Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Use a Punch or Die Cuts at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge

Our theme for the fortnight is to use one of your fun punches or die cuts in creating your card.  Please come and play along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenge.

I had a need for a birthday card last week and decided to go with the quick and easy Sizzix Card set, Regal Stand-Ups which I added the Regal Labels to the front layers.  I choose a fun paper from the GCD Studio Special Delivery and die cut the card and the layers from both sides A and B.  I added in a blue, yellow, and white card stock from my stash for contrasting layers of the label and the “happy birthday” sentiment.  The stamp sentiment is by Studio G and is stamped in Tsukineko Versa Magic Turquoise Gem.

To finish the front I tied a double-looped bow with my Bow-It-All v.2 along with back ties.  Before adhering the label layers I tied the ribbon in place.  The sentiment and blue layers are adhered with dimensional foam adhesive to help them pop.

The inside of the card is lined with white card stock so there is a place to write a personal greeting and to show off the border die cut and happy birthday sentiment.  I added a little bit of textured ribbon to the border die cut as well before adhering it to the card base. 

Sometimes using the die cut card is perfect and allows me to quickly create a very fun card in a short amount of time. 

Please come share your die cut or punched creations with us over a Ruby’s Rainbow Challenge!

I would like to enter this fun card in the following challenges:
Shopping Our Stash #215 Layer It On Me (Still love layers, not so much CAS!)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Back to School at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog

In the spirit of the fall season our challenge for the next two weeks at Retro Rubber Challenge Blog is Back to School.  
In some parts of the U.S. there are students who have already started back, here in Central Oregon we still have 3 more weeks of summer left.  Join in the fun and create your own project that celebrates school starting and use your Retro Rubber that is more than a year old. 

 This card was quick to put together as the ideas came quickly!  Working with an A2 sized white card I trimmed the corners.  The base layer is a left over scrap of craft card stock trimmed to 4” x 5 ¼” and the corners are rounded.  The card stock was embossed with Craftwell Teresa Collins’ Woodgrain Cottage and inked with Tsukineko StazOn Timber Brown. 

Die Cuts With a View made a Blackboard stack a few years back, and I still have a few sheets in my stash.  The Lawn Cuts Stitched Journaling Card die cut the chalkboard.  I have two sets of school related images that I picked up about 5 or 6 years ago when my boys first came home.  The images from TPSC Studio “ABC, and 1,2,3” and The Paper Company Studio Grade School “apple” are stamped in Tsukineko Versa Magic Cloud White and are heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The images were colored with EK Success Zig Chalk Collection Writers in Yellow, Red, Green, and Blue.  The TPSC  “Back to School” is stamped in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black and the smiley face was colored with the Zig Chalk Yellow.  The image is fussy cut to match the rounded corners of the card design.  The card was assembled with the Back to School image mounted with dimensional foam adhesive.   I pondered adding more embellishments but decided I really liked the simple design and let it be!

Please join us and create your own Back to School card or layout or project and link it up over at Retro Rubber.  Just remember to use some unloved images and clue us in to how long they may have languished in your stash!

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Lawnscaping Challenge:  Embossing--I used both pressure and heat embossing
Crafty Calendar Challenge Bingo:  Die cut, kraft, and blue (coloring)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Anything But a Card Challenge #50 Celebration

Ah summer time!  A time to celebrate being outdoors in the sunshine!  I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family outdoors this summer and not much time in my craft cave.  This month at Anything But a Card our theme is Celebrate, so I choose to celebrate the summer season with this cheery pillow box gift holder.

To add shimmer and color at the same time I choose to use Imagine Crafts Fireworks mists in Dandelion, Tangelo, and Lady Bug.  To get more of a water color effect I sprayed them on my craft mat and laid the white card stock over the top and used a brayer to evenly distribute the ink.  After a little drying time I cut the card stock to 6” x 6” and used the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Punch Board to make the box. 

The cute sun with sunglasses image is one I’ve had forever made by American Art Stamp.  It is stamped in Tsukineko Memento in Tuxedo Black.  It also decorates the back of the pillow box.  The lips were colored with Memento Dual Tip Marker in Lady Bug and the sunglasses are colored with Tangelo.  The sun's rays are colored with Dandelion, Cantaloupe, and Tangelo.  It is great when you use the same product line as all the colors work together nicely.   Memento Luxe Love Letter is used to stamp the sentiments and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  “Celebrate” is by Scrappy Cat in the Birthday Wishes set and “Summer” is by All Night Media in the Rubber Stamp Poet set.

I must say it has been so fun and a great honor to be part of the #Cre8time Challenges as a member of the Anything But a Card Challenges Design Team.  I have stretched my creative boundaries, made new friends, and learned so much.  Thanks so much for the journey.  My favorite challenge was most likely the one I worked on until the wee hours to complete . . . the Advent Calendar for Novemeber's Anthing Goes Challenge.  Please join us in the final challenge for ABAC and enter your project that reflects CELEBRATION!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

For a Little Girl at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #110

Our challenge for this fortnight at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge is to create something for a little girl.  I created this card for a sweet baby and her mother who needed to spend some time at Dornbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.  Sweet baby girl had a birth defect, a vascular ring around her trachea also known as a double aortic arch.  Praising God that she is now home and doing well!

I started with Peddlers Pack images that I have owned forever!  The are marked with 1995, wow 20 years ago!  Since I wanted to use my watercolor pencils I used Bristol 100 pound white card stock.   First the mouse was stamped in Tsukineko StazOn Black and then masked with a fussy cut image of the same.  I figured he could sit on the chair arm as I didn't think his little skinny tail or arms would do well otherwise.  The chair is stamped over the mask with Tsukineko StazOn Timber Brown.  The remaining images were stamped Tsukineko StazOn Black and fussy cut after they were colored.  

My Rexel Derwent Watercolor pencils gave me the wonderful soft watercolor feel I wanted for the images.  I used Ivory Black 67, Golden Brown 59, Brown Ochre 57, Rose Pink 18, Deep Cadmium 6, Lemon Cadmium 2, Water Green 44, Grass Green 47, Smalt Blue 30, and Light Violet 26.  I love using my Niji Water pen to finish the watercolor effect.  The images cheeks and paws are finished with Chameleon PK3 Bubble Gum, and the flower's leaves have a bit of YG3 Spring Green.  

The doll, bunny, and bear are mounted to the card with different thicknesses of foam adhesive.  Card stock from my stash that brings out the colors of the images is used to back the card front image.  Martha Stewart Eyelette Lace border and corner punch give the lacy edge to the background layer.  This was a fun card to make and hopefully was a cheerful message for a sweet baby and her mama as they spent more than 2 weeks at the hospital! 

Please come by and join the Little Girl fun at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge #110!