Saturday, February 25, 2017

Happy 60th Birthday


I will soon need a birthday card for my DH.  While doing the inspiration challenge at Splitcoaststampers  I came across this card.  I knew I wanted the 60 to stick up so I chose to do an easel card.  The base card is 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored on the 8 1/2 inch side at 4 1/4 and 2 1/8 inches. I had some extra pieces of a laminated pouch and cut it done to 2 inch x 3/8 inch to use for my number to stick up. The plastic was sandwiched between the dp and another die cut number in white for a backing.   I covered the front of the easel with another white panel cut to size at 3 1/2 x 2 1 /8.  This hides the plastic.   While stamping the Simon Says Stamp birthday sentiment the second time in my Misti the white panel  moved which caused an offset effect.  I like how it turned out and left it as is.  A happy mistake.  The Years Young sentiment is computer generated.

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp (It's No Secret) stamp set and Taylored Expressions (Party Grumplings) set.
Supplies: scoreboard, foam tape, My Favorite Things Big Numbers Dies, Papertrey Ink New Leaf and white card stock, Doodlebug Designs hip hip hooray dp, Copic Markers YG23, R20, B32, YR4 18, E21, 23, 25, 27, 29, Laminated  plastic.



                                                                       Challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog    Anything Goes


Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge    IC586


Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Warmest Winter

Happy Thursday... This card was designed for a few different challenges. The background was made with Peerless watercolors. I die the hill using a Simon Says Stamp slopes & hills die and the stitching was added for the sketch. The sentiment was stamped using my Misti.  Instead of a circle I fussy cut my bear and flipped the sketch so he was facing down the hill.   The bear was colored using Copic markers and he as well as the hill were popped up over the background. Sequins were added to finish off the card.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Cooler with you set
Supplies: Misti, Neenah white card stock, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Slopes & Hills Dies, Uni-ball white gel pen, Copic Markers B01, 02, 04, C05, 07, 09, T0, T3, T5, R20, Peerless water colors Daffodil yellow and Butterfly Wing Blue, Pink Posh Lemon Meringue 4mm and 6mm sequins, foam tape

Challenges:
My Favorite Things Color Challenge #64 
 My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 321
Simon Says Stamps Wed Challenge Blog

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ham It Up Award

Isn't this pig from "From the Hearts Stamps" adorable?   This digi set called Hogs & Kisses Pigwit comes with two pig images and one is holding up a candy kiss.   I still had some Valentine candy kisses leftover and thought I could use the real chocolate kiss in my card design.  I used the pig without the kiss for my card.  To use the real chocolate kiss I had to make a shelf.   I measured a rectangle 1 inch wide and 1 1/4 inch high onto my card front. It is scored at the bottom and cut on the sides and the top. The top is also scored 1 /4 from the edge so when it is slipped into the slot that is cut on the back of the card it can be glued down if necessary. To make the slit in the back I closed the card with the shelf folded inward and drew a soft pencil line at the shelf fold and then used a kraft knife to cut the slit.



I resized the pig to fill the card front. I had planned on trimming the left side of him but in the end I just couldn't cut off his ear.   He is colored with Copic markers and embossed from the front and from the back using a stylus to give added texture. He is fussy cut and black marker was added to the edges.   The bow tie was paper pieced using designer paper. (Print the image onto copy paper, cut a piece of designer paper to cover the part you want to paper piece and tape it over the printed area making sure the tape is at the top of the area.) The sentiment is computer generated.

Stamps: From the Heart Stamps Hogs & Kisses Pigwit digi
Supplies, Copic Markers Pig: E00, 11, 13, 93, 95. Hooves: E11, 13, 15. Kraft knife, Scoreboard, Foam tape, Papertrey ink white card stock and Doodlebug Design inc 6x6 dot-grid-daisy-stripe rainbow petite prints designer paper pad.

Challenge:  Stamp of the Month Challenge at From the Heart Stamps

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Merci Tag

My card was made today using the SplitCoastStampers Inspiration Challenge.  Audrie finds and picks amazing inspiration every week. I chose this bag.  I was inspired to make a tag but in the end I made a simple pocket card to tuck it into.

