Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Get Well Card

My sweet neighbor was having some minor dental surgery (if ANY surgery can really be called minor) so I made her this get well card.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Neat & Tangled Friendly Florals Stamp Set
Neat & Tangled Friendly Florals Die Set
Zig Clean Color Markers
Gelly Roll White Gel Pen (for the center of some flowers)
Watercolor Paper
Lawn Fawn Scripty Sayings, #LF844
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Hero Arts Ink in Amethyst 

I've been coloring this stamp set since I bought it and I must say it has moved to the front of the line for the coloring fun it offers.  I've been making cards furiously with it; faster than I can even take pictures or blog about them!  And the dies work like a dream; I haven't had to throw out a single cut, except where *I* messed up - very easy to line up!  I actually had one set of these flowers colored and cut already but it was so easy to make a matching bunch.  I like how the florals "frame" the sentiment.

As I said, I quickly colored another bouquet of flowers, adding some of the extra flowers and leaves.  Once I had the placement of all my flowers, I stamped the sentiment directly onto the card; I don't use these stamps nearly enough!  The flowing script is so cute and it was one of the very first Lawn Fawn sets I ever bought.  I like that Lawn Fawn doesn't discontinue their stamps in what seems like a second; I hate it when you FINALLY purchase a set you have been dying for and the next thing you know the manufacturer "retires" it!  Not that retirement ever stops me from using a set - I just like to let my readers know where I found the products I use and it stinks if I can't provide a link.  I have fond memories of seeing a set used on cards and trying to find out who made them.  Before Lawn Fawn, I was strictly a Tim Holtz kinda gal (and I still do love Tim!)  Nothing cute here!  My tastes have grown, I'd say!
Another Peek

Anyhow, I attached the flowers directly to the card, framing my sentiment, and had the Man leave it for her on her table for her to see when she returned from her operation.  We care for her little dog, Lola, when she won't be available in time to feed her or let her out.  It's fantastic because I get all the good stuff about owning a dog (Lola used to stay here in our home when the previous owner lived here; she will often walk right in, which doesn't thrill the cats very much, but they have all gotten used to each other and there is minimal hissing and spitting now) but I don't have to deal with all the yucky dog stuff.  Except the yard poop patrol because Lola wants to ensure everyone knows this is HER house, too, so she leaves her scent all around.

The card was sweetly appreciated and she is well on the way to having her mouth back.  I was happy to make this card for her; I truly enjoyed coloring the flowers.  I hope you like it as much as I do!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  Also, a quick note to let you know I do have a giveaway going on right now (until the end of the month) so you might want to check out all the details here Have a great day! Christi

I am entering my Get Well Card in the following challenges:
Crafting by Designs - Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Bright & Cheerful
Tuesday Throwdown - #397, You're on my Mind
Allsorts - Use 2 or More Dies {I used the floral die twice}
The Flower Challenge - #21,  Use a Previous Challenge {I used #1, Anything Goes}
Creatalicious Challenges - #141, Anything Goes, with optional Flowers

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day!

Since the cats were so thoughtful and got me some Harry & David truffles for Mother's Day, I figured the least I can do is make them a card to give to their dad for Father's Day! I hope you like it!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Vanilla Card Base
Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card Dies, #LF1486 (I used the hills only)
Lawn Fawn Bayou Backdrop, #LF1624
Lawn Fawn Rub-A-Dub-Dub Stamp set, #LF1583
Lawn Fawn Rub-A-Dub-Dub Dies set, #LF1584
Lawn Fawn Toadally Awesome Stamp set, #LF1581
Lawn Fawn Toadally Awesome Dies set, #LF1582
Lawn Fawn Ocean Wave Accents Dies, #LF1436
Zig Clean Color Markers
Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black
Watercolor Card
Blue Card for Water, Brown Card for Hills, Green Dotted Card for Backdrop

This card might seem intimidating considering all the different stamps and dies I used, but it was really not difficult to put together and I think the "pull it all together" piece is the backdrop.  I hope Lawn Fawn makes more of this type of stand alone die.  I have SO many ideas on how to use it; I've already seen a few cards using it upside down so the hanging vines are like seaweed! So cool!

