Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I've Been Spotted

Holy cow!  My stacked elephants card got spotlighted on the MFT Card Challenges blog.  Maybe I should say, holy elephant!  lol  That was a nice uplifting surprise today. 

"Heidi created this adorable design for our Camp Create Farewell Bonfire Challenge — Single Layer Savvy. Her simply cute use of our Adorable Elephants stamp set proves that sometimes all you need is stamps, ink, and markers to create a wonderful design." 
I haven't stamped much this month because I've been really busy with rehearsals for Little Women: The Musical.  Opening night is this Friday.  Add in the school year starting and life being so crazy up and down with the house purchase and other things, well, I haven't felt very creative.  I've been tired and emotionally drawn out.  Today, I got a well-needed nap, a nice long phone conversation with my sister, and now this shout out.  Thanks so much to My Favorite Things for the spotlight!

Here's the card and you can see the original post at this link.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: Happy Howlidays

It's time for the first September installment of Ink It Up!  Twice a month, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, Leigh Penner and I post a project using our uninked stamps.  I got this adorable Lawn Fawn set in the mail last week.  It's called Happy Howlidays and is a Stamptember exclusive over at Simon Says Stamp.  I simply could not resist!

Isn't that reindeer dog the cutest thing?  I stamped the images on white cardstock, cut them out with the matching dies, and colored them with Copic markers.  For the nose, I stamped it on white cardstock with Pure Poppy ink and hand cut it out.  (I didn't want the white border.)  The shine comes from Glossy Accents.  I put a black oval behind the dog to help it pop out more from the background.

I stamped the small candy cane image on white cardstock in a random pattern using black ink.  I colored the stripes with a red Copic marker and then added clear Wink of Stella over all of the images.  I had to have some sparkle!  Then I stamped some tiny snowflakes in silver ink.

I layered the candy cane piece on some Pure Poppy cardstock and angled them on striped patterned paper by Basic Grey.  Everything is adhered to a white card base.  I stamped my sentiment on a narrow strip of white cardstock and then matted it with Pure Poppy cardstock.  To fill the empty space on the left, I stamped a small pawprint.

So, now I have a new Christmas card to add to my stash!  This one was fun to make.  Hop over to Leigh's blog, To the Full, to see her Ink It Up card today.

Stamps:  Happy Howlidays (Lawn Fawn - Simon Says Stamp exclusive)
Ink:  Tuxedo Black (Memento); Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Silver (Encore Ultimate Metallic)
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy (Papertrey Ink); Aspen Frost 6x6 pad (Basic Grey)
Copic: R59, E55, E57, E59, W5
Misc:  Happy Howlidays dies (Lawn Fawn - Simon Says Stamp exclusive); Classic Ovals Small die (Spellbinders); Glossy Accents (Ranger); clear Wink of Stella pen  

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Artsy Thoughts

It's time for the monthly Papertrey Ink blog hop!  It's been awhile since I've participated.  I got a little artsy on my card, mimicking the inspiration photo for the most part.

I added swaths of color to watercolor paper using my Papertrey ink pads and a waterbrush.  Very simple and organic.  I used Melon Berry, Canyon Clay, Americana, and Vintage Cream inks.  After it was dry, I embossed a sentiment from Graceful Greetings with black powder.  I deliberately left specks of powder on the paper to get the spattered effect.  I also smudged my VersaMark ink pad in two places and embossed in black.  It almost looks brushed on.  Then I did the same thing along the edges of the watercolor paper with vanilla embossing powder.  It gives the card even more of a cool, artsy look!  Click on the photo to see it better.  I adhered the piece to a Melon Berry card base that I cut with the Noted: Scalloped Square die by Papertrey Ink.

Stamps:  Graceful Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Melon Berry, Canyon Clay, Americana, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink); VersaMark
Paper:  Melon Berry (Papertrey Ink); watercolor paper
Misc:  Noted: Scalloped Square die (Papertrey Ink); Black embossing powder (Powder Keg); Opaque Vanilla White embossing powder (Wow!)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Ink It Up with Leigh Penner: Cutie Pie

Isn't this fun?  It's about time I pulled out the Easy as Pie stamp set by Reverse Confetti.  I bought it last November and it has sat unused since.  I love the matching dies and knew it would be perfect to make cards for my sister-in-law, who makes delicious pies!  I just had to use it for the newest Ink It Up post.  Leigh Penner of To the Full and I make a card twice a month using our uninked stamps, posting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays.

I found the darling cherry print paper in the Farmhouse 6x6 pad by Crate Paper and paired it with a Kraft card base.  I also cut a strip of Kraft cardstock with a Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX die.  You just can't tell because I cut off the ends to fit the width of the card.  I stamped a sentiment from Easy as Pie on the strip in Dark Chocolate ink. 

I cut a scalloped circle from Rustic Cream cardstock, which echoes the background print rather nicely.  I chose another patterned paper from the Farmhouse pad for my pie pan.  For the crust, I cut Kraft and Cherry Cobbler cardstock, pieced them together, and covered the whole thing with glitter.  (wishing now that I had sponged it first for some shading)  I added some steam using the Fancy Flourishes stamps and dies by Papertrey Ink.  It's done in Dark Chocolate ink on Rustic Cream cardstock.

I layered everything together, popping up the crust just slightly for dimension.  It turned out very cute!  Make sure you check out Leigh's card here.  Thanks for dropping by.

Stamps:  Easy as Pie (Reverse Confetti); Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Dark Chocolate (Papertrey Ink)
Paper:  Kraft, Rustic Cream (Papertrey Ink); Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up); Farmhouse 6x6 pad (Crate Paper)
Misc:  Easy as Pie dies (Reverse Confetti); Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX die (My Favorite Things); Classic Scalloped Circles Small die (Spellbinders); Crystal fine glitter (Martha Stewart);glue pen 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Aqua Lucite Trumpet Flower Earrings

Today is something a bit different.  I have long been interested in making jewelry and consequently have collected many years of beading magazines.  I made a few simple things in the distant past, but never took pictures of them before they were given as gifts.  I'll admit to fear of failure preventing me from doing much more than that.  Recently, I spent a lot of time looking through those magazines and bookmarking favorite projects.  I came across instructions for this pair of earrings in the BeadStyle May 2012 issue. 

Love.  Then a thought of...that doesn't look too hard.  Maybe I could do this.  I had even recently watched a video about making wrapped loops.  When my husband encouraged me to go ahead and get the beads to make them, I decided to do it.  Why not?  I already have the tools.  Sometimes I just need a little push.  So I did! 

You know what?  It took me less than two hours.  One evening.  I used Lucite trumpet flower beads and Swarovski crystals.  They're not perfect, but I love them anyway.  I've already worn the earrings several times.  They sparkle in the sunlight and look so pretty!  I am immensely proud of myself for pushing past the fear.  Once I get more chain, I'll make a simple necklace with the leftover beads to match.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Camp Create: Sweet Chocolate

Well, here's my last card for the final session of Camp Create by My Favorite Things!  It's for the Monochromatic Magic challenge.  I had a difficult time choosing which color to use until I saw the Chocolate Sentiments stamp set in my stash.  It went together pretty quickly after that!

Naturally, I selected to use several shades of brown for my monochromatic color scheme.  I stamped the circle image on Close to Cocoa cardstock with the matching ink in a repeating pattern.  I stamped the main sentiment on Chocolate Chip cardstock, again with matching ink, and cut it with a Fishtail Flags STAX die.  I also cut some brown polka dot patterned paper with the same die and layered them together.  I matted everything on Chocolate Chip cardstock and adhered it to a white card base.  For a final touch, I added Brownstone glitter to the heart in the sentiment.

I love that the glitter pops even though it still stays within the monochromatic design.  You know how I love sparkle!  This would work great for a masculine Valentine's Day card or some other occasion.  My teenage son really liked it.  :)  Here's my final Camp Create badge.  It's been fun!

Stamps:  Chocolate Sentiments (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up)
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink); Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up); Snap Color Vibe 6x6 pad (Simple Stories)
Misc:  Fishtail Flags STAX die (My Favorite Things); Brownstone glitter (Martha Stewart); glue pen

Camp Create: Ombre Snow

Here's my card for the Awesome Ombre challenge at Camp Create, the third and final session.  I love the Snowfall Background stamp by My Favorite Things.  It's so pretty on its own, so I sponged an ombre background to complement it.

First, I embossed the Snowfall Background on white cardstock using white embossing powder.  I sponged Sno Cone, Summer Splash, and Blue Raspberry inks over top, doing the resist technique like one of the other challenges.  I adhered the panel to a white card base.

I cut the word snow with the Wonderful Words: Snow die by Papertrey Ink from white cardstock and sponged Sno Cone ink over the top half.  Then I added Sugar Cube glitter over the whole word.  I love the glittery ombre effect!  See the close-up pic below.  I stamped a sentiment from Holiday Hugs with black ink and cut a narrow strip to place under the glittered word.  Both are popped up with a second layer for dimension.

Here's the badge I earned!  Only the monochromatic challenge left to do now.  :)

Stamps:  Snowfall Background, Holiday Hugs (My Favorite Things)
Ink:  Sno Cone, Summer Splash, Blue Raspberry (My Favorite Things); Tuxedo Black (Memento); VersaMark
Paper:  White (Papertrey Ink)
Misc:  Wonderful Words: Snow die (Papertrey Ink); white embossing powder (Filigree); Sugar Cube glitter (Martha Stewart); glue pen; sponge tool