Friday, August 26, 2011

More Love to Share with Mojo Monday Sketch 116

Sandy is still requesting love cards, so instead of leaving this card blank or using another sentiment, it says "love you."  Who doesn't enjoy getting a card like that?  I have posted cards where I used die cuts that coordinate with a paper pad I have from K&C Company called TC Cottage Garden.  This card, however, is not one of those.  I really love this paper pad, but, the prints are very large and don't lend themselves to cards very well.  I had been trying to figure out how to cut the pages so I could make some cards that showcased the beautiful artwork and I just couldn't come up with anything.  I finally gave up and went to bed.  I couldn't sleep, however, and then out of nowhere a sketch from Mojo Monday popped into my head.  I have just loved this sketch since the first time I saw it about four months ago.  This sketch has been nagging at me to be made and it gave me a way to showcase the beautiful flowers of my paper.

Here is the sketch from Mojo Monday:
Due to the placement of the circles, I was able to cut out and use some of the flowers that were not complete since some of the flowers are partially covered anyway.  I added some Scribble 3-D Paint in Clear (with glittler) and I will cover that area again with Glossy Accents to make sure no glitter can possibly flake off.  The flower on the left is glued directly down to the background.  The flower top right is popped on 3-M foam squares and the bottom center flower is popped on 3-M dimensional tape.  (The foam squares are not as thick as the dimensional tape.)  To just give the flowers a bit more definition, I used Ranger Distress ink Spiced Marmalade on their edges.  It may not come across in the photo, but it does help set them off from the background.  I used papers from the same mat pad for the background and added a bit of ribbon (Micheal's or JoAnn's cheapie).  The stamp is from Fiskars and is heat embossed with black embossing powder.  The gems are Darice self-stick - I peel the sticker off the back of the gem and glue them down with Glossy Accents since it dries to a very hard finish to keep my bling in place!  The cardstock for the card base is Bazzill but I don't know the color name.

Well, that's it for today.  It's beautiful out and I want to make a few more of these cards for OWH and then off to the county fair!

Owl Always Love You

I was at Micheal's one day and I saw this Cuttlebug embossing folder called Owl Flourish.  I thought it was a great folder, but didn't know what to do with it.  Then I saw a Hero Arts Stamp that said "Owl always love you," and I was hooked.  Between the sale on the embossing folders and a 40% coupon, I walked out with a great combo for not too much money!  Still, I wasn't sure how to make my two great purchases really come together into a really great card, so there they sat.  This is where cruising cardmakers' blogs really came to my aid.  I saw a couple of cards (one is an OWH cardmaker, but I don't remember her blog - just that she made an awesome card with a sailboat and a stamped sun) with suns that had been stamped.  I also started really studying distressing with ink.  Sandy Allnock mentioned that she uses foam pads to distress with.  JoAnn's to the rescue!  I bought a couple of foam distressing tools (they're like finger puppets, lol!) and after embossing my image on a designer paper (old, old, old) that already had a marbled/mottled design, I started distressing my image with Ranger Tea Dye  ink.  My little owl just popped off the page!  Yay!!  Oops, first though, I stamped the saying with A-la-Mode pigment ink Chocolate and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I had snagged a Hampton Art round stamp on clearance at JoAnn's a couple of months ago, not really knowing what I could use it for, but it was round and I favor round into my basket it went.  I first used another foam distresser pad (since it is round too) and lightly tamped some Wild Honey for a moon.  I then used Spiced Marmalade on the round stamp and, after first stamping it off on a scrap of paper, I stamped over the Wild Honey.

I think this will make a cute Fall love you card for OWH.  While there are a few steps involved here, this card could qualify as a Clean and Simple card as well AND a monochromatic card!

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge 83

 Operation Write Home's Sketch Challenge 83 is a great sketch that I know I will be using again and again.  I like any sketch where I can use different blocks of pattern without having to line each one in a contrasting color, lol!  I decided to make a Christmas card out of this week's sketch, since  I am continuing to make a half and half box of Christmas and other themed cards.  The Santa is from Colleen Parry's collection Santas for Everyone from PcCrafter.  Papers are from Micheals Recollections.  I cut out Santa and popped him on some 3-M dimensional foam tape and then used some Scribbles 3-D Paint - I will cover that with Glossy Accents to insure no glitter escapes anywhere.  I also used a black Viva Pearl Pen on Santa's jacket button for some extra dimension.  The stamp is - I believe - Inkadinkadoo and is heat embossed in black with Yasutomo Gel Extreme gold metallic pen used as an accent on the stars.

