Monday, December 11, 2017

Snowy Mountain Card

Did you know that it is International Mountain Day?  Well it is!  This is a representation of one of my most favorite mountains, Mount Hood in Oregon.

This is a scene I truly would enjoy gazing upon . . . Mount Hood in the distance with a few deer peeking out through snow covered evergreens.  I do get to see deer in my yard on occasion hiding among the trees, and I can see mountains in my home town, just not out my front window!  So, this is a fantasy scene created just for our Winter Window challenge over at Imagine.  Learn how to make your own window frame using a wood grain stamp, Tear It! Tape and Kraft cardstock to surround a multilayered outdoor landscape. 

Level:  Intermeadiate
Time:  90 minutes

Step 1

Stamp foreground images in StazOn Saddle Brown on white cardstock and die cut.  Scribble Memento Dual Tip Markers on craft mat along with a spritz of Ink Potion No. 9 and water color images. 

Step 2

Stamp Mount Hood image in StazOn Saddle Brown on 5” x 6 ½” Bristol Board card base and water color.  I choose to use Pistachio and Olive Grove in the foreground and Danube Blue for the sky.  Most of the foreground will be covered.

Step 3

Stamp woodgrain image in Memento Rich Cocoa on a 3” x 11” section of Kraft cardstock.  The image is not designed to line up, so I used a Memento Dual Tip Marker to draw in lines to finish the look.

Step 4

Trim Kraft cardstock into ¾” strips and score the back 1/8” from each edge.  Die cut the center from Kraft cardstock trimmed to 5” x 6 ½” to make the supporting window frame.

Step 5

Apply Tear It! Tape to all four sides of the base frame.  Fold edges of each section back on scored lines trim to fit the frame.  Adhere each section to create window frame.

Step 6

Arrange and adhere die cuts to create desired scene.  The background images are adhered directly to the card base, the middle images have one layer of thin dimensional foam adhesive, and the foreground images have two layers of thin dimensional foam adhesive.  Take care to avoid adhesive around the edges where the frame will be placed.  Trim images that overhang the scene.

Step 7

To add a bit of shimmer to the scene, color snow sections on mountain with Versa Marker and heat emboss with Iridescent embossing powder.   When I view snow-covered mountains from a distance they seem to have a bit of a glimmer.
Step 8

Add bits of Radiant Neon Amplify! on the scene to mimic a light covering of snow in the foreground, and a snow topped mountain in the background.  Heat to cure and puff up the Amplify!  Adhere frame over the scene. 


Bristol Board
Kraft cardstock
White cardstock
Rainy Day Stamps—Mount Hood Large (Vintage, other similar images available)
Heartfelt Creations—Woodsy Critters stamp & die set, Woodsy Wonderland stamp & die set
Unity Stamp Company—Grainy Background
Elizabeth Craft Design—Stitched Rectangles
Fine tipped paint brush

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Snowy Mittens!

The challenge this month at Imagine was "Let it Snow!"  Here is my take:

Delicata is the perfect ink to create a Let It Snow Flip card, or in my case Warm & Cozy Wishes while surrounded by snowflakes! In order to make this card, you will need the Sizzix Framelits Flip Its 660022 or one similar to it from Sizzix. There are several video tutorials on how to use this die and once you have a handle on how to construct the card then the rest is easy!

The mittens and cuffs are stamped and heat embossed with clear embossing powder and die cut, then placed over the stamped mitten image. The snowflake background is created by stamping with Delicata White Shimmer and heat embossing with clear embossing powder. Delicata Sapphire Blue is applied over the entire area with an Ink Blusher then the ink is buffed off the images with a paper towel.

The background behind the mittens and the small snowflake die cuts are simply stamped in Delicata, the shimmer of the ink does the rest! Ink blusher applies ink around the edges of the card in Delicata Silvery Shimmer, and behind the circle in Delicata Sapphire Blue.

By using just three Delicata inks, a bright and beautiful coordinated flip card is fun to create. I hope your holidays are warm and cozy!


The Stamps of Life—Mittens2stamp and die set, Patterns4mittens
Sizzix—Framelits FlipIts 660022

Thursday, December 7, 2017

One more in the Take Ten Winter issue

In all my excitement a few weeks ago I neglected to share that I had one more card make the pages of the winter issue of Take Ten.  I was reminded today when they graciously sent me an email along with link to my cool badge over in the right column. 

This fun card uses three inks, one marker, vellum, white cardstock and one stamp and die set.  Super easy and definitely made in less than 10 minutes!    

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Festive Christmas Colors

We have a very seasonal challenge at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge!  Check out the cool creations of the design team.

For this challenge, I had my heart set on using an Altenew set called Poinsettia & Pine from 2015.

I started by stamping all the images in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossing with clear embossing powder.  I tapped a bit of Fireworks! spray on my craft mat and did a bit of water coloring with the pretty sparkly sprays.  I used Rhubarb Stalk, Bamboo Leaves, and Desert Sand.  To change up the color at bit I added in some Northern Pine Memento Luxe ink to the green and Peanut Brittle into the Desert Sand, this a really great way to expand your color palate.  A bit of shimmer vellum was pressure embossed with Cuttlebug Polka Dots backs the images.  The spare piece that was trimmed off becomes strip to complete the sketch and add the sentiment.  Olive Green Memento Luxe with iridescent embossing powder stamp the sentiment by The Stamps of Life to finish off the card.  

Have some fun and join us at Retro Rubber with your own Christmas color project!

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Stick It Down Double Page sketch for Halloween

It is time to share my version of December's Stick It Down double page sketch.  Come join the fun and create your own version of this versitile sketch.

I had two sets of photos for Halloween this year and this sketch worked perfectly for both.  My older son decided he wanted to do a fancy Jack-o-lantern, and the younger was not to be outdone.  On Halloween the 18-year old and his girlfriend volunteered to take his younger brother trick-or-treating.  So we had to document the before and after.   Here is my rendition:

I have a ton of My Mind's Eye Blackbird paper in my stash.  Must have purchased a stack at a sale at a convention!  It is perfect for the base layer.  The spider web was created with The Crafter's Workshop Spiderweb stencil, by inking the stencil with ink daubers and All Purpose Black Pearl Ink and then pressing it onto the paper.  The pumpkin glitter die cut sheet a Martha Stewart  Holidays paper from long ago.  I did a little creative trimming to use one sheet on both sides of the layout.  The photos are framed with black cardstock.  The title is Quickutz Abigail font.  I made two of these layouts, one for each son . . . I am really happy with the finished pages!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Chocolate Donuts for Imagine's color of the month

Cocoa is the color of the month over at Imagine.  Instagram your own creation for the opportunity to be featured by Imagine! 

Chocolate donuts are simply the best, even better if they have Cocoa flavored frosting as well!  I used a new set of The Stamps of Life to create a few yummy looking donuts with different types of frosting.  Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer is embossed to create a shiny frosting on one donut.  The other donuts are stamped and embossed to create Radiant Neon Electric Pink sprinkles, and white frosting from white embossing powder.  Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer is applied with an ink blusher to give a shimmery frosting look. 


White cardstock
The Stamps of Life—Donut2stamp stamp and die sets
Sizzix Framelits Drop-Ins 560147

Friday, November 24, 2017

Take Ten Rooting for Succulents!

Can I just say I am over the moon excited to share that I have a THREE page spread in the newest issue of Take Ten!  One of my goals for 2017 was to submit for consideration of publication.  I followed through during the early months of 2017, and am very happy to have a series of cards published in the Dec/Jan/Feb issue of Stampington & Company's Take Ten.  I received my complimentary copy in the mail today.

All of the cards are made with The Stamps of Life Succulents2stamp and Imagine products.  I am so pleased to see these fun cards on the pages of a magazine!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

CAS Thank you for Anything Goes

Time for the ever-popular theme at Retro Rubber . . . Anything Goes!  So drag out your stamps (at least a year or more older) and show us your creativity!

