Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pattern Paper fun Stamps #692 #693

Another online card class.  I learn SO much.  This was a sweet class on using pattern papers cohesively.  YES, my name is Janeen and I am addicted to purchasing pattern papers.  The thing is, i purchase them and rarely use them.  I thought a class like this might be helpful and it was.  I KNOW my hang up is I hate to cut into a full sheet to just use a bit of it.  But that is what these papers were designed for unless of course you buy the big 12x12 for scrapbooking.  Which I have plenty of also but I gave up physical scrapbooking long ago.  Some of those big large patterns i turn into enevelopes.  I’m glad to use them up.
I do have a box of pattern paper packs though that rarely get used.  It was very fun to mix and match and cut and paste.  I may even do it again.  It was a productive stamping day.  I’m entering a couple of these into Simon’s Summer Fun challenge for Monday (what’s more fun than making cards?)  The white one I am entering into Simon’s Wednesday challenge Make for the Border.
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Make for the Border

Simon Says Make for the Border…I purchased a new stencil the other day from Dream Weavers.  OMW i love how this turned out.  I ran the metal stencil with 110 pound cardstock through my Big Shot for a beautiful impression.  Leaving the stencil in place I sponged Distress inks in different colors over all the flowers.  Simple, beautiful, lovely.  It made a side border card that looks so full and luscious.  I added the framed stitched border from Simon’s pierced rectangle set.  At the end I decided to add wink of stella to three of the flowers.  I want to make more of these they were so fun and simple.

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Summer Fun with Simon

One of my favorite summer activities is walking and seeing all the wild flowers.  Kristina’s post on Simon the other day inspired this card.  I followed her instructions though i didn’t have all the supplies.  I used rubber cement as masking fluid for the first stencil layer.  I used copper distress paint through the stencil for the front flowers.  I love the look as it looks like the wild flowers in the field that always seem to have a soft look to them and not real definitive especially from the path or the road as we travel along.  The blue blue skies of Wisconsin become apparent in this creation as the flowers stand out against the horizon. Thanks for stopping by.  Simon Says Monday Challenge

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Monday, August 15, 2016

it’s cool

We built a fire tonight and enjoyed the dry air it created.  My friend in NC asked if it was cool enough here for a fire….well, it’s rare if it’s not.  I understand her question though as it’s hard to picture a place being 75 and no sun when you are steaming at 109.  This was a perfect way to start this post as this is the CAMPFIRE bonus card from MFT this week. 

I thought i would make this for that NC friend and let her know i hope she doesn’t melt in the extreme heat they are having.  I really envy her though.  I would rather sit in the air conditioning becasue it’s too hot for a few days then to suffer through sub zero temps for three months and sit in the house by a furnace that you have to keep nudging up because the cold just seems to get into your bones.  YEAH, i’m so ready to move to warmer climate.

Here’s my one layer scene pieced together from two different MFT sets.  Who’s that girl snowman is the big image and the little snowballs are from PI set You’re the coolest.  I masked a pile of them and then stamped the big image over the masks.  Stay Cool, you hear? Freezing

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Shadow Stamping MFT

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this has been so much fun to try all these new techniques and pull out mostly MFT stamps.  These are the wild flowers from LJD-MFT.

I didn’t like such a plain background and i took my MFT rain drops stencil and used versa mark ink on the stencil.  Then the shadow stamping which is really a way cool effect.  Also just a note about the MFT twine.  It is by far the best twine i have used.  It ties easily and keeps its shape.  The sentiment tag is from BluePrints and I get a lot of mileage from the Essential Sentiments MFT also.


Emboss Resist is always fun

Summer camp fun with MFT.  Earning my badges.  It’s even better than going to real camp where you get bitten by mosquitoes and half drowned by everyone in the lake.  The tecnique is Emboss Resist.  I always love the magic of this technique.  I used clear embossing powder and then heat set and painted over it with pan paints.  This idea for the color came from a card that I had seen posted on FB.  Check out this beauty.  the pan inks cannot compare in depth of color ot the Brusho she used but i loved the color idea and i’m kind of an abstract lover so i was very pleased with how this turned out.  MFT Remarkable Resist camp day.  the images are MFT wildflowers except for the little dandelion fly a ways.  something i had in my stash.

