Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The Last of the Halloween Cards (Projects 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)

Woo Hoo!!! I'm more than half way to my goal of 50 cards.  I'm really going to have to get moving with posting if I want to meet my goal in time to do some crafty shopping on Black Friday.

The Raven

The image is a stamp by Stampendous.  I colored it with Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.   I then used Frantage (by Stampendous) embossing powder and mica chips, and some Martha Stewart glitter along the edge.  I’m not sure if I like how it came out.  I have a love-hate relationship with the Frantage embossing powders and elements.  I love the stuff I’ve seen it used on but I tend to hate how it turns out when I use it.  I think I just need to keep practicing with it.
Pumpkin Head Girl
This image is by Stampendous, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  I added stickles to her hat.  I inked the edges with Distress Ink in Dusty Concord.  I think it needs an embellishment but I can’t find one in my stash that I like how it looks with this.
Pumpkin Cat
This image is by Inkadinkado, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and Colored with Copics.  I added stickles to the collar.  I die cut the oval and the scallop oval mat with Spellbinder nesties dies.
Girl Dressed Like Pumpkin
The image is by Recollections and was RAKed to me after last year’s Stamptoberfest over at Two Peas.  She’s stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  I added stickles to her tights and the three corners.  The candy corn circle and mat were cut with Spellbinder nestites dies.  The candy corn is from the same stamp set as the girl.  After coloring them, I added glossy accents for some shine and dimension.  The background was made by repeatedly stamping on the diagonal a long sentiment stamp by Stampendous.  It is about 5 inches long. 

The image is from the same set as the girl dressed like a pumpkin by Recollections, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  I got a drip of ink on the top corner, so I covered it with the enamel pumpkin sticker.  The bow was made with my bow easy.  The sentiment is by Studio G.   

This is another fairly new stamp, by Outliners/ Hampton Art.  I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copics.  I added liquid pearls to the hat, stickles to the spider’s thread, metallic pen to the buckle and Wink of Stella to the flower.  I created the bow with my bow-it-all.  I love that thing.
Copic List:
Pumpkin Head Girl:
Head & Body – YR15, YR16, YR12, Y02
Clothes & hat – V12, V15, V17, YG06, YG09, YR15, YR16
Cat – C1, C3, C7, 100
Pumpkin Cat:
Pumpkin – YR02, YR04, YR07, Y08 (for the face)
Cat – YG01, YG03, YG06, G02, G05
Girl Dressed Like Pumpkin:
Pumpkin – YR02, YR04, YR07
Face – E00
Hair – E11, E17, E19
Arms & Legs – V15, G07
Witch: (I forgot to make a list of the colors I used, so this is my best guess)
Dress & Hat – YR02, YR04, YG03, V01, V04, V06
Hair – YG03, YG06
Face & Hands – E000, RV10
Pumpkin – YG02, YG04, YG07
Body – V04, V09, Y38
Wings – YR07, YG03
Hat – YR02, YR07, YR09, YG01, YG03, YG06
Flower Stem – YG03, YG06
Pumpkin – YR04, YR07
Gourd – Y15, Y17, YG17
Flower – Y06, V04, V09, YR16, Y08, Y17
Spider – YG06
Stars – Y06
Leaves – E08, YG95, Y38, Y17, YR23, E79, YR07, E08, YR16, Y28, Y38, Yr23, Yr18, E09, YR68, R17, R08 (that’s quite a lot of colors for such small leaves).
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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

House Mouse Halloween (Projects 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24)

I know it is a little late for Halloween cards, but I didn't have a chance to post these before Halloween. 

