Tuesday, September 30, 2014

What's Happening?

Today I have a few cards using my brother's Pa's Paper set.  I just love this little fella!  I used a page of a book that I distressed with Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  I distressed a grey cardstock star and then added some interest with a white gel pen. 
McMahon Five Designs is no longer in business, so if you are interested in purchasing this set, you can pop me an email.
Here it is with another color scheme.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Migration

How about this fabulous tree image from Prickley Pear to start out your Monday?  This is some fun paper that I have had in my stash for quite a while...not sure of the origin anymore...but it is perfectly fun for these whimsical Halloween cards!

This is just simple stamping with a bit o' baker's twine and some punched corners.  Love it!

Supplies:  JJ0087 Fall Migration, FF0183 The Harvest Moon

If you have not already, be sure to pop on over to the Prickley Pear blog and check out what the other designers are up to!  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Doodled Flower Trio for Fred, She Said Designs

Oh, it has been a while since I've had me some Fred, She Said flowers on my blog.  I just had lots of fun coloring up the images in the Doodled Flower Trio set with Copic Markers.

I cut the flowers out and paired them up with Chalk Chevron Posie paper from Darcie's.

And, of course flowers come in all colors, so what to do but color some more up in different colors?
I paired them up with Darcie's Chalk Flowers paper for this card.

The sentiment on this card is from the Carnations Plus Sentiments set.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Autumn Cards!

I have been on an autumn kick this week...the trees are turning in our neck of the woods and the colors are so brilliant!    This card features a Polished Stone background that I had in my stash and it was the perfect backdrop for this image from From The Heart Stamps.  Sentiment is from A Muse.

This card just makes me grin.  My brother's images are so sweet.  I decided that the saying goes for most boys in WI this time of year with deer hunting coming right up, so I crossed out the word little!

Here is another card using my brother's images.  This lil' Punkin is all ready to load up on candy.  I just love this paper from Creative Imaginations that I found at a clearance center this summer.  Not sure why there are music notes on the candy corn, but I love the contrast it adds!

Since McMahon Five Designs is out of business Draw Me A Daydream has no outlet.  I have the files, so if you are interested in either the hunter or lil' punkin sets, email me and I will set you up.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Let's Catch Up Soon Card Trio

Another day playing with Inky Antics images yields another batch of variety cards to stick in my stash.   This little fella is just adorable.  I fussy cut him and used Darcie's papers to jazz up my card.
This card uses a touch of paper embroidery on the coffee cup as well as white gel pen.  I left the snowflakes on the coffee pot as they were.  Isn't that Darcie's paper just perfection with the swirly images going on?
Finally these little birds found a home on some Heidi Grace paper in my stash.  This just says sunshine to me. 

Hope you have a happy day!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Paper Weaving Tutorial with the September Creative Cafe' Kit

Today's card for The Rubber Cafe features the Paper Weaving technique. 

The first thing I did to create this fun backgound is to cut 1/2 inch strips from most of the papers in the paper pack in the Creative Cafe' Kit.
 It's a bit hard to see in this photo, but I ran tape down the left side, bottom and diagonally from top left to bottom right of a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch panel.  Start weaving papers as shown.
When you complete the weaving, flip your panel over and trim off the excess tails.
I then inked the edges of the woven piece with a black ink pad before attaching it to my black cardstock panel.  

I added the paperclip on this card with a bit of Scrap Happy Glue.  I could have clipped it, but I wanted to see all of the color on the clip, so I glued it on top of the image panel.

September Creative Cafe' Kit: papers, cardstock, gems, papeclips, rayon ribbon
Add-On Stamp Set


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Us. Friends. Always.

Just love this saying and the adorable snowman images from Inky Antics!  I did a peck o fussy cutting on this one and then popped up everything on foam tape for dimension.  LOVE!
More cute images by the same illustrator.  Paired it up with some fun designer papers that I was gifted; just love the non traditional winter colors!  Other people's scraps/junk are my treasures! LOVE!
 ...and a ramble through the scrap bin finds some embossed pieces to give this guy a home as well!
Added some tape and glitter in the white embossing for a bit of sparkle along with the fun snowball Candi Dot embellishments.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Glitter and Acetate Fall Cards

It's my day on the Inky Antics blog and here is Jackie's post:

We're celebrating the arrival of autumn with a card on our main Inky site that features the warm color palette of turning leaves and a lovely inspirational message:

Michelle Pearson created the above card with 11200MC Squirrel & Acorns Clear Set (drawn by artist Nancy Baier), and then she used the same set to get really fancy with the Sparkly Stained Glass technique:

The results are so sparkly, with all that beautiful glitter to capture your attention! It's easy to do, and the bold lines of these designs from our Handcarved Autumn collection work beautifully here.

"One tip is to stamp on acetate with Stazon ink," suggests Michelle. "Glitter the back of the image starting with the darkest color of glitter first. Keep your glue as thin as you can. The first time I did it on the acorns, the glue was too thick and it dried, and [now] I can see a white smudge where the thick glue was."

"Gradually work your colors lighter as you go," she continues, "tamping off the excess glitter from the image well in between. I do this while wet because it would take FOREVER [to wait for each section to dry] otherwise. I don't have a problem, as long as I'm careful not to get my fingers in it."

Stamps from Nancy's Scissor-Cut Scenes collection also work very well. In this main image from 11220MC Bear & Bees Clear Set, Michelle used a variety of contrasting glitter colors that work beautifully together:

"Once [the glittered image is] dry," says Michelle, "I trim my images out and then attach to my card with glue dots."

That's exactly what she did in this version, where the main image is colored more conventionally with Copic markers and the glittered pieces serve as a bright accent:

Today's final card is a mix of both sparkly and smooth elements, which work together in perfect harmony:

"Bonus...you will have glittery dust bunnies after doing this technique!" tempts Michelle.

Have YOU made your own Sparkly Stained Glass cards, Inky friends?

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Harvest Moon

Happy Monday!  Today's card for Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps is a simple one to do and is so eye-catching.  The sentiment is stamped on craft cardstock and is popped up with foam tape.  This is simple stamping at it's best; quick and easy!

Supplies:  HH0171 Wheat Field, FF0183 The Harvest Moon, FF0179 Harvest Flourish

Be sure top pop on over to the Prickley Pear Blog today and see what the other designers have been up to! 

Also, if you have not checked out the Prickley Pear Design Team Call, there is still time to get your application in!  Come play in the Prickley Pear sandbox!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Color Explosion!

I have been on a fall coloring spree...I just love vibrant fall colors and the snap in the air this time of year! 

This first card features a Whipper Snapper image and a Wordsworth sentiment.  I had some gold mesh in my stash from back in the day, but it was perfect for this card.  The gold thread wrapped around the simple paper strip is from my Grandma's sewing bin.

This card uses some paper that has been here a while, I didn't think I liked it much, but in this setting I'm loving it! ...now I wish I had more!   The flower is from Art Gone Wild!  I just love my flowers...flowers make everything better!  Sentiment is from Inky Antics.  I just love the font.
My only embellishment is a snip of corrugated cardboard...it should have been in the trash, but I save little things like this and just love it when they find the perfect home!

My last card today features another thing from my save bin.  I was messing around with my brayer and Kaleidacolor ink pads long ago...but you can't toss those inky papers...and now looky here how nifty this has turned out, just stamping Stampers Anonymous trees on top.  Sentiment is from Penny Black.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

All-Occasion Card Trio

I've been on a mission to stock up on cards for various occasions, it's nice to be able to grab a card and mail it when needed!

This first card uses some fabulous designer paper that looks all distressed and worn.  I added the light house image from From The Heart Stamps and some Candi Dots as my only embellishment.  Image is colored with Copic Markers.
This image is one from Stampin' Up that has been in my stash for a while.  Today I ran across the perfect MME designer paper, added a touch of seam binding and some Candi Dots and I was set.
This final card is a simple one using images from Stampin' Up that is classic and simple.  A touch of distressing is the perfect touch.  The image and cardstocks are Navy Blue, not black as the photo suggests.  I liked the less harsh color.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Anniversary Cards

Had some requests recently for some Anniversary cards, so what to do but sit down and make a slew?
This one uses some embossed designer paper from bin and other bits and bobs from around my stamping area.  It's generic in nature, so could be a wedding card as well.
This features a Stampin Up set and the addition of a Peddler's Pack sentiment and some seam binding.  A touch of distressing makes everything a bit more interesting!
This one features a cut out from KandCompany that has been laying around here for a bit.  I added Glossy Accents to the buttons and added a butterfly and lace for this card.  The anniversary sentiment is from Inky Antics.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Glittery Web!

Today's card features a glittery web featuring the September Cute and Spooky Creative Cafe Kit.

I stamped the web image with some Scrap Happy Glue on another piece of acetate I rescued on it's way to the landfill.  I let it sit while I went and washed off my stamp with warm soapy water.  I then came back and covered my glue-stamped image with Black Licorice You're So Fine Glitter.

To prepare my black window frame I cut a black panel 5 1/4 x 4 inches.
On the back I drew a 2 5/8 x 2 7/8 inch rectangle. 
The margins will be 3/4 inch down from the top and 11/16 inch on each side.
Cut out the window with a craft knife.
When the glitter and glue are dry, stamp your little spiders with Stazon ink onto the back of the acetate web piece.  The glitter will go towards the card and the spiders will be on top.
Add your little gems for the spiders' bodies.
Attach the completed acetate piece with Scor-tape to the back of your frame.
Then attach the window piecce to your A2 sized purple panel with foam tape.  This gives your web dimension off of the card and casts shadows!
As a final touch you can add the sentiments popped up on foam tape and add a ribbon.

Stamps/Papers/Embellishments:  September Cute and Spooky Creative Cafe Kit: cardstock, gems, ribbon, Halloween Traditions stamp set.
Ink: Memento black, Stazon black
Adhesives: Scor-tape, Scrap Happy Glue, Foam Tape
Glitter: Black Licorice

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Friendship Card Trio

I have been picking up some fabulous friendship quotes lately from Stampers Anonymous.  The flowers on this card are from Art Gone Wild.  The background was one I stamped years ago with Stampin Up! stamps.  I've been on this cleaning binge...and this one was too pretty to leave sit.
 This quote is one from Inky Antics.  Love the beautiful font.  The background is one that I stamped up years ago with Stampin Up! images.  This is a baby wipe technique where you use reinkers and wet wipes to create your own ink pads.  I would have used the orange and blue inks on the wet wipe for the flowers.  The leaves were done with the rock n roll technique where you ink up the image and then just roll the edges on a darker ink pad to vary the colors.
Here is another Stampin' Up background that was in my stash.  I added distress inks in Brushed Courduroy and Gathered Twigs.  The flower and leaf stamp dies are by Prickley Pear.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Stamping With Acrylic Blocks

Jackie shared some of my cards on the Inky Antics Blog today:

Acrylic blocks have been around since before I started stamping in 1996. (Yep, I'm dating myself here!) They've always been useful as a temporary mount for rubber dies, and then with polymer stamps when those came onto the scene many years later.

However, it wasn't until fairly recently that we started seeing them being utilized as a "stamp" of sorts themselves. Somebody got the brilliant idea to ink up their acrylic block and put it to paper, with lovely results.

Michelle Pearson likes this technique because "it is very quick and easy and beautiful...I tapped the distress pads on my long acrylic block before spritzing with water and stamping on watercolor paper."

You can find a step-by-step tutorial here, which outlines the process she followed using 11069SC Soaring Eagle Clear Set to make this card:

"For other [cards]," continues Michelle, "I dragged the ink pad through the inked blocks for contrast." Here's an example created with 11073SC Shining Lantern Clear Set:
The card above shows slight variations in color, whereas this one featuring 11070SC Songbird Clear Set contains greater contrast:

And for even more variety, Michelle explains, "[on] others I used my markers to make random patterns before spraying and stamping."

The resulting bold splashes of color are really striking:

The stamps from both 11013SC Brushed Calligraphy #2 Clear Set and 11071SC Holy Spirit's Fruit Clear Set work great for this fun technique!

I think the "wet" watercolor look of the horizontal darker green stripes mimics the juicy pear theme here:

Have YOU tried stamping backgrounds with acrylic blocks, Inky friends? Did you like how your projects turned out?

A Harvest of Good Things!

I have some fall cards to share with you today...all featuring images from Inky Antics.  The images on these cards are from the HoneyPop sets, but note that you do not have to make HoneyPOP cards if that is not your thing.
 Papers on this card are from Darcies Papers.
 Papers on this card are also from Darcie's Papers.
The chevron paper is from Darcie's papers on this card...the other paper is from my scrap bin.