Sunday, February 16, 2020

Lucky Me



Welcome to my studio! I recently received Power Poppy Shamrock-n-Roll digital images and sentiments. These stamps are perfect for St. Patrick's Day cards. I created 2 cards using the same stamps on both cards.  For the above card I printed the no line image on White CS with the sentiment that I colored green before printing.  I colored the image with Copic Markers and added some Flower Soft Raspberry Fizz to the clover and tied on a bit of Raffia to give texture and dimension.  Adhered the trimmed image to a Pattern Paper background and then to GKD Grass Green card base. 

For the second card I printed the image on white cardstock and colored with different Copic Markers.  I trimmed the image with a Spellbinders die and inked the edges with a Pink Copic.  I used Crushed Velvet Flock to add texture to the bloom and tie. Have not used this product or the Flower soft in ages but it does add a nice touch of texture. The flocking does not show up in the photo but looks good in real life. I printed the Power Poppy sentiment on a panel of pattern paper and assembled the card with a White Cardstock base. 

Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always all about using patterned paper.
Allsorts Challenge: Week 559 Dies and/or Punches. Used die on second card.
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #376 Anything Goes
Creative Confetti Challenge: Inspired by a Song. This image of Shamrocks reminded me of the song "I'm looking over a four leaf clover" 

Click on the arrow to listen to 
"I'm looking over a four leaf clover"

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Joy in Making Cards

Hello! I am trying to catch up with some February challenges that I want to enter.  I made this very CAS Christmas card for the CAS Christmas Challenge which has the theme Joy.  I used a freebie stamp from a magazine that I have had about 3 years. Simply stamped the word with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold EP on white cardstock and added two stripes of red foil using double sided tape to attach.  Finished with a GKD Red Velvet card base and a Red Nail Head to the center of Joy. 
Challenges:
CAS Christmas: February 2020 Joy
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB 319 Anything Christmas Goes

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Friday, February 14, 2020

How I Have Spent Snowy Days



Hello!  I have not made any cards lately because I have been  working on some home décor projects. With all the snow and cold that we have had, this was a good time to work inside.  I needed some new Roman Shades in my kitchen to replace the ones that I made in 2003 so I found some fabric at Joann's that I ordered online and made the two shades shown above. The photo below shows one of the shades raised (not a good photo) but gives an idea of how the shade looks pulled up.  My kitchen is a small galley layout.

 FYI: Calendar in photo above was another Project.

This photo shows the wall cabinets adjacent to one of the windows with the new shade.  I changed the contents of one side of the cabinets to house floral china that I usually have in the China cabinet in the dining room.  I also framed some of the floral pattern fabric to hang beneath the cabinets.  The white notebooks on the counter hold my collection of recipes.  I coordinated  the books by printing the fabric on paper and adding to the spines of the books. Just happened to have the silk flowers that I added to this corner to complete this vignette.  See the closeup below. 


Since I had to order more fabric than I actually needed for the shades, I decided to make use of the rest of the fabric. I covered a bulletin board that I have in the kitchen. I also ended up with a round tablecloth and 2 throw pillows for the living room and 2 placemats for the dining room.  I did not waste a single piece of the fabric.  (The last bit of fabric was framed for the kitchen wall -above photo.)

FYI-Cork board was another DIY project. 





I got all these projects from 6 yards of fabric with just scraps leftover.  Would like to have 4 more placemats so may have to buy more of the fabric but have to order in 2 yard increments? or not? Cost of fabric was $9.99 per yard. 

Challenge:
Love to Craft Challenge: LTCCB #43-February Anything Goes. Made several home décor items. 


