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12/01/2016

Thinking of You Birds

Welcome to a scheduled post. Hope that you had a good day. It was lovely to see sunshine again today, as much as we did need the rain of the past 2 days. Our dogwood trees had developed the most beautiful red leaves, and I _meant_ to take some pictures. However yesterday's rain and wind stripped most of the leaves off the branches, and the 3 trees look quite sad today - so there will be no photos I guess!

Found this colored image in the UFO box, decided to do a little touch-up on the birds and turn it into a card:


-  remember this is a wooden stamp, don't remember who made it. Colored with copics, but after finding it in the UFO box, die cut with a rounded S/B square, then used some WoS on the birds, then added in some more shading with the Kaisercraft gel pens. I'm not fond of the neon ones, guess I've just not had a chance to use them on something appropriate yet. I do like the jewel colors tho', and the blue brightened up the colors of on the birds, also did some leaf veining.

- S/B Asian motif die to cut the created background done with sponging over white c/s with DI Clover and Stormy Skies. Burnished with Perfect Pearls Biscotti to get a nice sheen. Use the bottom of this piece to cut the sentiment.

- embossed the card front using a Tuesday Morning find of a Sizzix EF, $3.99. Inked the folder with a blue shade of Hero Arts Ombre pigment ink, and this is the 2nd generation - first embossing was too dark to go nicely with the mat color.

Thanks for stopping for a visit this evening. I'm trying to keep up with commenting and returning visits, so be patient with me if I've not stopped by to say hello.

Cyber Hugs to all and Prayers for those who are in need of being uplifted just at the moment.

11/30/2016

A Get Well Car Called Henry

Good evening, and it's been a rather exciting one in our area (and not for good excitement either!)
We had been advised that more rain was expected this afternoon and while the day was pretty overcast & gloomy, no rain ensued. About 3pm, Moi decided a nap might be nice, so grabbed a cozy throw, headed for one of the guest beds. Snoozing away when the rains started. Then Mr. was shaking my shoulder, saying "Put your shoes on, there's tornado warnings about, and we might need to head for the basement". (Are we ever thankful to have the thick walls and realize part of the area is under the ground level? Oh YES we are!) Watching the weather news, to see when we needed to head downstairs, and thankfully, it moved away from our area. Not so good for the other areas it was moving to, but hopefully no touch-down will cause any destruction. I don't like excitement too much ..of ANY kind!!! (never did either!)

Also would like to give a warm welcome to a new follower: Tee of The Altered Paper. Tee has some lovely tags that she entered into The Twelve Tags of Christmas Challenge hosted by my dear friend, Loll. That's how Tee & I connected, and I hope you'll have time to zip over, say hey, and enjoy some of the beautiful projects Tee has on her blog! (be sure to say I sent you,  now hear?!) It's so nice to meet and make new blog friends. Tee lives close to the area where the August Cincinnati Stampaway Show is held, so who knows, maybe one day we might meet face to face????

On to today's card: Mr has a neighbor friend who enjoys cars with him. They go to lots of car shows (several others in our area join them as well). This particular friend is rebuilding an old truck, using the colors that are associated with a popular college here in our area. On Thanksgiving day, he was out playing with his grands, slipped and broke a  hip. So a special card was requested, and I had to hunt out this stamp set we had bought on one of our visits to Sparkle n Sprinkle when there was still a physical store (since then SnS only has online sales).

 
 
- SnS Henry 596 (available in digi format too) stamped on Xpress, colored with Copics (Mr. chose the colors that his friend's truck has). In case you see red, this is actually done in the YR(yellow red) Copic colors. Used WoS on the seat upholstery, Glossy Accents on the windshield, some silver WoS for the car metal parts.
 
- S/B Label one die cut and also the faux mat.
 
- C/Bug embossing folder (it's  an old one -- don't remember the name.) It's always reminded us of the metal used on the toolboxes frequently seen attached on a pickup truck bed). Used silver mirror card to emboss this, adhered over the white card base; deliberately cut it so that I could apply the b&w stripe border(WR Memory Keepers Shape & Tape). This is not Washi tape. Bought the product thinking it was sticky on the backing. There's several different designs in the package. And it was not sticky :-(
 
Hope you enjoy Mr's card. He stipulated the image and EF, basically designed it, I just did the work!!! Oh, and his friend had successful hip replacement surgery, is doing well, and will be doing the rehab therapy.
 
