Sunday, May 21, 2017

Floral Hello

Hi everyone! I love all the texture on this card; plus, I feel like I sort of "re-purposed" a die. I hope you enjoy my card.

What I Used to Make this Card:
White Card Base
White Cardstock
Various Colored Cardstock
Green Cardstock
Darice Floral Vines Embossing Folder, 1218115 (got mine at ConsumerCrafts)

Plain Butterfly Wreath
First thing I did was cut out out the wreath die in green, thinking that I would attached the flowers from the Floral Confetti and the green would be the stems and leaves. Well, let me tell you, I ended up with a huge amount of flowers; in fact, you will be seeing a card I made with the leftovers very soon.
The Flowers

Once I had my flowers and wreath cut, I worked on my craft mat so that any glue leaking wouldn't be an issue, since I knew I'd be gluing things in places they technically didn't belong.  It took me days to get the placement of the flowers where I wanted them (please don't take me literally - I typically work on a few projects at once, so when I say days I really mean some time each day, for a few
Placing the Flowers
days. Clear as mud?) but I finally did, cleverly covering all the butterflies, and I even snuck a heart into the design. 

Setting the wreath aside to dry fully overnight, I wasn't sure what else I was going to do to the card. I could have left the card alone after I placed the wreath on it,  but I felt a bit more was needed. Using white card, I embossed a piece that was about 5 1/4" x 4" using the Floral Vines Embossing folder.  Liking what I saw, I still felt there was one thing missing.  I had the Hero Arts Stamp & Cut set on my desk (ok, truthfully, I
KNEW it was on my desk but it took me a few minutes a while to find it.  Once I did, I used the
Another Look
die to cut out "hello" in lavender cardstock.  This card is so colorful and bright in person; I'm very pleased with the outcome. 

Thanks for stopping by! I truly appreciate all your support and I hope you get a chance to check out the Dies R Us Inspiration blog for fresh projects every day! Fondly, Christi

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  
Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 

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I am entering my Floral Hello Card in the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge: #194, Spring Fever
Aud Sentiments - #180, Anything Goes with a Sentiment
Cardz for Galz - #47, Add Some Texture 
Crafty Gals Challenges - #123, Add Flowers
Word Art Wednesday - #282 -282, Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - #383, Texture
a2z Scrapbooking - May, Sentiment is Main Focus
Country View Challenges - May, Flower Power
Die Cut Diva's - May, May Flowers
Happy Little Crafters - May, Anything Goes with Die Cute

Friday, May 5, 2017

Playing with Oxide Inks, #1 (and Hero Arts)

Hi everyone! I am thrilled to say I finally got a chance to play with my oxide inks and, if you could see my craft room, it is very apparent that I am nowhere near done.  But I tore myself away from playing to write this up and begin to show you how I used the inks.  As always, you can find tons of information on YouTube, Pinterest, and many other social media sites.  Here is my card:

For some reason the "Thank You" looks really pinky red.  It matches better
than that in real life

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
White Panel 
Hero Arts Spice Market Background, #CG638 (Disc. Got mine at Amazon)
Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
Distress Oxides in Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio & Broken China
Lawn Fawn Thank You Border
Scrap of Matching Paper for Border
Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending Tool

In the interest of general disclosure, I really thought I wouldn't be able to this. I was positive that I would mess it up somehow - it was so bad, in fact, I waited, with all the products out & ready to go, while I gathered my courage. Turns out it was one of the simplest things I've ever done!  While some people suggest you do your background first and then do the embossing, since this is such a large stamp (I have missed inking up parts of large stamps before) I decided to do the embossing first,  I used my trusty MISTI, just in case I missed a part of the stamp, inked it with embossing ink, and stamped onto white card.  I then repeated the procedure just to be safe.  My embossing ink pad is SO old, it has different embossing inks and fluids mixed on it but I do get a faint pink color after something has been stamped, so that does help you to know you are good and got the entire stamp. 

