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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Celebrating the Holidays at Stinkin' Inkers

Hello friends! I hope this post finds you well; personally, I am struggling with a huge cold, so please bear with me as this post might be a bit disjointed. The theme this month at Stinkin' Inkers is the seasonally appropriate Celebrate the  Holidays.  I hope you like my card!


What I Used to Make my Card
White Card Base
Distress Oxides Inks Background - Salty Ocean,  Faded Jeans, Broken China & Seedless Preserves
Ranger Watercolor Paper
Quietfire Designs Flourished Ornament (no longer available as a stamp, but it is a digital file, #107611)
Small Snowflake
Piccolo Siam Silver Embossing Enamel
Wow! Silent Night Embossing Power, #WS101R
Distress Ink in Blueprint
Amuse 4mm Sequins
MISTI
Silver Glitter Gel Pen

I made the Distress Oxide background first and once it was dry I began stamping.  I stamped the ornament using embossing ink and heat embossed it
using the Siam Silver embossing enamel.  I stamped the center using Distress Ink in Blueprint.  I colored around the ornament, and the "ribbon", using a silver glitter gel pen.

I then stamped a small snowflake in various places, using embossing ink again, and heat embossed those using the Wow! embossing powder. I fished trough my sequin stash and found some blue ones that I think accent the card beautifully, so I glued on three sequins.  Lastly, I trimmed the panel and attached it to a white card.

Thanks for bearing with me while I battle this cold! I do hope to see you join in at the Stinkin' Inkers challenge.  Have a wonderful day! Christi

I am entering my Holiday card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp, Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp, Monday Challenge - Icy Inspiration 
Retro Rubber - #77, Christmas (stamp set is so old it's discontinued)
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round - M, Anything Goes
Make my Monday - #60, Happy Christmas/Happy Holidays
Stamps + Fun = Creativity - #313, Blue & Silver
The Crafter's Cafe - #186, Embossing (wet or dry)


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Shaker Stars of the Season


My favorite part of the winter holiday season is all the lights, sparkle, and bling! Because I have the Fabulous Feline Four, it's been ages since I've put out any decorations; this year I've decided to make my cards extra festive!  This card not only sparkles, it uses nesting dies to make a very easy shaker card.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
White Card 
Authentique Paper, Wintery, 12 x 12, #WIN011
Die-Versions Whispers Stitched Nesting Stars, #DV-571
Die-Versions Sweet Wordlets, Season's Greetings, #DVSW-013
White Glitter Paper
Silver Glitter Paper
Acetate 
Sequins - Darice Clear-Crystal, 5 mm, #10043-8
              Darice Iridescent White, 5 mm, #10043-17
Twinklets Diamond Dust {manufactured by FloraCraft}
Thin Cardboard {if desired}
Krylon Leafing Pen in Silver {if desired}

I had gotten the Authentique paper a while back and I am so glad I did! There are all kinds of frosty patterned papers and I couldn't resist using one of them for this card.  I glued the paper on to my card base and set it under my drying tile for overnight.  


Meanwhile, I set about making the shaker.  I use temporary tape on many of my cutting dies as I don't have the magnetic platform that is supposed to make the dies stay where you put them {do you have one? Does it work? Please leave me a comment!} so I just set the nesting stars up so I'd get a "frame."  The only thing I have to watch is the tape un-sticking which can result in the dies moving.  That can cause an uneven frame, but in this case, even when the I had to line the dies up again, the margin of error is fairly tiny.  Once the die was run through the machine, I used a toothpick to poke out the frame. 

I die cut a bunch of frames out of white card and added a few cardboard frames as well,  to get the frame higher faster. It's not a must, but the cardboard also gives the design a bit more sturdiness than using plain card.  I layered a few of the card frames, then added a cardboard one and repeated the sequence a few times, leaving out one white frame.  Since I did use cardboard, once the frame was dry, I edged the sides with a silver leafing pen to cover up the cardboard.  

