Friday, November 10, 2017

Happy Little Stampers November ATC Challenge

It is time for another ATC challenge at Happy Little Stampers. 

ATC's are little works of art that measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are very fun to create and I hope you will join us this month where the challenge is Words.  How much fun is this challenge.




I made a group of ATC's.  I had gotten a set of Tim Holtz stamps on sale and thought they would make great ATC's.  The background was made with distress oxide inks.  The words were stamped with VersaFine Black Ink and clear heat embossed.

Here is a close up of one of the ATC's.  I did add some doodling along the edge of each ATC.



Here is a picture of the other four ATC's.    ATC's are hard to photograph.  I was being lazy and did not photograph each one separately.


I hope you will join us in the month of November and play along with this ATC challenge

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers November Die Cut Challenge

It is November - time for another Anything Goes With Dies Challenge at Happy Little Stampers.   I love Anything Goes challenges - leaves you a wide open door for creating.


My card this month is very simple.  I had gotten a new embossing folder with all these Hello's on it.  The embossing folder is larger so this is not my standard A2 card.  It turned out to be monochromatic also.  I love these shades of teal or aqua.  Not sure which it is. 


The circle is a die and also the heart.  The heart is cut from vellum.  It adds a nice focal point for the white embossed sentiment to sit on.

I think I will make multiples of this card.  I send cards every month or so to 5 elderly ladies.  I think they would like this card.  I could use it for the month of February. 

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers and create a project using your dies

Monday, November 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media November Challenge

Hard to believe it is November and time for another Mixed Media challenge.  Time is flying.  How did I manage so many things when I worked full time - retirement keeps me so busy - so wonderfully busy.

The Mixed Media Challenge at Happy Little Stampers for November is Tags


My tag is on a holiday card.  This card will go to someone very special because it took me a long time to think it through and finally finish it.  

Here is my card.



Here is the tag that is the focal point of my card.  The large snowflakes used on the project are from another card project I was working on where I needed the negative space of the card.  I had many snowflakes left over.  For the tag, I glued two layers of the snowflakes together to make it more sturdy.  The Joy was cut on my Silhouette also and it is two layers. 

I clear heat embossed the little dots on the tag.  The tag was then colored with several colors of distress ink.  The Joy was colored with distress inks, distress oxide inks and then a layer of Dina Wakely red acrylic paint.  I was not getting the color red I wanted.  I still don't know if I got the color of red I wanted.  I cut a strip of glitter paper and added to the bottom of the tag. 


Here is a close up of the upper left corner of the card.  You can see the layers of snowflakes under the tag.  A glitter enamel dot decorated the center of the snowflake.  The bow is seam binding.  Of course I had to wet it and squish it to get wrinkles.  It is tied with some silver cord.


Here is the lower right corner.  You can just see that a strip of glitter paper was put across the front of the card.  You see very little of it on the card.  I decided I needed to have a little more red on the card for some balance.  I cut a little berry branch with my Silhouette and colored it with the red acrylic paint.  A leaf spray was die cut out of  the glitter paper and added to the corner arrangement.


Lots of Stickles were used on the snowflakes to make them sparkle. 

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers and make a mixed media tag project.

Oldie Moldie Monday

I am making more projects for my the craft fair my friend works on.  More supplies used.  I made 18 of this particular design.  I saw the idea on U Tube.  I just need to tie a twine bow around it.  

I also made 18 more in shades of blue.  The base that holds the cocoa packet is a business sized envelope which is cut at 4.125 inches from the closed ends.



Thanks for stopping by. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Mustesormi: Soitellen jouluun - Christmas Marching Band

what a cute card

thanks for joining us at HLS

Barb Housner (DT)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday on Tuesday

I have been such a lazy blogger.  I have been creating but I don't get the pictured downloaded and blog post made.

I have been working on some projects for a craft fair that my friend does for Hospice in Seneca, SC.

Today I made wine bottle tags.  I cut everything with my Silhouette and stamped the sentiment.

I have made over 20 of these.  I should make more - great way to use up old supplies.  If you have double sided paper - you can get the tags and the mat for the sentiment.




These are three of the designs I created.  Happy crafting.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Warm Wishes

Over the week end I participated in a few challenges for World Card Making Day.  One challenge was to use old but never used items (hmmmm am I the only one who buys and never used her stuff).  I dug out a stamp and die set and an embossing folder and went to town.



I needed some contrast on the white so I took a stiff brush and softly brushed a distress ink over the top of the die cut panel.  I then ran it through my embossing folder.  The penguin was stamped, colored and die cut.  He is added with foam dots.  The sentiment was added using the Misti.  I have kitted about 10 of this card.  Some for my holiday cards and some for my friends big craft fair she is involved with for Hospice in South Carolina. 

I still think I need something in the blue area.  Maybe I will punch out some snowflakes and add them.

I am entering this into the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More where the challenge is Holiday.  


Thanks for stopping by.  I am off to spend some time with my grand dogs. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Little Stampers October ATC Challenge

Do you like to make those little pieces of art called ATC's (artist trading cards).  Happy Little Stampers has a new challenge for ATC's.  This month the theme is travel.



I do not have too many things in my enormous amount of supplies that is travel related.  For some reason I had a box down that I had placed some stickers I was going to put in a rummage sale and there was the Eiffel Tower Sticker along with the other one that said Paris on it.  This started my ATC.

I had a piece of cardboard cut from a recycled box of tea.  I gessoed the cardboard and then colored it with distress oxide inks.  (OMG I do love to play with those.).  I added the largest Paris sticker on the front of the ATC and then placed the Eiffel Tower sticker on top.  I used some of the other stickers from both collections to add some more interest to the front of the ATC.

I then used the black soot distress oxide ink around the edges of the ATC and used a brush to blend it.  I also smooshed some of the pinks I used and added  them to the images I had put on the front of the ATC.  I found a perfect little sticker quote to add to the front.


I hope you will join us at Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge. 

Anything But A Card

The challenge on the Monday challenge blog for Simon Says Stamp is "anything but a card."

I had surgery at the end of August and so was not feeling up to my normal card making but I have done lots of journal pages.  It was wonderful healing.

Here is the page.  My sister had given me a bag of fabric scraps so you can see there are some ofthose on this page also.  I made a nice little collage with them and stitched them together with my sewing machine.  I even did some journaling.


Here is a close up of the flower.  The flower was cut with my Silhouette.  I rolled fabric and made the center for the flower.  It is very dimensional.


Here you can see some of the fabric and scraps of other things.


I love using bright colors as you can tell from this journal page.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday and Happy Card Making Day Collide

So over the week end, a private group I am in celebrated World Card Making Day.  We all met through our love of making cards.  Different people hosted challenges every two hours. 

I hosted the first challenge - and since I try to always do Oldie Moldie Monday - my challenge was to use supplies that you have had in your supplies for a few years.  I believe my paper pad had a 2012 date on it and I know the stamp is very old also. 



There are many layers of patterned paper on this card, a piece of burlap, and brown twine.  The bow was made with seam binding which I colored with a spray called Tea.  The sentiment is a new stamp set from Penny Black.  I thought the jolly fit this Santa very well.

Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring a challenge to share what you made for World Card Making Day

Thanks for stopping by and remember to show some love for your older supplies. 

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies October Challenge

Time to get out all those dies you have accumulated and make a card for the October Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge.  


I love to make fall cards.  When I made this card, I was on a Washi Tape journey (last month's die card used washi tape also).  I had accumulated many rolls of tape that were fall in color so they were added to the card front. 


I started with a kraft card base and everything was built on top of it.  The majority of my cards have many layers on them.  I took a cream mat and added the layers of washi tape on the front.  I just wrap the edges around to the back of the mat.  This card has four different washi tapes on it.  The sentiment was heat embossed onto the bottom of the card.

I die cut a cream oval and a slightly larger dark brown oval.  I adhered them together and then die cut the oak leaf out of the center.  This was mounted onto the card front with foam tape. 

The cream mat was matted with the same dark brown.  All this was adhered to the kraft card front.  Of course, I then had to use a gold spray to add more depth to it.  I love to make fall cards and I love leaves.

I decided to add washi tape to my envelopes.  This is the back of the envelope.


Here is the front of the envelope.  I do hope this tape stays on going through the post offices.



The inside of the cards also have a coordinating piece of washi tape.


Please join us at Happy Little Stampers for our October Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

World Card Making Day

I was busy creating yesterday and celebrating World Card Making Day.  I was playing along with challenges with a group of online friends.

The card today was made for a challenge for Thanksgiving. 

I am going to enter this card in Simon Says Stamp World Card Making Challenge


There were lessons learned on this card.  I do love the background I made.  I had seen somewhere on the world wide web where they had used an acrylic block and stamped distress inks in long lines.  I had a narrow long acrylic block so I tried it.  After I had stamped the blocks of color I then blended one of the brown oxide inks over all of it.  Here is the first lesson:  if you are going to spray a gold mist on your panel, wait until after you do your heat embossing.  I had to brush away lots of stray embossing powder.  I thought the spray was dry. 

Next lesson - have your brain activated when you do your stamping.  Neatly hidden under that beautiful strip of fabric is another So Very.  I did not need that said twice.  Thank goodness for embellishments.

Next lesson - stamp one sentiment and heat emboss.  Then stamp your second sentiment (for you) so that you get the placement much better.  It looks OK but I think it should have been closer. 

This leaf stamp from Concord and 9th is so beautiful.  I have made many cards with it this fall. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers October Mixed Media Challenge

Once again it is time to dig out all your mixed media stuff and play along with the new challenge at Happy Little Stampers


This part of the challenge did give me some trouble.  I only had crackle embossing paste.  I could not achieve what I wanted.  On my second try I had put the tinted embossing paste through a stencil with large circles.  I liked the circles but not on the sheet of colored watercolor paper.  I fussy cut the circles out and you will see in the example I used my crackled circles to hold a googly eye.  No Halloween card is complete without a googly eye.

Here is my card or cards that I made for the challenge. 


The images are from The Graphics Fairy.  I don't have too many Halloween stamps and I wanted to make something different I could send out this year.  All the papers have been well aged in my stash.  I did need to go buy a bigger googly eye to fit my crackle circles.  All the paper was distressed with my Tim Holtz distress tool. 


Here is a close up of my purple crackle circles.  I used a Dina Wakely stencil to make them.


Here is the first layer of papers. 


To make the paper background more interesting, I first attempted to add embossing paste tinted with Dina Wakely paint through a stencil.  I did not like that so I attempted to remove it and this was the result I got.  I decided to go with it.  It was a happy accident.  Up in the right hand corner, I then took the thick bodied paint I used to tint the embossing paste and just dribbled, drooled, did something down on the corner.  I really did like that.  Lesson learned though, once you do this you have to stop because that paint does not dry very fast.  Finally later in the evening I was able to work on the card fronts and add all the layers.  I did freshen up the drools after I finished the card.


As you can see from the picture of the card, I added many layers of paper to the front along with sewing thread and a fabric bow. 

Please play along with our challenge at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media challenge. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.  I have two large books that I used to smoosh my backgrounds in to make them flat and one day when I was using them - I found two of this sprayed ink background stuck in the pages. 

I decided to keep the card simple.  I trimmed down the dry embossed panel.  I matted it in a blue card stock and then die cut the thanks three times and stacked them up for a more dimensional look.


I am going to enter this card in the challenge at Just Us Girls where the challenge is to use word dies.  I too love word dies - OK I love dies of any type. 


Remember to show some love for your oldier supplies.  They still make wonderful projects and your recipients do not need to know that the supplies you used were from your supplies.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Heat Embossed Christmas Card

It is time to kick my you know what into high gear and get some Christmas cards made.

Jingle Belles' weekly Christmas challenge this week is to use embossing - dry embossing, heat embossing, embossed paper - anything embossed.   I thought I could handle this challenge.

I had made the panel I embossed on some time ago using distress oxide inks.  They are rather addictive for making background papers.  I need to spend a nice mindless hour or two and make some more papers.


I die cut the top panel and the sentiment panel.  I removed the sentiment panel and used a Hero Arts Background stamp for the heat embossed snowflake background.  I embossed the sentiment on the little die cut.  The ribbon is seam binding which I died with the bottom distress ink - I achieved balance by placing that color bow at the top of the card opposite the sentiment.  The sentiment was pop dotted and added into the opening.

I really do like how the card turned out.

I am also going to add it to the challenge at Addicted To Stamps and More.  The challenge is Anything Goes.



Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Birthday Card

I decided to play along with the sketch at CAS(E) This Sketch



I am making cards for several different charities so not sure which box this card will go into.
I used a well aged 6 x 6 pad of papers .  I even stamped the bird on patterned paper and it was die cut out.  The sentiment was fussy cut from the patterned paper also.


I enjoy playing along with sketches.  The CASE challenges are interesting for me because I am not a CASE card maker.  The more layers the better for me.  I help keep the US Postal Service in business.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time to Make Christmas Cards

Christmas is fast approaching and I do not have many Christmas cards made.  Luckily the challenge at Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge was something I get on board with.  Everyone loves a penguin and I have quite a few penguin stamps.  One year I made cards with every penguin stamp I had.  It was a fun week.


I am also entering it into the City Crafter Challenge which is colorful birds



This lone little penguin stamp was floating around in a box of stamps so he jumped out and I made two Christmas cards.  I used a 6 x 6 Lawn Fawn Christmas pad.  I love the combination of colors they used.  I colored Mr. Cutie with copic markers.  Glitter was added to his skates and ear muffs.  A little glitter was put on the aqua embellishment on top of the snowflake.  This baker's twine was a perfect match for the color combination from the papers. 


Thanks for stopping by.  I hope there are more challenges that inspire me to make a couple Christmas cards.  Have a wonderful day. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

Monday - time to share some creations made with well aged paper.

These cards are going in a box to be sent to a troop being overseas.  One of my fellow card makers I met through Operation Write Home is sending cards overseas to some of soldiers from her state.  She asked her card making friends if they would contribute cards.  Many of us are sending cards to her.  These are the last cards I am putting in the box.



I generated the sentiment on the computer.  Very simple cards but hopefully they will bring a smile to the sender and receiver of the card.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday - time to show some love for your old supplies.

I checked out the challenges - and found one that fit - thank goodness - since I need to be working on Christmas cards.

The challenge at Merry Monday is  to use a tag on your project.


I had sitting on my table this cute little penguin.  He was already colored.  I knew exactly the old paper I wanted to use but I could not find it - but that is ok - because I had another purple grouping.  It is a Christmas 6 x 6 pad but you couldn't really tell from the papers I used.


I think the penguin stamp was once a $1 stamp at Michael's.  The tag is a die from Paper Smooches.  The sentiment is from a Hero Arts set.

Yay - one more Christmas card made and there are 3 more penguins sitting over there that I could make a few more cards for my Christmas cards for 2017.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Clean and Simple Happy Birthday Cupcake

I have been working on some cards for a couple boxes for charity.  I wanted to do some birthday cards and this is what I was inspired to create.

I started with a digital image and sized it so I could 4 on an 8.5 x 11 sheet.  I then cut these images out with a rectangle stitched die.  I then printed the same images on printed card stock and fussy cut them out.  I sued distress ink to color around the cupcake.  Dry embossed a white panel to pop the cupcake panel on.  I matted the white panel with turquoise paper to match the sentiment.  This could very well be an oldie moldie monday post because this is an old digital image, old sentiment stamp and old patterned paper.  But, as I always say, your old supplies still make beautiful cards.



I am entering this in the following challenges.

   Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is Clean and Simple. 



CASology where the challenge is Cake.


Wednesday Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is Clean and Simple.

Shop Your Stash where the challenge is Emboss Like A Boss.  I dry embossed my white embossing mat and heat embossed my sentiment.

Tuesday Throwdown where the challenge is Happy Birthday.

Whew I have not done that many challenges in such a long time.

Thanks for stopping by.