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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bloom Box with a Twist - Love Grows

 I started getting Fun Stampers Journey's Bloom Box, which is a monthly kit, a few months ago. Honestly I have issues followi g directions. (I know, I know it isn't only true in cardmaking!) 
Anywho..... One of the kits came with the "Love Grows" stamp set. In the kits they include some of the supplies needed to make 4 cards (no inks). This is one of the cards that came with this particular card. You were supposed to make a Gatefold card and use the Pumpkin Bread strip of cardstock to make a belly band:
 Well...I really wasn't feeling this card. I sat staring at it for a few days. I finally ended up trimming the card down and adding it to a piece of kraft cardstock. I cut down the pumpkin bread card stock and made it into a banner and then added a second kraft banner. For the square vocal point I switched the pot they used and slid it over on the Butter Cream cardstock then using a mask I added a second flower pot. I also changed the cactus they used and stamped it using my Cajun Craze inkpad (Stampin Up). I used Copics markers to color the pots and dirt. Then I double stamped the sentiment. I ended up not using the twine or button on my card. I didn't have any gold silk that was used on the original so I grabbed a piece of wax paper dabbed a little bit of orange Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink, then added some Frost White All-Purpose ink and mixed them together. I used a paintbrush to tap it onto the card. It didn't work as well as FSJ's Silks, but it turned out okay.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Twins!

On Sunday we celebrated the birth of two crazy amazing boys! We love these two boys and there is an ongoing joke that my daughter is the "girlfriend" of one of the boys. So of course she asked me to make cards for them both. Unfortunately the past couple of weeks I have been "out of it" as a side effect from some new medicine. I have been having stomach aches, and I haven't been able to focus on anything and I have been exhausted all the time. So making this card was a little difficult. The sad thing is that it was a card from a past Fun Stampers Journey Bloom Box. So I pretty much just had to stamp, cut, and follow directions. Easy right? Well....it took me a day and a half to make it!! The stamp set is called "Deer Friends" by Fun Stampers Journey.  I did change up some of the colors as I used what I had. I colored the deer and the hedgehog using my Copic Markers. 

The day before the birthday party my daughter saw my Lawn Fawn "Hippo Birdie"  (also known as Lawn Fawn Year Four) stamp set sitting on my craft desk and she got excited and asked me to make her BF a hippo card. So.... the next morning I got up and made a new card!   I used "Hippo Birdie" as well as "Elphie Selfie" both by Lawn Fawn I did some masking as wall as paper piecing and I added the hole border using my Stampin Up "Paper Piercing Pack Essentials"and piercing tool. I made the hat with Stampin Up's tree punch thwn I trimmed it to fit. For the sentiment I actually cut my stamp apart since I didn't want the sentiment to be all on one line. I colored eveeything with my Copic markers and then added some shine to the candles using my Gelly Roll pens. I like how this one turned out. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

More Sheltering Tree

 You may remember this card from back in May. I made it with a class that I taught. I had some unused kits due to some cancellations, so I decided to make them up and add them to my collection for Craft Shows. I wanted to change them up a little bit for some more variety. So for some of them I added a silver layer and some of them I added black layers to (seen below). The lighter purple is Fun Stamper's Journey  (FSJ) "Lavender Fusion". The darker is FSJ's "Grape Fusion". I also SU's Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzaz, and Pistachio Pudding. The fancier Birthday sentiment is by Penny Black.


Fairy Birthday

Some of my favorite people were born in June! So I needed to make some birthday cards for them! I was fortunate to cross paths with Terri through the former Cricut Message Board. We talked often and have become good friends! Now thanks to the Marco Polo app we see and talk to each other daily! Terri is also a crafter so I wanted to do something special for her card. I recently bought different fairy dies, and I knew I wanted to use one for her card. So I hopped over to YouTube to find a video for the Galaxy tutorial. I found one using Stampin Up colors, but I didn't have the colors she said to use (gasp) so I compromised a little bit. Honestly though, I don't recall the colors I used. While the video gave the jist of what to do she didn't really record where you could see the card as she made it, so I kind if guessed how much color to use and how much white to keep showing. Once I was satisfied with the ink I spritzed the card with water and blotted off the water. Then I used Tsukineko's All Purpose Ink on a painbrush and added some speckles to represent stars. Then I made a mask to make the hills and used black ink to sponge in the hills. I added some trees from SU's "Sheltering Tree" using some second generation stamping. I pulled out an old, previously uninked grass stamp to add some grass on the hills. For the moon, I punched out a circle then I distressed it a little bit on the center as well as one edge. The fairy is a die which I bought from a group on Facebook (they come unpackaged, no branding).  Unfortunately I accidently posted the card to a group that she is a member of, so she saw it there before she got it in the mail. 😔 She said she loves it though!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Masculine Thank you

My children have been very lucky in that they have an amazing bus driver! I can't tell you how many times he has looked out for them! How many times he was running ahead of schedule, or I was running behind, and he has pulled the bus to the side of the road and waited for me to get the kids to him. He has pulled out in front of the house and waited a few minutes while they ran out to him. He has also on occasion dropped them off closer to the house, when he could, during bad weather. And then of course the fact that he makes sure they get to and from school safely. I drove kids back and forth to school for 8 years, and let me tell you, it is a thankless job!!! For this reason I always makes sure to get him a little something for Christmas as well as the end of the year. Of course I had to make a handmade card to go along with his little something-something.
I know it isn't colorful, and this isnt rhe best photo, but I realized last minute that my daughter needed to deliver it tomorrow, on her last day of 8th grade.
The boat is stamped then heat embossed withl.p. black powder. The grey patterned papwrs were from a stack I had on hand. The sentiment is from Fun Stampers Journey "Little BIG Greetings". I punched the sentiment out, layered it on another circle then adhered it hanging off the page and trimmed it down.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Card Request

In a group I am on in Facebook, a request was sent out for a gentleman who was in a very serious trucking accident. He has a long road to recovery with paralysis. The request was for Get Well cards, but I didn't feel that was quite right, so I went with Thinking of You instead. I thought the phoenix was fitting. Maybe this gentleman can rise from the fire he is currently in and live his life the way it is meant to be.

The phoenix is from Local King Rubber Stamp's "Chinese Legends". I used some watercolor paints that I picked up from Michael's along with my waterbrush. I colored three shades of paint onto watercolor paper then used my heat tool to make sure it was completely dry. Then I heat embossed the phoenix and phoenix sign with versamark and black embossing powder. The red piece is a piece of red "handmade" paper that I have had forever. I wet it with my waterbrush pen then tore it into a rectangle. I layered that onto a black mat and then added the three brads. Then I added it to a black card. I used pop dots (dimensionals) to pop the symbol off the card. Once the card front was finished I added an ivory mat to the inside with the sentiment.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Lawn Fawn shaker card


This was my first attempt with a shaker card. I don't know.... I had a lot of issues with this card! It also took me a wrrk to complete!! The tree and frame are Lawn Fawn's "Leafy tree background". I saw this die in a store but I didn't pick it up and I regretted it. So I ended up ordering it on line not knowing that there were two versions of it. This one was the portrait version. I would have rathered the other, but who knows maybe I will still get it. I used images from Lawn Fawn's "Jump for Jou" as well as "Mom and Me". I colored the images with my Copics. I used my hills die and cloud dies as well. Now here are my issues. First, it annoys me that the tree frame die is exactly 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. I feel like the die should have been made slightly smaller then an A2 card so that it could be layered onto the card. If it wasn't a shaker card it would be easy to trim down and mat.
Second I had so much trouble getting the color right for the fox. I can't even twll you what colors I ended up using. I just kept layering and layering until the color loomed okay.
Third I wanted a spring card but I really couldn't decide how to fill the space without using the leaf pile. So I ended up taking the original shaker apart and redoing it to make it more Fall like. Below is the Spring version:
 My original coloring on the fox, it us too orange! (Yes if I am cutting it out I go out of lines)
So anyway there you have it. Not in love with the result, but it is finished.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Card Request

A Facebook friend of mine asked her crafty friends to make a card for a friend who has MS and has been suffering. I gladly took the challenge! The recipient is a man so that created a challenge in itself. I don't personally know the gentleman, so I don't know any of his interests,  so I went with a ferris wheel! Who doesn't like Ferris wheels? (oh...me....I don't!)
So anyway, I used some patterned paper from one of the mat stacks I own (a Christmas one believe it or not).  I stamped the light blue piece with Stampin Up's "Sanded" in crumb cake,  then the Ferris wheel from "Feeling Sentimental" in Midbight Muse. The sentiment is from "For You" (Stampin' Up) and is also stamped with Midnight Muse.  I recently bought a mini ink blending tool, and I thought I would use it on this card to give it a more distressed look. I didn't want to add a lot of bulk to the card because I am sending it to Canada, so I added some piercing in the corners (I originally thought brads would be nice)
Hopefully the card will bring the recipient a smile and I hope he is feeling less pain.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Another Card Sketch

