I am a cat person!

 

  • Stamps – Dreamerland Crafts:
    • D19011 I am a cat person
    • M18310 Tree trunks & small leaves
    • M18307 Flower beds
    • M18305 Clouds
  • Die – Whimsy Stamps – Notched Squares Die Set
  • Die – Spellbinders – Hello Expressions
  • Copic markers
  • StazOn Pigment ink pad – Snowflake
  • Ranger Distress ink – Broken China
  • Gina K ink pads
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Sequins

I created this card using a variety of stamps from a company that is new to me. Christy and I were thrilled to meet Dreamerland Crafts owners at Creativation in January. They are delightful and we really enjoyed talking to them and getting acquainted with their stamps. I used four different sets to create the scene on this card. I colored the girl, cat, and ground with Copic markers, and the tree and flower bed is created with Gina K ink pads. The clouds were stamped with white StazOn ink with just a smidge of Broken China ink to give an indication of clouds in the sky. Thanks for visiting.


Hello! Stenciled card

 

  • Die and stamp set – Spellbinders – Hello Expressions
  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop – TCW829 Heartful Flower by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer
  • Ink – StazOn Pigment – Snowflake
  • Posca paint markers
  • Cardstock – black and turquoise

Surprise! I’m finally posting!

I created this card as a sample for a demo I’m doing. I will be creating cards from stenciled backgrounds at Runaway Art and Craft Studio during a demonstration at First Wednesday on May 1st. First Wednesday, sponsored by Salem Main Street Association, is a monthly celebration in downtown Salem during which businesses open their doors to celebrate with the community. While I am stenciling and making cards, Christy is art journaling and Robin will be sharing her illustrated coloring posters.

I began this card by applying white ink through a stencil onto black cardstock to create the base design. I then added color by drawing dots around the stenciled design with Posca acrylic paint markers. I layered the die-cuts and popped it up with dimensional adhesive above the stamped sentiment and then adhered the whole card front onto a turquoise card base.

Thanks for stopping by.

 


Snowy Day Cards

 

  • Distress Inks – Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet
  • Distress Oxide Inks – Shaded Lilac, Milled Lavendar
  • Stamps –
    • Lawn Fawn – Snow Cool, Say What? Christmas Critters and Winter Fox
    • Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz – Reflections
  • Embossing folders – Sizzix Snowfall and Swirls
  • Ranger Stickles – Diamond
  • Vellum
  • White embossing powder – Stampendous
  • Watercolor paper
  • Cardstock

I was on deck to present the demonstration at our Craft Stamper group last week. We select something from an issue of Craft Stamper magazine and present it to the group and then we all make the project. It just so happened that I selected the masterclass that featured snowy hills from the January 2019 issue. While I was working on my sample cards, it snowed here, in March. This isn’t the first time we’ve had snow in March in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, but we’ve had at least four doses in the past two weeks. That is a little unusual. We are in the midst of one more snow shower today and that may be the end of it for this winter. Crazy!

For the first card I used two different embossing folders. I first applied Distress Inks, blending four colors. I then dry-embossed it with the Swirls embossing folder and then sanded it to expose the swirls. For the snow drifts, I embossed the snow onto vellum with the Snowfall embossing folder. I then tore the vellum into pieces to resemble snowy drifts and layered them together. When I liked the composition, I stapled the vellum onto the background with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher and applied Stickles glitter glue to the edges of the vellum. I added a layered sentiment and a layer of silver cardstock and adhered it to a white card base. You can see the sparkle in the photo below.

For the second card (below), I used the Distress Inks like watercolor. I heat-embossed the snow on watercolor paper using the Lawn Fawn Snow Cool stamp set and white embossing powder. Then I applied the Distress Inks to my craft sheet and spritzed the ink with water. By dragging the watercolor paper through the wet ink, drying, and reapplying, I created the colorful and snowy background. The embossing powder resists the “snow” that is heat embossed. I heat embossed the Tim Holtz script stamp on the vellum for this card and tore it to make the drifts again this time. I also applied embossing powder to the torn edges to give the appearance of snow. Again, I attached the vellum to the background with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. To finish off this card, I stamped and colored the Lawn Fawn fox and popped it up onto the scene. I liked having his tail go off the background. I colored the card base by applying Milled Lavender and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks to white cardstock. Finally I layered all of the pieces together and added the sentiment.

