Saturday, March 10, 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day, a bit early.  But who says you can't celebrate all year round? I'm Irish on both sides of my family so I've done my fair share of the wearing 'o the green! I'm trying to make some more clean and simple {CAS} cards and I think this qualifies.  I adore how pretty the green Oxide Inks came out and the die set, purchased from Dies R Us, showcases it perfectly.  I hope you enjoy my little write up.

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Watercolor Paper
Oxide Inks in  Lucky Clover, Crushed Pistachio & Peacock Feathers
Distress Sprayer
Creative Expressions/Sue Wilson, Toronto Dies, #CED6204
My Sentiments Exactly, Irish Blessings, #Y547 {discontinued?}
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Extra White Card
Dimensional Dots
The focal point before I dotted
 it to the card base

I made 2 sheets of backgrounds using the Distress Oxide Inks referenced above.  I used one to stamp the sentiment and the other for the back panel.  Both were die cut using the Toronto die set. A little Oxide Ink tip: Did you know if you hold the sprayer {the trigger if you will} of the Distress Sprayer half way to a full spritz you get those awesome big dots of water?  Love that!

Some Dimension 
I made all the other necessary die cuts, glued the white background cut to the panel, and assembled the card using dimensional dots. I dotted the background panel and the sentiment.  I think this looks so elegant, and the best part, it was SO easy to make with the Creative Expression/Sue Wilson dies. To me this card looks like something you'd see in a card shop for at least $6.  Go me! 

Typically, I don't stamp inside my cards, but this stamp set had such a nice saying, I couldn't resist.  I used Cracked Pistachio Oxide Ink for the inside; I think the color fits the sweetness of the wording.

Before I go, don't forget that Dies R Us has totally expanded the product lines they carry.  Now, not only do they offer the latest in dies, but you can get your paper stacks, washi tape, inks, and SO much more.  It's time to pop by and check out the inventory.  

I'd love to hear what you think about this card.  I haven't worked with Sue Wilson's dies like this before and I am thrilled about how sophisticated the card looks. Do you have any Sue Wilson dies? Which is your favorite? Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate each one of you. ~hugs, Christi

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.

click below for:

I am entering my Happy St. Patrick's Day Card in the following challenges:
Scrapy Land - #85, Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - #136, Use Green
Die Cut Diva's - Monochrome
DL Art - Thankful Thursday - #224, Use Green
Die Cuttin' Diva's - #359, Use Green
atoz Scrapbooking - Anything Goes
Happy Little Stampers - Dies Challenge - Anything Goes

Happy Easter with Lawn Fawn

I was absolutely inspired to make this card by the current Lawn Fanatics challenge, #24, Fun with Dies.  I needed an Easter card anyway, and I remembered that my very first Lawn Fawn set was "Hoppy Easter".  I've got tons of sets now {and more on the way!} and I never get tired of the cute stamps and dies that the Lawn Fawn team dreams up.  

What I Used to Make my Card: {this is a LONG list!!}
White Card Base
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Lawn Fawn Snow Day stamp set, #LF723
Lawn Fawn Snow Day dies set, #LF724
Lawn Fawn Happy, Happy, Happy add on stamp set, #LF1478
Lawn Fawn Happy, Happy, Happy add on dies set, #LF1479
Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card dies set, #LF1486
Lawn Fawn Costume Party dies set, #LF1459
Lawn Fawn Leafy Tree Backdrop, Landscape dies, #LF1237
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies dies set, #LF511
Lawn Fawn Hoppy Easter stamp set, #LF1319
Lawn Fawn Hoppy Easter dies set, #LF1320
Lawn Fawn Stitched Trees Borders die set,  #LF1236
Pebbles 6" x 6" Paper Pad, Family Ties {discontinued but available}
White Glitter Card
Pink, Blue, Purple, Yellow and Green Shimmer Card
Green, Yellow & Brown Card
Brown Card
Watercolor Paper
Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
Tim Holtz Detail Water Brush

I apologize for not taking pictures of this process. I got so wrapped up in making the card that it didn't even cross my mind until I went to take pictures of the finished card.  I'm sorry!!

To make this card I literally used every single die cut I could.  I think I did a great job, considering the card is just A2 sized! I used a variety of cardstock - textured, glitter, and shimmer, to give the card a spring feel.

Before I began to assemble the actual scene, I stamped the bunnies on watercolor paper and colored them with watercolor pencils, using the detail water brush to move the color around.  Once they were dry, I cut them out and set them aside to construct the scene.

