Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Spooky Kitty

     One of my favorite things to do is to watch "Watercolor Wednesday" videos from Artistic Impressions and follow along as Bonnie turns stamping into pieces that resemble original watercolor paintings. This project was inspired by the "Evening Scene" that can be found on YouTube.
     After Hurricane Harvey left us, we had a few days of cooler weather. This was the perfect time for venturing outside. Normally southern Texas weather is extremely hot this time of year. 



     The best thing about the watercolor projects is that all of the items needed fit into a shoe box. Watercolor Wednesday and Zentangle are my favorite things to do when traveling for this very reason. Anyway I grabbed that shoe box, my IPad and set up shop on the back patio (with the love bugs and mosquitoes). You'll notice in my picture there are two lapdogs. The tan and white one is my dog Riley. The blue one on my lap is a handy Lapdog Craft Tray that I received for Christmas 2 years ago. It is amazing for working away from the craft room.

Card & Envelope
      When I complete the Watercolor Wednesday projects, I always feel so successful. I immediately wanted to frame it. I used an Elizabeth Craft die set to highlight my work and constructed a flower for the corner.

Inside of Card
     The inside of the card is made from the pieces that were left over from the front. I was going to do a bit more of the watercolor stamping, but while I was at the Scrappn' Savvy yesterday I saw this cute little "Pumpkin Scene" die set and thought it would be good for the inside of the card.
     Finally, I stamped another kitty on the envelope and added some teeny tiny grass.  

Materials List:
     Card Stock: Bazzill -Forget Me Not
                       Gina K - Edible Eggplant
                       Watercolor Paper   
     Stamps: Artistic Impressions - Tree Set
                                                 Foliage Set 2
                                                 Tuscan Village
                                                 Foliage Set 1
                                                 Cats Set
                  Burniston - Halloween
     Markers: Marvy - Black, Violet, Sepia, African Violet
     Ink: Stampin Up - Elegant Eggplant
     Die: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Fitted Frames Rectangle - Lace
            Rococo - Pumpkin Scene
     Embellies: Mark Richards - Crystal Stickers (10mm Purple)
                    Michaels - Flowers - Melodies & Lace

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sleeping Baby

     A friend of mine is going to be a grandma again. This inspired me to make a baby boy card. With this card I am playing along at the Back to School Crop. You can join in as well. Cards are not due until the end of the month. Just download a pic of your card under this sketch on the Back to School Crop page on Facebook.

Sketch 86
     The stamp for this card is 1/3 of the Lili of the Valley "Baby Trio" stamp set. 

Card & Envelope
      I made the mistake of coloring the image before choosing my paper, so I had to stamp and color again. Rookie mistake - lol. 



      I framed the baby with a scalloped mat, then pop dotted it to a homemade tag. I ended up turning the tag upside down, because I liked the way the diagonal at the tag top looked next to diagonally placed wooden letters.
     You will notice in the materials list that I used some Christmas paper. You might wonder where this Christmas paper is. The answer is the turquoise matting is the back of a countdown to Christmas paper. I got a package of 25 sheets of it at Tuesday morning and placed on the pile of turquoise solid card stock. I am officially down to 6 pieces left - yes, I walked across the room to take inventory.

Inside of Card

     The inside of the card is made with scraps left on the table. How about that Joe Houldsworth quote? Couldn't have asked for a better sentiment: "the ONLY thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child". I decided to look this bloke up and see who is making these wonderful quotes about babies. It seems that he is from Australia (if I have the right gentleman) and this is the ONLY quote of his that I could find with a google search. Interesting!!!


Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Dear Lizzy - Christmas Winter Wish
                              Studio Calico - Storytime
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Honeycomb
                                   Ivory   
     Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Baby Trio
                  Fiskars - Precious Baby Quotes I
     Die: Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                Petite Scalloped Circles Large
            Elizabeth Craft Designs - Tags & More 5 (Sunburst)
            Impression Obsession - Circle Baby Cutout Set
     Copics: E50, 51, 53. R20. BG10, 23, 32. C00, 0, 1. Y23, 26, 28. R32.
     Embellies: Doodlebug Boutique Brads (Bumblebee)
                    Wood Veneer Letters

    
Challenges


Crafty Calendar Challenge - Kids/Babies - #41 - September 28
Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute Image - #23 - September 31

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Join the Herd

     I started out with the sketch from Sketch N Scrap.The problem I was having is that the main photo is landscape and I didn't have any landscape photos for this event. I ended up turning it a quarter turn counter clockwise. 


     Now it is your turn to pop over to the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page for the September Back to School Crop. Upload your layout for this sketch.   
     My daughter took 6-month-old Brooklyn to Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-a. If you dress up like a cow you get free chicken. My daughter wore an apron and Brooklyn a onsie with cow spots. I chose this Authentique paper because of the red/black/white colors. I love lime green and was glad to add it as the back drop.