I just love House Mouse stamps.  These cards (except for the very last one) were made using stamps from a set of clear stamps by The Paper Studio that I’ve had for years.  I just think all the little mice dressed up for Halloween are too cute.  There are also stamps with the mice dressed like a ghost, a bat, a vampire and a lobster.   All of the images were colored with Copics, and I will list the colors at the end of this post.
Caterpillar Mouse


For the bottom half, I stamped the sentiment and the candy corn using ColorBox ink.  The “candy” and the solid candy corn are by Studio G and the outlined candy corn are by Recollection.  The mouse prints are from the same stamps set as the mouse.  I used the wavy blade for my paper trimmer to cut the mat for the mouse and the mouse prints.  Finally, I added some stickles to his antenna. 
Pumpkin Mouse
The orange strip is stamped with pumpkin baskets from the same set using Versamark ink.  They are really hard to see.  The sentiment is by The Paper Studio (I think).  The small rectangle of pp is the reverse of the pp that I used for the card base.
Carrot Mouse
For this one, I matted the image on an offset rectangle to do something different.  The ribbon is from my stash.  The sentiment is by Studio G.  I used Ranger enamel accents in black to create the dots on either side of the sentiment.
Butterfly Mouse

The flowers was cut using my silhouette and colored with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and I used buttons from my stash for the centers.
Cheese Mouse
For this card, I created a spinner card.  I used my silhouette to cut the rectangle in the center of the purple paper and in the card base.   Then I sandwiched twine between the image and the sentiment.

Then I sandwiched the ends of the twine between the purple paper and the card base so that the image is suspended in the whole in the card and will spin.

I added liquid pearl dots.  I didn’t like how the image looked against the white card bases, so I added a rectangle of green paper to the inside of the card.
Dino Mouse
This last card was made using a new stamp I got this year (pre-moratorium).  It is a cling stamp by Stampendous.  Since it is such a big image and I was sticking with a 4 x 5.5 card base, I kept this one fairly simple.
Copic list:
Caterpillar Mouse:
Caterpillar body: YG01, YG03, YG06
Mouse: E000, E93, E23
Pumpkin Mouse:
Pumpkin – YR02, YR04, YR07
Stem – YG67
Mouse – E000, E93, E23, RV10, RV13
Shadow – W5, W0
Carrot Mouse:
Carrot – YR12, YR15, YR16
Pumpkin – YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR27
Mouse – W0, W5, E000, R20
Leaves – G02, G05, G07
Shadow – C1, C3
Butterfly Mouse:
Wings – Y11, YR15, YR16, YR18, YR00, E18, E79
Mouse – W0, W3, W5, E000, RV10
Pumpkin – YR15, YR16, YR18, G05
Shadow – C3
Cheese Mouse:
Pumpkin – YR02, YR04, YR07, YR09, YR27
Mouse – E000, E23, R20
Cheese – Y02, Y06, Y08, Y17
Shadow – C1, C3
Dino Mouse:
Dino – YG03, YG06, YG09, V01, V09
Candy Corn – Y08, YR07
Pumpkin – G05, YR04, YR07, YR18
Big Mouse – E09, E17, E23, E00, R20
Small Mouse – E23, E00, R20
Shadow – C3, C1, C0
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inktoberfest Details (Projects 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18)

Let’s start by welcoming Di and Liz, my two newest followers.  You should go check out their fabulous blogs: Pixie's Crafty Workshop and Crafty Sunflower.  Ms. Di is the wonderful hostess of the Pixie's Snippets Playground challenge.

I’m sorry it has been so long since I posted, especially since I promised more details for my last post.  The last couple of weeks have been crazy.  About 2 weeks ago, I had a conference to go to for work and before leaving I went on a cleaning bender because my husband, who I’m currently separated from, agreed to dog sit while I was at the conference.  Then when I got back, my parents had returned from their vacation and brought my aunt back with them.  So I spent some time with her.  Around the same time (the weekend of the 18th), I realized that I had agreed to have a table at the garage/ craft sale at my mom’s church this weekend but I did have anything made that I could sell.  So for the last week and a half, I’ve been working like crazy to get stuff made for the sale.  So my card making and blogging have been neglected.
On to the details from the Inktoberfest sneak peek:

My challenge sample:

