A Busy Afternoon

I am sorry this post is so late. I have had some fun this afternoon with several sketch challenges and my Halloween stamps . I have made quite a few cards that I will share with you over the next few days.

The first card I made was for Taylor’s sketch challenge. I loved the layout and while I don’t have cupcakes I knew I needed some more Halloween cards to send out so I decided to use those. I love this Halloween paper from the Holiday mini 2 years ago. I am down to the last of it though. Do you see those glittery dots under the spider web. Those are Glitter Dots and I got them from Gina K. Designs in several colors. I really like the look of them on the card. They add just the right “bling”. To add a little bit more sparkle I used the Stardust gel pen to highlight the spider web and the strings the spiders are hanging from. How about that ribbon! It is really yarn that comes that way. It is perfect for your spooky Halloween cards.

Stamps: Spooky Swirls (TAC), Fall Sampler (TAC), Spooktacular (TAC), Just Flying By (retired) Paper: So Saffron, Vintage Violet (retired), white, Halloween Nights DSP (retired) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: Basic Gray marker, glitter dots (Gina K. Designs), yarn (Michael’s), Sakura Stardust gel pen, crystal effects (to glue yarn down), dimensionals
So, what do you think? Isn’t this just the cutest card? I have several others I will be posting tomorrow and the day after. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!

A Busy Day

Sorry I did not post yesterday but I was so busy.  I have contemplated making some cards in a box to sell at the base craft show.  I also needed some of these for Christmas gifts for a few people. 

I spent the morning looking for  dimensions/patterns for the boxes and found a couple 3 x 3 boxes.  I never did find one for the invitation size cards so I ended up making my own.  This took quite a bit of time as I had to create by trial and error.  I finally got the box and top all figured out.  I made the box with no trouble.  The top however took 3 tries before I got it right.  I now have the pattern so I can use it again to make some more.  Thought you might like to see the box and cards.  This is the invitation size and the box has 4 cards and envelopes inside.

Stamps: Embrace Life, Delight in Life Paper: Groovy Guave, green, white, Groovy Guave DSP Ink: Groovy Guava Accessories: 5 petal flower punch, Martha Stewart branch punch, white eyelet and brad, Mellow Moss & Garden Green markers, ribbon (Michaels), Crop-a-dile, sticky tape, and dimensionals

So, what do you think of this one.  If I do the craft fair, how much do you think I should charge?  I welcome all your ideas and suggestions.  Check back later as I am working on a card sketch to share with you. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Long time since I dry embossed

I was reading on  Charmaine’s blog that there was an embossing challenge on the Verve blog.  I went over to check it out and decided I needed to use my Fall embossing templates since it had been a while since I had done any dry embossing.  After I had it embossed I decided I wanted to color it so I placed the template on top of the embossed image and used my sponge daubers and ink pads to color the image.  When I was embossing the image I decided to go around the outside of the template to emboss a border. 

I also had on my table a crooked lines template which when I looked at it reminded me of corn stalks.  So I embossed the lines and colored them.  The only thing left was to do a border around the card as it just needed something.  I read Michelle’s blog as I just love her brayering techniques (sure wish she would come our way to do a workshop)!  In one of her posts she made an beautiful wolf card where she had used the leaf stem from Best Blossoms.  I really liked the look and decided to use the same stem for my card. 

Do you see the word fall in the upper left corner?  I do not have a stamp set that I can do this quickly and easily so I used the sentiment from a set that had the word “full” and used my marker to make the “u” an “a”.  I was so tickled with myself that it looked like I had the stamp for the word fall.  After I stamped it I punched it out with the word window punch and then took the punched piece and reinserted it into the punch with the word in the center and adjusted the piece of cardstock so the word was on a smaller piece.  I love the look of this card and hope you do to.  Here is my card.

Stamps: Basket Full of Fun, Best Blossoms (both retired) Paper: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, white Ink: Basic Black, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Metallic Silver, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, So Saffron Accessories: wagon embossing template (Lasting Impressions), crooked lines embossing template (Lasting Impressions), Basic Black marker, word window punch, stylus, light box, sponge daubers, dimensionals
Isn’t this the cutest fall card.  I hope you enjoyed it.  Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Penny Black Thanks a Bunch

I love Penny Black stamps!  She has such cute designs.  I love her hedgehogs and her silhouette stamps.  I check the Penny Black Blog each week and try to play along.  This week the challenge had a theme of “Thanks a Bunch”.  The first stamp that came to mind was the hedgehog carrying a huge bunch of flowers.  I love the stamp and thought it would make a cute card playing up on the “bunch”.  The card came together quickly since I used the colors from the flowers on the card. 

In creating the sentiment, I ended up combining 2 stamp sets.  I would love to get my hands on a Karen Foster snap stamps set.  They were discontinued and it would be so nice to have letters to create your own saying that snap together rther than trying to line them up straight on an acryllic block.  Any one now of another set?  I did get it lined up pretty even but each time I use this set I sigh and wish I had some interlocking stamp letters for my sentiments.  Oh well, maybe one day.  Here is my card.  Let me know what you think.

Stamps: Hedgehog Bouquet (Penny Black), Thanks Galore (Hero Arts), Acryllic Alphabet Set (Close to My Heart) Paper: Green Galore, Pretty in Pink, white Ink: Basic Black, Blush Blossom, Gable Green, Going Gray, Green Galore, Pretty in Pink Accessories: Creamy Caramel & Going Gray markers, ribbon (Jody’s online share last year), dew drops (Jody’s online share last year), aqua painter, sticky tape, crystal effects, dimensionals
I am headed out of town for the weekend.  I hope everyone gets a chance to “play” this weekend.  Thanks for looking, have a great day, and I’ll be back on Monday with the Verve embossing challenge.

OCC Anything But Square

One of the blogs I read is a group of talented ladies who present weekly challenges. Our Creative Corner had the challenge this week to create a card that was anything but a square. I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to do while I was walking this week. It finally hit me to do a butterfly. I pulled out a set that I bought and hadn’t used (I saw lots of cards using the set but have not had a chance to make any of them, sad since it has been retired for several years). It had a beautiful butterfly what would be perfect for a 3 x 3 card. The key was to stamp the butterfly so part of the wings overlapped the fold. This is easier said than done. It took me a couple of tries but I finally got it right.

While I was walking this morning, I thought about how I was going to color it. My original thought was to make it a monarch using yellow and orange. But then it hit me to use blues. I love the colors but have to work on using the sponge daubers. I had wanted the blues to fade in toward the center with the lightest one going almost all the way there and the darker blue on the edges. When I put the dauber on the outside of the butterfly and swiped it toward the center the black embossing powder smeared. I had to revise my method and it turned out okay but would still like to figure out how to do my original idea. I will keep working on it until I get it.

I added some sparkles using my stardust gel pen as it needed more bling even though the embossing powder had lot so sparkle. I don’t think you can see it in the picture but it is really sparkly. Here is the card.

Now I bet you are thinking that the card is so small you can’t put a sentiment inside. Wrong! Here is what the inside looks like.Stamps: Bold Butterfly, Cute Converse (both retired) Paper: white Ink: Basic Black Craft, Ballet Blue, Brocade Blue Accessories: Black Diamond embossing powder (Judi-Kins), black brads, Sakura Stardust gel penSo, what do you think? It makes a really cute 3 x 3. Thanks for looking and have a great evening!