Saturday, September 20, 2014

5 days left, link up for Pan Pastel prize!

Hurry and get your Autumn/leaves project linked for an awesome prize from Pan Pastel, a Donna Downey mixed media kit!  Ends 9/24/14

http://mountainplainscrafters2.blogspot.com/2014/08/new-challenge-at-mpc-link-up-your.html?m=0

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Glitter Christmas card

I've made this card for a couple challenges:
 Waffle Flower Crafts and 
 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  

At Waffle Flower, there are 2 ways to enter your project:  a sketch card or build a scene.  I went with the sketch as seen here:
I used a lot of elements on this card, most of which are pictured below, but the stamps are all from the Waffle Flower set "A Homemade Christmas".  For Simon Says Stamps, the challenge is to make a tag or incorporate a tag into your project. 

This was a 2 day project as I used shimmer paint and did some mixed media on the base tag and it needed to dry overnight.  First, I took the Joy stamp and inked all over the tag with Versamark clear ink, then heat embossed with Ranger white embossing powder.

 
  Next, I painted the tag with green shimmer paint and allowed to dry.  I used the same shimmer paint (mixed with a bit of water on an acrylic block) on the trees, painting the stamp and inking on watercolor paper, even experimenting with different shades and generation stamping.

 

Day two, I inked the painted tag with white ink, allowed to dry, then used a damp cloth to wipe and remove some of the white, leaving a textured look.  I also used the tag re-inforcer die from Waffle Flowers and a scrap piece of green paper to use on the smaller tag.  I added mini glue dots to the trees and sprinkled with extra fine red glitter, pressing into the dots and shaking off excess.
It was a lot of work but fun work!  Hope you like it.  :)

P.S.  We're having a fun challenge over at Mountain Plains Crafters so hop on over and enter a project for a cool prize.  Ends 9/24/14.

Supplies: Waffle Flower "A Homemade Christmas" stamp set, My Mind's Eye Mistletoe Magic designer paper, mini glue dots, Basic Grey candy buttons, May Arts Ribbon 2 mm red bakers twine, Martha Stewart gold ink, Spellbinders Luscious Lime Silk Luster, red extra fine glitter, Versamark clear ink, embossing buddy, Ranger white embossing powder
 

Supplies not pictured:  Tombow Xtreme adhesive tape, Tombow hook and loop fastener (inside card, holding twine), American Crafts Rouge ink, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush, Crafter's Essentials wipes (to clean my acrylic block), Recollections white ink, Scotch foam dots, American Crafts glitter tape in red and green, Waffle Flower tag re-inforcer die

#waffleflowercrafts #Cre8time #simonsaysstamps

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pirates and Treasure card

So, today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day.  Seriously.  Who knew?  Well, the girls over at Mountain Plains Crafters knew.  We all made a project that you can check out here AND..... there's some blog candy a.k.a. buried treasure to be found too, but first, I thought I'd give you a little info on my pirate card and talk about one particular pirate fan in my household.

When my son was but a wee babe, I actually dressed him as a Pirate and decorated his stroller for a parade we were participating in.  You could say we had a Pirate in the making.  As my guy grew, he became a big fan of all things Pirate.  One year we took him to a Live Dora the Explorer show which was, of couse, thematically a Pirate show. 


Around that same age of 5 or 6, we had birthday invitations made with my son posing with his best scowl.  Later on, Pirates of the Caribbean became all the rage and my son was a wannabe pirate, replete with a McDonald's happy meal skull cap and braids.
To make this card, I rummaged around my 12 year old son's room until I found what I was looking for.  One of the few things that never got tossed was this Disney Pirates of the Caribbean map.  I salvaged the part that DIDN'T have scribble all over it  No, I didn't feel bad chopping up a piece of my son's past.  It was a mess anyway, plus, now I have a fabulous new card that I can do something wonderful with.

To get the burned look, I tore the edges and inked it with distress ink.  The sentiment was stamped on watercolor paper, inked in distress ink and waterered with a paintbrush, also torn and edged with more distress ink and splattered red misting paint.  I used a white gel pen to draw lines to the treasure, stamping a white star marking the spot.  The pirate skull was fussy cut from the same map and the ship and coins are from a pirate button kit.   Love how it turned out!

Now for the blog candy.......I have a crafty goody grab bag I'll be giving away valued at $10.00.  Scroll to the bottom of the post to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.  Winner will be announced Monday, Sept. 22nd.  Good Luck!

 *I'm also entering this into the Unity Stamps Friends with Flair challenge.  Check it out here and enter a project of your own!*



**Unity Stamps and Tombow are proud sponsors of Mountain Plains Crafters - if you would like to sponsor MPC, please contact Terri at mountainplainscrafters at gmail dot com


Supplies: Unity Stamp Co Halloween Chatter kit, Unity Stamp Co Splatters & Stars set, Dress it Up Pirate buttons, Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner, Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, October Afternoon Sprinklers Red Wagon, Gelly Roll white pen, Recollections white ink, craft twine, Stamper's Secret Weapon by Sizzix and Stephanie Barnard, Ranger mini blending tool, foam dots, Re-purposed Disney Pirates of the Caribbean map


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, September 15, 2014

Stamping....an Art

I saw a statement recently from a lady who doesn't "get" stamping.  I understand that mindset, as I too didn't understand the appeal at one time in my life. 
 
That statement got me to thinking.  If you're reading this, you are most likely a creative person, interested in crafting perhaps?  After all, this is part of who I am and part of my personal blog.  Or, you're one of my family members or friends just checking in and seeing what I'm up to today!
 
We all know, art comes in many forms.  As a kid, I loved art.  I excelled in classes, maintaining a sketch book and drawing in it every chance I got.   Eventually, on into the high school years, other things took over my life and art was put on the backburner.  It wasn't until about 5 years ago that a friend introduced me to scrapbooking.  I was in love!  All my creative juices started flowing again.  There's a satisfaction that comes from visualizing something and bringing it to life.
 
As an artist, we are influenced by other creators.  We learn new techniques, new tricks, increase our knowledge and add newly learned skills to our repertoire.   When the desire to create was renewed, stamping was not at the top of my list.  However, there were many in my crafty circle who did stamp.  At the crops I went to, I would walk around, see who was doing what, ask questions and file away that information.  I'm not even sure how I got started stamping.  I do remember picking up a few stamps from our local craft store.  The next thing I know, I'm an avid user of Unity Stamps and a member of their Show and Tell group. 
 
About a year later, my crafty life changed dramatically.  I was approached by two online friends at Unity to join them in a new venture which became Mountain Plains Crafters.  Three months later, I'm guest blogging for the Craft and Hobby Association 2014 Paper Arts show and I've got some other fires in the pot as well.   All this, since taking up paper, scissors and stamps.
 
Are you also one who doesn't "get" the technique of stamping?   Give it a try.  It might just take you places you never even dreamed of.
 
"To understand the art of stamping, think of the stamp as a shell.  It's your job to fill in that shell and build around it.  Truly, no two shells are alike."  Terri Burson, artist, blogger and occasional poet, copyright 2014
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Gold Rush card

When Kinnari Zaveri, owner of Pinkfresh Studio says she wants you to make a gold project, what do you do?  You go make a gold card! 
  
We met and had a lovely chat at the Craft and Hobby Association's Paper Arts trade show in July 2014.  She is a super sweet lady and makes really cool, trendy embellishments.  I thought I would join in the fun so I started out with this beautiful piece of handmade paper, all the way from Nepal.  I purchased this while I was at the trade show and this was the perfect opportunity to put it to use. 
In fact, the TCW stencil and the Crafter's Essential products that I'll be using also came from the Paper Arts show. 
So first....I used the Crafter's Essential Easy See tape to hold down my stencil.
 
Next, I punched several 3/4" circles and placed randomly over some stencil holes.  You'll see why in a minute.
I had a little trouble getting my gold sequins out of the box, so for the first time, I tried out the Easy Grip and it worked great!  Just a little dab on my finger was all it took.
 
 
 
I've got this great sentiment kit from Unity Stamps called, "All About You".  I lined up several random words from the kit to stamp over the stencil.  I'm going to stamp all over the stenciled paper with the entire block of words, saving those circles.....
 
 
Now, those white circles that I used to block out over the stencil?  I used those circles as additional embellishment, raising some with foam dots.  I inked them with Martha Stewart gold ink, painted with Clearsnap Goldrush Smooch Glitz and added some extra gold glitter.  Isn't it pretty?
 
The added embellishments are the May Arts Ribbon natural twine and the neon drop sticker from Pinkfresh Studio, sequins are Pretty Pink Posh and Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper.   I'm entering this card into the gold challenge at Pinkfresh Studio and Unity Friends with Flair.
 
Kinnari, how'd I do?  #grin
 
 
**Unity Stamp Co, May Arts Ribbon, Tombow and Clearsnap are proud sponsors of  Mountain Plains Crafters.  If you'd like to be a sponsor, please contact Attn: Terri, mountainplainscrafters at gmail dot com (I'm still looking for a "bling" sponsor!)
 
 Supplies: Unity Stamp Co All About you sentiment kit, Pinkfresh Studio neon drop stickers, Pretty Pink Posh lemon drop sequins, Maggie Holmes Crate Paper gold sequins, Yellow Stickles glitter glue, Crafter's Essentials Easy Grip and See Thru tape, My Minds Eye designer paper, TCW stencil, Tombow Xtreme adhesive runner, Clearsnap Goldrush Smooch Glitz, Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy distress ink
 
#Cre8time #CHASHOW #PINKFRESHSTUDIO

Winter Owl Greetings

 We're going critter crazy over at Mountain Plains Crafters.  Just for fun, the girls decided we should all make a critter card, so each of us picked a different animal.  This is my first time inking up this little guy who I've nicknamed "Harvey", haha.  He came from a mystery grab bag over at Unity Stamps.  I painted him on watercolor paper with my brown Tim Holtz distress marker, watercoloring in places and used a white gel pen.  He was fussy cut and propped up behind the branch. 
Isn't he adorable?  You can't tell from this picture but I painted over the sentiment with my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush.  It is so gorgeous in person!
 
The branch is courtesy of my yard and the sparkly snow is from Doodlebug Design, Chunky glitter in Lily White, on top of The Rubber Cafe's Scrap Happy white glue.
 
You should know, that the sentiment did not come with that sweet owl although the speech bubble did.  I masked the sentiment and added a different one (Unity Stamp October kit of the month 2013 Oh Christmas Tree).  The sentiment fit perfectly inside the speech bubble!  I'll betcha this kit will go on sale soon, so bookmark it and check back.  It's one fabulous kit and one of my favorites.
 
 
 
Not one to let a cute card go to waste, I'm entering this card into several challenges:
 
#Cre8time #CHASHOW
 
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Rainbow Doily card

I woke up super early this morning and couldn't go back to sleep, a.k.a go finish a card.
This bold and bright card is complements of the DCWV stack, Prism Play and Spellbinders Celebra'tions Doily Art embossing folder.
 
Quick rundown:  After embossing my paper, I sanded it a bit to enhance the doily.  The sentiment was heat embossed and is from the "Many Words" Spellbinders Celebrations stamp set.  Those sweet colorful neon drop stickers are from Pinkfresh Studio.  It only took a few products to make this super cool, simple card.  Love it!   I plan on entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge using stamps.  They're having a big Stamp-tember celebration and I think this card fits in perfectly.  :) 
 
 
 
 
#Cre8time #Richardgaray 

Scripture Doily card

Here's a lovely card using a Unity Stamp Co "Vintage Scripture" sentiment.  I adore scripture sentiments and have used this stamp numerous times.  I've also created a doily with Spellbinders Celebra'tions Doily Art Embossing folder.  I inked it twice, first with Golden Glow Spellbinders ink, then ran it through my Cuttlebug again after stamping Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass ink.  I actually inked the folder itself rather than the paper. 
 
Next,  I did some paper piercing to enhance the doily effect, using my Stamper's Secret Weapon.  If you're a crafter, you need one of these.  I love mine!  Find out about it here
 
All these lovely goodies, lying on top of this pretty Heirloom paper from Kaisercraft and twinkling with Maggie Holmes butterflies and May Arts Ribbon twine.  I love how it turned out.  I'm entering this project into the Friends with Flair challenge at Unity Stamps and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge using stamps.  Come join in on the fun!
 
 
 
 
 
Supplies: Kaisercraft Heirloom paper pad, Spellbinders Celebra'tions Golden Glow ink and Doily Art embossing folder, Zing black opaque embossing powder, Unity Stamps Vintage Scripture set, May Arts ribbon natural twine, Tombow Hook & Loop Fastener tabs, Tombow X-treme adhesive runner, Maggie Holmes foil butterflies, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink, The Paper Studio kraft card 5x7, October Afternoon Cakewalk die cut (not pictured), Sizzix Stamper's Secret Weapon and paper piercer
 
#Cre8time #CHASHOW

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Vintage and Modern = one cool Santa

Today I received some goodies from Pretty Little Studio and being the impatient crafter that I am, I of course had to dive right in. . I love this vintage Santa from their Jolly Santa Vintage Tags collection.  So, I decided to work around him.

I just finished another card using this striped stamp from Spellbinders and thought it would be perfect as a red/green candy striped washi style accent.


This was a quick, easy card which I'm coming to appreciate more and more these days.  I added some enamel dots and then the sentiment which was perfect!  It's from Waffle Flower and part of their new "A Homemade Christmas" set.

So, who's started their Christmas shopping??  (Not me!)


SUPPLIES:


Spellbinders Celebrations Tape It stamps, Pretty Little Studio Jolly santa vintage tags, American Crafts Rouge ink, Powder Puff Limeade ink, Studio Calico enamel dots, Waffle Flower A Homemade Christmas stamp set, Tombow Xtreme adhesive, foam dots

Monday, September 1, 2014

Don't labor today, make a 10 minute card!

Today is Labor Day, which for me, means time in the craft room.  Yay!  I thought it would be fun to make a quick, easy card using some fabulous, new products.



The wonderful folks over at Crafter's Essentials/Lee Products sent me some goodies to try out.  I was already a huge fan of the hand cleaning pads, so today I'm using those, along with the Easy See tape.  I've been working on a custom order, so I thought I would naturally incorporate these products into my project.

I started with a pretty piece of DCWV plaid adhesive backed paper.  Trim to size, peel the backing and done!

Next up is inking my Spellbinders stamped images with the new Golden Glow and Pretty Plum ink, also Spellbinders.  I used 3 different stamps from the Spellbinders Celebra'tions Tape It and Just Because sets. 

The Crafter's Essentials wipes go SUCH a long way in cleaning up my mess!  Not only for my inky hands, but I cleaned all 3 of my stamps with the same pad.  I'm telling you people, these wipes clean stamps like a dream!  I've also used them to clean my craft mat when I'm all done.

Next, I cut my flower images using the coordinating dies through my Cuttlebug.  I took a piece of the Easy See tape and used it as a shim to keep my die from moving.  You can use that same little strip over and over and over....peels off so easy!  Of course, I'm a thrifty crafter so I stuck that piece of tape on the edge of my desk to use again on a later project.


Lastly, I used some quick supplies from my stash to embellish my card; Lawn Fawn grass die, Freckled Fawn neon enamel dots, and May Arts Ribbon in the chevron green stripe design.


Quick and easy card that could be used for any type of celebration!  And, bonus?  Quick and easy cleanup with the Crafter's Essentials products!




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Paper pierced leaves

There's a fun link up challenge going on over at Mountain Plains Crafters.  Make a leaf or autumn project and link it to the challenge for the chance to win a nice prize from Pan Pastel. 

