Thursday, October 31, 2019

Trick or Treat

Well it was certainly a trick Mother Nature played on us this Halloween:
we saw our first snow of the season !
Barely even a dusting, but it was still snow.
We are also setting a new low high temperature for this date,
remaining in the thirties all day. Factor in the wind
and it is in the twenties! Too soon to be this cold here!
The weather forecaster got everything else correct
for the day, I'm just waiting to see the skies clear as
was predicted. We are still socked in under heavy
cloud cover so it doesn't look likely. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Halloween Home Card

This card uses the Holiday Home stamp and dies set
from Stampin' Up!

The house is colored with inks from my classic ink pads
from Stampin' Up! using an aqua painter.
It is attached to the tag with dimensionals. 

Trees, bats and sentiment are heat embossed black. 

Purple twine came from Target.

Patterned papers are from Die Cuts With A View.

The sky was made with Distress Oxide ink.
I dabbed Violet ink onto black card stock
and spritzed it with water. Heat set then dabbed
on a wee bit more ink. 
It looks a bit like my foot currently does:
I broke a toe the other day and am
waiting to see a specialist on Monday
for a determination if it will require surgery.
Fingers crossed oh so tightly it does not! 
I've had so many bad things happen this year,
I don't need that, too. Just dealing with a broken
toe alone the next month or so will be tough enough,
I don't want to add recovery from surgery, too. Ugh.

Thanks for looking =) 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Side Step Halloween Card

A fun side step card made easily using a card die
by Sizzix to create the step base.

The ghost, pumpkins and leaves were 
stamped and die cut with the Fall Fest
set by Stampin ' Up! 
Some are attached with dimensionals.

Hand cut banner, stamped with a sentiment
from Stampin' Up!

Boo patterned paper is from Die Cuts With A View.

Orange grosgrain ribbon.

Thanks for looking =)

Edited to Add;
I was so honored that this card was chosen
by someone at Splitcoaststampers
as one of her favorites of 2019!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Boo Triple Panel Flip Card

This fun Halloween card was easy to make using dies !

Flip Card die, Sizzix

Ghost die, Stampin' Up!

Alpha dies, Micheal's/Recollections

Patterned paper, Die Cuts With A View

Card stocks, Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking =)

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 turned 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 =) 

EDITED TO ADD 10/20/2019
My card was a Top Pick at Retro Rubber !

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.