This is the card I made for the challenge I hosted, called Starting Point.
 For the challenge, participants had to start their project by choosing 2 different embellishments and use them as the inspiration for the piece.  I started with the buttons, which are two buttons layered together, and the ribbon, which I used my bow-it-all to tie in a double bow.  They served as the guide for the colors I used for the rest of the piece. 
After coloring the angel image (Stampendous) with colored pencils, I stamped the image on a scrap paper and created a mask. I used Distress Inks (Dried Marigold and Spiced Maramalade) to ink around the image and then I used a firm bristled brush to flick Distress Stain in Chipped Sapphire on the piece.  I was being a bit lazy and didn’t do a close cut on the mask and when I got done inking, I did not like the ring of white around the angel.  So I went back in with a brush to ink the white area. 
The tag was inked with Distress Ink in Dried Marigold and Chipped Sapphire and splattered with Chipped Sapphire. The sentiment is by My Favorite Things.  I used a corner rounder on the angel and the tag.
A Master Board:
The master board was created for a challenge that required that you create a master board and use it to create at least two ATCs (artist trading cards).  I started by inking watercolor paper with Distress Inks in Broken China, Salty Ocean and Shaded Lilac.  I then wet the paper and sprinkled with salt to get the spotted effect.
Then I used a snowflake stencil I made with my silhouette and sprayed it with Shimmer Mist in Frost.  It is kinda hard to see.
Finally, I stamped the snowflakes with Distress Ink.  The stamps are by Impression Obsession and Inkadinkado.
Once done, I created two ATCs.  The snowman (Inkadinkado) is stamped with Brillance Ink and fussy cut and popped up on the ATC. I created the embellishment by die cutting a circle and stamping the sentiment (Studio G). I added some stickles. Once dry, I covered with glossy accents.  Then when that was dry, I popped it up in a bottle cap.

Combining 3 Challenges:

For this card, I combined three challenges: the Paper Towel challenge , the Lighten Up challenge and the Mixed Media challenge.  Check out the links for details on the requirements and techniques required for each challenge.
I created the side panel by using my Big and Juicy ink pad in Hydrangea to ink up a piece of paper towel and then stamp on paper with it using a brayer. I added some stickles to accent the swirl pattern of the paper towel.
For lighten up, I stamped the bubble image by the Stampin Place with Distress Ink in Broken China. The tree is by Hero Arts. I colored it with Copic and Spica markers. I added stickles to the branches of the tree but it doesn't show up very well in the picture and stickles for the ground. I added some snowflake stamps by Hero Arts and some stickles for snowflakes. The corner punch is by Fiskar.

 The mixed media pieces are the large snowflakes. I added a snowflake charm to the bottom one and a sequin and gem to the top one.  You should definitely check out the link for the mixed media challenge, which has a link to Sadie's wonderful blog post with detailed explanation of how to create the pieces.

This one combined the Lighten Up challenge and the Book'em challenge.
I used watercolor paper as suggested by Heidi. It took me 3 tries to get the stamping right. The first try was too dark and on the second, the image didn't come out completely. The stamp is by Heidi Swapp and I used Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.
 Then I stamped the squirrel and sentiment by Studio G. It is actually one stamp and I cut it apart. The sentiment is next to the acorn so it was too wide for the base. I stamped with Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa, but the squirrel didn't come out solid enough. So I used some reinker to fill him in with a paint brush. The acorns in the corners are by Inkadinkado.
I wanted to put a heart around the sentiment because in needed something. None of my heart stamps would work so I decided to draw it in. Unfortunately, I did it in pen and I hate it. So after taking this picture, I used a Spellbinder scallop heart to cut out the heart. Then I cut another heart , restamped the sentiment, and did an inlay.  Here's the redone book mark. 

I plan on putting it in my Mom's Christmas stocking because as I've previously mentioned, she's the crazy squirrel lady.
New Technique:

This is the card I created for the Shadow Knows challenge, which involved using a technique new to me.  The link has a more detailed explanation, but the idea is to make something stamped on dark cardstock with white ink stand out more by outlining it with a Versamarker.  

I stamped the turkey with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.  Since I didn't have a Versamarker, I used my Zig Emboss Writer, which worked. I did the same with the sentiment. Both stamps are by Inkadinkado. Here's a close up where you can better see the outlining.