A quick, fun card......thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Operation Wirte Home's Clean and Simple (CAS) Challenge

Operation Write Home sponsored a Clean and Simple Blog Skip yesterday and I saw some beautiful cards and I now have some great ideas for future cards.  I made this card to enter in the challenge.  It is a card that I have made many times - though with a different image and embossing, and sometimes with a different Spellbinder's die cut for the window opening.  The artwork is pre-colored from Gina Jane Johnson's collection Friendship Garden from Daisy Company.  I used an embossing folder from Craft Concepts called Budding Vine.

My inspiration for this type of card comes from Gem's Cottage.  I have "known" Gem from the PcCrafter Message Board days (ancient history).  She sells some beautiful paper piercing patterns to use on cards.  Here is an example:
Isn't it just beautiful?  I think I am going to have to CASE this layout from her too!

Here is the original card from Gem that got me started:

Since I probably don't have the patience to pierce all of those holes, I substituted embossing in their place. Please, check out her blog and you will be inspired as I have - she also features a lot of fabulous crafts and offers free templates for many of them.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Dustin Pike's Challenge at Pike's Playground - Button It!

Dustin Pike is having a challenge called Button It! which requires the use of buttons on our cards.  Buttons - at least large ones - are the bane of Operation Write Home's existence.  Luckily, I had ordered some buttons from Oriental Trading Company (before I knew how easily they can come off the cards or jam up the postal machines), and they are shirt sized buttons which Sandy has indicated may not be too big of a problem for mailing - as long as there is a balance in the card to still give it an overall flat feeling.  Whew!  I saw Verve's Mojo Monday's sketch 204 and decided to use that as my design to give some dimension on the card to help make the surface the same height as the buttons.  I have wanted to pair this duck image with Create with TLC's saying for quite awhile now, so that became the theme of my card.  I used DCWV Mat Stack 7 for the papers.  To glam up Mr. Duck I used some Sakura Glaze Pens, Glossy Accents, and Viva Pearl Pens.   I also added some stitching around the card and stitched the buttons down to make sure they stay put!

Thanks for looking at my blog today!

Sandi Gore Evans Whimsical Summer Garden

I was feeling a bit down since the weather here has never really become summer.  It has rained almost every week this year.  I was looking through my clipart and saw these flowers with their cute smiling faces and decided to make some cards out of them to cheer myself up.  The artwork is from Sandi Gore Evans' collection Whimsical Summer Garden from Daisy Company.  I used OWH sketch 19 and made a computer generated sentiment to use on my cards.  The dotted paper is from Micheal's Recollection Dotted Paper pack.  To add some bling I used some faux pearls also from Micheal's Recollections line.

Hope these cards bring a smile to you too!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

OWH Inchies Mid-Week Challenge

I love DCWV's Naturals Mat Stack papers.  I have had problems using them, however, since they can overwhelm a design.  I decided to make them into one inch tiles and tile a card.  I embossed the Hero Arts stamped sentiment with bronze embossing powder.  I am really pleased how this card came out. It also works for OWH's Mid-Week Challenge - Inchies!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Operation Write Home Mid-Week Challenge - Thinking of You

Operation Write Home's Mid-Week Challenge is to make a thinking of you card for our troops to send home to their loved ones.  Since I missed last week's K9 challenge (who would think someone who owns 6 - yes SIX - dogs could miss that challenge!) and didn't get a card in for the Sunday sketch challenge for Sketch 76, I decided to do a combo card to include all three elements!

The image is from Shelly Comiskey's Fur-Ever Friends collection at PcCrafter.  It was already colored (since I am terrible at coloring I usually use pre-colored images).  The kraft paper background is dry embossed with Fiskars embossing plate Paws (they go right through my Big Shot machine) which I then distressed with Ranger distress ink Tea Dye and just a bit of black ink.  The sentiment stamp is from Hero Arts which is heat embossed in black.  I added some Pearl Pen dots as well.

My two big dogs say it is time for a walk and I agree!  Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Rebecca Carter's Rabbit Garden

Another absolute favorite artist of mine from PcCrafter is Rebecca Carter.  This image is from her collection Rabbit Garden.  The flower bud background is also from her collection.  This card came out burgandy and blue, which was a surprise to me, but I like it very much.

I used OWH Sketch 35 for a design and didn't put on a sentiment because I like to make some general cards so they can be used for any purpose.  The blue strip is dry embossed with Cuttlebug EF Swiss Dots.

Thanks for looking!

Two More Cards!

Ack!  I realized I didn't post a couple of cards that I made before switching to the love themed ones.  These next two cards were made before the others, but since I was trying to get my box done and out the door, I didn't get them on my blog until today.

Anyway, this card features artwork from Daisy Company with a pre-colored image from Dwight Clark's collection Window Seasons.  I don't believe this collection is still available for sale, but check out Daisy Company because there is a lot of beautiful pre-colored artwork there!  I cut the image out with a Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles die and mounted it on a plain navy rectangle to just give a hint of color around the image.  I used Tim Holtz EF Bricked on plain white cardstock.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp which I heat embossed in black.

