Thursday, June 15, 2017

My New Adventure

     I am excited to announce that I have joined the Sketch N Scrap Design Team. I will be part of the Social Media Team with Jolene (from Australia) and Meena (from India). I didn't realize that I would be joining such an intercontinental group. There is a lovely introduction to the Design Team on the website.

http://sketchnscrap.blogspot.com/

     I have been playing along with the Sketch N Scrap challenges for a few months now and I am overjoyed that I decided to put my name in the hat for the design team. 
     You will see me on the Sketch N Scrap's Facebook page at least twice a month with a scrapbook layout and a card. I encourage you to head over and "like" us and join the group. Participate in all the challenges or just when you are in the mood. Jolene, Meena, and I will be checking out all of the Facebook entries!!! For a head's up you can note that I will be posting July 6 and 13 for my first contributions.  

Stylized Birthday

     I found this Spellbinders die set on the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago. I thought it would be fun to work with. I have to say it was just as much fun as I thought it would be.  My fave part were the berries on the card and especially on the envelope.

Card and Envelope
     I die cut all pieces on white. All of the color was added using ink on daubers. For the berries on the card, I inked with Jelly Bean Green, then placed the metal die over the berries and daubed Wild Lilac thru the die. As a final touch 3 sparkly dots were added to each berry with a Sakura Copper Gelly Roll.
     For the berries on the envelope, I used the negative of the berries' die cut to ink with Jelly Bean Green, then inked Wild Lilac thru the die and added the dots of Sakura Copper Gelly Roll. Lastly, I inked around the outside of the dies using Powder Blue. 
     The leaves are inked with Jelly Bean Green and the identical offset leaves are inked with Fresh Asparagus.
     I created a layered tic-tac-toe background using card stock and patterned paper.
 
Inside of Card


 
Back of Card


Materials List:    
     Dies: Spellbinders - Stylized Flower
                                      Standard Circles
              Elizabeth Craft Designs - Happy Birthday
     Card Stock: Gina K Designs - Wild Lilac
                                                      Powder Blue
                                                      Luxury White
     Patterned Paper: Gina K Designs - Parisian Garden
     Ink: Gina K - Wild Dandelion
                            Lovely Lavender
                            Fresh Asparagus
                            Jelly Bean Green
                            Wild Lilac 
     Punch: 1/2 inch corner punch
     Embellishments: Gelly Roll Pen - Copper
                                 Brad - Yellow Velour         

Challenges

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets -  June 24
Stamp TV MIUM - Offset is Awesome - June18



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bike on the Bridge

     For this card I am using Theresa Momber's "Country Roads". Copics were used to color the covered bridge and placed on the card off set by a Silhouette cut using Fresh Asparagus ink. 

Card and Envelope
      The stripes are cut from Fired Brick card stock. I used the Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer Tool. My Faded Brick Distress Marker was dry so I used a Marvy LePlume English Rose marker. These markers are skinnier than the Distress markers, but it still worked in the spritzer tool. This is good to know since I have many of these markers. 
     Finally I added the metal bicycle. I was thinking what fun it would be to ride that bike through that covered bridge on to points beyond.

Inside of Card
Materials List:
     Card Stock: Gina K Designs -Fresh Asparagus
                                                     Fired Brick 
                                                     Kraft
     Ink: Gina K - Fresh Asparagus
                           Warm Cocoa 
             Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Stamps: Gina K Designs- Country Roads
                                               Better With You
                                               Made With Love
                   Impression Obsession - On Your Birthday  
     Silhouette Cut: Using PixScan Mat to form offset mats
     Tool: Ranger Distress Marker Spritzer with Forest Moss and English Rose 
     Embellishments: Metal Bicycle         

Challenges

 Stamp TV MIUM - Offset is Awesome - June18

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Bicycle Race

     I am combining 3 challenges today. The first is using this sketch from Sketch N Scrap. I turned the sketch 90 degrees and moved the sentiment to the opposite side.

Card Sketch #99

     The other 2 challenges are both from Stamp TV: Mix-It-Up Monday (Let the Music Move You) and Stamp TV Kit Addicts Group (Watercolor).

