Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Joy to the World Christmas Card

I have made two variations of this card. I cannot take credit for the design. I scraplifted it from an Archiver's flyer that I got in the mail. The stamp is from Daily Bread Devotionals. The rest is just cardstock and Bakers Twine. The bottom piece is ran through an embossing folder. Here are the pics:

I made this for the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog. We had to use pink for this challenge. I used white perfect pearls on the stamp (stamped w/ perfect medium). It didn't turn out very dark, so I will have to do something different I think next time. I don't have any winter magnolia stamps, so I used Sweetie Tilda. I placed her so that she is next to the tree with her gifts. The gifts are just squares of paper tied with bakers twine. I am entering this card in the following:


I did another version without Tilda using normal red and white. I like the clearer image. I stamped with Memento Lady Bug ink. Before it dried, I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder. I placed some rhinestones on it and used my clear stardust pen to outline the stars and big words.

This card is entered into:


Monday, December 10, 2012

Interactive Christmas Tag

I made this tag for the Magnolicious Highlites challenge. It doubles as a gift card holder. I don't really have any Christmas Magnolia Stamps, so I had to improvise. I used the mini Walter the Moose with the sentiment "Merry Christ-moose". I really like how it turned out. I just wish I had the regular size Walter. I think it may have looked better. The base of the tag is decorative paper from a Christmas paper pack that I have had for years. I cut it using the largest die from a set by Lifestyles Crafts. I cut a piece of dark green cardstock 1/2" bigger than the width of the paper. I then folded it in 1/4" on each side and adhered it in between the two pieces of DP. Using a lighter green cardstock, I cut the largest floral oval die from Spellbinders Nestabilities and mounted it on the front. Walter is stamped, colored with copics and cut out. The rosette was done using the rosette Tim Holtz die. The holly, poinsettias, and gift card holder were cut using the cricut Winter Wonderland cartridge. For the poinsettias, I layered dark green bases cut at 2" and 1 1/2" (two each) I then cut four 2" poinsettia flowers, six 1 1/2" flowers, and two 1" flowers. I layered two 2" and one 1 1/2" for the two bigger flowers and two 1 1/2" and one 1" for the smaller flowers. I used Christmas Red stickles to glitter them up and used yellow stickles for the centers. I used the red stickles on the holly berries and some green glitter glue (not stickles but similar) to the holly leaves and poinsettia leaves. The sentiment was made using microsoft word. I filled it a text box with greed and made the words white. I ran it through the printer twice to make it dark enough. I then used the next to the smallest Lifestyle Craft die to cut it out. The gift holder is outlined with the green glitter glue. I also took a poinsettia stamp and coordinating swirl stamp from the Poinsettia Flourish set by Rubber Stamp Tapestry and used Champaigne Versamark to stamp them all over the tag. I traced the outline with my Gellyroll Stardust Clear pen. I also used the pen to trace the elements on the DP. I punched a hole in the tag and added fiber. Walter is covered with Glossy Accents. I used Bakers Twine to make his bow.

I hope you like my tag. Here are the links to the challenges I entered:

White on White wedding card

This card was made for the wedding of some dear friends' son. I saw RRRs challenge of white on white with one other color and thought I would give it a try. The base is white cardstock. The DP is from a paper pack of white decorative paper. I took a copic marker and colored some of the flowers on the paper to contrast with the whiteness. The sentiment is printed from my computer onto white cardstock and cut out with a fancy oval die from spellbinders. I tried putting one through an embossing folder, but I didn't like it. The ribbon is white with silver thread. I colored the edges with the same copic that I used on the flowers. The dimensional roses were cut using the cricut Art Philosophy cartridge-one at 3", two at 2 1/4", and two at 1 1/2". I used blue glitter cardstock for them. I placed white pearls in the centers. Here is the link to RRRs challenge along with the other challenges I entered:


Friday, December 7, 2012

Manger Scene Christmas Card

Two posts in one evening. I never know when I will be able to get to the library, so I am posting both of my creations in one night. This is the Christmas card that I mass produced to send out this year. I made around 30 of them. It was a bit time consuming, but lots of fun. I like sending religious cards as a reminder of the true meaning of Christmas.

