Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ghoulish Greetings!

I resigned from the Fusion Card Challenge Design Team last spring - but I still love the challenges!  And the first challenge of the season was this month, with a fun new graphic design.
 At first I thought I was going to make a wedding card - based on the inspiration photo - but then I realized I needed to get cracking on making a lot of Halloween Cards to sell at our Church Fair in October (Is September really more than half over already??!!)- so this is what I was inspired to make instead!
I found this fun rub n by K and Company in my 'Halloween' drawer and thought it was perfect for the inspiration!   I sponged Green Parakeet ink from PTI over a white panel - and then added the rub on.  
Not sure you can see it -  but there are gray stars and moon in the sky and orange faces on the pumpkins and orange writing on the gravestones!
So - I've got one Halloween card made!

Here's the  link to the Fusion Challenge
Also linking to:
House of Cards -  use a bird 
(there are birds and an Owl in the tree)
Stamps:  Goulish Greetings - A Muse
Paper:  White, Green Parakeet, True Black - PTI
Ink:  Green Parakeet - PTI, Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  Raven and Spider Rub Ons - K and Company, dew drops, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tall Pines in the Silent Night

I made this card for the Inspiration Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers - For the Love of Letterpress.  Audie asked us to be inspired by something in her Letterpress Pinterest folder.  I was inspired by this shell card.

There's a great way to use your embossing folder to create the look of Letterpress.   First, you can just emboss the card which gives a raised image.   You can also ink the folder -  if you ink the back panel of the folder (just rub your ink pad over the panel) the ink will show up on the depressed part of the image -  if you ink the front panel of the embossing folder - the ink will be on the background and the raised image will be plain -  that's the technique I used on my card.

I  rubbed Ranger Distress Antique Linen ink pad on the front panel of my Tall Pines Embossing Folder and ran it through my Vagabond.  You can see how the ink is on the background and not on the embossed trees.
and here's the whole card with a sentiment from O Holy Night set from PTI that I inked with Classic Kraft Ink from PTI
While I had everything out on my craft table - I made 6 of these cards - using different sentiments from the stamp set - and not inking the embossing folder on some of them.  Need to get my Christmas card box filled so I'm not rushing to make them during the season!!

I'm also linking my card to:
Christmas Challenge - SONG

Stamps: O Holy Night - PTI 
Paper: Rustic Cream - PTI
Ink: Ranger Distress Antique Linen, Classic Kraft - PTI
Accessories: Tall Pines Embossing folder - Tim Holtz/Sizzix/Alterations

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Jurassic World Birthday

So Grandnephew Landon turned 6 on Sept 7th and today we are celebrating his birthday at Celebration Kingdom.  Landon LOVES dinosaurs and so I made the theme of his personalized b'day card Jurassic World!

I googled Jurassic World and found these photos from the movie

Then I looked through recent photos of Landon his mum, Katie, has sent me on my iPhone and thought these might work for my card.
At a nature park looking through binoculars with sister, Mila, standing next to him.
and at a playground
I embossed a piece of black card using Eileen Hull's Honeycomb embossing folder as it mimicked the cage on the dinosaur photo. I cut out Landon from the photos and popped swinging Landon up on foam dots right in front of the dino's jaws!
(he'll get a kick out of that I think!)
I added a die cut 6 (his age!) and some Idea-ology Small Talk stickers.
I placed the other Landon looking at the scene, popping this one up on thick foam dots so it stands out a little more than the swinging Landon.  I also added the Jurassic World sign above him on foam dots.
You can see how the pieces are popped up on this photo.
And, as usual - I've added a die cut Small Easel so the card stands up for display.  (this card is 8 1/2" x 4 3/4" and the easel is a little taller so I had to trim off a bit at the top but it worked out fine.
I always breathe a sigh of relief when I've finally created the kids personalized cards -  deciding on a theme and then finding good photos is so stressful!   But I'm always happy with them when I'm done and I really do LOVE making them their own special cards on their birthdays! 
I'm linking my birthday card to the following:
The Toppings is frames - My photo is framed in the black panel

ETA:  adding a few photos from Landon's fun party!
As can be seen from the photos - everyone had a GREAT time!

Paper:  Kraft, True Black, Green Parakeet - PTI, photo paper.
Accessories: By the Numbers dies - PTI,  small easel die - Tim Holtz/Alterations, honeycomb embossing folder - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, foam dots, thick foam dots, Idea-ology Small Talk Stickers.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Marbled Dragonfly Sympathy

I have yet another card (actually 2) to share that I made for the Sept CAS Mix it Up Card Challenge.  When I practiced the technique - I tried using different papers - gloss, manila tag and regular card.  I wasn't happy with how it worked on the regular cardstock and didn't use those.  I had better success with the Gloss card , making 3 different panels 2 of which I'm using today - one panel came out dark and the 2nd panel came out lighter.
Here's the darker panel.
 I stenciled on the white card base using Wendy Vecchi Lots of Dots Stencil with Green Parakeet Ink from PTI.  I stamped the marbled panel with a Tim Holtz stamp from Classics #1 set using Archival Jet Black Ink.  I adhered the panel to the card.  I stamped the sympathy sentiment from Simply Stamps on a strip of Green Parakeet card and popped it up over the panel with foam dots.
Here's a close up of the marbling.
Here is my second card using the marbling panel that came out lighter - I also made the sentiment strip smaller.  
In case you missed my other posts using this Floating Alcohol technique -  I dropped Alcohol inks in Sail Boat and Citrus into a bowl of water.  Then I dipped my panels in and out of the water.  The alcohol inks float on the water - so they adhere to the panel as the paper goes into and out of the water.  You can see Andy Skinner's video of this technique here.
Although I stamped the dragonfly off the edge - the stamp is the full image of the dragonfly along with some more text.  Here's a close up of the lighter marbling on this panel.
I really love how both of these cards came out using this fun new technique.  
Here's the link to the CAS Mix Up Challenge.

