Monday, July 16, 2012

I'm on a roll... Don't stop me now!

So maybe I'm just on a crafty binge, or maybe I just like the look of my own thoughts on paper but whatever the reason here's another blog post. So the latest card I have been working is another birthday card for the man's aunt. This card I kept very simple.... for me at least! I use paper from  Colorbok Pearlescent Paper (the blue and green collection), Olde Curiosity Shoppe from Graphic45, Sisal twine, stormy sky distress ink by Tim Holtz,  Momento Tuxedo Black ink and another recollection stamp set with no name.  I don't know what my obsession is lately with square cards because I never used to make square cards I always simply make A2 size and this is my third square card in a row!

I started out with a 5 1/4 square base, added 5 x 5 mat of the palest ice blue from the ColorBok paper pack I distressed the edges with my tonic distress tool and inked the edges in the stormy sky distress ink,  Using the flying pig pattern paper from the Gaphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe I created a slightly smaller mat, inking and distressing the edges and using one of my fiskers scalloped border punches on the bottom edge.  I took a white doily from my stash inked it with the stormy sky and adhered that on top of the flying pig paper.
I created the band across the center of the card by cutting strips of the pattern paper distressing and inking the edges.  The sisal that I used to wrap around the paper band I created came from my local drugstore I got 55 yards for a dollar! I have to warn you I almost was unable to use the sisal because of the smell when I open the packaging. It has a very strong chemical smell okay maybe not a chemical but definitely smelled like  it been dipped in vinegar! I really thought that it was an important accent to have so I unwound some of it and set it out back on my picnic table to air out for about 15 min to see if maybe the smell would go away and the good news is it did.  Once the smell was gone I wrapped it round the paper band I had created tied a simple bow. I was afraid that the bow would come out so I secured it with a little bit of glossy accent. I fussy cut around one of the pigs from the pattern paper and popped him up on dimensional adhesive.  I stamped the sentiment with memento tuxedo Black ink and distressed the edges rubbed  some stormy sky on it with my blending tool to give it the blue color then sprayed water into my hand and flicked it on the paper. When the paper was dry I matted it onto some more the pattern paper and inked and distressed the edges.

The inside  of the card I tried to follow a similar layout to the front I used more paper from the same paper stacks that I did on the front but the reverse sides. I also used the same scallop border punch on the bottom of the largest piece of patterned paper.  I distressed and inked all edges of the paper and to keep the same look going from the front to inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my blog! Hope I can keep up this post pace!
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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hopefully this post takes me out of the running for the worst blogger ever

Wow so I'm posting twice in one week! Please don't fall over in shock! I finally broke through my crafty block! And have been hard at work on a couple new cards that I needed to make for some July  birthdays coming up.

For first card I made is a 5 1/4 square card and I'm calling it French wishes. I used a 12 x 12 SEI paper stock called  Couture. I used a clear stamp set from Stampendous called Orchid greetings for the greeting on the outside of the card and also the sentiment on the inside of the card. The Eiffel Tower and the Vintage flapper are cling sets from two separate Recollections stamp sets that have no names listed on the packaging. I think they have been discontinued because I have not been able to find them again at Michael's where I originally bought them. Making the flowers was super easy using a Spellbinders Shapeabilities spiral blossom one and pattern paper from the stack. I added small Recollections pearls to each rose and then I dabbed some of the silver Colorbox ink directly on the flowers. The small writing area that I created I used the larget Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled rectangles large, CC designs 110 lb Copic quality card stock, background stamp called old letter writing and silver ink I did not emboss anything in this area because I wanted people to be able to write on it.  So I stamped, distressed the area with my blending tool and set it aside to dry because pigment inks especially this silver one take a long time to dry.  I also used a hero arts in creating the background paper for both stamped images.  Creating the background paper for both stamped images was really fuand easy it just takes several step.  So with a little time-consuming. I started out by stamping both images on CC designs 110 lb Copic quality card stock in silver Colorbox ink. I embossed both with clear embossing powder.  Then I stamped the Hero arts stamp in the same silver ink and embossed that with clear embossing powder as well.  The final step was to take my Tim Holtz distressing tool and more silver ink and distressed the edges and over and lightly brushed ink over the surface of the entire area. The next step was to sprinkle clear embossing powder over the surface one more time and heat. It gave it an interesting shiny texture And that was it for creating the focal images. I repeated the same process on the front sentiment except I used Memento tuxedo Black ink to stamp the Happy Birthday. So it would stand out.  The rest of it was just a matter of matting paper and adhering it to the card base which is also CC designs 110 lb Copic quality card stock.  I'm very happy with how it turned out!

  This next card I'm calling Sweet Birthday.  I went for a much simpler approach on this using  only pattern paper, Copic markers, clear stamps, a tonic distressed tool, some bakers twine from the The Twinery and Memento Tuxedo Black ink for this 5 1/4square card.  for the pattern paper I used Authentique free bird series  Nest Blush & Delight.  I cut each of the pattern papers to size distressed all sided and inked with Tim Holtz  distress ink in Old Paper.   For the images I use a prima stamp.  Stamped them both on CC designs 110 lb Copic quality card stock  in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with my Copic markers and fussy cut around the edges and adhered them to the pattern paper squares using tombo glue.  I wrapped The Twinery bakers twine in pink sorbet  around the card and secured on the back. The sentiment stamps come from  another recollections stamp set that also has no name. I stamped those in the Memento Tuxedo Black ink  on the patterned papers I had cut and previously distressed and inked.  Adhered it altogether and Wah-la! I was done!

If you made it this far in my ramblings! Hee hee hee Thanks for stopping by.
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Friday, July 13, 2012

Stephanie - DT CALL

This is my entry to the Anything Goes & DT Call over at the All That Scraps Blog. I need to work on getting better at updating my blog and when I do post actually linking to the materials I use. So I'm hoping that this helps push me to do just that! My card base is C.C. Designs 110 lb. copic quality card stock  I stamped both images in Memento Tuxedo Black on the  C.C. Designs 110 lb. copic quality card stock   I colored both images from C.C. Designs Seashell Sarah and Reading Rebecca with my copic markers! (Please forgive me I forgot the write down the colors I used.) For the sentiments on the front and inside of the card I used Amy R's Oh So Beachy set.The patterned paper except for the yellow is from Me & My Big ideas the mambi sheets PDX-105. The yellow paper is from DCWV the Edumacation Stack.  I tried to find a links to both but couldn't. I did just pick them up at Michaels. I used some paper flowers and brads from my stash. The Twinery Bakers Twine is in Caribbean . I did use a Glaze pen on the sunglasses and pupils of each girl and Crystals Stickles on their bathing suits. I am a little upset because the inside sentiment didn't fully set and because it's on glittery textured paper part of it came off. Oh well I live and I learn! Thanks for stopping by! More later... Hopefully sooner than later!