Monday, September 15, 2014

Forest Friends Holiday Card

The newest challenge, #85, at Craft Room Challenge was chosen by Amber and her theme is Forest Friends.  I looked through my stamp stash and surprisingly I don’t own a single stamp with a forest animal on it so I resorted to using my Silhouette Cameo machine.  I have to confess I was inspired by the beautiful canvas that Zoe made - one of the many perks to being on the Design Team, we sometimes get sneak peeks!  

What I Used to Make my Card:
Silhouette Cameo
Reindeer Cut File
Tree Cut Files
Branch Cut File
Kraft Cardstock
Light Brown Cardstock (mine had some texture)
Dark Brown Cardstock
Glitter White Cardstock
Ranger Liquid Pearls in Platinum
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz "Simple Sayings" set, CMS155
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Scrap of White Cardstock
Distress Marker in Gathered Twig
Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy 
Craft Sheet
Detail Paint Brush

First I cut out my reindeer.  Knowing he was going to be the focus I felt he should be cut out first. I chose a light brown cardstock that was already embossed with lines to give a bit of texture to him.  After he was cut, I scribbled
some Gathered Twigs Distress Marker on my craft sheet, spritzed a bit of water and painted the antlers and hooves, very lightly, just to help the reindeer stand out a bit more.

Next step was the trees.  This step took me the longest because I had to find the perfect fur trees.  So I searched through all my cut files (I have hundreds) and found a few good trees and a branch that I thought would look good.  I chose a few different shades of brown cardstock and the glitter white cardstock that I took from the DCWV "The Halloween" Stack (I cannot get enough glitter paper - it amazes me that the glitter is embedded into the paper, but, it doesn't take much to amaze me) and cut my trees and the branch.  I put a few spot of Liquid Pearls on the branch to simulate snow; I used a toothpick to move it around after I put a
small dot on the branch.

I chose my Kraft card base, placed the trees in the background, cutting a few in half and I trimmed the branch to fit better.  I stamped the "happy holidays" sentiment on the scrap of white cardstock, using Brushed Corduroy ink, trimmed it down and edged it with the Brushed Corduroy as well to pop it out a bit.  That's my first holiday card of the season and now the ideas are coming fast and furious!

I hope you enjoyed my Forest Friends Holiday Card! Please consider joining us at Craft Room Challenge and enter in your own Forest Friends creation - just PLEASE read the new rules! Thanks ~ Christi

Another look - this one shows the sparkle :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Stars and the Night Sky Tag

I was bumbling around the Internet the other day reading some blogs and getting inspired when I decided to drop in on the Tim Holtz blog.  I love reading what he and his design team do with his products and you'd be hard pressed to find anything I make that doesn't have something from of one of his product lines in it.  So, I decided to take a chance and see what I could make for his "12 Tags of 2014" for September.

I love playing with alcohol inks.  When I play with these inks I always have a bunch of glossy paper available to grab so I can use every drop and make backgrounds and such for other projects.  That was what really got my interest about this months Tag challenge - Tim used different colors of alcohol inks on his tag.  I have a bunch of alcohol ink papers that I had already made, so this challenge was for me!  I didn't have all the products that Tim used in his tag, but I had fun finding things to substitute.

This is What I Used on my Tag:
8" x 4" Manila Tag 
Glossy Cardstock
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Stream
Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
Tim Holtz Stencil "Shatter"
Stampers Anonymous "Sun Collage" stamp, #U5-709
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Blue, Silver, Purple Alcohol Ink Paper
Star Punches, small & medium
Craft Sheet 
Small Piece of Silver Paper
Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs both Life Quotes & Words
Distress Ink in Black Soot
Heat Gun 
Crafters Pick The Ultimate Glue
Dream & Vision stamps were hand mounted and I didn't label them (sorry!)

On Tim's blog, he speaks about a technique using alcohol ink and blending solution to make a "ghosting" effect (click the link to see the how to) - I tried it using Stream alcohol ink (he said to use a light color and that was the lightest I
had) and his "Shatter" stencil but it didn't work at all for me.  And yes, I tried it more than once (after all, Tim told me to).  I think my failure is due to the stencil pattern not being small enough and I don't have any small stencils, so I moved on - I will be trying this again once I get a stencil better suited for this type of technique. The new Compendium of Curiosities (book 3) also has a great tutorial on how to do something similar - I have all 3 of Tim's books and I refer to them often for inspiration.

I had already trimmed my glossy cardstock to fit on the tag, so once my piece of alcohol ink cardstock was done I stamped the Sun Collage on the side of the paper using the Jet Black ink.  I set that aside.  I don't have any black tags but I wanted to try to stick as close to Tim's tag as I could, so I colored my Manila tag with Black Soot ink.  I just pounced the pad all over the tag and used my fingers, dipped in water, to move the ink
My Black Tag
around so the tag was covered, placing special emphasis on the edges since they would show.  I used very little water but I set the ink with my heat gun.  Setting the black(ish) tag aside I went back to the alcohol ink paper.

