Monday, November 19, 2018

Hero Arts Leafy Vines Thanks

Hello! I hope this post finds you and yours doing well! Being a card maker, you'd think I would have thank you cards lying all around my house.  Not so.  I am one of those people that can't seem to keep cards in stock {I have PLENTY of cards, they are just never the "right" card!} which causes me to make each one as needed.  The good news is each card is created for a specific event and/or person. The bad news is I am always running around like crazy with 307,513 cards in the works.  Anyway, I created this Thanks card for this month's theme at a2z Scrapbooking which is "Give Thanks" 

What I Used to Make my Card:
Olive Green Card Base
White Card
Copper Glitter Card
Kaleidacolor Ink Pad in Autumn Leaves, #KA-000-008
Hero Arts Stamp & Cut Thanks Set, #DC152 {you can special order on the site}
Hero Arts Leafy Vines Stamp, #CG509 {you can special order on the site}
Clear Embossing Powder, #PW106
Delicata Ink in Gold and Copper

I love this background stamp, Leafy Vines.  One look on Pinterest and you can find hundreds of ways crafters have made cards with this stamp.  I love it because it's so versatile - you can change the feeling of the card using different  colors.  You can basically make this stamp work for any occasion or time of year!  It's also one of the first stamps I bought when I finally got to unpack my crafting stuff from my last move.  I began this card by inking the Kaleidacolor pad onto the stamp and stamping on a panel of white card.  Just a quick little story about this pad - I had originally purchased it about 18 years ago when I was demonstrator; I purchased it from the company I represented and it was branded with their name.  The case has been cracked {I keep it in a zipper bag} but the pad has never been re-inked, never failed me.  Just consider how old this stamp pad is next time you want to buy one but the price seems a tad high.  It could vote, drink in some states, and join the armed forces!  So I
Another Look
stamped the Leafy Vines on the white card, then added a bit of bling with copper and gold inks, just randomly inked on the stamp.  I finally covered the image with clear embossing powder, trimmed the card panel, attached it to the card base, and set it aside.

I wanted the sentiment to be visible, but not be the focus of the card.  I used the die with several different papers and each one just didn't give enough oomph.  I settled on the copper glitter card and I think it achieves the look toward which I was working.  I considered some gems but I think the card is pretty enough without them.  You can't see the little touches of gold and copper ink, but when you have the card in hand and move it just so, it's beautiful.  Fall colors are my favorite for creating; I can almost smell the smoke from the fireplace just seeing the rich rusts, reds, and browns.  

I hope my little post gets your creative juices flowing and you enter the November 2018 "Give Thanks" challenge at a2z Scrapbooking.  You just might win a Gift Certificate to the store!  However, while you are waiting to see if you've won, you can get 15% off your purchase by using my code, CHRISTI15.  I hope you are having a wonderful fall. ~ Christi

I'm entering my Leafy Vines card in the following challenges:
Dragonfly Journey - #129, Thanks & Thanksgiving
DL ART - Thankful Thursday
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Give Thanks
Dies R Us - #109, Giving Thanks
Crafty Gals Corner - Thankful

Sunday, November 18, 2018

You Warm my Heart

I made this card especially for the current theme on the Lawn Fawnatics challenge blog - the 40th challenge is this cool color inspiration:
Now, using these colors was a stretch for me, but making this card was a nice break from all the holiday and fall colors.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow Petite Christmas Paper Pack,  6 x 6, #LF1740
Lawn Fawn Snow Day Stamp Set, #LF723
Lawn Fawn Snow Day Dies Set, # LF724
Colored Paper from Stash
Watercolor Paper
Zig Clean Color Markers
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Hero Arts Ink in Amethyst
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform

I first have to share why you shouldn't be crafting at 2 AM - can you spot what I did wrong?

It was an easy fix because I do this ALL the time - I have even gotten into the habit of checking which way my card opens before I attach anything to it and I STILL attach things upside down or on the wrong side.  Nothing a quick cut won't fix.  

My first step in making this card was finding one of the background papers from the Really Rainbow Christmas Pack.  I knew I wanted to use the cute heart and the scarf from Let it Snow and I had a vision in my head of what I wanted to do.  I needed to find a paper that didn't clash with my intentions and I chose the rainbow snowflakes.  

