Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine with Quietfire Designs

First, let me say that if you have never been to Quietfire Designs, click on the link once, choose "open in another tab" from the dropdown menu you will get another tab and open the store up so you can go there as soon as you are done reading.  Suzanne is the owner & operator and I have been in love with her stamps (and now her cut files at the Silhouette Store!) sine I started to rubber stamp.  Even if you aren't a huge calligraphy fan she has the best quotes and sets to choose from, I dare you to not find something you fall in love with. I just got an order I placed and this stamp screamed to me the moment I opened the package.

 What I Used to Make my Card
White Cardstock Base
Twinkling H20's in Fairy Plum, Pink Crocus & Purple Sage
Watercolor paper
Archival Ink by Ranger in Jet Black
Pink Cardstock
Quietfire Designs, #6304, The Heart has it's Reasons stamp
Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist
Vellum (embossed with Darice Embossing Folder Damask)

The Sparkle!!
This is a fairly straight forward card.  I had already embossed the vellum as I was going to use it on a Christmas card (in fact, it has little snowflakes on it, but you can't see them due to the embossing) but never did - a heads up, if you have older vellum, I have vellum that I have had for 15 plus years, embossing folders can cause the vellum to crack in spots, so be gentle.  And don't use any more shims in the die cut machine than you need - I have a metal plate that helps dies cut better when I used it with an embossing folder and some vellum  it embossed so hard the vellum literally broke. I used a Darice embossing folder, called Damask when I embossed the vellum.  Anyway, what you want to do first is get out your Twinkling H20's, drip a bit of water in them and let them sit so they get nice and creamy.  I use an old dropper to put water in mine in mine.  Once they were ready, take your watercolor paper and your lightest color and just swish the H20 all around
Close up of the sentiment
your paper.  Let that dry a bit and then swish your middle color, let that dry a bit and finish with your darkest color.  The screen does not due justice when it comes to the beauty of H20's.  I set that aside to fully dry and when it was I spritzed the iridescent  gold mist lightly to give it an extra boost of sparkle.  Then I stamped my sentiment with the Jet Black ink and cut it to size.  I found a

piece of pink cardstock that matched the H20 colors, trimmed that down and glued it to the card base.  Then I attached the vellum, followed by the sentiment.  The hardest part was finding the right shade of pink to match the colors I made with the Twinkling H20's. I love the sentiment because it can be used on so many different cards!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my short tutorial - I hope this inspires you to make something, be it a card, or anything else ~ Christi
A last look - tell me I am not the only one who takes a TON of pictures of each project!!
I would like to enter my Valentine with Quitefire Designs card in the following challenge:
The Pink Elephant Challenge - #283, Anything Goes
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Valentine Challenge
Time Out Challenge - #23, Valentine's Day with option twist of Hearts
Red Rubber Designs - #204, Focus on Stamping, Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - January Challenge, Anything Goes (embossing folder)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Sparkling Snowflake Square Card

Hi everyone - this time of year can get very dreary for me. I truly think I am part bear and I should hibernate, the sun is not peeking out enough and the cold, well, the cold is downright mean to my body! However, I still get excited when I see snowflakes falling from the sky {it's snowing as I write this!} - they are so beautiful!  I decided to make this card to celebrate the sparkling snowflakes of the season and besides, who doesn't love playing with Stickles?
The colors match much nicer in person - not sure if it my monitor that shows them not quite matching.

What I Used to Make My Card:
Square Light Blue Card Base
White Cardstock
Silhouette Cameo
Cut File (freebie)
Stickles in Arctic Ice,  Diamond & Disco
Liquid Pearls in Platinum
Corner Punch from All Night Media 
Snowflakes cut from Cameo in shades of Blue and White
White Cardstock for Panel

The hardest part of this card is deciding which snowflake cut file to use.  I have literally hundreds that I have amassed from the internet - there are so many freebie files out there!! I wish I could tell you where I got this particular one, but I can't recall exactly.  However, if you like the file drop me a line and I will gladly share it with you.  

