Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Just Fur You - My first Project for Not Just Cards!

I am thrilled to announce that I am now part of the Not Just Cards Design Team! Today is my very first post and I hope you enjoy it!

I love cats. All cats, but especially the Fabulous Feline Five.  I collect cat stamps {as well as other cat things} and I love to make cat cards.  If you are a reader of my blog {or a friend, family, casual acquaintance, basically anyone who has ever talked to me - you know I love cats!} you will have seen, and will see again, many cat cards.  I made this one as part of using the huge bunch of images I've already stamped, colored, and cut.  Enjoy!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Altenew Modern Cats, stamps
Altenew Modern Cats, dies
Sue Wilson Die, Indian Ocean Collection, Mauritius, #CED10014
Distress Ink, Mermaid Lagoon
Clean Color Markers
Core'dinations Sea Glass Paper Pack

Like I said above, I had already colored and cut out the cats and the yarn, but I know I used Zig Clean Color Markers to color in the cats because I recall how excited I was about the look of the orange cat.  I simply colored the stamp, took a baby wipe and took a bit of the color off, and my cat looks like he has white spots! These stamps are SO fun to play with due to all of the color combinations you can make; there is no outline, so when you color directly on the stamp you can give your kitty any colors you want. 

I stamped the sentiment and the yarn using Mermaid Lagoon ink, then cut the sentiment using the Sue Wilson Mauritius die.  Then I attached everything to a piece of matching card, put that on the card base, and I was done.  This was meant to go to the troops, but I think it is a bit too heavy for them to post, so it will sit in my card box until I decide to send it out.  

I know this is a short tutorial but the card was simple to make.  I'm very pleased with the cats and I like the entire card.  I hope you do, too! I'd love to hear what you think so leave me a comment or, better yet, follow me and I'll be sure to follow you back! Also, if you aren't familiar with the Not Just Cards challenge please click on the link and stop by! All our challenges are ANYTHING GOES and we'd LOVE to see your creations!  Hugs, Christi

I'd like to enter my Just Fur You card in the following challenges:
Crafty Animals - M, #16, Anything Goes, Must include an Animal 
Dream Factory - M, #57, Nine Lives
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - M, July 2018 Theme: Animals (entry 2)
2 Crafty Crazy Critters - M, #16, Anything Goes w/ a Critter (entry 2)
Fashionable Stamping - #137, Use Your Inks
SUYP - M, #32, Anything Goes with a Cat (entry 2)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Red, White and Blue CAS Kitties!

I didn't have a chance to make a 4th of July card - it's been a crazy summer thus far! But, I got this cute die from Simon Says Stamps and I just had to use it; what better way to show some {a wee bit late} patriotism? Plus, seeing SO many Red, White & Blue challenges, I just HAD to whip something up and enter in all the fun!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Kraft Card Base
Red, White & Blue paper
Simon Says Stamp Kitty Cat Die, #S470
Trinity Stamps, Lady Liberty
Versamark Pad
Simon Says Stamp Fine White Detail Embossing Powder
Dimensional Dots

Once I had cut all the cats, I glued them together.  I then inked up my
sentiment with VersaMark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder directly onto my Kraft card base.  I attached the kitties to the card with dimensional dots and that's it! A super easy CAS card in red, white and blue!

Thanks for stopping by for this easy tutorial! I hope you are staying cool and hydrated, this heat is crazy! We are breaking all kinds of records here in Colorado; unfortunately, one of them is for the biggest forest fire the state has ever seen.  Stay alert and be careful out there! Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Red, White & Blue Kitties in the following challenges:
Cute 'n Crafty - #4, 4th of July
Crafting with Dragonflies - #108, Animal
DL ART Thankful Thursday - #231, Red, White & Blue
Addicted to Stamps - #299,  CAS
Craftaholics R Us - #27, Any Holiday Cards
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Red, White & Blue
Crafty Gals Corner - #169, Red, White & Blue
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #16, Anything Goes w/ a Critter
Eclectic Ellapu - M, Red, White & Blue
Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - M, July Color Challenge - Red, White and Blue
Happy Little Stampers - M, Anything Goes with Dies
Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - M, Animals
Sunny Day Crafting - #26, Animals
SUYP - M, #32, Anything Goes with Cats