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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Life Imitating Art



 Hello! Today I am playing with  the Creative Confetti Challenge Life Imitating Art to be inspired by a work of fine art.  I chose an art print by Georgia O'Keefe called The White Calico Flower for my inspiration (shown below).  I created my design by using Power Poppy digital images Ultimate Poppy (no lines version) and Juicy Straw Berries (just the leaves ).  Using Photoshop Elements I manipulated the images and printed portions of the images  against a background of green leaves on white card stock and trimmed to fit on a mat of black card stock and then attached to a white card base. I added more gray color to the flower with Copic Markers.   The end result closely copied the art work in layout and colors. I finished by attaching a plastic Happy Birthday sticker from my stash.  This does not show very well in the photo because of the glare.

I made a second card using the same design but printed it in a lighter tone...do not like it as well as the first try. I again used Gray Copic Markers to add more color. I inked the edges of the image with Black Copic after trimming and simply attached to the white card base. I used a rub on sticker Thank You to finish. So I have 2 cards to add to my stash.  And used up some of my Sticker Stash.

Challenges:
Creative Confetti: Life Imitating Art




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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Butterflies Fly Again


Hello! Sometimes I am immediately inspired by a challenge and know at once what I am going to create but other times, it takes awhile to come up with an idea.  I knew at once what I was going to use for the Just Us Girls Photo Inspiration shown below.   It might not be acceptable but I knew that I wanted to recycle some butterflies that were on a card that I had received some time ago.  I carefully removed two  die cut butterflies that were already enhanced with glitter and gemstones and set aside while I created a card for them.  I printed a digital image of orchids (inspired by the JUGS challenge graphic) that I had from Beccy's Place on Ivory Cardstock and colored with Copics and Pencils and stamped a birthday sentiment from Gina K Designs. I attached the image on a card base of the same Ivory CS and adhered the saved butterflies. I drew on the antennas with a black marker.  I am pleased with the results and happy to have found a use for the beautiful butterflies.
Challenges:
Allsorts Challenge: Week 556 Take Flight
Beccy's Place Monthly Challenges: January Create a card or paper-craft project using any Beccy's Place image. Used Beccy's Orchid.
613 Avenue Create: Challenge 229 Anything Goes with optional twist Make It Shiny
Just Us Girls Challenge: #520 Photo Inspiration Week

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Frosty Water Color

A snowy day inspires a frosty card! I used an old Flourishes stamp set Warm Winter Wishes designed by Marcella Hawley to create this.  I stamped the snowman on watercolor paper with a gray ink from Memento and water colored with a water brush using DOI Broken China, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain, and Fossilized Amber.  Used black marker for eyes and mouth. Trimmed the image with a Spellbinders die and attached to a mat of Blue CS and a card base of White CS. 
Challenges:
CAS Watercolour: January Challenge Cool Colors
Addicted to CAS: #176 Code Word Frosty
Happy Little Stampers: January Watercolour Challenge Anything Goes + optional: Die Cuts
Retro Rubber Challenge: #126 Winter is here.  Flourishes stamp over 7 or more years. 
Cut It Up: Challenge 191 Snow Much Fun.  Used a Spellbinder Die.
Stamping Sensations: January Challenge Favorite Stamps.  This is a long favorite stamp of mine. Have used it so often and also now have it in the digital version. This may the first time I have used it with water coloring. 


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It's Cold Outside!



Baby it's cold outside!  It looks almost like my card and the inspiration graphic from Retro Rubber shown below when I look out the window.. When I saw this challenge, I immediately thought of an old stamp in my stash from Mark's Finest Papers(no longer in business).  The stamp set was called Ice and Snow and dated 2011. I inked the stamp with DOI Walnut Stain and stamped it on White CS.  I cleaned the stamp and inked the top portion of the stamp with Versamark ink and heat embossed with White EP to get the effect of snow on the limbs of the trees.  I then taped off the scene and sponged the sky with Memento Summer Sky ink...loved the wintery sky that resulted.  I liked the way that I let one of the upper branches extend above the scene. (hard to see) I then added some snow on the ground, on and around the trees with a Snow Marker.  Love the effect of heating this element up and getting texture in the scene.  Stamped an appropriate sentiment with the same Walnut Stain ink.  Trimmed the panel and attached to a Gray Blue CS that matches the color of the sky.  I was not aiming to copy the scene below but it came very close. 
Challenges: 
Addicted to Stamps and More: #372 Make Your Mark-used stamping, sponging with masking, Snow Marker
CAS on Friday: Challenge #171 Winter. I used only one main image.  Hope I have enough empty space to qualify as CAS. 
Retro Rubber Challenge: #RRCB126  Winter is here. Make a winter themed card. Used stamps from 2011.  I just had to look outside at the snow to get inspired for this challenge. 

 Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Happy 100th Birthday

Hello!  I made a very special card earlier this month for my Mother who celebrates her 100th Birthday this Sunday....her birthday is Monday January 20.  Family and friends will be gathering in Bruceton, TN to celebrate this milestone. I created this card using the Cameo for printing and cutting the cake and numbers that I attached to colorful patterned paper of falling confetti. The words were cut with Cheery Lynn and Marianne dies. I enhanced the front with pearls, glittery gemstones, stardust pen and glossy accents. Edged the card with yellow EP.  The inside of the card was designed  and printed  with Photoshop Elements. I included 100 candles, each enhanced with sparkly Stickles on the flames and glittery Stardust pen on the stripes.  A personal message was include on one of the panels but not shown here.  The finished size of the card was 8.5" high and 5.5" wide. 





Happy 100th Birthday, Mother!

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Friday, January 17, 2020

A Gift of a Rose


Hello!  Today I am sharing a card that I made with a free digital image of a Rose that I recently downloaded from Power Poppy.  I printed the image on a GKD Heavyweight ivory cardstock and colored with Copics.  I trimmed the image with a Spellbinders die and attached to a card base of ivory that measures 3.5" by 5".  I chose that size because I have some ivory envelopes that will fit that size.  I had planned to make this a one layer notecard but the Copics bled through....hoping it would not bleed...guess only the Heavyweight white cardstock from GKD does not bleed. Finished with a Power Poppy stamp in Memento Tuxedo black.  This is a good size for a gift or simple notecard. 
Challenges:
Confetti Challenge: Small and Sassy-Create a card smaller that A-2 size.  
Make My Monday: #113 Anything but square.
The Paper Girls Challenge: Use something new.  Using a new digital image.
Addicted to Stamps and More: #372 Make Your Mark. Colored with Copics.



Sharing a colored picture (above) of the free digi shown at Power Poppy. 
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Heart Two Heart


Hello! Back to more cold and snow so I am back in my studio!  Playing again with the Twofer Card Challenge #23 Hearts. I am using a Heart Die from Gina K Designs You Have My Heart set.  I die cut a bunch of hearts from cardstock in my stash....used up some scraps.  I created a birthday card using a patterned paper that was perfect for celebrating a birthday.  I picked hearts inspired by the colors in the paper and made a "bunch of balloons" held together with metallic gold string (thread). I floated the balloons a top the background paper popped up with foam.  Double cut the Happy Birthday dies by Cheery Lynn  from Pink and Yellow cardstock and attached to the card. Used a Pink card base to finish. 
I made a Valentine for the second card.  I used a  heart die cut from Red cardstock, popped up on red foam, attached to a die cut stamped heart(red ink on white), attached to a red circle and then a White Doily. I actually embossed the doily with Versamark ink and White EP to give it some shine and body.  I completed the design with a Red card base and a sentiment heat embossed with the White EP. Stamps, dies and EP are from Gina K Designs.


Other challenges:
Use Your Stuff: Anything Goes
Dies R Us Challenge: #137 Birthdays.  Used Cheery Lynn and Gina K Designs dies. 
Just Add Ink: #488 no challenge guidelines this week, only that you create a "new" project with a celebratory theme. Celebrating a birthday. 
Double D Challenges: Fun with Balloons. Took inspiration from the heart shape balloon and bright colors on mood board.



Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa