Sunday, November 19, 2017

Get your Meow on !


I had so much fun creating my kitty sweater yesterday and since I still had the supplies out I had to play...

I made the gray kitty sweater and then decided to make a colorful one masking the fish for the background.

When I first stamped the fish and started to color, it didn't look 'so good'... but the more I added some shading, the better it got...  Well, that is my opinion... lol
The sentiment was computer generated with my Printmaster Program.

Stamps: Neat & Tangled Kitty's Favorite Things (Kitty and fish), Impression Obsession Knit Cover-a-Card background (gray sweater)
Supplies: My Favorite Things Comfy Sweater Die-namics, foam tape, Papertrey Ink and Neenah white card stock, Copic Markers: C00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, E93, 95, G00, 03, 05, YG01, 03, 05, 07, 21, 23, R24, 27, 29, 81, 83, 85, V04, 06, 09, YR4, 7, 15, Y13, 15, 19, B12, 14, 16, BG11, 13, 23, 32, 53, Memento black ink.

Neat & Tangled Challenge Blog: Little Tangles Challenge #86 - Coloring  

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog: Furry Friends
Thanks for stopping by, Irene


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Practically Purr-fect Sweater


I started out thinking I was going to put the kitty in the sweater with his head popping up, but then I decided to take a different approach for the Neat & Tangled Color challenge. Color something you wouldn't normally color.  I stamped the knit background onto my die cut sweater and then stamped just the Kitty's head over it.  I probably should have used a lighter ink for the knit, but in the end I just went over the kitty several times trying to make it a bit darker.  Using the Misti was perfect for this technique. I ended up using black pearls for his eyes so they would pop. I also colored the frame using three different gray Copics.  The frame is glued to the card front and the sweater and banner are both popped up using foam tape.

Stamps: Neat & Tangled Kitty's Favorite Things (kitty and sentiment), Impression Obsession Knit Cover-a-Card background
Supplies: My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle Stax and Comfy Sweater Die-namics, Neenah white card stock, Black pearls, foam tape, Memento black ink, Copic Markers: R24, 27, 29, 59, E93, C00, 1, 2, 3, 5,
Technique: Fuzzy Cutting

CHALLENGES:
Neat & Tangled Little Tangles #86:  Coloring 


My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 359   MFTWSC359 


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Furry Friends


Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Tiniest Roar


I stamped, colored and die cut all of the little Newton's Nook Lovable Laundry Onesies.  I started with one, and couldn't help myself to stamp two more.  I planned one doing just the tag using  MFT blueprints, but then I needed a card and the little tag to match.   The large tag is a banner from MFT Blueprints 13 with the top corners cut off to form the top of a tag.

My tip for getting a perfect tag hole is die cut a scrap piece and fold in half to find the center.  I either mark it or use a hole punch and go half way through the folded piece. I use this as my pattern and punch the hole from my finished project. The smallest banner in the set was cut in half and made to look longer under the onesie.

handmade gingham to match colors I used for onesie.
die cut hole reinforcement out of handmade gingham

I needed gingham dp to match the blue Copics I used so I made my own. I colored the background with my lightest blue and then add stripes with the darker blue. I used the blender pen in the opposite direction creating a gingham plaid   I die cut my copic gingham using the MFT tag builder blueprints 2 hole reinforcement die for the tiny tag. I also used a piece of white cardstock colored with blue Copic behind the onesie.

I also used a hole reinforcement from MFT tag builder blueprints 6 for the tiny onesie tag. To make the hole bigger I used a 1/4 hole punch first and then lined up the negative of a previous die cut reinforcement and taped the two piece together. The die was dropped into the space and ran through the die cut machine.  The one reinforcement in the photo shows when I tried to wing it and punched the bigger hole after die cutting the reinforcement.  It takes a little extra time but I always get a better result taping my negative over the hole. I die cut another white onesie for the back of my tiny tag.

edited to add holiday tag to the set

Stamps: Newton's Nook Designs Lovable Laundry Onesie and sentiments.
Supplies: Newton's Nook Stitched Onesie Die, My Favorite Things Tag Builder Blueprints 6, Tag Builder Blueprints 2, and Blueprints 13, 1/4 hole punch, Doodlebug Design gingham-linen rainbow petite prints 6x6 paper pad, Neenah white cardstock, kraft knife, Misti, foam tape, Copic Markers: Y21, 32, E31, 33, 35, 93, C5, 7, B12, 14, YG03, 05, Blender, Silver gel pen, ribbon,

CHALLENGES:
My Favorite Things Sketch MFTWSC359 


My Favorite Things Creative Construction with Blueprints  Tags ( I didn't realize until after my tag was made it says Holiday Tag, Is a birthday a holiday?  Shall I call it a baby's first Christmas ornament tag? It has been edited to add a holiday tag to go with the set.  I used My Favorite Things Hand Lettered Holiday sentiments stamp set and used the Tags Builder Blueprints 2 tag set for the holiday tag.


Newton's Nook Designs  Challenge 59 and 55. When I clicked on the challenge this morning and scrolled down I ended up clicking on a link seen here. Scoll down until the first comment.

 ( I hope this project has inspired you to play along! Remember, you have until this Friday, November 17, 2017 to enter. There's a prize involved too, so don't delay - view all the entries and see more inspiration on our Inky Paws Challenge here!)

It actually took me to a previous challenge which was  sketch 55. I did that sketch and when I went to upload my card, the link was closed.  I went in to look at the next challenge when I saw what the problem had been.   The clickable link took me to an old challenge (sketch 55) and the newest challenge was a color challenge. So I made a tag that works for the color challenge as well.
the sketch challenge that I thought I was doing



The color challenge I was supposed to do and did when I made the Christmas tag



Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Furry Friends and Newton's Nook Products


Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Oooh !! Shiny


I have only a few SugarPea Designs stamps and I need to make them work for as many cards as possible.  The Dragon is blowing but it also looks like he is saying Ooooh...   It took me all morning to figure out what to put in his hand and came up with a shiny glittery ornament. The ornament is die cut from some watercolor paper that was sponged with Tim Holtz distress inks, then watercolored with the same distress inks and then the final layer is Twinkling H2Os  called Orange Peel to add the sparkle.  I added two layers for the pine sprig.

Stamps: SugarPea Designs Blow Me Away (Dragon), Stampin Up Woodgrain bg
Supplies: Elizabeth Craft Designs Sprig w/berries die, My Favorite Things Christmas Ornaments and Oval Shadows Dies,  Memory Box Ornament Caps and Hooks Die, foam tape, Copic Markers: YG01, 03, 05, 07, 09, G05, 07, E23, 25, Y011, 13, R24, 27, 29, 59, YR15, 04, 07, 09, C00, 0, 2, 3, Memento black, Tim Holtz Distress Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, & Tea Dye , Stampin Up Close to cocoa and crumb cake inks, Neenah white and watercolor card stock, white gel pen.
Techniques: Scoring, Fuzzy Cutting, Checkerboard Floor

CHALLENGE:
SugarPea Designs Mix it up Challenge #37. I used both challenges, the colors and I flipped the sketch. 


Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ice Fishing


 When I saw the MFT sketch I was thinking I could make a card using the circle as the hole through the ice when you go ice fishing. The colors today at SplitcoastStampers were perfect to make it work. The background was watercolored with Tim Holtz distress inks. I used a combo of distress inks trying to keep the top with more of the blue. My fish is hanging from a piece of clear sewing thread so he moves back and forth.  The rocks were colored using matching copic refills and glued inside the bottom shaker.


Stamps: My Favorite Things Cooler with you(fishing bear), Polar Bear Pals (bucket of fish and sentiment), Friends Like Us (heart).
Supplies: My Favorite Things Peek-a-boo Circle Window Die-namics, Spellbinder rectangle die, clear thread, craft rocks, Copic Markers: RV32, Y23, E23, 25, 27, BG11, 13, 32, G21, 24, 28, black 110, Copic Refills, Tim Holtz Distress, Stampin Up, and Memento ink, acetate, foam tape, Papertrey ink Hawaiian Shores, Neenah white and watercolor card stock, Misti.
Techniques: fuzzy cutting, shaker window, watercolor, Easel Card

My Favorite Things:  MFTWSC358  


SplitCoastStampers: Color Challenge 661 


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog:   Snow White    I used a white base and white card front for my Ice Fishing  


Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ornament Box


When I received the new Gerda Steiner Progressive image my first thought was a box of ornaments. So that is what I tried to do.  I had so much fun working with the little Balancing Holiday Mouse.
 I die cut the Mama Elephant box and traced it onto some copy paper. I scanned the image and enlarged it until I found the size I needed. It was enlarged 210% on my scanner. I printed it out and traced the box onto some kraft card stock and cut it out. I sponged around the edges to distress and create a little dimension.
I cropped several ornaments and layered them all together trying to hide the mouse's foot. I fuzzy cut one to use on the front of the ornament pile. I used foam tape to create dimension in the box


Stamps: Gerda Steiner Designs Balancing Holiday Mouse digital Stamp
Supplies: Copic Markers: V04, 06, 09, BG11, 13, 32, 34, R20, 22, 24, 27, 29, 59, G03, 05, 07, E31, 93, 95, CC00, 0, 1, 2, 3, YR04, 07, 09, 15, Y11, 13, 15, 18, Black 110, Silver gel pen, Papertrey Ink kraft and Neenah white card stock, foam tape, Wink of Stella, Stampin Up Crumb Cake ink, stickles.
Techniques: fuzzy cutting, sponging, Checkerboard Floor,


CHALLENGES:
Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Progressive Challenge: November

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

My Little Snow Man

I was inspired by a commercial for this card. I can't remember what the commercial was for but it was a little boy imitating his father. So I dress my Snow Boy just like Dad.  I kept the card simple without shadows to keep as white as possible.

Stamps: 2011 Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends, Summer of 2013 Quinn's ABC's Upper and Lowercase, 2010 Hats off to you (Dad snowman's hat) stamp sets.
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders, Quinn's ABC's Upper and Lowercase Dies, foam tape, Copic Markers: B12, 14, 26, C5, 7, 9, YR04, 07, 15, Signo white gel pen,

Here is a quick tip for using the older solid dies. I stamp and color my image. I use the matching die cut on a thinner piece of white card stock (usually Georgia Pacific) I line that negative cut over my colored image and while holding it firm, replace the die into the negative space.  It is important to tape the pieces all together at this point with some type of removable tape.  As you can see in the photo, one of the D's is off. I forgot to tape it all down and thought I had it just right.  Well !  I did not... lol  This is much easier for me to get a even white space around my image instead of trying to stamp over the die cut.

CHALLENGES:
Lawn Fawnatics: Use your oldest Lawn Fawn Set. I believe my first set was the Making Frosty Friends and one of the oldest sets is Hat off to You. 


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog:  Snow White 


Splitcoaststampers:  Clean & Simple Challenge CAS455  NOVember !   Use the letters  NOV for your card.  (K) nitted scarf....  I thought that was far fetched so went with Navy.  Ombre for the O and Vegetable for the V as in carrot nose.

Thanks for stopping by, Irene