Weaver challenge Fauna or Floral because of the background.

What a stamping day

Whew, what a fun day spent in the stamp room.  But OMW, I was having a time of it this morning.  I was trying to add a sentiment to a wedding card.  I stamped it crooked, I smeared the ink, I creased the paper when I was trying to lay a piece over the crooked sentiment, I dropped the ink pad.  Needless to say, it took over an hour to just put a sentiment in the card.  sheesssshhhh!!

I cleaned my space up, thought maybe that was part of the problem.  I should have taken a Work Space Wednesday photo of it last night but you all would not want to see that, I’m sure of that.

Then I got to stamping the grad cards I needed for an order.  How fun that was.  I got seven cards made today.  I will be posting them separately as I will be entering them into different challenges. 

Here’s the card I made for the shower.  I love how this turned out with the glittery handle. 

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The punch is Martha Stewart

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A couple of more grad cards.

Stamps 226 & 227 are the diploma and the grad cap.  The flowers on the tag are SU rub on’s.  Yep, I’m using some more of them.  I fussy cut the cap and diploma on the second card to give a bit more dimension.  I tied a teeny bit of thread around the diploma. I am entering these into Sweet N Sassy's Lots of Spots Challenge.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

stamp 225 La La Land Crafts stamp

Graduations will be happening soon.  I have a few cards to get made.  I started with this one.  I used the Peerless Water Colors again and had a bit of trouble getting them all to shade correctly.  Practice Practice Practice.  I have seen beautiful work done with these and I know it just takes lots of practice.   All in all I love how the card turned out.

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Friday, May 9, 2014

Stamp 224 Christmas is coming

Well it feels like it as the weather outside is frightful.  Might just as well make a holiday card.  I have only used these recently purchased house mousies once and I had this big oval cut and, well, they just seemed the perfect stamp for last night.
I used the sketch from My Favorite Things as a jumping off point.  Maybe I should go ahead and enter this in there.  Yep, I think I will.  I got those luscious bows on close out at Michaels for like thirty nine cents or some weird cheap number.  Figured I could use them for that price.  Smile  did you ever do that?   Colored with those Peerless Water Colors again.  So enjoying them.  Takes a bit of practice but hey, that’s what we do when we create, eh?  The goldish hued papers on either side of the red are Creative Memory Scraps.  They did have fabulous papers.  I feel badly they went out of business.  The oval die is My Favorite Things.

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Having fun with stencils

Oh my, stencils, spray, water color paper…..I am loving it.  I got these Heidi Swapp stencils back in February when I met my cyber friend Angie for the first time.  We had to do a Michaels shopping trip and I haven’t really played with them that much but the urge hit today.  So spray away!

I love how everyone of these turned out.  Mostly with my own concoctions for sprays.  Some are acrylics in water, some are Dylusions in water, some are radiant pearls in alcohol water mixture, but the results are beauty every time.  Feeling happy.  Had to honor all those pretty birds that are coming back to us for the season.  So far, the Orioles, the Grosbeaks, the Indigo Bunting, The Pine Warbler have all showed up.  Waiting for the hummingbird, he should be bringing his happy little self around soon.   But brrrrr….it was warm this morning, well, warm as in 61 degrees, but it has now dropped down to 56 and I had to close the windows and turn the furnace on and since I’m wearing walking shorts I tossed on a sweater too.  the walk ain’t gonna happen.  it’s COLD out there.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stamp 223

Seeing it was just Cinco de Mayo these colors must have been prevalent on my brain.  Isn’t this just the greatest flag, ever?   Playing along with My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge this is what came out of my fingers.  Many thanks to friend Princess Judy who sent me that perfect piece of designer paper along with one of her pretty creations. I layered the vellum over it and IRL it looks really great but doesn't show up so very well in the pic.  And I am loving the way those Peerless water colors work on real water color paper.  Beautiful depth to the colors.