The ornament die and coordinating stamps are from Heartfelt Creations. Since I cut the ornament out to use the negative space on the outside of the card, I decided to use the ornament itself to decorate the inside. The blue paper is just cardstock. The ribbon was bought at a craft store. I colored white candy with a Martha Stewart glitter metallic silver marker. The nativity stamp I think is from either Stampendous or Hero Arts. I got it at Hobby Lobby. It is a wood mounted stamp. It is layered onto a square of white cardstock and popped up with foam squares. I used silver stickles on the star and more stickles on the stable. Here are some challenges I found to enter:


Nativity Canvas

I haven't posted anything for awhile. Christmas is such a busy time. I have been cardmaking and crafting some things though and I am finally taking some time to share. My mom collects nativity scenes and so I thought I would try making this canvas trio using some techniques learned at one of the classes taught at our local scrapbooking store. Here are the pictures:

These canvases were all done using tissue paper, stamps, black staz on ink and Chipped Saphire and Faded Jeans Distress Ink. The glitter is diamond stickles and yellow stickles (stars). A rhinestone was glued to the middle of the star. I attached the canvases to each other by stapling glittery ribbon to the backs of each one. I added a hanger to the back of the top canvas because it it a bit too heavy to try to hang by the ribbon. I found a different wise men and manger scene stamp after I did this, so I am going to try to make another one using the thinner canvas board. One will be a gift for my mom and the other one I will give to my friend Deena who happens to be our preacher's wife. I found some challenges to enter. Here are the links:


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon Preholiday Blog Candy

Really Reasonable Ribbon is giving away some great blog candy on the 8th. Visit the site at reasonableribbon.blogspot.com for a chance to enter

Friday, November 16, 2012

"Tea"nking of You

This card was made for the CDAC Progressive Challenge this month. The images were provide by Priscillastyles. I used the tea cup to make my own background for the card. I used Word 2007 and printed it on cardstock. Here is the picture:

Here is a picture of the back of the card so that you can see the background. The coloring is a little distorted for some reason:

The card is folded into thirds (sort of) to open from the middle. The self adhesive lace ribbon marks the opening. The sentiment is cut out with my Vagabond using a spellbinders die. I hand wrote the sentiment "Tea"nking of You in black. I outlined the tag and traced the words with my stardust clear pen (my favorite). Sorry my pictures are so terrible. Evidently the lighting reflected or something.  The Flowers were done using the Cricut cartridge Flower Shoppe. I inked a paper doily with Tattered Rose distress ink.I then covered it with a thin coat of 3D Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled micro fine glitter over it. I then adhered it to just the top portion of the card. The Teapot and Tea cup are colored using copics. I added green stickles to the leaves to make them pop. I then covered both images with 3D Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled them with the microfine glitter as well. Behind the teapot I placed leaves that I cut out using the cricut cartridge Straight from the Nest. I added little flowers and stickles to them also. Thanks for looking! Here are the links to the challenges that I entered:


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween Witch

I don't usually make Halloween cards since we don't really celebrate it, but I found myself in need of one for my Secret Pal at work. I went online to look for witch pictures. I thought I could make a funny one with a big warty nose but I didn't know how to make the clothes. I went online just to see what witch clothes look like. I came upon this picture instead. It was so cute I couldn't resist using it. I have no idea where it came from. It was just an image that came up in my search for witch pictures.
I had to recolor her because my printer doesn't print well for some reason. I used my copics to brighten her up. One of the challenges I saw yesterday needs a flower, so I stamped a small one on orange paper using Ripe Persimon Distress Ink. I cut it out, used my stardust clear gellyroll pen for glitter and stuck it on her hat as a pompom. I used gold stickles on the buckles of the hat and shoes and the center of the flower. I made the tree using a stamp from a set by Stampendous. I think its called Summer Tree Fun. I stamped the tree and cut it out. Then I flipped it over so that I didn't have any of the lines from the stamp on it. The leaves are from the same set. I stamped on Orange Paper and used Ripe Persimmon Ink again. I outlined them with the stardust pen. The moon is just a 3 1/2 inch circle cut from Cream Cardstock. I used the Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge to cut it out. The sky was done using Stormy Sky and Chipped Saphire Distress Ink. I outlined the moon with the stardust pen and dotted the sky for stars. I was really pleased with the outcome. Here are the challenges I entered:
Use It Tuesdays challenges are intended for us to use things we already have. All of my paper is from my stash. The only things new are the image and the stamp set that I used.
I can't believe it snowed today in Ohio. I am just thankful we didn't get the weather that the East Coast did. I want to wish everyone there the best and I hope that you are all safe. My prayers go out to you!

