Thursday, January 10, 2019

Twofer Card Challenge #12

We are starting off the new year with a fantastic Twofer Card Challenge: Birds!  I chose a Poppystamp die called Cheery Cardinals as my twofer element. 
The Christmas card was spritzed with a shimmer spray and the outer panel was popped up with fun foam (the photo doesn't show the show the dimension very well).  The snow on the ground was a mixture of white acrylic paint thinned with shimmer spray.  The doe was created by simply cutting the antlers off the buck.
The birthday card is one of those that wouldn't photograph well.  In the photo, the background just looks dirty, but in real life it looks like worn white-washed wood.  The birds and squirrels are white die cuts colored with Copic markers.
 Here's a closer look at the birds colored with Copics:
Dies: Poppy Stamps Cheery Cardinals, Chirping Birds, Frisky Squirrels, Peaceful Deer, Evergreen Trees, Stitched Main Street Tags, Exquisite Branch Frame, Woodland Heart Frame, PTI Christmas Cheer, MFT Blueprints 13 (birthday sentiment panel)
Stamps:  MFT Anything But Basic Birthday Wishes
Paper:  SSS Wood Grain, PTI Pure Poppy, The Paper Studio Pearlized Cardstock
Ink: DI Weathered Wood, VersaMark
Copics: C1,2,3,5,8,100, R12,14,27,56,59, E31,35,37,57,81, Y15,17, B91,93,95,99
Other: Imagine Crafts Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle, Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, floss

I hope you will dig through your stamps, dies, or stencils to join us this month.  Please visit the Twofer Card Challenge blog for great inspiration from our team and our guest designers Izzy and Sonja!

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, January 4, 2019

Blaze Orange

Growing up, come the end of November, deer season took our family up to the Northwoods of Wisconsin.  It was Dad's favorite holiday, and he prepared for it all year long.  Even his clothing was prepared.  He customized all of his gear using Mom's old sewing machine - putting in pockets, zippers, or extra insulation.  Then it was placed outside many days to lose any human scent.

Regulations were always changing, but I remember the year when blaze orange clothes were first required.  Boy, did my dad have a tough time with that!  I remember him calling to find out what percentage of the clothing needed to be blaze orange.  Ah, he lived for that stuff.  Soon there was a bolt of blaze orange quilted fabric next to his sewing machine in the basement.

Art Impressions came out with a great stamp set recently called "Ole Buck", and I was fortunate enough to win it as a stamp of my choice for an honorable mention prize from their last challenge.  It's fantastic for a masculine card in my "neck of the woods".  It lends well to camo greens and browns, but for its first stamping, I colored it for deer season in honor of my father.

I kept the background simple with a foggy frosty opening morning of deer season.

Here's Dad in transition to blaze orange circa early 1980s.

Stamps:  Art Impressions Ole Buck
Dies:  Lawn Fawn Tag You're It
Copics:  C00,0,01,3,4, N0,2,4,6, YG91,93, Y38, YR02,04,18,27,68, R02,17,22,24,29, E0000,000,00,01,02,07,21,23,27,30,33,35,37,42,43,44,51,84,87,89
Other:  VersaMark, SSS white fine detail embossing powder.

This card is going to go play in the following challenges:
CASology Week 325: Fresh - For fresh winter Wisconsin air!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Something New - Thank you, AI, for the new stamp set!
Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a great day!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Coffee Lover's Fall/Winter Blog Hop

I'm squeaking in at the last minute to join the Coffee Lovers 2018 Fall/Winter bloghop.  Earlier, when I made this card, I had also made a coffee to-go cup in anticipation of this event, and then almost forgot to post it!
The cup and lettering was cut using the Silhouette.  The letters were inked up with DI Tea Dye, but I replaced the letters without ink.

Dies:  Poppystamps Verona Flourish, Silhouette cut file Coffee Cup Gift Card Set and Silhouette generated font Bernard MT Condensed (curved slightly)
Paper:  PTI Royal Velvet, Light Craft CS - Company unknown,  Neenah Solar White 110# for card base, water color paper
Ink:  Distress Ink Tea Dye,  Brusho Purple, Scarlet, Brilliant Red

This card is happily joining the time honored seasonal Coffee Lover's Bloghop!  Where would the coffee loving crafters be without it!
Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a great day!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

I Was Mooved

Art Impressions sent me a stamp set of my choice as a gift for receiving an honorable mention on their challenge blog.  How generous of them!  I was so excited to get the set Udderly Fantastic and made this card to thank them.
The "ladies" were colored with Copics, fussy cut, and attached with a mini wobbler (see the action-packed video below).

