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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Join in The Festival! Challenge 5 at Always Use Rubber!

Hello friends! I'm presenting this card for the Always Use Rubber Design team, challenge #5, and we have decided the theme for this challenge is Festival! Tis the season for lots of festivities so it should be easy for you to join in this challenge.  Why not check out my esteemed teammates makes as well - here are some handy links to their blogs, Jane & Zoe.

And, as always, once the challenge ends (two whole weeks from today) we will choose a top 3.  Then, at the end of the month all of our top 3 winners have the chance to win a gift certificate from our fabulous sponsor, Alleystamp
Alleystamp is a fabulous store and Janine makes sure she has most all the new goodies in stock. And if she doesn't have it, she can get it to you super quick! No one likes to wait for new goodies!

Here is the card I made for this festive challenge:

This is What I used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Small Snowflake Stamps (none of the ones I used were marked)
Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Mermaid Lagoon & Blueprint Sketch
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Globe Die, #661598
Light Blue, Silver & White Glitter Cardstock

Glitter cardstock makes this a breeze to make! I started by stamping the background with three tiny snowflakes I found in my tiny stamps drawer (I literally have a drawer where I store all those tiny stamps) - they are very old and I have no idea how I even got them.  Using the three different blue colors of Distress Inks I just randomly stamped the white card base.  Then I went to my
cardstock pile and chose a light blue glitter cardstock that matched the blues of the snowflakes (it looks better in person - we all know how annoying glitter is to photograph!).  I die cut the word peace out of the light blue, then the world out of silver glitter card and I cut a circle out of white glitter cardstock to go behind the globe (I just cut around the outside of the globe die.  Since the world die is "see through" and I didn't want the snowflakes to show through the "holes" in the globe die I needed to back it with something).  I fiddled a bit with placement until I felt like the elements complimented each other, glued the white glitter backing to the globe, then glued that to the card, ending with the peace die cut. I hope you agree! The dies I used on this card were purchased because I could see a festive (after all it sparkles like crazy) non-denominational card.  I'm glad I followed my vision through to completion - now, I should get busy making those cards!
Just another look :)
We would love to see your Festive creations! Just pop over to the blog, Always Use Rubber, take a look at the rules (very important!!) and link up! I hope that each and everyone of you has a joyous season ~ Hugs! Christi

I would like to enter my "Peace" card in the following challenges:
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge, #310, Vintage, or Anything Goes as Long as It's Christmas
A Vintage Journey (December) Winter Magic
Quick Quotes - #70, Colors Blue & Silver (or grey)
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes & A Sentiment
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'  - Anything Christmas Goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - #329, Christmas
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - (December) #86, Christmas is Coming

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Things with Wings ~ Always Use Rubber Challenge #4

I hope this post finds everyone happy and healthy! Personally, this time of year is not good for my poor old body, but nothing I can't handle!  Today's theme, chosen by Jane, is Things with Wings - you can use anything with wings that you want to as long as you use rubber/polymer stamping! Please take a peek at our simple rules to ensure your entry fits with our challenge.  If you play, you have the chance of becoming our monthly winner of a gift certificate from our fabulous sponsor, Alleystamp!




What I Used to Make my Card
White Card Base
Homemade Background Paper - various washi tapes
Archival Ink in Jet Black
Distress Ink in Antique Paper
Tim Holtz Crazy Bird  Stamps #CMS212
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Birds Dies #660954
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Stamps #CMS237
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Dies #660953
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Labels, #660060
Zig Clean Color Markers
Dove Blender Pen
Sentiment from Hampton Art, PS0806G (discontinued but Available)
Scrap of Vanilla Card
Black Photo Corners from Xyron (they are shiny) Discontinued but Available




I confess I made the washi tape background eons ago - all I did was take all my white & off white tapes and stick them to some cardstock, then I "dyed" them with Distress Ink in Antique Paper (I smooshed some ink on the tape and used a baby wipe to clean off the excess and dye the tapes).  It's been sitting in my "Use This ASAP" basket since I made it.  I thought the background went well with my dapper bird and sentiment that is done in a vintage sort of font.

