Saturday, January 21, 2017

Join Us in Paris ATC

These ATC's were a swap to use our favorite product and mine at the time were borders. These borders were cut out with the Cricut and the Ribbons and Rosettes cartridge. There are two that have Spellbinders borders below the light purple border. The background paper is by SU and DCWV. The image is made up of two Stampendous stamps. The Eiffel Tower and then a small background in the same set. Then I inked them with Milled Lavender distress ink to match the paper. The sentiment is by Lawn Fawn.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Season's Greetings

I have a card today using some small ornament stamps that have been stamped, colored and Stickled from the lady I got all the Christmas stamps from. I punched each one out with the mosaic punch by Stampin Up to make a banner. I sewed DMC floss at the top of the green patterned paper by Creative Memories and then matted it onto reddish/burgundy cardstock.

The patterned paper is by Making Memories, which looking back at my posts I see that I've used this paper a lot this season. It is adhered to a 5x6.5 off white card base by Recollections. The sentiment stamp and black ink are by Hero Arts on green Creative Memories green cardstock. I used a Sizzix die to cut it out and inked the inside with distress ink before adhering it to the card.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Valentine ATC's

I made these ATC's for a Valentine's Day swap. The heart stencil and white glossy embossing paste are by Dreamweaver Stencils. I made the hearts on watercolor paper and after they dried I ran them through a pool of distress inks and water. I cut them down and inked the edges with Walnut distress ink before adhering each heart to its own digital tag that I had printed and cut out. 

The background is the Brick Wall Background Stamp by Deep Red Stamp stamped with brown ink by SU. I applied different colors of distress ink around the background to pull out the colors in the hearts. I wrapped lace around the base a few times before securing it with a brad. I cut the sentiments out from old greeting cards and adhered them to the upper left side.

And then I thought I was done. But I went to join these cards to the other sets I had made and they were smaller. Ugh! Are you kidding me? I sat on it for a day mostly because I was mad at myself. But then as I was into my brown scrap folder and this The Paper Studio glitter paper jumped out and said "Use Me!" I did so and loved it. It was the perfect end to these ATC's.

I hope you like them. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Santa Claus cards

I have some Santa Claus Christmas cards to share. The Santa stamp is by------. I stamped it with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with red embossing powder by Ranger. The off white paper the Santa is on happens to be the back piece of paper of a stack of checks. Upcycling is the best.

The patterned paper is by Bazzill, the ribbon by Making Memories and the glitter cardstock behind the image is by Recollections. 

So the picture below shows the first Santa card I made which includes a piece of gold diagonal stripes behind the image. I just didn't like it. I thought it was too busy or maybe I could say it better as, I didn't think the card needed the extra paper. The Santa face is so interesting to look at. Without the gold paper the focus is on the face where it should be.

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Birthday Wrinkles Card

I'm always making birthday cards and this one is a revamped Mother's Day card. It had so much bulk to it as it was before. The flower stamp is by My Stamp Box and it is layered onto a Creative Memories paper flower. The sentiment stamp is by Fiskars.

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Layered Stamping Cards

This layered stamping is a fun technique to do. I posted a similar card in green HERE

I start stamping at the bottom with the lightest color and work my way up using a darker color ink every row or every other row. I also stamp more then what you see here. Just in case there is a section that didn't turn out well I can trim the paper down to accommodate the flaw. The first card uses a pennant stamp by Maya Road and the other a circle stamp by Lawn Fawn. The sentiment stamps are by Fiskars with Hero Arts black ink. The background paper is an oldie by Provo Craft.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Blue Mosaic Thinking of You

I have a thinking of you card to share today. This one uses all Stampin Up stamps and blue dye ink by Ranger. I dried embossed the off white background with the matching folder. Stamped and punched the images to nestle into a row of them. The die in the center is a Cricut cut out of shimmer blue paper by Recollections.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Deep Red Stamps Vector Flourish card

My card today uses Deep Red Stamps Vector Flourishes stamp set. I stamped it in brown Stampin Up ink and colored in part of it with Smooches ink by Colorbox. The border is by Spellbinders out of Bazzill brown cardstock, which is the same cardstock behind the patterned paper. I think the patterned paper is by My Mind's Eye-maybe and you can correct me if I'm wrong.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Christmas Card Layout of Faith 2009

Here's another layout for my Christmas card book. I keep all the photo pictures that people send at Christmas time and scrapbook them into a 8.5 x 11 scrapbook. It's really fun to see the kids grow, however as the kids get into their teens the photo cards don't come as much. Last year I felt like not as many people were sending Christmas cards but this year has been fabulous. We received about 5 cards after the holiday which was fine by me. I love getting mail that isn't a bill.