Finally, I used the two stars not used in making the frame, {using white glitter
card} cut them out and placed them on the card.  I used silver glitter card to die cut the sentiment.  I cut the window out of some acetate packaging, attached that to the frame tower and adhered the frame of white card I had set aside.  I didn't want the shaker to be too full, so I carefully added some sequins and Twinklets Diamond Dust.  Honestly, that Diamond Dust has got to be 15 years old and I had forgotten I even had it! I was surprised to see they still made it; the cool thing is that the dust is shard shaped {and according to the website has actual glass in it, but I didn't have any issue using my fingers} and that just makes it sparkle like crazy!
Another Look
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and may you find some forgotten goodies in your stash! 
Don't forget to join in on all the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  
There's  a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month
 and one lucky  randomly drawn winner will receive a gift voucher prize to 
the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us 
links are provided below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  
Fondly,
Christi



I am entering my Shaker Stars of the Season card in the following challenges:
Crafty Girlz Challenges - M, Nov, Anything Goes - optional Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas - Always Anything Christmas Goes
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - M, Anything Goes - optional Tag
Stemplegartden - #67, It's Almost Christmas
Allsorts - #442, Glitter (card)
Modsquad - Merry & Bright
The Sisterhood of Crafters - M, Let the Sparkle Fly!
a2z Scrapbooking - M, Winter
Creative Inspiration Blog - #283, Sparkle



Saturday, November 11, 2017

Happy Autumn!

Living in Colorado, I am blessed to be able to see the leaves change from my own yard to the top of the mountain range.  This is my absolute favorite time of year; the brutal heat is gone, the crisp air is invigorating, and the sleeping is the best! 



What I Used to Make my Card:
Kraft Card Base
Authentique Paper, Harvest, 6 x 6 pad, #HVT008 {retired but available}
Die-Versions Holiday 1 "Complements", #DVC-4x6-206
Die-Versions Whispers Leafy Frame Panel, #DV-667
Frantic Stamper Fall Words, # FRA-DIE-10271
Impression Obsession Dies, Small Leaf Set, #DIE095
Fall Colors Cardstock 

I die cut the frame from the Authentique paper and attached it to my card base.  Then, for the words, I used Fall Words for "autumn" and Holiday for "happy" - cutting happy out of red card and autumn out of dark brown card.  The leaves are cut from various autumnal colors and scattered about. The leaves actually have life-like patterns on them that are spectacular but I used 
Another Look
card with texture, so you can't see the patterns that well. 

The leaf colors bring out the colors in the panel wonderfully!  I hope you enjoyed my card and will consider entering the Dies R Us Challenge.  And don't forget, if you need inspiration, you can find it daily at the Dies R Us Inspiration Blog.  Have a great day! 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. 

click below for:
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I am entering my Happy Autumn card in the following challenges:
Allsorts - #441, Colors of Autumn
Quick Quotes - #81, Fall Colors
Double D Challenges - Feeling "Fallish"/Mood Board

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thankful with Stinkin' Inkers!

This  month's theme at Stinkin' Inkers is "Thankful".  With so many tragedies happening, it's the perfect time to try and remember what, and who, you are grateful for. I know my gratitude list would be miles long. And if no one told you today, let me be the one to tell you that I'm grateful you're here.

I decided to challenge myself a bit and use nothing but my CAMEO to make a card.  I hope you like it:


What I used to Make my Card:
White Square Card Base
Silhouette CAMEO Designs: Leaf Wreath, by Dresden Carrie, #225912 & 225903
Various Brown Card
Green Card Panel
Authentique 6x6 Paper Pad, Harvest, #HVT008 {retired but available}


After I cut all the pieces out, using the CAMEO, in different shades of brown, I wove the large leaf through the wreath in various places.  I lightly glued the wreath to the green panel - just enough to stick it to the paper, but leaving lots of places open so I could tuck the little leaves around.  I began to tuck the small leaves around the wreath and I decided I needed just one more color.  So I pulled dark brown card out of my stash and just cut the smaller leaves - one of my favorite things about the Silhouette is the ability to pick and chose what to cut, and that you can cut as many as you want with the touch of a button.