I colored my Crazy Bird with Zig Clean Color Markers and a blender pen.  The jaunty little hat was originally going to be part of a Halloween costume, but it never made it - it, too, was colored with the Clean Color Marker.  I cut a slit in the hat and put it on the birds head.  I attached the bird onto the washi tape background.

I then stamped my sentiment on cream (vanilla) colored cardstock, cut it out using the Labels Die Set and edged it in black to give it a bit more oomph. I
Another Look
attached that to the background paper also.  Lastly, I adhered the homemade background paper onto the card base using shiny black photo corners (and a bit of glue).  


I really think his eyes look like he's been out on the town and is just realizing how the sentiment is speaking to him - I'm thinking it's time for him to head back to his nest!

I hope you enjoyed my Things with Wings card and I sincerely hope you'll join in the Always Use Rubber challenge! I appreciate you stopping by and reading all about my card - if you decide to follow me, please leave me a comment with your blog info, I'll pop over and gladly follow you ~ fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my Things with Wings card in the following challenges:
The Amusing Challenge - (M) Anything Goes
Crafty Boots - Things with Wings
Creative with Stamps - #8, Use a Bird Stamp
Critters & Creatures - (M), #9, Must Have a Critter or Creature on Card 





Saturday, November 5, 2016

Always Use Rubber ~ Destination Paris (#3)

I know this post is late - I got my dates messed up.  Ah well,  Better late than never, right? I made this card for the Always Use Rubber Challenge, #3, the theme this go round is Destinations.  You can use any type of destination, real or imaginary, as long as you use rubber/polymer stamps.  We'd love to have you join us!

I decided I'd like to go to Paris - I wanted to make this card look like an old fashioned post card.  What do you think?



What I Used to Make my Card:
(Most of these products are discontinued but readily available online)
Kraft Card Base
White Cardstock
Adirondack Ink in Latte, Currant & Caramel
Tim Holtz Stamp Set French Market, #CSS25863
Tim Holtz Washi Tape (I think it's Correspondence?)
Martha Stewart Pastel Mini Pearls
Basic Grey Bling It Rhinestones
Dresden Star in Gold

I have had these Adirondack Ink pads since I started stamping back in the '90's - they were the first ink pads I ever bought and I still love the color palette.  I know Ranger is discontinuing and revamping their inks, but you can still get these beautiful earthtone inks from most places online.  So, thinking about the vintage postcard look I wanted, of course I turned to these ink pads.

Another Look
I began by stamping the diamond pattern from the French Market set using the caramel ink and a very light touch.  I then stamped the Eiffel Tower over the background using the currant ink.  To blend the background and the image a bit better, I stippled latte ink over the entire piece.  I added the washi tape to the top and bottom of the panel and blinged it out a bit.  I cut the Dresden star in half and added that to the sides of the main image.  Lastly, I mounted the stamped panel to a Kraft card base. 

I enjoyed "getting back to my roots" with the ink choices and stippling (something I haven't done in SO long).  I hope you'll break out some of your long lost rubber and join us at Always Use Rubber! ~ I hope to see your stamped cards and projects there ~ Christi

I would like to enter my Destination Paris card in the following challenges:
Everybody Art Challenge - #387, Vintage
Brown Sugar Challenge - #223, Anything Goes
Craft Stamper Magazine (November) - Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I'd love it if you'd follow me (please let me know in the comments!) and I'd be thrilled to add your blog to my blog list.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cat Lover's Blog Hop Entry #5 ~ Trick or Treat Kitties

Hi all! Here is card #5 that I made to participate in the Cat Lover's Blog Hop 

If this is your second (or more) time here, feel free to skip all this stuff until you get to "What I Used to Make my Card", that will be different for each card I make for the hop. For those of you that haven't been reading my blog long, you can learn all about my fur babies by clicking on the page at the top of my blog, or, just click here

I had colored in a bunch of the Crazy Cats a while ago (I color while watching TV) and water colored them with Distress Markers and Kuretake Clean Color Markers.  If I can recall what I used for each design I will certainly let you know. Everything is stamped with waterproof black ink pads.