I started this card as I do most cards; I colored and cut the main characters which, in this case, are the ducks.  I knew I had to use them since the Man & I used to feed the ducks by his apartment in Michigan.  I love feeding the ducks, and he even made sure we had cracked corn to feed them and not bread since bread is supposed to be bad for the ducks and wild birds.  So sweet!  So I colored the ducks, cut out all the components I'd be using from the Bayou Backdrop, and used the Wave Accents to cut the little pockets in the water; the ducks had to be able to swim!

When I began to put the card together, I noticed that it needed a little more action other than just the cute ducks, so I looked through my stash of critters and found one more lone frog left over from my Hoppy Mother's Day card.  I decided he'd be a great addition.  Along with him, there was a small butterfly and a pond lily (actually, I think I colored the lily with Copics, I am trying to figure out how to use them since I have such a great stash) all colored and cut; perfect!  I also stamped, colored, and cut some cattails from the Toadally Awesome set because I like them better than the ones that came with the Backdrop.  Once everyone and everything was glued down, I stamped the sentiment directly on the card, along with some little flies for the frog to eat. 

So, while this card used a lot of components, it actually didn't take that long to put it together.  I hope the Man likes it; I had a blast constructing it!  Thanks so much for checking out my little tutorial!  I hope you have a chance to enter my giveaway; all the details are on this post.  Have a lovely day ~ Christi

I am entering the Happy Father's day Card in the following challenges:
Lawn Fawnatics - #30, Cards for Guys
Allsorts Challenges - #472, Use at Least 2 Dies
Simply Create. Too - M, #139, For a Male
Cardz for Guyz - #196, Father's Day
Unicorn Challenge Blog - #33, Masculine

Friday, June 15, 2018

There's a Cat in the Tub?

This is my first post for the Die Cut Divas Design Team and I want to thank the entire team for the wonderfully warm welcome!  If this is your first time here, or your 100th, I invite you sit, take a break, and hopefully have some fun! 

This month's challenge is sponsored by Frantic Stamper and the theme is Animals/Pets.  Should be an easy one; most of us have SOME sort of animal die and I have been thoroughly enjoying your makes thus far in the challenge.  You do want to join in {you have about two more weeks} because this is the fabulous prize you can win:
Worth $20!!
As some of you may know, I have the Fabulous Feline Five; four males and one chubby, short black girl.  Mew is my baby and I knew when I found out the theme I had the purrfect card to make.  See, Mew likes to use our tub as a gym.  Actually, closer to a skateboard ramp.  She throws herself around the tub (sometimes she does it SO hard I am positive she's hurt herself, but she loves it!), talks and purrs and generally has a great time, to the point we were actually discussing having just a shower stall put in but that idea was nixed.  After all, what would Mew do?  Anyway, here is my card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Zig Clean Color Markers 
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' Stamp set, #LF1315
Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin' Die set, #LF1316 
Lawn Fawn Rub-a-Dub-Dub Stamp set, #LF1583
Lawn Fawn Rub-a-Dub-Dub Die set, #LF1584
Lawn Fawn Slide on Over Circles, #LF1382
KasierCraft Paper Pad, Misty Mountains, 6.5" x 6.5", #PP1040
Alcohol Markers, Spectrum Noir, BT1 & BT2
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Watering Can
Foam Tape, white
Darice 5mm Crystal Clear Sequins, #10043-8

I have a confession - this is my very first interactive card ever.  I recently purchased the Slide On Over Circles die set, watched the Lawn Fawn Video, and gave it a try.  I definitely would change things a bit the next time I make one of these cards but, all in all, it was a lot of fun!  

I began this card by stamping all the kitties with Jet Black ink on some watercolor paper.  Then I colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers (I just got the 90 color pack - my gift to me for my birthday!), let them completely dry, and cut them out with the matching dies.  Secondly, I stamped all the bubbles, and the bathtub with Watering Can ink (I found black to be too harsh for the outline); colored them with Spectrum Noir #BT1 and highlighted with #BT2.  Please be kind, I am still very, very new working with alcohol inks!  Once the bubbles were dry, I cut them out as well.
Another Look

Then I took the background paper and used the smallest Slide On Over Circle die and used that to make my interactive element.  I am not going to go into how I made the card since Lawn Fawn has a wonderfully easy video on how to construct this type of card and if you'd like to learn how I made it, I highly suggest going to the video.  This is the second time I've made this type of card and this one went together MUCH easier than the first; I guess practice does make perfect!

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on white card and mounted it on some pink card, to give the illusion of a picture hanging on the bathroom wall (I am waiting for the Lawn Fawn Mini Picture Frames Die set to get here - they would have been purrfect!!) and my card was done.  

Thank you for stopping by my blog today and I'll be back on the 25th of this month with another project for this month's Die Cut Divas challenge.  In the meantime, why don't you whip up a project with an animal or pet in it and join in the fun at Die Cut Divas? I hope to see you there!  Oh, one more reminder, there are about two more weeks to enter my giveaway, check out all the details here - who knows, you might win! Thanks SO much, Christi

I am entering my There's a Cat in the Tub? Card in the following challenges:
Crafty Animals - #15 Anything Goes with an Animal
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies {entry 2}
2 Crafty Crazy Critters - #15, Anything Goes with a Critter 
Creative with Stamps - #27, Cute Animals
Art Impressions - #234, Odd Animals {it is odd for a cat to bathe in the tub!}
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Animal Crackers

Monday, June 11, 2018

Dreaming of You

A while back I posted a card made with a Memory Box die that had these adorable bunnies and I spoke about buying the sheep at the same time.  Now, I KNEW I had made a card with the sheep; they are just too cute to keep filed away.  Today I finally found the card that I knew I'd made! I'm happy I found the card; not so happy that I forgot about it! 

What I Used to Make this Card:
White Card Base
Memory Box Leaping Sheep Die, #99903
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
Silver Shimmer Card
Silver Glitter Card
My Monthly Hero, August of 2017, for sentiment and clouds
Die-Namics Stitched Oval STAX, #MFT-521
White Card
Black Card

I knew exactly how I was going to use these sheep, but before I settled on which ones I was going to use I cut out a bazillion, like I typically do.  In addition to this sheep, there is one that is smaller.  I made brown sheep, beige sheep, and even black sheep - in both sizes.  That was wonderful until one of my darling fur babies got into the stash and tipped it over.  All over.  Needless to say, a sheep herder I am not.  I'm STILL finding them and this was over 2 months ago.  Happily, I had set aside these four already, so the damage wasn't too great.
Another Peek

Having my sheep done, I chose a dark grey for the night sky, silver card for the moon, silver glitter card for the large star, some white puffy clouds, and a few sequin silver stars.  I used the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit from August, 2017 for the moon, large star, clouds, and the sentiment.  I cut the sentiment using one of the stitched oval stax dies.  Once I had the placement down, the card made itself.  In retrospect, a few of the sheep just might be looking a tad too high, but I still think it's a cute card.

I hope you like this card as much as I do - it's a bit different than what I typically make, but I have SO many other ideas.  Wouldn't these sheep be darling on a baby shower card? I can see them frolicking in the snow for a winter themed card, perhaps meeting up with the bunnies.  I could go on and on but I won't.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon! Christi 

PS: My giveaway will be closing on June 30, 2018 - it is open internationally and you can get all the details here. Good Luck!

