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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Squirrels! and a Thank You. (Projects 7, 8, and 9)

I’ll start with the thank you.  Ms. Di over at Pixie’s Snippets Playground featured my Autumn Greetings card.  Thank you so much, Ms. Di.  I felt so special.  Now on to the cards:
So I have a fair number of squirrel stamps because my mother is affectionately known as the crazy squirrel lady.  She does wildlife rehab and has rehabilitated and released many squirrels over the years.  She currently has a permanent resident of a three legged squirrel named Tripod Nubbins.  So I’ve accumulated many squirrel stamps.
Card 1


I stamped the squirrel with Hero Arts Shadow ink in Just Right and layered it on textured cardstock squares, putting the brown square at an angle.  The top is actually orange but it looks more yellow in the picture. The purple textured cardstock is punched with a Fiskar border punch and I stamped the sentiment with the HA Just Right Shadow ink.  It still needed something, so I took the pieces punched out of the purple and attached three to the top corner. (Do they count as snippets?) I’ve got tons of little ziplock baggies full of the punched bits from when I use border punches.  I’m such a pack rat; I can't throw the bits out. I figure I'll use them eventually.  So at least I used a few on this one. The rest went in a baggie.
The squirrel is an Inkadinkado stamp and the sentiment is by TPC Studio.
Card 2
This little guy is a digital stamp by A Day for Daisies.  I used my silhouette to print him and then cut the shape out.  I colored him with chalk and sprayed with a sealer.  The pattern paper I found in a paper storage container I bought when I first started card making, about seven years ago, and that I uncovered when I was organizing my papers a couple of months ago.  So I’ve probably had this paper that long.  I originally planned on adding some paper flowers to this piece, but I just wasn’t feeling it.  I decided to leave this one fairly simple.
Card 3
For this one, I stamped the image on X-press It paper with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I stamped the big acorn on a snippet of X-Press It paper with Memento Rich Cocoa and the acorn hat on a snippet with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I colored the images with Copics (the list of colors are at the bottom of this post) and a silver metallic color pencil.  I fussy cut the acorns with my Fiskar fingertip craft knife.  I love that thing for fussy cutting.  It takes a little getting used to but once you do, the control is amazing.  I popped the large acorn with foam squares but I just glued the hat on flat.  I wanted a little dimension but I was afraid popping it up would hide the squirrel's eyes.  The stamps are by Inky Antics.  The pattern paper and textured cardstock are from my stash.
Here's a close-up of the squirrel's acorn cap.
Acorns – E21
Squirrel – E11
Basket – YR20
I'm entering Card 1 and 3 over at Pixie’s Snippets Playground
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Autumn Greetings (Project 6)

I’m definitely on a fall kick.  In fact, I’ve got a bunch of fall cards finished that I will be posting over the next couple of weeks.  This card is inspired by a card I saw over on the Hero Arts website.  I love Hero Arts and their blog and gallery of cards is an endless source of inspiration.  Here’s a link to the inspiration card. 

The sentiment is by Inkadinkado and stamped with Hero Arts shadow ink in Just Right.  I embossed some kraft cardstock with an embossing folder by cuttlebug.  For the leaves, I inked a snippet of glossy cardstock with a variety of alcohol inks.  Then I stamped the leaves using StazOn in Black.  The leaf stamp is by Inky Antics.  Then I fussy cut the leaves.  The leaves are just attached at their tops, under the ribbon and lace.  
Here's a close up of the leaves and ribbon:
The lace is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and I dyed it using Distress Ink in Mustard Seed and because it was too yellow, I added some DI in Tea Dye.  The snippets of orange ribbon under the lace is actually some ribbon I snipped out of a dress.  You know those ribbon loops they put in women’s clothing to use to keep the item on a hanger?  But of course they don’t work very well for keeping the item on the hanger and when you wear the item, they end up hanging out.  I use no-slip hangers and cut the stupid ribbon out.  But I noticed that some of the ribbon is kinda nice. So instead of going in the trash, they go into my craft stash.     
The alcohol inks I used are:

Sunshine Yellow
Sunset Orange
Red Pepper

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

Really Reasonable Ribbon, Challenge # 102 Autumn Colors

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 141

Mixed Media Card Challenge!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Funky leaves times 2 (Projects 4 and 5)

For today, I’ve got 2 cards I made using the same image but colored using two completely different techniques.

Card Number 1
The first card is one I made for the August vellum challenge over at Artsy Inkers.   So I’m a little behind in posting it here.