Then I stamped my scarves on watercolor paper and colored them in using Zig Clean Color Markers.  I cut them all out and set them aside.  I thought using pastel color papers for the hearts would work but they were too bland.  So I found coordinating paper {that matched the scarves} and die cut the hearts from bright colors.  I paired the scarves with the matching hearts.
Another Peek

The sentiment comes in the set as a square and I didn't have enough room to use it in that shape so I used my Platform and some sticky notes. I didn't take pictures of the process because it was getting late and I was tired.  It took me a few tries before I got the sentiment to line up sort of straight, but by that time I felt it was good enough.  I basically used the sticky notes as masks to stop the part of the saying from stamping where I didn't want it to. All in all I think it was a successful adaptation, but next time I'll give myself enough time to screw up without stressing myself.

I hope you like my card; I enjoy making holiday cards out of unexpected colors and this one fits the bill in my book!  Thanks so much for swinging by. ~ Fondly, Christi

I am entering my You Warm My Heart card in the following challenges:
Lawn Fawnatics - #40, Color Challenge
Stamping Sensations - Christmas Inspiration
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #411, Anything Goes Option: Something Beginning with H {Hearts!!}
Cardz TV - #74, Anything Goes
Colour Crazy - #46, Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - #429, Snowflakes
As You Like It - Monochrome or Rainbow? I like to stretch myself and monochrome is MUCH easier for me, so Rainbow it is!
Lost Coast Designs - #65, Cute {badge below}
Scrapy Land - #101, Anything Goes w/ a Company They Carry
Sweet Stampin' Christmas - M, Anything Christmas Goes
That's Crafty! - M, Winter Wonderland
Bastel-Traum - #71, Winter/Christmas {badge below}

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Let it Snow

Hello and welcome to my incredibly late post for the Not Just Cards November challenge.  I completely forgot that my post was due today! Oh well, better late than never!  I have some fabulous friends up north and a good friend of mine is involved with designing dies for various companies.  She sent me a HUGE goodies package a while back and this tree die was included.  I think I can find out where to get one if you'd like.  Just drop me a note by using the contact form on the right side of the blog or message me on Facebook.  This is the card I made with that die; it looks very peaceful to me.

What I Used to Make my Card:
5 x 7 white card

Trees Die {unbranded}
Stickles in Diamond and Stardust
Elizabeth Craft Dies, Let it Snow, #1234
Silver and White Shimmer Paper

The first step in this card was to cut out the trees and go to town with my Stickles.  I just used all the white glittery bottles I had and, in hindsight, I could have used some silver as well.  I let the trees dry overnight; this is a MUST otherwise you will get Stickles, glitter, and/or glue everywhere.  
Another Peek

The next day I mounted the glittered trees onto a 5" x 7" card.  While it was drying, I found some scraps of silver and white shimmer paper.  After die cutting the sentiment twice, I glued the white onto the silver, with just a peek of the silver paper showing.

Lastly, I adhered the sentiment onto the trees.  That's it!  I really love the glittery trees; I think I've figured out a way to cut the die cut paper to fit on an A2 card.  If my idea works, I'll be making more of this type of card to send out to my friends.  Don't worry, I promise to let you know how I accomplished getting the trees sized down to A2 size!  Why not enter your projects in the challenge? The theme is always Anything Goes and you can enter anything you'd like - remember it's Not Just Cards! I hope this post finds you and yours happy, healthy and joyful. ~ fondly, Christi

I am entering my Let it Snow card in the following challenges:
Daisy Chain Challenge - M, Christmas/Winter
Friendship Challenge - #35, M, Anything Goes w/ Option of Mostly White
HLS Anything Goes With Dies - Anything Goes
Monochrome Magic - M, #16, Anything Monochrome Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Crafters Castle - M, #11, Anything Goes w/ Option of Holidays
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes w/ Option of Getting Ready for Christmas
Cardz TV - #73, Anything Goes
Cut it Up Challenge - #160, Clean & Simple
That's Crafty! - Winter Wonderland
Craft Rocket Challenge - M, #54, Christmas is Coming!
Little Red Wagon - #471, Just a Sentiment
Creative Moments -#156, Anything Goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - #79, Anything Goes

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Main Reason Santa is SO Jolly

I love mixing snarky sayings with traditional holiday images {OK, I love using snarky sayings with everything!}, especially when they are unexpected.  I recently found out about a new stamp company and I just had to buy the set that had this image.  Santa is getting hip in his old age!  I made this card for the Stinkin' Inkers November Challenge, the theme is "Just Because" ~

