Thursday, October 31, 2019

Using Scraps and Stash

 Welcome!  I have some more Christmas cards using scraps and items from stash.   For the top card I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches as inspiration for the layout.  I cut strips from scraps of designer patterned paper with gold foil dots on pink.  I stamped the wreath from an old Flourishes set on glossy CS with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold EP and colored with 2 Pink Copics.  I trimmed with a Spellbinders circle die and attached to a Metallic Gold circle also cut with Spellbinders die.  I assembled the card with a card base of white CS but colored the edges with the same 2 Pink Copics to match wreath.  Added an embossed panel ( Cuttlebug Bubbles EF)  of GKD Metallic Gold CS with the strips,  image, and Cheery Lynn die cut words. Finished with a metallic gold bow.

This card was created with the same patterned paper and gold Metallic  paper as above but on ivory CS base.  The panel of gold metallic paper was embossed with Darice Santa Sleigh  EF. The sentiment from an old Annabelle set was heat embossed with Gold EP. Used more of the Metallic Gold ribbon to finish. 

Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches: #527
Die Cuttin Divas: Challenge #444 Anything Goes in October
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C 508 Wreaths
The 12 Months of Christmas: Challenge 58 Optional Twist Santa.  Used Embossing folder with Sant in his sleigh. 


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

Recyled from Another card

 Hello!  I save elements from cards that we have received over the years with the intention to recycle on cards that I create.  Recently I took time to put some of these to use.  For the top card I trimmed a foiled panel with embossed  snowflakes and attached to a red card base that I stamped and embossed with Silver EP a sentiment from Repeat Impressions.  I also embossed the edge with Silver EP.

 For this card I trimmed a wreath from a larger card and attached it to a 4.25" x 5.5" card base and added die cut words from Metallic Gold CS and a strip of metallic trimmed from another recycled card. Used Cheery Lynn dies.
 I started with a GKD Red CS base for the above card which I inked the edges with Pilot Gold Metallic pen.  I attached a Tree of  Gold Metallic paper that I fussy cut from a recycled card.   The sentiment on Red Foil with Gold Metallic words was fussy cut from another card and added atop the tree.
The last card that I am sharing used the embossed tree panel from a recycled card that was trimmed and edged with Gold and attached to a white card base.  The lower strip embossed with words Family, Friends, Christmas came from another saved card. 

I love being able to put these items to use in some ways rather than just throwing away. 
Challenges to enter:
ABC Christmas Challenge: U is for Upcyle
The House That Stamps Built: Anything Goes O2319. Top card used Repeat Impressions stamp.


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Friday, October 25, 2019

Christmas Wishes


Welcome!  Playing with a Gina K Design stamp to create a card for the ModSquad challenge to have the sentiment take center stage.  I found the pattern paper in my scraps (not sure of source) and stamped the sentiment from Merry & Bright set with Distress Ink Barn Door.  Embossed with Clear EP.  Also did some embossing on the background with Cuttlebug Allegro EF. Edged the panel with Pilot Metallic Gold Pen. Attached to card base of  GKD Red CS.
Challenge:
ModSquad Challenge: Sentiment says it all.
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper. 
Just Add Ink: #480 Add a Technique. Used embossing techniques both dry and heat. 
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Monday, October 21, 2019

Christmas Blessings

Hello! I have been playing with more patterned paper from Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Collection. I used a panel of Cardinals in a Holly Bush  from the paper collection that I stamped with a Christmas sentiment with Memento Red Ink and embossed with Cuttlebug Allegro EF.  I added glossy accents to the berries and birds' beaks for texture. Trimmed the panel and attached to a card base of GKD red cardstock. I added some red gems and a die cut Poinsettia with a center of gold glitter to finish.  The flower was cut from the HFC paper with dies from Creative Dies. 
Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Papers. 
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #460 Add a flower or two or more.
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge: Challenge 2 Patterned Paper
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #15 October Anything Christmas Goes

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

Friday, October 18, 2019

Autumn Brings Pumpkins


Welcome to the studio!  Playing with a Pumpkin stamp from Repeat Impressions to create a Clean and Simple card for a couple of challenges.  I stamped the Pumpkin on the corner of a white card stock with Memento Tangelo ink and  colored with Copics using colors from the graphic below. I added die cut leaves in 2 shades of green (from my leftover stash of die cuts).  The Autumn Stamp from stash was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. Attached to a Dark Brown card base.
Easy as Pumpkin Pie!
Challenge:
AAA Cards: CAS Game #151-Use just One corner of the corner.  I also used colors from the optional twist color palette.
The House That Stamps Built: Inspiration Palette Challenge 01619-see graphic below
Alphabet Challenge Blog: O is for One word sentiment
Addicted to Stamps: Challenge 178  Add a Pumpkin
Make My Monday: Challenge #107 Fruit and / or Vegetable.  I used pumpkin which is a Fruit!
Use Your Stuff Challenge: 378 Use a Pumpkin
Shopping Our Stash: #406 It's Pumpkin Spice Season

Autumn is here!
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Happy Fall Y'all

Welcome!  While I was going through my leftover box of fall items I came across some leaves that I had stamped and stashed away. The maple leaf is an old stamp from PSX and the oak one is Rubber Stampede.  I think I used SU inks to color the leaves before stamping on White CS.  I fussy cut the found leaves and attached to a white panel that I embossed with Darice EF. I stamped the panel with an old SU Stamp with Memento ink.  I inked the white edges with green.  Added this to a tag cut from a scrap of dark red card stock. Punched a hole and finished with a green ribbon from stash that I inked the edges with a Red Copic to tie in with colors of the leaves.
Challenges:
Tag You're It! Challenge: #98 Fall Leaves
Stamping Sensations: October Challenge Trees-Leaves-Autumn




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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Happy Travels

Hello!  I am back as promised with another unused digital image from my files.  This one is by From The Hearts called  Happy Travels.  I am glad to have these lovely digital images in my files as this artist is no longer with us.  I printed the image and sentiment in black ink on Cream Cardstock and colored with Black, Brown, and Cream Copics.  I created the brick background ( inspired by the photo) using my Scor-pal and sponging with DOI Vintage Photo. The brown ink took on a  orangey cast on the cream CS? Added a die cut tag from the cream CS embellished with  stickers and a bit of string. Attached the image to a black card base to finish.   Guess the style of the card leans more to clean and layered even though I gave the luggage a vintage look.
Challenges:
The Card Concept: #121 Adventure Awaits. Second entry.  Just had to use this image of stacked suitcases in a card.
ModSquad Challenge: Use 3 colors Black, Brown, and Cream on a card plus a tag.


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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Ready for a Trip

Welcome to a rainy day in the studio!  A couple of challenges brought to mind some digital images that I have never used.  This card uses one of them -the Tiddly Inks image of Suitcases which was a freebie.  I thought it would be perfect for the ModSquad challenge to use only 3 colors black, brown, and cream plus a tag.  All suitcases need some type of tag and most are brown or black??  I printed the image on a cream card stock with black ink of course. I colored the images with Brown and Black Copics and sponged the edges with DOI Antique Oxide and Vintage Photo.  This gave an antique look to the stack of luggage. Added some texture with Glossy Accents to the corners and latches. I die cut a couple of tags in the cream CS and added some stickers from Imaginations (in my stash).  Attached the tags with a Brown Brad.  Also added a sticker to the side of the locker.  Finished with a mat of brown and card base of black, both card stocks from GKD. I would call this Clean and Simple style. 
I'll be back later with another image that I remembered in my digital files.
Challenge:
ModSquad Challenge: Gail asked us to create a card with only 3 colors-black, brown, and cream plus add a tag.
The Card Concept: #121  Adventure Awaits. Inspired by the luggage and colors in the photo. Did not realize that I have use the same image as Susan on the DT until I posted this. 
Happy Little Stampers: October CAS  Challenge Adventure  


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Dropping a Line


Hello!  Today I am sharing a card that I made with a silhouette stamp from an old set from Flourishes called Kid's Play.  I stamped the image and sentiment with Memento Black ink and heat embossed with Clear EP. I sponged the sky lightly with Memento Summer Sky ink and added some color to the water with Copics B000.  I used a pattern paper with a bubble design found in my stash for the background. I inked the edges of both the image and mat with a Black Copic to give the look of more layers without adding thickness or more weight to the card.
Challenges:
Double D Challenges: Silhouettes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenges: Always about using Patterned Papers.






