Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bloomin' Hello Card for The Card Chain Challenge Reveal July 2015

This month I won't be home to take a picture of the card I've received from Deborah (the CCC Queen), but I am sure it is positively fabulous, and you can pop over to her blog to see what she made for me.  I went with the friendship theme this month as I wanted to make a card that was exciting but mellow.  This is what I concocted and sent to Christy in California:
How I Made my Card:
Core'dinations Pastels Cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
"Hello Circle" cut file, #28237, from Silhouette Store (cut 2x)
Memory Box Vignette Floral Branch, #98973
Corner Rounder Punch
The very first thing I did was cut the Hello Circle design twice using my Silhouette Cameo - I chose the Wisteria & Scotch colors and just used the bottom panel of the Scotch to oomph up the Wisteria.  Then I decided I needed to make the Hello Circle stand out a wee bit more, so I used a square of Tranquil Blue, corners rounded, and mounted the element onto the square.

Then I had to choose what I was going to do with the background.  I think the card would of been fine without the additions, but, I had just gotten the Vignette Floral Branch die and I was dieing to use it (sorry about the pun - well, ok, not really).  So I chose the colors of Aruba and Salmon and die cut one floral branch out of each color, making sure they faced opposite ways.  I tucked the Hello Circle into the Salmon floral branch and placed the Aruba one under the sentiment.  Lastly, the card itself is made from the color called Rose Embroidery.  Glued it all together, leaving some of the die cuts unglued for a bit of dimenton and I was done!  Honestly, it took me longer to choose the colors for everything than it did to assemble the card.  I hope Christy likes it!  Thank you for stopping by for my CCC Reveal ~ Christi

I would also like to enter my Bloomin' Hello card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Rubber Stamps #155, Inspirational Photo 

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations, #332, Flowers
Southern Girls Challenge, Anything Goes 
Through the Craft Room Door, Wk of 7/28 to 8/3, Anything GoesThe Cat's Pajama's - 295, Anything Goes

Two Many Cats? Never! Introducing TWOFERS!!

Yes, today is the beginning of a brand new challenge blog - TWOFERS! As the name suggests, you will be required to make TWO of whatever project you desire (within the rules) and then simply link them up!

Since I got to chose our first theme, I chose cats (which, if you read my blog shouldn't come as a surprise) and I had a blast digging out some very old stamps to play with; since I have so many cats stamps, it was difficult to decide which ones to use.  Both the stamps I used have been in my possession for years, but I haven't had the occasion to use the cat in the basket, so this is it's first time on a card (and, of course, when I went to go search for the stamps so I could link to them, almost all of them have disappeared.)   In order to differentiate which card I am talking about I am going to give them separate names.
Here are both my cards
How I Made my Women and Cats card:
Cream Card Base
The Kitty Art Rubber Stamp by The Stampsmith
Sentiment Stamp (company unknown)
White Glossy Card
Document Stamping Ink (like Staz-On ink)
Die-Namics Stitched Oval Stax
Spellbinders Labels Fourteen S4-290
Colorbox Metalextra Gold Rush Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Background Paper (company unknown)
Small Gold Metallic Bow
If you are a regular blog reader you have seen me work with these fantastic photo stamps made by The Stampsmith before, but for those of you who are new to photostamps The Stampsmith has an awesome FAQ page for them and you can find that here.  Anyhow, I stamped my Kitty Art stamp on glossy paper, using the Document Ink, and set it aside to dry.  I can never get a good picture of these stamps, but trust me, they truly look like photos in person.  While kitty was drying, I set about figuring the background, how I was going to present the sentiment and other design details.

So I decided to cut the picture and some embossed foil paper using the Stitched Oval Stax. I then stamped the sentiment with gold ink on glossy paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then used the Labels Fourteen to die cut the sentiment. Set those three things aside and sized my gold polka dot background paper, then attached that to the cream card base.  Played with the placement of the ovals and sentiment for a bit, then settled on the final design. Topped the card off with the cute little bow.

How I Made my Your Every Thought card:
White Card Base
Cat in Basket Rubber Stamp (made by Cat Dancing Designs, out of business)
Sentiment Stamp (Limited Edition, bought by Hampton Art, couldn't find stamp)
Tim Holtz Sizzix Labels, #660060
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Background Paper
2 Black Brads

I've had this stamp for SO long - I purchased it at a stamp convention in NY.  I love how the cat is slightly menacing peeking over the basket - one of my current kitties, Bud,  is a Box Cat.  He will literally try to fit in ANY box, no matter how small. And if the box is too small, he will scratch it to pieces trying to make it bigger! OK, I could go on about my cats for hours, so lets move on.

As usual, the first step is to stamp everything - in this case on white card using the Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. I had found the background paper in my bin that holds all my kitty stuff but there was no manufacturer information.  I liked the little hints of paws.  After I cut the paper, I attached it to the card base and then went through my scraps to find a piece of red that matched so I could mount my sentiment on it.  I sized my sentiment and adhered that to the red paper, put the brads in and set it aside.

I took the Tim Holtz Labels die cuts and used one to cut out the cat. I centered the image, attached that and attached the sentiment.  Easy peasy!

A lot of my friends are cat lovers and now I have 2 cute cards to send out when need be.  You have two whole weeks to get your stamping on with your cat stamps, so please consider joining! Thanks, Christi

I would also like to enter my cat cards into the following challenges:
Brown Sugar Challenges - #157, Animals
Sister Act - #117, Anything Goes
Card & Scrap - M #101, Anything Goes
Creative Ladybirds Creations - M #6, Anything Goes
Use Your Stuff - #200, Anything Goes (runs until 9/7/15)
Artistic Inspirations - #136, Anything Goes

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tim's 2015 Tags - July

I was waiting for the Americana set to get here and I was on pins and needles since I am going away July 21 to August 2, but thankfully the set came the other day & I got to work :)  I actually made a back-up tag just in case the set didn't come in time. Anyway, here is my take on Tim's July Tag:

And here is Tim's tag:

As usual, I am not going through the process here, since you can find that on Tim's blog, but am going to list the things I improvised on.

  • I used the American set THMB006, which is the mini blueprint set.
  • I used every marker listed except Hickory Smoke - I don't have it, so I used Pumice Stone in place of it.
  • For the loop pin, I used a Mini Paper Clip and Pin from Tim's Ideology line.
  • I didn't have the star charm, so I took one out of my stash and colored it with a Krylon Silver Leafing Pen.
  • I don't have a sewing machine (well I have 2, but am clueless on how to use them) so no sewing.
  • I used a background paper from Glitz Designs, Beautiful Dreamer Polka, #BD3579
  • No microglaze (on my wish list)
  • My #4 was made with File Tabs, also from the Ideology Collection
  • I cut the word Brave from a Redlead Paperworks stamp set called "She Knows all Things"

All colored and lined up
So here are some of my process photos, the three images all lined up before the sides were cut. And my ribbon, which came out purplish, so I guess I used too much blue and not enough red.  But it was fun anyway! 

I am really happy I bought this set, I can see many uses for the flag and the star, and I honestly can't wait to color the Statue of Liberty.  I thought you might want to see 
my backup tag that I made in case the stamp set didn't make it here on time. Not too bad, it would of worked, but I like the one I made to mimic Tim's much better. That's it for me today - I actually have to pack (something I am very bad at and I usually just throw a bunch of stuff in a suitcase and sort it out later) and do all the girly things we do to prepare.  I hope you enjoyed my take on Tim's Tag and if you did, please consider following my blog - I am trying to get 100 new followers in 2015.  Also, check back here for the first posts for the NEW Twofers Challenge, starting August 1,2015.  Enjoy your week ~ Christi
Another look :)
I would like to enter my Tag into the following challenges:
Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 - July
Not Just Cards - (July) Theme - July

Timbro Scrap - #11, Summer
Amuse Studio - Anything Goes (entire month of July)
Allsorts Challenge - #320, Add a Banner or Flag
Crafting with an Attitude - #5, Anything Goes (July)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Frosty Love at Anything But a Card, #49

It's getting hotter here in Colorado so I decided to get a little frosty.  A local stamp store just had a tremendous sale on Memory Box dies and I got a bunch for a really good price (thank you Cathy at Simple Pleasures!) so I decided to get to playing with my toys right away.

This project was really simple to make and this is how I did it:
What I Used to Make my Project:
Scrap Wood 7x7
Red Glitter Paper
Red "Suede" Paper
Memory Box Snowflake Heart Die, #99031
Silhouette Cameo
Cut File "Love with a Flourish", Silhouette Store, #55227
Silver Cardstock
Oblong Piece of Red Cardstock

I have had this piece of scrap wood for some time and when I saw Challenge #49 at Anything But a Card was Anything Goes I knew it was time to use it. The hardest part of making this was folding the glitter paper. I used a generic manufacturer and I don't know if that had anything to do with the troubles I had, trying to fold the paper around the wood and get it to stay glued was quite an ordeal.  Fortunately, armed with my bulldog clips and waxed paper I got the job done.

The next step was die cutting the heart - I even saved all the little snowflakes! I used suede paper (sometimes called velvet paper) to make the heart. I trimmed around the heart and them mounted it on an oblong piece of scrap red paper, then mounted that onto the glitter paper.

Then I used my Silhouette to cut out the Love word out of of heavy silver cardstock and placed that on the piece.  Once that was dry I was done :) I felt like I bit into a York Peppermint Pattie - hehehe! I hope you enjoyed my "Frosty Love" project and that your summer (or winter) is going well. Hugs. Christi   
Another look
I am going to enter my Frosty Love Project in the following challenges:
2 Creative Chicks - #28, Anything Goes (July)
Decorate to Celebrate - #104, Anything Goes
Crafting with an Attitude - #5, Anything Goes
Simply Papercraft - #9, Anything Goes
Cut it Up - #75 Use a Word or Phrase With a Die Cut

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