Card and Envelope
     I created my own background for this card. I started by painting Color Burst with a paintbrush. I then used a burlap stencil to daub Warm Cocoa ink over the Color Burst. I colored the image with watercolor markers, die cut it, and popped it onto the card.
     My husband I recently (last October) moved into a new house. We live in a lovely community with nature trails and sidewalks. I love to ride my bike. In 1978, (I was a junior in college) Queen recorded a silly song called "Bicycle Race". It is silly, but it is the kind of song that gets stuck in your head and you can't get rid of it. Sometimes when I'm riding my bike I start singing . . .
Bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
You say black I say white
You say bark I say bite
You say shark I say hey man
Jaws was never my scene
And I don't like Star Wars
Inside of Card
Materials List:
     Card Stock: Gina K Designs - Warm Cocoa
                                                     Luxury White
     Ink: Gina K - Dark Chocolate
                           Warm Cocoa
     Stamps: Gina K Designs- Dazzling Dahlia
                                               You're Own Kind of Beautiful
                   Impression Obsession - On Your Birthday  
     Die: Die'sire - Rolling Landscape
     Stencil: Dutch Doobadoo - Burlap
     Watercolor: Color Burst Powder - Lime Green
                                                            Turquoise
                                                            Orchid
                         Marvy Markers - Mustard, Pale Violet, Light Green, Yellow, Sky Blue, Grey, Silver Grey
     Embellishments: Gelly Roll Pens - White and Gold
                                 Elizabeth Craft Designs - Starfoam Stickers (Turquoise)         

Challenges

 Stamp TV MIUM - Let the Music Move You - June11
Stamp TV Kit Addicts - Watercolor -  June 26
Sketch n Scrap - Card Sketch #99 - June30

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Butterfly - Night and Day

     I was so excited that the Stamp TV challenge this week is black/white. I love working with these colors and enjoy looking at other black/white projects. They always catch my attention! I used a Sketch 'n Scrap sketch to double up on challenges.
Birthday Bash Sketch #2
     You are looking at lots of layers - 8 at the thickest part. This card feels really sturdy in my hands. 
     I grabbed a pad of black/white patterned paper that I had to dig out from the depths of the closet. I took each section of the sketch and worked within it. To make the butterfly, I stamped two - one in Moonlit Fog and one in Tuxedo Black. Each is fussy cut, then placed one on top of the other, placed in the trimmer, and cut in half. The leftover halves are on the inside of the card.

Card and Envelope
     For the envelope, I used the MISTI to stamp it by inking it up only half at a time - a two-step process.


Inside of Card





Materials List:
    Patterned Paper: Colorbok - Moonlight
    Card Stock: Gina K Designs - Moonlit Fog
                                                     Black Onyx
                                                     Luxury White
     Ink: Gina K - Moonlit Fog
                           Tuxedo Black
     Stamps: Gina K Designs: Sending Love
                                               Birthday Blessings
     Embellishments:  Michaels Stickers                            
                                                    
Challenges

Stamp TV MIUM - Black and White - June 4
Sketch n Scrap - Birthday Bash #2 - June 2

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Blooming Pocket Card

    I made this card for two challenges. I am using a Sketch N Scrap sketch. The Stamp TV challenge is a pocket and finish the inside of the card as well - which I ALWAYS do anyway. 

http://sketchnscrap.blogspot.com/
Card Sketch #98


Card and Envelope


     In made the focal point to make a pocket and used the offset mat as a tag.



Tag 
     For the inside I used many of the attributes from the front of the card.
  1. Patterned Paper
  2. Embossing Folder
  3. Flowers
  4. Rounded Corners
Inside of Card

 Materials List:    
     Stamps: Gina K Designs: Bold & Blooming
                                              Scripty Sayings
     Ink: Gina K Designs: Grass Green
                                        Blue Lagoon
                                        Sweet Mango
     Card Stock: Gina K Designs: Grass Green
                                                     Blue Lagoon
                                                     Sweet Mango
     Patterned Paper: Gina K Designs: Made With Love
     Dies: Gina K Designs - Bold & Blooming
     Embossing Folder: Paper Studio - Polka Dots
     Embellishment: Orange Enamel Dots - 3       

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Moonlit Mum

     For this card I am using a sketch from Sketch 'n Scrap. 


