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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Faded Batik effect...

 Ok, I really have NO business making cards right now.  I'm SUPPOSED to be packing for Cozy Crop which starts on Sunday. Sure, it SOUNDS like there's time... but there really isn't. My SIL arrives Thursday, the Ernman and the boys arrive Friday and I've got housecleaning and bed making to do. On Sunday, we all go to a party in Delaware. From there, my SIL, friend Susan, and I head off to Cozy Crop. Busy, busy, busy. But first...
 
I decided to do another lesson In the Catherine Pooler class I'm taking thru Craftsy. This is called the "Faded Batik Effect". WICKED cool result! Using a stencil, I put Salty Ocean, Evergreen Bough and Spiced Marmalade distress ink on it. I spritzed with water then put onto watercolor paper as if it were a stamp...
 
THEN, without moving it, I wiped up excess water that was around it. Using the same inks and a distress tool, I inked thru the stencil. I was supposed to spritz with water and dry, but I didn't. I can only imagine how it would have looked if I'd done as instructed. I finished off the card by die-cutting "smile" out of the center and mounting on blue cardstock. I added twine (lower price in my Etsy shoppe HERE ) and sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
 
Anyway, I got my itch to make cards out of the way until Cozy. NOW, back to packing... :)


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Crafting with Sherry...

 On my most recent trip to Ohio, I was invited to come craft a couple days with long time friend Sherry Varga in Canal Fulton. We had a blast teaching each other new things...
 
 This was our first endeavor. Using our MISTI, we stamped with Versamark and then heat embossed with white. That left the flower area untouched. Sherry taught me how to paint the flowers with distress ink we had on our mats. I really enjoyed the process AND the outcome so I stamped another eight to do when I got back home... :)
 
I brought all the supplies from Joisey to do this card. I had done a "make and take" last December at a local Scrapbooking store and accumulated the supplies to make it and hadn't done so yet. The buck was cut on my Silhouette. We inked and spritzed an Impression Obsession background stamp with gray and blue ink. We added silver twine from Michaels and the greeting is from Impression Obsession as well...

Sherry wanted to learn how to make a shaker card so I taught her what I know. This "window" is over a mod podged napkin. WICKED cool!! Both of us LOVE to mod podge napkins so I see many more like this in my future...

I really loved all the wicked cool sentiments that Sherry has. This was a wooden stamp that I stamped on the ivory paper before we closed up the well. I really, really like it!

I made a card similar to this several months ago and we CASEd it with Sherry's new daisy die cuts AND sentiment set. Sherry has a large selection of pre-cut patterned papers that are so fun to look thru. We found this green to use as our background...

Again with her box of pattern papers, we found this polka-dot paper with raised dots. The flowers are a Stampin' Up set and punch that she owns. We had to get her husband involved to help us line up the stamp and punch so we could crank out several for the cards we were making. He helped us figure it out... don't you just LOVE husbands?!!

This was our final creation. I was COMPLETELY blown away by this effect. We stamped her wood stamp of dogwoods into each corner and colored in with colored pencils. I'm STILL in awe of this card! It's stunning...
So, to say I had a good time would be a grave understatement! Sherry insisted I bring very little and I obliged. For each card, once we figured out what we were doing, we became an assembly line. I was so pleased to come home with such an eclectic group of cards. Thank you again Sherry, for a wonderful, wonderful time and I look forward to doing it again sometime...


Monday, March 27, 2017

Stamp Camp with friends...

I was invited to spend a couple days with friends at what they call STAMP CAMP. It was really, really quite fun! With all the crafting, cutting and coloring that went on, it surely counts as days 19th thru the 22nd in the Coloring Challenge...

These cards were made by the woman to whose home we were invited, Carole. She is amazingly talented and a perfect hostess. We wanted for nothing... :)
 
These creations were made by Elly, sister-in-law to our hostess. The little bunnies made with Reese's peanut butter cups and M&M's were very creative. She also had celebrated a birthday a few days before, so included on her shelve (in the second picture) are cards she received. They are the first three on the left. The rest were what she created. LOTS of stamping on these gems..

 These are Susan Moll's creations, sister to the hostess and the one who invited me to join her and her family. She has some incredible stamps and dies and a good eye for composition. The card on the far right was her first attempt at Scrappy Backgrounds. I think she nailed it...

And these were mine...

 I had made a kit of this card and spent time working on it first. Over the past seven years, I've probably made over a hundred of these... mostly for Operation Write Home. When done, I had eleven completed. Since 90% of my cards are sent to friends and family, I'm stumbling over who the heck I would send this to now. What was I thinking?!! Ou vey...

This was a kit I purchased at last years Scrapbook Expo from Krazy Kreations. When finished, I had three. I LOVE this card and I know at least one will go to the Ernman...
 
This was from a class I took at Scrapbook Expo that I hadn't completed. When done, I had two...
 
After all "kits" were done, I started working on things from my stash. I had received a # of these dresses from someone (can't remember who anymore but probably a swap). I didn't know what to do with them so they've floated around my Studio for a LONG time. Navigating Pinterest, I saw someone had cut them into pieces to make little sweaters and slips. I had a blast with this. It brought me back to my childhood when I CONSTANTLY played with and made paper dolls... WICKED fun! When finished, I had four...
 
Still working with my stash, I took completed backgrounds from previous projects and borrowed Carole's heart die. This is a technique I learned in the Catherine Pooler class but wasn't able to do because I didn't have ANY die that would work like this borrowed one. I centered the die on the white paper and cut. It was then placed over the background and the lacey heart piece was inlaid. THESE came out fabulous! Backgrounds used were water colored, Color Burst and Saran Wrap, Mod Podged napkins, and just plain red paper. What a fantastic way to use up those backgrounds that you just don't know with what to do. I made six of these...
 
This card used up an unused tag, Gelli plate monoprint on deli-paper AND a sentiment I ran thru the Ernman's XL Xyron machine which turned it into a sticker. So, you can ask me WHY the Ernman owns an XL Xyron machine but I would never be able to tell you, so don't ask... ;)
 
I knew I was very low on birthday cards so made four of these for my stash. I had made this a number of times, in the past, for Operation Write Home and it was fun to do again. I borrowed Susan's stitched STAR die and really, really like the look. And while I was borrowing it, I cut several more for future cards...
 
 For this, I CASEed a card I saw in the current Stampin' Up Catalog (page 47). The stamp set and die is owned by Susan. I borrowed the paper too, which is called Melon Mambo. I made four of these. I added some bling and in person, it DEFINITELY looks like a Valentine. I didn't think so when I saw it in the catalog. Now, it'll have to sit in my stash until next February. I did however, send one to Susan to thank her for inviting me to her family's STAMP CAMP.

I came home with thirty-five completed cards... YAY!
 

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Sleepless Night...

There's one good thing about not sleeping well. It's coming to the Studio in the middle of the night and actually being productive. All of these came together from partial backgrounds, already colored images and a box of pre-stamped sentiments... SCORE! Then I went back to bed and slept like a baby. Even though it was only for a couple hours before my annual physical.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thirty Days of Coloring, Days 5 thru 8...


 
 
 Day 5... First, I embossed this rose image by Stampendous with Versamark and white embossing powder on SU Whisper White cardstock. Then with distress inks and tools (one for each color), I added the color with circular motions using the four inks shown in the picture. When finished, I wiped off the excess ink that may have been on the white embossing, spritzed water and dabbed that off. The two to the right, I did a rainbow effect which you'll see later...
 
Day 6... Using this Penny Black image, I heat embossed it with Versamark and black embossing powder on watercolor paper using my MISTI. Using my ZIG Clean Color brushes, I colored in the images...

Day 7... These four images are a Stampin' Up product that my friend Susan Moll brought on her last visit to my house. I stamped in Versamark and used white embossing powder on watercolor paper. I used my Derwent Inktense pencils on these.  First, laying down the color, then going in with a water brush to "move" the color...
 
 Day 8... turned all that coloring into cards.  YAY! A dozen more for my stash...
 
This is the one I mentioned that was done in rainbow colors. I think it's my favorite of those four. The sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp set called "Like Your Style"...
 
 The sentiment is a wood block from Hero Arts...
 
This one, I nearly destroyed with the black spatter... grrr. All that work and I almost had to circular file it. The sentiment is a single rubber stamp I picked up at a Stamp Show last October and I never wrote down who it was from... my bad!
 
So, a rather productive four days! The next four will be spent driving to Ohio and back and having company for the weekend. That's how it goes you know... ;)
 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Thirty Days of Coloring, Days 1 thru 4...

I thought I'd try my hand at the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Day 1, I was still in Ohio with NO supplies. Day 2, I gathered together my supplies and images to get a running start in the morning. Day 3, I started coloring and Day 4, finished coloring and turned these images into cards...
 
One image I had colored MONTHS ago when I visited and stamped these at my friend Susan's house. I'd long forgotten what Zig Clean Color Brushes I had used. I don't even know whose image it is... sorry. I wasn't at all happy with my coloring. I just don't use these enough. The old adage that practice makes perfect, is true to the core... :)
 
 However comma, this is a great example of how adding other elements can take the focus away from the mediocre coloring...
 
After using my stitched die, I popped him over the twine. I toned down the red striped layer by adding vellum over top. On the image itself, I added sequins and put glossy accents on the penguins Santa hats.  Not bad, eh?! AND I'll count these as four towards my five Christmas cards a month challenge. YAY! I'm early... :)


Friday, February 17, 2017

Now THESE are Christmas cards...

 It's SOOOO awesome to have crafty friends that like to share. I borrowed this Stampin' Up set and matching dies from my friend Susan Moll, who lives just over the border in PA. Occasionally, I stop and have lunch with her on my return trips from OH. This set is called "Star of Light".  I was blown away by the beauty when I finished.  AND, it was pretty simple to do.  Using my MISTI, I stamped the swirl and sentiment on SU Whisper White. I die-cut out the large star and popped the whole panel on some SU Night of Navy.  In the center is either a star cut from gold glitter paper OR silver mirror paper and mounted on another gold or silver on Night of Navy.  No dimension on that layer.  I put a white pearl in the center of each flake and Pretty Pink Posh sequins for some bling...
 
 I can't decide if I love the gold the best...
 
Or silver... either way, I've just added eight more cards to my Christmas stash and completed my February challenge with IONS to go... :)


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

It's a SNOWMAN... can it count as Christmas?

 This card was kicking my butt yesterday. Not because it was complicated but because I'm HORRIBLE at math and had to cut several frames on my Silhouette until I got it right... grrr. Where the heck is the Ernman when you need him? I also had trouble with embossing the sentiment. When I did it directly on the cardstock like the bottom middle, the word "warmest" seemed smished. So, I redid it on the white strip and that was better...
 
The image was sent to me by my friend Sherry. I colored it at Susan's with Copics last week.  It must not have been Copic friendly paper as I had some bleeding at the ruffles of his scarf.  HOWEVER, it looks like I planned that, right?!! Ok, I'm going with it... don't you just LOVE how I feathered the edges of his scarf? Radical Chuck!! I added some bling and I'm calling it my FIVE for February Christmas cards...


Thursday, January 26, 2017

Flower Power and Friends...

 I colored these images with Copics at my friend Susan's house over the weekend.  The daisies were stamped and traded with my other friend Susan. They are by Stampendous called "Daisy Thanks". The "thanks" die-cuts were traded with my friend Sherry, probably by Lawn Fawn since I OWN the "smile" die-cut and IT'S by Lawn Fawn.  My friend Rhoda gave me a gift certificate to JoAnn's where I purchased craft foam to use behind my cards for dimension. A new craze I wanted to try out...
 
 The stitched die-cut is from Gina Marie Designs, recommended by my friend Sherry...
 

 This stamp is a wood mount by Northwoods Rubber Stamps, no name and came out in 2012.  I've used it many times. The sentiment is also wood mount made by Printworks. Burlap twine from my Etsy shoppe (shop HERE) , sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and a tiny butterfly from a SU Embosslits called "Beautiful Wings"....
 
 I did glitter all the calla lilies but this one really stands out... maybe a bit much?
 
I'm still not sold on the white ribbon. From my stash, probably from Michaels, but maybe too over powering? Let me know what you think? ALSO, which card is your favorite? Inquiring minds want to know... :)