Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I carrots your Birthday

I stamped and die cut my bunny and the carrots with their matching dies. I die cut the box from kraft card stock and sponged the edges. I created a couple of masks for my carrots and stamped the inside  and the sentiment.

Stamps: Mama Elephant Lunar Animals (bunny) and Page Huggers (carrot), Hambo Stamps (Carrot sentiment).
Supplies: Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Die set(box), Papertrey Ink kraft, Stampin Up Wild Wasabi, and Neenah white card stock, Memento black, Stampin Up Crumb Cake inks, Copic Markers: G40, 43, 46, YR04, 07, 09, 15, C00, 01, 02, 03, 05, Misti, foam tape


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Food and /or Drink    Showcasing Mama Elephant Products
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Season's Tweetings 2017

I stamped my Lawn Fawn birds with Memento black ink, colored them in with Copics and used the matching die to cut them out. The ornament was die cut and stamped with the tree branch using a Rich Cocoa Memento Marker. I stamped the leaves using Stampin Up's Wild Wasabi and colored them in with Copic Markers. The birds are popped onto the ornament with foam tape. The ornament cap was die cut using some silver card stock. There are 3 layers for added strength.  I die cut another blue ornament for the back. The heart was die cut from my card base and I also die cut a mat using the next biggest heart as well.

This is a view from the inside of the front
There is a full heart on the outside and a partial one on the inside for extra strength. I ended up trimming the top point of the heart because my jump ring wasn't quite big enough to swing freely.  I tried a bigger one but it hung to low.  I stamped the sentiment using my Misti to get it in just the right place.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends (birds) and Winter Sparrows (branch, leaf, and sentiment)
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends Dies, Memory Box ornament caps and hooks and Traditional Ornament dies, Nellen Snellen straight heart dies, foam tape, jump ring, Misti, Stampin Up wild wasabi, Neenah white, silver, Papertrey Ink spring rain card stock, Stampin Up wild wasabi and Memento black inks, Memento rich cocoa marker, 1/16th hole punch.


Lawn Fanatics Challenge 17 :  Color challenge  

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Merry Grinchmas

I tried turning the dog from the Smiley Happy Critters Two set into Max from the Grinch Movie. I used one of the antlers from Silly Monsters Incognito three set.  I die cut all my GRINCH letter (three for each) and a fourth for the G, R and parts of the I and H to make them all the same height. I also sponged the letters.  I stamped two dog images and fuzzy cut them out. I cut the back legs off the front one and popped it up over the back layer. The antler is sandwiched between the two.  I add some sequins to finish it off.

Stamps: Your Next Stamp Smiley Happy Critters Two and Silly Monsters Incognito Three, My Favorite Things Joyous Christmas sentiment (merry), and Just Rite Stamps Times New Roman Alphabet stamps 95 point (MAS).
Supplies: Your Next Stamp Stitching Marks Die set, My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABC upper and lowercase dies, Neenah white and Stampin Up Wild Wasabi card stock, Doodlebug Design home for the holiday 6x6 paper pad, Memento Black, and Stampin Up Wild Wasabi ink, Copic Markers: E30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 43, 44, Black 100, Sequins, foam tape, Memento Lady Bug Marker.
Techniques: Pointillism, Fuzzy cutting, Paper tole


Your Next Stamp Sketch Challenge #77 

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Christmas Chickadee

Since I had already taken the time to create a background using two of the Power Poppy Chickadee in Barberry images I went ahead and made another card using yet a smaller portion of the images.

Stamps: Power Poppy Chickadee in Barberry digital stamp set
Supplies: Papertrey Ink white and red card stock, stickles, Wink of Stella, Copic Markers:R22, 24, 27, 46, 59, V0000, B0000, G40, 43, 46, Y21, E21, 31, 35, 23, 25, 27, W00, 1, 3, 5, C00, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, Your Next Stamp Stitching Marks Die Set.


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Tweet Tidings of Joy

I started playing around the Power Poppy digital Chickadee last night and colored him with Copic markers, I added my Wink of Stella and Stickles and let it dry over night.  This morning when I went to finish the card I realized I had made the panel to big to die cut down or mat so I left it as is and adhered it to my card front.  I used two Chickadee images.  One is flipped and part of it was used on the bottom right of the card. They are both rotated a bit to create the scene.

