Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Masculine Cards

Hello, I hope you are having a good week; thank you for stopping by.  It has been a while since my last blog post so I am thankful that you have taken the time to drop in today.

Here is a look at the card that I am featuring today. 

I made this card for my husband for Valentine’s Day.  He enjoys everything rustic, country, western or cowboy related.  Sometimes I think he was born in the wrong era but I digress.  My passion is making scenic cards and since my husband has a love for the old west and for horses I thought that I would make him a scenic card with horses running wild. 

To make the card I began with a 4.25” x 5.5” piece of Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock.  Using my eBrush airbrush machine and my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers I airbrushed the background.  I started by using a very pale golden brown (GB1) to lay down an oval halo of color leaving the center of the cardstock white.  Switching to a little darker color (GB3) I layered on another halo of color around the outer edges first color overlapping most of the first color but leaving some of the GB1 in the center.  I continued to build layers of colors concentrating mostly on the bottom half of the card progressing darker by two tones deeper each time until I had reached GB8.  At this point I thought that the background looked pretty good.

Next using some stamps sets from Gina K Designs designed by Theresa Momber I stamped the images.  The first stamp I used was Theresa’s Winter Trees Framescape set but I didn’t want the whole scene of the stamp and I didn’t want the lines of the frame so using my stamp positioner and a piece of acetate laid over my airbrushed cardstock in the positioner I began testing my scene.  After a just a couple of tries I had a layout that I was happy with so I removed the acetate and began by inking up just the left bank of trees from the framescape stamp in Gina K Dark Chocolate Brown ink.  I wiped off any ink that was on the edge of the stamp that I didn’t want and stamped it to the left side of my cardstock.  Then I moved onto the rocky ridge stamp that is in the same stamp set as the Winter Trees framescape and again stamped it in GK Dark Chocolate Brown ink.  Once I had the mountain ridge and trees stamped out I stamped the horses from Theresa’s Out West 2 set.  At first I stamped them in the same dark chocolate brown ink but I didn’t like it so with the magic of my stamp positioner allowing me to re-stamp in exactly the same place I chose to stamp the horses again in Gina K Block Onyx ink.  This made the horses appear more in the foreground than the brown ink did.  At this point I pulled my cardstock out of my stamp position and placed a post-it note in and stamped off the horses to use as a mask with the residual ink that was on the stamp.  I fussy cut the horses and put my cardstock and with the mask in place back into my positioner and using a texture stamp from Stampscapes and GK Warm Cocoa ink I stamped all around the foreground creating the appearance of grass around the horses.  I also used the two grass sprig stamps from the Winter Trees Framescapes set for added interest.  Using a few of my markers I also added some shadowing to the ridge lines and the land around the trees.  I also added a bit of shadow behind the mountain peaks for depth and a little shadow under the horses’ feet and tails.  I didn’t want to add too much color because I wanted to keep to the monochromatic look.

Finally I added a Valentine greeting and a few birds to the sky.  I ended up cutting down the image to 4” x 5.25” so I could have a dark brown card base and matted look.  I finished the inside with a sentiment I printed directly onto cardstock from my computer about how grateful I am for helping me through some rough times and always being there with his love and support.  Not exactly those words but you get the idea.  The card brought a small tear to his eye which really touched me.

In the same theme of rustic I also made this card for his birthday which was just a couple of weeks ago.  He has placed both up on the entertainment center to enjoy which if you know my husband is somewhat of a compliment since he usually just leaves his cards laying on the coffee table until they are buried by other junk or mail and forgets about them.

If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear them. 

Thank you for visiting me today.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

It's so hard to believe that it is Halloween again.  Halloween is one of my favorite times of year.  I used to decorate our yard to be a haunted hillside graveyard and we would get kids trick-or-treating from all over town.  They would come by just to see what we had done that year.  My family and I would play tricks and scare the little kiddies and hand out candy and toys.  We and the community all had so much fun!

My daughter and I also used to have an annual tradition of watching the original Halloween movies, the Elm Street series and even some very old horror films that I grew up watching with my mom.  This is the first Halloween that she hasn't been around for our tradition and I really miss it.

Now we live in a city apartment and my daughter has moved away but I still like to do some decorating.  I even use some of my cards to decorate around the house with.  Why not?

Here is some paper and vinyl crafting that I did using my Cricut.  I love how they turned out.

Luminary Front

Luminary Back

Haunted House & Scary Tree

...and here are a few cute cards that I have made and wanted to share.
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Have a Happy and Safe Halloween Everyone!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday again…

It’s Monday again so that means that I am back at my regular job and won’t get any crafty time in for a few days but I did get some time in over the weekend.  Here are a few cards that I made:
All are fairly simple and uses one of my favorite techniques, dry embossing.  I really like the nice clean but textured look that layering a dry embossed panel gives to a card.  It allows the focal point to stand out but adds so much subtle detail to the overall look. 
Also this weekend I played around with my newest toy from Crafter’s Companion – The Diamond Press Die Cutting and Embossing Machine.  It’s a tiny, extremely portable machine that makes perfect little tags and accents for card makers.  I had to test out all of the various dies and embossing folders that came in the kit and ended up with a bunch of tiny pieces of cuteness on my desktop so I assembled this card from many of them.  This little machine will probably be my go to for embellishments, tags and sentiments since it’s so easy, fast and portable.

I hope you had a crafty weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

One Die - Two Cards

Hi!  Today I’d like to share a couple of cards that I made this week using some dies that were created by Gina Marie Designs.  This was my first purchase of her dies.  I received the dies in about a week’s time and had to test them out right away, of course!  I have to say that I am really enjoying the trees background but my other favorite is the Calligraphy Sympathy die.  It’s so elegant, delicate and beautiful.

For the first card I created a sky background by using Broken China Distress ink.  I pounced my ink pad onto my craft mat then sprayed it with water that I had added perfect pearls to.  It made such a pretty shimmery blue “paint”.   I painted the ink onto a piece of 3 ½” x 5 1/2“ glossy cardstock and let it dry.  It really turned out pretty, I wish the camera could catch the shimmer better.

To a card base, I glued the sky background and some plain green cardstock to cover the front.  Then using a torn scrap of green glimmer vellum I layered that over the seam between the sky and the green ground creating the look of a grassy hill.  To that I added the die cut trees and the sympathy die cut sentiment.   Here is the completed card; I added a photo effect to enhance its feel but the colors are true:  

For the 2nd card I covered the front of a card base with some grassy looking pattern paper and layered the trees to create my scene.  To add interest to the scene I stamped and colored the wheel barrow from Gina K Designs “Autumn Wishes” stamp set and cut it out.  I also stamped the ladybug from the same set but in order to make it the right size I scanned it into my computer, reduced it, printed it out, colored it and then cut it out.  Isn’t she cute?  Finally I cut out some leaves that were part of a piece of pattern paper also from Gina K Designs and placed them in the wheel barrow.  I love how cute this card came out!

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my cards. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bloomin’ Hearts Valentine

Each year as I do more and more paper crafting I wish that I had my daughter’s childhood days back so that I could have fun making cool Valentine treats and cards for her friends but she is grown and living on her own so  I never bother making Valentine cards but when I started seeing other people posting cards they made using the new Stampin Up! Bloomin’ Hearts die I just had to get the Bloomin’ Hearts bundle.  The cards people were making were so simple yet so strikingly beautiful.  

I love sparkle (have I mentioned that my nickname is Sparklegirl?) so my first instinct once I received the set was to see how the die would cut glitter paper.  I found a deep ruby red piece of glitter paper from DCWV and gave it a try.  It cut quite well.  I did use a metal shim and I passed it through a few times to be sure it cut completely but it came out so nice that I had to use it on this card. 

To complete my card I layered the die cut on top of a 4” x 5.25” white piece of cardstock that was dry embossed using the Anna Griffin “Love” embossing folder; then I foam taped that onto a whisper white card base.  For the sentiment I used the “ribbon banner” and the “love you” stamp from the Bloomin’ Love stamp set in the Bloomin' hearts bundle.  I stamped them onto Vellum using Versamark and then heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Gold powder. 


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Stampin Up! Demonstrator

I'm a little excited about my new part-time job as a Stampin' Up demonstrator!  The Sale-A-Bration offer to join was just too good to pass up.  I was able to choose $155 worth of Stampin Up stamps, cardstock, ink and embellishments and I paid just $99 for all of it.  What I liked the most about Stampin Up's new demonstrator kit is that I got to choose exactly what I wanted in my kit instead of having to just accept what they decided for me.  It's a win win in my book!

Do you have a Stampin Up wish list?  You can shop for all of it here.  Do you have family and friends who also have a wish list?  Gather their orders together along with yours and potentially earn free product!  Who doesn't love free?  Contact me for more information

Be sure to check out the Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions catalogs.  They have some great new items and some of them you can earn for free just by purchasing any $50 in product; so stock up on your cardstock, get a few of the latest ink pads and have fun!

Flying Birthday Card - click here for directions and materials

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"Twas the Night Before Christmas

One of my favorite childhood memories was listening to "Twas the Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore being read before bedtime each Christmas Eve.  My mother knew the poem by heart and would simply recite it as I held the book and flipped the pages in synchrony.  In later years I would recite the same to my daughter each Christmas Eve and hopefully someday she will read the story to her children.  

I still love that book and I still remember the exact images even though the book is long gone.  On the last page was Santa in is sleigh flying over the moon and the rooftops wishing everyone a "Happy Christmas".  Here are a couple of Christmas cards with my version of that final scene.  I hope you like them and I hope that they bring back some wonderful memories for you.

The moons were masked and the sky inked.  The trees were stamped and dotted with a white jelly roll pen to add snow and then using a glitter pen I went back over and added sparkle to the snow and created Santa's trail.  Santa and his reindeer were colored with Spectrum Noir markers and each image was mounted on heavy weight cardstock.  The sentiments were both heat embossed in silver and finally I glued tiny little iridescent star confetti all over the night skies.  The glitter and shimmer isn't picked up well in these photos but in person they are really pretty.

Now who doesn't love reliving a fun memory like this?