Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Black and White color challenge for Retro Rubber

We are off and running into the New Year, Happy 2019 everyone!  At Retro Rubber we have a new challenge for you and it is easy peasy!

Now for my version of the Black and White challenge, and no you don't have to adjust your color on your computer monitor!

I photographed my card on a black background, so this photo actually looks like it might be black and white photo!    I used two different black specialty cardstock sections to create this card.  The base is Bazzill Bling and is very pretty, the frame is Fancy Pants Designs black glitter paper.  To make the frame I die cut the glitter paper using Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles.  I die cut a lattice from white cardstock using Spellbinders Fancy Lattice.  It is layered it between the two black sections and added a bit of dimension with foam adhesive.  The snowflake flower is actually Arianna Lace by Heartfelt Creations die cut from white cardstock.  Shimmer vellum is die cut with Spellbinders Petite Ovals Small then stamped with Memento Luxe Ink in Wedding Dress.  The stamp is the Sincere Sentiments from early 2017 by SC Design.  I used several from the set to fill the oval.  The finishing touch is a gem by Creative Imaginations from their Signature Collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Please join us at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We have very simple rules 1)  Use a stamp that is at least 1 year or older and tell us how old it is 2)  Enter up to 10 challenges including ours.  Have a wonderful 2019!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Pretty Birthday Card

I spent the day Thursday (finally) packing up the last of the Christmas decorations and setting things back into order.  If you read my blog you know that I LOVE decorating for Christmas, and miss the soft glow of the lights I put up around my home.  THEN I had some time to sit at my craft table as a reward, after all I had been cleaning and packing all day!  I decided to play along with My Favorite Things sketch challenge.

I keep a file of scrap papers together for the express purpose of making cards.  This card was created from one of those baggies of scraps.  I also had some brand new dies and stamps from My Favorite Things that I thought would be fun to use.
  • I started with a very old, but pretty feminine glitter paper by Die Cuts With a View.  There are little glitter highlights in the centers of the flowers.  It is trimmed to 3 7/8" x 4 7/8".  The edges are inked in Memento Luxe Elderberry to give it a finished look.
  • The card base is from Recollections and is 4" x 5", slightly smaller than A2 standard size.
  • A small piece of Bazzill purple cardstock was die cut with MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals.
  • The image by MFT Birthday Greetings is stamped Memento Luxe Elderberry ink and heat embossed with Creations Unlimited Mystic Rainbow embossing powder.  It is amazing in person, but hard to photograph the glittery shimmer of this embossing powder!
  • I used the large MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangles to die cut the edges of the strip across the design.  
  • The card is adhered together with the sentiment raised up with dimensional foam adhesive.
  • The interior is stamped with a matching image from MFT Birthday Greetings in Memento Luxe Elderberry ink.
This card came together very quickly and is now ready to cheer someone's birthday that is coming soon!  Thanks for stopping by!

I am delighted to enter the following challenges:
(I used glitter, die cut, and blue for my inspiration.)

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thanks so much

I took some time out from cleaning out my craft room to make a thank you card.  Still have a few more to make to send out as thank yous for Christmas gifts!  My focus has changed a bit for 2019 and I hope to de-stash the clutter and organize the craft room as well as enter a few more challenges and submit for publication.  I also have a few new stamps and dies compliments of Black Friday shopping.  I do wait all year and purchase from my wish list at the discounted prices.  I decided to play along with a few challenges to create this card. 

A new favorite company is Concord and 9th and their delightful Turnabout stamp sets and matching dies.  Here I have used the Many Thanks Turnabout and the die.  I pulled out my Versa Magic inks and used Pixie Dust, Malted Mauve, Sea Breeze and Aegean Blue to create the background.  The original stamped image is 6" x 6", so I trimmed it in half and edged it with the Malted Mauve.  The speech bubble is die cut and the outer edge is a separate piece, so it is easily inked with Aegean Blue.  The sentiments are stamped on the inner section also in Aegean Blue.  Since I've been going through my supplies and taking inventory I have found a few fun embellishments that you will see showing up in my creations.  To create the border from the sketch from Mojo Monday I used the Sew Easy Zig Zag piercer by We R Memory Keepers.  Little Boy Blue Floss also by We R Memory Keepers is used to stitch the pattern.  The final little embellishment is a very old Fancy Pants Designs set named Fashion Sense Sassy.  A posie, button, and pin are assembled into one embellishment with a bit of Little Boy Blue Floss tied into a bow to complete the card.

