Friday, April 8, 2016

I'm finally back with a new card!

I am finally back to post a new card after several months of inactivity. Life just seemed to get in the way and I found it very difficult to get back into the swing of creating and posting.

This card is one of a few that I hope to make for a friend of mine. She is doing some mission work at the Ohio Reformatory for Women. She is teaming up with a group of ladies to do a religious retreat and will be working with 42 inmates in hopes of reaching some of them for Christ. She asked people for some cards of encouragement to give to the inmates. While I am unable to do 42 I am hoping to do at least 3 or 4.

I used a script stamp on blue cardstock. I think the ink I used is Stampin' Up Island Indigo. I used some scrap pieces of DP mounted to the same blue cardstock that I inked the edges on. I also inked the ribbon. The butterfly is from the Stampin' Up set Grateful Bunch. I can't remember where the sentiment came from. The Die is from Lifestyle Crafts.

I am entering the following:

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tim Inspired Christmas Tag

Hi. I'm here to share my second ever attempt at duplicating Tim Holtz's monthly tag tutorial. I really enjoyed doing this. I have never made a wreath before and even though I do not have the same products that Tim used I am very pleased with the result of this tag. Advice: when punching a hole in the burlap do not use a regular hole punch. It was easier to use it than get out my big bite, but it would not open back up. It got stuck because the burlap did not make a clean cut. I broke it trying to get it open. Lesson learned!


Punches: Martha Stewart Frond punch and Paper Blossoms Pine Branch
Ribbon: Christmas Washi Tape and Burlap Ribbon (tight weave)
Paper: Manilla Tag, Black Card, Color Coordinations 3 different shades of Green
Stamps: Tim Holtz  CMS155 Simple Sayings
Misc.: Small Bow and small Jingle Bells bought at Hobby Lobby, Mirrored Flower (since I didn't have a
           star), red jute twine, hot glue, Sanding block, Sewing Machine\thread
Stencil: Tim Holtz Floral Stencil ( layering stencil/THS032)
Ink: Fired Brick and Walnut Stain Distress, White (can't remember the brand), Mushroom Alcohol ink
Paint: White Acrylic Paint 

I am entering:  ATG   Holiday Hues   ATG

Friday, December 11, 2015

Angelic Christmas

Hello everyone. The Christmas Season is upon us and I made this quick CAS card for the Mojo Monday Challenge this week.

This card was made using some square scraps that I had leftover from when I made 72 of the Tim Holtz lantern dies. I had to cut them a little. I added burlap and ribbon. The sentiments are from Stampin' Up's Come to Bethlehem set. The angel is from a set that I received with my Quick Cards magazine subscription called Festive Silhouettes.  I inked the top white piece of cardstock with Ladybug Momento Ink (also used on the sentiments). The angel was stamped with Delicata Gold.

I am entering:  Sketch challenge  Anything Goes   CAS Christmas  Silver and Gold ATG with a stamp  Holidays   Christmas

Monday, December 7, 2015

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas At the LTSCB

December is here and that means that Christmas is just around the corner. For this challenge over at the LTSCB, we would like to see your Christmas creations. We have some great sponsors and would love to see what you create. Just remember to use some stamping and link back to our challenge blog. We are being sponsored by:

Prize: 3 images to winner

Prize: $10 GC to winner
The Paper Shelter :: Digital stamps, Papers, Printables, Scrapbooking, Greeting cards, Accesories and More!

Prize: 1 image to winner (the one DT used)

Here is the card I made. I received JRE on a Sled by Kith and Kim. After doing the background I cut it out by hand.

 Can you see the snowflakes that I stamped using Versa Mark Dazzle Frost? They are very light here and did not show up very well. The snowflakes were stamped and punched using products from Stampin Up. The back hill was made using my Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer. I then cut out small trees from my Memory Box Evergreen Landscape and Country Landscape and glued them to the back of it. I used Clear embossing powder to make the snow sparkle.

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blue Coordinations and White
Stamps: Digital stamp JRE on a Sled by Kith and Kin and Stampin' Ups Flurry of Wishes set (sentiments and              snowflakes)
Inks: Copic Markers, Stampin' Ups Island Indigo ink, Versa Mark Dazzle Frost

Tools: Creative Memories 12" Decorative Trimmer, Stampin' Up Snow Flurry Punch

Dies: Memory Box Evergreen Landscape #98537, Memory Box Country Landscape #98239, Magnolia
         Doohickey Fir Trees

Embellishments: Sparkle N Sprinkle EP Sparkle semi-transparent embossing powder, Wink of Stella Clear
                         Glitter Brush pen, Texture paste, White Flowersoft, foam tape

Please join us for our challenge. We look forward to seeing your wonderful Christmas creations!

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's a Scramble Blog Hop with LTSCB

Some parts of the world are experiencing cold weather and some are experiencing warm weather. Kinda scrambled, wouldn't you say?! The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog is excited to bring you our "It's A Scramble" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by the awesome River City Rubber Works! Come hop with us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to their online store!

As you hop, collect letters at each stop and be sure to leave each designer some love. Once you have collected all the letters, unscramble them and email your guess to - then all the correct guesses will be entered into the drawing for the River City Rubber Works gift certificate!

