Merry Monday #264

I got another one just barely done for Merry Monday. Challenge #264 was to use kraft and red with only just a bit of neutral colors. I love this combination and I wish I would have made a couple different ones but one is better than none.

Merry Monday #264

So here we are with a fairly simple card. Red patterned paper in the background. I decided to be different and die cut kraft snowflakes. I used snowflake dies by Tattered Lace (D111). You can’t really see it in the photo but I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to give them just a little sparkle. The greeting also has Spectrum Noir on it. The greeting is die cut using a Sizzix Tim Holtz set Holiday Words (660058). As usual I was putting this together at the last minute. Literally I posted it at the last minute. The greeting is not actually stuck down because the Spectrum Noir pen was dumping lot’s of liquid so I could not get the backing paper off the back or I would have messed up my die cuts. As I was writing this up I realized there is no stamping on this card which is unusual for me.


Halloween Shaker Pumpkin

Halloween Pumpkin Shaker

I got a few Halloween cards done and sent but not as many as I wanted to. I really like this Hero Arts pumpkin die! It is from Hero Arts die set Autumn Icons Fancy Dies (DI431).

The background – I just created a watercolor panel.

The greeting and images by the greeting – for the greeting I cut it out with double sticky or put glue on the words and sprinkled Martha Stewart fine glitter on it. I tried cutting it out of glitter paper but I just couldn’t get to cut thru and didn’t want the hassle so went another route.The bat and spider web are stamped using images from Hero Arts set Halloween Trimmings Stamp & Cut (DC197). I used Versafine black ink for these because it is nice and bold especially when stamping on watercolor paper over a somewhat dark color. The greeting is also from the same set.

The pumpkin – kind of an interesting process. I had to think ahead to get this how I wanted it. For the most part it all worked. Except… the shaker doesn’t actually shake. So I made a watercolor background for the pumpkin. I cut a pumpkin out of the purple panel and added the orange background to the back of it. I cut the pumpkin out again and watercolored it. I left out all the sections as you can see. I wanted an inlaid pumpkin. Then comes the tulle and the fun shaker sequins. Then the next part is where I didn’t think ahead. I glued the tulle and shakers stuff down then glued the pumpkin over top which had glue all over the back. Between the glue and maybe a bit to tight on the tulle the shaker sequins are all kept in place. It still looks fun but wasn’t quite what I was trying to do.

Raccoon Christmas

Raccoon Christmas

Raccoon Christmas - Version 2

These were fun to create and the fun started with the Merry Monday Challenge. This challenge was last weeks challenge of include gifts on your card. I created the first card for that challenge and decided I wanted to make another another one. I don’t do well with mass producing so even the second card has small differences. Can you spot them?

The background – I used the Memory Box Snow Flurry stamp and used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.

The hill I cut from glitter paper using a die from Simon Says Stamp called Stitched Slopes and Hills (SSSD111400).

The raccoon, hat and presents are from a Lawn Fawn set called Holiday Party Animal. I colored them with Copics, a Pen-touch silver pen, a white glaze pen. I have the dies for these but I hand cut them.

The tree and the sentiment are from Hero Arts Swirl Christmas set (CL469).  I used the Distress ink Picket Fence or possibly Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink to stamp the tree. I colored over the trunk with a brown marker and then hand cut the tree. The sentiment is embossed with white on the first card, silver on the second card.


Christmas Cardinal

Christmas Cardinal

The image – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cardinal (RS021). I colored the image with Copics and went over the bells with a Wink of Stella pen.

The circles were cut with Spellbinders dies.

The background paper is from one of the most awesome paper pads by Lawn Fawn. They have several plaid pads called Perfectly Plaid. I have a couple different ones and this one is Perfectly Plaid Fall.

The sentiment – Finding It Trading die called Merry Christmas. I cut it out of black cardstock.

National Parks Anniversary Card

Got to love the National Parks!

We love going to the National Parks so I had to use these stamps to make my hubby’s Anniversary card. We have been to all of these parks. The other stamp is for Monument Valley which we have not been to.

Hubby Anniversary Card

The background – I stamped the Hero Arts Waves Background (CG660) in Versamark and turned it sideways.

The National Parks scenes are from Hero Arts set National Parks Poetic Prints (LP445). For every set purchased, Hero Arts will donate 100% of their net profits to our nation’s national parks. I just really liked them and even better they help out the parks.

When I started the little scenes I was not thinking I was going to watercolor. So I stamped on Neenah Classic Cream paper with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I decided I wanted the watercolor look. So I put the color down on my craft sheet with Zig Clean Color pens, mixed the colors sometimes, added a bit of water and gave them a watercolor look. On the clouds I used a glaze pen. The steam for the geyser looks kind of white but it is a light gray.

The sentiment is from a set by Avery Elle called Handwritten Notes. It is embossed in brown. I wanted a bolder greeting but all of my Happy Anniversary stamps are tiny so this was the best I had.



Crazy Dogs Birthday Card for Hubby

This was a fun one to make. I colored these two Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs to look like our dogs.
Lucy on the left, Aspen on the right.