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

Christmas Cards with Patterned Papers





Hello! Continuing my personal challenge to use up some of my supplies,  I used some freebie papers and toppers from last year's Card Inspiration magazine.  The top card features Christmas stockings on the paper and the topper that I raised with some craft foam.  Added die cut words cut from red card stock scraps with Cheery Lynn dies.  Used mint green card base. 
The second card used a plaid paper that I embossed with Cuttlebug Wicker Weaves EF.  Added the printed topper that I attached to a mat of the red CS cut with a Spellbinders Label die.  Finished with green and red grosgrain ribbons  that I embossed with Wicker Weave border EF.  Hard to see that in the photo but it looks good in real life. 
The third card features a printed topper that I fussy cut and attached with foam tape to the freebie paper and then to a red card base. No stamping involved in the making of these cards.
Note: The printed toppers from the magazine were attached to  white card stock with stick it paper before trimming.
Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper
Daring Cardmakers: Use up your scraps. Used up printed images and old papers.

Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #459 Anything Goes as Long as It's Christmas. Optional theme: Include a Stocking

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

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Speeding Santa


Welcome to my studio!  In an attempt to use up some of my supplies, I pulled out a box of digital images that I had printed and stored away for later use. I also opened a box of patterned papers that I saved from magazines and a box of Christmas patterned paper. I challenged myself to create cards using these supplies.  The cards above are 2 of the many cards that used some of these supplies. The digital image is from Dearie Dolls..... Santa Bring Home the Tree....the top one was colored using Copics.  Added some texture with a Snow Marker and Stickles.  The plaid paper was from a magazine freebie. Used GKD Green CS as the base
The bottom card used the same digital image but was colored by the artist. I inked the edge of the image with a red marker and placed on a black mat, then a patterned paper from American Crafts and a red card base.  GKD sentiment stamp used on both card.
Challenges:
The 12 Months of Christmas: Challenge #58 Optional twist Sensational Santa
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: Always about using Patterned Paper
Daring Cardmakers: Use up your scraps. Used up printed images and old papers.
ABC Christmas Challenge: V is for Velocity
Addicted to CAS: Challenge #170 Plaid



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Monday, October 14, 2019

Christmas Village


Hello! Spent part of the weekend making several Christmas cards.  I am sharing two that I made using an old PSX stamp Christmas Village.  I have created many cards with this stamp over the years and still love to ink it up.  The top card simply features the scene stamped with Versafine black ink on White CS and attached to a Red card base. I heat embossed the Penny Black sentiment in red to finish. 


 The bottom version uses the stamp inked with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics. I added texture to the snow with a Snow Marker and some glitter with Frosted Lace Stickles. Framed the scene with GKD Green CS cut with a Spellbinders rectangle die. The heat embossed sentiment is from Gina K Design set.

Challenges to enter:
Penny Black  Saturday Challenge: October Anything Goes...optional Black, White, and one other  color.
CAS Christmas Card Challenge: October Winter Scene
Addicted To Stamps: #362 Make Your Mark
Simon Wednesday Challenge: Simon says Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampin': October Anything Goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #15 October Anything Christmas Goes



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

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Winter Scene



Welcome!  Today I am sharing a Christmas card made with a patterned papers from Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Collection. The card  was stamped with a sentiment from my stash and embossed with Silver EP.  I finished with a green mat and blue card base.  Used Marvy Snow Marker to add texture to the snow and used Darice Snowflakes EF.
Challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October - Always all about using Patterned Paper.
CRAFT: Challenge #531 Christmas

