Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Classic Convertibles 70th Birthday Card

When I was talking with my mom yesterday,
she mentioned that it was the 70th birthday of one of my uncles
last week. I made this special card for the Chevy lover :)

The image (Classic Convertibles from Stampin' Up!, retired)
was stamped with waterproof black ink on watercolor paper.

Mask off the edges of the paper
with removable sticky note paper
before coloring to create a sort of faux photo look.
TIP: hold it up to a light source to help get the
edges straight. Otherwise, cut your paper
larger than you would like the finished piece
to be and trim it down when you are done coloring.

Water colored and sponged with classic inks,
chrome details done with a Signo pen.

Mounted to a Diamond Plate (by Darice) embossed background
 with black photo mounts.

The highway sign was created by doing quite a bit of altering of an image
 that was purchased with a digital scrapbook program.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

OWH sketch Challenge 247 - Just "Chicken" In

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 ! 

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 Cricut 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 ;)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Motorcycle Greeting Card

Motorcycle image from Hero Arts, Diamond Plate embossing folder from Darice, gears dies from Joy Arts.

I added some color to the black stamped image with paints and a silver gel pen.

The card design is based on a sketch at Operation Write Home (#246).

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 Joann.com) 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 Joann.com).

Darice brand Diamond Plate embossing folder (bought through Joann.com).

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.

Spiral flower and numeral dies, Texturz plate,
card stocks and organdy ribbon were all from Stampin' Up!

Swirl die, Sizzix

Scallop and rectangle dies, Nestabilities

Gold acrylic craft paint

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Die Cut Poinsettia Christmas Portrait Card

Photo Christmas card/display piece I made this past Christmas.

The die cut poinsettia was made from a discontinued die
available through cricut.com
I've never seen them before and I think if I had known how thin they are,
I probably would not have bought them. I am not sure how long they will last....
I was quite surprised that they cut through this card stock.
Granted, this is some thinner than the Stampin' Up! card stock I normally use.

Also as a note, it may just be the operator of the quilling tool,
but I could NOT get my flower to look like the completed flower
that came in the kit. I had to do some creative "unquilling" and gluing
to make it work properly. My flower petals kept stacking
up on directly top of each other, looking goofy. Maybe with more practice ?

Doesn't show up too well in this lighting/photo,
but I inked the edges of all the pieces before assembly.

This shows the back of my flower that I had to unroll and
glue together oddly to make the flower look right.
Rolled tightly like the sample flower in the kit,
the petals to my flower were stacked on top of each other
making what looked like just a three petal flower.

Ribbon, metal pieces, Riding Hood Red card stock,
Vary Vanilla card stock, Early Espresso textured card stock,
Texturz plates, scalloped circle die and numbers stamp set
all came from Stampin' Up! (most all are now retired).

This is the die set I bought on clearance through cricut.com
They are chipboard thin dies, I had no idea !

Thanks for looking =)

Monday, January 12, 2015

OWH ODBD Challenge January


I created this card for the current Our Daily Bread Designs Challenge at
It is also a sort of
"Thank You"
nod to Our Daily Bread Designs for sponsoring this challenge !

When there are 25 entries to the challenge, ODBD
will sponsor one box of cards from
Operation Write Home to be mailed to our heroes.
If there are 50 entries, two boxes will be sponsored.
As if that isn't enough, this wonderful company also
gives away a $15 gift certificate to a randomly chosen winner.
I was lucky enough to be one of two winners for the November challenge
to make a card with hearts on it (see my card here).

I wasn't sure what stamp set to choose...........
There is a really fun monster truck set I had my eye on
and sentiments are always useful, but this is the one
I ended up choosing in the end as I always loved 
sledding on my old Flexible Flyer as a kid !

I attempted to make it have more of a  "patriotic", 
or any time during the winter feel,
 rather than a Christmas feel since the holiday is now past.

The image was stamped in black ink then water colored in
using ink from my ink pads and an aquapainter.
I layered it on Brilliant Blue card stock.

I used white acrylic craft paint for the snow details.
Leaving the card stock white wasn't white, snowy enough for my liking.
I do have some snow texture medium, but it was too chunky for this image.

The snowflake embossing folder used on the smaller front panel
 was from Stampin' Up! as are the sentiment
and Word Window (trimmed) paper punch. 

The red and white "Baker's twine" wrapped around the snowflake embossed panel
came from the Dollar Spot at Target last year.

Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Circle Punch Christmas Tree Swing Card

The swing card base is a die from Stampin' Up!

The bases to these cards were made last year
as a fun way to give my kids money.
See this post here for the fun idea I came up with.
They didn't keep them, so
this year I added a new stamped circle to the back of the swing part
and the fun circle punch tree to the front.
Below are some photos that show how I made the tree.

The crinkling, separating of the layers is not necessary.
I did it to give the card stock more texture
and to make it thinner, easier to fold.

Fold the circle in half to give yourself a center mark.
Fold the sides in at the center mark.
The top point/fold starts at the mark then you
bring the rounded side in the meet along the center line.

I added a dab of glue at the tops of each section
so the lower "branches" would still be loose,
easy to fiddle with to make them "fluffy".

I didn't take a "how to" photo of painting the branches,
but it is easy. I used white acrylic craft paint and
a small paint brush to dab white onto the tips. Once dry,
I fluffed out the "branches" a bit.

You could take the tree a step farther by decorating it with
teeny, tiny punched pieces of colored paper or
dabs of glitter glue and paint.

Thanks for looking =)

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Nature's Christmas Card

Using a really old stamp set from Stampin' Up!
(I think it is called Nature's Christmas)
and copying an idea from an old catalog,
I made this card and matching envelope to send
to a family member last Christmas.
It was a nice flat card requiring no extra postage.
I stamped the images with Basic Black ink onto
Naturals card stock then water colored them in with
ink from ink pads using an Aquapainter.
Real Red and Handsome Hunter card stock layers.
Thanks for looking =)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Embossed Christmas Card

I made two of these cards to mail out last Christmas,
idea inspired by a Stampin' Up! catalog.

All supplies used were from Stampin' Up!.
though they are now retired.

The raised areas of the embossed card front
were lightly painted with PearlEx paint.

Thanks for looking =)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Christmas Card I Received

What a beautiful Christmas card I received this past holiday !
I love it !
I'm sure all the supplies used on it were from Stampin' Up!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Birthday Card I Received

What a sweet card I received for my birthday last month.
Such a cute image, happy colors
and great details - I love it !

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas Cards - storebought!

Now that we have a new desktop computer up and running
(we were without for three weeks in December),
I can finally get back to posting to the blog.
There are several things I made last month I want to share
as well as some cards I received and a couple of photos I took.
This first card I am sharing was actually from a set of premade cards I bought for half price
after Christmas last year. I picked up 4 packages of them for $4 a package (6 cards per pkg).
They looked like something I could have handmade myself:
real buttons, bakers twine, die cut pieces, pop dots on a kraft card stock base.
I did cut and stamp cream pieces of paper for the inside since they were blank.
I used a Stampin' Around holly print wheel and a sentiment stamp with
Handsome Hunter and Real Red inks.
I also stamped the envelope with the same wheel and green ink.
I didn't mind that they were bulky cards since I was giving them out in person,
no postage required.
Some of the cards I did need to mail so I removed the buttons and pop dots,
trying to make them more mail friendly so as not to require extra postage.
In place of the buttons, I used red glitter glue.
These premade cards have a nice design, one I hope to remember and put to use
in the future.
Thanks for looking =)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Anything But A Card - New Beginnings Challenge #43

Welcome to the New Beginnings Challenge at

The prompt "New Beginnings" can be interpreted many ways.

My interpretation:
finding new life in what would otherwise be considered trash. 
This particular project reuses a few pieces of "trash";
read on to see what and how I reused them. 

I started off with empty cookie tins that I have had in my stash the past year.
They were too nice to throw away and with no recycling services where
we live, I decided to keep them in hopes of finding a new use for them.
I did reuse some as utensil holders earlier this year.

I  used double stick tape to attach card stock around the can.
It was faster and easier than trying to paint them,
but you certainly could sand and repaint them.

I sketched out the shapes onto scrap paper, 
trimming them to fit.
Once I was happy with the shapes and sizes, 
I traced them onto card stock and cut them out.

The nose and eyes are paper punches.
The eyebrows are also made from a punch, 
but slightly altered (Word Window from Stampin' Up!).

I inked the cheeks and nose with a sponge and ink pad.

White Signo gel pen for eye highlights.

You can run the beard and moustache pieces through the 
Cuttlebug Divine swirls folder after cutting them out or
as I did, run a piece through before cutting them out.
I traced the shapes onto the  card stock first.
If you do this, be sure to run the card stock through
so that the pencil lines are on the back / debossed side
of the card stock.

I used a pop dot / dimensional
under the nose.
The mustache piece is slightly bent
for extra character.

Yes, my santa is "bald": 
I didn't make a large piece of hair
to wrap around the back of his head.

Notice the extra texture on the beard and moustache ?
This was achieved by using an old dryer sheet.
I adhered it to white card stock before running it through
the Cuttlebug embossing folder. 

Completed Santa treat cans,
minus a pom pom on the hat.
The hat was made from a red fleece blanket
and a scrap of white felt.

Inspired by Santa face cards I made years ago-
and still make !

Completed Snowman cans

Inspired by snowman cards I've made years ago.

I used a rubber stamp from a flower making set
to make the nose. 
It was stamped in a lighter orange then
the lower edge was stamped onto a darker orange
before stamping onto white card stock and cut out with scissors.

Circle paper punches for the eyes and mouth.

White Signo gel pen for the eye highlights. 

Scrap of old fleece blanket cut to make the scarf.

How to make the hat:

Trace, cut, score, 
bend and tape
card stock to form a hat,
using a heavy duty double stick tape to hold in place.

Trace circles and cut with scissors or 
if you have dies that are the right sizes,
cut out circles to make the bat brim.
I used some craft foam leftover from 
craft projects from my kids years ago. 
Carefully hot glue the underside near the
bottom edge of the hat.

Lightweight packaging chipboard was die cut
with snowflake dies then coated with glitter. 

Two step bird punch from Stampin' Up!
with paint/ink details
and Martha Stewart fern punch.

Red and white striped ribbon, unknown.
I remember that I ordered it
(along with several other rolls of ribbon)
from an online retailer many years ago -
and have maybe used it one time !

Thanks for looking !
Take a peek at the Anything But A Card blog for much more inspiration every Sunday from the creative team as well as projects shared through inlinks by blog readers.