Anyway, there's kind of a lot going on with this layout and it has a lot of bulk to it but sometimes you have to use that bulky product just for fun. I'm going to start with the border down the left side.

I painted the chipboard swirl with red paint by Pebbles. The felt ribbon is by Oriental Trading Co, which is one of my favorite ribbons ever. The candy die cut is by American Crafts, flower by Recollections and Christmas tree by Jolee's. The ornament at the bottom is by Prickley Pear stamp and it's actually a hot air balloon that I turned upside down. I stamped it with black Hero Arts ink and cut it out. Then I colored it in with Stickles (Ranger) and once it was dried I set a black eyelet through the bottom (or is it the top?) and added some gold Martha Stewart string through the eyelet to add it to my chipboard piece. 

The rest of the layout unfolds with striped paper by Die Cuts With a View on top of white cardstock (Recollections). The tag at the top right is a chipboard pennant by Stampin Up that I added red brads to. The tag on top of the pennant is by Jolee's and I stamped the year with Oriental Trading Co stamps and red ink (Stampin Up). At the bottom right corner of the picture I added a green metallic chipboard corner piece (Studio G/Hampton Arts) with a smaller red sparkle corner sticker on top (K and Co). 

I followed this sketch but turned sideways and on a 8.5 x 11 size layout. The Scrapfriends website is no longer running to give them credit for this sketch.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Manly Monday Down by the Sea

Today's Manly Monday card is me dreaming of warmer days that are so far away. The snow is coming down right now and roads are slick as can be.
Anyway, The anchor is a foam stamp that I stamped with blue Making Memories paint onto a piece of upholstery fabric. I die cut it out with a Spellbinders die and inked the edges blue. The left background is stamped with a Hero Arts background stamp with blue ink. The swirl in the center area is a piece of Creative Memories paper using one of their wave paper trimmers. The sentiment is a Cricut cut but not sure which one.

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Birthday Flower ATC

Today I have a birthday ATC to share that I made in the fall. The background paper has been embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and then I heavily covered it with Perfect Pearls in gold. The flower is a stamp and die set by Sizzix. I stamped with Colorbox pigment ink and once it dried I painted over the lines with stardust powdered chalk mixed with white paint. The happy birthday stamp is by Lawn Fawn and the jute is by Tim Holtz.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pretty Tag Embellishments

This first embellishment is a Spellbinders rectangle die that I stamped with an Anna Griffin background stamp with Colorbox pigment ink. I stamped the flower (Stampin Up) and used the matching punch to cut it out. I also used that same punch for a piece of foam to adhere together with the stamped image. I layered the circles together and placed the flower on top. I added an American Crafts pennant to use as a place to add the date.

This second one I die cut the two layers using my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge. On the bottom layer I stamped a Hero Arts background with Versa Mark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. On the die cut closer to the top I wrapped navy ribbon around it and tied it into a bow. 

I thought it needed a little bit more so I dug around in my goodies and came across the Hero Arts stamped love flower on a circle die cut. I added a scallop punch (Stampin Up) out of Die Cuts with a View patterned paper behind it. I set a purple-ish colored eyelet in the center and adhered it down.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Christmas Card Layout of Michelle 2014

I have another layout for my Christmas Card book to share today. On this layout I started with Recollections sparkly silver and green cardstock. I die cut the green shape and the letters with my Cricut and the Art Philosophy cartridge. The number die cuts are white glitter paper (Recollections)  and behind the numbers is a piece of peachy/pink cardstock.

The swirl under the year and small circles on the right and left points of  the green die cut are fabric stickers and by Little Yellow Bicycle. There's an chipboard arrow sticker to the top right of the photo to draw your attention to the cut out from greeting of their card. 

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Flower Best Wishes

Super simple card today. White card base by Recollections, patterned paper strip by The Paper Studio and sentiment stamp by Just Rite with Stampin Up ink. The flowers are from my stash and the brad in the center is by We Are Memory Keepers.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Bless You and Keep You

In today's card I used patterned paper by Colorbok and cardstock by Recollections as well as Creative Memories. The flower bouquet is an embellishment by Mrs. Grossman's that came together as you see it. The die cuts are by Spellbinders and the lighter one has been inked by Ranger's distress ink. The sentiment on the inside is vellum and it's by Quick Quotes.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

70th Birthday Card

My card today was made for my Mom's birthday. The patterned paper is by K and Co and the brown cardstock is by Cordinations. I die cut the brown cardstock with a Spellbinders border die and then inked it with distress ink. The ribbon in the middle is by The Paper Studio. The scalloped circles are Spellbinder's dies and I stamped the 70 (SU) and the TH (Lawn Fawn) with brown SU ink. The birthday sticker is by American Crafts.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Rustic Christmas Cards

Here are three Christmas tree cards I didn't get to posting before Christmas. The tree stamps are by Inkadinkado and My Stamp Box. 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Happy Holidays Teddy Bear

The teddy bear stamp in my card today is by PSX. UPDATED: Teddy Bear Stamp Link I have a link for it on my IPad that I would like to post since I found a company that carries it and bunch of others that I have. Not much of this card is mine but rather the lady I received the Christmas stamps from. I adhered the bear on the red paper crooked and added the holly punch to the corner to cover a blemish. The pattered paper in the background is by Anna Griffin. The sentiment has been gold heat embossed.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Manly Monday Rock Star Card

Manly Monday card today is possibly for a male teen. This is another one that I changed from a Father's Day card to a birthday card. The original post can be found
I changed the circle into a strip of red cardstock that was stamped with Fiskar stamps using black ink. When I tore off the circle part of the green ripped off but only a little bit on the edge. 

Then the inside of the card I covered up the Father's Day sentiment with the red cardstock stamped with the same stars as in front. The white oval is stamped with a Hero Arts stamp.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Gentle Peace Christmas card

I made today's card with the ladies at church. There are many variations available online featuring this stamp set. I was overwhelmed and also amazed at the cards these ladies are making. Blew me away. This is what I thought was best for our group. The ladies don't like to color but I think the beauty of the image softened them up a bit. You have to color this one There's no getting around that.

This card is a 5 x 6.5.The brown background cardstock was dry embossed with a Fiskars plate and then inked with distress ink. The image is heat embossed in silver (Hero Arts powder) on a piece of off white paper which happens to be the end of a checkbook paper. The image was colored with colored pencils.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Snow Christmas cards

These are kind of crapy pictures. I still haven't been able to master photography of cards without sunlight. It's hard to tell but the patterned paper is the exact same for both cards. Ugh!

This first one I heat embossed in silver the square stamp onto American Crafts cardstock and cut it into a square. The glitter tape down the center is by Recollections. The sentiment stamp is by Hero Arts.

The bulb in this card was colored by the lady in which I received a bunch of Christmas stamps. I die cut it out with the Stampin Up mosaic punch. The circles and the wreath are cut out by my Cricut and with edges inked. I set a brad at the top of the wreath. The sentiment is a Hero Arts stamp.

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Peace on Earth

Today's card was pieced together with a bunch of leftovers and a few trials. I tried to do the gold pigment ink on a Darice embossing folder and had shotty results but I couldn't throw it away. The holly was my attempt to stamp with Stampin Up ink (Safari Sand or something like that) on this natural colored paper that wasn't Copic friendly and color with Copics. The peace die cut was on my desk and the on earth stamp is silver heat embossed onto vellum.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Candles Cards

This post might be an overload but I thought it was too repetitious to do in single posts. All of the cards use a candle stamp that I heat embossed with some different embossing powders. The stamp itself is not square shape which threw me off so I hand cut the image out on each one.

The first one I used a gold matte embossing powder and colored the candles in with distress markers. It would have worked better had I used watercolor paper. Lesson learned-maybe. The holly paper is by Anna Griffin and the red is unknown. The sentiment is also unknown but the ampere is a Quickutz die out of gold paper.

This next one is embossed with a glitter gold by Stampendous. It's not my favorite because I can't seem to get the whole image with a consistent glitter to powder ratio. I think it's me because another card maker loves the glitter embossing powders. The background and green paper is by Making Memories and the die cut is by Sizzix/Tim Holtz.

I tried the glitter embossing again and still don't care for it. The sentiment stamp is from the same unknown stamp set from above. The red cardstock is sprayed with Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.

Then I went way out there and tried a different color combo. Silver embossing (Hero Arts) with Faber-Castell colored pencils to color in the candles. Background paper and ribbon by Stampin Up. I'm not sure about the strip of paper in the center but the oval behind the image (which I cut in half to show it on the top and the bottom and is not centered) is cardstock by Coredinations. The oval was a negative of a Cricut cut.

That's all for now. Thanks for looking.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Manly Monday Tools Card

Today's Manly Monday card is also a repurposed Father's day card made into a birthday card. 

The tool stamps are by Hero Arts that I stamped onto Cryogen paper with Memento black ink and colored in with Copic markers. I cut the stamped strip down and backed it with black cardstock (Recollections). I removed the Father's day sentiment on the card and replaced it with the red paper by CGull that I stamped the sentiment by Hero Arts and the stars by Fiskar with black ink with Hero Arts black ink

On the inside I covered the sentiment with a circle and stamped the stars and the greeting. 

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