How I started the Panel
I used Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White Embossing powder (backtrack a bit - I did dust the paper with those dust things that are supposed to help you to only get embossing powder where you want it.  I do it every time because I'm conditioned and I do think it helps a lot.)  One of my biggest issues was with white powder.  I always, without fail, get it everywhere.  I never embossed white onto black or navy because it looked just SO bad.  Since I have been using the Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White Embossing Powder, my fears have gone.  I don't know what magic they put into this, but I have had nothing but nice, clean embossing (unless *I* mess it up.)  I bought a bottle a month or two ago and I already need another bottle. Worth it to me! (I am not compensated by Simon Says Stamp, I just love it when I find a solution to a problem and I hope others might benefit from the information.)
The Panel before it got cut down

Anyway, once the heart embossing on the background was cooled, I took the Tim Holtz Mini Blending Tool and some blending foam and went to work.  I love these inks.  You don't HAVE to spritz them with water, in fact, for this card I like the "straight" (no water) technique.  I just patted my blending tool (with the foam on it) onto the ink and randomly sort of slid my ink around the card.  The ink is not exactly wet, but it is creamy so you can slide fairly easily.  And I used regular cardstock for this card.  Once I had the colors the way I wanted them, I simply sized the panel down, cut out the "Thank You" die in a complementing color and attached everything together.  I am very pleased with the colors I used and how well they work together.  I have been playing like CRAZY (lots of good info on Pinterest; I have a Distress Oxides board you might want to look at) and can't wait to show you the next card I made.  I resisted these inks, even after I saw what they could do, my left side brain said "They are just chalk ink" and my right brain  
Just another Look
said "Oh, heck no! Tim put out new ink!" and I researched them, YouTubed them, finally decided to bite the bullet, and I am SO glad I did!  You don't have to buy all of them (I didn't, I bought a few, played, and then bought all of them) at first; you can make stunning blends with just two or three of them.

It's a shame you can't see the card in person.  The colors are so pretty and so much brighter than the photos. Also, the "thank you" die cut is actually much more purple than pink, but I fiddled with the photos like crazy and I can't get the color to come out right, you'll have to trust me.  I've got a couple more cards in the works using these inks and I can't wait to share them with you.  Did you get the Oxide Inks? What do you think of them?

Thank you SO much for reading and I hope I've inspired you to try something new! Please consider following me (if you do, tell me in a comment so I can follow you back!) on any of the social media options I have on the sidebar.  Hope you are having a blessed day! Christi

I am entering my Thank You card in the following challenges:
a 2 z Scrapbooking - M, May Challenge - Sentiment is the Main Focus
Mix It Up - #1, May Challenge - Anything Goes w/option of Embossing
Making Memories - #5, May Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - A Hint of Pink (and Hero Arts)
Card Mania - #92, May Challenge, Life is Colorful
Color Throwdown - #441 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Sympathy Card & The April CCC Reveal

** two posts today - if you are looking for Stinkin' Inkers, click here**

This April's Card Chain Challenge is a sad one.  My receiving partner had a loss in her family, so I wanted to make her a sweet and simple condolence card.  To do that, this month I followed the sketch:
The CCC Sketch I Used
And here is the card I created for her:

I hope my card brings her some comfort. At the very least, she knows I am thinking of her.  

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Black Card Panel
White Cardstock
Unity Stamp Peace, Courage & Memories sentiment, GKD-004A
Darice Embossing Folder, Vine Pattern, #1219-136
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Forty-One (on sale for $4.49!!)
Simon Says Stamp Detail White Embossing Powder
Embossing Fluid
Die-Versions Whispers Stitched Nesting Squares, #DV-572 (for fishtail)
White Resin Flowers (from stash)
Pop Dots

First thing I did was find a nice embossing folder.  I think the Vine Pattern embossing folder can be used for many occasions.  I cut a panel (which, in my case is typically 1/4" smaller than the card base) out of black card and ran it through my Big Shot to emboss it.  I also ran some scrap white card through,
Some Dimension
matching the pattern, but you can barely see it (tip: die cut your cardstock before you dry emboss it!)  Once the cardstock was embossed, I set the black panel aside to figure out how I was going to make the fishtail I needed to coordinate with the sketch.  I envy the people who can cut evenly using hand held scissors, or who can figure out how to turn cardstock the correct way and then use their cutter; I can do neither.  But, a light bulb went off in my head; if I could find a square that matched up with the width of the piece of paper I wished to fishtail, I could do it with the die cut.  Lucky for me I had just purchased the Stitched Nesting Squares, so I set about lining the card and the square up and it worked! I have taken pictures of the process:

Step One: Align the square with the ends of your paper.  The ends of the die should go over the ends just a little bit to accommodate the space around the die cut.  I use temporary tape to keep my dies in place; I did this long before washi tape came out and it's cheaper.  If you look closely you can still see a bit of the dry embossing.

And there you go! A perfect fishtail! Also, note that the stitches in the die aren't a problem; they appear on the cut out, not the base. Now, just peel off the tape and put your die away.  I hope, between my explanation and the pictures, the process makes sense.

After I handled the fishtail (I am SO proud, can you tell?) I moved on to the sentiment of the card.  I embossed "So Sorry" using detail white embossing powder.  I die cut it, attached the 2 white resin flowers, and pop dotted it onto the banner.  I then attached the banner onto the embossed panel of black cardstock.  There you have it.  A simple sympathy card.  Before I go I wanted to share the card I received from Lucille

How cute is that! She had known of my love of cats and I adore the card! Just click her name and it will take you to her blog.  Also, today is Reveal Day - don't forget to go to the Card Chain Challenge website to see all the glorious cards
Another Peek
that were sent all around the world!

I hope you have a great day and will come back to see me soon ~ Fondly, Christi 

I am entering my Sympathy Cards in the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Crafting When we Can - #43, C A S
Brown Sugar - #248, No Image, Just a Sentiment
Crafty Catz - #368, Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - #154, Anything Goes

It's Spring at Stinkin' Inkers!

** Two Posts Today - if you are looking for the CCC April Reveal, click here**

When I think of spring, I think of flowers and rain.  We don't get nearly enough rain here in Colorado; by August there is typically a water restriction and everything dies and turns brown.  But, while we CAN water, it's beautiful.  Right now I have tulips popping through all over the place.  This is my first spring in the new house and I am looking forward to seeing what comes up. The theme at Stinkin' Inkers this month happens to be spring so I created this little card, I hope you like it! 

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
White Card Panel
Watercolor Paper
Spellbinders D-Lites Petite Labels One, S3-205
Clean Color Brush Markers (Zig) in Carmine red, Pink, Blue, Orange, Violet, Green, Yellow & Cobalt Blue
Hero Arts MMK February 2017
Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Green Card Scrap
Pop Dots
Craft Mat (enabler alert!!)
Detail Water Brush

I used the kit from February that Hero Arts sent out (My Monthly Kit) - I've been so busy, this is the first time I've had to use it!  If you are on Pinterest there are some amazing examples on how designers have used the kit; so inspirational!  Anyway, the first step for me was getting the white card panel (it was sized 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" because I knew I'd have to cut it down to fit onto the front of my card base) all set.  I stamped the clouds using hickory smoke and the rain using pumice stone.  There isn't much difference between the two but when they were wet they looked different.  I used my craft mat and smooshed some pumice stone onto it, then used my water brush to pick up the ink and filled in the clouds. I then stamped the 2 small clouds on watercolor paper (again, using hickory smoke) and used the pumice stone to fill them in.  I trimmed the white panel and die cut the clouds from the watercolor paper.

I stamped the little girl with the umbrella onto watercolor paper as well using the intense black ink; I knew I wasn't going to watercolor her, but the texture just grabs the color so nicely and the intense black ink is truly intense! This was
my first time using it and I will be keeping it on my desk for further use.  I used my clean color markers to color her and the umbrella (I have to confess, I set out the primary colors from the marker set and, as I colored in the umbrella, I realized there were more sections to it than I had colors! I had to improvise and pull out the violet and cobalt blue,) let her dry a bit and die cut her.  I saw a die cut in the kit that I wasn't exactly sure how to use.  Thank goodness that people post their
Another Peek
creations and due to that I figured out it was a mountain! Well, I made the mountain a hill, die cut out of green for a pop more of color.  

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on some light gray cardstock I found in my stash.  I then die cut it using the Spellbinders die.  I wasn't sure how this card was going to work but I really like the outcome.  The colors are so vibrant and the pop dots are the perfect embellishment.  I hope you consider entering the challenge at Stinkin' Inkers this month. It's a just for fun, low pressure challenge, and my teammates are extraordinary.  Thank you so much for reading my tutorial.  Come back soon! Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Spring Card in the following challenges:
Crafty Calendar Challenge - M, April Showers/Spring
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes
613 Avenue - M, #196, Spring Has Sprung
Penny Black & More - M, April Challenge - Spring
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - The Great Outdoors

Monday, May 1, 2017

House of Cards Challenge Sequins or Colors

Hello everyone! For April, House of Cards has come up with a fabulous challenge that I KNOW a bunch of you will want to enter.  You can use the colors below and/or sequins!
With sequins making such a huge comeback and how easy shaker cards are to make, I am hoping there are tons of entrants (that is your hint to play along!) Speaking of shaker cards, this is what I created for the challenge:

Of course, I made my shaker card the old way since I don't have any of the new foam cut outs and such; at least not yet (and right after I made this card I received an order of the Pop Up Shaker cut outs that Queen & Co. has released. Typical!)

What I Used to Make My Card:
Pink Card Base
Neat & Tangled Floral Heart Stamp Set
Neat & Tangled Floral Heart Nice & Neat Die Set
Neat & Tangled Sequins (I got mine free, but I think this mix matches)
Lindy's Gang Imperial Crown Purple Gold & Midnight Violet Embossing Powder
Embossing Ink
Paper Smooches Streamers Dies, # KFBD029
Tim Holtz Crazy Talk Stamp Set, # CMS236
Pop Dot Waste (see picture in post)
Purple, Pink and Dark Pink Cardstock
Purple Ribbon
Corner Rounder Punch

I am so in love with this set from Neat & Tangled! I won a gift certificate from them back in January and waited until both pieces of this set were in stock before I used it (absolutely fabulous customer service by the way!!)  I ordered some other gorgeous stamps that I will be using very soon; this is definitely one of my new favorite companies!

Anyway, I first stamped and embossed the floral heart with the Imperial Crown Purple Gold embossing powder and then die cut it.  I knew I was going to
Pop Dot Waste
make a shaker card with it, so I also die cut a piece of acetate and attached that.  Once that had dried I began making my "pocket" for the shaker goodies to go into.  What I used is what I call Pop Dot Waste - it's all of the outline of the pop dots once they are used.  So, I placed the pop dot waste around the floral heart, filled it with sequins and then attached it to a piece of pink paper.  I typically use a piece of paper that is much larger than I need to stick my shaker "pocket" because I keep the "pocket" on the table, wrong side up, and stick the paper on it so the filler doesn't fall out. If your paper that your shaker "pocket" is on won't lie flat to properly adhere to your card use some small bulldog clips but be sure to pad them; you don't want marks on your card! The last thing I did to the focal piece was cover the outside with ribbon I had in my

stash.  There were some places that the white pop dot waste was just too noticeable for my liking.  Sticking that ribbon around the pop dot waste was a test of patience as I had to keep checking it and tamping down the ribbon so it would get into the little nooks and crannies that were caused by the different shapes of the waste. I love shaker cards; especially 
now that they are so easy.   I just got a kit from Dies R Us, made by Cheery Lynn, that has everything 
Another Look
you need (it even has 2 dies to make filler with! One is a teensy, weensy little heart that says Love You on it - Sooo cute) to make shaker cards.

So once the main card was done, I used the sentiment from Tim's Crazy Talk Stamp Set to stamp and emboss using Midnight Violet embossing powder.  I attached the sentiment onto a banner I had die cut and I was done. I think it may be a tad crooked, but I can't tell for some reason.  I look at it one day and it looks fine, the next day it's crooked.  Ah well.  I hope you can pull out your sequins, or colored cardstock, and join us at House of Cards. We vote on the winner and the top choices and we'd love it if you made it really hard for us to choose, so come play with us!  Have a wonderful day! Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my Shaker Card in the following challenges:
Allsorts - #413, Embossing
My Time to Craft - #344, Sequins and/or Buttons
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - #340, Embossing
{PIN}spirational - I used "Thinking of You"

Sunday, April 23, 2017

You're a Hoot!

Hi everyone! This is my very first post as a part of the Dies R Us Design Team and I want to thank you for stopping by!  I hope you will join me and my teamies daily here at the Inspiration Blog; be sure to join in with your own creation on the Challenge Blog!

Since meeting my new next door neighbor, I've adopted her obsession with owls.  I just think they are so cool and SO cute! Since I just got some new dies, I thought I'd make this to have on hand just in case I needed an all occasion card in a pinch (and, honestly, I was dying to use my new Lawn Fawn set!)

What I Used to Make my Card: (A2 size unless stated)
White Card Base
Black Card Panel
Circle Punch
Impression Obsession, Owl, #DIE283-O
Lawn Fawn "You're a Hoot" Stamp Set, #LF605
Die-Versions Whisper Stitched Nesting Squares, #DV-572
White, Yellow, Black and Orange Cardstock
Googly Eyes
Black Ink
Branch (I used my Silhouette CAMEO)

The first thing I did was die cut my owl out of white cardstock.  He's a studious, snowy barn owl so he had to be white; and he needs his glasses to watch for mice! I cut the body and wings out of white card, his nose and feet out of orange card, his glasses out of black card.  I then punched a yellow moon out using a very old circle punch.  I don't have a branch die (yet), so I used my Silhouette machine to cut out a simple branch using brown cardstock.  I adhered my owl, moon and branch to the black card base panel, then stamped my sentiment onto a piece of white card and then die cut out using the stitched square die.

I smile every time I look at this owl and I am hoping this cute little card will give you a smile, too!  Thank you SO much for stopping by, and if you have some time I encourage you to click on the links below and check out all the fabulous creations that can be made with products at Dies R Us.  Fondly, Christi

All of these fantastic products (and MORE!) are available at the Dies R Us store!

Don't forget to play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.  Be sure to Follow Us on Facebook too. 

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I am entering my Wise Owl in the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge - "I Spy With my Little Eye Something that Begins with B" - bird
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, #1, Anything Goes w/ a Critter
A Bit More Time to Craft - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar - #247, Use a Die Cut
QKR Stampede - #240, Feathered Friends
Moving Along with the Times - #43, Birds & Feathers

Friday, April 21, 2017

How Does Your Garden Grow?

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know I am lucky enough to be getting the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero kit.  The kits are so fun and there are awesome add-on products that you can buy.  I made this card using the March kit.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Hero Arts MMH Kit - March, 2017
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Labels Die Set, #660060
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Distress Ink in Ground Expresso
Inktense Color Pencils
Watercolor Paper
Light Brown Cardstock
Light Blue Cardstock
E6000 (or other industrial glue)

First I used Intense Black to stamp a bunch of veggies on watercolor paper.  I used my Inktense Pencils to color them, drying them in between coats of color (for me, it is easier to color small die cuts when they are not cut out - keeping them all together while coloring, then die cut them.)  Once you're done coloring the veggies, die cut them and set them aside.

I then cut the field out of light brown card, using the same color card to make my sign.  I used the Labels to cut out a square that fit the sentiment using the same light brown cardstock that I used for the field.  I stamped the sentiment in Ground Espresso, then edged the sign using the same.  I smudged the ink along the sides to make the sign look a bit more weathered.  I glued the toothpick to the back of the sign using E6000 and set it aside to dry overnight. 
Another Look

I placed the veggies in the field then attached them.  I glued the sign to the back panel I made of light blue card, positioned the field, plus veggies, and adhered that as well.

I hope my card didn't make you hungry; personally, I've been craving carrots, but that isn't your problem 😉.  Enjoy your day! Christi

I am entering my How Does Your Garden Grow in the following challenges:
a to z Scrapbooking - M Getting to know You
A Blog Named Hero - M April Challenge - Anything Goes
Kitty Bee Designs - #93, In the Garden
CASology - Grow
Aud Sentiments - #178, Use a Stamp for Your Sentiment
Fab 'n Funky Challenges - #347, In the Garden
Stampavie and More - #285, Spring
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stamp It!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Goes to the . . .

Hello everyone - I hope you are having a great holiday! Before I get into my card, I HAVE to share my latest haul from Alleystamp:
Yup - I got some of the very cool Oxide Ink Pads, and they are only $4.95 (that is the cheapest I've seen anywhere!) But, you'd better hurry - they sell out FAST! And I have to confess, after I got this batch, I went back & ordered the rest of the colors.

OK, back to the show!!

I made this card for my neighbor, Helen.  She has become a great friend to me (and if you recall my Christmas card, she has Lola!) and I just HAVE to put dogs on her cards.  So here is her Easter card:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Tim Holtz Mini Cats & Dogs Stamp Set, #CMS272
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mini Cats & Dogs Die Set, #661594
Tim Holtz Crazy Talk Stamp Set, #CMS236 (inside card)
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit, March 2017
Spellbinders Labels Fourteen (disc., but available)
Distress Ink in Ground Expresso & Squeezed Lemonade
Clean Color Markers (Zig)
Inktense Pencils
Oval Punch (about 3/4")
Glitter Card
Googly Eyes
Computer Generated Sentiment

I had colored the dogs a while back. I get in a coloring mood and when the muse hits, I follow.  I have found that I color much better when I really want to do it but, when I do that, I typically forget what I used to do the coloring!  This time, I know I used a combination of most of my coloring utensils - I often mix them up. Anyway, I had these three dogs colored and die cut already.  I added the googly eyes to the "bunny" dog, and attached his ears.  I set them aside and got to work on the Easter basket.

I used the stamp & die that came with the Hero Arts March Kit.  I then took my craft knife and carefully slit the openings on each side of the handle.  I had a bunch of eggs I had cut for another card that I didn't use, but they were too small for this card, so I went into my punches and found this oval scalloped one.  I used it to punch out a bunch of glitter eggs and placed them into the basket, leaving one out to use at the base of the basket.
Another Look

I picked a font and printed out the sentiment that reads, "Steve was surprised when he was chosen, once again, to give out the Easter eggs. Everyone else, not so much."  I die cut the sentiment using the Spellbinders die, edged it with Squeezed Lemon ink and pop dotted it onto the card.  After I put the dogs on the card, and then the basket with the eggs, the card still looked like it needed something.  I chose the gold glitter card, made a fishtail banner, and added it onto the card.  I finished with placing the last Easter egg by the bottom of the basket.  I used Happy Easter from the Crazy Talk stamp set for the interior of the card.

I hope Helen likes the card and I hope you have a wonderful, creative, fun filled holiday! Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my Easter card in the following challenges:
Crafting with Dragonflies - #78, Easter Cards
The Crafter's Cafe - #171, Easter and/or Spring
Animal Friends Challenge - #49, Easter/Spring
Paradise of Stamps - #55, Easter
Happy Little Stamps Dies Challenge - M Anything Goes with Dies
Sweet Stampers - #6, Animals
CCEE Stampers - #1715, National Humor Month
Little Red Wagon - #389, Happy Easter
Die Cuttin' Divas - #312, Easter or Spring
Shopping Our Stash - #298, Use Punches and or Dies (I used both!)
The Cat's Pajamas - #335, Use a Sassy Sentiment

Friday, April 14, 2017

Kitty Love

Hi all! I fall in love with a new (to me) stamp company about once a week and one of my newest obsessions is the Unity Stamp Company.  I adore their sentiments, beautiful flowers and, of course, their kitty stamp sets!  Plus, they really know how to throw a great sale. They have a few adorable cat sets, one of which I used to make this card.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Unity Stamp Set . . .Really Kitty, UK-1009A
Embossing Ink
Detail Black Embossing Powder
Watercolor Paper
Distress Markers in Mermaid Lagoon, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Festive Berries
DCWV Luxury Stack, 4.5" x 6.5" (available online)
Hero Arts Stamp & Cut, Love, DC175
Die-Namics (MFT) Stitched Oval Stax
Pop Dots

First thing I did was I stamped the kitty with embossing ink onto the watercolor paper and embossed the image with detail black embossing powder.  I water colored the kitty, and the hearts, using Distress Markers and then the image sat on my desk for weeks.  I really love how it came out and I just wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it yet.  Another thing that had been hanging out on my desk was the decorative paper from DCWV Luxury Stack.  I had picked the pink paper to go with another project and it languished on my desk, getting moved to one spot or another.  Finally, I HAD to do something with the kitty (I was getting nervous that I'd ruin it somehow; drop some ink on it, get some marker on it or drown it in coffee, so I cut out the cat using the Stitched Oval Dies and used a die two sizes larger to cut the patterned paper.  Using the small scrap left over from the oval cut, I die cut the word "love".  I attached the cat panel onto the decorative paper panel and positioned the "love" cut out so that, hopefully, it appeared that it was attached to the patterned paper.  Finally, the panel was pop dotted onto the card base and my card was born.  

As simple as this design is, I am really pleased with how the card came together.  I have only used a few pages of the DCWV Luxury Stack and I am trying to use it more - the paper is very thick and looks like the coating is pearlized.   Perhaps my post will inspire you to use a long neglected paper in your next creation.  Have a great day! Christi

I would like to enter my Kitty Love card in the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges - #153, Our Four Legged Friends
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Inspiration Board (I used the kitty)

SUYP Challenge - M #17, Furrything Goes or Easter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M #1, Must Feature a Critter
Crafting When We Can - #141, Animals
Crafty Catz - #366, Anything Goes w/ Option of an Animal
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Stamp it!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Showers of Flowers for Stinkin' Inkers!

Thank you all for stopping by.  This is my first Design Team Post for the new challenge blog, Stinkin' Inkers! Welcome!!  The theme that our fabulous owner, Terri has chosen for April is "Showers of Flowers."  

What I Used to Make my Card:
Mint Green Card Base
White Scrap Panel
Pink Scrap 
Rubber Stamp Tapestry Set "Brambly Rose"
Corner Punch, Deco Photo or Notch, from All Night Media (discontinued)
Die-Namics MFT Stitched Oval Stax, MFT521
Hero Arts Ink in Soft Pink, Bubble Gum and Mint Julep
Stampin' Up Set "Sincere Salutations" (discontinued)
Art C Embellishments - pink flower pack, #24087
Simon Says Stamp Fine Detail White Embossing Powder
Embossing Ink
White Flower from Stash

I have a bin full of flowers (like Prima and such) that I love but never use. Some of them are too big to use on a card, some I like too much to use (I'm sure you can relate to that!) and honestly, I forget I have them.  Out of sight, out of mind.  But, for this challenge, I wanted to use a few of the various flowers I have.  Then I couldn't find them.  I looked everywhere for the baggie I have filled with fabric roses (you know the kind made of ribbon); I was certain I had ribbon roses that would match the colors on this card perfectly.  I looked where they should be, but weren't (believe it or not I am a fairly organized crafter.  I put everything away after I use it, back in it's proper place; all my bins and storage have labels on them and I can typically find what I am looking for quickly.) I looked where they shouldn't be, and they still weren't there.  Finally, I decided to give the searching a rest, 'cause you know sometimes if you just stop looking for whatever you need, it suddenly appears.  That wasn't exactly true here but I did find that I had put all of the flowers that were in shades of pink in a little shoebox-sized bin with intentions of using them for Valentine's Day. I'm happy I found them and I picked out some roses; they happen to be paper, not ribbon.  I cut the wire stems off and put them aside to add onto the card later.
Step 1

After wasting entirely too much time searching, I set about making the flower panel for the card.  I used the Hero Arts Ink colors that I had gotten in the My Monthly Hero Kit for January 2017 and stamped the roses and leaves, using the Rubber Tapestry Set (all of their sets have directions, plus recommendations for ink colors! I thought you might want to see the
Step 2
different steps used to create the panel.)  I stamped on a piece of cardstock that was 5 1/2" x 
4 1/4" since I knew I'd need to cut the panel down to place on the card base.  Once the panel was fully stamped, I used the DieNamics die to cut the oval out of the middle, then cut the panel down and punched the corners.  
Step 3

Next I chose a piece of pink scrap for my sentiment.  I stamped "Thinking of you" in embossing ink and embossed it using fine detail white embossing powder.  I am so tickled that I found this white embossing powder; I used to struggle mightily when using white, it seemed no matter what I did I always got little specks everywhere; even using one of those pouches filled with whatever the magic ingredient is (I think it's cornstarch.)  I attached the sentiment panel onto the back of the stamped card so that it showed in the oval cut out.  Once I glued the panel onto the card
Flowers Close Up
base, I used 3 paper roses as accents on the side. This card would have taken me about 30 minutes if I hadn't spent hours looking for those flowers! At least I actually did use a few; many times I've searched for something and, once found, never actually used the item in my projects.  

Another Look

I'm feeling spring and, as some of the country is getting pounded with a serious snow storm, it's 70 degrees here and the good weather makes me feel creative.  I'm thinking something 3D is in the wings. Thanks for stopping by and reading about my crafty trials and tribulations! Hunting around my craft room is NOT fun, but, coming into the room and seeing 3 drawers of stamps on the ground and the trash basket tipped over is even LESS fun.  That's what my wonderful furbabies had left for me this morning!  I swear they think up ways to annoy me! LOL Anyway, I hope you'll drag out some of YOUR flowers and join me at Stinkin' Inkers! And be sure to check out the rules HERE. Have fun and get crafty! Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my Showers of Flowers card in the following challenges:
Stamps, Ink, Paper Challenge - #93, Coming Up Flowers
Ike's World - #85, Anything Goes with optional twist In the Garden
Try it on Tuesday - Botanical
Unicorn Challenge - M, #20, Petal Power
Pin{spirational} - #187, see picture below
Addicted to Stamps - M, #145, Stamped Image & Stamped Sentiment
Card Mania - M, #91, April Showers Bring May Flowers
Naughty or Nice Challenges - M, #38, Three of Something with optional Easter Twist