Friday, July 6, 2018

Best Wishes

When I found out that I was the winner of CropStop's Linky Party #39, I was thrilled.  It's always fun to win, even if it's just for fun.  But, not two days after my win, I received some beautiful embossing folders from them and an email asking me if I would like to be a guest designer on their blog! I'm very honored to be sharing my card with the gang at CropStop and all of you!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Square White Card, 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"
White Glitter Card
White Pearlescent Card
Sue Wilson Background Butterfly Frame, #CED-7105 {find all the Sue Wilson dies here}
My Sentiments Exactly! Best Wishes, from Wedding, #M106 {this stamp set will work just fine}
VersaMark Ink Pad {for the embossing}
Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder {Stampendous makes a nice one}
Colorbox Petal Point - Alchemy {any silver ink will work}
Dimensional Dots

You can see the sparkle a bit better here
I recently found out that an old friend was getting married, and while they are just doing a quickie ceremony at their local town hall, it inspired me to create a wedding card.  See, at my age, most folks are already married, or on their second and third marriages, so there isn't much call for wedding cards.  Which is why I purposely didn't put anything on the card about weddings or marriage, just a good old "Best Wishes" works for me.  I don't even know if I will send this card to him because he couldn't even give me a wedding date; I suppose I could always send it after.

Another Peek
I wanted the card to be elegant and sophisticated but still have the shine, glitter, and a taste of festivity.  I started the card by cutting the large background die and the top portion out of white shimmer card.  I glued the frame onto the square card.  Then I embossed the sentiment in the center of the top piece.  Next, I cut a square of white glitter card to go under the top of the card, attached the two pieces together, and used dimensional dots to attach that to the card.  That was really all there was to it.  I think it looks almost as good as a store bought card!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are entering the CropStop challenge as much as you can - the only product requirement is that you use a brand of die that they carry, and you can only enter five {5} times per challenge - that's it!  I hope to see YOU as the next Guest Designer!  Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my Best Wishes Card in the following challenges:
Crafting with Friends - #71, Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge - M, Just a Bit Flash
Dies R Us - M, #100, Anything Goes
Card Mania - M, #106, Anything Goes

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Transportation at Stinkin' Inkers!

Hi everyone! Welcome to my July post for Stinkin' Inkers! The theme for this month is Transportation and I wanted to do something a little different than the standard planes, trains, and automobiles! So, how about a little intergalactic transportation? The little rocket actually moves! 

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Black Card
Lawn Fawn Slide on Over Circles Dies, #LF1382
Watercolor Paper
Zig Clean Color Markers
Lawn Fawn Starry Skies Dies, #LF1377
Silver Glitter Card
Lawn Fawn Out of This World Stamp set, #LF1330
Lawn Fawn Out of This World Dies set, #LF1331
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Ranger Foam Tape, Black
Various Gel Pens
Penny {for the rocket}

As this is my second (check out the first one here) interactive card, at least I had an idea what to expect.  There are still things I need to work on, like my tape placement but it is getting easier and I didn't have the "first time" jitters; just the second time ones; ok, I'm kidding!

I started this card by stamping and coloring all the elements I needed and, once they were dry, I cut them all out.  It's easier for me to figure out the layout of the card when I have everything I'm going to use ready to go, especially with this type of card, since I've never made one before!  I also enhanced a few of the planets with various gel pens to add some sparkle.  The flame of the rocket is cut out of washi tape, but I would recommend using glitter card instead.  I didn't even think about the sticky washi tape and how that might make it harder for the little rocket to spin; but by the time I realized it, it was too late.  I also should have cut the flame out of plain old red glitter card; at the very least used the stamp that is supplied with the kit to make it.  Good thing the fussy cutting was rather free form so it wasn't too hard.  And I powdered the heck out of the sticky side of the tape so the flame didn't stick anywhere else.  

Instead of making a galaxy background, I decided to just use plain black card.  I cut out the track and then put the black outer piece {the one with the cut}, popped up with foam tape (doubled up foam tape - you need to give the slider element room to actually slide) and attached it to another piece of black card.  It's like making a card topper that is self contained.  Once the entire section is done, all the parts are attached and whatnot; then you attach it to your card base.

I prepped myself by re-watching the fabulous Lawn Fawn video on making slider cards and then got to work.  I happened to have some black foam tape that I bought ages ago and I like that the tape is almost invisible.  I'm not going to go into detail on how I made the card because the video really does it much better
Another Peek
than I could so, if you are interested in how to make a slider card, I highly recommend checking it out.  There are also a gazillion more videos on YouTube that explain the process.

A surprising element for me was the penny.  I never knew what people used when making a slider card to actually make the slider slide. I attached a piece of black card to the penny, then a doubled up piece of foam tape, and finished it off with the rocket.  

Once the piece was done, I decided the card needed some bling.  I used the Starry Skies die to cut out some silver glitter card and added some little twinkly stars to the card.  Now it was done!  I'm happy to say it worked, mostly.  I had to force the rocket around some of the circle, but once I made it go, it was fine.  It doesn't slide as easily as Kelly's does in the video.  I actually broke down and purchased an EK Success Powder Tool; it comes filled with a fragrant powder but once that powder is gone, I can refill it with regular baby powder.  It made a HUGE difference in regard to leaving powder residue on the black card.  I've always used a "pounce pad" for my embossing and have struggled with it dulling darker cardstock.  This didn't leave a SPECK of residue!  If you emboss a lot, I highly recommend it!  Just do a Google search for it and there are TONS of places to buy one and even a bunch of YouTube videos to explain the tool.  But I'm happy with it.  I've given the card to the Man and he likes it; all is well in the world!

I hope you enjoyed my write up and I'd love to know if you've made one of these cards yet - how did it work out for you? Thanks for visiting and I hope to see your transportation creations at Stinkin' Inkers - you have the entire month of July to join in, so I hope to see you there!  Christi

PS: Please keep your pets inside beginning at dusk if you live in the USA - fireworks can traumatize ANY animal to the point of death and this day of the year has the most animal runaways!! 

I am entering my "Space" card in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenges - G is for the Great Outdoors
Patties Creations - #147, Anything that Flies {like my little rocket}
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything that goes/you see in the Sky
Tuesday Throwdown - The Great Outdoors
The House that Stamps Built - #DCC74, The Great Outdoors
Creative Friday - #208,  At Night, While Everyone is Sleeping

Monday, July 2, 2018

A Birthday Card for Lexie

I belong to a bunch of Facebook groups and in one of them there was a post looking for birthday cards for a girl named Lexie.  She was turning 21 and suffers from autism; the poster asked everyone who could to send her a card.  I had just gotten another bunch of unbranded dies in the mail {every day is a holiday when you order dies from China - you never know what you are going to get on any given day!} so I decided to use them to make Lexie's card.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Shimmer Pink Card
Pink, Blue, Light Green, Green, Coral and Yellow Cardstock
Unbranded Dies {all of the Frames}
Sue Wilson Dies, Blushing Rose, #CED1448
Your Next Stamp Whatnot Sentiments Four, #CYNS-172
Hero Arts Ink in Bubble Gum

I had so much fun making this card! It is completely out of my comfort zone to mix and match dies from different sets and manufacturers and I was honestly surprised at how well this card came out.

My favorite parts are the roses and leaves.  I used light green for the top of the leaves and a darker green on the bottom; the roses have a light pink shimmer card on the top and a darker pink on the bottom.  I am just thrilled at how cool they look!

The card is fairly self explanatory - I cut the dies, layered them and attached them to the card.  I stamped the sentiment and nestled that in the center.  Easy peasy!  Lexie should be getting this card in a few days and I hope she likes it! 

If you'd like specific information on the products I used, drop me an email using the "Contact Me' form on the right side of this blog.  I hope you and yours are enjoying the weather - it's been so hot out here in Colorado we are breaking records!  AND PLEASE remember to bring your animals inside after dark for the next few days; fireworks can traumatize an animal so badly that they'll run until they get lost, run into traffic or even pass away from fright.  Let's all have a wonderful 4th of July {and a belated Happy Canada day!} - Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Birthday Card for Lexie in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addicts - M, #49, Anything Goes Option: Say it with Flowers
Incy Wincy - Flowers
Scrapbook Stamp Society - M, #144, Anything Goes, Option Use Dies and/or Punches
Dies-R-Us - #100 Anything Goes using Dies Carried by DRU
Lost Coast Portal - #56, Something Beginning with B {Birthday}
a2z Scrapbooking - M, Birthday Bash
Always Happy Birthday - M, Happy Birthday

Sunday, July 1, 2018

And we have a WINNER!

Thank you to all the people who took the time to enter my giveaway.  I wish I could send each of you a prize, luckily, has chosen a winner for me.

And it's YOU - KT Fit Kitty {AKA Karen} - CONGRATULATIONS!!

I already have your mailing address so I will be getting your goodie package out for you as soon as I can.

Thank you all & have a great day!!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Pets or Animals at Die Cut Diva's

Hello, fellow die lovers!  Have you entered the current challenge at Die Cut Diva's yet?  This month's challenge is Pets or Animals and we are sponsored by the fabulous Frantic Stamper!  They are offering an adorable prize, worth $20!

I decided to use a Frantic Stamper die that I already owned to make this card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Pink Paper
Frantic Stamper Floral Frame & Hummingbirds, #FRA-DIE-10412
Oxide Inks
Impression Obsession Love Die, #DIE385-B
Wood Heart {you could use this one}
VersaMark Pad 
Hero Arts Pink Prisma Embossing Powder {from My Monthly Hero Kit, Jan. 2018. But any of these pink embossing powders would work}
3 mm Pink Crystals {I got these from online, looking at the Nail Art section!}

The first step to making this card was gathering all my pink, purple, and red Oxide Inks plus a piece of watercolor paper to make the floral frame.  I just worked the colors until I was happy; layering them, spritzing them, adding more color, subtracting color, and I didn't write down the colors I used.  If you have any Oxide inks then you are familiar with the process - if you don't have any Oxide inks, what are you waiting for?!?  Once the paper was fully dry {this is very important - it is disastrous trying to die cut wet, or even slightly damp, paper - trust me!}, I cut out the frame.

Then I cut the hummingbirds out of white card and attached little pink gems for their eyes {as I said above, I got these from the Nail Art Supply section of an online retailer - I got 10 different colors, all divided up in a container similar to a weekly medicine holder, for less than $5!} and set them aside to dry.  

Meanwhile, I chose a wooden heart from my stash and began embossing it with VersaMark ink and pink embossing powder.  I think I embossed it at least 10 times; I didn't want any of the wood to show through.  I actually worked on the
heart for two days, obviously taking many breaks along the way.  I had a scrap piece of paper floating around on my desk from this project and, frankly, I was at the point where it needed to be used or thrown out.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the shimmer on the scrap matched the shimmer on the heart really well.  So I cut the word love from that paper and attached it {draped it?} over my wooden heart.  The heart was glued onto the card, as were the hummingbirds and there you have it!

Looking at this write up it makes it appear that there was a lot of work involved making this card, but the construction went smoothly and it didn't seem as labor intensive as this tutorial sounds.  I wanted to stretch myself and NOT use cats on the card - trust me, they are my go-to, as many of you may know - and it was fun to think outside the litter box!  I hope you can find some time to enter the Pets or Animals challenge at Die Cut Diva's because you can't win if you don't play!  Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Floral Hummingbirds Card in the following challenges:
Die Cuttin' Divas - #374, Heat Embossing 
Shopping Our Stash - #359, She's a Crafting Machine {used Big Shot & Heat Gun}
Back to Basics - #5, Heat Embossing
Sunny Day Crafting - #25, Any Animal 
Happy Little Stampers - (M) Anything Goes with Dies