Stamps: Power Poppy Chickadee in Barberry digital stamp set
Supplies: Neenah white card stock, stickles, Wink of Stella, Copic Markers:R22, 24, 27, 46, 59, V0000, B0000, G40, 43, 46, Y21, E21, 31, 35, 23, 25, 27, W00, 1, 3, 5, C00, 1, 3, 5, 6, 7,

Power Poppy: November Power and Spark Challenge: Portion Control 

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Get your Meow on !

I had so much fun creating my kitty sweater yesterday and since I still had the supplies out I had to play...

I made the gray kitty sweater and then decided to make a colorful one masking the fish for the background.

When I first stamped the fish and started to color, it didn't look 'so good'... but the more I added some shading, the better it got...  Well, that is my opinion... lol
The sentiment was computer generated with my Printmaster Program.

Stamps: Neat & Tangled Kitty's Favorite Things (Kitty and fish), Impression Obsession Knit Cover-a-Card background (gray sweater)
Supplies: My Favorite Things Comfy Sweater Die-namics, foam tape, Papertrey Ink and Neenah white card stock, Copic Markers: C00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, E93, 95, G00, 03, 05, YG01, 03, 05, 07, 21, 23, R24, 27, 29, 81, 83, 85, V04, 06, 09, YR4, 7, 15, Y13, 15, 19, B12, 14, 16, BG11, 13, 23, 32, 53, Memento black ink.

Neat & Tangled Challenge Blog: Little Tangles Challenge #86 - Coloring  

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Furry Friends
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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Practically Purr-fect Sweater

I started out thinking I was going to put the kitty in the sweater with his head popping up, but then I decided to take a different approach for the Neat & Tangled Color challenge. Color something you wouldn't normally color.  I stamped the knit background onto my die cut sweater and then stamped just the Kitty's head over it.  I probably should have used a lighter ink for the knit, but in the end I just went over the kitty several times trying to make it a bit darker.  Using the Misti was perfect for this technique. I ended up using black pearls for his eyes so they would pop. I also colored the frame using three different gray Copics.  The frame is glued to the card front and the sweater and banner are both popped up using foam tape.

Stamps: Neat & Tangled Kitty's Favorite Things (kitty and sentiment), Impression Obsession Knit Cover-a-Card background
Supplies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax and Comfy Sweater Die-namics, Neenah white card stock, Black pearls, foam tape, Memento black ink, Copic Markers: R24, 27, 29, 59, E93, C00, 1, 2, 3, 5,
Technique: Fuzzy Cutting

Neat & Tangled Little Tangles #86:  Coloring 

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 359   MFTWSC359 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Furry Friends

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Friday, November 17, 2017

The Tiniest Roar

I stamped, colored and die cut all of the little Newton's Nook Lovable Laundry Onesies.  I started with one, and couldn't help myself to stamp two more.  I planned one doing just the tag using  MFT blueprints, but then I needed a card and the little tag to match.   The large tag is a banner from MFT Blueprints 13 with the top corners cut off to form the top of a tag.

My tip for getting a perfect tag hole is die cut a scrap piece and fold in half to find the center.  I either mark it or use a hole punch and go half way through the folded piece. I use this as my pattern and punch the hole from my finished project. The smallest banner in the set was cut in half and made to look longer under the onesie.

handmade gingham to match colors I used for onesie.
die cut hole reinforcement out of handmade gingham

I needed gingham dp to match the blue Copics I used so I made my own. I colored the background with my lightest blue and then add stripes with the darker blue. I used the blender pen in the opposite direction creating a gingham plaid   I die cut my copic gingham using the MFT tag builder blueprints 2 hole reinforcement die for the tiny tag. I also used a piece of white cardstock colored with blue Copic behind the onesie.

I also used a hole reinforcement from MFT tag builder blueprints 6 for the tiny onesie tag. To make the hole bigger I used a 1/4 hole punch first and then lined up the negative of a previous die cut reinforcement and taped the two piece together. The die was dropped into the space and ran through the die cut machine.  The one reinforcement in the photo shows when I tried to wing it and punched the bigger hole after die cutting the reinforcement.  It takes a little extra time but I always get a better result taping my negative over the hole. I die cut another white onesie for the back of my tiny tag.

edited to add holiday tag to the set

Stamps: Newton's Nook Designs Lovable Laundry Onesie and sentiments.
Supplies: Newton's Nook Stitched Onesie Die, My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprints 6, Tag Builder Blueprints 2, and Blueprints 13, 1/4 hole punch, Doodlebug Design gingham-linen rainbow petite prints 6x6 paper pad, Neenah white cardstock, kraft knife, Misti, foam tape, Copic Markers: Y21, 32, E31, 33, 35, 93, C5, 7, B12, 14, YG03, 05, Blender, Silver gel pen, ribbon,

My Favorite Things Sketch MFTWSC359 

My Favorite Things Creative Construction with Blueprints  Tags ( I didn't realize until after my tag was made it says Holiday Tag, Is a birthday a holiday?  Shall I call it a baby's first Christmas ornament tag? It has been edited to add a holiday tag to go with the set.  I used My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Holiday sentiments stamp set and used the Tags Builder Blueprints 2 tag set for the holiday tag. The small banner was die cut from Doodlebug Design home for the holiday paper pad.

Newton's Nook Designs  Challenge 59 and 55. When I clicked on the challenge this morning and scrolled down I ended up clicking on a link seen here. Scoll down until the first comment.

 ( I hope this project has inspired you to play along! Remember, you have until this Friday, November 17, 2017 to enter. There's a prize involved too, so don't delay - view all the entries and see more inspiration on our Inky Paws Challenge here!)

It actually took me to a previous challenge which was  sketch 55. I did that sketch and when I went to upload my card, the link was closed.  I went in to look at the next challenge when I saw what the problem had been.   The clickable link took me to an old challenge (sketch 55) and the newest challenge was a color challenge. So I made a tag that works for the color challenge as well.
the sketch challenge that I thought I was doing

The color challenge I was supposed to do and did when I made the Christmas tag

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Furry Friends and Newton's Nook Products

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Oooh !! Shiny

I have only a few SugarPea Designs stamps and I need to make them work for as many cards as possible.  The Dragon is blowing but it also looks like he is saying Ooooh...   It took me all morning to figure out what to put in his hand and came up with a shiny glittery ornament. The ornament is die cut from some watercolor paper that was sponged with Tim Holtz distress inks, then watercolored with the same distress inks and then the final layer is Twinkling H2Os  called Orange Peel to add the sparkle.  I added two layers for the pine sprig.

Stamps: SugarPea Designs Blow Me Away (Dragon), Stampin Up Woodgrain bg
Supplies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Sprig w/berries die, My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments and Oval Shadows Dies,  Memory Box Ornament Caps and Hooks Die, foam tape, Copic Markers: YG01, 03, 05, 07, 09, G05, 07, E23, 25, Y011, 13, R24, 27, 29, 59, YR15, 04, 07, 09, C00, 0, 2, 3, Memento black, Tim Holtz Distress Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, & Tea Dye , Stampin Up Close to cocoa and crumb cake inks, Neenah white and watercolor card stock, white gel pen.
Techniques: Scoring, Fuzzy Cutting, Checkerboard Floor

SugarPea Designs Mix it up Challenge #37. I used both challenges, the colors and I flipped the sketch. 

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ice Fishing

 When I saw the MFT sketch I was thinking I could make a card using the circle as the hole through the ice when you go ice fishing. The colors today at SplitcoastStampers were perfect to make it work. The background was watercolored with Tim Holtz distress inks. I used a combo of distress inks trying to keep the top with more of the blue. My fish is hanging from a piece of clear sewing thread so he moves back and forth.  The rocks were colored using matching copic refills and glued inside the bottom shaker.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Cooler with you(fishing bear), Polar Bear Pals (bucket of fish and sentiment), Friends Like Us (heart).
Supplies: My Favorite Things Peek-a-boo Circle Window Die-namics, Spellbinder rectangle die, clear thread, craft rocks, Copic Markers: RV32, Y23, E23, 25, 27, BG11, 13, 32, G21, 24, 28, black 110, Copic Refills, Tim Holtz Distress, Stampin Up, and Memento ink, acetate, foam tape, Papertrey ink Hawaiian Shores, Neenah white and watercolor card stock, Misti.
Techniques: fuzzy cutting, shaker window, watercolor, Easel Card

My Favorite Things:  MFTWSC358  

SplitCoastStampers: Color Challenge 661 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog:   Snow White    I used a white base and white card front for my Ice Fishing  

