Friday, September 30, 2011

Make It Monday #34: Thick Chipboard Accents and CR84FN39

 Greetings all! Gosh, I'm getting a late start on Make It Monday aren't I? Better late than not at all, though! This week's challenge is to make multi-layer chipboard accents from dies.  Also, the CR84FN challenge this week (number 39) is to use the colors orange, yellow, and brown. 
 Here is my contribution:

What IS this thing, you ask?  It's a car air freshener!  A nice little gift you can make and slip into a card for a little surprise!  Because of the asymmetry of the die shape, I had to do a little cheating to get the stamping on the backside:  I used the "kissing" technique.  Here's how I did it:

  • Die cut two full sets of the larger sunflower, center and leaf from PTI's blank coasters using the larger Simple Sunflower die.
  • Color on the larger Simple Sunflower petal stamp using Stampin Up markers (colors:  Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip).
  • Spritz with a little pearlized water (ala Jennifer McGuire's class--see, I DID learn something!).
  • Stamp on the back of a larger stamp that has a smooth surface (I used YOF: Roses--that is one really big flower!).
  • Take one of the die cuts and carefully place the back side of it on the stamped surface to transfer the ink.
  • Stamp the front side of the other die cut in the usual way.  
  • Enhance the color on both die cuts by watercoloring with pearlized water and ink from the markers, using a craft sheet as a palette.
  • Color the leaf and flower centers in the normal way.  These pieces were close enough to symmetrical that I didn't need to do the kissing technique.
  • Assemble everything with the leaves sandwiched in the middle, glue, and add a spritz of cologne,  punch a hole, add a chain and you're done!
Here's a photo of the back side:

And here it is hanging from the car's mirror.  I used a ball chain so it could be easily unlinked then relinked around the mirror.

Well, that's it from me--have a nice day!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's In The Cards

Hello friends!  I have a simple card today for two challenges:  the Less Is More sketch challenge, and the Moxie Fab World Card Play challenge.  Here is the card:

I have had these super-cute mini cards in my stash for years, waiting for the perfect use for them, and here it is!  I chose cards that would qualify as a poor poker hand.  This particular card is intended for someone who is a fan of Jack London, and has certainly been dealt a poor hand lately.  The sentiment was found on the internet on a quotation website; I typeset it on the computer and printed it on white card stock.  The gingham background is PTI's Background Basics: Gingham.  Ink is SU Real Red.  A corner chomper was used to round the corners of the card to look like a big playing card.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Inspiration Showcase Row 5 and Final Panel

Greetings, friends!  Today I finally have the final row of the Inspiration Showcase panel, as well as the completed panel with the mounted hearts.  First, the fifth row:

I have to confess that this one is my least favorite row.  I think it's because I have used too many different patterns next to each other.  Viewed individually the hearts are okay, but lined up next to each other they clash.  Oh, well.  I hope on the whole canvas there is enough going on to distract the viewer from this!  The individual hearts:

Heart 21: Pigment Pearl + Embossed Embellishments, stamps from PTI and unknown (text stamp), button die from PTI, ink from Stampin Up and Tim Holtz (distress), mica powder from PearlEX.

Heart 22: Distress Stickles + Pearl Painting, stamp from K & Co., punch from Martha Stewart, ink from Tim Holtz (distress) and Stampin Up, center heart is Mylar confetti embellished with Glossy Accents.  I didn't have Stickles so I used a sparkly embossing powder ("Kaleidoscope") on the background of the large heart.

Heart 23: Glossy Accents Resist + Solid Embossing, stamp from Waltzingmouse, heart dies from Spellbinders, ink from Stampin Up, Glossy Accents from Ranger, silver embossing powder from stash.

“Create”: Glossy Accents Embellishments, cut from file provided by Kerri Bradford, on my Roland GX-24 vinyl cutter, colored with black markers, covered with Glossy Accents.

So, here is the total canvas, and I'm fairly pleased by how it turned out.  If I had to do it over again I would try to get more blue in it, but my planning fell short there.

Don't know if I mentioned it earlier, but I did two of everything to create a second canvas for a gift.  I'm not telling who it's for, she might see this page!

Thanks for visiting, and sticking with this continuing saga.  Have a nice day!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Inspiration Showcase Row 4

Greetings, all!  Moving right along, I'm up to the fourth row of the inspiration canvas from the Inspiration Showcase class I'm taking.  Today's row focusses on "other than paper and ink."   I do believe this is my favorite row yet!