I have been in my craftroom for hours today. Here it is after midnight, and I only managed to complete 1 card! I can't focus today, maybe it's my headache, or the fact that I have Strep Throat. I'm not sure. 
Anyway I bought this stamp set from the Heirloom Rubber Stamp show in Allentown this past April. It's by Right At Home stamps and it comes with some really nice sentiments. I was trying to do something else, but it didn't work out the way I wanted. I am going to try again when I feel better. 
Okay so back to the card, I stamped the sentiment in versamark then used black embossing powder to heat emboss it. This was layered on a dark teal mat then on a black card. Then I used Copics to color in the image.  I used Jennifer Dove's (from "Just4funCrafts.blogspot) color combo called "Pacific Blue" featuring BG02, BG05 and BG09. The background was stamped with Fun Stampers Journey  (FSJ) "Scrupt" heat embossed with clear with sparkles enbossing powder. I crumbled up the lighter teal piece and added it on. The bakers twine and flowers as well as the center of the flower (which members of the old Cricut message Board nicknamed "Skittles") were all items I had on hand. The Skittle in the center of the flower is held on using Crystal Effects. 
The sketch is from Alwaysplayingwithpaper's Challenge #5 from April 2014.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Decorative Doily cards

I recently received May's Funstampers Journey Bloom box. The Bloom box comes with a full set of stamps and materials to make 4 cards. I have been wanting to get a stamp similar to this, so I was very excited to get it! Unfortunately I didnt have the color ink for the kit, so I used the stamps to make my own versions. I stamped the doilies in versamark then heat embossed them with white opaque embossing powder. I layered some of the cards on only a colored mat then the card, but then I decided to make some with the embossed piece on white then on the color before adding them to the card. In some carss I used twine and others I used satin ribbon.  I used sentiments from Stampin' Up's "For You" as well as "Elegant Cheer". The doilies are for a Funstampers Journey set that hasn't been released yet called "Decorative Doily".





Sunday, May 14, 2017

One image, Six ways


I went back today and made another image to replace the one that I messed up yesterday. This way I could finish my first 1 image, 6 ways challenge. 
I bought this My Favorite Things die yesterday during my trip to the Lancaster area. It's called the Oval Flop card. The thing is, it came with ZERO directions!!! I searhed through Google to get the jist of how to do it, and then created this card. I stamped a mat with en Francois by Stampin Up. I layered that on the INSIDE of the card before I sent the flop die through my BigShot. Then I cut the flowers, "Sweet You" by Funstampers Journey (FSJ) with the oval die that came with the flop die. One other complaint I have about the flop die, besides no directions, is that it should have offered another oval for layering. The scalloped oval die is from another set, and while it is close, it isn't perfect. Then I layered red and white on the other side after I sponged the red layer. I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from Stampin Up's "Occasional Quotes". I like how this turned out!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

One image, 6 ways

I wanted to challenge myself to use an image, stamp it out, color it and use them to make different cards. I started out with six of this image a flower from Funstampers Journey's "Sweet You". I colored the flowers with copic markers R05, R24, R46. The leaves were colored with YG17, YG13, YG21. I then also stamped out and colored the larger flower and added it to most of the cards using pop dots. 
 
