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
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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

Neat & Tangled Little Tangles #86:  Coloring 

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge 359   MFTWSC359 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Furry Friends

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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,

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

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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

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,

Gerda Steiner Designs Monthly Progressive Challenge: November

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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.

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

50% sale on Ugly Sweaters

 Some 'Ugly Sweaters' can be so cute...

 I started my tag by die cutting 2 sweaters from white card stock. I stamped one with the sweater texture in black and it is colored to show a little extra texture.  I used part of the MFT Decorative  Circle Tag Stax for my tag holder. It is sandwiched between the two sweaters.

 I stamped two reindeer faces from Art Impressions, colored, and fussy cut them both.  The top one has more details and the antler are cut off. I die cut the nose out of card stock that had double sided adhesive attached and added red glitter to make it shiny.

I wanted to add a little price tag so I created one in my Printmaster Program and used a punch to cut it out.

The other die cut sweater was stamped with the To and From and I doodled a couple of holly around it.

Stamps: Art Impressions Reindeer Mini Shaker, Inkadinkado to and from stamp, Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card Knit stamp.
Supplies: Mini Action Wobble, My Favorite Things Comfy Sweater  and Decorative Circle Tag Stax dies, Stampin Up Tiny Tags Punch, ribbon, Elizabeth Craft Designs 614 True Red Glitter and double sided adhesive, Neenah white card stock, Memento black ink, 1/16 and 1/4 hole punch, foam tape, thread, Copic Markers: E23, 25, 27, 42, 43, 44, R27
Techniques: Fussy cutting, Paper Tole, Pointillism

Art Impressions: Tag It.  I created a tag with a tiny tag attached  

Splitcoaststampers:  Inspiration Challenge using Balsam Hill. I was inspired by this red ornament hanging on a display stand.  I turned the ornament into his shiny red nose.

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MFT The Nice List

I couldn't resist using this little girl image as she seems to be peeking out the window hoping that Santa's gift is for her.  It does match her dress, Oh..... Could it be for her?

I die cut the two banners using the MFT Fishtail Flag Stax Die-namics. The dp is from MFT and it is called Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright 6x6 Paper Pack.  The window was made using MFT Windows and Stitched Square Frames dies. I stamped, colored, and fussy cut my  images leaving a little white space around each one. (I don't own the matching dies, but they are on my long list). I drew in the tile floor and created the window scene.
The matching tag was created using Mama Elephant's Embellished Tag die, Simon Says Stamp Circle Sayings Holiday Stamp Set, 1/4, 3/4, 7/8, 1 3/8, and 1 1/2 inch circle punches, ribbon, MFT Jingle all the Way, Copic Markers, Neenah white, Papertrey Ink red and green card stock,

Stamps: My Favorite Things Jingle All the Way Stamp set.
Supplies: My Favorite Things Windows, Stitched Square Frames, and Fishtail Flag Stax Die-namics, My Favorite Things Plaid Patterns Merry & Bright 6x6 Paper Pack dp, foam tape, Neenah white and Papertrey Ink Spring Rain card stock, Memento black ink, Copic Markers: G05, 07, 09, 28, R20, 24, 27, 29, 32, 35, 59, Y11, 18, 32,  C00, 0, 1, 2, 5, 7, 9, YR24, E00, 11, 25, 27, 55, B12, 14, Black 100, and my Misti.
Technique: Fussy cutting, Easel card, Checkerboard floor technique

My Favorite Things:  MFTWSC357 Sketch Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Christmas Gift Tag 

Thanks for Stopping by, Irene

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Christmas Gift Card Box

While checking out the Inspiration Challenge on SplitCoastStampers this week, I was inspired by this gift box from
I chose to make the box into a pop-up gift card holder.  I created a pop-up big enough to hold the gift card. I embossed a piece of white card stock and colored it to match my inspiration.  Gold leaf pen was used to trim out the diamonds.

My first bow was ruined by cutting to deep which removed some of the adhesive on the left side. But you can see how I trimmed the edge to add just the gold glitter.
All four layers of the bow are adhered together.

I die cut the 4 piece bow set from card stock that was adhered with double sided adhesive. I used a kraft knife to cut the edges of the liner of the double sided adhesive to trim the bow with gold glitter.  After burnishing the gold, I removed the liner where I wanted to add the green glitter.  For the shadow area of the bow I combined two green glitters to make it a bit darker.

I die cut a slot into the top of my pop-up box and created a gift card slide and adhered it to the top of the box. The gift card slides down into the slot and the top of the box fits around the top edge of the box bottom.
 The gift card fits tightly into the slid and moves easily in and out of the box.

 I created the snow globe scene and added a miniature box like the inspiration piece.

        I created the tag using left overs from the card.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow, Toboggan Together, and Joy to the Woods sets, Art Impressions Seasonal Door Ways December/January set sentiment.
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Ready, Set, Snow die, Lil' Inker Designs Mini Party Dies balloon string die. (to make the slot longer I moved the die across the area and cut it twice.), My Favorite Things Birthday Present Die-namics (bow), We R Memory Keepers Quilted embossing folder, 18k gold leafing pen, Gold gel pen, stickles, Multi medium matte, Elizabeth Craft Designs 632 green, 633 forest green, and 638 solar gold glitter, Copic Markers: B0000, 000, YR07, 09, R24, 27, 29, 59, G05, 07, 09, 28, Papertrey ink red and Neenah white card stock, Memento black ink, foam tape.

Lawn Fawnatics:  Challenge 15 Clever Gift Packaging 

Art Impressions:  Third Dimension  

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog Challenge:  Christmas Gift Tag

Thanks for stopping by, Irene