I am delighted to enter into the following challenges:

I choose Diecut, Thank You, and Stitching

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happy 13th Birthday with Stick It Down

We have a super fun Stick It Down sketch to start the New Year, happy 2019!  Come play along with any of our sketches and be sure to enter before the end of the month.

I stayed fairly true to the sketch elements, although my photos are a bit larger.  I used a collection from My Minds Eye by Jen Wilson called Academy.  It was easy to use the scraps of the collection from other projects to make the little tags that go across the bottom of the layout. 

  • The background is trimmed to 9 1/2" x 11".  The paper is glittered so it is heavy and hard to adhere elements to, so I needed to use permanent heavy duty adhesive!
  • The tags are 2" x 2 1/2" with the corners trimmed.  I punched 1/2" circles and adhered them to each tag.  Then the tags were hole punched.  Each tag is inked Tsukineko Versa Magic in either Reg Brick or Aegean Blue.  
  • Journaling is done a a bit of paper from Bo Bunny Press named Shabby Princess collection.  Don't know how long it's been in my stash, but was a great match!  I used the Antique Burgundy Zig Writer to complete the journaling. 
  • The title is die cut with a Stephanie Barnard die by Sizzix Framelits 3-D Drop-Ins.  It is designed to be part of a pop-up card, but with a little creative trimming it makes a great title.  The Happy and Birthday were trimmed apart.  A second die cut for just the "th" is also trimmed.  Quickutz's Frankie Classic is a very similar font, so I used that to die cut the 13.
This is a supper quick and easy sketch to use for a great 2 page layout.   Come join us at Stick It Down!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Ice Sktaing Giggle & Grins

Welcome to 2019!  I am sharing a seasonal layout featuring the B-side of Spring Showers from Quick Quotes.  The subdued colors highlight the colors of the photos that lend nicely to a balanced composition.

Last winter our family went to visit the local outdoor Parks and Rec Skate Rink.  We were pleasantly surprised, and enjoyed a session of skating.  Even have the photos taken by my husband to prove it!  The lighting was not great but a few colors in the photos led me to use Spring Showers to create this layout.  All of the blue layers are inked in Deep Sea Powder Puff Chalking Ink, and the orange and stripes are inked in Barn Board Sea Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • Spring Showers 102 is used for the background.
  • Spring Showers 100 is trimmed to 6" x 12" and adhered to span the two pages.
  • Spring Showers 101 is trimmed to 2" x 12" and is adhered to the left edge of the layout.
  • Spring Showers 104 is trimmed to 3" x 4 1/2" to mat the top right photo where it goes above the blue mat.
  • Spring Showers 103 is trimmed right along the edges of the diamonds, it is approximately 1/2" wide.  These are adhered just inside the edges of 100, I think it looks a bit like washi tape! 
  • Another section of 103 is trimmed to 3" x 5" to add a double mat the top right photo. This technique provides more room to add another photo and adds visual interest.

I had a few die cut pieces left over from the June 2018 Club Q kit that also featured Spring Showers.  A bit of modification made them perfect for this layout.
  • Spring Showers 104 was a pennant that I trimmed into three sections, adding tails to the third shape.  They are 2" x 4 1/2" (upper left), 2" x 2" and 2" x 3 1/8".
  • Spring Showers 101 is trimmed to 2" x 3 3/8" and the tails are trimmed into the shape to match the pennants.

I will admit I struggled a bit to come up with a catchy title, that morphed as I completed the layout.  First I started with Skating Giggles, when it was complete turned into Ice Skating Giggles & Grins.  It also moved around the page before I was finally satisfied!  I think the pop of orange color moves your eye through the layout and I am very please with the final outcome.

