Monday, July 21, 2014

Craft-Room Challenges - Picture Inspiration, Challenge 81

Thanks to those who bravely entered the Tattoo Challenge – what fab entries! Be sure to check and see if you, or someone you know, won!
The Inspiration Pic - makes me think of mint juleps (not that I have ever had one)
It is just too stinkin’ hot to be creative!  I need a swimming pool, a vacation, a swamp cooler or air conditioning.  I didn’t even know what a swamp cooler was 3 years ago! Seriously, the heat out here in Colorado is different than on the East Coast, and the really “bad” heat goes away everyday when the sun goes down (thank goodness), so we do get a break from it.  Which is why I made this card at 5AM this morning.  I had many ideas of what I wanted to do with Debbie’s Picture Challenge at Craft-Room Challenges, but none of which I really had the energy to bring to fruition.  This card, however, was easy and you all know how I like easy!

The finished card
What I Used to Make This Card:

Paper flowers (No idea about the green ones, but the white ones are from Hero Arts)
2 square doilies, from the Stash
4 brads (homemade, 4 silver brads topped with Pretty Pearl embossing powder)
Tim Holtz Distress Marker in Mowed Lawn
SU! Set, Sincere Salutations
Marvy 2” Round Punch
Green cardstock
White base card, square, 5 ¼” x 5 ¼”

I had no square cards (that I could find) so I made one.  I gathered all the supplies I wanted to use. I “made” the brads and assembled the flowers. 
Messed about with some different color ink on the sentiment before I settled on using the Distress Marker to color the stamp and stamped it on scrap white cardstock, then punched out the circle.  The doilies are something I have had for years, and when I pulled them out, I didn’t realize I had puled out 2.  Pulled them apart, realized they were too sheer, and glued them back together.  Once the doilies dried, I glued them to the green cardstock. 
I had originally wanted the card to consist of white on white, but I thought that was just too stark and the green background ties the colors together nicely.  The sentiment circle was placed in the center and attached, once I decided which one I wanted to use. 

 I then attached the flowers to the doily/green card background, around the sentiment.  That was it!  I love the photo Debbie chose – and I actually felt a bit of a cool breeze when looking at it.  I hope you find a cool (or warm) breeze wherever you are! And don’t forget, you have 2 full weeks to get your green going and enter the challenge! Thanks for stopping by ~ Christi

PS: I don't normally do this, but read the story of little Danny Nickerson , who wants birthday cards for his birthday. I know his birthday is July 25, but I am sure he will be checking his PO every few days! Please pass this on to the other crafters you know - I would love for this little boy to have a great time.
Another view of the card

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - Challenge #12, B is for Buttons or Brads 
Charisma Cardz Challenge - #15, Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts - Summer Flowers

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Anything But a Card ~ Keys Shadow Box

ARGH! I hate it when my scheduled post doesn't post!! 

The challenge this month at Anything But A Card Challenge is one of my favorite themes, Anything Goes (#37).  I love Anything Goes challenges as they give me free reign to use some of the items I have hoarded over the years, like the shadow box I used in this project.  Well, honestly, most of what I used has been in my stash for years.  It was fairly simple to make and since I had everything on hand, it was free!
Sorry for the glare - glass!!
What I Used to Make This Project:
Shadow Box, mine was about 13” x 10” (the frame was darker, so I sanded it)
Background paper from KaiserCraft, Art of Life Collection, P1399, Always (2 pieces) 12" x 12"
8 Skeleton Keys
Washi Tape from Tim Holtz
Brown Velvet Leaves (I can’t recall where I got them, but if you search you can find plenty of options)
Small Bulb from Tim Holtz
Other Embellishments from stash & around the house
Crafters Pick The Ultimate Glue

I began with the background paper.  Since my shadow box is 13” long, I needed a bit of something to fill in where the 12” x 12” paper fell short. 
You can see the sides of the board - this was before I put the scalloped pieces on
The Keys
I happened to turn the paper over and found the scallop border design on the other side, so I just cut those out of the paper and used those to make up the difference.  Once I got the background settled, the placement of the keys was next. I wanted them to be the focus of the piece so in the middle they went.  I honestly am not on to measure and be precise, I always do it by eye when I make cards, but I actually measured the area around the keys so they could be placed as close to the middle as possible (as possible for me anyway).  Once I was happy with the keys, I glued them to the board and put it aside for overnight drying. 