Sketch #97
     

     The challenge this week on Stamp TV is This or That. This is using an embossing folder and that is using vellum. I am doing "THAT".


Card and Envelope
     The focal point is a silver embossed mum. I stamped and embossed it on vellum. To color it, I placed some Dusty Rose ink on the table, dabbed a paintbrush with minimal water on it, and added the color to the mum. The embossing acts as a resist, so no need to carefully paint the mum. Just stay inside the outer lines of the stamp.
     I placed an ivory card stock circle behind the vellum - as well as two layers of chipboard. 
     The leaves are embossed with silver embossing powder on ivory and fussy cut. 
Inside of Card
Materials List:
    Patterned Paper: Gina K Designs - Softy Spring 
    Card Stock: Gina K Designs - Moonlit Fog
                                                     Dusty Rose
                                                     Ivory
     Vellum
     Ink: Gina K - Moonlit Fog
                           Dusty Rose
     Stamps: Gina K Designs: Birthday Blessings
                                          A Year of Flowers
     Dies: Spellbinders - Standard Circles Lg
                                   Lacy Circles
     Edge Punch: Recollections
     Embellishments: Silver Embossing Powder
                              7 Silver Gems
                                                     

Challenges

Stamp TV MIUM - This or That - *
Sketch n Scrap - Sketch #97 - #15 - *

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Colorful Seascapes

     I was a bit jealous when I first viewed the Color Burst background I saw over at VA's Creative Clutter. I stopped by the craft store Monday to pick up a box of Color Burst watercolor powder to give it a try.
Cards with Envelopes

     I tried the Color Burst 2 ways. For the first card I used a paint brush to apply; for the second I used acetate. Both are on watercolor paper. I tried stamping the lighthouse and boat onto the watercolor paper, but I couldn't get a good stamp due to the texture of the paper. I ended up stamping them on regular white card stock, fussy cutting, and pop dotting them to the background. I still wasn't happy because the regular white paper was a truer white than the watercolor paper. I ended up using a W0 Copic marker to color the white spaces in the stamp. Just what I needed!



Insides of Cards


Materials List:
    Card Stock: Gina K Designs - Black, Turquoise Sea
                      Watercolor Paper
     Watercolor: Color Burst - Tangerine, Lime Green, Turquoise
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Stamps: Gina K Designs: Ship to Shore
     Copics: W0
     Dies: Papercraft Magazine (Bumper) - 14 Nesting Dies
     Embellishments: Sequins - Blue and Pink
                              Ribbon - 1/4 inch turquoise                                                     

Challenges

House of Cards - Use Sequins - #8 - May 31
Stamp TV MIUM - Nautical - *

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Hopeful Turtle

     My sister-in-law just had back surgery, so I made this card to cheer her up. This guy is certainly down in the dumps. Hope he gets back on his feet soon.




     I can't tell you a thing about the card stock on this card. Except for the blue and the card base, I raided my scrap paper folders. Since I moved into the new house, I have done a bit of organizing. I placed hanging folders in the bottom drawer of my desk for any scraps I deem large enough to be productive. I have simply divided the folders by major colors: purple, blue, blue green, green, yellow, orange, red, pink, brown, ivory, black, white, and kraft. Before this, it seemed that I was always cutting into a brand new piece of 12x12 card stock. I find that I am able at times to complete entire projects from the scrap folders.


     I am currently working to make some sense of my patterned paper. That is much more difficult. I have decided to use 12x12 clear bags to keep new sheets and scraps of paper from a common collection. I would have to say that at this time, this is under construction.

      Back in February, I was searching for a .svg that cut a circle step card base. I was unable to find one, so I designed one myself to make this Noah's Ark Card. Today I am using it again. The Silhouette was also used to cut the blue mat and the mat for the inside of the card.

     You can deduce by looking at the materials list that I used several sources to make the flowers that I wanted. I love die cutting a stack of multi-colored; multi-shaped flowers and putting them together into one flower. I used this exact method earlier this month to make a flamingo card.


Inside of Card
     Does the inside of the card look pink to you? This mat is cut from the same green as the vines on the front of the card. It looks pink to me. On my phone this paper this looks green. Hmmmmmm!