I am entering my Dreaming of You card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes with a Critter
a to z Scrapbooking - M, Monochrome
Creative with Stamps - M, Cute Animals
Happy Little Stampers - M, Anything Goes w/ Die Cuts
Get Creative Challenge - M, Monochrome
Path of Positivity - #60 - M, Anything Goes w/ specified color {neutrals}
Monochrome Magic - #11, Monochrome {entry 2}
Art Impressions - Odd Animals
Inspiration Destination - #152, Anything Goes, and Use a REAL Stamp
Stars Stampz - Monochrome

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Guys Have it at Stinkin' Inkers

The monthly theme for June at Stinkin' Inkers is The Guys Have It.  My man just so happens to have his birthday in May, so by the time you read this post he's already gotten his card and he loved it! Of course he did, I made it for him.  I hope you like my creation, too!

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Black Card
Red Card
Tiny Graven Alphabet {company out of business}
Silhouette Cameo
Free Font - Loki-Cola from
Die-Versions Whispers Retro-Car, #DV-528 {retired but available}
Wink of Stella in Clear
Numbers Embossing Folder {local craft big box}
Homemade Dots
Craft Foam {see this post to read about the foam I used}

I had an idea in my head of how I wanted his birthday card to look.  Part of my inspiration came from the fact that my man is a Coca-Cola™ addict.  He drinks the stuff like it is going out of style.  I knew what I wanted the front of his card to say and to tie in his soda addiction {he calls it pop.  I guess it makes all the difference depending on where you grew up. It will always be soda to me.}  I chose a free font to design and cut the word "classic" for the front.  That was the easy part.

Before I even started my Silhouette Cameo machine, I decided to stamp the part of the sentiment leading up to the word "classic."  Some of you may remember how difficult it was to stamp personalized sentiments with the old fashioned wood mounted stamps.  Well, that was what I used on the front of this card.  And, honestly, I was stunned that I only had to stamp it once.  Of course, it's far from perfect but I wanted the words to be sort of wonky
Sparkle & You can see the
numbers a little bit

 {plus I knew I'd never, ever get the letters in any semblance of a line so I had decided if it was readable, it would work.}  Once that part was done, I sized the "classic" to fit on the panel for the front.

Then I made my car.  I cut out red card and some craft foam and glued them together.  I used clear Wink of Stella a few times {letting it dry in between coats} to give the car a sparkly finish.  All the components of the card were set aside while I took a piece of black card, embossed it with an old embossing folder I had, which was nothing but numbers, attached the white panel with the sentiment on it, and glued on the "Classic" I had made with my Silhouette Cameo.  In hindsight, you can barely see the numbers from the embossing folder, so I could have
skipped that step but, since it doesn't hurt the card any and since there was NO WAY I was going to stamp out all those words again letter by letter (!), 
I continued on and attached the white panel.  I also thought that perhaps I should have used dimensional dots, but the card was glued, so that was that.  

Lastly, I attached the foam backed car and the two plastic dots.  I made the dots out of Perler beads; they have a slight dimple in the center (that seems to only happen with the black ones) but he doesn't notice that sort of stuff so no worries.  I hope you decide to make at least one masculine card and join us at Stinkin' Inkers - I'd love to see you there!  Fondly, Christi

I am entering my You're Not Old, You're a Classic card in the following challenges:
Crafty Friends Challenge - #85, Happy Birthday
Always Happy Birthday - M, Anything Goes
Simply Create, Too - M, #139, For a Male
Crafting by Designs - For the Boys
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Cards in Envy - Let's Hear it for the Boys!
Dream Valley Challenges - #180, For a Man or Boy
Tuesday Throwdown - #395, What a Guy!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Coffee Helps me Maintain ~ 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Another card for the Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop! I went to a local craft store that I've been meaning to visit a few days ago and I was SO happy to find this adorable Spellbinders' die set!  Most of the items in the store are consignments, so I snagged the set at more than half off!  The coffee gods were smiling down at me.

What I Used to Make my Card:
Kraft Card Base
White Card
Spellbinders Die Set, Hipster 1, #S2-212
CAS-ual Fridays Sentiment, Coffee Talk 
CAS-ual Fri Dies,  Coffee Cup
MFT/Die-Namics Stitched Oval STAX, #MFT-0521
Scraps of Patterned Paper
Dark Brown Card
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black

The card was inspired by a card on the Spellbinders' site that illustrates the dies in use.  I loved the three cups, so I decided to make three cups for my card, too.  I started by cutting out the cups from white card, then I cut the cup out of patterned paper {which I dug out of my scraps stash} and the little cup
Another Peek
holder from brown card.  I carefully cut the tops off the patterned paper and glued that onto the white card
bodies, followed by the cup holder.

While the cups were drying, I stamped my sentiment onto some white card and cut the word 'coffee' from some dark brown card.  I used a stitched oval die to cut out the sentiment, making sure it was at the bottom of the oval.  I attached the oval to the kraft card base, then glued the word 'coffee' to the top of the oval. 

Once I had the cups positioned, I attached those to the base as well.  Lastly, I used some of my homemade dots to finish off the card.  I love the floral coffee cups; I was getting bored with everything being shades of brown.  Thanks for stopping in and I hope you like this card as much as I do! Fondly, Christi

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Moo-Mania - Die Cuts
Scrapy Land - #90, Anything Goes w/ Dies {entry #3}
Through the Craft Room Door - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Use Patterned Paper

Monday, May 28, 2018

Nature's Solution ~ 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Another fabulous coffee card for the 2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.  I've been wanting to use the Hero Arts Spice Market stamp again and this was the perfect opportunity.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Hero Arts, Basic Grey Spice Market, #CG638 {retired but available}

Watercolor Paper
Sue Wilson Toronto die, #CED6204
CAS-ual Fridays Sentiment, Coffee Talk 
CAS-ual Fri Dies,  Coffee Cup
Simon Says Stamp Detail White Embossing Powder
Distress Oxide Inks in Gathered Twigs, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo
Distress Sprayer
Distress Ink in Ground Espresso
Versamark Ink
Shades of Brown Cardstock

I had an idea in my head about how I wanted this card to look and I can proudly say it looks like it does in my head!  That's an amazing feat!  I began with a piece of watercolor paper, place it in my MISTI, and covered the middle area with a piece of scrap, about 1 3/4" high and long enough to cover the card side to side.  Then I stamped the Spice Market stamp onto the paper, removed the strip of paper, and embossed the image using white embossing powder.  If you click on the picture you can see the background stamp inked with the Versamark ink.   

Once the embossing was finished, I colored the image with the brown shades of
Oxide inks, spraying the inks with the Distress sprayer, re-inking, and generally working the colors until I got a balance of color that pleased me.  My next step was to stamp the sentiment directly on the panel, but my plans were changed because the ink ran a bit.  I guess I didn't wait long enough for the watercolor paper to dry.  No problem!  If there is one
thing I've learned from being a crafter it's how to step back and regroup!  I cut a piece of brown card, edged it with Ground Espresso ink and stamped the sentiment on that.  I attached the die cut to the card and then glued my already cut "coffee."  

I think the card came out wonderfully and I just cannot get enough of the CAS-ual Friday snarky coffee sayings!  I hope you'll join me in the Hop and then pop on over to my giveaway post and enter! I have TONS of great stuff to give away!  Thanks! Christi

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
2018 Spring/Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop #3
ScrapyLand - #90, Anything Goes w/ Dies They Sell
The Artistic Stamper - M, Background, {entry #2}
Crop Stop Challenge - May Challenge
A Blog Named Hero - Watercolor {my background is watercolored}
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - I is for Inky {entry 2}
Monochrome Magic - Anything Goes Monochrome, TWIST: No Patterned Papers