Stamps:  Sympathy - Simply Stamps, Dragonfly -  Classics #1 set -Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous
Paper:  Gloss Card - Ranger, White and Parakeet Green - PTI
Ink:  Parakeet Green - PTI, Archival Jet Black, Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Sailboat Blue and Citrus.
Accessories:  Lots of Dots Stencil - Wendy Vecchi/Stampers Anonymous, foam dots, water, bowl.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Marble Anniversary

Well, I don't think there is a "Marble" anniversary (!?) but today I have an anniversary card to share - where I used the marbling technique on the panel!
My card is another entry into the CAS Mix Up Challenge - and the challenge is to use stamps, marbling, and your choice.    I stamped the background with Ornate Dots Background Stamp by Wendy Vecchi in Hibiscus Burst and the sentiment From Hero Arts in Archival Jet Black. I used Andy Skinners marbling with alcohol inks technique shown on his video here.  I used Stitched Mat dies from Lil Inker Designs on the card base and the panel, (the panel is popped up on foam dots)  and I added 3 dew drops.
This time I used a manila tag with the marbling. (see another card I made here using gloss card.) The technique is to drop 3-4 colors of alcohol inks into a bowl of water and then dip the panel you want colored in and out of the water.  The inks float on the top and catch on the material as you dip it  - there's not much controlling of the design you will end up with - I love the patterns of color that I got here!  I used Adirondack Alcohol Inks in the colors of Bright Sail Boat Blue, Wild Plum, Butterscotch and Bright Citrus.
This anniversary card is going to my good stamping buddy - Ann Harmon and her husband, Jay, who are celebrating their 53rd anniversary today!  
Here's the link to the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge

Stamps:  Ornate Dots - Wendy Vecchi/Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous, Happy Anniversary - Hero Arts.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Hibiscus Burst - PTI, Adirondack Alcohol Inks - Sailboat Blue, Wild Plum, Butterscotch, Citrus.
Paper:  Manilla tag - Ranger, Rustic Cream Card - PTI
Accessories:  water, bowl, Stitched Mat Rectangle Dies - Lil' Inker Designs, foam dots, Dew Drops.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Best Costume Ever

This month, Eileen Hull has asked her design team to create holiday projects using her Sizzix dies. I decided to use her Index Card Holder die to create a place to hold photos of my sweet grandnephews and nieces in their various Halloween costumes over the past few years.    
Here are a few photos of how I put this together.  I die cut the Index Card Holder out of Little Sizzles Black Matboard.  Then I cut pieces from Idea-ology Paper Stash/Regions Beyond for the panels - inside and out.  I got out  Idea-ology Bands, Adornment Oddities and Remnant Rubs that I thought I might use on my project.
I rubbed some Picket Fence Distress Paint on the metal pieces.  I used Remnant Rubs/Curiosities and Small Talk/Occasions on the front and back.  I used my Cropadile to make holes for the Band and Adornment Oddities - adding Jump Rings to put through the holes.
The matboard has a white core so I used a black sharpie to color the white that shows up when you fold on the score lines of the die cut.  
(In these photos I have the band going top to bottom but realized after the photos were added - I needed to have the band go left to right to hold the photos inside the folder!)
I went through all the photos on my computer of the kids to find the ones of them in their Halloween costumes over the past few years -  Landon is 6, James is 5, Mila is 4 and Madelyn is 2.  They are the children of my nieces, Katie and Christie.
The photos needed to be 3"x5" to fit in the holder (index card size) -  so I cut a piece of Kraft card 3x5 for each photo , then used that to trace over my photos centering them over the images.  I cut the photos on the lines I drew - then used my paper cutter to make them 1/4" smaller on each side. Then I adhered them to the kraft card so they were all uniformly neat and sized!
We all get together every Halloween at Katie's house, as she lives on a road that is a circle and off the main streets so it's safer for the kids - and they all have such fun walking house to house together - it's a great tradition for both kids and adults!
Here are all the photos stacked up and placed in the folder.
A close up of the left side.  I tied a piece of wrinkled seam tape in a bow around the Jump Ring on the Spooky adornment.
and a close up of the right side!
Here's a side view showing the photos inside -  there is still room to add several more.
I cut a label from one of the papers  from Paper Stash/Regions Beyond and added the kids names using Label Letters and  'best costume ever' from Small Talk/Occasions.  I added a cat from Remnant Rubs/Curiosities.  You can see here how I tied a knot in the band so it held tightly around my folder.
 I will keep this little photo holder at my house where the kids will enjoy looking through it when they visit -  they always LOVE seeing photos of themselves - and I sure have tons of them! 
 I guess I should make one for Christmas photos as well!!!

 Remember to check out Eileen Hull's blog throughout September for more great holiday ideas using her Sixxiz dies!
Paper:  Little Sizzles Black Mat Board - Sizzix, Kraft card - Papertrey Ink, Paper Stash/Regions Beyond - Idea-ology/Tim Holtz.
Accessories:  Idea-ology Bands, Adornments/Oddities, Remnant Rubs/Curiosities, Small Talk/Occasions, Label Letters, Jump Rings,  Cropadile, wrinkled Seam Tape - Prairie Bird Boutique Etsy Shop, Black Sharpie, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.


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