All I had in mind before I started this card was that I wanted the card to be simple, yet have awesome sparkle, and I think I accomplished that!  I like that it can be used as a holiday card or a "just because" winter card.  The inside is blank. 
First, choose the colors of blue you would like to use, then cut your files.  I sized the largest snowflake to fit on a standard square card (sized them all at the same time so they'd all be the right size).  Once all my snowflakes were cut, I went to Stickles town!  I just put the glitter glue where ever I wanted to.  I cut the largest and the third snowflake out of blue cardstock & the smallest and second out of white paper and that sort of dictated where to put what Stickles.  One the largest blue snowflake I tipped off the tear drop shapes with Arctic Blue,
Snowflake alone

and used Disco on the inner rim (this makes much more sense when you look at the pictures), I decorated the same spots on the other blue flake, except I used Arctic Blue on the whole thing.  The largest white flake had the tear drop shape outlined in Diamond, and the center flake had the tear drop shapes and the inner circle outlined in Diamond.  The very center of the flake was dotted with the Liquid Pearls in Platinum.  Dry them all overnight and then assemble the snowflake.  I wanted a mat under the flake, so I cut out a square out of white cardstock, clipped the corners and attached the snowflake to the white mat, which I then adhered to the square card.

I could definitely see me making more of these for holiday cards next year in an assembly line fashion. It's an easy & elegant card!  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and please consider subscribing as I am on a mission to hit 100 subscribers. Thanks!!! Christi 
Another view of the finished card

I would like to enter my Sparkling Snowflake Card in the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon - #273, No Text, No Sentiment
Frilly & Funkie - Winter Wishes Challenge 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Winter Stamping
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - #25, W is for Wow, it's Cold Outside
Moving Along With the Times - Dies and/or Punches
Deep Ocean Challenge - Winter Dreams

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tim's 12 Tags of 2015 - January Tag

I have decided I am going to participate in the Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015 and make a tag every month for this year. I will be doing a fair amount of substituting, mostly due to the fact while I have a lot of Tim Holtz products, I am far from having everything, and frankly, I can't keep up!  CHA just ended and I already have a wish list a mile long - he is just so darn creative and I want everything! Anyway, here is my January 2015 tag:

This is What I Used on my Tag:
8" x 4" Manila Tag 
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Gold Tissue Paper
Ticket Alphabet by MaVinci's Reliquary numbers 1-8 (the shop is closed, but you can still get awesome alphabet sets from MaVinci on her eBay page - and ask her if she has any of this set left if you want it!)
Stamps from the following Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous sets: (stamped on the gold tissue - I don't have any of Tim's Tissue Paper)
Train Ticket & Clock Face from The Journey, Paris Postale from French Market, Type Block from Lost & Found, Ticket Strip from Life's Possibilities
Distress Paint in Chipped Sapphire, Broken China & Stormy Sky
Chipboard #5 from 7 Gypsies "Gypsy Mart" 
Gold Glitter from the Art Institute
Tim Holtz Alpha Parts/Numeric
Adirondack Dauber Paint in Metallic Gold
Distress Marker in Soot
Dylusions Ink Spray in White Linen
Various Stashed Trinkets
Krylon Leafing Pen in Silver
Ranger Glue 'n Seal
Gold Sheer Ribbon 

Stamping on the tissue
 You can go to Tim's blog and read about how he made his tag and what products he used - just click HERE.  The very first thing I did was get out the gold tissue and chose the stamps that I felt matched the tissue on the tag.  I stamped my heart out and it was SO much fun - back to the basics; stamps, ink and paper.  While the stamping dried I moved on to figure out the 5 (ok, I had the Alpha Parts/Numeric on order but I didn't w- it's a fairly focal part of the tag so I found a large chipboard 5 in my stash and covered it with gold glitter from my stash.  Some of you recall that me and glitter don't really get along, but this time things went fine.  So the glittered five went to dry - out of reach of the cats.  I adhered the stamped gold tissue on the tag and set that aside to dry also, overnight and under a book because my tag was curling. 
Wet Paint
Dry Paint

Then it was time to play with 
the Distress Paints. I pounced my paints on the craft sheet, spritzed them with water and dragged my tag through the paint.  I dabbed some areas with my finger so I could get the look I wanted.  Then I used my heat gun to dry and set the paint.

Once the painting was done I cut out my twenty and one from the Alpha Parts/Numeric and since I don't have the Distress gold paint, I used the Adirondack Gold paint - it wasn't as easy to paint the twenty and the one as it looked on Tim's blog, but I did the best I could with what I had. I daubed the paint on and wiped some of it offand then heat what was left with my heat gun (I have a Weller Heat Gun which is sold to be used in industrial situations, so I had to be EXTRA careful that the plastic didn't melt).  

