Thursday, July 20, 2017

Welcome Baby Ellie

I die cut my angled top white panel and MFT dp with the Stitched Basic Edges Die-namics. I stamped the sentiment with my Misti.  I also stamped the elephants with my Misti to get a better impression with a solid stamp. I reinked the elephants about 3 times until I was happy.  I die cut the elephants out using the matching Die-namics. I colored in the elephant ears to match the MFT color challenge. I stamped the little star randomly with a similar teal color and went over each star with the Copic Marker that matched the baby's ear. I added Wink of Stella to the stars and the ears. The angled top panel and the elephants are popped up with foam tape.

Stamps: My Favorite Things LJD Beautiful Baby (elephants, sentiment, and star)
Supplies: My Favorite Things Stitched Basic Edges and Beautiful Baby Die-namics , My Favorite Things Painted Prints Citrus 6x6 paper pack, Wink of Stella, Foam tape, Memento black  and Stampin Up Going Gray and Bermuda Bay ink, Neenah white card stock, Misti, Copic Markers YR61, 65, BG45, 49.

My Favorite Thing Sketch Challenge  MFTWSC342 

My Favorite Things Color Challenge 73

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog: We're Seeing Stars showcasing My Favorite Things Products.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Star Gaze

I wanted to try the no line coloring again so I stamped my bunny with barely beige ink and colored it with Copic markers. I did the same thing to the inside of the card as well. I stamped my sentiment over the bunny and die cut it out with a rectangle die. I used the Lawn Fawn plaid dp for my corners and attached everything to my card front with foam tape.

Stamps: Reverse Confetti: Count your Rainbows sentiment and Lawn Fawn Upon a Star bunny and stars.
Supplies: Spellbinders rectangle dies, foam tape, Memento black and Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige ink, Copic Markers: E40, 41, 42, 43, G20, Y11, 13, 15, C0, 00, R00, liner, Lawn Fawn perfectly plaid rainbow 6x6 paper pack, Neenah white and Stampin Up pool party card stock

Reverse Confetti Sketch #50 
Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog: Use Plaid and Lawn Fawn Products 

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So Excited

 I love the freedom to create that perfect sentiment when making hand made cards. If I don't have the right stamp is it easy enough to create one on the computer and print it onto the card front.  Though most of the time I don't think about it until after my card front is colored.  I do find it easier to pick a sentiment and then find the perfect image.   It is just something I don't seem to practice... lol.   This time though I thought about the sentiment before I stamped my image.

 I stamped my Art Impressions image onto my piece of grid plastic using my Misti.  I created my sentiment in my Printmaster program and printed it out. I placed the grid over it and figure which way I needed to move the two sentiment boxes and reprinted it. It took three tries to line up the sentiment boxes where I wanted them in relationship to the image.

I taped my card front to my copy paper and printed out my sentiment.   Anytime I want to print an image or sentiment onto a sheet of card stock that is smaller than a letter size I will usually try to use this method. It helps to make sure the printing is exactly where I want it and it helps to make sure the paper feeds through the printer with less issues due to the thickness of the card stock.  I usually just use regular tape after removing some of the tackiness so it will be easier to peel off after printing. I find it works most of the time.

 After printing my sentiment I placed my card front into my Misti and stamped my image. I colored her with Copic Markers. I drew in the checkerboard floor, added glossy accents to Lillie's glasses and necklace, and sequins to the card for a little extra bling.

Stamps: Art Impressions Lillie
Supplies: sequins, Glossy Accents, Copic Markers: 100, YR04, 07, 09, 15, R37, RV10, 32, B12, 14, 16, E000, 00, 11, black liner, Neenah white card stock, Gold gel pen,
Memento black ink.
Technique: Checkerboard Floor

Art Impressions:  Challenge 212 Bling, Glitter or Glossy WEEK 2!

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Dragon Eight

I absolutely love this little dragon from Sugarpea Designs. I used him for this months' sketch challenge. I masked off his hand to stamp the piece of cake.

I die cut the eight from the colored image and placed two extra white die cut eights under the colored eight for dimension.  He is colored with Copic Markers and is die cut using a stitched circle die and matted with another stitched circle die of blue.  I used my Misti to stamp the sentiment like the sketch. I placed the sentiment stamp onto my Misti in the middle. I masked off the Ready and Blow with tape and inked up the word SET. I stamped it in the middle of the card.  I then masked off the ready and the set, inked in up.... move the card 1/2 inch to the right and stamped the Blow. Lastly I masked the Set, and the blow.... inked up the stamp, moved the card base to the right a 1/2 inch from the starting point or an inch from where it was last and stamped the Ready on the left.  Using the Misti assured the sentiment was straight across.

Stamps:  Sugarpea Designs Blow me Away Stamp Set
Supplies:  Whitelotous and We-buys stitched Circle Dies, My Favorite Things Big Number Die-namics,  Neenah white and Papertrey Ink blueberry sky card stock, Misti, Copic Markers: B21, 23, 24, 26, Y11, 13, 15, 17, YG03, 05, 07, YR04, 07, E47, C0, 1, 3.
Technique: Inlay diecut, Masking, Pointillism

SugarPea Designs Mix it up challenge #33  
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Framed Garden

The challenge at Power Poppy this month is to case a Bloomie. I chose to case this beautiful card made by Tosha.
 I used the same stamp set and also chose to frame my image with designer paper.