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unintentional inlaid

playing along with MFT’s last week of summer camp this was supposed to be dry embossing with a die.  Well some of the stars from the BluePrints 4 and 15 embossed but most of them cut through and i ended up with inlaid.  I am going to enter it anyway as there is some embossed.  I used the MFT thin pad but guess the sandwich was still too tight.  Water colored with pan style water colors. MFT Whip Cream pigment ink and Steel Gray are the inks used.  I painted a bit of gold stickers on the stars.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Wild 2

Wild Wednesday challenge at Simon this week.  I almost went wild trying to create this simple looking card.  ARGGGGHHHHHH!!!!  I chose some wild colors from my distress inks and muted them down for a color wash.  then added some more concentrated color on top.  Here’s where it got wild.  I wanted to do a frame but i didn’t have the right design in an open frame die.  I used THIS die from Sizzix to get my frame. IMG_8559 (649x800)

The tricky part was getting the wordws out of there.  I’m not so handy with those cutting knives but that’s what i used.  I positioned the word “are” back into the frame but moved it up a quarter of an inch.  i was going to try and use the “your” and “my” from this same die but they did not cut through all the way and it was a pain to try and cut them out.  That’s when i decided to cut the whole thing apart with the craft knife. I used the u and my from two different sentiments.  okay can you see the wild coming out yet!  I decided to use the embossed polka dots on vellum after seeing a kristina werner class and i thought the dots would give this kind of a “wild” creature look.  the sunshine die is a Simon die.  thanks for stopping by.  i think i should quit for tonight but i have so little time in the craft room these days i like to take advantage of the time.

Checking into Word Art Wednesday 242-243 also.

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13 year old masculine card

When you get weary your titles suck!  LOL  that’s as far as my brain can think today.  It was a rough week and i am enjoying the creative process happening here in my craft space but it’s not easy going.  Sometimes it’s like that.  For the MFT summer camp challenge to be monochromatic, i pulled out my blueprints 4 and used one of their sketches.  i just wanted a simple card for a 13 year old great nephew. Brain unengaged and create, i love it.

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Wild is the theme at Simon Says Wednesday challenge this week.  I went with Wild colors.  I took my old Stampin Up inkpads and wend direct to paper with them.  OK, that is INTENSE.  How do you lighten that up?  Surprised smile LOL.  I took another online card class for background and this technique was shown.  I laid a stencil over the darkness and lightened it with a baby wipe by pressing into the open areas of the stencil.  I had taped the stencil down and then ran it through my big shot.  I LOVE the look.  I needed a 50th anniversary card for Sunday and i cut the Tim Holtz words out of white to help brighten this up a bit.  It was the perfect solution.  A few sequins with My Favorite Things stencil die and i think I’ll call this a wrap.

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Word Art Wednesday #242-243

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Sunday, August 7, 2016


as i post this i am reminded of a quote "an expert at anything started out as a beginner" Strawberries?????

gotta post the bad with the good or people will think they can never do this.  we all start at the beginning and it doesn’t mean we don’t sometimes throw things away because we just don’t like the way they turned out.  But i try to rescue everything and so that’s what i did to these strawberries.  The first photo i showed to my hubs and asked him if they looked like strawberries?  NOPE.   Then i tried to reshape them.  not so good but still someone will appreciate this, my mom, if no one else.  Smile  she just likes to get something in the mail that’s not an advertisement.

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Practice Practice Practice

that ombre watercolor technique is way harder than it looks.  it took four attempts and i finally made a back ground without demarcation lines.  it looke like the sea and i went with that.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

sometimes it just works #690 & 691


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This came together as the result of another failed attempt at watercoloring an ombre background.  This time all the colors were beautiful however i had some definite demarcation lines.  I made this yesterday and thought all day of what to make with this piece.  Since it was a full 5x4.5 piece cutting it down after adding distress inks around the edges with a mask for the sun seemed the right thing to do.  It’s been a long time since i made a card similar to this and it used to be my go to sympathy design.  For this one I used a Hero Arts stamp and an old SU stamp both of which I obtained at a rummage.  So peaceful, don’t you think? Stamped with Chocolate Chip SU ink so it’s not as stark as black silhouettes.   Entering into Simon’s Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge.