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:


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

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!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

More Harvest Mice

Recently, I had the most amazing opportunity to meet up with blogging friends mostly from here in the Mid-West.  We had some little boxes of chocolates from my home town as table favors, and I wanted to make a tag to put on them.  How fun to make tags for crafty friends who will actually appreciate them!
The guest's names were written on the orange banners after I took these photos.  Here's how one looks on the box of chocolates:
Here's that fabulous crew of ladies:
Front Row: Kelly and Anita
Middle Row:  Darnell, Bobby, Michele, Marcia, and Bev
Back Row: Sue and Me

I photographed each one, if you're interested:

Stamps:  MFT BB Harvest Mouse
Dies:  PTI Tag Sale #10, MFT Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle, MFT Creative Clips, SSS Tilted Banner
Paper:  Gina K Grateful Heart, PTI Ripe Raspberry, Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise
Copics: E21,23,25,27,49,50,51,53, R20,24,27,59, RV06,09,29, V05, YR04,09,15,23, Y32,35, YG61,63,67,91,93,95,99

These little tags are going over to play at the following challenges:
Time Out Challenge #120: Colourful     Words 2 Craft By #58 Now For October Eves     SSS Wednesday Challenge: Animal Antics
      Grab Our Blinky!          
Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #10 Harvest

Harvest is the theme for the Twofer Card Challenge this month.  My harvest image of choice was a small pumpkin (actually two) from one of my favorite MFT Birdie Brown stamp sets of all time:  Harvest Mouse.

I created this card first and thankfully I had some of the images already colored, cut, and ready to go!  The images are set on a die cut background of water color card stock that was ink blended with Distress Oxides.

This second card is a conglomeration of four different patterned paper pads.  It was fun to see them all play so nicely together.  The pumpkins were colored with Copics and a bit of Copic shadow was colored under the pumpkins.
Stamps:  MFT Harvest Mouse
Dies:  MFT Horizontal Collage Cover, Big Thanks
Paper:  MME Indie Chic "Saffron", Kaiser Craft Lush Collection, Momenta, Basic Grey Out of Print, PTI Ocean Tides, watercolor paper
Copics:  Pumpkin Thanks card:  W00,0,1,2,3, E 19, 41,43, YR02, 18, 61, 65, YG 61,63, I lost track of all the Copics I used on the first card, sorry!
Inks: Distress Oxides Wild Honey, Fired Brick, Iced Spruce, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark,
Other:  SSS Fine Detail white embossing powder

I hope you will join us this month at the Twofer Card Challenge!  Our special guests Lindby and Liz, have wonderful cards to share, so please head over to the Twofer blog to see their inspirations as well as the rest of the team's.

My thank you card is happy to play over at Double D Challenges; Scarecrows/Pumpkins Mood Board.
Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful day!