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Finders Keepers

  • Dies –
    • Little B “Circles”
    • Spellbinders “Standard Circles Large”
  • Stamps –
    • Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection, “Falling Leaves”
    • Hero Arts “Branch Background”
    • Hero Arts/Basic Grey “Dotted Grid”
  • Embossing powders – Ranger Ink Wendy Vecchi – Red Geranium, Sunflower, and Forget-Me-Not; Ranger – Lime Green and White
  • Cheesecloth
  • Tea bag paper
  • Sticker  – Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Small Talk”
  • Ticket – Tim Holtz Idea-ology “Expedition” Ephemera pack
  • Inks – Tsukineko VersaMark watermark ink and Ranger Distress and Archival inks
  • Sequins – Neat & Tangled “Festive Fall Sequin Mix”
  • Flower – Prima
  • Twine – from the kitchen drawer

I’m kind of thinking I should rename my blog “Lots o’ Layers,” based on some of my projects! I certainly get caught up in enjoying the process and never am very sure of the outcome! For this piece I was inspired by a technique demonstrated in the November issue of Craft Stamper Magazine. The unique step that I took away was using white embossing powder almost as a paint rather than embossing from a stamped image.

I die cut a number of different circles and used one large circle for the base. I stamped the two larger circles with VersaMark and then also applied a bit more VersaMark ink with my finger before adding the embossing powder and heating. After stamping the leaves with Distress inks and moving the colors a bit with a waterbrush, I applied VersaMark ink with my finger, then white embossing powder and heat-set the powder. The bright colors of the ink and some of the embossing powders, along with the white embossing powder, made this a visually interesting collage. I added cheese cloth, paper from a tea bag cut into a circle, sequins and ephemera, layer by layer and topped it off with the little sticker sentiment: Finders Keepers. Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers – Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

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Creature Feature

  • Stamps – My Favorite Things – “Witch Way Candy?”
  • Embossing folder – Sizzix – “Cobwebs”
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock – BoBunny and Bazzill

This card design was very simple because all of the cute creatures with a backdrop of an embossed spiderweb stole the show.

I colored and hand-cut all of the stamped images, because I had not purchased the matching dies. I’ve remedied this poor decision by recently acquiring the dies with a gift card that I won from My Favorite Things!

The coloring took the most time, blending Copics. Once I colored and cut all of the pieces, the next challenge was arranging them to my liking. I popped up the bat with dimensional adhesive so he is fairly flying.

Thanks for visiting and, even though it is nearly over, Happy Halloween!

 


Cerebral Squirrels: Thinking of You

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box “Busy Squirrels” and “Playful Squirrels”
    • Simon Says Stamp “Maple Leaf Corner”
    • Creative Expressions Craft Dies “Atlantic Ocean Collection – Cape Verde”
  • Stamp – Inkadinkado Personal Expressions “Expressions”
  • Ranger Distress Inks
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I enjoy making Fall cards. When October begins, I think of leaves changing colors, my birthday (hee hee), pumpkins, and squirrels scampering. So I decided to make a card featuring squirrels scampering among the Fall leaves. I’ll probably send this to my son at college, who enjoys all things squirrel.

For this card, I die cut all of the Memory Box pieces from white cardstock and then used Distress Inks to color them. I cut the maple leaf die in the corner twice so I could inlay the contrasting color in some of the leaves. All of the supplies I used for this card have been in my stash for a long time, particularly the sentiment stamp that appears to be made in 2006! Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Simon Says Thinking of You (featuring Memory Box)

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Group – Challenge #82 Fall is in the Air

 

 


Scaredy Cat Trick-or-Treat

  • Stamps –
    • Art Impressions “Meow-lloween” set
    • Lawn Fawn “Spooktacular” (sentiment)
  • Embossing folder – Cuttlebug “Boo to You”
  • Die – Elizabeth Craft Designs “Beaded Circle Frames”
  • Ribbon
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Neenah Solar White
  • Copic markers

I enjoyed using this Halloween inspired embossing folder that I’ve had in my stash for some time! To emphasize the details, I applied black ink over each circle with a sponge dauber. I stamped and colored the cat and bat, then added them to the black  “frame” I’d created using leftovers from cutting the Beaded Circle Frames die-cuts for another project. I added the sentiment and tied the card up in a ribbon to finish it off. Thanks for stopping by.

 


A Wild Birthday

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn “Cheery Christmas,” “Let’s Play,” “Wild for You” and “Jump for Joy”
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn “Cheery Christmas,” “Jump for Joy,” “Let’s Play,” and “Grassy Hillside Borders”
  • Copic markers
  • Ranger Distress inks
  • Cardstock – Neenah Solar White and BoBunny

I always enjoy putting together cute animals to create a scene — and mixing up stamp sets to make something truly unique. Because look how natural it is for that porcupine to roll down that slide? I created the sky using Distress inks and also inked the grass to give the different tufts some variation in value. All of the animals and their playground equipment are colored with Copics. It was fun arranging them altogether. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #15 – Happy Little Critters

 

 


Kitty, are you in there?

  • Stamps –
    • Penny Black “Dressed to Scare”
    • The Cat’s Pajamas “Hey Pumpkin”
  • Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Standard Circles Large”
  • Patterned paper – unknown
  • Glitter cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Stickers – Rain Dots  Bats
  • Ribbon
  • Copic markers

I made this card for World Card Making Day when a friend challenged us to make an “Oldie Moldie” card, which is a term she has coined that means you need to use supplies you’ve had for a long time. The outcome would be, if you made these cards often, you would have fewer old craft supplies! I’ve had the cat stamp, die, patterned papers and bat stickers for probably more than a decade! It is pretty fun to use “old friends” I’ve had in my Halloween stash for years. I need to make more! Thanks for visiting.

 


Make Today Count – Mixed Media Card

  • Stamps – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Falling Leaves CMS097”
  • Stencils – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection “Autumn,” “Dot Fade,” and “Grid Dot”
  • Ranger Texture Paste: Opaque Matte
  • Ranger Distress Crayons: Fossilized Amber, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo
  • Ranger Distress Inks: Carved Pumpkin, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Mustard Seed
  • Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Buttercup
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Paper String: Solids
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Metallic Stickers: Quotations
  • Tim Holtz Ideaology Tissue Wrap: Plain
  • Brass leaf charm – Fire Mountain
  • Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Watercolor paper – Strathmore 140 lb. cold press

This card was fun to make because of all the layers–and of course it took me a very long time, just because when I’m making decisions as I move through the process it always takes me a long time! I really enjoy the process and since it is my birthday today, I indulged in getting messy and creative.

I started out by applying texture paste through the leaf stencil onto watercolor paper. I love leaves as a theme in my work! Then I stared at it for awhile, and added Distress Crayons all over the piece, blending as I went along. I then scrubbed some of the color away with a damp paper towel through a couple of stencils and continued to blend colors by adding a bit of water until I was satisfied.

Meanwhile I stamped leaves on tissue wrap with black Archival ink and added some ink splatters and Mica Spray. Once this was dry, I added some torn pieces of the stamped tissue with gel medium to the piece. I then cut the piece I would need for my card design and applied Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the edges. I wrapped it with paper string and attached the brass leaf charm.

On another scrap of watercolor paper, I watercolored with some Distress Inks and lightly stamped a few more leaves. This was meant to be a background for my sentiment, so I didn’t want my colors to be very intense. One dry, I cut out the sentiment piece, applied Walnut Stain Distress ink to the edges, and popped on the sentiment sticker. I attached the two pieces to cardstock and called it a day. Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: A Vintage Journey: Crazy for Autumn Colours