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Thursday, July 5, 2018

BIRTHDAY CARD STASH - DESIGNER CREATIVE CHALLENGE

Hey guys! Welcome to my little corner of the world. Today I decided to join in on Craftin Desert Divas Birthday Card Stash Creative Challenge.



Even with as much crafting as I do, I always find I’m in need of birthday cards. Let’s be honest, you can never have too many. This time of year I have a slew of birthdays coming up for various family members so this was the perfect opportunity to add to my stash!



I thought I would share what I do to streamline my card making process when I’m making multiple cards. I am all about putting cards together assembly line style. I like to do everything in groups. For example I will color all my images, then cut them all out, work on all my backgrounds, add my images, and finally add my sentiments.



For today’s project I printed out all my images from Craftin Desert Divas Space Cadet digital set, grabbed a lap tray, and spent a little time multi-tasking, in which I mean I was watching a movie with the family while I colored away. I’ve had quite a busy week, so to save some time I started up my Brother Scan N Cut and let it cut out the images. I threw all my images in a little container then set to cutting up a couple sheets of black cardstock. I knew I wanted to do a Galaxy background for these cuties but that can be time consuming, so I opted for the quick and easy galaxy background. I used my black cardstock and added some Distress Oxide Ink for some color and splattered some white gouache and some Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Silver Calligraphy Color for “stars”. Next I added the images that were going to be flat on the cards with some Multi Medium Matte and added the images that were going to be popped up with foam tape; then added my sentiments. Last but not least I finished off my cards with some Fairy Dust and Lollipop sequins.



Project Supplies
Stamps: Space Cadet Digital Set
Inks: Distress Oxide Inks in Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Mermaid Lagoon for the background. For the “moon” that the cadets are standing on Antique Linen and Hickory Smoke.
Paint: White Gouache and Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Silver Calligraphy Color
Adhesive: Multi Media Matte and Foam Tape
Accessories: Fairy Dust and Lollipop
I have to say that this was such a fun challenge and I got some much needed birthday cards out of it. Don't forget you can join Craftin Desert Divas Digi Stamp Club and get $14 worth of Digi Stamps for $7.

Until next time, keep on crafting!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Oh Deer, I C.C. what you did there

Who doesn't love a three day weekend? I did some crafty shopping, saw a movie, saw family, and put together a few cards. On Sunday afternoon I grabbed some of my newest C.C. Designs sets and got to coloring. I have to say I was surprised by how much time I spent coloring. I had thrown in an old movie for background noise, 2 hours later my movie was over and I was still coloring away. I threw on another flick and kept at it. Once I was done I set up my Scan n Cut while I grabbed my card bases, patterned paper, and accessories.

The first card I made was one that I have had in my head since I saw the set. I made a shaker card using C.C. Designs Fawned clear stamp set. I took some white cardstock and blended Candied Apple, Worn Lipstick, and Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Inks to make a gradient Ombre style back ground. Next I mixed up some Work Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink and a little of my Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Color in Silver and flicked it across the front of the card. The picture doesn't do it justice, it's quite shimmery. I cut out the heart using Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched Heart dies. I cut a second heart out of some more cardstock and used Lawn Fawn's Grassy Border die on it. I used my Lucky Clover and Forest Moss Distress Oxide Inks to create the grass these adorable deer are on. I filled my shaker with sequins from Neat & Tangled and some mini hearts that I die cut out of some Guava cardstock by Lawn Fawn. I finished it off by embossing the sentiment onto some black cardstock using Hero Art white embossing powder.


Supplies Used
Stamps: C.C. Designs Fawned
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest cardstock, Lawn Fawn's Guava and Black Licorice cardstock, 
Inks: Distress Oxide Ink in Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Candied Apple, Lucky Clover, and Forest Moss. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Versa Mark. Spectrum Noir Markers. Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Color in Silver
Accessories: Neat & Tangled's Like Magic and Clear Sequins Mix, Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched Hearts and Grassy Border Dies, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. 3M Foam

My next card I used C.C. Designs new Spring Pinkies clear stamp set and paired it with Honey Bee Stamps Hello 2x3 set. 

Ok story time... You see that super adorable patterned paper used to make the scalloped frame? I accidentally bought that. I have been an Amazon Prime customer for several years now, when you log on they usually have recommendations based on previous purchases. Amazon recommended Echo Park's Imagine That paper pack. I mean they weren't wrong to do it because I love it. What I failed to realize as I was scrolling through the product page on my tablet is just how easy it is to buy something using their One Click button. I actually didn't even realize I had done it, until two days later the package showed up and my husband asked what I bought. So yea, try explaining to your husband how you accidentally ordered adorable paper. He got a good chuckle out of it. 

Back to the card.. I stamped this cutie onto some Neenah Classic Crest with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her in with my Spectrum Noir markers. I used Peacock cardstock as the card base. I used Lawn Fawn's Outside In Scalloped Rectangle dies to cut a sheet of that Echo Park paper and cut the middle out using my X-Acto knife. I used some foam tape to add some dimension to the frame and then I layered a piece of Mermaid cardstock that cut out with my Outside In Stitched Rectangle dies, in the middle. I stamped Honey Bee Stamp's Hello onto some Black Licorice cardstock using white embossing powder and then cut it out. I adhered both the sentiment and this cutie with foam tape and finished off the card by adding a few of my left over die cut hearts. 


Supplies Used
Stamps: C.C. Designs - Spring Pinkies, Honey Bee Stamps - Hello
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest cardstock, Lawn Fawn's Guava, Peacock, Mermaid, and Black Licorice cardstock, 
InksMemento Tuxedo Black Ink. Versa Mark. Spectrum Noir Markers.
Accessories: Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangles, Outside In Stitched Rectangles, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. 3M Foam

And now for my favorite card I made this weekend...
This card was pretty simple to make, but I love, love, love how it turned out. I used a piece of Mermaid cardstock for the card base, stenciled on the heart background using Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide Ink, and then used my Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Color in Silver to add some sparkly splatters. I cut a piece of Black Licorice cardstock and stamped this sweet sentiment from C.C. Designs Happy Sentiments set and embossed it using white embossing powder. I stamped out one of the Spring Pinkies onto some Neenah Classic Crest with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her using my Spectrum Noir markers. I put it all together and finished off the card with some matching sequins. 


Supplies Used
Stamps: C.C. Designs - Spring Pinkies, 
C.C. Designs - Happy Sentiments
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest cardstock, Lawn Fawn's Mermaid and Black Licorice cardstock. 
Inks: Distress Oxide Ink Peacock Feathers. Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Versa Mark. Spectrum Noir Markers. Dr. Ph. Martin's Iridescent Calligraphy Color in Silver
Accessories: Neat & Tangled's Clear Sequins Mix, Craft Medley's Rhythm 'N Blues Sequins Mix,  Lawn Fawn's Outside In Stitched  Scalloped Rectangles, Hero Arts White Embossing Powder. 3M Foam


That wraps up this post, until next time Keep On Crafting!

 
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Spring Color Palette Challenge

I recently discovered that Honey Bee Stamps has a Facebook Group called  Honey Bee Stamps Buzzworthy Challenges. I adore Honey Bee Stamps and so I decided to give it a go. The challenge that just ended yesterday was the Spring Color Palette Challenge.


Just look at those colors, they scream spring! I saw this color combo and had an idea pop into my head. I used the  Blah, Blah, Blah stamp set and stamped various phrases in Distress Oxide Inks matching the colors above. I then stamped a couple of images from Coffee Break onto some Canson watercolor paper and water colored them using my Distress Oxide Inks. 



I finished off the card by embossing that absolutely adorable phrase from Blah, Blah, Blah onto black card stock and adding some sequins. 

It was a blast getting back to crafting. 

Until next time, Keep on Crafting!



Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Crafty Day

A few months ago I posted about a "stamp camp" I hosted for my mother in law, aunt in law, and their lovely friends. We all had such a good time that we decided to make it a quarterly occurrence.

We had an afternoon filled with yummy food, laughter, and stamping! We talked about marriage, jobs, and life in general. I am amazed at the outlook these ladies have on life. They help remind me that even when my circumstances are not the greatest, that I can still choose to look for God's blessings. These ladies are always so thankful when we get together, but the truth is it does me a world of good as well.

Alright on to the crafting!

Something I wanted to show these lovely ladies this time around was that they could use a card layout with just about any stamp set they own. I used the layout from a previous post and used it to come up with two cards.

Here is the original card I made using the layout in question:

{See original post HERE}


Unfortunately the picture doesn't do it justice, but I love that pop of color behind the stamped image!

Here is my first card using the same layout:


First off, like some of my other cards, I feel like the picture doesn't do it justice. Anyone have any good tips for taking pictures of your cards, because I can't seem to get it right. I love this card, it makes me think of my niece who love all things super girly. The last time I took her to the movie she was adamant that she had to bring her purse with her; she's 6. 

Supplies
Stamp Set: My Favorite Things Magical Unicorn set by Birdie Brown
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers (various), White Gel Pen, Distress Oxide Ink in Abandoned Coral
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest, and scraps of patterned paper from my stash
Accessories: 3M Foam Mounting Tape


The second card using the same layout:

I love how the layout worked with this card. It just feels like this little guy is exploring space. It makes me think of the movie The Martian with Matt Damon. 

Supplies
Stamp Set: My Favorite Things Space Explorer set by Birdie Brown
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers (various), White Gel Pen, White Pigment Ink, Distress Oxide Ink in Peacock Feathers, White Gouache
Paper: Black Card Stock , and scraps of patterned paper from my stash
Accessories: 3M Foam Mounting Tape

I wanted my last couple of cards to be simple.


When I first saw this set by Avery Elle, I knew I HAD TO HAVE IT! I love puns so I know that this Lava You set was going to be a part of my collection. Anyone else picked this one up?

Supplies
Stamp Set: Avery Elle Lava You
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Oxide Ink in Vintage Photo, Distress Oxide Ink in Candied Apple
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm Card Stockand a piece of patterned paper by Doodlebug

Last but not least....


I knew I wanted to do a purple card because a few of the wonderful ladies I was crafting with love this color. This was a pretty easy card to do. The hardest thing by far was the embossing. The front panel is a piece of watercolor resist scrapbook paper I picked up at Michael's a couple of months ago, but you could easily recreate with any of your favorite background stamps and some clear or white embossing powder!

Supplies
Stamp Set: Impression Obsession Thoughts
Inks: Distress Ink in Milled Lavender, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord
Paper: Stampin' Up! Perfect Plum Card Stock and Patterned Resist Watercolor Paper from Michael's
Accessories: 3M Foam Mounting Tape, Copper Embossing Powder


Thank you all for stopping by. Until next time, keep on crafting!


Monday, December 18, 2017

Catching Up

I can hardly believe it's been a month since I have posted. I knew I had been busy, but I was sure it had only been two weeks.... Ooops....

November/December tend to be pretty busy for just about everyone. Once Thanksgiving came, it was like the starter pistol for the season. We've been pretty booked since then. I have managed to still make time for crafting, but was busy enough to keep forgetting to take pictures for the blog.

So let's catch up... Thanksgiving we ate, watched movies, and SHOPPED! I know that Black Friday brings up mixed feelings for people. The hubby and I use these heavily discounted days to knock out most of our Christmas shopping for family members as well as several gifts for Toys for Tots. We usually go in with a great plan to get in and out quickly and it works every year. This year was the same except there was a trio of ladies that put our planning to shame. These adorable ladies went in wearing tall bright Christmas antlers to easily spot each other and capped it off with a set of walkie talkies. I need to step up my shopping game!

 I don't know that I have really mentioned it on this blog, but I know all my Facebook friends and Pinterest followers know my love of Sam and Dean Winchester. We had an opportunity to get tickets to see the boys live, but it felt like almost as soon as Thanksgiving was over, the hubby and I were on our way to San Francisco for Creation's Supernatural Convention.

I need to start by saying that I have done quite a few different conventions, but by far the fans at this convention were the nicest. Everyone was sweet and inclusive. There was a lot to see and do at the convention, but let's be honest we were there for the boys! You know, these ones.... Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles

(Creation's Supernatural Convention December 2017)

They were just as funny and charming in person and on stage as they are on the show. You can tell they truly love their fans! 

Another reason we went to this particular convention is that the hubby and I are both The Walking Dead fans. Those of you who watch both Supernatural and The Walking Dead know that Jeffery Dean Morgan who played John Winchester in Supernatural now plays Negan on the The Walking Dead. That's right  Mr. JDM was in attendance (insert fangirl squeal here)! 

(Creation's Supernatural Convention December 2017)


In the blink of an eye the convention was over and we were back to reality. The hubby and I then went and enjoyed the annual Christmas concert at our church which featured:

James Durbin - American Idol Finalist & Lead Singer for Quiet Riot
Jonah Kim - Grammy Award Winning Cellist
Rebecca Jackson - Violinist for the San Francisco Ballet & Founder and Artistic Director of Music In May  

The concert was amazing and heartfelt.

And then it was on to an early screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Absolutely stunning, amazing, incredible, and all the other adjectives that describe how fantastic this movie was. I know some fans are split, but I enjoyed every minute of it. 

We had some other stuff going on, but you get the general idea of it. So here we are, a few days before Christmas and I am now just getting to post the pictures of my remaining Christmas Card Creations, here we go:



Stamps Used: Avery Elle Winter Woodland Wonders
Inks Used: Archival Black, VersaMark, Distress Ink (milled lavender, dusty concord, and seedless preserves), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Accessories: White Embossing Powder


Stamps Used: Neat and Tangled Santa's Wonderland
Inks Used: Archival Black, VersaMark, Distress Oxide Ink (Faded Blue Jeans), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Stickles



Stamps Used: Paper Smooches A Blessed Christmas
Inks Used: Archival Black, Distress Oxide Ink (fossilized amber), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Canson Watercolor
Accessories: None



Last, but not least
Stamps Used: My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Beast Friends and My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Santa's Elves
Inks Used: Archival Black, Distress Ink (weathered wood, chipped sapphire, black soot ), Zig clean color real brush markers
Paper Used: Strathmore Bristol Smooth, Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Neat and Tangled sequins

Sorry for the hurried post, but I wanted to get something in before Christmas. I hope that whatever holiday you celebrate, that you are all happy, warm, and safe!! 


Until next time, keep on crafting!