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. 

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sweet Thank You - Inspiration

I recently sent a couple of cards to a blog buddy and she sent back a simply sweet thank you card.
It inspired the card I am sharing today, above.

All supplies used were from Stampin'Up!
Forever Lovely
Express Yourself
Decorative Dot background

Groovy Guava
Certainly Celery
Smoky Slate

Groovy Guava stitched ribbon

Textured embossing folder

small scissors for carefully cutting around the stamped flowers

Here is the inspiration card

Thank you, Margaret!

I made several cards over the course of a week recently, the fist time I've made anything in several months. I'll be sharing them soon.

Thanks for looking, have a great day =)

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Buffalo Check Fabric Frame - tutorial

Today I'm sharing this fabric frame I made
as my design team project for
We are a month long anything crafty goes challenge
(so long as it family friendly).
Won't you share what you have created with us ? 

If you'd like to know how I made my project, read on !

thick mat board or chipboard
heavy duty adhesive
heavy duty utility knife

Cut your frame from the mat board/chipboard.
You may need to adhere two layers together
to make it sturdier. You don't want it too lightweight
otherwise it will more than likely flex a bit from the
pulling of the fabric. If you use liquid glues and the
card board is too thin, it could cause it to warp, too.
My project uses an old leftover pre-cut set I bought
oh so long ago, back when padded frames and albums
were a popular craft. Yes, I'm aging myself by admitting that!
Here is a photo of the kit project ideas,
good for a giggle :)

Apply adhesive to the frame front and lay it on top of the batting.
I would normally use a spray adhesive for this step, but my old can
no longer works. Heavy duty double stick tape will work just fine.

Trim the batting out even with the edges.

Lay this on top of your fabric, batting side down.
trim out leaving about an inch of fabric around all edges.
This extra fabric is what will wrap around to the back side
(seen above),
so you need enough to wrap and glue in place.
I use heavy duty double stick tape to adhere the
fabric to the chipboard.

I start by folding the fabric over the four corners
(I did not do that in these photos).
I then go to the middle of one side to glue it in place,
finishing that entire side
before working on the opposite side.
Don't pull it too tight to cause the chipboard to bend!
You may also want to flip it over from time to time
to make sure your fabric isn't puckering and if it has
a design like this plaid, that you like the way it is
lining up along the edges. I'd recommend not using
anything with lines/plaid because it doesn't always work well.
Just takes more time and patience to line it up.

Once all of the sides are done, do the inside opening.

If your frame has a rounded opening, clip curves every 1/2" or so .
Don't get too close to the opening though because you don't
want to see the cuts. The clipping helps in wrapping the fabric
around the curved sections.

After I am happy with how it looks, I will add a piece of card stock
cut to fit then glued in place over all of the fabric edges.
This helps cover any exposed double stick tape as well as making it
easier to slide photos in, not catching on the fabric bits.

Add lace or cording at this point if you wish.
You'll want to "sandwich" it between the front and back.

You can cover the back with fabric, too,
if you wish. It is not necessary to use batting.

Glue along three sides of the frame back piece.
Adhere this over the back of the front piece. 
I use hot melt glue for this step.

Be sure to leave one side open to insert photos in !

Embellish if you'd like and enjoy !

Thanks for looking, have a great day =)

Flood recovery update:
Thank goodness I made all of my design team projects
well in advance this year as I've still not made
anything new since earlier this year due to 
the record setting flood our area saw. 

We are plugging along on getting things back in shape.
Although it was a tough go for us trying to save 
what we could of our home and property,
we know we are lucky. Grateful to everyone that helped
and thankful that the flood wall held so damage 
and losses were far less than they could have been. 
We didn't lose everything like so many people did.

The interior of the house is basically done now, hooray!
The garage, yard and barn still need a lot of work.

Life is back to normal and we are once again healthy 
after becoming so sick during the flood (due to mold). 

I recently got my craft rooms all set back up, 
cleared out of the last of the clutter
I had to store things in them, carried up from 
the main floor of the house to protect them from damage.
Now that I can move around,
find my things and have room to work, 
I hope to start creating some new projects.
I certainly have a long to-do list that I keep adding to!