I had already begun gathering some prospective embellishments before I began making the shadow box.  I am always thinking (obsessing?) about upcoming projects and I think a lot before I actually begin one. Of course I have those days where I just want to play, but if I have a theme, I often think for days prior to beginning the piece.  I tried doing the sketchbook thing, can’t do it, can’t draw what I want to and this frustrates me to NO end.  I will occasionally make notes if something strikes me that I fear I might forget.  And, since I started blogging as a part of teams, I do make a list of the items I use to make something so when it comes time to do this part I can be sure of what I used and if I can, I like to supply manufactures (I hate seeing something really cool and not having any idea what people used in making it).  Sorry for the detour into my creative process! I had gathered some stuff that had been hanging around; one item is particularly special for me is the pen nib.  When my Dad passed away, I found this pen nib in a drawer along with some other art materials and have squirreled it away – I think this was the perfect use for it!  Everything is real, except for the bulb and the keyhole – the keyhole was a brad and I just removed the “legs”.  The snippet of letter on the bottom right is from a real letter, the typewriter key (or is it an old adding machine key?) is real, the clock dial is real and the optic piece is from a real optometrist kit.  Flea markets & eBay are wonderful!

Playing with Placement
Playing with Placement
After I fiddled with the placement of the embellishments, and fiddled some more, I finally felt the piece was done and glued everything down.  After allowing it to dry overnight (and I am SO proud to say I didn’t get spare glue anywhere!) I placed the board in the back of the box.  Now, originally, there was a piece of cardboard as the backing, but I knew that would never work, so I asked if I could get a piece of wood cut to size.  My SO used an old cabinet that was left here when the previous owners moved out.  Love to recycle that kinda stuff! The wood fit the back so perfectly I didn’t even need to glue it to the box – I just folded the little holders and I was done!  The only thing missing is a hanging mechanism, which I will rectify on my next trip to the wonderful Dollar Tree.
The board, before I put it in the frame
I hope you enjoyed my creation, and my detour into my creative process! There is plenty of time to enter the Challenge at Anything But a Card and I do hope you will pop over to the blog and get some inspiration.  Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a marvelous week ~ Christi

PS: If you'd like to see a photo in more detail, please click it. This is true on all of my posts :)
Another view of the final product

I am entering my Keys Shadow Box in the following Challenges:
Crafting at the Weekend - Challenge 3, Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Just for Fun Challenge Blog - #1, Anything Goes
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - July Challenge (Around the House)
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
The Sailing Pineapple - #11,  Anything But a Card

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Craft Room Challenge Blog - Wedding or Anniversary Card

I had a completely different card all set up for today, but it seems my computer has lost the files! I love it when that happens – NOT.  Anyway, I whipped up this wedding card to make up for it. Better late than never! Please pop over to the Craft-Room Challenge, get inspired and enter your own card or project! I hope you enjoy it!

What I Used to Make this Card:
Birds Cut file of Wedding Cake & Stand (cut on my Silhouette CAMEO)

Square Card Base 5 ¼ x 5 ¼ in White

3 papers in different shades of white (classic white, light Kraft & antique (or vanilla) white)

Decorative piece of Chipboard (mine is Basic Grey)

Love by Definition – SU! Background Stamp

Love Stamp (unknown manufacturer)

Distress Ink in Antique Linen & Brushed Corduroy

The stamped background
I began by stamping the “Love by Definition” stamp on the center of the card using the Distress Ink in Antique Linen.  I didn’t want the background of the card to be white along with everything else, so I thought this gave it a little oomph.

