Thursday, December 24, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy!!

Oh my, where has the month gone?  I have been crazy busy making samples for CHA....add 18 cards to this batch!  Lots of paper goodness and a fun new technique coming soon!

Now it's time to finish up this fun and enjoy the winter break with my kiddos.  So far we've made peppermint bark and we are trying out string art...Looking forward to some yummy soup and down time with my family.  I have some stamping time scheduled and some fun time with nieces too!

Stay warm and safe this holiday season!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Flower of the Month: Holly!

It's time to share the new Flower of the Month for Lila Grey stamps and this month it is Holly!

For this first card, I printed out the image fairly large and then colored it with Copic markers.  Lisa asked me to do a color theme this month, so I kept things nice and simple and only used red, green, white and silver on my cards. 

The Copic markers used were YG67, YG17, R89, R29.  I used DMC metallic floss in red and in green and used Very Merry Silver Candi Dots as my embellishment on this card.

 
For this card I switched up my colors and shrunk down the image so I could create a holly wreath.  I used the same Copic markers and just added a few gems to add a touch of sparkle. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Be sure to pop on over and check out the Lila Grey blog and see what the other designers have been up to!  It's always so fun to see how different designers bring the images to life!

Monday, November 30, 2015

The Most Wonderful Life...


Ah, it has been so nice to spend some time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday, reliving memories, both of heartache and joy, laughing till your sides hurt and watching the next generation turning into little people.  So very much to be thankful for.

I have one more card with the Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit; Family Tree.  I stamped the images out on white cardstock and then colored them with Copic markers before fussy cutting them.

I created the card by layering a piece of the paper from the Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit; Echo Park The Story of Our Family collection measuring 4 x 5 1/4 inches onto a piece of the Blue Shimmer Cardstock from the kit measuring 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  
I attached the cut out images to the card base with Scrap Happy Glue and the n cut out elements from the paper kit, creating banners as shown.  The banners are all attached to the card with foam tape for a bit of dimension.

I popped a hole in the word banner with a Crop-o-Dile and then tied a ribbon from the kit in a bow before attaching the panel to an A2 folded piece of cardstock. 

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Supplies:
Stamps:   Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit; Family Tree
Ink/Color:  Memento Black Tuxedo Ink; CopicMarkers
Adhesives: Foam tape; Scrap Happy Glue
Embellishments:  Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit: ribbon

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Roots and Wings...

Roots and wings...that seems to be on my mind these days...seems like yesterday the kids were babies...and now I have one finishing up middle school!  I know these last four years or so are going to FLY by!  We are busy making memories!!  Today's Rubber Cafe Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit was again my focus with it's adorable owl images and that famous quote.

The blue shimmer card base is 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches, and the patterned paper is 4 x 5 1/4 inches.

I created a ribbon-woven background by cutting a piece of cardstock 3 x 4 1/2 inches.  Then I simply taped a piece of the ribbon in the kit along one edge and continued to alternate them across horizontally.  Next I put the ribbons in the same color order and repeated the process along a vertical edge.  Then I wove the pieces over and under in a basket weave manner until I reached the opposite edge of the cardstock and secured the tails on the back.  This panel is popped up with foam tape.

I stamped and colored the images with Copic markers.  The flowers and owls are stamped on white cardstock and are fussy cut.  The verse is stamped on kraft cardstock measuring 1 1/2 x 1 inch.  The home is stamped on a piece of the blue glimmer cardstock measuring 3 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches.  I stamped this image with Stazon ink and then carefully colored it with Copic markers, taking care not to touch the stamped image and cause smearing.

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Supplies:
Cardstock, Designer Paper, Stamps, Ribbon: Love Makes You Family Creative 
Copic Markers
Foam Tape
Scor-Tape

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Best Things In Life...

Oh, I had fun with this card for The Rubber Cafe!  Included in this month's Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit was a Signo Uni-ball Impact 207 pen.  If you follow my blog, you would know that I have fallen for the Zentangle-Inspired Art movement.  There is something so relaxing and satisfying about creating patterns....with simple lines that can frame or showcase any image.
To make this card I took a piece of the kraft cardstock and cut it to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  I free-hand drew the frame and then divided it into four similarly sized sections. 
I used the pattern Strimonds on the bottom of my card.  Next I  did a pattern called Chard, which you can see I have started in this photo.  The patterns are all easy to do, just break them down into steps and work your way through!
Next is a variation of the Tucson pattern.  Finally, I finished the background with a pattern called Tri-Linz.    You can find these patterns and many more online.   I have a hint for you when selecting patterns; alternate patterns with dark and light designs.  Similarly alternate rounded and linear designs for a pleasing effect. 