Hugs and come again when you can.
 
 

11/27/2016

Rudolph Day - An Embossed Die Tree

Good evening on what has been a pleasant & quiet Sunday. Have been catching up some comments, visiting my Christmas Card Club Team members, and now finally have a few moments to post my card for Rudolph Day. In case you don't already know this, the 25th of each month, our wonderful Hostess with the Mostest (Maureen of Scraps of Life by Scrappymoi) opens the gates for sharing Christmas themed cards. Honestly, that's the only rule...something of Christmas. The challenge closes at the end of each month, and such inspiration you will see if you pop over to have a browse. Maybe decide to enter a card. I think this is last Rudy Day of 2016 however. So why don't you have a look, and maybe plan to join in for sure next year. Helps to build a good Christmas stash.

OK, here goes (using an embossing with dies technique shown on this video by Jennifer McGuire)

 
- background created by sponging quite heavily, DI shades of green (Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron, Clover, Mowed Lawn...the glow around the tree is from the Twisted Citron). Sponged and blended until I got the look I wanted, then made the corners darker. Burnished with a handy dried out baby wipe. Then sprinkled some Biscotti Perfect Pearl mica powder over the inks, burnished with a fluffy brush until it was all spread evenly. Then again, with the dry baby wipe and this creates such a sparkle...which of course does not show well in the photo.
 
- S/B 2012 Holiday Tree die was inked well with Versa mark. Used a 2nd layer under the background piece, as sometimes the die can cut through. I do the sandwich with: the cutting plate, the embossing pad, the c/s, the die face down, the top plate. . I learned to emboss with the die face up; even with taping the die, it would always seem to slide.  Even with the extra c/s between bkgrd & die, there were still some places that embossed very deeply.
 
- Sprinkled Ranger's Princess Gold (not nearly so pretty as the Queen's Gold IMHO) all over, and heat embossed. Had to do some trimming to fit this on an A2 card that I normally mail. Harder to find the Queen's Gold of late..guess Ranger has discontinued it.
 
- white c/s inked at the edges with Versamark, and then more Princess Gold to get a matching gold around the edges.
 
- Memory Box die sentiment - 3 layers, inked and heat embossed with Princess gold, and it looks a bit metallic. I had used just the "Merry" part of this die on the CCClub cards yesterday.
 
After adhering the sentiment, decided to use Ruby Slippers Nuvo Crystals for the 'i' in Christmas (and this time I had the little piece available too!). After seeing the color over the 'i', decided to add some more 'pearls' for ornaments. It was one of those situations where once again I asked "Should I have left it alone?". Do you talk to yourself while creating? Maybe it's a sign of something that I'm doing that!!! LOL.
 
Please think about entering a Christmas card over at Rudolph Day and say Hello to Miss Mo. You will definitely get some fantastic inspiration from the Guest Designers and all the players!
 
Thanks for joining me tonight, and big hugs. See ya soon. (oh yes, added a new card to the Cards by Friends section too)


Christmas Club - Mixed Media and Trees

Welcome to another Christmas Card Club post...and this time yours truly picked the challenge: Mixed Media with trees (the mixed media could be sponging, paste, sprays, texture or anything of that sort.)

Recently received some stencils from Stamplorations and decided to use one of those with Brushos, then try it with some embossing paste. First made a background with greens using Brusho crystals, Nuance, Colorburst and Infusion powders. Started with a slightly damp piece of 148# Strathmore water color paper, sprinkled the crystals and powders very carefully, then used Dylusions sprays that had been either diluted with water or mixed with the white Dylusions. It created an interesting color.
Then used the stencil over a slightly dampened w/c cardstock, sprinkled very carefully the same products through the openings of the stencil. That didn't turn out quite as well as I'd hoped, but I'll share it anyway. Then tried the same stencil using some Silver Dreamweaver embossing paste. I liked that one better.