Chit Chat Time!
Then I placed my focal pieces on the tag to get the idea where my Chit Chat stickers should go - I used both the regular stickers and the Holiday version, mostly so I didn't use up all my precious Chit Chat stickers.   Here is where I got a tad carried away and forgot to take pictures of the process.  Honestly, I did just what Tim did, put all my stickers in place, coated the tag with Glue 'n Seal, waited for it to dry (it dries fast since you only need a thin coat) and then outlined all my stickers with the Distress Marker in Soot.  I smudged away (have the black fingers to prove it) and messed around a bit to get the proper amount of smudge and non-smudge. Then, since I didn't have the splatter brush, I used Dylusions Spray Ink in White Linen and gave the tag a few light spritzes.  I began looking for embellishments to use on the tag and I was really wanting toput an arrow on the tag like Tim, but I had no arrow.  But I did have an old game spinner and a Krylon Silver leaf pen, so I inked the spinner up and cut the back piece off (yes, I saved it) and viola! I now had an arrow!
Not bad if I do say so myself.  Then I pulled a few other trinkets I had in my stash that I felt would at least try to get the look of the original tag. I glued everything down onto the tag and let it sit overnight again (mostly because the metal star I used is open on the other side and I wanted to give the glue enough time to drip down from the star to the tag).  I skipped splattering the tag with the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen because I can't find my brand new Distress Spritzer - I am thinking someone borrowed it to use on a model they are building, but I'm not naming names.  I cut a legnth of gold sheer ribbon that I have had since my demonstrator days and tied it onto the hole of the tag.  My ribbon refused to hang as nicely as Tim's so I fixed it by tying it into a bow.  There you have it - my first tag of 2015! 
Another look at the finished tag

I truly enjoyed myself (and I will probably say that each month) and I urge you to break out those tags and play along with Tim!

I am entering my January Tag into the following challenges:
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 - January Tag Challenge
Papertake Weekly - It's All New (some of the embellishments are new) 
Fashionable Stamping Challenges -#89, Something New (some of the embellishments are new)
Order of the Opus Gleui - #200, Anything But a Card

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Beginnings at Anything But a Card

The finished product.

The blank journal I used.
So it's another New Year and I have decided to keep my resolutions easy - at least I think they are easy now, we will see how well I do (but nothing hard like exercise or no chocolate!!).  Since the current theme at Anything But a Card, challenge #43, is New Beginnings I decided to fulfill one of my resolutions, and something I hope will help me creatively, which is to have an art journal and actually journal in it. My plan is to write, and make art, in the journal at least 2 times a month. I'm afraid if I make my goal too ambitious I'll rebel (I can be my own worst enemy) and I don't want this to become a chore.  I have a few many  blank books hanging around, but I decided to use the Strathmore Mixed Media Journal. The size I chose is the 9' x 12" so I would have lots of room to get messy.

LOVE these inks!!
I wanted to jazz up the cover and I knew I wanted to stamp on it - so I dragged out ALL my Adirondack Inks from Ranger (the first inks I fell in love with ages ago) and all my word stamps. I have been collecting word stamps for years and what a perfect way to cover a journal? Also, I had to use my art stamps, another collection, since I wouldn't only be writing in my journal, I'd be making art as well. Since the cover was a glossy brown I thought I'd cover it with gesso and then stamp away.  Nope.  Well, I suppose I could have, but I didn't like the look of the ink on the gesso - it sorta just sucked the ink in and the vibrancy was gone.  So, plan two - I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit over the cover and stamped on that.  I also stippled some color around in some of the emptier spots.
Even the stippling smudged

When I finally got the cover done (and it took me a few nights as I would work on it and then leave it. I like the perspective I get on my work after I leave it for a while) I wanted to protect the cover it so it wouldn't be susceptible to my mess and tea spills.  I first tried Glue 'n Seal from Ranger but it smeared the Adirondack ink horribly (thank goodness I learned my lesson long ago to test things out before you go full tilt).  So after that dried, I broke out good old Modge Podge, in matte.  That, too smeared some colors of the ink, but I actually think it looks cool and since I can still read the words, the smearing is fine. Adds character. Funny that only certain colors of the Adirondack inks bled.
Smudged but in a cool way.
The part of this entire process that took the longest for me was deciding on what letters I wanted to use for the "My Journal" title.  I have tons of alphabet stickers and an entire drawer full of alphabet stamps sets - I went back and forth for days, but finally settled on the very first alphabet I ever bought and a continued favorite by Stampers Anonymous.  I went to their website, but it looks like it has been discontinued.  In case you want to see if you can find one, this is what it looks like:
It didn't come in this case, and it has no real name, but I use this set more than any other. I had so much fun stamping like the "old" says - I forgot how much fun just getting down to basics can be. Scroll down for one more look at the finished journal if you'd like.