I did a little paper piercing with my Stampers Secret Weapon by Stephanie Barnard.  I used all the items below, including products from Kaisercraft, Tombow, Unity Stamps, Um Wow Studio, Teresa Collins, Sizzix, Spellbinders Celebrations ink and FabScraps embellishments.

This is the first time I've used the Tombow mono glue.  Wow, I had no idea it dries so quick.  I love it! 





Supplies:  Unity Stamp Co, Kaisercraft Heirloom pad, Tombow Mono Aqua glue and Xtreme permanent adhesive, Sizzix Stampers Secret Weapon, Teresa Collins Vintage Finds twine, FabScraps burlap twine, UmWow Studio wood sequins, Spellbinders Celebrations Golden Glow ink

Friday, August 29, 2014

Halloween treats and tags w/Unity Stamps & Spellbinders Celebra'tions

Besides crafting, one of my favorite things to do is buy clearanced treat boxes and bags at Target, in particular, at 90% off, haha.  It's usually the seasonal ones that I go for.  I'd rather buy super cheap, pre-made boxes and devote more time to creating treats to go in and outside the box.
 
 



So, I snagged a set of these Halloween boxes last year for, oh, 39 cents!  And, this shiny white bag was from a Christmas sale last year.   I picked up several of those as well.  I thought it would be fun to stamp a fun Halloween image on the bag, but, I wasn't sure if ink would adhere to this material, so I decided to heat emboss, being very careful not to overheat and burn this thin material or cause excessive puckering.

 

I grabbed this cute witches hat from the Unity Stamp Halloween Chatter set and used Versamark clear ink, then sprinkled black embossing powder, tapping the excess through the material onto a scrap piece of blank sticker paper.  After putting the excess powder back in the jar, I put the paper back in the bag to keep the heat away from the other side of the bag.  I then added a thin strip of orange glitter adhesive tape to the hat.




The tags were made with the brand new Spellbinders SWEET TREATS matching stamp and die tag set.  Let me tell you, these stamps and tag dies are HUGE!  Spellbinders was kind enough to send me this set in the mail, after my guest blogger stint at the CHA Paper Arts show in Atlanta last month (thanks, Dave!)  Who can say that they received personal instruction from Richard Garay himself, the designer of this kit?  I can, that's who!  #grin 
 
I used everything you see below, embellishing with May Arts Ribbon twine and Freckled Fawn neon dots.  Those cute bats were also heat embossed and fussy cut, from the Unity Stamp Kooky Spooky and Batty set.  Have I told you how much I love Unity Stamps?  Well I do and if you could see my stash in my craft room, you would know! 
 
 
Come and join in!



Additional Supplies:  Spellbinders Celebrations Odacious Orange ink, Basic grey black candy buttons, Memento luxe black ink, Zing black opaque embossing powder, American crafts glitter adhesive tape, heating tool 
 
#CHASHOW #RICHARDGARAY #CRE8TIME

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Falling Leaves and Giveaway at MPC!

We're having another challenge giveaway over at Mountain Plains Crafters and the theme is Leaves/Autumn.  You can incorporate one or both in your project for a chance to win a sweet prize from Pan Pastel; a Donna Downey mixed media kit!
 
For my project, I did some heat embossing with this leaf stamp from Unity Stamps and used several inks (Spellbinders and Tim Holtz) with a blending tool, splattered some October Afternoon sprinklers paint, sprayed Clearsnap Smooch Spritz and embellished with items from one of my favorite companies: Unity Stamp Co
 
I recently ordered a mystery goodie bag from them and was pleasantly surprised to find some awesome products from FabScraps included.  I adore FabScraps and had the opportunity to meet Laura (all the way from South Africa!) at the Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts show in Atlanta earlier last month.  She is so sweet!  I also purchased some lovely FabScraps products, while there, to bring home and share with the design team at Mountain Plains Crafters.
 
The jeweled flower, which I blinged out a bit, and the cloth tag are FabScraps products from the goodie bag.  I stamped the tag with a masked sentiment from the "All about you" sentiment kit from Unity (created by Tifany DeGough) and added some May Arts Ribbon kraft twine and natural twine and some brand new scalloped edging ribbon from their new release.
 