- Christmas Trees Mini stencil - sprinkled the crystal & powder products over the stencil after slightly dampening the white Strathmore water color cardstock prior to placing the stencil. (masked off the sencil design I did not want). Spritzed the powders very lightly to create movement, then blotted with a paper towel. When this dried completely, replaced the stencil, spread some Golden gel beads over the stencil.(clean the stencil quickly after using this gel bead paste or embossing paste- before it hardens on the stencil). The beads paste is starting to harden or dry a bit in the jar; did not spread easily, and I was not pleased with the result. (one of the times I say "now why did I not leave well enough alone?"). Also got some of the color out in the white area surrounding the tree....so how to fix this? Since the gel beads are quite dimensional, die cutting was not an option. Traced an oval die, hand cut the motif.   First tried a white gel pen to cover the problem areas but that wasn't very effective. Then used white acrylic paint, dabbed it around the background area. The white paint picked up some of the extraneous colors, and changed to a dappled blue green, which looked better.

Memory Box die to cut the green brusho background (this has an oval in the rectangle die).
Tim Holtz Texture fade embossing on the white background. Placed the oval tree shape onto some white fun foam, for the design as you see it.

M.Box Merry Christmas die for the sentiment - 3 layers, embossed with Ranger Queen's Gold. The star is 2 layers, from a tiny punch, same Queen's Gold. This one is definitely an experiment in mixed media.

Next try:


Same stencil over water color #148..using Silver Dreamweaver embossing paste, and this time included the star at the top of the stencil. Removed the stencil, and while the paste was still wet, sprinkled some coarse Martha Stewart glitter over it. Doesn't show too much in the photo, but IRL, it sparkles beautifully. I was much happier with this effect than that with the green.

Hand trimmed the tree piece..the silver mat is a textured lightweight silver DP. Embossed this mat with a PTI die. Jennifer McGuire has an excellent video showing how to emboss using dies.

T.Holtz Texture fade embossed white card stock, then sponged it lightly with Delicata Silver. First I had tried using Versamark on the EF, then sprinkling a Silver EP over it after embossing. Evidently didn't get a good layer of the versamark, because the EP didn't stick in a lot of places. Brushed all of that off pretty well, then sponged it with the Delicata Silver.

- M.Box Merry Christmas die - 3 layers of the same dp as the mat. The Dreamweaver paste spread like butter...

If you have time, please visit my fellow team members, whose blog links can be found in the right side bar. And thanks for joining me today. Hope you liked these cards, and enjoyed my adventures. I like to know when other card makers have problem cards, and what they do to try to salvage the project. I learn as much from mistakes as I do from a well executed card. Hope you don't mind that I share my boo-boos! You can always skip over that part, if you don't want to read the story.

And we did have a lovely family Thanksgiving to all who asked. Big hugs, and prayers too for some of my blog buddies who are in need of them just now. Come again when you can.

11/24/2016

Happy Thanksgiving

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING
 
 
To all my USA friends who will be celebrating the day. Welcome to a scheduled post.
 
Before I share the last of the holiday cards, (this one is for Mr), let me welcome a new follower, who is also one of my Christmas Card Club team members: Shaz B (also known as Silverwolf) . Thanks for becoming a new follower Shaz, and I hope all my blog readers will pop over to say Hello, and take a scroll round your fabulous blog. Shaz does some amazing projects and we're so pleased to have her join our card group. Her blog is fun to read, and just browsing the projects she's shared, will be a joy.
 
OK...here goes:

 
 This image was colored with Copics, WoS for shine and some white gel pen for the highlights. Die cut with a Gina Marie loopy square die. The faux mats were cut by tracing the outline of a S/B square that would create a slim margin, and of course, the insides of the mat are always cut out, saved in the snippets box.

- The leaf buttons were from the stash, and as I look at the photo, why didn't I think to tie some twine through the eyes? Oh well, the photo always shows up the boo-boos that I didn't see earlier!

Hope that all of you who celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday will be sharing a nice meal with those whom you love the best, sheltered and warm from any storms that may be in your area. Let's say a prayer (or give a thought) for those folks who don't have family nearby, enough food to eat, or dealing with some other Life's problem on this day.

Thanks for stopping by, and Big Hugs coming your way. I HOPE this is the last of the Thanksgiving cards. I do still have a couple Fall motif cards, but now it's time to think of Christmas cards. And..uh-oh, got some birthday cards to finish!
 
 


11/23/2016

More Autumn Motifs

Good afternoon...on Thanksgiving Eve. (is there such a phrase?). Hope your day has been good so far. We're ordering our meal from a local restaurant, and all I should have to do, is mix up the dressing, heat the food. We're having my oldest brother, SIL and my niece to join us for dinner. Should be quite nice (they know I can't cook! My famous invitation phrase to my family is: we'd love to have you join us. If you don't like the fare, there's a Burger King down the way.)

Here's 2 more fall cards I realized I've not posted. Also just added some gorgeous cards to the Cards by Friends page, so I do hope you'll have time to check those out. It's such a blessing to receive a lovely handmade card in the snail mail, and know someone thought of you, shared their talent to brighten your day. Thanks to all of  you!

 
 

 
 
Forgot which company made the first image, but think it may have been Whipper Snapper*, because I like their designs. #2 definitely is a Whipper Snapper. Both are colored with Copics. On #1, I messed up the center lavender mum with the coloring. Decided to restamp just the flower part of the image, use different colors for the lavender shades, fussy cut it, and plopped it over the floral portion of the already colored remainder. Die cut with a rectangle, did 2 faux mats (traced the die, then traced 2nd time with more margin).
 
* #1 is an Our Daily Bread cling stamp
 
Embossing folder is a very old C/B pumpkin motif. Think the sentiment die was from a fall or October set from Taylored Expressions.
 
#2, was die cut with an older S/B pumpkin die; again, did the faux mat behind the die. The leaf border was an experiment with alcohol inks dropped on glossy card stock. Rather a Bokeh look to it, so just took the applicator tool, that had some wet remaining alcohol ink on it, daubed it around over the Bokeh dots, to smudge it up a bit. Looked like fall colored leaves to me, so die cut a border. Other 2 leaves tucked around are from the soda can metal (believe these leaves are from the Tim Holtz set that is out on the market just now).
 
There's one more card that I'll share with a scheduled post for tomorrow...I hope you're not sick of the fall/Thanksgiving cards! Sorry, but it's what I've been working on of late, so there it is!
 
Thanks for joining me, and big hugs to all of you. I hope my UK friends have a dry day. Seems as though you've had a lot of rain. We have a 'clear air' day, and I need to run some errands! Bye!
 
  

11/21/2016

Ooops...A Missing Tag for the Twelve Tags of Christmas Challenge

Hey and welcome. Realized I'd forgotten to do a post with today's tag, and thought the Twelve Tags of Christmas challenge had closed. Then I saw where Mr. Linky was still open, so here goes:

 



- Kraft tag, a layer of gesso applied. Then stamped a text stamp in a light brown. DeeDee's Digi Bells were the snippet box, (printed when I was on the DT). Colored with Copics, die cut with a xstitch circle die.

- sheet music torn, and sponged with DI, placed under the bells circle. Used a snippet from a poorly cut wreath (cut for this card); salvaged the bow & holly to use on this tag. The little blue glitter bit under the ribbon is a snippet center cut from this tag's wreaths and I just liked the way the colors looked layered together!

- the lace tie at the top started as a white; used the same DI to color as on the music score...added in a slender gold cording. Adhered some feathers to match the other colors and then remembered the Challenge tags needed to have some stamping...so stamped HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments' Peace in gold Delicata and embossed it to have it stand out more prominently.

It's my understanding the Christmas Challenge Tags Linky is open for 4 more days, so c'mon and join in, it's fun.

Ya'll come back, now heah? Thanks for stopping by, and if it's cold where you are, stay warm.

Big hugs.

11/20/2016

Grateful Acorns

Hello, thanks for checking in, and back with one more Thanksgiving card (or this one could just be a fall card).



- card design was done with a PTI Triangle Trio Die. Very easy to make a card front with this pretty die. Embossed the papers after cutting, with various embossing patterns. The triangles didn't fit together perfectly (not sure they are supposed to, or if it be Operator Error). However, found some copper 'lines' from an outline sticker pack, and it covered the spacing just very nicely. If using colored c/s as the card base, this might not have been a problem

- Old Oak Leaves Whispers (DVW-276) die was cut from a snippet of white c/s, colored with copics.

- Die sentiment was cut from the same dp as was the bottom triangle of the card front.

We're having a crisp but sunny Sunday, and the cold front seems to  have sent us air that is more clear this afternoon. The air quality varies from day to day. Hope your day is going just as you wish & need it to do. So glad you stopped by for a visit.

Hugs & Prayers to those of my blog friends are in need of either or both!

Edit: Thanks to Lisa for the heads up on the Scrapy Land Challenge Give Thanks to advise that since  the card has used a Die-Versions die - it qualifies as an entry there. Thanks Lisa. (couldn't find this particular Die-Versions die to provide a specific link!)