So now I am all ready to start my New Beginnings with my "new" journal - how about you? You still have loads of time to enter at Anything But a Card.  Come and show us what New Beginnings means to you. 

Thanks for stopping by ~ Christi.

PS: If you comment on a post and would like me to take a look at your blog, please note your blog address in the comment. When I click on your picture it only brings me to your Google plus page, not your blog. 
I would like to enter my brand new Journal into the following challenges:

Artist Trading Post - New Beginnings
djkardkreations - NBUS challenge #3 - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - #262, New Beginnings
Country View Challenges - Use Something New to You
Mixed Media Monthly Challenge - #8 New to You

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

I like to send cards for no specific reason.  To me, it means more to get a card when there is no holiday or birthday. It means someone was thinking of you for no other reason except for being you. I made this card during the holiday season but I decided to not send it until after the rush.  In fact, I just decided who the recipient would be and will be mailing it tomorrow.

The final card.

What I Used to Make My Card:
White Square Card Base
Silhouette Cameo
Layered Snowflake Cut File (a freebie)
White Cardstock
Blue Cardstock
Various Ranger Stickles; Star Dust, Crystal, Diamond & Arctic Ice
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Cornflower Blue
Warm Winter Wishes stamp by Quietfire
Gems (from my stash)
Small piece of silver fiber
Distress Marker in Stormy Sky

Hanging Snowflake
I began by finding a snowflake that was layered so I could cut the layers out of different color cardstock; I chose blue and white and I cut a full set of each color.  I decided which pieces I wanted to use in my snowflake and set the others aside.  I hadn't decided what I wanted to do with my snowflake when I had cut it out but I knew I wanted to make it sparkle.  I broke out my Stickles and decorated the snowflake, careful to let it fully dry in between colors (because I know that wet Stickles means smeared Stickles).  Then I went into my stash of gems and chose a few that I felt complimented the blue cardstock I used.  I let the snowflake dry thoroughly and attached a piece
Just the Snowflake
of silver fiber on the back so it can be hung up, and really kept out all season long, if the recipient wants to.

I put the snowflake on the card, once all the Stickles were dry, and stamped "Warm Winter Wishes", using Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Cornflower Blue, on a small piece of white card.  I love this stamp - actually, I love everything that Quietfire Design manufactures - everything is so beautiful and elegant.  The white card blended in with the card base so well I used a Distress Marker to edge the stamped sentiment. 
See how the sentiment blended in?
I think made the sentiment pop a bit more. I am lucky that the Stormy Sky matched the Cornflower Blue ink so well!   

It's a simple card, but I think the sparkly  snowflake makes this card pop.  I hope you enjoyed my short tutorial and please leave me a comment (I'd love to visit your blog and do the same for you, so  please leave your blog address in the comment section!).  And, as much as I love the holidays, I'm happy to get back to my routine ~ Blessings! Christi
Another view of the finished card
I am entering my Warm Winter Wishes card in the following challenges:
Card & Scraps - #88, Use a Stamp (I used warm winter wishes)
Die Cut Diva's (M) - Anything Goes 
Lady Bug Crafts (1/8/15) - Blog Candy
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (entry #2)
Stampotique Designs - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge - #282, Cold & Frosty Colors
Fairytale Challenge - #108, Snow
One Crazy Stamper - January Challenge, Blue & White and an Embellishment

Monday, December 29, 2014

Better Late Than Never ~ Season's Greetings ~ The Quickie Card

I made this card for my sister who lives in Florida.  I made it and mailed it yesterday - a bit late, but, we're flexible like that.  Needless to say I didn't get a single picture of the construction of the card, but I think it is fairly straight forward.  If you have any questions just leave me a comment or use the "contact me " form on the right had side of this blog.

