Shaking’ It Up

Made these shaker cards today. They are for a couple of people I really appreciate.

Monkey Business
Floral Thanks

So the top picture is on its side and the bottom one is upside down. Took both pictures holding my phone the same way. Sometimes technology just does its own thing.

Thank you for spending some of your valuable time with me today. Have a wonderful weekend.


Embossing Fun

This week I had some fun with an embossing stencil, some ink and patterned paper.

Products Used:

  • LL588 Stencil (Dreamweavers Stencils)
  • Inks: Sweet Mango, Blue Lagoon, Applemint (Gina K.)
  • Patterned Paper:  Made With Love pack (Gina K.)
  • Card Stock: Heavy Base Weight white (Gina K.) and White (Recollections)
  • Ribbon: Green Organza (360 – Michael’s)
  • Adhesive Runner (Scotch Advanced Tape Glider)
  • Removable Tape (Scotch)
  • Light Box (Light Tracer by Artograph)

To start, I taped my stencil to a piece of white card with removable tape.

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When you flip it over and turn the light table on, you can see right through to trace it with the round embossing tool seen on the table.  Before embossing, rub the card stock with wax paper (it makes it much easier to trace).  Just a hint, if you use really heavy weight card stock, or dark colored card, it is very difficult to see through to trace.

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Then I found the papers I wanted to use from my paper pack, chose my ink colors to go with the papers, and started inking my design, with the stencil still attached.  Ink through the stencil.

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I did use a touch of red ink for the tongue.  I also used a fine point black pen to color the eyes.  When you remove the stencil, make sure you rinse it with water to clean it off, then dry it well.

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After cutting around my embossed image, I cut a strip of the green for behind it.  In the finished card, I layered the green on a strip of white card to offset it a bit, as the 2 patterned papers together was too busy looking.  I did cut close to my embossed and inked image, so you could see the green through around the tail and legs.

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I figured out where I wanted the ribbon behind the image piece, then put it on the background patterned paper, before adhering that to the base card.  I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut piece of vellum, then traced it with a teal Stardust Pen to give it a bit more color and some sparkle.  Adhered that to the ribbon with Vellum Adhesive by Therm-o-web.

Inside, I put a small strip of the background patterned paper, crossed by a small piece of the green patterned paper.  The inside sentiment is stamped with Blue Lagoon ink (same as the outside) in the center.

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I have embossed and inked this dragon with many colors, but I don’t think any have been as fun as this with the bright colors.  Try doing things a bit different than expected and you might really like what you achieve.

Thanks for spending some time with me today.  Now, go out and enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Glitter Everywhere

Gina K. Designs had a new release last night.  I wasn’t overly thrilled with the stamp sets that were released – personal preference, not that they aren’t great sets.  However, there are always 2 questions and a challenge with their releases.  I could answer 1 of the questions, but the other I had no clue on.  I refuse to look at other answers, so I just won’t answer that one.  However, the challenge was to make a SPARKLY card.  So, I went about making one.

Products Used:

  • Art from the Heart stamp set (Gina K. Designs)
  • Sparkly black embossing powder (Sparkle n’ Sprinkle)
  • Assorted glitters (Martha Stewart)
  • Stardust pens (Sakura)
  • Embossing heat tool
  • Mini Misti (My Sweet Petunia)
  • Versamark embossing ink
  • Lemon Drop, Turquoise Sea and Layering Weight White card stock (Gina K. Designs)
  • Scotch Advanced Tape Glider
  • Designer Dries Clear Adhesive (Art Glitter) – with detail tip

First, I decided what sentiment I thought would be fun, found 2 images from the set I thought would work great with it, picked out some colors, cut my card stock to size, then went to bed.  I had gotten up early for work, it was 9pm and I knew it would take too long to do, I would probably make mistakes as I was tired, and I had to get up early this morning.  So, after everything was done for the day, I got to work on my card.

I just have to tell you, the Mini Misti was quite expensive.  I did a lot of research on it, thought it was worth it and put it on my wish list.  I showed it to my husband and he told me to go ahead and get it.  Yep, he’s an amazing husband.  I found it on sale, so I purchased it.  This is one of those purchases I am so glad I made.  It is that good.

I had an idea in my head, which is actually what I wound up with in the end.  Now that was a surprise, as there are usually adjustments made as I’m working.

First, I laid out the pieces of card (base was already folded), then laid the stamp on the base, where I thought it looked good.  After I put the magnets in place on the base card, I closed the top of the Misti to pick up the stamp.  As there are lines on the top, I adjusted my stamp slightly to make sure it was straight.  It may not be perfect, but that us user error.  I inked up the sentiment with Versamark ink, closed the top, pressed it down, turned on a bright light to make sure the whole image was stamped, then took it out and poured on my embossing powder.  I went ahead and heated that.

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Next, I put in the white layer, laid out the two images where I wanted them and went through the process again.  Heated those, then removed the flower image, cleaned the pencil stamp and laid it down where I wanted it next.  Embossed that and did it again for the last image.