After I was happy with the leaves, I took my cutout of the word "Thankful", which was cut from the Authentique patterned paper and them attached to the wreath.  Easy card to male and send to someone your thankful for. I hope to see your creation at the Stinkin' Inkers Thankful Challenge! Thank you for reading my tutorial ~ hugs, Christi

I am entering my Thankful card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Thanks/Thanksgiving
Crafty Cardmakers - #199, Thankful
Dragonfly Journey - #104, Attitude of Gratitude 
Just Us Girls - #418, Thankful


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Winner of the Costume Party :)

WINNER, WINNER!!
(sorry, no chicken dinner as I don't eat meat LOL)


Thank you all for playing along with my Costume Party Giveaway! I had the man choose a random number for me & he chose 17, which was this comment:

 D.Ann COctober 23, 2017 at 11:58 AM
I NEVER would've thought to put a dress on one of the Crazy Cats, but Ms Cat's turned out so well, I'm for sure going to try it!! I'm already a subscriber, just a poor excuse for a visitor... only popping in once in a while... life!

HUGE congrats D.Ann!! I'm going to email you to get all the details :)


I hope you all enjoyed the card I made & choosing your favorite costume - the best costume, due to votes, is absolutely Ms. Cat in her lovely red dress, with Little Tongue Out Dog, in his rose costume, as second and Shy Orange Cat, with her bat wings, as third.

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!
Hugs!
Christi

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Morning Poem. . .

This card's sentiment is definitely one I can relate to; welcome to card #5 for the Cat Lovers' Blog Hop.   This card has caused me the need to vent a bit; unfortunately, the Man is a talker, and has a tendency to blather on and on first thing in the morning about an all manner of things - and I typically have absolutely no idea what he is talking about until I am on my second cup of liquid caffeine.  I often have to ask him questions like, "Did you say there was going to be 30 feet of snow tomorrow?" and he will grudgingly correct me, "No, dear. I said it is going to be in the 70's tomorrow". Well, I've told him a million times not to bombard me first thing and it's not MY fault if he continues to do it! Heck, he will even ask me if I have seen "so and so on the news" ~ HEY! Do my eyes look open?!? Do I look as if I am up to date on things?! I can't even find the remote, never mind actually turn it on! So, it's no shock that this card is a favorite of mine and again, the Katzelkraft Cat has the BEST expression! 

What I Used to Make My Card:
KaiserCraft Square Kraft Card Base, #CD509
Distress Ink in Ground Espresso
Katzelkraft Cats
Sentiment, Riley & Co., Coffee Poem, #RWD-539
Water Color Paper
Water Brush
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Light Brown Card
Lawn Fawn Love You Latte Stamps, #LF704
Spellbinder Nestabilities Labels Forty-One, #S4-468
MISTI
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black 
Dimensional Dots

I had my cat already stamped, colored and fussy cut out, all she needed was the right card to put her on and this one totally fit the bill! I used Inktense Pencils and a water brush to color her as well as Jet Black archival ink. She was put on the side to wait to be glued onto the card.  

I made my own background using the MISTI , the Lawn Fawn Love You Latte stamp set and Ground Espresso ink.  I just put the stamps I wanted to use in a
It's NOT crooked in Real Life, just in Photo Life
row, stamped, rotated the stamps one over, stamped and repeated the process until I was satisfied.  Since I knew my kitty would be hanging out in the left hand corner I didn't quite finish the background. To be honest, I didn't think the sentiment would cover so much of the background, but so it is.


I stamped the sentiment {that reads: A poem for mornings ~ Coffee, coffee, coffee. Coffee. Coffee, Coffee. Everyone shut up. Coffee.} on a lighter brown than the Kraft card, cut it out with the Spellbinders die and attached it to the card base with dimensional dots. Lastly, I attached the cat onto the card.  I know how this cat feels as I feel it every. Single. Day.  Could be worse I suppose and I do have to give props to him since he makes the coffee {if only he'd do it silently!}


I hope you got a chuckle out of my card and perhaps it inspired you to enter the Cat Lovers' Blog Hop AND share {and enter} my little giveaway?                               Art~Without~Anxiety

presents
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Im having a small drawing on my blog.  All you need to do is click onto this post, chose the costume you like best & when I get 75 costume comments, Ill draw a random winner.  Open Internationally! Please feel free to share!
EXPIRES Nov, 1. 2017

Thank you so much for stopping by - I hope to see you on the giveaway as well as the Cat Lovers' Blog Hop! Fondly, Christi XOXO

In addition to the Cat Lovers' Hop, I am entering my A Morning Poem card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Scrapy Land - #76, Anything Goes w/ a Die Brand they Sell
CCEE Stampers - #1743, Cat Day

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Deck the Halls!

My family might not be the typical family, but one thing we have in common is the love of a good 
laugh, and I KNOW this card will get some chuckles at holiday time.  I figured after all the Halloween projects and cards I've been sharing it was time for a nice break, although I still have so many Halloween cards I'll be ahead of my posting for next year 'cause there is NO way I'm going to be able to blog all of them.  This card is also part of the Cat Lovers' Blog Hop. I sincerely hope you are playing along!


What I Used to Make my Card:
Dark Red Card Base
Tim Holtz Yuletide Paper, #TH93240
Distress Ink in Fired Brick
Distress Marker in Fired Brick
Katzelkraft Cats Set, # KTZ152
Sentiment from Riley & Co., #RWD-472
Spellbinders Nestabilities Curved Rectangle, #S5-006 {on sale $6.99!}
Watercolor Card
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
MISTI

I love these cats.  The expression on their faces can be used in SO many ways and I can see characteristics of each of my cats in each of the stamps.  I started this card by stamping the cat onto watercolor cardstock with black ink and coloring him {why him? I dunno - looks like a him} with the Derwent Pencils.  I then fussy cut him out and set him aside.

Then I went through my stash of papers and decided upon a background using Tim Holtz' Yuletide collection.  I have found it easier to match a background paper to the card base then vice versa, so I dug into my cardstock stash and found this dark red that fit the bill for my card base brilliantly.  I trimmed down the decorative sheet and attached it to my card base. 

I stamped the sentiment using Fired Brick ink, then cut it out using the Curved Rectangle die.  Using the Fired Brick marker, I edged the sentiment to get rid of those bright white edges.  Lastly, I adhered both the sentiment and the cat to the card.  This is my kind of holiday card - I'm not a huge fan of the mushy ones.

Finally, I want to tell you about a small giveaway I'm having on my blog.  Here are the details:
presents
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Im having a small drawing on my blog.  All you need to do is click onto this post, chose the costume you like best & when I get 75 costume comments, Ill draw a random winner.  Open Internationally! Please feel free to share!
EXPIRES Nov, 1. 2017

I hope you find the time to enter and share about my giveaway!  Thanks so much for stopping by, I truly appreciate it! If you decide to follow me, please leave me a note in the comments with your blog info so I can follow you back.  Hugs! Christi

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Introducing Mr, Mummy, Skelly's Best Bud

Looking for the Cat Lover's Post should be here!

I made this little guy about the same time I made Mr. Skelly {AKA Coffin King}.  His name is Mr. Marvelous Mummy, but he goes by Mr. Mummy.  He was MUCH easier to make than the Coffin King, but I think he looks just as creepy, maybe even more so since he has those scary {or is it scared?} googly eyes.  Now, this is fairly picture heavy since I struggled with how to put into words exactly what and how I was making him.  I also have to say, I recycled that elastic, rubbery, textured self adhering bandage they put on your arm when you give blood or when they are wrapping up an injury.  In fact, unwrapping my arm from a blood test was what inspired me to make this guy! I guess you truly never know. . .

