Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bolts About You

Color challenges are one of my hardest challenges. I looked through my stamps until I found the robot image that I felt works well for the 4 MFT colors. I stamped and then colored him with Copic Markers.  After coloring him, I used the matching die to cut him out.

 The trick I use to get a better die cut is first die cut a piece of thinner card stock. I place the cut out over my colored image making sure to get an even amount of white space around my image. I place the die back into the negative space. If there is a place to secure the image and die together using some washi tape I will, otherwise I just try to be as careful as possible while running it through my die cutting machine.  I cut a frame using the MFT Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax and ran it through a GEARS embossing folder. I also cut a smaller frame to place on the inside for a little added pop of color. I stamped the sentiment using my Misti and placed the robot onto an Action Wobble. The sequins were added for the finishing touch.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Bionic Bots
Supplies: My Favorite Things Bionic Bots Die-namics and Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Stax, Whitelotous stitched rectangle die, Action Wobble, sequins, Misti, Sizzix Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder, Scrap Stamping Up gray, blue, and Neenah white card stock, Copic Markers: B01, 02, 04, 21, 24, 26, R35, 37, C00, 02, 03, 05.

My Favorite Thing Color Challenge #72 

My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge #338  MFTWSC338
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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Kismet Fun

Not a card today but a little crafting fun instead. I found out recently my Dad used to like a game called Kismet.   I did find one of the dice in my stash of game goodies but that was it. I decided to create a game from what I had.

I took 5 dice and added Nuvo Crystal Drops to the numbered dots. I added woodland green and the apple green to the 3 and 4, I used autumn red for the numbers 2 and 5. The 1 and 6 were left black. Now I can only hope that the Nuvo doesn't pop out.

I went to Endless Games, the maker of Kismet and downloaded instructions and the score sheets. I opened them with my Abobe PDF reader and printed them out. I resized the score sheets so I could print two on each 8 1/2 x 11 piece of copy paper. I cut the score sheets apart, cut a piece of cereal box for my backing and pressed them together using my Ellison Pad-It-X-Press tool.

I added several layers of the padding compound glue to the top edge and let dry about a half hour between layers. This makes the perfect pad to tear off each sheet as needed.  I've had my Pad-It-X-Press tool for many years and have used it for all kinds of paper pads for card games, scrap pads, and personalized note pads.

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Favorite Word Watercolor

While checking out the challenges the other day at SplitCoastStampers I came across the Try a New Technique #643 challenge by Kellyjg. It was to use your favorite word and alphabet stamps. I seem to use absolutely a lot. This is what inspired my card for Lawn Fawn Challenge #7. I stamped my two smaller sentiments using my Misti.  I used the Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs alphabet stamps for my favorite word. I put the ASLT letters in one Misti, the BOUE letters in my Stamp Perfect, and the y and the l again in my small Misti to create a pushed together look. The letter were watercolored using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and an aquabrush.  I layered the absolutely panel onto some Lawn Fawn designer paper for a Neon inspired marquee look. This panel was popped up onto my card base.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Quinn's ABCs and So Much to Say
Supplies: Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow paper pad, foam tape, an aquabrush, Neenah white card stock, Water color paper,  Memento black ink, 2 size Mistis and the Stamp Perfect stamp tools, Zig real brush markers: carmine red, pink, orange, yellow, yellow green, light green, cobalt blue, cornflower blue, light violet, violet.

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge # 7: Watercolor  

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog: Use Pattern Paper  
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Pantone Celebration

Make It Monday: Pantone Chip Inspired Cards.

What a cute idea to use a Pantone Chip as inspiration.  I chose to make a green chip and use a birthday theme. I printed out my date and stamped the word celebrate with my Misti. The green square it 2x2 inches and the sentiment is 3/4 x 2 inches. I die cut a balloon out of PTI white cardstock and PTI Designer paper and adhered them together for added strength to pop up with some foam tape. I colored the twine with a Copic markers and added some Multi Medium Matte to it to create a loop for a fun detail.

Stamps: Papertrey Ink Wonderful Words: Congrats.  I cut the let's celebrate apart to use just the celebrate.
Supplies: Papertrey Ink White, New Leaf card stock and matching designer paper. Twine, Richard Garay Hip Hip Hooray balloon die, Foam tape, YG17 Copic Marker, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Memento black ink, Misti

Make It Monday #288: Pantone Chip Inspired Cards

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog:  Use Pattern Paper
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Waving Hi Wobble

My card today was created using the My Favorite Things color challenge. I stamped and fussy cut the polar bear, colored him with one of the colors and used the other three colors on his scarf.  The same 3 colors were used on a watercolored background.  I used a stylus on the back of the polar bear to embossed a little texture.  I cut a circle frame from the watercolored background and glued it over my card front which is also diecut with the smallest circle. I stamped the sentiment with my Misti and popped up the front layer over my card base. 

I placed my polar bear onto an Action Wobble and placed him inside the circle.   The Action Wobble helps him to wave back and forth.

Stamps: My Favorite Things Polar Bear Pals.
Supplies: My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax, foam tape, Action Wobble, Tim Holtz : squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, carved pumpkin, picked raspberry, wilted violet, Memento Black ink, Copic Markers, B000, 0000, YR15, 04, 07, Y13, 15, 17, RV63, 66, Neenah white card stock.

My Favorite Things:  Color Challenge #71  

Simon Says Wed Blog Challenge:  Emboss It   
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Happy Hour Clock

The sentiment from the Reverse Confetti Clink stamp set inspired my card today.  I created a clock in my Printmaster program, cut the sentiment apart and stamped them unto my clock face using my Misti. I punched out some circles and added three layers together for each circle to go inside my shaker. I cut three panels for the back panel and embossed with a Stampin Up embossing folder.  You do have to shake it to read the bottom part of the sentiment.

Stamps: Reverse Confetti Clink stamp set sentiment ( You Make Every Hour Happy )
Supplies: Acetate, beads, sequins, 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 circle punches, clock hands, scor-tape, Hero Arts circle dies, My Favorite Things circle stax, brad, Papertrey Ink white, Stampin Up Brocade Blue card stock, My Favorite Things painted prints Citrus paper pad, Misti, Memento black ink, Stampin Up lattice embossing folder.

Reverse Confetti Sketch #49  SFYTT
Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog:  Make it Masculine  
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Friendly Turtle Shaker

I made a shaker card today with a sweet turtle from Gerda Steiner.  I printed him out to fit on an A2 card. I colored him with Copic Markers and used a kraft knife to cut around the areas on his shell. I added the acetate to the inside and then small strips of foam tape to separate each section. I wish I had a black roll of foam so you wouldn't be able to see the white edges. I do have black squares of foam but it was much easier to use longer  strips.  I added two colors of beads that I created using clear beads and Copic refills. Then I backed the front with a piece of thin card stock that I scribble with E39.  I glued the shaker to the card base and I was done.

Stamps: Gerda Steiner Designs: Hello Friend Turtle and the sentiment from Pen Pal Bear.
Supplies: Clear Beads, Plastic baggie, Copic Refills, Copic Markers: YR04, 09, 23, YG21, 23, 25, 67, C1, 3, Y13, 15, 17, E29, 33, 35, 37, 39, 49,  Foam tape, Acetate, Kraft knife, Papertrey Ink white and New Leaf card stock.

Gerda Steiner Designs:   Monthly Progressive Challenge   June's Challenge - Hello Friend Turtle

Simon Says Wed Blog Challenge:   Make it Masculine
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Yippee ! Time for Cake

It took me a couple of days to figure out what I wanted to do for the challenge since I have a limited supply of SugarPea Designs stamps.  In the end, I used the sketch and the inspiration for my card.  At first glance the inspiration looked like roses....  But as I looked a little closer, they were actually cupcakes.  I took the whipped cream stamp and the cozy die and made a cupcake. I die cut the cozy from the Coffee to Go Cup die set. I trimmed about a 1/4 inch off the largest side.  I die cut the whipped cream and then stamped it with the Caffeine Addict stamp.  After I colored it, I ended up fussy cutting it anyways.  I colored the cupcake liner (cozy) with stripes and then scored lines through it as well to add texture. I found some design paper I like and matted it with brown card stock.  For the back panel I use a piece of red and ran it through the crimper to match the cupcake liner. I popped up the cupcake and stamped the dp using my Misti.

Stamps: SugarPea Designs Caffeine Addict and Feeling Sentimental (yippee)
Supplies: SugarPea Designs Coffee to Go Cup Dies, Crimper, Foam tape, Neenah white, Papertrey ink Dark Chocolate and Pure Poppy  card stock, Memento Black ink, Copic Markers:R24, 27, 29, E74, 77, 49, Doodlebug Design kraft in color - color designer paper, scoreboard.

Sugarpea Designs Mix it Up challenge # 32  
Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog: Make it Masculine  
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Magic Clouds

A couple of weeks ago while walking with my husband we saw a group of gray and white clouds with the sun shining up through the back of the clouds. It was one of the prettiest skies I've seen. I couldn't stop looking at the yellow light peeking from behind all of the grayness. That was my inspiration for my Get Well card today.  I refer to this sketch as the "Skype" sketch.  A few years back I was trying to come up with a layout and up came the Skype banner with the cloud on the bottom and the blue skies on the top.  It works for so many cards.  Once all of the brands came out with their own version of a cloud die, it became easy to do the sketch.  No more drawing and cutting out those clouds. 

I cut two clouds, one from Neenah card stock and the other from copy paper.  I used the copy paper to sponge over the top of the clouds around each bump.  I took words ( yes, I cut sentiments apart) from 3 different stamp sets to make my Get Well sentiment.  I positioned them onto my Misti just where I wanted them and stamped the cloud and the card front. I fussy cut my fairies and popped with up as well as the cloud onto my card front. I added Wink of Stella to the fairy wings and the magic dust.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn: Fairy Friends (fairies, wand, dust, magical) , So Much to Say (sending and wishes), Get Well Soon (get well).
Supplies: Lawn Fawn puffy clouds, foam tape, Wink of Stella, Copic Markers: YR04, 07, 09, 15, 23, Y11, 13, 15, 17, 23, 32, RV04, 06, BG10, 11, 13, C00, 03, R20, E00, 11, 23, 25, Neenah white, Copy paper, Sponge, Stamp up Yo-Yo yellow and Memento black ink.

Technique: fussy cutting, CAS, sponging

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 6 – Cheerful Get Well   

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Camouflage Butterfly

The challenge at Power Poppy is to use a bug, butterfly, etc.   None of my Power Poppy images have a bug or a butterfly. So I hope this works for the challenge. I printed two images, I cut a butterfly from one and  colored them both with Copic Markers. I also used the Pointillism technique on the images.

I glued just the body of the butterfly over the full image.  I added Wink of Stella to the butterfly and the flower centers. I also added a few highlights with a white gel pen.  The top layers are popped up over the base green layers with a piece of fun foam.

Stamps: Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet Digital Stamp Set.
Supplies: My Favorite Things Solid Flutter of Butterflies Die, Wink of Stella, Uniball Signo white gel pen, Fun Foam, Neenah white, Papertrey Ink white and black , and Stampin Up Wild Wasabi green card stock, Copic Markers.

Power Poppy: The June Bug Challenge 

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog: Anything Goes  
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

School's Out for Summer

Even though I recently bought my second Neat & Tangled stamp set, I'm still trying to find ideas for the first set I bought. I'm trying to make the most out of a single set.   I took the fish from my first set and put it on a View Master spinner wheel to have the fish jump out of the water in celebration that School is out for the summer. The fish are colored with Copics and they are fussy cut.

 As you spin the wheel the fish go around and into the water.

Photo was taken after I added glue to the top of the small center circle of the view master wheel.
 I die cut a large circle to use as the view master turning wheel. I used a 1/8 hole punch to make my notches around the outside.  I also cut a smaller circle from the center of the large circle. I placed both of them on my card base and glued the smaller circle to the card base. (Do not add glue to the large circle)  I die cut another circle from the front of the card. I die cut one more circle that was smaller than the front circle yet larger than the view master center circle and it was glued to the center circle. (see photo where I had added the glue to the top of the center circle)
 This photo you can see the card front with the top circle glued in the center to make a round path where I added my fish with foam tape.
I die cut my Neat & Tangled Making Waves circle and used just the botton wave. I colored it with Copics and added two layers of foam tape.  I centered the wave over my fish.

Stamps: Neat & Tangled Kitty's Favorite Things, Technique Tuesday Favorite Things Sentiment (Hooray for you), Computer Generated School's Out sentiment
Supplies: Neat & Tangled Making Waves die, My Favorite Things Stitched Circle Stax: Approx circles 3 1/2 inch, 1 3/8 inch, 1 3/4 inch , Lil' Inkers Designs Dual Stitched Circle Dies Approx. 2 1/8 inch circle for card front, Copic Markers: BG11, RV10, 14, 17, Y32, 35, 38, YG21, 23.
Techniques: Interactive, CAS, Fussy Cutting

Neat & Tangled Challenge Blog Little Tangles:  Challenge 81 Color Combo 

Simon Says Wed Challenge Blog: Anything Goes - Technique Tuesday Products 
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