All of the LTSCB designers are creating Anything Goes inspiration projects. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up an Anything Goes project for an EXTRA entry into the drawing! **Be sure to use the same email address to email your guess and to link up your project so we can make sure you're given two entries into the drawing!**

Please note that even though this is an Anything Goes challenge, our normal rules apply. :)

My card was created using a fantastic vintage-style image called Noel Bugle. I actually received both a colored and uncolored image which was great! I used the colored image and then covered it with Gold and Gunmetal Stickles. I used Green and Gunmetal on the tassels and cord and Green and Gold on the Noel and diamonds. I wanted my card to have a vintage look so I added Vintage Silver Frantage as a frame around the image. Tim Holtz Tinsel Ribbon gives a little more shine and is fitting since tinsel is used at Christmas. For added embellishing I chose another RCRW image from a set called Pine and Holly. This set also comes with both colored and uncolored images. I again used a colored holly image and cut it out by hand. It was a little tricky since it is so small and the leaves are so pointy. I used Xmas Red and Green Stickles to brighten it up. I cut 3 of them as you will see in the pictures. Square gems that I turned so that they would look like diamonds to match the image completes my embellishments. For an added vintage look I used Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo on the edges of the cardstock. Here are the pics:

For those of you looking for the letters to unscramble, I have no letter-just a project. Have fun.

Here are your blog hop stops:

We hope you are enjoying the hop! If you get lost along the way or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun, head on over to the Love To Scrap!Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning!

Happy Hopping!

Monday, November 16, 2015

LTSCB Challenge #66 Anything Goes

It's time for our monthly "Anything Goes" challenge over at the LTSCB. Our sponsors are:
Prize: $25 gift certificate to winner

Prize: 3 images of choice to winner

Prize: $7 gift certificate to winner

I couldn't decide what to do, so I finally settled on doing a page of my library pocket album. I have had this for several years and have never finished it. I've only done the covers and one other page, so it's high time I get on the ball. I call this album Nana's Brag Book. Originally I was going to fill it with pictures of grandchildren. I only have one granddaughter so she is my main focus of course. This is the first page of the album so I wanted to incorporate her name in it. The image that I chose to work with is called Morning Glories from Pickled Potpourri. It comes with 3 images. A large one of a group of flowers, a single morning glory, and a stem of leaves. I have used all three.

In hindsight, I wished that I would have embossed the black cardstock. I think it would have given a more elegant look to the page. I chose to use an acrylic tag for my image and use loose glitter instead of a coloring medium. I printed the image onto a transparency and adhered it to the front of the tag with a sheet of double-sided adhesive. The glitter was applied to the back of the tag using Glossy Accents. I did one color at a time and allowed it to dry a bit before brushing off the excess and doing the next color. When I was finished and it had dried some, I used the glossy accent to adhere it to a piece of gold mirrored paper. I had done a version of this technique a few years ago and love the look of the glitter against the mirror paper. It was a bit time consuming, but I really liked how it turned out. I used my Big Bite to punch a hole in the mirror paper where the tag's hole is so that I could put ribbon through it. I printed out the single flower and leaves onto white cardstock. I colored them with copics. I glittered the whole leaf image, but the flower lost all of its details when I tried to glitter it. I printed out a second one and after coloring it I applied my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to it to add the sparkle. I then glittered the leaves and artist marks with the loose glitter and glossy accents. I glued the leaves onto the tag and used foam tape to mount the flower on top of them.

For Keianna's name I just applied alphabet stickers and then covered them with glossy accents and glitter. I added some sequins for a bit more embellishment since it is so plain.

Please join us for our challenge. Just make sure that your project contains some form of stamping. I look forward to seeing your creations. Click the link in the sidebar to go to the challenge blog.  ATG with Loose Glitter, EP, or Flocking  Tag with ribbon or trim  Use any image   ATG

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bling it Girlfriend

Over at the Love To ScrapChallenge Blog we are having my favorite kind of challenge: Bling!!!
I love bling! Rhinestones, pearls, glitter, jewels, sequins-you name it I love it. We have 3 chances for you to earn great prizes from the following sponsors:

Limited Runs Stamps
Prize: 3 images to winner

Prize: 7 images to winner

Prize: $12 gift certificate
Normally, I would take this opportunity and go all out with a card full of dies, ribbons, flowers, and lots of bling. Unfortunately though I have been very busy. I did not have the time that I needed to do that. Instead, I just whipped up a CAS card, keeping it fairly simple:

 The image is called Flower Hat by Sami Stamps. She is quite the cutie. I just printed her on white cardstock and colored her with Distress Markers. I like my copics better, but they bleed through. As you can see, I had a mishap with my stickles. For some reason, it came running out of the bottle when I tipped it up. I don't know why-it's never done that before. A big drop dripped onto my paper. I tried to wipe it off but the color stayed. I just incorporated it the best way that I could by adding drops of stickles as additional bling. I used my Bow-It-All v2 to make a double loop double bow. I colored white pearls with a Ripe Persimmon Distress Marker and placed sequins around my cat. I used a pearl pen to add drops of "pearl" in the middle of the sequins. My sentiment is stamped with Rich Cocoa Momento ink.

I hope you will join us in our challenge. It is such a great one and easy to do. Please click the link in my sidebar to go to the challenge blog. Be sure to check out the rest of the DT posts for some great inspiration.
I am entering: