Monday, September 15, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday


Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  Even the image is oldie moldie - I found this cutie already colored in a drawer when I was looking for something.  I just had to use him.  If you check last week Monday's post, you will see it is the same little guy.  He is a favorite snowman stamp from Penny Black.  He is such a cutie.

The patterned paper is from American Crafts.  Somewhat non traditional colors for a Christmas card but I like the soft colors.  Of course I could not find any green that was this particular shade - no mint green at the top of the piles.  Oh well - we didn't use any green except there is a little bit in the striped paper.  I finished the card off with a sentiment from SRM Stickers.

Remember show some love for your older supplies.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SRM Stickers, Stencils and a Wedding Card


This wedding card started out as a get well card but it turned out the person did not need a get well card but all of a sudden I needed a wedding card.  The point of interest turned to a heart and a heart sticker and celebrate sticker were added to make it into a wedding card.

The card is based on the monthly challenge from SRM Stickers.  I chose to use the color challenge.  Grey, Black, White and Red.


I created my background on my card with embossing paste.  I used a Hero Arts stencil I had never used before.  I stenciled it on some Bo Bunny dot paper so it is very subtle.  I cut the pin stripe heart with my Silhouette.  The stickers were both matted and pop dotted on top of the background.  I added the ribbon.  The entire front is pop dotted on top of the card front.  I added some glossy accents to the heart sticker.  I thought about adding some bling or enamel dots but I stopped myself.  I didn't think it really needed anything more.

I am also entering this card in the Wednesday Simon Says Stamp challenge which is to make your own background.

Thanks for stopping by.  Going to a Bachlorette party tonight.  I think it will be lots of fun.  

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday - Time to Challenge Yourself

It is Friday - time to use one of my Unity Stamps and share on Friends With Flair.  It seems I am on a "make Christmas cards" kick.  If you look at last week's post, you will see that I used the same paper for this week's card.  The paper just goes so well with the dark brown embossing powder.


The image was done with Zing dark brown embossing powder.  I colored the tree with some distress paints just to add a little color to the image.  I then layered multiple layers of patterned paper.  Thus my other two challenges.

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark - I colored my tree with distress paints

Virginia's View Challenge - Patterned Paper - lots of patterned paper on this card  The paper is from Simple Stories.

As I was putting my card together this week, I realized I had forgotten to add the beige pindots to my card from last week.  No wonder I kept looking at it wondering what it was missing.  The piece of paper came in handy this week and I made sure to put it on the card.

I must tell you (a peak into next week) that the card will be the same image only stamped in white embossing color.  I am contemplating what wacky colors I can use on it.  Any suggestions.

Enjoy your Friday - I have some fun planned for the week end so my card making will be a little limited plus next week I am staying with my grand dogs for a couple days.  I wonder what mischief we can get into.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Design Team Post


I did my first tutorial as a Design Team Member for the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge blog.

Please stop over and let me know what you think of my step by step - I know I need to take more pictures next time.

Make sure you enter the monthly challenge which is Fall and to use embossing paste.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Paper Smooches Spark Challenge

Back to trying to play with my Paper Smooches stamps each week.  I try to play along with the weekly challenge at the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge Blog.  The challenge this week is anything goes.  Yeah - I like anything goes.  I have been wanting to play with this coffee set for a long time so decided to make a little mixed media project.


Sometimes when I am out shopping I pick up little things that I think I will someday alter.  Usually they are pretty inexpensive.  This is a small plaque that measures - 2.75 x 4 inches.  I covered it with a book page which is applied to the plaque with gel medium.  I then applied a layer of gesso.  I used another challenge for my color inspiration and will share that picture a little later.  I took the pink, yellow and aqua from the picture for my colors.  The first color laid down was a yellow gelato - then I added layers of pinks and blues with more gelatos.  I stamped the cups on more gessoed book pages and then colored them with distress paints.  I hate to tell you it took me 3 times to get that blue cup correct.  I smeared the ink (I am not patient).  I had a good cup done and then noticed I had colored the inside of the handle blue also.  Well that didn't work so back to the stamping.  I added the cups with gel medium.  The sentiment was stamped on more book paper and applied with gel medium.  I added some embossing paste that I colored with distress paint through a stencil.  Added a few rub ons.  I think it is a fun little project.


The colors were inspired by this challenge from The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.


If you want to get your own Paper Smooches stamps, just pop over to their online store.  Check out their weekly challenge.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday


As I was cleaning this room where things have been thrown for years, I came across this little pad of winter paper and out fell this little snowman that had been stamped on vellum and colored.  You color on the backside of the vellum so you have a very muted color.  This little was destined to be the star for my oldie moldie Monday card.  Of course, I had to use the paper pad it fell out of.

I have always been a sucker for houndstooth.  (I have no idea if that is how you spell that word).  The paper pad had a light one and a dark one.  I matted the light color on top of the dark color.  Over the top I laid the vellum.  I adhered it at the top with normal adhesive because I decided to cover it up with a strip of paper.  I added some SRM stitch stickers on the strip.  The sentiment was put on the light paper.  With the vellum laying over the top, it gives everything a very muted, soft look.  The vellum is loose at the bottom as you can see in this next picture.


You couldn't see the sentiment in this picture so I had to lay the card down so you could also see the sentiment.  I found a bling snowflake and added it to the corner.

See the wonderful things you can find in that room you don't want to walk in.  Show some love for those old supplies.  I have to warn you while I was looking for the snowflake - I found this guy colored in that drawer - he is in mint green and pink.  Come back next Monday.

Have a good week.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Mixed Media Card

Every month the Faber Castell blog Design Memory Craft has a challenge.  Sometimes I am able to play along.  This challenge was an interesting one. Make something in 30 minutes - mixed media in 30 minutes - WHAT - you got to be kidding - but it kept going around and around and around in my head.  Hopefully the 30 minutes does not include my thinking - because we would already be at several hours.

I have been making  a few fall cards and really enjoying myself so wanted to make a fall card.  I keep a container with all my experiments of backgrounds, leftover pieces so I may be able to use them in the future.  I looked through the container and found this piece of watercolor paper which I had colored with gelatos and did not make anything out of it.  I looked at all my tree stamps and came up with an idea.  I have some dies that have a stitched edge on them so I cut my background.  I heat embossed the tree.  I did it on purpose so that it looks like the tree is going off the edge.  I used a piece of leftover back ground to stamp my sentiment.  My layout is very simple.  The image is pop dotted on the card front.  After I was done, I thought it needed to look like fall so I got out some bottles of acrylic paint and a toothpick and made little leaves.  The tree stamp is from Penny Black and the sentiment is from Hero Arts.


This month on the Mixed Media Card Challenge Blog it is to make an Autumn Colored card with the optional add on of metal or leaves.  Hopefully abstract dots of acrylic paint count as my leaves.  (Insert grin here).


I am also going to enter it into the monthly challenge on the Operation Write Home Card Blog where the challenge that is sponsored by Our Daily Bread Designs.  They will pay shipping costs for at least two boxes - so we need to get 50 entries into this contest.

I like how the card turned out - once I had it thought out it was a quick card to make.  I may even make some more like it.  Of course, now I will have to make backgrounds.

Enjoy your Sunday.  The cleaning bug bit me yesterday - but did I clean something that showed - no but I did get rid of bunch of stuff.  I do need to get groceries today.