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Ribbon Girl's Giveaway

While browsing blogs tonight I came upon a giveaway at www.ribbongirls.blogspot.com. She's giving away a gift voucher for her store. Check it out this week. The winner will be announced Nov. 3. Good luck to all.

CDAC Progressive Challenge

Soccer is finally over, but it seems like life is still crazy. I have been able to get some crafting done, but no time to go to the library to post. I almost forgot that I needed to use this image for the CDAC Progressive Challenge. I did remember though, just in the nick of time. The image was provided to us by Pattie's Creations. I wanted to put the sentiment on the ribbon because with the image popped and the diecuts I had used, I hated to to use anything else for fear of making my card look cluttered. I could not find any nice way to write on the ribbon though. This is (I think) my 4th attempt. It was hard to find something that would write on it. The swirly doodle is a sizzlit by Sizzix. The mats were done using dies from Lifestyles Crafts. The image was colored with copics. I stuck decorative pins in it in place of the pins that were on the image. I added a butterfly charm to the middle pin. I cut apart the spools and wrapped bakers twine around them. I glued a white button with twine to the one in the image. The image is popped with foam squares. This was my first attempt to use the on the edge dies from Tim Holtz. I messed them up because the card is longer than the die and I had to try to make a second cut. I didn't get it positioned correctly. Live and Learn. This card was made for the following challenge:


PS: If anyone knows a good way to write on ribbon, please let me know:) Thanks for looking.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Renate's Candy

Renate has a great blog with some fantastic creations. As a "thank you" to her followers, she is giving away some wonderful blog candy. You may want to check it out! Just click on the picture in my side bar.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

First Easel Card

You will have to pardon my mess. I didn't realize that the image looked so cluttered. I didn't get my tools out of the way. This is my first try at an easel card. I watched a You Tube tutorial and then went to Splitcoast Stampers for more directions. This adorable image is provided by Doodle Pantry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge. This is the third challenge. I got the image early to see what I could come up with. The card was cut out on my Vagabond using the biggest Nesting Lace Circle die from Lifestyle Crafts. I then cut the image out with the next size down (after I colored it). I ran a gathering stitch along the bottom of some ribbon and pulled it to gather. I then attached the ribbon to the back of the image. To make the card I had to cut another large circle. I folded the front of the card in half (this makes the easel). I matched the large circle that I cut to the front of the card. I used my AGT gun to attach just the bottom half of the two circles together. I then attached the image with ribbon to the front of the card. I popped the sentiment with a foam square. I then decorated the inside of the card. The DP is from Bo Bunney. It is a piece of double sided paper. I used the large die to cut part of a circle. Then I reversed the paper and cut out another circle which I trimmed down to match up with the other piece. In order to match the front of the card, I again gathered a piece of ribbon and attached it to the bottom piece of DP. I attached everything to the inside of the card. I decided to make a pocket and stuck a tag inside. I made my own tag out of cream cardstock. The bottom picture is what the card looks like when it is closed. The top pic is when it is standing open. I think this image is one of my favorites so far. He looks so cheery:) Again, here is the link to the challenge:


Get Well Soon

I made this card for the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge. The digi image was provided by Priscilla Styles. I colored it with Copics and Distress Ink. I added stickles to the couch, flower centers and sentiment. I popped the sentiment with a foam square and added gray and white bakers twine. Here's a link to the challenge:


Saturday, September 15, 2012

Candle and Box Craft

I saw this design at a store called Sol's in Berlin, Oh when I was on a trip to Amish Country. Berlin is probably the most popular town in this area of Holmes County. I thought it looked like something I could duplicate, so I tried it. The little girls are Magnolia Minis Tilda with Heart and Happy Spring Tilda. The box is a paper box tissue holder that I bought at a craft store. It is like chipboard. I painted it using acrylic paint (raw umber) and cream spray paint. I then flicked paint from a toothbrush onto the edges of the cream. I should have stamped and masked the images first, but I didn't. Lesson learned. I stamped the images and colored them with copics. I had to use paint on the faces because the flesh colored copics didn't show up. I printed the lettering using Word and hand cut the letters. I traced them onto the box and filled them in with a copic black marker. I added white to highlight. I covered the box with two coats of spray poly urethane for protection. The doily on top and the electric candle are attached using a hot glue gun. I added a pit berry ring and a bow. I hope you like it. I was pleased with my first attempt. Hopefully my next one will be even better.

Here are some challenges that I found that I could enter:

You're Sunthing Special

This card was created for the CDAC progressive challenge. The digi image was provided by Tiffany Doodles. It was colored with copics.  I used a snow writer to make the waves and drew birds in the sky with a black copic fine line pen. The surfboards were layered with paper from Bo Bunny. I used the same paper to mat the image. The sentiment is from Mary at Cardz TV Stamps. The Sun and Ball are from a stamp set by Penny Black. The embellishments are adhered using foam squares for dimension. I added Stickles to brighten it up (and because I love glittery things).

Here are the challenges I am entering:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hiking Edwin Birthday Card

Summer has been way too busy for me to do much in the line of crafting or card making. It's canning time, so my garden has to come first. God blessed us with a great crop of tomatoes and green beans. I have been making lots of salsa, spaghetti sauce, and chili. Pizza sauce is on the agenda for tonight. It's also soccer time. I found out last night that our main goalie got his arm broken in two places. I figure that my son will have to be the goalie now. We're going to practice just in case. Between these two things and work, my time for crafting is very limited.

I went to Amish Country (in Holmes County Ohio) over the summer. I hope to have a cute craft idea finished soon to share. I saw it at one of the stores and thought I could make my own. We'll see.

This is the birthday card that I made for my husband's prayer partner at church. The images are from Magnolia Stamps: Hiking Edwin, Hiking Background, and mini Walter the Moose. I colored the images with copic markers. I used flowersoft for the small clouds and trees because I like texture and dimension. I tried stamping on blue cardstock so that I would have a blue sky. The only problem with this is that the lighter colors (fire and skin) were distorted. I had to use darker skin tones to cover up the blue. The cloud sentiment is just freehanded and cut out. The sentiment is from one of the sets sold by The Scrapbooking Queen. I stamped the moose on white cardstock, colored him and cut him out. I attached the sentiment and moose with foam squares for more dimension.

Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully I will be able to get back in the swing of things and get more stamping done.
I found the following challenge to enter:
http://7kidschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2012/08/challenge-55-anything-goes.html (Find Walter and the hiking background at this store)
http://stampingscrappingchallengecentral.blogspot.co.uk/ (A great place to find Magnolia Stamps and Copics)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Cathy Lee's Summer Blog Candy

I just got back Sunday evening from spending a few days with my mom, son, and nephew. We went camping in Holmes County Ohio, the home of our state renown Amish Country. We had lots of fun shopping and eating. I found a great cedar box that is going into my breezeway to hold hats, gloves, scarves, etc. I bought lots of yummy food from Millers Bakery and Coblenz Chocolates. When I checked out my email today, there was a post to the Magnalicious Group from Cathy Lee offering some great blog candy. I entered my name and invite you to do the same. Click on the picture in my sidebar to link to her page.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Edwin and Tilda Anniversary Card

I have another Edwin and Tilda card to share. I used Graffiti Edwin and Tilda in Lace Jeans. I also used the  Stone Wall with End Pillar. I used masking to make the wall longer. It was too short to put both stamps on it. I colored the images with copics and cut them out (as one piece) I found a piece of decorative paper resembling sky and covered the front of the card with it. I then placeed the Magnolia images on top. I used flowersoft to make the grass and flowers. I then covered pieces of wire with the flowersoft to make the bouquet Edwin brought to give to Tilda. Tilda's buttons were done using a white pearl pen. I put cotton candy stickles on the lace of the jeans and bow because I like glitter. I found a couple of challenges to enter this in. Here's the link:


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Magnalicious Birthday Card

I have fallen in love with Magnolia Stamp's Edwin and Tilda. As such I ordered several items from them. I have used Edwin wants a Hug and Sweetie Tilda on this card. Here they are decorating for someone's birthday. I thought that it looked like Edwin could be holding something, so I wanted to try this idea. I had to make this a large card because everything wouldn't fit on the 4X6 size. Here's the pic:

I don't have the wonderful coloring techniques that the Magnalicious DT use, but it didn't turn out too bad. The background paper was double-sided. I cut an inch off of the bottom and reversed it to look like a wall and floor. I used the brown side of a double-sided ribbon to imitate wood trim. The sentiment is a chipboard shape that coordinates with the Art Philosophy cricut cartridge. I colored it with a copic marker (G94). The stamp also comes with the cricut cartridge set. I added distress stickles for dimension. The gift is just a square of shiny paper. I added ribbon to it so that it would like like a present. The banner is hand-cut pennants. I used small alphabet stickers from Creative Memories. I cut holes in the pennants with my Big Bite and strung them on bakers twine. I glitter embossed a brad to make the banner hang on the "wall". I used foam squares to pop everything up for dimension. It looked better than just putting them flat on the card. For the Crafty Boots challenge there are stars, stripes, and dots on my card.
Here are the challenges that I found to enter:

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Wedding Card

It really stinks being at the mercy of my local library in order to have high speed internet. Count your blessings those of you who do not live to far from your phone companys hubs or to far out of town for cable. Any way, I haven't been doing a lot because I don't want to waste gas going to the library. However, my niece is getting married this afternoon and so I created this card for her. Her colors are brown, tan and yellow-hence the color combo.

The flowers and leaves were cut out using Cricut's Art Philosophy cartridge. The large flowers were at 3" and the small ones at 2". The leaves were cut at 1" (I can't remember for sure)
The oval was cut at 3". I layered vellum over the decorative paper and stamped on it. The center of the flowers were done using a pearl pen as were the pearl accents on the corners of the rectangle. The scalloped piece was cut using a Tim Holtz alterations die. The inside piece is a card holder (or in my case, a check holder). I played around with it until I was satisfied. The scalloped edge was done using a punch. I then glued it down, folding it at the corners. I didn't like it, so I added white candy which I covered with ultra fine glitter. The saying was stamped using a stamp from Stampin' Up. I hope you like my card. I am entering it in the following challenges:

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

CDAC Progressive Challenge Entry

Here is the final card for this round of CDAC's Progressive Challenge:

This image was supplied by Doodle Pantry. I scraplifted this layout from fellow CDAC member Jeannette Hebden. I fell in love with her card. I do not have the same paper, so I adapted. The shaped mats are done using the Art Philosophy cartridge. It is available only through Close to My Heart. If you want to order it go to their website http://www.closetomyheart.com/. Select me, Annette Reed, Ohio as your consultant. For $99 + tax and S/H you get this great cartridge along with matching chipboard cut-outs and 3 stamps sets. I love this cartridge and use it all of the time. The sentiment is printed on white cardstock and chalked. Here is the link to the challenge:


Friday, May 25, 2012

My Mom My Friend

The travelling Vietnam Memorial Wall is here in McConnelsville this weekend. It arrived with a motorcycle escort-at least 500 I would say. I have never seen so many motorcycles at one time. The Wall is set up in a grassy area called The commons. It is quite impressive. It really looks like the real thing. I would say it is in miniature (which compared to the real thing it is) but it is still huge. I am going to go take pictures when I am finished here.

On to my card! This time I incorporated 5 different challeges based on color, theme, flowers, and bling. I came up with this card:

The color scheme was done using pink, cream, red, and white as the main colors. The image is entitled "Flowers for Mom" and is from Stitchy Bear Stamps. He is printed on white cardstock. Since I still do not have the right cutting pads for my Vagabond I had to trace and cut the die image. You can't tell from the picture but I chalked around the edges with a light pink glitter chalk to soften them. He is colored using PrismaColor pencils, a blending medium, and a shader. The hearts are punched from an old Creative Memories punch. I used their biggest heart punch. The pink flowers were cut from Cricut's Flower Shoppe cartridge. The red flowers are just some I had on hand. I added bling and cream sticky lace to complete it. I have never used bling flourishes before. I have always been too nervous. I am not sure it looks right, but there it is. The card measures 6" x 6". Here are the challenges I entered:

