Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Birthday Fishes

I am always in need of more birthday cards for the fellows in my life.  So with that in mind, I created this one using stamps and dies from Tim Holtz.

This card is also going to be an entry in the Simon Says Stamp blog Wednesday Challenge . the challenge theme is "Add Texture" and the suggested product is Tim Holtz.   For the texture I did an embossed and inlay technique.  The die I used is actually on from Tim Holtz "Holiday Greens"  658759 thinlits .  
My background is Distress Oxides "Salty Ocean" and "Faded Jeans" applied with a water brush.  I also added a touch of texture by sponging thru a stencil
I used Archival Inks to stamp the images from Tim Holtz "Sea Life" CmS304 .  I inked the die cuts with the Colbalt Archival and heat embossed using Hero Arts "White Satin Pearl" powder.
As a final touch of texture I applied some drizzles of Collage Medium Matte and sprinkled on some vintage gold glitter from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my latest card.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always most welcome.


Dies:         Holiday Greens"  6587 
Stencil:    Tim Holtz Layering Stencil DOT FADE THS006

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Egads! It's a Bunny Hop!

It's been awhile since my last post.  
Today I am dusting off the my rusty blogging skills to make and post a card to celebrate a special birthday for a special card making friend.  This is the card I created for the Bunny Hop to honor my friend Gail aka Crafty Nomad.  I met through her involvement with Card Chain Challenges, a wonderful international monthly exchange challenge . 

The stamps used in the card are all from Simon Says Stamp.  I used Distress Oxide with the smooching method to make the colorful banner.  The bunny is lightly colored using a to color from Tom Bow markers.   The light blue shading in the background was created using a stencil brush and the mermaid lagoon ink.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Happy Birthday, Gail!  It was fun to get back to the blog again.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always most welcome.  If you would like to join the bunny hop you can go HERE.  


Inks:   Distress Oxide "Squeezed Lemonade" and "Mermaid Lagoon"

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Wish For Peace

This card is going to be my entry in the Penny Black Saturday Challenge for the month of December, the theme is "Winter or Christmas".  I thought I would use my new Penny Black set, "Peaceful Winter" 30-450 with an older set "Christmas Harmony" 30-194 for the sentiment.

To begin I used post its to mask off the hillside and a moon shape. Then I used  Distress Inks to sponge in a sky.  After I was happy with the sky, I added in the trees using my Misti tool and Distress Inks which I layered using with repeat stamping different colors of the Distress.   I used a waterbrush to work the colors in the scene, diluting in some areas and blending it into the scene.

Thank You for dropping in to my blog.  Your comments, suggestions and questions are always very welcome.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Peace on Earth

I always find that Christmas cards using these peaceful blue tones are among my favorites to create.  For these two cards I used stamps from a Limited Edition Tim Holtz set that was part of the Simon Says Stamp Stamptember event.  Sadly they are no longer available.  I hope that some of you who got these stamps may find some inspiration in my cards.
Both of these cards were easy to create and I loved the result.  I started by using Distress Oxide Inks to make a blended background and activated the ink with some water splatters.  Once dryed and treated with my anti static pillow, I heat embossed the images with super fine detail white embossing powder.  My favorite is from Hot Off The Press Inc.  

For the snowflakes and to back my panels I used some glitter paper from DCWV .  These snowflakes are from a Simon Says Stamp Die, "Stitched Snowflakes" Style S329. The Peace On Earth sentiment used on the top card is a Tim Holtz "Holiday Words" thinlet die.  The stitched rectangle die is one that use so much and it is the one from Lil Inkers Inc.
I am adding these two cards to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Hero Arts Christmas Shaker

When I got the Hero Arts My Monthly Kit for October my first idea was a snow globe and of course it would need to be a shaker too.  The October kit is sold out but I thought I would share my card for those of you who have the kit and might find some inspiration in my card idea.

I created the snow globe using a stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn "Ready Set Snow" LF 973 and LF 975.  My card is a square card measuring 5 1/2" X 5 1/2" overall.   My north pole scene was stamped then colored using Prismacolor pencils onto a panel of white card stock measuring 5" X 5".  My shaker panel is  created by cutting the snow globe from fun foam and the patterned paper taking care to line up all the openings above the image.   To assemble the shaker, I glued the foam in place with multi media matte , added the sequin mixture then a piece of acetate and the pre-stamped patterned paper.   The snow globe base was stamped onto a scrap of the red card base and cut out with the coordinating die set.  To finish it off I added the cute Eskimo dog sled, a bow from a bit of waxed cording and couple of glittery brads from my stash to embellish the sentiment.  

This is a second card that I made using the October Kit.   I used a oval die to cut out my focal area from white card stock that I then embossed using a folder from Cuttlebug "Ben Day Dots"  The little scene was created using post it notes as masks, stamping an coloring with copic markers.  In the end I also drew in a little building with a micron marker behind the train because the stamp lines were hitting in the wrong spot on the little train.  It worked and I think it looks better after that little correction of my mistake.

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog.  I hope you found something to inspire you to create something fun.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas Thank You with Penny Black

Yay! .... I just discovered a new challenge and the best thing about it is that it features stamps from my favorite company Penny Black.  Thanks to my fellow card making friend, Greta for giving me the information.  Today's card is for the Penny Black Saturday Challenge.  The challenge of the group this month is to create a thank you card using a Penny Black product as the main focus.

For my trees I pulled out an oldie that is still available "Robin's Kingdom" 30-056.  The trees were embossed with white embossing powder.  I used Distress Inks in "Tumbled Glass" and "Stormy Sky" to sponge in a sky over a masked hillside that I created using post it notes. I didn't bother with masking the trees before adding the sky.  It was easy to just add the color over the top of the blue, which I did with a waterbrush and distress ink used as watercolor. My little Penny Black skating mouse is from the "Jolly Critters" 30-264 set and colored with Prismacolor pencils. To give the illusion of ice or snow I again used the distress ink with my waterbrush to add some lines and a touch of color.  The sentiment is also a die from Penny Black "Wishes" 51-036.  For a bit of sparkle I added some glossy accents and applied a some crystal glitter to it while it was still wet. 
I know that I always need thank you cards around the holidays.  This one may be going to my mail carrier.  Hope you find the card inspiring and that you may also check out the lovely challenge with the Penny Black Saturday Challenge group.
Thanks for dropping by my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always most welcome.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Penny Black Christmas / Colored Pencils

The fall has been so busy that my poor blog has been really neglected.   Even though I have been doing loads of creative things finding the time to add a few to my blog has been an afterthought.
Today I am sharing some cards that I created using my Prismacolor Pencils.  The coloring was a perfect thing for me to work on while we were having some remodeling done.  I pre-stamped the images so that I could simply color away while things were in a state of confusion all around me. 

The stamps are all Penny Black, 30-386 "Wintertime Cheer" , 30-040 "The Wonder" , 30-439 "Gather Around".   I created a background by drawing lines for the flooring and wall which I lighted shaded around my images.

Thanks for dropping by to check out my blog.  Your comments, questions and suggestions are always very welcome.