I had a lot of fun doing this row, and using some stamps and techniques that were either brand-new, or have been around a while and slightly neglected.  Here are the closeups:

Heart 16: Stamping with Markers, stamps from PTI, sticky-back canvas from Ranger, inks from Stampin Up, flower dies from PTI, heart die from Spellbinders.

Heart 17: Stamping on Canvas + Vellum, sticky back canvas from Ranger, stamps from PTI and unknown source (background text stamp), ink from Stampin Up, vellum from Stampin Up, white embossing powder from Stampendous.

Heart 18: Stamping with Paint + Paint Texture, stamp from unknown source, pearl acrylic paint from Jacquard, ink from Tim Holtz (distress), crystals from Jolee's Jewels.

Heart 19: Painting with Markers, stamp from Stampin Up, markers from Stampin Up, watercolor paper from Canson, embossing powder from Stampendous.

Heart 20: Stamping on Acetate, blue card stock from Stampin Up, embossing powder from Stampendous, acetate film from 3M, seam binding dyed with alcohol inks from Jacquard, pearl from stash.
So, one more row to go, but the class is ending right now so I've a little catching up to do!

See ya later, gator!


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Inspiration Showcase Row 3

Greetings, friends!  I'm halfway through with the Inspiration Showcase class (see my earlier posts here and here), and now I have row 3 to present:

Today's hearts are all about distress inks and stains.  And let's get right to the closeups, shall we?

Heart 11: Pearlized Distress Resist, watercolor paper from Canson (Aquarelles Arches),  stamp from PTI, ink from Tim Holtz (distress), heart die from Spellbinders.  Pearlized water was made up from Pearl-Ex mica powder, water, and a few drops of gum arabic as a binder.  Seems to work well as a substitute for Perfect Pearls.

Heart 12: Distress Stamping (+ Felt Rose), stamp from Stampin Up, card stock from stash, ink from Tim Holtz (distress).  I had no felt, nor did I have the rose die, so I substituted a Prima flower colored with distress inks.

Heart 13: Stamping With Water + Metallic Paper,  white card stock from stash, stamp from Stampin Up, ink from Tim Holtz (distress).  I did not have the pumice colored distress ink to make the metallized embellishment, so I punched a flower (Martha Stewart) out of sticky-backed aluminum, rounded it with a ball burnisher, colored it with Copic markers, and glued a few black seed beads in the center.

Heart 14: Color Blend Stamping + Distress Dots, white card stock from stash, stamp from Stampin Up, inks from Tim Holtz (distress), blue crystals from stash.

Heart 15: Fingerinking + Distress Ink Watercoloring, white card stock from stash, ink from Tim Holtz (flower) and Stampin Up reinkers (heart), punch from Martha Stewart, black embossing powder from stash.
And there you have it--Row 3!

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Inspiration Showcase Row 2

 Greetings, all!  Today I have my second row completed for the Inspiration Showcase class I'm attending.  As I mentioned on my first post on this subject, I've shaken up the color scheme a bit from the original design, just to give the project my own spin.  The theme of this row is diecutting and embossing.  Here are the hearts I made for the second row:

And here are the closeups:

Heart 6: Embossed Glossy + Layered Punch, card stock from stash, embossing folder from Cuttlebug, punch from Martha Stewart (oops, should have rotated flower so text reads right-side-up.  Oh, well), crystal from Jolee's Jewels, ink from Tim Holtz (distress).

Heart 7: Embossed Acetate + Embossed Flower, card stock from stash, acetate from stash, ink from Tim Holtz (distress), flower from Prima, pearl from stash.

Heart 8: Paper Rosette + Embossed Canvas, patterned paper from K & Co., sticky-back canvas from Ranger, ink from Tim Holtz (distress), embossing folder from Cuttlebug, scalloped border punch from Stampin Up.

Heart 9: Altered Color Embossing, white card stock* from PTI, embossing folder from Cuttlebug, ink from Stampin Up and Tim Holtz (distress), markers from Copic.

*--I didn't have white core card stock so I made my own from white card stock (PTI Stamper's Select) and a mixture of inks on the surface to get the right color.

Heart 10: Faux Letterpress + Embossed Metal, white card stock from stash, embossing folders from Cuttlebug, sticky backed metal from stash, ink from Stampin Up, marker from Copic.