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Made With Digital Images


Hello!  I just discovered some digital images created and sold by Beverly Cole at The Artsystamper Shop through reading a post on Dar's Crafty Creations.  I was playing with some digital images that I bought and created a very quick card using Photoshop.  I used the maple leaf trio image already colored to create the background and used  the colored pumpkin image as the focus.  I  added the sentiment and then printed off the design on white CS which I sized to fit on a 4'"x 5.25" panel.
To finish I sponged on some DOI Spiced Marmalade and added some glossy accents to the handle for some texture. I used a Black Glaze pen to trace the word Friendship which makes it look heat embossed. I attached the printed image on a card base of GKD Fresh Asparagus CS.

I don't make many cards just using digital images but once upon a time I made cards just using a printer and computer....read on.
  When I first began making homemade cards for my friends and family, I used only a computer, printer/scanner, and white card stock  to design and create my cards.  That was some time around 1998 or 1999.  I used no inks, no stamps, no embellishments, no glue, no tape, no trimmer, no die cut machine, etc.  I used The Print Shop program to design my card with photographs that I scanned (no such thing as digital pictures) or clip art and printed sentiments. After I designed on the computer,  I simply printed the front, back, and inside of my card on a single piece of white card stock.  I folded the card making it a 5.5" x 8.5" -what is called half card size- no need to trim or cut.  They were true one layer cards with no dimension or texture.  Later I started using Photoshop to enhance my printed cards and started using more digital images.  It's fun how you can manipulate the images.  I learned all this by trial and errors....not many You Tubes How To Do Videos back then.
After I retired, I became interested in stamping when my next door neighbor and friend shared with me her cardmaking techniques using stamps and inks. I shortly joined her card making club in 2005 and began to collect all sorts of stamps, inks, die cuts, embossing folders, papers, embellishments, tapes, glues and all those things that I "had to have" to make a card. Now I need a room to hold all my supplies and tools, no longer just a desk with a computer and printer and a stack of white card stock. 
How things have changed in the world of card making!

I made this card just for the fun of it....not for a challenge...….reminded me of how I began making cards.

Thanks to Beverly for designing beautiful digital images and to Darlene for posting about her shop and challenge.

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Focus on Holiday Sentiment


Hello! Jumping back to Christmas with a shiny and bright card that focuses on the Christmas sentiment from Gina K designs Merry & Bright stamp set.   I stamped the words with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold EP on GKD Red CS.  I did some dry embossing around the edges and highlighted the raised surfaces with Gold ink. I framed the sentiment with a frame cut from Gold Metallic CS using Spellbinders Label Dies. To finish, I attached this to a Gold Metallic card base.
Challenges to enter:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge: #458 Anything Goes as long as It's Christmas with Optional Twist-Sentiment as the Focal Point
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C 505 Focus on the Sentiment
Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog: MLCCB #15 Anything Christmas Goes
Winter Wonderland: Merry and Bright Challenge

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

Monday, October 7, 2019

All About Circles


Hello! Back with another quick post.   This card was made with a Pumpkin stamp from Repeat Impressions that I stamped with Memento Tangelo ink on white card stock and fussy cut.  I simply attached a panel of orange and white dotted pattern paper from stash to a white card base and stamped a GKD sentiment with  the orange ink and heat embossed with clear EP.  I attached the pumpkin and glued on some orange dots punched with a hole punch.  Made it look like one of those fancy designer pumpkins! Easy, peasy!
Challenges:
Double D Challenges: Orange and White
The House That Stamps Built: Challenge DCC 0219 Circles





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Card with Bark!


Hello!  I'm back with another entry for this week's Challenge at Modsquad which is to use something from nature on a card.  We have had this piece of tree bark laying around awhile and I told my DH not to throw it way because some day, maybe, I would use it some how.  So this challenge came along and I put a piece of the bark in my design. (I was thinking of seeing pumpkins on display in outdoor areas when I came up with this scene of pumpkins sitting on what might be a log or stump.)  I stamped the Pumpkins from GKD Always Autumn set with Memento Tangelo ink on white CS. I colored the pumpkins with Copic Markers. I also stamped a caterpillar and several acorns using stamps from GKD A Year of Leaves set with DOI Walnut stain. I fussy cut these items after coloring with Copics. I also stamped the sentiment and 2 acorns directly on the image panel with same ink. I arranged the small piece of bark under the pumpkins and attached the caterpillar and the cut out acorns. Finished with a card base of GKD Charcoal Brown CS.  After making a photo of the card, I decided the card had too much bright white space and went back and added some spatters using Faded Burlap DOI to soften the background. (Covered Pumpkins with masking)

Challenges to enter:
Modsquad Challenge: Back to Nature-Use an item from nature on your card.
Sunday Stamps Weekly Challenge: SS215 Fall Harvest. Use at least 3 colors from the challenge graphic. I use all but  the grays + brown as my neutral.
Daring Cardmakers: October Elemental Inspiration Challenge. Inspired by colors of fall, pumpkins and bark of tree in photo.


Card before adding spatters.
Something to think about - Is it spatters or splatters when you add spots of ink to a card???
Have a great day! I love reading your comments. Theresa

Sending Thanks with a Bouquet


Welcome to my studio!  One of my favorite fall flowers is Sunflowers and I love to color them.  I used the Sunflower digital image from Power Poppy to create a bouquet of Sunflowers and  printed in a sepia color on watercolor paper. I colored the image with a water brush using Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide inks. Stamped the sentiment from Power Poppy Vibrant Thanks set with Walnut Stain ink.  Decided to keep the design clean and simple. Recycled a paper from an envelope (Hallmark card) for the background....was the perfect color and has a slight texture. Finished with a card base of GKD Chocolate Brown CS.  Love this without any added embellishments. 

Challenges:
Power Poppy World Card Making Day Challenge: Create a card with a fall theme. To get additional entries -Use a sentiment that shows gratitude and use a Power Poppy stamp. 
Artsystamper Digitals Challenge: #1 Autumn Colors. New Challenge


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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Holiday Tissue Box Cover


Hello!  I thought I'd change things up a bit on my blog and post something other that a card.  I also enjoy making other paper projects especially those using patterned papers.  I created this tissue box cover using papers from Heartfelt Creations Festive Holly Collections. It was simply a matter of cutting panels, scoring, and taping them together but it took a little planning to match up the pattern designs. On the lid I added an oval border of white glossy CS to the oval opening and some die cut snowflakes from silver and glitter papers. Also did some snowflakes heat embossed with Silver EP.  Kept embellishments to a minimum but did fussy cut some Cardinals from the patterns to pop up on the lid. (See right side of the box). 

Sharing this project with these challenges:
Love to Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB # 39 October Anything Goes (first time to enter)
Mix It Up Challenge Blog: MIUC #30 Anything Goes + Open Technique. Used some die cutting and heat embossing. (first time to enter)
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge: October Always about using Patterned Paper
Cut It Up: Challenge #184 Tags, Bags, or Boxes.  Used Spellbinders Oval Dies and Snowflake Dies.

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

Many Thanks


Hello!  Back with another card made with the Maple Leaf stamp from GKD A Year of Leaves that I stamped on water color paper with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with Copper EP.  I colored the leaf with a water brush using Distress Oxide Inks Peeled Paint, Candied Apple, Fried Brick, Wild Honey, and Fossilized Amber.  I stamped the sentiment from GKD Always Autumn set 4 times with the Versamark ink and heat embossed with the Copper EP.  Used GKD Faded Brick CS for the base. 

Challenges:
Monthly Mix Challenge at Gina K Designs: October challenge focus on repeating a sentiment on your card.

CAS Watercolour Card Challenge: October Maple Leaf
Happy Little Stampers: Watercolour Challenge Anything Goes + Optional: Botanical
Stamping Sensations: October-Trees, Leaves,  Autumn
The Paper Players: PP462 Theme Challenge - Grateful, Thankful for You



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