Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Birthday card-Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Today I am posting a birthday card for my great-nephew. I am also entering it into a challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. This week's challenge ends tomorrow morning and the theme is "By the Sea".

Materials used:
Papers and border sticker- Fancy Pants Down By the Shore, Neenah (Red cardstock)
Fish-Print feature on Silhouette (fussy cut)
Red net-Recycled from produce
Sentiment-Unity Stamp Co.
Yellow alpha sticker-Doodlebug (marked with an orange Sharpie)
eyelet-Making Memories
Gems-Teresa Collins

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sympathy card-Simon Monday Challenge

Simon Monday Challenge Blog
I created this card for the Simon Monday Challenge where the challenge is "Green". This is my attempt at painting with distress inks, stains and acrylic paint.

Here are some of my supplies used. This paper is From the Teresa Collins Noel line.

I distressed the cardstock with a sander until only a slight music image showed in various places.

Next, I cleaned my work surface and paper. I used a Core'dinations Dust Buddy to wipe down my
Then with Archival ink, I inked the images onto cardstock.

Directly on my craft mat, I pressed my Distress inks and stains. I also threw down some acrylic paint.

First I painted using Distress Stain that had not been diluted.

Then I added water to my distress ink and added a little bit of white Distress Stain to get a lighter blue and I highlighted the outer edges of my flowers.

Next I mixed my blue and yellow Distress inks with some yellow acrylic paint and I diluted it slightly by misting some water in it.

Then I painted the leaves and stems.

Then I took some Distress ink and started darkening the leaves in different places
Then I highlighted the leaves with some white Distress stain. You could also use acrylic paint. Then the final steps were to stamp the sentiment, add ribbon, gems and cardstock.

Other materials used:

Navy and green cardstock-Bazzil
Gems-Teresa Collins
All stamps-Unity Stamp Co.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Birthday card

Hello everyone! Even though the sun is setting on a Sunday evening, I hope your weekend has been well. We've had quite an adventurous weekend. Check out my previous post on Big News and you will quickly see why.

Ok...so on to today's post. The patriotic red, white, and blue challenges goes on...The challenge at My Mind's Eye is red, white, and blue. But because this card has a couple of other elements in it, such as a pin and a "little stamping," I decided to enter it into the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show and the Simon Says Stamp Challenge.

Materials used:
All patterned papers, journaling cards, ribbon and brads: My Mind's Eye Lush.
Cardstock: red-Bazzill, white-Neenah
Spellbinders die
Outside Sentiment and label stamp-Cindy Echtinaw Designs
Inside Sentiment-Unity Stamp Co.
Inks: Memento-Rhubarb Stalk and Versafine-Majestic Blue
Baubles-Tim Holtz idea-ology
Pearls-Teresa Collins
Pin-Webster's Pages
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
My Mind's Eye
Simon Says Stamp
Simon Says Stamp and Show

Friday, July 12, 2013

FWF at Unity Stamp Co.-Farewell card

It is Friday and time for FWF at Unity Stamp Co. This week has been full of emotions!! Even though I had to say farewell to a co-worker that is transferring to a company center in Florida, the week has been sprinkled with excitement. Some of the excitement I will have to save for a NEAR future post ;-) I am just not at liberty to share just yet, but when I do...I will burst at the seams!! But a couple of things that I can share: 1.) My previous post-Patriotic décor-was drawn at ODBD!! I won a $15 gift certificate! WOOT! 2.) I just found out this afternoon that the same project was picked to be in the designer spotlight over at Simon Says Stamp and Show blog!!! WOOT! WOOT!

Here's my co-worker's card. I am gonna miss her shining face!

I've tried coloring with Copics before, but my attempts were not so successful. I decided to take a leap and try again. I bought a colorless blender, but even then there is a learning curve. If anyone has advice...I am open to it!!!

Here's a close up. To create a sunset, I inked a separate piece of cardstock with Distress Inks. Then I fussy cut the image and used mounting tape to give the stamped image more dimension. I also added some stickles for dimension.
As you can see, the image isn't perfect. I have learned that the colorless blender will make your outlined image bleed if you are not careful. Does anyone have any advice on what ink to use to avoid this at all?

I placed the other half of the sentiment inside of the card. I didn't use the colorless blender on this one.

Materials used:

Papers-Echo Park: Splash, Neenah cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Inks by Ranger-Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, and Tumbled Glass
Studio G glitter glue (sand)
Sentiment and large heart stamp-Unity Stamp Co.(present in my HEART) 
small heart stamp-D.O.T.S.
American Crafts twine
Fancy Pants brad
Versafine-Onyx Black
Copics: Colorless blender, R81,E00, R85, W10, BG23, Y28
Marvy Le Plume II no. 18 dark brown marker

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Patriotic decor

There are a couple of patriotic challenges going on right now (Our Daily Bread Designs, Simon Says Stamp Challenge). After I found the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, I discovered that they have a vintage challenge as well (Simon Says Stamp and Show) and the Challenge is "Anything Goes"! This piece fits both categories, so I am going to enter it there also! After debating whether or not I wanted to do a card, I decided that I needed some patriotic décor for my home. So I made this piece with a built in stand on the back. After I made it, I realized that I could use this décor not only for the Fourth of July, but also for Memorial Day, and Veteran's Day!

I inked the gingham ribbon with Antique Linen distress ink to tone down the red and give it a more vintage look.

I used chipboard for my base and attached a ribbon stopper at the bottom to keep it from sliding.

Linking this project up to the following challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Challenge
Simon Says Stamp and Show


Authentique Glory
Our Daily Bread Designs sentiment-Time
Tim Holtz Distress ink-Chipped Saphire, Walnut Stain, and Antique Linen
Ribbon- Hobby Lobby and Jillibean Soup
Gems-Making Memories
Cinch chipboard

Friday, July 5, 2013

FWF Challenge-Birthday card

It's FRIDAY!! Time for the FWF Challenge over at Unity Stamp Co. This is a card that I made for my cousin. Because her birthday is July 4th, I decided that she probably gets tired of patriotic colors for birthday cards. So I decided that I would go with some colors that still slightly reflect the holiday, but give her some individuality for her birthday.

Ribbons-Hobby Lobby
Sentiment-Unity Stamp Co.
Ink-Versafine-Onyx Black

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Sympathy cards

Here's a sympathy card I made for a co-worker. I am entering this in this week's challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. I know the colors are not typical for a sympathy card, but this gal LOVES these colors and I knew it would brighten her spirit.

Materials used:
Basic Grey-Ambrosia
My Mind's Eye-Meadowlark
Unity Stamp Co.
Doodlebug gem
Ribbon-Hobby Lobby
Neenah Cardstock
Versafine-Onyx black

This card is for the family of my co-worker. Since we are allowed up to 5 entries on the challenge at Simon Says Stamp, I am going to enter this one as well.

Materials used:

Paper and brad-Marjolaine by Basic Grey
Ribbon-Making Memories
Flowers-It's the Little Things by Fancy Pants
Unity Stamp Co.
Memento ink

Monday, July 1, 2013

Wedding card

Last Saturday evening, John and I attended a wedding where our son was the best man. He also played guitar and sang with his girlfriend. It's surreal to watch your kids move through phases of adulthood. There is a sense of awe and wonder along with a slight panic that you are really beginning to age. Regardless...the night was wonderful. It was outdoors on the bride's family farm and the weather couldn't have been more PERFECT!!! It was a gorgeous wedding!!! Very vintage and full of fun surprises...an old fashioned soda fountain, and who would have ever thought to have a popcorn bar (made fresh right there) with M&M's, nuts, gummy bears, Skittles, yogurt covered raisins, etc. as appetizers before the dinner!! Soooooo fun!!!! We had a BLAST dancing the night away!!

Here's the card that I made for the beaming newlyweds!!!! I saw a card with this diecut somewhere and I couldn't remember where I saw it, otherwise I would give credit.

Happy Days-Echo Park
Making Memories-silver bumper

My Mind's Eye and Twinery Twine
All diecuts from Silhouette