Saturday, August 2, 2014

SweetStamps Parchment Challenge

The monthly challenge going on at SweetStamps right now is "Parchment Crafting" which is something I don't have the tools for so I just used vellum with embossing (which they said was okay to do). I used 3 of their stamps: "Just a Note", "Love Birds Collage", and "Pretty Parchment Frame". The last two are what I embossed on the vellum using Stampendous "Pearlustre" embossing powder. The flowers I added in the corner are from; the leaves are Spellbinders "Foliage". Card stock and ribbon...from my stash. Rhinestones= KaiserCraft; glitterdots= EK Success.
Challenges: - Parchment Crafting/Monthly - #143 Anything Goes

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Christmas in July

Today it got up to almost 80 degrees and here I am working on a Christmas card! The challenge this week at SweetStamps is to use gold and/or I used both. The frame stamp called "Elegant Scrollwork" is one of my favorites from SweetStamps. It is so beautiful when embossed! I used vellum and colored in the corners just a bit by inking the back side of the vellum with TH Distress Ink "Antique Linen"

I used 2 different brands of embossing powder: Rubber Stampede (silver) and PSX (gold). They melt differently...the silver gets smoother, but I prefer the texture of the gold. The embossing "ink" is Top Boss "Tinted". The 'Merry Christmas' sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up. It is mounted on gold foil paper and popped up a bit using Scrapbook Adhesives squares.

To stamp the 2 silver trees I first cut a mask of the tree then held it carefully in place while stamping both side trees. I don't usually use gold and silver together...but this time I like it!

I'm entering this in the challenges at - #177 Gold and/or Silver - #98 Christmas in July

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Cut Out "Windows"

All of the different rectangles were cut out of the white cs using the smallest dies in both sets of Spellbinders Matting Basics Card Creator (A&B). I just lined them all up like a puzzle and ran it through my Cuttlebug....that was the easy part! Then I trimmed small pieces of pretty rose and butterfly paper (Webster's Pages "Petite Papers") to fit in each window. Two of the windows have HouseMouse stamped images: Contented Mudpie and Maxwell's note. They are colored with colored pencils.

The pale blue flowers and the leaves are die cuts from Tim Holtz Sizzix "Tattered Flower Garland". Tiny glass beads were used for the flower centers. "Happy Anniversary" was added using tiny sentiments from Stampabilities. And almost everything is held together with Glue Dots!
The pink paper flower, the glass beads, the ribbon and the twine are all treasures from my gigantic stash.
Thanks for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Challenges: - #81 TicTacToe (ribbon, square, pink) - #173 Wedding or Anniversary - July: Anything Goes w/handmade bow

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Painters' Tape Technique

I tried a new technique this evening...using painters' tape to make a textured background in wide undefined bands. I also wanted to try some clear embossing as part of the background, but I used the wrong kind of embossing powder...I grabbed the one for bonding materials not just the plain clear. So I added some very fine glitter to take care of the stickiness. Now I'm glad it worked out that way!

The sparkle and the tape texture show up a bit better in the photo below.
The butterflies are colored with a variety of alcohol markers and have a bit of glitter glue along the wing edges.

Stamps - Stampabilities "All things are possible", Sky Kids "Butterfly"
Inks - TH Distress Inks, Memento "Tuxedo Black", Top Boss "Embossing"
Embossing Powder - Stampendous "Stamp N' Bond"

Challenges: - July "Painters' Tape Technique"

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Fancy Birthday Bag

My granddaughter Lilly is 4 1/2 (almost!) and since her birthday is December 25, her parents are thinking of going to a "half-year" birthday celebration for her. That would be June 25. So I made a pretty little birthday bag for one of her gifts. She is a little princess...complete with shimmery gown, wand, crown and shoes! So I know she'll love the bling and lace and PINK!

Here is a compilation of supplies I thought I'd use...but that changed of course! Didn't use some of the cs and added more/different dies and stamps.

A close-up shows the intricate butterfly better...and the hand-made flowers.

The back of the bag is decorated more simply. To be honest, I think I like the back better!

Paper bag of  kraft paper
DIES- Cheery Lynn Designs "Small Lace Faerie Queen", "Olive Branches", "Small Lollipop Cutie Fringe"; 
Spellbinders "Standard Circles Lg.", "Beaded Ovals", "Anglaise Lace"
Sizzix TH "Tattered Flower Garland"
BORDER PUNCH- Martha Stewart "Doily Lace"
STAMPS- Stampin Up "Happy Birthday"; StampingScrapping "Lacey Circles"
BOW- Craft-deebowz bowmaker; ribbon from stash
CARD STOCK - American Crafts "Soho Garden"; Paper Studio; my stash
INK- Memento "Bamboo Leaves", "Tuxedo Black"
BLING- Ranger Liquid Pearls "Platinum Pearl"; Pizzazz Aplenty "Frosted Pearls"
ADHESIVES- Aleene's "Tacky Spray", Glue Dots, 3M Tape
Flowers, lace, markers...from my stash

Challenges: - #170 Things with Wings - June: Anything Goes - #223 Pretty Gifts & Packaging

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Masculine Thank You

Happy Monday morning to you all! 
I'm getting a slow start up late! And now its getting really hot outdoors already...gardening may have to wait another day! (Good excuse to be in my craftroom, don't you think?)
Here is my simple offering for today:

I was going for a CAS "Thank You" card with a masculine look. I love the mechanical drawing of the train...a new stamp I just got last week! And the die cut edge is an adhesive-backed easy to use!

The old watch is part of the same set of stamps as the train. The black & white color theme is probably one of my very favorites. SO very CAS!

Ink - Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Die cuts - K&Company "Elegance" adhesive borders
Stamps - Prima "Time Travelers Memories"; Inkadinkadoo "So Thoughtful"

Challenges: - #169 Black + One Other Color

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Father's Day

It will soon be Father's Day so I made a card for my hubby...the father of my six children!
This card has a Bible verse on it that speaks of grandchildren too. We now have 9 grandkids!
They are so fun and so precious!

Here is my small list of ingredients:
Spellbinders "Classic Bracket Edge"
SweetStamps " Singing Children" 
colored with colored pencils
Bible verse is from the Word Art Wednesday blog, printed from my computer,
as is the sentiment
Cardstock and buttons - from my stash

Challenges: - #111 "Photo of Dad & girl" - #135 "Anything Goes"

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Gentleman's Birthday Card

Guys' birthday cards are always kinda hard for me to make...don't know why. I guess they just seem blah compared to the girly ones with frills, flowers, and bling. So here is one I made for a few challenges and after I got it done I realized I do need one for an older gentleman whose birthday I missed recently.

Spellbinders die - 'Fleur de Lis Squares"
SweetStamps stamps - "Gentleman Joe" & "Italian Handwriting"
Sandylion stamp - "Are we there yet?" (old car)
Inkadinkadoo stamp - "Happy Birthday"
Tim Holtz Distress Inks - "Vintage Photo", "Antique Linen" and "Walnut Stain"
Cream color card stock is a heavy weight matt finish from Pizzazz Aplenty
Rust paper and buttons are from my stash

Challenges: - #171 NO Designer Paper - #167 For the Boys - #178 TicTacToe (die cuts, male theme, buttons) -#78 Boys will be Boys