I think my card came out looking very fresh and clean with the navy and white color theme.  Thanks for looking!

Elegant Word Art!!

Another absolute favorite blog of mine is Elegant WordArt2.  Her blog offers free digi word art plus an oftentimes hilarious look at what it takes to raise five kids on a military base while her husband is away.   Her wordart is also for sale in her store.  Check out her blog and you will be hooked on her sentiments!

This card uses one of her free digis.  I paired it with while cardstock punched with a Martha Stewart punch and added some ribbon with a little knot.  The patterned paper is from my Brenda Walton stack from KandCompany.  I whipped out the sewing machine and stitched around the card to give it a bit more texture.

I really love this card, and I hope you enjoyed it too!

Sketch from Vive La Verve August 2011 Week 2

Vive La Verve at Splitcoast Stampers offers some amazing sketches.  I was going through my digi sentiment stash and found this sentiment from Create with TLC.  It fit an oval well and for some reason I felt like using a diamond pattern paper for the background.  I used red, white, and black to try and make my card uni-sex since Sandy can always use some of those.  I dry embossed the red strip with Cuttlebug EF Diamonds and used a Martha Stewart punch for the black edging.

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Another love card using an image from The Graphics Fairy.  Her site offers a lot of beautiful vintage images for free.  I used Spellbinder's die Deckled Rectangle to cut on the image and mounted it on a rectangle.  The background is  Cuttlebug EF Script distressed with Tea Dye distress ink from Tim Holtz.  The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp mounted on a Spellbinder's Fancy Tag.

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Flights of Fancy by Carolyn Shores Wright

I had this card concept in my head for months and never got up the nerve to make up the card.  I finally did, I love how it turned out!  It is supposed to resemble the carvings in a tree and I think it does a fair representation of that.  The bird artwork is a pre-colored image from PcCrafter artist Carolyn Shores Wright from her Flights of Fancy collection.  I used Tim Holtz EF Woodgrain and distressed it with Tim Holtz distressing inks Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, and Walnut Stain, and then stamped various sentiments to resemble the carvings.

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Sunflower Die Cut

Sandy asked for more sweetheart type cards, so I made a bunch to finish off the box I sent to her yesterday.  I haven't taken the time to post the pics on my blog, but this card and the next four are outta here!

This card uses a die cut from my K & Company Die Cuts (still using 'em up!) called TC Cottage Garden Warm.  The sunflower was pretty large, so I cut it in half and used OWH sketch 70 for the design.  Paper is from the matching mat stack for the die cut  and the sentiment is a Fiskars stamp.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

OWH Sketch 81 and Blog Inspired By

I am relatively new to card making, and when I was (and still am) trying to understand how to make cards, I started looking at the blogs from the cards posted on Splitcoast Stampers.  I found some extraordinary cards on a blog called Inspired By
and I used the card featured on this page (isn't it gorgeous?!) as an inspiration for some cards I made for OWH using the die shape featured in Operation Write Homes Sketch 81.  I didn't make my cards for today's challenge; however, I was posting them today since I finished them this morning.  I wanted to enter my card into the examples since I always look at the example cards for the sketches (and save copies of cards I like along with a copy of the sketch in a file on my computer). While my card doesn't really follow the sketch exactly, it does incorporate the shape and I hope someone may feel inspired to try and make cards using pre-made die cuts - when they are on clearance or 40% off, they are really pretty cheap considering how many cards can be made from the contents!  I was able to create ten of these cards and I made 8 (see this post) and I still have more die cuts to use.

I used a paper with a cream background that had the script "I love you" repeating all over the paper in black (JoAnn's).  I cut the 12x12 sheet down to 81/2X11 and ran it through my printer to apply a light wash of green over the top (just like distressing over the top for people who can stamp!).  I then adhered a 1-1/2" strip of this to a blue cardstock and cut them out with Spellbinder's die Labels 8.  I punched holes around and added fake stitching (a la Sandy!), and then applied the die cut flowers after putting lots and lots of 3M double sided foam onto the backs of them.  I also added Glossy Accents over the top of the glittered areas even though they had the kind of glitter that was already sealed over - I wanted to be doubly sure that no one would fear any glitter was going to come off.

When I bought the package of die cuts (K&Company Die Cuts TC Cottage Garden Warm), I didn't realize the flowers would be so large, and I had to abandon the idea of adding a stamped sentiment.  I think my cards came out really pretty though, and I owe it to a wonderful card I found in my travels on the Web!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 1, 2011

More from the Naturals Mat Stack

I decided to make another card using the Naturals from DCWV and used OWH Sketch 7 for the design.  The sentiment is a stamp from Hero arts embossed with bronze embossing powder.  This is the first time I have used this sketch and I already have an idea for another card using this layout.  I think this card should make a nice masculine card for OWH.