Saturday, January 24, 2015

OWH sketch Challenge 247

This fun card was made for the new sketch challenge
I'm pleased with the way it turned out,
I've never made a paper punch chicken before
(search online for lots of different ideas ).
I think I'll make a few more !
When I first saw this sketch, I thought I wouldn't do anything with it,
it was "busier" than what I normally do. Plus, I tend to make
more masculine type cards (love my old classic car stamp images!)
and I didn't think it would well work with them.
Then, bam, an idea hit me out of nowhere -
a paper punch chicken
Just Checking In on the recipient !

I thought googlie eyes would be a fun touch,
but the eyes I have weren't quite the right size.
I just used two small paper punched circles highlighted with
a white gel pen.
The chickens "comb" was created by the tops of 1 1/2 hearts.
The beak is the bottom half of a heart,
the "wattle" is the top half of another small heart.
The wings are a scallop circle cut in half.

I glued only the ends of the wings to the body
and left the wing tips "floating" above for more dimension.

Here are the paper punches I used to make her.
I lightly sponged smokey slate ink around the edges
of the punched pieces. A white Signo gel pen
 was used for a couple of highlights.

The sentiment is computer generated (Scrap Casual font) then die cut with
the Word Bubbles die set from Stampin' Up!
TIP: The word bubble die was not facing the correct way
(I didn't think of this ahead of time, in fact I've not ever used this die!)
so I held it up to a sunny window on the backside to line it up
and cut it out "backwards" . The cutting edge is on the back side
 of the card stock with the printed image facing down on the cutting plate,
so when it is cut out and flipped over, it is facing the correct way for
use with my chicken.
Thanks for looking =)
Be sure to stop by the sketch challenge link up
to see more inspiring ideas -
and make a card or two for our heroes !

Thursday, January 22, 2015

OWH MidMonth Throwdown - Thank You Cards

This is a fun swing card I made for the January
Operation Write home:
Thank You cards.
If you'd like to take part in the challenge
and are new to creating cards for Operation Write Home,
please read the Guidelines first.
There isn't much room to write in this type of card,
so I will include extra paper.
Here is how I made it:

Cut your card base from card stock with the swing card die.
Cut another one from decorative paper and
 trim a bit from each side (or cut a smaller square to start,
then use your swing card die with the smaller paper centered in it)
if you'd like to have a colored edge of your card base to show.
The swing card die was from Stampin' Up!

Cut along the score lines from the edge in to the
die cut circle, stopping at the die cut portion.
You want to keep the circle whole so you can
cut another circle from it (if you want to have
decorative paper on the swing circle portion, that is).


Using a circle die a smidge smaller than the paper,
die cut a circle from it. This is a Nestabilities circle die.

Die cut and trimmed decorative paper pieces
that will be glued to the swing card base.

Finished card !

The first one I made looked kind of
"blah" to me. I decided to try to make
die cut pieces of cloud paper to jazz it up -
and it worked pretty well !

Die cut flowers are old dies,  
leaves were made with an old two step flower punch,
card stocks, stamp set and inks are all from Stampin' Up!
I sponged the edges of the flower dies with ink and
lightly bent the petals for a little dimension.
Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Custom Painted Mailbox

 I've "custom"painted our rural mailbox a few times over the years.

The first one was done with foam stamps in the shape of ivy leaves. I had previously used the stamps with glazing paints on the half bath wall and thought they’d be a nice touch to our plain white mailbox. The name and address were hand lettered with a small paintbrush.

The second one was a sort of patriotic daisies theme. It was totally inspired by a painted watering can project in one of my craft magazines. I used outdoor acrylic paints and sealed it with clear spray paint. It stayed out on the pole, slowly fading, for 13 years.

The mailbox got to the point where it could no longer be repaired (and was really faded) so we bought a new one – and I custom painted it, too.

The local hardware store no longer carries large white rural mailboxes, only black. It was fine since I had to repaint it red anyway.

The new one is totally inspired by the red barn ! Other than messing up the shingles (they are too large), I think it turned out well.

It was spray painted with exterior spray paint then I used outdoor acrylic craft paints for the numbers and shingles. Various sizes of craft paintbrushes were used to apply the paints.

I used my Circuit Create machine to cut stencils from clear sticky contact paper. It was a great idea, but the teeny tiny grooves on the mailbox allowed the paint to ooze underneath the stencil, creating dozens and dozens of blotches I had to touch up. This time I made HUGE numbers on the side of the mailbox, making it super easy to spot (photo edited for privacy ).

The shingles were made by painting a black background first then stamping gray paint with a rough textured sponge cut to fit. I went back in with a thin paint brush to add lines around parts of most of the shingles as well as outline the numbers. After letting it dry for 24 hours, I sprayed it with clear spray paint.

Thanks for looking ;)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Sketch Challenge 246 at OWH

Created for sketch challenge #246 at
What a fun,  simple sketch.
I'm going to make a couple of kids cards with it, too !
Image is from a Hero Arts stamp set (bought through and
water colored with Stampin' Up! ink pads/aquapainter.
Silver Signo gel pen used on the "chrome".
Crystal Effects detail on the headlights and windshield.
Gear dies are from Joy Crafts (bought through
Darice brand Diamond Plate embossing folder (bought through
Thanks for looking =)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Golden Anniversary Card

A special card I made for one of my aunt and uncles :)
It did require lots of extra postage,
especially since I mailed it in a bubble wrap envelope
with extra padding around it so it wouldn't get
squished (hopefully!) while going through the mail system.

I printed out a special customized piece for the inside of the card
as well as a photo I took of the two of them during our extended
family Christmas party (I wish the photo was better though........).

Thanks for looking =)