Saturday, July 30, 2016

Rock Star ATC's

The theme for this swap is Rock Star. I dry embossed with a Fiskars embossing plate with music notes on it. I inked it with distress ink minis in theses wild colors that I had patterned paper that matched. After I embossed the watercolor cardstock, I took the Black Soot distress ink over the top of the raised pattern. I've never been successful with this technique, even though I use a light hand, I still manage to get ink where I don't want it. 

The guitar stamp is by Stampabilities, which is sold at Hobby Lobby. I stamped it onto white cardstock with black Hero Arts ink. I fussy cut the image out and then I wan't sure where I was going next with this ATC. So, I played with some glitter and made a huge mess. I made the green glitter green by adding Dreamweaver Stencils Metallic FX to a white-ish glitter. After adding three glitter colors to the guitars, I covered the each with Glossy Accents by Ranger. The die cuts with the #1 in each are by Sizzix. The stamps are by Fiskars and inks by Colorbox and Ranger. The rhinestones are by TPC and the star brad is by Making Memories.


Tons of products today. Thanks for sticking with me on this post. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer ATC's

Hey peeps! I have a set of summer ATC's using Lawn Fawn fish stamps. I used alcohol inks by Ranger to create the background on gloss paper. The dock is made from scraps of Making Memories patterned papers and the pole is Coredinations cardstock. The fishing hooks are white cardstock that I hand cut (not on the first try). The fishing line is black glitter. The fish were stamped with Hero Arts black ink onto watercolor paper and colored in with distress inks and a water brush. I fussy cut the fish out. The sun is a punch by Creative Memories.


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Friday, July 15, 2016

Christmas Candle Card

Another Christmas card today. The stamps are unknown but the candle was colored with colored pencils. The polka dot paper is by Recollections, the ribbon by Pebbles and the holly die cuts by Spellbinders. I die cut some foam of the same color to give the dies some dimension.



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Monday, July 11, 2016

Manly Monday Hang in There

Welcome back to Manly Monday. This frog stamp is so cute especially in multiple colors. I colored onto the rubber of this frog stamp with distress markers before stamping him onto white cardstock. I colored the eyes in with yellow powdered chalk which I applied with a Q-Tip. 

The sentiment is a Cricut cut from the Wild Card cartridge. I cut out of white cardstock and inked with Peeled Paint distress ink. The brown background paper is by Hot off the Press. The dragonfly is a Michael's/Studio G stamp that I fussy cut out. The last part of my card that borders on the not so manly part is the ribbon. The green ribbon is by Stampin Up and the brown by The Paper Studio. 




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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Be Merry Card

I have a Christmas card to show you today. I die cut the snowman from the Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge using scraps. I do know the greenish colored patterned paper in the hat and scarf is by Making Memories. The blue background paper is by Color-Aid, the green circle patterned paper is by Deja Views-it's very old and then the sentiment is an Imaginisce stamp in green Memento Ink. Now that I look at the snowman more I believe the blue patterned paper is by Deja Views. I think I will add some black ink to form some eyes. Maybe.


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Happy Day Layout

I do love this layout with its bright colors and simple design. The yellow background paper is by Die Cuts with a View. There is a super hero in the right lower corner that I covered up with the blue and red cardstock. 

I die cut everything else with my Cricut. The balloons are from George and Basic Shapes and the chevron stencil is by Heidi Swapp. I applied a rainbow of distress ink with an ink blending tool on top of the white layer. I adhered the two layers together and tied a bow of baker's twine around the bottom. I used some 3M foam adhesive under the balloons with the string of baker's twine tucked underneath it. The bottom of the twine is taped to the back of the red cardstock. The curl in the string just happened. Nothing fancy or any special adhesive to curl it. 

The Happy Day cut is from the cartridge The First Few years which was a freebie in Cricut Craft Room. I would really like to get that cartridge. It's on my wish list. The 1st die cut is an oval by Small Talk and Frames and I welded the 1st from the font cartridge Doodletype inside of it. The word birthday is a stamp by Lawn Fawn with black ink by Hero Arts.




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Friday, July 8, 2016

Friends Stencil Card

For my card today, I used a metal stencil and applied Dreamweaver Stencils white embossing paste over it. After the paste dried, I placed the stencil over the word and covered it with silver powdered chalk. The die cut is a Cricut cut from the Art Philosophy cartridge that I inked with Broken China distress ink (Ranger). The black cardstock, flower and the flower's glittery center are by Recollections. The edges of the black cardstock have been die cut with a Sizzix die, and then, over those scalloped edges, is a Memory Box die cut.



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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Sketches in Thyme Project Life

I have a pocket scrapbook layout for today. It's my day over at Sketches in Thyme Project Life and this is the sketch for this week:


I'm endlessly working on books for my husband's brothers. My  pages are kind of plain but there are 5 boys total and things need to get done. A little motto for me this year:

"It doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to get done." quote by me- at least I think it's original. 

Anyway, for this card I used patterned paper for the background by Die Cuts with a View. I'm not sure about the yellow cardstock or the paper behind the photo but I did use a circle punch by Stampin Up and then alphabet stamps by Oriental trading Co with black ink by Hero Arts. The pencils and ruler, that I cut in half to have something for both sides, are stickers by EK Success.


The upper left patterned paper is by Bazzill and the rest is either by Die Cuts with a View or Crate Paper. I used the same small letter stamps and black ink as above. On the third card, the ink is distress ink Mustard Seed (Ranger) and the number stamps are by Stampin Up. In this layout, I used stickers by The Girl's Paperie, Echo Park, Crate Paper, and Jolee's. On the yellow circle with the 8, there are eight candles stamped by Hero Arts and then there is a butterfly stamp by Cloud 9 Designs behind the celebrate sticker.


Thanks for looking. I hope to see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pink Flowers Card

This card is crazy busy for me but I had to try something different for a change. The flower is a Stampin Up stamp and die combo that I stamped with Memento black ink and colored in with Copic markers. The following die cuts are by Spellbinders: pink oval; the pink decorative thingy's coming out from the flower; and the white scallop oval die cut. The white die cut is an old upholstery sample  and it was no problem to die cut it out with my Cuttlebug. I then inked the edges pink. 

The leaves on the left are from the same stamp as the flowers and are stamped in green on green cardstock. The other leaves are by Elizabeth Crafts Designs. I inked those leaves green with distress ink and then painted them with clear crackle paint by Ranger.

The rest of the card goes like this:
*sentiment sticker by Pebbles
*border punches in the center by EK Success
*background patterned paper by Stampin Up
*I inked that patterned paper with pink distress ink



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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Chilly Days Card

This card kind of makes me giggle because the background in this photo is beautiful and sunny unlike the card's title. 

The background is blue cardstock by Recollections and has been dry embossed with a Provo Craft folder. I inked the raised areas of the embossing with distress ink but I wasn't very happy with that look so I didn't continue throughout the background. The green cardstock is by Stampin Up and the blue on top of the green is by Bazzill. 

The snowman stamp by Paper Smooches was stamped with black Versa Color ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I colored him in with powdered chalk mixed with paint. I die cut the image out with a Spellbinders die and inked the inside of the die cut with distress ink and an ink blending tool. I matted a lighter green scallop die cut behind the image before adhering it to the card base and finished by adding the sentiment sticker (Sticko/EK Success) as shown. 


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Manly Monday Soccer Card

Manly Monday card today is the last of my soccer cards. The die cuts, sentiment and goal with soccer ball are Cricut cuts from the Creative Memories Total Sports cartridge. The green patterned paper is by American Traditional Designs and the off white paper is unknown. It did take a little bit of time to put the die cuts together. I kept it clean and simple so the focus is on the die cuts.



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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Birthday Stencil Card

My card today is the subject of most cards that I send out. The blue background cardstock is by Cordinations and I dry embossed it with a The Paper Studio folder. I layered a piece of patterned paper in the middle of the card. That patterned paper is by Studio G and I found a pack of differnt birthday designs at Meijer for $1.00. What a steal. 

The yellow die cut is by Design Objectives with yellow cardstock by Bazzill. The blue die cut is a Cricut cut from the Storybook cartridge. The sentiment and balloon are made using a metal stencil. I taped the die cut down to my work area and then the stencil on top of it. Then using a palate knife I applied white embossing paste to it. Remove the stencil right away and wash the paste off completely. Once the paste dried I adhered the die cut to the rest of the card.



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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Shell Thank You Card

I have a nice and easy to put together kind of card today. The background patterned paper is by Crate Paper and I adhered a piece of white cardstock that has been dry embossed with The Paper Studio folder. The patterned paper to the left of the shell is by Creative Memories and to the right is brown cardstock by Coredinations. The seashell stamp is by Stampin Up, box stamp around the shell is by Fiskars and the thanks circle stamp is by American Crafts. I stamped them all with Colorbox chalk ink. The seashell was trimmed to a square but the sentiment is on a Clearly Besotted die cut.



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Friday, July 1, 2016

It's Great to be 8 Card

Toady I have a birthday card to share. The octopus stamp is by Inkadinkado and I have white heat embossed the image onto white cardstock. I used a Spellbinder's label die to cut it out and inked the inside with Peacock Feathers distress ink (Ranger). I sprayed the die cut with water mixed with Perfect Pearls (Ranger) and wiped off the ink that was left on the embossing. 

On a piece of white cardstock, I stamped the sentiment using the Harold alphabet stamp set by Lawn Fawn. Underneath the sentiment, I inked a stencil by The Crafter's Workshop with Twisted Citron and Peacock Feathers distress ink and an ink blending tool (Ranger). On the right side, I layered two pieces of patterned paper (Cosmo Cricket) before adhering them down and then added an 8 sticker (K and Co). I adhered the image to the card with foam adhesive by 3M.



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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Together Card

Today's card could be used for a wedding or an anniversary. The grey and cream colored cardstock and the grey patterned paper are all by Recollections. The red cardstock by Stampin Up is half of a die cut I cut out with my Cricut. The cream colored die cut is by Spellbinders and the hearts die cuts by Lawn Fawn. I covered all the tiny stars with silver powdered chalk and paint both by Stamp N Plus. The sentiment sticker is by Karen Foster and I'm not sure who makes the red strip of paper in the center.



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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sleigh Ride Card

I know it's kind of early-like six months but I'm sharing a Christmas card today. I made a handful of Christmas cards last week so when the holidays come I don't get overwhelmed or get sick of making them. 

I start with a pre-made white card base size 4 x 5 ½ by Recollections and adhere a piece of green paper to the front (Sunborn). To create the embossed background I added gold pigment ink (Galaxy Gold/Tsukineko) to a snow patterned embossing folder (Darice). I placed a white cardstock inside the folder and ran it through my Cuttlebug. Let it dry completely. 

On a small scrap of white cardstock, I stamped the sleigh ride stamp with green ink by Stampin Up. This ink worked really well on this solid stamp because it is a newer pad and is still very moist with ink. I matted a piece of patterned paper (We R Memory Keepers) behind the image but to only show on the top and bottom. Once the embossed paper dries, adhere the image to the top of the card and add a sentiment and gold sticker below the image.



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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Red, White and Blue ATC's

I made two sets of red, white and blue ATC's both of which use stamps by Tim Holtz and have the square embellishment. I punched a large square out of white cardstock and inked it with blue distress ink. I set it aside to dry. Then I punched a smaller white square and set a large red brad in the center. Once the blue square was dry, I adhered the smaller square on top of the blue square with 3M foam adhesive. 

On a separate piece of white cardstock I stamped the "Carte Postale" stamp in the same blue ink and then on the two outside cards I stamped the word Artist in red ink. The bottom blue swirls and the red polka dot patterns that are added to the bottom and right are two different washi tapes. I adhered the square to the bottom right and added some sequins to jazz it up a bit.


The center card has a few differences:
*I stamped birds on a wire in red at the bottom
*the red washi tape is at the bottom
*the right side is home to a piece of blue cardstock that has been dry embossed by a Darice edge embossing folder
*the red glitter on the right side is Scrappy Tape that I covered one side with red glitter


For the second set -outside two cards, I stamped Eiffel Tower in red ink (SU) and used the same swirl washi tape on the bottom. I covered the seam of the washi tape with some blue glitter tape that I cut in half because it was the same width as the washi tape and I didn't want to cover up too much of the Eiffel Tower. I finished the cards up by adding the same square and sequins as the above cards.


The center card has a few differences:
*I stamped off the red ink on the Eiffel Tower making it lighter
*there's a piece of blue cardstock behind and on both sides of the stamped image-no embossing
*the red polka dot washi tape, which is not on the other two cards, has been added to the right side 


Thanks so much for looking.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Manly Monday

Hi all. 

I'm recently struggling with making cards and I think it's because I'm no longer selling them in a store. Any new cards I make {I feel} must have some sort of purpose. Otherwise, I run into storage problems with these cards that I don't know what to do with or who to give them to.

My next problem is, I feel like all my cards look the same weather that be the same design/layout or the techniques or even the same colors. I'm not getting the wow factor lately from my creations. {OK the lighthouse card turned out really nice}. 

Next problem was my workflow pattern in regard to product placement {that sounded all professional;)} I've made some organization changes in my room which, helped me to realize all the fun stuff I have all around me. Although I have a crafty wish list in the back of my head, I don't feel like I need to run out and buy more to be a better card maker or scrapbooker. {besides, you kind of need a job for that;)}. 

Finally, when I sit down to craft, my desk looks like a storm came through and threw things everywhere. I'll pull stuff for five different card ideas that I have, has now taken over my desk making the situation stressful, overwhelming, and giving me anxiety. 
Here's a wonderful example of my desk at a time when I wanted to make a bunch of Manly Monday cards to get ahead. This is what happened:


I believe there are three cards started in this photo plus I know there are three cards not in the picture I counted seven images that are ready to rock out on a card. I will say this, the photo shows only masculine products, My heart was in for this post but with life always going on, enter big sigh, the card didn't get finished, YET. It's still early meaning it's before midnight. 

Thanks for sticking with me. If you have the same issues please leave me a comment or write me at email, grohcm@gmail.com 
I would love to chit chat and find out what works for you in a rut situation

Do you know of a website that helps people get out of their creative rut? Please share.
because I am in need.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Doily ATC's

There was another theme for the ATC swap at scrapbook.com; Doilies.

I stamped the larger Martha Stewart doily stamp with purple ink (SU-Lavender Lace). The inside doily was stamped off before stamping it into the center of larger doily (ink also by SU-Sage Shadow). 

I sprayed the whole card with Glimmer Mist (Purple Pansy) with one of their stencils on top. Then I roughed up the edges with  a pair of scissors before inking the card with Antique Linen distress ink. I used an Exacto knife to cut a space under and to the right of the doilies to insert the metal tag embellishment by Freckled Fawn. 




The center flowers were called "Fast Color Embroidered Appliques" by the Franken Trimming Co. Inc. The packaging says they are easy to sew but I adhered the appliques with Ranger Multi Medium Matte. 

A few other fun facts about these flower appliques that are printed on the company label: 
They were purchased at Steketee's in Grand Rapids, MI
Whoever bought these paid $0.65 for the four
and
The New York address of the company they were made by is so old there's no zip code. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Friend Masterpiece Card

I love this background stamp by Hero Arts. I've used it on two other posts: Best Wishes and Friend and I'll have another won to share coming up in the next few months.

 For my card I stamped the background with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on watercolor cardstock by Strathmore. I colored the images in with Peerless watercolors and a water pen by Ranger. The sentiment is vellum by Quick Quotes. I die cut the vellum with a Spellbinders die before I ran it through my Xyron sticker maker to adhere to the card front.


Very simple but anything more would make it look cluttered. I will say it took a while to color in that background, which made me not want to do anything more to it.

Thanks for coming by and checking out my new card.


Friday, June 24, 2016

Lighthouse Card

I really like today's card. It took awhile to achieve the look but I think it was worth the time. I made it as a birthday card for a friend who loves lighthouses. 

I stamped the lighthouse with Hero Arts black ink. I inked and stamped the light rays with two different colors of distress ink. I made a mask of the lighthouse with Inkadinkado masking paper and covered the the lighthouse with it. I took about five pieces of the same masking paper and tore them to create an uneven edge for each piece. I also covered the light rays with a piece of typing paper before adding the blue and brown colors. 

Then I inked with a light hand with blue and brown distress ink using an ink blending tool by Ranger. I used different torn masks each time to create this water and sand. I added some yellow ink within the light rays with the same color ink as I stamped them with. I uncovered the mask on the lighthouse and colored it in with Stampin Up watercolor pencils. I took a water pen by Ranger and smoothed out the lines the pencils leave and added the seagull die cut on the left which is a Cricut cut from Life's a Beach cartridge.



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thanks a Ton Card

Today's card is so cute and I think a lot of fun. This fun whale stamp, spout and sentiment come from Clearly Besotted. I stamped the whale with Charcoal Shadow ink by Hero Arts and the image looks full and crisp. Love it! The spout is stamped with Stampin Up ink. For the border, I stamped it with Versa Color ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. 

I'm not sure if you've noticed that I never write the company of the clear embossing powder and it's because I had 4 semi filled bottles all by different companies and so to save on space (You know because those bottles take up a lot of space-silly I know) I poured them all into one container. I was surprised that it actually turned out fine. I was worried at first thinking I'm going to ruin the only clear embossing powder that I have and nope it was all good.

The border stamp is by The Paper Co with cardstock and patterned paper by Recollections. This card is a little bigger then I usually do. I made the card base with the darker teal cardstock which is 4 x 6 inches.

The die cut the whale is a Cricut cut from a freebie at Cricut Craft Room. The sentiment die cut is by Tim Holtz and Sizzix which is a great set for people just getting started with manual die cutting because it has the small sizes for sentiments and the larger ones are big enough for an image. You can die cut, emboss, and ink them even though they are not Spellbinders dies. They also work well for scrapbooking for say journalling or labeling a name or date below a photo. I also like the shield looking dies for masculine cards or layouts. So anyway, I just wanted to share with you a product that I really like.


Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bouquet Card

Today's card uses stamps by Taylored Expressions. The water color paper is by Strathmore. I heat embossed the bouquet with Versa Mark ink and silver embossing powder by Stampendous. I used Peerless watercolors to color in the image and then used a Lawn Fawn die cut to cut it out. The background papers are by  Studio G and the hexagon paper is by Quick Quotes. I stamped the sentiment with Hero Arts black ink on the patterned paper and looking back on the card I should have stamped it on a lighter paper.



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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Geotag Balloon ATC

Today I have an ATC that I made for a swap at Scrapbook.com. The theme: Balloons. I found this geotag cut with a how air balloon on one of my Cricut cartridges and really liked it. To add to it I decided to stamp a regular balloon stamp inside using a stamp by Stampin Up and charcoal ink by Hero Arts. 

I masked off some clouds using a small cloud Marvy punch and Post-It tape. I masked off the sun using a circle punch. The sun rays stamp is unknown but I can tell you that I used two different colors of distress inks to ink the stamp. Then I used Tumbled Glass distress ink and ink blending tool (Ranger) to ink the card except for some yellow ink on the corner of the sun and brown ink for the bottom.

Since this is a Geotag I thought it fitting to pin it to a map. So for bottom I decided to use vellum for my map. I inked up a map background stamp (Stampin Up) with Versa Mark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I proceeded to color the back of the vellum with two Copic markers so it would match the background of the card. I used a Xyron 250 to adhere the vellum to the card. The travel word is ribbon (Queen and Co) that covers the line of the vellum. 






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Healthy Pregnancy card

My card today would be great for a baby shower card. The image stamp by Studio G was stamped onto a piece of white cardstock. I then matted a yellow and black cardstock behind that image. I stamped the sentiment by Gina Marie onto yellow cardstock. Both stamps were stamped with Hero Arts black ink. 

The embellishments above and below the sentiment took a little work but here's what I did:
I punched a square shape by Creative Memories with black Recollections cardstock. I punched a smaller square punch out of yellow Bazzill cardstock. I cut the sides of the yellow squares with scallop decorative scissors by Pioneer. I adhered the two squares together. Then I came in with the Fastenater by EK Success, which is basically a big stapler, and stapled the silver baby icons into the two squares. 

I adhered all the pieces together and this is what I came up with.



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Monday, June 20, 2016

Manly Monday Sandpiper

My Manly Monday card this week is a thank you card. I think guys like thank you cards too. (although my husband prefers a pack of beer as a thank you)

I stamped this Sandpiper Stamp by Deep Red Stamps onto X-Press cardstock and colored him in with Copic markers. From there I trimmed the image down to the size you see here and matted brown patterned paper behind it. The blue background paper is by Basic Grey and the green strip of paper is and old one by Provo Craft. I love being able to incorporate old product into my projects. It shows that I kept it for a reason. Anyway, the striped paper is by K and Co and the sentiment sticker is by Karen Foster.



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