Stamps: Power Poppy Natural Beauties
Supplies: My Favorite Things Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax, Doodlebug dot-grid-daisy-stripe rainbow petite prints 6x6 paper pad, Neenah white card stock, Wink of Stella, Copic Markers:  Purple Flowers Y01, 04, 06, G40, 43, 46, Yellow Flowers  Y11, 13, 15, YR04, G20, 21, YG13, 17, Red Flowers  R12, 14, 17, YG61, 63, 67, Dirt  E31, 33, 35, 37, 39
Techniques: Pointillism for dirt

Power Poppy:  Copy a Bloomie    

 Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Strawberry Mouse House

This is my card for the Gerda Steiner Progressive challenge using the Strawberry Mouse.  The card base is an extra one I had laying around from a previous card. I die cut the door and stamped it with a wood grain stamp and sponged it with Tim Holtz distress inks.  I cut the door panel off at the same angle as my wooden floor and scored in the baseboard on the bottom. I stamped the sentiment using my Misti.

 I popped up the card front onto the base using foam tape. I printed and colored my strawberry mouse using Copic Markers.

 I ended up cutting two of the strawberries off so it would look right and the strawberries weren't in the air since I wanted him inside the door.  ( I placed the cut pieces back around the mouse in the photo above so you can see what it would have looked like. )

 I printed out another Strawberry Mouse for the inside and colored only one strawberry. I also added another wood floor for him to sit on.  A smaller mouse was printed and I cut it out using a tag die and matted it with red and trimmed 1/16 inch around it with my Perfect Layers tools. I punched the end of the tag with a 1/4 hole punch and added ribbon.

Stamps:  Gerda Steiner Strawberry Mouse, Jaded Blossom Berrylicious sentiment, Lawn Fawn Woodgrain backdrop, Stampin Up Fruity Phrases (tag sentiment)
Supplies: Misti, My Favorite Things Stitched Traditional Tag Stax, Perfect Layers Tools, Ribbon, 1/4 inch hole punch, Your Next Stamp Front Door die, Freckled Fawn black enamel dew drop sticker for doorknob, Papertrey Ink white and misc red card stock, Copic Markers: C0, 1, 2, 3, 5, B000, G43, 46, R20, 32, 35, 37, 59, 85, E95.
Techinque: Wood Floor using my Checkerboard Floor tutorial, masking for sponging.

Gerda Steiner Progressive Challenge     Strawberry Mouse

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Knit Happens Kitty

I had so much fun masking the ball of yarn.

 I knew I wanted to make a big pile of yarn balls so I stamped a bunch of balls onto some copy paper and cut them out. I started stamping the solid balls  but took off the piece of yarn that extended beyond the ball.  After inking each one, I wiped the extra piece of yarn off the stamp using my damp absorber cloth. I stamped all of the solid balls of yarn and placed a mask over each one. I continued stamping balls of yarn and masking as needed. 

I filled in any open gaps with a Copic Liner and colored the pile of yarn with Copic Markers. I stamped, drew in a little extra detail for the kitty's stripes, and colored my kitty with Copic Markers. I fussy cut both the kitty and the pile of yarn. I cut around the kitty's paws to slide his bottom half behind the pile of yarn. I drew in the wooden floor, masked it off and sponged some Tim Holtz Distress Inks over it. I also scored in the baseboard.  I popped up the kitty and pile of yarn onto my card base.

Stamps:   Neat & Tangled Stamps: Kitty's Favorite Things
Supplies: Foam tape, Copic markers and a liner, Tim Holtz Distress: antique linen, tea dye, walnut stain, Stampin Up chocolate chip, Memento black ink, Neenah white card stock.
Techniques: Masking, Sponging, Wood Floor with my Checkerboard Floor tutorial.


Neat & Tangled:   Little Tangles Challenge #82 - Masking  
Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Wavin' Hello

I created my card by die cutting my front panel with the MFT stitched dome stax and attaching a piece of dp to the left side.  I corner chomped the front panel as well as the base card.  My wave was created using MFT catch a wave die-namics. The wave was sponged with distress ink and spritzed with water for extra detail. The Lawn Fawn dolphin was stamped, colored, and fussy cut. The MFT dome was sponged using a cloud stencil.  I stamped the front panel using my Misti.  The dolphin and dome were adhered to the card base and the front panel was popped up with foam tape.

Stamps:  Lawn Fawn:  Critters in the sea.   dolphin and sentiment
Supplies: My Favorite Things Stitched Dome Stax and Catch a Wave Die, foam tape, Neenah white and My Favorite Things Sweet Celebration 6x6 paper pack, Tim Holtz salty ocean distress  and Stampin Up bashful blue ink, Misti, We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile corner chomper 1/2 inch, Hero Arts Water mister, Rosie's Roadshow cloud template stencil, Copic Markers C00, 0, 1, 2, 3.
Techniques: fussy cutting and sponging.

Lawn Fawn Lawnatics:  Challenge #8  Summertime Fun  

My Favorite Things: Wednesday Sketch Challenge # 340  

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog:  Summer Sunshine  

Simon Says Monday Challenge Blog: Red White and/or Blue  
My Favorite Things Color Challenge #72  

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dive In to Summer

Happy 4th of July.  Summer is here so I thought the Beach Booty Set was perfect for a card.   I created my background with a MFT wave die and a cloud stencil. I die cut a piece of thin card stock with the wave die and sponged different layers of waves. I took the cloud stencils and sponged in the clouds on the top. I die cut my frame using MFT double stitched rectangle stax. I stamped, colored, and fussy cut my Beach Booty and placed her on an Action Wobble for movement. The sentiment was created using MFT little letter dies.

Stamps: Art Impressions Beach Booty Set
Supplies: My Favorite Things Little Letters & Double Stitched Rectangle Die-namics, Printworks cloud stencil template, Neenah and Georgia Pacific white, Papertrey Ink orange and black card stock, Stampin Up Bashful Blue and Tim Holtz Salty Ocean Distress Ink, Action Wobble, Copic Markers: YG13, 17, G28, Y13, 15, 17, 19, YR04, 07, 09.

Art Impressions: Create a background  

My Favorite Things: MFTWSC339  Sketch Challenge  

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog: Anything Goes  -  Showcasing Art Impressions Products  
Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bolts About You

Color challenges are one of my hardest challenges. I looked through my stamps until I found the robot image that I felt works well for the 4 MFT colors. I stamped and then colored him with Copic Markers.  After coloring him, I used the matching die to cut him out.

 The trick I use to get a better die cut is first die cut a piece of thinner card stock. I place the cut out over my colored image making sure to get an even amount of white space around my image. I place the die back into the negative space. If there is a place to secure the image and die together using some washi tape I will, otherwise I just try to be as careful as possible while running it through my die cutting machine.  I cut a frame using the MFT Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax and ran it through a GEARS embossing folder. I also cut a smaller frame to place on the inside for a little added pop of color. I stamped the sentiment using my Misti and placed the robot onto an Action Wobble. The sequins were added for the finishing touch.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Bionic Bots
Supplies: My Favorite Things Bionic Bots Die-namics and Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax, Whitelotous stitched rectangle die, Action Wobble, sequins, Misti, Sizzix Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder, Scrap Stamping Up gray, blue, and Neenah white card stock, Copic Markers: B01, 02, 04, 21, 24, 26, R35, 37, C00, 02, 03, 05.

My Favorite Thing Color Challenge #72 

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #338  MFTWSC338
Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kismet Fun

Not a card today but a little crafting fun instead. I found out recently my Dad used to like a game called Kismet.   I did find one of the dice in my stash of game goodies but that was it. I decided to create a game from what I had.

I took 5 dice and added Nuvo Crystal Drops to the numbered dots. I added woodland green and the apple green to the 3 and 4, I used autumn red for the numbers 2 and 5. The 1 and 6 were left black. Now I can only hope that the Nuvo doesn't pop out.

I went to Endless Games, the maker of Kismet and downloaded instructions and the score sheets. I opened them with my Abobe PDF reader and printed them out. I resized the score sheets so I could print two on each 8 1/2 x 11 piece of copy paper. I cut the score sheets apart, cut a piece of cereal box for my backing and pressed them together using my Ellison Pad-It-X-Press tool.

I added several layers of the padding compound glue to the top edge and let dry about a half hour between layers. This makes the perfect pad to tear off each sheet as needed.  I've had my Pad-It-X-Press tool for many years and have used it for all kinds of paper pads for card games, scrap pads, and personalized note pads.

Thanks for Stopping by, Irene

Favorite Word Watercolor

While checking out the challenges the other day at SplitCoastStampers I came across the Try a New Technique #643 challenge by Kellyjg. It was to use your favorite word and alphabet stamps. I seem to use absolutely a lot. This is what inspired my card for Lawn Fawn Challenge #7. I stamped my two smaller sentiments using my Misti.  I used the Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs alphabet stamps for my favorite word. I put the ASLT letters in one Misti, the BOUE letters in my Stamp Perfect, and the y and the l again in my small Misti to create a pushed together look. The letter were watercolored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and an aquabrush.  I layered the absolutely panel onto some Lawn Fawn designer paper for a Neon inspired marquee look. This panel was popped up onto my card base.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs and So Much to Say
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow paper pad, foam tape, an aquabrush, Neenah white card stock, Water color paper,  Memento black ink, 2 size Mistis and the Stamp Perfect stamp tools, Zig real brush markers: carmine red, pink, orange, yellow, yellow green, light green, cobalt blue, cornflower blue, light violet, violet.

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge # 7: Watercolor  

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog: Use Pattern Paper  
Thanks for stopping by, Irene