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Next, I put the detail tip on the bottle of glue and went to work adding adhesive to areas, then laying down a color of glitter.  Went through until I had all the areas done.

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There were a few areas I didn’t get, as they were too fine for the tip and I didn’t want to cover up my sparkly black lines.  For those areas, I went back, after giving it time to dry, and used some similarly colored Stardust pens to fill in.  I definitely cleaned the tips of the pens afterwards.  (Sorry, that picture isn’t as clear as I’d like.)

Then, I put it all together.

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You can’t see the sparkle of the black in the picture, but in real life it has amazing sparkle, too.

I used a Swiffer sweeper cloth to clean up, so there isn’t too much glitter left in the room.  Though, I’m sure I’ll still be finding glitter for weeks.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!

Christmas Out of the Box

On July 25, a stamp company I like was having a “Christmas in July” sale.  As I went and perused their adorable Christmas images, I thought how cute they are, but how they almost all included snow.  Now, I was born and raised in the desert.  Granted, our desert has gotten snow a few times in my life, but usually not enough to stick once the sun comes up.  So, as much fun as it is to see snow in movies or pictures, maybe drive a couple hours up north to get out and play in it for a bit, it really isn’t a part of my life.

When I make a snow person card, I tend to use brown and make them tumbleweed people. I do have a friend that LOVES snow people, so I generally make a few cards with actual white snowmen and send her family one.  I’d be willing to bet those of you that live where it snows really don’t want most of your winter and Christmas cards to show you MORE snow, too.  (I am so very glad I live in the heat rather than where it snows.)  So, I suggest we make at least a few Christmas cards that are out of the trend of snow and red and green.

I have made a couple of Safari Christmas cards, recently, and wanted to give you an idea of what I mean.

Products Used:

  • White card stock (??)
  • Green card stock (??)
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink
  • Scissors
  • Guillotine paper cutter
  • Scotch Adhesive: tape runner & 3D mounting
  • Stamp sets all from Gina K. Designs:
    • A Little Something
    • Wild About You
    • Holiday Tags
    • Scooter Diva
    • Seasonal Labels
    • The Good Life
  • Koh-i-Noor woodless coloured pencils
  • Various Gina K. Designs inks: Sweet Mango, Sweet Corn, Grass Green, Kraft, Powder Blue
  • Sponge daubers

To start, I formed my card base, which was 5-1/2″ by 8-1/2″, folded in half.  I also cut a piece of green card stock to 5-3/8″ by 4-1/8″.  Another piece of white card was cut to 5-1/4″ by 4″.  On that smallest piece of white card, I stamped the elephant and tree from the Wild About You set.  That gave me my “safari” background.  On some scraps of white card, I also stamped the little Santa head from the Holiday Tags set, and the trees from The Good Life set.

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Using some colored inks (just various Gina K. Designs colors), I stamped the presents from the A Little Something and Scooter Diva sets.  Then, I colored.  I used colored pencils to color in the hat from the Santa head, the large tree from the 2 trees, the elephant and the tree.  Then, I used some sponge daubers to use the listed inks and shade in my background.

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I very carefully sponged a bit in the white spaces in the tree and between the elephant’s legs.

Using sharp scissors, I carefully trimmed out the Santa hat, the large tree and the presents (which I had also colored with pencils).  With all my pieces ready to go, I started assembling.  The green layer was adhered to the base card front, with my “safari” panel on top of that.  Just before mounting, I added the sentiment.  Then I used some 3D mounting tape to adhere the hat to the elephant and the “Christmas tree”.  Some of the presents were adhered with tape runner, while others had mounting tape.

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Now I have a fun Christmas card with no snow, and not done in the traditional red and green.  In person, you can see all the depth with the tree, hat and presents.

Take the time to try something different with images, than what you usually see.  Here’s another one I did a while ago, that I really like.

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Thanks for spending some of your valuable time with me today.  Go enjoy the rest of your week and remember to think outside the ordinary.

Girly Cards

Did a couple of very girly cards today, which isn’t generally my style, but thought they turned out fairly well.

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Had a lot of fun with this one.  The StampTV challenge this week is to make a Shabby Chic card with the inside decorated and a matching envelope.  Whew!  Wasn’t sure that one was going to happen.  However, when I saw the MFP SpeedyTV Sketch With A Twist challenge this week, I knew what to do.  A friend of mine sent me some Graphic45 paper last week and I found the flowered paper in there, which I thought would be perfect for the challenge.  To make it a little “shabby”, I embossed it with an all over chain link fence pattern, then sanded it a bit.  The images on the envelope and the card, as well as the sentiment all come from the Vintage Chic set (Gina K.).  I stamped everything with Sweet Plum (Memento) ink and stamped off the corner flowers first.  Now, the twist for the SWAT challenge was to use ribbon or twine.  I added the fun fur as it seemed pretty “Shabby Chic” to me and figured it was kind of a cross between twine and ribbon.  However, as I wasn’t sure others would think that, I tied a small bow around the leg of the dressing table using baker’s twine in the same purplish color.  Cutting that hole out of the center was not easy.

Here is the inside and another view of the envelope.

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Now, the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week is to make a tent card.  That was interesting to figure out.  Had fun making it and I love how it turned out.  It really wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be.  The card doesn’t actually open, it’s more of a sit on a shelf and look good kind of a thing where you can write on the back.

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The papers I used are from the Garden Florals collection (Recollections).  It’s difficult to tell from the picture, but the branch with the bird goes across the center area and isn’t attached to the front or back.  Figuring out how to accomplish that was fun (literally).  I used the following Die-Namics from MFT for the pieces: Branch With Leaves, All Star, Contempo Cage.  The “window” and frame were made with Scalloped Circles (Spellbinders).  I used Bamboo Leaves ink (Memento) as it seemed to go well with the green of the papers.  The sentiment is from the Marks Finest Papers Heinrich Collection Winter Crocus 2011 set.  That set has a lot of fun sentiments.

The ScrapZee Monday challenge this week is to make a paper project with banners, so I entered this one in that challenge, too.

If you like either of these, click on the links and check out what others have made for the same challenges.  I’m always amazed at all the different ideas people come up with for the same challenge.  Hey, all of the sites are free to join and give you lots of fun challenges, so let’s see what you come up with.

Thanks for spending some time with me!  

Mosaic Paper

The challenge this past week at ScrapZee was to do a mosaic paper piece.  The Sketch With A Twist challenge at MFP SpeedyTV is a cute sketch that I thought would work wonderfully with the mosaic as a background.  Granted, my front piece is a lot smaller than the sketch, but it is winter and I wanted the mosaic to show.

Here is the mosaic piece itself.  It’s not fabulous, but I used up some of my Christmas card leftovers and stuck with the Christmas/winter scene.  Thought of a better way to do it this evening, but don’t have time to try it, yet.

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This is the finished card.

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The colors look different, but it truly is the same piece.  Lighting is not always easy.

The paper, including the background blue is all from the DCWV set The Winter Magic Stack from a couple of years ago.  The ribbon is 360 from Michael’s.  The stamp is from the Stampin’ Up set Very Merry.

Whew!  I am still working on making Christmas cards, which is why I haven’t been on here much, but I am getting much closer to the goal.  If all goes well, I’ll get them done and they’ll be ready to go out the end of the month, as usual.  However, they aren’t as cute as past years.  I’m really going to have to work on making a few a month starting in January for next year.

Thanks for spending some time with me!

It’s HOT Out!

This is the middle of summer in Phoenix, AZ, so it’s a bit hot out to do too much, so I stayed in and made some cards.

The first one was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Friends of SpeedyTV challenge this week to do a monochromatic card. It is also being entered in the StampTV challenge this week to make a Christmas card. As my ornaments on the side were a bit low for the actual stamped chains, I extended the chains to the top by using a ruler and a purple glitter gel pen. It isn’t precisely the same color, but it really doesn’t look too bad in person.
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This next one was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Simple Salutations challenge this week to have something with wings on the card with a sentiment. It was also entered in the ScrapZee Rotating challenge to do a CAS card with something on it that was fussy cut or punched. I found a great card to go behind my chickens, then stamped them on the base. Oops! Had to find another paper to stamp them on that went well with both the base card and the chickens, so I could fussy cut them.
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This last card was done for the MFP SpeedyTV Tutorial Time challenge to use fabric on a card, as well as the ScrapZee Weekly challenge to use a digi image. The image is one that Dustin Pike gave away as a freebie years ago. The fabric behind him is from a faux snakeskin jacket my grandmother made for my daughter when she was little. My daughter recognized the fabric and where it came from as soon as she saw the card. She and my husband both loved the fabric behind the dragon.
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I have to tell you, when I was scoring the yellow base to fold it into a card, I accidentally got a bit of the next line over, so I decided to add the two score lines on each side of the card. That dealt with my mistake and actually improved the look of the card. There’s always something you can do to deal with mistakes and not have to trash your work.

Thank you so very much for spending some of your precious time with me today! I appreciate that you have taken the time to check out my work. Have a most wonderful rest of the day!

Peek A Boo Card

It’s terrible when you get so busy with life that you don’t have time to really enjoy it. My son and I are taking some ASL classes with a few friends, but we rarely have time to practice it. So, we’re going to start trying to use it when we speak with each other (on the few things we know). He insists I NOT use it, except for spelling when I am driving.

Here is a quick peek a boo card I did for last week’s sketch challenge on ScrapZee and the Tutorial Time challenge on MFP SpeedyTV:
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This was sure a fun one to create. I stamped the inside, then held it up to the light to see where the areas I wanted to peek through were, put little x’s there, stamped the border circles, then cut out the centers. The only problem is that there isn’t a lot of room to write on this one.

Been trying to read up on dog training. We found out our new little guy is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, which is a type of cattle herding dog. He’s a bit sassy, so we need to get him (and us) trained.
Milo waiting patiently

Here is our poodle, Playdoh and Milo drying after his first bath time. (Playdoh got her bath first, to show him how it is done. He didn’t pay too close of attention, but he did get washed.)
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Thanks for spending some time with me today!