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7/26/2015

Christmas Card Club - Let It Snow

Hello - welcome and thanks for popping into my little corner of Blogland. And welcome to another sweet new follower, Rebecca B of The Rocky Crafty Corner. Met Rebecca on her recent stint as Guest Designer at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.  Gosh, I hope I can jump over there more often, as I not only got to see some luscious butterfly cards, but met some lovely new card bloggers. Thanks, ya'll, for joining as new followers. It makes me happy to meet new folks, and I hope you'll enjoy what I share on the post.

Today is our Christmas Card Club Challenge, selected this week by sweet Christine,  and today's theme is "Let It Snow". That sounds very pleasant here in our area since we've had so much hot weather of late. Somehow it just helps make one feel a bit cooler, thinking of snow. (Of course you know, once it's cold, I'll be longing for the sunshine, right?!)


 
 
 
- Darcie's Heart & Home image (JCS223) purchased last February at a stamp show (yep, a NBUS). Stamped with Memento London Fog, Copics & WoS coloring. Some Sakura silver star pen to glisten up the skate blade runners & the snowflakes. Added some white gel pen alongside the silver falling flakes. MFT pierced circle to cut it out, and Copic B0000 to shade along the edges.
 
- MBox Snowflake corner cut very nicely using the Sizzix Precision plate, but did roll it back 'n' forth several times, checking to see how it was cutting. Reversed the rolling order, and also turned the die horizontally for a couple of passes. Pleased to say I didn't have to snip anything out, just easily release the bits, handling with care, because it is quite an intricate die. A little bit of surgery on the edges of the die piece made it fit the card size nicely. Generous amount of  Versamark over the die cut, then sprinkled with Ranger Snowflake EP, which has bits of silvery glitter embedded when it heats up. 
 
- White background spritzed with BoBunny Frost, (a lovely light sky blue), then some Lindys Stamp Gang Starburst Frozen Jack Frost (white with a little glimmer). Mixed some Perfect Pearls Pewter powder with water into a spray bottle and spritzed. Once this was dried very well, inked up Kars Snowfall EF with a white pigment ink, then embossed.
 
- Impression Obsession transparent stamp inked with Memento Love Bug - stamped (onto a white snippet) & quickly dumped some Ranger Clear Detail EP, then used a SU punch to get the shape.
 
I do hope you'll take time to check out what my teammates are sharing in today's challenge. You can find their blog links on the right side bar. Have a grand day, and big hugs.


7/25/2015

Golden Christmas Tree - Rudolph Day

Hi there, and  welcome. It's time for the month's Rudolph Day Challenge. Before we get to the card, however, I'd like to say a big welcome to KathyJo from I'm a Little Teapot . Isn't that the cutest blog name? Please take time to pop over and say Hello to KathyJo and enjoy some of her splendid projects. Am loving seeing some new friends' faces in the followers' list...it's been a while since I met some new folks. Love it!

Now, off to July's Rudy Day card:



This one has some snippets (from this card)...those snippety bits come in handy. The tree was the positive die cut, and the tiny corners as well. The EK Success punched border was a small snippet of the same gold swirl paper. Decorate with pearls, and already have a good start on a Rudy Day card.

- An MFT stitched curvy die cut pieces from a 6x6 Paper Studio Gifts of Gold foil pack purchased recently on sale. Are you like me, you already have tons of paper, but when you find a sale, your hand automatically reaches for 'just one more' pack?

- Impression Obsession die cut sentiment - same gold snippet paper. Call it done.

Hope you will join in with the July Rudolph Day, and play along. There is a wonderful Memory Box die as this month's prize.

Have a great day, and big hugs!

7/24/2015

Herringbone Birthday Card

SURE HAPPY IT'S FRIDAY!
Hello and welcome. I'm not sure why my mood gets a boost on Friday, but guess it's a holdover from when I worked. And since I frequently worked Saturday and sometimes Sunday too, still not certain why Friday perked me up so much, but It Did!

Please help me give a warm welcome to Gail Ann of Lacey Lassy, who has become a new follower. We met recently over at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge, and I'm looking forward to getting to know Gail better and enjoy her art.

Recently saw this beautiful card by my friend Carol.  Since I'm a former quilter (uh, make that a collector of fabric to be more honest), I really loved this card. Carol was kind enough to take photos, write explanations of each step on how to do this (maybe I'm the only one on the planet that didn't know how....!). When I asked Carol about posting her tutorial, she said she had found it on Splitcoast Stampers, so I'm not going to share Carol's excellent tutorial. I missed seeing the SCS tutorial*, but I surely appreciated Carol's efforts to help me! Carol also has some other fantastic cards on her blog using this herringbone technique. It was quite fun to do (although being me, I managed to mess up some things). This one was going to be my prototype, but I needed a birthday card, so I decided to CASE Carol's brilliant 4th of July card. Hope you like it, and do be sure to give Carol a visit - she does awesome cards!