I have a need for thank you cards, so I went for a quick and easy fall themed version.  I was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch challenge, and this card came together in less than 10 minutes.

First the cream cardstock is pressure embossed with Darice Fall Leaves Swirl then inked with Memento Peanut Brittle in to highlight the design.  A strip of cream vellum is stamped with a very old Stamp Out Art from at least 1999 in Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment is Studio Calico from 2009 and it is stamped in Delicata Celestial Copper and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The leaf is colored in with Delicata Celestial Copper and brush tip Fantastix.  Since the ink is pigment based it will not dry on the vellum and thus it can be heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The vellum is wrapped around the pressure embossed baking and everything is adhered to the Kraft cardstock card base. 

Have some fun and join us at Retro Rubber with your Anything Goes project.  Just remember to use your stamps from the past and to enter only up to 10 challenges.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Textured Heartfelt Sympathy Card

My card along with another AIR is displayed on Imagine's blog today, both in honor of Heartfelt sympathy.
Sympathy cards are a gift given to comfort the bereaved, in this instance it is for a family member who now lives overseas.  I wanted to create something soft and beautiful to deliver a message of condolences and love.  The textured background is created with Amplify! and the shimmer of Brilliance Graphite Black sets of the Radiant Neon Electric Pink. 

Level:  Intermediate
Time:  45 minutes

Step 1
Apply Radiant Neon Electric Pink Amplify around card base.  Add drops of Amplify! in white and smaller drops of Amplify! in black.

Use a rubber brayer to move the Amplify! around on the card base.  Clean brayer with water.

Step 3
Heat Amplify! with a heat gun until the surface is cured and the texture puffs up.  Trim to a finished size of 5 ¼” x 4”.  Use the scraps to die cut mini hearts with Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Journaling Card set.

Step 4
Die cut Spellbinders Labels 54 Decorative Elements outer and inner portions from white cardstock.  Apply Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an Ink Blusher.

Step 5
Die cut the center square from the Amplify! textured card base. (not shown)

Step 6
Use a Post-It note to mask the center of the inner Decorative element and apply Brilliance Graphite Black ink with an Ink Blusher.
Step 7
Stamp sentiment in Radiant Neon Electric Pink.  I had forgotten to totally clean the stamp before this step . . . so step 8 made the “mistake” a creative choice instead and matched the card base!

Step 8
Gently ink the sentiment with Brilliance Graphite Black to add a bit more black low-lights to the image.

Step 9
Use Brilliance Graphite Black to ink the edges of the card front.  Adhere the Ampllfy! textured card base.  Adhere a section of DeNami Design white ribbon around the Decorative Element outer frame and adhere with dimensional foam adhesive to the card.  Adhere the Ampllfy! textured square over the ribbon and add the inner decorative frame.  Tie a double bow from DeNami Design white ribbon with Bows-It-All v2 and adhere into position.  Add the mini hearts on the ribbon and the inner decorative frame. 


White cardstock
Spellbinders--Labels 54 Decorative Elements
Unity Stamp Company--Heartfelt Sympathy
Lawn Fawn—Stitched Journaling Card die
DeNami Design—white ribbon
Rubber Brayer
Heat Gun

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Vertigo Window Clings

Our challenge for November was to create something children would enjoy making at home.  My version is live on the Imagine Blog today.

What a fun challenge this month, a children’s craft project.  Vertigo Leaf Sun Catchers are a fun way to spend some quality time with the child in your life.  Simply place a leaf under a Vertigo Sheet and trace with a complementary color Fabrico pen.  Younger children can make simpler leaf shapes which are easy to cut out with scissors and older children who are more competent with scissors can complete the more complex maple leaf shapes.  After the leaves are cut out, StazOn inks can be added with ink blushers.  I would recommend gloves to keep fingers from becoming too inky!  Additional veins can be traced with Fabrico Pens.  Apply a few glue dots and adhere to your window for eye catching fall d├ęcor!


Glue dots

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Colorful Autumn Thank You

We have a colorful challenge at Retro Rubber BlogChallenge.  A few lovely autumn colors.  Go check out the fantastic cards the Design Team has created!

I decided to resurrect an old technique to incorporate all these colors into fall inspired Thank You Card.

I inked a section of glossy white cardstock with a series of dye-based Memento inks in Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangelo, Lady Bug, Bamboo Leaves, and Elderberry.  After letting the ink dry I stamped the Judikens Fall Leaves Maple Leaf from 1995 in VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The final step was inking over the entire surface in Memento Expresso Truffle and then buffing the ink off the embossed areas with a paper towel.  This creates a beautiful multicolored background don’t you think?

After inking up another section of glossy white cardstock it is die cut with Sizzix Thinlits 3-D Drop-Ins Thank You sentiment.  The background is a green vellum.  A strip of grosgrain ribbon with a knot adhered under the sentiment ties the whole card together.

Please do join us over at Retro Rubber and play along with this fun challenge. 

I played along with the following challenges!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Delightful Birthday Card

We recently had a birthday at our house!  My husband Greg is another year older.  Here is the card I created for him!

 I decided to play along with Your Next Stamp’s Sketch and Color Challenge with their delightful Perfect Chemistry stamp and die set.  (Pun intended!)

I started by stamping the light bulb image in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder.  A bit of Memento Luxe Gray Flannel colored the metallic portion of the light bulb.  His tongue is colored with Memento Dual Tip markers in Lady Bug.  Fireworks in Dandelion was perfect to color the rest of the image.  I scored a starburst pattern into a section of white cardstock then used a small paintbrush to highlight the scored lines with the same Fireworks Dandelion.

The back section is the plus sign stamped in Delicata Ruby Red.  The sentiment is also stamped in Delicata Ruby Red on a hand trimmed banner.  All three sections are edged in Delicata Sapphire Blue.  The light blue is Fireworks Summer Sky sponged onto the cardstock with an Ink Blusher. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Stick It Down Double Page CHA Friends

Stick It Down has a really fun sketch for November!
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I had the great fortune to go to CHA last January and met several of my online friend In Real Life.  Seeing all the new releases for so many companies was incredible.  It was creativity on overload!

There were so many bright colors at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) annual winter show.  When I looked through my photos of my friends I remembered a very old paper collection by Basic Grey named Lucky.  All the colors coordinate beautifully and I was able to use up a bunch of scraps to make the strips of the design.  My vendor badge made a great embellishment!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Halloween Birthday card

Wow, time got away from me and this post is late!  We have a new challenge over at Retro Rubber, and it is a sketch this go around!

I decided to flip the sketch and use some fun witches boots to create a birthday card for a family member born on Halloween.

I used Hero Arts Witch Feet Stamp and Cut set from 2016, and Taylored Expressions In & Out Birthday from September 2014.  The various Witch Feet are stamped and heat embossed with Irridescent Embossing Powder.  Imagine (Tsukineko) Delicata Golden Glitz and Black Shimmer are set off by Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender inks.  The images are "water colored" with the various inks using Ink Potion No. 9.  To set off the Witch Feet, Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennats are die cut and inked with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender,  The base card edges are also inked with Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender, topped with a layer inked in Delicata Golden Glitz.  I had a bit of Doodlebug Desings Black Chenille cardstock from 2008 that was a perfect layer for this card.

With some masking and an ink positioner I stamped the sentiment.  The top portion is from the Hero Arts Witch Feet Stamp and Cut set with the Halloween masked.  The Birthday is from part of the Taylored Expressions In & Out Birthday with the happy portion masked.  The sentiment is die cut with Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares small.  The rectangle is created by lining up the scallops and die cutting it slightly smaller than the square.

I hope my favorite Halloween witch enjoys her special card!