And that's it for today, thanks for looking!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Make It Monday #32, Stamping with Acrylic Paint

 Greetings all!  I just barely had time to put together a quick card for the Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge #32, which is to stamp using acrylic paint.  I really wanted to do this, for two reasons:  I recently received a new shipment from PTI (wahoooo!) due to receiving birthday gift certificates, and also I am taking Jennifer McGuire's Inspiration Showcase class (check here to see my Row 1) and learning new techniques that are swirling around in my brain.  So all this added up to this card:

I used the paint resist technique for this card:  The flourishes from Fancy Flourishes were stamped with Jacquard pearl acrylic paint on glossy white card stock and inked over with Tim Holtz Wild Honey distress ink.  The seam binding was dyed with the same ink.  The flower was made using PTI's Bloom Builders #3 die on Orange Zest card stock (I got some of that luscious paper too!).  The sentiment came from Think Big Favorites #6, which was stamped with black craft ink on vellum card stock and embossed with clear embossing powder.  For some reason it came out with a faded, grayish look which actually looks pretty good on this card.  A citrine colored rhinestone in the center of the flower was the final touch.

Hope you enjoyed it, and have a nice day!


Inspiration Showcase Row 1

Yippee! I'm taking Jennifer McGuire's very cool card making inspiration class Inspiration Showcase!  The class consists of making a series of motifs (in her case, hearts) for a 12" x 12" canvas.  Each motif showcases a different technique that can be used to create backgrounds, embellishments, and card designs. I'm having loads of fun, and I highly recommend taking the class (it will be available in read-only form after it ends on September 23).  So, after a short delay due to being out of town, I have finally created my first row of motifs.

I toyed with the idea of using either diamonds or butterflies for my motif, but really liked the hearts in Jennifer's canvas so much that I decided to just go with them.  I did shake things up on the colors, though.  I started from the opposite end of the color spectrum from what Jennifer chose.

Here's closeups of the hearts:

Heart 1: Traditional Resist  Stamps from K & Co., ink from Stampin Up, paper from stash, heart die from Spellbinders.

Heart 2: Paint Resist  Stamps from Anna Griffin and Martha Stewart, ink from Tim Holtz (Distress), acrylic pearl paint from Jaquard, punch from Martha Stewart, heart die from Spellbinders.

Heart 3: Trapped Embossed Resist   Stamps from Stampin Up and ? (text stamp), ink from Tim Holtz (Distress), heart die from Spellbinders, rose from Prima.

Heart 4: Canvas Resist   Stamp from Stampin Up, ink from Tim Holtz (Distress), white embossing powder from Stampendous, heart die from Spellbinders.

Heart 5: Kissed Resist   Stamps from Stampin Up, ink from Stampin Up and Tim Holtz, heart die from Spellbinders.

This was so much fun!  Haven't had time yet to try cards from these techniques, but I hope to incorporate them into my cardmaking very soon.  Meanwhile, thanks for looking and have a nice day!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

JustRite Challenge 058: Frugal Friday

 How exciting!  JustRite's Friday challenge this time is all about making handmade gifts using items laying about.  What a great idea, and it gives me a kick-start to holiday gift making!  My idea for this was to make holiday shoe ornaments using Scrabble tiles:

Here's a closeup of the ornaments:

And I also made a pin to go with them:

Aren't they cute?  Here's how I made them:  the images (from JustRite Originals set Holiday Cheer Borders & Centers) were stamped on white cardstock, colored in with Copic markers, glued to Scrabble tiles, and trimmed to fit.  The top surface was painted with Mod-Podge (matte) to seal the paper, then UV-cure resin (Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos) was poured on and cured out in the sun for a while.  The snowflake underneath was die-cut (MFT Die-Namics Snowflake Trio) from white craft foam, then the Scrabble tile was glued on.  The snowflake was painted with thin glue and dusted with white micro-glitter.  The shoe ornaments also have a white silk ribbon tied around them with a bow on the bottom.  The shoe ornaments were glued onto base metal unpierced earring backs, and the pin is glued to a base metal tie tack finding.  Believe it or not, I had all these things in my craft room--although now that I'm done it looks like a bomb hit it.  Time to clean up!

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

JAI 83 Challenge, Sympathy Card

 Greetings all!

My sister lost her beloved dog to a stroke.  I wanted to send her a sympathy card, and I also wanted to do the JAI 83 sketch challenge.  Here's what I came up with:

I really wanted to do this sketch and I must have worked over the card with three different backgrounds and multiple embellishments what would have been more in keeping with the actual sketch.  But all the embellies kept distracting from the simple image and message of the card which I thought was important to preserve.  So in the end I just did a plain background (SU Certainly Celery cards stock sponged with Versamark for shading).  The whimsical tree is from PTI's Wonderfully Whimsical set, the dog is from SU's A Little Love set (retired), and the sentiment is from SU's Hope For Comfort set (might be retired, not sure).  The patterned paper was die cut with Spellbinders Pinked Circles and the seam binding was dyed with a Copic marker.

That's all for now, thanks for looking!