Monday, September 1, 2014

Mixed Media Mojo Challenge

Exciting news - I am on the design team for the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge blog and this will be my first post as a member of the design team.

The September challenge is Fall and to use embossing paste.  I do so love to get messy so this is great for me.  Here is my first project.  I have had this fabric hanging around my house for years - was going to make cards out of it and so I have started.  Be prepared - you will probably see more of this fabric in the upcoming weeks.

The card is approximately 4.5  x  6 inches.  Many layers of paper which have all been distressed with my trusty Tim Holtz distressing tool.  I adhere light weight heat n bond to my fabric and then adhere the fabric to card stock and cut it out.  It gives your fabric stability for working with.  The image was matted.  The sentiment is a sticker from SRM Stickers.

The extra challenge for the month is to use embossing paste.  I mixed my own color.  I used distress paints to color my embossing paste to get the perfect gold shade.  I also added gold stickles into the mixture and it has lots of sparkle.  You can see some of the sparkle in the close up.

This was a fun card to make. Come join us on the Mixed Media Mojo September challenge.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Is Approaching

I am in the mood to make fall cards.  I had found some vellum with scattered leaves on it so wanted to use it on a card.  Of course once you layer things on it, you don't see many of the leaves on the vellum as on this card.

I used the weekly sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - I liked all the layers.

I have a packet of paper (old packet) from Cosmo Cricket - the colors are great.  The package has stickers with it so I decided to use some of those for my layers.  The sentiment and the arrow are part of the collection.  The vellum and greenish square of pattern paper is just stitched to the under layer of red.  The leaf is cut with my Silhouette.  

One more fall card done.  I think I will send this to my Mom - she is such a blessing to all of us.  

Come back tomorrow for a fun announcement.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch

I enjoy making cards in the fall.  I have a thing for tree stamps and leaf stamps so be prepared to see lots in the upcoming months.  I also found some fall fabric - so be prepared for cards with images from this fabric.  Oldie Moldie Monday used one image and this Monday's post will be using it again.  But I digress.

Today I made a card using the weekly sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch - I always find using an off angle piece on your card interesting.  Sometimes for me - it doesn't turn out so well - but this one did.  I really like the simplicity of it.  It would work as a masculine card also.

Here is the sketch.

Here is my version.  I don't know if I have ever used this stamp before.  It is from Memory Box.  I embossed it with ZING brown embossing powder.  I then colored the image with distress paints.  I had to combine some colors and a little gelato to get my trunk color.  The halo around the tree (I don't know what else to call it) is two shades of distress paint combined.  The sky and grass are more watered down distress paints.  I won't win any contests for my landscapes but I think it turned out OK.  I added a sweet sentiment from Endless Creations - a Wisconsin stamp company. I dry embossed a piece of Kraft with a woodgrain folder and inked it a little.  It was glued directly to the card base.  The image and sentiment were pop dotted.  I then added a few sequins.

I am also going to put it in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - which is Witch-Kraft.  Hey I did use Kraft paper - but no witch - unless you are calling me that today.

It is raining off and on today so a good day to stay inside.  Now I must go do dishes.  I took dinner to some neighbors and my kitchen is a disaster still.

Happy Saturday

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday - More Unity Stamps

Friday - the day I try to share a card I made using a Unity stamp or stamps - the Unity Blog has Friends With Flair on Friday - so I try to play along.  I think it is safe to post my daughter's birthday card here - I would be very surprised if she ever looked at my blog.  Plus she is away for a wedding this week end.

the card is larger than an A2.  This is wonderful paper and had the patterned paper with the little bikes on it so it was perfect to use for this card.  The paper is by Basic Grey.  The stamps are by Unity.  (insert smile here).

I am also going to place it in the Anything Goes challenge on the Wednesday Simon Says Stamp challenge blog.  

A long week end - I took today off to try and accomplish some things around the house.  Enjoy your day and week end.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Penny Black Poppy Stamp

I am trying to make some sympathy cards so I have them on hand.  They are so hard to make when you need them.

This Penny Black stamp was stamped with a light distress ink.  I colored it with gelatos - I think - I know I used a water color technique to color the flower.  I did the coloring a couple weeks ago so I don't remember exactly what I did.  It was hard to make it into a card once I got it colored.  I added a light watercolor background with a few splatters of color.  Which was a result of accidently getting some splatters on the background so then you had to have more.  I added a piece of patterned paper (just a peek) on each side and it was mounted onto a gray card base.  A SRM Sticker was added for the sentiment.  I have even finished the inside of the card.

Enjoy your Tuesday.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  In a former life, I sewed and worked in a fabric store for over 10 years.  My love of fabric has never really gone away and my skills of putting colors and textures together has helped me with card making.

I had bought this piece of fabric with fall images on it and was going to use it for cards - and how many years ago was that.  Who knows - but I decided to use it for my first fall card.  I also used an older collection from Authentique paper, old ribbon, old button and some stickers I have had for quite awhile.

The card measures 4.5  x  6 inches.  The fabric on the card is the scarecrow image and the rust strip under the sentiment.  I adhered a lite iron on adhesive to the back of my fabric and then adhered it to some card stock.  This gives your fabric some stability.  Once I cut the fabric out, I ran a black marker along the edge of the fabric because I tried to keep the black lines that were part of the design.  I did some distressing with my Tim Holtz distress tool.  Pop dotted the image and sentiment.

I think I will make some more fall cards with this fabric.  Come back next Monday maybe there will be another oldie moldie Monday card with some of this same fabric.

It is Monday - blah - but I am working a 4 day week so I can have an extra long week end.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Fusion Challenge

The Fusion Challenge has a great sketch and wonderful colors in their inspiration photo.  I actually used both in my card.  The sketch is a variation of a favorite layout for me - I like to do the layers with them off angles from each other like this sketch.

I have been playing with my gelatos, gesso and dictionary pages.  The start of card for me was I had done something and I had swiped some paper across the leftover paint so it did not go to waste.  You come up with some of the best backgrounds for card making this way.  The flower is stamped on this piece of paper.  I then had to create some coordinating colors to go with the flower.  The colors are so bright and cheerful.  I had a little strip leftover for the sentiment so had to find a sentiment I could stamp on it.

The sentiment and flower are Hero Art stamps.  Hint - when stamping on the gelatos even my Versafine Ink does not dry that fast and I always end up smearing it.  Today I decided to clear emboss it and it works great plus your black has a sheen to it now.  I added a little dry embossing to the main layer.

I added some embellishments scattered around the card.  I struggle with that.  Hopefully I achieved the correct balance.  I took a few off.

Enjoy the remainder of your Sunday.  I took a short nap.