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Polka Dot Paper from my Stash
Craft Foam
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Happy Holla Days Stamps from The Ink Road
The Main Reason Santa is So Jolly Sentiment from Quietfire Designs
Stitched Nested Squares from Die-Versions, #DV-572 {appears to be discontinued, but any nested or stacked square dies would work}
Stitched Nested Rectangles from Tutti Designs, #TUTTI-217

I'm not sure where the idea for this card started.  I had pulled out my Christmas papers and spied this polka dot paper that has to be at least 10 years old.  I have no idea who made it, but I thought it would be great as a small frame since the pattern was so close together and, out of that, this card was

I inked up the Santa image and stamped it on white card, cut the front of the frame from the polka dot paper, and cut a square from the craft foam I have lying about for when I make shaker cards {you can learn about what foam I use and my shaker card process here.}  I glued the polka dot frame onto the foam square, then attached the Santa to the front of the card {after I cut him out with one of the square dies} and finally glued the frame front over the image.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on a piece of white card, cut it out with a stitched rectangle die, and used dimensional dots to attach it to the front of the card.  
I debated about coloring in Santa's pipe, but I like the clean look of minimal color on this card.  The fact that the sentiment is so fancy looking, you expect it to say something delicate and then you read it - let me say everyone who has seen this card lets out a huge laugh.  Holidays are so stressful; I think everyone can use a good chuckle!

If you have a moment, we'd love to see your "Just Because" creations at Stinkin' Inkers! I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorial.  I appreciate your visit and here's hoping your holidays bring you lots of laughter. ~ Fondly, Christi

I am entering my The Main Reason Santa is SO Jolly card in the following challenges:
The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge - #40,  M, Anything Christmas Goes
Incy Wincy - Christmas
Less is More - #383, Dimension {graphic below}
The 12 Months of Christmas - #47, M,  Anything Christmas Goes
CAS Christmas - M, Santa {graphic below}
Stamping Sensations - M, Get Ready for Christmas
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters - M, Humor

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! {Lawn Fawn Pivot Pop-Up card}

It's finally here! I honestly wish the Halloween season lasted longer than one month - I say we start celebrating Halloween in June! Now it looks as if I used a million stamp sets making my card but that is only because I used a lot of critters from different sets.

The Pivot Pop-Up card, open to it's full glory!
What I Used to Make my Card: {it's a long list}
White Card Base
Black, White and Brown Cardstock
Silver Mirror Card
Silver Glitter Card
Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch Stamps, #LF1754
Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch Dies, #LF1755
Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween Stamps, # LF1206
Lawn Fawn Happy Howloween Dies, #LF1207
Lawn Fawn Costume Party Stamps, #LF1458
Lawn Fawn Costume Party Dies, #LF1459
Lawn Fawn Snow Day Stamps, #LF723
Lawn Fawn Snow Day Dies, #LF724
Lawn Fawn/Simon Says Stamp Nutty or Nice? Stamps, #LF1765 {not available}
Lawn Fawn/Simon Says Stamp Nutty or Nice? Dies, #LF1766 {not available}
Lawn Fawn Beary Happy Holidays Stamps, #LF1470
Lawn Fawn Beary Happy Holidays Dies, #LF1471
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'? Stamps, #LF1315
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'? Dies, #LF1316
Lawn Fawn Critters at the Dog Park Stamps, #LF515
Lawn Fawn Critters st the Dog Park Dies, #LF520
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Backdrop Landscape Die, #LF1502
Lawn Fawn Pivot Pop-Up Die, #LF1611
Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop Landscape Die, #LF1237
Lawn Fawn Happy, Happy, Happy Add On Dies, #LF1479
Lawn Fawn Starry Skies Dies, #LF1377
Distress Oxide Inks in Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch
Echo Park Paper, Hocus Pocus Kit by Leah Riordan, #HP91016
Frantic Stamper Brooklyn Alphabet, #FRA-DIE-10415
Wink of Stella in Clear
Watercolor Paper, Strathmore 500 Series, Ready Cut Watercolor Paper 
Zig Clean Color Markers
Water Brush in various sizes
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

Whew, that is some product list! I have been making these little critters and dressing them in costume for about 2 months now; I wanted to use as many cuties that I could and, believe it or not, I actually have quite a few left over!  I've had a bunch of the sets I've used for a while but, like the Pivot Pop-Up, I just haven't had the chance to use them.  All the coloring and dressing up the critters was SO much fun and I feel the loss of having a big project going already. Enough of that; let's get to how I made the card.