What I Used to Make Mr. Mummy:
Skeleton - Dollar Tree
Spider Webbing - Dollar Tree
Base - Dollar Tree
Elastic Bandage
Dryer Sheets {about 6} - Dollar Tree
Googly Eyes
Adhesive {I used glue dots and standard glue}
Various Inks and Markers 

The hardest part making this mummy is waiting overnight for the fabric sheets to do their thing.  Soaking them makes the fabric softener disintegrate and the sheets are much softer and easy to use. You can notice the difference when you take the sheet out of the dryer, it offers the same effect, except soaking the sheets seems to get more of the softener out of the sheet.  Here is a picture of a used {soaked} sheet vs. a new sheet.


Once the sheets are soaked and dry, cut them up into strips.  I used different widths of strips, mostly because I can't cut straight at all, but, it turned out to be handy.  This picture shows a mound of three sheets, all cut up and ready to go!

While you had been waiting for those sheets to be ready, you should of been wrapping that elastic bandage on your Dollar Tree skeleton {granted, you don't actually need the bandage, so if you don't have any, it's ok.  I used it to give the dryer sheets a good base and so I wouldn't have to wrap the skeleton a thousand times to get some bulk on him.  And, I had it real handy}.  He looks like this when he is all ready for the sheets.  In this picture you can see how I used the bandage and he is next to what the skeletons look like before anything is done to them.


Finally it's time to use the dryer sheets.  I used about six of them, and honestly, I could of used a bunch more.  I really wanted him to be bulkier, but, I grew tired of wrapping him {grin}.  That's all you do with those strips of dryer sheets, wrap, secure, wrap, secure and wrap again.  I used the glue dots in the beginning so I wouldn't have to wait for glue to dry and I found they worked perfectly, making it easier to adhere the strips in different places.  In the picture on the left he is almost finished.  He is all wrapped up and ready to go!  





To color him I used all kinds of black and brown ink and a water brush - the picture shows the Kuretake Clean Color marker in Mid Gray, but I used ALL different colors from the markers, Distress Markers and even Hero Arts ink.  I just kept coloring him until I felt he looked grungy enough to have been hanging out for thousands of years.




I added the googly eyes and then searched for something to make him stand up.  I had bought these little plastic dishes from the Dollar Tree with NOTHING in mind for them, but they turned out to be the perfect thing to attach Mr. Mummy to. Score another find for the Dollar Tree!


 Once he was securely on his base, I added some of this spider webbing, also found at the the Dollar Tree.  In his case I think it looks like fog! That's it! Now Mr. Skelly has a friend to hang out with! Have a very, very safe and Happy Halloween! 

Here is another peek at him.  I love how easy it was to make him - I am thinking of making a whole army of mummies for next year! Maybe even dressing them up, a wedding couple perhaps?
Before I get to my challenges, I'd like to invite you ALL to my little Halloween giveaway: 
presents
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Im having a small drawing on my blog.  All you need to do is click onto this post, chose the costume you like best & when I get 75 costume comments, Ill draw a random winner.  Open Internationally! Please feel free to share!
EXPIRES Nov, 1. 2017

I am entering Mr. Mummy in the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics - October Challenge 
Eclectic Ellapu - Dark, Dramatic, Scary
Frilly n Funky - Trick or Treat
Rhedds Creative Spirit - October Challenge, #2 
Cards and More - #196, Halloween
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Monochrome (hope his coloring works!)
Emerald Creek - Freaky Fun
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

All You Need is Love & a Cat

and a cat. Or six.  I think this stamp is SO cut with the the kitty's glasses and bow tie! I've had it for a
while but {gulp} I actually forgot about it! I'm ashamed! So when I did recall I had him, I had to make it up to him! In order to do that, I put him on a card just in time for the Cat Lovers' Hop!   