     Yes, I stamped, colored, and fussy cut those 3 cows!!!!

Page 1


Page 2

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Authentique - Cheerful Six
                                BoBunny  - Double Dot Strawberry
     Solid Paper: My Colors - Kraft
                          ??? - Black, White, Lime
     Stamps: STAMPENDOUS! - Cowlik Birthday
                                                     Cowlik Butterfly
                   High Hopes - Charlie Party Cow
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Hay There Pop Stand
                                                        Barn Pop Stand
                                                        Brownie the Cow
     Copics: C00, 0, 1, 3, 5, 7.  W0, 1, 3, 5.  R20, 21, 22.  YG13, 07.  Y23, 26, 28.
     Faber Castell: Pitt Artist Pen - Gold                             
     Embellies: Black Twine 
                     
Challenges

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Contain a Critter - #96 - September 30
Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes - #99 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge  #296-7 - Snippets - #15 - September 30
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes - #120 - September 30


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Classic Guy's Birthday

     This September sketch from Sketch N Scrap is a fun framework to make a card. You have ALL month to try out this sketch and enter it for a prize. This card is posted on the Sketch N Scrap Facebook page as well.

Card Sketch #105
     I just received these Lili of the Valley Trio stamps, which are perfect for this sketch. They are called "Vintage Motor Trio". The rear end of an old jalopy on the envelope is an old die of Tim Holtz. I used the front end on the inside of the card. The little black polka dots on the front of the card, fell out of the large gear and onto the card. Happy accident!!! 

Card and Envelope
Inside of Card



Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Carta Bella - Old World Travel
     Card Stock: Bazzill - Blue Lagoon
                                 Sugar Wafer
                                 Honeycomb
                                 Black   
     Stamps: Gina K Designs - Dazzling Dahlia
                 Lili of the Valley - Vintage Motor Trio
     Die: Sizzix (Holtz) - Old Jalopy
           Burniston & Riley - Snowman Twist Circle
           Elizabeth Craft Designs (Burniston) - Circles & Gears
     Punch: Stampin Up - Word Window
     Copics: BG0000, 72, 75, 78.  C00, 0, 1, 3, 5, 6.  W0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 7.

    
Challenges

Die Cut Diva's - Die Cuts/Men & Boys - #9 - September 30
Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge  #296-7 - Snippets - #21 - *
StampInkPaper Challenge -  Colors - #3 - Winner!!!
http://stampinkpaper.com/2017/09/winners-for-challenge-115/#comment-10157
 Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes - #24 - *
Tuesday Throwdown - Punches/Dies - #26 - Winner!!!
http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.co.uk/2017/09/tuesday-throwdown-360-happy-birthday.html
 Unicorn Challenge - Birthday - #5 - September 30




Sunday, August 20, 2017

Apples for the Teachers - Apple on Inky Patchwork

     Here is the second card to go in the teacher goodie bag that I wrote about yesterday. This is my first time using the Impression Obsession "Mini Pattern" stamps that I purchased last year - in August - I think. I stamped them on a Palette Mirror (looks a bit like a gelly plate) then stamped this onto white card stock. Essentially I created my own patterned paper. 

Card and Envelope
 I used the same technique to make the apples inside the card - adding a die-cutting step. 

Inside of Card


Materials List:
     Card Stock: Gina K - Red Velvet
                                        Grass Green
                                        Fresh Asparagus
                                        White 
     Ink: Gina K Designs - Red Velvet
                                         Fresh Asparagus
     Stamps: Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp
                   Impression Obsession - Mini Patterns I & II
     Die: Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp Coordinating Dies
             Spellbinders - Standard Circles Large
                                    Petite Scalloped Circles Large
     Punch: Stampin Up: Word Window
     Embellies: 3 Red Gems
                       Green Sewing Thread

Challenges

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Back to School - #12 - *
Die Cuttin Divas - Back to School #6 - *
Hiding in My Craft Room - Back to School - #2 -  *

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Apples for the Teachers - Worm Slider

     The grandchildren start back to school on Monday. My daughter-in-law asked me to pick up the construction paper for their school supplies. I will probably take them up to their respective schools later this week. There is no way I am going to brave the first day of school for construction paper. Anyway . . .
     I decided to put together a goodie bag for each of the teachers. The kids are in Pre-K and Kindergarten. I found the cutest stamp; bought two of them. They have a teddy bear with arms fully extended and say "Give Your Child A Hug For This Good Work!" I also picked up a book for each teacher. For the Pre-K teacher Let's Play Peekaboo! It is one of those lift-the-flap books. For the kindergarten teacher I Take Turns. Of course, I have to put a couple of homemade cards in the bag . . .
     I couldn't resist using today's End of Summer Crop sketch:

Sketch #81

      If that doesn't look like a slider card, I don't know what does. I saw apples instead of circles and a worm for the owl.

