Saturday, October 29, 2011

Color Throwdown #165

 Greetings, all!  I needed another sympathy card, and so I thought I would use the colors of Color Throwdown #165 challenge, since I had some patterned paper that was pretty close.  Here's the card:

The patterned paper came from DCWV's Cafe Mediterranean stack (love that one!).  It is matted on a piece of SU Bayou Blue card stock.  The butterfly, from PTI's Butterfly Dreams, was stamped on a butterfly die cut from watercolor paper using the PTI matching die.  Ink used was SU Brocade Blue craft, which was clear-embossed, then the internal sections were hand-painted with PearlEx interference gold (the photo didn't pick up the beautiful shimmer, too bad) and the perimeter was inked with a Copic marker.  The mum was die cut from matching paper from the same DCWV stack using PTI's Bloom Builders #3 die.  The sentiment is from a retired PSX stamp, stamped on a Spellbinders Labels 13 die cut from SU Barely Banana.  The embossed edge was treated to a few dots using an SU Brocade Blue marker.  Pearls colored pale yellow with a Copic marker finished the card.

Hope you enjoy it, thanks for looking!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Make It Monday #38 and CR84FN41

Greetings everyone!  Turns out I need a sympathy card for the stepfather of a relative, so I decided to use one of the lovely sentiments in PTI's Healing Touch Sentiments set.  This card was also done for the Make it Monday #38 (brayer and impression plate technique) and CR84FN41 (steel blue, gray, and yellow) challenges:

The sentiment (stamped in SU Bordering Blue) was a two-line one, so I had to ink each phrase separately so it would fit in a vertical format. Regarding the background:  I don't happen to own any impression plates, so I made do instead with the butterfly die that goes with the Butterfly Dreams set (used for the small and large butterflies).  I used a rubber sheet to impress the edge of the die without cutting through the card stock--worked great!  Then brayered with SU YoYo Yellow in a gradient that fades toward the right.  The sentiment panel was cut with Spellbinders Labels One then trimmed on both sides.  A strip of gray ribbon finished it off.

Thanks for looking, and have a nice evening!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

iCopic and Mojo Monday Challenges

Hello everybody!  Finally got some time to whip up a card, and I decided to do two challenges:  iCopic #53 (orange and black), and Mojo Monday sketch challenge #212.  Here's my entry:

The sketch I followed is this one:  

I turned the main image on its side since it was horizontally oriented.  This image is from a retired (in fact the whole stamp company is retired) PSX stamp that I've had for years.  Haven't tried to color it until I recently acquired some Copic skills.  The rest of the card stats are as follows:

Sentiment:  from PTI Healing Touch Sentiments
Background and stamped buttons:  PTI Background Basics: Gingham
Buttons were punched from PTI coasters using PTI buttons die
Tag was punched from white card stock using PTI Postage die
Background black card stock was punched using Fiskars scalloped border punch
Background card stock and ink for gingham:  SU Pumpkin Pie
Paper flower colored with Pumpkin Pie is from Prima.

I used the following Copic markers to color the main image:

This card goes into my stash of get-well cards (I need about one per week, so it's hard to keep up).

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Make It Monday #37 Layered Mats and Frames

Greetings, all!  I just happen to need an anniversary card this week, so I thought I would use PTI's Make It Monday #37 (Layered Mats and Frames) challenge for inspiration:

This card is fairly CAS, which I really prefer over other styles but is very challenging to do well.  At least for me.  The PTI dies used were Mat Stack 2 and Postage, and they were cut out of Text-Style Bitty Dot Basics patterned paper, as well as PTI's Stamper's Select white.  The stamps were all from the Wonderfully Whimsical set, and were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.  The patterned paper at the top is from DCWV.  

I was trying to go for an image of the little bird blowing heart bubbles at the tree, where they grow into heart balloons.


Anyway, thanks for looking and have a nice day!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Make It Monday #36 Take Two

Okay, I don't usually do two cards for Make It Monday, but while working on the other one (posted a short while ago), I got this idea and had to try it:

The flowers were die cut from watercolor paper, then the stamps (Simple Sunflower) were colored on the stamp with SU markers in several colors, then stamped on the die cuts.  Then each image was watercolored with a brush pen containing water.  After drying, they were layered with pop dots.  The sentiment was stamped on a die cut (Mat Stack 2) and distressed on the edges with Tim Holtz antique linen.  The patterned paper is Text Style Happy Spots, and the solid card stock is SU Close To Cocoa, with stitching added with white gel pen. 

Thanks for looking, and have a nice day!


Make It Monday #36: Faux Watercoloring

Greetings!  I couldn't let yet another Make It Monday go by without making a card for it.  This week's challenge is to do faux watercoloring, by using a blender to watercolor the stamped image.  Here's mine:

It's a very simple card.  The image, from Year Of Flowers Collection, was colored on the stamp with SU markers in several colors, then stamped on watercolor paper.  Then a brush blender containing water was used to brush through the colors and blend them.  I added a little rust colored glitter to the centers after the image dried.  The image was die cut using Spellbinders Labels One.  Then a slice of patterned paper (PTI Text-Style 2009 Bitty Dot Basics) was placed on a background of Spring Rain stamped with the sentiment from Healing Touch Sentiments, a mat hand cut from handmade mulberry paper using the die as a template was added, and the final touch was the addition of a few amber crystals.