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Ornament Box

When I received the new Gerda Steiner Progressive image my first thought was a box of ornaments. So that is what I tried to do.  I had so much fun working with the little Balancing Holiday Mouse.
 I die cut the Mama Elephant box and traced it onto some copy paper. I scanned the image and enlarged it until I found the size I needed. It was enlarged 210% on my scanner. I printed it out and traced the box onto some kraft card stock and cut it out. I sponged around the edges to distress and create a little dimension.
I cropped several ornaments and layered them all together trying to hide the mouse's foot. I fuzzy cut one to use on the front of the ornament pile. I used foam tape to create dimension in the box

Stamps: Gerda Steiner Designs Balancing Holiday Mouse digital Stamp
Supplies: Copic Markers: V04, 06, 09, BG11, 13, 32, 34, R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 59, G03, 05, 07, E31, 93, 95, CC00, 0, 1, 2, 3, YR04, 07, 09, 15, Y11, 13, 15, 18, Black 110, Silver gel pen, Papertrey Ink kraft and Neenah white card stock, foam tape, Wink of Stella, Stampin Up Crumb Cake ink, stickles.
Techniques: fuzzy cutting, sponging, Checkerboard Floor,

Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Progressive Challenge: November

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My Little Snow Man

I was inspired by a commercial for this card. I can't remember what the commercial was for but it was a little boy imitating his father. So I dress my Snow Boy just like Dad.  I kept the card simple without shadows to keep as white as possible.

Stamps: 2011 Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends, Summer of 2013 Quinn's ABC's Upper and Lowercase, 2010 Hats off to you (Dad snowman's hat) stamp sets.
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Quinn's ABC's Upper and Lowercase Dies, foam tape, Copic Markers: B12, 14, 26, C5, 7, 9, YR04, 07, 15, Signo white gel pen,

Here is a quick tip for using the older solid dies. I stamp and color my image. I use the matching die cut on a thinner piece of white card stock (usually Georgia Pacific) I line that negative cut over my colored image and while holding it firm, replace the die into the negative space.  It is important to tape the pieces all together at this point with some type of removable tape.  As you can see in the photo, one of the D's is off. I forgot to tape it all down and thought I had it just right.  Well !  I did not... lol  This is much easier for me to get a even white space around my image instead of trying to stamp over the die cut.

Lawn Fawnatics: Use your oldest Lawn Fawn Set. I believe my first set was the Making Frosty Friends and one of the oldest sets is Hat off to You. 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog:  Snow White 

Splitcoaststampers:  Clean & Simple Challenge CAS455  NOVember !   Use the letters  NOV for your card.  (K) nitted scarf....  I thought that was far fetched so went with Navy.  Ombre for the O and Vegetable for the V as in carrot nose.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

50% sale on Ugly Sweaters

 Some 'Ugly Sweaters' can be so cute...

 I started my tag by die cutting 2 sweaters from white card stock. I stamped one with the sweater texture in black and it is colored to show a little extra texture.  I used part of the MFT Decorative  Circle Tag Stax for my tag holder. It is sandwiched between the two sweaters.

 I stamped two reindeer faces from Art Impressions, colored, and fussy cut them both.  The top one has more details and the antler are cut off. I die cut the nose out of card stock that had double sided adhesive attached and added red glitter to make it shiny.

I wanted to add a little price tag so I created one in my Printmaster Program and used a punch to cut it out.

The other die cut sweater was stamped with the To and From and I doodled a couple of holly around it.

Stamps: Art Impressions Reindeer Mini Shaker, Inkadinkado to and from stamp, Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Knit stamp.
Supplies: Mini Action Wobble, My Favorite Things Comfy Sweater  and Decorative Circle Tag Stax dies, Stampin Up Tiny Tags Punch, ribbon, Elizabeth Craft Designs 614 True Red Glitter and double sided adhesive, Neenah white card stock, Memento black ink, 1/16 and 1/4 hole punch, foam tape, thread, Copic Markers: E23, 25, 27, 42, 43, 44, R27
Techniques: Fussy cutting, Paper Tole, Pointillism

Art Impressions: Tag It.  I created a tag with a tiny tag attached  

Splitcoaststampers:  Inspiration Challenge using Balsam Hill. I was inspired by this red ornament hanging on a display stand.  I turned the ornament into his shiny red nose.

Thanks for stopping by, Irene