Thursday, October 23, 2014

Swing in the Oak Tree

     The Memory Box "Grand Oak Tree" die is one of the first dies I bought. I have never used it. When the LOTV "Milly Me and My Dog" stamp arrived last week, I wondered if the swing would blend with the oak tree. So what do you think? 

     I started with LOTV sketch #25.

Inside of Card


Paper - Heidi Grace: Daydream
Stamps - LOTV: Milly Me and My Dog
             - Red Rubber Designs: Birthday Set
             - Hero Arts: Everyday Sayings
Dies - Memory Box: Grand Oak Tree & Set of Swings
           Quik Kuts: Nesting Scallops
Punches - Reflections:
Inks - Memento: Tuxedo Black
          Stampin Up: Soft Suede
Embellishments - Ribbon
                             Faux Pearls
                             Silk Flowers
                             Wink of Stella: Clear
                             Gelly Roll: Gold
Copics - Skin: E50, E51, E53, R20
               Hair: Y21, YR23
               Dress, Leggings, Shoes: RV91, RV93, RV95
               Swing: E35, E37
               Dog: E51, E53, E55
               Grass: YG11, YG13, YG17           


Craft Hoarders - 3 Layers - #45 -*
A Gem of a Challenge - Create a Scene - #87 -*
LOTV Challenge - Anything Goes - #112 -*
Melonheadz Friends - Lots of Layers - #60 - Top 3 - Woo Hoo!
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes - #99 -*
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Anything Goes - #55 -*
Simon Says - Anything Goes - #342 -*

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Apples in a Row

     I'm putting together a set of autumn-themed birthday cards. I decided to use the Tim Holtz die cut called "chevron". It leaves room for using several different solid and pattern papers. 

          I needed to cut several papers in order to fill some of the chevron. Because of this I ended up using red, brown, and green solids. I also chose one pattered paper for each card. 

     I used my Copics to color the apples from the Gina K (Stamp TV) set called "Simple Things", pop dotted one random apple, and used a gold gel pen to add sparkle to the pop dotted apple. Elizabeth Craft gold stickers were added to some of the chevrons.

     As usual the inside of the card is inspired by the scraps left on my craft table. I used part of the leftover chevron from the pattern paper as well as an apple stamped in red rather than black. The "happy birthday" is from the birthday set by Red Rubber Designs.

 Loves Rubber Stamps - Warm Colors - #7 -*
Pixie's Snippets Playground - Anything Goes - #41 -*
Simon Says - Anything Goes - #185 -*
Sister Act -  Anything Goes - #222 -*
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes - #31 -*


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sew Charming

     I received a package of 9 sewing charms free with my issue of "Cardmaking and Papercrafting Magazine". I love working with the sewing theme.  The paper I used was some leftovers of Pebbles "Family Ties Collection". I believe the paper is discontinued, but it is so pretty that I thought it would be a good choice for this theme. The first 4 cards are very similar to the example cards in the magazine. The last 3 are my own designs.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sending Sunshine

     How about a birthday card with fall in mind? I used a couple of easy techniques on this one. I started by making my own background. I embossed a piece of ivory card stock with "Tiny Polka" by Paper Studio. Then I held a Stampin Up soft suede inkpad upside down and dragged it over the paper to give a shabby look. If you do it very lightly, only the polkas are inked, but if you push harder, this is the effect that you get. 
     The second technique I used was inking the stamp with Tim Holtz distress markers. I used 6 colors: 2 greens, 2 oranges, and 2 browns. The stamp is Penny Black's "Garden Poems". There are actually 3 sunflowers on this stamp, but I only inked up two of them. You can see on the right of the stamp that there is the beginning of the third sunflower. Funny that this didn't bother me. I love the uniqueness of each time we stamp anyway. No two stamps are ever really the same.
     The wood banner embellishment is a lucky find at Tuesday Morning. Since I immediately opened the packaging and dumped it into my embellishment stash, I can give you no further information on that.
     The flourish in the corner and inside the card are done on my trusty Cameo Silhouette. I purchased it from Silhouette: "Simple Swirl" by Carina Gardner. I attached it only on the ends, so it does not lay flat on the card (inside as well). I am "in like" with shadows on my cards.
Inside of Card


All Sorts Challenge - Autumn - #128 -*
Graph It Markers - Autumn Colors - #25 -*
Just Inspirational Challenges - Make Background - #10 -*
Lacy Sunshine - Seasons - #38 -*
Ladybug Crafts - Autumn - #58 - 10/31
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes - #81 -*
Sweet Stampin - Autumn - #62 - *
Wags n Whiskers - Fall Colors - #53 -*
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes - #110 -*
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes - #65 -*

     I also made a similar card in black and white. This one is a sympathy card.
Inside of Card

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


     This is another card make with a charm that came as a free gift in my "Cardmaking and Papercrafting Magazine". I cut the blue doily  and the inside flowers with my Silhouette Cameo. I believe the cut file was free from Miss Kate Cuttables. I used acetate to cover the inner circle of the doily. It gives a window - or in this case - a kaleidoscope effect. The stamps are Stampin Up: Polka-Dot Pieces.

Inside of Card


Alphabet Challenge - Quadruple(4 yellow dots) - #57 -*
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes - #36 -*

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Basket of Yarn

     This is my attempt to use this yarn charm that I got free in my issue of "Cardmaking and Papercrafting". I used a digital basket which I fussy-cut. I used twine to make skeins of yard for the basket. 
     The paper is Pebbles "Family Ties Collection". The blue flower is a button. 

Inside of card


ABC Challenge - Unique - #73 -*
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes - #234 -*
The Cutie Pie - Three's (patterned papers) - #70 -*
QKR Stampede - Anything Goes - #34 -*
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes - #161 -*
Whoopsie Daisy Challenge - 2+ Designer Papers - #66 -*