Come link up your new project at Mountain Plains Crafters here.  Ends 9/24/14.  Share the link with your crafty friends too!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Supplies:  Tim Holtz brushed corduroy and tumbled glass distressed ink, Spellbinders Celebrations Golden Glow ink, Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in Cashmere, October Afternoon Sprinklers in Witches Brew and Jack O'Lantern, May Arts Ribbon kraft twine, natural twine and scalloped edges, FabScraps Jeweled flower and canvas tag, Studio Calico enamel dots, Queen and Company blue bubbles, Ranger white embossing powder, Versamark clear ink, Maggie Holmes sequins
 
#CHASHOW #SPELLBINDERS #FABSCRAPS #UNITYSTAMPCO #CLEARSNAP #MAYARTSRIBBON #PANPASTEL

Friday, August 22, 2014

Cutting Edge Blog Hop @ Pretty Pink Posh

There's a pretty cool blog hop going on over at Pretty Pink Posh, maker of all things sequins, dies, stamps and general cuteness!  When I saw all the fun going on and the sponsors, I had to jump in.

As luck would have it, I just got this new stamp set from Waffle Flower last week.  It's their brand new "A Homemade Christmas" set.  When I saw that they were a sponsor for the hop I decided to break in my new stamps.

I'd been pondering what to make, and all my crafty thoughts went straight into this gorgeous teal/gold panel card.  One of the requirements is that you use a die, so I went for my Lil Inker Designs Stitched oval mat frame.  The rest of my supply list can be found below.

Follow this link to the Cutting Edge Blog Hop with Pretty Pink Posh and check it out.  Even if you don't enter a project, you might still win a prize.  Be sure you read the rules for the hop entries.  Good luck and I'd love it if you leave me some bloggy love!



Supplies:  Pretty Pink Posh yellow sequins, Waffle Flower A Homemade Christmas stamp set, Lil Inker Designs stitched oval mat frame, Spellbinders Golden Glow ink, Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink, Inkssentials mini blending tool, Memento Luxe black ink, Stickles yellow glitter glue, My Mind's Eye 6x6 Remarkable paper pad, We R Memory Keepers large enamel dot, Zing aqua embossing powder, Versamark ink, American Cradts adhesive glitter tape, May Arts Ribbon natural twine, pop dots



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spellbinders Birthday Flower card

I need to make some all occasion cards that can be mass produced but not take an extreme amount of time to create.
 
So I turned to my new Spellbinders Celebra'tions Just Because set.  I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the creator of this collection, Richard Garay himself (eek!), during my recent guest blogger stint at the CHA Paper Arts show in Atlanta.
 
 
The thing I love about this set? Sentiments, shapes and dies, all in one pretty little package!  Perfection!  16 fun pieces to work with that are so versatile.  The sentiments font has a bit of a Celtic look to it which I find very interesting.
 
I started with a gorgeous piece of We R Memory Keepers orange wash designer paper from the Inked Rose pad and embossed it with this embossing folder, then added a strip of orange polka dot washi tape from Queen and Company.  
 
Next, I stamped a bunch of the larger flowers (I'm going to layer these) with Spellbinders Celebra'tions ink using the Odacious Orange, Captivating Coral and Golden Glow.  I cut the images using the dies with my die cutting machine, including cutting several of the larger circles as a raised embellishment on the flower.  Remember, I'm mass producing, so I did a bunch at once to save time. 
 
Lastly, I layered my flowers and painted some Clearsnap Smooch Glitz in Frost for a sparkly, shiny effect, raised the center with pop dots and added a Freckled Fawn neon enamel dot.  This was placed on a piece of vellum embellished with Queen and Company orange bubbles and my stamped sentiment.
 
 
 
Next time, I think I'll try heat embossing that sentiment in white but for mass production, simple stamping was the way to go.
#CHASHOW

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Summer card with homemade washi tape

We're having a fun show-n-tell this weekend at Mountain Plains Crafters and the theme is end of summer/back to school.  I hit a bit of a creative block, so I decided to try this tutuorial I had bookmarked awhile back, how to make homemade washi tape, found here.  I used a microporous medical tape as opposed to the thicker kind that has ridges, and veered from the tutorial a bit, using my Ranger Inkssentials mini blending tool instead of baby wipes to blend.  I laid out a couple of wide strips on a large acrylic block, then cut into smaller strips with my Cutterbee retractable craft knife, then inked the tape with my new Spellbinders ink.  (Gifted items from the Spellbinders workshop at the Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts show.  Love this ink!!)
 
 
 
Next, I picked out a couple of fun Unity Stamps to ink over the colored washi tape with Tim Holtz Brushed Cordoroy distress ink, and let dry overnight.
 
 
The next day, I gently peeled the strips off the block and placed on white cardstock and trimmed.  I could have separated the strips and had a gap inbetween, but I opted not to for this card.  Might try that next time.
 
It looks so much brighter on the white cardstock background!  Love it.  The finishing touches are Doodlebug Design fishes (samples from CHA-thanks Doodlebug!), Queen and Company orange buttons and blue bubbles, orange jute cord, burlap ribbon with a raised bubble sticker, designer paper from Colorbok (green striped) and Woodgrain cardstock from Crate Paper Maggie Holmes, one of my favorite stacks ever!  I am in love with this cute summer card.  Hope you get inspired to try a new technique next time you need to get out of a crafty funk.....
 
I also plan on entering this into the Unity Friends with Flair Challenge this week.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Blogiversary WINNER!!

Well, I was going to wait and announce this on the actual day of my Blogiversary which is Friday August 15th, but I'll be out of town and besides.....I can't hold a secret that long!

Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrate my 1 year anniversary of crafty blogging.  It's been a fabulous year with the start up of Mountain Plains Crafters and my guest blogger stint at the Craft and Hobby Association Paper Arts show in Atlanta recently.....

So, without further ado....via Rafflecopter, the winner is.....

Congratulations Kathy!  I'll shoot you an email and get your prize to you.

Autumn Gold Foil card w/tag

 I am so ready for Fall to get here.  I've never been much of a summer girl, especially where we live in the South.  It's hot, muggy, and all the mosquitos within a 50 mile radius find their way to me.  Nobody else, just me.  I can go to a baseball game and everyone around me is fine.  Me, on the other hand, I'm jumping up and down, scratching, griping about the bug spray that never works.....so yeah, not a summer girl.

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  Always has been.  I love the chill in the air, the leaves changing, and pumpkins on every corner. 

With that in mind, I picked up this gorgeous S.E.I. paper pad from the Scrapbook Expo last month.  It has the most luscious kraft and foil papers in colors ranging from gold, silver, purple and blue.  I'd been looking for foil papers to do some embossing so this girl snatched it right up.  Isn't it beautiful?




I embossed the gold foil paper with my leaf folder and Cuttlebug.  Who knew it would be so difficult to take a picture of gold foil??  It kept picking up the blue shirt I was wearing in the background.  But it is so pretty in person.  Next, I made a tag with another piece of paper from the same pack, a chevron gold and kraft design.  This was embossed and cut with Spellbinders new Celebra'tions Pierced Rectangles dies.  I created a mini tag with the words Happy Fall (Unity Stamp Co) embossed in white Ranger embossing powder and cut with Lil Inkers Design stitched tag die. 

For the leaves, I have another Unity stamp that I used by stamping with glue onto textured cardstock, then sprinkling fine gold glitter and setting slightly with a heat tool.  Be sure you've got some heavy duty wipes to clean off any excess glue if you try this.  I used Crafter's Essential hand wipes for my hands and stamps.  It cleans stamps like a dream!  The finishing touches were some May Arts Ribbon natural twine and Queen and Company orange bubbles and buttons.  Hurry up Fall, and get here!



I plan on entering this project into the SEI Lifestyle challenge and the Unity Friends with Flair challenge this week.