I began with a plain A2 card; most of my cards are A2 sized and if I make one that is a different size I typically note it so you will know.  This card was made  
The paper after being colored
from regular, run-of-the-mill, white card because I knew I was going to color it with Oxide Inks but not use water so the base didn't need to be watercolor paper.  I covered the top and the entire inside of the card with Shaded Lilac, then used Wilted Violet, finishing up with a bit of Blueprint Sketch.  I also colored a scrap piece of white card at the same time.  I know from experience if you don't color 
at the same time all the components of whatever you're making, it's almost impossible {at least for me} to get the same look on everything.  I let the ink set for a bit and buffed it with a dry paper towel.  

As I said, I've been coloring and dressing these critters for quite a while.  All the animals and costume pieces are stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Zig Clean Color Markers and once dry, die cut.  I ran out of costumes and started using some other items to give them some new costumes; you will see some of those eventually I'm sure!  Now back to the construction of the card.  

I cut with the Stitched Hillside die twice, once from black card and once from
The sparkle!
dark brown card.  The black cut out was used on the inside of the card; I took the brown one and trimmed away the frame so I had just the hills.  Then I cut the Leafy Tree once out of black card and cut the hills inside that frame.  I used those cuts for the front of the card.  To add a bit more pizzazz, I covered the frame and the tree with clear Wink of Stella.

Working on the inside of the card next, I cut a bunch of stars out of glitter card and mirror card.  I placed them on the top, inside of the card as I wanted that to be my Halloween eve sky.  I started choosing-and-placing the costumed animals on the hills that I had glued to the bottom inside of the card but, since I wasn't sure about what the actual mechanics of the card were going to take, I didn't glue any of the critters on the inside at that point.

This being my first Pivot Pop-Up card, I watched the video that Lawn Fawn made to introduce the die and explain how to use the die correctly.  I wasn't sure if I'd be able to put the lettering I was planning onto the part that pivots out or how much space I'd have above and below the pivot.  I won't go into construction details of the mechanics of the Pivot Pop-Up as Lawn Fawn has done an excellent job {as always! Their videos make me feel as if I'm hanging out with Kelly and she is showing just me her newest goodies!} explaining the process.  You can check out the video on YouTube here or the Lawn Fawn site here.  I made the panels out of the extra white card I'd colored with the Oxide Distress Inks and the pivot mechanism out of black card.  It was a lot easier than I
The front of the card
thought it would be - very typical of me to give something I've never done so much power and convince myself I'll never be able to do it {it's that little self depreciating voice we've discussed before.}  I do so much better when I just jump in and try it than wait and get myself in a tizzy.  Anyway, I made the Pivot Pop-Up and cut the letters to spell out Halloween.  I attached the letters to the panels and cut the word Happy out of black card.  Luckily, I left just enough room to put it at the side of Halloween {I had originally planned to put it elsewhere, but the Pivot wouldn't allow it.}   

After letting that dry, I set up my animals and glued them down on the front and on the inside of the card.  That could have taken me another few days if I let it but having a deadline helped rush the process a little bit.   And the card was complete!  I have to admit, I'm very proud of how the card is put together and I'm actually OK with the animals all being where they are {more proof that I need to ignore that little voice.}  I hope you like the card, too.  

I hope you and yours have a wonderfully spooky and not too scary Halloween! I've invited my neighbor to come and sit with us to give out candy; I hope it isn't too chilly!  Thanks for all of your kind comments and support ~ Fondly, Christi           

PS: We laughed ourselves silly, gave out handfuls of candy & had a great time!

I would like to enter my Happy Halloween Pivot Card in the following challenges:
Watercooler Wednesday - #194, Anything Goes {graphic below}
Scrapy Land - #100 - Anything Goes w/ Dies
Die Cuttin' Divas - #393,  Anything Goes
Stamp, Ink, Paper - #174, Trick or Treat
Cuttlebug Mania - A Critter's Halloween
Art Impressions - Lots of Layers {graphic below}
Sweet Stampers - #25, Autumn or Halloween
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything Goes w/ Animals
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Dies R Us - Use Stitched Dies {I used LOTS!}

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Happy Halloween ~ Trick or Treat


I am SO happy Halloween is finally here - I've been creating cards so fast I have to carve out time to take pictures and write posts!  I usually don't mind the process of getting cards on here for you all to see, but it's been a struggle lately because all I want to do is play!  This cute little scene was made for the Die Cut Diva's October Challenge - Autumn or Halloween - which is being sponsored by the amazing Dies R Us.  

Dies R Us is offering a $10 Gift Certificate for the winner of this month's challenge and I have to tell you, they carry SO much more than just dies!  Here is my Trick or Treat card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
Black Card Base
Lawn Fawn Stitched Cloud Backdrop, Landscape, #LF1423
Lawn Fawn Starry Skies Die, #LF1377
Lawn Fawn Costume Party Stamps, #LF1458
Lawn Fawn Costume Party Dies, #LF1459
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Backdrop, Landscape, #LF1502
Lawn Fawn Little Town Border, #LF1233
Lawn Fawn Trick or Treat Border Dies, #LF1490
MFT/Die-Namics BB Witch Way to the Candy? Dies
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Watercolor Card
Zig Clean Color Markers
Happy Bat Die, Unbranded
Black, Grey, Yellow, Brown, Purple and Silver Glitter Card

I cut out all my landscape dies, the clouds in gray and the hills in brown.  I attached them to the black card base.  I had actually had these little Halloween kids already colored and left over from last year, so that saved me some time.  I occasionally will color over something I've already colored and cut, but all in all my habit of coloring and cutting too many images is a good thing!  I always have something lying about that I can use.  The hardest part is finding them!  
The Happy Bat

I cut the border houses out of black card and put yellow behind them to give the illusion of the lights being on, then I cut out the rest of the pieces I used on the card.  I needed a moon and some stars; easily handled with more dies.  I had cut the happy little bat out already and he was flying around my desk; there is whole bunch of them and they are SO CUTE! Once I had adhered all the elements, I popped the bat on at the last moment.  

Dies R Us has an extensive Lawn Fawn stock, including all the newest stamps and dies so if you're looking to add any of these to your collection, I've linked them at the top of the post.  I hope you have enjoyed my little Trick or Treat card.  I still have more of the kids from the Costume Party set left over, so who knows, you might see them in the future! I'd love to see your Halloween or Autumn creations at Die Cut Diva's; you can't win if you don't play! 

And please have a safe, fun and Happy Halloween!!

Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Trick or Treat card in the following challenges:
Shopping our Stash - #378,  Halloween
DL Art - M, October Linky
Creative with Stamps - M, Halloween
TTCRD - Anything Goes
Fab 'n Funky - #414, Halloween

Halloween Silhouette Card

Hello everyone! This is a very simple, but striking, card.  I love the background die; it looks so fancy but was so easy to use.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Orange, Black & White Card
Sue Wilson Frames & Tags, Zoe #CED4310
Female Winged Silhouette, Silhouette Cameo
Darice Bling on a Roll, Black Silver, #RH1024
Die-Versions Whispers Morocco Background, #DVW-346
Sentiment, Custom stamp by Stamp Couture

I adore black and white silhouettes; you know, the ones that people have done and hang on their walls as decoration.  This is just a smaller version of that art form.  I searched {and searched - I am amazed at the sheer number of designs in the Silhouette store!} for the design I wanted, chose female winged silhouette and cut the image with my Cameo machine; they have LOTS of silhouette forms, but for Halloween, this winged female was my favorite.  I cut her out of black card and set her aside.
Another Look

There are two parts to the Zoe frame, the plain background and the actual die cut.  I the background out of black card, and layered the frame over it after cutting it out of white card.  I positioned the silhouette in the center of the frame and gave her a little sparkle by using the Bling on a Roll as a necklace.  

To add a bit of interest I decided I needed a background and I think this Morocco Background die is perfect. Yes, it takes a while to get all those little pieces out, but the end result is worth it.  I chose to cut that design out of orange card just to add some color.  I finally stamped the sentiment on some white card and trimmed it.  

I love Halloween - it is truly my favorite holiday.  While I no longer dress up and trick or treat, I do love seeing the neighborhood kids all decked out.  I hope you celebrate Halloween where you are; and if not, who cares? Make some fun, spooky Halloween cards and crafts, you can always send them to me :) Thanks for stopping by ~ fondly, Christi

I am entering my Halloween Silhouette Card in the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas - #393, Anything Goes
Shopping Your Stash - #378, Witchy or Halloween
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Halloween
Always Fun Challenges - #82,  Halloween
Bastel-Traum (Scrapbooking & Cardmaking) - #70, Autumn/Halloween