Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let's Chill - It is Getting Chilly

Cooler weather is coming to Wisconsin - I guess we should not complain because it has been nice for quite awhile.  Last week end - it was in the 60's.  But reality returns.

The Operation Write Home monthly Our Daily Bread Design challenge is snowflakes - non holiday card.  I love the Paper Smooches snowmen.  This one looks like me - a little short and little round - ok - maybe a lot round.

It is also going to be entered into the weekly Paper Smooches Spark Challenge.  It is a sketch challenge this week.

Here is the sketch.

This time my creation was pretty true to the sketch.  Being true to the sketch does not happen too often for me.

If you wish to buy your own Paper Smooches stamps - just stop by their store.  I keep hoping for some new snowmen yet this year.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 27, 2014

I Made It - Oldie Moldie Monday

Whew - I did not think I would be able to get an oldie moldie Monday card posted, but I made it.  The week end was too busy and I was too tired (raking leaves does that to you).  Tonight I found a little mojo and made this card to send to my Mom.  Old Halloween paper and an old stamp - one of $1 ones from Michael's.

I am going to enter this into the challenge on Addicted to Stamps - the challenge is Holiday.

Almost time to go to bed.  Must find something to wear to work.

Have a good evening.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday

Who would have thunk that from the Basic Grey paper Collection "Little Black Dress" you could make a masculine card.

I wanted to make a masculine card and I saw this neglected paper pad so grabbed it and wondered was there something I could use because I wanted to stamp my trusty rusty truck stamp in black and use some kraft paper.  I started looking through the pad and found a great plaid and some wonderful stripes.  Plus there was some solid paper to do the stamping on.  Thus the masculine card was born.

This card is going to a fellow cardmaker's son.  His mom makes fantastic cards so hopefully he likes this one.

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember to show some love for some old supplies.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sweet Halloween

Isn't this the sweetest little witch.  She is designed by Julie Nutting for Prima.  I had the pleasure of meeting Julie this last week end.  I will post my projects from the class later in the week.

I used an assortment of different Halloween papers for my card.  Her entire outfit is paper pieced.

Once again I used that fat quarter of black fabric for my bow on my card.  If you go back through all my recent Halloween projects, you will see this fabric in bows in all of my projects.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is time to make a birthday card for my Mom.  I used some pretty colors for her card.

Everyone wants cake for their birthday.  I made her a cupcake card.  This is a stamp from Whipper Snapper Stamps.  I got it on clearance but you know you can never have enough cupcake stamps.  The image was colored with Copics.  I made polka dots in the cupcake liner by using the color remover.  I then added clear Stickles.  The cherry has glossy accents on it.

The sentiment is from SRM Stickers.

Enjoy your Monday.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Halloween Mixed Media Frog

It is the part of the month where Mou posts a challenge on the Faber Castell blog.  The challenge is to create any project for Halloween or Day of the Dead.  I try to make a few Halloween cards each year.

This was a fun card to make.  I got out my texture paste, gelatos, Big Pens and started to play.  The background is a piece of Basic Grey paper which I applied texture paste to through a stencil.  I colored the texture paste with gelatos.  I wish I would have gotten a brighter orange.  The frog (a stamp from Whipper Snapper Stamps) was stamped and colored with gelatos, Big Pen and some distress ink.  I wanted a stormy looking sky so I put a layer of distress paint and then used purple, grey and dark blue gelatos to make it look stormy.  The weird looking circle is a moon - a very funky colored moon.  The brown earth is the Big Brush pen smeared with my fingers.  I added a little green in the brown.

I matted the image with several colors of cardstock.  Patterned paper was carded to the front.  I added stickers from SRM Stickers for my sentiment and the spider.  The stitches are also stickers.  A spider web was cut with my Silhouette.  I added a bow of fabric.

Eventually I will link this up on the SRM Challenge blog.

I am also entering it into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - where the challenge is to use fiber, ribbon or twine.

Happy Halloween.  I do so love getting messy.  (Shhh - inside is a big spider hanging down)  The person who this card is for - hates spiders.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Unity Monthly Challenge

I am slow at getting to the monthly challenges.  Here I am skidding in under the wire.  Yesterday and today.  Here is the challenge for the month at Unity Stamps.

I decided to do the card sketch for today's post.  I enjoy how they say "loosely follow the sketch".  I am pretty loosey goosey sometimes with following sketches.

I have been trying to get some Christmas cards made (I even finished the inside of this one).  I also know who I am sending it too.  The snowman is an itty bitty.  The sentiment came in a grab bag from Unity.  The paper is the new winter collection from Doodlebug.  I am a sucker for teal and purple.  Favorite colors in my design palate.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Oldie Moldie Monday, Unity Stamps and SRM Stickers

Boom - they all collide and out of the dust comes a little fall canvas.  It is a very whimsical canvas because there are no leaves - just dots of paper to give the allusion of leaves.  That is why I say it is whimsical.

It is oldie moldie because the canvas is a $1 canvas that had an image on it for kids to paint.  I always picked them up because hey - it was a cheap 5 x 5 canvas.  I have had the stamp for awhile.  The SRM Sticker has been hanging out in my crafting area for a couple years.  You get so many stickers on a sheet it is hard to use them all up.

I covered the canvas with a page from a dictionary.  I used gel medium to adhere it to the canvas.  I then applied a layer of gesso.  I stamped the tree with VersaMark and used brown embossing powder.  The background was painted with distress paints.  The sentiment strip was painted with three colors of distress ink.

I am going to enter this into the monthly challenge at Unity Stamps.  You have a choice:  a picture to inspire your color selection or a sketch.  I chose the colors. I used different pieces of paper to coordinate with the colors in the inspiration picture.  I get so much use out of my little hand punch.

I am also entering it into the SRM Monthly challenge.  This time my project is inspired by the picture in the challenge.  The colors and the leaves.  (I used whimsical leaves.)

I am also going to enter this in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is "falling love with...".  I really am falling in love with mixed media.  I guess I just like to get my hands all goopy but I sure am having lots of fun.

It was kinda fun for me to be able to actually have my oldie moldie Monday creation work itself into a couple challenges.

Enjoy your Monday.  One day closer to the week end.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day

Today is World Card Making Day.  A holiday for card makers.  I do hope all my card making friends get to spend the day indulging their fun craft.  I will be on the road visiting my Mom but I will be excited when I get home to check everything out.

For today, I made a mixed media Halloween card to go along with the current challenge on Mixed Media Mojo.  Make sure you pop over there to check out the other fun cards.  You should really come play along with us too.

I had so much fun making this card.  This is almost 6 x 6 card so I will have to pay extra postage to mail this card and it will have to go in a bubble envelope.  Hard to tell but it is a black card base.  There is then a layer of purple card stock where I wet the card stock and then tore and curled the edges.  There is then a layer of wonderful plaid paper which you can't hardly see.  Dang.  There is also a strip of the same paper as the paper pieced bosom of Witchy Poo.

This stamp is from Whipper Snapper.  Whipper Snapper is a Wisconsin based stamp company.  Lots of great wonderful stamps.  It is a special treat to go to the store in Brookfield.  The only drawback is at the store you can only buy wood mounted stamps.  But back to the card.  She is stamped on a couple pages of a dictionary that were glued together with gel medium and then a layer of gesso was put down.  She was colored with different mediums:  gelatos, distress paint, distress ink, Big Pen.  After she was done the background was done with distress paint and then two different colors of gelatos to get a stormy sky look.  I mixed embossing paste with gelatos to get purple paste and put it through a stencil around the edges.  Glossy Accents was added to the eyes of everything and to the pumpkin which is a sticker.  SRM Stickers - sentiment and stitches finished off the background.

She was matted with more purple and an orange patterned paper.  I added a fabric strip to the stripe across the card and made a bow from the fabric also.  The matted image was pop dotted onto the front of the card.

Because I used the SRM Stickers on my card and part of their October challenge is Halloween, I am entering my card in that challenge.  I love what the stitch stickers add to the card.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your World Card Making Holiday.  Please stop by and visit us at Mixed Media Mojo and make a mixed media project with a little fabric in it.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday - Friends With Flair

It is Friday - time to share a card made with a Unity Stamp on Friend's with Flair - if you have been stopping by lately you will kinda remember that I have used this stamp on two other cards.  I was busy stamping one day.  It is such a beautiful stamp.

As you can see I cut a narrow card base and have let the image overlap the top by a good inch.  (Yes the back of the image is neat also.  I added some embossing and a some patterned paper.  A friend gifted me some hand dyed seam tape.  It was the perfect color for this card.

Thanks for stopping by - I promise - next week I will use a different stamp for my card.  I do have another Christmas card made.  Yeah me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mixed Media Mojo October Challenge

It is the beginning of October and time for a new challenge on the Mixed Media Mojo Challenge Blog.

So, in a prior life, I was a person who sewed everything and anything.  I worked in a fabric store for over 10 years.  I bought lots of fabric.  I no longer sew except on an occasional card and the fabric supply has dwindled.  I once again need to go through my fabric and give more of it away.  Needless to say, I like this challenge.  If you check back on the September challenge post, I used fabric on that card.

Oh my what you can do with a recycled pickle jar.  If you stop by next Wednesday, October 8, I will have step outs for how I did my candy jar.  My fabric is around the middle of the jar and then tied in a bow.

Go find some fabric and make a Halloween or fall card.  Can't wait to see your projects.