Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Christmas card

Hi friends.  I think I may have figured out my Christmas card for this year... waaaaayyyyy early!

Sandy Allnock is doing a a free online class called 'go for the gold' -- a week of daily videos.  She has some great ideas.  Day 1 was a Christmas card with a detachable ornament.  I love the idea of a card with an attached gift.  Since I don't have many of the products Sandy is using, I opted to put my own spin on it.

I die cut my ornament twice from cereal box chipboard and twice from cardstock.  I glued the 2 chipboard ornaments together.  I then die cut a star in the cardstock pieces.

I wanted the star to be bright gold, so I pulled out some very, very old wrapping paper (that used to be my mom's), and die cut some ovals big enough to cover the area behind the star opening.  After gluing the ovals to the chipboard, I then glued on the cardstock ornaments.  A little turquoise sponged around the edges defined the edges a bit.

I punched a hole in the top and added string.

The card base is turquoise.  A mint green layer was stamped with a pine bough stamp (Rubbernecker).

I made a pocket from vellum cardstock, which I edge punched and stamped with the sentiment.  I could have used gold for the sentiment, but can't seem to find my gold ink pad.  The vellum is folded to the back and glued to create the pocket for the ornament.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.

Monday, September 28, 2015

It all started at Goodwill

Hi friends.  I got to see most of the eclipse last night.  It was pretty awesome!  I thought I was going to miss it, since it was cloudy all day.  But then about 7:30 I noticed that the sky was clear where the moon was.  However, when I checked at the starting time, there were light clouds in the way.  I kept checking periodically and was able to see some of the beginning, but it wasn't until the shadow was half way across the moon that it cleared up again.  Now I wasn't going to sit and just watch for several hours, so I'd go take a peek every now and then.  Isn't God's creation awesome?

Now, what was that about Goodwill?  I was shopping there last week and found a plastic package with some wire thing inside with alligator clips on it.  I really wasn't sure what it was, but it was only 50 cents, so I bought it.  When I got home, I opened it up and found a mobile that you could attach anything to using the alligator clips.  My first thought was butterflies or birds. 

I wanted to enter the Sizzix fall challenge, (#FallforSizzix) so I decided to use the mobile.  I started by die cutting 20 leaves (Tim Holtz tattered leaves die) from cereal box chipboard and 20 from cardstock.  I then glued them together in sets of one chipboard leaf and one cardstock leaf, until I had 20 sets. 

I then proceeded to color the leaves, using a sponge with yellow, orange, red, green, purple, and brown ink. 

I wanted the leaves to have some texture, so I embossed each in the Tim Holtz layered leaf embossing folder and then highlighted the embossing a bit with the brown ink. 

The next step was matching the leaf halves and gluing them together, so they would be two-sided. 

Once they were all glued and dry, I attached them to the mobile.  I love how it turned out.  I can see other possibilities for the mobile.  I love how easy it is to change it. 

Thanks so much for visiting today. 

Monday, September 21, 2015


Hi friends.  Are you a lover of all things pumpkin?  I certainly enjoy many things made with pumpkin.  A number of years ago, I bought about 10 good sized pumpkins for a bargain price.  And then I canned pumpkin.  And canned more pumpkin.  And cannned...  You get the picture.  I'm still using that canned pumpkin - pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin dessert.  And I can make pumpkin something any time of the year.  It doesn't have to just be in the fall.  This week I made a pumpkin smoothie.  It was good, but I think I need to tweak the spices a bit.  And add some caramel syrup. 

So what else but a pumpkin card?  The free for all challenge on SCS this week was to use a pumpkin on your project. 

I used nested pumpkins dies from spellbinders to cut cereal box chipboard and designer paper for the pumpkin.  I sponged the edges with pumpkin pie & vintage photo inks. 

The flourish was already die cut (I think that's a sizzix die).  I die cut 2 leaves with assorted leaves dies (an old spellbinders set).  I sponged the leaves with always artichoke ink.  Then I spritzed them with water and crumbled them up and then flattened them back out partially.  Once they were dry, I adhered them to the pumpkin. 

The background is some designer paper and a couple of strips of dusty durango cardstock. 

The word thanks is a cuttlebug die and is die cut from black and cereal box chipboard.  I used a couple of layers of chipboard, because I wanted it to be sturdy. 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

autumn leaves

Hi friends.  I love autumn.  I think it's my favorite season.  I love the rich, vibrant colors of the fields and trees.  I love the crisp, cool air.  And I love the smell of burning leaves.  We've had a few cooler days and nights.  It was in the upper 40's this morning. 

My card making tends to reflect the current season, so I made some with autumn leaves.  This one was made for the mixability challenge on SCS. 
The background was done with a brick stencil and gesso.  Once the gesso was dry, I sponged turquoise ink over it and then wiped most of the ink off the gesso.  The leaves and acorn are stamped with wonderfall (SU) and cut out.  I added a lot of sponged color to the leaves.  Both colors of burlap are ribbon.

The 2nd card was made for the inspiration challenge on SCS, which was a zentangle site.
I used the die that matches the stamps from the first card, but did not use the stamps for this one.  On the die cut leaf, I added vein lines and then just starting doodling.  I used colored pencils and white gel pen to enhance the doodles.  I love how it turned out. 

The background is a rubbernecker stamp. The light green layer was actually a light yellow cardstock, but I thought a green would match better and bring out the green on the leaf.  Since I already had it glued to the black backing, I just sponged it with green to change the color.  All just part of the way I create as I go.  Not too much planning.  Even when I do plan ahead, I usually end up changing things along the way anyway. 

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by for a visit.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

double gate fold card

Hi friends.  Recently splitcoaststampers posted a tutorial for a double gate fold card.  Since I had been wanting to make one, it was the push I needed.  However, I did not follow the tutorial.  I wanted to use dies to make a different shape.  So I picked a die that was close in size to an A2 card (spellbinders labels 29). 

Using the largest die in the set, I cut one from white cardstock and two from designer paper.  I scored both pieces of designer paper down the center and folded them with the printed side out.  Then I created hinges from narrow strips of white cardstock (folded down the center), and I glued the hinges to the sides.  Although the hinges show a little, I don't think it diverts attention from the shape of the card. 

I stamped the flower (blended bloom - SU) on white cardstock and sponged the red ink on.  I wanted a really vibrant color, so I went over it again using a sponge dauber, which is more dense.  Then I used a dauber in the center with yellow ink.  Only half the flower is glued to the card, so that it overlaps the front, but you can still open the card. 

Thank you so much for taking time to visit. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

birthday cards

Hi friends.  I'm trying to be a bit better at posting more often.  So here are a couple of cards I made for the neighbor kids last week.  They have back to back birthdays.  

The girl turned 9 and loved her princess card.  The image is a Prima mixed media doll stamp.  For the dress, I stamped a lace background stamp in pink, overstamped the dress part of the doll in black and then cut it out.  I added some shadows with a blender pen and ink pad.  I punched the corners with a carefully placed edge punch.   The lace is a Gina K stamp, seamed together, with the seam covered by one of the words, which were printed from my computer.  

This size card fits in a business size envelope.  

The boy turned 12 and this is his first year on the football team.  The shirt is my own pattern.  The numbers are die cut with Block Party alphabet from Sizzix.  

Thanks so much for taking time to visit today. 

Friday, September 4, 2015

a card or two

Hi friends.  I don't know where the time has gone.  Somehow, more than a month has gone by & I haven't blogged.  I made two cards this week that weren't for one of my classes.  They were for the technique challenge on SCS.  The challenge was for a cute little fold up on the front of the card. 

When I looked at the instructions, I thought they sounded more complicated than was necessary, so I changed mine a bit.  I cut a piece of cardstock 3" x 8.5" and scored it at 2", 4", and 6", so that when folded, the back panel extended 1/2" above the rest.  Also, instead of using ribbon, I used hemp twine & used a punched circle with a brad to wrap it around.  

The folded panel is perfect for using a tall stamp.  Since I have many of the Prima mixed media doll stamps, I thought they would work great.  
School started on Tuesday, so I made the girly girl card for the neighbor girl across the street.  And her brother, who plays all kinds of sports, got a super jock card.  
Thanks so much for taking time to stop by.