The first step was to make the Happy Easter sentiment.  I stamped "Happy" {from the Happy, Happy, Happy add on stamp set} on yellow card, cut out four
more of the die cuts and layered them together.  I've recently seen this called "eclipse" style, so I'll go with that! Then I cut out the oval shape {from the Shadow Box Card dies}, stamped "Easter" {from the Hoppy Easter set} on the lower half of the oval and attached the eclipsed Happy on the top half.  I set the sentiment aside and continued to work on the scene portion.

I cut the tree and hill background {from the Stitched Trees Borders} out of brown card, trimmed the hill part down and snipped off the middle tree.  I knew I wanted some type of leaves on the trees, but I didn't want to use actual leaves as the trees are sort of on the tiny side and I wanted the focus to be the bunnies.  I went through my 6" x 6" pads and found this fabulous leaves paper; I cut the two tree backgrounds out of it.  I attached the patterned paper to the trees and set it aside.  Next, I cut the two green hills and set them aside; the front hill {from the Leafy Tree Backdrop set} is a lighter green than the back hill {cut from the Shadow Box Card set.} 

The eggs were next; I used shimmer paper to make them {using the Hoppy Easter dies set} and the Easter basket is cut from brown card {I used the Halloween Candy Bucket from the Costume Party dies}.  The Hoppy Easter set includes an Easter basket, but it was too tiny to hold any of the eggs!  Lastly, I die cut the clouds {from the Blue Skies die set} out of white glitter card.  Now I had all my cuts and just had to assemble the card.  
Another Look
I glued the brown trees and hill down first, then the longer green hill, followed by the lighter, taller hill.  Now the bunnies had something to romp on!  The bunnies were placed on the scene, then the eggs.  Finally, the clouds were adhered and the sentiment oval.  I am very pleased with the outcome and it was worth all the cutting and fitting of everything.  My neighbor will be getting this card; I hope she'll love it!  Thanks for reading this tutorial.  I know it was a long one!  Perhaps this will inspire you to grab some of your dies and use them.   You might find some unconventional ways to use them that will surprise you! Fondly, Christi

I would like to enter my Happy Easter card into the Following Challenges:
Lawn Fawnatics - #24, Fun with Dies
CCEE - #1810, Die Cut Words
Paperminutes - #528, Rabbits and/or Eggs
Stamp, Ink & Paper - #140, Four Legged Friends 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - #12, Must Include a Critter
Animal Friends - #60, Easter
ARTastic Challenge - Include an Animal
Do-Al(l) Creatives - #15, Easter/Spring
Brown Sugar - #276, Spring or Easter

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Birthday Fishes

As I said in my previous post using this set, I think these little puffer fish are so charming! I hope you feel the same way I do about them.  Instead of a romantic card, today I've used them to celebrate a birthday. 

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Oxide Inks in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean & Broken China
Distress Sprayer
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Hero Arts I'm a Puffer for You stamp set, #CM170
Hero Arts Puffer Frame Cuts, #DI395
Clean Color Markers
Watercolor Paper
MFT/Die-Namics Stitched Oval Stax, #MFT-521
Versamark Ink Pad
Hero Arts Black Embossing Powder, #PW119
Wink of Stella, Clear
Scrap of Matching Blue Card
Assorted Sparkle Gel Pens 

Since I had already decided to use this set to make this card, I wanted a
background that looked like water.  I used my trusty Oxide Inks to make the ocean for my fishes to swim, which I feel is a perfect look.  I stamped, colored, and cut my puffers, using some whimsical colors as I discovered that real puffer fish are a boring beige color.  To add a bit more pizzazz, I colored the eyes and the lips using sparkly gel pens - you can see them in both pictures of the card.  I also stamped and die cut some little fishes to keep the puffers company.  I had let my background dry overnight and it had begun to curl a bit; nothing the tile on my desk couldn't handle! I just placed the paper between some waxed paper and slid it under the tile for the night.

The next day I decided that I need some embellishments, some party wear, for the puffers.  I stamped the hat a few times and the noise maker once, colored them in and cut them out.  Then I fussed with which puffer fish got to wear what hat and which one would blow the ever important noise maker.  I attached all the festive embellishments to the proper puffer.  