I didn't get this done in time for Mother's Day, but I can always give it to her next year. The sentiment allows me to give it to her any time-we'll see. Thanks for looking. I would love it if you would become a follower!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Say it in Lime and Orange

It has been so long since I have participated in challenges that I forgot how fun it is. I was so excited to see how this card turned out. I got back to checking the blog challenges and came up with this creation:

The color scheme came from Annabelle Stamps. I like this so well that I am going to make another one in our school colors (navy and gray) to give to a girl from our church. The base is white cardstock. The book was made using the cricut cartridge New Testament. I printed both layers on white cardstock at 1" and colored them with copics to match my color theme. The sentiment is printed on Word and cut out with a Fiskars scallop punch. The grad caps are clip art from Word that I cut out. The orange lines were originally white (as you can see on the sentiment), so I colored them. The image is from Stitchy Bear and is entitled Dream Girl. This digital stamp also comes with a sentiment, but I didn't use it. I colored it using PrismaColor Pencils. I love glitter so the dots in the center of the flowers are done using Glossy Accents and PK Glitz glitter. I also used stickles on the bug's wings. I used a foam square on the sentiment for dimension and added the ribbon. I am entering this card in the following challenges:


Monday, May 14, 2012

All Tagged Out

I took it upon myself to do the table favors for my church's All Daughter Banquet as well as be the main speaker and help with decorations. 2 friends helped me on May 5 and we got 54 tags inked and ready for the sentiments and ribbons. I went home and put the sentiments on and did as much ribbon as I had. I then had to do the rest of the tags myself. I ended up with 83 altogether. Here is a picture of a couple of them.

I started with the large manilla tags. The lamp is from a stamp set from Close To My Heart. I embossed the lamp. Then using 3 colors of distress ink I inked the tags-starting with the lightest color and ending with the darkest.  The reddish-orange tags were done with Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, and Vintage Photo. The background stamp was done using Fired Brick. The purple tag was done using Milled Lavendar, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord. The background stamp was done with Dusty Concord. I also did green ones using Shabby Shutters, Forest Moss, and Frayed Burlap and blue ones using Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Chipped Saphire.

The theme for the banquet was Being Children of Light. The lamp stamp was perfect for this. I was also the main speaker and did a presentation based on the children's song This Little Light of Mine. It's great how God provides and makes everything flow together. Praise goes to him for letting everything turn out great!! Have a great week!

CDAC Challenge Post

Its so good to be back!! I fianally got the All Daughters Banquet finished and can concentrate on card making again. I will be posting the info and pics of what I made in a seperate post. This card is made for the CDAC Progressive Challenge. The baby carriage is courtesy of Designed2Delight.

The card is made out of textured cardstock. The ribbon is just some that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The carriage is printed on white cardstock and colored using chalk. I traced around a thin die and cut it out. I added holes using my big bite. The sentiment is from Stampendous. Here's the link to the challenge:

Monday, April 30, 2012

CDAC Challenge card

Wow! It seems like I haven't been here in forever! I didn't realize that my last post was clear back on the 19th. Things have been busy. I probably won't be posting much in the next couple of weeks. I took on the task to make table favors for our All Daughters Bangquet at church as well as being the main speaker and coming up with the program. This weekend, I and two friends worked on making bookmark tags. Together we inked 56 tags. I still have to do ribbon for some of them (after I buy more) and put the bible verses on. I will be posting them later. For today I am posting my latest creation for the CDAC Progressive Challenge.

This digi image is provided by McMahon Five Designs. I really like the victorian look and wanted to try to give her a vintage look. Using a technique with an alcohol filled aqua brush and copic markers I painted everything a brownish color. I then added some shading. I added some sparkle to her clothing by outlining it with my clear stardust gellyroll pen. I doubt that the sparkle shows up though. I wanted the flowers to really stand out. I covered the design with crystal lacquer (doing each color at a time) then sprinkled it with PK Glitz Glitter Glitz. This really made a bright, sparkly display. The diecut is from Lifestyles. I inked the edges of the die with Vintage Photo distress ink. For the 2nd mat, I just traced around the die and cut it out by hand. I inked the pearl on the pin using a copic marker. The sentiment was cutting out with a punch by EK Success. I tried to stamp it with Staz On opaque white but it didn't transfer good enough. I ended up tracing it with a white pen.

Here's the link to the progressive challenge:

I also found some other challenges to enter:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dragon Birthday Card

My son, Adam, celebrated his 16th birthday on the 14th. We are having family over this Saturday to celebrate. I made this card for him:

I love how pictures make things look better. You can't see the flaws and mistakes:) Anyway, I searched for chinese characters for "Happy Birthday" and printed them out on the computer. I had to print them smaller to fit on the tag. That made them very difficult to cut out. Then I inked the tag using Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and glued the characters to them. That was kind of time consuming. The dragon was done using a stencil, PK Glitz Wonderfilm and PK Glitz embossing powders. Since wonderfilm is double-sided adhesive, I stuck one side to white cardstock. For my first attempt I just stuck the whole stencil to the wonderfilm thinking I could just pull it back off when I was ready. I filled in the stencil with the Poppy Jasper and Honey EP Max embossing glitter. I discovered that wonderfilm is really sticky! I could barely get the stencil off. It caused the cardstock to bend and wrinkle. I covered the rest of the piece with Meadow embossing glitter and heat set everything. Because the cardstock was wrinkled, you could see the wrinkles through the glitter.

I tried a second time by leaving the slick surface on and taping the stencil to it. Then I took a craft knife and cut through the protective nonsticky surface, tracing the design of the stencil. I then had to peel each little piece off and cover it with the colors I wanted to use. This took a lot longer, but turned out alot better.

The base card is white cardstock that I colored around with colored pencil and blended with Gambit Mineral Spirits. I just used some paper that I had at home for the layers. I attached ribbon and the sentiment (which is also done with the pencils and blending technique). The sentiment was cut out using a punch from EK Success. Use It Tuesday wants you to use things that you have had for a while. Everything here is stuff that I've had for a long time. The background papers are from Creative Memories and I have had them for probably at least 5 years.

This card is going into the following challenges:


Friday, April 13, 2012

Silhouette card

Here is my last card for the week. I have found several fun challenges this week and I have needed a couple of cards anyway, so I have been working hard on cards this week. My daughter and granddaughter have finally moved out after 2 years of living with us and I am taking advantage of not having a 2 year old running around getting into my stuff. Here is my newest creation:

The silhouette and frame were cut out using the Cricut Victorian Romance cartridge. The silhouette was cut at 3 3/4 " and the frame was done at 6". The frame is solid. I wanted her against a blue background to mimic sky, so I drew around the silhouette and cut it out using  a craft knife and scissors. The flowers, leaves, and tag were done using the Art Philosophy cartridge. The flowers are cut at 3", 2 1/2", and 2". The leaves were done at 2". The tag was done at 1". The sentiment was printed on the computer. I cut a tag out of scrap paper then used that paper to match up were to put the words. I printed the sentiment in landscape mode onto my cardstock once I had everything lined up. Then I cut the tag out with the cricut. It didn't match up perfectly, but it looks okay. I applied aqua stickles to the flowers and then made the veins in the leaves and the dots on the frame. To make the base card, I just folded the blue cardstock then traced the frame and cut it out using scissors. This card is going into the following challenges:
For Use it Tuesday's challenge my stash is: cardstock, stickles, my cricut, and my computer.

For the Top Tip Tuesday challenge, my tip is this:

I have been using my computer lately because I just do not have the right sentiments. To print it onto my tags I have found it easier to cut out my tags (using the cricut) on scrap paper first. This allows me to see which way the cricut will cut it and gives me a negative space to use to line up my words. Then I can go into Word and choose either portrait or landscape, depending on which way the cricut cuts. I type the sentiment. I can print it then line the 2 papers up to see if the words appear in the negative space. If they don't, I just reposition the words. This way I am not wasting cardstock. Once I have everything lined up, I print the sentiment on my cardstock, put it on the cutting mat and cut the tag.