Thanks for visiting. I still have some catching up to do with posting here!


Today is your Lucky Day

 

  • Patterned papers –
    • Authentique Shamrock Collection – Shamrock Five
    • Authentique Clover Collection – Clover Five (focal image)
  • Die – Art Impressions – Banner Double Stitched Dies
  • Doily – Doodlebug Designs
  • Twine – May Arts
  • Cardsotck –
    • Bazzill
    • Paper Accents Glitter Cardstock – Green

I really like the color green, so when I had a chance to use these Authentique papers to create a card for Runaway Art and Craft Studio, I was excited. This is a very simple card with small touches that make it special: glitter paper matting around the focal image, lovely patterned paper from Authentique, the doily and twine at the top, and that eye-catching banner die-cut I made with the new Art Impressions die. And everything is green! Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge – The Paper Players PP429 – Monochromatic Clean and Simple Challenge


Masked Valentines?

  • Stamps –
    • Newton’s Nook – Raccoon Rascals
    • Lawn Fawn – Happy Happy Happy Add-on
  • Stencil – Newton’s Nook – Tree Rings
  • Dies –
    • Mama Elephant – Heart Border
    • Elizabeth Craft Designs – Entwined Hearts
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents and BoBunny
  • Copic Markers
  • Distress Ink – Walnut Stain
  • Sequins – Doodlebug Designs
  • Ribbon – May Arts

This was a fun card to make, partly because of the subject matter (more cute animals!) and also because I pulled out supplies from multiple companies. It is fun to mix it up sometimes. It was way too difficult to resist making a raccoon Valentine for my mom. Many people don’t know this, but she has several friends who are raccoons.

I started by coloring the raccoon image with Copic markers and fussy cutting it. I made the tree stump (slice?) by applying Distress Ink through a stencil and cutting it out, then using it for a backdrop. I assembled the various elements, finishing with the sentiment and tying a ribbon at the top. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge – Shopping Our Stash Challenge 389 – Make Your Mark


Wood You Be Mine?

  • Stamps – Art Impressions – Valentine Critters Set
  • Die – AlteNew – Pierced Mat Die
  • Stencil – Newton’s Nook – Tree Rings
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay – Thief of Hearts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling and BoBunny

I made this Valentine for my son, who is an Oregon State University student (and they’re the Beavers–Go Beavs!). He is a fan of cute animals, so this is right up his alley–and mine! I colored the beaver image with Copic markers and emulated the heart motif in the patterned paper in the heart he is clutching. The tree stump is created by applying Distress ink through a stencil. This was a fun card to piece together! Thanks for stopping by.

 

 


Significant Otter

  • Stamps – Art Impressions – Valentine Critters set
  • Dies –
    • Spellbinders – Curvy Labels
    • Mama Elephant – Heart Border
  • Patterned paper – Memory Box – Sweetheart Collection
  • Stickers – Mrs. Grossman’s
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
  • Copic markers

I know many people think Valentine’s Day is a marketing holiday, but I must admit to liking little hearts and cute animals on cards! And chocolate is a nice touch, too! I actually like to incorporate hearts in my mixed media work often, no matter what time of year.

I made this card for my husband. We are a cute animal loving family, so this is the first of several cute animal valentines I’ll be posting! I really like this set from Art Impressions and knew when I saw it at Creativation that I had to have it. I colored the otter with Copics. I pulled this card together by using some items that have been in my stash for years and years. The heart stickers and patterned paper are things I’ve had for at least 10 years, but I pull my Valentine-making supplies out and it keeps on giving!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge – Freshly Made Sketches #375