For a bit of contrast I used the Peacock Feathers Distress Ink in the kit and Mowed Lawn Distress inks to paint the background.  I smooshed them onto an acrylic surface, spritzed them with water and then painted them onto my background.   TIP:  For the lighter green areas, I spritzed the ink with water to dilute it further for a lighter value.


I stamped the images on white cardstock and colored them with Copic markers and then fussy cut them before popping them up on foam tape.  The sentiments are stamped on kraft cardstock, and are trimmed to  2 x 1/2 inch and 1 1/4 x 3/4 inch.

Supplies: 
Stamps, Cardstock, Pen, Peacock Feathers Distress Ink:  Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit
Copic Markers
Foam Tape
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sunshine and Laughter

 Oh, how much fun these cards were to make!  I had a frame stamp from The Stamp Shoppe that I used, I'm not sure of the manufacturer.  I tangled in the frame and then stamped a sentiment from Verve in the center.  The flowers are from Darcie's, set JCS150.  I tangled the flower and colored it and the leaves with Copic Markers.  I colored the frame around the sentiment for another pop of color.  The dragonfly is a a stencil that I traced and then colored and tangled.  I do find tangling so relaxing...especially when my nerves are a bit jangled.
So much so, that I made another one!  This time I did more of a beveled tangle pattern on the frame and left everything else the same. 

Thanks for popping by today!  Which frame attracts you more?

Thursday, November 12, 2015

No Place Like Home

It's time to share this month's Creative Cafe Kit from The Rubber Cafe.  This month's kit is called Love Makes You Family.    This month's paper collection in the kit is Echo Park's Our Family collection.  I used the Signo Uni-ball pen in the kit and the Scor-Pal/Scor-Bug to create Faux Stitching around the 4 x 5 1/4 inch panel of designer paper. 

I stamped the HOME image on a 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 inch piece of the woodgrain designer paper.  The images are colored with Copic Markers:  BG75, YG97, E74, YR27, R39, R43.  I stamped the branch image on the craft cardstock and  then fussy cut it. 

I stamped the flowers from the Home Sweet Home set randomly around on the background paper with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink that had been stamped off once.   Home is attached on the card with foam tape. 

I cut a strip of the owls from the designer paper that is 2 5/8 inches long, banner cut and layer it on a black mat that has also been banner cut. 

I trimmed a branch off of the tree branch and then glued the branch onto the card and re-attached the branch in a way that all of the owls are visible. 

I cut a few elements from a sheet of designer paper and then attached them to the card.  I stamped the There's No Place Like image onto the card as shown.

Supplies:
Stamps, Cardstock, Designer Paper, Pen, Distress Ink:   Love Makes You Family Creative Cafe Kit
Copic Markers
Scor-Pal
Scor-Bug
Foam Tape
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lots of Cards...

Oh, sorry I forgot to get these posted....I have been having a card making spree...such fun!  This card features images from Our Craft Lounge and papers from My Mind's Eye.  I typed up the verse on the computer and added a bit of faux stitching and distressing.
 Same card....different papers!
Found this image in my stash, not sure who makes it...but this is my first time coloring it up.  Papers are from Basic Grey's Archaic collection and the burlap elements are from some clip art that I bought years ago from a stamp store.
This card features more clip art images along with papers from My Mind's Eye.  I think the sentiment is from Inky Antics. 

I have lots more to share....hope you are having a happy fall!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Somebody is Coming to Town!

Ha! Look at this pup....what a fun little image from The Rubber Cafe! This is another  sweet image from the Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit. 

This image is from the Hearts of the Season Add-On set that is available this month.  I colored the image with Copic markers and then fussy cut it, leaving a narrow white border.    You know I'm nuts about cutting....and the trick is to use a really sharp scissors and turn the paper rather than the scissors.  This gives you more control and a smoother cut.  

This card measures 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches  The red panel measures 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I did a bit of hand embroidery with Metallic DMC Floss (E703) to add a bit of sparkle and fun.

I used up scraps from a previous card I did with this kit.  The Spellbinders Scalloped Circle frame I trimmed to a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square and then lined with a piece of designer paper the same size. 
I wrapped a piece of the enclosed ribbon around the base of the scalloped panel and stamped some snowflakes in white ink before attaching it to my prepared card. 

TIP:  Bend your clear stamps for fun effects on cards!  I bent the Santa Clause is Coming sentiment to match the curve of a 3 1/2 inch circle of kraft cardstock that I stamped with white snowflakes.  I love the way it ties my card together. 

