Sunday, July 15, 2012

One More Post

 Greetings friends!  Looks like I have time for just one more post before I leave town today.  So I wanted to brag a little--here are a couple of badges I won this week for cards you have seen this past week:











WMS TM smallThank you so much ladies!  I'm truly honored by your choice of my card.


It looks like the health situation I have been traveling out of town to assist with is coming to a crisis pretty soon, so I don't know when I'll be able to make another card.  My priority is elsewhere right now.  But I'm sure I'll be back when the time is right--thank you for all of your good wishes which many of you have sent my way!


Cyndie



Thursday, July 12, 2012

WMSC105 and CR84FN58

 Hi folks!  This is most likely my last card before leaving town again this weekend, so I tried to make it a good one.  I'll leave that judgement to posterity!  Anyway, I did it for the Waltzingmouse sketch challenge WMSC105 as well as the CR84FN58 (red, yellow, neutral) color challenge.  I always love combinations of red and yellow--they are so cheerful!  Here is the card:



I used Waltzingmouse sets French Country, Chicken Wire, and Off Beat Backgrounds.  The Chicken Wire was stamped with Versamark on glossy white cardstock then colored all over with Wild Honey distress ink (the Versamark acts as a resist).  Trimmed the piece and mounted on SU Real Red cardstock, then added a small checked panel stamped in Barn Door distress ink.  The rooster was also stamped in Barn Door.  The red panel was die cut (Spellbinders Labels 18) from Real Red and embellished with yellow dots using a Sakura Souffle opaque pen.  The button was generously supplied by the Mousetress herself, Claire Brennan (thanks again!).  The sentiment came from a little Inky Antics set called Simple Sentiments.  Inside the card it says "because you can never have too many!"  I really liked that.  There is another one that goes with it that says "you can return it if you like."  Isn't that cute?  A few bits of red/white baker's twine finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day!

Cyndie



Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Make It Monday 73 and CR84FN 57

 Hello all!  Yet another "thinking of you" type card from me--boy am I glad I bought PTI's Healing Touch Sentiments set, I'm really getting a lot of mileage out of it.  I did this one for the Make It Monday 73 challenge (stamping on patterned paper) and the CR84FN57 challenge (bright pink, tan and neutral).


The patterned paper used for the rose (from PTI's Year Of Flowers: Rose set) is from the 2009 Text Style Bitty Dot Basics collection, and the background tan paper is from DCWV's Linen Closet stack.  The leaves (from PTI's Turning A New Leaf) were stamped in Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I shaded the flower with Copic markers, and added a touch to the leaves with a Sakura Clear Star glitter pen.  And yes, Lisa, I finally tracked down that lace at my local HL--thanks for the tip!  Tiny pearls finish the card.

Thanks for checking it out--have a nice day (we are still in the 100s here for the 6th day in a row--whew!)

Cyndie


Monday, July 2, 2012

Dynamic Duos 9 and CleanAndSimpleStamping 197

 Greetings folks!  Here is another "feel better" card from me (I'm getting to be an expert I think), this time using the sketch from CleanAndSimpleStamping 197 and the colors of Dynamic Duo 9.



I chose a teal color for my second shade.  I don't actually own any Crumb Cake in my stash, so I made do with the caramel color in the patterned paper, and the Frayed Burlap distress ink on the center panel.  The patterned paper came from K & Co (TC Travel).  Before distressing, the white card stock was cut with a Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles - LG die;  after distressing it was matted with Taken With Teal card stock.  The sentiment came from PTI's Healing Touch Sentiments set.  The nautical embellishments were made using my computerized cutter (Roland GX-24), using cut files that came on a CD with the cutter--I just resized them smaller and colored the cut pieces with Broken China distress ink.  After the ink dried I game them a coat of Glossy Accents to give them dimension.  I guess this is not really in the spirit of CAS since it took a while to do it.  But I like the finished result.

Thanks for dropping in, and have a nice day!

Cyndie



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

CleanAndSimple 196 and Dynamic Duos 8

 Hello friends!  I didn't think I was going to be able to do a Dynamic Duos card this week since I don't happen to have any River Rock and none of my Copics match it.  But, lo and behold, I managed to turn up something, using the sketch from CleanAndSimpleStamping 196:


I made some custom postage stamps using an unmounted rubber postage outline stamp I've had for years (no idea who made it!) and a butterfly from PTI's Butterfly Dreams.  The stamping is in SU Always Artichoke, the interior of the stamp was masked off and distressed with Antique Linen Distress ink (which looks very much like River Rock on this Very Vanilla card stock), and the butterflies were touched up with Sakura glitter pen.  Then each stamp was trimmed with postage-edge scissors, mounted on Always Artichoke card stock and placed on a piece of patterned paper from DCWV's Safari Chic stack--I thought that looked like River Rock as well.  The sentiment strip was also trimmed with the stamp scissors and matted.  The diamond shape buttons are vintage mother of pearl, given to me by my mother.  But she is getting the card back, so it's all good.  The sentiment came from a Hero Arts sentiment set (doesn't seem to have a name, but I highly recommend the set--there are some very nice sentiments in it).

Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day!

Cyndie



Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Play Date Cafe #137


 Hello people!  Here's a quick card that I hope I'm not too late to enter into the Play Date Cafe #137 challenge (black & white with a splash of blue).  That color combo called out to me when I first saw it and I knew I just had to try it.  Here is the card:


I'm using all Waltzingmouse stamps on this card:  Say It Loud (sentiment) and Dainty Doilies 2.  The two doily motifs were stamped at the top and bottom of the card and embossed with black detail embossing powder, then colored in with a Copic marker.  Two sizes of black pearls (Recollections) were added.  The sentiment was stamped in white craft ink on SU Brilliant Blue card stock, then embossed with white embossing powder.  The top and bottom edges of the panel are covered with a length of black sequin ribbon, just for a splash of shine (which unfortunately doesn't show in this photo).

Okay, gotta go and link it up before it's too late!  Thanks for stopping by--

Cyndie



Monday, June 25, 2012

PTI June Blog Hop and MIM 72

 Hi folks!  I held off making a card for this month's PTI June blog hop until seeing today's Make It Monday video, in case I could combine the two challenges.  I'm glad I did!  Using the colors of the blog hop inspiration photo, I made embellishments for this card, a la Dawn McVey:


The supplies I used came mostly from PTI:  Text Style 2009 Bitty Dot Basics patterned paper, Aqua Mist and Lemon Tart card stock, Edgers #1 die, Turning A New Leaf die, Flower Fusion #7 stamps & die, and Movers & Shakers Sentiments stamps.  Other supplies used were SU inks (Garden Green, Black), K & Co Ancestry patterned paper, Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares die, QuicKutz border die, Jolee's Jewels, and yellow ribbon.  Many of the elements are popped up on dots.  The die cuts from the Turning A New Leaf die were trimmed down to individual leaves and layered behind the flower die cut.

Well, that's it from me--have a fun rest of the blog hop!

Cyndie



Friday, June 22, 2012

CAS-ual Friday 58 and Simon Says Stamp

 Hello fellow Earthlings!  Just another quick item for today (my earlier posting is here) --this is a VERY simple project which I created for CAS-ual Friday 58 (Pretty In Pink) and Simon Says Stamp (Anything But A Card):


I like to leave a candy bar on the pillow when I visit people overnight, as a gesture of appreciation.  This one is a chocolate with almonds from Fannie May, and I have covered it with a strip of paper stamped with PTI's Background Basics: Houndstooth using ColorBox Rouge chalk ink.  Then I stamped the "thanks" (from PTI Think Big Favorites #6) with black craft ink, then dusted it with SU's Heat and Stick powder.  Used a heat gun to activate the adhesive, then dusted it with black flock--I like the fuzzy look!  A Prima flower with a black pearl finished it off.

Thanks for checking it out!

Cyndie


Make It Monday 71, Stampin Royalty 129, and Less Is More 72

 Greetings friends!  I'm finally back in town--can't believe it's been 11 days since I posted my last card.  Trying to make up for lost time here, but I'm not entirely happy with the result.  I started with PTI's Make It Monday 71 challenge (Bordered Sentiments) using the colors of Stampin Royalty 129, and because this is a one-layer card on glossy card stock, I think it also fits the Less Is More 72 challenge (Something Shiny).