Image: Inkadinkadoo
Sentiment: SU
Embossing Folder: Lifestyle Crafts
Dies:  My Favorite Things Blueprints 4

Stamp 222

I love this little froggy stamp. And I got to use that BIG rub on flower.  I used the paper that it rubbed off from as an embellishment under the vellum sentiment,  to give it cohesive look.

  I don’t know whose stamp that is.  It was bought from a bin at a huge rubber stamping store in Vegas.  The Vellum sayings are on a page that have been in my stash forever.  It sure feels good to use up some of these things.  I think maybe I bought a lot of this stuff when I was doing traditional scrap booking and then it got kind of hidden when I gave that up.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Stamp 221 BIG Watercolor

ooo-ooo—I Red heart how this one turned out.  I decided I liked using those water color crayons and how fun to use real water color paper.  I forgot how beautifully the colors blend when you use the correct paper with water.  My friend Angie and I Face Timed and stamped together and the card she made inspired me to add the black pearls to this.  I saw this card posted on Simon’s from Emily one of their design team and knew I had to use it as a kick off for this big flower that hardly ever gets used.   I will enter this into the Simon Spring Flower Challenge also.

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The details:

Image:  Stampin Up

Sentimet: My Favorite Things

Lyra: AquaColors

Pearls: Michaels grey painted black with Permanent Ink Sharpie

Stamp #220

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Isn’t he a cutie.  This was a stamp my daughter gave me.  I decided to make him into a recessed image.  I stamped him on the base of the card then cut a circle into the top layer and embossed it and layered it.  It went together very quickly.  I used my Aqua Color crayons scribbled onto my craft mat and applie with a water brush onto regular 110lb cardstock. 

I will enter this into the Simon Wednesday Challenge for Spring Flowers.  They are featuring Penny Black images and he fits there too.  Smile 

The details:

Image: Penny Black

Sentiment: Mark’s Finest Papers


Ribbon: Stampin Up and that’s the last of it  Sad smile  SU has the nicest organza ribbon.

Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder

Stamp #219

These pieces of scraps were lying there on the table just begging to be used and I heard them and turned them into this wonderful friendship card.  Isn’t it wonderful in all it’s orangey tones.  I water colored the image with my Peerless water color papers.  I was wondering where they had gotten off too.  I found them hiding in a drawer with envelopes.  Don’t know how or why they got put in there.

I used Simon’s Monday challenge for this card to use FIVE things.  I used FIVE shades of orange and fun doing it.  This is a small sized card 3.25 by 5.50 and will fit into a standard mailing envelope.  Using up some of that embellishment goodness I found at Good Will.


The details:

Home Made paper from Michaels

SU image Sentiment Mark’s Finest Papers

Peerless Water Colors

Friday, May 2, 2014

Stamps 217-218 and a surprise!

What a surprise I got in finding that old box of goodies.  There’s also lots of Rub-On’s in there.  Remember those goodies?  I used one for the sentiment on this quick little card that uses the My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 174.  This is one of those smaller cards and I am using up that Kraft paper.  Smile  Lots of things on this card make me happy.  I have been noticing Trios being used on lots of cards and wanted to try that so was glad for the nudge from this sketch.  I got to use a very old set of Stamps from SU but I think this set is going to go bye-bye.  Just to much brain work to make these small little stamps work easily.  I got to use the Rub-On’s which I do love, especially the SU ones, they seemed to always adhere the best and paper ribbon.  Yep, it feels like ribbon but it’s paper. 

There’s more, but I’m tired and thinking I need to go and take that third nap for the day.  Will I ever get my energy back, I wonder?  The coughing wears me out.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Stamp 215 & 216 Dance like no one is watching

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Paper piecing, embossing, sequins, die cuts, what’s not to like about this card?
I used two different stamp companies.  Anita’s Ark is the designer of the umbrella stamp and SU is the penquin.  One of my most used SU sets. Sometimes combining different companies gives you a whole new way to play.   Entering in Simons Anything Goes With Sequins