I added a strip of the snowflake designer paper measuring 4 1/4 x 1 inch just above the ribbon and then mounted my fussy cut image on it with foam tape.
I added a bit of fun bling to my snowflakes with clear Jellie Dots and Glossy Accents.

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Supplies:
Stamps, Cardstock, Ribbon:  Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit
 Metallic DMC Floss (E703)
 Foam Tape
 Jellie Dots
 Glossy Accents

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Let It Snow!

I had fun making this card for The Rubber Cafe.  The Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit had these adorable square sequins in it....and I was just itching to add them to a card with paper embroidery!

To make this card, I cut the silver cardstock at 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.  I cut white cardstock at 5 1/4 x 4 inches and stamped it with the snowflakes in the Christmas is Coming set with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  I then added some sparkle with the Stardust Gel Pen.

I embroidered the white cardstock to the silver cardstock with Silver Metallic DMC embroidery floss.  Next I embroidered the silver and white sequins across the top of the card and the red and green across the bottom of the card, varying the positions and colors/sizes as shown.  

 Cut a 2 x 4 inch strip of white cardstock and tear the top edge to mimic snow.  I added a 3/8 x 4 inch strip of Scor-Tape to the bottom of the white strip.  Add some You're So Fine Diamond Clear Cool Highlight Glitter.   Stamp Let It Snow from the Christmas is Coming stamp set on each side of the strip as shown with the Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Attach the strip to your card with Scor-Tape and adhere the snowflake punch in the center and add a rhinestone if you have one handy.

Add a strip of the green ribbon from the enclosed ribbon pack with Scor-Tape as well.


Stamp the houses and trees on white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.  Cut out the images with a narrow white border.  Then attach them to the card by tucking the images under the torn edge.  I added foam tape to the houses, but that is optional.

My final touch was to add glitter to the rooftops with Scrap Happy Sheer Glue and a detailer.

I hope you enjoyed today's card, I know I had fun creating it!

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Supplies:
Stamps, Sequins, Ribbon, Cardstock:  The Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit
Stamps: Christmas Is Coming (optional set)
Markers: Copic
Ink: Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Floss: DMC Silver Metallic Embroidery Floss
Punch: Martha Stewart Himalayan Snowflake Punch
Clear Rhinestone
Score Tape 
Your So Fine Glitter: Diamond Clear Cool Highlight
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue and detailer.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lila Grey Wildflowers: Columbine


Good morning!  I have a few cards today using digital images from Lila Grey.  This image is from her Wildflower collection and is the Columbine.    I colored my image with Copic Markers:  R27, R24, R22, Y38, Y08, Y06, YG67, YG17, YG23.  I used a Craft Concepts embossing folder, Martha Stewart butterfly punches, washi tape and some Candi dots to finish my card.

This card uses the same image but with the flowers colored with B63, BV13 and B79. 

If you love flowers, you may wish to check out Lila Grey's Flower of the Month!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

All Is Calm, All Is Bright....

Ack, the glitter never made it back to it's home in my studio....I had to make one more shaker card with the Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit for The Rubber Cafe!  I fell in love with this designer paper from the Echo Park The Story of Christmas paper pad in the kit.  I was able to use four stamps from the Christmas is Coming  and Home for the Holidays stamp sets. 

The blue designer paper is cut to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.  The snowflake designer paper is cut to 5 1/4 x 4 inches.  I cut the largest Spellbinders Labels 4 die from the center of  this panel. 

TIP:  To line up the scene on the blue designer paper so it fits perfectly in your window, temporarily lay the frame down onto the panel, being sure it is centered and then stamp your image with black ink.

TIP:  If your scene is not as black as you wish it to be, go over it with a Sharpie or Copic marker so that is is perfectly black.

Next, tape a piece of acetate measuring 5 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches to the back of the frame. Attach foam tape around the back of the frame, creating your shaker box.

Stamp the snowflakes onto the blue paper with white ink, I had Stampabilities White ink handy. 
Add a bit of the You're So Fine Diamond Clear Cool Highlight glitter to the center of the image.  Remove the foam tape backing and close up your shaker box. 
Next I used various circle punches ranging from 5/16 to 1 inch to punch and mat snowflakes from the designer paper scraps.  Some I popped up with foam tape, others I added to the card flat.

TIP:  It adds a fun touch if you add a few of the smallest snowflake punches directly to the acetate, creating more depth.

I added a strip of the velvet white ribbon to the bottom of my shaker window, leaving a bit of of the window exposed below so that the glitter snow can still peek out! 

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of the designer paper measuring 2 3/4 x 3/8 inches.  I cut a banner end and then matted the sentiment on a piece of white cardstock measuring 3 x 3/4 inches.  I added a bit of sparkle with a Stardust Pen before tucking it under a snowflake element.