Instead of creating straight lines for my bordered sentiment, I decided to do a die cut shape.  This is the die that goes with the Mat Stack 2 Collections set, but I actually hand cut the mask after tracing the shape on the glossy card stock, as the die cut would have been too small.  After masking the traced shape, the flourishes (from Fancy Flourishes) were stamped with Versamark ink then dried with a heat gun.  Then the whole surface (except the masked part) was treated to Ranger Distress Ink (Faded Jeans, which is close to Island Indigo).  After removing the mask, the side embellishments (from Mat Stack 2 Collections) were stamped in Wild Honey distress ink, and the sentiment (from Birthday Sentiments by My Sentiments Exactly--couldn't find a PTI sentiment that fit the space) was stamped in Faded Jeans.  The leaves (from Simple Sunflowers) were stamped in Old Olive.  The tiny flower was a white one, colored with Copics (the color doesn't look very much like Pool Party in this photo--better in real life), and a Jolee's Jewel colored with a Copic was added to the center.  

That's all I have for today--thanks for looking!

Cyndie



Monday, June 11, 2012

Make It Monday #70

 Hi everybody!  A very quick posting as I am leaving town in 15 minutes and just have time to do it.  Here's a card I created for this week's PTI Make It Monday (puffed fabric) challenge:


I only had time to create a very simple card.  The stamp set and dies used were Rosie Posie, and the leaf motif just has the fabric adhered behind the die cut (not puffed) due to the complicated shape.  The circle (cut with Spellbinders Classic Circles) was made in the exact method outlined by Erin Lincoln (incredibly cool video, by the way, and I LOVE that card!).  I stamped the flower motif on the fabric with white craft ink then heat set it.  I sewed a vintage button from my great-grandmother's stash in the center after adding the craft foam behind the die cut.  A few white dots from a gel pen and a banner sentiment (from Autumn Abundance), and there you are!  Oh, and the background is Smokey Shadow card stock.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cyndie



Sunday, June 10, 2012

JustRite 074--Woodburned Vintage Masculine

Hey, hey folks!  Back with an entry for the current JustRite challenge JRC074:  Vintage masculine cards.  I don't have any of the really beautiful new masculine stamp sets currently offered by JustRite, so I made do with what I have.  To give it a masculine touch I used my woodburning tool:


The frame motif from the Applique set was stamped on walnut veneer, woodburned with a fine tip woodburning iron, and colored in with a Copic marker.  The "DAD" was stamped using JustRite's Times New Roman 95 pt font, on walnut veneer, and woodburned.  The background piece of lighter wood veneer (not sure what type of wood it is, came in a kit) was stamped with the leaf motif from the Botanical Butterflies set, using SU Old Olive craft ink, then heat set.  The leaf was also stamped on seam tape that was dyed with Copic markers.  After drying, all the wood pieces were treated to a coat of shellac to deepen the wood tones.  The whole thing was mounted on layers of dimensionals, on SU Certainly Celery card stock, and finished with mini brads.

Here is a closeup of the center motif:



Hope my Dad likes it!  We will see...

Thanks for stopping by!

Cyndie

Friday, June 8, 2012

MIM 69 and ColourQ 140

 Hello everybody!  Here is a somewhat late entry for this week's Make It Monday 69 for PTI (love those inspiration sketches--I will be using more of them I'm sure), using the colors of ColourQ 140.  


I don't have Island Indigo or Lucky Limeade, so I substituted SU Taken With Teal and Certainly Celery.  I really like this bright color scheme.  This is a card for my husband for Father's Day and I thought this sentiment, from PTI's Movers & Shakers Sentiments, was perfect.  Other PTI sets used were Turning A New Leaf and Rosie Posie.  I also used Waltzingmouse's Off Beat Backgrounds to create the striped paper.  The die cuts were done using Spellbinders Small Pinking Circles, and the cuts were layered on pop dots of different heights.  He likes bright cheery colors, so I think he'll like this one.

Have an awesome day, all!

