Thursday, June 21, 2018

MCV 102 With Snippets

Good Morning!

I made this card a few days ago and just was able to get a decent enough picture to enter the Muse: ChristmasVisions 102 challenge. I loved the shadow buildings, moon and Santa that Cornelia showed, and knew that I had never used my new-to-me Santa and all the eight reindeer stamp. I bought it at a garage sale recently. It is from Stampin' Up! 1997 as part of a hostess set called Four Seasons Borders. I only found this one stamp, not the others. It is truly one of my oldest SU stamps and as you know, I still love and use my wooden stamps.

My card making preference is leaning to making CAS cards and this one fits that bill. I think the most difficult part on this one was figuring where to place the moon! The moon was cut with snippets of white cardstock with an EK Success 1-3/4 circle punch. My houses and apartment buildings die is the other snippet, so am also entering in the Di's Pixie's Crafty Workshop fun. I accidentally lobbed off one of the houses from this Taylored Expressions die called Neighborhood Border. I did use it inside with my Merry Christmas greeting. Hopefully, not having the sentiment on the card front is OK.

So that is it for this post. Short, sweet and simple! I enjoyed thinking of Christmas and cold weather as it has been extremely hot here in Minnesota lately. Actually, I prefer winter weather where I can bundle up to hot weather and air conditioning. Whine, whine. Sorry. 😉

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's Twofer Time!!


The month is getting away from me. Sigh. However, during the last few days I've finally set to work to come up with an idea, (not an easy task) make the cards, and take some photos. For Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #6,  the challenge prompt is trees. Here's what I came up with:

The Christmas card was the easier one to make as I struggled for ages trying to get my tree/star to line up nicely and stay there while I glued them down. Oh well, perfection isn't our goal as crafters. Right? Actually the star is less crocked in real life. ha ha

The tree die is from the Stampin' Up! Perfect Pines Framelits die set and is cut from a snippet of  Cucumber Crush cardstock. The sweater die is from Elizabeth Craft 
Designs, called Winter Sweater.
It is the first time used, but I've had the set for ages. For some texture, I embossed it with a Darice folder called Basketweave. Isn't it wonderful? Next, I stamped in my go-to Versafine black ink, the sentiment, which is a stamp from the SU Holly Berry Happiness set. As I send quite a few cards to friends in other states, this card for my stash will come in handy. The card base is Lipstick Red from Simon Says Stamp. A really nice bright red, I think. 

On to my second card. I die-cut the trees from water color paper for its texture. Am not sure who made it, sorry. The star idea is a CASE from Lady Joyful. She made a card with a Christmas tree star, so to make mine different, I chose to make a congratulations card.  Was thinking of my dear grandson who recently passed his driver's license road test and deserves a card. The card base is in Island Indigo from SU. Two different companies were used to make the words.  Neat & Tangled made the 3 little words "You are a" and found in the Journaling Companions set and the Congrats is from My Favorite Things from the Label Maker Sentiments set. I cannot seem to line up the matching dies to cut out these words, but the Misti helps make it easy to get a good stamped impression with the black ink. Am not sure what I ever did without my Misti!

Below are the two cards individually so you can see them better, I hope. I feel like something was accomplished finishing up the cards before the challenge deadline! 😌

 Have you noticed that I use stamps and dies from many different companies? I haven't a favorite, so I support them all. LOL

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Saturday, June 9, 2018

A Puffer Fish


Wanting to join the June CAS Mix Up Card Challenge, I started playing with my hoard/stash of embossing powders. I have many brands with two whole drawers of them! I don't know the brands I used here, but I have a whole bunch of colors that came in sets. Initially my thought was to make a Christmas ornament, so I cut out several small ones with a Stampin' Up! punch. Since I was just experimenting, I glued a couple together for strength. Had trouble layering several layers of powder and more layers of VersaMark to make anything decent. So after many attempts, I turned to glue, well actually Ranger Glossy Accents. Yup, added embossing powder in several shades of blue, some copper EP and for fun mixed in some generic iridescent glitter. All was put onto the ornament and covered with the RA. The Copper Dreams embossing powder is from Sprinkle N Sparkle. I then heated it with my heat gun and it all puffed up and spread. No longer looking like an ornament, I saw what looked like a puffer fish! So here he is! Can you see his little eye? A keeper!

The ocean is made on glossy cardstock using the smooched background technique. I used Ranger Distress Inks in Broken China, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass and a bit of Distress Oxide in Iced Spruce. Three layers of PTI white cardstock were cut with Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Rectangles and glued together for my frame. The A2 size card base is SU Marina Mist. The simple greeting of Hello is a stamp from Gina K.s Vertical Greetings set. My hope is that my card is CAS enough! What do you think?

 It occurs to me that I blog a lot about the goodies I use when card making. Is that OK? Needed? I personally like it when others tell me the supplies they use, but maybe I over-do it. Would you rather know more about me and/or my life instead?
I do like my card. In real life the blue colors are more muted, not so close to turquoise. Here is a close-up so you can see the little guy with all the dimension and sparkle. The background ocean is also somewhat shiny as I set the colors with Micro Distress Glaze as suggested by a Tim Holtz video.

Whew! Done and posted. Thank you for dropping by to visit.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Happy June!

Hello! Happy Almost Summer!

Today I am joining Di's Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #237 with a fun card I just made with some new goodies. Snippets were used for the background, the panda bears, the tidbits they're holding and the greeting. I am guessing this will be a birthday card when I finish the inside, but it does not have to be. Sometimes it is just fun to send a card saying hello. 

Isn't this a happy card? Many more colors than I usually use, but I so wanted to use my new frame die and the background. This frame set is going to get a lot of use. It is from Lawn Fawn, called Peekaboo Backdrop. I cut it from an snippet of The Paper Company cardstock labeled Seagrass Metallic. I've had it forever judging from the sticker on the back. The cutie panda bears were an incentive with order during my birthday month of May. Of course I had to get it. :-) Party Panda is the name of the Lawn Cuts dies. All the tiny things the lads are holding came with the set except the flower and bling. The "Hi" die is from Spellbinders Phrase Set One, a very useful set, IMO.

Back to the background story. I took a look at Di's latest snippet card and loved her pink and white background. I knew that I had a piece of Stampin' Up! Specialty Yours DSP left over. Yay! I sponged Distress Oxide  Picked Raspberry onto the paper. Right afterwards, I went over it with a soft cloth and the flowers magically just appeared. This paper comes with the flowers already there, of course. Great fun to play with. The paper was a Sale-a-Bration gift with purchase, so is probably not available unless maybe in the new catalogue. I haven't read that yet!

A busy week coming up for me, so I may not get any crafting done. Will you? I hope you have a wonderful week!

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