Sunday, October 20, 2019

Cat Silhouette Card

Playing with a cat silhouette die and 
Distress Oxide ink (my second try)
to create this Halloween card. 

I dabbed a wee bit of Violet ink onto black card stock,
spritzed it with water. Dabbed a bit more on top.

The "stars" are made by splattering white craft paint
with a toothbrush onto the card stock. 

The moon is a piece of copy weight paper punched out
with a circle punch. I sponged a teeny bit of grey ink onto it.
White craft ink was sponged onto the background around
the circle punch to create the moon glow.

Papers and stamp image were from Stampin' Up!

Cat die, unknown.

Circle dies, Spellbinders.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Simple Jack O'Lantern Card

Another simple Halloween card, this one uses an old stamp image
from Stampin' Up!. Maybe I should have heat embossed it in black?

It is layered over a piece of decorative paper from
 Die Cuts With A View backed by green paper,
also by DCWV. 

The postage edge punch (that I used unsuccessfully)
is from Stampin' Up! 

The image is attached with dimensionals.

Thanks for looking =) 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Googlie Eye Ghost Halloween Card

No more sympathy card posts!
It's time to share the Halloween cards
I made earlier this month.

This is the first, a really simple one.

I die cut a ghost from the Fall Fest die set
by Stampin' Up! then added googlie eyes
and a simple hand cut banner. 

It's mounted to textured black card stock
with dimensionals.

Quick and easy !!!!

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Happy Purrthday

Enough sympathy card posts for now.
It's time to move on to sharing the half dozen cards
I made over the weekend of World Card Making Day/Digital Scrapbook Day !

I'll start with this adorable swing card with cute partying cat images.

I found this stamp set with matching dies at a yard sale recently. 
New, never used, until now when I made this card !
It is by Lawn Fawn and called Meow You Doin'.

I also used a Flip It card die from Sizzix

The images are stamped on water color paper
then colored with ink from my dye ink pads 
using an aqua painter. 

They are die cut then popped up on dimensionals.

All inks and papers were from Stampin' Up!

The stitched circle die is from The Stamps of Life.

Bonus Project:
a coordinating "candle holder cake topper"!

Topper stuck in a slice of home made New York style cheesecake
I made for the birthday girl.

I didn't really want to poke 28 candles into the
top of the pretty cheesecake, so I made this single
candle holder/topper for her slice.
This also tells me when looking back at the photos
in the future that it was her 28th birthday
it kept germs from being spread to the rest of the cake
as she blew out the single candle on her slice ;)

If you are interested, here is the recipe I used.
It tuned out beautifully and was delicious. 

Thanks for looking =) 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Monochrome Sympathy Card

This is the second card I made for the current challenge at

I was in need of more Sympathy cards,
so I chose to use the center row going down on
their tic tac toe board:
sympathy, embossing folder, monochrome. 
It could also be one of the diagonals:
floral, embossing folder, die cut or punch. 

Supplies from Stampin' Up! 
Stamps: Elements of Style (2010)
                 Close As A Memory (2006)
Basic Black and Sahara Sand card stocks
Memento black ink
Subtle 3D embossing folder
black organdy ribbon 5/8"
stitched rectangles die (Stamps of Life)

This shows the texture I created on the front
using the embossing folder by Stampin' Up!
I stamped the Toile image first.

The sentiment is attached to the card front
with dimensionals. 

This is the inside of the card.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Sympathy For A Friend

A long time friend lost his father suddenly late last month,  so I made this card for the family.

Rubber stamp images are long retired from Stampin' Up!
Sizzix/Tim Holtz Botanicals 3D embossing folder texture fades
gold rub on paste
gold eyelets and brad
black embossing powder
gold metallic ink
Sage Shadow, Basic Black, Gold Metallic, Very Vanilla card stocks

Thanks for looking

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sympathy Swing Card

Sadly, I've used up my small stash of Sympathy cards and need to make a few more to have on hand.
I used the current Tic Tac Toe challenge at Retro Rubber to create this one. It was simple enough with a swing card die and is flat enough to mail without requiring extra postage.

All supplies from Stampin' Up!
Roses In Winter  2003
Itty Bitty Backgrounds  1997
So Sorry 2013
Pale Plum
Whisper White
Pale Plum
Perfect Plum
Mellow Moss
Barely Banana

Royal Flip It Card Die from Sizzix

Here is the Tic Tac Toe board. I used the top row across: pastel colors, sympathy, floral.
I may make another going down the center row.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Sympathy From A Friend

What a pretty,  shimmery sympathy card that we received from my online "pen pal".
This year has been the worst ever, bad things happening to our family doesn't end.
Last month my husband had to say goodbye to his mom.

On a happier note, I was able to spend some time making cards recently
so I will have a few to share soon.

Thanks for looking =)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

CREATE-ive Sign

Today I'm sharing something that has been 
on my to-to list for three years !
Ever since I set up an actual craft room,
I've been wanting to make this sign.
I kept putting it off because I couldn't really
commit to exactly how I wanted to do it,
I had so many ever changing ideas.
In early March I decided it had been too long,
just go for it and if I don't like it,
I can always redo it.

I've been waiting all this time to show it to you
because I wanted it to be a design team project for
Love To Craft Challenge.
We are an anything crafty goes month long challenge,
so long as your projects are family friendly.
Share what you've created with us!

If you'd like to see close up photos of each letter
and what I used on each of them, read on.

All of the letters were cut from chipboard with 
a Cricut Create machine.
Most of them have a top layer adhered on
with adhesive from a Xyron machine. 

This is a sort of "cracked glass" effect created by 
heat embossing a couple layers of ultra thick clear embossing powder.
The stamped card stock letter curved from the heat and embossing.
When I ran it through the Xyron adhesive machine, it cracked.
I could have put it in the freezer and then flexed it to cause
larger cracks, but I decided not to. I liked it as it was, subtle.

I used Stampin' Up! rubber stamps and inks on Vanilla card stock to
create the floral image underneath the heat embossing.  

The Hand Painted Petites stamp set retired in 2004.

This is a crackle paint finish with a "rusty"heart.
I painted brown acrylic craft paint directly on the chipboard letter.
I then brushed on a thick layer of crackle medium.
Once that was dry, I brushed on a thick layer of
cream colored acrylic craft paint.
If crackling, it is important to not go over the paint.
Just brush it on one time for the effect to work.

I wrapped a piece of linen thread around one leg
a few times then tied it into a bow.

 The rusty heart was made by sprinkling cinnamon
onto wet brown acrylic craft paint. Yes, ground cinnamon
from your spice cabinet ! I used to make rusty embellishments
by paper punching or die cutting shapes from sandpaper 
then painting them with acrylic craft paints. I then read
the cinnamon trick somewhere online regarding
creating faux finish effects for model train setups
so I gave it a try a while back. 

This piece is meant to replicate old painted embossed tin.
I came up with this idea when recreating tin angel ornaments

I ran gold metallic card stock through an embossing folder,
roughly brushed cream acrylic paint over it then
lightly added gold metallic acrylic craft paint to the raised areas.

I typed up and printed out a tiny tag, cut it out 
then brushed gold paint along the edges.
A gold organdy knot bow is hot glued to the top. 
The entire piece is glued to the chipboard letter.

This letter is simply covered with a pieced fabric piece
scrap that I cut to fit carefully using a sharp hobby knife.
I hot glued on an old button.

The pieced fabric was a small scrap leftover from

This letter is covered with a page from an old dictionary.
I was worried that I might tear the paper or that I
wouldn't get it lined up well enough when adhering it
to the chipboard base , thus ruining it.
I meant to scan the page before cutting it just in case
so I could print it out if I did mess it up.
Luckily it all went well enough, whew. 
Sure, I could have used another piece of paper,
but I wanted this exact piece. 

I made the little roses from scraps of cotton fabric.
The leaves are paper punched and hand cut from card stock.

The final letter!
This one was also painted directly on the chipboard. 
I base coated it with a light gray chalk paint.
I then added a light layer, but not totally covering it,
of white acrylic craft paint.
It was then sanded in places to distress it.

I printed out a word strip from a digi kit
by Kimeric Kreations (A Creative Life)
and a tiny self portrait. 

The letters were all hot glued onto a piece of linen mat board
that I cut to fit the frame. 
 The frame was found at a fund raising church yard sale,
new in package for  $ 1.50. 

I really wanted "chunkier" letters to fill the frame
better and have more area to decorate on the letters themselves,
but the font in my Cricut cartridge wasn't the correct size.
I tried three different sizes, but they were all too wide to fit
all six letters in the frame properly. To go any shorter
which would have made them narrower was going to
look really funny. I thought about hand painting
"something every day" underneath the die cut "create",
but there wasn't enough room with this font and
once again, it wasn't going to look right with the other.

So until I find a shorter frame for these letters to fit better in,
I will be using this one - 
and I may add something small on either end
so there isn't so much space. 

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

I'm entering my project in the current challenge
Anything Goes Challenge at Retro Rubber.
I know, there aren't a lot of rubber stamped images on this project,
but the tiny floral stamps I did use are  15+ years old!

I'm also entering my sign project in the current
No Cards Allowed Challenge at Love To Scrap 


Anything Goes at Through The Craft Room Door.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Patriotic Jet Card

My husband asked me to make a birthday card 
for the son of a friend of his.
The young man is currently serving in the Air Force.
I didn't have any other images related to his hobbies.
so I came up with this one. 
Hopefully he appreciated the effort. 

Rubber stamp image is from Stampin' Up! (Need For Speed, 2011)
as are all of the card stocks, inks and textured embossing folder.

As always, thanks to our brave men and women
that keep our country safe, whether they are 
serving in the military or working as first responders
here at home. 

Thanks for looking, have a great day !

Since the image I used us over one year old,
I am entering my card in the current 

Saturday, September 28, 2019

First Birthday Card - take 2

This card was made for twin baby girls first birthday.

There are some glittery touches on the gift bow, candle and
around the edge of the circle tag.

I don't know the manufacturer of the Pooh and friends rubber stamp,
I've been unable to find the stamp for some time.
I made several cards with it a couple of years ago
and luckily had this stamped but uncolored image
in my "to-do-something-with-someday" box. I have searched and searched
 for that stamp and am afraid it ended up accidentally
knocked off into a trash can that sat by my desk :(
Had I been smart, I would have scanned the
image before coloring it so I could print out some more.

The circular sentiment stamp was from Stampin' Up!
Decorative paper is from Die Cuts With A View
Image was colored with inks and and aquapinter

This is a 5" x 7" card.

Thanks for looking =)

I'm entering my card in the Retro Rubber Challenge #120 Anything Goes.
I honestly have no idea how old this stamp is.
I bought it used several years ago. I'd guess it is at least 10 years old.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

First Birthday Card - take 1

This is the first card I made for one year old twin girls.
Then I changed my mind and used a Winnie The Pooh
and friends stamp instead. That card will be shared later.

Image, die, embossing folder and inks
were all from Stampin' Up!
Doily from my stash
Copper glitter dimensional paint (for fabric)

Thanks for looking =) 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Skateboarding Tiger Quick Card

A Simple little card made with an old sticker,
tag, faux brad and textured card stock.

It was just to say "hi" for a little cousin
whose sisters were celebrating their first birthday.

Thanks for looking =) 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Needle And Thread Card

This is the third card I made recently.
It is a 5" x 7" card.
It was copied from the Stampin' Up! catalog.

Needle and Thread stamp set
Needlepoint Elements Thinlits die set
Berry Burst, Lucky Limeade, Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Summer Sun card stocks
Berry Burst, Lucky Limeade, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink, Black inks
scraps of tulle from my sewing stash

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Climbing Roses Card

This is the second of four cards I made recently.
First time I have used this stamp and die set, too.

Climbing Roses stamp set
Rose Trellis thinlits dies
Big On Birthdays stamps
Fresh Fig, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Versamark inks
Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Basic Black card stock
Textured EF
White EP

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Gatefold Blossoms Card

I finally made something for the first time in months !

Actually, I made several cards over the course of a week.

This was the first and I was not too happy with it.
First time I used this stamp and die set, too. 
They are retired from Stampin' Up!

Bouquet Blooms stamp set
Gatefold Blossoms Thinlits Dies
Whimsical words stamp set
Pink Pirouette, Berry Burst, Lucky Limeade, Whisper white

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Rusty Apple Truck card

I've not played along with any challenges for months
since my craft rooms became catchalls for items
to be stored during the flood.
Now that things are nearly back to normal, 
I decided to start following some of my 
favorite challenge sites again.
When I saw the color challenge at Retro Rubber today,
I just knew I had to make a card!
It is very hot and humid outside today,
so I was dreaming of cooler fall weather as I worked on it.
I know I really should have been trying to finish up
some decluttering and cleaning instead knowing that 
people are coming over on Thursday,
but I have tomorrow to work on that ;)
Long neglected craft supplies were calling!

Here is the inspiration photo for RRCB119

Obviously fall leaves, mums and pumpkins come to mind
as soon as you see the inspiration photo.
I knew right away I was going to do something
slightly different and what it would be. 
I have another card in mind, too,
with a different theme and perfect for these colors.

The image is from Stampin' Up!, Countryside (2013).

I water colored it with ink from my 
classic SU! ink pads and an aqua painter.
Tangerine Tango, Dusty Durango, Real Red, Smoky Slate,
Basic Gray, Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke, Bliss Blue

It is mounted onto Chocolate Chip textured card stock
then Real Red card stock that I distressed the edges on. 

A few dimensionals are underneath the image panel
to adhere it over the Pumpkin Pie striped grosgrain ribbon
that is on top of Crumb Cake card stock for the base.
I sponged Crumb Cake ink along the edges of the card front, too.

Pretty simple card, really ! 

Thanks for looking, have a great day =) 

EDITED TO ADD 9/23/2019
Honored to have my card chosen as a Top Pick!

I never did get that second card made as I had hoped.
It would have been images of wild horses running out West.