 
Card and Envelope


Inside of Card


     I also made a teacher card yesterday, click here to see it.


Materials List:
     Card Stock: Gina K: Red Velvet
                                       Grass Green
                                       Fresh Asparagus
                                       Black & White    
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Stamps:Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp
     Die: Spellbinders - Nested Apples
             Stamps of Life - Apples 2 Stamp Coordinating Dies
             Elizabeth Craft Designs - Sliders & Spinners
                                                       Props 1 (Burniston)
     Silhouette File: Miss Kates Cuttables - Bookworm

Challenges

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Back to School - #11 - Winner!
 http://craftysentiments.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/back-to-school-winners.html

Die Cuttin Divas - Back to School #5 - *
Hiding in My Craft Room - Back to School - #1 -  Winner!

http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/2017/08/himcr-314-winner.html

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #9 - *

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Take Time

     This is the second military retirement card. (Check out the previous posting to see the first). For this one I stamped the ship on kraft card stock and colored the masts with white prisma colored pencil. The water is colored with indigo blue, then highlighted with white to form capped waves. The embossing folder is from Carta Bella. I dragged a white pigment ink pad over the embossing, allowing the compasses to pick up the ink.
Card and Envelope
     The outside and inside sentiments are actually all one stamp, but I used the MISTI to stamp "Take time" on the front - ultimately separating it from the rest of the stamp.
     I feel that the compasses and the ship give this card the naval feel.
Inside of Card


Materials List:
    Solid Paper: Gina K: Kraft
                                       Blue Denim
                                       Cherry Red
    Stamps: Graphic 45 - By the Sea #2
                  Impression Obsession - On Your Birthday
                  Gina K: Ship to Shore     
    Ink: Brilliance: White Pigment     
    Embossing Folder: Carta Bella - Compasses                               
    Colored Pencils: Prisma - White, Indigo Blue
    Embellies: Red/Ivory Twine 
                     
Challenges


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Best is Yet - Military Retirement

     My mother-in-law called yesterday to ask if I was making homemade cards for my husband's brother's retirement. He is retiring after 33 years in the Navy. For this card I created a rectangle swing card using an Elizabeth Craft die. This button is one that I salvaged from an old article of clothing. Sometimes when the buttons are super fun, I remove them and place them in the button jar.

Card and Envelope                           



     I love this Carta Bella "Old World Travel" paper. I have quite a bit of it in my stash. The old world map patterned paper and anchor stamp are perfect for a Naval retirement.
     The gems were BRIGHT gold, so I used a Copic marker to give them a dull, antique look.



Inside of Card
     Check my next entry. I made another retirement card, which I will be blogging about tomorrow.


Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Carta Bella - Old World Travel
     Solid Paper: Gina K - Blue Denim
                                         Moonlit Fog
                                         Black and Ivory
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Rectangle Pull Card
                                                        Lighthouse
     Stamps: Gina K: Ship to Shore
                                 My Anchor                             
     Embellies: Gray Twine 
                       Gold Button

Challenges

Watercooler Wednesday - Masculine - #3 - *






Monday, August 14, 2017

Product #6: Howdy Bluebonnets

     This is a continuation of my last five blog posts using Die-namics Blueprint 18 and Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook paper pad. It works like an multiplication problem only there are many solutions to this. Here is the sixth and final solution:


  =


     The barbed wire border, the collage of bluebonnets and a rusty star give this card a true Texas feel. I used the small trapezoid to die cut the top of the card base front so the top of the inside of the card is visible when the card is closed.

Inside of Card
Materials List:
      Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Nature's Sketchbook
     Card Stock: Ivory and Black   
     Stamps: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Homegrown Greetings
                  Texana - "Sending You a Texas Smile"  
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black  
            White Pigment Ink
     Dies: My Favorite Things - Blueprint #18
              Deadbeat - Bluebonnets
              Elizabeth Craft Designs - Western Edges
     Embellies: Rusty Star from Christmas Garland

Sunday, August 13, 2017

A Touch of Gold

     I hope you are joining us at Sketch~N~Scrap's End of Summer Crop on the Facebook page. There are 4 different sketches that you may choose to use as the framework for your creations. You do not have to have a blog to enter. 
     This card sketch is the second for this crop and it is a good one. 


Card Sketch #58

       My goal for this card was to use a very small amount of gold. I added a 1/4 inch strip with 3 gold gems.