Close Up of the Remnant Rubs

For the portion of the tag where the rub-ons were used, I used rub-ons from two sets of Remnant Rubs, both "Life Quotes" and "Words" (see I really am trying to get over my rub-on fear that I talked about here). I basically cut out the items I thought fit the tags theme - I could of used more, but I cherish my Tim Holtz products.  After the rub-ons were rubbed on I glued the decorated paper to the tag.
The papers I used and some stars already punched

Layering the Stars
I then set about punching out the stars.  I had already made the alcohol ink papers that I used in the project so I just had to dig them out of my stash.  I used papers with various colors of ink, sticking to blues, purples and silver.  My small punch is so old the index star is wearing off and it sticks every time I use it (no matter how many times I punch waxed paper) so I'd punch a few, then take a break.  I ended up with too many stars but I saved them - I am sure they'll turn up in a Halloween project.  I then began to layer the stars with no real pattern and as I was placing them I really felt that I needed a bit more of a wow factor. So I got out some small scrap of silver paper, punched out some moresmall stars and put them on the tag as well.  I finished up with two hand mounted stamps that read "dream" and "vision", also stamped with the Jet black ink.
Close up of the Stars

There you have it!  I really had fun figuring out how to get a similar effect as Tim's tag without having the same supplies.  I rarely work with tags but I think I may just keep trying this challenge.  Thank you for stopping by & enjoy ~ Christi

Another Look

I am entering my tag in the following challenges:
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 - September
Unruly Paper Arts - September Challenge, The Dark of Night
Divas by Design - Tags!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Celebrate with the Cats!

My local stamp store has a mascot - a kitty named Sacha - and they are celebrating her 2nd birthday.  I had already been formulating a card using these stamps in my mind, so when I read about the celebration in their email newsletter I was happy to see that they requested birthday cards be mailed to Sacha. I really need to get to the store to see the birthday girl as I doubt she'll be at the convention coming to Denver (I am hoping be there Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 - if you are going as well let's meet up! Drop me an email)  I quickly put this together and dropped it in the mail.
How can you not want to celebrate with these felines!?!
What I Used to Make this Card:
Cherry Pie Stamps, Group of Cats, R8509
Lost Coast Stamps - Party Cat (this is a hand mounted stamp and I had written Lost Coast Designs on it, but I couldn't find it in their catalog)
A2 White Card Base
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Scraps of festive paper
Celebrate rub-on - 7 Gypsies ALa Card Birthday Rub-Ons (discontinued)
Stickles in Diamond
Pop Dots

A fairly simple card - the hardest part for me was cutting the little party hats small enough! I stamped the group of kitties on the card base first, then stamped the party cat on separate paper, fussy cut her out and added Stickles, in Diamond, to the hat, with my finger.  There is no coloring under the Stickles, but it looks like there is - very cool! I cut out a bunch of little party hats out of scrap, trying to pick the sparkliest, most festive scraps I could (not easy when they are SO tiny!) and glued them on to the cats that were facing forward - a little detail that I bet you didn't notice (keeping you on your toes!).
The Party Hat Makes the Cat
I added the Celebrate Rub-On (I have to tell you, I used to be terrified of rub-ons - not in the scary horror movie way, but scary in the "I know I am going to mess this up and can't fix it" way, so I have TONS of them! I belonged to a kit club and I got rub-ons every month.  So, I am working on my fear of rub-ons!) and then pop-dotted my party cat on the card, after the Stickles dried, of course.

No coloring needed!   By now Sacha has her card, and birthday wishes from my five felines - I hope her birthday month is fabulous! 

Another View - you can see the white outline a bit on the rub-on

Thanks for popping by ~ don't forget, the new challenge at Craft-Room Challenge is up and there is a Design Team Call at Anything But a Card! Come and play with us ~ Christi

I am happily entering my card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments - Any Sentiment Other Than Birthday  
Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - Use Snippets of Paper - the party hats are snippets :)
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Be Bold 
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes w/ option of recycle (I recycled those bits of paper!)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes

Monday, September 1, 2014

Something Old and Something New at Craft-Room Challenges

For this fortnight’s challenge at Craft-Room Challenges, Annie has chosen the theme of “something old and something new”.  Well, I had just gotten some stamps and I actually made another card for this challenge, but, I didn’t like it.  So, I made another one – my something old is the Dresden frame (which I have had for over 10 years) and my something new is the card? Or, the DCWV paper stack which I never used before (ok, not exactly new, but. . .)? Take your pick.