The base was made with Distress Inks in Spiced Maramalade, Mustard Seed, Barn Door, and Aged Mahosgany, I think. I made it awhile ago. I wet the paper and then sprinkled it with sea salt, which pulls out some of the ink and creates a spotting effect.  I used a Spellbinder die for the sentiment and added liquid pearls.
Mixed Media Fun:
I created a bunch of pieces for the mixed media challenge.  I really had fun with the technique. 
I decided I wanted to do something other than a square or circle.  So I pulled out my Spellbinder poinsettia and snowflake dies.  And I've got a pack of chipboard I bought at Michael's.  Well, that chipboard is a bit thick for a Spellbinder die.  So I had to pull out an Exacto knife for the poinsettias.  For the snowflakes, I pulled out a macaroni box from my recycling bin.  That worked much better.  And I used metallic acrylic inks to give the pieces some shine. 

I used the snowflake on the triple combo card above.  And here is what I did with the poinsettias:

I wanted the poinsettia to be the focus, so I kept the rest fairly simple. The background stamp is by Hero Arts. I stamped it with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder. I added a gold ribbon. Then I stacked the pieces of the die. I added liquid pearls in gold to the center.

I had so much fun with this technique on the die cuts that I decided to make some backgrounds with it. I decided to keep the image small so that the background could show.

 The image was stamped with Versamark and embossed with a green metallic embossing powder. I added stickles for the star and ornaments. Because I got embossing powder in spots I didn't want it and it left a mark when I wiped it off, I fussy cut the tree. The tree stamp is by the Stampin Place.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Inktoberfest Teaser

This is going to a quick post to show you all the fun being had over at Artsy Inkers.  I know I've mentioned this before, but we're having a party. It started yesterday but runs until next Sunday.  So there is still time for you to pop over and join us.  Here are some projects I've either finished or are in the works for the party.  I'll come back later in the week and provide details.  This is just to tempt you into joining the fun.

The sample from my challenge:

A Master Board:


Comboing 3 challenges in one:

A bookmark:

New Technique:

Mixed Media Fun:

Has your curiosity been peaked?  You should swing by Artsy Inkers.

Thanks for stopping by and please come again.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pumpkin Tag and a Party (Project 12)

For today’s project, I have something a bit different – a tag.  I made this for the September tag swap over at Artsy Inkers.  Which, before I forget, we are having a party over at AI starting on Saturday called Inktoberfest.  There will be a variety of challenges for member to participate in as well as games.  If you ever participated in one of the stamping parties over at Two Peas in a Bucket, Inktoberfest will be like those.  If you haven’t, you should come over and check out Artsy Inkers.  There is a great bunch of stampers over there and we have a ton of fun during parties.  So that is my pitch for joining us at AI.  On to the tag.

I used my silhouette to cut out the shape from watercolor paper.  The image is by Impression Obsession and I cannot remember what ink I used to stamp it.  I think it was Memento Rich Cocoa.  I watercolored the image with Distress Inks in Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Forest Moss, and Barn Door.

I created the base with used paper towels.  When I color with DI, I usually smoosh the ink on my craft mat, pick up the color with a brush or dauber, and when I’m done, I mist with water and wipe the excess up with a paper towel.  As a result I have some pretty paper towels.  So of course, I save them.   To create the base, I took a large snippet of white cardstock, applied Mod Podge, put the paper towel down and then coated it with more Mod Podge.  And I ran into some trouble.  The paper towel was 2 ply.  The glue didn’t go through both layers, so I had several spots that need more Mod Podge.  When I did the back of the tag, I separated the plies and applied them one at a time.  That worked much better.  And the colors weren’t bright enough if I used just one of the layers.

So when I went to add the focal piece to the base, I didn’t like how white the piece was.  So I added some Distress Ink.  I diluted  some Mustard Seed for around the image and inked the edges with Barn Door.  Finally, I added some liquid pearls to the image.

The leaves were punched with an EK Success punch from EK Success self-adhesive wood veneer paper and colored with Distress Inks.   The fibers are snippets that were RAKed to me ages ago.  The bow was created with my bow-it-all from ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

For the back, I stamped the same focal image.  I used Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa but I forgot that it needed reinking, so the image is rather faint.  I reinked the pad before stamping the leaves, which are by Inkadinkado.

I’m going to enter this over at Pixie’s Snippets Playground- Week 144.

Before I go, I know several of you have had some trouble following my blog.  Mary was nice enough to email me the fix she found when she was having trouble following me.  So here they are:
First - go to the blog you wish to follow, get to the Home section so you can copy & paste the URL for the blog…not just a particular post.
 1. Get to the reading list of the blogs you follow  (I had to manually go to the Dashboard, as my reading list does not always show up or populate)
 2. Look to the far right - there is a gear type of icon. Click it
 3. This brings up the list of blogs you are following. Scroll to the very bottom. Look for an orange block with the word ADD. Click it
 4.  Dialog box appears. Paste in the URL of the blog you’re trying to follow.
 5. NEXT (orange box) - click it
 6. Step 2: follow publicly - as whatever your google (blogger) id
 7. FOLLOW - Orange box.
Your picture should now appear in the following list of the blog you’re trying to follow and the new blog should now be in your following list.
Thank you everybody who has wished me luck with my etsy shop. 
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Grand Opening and a Shaker Box (Project 11)

I’ll start with the Grand Opening.  I’ve been toying with opening a shop on etsy for a while now.  At the beginning of this year, I started to seriously think about it and this summer I actually started working on projects for a shop.  Well I finally opened my shop this weekend.  Please stop by and check out my etsy shop.
Now, before I move on to today’s card, a warm welcome to Mary H, my very first follower.  She is a very sweet lady and has a wonderful blog: Carolina Cards by Mary H.  So check out her blog and say hi.
Today’s card is a shaker box card.  I started by using my silhouette to cut out the window in the green textured card stock.  I traced the window on the card base lightly in pencil to aid me in stamping the sentiment (by Inkadinkado) with Hero Arts shadow ink in Just Right.  I also used the pencil lines to place the foam strips on the card base.  I attached acetate to the back of the window.   I used a snippet of watercolor paper to die cut the leaves and branch.  Then I colored them with distress inks in Vintage Photo, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Spiced Marmalade.  Then I attached them so the leave were falling across the window.  Before attaching the window to the base, I placed glitter and leaf sequins in between the foam strips. 
 I ran into a bit of a problem at that point. The white of the foam strips showed through the window.    Here’s a picture:
To cover that, I used decorative scissors to cut several strips of yellow cardstock and framed out the window.  You can see what I did in the first picture.
I'm going to enter this card over at Pixie's Snippet Playground - Week 144.
Thanks for stopping by and please come back.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Pumpkin Pie (Project 10)

Happy Fall!!!!  Fall is my favorite season.  Too bad it doesn't feel like fall here in Florida.  Oh, well.  That's why I make so many fall cards. 

10 Projects down - 40 to go before I can buy more stuff. :-) For today's project, I'm posting the card I made for the September kit in an envelope (KIAE) swap over at the new message board I'm hanging out on - Artsy Inkers.  There is a great bunch of stampers over there. 

I think I've explained a KIAE swap before, but if not, or if you've forgotten: you make 2 kits consisting of stuff that will fit in a regular envelope, one to keep and one to send.  Then you make at least one project from your kept kit and one from the kit you received.  For September's swap, the theme was harvest and the twist is that at least one of the projects had to include a recipe.

The kit items are the stamped background paper, the recipe image and the shrinky dink pie.  I stamped the background with Fiskar pumpkin stamps with Versamark ink.  The recipe is a stamp by Impression Obsession and stamped with Hero Arts Just Right shadow ink.  I trimmed down the recipe and mounted it on a snippet of kraft cardstock.  The twine is just tucked under the purple paper, not wrapped around.  Then I used a separate piece to tie the bow.  The orange textured cardstock is from my stash.  The buttons are from My Favorite Things.  And while I love the buttons and the price is great, I now have a lifetime supply of orange buttons.

The shrinky dink was cut with my silhouette and colored with colored pencils before shrinking.  Here's a close up:

I'm going to enter this over at Pixies Snippets Playground - Week 143

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