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Friday, January 12, 2018

Flying by to say Hi - Greeting Card

It's been a rough couple of months around here...I got laid off from work, and while I knew it was coming, it came a lot sooner and lasted a lot longer than I'd anticipated. This took a good deal of money out of our budget, making Christmas really hard. Now, my whole family caught the flu and have been moping around for the last week. And of course, all of this only added to my own emotional distress, bringing me way down. As I've entered "The Change of Life" my hormones have changed and my usual antidepressant medication has started working less and less. One of the reasons I make cards is to stave off the depression and keep myself busy. I share all of this because I know others suffer with this same affliction, and in my experience, knowing that others are struggling on the same path can sometimes make our own journey just a little bit easier. If you know of The Darkness, I'd love to learn if your crafts, and hearing from others helps you!

BUT--I'm moving on!


Today's cute little card is for the Sketch Saturday Challenge # 496, using a stamp from DigiStamp Boutique.








And I actually followed the sketch pretty darn closely, for once!









 


 I knew I wanted to use this specific piece of plaid paper from my Scrap Drawer, so tried to color the image so it wouldn't clash! Blue Birds and Poppies were some of my mother's favorites, so I kind of got inspired by that idea in my coloring. All the coloring was done with Copic markers, except the darkest shadowing of brown, which was done with a Spectrum Noir, because I didn't have a dark enough brown for the look I was going for! 

Bird House: G02, G05, G09, (hole): C9, W7, W5
Bird: B12, B21, YR18, (beak): E74
Flowers: R27, R29 / Leaves: YG03, YG06, YG25
Roof and Pole: E37, SN-EB5
Grass: YG17 / Outline: B000

 
The card did seem awfully plain, so I at least added some Spectrum Glitter pen to the bird house to add just a bit of shimmer. 

The sentiment is from an old rubber stamp set in my stash that I have no idea where it came from or who made it! LOL


I used Fun-Foam behind the design piece then placed it on a mat that matched the mat behind the main plaid DSP. I cut both the smaller mat and the DSP with a stitched rectangle die. The smaller die was not long enough for the design piece so I had to leave the end hanging off the cutting plate, then move it and cut the other end...this is a method I learned from the ingenious Jennifer McGuire!

I also added a light edging of Stampin Up "Pool Party" ink around the edge of the plaid DSP. In retrospect, I wish I had added the same distressing around the white design piece, as well...but once it was down, I didn't want to chance ripping things by pulling it up to add this. So there it is! LOL


As always, please head over to Sketch Saturday and see what the other designers came up with for this sketch, and visit DigiStamp Boutique to see the great images they have available!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Simple Winter Greeting Card

 
This adorable girl is from Craftsy Sentiment Designs and goes great for the sketch design this week on Sketch Saturday. I absolutely LOVE the bright striped tights!


Of course I tweaked the sketch a little--I didn't use the strip behind the oval, as it just seemed like too much. And I let the oval hang off the side, because, well, it just looked better with my pieces! 
I colored the image with Copics, outlining with BG10. Then used Pool Party from Stampin Up to do some light distressing around the edges. The snowflakes were covered with Wink of Stella and raised with layers of fun-foam. I also added some Simply White Crystal Nuvo Drops around on the snowflakes for dimension.

I also chose to off-set the panel to the bottom right, rather than centered. Somehow this just looked better! I love how nice and simple this card ended up being. I did leave the inside blank so I could add a more specific message when I'm ready to send the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and of course, head over to Sketch Saturday to see what the other designers came up with for this sketch!




Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Season of Color Shaker Card

 For this card, I made a mistake when I was ordering my stamp--I forgot that the blog post would actually be posted AFTER Halloween! I would've chosen a different image if I had remember that! But, I decided that I could still use this owl, and just make it a nice Autumn Card.  As you can see, I took a bit of liberty with the sketch for today at Sketch Saturday



I made the owl on the branch represent the white panel on the sketch. Instead of the Moon that I'd originally planned, I made the star be a sun trying to glow through the chill Autumn Sunset.

The cute Owl on a Branch image is from Lemon Shortbread designs. I colored it with Copic Markers. I made it's eyes a brighter black using a black Micron pen then topped them with Accent Essentials.

 I covered the image with Masking Glue so I could blend the inks for the sunset all around it. I started by lightly covering the whole background with YoYo Yellow (retired SU!) then placed a circle of mask-paper where I wanted the sun. I followed with So Saffron (retired SU!) and Vintage Photo (Distress Ink) mostly along the top bit. I did add a bit of Certainly Celery (retired SU!) particularly along the bottom, because I always feel that the light is just a bit greenish in Autumn!



The sequins are all from sets I purchased from Amazon. The sentiment was from a Paper Smooches stamp set, stamped with Versafine brown and heat embossed with clear powder. I cut the frame with a die and put 2 layers of foam tape behind the acetate. The interior message was from the same Paper Smooches stamp set and the brown Versafine ink.




I really enjoyed making this shaker card! Please be sure to check out the other examples made by the great DT at the Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Elegant Birthday Card for my Bestie

When I realized that my BFF's Birthday was coming up, I knew I couldn't just send her one of the cards from my stash! Bestie's deserve extra special cards!!

I'd purchased this gorgeous stamp set from a company whose name I promptly forgot! I used VersaMark to stamp the 2 parts of the image on the top and the bottom of a 5" x 6.5" white panel, then heat embossed with gold.

I used my sponge blenders to apply Dusty Concord Distressed ink, followed by Island Indigo and Taken with Teal Stampin Up inks.The purple is hard to see in the pictures, but is at the top left and the lower right. The Taken with Teal is mostly in the middle area with the lightest area being where I wanted to put my sentiment.

The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, and was also done with VersaMark and Gold embossing powder. It seemed like there was just too much open space in the middle, so I took my Ranger Clear Embossing Pen and put some dots around where it seemed appropriate and embossed those as well.



I cut the panel to 4.75" x 6.25" and then cut a new panel to the original size. The edges of this new base panel were embossed with the VersaMark and gold embossing powder so it matched the design perfectly! I mounted the colored panel on Fun-foam then onto the gold-edged base panel, all adhered onto a white card-base.

Then I opened the card and realized it was way to plain!! So the sentiment was also Gold Embossed, with just the top portion of the smaller frame piece being embossed along the bottom. I used the same colors to add a lighter blending to the bottom of the inside of the card!



I wanted to decorate the envelope to match but the frame wasn't wide enough to cover the whole of the envelope on the wide side. So I fussed with inking all but the last portion, then moved the stamp and inked the last portion and a little more to fill the full width. To make the break seem not as obvious, I used my Embossing Pen again to add some dots and a flourish. And of course the same process of color blending on the envelope! I addressed the envelope using a Gold Uniball pen....before I remembered to take a picture of it. So, I'm not going to show it--but it was lovely!

Thanks so much for checking out my work and I'll hope to have you visit again soon!





Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Monochromatic Scrap-Card


One of my scrap drawers was so overflowing that I couldn't close it any more! So I had to make some scrap cards! One of the designs I came up with was inspired by this MayMay Made It YouTube video. There are lots of other similar designs around on Pinterest.







 I had also seen this video from Jennifer McGuire, and made some Rainbow Cards with a slightly different design.  On these cards, I die-cut the word "hello" 4 times from black scraps then topped it with Accent Essentials. The Friend stamp was stamped with VersaFine Black and heat embossed with clear powder.  This design requires more long pieces.










When I finished 4 of the Purple Monochromatic cards, I still had a few smaller pieces left over, which I couldn't stand to throw away. So I cut a piece of 2.5 x2.5 inch white square and did the same mosaic design on this smaller piece.  I cut a dark purple background with the wonky-stitch rectangle. The sentiment piece was distressed with Perfect Plum, which just made it stand out better. Even though this card was actually just to use up the last little pieces, and was a total after-thought, I think this one ended up being my favorite! LOL








I was working to make a bunch of "hang-in there" style cards, so I just printed this sentiment on my 8.5" x 11" card stock numerous times and cut in half to make my card bases. I ended up with 8 of the Rainbow cards, and 5 of the Purple monochromatic cards.











I decided to participate in some Challenges this week, so I am linking to all the blogs that these cards work for. Thanks so much for visiting and I hope to you'll be back again soon!











Saturday, October 21, 2017

Live, Laugh, Love Autumn Greetings


These cute Kitties are from Digi Stamp Boutique--they're called Olivia and Archie! They are so stinkin adorable! I wanted to make them fall, so my colors are all in that mind set. The card design is for Sketch # 486 on the Saturday Sketch Challenge.
The coloring was pretty simple for most of it--I just used my Copic Markers. For the leaves, I knew I wanted this vague color pattern. So I used the "smooshing method" where I rubbed some Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, sprayed it with water then smooshed the block onto water paper. Rather than fussing with trying to get the thick water color paper to go through my printer, I simply cut the leaf-bunches off one of my extra print-outs then used that as a template to cut out the colored pieces of water-color paper.

I ended up with extra of the colored water-color paper, so used a die-cut to cut out the little leaves to use as the corner embellishment, along with some thick thread.  The background paper, and the sentiment are both from a super cute paper pad that I found in the Hot Buy section at Michaels! 

Of course, all the edges were distressed with Linen or Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


Thank you so much for stopping by! And as always, please visit Sketch Saturday Challenge Blog to see what the other gals came up with!



Sunday, October 15, 2017

Witchy Halloween Card

 This adorable image is called Witchy Emma from ScrapN Dipity designs. The paper strips are all from my scraps!




I colored her with my Copic Markers, adding a little bit of yellow Wink of Stella  as accent on her hair.  I used some Yellow Stickles on her wand. Then flicked some black ink so that it didn't look quite so stark.










The inside is stamped with an ornate sentiment from Michaels' Dollar Bin last season, using Memento Black, since I didn't plan to emboss it.






Thanks for stopping by and please head over to the ScrapNDipity Challenge Blog to see what the other designers created for the October 15th challenge!