The background for the two dogs was created with an embossing folder Bricks by The Paper Studio. After embossing I painted over the bricks with a couple of red Distress Oxide inks.

The two dogs and the ball are from the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog set (CMS271).  I colored all of them with Copics and hand cut them out. On their eyes and noses I used a glaze pen. It took me awhile to find the glaze pen because the black was in the pencil cup upside down. My eyes just didn’t spot that for awhile. I had it up at Lake Tahoe so I was glad to see I did not leave it there. The ball by Lucy is there because she would play fetch for the entire day and night if you kept throwing for her. It’s kind of funny too sometimes if you throw an orange ball instead of her favorite yellow ones she will just watch it go and drop and not even go after it.

The sentiment was cut out with a die from Elizabeth Crafts.

Entered in the Love! – Handmade Cards October Challenge located here.









Mixed Media Frame – For Hubby

Mixed Media Frame for Hubby

I was struggling to figure out what to get my hub for his birthday. It finally hit me, make a fun frame with a photo from our recent Tahoe trip.

I started out with a plain light wood frame. I used several different colors of Distress paints on the frame to create the streaky wood look. I was very happy how that came out.

The trees were die cut from water color paper that I had water colored with a couple different greens. The die is Sizzix/Tim Holtz Woodlands (660978). I ended up cutting a couple more trees out and glued them together so the trees were thicker. I also put some inks over the original watercolor. Then I was having trouble with white showing from the bottom layers of trees so I ended up spraying the trees with some Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. So let’s just say those trees have many layers. Note to self go around at least the edges of the paper layers underneath with some ink or spray.

The letters I had and inked them up with some Distress Oxide inks.

All the wood pieces I had and I just colored them with different inks or Copics. The bird is supposed to be a blue jay which are very common at Lake Tahoe.

The photo is of my hub and our two dogs Aspen and Lucy at Fallen Leaf Lake. The brown and black dog is Aspen and Lucy is the black and white dog.

This was a fun project and I am really happy with how it turned out.

Here is a few more photos of our dogs in Tahoe.

Distress Oxide on Kraft

Distress Oxides on Kraft

Here we go again with Oxide inks. I think those things come out more than any other inks that I have.

When I first tried stamping with the Distress Oxide inks on kraft it didn’t look to great but I tried again and I like the result. I thinks some colors just work better for this. So I used a Hero Arts set called Seasons Greetings (CG223) to stamp the trees and the greeting. As you can see I used 3 different green Oxide inks for the trees and a red Oxide for the greeting. The patterned paper is from a 6X6 pad by DCWV called Brights. The snowflakes are from Hero Arts set Snowflakes by Lia (CL901) and stamped using Picket Fence Distress ink.  A fairly simple card but I like the way it turned out.

Tulle Shaker Peony Card

Tulle Shaker Flowers

I have been wanting to try this tulle shaker technique for quite some time. I saw this on Jennifer McGuire’s website. My card looks a lot like hers but I was not trying to copy her exact card. It was the technique I wanted to try and I happened to use similar flowers because I had them colored and liked them. My sequins don’t show that much but they are in there.  It is a fun and fairly easy way to make a shaker card. I am not a fan of cutting all the little pieces of foam tape to keep the sequins from escaping so this was a nice solution.

For the hole where the tulle and sequins go I cut that with a Spellbinders die Peony (S4-193). You glue down some tulle over the hole on the backside, drop in some sequins, glue another piece of tulle on then glue it to the base of the card. Some of the sequins in there looked clear but when I added them they were kind of iridescent and kind of didn’t go with the card but I let it be.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment is stamped in Rose Gold embossing powder on watercolor paper and colored with either Copics or Zig Clean Color pens. The stamp set is a nice one from WPlus9 called Modern Peonies. I also sprayed the flowers and leaves with Shimmer Spritz or Perfect Pearls. Whichever it is the shimmer is really nice. I guess that’s what happens when you wait so long to post, you forget what you used sometimes. I also don’t ever think to write it down.

Blue Snowflakes Christmas

Blue Snowflakes Christmas

For the background I used Hero Arts stamp Snowflake Circle (CG100). It is kind of challenging to stamp the circle shape of snowflakes all over a rectangle but I made it work. Of course I remember another stamp set I could of used after. Anyway.. The background snowflakes were stamped with Versamark.

The frame – Simon Says Stamp die Holiday Frames (SSSD111393).

The lighter blue snowflakes were stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with Judikins Aegean Silver embossing powder. The stamps are from Hero Arts set Designer Snowflakes (CL622). I hand cut around the snowflakes.

Blue Snowflakes - More Versions

These are additional cards I made fairly close to the first.

The differences – For the background snowflakes I used a Hero Arts set called Snowflakes by Lia (CL901) stamped with Versamark ink. The glittery snowflakes are die cut using a set by Tattered Lace called Snowflakes (D111) cut from glitter paper. I think I like these die cut snowflakes better than the heat embossed ones on the first card.