The days are getting cooler and shorter and that means my very favorite holiday is right around the corner ~ Halloween!!
 What I used to make my card:
A2 White Card Base
Skull Cut File & Silhouette Cameo
Dresden Frame
DCWV "The Halloween Stack"
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Simple Sayings set, CMS155
Crafters Pick The Ultimate Glue 

I don’t have a lot of pictures for this one as it’s pretty self-explanatory – I began with an A2 white card base and went from there.  I measured the inside of my Dresden frame and started up my Silhouette Cameo. I found a skull cut file & sized it so I could fit it in my frame and cut it out of plain white cardstock.  The orange and purple papers are from the DCWV The Halloween Stack – the orange paper has a bit of texture to it, with some very fine dots and the purple is slightly metallic.  This is the first time I have used this stack and I know you’ll be seeing much more from it – it has sparkle paper in white! I can see the Holiday cards already!

I cut the orange paper to fit inside the frame and the purple paper ¼” smaller than the card base.  Then I stamped the Happy Halloween sentiment from the Simple Sayings set and trimmed that down.  My skull looked really plain so I jazzed it up with the Silver Siam embossing powder and I think it makes that skull much spookier.
Another View
That’s really about it.  The card is simple but very effective.  I hope you are enjoying the long holiday weekend we are having in the US and that you find some time to “labor” in your craft room - and, don't forget, you have 2 entire weeks to enter the newest challenge at Craft-Room Challenges!!  ~ Christi
PS: Anything But a Card is having a Design Team Call - it's SO much fun and you'd be working with an awesome team!  

I would like to enter my Something Old & Something New Halloween Card in the following challenges:
Crafting from The Heart - #34, Anything Goes
Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge Blog - September Challenge, Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - #9, September Challenge, Make a Card
One Crazy Stamper - September Challenge, Halloween or Christmas
Sister Act Card Challenge - #72, Anything Goes
DRS Designs - It Gives me the Creeps!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Design Team Call at Anything But A Card Challenges!!


You can find all the details at

YOU love Creating?
YOU enjoy exploring many types of media and projects.
YOU want to create with NO limits.
YOU enjoy all aspects of blogging. YOU want to grow with us!

Why not have a look at what we are looking for?

Variety is the spice of LIFE 
That's what there is at 
Anything But A Card

We Want YOU!
We have a fabulous team and we'd love to have you join us! 
(thanks to Julie Short who I shamelessly copied from)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Shades of Blue at Anything But a Card

Challenge #38 at Anything But a Card is the theme of  Repeating Motifs and/or Patterns. I had just been going through some of my stamps (which I confess are in boxes right now) and I came across some of the more "artsy" stamps that I have.  I had forgotten how beautiful they were, and how perfect some of them would be for the theme.  So, along with my favorite color palette, I chose my stamp and away I went! Let me share my Shades of Blue wall hanging with with you.

What I Used to Make this Project:
Limited Edition Rubber Stamp, # 8779K (I think this stamp is discontinued)
White Cardstock
Blue Ink - I used every blue ink I had: StazOn Azure, Distress Tumbled Glass & Faded Jeans, Brilliance Ink Mediterranean Blue, Pearlescent Ice Blue and Pearlescent Sky Blue, Memento Ink Bahama Blue & Danube Blue, Wendy Vecchi Cornflower Blue, Adirondack Denim Blue & Stream.
12 x 12 Piece of Navy Blue Card
Piece of Mat Board, approximately 9 x 9

This stamp worked perfect for this wall hanging.  Since it had 3 "lines", I decided I'd use 9 squares.  First, I stamped the image in the various blue inks on the white card stock.
Stamped Many Times
I cut apart the images just so I could get a better sense of which ones I actually wanted to use in the project.  

Trimmed Squares & Strips

Once I had chosen the final 9, the next step was to trim them so they'd be close to the same size and then I cut each square stamped with the stamp into three strips.  After that I fooled at bit with the placement of strips, using three strips at a time to reconstruct the stamp.  I had found an old piece of mat board and I trimmed it to 9" x 9", and then covered it with navy blue cardstock which was also trimmed to size.  After deciding the placement of the reconstructed squares
Restructured Squares (color is off, sorry!)
- I didn't want to have 2 strips of the same color next to each other - I glued them all down and there you have it ~ Shades of Blue! 

Another View

I do have to put some sort of protective coating on it - if you have any ideas of what I should use, please share - but after that I plan to hang it in my kitchen where my colors are green, blue and white (although it's hard to tell <grin>). I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and my final project.  There is still plenty of time to join in on the challenge at Anything But a Card and I hope to see you there.  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have an artful week! Christi

I would like to enter my Shades of Blue project in the following challenges:
The Squirrel & The Fox - #75, Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - August Challenge, Anything Goes
613 Avenue - #85, Anything Goes 
Marks Finest Papers - #225, Nine Squares
Crafts for Eternity - #189, Something Old (the stamp I used is at least 10 years old)
Simply Create Too - #68, Monochromatic (Shades of Blue) 
The Artistic Stamper - August Challenge, Anything Goes

Where did I find these fabulous challenges to enter? Check out Challenges for Days and find some challenges that inspire YOU!  

Monday, August 4, 2014

A Summer Garden Challenge at Craft-Room Challenges

~*~ This is my one hundredth post!! ~*~ Go ME!

For the 82nd challenge at Craft-Room Challenge, Hazel has chosen the theme of "A Summer Garden".  Once again, I had lofty plans of all the incredible art I was going to create when I realized I was running out of time once again.  Truthfully, as I write this the challenge is almost 1 1/2 weeks away, but I am having major dental surgery at the end of July and I am scrambling like mad to try to ensure all my Design Team work is done.   So by the time you read this I will be happily recuperating because I should be heavily medicated and it will be over and done with.  But I digress. . .
Confused? Read on. . .KaiserCraft on the left, DCWV on the right
 What I Used to Create my Card(s):
  • 2 coordinating pieces of DCWV Linen Closet Stack
  • 1 piece KaiserCraft Lady Rose Collection, Champagne 
  • 1 piece Green paper, for base of KaiserCraft card
  • Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink by Ranger in Fern Green
  • Wendy Vecchi Blooming Art stamp set, SCS119, for sentiment
  • White Cardstock for label
  • Crafters Pick The Ultimate Glue 
  • A2 Pop Up Card - Artisan (Silhouette or Lori Whitlock store)
  • Silhouette Cameo
The final card

The base card (DCWV)
As you know by now I love making 3D things and I had found this card in the Silhouette store named "A2 Pop Up Card - Artisan", which was designed by Lori Whitlock (you can purchase the cut file through the Silhouette store or on the Lori Whitlock site).  It looked like fun and I also love using labels so this was a win win for me!  I purchased the card and opened it up in my Silhouette Studio DE to figure out how to piece the card out for cutting.  Now, I know the challenge is Summer Garden, and I truly thought I could use the paper I initially picked out, which was DCWV Linen Closet Stack (I had some 6" x 12" scraps and I was happy that I could make the card with those).  There are some awesome florals in that stack - very sparkly, glittery and pretty.  It really wasn't until I was almost done with the card that I realized the paper wasn't summery at all. While the paper is indeed sparkly, glittery and pretty, it definitely isn't summery; at least it isn't to me.  So I went and chose some KaiserCraft paper, the collection is called Lady Rose, perfect for "A Summer Garden".  So, I proceeded to make another card. 
The cover card stock, on my cutting mat (DCWV)
Well, I had taken all my pictures using the DCWV paper, so now you'll get to see two different versions of the card.  What I think is really neat about the card is that it stands on it's own and yet, when it is folded in, it still fits in an A2 envelope. I also kept the cover card stock in place as I took it off my cutting mat, in fact, I adhered each piece to the base card as I removed the it to ensure I'd have no pattern upset. I also resized the label down a bit to make the white label that I stamped and put on the front of the KaiserCraft card. Wendy Vecchi's ink matched that green base card perfectly!  See, I truly DO need all of those ink  pads!

View from the top of the card (KasierCraft) 

When I make the card again, I think I'll put 2 of the white labels together (fold over, like a place card) so if I want to write something "in" the card I'll have a space to do it in.  All in all I am excited about how simple it was to put these together and I immediately thought of holiday cards - how pretty would some festive Christmas or Chanukah paper would look! And with my "place card" idea the structure of the card would still be the same and I can write a little note on each card.  Or, even Halloween!! Wouldn't a bat be adorable in place of the label?!? Oh yes, the ideas are rolling in. . .

It really does fit in an A2 envelope! (A2 is card size 5 1/2" x 4 1/4")
And a final look - the colors aren't as bright in this picture for some reason.  They are truer in the other pictures.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope my directions weren't too confusing.  Please, feel free to contact by using the Contact Form on the side bar, or leave me a comment if you have any questions.  In fact, leave me a comment even if you don't have any questions (and leave your blog address in your comment so I can stop by your blog!) Also, please pop by Craft-Room Challenges and enter!! Fabulous new challenge every 2 weeks ~ Have a wonderful day ~ Christi

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:
I Love to Create - #127, Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers and More - #120, Fancy Folds
Stamping Sensations - August Challenge, Anything Goes 
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - L is for Layers
Sister Act Card Challenge - #68, Anything Goes