OK, enough housekeeping stuff, on to my final card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Black Cardstock
Tim Holtz Stamps Crazy Cats #CMS251
Tim Holtz Stamps Crazy Things #CMS237
Tim Holtz Stamps Mini Cats & Dogs CMS272
Tim Holtz Stamps Crazy Talk #CMS236
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Cats Dies #661209
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Dies #660953
Kuretake Real Brush Clean Color Markers
Skull & Bones Punch from EK Success 
Pop Dots

The list of ingredients makes this card seem much more complicated than it was to make.  The clown kitty was spotted with my set of Clean Color Real Brush markers, as was the tie and his hat.  The little kitty (I sorta had a theme in my head that this was Dad's first time taking his son Trick or Treating alone and the Dad cat has NO idea what the son cat is dressed as - but is too scared to ask) is dressed up in a skull and bones punch, using that white Sharpie again to make the white eyes on the black card. I die cut all the pieces, glued the hat & tie on the big kitty, attached all the skull & bones pieces to the little kitty, and pop dotted the pumpkin and the cats onto the card base.  Finally I stamped the sentiment onto the card using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black. You can see the dimension in the picture on the left.  It should get larger if you click on the image, please let me know if it doesn't!
   
I really enjoyed participating in the Cat Lover's Blog Hop - seeing all the amazing creations, saying hi to my "old" cat lover friends, making new cat lover friends and the fabulous prizes - well, let's just say Janis did a FABULOUS job as always! If you didn't make it this year consider marking your calendar (and following Janis' blog, Her Peaceful Garden) so you'll remember! Thank you all who have commented so sweetly on my creations ~ hugs! Christi

I would like to enter my Trick or Treat Kitties in the following challenges:
Creative Friday - #165, Spooky
Cut it Up - #108, Halloween in Non-Traditional Colors

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cat Lover's Blog Hop Entry #4 ~ Pumpkin Kitty

Hi all! Here is card #4 that I made to participate in the Cat Lover's Blog Hop 

If this is your fourth (or more) time here, feel free to skip all this stuff until you get to "What I Used to Make my Card", that will be different for each card I make for the hop. For those of you that haven't been reading my blog long, you can learn all about my fur babies by clicking on the page at the top of my blog, or, just click here

I had colored in a bunch of the Crazy Cats a while ago (I color while watching TV) and water colored them with Distress Markers and Kuretake Clean Color Markers.  If I can recall what I used for each design I will certainly let you know. Everything is stamped with waterproof black ink pads.

OK, enough housekeeping stuff, on to my fourth card:


What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Penny Black "Bewitched" Stamp Set, #30-318
Die-Namics (MFT) Stitched Oval Stax, #MFT-521
My Minds Eye Background Paper - "Spooked" Collection (retired but available)
Pop Dots

Another Penny Black image water colored with Distress Markers, I intentionally left the kitty uncolored so the pumpkin image would pop out.  Again, cut with one of the Stitched Ovals from the Die-Namics set, this time pop dotted on background paper from MME.  All layered onto a white card base - easy peasy card, and I love that MME background paper - I only have a bit of it left and I am hoarding it (LOL). 

Thanks again for stopping by - I really appreciate it! Only one more day to enter the Hop and I do hope you have been entering, or at least commenting on the entries, for a chance to win (there are a lot of them - I'm way behind LOL) ~ Hugs! Christi

I'd like to enter my Pumpkin Kitty in the following challenges:
The Cat Lover's Blog Hop
The Mod Squad - Halloween Fun
Crafty Creations - #327, Water Color
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Pumpkins or the Color Orange
Deep Ocean Challenge - #140, Halloween

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cat Lover's Blog Hop #3 ~ Witchy Kitty

Hi all! Here is card #3 that I made to participate in the Cat Lover's Blog Hop 

If this is your second (or third) time here, feel free to skip all this stuff until you get to "What I Used to Make my Card", that will be different for each card I make for the hop. For those of you that haven't been reading my blog long, you can learn all about my fur babies by clicking on the page at the top of my blog, or, just click here

I had colored in a bunch of the Crazy Cats a while ago (I color while watching TV) and water colored them with Distress Markers and Kuretake Clean Color Markers.  If I can recall what I used for each design I will certainly let you know. Everything is stamped with waterproof black ink pads.

OK, enough housekeeping stuff, on to my third card:


What I Used to Make my Card:
Black Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Authentique Background Paper from the "Spirited Collection", #SPI020 (retired but available)
Penny Black "Bewitched" Stamp Set, #30-318
Die-Namics (MFT) Stitched Oval Stax, #MFT-521
Blender Pen
Corner Cut Punch

Like before, this little witchy kitty was colored beforehand, but I know I used Distress Inks with the blender pen this time.  I die cut the image with a Die-Namics die, one of the Stitched Ovals from the Stax set.  I used a black card base, layered on paper from Authentique, after I punched the corners of the layer with a corner punch.  Adhered everything together and I was done!

I am truly enjoying this blog hop - the other participants are so sweet, and the prizes are awesome.  I hope you get a chance to participate ~ thanks! Christi

I would like to enter my Witchy Kitty card in the following challenges:
Marker Pop - #106, Halloween (I used Distress Markers)
Fantasy Stampers - #74, Halloween Fun
Inky Chicks - #74, Too Cute to Spook

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cat Lover's Blog Hop - #2 ~ Bunny Kitty

Hi all! Here is card #2 that I made to participate in the Cat Lover's Blog Hop 

If this is your second time here, feel free to skip all this stuff until you get to "What I Used to Make my Card", that will be different for each card I make for the hop. For those of you that haven't been reading my blog long, you can learn all about my fur babies by clicking on the page at the top of my blog, or, just click here

I had colored in a bunch of the Crazy Cats a while ago (I color while watching TV) and water colored them with Distress Markers and Kuretake Clean Color Markers.  If I can recall what I used for each design I will certainly let you know. Everything is stamped with waterproof black ink pads.

OK, enough housekeeping stuff, on to my first card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Tim Holtz Stamps Crazy Talk. #CMS236 
Tim Holtz Stamps Crazy Cats #CMS251
Tim Holtz Stamps Crazy Things #CMS237
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Cats Dies #661209
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Dies #660953
Crazy Eyes
Little White Puff Pom Pom Ball


After I die cut the cat and the ears, I colored the cat with Distress Markers and the outside of the ears with the Sharpie water based paint pen.  Let me just say that this Sharpie marker is the BEST white pen I have ever used.  You do have to be careful because you use a pump action to get the paint flowing and you can get a blob if you aren't paying attention.  But, the paint actually covers over other inks and such, and they last so much longer than any gel pen I've had.  Oh and they are fairly cheap! 

I glued the cat to my card base (after I cut off his ears - poor thing), then attached the pom pom and the crazy eyes.  I stamped the sentiment and viola, card is done and ready to go! 

Thank you SO much for reading all this and please come back tomorrow - the Cat Lover's Blog Hop runs until October 29, 2016 so I will be posting more cat cards, sometimes twice in one day (yippee!).  Hugs! Christi 

I am entering my Bunny Card in the following challenges:
The Cat Lover's Blog Hop (of course)
Country View Challenges - (M) October - Something Spooky
Wednesday's Creative Inspiration Challenge - #260, Halloween/Fall
Cards & More - #170, Halloween
CAS on Sunday - #94, Halloween