Holiday Polar Bear

Holiday Polar Bear

I was inspired by the theme last week over at Merry Monday Christmas Challenge. I made the card but not in time to post to the link up. At least I got another Christmas card done. The theme was use a bear.

I did not have any bear stamps so I took a look at the Silhouette images. I have not really done to much paper piecing so it was fun to do. On a couple of the pieces I had to think a bit since I’m not used to using all the layers. Anyway it was something different and fun. I added some super fine glitter to the hat to add a little something. The background and red on the bear are from some random Christmas pad of paper that I had. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Family and Friends (CL803).

County Fair Entries & The Results

This is the results of the four cards I entered at this years Alameda County Fair. I did win some money but it is all really for the fun of doing it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is that time of year again for our county fair. It is the Alameda County Fair and it starts in just under a month. Kind of fun this year they are having a cattle drive down the main street of the town where the fairgrounds are. Let me just say I do not live in a rural area. This is the first time they are doing this and I want to go check this out.

So last year my son suggested that I enter some of my cards at the fair so I entered two last year. This year I got more ambitious and entered four. I picked 4th of July, Sympathy, Birthday, and a Thank You card. At the same time as I was creating the cards starting about 2 weeks ahead of time the OCC Sparkle and Shine class was going on so there was a tiny bit of overlap but also it took a lot of my time to come up with so many cards in a short period of time. And.. I only did 2 days of the 6 days of classes. You know when they are going to be on display at the fair you have to be more picky. So you know how that goes. Try something it doesn’t look right, sleep on it, try another combination of things and on it goes. Finally you get them done.

Here they are all together.

And here we go with the details on each card.

I created the watercolor background some time back and finally put it to use. I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts stamp Blooming Meadow (CG171). I die cut the scalloped oval with a Spellbinders die Big Scalloped Ovals (S4-251). The tree is cut with Memory Box die Small Alder Tree (98792). The greeting is from a somewhat new set to me by Altenew called Painted Greetings.

This one took several passes before I got the look I liked. Seems like a simple card but it took a bit to get there. The background is Neenah Desert Storm paper which I was waiting for from a recent order from Simon Says Stamp. I have not had any of it before. The fireworks are stamped and heat embossed with Hero Arts stamp Fireworks (D5999)(strange name ha). I used Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder which has some glitter in it but it doesn’t show to much in the photo. The sentiment is heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). The stars is a die from Simon Says Stamp called Star Parade (S227). I cut it out three times from a paper pad by Authentique. The die cuts the outline and the stars/partial stars. So I laid them all out and put various patterns back in.

This was a fun one! I just got this die set that cuts the card back and front, the heart panel and hearts and the thank you. This is a card that worked for the OCC class Sparkle and Shine and for the fair. So you cut out the back and front at once from a long piece of paper. The die is by Sizzix/Stephanie Bardnard called Thank You Drop-in. Then I cut out the white panel with the hearts. I also used that panel part to cut out some colorful hearts from the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pad. I glued the hearts back in some of the open spots. The Thank You is where the OCC Sparkle and Shine came in.  The first day was all about glitter. I used some glitter paper with the ultra fine glitter on it already. It was white so I colored with Copics to match my card and cut the Thank You out with the die that comes with the set.

And here is the last but not least. As you can see it’s a floral birthday card which is one of my favorites to make. For the background I used an embossed white piece of paper from a DCWV paper pad I got on sale. I inked over it with some Quick Quotes ink. I love this ink for when you are looking for a more subtle chalky look. The panel behind the flowers is cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card.  The flowers and leaves are from a brand new set to me from WPlus9. Actually they are from 2 sets Modern Peonies and Modern Anemones. I heat embossed all the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper using brass embossing powder. I then painted them in with Oxide inks that I put down on my mat and watered down and also did some mixing them together. I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. I also did fussy cutting and the largest flower is raised using foam tape. The sentiment is from a somewhat new set to me also by Altenew called Painted Greetings using the same brass embossing powder and heat embossing.

This is a pretty lengthy post wouldn’t you say. If you read all the way to the bottom or skimmed to the bottom.. let me know which card you like best.

OCC Sparkle & Shine Day 1

OCC Sparkle & Shine - Copper Birthday

This was really fun to make and I am happy with the way it turned out. I had a blue watercolor panel already done. I stuck some Sookwang double sided adhesive to the back of the panel. I cut the butterfly out and put the detail part of the butterfly back in the die cut area.  I dumped on some Elizabeth Craft Designs copper glitter and kind of pushed it down onto the adhesive. Then I kind of burnished it with my finger. I used the Swiffer Sweeper pieces to clean up the glitter and they worked great. I cut out the panel using Spellbinders die Marvelous Squares (S4-383). The sentiment is heat embossed with PSX copper embossing powder with a Hero Arts stamp from the It’s Your Day set (CL661). The copper background paper kind of looks glittery but it is not. It is more shimmery.

OCC Sparkle & Shine - Glitter 4th

Here’s another watercolored background. The stars I created using a Simon Says Stamp die called Star Parade. I adhered Sookwang  to white card stock. I die cut it and then took the adhesive release paper off. I sprinkled blue extra fine glitter all over and used the same technique as above. The fireworks are stamped with a Hero Arts stamp called strangely enough Fireworks (D5999). My intention was to stamp with Versamark and emboss with silver glitter powder. Well I had a bunch of stuff out and grabbed the wrong thing. So I did stamp with Versamark. I thought I was grabbing the silver glitter powder but it was actually Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder. Oh no for just a second, then wait this is an opportunity. So I heated it up with heat gun like Kristina mentioned in class and then sprinkled extra fine glitter on it. BONUS! I got to try another one of the techniques from Day 1 of Sparkle & Sprinkle. The greeting is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498).

To All A Good Night

I was inspired by Merry Monday #246 with a theme of Twas the Night Before Christmas. I did not enter it for the challenge but I made the card.

To All A Good Night

So I got the idea to create a scene looking out the window and seeing Santa waving to all and saying Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night. This means a lot to me because my Mom liked to read it on Christmas Eve even when were all grown up.

I started out thinking that I would put a tree on the edge like it was inside the house but I decided to just do a border. The border is a holly embossing folder. I inked over the holly with Oxide ink Peeled Paint.

The window frame I cut with my Cameo. I need to get that out more often. Instead trying to create in the middle of the holly I just made the outdoor scene on a piece of paper slightly larger than the window opening. I inked the background with Faded Jeans Oxide ink on bristol paper. I forgot this takes a bit to dry. I then stamped the snow with Versamark using an Altenew stamp called Snowing. When I went to sprinkle on the embossing powder… oops it stuck all over because the Oxide ink wasn’t dry. I brushed a bunch off and decided it was going to be a bad snow storm night and went with it. I just bought the Santa Sleigh Silhouette stamp at Hobby Lobby pretty much to make this card. It was only a couple dollars. I stamped it with Watering Can Archival ink.

The blue on the base of the card is Faded Jeans Oxide ink. I just couldn’t find a blue paper I liked with the rest of the card.

And as you can see I hand wrote my sentiment.

 

More Ms. Bunny Cards

More Ms. Bunny Cards

Here is a couple more bunny cards that I made. I had two bunnies already colored and I like the way my Scramble bunny card looked so here’s a few more. I was inspired by Hero Arts Scramble 151 that was hosted by Cindy to make my first bunny card. I really like the way the orange dress turned out on my Scramble card so that is why you see another orange dress here. You will notice each is a bit different. I get bored making many cards exactly the same. I like to make my life more complicated instead of easier sometimes.

Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.

  • The long stem flowers on the purple plaid card are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the flowers.
  • The group of flowers on the other two cards is by Kolette Hall called Flower Garden.
  • The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
  • The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored some of the bunnies with colored pencils and the others with Copics. There is a little bit of Nuvo glitter drops on the third card.
  • The sentiment on the first and second card is from a Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498).
  • The sentiment on the third card is a stamp from Peddler’s Pack Stampworks.

 

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Chocolate Easter Bunny

I saw an Easter wreath somewhere on a card and decided that would be fun to come up with that type of thing.

The purple border… That was a long process. It seems simple enough but it was not. I was trying different punches and papers to find a look I liked. I even broke a border punch by trying to use it on paper that was to thick. Darn it. Finally I ended up with this one which is a Martha Stewart border punch.

The background is watercolors. I was thinking I used green and yellow but in the photo it looks green. Anyway some watercoloring.

The wreaths are from Hero Arts September 2016 My Monthly Hero kit. This is a really great kit. I was lucky to get one. One bummer at the moment is I do not know where the stamps are from the kit except 4 leaves. One wreath I die cut from brown paper and the other was off white and I inked over that with green ink.

The bunny and eggs are from a set called Easter Basket from Two Paper Divas. I colored them with Copics. It’s kind of funny I am noticing I use my Copics a lot. When I first took a class on how to use them I didn’t really like them. Now I have a bunch.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498) and stamped with purple ink from Hero Arts.

Easter Peeps

Easter Peeps

For Easter this year my husband asked me not to get any candy for him. He likes peeps so this is my sugar free Easter card for him. It actually doesn’t have a back so it is kind of a panel I guess.

I created the background awhile back with Distress Oxide inks (cracked pistachio and spiced marmalade) using a plaid stencil by Echo Park. The oval is cut out with a Spellbinders die and inked with Spice Marmalade Oxide ink too. The Easter basket and peeps are from a stamp set by Two Paper Divas called Easter Basket. They were colored with Copics. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498) and stamped with Archival ink in Sepia.

Merry Monday Snowman

Merry Monday Challenge #242

I am happy to say I got another one submitted over at Merry Monday. I often think about it all week then wait until the last minute to finish creating it and submit it.

Merry Monday Snowman

The snowman is a Stampendous stamp called Country Snowman (M318). I colored this cute snowman with Copics. I added some glitter under the snowman and on his cuffs. For the background I stamped some snowflakes and used sparkly embossing powder and heat embossed them.

Hero Arts Scramble 151

Cindy hosted the Hero Arts Scramble today. Her theme was use an oval.

Hero Arts Scramble 151

I wanted to make an Easter card and I liked her large ovals that were part of her cards. I don’t use this oval die very much so it was an opportunity to use it.

Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.

  • Tulips – Hero Arts Tulips (F895). I think these are from a thrift store also.
  • The other two flowers are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics except the purple one which is colored with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the yellow flower.
  • The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
  • The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored the bunny with Copics. It is hard to see but there is Wink of Stella on the bottom part of the dress.
  • The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498)

 

Merry Monday #240 Bells

Merry Monday #240

Finally I got one in for the Merry Monday Challenge #240 with the theme of bells. I just got this stamp at Stamp & Scrapbook Expo a couple of weeks ago so I enjoyed being able to use it.

Background – Darice embossing folder Sheet Music.

The mats & image die cut – Spellbinder die Label One (S4-161).

The sentiment – Finding It Trading die. I cut it out of watercolor paper and colored it with a silver Wink of Stella pen. It doesn’t quite look like the bells which are also colored with Wink of Stella so I am thinking it was a different watercolor paper.

The image – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cardinal (RS021). Colored with Zig Clean Color pens and the silver Wink of Stella pen.