Cyndie



Thursday, June 7, 2012

WMSC100 again

 Hello all!  I needed a housewarming card for a friend who just moved in to a new house, and the house stamp in Waltzingmouse's Irish Blessings is perfect for this use.  So I decided to create a second entry for the WMSC100 challenge:


I've done this technique before:  the colors in the image are created entirely from embossing powder.  I have a kit of embossing powders that I use, from Stampendous;  the colors in the kit are chosen with this type of image in mind.  The method is:  stamp the image on card stock, cover the entire image and background with Versamark ink, and carefully dust the embossing powder in various parts of the image.  Emboss (I did it in the oven to avoid blowing powder around), then re-stamp the image with Stazon black on top of the embossing.  The overall effect is that of enameled tile.  The frame was die cut using Spellbinders deckled rectangles then embossed with the braid image and mustard colored embossing powder.  The braid image was also used on the background panel (PTI's Terracotta Tile).  A piece of gold satin ribbon was placed between the braids.  Some thin braided ribbon was colored with Copics and adhered across the front of the card.  The sentiment is from Sewing Box Hugs.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a nice day!

Cyndie



Monday, June 4, 2012

Waltzingmouse 100 and ColourQ 139

 Hi everybody!  I've been kind of MIA lately--still catching up from my last trip and getting ready for my next one (next week).  Sigh...  Anyway, much excitement in the challenge world lately--Waltzingmouse stamps is celebrating their 100th sketch challenge with extra cool prizes, so of course I had to play.  And I used the colors from the ColourQ 139 challenge with the sketch--I'm fairly happy with how it turned out:


Not overly dressy and it has all the basic elements.  The WMS sets used were Say It Loud and French Country.  I didn't have all the required colors for the color challenge so I substituted similar ones:  SU Creamy Caramel, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, and Purely Pomegranate.  I colored the seam tape with a Dick Blick wine marker, and also colored the hand-cut mat with the same marker so it would match.  The seam tape was stamped with the background pattern from French Country using craft Night Of Navy, and heat set.  Spellbinders Labels 18 die was used for the panel, and the rooster was hand-trimmed.  I made a little boo-boo along the top edge so I covered it with navy ribbon (maybe I shouldn't admit that...), and I used some of my vintage mini ric rack along the bottom of the seam tape.

That's all I have for now.  Have a nice day!

Cyndie



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ColourQ 138 and Mojo Monday 243

 Good morning everybody!  Here is a card I needed to make for a friend's recent retirement from teaching.  Tried to make it masculine for him, and the bright colors of ColourQ 138 and the layout of Mojo Monday 243 helped:



I found this bright paper in my gigantic K & Co. stack, and enough of it to make a matching envelope.  The round motif was cut from PTI Aqua Mist using Spellbinders Lacey Circles and Stars Five dies, stamped with Waltzingmouse's Say It Loud, and popped up on pop dots.  The solid cardstock banner and border are made from SU's More Mustard and Cranberry Crisp.  The vertical border was stamped with the little star from Waltzingmouse's Sewing Box Hugs set, using Versamark ink, then embossed with mustard colored embossing powder.  I added a brass star brad to show through the star-shaped hole.

That's it from me today--thanks for looking!

Cyndie



Friday, May 25, 2012

MIM #67 and DD#3

 Well folks, I'm back in town and trying to catch up on things.  But I really, really wanted to participate in some of these wonderful challenges that have cropped up!  Sadly, I have just missed the Dynamic Duos challenge #3 but I loved that color combination so I created this card with the color combo in mind.  Also, I tried to combine patterns as demonstrated by Betsy Veldman in this week's Make It Monday, so I'll submit the card for that challenge as well.  Here is the card:


I didn't have patterned papers in all of the colors I needed, so I created my own.  The rose (from Year Of Flowers: Rose) was stamped on Bo Bunny polka dot paper and trimmed out.  The background is dry embossed black cardstock, with a panel of black-on-white Background Basics: Houndstooth stamped on white cs.  The next panel was created by smearing glossy cardstock with Tim Holtz Antique Linen distress ink, stamping in Versamark with the hexagon pattern from Rosie Posie, clear embossing, then smearing the panel with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Center dots of Enamel Accents in black were added.  Finally, the sentiment (from Vintage Picnic) was stamped on a white panel and trimmed with Spellbinders Labels 18 dies, antiqued, and popped up on a panel consisting of white card stock, black cotton lace, and yellow popcorn yarn.  I tried to make the card consistent with the principles of small, medium, and large patterns as shown in Betsy's video, but I'm not too sure about the lace.  I'm inclined to think the card would be better without it.  Hmmmmmmm....

Anyway, have a wonderful rest of the holiday weekend!

Cyndie