Saturday, July 4, 2015

Mark your Calendars!! Starting August 1, 2015 a New Challenge Blog is coming!!

~*~* There's a new challenge blog coming!! *~*~

Mark Saturday, August 1st on your calendar NOW, because that's when the new 
challenge blog Twofers will be starting with our NEW CHALLENGES! 
The site is live now, so you can take a look and see what's going to be involved. 

The blog  is being run by myself, Zoe and Jane ~ if you take a 
look  at our blogs, you'll see that we all have very different styles, but one thing 
that we have in common is that  we all love rubber stamping, and while we don't 
always use it, it's our real crafting passion. The three of us are great friends, 
despite continent and time zone issues and we all volunteer on Challenges for Days.

And that's why this challenge is going to be for stamped work - proper ink-and-
stamp stamping, no digis. Why Twofers? Well, we'd like to see pairs of things - 
Two Fer the price of one! There will be a new challenge on the  first and third 
Saturday of each month. I wish I could share some of the really cool themes we
have chosen, but I have been sworn to secrecy. 

Our basic rules so far are very simple, although I'm sure they will evolve as the 
blog gets established:

There may be occasional prizes offered - actual prizes that will be mailed to you
 - and we are coordinating that issue right now.  In the meantime, Zoe is 
whipping up FAB BADGE for your blog.

I would love to know what you all think about this Challenge Blog, are you 
excited about the "twofer" concept? Do you think you will play along?  Is 
there a theme you'd been dying to play along with but no one has offered it? 
Anything about the current challenges you play that bug you? We truly want 
to make this a FUN place to play, so PLEASE let me (or us) know your feelings
in the comment box below.

For those of you who have read this far down and leave me an idea or 
comment, there will be a small prize drawing on July 18th (open to everyone!) 
to reward you for your effort.  Please pass our announcement on.  After all, 
our success depends on entrants and YOUR support! - 
Thank you SO much ~ Christi

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The June Card Chain Challenge Reveal ~ Colorful Bloom

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by for this month's Card Chain Challenge Reveal! This month I decided to go with the color palette that Deborah chose:

I am so pleased that I got the colors correct this time AND I get to send my card to fellow Coloradian, Oreet.  I know my card won't take too long to reach her.  I received my card from Barbara in Florida yesterday - I love the texture of this card - she put a ton of work into this! 
What I Used to make my card:
Vanilla Card Base
Core'dinations Bright Colors Cardstock in Lime, Atoll Aqua & Love Potion
Die-Namics Die "Rose with Leaves", #DN-1099
White Card
Sequins from Stash
Quitefire Designs, Ten Tiny Tag Sentiments, #6382
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Kassie's Brocade
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Pop Dot (cut in half)

I cut the Rose with Leaves die four separate times, one each in white and the
three Core'dinations colors.  I had actually cut the white rose out before I had decided what I was going to do.  I had even asked Oreet preferred colors to get an idea.  Ultimately, I decided to match the Challenge Colors the best I could and that is what prompted me to cut the rose out 3 more times.  I pieced the design together, cut out the leaves and flowers, glued the whole shebang onto a piece of vanilla card.

I moved the rose around the Vanilla base card a few times and I just wasn't happy with the design. Then I remembered, I have embossing folders!! I got another piece of vanilla card and ran it through the Big Shot using the Cuttlebug embossing folder and once it was embossed, cut it down a bit.  Once I had that little bit of design on the card the next thing to pop into my mind was the sequins.  I fished through my stash of sequins, picked out the ones I felt complimented the cards colors the best and glued them on.  The sentiment needed to be small but I still wanted impact.  Quietfire Designs is a fantastic company, the Design Team and Designer, Suzanne Cannon, are fabulous!  I stamped my chosen sentiment on vanilla card using black ink, trimmed it, cut a pop dot in half  and pop dotted it onto the card.
Looks white here but the card and panel are vanilla!
The colors even inspired my Party Girls card - I used some of the scraps to make their party hats.  So there you go! The colors aren't as vibrant in the pictures as they are in real life - they really pop!  I would be grateful if you'd consider becoming one of my followers and help me meet my goal of 100 new followers for the year. Thanks! Christi

I would like to enter my Colorful Bloom card in the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Diva's - #222, Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp, Monday Challenge - Summer
613 Avenue - #130, Anything Goes w/ a twist of using a Rose
That Craft Place - Layers

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Roaming around with Anything But a Card #48

I'm thrilled to be back designing for Anything But a Card after a two month break!  This months theme at Anything But a Card is Out & About so I made a neighborhood.  I am on a bit of a time crunch this month so I am actually typing this in advance so I am going to be done a head of time!  Since I am in a rush, I didn't take as many photos as normal (plus, this project is fairly cut & dry), but please do enjoy a stroll around my neighborhood.

What I Used to Make my Neighborhood:
Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings Movers & Shakers, Sizzix #657218
Wendy Vecchi Art Comforts Stamp Set, #SCS110
BasicGrey Paper, Scarlet Letter & Perhaps
Die from LifestyleCrafts/Quickutz Wildflower Spring Gift Set
Thin Cardboard
Golden Acrylics in Cobalt Teal, Pyrrole Orange, Titan Buff, Quinacridone Violet, Hansa Yellow, Phthalo Blue, Pyrrole Red & Burnt Sienna
Scraps of Ribbon from Stash
Piece of Foam Board

I had planned on doing a triptych so I had cut out a bunch of the little houses using the cardboard and the die cut.  I painted the houses with the different
acrylics and let them dry, then I painted all the roofs with burnt sienna.  I decided then that I'd rather have a wall hanging than a triptych, so I found a piece of Foam Board.  

I painted all of the houses and then I decided to use a few of the smaller houses as decorations on the larger homes.  I wanted to spruce them up a bit more, so I raided my stash and found some ribbon that I thought enhanced each house and glued it the houses.  I had cut out the "trees" using one of the dies from the Lifestyle/Quickutz Wildflower Spring Gift Set (it's retired, but you can find tons of them online), I'm not sure the actual die name, but it's in that set, and I used the Basic Grey paper. I had to leave out a few of my houses as
they wouldn't all fit on the foam board, but I've kept them and I'm sure they will debut on another piece.  The final step was stamping the sentiment using Wendy Vecchi's Art Comforts stamp set on a scrap piece of card, using a bit of brown ink to edge it and gluing that to the board.  

I hope you enjoyed your stroll around my neighborhood!! Please think about subscribing to my blog and helping me meet my goal of 100 new subscribers for 2015 ~ thank you Christi!
Another look - you can see the shine and brush strokes in the acrylic paint
I would like to enter my "Out & Above" piece in the following challenges:
Love to Create - #13,  Anything Mixed Media Goes
Stamping Sensations - Use Dies and/or Punches (June Challenge)
Allsorts Challenge - #316, Use a Stamp (no digi's) ~ entry #2
That's Crafty! - Housey, Housey 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Party Girls!!

If you have been reading my blog then you know that this is my family's birthday time of year so here we have another birthday card!  For this one, I used cheerful colors, some glitz and a fantastic chipboard piece by JittoBear.  I hope this puts you in a party mood, if you needed a reason!
What I Used to Make my Card:
Happy Birthday Chipboard Cut Out by JittoBear
Glossy Cardstock
Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black
Distress Markers in Gathered Twigs, Festive Berries, Squeezed Lemon & Mustard Seed
Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs
Glimmer Spray by Ditto (got this in the $1 bin YEARS ago)
Silver Cardstock
Core'dinations Bright Colors Card in Lime, Atoll Aqua & Love Potion
A Wink of Stella in Clear
Sharpie Water Based Paint Pen in White

When I made this card I knew what I wanted it to look like and after I picked out which Happy Birthday chipboard I wanted to use, I sprayed it with the
It really is pretty!
glimmer spray. I had bought this spray a long, long time ago and I thought it was like a black glimmer.  Surprise! It was silver but with a dark base to it.  No problem, I could work with that! I spritzed the chipboard a few more times and set it aside to dry.

Next, I stamped the image on glossy cardstock.  Set it aside to dry (it takes a bit longer than standard card to dry since it is on glossy card).  While it was drying, I cut the party hats out of the 3 colors of Core'dination card.  I swiped my clear Wink of Stella pen on the pink one, drew circles on the green one using the Sharpie pen and left the blue one plain.  I trimmed the image, then edged it with the Distress Ink using the Mini Ink Blending Tool.  I cut out a layer of the Love Potion card and then another of the Atoll Aqua to layer the image on. 

Before I layered the image I decided to give the girls a little makeover.  I colored their hair and lips using the Distress Markers and a cotton swab, a technique I learned from Tim Holtz's Blog. 

I layered the image on the 2 colors of cardstock but felt it still needed more, so I went into my stash and pulled out a piece of silver cardstock.  I matted the image the last time on that and glued my party hats onto the girls.  Lastly, I attached my properly glimmered Happy Birthday chipboard and I now have another card to mail out.  Two down and a hundred to go (no, it just feels that way!), why is it birthdays and holidays always creep up on me?!?

I hope you got some inspiration from my Happy Birthday Girls card! The weather here has finally been nice; today was the first day in ages we had no storm activity at all. I hope you are enjoying your weather. Thanks for stopping by ~ Christi
Another look at my Party Girls
I would like to enter my Party Girls in the following challenges:
Allsorts - #316, Use a Stamp
Fab 'n Funky - #264, Gorgeous Girls
Papertake Weekly - Oh So Pretty
Through the Craft Room Door - week of 6/16 - 6/22 - Anything Goes
The Paper Girls - #82, Happy Birthday

I am now going to get some much needed rest - I just got back from Michigan (literally 2 hours ago!) and my body is screaming for a rest!! See you all tomorrow, bright and early, for my Anything But a Card post - the theme is "Out and About" ~ Hugs!!! Christi

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Hopping one more time with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with my Rough Night Bird ~

This is my final entry for the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop - sadly, due to the blog crashing and preparing for an unexpected trip has basically left me all created out. But, YOU still have time to enter! The deadline is June 13th, so get those cards created and linked up!

What I Used to Make My Card:
White Square Card Base, 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Set, #CMS212
Distress Markers in Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar and Festive Berries
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Lanaquarelle Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, Heat Pressed
SU! Blender Pen
Scrap of Matching Paper
White Card for the Sentiment
Computer Generated Sentiment

I continued my experiment that I talked about in my second entry postOnce again, I stamped the bird (this is my first time using this stamp) using the Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black on the 140 lb. watercolor paper.  I wanted this bird to look a bit more frazzled than the fellow in the previous post, so I chose shades of purple, using just a touch of the Red Berries in his eyes and a few spots on his wings.  I also used an old (I'm talking over ten years old) Stampin' Up! Blender Pen instead of the water brush - those things last forever. I have literally had ONE dry out on me, so now I dip it in water when I need really good control when water coloring. Works like a charm.  So, I have confirmed in my mind that the paper really does make a difference!

So this time after I colored in my bird, I fussy cut him and stamped him again on the square card and layered him.  Truth is, as I was fussy cutting him, I cut his legs off, but don't tell anyone, OK? Anyway, after I layered him I needed something to put the sentiment on, so I found a piece of Core'dinations in my stash and sanded it down a bit (sorry, I have no idea what color it is) and glued on the sentiment.   I think the card came out wonderfully, I wanted the bird to look like he'd had a rough night and he does.  Thank you SO much for stopping by and looking at my card - please consider becoming one of my followers so I can meet my goal of 100 mew subscribers in 2015 ~ blessings, Christi

I would like to enter my Rough Night Bird in the following challenges:
Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop
The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog - #120, Anything Goes
The ABC Challenge - K is for Kritters
Buckwell's Crafty Challenge - (M) Things with Wings
Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Something Old & Something New (stamp set is new, everything else is old)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Crazy Bird Coffee Card Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - Entry #2

Here is my second entry for the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop
 I want to apologize to all the entrants who came here to my blog, only to find that the blog wasn't here! I'm still not sure what happened, don't really know how it was fixed and honestly, since I am here now, don't want to know. Unfortunately, I won't be able to comment on everyone's entry, I'm so sorry. Anyway, on with the show!

What I Used to Make My Card:
Vanilla Card Base
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Set, #CMS212
Distress Markers in Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Spiced Marmalade & Pumice Stone
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Lanaquarelle Watercolor Paper, 140 lb, Heat Pressed
Ranger Water Brush, Fine Tip
Vanilla Card for the Sentiment
Die-Namics (MFT) Stitched Oval Stax, MFT-521
Computer Generated Sentiment
Pop Dots

One of the qualifiers of the blog hop is to make your cards summery - I hope that my bird meets the requirement! I confess, I used the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop as my guinea pig.  I was having huge trouble trying to water color with the Distress Markers, even when I used watercolor paper. Well, after much research, and the help of this blog, I found out that the TYPE of watercolor paper makes all the difference!  I typically used a 90 lb. paper and this time I used a 140 lb. heat pressed paper.  It was so easy to do!! 

So, I stamped my Crazy Bird on the Lanaquarelle Watercolor Paper using the Archival Ink in Jet Black then chose the Distress Marker colors to color him in (I don't know, all these birds look male to me).  I chose the three shades of pink for the actual bird, his beak is done in the  Spiced Marmalade, and he is shadowed with the Pumice Stone.  Shadowing is an entirely different animal than coloring, but I am trying to get the hang on if.  
The Inside

I found the quote online, and if you are a regular reader of my blog, you know I rarely put anything on the inside of the cards I make.  However, this sentiment deserved to be on the inside as well as the outside.  I printed the saying on vanilla card and then cut it out with the Stitched Oval Stax. I put the front sentiment on with pop dots and used regular old glue for the inside.

So that's my second card for the Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop - I hope you got a giggle at the sentiment and a smile! I'll be posting my last card later tonight or tomorrow - thanks, Christi!!

I would like to enter my Crazy Bird Coffee Card in the following challenges:
Coffee Lovers Summer Blog Hop
Sweet Stamps - #225, Anything Goes!
Use Your Stuff - #187, Sentiment 
Lawnscaping Challenges -Calling all Critters
Addicted to Stamps - #106, Summer Colors

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tim's Tags for June 2015 AND The Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

Hi all - this is my monthly take on Tim's Tags of 2015 for June and it's my first entry into the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.
 It is one of my favorite tags thus far, I love iced coffee and tea, and I am SO proud of myself that I have been keeping up with this challenge the whole year.  I am actually enjoying this much more than I thought I would, so count on seeing many more of my takes on Tim's Tags.  

This month I didn't have some of the major components, but I made do pretty well with my Silhouette Cameo and stuff I had hanging around. As you know, you can go to Tim's Blog and see how he created his tag, so I am continuing to just list the things I did differently:

Things I Did Differently:
I made a wash using the Tea Dye re-inker 
Distressed using Scissors (I have to get that Paper Distresser Tool!)
Made my Own Stripes (see below)
Coffee Cup Cut File
Silhouette Cameo
Homemade Corrugated Cardboard
Little Vellum Envelope
1" & 2 1/4" Circle Punch
Tim Holtz Simple Sayings Stamp Set #CMS155
Round Tag
Gem Star
Scrap Ribbon
DCWV Burlap Paper Stack, 6 x 6 (and glued that on my tag)

The Stripes:
The hardest thing about this tag was trying to figure out how I was going to make the stripes. I had made a wash using the Tea Dye re-inker and  I don't have the stencil he used (I love how he used it!) so I thought maybe I could use the craft sheet and the same color markers he did to make my plaid.  I literally took the markers and hand made lines, going up & down, on the sheet.  I alternated the order of the colors and pressed the tag directly on the lines at first, then I misted them lightly with water and pressed the tag onto the sheet again.  I cleaned the craft sheet in between and repeated the process until I was happy with the tag.  Well, it didn't come out nearly as neat as his did but I'm pleased with the effect.  

The Coffee Cup:
I made the cup using a cut file I had and my Silhouette Cameo. The top is cut from a small vellum bag I had in my stash, I cut the bag, using the flap, with a circle punch that was 2 1/4" and then just folded and glued the layers.  I thought that was what Tim used when I saw his post, so when I found out he actually used plastic, I just went with my first thought.

The Rest:
I just used the items I had already to finish the tag, the green paper was in my stash. I used a piece of handmade corrugated cardboard, the little heart was leftover from a die cut, the straw was just cut from the same green paper the circle was cut from (using a 1" circle punch). I used my ever faithful DCWV Burlap Paper to show off my handmade banner. I printed the word coffee and glued it to the little circle tag and I attached that to the ribbon using a fastener
that I just got off a new pair of pants - it was holding one of the tags. I think that was one of my best finds ever!  

There you have it! My take on Tim's Tag for June 2015. I hope you enjoyed my tag and all my little tweaks to Tim's design - and you have to the end of the month to join in on Tim's Blog. And please, do pop over to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop - I am furiously creating more cards to enter, and there is more time for you to enter as it doesn't close until June 12, 2015! Please consider following my blog and help me to make my goal of 100 new followers - thanks! Christi

I would like to enter my tag in the following challenges:
Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 June
Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop
Not Just Cards - #21, Anything Goes
Silhouette Challenges - (M) #26, Anything Goes