- This is a great way to use up some snippets. Cut various design papers into 1/4" strips. Create a sticky back base, and start applying them in a pleasing pattern. Don't worry if you have tiny bits of open space, as you can cover up with embellishments (the sunflower hides a small one).

This piece should have been matted, but I simply trimmed the edges with an MFT Xstitch die, applied a MBox Penne Frame die (cut from a cream snippet) Used a sponge to apply DI Antique Linen around the edges of both the snippet formed base and the frame.

- Sentiment from a Gina K Flowers and Frames Stamp TV Kit. Used a new Hero Arts Red Ombre stamp pad to ink up the image.

 
 
Had seen this ink being used on a Jennifer McGuire Youtube recently, and needed to boost an order up a bit to take advantage of minimum free shipping. I think this ombre look is quite pretty, although it's not easy to see the gradations of colors in just simple sentiment stamping.
 
- Sunflower stamped with Memento Desert Sand on a small white snippet, colored with Copics. Tried to do the 'dot technique' of coloring on the center area,  using different colors of Y, YG and E. This dot stuff is much harder to do than it looks to be (much like Zentangle). At least for me it is. Added some Glossy Accents to the center. and it's ready for an insert and mailing.
 
Since there's LOTS of snippets on this card, I'm off to see Parsnip at the Snippets Playground Week 186. Some of my wonderful Blog Buddies have already started having fun & I don't wanna be left out. So c'mon along, and we'll just zip across the Pond and join 'em.
 
Come again when you can, and in the meantime, Many Blessings.  
 
*Edit: Carol kindly sent me the SCS tutorial link to share....http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/resources/tutorials/herringbone/ so you can see step-by-step instructions. Thanks Carol L.!

7/23/2015

Butterflies

Hello & thanks for surfing in on another afternoon. I've been trying to participate in Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge for some time, but just don't get anything finished in time for a particular theme. Purchased some Rubbernecker images at the February stamp show, which have been in a bag on the floor, by the recliner in my stamp area. What with experimenting with watercolor markers, gelatos, versamark and heat embossing, I've been playing with a few of these stamps lately. This time Mrs A's challenge is Butterflies + Talisman (the challenge is based on a letter of the alphabet each time, so this tells you how far along the challenge has come!). Just happened to have a couple butterflies from experiments. Here's the image that was used with gelatos for this card today:

 
I'll be sharing one done with markers as soon as I can decide how to best use it. LOL.
 
Here's the gelato card:
 
 
Once the image was covered in gelato colors of peach, pink, yellow and a sort of reddish color, spritzed lightly with one of the very small misters..)I seem to have better control of my spritzes with that one) Then stamped onto w/color paper. Then I didn't really know what to do with it. As I hunted for another die - came across an Ellentina butterfly die set (these are pink and came as a set with the filigree and the solid shape...were purchased at the February show also). Since the paper was thicker w/c, the Sizzix Precision mat came in mighty handy, but still did quite a few passes to be sure all the tiny places cut. Pearlized copper paper was used for the underlayer.
 
- Saw a tutorial on SCS about inkless images, and got the idea to use multiple EF's and sizes, and thought this looked CAS with the colors of the butterfly. Snipped bits off a pearl swirl shape and added for the butterfly trail.
 
Now - where to put the requisite charm needed for the T=Talisman? Found a brown toned twine, wrapped the edge of the card, added the copper butterfly charm. Didn't think a bow would look right - too fussy for the CAS I was attempting. So I hope this will qualify for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge.
 
Have a wonderful afternoon. We're joining some family & going to Olive Garden for dinner tonight. My usual meal there is the Zuppa de Tosca (potato soup) and their specialty salad. With garlic breadsticks. Yumm! Big Hugs.
 
 
PS: Don't forget about the HLS Christmas Challenge that is still open and also July's Rudolph Day!


7/20/2015

Lavendar

Hi, thanks for popping in. Thanks for all the lovely comments on the Poppies (or tulips) cards - you all made me feel so special! I liked that stamp and it was easy to card up. I want to try one more - using an embossed black against a pretty background. I think that will look fab too.

Here's another flower card, no sentiment decided upon as yet. I love the smell of lavender (well some of the lotions or candles don't always have the fragrance that I'm expecting, but the flowers themselves do. I've tried to grow it but unsuccessfully).


- Stamp was purchased at a garage stamp sale last month, and I think it's a PSX*. (which is why I spied it). Stamped with a light gray, colored with copics, WoS, and a Sakura silver star gel pen.