Quick Quotes Products
Spring Showers Paper Pack
Powder Puff Chalking Ink--Deep Sea, Barn Board

Other Products
Tangerine by Quickutz
Teal Zig Writer

Thank you for stopping by!  It is my hope that 2019 brings you and your families much joy!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Greetings for Quick Quotes

Merry Christmas Eve to one and all!  Neva here to share some Christmas cheer and a few cards I enjoyed creating to give to family and friends for this holiday season.  All of the cards feature Holly Jolly Holiday collection.  My first card is an interactive pop-up card inspired by one of my favorite Three Dimensional artists, Karen Burniston.

I used several different papers to create my version of the card.  Karen has a great how-to video that will help assemble the card.  I used just the die set that creates the pop-up tree, and trimmed the accent papers with my trimmer.  All the dark papers are inked with Evergreen Powder Puff Chalking Ink and the light papers with Kokomo Powder Puff Chalking Ink.  The key dimensions are as follows:

  • The base of the card uses 103 trimmed to 4 1/4 x 11".  It is scored at 4 3/4", 9 3/4", and 10 1/2". 
  • The front panel is 100 trimmed to 4" x 4 1/2".  (I had originally chosen a different paper, but didn't like the lack of contrast, so revised my decision.) 
  • The inside top and bottoms panels are 104 trimmed to 4" x 4" and 1 3/4" x 4".
  • The pop-up mechanism panel is originally 4 1/4" x 4 1/2", with the bottom 3/4" trimmed and re-assembled with the removable tape to create the center fold.

All of the tree parts were die cut from various papers in the collection.
  • The frames are one side of 105, and the center floating trees are the reverse side.
  • The slotted center tree is 103.
  • The decorations are die cut from 102.
  • The tree topping star is die cut from 100.
For accents I used the following:
  • A saying from Holly Jolly Holidays 600 Quotes and Phrases is trimmed to the inside frame to fit into the card.
  • A small piece of green gingham ribbon serves the small tab to open the top opening card.
  • I do suggest the magnets linked under Karen's video as the ones I found locally did not hold the card together through the paper layers.
 I made a few more cards using Holly Jolly Holiday 500 and 600 Quotes and Phrases along with the scraps and bits left on my craft table from my Christmas related layouts featured earlier in the month.  All of the cards can be created from the Club Q Altered Kit with a few additions from your stash.

  • I had many strips of paper in widths between 3/8" and 1/2".  I laid the strips diagonally across the card base. and trimmed the excess from around the edges.  
  • The entire card front is inked in Evergreen Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • A saying from 600 is matted with 103 and layered over the top.

  •  A greeting from 500 is trimmed and inked.
  • Small strips of 100 are placed behind the saying.
  • The panel is matted with 104.
  • Brads are placed in each of the four corners to anchor the card together before adhering to a card base.

  • A greeting from 500 is trimmed and inked.  
  • It is matted with 104.
  • Strips left-over from the "Lefse" layout is placed behind the saying and adhered to the card base.
  • A small raffia bow is adhered to the top.  

  • I really liked the rustic look of this saying so a small jute bow and jute cord decorate the front of the greeting from 500.
  • Burlap ribbon is placed behind the greeting.
  • The panel is backed with 101 and adhered to a card base.  

  • The Noel greeting is trimmed and inked.
  • A small angel is die cut from vellum and cream card stock and adhered to the front of the card.
  • The panel is backed with 101 and adhered to the card base.
  • Small gems from the December Club Q kit are adhered randomly to the card front.
Quick Quotes Products
December Club Q Altered Kit
Holly Jolly Holiday Paper Pack 
Holly Jolly Holiday 500 12" x 12" Quotes and Phrases
Holly Jolly Holiday 600 Quotes and Phrases
Powder Puff Chalking Ink in Kokomo and Evergreen

Other Products
Christmas Trees Pop Stand by Karen Burniston in cahoots with Riley and Company
Jute cord by Darice
Burlap Ribbon from my stash
Angel die by Quickutz
Cream Cardstock
Raffia from my stash

My cards are in the mail to bring holiday cheer to my loved ones.  If you are sending greeting late (yes some of us do that!) or if you are planning ahead for the holiday season of 2019 I hope you are inspired to make a few quick cards!  

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Quick Quotes Club Q Christmas Version

Happy Holidays friends of Quick Quotes from Neva!  Have you seen the beautiful Club Q layouts this month?  I enjoyed using both kits to create layouts to commemorate last year's Christmas memories.  My first layout used one kit as designed with a few tweaks.

The design of the background paper is hard to cover up because it is so pretty!  I had very few photos of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for 2017 so this layout was perfect.  My photos were landscape rather than portrait orientation thus a few changes were made to accommodate the direction of my photos.

  • The left side uses the laser cut mat from the design for the right side trimmed to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".  My photo was on the darkish side so the B-side white background created a more balanced color scheme.  The edges are inked in Kokomo Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • The green mat is from the original right side as well and is trimmed to 4 3/4" x 6 3/4".
  • All the green mats are inked in Evergreen Powder Puff Chalking Ink for the entire layout.
  • The frames, pennant, and red mats are inked in Kokomo Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • The journaling is done Holly Jolly Holidays 100 before being mounted behind the frame and matted with the coordinating laser cut. 

  • The larger mats for the two landscape photos are trimmed from the papers in the small altered kit.
  • The red mat is 6 1/2" x 8 1/4.  The green mat is 6 3/4" x 8 1/2".   
  • The sentiment is trimmed from Holly Jolly Holidays 600 Phrases and Sayings then inked in Evergreen Powder Puff Chalking Ink.  
  • I borrowed the tree from the small altered kit as well, as it balanced the embellishments on the ride side of the photo mat.
Next up is another layout that documents my love of decorating for the Christmas holidays.  I have a few Nativities to display as well as several Christmas Trees from large to small!  I hope you enjoy the small tour through my Christmas Decor!

This layout is significantly different from the design, however the background paper is a great foundation for both layouts.  The papers supplied in the kit were easily altered to fit the design for my layout.  

  • All of the dark red mats and accents came from the sheet of laser cut shapes and are inked in Kokomo Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • The borders on the looped accents are also from this sheet trimmed to 3/8" x 11 3/8".  
  • Shhhh, a little secret here, the red mat is actually two of the punched mats butted up together to create on mat behind the Nativities.  You can't even tell can you?
  • To go behind the red mat, Holly Jolly Holidays 103 is trimmed to 5" x 12" for the left side.
  • The focal photo is framed with both sides of 101 trimmed to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2", and 4 3/4" x 6 3/4".
  • All green accents are inked in Evergreen Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • All the other accents are inked in Kokomo Powder Puff Chalking Ink. 
  • On my second try I die cut the title from 101.  My first choice didn't show up as well as this version!
  • I wanted a few more snowflakes to add as embellishments, so I die cut them from the scraps from the laser cut snowflakes and border edges. 
  •  The mats for the photos of my collections are trimmed from 101 and 5 3/4" x 8 and 6 1/4" x 8 1/2".
  • The red mat is the laser cut mat.
  • To go behind the red mat, Holly Jolly Holidays 103 is trimmed to 4" x 12" for the right side
  • The journaling is printed on Holly Jolly Holidays 100 and is inked in Kokomo Powder Puff Chalking Ink.
  • The numbers are punched from 1Holly Jolly Holidays 100 as well. 

Quick Quotes Products
Ultimate Combo Club Q Kit 
Powder Puff Chalking Ink-- Kokomo and Evergreen

Other Products
Sonja and Olivia fonts by Quickutz
Create A Flake One and Create A Flake Three by Spellbinders.

The lovely colors of the Holly Jolly Holiday papers matched my Christmas photos so well.  Christmas is my favorite time of the year and documenting our memories brings me joy!  Thanks for the opportunity to share this joy!  ~Neva