Thursday, April 27, 2017

Metal Stencil

IMG_8956 (727x800)This was an interesting card to make.  I really wanted to make a shaker card with that big Hello die but for some reason my brain wouldn’t wrap around that.  I decided to grab one of my metal stencils that you use a stylus and a light with….(but that’s so much work) I ran it through the big shot and i was so impressed with the beautiful impression it gave.  I hand trimmed around the edge that it left and mounted the piece onto a pre-embossed piece that was sent by a friend.  For this card the smaller top piece, the white piece, lifts up.  You can see that by the top edge.  I just folded over the top piece and glued it to the white piece.  Tim Holtz Ranger sentiment stickers are added.

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Distress Crayons

20170424_205242Sometimes cards i make make me say WOW!  This is one of them.  I am so happy with how this experiment turned out.  I  smooshed my distress crayons around on water color paper (the rough side) and then spritzed with water and blended a bit with my finger.  Then I took a stencil and used a babywipe through the stencil.  With another stencil i used the crayon direct  onto the stencil and it left the cool little raised edges. (the pink dots)  For the MFT border die I used my Big Shot and and a silicone pad and embossed the edge instead of cutting it.  Before doing that i inked the edges of the cutting side with a green ink to help the piercing stand out.  Another stencil for the sun rays.  All the stencils were Tim Holtz.  I added a Wink Of Stella water colored butterfly and some clear sequins.  oooo, ahhhh, it’s just like fireworks. 

Challenge: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

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IMG_8960 (583x800)My sweet Sister-in-law takes care of my mother.  My mom would not win a prize for being the most pleasant person in the world but my sweet Sister-in-law would.  She is a gem.  They live in Alabama and I appreciate the care she gives to my mother.  Thought she would appreciate a little surprise thank you note for all she does.  Pre-embossed card from Michael’s clearance rack, added flowered paper tape from Creative Memories and a blue sticker stripe.   The embossed image is sponged with a bit of Distress Inks.  A faux stitched banner completes it.

Challenge: Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Embossing fun

IMG_8963 (800x582)Poking around on Pinterest the other day I found a tutorial that showed how to use your little square embossing folders without leaving a square mark around them when embossed.  It was so clever i had to try it out.  Here’s a link if you want to learn also.

The ballon on the puppy looks paper pieced but i just added some white dots with my gel pen to add some interest and tie in that back ground paper from My Mind’s Eye.

Challenge:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes


IMG_8962 (641x800)One of my favorite people is getting married in May.  It will be her second time being married.  One of my favorite nephews is getting married and it will be his second time getting married.  They are marrying each other, for the second time!  Yep, they have been divorced for fifteen years and they have decided that they still love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together loving on the children they have created and also on their ten year old grand child. We are all very excited.  I used some dollar tree stamps to heat emboss with a glittery white onto a very faintly grey cardstock.  I used MFT blueprints to cut the edges of that piece.  I embossed the trio of wedding images (all on one very old PSX stamp) with a shiny silver and mounted all on the pretty paper by Heidi Grace which is also embossed.  Simple and Done.

Challenge:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

Graduation is coming

IMG_8961 (800x606)Here’s one that came together with a sketch challenge from MFT.  I turned the sketch on it’s side.  It’s past time for joining in their challenge from two weeks ago but i loved the sketch.  The stamp is from Unity and is a NBUS element.  Thought it would make a good grad card.

Wild flowers

I’ve been thinking of this technique for quite awhile, to fussy cut flowers and make them the border.  Then this past week I saw videos by Kristina Werner and Vicky P where they totally put this technique into action.   Thought I best jump on the trend wagon and post mine too.  Masked flower border stamps by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  Distress no line water color.  Die Cut Sentiment from Spellbinders and gold Nuovo drops.  I love those Nuovo’s.  The background paper is by Heidi Grace

Challenge:  Simons Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

I is for informal

Guess i have to have a separate home for my I card for the ABC Christmas Challenge

I is for:  I don’t know what I’m doing sometimes.  Nyah-Nyah

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H & I Christmas fun

ABC Christmas challenge got away from me last month since we spent most of the month in Puerto Rico.  I played catch up today.  Last month was E for Edge, F for Family, and G for Girls.  I got those covered with these three.

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Next up is H for home and I for informal.  and now i am happily all caught up. 

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1 x 3

One stamp set, three cards.  This stamp set from Taylored Expressions is so cute.  I’m wondering if they have a die set that i need to purchase as i would like to die cut the boots instead of fussy cutting them all.  Smile  getting lazy. 

Anyway, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge asks for showers or flowers.  I used the Raindrops plastic stencil from MFT and ran my tag through my Big Shot with it.  Love the subtle rain drops.

Here are the three cards I made with this set this year.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

SSS-MFT-Taylored Expressions

I had so much fun with the MFT and SSS challenges yesterday i decided to make another card for both of them.  This card just fits the weather we are having.  Not complaining, it is at least SPRING at last.  Cold spring, but still spring, and my flowers are coming up nicely.    MFT die that i LOVE.  Hero Arts Rectangle dies, Not sure if the grass is MFT or Simon.  Taylored expressions sentiments, boots, and embossed flowers.

Simon’s Wednesday inspiration color challenge

MFT’s Sketch Wednesday Challenge

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

twins turn two

since i have been gone for about a month from stamping i turned to SSS for inspiration on Wednesday.  They have a fun inspiration challenge for this weeks Wednesday Challenge.  I wanted to use these fun colors.  The plaid Perfect Plaids Petite 6x6 pack from Lawn Fawn worked great.  My next inspiration is MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge.  Always love the sketches. 20170331_113618

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Here’s what i came up with for the sweet little guys.  They love pictures of crabs and they pinch their little fingers together whenever we see one in a book.  I bought them a book from Alaska that has some king crabs in it.  How fun.

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Altenew Roses

After watching the video on how to correctly use these stamps i was so much more pleased with how they turned out.  I loave the beautiful simplicity of this rose.  I used a bit of distress inks on the bottom and left side as “foliage”  and then used my Ranger Spritzer with a dark green marker.  It needed a bit more glitz and i remembered these retired border dies from Sweet N Sassy and the perfect gold paper to create the border.  It is complete. 

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