Materials List:
     Silhouette File: Higgledy-Piggledy Designs - Circle Step Card Base 
     Stamps: Birdscards - "Back on your Feet" (Digi: Free Download)
     Copics: G24,94, 95, 99. YG01, 03, 63, 67, 95. E35. C1.
     Dies: Spellbinders - Flower Bundle
                                  Cinch and Go Flowers (vine)
              Stamps of Life - Shabby Chic Flowers
              Stampin' Up - Flower Flair (stems)
              Memory Box - Picket Fence
              Elizabeth Craft Designs - Alphabet Caps I
                                                    Tags
     Punch: Fiskars - Grass
     Embellishments: 5 tan brads
                              Pink/white twine

Challenges

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Animal - #9 - *
Always Fun Challenges - Flowers - #45 - *
Oh La La Challenge - Get Well Wishes - #16 - Winner!

Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #24 - *
Stamps & Fun - Animals - #36 - May 5
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes - #12 - *

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Moonlit Birthday

     I am combining challenges here. I have a sketch and a mini silhouette focal image and gems. 
Card with Envelope

Card Sketch #96
     The silhouette is formed with Melanie Muenchinger's Fabulous Flowers stamp set. To form the background, I swiped Dusty Rose and Moonlit Fog ink on my acrylic block, spritzed it, and smooshed it with acetate. I then smooshed some more onto ivory card stock. 
     The inside of the card is (as usual) is made with scraps from the front of the card. The border Moonlit fog scalloped border on the bottom was a happy accident while die cutting the ribbon I used on the front of the card - love when that happens.
Inside of Card
Materials List:
    Patterned Paper: Gina K Designs - Softy Spring 
    Card Stock: Gina K Designs - Moonlit Fog
                                                     Dusty Rose
                                                     Ivory
     Ink: Gina K - Moonlit Fog
                           Dusty Rose
             Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Stamps: Gina K Designs: Fabulous Flowers
     Copics: R85
     Dies: Cheery Lynn - Allison's Ribbons
               Die-Namics - Blueprint #3
               Elizabeth Craft Designs - Bees
     Embellishments: Decorative Brad
                                 Elizabeth Craft Starfoam - Pink
                                                                            Ultrafine Glitter
                                                     

Challenges

Crafty Cardmakers - Pearls/Gems - #13 - *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #53 - *
Stamp TV MIUM - Silhouette - *
Sketch n Scrap - Sketch #96 - # - *

Friday, April 21, 2017

Birthday Puppy

     Here is a birthday card for a 1st birthday. I'm hoping this puppy will be just the ticket. 


Card with Envelope

     This card is very similar to a tri-fold shutter card. I got the directions for this card base in a Karen Burniston class that I took a month ago. There is a spinner cut on the upper fold that allows the party hat to appear above the card when it is opened. 

Card Closed


Card Flat
Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Pebbles - Lil' Buddy Collection
     Card Stock: Gina K - Black Onyx
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Prop 4 Set
                                                        Buster the Dog
               Stamps of Life - Birthday 4 Cookie
                                          Doggone Cute
     Stamps: Stamps of Life - Birthday 4 Cookie
                                              Doggone Cute
     Copics: C1, 3, 5, 7. W1, 3, 5. YG17, 25. YR23, 24, 27. O

Challenges

Alphabet Challenge - C is for Cake - #8 - *
Cute Card Thursday - Birthday - #29 - *
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Die Cuts - #14 - *

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tulip with Borgello

     I saw this background technique in a Papercraft Essentials Magazine (Issue 141). I am including my own attempt at a tutorial for this at the bottom of this blog entry. 
     
     In order to color this tulip with Copics, I used the flicking technique. It seems so much easier for me than the blending. In the end I guess there is a certain amount of blending that occurs with this method, but it isn't quite as smooth. 