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
KasierCraft Pawfect Cat Collection, PK555 
Meow, Meow, Meow Stamp Set from Unity Stamps, #UK-926A
Watercolor Paper
Derwent  Inktense Pencils
Heart Punch
Red Glitter Paper
Darice Nested Craft Dies, Classic Circles, 2014-74
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black

I started by stamping the kitty on water color paper, then coloring him in with Derwent Inktense Pencils.  I didn't like the heart in the language bubble, so I took a very. very old heart shaped punch and made a new heart out of red glitter paper.  I then stamped the sentiment onto white card and cut it out with circle dies.  I fussy cut {argh, I hate it - wish I could sent it all off to someone
who finds joy in fussy cutting!} the main image out and adhered that as well as the sentiment to the background paper.  Lastly, the background paper was glued to the card base, left overnight under my drying tile and we have a card!

Thanks so much for supporting me and the Cat Lovers' Blog Hop!  I have one more tidbit to share with you - I am having a small giveaway on my blog and I would love for you to enter and share:


presents
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Im having a small drawing on my blog.  All you need to do is click onto this post, chose the costume you like best & when I get 75 costume comments, Ill draw a random winner.  Open Internationally! Please feel free to share!
EXPIRES Nov, 1. 2017

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Christi
In addition to the Cat Lovers' Hop, I am entering my card in the following challenges:
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes w/ a Critter
Inky Chicks - #90, Animals

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I'm too Sexy. . .

I love using kitties for Halloween cards!  This is a fun one, especially when you add googly eyes!  Don't forget to get your cat creations going so you can enter the fabulous Cat Lovers' Blog Hop!
She doesn't look too sexy; she looks terrified! Hehehehehehehehe!
What I Used to Make my Card:
Black Card Base
Sentiment, Riley & Co., RWD-496
Tim Holts/Stampers Anon Crazy Cat Stamps, #CMS251
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Cats Dies, #661209
Tim Holtz/Stampers Anon Crazy Things Stamps, #CMS237
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Crazy Things Dies, #660953
Water Color Paper
Blender Pen
Derwent Inktense Pencils
Lawn Fawn Starry Skies, #LF1377
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies Dies, LF519
Silver Cardstock
Ranger Archival ink in Jet Black
Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke
Googly Eyes
Dimensional Dots

I had made my cat already - stamped on watercolor paper, colored with Derwent pencils with a blender pen and cut out.  I also stamped, colored and cut the broom and witches hat from the Crazy Things stamps and dies.  I stamped the sentiment from Riley & Company on white card using Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black and fishtailed the end (see my technique here).  I adhered the sentiment to the top of the card on the left hand side.  I die cut the clouds out of the Lawn Fawn Blue Skies and edged them with Hickory Smoke ink, then set them aside.

I put the witches hat on my nervous kitty, added some comical googly eyes and set her onto the card.  Using silver cardstock, I die cut the Starry Skies die and made a bunch of tiny stars.  I then added the kitty and the broom onto the card. Filling in some of the negative space, I glued the tiny stars all around and then placed the large cloud.  I used dimensional dots to adhere the smaller cloud just to add some interest.  

Now I have got a huge stash of Halloween cards and each year it just gets bigger and bigger, any ideas on what I could do with them all? I'd love to hear your ideas in my comments!

Lastly, I have a small giveaway going on and here are all the details:
presents
HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Im having a small drawing on my blog.  All you need to do is click onto this post, chose the costume you like best & when I get 75 costume comments, Ill draw a random winner.  Open Internationally! Please feel free to share!
EXPIRES Nov, 1. 2017

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope to see you around blogland! Fondly, Christi

I am entering my I'm Too Sexy card in the following challenges {in addition to the Cat Lovers' Blog Hop} -
Tuesday Throwdown - #366, Spooktacular!
Die Cuttin' Divas - #340, Halloween (pic inspiration)