Stamps: Sizzix/Hero Arts Butterflies #3, Papertrey Ink Global Greetings:French (Merci), and a postmark from a misc wooden postal Stamp cube.
Supplies: Neenah white, Papertrey Ink Soft Stone card stock and Hibiscus burst dp, Paper Smooches stitched tag die, ribbon, Copic Markers R81,83,85

Challenge:  SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge #28  I used the colors

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Instant Smiles

A quick CAS card today to combine two challenges.  I stamped a piece of card stock 2 5/8 inches wide with the flower from Clearly Besotted. It was colored with Copic Markers. I centered it onto the Papertrey Ink Stripes Horizontal cover plate die and ran it though my die cut machine. I also ran a scrap piece of card stock through using the cover plate to use as a template.  I placed the template over the card front and glued every other piece down, then I moved the template to cover the pieces that were glued and popped up the other pieces inbetween the pieces that were adhered first.   I added stickles to the flower centers and stamped the Smiles sentiment with my Misti.

Stamps:  Clearly Besotted Sunshine & Smiles set
Supplies:  Papertrey Ink Stripes Horizontal Cover Plate, foam tape, Neenah white card stock, Stickles, Copic Markers  YG61, 63, 67, V12, 15, 17, Y11

                                                                      Challenges:
My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #320  MFTWSC320
Simon Says Stamps Wed Challenge Blog    Fantastic Florals

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Wild Thing Valentine

Can this Gerda Steiner Bear be any CUTER... I think NOT !!   I printed the Valentine's Bear out three times on PTI card stock.  It was also printed a fourth time on my card base.  I colored the bear using Copic markers and used the Pointillism technique for extra detail.  The bear was fussy cut and I used the paper tole method to add layers. An Action Wobble was also added for movement.  I die cut a rectangle to use as a stencil and I also diecut a MFT Polka Dot Cover-up Die-namics to use over the negative of the rectangle. It was centered over my card base where I needed it and the hearts were stamped inside of the cut circles. I originally was going to just use the polka dots as a stencil but thought the hearts were more appropriate since it is Valentine's Day.  :)    I cut apart a misc Wild Thing sentiment and used part of it on the front. The pieces were lined up again using my Misti and re-stamped for my inside sentiment.

Stamps: Gerda Steiner Designs Valentine's Bear Digi, My Favorite Things Love's the Ticket Set (heart), and a Misc sentiment stamp (brand unknown)
Supplies: My Favorite Things Polka Dot Cover-up Die-namics,  Whitelotous Stitched Rectangle Die, Misti, Tim Holtz spun sugar, festive berries, and picked raspberry, and Memento black inks, Copic Markers: Bear E23, 25, 27 and Heart R81, 83, 85, Action Wobble, Glue Dots, Papertrey Ink white cardstock.

                                                                 Challenges:
Gerda Steiner Designs share your design Challenge
My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge # 319 MFTWSC319
Simon Says Stamps Wed Challenge Blog    CUTE
Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Monster Love Valentine

I love this My Favorite Things sentiment so I had to use it for one of my Valentine cards this year. Using the MFT sketch challenge #319,  I diecut the pierced rectangle using an Avery Elle die. The little hearts are from the MFT Love's the Ticket set stamped with Tim Holtz festive berries. Behind the heart is the same ink and water was sprinkled over the piece for interest. The opening was cut out using a heart die and my little monster who was stamped with my Misti for more intense color using SU tempting turquoise ink and fussy cut was set into the heart like he is coming out of the it.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Monster Love and Love's the Ticket set.
Supplies SU tempting turquoise, Tim Holtz festive berries, Memento black ink, Hunulu heart die, Avery Elle Pierced rectangle dies, Misti, foam tape, Neenah white card stock

                                                                   Challenges:
My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #319  MFTWSC319 
Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog   Cute
Thanks for stopping by, Irene