Card and Envelope
     The most important thing I want to talk about for this card is the new stamp set I am using. Actually it is 2 stamp sets with coordinating dies. Melanie Muenchinger of Stamp TV just released the die set for these stamps: A Year of Flowers 2 and Pressed Flowers 2. The Year of Flowers stamps a whimsical - loosely drawn outline of the flower, while the Pressed Flowers stamps fill it in with a rich layer of ink. When I opened my MISTI to reveal the Turquoise Sea in on this flower, I was thrilled with the results - money well spent. 
     I then heat embossed the center of the flower with gold powder. I also used my Versa Marker to draw a vein down the center of each leaf and embossed them as well. 
     The best part is that I didn't have to fussy cut it when I was through stamping. There are a total of 8 flowers in this set: daisy, tulip, rose, poinsettia, lily, and 3 more I'm not sure about. 

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Gina K Designs: Petite Patterns
     Card Stock: Black & White    
     Ink: Gina K Designs - Turquoise Sea
                           Jelly Bean Green
     Stamps: Gina K Designs - A Year of Flowers 2
                                                Pressed Flowers 2 
                   Stampendous - 15 Candles
     Die: Gina K Designs - Coordinating Dies 
             My Favorite Things - Blueprint #18
             Lawn Fawn - Stitched Hillside Borders
     Embellies: Gold Embossing Powder
                       3 Gold Gems

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Product #5: Woodland Animals Tri-Fold

     This is a continuation of my last four blog posts using Die-namics Blueprint 18 and Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook paper pad. It works like an multiplication problem only there are many solutions to this. Here is the fifth solution:


 X  =

Closed Card
          The trapezoids from the Die-namics Blueprint die were used to make the flaps for this tri-fold. The "Hello" circle acts as a flap to hold the card closed. I had a lot of fun using Karen Burniston's May release to make this card. 

Second Fold


Inside of Card
Materials List:
      Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Nature's Sketchbook
     Card Stock: Ivory    
     Dies: My Favorite Things - Blueprint #18
              Karen Burniston - Woodland Animals
                                        Tree Top Pop Up
                                        Katherine Label Pop Up
                                        Nature Edges
     Embellies: Ivory Twine
                     16 Gems

Challenges

Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #293-4 - Snippets - #48 - *

Friday, August 11, 2017

Product #4: Wildflowers

     This is a continuation of my last three blog posts using Die-namics Blueprint 18 and Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook paper pad. It works like an multiplication problem only there are many solutions to this. Here is the fourth solution:
 x  =


     For this card I used a background stamp, then die cut it with 2 trapezoid dies. The paper on the banner is the same color as the stamped ink.


Inside of Card

Materials List:
      Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Nature's Sketchbook
     Card Stock: Ivory and Black 
                       Passionate Pink  
     Stamps: Gina K - Wild at Heart   
     Ink: Gina K - Passionate Pink  
     Dies: My Favorite Things - Blueprint #18
     Embellies: 3 Champagne Pearls

                    

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Product #3: Butterfly Spinner

     This is a continuation of my last two blog posts using Die-namics Blueprint 18 and Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook paper pad. It works like an multiplication problem only there are many solutions to this. Here is the third solution:


 x = 


     With the circle die in the Blueprint, I thought a spinner card would be a perfect product for this die/paper combo. I found a focal image that was symmetrical. This butterfly was just the right size for the Blueprint circle. It took me a while to figure out how to make this card, but when I made the second one it was simple. My students were surprised how easy it was to construct .


Inside of Card
Materials List:
      Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Nature's Sketchbook
     Card Stock: Ivory and Black   
     Stamps: Gina K - Year of Flowers 2
                  Impression Obsession - On Your Birthday   
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black  
     Dies: My Favorite Things - Blueprint #18
              Elizabeth Craft Designs - Butterfly Accessories
              Our Daily Bread - Double Stitched Circles
     Embellies: Black Twine
                     Silver Starfoam Stickers


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Product #2: Texas Horses

     This is a continuation of my last blog post using Die-namics Blueprint 18 and Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook paper pad. It works like an multiplication problem only there are many solutions to this. Here is the second solution:


 x  =


     For this card I cut a smaller card base - 5 1/2 x 3 1/8. I did this to accommodate the stars that I added on the fold of the card base.

Inside of Card


Materials List:
      Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Nature's Sketchbook
     Card Stock: Ivory   
     Stamps: Gina K - Outwest 2
                               Happy Spring   
     Ink: Stampin' Up - Island Indigo  
     Copics: R12, 14, 17. B00, 000. W1.
     Dies: My Favorite Things - Blueprint #18
              Elizabeth Craft Designs - Pop It Ups (Western Edges)