 This is the first card I made. Once I made this one I kind of got stuck in a red/black/white color scheme, but since the challenge was to come up with different layouts I just went with it. I had this piece of red that I had stamped a speckled background on it, but then I didn't use it, and it went back into my stash, so I used that for this card. I cut it down to make the different layers in this card. I cut the image with an oval die and layered that in a scalloped oval. I used a card sketch from cardztv.blogspot to make this one:
 I stamped the red layer with Stampin Up's "en Francois" then layered it on black and then on a white card. I embossed the triangles in the corners with the "Swiss Dots" embossing folder. I also found this card sketch on Cardztv.blogspot:
 I went with a different color scheme with this one. I heat embossed the green banner with Funstampers Journey's "Script". The sentiment came from an old Stampin' Up Paper Pumpkin. This sketch was found on Freshlymadesketches #197
 I started out with a red card then added a black layer.  I embossed the white layer with a "Musical Flourishes" embossing folder and then layered the images. I used my Bow Easy to make the little double bow. I also added some dimension to the little berries using Nuvo Crystal Drops.
 By the time I got to this card it was after 1 AM and I had to be up by 8 AM, so I went with a simple design. Not alot of frills, just simple and to the point. Rhe image was cut wuth a stitched rectangle die, layered in a red rectangle.
The 6th image got messed up when I tried to cut it with a die. So I threw that one away.  Tomorrow I will stamp and color another image so I can complete the challenge!

Friday, May 12, 2017

In Memory...A birthday card

My little sister passed away last year. A year to the day after that we got the news I was sitting in my craft room making cards. I wantwd to make a card in her memory, and this is what I came up with. Her favorite color was purple, so of course I made the card purple. I used Lavendar Fusion and Grape Fusion card stock by Funstampers Journey. The tree is from Stampin Up's "Sheltering Tree" and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up's "On Your Birthday".
Designing the card brought some tears but I think it turned out to be a nice tribute.

Ferns and Butterflies

I CASed this card from Deb Mauch.  I love how it turned out! I used a Hexagon embossing folder then lightly rubbed some ink over the edges using a finger dauber. I triple stamped the ferns on the main piece. There is a subtle background on the strip with the sentiment on it. Then I finished it off by layering two different butterflies and added some rhinestones.  

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Stained Glass Flower

I found quite a few rubber stamps that I forgot about when I recently redid my craft room.  This stained glass background was one if them. The background is by D.R.S. Designs. The flowers (Just Believe) and the sentiment inside (Balloon Adventures) are by Stampin' Up. The little "Happy Birthday" is by Endless Creations. I colored the vackground with my Copic Markers. I really like hiw these turned out!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Owls Galore



 While I was at the crop I also played with my new markers that I purchased while at the Heirloom Arts Rubber Stamp Show in Allentown. I bought them from "Local King Rubber Stamp". I had watched the lady at the booth demonstrate a few years before and thought I could do that with markers I already owned.  I tried and it didnt work! So this year when I saw them I knew I needed them! I couldnt wait to try them on this owl, which is an ATS (Artist Trading Stamp) from Funstampers Journey! I had a lot of fun coloring him and I made quite a few cards with the results!

 I used the cards without a bow for more masculine cards.










Mojo Monday MOJO496

I have been trying to make more cards. I am shooting for at least one a day. Earlier this week a Facebook friend posted this sketch and I figured I would jump on the challenge! I made another card but I'm not sure I love it. Today in the mail I received my Hero Arts layering Goldfish stamps and dies. I had seen them months ago and have been looking in the stores for them. I try not to pay shipping if I dont have to. Well earlier this week I found both on Amazon so.... I ordered them!!! 😊 I used them to make a card for the sketch. The sentiment is from a Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps called "Happy Ocean Friends".
I just LOVE these goldfish!!!!

Birthday Bib Card

When I was at the Heirloom Arts Rubber Stamp show I picked up some new dies. I have been admiring these types of cards for years, but I don't really like to buy precut cards. I prefer to cut my own, that way I can choose the colors. So when I saw these dies I just had to have them! I picked them up from Endless Creations. I also bought this candle border from Endless Creations. I CASed a card from the owner of Endless Creations, Beth. I colored the candles and added some crystal effects to some of the candles, and some sparkles to others using my Gelly Roll pens. I used a Birthday embossing folder on the background. I will definitley be using this die a lot!


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

More Easter

A few more Easter Cards that I made while at the crop. 

Bunny Behind using punches:
 
 Bunnies by Funstampers Journey:


Monday, May 8, 2017

Easter Cards

I went to a crop in April with my good friend Terri. While most of the ladies were working on scrapbook layouts, I worked on  Easter cards for my family. I had recently bought some new stamps and dies and I wanted to play with them abd this was the perfect opportunity!

Basket and bunny stamps by Funstampers Journey:


 Butterflies by Endless Creations:


 Bunny made from various dies and punches:
 Jelly Bean was one I had in my stash. No company name.
Mouse by House Mouse: