Monday, April 22, 2019

CAS Christmas Card Challenge April


At practically the last moment I am entering the April CAS Christmas Card Challenge. To make the card, I had to borrow an elf stamp, and Karen F, a stamping friend from Australia helped me out. Thanks Karen! Right now she is on her way there, although she now lives near me in Minnesota.

I digress. Here is my card.

To make this card, I first embossed the card base with my Softly Falling embossing folder from Stampin' Up!  The folder is still available. Using my MISTI, I stamped in Versfine Onyx Black ink the elf image. After realizing the little elf would be bumpy with the snow, I decided to stamp him again on a scrap and fussy cut him out. Can you see him standing in a snow storm? The stamp set  I used is called Christmas Elf and is labeled  © STM 2009 which I found is from Stampendous. I could not find it to buy except on eBay. I colored the elf in green, red, silver, and gold Gelly Roll Metallic pens. His face and ears were done with a stash skin colored pencil and I added some pink on his cheeks. The white parts of his outfit were colored with a Signo Uni-ball White pen and then I topped it with Wink of Stella Clear. I popped him up on SU Mini Dimensionals. The cute sentiment is stamped on a label punched out with SU punch called Petite Curly. Inside also from the set, is a punched label reading  "...a cozy new year". Truly a CAS card, I think. In retrospect, tho, I should have a shadow under his feet to mimic him standing in the snow.

So glad to finish this card. Thanks for stopping by. Bye for now!


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Twofer #15 & A Card of Snippets

Hello !!

Here I am again to enter Darnell's Twofer #15 that calls for zoo animals. Well, I don't have a stamp or die, but I do know most zoos have a petting zoo area, so that is my excuse for using a lamb. Especially now in the spring, baby lambs are born and need to be petted and photographed. IMO :)

First up are my two cards side by side or top and bottom.

Read on if you want some details on how I made my cards after struggling to find a zoo animal in my hoard  stash. Question - shall I still share how I make my cards, or is it too much information and boring? Personally, I like reading blogs that tell me what supplies they use.

The sweater card was made first after I found my leaping lamb. After using a Stampin' Up! embossing folder called Cable Knit on a snippet of white cardstock, then I die cut out the sweater. This die is by Elizabeth Craft Designs called Winter Sweater. The hanger is in the set too. Used a snippet of silver cardstock for it. The happy lamb is by Rubber Stampede, Inc. called Jumping Sheep. She is stamped in SU Smoky Slate as is the sentiment. I was surprised and pleased that I had no problem stamping the lamb over the embossed sweater. Warmest Wishes, a wooden stamp is also from S U, circa 2002. The card is going into my file for holiday greeting cards.

I rarely make a card with a scene, however since I knew I had fence and grass dies, this card came together quickly. The fence came with an unlabeled  group I got at a garage sale years ago and done in Whisper White. The Grass Border die is by Taylored Expressions in SU Gumball Green (I think) as is the card base. To make the sky, I sponged Distress Ink in Faded Jeans softly and used a snippet of paper to make the clouds. The dust is DI Pumice Stone. A happy birthday card, I found this appropriate greeting in an older Papertrey Ink set called Spring Hills.

Lots of snippets of paper used on both cards, but only one can be entered in Di's bi-weekly challenge. So I am entering the sweater card to her Challenge #350. If you don't follow Di, I urge you to check out her Pixie's Snippets Playground.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

Easter Cards for the Grands


I spent quite a bit of time yesterday and today finishing these three cards for my grandchildren. They are all teenagers now, but they like my cards and I will see them on Easter. Because we cannot agree on what to eat, we are having pizza! lol

This one is for Madeleine. She is the artistic one who enjoys creating too, although more into making objects, not cards. She loves pretty things. The flower and greeting were both made with part of a Kaleidacolor Ink pad called Birthstone. The flower is called Parrot Tulip from Hero Arts. It took lots of tries before I was satisfied. To finish the outside, I carefully went over the both images with Clear Wink of Stella. It does show quite prettily in real life. For the frame I used a piece of Stampin' Up! cardstock in Bermuda Bay which is a pretty good match.

Next is one for Megan. It was the most difficult to photograph as the colors are so soft. Here I used the Kaleidacolor pad called Baby Powder, again capturing only part of the colors. The egg stamp is from Northwoods Rubber Stamps dated 2012. Using Versamark, Wow clear embossing powder, and my heat gun, the card sparkles. The same greeting is also heat embossed in Versafine Onyx Black for contrast. The black border is most likely SU Basic Black.

To highlight the almost all purple egg on the right, I chose light purple cardstock from my stash for the card base. I wish you could see this card in person - it is quite pretty. Meg is my oldest grand, soon to be 18!

The last card is my favorite. The card, not the grandkid. Well, he is too - as he is my only grandson. :-)  Gavin loves orange, so the embossing folder from SU called Petal Burst was done first. The bunny in the SU circle die is from my UFO box and I have no recollection where it came from. Maybe it was a gift. Anyone recognize him? I'd love the stamp. I colored him with colored pencils from various companies. His tail is heat embossed using Hero Arts White Puff embossing powder. I found the perfect greeting! It is from a Taylored Expressions set called Little Bits of Spring. Love this set.

So that is it from snowy with grass showing in Minnesota. Typical Spring weather! Thank you for visiting and Happy Spring to you all.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Couple of Cards & A Challenge

Hello Again!

I am almost too late to join the Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #349. I think these challenges are so much fun and I've gained so many friends from all over, lots in England. I so want to visit England!!

My first card is for the challenge using a snippet of an alcohol inked piece made recently. The hello is also from a snippet of the white card stock left over when I die cut out the postage stamp layers.

The pretty inked layer uses Ranger/Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks Cool Peri, Aqua, Stonewash, and Wild Plum with blending solution onto Yupo paper. It is so much fun playing with alcohol inks. Need to get more colors! :-) The card base is an old Stampin' Up! color that I do not remember what it is called. Am so glad they are showing purple colors again after some absence. I embossed the base with the SU Textured Impressions embossing folder called Houndstooth. Am not sure if I have ever used that before. To make interesting layers, I chose two from a Spellbinders set called Postage Stamps. To finish the card, the die cut hello is from the Concord & 9th Everyday Circle Dies set. I am happy with this card.

The second card was made to send to a friend in Oregon. I miss her and wanted to say hello.

A NBUS used here! The flower is from my really new Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die set. Several colors of SU yellow cardstock were used for the flower and two greens for the leaves. Colors are Gumball Green, Old Olive, So Saffron, Barely Banana, and Mango Melody. with a touch of YoYo Yellow. It was not easy to line up the dies, but the result is wonderfully textured, I think. Just Because was cut using My Favorite Things Label Maker Sentiments in Early Expresso ink on SU Very Vanilla cardstock as is the card base. The sentiment is raised up a bit with SU Mini Dimensionals, but the flower is glued flat for mailing ease. Am quite happy with this card too.

Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope to see you again.