Saturday, April 25, 2015

CAS Card And Inking With Cotton Balls

You know, I've tried a lot of techniques, usually something that was yanked from my brain.  After I've tested said technique, is when I investigate to see if it's been done before and in most cases, it has.  Todays project is no different.  I rarely research techniques before I try them.  As I've admitted in the past, I'm kind of stubborn that way.  Or maybe I should say, I rarely research ideas that come to me.  Now, if I know of a specific technique that I want to try, I definitely do my research.  Today, however, I decided to test out inking with cotton balls, no research required!  I tried several different looks before I settled on this box style.  

As you can see, I chose to go with a 2 color scheme, to keep it simple, which by the way, is the theme of the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week.  Here's the link if you'd care to join in:


I'm also entering this card into a few other challenges posted below.




I opted for a couple good and juicy inks that I have from Spellbinders and also because they are so bold in color.  These are from the Celebra'tions line; Captivating Coral and Odacious Orange.  

To begin, I used the orange and inked my cotton ball by directly applying it to the ink pad, then swiped a box shape, centered on a 6"x6" card.  Next, I followed the contour by swiping with  my next color.  There is no right or wrong here.  Dab some extra spots or add more color.  Simplicity is the key here.  When finished, I tapped some droplets of the Spellbinders Celebra'tions Silver Shimmer Silk Luster.


To pull this off, I need a really great sentiment.  I chose to ink up this new-to-me stamp from So Suzy Stamps.  This stamp is really large and is the star of the show and was inked with Ranger Adirondack Black ink. The colored backdrop is just that; a showcase for the sentiment.  You can find this stamp at the link below, along with the Doubleclick Skittles which are gorgeous little gems that look like colored water bubbles.  These are glued with Ranger Glossy Accents.




Entering these other challenges:




Thanks for letting me share my CAS card with you today! (CAS means clean and simple.  Yes, I had to ask that question once as well.)

You can purchase the #Spellbinders and Ranger products at my affiliate link below or click the banner:



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thanks Grandma

Look at this little blue eyed cutie.  It's getting close to that time of year, when we recognize the women in our lives.  My mom has been a God-send and always there when we need her.  I colored this little man to resemble my son and he'll give her this card for Mother's Day.  I imagine a few tears will probably be shed.  Happy tears, though.

These stamped images are from the Craftin' Desert Divas "Just For Mom" set.  Click that link and check out all the fun goodies that can be yours.  Shipping is super fast too.  Can we say bonus?!  I do believe that if you shop right now, you can get 10% off using code April so there's another bonus!  Enjoy shopping.....





Happy Mother's Day, Mom!



Additional supplies: Funhouse Carnival designer paper, felt flowers, Tombow dual brush pens, Ranger Adirondack black ink, Foam squares, Tombow Power Bond adhesive runner, scrap ribbon, Co'ordinations purple A2 size card

 Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links. Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Be Happy, Be Inspired

 It's been awhile since I've linked up with the Unity Stamp Company's Be Inspired Challenge.  This is a monthly event and I decided I'm long overdue.  So, I went with the color challenge.  You can also choose the card or layout sketch challenge for inspiration. 

For my project, I decided on a mixed media piece that features the September 2013 Kit of the Month, Happiness Has No Limit.  I did some watercoloring and added some glittered straw fibers, along with some Bo Bunny Pearlescent and Plaid Mod Podge Dimensional Glue for added texture.




 Look closely at the bottom and you can see that I've added layers of scrap paper that closely match the color scheme.  I've also "scrunched" up the paper to give what I like to call "scruffiness"!

This started out as a 6"x6" white card, but I really wanted to give it a unique shape, so I simply hand trimmed the bottom of the card with my scissors, along with the stacked papers so all the layers matched.


I used my Tombow Dual Brush Markers for all the coloring, directly inking my stamp with multiple colors, then adding additional color by spritzing water onto an acrylic block that had been swiped a few times with my markers.

Join in the fun and link up, if you have Unity Stamps.  The contest ends May 13th, 2015.

 

Challenge Link:



Monday, April 20, 2015

Birthday Flowers Card and a Challenge

I am currently in the mountains of Guntersville, AL, participating in a wonderful 3 day scrapping retreat.  We've laughed, we've sung to loud country music, we've stuffed ourselves silly and of course, I'm getting a lot of crafty stuff done.


Number one on the list?  Make some layouts of my son.  He has informed me that I've neglected the chronicling of his life, for cardmaking.  Ok, so he's right.  I'm knocking out some pages, but I also managed to squeeze in some cardmaking.  Shhh....don't tell!

There's a birthday card challenge going on over at So Suzy Stamps and today is Suzy's birthday!  I made a flower covered birthday card, with the sentiment inside.  What girl doesn't love getting flowers for her birthday?  Better yet?  These flowers last a lot longer.  I didn't have a birthday sentiment stamp from So Suzy, so instead, I borrowed the Cricut cartridge, Calligraphy, while here at the crop, and made my own sentiment. 

Thanks for letting me share my love of crafting with you!


 

Here's a close-up of the card.  Can you see the sparkly center of the flowers?







 

I stamped my image multiple times, watercolored, then touched up with additional coloring.




Thanks for letting me share my card with you today.  Happy Birthday Suzy!
 
  I'm entering this card into the So Suzy Stamps April challenge:



ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES:

Ranger neon flamingo Stickles glitter glue, Tombow dual Brush pens Bright, The Paper Studio 5"x7" textured card, Xyron 2.5" sticker maker

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Heartfelt Creations Every Day Heroes Collection Product Review

The lovely folks at Heartfelt Creations allowed me the opportunity to test and review their new paper release, Every Day Heroes and I'm so happy that they did.  This collection celebrates the every day heroes in our lives and is the perfect product to create layouts and cards that honor those heroes.  
 
 
(And, for legality purposes.... I have been compensated in product for this review.  All opinions are my own.)
 
My dad is a retired Army man and served in the Navy as well.  It's definitely a no-brainer that I will be using some of these fabulous pages to document some of his achievements.  However, I also know that amongst many paper collections, there's a silver lining; a collection that serves duality.  In other words, I could see that these papers were not just for heroes but also the perfect compliment for other special remembrances as well. 
 
With that in mind, I chose my first creation with this layout to showcase that duality, so you can see that this collection is not a one trick pony!  True, it celebrates the every day hero but it also does so much more.
 
 
 
 
I've chosen a favorite photo of my son, from a casual outdoor family wedding (please note, that is a mason jar with sweet tea in his hand. ;) 
 
I also decorated some chipboard with these papers for the striped border and the word "adore".  I'm only working with the paper collection, not the coordinating dies or stamps, therefore, I chose to get super creative with the paper, to show you other things you can do to jazz up a layout, if you are limited in budget.
 
 
 
I wanted to tie in more of the tan colors from the striped border, so I stenciled a section of the page with distress ink and a blending tool.
 
 
I traced my chipboard on the backside of the paper that I wanted to use, then cut with my craft knife.  To easily adhere, I ran the trimmed word through my Xyron 2.5" sticker maker. 
 I also glammed up some of the flowers by distressing with the same ink and adding dimensional glue.
 
 
Lastly, I cut one of the tags from the paper shown below.  Are you handwriting your journaling?  You should.  It not only adds a personal touch, but future generations will be able to look back, identify, and remember your handwriting.   Consider that a bonus tip!
 
 
 
 I hope I inspired you to utilize this collection in more ways than one.  Feel free to share your thoughts, I would really appreciate it. 
 
You can purchase this paper collection here:
 
 
I would also love it if you would visit and like/follow me on my other social media.  Thanks again, Heartfelt Creations, for letting me step into your world for a bit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links. Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Spring Appreciation Challenge with Mountain Plains Crafters + Cricut DS file & Prize

We're having a challenge over at Mountain Plains Crafters today, which is to create a Spring Floral card in Appreciation of someone and put it in the mail to that special someone this week!  Plus, an MPC fan will win a nifty little prize offered up by our co-founder Pam Stang, so check our FB link above or visit our blog below for details.  You have until Thursday, Apr. 24th at noon EST to link an Appreciation creation to our FB page to qualify for the prize winnings.

 http://mountainplainscrafters2.blogspot.com/2015/04/springtime-flowers-appreciation-creation.html

While mulling over who to send my card to, I finally decided on a friend who has a special needs child.  This friend and her family deal with the medical needs of this sweet angel on a daily basis.  Recently, they found out that their precious 2 year old daughter now has cancer which compounds all her other medical problems, as well.  I appreciate all the loving mothers and fathers in this world who are granted the task of raising up the children that the good Lord has given us.  I especially want my friend to know how appreciated and loved she is for being such a wonderful mother in spite of the circumstances that have been handed to her.  We can take nothing for granted in this one life that we are given.  This is for you, Jennifer.



The papers that I chose for this project are Graphic 45, A Time To Flourish (June) and G45 Come Away With Me (pink polka dot).  I created a bracket shaped card (cut with my Cricut Explore)  with 2 panels and a circle accent which is covered with polka dot vellum.  The sentiment is heat embossed and I've also fussy cut the mini card and bird from the same cardstock.  The pewter key is also from G45 and the little bird's nest was created with May Arts Ribbon natural burlap string and adhered with Tombow adhesive dots.

The 3D Bow was also cut with my Explore and if you are a Cricut Explore owner, you can purchase the bracket frame file and 3D bows in Cricut Design Space™. (Or use my file for free, if you have the CDS subscription)


If you're a Cricut Explore owner, and interested in how I made this file, continue on to the next couple photos of how I designed this to be digitally cut.  The dimensions are listed at the bottom of this post.



You can either make a panel card and glue/attach the tabs to form your card, or you can make a display card as I've done today.  In addition, you can make an additional copy of panel one, which is the white panel on my card (beige in the photo) and use it for the inside of your card as the G45 papers are double-sided.


Above, is how the layers look all put together for the front of the card.  I'm simply showing you how they'll stack once cut. 


Here, you can see how I've laid out the front of my card and popped out the top panel with foam squares.



            Dimensions:
Bracket Card 5.75"x 5.75" (to fit a 6"x 6" envelope)
Bracket Panel 1 - 5"
Bracket Panel 2 - 4 1/4"
(with 3.75" circle accent)

Thanks for popping in today!



https://us.cricut.com/design/#/canvas/26903097

You can use the link above in Cricut Design Space to re-create the bracket card, however it is a subscription file so there will be a small cost incurred once you try to cut the file, I believe it is $2.97.  If you have a subscription to the Cricut Design Space, then the file should be free for you to use.  Just click the link and login to your Cricut Design Space to access. (3D Bows file can be purchased separately)






Additional supplies: Tombow Mono Aqua Glue, Tombow Mono Super Bond adhesive runner, Close To My Heart sentiment from Family is Forever acrylic stamp set, Queen & Co clear bubbles, American Crafts Zing Aqua embossing powder, Versamark clear ink, polka dot Vellum (maker unknown), The Paper Studio foam squares


Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#cricut #cricutexplore #cricutdesignspace #cricutds #cricuteverywhere #graphic45 #g45

Monday, April 13, 2015

Embossed Wedding card

 Love is in the air and wedding cards abound.  I'm making them left and right for various family members.  Yes, my sister always calls when she needs something but, hey, that's what sisters are for right?  Plus, I have a nephew getting married soon so there's lots of prep going on for that (congrats Jake!)  But today, I have a wedding card made by request of sis.  It's going to a former student of hers who is getting married.

I've done some embossing and sanding and used my Lil' Inkers Designs oval stitched frame to showcase this sweet sentiment.  I also stamped a congratulatory quote inside as well.


I'll be entering this into a couple fun challenges today:




Additional supplies: Pretty Pink Posh clear sequins, May Arts Ribbon white mesh ribbon, Tombow Mono Super Bond adhesive runner, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Unity Stamps Sentiment 9/2013 kit of the month (Happiness Has No Limit), Simon Says Stamp light gray cardstock, Stickles Stardust glitter glue, Core'dinations dark gray cardstock, Close To My Heart Black archival ink, Wink of Stella glitter brush clear,







Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

#ssswchallenge #lilinkerdesigns #cre8time #wedding #love

Friday, April 10, 2015

3 Minute Stamped Card with Washi Tape

I've been a fan of Unity Stamps for years and one of my favorite designers, is Lisa Arana.  When I saw that she created this new sentiment kit, Thanks Above & Beyond, I knew it would be added to my collection. 

I really struggle with CAS cards.  I'm always wanting to add more, but, I really tried to keep this simple.  My goal was to create a quick but pretty card in under 5 minutes. 

I inked my stamp directly with Tombow Dual Brush pens, then added a few little extras to the stamped image, various green colors for the stems and tiny pink dots around the flowers.


Next, I added a strip of gold foil washi tape and sheer pink ribbon.


Here's a close-up.  I masked the sentiment to only stamp a part of the image.
 

 This card truly only took about 3 minutes to make.  I just might have to do more of these!  This is such a fabulous kit and I highly recommend you high-tail it over to Unity Stamps and grab it while it's on sale!


Linking to these challenges:






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Additional supplies:  Tombow dual brush pens from the Bright collection and Soda Shop collection, American Crafts sheer pink ribbon, Washi tape from Hobby Lobby St. Patrick's Day clearance, Tombow Mono Super Bond adhesive runner

#tombow #ssswchallenge #unitystamps #americancrafts #washi


Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Stranded Crafter Makes Card!

So, what do you do when you're dog-sitting for a week and don't have a craft room on wheels?  Well, first thing you do is make a quick trip home, if you don't live too far away (10 minutes) and grab some stuff.   Oddly enough, I'm at my mother's house.  I turned her to the dark side a couple years ago.  Yes, I dragged her kicking and screaming into my crafty world....guilty as charged.  Normally, I'd be able to work with some of her supplies.   Unfortunately, all her stuff is still boxed up from the last crop she went to. Ack!

I ran home and grabbed adhesive, stamps, ink, twine and and a bag that was still brimming from the last crop I went to.   My intent was to make a birthday card and use a stamp I recently received from Craftin' Desert Diva's.   I'll be using the Celebration WordArt today, found here:


I also plan to enter this card into a couple challenges listed below.  But first, the details.....




I used DCWV cardstock from the Blossoms and Butterflies stack including the flower die cuts which were cut from the stack, as well.   The balloons?  I hand-cut them from the same DCWV cardstock and embellished with my Laura Kelly Designs buttons from Buttons Galore and May Arts Ribbon pink natural burlap string.


I used my Tombow Dual Brush pens from the Bright Collection and directly inked onto the stamp.  Once stamped, I then re-traced with my pens for additional coloring.


Oh my golly goodness, I have discovered Gold Stickles glitter glue!  I am in love!  If you could see this card in person, the cupcake liner looks just like those gold liners you buy in the store.  I colored with my yellow Tombow pen, then added the Stickles.


Here is the crafter-math, on my mother's dining room table.  It's not too bad, is it? 

I'm entering  these challenges:




Additional supplies:  Thermoweb Medium Zots, Marvy ultra fine point Le Pen black, Tombow Mono Super Bond adhesive runner, Ki foam squares, American Crafts Taffy ink, Ranger blending tool


Thursday, April 2, 2015

DIY Glo Bugs In A Jar and Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness!

I'm so happy to be invited to participate in the "Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness" Blog Hop, hosted by Tenia Nelson and Veronica Zalis.  There will be a lot of projects showcased today so I hope you have the chance to check all of them out.  

You can find all the creations and sponsors listed here: 


If you would like a chance to win a prize from one of these fabulous companies leave a comment on this blog, and any of the other blogs participating in today's hop! Winners will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday April 6.



My inspiration for this blog hop?  I have a good friend who's child is on the spectrum.  He's the sweetest child and he's my little buddy!  I also work for an agency that serves children with disabilities so bringing awareness to Autism is something that I'm very happy to get behind.  The only instruction we've been given is to create something blue, so with that in mind........


 I have created a Glow in the Dark Bug Jar and mini card, both blue!



I've used most of the products that you see here.



To start, I've applied the Tulip white Glo fabric paint on these branches collected from my yard.  I also added a bit of Doodlebug Design Glitter so it looks pretty during the day.   You can find out more about this awesome Tulip Glo paint here, at ilovetocreate.com.


It takes several hours for this fabric paint to dry, so I decided I needed to prop up my branches to get all sides covered and speed up the process.  Luckily I had a mason jar lid with holes.  You could also use floral foam to poke your sticks upright, or just leave your branches long, place in a mug to paint, then break off the ends that weren't painted, after they've dried.



Next, I painted on shapes and designs with the Tulip white and blue Glo paint on vellum bugs that I cut with my Cricut Explore.  The vellum started to curl, so I decided to tack down my bugs with Tombow adhesive dots (cut in fours) to my craft mat.  


If I had it to do over, I would have gone with all smaller bugs, and let them curl naturally.   They actually look pretty cute.  If you have little toy bugs in your child's room, you could substitute for those.  They would work just as well with a little glo paint and glued to the branches.


In addition to making the fun bug jar, I also water colored and glittered this lovely mini card, which is from ADORNit Art Play Paintables.





This is what it looks like in the dark.  You can use a bright flashlight on it for a few minutes to bring out the glo, however an ultraviolet or black light works best.  This is 5 minutes into the glo process.  The kids will love having this on their shelf or dresser to watch as they drift off to Neverland!


Additional supplies: Stickles Star Dust glitter glue, Tombow Dual Brush pens, Lantern Blue Mason Jar from Hobby Lobby, Decorative straw fiber from the Scrapbook Expo, craft sequins, The Paper Studio gemstones






Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links so, if you purchase a product using the link I may receive a commission. I only participate in the affiliate programs linked above because they are products that I use and love. Your purchase price is not affected in any way, by using my links.  Thank you for your support and helping me keep my content free!