Something I do often when I am using my Big Shot and dies is I cut out more than what I need.  In this case, I had just gotten the Sizzix Alterations Tim Holtz Holiday Words: Script set and I cut out a bunch of holiday sayings. I use temporary tape to tape the words that go together and to try to keep the little dots for the i where I can find it - I also use temporary tape to tape any extra die cuts to a piece of copy paper, or thin cardboard, so they are all together and they don't get smooshed (I do the same thing with my Dresden foils). 

What I Used to Make my Card:
Sizzix Alterations Tim Holtz Holiday Words: Script (660058)
Piece of Light Gold Cardstock (used for the die cut)
White Card Base
Decorative Red & Gold Paper (gotten in a Kit years ago)
Christmas Tree Cut Out (I have no idea where I got this)
Jolee's Boutique Christmas Lights Stickers (leftovers from years ago)
Gold Sequin Star
2 Small Green Sequin Stars

I had already decided to use the red & gold decorative paper and the "Seasons Greetings" die cut - they had been floating around my desk for weeks now.   I was digging through my stash when I came across what I thought was a scrap piece of green paper when in fact it was a cut out of a tree.  So I popped that out of it's frame and I felt it fit the size of the card and the sentiment perfectly.  I knew I had saved what was left of the Jolee's Boutique stickers so I found them and was pleasantly surprised how well they complimented the tree (rarely does a card "fall" together like this for me). The only small dilemma was the cardstock Jolee's Boutique used on the green stars was the exact shade of the tree and they blended in so well you couldn't tell they were there.  I solved that by attaching little green sequin stars - so now the green stars pop right out. I glued all the embellishments onto the tree before I attached it to the card then glued everything together.  That was it.  I'm impressed by how cohesive the card looks since it was so spur of the moment!
Another view of the card perched on my brand new easel stand that was made out of balsa wood! Sorry you can't really see the star on the tree top that well - it's gold - you are just going to have to trust me!
I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! I may be back with another card, who knows! Thanks for stopping by ~ Christi

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Stamps & Fun = Creativity - Christmas (until 1/5/15) 
Use Your Stuff - #166, Anything Goes (entry #3)(until 1/5/15)
Card Mania - #63, Anything Goes (until 1/8/15) 
Splendiferous Creations - Holiday Cards
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - #294, Christmas/New Year

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gltzy Gold Merry Christmas Card

My name is Christi and I am a paper hoarder.  I love beautiful papers.  I have some papers that are so lovely, I can't cut them - but, I have made a pledge to start to use some of my more beautiful papers, so this card was born.  The paper I used is Italian, I think it is supposed to be used used as gift wrap.  I can't recall where I purchased it from (it's at least 12 years old) but the detail is amazing! I tried to capture the richness of the paper the best I could.  I hope you get inspired to dig out some of your favorite papers & play a bit!  

What I Used to Make my Card:
Italian Paper
Vanilla Base Card
Ornamental Script Stamp from Penny Black, 3995F
Piece of Vellum
Piece of Mirror Gold Paper
Embossing Fluid
Vintage Gold Embossing Enamel from Globecraft & Piccolo
Krylon Gold Leafing Pen
2 Gold Brads
Sparkle Gold Tape from the Dollar Tree

You really need to click this!

While there are a lot of ingredients, this card was easy to make. First thing I did was match the gold in the Italian paper since that was my focal point.  I had also found this scrap of mirror gold cardstock (it was ALL the rage years ago) so I tossed that into the mix. The mirror gold caught the gold in the paper.    I took the vanilla base and outlined it with the Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and set it aside.  I then took the piece of vellum and stamped the Ornamental Script stamp on it in embossing fluid and embossed the saying in Vintage Gold Embossing Enamel. 
The embossed sentiment, attached to mirror gold card
I trimmed the sentiment to sit on the mirror gold cardstock and I used 2 gold brads to hold it in place.  Nice, but it needed a bit more pizazz.  So I used a piece of the Sparkle Gold tape at the very top.  Easy!!

Another view - complete with cat hair!
I have a few more cards to share with you so I'll be back soon.  I also want to wish you and yours a FANTASTIC Holiday Season! Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to pop by and read my blog - without all of your comments & encouragement this blog wouldn't exist! Blessings ~ Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge - Winter Inspiration 
Crafty Card Maker - #129, Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - #352, Add Some Sparkle
Red Rubber Inspirational - #151, Christmas Cheer
Creative Inspirations - #294, Christmas/New Year
Penny Black & More - December Challenge, Special Occasions