Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sending Hugs and Prayers

This fortnight at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges we are highlighting the Magic of Animals with Challenge #121.  Stop by the blog and see all of the sweet creations by the Design Team!

I decided that Muzzy of House Mouse fame needed a little inky love.  He has been in my collection since 1998, and is perfect for the slightly cute but manly card. 

1.     The white card stock base is a standard A4 with layers of 4” x 5 1/4” of dark brown card stock and very old Provo Craft patterned paper of 3 5/8” x 4 7/8”.  (I was working with my card scrap kit and went with what I had available.)
2.     Muzzy is stamped on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black and is colored with Chameleon pens in NU1 Bisque, CG8 Coal Grey, BR2 Hot Cocoa.
3.     The Muzzy image and the backing of Provo craft patterned paper are die cut with Spellbinders Labels One.  The edges were inked with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa.
4.     Technique Tuesday’s Say It—Hugs stamp and die set were used to die cut Kraft card stock and patterned paper outline.  After centering the die cut “hugs” on Kraft card stock trimmed to 1” x 4 ¼”, the rest of the sentiment is stamped in Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa.  The ends were snipped to create a banner shape and the edges inked with Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa.
5.     The background layers are adhered, and the sentiment and label is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive. 

Imagine Crafts by Tsukineko:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Luxe Rich Cocoa
Chameleon Pens:  NU1 Bisque, CG8 Coal Grey, BR2 Hot Cocoa
Spellbinders Labels One
House Mouse Designs Muzzy
Technique Tuesday Say It Hugs stamp and die
Misc:  White card stock, Kraft card stock, patterned paper, adhesive, dimensional foam adhesive, die cut machine.

I would like to share Muzzy with the following challenges:

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Happy Birthday a Male Version

To start the new year off at Retro Rubber Blog Challenge we have a sketch to help design your card.   

My card is already in it’s recipient’s hands, as my brother’s birthday is in late December and this was a perfect sketch to use some of my older stamps from Heartfelt Creation’s All Geared Up collection.  These have been in my collection since Oct of 2014, and unfortunately they are no longer available.  I am glad I purchased them when I could as they are perfect for masculine cards!

1.     The card base is a 6 Bar Recollections Kraft card and envelope set. 
2.     The edge of the card is sponged with Memento Luxe Teal Zeal and a sponge dauber.
3.     Die Cuts With a View solid cork is trimmed to 4 ¾” x 5 ¼”.  Two strips of the All Geared Up collection are trimmed to 1 ½” x 6 ½” and ¾” x 6 ½”.  The narrow strip is torn using a deckle edge ruler by Plaid. 
4.     The sentiment and image are stamped on the cork with Memento Luxe Teal Zeal.
5.     The nail-head brads are colored by rolling them on the StazOn Timber Brown ink pad using a pair of tweezers. 
6.     The card is assembled as shown and adhered together.

·      Imagine Crafts by Tsukienko:  Memento Luxe Teal Zeal, StazOn Timber Brown, sponge dauber
·      Heartfelt Creations:  All Geared Up paper collection, Nuts & Bolts precut set, Tarnished Gears precut set (no longer available)
·      Recollections 6 Bar Kraft Card base & envelope
·      DCWV Solid Cork collection
·      Plaid Deckle edged ruler
·      Tweezers, adhesive

Please do stop by the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the wonderful takes on this sketch by the Design Team.   Remember to use your stamps older than a year and tell us when they joined your stash.  We also ask that you limit your challenges to ten including Retro Rubber.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sympathy for a Tragic Loss

The past two weeks have been difficult in our Central Oregon wrestling community.  We had a pre-teen take his own life, and the repercussions have rippled through our area and beyond.  His memorial service will be this week and this is the card I will be giving to the parents and surviving siblings.  The family was extremely involved with the kids wrestling program as well as the high school program.  There have been discussions around our dinner table, including one with our ten year that was age appropriate. 

I needed a little time to be creative, and a few challenges really helped kick start the process.  We have all been grieving with the family as it is such a tragic loss.  We are standing along side them and are supporting them in many ways including Mealtrain, FaceBook posts, and Go Fund Me.  It has been good to see the support they have and know that I can be a small part of that circle.  Please hug your kids, let them know they are loved!  He was very loved and yet made this choice that can not be reversed.

1.     The base is cream card stock in 6 Bar size (5” x 6.5”).  A strip of 1.75” x 6.5” green card stock from my stash is adhered along the left edge.
2.     Spellbinders Labels Thirty-four was die cut and the pressure embossed with Spellbinders Gold Labels Thirty-four and two sizes smaller Labels Thirty-four. The design was highlighted by inking with a sponge dauber and Versa Magic Eggplant ink.  The middle of the Labels Thirty four was placed over the edges and the interior of the area was inked with Versa Magic Hint of Pesto.
3.     The sentiment by Unity from the . . . beautiful life, blessed memories was stamped on cream card stock in Versa Magic Eggplant and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  It was then die cut with Spellbinders Labels Thirty-four and the edges inked with Versa Magic Hint of Pesto.
4.     The medium bow from Sizzix Bow Tied was die cut and inked with a sponge dauber and Versa Magic Eggplant before it was shaped add adhered together. 
5.     The Burlap ribbon (my Sahara sand color in the color challenge) was adhered with glue dots under the areas that are covered by the sentiment label and the paper bow.  The layers are adhered to the card front with the top layer raised by dimensional foam adhesive. 

Sympathy cards are some of the most difficult to create, as I want to convey so much to those left behind.  Thank you for the following challenges and their inspiration!

Imagine Crafts by Tsukineko Supplies
·      Sponge daubers
Other supplies:
·      Spellbinders Labels Thirty-four and Gold Labels Thirty-four
·      Sizzix Bow Tied
·      Unity . . . beautiful life, blessed memories
·      Misc:  cream card stock, green card stock, burlap ribbon, die cut machine, heat gun, glue dots, adhesive, dimensional adhesive.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Something New for the New Year!

It is a New Year and we have a New Challenge over at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenge, Show us something NEW!  For example,  what crafty gift did you get for Christmas, that you have to play with right away?  For me it was the brand new collection from Heartfelt Creations, Coffee Talk.  I am a coffee lover and the stamps, dies, and papers are luscious!  While the boys in my family were creating enormous Lego vehicles with their new Christmas presents, I created a mug card and really love how it turned out!

1.     Follow the directions in the Heartfelt Creation’sVideo to stamp and die cut the mug card.  I stamped the Coffee Mug on white card stock with Encore Ultimate Metallic Blue ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The fold was completed and the card die cut.  Using a sponge dauber Encore Ultimate Metallic Silver colored the body of the coffee mug. 
2.     A second Coffee Mug image was stamped and heat embossed.  The decorative rim around the cup was fussy cut.  Memento Dual Markers in Summer Sky and Danube Blue colored the image.  It is easy to stay inside the lines when the image is heat embossed.
3.     A tag from the Coffee Talk Paper collection was also fussy cut, as this was to be a Thank you card.  I really wished they had included a saying in the set that said “Thanks A’ Latte”! 
4.     The whip cream image is from Latte Art cling stamp set and is stamped in Versa Magic Wheat and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.  The image was die cut with the corresponding die and shaped with flower shaping tools to give the edges a bit of a curl.
5.     A small slit is cut with a craft knife along the top front edge of the coffee mug and the whip cream image is inserted and adhered. 
6.     The rim of the mug is shaped and adhered to the coffee mug.  The outside edges are adhered directly to the card and the center has a few pieces of dimensional foam adhesive to raise it up just a bit.
7.     The tag is adhered with dimensional foam adhesive.  Silver metallic thread is tied into a multi-looped bow and adhered over the tag.

·      Heartfelt Creations:  Coffee Talk Collection papers, Coffee Talk, Coffee Mug die sets, Latte Art and Coffee Mug cling stamp sets.
·      Miscellanous:  white card stock, score board, die cut machine, craft knife, silver metallic thread.  

Please do come bay and join the fun at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges and check out the Design Team’s creations.  Then share what crafty Christmas present you used to create something NEW!

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Our Daily Bead Designs Something Old Something New (All stamps and dies are new, the inks and thread are old)
Crafty Boots Challenge Something Old Something New All stamps and dies are new, the inks and thread are old)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Rock On 2016, 3 Ways to Use VersaMark Watermark Ink

It is time to head into a brand New Year, and with this card we can celebrate and Rock On 2016!  There are only two inks used for this card, Versa Mark Watermark and Memento Tuxedo Black.  Versa Mark Ink is very versatile (pun intended!) and is used for three different fun techniques to create the dimension and texture for this project.  Head on over to Imagine Crafts and check out the blog post and the other amazing projects from the Artist In Residence team. 

1.     Trim cream card stock to 4 ¼” x 11” and fold to create a top fold A2 size card base.  Trim black card stock to 4” x 5 ¼”, Kraft card stock to 3 ¾” x 3 ¾”, and cream card stock to 3 ¾” x 1 ½”.

2.     Line up black and Kraft card stock with a 1/8” border on each side and adhere with removable tape.  Line up the desired section to create an off center design with the Spellbinders Grand Labels One and hold in place with removable tape and die cut. 

3.     Stamp Fiskars “All Boy” guitar image in a random pattern on the Kraft card stock with the Versa Mark ink.  Set aside to dry.  Trim to 3 ¼” height.  Stamp guitar image on cream card stock in Memento Tuxedo Black.  Fussy cut around image. 

4.     Fun foam can double as a quick foam stamp.  Die cut “Rock On 2016” in a chosen font (Quickutz Khaki mini and mini shadow is used here).  Apply repositionable Xyron X adhesive to the right side of the letters.  Adhere to acrylic block and ink with Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp over watermark pattern on Kraft card stock.

5.     Die cut “2016” from cream card stock and tape lightly on Versa Mark ink pad using tweezers to hold each number.  Dip in Copper embossing powder and heat set.

6.     Apply Vera Mark ink to Spellbinders Music embossing folder with a hard rubber brayer.  Apply ink to the side that is predominately flat in the section to be used for the top panel.  Pressure emboss and remove card stock.  Apply copper embossing powder and heat set.  If there are sections that need touch ups, use the Versa Marker Watermark pen and color in areas and add additional embossing powder.
7.     Adhere sections of card together.  Adhere focal guitar image with dimensional foam adhesive.

Supplies by Imagine Crafts by Tsukineko
·      Memento Tuxedo Black
·      Craft Mat

Other Supplies
·      Fiskars “All Boy” stamp set
·      Spellbinders Grand Labels One, Music embossing folder
·      Quickutz Khaki mini and shadow alphabet sets
·      Xyron X repositionable adhesive
·      Miscellaneous:  Cream, Kraft, and black card stock, rubber brayer, tweezers, die cut machine, removable tape, heat gun, adhesive, dimensional foam adhesive

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