Inside of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Gina K - Parisian Garden
     Card Stock: Gina K - Wild Wisteria 
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Dies: Quik Kutz - Nesting Dolly Ovals
     Sihouette Oval
     Stamps: Gina K - Elegant Flowers 2
                                  Fabulous Flowers (inside of card & envelope)
     Copics: V000, 0, 01, 04, 05, 06. YG 91, 93, 95.
     Embellies: Ribbon

Challenges


Curtain Call - Tulips - Inspiration Photo - #5 - *
Delicious Doodles Challenges - Ribbon & Flowers - #17 - *
Get Creative Challenges - Flowers & Lace - #9 - *
Stamp TV MIUM - Flowers - *

Tuesday Morning Sketches - Sketch # 399 - #1 - Favorite


A Short Borgello Background Tutorial

1. Chose several sheets of patterned paper. This paper is Gina K's Softly Spring.

 2. Cut each sheet of patterned paper into strips. I cut 4 from each sheet 1/2 inch wide.

 3. Glue the strips tightly adjacent to each other on a very thin card stock. It is important to use thin card stock, because at this point you are cutting through 2 layers on your trimmer. After step #5 you will be trimming 3 layers. Hint: Make sure you thoroughly apply the glue to each strip. Every corner; every bit has to be adhered to the card stock.

 4. Turn the strips a quarter turn. Cut strips once again. I cut at 1/2 inch wide.

 5. Glue the strips tightly adjacent to each other once again on a very thin card stock. This time stagger the strips. For this card I glued the stips at 1/4 inch intervals. Hint: Same note of caution: make sure you thoroughly apply the glue to each strip. Every corner; every bit has to be adhered to the card stock.

6. Now you are ready to use this background as you please. You may choose to trim it to use for a mat. You may also use it in your die cut machine to cut any shape you wish. This is when it is most important to have everything glued down to the very edges.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Flamingo in Petals

     I got this stamp set from Stamps of Life last summer. I hadn't used it yet and decided to give it a try. I stamped and colored with Copics. I had to look up what color flamingo legs are. It turns out there are several options: pink, black, or pink with black knobby knees. I went with the last choice. 
     This patterned paper is a new paper at the craft store. It is BoBunny's Petal Lane. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was perfect for flamingos. I made my own flower using several Elizabeth Craft Designs dies and a brad. 
Inside of Card

Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: BoBunny - Petal Lane
     Card Stock: Gina K - Black Onyx
                                        Dusty Rose
                                        Wild Dandelion
     Ink: Momento - Tuxedo Black
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Bunch of Flowers 3
                                                        Victorian Flower Overlay
                                                        Flourishes and Branches
              Spellbinders: Big Scalloped Ovals
     Stamps: Stamps of Life - Flamingos 2 Stamp
     Copics: RV10, 11, 13, 14. N1, 3, 5.
     Embellies: Decorative Brad

Challenges

Crafty Cardmakers - Things with Wings - #50 - *
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Patterned Paper - #268 - *

Monday, April 10, 2017

Rooster in the Coop

     A friend of mine gave me this stamp that she found at a thrift shop. It is a Stamps Happen stamp called "Rooster Postcard". When she gave it to me I thought, "What in the world am I going to do with this stamp?"

     I decided to use Karen Burniston's "Chicken Wire" die to put this rooster in his place. What a trial I had pulling this chicken wire out of the die. I had to cut 4 of them for the two cards and I tore every single one of them. I think I managed to cover up pretty well. There is a pocket to hold the tag just in front of the chicken wire.
Inside of Card
     I used Copics to color the rooster and Distress ink to isolate each postcard in the background. 
     The patterned paper is Graphic 45 - Place in Time. Several years ago, I bought several sheets of the August papers which were full of sunflowers. I've been trying to use some of those had to have's from the past. The drawers are getting to full in the craft room and I need to put some of the stuff to use.


Materials List:
     Patterned Paper: Graphic 45 - Place in Time (August)
     Solid Paper: Gina K - Black Onyx
     Ink: Distress - Weathered Wood, Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Peeled Paint, Tattered Rose
            Gina K - Dark Chocolate
     Dies: Elizabeth Craft Designs - Chicken Wire
     Stamps: Stamps Happen - Rooster Postcard
                  Gina K - A Year of Flowers
     Copics: BV04. R22, 29, 37. Y11, 18. G46, 85. Y26, 28.
     Embellies: Metal Sunflower
                     Ivory, Blue, Green Twine

Challenges

Crafty Cardmakers - Things with Wings - #3 - *
NBUS - Boo-Boo - #143- *
Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Use Snippets - #61 - *
Stamp TV MIUM - Metallicard - *
Through the Purple Haze - Use a tag - #4 - *