My last touch was to add a silver floss bow to my card...this added some fun sparkle to go with the Stardust Pen detailing as well as covering up a fold mark on the velvet ribbon. 

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Supplies: 
Stamps, Cardstock, Paper, Acetate, Ribbon:  Creative Christmas Creative Cafe Kit
Christmas is Coming Add-On Stamp Set
You're So Fine Glitter: Diamond Clear Cool Highlight
Foam Tape
White Ink
Stardust Pen
Silver DMC Floss
Spellbinders Labels 4 Dies

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tossing a Frosty Hi Your Way!

Ooohh, we have frost coming...and I see snowflakes in the forecast!  I broke out a snowman image...so stinkin cute! 

I stamped the background with a distressed dots stamp before applying some black Fancy Pants Pinking Chalk Tape.  I added some glitter tape pieces to the card for some additional sparkle. 

The sentiment is from Inky Antics.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

It Doesn't Matter What You Do....

It's time for the new The Rubber Cafe Creative Cafe Kit.  This month's kit is called Creative Christmas.  For my card I used images from the Christmas Is Coming Bonus Set.   

These images are so funny, they both look disgruntled, and the saying is perfect.  I decided to go with a shaker card and play with several of the You're So Fine Glitters.   The glitter is very fine and some of it stuck to my acetate window box, but it looks just like we are looking out of a window into a blustery winter day....no wonder they are both disgruntled!!

My kraft card base measures 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.  I cut down the designer paper from the included paper pad to 4 x 5 1/4 inches.  I am using two Spellbinders sets of dies, the Classic Circles Large, of which I have used the 2nd largest die and the Large Scallop Circles set, of which I used the largest die. 

TIP:  I store my dies on a magnet attached to a white piece of cardstock and tucked into a CD sleeve.  It keeps the dies together, I have the set names and all of the dies neatly contained...and they take up a tiny footprint in my stamping studio. 

After I cut the large scalloped circle from the brown cardstock included in the kit, I then centered the circle die we used above and cut a frame!

Here you can  see that I cut a piece of acetate 3 3/4 inches square and attached it to the back of my green patterned paper frame with 1/4 inch Scor-tape. Then I attached strips of foam tape around the circle creating my shaker box.  Note how I block my corners with foam tape to keep the glitter contained a bit more. 

TIP:  I used a scoopy straw to scoop my glitter. 

I punched a 1 1/8 inch circle from the red cardstock and stamped my sentiments on each.  I then used a white gel pen to add detailing around the circles and then around my scalloped window frame on the card as shown.

I used the smallest scalloped circle from the Spellbinders Small Scallop Circles to cut from the brown cardstock.  I punched a 1 1/2 inch circle from the white cardstock and then ran some glue and Diamond Clear Cool Highlight You're So Fine Glitter around the edge.  I assembled these with foam tape. 

I ran a strip of Scor-tape across the bottom of the card and covered it with the Patriot Red glitter before attaching my sentiments to the card as shown.  My final touch was to add some dots of Scrap Happy Sheer Glue and Patriot Red glitter on the scalloped window frame for some added pop. 

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Supplies:
Stamps, designer paper, acetate: Creative Christmas
Glitter:   You're So Fine Glitters (patriot red, diamond clear cool highlight)
Dies:  Spellbinders Large Scalloped Circles, Spellbinders Circles Large, Spellbinders Circles Small
Scor-Tape: Scor-tape
White Gel Pen
Copic Markers
Scrap Happy Sheer Glue

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Inky Antics Fall and Halloween Cards

 Hello there!  I have been stamping, but I also have been sick....I guess the upside is that it waited until October, but it's never fun when the mojo leaves for a bit.  I had fun playing with these images from Inky Antics recently.  All images colored with Prismacolor Pencil and Gamosl and papers are all by Darcies.
I'm not much into Halloween, but these images are really pretty cute!

 Thought with a bit of fussy cutting that this one turned out pretty cute.  Lotsa stitching too!
I added a bit of wood grain paper and wood grain washi tape to this one.

Happy Fall Y'all!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tea and Butterfly Wishes

 Here are the last of the Catherine Scanlon cards for Art Gone Wild.  These images have been a hoot to color with Copic Markers.  I actually cut an image in half on this card just for fun and to make myself a 3rd embellishment. 
 I had lots of butterflies, so decided to make a square gate fold card to showcase them.
I only attached the butterflies to the card with their bodies, so the wings can be bent up for some fun dimension!
 
Then the card opens up to reveal the secret message and your note inside.  So fun!
I hope these cards have made you smile...they sure have been fun to create!!