I stamped the sentiment directly on the blue card using Versamark ink,  embossed it in black embossing powder; then used the oval die to cut it out.  I attached the sentiment directly to the ocean background, then began placing all the fish.  Once I worked out the placement, I attached them directly to the background as well.  When everything was attached, I glued the background to the white card base and I had my birthday card!
Another Look
This card is so cheerful I can't see how anyone could look at it and not smile! Those party hats just make me giggle.  I hope you enjoyed my journey making this card as much as I did.  Thanks for stopping by! ~Christi

I am entering my Birthday Fishes card in the following challenges:
International Art & Soul - #28, Emboss & Use a Die
Cut it Up - M, #142, Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - M, Anything Goes 
Pause, Dream, Enjoy - M, #9, Stamped Image
Scrapy Land - M, Anything Goes 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Final ATCs for Janis' Birthday {And Then. . .Chocolate}

All good celebrations must come to an end, and so here we are, the last week for Janis' Birthday Celebration.  For this last challenge, Janis chose the theme "And Then. . .Chocolate" - yummy little party we've had!

What are ATC's? ATC stands for Artist Trading Cards.  There are no requirements to make them {unless you are participating in a swap or, in this case, Janis' fourth and last, theme And Then. . . Chocolate} EXCEPT they must be 2 1/2" x 3 1/2", the same size as a standard playing card or trading card.

Here are all the links for where you can still enter, but be quick! It's a good thing you can make an ATC in no time! {ends March 3, 2018}
Be sure to enter Janis' Blog Badge giveaway HERE!!!
WEEK 1 Theme - "All Those Cats!!"  You can still enter HERE
WEEK 2 Theme - "And The Chickens." You can still enter HERE
WEEK 3 Theme - "Adorable Teapot Collection"  You can still enter HERE
WEEK 4 (FINAL) Theme - "And Then.....Chocolate!"  Enter HERE
I've called my ATCs "Chocolate 1" and "Chocolate 2" and since I am really under the gun here, I'm going to be quick & just tell you what I used to make them.

Chocolate ATC #1
Heavy Weight White Card cut into ATC Size
Background made from Oxide Ink {scrap}
Sentiment from Riley & Co., Funny Bones, #RWD-564 Six Million Dollars
Tiny Money {stash}
Brown Card for Sentiment
Black Detail Embossing Powder, Hero Arts, PW-119
Embossing Ink
Shrink Plastic
Sharpie Markers
Gold Sparkle Gel Pen

The best part of this ATC was making the little candy bars out of Shrink Plastic. You can't really read them, but the candy bars say Hershey, Bite Me, YUM and Candy. I thought for SURE I had something with chocolate on it and I literally searched my entire stash {I did find the paper I used on Chocolate #2, as well as some other cool stuff I pulled out}, but I have nothing regarding chocolate except that sentiment.  Oh, well.  On to #2.

Chocolate ATC #2
Heavy Weight White Card cut into ATC Size
Image cut from Collage Sheet {out of business}
Words punched from a VERY old paper from SU!
Two Scalloped Oval Punches from My Family Treasure {out of business}
Beautiful Background Paper {stash}

I love this background paper and I have a small bit left, so you'll be seeing the end of it very soon.  I got it, along with the collage sheet, from a kit club I used to belong to that has since sold their business {about 9 years ago!}.  So this is a sort of vintage chocolate ATC.

That's it kids.  You only have about 24 hours to join in the fun, but I do hope you find some time - at the very least go and check out everyone's creations.  You can see each week by clicking on the above links.  And you can still join each week; but the whole shebang ends 11:55 pm on March 3, 2018.  Thanks for stopping by and checking out my ATCs - I appreciate your visit! Christi

I am entering my And Then... Chocolate ATCs in the following challenges:
Janis' Birthday Celebration 
Word Art Wednesday - #325, Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - #62, Anything Goes

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Stinkin' Inkers Wishy Washi Challenge

** Yes, this posted early.  Yes, it is my mistake.  Yes, I'm sorry.  Please do join the challenge, due to begin Tuesday, March 7.  Meanwhile, Love is in the Air is still going until March 6!

Hello everyone! Let me just say I am not a washi tape person.  I didn't go crazy {unbelievable, but true!} and buy tons of tape when it first came out.  In fact, for the longest time all I had was the first batch made by Tim Holtz.  But, the more I saw the creative ways people used washi tape, the more that helped me slowly collect more.  I still don't have very many {not compared to some of you!} but I did score these beautiful glitter washi tapes at my Dollar Tree.  And then I saw the sequins that matched and had to buy those, too!  Out of those two supplies was born my "Wishy Washi" card for the March Challenge at Stinkin' Inkers

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Scrap Paper
Washi Tape, Glitter Purple & Pink
Spellbinders Nestabilities, Curved Rectangles, #S5-006
Distress Ink in Wilted Violet
Sentiment by Riley & Co., Funny Bones, Supermodel, #RWD-399
6mm White Craft Foam {Michael's}
Copic Markers that Match the Frame

Before I get into the card, I need to share this ENABLER alert! The dies I used to make this card are on sale at Spellbinders for $6.99! Regular price is $19.99, so that is a SUPER deal, even if it is getting discontinued!

First, I used a piece of scrap cardstock to layer the washi tape, alternating
the two colors.  The only issue with Dollar Tree glitter washi tape is that the
glitter isn't that great at staying on the tape.  I got glitter everywhere; and I am still finding glitter in places it has no business being.  However, the loss of glitter didn't effect the tape at all, so I guess that makes up for it. I looked on the Dollar Tree website and couldn't find any glitter washi but it's readily available elsewhere or you may be lucky and find some at your local Dollar Tree store.

I thought I'd show you how I make sure the frame of my shaker card matches up with the acetate.  Now, you don't have to be exact; I could have cut out a plain rectangle for the shaker window but I think it adds to the construction of the card if everything is as close to the same shape as can be.  What I did was use removable tape to hold the dies together so when I cut the frame and then the foam the dies stayed in the same place for both.  You can't really see the removable tape but I use it SO much I have a dispenser on the same table as my Big Shot.  It's cheap and I typically don't have an issue with it sticking when it isn't wanted.  I used the dies three times {the frame, the foam, and the acetate} and the removable tape worked wonderfully.  I know some crafters use washi tape to hold their dies in place; I tried that but promptly lost misplaced the roll I'd designated for that purpose in the mess on my die cutting table. Like I said, I have a dispenser - one of the old, heavy ones that teachers used to use in the classroom, and that's fairly hard to lose.

Once all my pieces were cut, I stamped the sentiment on the white card base, using my MISTI and the dies to ensure I placed it correctly.  I adore the whole Funny Bones line of Riley & Co.; they are just as snarky as I am!  Besides, who doesn't love a good giggle?  Before I assembled the card, I colored the edges of the craft foam cut out so the edges wouldn't stick out like a sore thumb.  I used Copic markers, but any alcohol ink marker will work {note: if you decide to do this step, make sure you are wearing latex gloves.  The alcohol ink takes a bit to dry on the foam and you don't want to end up with pastel finger tips like I did.} 
Another Look
As you can tell if you are a follower of mine, I love making shaker cards, and this one was a blast to make.  I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and you should be breaking out your washi tape RIGHT NOW so you can join us at Stinkin' Inkers! Fondly, Christi

I am entering my Shaker Card in the following challenges:
Frilly & Funkie - Get in on the Action

Scrapy Land - Anything Goes
Craftaholics R Us - #9, Sequins
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes (#2)
My Favorite Stamps - #374, Sketch Challenge
Die Cut Divas - M,  Monochrome
Stamps & Fun - Glitter
Time Out Challenges - Be Bold!
4 Crafty Chicks - #392, Anything Goes TWIST: Add a Sentiment

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Truckload of Happy Birthday

Hey everyone - this is my FIRST post for the Simply Crafty SVG's design team! I'm honored and want to thank Sandy for accepting my application.  I know I'm going to have a BLAST playing with all these cool SVG's.  My brother's birthday is coming up and it's SO difficult to get anything for him, even a card is hard to make for him.  He watches every sport there is, and is online when he has free time.  The only other hobby he has is taking photographs {and, I might be biased, but they are beautiful !}.  When I saw the Christmas Tree Delivery Truck on the website I immediately decided I'd make a truck delivering his gift!  In order to do that, I also used the Presents Gift Card Holder - perfect!

What I Used to Make my Card:
Simply Crafty SVG's Christmas Tree Delivery Truck file
Simply Crafty SVG's Presents Gift Card file
KaiserCraft 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad, Frosted, #PP1005
Light Brown, dark brown, black, silver, sparkly silver & red cardstock
Dimensional Dots

The "card" 

I am really horrible at figuring out what I need to cut with what colors - it's something to do with my lack of depth perception {ok, I don't really know if it is, but that's my story} but I had decided I wanted to make my truck in hues of brown, so I cut the card portion out of a good, sturdy, light brown, card.  One of the absolutely COOL things about Simply Crafty SVG's is that each and every design comes with an PDF Instruction file! No more wondering where the heck this part goes!  I have to admit I did not look at the directions PDF until I was almost done with the card, so my assembly is a tad different than the one you'll get with the file.

Then I cut all of the truck embellishments out of dark brown card.  After I put
on some of the truck embellishments, I did refer to the instructions since I couldn't figure out where all the parts went.  Once I did that {looked at the directions}, it was easy peasy.  I used dimensional adhesives to pop out my fenders and the door.  I adhered the silver accents to the door, the tires {which I cut out of black card}, and the front grill.  I didn't use all the truck embellishments; I didn't want to gussy up the truck too much since it is for my brother.

Just the Gift
Almost Flat

Once the truck was finished, I started on the gifts I wanted to put into the back of the truck.  Using the Simply Crafty SVG's Presents Gift Card File, I edited the
smaller of the two gifts to make it an open-at-the-top envelope instead of the slider that goes on the gift card.  Unfortunately, the bigger gift was too big to fit in the back of the truck.  I cut the smaller gift and the bow, out of some wintry KaiserCraft card; the bow is cut from super sparkly silver card.  I then altered the small gift box and made a small card to fit inside the box.  I found the Happy Birthday already printed on some ephemera I had, glued that to the little card, wrote "my favorite brother" {it's a joke, he is my only brother!}, some birthday wishes and I was done!

Another View
Simply Crafty SVG's has an awesome bunch of freebies on their site, as well as some very reasonably priced files.  I think if you take a look, you'll be amazed by the awesome files {plus, it looks really good for me!}  Please don't forget to follow the Simply Crafty SVG's blog - there is tons of delicious inspiration coming up and you don't want to miss it! Since I don't have the A9 envelope to fit this card {it told me in the PDF instructions what size envelope I'd need!}, I'm also using the freebie envelope set file, it's a definite MUST have!. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day! ~Christi

I am entering my Truckload of Happy Birthday in the following challenges:
Try it on Tuesday - Vintage {the truck is vintage & so is my brother - hehe!}
Unstampabelles - M, #76 - Anything Goes, TWIST - Something New {the SVG file for the card is new!}
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes TWIST - Birthday
2 Sisters on a Blog - M, #12,  Make a Man a Card
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - #145, Anything Goes
TTCRD - Anything Goes

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hedgehugs & Hearts

I got this set a while back but this is the first chance I've had to play with it.  I think these little animals are SO cute! I wanted to get in at least one more "love" card before the end of February. I hope you like my creation:

How I Made my Card:
White Card Base
Lawn Fawn Hedgehog Hugs Stamp Set, #LF729
Lawn Fawn Hedgehog Hugs Dies Set, #LF730
Cutter Bee/EK Success, Hearts, #54-80012
Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Red Card
Tim Holtz/ Sizzix, Labels, #660060
Tim Holtz/ Sizzix Skull Blueprint, #659375 {discontinued but available}
Craft Foam
Sequins: Lips, Red & Iridescent {stash}

I actually had already colored these hedgehogs and they were just lying about on my desk.  I finally cut them out to use for this card. I got the idea to make a shaker, because, you know, I LOVE shaker cards {and the lip sequins were
Another Look
staring at me, having been on my desk since before Valentine's day}.

If you'd like directions on how I construct my shaker cards I have a detailed post here, which also includes a supply list; so I constructed my shaker heart and used the hedgehogs to decide on placement.  I stamped the sentiment on white card, cut it using the Labels die, then matted it using the die from Skull Blueprint, where the long rectangle is a wee bit bigger than that one in the Labels set.

I pinched a few sequins onto the center of my card and set the shaker heart over them - I let it dry overnight and there you have it! It only took me about 20 minutes to construct the whole thing, of course it helped that the hedgies were already colored.

You'll be seeing these cuties a lot more! They were super easy to color and I adore the sentiment.  I hope you like this card as much as I do! Please stop by again soon. ~Christi

I'm happily entering my Hedgehugs & Hearts card in the following challenges:
a2z Scrapbooking - M, It's a Love Thing
Crafty Animals - M, Anything Goes
Die Cut Divas - M, All You Need is Love, #3
Papercrafter's Linky Party - #4, Anything Goes
Mix it Up - #10, Anything Goes w/ Option of CAS
Alphabet Challenge Blog - X is for X-tra Special Occasion
Cut it Up - #142, Anything Goes
The Cat's Pajama's - #343, Animals
Double D Challenges - Woodland Creatures
Quick Quotes Challenge - M, Love