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 -  August 26

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 -  August 26
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #9 -  September 3

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:


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     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 - August 18

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)    

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Product #1: Porthole Snowman

     Since teaching the Die-namics Blueprint 18/Graphic 45 Nature's Sketchbook class, I have decided to blog about each of the cards in the class. It works like an multiplication problem only there are many solutions to this. Here is the first solution:


X =


     I started this card with a digital stamp from Lili of the Valley. It is a three part stamp called "Snowman Trio". Digital stamps are versatile in that they can be resized. I resized the stamp to the exact size needed to die cut it with the circle from the Blueprint die set. I colored it with Copic markers. 

Lili of the Valley - Snowman Trio
     I used a Darice embossing folder to emboss snowflakes and sanded the snowflakes to bring out the white from the inside of the paper. The wooden snowflake was super find at the Hobby Lobby after Christmas sales. It is stained with Walnut Distress Stain.

Inside of Card

Materials List:
      Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Nature's Sketchbook
     Card Stock: Ivory   
     Stamps: Lili of the Valley - Snowman Trio
                   Gina K - Peace and Joy
                               Christmas Magic
     Embossing Folder: Darice - Snowflakes
     Edge Punch: Martha Stewart - Snowflakes
     Copics: R12, 14, 17. B00, 000. W1.
     Dies: My Favorite Things - Blueprint #18
     Embellies: Wood Veneer Snowflakes
                     Ivory Twine
                     Mini Pom Pom White

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Eeyore's Kiss

     I am finally getting a chance to scrapbook some pics from my visit to Disney in Anaheim. My fave character is Eeyore who I met at breakfast. As you can see, he was pretty happy to meet me as well.



     I used this sketch from Sketch N Scrap. As usual there is a challenge on the blog and you are invited to participate. It is easy to link up your project and see if you are the lucky winner. Just try out the sketch below.


Layout Sketch #134

     The Eeyore Mickey is a purchase from Etsy. I altered the bottom of it a bit. In order to have the tail swing back and forth on a black brad, I made my own svg file of a donkey tail. 

     I think I'm going to call this font "My Eeyore Font" from now on. It fits perfectly on this banner. 
     I have to mention the mini Eeyore punch. My husband gave it to me years ago. He brought my lunch to my classroom one day and I found it in the bottom of the bag. Surprise!!! I punched a few and added them to A+ papers This is the first time I've used it in my paper crafting.
      I ended up making a complimentary page to extend it into a 2-page layout. 



      I added a fun tag to page 2. It goes behind the mat and is forced to stop when it meets the back strip. When you pull it, it is fun to see the yellow disappear. 



      I added a "Hidden Mickey" on the tag as well. You can't see it until you pull the tag. That makes 4 "Hidden Mickey's" on this 2-page layout. Can you find them all?

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Echo Park - Magical Adventure
     Solid Paper: Bazzil - Marshmallow Chick
                                       Nautical Blue - Medium
                                       Royalty
                          Paper Studio - Black and White
                          My Colors Cardstock: Wildflower
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Tags & More 7 (with a Vine)
                                                        Banners
                                                        Cupcake (Bow & Small Flower)
              Darice - Nesting Wavy Squares
              Stamps of Life - Flower Power           
     Punches: Disney - Eeyore & Mickey                               
     Silhouette: 3 Blue Hearts Design -Eeyore Mickey Head
     Embellies: Blue Twine 
                       Lilac and Blue Gems

Challenges

Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #291-2 - Snippets - #63 - *