Ribbon Flowers
Then I set about cutting out the cut file from Bird.  I searched her site for the actual cut file but had no luck in finding it. But, if your heart is set on using this cut file, I am sure she'd be able to find it for you!  I divided the cake and the stand; using the plain white cardstock I cut out the stand, then I used a light Kraft color for the cake base, and finally vanilla (antique white) for the top pieces of the cake.  I assembled the cake (although I suspect I may have done it wrong) and then cut some ribbon flowers off the ribbon. I adhered the ribbon flowers with glue and set the cake aside.

I stamped the word “love” on plain white cardstock with the Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  I chose a piece of chipboard that would both fit the word and on the card; inked all around the edge with the Brushed Corduroy Ink, trimmed the work and attached it to the chipboard.

Finally, I glued the cake to the card base and the chipboard as well.  It really only took me about a half an hour, and it came out looking like it took much longer, I think.  It’s amazing what you can do when you are pressed for time!  Thanks for stopping by! Christi

There is plenty of time for you to enter this challenge at the Craft-Room Challenge blog - you have 2 whole weeks!!

I am entering my Wedding Cake Card in the following Challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge - Anything Goes
Pile it On - #27, Add Some Flowers
Sister Act - #64, Anything Goes
Creative Moments - #46, Anything Goes, Twist = Celebration
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges - #185, Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Challenges - Anything Goes

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Celebrate Red, White and Blue

I don’t normally make 4th of July cards, but I had an idea brewing for a while now and I decided to try it out and see if it would work.  Plus I had this red, white & blue ribbon that I had bought when I was a dem for SU! (and that was at least 15 years ago) and I have never used it.  So, what do you get when you have an idea and old ribbon? This card! {Warning! Adorable cat picture at the end of this post!}
The orange is actually red
What I Used to Make this Card:
White Cardstock
Red, white & blue ribbon, 3/8” wide (like I said, I used SU! but they discontinued it)
Crafters’ Pick glue
Karen Foster Design Sparkle Brads
Acrylic Red and Blue Stars
Blue Cardstock Base
Silhouette Cameo Cut file of rockets
Hand Held Hole Puncher that has a very tiny hole (not the kind to make paper fit in a 3 ring binder)

First I had covered a spare piece of white cardstock with the ribbon.  I did this a while before I made the card but all I did was glue the ribbon to the cardstock.  Once it was dry, I trimmed it to the size I wanted and then “sealed” the edges with glue so the ribbon wouldn’t fray. That was my idea to test, as I have a hoard of ribbon that I never use - I need to start using it! And it came out better than I expected.  
Huge spool of ribbon                                                      Ribbon attached to paper
Close up of the brads
I literally have had the Karen Foster brads for at least 10 years and I had to find them since they didn’t fit where I had stored my other brads.  That wasn’t easy! But find them I did, so once the ribbon panel was completely dry I figured where on the card I wanted the 2 brads to be placed, punched a hole and attached them.  The next step was the rocket cut outs that I made with my Silhouette Cameo, using white cardstock.  It was a free file I got from somewhere – I haven’t got a clue as to where.  After fiddling with them, I glued them down.
Fiddling with placement

Next, I stamped the full stamp from the Simple Sayings set that said, “just celebrate” in the Jet Black ink.  I cut the “just” off and adhered the “celebrate” to the lower left hand corner of the card.  Lastly, I dug out some of my acrylic stars in red & blue, placed them where I thought they looked good, glued them on, then glued the ribbon panel, with all the attachments to a card base I made of blue cardstock.  It’s a simple card, but I think it is pretty, with all the sparkles and such.  I know the perfect little girl to send this to!

Also, I announced a couple months back I would be having a giveaway.  My Blogaversary has passed, but I haven’t been able to get it together enough to have my giveaway, yet.  I do have tons of goodies to giveaway, and I will be doing it eventually, but honestly it probably won’t happen until September.  I figure since this is my blog, I can have the giveaway any time I want, despite it being a Blogaversary celebration.  So stay tuned! Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed my card! Christi
Another View
 And, since I actually got a good picture of Mew (it is so hard to get a good picture of a black cat!!) I thought I'd share her & Junior being patriotic ~ 

I am thrilled to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crafty Girls Challenge - #21, Anything Goes
DL.Art Thankful Thursday - #135, Patriotic Challenge
Red Carpet Studio - #73, Born on the Fourth of July
Pumpkin Spice - #77, Red, White & Blue
My Sheri Crafts - A Star is Born (Use 2 or More Stars)
Cupcake Inspirations  - #267, Picture Inspiration 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mom's Birthday Card

I made this card for my Mom’s birthday – she turned 81 yesterday.  My Mom is sight impaired due to untreated glaucoma and I am always looking for ways she can use her other senses when I make her something. So, this card has a bunch of things she can feel as well as see.  Sadly, this also my last post with the Design Team for Globecraft & Piccolo.  I have had a marvelous time and I wish them continued success!  Thanks to my awesome teammates and to Stacey & Sandy for making the experience so incredibly fun!

What I Used to Make this Card:

DCWV Chalk Art Stack – card base 5 ¼ x 5 ¼
Silhouette Cameo letter cutouts
Ranger Embossing Powder in Rich Red
White Cardstock
Mom loves roses 

I confess I had covered the rose long before I made the card.  I knew the 3D gels would be beautiful on the chipboard and I made a few of them.  I tried to trace around the rose as carefully as I could (I can’t find my metal tip. I suspect one of the cats has taken it.  Actually, I am positive one of the cats took it) but I actually ended up covering the rose sort of like when you grout tile.  Because I didn’t need it to be absolutely perfect, I just filled in spots with more 3D gel after it dried.  Since the gel is amazing, you can’t even tell and I was open to some more texture anyway.  So, cover your rose and let it dry overnight if you can.

One of the roses

Then I discovered how brilliantly the rose fit into the French Oval Frame.  Now, the cardstock is also very bright, not neon bright, but bright. 
Close up of the French
I had no Embossing Enamel that matched, so I took some red embossing powder and covered the frame with that first.  Then I pounced my Embossing Fluid around the frame and covered that with Cranberry Ice Embossing Enamel – I love the way it came out!

I cut my card base out of the DCWV Chalk Art Stack – that paper is thick!! I made a square card since I had so much to put on it and I wanted Mom to be able to touch the cardstock; it has a texture to it so it can be used like a chalkboard (you can even wipe the chalk off). So cool! 
It's STUNNING in real life!!
To keep the theme going, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out Happy Birthday (I also discovered a neat trick – when your letters are still on the cutting mat, before you remove them, use a bit of washi tape that is long enough to grab all the letters, then gently use your tool to remove them.  Now, when you go to place them, they are all straight!)

Next I just traced the inner circle of the French Frame and cut it outside the trace line so there would be a little bit of paper to use to attach the it to the frame. Positioned my rose in the center of the white cardstock, and then glued the whole shebang to the front of the card.  Lastly, I put the Happy Birthday on the inside of the card since I didn’t have enough room on the outside. 

So there you have it!! Mom and I met yesterday to celebrate our birthdays over lunch & she LOVED the card (of course)! Sorry no other view of the card! I hope you have enjoyed my birthday card – I still have one more birthday to celebrate, so keep your eyes peeled! Thank you & have a lovely day! Christi

I would like to enter my Birthday Card in the following challenges:
Use Your Stuff -#141, Texture
Rhedd & Rosies - #35, Anything Goes
Simon Stamps Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes!
613 Avenue Create - #77, Anything Goes w/ Option of Pink
Creative Fingers - #41, Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #237, Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - (June) Anything Goes w/ optional Birthday Twist
Craft Your Passion - Bold & Beautiful 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Craft Room Challenge Blog ~ Tattoo and Hand Drawn Challenge!!

I was so thrilled when Zoe asked me if had wanted to be a part of the Craft-Room Challenge Blog Design Team - I had tried out during their last DT Call but narrowly missed being chosen.  Seems that a DT member had to step down, so I stepped up!  Zoe knows I have tattoos and a wild streak, so she felt this challenge was an excellent opportunity for me to start.  A very short bio about me is that I currently live in Colorado, transplanted from the East Coast, with my five cats and partner.  I have been crafting since an early age, but discovered paper crafts in the early 90's.  I love making just about everything and I go where my muse leads me.  I do hope you enjoy my very first project for Craft-RoomChallenge ~

The actual challenge is Tattoos and Hand Drawn.  Tattoos? No problem.  Hand drawn? HUGE shudder.  Anyway, I had gotten this stamp set from Unity Stamp Co.  a few months back because it truly spoke to me and I think the image and sentiments are just SO perfect for so many things.  One of my best Facebook friends, Tara, has her birthday the same day as I do - not only do we share a birthday, but we also share a lot of the same interests, views, friends and attitude.  This was THE perfect chance to break my new set in!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Unity Stamp Co. "Shera" set, UK-682A
White Cardstock
White Square Card Base (5 1/4 x 5 1/4)
Red Cardstock
White Pen
Silhouette Cut Out - Heart
Distress Markers in Black Soot, Festive Berries, Faded Jeans, Barn Door and Squeezed Lemonade
Detail Black Embossing Enamel by Globecraft & Piccolo
Embossing Fluid
Recollections Stamp Set - Mark my Heart
SU! Set, Favorite Greetings, Happy Birthday Stamp
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Silver Gel Pen
I had already made the flames background - I used:
TCW Flames Stencil (6 x 6)
Fireworks Spray Ink in Tangelo, Lady Bug & Dandelion

For this card, my flames background was already made, if you wish to use the same or similar, make your background first.  Secondly, I stamped my main image in Embossing Fluid and embossed her using Detail Black Embossing Enamel - I am still learning to color using alcohol markers (ok, ok, truth is, I have Copics and Tria Markers, but I haven't really started to learn to color with them) so I opted for regular old Distress Markers to color her in.

Close Up of the Tattoo

I had some over-stamp on my image, but since I knew I was going to fussy cut her, it didn't matter to me.  I colored her and fussy cut her out.  Since this fortnightly challenge is Tattoos, I highlighted her tattoo by coloring the skull on her arm with a silver gel pen.  I cut a heart out using my Silhouette and had wrote her name on it with the White Pen for my "hand drawn" portion of the challenge (yes, I know - I feel like I cheated a wee bit, but one of the reasons I started stamping is because I cannot draw a crooked line). The Happy Birthday sentiment is from an old SU! Set, and the lines can also be colored in, so I did that with the color Festive Berries Marker as well, after I stamped it on some white card using the Jet Black ink.

The interior portion of the card is something I don't normally share, but since I used a tattoo looking stamp from a Recollections set called "Mark My Heart" and the cute saying from the Unity set, I thought I'd share it. I also put the tattoo stamp on her envelope. 

And here is another look at My Happy Birthday Tara card ~

Tara's Birthday Card
Thank you for stopping by! Tara has already received her card and she loved it! There is still tons of time to enter the Craft-Room Challenge "Tattoo & Hand Drawn" ~ Blessings, Christi

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Unity Stamp Company Challenge - Inspiration Challenge
Crafting Musketeers Challenge Blog - #14, Stamped Image
Creative Fingers Crafting Challenge - #40, Anything Goes
Sister Act - #62, Anything Goes
A Creative Romance - #26, Anything Goes w/ Option of Happy Birthday
Stampin' for the Weekend - Anything Goes (last challenge)