Saturday, September 19, 2020

Make a Mess

I am a champion of making messes. Not only in craft room but many other rooms in the house, especially the kitchen. So when this challenge from Shopping Our Stash SOS 429: Make a mess! came up I knew I should enter.


You may have to expand the picture to really see all the details. The background is the wet baby wipe technique with SU inks: pool party, tempting turquoise, highland heather. Using a wet baby wipe, dab it on an ink pad and lightly dab onto cardstock or watercolor paper. I dabbed off on a scratch paper first so the colors would be lighter. All this resulted in very inky hands. 

Next layer is an SU vellum square doily sprayed with clear glitter burst spray--best to do this outdoors. I used a box indoors but the valve got stuck open and I could not get it to stop spraying. Nearly asphyxiated myself before I got the box moved outdoors. Starting over! I had to wait a few days for a new can of glitter burst spray to be delivered. 

The strip of blue is from the scrapbox. I think it came from a Ms. Sparkle paper pad purchased at Joan's.  Large letter die cuts are from scraps of silver paper. The Christmas sentiment is an old one from SU on a die cut label sponged with pool party ink.  I added 3 clear sequins for more glitter. 

So there is my "messy" card that turned out quite nice. This definitely will be one of a kind--no mass producing.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Skating Fun

 I have been shuffling these 3 strips of paper around for about a week.  When tI saw his new challenge at Just Us Girls I took it as a sign I was meant to use them.



That adorable fun skating reindeer is a digital from Bugaboo Stamps. The die cut and sentiment are Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Let It Snow

 Even though I am not too wild about being out in snow, I do love snowmen. The are just so adorable and make me smile.


This little guy is from a Recollections set that I picked up on sale at Michael's last year. The sentiment is in the same set. I stamped it on a scrap and fussy cut around it. The square vellum doily is from SU. Snowflake punch is from Martha Stewart. I added clear glitter glue to the snowflake to make it sparkle. The little snowflakes are from SU. I used Hampton Arts white pigment ink to stamp them all around.The shiny strip of paper is from the stash, as well as the snowflakes washi tape.

I used the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches

Also posting at Tuesday Throwdown challenge #465 Anything Goes
And playing for that great prize of sentiment stickers. at Pixie's Crafty Workshop


Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Pretty tone on tone

 I have a pretty feminine tone on tone retirement card to share today.


The cardstock is Soft Sea Foam from Stampin' Up! I used a soft green ink to get the tone on tone effect. Stamp sets: script background from Inkadinkadoo, leaves from SU Forever Fern. I die cut a circle and then embossed it with a SU embossing folder. The flowers are an old unbranded one, stamped in dark pink (Regal Rose)  and colored with Prismacolor pencils. Leaves are an SU punch, lined with Soft Sea Foam Stampin' Blend pen. The sentiment is SU. Accents are ribbons from the stash and 3 green sequins.

Playing along with The Paper Players tic-tac-toe challenge, using the middle row across.



Thursday, August 27, 2020

Season of Thanks

 One thing I like about living in southern Indiana is the changing of the seasons. Although some days seem to have several seasons in one day😀. But when Time Out Challenges posted their challenge with cue word seasons, I immediately thought of fall. I love all the colors of the fall season. And large stands of sunflowers are one of my favorites.


The stenciled background if from a paper in SU's Botanical Prints product medley. I used orange and yellow randomly. The sunflower and leaves are SU"s Painted Harvest. The sentiment also SU is on a Sizzix label. I added gold and copper glittery washi tape at the bottom.  And dressed up the inside with a sunflower peeking over the edge. I added a few clear sequins enhancements, though they are hard to see. The just add a little sparkle without detracting from rest of the images.


The other inspiration was this beautiful photo at Hand Stamped Sentiments


Her is the cue card from TIME OUT



Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Happy Halloween

 Getting a head start on the Halloween cards for the grandkids.

The stripe paper is from the scrap box. The happy halloween from SU! A strip of orange glitter washi tape creates some sparkle. The Boo sentiment is by Craft Smart. I stamped it with Hampton Arts white pigment ink. This is the only white I have found that does a good job of white stamping.

I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches


Friday, August 21, 2020

Giving Thanks

 I have a regular client who likes to send Thanksgiving cards. Here is one I made for her. I found the inspiration from a YouTube video for Birds of a Feather stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I started with Kraft cardstock. Used Versamark to stamp  2 leaves and some dots from SU Gather Together set. Then 2 scraps of paper from the stash. These papers are from Ms. Sparkle Watercolor paper pad. The rest of the layers are from various SU sets.

Submitting to Shopping Our Stash challenge #427 "Pile It On"

Also submitting at Pixie's Crafty Workshop Snippet Playground. All the parts except card base were from scraps. Playing for the great prizes, some flowers and stencils plus word stickers.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Gone Fishin'

 I used up a lot of my stash of Get Well cards recently so have been working on replenishing that. Using the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches here is one:

I used a Sizzix EF to make wavy lines on the front of a SU Soft Sea Foam card base. Then Swirly Bird dies to make waves. The fish is a pre-colored digital from Louby-Loo. I did the banner sentiment on the computer and of course "fishtailed" the ends. Three blue sparkly sequins are also riding the waves. 

How is this especially a get well card you might ask. The answer is inside:

I took the cut outs from the wavy die and glued them inside to make more waves. Hope the recipient of this card does not suffer seasickness.

Here is the sketch:

You can see, I made wavy lines instead of straight ones.

I think I will do another of this design with "a very happy birthday" inside for my husband who likes to fish and snorkel in the tropics.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Truckin' Along

For the sketch at  Tuesday Morning Sketches I used the SU truck again. When you have a stamp set out, do you make more than one card with it? I have a very small craft space so I need to keep things in their place. I tend to make 2 or more cards with the same images or sentiments that I have out before I put it away.
I am continuing with the masculine cards for Jill's charity. No sentiments on front because they get a non-English message inside and so nor want anything English on the front.
I used 2 scraps of patterned paper from SU. I stamped the truck and dogs (can you see them riding in back?), colored it all with SU blends, fussy cut it and mounted it with foam tape.
I know the truck is a little more centered than the sketch, but at this speeddo you think it will get over there to the side eventually. Since I used scraps of patterned paper, also submitting at Shopping Our Stash
Her is TMS inspiration sketch.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Just Truckin'

I am doing some cards for a super busy "super girl" blogger Jill who collects cards to send to a charity, collects Red/White/Blue cards for a veterans group, and sews masks--2000 so far this year. The charity needs male theme cards. No sentiment on front because Jill inserts foreign language messages inside and they do not want English sentiments on the front.
Our road atlas was worn out and falling apart. I cut pages out and use portions for cards. I try to use parts that aren't readily recognizable. The truck is an old Stampin" Up! on and colored with SU blender pens.
Entering at Just Us Girls challenge key word Travel

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches