Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Do I Smell?

My card today features a Gerda Steiner monster from the  Monster Fun set.  The sentiment is computer generated.   My monster was colored with Copic markers, fussy cut and embossed with a stylus from the back to give him texture. A layer of foam tape was applied to the middle of the monster to pop him up on the card front.  The frame was cut using a  MFT Wonky Stitched Square stax and the inside square was cut using a Spellbinders Classic square die. The frame is also popped up. Don't you just love his pink toenail polish?

Stamps: Gerda Steiner Monster Fun set
Supplies: Papertrey ink white and Hawaiian Shores card stock, Memento ink, Foam tape, Spellbinders square and My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Square Stax dies, Copic Markers  BG01, 05, 07, YG03, 05, 06, 07, R83, 85, 59, Y06, 08, E23, 25, 27, Misti

                                                                      Challenges:
Gerda Steiner Share your Design #30 

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog   Anything Goes
 CAS-ual Fridays   CFC168 One Layer Wonder

Thanks for stopping by, Irene



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
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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
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Birthday Banner

I finally finished the first card I started this morning. I used a sponged piece I had created for an earlier card. I had taken the MFT birthday background and embossed it with Versamark and white embossing powder. I used Tim Holtz distress inks and sponged on a rainbow of colors. It was cut out  with the Taylored Expressions Happy Birthday Banner and adhered to a Simon Says Stamp Slopes and Hills Die cut piece. I placed the MFT make a wish stamp from MFT Birthday Sentiments set into my Misti and used Stampin Up markers to create a rainbow effect on the word WISH. I was inspired by the rainbow letters on these onesies.


Stamps:  MFT birthday background and birthday sentiments.
Supplies: SSS slopes and hills die, TE birthday banner, Foam tape, White embossing powder, Versamark, memento black, and Tim Holtz  distress inks (carved pumpkin, candied apple, wilted violet, salty ocean, squeezed lemonade, and twisted citron),  Misti, Neenah white card stock.

Challenges: 
Spearmintlove.com      Thank you Audrie and Steph for a great site. 

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Birthday Cake Layers


 This is the second card I started this morning, I was struggling on the first one then decided to go with a combo of two of the inspirations I found.  I love a rainbow of colors and I also love white space.  This is a combo of both. The Splitcoaststampers inspiration challenge always brings great inspiration. (Thanks Audrie)   Today was no exception. Today Judy chose spearmintlove.com.   My first inspiration was the rainbow letters on these onesies.   I also like this layered birthday cake and was planning on using one of my MFT birthday cake die sets.   When the first card wasn't working, I decided to just cut rainbow colored letters and make a layered cake.  I used a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs transfer tape over my quilters ruler and lined up my cake layers and laid the letters backwards on the tape. I added glue to the little letters and then flipped it over and lined up the bottom of the transfer tape over my card base and pressed the transfer tape onto the front of the card.  I carefully pulled off the transfer tape trying very hard to keep the letters in place.  It didn't turn out as well as I hoped, the quickie glue just wasn't strong enough.  Some held just enough to keep my lines.  In the end I lined the ruler back up and re-glued every letter into place. Next time I might try adding double stick adhesive to my cardstock before die cutting my letters. Then only remove the backing from the bottom layer, line it up, adhere, and then remove the backing from the other letters and adhere everything down. The candle was die cut using a little candle die from the My Favorite Things Bring on the cake Die-namics. Now, I will work on the first card and see if I can make it work.

Supplies: MFT Bring on the Cake Die-namics, ECD transfer tape, Die-Versions A Little Lime Alphabet die, SU lattice ef, Bazzill Basic cardstock, Provo Craft crafters card stock Block II.

Challenges:  Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog     CUTE
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Friday, February 10, 2017

My attempt at No Line Coloring

This is my first attempt at no line coloring. I started at 4:30 this morning and tried my best... Really I did!   I have a greater admiration for those who have mastered this technique. I kept the card simple and die cut the Power Poppy Cuppa Buttercup Digi with a My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Frames Die-namics.

Stamps: Power Poppy Cuppa Buttercups digi and the sentiment from the Everything's Rosy digi set.
Supplies: MFT stitched rectangle frame Die-namics, sequins, Copics: YG41,45and YR00, 01, 02, 04 and C00, foam tape, PTI white cardstock.

Challenges:   My Favorite Things Color Challenge

Power Poppy February Challenge  No Line Coloring
What an amazing job Cindy Lawrence does with this technique.

Thanks for stopping by, Irene

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Indulge (Pig Out) Box of Chocolates

When I received this month's challenge digi from Gerda Steiner Designs I knew immediately that I wanted to do a little gift box with chocolates. The hardest thing was coming up with a sentiment I wanted to use with him.  I finally settled on something and printed them both out on Papertrey Ink card stock. I colored my little pig with Copic markers. Pig: E00, 11, 13, 93, 95. Hooves: E11, 13, 15. Chocolate: E23, 25, 27, 29. Candy: R30, 32, 35 and BG32, 34. I added part of the words Milk Chocolate to the candy wrapper for extra detail. Two boxes were cut from Echo Park dp and an oval window was die cut from one of the panels. A smaller oval was die cut out of kraft cardstock and acetate was added to the inside of of the smaller oval. The two box panels were glued together using Tombo's Mono glue. Pig was fussy cut and popped up on the font of the box. Sentiment was die cut using a stitched rectangle, matted with kraft card stock and trimmed using Perfect Layers tool and a kraft knife.