Thanks for checking it out!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

More Treats

Hi all!  I decided to add a few more treats to the ones I made in my previous post, since I had some leftover M&M's and was in grave danger (pardon the pun) of eating the rest of them myself.

This time I put the candy in these long skinny bags that I got last year from  For each bag a  1" circle was punched out of black card stock, run through the Xyron, and covered in either yellow or green glitter, then stapled on the top edge of the bag.  The bats were cut out of black card stock, run through the Xyron, and covered in black flocking, then glued on with Crystal Effects.  Here is a closeup:

I'll send them along with the cat eye card and the treat jars that I made a couple days ago.  I have GOT to get them safely out of the house before it's too late!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spooky Treats

 Greetings, all!  I wanted to make some spooky treats to send to my parents for Halloween--they both have a sweet tooth--so I pulled my goodies together and this is what came out:

Here's how I did the card:
  • Traced cat eyes from a magazine and made a cutting file out of it for my vinyl cutter.
  • Cut the eyes out of glossy black vinyl, and weeded out the eye parts, leaving the black still on the backing sheet.
  • Colored the back side of the backing with yellow Copic marker, and the front side of the highlights with white opaque ink.
  • Adhered to white card that had two ovals punched out behind the eyes so I could shine light through.
  • Die cut (Spellbinders Fancy Labels) label from black card stock, ran through Xyron to apply adhesive, then tapped yellow and green glitter (Martha Stewart) over the label. 
  • Printed the quote (from James Whitcomb Riley's poem "Little Orphint Annie") on my computer, onto white card stock.  Die cut (Spellbinders Petite Ovals) then distressed with Tim Holtz Wild Honey distress ink.  Adhered to label with pop dots, then label to card.
 Inside the card is a copy of the whole poem.  Below is a photo of the card with light shining through the back.  I figure that a battery-operated votive candle can be placed behind the front of the card for a spooky shelf ornament.

Here's how I did the jars:
  • Filled small jars (Hobby Lobby) with either plain or peanut M&M's in fall colors.
  • Made a circle template, adhered to back side of black velvet, and hand cut the velvet.
  • Strung beads onto stretchy cord, tied off, and used the beaded "bracelet" to hold the velvet onto the top of the jar.
  • Die cut two sizes of black pinked circles (Spellbinders Pinked Circles) from black card stock.  
  • Stamped skeleton (retired PSX design) in the center of the smaller circle, distressed the edges with orange craft ink, and adhered to orange and black ribbon.
  • Ran larger circle through Xyron to apply adhesive, applied yellow and green glitter, then adhered the skeleton motif on top.
  • Adhered the ribbon ends to the bottom of the jar.
Here's a photo of the top of the jar:

They came out pretty cute, I think!  Anyway, Mom and Dad will like them.   I plan to enter these into the Secret Crafter #155 Challenge (Anything Goes As Long As It Sparkles) as well as the Fussy And Fancy Friday Challenge (Fall or Halloween).  Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thank You JustRite with Mojo Monday 209 and JustRite 059

 Greetings all!  I have been so fortunate as to win another honorable mention from JustRite's challenge #58 for my shoe ornaments.  Thank you, thank you, thank you JustRite!  For my project I won a die from their online store, and I chose Spellbinders Lacey Circles.  This card is a thank you card to JustRite for their generosity.

For this card I used the sketch from Mojo Monday 209 as a guide. 

 The yellow-gold patterned paper on this card was created from glossy card stock using the "kissing" technique:  the JustRite Applique stamp was inked in SU Cranberry Crisp (retired) then stamped on a retired SU foliage background stamp (don't know the name) which had been inked in Versamark.  This was repeated all over the background, then the background stamp was stamped on glossy card stock, heat set, then inked with Tim Holtz Wild Honey distress ink.  The sentiment (JustRite Cardmaking Kit) was stamped in black ink on vanilla card stock, cut with Spellbinders Classic Circles, and distressed with Wild Honey ink.  The maple leaves were punched out (punch source unknown) from leftover custom patterned paper, and distressed with Holtz's Peeled Paint distress stain.  Copper colored glass beads were glued on, and the round panel was adhered to a dark brown panel cut from craft foam using Lacey Circles.   The "ribbon" and the "lace" on the right-hand side were also cut from craft foam.  A scalloped border punch was used on the patterned paper, and a panel of SU Cranberry Crisp card stock was sandwiched in.  The bottom layer is a panel from DCWV's Safari Chic patterned paper stack.

Overall, I'm thinking this is a masculine styled card so I'll probably use it for that.  Since the colors are very Autumnal, I'll also submit it for JustRite's 059 challenge ("Fall Festival").  Thanks again to Kelly Fortin and the rest of the design team at JustRite who chose my project!

Have a nice day!