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10/20/2014

Halloween Witch with Textures

Good morning, and here we are at another Monday. Yesterday afternoon I took some time to play catch up with all the blog visits I was so behind on, which made me feel more productive than usual. Have got to get me out of the lazy routine I seem to have fallen into. Have great intentions of creating a card, then I just don't get rountoit. Do you ever do that? I hope I'm not the only one that's guilty of that trap. Need to get caught up on some Halloween cards that should get in the mail soon.

Here's a quick card, using a previously created background from a play/experiment. I'm still working on the embossing paste techniques & trying to improve.


- mixed media paper (Canson #90) was colored with brush strokes & dibs & dabs of leftover inks, left to dry.

- added some gold embossing paste over a stencil. Let that dry. Came back with some black Dina Wakely paste over a leaf stencil. Finding that I don't like the harsh black, and also see in the photo were it didn't cover well. Can fix that with some black paint I think. Covered one place with a foil leaf (which is not showing well in the photo, but looks ok on the card itself). Thanks to Miss Brenda at Inkspired to Stamp for sending me these foil leaves and the acrylic leaf that is added to the tag  - along with the pumpkin showing to the side of the card.

- Witch image stamped on a snippet of white c/s, trimmed and used an SU tag punch top to create this tag. As you know, I don't do many tags. This image was small, so thought it would work this way. Colored with copics, some WoS for glitz; added all the embellies. The bat was a DH purchase of some dimensional Recollection products - and {sigh} will require extra postage.

- sentiment stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle, punched with a SU punch, edged with DI colors in Scattered Straw & Spiced Marmalade as it was way too white (part of the same snippet that the witch was stamped upon). If you should have any questions about products, let me know.

In the meantime, have a wonderful Monday. Thanks for visiting, and big hugs.

10/19/2014

Christmas Card Club - Rita's Reindeer

Happy Sunday. Today is another Christmas Club Card - and the theme was selected by Miss Rita of RMG Creations. (a very lovely blog in case you don't know about this one).

Today's card came together fairly quickly, once decisions were made about which dies to use. I'm  not going into depth about the dies used, but if you want the info, let me know. I'll just explain a bit about the creation of it. Here goes:

 
 
- white card base was embossed, just a bit peeking out behind the popped up S/B die cut,. The die cut paper was VOS indeed. Found in the stash, though the swirls were evocative of a snowstorm. There is a noticeable difference in the white colors, since the swirled paper is quite old, but I rather liked the look.
 
- IO Santa sleigh & IO tree die, Sweet Stamps reindeer & MBox joy sentiment. All these dies were cut from a white snippet that has been floating around the desk for a while. To get the pearly glisten, a wet brush was swiped over a Mica Color Stargazer iridescent white (see below) and painted the shapes. Was quite pleased with the effect achieved, as I couldn't find any white pearlized paper. Good to know I can do this.
 
 
 
This is another VOS product...comes in handy when I rediscover it time after time!
 
Please take time to visit the other members of this fun Christmas Card Club- their links are on the sidebar. Let me also welcome a new follower, Lorraine (Rainey's Craft Room) who is a member of our group. Thanks for becoming a follower Lorraine!
 
 
Ya'll have a nice day, and hope it's as beautiful wherever you may be in the world, as it is here in Upstate South Carolina today. We've had several just perfectly wonderful Fall days lately. Big Hugs.
 
 
 

10/16/2014

In a Garden by Northwoods

Hello, did you think I had run away???Sorry for being MIA, but sometimes I just have to take a little blog break to do some Real Life Things (or just be lazy - or both!). Before I share today's card, let me say a big warm welcome to some lovely new followers:

Lynn B of Crafty Linby
H Moffett of Crafty Creations
 
Thanks so very much for joining as new followers! Hope you'll take a few minutes to pop over and say a big Hello to these talented crafters. Gosh, I am seeing some blog candy in the future. So you might want to stay tuned and if you see that following list* hit 300 (GOSH, what a big milestone that is to contemplate)...there's gonna be some celebratin'. (*if you follow with Bloglovin, you won't be in the data spreadsheet & your name won't be included in the Random Generator count. So if you're interested, please check the followers' list and add yourself to that list as well. I'd hate to miss including anyone).
 
We have had some rainy, overcast days here in Upstate South Carolina this week, but today is a perfect sunny Fall day. Blue skies (but there are some fluffy white clouds floating around), nice breeze, and the ground has dried out enough that Mr. could get out to mow the lawns.  We finally got a few of the Fall decorations out on the cleaned front porch, but decided to keep it minimal - with the thought of having to pick up and pack it all away again. I'll try to share some pictures.
 
Still haven't gotten the HTML problem solved. I'll ask again, if anyone knows an HTML expert, I'd appreciate the information. In the meantime, I've left the coding alone before I really hose up things.
 
When I'm not posting, many times I'm still coloring images or playing with making backgrounds - for when I'm in the mood to get a card ready & posted. Today's card is a pretty Northwoods image I've had colored for a while. It's really more of a Spring card rather than our current season, but I liked it.
 
 
 
- colored with copics, die cut with S/Binder Valiant honor. Did just a bit of stenciling in on the corners. This is such a pretty die. There's also some sparkle added with WoS pens.
 
- card base was sponged with DI Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Worn Lipstick (discovered I don't have the larger size of Picked Raspberry. How did that happen?). Then sprayed with some Tattered Angels gold spray purchased recently on sale. Went to clean the spray head after using the spray, and it was already clogged, just with one use. Some of the metallic sprays are difficult to work with - but one doesn't know until that first spray. Usually flushing the sprayer with water immediately after use helps to avoid this. Not this time. I did get some replacement spray heads, so will try it on this one. Also noticed the moisture of the spray made the card base curl, so it will need some major heavy flattening.
 
Have a wonderful afternoon, hope it's as lovely where you are, as it is here. Thanks for popping in. Big Hugs.


10/09/2014

DeeDee's Digis Halloween Pirate YoHoHo

Good afternoon, and please help me welcome some lovely new followers:

Lynn Platt (and I'm sorry I don't have a blog link - so Lynn if you will contact me with that info, I can add your link in a later post)
Brenda of Floral Fantasies  (Brenda has several blogs so I hope I've linked to the correct one)
Lynn B. of Crafty Linby
 
I saw the numbers in the followers' section change, but could only account for the names shown above. If you are a new follower here, and I missed giving you a shout out for your blog, please let me know so I can be sure to do that. I appreciate all my followers - hope you like what you see here, and it's always so lovely to meet new folks and see their work too. It's equally nice to be able to invite readers to visit some inspirational blogs to get new ideas and enjoy crafters' work. So thanks for taking time to become a follower here.
 
Secondly, in trying to add the Hover P (Pinterest button) to cards I post, with help from the very kind Lisa  of A Mermaid's Craft, I've discovered that some of the blog HTML code in this blog, is rather hosed up. If anyone knows how to repair HTML code, I'd love to have some help. Lisa was very helpful in her suggestions & advice, but then we became concerned that our 'fixing' would damage the blog. I don't want to lose my posts, and even more importantly, all my lovely followers. So I need someone who knows how to edit code to give me a shout if you would. If you know of someone who designs blogs, I'd appreciate a contact. Thanks so very much to Lisa for her time in trying to help me with this, and thanks to anyone else who might be willing to give some assistance.
 
Now onto my card for today.
 


_DeeDee's Digi's Freebie for World Card Making Day . DeeDee offered this really cute puppy pirate and his parrot companion free over this past weekend. Didn't get my card finished & posted in time to celebrate World Card Day, but the image is still available in the store Newest Releases and is priced very reasonably. Do check out these newest images, as there are some adorable sets for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also for October's Digi of the month, there is another cute set available for just $1.25 and the challenge is open until November 2. It's a great way to build up your digi stash. Some of the talented DT have presented some wonderful inspiration for the October Digi to give ideas of how the set can be used.

Here's how it works:
If you are new to the Digi of the Month challenges, it's not too late to join in the fun! This is a monthly progressive freebie challenge. You can purchase this month's featured set for just $1.25 in the shop, or get it for FREE with any $10 purchase of Deedee's Digis products. NOTE: Deedee will email this set to you after payment clearance of your qualifying purchase. Create and share any wholesome project made with this set by the challenge deadline, and you will be sent  next month's featured set for FREE. Keep playing, and keep collecting freebies -- it's as easy as that! :-)  

image was printed twice, one die cut with a S/B label and airbrushed with various copic colors while still in the die. Second image fussy cut, and shaded with copics and some Spica pens. Used a stylus on the pumpkins, hat & the puppy's ears, but don't think the photo shows this. Did the same treatment on the treasure map.

- background was 2 triangular snippets used from a previous project, and liked the colors with my puppy's background.

- Washi tape covers the paper join and the sentiment is washi as well.

A very, very easy card - once I got started on the process! Life has just been getting in the way of card making & posting. I'm sure all of you know how that goes! Since this card has some snippets, and since some nice prizes are on offer, I'm off to visit the Snippets Playground, Week 145 

Thanks for joining me this afternoon. I hope to get some more cards finished up and posted. Halloween is getting closer & there's cards to get ready! Have a wonderful afternoon, and if you have time, please do visit my lovely new followers, DeeDee's Digis & the Snippet Playground. You'll be glad you did! Big Hugs.

   

10/05/2014

Another Autumn Butterfly for Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge

Hiya, back again with another Butterfly card for Mrs. A's Challenge #15 (Autumn Butterflies).

First though, let me extend a warm welcome to my newest follower, Tammy of Tammy's Spot. So  happy to have you visit here, and hope you'll like what you see! Many of you already know about Tammy's wonderful blog, but for those who might not, please pop over to say Hello.

Now onto the Butterfly card:

 
 
This card was inspired by Friend Donna of Creative Smiles after seeing how she made a recent card.  I've seen other bloggers use this die technique; had just finished this bit of color play, and decided to try the technique for this card.
 
First the mixed media paper had been watercolored using an old Stargazer watercolor set I found.
 


- dampened the w/c paper, and using a wet brush, applied swaths of autumn tone colors in stripes down the length of the paper. Let that dry. Using Distress Inks in Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Mowed Lawn and a small stencil brush, applied these inks using a MB butterfly stencil.

 
This is the stencil I've used recently for paste embossing and was not pleased with the results achieved. Worked a bit better using inks & brush to stencil - think the card photo shows the stenciled butterflies. IRL they show better.
 
Staz On Saddle Brown stamped some butterflies from a clear set purchased at a consignment/garage sale. This set was quite brittle, and in removing one from the clear sheet. it simply tore apart. Lesson learned: perhaps don't buy acrylic sets from consignment or garage sales in future. I'm glad I didn't spend a lot of money for this set. Would have been a waste, because I think this set will get trashed as being unusable.
 
Wet a tiny brush, inked with some of the purple stargazer, and did a bit of outlining while the stencil was still in place. Shows up nicely IRL but think you can see a little bit of it in the photo.
 
- die cut both sides of the dried piece with S/B curved bracket - using 2 of the dies for each cut (one is decorative, one cut the curved edge shape). Adhered to cream card base. Used the cut off waste from the bracket to adhere to the inside right of the card base - on the right side of the cream edge. Cut the card front with the same dies so that this color would show.
 
- Fern is a snippet from a past project trying to the inlay technique. Had used UTEE on the die cut positive piece, and then it didn't fit back well into the negative cut. It's been on the desk for a while. Gold butterfly is an outline sticker, applied over a snippet  of clear packaging from a S/Binder.
 
- sentiment stamped using the Saddle Brown. That's it! Hope seeing the supply pictures helped to explain the how-to's. This was a fun card to make, and was done in bits & pieces as a thought to 'try this' would occur.
 
Ya'll have a wonderful day. I'm off to link up at Mrs. A's Butterfly Challenge and the Snippets Playground Week 145. Sorry I missed World Card Day yesterday, but was just too busy to participate. Hope your day was just grand. Hugs
 
Edit: Just realized this might work in the Mixed Media Challenge Card Challenge #4 (which is vintage) so I hope this could meet the requirements! It's kind of 'vintage' as some of the supplies were pretty vintage for sure!!!(the Art Quest mica paints!)

Christmas Card Club - Carol Singers

Good Morning and today it's Christmas Card Club Sunday. Our group submits cards every other Sunday with a theme decided upon by one of the members. Today our theme was chosen by Sweet Sue P. of Planet Susie and her choice was Carol Singers.

The card I finished is not what I started out to make. I have had the Tim Holtz Carolers die for a while, and when I saw Sue's choice, I thought "Aha, finally will use this die". So cut some chipboard  & black cardstock using this die. Layered these together, and then discovered, the images are quite a bit larger than appropriate for the size of card I usually make. So what to do? Remembered another PBlack image in the stash, with Caroling Penguins and thought "These are carol singers too" so off I go last evening to hunt up this stamp. (and not so easy to do in the mess I have! LOL).

Had made up some backgrounds after seeing this pretty card over at Benzi's (she has a link to the SCS tutorial for this alcohol marker marbling technique). So basically all I needed to do was stamp the image using Staz On Black, and do a little coloring. Just loved the result I got trying this new-to-me technique with copics.

 
 
- Copic alcohol markers in shades of blue were scribbled over a taped Ziploc baggie in random splodges, then spritzed with rubbing alcohol from a spray bottle. Then a piece of glossy cardstock was placed down on the wet ink and lifted. You can see the lovely marbling achieved. Please do visit Benzi's tutorial link to the Splitcoast Stampers video showing exactly how to do this. It's such fun (and easy too!).
 
- PB Caroling penguins stamped in Black Staz On since I didn't know how my usual Memento black tuxedo would work over the glossy marbling. Stamped the same image on 3 different Christmas patterned papers, cut out the hats & scarves and did some paper piecing. Once the pieces were glued to the main image, highlighted with some copic markers and spica pens.
 
- Beaks & feet were colored with yellow, then orange Spica pens. Decided to try Orange Wink of Stella and liked the darker look much better.  White gel pen around the hat fur & pom-pom. Thought about adding some glitter while the ink was wet, decided not to. Some Spica green & red on the holly that is on the song books.
 
- Stickles Star dust added for the snow flakes and snow, and then added some Sparkle n Sprinkle Twinkling Clouds for the dusting of snow.
 
- Memory Box Lamp die - light colored with WoS. Sentiment is from the PB stamp set.
 
- Silver glitter mat, then placed over another marbled c/s before adhering to the card base.
 
Thanks for joining me today. Will be back in a bit with a 2nd post. Do check out the other Christmas Cards submitted to our challenge by the Club Members that are listed in the side bar. Big Hugs. Enjoy your day.
 
 

Here's the plastic baggie taped down over a piece of paper the size of the card stock used to marble. The underneath paper serves as a template to aid in placing the marker colors. Bottle is labeled as to contents. Do please check out the tutorial video..it's fun to watch it.

Edit: Also linking this to the Penny Black and More October Challenge: Get Ahead for Christmas and CHNC Challenge Extra for October. (Thanks, Hazel - for reminding me!)

10/02/2014

Pumpkin and Mouse Fall

Welcome and thanks for stopping in for a visit. Will cut right to the chase & show the card.


- Image is a from a clear Hampton Art Halloween set, and the greeting is from an Inky Antics clear fall set. Image stamped on a square snippet left over from cutting the center from another project die - just the right size to stamp this cute little image. Colored with copics and some WoS.

- die trim pieces were from an experiment working with mixed media paper, some water colors & Dale Rowney pearlescent inks. Looked good,but then used a PB Halloween tree stamp inked with Versafine black (image is quite detailed). Did NOT stamp sharply on the mixed media paper (or the previous ink layers could have added to the problem) - even using the Bonnie's Best Stamp press. Liked the inky colors so decided to use it as the scalloped mat, the trim dies, rather than toss it.

- Die trims were from a S/Binder die (think it was Resplendant Rectangle). Hunted through the die stash to find something that would work with the remains after cutting the scallop mat.

- Flower was a freebie in a recent order and sponged Fluid Chalk Pumpkin Spice over to work better with the colors of the pumpkin. Card base is a textured orange Bazzill that has been hanging around the desk for a while.

That's it! Wishing all a Happy Friday, and sending big Hugs your way.

Edit: Thanks to some very sweet bloggers giving me a heads up on the Scrapy Land Challenge#3 this card will be submitted there. This is an Anything Goes Challenge using any brand of die sold by Scrapy Land. So thanks to those bloggers who gave me a shout about this challenge.
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