Saturday, February 4, 2017

Be Blessed

I used this Mary stamp by Prima for the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. IC583 We were to go to this site: Pandora to get our inspiration.  There was a purple charm and a red apple one right next to each other, so I put them together and came up with this.  What I don't like about this photo is that you can not see the white paper under the red because of the background.  Oh well, you get the idea!

Thanks for stopping by and of course... be blessed!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dragonfly in the dark


I made this card for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge #582 found here IC582  The item I chose to use as my inspiration was a shirt found here:Hope in the Sky.

This is a technique I have used a lot in the past and thought it would be fun to pull out again, once I saw the shirt.

The dragonfly is an old Spellbinders die.  The stamps of bushes are from Stampscapes.  The dimensional bushes are Tim Holtz dies called Holiday Greens.  The  ink is old SU! ink.  Paper from Bazzill and SU!.  I added my new favorite products from Tonic Studios:  Nuvo glitter paste, Nuvo drops and Nuvo mousse.  I love that stuff!



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Love

Yesterday, I went back to Splitcoaststampers.  I had not been there for quite some time.  It was fun to visit there again!  Today, they have a sketch challenge, which occurs each Wednesday.  I checked my gallery to see when I last posted there... 2013!!!  So, I checked out the sketch and decided to play. 

Anyhoo, I was doing some work in my craft room and found these old SU! stamp.  I have a lot of them that I took off of the blocks years ago.  Yeah, I got caught up in that rage!  It works a lot better for storage space, but I should have kept the pieces together in their original stamp sets.  Oh well, lesson learned!

Here is a link to the challenge.  SC628

It's a bit basic, but that happens sometimes!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Deer Valentine

This stamp and the one on the inside of the card are from Santa's Magical Sleigh from Your Next Stamp.  I didn't get a chance to use it for Christmas so I am using it now. It is a Christmas stamp to be sure, but I love these little deer, so I changed the wreaths to make them look like collars.  I like to use what I have and use them in more than one way.    And with those little hearts on their hinys, who would know it wasn't meat to be a Valentine's Deer?
I have a fellow crafter who said that she's, "Done the cutsie thing and is so over it!"  I wanted to show her that cute can be turned into elegant, which is what I believe I have done with this card.

All of the papers and the two large flowers are from Prima.  I love that company.  Not only do they make great products, but the staff are amazing too!  Now, having said that, there is a package of ephemera, which I have not liked at all, but kept it in hopes I would eventually use some of it.  I used a piece of it here - the green border.  I toned it down a bit as it is a bit bright for me.  It worked well with this piece.   I still have to say, this package is not my favorite, but they can always be modified, or hidden just enough to make them work well!  Gesso is a friend with stuff like this! lol! If anyone wants what is left, pictured below, let me know and I'll ship it out to you! The package originally had 24 pieces, and as you can see there are still 22 left! 



The tags, leaves and the white "flowers" were made with my Cricut Explore. I added highlights to everything with my new absolute Favorite consumable product that I just found:  Nuvo Mousse!  Love, love, love it!

Tales from the Error Crypt: At the very end of the coloring of the inside deer, my Copic marker decided to leak all over the back legs.  šŸ˜¢  She was meat to be below the heart, but she is now above, errror hidden under the paper layer it looking like she might just jump off the page!  Tada!  problem resolved!
 
I will use this for my entry to Your Next Stamp's #55 Sketch Challenge found here: YNS Challenge #55. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas Bows from Wrapping Paper!

I made all of these different bows using a Cuttlebug die!  (In the video I see that I kept using Folder instead of Die).  Oops!  I folded the wrapping paper and ran it through my Sizzix machine.  Easy to make a lot of bows in literally a minute or two!

I obtained the different looks using more than one ribbon or bow and alternating how I added them and which side of the paper I used.  Super easy and really handy!

Now I have matching bows for my gifts!

Give it a try.

Have a nice day!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Cricut Vintage Ornament

I made this beautiful ornament for my Christmas tree using my Cricut and Silent Night kit from SVGCUTS.  I think it turned out perfectly! 

Before I made this one, I practiced first and it is a good thing I did!  I made this one below first to try my hand at it and to see the size.  The size was much too big for my liking, so I made it smaller.
It's a nice ornament for a different tree, but definitely on the larger size.  When I went to make the ball, I forgot to change the dash lines to score, so they cut out instead.
It is good for making definite lines, but it weakens the ball.  It is also not so good if you are using a paper with a different core color as it shows through as seen!
This piece Mary made to give you a way to connect all of the pieces together and being able to press from the inside.  The difference between these and regular paper balls that are made with only pieces of paper is the ball to which you add everything to.  This gives added strength.

With the Cricut, you need to change the dash lines to score if you don't want cuts plus you need to ATTACH them together or else the score lines will try to go on a separate mat.  I am not sure why the files come in from SVGCUTS that way, but they do.
(If you have a Silhouette Designer Edition or Sure-Cuts-A-Lot, you don't need to do this.  The program keeps them together for you.)




I chose pink papers as that is the color of my tree ornaments this year.  The rose, pine needles and leaves were made from the Cricut.

Flower:  Flower Shoppe
Pine Needles:  Martha Stewart Seasonal Cakes
Leaves:  Vintage Wedding

I also added Nuvo Mousse to the light green leaves, and a center line with my Sakura Silver Star Gelly Roll pen.  To the rose, I added chunky glitter to add more dimension and to give it a more vintage look.  I added lace to the seams as I felt they needed to be covered.  That is actually how I ended up with a vintage ornament.  I'm glad I did though!  I scrunched the ribbon and added Prima Bloom Spray to add a bit of sheen.  The pearl loops and feathers were purchased from my local dollar store.  The charm was ordered online from ebay and the glass charm is from Michaels.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a blessed Christmas!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Your Next Stamp Haul and Cards


I recently made my first purchase from Your Next Stamp.  They have stamps and coordinating dies.  I'm so glad companies are doing this as I don't always like to fussy cut itty bitty items!


Here are the first cards that I made with my new items! 
 Looking outside the window to see these little cuties flying around!


 These birds are stinking cute!  I can see I will definitely use them a lot.
To create this curvy mat, I cut out a rectangle and then used my new Bracket Borders One Dies to make the edge.
 I didn't have any mountains or hills so I created my own by just cutting paper.  The tree is from a package I got from the local $1 store.

I used Mini Monsters Cricut Cartridge to make the street lamps for the birds to hang from.


So much fun!

YNS:  Tweet News, Word Critters - Winter Birds, Perfect Chemistry, Sprinkles - Spreading the News
I also used my new Spellbinders for the mats and also the Light bulb tag.