Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Die Cut Challenges

We have a few birthdays to celebrate this month, so I was busy making some cards this past weekend. I recently bought some fabulous stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink and decided to play around with them. I used one of the stamps from Watercolour Wonder Stamp Set and stamped it in Hero Arts Tide Pool ink, Pale Tomato ink, and WPlus9's Wild Mango. I used the same three colours and stamped some of the images from Circle Scribbles Stamp Set. I stamped off the first image on scrap paper before stamping on the card front so the colours aren't quite as bold. The HAPPY is from the Birthday Basics stamp set. The front panel uses the fabulous Mama Elephant Femme Frames (popped up on foam adhesive), and the birthday die is from PTI.
I saw this technique somewhere, a while back....maybe in an online card class. I just can't remember right now...sorry. Not sure about the method I used, though. I stamped the three colours and then die cut the word birthday. I kept all the pieces to glue in later. Then I die cut the word from a piece of the same white cardstock I was using. I fit it into the open area and put some tape across the back to hold it in place. I then stuck in the coloured pieces (using the tape made it easier and less messy than glue). I put some foam adhesive on the back of the colourful 'birthday' and placed it over top of the white die cut word. This way I was able to line everything up. Not sure if that was how I was supposed to do it, but I found it to be an easy way.

 I would like to enter my card in the following two challenges:

Virginia's View Challenge #5 - Die Cuts  
Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to play along with these fabulous challenges!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Tag Challenge at Virginia's View

Making tags is a lot of fun. I started yesterday with a blank tag that I cut from a piece of cardboard that came in my daughter's calendar she got from Christmas. I used my Tim Holtz tag die and then let it sit on my crafting table for a few hours. I wasn't sure what I wanted to create on it. I did know that I could use recycled items for Virginia's View Challenge #4.

After coming back to my tag and staring at it for a few minutes, I decided I wanted to use my gelatos on it. So I painted a coat of gesso on the tag base and let it dry. I then took two shades of blue gelatos for the sky, and two shades of green for the grass. I added the colours to the base and blended them with a damp finger. I did this a couple times (using my heat gun to dry it before adding more colour)until I was satisfied with the results. I added a coat of gel medium over top. Then I let it sit there again until later today.

I started by using a leaf stamp from Avery Elle and stamped it a couple times in WPlus9's Appletini ink. I used a couple other stamps (can't remember where they are from) to make the leaves at the bottom in the same colour ink, and then a lace stamp with TH Peacock Feathers ink, along the edges of the sky. You really can't see it very well - it blended in a bit too much. I painted a thin coat of gel medium overtop of the Appletini ink and then dried it with my heat gun.

I had a hard time trying to decide what image I wanted to use. So I started going through my stamp sets and found this cute one from Penny Black (Touch of Whimsy). I love the images, but have rarely used it. I chose my stamp, inked it up with some Versafine Onyx Black ink and stamped it on the tag. I then stamped it a couple more times on some scrap patterned paper (my box of scraps is very full!) After fussy-cutting the images, I distressed them a bit and then adhered them with gel medium. I added some liquid pearls for the little flower spots.

The clouds are die cut from Lawn Fawn's Spring Showers  using some really old fleece scraps that my mom gave me years ago (I used to make doll clothes with this stuff when I was a kid..) The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Life is Beautiful stamp set.

So I learned a few things while making this...do not use a heat gun for too long or the surface starts to bubble - I swear it wasn't on that long! And I learned to make sure I keep the heat away from the liquid pearls - it made some dull spots on them.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge

I love creating with the Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. I made this card for my sister-in-law. I just love the sunflowers, and that baby fox is so cute!

I am entering my card in the Lawnscaping Challenge - #78  CAS

The stamps are LF Our Friendship Grows and Into the Woods.
The sentiment and birthday die are Papertrey Ink.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Adorable Tiddly Inks Image

Last week I started making a card for a friend. I searched through my stamps, but couldn't find the right image. So I searched online for cute dogs - digital images since I needed the card soon. I found exactly what I was looking for at Tiddly Inks! Their stamp set Dog Days is soooo cute! I printed off a couple of the dogs and started coloring them. It didn't take too long to create the background with TH distress inks and I die cut a couple clouds (Memory Box).

I am entering my card in the Tiddly Inks challenge #124 a CAS challenge. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Birthday

This month at CASE Study, Donna Mikasa is the fabulous Muse! I just love her blog and her wonderful cards. This is her card for the challenge:
 For my card, I used my PTI stamps and Paper Smooches stamps. The ink is Hero Arts - soft pool, and the sentiment is white embossed. It didn't quite turn out the way I wanted it to - it is a little hard to see the sentiment. My white embossing powder is coarser than my other embossing powders and it makes it look 'lumpy'.