The image is by Impression Obsession.  I started by stamping it on watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossing it with clear embossing powder.  Then I did a water brayer technique to color the image.  I inked my brayer using Kaleidacolor Autumn Leaves and then spritz it with water.  I rolled the brayer over the image and added more ink and water until I was happy with it.  I mounted it on a piece of bronze metallic paper.
For the card base, I used a piece of embossed colored vellum that has been in my stash for years.  Here’s a picture of what the vellum looks like.
I attached it to a base of an orangy-brown textured cardstock with glue dots in the corners.  It is always a challenge to figure out how to attach vellum to a project without the adhesive showing.  To hide the glue dots, I added the brown pearls.
Card Number 2
For this card, I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa on X-Press It blending paper.  I colored the image with my Copic markers (the color list is at the bottom of the post).  I mounted it on a piece of orange cardstock from my stash that I cut with the deckle blade for my Fiskar paper trimmer.
The card base is actually a reject from a WSW14 fest challenge.  It was a reject, not because I didn’t like how it looked, but because it didn’t really show the technique of the challenge.  The technique was to take a piece of patterned paper and emboss it with an embossing folder.  Then you use a brayer to add Versamark ink to the raised portions and emboss with clear embossing powder.  Next you ink up the paper and whip the ink off the embossed portions. 
There were a couple of problems with this piece for showcasing the technique.  I picked a too subtle pp.  And I think the embossed lines were too thin to show the pattern of the paper.  So this didn’t get entered in the challenge and sat forgotten on my craft table.  I spotted it on my desk and figured it would make a great base for this card.  Oh, I used Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed (I think – I did make this back in June) to ink it up.  And I think the pp is by DCWV. 
For the final touch, I added ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon from the August ribbon of the month assortment.  I really loved August’s assortment.  Lovely fall colors.  So I added a strip of ribbon to the bottom and then made a double bow using my Bow-it-all.  Have I mentioned how much I love that thing? 

Copics used:

I’m entering this card in:

Really Reasonable Ribbon, Challenge # 102 Autumn Colors


Mixed Media Card Challenge!
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Vellum Circles (Projects 2 and 3)

I'm back with my next 2 projects. And clearly the shopping moratorium is working with regard to posting.  This makes 2 posts less than a week apart.  A first for me.  Course part of me wished I waited until after the Labor Day Sales to impose the moratorium. Oh well.
This first piece I created for a challenge on the new message board I'm hanging out on. The challenge was to use vellum on a card. One of the big challenges with using vellum is how to attach it without the adhesive showing. The sample the challenge host posted had a die cut vellum circle layered on a piece of colored cardstock cut with the same die (check out Stampwilly's awesome blog: Stampwilly Designs). That got me thinking of my Spellbinders lacey circle die. You can lace ribbon though the cut outs for a really cool effect. And thus was born the idea for this card.

I started with a piece of glossy cardstock that I had colored with alcohol inks like I did for Acornia (for list of colors see the bottom of this post). I die cut the circle out of the middle. Then I die cut a piece of vellum with the same die. I stamped leaves in Stazon black on the colored piece. The stamps are by Scrappy Cat and Inkadinkado. I forgot to take a picture before assembling. You can kinda see the leaves in this close-up and how the ribbon is threaded.

I stamped the sentiment by Inkadinkado with Versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder. It seemed fitting given the sentiment. I layered the vellum on top of the colored piece and then threaded the ribbon through the dies, leaving enough for make a bow at the end. It needed one more thing, so I used my silhouette to cut a leaf charm from shrinky dink material. I colored it with colored pencils. I had a little trouble with the stem when I shrunk it. I used some brown twine to attach it to the bow. Finally, I used foam squares to attach the circle to a plain green base.

Since I cut the glossy cardstock a bit bigger that absolutely necessary for the die, I was left with a square piece with a scalloped circle cut out of it. So I figured I would use that to frame an image and create another card.
The image is by Technique Tuesday. It is one of those sets that has the tree and different leaves for the branches and other stuff to go with the tree, including the ground. I have another set like this, but this was the first time I've used this set.

Before I stamped the tree, I lined up the alcohol ink colored piece and lightly traced the scallop circle onto the cream cardstock.  That way I could be sure the tree was mostly centered in the circle and nothing would be cut off when I attached the alcohol ink colored piece.  

I stamped it with Stazon in brown (I think) but it might have been Memento Rich Coco. Either way the pad needs some reinker. I then water colored the ground and leaves with Distress Inks (for list of colors see the bottom of this post). I also inked the edge where it would show through the circle because it was just too much cream cardstock showing.
Here's a close-up of the tree:


Since the alcohol ink colored piece was too short to just be the whole front of the card, I pulled out an EK Success punch and punched some scrap pieces of paper and inked them with Distress Ink Wild Honey.  Here's another close-up:

Alcohol inks: Butterscotch
                         Sunset Orange
                         Peach Bellini
                         Red Pepper
                         Sunshine Yellow
Distress Inks:
       Tree leaves: Dried Marigold
                              Mustard Seed w/ Peeled Paint on top
                              Spiced Marmalade
                              Barn Door
                              Fired Brick
       Grass:           Peeled Paint
                              Forest Moss
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Shopping Moratorium and Project 1 - Drac

I have too much crafting stuff and I'm a shopaholic. So I'm taking inspiration for an on-line crafting buddy, scrappymo (check out her blog: Scraps of Life by Scrappymo), and imposing a shopping moratorium until I finish and post on my blog 50 projects. Getting the projects completed shouldn't take too long. In fact, I just finished 40 different card designs for donating to Operation Write Home. I just seem to have difficulty posting regularly. So I hoping this moratorium will help me to post more often and to use some of my neglected stuff. Now there are 3 exceptions: 1) if I run out of white card stock, I can restock because it is hard to make cards if I don't have cardstock; 2) if I run out of adhesive, I can restock for the same reason; and 3) I'm not canceling my ribbon of the month club with Really ReasonableRibbon.
So here's my first project. I participated in a kit-in-an-envelope swap and this is one of my projects from my kept kit. If you aren't familiar with a KIAE swap, you create two identical kits, one you keep and one you swap. Then you have to make a project with items in your kept kit and in the kit you receive from your swap partner.

Drac and the skulls are by Recollections. They are part of set that was RAKed to me last years.   I colored him with Copics. I added Stickles to three of the corners.  The pattern paper is by Doodlebug Design.
I covered the skulls with glossy accents before fussy cutting them out.

The bat was created with air dry clay and a Martha Stewart mold. I used Distress Ink in Dusty Concord and Black Soot to color the bat.

Copic marker list:
Outside of Cape – BV23, BV25 and BV29
Inside of Cape – V12, V15 and V17
Pants - BV23, BV25 and BV29
Vest – YR04 and YR07
Shoes – Yr04 and YG03
Skull – W-0
Hair – C-7 and 100

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Friday, July 18, 2014


I wanted to participate in Challenge #238 on the Kraftin Kimmie Blog.  The challenge is a sketch this week.  And since I've started on fall and Halloween cards for Operation Write Home, I have fall on the brain.  So I decided to pull out one of my favorite Kraftin Kimmie stamps - Acornia.

I  used a Spellbinder nestie to cut the circle.  I stamped her with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored her with Copic markers.  For the base, I pulled out my alcohol inks and started to play.  I applied a base coat and then squeezed drops of various colors. Then I went back over with blending solution to smooth out the edges.  I did the same thing for the green square.

The acorns and leaf were cut with my silhouette cameo from shrinky dink material.  I colored them with Copics.  Then I pulled out my heat gun and watched the magic.

For the flower, I colored the smaller flower, which was white, with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade.  I layered in on the larger flower and added a jell acorn sticker to the center.

Here are the Copics I used:
Hair - E00, E08, E09
Dress - YG95, YG97, YG99
Cape - YR12, YR15, YR16, YR18
Acorns - E43, E79
Leaves - YG97, YR18, YR15 and R56 (I think)

And the Alcohol inks:

Orange Piece:

Sunshine Yellow
Sunset Orange
Red Pepper

Green Piece:
Lake Mist

So as I mentioned at the beginning, I've entered this in Kraftin Kimmie Challenge #238

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Farewell Two Peas

Wow, I can't believe it has been almost two months since I last posted.  Life definitely got away from me.  I just haven't had much crafting time lately.  Hopefully, I'll find more time to get inky. 

On a sad note, today was supposed to be the last day that two peas in a bucket, the online paper crafting store and message board, was to be open.  They have extended their final days to July 24.  I will definitely miss the wonderful stamping message board that two peas hosted.  Fortunately, I was able to participate in the last stamping fest on the two peas stamping message board last month.  And I'm going to share one of the projects I made for WSW14 (World Stamping Week). 

As part of the fest, the message board members post challenges.  This card combines four challenges.  And this card was definitely a problem child. 

You ever get an idea for a project and think that it is a brilliant idea. Then half way through the project, you realize that it wasn't the voice of genius but the voice of crazy behind the idea. This was one of those projects. For some unknown reason, I decided it would be a good idea to combine the Stamp-A-Dwelling and Stamping Triple Time Challenges.  The requirement for Stamp-A-Dwelling was to use at least three stamps to create a dwelling of some kind.  The Stamping Triple Time Challenge involved cutting light colored cardstock into 3 pieces: 2 x 3 ¼, 3 x 4 ¼, and 4 x 5 ¼.  Then you layer the pieces taping them with a temporary adhesive so you can stamp across all three layers.  Then you cut dark cardstock for mats into 3 pieces: 2 ¼ x 3 ½, 3 ¼ x 4 ½, and 5 ½ x 8 ½  square (fold for card base).  To finish, you layer the stamped piece on the mats.  The written directions may be a little confusing but it all make sense if you see an example.  So here is a simpler card I made for the Stamping Triple Time challenge. Although I reversed it, stamping the image on dark cardstock and matting with light cardstock. (The stamp is Hero Arts and I stamped it in white and colored it with colored pencils). 
Getting back to the dwelling, I started by cutting the white paper per the instructions for triple time and used temporary adhesive to stick them together. I first stamped the roof using the boxy boarder stamp. I added the triangle to the eaves. Then I used painters tape to mask the roof, mask off the divide between the first floor and the second floor, and then I masked to create boards before I stamped the wood grain stamp. The top floor had three boards. I remasked and did the same for the bottom floor, creating four boards. I stamped the fleur-de-lis to divide the top and bottom floors. I stamped the flower for the window.  Here's a closer look at the dwelling.

Next I stamped the balcony. I started with the corner stamp for the support. Then I used the bird cage stamp and masked directly on the stamp. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig to line it up. However, I mucked it up. So I restamped the balcony, fussy cut it out and attached it. I also had to paint the mucked up bit with white paint. I stamped the squirrel separately, fussy cut him and added him to the balcony.
Then I inked around the dwelling with mowed lawn and tumbled glass. I also colored the body of the house with Copic markers and the roof with faber castells.

Now it was time to assemble. I cut the mats out of pp that is a photo of grass. Since I wanted the door to open, I cut out the door on each layer before attaching everything.

I also cut out the flower window. To create the stain glass effect, I used a scrap piece of acetate on which I had practiced the oh so pretty technique. The oh so pretty technique was  another challenge, and it required that you give a particular   Tim Holtz Technique.  I had planned to make the stain glassed flower window open but I smudged the ink when I went to cut out the piece for the acetate and decided to strap that idea. I put the piece behind the hole and then put white paper behind it. I also punched the little flower in the door and backed it with another piece from the acetate. I added a brad for the door knob. When I was finished assembling, I went back and stamped the flower with Staz-On because the window didn't look quiet right.

I wanted the cottage to appear like it was in the middle of a flower garden. So I stamped the flowers to the side of the house and across the top. I also stamped some flowers coming out of the roof. Then I cut a piece of acetate to frame the house so you could still open the door. I stamped the flowers on the piece of acetate with Staz-On. Since I don't have purple Staz-On, I went over a couple of flowers with Bic marker. I attached the piece of acetate with foam squares to add dimension.

You can kinda see the acetate in this picture of the top.

I used my silhouette to cut out the grass and the flowers. I added stickles to the flowers. I used the grass, the flower, the dragonfly and the butterfly to cover the foam squares.

The dragonfly was created for another of the challenges, using a molded tissue technique.  You apply several single layers of toilet paper to a stamp using water and a paint brush.  It comes from Lynda Heines Blog.  After creating the piece, I colored it with Distress Inks.

For the butterfly, I used the Tim Holtz technique mentioned above.  I started by cutting it out with my silhouette. Then I inked it with alcohol inks. I then used a swirl stamp and Versafine ink. I figured out that I had to have the ink really wet to get it to work.

I'm not sure if this project was a labor of love or just a labor.

Roof & Balcony Support: Fiskar
Balcony: Hampton Art
Divider: Stampabilities
Triangle, Wood & Squirrel: Hero Arts
Flower window: Scrappy Cat
Flowers & swirls: Inkadinkado
Mouse: Penny Black
Here's a picture of the stamps used.
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