Thanks so much, Art Impressions!
I'm going to enter this card in their latest contest:  #246 Anything Goes.  I mean, why not?

Stamps:  Art Impressions Udderly Fantastic
Dies:  Mama Elephant Thanks Script, Spellbinders Circle
Computer generated sentiment in Word using Kristen ITC font.

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful day!


Saturday, November 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #11: Wreath

Wreath is the word for a very festive Twofer Card Challenge this month!  I chose the Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath for my two cards.
This first card looks like a Christmas greeting card:
But it's an invitation...
To a white elephant party!
The elephant and background were colored with Copics and adhered behind the door with 1/4" scor-tape. The door and steps were added on top of a dry embossed background.  I free hand cut some snow drifts to create a walk way and placed the door mat at the bottom.  The wreath was cut once out of cs and once out of glitter paper.  The bow and berry dies come in the mini wreath die set.  A stylus was used to fluff up the bow.

This fall thank you card was created by die cutting squares, then die cutting the wreath out of each square, and replacing each wreath in a different square.  I added another square on the back of each of them to adhere the inlayed pieces together, then arranged them on a piece of kraft cs the size of my 5" x 6,5" card base.  I cut off the overlapping wreaths with a paper trimmer and added the die cut sentiment.
Dies:  Lawn Fawn Mini Wreath, Lawn Fawn Shut the Front Door, MFT Stitched Rounded Squares, PTI Thanks
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Wild for You, MFT Bitty Bears (party sentiment)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics:  BG70,72, C00,0,1, R24,27,29,39
Other:  Sizzix Tim Holtz distressed brick embossing folder

We've made a change in the challenge to include stencils as an option for your prompt element:
The design team and our guests, Carol L, and Sybrina, have come up with some amazing ways to use wreaths!  I hope you will click over to the Twofer Card Challenge blog to be inspired and join in on the fun!

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Nancy's Girls

Wow, two posts in one day!  Usually I struggle to post twice in a week!  In my attempt to make cards from retreat items this week, I came across this fabulous image that Nancy had at our Kansas retreat last March.  Was it really that long ago?  Nancy raises chickens and calls them her "girls", so I couldn't help but smile, thinking of her, as I colored this one up.

This was so fun to color!  I googled chickens to use as a guide, and used Zigs, water, and a brush.  I partial die cut at the top and bottom, and fussy cut the rest.

Dies: Spellbinder Nestabilities Label
Zigs:  Lt Gray, Blue Gray, Wine Red, Brown, Oatmeal, Midbrown, Beige, Mustard, Lemon Yellow, Colbalt Blue, Pale Green, Light Green, Turquoise Green
Other: Nuvo Drops Sugared Almond and Red Berries, scrap of light burlap, PP

These hens are going to go play over at the following challenges:


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A Crumpled Piece of Tissue Paper

During our retreat last week, Anita showed us how to make make a background using Distress Ink and tissue paper.  Basically, you put ink on a craft mat, mist it, set a piece of gift tissue on it, pull it off, and let it dry.  Then you crumple up the tissue, flatten it out and scrunch it onto a piece of cardstock layered in glue.  Okay, fine, no biggie, but then the magic happens:  lightly dab VersaMark over the crinkles and heat emboss - WOW!  I'll be doing this again!

While on the retreat I made a total of ZERO cards, lol!  So now I'm putting together cards from the different things we made.
I heat embossed the sentiment to match the veining.  The die cut was heat embossed several times to look like a piece of metal.  I think it looks like shaped wire.  The pictures just don't do it justice, but here's a close-up:
Stamps:  SSS You Matter
Dies:  SSS You, MFT Stitched Square Frames
Other:  Tissue paper, white cs, SSS Ultra Fine Silver embossing powder, VersaMark, Distress Inks (I don't remember what combination I used).

This card is going over to play at the following challenges:
CAS Mix Up October Challenge:  Metal + Stamping + Your Choice - YAY!  I finally have a CAS card so I can play in Loll's challenge!
Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #108: Anything Goes

Seize the Birthday:  Anything Goes

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!