Stamps: Gerda Steiner Designs Chocolate Piggy
Supplies: PTI and Kraft cardstock, Echo Park Seeing Spots dp , acetate, foam tape, We-buys Gable end treat box, We-buys stitched ovals, Whitelotous stitched rectangles, Perfect Layers tool

Challenges:
Gerda Steiner Monthly Progressive Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wed Blog Challenge   Cute

Sunday, February 5, 2017

How do I love thee? Shaker Flip Card


I wanted to try a flip type card and thought it would work great for the sketch at Reverse Confetti.  I wanted a vertical A2 so I cut my card base (Neenah #110 ) at 5 1/2 x 6 1/4. I knew my first score would be at 2 1/8 because that is half of the 4 1/4 inch side.  I added 1 inch for my flip fold and doubled those dimensions.   So 2 1/8 inch + 1 inch =   3 1/8 inches  then take the 3 1/8 inch x 2 = 6 1/4 inch for the width of your card base.   
I scored the top and bottom of the 6 1/4 inch side at 2 1/8 and 3 1/8 inch . I only scored in about 1/2 inch or so at the top and the bottom of the base card. I decided on which size heart would work to overlap both score lines. I placed the heart on the 2 1/8 score line area where I wanted it, finished scoring the top and bottom of the 2 1/8 line again until I reached the heart die then lined up the middle of the heart die on those scored lines and taped it down with removal tape. I just didn't want my score lines to be inside the cut heart. If you wanted to keep the card simple, you could easily stamp on the heart of the card base.

Cut the heart on the left side of the 2 1/8 scored line and on the right of the 3 1/8 scored line. Making sure not to cut through the 1 inch area in the middle. After die cutting the heart I finished the scored lines and extended them to the cut lines.  The front and inside of the card were stamped with the little number circles from the Count your Rainbows set. Two more hearts were die cut out of #80 Neenah and were added to the front and back of the heart. The front sentiment is computer generated and the inside sentiment is from the Count your Rainbows set and stamped with my Misti. My shaker pocket was created by die cutting the heart from a sheet protector and fused with the We R Memory Keepers fuse tool.  The tiny hearts were punched using a Fiskars heart punch and added inside the heart and then the heart was fused close.  A heart was cut from red PTI card stock and a smaller heart was cut from the center to make a frame to adhere over the shaker pocket.

Stamps: Reverse Confetti Count your Rainbows
Supplies, Memento black and Tim Holtz Distress (worn lipstick, festive berries, picked raspberry, barn door, spun sugar) inks, Copics, Scoreboard, We R Memory Keepers fuse tool, sheet protector, heart punch, stitched heart dies, SU pinks, Papertrey Ink red, Neenah #110 and #80 card stock.
Sentiment is a Quote by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.





Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog: The Color of Love
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Happy Botday Robot

I added brads to the robots arms so they can be moved up and down in different positions. I used decorative scissors to give a little extra detail to the white background. Glossy accents were added to the eyes and the heartbeat center of the robot. Robot is fussy cut and popped up with three layers.

Stamps: Jaded Blossom Robotastic sentiment and Tiddly Inks Megabot digi robot
Supplies: brads, 1/16 hole punch, Copics, foam tape, Misti, Memento black ink, SU and PTI cardstock, Kraft edgers Jigsaw scissors

My Favorite Things Color Challenge #62

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Happy Everything Sketch

A quick CAS card today. The Happy background was create by stamping My Favorite Thing's Happy Birthday background stamp with Versamark and embossing it with Hero Arts white embossing powder. Then it was sponged with Tim Holtz distress ink to create a rainbow effect. The sponged piece was then diecut using the Taylored Expressions Happy Block Party Die and the letters were trimmed to adhered over the base card that was also cut using the TE die.

Stamps: MFT Happy Birthday background and Happy Everything stamps.
Supplies: TE Happy Block Party die, sequins, white ep, Versamark ink, Neenah white, Tim Holtz Distress Inks: carved pumpkin, candied apple, wilted violet, salty ocean, squeezed lemonade, and twisted citron.

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #318   MFTWSC318

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

It's "GOAT" to be LOVE

A quick Valentine card today.  I used the negative part of the hill and drew in a pencil line to apply my grass. This assures the pencil line will be hidden and the grass is just where I want it. I sponged the hill with Stampin Up Crumb Cake and the tiny stitched heart die with Tim Holtz Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick. I also spritzed the tiny heart with pearlized water to give it a little shimmer. My grass and goat were colored with Copics. The goat was fussy cut and the can that was in his mouth was replaced with the heart, he is also popped up with foam tape. The Inside reads: Things just GOAT serious from the Totes Ma Goat Set

Stamps: SugarPea Designs Totes Ma Goat and Simon Says Stamp Just a Love Note Sentiment
Supplies: Tim Holtz, Memento black and SU ink, Foam tape, Copics, (Glimmer mist and water in spray bottle)Simon Says Stitched Slopes and Hills Dies, Hunulu Stitched Heart Dies, Misti
SugarPea Designs Mix It Up Challenge #28.  SPDMIU28  I used part of the sketch and the colors of the inspiration
Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge Blog  The Color of Love

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