Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wedding Card

A high school classmate special ordered a wedding card for me.  I took the order and I made a beautiful card.  She has received it and she loved it.

I am entering the card in the Monday Challenge at Simon Says Stamp.  The challenge is to distress it.  Well I distressed the edges of all the paper with scissors (I couldn't find my distresser - it is playing hide and seek.)


Here are some close ups of different parts of the card.








Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Happy Little Stampers July ATC Challenge

Time again for the new challenge at Happy Little Stampers - ATC.

The challenge this month is Animals.



The background for the ATC is Distress Oxide Inks.  The little monkey and heart are stickers that I have had for so many years.  I am so glad to be able to use at least one of the monkeys.  The Hello was stamped on the ATC front.


Please join us at Happy Little Stampers July ATC challenge.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers July Anything Goes With Dies Challenge

It is July, time for a new dies challenge at Happy Little Stampers and as always it is Anything Goes.


This will be either a Christmas card or a winter card.  I am not sure yet.  The sweater was die cut with a new die.  I love the non traditional accent of orange.  It is always nice to mix up your holiday cards.  The snowflake is one I had in my supplies.  The sentiment was cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

The background and the sentiment were created with distress oxide inks.  I love to play with those inks.  One hint is make sure you color your paper for your sentiment at the same time.  You can never recreate the same coloring with distress oxides.


Here is a close up of the sentiment.


Here is a close up of the sweater and background.


Get out your dies and join us at Happy Little Stampers Die Challenge - Anything Goes.

Friday, July 7, 2017

New Distress Ink Colors in the House

I had so much fun with the first colors that I had to order the next 12 colors.  I did find them on sale and with half price shipping.  Of course I started playing with them immediately.  I have made a bunch of backgrounds and I have six of them stamped for Christmas cards.  I will finish one and kit the rest to be assembled when I am away from home.

I decided to use one of my new panels to do the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.  Here is the sketch.


Here is my card.  I used three different colors to make the more solid background and then the I did splatters on the background.  After doing this I struggle, is it a CAS card.  In my design world, it is because I know all the layers I like.  I love the bright colors I achieved.


I am also entering it into the challenge at Addicted to Stamps and more where the challenge is CAS.


Everyone have a wonderful day.  I may have to put the inks aside so I can make the two male birthday cards I need to make for tomorrow (plus make a salad) and I took a special order for a wedding card.  I would like to mail that this Monday.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media July Challenge

How did it get to be the beginning of July?  Well it is time for the new monthly challenges to be posted at Happy Little Stampers.

The mixed media challenge is Texture.


I needed a birthday card for a male friend so decided to do my challenge card for July for mixed media.  This is an image that has never been inked before so that was good to use it.

The image and sentiment was stamped on gessoed on book pages.  I colored the image with distress paint.  Texture was added with embossing paste in several different parts of the card.  There is a chicken sire die behind the image.  The paper is very old.


The card was liked by the recipient.

Please come join us at Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media for our July challenge.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

I have a grouping of this paper from Kaiser Kraft.  The colors are beautiful and I took one scrappiece and made 2 cards out of it.  I still have one more piece cut from this scrap that I will work into a card.



Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

ICAD Week 4

These are my ICADS (index card a day) for Week 4.

Day 22


Day 23


Day 24


Day 25


Day 26


Day 27


Day 28


I am laboring on this.  61 days is a long time span but I am determined to make it through.  If I don't like the prompt, I have decided to just do something I want to do.  I am enjoying the scraps in my little box.  They are getting a life.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Canvas Corp Mini Sewing Themed Album

A group of designers from the Canvas Corp Design Team made mini albums.  The approximate dimensions were 5.5 inches by 2.75 inches - about the size of an I Phone.

If you wish to see the other albums that were made - click on this link.

Canvas Corp has a wonderful line of sewing themed papers in their 7 Gypsies Line.  It is called Gypsy Seamstress and you can find it at this link.

I sewed in a former life so I also have many sewing themed stamps from many different companies.  Some of the stamps may even be considered vintage.

This is the cover.  I adhered two pieces of canvas together with iron on adhesive and stitched around the outside edge.  All the edges are frayed.  The focal point of the cover is the scissors from the new Architextures line.  Everything in this new line can be found at this link.  I fussy out different elements from the sewing paper.  There is also a big pile of thread which was pulled off the canvas pieces.  A wooden button is the closure for the little journal.

The journal has two signatures in it.  Each signature has 4 normal size pages and two small pages.  They are sewn into the journal.


This is the first page when you open the journal.  It is a combination of fussy cut paper and some burlap strings torn from the burlap squares.


Here is a view of the next two pages.  I used one of my fun sewing stamps on one side.  The other side is some paper and a sentiment from another set of stamps along with some stamped buttons.  Thread from the canvas fabric enhance the page.


This is the next set of pages.  On hte left page I added a small envelope and decorated it with paper and stamping.  I took an old fashioned safety pin and hung a bunch of punched tags on it.  The other page has some stamping and paper on it for decoration


On the next page I stamped a vintage sewing machine, and adhered it to the fold in the page.


More pages with fussy and torn cut paper to decorate it.


This is another spread with more fussy cut paper embellishments and a little stamping.


On this page I stamped a dress form.  Oops it did not stamp very nicely at the top so a piece of paper was added to cover up that mishap.  The other page was decorated with Tattered Angels paint and a fussy cut banner from a paper pad.


This is another page with a small bag and more tags which are hung in the book.  The other page has more fussy cut elements and stamping.


Here is a nice view of one of the half pages in the book.  Paper and stamps decorated the pages.


Here is the middle of the half pages.More fussy cut paper to decorate the pages.


The backside of the half page and another full page with fussy cut images, stamping and some thread from the canvas fabric.


Here is used a scissor stamp, doily and more fussy cut paper.


And we come to the end of the journal.  The lage page just has stamping on it.  This does give you a view of the fabric cover.  You can see where I took a piece of canvas and covered up the jute threads which are the closure.  The jute threads loop around the wood heart on the front to close it.


This was such a fun project to make.  I hope you enjoy this look at the sewing journal.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Merry Christmoose

Very slowly I am starting to work on some Christmas cards.  I am going to be dog sitting so I have made a kit of this card so I can assemble a total of 5 cards.

The challenge at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge is to use a moose on your card.  I do have a few moose stamps.  My daughter lives in Alaska so it is a favorite subject for me.


The moose is a stamp from Gina K designs.


I am also entering the card in the weekly challenge at Addicted to Stamps where the challenge is holiday.


Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday.  Time to show some love for your old supplies.  I made this card with things that were just laying on my design table.  I added some spray and had some fun with it.  I do like how it turned out.  It may not be too well aged but it was just pieces laying around.


Here you can see the spray.


I used a piece of patterned paper across the middle and then added for a pop of color a strip of distress oxide ink paper.


Remember to show some love for your old supplies.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Journal Page - Peace

This is a journal page I am entering into a contest sponsored by Dina Wakely and Ranger Inks.  The contest is to journal about putting the ME into our mixed media.

I believe what mixed media does for me is that it brings me inner peace.  My soul enjoys it and for a little while you forget your worries.  I like to do anything that makes my hands messy.

Lots of Dina Wakely paints (love the bright colors).  I also used the scribble sticks on the page.  I really like how the color on the peace symbols turned out.  They remind me of the 60's and 70's and tie dye.



I am not the best journaling person but I do have fun.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ICAD Cards Week Three

I must say it is getting harder to do these so when I get stumped - I just go off prompt and do whatever I want.

Day 15  This was a fun background.  I just used the little distress ink cubes and stamped them all over the page.  I then sprayed with water to get the starburst colored background.  Starburst remind me of a former student worker.


Day 16  Another fun background to make.  Once again I used the distress inks in rainbow colors and sprayed with water.  I then stamped some images on the front.


Day 17  I did this lettering myself.  You do need to keep stretching your skills.


Day 18  Spray background.  I then stamped the alphabet on the card front.  I have a collection of alphabet stamps.  Something about the alphabet intrigues me.  In the 80's I cross stitched many alphabet samplers which decorate my dining room.


Day 19  I took the lazy way out and printed a picture of gears and used some distress oxide inks for the background.


Day 20  This was a total lift from something I saw on the internet.  I could not get into the suggested prompt.


Day 21  This prompt I totally enjoyed.  The card is sprayed and then I stamped this huge stamp on the back of a pattern front.  I then made a collage of items from a sewing pattern.


Come back next week to see if I can make it through another week.