- a snippet of textured and rather glossy Bazzill was cut with a S/B (don't remember which one, but had to do some creative trimming, as the snippet was just not 'quite' large enough, and cut off a tiny sliver on one side.

- largest open die from the same set cut the turquoise mat, and it's got a sort of mulberry texture - but is not mulberry paper. (Guess I'm trying to say it has purplish slubs in the pattern & is pretty IRL).

- you've guessed that the background is a brusho effort using purple and turquoise, which was intended to go behind the image. It didn't look right, so thus the other papers came into play.

- card base is a top fold textured green also from the snippet box, but it was a pretty good size snippet, so perhaps doesn't rightly qualify for the term.

A sentiment will be added when the occasion arises to need this card. I have lots of relatives who like flowers, so it could be a get well, thinking of you, happy birthday, whatever. A die sentiment or a small stamped tag would work just fine at the time.

Ya'll have a good evening. Come by when you can visit a while. And I'll do my best to return all visits. Sometimes I'm not always certain that my comments get published, but I do try to make sure to always return visits to those sweet people who leave wonderful comments. Big hugs.

*Double checked this stamp and it does not say PSX on it..in fact, I can't find any markings, but it sure does have the look of a PSX image I think. However, I'm pretty sure that PSX stamps were labeled with identifying marks, and this wooden stamp has none that I see! Just tryin' to be honest, folks!

7/19/2015

Golden Poppies Thank You

Good afternoon. Here's another card done with that versatile Rubbernecker stamp used in earlier projects.



 
- Brusho background (yellows, orange and a little green with some gold spray), die cut with S/Binders Labels 40 Decorative Accents
 
- Image inked with Versamark, stamped onto the previously created brusho background, then embossed with Ranger's Queen's Gold. I like the look of the gold embossing, but as with the white embossing, the fine details of the stamp are lost. I also liked the way the orange-y colors seemed to create a bit of glow in the central portion of the arrangement. That was pure serendipity, which I noticed only in the photo. Sure didn't see it on the card itself!
 
- Elizabeth Craft sentiment die cut 3 layers of white snippets, which were then colored with the Pentel gold pen. A few tiny gold pearls, and this card was in the mail. Our sweet neighbor gifted me with a lovely circular monogram wooden hanger for the newly painted front door. It's awaiting a light sanding, then spray paint, and some summer flowers wired onto it. Then it will grace the bright red door.
 
Thanks for popping in for a little visit. Hope that your Sunday afternoon is going just super. Blessings & hugs. Come again when you can.   

7/18/2015

Zentangle Bravery

Good afternoon, and welcome to my little corner of Blogland. I have some new followers, according to the list I see at the top of the blog where all the lovely little faces appear. Here is the latest lovey & very talented card blogger:

Theresa of Theresa's Studio
 
Thanks so much for joining as a new follower here, and I encourage my visitors to check out this beautiful blog. The numbers increased, but I can't determine if it's Blogger doing the Silly Buggers Thing (thank you to my Brit friends for this adorable terminology!) or if there really IS a new follower that I've not recognized as such. If it should be you, please leave me a comment saying you were a recent follower, whom I've not recognized here on the blog, & shared a link to your blog. Thank you!
 
Now I'm being very brave to show today's card. Bear in mind, I do NOT know how to Zentangle, despite purchasing several books. After hunting for these safely stored books, I did find one. But I had already doodled this focal image, that I will refer to as a Zentangle! Since Mr. MoJo has gone walk-about for a while, sometimes at night I will just 'doodle' on leftover die cuts..mainly to keep myself awake while watching television. If I just sit, I tend to get sleepy in the wee small hours. Have no idea if it will ever actually get mailed to anyone...{go ahead, - you can laff at this one if you wanna :-)}
 
 
 
- the doodles were colored with pencils, pens and some felt tip markers like Sharpies. I've done several of these, and now have no clue as to how to use them. The background, which was a snippet
from another circle die cut, and was headed for the trash bin, came to the rescue here. Embossed it with Elizabeth Craft EF, Tiny Mosaic, and put some Sookwang behind the opening. The doodled circle (or Zen!) fit into the opening very nicely. The circle Zen piece is actually a snippet too, as it was a leftover on the desk pile.
 
- Double stitched circle frame is Avery Elle, which was a last minute addition (no, it's not covering any spacing from the inlay either. It was just still in the 'to put away' pile on the floor).  I'd seen another framed card somewhere and decided to add the frame at the last minute. Actually it sort of helps with the Zen, don't you think?
 
As I said, this one may never be mailed, but if and when, I'll add a die or stamped sentiment at the time.
 
Ya'll have a great Saturday. We have our usual heat, skies look cloudy, so possibly some rain later. Or maybe not...you just never can tell. As always, thanks so much for stopping in. Hugs.